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Senator Grassley ‘Rubber Stamp’ For Trump Judicial Nominees

November 29th, 2017 - Posted By: Progress Iowa

Des Moines — Local and national organizations today launched a petition drive, encouraging Iowans and Americans to demand that Senator Grassley stop politicizing the Judiciary Committee, where he serves as Chair, and to provide true oversight to President Trump’s judicial nominees instead of acting as a rubber stamp.

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NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio to Headline Progress Iowa Holiday Party

November 20th, 2017 - Posted By: Progress Iowa

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will headline Progress Iowa’s fifth annual Holiday Party on December 19th. Mayor de Blasio will focus his remarks on the future of the progressive movement and the effort to resist the conservative agenda being enacted across the country. In addition, Senate Democratic Leader Janet Petersen and House Democratic Leader Mark Smith will speak at the event.
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The Truth About Vouchers

November 17th, 2017 - Posted By: Progress Iowa

National Education Week is being recognized across the country, in support of strong public schools. Our public schools are at the foundation of what makes Iowa strong, and we deserve to know when that foundation is being threatened. Iowans deserve to know the truth about vouchers, both nationally and here in Iowa.
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25 Ways Iowa Republicans Voted Against Veterans

November 10th, 2017 - Posted By: Progress Iowa

2017 legislative session included Republican votes against veterans’ rights as workers, access to quality health care, and more

Progress Iowa today released a new research report, 25 Ways Iowa Republicans voted against veterans. The report examines votes cast during the 2017 Iowa legislative session, and the impact those votes had on Iowa veterans.
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REPORT: Iowa’s Student Loan Debt Reaches More Than $13 Billion

November 2nd, 2017 - Posted By: Progress Iowa

Iowa’s total student loan debt balance was $13.08 billion as of 2016, according to recently released figures from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), while Iowa ranks 15th worst in the nation for student debt with an average of $29,574 per graduate, and two thirds of Iowa students taking loans. The U.S. Dept. of Education also found that students in Iowa default on their loans at a higher rate than the national average.
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Reynolds Should Apologize For Supporting Social Media Troll Trump, Calling Constituents Unhinged

November 1st, 2017 - Posted By: Progress Iowa

Progress Iowa executive director Matt Sinovic issued the following statement in response to Governor Reynolds’ longing for civil discourse after she was criticized for calling all liberal constituents unhinged, after a social media troll commented about her family on Facebook:
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Iowa Workers Overwhelmingly Support Unions In Recertification Vote

October 25th, 2017 - Posted By: Progress Iowa

Iowa’s working families sent a clear message to Governor Reynolds and the Republican-controlled legislature today: we are not letting you take our unions away from us.

Iowans owe a thank you to every labor union who organized and turned out workers to vote in these elections, because when unions are strong, Iowa is much stronger.
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REPORT: Republican Tax Giveaways Devastate Iowa Families

October 25th, 2017 - Posted By: Progress Iowa

A new 50-state report released by the Senate Democratic Policy & Communication Committee (DPCC) found that Congressional Republicans’ and Donald Trump’s tax plan is yet another tax giveaway for the wealthy for which vulnerable working families across the country will pay.
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REPORT: The ‘Fake’ Grassley Tour

October 10th, 2017 - Posted By: Progress Iowa

Progress Iowa today released updated, in-depth research detailing Senator Chuck Grassley’s public town hall meetings since 2011. What was discovered is that Senator Grassley has held just 15 open to the public town meetings in 2017, and has not held an open public event as part of his annual 99 county tour in 8 of Iowa’s most populous 10 counties.
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POLL: Parents Oppose Vouchers, Support Home-Schooling Oversight

September 14th, 2017 - Posted By: Progress Iowa

According to a new survey from Hart Research Associates, parents show disapproval for Betsy DeVos and her plan to emphasize vouchers or charter schools — and even 76% of Republican parents would prefer a focus on good neighborhood public schools instead.
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Neera Tanden To Speak At Progress Iowa Corn Feed

August 30th, 2017 - Posted By: Progress Iowa

Center for American Progress Action Fund CEO Neera Tanden to join Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley, Congressman Dave Loebsack, and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg as a Featured Speaker at 3rd annual Progress Iowa Corn Feed on Sept. 10

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Actions speak louder than words. (Charlottesville)

August 14th, 2017 - Posted By: Progress Iowa

Actions speak louder than words.

This weekend we watched in horror as white supremacists marched in Charlottesville, Virginia, waving nazi symbols, chanting hateful nazi slogans, and committing violent acts of terrorism. Their hatred and their violence should be condemned, and has no place in our country. But those words aren’t enough.
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