Progress Iowa Executive Director Matt Sinovic issued the following statement in response to Governor Reynolds’ condition of the state address today:
“Governor Reynolds continues to push snake oil solutions at the expense of Iowa families. Today she promoted an income tax cut that would be paid for in large part by raising the sales tax, which hits hardest on working families.
The Governor just doesn’t get it. Iowans are happy to pay our fair share for our schools, roads, health care, and clean drinking water, but we are disappointed and fed up with her raising taxes on hardworking Iowans while cutting taxes for the wealthy and giving away hundreds of millions to companies like Apple and Facebook.
We need to invest in each other, in our public services, and the only way we can sustain those investments over the long term is for corporations and the wealthy to pay their fair share. Unfortunately Governor Reynolds’ priorities are backwards and out of line with Iowa values.”
Progress Iowa today announced the three finalists for the First In The Nation Film Festival, which called for short films focused on progressive issues. The winner will be announced at a screening of the three films on Monday, January 13th, at FilmScene in Iowa City. As part of the program, a panel discussion including the filmmakers will immediately follow the screening of the films.
Progress Iowa executive director Matt Sinovic issued the following statement in response to the breaking news that a political action committee created by Senator Joni Ernst’s political aides have worked closely with her to raise funds in support of her reelection, potentially in violation of the law:(more…)
Progress Iowa released a report today, detailing the failure of Senator Joni Ernst to protect domestic violence survivors in Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization. Ernst’s legislation comes months after the U.S. House of Representatives passed a VAWA reauthorization bill in April.(more…)
The Cedar Rapids Gazette has independently fact checked Progress Iowa’s claims that Senator Joni Ernst voted to take health coverage away from 8,295 Iowa veterans with her four votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The Gazette’s fact check rated Progress Iowa’s video an A, the highest grade possible. Click here to watch the video, Joni Ernst Votes Against Veterans’ Health Care.(more…)
Ernst’s approval dropped by more than any other Senator — only 39 percent of Iowans approve of the job Ernst is doing
After a series of tough town hall appearances facing questions about health care and impeachment, Senator Joni Ernst is reeling in a new poll of Iowa voters that shows she’s among the 10 most unpopular Senators in the country.(more…)
Trump’s abuse of power and corruption demand accountability
Progress Iowa executive director Matt Sinovic issued the following statement after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi today announced that the United States House of Representatives will move ahead with an official impeachment inquiry:
Iowans are speaking out in support of recognizing September as Labor Union Appreciation Month. More than sixty elected officials, organizations, and businesses have signed on to the effort at ThankAUnion.com.(more…)
While the nation grieves in response to two mass shootings with dozens of victims, today at 4:00 PM Iowa Representative Steve Holt (R-Denison) will host the 7th annual “Sweet Freedom Celebration & Gun Shoot” fundraiser for his campaign. Announced participants include U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Bob Vander Plaats, the President of the Family Leader which is the state affiliate of an LGBTQ hate group, and Caitlyn Dixson, the director of Iowa Right to Life.(more…)
Far too many Iowans are “trapped” in the Medicaid Mess created by Governors Terry Branstad and Kim Reynolds, and left behind by Jerry Foxhoven, the recently-fired director of Iowa’s Department of Human Services, responsible for running the program.(more…)
Tomorrow, oral arguments in the case Texas v. United States – a lawsuit brought by President Trump and 19 Republican governors or attorneys general to declare the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional – start in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.(more…)
Progress Iowa announced today that Senator Amy Klobuchar, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Congressman Seth Moulton, and Governor John Hickenlooper will attend and speak at the 5th annual Progress Iowa Corn Feed on Sunday, July 14th at NewBo City Market in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.(more…)