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:
washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/20

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:
washingtonpost.com/opinions/20

@TonyStark

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.

@RegnatPopulus The cost of living in much of the northeast is ridiculous. There are things like affordable housing set-asides in Maryland, but it's not nearly enough for everyone who needs it. Democratic policies are helpful, but we are going to need more of them on a federal level. States can't do it all alone.

:CTA:
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-
brennancenter.org/our-work/res

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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@TonyStark

The party will do their best to run those nine out. Can't have democracy supporters in the Republican Party, not in 2021 or 2022.

@SteveRogers

May seem like a short time to wait for SCOTUS - but this delay will result in severe trauma for many Texas women and pregnant people and trauma to the people that surround and care about them...to the tune of a $10,000 government payoff to the strangers who don't even know them.

Unbelievable what this new brand of obstructionist, extremist Republicans are capable of getting away with.

Supreme Court Again Refuses to Block Texas Abortion Law-
nytimes.com/2021/10/22/us/supr

@TonyStark
When a one term failed fascist President gets to appoint one third of the court, something’s wrong.

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 -
thehill.com/homenews/state-wat

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.

Stop a pandemic or buy a bunch of Christmas junk nobody needs.

I'll go with stop a pandemic.

Biden’s vaccine mandate has cargo giants in a pre-holiday panic-
politico.com/news/2021/10/21/j

It's been fun to watch our PA Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman troll Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick over all of the voter fraud in the 2020 election being committed by Republicans. Fetterman asked that he get his reward for reporting the "dude in Forty Fort" in Sheetz gift cards.

Rachel Maddow just reported that Dan Patrick just paid a $25,000 check - not Sheetz or Wawa cards - to a different PA dude, Democratic poll worker Eric Frank from Chester County. The double-voting Republican’s lawyer said it was a mistake and blames the Democratic poll worker!

dallasnews.com/news/politics/2

@NIckFury
This is a good time to remind everyone that the whole pandemic could be over by now if TFG had taken it seriously and even had already GOTTEN VACCINATED.

@phillyaccent Here's hoping Dan Patrick goes broke paying these out. It was a stupid bet to make considering Republicans' record of dead grandmas casting Trump votes.

@NIckFury
Gifts don't matter to me as long as my loved ones are healthy. All I want for the holidays is for everyone to

@phillyaccent
Omg, I was watching& it was hilarious! He asked the poll worker if he could do it& was told it was illegal, then still showed up an hour or two later to try. No mistake, just a blooming idiot! Good on the poll worker for catching him!

202 Republicans voted to let this slide.  Only 9 voted to uphold the contempt.  This is from a party who spent 28 months investigating Hillary Clinton. And they just want a mulligan for attacking our Capital. 

What a bunch of BS. 

Dems overcome GOP opposition, vote to hold Bannon in contempt-
msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/d

@SteveRogers
"House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy suggested yesterday that he doesn't even consider the Jan. 6 committee that issued the subpoena to be a "real" committee."

You had chances, McCarthy, and you blew them all. You could have had a bipartisan commission, but you blew it. You could have named legitimate non-surrectionist Republicans to the select committee, but you blew it.

Even after blowing all your chances, two Republicans are still on the select committee, McCarthy. How do you not notice that?

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