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221default Re: General News You Want to Talk About on Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:39 pm

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Another Tuesday, another opportunity for Democrats to win some seats, whether it's on the federal level, state level, judicially, or locally.  :happy face




For tomorrow, Tuesday, August 14, these states are having elections for national offices/seats:

Connecticut           Primary Election

Minnesota             Primary Election (including U.S.SENATE!)

South Dakota        Primary Election (Runoff)

Vermont                Primary Election

Wisconsin              Primary Election

Source:  https://flippable.org/our-targets/calendar/








And for tomorrow, Tuesday, August 14, these states are having elections for state offices/seats:


Arkansas               Special Election State Senate District 8


Minnesota              Special Election State Senate District 13


Source:  https://flippable.org/our-targets/calendar/


And https://ballotpedia.org/Elections_calendar?utm_source=ballotpedia&utm_medium=frontC&utm_campaign=What%20states%20have%20upcoming%20primaries?[/url][/url]




Please VOTE!  Go out and make your voice heard through your vote. heart bow to you heart
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222default Re: General News You Want to Talk About on Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:40 am

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I've read Trump wants to make the use of asbestos legal again wha?

223default Re: General News You Want to Talk About on Tue Aug 21, 2018 12:28 am

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Another Tuesday, another primary--please get out and vote!

For tomorrow, Tuesday, August 21, these states are having elections for national and state offices/seats:

Alaska        Primary Election (U.S. House; governor)

Wyoming     Primary Election (U.S. Senate; governor)


Source:  https://flippable.org/our-targets/calendar/






I came across this Voters' Rights organization that is run by the respected organization, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.   Here is some contact info if you ever have problems at the voting polls:


National Election Protection Hotlines:
1-866-OUR-VOTE -- 1-866-687-8683

Website (info about voting rules of your state, voter registration, requesting absentee ballots, finding your polling place):  http://866ourvote.org/






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224default Re: General News You Want to Talk About on Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:31 am

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Wow, some big news today, particularly for the U.S.

Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen . . . just wow.  Google their names.


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225default Re: General News You Want to Talk About on Mon Aug 27, 2018 10:51 pm

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For tomorrow, Tuesday, August 28, these states are having elections for national offices/seats:


Arizona                Primary Election


Florida                  Primary Election


Oklahoma              Primary Election (Runoff)


Source:   https://flippable.org/our-targets/calendar/


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226default Re: General News You Want to Talk About on Wed Aug 29, 2018 1:38 am

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A lot of news today! 




Trump is desperate to make sure Republican voters actually vote in the coming midterm elections in November 2018.  He realizes if the Republicans lose the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives/if Democrats gain the majority in the House, that this will be very problematic to him in particular.   So it is absolutely critical that Democrats be just as motivated and committed to getting out the vote--to actually casting their votes--on November 6!  Please make sure you are registered to vote, and please, please, make sure you actually do vote for Democratic candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives and other seats!  If the  Republicans manage to keep the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, we will lose on these issues:  Affordable and quality healthcare, the protection of Medicare and Social Security, the security of our elections, women's reproductive rights, the battle against global warming/preserving our environment, LGBTQ rights, racial equality, gun control, and immigrants' rights.  Please register to vote!  Please vote! 
Politicus USA wrote:
Trump Is Threatening America With Violence If Republicans Lose The Midterm Election

Aug 28th, 2018

Trump is threatening the American people with violence as he is trying to scare voters into supporting the Republican Party in November.


NBC News reported:

The level of hatred, the level of anger is unbelievable,” he said. “Part of it is because of some of the things I’ve done for you and for me and for my family, but I’ve done them. … This Nov. 6 election is very much a referendum on not only me, it’s a referendum on your religion, it’s a referendum on free speech and the First Amendment.”


If the GOP loses, he said, “they will overturn everything that we’ve done and they’ll do it quickly and violently, and violently. There’s violence. When you look at Antifa and you look at some of these groups — these are violent people.”


Here is Chuck Todd on MTP Daily talking about Trump’s threat:



[ . . . ]

Donald Trump is trying to scare Republican voters to the polls.

Source:  https://www.politicususa.com/2018/08/28/trump-is-threatening-america-with-violence-if-republicans-lose-the-midterm-election.html



For information of how to REGISTER TO VOTE IN YOUR STATE, go here: 

https://marchforourlives.com/vote-for-our-lives/


You may also go here:
https://www.rockthevote.org/register-to-vote/




If you are already registered to vote and wish to vote by ABSENTEE BALLOT/VOTE BY MAIL, go here:

https://www.rockthevote.org/voting-information/

(Select "Get Ready to Vote in:" and select your state.  Then select "Vote by Mail/Absentee."  If you wish to vote while overseas/because you are in the military, select "Overseas and Military Voting." 










