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Weekly Action 12/11/2017

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The Insta-Resist List Monday, 12/11/2017
(Did you know there is much more to this than just the action items? It’s like an Iowa political newspaper! Scroll down to find out!)
Action Item #1 – The net neutrality vote happens Thursday – this needs to be a daily call/email/tweet this week.
Pai is attempting to garner support, while Democrats and various organizations push for a delay on the vote – http://politi.co/2iA2hSb http://bit.ly/2AVL7tJ
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In light of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s findings that tens of thousands of comments filed in response to the FCC’s net neutrality proposed repeal had likely been fake, Democratic senators have sent a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai http://bit.ly/2A1bqhT The letter requests that the FCC delay its vote on net neutrality regulations, until a thorough, transparent investigation has been completed regarding the faked comments
Additional background: https://5calls.org/issue/defend-fcc-net-neutrality
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Let’s keep calling and e-mailing, asking the FCC Chairman and Commissioners to oppose any repeal to net neutrality, or at the very least, to delay the vote until an investigation can be completed regarding the numerous fake comments on the FCC’s website
FCC main phone: 1-888-225-5322,
FCC main fax: 1-866-418-0232
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Ajit Pai: 202-518-7399 or 202-418-1000 (thanks Tina DuBois) . / email: Ajit.Pai@fcc.gov / Twitter: @AjitPaiFCC;
Michael O’Rielly: 301-657-9092 / email: mike.o’rielly@fcc.gov Twitter @mikeofcc;
Brendan Carr: 202-719-7305 / email: Brendan.Carr@fcc.gov / Twitter: @BrendanCarrFCC.
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Have more time? Pick one of these!
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2) Check your email for Voter Id’s cards and tell your friends/neighbors
3) Demand Governor Reynolds remove Steve King from her campaign
4) Oppose the tax ID bill
5) Oppose the gun lobby bill in the Senate
6) Have you done these yet?
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Other Headlines
-Action Items
-Look for upcoming protests/events
-Good things and Thank You’s
-Upcoming Events
-ICYMI (In Case You Missed It)
–Local
–National
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1) (see above)
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2) Voter Id’s mailed out from the Iowa Secretary of State – check your mail and tell your friends/neighbors.
If your DL/ID is expired or the DOT records do not match voter record you should receive an ID in the mail this month. Based on your county attorney, it might be in an envelope or it might be the ID postcard itself
https://sos.iowa.gov/news/2017_12_04.html
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3) Demand Governor Reynolds remove Steve King
Steve King again made news with a horrible tweet – “Diversity is not our strength. Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban, ‘Mixing cultures will not lead to a higher quality of life but a lower one.’ ”
Background – https://www.desmoinesregister.com/…/dems-ask-rey…/936999001/
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Contact Governor Reynolds and demand that she condemn his remarks and remove Steve King from her re-election campaign
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4) Oppose the tax ID bill
This has gone to a conference committee between the House and the Senate
Background – https://5calls.org/is…/stop-conference-committee-tax-passage
http://www.cnn.com/…/tax-plan-approval-quinnipia…/index.html
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Contact Grassley, Ernst and your House Rep and ask them if they are going to listen to the people on this or if they will continue to ignore the people they’re supposed to represent.
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5) Oppose the gun lobby bill in the Senate
The House of Representatives passed a bill. H.R. 38, known as the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, in a 231-98 vote that would require states to recognize the concealed gun carry permits of visitors from other states. “A resident of Kansas, for example, which lets people carry concealed guns without any permits, could travel with a gun to New York City, where gun laws are much stricter, if this bill passes the Senate and is signed into law.” http://www.newsweek.com/gun-laws-looser-concealed-carry-rec…
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Time to work on our senators to get this bill stopped. The number of gun deaths in this country is already unacceptable. This law will certainly cause even more.
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Contact Grassley and Ernst and tell them that you oppose this bill and that you will be watching to see who is more important to them – the voices of the majority of Iowans, or the NRA
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6 Have you done these yet?
-Contact your Iowa State Representatives and Senators to remind them they we’re still here and we’re not going away
-Demand a Clean Dream Act / Background and script: https://5calls.org/issue/clean-dream-act-daca / Contact Grassley, Ernst and your House Rep
-Demand the FCC Maintain Net Neutrality / Background and script – https://5calls.org/issue/defend-fcc-net-neutrality
– Sign up for a texting shift to help get out the vote in Alabama – http://www.indivisible.org/gotv-alabama/
-Help elect Doug Jones in AL Here is a list of approved ways that we can help the Doug Jones campaign in Alabama:
https://docs.google.com/…/19aEec9d7Pw_ETLIIIgsyPIQcjlW…/edit
– Call to protect Robert Mueller’s investigation
https://5calls.org/issue/oppose-mueller-firing
-If Mueller gets fired, it will take too long to communicate on FB. Register for the closest event here – https://www.trumpisnotabovethelaw.org/…/mueller-fir…/search/
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UPCOMING EVENTS
https://www.facebook.com/events/141606029820919/
– Look for upcoming protests/events –https://www.resistandprotest.com/event-list…
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GOOD THINGS
https://www.facebook.com/actionIowa/posts/1365823903544804:0.
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ICYMI (In Case You Missed It)
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Local
– Kramer will ask the House and Senate to pass a resolution to remove the toxic culture at the Statehouse – https://www.radioiowa.com/…/advisor-professionalism-at-the…/
– Iowa Senate Democrats “Threats to IPERS posed by 2018 Session” State Capitol Room 116 1pm. Livestream available via Facebook/Iowa Senate Democrats
https://www.desmoinesregister.com/…/dems-ask-rey…/936999001/
https://shareblue.com/13-gop-governors-wont-sign-letter-su…/
http://www.bleedingheartland.com/…/silence-from-kim-reynol…/
http://www.bleedingheartland.com/…/iowa-republicans-found-…/
https://iowastartingline.com/…/gop-tax-plan-coming-iowa-ne…/
– New Iowa Caucus Rules – https://iowastartingline.com/…/how-the-iowa-caucus-could-c…/
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National – If you want to read the full synopsis along with links to the sources, Google WTF Just Happened Today
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Day 323: Puppet. Updated 12/8/2017 3:32 PM PST
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1/ Trump, Trump Jr., and members of the Trump Organization received an email during the campaign with the decryption key needed to open the hacked DNC documents that WikiLeaks had posted two months earlier. WikiLeaks contacted Trump Jr. directly on Twitter about the campaign a few weeks after the September 14th email was sent by somebody named Mike Erickson. WikiLeaks began leaking the contents of John Podesta’s hacked emails a month later. Trump Jr. told investigators he had no recollection of the email. (CNN / Washington Post)
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2/ Russian operatives tried to make contact with Hope Hicks at least twice since Trump took office and after US intelligence agencies publicly accused Moscow of trying to influence the presidential election. Hicks is one of Trump’s top advisers and there is no evidence that Hicks did anything wrong. The FBI gave Hicks the names of the Russians who had contacted her, and said that they were not who they claimed to be. Hicks met with Robert Mueller’s investigators this week as part of the investigation into Russia’s efforts to influence the 2016 election. (New York Times)
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3/ Trump offered a second endorsement of Roy Moore, the Republican Senate candidate accused of sexual assault and misconduct by several women. Trump tweeted that Alabama voters should keep the Senate seat under GOP control and away from Democrat Doug Jones, a “Pelosi/Schumer puppet.” Moore has a history of saying controversial things. He’s argued that slavery was the last time America was great and that homosexuality should be illegal; he also doesn’t believe that Obama was born in the United States, and he blames drive-by shootings on teaching evolution. (Politico / Washington Post)
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4/ Arizona Rep. Trent Franks allegedly approached two female staffers about acting as a potential pregnancy surrogate.
5/ Trump won’t speak at the opening of the Civil Rights Museum after civil rights leaders said they would boycott the event in Jackson, Mississippi because of the president’s participation. (NBC News)
6/ Trump’s deputy national security adviser plans to leave the White House after the president’s first year in office.
7/ Susan Collins could change her vote on the final version of the GOP tax reform bill if the Senate doesn’t pass a pair of bills to stabilize the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance markets and resuming cost-sharing subsidy payments to insurers, which Trump stopped in October. Mitch McConnell made Collins an “ironclad commitment” in exchange for her initial vote. House Republicans, however, have signaled that they don’t intend to take up health care before the end of the year. Additionally, Collins added two amendments to the Senate bill that would allow taxpayers to deduct property taxes and lower the threshold for tax deductions for medical expenses, which House Republicans had previously voted to eliminate entirely.
Notables.
-The American economy added 228,000 jobs last month. Unemployment remained unchanged at 4.1%. (New York Times)
-Trump didn’t invite Democratic lawmakers to the White House Hanukkah party, injecting a partisan tinge into a normally bipartisan celebration. (New York Times)
-Trump withdrew an Obama-era proposal requiring airlines and ticket agencies to disclose baggage fees as soon as passengers start the process of buying a ticket. (The Hill)
-The official death toll in Puerto Rico is 62, but the actual deaths may be as high as 1,052. (New York Times)
-Moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem “is not something that is going to happen this year, probably not next year,” Rex Tillerson said. (CNN)
-The Justice Department investigating Planned Parenthood for the transfer of fetal tissue, picking up where several Republican-led inquiries in Congress had dropped off last year. (New York Times)
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Weekly Action 12/4/2017

