Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Tuesday 9/11 Call to Action

So much going on.
1. H. R. 3798 Save American Workers Act
Thanks to D. R. for keeping me informed about this bill. The House will be voting on this bill soon.
The Save American Workers Act would repeal the 30-hour threshold that allows workers to be considered a full-time employee for purposes of the employer mandate in the Affordable Care Act and would require workers to reach a 40-hour threshold to be classified as a full-time employee. I know a lot of working families who will be negatively affected if this bill comes to fruition, since it will be easier for employers to deny workers enough hours to qualify for health care benefits. It seems like another vote against average Americans for the benefit of big business.
Read more here: https://www.congress.gov/…/115th-congr…/house-bill/3798/text
2. Trump opens up popular Minnesota wilderness area to mining
Trump administration officials at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced in a quietly released statement on Thursday that 234,000 acres of land near a popular Minnesota wilderness area will officially open to mining.
“Interested companies now may soon be able to lease minerals in the watershed in the Superior National Forest,” the USDA said in its announcement, noting that it had removed a “major obstacle” to mining in Minnesota’s Rainy River Watershed. The watershed sits next to the popular Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in the northeastern part of the state.
Critics, however, say this decision ignores “science and facts” because the department did not conduct an adequate study into the environmental, social, and economic impacts that may occur as a result of lifting a temporary suspension on mining in the area.
A number of environmental organizations are suing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, arguing that pollution from sulfide-ore copper mining could harem water quality and the region’s ecology.
Remember, last fall Reps. Emmer and Lewis voted for H.R. 3905 MINER Act https://www.npca.org/…/1677-position-on-h-r-3905-minnesota-…
Emmer and Lewis also just voted AGAINST guaranteeing full funding the Payment In Lieu of Taxes program. PILT monies are provided to counties to help offset the loss of property taxes due to nontransferable Federal lands. It basically helps fund Minnesota’s green spaces. https://www.outdoornews.com/…/minnesota-counties-receive-3…/
Call your members of Congress, or send them a Tweet if you are so inclined. I think the best thing we can do to help this situation is to vote in better representation in November.
3. GOP Break Deal Against Using Hacked Information
For months, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) have been working on a pact to avoid using hacked or stolen information for campaigning. Last week those negotiations broke down when the NRCC backed out claiming that the Democrats were using media to gain “leverage”. The DCCC claims that the NRCC negotiated in bad faith and were looking for an excuse to back out of the deal.
Can we all just agree that using hacked and stolen information to gain voters is a crappy thing to do? Gross.
4. Minnesota sees surge in new voter registrations ahead of competitive November midterm elections
Minnesotans are kicking some butt when it comes to voter registrations. According to MN Secretary of State Steve Simon (nice alliteration), as of last week there have been 52, 644 new voters registered so far this year. That’s more than double the number of new voters at the same time in 2014!. Two-thirds of those registered are between the ages of 18-30 years old. Another 10 of those are Minnesotans over the age of 100. (ha!) This is a great sign people. This makes me feel energized! Don’t rest on your laurels quite yet, though. We all need to keep working to get out the vote.http://www.startribune.com/minnesota-sees-surge-in-new-v…/…/
If you have the time today, give Secretary Simon a call and thank him for making it so easy to vote in Minnesota.
Test Your Way to Victory!
Many of us may feel overworked, over scheduled, and under-slept, but have the desire to GOTV for the November midterms. We can join MoveOn’s texting team and transform the tiny bits of time in our week into progressive action in key jurisdictions across the country. https://front.moveon.org/join-moveon-text-team/
Tweet Your Way to Victory!
Here’s a way to use social media to support candidates we support. Let’s take a look: https://sterbalssundrystudies.miraheze.org/…/Helping_the_ca…
Redistrict Your Way to Victory!
From 2009 to 2016, Republicans had all the momentum in state-level elections, and they used those tremendous gains to stymie President Obama and the federal government generally. Now that the GOP has seized power at the federal level, though, we have a chance to flip that dynamic, to turn their president's unpopular malevolence and bumbling into big gains for Democrats in gubernatorial and state legislature races across the country. And we need to, in order to protect the people from what a right-wing White House, Congress, and Supreme Court could/would foist upon us (https://www.bloomberg.com/…/democrats-focus-on-governors-ra…). So, let's support organizations like the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, and find a race or two to support directly as well (even if it isn't in your own state). https://democraticredistricting.com/2018-targets/
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.
Walz/Flannagan https://walzflanagan.org/
Amy Klobuchar https://www.amyklobuchar.com/
Tina Smith https://www.tinaforminnesota.com/
Julie Blaha https://blahaforauditor.org/
Steve Simon https://stevesimonmn.com/
Keith Ellison https://keithellison.org/
District 1 Daniel Feehan https://danfeehan.com/
District 2 Angie Craig https://www.angiecraig.com/
District 3 Dean Phillips https://www.phillipsforcongress.org/
District 4 Betty McCollum https://www.mccollumforcongress.com/
District 5 Ilhan Omar https://www.ilhanomar.com/
District 6 Ian Todd www.iantoddforcongress.com
District 7 Collin Peterson http://www.petersonforcongress.com/
District 8 Joe Radinovich https://www.joeradinovich.com/
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. https://theintercept.com/…/brett-kavanaugh-susan-collins-a…/ Over $100,000 has been raised so far. Let’s see if we can help:https://www.crowdpac.com/…/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. https://thelastweekend.org/?source=MN02
Sister District Action Network did a study on the impact of postcards on voter registration and released the results showing positive results:https://mailchi.mp/…/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: https://www.leg.state.mn.us/leg/legislators
Resistbot: https://resistbot.io/
Governor Dayton- https://mn.gov/governor/contact-us/

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