Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Tuesday 1/23 Call to Action

Tuesday
1. Government Shutdown
The government shutdown ended yesterday when the Democrats capitulated on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s assurance that he would address the status of Dreamers at some point. The agreement is merely a promise to debate the issue, it does not specify the substance of any potential legislation. The fate of Dreamers is just as unclear as before. Even if some type of legislation were to pass the Senate, it would face a greater challenge in the House and on the president’s desk.
This continuing resolution will keep the government open until February 8th. It will also fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years. No money was allotted for community health centers.
Both Senators Klobuchar and Smith voted yes for this short term funding. Today would be a good day to give them a call and ask them why.
2. Pennsylvania
Yesterday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that the state’s congressional districts were drawn to give GOP candidates an advantage. (In a state that went almost 50/50 in the presidential election, 12 of the 18 congressional seats are filled by Republicans, and one seat is vacant.) New, nonpartisan districts could be drawn in time for the November 2018 midterm elections. This could bee a boon for Democratic candidates, possibly giving them up three to four Congressional seats.
https://www.politico.com/…/pennsylvania-congressional-map-c…
A special election is happening in Pennsylvania on March 13th to fill a state House seat. The race is between Rick Saccone, an anti-union, anti-choice, pro-tax scam Republican and Conor Lamb, a military veteran and federal prosecutor. https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/b6c5a454-fad3-11e7-a46b-a3…
If you have some extra time and would like to help, you and do some phone banking for Lamb
bit.ly/FlipThe18th or send out some postcards by emailing a request to Join@TonyTheDemocrat.org
3. The Wall
Trump is hellbent on constructing a wall between the border of the United States and Mexico. Besides being an ineffective waste of money, the border wall could have huge negative repercussions for sensitive wildlife habitats in the area. One area in particular, the Madrean Sky Islands, an area in Arizona and New Mexico, is home to 7,000 species of animals. It’s one of the most bio-diverse areas in North America. Adding a physical barrier in this area could lead to destabilization and extinction to many of these animals.
Today, lets call our members of Congress and give them another reason to refuse funding for a border wall.
4.New Fact Checking Tool
The Associated Press is offering a new fact checking tool on Twitter @APFactCheck or on the web:
https://apnews.com/…/NOT-REAL-NEWS:-A-look-at-what-didn't-h…
Check it out!
5. Get Out The Vote!
Don’t forget that Minnesota’s precinct caucuses take place on Tuesday, February 6th. Make plans now to attend. Find out the location of yours here:
http://caucusfinder.sos.state.mn.us/
Remember there is a special election taking place on Monday, February 12th. State Senate seat 54 and state House seat 23B are up for grabs depending on if we can get voters to the polls. You can help, even if you don’t live in these districts. Visit the candidates’ web or Facebook pages for more information on volunteering.
Karla Bigham running for State Senate in District 54
Web page: http://www.karlabigham.com/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/karlabighamforstatesenate/
Melissa Wagner running for State Representative in District 23B
Web page: https://www.melissawagner.org/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/wagner23b/
Donate to their campaigns (and get a refund!):http://www.revenue.state.mn.us/…/refund_for_political_contr…
Check out this new website for active activists in Minnesota's 2nd congressional district. https://cd2action.com/
Here’s a great way to keep track of Rep. Jason Lewis’ actions in Congress.http://mn02congresswatch.org/
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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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Monday 1/21

Monday

The government is shut down, at least as I'm writing this around 8pm Sunday.  I think there's a Senate vote early Monday morning.

1. To steal a bit from Friday's call to action, let's ask for this, to get the government open again.
 Today, call your members of Congress. Let them know that we expect the following:
*A fair solution for Dreamers
*Funding for CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program)
*Funding for Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) -a program that provides quality healthcare to people in primarily rural areas.
*Relief for Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and California.

2. How infiltrated are we?
https://www.npr.org/2018/01/21/579230705/the-russia-investigations-is-infiltration-the-new-collusion
Also, look what Kushner did now:
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/01/29/jared-kushner-is-chinas-trump-card

3. Get Out The Vote!
Don’t forget that Minnesota’s precinct caucuses take place on Tuesday, February 6th. Make plans now to attend. Find out the location of yours here:
http://caucusfinder.sos.state.mn.us/
Remember there is a special election taking place on Monday, February 12th. State Senate seat 54 and state House seat 23B are up for grabs depending on if we can get voters to the polls. You can help, even if you don’t live in these districts. Visit the candidates’ web or Facebook pages for more information on volunteering.
Karla Bigham running for State Senate in District 54
Web page: http://www.karlabigham.com/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/karlabighamforstatesenate/
Melissa Wagner running for State Representative in District 23B
Web page: https://www.melissawagner.org/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/wagner23b/
Donate to their campaigns (and get a refund!): http://www.revenue.state.mn.us/individuals/individ_income/pages/refund_for_political_contribution.aspx
Vote early in person or by mail: http://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/other-ways-to-vote/vote-early-by-mail/

