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Grassley Rejects Invite to Town Halls on Supreme Court Nomination

Grassley Rejects Invite to Town Halls on Supreme Court Nomination

Public Forums To Be Held In Cedar Falls And Des Moines, In Counties Grassley Normally Avoids For Public Meetings

The Why Courts Matter Iowa coalition will host two public town hall forums this week to discuss the upcoming Senate hearings for Judge Neil Gorsuch. The group has invited Senate Judiciary Chair Chuck Grassley to attend and help explain why he is fast-tracking this nomination when he did not act upon the previous President’s Supreme Court nominee.

The two forums will be held in Des Moines and Cedar Falls, in two counties that Grassley routinely avoids public meetings in during his 99 County Tour.

The Why Courts Matter Iowa coalition released the following statement in advance of their town hall meetings, after learning that Senator Grassley has declined their invitation:

“The nomination to the Supreme Court of the far-right Judge Gorsuch by President Trump is very unsettling for many Americans. Judge Gorsuch is anything but mainstream, having ruled against women’s rights and that corporations are people. Senator Grassley seems very eager to quickly move forward on Trump’s nominee, and we wonder where this newfound energy has come from for the Senator who obstructed the previous nominee for the seat for an unprecedented 293 days last year.”

“We have also been concerned that Senator Grassley isn’t hearing from his constituents in large Iowa counties, so we are disappointed he rejected this opportunity to see them at our forums. We will keep a seat open for him if his schedule allows a public meeting in Black Hawk or Polk county for the first time in more than 6 years.”

Here are the details of the two town hall meetings:

Public Town Hall Meeting – Black Hawk County
To Discuss the Supreme Court Vacancy
Wednesday, February 22nd, 7:30 – 8:30 PM
Cedar Falls Public Library; 524 Main Street, Cedar Falls, Iowa
Speakers: Gunda Brost, Immigration Attorney; Chris Schwartz, Black Hawk County Supervisor

Public Town Hall Meeting – Polk County
To Discuss the Supreme Court Vacancy
Thursday, February 23, 2017, 4:00 – 5:00 PM
Des Moines Central Library; 1000 Grand Ave, Des Moines, Iowa
Speakers: Sue Dinsdale, Executive Director, Iowa Citizen Action Network; Matt Sinovic, Executive Director, Progress Iowa; Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel, Executive Director, One Iowa

 

New Website to answer the question: Is Chuck Grassley Doing His Job?

The Why Courts Matter Iowa coalition today launched a new site, IsChuckGrassleyDoingHisJob.com, in the ongoing effort to inform Iowans about Senator Grassley’s unprecedented obstruction of Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. On a daily basis, the site will provide up to date research detailing whether Senator Grassley is doing his job as Senate Judiciary Chair, or whether he continues to fail to hold a hearing in his committee.

“Iowans are frustrated with Senator Grassley’s unprecedented obstruction and deserve to know whether he’s doing his job,” said Chris Schwartz, state director of Americans for Democratic Action – Iowa and Why Courts Matter Iowa coalition member. “IsChuckGrassleyDoingHisJob.com will provide accurate and up to date information about whether Senator is listening to the will of the people, who want to move the process forward, or whether he will still refuse to do his job.”

According to the Senate Historian, no Supreme Court nominee has ever been denied a confirmation hearing unless the nominee voluntarily withdrew from consideration. It has been 48 days since President Obama nominated Merrick Garland to fill the vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. By comparison, when Scalia was nominated, his hearings began 42 days after his nomination; Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s hearings began just 36 days after she was nominated.

The Why Courts Matter Iowa coalition is focused on ensuring that the federal judiciary is representative of America’s diverse population and ending the judicial vacancy crisis so that every American can have his or her day in court. Why Courts Matter Iowa is led by Iowa Citizen Action Network, Americans for Democratic Action Iowa, Progress Iowa, and One Iowa.

Additional information:

CNN: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1602/23/cg.02.html

“The Senate historian reports that no Supreme Court nominee has ever been denied a confirmation hearing, unless he or she has voluntarily withdrawn from consideration.”

Iowa Cafe to Serve Grassley #DoYourJob Breakfast Menu

 

Ritual Cafe in downtown Des Moines will rename its breakfast menu on Tuesday, April 12th, while Senator Chuck Grassley holds his breakfast with Supreme Court nominee Judge Merrick Garland. Click here to view the menu.

