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  1. February 20, 2018 by admin

    When Senator Bernie Sanders announced he was running for president in 2015, he readjusted the expectations of the American people. Unlike any other candidate, and unlike our current president, Bernie did not argue that he alone had the answers, that he alone could create change, that he could individually improve our economy, Bernie made the presidency about us, the people.

    “What this campaign is about is saying loudly and clearly: It is not just about electing Bernie Sanders for president, it is about creating a grassroots political movement in this country.”

    Unleashing a message long since forgotten, Sen. Sanders ignited a new bloc of voters, and better yet, a new bloc of elected officials. This movement brought together people who felt the current political system was ignoring them–people from Appalachia, from urban centers like New York City, and coast to coast. Since his campaign, our movement has led to new city council members, new legislators, new school board members, and new life in campaigns for local, state and federal offices.

    We do our best to inspire the 99 percent with the simple truth: together we hold the key that unlocks our future. Through organizing, through collective engagement, just simply through showing up, we can shape our destiny and the destiny of our country.

    As Sen. Sanders said, “No matter who is elected president, that person will not be able to address the enormous problems facing the working families of our country. They will not be able to succeed, because the power of corporate America, the power of Wall Street, the power of campaign donors is so great, that no president alone can stand up to them.”

    Presidents cannot do it alone and we cannot do it alone. We need you to show up. We need you to organize, drop by one of your local group meetings, make phone calls or text for our endorsed candidates, and be a part of Our Revolution.

    Click here to join in the power of the collective many and become an Our Revolution member today.

    In solidarity,

    Nina Turner
    President
    Our Revolution


  2. More from the RGV in South Texas

    February 20, 2018 by admin

    Hello,

    Tomorrow, Tuesday, February 20th Save RGV from LNG will host a Candidate Forum with Patrick Anderson running for Port of Brownsville Commissioner and Arturo Alonzo running for TX State Rep. The form starts at 6:00 PM and will end by 8:00 PM. This is a great opportunity to learn more about these candidates and where they stand on environmental issues, like LNG


  3. More from our friends Barbara and John at the Wall!

    February 20, 2018 by admin

    It’s time to rise up again to keep the magic in our RGV Magic Valley.

    The Texas Commission for Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has scheduled a 03-08-2018 public meeting in Brownsville on Rio Grande LNG’s request for the air quality permits it needs to stay in business.

    Patrick Anderson is running for Port of Brownsville Commissioner Place 4 and Arturo Alonzo is running for State Representative, District 37. Both are for jobs, growth, development, and clean government. Both are strongly opposed to LNG.

    Table Of Contents:
    1) 02-20-2018 SAVE RGV from LNG Candidate Forum in Brownsville
    2) 03-08-2018 TCEQ public meeting on Rio Grande LNG in Brownsville

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    02-20-2018 SAVE RGV from LNG Candidate Forum
    in Brownsville

    From 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Galeria 409 Art Gallery, 409 East 13th Street, downtown Brownsville
    From 6:00 to 6:30, Port of Brownsville Commissioner Place 4 candidate Patrick Anderson
    From 6:30 to 8:00, State Representative District 37 Arturo Alonzo
    See the Facebook event page at http://bit.ly/2CvCdPR

    The Port of Brownsville kept very, very quiet about the 02-16-2018 candidate filing deadline for two Port Commissioner positions up for a vote 05-08-2018. Same as they did in 2016. The posted the notice at a gaited building at the Port on 12-07-2017 but didn’t post in on their website until 02-08-2018. They only posted it there after KVEO news reporter Marlane Gonzales call to schedule an interview at the Port about the filing deadline. See Marlane’s interview with the Port’s Director of Communications: “Voters Concerned with Lack of Notice of Upcoming Port Election,” Marlane Rodriguez, 02-09-2018, KVEO Channel 23 RGV Proud, http://www.rgvproud.com/news/local-news/voters-concerned-with-lack-of-notice-of-upcoming-port-election/963688238. Patrick Anderson will work to make Port Commissioner elections more open and fair. He believes the Port should recognize that Port Isabel, Laguna Vista, South Padre Island, and Long Island Village passed 2015 resolutions opposing LNG rather than doing everything possible to help the LNG companies pursue their plans to build and operate at our Port.