This was a big shock.  Just imagine how awful living conditions must have been in order to have 2,975 persons die because of Hurricane Maria.   As a reference, 1,833 (or 1,836) persons died due to Hurricane Katrina. 

CNN wrote:
Puerto Rico's new Hurricane Maria death toll is 46 times higher than the government's previous count

August 28, 2018

Puerto Rico's government raised its official Hurricane Maria death toll to 2,975 on Tuesday in the wake of a new estimate from researchers.

The new figure is 46 times larger than the previous toll the Puerto Rican government released in December 2017, when officials said 64 people had died as a result of the storm.

It comes on the same day researchers from George Washington University revealed findings from a study on storm-related deaths commissioned by the US commonwealth's government.

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And recently, the Puerto Rican government had quietly admitted the official toll was higher than its December 2017 tally. In a report to Congress earlier this month, the US commonwealth said documents show that 1,427 more deaths occurred in the four months after the storm than "normal," compared with deaths that occurred the previous four years.

But Tuesday's estimate was an even higher number.

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The George Washington University study also found that the risk of dying as a result of the storm was the highest for people living in Puerto Rico's poorest municipalities, and that older, male Puerto Ricans had a notably higher risk of death after Maria.
Source:  https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/28/health/puerto-rico-gw-report-excess-deaths/index.html









On the topic of immigrant children who have been separated from their parents.  The administration just assumed they could take children away from their parents and that no one would care. . .
The New Yorker wrote:
Since the middle of July, a group of some twenty government officials has been gathering each week at the headquarters of Customs and Border Protection, in Washington, D.C., to discuss what the Trump Administration should do in the aftermath of the President’s failed zero-tolerance policy. The policy, which called for the criminal prosecution of anyone crossing the border illegally, and led to the separation of more than twenty-five hundred children from their parents, has coincided with a broader effort to dismantle the U.S. asylum system. Yet the government never had a plan for keeping track of the separated parents and children once they were in custody, and, even after a federal judge in San Diego, Dana Sabraw, ordered the government to reunite them, it struggled to comply. “I definitely haven’t seen contrition,” an Administration official, who told me about the weekly meetings,

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. . . To date, no one in the Trump Administration has been held accountable for its family-separation policy, even after evidence has steadily mounted as to its immense human costs and administrative failures. The government’s own data show that it has had no appreciable effect on migration patterns throughout the summer, but the Administration pursued the policy anyway, targeting immigrant families. . . According to a report by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, at Syracuse University, “The Administration has not explained its rationale for prosecuting parents with children when that left so many other adults without children who were not being referred for prosecution.” Michelle Brané, of the Women’s Refugee Commission, told me, “It’s still baffling to me that no one has had to answer for this.”

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Some five hundred and sixty children are still separated from their parents, including twenty-four who are five years old or younger, and the parents of more than three hundred and sixty of them have already been deported.

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I asked the current Administration official whether the outcry over family separation had caught the government by surprise. It had, the official said. “The expectation was that the kids would go to the Office of Refugee Resettlement, that the parents would get deported, and that no one would care.” Yet, when it became clear that the public did, the Administration chose not to change course.
Source:    https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/will-anyone-in-the-trump-administration-ever-be-held-accountable-for-the-zero-tolerance-policy






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227default Re: General News You Want to Talk About on Tue Sep 04, 2018 1:17 am

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The U.S. Senate hearing for the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court starts today, Tuesday September 4!

Senate Republicans hope to rush Kavanugh to confirmation within a week, in fact, in 3-4 days.



Please call your U.S. Senators TODAY, and express your opposition to Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation on the U.S. Supreme Court!



To find out how to contact your U. S. Senators, please go here:    https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm





In particular, if you live in the states of Alaska, Maine, West Virginia, North Dakota, Indiana and Missouri, please call these U.S. Senators:

Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)
Alaska: (202) 224-6665

Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) 
Maine: (202) 224-2523

Senator Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia)
(202) 224-3954

Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota)
(202) 224-2043

Senator Joe Donnelly (D-Indiana)
(202) 224-4814

Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri)

(202) 224-6154



Here are same troubling reasons why so many Americans oppose Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation on the U.S. Supreme Court:

--His position that a sitting president should be shielded from criminal and civil action, and his belief that Presidents should have latitude to fire special counsels makes it clear that the nomination is an attempt by Trump to avoid accountability for his actions. 

