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One of the things I think it's most important to share on social media is any way to take positive action to defend democracy.

This year, redistricting after the 2020 census is going on. As states come out with new voting district maps, it's important to contact lawmakers about the maps.

However, saying: “I want a fair map, no gerrymandering” isn't enough. As a friend said to me, “I understand the best testimony is very specific to the proposed district, but I don’t know to get that specific information.”

Here’s how. Anyone can do this, and it’s quick.

First, look at the map to see what's going on where you live. See where single counties are sliced into 2, 3, or more voting districts. The more splits, the worse the map. A specific comment could say: “5 counties are each split into 3 separate voting districts, and another is split into 4. A fair map minimizes splits." 1/2

6 Tips for Making Effective Comments at a Redistricting Hearing-

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Next, look closer to home at geography you know. See where they drew the line(s). Do the maps respect communities and neighborhoods, or not? For example, Cincinnati, OH is split in half. The eastern half is in a district with seven rural counties. The city and the rural areas have little in common, not like the city would have if left intact in a single voting district. The map makers deliberately diluted the city’s vote. It’s textbook gerrymandering.

These examples should get you started.

When I started looking at maps in this way, things began to pop out, for instance, a low-income area split into different districts. Address the things you see. Identifying vote dilution is a good way to begin.

Then show up at redistricting meetings, write letters to the editor, share the information with people you know, tell your legislators what you want, and vote in people locally who want non-partisan, ungerrymandered maps.

If we want a fair democracy, we have to put in the work. 2/2

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I can't believe anyone who cares anything about this democracy would do anything else. The only way the Bolshevik Trumpists are going to be exorcised from the GOP is crushing defeats in the next few elections.

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If you or I were as terrible at our job as McCarthy is at his, we'd have been fired many years ago. But he's angling for a big promotion. And as Adam Schiff said in an interview, earlier this week, if McCarthy becomes the Speaker of the House in 2022, Donald Trump will become the de facto Speaker of the House. Mull that one over for a while.

Trumpers want a Republic. They just don't want a democratically-elected Republic. Don't confuse a republic with a democratic republic. Trumpers don't.

And vote Republicans out of office at the local level, too. My area has municipal elections next week. I'm voting for Democrats across the whole ballot. Local politicians work their way up into state legislatures, and that's where gerrymandering happens. Then they work their way up into Congress. They need to be defeated before they can move on.  :voteblue:

Opinion | Kevin McCarthy’s vile attack on Liz Cheney shows the dangers of a GOP House:

In Germany, global warming is changing more than just the climate. It’s changing politics, too.

Layers of dried mud on sidewalks, concrete roads turned to gravel and time worn stone bridges washed away.


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They took the advisory positions thinking Sinema would be, well, taking their advice on how to help Arizonans and all Americans. Instead, she's doing the exact opposite of helping -unless your're a corporation or donor.

I'd be out too.

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@AgentCarter_SSR I was surprised anyone was still using real-prop guns for movies.

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There's no reason to ever use live rounds, even 'blanks' on a set. While accidents of this nature on set are rare, they shouldn't be occurring at all. This move to using CGI to portray muzzle flashes is the safest and smartest route and I hope to see more movie and tv productions take this route.

ABC’s ‘The Rookie’ Bans “Live” Guns on Set
The change, effective Friday, comes in the wake of the fatal shooting on the set of Alec Baldwin's 'Rust.'

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For reference, here's what she's against: - vision, dental, hearing coverage for Medicare, allowing Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices, lowering the Medicare eligibility age to 60, making permanent the +$1,000 - $1,600 per child expanded child tax credit, paid parental leave, grants for utility companies to develop alternative energies, grants to build/renovate schools, pre-K, community college, jobs/skills training, the corporate tax rate rising from 21% to 26%, and the top income tax rate for Americans making over $400,000 rising 37% to 39.6%. The top capital gains rate would also go from 20% to 25%. Americans making under $400,000 see no tax increases. These tax rates would still overall by LOWER than what we had in the 90's and what we had from 2012-2017 which were also low by historical standards.

I'd leave, too.

Sinema advisers resign, calling her an obstacle to progress-

Coming on the heels of a summer that featured record setting heat waves, wildfires and floods all exacerbated by climate change.

More than two-thirds of Republicans continue to insist that climate change is “not an emergency,” according to a new Yahoo News/YouGov poll.


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People's reproductive choices are not other people's business. Not your employer's, not the state's.

It came out this week that DC police officers were told to have abortions or lose their jobs. 10 Black women are suing the department over a culture of harassment, plus a separate suit over the coerced abortions, which took place in the 1980s and 1990s.

DC Metro Police have always treated DC residents badly. No surprise that the rot starts at the top.


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It is civility and compromise that allows democracy to work. I have another post on that same subject.

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Arizona Republican anti-vaxxers/antimaskers are providing more aid and comfort to COVID and electoral conspiracy theories than to the people they are supposed to serve.

We deserve better than this.

Arizona attorney general asks for restraining order to block federal vaccine mandate -

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It is sad in America that in the year 2021 this country is still talking about abortion. You want one get one. You do not want one, do not get it. Very simple to me.

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How about everyone decide what state they'd prefer to live in, regardless of geography? I bet a bunch of people in Texas would sure like to be residents of New Mexico instead, where no one is trying to suppress their vote.

Let's see, Maryland has top-notch schools and Maryland 8th graders rank significantly higher than the national average in reading (2019 numbers), while West Virginia eighth graders rank significantly lower than average. In math, Maryland 8th graders are average, while West Virginia 8th graders are again, below average. Where do you want your kids to go to school? Oh, that's right, Republicans don't need no education. It's all about the low taxes. West Virginia does have low taxes, and that's what you get for your low taxes.

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Venice saw a record five exceptional floods over six weeks in late 2019 that triggered fears about the impact of worsening climate change on the Italian lagoon city beloved by tourists.

Flooding in Venice worsens off-season amid climate change


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Trump's new social network is preparing to launch... look familiar?


I advise you get on blocking the below domains.

You knew it was going to happen.

Boost it far and wide!




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@ClintBarton @TonyStark a textbook example of why politicians should have to divest from specific holdings and put everything into a blind trust

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