Check out this new website for active activists in Minnesota's 2nd congressional district. https://cd2action.com/
Here’s a great way to keep track of Rep. Jason Lewis’ actions in Congress. http://mn02congresswatch.org/
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, January 19, 2018

Friday 1/19 Call to Action

Friday
1. Today marks the final day for Congress to hash out the short-term spending bill that will keep the lights on in government for one more month. As the hours go by a deal seems less and less likely.
Nobody wants a government shutdown, but Democrats must stay strong to ensure that Dreamers are protected. Remember, they worked on a bipartisan bill with Republicans that Trump rejected. (The infamous s***hole incident -https://www.vox.com/…/…/immigration-congress-bill-daca-trump) If Democrats don’t hold out now, they will lose any leverage they have.
Today, call your members of Congress. Let them know that we expect the following:
*A fair solution for Dreamers
*Funding for CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program)
*Funding for Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) -a program that provides quality healthcare to people in primarily rural areas.
*Relief for Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and California.
2. Earlier this month, a panel of judges decided that the congressional districts drawn in North Carolina discriminated against voters who favored non-Republican candidates. The courts gave the North Carolina General Assembly two weeks to redraw the districts in a non-partisan manner. Unfortunately, the Supreme Court just agreed to freeze the lower court’s opinion until further notice. Now, North Carolina’s gerrymandered districts will most likely not be redrawn in time for the 2018 midterm elections.
3. The transcript of Fusion GPS’s testimony to the House Intelligence Committee on the Trump dossier has been released. (Remember, Senator Feinstein released the Senate version earlier this month.) Check it out here:https://www.cnbc.com/…/trump-dossier-full-transcript-of-fus…
4. Get Out The Vote!
Don’t forget that Minnesota’s precinct caucuses take place on Tuesday, February 6th. Make plans now to attend. Find out the location of yours here:
http://caucusfinder.sos.state.mn.us/
Remember there is a special election taking place on Monday, February 12th. State Senate seat 54 and state House seat 23B are up for grabs depending on if we can get voters to the polls. You can help, even if you don’t live in these districts. Visit the candidates’ web or Facebook pages for more information on volunteering.
Karla Bigham running for State Senate in District 54
Web page: http://www.karlabigham.com/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/karlabighamforstatesenate/
Melissa Wagner running for State Representative in District 23B
Web page: https://www.melissawagner.org/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/wagner23b/
Donate to their campaigns (and get a refund!):http://www.revenue.state.mn.us/…/refund_for_political_contr…
Check out this new website for active activists in Minnesota's 2nd congressional district. https://cd2action.com/
Here’s a great way to keep track of Rep. Jason Lewis’ actions in Congress.http://mn02congresswatch.org/
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, January 18, 2018

Thursday 1/18 Call to Action

Thursday 1/18 

1. The Vice President for Health Policy and senior fellow for Economic Policy at the Center for American Progress, Topher Spiro, had this to say about CHIP. “This funding bill does not fund community health centers or nurse home visits for mothers, and it only extends the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years. There is no reason not to do a 10-year CHIP extension, which the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates would actually save money. After enacting $1.5 trillion in tax cuts for the rich and corporations, this bill adds another $31 billion in tax cuts for health care corporations. But most importantly, this bill takes CHIP hostage in order to leave Dreamers out in the cold. After delaying CHIP for several months, the congressional majority is now using CHIP as a bargaining chip, when they could easily pass CHIP separately. No one should pit CHIP against Dreamers in a cynical, partisan political game.” Continue to call your MoC about passing funding for CHIP and a clean Dream Act to save the DACA program.


2. Thomas Farr is another judicial nominee that is worrisome. Thomas Farr is nominated to serve on the Eastern District of North Carolina. His racist history is dangerous for African Americans that need their rights protected under federal law. Call your Senators and tell the to vote no on Farr. 

