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Charles Grassley

Grassley: One Meeting Next Week

taking some time off from doing nothng in the senate

taking some time off from doing nothng in the senate

Well he’s busy.

Wayne County Meeting

Wayne County
Friday, August 26, 2016
7:45 a.m.-8:45 a.m.
Wayne County Courthouse
100 North Lafayette Street
Corydon

Grassley Events Week of August 14th – 20th

Grassley Trump and the Courts

Sac County Meeting

Sac County
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
9:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
Sac County Courthouse, Courtroom
100 North West State Street
Sac City

That’s it folks.

Grassley continues to avoid Iowans. He continues especially to avoid open meetings in larger counties and cities.

Draw your own conclusions

If your in the Sac County area stop in and ask him about his judicial obstruction, his signature on the letter to Iran, his support of a man who called for the “second amendment solutions” be used on Hillary Clinton, or if he believes, like Donald Trump says, that Obama and Clinton founded ISIS.

Grassley Events In Harlan, Woodbine And Guthrie Center Next Week

Grassley Trump and the Courts

Grab an opportunity to ask Senator Grassley a question or two next week:

Shelby County Meeting
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Shelby County Farm Bureau
908 6th Street
Harlan


Harrison County Meeting

Wednesday, August 10, 2016
2:15 p.m.-3:15 p.m.
Main Street Station
303 Walker Street
Woodbine


Guthrie County Meeting

Thursday, August 11, 2016
10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Guthrie County Hospital
Conference Room 710
North 12th Street
Guthrie Center

RELEASE: Response To Grassley Campaign Repeatedly Singling Out Progress Iowa

Still backing Trump

Still backing Trump

(Editor’s note: Like so many Republicans, when the going gets tough Republicans look for someone to blame their problems on. Progress Iowa has merely pointed out a practice that the Grassley camp has practiced for several years. Progress Iowa did not tell the Grassley camp to avoid open meetings in populous counties, nor did they tell him to obstruct federal court appointments nor did they tell him to sign the letter to the Iranian government last year)

Friday 12:14 PM
www.ProgressIowa.org

For Immediate Release: July 26, 2016

Response To Grassley Campaign Repeatedly Singling Out Progress Iowa

DES MOINES – Progress Iowa’s executive director, Matt Sinovic, released the following statement in response to Senator Grassley’s campaign repeatedly singling out the organization:

“Senator Chuck Grassley’s campaign doesn’t seem to appreciate being held responsible for the Supreme Court obstruction or Grassley’s private scheduling that avoids Iowa’s largest counties. In a public statement, Grassley’s campaign manager attacked Progress Iowa as an ‘outside group’ campaigning against him. Actually, we represent tens of thousands of Iowans who are fed up with Grassley’s Supreme Court obstruction, now the longest in all of American history. And we’ve been advocating for years that Grassley stop delaying judicial nominations at all levels. We also will continue to highlight how Grassley routinely avoids public meetings in major Iowa cities – not holding a single public 99 county tour event in eight of the ten largest counties for the past six years.

Just because Senator Grassley doesn’t like the facts doesn’t mean we won’t stop talking about them.”

Background: Story from yesterday referencing Progress Iowa

Using Progress Iowa in a fundraising letter

Pathetic Response From Grassley, Ernst On Trump Statements

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Much like the current leader of their party, Donald Trump, Iowa’s senators, Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst, no longer seem to have a limit on how low they can go.

Trump crossed – no just plain busted through – one of the very sacred lines in politics in America when he criticized the family of a soldier who died in battle. The Trump campaign then went even lower when some of its surrogates tried to tie Khzir Khan to terrorist organizations. As far as I know the campaign has not disavowed these statements yet.

Any politician worth their salt (love those old sayings) should have immediately and forcefully condemned the Trump statements. They should also have at that time withdrawn any support for those who made such statements until apologies and retractions were made. There have been but a few Republican politicians who have made a statement condemning Trump. There have been only a few who have withdrawn support.

For the Republican Party since Reagan, party comes before country.

