Friday, July 20, 2018

Friday 7/20 Call to action

Friday
This week’s news has wiped me out! I have been stalling all morning. Want to stall too? Check out this blog D. M. sent me about Queen Elizabeth’s brooches. It’s divine. https://www.scarymommy.com/queen-elizabeth-brooches-trump/… I just can’t even with the news coming from Washington today. I am going to take a difference course for today’s CTA, I think.
1. Hatred Infiltrating Our Communities.
I had the unfortunate opportunity to attend a presentation from a hate group called Minnesota Family Council (MFC), that was hosted by a handful of churches in my area. (Hate groups and churches, let that idea roll around in your brain for a second.) The meeting was designed to address the issue of transgender individuals, specifically in our schools. MFS is independently affiliated with the Family Research Council and Focus on the Family. Those names may sound familiar, they are infamous for supporting aversion therapy as a “cure” for homosexuality and roadblocking same-sex marriage. With lies, fear mongering, and propaganda, this presentation aimed to give the attendees a godly excuse to discriminate against the transgender community, specifically children. I won’t go into details, but you can learn more from the links below. The takeaway I want you to have is that this group (and others like it) is it’s well organized, financially supported, and united in its mission. During the meeting they repeatedly encouraged the audience to 1. vote; 2. run for local government positions like city council and school board. If you pay attention to local news, you will remember that there has been some trouble with issues of discrimination in school boards across the state. MFC is actively realizing their goal of taking over local government. This is scary stuff! The good news is, we can vote too. We can run for local government too. And we should. We can attend these terrible meeting and be a dissenting voice. We can remind the MFC that their path is not righteous.
Here is the open letter sent out by the church groups. https://seasparish.org/…/Open%20Letter%20Concerning%20Trans…
Here are letters sent by similar groups to the Anoka-Hennipin County school board about transgender individuals. https://cplaction.com/…/ADF-Ltr-Anoka-Hennepin-School-Board…
https://cplaction.com/…/Liberty-Counsel-Ltr-to-Anoka-Hennep…
Here is testimony made by Emily Zinos, a representative for Ask Me First, a part of MFC. https://cplaction.com/wp-content/uploads/Zinos-Testimony.pdf
Want to help defend members of the LBGTQ community now? Check out the group OutFront Minnesota https://www.facebook.com/outfrontminnesota/?hc_location=ufi
Also Transforming Families https://tffmn.org/
Are you an active member in your religious community? Encourage your leaders to host events that focus on how to be welcoming and inclusive of all communities.
But mostly, VOTE and RUN FOR SOMETHING!
2. Read this article: This Is No Time for Liberal Despair
Be realistic. Don’t lose hope. Know your strengths. https://www.nytimes.com/…/trump-supreme-court-kennedy-retir…
3. Create A Video of Support- Why I’m Voting
CD2Action has a great idea! Share your personal stories of why you are voting with others on social media. Think of it as online door knocking! If you would like to participate, all you need to do is create a short video (30-60 seconds) that explains what topics are motivating you to vote in the primary and in November. An easy guide on how to get started is provided for you here: https://cd2action.com/why-im-voting-videos/
Once your video is complete, you can email it to this address cd2action@gmail.com.
4. Let’s Get out The Vote!
I think it’s going to take an overwhelming wave of blue voters to stop this terrible Trump administration in November. All hands on deck! At this point, you should be helping out a campaign at least once a week. Expect to do more as the midterm elections get closer.
Check out these calendars for upcoming events near you.
https://cd2action.com/calendar/
https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed…
Study after study shows that the most effective way to get people to vote is by having conversations with them in the four days before Election Day (Saturday, November 3rd–Tuesday, November 6th). Volunteer here to be part of the last big push. https://thelastweekend.org/?source=MN02
5. Vote Now From Home!
**Secretary of State Steve Simon is reporting a 60% increase in absentee voter applications from the last election cycle! This is awesome!!**
Minnesota is lucky. We have a great voting program that makes it easy for us to get out the vote. You are now able vote early for the Primaries that take place on August 14th. Check out this page from CD2Action that answers some FAQ’s about primary voting. https://cd2action.com/voting-in-the-primaries-101/
Don’t forget, you can vote from home in your jammies. Just sign up here (https://mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/AB…/ABRegistrationStep1.aspx) for an absentee ballot and one will be mailed to you for free.
If Trump fires Mueller or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, please be ready to take to the streets in protest.
https://act.moveon.org/…/mueller-firing-rapid-respon…/search
Klobuchar-202-224-3244
Smith (202) 224-5641
House of Representative switchboard: (202) 224-3121
MN Legislators: https://www.leg.state.mn.us/leg/legislators
Resistbot: https://resistbot.io/
Governor Dayton- https://mn.gov/governor/contact-us/
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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Thursday 7/19 Call to Action