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The Insta-Resist List Monday, 12/4/2017
(This is still a big week – tax bill in the House, Grassley’s comments and gun vote Wednesday)
1) There was an article going around last week where some famous person said “I don’t understand why people aren’t out in the streets about this tax bill”.
#1 on the list this week… take to the streets (literally or figuratively) and raise hell. Pick your issue and convey the extent of your anger. Don’t tell them how to vote, tell them how pissed you are.
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Have more time? Pick one of these!
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2) Call your House Rep on two issues, and you can use the same talking point for both
3) Phone back for Todd Wendt in NW Iowa on Wednesday
4) Contact Chuck Grassley about his comments
5) Sign up for a texting shift to help get out the vote in Alabama
6) Work to elect a Democrat in Iowa Senate District 3 – election day is December 12
7) Help elect Todd Wendt in NW Iowa – Election day is December 12th
8) Have you done these yet?
Good things!
ICYMI (In Case You Missed It)
Local
National
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1) (see above)
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2) Call your House Rep on two issues, and you can use the same talking point for both:
-The tax bill passed in the Senate
-H.R. 38 (which would override state restrictions on concealed carry gun laws) – voting Wednesday
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Script: I’m calling about the tax bill and H.R. 38. Both of these bills are extraordinarily unpopular with the public. Is the Representative going to go along with the GOP plan of completely ignoring the voters or will actually represent the majority of us on these issues?
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Additional talking points for HR 38: This bill would mean all states would be subject to the dangers created by lax gun laws of certain states. And although that argument may not sway you, the fact that it takes autonomy away from each individual state should carry some weight.
As a Republican I would assume you would view this as Federal overreach (if was about anything else besides guns). Do what is right and vote No.
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Optional talking points on the tax scam bill in the House
Paul Ryan says this is going to committee to work out the differences between the House and Senate, but the bill could also go directly to the House for a vote.
The White House is in a shambles, and that will only get worse (or better, depending on your perspective). It is going to start becoming toxic to be associated with him. This is also an election year for every member of the House of Representatives
Background: https://5calls.org/is…/stop-conference-committee-tax-passage
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Optional talking points:
— Tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations will create a massive deficit increase, which will then be paid for with devastating cuts to Medicare, Social Security, education, and other vital programs.
— This bill was written behind closed doors by lobbyists and the American people have been consistently lied to about what it will do to their pocketbooks and livelihoods.
— The repeal of the ACA individual mandate will completely upend the health insurance market, uninsuring millions, spiking premiums, and risking coverage for those with pre-existing conditions.
— This bill will hand over pristine Alaskan land to oil companies, destroying protected land and endangering wildlife.
— The elimination of the SALT deduction will cause millions of middle-income Americans to pay higher taxes.
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3) Phone back for Todd Wendt in NW Iowa on Wednesday
If you want to participate virtually – email nlynch@iowademocrats.org
https://www.facebook.com/events/145860096058202/?active_tab=discussion
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4) Contact Chuck Grassley about his comments
Direct quote from Senator Chuck Grassley: “I think not having the estate tax recognizes the people that are investing, as opposed to those that are just spending every darn penny they have, whether it’s on booze or women or movies.”
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He thinks if you’re not rich, you don’t deserve a tax cut because you’re spending all your money on “booze, women or movies”. Many of his voice mail lines were full on Sunday, but try them anyway to see if they’re cleaned up. Don’t forget resist-bot.
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5) Sign up for a texting shift to help get out the vote in Alabama – http://www.indivisible.org/gotv-alabama/
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6) Work to elect a Democrat in Iowa Senate District 3 – Election day is December 12th.
Volunteer – https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSdaq1iZSLT4TVgnpR…/viewform
Donate http://www.toddwendtforiowa.com/
Write postcards – https://www.facebook.com/groups/PostcardsToIowaVoters/
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7) Have you done these yet?
-Help elect Doug Jones in AL Here is a list of approved ways that we can help the Doug Jones campaign in Alabama:
https://docs.google.com/…/19aEec9d7Pw_ETLIIIgsyPIQcjlW…/edit
-Join the new Postcards to Iowa Voters group – We’ll be writing to Iowa voters to introduce voters to new candidates and/or Get Out the Vote – https://www.facebook.com/groups/325654937900041/
– Call to protect Robert Mueller’s investigation – https://5calls.org/issue/oppose-mueller-firing
-If Mueller gets fired, it will take too long to communicate on FB. Register for the closest event here – https://www.trumpisnotabovethelaw.org/…/mueller-fir…/search/
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GOOD THINGS
• ACA enrollment for 2017 is still exceeding 2016 numbers! https://medium.com/…/week-4-enrollment-remains-steady-but-n…
http://www.al.com/…/…/11/advocates_make_last-minute_pus.html
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ICYMI (In Case You Missed It)
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Local
https://iowastartingline.com/…/grassley-implies-working-pe…/
https://iowastartingline.com/…/simplifying-the-big-numbers…/
http://www.bleedingheartland.com/…/so-much-for-carefully-c…/