3. Keep that blue wave coming! I'm so proud of Wisconsin! Seeing Paul Ryan and Scott Walker nervous about what is happening is the icing on the cake. 
4. Get Out The Vote!
Remember there is a special election taking place on Monday, February 12th. State Senate seat 54 and state House seat 23B are up for grabs depending on if we can get voters to the polls. You can help, even if you don’t live in these districts. Visit the candidates’ web or Facebook pages for more information on volunteering.
Karla Bigham running for State Senate in District 54
Melissa Wagner running for State Representative in District 23B
Donate to their campaigns (and get a refund!):http://www.revenue.state.mn.us/…/refund_for_political_contr…
Check out this new website for active activists in Minnesota's 2nd congressional district. https://cd2action.com/
Here’s a great way to keep track of Rep. Jason Lewis’ actions in Congress. http://mn02congresswatch.org/

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Tuesday 1/16 Call to Action

Tuesday
1. The stop-gap spending bill that Congress passed before leaving for winter recess is set to run out on Friday. They have four days to pass an omnibus spending bill to fund the government through September or kick the can with another continuing resolution that will only last for a month. Today is a good day to call our members of Congress and remind them that we want
*A clean Dream Act to save the DACA program
*Re-authorization of the CHIP program
*Relief funding for Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and California
2. House Democrats are planning to push for a censure resolution this week that will condemn Trump for his S***hole comments last week. Representatives Cedric Richmond, and Jerrold Nadler want to put Congress on the record opposing racism. Call your member of Congress and let them know you want them to support this censure against the president’s racial remarks.
3. Get Out The Vote!
Remember there is a special election taking place on Monday, February 12th. State Senate seat 54 and state House seat 23B are up for grabs depending on if we can get voters to the polls. You can help, even if you don’t live in these districts. Visit the candidates’ web or Facebook pages for more information on volunteering.
Karla Bigham running for State Senate in District 54
Web page: http://www.karlabigham.com/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/karlabighamforstatesenate/
Melissa Wagner running for State Representative in District 23B
Web page: https://www.melissawagner.org/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/wagner23b/
Donate to their campaigns (and get a refund!):http://www.revenue.state.mn.us/…/refund_for_political_contr…
Check out this new website for active activists in Minnesota's 2nd congressional district. https://cd2action.com/
Here’s a great way to keep track of Rep. Jason Lewis’ actions in Congress.http://mn02congresswatch.org/
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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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Monday 1/15 Call to Action

Monday
1. HR 4712 Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act
On Tuesday, the House will vote on on a bill that would require healthcare providers to attempt to save any fetus born alive after an abortion. This bill was originally signed into law in 2002 by President Bush. That law did not contain criminal penalties. With this new bill, failure to perform lifesaving measures on a fetus would put the healthcare providers at risk of fines or even prison time, (including being tried for murder). Anyone who witnesses a failure to comply is required to report the incident to a state or federal law enforcement agency.
It is incredibly difficult to find non-biased information about abortion. Even the CDC is fairly tight lipped about it. From what I can discern, late term abortions, when a fetus would have the best chance of viability, are infinitesimally small. This bill seems to me like another attempt to intimidate abortion providers resulting in fewer clinics and diminished options for women.
Perhaps instead of this bill, we could encourage our members of Congress to support women and children by providing affordable healthcare and birth control options, passing CHIP, making sure quality day care doesn’t cost a mint, keeping Medicaid and SNAP around, and supporting the overwhelmed child foster programs. This administration’s lack of respect for women is astounding.
2. Bump Stocks
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is considering placing bump stocks in the same category as machine guns. (Remember, bump stocks were used in the mass shooting in Las Vegas this past October.) The sale and manufacture of machine guns for civilian use are already banned and those in circulation are tightly regulated. The ATF is looking for comments from the general public abut this until January 25th. Check in and let them now we would like to see some common sense gun laws including making bump stalks harder to obtain.
Leave your comments here: https://www.federalregister.gov/…/application-of-the-defini…
Get Out The Vote!
The Start Tribune posted a “Debbie Downer” article yesterday reporting that 45 percent of Minnesotans approve of Trump’s performance. This is up from 40 percent last April! 47 percent disapproved and 8 percent remained undecided. A booming stock market and a stable economy are stated as two of the big reasons Minnesotans are pro-Trump.
http://www.startribune.com/minnesotans-divided-over-trum…/…/
It seems the divide between Minnesotans is a wide as ever. Will we ever come together? I don’t know. Some say it’s possible.
Check out this Ted Talks video between Joan Blades and John Gable about freeing yourself from your “filter bubble” and making friends across the aisle.
https://www.ted.com/…/joan_blades_and_john_gable_free_yours…
Living Room Conversation: This website encourages you to bridge the divide that separates us by using conversation. Learn more here: https://livingroomconversations.org/
Better Angels: This group helps Americans talk to each other with the help of a trained mediator. Learn more here: https://better-angels.org/about
Make sure the news your getting is unbiased:https://www.allsides.com/unbiased-balanced-news
I still think our best bet is to get out the vote.
Consider volunteering for Melissa Wagner or Karla Bigham. Remember, the best way to end this madness is to change our leadership.
Melissa Wagner running for State Representative in District 23B
https://www.melissawagner.org/
Karla Bigham is running for State Senate in District 54
http://www.karlabigham.com/
Check out this new website for active activists in Minnesota's 2nd congressional district. https://cd2action.com/
Here’s a great way to keep track of Rep. Jason Lewis’ actions in Congress.http://mn02congresswatch.org/
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, January 12, 2018