    According to Deborah C, UTRGV Student and Voter, “Arturo is the first Legislative candidate in Cameron County’s history to say “No to LNG” and to have a plan to modernize the Rio Grande Valley by creating partnerships with the private sector, our electorate, and all three levels of government create a district-wide Wifi-Cloud of high-speed internet which will allow the people of District 37 to capitalize in e-commerce and tech; and allow Texas House District 37 to be the first to be fueled by 100% renewable energy before 2026- the same year he will be stepping down and finishing his last term.”

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    03-08-2018 TCEQ public meeting on Rio Grande LNG
    in Brownsville

    The Texas Commission for Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has scheduled a hearing on Rio Grande LNG’s air quality permit request for 03-08-2018, 7 pm, at the Brownsville Event Center, 1 Events Center Boulevard, Brownsville. This is a critically important public meeting. For some background on the meeting, see “Rio Grande LNG Step Closer to Building, Despite Protests,” Marlane Rodriguez, 02-19-2018, KVEO RGVproud Channel 23 news,
    http://www.rgvproud.com/news/rio-grande-lng-step-closer-to-building-despite-protests_20180220000341/982041954 (the video) and http://www.rgvproud.com/news/local-news/rio-grande-lng-step-closer-to-building-despite-protests/981920104 (the print version).

    TCEQ has decided that the kind of air quality analysis to determine the impact that the Rio Grande LNG operation will have on our health, our children’s health, and our grandchildren’s health is not possible and would not produce meaningful results. Therefore, public involvement is not required as an important part of the permitting process. See page 54 of TCEQ’s analysis of Rio Grande’s air quality request at http://www14.tceq.texas.gov/epic/eNotice/index.cfm?fuseaction=main.PublicNoticeDescResults&requesttimeout=5000&CHK_ITEM_ID=652397282018047

    We have to attend this meeting and speak up if our voices are to be heard. In 2014, we were told that LNG was good, all good, no bad. We looked into it and decided different. Then we were told that it was a done deal, all the elected officials were lined up behind it, big money was pushing it forward, and that’s just the way thing have always been done here. But in 2015, four local communities unanimously passed resolutions opposing LNG and the Port Isabel school board rejected Annova LNG’s request for a tax break. That wasn’t suppose to happen but it did. In 2016, the Port Isabel school board rejected Rio Grande’s request for a tax break as well. Even though Rio Grande LNG was paying a public relations company (Sensis) $50 to $100 thousand a year to convince us that LNG is harmless, safe, and a good deal for our small part of the world.

    It TCEQ approves the air quality permits for Rio Grande LNG, that won’t make it a done deal. It will just make our fight against LNG harder. And NextDecade, the company behind Rio Grande LNG, has broken two Nasdaq stock exchange rules. On 03-06-2018, Nasdaq will decide whether or not to delist the company from its stock exchange. And the NextDecade stock is doing terrible, down from around $11 per share to around $6 a share. Check it out at http://www.nasdaq.com/symbol/next

    Rio Grande LNG wants to silence us, treating us like mangy stray dogs to be kicked out of its way. But the Valley has changed. In 2015, four communities passed resolutions opposing LNG. Nothing like that had ever happened here before. And look at the other home invasion headed our way: The Border Wall. Three RGV counties and over 17 RGV cities have passed resolutions opposing The Wall. And 904 folks gathered next door to the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge on 01-27-2018 to protest the wall.

    Attend the 03-08-2018 TCEQ public meeting. Bring your family and friends. Rio Grande LNG wants to break us in ways that can’t be fixed. Let’s break them instead.


  4. Jim Dean, Chair Democracy for America

    February 20, 2018 by admin

    – Just wanted to make sure you saw this powerful video clip from MSNBC featuring Andrew Gillum, the Tallahassee mayor who stood up to the NRA and won. As Jim Dean explains in the email below, Gillum is running for governor and has vowed to take on NRA and pass the gun reforms that we so desperately need right now. Click here to watch the video — and chip in $3 or more to help DFA elect Andrew Gillum and fight the NRA. Thank you! — Robert Cruickshank, Senior Campaign Manager, Democracy for Ame

    In the aftermath of the horrific mass shooting at a Florida high school, many Americans and particularly students are looking for elected leaders who will help stand up to the NRA and fight for new laws to address gun violence.

    One such leader has emerged: Andrew Gillum, who is the progressive candidate running for governor of Florida.

