Contact your state representative and ask their position on exploratory drilling in the Porcupine Wilderness…and why. (That is all. This is practice for a habit of demanding accountability from our representatives.)
Stock up on postcards. More avalanches coming.
READING AND RESOURCES
Lies and the lying liars who tell them.
*”Trump told the sheriffs, ‘the murder rate in our country is the highest it’s been in 47 years.’“ Actually, it is nearly at the lowest point it has been in 50 years. (From the Washington Post)
*POTUS — as Donald J. Trump — tweets on 7Feb2017: “It is a disgrace that my full cabinet is still not in place, the longest such delay in the history of our country. Obstruction by Democrats!”
Actually, Obama’s cabinet holds that title.
McConnell silences Warren on the Senate floor last night, accuses her of conduct unbecoming a Senator.
But this guy (Jeff Merkley, D-OR) wasn’t stopped from reading it.
Text of Coretta Scott King’s letter read by Warren. Letter plus full statement to the 1986 Senate Judiciary Committee here.
Heavens to Betsy! Penny payments to petition signers means “paid support” for DeVos.
“The Russia Review Act would require the White House to submit a report detailing why it was seeking to lift sanctions, setting into motion a 120-day review period where Congress could vote to disapprove of easing the penalties on the country, according to a summary of the measure provided to CNN.”
More from the data erasure/rush to save data front lines.
People like us.
Plenty of “how to best influence your legislator” checklists have been floating around, but here’s a fresh one from Barney Frank. His includes “make sure you are registered to vote.” Not just so you can vote, but because he says they check.
Also mentioning this one from Medium, because it’s nice to get reinforcement that what we’ve been doing is spot on.
Fabulous tool from ProPublica that tracks each item of legislation with a summary, how representatives and senators voted, and any statements released by a given representative about that item. Tech savvy folks, note it includes an API.
ProPublica story explains the tool and its history.
Remember/meet: Patsy Mink, champion of Title IX and universal health care.
CARTOON: Mike Lukovich / Atlanta Journal Constitution