Here's the weekly roundup for the week ending May 12, 2017.
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Now to the roundup. What a week! This week we focused mostly on AHCA and the Comey firing. Read on for details and information about actions you can take if you didn't have time to do anything during the week.
We sent some protesters to confront Chase bank against its involvement in tar sands projects.
We asked Dave Reichert some hard questions for his online interview on May 9. The interview has already happened, but if you want to learn more about Reichert's positions so you can be ready for the next opportunity to hold him accountable read on:
Here are some resources to help you formulate your question for Rep. Reichert.
- He already voted for the AHCA once, when it looked like this:
- In an interview about this most recent vote, Reichert was asked about pressure from the GOP leadership, and said that, “...what they wanted me to do was hold back and vote yes if they needed me to do that… I don’t care. I have to do what I think is right… I am in the world of politics, but I am like an oddity here. I am the sheriff,” he added. “What are they going to do? Shoot me? Stab me? I’ve been stabbed before.” (Seattle Times - http://bit.ly/2pXBFPs)
- How was his health insurance when he was stabbed, I wonder? How much did he pay out of pocket for that terrible health emergency, I wonder?
- In the same interview, he expressed concerns about the $800B cut to Medicaid, which was the same cut in the earlier version of the bill, which he supported. Why the reversal on the Medicaid cuts, I wonder?
- According to the 2015 census, he has 77,000 people living in his district with a disability. He won his last reelection by 65,000+ votes.
- When the ACA expanded Medicaid by opening it up to families that were at or below 138% of the poverty line, more than 11 million people enrolled in Medicaid who had not previously been eligible for assistance. The AHCA would freeze that expansion starting Jan 1, 2020. Worse, the AHCA would ALSO cap how much states could be reimbursed, and the Congressional Budget Office estimates that this cap could result in 14 million fewer people on Medicaid.
- According to the 2015 census, he has 370,807 women living in his district. The CDC states that about 32% of mothers have had a C-section. The NCADV states that about 30% of women have experienced some form of domestic abuse. The AHCA also would defund Planned Parenthood for one year and block PP from Medicaid reimbursements for things like birth control access, STI screenings, and cancer screenings.
- For good measure, call your representative (especially if Reichert is your rep), and Murray and Cantwell and tell them the same things that you'll tell Reichert when you get the chance.
- Once you've submitted your question and called your rep and Senators, comment here:
- https://www.facebook.com/…/…/permalink/1665036293526087/withwhat you asked, and ALSO what you ate for breakfast.
- So, we were all focused on healthcare, and WA education funding, with some #trumprussia thrown in, when WHAMMO! Comey is fired. The amusing part about all of this is that the harder Trump tries to direct everyone's attention away from his corruption, the more he points giant, blinking, orange arrows at his corruption.
- It's funny, but also horrifying. It's purely hilarious however that Sean Spicer hid in the bushes to avoid answering questions about it. I can't wait for SNL this weekend to see what Melissa McCarthy does with the whole mess.
So, what can WE do about it ?
- First, read up: for links to background material, see the May 10 Daily Do here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PantsuitWashington/permalink/1666022276760822/
- Contact the Department of Justice to demand a special prosecutor be appointed immediately to investigate Script in comments here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PantsuitWashington/permalink/1666022276760822/
- 202-353-1555 or https://www.justice.gov/contact-us
- Contact your MOCs. Tell them, while you support a special prosecutor at DOJ, you also demand a transparent, bipartisan, select committee on #TrumpRussia. The two investigative bodies serve different purposes. A special prosecutor’s job is to get indictments. A select committee’s job is to bring the truth to light for the public and advance appropriate Congressional action.
Contact possibly sympathetic Republican Senators.
- Lindsey Graham, despite his bizarre recent embrace of Trump, still seems to possess a conscience. You can encourage him to listen to it here: https://www.lgraham.senate.gov/public/.
- John McCain also wields a considerable amount of influence in the Senate, and he appears to find Comey’s firing troubling. Please send him a note of support here: https://www.mccain.senate.gov/public/.
- Fellow Republicans Richard Burr (https://www.burr.senate.gov/) and
- Bob Corker (https://www.burr.senate.gov/) have also expressed concern.
- In addition to burning up the Capitol phone lines, support a national organization, like the ACLU, that can exert pressure on our legislators regarding this issue. The organization is encouraging concerned citizens to contact Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. You can do so (and read more) here: https://action.aclu.org/secure/demand-special-prosecutor.
- Looking For More? Contact Mitch McConnell too. He holds the keys to a Congressional select committee.)
KEEP #TRUMPRUSSIA in the HEADLINES
- George Lakoff reminds us that the tweets are coming (FB: https://tinyurl.com/mnkrbxo). We already have the not-so-veiled "I taped us" threat to Comey. I'm sure there are more to come. Whatever it is, keep your laser focus on #TrumpRussia. And help guide other eyes there as well.
- Write --> Send letters to the editor of your local paper about #TrumpRussia
- Post --> Share stories about #TrumpRussia not the diversion
Meanwhile, education in Washington State continues to be underfunded. Here are some ways to remind our legislators twe are watching:
- Fax or email this invoice for your public school volunteer hours to your state legislators: https://tinyurl.com/kmndcdo
- Last week was teacher appreciation week! Donate time or money to an underfunded school in WA. See comments for suggestions. Know of a school or classroom that could use the help? Share here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PantsuitWashington/permalink/1666022276760822/
MAYBE YOU SHOULD RUN FOR OFFICE. THERE ARE MANY OPEN POSITIONS:
- Let's make some change and get more women on the ballot in WA!
- Filing week is May 15-19. In order to be on the ballot, candidates need to file by May 19th.
- There are elected positions throughout our state that are vacant because NO ONE ran and even more that were unopposed. This is bad for democracy. Choices and debate lead to better candidates and legislative outcomes. Here are the ~3000 positions up for election this year: https://www.sos.wa.gov/…/can…/Offices-Open-for-Election.aspx
- As of today, women represent only 38% of those who have filed to run in WA. We've got some kick ass folks ready to help increase that number. All we need is YOU!!!
- You can find all of the details on filing from your County Elections office. Online or via phone call, they're friendly folks!
OR, MAYBE YOU SHOULD SUPPORT NEW CANDIDATES:
- Get more women on the ballot. Our own Melissa Taylor is working with groups like Emerge WA to get women on the ballot in all upcoming races. Emerge America had over 200 graduates of its program on the ballot across 16 states and 70% of those candidates won their race.
- Paid and unpaid positions are available for folks with campaign experience. Melissa has requests for campaign staff, particularly women and POC. Please post below or PM Melissa with anyone who you'd recommend be on the list. This includes campaign managers (FT or PT), treasurer, fundraiser, media, social media, field, volunteer management, etc.
- Track and support candidates running for office throughout our state. Let us know who and how you're supporting in the comments.
- Encourage others to run. Female candidates are asked to run an average of seven times before they do. Claudia Balducci, King County Councilmember, said that it didn't occur to her to apply for the Charter Commission that started her political career until someone suggested it. Then someone encouraged her to join the Bellevue City Council, from there she went on to be the Mayor of Bellevue and now holds a county-wide office.