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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #850 on: October 12, 2017, 02:05:39 PM »
Here's a fun one - the National Education Association has a site where you can send a virtual postcard to your Congressional Reps supporting the DREAM Act. http://dreamers.neaedjustice.org

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #851 on: October 16, 2017, 07:30:28 PM »
I've been door-knocking with my democratic town candidates  for the upcoming election.

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #852 on: October 24, 2017, 09:21:24 AM »
VOTE IS TODAY. CALL NOW.

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #853 on: October 30, 2017, 11:16:42 AM »
Just asked my Senators and Rep to co-sponsor legislation that protects the role of the Special Counsel's office from presidential interference. Sample script:
"Please co-sponsor the Special Counsel Integrity Act and the Special Counsel Independence Protection Act (S. 1735, S. 1741, & HR 3771), the bipartisan legislation to protect Robert Mueller’s investigation and that of future Special Counsels."

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #854 on: November 01, 2017, 08:17:38 AM »

Done! Thanks for the suggestion.

Awesome!

I posted a reminder on social media to all New Yorkers to vote on November 7.

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #856 on: November 09, 2017, 06:21:00 AM »
Not small, but flipped our suburb from red to blue by using every spare minute (and some minutes that were not spare) to knock on doors or make phone calls. For example the other day I had an unclaimed half hour so I made 17 calls to remind local voters to show up at the Nov 7 election.

Also, I worked for over 16 hours as a poll worker on Election Day (and I also earned a little money for that, woo hoo!)

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« Reply #857 on: November 09, 2017, 06:33:55 AM »
Not small, but flipped our suburb from red to blue by using every spare minute (and some minutes that were not spare) to knock on doors or make phone calls. For example the other day I had an unclaimed half hour so I made 17 calls to remind local voters to show up at the Nov 7 election.

Also, I worked for over 16 hours as a poll worker on Election Day (and I also earned a little money for that, woo hoo!)

Nice!  I also volunteered a few hours a week starting last month through the election to door knock and phone call.  First time ever volunteering on a political campaign.  Picked up 6 seats on the town council and turned it blue, but mayoral candidate lost.  Still, not too bad.

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #858 on: November 09, 2017, 07:19:29 AM »
I've never paid for news until recently.   It has been so easy to get for free at work, on line, radio...  We currently are a member of MPR and pay for a digital subscription to our local news.

Also we  buy from smile.amazon and proceeds to the ACLU.   

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #859 on: November 09, 2017, 07:27:34 AM »
Not small, but flipped our suburb from red to blue by using every spare minute (and some minutes that were not spare) to knock on doors or make phone calls. For example the other day I had an unclaimed half hour so I made 17 calls to remind local voters to show up at the Nov 7 election.

Also, I worked for over 16 hours as a poll worker on Election Day (and I also earned a little money for that, woo hoo!)

Nice!  I also volunteered a few hours a week starting last month through the election to door knock and phone call.  First time ever volunteering on a political campaign.  Picked up 6 seats on the town council and turned it blue, but mayoral candidate lost.  Still, not too bad.
Awesome! Both of you!

Hammering my Rep on tax reform. He's a billionaire, so I doubt he cares one bit, but I still like shouting at him (metaphorically).

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #860 on: November 09, 2017, 07:34:54 AM »
Not small, but flipped our suburb from red to blue by using every spare minute (and some minutes that were not spare) to knock on doors or make phone calls. For example the other day I had an unclaimed half hour so I made 17 calls to remind local voters to show up at the Nov 7 election.

Also, I worked for over 16 hours as a poll worker on Election Day (and I also earned a little money for that, woo hoo!)

Not small, but flipped our suburb from red to blue by using every spare minute (and some minutes that were not spare) to knock on doors or make phone calls. For example the other day I had an unclaimed half hour so I made 17 calls to remind local voters to show up at the Nov 7 election.

Also, I worked for over 16 hours as a poll worker on Election Day (and I also earned a little money for that, woo hoo!)

Nice!  I also volunteered a few hours a week starting last month through the election to door knock and phone call.  First time ever volunteering on a political campaign.  Picked up 6 seats on the town council and turned it blue, but mayoral candidate lost.  Still, not too bad.

