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Posts Tagged ‘Senator Grassley’

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

Will Grassley Obstruct? Conservative Groups Plan To Make Sure He Does

grassleyIowans need to realize Grassley is no longer working for us. 

Conservative groups Freedomworks, Heritage Foundation and Family Research Council are threatening senators who don’t toe the obstructionist party line on an Obama SCOTUS appointment. Click here to read the entire article.

talkingpointsmemo.com

“The strategy that makes the most sense is to say that there should not be any consideration of this nominee,” Curt Levey, executive director of the FreedomWorks Foundation, said in an interview with TPM.

The pressure he and other groups are putting on lawmakers comes after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) issued a statement almost immediately after Scalia’s death, signaling that Republicans would delay the confirmation process, regardless of the nominee, until after a new president has been inaugurated.

“It’s not about any one particular nominee,” Carrie Severino, chief counsel and policy director of the conservative legal organization Judicial Crisis Network, told TPM. “We know exactly the kind of person [Obama] is going to appoint. Getting into those details is just a silly distraction.”

FreedomWorks is preparing to target senators who look like they’ll back down from the fight, while bolstering those who hold to McConnell’s tough initial line.

He said his group sent out an alert to its activists across the country Monday evening that resulted in 14,000 emails to McConnell’s office, and that, aside from email pressure, they are planning events in senators’ home states.

Levey also threatened to primary senators who don’t toe the line.

“In some cases where there are potential primary opponents, we might consider supporting a primary opponent if the senator did not do the right thing,” Levey said.

As Rory Cooper, a GOP strategist, wrote on Medium,[https://medium.com/soapbox-dc/winning-the-supreme-court-media-battle-f92af18cdf2d#.w2kw0oe4e] part of the strategy of denying the Obama administration even a hearing is to prevent the media from focusing on the person instead of the process, and in effect, starving the story of oxygen.

”The very fact that people on our side feel very strongly that there shouldn’t be a hearing before we know the nominee is because it’s not really about the nominee. … Frankly, the real objection here is to Obama.”

Grassley Causes Judicial Emergency

not working for most Iowans

not working for most Iowans

Action Alert from Progress Iowa:

For the past six months, Senator Grassley has refused to schedule a nomination hearing for Judge Felipe Restrepo in the Judiciary Committee. He is obstructing the Restrepo nomination despite the Judge’s extensive qualifications, past support in the U.S. Senate, and despite the support he has received from his home-state Senators – one Republican, one Democrat.

Judge Restrepo’s vacancy has now been declared a state of ‘judicial emergency’ — with people needlessly awaiting their day in court because of Senator Grassley’s obstruction.

Senator Grassley promised not to play politics with our courts when taking over chairmanship of the Judiciary Committee; it’s time for him to live up to that promise.

Will you call today and ask Senator Grassley to stop obstructing the Restrepo nomination?

Thanks for all you do,
Matt Sinovic
Progress Iowa

P.S. Sen. Grassley doesn’t get it, that justice delayed is justice denied. Tell him to stop obstructing the Restrepo nomination today.

Will Grassley And Ernst Get It Right This Time?

Ed Flaherty

Ed Flaherty

Call On Iowa Senators to Wage Peace

by Ed Flaherty

Iran has come to an interim agreement with the U.S. and five other countries to dramatically reduce its nuclear program and to allow even more intensive international inspections. A final agreement is to be complete by June 30.

Congress will soon be debating its role in this matter. Iowa’s senators Grassley and Ernst have, up to this point, expressed not only skepticism about a potential agreement, but have attempted to derail it. They will now have another opportunity to weigh in on it, both in the upcoming debates and in the congressional review of the agreement after June 30. This will be an opportunity for them to get on the right side of history, by supporting an agreement than ensures that Iran will not have the ability to build a nuclear weapon. (Despite the senators’ claims to the contrary, U.S. intelligence agencies have affirmed multiple times in the last decade that there is no evidence of an Iranian nuclear weapon program).

The alternative to an agreement will be more sanctions, more distrust and isolation, enhanced conditions for another war. In January, 1991, Senator Grassley voted against the first Gulf War. He was one of only two Republican senators to vote against the Republican president’s request, and it took courage and common sense to do it. Now is the time to ask that he exercise that courage and common sense again and support this historic agreement. His actions would also hopefully have a profound effect on the junior senator from Iowa.

Does Grassley Represent Iowans Or The Gun Lobby?

Background checks could get another vote. Click here to contact Chuck so he knows where Iowans stand on this issue.

The gun lobby spent $163,142 on Chuck Grassley. He voted against a reasonable background check proposal to stop gun violence, even though 88% of Iowans support it.

grassley gun vote

 Progressiowa.org

Click here to join Iowans for Gun Safety on Facebook

 

 

Sen. Grassley Defends Rights Of White Men Who Abuse Women On Tribal Land

from ThinkProgress

Last week, Grassley was one of just 22 senators—all Republican men—who voted against reauthorizing VAWA  [Violence Against Women Act].  During a town hall meeting in Indianola on Wednesday, a woman asked him to explain his vote. Grassley responded that the legislation is unconstitutional, a belief shared by at least five of his colleagues.

