Trump Administration Backs Net Neutrality Roll Back

From our friends at re:act…

“The Trump administration has signaled that it stands behind efforts by the Federal Communications Commission and its chairman, Ajit Pai, to roll back the agency’s net neutrality regulations for Internet providers … The FCC is seeking to undo rules that it approved in 2015 that ban the blocking and slowing of websites by Internet providers such as Verizon and AT&T. The regulations were enacted to prevent carriers from unfairly funneling their customers toward proprietary sites and services and potentially disadvantaging newer start-ups.”

A free and open internet is not just essential to fair internet commerce.  It is critical to a modern democracy.  Here’s what you can do:

Contact Mike Turner at 202-225-6465.

Contact Rob Portman at 202-224-3353.

Tell them you value an open internet, and you want them to publicly back net neutrality.  (Neither has publicly supported the FCC roll-back to date.)

For more information about Net Neutrality and what we stand to lose, visit https://goo.gl/wmofbq

Stop Fracking in Ohio’s Parks and Forests

The Ohio House voted to override several of Governor John Kasich’s budget bill vetoes last week.  Among the items they voted to override was a provision that could open Ohio’s public lands to harmful oil and gas drilling.  Our friends at the Ohio Environmental Council have created a tool we can use to send a message to our state Senators, who also must approve these veto overrides before they can go into effect.

Click the link below and enter your information to generate a message to send to your state Senator.  Tell them to vote against the override and for the health of our public lands.

goo.gl/AnxVdq

Trump’s Voter Suppression Commission

From our friends at Indivisible:

On May 11, Donald Trump issued an Executive Order establishing a “Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity,” to be chaired by Vice President Mike Pence and managed by Vice-Chair Kris Kobach (R-KS Secretary of State). Make no mistake, “election integrity” is nothing but pretext. The real purpose of this commission is voter suppression.

On June 28, Kris Kobach sent a letter to election officials in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, requesting a massive amount of their voter data, if publicly available under state law—including highly personal information such as date of birth, political party, last four digits of Social Security Numbers, and elections voted in from 2006 onward. The letter asks that the data be uploaded into a federal government system for large data files, and says all documents submitted to the Commission will be made available to the public.

Tell Jon Husted to stand strong against the request.  He has stated his intention to only supply the publicly available portion of the data, but even this is too far: by making it easier for this fraudulent commission to manipulate our voting data, it will allow them to build a phony case for suppressing and intimidating the Democratic vote.  The tool used to upload this data is not secure, and it could be used by for-profit companies once released by the commission.  

Call Jon Husted at 614-466-2655

Follow the detailed script found at goo.gl/ZLZq87 .  If you’d like, encourage him to instead make voting easier in Ohio, perhaps by implementing automatic voter registration, which has been introduced in the Ohio House (HB 14) but has yet to receive a hearing.

TrumpCare and our Veterans

More than 441,000 veterans could lose insurance under TrumpCare, including 8,700 in Ohio. That’s for two reasons: the bill’s destruction of Medicaid as we know it, and the way the bill fails people with pre-existing conditions — which, for veterans, can include spinal injuries, amputations, and PTSD.

Today, let Senator Portman know you oppose TrumpCare because it hurts our State’s  veterans, of which one in ten receive care through private insurance or Medicaid.

Call Rob Portman at (513) 684-3265

Hi, my name is [NAME], calling from [ZIP]

Senator Portman needs to continue opposing the TrumpCare bill, no matter what. There’s nothing he can negotiate with Mitch McConnell that would make this bill something he should support – it is fundamentally flawed. Did you know that TrumpCare would cause 441,000 veterans to lose their healthcare, including 8,700 in Ohio? If Sen. Portman supports our veterans, he can not vote to take away care they depend upon.  

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Stop TrumpCare Now!

Happy 4th of July folks!

Before you head off to a parade or a barbecue today, take a few minutes to call one of Sen. Portman’s state offices and leave a voicemail to remind him that under the current Trumpcare bill, close to 15 million people will lose the Medicaid coverage they depend on.

Go here for more information or additional call scripts: https://www.trumpcareten.org/daily/ohio

Columbus Office: 614-469-6774
Toll-Free: 1-800-205-6446 (OHIO)
Cincinnati Office: 513-684-3265
Cleveland Office: 216-522-7095
Toledo Office: 419-259-3895

TrumpCare Means the End of Medicaid as We Know It

You can find additional scripts at https://trumpcareten.org/ohio

The next two weeks are critical for stopping TrumpCare: the week of July 3 when Senators are back home in their states and the week of July 10 when Senators are back in DC and ready to vote. Almost every Senator is hiding from their constituents and not holding a town hall this recess, so you’ll have to find them elsewhere, but most likely we will have to settle with calling Rob Portman at (513) 684-3265, and leave a message.

Hi, my name is [NAME], calling from [ZIP]

I know the vote got delayed because the votes weren’t there in the Senate and that Mitch McConnell has a $200 billion goodie jar he’s using to bribe Senators. But this bill is terrible no matter what: it destroys Medicaid as we know it, it takes away treatment for opioid addiction, it puts people with pre-existing conditions at risk, it raises costs for patients, and it shifts huge costs to already-strapped state budgets.

Are you going to let McConnell bribe you with some token change to the bill or will you stand up for your constituents? Will you commit to me, your constituent, to vote against this unfixable bill?”

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