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  1. Supreme Court takes up LANDMARK gerrymandering case

    June 22, 2017 by admin

    BREAKING: Supreme Court takes up LANDMARK gerrymandering case

    This is the BREAKTHROUGH Democrats have been waiting for!!!

    SIGN ON: Thank the Supreme Court for addressing ILLEGAL Republican gerrymandering →

    Richard, the Supreme Court just issued a MAJOR announcement:

    Huffpost: Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Potentially Monumental Political Gerrymandering Case – 6/19/17
    This is OUTSTANDING news for Democrats!

    For far too long, Republicans have used gerrymandering — or the process of drawing political districts — to silence the voices of minority voters.

    This ends now. Sign your name to thank the Supreme Court for FINALLY addressing this ugly and undemocratic practice:

    THANK the Supreme Court
    Here’s why you should care, Richard:

    For years, we’ve been watching incredibly unfair elections thanks to Republican gerrymandering.

    By drawing bizarrely shaped districts to block in low-income and minority voters (who tend to vote Democratic), Republicans have effectively diluted Democratic votes.

    The end result? Republicans have STRIPPED away equal representation from MILLIONS of Americans.

    According to a recent study, Republican gerrymandering has PREVENTED Democrats from controlling Congress over the last 4-6 years.[1]

    What Republicans have done to our Democracy is unconscionable. But the Supreme Court could put a permanent end to this damage, and FINALLY give Democrats a chance to WIN! YES!!!

    We need to show the Supreme Court how much this decision matters to Americans. If you agree, sign your name immediately:

    Click here to THANK the Supreme Court →

    Thanks for supporting what’s right,

    – The Progressive Turnout Project


    June 22, 2017 by admin

    Hello, Team Members – Please RSVP so I have an idea how many to make for a reservation.

    I will be attending this meeting even though I want to step down from the Team for the Social Security for All Panel Project.

    Here is the information about the meeting:

    COPPER RIVER GRILL – Back Room (party of 10)
    Meeting Date: Monday, June 26, 2017
    Meeting Time: 5:30 pm
    1302 Hendersonville Rd, Asheville, NC 28803
    (reservation in the name of Sandy Roggero)

    Grill offering steaks & seafood, classic American fare & cocktails in a casual setting.
    (828) 210-8999

    Items of Interest to our group:
    1. They can do separate checks
    2. They can make the cheaper lunch menu available to us:

    3. If you choose to order from the regular menu:

    Copper River Grill 1302 Hendersonville Rd Asheville, NC Restaurants – MapQuest

    Copper River Grill 1302 Hendersonville Rd Asheville, NC Restaurants – MapQuest
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    June 21, 2017 by admin

    I DO NOT THHINK WE LOST BECAUSE OF MONEY! We need more boots on the ground and a clearer message.there is no point of trying to please all the voters! We should stick to healthcare for everyone and democracy in the work place. THE ONLY Way WE SHOULD WIN IS WITH BETTER IDEAS AND HARD WORK


  4. The Memo: Five Takeaways from Georgia’s special election

    June 21, 2017 by admin

    BY NIALL STANAGE – 06/21/17 09:02 AM

    It was a big night for Republicans and a bad one for Democrats, as Georgia’s former Secretary of State Karen Handel held off 30-year-old Democrat Jon Ossoff by a wider margin than expected in a special election runoff in the state’s 6th District.

    Democrats poured money into a race that became the most expensive House contest ever, but to no avail.

    The result left President Trump and other Republicans crowing and Democrats shaking their heads.

    In a lower-profile contest in South Carolina’s 5th District, Republican Ralph Norman defeated Democrat Archie Parnell, making the GOP two-for-two on the night.
    Here are five takeaways from the night.

    Deep disappointment for Democrats

    The big prize was in Georgia, and Ossoff’s 4-point loss was a bitter pill for Democrats to swallow, even as they sought comfort in talk of “moral victories” in the aftermath.

    Many Democrats had believed that Ossoff was on his way to an upset win, channeling liberal distaste with Trump nationwide to rake in fundraising dollars while making a centrist pitch to voters in the suburban Atlanta district.

