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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

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

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

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

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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Latham’s check for millionaires

Last month, Representatives Latham and King joined nearly all Congressional Republicans in holding hostage a tax break for 98% of Americans - just so the richest 2% could pocket $160,000 more each year.

To demonstrate Latham's vote for the wealthy and big corporations, we'll be taking him a big 'ol giant check!

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LTE: Trickle down economics hasn’t worked for 32 years

CCI Action member Julia Rendon lays out a very simple economics lesson - massive handouts to millionaires and big corporations doesn't create jobs and Put People First.

Read her letter to the editor in the Des Moines Register here.

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LTE: Why I came to the fair to make a loud statement against Ryan’s plan

On Aug. 13, Rep. Paul Ryan came to the Iowa State Fair to make his first campaign speech since being selected as the Republican vice presidential candidate. He came with a lot of baggage. For months he has promoted a war on the middle class, the poor and our kids.

Ryan has several snake oil “cures” for the ills of our country. They include getting rid of Social Security. Instead, people could give their savings (if they have any) to the ethical bankers on Wall Street who would happily take it and “invest” it for you. If you get old and have no retirement money, try a shelter....

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What in the world is “Taxmageddon”?

Congress and the Administration face a choice at the end of 2012 - what to do about "Taxmageddon"? Their action, or inaction, will have major implications for what our future economy will look like.

Learn more about it and what we can do to shift the debate at a series of workshops across central and west central Iowa.

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Create jobs by raising minimum wage, report finds

More than 300,000 Iowa workers would get an average $560/year pay raise if a bill proposed by Iowa Senator Tom Harkin to raise the minimum wage to $9.60 over three years were passed into law, according to a new report by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), a Washington D.C.-based think tank. Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund (CCI Action) members call on President Barack Obama and his presidential contender Mitt Romney to prove they are serious about job creation and support the proposal on the campaign trail this fall.

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