National – If you want to read the full synopsis along with links to the sources, Google WTF Just Happened Today
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Day 316: Full cooperation. Updated 12/1/2017 3:49 PM PST
.1/ Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about conversations he had with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the presidential transition last December. Flynn is the fourth Trump associate to be charged in Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. (New York Times)
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2/ Flynn promised “full cooperation” with Mueller’s investigation and is prepared to testify that Trump directed him to make contact with the Russians. The FBI said Flynn communicated with Sergey Kislyak, then the Russian ambassador to the US, after being asked by a senior Trump transition official to find out where foreign governments stood on an upcoming UN Security Council resolution about Israel. The FBI did not name the officials. (ABC News / CNN)
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3/ Jared Kushner was the “very senior” Trump official who directed Michael Flynn to contact the Russian ambassador and several other foreign governments. Abbe Lowell, Kusher’s attorney, declined to comment. (Washington Post / CNN)
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Former Deputy National Security Adviser KT McFarland is one of the unnamed senior official referred to in the court papers filed in the Michael Flynn case. She was involved in a discussion with Flynn about what he would say to Russian government officials in response to U.S. sanctions imposed on Russia last year. (Associated Press)
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4/ Trump lobbied several Senate Republicans over the summer “to wrap up” the Russia investigation.
5/ Senate Republicans said they have the votes needed to pass their tax bill.
6/ The Treasury’s inspector general is investigating whether Steve Mnuchin hid an analysis of the Republican tax bill — or if the Treasury Department even did one.
7/ Republicans intend to cut spending on Social Security and Medicare after tax reform.
8/ Trump said a government shutdown could be good for him politically if Congress doesn’t pass a short-term spending bill by the December 8th deadline.
9/ Rex Tillerson called reports that the White House wants him to resign “laughable.”
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11/20/2017 Weekly Action