Thursday 7/19

1. Putin proposal on questioning U.S. Officials
We need to keep pressuring our representatives that our country and our citizens come first since the current leader is a Russian informant. If Trump thinks he can hand over Americans to keep his treasonous self safe, we take to the streets. 
Putin suggested at the Helsinki summit that he would let U.S. investigators be present for questioning of 12 Russian intelligence officers charged last Friday on allegations they carried out cyber attacks to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election if Russians could do the same in America for people connected to money manager Bill Browder, a onetime investor in Russia. Browder has said he helped expose corruption in Russia.
Putin accused Browder of making campaign contributions to Trump’s election rival Hillary Clinton with money he earned in Russia on which he did not pay taxes. Putin said U.S. intelligence officers helped Browder.
On Wednesday, the Russian Prosecutor General’s office listed Americans it wants to question for “illegal activities,” including Michael McFaul, who was U.S. ambassador to Russia during the Obama administration and is now at Stanford University in California.”

Since we have not been getting specifics on what was agreed upon or talked about in the meeting between Putin and Trump we need to continue to demand a hearing from the interpreter. Although we may get an idea of what was said during Putin’s speech today. 

2. Migrant families
More of what is coming out from these children and their families being detained is horrific. I’m disgusted that this is happening in our country. In what is some people’s backyard. 
““The treatment of these children amounts to torture,” Schey told HuffPost, adding that the situation has become worse under the Trump administration. “We see a policy of enforced hunger, enforced dehydration and enforced sleeplessness coupled with routine insults and physical assaults.”
“This story is more than just separating children from their parents,” he told HuffPost. “The bigger picture is forced starvation and sleeplessness and terrorizing these children.””
3. Jason Lewis
Everyone in CD2 should be flooding the office of deplorable Jason Lewis with phone calls, his inbox with emails, and Twitter with tweets of disgust over his attitude towards women and his constituents. Vote. Him. Out.
4. Somalis with Temporary Protected Status
Trump is going to start targeting Somalis with Temporary Protected Status with deportation. Reach out to Governor Dayton and thank him for writing to Trump imploring him to extend the TPS. Read Governor Dayton’s letter here:
5. Don’t stop resisting the nomination of Kavanaugh for SCOTUS. No vote until after the midterm!
6. Vote Now From Home!
**Secretary of State Steve Simon is reporting a 60% increase in absentee voter applications from the last election cycle! This is awesome!!**
Minnesota is lucky. We have a great voting program that makes it easy for us to get out the vote. You are now able vote early for the Primaries that take place on August 14th. Check out this page from CD2Action that answers some FAQ’s about primary voting. https://cd2action.com/voting-in-the-primaries-101/
Don’t forget, you can vote from home in your jammies. Just sign up here (https://mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/AB…/ABRegistrationStep1.aspx) for an absentee ballot and one will be mailed to you for free.
If Trump fires Mueller or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, please be ready to take to the streets in protest.
MN02 Congress Watch http://mn02congresswatch.org/
Klobuchar-202-224-3244
Smith (202) 224-5641
House of Representative switchboard: (202) 224-3121




Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Wednesday 7/18 Call to Action

Wednesday
1. Treasonous Trump
Yesterday, Trump walked back the statement he made claiming that Russia had nothing to do with interfering in our elections. Before a meeting with GOP lawmakers on Tuesday, Trump told reporters that he misspoke in Helsinki and that when he said he saw no reason why it "would" be Russia that interfered, he meant to say he saw no reason why it "wouldn't." (I and most of the sane world call BS!) Besides a few tweets and statements scolding Trump, Congress has done nothing. Congress has been useless at protecting the country against Trump’s dastardly deeds. To be honest, if the statements Trump made in Helsinki didn’t prompt members of Congress to act, nothing will. It is looking more and more like our only course of action is to vote these stalemates out in November. I still don’t think it’s wrong to keep the pressure on them. Consider it our job to remind our members on Congress of what they should be doing. No reason they should be comfortable while they are screwing us over.
https://www.npr.org/…/ryan-vladimir-putin-does-not-share-ou…
Here of some topics you can use to call you members of Congress. Full disclosure, I stole all of these ideas from Rachel Maddow.
Senator Jeanne Shaheen, a member of the Foreign Relations committee, has called for a hearing with the U. S. interpreter that was in the room with Trump and Putin during their two hour meeting. This interpreter can help determine what Trump discussed/promised during their time together. This is especially important considering that a Russian military spokesman, said in a statement Tuesday that the Russian military "is ready to intensify contacts with the US colleagues in the General Staff and other available channels to discuss the extension of the START treaty, cooperation in Syria, as well as other issues of ensuring military security.” What? We need to know what went on in that meeting. Here are the members of the Foreign Relations Committee if you would like to contact them. None of them are from MN. https://www.foreign.senate.gov/about/membership
We should be increasing funding to the states so that they can work on their election security. Dan Coates, Director of National Intelligence has stated that our digital infrastructure is under attack. Agents are meaning to undermine America’s democracy. We have an election in just a few months and almost nothing has been done to protect those votes. Keep in mind that the Trump administration just fired the top cybersecurity coordinator on the National Security Council. No one was hired to replace him and his job was eliminated. This further hampers our ability to ward off cyber attacks. Are you alarmed? You should be alarmed! Congress should be asking why this is happening. They could be holding hearings on why the United States’ digital infrastructure is at risk. This is a call that can be made to all of our members of Congress.
https://twitter.com/thehill/status/1019375218526228480?s=12
Reports have shown that Russia has been targeting the United States’ critical infrastructure, such as energy, nuclear, commercial facilities, water, aviation, and manufacturing sectors. We are essentially sitting ducks vulnerable to a cyber attack that would take away our ability to function. You can call your members of Congress and ask them to hold hearing on this.
Trump called to cancel joint military exercises in South Korea without consulting South Korea or U. S. Governments. This was something Putin had asked him to do on a phone call the two had earlier in the year. Why not call your members of Congress and ask them to hold hearing about this. Who approved this policy change?
Trump’s son-in-law, Jaren Kushner, took a meeting with a head of a sanctioned bank. Why did that meeting happen?
