Today is the last day to register to vote before the midterms in several states

Check your voter registration status.  Lots of states have been doing purges and you may not have gotten the notification in the mail!

If you’re not registered where you think you should be:  Register to vote!

One of my students whose wife is a librarian gave me a tip– your local public library may have postage-paid voter registration forms and a mailbox to drop them in if you’re in one of the states that doesn’t allow online registration.

Let me know if you have any questions or tips in the comments!

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URGENT: Call about Kavanaugh today

They sent the sham FBI report in the night (they did not even interview Dr. Ford, much less anybody else who volunteered credible information) and filed to vote on Friday, confirmation to be held Saturday.

Call your senators, no matter who your senators are, red state, blue state, on the fence.  It doesn’t matter if they’ve already made their decision.  Everyone needs to hear that this is NOT OK.  We need ACA levels of pressure on everybody in order to flip the few people who are flippable and to keep vulnerable dems from flipping.

Celeste P. has been providing action items and scripts and up-to-date information since last night:  https://twitter.com/Celeste_pewter/

5calls also has scripts, but they are more limited.

Call.  Tell your friends to call.  This is really important.

And if you can’t call, you can send a fax for free using fax zero.

Please?

I called this morning and there was still space in at least one of the regional voicemailboxes for each of my senators.  (Though I suspect these had room because both required you to press # in order to end and send your message… I suspect that people who just hang up don’t get their messages actually sent.)

Ask the Grumpies: Where to donate

bogart asks:

I’d like to give some $$$ (well, realistically, some $) to one or more campaign organizations (really organizations supporting campaigns, if you see what I mean — not candidates’, and probably not the Democrat’s, but something like Indivisible or Flippable that is working strategically nationwide to effect change by electing the good ones). Any you would recommend?

 

Nationwide movements that are looking strategically (in addition to the afore-mentioned Flippable):

Swingleft, Indivisible

Help marginalized people vote:

Voteriders, Let America Vote

 

There’s also a lot to be said for looking locally– depending on where you are, your dollars might make a difference in a local election, and local elections determine gerrymandering.

I’ve been trying to do a political action every weekday.  Since I am phone-less (phone free?) for about a week, that means I’ll be giving money places.  For example, today I did a bulk buy order for campaign pins that I’m going to give to a student activist I know to pass out.  Any suggestions you have in the comments have a good chance of receiving my money this week or next!  (Also, can you guys call about Kavanaugh or another important issue since I’m out of commission for a few days?)

What organizations does Grumpy Nation suggest?

Something I’m doing: Registering students to vote

The 2018 elections are in less than 100 days.  In most states, voter registration has to be done sometime in October in order to allow voting in November.

Back in 2016, a number of my out-of-state or just out-of-town students didn’t get their absentee ballots until after Trump had already been elected (I would not actually be surprised if there’s something fishy going on at our post office).  And a lot of students just don’t vote because they don’t think of it until it’s too late to get an absentee ballot.  If they’re registered locally, then they can vote on election day when they notice what is going on, even though it’s midterms.

Last Spring I did an hour or so training to become a deputy voter registrar.  I’ve registered one voter so far last semester, but I’ve also taken a bunch of forms to the registration office for one of the pro-active student workers in my building who is also a deputy registrar.  (I’ve also watched the kids so that DH could register folks at a few events.)

This year we decided to be more proactive.  We requested a table at student orientation for our major.  The request was granted.

Then the dean told the department heads that he’d signed us up for a competition with our counterparts at rival schools– which school can get the largest number of students registered.  Since I’d already requested the table, I got put on that initiative.  My hope is to get more of these kids to get deputy registrar training so they can go out and register people where they live and socialize.

Making it easy for people to vote when the bad guys are trying to make it hard is vitally important this election.  What can we do to help?  Here’s some links.

How to become a deputy registrar in your state

How people can check their own registration

Donate money to get people voter ids

Let us know in the comments your thoughts and ideas for helping people vote!

Another email from indivisible: Stop ACA repeal and replace

The following is excerpted from an Indivisible email.

News just broke that two Republican Senators—Jerry Moran of Kansas and Mike Lee of Utah—will oppose TrumpCare. That means that Republicans DO NOT HAVE THE VOTES to pass the bill.

But let’s be clear: this fight isn’t over. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will pull out all the stops to pass an ACA repeal bill. In fact, after failing to get enough votes to pass this most recent version of TrumpCare, McConnell has now indicated he will try to ram through a straight repeal bill. This is a last-ditch effort—and the only thing that will finish TrumpCare off for good is a wave of constituent power.

Mitch McConnell will keep trying to gut the Affordable Care Act because he would rather cut taxes for billionaires than let 32 million people keep their health insurance—the number that would lose insurance with a full repeal. But every day we stop him is a victory. Stay in this fight with us.

