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Matthew Iglesias of Vox reminds us to stay focused

on what is important, th real issues, not the distractions.


p.s. I understand the "distractions" here are signs of lack of character and integrity. But we now know that not enough people care about these.

Can call Paul Ryan to participate in ACA survey

This is info about Paul Ryan "survey" about ACA (w/ plug for his dismantling. Read info below before calling. They are not kidding about the dead silence at the beginning. Other helpful i fo is included.

- - -Info below from Humanity for Hillary fb posting - - -

Paul Ryan is doing a phone survey to find out who supports the ACA (Affordable Care Act aka: Obamacare). You don't have to speak to anyone, just call and press some numbers. 202-225-0600

You won't hear a ring, it'll be dead silence - so press "2" to get the recorded message, about HR-3762, a bill Obama vetoed that was designed to dismantle the ACA. The message is clearly biased to be in favor of HR-3762 and against the ACA, but at the end, the recorded voice will ask if you support the ACA or oppose. PRESS "1" TO SUPPORT THE ACA. You can actually press "1" as soon as the message starts, so you don't have to listen to it. Call often!

THE GOP WANTS TO DISMANTLE THE ACA - more than 10M people will LOSE their insurance, and insurance companies will be able to charge whatever rates want to people with pre-existing conditions. This is a disaster - please call and voice your support for the ACA. Remember, if you want to block your number from Caller ID, simply dial *67 before making your call.

Yet another reason to call House Oversight Committee and

also your senators and rep:


Trump supposedly transitioning and meeting with world leaders BUT took time out to meet with Indian business partners (or at least potential partners) AND to praise Modi (during business talks, not as presidential matter).

In a way I hate to post this. I have Indian friends and acquaintances who are great professionals and business people. But of course the pres-elect's praise of a country's leader when he has potential business interests in that country ...

There will be both Americans and Indians not taken care of, not treated fairly by their leaders in these deals.

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Here is a DU thread about contacting th House Oversight Committee:


See posts #5, 14, 8, 11.

Another reason to call the House Oversight

and Government Reform Committee: trump soliciting business from foreign leaders.


There is another DU thread about contacting this House Oversight Committee:


See posts #5, 14, 8, 11.

Automatic Voter Registration

A couple of states that did not already have automatic voter registration are pursuing it.

The Illinois Senate just overrode the governor's veto on this (link below). So they are pretty far along in the process.

In Arkansas, a representative just introduced automatic registration late this week. Time will tell how this newer effort fares.

Both states' plans involve the driver's license application and renewal processes as well as applications/dealngs with public service agencies.

If you know of states that have automatic voter registration, please let us know how well it works. Also, if you know of other states seeking automatic registration, please update us.


Congressional phones jammed by calls for Trump conflict-of-interrst investigation

Source: Washington Post

If you’re trying to call the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, you might find yourself on hold for . . . the afternoon.

The committee’s phones became jammed most of Friday after a Facebook post calling for an investigation into President-elect Donald Trump’s finances started to go viral. The message urged readers to call the panel to “support the call for a bipartisan review of Trump’s financials and apparent conflicts of interest” after Trump’s daughter and son-in-law joined his private meeting Thursday night at Trump Tower with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

“This is a state meeting and they had no security clearance . . . and she is supposed to be running his businesses during his presidential term,” the post states, referring to Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump. “Can you spell yyyuuuge conflict of interest?”

The Abe meeting was Trump’s first in-person conversation with a foreign leader since he won the election last week. “It was a pleasure to have Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stop by my home and begin a great friendship,” Trump posted on Instagram with a photo.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2016/11/18/congressional-phones-jammed-by-calls-for-trump-conflict-of-interest-investigation/

BREAKING: The Obama Administration Blocks Oil Drilling in the Arctic Ocean and Off the Atlantic Coas

Source: thinkprogress.org

The Obama administration has finalized plans for offshore drilling. The five-year plan blocks drilling in the Arctic Ocean amd off the Atlantic Coast. The Beaufort and Chukchi Seas have been removed from offshore leasing.

This news comes from Think Progress (link above).

Read more: https://thinkprogress.org/boem-five-year-plan-2022-499a160847f8#.foco4kp3p

Elijah Cummings is on it ...

Elijah Cummings is on trump and flynn's cases -- is demanding documents about flynn's conflicts of interest.


I am sure you know that trump has announced nominating flynn as National Security Advisor.

Real Strategies for Dems & Progressves in General

Here are real strategies for Democrats and, more generally, for progressives.

1. Stay in contact with your elected officials AND your political party leaders at all levels of government about the following concerns + ANY of your concerns.

2. Stay in touch with any progressive social/political group or movement that helps your/our cause, whether it be Bernie revolution, Pantsuit Nation, Black Lives Matter, any effort pertaining to Standing Rock, ... surely you get the picture. Participate if you can.

3. Start learning about Medicare (privatization efforts currently & in past) and "Ryan budgets" (of last few years). Start contacting elected officials to ask where they stand on this, express your disagreement with privatization and "supplements"/vouchers. IF YOU LIVE in red state with all red Senators & Rep, still call them BUT stay in touch with your state/local Dem party officials about it.

3.b. Medicare issue -- not only important program BUT also something with structural AND political characteristics that will potentially divide republicans. IF YOU DIDN'T GET item #3, READ ITEM #3b.

4. Start contacting Dem elected officials, esp., maybe all elected officials, and Dem party officials to demand that voter suppression, including gerrymandering, be investigated and ended.

4.b. If you learn of group that will take repub government officials to court over voter suppression, support that group.

5. If you have good reason to believe vote tampering happened in your state, start complaining to elected officials. Demand it be investigated, that those guilty of this be held legally responsible. Stay in contact with Dem party officials if you have red elected officials who won't listen. Stay on them.

6. Let's all start learning whether there are reputable national or international organizations that will look into vote tampering.

The following are NOT strategies at all:

1. Bickering over who would have been the better candidate. The election was likely stolen, folks, and that means noone but the theives had a chance of winning. Plus, internal bickering will not address the bigotry and hatred that spewed their ugly heads this campaign season.

2. Pointing fingers at other progressives. Folks, the conservatives are rowing in the same direction. We are not.

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