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Weekly Update for March 22, 2019

Happy Spring! That means warmer weather, more rain (and flooding), and more debate at the Iowa Statehouse. Our hearts go out to communities reeling from the widespread flood devastation. It’s a reminder of the power of nature and, unfortunately, of what is becoming a new normal. Many Nebraska and Iowa farmers are already at a disadvantage because they’re close to the financial breaking point. The price tag for this catastrophic record flooding in the Midwest will likely be over $1 billion when agricultural losses are included, according to some experts.   And, things are made worse by the toxic combination of flood waters and factory farms. You’ve been sending and sharing images that show how this flooding future and factory farms don’t mix.    Members in Story Co. have images of flooded fields where a 5,000-head hog factory and manure pit will be built. Some of these fields drain into a creek behind Story County homes...

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Weekly Update: March 8 – First Funnel!

The first funnel frenzy at the Iowa Statehouse has passed.Today marks the deadline when a bill must pass out of at least one committee to be eligible for further debate. That means many of our People and Planet First priorities are technically done for the session. But the week didn’t pass without some big push back.  A bill being backed by the Iowa Farm Bureau – House File 542 and Senate File 548 (formerly Senate Study Bill 1221) – met tough opposition when over 200 everyday folks turned out to pack sub-committee and committee hearings on the bill. These bills would end some of the critical programs that help individuals and local governments move land into conservation. Why is Iowa Farm Bureau pushing this? (Don’t they love tax breaks and voluntary incentives for programs?) The truth is Farm Bureau won’t be happy until every acre in Iowa is being mined for everything it can produce, and programs like these – that support conservation – are a threat...

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Legislative Update for February 22, 2019

Things are picking up at the Iowa Statehouse. Bills are being introduced (over 100 on Thursday alone), sub-committees and committees are starting to meet, discuss, and debate, and groups are holding their lobby days (see our “Attend an Event” section below). Our bill establishing a single-payer healthcare system for Iowa was introduced (House File 96)! Here are a few more GOOD bills that caught our eye this week: Establishing a “Crude-Oil Fee” on pipelines (like DAPL) to help cover the costs of future spills (House File 44);Establishing Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) for food (House File 58);Getting rid of Iowa’s (Steve King’s) “English Only” law (House File 70) and introducing an Iowa Dream Act (House File 101);Several bills expanding voting (electronic registration, automatic registration, vote-by-mail, and restoring voting rights);Repealing Iowa’s pre-emption of local wage and worker ordinances...

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Weekly Update: Feb. 22, 2019

What a week! Yesterday, I got to spend the day with 75 clean water fighters at the Capitol. It was great to stand beside so many people, from across the state, to lobby for our shared future.  Our big push of the day was lobbying for House File 203, our factory farm moratorium bill. Together we lobbied over 15 key legislators and held a press rally with two of our bill sponsors and Des Moines Water Works’ Bill Stowe. And, over 100 of you weighed in from home by calling Rep. Dean Fisher (R- Tama Co) asking him to assign HF 203 to a sub-committee. Thank you!  Tuesday was a big day for members in Story County. In the afternoon, we supported Story Co. Supervisor’s appeal of a factory farm permit before the DNR’s Environmental Protection Commission (EPC). In the evening, 150 of you turned out to a meeting where the Board of Supervisors voted to become the 25th county in the state to pass a resolution calling for changes to how Iowa...

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Weekly Updates for February 15, 2019

Things really picked up this week at the Statehouse. With three weeks until the first funnel, we saw more than 1,000 files and study bills introduced. Among the issues legislators are looking at over the next few weeks are traffic cameras, sports betting, and those nasty Medicaid and SNAP work requirements we told you about last week. Yesterday, a team of members were at the Capitol to weigh in on the work requirement bills during the subcommittee meeting. The results: we found that Republican legislators pushing the bills didn’t understand them or the impact they could have. Even the corporate lobbyist from Opportunity Solutions Project (a right wing think tank from Florida) couldn’t explain how the bill would function as law or how many people it would affect.  Notice what’s missing on the above list of bills? Ending privatized Medicaid and getting profits out of healthcare, a moratorium on factory farms or anything to do with clean water, and...

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CCI Action calls for Steve King to resign

For Immediate Release: January 15, 2019 For more information:   Adam Mason, State Policy Organizing Director, 515-282-0484, adam@iowacci.org Members of Iowa CCI Action calling on racist, white supremacist Steve King to resign from office immediately   Steve King’s racist white supremacist worldview is not new and it is not a secret.  As Iowans we have become accustomed to writing King off as an embarrassment to our state. But King’s comments are not merely offensive; his worldview is dangerous, and he is trying to make it a reality. We as Iowans are committed to standing up against hate, standing up against white supremacy, and standing up against religiously and racially motivated violence and those who promote these evils. That is why we confronted King at a campaign event in Des Moines. This is a moral issue and a wakeup call. Many in politics and our government have spent years turning a blind eye to King’s explicit white supremacist worldview for their...

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