    As students across Florida demand immediate action, Gillum is rising to the occasion. Rather than offer meaningless “thoughts and prayers,” he laid out his plan to enact major gun safety reforms. He went on MSNBC to explain his plan and gave a powerful statement about the need to act now:

    Watch Andrew Gillum on MSNBC
    Click here to watch Andrew Gillum’s strong statement and call to action on MSNBC — and chip in $3 or more to help him stand up to the NRA and pass new gun safety reforms in Florida.

    We have become a country where, rather than deal with the guns, we make children simulate what to do if someone comes into their classroom with a gun. We give five year olds nightmares due to “active shooter drills” and put police officers with guns in schools.

    All of these things were in place at the high school in Florida — and it didn’t stop a man with a gun from going there and killing 17 teachers and students.

    The only way we are going act on gun violence is to pass laws dealing with these guns. And in order to that, we have to defeat NRA-backed candidates at the ballot box.

    That’s especially true in Florida, which has some of the weakest gun laws in the country. Marco Rubio, who is still a U.S. Senator from Florida, spent the day of the shooting telling students why he refuses to back new gun safety reforms, even as they pleaded with him to act.

    Andrew Gillum has proven he will act. As mayor of Tallahassee he has fought to ban guns in public parks — and was personally sued by the NRA as a result. He didn’t give up then and he won’t give up now.

    Gillum is running for governor of Florida to provide the bold action that Americans and especially students demand. If you want to defeat the NRA, this election is an important opportunity to do so.

    Will you stand up to the NRA and their Republican allies by chipping in $3 or more to help DFA elect Andrew Gillum?

    Thank you for joining the movement to stop gun violence.

    – Jim

    Jim Dean, Chair
    Democracy for Americ


  5. Janice Bates Member, Everytown Survivor Network

    February 20, 2018 by admin

    This is an email I never thought I would write.

    But here I am, less than a week after my son survived the Parkland school shooting by running from the courtyard to find safety after gunshots were fired. Two brave teachers ushered my son and a group of other students into a classroom, locked the door and instructed all of them to get into the closet. The first text my son sent “We’re in lockdown”. I texted back “Stay alert, focus, you mean everything to me”, “I love you so much”. I hoped and prayed that wasn’t the last time I could tell him I loved him.

    Two agonizing hours later the SWAT team escorted him out. He came home to us safely. NO parent should ever have to feel what it is like to know there is an active shooter at your child’s school.

    I remember Columbine in Colorado, I remember Sandy Hook in Connecticut, I remember Marshall High in Kentucky. Each time, we watched with horror as children fled alongside classmates and teachers. Each time, we mourned as we learned the names of the victims. Each time, Congress sent thoughts and prayers – and nothing more, despite the public outcry for action. And because nothing was done, you are hearing from me – a mother, like thousands of others before me, who watched the TV wondering if her child was alive or dead.

    This time, I won’t wait to take action, because saving lives can’t wait. In November, the country can vote for the lawmakers we need – for candidates who will pass strong gun safety measures to keep schools safe and our children alive.

    DICK, JOIN ME: PLEDGE TO VOTE FOR GUN SAFETY.

    It’s been five days since 17 students and staff of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were shot and killed. An additional 14 individuals were injured.

    It’s time we did something to honor my son’s classmates and teachers who died on Wednesday. Thoughts and prayers from our lawmakers are not enough. It’s time for ACTION. Lawmakers beholden to the gun lobby have had their chance. Pledge to vote for gun safety – it’s time to Throw Them Out.

    The entire Parkland community is still grieving, processing the trauma we’ve experienced, and supporting each other and the families of the victims and survivors. But during this dark time, we’ve all been overwhelmed with the outpouring of love from every corner of the country. This tragedy has changed us forever. And because Congress did not take steps to save lives after Columbine, Sandy Hook, or Marshall High — we will make sure Congress is changed as well.

    Thank you for your incredible support these past five days — I don’t know where our family would have been without it.

    See you at the ballot box,

    Janice Bates
    Member, Everytown Survivor Network


  6. 02/27/18 INDIVISIBLE ASHEVILLE MEETING

    February 19, 2018 by admin

    At this month’s general meeting we welcome Kelly Garvy, founder of ‘Kill The Bill’, who’ll speak with us about what’s going on in the NC General Assembly (NCGA) in Raleigh and what we can do to get involved and help ensure that our legislature works for the citizens of North Carolina, not against us. Indivisible general meetings are held on the last Tuesday of the month. Each month we’ll give updates on recent and future actions and highlight opportunities to get involved, and we’ll also focus on learning more about our elected representatives in Raleigh and Washington, or hearing from candidates who are seeking election, or learning more about a particular issue, or sharing tools for active engagement. Hope to see you there. General meetings are open to all. If you have suggestions for future meetings, let us know: email info@indivisibleavl.org. Time is 6 to 7:30 PM and location is Pack Memorial Library Auditorium at 67 Haywood Street in downtown Asheville.

