Oklahoma is 48th in education in the U.S., 42nd in health, 44th on public safety and 37th on the economy. usnews.com/news/best-states/ok

When it comes to maternal mortality rates, Oklahoma has 21.1 deaths per 100,000 births; California has 4 per 100,000.
worldpopulationreview.com/stat

These are the issues Oklahoma Republicans should be thinking about. Instead, they're more interested in terrorizing women and inflicting their misogyny on the people of the state.

Everyone is free to practice their own religion or none. Try to convice others that you're right if you want, but there is no to right to force self-declared religious views on others.

We are going down a fast slope towards theocracy when the views of a religious minority are imposed on others in this country that prides itself on freedom.

Oklahoma lawmakers pass bill banning abortions after ‘fertilization’-
washingtonpost.com/politics/20

@TonyStark According to the article, this is what a Republican who isn't pleased with the direction of the party says about the current crop of candidates who want to steal elections: “Crazy is powerful, and it doesn’t get tired.”

Karamo (if she wins) in Michigan, Mastriano in Pennsylvania, whichever Republican wins in Georgia this week – Democrats must vote against them in November.

@TonyStark
It seems like an essy call to vote for Jocelyn Benson. A couple of Republicans, according to the article, are disappointed with her for trying to expand the vote, but I'd say that's a good thing.  

When we see people talking about Civil War in America, keep in mind there's two kinds: those who want it and know what it means and those who want it and DON'T.

The latter are the most dangerous as they're tools of the former. They do NOT know what they're asking for.

I keep getting stuck on the statements repeated by so many so-called pro-life politicians, that they believe children are valuable. (besides the fact that stages of pregnancy exist and an egg that's been fertilized for 15 minutes or 15 weeks isn't a child.)

Correct me if I'm wrong (and I really would like to be wrong here) but have any of these vocal pro-birth advocates said the same thing about women and all pregnant people? All they'd have to say is, "I really value the woman here, too" or "We also have to consider the pregnant person's life." And mean it.

But they don't value them. They only value the role they want them to play: child-bearer.

Carrying a child to term is already dangerous in the US. Imagine if Republicans poured their energy into prenatal care and the important support children and families need once a successful pregnancy happens. That, not forced birth, would actually be pro-life.

What Alito Doesn’t Understand About Pregnancy-
theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/

I try never to listen to the ghoulish Rick Scott, but I caught him on Face The Nation. He's trying to scare voters with the words "open border" and "ballot harvesting" but after that, he really started threatening Americans. He released this plan last month, but Margaret Sullivan asked him about it today.

Scott has a plan that ends Social Security, Medicare, and every single other federal program that people depend on after five years.

Congress raided the Medicare and Social Security trust funds over and over again and allocated this money to the general treasury. Congress owes this money back to Medicare and the two Social Security funds. The way to fix this is for Congress to reallocate the general tax revenue to Social Security and Medicare. Money is fungible. It is not simply gone. All it takes to fix Medicare and Social Security is for Congress to vote to do so.

who will save the programs you and other Americans depend on.

wamc.org/commentary-opinion/20

Both the 2022 and the 2024 elections hinge upon the answer to a pivotal question: Will the majority of voters favor further progress toward multiracial, one-person-one-vote democracy or will the majority vote Republican?

Will voters favor honesty or mendacity? Facts or delusions? Science or quackery? Democracy or autocracy? Equality of opportunity or plutocratic oligarchy?

Will the Republicans continue to successfully sustain and advance plutocracy while garnering support from populists who vote their fears and animosities rather than their own economic interests?

As voters we can prevent this, but we have to vote.

The Republican Party has become the party of increasingly open wanna-be autocrats and proto-facists. The more races they win, the more likely the future of this nation will be anti-democratic. And the rest of the media needs to cover these issues as such.

The Election Denier Who Could Run Michigan’s Elections:
theatlantic.com/politics/archi

@TonyStark
The Republicans blocked some form of legislation to get more baby formula, basically they didn't want to spend 28 mil to keep babies alive 🤔 interesting how they really don't care at the end of the day and it's all about control

Top court in Kansas says okay to Kansas but top court in New York says not okay to New York.