    The dollars came rolling in but the votes did not. Handel’s win was comparatively comfortable, given polls showing a neck-and-neck race, anecdotal accounts of intense Democratic enthusiasm and Ossoff’s success in raising more than $23 million — an astronomical sum for a House race.

    Questions are already being asked about Ossoff’s strategy, but the bottom line is that Democrats on Tuesday lost their fourth competitive special election of the Trump presidency.

    It remains to be seen whether the defeats sap the spirits of financial donors and grassroots volunteers. But they are dispiriting for the party. It must come to terms with the fact that the anti-Trump sentiments its supporters feel so keenly are not a guarantee of electoral success.

    A win for Ossoff on Tuesday would have bolstered Democrats’ confidence that they could retake the House majority in November 2018. Instead, there are graver doubts than before and a realization that the party faces a steep climb.

    While then-Rep. Tom Price (R) won reelection in the district by 23 points last November, Trump edged out Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton by only a single point. It’s a sobering fact for Democrats that, after all the hype, Ossoff did worse than Clinton.

    Republican nerves are soothed — for now

    Handel’s victory will calm GOP angst over Trump, at least for the moment.

    Make no mistake, there is massive concern within Republican ranks about Trump’s unpopularity and its potential electoral consequence

    trom The Hill

  5. Drop by for this week’s ‘Beer & Politics’ Wed 6/21

    June 21, 2017 by admin

    We had a great time last week at our inaugural beer-drinking letter-writing social event. So let’s do it again! This week we’ll be at The Block Off Biltmore, 39 S Market St Asheville, NC. Drop in any time between 5:30 and 6:30, grab a pen and a pint, and join us in letting Senators Burr and Tillis know what we think about the Senate trying to push through a repeal of the ACA behind closed doors, without hearings, without a budget review, without even allowing the public or other senators a chance to see how we’ll be affected. Stationery, cards, labels, stamps, and fact sheets provided. For more, check out the Facebook event page or email

  6. Democracy for America

    June 21, 2017 by admin

    Americans of all political affiliations are disgusted with Senate Republicans’ efforts to force a vote on their “secret” Trumpcare bill. This lack of transparency is an abuse of power, and insulting to the 24 million Americans whose health care is threatened by the Trumpcare bill.

    Senate Republicans hope to pass the bill by the end of the month. That’s 10 days from now.

    DFA members know this is extremely urgent. That’s why we’re asking you to join other DFA members and commit to spending the next 10 Days to Defeat Trumpcare.

    Will you step up and commit the next two weeks to stop this attack on health care? Sign up now to be a part of 10 Days to Defeat Trumpcare!

    Here’s how 10 Days to Defeat Trumpcare works. Each weekday for the remainder of June, either I or another DFA staffer will send you an action to take — such as contacting Senators, and organizing your friends and family to participate to defeat Trumpcare.

    Together we will demand that Republican Senators listen to their constituents and refuse to vote for Trumpcare. We will also encourage Democratic Senators to resist by delaying the votes as much as possible.

    To be clear, we don’t know the exact date when the Senate will vote. It’s possible that Republicans will delay the vote. We’re asking you to commit 10 Days to Defeat Trumpcare so that all of us can show every member of the Senate that we won’t stand for this awful attack on health care.

    Will you join the effort? Sign up now to be a part of 10 Days to Defeat Trumpcare.

    Thank you for stepping up to stop Trump and his attack on health care.

    – Mari

    Mari Schimmer, Organizing Director

  7. MO: For Trump, danger signs in the polls

    June 21, 2017 by admin

    President Trump’s willingness to flout convention and stoke controversy may be starting to hurt him, even among previously strong supporters.

    Trump has defied political norms ever since the start of his campaign two years ago.

    But his approval rating, always low by historical standards, has been sliding since he took office in January. Crucially, many recent surveys detected an erosion of his support among Republicans and independents.

    From The Hill

  8. Ellison for Congress

    June 21, 2017 by admin

    In case you missed it, I wanted to make sure you saw Keith calling Trumpcare out for exactly what it is, a tax cut for the wealthy wrapped in the veneer of a health care bill.

    Watch the full clip:

    Keith discussing the AHCA on Democracy Now!

