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Resist. Persist. Repeat. 7 Ways to Fight Back.

April 21st, 2017 - Posted By: Progress Iowa

Iowans have been speaking out, attending forums, town halls, and the capitol in record numbers this year. The legislative session has ended, but the fight to return Iowa to its progressive roots is just beginning. Bookmark this page > below are seven ways to stay involved for the remainder of 2017, and we will make updates as often as possible. If you have a tip for what should be included, click here to email us. Thank you!
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Women Deserve Equal Pay for Equal Work

April 4th, 2017 - Posted By: Progress Iowa

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Equal pay for equal work. It might sound like common sense, but unfortunately it’s far from reality.

The figures on equal pay are daunting. Women make just 80 cents for every dollar a man makes, according to data released by the United States Census Bureau. African American and Hispanic women are even further behind, making just 63 and 54 cents, respectively. And unfortunately, Iowa lags behind even those disappointing numbers. Women in our state make less than 77 cents on the dollar for what a man earns. Women and our families are being shortchanged thousands of dollars a year and hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of a lifetime.
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Speaker Upmeyer Lied to Constituents at Legislative Forum

March 28th, 2017 - Posted By: Progress Iowa

UPMEYER LIED ABOUT COLLECTIVE BARGAINING CONVERSATIONS IN FRIDAY FORUM

Speaker of the Iowa House Linda Upmeyer attended a legislative forum last week in Clear Lake, and answered a constituent’s question about who was involved with creating the legislation that stripped away collective bargaining rights earlier this legislative session. Upmeyer specifically referenced that AFSCME Council 61 had a seat at the table.
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Iowa’s #Extreme16 Bracket Announced!

March 23rd, 2017 - Posted By: Progress Iowa

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

Extreme 16 Bracket by ProgressIowa on Scribd

The 2017 #Extreme16, representing the most extreme elected officials from across the state of Iowa:

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Branstad/Reynolds Kept No Record Of Invitations To Collective Bargaining Bill Signing Attended By Koch Lobbyist

March 22nd, 2017 - Posted By: Progress Iowa

AFP Lobbyist Attended HF291 Bill Signing Despite No Record Of Invitations Sent By Branstad/Reynolds Administration

As a result of an open records request, Progress Iowa has learned that the Office of Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds kept no record of any invitation for the signing of HF291, the legislation that stripped away collective bargaining rights for more than 180,000 public employees in Iowa. A lobbyist for Americans for Prosperity Iowa (AFP), an organization funded by the Koch brothers, attended the signing despite there being no record of any invitation sent to anyone by the Branstad/Reynolds administration.
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Progress Iowa Calls on Rep. Rob Taylor to Recuse Himself From AFP Ethics Complaint

March 10th, 2017 - Posted By: Progress Iowa

Taylor Co-Hosted Event With Koch-Backed Americans for Prosperity Iowa This Week

Progress Iowa today called on Representative Rob Taylor to recuse himself from any involvement in the ongoing complaint against the state director of Americans for Prosperity Iowa (AFP). The formal complaint against AFP was filed several weeks ago by the Iowa Federation of Labor, alleging that their state director failed to properly to register as a lobbyist until over a month into the legislative session. The AFP state director was very clearly lobbying legislators on behalf of the Koch Brothers-funded AFP, most notably on the collective bargaining bill, even attending the closed-door bill signing and posing for a photo with Governor Terry Branstad.
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Branstad/Reynolds Secret Bill Signing: Progress Iowa Files Open Records Request

February 24th, 2017 - Posted By: Progress Iowa

Governor Branstad signed HF291 in private ceremony without press or the general public invited 

Progress Iowa today submitted an open records request to Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds, asking that they release the list of all those invited to attend the private bill signing of House File 291 (HF291) into law, as well as the list of those in attendance. During the past week, the private bill signing has been surrounded by controversy as no member of the media or the general public were invited, but at least one corporate lobbyist was in attendance.
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Hold Senators Grassley & Ernst Accountable at Town Halls

February 20th, 2017 - Posted By: Progress Iowa

Will Iowans hold Senators Grassley and Ernst accountable?

This week Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst will hold public town hall meetings across the state. Will you be there to hold them accountable?
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Iowa Republicans Skype with Scott Walker, Ignore Constituents

February 13th, 2017 - Posted By: Progress Iowa

Progress Iowa calls on Republicans to apologize for ignoring Iowans while chatting with Walker

Iowa Republican legislators today took a Skype call from Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, while ignoring the voices of thousands of their constituents who have rallied in opposition to their proposed attacks on public sector collective bargaining. In response, Progress Iowa executive director Matt Sinovic issued the following statement:

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Sinclair says fellow Senator could have been aborted

February 3rd, 2017 - Posted By: Progress Iowa

Click here to email Senator Sinclair, or call her to express your opinion about her suggesting that a fellow Senator could have been aborted: (641) 870-0199.

On the floor of the Iowa Senate, Sen. Amy Sinclair suggested that her colleague, Sen. Nate Boulton, could have been aborted by his mother. Her inappropriate remarks were made during the conclusion of the floor debate on SF2, legislation to defund Planned Parenthood in Iowa:

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A Transition From Hope To Fear

January 20th, 2017 - Posted By: Progress Iowa

In response to the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States, Progress Iowa Executive Director Matt Sinovic issued the following statement:

“Today we witnessed a transition from hope to fear.”
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Fact-Checking Branstad & Reynolds

January 11th, 2017 - Posted By: Progress Iowa

Join us for a live fact-check of Terry Branstad’s last condition of the state address >>> http://progressiowa.org/.

His remarks begin at 10 AM. Will he and Kim Reynolds take responsibility for their disastrous track record? Help us hold them accountable! Follow along at our website, and share using #iafact
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