Call your senators today to tell them not to repeal and replace.  5calls doesn’t have a script up yet (I will update later today), but you can just say:

“Hi, I’m calling from [your town and your zipcode], and I would like to request that Senator [name] vote NO on repealing and replacing the affordable care act.”

Here’s a link with phone numbers:  http://myreps.datamade.us/ and you can also google your senator’s name to find phone numbers for regional offices if you can’t get through to the DC office.

An urgent email from Indivisible re: AHCA

The following is an email from Indivisible

Just as a preface: we don’t normally send “Help! The house is on fire!” emails like this because they can seem fake and alarmist. But we feel the tone of this email accurately represents how dire the TrumpCare situation is right now. Forgive the urgency—we promise to do this rarely.

What’s in this “new” TrumpCare bill.

After weeks of total secrecy, this morning Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the Senate TrumpCare bill. And what a cruel, ugly bill it is. It destroys Medicaid, it increases health costs for the middle-class families, it cuts coverage for pre-existing conditions, it eliminates funding for Planned Parenthood…and it does this all in order to green-light a massive tax cut for millionaires and billionaires. Oh, and it will likely get worse once it gets to the Senate floor.

But this isn’t over yet. Senate Republicans don’t have the votes…not yet. We have time to fight back, and it doesn’t matter if you have a Republican or Democratic Senator—you are needed in this fight. Here’s how to fight back.

People don’t realize how dire this is. We’re trying to get the word out to amp up public pressure on Congress NOW by launching a digital campaign to turn out more people against TrumpCare. Join us.
 Increase the pressure today 

How the TrumpCare fight will play out

Senate Republicans have promised a vote by the end of next week. But there are still several steps between now and passage of TrumpCare. Here’s how the former congressional staff at Indivisible Team think the fight will unfurl:

  • Tomorrow, we’ll get a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score, which will quantify exactly how many millions of Americans will be screwed by this bill and in what ways.
  • On Monday or Tuesday, Republicans will officially announce the vote is happening by the end of the week and start debate on “the bill,” which is just a draft bill intended to make it look like they’re being transparent but in reality is a trick to hide just how awful their finished product will be.
  • Over the next couple days, Senators will submit amendments, most of which will fail and none of which would make this bill redeemable.
  • On Thursday, the Senate will plan to vote on the legislation, but first they will vote on all submitted amendments (known as “vote-a-rama”).
  • At the last possible minute, Senate Republicans will replace the entire bill they just got finished “debating” with an alternative TrumpCare bill secretly crafted behind closed doors.
  • By the end of Thursday, there will be a final vote in the Senate.
  • As soon as that same Thursday, the House may then pass the legislation and send it to Trump to sign. This could take longer, but this is the worst case scenario and quite possible.
  • Next weekend, one week of congressional recess begins. They’ll either have the bill done by then, or they’ll have to wait another week.

Throughout this process there will be precisely zero public hearings in the Senate. Make no mistake, this is a historically partisan, secretive, and undemocratic process for one of the most consequential pieces of legislation of our generation. This is atrocious.

So let’s fight it. All you need to pressure your Republican Senators, including DAILY scripts and new materials, is on our TrumpCareTen.org website. Need more background materials? We’ve got ‘em for you here. It’s critical that you’re showing up and that when you’re not showing up, you’re calling your Senators every single day.

TrumpCare Facebook Live tonight!

Join Indivisible for a special Facebook Live TONIGHT at 8:30pm ET. We’ll give an update on where the legislation stands and answer your TrumpCare questions.

Don’t like this TrumpCare bill? Help us amend it ASAP

Got a Democratic Senator? You’ve still got work to do. As mentioned above, one of the final stages of the TrumpCare bill is a little-known process known as “vote-a-rama” where ANY Senator can submit as many amendments as he or she wants. And here’s the thing: EVERY amendment takes time to be introduced and voted on. We’re collecting THOUSANDS of amendments and submitting them directly to Senate staff.

Please please please: submit your amendments here, and get your friends and family members to submit amendments. We know this is working already. Senators are reading these amendments on the Senate floor. But we need thousands more.

This is about applying your constituent power directly to the process. This tactic can delay the bill and make it more politically painful for Republicans to move forward. It’s not a silver bullet- McConnell and Senate Republicans can still blow up Senate rules and cut off the amendment process. But to do that they’ll have to go on the record literally silencing the victims of TrumpCare in their own states, which they really don’t want to visibly do.

We’re amping up the pressure, giving us money will help

Here’s the hard truth: McConnell’s strategy of secrecy is working. National and local press aren’t covering the TrumpCare fight, so fewer people know about it. That means there’s less public pressure on Congress, and it’s easier for Senate Republicans to move forward. If we drag this TrumpCare bill out into the light, it will rot. That’s our job right now.

