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Iowa CCI Action welcomes Big Bird and friends to Iowa

Iowa CCI Action welcomes Big Bird and friends to Iowa

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund (CCI Action) has flown Big Bird and friends from Sesame Street into Main Street Iowa this week for presidential candidate Mitt Romney's appearance in Iowa.

Follow along throughout the evening and tomorrow from the Iowa CCI Action Fund twitter handle, @iowacciaction or facebook/cciaction.

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Cedar Rapids Gazette urges action on payday loans

Cedar Rapids Gazette urges action on payday loans

The Cedar Rapids Gazette editorial board nails it - cities are left to do what they can to curb abusive payday lenders without action from the Iowa legislature. It's time for them to step up and do the right thing.

The piece references Iowa CCI members work to enact local payday loan ordinances, include the one they just helped pass in Iowa City.

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LTE: Sheriff candidate’s extreme talk won’t stand in Iowa

LTE: Sheriff candidate’s extreme talk won’t stand in Iowa

Great letter from CCI member Nataly Espinosa, a proud immigrant and mother of three, in response to a recent Des Moines Register column.

We will conquer this ugliness. I trust my community will stand for the American values of tolerance and democracy in Polk County and in our United States.

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The #1 issue absent from Presidential debate

The #1 issue absent from Presidential debate

To have a debate on domestic policy without ever mentioning the ongoing housing crisis is an incomplete debate. Americans deserve better from those seeking the highest office.

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Why those who say Obama lost debate are wrong

Why those who say Obama lost debate are wrong

The problem with saying Mitt Romeny was the clear winner favors the spectacle and ignores the most important reason why the first Obama/Romney debate was actually significant - because it solidified the key issues of this election, most of which favor Obama and the Democratic Party.

Debate, however, unfortunately, was marked by moments of bipartisanship of the worst kind.

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Polk County Sheriff race gets needed attention

Polk County Sheriff race gets needed attention

"This election will carry serious consequences." The Des Moines Register's Rekah Basu is right.

At stake is whether Polk County will stay a relatively inclusive place where law enforcement aims to serve and protect everyone or turn into a place where our law enforcement is more focused on targeting and dividing groups in our community at a detriment to public safety for all.

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Our view: Presidential race is referendum on government’s role

Our view: Presidential race is referendum on government’s role

There’s no question that this election offers a stark choice between two competing visions of America, and there’s no question that we all have a civic duty to participate in the electoral process.

But there’s a fight brewing on November 7 no matter who wins the presidential election and no matter which party is in power. We need to be ready for it.

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Looming budget cuts may cost Iowa $72.5M

Looming budget cuts may cost Iowa $72.5M

Congress' partisan bickering of late comes at a severe cost to everyday people.

A timely Des Moines Register column shows that here in Iowa, their political posturing could add up to $72.5 million in cuts. That's what is at stake in the looming budget showdown.

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Our view: Payday loan restrictions build support for interest rate caps

Our view: Payday loan restrictions build support for interest rate caps

The Des Moines Register has asked Iowa CCI Action E.D. Hugh Espey to be a "featured writer" on their new A Better Iowa opinions page.

In this, his second piece, he calls on the Iowa legislature to follow the lead of five Iowa cities and enact an interest rate cap on predatory payday loans.

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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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