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Fowl Record Earns Kim Reynolds ‘Turkey of the Year’ Award

November 24th, 2021 - Posted By: Progress Iowa

Citing her ‘fowl’ record of mismanagement and policy failures, Progress Iowa today declared Governor Kim Reynolds as the ‘Turkey of the Year’ in advance of the Thanksgiving holiday. 

According to the advocacy organization, key ingredients for her failure have been the misuse of COVID-19 funds intended to help Iowa families, using the highest office in the state to stoke divisions instead of uniting us, and her relentless attacks against workers. 

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Axne Delivers For Iowa Families While Republicans Sell Us Out

November 19th, 2021 - Posted By: Progress Iowa

Progress Iowa Executive Director Matt Sinovic issued the following statement after today’s historic vote in the U.S. House passing the Build Back Better Act, with Rep. Cindy Axne voting in favor and Reps. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, Ashley Hinson, and Randy Feenstra voting in opposition:

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Iowa Veterans Urge Officials to Support Build Back Better

November 11th, 2021 - Posted By: Progress Iowa

Today, Iowa veterans Dan Callahan and Laura Hubka issued statements urging Iowa’s federal delegation to support veterans by passing the Build Back Better plan. This legislation is expected to invest in the infrastructure of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ medical facilities and in health care jobs for the department, according to the House Committee on the Budget.

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Rep. Miller-Meeks Tucks Tail, Runs From Record

November 10th, 2021 - Posted By: Progress Iowa

Progress Iowa executive director Matt Sinovic issued the following statement responding the announcement by Representative Miller-Meeks to change congressional districts:

“This is a democracy, not a deli. You don’t get to taste test voters and send back the ones you don’t like.”

“Rep. Miller-Meeks just tucked her tail and ran, rather than campaign with her poor record with voters that didn’t suit her taste. When Miller-Meeks announced her move today, she made it clear that she’s trying to pick and choose her voters. But that’s not how democracy works. We get to pick our elected officials, not the other way around.”

“It’s not a surprise that Miller-Meeks is terrified of her own record. Having been in office for less than a year, she has abandoned Iowa families, workers, and our communities. She voted against investments in our infrastructure, the expanded child tax credit, and apprenticeship programs for workers. Miller-Meeks has shown Iowans her true colors. It’s no wonder she felt the need to tuck tail and run for cover from what she’s done.” 

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Iowa Needs Build Back Better

October 28th, 2021 - Posted By: Progress Iowa

Progress Iowa executive director Matt Sinovic issued the following statement calling on Iowa’s federal delegation to support the Build Back Better framework announced today:

“Iowa families and future generations need significant investments to fight climate change, improved access to childcare and early education to thrive. The Build Back Better plan announced today will help make those investments a reality, and Iowans need every member of our federal delegation to support it.”

“This plan is the largest expansion of public education in a century, will provide health coverage for millions of Americans, it makes the largest investment ever in fighting the climate crisis, it invests in our immigration system to make it more humane, and it provides real relief and support for working families including housing, school lunches, and higher education. It achieves all of this by tipping the scales back in favor of working families, making sure billionaires and corporations pay what they owe in taxes.”

“Every Iowan should be grateful to Cindy Axne for her support of the Build Back Better agenda, and it is long past time that Senators Grassley, Ernst, and the rest of Iowa’s delegation follow Axne’s lead and put their constituents first. Iowans deserve the opportunity for a better future, but this won’t be possible without the meaningful investments in our neighbors, friends, family, and fellow community members laid out in the plan announced today.”

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Iowans Expect Tradition of Fair Maps to be Upheld

September 16th, 2021 - Posted By: Progress Iowa

Progress Iowa executive director Matt Sinovic issued the following statement in response to the Legislative Services Agency submitting their first redistricting map to Iowa’s legislature:

Iowa has long been a model for the nation with our non-partisan redistricting, and we hope this continues as the legislature will soon review the first map from the Legislative Services Agency. Iowans believe that we along with our friends, family, and neighbors pick our leaders. That’s why it’s crucial that the Republican controlled legislature respect their constituents, resist political gerrymandering, and adopt the maps prepared by the LSA to ensure Iowa’s districts are fair and non-discriminatory.