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The Insta-Resist List Monday, 11/21/2017 (More action items, ICYMI and local politics below)
Today we’re focused on the tax bill. We need to learn about many of the different aspects of the bill. Going forward, we’ll include a “tax talking point of the day” for your calls to Grassley and Ernst.
1) Keep the repeal of the ACA mandate out of the tax bill
Background: https://5calls.org/issue/insurance-mandate-tax-reform

Script:
Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from West Des Moines.
I’m calling to urge Senator Chuck Grassley to reject any amendments to the tax bill to end enforcement of the individual insurance mandate. The mandate helps ensure healthy people purchase insurance, defraying sicker people’s healthcare costs and keeping premiums down for everyone.
Thank you for your time and attention.
[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]

Have more time? Pick one of these!

2) Get better educated about the Senate tax bill
3) Have you done these things yet?

Good things!
ICYMI (In Case You Missed It)
Local
National

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1) (see above)

2  We’re doing something different with the list today. Instead of listing several other action items here, it’s just a list of articles. Please take a few minutes to scan through each one. The intent is to help you understand the tremendous repercussions of this horrible piece of legislation. Everything the Republicans have tried, and failed, to do before, are included in this bill to some extent. You really, really need to understand this, so when we ask you to contact your Senators every day, you understand why.

-Tax break for fetuses, and is part of a broader effort to establish “personhood” rights and destroy Roe v Wade – https://www.huffingtonpost.com/…/republicans-anti-abortion-…

http://www.newsweek.com/republican-tax-bill-gives-private-p…
The Congressional Budget Office says that a $25 billion automatic cut to Medicare would be required, according to a 2010 law: Republicans have tried to cut “entitlement” programs—Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid—for years; only the popularity of these programs have saved them. We must demand that our senators protect these programs from which we all do (or will) benefit and to which we all contribute by opposing the Republican tax bill. https://www.nytimes.com/…/republicans-entitlement-programs-…

– Impact on grad students – When you call to oppose the tax bill, here is another important point to put across to the Senators. The House bill makes tuition waivers for graduate students count as taxable income. This is an amount in the tens of thousands of dollars a year to their meager income and make it absolutely impossible for all but the very wealthiest of individuals to pursue advanced degrees, even if they are exceptionally well qualified academically.
This move would destabilize the entire graduate education system and since undergraduate students receive much of their basic instruction from TAs, the entire post secondary education system would be put into an even more precarious position. https://www.nytimes.com/…/house-tax-bill-graduate-students.…

-Impact on farmers:
http://www.desmoinesregister.com/…/proposed-tax-…/871067001/

Impact on access to healthcare – 126,000 Iowans would lose access to health insurance – https://www.bloomberg.com/…/gun-background-checks-bolstered…

