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What A Week
22 minutes | 13 days ago
Get Vaccinated, Iowa!
Matt and Ivy discuss President Biden's address to Congress, Iowa's supply/demand issue with COVID vaccines, Governor Reynolds's bizarre admission that she sent $93 million back to the federal government instead of using it for contact tracing, Rudy Giuliani's early morning visit from the FBI, and more! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/progress-iowa/message
26 minutes | a month ago
13 Years Old.
It's been a rough week for anyone who cares about justice and equality and our hearts go out to the families of Daunte Wright, Adam Toledo, and the eight victims of the mass shooting in Indianapolis: Matthew Alexander, Samaria Blackwell, Amarjeet Johal, Jaswinder Kaur, Jaswinder Singh, Amarjit Sekhon, Karli Smith, and John Weisert. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/progress-iowa/message
22 minutes | a month ago
Kim Reynolds is Our Problem
Matt and Ivy discuss Governor Reynolds's "not my problem" moment when discussing immigrants, the press conference from AFSCME around workplace safety and the murders of corrections workers at the Anamosa State Penitentiary, the anti-abortion amendment that passed the legislature and more. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/progress-iowa/message
41 minutes | a month ago
Flush it down the funnel
Kim Reynolds caves to the NRA and signs the bill to allow concealed guns to be carried without a permit or mandatory background check. That, plus the bills that made it through the second funnel and now that Trump's out of town Matt Gaetz is Washington's newest Sleazeball Supreme. Joining us for our interview this week is Rep. Ras Smith (D-Black Hawk) to discuss the second funnel, Governor Reynolds's last minute bill signing, and the Derek Chauvin trial. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/progress-iowa/message
58 minutes | 2 months ago
The Extreme 16
State Rep. and Assistant Minority Leader Jennifer Konfrst join Ivy and Matt to bust this year's Extreme 16 Bracket: Bad Bill Edition. Links: Follow Rep. Konfrst on Twitter Learn more about the Extreme 16 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/progress-iowa/message
25 minutes | 2 months ago
Stop the Madness!
On March 24, 2020 the first of more than 5,600 Iowans passed away due to COVID-19. Progress Iowa honors those who we've lost with the Iowa COVID Memorial website. Matt and Ivy also discuss this year's "Extreme 16" bracket where you can vote on the worst of the worst bills introduced in this year's legislative session, the polls suggesting Iowans do not want either Governor Reynolds or Senator Grassley to run again, our (finally!) increasing vaccine numbers, --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/progress-iowa/message
18 minutes | 2 months ago
Help is on the way!
Matt and Ivy talk about the American Rescue Plan, Ashley Hinson's trolling messages via mask, the latest goings on in the Iowa Legislature, and give a shout out to @IAVaccineAlerts who has helped people across the state find open vaccine appointments in their areas. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/progress-iowa/message
18 minutes | 2 months ago
Down the Funnel We Go!
It's Funnel Week! Bills that have not passed a subcommittee in the Iowa legislature are almost surely dead. Unless they're not. Matt and Ivy discuss the big bills that made it through, the COVID relief package coming out of Washington and the political theater that Republicans are engaging in, and Chuck Grassley "both sides-ing" the January 6th terrorist attack on the US Capitol. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/progress-iowa/message
37 minutes | 3 months ago
Slash and Burn
Kim Reynolds learns how to use GoDaddy six months too late, Sen. Schultz says we're "out of the pandemic," (we're not) and wants to cut food assistance, the Equality Act finally passed in the US House, and State Representative Christina Bohannan joins to discuss the voter suppression bill that was fast-tracked through the legislature this week. Also, as a father, Matt's going to have to brush up on his Spiderman filmography. Links Iowa state senator: ‘We’re out of the pandemic’ (Iowa Capitol Dispatch) Follow Rep. Bohannan on Twitter --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/progress-iowa/message
25 minutes | 3 months ago
Republicans Don't Want You To Vote
Matt and Ivy talk about Kim Reynolds's latest retreat in the fight against COVID, the voter suppression bill that election attorney Mark Elias calls "the worst anti-voting bill" in the country and other disasters coming out of the state house. IT'S NOT GREAT, PEOPLE. WE DON'T WANT TO BE THIS MAD. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/progress-iowa/message
19 minutes | 3 months ago
Race to the Bottom
Ivy and Matt talk about Governor Reynolds's bizarre fundraising pitches around her COVID response and literally auctioning her time off to the highest bidder, the once again inadequate school funding bill, the legislature's race to the bottom on transgender rights, and give their hot take on the impeachment trial in Washington. Text JOIN to 515-417-3320 to receive updates from Progress Iowa. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/progress-iowa/message
19 minutes | 3 months ago
Don't Tread on My Jeans
Ivy and Matt discuss Rep. Beth Wessel-Kroeschell's "Denim Demonstration", the racial profiling bill that isn't, (finally) some COVID relief from Washington, favorite Super Bowl foods, and more! Text JOIN to 515-417-3320 for text message updates from Progress Iowa. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/progress-iowa/message
15 minutes | 3 months ago
It's Burn It All Down Week
Matt and Ivy discuss the horrible bills moving through the Iowa Legislature and Governor Reynolds's refusal to take responsibility for our state's response to the pandemic which has also been horrible. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/progress-iowa/message
17 minutes | 4 months ago
A Light at the End of the Tunnel
Matt and Ivy react to the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th President, the historic inauguration of Kamala Harris as the 49th Vice President, and the progressive agenda that will begin restoring our nation. They also discuss the "disappointing but not surprising" agenda coming out of the Iowa legislature. And of course, the Bernie memes. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/progress-iowa/message
42 minutes | 4 months ago
How Low Can We Go?