    DANCEWATER


  7. Jim Dean, Chair Democracy for America

    February 19, 2018 by admin

    Richard — Just wanted to make sure you saw this powerful video clip from MSNBC featuring Andrew Gillum, the Tallahassee mayor who stood up to the NRA and won. As Jim Dean explains in the email below, Gillum is running for governor and has vowed to take on NRA and pass the gun reforms that we so desperately need right now. Click here to watch the video — and chip in $3 or more to help DFA elect Andrew Gillum and fight the NRA. Thank you! — Robert Cruickshank, Senior Campaign Manager, Democracy for America

    Richard —

    In the aftermath of the horrific mass shooting at a Florida high school, many Americans and particularly students are looking for elected leaders who will help stand up to the NRA and fight for new laws to address gun violence.

    One such leader has emerged: Andrew Gillum, who is the progressive candidate running for governor of Florida.

    As students across Florida demand immediate action, Gillum is rising to the occasion. Rather than offer meaningless “thoughts and prayers,” he laid out his plan to enact major gun safety reforms. He went on MSNBC to explain his plan and gave a powerful statement about the need to act now:

    Watch Andrew Gillum on MSNBC
    Click here to watch Andrew Gillum’s strong statement and call to action on MSNBC — and chip in $3 or more to help him stand up to the NRA and pass new gun safety reforms in Florida.

    We have become a country where, rather than deal with the guns, we make children simulate what to do if someone comes into their classroom with a gun. We give five year olds nightmares due to “active shooter drills” and put police officers with guns in schools.

    All of these things were in place at the high school in Florida — and it didn’t stop a man with a gun from going there and killing 17 teachers and students.

    The only way we are going act on gun violence is to pass laws dealing with these guns. And in order to that, we have to defeat NRA-backed candidates at the ballot box.

    That’s especially true in Florida, which has some of the weakest gun laws in the country. Marco Rubio, who is still a U.S. Senator from Florida, spent the day of the shooting telling students why he refuses to back new gun safety reforms, even as they pleaded with him to act.

    Andrew Gillum has proven he will act. As mayor of Tallahassee he has fought to ban guns in public parks — and was personally sued by the NRA as a result. He didn’t give up then and he won’t give up now.

    Gillum is running for governor of Florida to provide the bold action that Americans and especially students demand. If you want to defeat the NRA, this election is an important opportunity to do so.

    Will you stand up to the NRA and their Republican allies by chipping in $3 or more to help DFA elect Andrew Gillum?

    Thank you for joining the movement to stop gun violence.

    – Jim

    Jim Dean, Chair
    Democracy for America


  8. The Raleigh Report Rep. Susan Fisher Buncombe County District 114 susanf@ncleg.net

    February 19, 2018 by admin

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    The Raleigh Report

    Rep. Susan Fisher
    Buncombe County
    District 114
    susanf@ncleg.net
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    February 18, 2018

    This Week

    The General Assembly has adjourned until May after a very unusual 35 day session to start 2018. During this time, only one substantive bill was passed, HB 90.

    HB 90: Class Size Chaos, Pre-K Waiting List, Election Shenanigans, and Atlantic Cost Pipeline Fund Seizure

    HB 90 is a bill about many things, some good and some bad. All of these issues getting lumped together are about one thing: politics.

    First, let’s look at the good. The legislature created a problem several years ago by requiring local schools to lower class sizes in early grades but not providing enough money to do it. HB 90 begins to fix that problem. It took months of public pressure from parents, teachers, and school officials, but, finally, Republican legislative leaders started to do the right thing. We will now see if they continue to do the right thing.

    Standing with our students means providing funds for both lower class sizes in early grades AND enhancement teachers in subjects like art, music, and physical education. This bill begins to do that. More funding will be required in future years. State support of local areas in building new classroom space will be needed. This is, however a good start and I support this part of the bill.

    The second valuable part of HB 90 is additional funding to eliminate the waiting list for pre-K education. Again, this is the Republican legislature, finally getting around to fixing a problem it created a few years ago. North Carolina used to lead the country in pre-K! Now we routinely deny services to eligible kids. It is nothing short of shameful.

