1. Puerto Rico
Another hurricane season is starting and we have yet to help Puerto Rico recover from last year’s Hurricane Maria. The Federal Government has not helped the people of Puerto Rico.
“National Nurse United, the nation's largest union for registered nurses, said the study confirmed what volunteer nurses who went to the island in the days and weeks after the Sept. 20 landfall witnessed — residents "left to die" by a federal response that "failed its own American citizens."”
While the death toll still stands at 64, more than 4600 people died after Maria. That’s 70X higher than the official estimate.
Now would be a good time to let our Representatives know that our fellow Americans need access to electricity, potable water, and groceries. The Senate should be holding hearings as to what went wrong. The Senate should also require an updated count of the number of deaths to the official government count.
2. Governor Dayton
Yesterday was a busy day for vetoes and signing of bills into work for the Governor, You can reach out to him and thank him for working for Minnesotans.
What was vetoed:
Chapter 196. SF 2809: This bill would have restructured the Metropolitan Council and eliminated the Transportation Advisory Board.
Chapter 197. SF 3463: This bill would have made people “guilty by association” for the actions of an individual against certain utilities or public works.
Chapter 206. HF 3463: This bill would have imposed unfunded mandates on the Minnesota Department of Public Safety and MNLARS system.
Chapter 210. HF 3422: This bill would have replaced the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s responsibility under state and federal law to determine a wild rice water quality standard by unlawfully fiving a work group this power.
Today the Governor is signing Bipartisan Pension Legislation
3. Blue Wave
Want to know the best way to get out the vote? It’s canvassing. Nothing beats face to face interaction with voters. Put on your walking shoes and join a local campaign in some lively door knocking. If we all do a little we can make a big difference. What we do in the next 5 months will affect our lives for years to come.
Want to volunteer for a campaign?
Here are the candidates in congressional district 2
Angie Craig: https://cd2action.com/congress/
State Congress for CD2: https://cd2action.com/minnesota-house/
Dean Phillips: https://www.facebook.com/deanphillipsforcongress/
State Congress for CD3: https://www.dfl3cd.org/candidates/
Sites to Check:
If Trump fires Mueller or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, please be ready to take to the streets in protest.
CD2Action https://cd2action.com/, @CD2action
MN02 Congress Watch http://mn02congresswatch.org/
League of Women Voters MN https://lwvmn.org/
Smith (202) 224-5641
House of Representative switchboard: (202) 224-3121
MN Legislators: https://www.leg.state.mn.us/leg/legislators
Governor Dayton- https://mn.gov/governor/contact-us/