Thursday, July 12, 2018

Thursday 7/12 Call to Action

Thursday 7/12

Much of today is on repeat. 

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.
Don’t forget, you can vote from home in your jammies. Just sign up here (…/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
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House of Representative switchboard: (202) 224-3121

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