However, this story is much less about how it hurts Democrats and much more about the fact that this is racial gerrymandering by a party that knows it can’t win elections based on the merits of their policy arguments.

They used to try and hide their racism with tricky language. Now it's just out in the open. Get involved in politics at the local level. It's the one real way any of this can change down the road.

Swing Left is a great organization that provides free resources for organizing voter registration drives and letter writing campaigns in contested states which, as not as 2022 as it might sound, actually works.

Here's the link for Kansas, but you can find any state on the site.
swingleft.org/targets/state/ks

Kansas Supreme Court upholds Republican congressional map-
politico.com/news/2022/05/18/k

Lots of Republicans still loving this guy and lots of Republicans loving the former guy who loves him, the guy causing a global famine.

Putin’s Black Sea blockade leaves millions facing global famine-
atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/ukra

@TonyStark So tired of these Republicans telling other people what they is supposed to happen inside their bodies.

@MariaHill
At this point, I wouldn't be surprised to see GOP-controlled states passing legislation, with penalties for enforcement, in support of their beliefs that the sun rotates around the earth, or maybe that the world is flat.

The complete rejection of scientific evidence and years of medical research as to when a fetus is viable outside the womb is being cast aside in this quest for religious intrusion.

In Buffalo, it’s one of the few large public spaces near a major metro downtown area and Humboldt Parkway was the spine of emerging black middle-class neighborhood of Hamlin Park in the 1950s.

As was done in many other cities across the country, the construction of highways cut through predominantly Black neighborhoods and served to displace and disconnect communities which led to the continuation of redlining. And Buffalo was no exception. Furthermore, these interventions undercut economic opportunities and activity within neighborhoods by allowing traffic to bypass city neighborhoods for new auto-centric development. The legacy of these roadways has further created environmental justice concerns where low-income and minority communities are now subjected to high volumes of car and truck emissions."

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Hey all,

I wanted to pass along some word written by a colleague of mine on the history of racial segregation that formed the backdrop to the Buffalo shooting. There's a reason why he knew Black people would be shopping at that Tops:

"I want to share how our work in Equitable Housing connects to communities like the one on Buffalo’s east side. Horrific tragedy aside, the below NYT article highlights a couple of intersections that you may not be familiar with. Unfortunately, I’ve seen and documented communities like this across the country – albeit in another life. However, I was fortunate to visit this Buffalo neighborhood a few times (prior to the building of the TOPS market – but the planning was underway). Community leaders there gave me the grand tour of the neighborhood and historic Humboldt Parkway which, if you recognize the name Frederick Olmstead, is the landscape architect known for NY’s Central Park and the U.S. Capitol design...."

The honest answer is that there isn’t much either party can do about inflation.

We have an imbalance between demand and supply due to the pandemic and Putin’s war. It’s a worldwide problem and all that can be done is to mitigate the pain. Democrats are trying to do that. Republicans can't even support supplying baby formula as a group.

The Republicans never have a plan to build anything good. Remember Obamacare? Republicans ranted and raved about how awful it was and how it would ruin the country, but when asked where their health care plan was, they never had one. They never came up with a single alternative.

Republicans legislate using fear. Whatever the Democrats want or do, they get out the fear machine, but when asked what they would do: it's nothing. No answers, no plan, no helpful contributions, nothing. Just more fear. That is the utterly useless Republican Party in a nutshell.

Opinion | Psst: Republicans don’t have a plan to fight inflation, either:
washingtonpost.com/opinions/20

Ford did what Tesla won't

Last fall, Ford began parading a 1978 F-100 pickup truck around the country. But for Ford, this car was far more than a pretty new truck — it was a way to sh...

m.youtube.com/watch?v=QUU-DaOS

Buffalo, NY mass shooting 

"We are the only industrialized country on the face of this Earth that forces our citizens to live this way.

We can change this.

We can save lives.

And if this Congress refuses to act, then we must elect one that will.

With courage,

Gabby Giffords"

It's the hate, but more than that, it's still the guns. 3/3

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