-Entitlement cuts – if Republicans pass their bill and their rosy projections about economic growth turn out to be as unrealistic as most economists say they are, Congress will face pressure to address the deficit and cut spending. And where do we think these cuts will come? Legislation that adds to the federal deficit must be paid for with spending cuts or other offsets; if it isn’t, automatic cuts to programs like Medicare kick in. The Congressional Budget Office says that a $25 billion automatic cut to Medicare would be required, according to a 2010 law: https://www.nytimes.com/…/republicans-entitlement-programs-…

-To pass their reverse Robin Hood tax scam, Republicans are counting on offsetting cuts for the rich with a billion dollars in revenue gained from selling oil-drilling rights in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). In addition to endangering our environment, data from past sales indicates this sale would bring in $850 million less than the GOP is claiming https://www.bloomberg.com/…/arctic-refuge-oil-bonanza-more-…

-Even CEO’s don’t believe lower taxes would grow the economy – https://www.nytimes.com/…/…/opinion/trump-tax-plan-hate.html

-People should be marching in the streets – http://crooksandliars.com/…/bruce-bartlett-tax-plan-why-are…

3) Have you done these yet?
-Volunteer for Todd Wendt in Senate District 3 – Volunteer – https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSdaq1iZSLT4TVgnpR…/viewform
Donate http://www.toddwendtforiowa.com/
Write postcards – https://www.facebook.com/groups/PostcardsToIowaVoters/
– Here is a list of approved ways that we can help the Doug Jones campaign in Alabama: https://docs.google.com/…/19aEec9d7Pw_ETLIIIgsyPIQcjlW…/edit
-Join the new Postcards to Iowa Voters group – We’ll be writing to Iowa voters to introduce voters to new candidates and/or Get Out the Vote – https://www.facebook.com/groups/325654937900041/
– Call to protect Robert Mueller’s investigation – https://5calls.org/issue/oppose-mueller-firing
-If Mueller gets fired, it will take too long to communicate on FB. Register for the closest event here – https://www.trumpisnotabovethelaw.org/…/mueller-fir…/search/

GOOD THINGS
-Good news! This week Democrats won two more elections! In Oklahoma, Allison Ikley-Freeman, “a lightly funded, little-known 26-year-old lesbian” won by 31 votes in a district previously won by a Republican by 15%. (Full story: Tulsa World). “Ikley-Freeman, a mental health counselor, said she and her campaign team worked hard at targeting voters they knew would turn out for her in a low-volume election. “When we were knocking on doors, so many people said, ‘Thank you. We didn’t know there was an election,” In New Mexico, “Albuquerque voters lifted native son Tim Keller to victory Tuesday, electing him mayor in what turned out to be a landslide. Keller, a Democrat and New Mexico’s state auditor, beat outgoing City Councilor Dan Lewis, a Republican, by 24 percentage points in the mayoral runoff.” (Full story: Albuquerque Journal).
ICYMI (In Case You Missed It)

Local
https://iowastartingline.com/…/19/bill-dix-is-a-very-dumb-…/
https://iowastartingline.com/…/iowa-gop-legislators-action…/
http://www.bleedingheartland.com/…/bill-dix-no-more-mr-nic…/
http://www.bleedingheartland.com/…/stop-using-professed-re…/

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Weekly Action Monday 11/13/17

