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With the turnover in Minnesota’s state legislature from Republican-controlled to Democrat-controlled in the last election comes a plan to expand voter rights and put campaign finance into the hands of the people.

Acts like this are just one of the many reasons why elections do matter and who you choose to represent you does, too.

If you live in Minnesota, tell your state representative to support and co-sponsor this bill. If you don’t, help spread the word and look for bills like this to support in your own state. If there aren’t any, find some fellow organizers.

Minnesota’s Democracy for the People Act Unpacked/Democracy Docket-
democracydocket.com/analysis/m

HF 3 Status in the House for the 93rd Legislature (2023 - 2024)-
revisor.mn.gov/bills/bill.php?

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@TonyStark This is great. Democrats do things for the people, as we all know. :voteblue:

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The Republicans use culture war propaganda as a distraction.

Without health insurance, most people would be bankrupt with a single hospitalization.

But that’s what Republicans want. One party is out to help most people. The other is dead set against them.

Opinion When Republicans rant about ‘socialism,’ remember the Affordable Care Act-
wapo.st/3l9cXuD

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@TonyStark Of course that’s what Republicans want. Poor people will work for less money that way. Hope the Republican voters who apparently are relying on the ACA are paying attention.

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@TonyStark Here's one. This isn't an ACA plan. There's an early paragraph that's a bit misleading. It says that 1 in 7 claims are denied and then gives the figure of ACA plan denials that aren't appealed.

We need more socialized health care, not less.

The United States government funds the development of drugs, then the drug companies turn around and make huge profits on them. If they decide your treatment is too expensive, they can deny it and try to make you pay out of pocket like they did with Christopher McNaughton. He was facing nearly a million dollars of denied claims for his ulcerative colitis and a lapse in his care could have left him with no treatment that would have worked. UnitedHealthcare kept denying his claims and decided to pay for a drug that was four times the cost of the original one his doctors wanted because it matched their arcane rules.

Medicare for All won't solve everything but it would be an improvement.

propublica.org/article/unitedh

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@Drax
1000% agreed.

Everyone needs to be "Green Shirt Guy".

@TonyStark

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This GOP House has removed two highly experienced members of the Intelligence Committee and now removed another experienced member who made a comment, not a personal threat, from a committee for which they are well-qualified. Look no further than that to see the GOP hasn't evolved to care about the country, only themselves.

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President Joe Biden on Instagram:

"We added more than half a million jobs to our economy in January, exceeding expectations by a long shot. We’re building an America we can take pride in – one where working families have good-paying jobs and more breathing room."

instagram.com/p/CoN5EtQs22r/?i

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#law

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If you want a response to any of these comments, see my general FAQ page:

🔹 “There are never any consequences!”

🔹“The consequences haven’t been harsh enough and that’s why Republicans keep committing crimes.”

🔹 “At least while they are in jail, they can’t commit any crimes.”

🔹 “If all lawbreakers are not brought to justice, it means rule of law in America is dead.”

terikanefield.com/frequently-a

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🔹 “Using just the evidence available through public reporting there is enough evidence to convict Trump.”

🔹“The process takes too long which shows that the system is hopelessly broken.”

🔹“Justice Delayed is Justice Denied.”

🔹“At least indicting Trump would provide some very solid schadenfreude.”

🔹“The entire system is corrupt. Just look at _______ (example).”

🔹“Trump has been committing crimes all of his life. Anyone else would have been in prison by now.”

🔹“Just lock him up already.”

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🔹 “Stop saying that we have a political problem. We have a law enforcement problem."

🔹"Committing crimes is always wrong and anyone who breaks the law should be punished harshly.”

🔹“You can’t go by the book when the book is burning” or
“Democrats / the DOJ is bringing a knife to a gunfight.”

🔹"Nothing else matters if Trump is not indicted."

Here's the link: terikanefield.com/frequently-a

I wrote this page because I get the same comments repeatedly and I get a bit testy.😉

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Some highlights from the accompanying document ...

DATES: Comments must be received on or before [INSERT DATE 60 DAYS AFTER DATE OF PUBLICATION IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER].

ADDRESSES: Interested parties may file a comment online or on paper by following the instructions in the Request for Comment part of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below.

***Write “Non-Compete Clause Rulemaking, Matter No. P201200” on your comment, and file your comment online at regulations.gov, by following the instructions on the web-based form.

If you prefer to file your comment on paper, mail your comment to the following address: Federal Trade Commission, Office of the Secretary, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite CC-5610 (Annex C), Washington, DC 20580.

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We must fight the Republican agenda. They have been trying to undermine democracy for decades.
Exerpt from The Educational Legacy of Ronald Reagan by Gary K. Clabaugh:
“ Once elected, Mr. Reagan
• called for an end to free tuition for state college and university students
• demanded 20 percent cuts in higher education funding
• repeatedly slashed funds for state campuses
• engineering the firing of Clark Kerr, the highly respected presi-
dent of the University of California
• declaring that the state “should not subsidize intellectual curiosity”
“He called protesting students “brats,” “freaks,” and “cowardly fascists.” And when it came to “restoring order” on unruly campuses he observed,“If it takes a bloodbath, let’s get it over with. No more appeasement!”Days later four Kent State students were shot to death during a protest rally. In the aftermath Mr. Reagan declared his remark was only a “figure of speech.” He added that anyone who was upset by it was “neurotic.”

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We all laughed at Trump but nobody was still laughing later. DeSantis clearly believes he can also govern 49 other states if he can stoke up enough outrage. The billionaires know Dolt 45 is history but would love this horrible man to be their No. 47 enabler.

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I posted about this about a month ago: democracy.town/@TonyStark/1096

Non-competes are anti-workers’ rights.

Estimates are that about 30 million U.S. workers, many of them in low-wage jobs, would have better career opportunities, higher wages, and better benefits and working conditions with this rule in effect The FTC is asking for public comments through March 20. Please submit a comment in favor of this rule. :CTA:

regulations.gov/document/FTC-2

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Let's just call this out for what it is. A certain segment of our population can't abide the notion that education might inspire a broader perspective. That might encourage more compassion and understanding and undermine fear and the resulting dehumanization and cruelty.

Understanding and empathy for others interferes with their power.

People like Ron DeSantis are anti-democratic, anti-society, and must be forcefully challenged and opposed.

Erasing Black History Is Not the Role of the College Board-
nytimes.com/2023/02/04/opinion

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Josh Shapiro was an impressive candidate because he is an impressive person who cares about the needs of all Pennsylvanians.

Shapiro made a big effort to listen to and work with people regardless of their personal politics long before he ran for governor. That paid off for him but also for Pennsylvania. He’s a rising star that we Democrats can count on now and for future higher political office and is just the kind of leader we need.

Something Very Important for Democrats Just Happened in Pennsylvania-
nytimes.com/2023/02/02/opinion

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@TonyStark

Democrats want to govern; they want to pass legislation and take action to improve people's lives. He sounds great.

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Curious about how election polls work? Check out this NPR podcast to learn all about the science of polling. ow.ly/r9iP50MCTgV

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@TonyStark Please share as necessary, Florida made a change to mail ballot rules, and all existing auths/requests were voided on Jan 1, 2023. I just found this out from this article: theguardian.com/us-news/2023/f

I've re-authorized my mail ballots through to the next general election, all florida voters should check and fix their status.

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