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  • Tell our Senators: Stop Pompeo’s Confirmation April 13, 2018 @ 8:10 am

    WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT MIKE POMPEO

    Under any criteria, we know that Mike Pompeo would raise the #TrumpThreatLevel as Secretary of State. Here are just a few reasons to stop Pompeo from being confirmed by the Senate:

    • He would help Trump take us closer to war with Iran. Mike Pompeo has long opposed diplomacy with Iran. President Obama achieved a foreign policy milestone in 2015 bysecuring a verifiable deal to ensure that Iran doesn’t develop a nuclear weapon (all without firing a single bullet). Pompeo has already advised Trump to hurt the deal, and Trump has followed his advice. If he were to run the State Department, Pompeo would likely issue the final blow. This would destroy President Obama’s diplomatic achievements and take us to the brink of new war with Iran.
    • He could make the Trump-made crisis with North Korea worse. Trump goes from tweeting insults at Kim Jong-Un one week to hastily agreeing to meet with him the next. We need an experienced, committed diplomat to lead the State Department, but Mike Pompeo is a war hawk who has suggested that the U.S. should invade North Korea. He’s the last person who should serve as top diplomat under the volatile whims of Donald Trump.
    • He doesn’t believe in climate change. Mike Pompeo has long expressed skepticism in climate science—that’s a huge problem since climate change poses a major national security threat and we need a strong State Department to confront it. Pompeo opposed the Paris climate accord, and Trump clearly agreed with him. The stakes are way too high to have a climate change denier as the face of our foreign policy.
    • He is an Islamophobe. Pompeo used a racial slur against a political opponent, accepted an award from an anti-Muslim organization, and circulated conspiracy theories about Muslims infiltrating the United States for nefarious purposes. This person cannot lead our international diplomacy.
    • He supports torture. Mike Pompeo called the people who tortured detainees during the Bush Administration “patriots” and still claims it was legal at the time. It wasn’t, and that raises concerns about what other illegal acts he might be willing to carry out under Trump’s orders.

    In 2017, the Senate confirmed Mike Pompeo to serve as head of the CIA under Trump, by a vote of 66-32. That means 14 Democrats and one Independent (King-ME) joined the Republicans to help make Mike Pompeo CIA Director.

    Democrats who supported Pompeo last time faced wide opposition from their constituents. This is their second chance to vote the right way and oppose an Islamophobic war hawk from becoming Trump’s Secretary of State.

    If Democrats vote together, we can win this.

    • Call Rob Portman at 202-224-3353
    • Call Sherrod Brown at 202-224-2315

    Sample Script:

    Caller: Hi, my name is [name] and I’m a constituent calling from [adddress] because I totally oppose the nomination of Mike Pompeo to serve as Secretary of State. He denies climate science, is a war hawk, and an Islamophobe. I’m concerned he will export Trumpism all over the world if he becomes our top diplomat. Will Senator [name] be voting “no” on his confirmation?

    [IF STAFFER SAYS YES]

    Staffer: Yes, Senator [name] opposes Pompeo’s nomination and will be voting against confirming him.

    Caller: That’s great news. I want to see Senator [name] make a clear public statement opposing Pompeo and urging [his/her] colleagues to do the same.

    Staffer: I’ll relay that to the boss.

    Caller: Thank you, I’ll be watching for that statement.

    [IF STAFFER SAYS NO OR NOT SURE]

    Staffer: Thank you for sharing your concerns. Senator [name] has concerns about Pompeo and will be sure to ask tough questions at the confirmation hearing.

    Caller: That’s not enough—there’s nothing Pompeo can say at his confirmation hearing to change the fact that he would be a dangerous Secretary of State if confirmed. Trump brags that he and Pompeo are very similar, and that is dangerous. I want to see Senator publicly commit to opposing Pompeo.

    Staffer: I’ll take that back to the Senator.

    Caller: Thank you, I’ll check back soon to see if the Senator has opposed.

     

     

     

    Thanks to Indivisible for today’s action.

  • Protect Mueller to Protect our Democracy April 12, 2018 @ 8:03 am

    There is still a growing sense that Trump may soon fire Mueller, and still no action from Congress to prevent this potential constitutional crisis. Two things are happening simultaneously that are making us all nervous: 1) Mueller is clearly honing in on the president himself and on the charge of collision/conspiracy with Russia, and 2) Trump’s legal defense is crumbling.

    There are now two bipartisan bills before Congress that would offer some protection and/or judicial recourse if Trump fires Mueller. Yet Congressional leadership is refusing to bring this bill to the floor. Come November, they’ll pay a political price for their negligence and their complicity. Meanwhile, it’s up to all-of-us to make them ante up now to protect Mueller’s investigation, and our democracy.

