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Iowa Republicans Don’t Know What Is In Their Union Busting Bill

…because they didn’t write it… and apparently,  haven’t read it.

From Iowa House Dems Facebook page

Need more proof #ALEC #KochBros #AFP wrote the bill to gut collective bargaining behind closed doors without input from Iowans? Watch this. The Republican Chair of the Labor Committee can’t answer basic questions and doesn’t even have a copy of the bill. #ialegis #saveIAworkers

 

Republican Dave Deyoe Can't Answer Questions

Need more proof #ALEC #KochBros #AFP wrote the bill to gut collective bargaining behind closed doors without input from Iowans? Watch this. The Republican Chair of the Labor Committee can't answer basic questions and doesn't even have a copy of the bill. #ialegis #saveIAworkers

Posted by Iowa House Democrats on Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Senators Ernst And Grassley To Hold Public Meetings In Corydon, Maquoketa, Iowa Falls, and Garner

Senator Chuck Grassley in Williamsburg, Iowa in 2010. Photo by the author.

Our Senators are planning to hold several Town Hall events over the next two weeks.  See Ernst and Grassley schedules below.

The Indivisible Field Team is working with groups and organizing across Iowa

Indivisible Iowa is also organizing into Iowa state senate and house districts throughout Iowa in closed FB groups.

Click on the link below if you want to join Indivisible Iowa on Facebook.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/370033640032251/

Senator Ernst
  • Friday 2/17 at 11:30am CST in Corydon, at Betty’s Cafe (101 South Lafayette St)
  • Tuesday 2/21 at 1:30pm CST in Maquoketa at the Maquoketa City Hall (201 East Pleasant Street)
Senator Grassley
  • Tuesday 2/21 at 7:45am CST in Iowa Falls at the Iowa Falls Fire Department (218 South River Street)
  • Tuesday 2/21 at 2:15pm CST in Garner at the Hancock County Courthouse (855 State Street)
  • Thursday 2/23 at 10am CST in Charles City at the Floyd County Courthouse (101 South Main Street)
  • Friday 2/24 at 8am in Parkersburg at the Parkersburg Civic Center (502 3rd Street)
Town Halls are a great opportunity for your group to remind your Members of Congress that they need to stand up for you — and that means standing up against the Trump agenda. Can we count on you to organize your group to show up to one of the Town Halls the week of February 20th?

If you plan to attend a Town Hall, register your Indivisible Action on our website and take the lead in getting your group to turn out for the event. Registering your action on our website will help other folks in the area connect with you and get involved — growing your voice and impact. We are stronger when we stand indivisible.

If this is your first time attending a Town Hall event, check out our Town Hall Tips for more information about how your group can best leverage the Town Hall to make your voices heard. It would also be a good idea to confirm the time and location of the Town Hall by calling your MoC’s district office.

As a volunteer with the Indivisible Team, I’m here to serve as a resource for groups like yours and I want to provide you with the tools that you need to be successful in resisting Trump’s agenda. If there is anything else I can do to support your work, please do not hesitate to ask!

Thank you!

**Important note from BFIA**

You can join Indivisible Iowa in your House and Senate District.

There is a list here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/370033640032251/permalink/387999414902340/

 

 

Right Wing Media And The Power Of Fear

Right wing media is alive and well in Iowa. See list of local stations below.  Call your local station. Tell them to stop broadcasting hate speech.

In Iowa, at least 700 hours a week of right-wing propaganda is being broadcast on the AM dial.

The following list has been updated as of December 25, 2016.

Iowa commercial radio stations that broadcast multiple hours a day of conservative talk:

KCPS Burlington 12 hrs/day,

KBUR Burlington6 hrs,

KXEL Waterloo-CF12 hrs,

WOC Quad Cities11 1/2 hrs,

WHO Des Moines 11 1/2 hrs,

KSJC Sioux City13 hrs,

WMT Cedar Rapids 8 hrs,

WDBQ Dubuque, 6 hrs,

KILR Estherville15 hrs,

KGLO Mason City9 hrs,

KFJB Marshalltown, 3 hrs,

KASI Ames, 6 hrs, and

KICD Spencer, 5-6 hrs.

