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Thanks Senator Casey for voting No on Tillerson

Dear Senator Casey,

Thank you for voting NO on Rex Tillerson.

I also want to thank you in advance as I heard you plan to vote no on Jeff Sessions, Betsey DeVos, Tom Price, Scott Pruitt, and Steven Mnuchin.

I really want to see you slow up Trump and the GOP party. They’ve taught us a great lesson in obstruction. They weren’t punished at the ballot boxes for obstructing at every turn, and your obstruction will actually be rewarded by the activists that are working together to limit the damage that the Republican Winter will cause.

Keep up the good work!

– Brian


I sent the above brief letter to Senator Bob Casey. Don’t forget to thank your elected officials when they do the right thing.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Sapient - February 1, 2017 at 8:05 pm

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Short open letter to Pat Toomey on Scott Pruitt and Climate Change

Senator Pat Toomey of PA just wrote back to me:

Thank you for contacting me about the nomination of Scott Pruitt as Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator. I appreciate hearing your thoughts on this matter.

As you know, on December 7, 2016, President Trump announced his intention to nominate Scott Pruitt to serve as the next EPA Administrator. Currently, Mr. Pruitt is the Oklahoma Attorney General and, among other things, he has been involved in litigation on various environmental matters.

Now that the Senate confirmation process for Mr. Pruitt has begun, I value knowing your views about this nomination. I believe that the Senate’s constitutional role in providing advice and consent for presidential appointments is important, and all nominees deserve careful and thorough consideration. As you may know, I supported many of President Obama’s nominees and will support well qualified nominees selected by President Trump as well.

Also, while I have supported sensible environmental protections, I am concerned about the excessive regulations coming out of the EPA in recent years that needlessly impede job creation and hurt the pocketbooks of hard-working Pennsylvanians. Under the Obama Administration, the EPA was especially aggressive in proposing new rules that raised energy prices, imposed onerous compliance costs, undermined economic growth, and put Pennsylvanians out of work. I am hopeful that the next EPA Administrator will take a new direction and pursue a more balanced approach that is mindful of both our economy as well as our environment.

Thank you again for your correspondence. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future if I can be of assistance.

My quick response from cell phone on my lunch break:

Senator Toomey,
The clean energy industry has the ability to create lots of jobs and save humanity at the same time. It’s important that we have sensible regulations that limit carbon emissions. The end of a livable climate on Earth isn’t worth a small dollar savings.
Pruitt doesn’t accept climate change, will work to benefit oil industry, and will help cause the end of humanity.
He is the opposite of a qualified candidate. A vote for Pruitt will put you on the wrong side of history and is a disservice to the lives of the people you represent.
Please support expanding clean energy jobs in PA to achieve your stated goal.
Do you understand and accept that humans are playing a huge role in limiting the time we have for a livable Earth?
Please, on this issue, do the right thing for humanity, and not the oil industry that gives you money.
Extremely concerned,
Brian Sapient

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Sapient - January 27, 2017 at 8:37 pm

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Donation & thanks to Congress people boycotting Trump inauguration

As you probably heard Representative John Lewis has called the election of Donald Trump, illegitimate.  He will not be attending the inauguration, the first since he was elected to congress 31 years ago.  In response, Donald Trump has taken to twitter to lie about John Lewis in a juvenile manner that illustrated Trump’s racism.

Support John Lewis and purchase one of his books now. In one day several have risen to top of sales charts.  Let’s keep them up and stand against racism.

In response, many democrats have decided to make their boycott of Trump’s inauguration public. This is unique as Congress people traditionally attend an inauguration to pay respect to our country’s process of allowing power to shift every 4 or 8 years.

If you’re like me, your searching for ways to ensure that we don’t become a fascist state, or regress significantly over the next few years.  Many of us have taken to calling our congress people everyday and following the lessons we’ve learned in Indivisible.

 

I’ve decided I would donate to the Congress people that are boycotting the Inauguration.  My family recently restructured our budget, cut our leisure budget 90% and will be donating all of that money to prop up America through her rough patch.  I’ve created a list of important charities that are highly rated and extremely efficient, please use it, spread it, support them.  You can also subscribe(free) to the posts from these charities in twitter list and make sure to retweet them to advance their efforts.

In researching the Congress people that are boycotting the Trump inauguration I looked into how close their last election race was.  I found a few that were uncontested and several others that won in landslides.  There are a few Congress people that had slightly closer contests, and I think it would be nice if we sent them a donation to ensure their future success, and let them know we support their boycott.

Listed below are Congress people that are boycotting the inauguration of Donald Trump, in order of how close their victory was.

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Thank you Carol Shea-Porter of New Hampshire District 1 beat a Republican incumbent by just 1.3%!  Make sure you send her a donation so that she’ll maintain her seat in her next election! Call to thank her: 202-225-5456 Donate to Carol Shea-Porter here.

“Instead of going to the Inauguration, I’ll go to religious services to pray for all of our leaders and people, then will serve my district.” – Carol Shea-Porter

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Thank you Kurt Schrader of Oregon District 5.  He won by a 10.5% margin in 2016. Call to thank him: 503-588-9100 Donate to Kurt Schrader here.