Friday 1/12 Call to Action

Friday
1. Election Integrity
Minnesota's own, Senator Amy Klobuchar is working on bipartisan bills that will help protect our elections from foreign influence and make it easier for all eligible Americans to exercise their right to vote.
S.2261 Secure Elections Act https://www.congress.gov/bi…/115th-congress/senate-bill/2261
During the 2016 elections, Russia reportedly hacked presidential campaign accounts, launched cyberattacks against at least 21 state elections systems, and attacked a US voting systems software company. Sen. Klobuchar is working with Senate Democrats and Republicans to pass a bill that would
*Improve cybersecurity information-sharing between states
*Provide resources to states so that they can scan voting systems for vulnerabilities
*Help states update voting equipment. (42 states have not updated their election equipment in over a decade!)
*Provide paper ballots as backup to ensure elections can be audited. (There are twelve states that cannot be audited right now!)
Unfortunately, it’s too late for comprehensive changes by the 2018 elections. If Congress acts now, they could help states start screening for vulnerabilities and share important information.
Senator Klobuchar thinks this should be a national priority and so do I. Let’s call Sen. Klobuchar and thank her for her work. Then call Senator Smith and encourage her to support this bill. Ask your representative to sponsor a similar bill in the House.
https://www.axios.com/bipartisan-bill-proposes-386-million-…
S.2106 Register America to Vote Act https://www.congress.gov/bi…/115th-congress/senate-bill/2106
This act would help states to automatically register eligible citizens to vote when they turn 18. Minnesota is one of 32 states where automatic voter registrations bills have been introduced. Minnesota also has one of the highest voter turnouts of any state. 81% of voters cast a ballot in 2016. I can only imagine that will be higher in 2018. Once again, thank Senator Klobuchar for her good work.
Watch PBS’s Jody Woodruff interview Sens. Klobuchar and Lankford about the Secure Elections Act https://www.facebook.com/newshour/videos/10156123173558675/
Add your name to Senator Klobuchar’s petition. http://action.amyklobuchar.com/p/…/web/common/public/signup…
ACLU Voter’s rights events near you. https://map.peoplepower.org/?zipcode=55033
2. Protect Dreamers
From the Loyal Opposition
Trump showed his true self in responding to senators presenting a bipartisan immigration/DACA bill on Thursday by asking why the US would want people from “shithole countries” like “Africa” and Haiti, while suggesting more immigrants from Norway.
Trump wants to appease Congressional hardliners and his base, who insist Dreamers will not be protected unless Democrats agree to fund the wall and accept punitive immigration measures.
However there is substantial support among Republicans to protect Dreamers, and bipartisan proposals in the House and Senate that have some promise depending on how details are filled in.
Trump has contradicted himself repeatedly on his DACA position, both on Twitter and in meetings, but ultimately keeps backing away from reasonable solutions and siding with his racist anti-immigrant base.
Because Trump won’t stand up to immigration hardliners, it will likely be necessary for Democrats to be willing to shut down the government by refusing to authorize further spending after the January 19th deadline in order to get a vote on a deal to protect Dreamers without a wall or punitive new measures.
Ending DACA and leaving the Dreamers subject to deportation would be a cruel betrayal of young people raised as Americans. Congress must protect the Dreamers now.
Call your three members of Congress and urge them to support a clean Dream Act.
This is [NAME] and I’m a constituent in [ZIP].
I urge [Sen/Rep____] to support [S.1615/H.R.3440], the Dream Act, without conditions.
The Dreamers arrived in the US through no fault of their own and have been raised as Americans.
Breaking faith with the Dreamers or holding them hostage to funding for a useless wall would be cruel and un-American.
Deporting the Dreamers would not only be cruel, but would hurt the economy.
[If your MoC is a Democrat] Refuse to authorize any government spending past the January 19 deadline unless the status of the Dreamers is fairly resolved.
3. The Race to Become Attorney General: Another Important Election to Consider
There are so many elections happening in Minnesota this year. Don’t forget about the field of candidates for Minnesota’s Attorney General. Get an overview of the candidates here: https://www.minnpost.com/…/campaign-become-minnesotas-next-…
4. Get Out The Vote
Consider volunteering for Melissa Wagner or Karla Bigham. Remember, the best way to end this madness is to change our leadership.
Melissa Wagner running for State Representative in District 23B
https://www.melissawagner.org/
Karla Bigham is running for State Senate in District 54
http://www.karlabigham.com/
Check out this new website for active activists in Minnesota's 2nd congressional district. https://cd2action.com/
Here’s a great way to keep track of Rep. Jason Lewis’ actions in Congress.http://mn02congresswatch.org/
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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