Remember yesterday how we talked about Maria Butina? Butina was arrested this week and charged with conspiracy to act as an agent of the Russian Federation. Butina was funneling money through the National Rifle Association (NRA) to gain influence with members of the GOP. On the same day, the Treasury Department announced that it will no longer require certain tax-exempt organizations including politically active nonprofit groups, such as the National Rifle Association to identify their financial donors to U.S. tax authorities. Hmm.
https://www.reuters.com/…/u-s-treasury-moves-to-protect-ide…
Congress could use their time in office preventing this change from happening. Why not give them a call.
In terms of news, last Friday seems so long ago. Remember when the Mueller investigation released an indictment that accused 12 Russian intelligence officers with conducting a hacking campaign that targeted Democratic political organizations to attempt to influence the 2016 election? Prosecutors charged that the hackers breached the computers of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, then stole troves of emails and other records that the Russian government later made public
The indictment also stated that an unnamed congressional candidate sought hacked documents about his or her opponent in the 2016 election from Russian intelligence officers who were posing as an online activist. Please read that sentence again because it is a doozy. If Congress wanted to do something, they could try to figure out who that person is, especially those members of the House Ethics Committee (https://ethics.house.gov/about/committee-members)
https://www.usatoday.com/…/mueller-congressional…/783317002/
Please use these topics today to call, email, and tweet your members of Congress.
2. Let’s Get out The Vote!
I think it’s going to take an overwhelming wave of blue voters to stop this terrible Trump administration in November. All hands on deck! At this point, you should be helping out a campaign at least once a week. Expect to do more as the midterm elections get closer.
Check out these calendars for upcoming events near you.
https://cd2action.com/calendar/
https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed…
Study after study shows that the most effective way to get people to vote is by having conversations with them in the four days before Election Day (Saturday, November 3rd–Tuesday, November 6th). Volunteer here to be part of the last big push. https://thelastweekend.org/?source=MN02
3. Don’t forget about SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh or the children still separated from their parents at the border.
4. Vote Now From Home!
**Secretary of State Steve Simon is reporting a 60% increase in absentee voter applications from the last election cycle! This is awesome!!**
Minnesota is lucky. We have a great voting program that makes it easy for us to get out the vote. You are now able vote early for the Primaries that take place on August 14th. Check out this page from CD2Action that answers some FAQ’s about primary voting. https://cd2action.com/voting-in-the-primaries-101/
Don’t forget, you can vote from home in your jammies. Just sign up here (https://mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/AB…/ABRegistrationStep1.aspx) for an absentee ballot and one will be mailed to you for free.
If Trump fires Mueller or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, please be ready to take to the streets in protest.
https://act.moveon.org/…/mueller-firing-rapid-respon…/search
Klobuchar-202-224-3244
Smith (202) 224-5641
House of Representative switchboard: (202) 224-3121
MN Legislators: https://www.leg.state.mn.us/leg/legislators
Resistbot: https://resistbot.io/
Governor Dayton- https://mn.gov/governor/contact-us/
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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Tuesday 7/17 Call to Action

