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What’s at stake in the budget showdown

What’s at stake in the budget showdown

The outcomes of this year’s congressional and presidential elections are going to be critical in determining our nation’s future.

But - so will the two months that follow the Nov. 5 elections.

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Latham’s check for millionaires

Latham’s check for millionaires

Last month, Representatives Latham and King joined nearly all Congressional Republicans in holding hostage a tax break for 98% of Americans - just so the richest 2% could pocket $160,000 more each year.

To demonstrate Latham's vote for the wealthy and big corporations, we'll be taking him a big 'ol giant check!

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LTE: Trickle down economics hasn’t worked for 32 years

LTE: Trickle down economics hasn’t worked for 32 years

CCI Action member Julia Rendon lays out a very simple economics lesson - massive handouts to millionaires and big corporations doesn't create jobs and Put People First.

Read her letter to the editor in the Des Moines Register here.

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LTE: Why I came to the fair to make a loud statement against Ryan’s plan

LTE: Why I came to the fair to make a loud statement against Ryan’s plan

On Aug. 13, Rep. Paul Ryan came to the Iowa State Fair to make his first campaign speech since being selected as the Republican vice presidential candidate. He came with a lot of baggage. For months he has promoted a war on the middle class, the poor and our kids.

Ryan has several snake oil “cures” for the ills of our country. They include getting rid of Social Security. Instead, people could give their savings (if they have any) to the ethical bankers on Wall Street who would happily take it and “invest” it for you. If you get old and have no retirement money, try a shelter....

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What in the world is “Taxmageddon”?

What in the world is “Taxmageddon”?

Congress and the Administration face a choice at the end of 2012 - what to do about "Taxmageddon"? Their action, or inaction, will have major implications for what our future economy will look like.

Learn more about it and what we can do to shift the debate at a series of workshops across central and west central Iowa.

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Create jobs by raising minimum wage, report finds

Create jobs by raising minimum wage, report finds

More than 300,000 Iowa workers would get an average $560/year pay raise if a bill proposed by Iowa Senator Tom Harkin to raise the minimum wage to $9.60 over three years were passed into law, according to a new report by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), a Washington D.C.-based think tank. Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund (CCI Action) members call on President Barack Obama and his presidential contender Mitt Romney to prove they are serious about job creation and support the proposal on the campaign trail this fall.

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Ryan’s policies aren’t “Iowa nice”

Ryan’s policies aren’t “Iowa nice”

Salon.com publishes op-ed by CCI Action Fund Member Cherie Mortice, a retired public school teacher from Des Moines and an Iowa CCI Action Fund leader.

In it she explains why her and two dozen other CCI Action Fund members confronted the new GOP vice-presidential candidate at the Iowa State Fair this week.

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Three questions to ask at the State Fair soapbox

Three questions to ask at the State Fair soapbox

The Iowa State Fair is here - and so returns the Des Moines Register's Soap Box. They've released the tentative schedule and all Iowa Congressional delegates and their challengers are slated to appear.

Be there to push them on issues you care about. Here are two questions to ask:

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Members challenge Paul Ryan at State Fair soapbox

Members challenge Paul Ryan at State Fair soapbox

Today at the Iowa State Fair, where Mitt Romney famously uttered "Corporations are people, my friend," last year under fire from CCI members, CCI Action Fund members challenged Romney's running mate Paul Ryan at a candidate soapbox.

Ryan, in his first solo appearance as vice-presidential candidate, was confronted with a series of tough questions about his plans to balance the federal budget on the backs of middle and lower class Americans - questions he chose to ignore rather than address.

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Romney/Ryan want to destroy social contract

Romney/Ryan want to destroy social contract

“Paul Ryan’s budget plan is not good for folks like me,”says Barb Kalbach, a working nurse and fourth-generation family farmer from Adair County

The future of America’s tax code and the social contract between government and everyday people is now at the very center of the presidential election debate after GOP candidate Mitt Romney named Wisconsin representative Paul Ryan as his vice presidential nominee.

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