Which brings us to Iowa’s senior senator Chuck Grassley. This is a man who should have immediately condemned Trump’s statements in a forceful manner. As a senior politician, Grassley’s words would have carried some major weight. Yet Grassley was slow in saying anything. When his office did release a statement late Monday – 5 days after Trump’s statements – it was a milk toast statement:

“Mr. Trump’s comments are not in line with my own beliefs about how the members of the military and their families should be treated, and respect for the people who serve our country is something both presidential campaigns could use more of,” said Grassley.

Hardly the tough condemnation Trump deserved. When I called Grassley’s office Monday afternoon I asked why the Senator had not made a statement by then. The staffer stated that they didn’t realize it was such a big issue. Calls had just started coming in Monday. Talk about tone deaf.

Grassley had to be told this was wrong and a big deal? Wow!

Senator Ernst’s office released an even milder comment:

In response to a request for comment Sen. Joni Ernst, a Red Oak Republican and a former officer in the Iowa National Guard with combat experience during her 23-year military career, said: “We as a nation are incredibly grateful to Capt. Khan’s service and ultimate sacrifice – as well as the sacrifices of his parents – to keep us safe and free. We must always honor our veterans, and their families; many have endured far more than we can ever imagine, and we must always remember to express our gratitude.”

Seems like our senators – both of whom may someday vote to send our sons and daughters to war – were not terrifically upset by Trump’s statement. Ernst’s statement even avoids the reason why she would be issuing such a statement.

Patty Judge’s campaign in an email calling for Grassley to be taken to task for his lack of response to Trump stated:

Chuck Grassley has stood by while Donald Trump has insulted women, minorities, Americans with disabilities, and now he remains soft as his endorsed presidential candidate levies vile attacks on the family of a fallen veteran. By not standing up and loudly condemning these bigoted remarks, Senator Grassley is choosing loyalty to D.C. Republicans and Donald Trump over loyalty to Iowa values like respect, decency, and defending the honor of America’s fallen and their families. The fact that he hasn’t already demanded that Trump apologize shows just how much the 42 years in Washington have changed Chuck Grassley — and not for the better.

Grassley needs to know that Iowans want their elected officials to strongly stand up to Donald Trump’s constant racist and sexist remarks, not stand idly by with weak, tepid responses every time. Let’s send a message to Grassley that he MUST denounce Donald Trump immediately:

I’m proud of my husband’s service, my father’s service, all Americans who have served, and heroes like Captain Humayun Khan, a soldier who sacrificed his own life to save the lives of other American soldiers. The Chuck Grassley that Iowans knew for years wouldn’t hesitate to join me in calling for Donald Trump to publicly acknowledge that his comments were disgraceful and immediately apologize.

Trump’s attack of the gold star family raises two major questions:

First: Is there no place Republicans will not go to gain power?

Second: Throughout our country’s existence sending our sons and daughters to war has been the most serious question all of our presidents have ever faced. All who have presided over war years speak of the anguish of committing troops. Donald Trump seems to view it as no more serious than sending your kids to camp. So your kid gets killed? Well, Donald Trump has his problems, too.

Trump doesn’t seem to understand what war is nor what military personnel and their families endure, nor does he seem to care. Captain Khan died in a war of choice, a war that did not need to happen. Donald Trump could easily get us into that situation again.

Catch Chuck Grassley This Week In Iowa – Washington, Columbus Junction Town Halls

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Important information from ProgressIowa

Everyone has heard of Chuck Grassley’s 99 County Tour, right? It’s hard not to, as much as he talks about it.

But there’s a funny thing about that claim: most of his county events are private and not open to public audiences. Progress Iowa’s recent research shows Grassley hasn’t held a public event in 8 of Iowa’s 10 largest counties in 6 years! The counties he’s avoided hearing from the general public in make up 45% of the state’s population.

That’s why we’re renaming Grassley’s annual tour the Fake Grassley. He has established a pattern of hiding from Iowa’s most-populated areas where constituents might be more likely to disagree with him.

Grassley events for Thursday and Friday, July 28 – 29, 2016

Washington County
Thursday, July 28, 2016
3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Washington County Courthouse
Board Room
224 West Main Street
Washington

Louisa County
Friday, July 29, 2016
3:15 p.m.-4:15 pm.
City Hall
232 2nd Street
Columbus Junction

Check on our new FakeGrassley.com website to see just how far and share it: How Far Away Are You From Senator Grassley’s Town Hall?