Tuesday
1. Treason
Yesterday, Trump committed treason as he stood beside Putin and cast doubts over accusations of Russia’s interference in the US’s 2016 elections, vowing to build an extraordinary relationship with them. Trump's behavior was not only shameful, but bizarre and seriously worrisome. The president of the United States not only sided with the Russian president, but he did so against the American intelligence community, the American law enforcement community, and the American system of justice.
This was a particularly low blow considering that last week Trump was at the NATO summit disparaging UK’s Prime Minister May, labeling the Western alliance as delinquent, and the European Union a foe.
It appears we may be entering another cold war. This time however, our president and the entire Republican party appear to be complicit.
What can we do? Well, we can contact our members of Congress. I know my Congressman (Lewis) has been particularly quiet about this. We can urge our Senators to get tough and think outside the box. We need to protect our country.
We can vote and encourage others to do so as well. Commit today to volunteering with a local campaign. At this point, we should all be helping at least once a week.
What good is voting if we cannot trust the election system? Our own MN Secretary of State Steve Simon has expressed concerns. (https://www.facebook.com/MNSteveSimon/posts/1234683516686206)
Senator Klobuchar has as well. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said Friday that hackers within Russia's GRU military intelligence service targeted state and local election boards, infiltrated a Florida-based company that supplies software for voting machines across the country, and broke into a state election website to steal sensitive information on about 500,000 American voters. It is vital that we enact election security legislation to protect election infrastructure from attack from foreign entities. Sen. Klobuchar has co-sponsored the Secure Elections Act. https://www.congress.gov/bi…/115th-congress/senate-bill/2261.
https://www.politico.com/…/robert-mueller-probe-state-elect…
We need to start considering bigger things, like non-violent actions. Non-violent struggle has proven to be one of the most effective ways of changing the world. The bad news is, it can be difficult to organize groups to work together. The good news is, our 1.5 years working in Indivisible groups has given us a lot of practice! The keys to success with this type of protest are unity, planning and maintaining non-violence. While social media is a great way to reach out and communicate, the nonviolent struggle is won in the real world, in the streets. You will never change your society towards democracy if you sit down and click. Instead of complaining about what we hate we need a comprehensive list of what we really want and push for reform.
Check out this TED Talk for more information
How to topple a dictator (Srdja Popovic | TEDxKrakow) https://ted.com/tal…/srdja_popovic_how_to_topple_a_dictator… via @TEDTalks
Learn more about Maria J. Stephan, director of the Program on Nonviolent Action at the U.S. Institute of Peace https://www.usip.org/people/maria-j-stephan or listen to her speak here: https://youtu.be/jzV9K_49MpM
We can no longer just sit back and do nothing. It may seem hyperbolic, but Trump’s statements yesterday have confirmed that we are in a state of emergency. It is time to act.
2 Russia’s Connection to The GOP
Maria Butina, a Russian woman with ties to a senior Russian government official was charged in Washington on Monday with conspiracy to act as an agent of the Russian Federation, including by building ties to the leadership of the National Rifle Association and other conservative political organizations.
Butina is accused of trying to cultivate relationships with American politicians (the GOP) to establish “back channel” lines of communication and seeking to infiltrate U.S. political groups, including an unnamed “gun rights organization,” to advance Russia’s agenda. Descriptions in court papers match published reports about Butina’s interactions with the NRA.
In short, Butina was funneling money through the NRA to gain influence with members of the GOP. Holy Moly!
Read more here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/d1d4832a-8929-11e8-85ae-51…
Or watch Rachel Maddow explain it here: Maddow: Time for Americans to face 'worst case scenario' on Trump http://www.msnbc.com/…/maddow-time-for-americans-to-face-wo… via @msnbc
Give your members of Congress a call!
3. Don’t forget about SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh or the children still separated from their parents at the border.
4. Local Candidate in Need
Tina Folch, House candidate for 54B was busy door knocking when she fell in a hole, landed hard, and broke both of her arms (!!!). Luckily, Tina is tough, (There is no quit in her!) but she needs our help to flip this seat to blue in November. Please commit to helping Tina door knock or march in a parade. If we each help once or twice, Tina will kick some butt!
Sign up for events here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/TinaFolch4House/events/
5. Vote Now From Home!
**Secretary of State Steve Simon is reporting a 60% increase in absentee voter applications from the last election cycle! This is awesome!!**
Minnesota is lucky. We have a great voting program that makes it easy for us to get out the vote. You are now able vote early for the Primaries that take place on August 14th. Check out this page from CD2Action that answers some FAQ’s about primary voting. https://cd2action.com/voting-in-the-primaries-101/
Don’t forget, you can vote from home in your jammies. Just sign up here (https://mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/AB…/ABRegistrationStep1.aspx) for an absentee ballot and one will be mailed to you for free.
If Trump fires Mueller or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, please be ready to take to the streets in protest.
https://act.moveon.org/…/mueller-firing-rapid-respon…/search
Klobuchar-202-224-3244
Smith (202) 224-5641
House of Representative switchboard: (202) 224-3121
MN Legislators: https://www.leg.state.mn.us/leg/legislators
Resistbot: https://resistbot.io/
Governor Dayton- https://mn.gov/governor/contact-us/
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Monday, July 16, 2018