    Call our Representative, Mike Turner, and use this script.

    202-225-6465

    “Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m calling from [ADDRESS].  Trump has been increasingly attacking Special Counsel Robert Mueller. I am deeply concerned about a constitutional crisis that will result if he tries to fire the special counsel. The Special Counsel Integrity Act was introduced to prevent such a constitutional crisis. I am calling to urge Representative Turner to vote for that act. The future of our democracy depends on it.”

     

     

     

     

    Thanks to Wall of Us for today’s action.

  • Ohio GOP wastes time and tax dollars pushing radical bill to ban all abortion (no exceptions). April 6, 2018 @ 7:51 am

    Under a bill introduced in March, HB 565, Ohio would prohibit abortions even in cases of rape, incest or danger to a woman’s life.

    Think about that for a moment.

    No. Exceptions.

    But that’s not far enough for the Ohio GOP.  The proposal would allow criminal charges against both doctors and pregnant women seeking abortions and would characterize an “unborn human” as a person under Ohio’s criminal code regarding homicide. That means abortions could be punishable by life in prison or even the death penalty.

    Now, let’s be honest.  This bill has zero chance of passage, and even less of enactment.  Ohio Republicans are terrified of the coming midterms and legislative elections, and they are trying to drive their base to turn out and vote.  This bill simply gives them something to run on.  But that doesn’t make it less dangerous, and we should demand that our representatives spend their time and our money doing the people’s work and not shoring up their base.

    Call your state legislator listed above and let them know that this type of dangerous, ideological nonsense is NOT what we expect of them.

  • Healthcare under attack in Ohio: call your state Legislators about HB450. April 4, 2018 @ 8:32 am

    Healthcare mandates have been branded as nothing short of treasonous marxism by right-wing ideologues.  For years, they railed against the Affordable Care Act as though it abolished the Bill of Rights.  Remember “death panels”??

    The fact remains, access to healthcare has never been perfect in this country, and sometimes our elected representatives have passed legislation to expand coverage through mandates as a result.

    Now, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce is working closely with a Dayton-area legislator to eliminate future healthcare mandates with House Bill 450.

    This bill attempts to sour the public on the concept of mandates, by forcing insurers to use Republican talking points in their communications with policy holders.  Specifically, insurance companies would have to include “with every premium invoice or statement” the following language:

    “The cost of your health insurance premium may be higher due to mandated benefits that are required by the State of Ohio to be included as part of every health insurance plan offered in Ohio, regardless of whether plan participants need or use these benefits. The mandated benefits are listed in the enclosed document. If you are concerned about how these mandated benefits increase the cost of your health insurance premium, please contact your state legislator.”

    This is nothing short of one political party attempting to force businesses to deliver political messaging with their products.

    In addition, the bill would make it almost impossible for legislators to address future coverage gaps with healthcare mandates, by disallowing them unless several complicated and overlapping criteria are met.

    Bottom line:  Since the Affordable Care Act and other coverage mandates continue to be popular despite Republican attempts to brand them as socialism, the GOP has decided to change strategy and use other tactics to influence your views.

    Call your state legislators:

    Script:  “Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m calling from [ADDRESS] about House Bill 450.  This bill is plainly an attempt by Republican legislators to insert Republican talking points into communications I receive from my insurer.  By forcing insurers to use political messages about healthcare mandates, this bill would insert government between me and my healthcare.  The fact is, many Ohioans receive critical access to care because of mandates.  I oppose this bill and expect you as my representative in state government to oppose it as well.

     

     

    For more information about HB 450, please read this summary from the Legislative Services Commission.

     

  • Tell Mike Turner how you think he’s doing. April 3, 2018 @ 8:25 am

    With Congress on a 2 week recess, members are supposed to be at home in their districts, conferring with constituents.  As usual, our member of Congress, Mike Turner, is nowhere to be found.

    Green County, also a member of District 10, is hosting an event to gather Mike’s constituents so we can send him some feedback.

    Join us this Wednesday April 4 at noon outside Mr. Turner’s office for a demonstration of our displeasure!

    Bonus action:  Call his office ((937) 225-2843) and let them know how disappointed you are (yet again) that Congress is on recess and there are no public meetings scheduled in our district.

  • BLOCK THE ADDITION OF A CITIZENSHIP QUESTION TO THE 2020 CENSUS March 29, 2018 @ 8:24 am

    The United States Census is an under-appreciated function of our federal government. The once-a-decade count is critical for drawing political districts; allotting congressional representatives to states; and fairly distributing federal funds for education, social services, transportation and other necessities. The Trump administration has already allocated insufficient funds to the US Census Bureau, sparking fears about inaccurate counts. Now, the Department of Justice is further threatening the 2020 Census’ validity by asking the Department of Commerce to include a question about citizenship status for the first time since 1950.