That is awesome you two!

I voted absentee last week so I could canvass in Virginia for Northam, Fairfax, Herring, and a flippable delegate seat. The delegate won her seat by a huge margin! And of course the statewide Dem ticket won as well.

Voting in my own election was surprisingly difficult. It took me over three hours of travel round-trip to get to the Board of Elections. New York has pretty terrible election laws. Any NY'ers interested in helping improve our electoral system, sign up with Easy Elections NY.

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #861 on: November 28, 2017, 07:57:57 AM »
I called my senators (blue state) urging them to "Withhold consent" on the tax bill to slow it down. Also I sent round email to family & friends to do the same, or to ask GOP senators to vote No.

12 days, including Thanksgiving recess, is not enough time for change of this magnitude to be fully vetted.  I'm particularly concerned about loss of medical deduction, which is essential to people with severe illness (note, my dad needed it and used it during his first bout with cancer, then went on to live 20 years and pay oodles of tax on his business thereafter). Loss of the SALT and mortgage deductions are also going to screw up property values throughout the country in a big way.
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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #862 on: November 28, 2017, 10:17:31 AM »
Today is Giving Tuesday and Facebook is matching donations. I donated to Planned Parenthood through a fundraiser my BIL is doing for his birthday. I also strongly recommended said BIL read George Lakoff, but he clearly has not. We agree on politics, but he's alienated a lot of people with his argumentative style.

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #863 on: November 29, 2017, 02:11:02 PM »
Called Senators, requested that they oppose the Senate tax bill or at least let it die.

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #864 on: November 29, 2017, 02:12:59 PM »
Called Senators, requested that they oppose the Senate tax bill or at least let it die.
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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #865 on: November 29, 2017, 05:11:09 PM »
Here is the petition to strip the Star Wars franchise from EA games after their bizarro attempt to rip off and soak millions of fans with de facto gambling. 

https://www.change.org/p/lucasfilm-revoke-ea-s-star-wars-license

I'll admit in the realm of things that need fixing like impeaching the turd whose name I won't suffer mentioned in my presence, climate change, and net neutrality rate a 10, this one is considerably lower.  But it's representative of an insidious corporate culture that seeks to maximize profits over any ethics or morals and so spills over into, well, everything.
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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #866 on: November 29, 2017, 05:36:53 PM »
Called Senators, requested that they oppose the Senate tax bill or at least let it die.
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I encouraged my senators to keep fighting it, and in Schumer's case, make sure the Dem caucus holds. Dems like Manchin and Heitkamp are potential Yes votes.

I attended a NY voting rights coalition event today.

I helped tweak a voting rights lobbying pitch for another group, for when they go to Albany and lobby state senators directly.

I am also going to help write an op-ed for that group.

I am going to a Doug Jones phone bank event this week, and am organizing another one for next week. I donated to his campaign last week.

Anyone can make calls or text voters from home through this link: http://tinyurl.com/Doug-Jones-Daily-Action-Page
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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #867 on: December 01, 2017, 07:34:44 AM »
If anyone knows people in Maine, please tell them to call Susan Collins NOW to oppose to GOP tax scam. If she signs on, the bill will pass. Flake (Arizona) and Corker (Tennessee) also need calls, as they are the two most likely hold-outs.

You can also call voters through this peer-dialer: https://www.trumptaxscam.org/calls-to-kill-the-tax-scam/

It was used to great effect in the struggle against ACA repeal.

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #868 on: December 01, 2017, 12:20:13 PM »
I used ResistBot to fax my Senators, but unfortunately one is a Democrat (so it served no purpose) and the other is a Republican who is on the Committee who wrote the bill.
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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #869 on: December 01, 2017, 03:23:31 PM »
This is off-topic, but every time I see DarkandStormy post, I end up wishing I had a cocktail. It's almost as bad as my taco cravings from Jon Snow's journal.

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #870 on: December 02, 2017, 12:40:50 PM »
This is off-topic, but every time I see DarkandStormy post, I end up wishing I had a cocktail. It's almost as bad as my taco cravings from Jon Snow's journal.