We’re trying to get the word out ASAP. We’re running a comprehensive digital ad campaign around the country that’s reaching new people and producing roughly 1 new amendment through our amendment tool for every 10 cents we spend. This rate of reach is ridiculously effective and efficient—it’s a rate almost unheard of in the digital marketing space. But we need help getting the message out, and this costs money. Every dollar we raise over the next 24 hours—up to $25,000—will go toward digital ads to turn out more people and to our social media staff to focus on stopping TrumpCare.

We want EVERYBODY rising up to kill this TrumpCare bill. To do that, we need to invest more in our anti-TrumpCare outreach work NOW. If you want more people in this fight, please donate. $15, $28, $50—any amount will help us reach new folks. We’ll be expanding our reach DIRECTLY in response to your donations.

We are under no illusions that victory is assured here, but victory is possible. Every member of Congress voting on this bill will eventually have to get your vote to be reelected. That’s the source of your constituent power. That’s what makes them responsive to pressure. Remember in March when Paul Ryan embarrassingly called off his first TrumpCare vote? That happened because of public pressure. That happened because of you.

We’re not going down without a fight. Let’s stand stand indivisible again. Let’s win this.

In solidarity,

Ezra Levin
Co-Executive Director, Indivisible

 


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I love you (and links)

One would think that after more than a decade and a half of years in marriage and 20-odd years together that I wouldn’t be learning new things about you.

But this year I did learn something new.

One of the things you said you loved about me back when we were teenagers was how much I cared about things.  You’ve generally been calm and have tended not to pay much attention to current events.  But you liked about me that I wasn’t and I did… you said you admired that.

Generally when something has been important enough to me, I’ve been able to ask you to do something and you’ve done it.  I’ve always thought that you’d gotten out of your comfort zone in those cases because of your love for me and because I thought things were important.

But this time you’re doing more than I’ve ever asked.  I asked that you attend a university anti-hate rally, go to the women’s march, and make calls with the weekly actions from one of the lists.  You’re doing that, but so much more. You’re paying attention to the news and occasionally send me links.  You’ve volunteered for all sorts of things with the local democrats [and now indivisible].  You’re helping the local group that works with immigrants.  You’ve become a certified voter registrar.  You’ve gone so far out of your comfort zone with all this activism.  And you’re not even unemployed yet!

And I asked you why, and you said because it matters.  Because you need to do something about all the horrible things going on.  Because it’s the right thing.  Not because I think it’s the right thing, but because it is the right thing.  You don’t seem to be enjoying all of this– you’re still an introvert who dislikes politics and are much more comfortable with playing games on a virtual landscape or with the sterile world of saving lives through engineering.  But you’re doing it anyway.  Because you’re a responsible person.  A good person.

You told me this morning that you’d slept poorly because you’d had a nightmare about gunslingers and then when you woke up you kept thinking about politics and couldn’t get back to sleep.  Usually that’s me who is doing that (and usually I wake you up and you talk to me until I fall sleep again).

I don’t know what life is going to be like in a few months when this post posts.  I don’t know who our president is going to be or what kind of links will be following this post.  Right now as I type this, the news is about lies about ties to Russia as the President’s men are recusing and resigning.  Remember that?

But I do know, whatever the future holds, where ever we are this June 17th or next or any June 17th after, I am lucky to have been able to spend my life with you.  I admire you.  You are the best person I know (our children, as always, included, as they came from you).  And, as always, I love you so very much.  Thank you for sharing your life with me.

And now for some links!

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Juneteenth is this weekend (technically it’s Monday, but the weekend is better for celebrating)!  Celebrate the actual end of slavery!

What can you do if your senators are Democrats?

Republican senators are unable to explain even what they are trying to fix with the AHCA.

Republican health care bill would raise insurance premiums

Russia may have actually hacked some voting.

Counter-protests last weekend

Another thread on sexism and HRC

Celebrate bureaurcracy

Stop pretending you’re not rich

#2 will live seemingly forever

Maybe I need a writing hat!

Saliva DNA and migration

I cleaned out my email inbox a bit… here’s some scholarly articles:

Ugh Uber

Manager bias decreases work output for minorities (get rid of racist managers!)

Gender diversity and performance in venture capital

The lifecycle of scholarly performance across fields

Head Start works even better when followed by better funded K-12

The presidential election was bad for health

/end scholarly articles

Modern love fairy tales

Ow, the title on this.

Get Old Man’s War for free through June 21st

This is a nice mansion

This is a cat house

Interview with Seanan McGuire

Nerd!  Also, Sweet