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The Insta-Resist List for 11/13/2017
Oppose TrumpTax – The House is expected to vote this week.
Contact your House Rep to oppose this. Here are your talking points – https://twitter.com/MichaelSLinden/status/929539584089784320
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Bottom line: “You will pay more, either through higher taxes or fewer public services (or both). Millionaires and corporations will pay a lot less. The economy and your community will suffer. It will take decades to recover.”
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Have more time? Pick one of these!
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2) Win elections! National, state or local options
3 Ask Grassley to support FAMM reform
4) Contact Kim Reynolds office and remind her that sexual harassment is not ok… on any level.
5) Participate in the National Call-In Day to Save TPS and Pass a clean Dream Act
6) Have you done these things yet?
ICYMI (In Case You Missed It)
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1) (see above)
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2) Win elections! We need to multi-task here. There are 3 different campaigns you can (and should!) help Democrats win. Pick one – national, state or local.
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Doug Jones, Alabama – United States Senate – https://dougjonesforsenate.com/
Winning this makes it actually possible to flip the Senate in the NEXT ELECTION. You can donate on his website. You can also join the national Postcards to Voters group and write postcards to Alabama voters, urging them to vote for Jones. https://postcardstovoters.org/ you can send postcards through 5calls.org. Does anyone have links to phone/text banks for him?
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Todd Wendt – Iowa Senate District 3 – http://www.toddwendtforiowa.com/
This gives us another blue seat in the Iowa Senate, which we desperately need. You can donate on his website, and use the contact form to volunteer for phone banks. You can also join the state postcard group, where we’ll start writing to voters in his district urging them to vote for him. https://www.facebook.com/groups/PostcardsToIowaVoters/
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Ashley Vanorny – Cedar Rapids City Council District 5. https://www.facebook.com/vanornyforcitycouncil/
This is a runoff. You’ve heard the phrase “all politics are local”. Here is your chance to have an impact on this runoff election.
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3) Call Grassley’s office and ask him to support the FAMM reform. This is a comprehensive, bipartisan Federal prison reform bill. 98% of convicted felons will be released from prison at some point. We need to make sure they have the tools they need to succeed when they are out.
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4) Contact Kim Reynolds office and remind her that sexual harassment is not ok… on any level. Keep reminding her that Bill Dix cannot continue as Majority Leader.
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5) Plan to participate in the National Call-In Day to Save TPS and Pass a clean Dream Act https://www.facebook.com/events/1601703499889750/ November 14th
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6) Have you done these yet?
-Join the new Postcards to Iowa Voters group – We’ll be writing to Iowa voters to introduce voters to new candidates and/or Get Out the Vote – https://www.facebook.com/groups/325654937900041/
– Call to protect Robert Mueller’s investigation – https://5calls.org/issue/oppose-mueller-firing
-If Mueller gets fired, it will take too long to communicate on FB. Register for the closest event here – https://www.trumpisnotabovethelaw.org/…/mueller-fir…/search/
– Support our Thunderclap to promote the ACA – https://www.thunderclap.it/…/64081-iowa-healthcare-aca-sign…
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ICYMI (In Case You Missed It)
Local
https://iowastartingline.com/…/cant-iowas-first-female-gov…/
https://iowastartingline.com/…/rod-blums-votes-put-veteran…/
http://www.bleedingheartland.com/…/weekend-open-thread-vet…/
http://www.bleedingheartland.com/…/how-iowa-could-have-los…/
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National – If you want to read the full synopsis along with links to the sources, Google WTF Just Happened Today
Day 295: If true. Updated 11/10/2017 2:43 PM PST
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1/ Trump cast doubt on the accusations that Roy Moore initiated sexual contact with a 14-year-old when he was 32. “Like most Americans, the president believes that we cannot allow a mere allegation – in this case, one from many years ago – to destroy a person’s life,” Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. “However, the president also believes that if these allegations are true, Judge Moore will do the right thing and step aside.” (Washington Post / ABC News)
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2/ Roy Moore called the allegations against him “completely false and misleading” and that he would remain in the race for the Alabama Senate seat. Senate Republicans are trying to block their candidate, having discussed fielding a write-in candidate, delaying the December 12th special election, and possibly not seating Moore at all if he is elected. (CNN / New York Times)
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3/ The Republican Party’s Senate campaign committee ended its fundraising agreement with Roy Moore.
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4/ Robert Mueller is investigating Michael Flynn’s role in a plan to extradite a Muslim cleric in the US and deliver him to Turkey in return for $15 million. Investigators are looking into the role Flynn and his son may have played in the alleged proposal to deliver Fethullah Gülen to the Turkish government. Erdoğan views Fethullah Gülen as a political enemy and has repeatedly pressed the US to extradite him. Flynn is facing military, congressional, and criminal investigations for concealing his financial ties to Turkey and Russia, and whether the ties played a role in his decisions as Trump’s national security adviser. Any deal where a government official is bribed to act on behalf of a foreign government would involve multiple federal crimes. (NBC News / Wall Street Journal)
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5/ Mueller’s team is investigating a meeting between Michael Flynn and a pro-Russia congressman.
6/ George Papadopoulos initially lied to the FBI out of loyalty to Trump.
7/ The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a Trump nominee for a federal judgeship who has never tried a case.
8/ Five states have asked a federal judge to halt the rollback of the Affordable Care Act’s birth control mandate.
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Weekly Action 11/6/2018

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Weekly Call to Action  11/6/18

 

  1. Vote, remind others to vote on Tuesday.  Elections have consequences.

2. Taxes, taxes, taxes-call your MOC’s, call them again and again. Talk about it with others that you know, share your knowledge. Today is the first markup meeting.  This bill will move quickly.  We must act now!  Elections are taking place nationwide, but we can multi-task!

 

Did you know that:

  1. They want to eliminate student loan interest deduction?
  2. They want to eliminate the deduction for teachers who purchase supplies for their classroom? (mention the assault that Iowa teachers have already been a part of this year with collective bargaining)
  3. They will allow starting a 529 account (college savings account) at conception? Aka the start of the personhood bill.
  4. They will eliminate the medical expense deduction, while medical deductions, costs and rates increase in 2018.

 

More info here:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/02/us/politics/republican-tax-plan-winners-losers.html

Weekly Action 10/30/17

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Weekly Call to Action 10/30/17

National:

  1. House Republicans want to pass a partisan CHIP bill.  

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R CA-23) announced Thursday that the House would vote on a bill to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) next week. However, the Healthy Kids Act (H.R. 3921) extends CHIP by taking money away from the Affordable Care Act and weakening Medicare. Call your MoC and tell them to reauthorize CHIP using a bipartisan approach that won’t harm the American health care system.

