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CCI Action statement on Kim Reynolds

CCI Action statement on Kim Reynolds

To see how she will govern, just follow the money… With the announcement of Governor Terry Branstad’s appointment as ambassador to China, Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds will be taking his place. Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Board President and CCI Action member Cherie Mortice released the following statement: “We don’t need to wonder how Kim Reynolds will govern as Iowa’s incoming governor. All we need to do is follow the money.” “We know she’s a pawn of business-as-usual corporate ag, since she and Branstad have taken campaign contributions of $248,298 from corporate ag kingpin Bruce Rastetter, $261,750 from meatpacking tycoon Eldon Roth, and over $88,000 from the Iowa Farm Bureau. “We know where she stands on the Dakota Access Pipeline, since she took $2,500 from Energy Transfer Partners, and $31,000 from Wells Fargo, which is helping fund the pipeline. “Big money is polluting Iowa politics and Kim Reynolds exemplifies that problem. All told, over...

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Our goal: $45K in 5 days!

Our goal: $45K in 5 days!

Our biggest fundraiser and friend-raiser of the year! Give by Dec. 2 - your gift will be matched dollar for dollar!

We need you with us to fight back against what we already know will be a slate of really bad Statehouse bills that threaten everything we care about.

The election showed us – loud and clear – that people on both sides are turned off, tuned out, and feel betrayed by “business as usual” politics. We want to change that. We’re fired up with a vision of how politics can be. With your help, we will make it happen!

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Guest post: What a trip to Chicago taught me about movement politics

Guest post: What a trip to Chicago taught me about movement politics

The weekend of Oct. 22, five stalwart Iowa CCI Action Fund members piled into a van for Chicago and joined Reclaim Chicago for an electoral training. Reclaim offers a different model of movement politics for people who believe in economic, racial, and social justice.

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Our take: fight back, now more than ever

Our post-election message to members and our take on what happened.

Here’s one thing that will never change: We are a fight-back organization – rooted in love, righteous anger, and action. We’re not going to sit on the sidelines. We care too much about each other and the future of our people and planet.

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Four movement candidate races we’re watching

Four movement candidate races we’re watching

Here at CCI Action (and our national network People’s Action), we have a vision for how to do politics differently. We want to see more “movement candidates” here in Iowa – candidates who run on issues, not on personality, and who govern as they campaign. These four campaigns are inspiring...

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Story County asks: Where do the Supervisor candidates stand?

Story County asks: Where do the Supervisor candidates stand?

With one week left before the general election, residents from across Story County seek firm positions from candidates on critical issues. CCI Action members brought the heat with their questions on these four issues: raising the minimum wage to $15/hr, stopping factory farm pollution, #NoDAPL and getting money out of politics.

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Branstad plans to halt, not help minimum wage at Statehouse

Branstad plans to halt, not help minimum wage at Statehouse

Don't hold your breath for Branstad's support of a statewide minimum wage increase - it's not going to happen. Branstad plans to take action. But not in the way county leaders and Iowa workers are hoping for. The governor is adamantly opposed to the county raises and would like the State Legislature to pass measures to preempt such measures from continuing.

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OP-ED: TPP is what’s wrong with U.S. trade policy

OP-ED: TPP is what’s wrong with U.S. trade policy

Which side are you on? That’s the question voters should be asking members of Congress as they return home to campaign, but in many districts House members are avoiding all questions about the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). That’s the question voters should be asking members of Congress as they return home to campaign, but in many districts House members are avoiding all questions about the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).

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5 meetings, 4 days. Larry Cohen comes back to Iowa!

5 meetings, 4 days. Larry Cohen comes back to Iowa!

Join CCI Action - Oct. 5- 8th - in a series of town hall meetings across Iowa as we bring back national progressive leader Larry Cohen to discuss how to stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership!

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Your 2016 People Powered Politics convention highlights

Your 2016 People Powered Politics convention highlights

What a weekend! THANK YOU for an incredibly successful “People-Powered Politics” convention. Two inspiring keynotes, four info-packed workshops and over 200 like-minded folks like you coming together to build the movement we need! Check out a play-by-play crafted by member, staff and speaker live posts. Watch this great video highlighting your awesome work this year. You might be in it! Watch Larry Cohen’s (political director of Our Revolution) fiery keynote speech here. Take a look at our Convention 2016 Facebook album We heard it over and over again this weekend, we’re in a movement moment—it’s time to think big and take bold action. We’re excited to take the next step to pair our tough issue organizing with a laser-like focus on running our own folks for office. It’s up to us, together, to build independent political power that challenges the establishment. We must push for the Iowa we want to see  —an Iowa that puts “People &...

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