Monday 7/16 Call to Action

Trump and Putin have their Helsinki summit today, on the heels of Mueller's indictment of 13 Russians for hacking Democratic organizations.  Trump will meet with Putin alone. 

https://www.cnn.com/politics/live-news/trump-putin-helsinki/index.html

They also seem to have gotten rid of a Russia Hawk from the National Security Council.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/russia-hawk-axed-from-national-security-council-right-before-trump-putin-summit

1. The House Freedom Caucus is putting forth a bill to impeach Rosenstein.  Although the bill doesn't seem likely to pass, they continue to test the waters.  Let's remind our representatives to stay on board with the Mueller investigation.

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/07/13/house-republicans-rod-rosenstein-impeachment-719816

2. Meanwhile, the Trump trade war is escalating in the background.

"There’s no need to worry about a trade-triggered recession today, then. But it might be worth worrying about one tomorrow."

https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2018/07/the-costs-of-trumps-trade-war/565208/

3. Vote Now From Home!
**Secretary of State Steve Simon is reporting a 60% increase in absentee voter applications from the last election cycle! This is awesome!!**
Minnesota is lucky. We have a great voting program that makes it easy for us to get out the vote. You are now able vote early for the Primaries that take place on August 14th. Check out this page from CD2Action that answers some FAQ’s about primary voting. https://cd2action.com/voting-in-the-primaries-101/
Don’t forget, you can vote from home in your jammies. Just sign up here ( https://mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/ABRegistration/ABRegistrationStep1.aspx ) for an absentee ballot and one will be mailed to you for free.
If Trump fires Mueller or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, please be ready to take to the streets in protest.
https://www.trumpisnotabovethelaw.org/
MN02 Congress Watch http://mn02congresswatch.org/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/572562169758984/
Klobuchar-202-224-3244
Smith (202) 224-5641
House of Representative switchboard: (202) 224-3121
MN Legislators: https://www.leg.state.mn.us/leg/legislators
Resistbot: https://resistbot.io/
Governor Dayton- https://mn.gov/governor/contact-us/

Friday, July 13, 2018

Friday 7/13 Call to Action

Friday

Check out this post with all Minnesota Democrats for Congress, Governor, Attorney General with photos, graphics, website links & Voter Info Links

Early voting: NOW!  through August 13.  I'll probably go meet my neighbors (and the polling place is a nice walk) on August 14.

https://www.facebook.com/postcardsforAmerica/posts/1736004849847053

1. Here's something we can thank almost all our congress-people for (from Rogan's list):

The Senate voted 97-2 in a non-binding resolution to express support for NATO prior to Trump’s time at the summit: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/396399-senate-overwhelmingly-passes-resolution-supporting-nato-as-trump  Only Senators Rand Paul and Mike Lee voted against it. The House voted unanimously to do the same: https://www.facebook.com/TheHill/posts/10156181332144087  Let’s let Trump know that we stand with out 97 Senators and all our Representatives and strongly oppose his trashing of multilateral alliances that has served this world so well:  The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington DC 20500 or on Twitter @realDonaldTrump

2. "The Trump administration is implementing a new asylum policy at the border that will result in potentially thousands of asylum seekers being turned away before they can plead their case in court."

https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/11/politics/border-immigrants-asylum-restrictions/index.html

3. Vote Now From Home!
**Secretary of State Steve Simon is reporting a 60% increase in absentee voter applications from the last election cycle! This is awesome!!**
Minnesota is lucky. We have a great voting program that makes it easy for us to get out the vote. You are now able vote early for the Primaries that take place on August 14th. Check out this page from CD2Action that answers some FAQ’s about primary voting. https://cd2action.com/voting-in-the-primaries-101/
Don’t forget, you can vote from home in your jammies. Just sign up here (https://mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/AB…/ABRegistrationStep1.aspx) for an absentee ballot and one will be mailed to you for free.
If Trump fires Mueller or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, please be ready to take to the streets in protest.
https://www.trumpisnotabovethelaw.org/
MN02 Congress Watch http://mn02congresswatch.org/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/572562169758984/
Klobuchar-202-224-3244
Smith (202) 224-5641
House of Representative switchboard: (202) 224-3121
MN Legislators: https://www.leg.state.mn.us/leg/legislators
Resistbot: https://resistbot.io/
Governor Dayton- https://mn.gov/governor/contact-us/

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Thursday 7/12 Call to Action


Thursday 7/12

Much of today is on repeat. 