Since the Constitution guarantees citizens the right to a trial among a jury of peers, Grassley reasoned that white men would be deprived of their rights if those who were accused of violence against Native American women had to appear in a tribal court. “On an Indian reservation, it’s going to be made up of Indians, right?” Grassley said. “So the non-Indian doesn’t get a fair trial.”  Watch.   (click here to read the entire story)

 

Iowans To Senator Grassley: End The Bush Tax Cuts For The Wealthy

Middle Class Iowans in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, and Sioux City to Deliver Letters and Petitions From Over 800 Iowans

[UPDATE:  THE DATE HAS BEEN CHANGED TO:  FRIDAY @12:30]

UPDATE:  On Friday, December 21st at 12:30 p.m., Progress Iowa and local activists will join Iowa taxpayers at Sen. Chuck Grassley’s offices in Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Sioux City, and Waterloo to deliver letters and petitions from over 800 Iowans in support of tax fairness gathered by Progress Iowa, CREDO Action, and local volunteers. Volunteers will also deliver a holiday card telling Grassley to “make it onto Santa’s list” by ending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest two percent.

Thursday’s events are part of a statewide series of petition deliveries and other events being organized across the country in partnership with national coalition The Action.

“Sen. Grassley seems to be content standing on the sidelines while many of his colleagues are finally standing up for the middle-class. Grassley should be calling for an end to tax cuts for the wealthiest two-percent of Americans,” said Matt Denner, an organizer with Progress Iowa. “We’re joining with Iowa taxpayers to tell Grassley his constituents want him to quit treating Medicare, Social Security, and our social safety net like bargaining chips, and act now for tax fairness, especially if he wants to make Santa’s list.”

Progress Iowa is working in conjunction with AFSCME Iowa Council 61, Iowa Federation of Labor AFL-CIO, Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans, Iowa Citizen Action Network, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, Working Families Win, SEIU Local 199, South Central Iowa Federation of Labor, and Citizens for a Healthy Iowa to organize events this week and in the coming weeks with a focus on tax fairness and the “fiscal cliff.”

Middle class Iowans are gathering to tell Congress: “It’s time to set our priorities straight–tax cuts for the wealthy means fewer Pell Grants, cuts to Medicare and Social Security benefits, and more kids shoved into crowded classrooms.”

WHO:   Progress Iowa, local organizations and middle-class Iowans

WHERE:

Waterloo office of Sen. Grassley: 531 Commercial Street, Waterloo
Cedar Rapids office of Sen. Grassley: 111 7th Avenue SE, Ste. 6800, Cedar Rapids
Des Moines office of Sen. Grassley: 210 Walnut Street, Des Moines
Sioux City office of Sen. Grassley: 320 6th Street, Sioux City

WHEN:   Thursday, December 20th at 12:30 p.m.

Matt Denner
Progress Iowa.org
www.facebook.com/progressiowa

 

 

Senator Grassley Is On The List Of Shame

Shameful, disgraceful, sad.  Whatever you want to call it, the senators on this list need to be thrown out of office for being the corporate-owned scammers they are, masquerading as representatives of the people.

As Iowans, we are responsible for the way our representatives in congress vote.  We elect them and send them to Washington to cast votes for and against policies that have an effect on people’s lives.  Grassley (and his fellow Republicans–  not a single Democrat) voted against the United Nations adopting global guideline recommendations for treatment of people with disabilities.

See Paul Deaton’s post yesterday for Grassley’s statement.

Click here to contact Senator Grassley

Here are the 7 Republicans who voted Yea

Lugar -IN
Ayotte -NH
Mccain -AZ
Murkowski -AK
Snowe -ME
Collins -ME
Brown-MA

 

Grassley Defends ALEC

Is our senator working for Iowans or ALEC? 

Think Progress reports:

On April 4, Coca-Cola announced it was ending financial support for [ALEC] the American Legislative Exchange Council, the right-wing group behind “Stand Your Ground” laws and voter suppression efforts.

Now, U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) is advocating a boycott of the company:

via Twitter:

“U might think abt not drinking Coca Cola since company sucombed to pressure fr Leftist not to support ALEC”

The Grassley boycott could be quite extensive. Over the last few weeks, at least 11 other companies — including Pepsi, McDonald’s, and Kraft — announced they were severing ties with ALEC.

In response to the criticism, ALEC announced they were ending all “non-economic” activities. Unfortunately for ALEC, that hasn’t stopped the parade of defections, which most recently includes Blue Cross Blue Shield and Yum! Foods

Coke operates bottling plants in Waukee and Atlantic, Iowa