“Iowans are watching their leaders, and expect the politicians in control of the legislature to continue with the transparent redistricting process, despite voter suppression becoming a trend as of late. Our communities deserve to remain whole, Iowans deserve to be listened to, and we expect our leaders to be chosen by Iowans, not politicians.

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Rep. Hinson Ducks Constituents During Her No Good, Very Bad Week

September 3rd, 2021 - Posted By: Progress Iowa

In columns, news stories, media, and events across the state, Iowans are urging Representative Ashley Hinson to stop hiding from constituents and her record. 

Constituents of U.S. Congresswoman Ashley Hinson held public town hall meetings this week in Dubuque and Cedar Rapids with empty chairs for the Congresswoman, after she rejected their invitation to participate in two different open discussions with Iowans. Following the empty chair town hall on Tuesday, August 31 at Greene Square Park in Cedar Rapids, constituents visited Rep. Hinson’s office and questioned her staff on the absence in Linn County. Video of this encounter can be found here

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Legislative Report Cards Released for Iowa Representatives

August 26th, 2021 - Posted By: Progress Iowa

Progress Iowa released legislative report cards today, to provide an update for Iowans regarding their elected officials and their progress. Unfortunately, Rep. Hinson, Miller-Meeks, and Feenstra failed Iowans on a wide array of issues important to our community.

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Will Reynolds Join Indiana’s Republican Governor, And Back Schools On Mask Mandates?

August 18th, 2021 - Posted By: Progress Iowa

Republican Gov. Holcomb describes mask mandates as “wise” while Reynolds gaslights her constituents; Progress Iowa calls on Governor to reverse decision before children are put in danger

As the school year approaches and parents worry about spiking COVID-19 cases in Iowa and across the country, the Republican Governor of Indiana is putting politics aside and continuing to empower schools to determine whether to mandate masks. 

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What Patriots Believe

July 4th, 2021 - Posted By: Progress Iowa

Patriots believe that America’s strength comes from our ability to work together. No matter where we come from or what our color, patriots believe we can make this a place where freedom is for everyone, no exceptions.

Patriots want to make it as easy as possible for every American to exercise our right to vote.

Patriots contribute our fair share in taxes for our public schools, roads, clean drinking water, health care, and more.

Patriots believe in an honest education about our history, even when it’s critical, so we can learn from the past and create a better future together.

Patriots respect every American’s right to express our faith, and believe faith should never be used as an excuse for discrimination.

Patriots believe the American dream is big enough for every citizen, and everyone who aspires to come to our country in pursuit of a better life.

Patriots celebrate our independence year-round, by participating in our democracy, standing together across race and place, to fight for the country we all deserve.

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IOWA LGBTQ MEDIA GUIDE RELEASED IN RECOGNITION OF PRIDE MONTH

June 4th, 2021 - Posted By: Progress Iowa

Local and national organizations released the annual Iowa LGBTQ Media Guide today, to provide accurate information and encourage appropriate representation of the LGBTQ community in the media. One Iowa, Iowa Safe Schools, Interfaith Alliance of Iowa, GLAAD, and Progress Iowa jointly released the guide, which can be viewed by clicking here.

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Iowa’s economy sputtering as people flee the state

May 24th, 2021 - Posted By: Progress Iowa

Two recent reports show a sputtering Iowa economy after years of attacks on working families under Republican leadership. 

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that Iowa lost jobs again in April, as our economic recovery from the pandemic continues to fall behind other states. And Moneywise rated Iowa as one of the worst states when considering residents fleeing the state. The two reports come after five years of Republican control in state government that has seen the stripping away of worker’s rights, underfunding of education, and a partisan, ideological approach to health care and social policy. 

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