--He ruled to block a 17-year-old girl in immigration detention from getting an abortion, claiming that a delay in granting her one was not an undue burden, which amounted to an attempt by Brett Kavanaugh to cause delays to a point in time when abortion would be unlawful under Texas law (Note:  Kvanaugh's ruling was overturned.)

--He also ruled in 2015 that the Affordable Care Act's birth control coverage mandate infringed on religious liberty.

--Kavanugh was vetted and approved by the extreme right-wing Federalist Society that opposes freedom of choice/reproductive rights of women and LGBTQ rights

--While on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, Kavanaugh wrote a dissenting opinion where he argued that the Second Amendment included the right to own semi-automatic rifles.

--He has consistently ruled against EPA regulations aimed at curbing pollution.



Also note that the Trump Administration has claimed executive privilege to prevent release to the public of more than 101,921 pages of records when Kavanaugh worked as White House counsel during the George W. Bush administration.  One must ask what is the Trump administration hiding about Kavanaugh?

In polls, the American public has expressed the least amount of support for Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court nominee, compared to "nearly every nominee for the last four administrations, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS."  Source:  https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/16/politics/cnn-poll-kavanaugh-confirmation/index.html  (August 16, 2018)

CNN wrote:
CNN Poll: Brett Kavanaugh nomination has lowest public support since Robert Bork

August 16, 2018

Overall, 37% of Americans say they'd like to see the Senate vote in favor of his confirmation.
Kavanaugh's support is the lowest in polling dating back to Robert Bork's nomination by President Ronald Reagan in 1987. That's lower support for Kavanaugh than similar public assessments of the unsuccessful nominations of Merrick Garland and Harriet Miers, as well as all successful nominees save David Souter, Anthony Kennedy and Stephen Breyer, for whom equivalent data are not available. Slightly more, 40%, say the Senate should not vote to confirm Kavanaugh, while 22% have no opinion on the matter. And Americans' first impressions of the judge are mixed: 33% have a generally positive take, 27% neutral and 29% generally negative.

Women, in particular, are notably opposed to Kavanaugh's nomination, and it's not just partisanship driving the difference. Just 28% of women say the Senate should vote in favor of confirming Kavanaugh, compared with 47% of men. That gender gap extends to Democrats (6% of Democratic women support confirmation vs. 22% of Democratic men), and independents (28% of women vs. 47% of men). There's a far smaller gap between GOP women (71%) and men (77%).

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The Senate Judiciary Committee has announced that hearings on Kavanaugh's nomination will begin September 4, but Democrats on the committee have sought access to more information from Kavanaugh's time working in George W. Bush's White House. The poll found 41% of Americans say they want the government to provide more documents from Kavanaugh's career and 27% say Senate Democrats have enough information already.

Source:  https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/16/politics/cnn-poll-kavanaugh-confirmation/index.html




In other news, please remember REGISTER TO VOTE!

And please VOTE!

For TODAY, Tuesday, September 4, this  state is is having an election for national offices/seats:

Massachusetts          Primary Election



For Thursday, September 6, this state is having an election for national offices/seats:

Delaware       Primary Election



Source:   https://flippable.org/our-targets/calendar/


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228default Re: General News You Want to Talk About on Wed Sep 05, 2018 1:31 am

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Please keep calling your U.S. Senators  every day this week to tell them to oppose the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh on the U.S. Supreme Court. 




To find out how to contact your U. S. Senators, please go here:    https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm


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229default Re: General News You Want to Talk About on Mon Sep 10, 2018 11:35 pm

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Senate Republicans are trying to rush the confirmation process of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett KavanaughThe Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a vote for THIS THURSDAY.




The best chance there is to stop the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh on the U.S. Supreme Court is to convince Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) to vote "No" on the issue of whether Brett Kavanaugh should be on the U.S. Supreme Court.

If you live n Maine or Alaska, please call Senators Collins and Murkowski every day this week!



Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)
Alaska: (202) 224-6665

Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) 
Maine: (202) 224-2523


















Please remember to REGISTER TO VOTE!




And please VOTE!






For Tuesday, September 11, this  state is having an election for national offices/seats:

New Hampshire          Primary Election



For Wednesday, September 12, this  state is having an election for national offices/seats:

Rhode Island           Primary Election




For Thursday, September 13, this state is having an election for state offices/seats:

New York               State Races







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230default Re: General News You Want to Talk About on Wed Sep 12, 2018 1:00 am

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Please keep calling your U.S. Senators  every day this week to tell them to oppose the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh on the U.S. Supreme Court. 




To find out how to contact your U. S. Senators, please go here:    https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm







For those in the Carolinas and Virginia--please listen to the evacuation orders/recommendations.   Please be safe.


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