  1. Republicans are coming after women’s reproductive rights. 

The House Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice will hold a hearing on November 1 on the “Heartbeat Protection Act of 2017.” This bill is a draconian, anti-choice piece of legislation that would make it a federal crime for a doctor to perform an abortion on any woman whose fetus has a detectable heartbeat (which is at 6 weeks, well before many women even realize they are pregnant). Call your MoC and tell them you oppose this effort to criminalize women’s reproductive health.

  1. Your individual privacy is under threat. 

Congress has until the end of the year to decide whether to protect Americans’ privacy or extend unconstitutional spying power to Trump. The Senate began marking up a bill last week, and the House Judiciary Committee is expected to take up a bill next week. Read our explainer and call script… and start calling your MoCs now!

  1. Mitch McConnell is trying to jam Trump’s bad judicial nominees through the Senate. 

Up to six of Trump’s judicial nominees could be confirmed within the week, as part of a GOP effort to quickly push them through over Democratic and public objections. Here’s our resource with more information on how you can urge your Senators to block Trump’s disastrous judges.

 

Local Call to Action:

  1. City Council elections are November 7th. Make a plan to vote, bring your family with you.  The best civic lesson we teach our children is at the polling place. Verify your precinct and voter registration here:

https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/voterinformation/voterregistration.html

 

  1. The IDP is hosting a voter registration rights webinar. “As part of the Iowa Democratic Party’s ongoing efforts to protect voting rights in the State of Iowa, the IDP will be hosting a Know Your Rights Webinar on Monday, October 30 at 7:00 to educate Iowans about the new Voter I.D. laws.  SIGN UP HERE: http://bit.ly/KnowYourRightsIA

  1. Just in case, be ready to mobilize if Trump decides to fire Mueller.

https://www.trumpisnotabovethelaw.org/event/mueller-firing-rapid-response/search/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3) Make sure you’re registered to vote (for the upcoming city council elections)
The SoS seems to been having problems lately. It’s back up now so make sure you’re registered to vote. https://sos.iowa.gov/electio…/voterreg/regtovote/search.aspx
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Weekly Action: October 22, 2017

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This Week’s Indivisible Actions: October 22-28

 

  1. The top priority this week is opposing the #TrumpTaxScam. Last week, Republicans in the Senate passed their budget resolution paving the way for tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires. But we can stop them.
  2. Visit www.trumptaxscam.org to find call scripts and contact information for your Members of Congress.Tune into our Facebook Live TONIGHT, October 23 at8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT and #stopthesabotage. We’ll discuss Trump’s latest attempts to sabotage and undermine the Affordable Care Act and how you can fight back. Like us on Facebook now and you’ll get a notification when we go live!
  3. The House and Senate are back in session. Here are some other issues we need to sound the alarm on: The Alexander-Murray (A-M) bipartisan healthcare compromise (read our A-M explainer here). CHIP still hasn’t been reauthorized (use our resource to tell your MoC to do their job). Lastly, use our resource to put pressure on both Democrats and Republicans to take the DREAMer pledge.

 

 

 

LOCAL  CALL TO ACTION 10/23/2017

 

  1. Call Kim Reynolds office, 515-281-5211 and request adequate staffing and funding for our state prisons.  The correction officers were hit hard this year with the collective bargaining bill. The violence was predicted to increase with these cuts and they did not listen. For more information please read this article.http://www.thegazette.com/subject/news/public-safety/iowa-prison-officials-confirm-offenders-involved-in-attacks-on-penitentiary-staff-have-white-supremacist-links-20171020
  2. Please contact your house and senate representatives asking them to pass/ put a moratorium on accepting new CAFO applications. The DNR has kicked this issue back to the legislature. The Master Matrix and application process is inadequate in addressing Iowa’s air, water and quality-of-life needs for those who live near these operations…..  https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislators/find

Iowa Legislature – Find Your Legislator

  1. SF 455 https://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/publications/FN/855515.pdf   Will be headed to the appropriations committee as soon as the session starts in January. Please contact all members of the appropriations committee now. Our school funding is on the brink.  Remember the majority of Republican legislator’s homeschool their children and do not see the value of public education.   Here is the link to the members of the appropriation committee.  https://www.legis.iowa.gov/committees/committee?ga=87&groupID=324
  2. CITY COUNCIL ELECTIONS ARE NOVEMBER 7th. PLEASE POST YOUR COUNCIL’S BALLOT ON YOUR OWN PAGE-CANVASS YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD-BRING VOTER REGISTRATION FORMS AND ASK YOUR NEIGHBOR’S IF THEY ARE REGISTERED TO VOTE AT THE CURRENT ADDRESS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Weekly Action: September 25, 2017

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Weekly Action 9/25/2017

ALERT! WE HAVE 5 DAYS TO DEFEAT TRUMPCARE! The main thing everyone must do this week is to let your senators know how much you hate this bill and how much you’ll make them pay for supporting it. Make a call (make many calls!), show up, make your voice heard! Be sure to use our resources, contact info, call scripts, and event registration and RSVP on www.trumpcareten.org!