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #871 on: December 05, 2017, 07:50:36 AM »
I just submitted comments to protest the rollback of the birth control coverage mandates that were put in place under Obama. It took less than five minutes.

This has some information on what to do if you want to comment or call also: https://twitter.com/icalledmyreps/status/921150829540777985
The second tweet has a story with info, the third has a video that can be viewed with sound off (there's writing to guide you) showing you just where to go and what to do. The next one down has a script. The video said there were four comments but a lot more came back from my search so don't just click everything without reading. I opened them in tabs so I could copy/paste my comment easily.

Here's a transcription of the script offered by #ICalledMyReps so you can cut and paste if you like, typos are definitely mine:

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I am writing to protest the Trump Administration’s rollback of the contraceptive rules for the Affordable Care Act.

Putting aside the fact that a woman’s decision to use contraceptives should be a personal choice, the justification for the rollback cites exemptions based on religious graounds.

However, that particular justification also fails to consider the fact that over 14% of women who use contraceptives (or 1.5 million in actual figures) do so for reasons that are for personal health, or noncontraceptive reasons.

This rule change stands to be potentially fiscally and physically costly to millions of women around the nation and I am not in support.

Then add your own comment - personalize it somehow. If you can put the whole thing in your own words or give examples all the better.

This is time sensitive as the window to comment closes today. If you can pass this along to whomever you can, that would be great.
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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #872 on: December 05, 2017, 08:16:05 AM »
Thanks meerkat. I tried submitting a comment and it's saying the comment field is blank, even though I wrote something...

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #873 on: December 13, 2017, 11:07:29 AM »
I just have to say.. FUCK YOU ROY MOORE.... BURN IN HELL YOU POS!



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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #874 on: December 13, 2017, 11:20:37 AM »
The election in Alabama shows the path for Democrats trying to win statewide elections throughout the Midwest.

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #875 on: December 13, 2017, 11:33:20 AM »
The election in Alabama shows the path for Democrats trying to win statewide elections throughout the Midwest.
Make sure the Republicans nominate child molesters? (I know, I know, it's actually grassroots turnout :))

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #876 on: December 13, 2017, 11:45:15 AM »
Not funding the Children's Health Insurance Program is egregious and affects millions of kids.

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #877 on: December 13, 2017, 07:46:46 PM »
Fought for net neutrality.  http://battleforthenet.com , http://aclu.org/netneutrality , or text ‘RESIST’ to 50409

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« Reply #878 on: December 14, 2017, 05:28:44 AM »
Fought for net neutrality.  http://battleforthenet.com , http://aclu.org/netneutrality , or text ‘RESIST’ to 50409

Thanks for the reminder. I called earlier this week and left personal messages (instead of the usual "Please vote this way kthxbai" phone call I had been doing) but I need to do it again today.
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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #879 on: January 05, 2018, 02:52:03 PM »
I think 2018 will be the year the Democrats take back Congress and reverse this pro-oligarchy insanity.  I'd like them to impeach President Trump too.  It seems the most effective way to assist is to bankroll progressive organizations.  Which, in the opinion of the boards, provide the most bang for the buck and why? 
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« Reply #880 on: January 06, 2018, 09:08:49 AM »
I think 2018 will be the year the Democrats take back Congress and reverse this pro-oligarchy insanity.  I'd like them to impeach President Trump too.  It seems the most effective way to assist is to bankroll progressive organizations.  Which, in the opinion of the boards, provide the most bang for the buck and why?

Still researching, but Swing Left is targeting House seats I believe. Flippable is targeting state races.
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« Reply #881 on: January 07, 2018, 07:00:22 AM »
As Paul Krugman stated in his latest column, "Massive electoral defeat – massive enough to overwhelm gerrymandering and other structural advantages of the right – is the only way out."  Faust on the Potomac   https://nyti.ms/2EchHVA

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« Reply #882 on: January 07, 2018, 08:03:21 AM »
Don't forget to see where your elected officials stand on H.R. 1227

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« Reply #883 on: January 24, 2018, 10:39:16 AM »
I got in touch with my local Indivisible group and got added to the volunteer list for Get Out The Vote efforts.  The midterms are coming, the midterms are coming!
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« Reply #884 on: January 24, 2018, 11:16:05 AM »
Here's a screenshot of the front page of Beto O'Rourke's website. Mr. O'Rourke is a democrat running against lizard-demon 100%-human(not) Ted Cruz.