1. SCOTUS
We cannot back down on our fight against the SCOTUS nomination, Brett Kavanaugh. Let’s encourage our Senators to lobby the moderate Republican Senators. 
Activists have a hard enough time getting all of the Senate Democrats to band together to oppose Trump’s nomination, but even if they manage to, it won’t matter. Republicans only need 50 votes to confirm Kavanaugh. And just as with the health care vote, activists need to lobby moderate Republicans, trying to appeal to them on issues including health care and abortion rights.”

While the two issues are closely linked, the change aligns with polling that shows healthcare is a major concern for swing-state voters ahead of November’s congressional elections, with abortion rights more divisive.”

“Support for Judge Kavanaugh is not apolitical. It is a political choice about the meaning of the constitution and our vision of democracy, a choice with real consequences for real people. Without a doubt, Judge Kavanaugh is a threat to the most vulnerable. He is a threat to many of us, despite the privilege bestowed by our education, simply because of who we are.””

2. Deadline for reuniting children under age five with their families is missed. 
The ACLU’s Gelernt said the government is not even close to reuniting all the children under 5 with their parents, including 12 adults who were deported without their children. He said they government has not told him how many children have been reunified with parents.”
This is unacceptable. 

3. Tariffs
"It is now much more likely that the dispute will continue for a prolonged period of time and that we will see ratcheting up of protectionist measures," Elena Duggar, an associate managing director at credit rating agency Moody's, said in a research note after the Trump administration late Tuesday surprised investors by threatening to impose 10 percent tariffs on an additional $200 billion of Chinese goods. "The economic fallout of such measures could be material for the global economy."
Analysts say a full-blown trade war with China could wound the U.S. in several ways. Rising prices could chill consumer spending, while companies spooked by the conflict could hold off on investment decisions, such as hiring. Both trends would slow economic growth. 
"Trump's trade war is a masterclass in self-harm for the U.S. and global economy," Nigel Green, CEO of financial advisory firm deVere Group, told clients in a note.”  
How will this hurt Minnesota farmers?
Minnesota producers expect to get slammed by the new China tax, according to the Minnesota Trade Office.
At the top of the list: swine by-products, which are used for a wide range of items from paint to heart valves. ($52M)
The rest of the list looks like this:
– Whey ($39M)
– Soybeans ($26M)
– Animal By-Products ($13M)
– Chicken ($12M)
– Pork ($5M)
4. Local Candidate in Need
Last week, Tina Folch, House candidate for 54B was busy door knocking when she fell in a hole, landed hard, and broke both of her arms (!!!). Luckily, Tina is tough, (There is no quit in her!) but she needs our help to flip this seat to blue in November. Please commit to helping Tina door knock or march in a parade. If we each help once or twice, Tina will kick some butt!

5. Vote Now From Home!
**Secretary of State Steve Simon is reporting a 60% increase in absentee voter applications from the last election cycle! This is awesome!!**
Minnesota is lucky. We have a great voting program that makes it easy for us to get out the vote. You are now able vote early for the Primaries that take place on August 14th. Check out this page from CD2Action that answers some FAQ’s about primary voting. https://cd2action.com/voting-in-the-primaries-101/
Don’t forget, you can vote from home in your jammies. Just sign up here (https://mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/AB…/ABRegistrationStep1.aspx) for an absentee ballot and one will be mailed to you for free.
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