Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Wednesday 8/8 Call to Action

1 Election Results
Ohio-Democratic House candidate Danny O’Connor was so close to winning in the Ohio CD12 special election last night! By the time I went to bed, the Republican candidate, Troy Balderson was only one percentage point ahead. While this is most likely a defeat for the Dems, (there are still absentee and provisional ballots to be counted), it is also pretty amazing that the race was as close as it was. This is a historically red, gerrymandered district that went for Trump by a huge margin in 2016. The big takeaway from this race is how very important it is that everybody votes. VOTE!…/7b74fa0c-9994-11e8-8d5e-c6……/trump-backed-candidate-holds-na…
Women Leaders-Women came out in droves to run for the House in this midterm cycle. After yesterday’s elections, we can officially say that a record number of women have secured major party nominations for a seat in the House. That right there is pretty darn exciting.
A Win for Unions- Missouri voters voted to strike down a law that prohibited employees from being forced to join a union or otherwise pay “fair share” fees (AKA, Right to Work), This is a big win for Missouri’s unions and hardworking men and women in the state. It also bodes well that people are starting to appreciate that importance of Unions again. Just another example of how important it is to VOTE.…/missouri-right-to-work-vote/index.html
Missouri District Attorney- Wesley Bell, a city council member defeated long time district attorney Robert McCulloch yesterday. McCulloch has served in this position since 1991!. McCulloch has been criticized for failing to file charges against the officer who shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014, Bell has been a huge critic of Brown’s killing and has committed himself to changing the criminal justice system. Congratulations Missouri! Voting works people!…/wesley-bell-robert-mccullo…
2. While We Were Busy Looking Elsewhere
So much crazy stuff happens every day now it’s easy to miss important events. Here are some things you might like to notice.
Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross- Don’t let his cartoon character name and face fool you, Wilbur Ross is a bad hombre. Former Bank of Cypress official and now Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, and his former private equity firm have allegedly been grifting hundreds of MILLIONS of dollars. In regular times, this would be a showstopping news. Today, not so much. Read more about it here:…/new-details-about-wilbur-rosss-bu…/
Mar-a-Lago Guests Are Running The VA- ProPublica has reported that three Mar-a-Lago members with no official government roles have been issuing guidance at the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. The VA employees have been instructed to treat these as orders. The ultimate example of pay to play. Read more here:…/ike-perlmutter-bruce-moskowitz…
Jason Lewis is Kissing up to Trump at The Border- Remember, hundreds of kids are still missing their parents at our southern border. Minnesota’s second congressional district’s own Rep. Jason Lewis was at the border in California yesterday. Was he there to use his power as a Congressman to reunite these kids with their families? No, he was there to schmooze with the border patrol and ogle border wall prototypes. If Lewis happens to represent you, today would be a good day to call and complain about his poor choice. Even though Trump is threatening to shut down Congress if we don’t fund this border wall (wasn’t Mexico supposed to pay for it?), the Government Accountability Office announced that the White House has not provided a full analysis of the costs and projected outcomes of the project. Jason Lewis touts himself as a fiscal hawk. Pushing for a border wall without knowing the cost or effectiveness seems pretty antithetical to his beliefs.…/400564-gao-trump-admin-hasnt-conducted….
And we can make sure to add our opinion that a wall would waste our money and threaten our relationship with Mexico as cited here:…/mexico-president-trump-andr….
3. VOTE!!
Let’s be honest. The only real power we have to contain Trump and his collaborators and enablers is to VOTE in the upcoming midterm elections, and we are in the final three months before the big day. Now is the time for you to get to work, getting others to vote.…/08/06/all-thats-left-is-the-vote
Every person needs to commit to helping increase voter turnout. Multiple studies have shown that personal contact with voters is the key to encouraging them to participate. NOW is the time to volunteer with a campaign to canvass. Push yourself out of your comfort zone these next three months. Share your enthusiasm for the DFL with others in Minnesota communities. You can rest easy at night knowing that you are doing your best to take back this country.
Check out these calendars for upcoming events near you.…
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.
Join your neighbors to stand up against Trump and his terrible administration. #StandOnEveryCorner encourages all of us to get out in our communities and speak out about what’s happening in the U.S. right now. It’s simple and easy. Grab a sign and find a participating corner near you. Better yet, create your own corner and encourage others to join you. Learn more from this article here:…/honk-if-you-stand-with-s…/
Or here:…/…/
This tweet lists some of the participating spots. There are many in the Twin Cities.
Attention Texters:
If we’re comfortable with technology and would like to help get Democrats elected by reaching out to voters via texting, let’s check out Build the Wave Consider joining their Text the Vote team.
4. Primaries are August 14th
Don’t forget to vote in the primaries by August 14th. Check out this website for more information on who’s running in Minnesota.…/minnesota-8-14-primary-at-a-…/
Smith (202) 224-5641
House of Representative switchboard: (202) 224-3121
MN Legislators:
Governor Dayton-
From the album "Crappin' You Negative" (1994)

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