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Debunking McCoy’s payday lending excuse

Debunking McCoy’s payday lending excuse

Responding to dozens of CCI members urging him to move this bill, McCoy stated that he's worked about payday loans obtained online. And, until they are address he won't move on a state interest rate cap.

Luckily for him our bill addresses that! We checked with the Iowa Attorney General’s office and our friends at the Center for Responsible Lending and, in fact, our bill already addresses much of this problem for two simple reasons...

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Voter ID rears its ugly head again!

Voter ID rears its ugly head again!

Did you know - you are more likely to be struck by lightning than to have your vote canceled out by voter fraud?

Secretary of State Matt Schultz wants to pass Voter ID, but it doesn't have a lot of support amongst Iowans. Find out more!

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Wage theft bill introduced

Wage theft bill introduced

We're happy to report that our wage theft protection bill was introduced in the Iowa House of Representatives last week.

Wage theft and worker misclassification are rampant problems for workers in Iowa and across the country. According to a national study, over $16 billion dollars in unpaid wages are stolen from employees every year by employers who don’t pay minimum wage, don’t pay overtime, make illegal deductions, force workers to work off the clock, or don’t even pay at all.

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Find a legislative coffee in your area

Find a legislative coffee in your area

Most weekends, you can find an opportunity to engage your legislators at a local legislative forum - often called legislative coffees, or in some places 'cracker barrels'. These are great opportunities to talk with your legislator face to face, raise issues important to you and call on them to stand on the side of the people.

Check your local paper to see when there is a legislative coffee or other event in your area. Or follow the links we have listed for you here.

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[Update] Iowa Senate votes on bad “Ag gag” bill

[Update] Iowa Senate votes on bad “Ag gag” bill

<< If HF 589 passes, the neighbor who took this photo could be a criminal.

Legislators are poised to vote today on the bad corporate "Ag Gag" bill, HF 589 very soon.. We think this bill should be DOA. "Ag gag" is an attempt by the factory farm industry to criminalize basic watchdog functions that everyday folks have to hold factory farms accountable for violations they commit. Please 'read more' to take action today! (1/25/12)

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[Update] Why is Sen. McCoy standing in way of payday lending bill?

[Update] Why is Sen. McCoy standing in way of payday lending bill?

Last Wednesday, in a sit down meeting with a small group of CCI members, Senate Commerce Committee chair Sen. Matt McCoy (D-Des Moines) state he has no intention in considering a bill to cap interest rates for payday loans at 36%.

There is bi-partisan support on the Senate Commerce Committee to pass Senate File 388. Join other CCI members today and tell McCoy that it's time to crackdown on payday lending in Iowa. Allow this bill to be voted on in committee.

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Legislators intent on bad “Ag Gag” bill

Legislators intent on bad “Ag Gag” bill

Legislators - both Democrats and Republicans alike - are intent on passing the "Ag gag" bill. As currently written, House File 589 would make it a felony (yes, a felony) to videotape or photograph in or around factory farms.

This bill is a blatant attempt to silence citizen's voices and stifle free speech. And, as many of you have said - a solution in search of a problem. It also appears as pure catering to corporate ag. At a time when there are so many critical issues on the table, it's frustrating to learn so much time is being spent on this bad bill.

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The good and the bad: legislation we’re tracking

The good and the bad: legislation we’re tracking

We want legislators to pass bills that put people first before polluters, politics and profits. That's why our staff and supporters monitor bills at the Iowa Statehouse – both good and bad – to let you know when your call or email can have the biggest impact possible.

Here is the list of good and bad bills we'll be tracking this session.

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I believe that we will win

I believe that we will win

I. I believe. I believe that. I believe that we. I believe that we will. I believe that we will win. I believe that we will win! I believe that we will win!

This is our favorite new chant. And, we were excited to use it with nearly 500 of our closest CCI, union and occupy friends at the door of Gov. Terry Branstad's office at the Statehouse yesterday. Watch the video here:

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Top 15 photos from rally day

It was hard to choose - but we narrowed it down to the top 15 photos we think best represent our big "State of the 99%" rally and lobby day at the Statehouse Jan. 10.

Take a look and see the power of hundreds standing up and standing together for the Iowa you want to see.

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