What does the front page of his website say to you?



To me, it's saying that Texas deserves better than the guy in the picture - Beto O'Rourke.

So, I posted this mild observation over on reddit/r/betoORourke, and messaged the subreddit mods to see if they could get the message to the Beto O'Rourke web team:

https://www.reddit.com/r/BetoORourke/comments/7souoc/can_someone_notify_the_beto_orourke_web_designer/

Seriously, WTF is up with democrats and being shit at messaging?  When HRC was running, her front page was plastered with dozens of instances of her opponent's name. Gah.

Not that a campaign's website is the lynch-pin for success. But it should at least be somewhat inspiring. Like, give one statement as to what people are voting for when they vote for you.  "Campaign finance reform." or "Cut greenhouse gas emissions", etc.

Anyhoo - that's the small thing I did today. We'll see if they change the messaging.

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« Reply #885 on: January 24, 2018, 11:27:06 AM »
Should be "The Better That Texas Deserves" :P

We're having a fun rant session in my journal about Democratic messaging. It should not be hard to accurately convey that you are better than the alternate!

I got in touch with my local Indivisible group and got added to the volunteer list for Get Out The Vote efforts.  The midterms are coming, the midterms are coming!

Whoo!

I never posted it here, but I was in Birmingham canvassing for Doug Jones! That was the absolute best victory party I've ever been to. Holy poop. I'm looking into opportunities to go to Pennsylvania for Conor Lamb. I know New Yorkers who want to make the trip.

I also had a 2018 planning meeting last night with my main Indivisible group. Since I may not return to NYC, I'm handing leadership over to a dedicated board. It can be difficult to get other people to take on more responsibility, so I'm thrilled that the group is going to keep functioning and improving while I'm away!

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« Reply #886 on: January 24, 2018, 11:33:33 AM »
Should be "The Better That Texas Deserves" :P

We're having a fun rant session in my journal about Democratic messaging. It should not be hard to accurately convey that you are better than the alternate!

I got in touch with my local Indivisible group and got added to the volunteer list for Get Out The Vote efforts.  The midterms are coming, the midterms are coming!

Whoo!

I never posted it here, but I was in Birmingham canvassing for Doug Jones! That was the absolute best victory party I've ever been to. Holy poop. I'm looking into opportunities to go to Pennsylvania for Conor Lamb. I know New Yorkers who want to make the trip.

I also had a 2018 planning meeting last night with my main Indivisible group. Since I may not return to NYC, I'm handing leadership over to a dedicated board. It can be difficult to get other people to take on more responsibility, so I'm thrilled that the group is going to keep functioning and improving while I'm away!

Okay, I'm heading over to your journal, MJ.

If you guys have reddit accounts, go over to reddit/r/betoorourke and updoot my post. :)
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« Reply #887 on: January 24, 2018, 08:22:01 PM »
I never posted it here, but I was in Birmingham canvassing for Doug Jones! That was the absolute best victory party I've ever been to. Holy poop.

What a crucial victory that was.

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« Reply #888 on: January 25, 2018, 08:14:59 AM »
How about: "Beto: the Better Bet"?

I also had a 2018 planning meeting last night with my main Indivisible group. Since I may not return to NYC, I'm handing leadership over to a dedicated board. It can be difficult to get other people to take on more responsibility, so I'm thrilled that the group is going to keep functioning and improving while I'm away!
Wow MJ, are you moving to a swing state??  We in the rest of NYS will be working on the state senate elections and taking down the IDC for now. 

Small but important action: Because of this bogus "School Choice Week" (DeVos and Koch Bros propaganda intent on redirecting tax money to for-profit educational companies), I wrote a letter to Cuomo detailing why I think that public funds are best used on public schools, creating more openness and flexibility within the public school systems in a way that will encourage parents to work on improving their local schools together rather than self-segregating.
https://actionnetwork.org/letters/tell-your-governor-the-best-choice-is-a-strong-public-school-system
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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #889 on: January 25, 2018, 02:29:46 PM »
How about: "Beto: the Better Bet"?

