Tuesday, October 26th.
If you're voting in Alaska, you also have the option to vote early for the Nov 2 election! Unfortunately, New Hampshire does not yet have #EarlyVoting in place, so you'll have to make a second trip next week.
Does your state offer #EarlyVoting ?
As of April 2021, 39 states and the District of Columbia permitted no excuse early voting. Another five states utilized all-mail voting systems, eliminating the need for early voting.
In-Person Early Voting has already started in many states! Avoid the crowds and find a time convenient for you!
People of WVA, there’s a reason you don’t have broadband, affordable daycare, health insurance, drivable roads...yep, this guy.
Basically, Manchin thinks if you have $100 left after taxes, healthcare, shelter, food, transportation, childcare, dental & vision care, utilities (and more), you are too wealthy to qualify for any assistance. But those making $400k/year and up are too poor to tax. W.T.F.
Sen. Joe Manchin wants to restrict who gets the child tax credit. These West Virginians may pay the price if he gets his way:
Struggling parents don't pony up and pay his PAC. Or hire lobbyists. So those are not the people he cares about.
Trump and his ignorant GQP gangsters and bootlickers have already killed hundreds of thousands of Americans in various ways, but mostly by turning COVID into the much more deadly Trump Plague. But their delusional and depraved denial of the facts coupled with Trump's relentless attacks on the environment make them an existential threat to organized human life on the entire planet.
Trump, in fact, deliberately accelerated climate change by turning over pristine land and costal waters to fossil fuel interests, by denigrating renewable energy ("windmills cause cancer") and by gutting the EPA by moving their offices so far away that irreplaceable climate scientists had no choice but to quit, which was exactly what Trump wanted them to do.
Youngkin isn't as far from Trump as he wants people to believe. Look at his policies. #Virginia- go vote for Terry McAuliffe if you haven't.
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The article says that 93% of West Virginians receiving the credit would benefit from it being permanent. That's an astounding number. For some families this is making rent. Others already spend every dollar on bills, and this allows them to buy clothes and shoes for their kids. Many schools make families pay for kids to participate in sports. This is not having to say to your kid sorry, we can't afford for you to play basketball or baseball or soccer. We can't afford to rent a clarinet and the marching band uniform. This is being able to have a small birthday party. Not having life be so hard all the time. Why does Joe Manchin think that kids don't deserve those things no matter who their parents – and in many families it's retired grandparents – are?
And of the 7% able to just put it into savings, possibly for their kids to go to college/trade school and not take on debt? Great! Manchin is pushing to cut free community college too! Let those families save it if they can.
Manchin is stepping all over West Virginians who work hard and through no fault of their own, need this assistance to be permanent.
The U.S. is an absolute outlier amongst developed nations as far as how much we spend on children.
Well-off countries contribute an average of $14,000 per year for a toddler’s care, compared with $500 in the U.S. There's no good reason to be against doing more on a permanent basis.
The United States spends less on its citizens, on a social safety net, than any other developed country. That is not something we should be proud of.
Manchin seems to have very little compassion for the people he claims to care about. He will never be forced to choose between paying the rent/mortgage, the utilities, for food, or medical care. He has not lived through periods of extended unemployment. Many Americans have.
We have a group of people who feel entitled: the richest. We have corporations that feel entitled. Working Americans have needs that are being sacrificed to this entitlement. I find it ironic that Manchin claims to champion independence and freedom from entitlement while drawing his salary from the government and helping out his rich sponsors.
Sinema seemed to understand this a short time ago, but also fell down to a few dollars. Republicans are still worse, but it’s getting close.
@TonyStark It doesn't seem possible for Republicans' ideas to get any lower, but I'm sure there's still room.
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. #ElectionsMatter
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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.
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-
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