    The inclusion of this citizenship question will discourage non-citizens from completing the census, leading to an undercount of immigrant populations. States with large immigrant populations could lose seats in the House of Representatives as a result. Furthermore, states could lose essential funding to provide services to their most vulnerable residents, such as people who rely on federally subsidized housing. Both blue states like California and red states like Texas are already strenuously opposing the new census question.

    The Trump administration claims the citizenship question is necessary to allow for enforcement of the Voting Rights Act. However, the administration’s blatant hostility toward voters of color and immigrants reveals the census question’s true purpose: denying immigrant and communities of color a political voice. Congress and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross must block the proposed census question and ensure a complete and accurate Census 2020 count.

    • Call Mike Turner at 202-225-6465
    • Call Rob Portman at 202-224-3353
    • Call Sherrod Brown at 202-224-2315
    • Call this office:  Department of Commerce, Public Affairs  202-4824883

    Script:

    Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [ADDRESS].

    I’m calling to urge [REP/SEN NAME or DEPT of COMMERCE] to strongly oppose the addition of an untested question about citizenship status to the 2020 Census. Adding this question will skew the census count by discouraging immigrants from participating, thus blocking states from receiving sufficient federal funding.

    Thank you for your time and attention.

    [IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]

     

    Thanks to 5Calls for today’s action.

  • DENOUNCE TRUMP’S BAN ON TRANSGENDER TROOPS March 28, 2018 @ 8:20 am

    On July 26, 2017, Donald Trump announced in a series of tweets that the US military will no longer allow transgender troops to serve in any capacity starting in 2018, reversing the Obama administration’s policy permitting transgender troops to serve openly. Trump’s claim that transgender troops’ service will “burden” and disrupt the military contradicts both common decency and objective truth. A Pentagon-commissioned, non-partisan RAND Corporation study found providing gender confirmation treatment to transgender service people would have a minimal effect on the military’s combat readiness. Further, the report found it would cost between $2 and $8 million to provide gender confirmation services to transgender troops; while this amount sounds significant, $8 million is a mere 0.01% of the $598 billion that the US military spent during fiscal year 2015. For comparison, the military spends ten times this amount annually on erectile dysfunction medication such as Viagra.

    Late Friday evening, the White House and Pentagon announced that all transgender individuals with a history of gender dysphoria or who have undergone gender transition will be disqualified from military service. Final details remain unclear, including whether this applies to future enlistments or those currently serving. Previous court injunctions prevented the initial ban from going into effect, but the Department of Justice is prepared to defend the new version in federal court.

    The implications of this announcement for the roughly 6,000 transgender troops currently serving are uncertain. However, it is clear that members of Congress must speak out firmly and strongly against this discriminatory policy and the bizarre manner in which it was announced.

    • Call Mike Turner at 202-225-6465
    • Call Rob Portman at 202-224-3353
    • Call Sherrod Brown at 202-224-2315

    Script:

    Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [ADDRESS].

    I’m calling to ask Sen./Rep. [NAME] to denounce the Trump Administration’s ban on transgender Americans serving in the military. These dedicated Americans should have the right to serve their country even if they need special medical care. It is unacceptable for Trump, the Pentagon, and Defense Secretary Mattis to strip them of these rights.

    [IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]

     

    Thanks to 5Calls for today’s action.

  • KEEP HASPEL AND POMPEO OUT OF TRUMP’S CABINET March 27, 2018 @ 9:22 am

    KEEP HASPEL AND POMPEO OUT OF TRUMP’S CABINET

    Trump just appointed a war criminal to lead the CIA. On March 13, 2018, a flurry of announcements and tweets revealed a shakeup in Trump’s administration. Rex Tillerson is out at the State Department. He’s being replaced by Mike Pompeo, who until now has been Trump’s head of the CIA. That leaves an open position to lead the spy agency – and Trump has given it to Gina Haspel.

    Gina Haspel personally helped torture detainees in a secret CIA-run prison in Thailand during the Bush administration. She oversaw brutal treatment of detainees, and then made sure the video evidence was destroyed. She even wrote out instructions to use industry-strength shredders to demolish the tapes, and advocated burning the entire site to the ground. Trump wants to bring torture back, and he just hired someone who could help him do it.

    We can block Gina Haspel’s confirmation. Gina Haspel belongs in prison, not leading the CIA. We expect that Republican senators McCain and Paul will oppose her confirmation, meaning that if Democrats stick together, they can block her confirmation. Make sure that your senators hear from you that you expect them to vote against Haspel for CIA Director.