I also had a 2018 planning meeting last night with my main Indivisible group. Since I may not return to NYC, I'm handing leadership over to a dedicated board. It can be difficult to get other people to take on more responsibility, so I'm thrilled that the group is going to keep functioning and improving while I'm away!
Wow MJ, are you moving to a swing state??  We in the rest of NYS will be working on the state senate elections and taking down the IDC for now. 

Small but important option: Because of this bogus "School Choice Week" (DeVos and Koch Bros propaganda intent on redirecting tax money to for-profit schooling), I wrote a letter to Cuomo detailing why I think that public funds are best used on public schools, creating more openness and flexibility within the public school systems in a way that will encourage parents to work on improving their local schools together rather than self-segregating.
thttps://actionnetwork.org/letters/tell-your-governor-the-best-choice-is-a-strong-public-school-system

The Better Bet works... better. The reddit post also has some good suggestions.

Yes, I am probably moving to a swing state! I'm applying to positions with a couple political advocacy orgs. One would be based in DC, but if I get a remote position, I'm leaning strongly toward Georgia, which would be great for personal reasons. It doesn't have a Senate seat up in 2018, although there's work needed on the governor's race and the house of representatives. It would also be key in 2020.

Thanks for the School Choice Week note, I sent Cuomo an email about it.

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Re: Small Daily Acts of Political Resistance
« Reply #890 on: March 13, 2018, 12:34:21 PM »
Phonebanked for Conor Lamb in Pennsylvania. Vote is today!!

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« Reply #891 on: March 13, 2018, 12:38:23 PM »
Phonebanked for Conor Lamb in Pennsylvania. Vote is today!!

Well done.

edit: wait - he's running for a seat that won't exist in November.  ????
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« Reply #892 on: March 13, 2018, 12:45:14 PM »
Phonebanked for Conor Lamb in Pennsylvania. Vote is today!!

Well done.

edit: wait - he's running for a seat that won't exist in November.  ????

Republicans have spent $9 million there, yes.
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« Reply #893 on: March 13, 2018, 01:21:10 PM »
Phonebanked for Conor Lamb in Pennsylvania. Vote is today!!

Well done.

edit: wait - he's running for a seat that won't exist in November.  ????

Republicans have spent $9 million there, yes.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/03/13/us/elections/results-pennsylvania-house-special-election.html

Oh good - there's a libertarian on the ticket.  They may pull a few votes from the R.
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« Reply #894 on: March 13, 2018, 02:32:28 PM »
I was in PA-18 canvassing for Conor Lamb. Unfortunately I had a terrible experience, so I didn't stay through election day. I have been text-banking since coming home and I've helped other people get phone banks set up. I maaay also go to a DC job fair this Friday. And a progressive data conference in NY on Saturday. This week is going to be busier than I thought.

The districts will be redrawn, but whoever wins this will have a big advantage going into their next race. Better access to fundraising, more name recognition, etc.

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« Reply #895 on: March 13, 2018, 02:47:25 PM »
I was in PA-18 canvassing for Conor Lamb. Unfortunately I had a terrible experience, so I didn't stay through election day.

So sorry to hear that!

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I have been text-banking since coming home and I've helped other people get phone banks set up. I maaay also go to a DC job fair this Friday. And a progressive data conference in NY on Saturday. This week is going to be busier than I thought.

The districts will be redrawn, but whoever wins this will have a big advantage going into their next race. Better access to fundraising, more name recognition, etc.
So true... we have our own special election coming up and this will all have to be redone in November! But every month, and every seat, counts. 

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« Reply #897 on: March 14, 2018, 08:57:58 AM »
I've been donating a portion of my self-imposed carbon taxes (rate = $30 a ton emissions) to political candidates:

Dr. Hans Keirstead $25 (running against Dana Rohrbacker in CA)
Beto O'Rourke $25 (running against 'totally one human and not several' in TX)
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« Reply #898 on: March 14, 2018, 03:40:34 PM »
NY Times just called the race for Connor Lamb

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« Reply #899 on: March 18, 2018, 12:02:16 PM »
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