Matt and Ivy discuss Governor Reynolds's Condition of the State address and agenda, the death penalty bill that passed a subcommittee vote despite almost unanimous public comment opposing it, the second impeachment of Donald Trump, and State Senator Zach Whiting's gross comparison of the attack on the capitol with civil rights marches. Then Matt speaks with Iowa Senate Minority Leader Zach Wahls about his new job, COVID protocols at the Capitol (or lack thereof), and how Democrats are going to help Iowans out of this mess. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/progress-iowa/message
42 minutes | 4 months ago
Treason, Terror, and a Silver Lining
We're back for the first episode of 2021. It feels so good to leave such a toxic and tumultuous year behind for... oh... Matt and Ivy discuss the domestic terror attack on the US Capital, Iowa's ongoing COVID crisis (we're 5th in positivity and lowest in tests!), Kim Reynolds's PR video debut, the Democratic victories in Georgia, and are joined by Iowa State Representative Jennifer Konfrst to discuss the Democratic caucus' priorities for the upcoming legislative session. Links: Iowa has the fifth-highest COVID positivity rate, lowest number of tests (Iowa Capital Dispatch) Iowa governor, aides appear in PR video for no-bid vendor (Associated Press) Follow Rep. Jennifer Konfrst on Twitter --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/progress-iowa/message
19 minutes | 5 months ago
The 8th Annual Progress Iowa Holiday Party!
Every year Progress Iowa holds a holiday party to relax, reflect on the hard work we've done over the past year, and gather with friends and allies. Obviously due to COVID-19 that couldn't happen in person this year so we asked our friends to record videos and we streamed the event on Facebook. Enjoy holiday greetings from Senators Cory Booker and Amy Klobuchar, Congresswoman Cindy Axne, Congressman Dave Loebsack, and former candidate JD Scholten. You can see all of the speeches and our annual award winners on the livestream at facebook.com/progressiowa --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/progress-iowa/message
15 minutes | 5 months ago
Kim Reynolds's White Flag of Surrender
Matt and Ivy discuss Governor Reynolds latest COVID press conference, the apparent end of the Hart/Miller-Meeks race in #IA02 (every vote counts, y'all!), the disturbing developments out of the Glenwood Resource Center lawsuit, and again advocate for Dolly Parton's receiving of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Or sainthood. Whatever's easier. Links: Lawsuit claims Reynolds’ staff, AG’s office approved sexual-arousal experiments at Glenwood (Iowa Capital Dispatch) --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/progress-iowa/message
26 minutes | 6 months ago
Secretary Dolly Parton?
Matt and Ivy talk about the half-a-loaf non-mandate mask mandates from Kim Reynolds, Joe Biden's picks for his national security team, the historically close margin in Iowa's 2nd congressional district race, and of course their Thanksgiving Day recipes. Be thankful. Stay safe. Links: COVID-19 Event Risk Assessment Planning Tool Follow Ryan Foley on Twitter --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/progress-iowa/message
34 minutes | 6 months ago
Iowa needs a mask mandate
Matt and Ivy talk about the ups and downs of last week's election, the COVID crisis that just keeps getting worse, and the complete lack of leadership from the Governor's office. Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Stay apart. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/progress-iowa/message
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