DES MOINES — Iowans hungering for Senator Grassley to do his job will find a full docket of breakfast items tomorrow at Ritual Cafe in downtown Des Moines. The locally owned restaurant will rename several of their breakfast items, for a ‘Grassley #DoYourJob Menu’ to be served at the same time Senator Grassley will have breakfast with Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland in Washington, D.C. The #DoYourJob Menu will feature Obstruction Oats, Advice and Consent Cappuccino, Constitution Quiche, along with a variety of other items.

The full menu can be found online by clicking here.

It has been 59 days since Justice Scalia passed away, creating a vacancy on the Supreme Court, and 26 days since President Obama announced the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland. Senator Grassley has refused to hold a hearing for Garland in the Judiciary Committee, where he serves as Chair. This would be the first time that a Supreme Court nominee was refused a hearing.

“Iowans wake up every day, have breakfast, and do their job,” said Matt Sinovic, executive director of Progress Iowa and Why Courts Matter Iowa coalition member. “We don’t get to decide when to follow our job description, and Senator Grassley shouldn’t get to ignore the constitution and the precedent set by a century of hearings. We hope after his breakfast meeting with Judge Garland, Senator Grassley will stop serving up cold obstruction and start doing his job.”

Additional details for the Grassley #DoYourJob Breakfast:

WHO:           Why Courts Matter Iowa Coalition

                       Matt Sinovic, Executive Director, Progress Iowa             

WHAT:        Sen. Grassley #DoYourJob Breakfast

WHEN:        Tuesday, April 12, 7:00 – 10:00 AM

WHERE:      Ritual Cafe; 1301 Locust Street, Des Moines, Iowa

 

The Why Courts Matter Iowa coalition is focused on ensuring that the federal judiciary is representative of America’s diverse population and ending the judicial vacancy crisis so that every American can have his or her day in court. Why Courts Matter Iowa is led by Iowa Citizen Action Network, Americans for Democratic Action Iowa, Progress Iowa, and One Iowa. For more information visit www.whycourtsmatteriowa.org.

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Iowans to Travel to Washington, D.C., to Tell Senator Grassley: Do Your Job

www.WhyCourtsMatterIowa.org

April 4, 2016

Press Contact: Monica Biddix, 515-661-4586

ADVISORY: Iowans to Travel to Washington, D.C., to Tell Senator Grassley: Do Your Job

Leaders from Iowa Join Nationwide Effort to Urge Senators to Consider Nomination of Chief Judge Merrick Garland

Current and former elected officials, leaders of community organizations, and concerned citizens from Iowa will travel to Washington, D.C. tomorrow to deliver the message to their senators that they should act on the nomination of Chief Judge Merrick Garland by holding a hearing and a vote.

Those traveling from Iowa to Washington, D.C., will participate in meetings on Capitol Hill, a press conference and other activities aimed at telling the Senate to do its job on the Supreme Court nomination. They will hold a press conference at the Supreme Court at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning, April 5 and will take part in the daily count at the Supreme Court, marking each day that has passed since the nomination of Chief Judge Garland. They will hold the sign marking day 20.

WHAT:Iowans to Travel to Washington, D.C., to Tell Senator Grassley: #DoYourJob

WHO: Sally Pederson, Former Iowa Lt. Governor

Mike Walton, Scott County Attorney

Doug Bailey, Hamilton County Supervisor

Keith Uhl, Republican precinct committeeman, former Assistant U.S. Attorney

Ross Daniels, former staff for Senator Grassley

Mark Kende, Law Professor, Drake University

Matt Sinovic, Executive Director, Progress Iowa

Sue Dinsdale, Executive Director, ICAN

Chris Schwartz, Executive Director, ADA Iowa

Lance Coles, Veteran, Retired Postal Worker

WHEN: Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 11 a.m.

Senate’s First Day Back in Session

WHERE: Supreme Court of the United States, One First Street NE

For additional details about the press conference and meetings scheduled in D.C. contact Benton Strong at BStrong@americanprogress.org

For more information about the #WeNeedNine campaign, visit www.WeNeedNine.org or follow on Twitter and Facebook.

