Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Tuesday 9/25 Call to Action

1. More Tax Cuts
A big thank you to MN02 Congress Watch (http://mn02congresswatch.org/). These smarties keep track of what’s going on in Congress so I don’t have to.
Soon, the House will be considering three new tax cut bills. Individually, these bills seem benign, but we must remember that each bill represents a loss of revenue and more debt for our future generations to carry. The current Republican-lead Congress seems to have thrown fiscal responsibility to the wind. Last year’s Tax Cuts And Jobs Act could raise the deficit over $1 trillion. These bills will simply pile more debt onto an already insurmountable problem.
The Family Savings Act H.R. 6757 (https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr6757) This bill aims to encourage businesses and workers to increase participation in retirement plans by offering new and existing tax-preferred savings accounts. The CBO estimates that enacting this bill would reduce federal tax revenue by $21 billion over the 2019-2028 period. https://www.countable.us/…/hr6757-115-family-savings-act-of…
American Innovation Act of 2018 H.R. 6756 (https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr6756) This bill seeks to to spur innovation by helping brand-new businesses with startup costs and capital by expanding tax deductions available to them. The CBO estimates that enacting this bill would reduce tax revenue by $5.4 billion over the 2019-2028 period. https://www.countable.us/bills/hr6756-115
Protecting Family and Small Business Tax Cuts Act H.R. 6760 (https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/6760) This bill would make the tax cuts for individuals, families, and small businesses enacted by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 permanent. The CBO estimates that enacting this bill would reduce tax revenue by $632 billion over the 2019-2028 period, which would be focused in the years after the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act’s provisions scheduled sunset at the end of 2025. https://www.countable.us/…/hr6760-115-protecting-family-and…
Today would be a good day to call your members of Congress and ask them how they will pay for the tax cuts they are pushing. Are these bills a band-aid to make up for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that has proven to be very unpopular? It seems to me that Congress needs to go back to the drawing board and create a better tax bill.
2. Third Kavanaugh Accuser Comes Forward
A third person has come forward to accuse Supreme Court Nominee, Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. The lawyer representing the victim says his client will come forward within the next 48 hours. Stay tuned. Read more about it here: https://www.vox.com/…/michael-avenatti-email-brett-kavanaug…
3. Rod Rosenstein
Waves of alarm spread across social media yesterday amid rumors that deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein was going to be fired by someone in the Trump administration. Thankfully, that did not occur, but Trump and Rosenstein are scheduled to meet again this Thursday to discuss reports that Rosenstein had considered secretly taping Trump. Is this a ploy from the White House to distract from the Kavanaugh train wreck? (The Senate Judicial Committee is scheduled to reconvene with Brett Kavanaugh on Thursday). Keep an eye on this one. And remember to sign up with MoveOn.org’s No One Is above The Law.
Now Take Action!
The Secretary of State’s website has all the information you need to get your vote on. You can apply for an absentee ballot, figure out where to vote and even get a sample ballot so you can do your research ahead of time. https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/
Snail Mail Your Way to Victory!
Check out Vote Forward. This program helps you send letters to voters in Minnesota’s Congressional District 2 MN-02 (Jason Lewis) and encourages them to get out and vote. Another hot option is pro-Russia Dana Rorhabacher's CA-48 district in California. https://votefwd.org/
Text Your Way to Victory!
Many of us may feel overworked, over scheduled, and under-slept, but have the desire to get out the vote 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…
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. Every person can do at least one thing per week to help these candidates win.
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.
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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