    According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, the Trumpcare bill that passed out of the House last month would kick 23 million Americans off health insurance.

    I know, it’s absolutely staggering. But Paul Ryan and the rest of the House GOP managed to jam it through before the report was released, and now the Senate Republicans are doing the exact same thing.

    The all male thirteen-person Republican “working group” has yet to release a single word of the legislation, and Mitch McConnell is still planning to bring it to the floor for a vote before the end of the month.

    This is downright disgraceful. Health care is at stake for millions of families and they deserve to know exactly what’s in this bill before it goes to the floor for a vote.

    Add your name and demand that the Senate GOP release the details of the Trumpcare bill immediately >>

    Thank you,

    David Leonard
    Campaign Manager

  9. Democrat Jon Ossoff loses to Republican Karen Handel in closely watched Georgia special election

    June 21, 2017 by admin

    By David Nir
    Tuesday Jun 20, 2017 · 11:42 PM EDT

    In a disappointing result for Democrats, investigative filmmaker and former congressional aide Jon Ossoff lost the hotly anticipated special election runoff for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District on Tuesday night by a 52.6-47.4 margin to Republican Karen Handel, a former secretary of state. At the same time, in another special election that had received far less attention, Republican Ralph Norman, a former state representative, defeated tax expert Archie Parnell, the Democratic nominee, in South Carolina’s 5th Congressional District by a far closer-than-expected 51-48 spread.

    This seat, which is in the northern part of the state, went in the wrong direction last year, going from 55-44 Romney to 57-39 Trump. But the opposite was true in Georgia’s 6th, which Democrats hoped offered a potential pickup opportunity because Trump only carried this affluent, well-educated district in the Atlanta suburbs 48-47—a huge drop from Romney’s 61-38 win here four years earlier. Thanks to an early endorsement from Daily Kos, Ossoff caught fire with progressives nationwide, who were eager to send a message to Trump and filled Ossoff’s coffers with unprecedented sums of money.

    That enthusiasm, combined with a disciplined campaign by Ossoff, allowed him to win 48 percent of the vote in the April primary, when all candidates from all parties ran together on a single ballot. Handel, as the runner up with 20 percent, advanced to the second round and was able to consolidate almost all of the GOP vote that had gone to her rivals. Polls regularly showed Ossoff with a small edge, but in its waning days, the race appeared to tighten into a dead heat.

    Daily Kos

  10. From the Block off Biltmore

    June 20, 2017 by admin

    For Immediate Release: June 19, 2017 Media Contact: Cam MacQueen
    (443) 221-0519

    Filmmaker Contact: Jenny Roberts
    (828) 569-0056
    Save Tangier fundraiser:


    Everyday, pieces of Tangier Island, Virginia disappear into the Chesapeake Bay.
    The 400 year-old waterman’s community is threatened by rapid erosion. Pieces of Tangier documents the residents’ struggle to save their island home.

    WHAT: Film screening of Pieces of Tangier and Director Talk
    WHERE: THE BLOCK off biltmore 39 S. Market St. Asheville, NC
    WHEN: Thursday June 22, 2017 at 7 pm
    DETAILS: Free Admission

    ASHEVILLE, NC – Local Filmmaker Screens Her Headline-Making Documentary Highlighting Eroding VA Island at THE BLOCK off biltmore

    On Thursday June 22nd, at 7pm, THE BLOCK off biltmore will host a screening of Pieces of Tangier, the first long-form documentary made about the erosion problem threatening the small, remote community of Tangier Island, VA. Filmmaker Jenny Roberts will lead a Q&A following the film. The 45-minute film was produced in 2013, but is making headlines today* after the island community raised over $3,000 in just a few days to send 550 copies of the film to all members of the Federal Government.

    In Pieces of Tangier, filmmaker Jenny Roberts explores life on Tangier Island, a waterman’s community founded in the 1600’s, documenting the people of Tangier’s struggle to preserve their way of life against the triple threat of erosion, government regulations that impact their livelihood, and an outflow of young people moving to the mainland and staying off due to the decline of the seafood industry. With a small seawall stopping erosion on Tangier’s western side, the community has been working for protection around the entire island, which requires funding and approval from the government.

    From the Block