“I’m just not a big Trump fan. I’ve met the guy and never been impressed with him. I’ll do my best to work with him when I think he’s doing the right thing for the country. But he hasn’t proved himself to me at all yet, so I respectfully decline to freeze my ass out there in the cold for this particular ceremony.” – Kurt Schrader

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Thank you Pramila Jayapal of Washington District 7.  She won by a 12% margin in 2016. Call to thank her: 202-225-3106 Donate to Pramila Jayapal here.

“Said last wk that I wasn’t attending inauguration.Will be hosting #immigration roundtable in-district, then marching in #WomensMarch on 21st” – Pramila Jayapal

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Thank you Darren Soto of Florida District 9.  He won by a 15% margin in 2016. Call to thank him: 202-225-9889 Donate to Darren Soto here.

“I am deeply disappointed with Trump’s attacks against civil rights hero John Lewis and will not be attending the inauguration as a result” – Darren Soto

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Thank you Chellie Pingree of Maine District 1.  He won by a 16% margin in 2016. Call to thank her: 202-225-6116 Donate to Chellie Pingree here.

“President-elect Trump’s actions go beyond any kind of reasonable debate—they threaten the constitutional values our country is based on. I won’t dignify or normalize those threats by standing by at his ceremony” – Chellie Pingree

 

Thank you Mark Takano of California District 41.  He won by a 30% margin in 2016. Call to thank him: 951-534-6647 Donate to Mark Takano here.

“I stand with @repjohnlewis and I will not be attending the inauguration” – Mark Takano 

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Thank you Ted Lieu of California District 33.  He won by a 33% margin in 2016, and also exposed Trump for lying about Russian hacking. Call to thank him: 323-651-1040 Donate to Ted Lieu here.

“While I do not dispute that Trump won the Electoral College, I cannot normalize his behavior or the disparaging and un-American statements he has made.  I can only hope that Trump will govern differently than he has campaigned. For me, the personal decision not to attend the Inauguration is quite simple: Do I stand with Donald Trump, or do I stand with John Lewis? I am standing with John Lewis.” – Ted Lieu

I’ll update this list if there are any other’s that live in districts with closer races than the above distinguished Congressional Representatives.

kurt

 


Mark

 

Ted

 

Capture

 

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Sapient - January 14, 2017 at 8:36 pm

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Find out who voted to gut the Office of Government Ethics

House Republicans on Monday voted to eviscerate the Office of Congressional Ethics, the independent body created in 2008 to investigate allegations of misconduct by lawmakers after several bribery and corruption scandals sent members to prison.

What’s worse, they are trying to keep their votes a secret.

While the House GOP stripped the new rule today once their efforts were exposed, it is still extremely important to find out which members voted to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics in the first place. Knowing who’s willing to take this step will be key to stopping them from trying again in the future.

Zephyr Teachout is working with the Sunlight Foundation, Demand Progress, and dozens of other groups so we can track who voted to gut their own ethics agency. If Republicans are going to try gut the office that checks corruption in Congress, we deserve to know who voted to make it happen.

Please CALL your Member of Congress and ask the staffer that answers: “Did you vote for the Goodlatte Amendment to gut the Office of Government Ethics?” Report what the Congressmember told you and we’ll add to the public whipsheet.

Content from an activist email from Zephyr Teachout.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Sapient - January 3, 2017 at 1:42 pm

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Please help find social media accounts for these Republican electors

The electors from the following red states won’t have a penalty for changing their vote. I believe we should spend the weekend encouraging these folks to vote for anyone but Trump. They don’t even need to vote for Hillary. If Trump doesn’t reach 270 the vote will go to the House and literally anyone in the Republican party would be safer for America than #SociopathDonald. If you correspond with them be polite and explain how you would personally be affected by their patriotism. If you don’t know what to say, send them this video from The Hamilton Electors.

 

You can also comment on my facebook note for this issue if you find some of these electors (or login with facebook in my comment section).

 

If you can find the twitter, Facebook, or other social media accounts of any of these electors, can you please post them as a comment? If you have their email address, that would work great as well.  I’ll help compile them together and activists can spend the weekend politely asking for these folks to be our heroes.

 

