Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Wednesday 8/29 Call to Action

Puerto Rico Death Toll Soars
Last year, President Trump implied that Hurricane Maria was not "a real catastrophe, like Katrina." The Puerto Rican government just updated the official death count for Hurricane Maria from 64 to 2,975 people. That’s over a thousand more people who died in Puerto Rico than in Katrina. It is officially one of the deadliest natural disasters in history. Many of the deaths occurred in the weeks and months following the hurricane leading to the conclusion that Trump and his Administration’s failure to respond is a factor in the death of so many U.S. citizens.
Here’s Trump congratulating himself shortly after the Hurricane last October
Trump’s Judges
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Chuck Schumer negotiated a package deal of district court judges, fast-tracking 11 nominations in one session. I am not sure what Sen. Schumer thinks a negotiated deal is, but this seems suspect to me. Seven of the 11 nominations were Trump picks. Are the three other judges Sen. Schumer’s package deal? According to news reports, seven of those 11 nominations were confirmed.
Including these judicial nominees, Donald Trump will have confirmed 33 district court judges, 26 appeals court judges, and 1 Supreme Court justice (plus the likely possibility of Brett Kavanaugh)-all with lifetime tenure—and most are pretty young. Long after his presidency fades into history, they'll still be shaping U.S. law.
Senator Amy Klobuchar tweeted this out last night:
“Congrats to Nancy Brasel our new federal judge!
This got done today and it makes the August Senate
session more than worth it.
Eric Tostrud will be confirmed next week!”
I’m not sure what is going on over there in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Today is a great day to call Senator Klobuchar’s office and ask her. Hurry, eight more of Trump’s district court nominees are set for confirmation next week. Also, elections have consequences.…/mcconnell-s-senate-continues-to…
Trump administration to pay Minnesota for lost health-care funds
Here’s a little bit of good news to cleanse your palate. The Trump administration is set to pay Minnesota back the federal funding it’s due for programs that will provide health care to thousands of low-income Minnesota residents. Minnesota offers “Basic Health Programs” to Minnesotans who fall above the poverty level and make slightly too much to qualify for Medicaid; approximately 84,000 people in the state. The program helps keep health care affordable for this group of individuals. Under the law, the federal government is responsible for providing 95 percent of the funds for this program. They failed to do so and Governor Dayton had Minnesota’s Attorney General sue the Department of Health and Human Service for the money.
Be happy for this little victory. Be sure to thank Governor Dayton and AG Swanson. This is a great example of how important it is to have quality elected officials working for Minnesota. We have got to work hard to ensure Tim Walz becomes governor and Keith Ellison become Attorney General. (see yesterday’s CTA for more information about the GOP candidate for Attorney General, Doug Wardlow. He’s a bad dude.)
Get out The Vote
Do you need a little motivation to get out there and help a campaign? Read this opinion piece from Paul Krugman. He argues that the United States is one election away from becoming a broken democracy like Hungary or Poland. Yikes.…/trump-republican-party-authoritar…
Check out this great website shared by my friend S. The Resistance School has online classes on all kinds of topics including how to effectively phone bank and door knock. There are so many great resources out there!
Candidates cannot win without help from us. Commit today to doing your part.
Each candidate on the November ballot has a website where you can sign up to volunteer.
District 1 Daniel Feehan
District 2 Angie Craig
District 3 Dean Phillips
District 4 Betty McCollum
District 5 Ilhan Omar
District 6 Ian Todd
District 7 Collin Peterson
District 8 Joe Radinovich
Minnesota House Campaigns
Check out these calendars for upcoming events near you.…
This And That
National healthcare advocate Ady Barkan, who has ALS, has an interesting approach to courting Sen. Collins (R-ME) vote on Kavanaugh. He is soliciting donations to go to her opponent in her 2020 re-election bid should she vote for Kavanaugh.…/brett-kavanaugh-susan-collins-a…/ Over $100,000 has been raised so far. Let’s see if we can help:…/either-sen-collins-votes-no-on-k…
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.
Sister District Action Network did a study on the impact of postcards on voter registration and released the results showing positive results:…/dark-money-fireside-chat-and-critical-… Let’s read the report and keep on writing postcards!
Smith (202) 224-5641
House of Representative switchboard: (202) 224-3121
MN Legislators:
Governor Dayton-
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