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Branstad’s toxic blue-green algae problem

As blue green algae blooms spread across the country and Iowa’s public beaches close, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund members are asking what Governor Terry Branstad and his political appointees at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Commissions are doing to solve Iowa’s water quality crisis.

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Corporate Ag Sneak Attack on Ag Budget Bill Seeks to Shield Aggregate Water Quality Practices From Public Oversight

Iowa House GOP leadership, including Agriculture and Natural Resources Budget subcommittee co-chair, Representative Jack Drake (R-Griswold), has snuck language into a budget bill that would prevent the public from accessing information about water quality and land-use practices collected by projects funded with taxpayer dollars, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund (Iowa CCI Action Fund) members announced March 27.

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Our take on 2014’s first funnel

As the dust settles from the first funnel, check out the good bills we're pushing and bad bills we're working to stop this legislative session.

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Hearing held on Schultz’s voter disenfranchisement shows the need for felon voting restoration

Senator Jeff Danielson and the Senate State Government committee held a hearing today to further investigate why three people were disenfranchised from voting in 2012. CCI Action members attended the hearing to further understand how three Iowans were disenfranchised from voting and to see if Schultz’s office would present any tangible solutions to the problem. “It’s troubling”, said CCI Action organizer Bridget Fagan. “In Secretary Schultz’s witch hunt, he’s disenfranchised eligible voters. It’s his job as chief elections officer to make sure no one is disenfranchised and he hasn’t done his job in that department.” Debbie Bunka, CCI Action Fund member from Ames who also attended the hearing said, “There’s so much confusion out there about who’s eligible and ineligible to vote. Everything I saw today showed me the need to for felon voting rights restoration. And it needs to happen this session.” Senator Dearden also highlighted the need for felon voting...

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Kicking off the legislative session

More than 200 everyday Iowans joined us at the Statehouse to kick off the legislative session right at A People First Iowa: 2014 Rally and Lobby Day.

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A review – A People First Iowa: 2014 Rally and Lobby Day

Check out our day in review at this year's Jan. 14th Rally and Lobby Day

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