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Grassley, Holt must cancel “Sweet Freedom Celebration & Gun Shoot” fundraiser

August 5th, 2019 - Posted By: Progress Iowa

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. 

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Tupac Friday Playlist

July 18th, 2019 - Posted By: Progress Iowa

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.

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Trump gets his day in court to destroy health care

July 8th, 2019 - Posted By: Progress Iowa

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.

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10 Presidential Candidates Confirmed For Progress Iowa Corn Feed

June 13th, 2019 - Posted By: Progress Iowa

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.

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Cindy Axne Leads Fight to Protect Health Care for Iowans

June 7th, 2019 - Posted By: Progress Iowa

As Trump and Republicans in Congress continue their relentless war on health care and work to sabotage the Affordable Care Act, advocates from across Iowa spoke out on a call to highlight how House Democrats are fighting back. Congresswoman Cindy Axne detailed Democrats’ efforts to deliver affordable, improved health care to all Americans on a conference call earlier today.

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Iowa LGBTQ Media Guide Released in Recognition of Pride Month

June 5th, 2019 - Posted By: Progress Iowa

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

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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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