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Hypocrite Ashley Hinson Introduces Campaign With Contradiction

May 17th, 2019 - Posted By: Matt Sinovic

Iowa Representative Ashley Hinson kicked off her campaign for Congress this week, and in less than ten seconds had already flip flopped on her own biography. 

Hinson’s launch video begins with her saying “Hi, I’m Ashley Hinson. You know me from the morning news.” Her campaign has decided to make her background as a journalist a centerpiece of her campaign, and she is known to many from her time on local television. 

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Iowa Teachers Make Less. That’s Not Right.

May 7th, 2019 - Posted By: Progress Iowa
Tuesday, May 7th is National Teacher Day, and we all should #ThankATeacher today.

There are so many who have impacted our lives. Please take the time to say thank you at some point today (you can start by sharing this post!). But supporting teachers has to be about more than saying thank you once a year. It has to be backed up with action every day from our elected officials.

Iowa Republicans talk a good game about how much they value teachers, but their actions tell a very different story. From stripping away the rights of teachers to bargain in the workplace, to underfunding public education, it’s clear that teachers are not a priority for Governor Reynolds and the Iowa GOP.

Iowa’s teachers face a weekly wage penalty of 17.2 percent – that’s how much less they make than other Iowans who are college-educated, according to the Economic Policy Institute.

That’s not how a state with a “foundation in education” should treat its educators. Will you click here to share and spread the word?

It’s so important to thank teachers and support the work they do, but it is just as important to call out when they are being treated or paid unfairly.Let’s make sure Governor Reynolds and the Republicans in control of the Iowa legislature know that we value teachers, and that this wage penalty has to stop.
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WATCH: Ernst Refuses to Oppose Republican Lawsuit to End Pre-Existing Conditions Protections

May 2nd, 2019 - Posted By: Progress Iowa

In a recent television interview with WHBF, Senator Joni Ernst was pressed to take a position on the Texas v. United States lawsuit, which could overturn the entirety of the Affordable Care Act, including its protections for 1,288,400 Iowans who live with a pre-existing condition. Ernst evaded the question, and refused to stand up for Iowans’ health care, while admitting that the Republican-led lawsuit could cost Iowans with pre-existing conditions their access to quality, affordable health care.

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Sweet Corn, Popcorn, and Holiday Cheer: Progress Iowa Announces 2019 Events

April 29th, 2019 - Posted By: Progress Iowa

Progress Iowa Corn Feed to take place at NewBo City Market in Cedar Rapids as a free event featuring Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer and Presidential candidates

A new progressive film festival and follow up to last year’s hit musical round out the year’s events

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New Poll Shows Rejection of Trump-Republican Sabotage Agenda, Support for Health Care Law

April 25th, 2019 - Posted By: Progress Iowa

The Kaiser Family Foundation’s newly released April Tracking Poll shows that the American people vehemently reject the Trump-GOP repeal and sabotage agenda and support the health care law as well as Democrats’ efforts to lower prices and improve care.

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Rep. Dave Loebsack, Iowans, and Advocates Recognize Medicaid Awareness Month

April 19th, 2019 - Posted By: Progress Iowa

U.S. Representative Dave Loebsack joined Iowans and advocates to recognize Medicaid Awareness Month and the importance of health care for Iowa families yesterday. April is Medicaid Awareness Month, and on a press conference call speakers highlighted the benefits of expansion under the Affordable Care Act, as well as the disaster of Medicaid privatization in Iowa.

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Iowa’s Political Talk Shows Leave Out Key Voices and Perspective

April 11th, 2019 - Posted By: Progress Iowa

Latino, Native, Asian and African American Iowans Have Been Left Off Iowa Public Television’s ‘Iowa Press’ in 2019

With caucus season underway, Iowa’s political talk shows have failed to give voice to the diverse perspectives in our state, according to an analysis released today by the advocacy group Progress Iowa. According to data released, white men are given twice the airtime across episodes than all women of any race and approximately 15% of guests represent all of our communities of color.

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Bracket Buster: Underdog Amy Sinclair Claims Top Spot in Extreme 16

March 25th, 2019 - Posted By: Progress Iowa

Iowans voted, and the #Extreme16 has been selected! Download and print your bracket, and let the #MarchMadness begin!

Reynolds, King, and Ernst take the other top four spots in a bracket filled with a majority of newcomers

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Mueller Report Must Be Made Public

March 22nd, 2019 - Posted By: Progress Iowa

Progress Iowa Executive Director Matt Sinovic issued the following statement in response to Special Counsel Robert Mueller delivering his report on the Russia investigation to Attorney General Barr:

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VIDEO: Conservative Lobbyists Attend Private Meeting With Betsy DeVos & Kim Reynolds

March 15th, 2019 - Posted By: Progress Iowa

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos held a private meeting with conservative lobbyists today, and excluded the public. Video recorded by Progress Iowa shows a number of prominent lobbyists in attendance at the Governor’s private capitol office.
 
“Kim Reynolds reminded us today who she really represents, and it’s not Iowans,” said Matt Sinovic, executive director of Progress Iowa. “It’s disturbing that she would host a meeting with the Secretary of Education about how to divert funds from public schools, and cut the public out of the process. These are our tax dollars and our neighborhood schools, and the public should have a seat at the table, not the Koch Brother’s lobbyist. Today’s meeting and their voucher proposal is a slap in the face to every student, parent, and educator in Iowa.”

Those identified as attending the meeting include:

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Iowa GOP & Chuck Grassley received thousands of dollars from donor charged in prostitution sting

March 6th, 2019 - Posted By: Progress Iowa

The Iowa Republican Party received $20,000 and Senator Chuck Grassley received $2,700 from a donor who was recently charged in a prostitution sting, and Progress Iowa is calling for them to donate those funds to charity to support the fight against human trafficking.

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Roger Stone Indicted; Ernst, Grassley Must Protect Rule of Law

January 25th, 2019 - Posted By: Progress Iowa

Progress Iowa executive director Matt Sinovic issued the following statement in response to the news that Roger Stone, advisor to President Trump, has been arrested and indicted:

“It goes beyond partisan politics when an American citizen is arrested and indicted on charges of working with a foreign power to disrupt and destabilize our democratic elections.

Roger Stone’s indictment is a red-alert alarm that should wake up the conscience of every elected official, to step up and protect the ongoing investigation into Russian interference into our democracy. It’s time for Senators Ernst and Grassley to drop their partisan blinders and give their full support for legislation to protect the Mueller investigation.

The accusations in the indictment are startling, both for what they accuse Mr. Stone of doing to influence the election, and the lengths at which they went to cover it up. It is clear that there is a widespread effort to prevent witnesses from being honest, and prevent the special prosecutor from doing his job.

Senators Ernst and Grassley have a constitutional responsibility to do their job and ensure the rule of law. We hope they will start taking it seriously.”

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