    HB 90 provides money to address the waiting list. The money does not kick in until 2019-2020, and that is years too late. We will see if it is enough to eliminate the waiting list that we will have by that time. It is, however, progress from the majority Republicans after years of neglect and I support it.

    The third part of HB 90 deals with the State Board of Elections. The State Board of Elections is in charge of administering elections across the state. What does this have to do with pre-K or class size, you ask? Nothing! But the NC Supreme Court just overturned the Republicans’ attempts to undermine Governor Cooper’s authority to administer elections. So Republicans are using the class size bill as cover to insert language designed to get around the court’s ruling. I oppose this part of the bill and I hope the courts will strike it down.

    The final part of HB 90 deals with the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Governor Cooper negotiated a $58 million voluntary contribution from the pipeline developers to the State of North Carolina to pay for environmental remediation and economic development efforts in the counties impacted by the pipeline. Republicans are using HB 90 to attempt to seize this money and embarrass Governor Cooper. If they succeed, the contract providing the $58 million will be breached and the money will likely never be used for environmental or job creation projects. I oppose this part of the bill and I hope the courts will strike it down.

    HB 90 is a complicated bill with many moving parts. I voted “No” because the bill is likely unconstitutional and it is one big political stunt. We need to fix the class size chaos caused by the Republicans. We need to eliminate the pre-K waiting list caused by the Republicans. We need to respect the NC Supreme Court’s ruling tossing out the GOP law upending the State Elections Board. We need to protect and preserve the $58 million which areas impacted by the Atlantic Coast Pipeline need for environmental projects and economic development. We need solid governance, and that is not HB 90.

    No Action on GenX and Water Contamination

    After months of stalling, Republican legislators failed to agree on any proposal to give state environmental experts more resources and more tools to protect clean drinking water in North Carolina. This failure came even though we had weeks of legislative session in which to get something done.

    The problem of emerging compounds, like GenX, and how they impact our drinking water, is a difficult one. Many states are currently dealing with this. It is a bigger problem for North Carolina, because we are trying to tackle this new water quality crisis after years of funding cuts to state water quality experts and programs.

    Common sense tells you it is time to reverse this course and begin to restore state water quality resources, but Republican legislators remain deadlocked on the basic idea of providing additional resources to our state officials. Now we will have to wait until at least May, to do what should have been done months ago.

    News Clips

    NC must do a better job educating workers to land firms like Amazon, Cooper says
    Charlotte Observer

    NC Requiring New Steps To Reduce GenX Emissions
    WUNC

    Lawmakers leave town after passing class size fix measure
    WRAL

    Our Opinion: Class-size funding comes with catch
    News & Record

    EDITORIAL: Does Berger even care about GenX?
    Wilmington StarNews

    Our View: Senate GenX response is a dangerous fraud
    Fayetteville Observer

    Other News Items

    Thank you for your continued interest in state government. I hope you will contact me if I can be of help.

    Keep in touch,

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  9. Quentin Miller for Sheriff

    February 19, 2018 by admin

    As we mourn the 17 lives lost in Parkland, as we pray for healing, we know thoughts and prayers are not enough on their own.

    We must take action.

    As the incredibly brave survivors in Parkland have told us these past few days – adults have failed them. We have allowed these school shootings to not only continue, but increase in their frequency and destruction.

    Here are my policies and priorities on gun control:

    1) Renewal of 1994 ban on assault weapons. The ban expired in 2008 and has not been renewed by Congress.

    2) Universal background check to close both the gun show and internet sales loopholes.

    3) We must get guns out of the hands of domestic abusers and other violent criminals.

    4) Two-week waiting period.

    I pledge to advocate for and demand that our elected officials at the state and federal pass these laws.

    Thank you for your support,
    Quentin


  10. FROM THE DESK OF PAM GENANT Burke County Democratic Party Chair

    February 18, 2018 by admin

    February 18, 2018
    News and Upcoming Events

    FROM THE DESK OF PAM GENANT
    Burke County Democratic Party Chair

    WE NEED YOU…
    …to help the General Assembly turn BLUE.
    WE NEED YOU…
    …to vote and elect good Democrats to office.
    WE NEED YOU…
    …to run for office.

    If you are tired of the way things are going and want to see a change, contact the Burke County Democratic Party.

    There is training and help out there for anyone that wants to run,
    you just need to take that first step.

    Contact democratsburke@gmail.com, call 828 475 6198 or stop by the headquarters building.