 

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IOWANS TO DEMONSTRATE AT PRIVATE GRASSLEY EVENT

For Immediate Release: March 29, 2016
Contact: Monica Biddix, monica@progressiowa.org, (515) 661-4586

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30 at 9:45 AM: Iowans to Demonstrate at Closed-Door Grassley Event

Iowans will stand together and call for Senator Grassley to hold a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee for Judge Merrick Garland   

Carroll, Iowa —  On Wednesday, March 30 at 9:45 AM (Central Time) the Why Courts Matter Iowa coalition and volunteers will hold a demonstration near St. Anthony Regional Hospital immediately prior to a private event held by Senator Grassley. The coalition learned of the event as a result of its ‘Where is Chuck’ hotline and confirmed via local sources.

Constituents across Iowa have criticized Grassley since his controversial stance to hold off the Supreme Court nomination hearing until next year. Iowans have flooded state and local newspaper outlets calling for Grassley to “Do Your Job” and hold a hearing. In response, Grassley has scaled back the number of public events being held in Iowa while the Senate is in recess. Iowans want to let Grassley know that they will not be ignored. They want the 35 year incumbent Senator to know that he cannot hide from his constituents or duck their scrutiny.

Last week, Why Courts Matter Iowa coalition established, a “Where’s Chuck?” Hotline for tips on Grassley’s whereabouts and private events. Iowans across the state called the hotline and sent emails not only with information but frustration and anger. Iowans reported unfriendly interaction with Grassley staff and difficulty reaching anyone at any of Grassley’s offices. Why Courts Matter Iowa is holding a public demonstration to stand up for every Iowan who is disappointed in Grassley and his obstruction.

WHO: Why Courts Matter Iowa coalition members and volunteers

WHAT:   Iowans demonstrating against Sen. Grassley’s Supreme Court obstruction  

WHEN:  Wednesday, March 30, 9:45 AM (Central Time)

WHERE: The public sidewalk at the corner of South Clark Street & Anthony Street
                  Near St. Anthony Regional Hospital; 311 S Clark St, Carroll, Iowa

The Why Courts Matter Iowa coalition is focused on ensuring that the federal judiciary is representative of America’s diverse population and ending the judicial vacancy crisis so that every American can have his or her day in court. Why Courts Matter Iowa is affiliated with the Why Courts Matter coalition, and is led by Iowa Citizen Action Network, Americans for Democratic Action Iowa, Progress Iowa, and One Iowa. For more information visit www.whycourtsmatteriowa.org.

 

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Iowans are asking: Where is Chuck Grassley?

Why Courts Matter Iowa asks Iowans to call the ‘Where is Chuck’ hotline at (515) 421-8997 due to Senator Grassley’s lack of events being held during the state work period, as well as rumors of numerous unpublicized private events.

The Why Courts Matter Iowa coalition today asked Iowans to aid and assist in finding the whereabouts of Senator Chuck Grassley. The coalition’s request for Iowans to call the ‘Where is Chuck’ hotline at 515-421-8997 is in reaction to the zero public events being held by the Senator during the first week of his state work period, the unusually low total of just 3 events in his 15 days working in the state, and widespread rumors of unpublicized events being held by the Senator in order to avoid his constituents.

“This week the Senator known for the ‘full Grassley’ appears to be running on empty,” said Matt Sinovic, executive director of Progress Iowa and Why Courts Iowa coalition member. “It’s disappointing that Senator Grassley is holding so few public events, instead choosing to have private gatherings and closed-door meetings. Iowans are frustrated with his obstruction of the Supreme Court, but he has always met us face to face to discuss the issues of the day, instead of playing hide and go seek.”

“We are calling on all Iowans to assist us in locating Senator Grassley, and inform us of any of his private events,” said Chris Schwartz, state director of Americans for Democratic Action Iowa and Why Courts Matter Iowa coalition member. “Iowans have a right to speak with their Senator, and we will publicize the details of any event we discover and confirm through our network across the state. We encourage Iowans of all political parties to join us in this effort, as responsiveness to constituents should not be a partisan issue.”

Why Courts Matter Iowa has established a ‘Where is Chuck’ hotline at 515-421-8997 for Iowans to call and relay details of any private events the Senator is holding during his state work period, as well as an email address: whereischuck@whycourtsmatteriowa.org.