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91default Re: General News You Want to Talk About on Mon Jun 05, 2017 4:03 am

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Also hope Dusty is okay. 

Last year, some foreign journalists pretended that jihadism was a Belgian problem but, after all the not-linked-to-Belgium terroristic attacks that happened this year, I guess they see things differently now...

92default Re: General News You Want to Talk About on Mon Jun 05, 2017 3:36 pm

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Jeremy, I wasn't aware that some journalists said that.  So they were saying the terrorists originated from Belgium?

And just want to report, that dusty is ok.  Thank goodness!

93default Re: General News You Want to Talk About on Tue Jun 06, 2017 10:03 am

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Yeah and that Belgium was a "rich failed state" what?!

I'm also glad dusty is ok.

94default Re: General News You Want to Talk About on Tue Jun 06, 2017 9:04 pm

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How offensive that they accused Belgium of that and called your country a failed state.  Ick.  oh   Thank you for your kind words about dusty.  :happy face

95default Re: General News You Want to Talk About on Wed Jun 07, 2017 1:16 pm

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Man, it is huge what is being revealed about Trump's past conversations with former FBI Director Jim Comey.  It is BIG! 

I am going to be glued to the TV watching Comey's testimony tomorrow (Thursday) during the Senate Intelligence Committee.   But today, there was a statement released by the Senate Intelligence Committee, about Comey's memoranda (that he wrote immediately after each of his conversations with Trump) memorializing  his past conversations with Trump, prior to being fired by Trump.

96default Re: General News You Want to Talk About on Wed Jun 14, 2017 2:29 pm

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SAVE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT!  STOP TRUMPCARE!



Lives are at stake--those with pre-existing conditions, those who are on Medicaid (folks with low-incomes, children, the aged, and/or people with disabilities, in other words, those who are the most vulnerable in our country), not to mention that in general millions in the U.S. may be uninsured under TrumpCare, or face higher premiums.

The Republican Senate is so far behaving even more despicably than the Republican House of Representatives.   Because:  The Republican Senators are refusing to hold public hearings or debate.  They are not following formal processes.  They are not seeking public input!  They do not care what representatives of children and families, the elderly, or those with pre-existing conditions will have to say, or even representatives of small business owners or insurance providers. 

Instead, they are conducting informal working groups in private, in secrecy!  And they are excluding the Democratic Senators from these private meetings!  Source:   https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/6/13/15785332/senate-republicans-health-care-bill-secret
 
See the video where Democratic Senator Clair McCaskill calls out the Republican Senators on this issue.




We need to have the Republican Senate agree to hold public hearings before they pass a health care bill that will damage or take away our health care!

A bill could be rushed to passage as early as in JUNE (THIS MONTH!), with little public influence, without us, the constituents knowing anything about a bill that will affect our health care! 

And Republican Senators even are saying to the media that no one from the public is calling them about health care!  Source:  http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/6/12/1671161/-Republican-senators-say-their-phones-aren-t-ringing-to-save-the-ACA-so-here-s-the-contact-list  (Note:  The dailykos article has a list, by state, of the Senators and the email address to their legislative assistant.)


I've seen this post on Tumblr and it seems to be taken from Indivisible.  Please consider doing what you can to save the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) and to stop TrumpCare.

smartalexy:


twoearsandaheart:

6-13-2017
Everything that was true last week about the Senate’s Repeal-and-Replace effort is still true this week. But now we have more (and more alarming) information:




  • The Senate has no intention of making the bill public, and has put measures in place to ensure it hits the floor for a vote before any public testimony, hearings, or awareness of it can be rallied.

  • Republican Senators are CLAIMING NOT TO KNOW THIS BILL EXISTS. This is tantamount to calling the constituents they’re in office to represent stupid.

  • Coverage about the bill is below the radar in all major news outlets.


-Breaking with precedent, the Senate has banned filming of hallway interviews with Senators. They now require previously granted permission from a Senator AND the Rules Committee of Senate. This makes Senators less visible and less accountable.

