Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Tuesday 10/2 Call to Action

1. Kavanaugh
While being interviewed by 60 Minutes on Sunday, Senators Jeff Flake and Chris Coons agreed that if Brett Kavanaugh was found to be lying under oath to the Senate Judiciary Committee, his nomination should not move forward. https://www.cnn.com/…/flake-fbi-kavanaugh-invest…/index.html
More and more, it seems to be the case that Brett Kavanaugh lied during both of his hearings with the committee.
To start, this article goes in great detail of how Kavanaugh skirted the truth when being questioned about Dr. Blasey Ford and his behavior in high school. Read it here: https://www.currentaffairs.org/…/how-we-know-kavanaugh-is-l…
Chad Ludington, a Yale classmate of Kavanaugh made a statement claiming that Kavanaugh was actually a heavy drinker who often became belligerent. On one occasion, Ludington claims that Kavanaugh threw a beer in a man’s face leading to a fight that got the police involved. https://www.nytimes.com/…/chad-ludington-statement-brett-ka…
The New York Times has reported a story that backs up Ludington’s claim. The report states that as an undergraduate student at Yale, Brett M. Kavanaugh was involved in an altercation at a local bar during which he was accused of throwing ice on another patron, according to a police report. The incident, which occurred in September 1985 during Mr. Kavanaugh’s junior year, resulted in Mr. Kavanaugh and four other men being questioned by the New Haven Police Department. Mr. Kavanaugh was not arrested, but the police report stated that a 21-year-old man accused Mr. Kavanaugh of throwing ice on him “for some unknown reason.” https://www.nytimes.com/…/us/polit…/kavanaugh-bar-fight.html
This article from Slate has some interesting points about Kavanaugh’s behavior “One thing we’ve learned about Kavanaugh, then, is that he perpetually overshoots. To put it bluntly, he lies. Rather than admit he was flawed, or made some mistakes he regrets, or simply acknowledge that different people might have seen him differently—as they demonstrably did—he’s doubling down on an unsustainable and untrue account of himself and his reputation. Under immense pressure and a bright spotlight, he claims that “the women I knew in college” and “the men I knew in college” (a large group!) will all vouch for him. This is injudicious. But it adds to an emerging profile of a man who will go to long lengths to get approval. It’s what Kavanaugh did when he accepted the nomination from Trump with a sycophantic speech that has in the months since he made it become a telling document of his exaggerated need to affirm the club he belongs to. He claimed he’d “witnessed firsthand” Trump’s “appreciation for the vital role of the American judiciary,” adding—in a burst of mendacious hyperbole—that “no president has ever consulted more widely or talked with more people from more backgrounds to seek input about a Supreme Court nomination.” And it’s what he did in that Fox interview: present himself as a friendly virgin who worked on school and service projects, and little else.”
Kavanaugh may have claimed under oath that he was a “Choir Boy” during high school and college but the facts are proving otherwise. If Kavanaugh is willing to lie about small details in his life, what else is he willing to lie about?
I don’t think we can count on the limited FBI investigation to produce much evidence. Let’s hope that journalists continue to do the hard work of uncovering the facts. Let’s continue to contact our senators, especially Klobuchar, and ask them what they will do about Kavanaugh lying under oath. Let’s tweet or write letters to Senators Flake, Collins and Murkowski and remind them to vote NO.
If you have some extra postcards, consider sending a thank you note to Dr. Blasey Ford. Let her know that her bravery did not go unnoticed. Here is her address:
Dr. Christine Blasey Ford
C/O Palo Alto University
1791 Arastradero Road
Palo Alto CA 94304
2. Dark Money
Last night, PBS aired the documentary, Dark Money, a story of campaign finance and corruption that threaten to end our ability to have free and fair elections. Don’t worry, if you missed it you can watch it here: http://www.pbs.org/pov/darkmoney/video/darkmoney/
Are you a teacher? Do you want to learn more about how big money influences elections in the United States? Here is a lesson plan provided by POV: http://www.pbs.org/pov/darkmoney/lesson-plan/
Let this movie be a reminder of how important November’s election is for the future of this country. We simply must get better people elected if we want to turn this ship around.
3. House Passes More Tax Cuts
While we were all distracted on Friday, the House passed another tax bill that will permanently extend tax cuts for individuals and unincorporated businesses included in the original GOP tax overhaul creating more debt for our children to bear.
4. Angie Craig and Jason Lewis to Debate
Calling all residents of congressional district 2. Candidate Angie Craig and Representative Jason Lewis will be having their first public debate on October 25th Those of you who live in CD2 know how amazing it is that Lewis is actually appearing in public in front of his constituents. This NEVER happens. He must be scared about the election in November. Good. If you can, go and support Angie Craig. Learn more here :https://chambermaster.blob.core.windows.net/…/Join-us-for-M…
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/
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.
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…
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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