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Kevin Rutledge on March 24, 2015
Polk County Sheriff Bill McCarthy

Iowa Polk County Sheriff Bill McCarthy questions how Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detains undocumented workers illegally.

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Eric Zulaski on March 19, 2015

Why do we need you to get involved in the frenzy of presidential politics? Here are three reasons to get out and ask a question the next time you hear a candidate is coming to town.

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Beth Hallowell and Josh Skipworth on March 09, 2015

The Governing Under the Influence campaign exposes the undue influence of corporations on militarized public policies in the U.S. From the F‐35 debacle to the detention bed mandate, we are asking: who profits from this kind of corporate cronyism? Who pays for it? 


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Kevin Rutledge on March 5, 2015

VIDEO from Drake University student Emma Wilson reporting on Iowa GUI Kickoff event for a school video project.

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Olivia Zink on February 26, 2015

Private companies invest millions in lobbying and election campaigns in order to pass policies that guarantee profits regardless of the human cost. Download the full infographic to see how money spent on lobbying affects policy, profits, and the rest of the world. 

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Arnie Alpert on February 13, 2015

One issue on our minds now is whether we have a democracy or governing-under-the-influence. 

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Kevin Rutledge on February 11, 2015

If you can’t drive under the influence, you shouldn’t be able to govern under the influence.”

– John Nichols, Washington Correspondent for The Nation magazine, referring to those who govern our country under the influence of corporate dollars, at Iowa's "Governing Under the Influence" Kickoff event on February 7th. 

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Lia Lindsey on February 09, 2015

A public briefing session conducted by the US Commission on Civil Rights on January 30 revealed that for-profit prison firms act like they can withhold information about abuses suffered by immigrant detainees under their control. 

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Raed Jarrar on February 03, 2015

This week we’ll hear proposals to massively increase military spending in the face of last year’s outcries about “draconian” cuts to our defense budget and criticism of “out of control” spending on public services. But don’t be fooled by the hyperbole. In fact, our military budget, still at historically unprecedented highs, was cut by less than one percent last year. The president’s proposed FY16 budget again preserves our outsized military spending while continuing a long, dangerous trend of underfunding human needs.

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The Saturday before last, staffers and volunteers for AFSC's Presidential Campaign Project had the distinct priviledge of attending the Iowa Freedom Summit, a GOP candidate rally hosted by Rep. Steve King and Citizens United (yes, that Citizens United).

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