Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Tuesday 1/23 Call to Action

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.
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:
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:
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/
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/
Music video by Pat Benatar performing Invincible.

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