A ban is a ban and it’s unconstitutional. Late last night, the Trump administration issued a revised Muslim ban that included non-Muslim majority countries. These revisions don’t change the fact that this ban is unconstitutional and un-American. Stay updated on what the new ban means by visiting www.nomuslimbanever.com.

Ask your MoC to immediately pass emergency disaster relief for Puerto Rico. 3.5 million Americans live in Puerto Rico, and right now they need federal support. Hurricane Maria has devastated the Island, leaving at least ten dead, and millions without power. Puerto Rico deserves the same immediate federal response that victims of Hurricane Harvey received. Ask your members of Congress to make sure they get it without delay.

Local Action:

 Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day.https://nationalvoterregistrationday.org/

Please find and share events in your County.  If there aren’t any please share the address of the county auditor and their hours, keep them busy and  link to online registration:  https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/voterinformation/voterregistration.html

Absentee ballots are available this week for the city council elections November 7th.  Take some time to meet your neighbors and let them know when and where to vote.

 Contact your legislator regarding family planning services at Unity Point.  This exclusion will limit even more providers for women’s reproductive services in rural areas.  

The new family planning program, which is financed solely by the state, replaces a federal Medicaid program. Critics of the law fear it will severely limit access to birth-control services, especially in rural areas.

They also note it requires the state to forego $3 million in federal Medicaid money because the national Medicaid family-planning program doesn’t let states exclude abortion providers.

Those health systems don’t provide elective abortions, but they do perform some abortions in cases of fetal anomaly”.   (AP September 23, 2017)

Our leaders have been busy this week making postcards to hand out.  Thank you, one and all for your talent.

         

Weekly Action: September 18, 2017

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Weekly Action 9/18/17

National Action:

  1. STOP THE RETURN OF TRUMPCARE.  TrumpCare is back and Republicans are as close as they’ve ever been to passing it. There are 12 days left for the Senate to ram healthcare through reconciliation with just 50 votes. This is TrumpCare’s last stand. Call your senators ASAP and tell them to vote no on “Graham-Cassidy”using all the latest resources at TrumpCareTen.org.
  2. Don’t let Trump use fear to trample on civil liberties.We stand in solidarity with those impacted by the horrific acts of violence in London. We also condemn Trump’s knee-jerk rhetoric and irresponsible exploitation of this moment to promote expanding his bigoted Muslim ban. Find out what you can do to resist the Muslim ban at nomuslimbanever.com.
  3. Continue pressuring MoCs for a clean DREAM Act.Democratic Leaders Pelosi and Schumer continue to cultivate their cozy relationship with Trump. Last week, they announced a deal (to make a deal) on the DREAM Act with Trump. Contact your MoCs and use our call scripts to tell them that you want to see a “clean” DREAM Act.

 

Local Action:  (Reminder-events are on our events page)

  1. Union re-cert is this month for some unions.   The re-cert Is only for the people that are re certifying in September. All ballots must be at or no later than September 26 at 3 o’clock. At that time, they will be counted. In October, voting will be done via phone and Internet.

      2. Joni Ernst is holding three 3 town halls this week. 

  • Charles City Thursday –Sept 21st 1:00pm (Charles City Schools North Grand Auditorium)
  • Corydon — Friday, Sept 22nd 7:30am (Wayne County Junior/Senior High)
  • Iowa City– Friday, Sept 22nd 2:30 pm (Iowa Memorial Union)
  1. Contact DHS Director Jerry Foxhoven and your legislator in support of allowing disabled Iowan’s and Iowan’s with a waiver to pull out of the managed care market and return to services through the state. The current managed care system only allows 8 hours of care when they are in need of 24- hour care at home.

Jerry Foxhoven
Iowa Department of Human Services
Hoover State Office Building
Des Moines, IA 50319-0114
Tel: (515) 281-5452
Fax: (515) 281-4597
Email: jfoxhov@dhs.state.ia.us

 

Did you know that DHS is holding public comment meetings regarding Medicaid? 

Below are the last two meetings for 2017.  For more information: https://dhs.iowa.gov/iahealthlink/IHL.Public.Comment.Meetings

 

October 11, 2017 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Dubuque Grand River Center Meeting Room 1 500 Bell Street Dubuque, IA 52001
December 14, 2017 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Des Moines Polk County River Place Room 1
2339 Euclid Avenue Des Moines, IA 50310