 

Forced Rural School Consolidation Act of 2017

Sen Bolkcom's 2 minute update this morning to the Iowa Senate on the "Forced Rural School Consolidation Act of 2017"

Posted by IA Sen Dems Staff on Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Daily Show’s Hasan Minhaj Explores Legality of Trump Travel Ban

There is more information about the legality of Trump’s travel ban in this video than you will get from watching any TV cable news outlet.  Plus, Hasan is bringing his stand-up show to Iowa!  He will be at the Englert Theatre in Iowa City February 25 at 8 pm. For ticket information, go to englert.org/event/hasan-minhaj

Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King, is the theatrical debut of humorist and “The Daily Show” correspondent Hasan Minhaj. Homecoming King, the story of the “New Brown America,” is based on true events from Minhaj’s first generation Indian-American experience. Navigating between two worlds, it follows Minhaj’s arrival in the US, meeting his sister, interracial love, racism, bullying, and his family’s quest to achieve the elusive American Dream.  More…

 

Two Factory Farms Denied In Cerro Gordo And Mitchell County

Here is a note from CCI, Citizens for Community Improvement:

This week, we had some tremendous victories to put People & Planet before factory farm polluters! Here are some exciting updates to brighten your day.

  1. 88 counties in Iowa passed the Master MatrixYour calls, emails, and Letters to the Editor paid off! Now, most Iowa counties will be able to use this tool throughout 2017 and weigh in on factory farm construction in their communities.So, why didn’t 11 counties pass it? We talked to supervisors across the state, and they feel like their concerns aren’t being heard by the DNR – despite using the Master Matrix. This shows that there is demand for true local control in Iowa. The DNR needs to stand up to corporate polluters and listen to the voices of thousands of Iowans!
  2. Two huge factory farms denied in North Central IowaThis week, CCI members stood up and spoke out against two huge factory farm proposals – and their supervisors listened!In Mitchell, supervisors denied an application for a 5,000-head Iowa Select factory farm. And in Cerro Gordo, supervisors denied an application to expand an existing factory farm from 1,864 total head to 9,154 total head.After community input and review, both boards deducted points from the Master Matrix, giving the applicants a failing grade. This shows growing momentum for a moratorium on new and expanding factory farms in Iowa.
  3. Neighbors will now receive noticeCCI members in Cerro Gordo organized and got their supervisors to agree to mail notification to neighbors near proposed factory farm sites! This is another important tool we can use to give our communities more time to react, organize, and fight back against to these developments.Do you want neighbor notification in your community, too? Get in touch to find out more. Contact me at EricaB@iowacci.org or call (515) 282-0484.

And the best news of all is that more and more people across Iowa are demanding change. These victories wouldn’t have happened with you standing up and fighting back!

P.S. Joining Iowa CCI is the best way to dive into and be a part of the statewide movement to clean up Iowa’s water. Join as a member today or make an extra gift to help keep our work going.

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List Of Events This Week At The Capitol And Around Iowa

Action Alert from Senator Rob Hogg:

Events this week at the Capitol and in Johnston, Ankeny, Fairfield, Ottumwa, & Cedar Rapids
Dear Friends:

Now that the Super Bowl is over and I am getting ready to head back to Des Moines for another week, I wanted to share some of the upcoming events this week and next with you to invite you and to urge your continued participation.

School Funding Public Hearing, State Capitol, Monday, February 6, 11:00 a.m. – The Iowa House is holding a public hearing, at the request of Iowa House Democrats, on the Republican proposal to set education funding at 1.11%, even less than the 2.00% proposed by Governor Branstad. For more details, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1849243578693185/

Rally to Save Iowa Workers, State Capitol, Tuesday, February 7, 10:30 a.m. – Various groups including Progress Iowa and AFSCME are organizing a rally to save Iowa workers at the Capitol for this event. For more details, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/184400808708736/

Johnston Democrat’s February Meet-Up, Johnston, Wednesday, February 8, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. – I will be speaking to the Johnston Area Democrats for their monthly meeting at Cozy Café, 8385 Birchwood Court, in Johnston. For more details, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/204649373340785/

Des Moines Public Schools Day on the Hill, Capitol, Thursday, February 9, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – This event is open to parents and advocates from across the state. It starts at East High School then goes to the State Capitol. For more details, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1241602839264931/

Ankeny Area Democrats, Thursday, February 9, 6:00 p.m. (social), 7:00 p.m. (dinner) – I will be one of the speakers at the Ankeny Area Democrats’ Winter Banquet at the UAW Local 450, 4589 NW 6th Drive, in Des Moines. Tickets are $30 per person, $15 for students, and can be purchased at:  https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/aadwinterbanquet

Jefferson County Democratic Breakfast, Fairfield, Friday, February 10, 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. – I will be joining the Jefferson County Democrats for their regular breakfast at George’s Café, 57 W. Broadway Avenue, in Fairfield.

