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Iowa’s 2020 US Senate Democratic Primary Candidate Survey

This spring, CCI Action’s Movement Politics team of volunteers drafted a set of questions for our Democratic candidates for Senate. These questions are meant to clarify how the candidates think about issues important to working people — including healthcare, climate change, immigration, racial justice, education, and money in politics. Kimberly Graham and Eddie Mauro responded to our survey and their responses are available below. Theresa Greenfield and Michael T. Franken chose not to respond to our questionnaire. At Iowa CCI, We believe in doing politics differently, that puts people and the planet first. We know that big social change has always come from the ground. No one person or candidate is going to move our agenda for us. Elections are one tool that can move issues forward. No matter who wins the June 2 primary, we’ll be there to hold them accountable and make sure they put people and our planet before the profits of big corporations. However you...

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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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Poll: Iowans Prefer a U.S. Senate Candidate with a Tax Fairness Agenda

A new poll of likely Iowa voters reveals that a range of tax fairness issues are more important to voters when choosing a U.S. Senate candidate than...

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Ernst and Branstad: The #DirtyWaterDuo

Ernst and Branstad:  The Dirty Water Duo    While Branstad vetoes REAP funding and packs environmental boards with industry insiders and big money donors, Ernst advocates abolishing the EPA and the Clean Water Act   Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund members have labeled Governor Terry Branstad and GOP candidate for U.S. Senate Joni Ernst “the Dirty Water Duo” and say everyday Iowans need to know that the GOP’s premier statewide candidates – who campaigned together across Iowa last week – both vigorously oppose stronger and more effective oversight of the corporate ag polluters who are destroying Iowa’s water quality. “Iowans need to know that Terry Branstad and Joni Ernst are a dirty water duo who care more about factory farm profits than they do about clean water for all Iowans to drink, fish, and swim in,” said Barb Kalbach, a fourth-generation family farmer from Dexter and the board president of the Iowa CCI Action Fund. Despite...

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