And then afterward read our full report on the Fake Grassley to see how few times he’s held a public event in your county.

To give you an idea of how much Grassley avoids Iowa’s largest counties, here’s his record for the top 10:

  • Polk: 0

  • Linn: 0

  • Scott: 2 (none since May 2012)

  • Johnson: 0

  • Black Hawk: 0

  • Woodbury: 0

  • Dubuque: 0

  • Story: 0

  • Pottawattamie: 1 (none since August 2011)

  • Dallas: 0

If Grassley’s town hall on Friday is near you, head on over to tell him how you feel about his historic Supreme Court obstruction!

Matt Sinovic
Progress Iowa

Here is the link to Grassley’s calendar:

http://www.grassley.senate.gov/calendar

Grassley Challenger Patty Judge Within Striking Distance

taking some time off from doing nothing in the senate

taking some time off from doing nothing in the senate

Patty Judge joined fellow Democrats Rep. Dave Loebsack and  Monica Vernon on the campaign trail Sunday in Johnson County.

“When I entered the race, conventional wisdom was that we could not ever defeat Chuck Grassley, that he is everyone’s favorite uncle, that Iowans are used to voting for him and will vote for him again. And I’m here to tell you no. That is not true. We know we can beat him. Today we are on track to do that. We have seen polling over the last 6 weeks that shows us – every poll – shows us from either a virtual tie to down 6 or 8 points. We are not any further down than that. We are just single digits behind him and that’s the first time in his political history that has happened to him. And we can win this.”

 

Upcoming Grassley Town Halls

taking some time off from doing nothng in the senate

taking some time off from doing nothing in the senate

Here is the link to Grassley’s calendar:

http://www.grassley.senate.gov/calendar

This Friday and next Thursday and Friday:

Palo Alto County
Friday, July 22, 2016
4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
The Election Center
Front Room
1302 Broadway Street
Emmetsburg

Washington County
Thursday, July 28, 2016
3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Washington County Courthouse
Board Room
224 West Main Street
Washington

Louisa County
Friday, July 29, 2016
3:15 p.m.-4:15 pm.
City Hall
119 Walnut Street
Columbus Junction

And now a word from ProgressIowa:

Everyone has heard of Chuck Grassley’s 99 County Tour, right? It’s hard not to, as much as he talks about it.

But there’s a funny thing about that claim: most of his county events are private and not open to public audiences. Progress Iowa’s recent research shows Grassley hasn’t held a public event in 8 of Iowa’s 10 largest counties in 6 years! The counties he’s avoided hearing from the general public in make up 45% of the state’s population.

That’s why we’re renaming Grassley’s annual tour the Fake Grassley. He has established a pattern of hiding from Iowa’s most-populated areas where constituents might be more likely to disagree with him.

This Friday Grassley is coming back to Iowa after seeing Donald Trump nominated in Cleveland. We’re guessing for most of you, his one public town meeting on a Friday evening isn’t anywhere near you.

Check on our new FakeGrassley.com website to see just how far and share it: How Far Away Are You From Senator Grassley’s Town Hall?

And then afterward read our full report on the Fake Grassley to see how few times he’s held a public event in your county.

To give you an idea of how much Grassley avoids Iowa’s largest counties, here’s his record for the top 10:

  • Polk: 0

  • Linn: 0

  • Scott: 2 (none since May 2012)

  • Johnson: 0

  • Black Hawk: 0

  • Woodbury: 0

  • Dubuque: 0

  • Story: 0

  • Pottawattamie: 1 (none since August 2011)

  • Dallas: 0

If Grassley’s town hall on Friday is near you, head on over to tell him how you feel about his historic Supreme Court obstruction!