Arizona
  • Bruce Ash of Tucson
  • Walter Begay Jr. of Kayenta
  • Sharon Giese of Mesa
  • Robert Graham of Phoenix (GOP Chair)
  • Alberto Gutier of Phoenix
  • Jerry Hayden of Scottsdale
  • Carole Joyce of Phoenix
  • Jane Pierpoint Lynch of Phoenix (According to Politico, she plans to vote for Gary Johnson in the electoral college or a write-in, not Trump)
  • J. Foster Morgan of Glendale
  • James O’Connor of Scottsdale
  • Edward Robson of Phoenix
Arkansas:
  • Jonelle Fulmer
  • Jonathan Barnett
  • Keith Gibson
  • Sharon Wright
  • Tommy Land
  • John Nabholz
Georgia
  • Bruce Allen Azevedo
  • Brian K Burdette
  • Lott Harris Dill
  • John David Elliott
  • James Randolph Evans
  • Bobbie D. Frantz
  • Linda D. Herren
  • Rachel Blackstone Little
  • Deborah M. McCord
  • Michael Neil McNeely
  • Mary L. Padgett
  • Neil L. Pruitt
  • Joshua Kirk Shook
  • Frank B. Strickland
  • John B. White
Indiana
  • Stephanie Beckley
  • Kevin Steen
  • Kelly Mitchell
  • Daniel Bortner
  • Laura Campbell
  • Jeff Cardwell
  • Donald Hayes
  • Randall Kirkpatrick
  • Edwin Simcox
  • Ethan Manning
  • Chuck Williams
Iowa
  • James Whitmer
  • Don Kass
  • Dylan Keller
  • Alan Braun
  • Krut Brown
  • Polly Granzow
Kansas
  • Ashley J. McMillan of Concordia (vice party chair)
  • Helen Van Etten of Topeka (national committeewoman)
  • Mark Kahrs of Wichita (national committeeman)
  • Ron Estes of Wichita (Kansas State Treasurer)
  • Clayton L. Barker of Leawood (party executive director)
  • Kelly Arnold of Wichita (party chair)
Kentucky
  • Jim Skaggs (Politico lists him as a Republican Trump skeptic who wasn’t sure he’d vote for Trump on Election Day)
  • David Disponett
  • Robert Duncan
  • Michael Carter
  • Scott Lasley
  • Walter Reichert
  • Mary Singleton
  • Troy Sheldon
Louisiana
  • Chris D. Trahan
  • Lloyd A. Harsh
  • Charles L. “Charlie” Buckels
  • Louis Avalone
  • Kay Kellogg Katz
  • Lennie Rhys
  • Garret Monti
  • Steven “Scott” Wilfong
Missouri
  • Tim Dreste (an “anti-abortion radical” according to Politico)
  • Jan DeWeese
  • Hector Maldonado
  • Sherry Kuttenkuler
  • Casey Crawford
  • Tom Brown
  • Cherry Warren
  • Scott Clark
  • Al Rotskoff
  • Susie Johnson
North Dakota
  • Duane Mutch
  • John Olson
  • Ronald Carlisle
Pennsylvania
  • Robert Asher
  • Mary Barket
  • Robert Bozzuto
  • Theodore (Ted) Christian
  • Michael Downing
  • Margaret Ferraro
  • Robert Gleason
  • Christopher Gleason
  • Joyce Haas
  • *Ash Khare
  • James McErlane
  • *Elstina Pickett
  • Patricia Poprik
  • Andrew Reilly
  • Carol Sides
  • Glora “Lee” Snover
  • Richard Stewart
  • Lawrence Tabas
  • Christine Toretti
  • Carolyn “Bunny” Welsh
Tennessee
  • Beth Scott Clayton Amos (State Executive Committee member for the Republican party)
  • Joey Jacobs of Brentwood (Pres & CEO of Acadia Healthcare)
  • Jason Mumpower (Bristol)
  • Susan Mills (Maryville)
  • Liz Holiway (Harriman)
  • Lynne Davis (Lascassas)
  • Tom Lawless (Nashville)
  • Mike Callahan (Monterey)
  • Pat Allen (Clarksville)
  • Shannon Haynes (Alamo)
  • Drew Daniel (Memphis)
Texas
  • Marty Rhymes (Suspicious of Trump, but believes the Clintons are tied to numerous deaths)
  • Thomas Moon
  • Carol Sewell
  • John Harper (Chastised a person who suggested he should vote for Clinton instead)
  • Sherrill Lenz
  • Nicholas Ciggelakis
  • Will Hickman
  • Landon Estay
  • Rex Lamb
  • Rosemary Edwards
  • Matt Stringer
  • Shellie Surles
  • Melissa Kalka
  • Sandra Cararas
  • David Thackston
  • Robert Bruce
  • Margie Forster
  • Scott Mann
  • Marian K. Stanko
  • Tina Gibson
  • Ken Muenzter
  • Alexander Kim (Received a letter from a concerned voter and said he would vote for Trump. “I have no desire for her to become President.”)
  • Virginia Abel
  • Curtis Nelson
  • Kenneth Clark
  • Candace Noble
  • Fred Farias
  • John Dillard
  • Tom Knight
  • Marian Knowlton
  • Rex Teter
  • Stephen (Chris) Suprun Jr. (is not voting for Trump or resigning) @TheChrisSuprun
  • Jon Jewett
  • Susan Fischer
  • Lauren (Loren?) Byers – (Once called Trump a “loose cannon” but told Politico would still vote for Trump in the Electoral College)
  • William Greene
  • Mary Lou Erben
  • Arthur Sisneros (Member of the “liberty movement,” he was recruited to cast his vote against Trump. But now he’s changed his mind)
Utah

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Sapient - December 15, 2016 at 11:03 pm

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Good Americans unite to stop GOP destruction

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