Grassley And Ernst Host Town Hall Forums This Week

Grin and bear it with the press

By Pat Rynard

February 20, 2017

With a roiling national debate over healthcare, immigration and Donald Trump’s presidency, Congressional town hall forums in recent weeks have seen massive turnouts of angry constituents. In a reversal from the 2009 forums that sparked the creation of the Tea Party, this year it’s Republicans who have found themselves on the defensive. Both Iowa Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst will host their own town halls this week across the state. None of Iowa’s U.S. House members have anything scheduled.

Grassley typically restricts his public events to smaller, Republican-leaning counties during early hours of the day. He hasn’t held a public meeting during his 99 County Tour in any of Iowa’s top ten populated counties in the past four years, and that tactic doesn’t appear to be changing this time. Grassley has four announced events this week, Ernst has one.

Here’s where Grassley and Ernst will be this week:

Joni Ernst
Tuesday, February 21
1:30 PM
Maquoketa City Hall
201 E Pleasant St, Maquoketa

Chuck Grassley
Tuesday, February 21
7:45 AM
Iowa Falls Fire Dept
218 S River St, Iowa Falls

Tuesday, February 21
2:15 PM
Hancock County Courthouse
855 State St, Garner

Thursday, February 23
10:00 AM
Floyd County Courthouse
101 S Main St, Charles City

Friday, February 24
8:00 AM
Parkersburg Civic Center
502 3rd St, Parkersburg


by Pat Rynard
Posted 2/20/17

  • Pat Rynard

    Pat Rynard founded Iowa Starting Line in 2015. He is now Courier Newsroom's National Political Editor, where he oversees political reporters across the country. He still keeps a close eye on Iowa politics, his dog's name is Frank, and football season is his favorite time of year.



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