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  • Clean Water Can Increase Farm Profits And Grow Iowa's Economy

    Luke Gran by: Luke Gran, Sally Gran
    Anyone can tell you that farming is not easy, especially in a year such as this, with predicted bumper harvests and commodity prices at or below the cost of production. A recent study published by Iowa State University researchers estimated that 27 percent of Iowa's row crop land -- about 6.2 million acres -- lost $100 per acre or more in 2015, due to the high cost of inputs and low commodity prices. That's over $620 million of losses on land that could instead be improving water quality, bird and pollinator habitat, and reducing soil erosion, all while retaining profits in the rural economy.

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  • An Act of Courage: Fighting Voter Suppression in the Arkansas Cotton Delta

    Keith Griffith by: Keith Griffith
    GOULD, Ark.  The last time there was a presidential election in this cotton-farming town of 818, William El-Amin, the former local police chief, noticed something unusual.
      El-Amin grew up in Little Rock, where he worked as a probation and parole officer before joining the Gould Police Department in 2011. Like 90 percent of the town's population, he's African-American.
      After Gould's polls closed in the 2012 presidential election, he escorted the sheriff's deputy transporting Gould's ballot box to the courthouse in Star City. At some point on the journey, the deputy driving in front of him pulled over.

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  • Why I Pay Fair Pay Today And Every Day

    Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks by: Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks
    At Earth Friendly Products, our passion is making cleaning products that are environmentally friendly, safer for people and pets, and affordable for everyone. We make our plant-powered cleaners at sustainable facilities in California, Illinois, New Jersey and Washington using 100 percent renewable energy while creating green jobs and paying our employees a living wage.
      For nearly 50 years, our family-owned business has invested in American workers, not just because it supports families and local economies but because it's helped our business grow. We support raising the minimum wage in the states and nationally as a vital investment in our economy.

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  • The True (And Incredible) Story Of Hill Staffers On The Industry Payroll

    Lydia Dennett by: Lydia Dennett
    As a Fellow in Senator Harry Reid's (D-NV) office specializing in energy policy in 2001, Peter Winkour spent his days working on the Energy Policy Act of 2002, a 977-page bill that included tax legislation on renewable energy and would have created tens of thousands of jobs. Like many Hill staffers, he wrote legislation, offered advice, met with lobbyists and public interest groups, and attended meetings on press and policy strategy.
      But unlike other staff members, Winkour wasn't being paid by the Senator's office -- he was earning $120,000-per-year from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE-USA), an industry group whose stated goal is to "recommend policies and implement programs specifically intended to serve and benefit the members.

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We Need More Sunlight -- Getting Our Candidates To Answer Core Questions On Government Secrecy And Our Right To Know

Patrice  McDermott by: Patrice McDermott
Less than one-third of Americans view elected officials as "honest," and a lack of transparency lies at the core of this distrust. Government secrecy has been a driving force behind many of the most ...



Support The Parks, Soil And Water Tax Renewal On The November 8 Ballot

Susan  Flader by: Susan Flader
Renewal of Missouri's State Parks, Soil, and Water Sales Tax is up for a vote by the citizenry in the general election November 8 as Amendment #1, and a bipartisan array of supporters urge a strong ...





Why Environmentalists Oppose The Photo ID Ballot Measure

John Hickey by: John Hickey
On November 8, voters across Missouri will vote on Constitutional Amendment 6, the so-called Photo ID measure. The Missouri Sierra Club recommends a "no" vote. Let me share a few stories about ...



We've Left Workers Behind For Too Long

Minor Sinclair by: Minor Sinclair
The candidates have spilled millions of words this election season. How many address your concerns? How many speak to the heart of the fact that our economy, and our country, have left millions ...








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Clean Water Can Increase Farm Profits And Grow Iowa's Economy (by: Luke Gran, Sally Gran) in the Des Moines Register

An Act of Courage: Fighting Voter Suppression in the Arkansas Cotton Delta (by: Keith Griffith) in the North Dallas Gazette

Why I Pay Fair Pay Today And Every Day (by: Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks) in the Newton Daily News

The True (And Incredible) Story Of Hill Staffers On The Industry Payroll (by: Lydia Dennett) in the Ridgway Record

We Need More Sunlight -- Getting Our Candidates To Answer Core Questions On Government Secrecy And Our Right To Know (by: Patrice McDermott) in the Augusta Free Press

Support The Parks, Soil And Water Tax Renewal On The November 8 Ballot (by: Susan Flader) in the Joplin Globe

Why Environmentalists Oppose The Photo ID Ballot Measure (by: John Hickey) in the Grant City Times-Tribune

We've Left Workers Behind For Too Long (by: Minor Sinclair) in the Lyon County Reporter

The Ideal Time To Revive American Democratic Values (by: Hector Garcia) in the New Bedford Standard-Times

Corporations Dodge $718 Billion in U.S. Taxes Through Offshore Tax Havens (by: Matthew Gardner) in the The Hill



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