ACTION ITEMS remain the same:

1) CALL EVERY SINGLE DAY. Here’s the Capitol switchboard #:  (202) 224-3121. Find numbers for your reps’ state offices here.   (Link: https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/ ) If you have Dem Senators you know will vote against it, encourage them to withhold consent or filibuster unless the bill is made public. (Great guide on this from INDIVISIBLE.)

2) ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO CALL. Indivisible has created a tool  (Link: https://indivisiblemoco.org/stoptrumpcaresocial ) that makes it easy as heck to reach out to Facebook friends who are in key (swing vote) states. If you’re not on Facebook, tap that email list. No time to be shy–you’ve got friends out there who just need a little nudge/encouragement/empowerment. 

3) WRITE a Letter to the Editor. Pen a message and send it to your local paper. Media isn’t doing its job covering this incredibly important issue, leaving room for citizens to step in.

4) SHOW UP. Be a body on the ground at your Senator’s district offices (find those offices here  (Link:  https://www.contactingcongress.org/ ) and find others to team up with here). Be loud. Be quiet but present. Be whatever you are, but be in that space, demanding accountability. Congress works for us.
5) Take to social media and demand the Senate #ShowUsTheBill … but don’t JUST take to social media; that won’t get ‘er done
Call call call. I use my lunch hour every day. It’s easy.
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Here are some helpful sites:


For DC and district offices addresses (and telephone numbers) of all Senators by state:  https://www.contactingcongress.org/

When you call your Senator, ask for his/her staff person assigned to health care issues.  Here is a website with the names of staffers assigned to health care issues, for each Senator for each state:  https://www.indivisibleguide.com/resource/senate-health-care-staffers/#CA

For specific information about how TrumpCare would affect your state (how much premiums would increase, how many people would lose health insurance coverage, or Medicaid coverage, or employer-sponsored health insurance coverage):   https://www.indivisibleguide.com/resource/impact-of-trumpcare-by-state/#CA

Here is a telephone script to use when you speak to the staffer assigned to health care issues of your Senators:



Script

SCRIPT: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I'm a constituent from [CITY]. I’m calling today because I’m very angry and disturbed about the Republican’s plan to write and pass the American Health Care Act in secret, with no Senate hearings or public debate.

What is Senator [ name ]’s position on the Republican health care bill (the American Health Care Act)?

As a constituent, I feel Senator [ name ] should oppose any bill that would take away health care from millions of Americans, cut the Medicaid program, increase premiums, and allow states to get rid of protections for people with pre-existing conditions.  

And the bill should not give hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks to the wealthy, because that would be unacceptable to me.

[OPTIONAL: Share a personal story of why Obamacare , also known as the Affordable Care Act ("ACA"),  is so important to you, your family, and/or your community, such as your concern that a family member may be discriminated against by the insurance companies because this family member has a pre-existing condition ]

As a constituent, can the Senator guarantee me that:

--No one will lose coverage as a result of this bill;

--There will be no cuts to the Medicaid program;

--That Senator _______ won’t vote for ANY bill unless it has received a score from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO)?

- - That Medicaid expansion will be kept in place?

Please let the Senator know about my concerns.  I will be following the Senator's views closely. Thank you for your time.

97default Re: General News You Want to Talk About on Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:35 pm

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I'm sorry to hear about the terrorist attack today, Jeremy.  Thank goodness no one was hurt.

98default Re: General News You Want to Talk About on Wed Jun 21, 2017 10:38 am

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And it's actually a train station that I regularly frequent :shocked

But, don't worry, I'm not scared. And thank you for the message :happy face

99default Re: General News You Want to Talk About on Wed Jun 21, 2017 1:58 pm

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Oh wow.  I'm glad it doesn't scare you (although I would understand if it did--it is scary).   And you are welcome.  I thought of you when I heard the news. :happy face

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