Progress Iowa executive director Matt Sinovic issued the following statement in response to the Legislative Services Agency submitting their first redistricting map to Iowa’s legislature:
“Iowa has long been a model for the nation with our non-partisan redistricting, and we hope this continues as the legislature will soon review the first map from the Legislative Services Agency. Iowans believe that we along with our friends, family, and neighbors pick our leaders. That’s why it’s crucial that the Republican controlled legislature respect their constituents, resist political gerrymandering, and adopt the maps prepared by the LSA to ensure Iowa’s districts are fair and non-discriminatory.“
“Iowans are watching their leaders, and expect the politicians in control of the legislature to continue with the transparent redistricting process, despite voter suppression becoming a trend as of late. Our communities deserve to remain whole, Iowans deserve to be listened to, and we expect our leaders to be chosen by Iowans, not politicians.“
In columns, news stories, media, and events across the state, Iowans are urging Representative Ashley Hinson to stop hiding from constituents and her record.
Constituents of U.S. Congresswoman Ashley Hinson held public town hall meetings this week in Dubuque and Cedar Rapids with empty chairs for the Congresswoman, after she rejected their invitation to participate in two different open discussions with Iowans. Following the empty chair town hall on Tuesday, August 31 at Greene Square Park in Cedar Rapids, constituents visited Rep. Hinson’s office and questioned her staff on the absence in Linn County. Video of this encounter can be found here.(more…)
Progress Iowa released legislative report cards today, to provide an update for Iowans regarding their elected officials and their progress. Unfortunately, Rep. Hinson, Miller-Meeks, and Feenstra failed Iowans on a wide array of issues important to our community.(more…)