    As for Mike Pompeo, Trump brags that they are very similar. If Pompeo is confirmed to be our top diplomat, he will help export Trumpism internationally. Mike Pompeo has displayed anti-Muslim bigotry, spouted dangerous warmongering, opposed diplomacy with Iran, and denied climate change poses a national security threat.

    We are all less safe if Pompeo and Haspel are confirmed. Tell Senators to reject them.

    Call Script

    Call Rob Portman at 202-224-3353

    Call Sherrod Brown at 202-224-2315

    Hi, my name is [NAME] and my address [ADDRESS]. I’m calling today to ask you to publicly oppose the nominations of Gina Haspel and Mike Pompeo.

    Trump has nominated Gina Haspel to lead the CIA. Haspel ran a CIA black site in Thailand during the Bush administration, where detainees were tortured. She also helped destroy the video evidence. She is a war criminal and should be in jail, but instead Trump wants to give her a promotion. Will you commit to publicly opposing her nomination?

    Mike Pompeo is not suited to serve as the top diplomat. He has shown support for torture, denied climate change, embraced anti-Muslim bigotry, and worked to undo Iran diplomacy. Will you publicly commit to opposing Mike Pompeo’s nomination to lead the State Department?
    For Representatives in the House

     

  • Real Gun Safety Reform #NeverAgain March 26, 2018 @ 11:20 am

    One of the students leading this movement, Emma González, said: “They say no laws could have prevented the hundreds of senseless tragedies that have occurred. We call BS.” We think Emma is right, and when the big blue wave hits Congress in November 2018, we expect gun safety to be at the top of the agenda. Now is the time for Members of Congress to be on the record in support policies that will protect their constituent’s lives. Here are some great bills that your Members of Congress should co-sponsor and support:

    – Legislation to strengthen background checks (S. 2009 in the Senate, and H.R. 4240 in the House)

    – Legislation to allow family members to request the the issuance of a gun violence prevention warrant for those they fear may pose a danger to themselves or others (S. 1212 in the Senate, H.R. 2598 in the House)

    – Bans on bump stocks (S. 1916 in the Senate, H.R. 3947 in the House)

    – Raising minimum age to 21 to buy an assault rifle like the AR-15 (not yet introduced)

    Call your MoC regarding bills in House in Senate mentioned above!

    Call Rep Mike Turner: DC (202) 225-6465, Dayton (937) 225-2843

    Call Sen Rob Portman: DC 202-224-3353, Columbus 614-469-6774, Cincinnati 513-684-3265

  • Stop the NRA’s Favorite Lawyer From Becoming a Federal Judge March 23, 2018 @ 2:30 pm

    In the wake of the deadly school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14, 2018, people across the country have risen up to demand that Congress stand up to the NRA on gun safety. The students of Parkland and other youth leaders have unapologetically demanded that their Members of Congress (MoCs) protect them from the uniquely American epidemic of mass shootings.

    Despite this movement, Republican Senators are prepared to confirm the NRA’s favorite lawyer to a lifetime district court judgeship. Trump nominated Howard C. Nielson to a lifetime seat on the United States District Court for the District of Utah. Nielson is one of the NRA’s go-to attorneys, who has made a career out of regularly representing the NRA and fighting against common-sense gun safety measures.

    This is a major opportunity for Senators to fight back against the gun lobby’s influence, at a crucial time in history. The NRA spent an unprecedented amount of money—surpassing its own previous spending records—in support of Donald Trump’s campaign. Now, Trump is trying to give them their money’s worth. Trump told the NRA, “You came through for me, I am going to come through for you.”

    When Trump nominated Nielson, it was a gift back to the NRA.

    Luckily, the Senate—not Trump—gets to decide whether Howard Nielson will be confirmed as a federal judge.

    Call your Senators and ask them to publicly commit to voting against Howard Nielson’s nomination.

    Sen Portman: DC Phone: 202-224-3353, Toll-Free: 1-800-205-6446 (OHIO)

    Sen Brown: DC (202) 224-2315, Toll Free 1-888-896-OHIO(6446)

    Your Senators can block Nielson’s nomination—call today. Here is a sample call script you can use:

    Caller: Hi, my name is [name] and I’m a constituent calling from [part of state]. I’m calling to ask about the nomination of Howard Nielson as a district court judge for the District of Utah. Has [senator] determined whether [he/she] will support or oppose the Nielson nomination?

    He is the wrong choice. Nielson is the NRA’s favorite lawyer for his work to undermine sensible gun violence prevention laws. In the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, FL we should not be rewarding the NRA by handing their champions lifetime judgeship appointments.