Wapello County Listening Post, Ottumwa, Friday, February 10, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – I will be joining State Rep. Mary Gaskill and House Democratic Leader Mark Smith for a listening post at the Hotel Ottumwa, 107 2nd Street East, in downtown Ottumwa. Optional buffet lunch is available for $11.

Postcard Party and Community Discussion, Cedar Rapids, Sunday, February 12, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. – I will be joining concerned citizens at the Cherry Building, 329 10th Avenue SE, in Cedar Rapids to discuss advocacy options as we stand up to Trump and his Republican allies. For more details, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/998672640232519/

League of Women Voters’ Forum, Cedar Rapids, Saturday, February 18, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. – I will be joining other Linn County area legislators for the monthly legislative forum at Mercy Medical Center, 701 10th Street SE, in Cedar Rapids.

Stay tuned for more details about additional upcoming events in Boone (February 24), Ames (March 4), Des Moines (March 5), Okoboji (March 18), and other events that are being added to my schedule.

If you have questions or suggestions, email me at SenatorRobHogg@gmail.com. Keep in touch. It is critical that Iowans stay engaged with a renewed spirit of citizenship to protect our people, our communities, and our future from dangerous changes underway at the state and federal levels and to share a positive vision of a better future.

Senator Rob Hogg
Cedar Rapids

Rob Hogg is a state senator representing portions of northeast, southeast, and southwest Cedar Rapids in the Iowa Senate. He is serving his third term after two terms in the Iowa House. In November, he was elected as the new Iowa Senate Democratic Leader. Together, we can uplift our democracy and make Iowa even better.

Dave Loebsack: Attacks On Our Independent Judiciary Need To Stop

Here is a statement from Iowa’s only Democrat in congress, Dave Loebsack, District 2.

Dave Loebsack’s Statement on President Trump’s recent attacks on a Federal Judge

Iowa City, IA- Today, Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement regarding President Trump’s latest comments about the temporary stay of his executive order banning refugees, and his attacks on judges.

“I was heartened to learn yesterday that the federal court put a nationwide temporary stay on the President’s executive action banning refugees. However, it is disturbing to see the President of the United States attacking members of the judicial branch simply for disagreeing with him. Whether it was attacking a well respected judge in Indiana because of his ethnicity, or questioning the legitimacy of the 9th circuit federal court in a tweet, this kind of blatant attack on our independent judiciary has to stop. Every elementary school student in America learns about the importance of each branch of government and the checks and balances our Founders put in place. I suggest the Trump administration brush up on the Constitution and apologize to the judges he has attacked.

Furthermore, I call on President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, to denounce these baseless attacks on our judicial system. If not, then he should immediately withdraw his name from consideration to serve on the Supreme Court, for anyone seeking to serve a lifetime term on our nation’s highest court must prove that they at minimum understand and respect the constitutionally defined role of the judicial branch of government as intended by our Founders.”

 
Any questions please contact Joe O’Hern at joseph@loebsackforcongress.org
 

Sunday Rally In Cedar Falls: No Ban No Wall

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Stop The Union Busting: Rally Tuesday

Rally to Save Public Sector Collective Bargaining Tuesday, February 7th 10:30 am

Rally at the Capitol
Capitol Building, Des Moines Iowa


Key Republican members of the Iowa legislature plan to file a bill on Monday February 6th that would gut collective bargaining rights for teachers, firefighters, city and school district employees, bus drivers, librarians, and other people who work in the public sector across Iowa. This would be a devastating blow to working families in this state, and its modeled after the bill passed in Wisconsin in 2011.

We are asking all activists who can come to Des Moines to join us for a rally and press conference at 10:30 AM in the Capitol Building.

If you cannot make it to Des Moines, but are would like to help locally, please contact Tracy Leone for phone banking and post card signing opportunities: 309-738-3196.

To get daily updates, go to SaveIowaWorkers.com and sign up.

Tracy Leone
tekurowski@yahoo.com