Matt Sinovic
Progress Iowa

Grassley #Doyourjob Rallies At Six Locations In Iowa

Grassley do your job
Action Alert from Iowa Federation of Labor AFL-CIO: 

Rallies on Tuesday, July 19 – the 125th day of obstruction for Merrick Garland, longer than any Supreme Court nominee in U.S. history. 6 locations, some details still to be confirmed:

WHERE: 210 Walnut St, Des Moines, Iowa
WHEN: Tues, July 19 at 5:30 PM
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/
CONTACT: Matt Sinovic, (515) 423-0530

WHERE: 531 Commercial St, Waterloo, Iowa
WHEN: Tues, July 19 at 5:30 PM
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/
CONTACT: Chris Schwartz, (319) 429-0133

WHERE: 131 E 4th St, Davenport, Iowa
WHEN: Tues, July 19 at 5:00 PM
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/
CONTACT: Sheri Carnahan or Tracy Leone

WHERE: 111 7th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
WHEN: Tues, July 19 at 5:30 PM
CONTACT: Christian Noyce

WHERE: 320 6th St, Sioux City, Iowa
WHEN: Tues, July 19 at 5:30 PM
RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/
CONTACT: Jeremy Dumkrieger

WHERE: 8 South 6th St, Council Bluffs, Iowa
WHEN: Tues, July 19 at 6:00 PM
CONTACT: Bill Biede, (402) 250-0943, yankeesfan47@cox.net

Grassley Swings At Journalists And Hits Himself

another sour note from the old crooner hat tip to dailykos

another sour note from the old crooner
hat tip to dailykos

Chuck Grassley once seemed to have a golden political touch but these days all he touches turns to lead. When he tries to show how hip he is by using the twitter machine, it often turns around to bite him in the butt. Maybe he would be better expressing his thoughts in a full text on Facebook or some other such platform.

Monday Grassley took to twitter to spank journalists. Journalists have been the target of the Republican party for decades. Who can forget Spiro Agnew’s infamous line “nattering nabobs of negativism” as the Nixon administration waged a public battle with journalists.

When a Republican politician’s fortune starts to fade it seems the first line of offense is to blame the reporters. This has always been an iffy strategy at best but in this day and age when so much of what is reported is also accompanied by a visual recording, attacking the messenger can lead to some real embarrassments.

Not sure what triggered Grassley’s tweet Monday morning. Perhaps Grassley is not enjoying life in the hot seat for the first time in his career. Since deciding to be the point person in defying the constitution, Grassley’s statements are no longer treated as statements from a being from above. More and more the Iowa press is treating him as if he is human.

The descent from the throne must be hard. Grassley still doesn’t quite seem to understand that his little outbursts of temper are no longer going to get all praise but are now going to be scrutinized. So when he tweeted this little outburst Monday morning Grassley was probably surprised that he stirred up a bit of a hornet’s nest.

ChuckGrassley ✔@ChuckGrassley
Do u think 2day’s journalists r too elite for ‘ordinary Americans’?

10:02 AM – 11 Jul 2016

Grassley appears to be trying to rile up some backlash against those nasty reporters who have dared question him, especially about his stand on defying the constitution. He seems to be trying to appear as the folksy ordinary man against some group of snobs. He should have realized that 1) most journalists can read and 2) many of them monitor twitter since breaking stories of get first mention on twitter 3) journalism for most reporters is not an avenue to wealth.

So the group of people who write for a living wrote responses.

Many noted in a variety of ways that most journalists are not wealthy. Some noted that by Iowa standards Grassley is very well off.

Evan Lobell @e_lobell
@mattdpearce Chuck Grassley’s net worth is estimated to be about $3.76 million. What are “2day’s journalists” worth?

A tweet such as this one from Grassley will do little to tarnish journalists, but sure will be used to highlight just who is out of touch with ordinary Americans. For a senator from the party that bows to the wishes of the wealthy and the corporations turning on this light will surely have it shined back on him. Grassley continues with his very unpopular stand defying the constitution. Grassley also continues to refuse to answer sincere questions about this stand. Grassley also supports the TPP which is becoming more and more unpopular especially among ordinary Iowans who may once more see their jobs shipped overseas.

It is hard to claim to understand ordinary Americans when you have a very high paid job, get lots of time off and yet you refuse to do it and you constantly support those who cut workers pay or send your jobs overseas.

In short, by trying to punch journalists with his ‘out of touch’ charge, Grassley is seeing it rebound to hit him. Stumbley-bumbley.