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If you were watching The Last Word tonight you saw this, but it's good enough to watch twice.

The West Wing opening theme, with an update for the Biden admin.

youtube.com/watch?v=HKijXY86J9

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Welcome to democracy.town. I’m Maria, one of the moderators here. Administrator @TonyStark, our other moderators @NatashaRomanoff, @SteveRogers, and our many other friends met as part of the Resistance four years ago. Now we can focus on other liberal/progressive priorities and restoring our democracy, hence our name change. Our primary purpose is to share information on elections, encourage voter participation, and discuss politics but we also like to enjoy ourselves. Please check out “about this server” in the lower left corner of this page to learn more.

If you need help here, tag a mod or send a DM.

We are based in the USA and focused mostly on domestic politics. We welcome friends from other places (and I personally like talking about international politics).

Finally, we're in a pandemic. if you can and .

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Today, voting rights are under attack nationally as Republican state legislators introduce and pass laws to put up barriers to participation in our elections.

We see it in the news every day. However, Americans are coming together to fight back. 

Sign up for a May 8 day of action to demand the passage of the For the People Act, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, D.C. Statehood, and to address one of the greatest obstacles to the passage of civil and voting rights – the filibuster.

Find an event near you or sign up for the virtual event. :CTA:

johnlewisdayofaction.org/lewis

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Seeing high percentages of Americans vaccinated has been heartening, but always bittersweet because we don't live in an insular world. I live in a large cosmopolitan city where I know people from every continent who worry about family in their home countries. This instance is USA-based, but we have fediverse friends from all over and I am glad to see vaccination rates increasing elsewhere. Whether you worry about covid spread in other countries because you care about people you love, because you care about people in general, or because you care about variants coming to your own country, high vaccination rates in other parts of the world are good news.

washingtonpost.com/world/europ

We know that the key to getting back to normal is getting most people vaccinated. As of today, about 44.7% of the total American population (55.6% of eligible Americans 16+) have been vaccinated.

Vaccine hesitancy isn't necessarily the problem. As this Vox author explains, the people who have already been vaccinated are the most enthusiastic. Lopez compares us (and democracy.town users are overall excited about getting our ) to those who buy a new iPhone the day it comes out. But then the demand drops. Eventually other people buy one too, when they get around to it.

I signed up for a vaccine as soon as I could, and when my J&J shot was cancelled, went two counties away for the Pfizer I could get instead. A lot of people can't or won't go to that effort, but will get their shot if it's convenient. Vaccines need to be made convenient so we can save lives and return to normal.

vox.com/2021/5/5/22419281/covi

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News for Joe Manchin: this is bipartisan.

The Republicans have made their contribution by state legislation. It’s his turn to add the democratic concerns. What the State GOP houses are doing is partisan change to our voting rights.

This is why we need a bigger majority in the Senate, so we don't need to count on this guy. If he's really opposed to partisan changes to voting rights law, then he would vote for this damn bill. That will prevent either side from using them.

HR1 and HR4 need to get passed or democracy dies. It is really that simple.

washingtonpost.com/politics/hr

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@TonyStark
DeSantis has said new restrictions are needed to shore up election security which isn't a problem and already exists. This is voter suppression.

This is their lie, which they repeat over and over again to justify their voter suppression. They make it sound as though there are no laws, nothing is being enforced and everyone is registering as Donald Duck and Mary Poppins in order to vote 20 times. It's ridiculous. They know they are losing and determined to change the rules in order to keep power. It won't work.

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It is un-American. It's also anti-democratic.

DeSantis is afraid that he can't win the governor's race in Florida (and therefore, lose his shot at President, 2024) so he has to suppress the vote of the majority which he suspects will not vote for him.

Republicans are intent on voter suppression because they have no agenda for the people. They would have to run against reducing child poverty and helping middle American families and other popular Democratic policy, so they are resorting to whatever means possible, democracy be damned.

Not only do we need to pass federal voter protection laws but we also need to track down every creator and supporter of these anti-voting bills and run and support candidates to remove every one from office.

Florida gov signs GOP voting law critics call 'un-American'-
news.yahoo.com/desantis-signs-

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2 links-

1, thank you President Biden. This is the right thing to do.
Biden administration to waive vaccine patent protection -
washingtonpost.com/health/2021

2, your second Covid vaccine is just as important as the first -

washingtonpost.com/health/2021

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Motto for the people behind this recount: the fraud starts here.

Observers report ballots and laptop computers have been left unattended in Arizona recount, according to secretary of state-
washingtonpost.com/politics/ar

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That's because he tweeted 90% of the stuff about himself, himself.

Social media interactions about Trump fall 90 percent since January- thehill.com/homenews/administr

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@Nebula

"Bipartisanship" to Republicans means, and has always meant: Democrats doing what Republicans want when the Democrats are in charge.

You'll notice that during Trump's 4 years in office, bipartisanship wasn't even mentioned by them.

Democrats should ignore them. Most people are seeing just how vacuous and asinine the accusations from Republicans and their supporters in regards to bipartisanship are.

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Going to be a little bit difficult to be bipartisan with this clown:

-McConnell told reporters in Kentucky that "100 percent of my focus is on stopping this new administration." 
thehill.com/homenews/senate/55

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Here are 2 things you can do today to help maintain and fight for U.S. democracy:

Have you experienced any obstacles, difficulties, or issues while registering to vote, casting your ballot, or getting your vote counted? The stories of real people are powerful and persuasive and Stacey Abrams' Fair Fight Action is collecting them. Head over to Fair Fight Action to share yours- myvotingstory.com/?

And you can help make calls to collect these voting stories. These story-collection phone banks are happening Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Sign up here. Fair Fight Action does amazing work to protect the vote.
mobilize.us/fairfight/event/38? :CTA:

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@TonyStark
Demonizing the IRS is just another facet of the right's attack on good government.

If my goal was to build my own dynastic wealth by undermining faith in the government while clamoring for tax cuts based on a successful propaganda campaign to sell Ayn Rand to lower and middle income America, I would oppose the IRS funding.

Not being that, I'm 100% with Joe Biden. Enforce the damn laws, fund the IRS.

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It's a fallacy Republicans push that corporations would take tax cuts and reinvest into their businesses or workforce. This has been proven time and time again with every major Republican tax cut package that has been passed since Reagan.

The GQP has tried to cut taxes on the wealthy and corporations to zero, and when that hasn't (quite) worked, they simply gutted the IRS so no one would catch them cheating.

Build the IRS back. Restore fair taxes on corporations and the wealthy, and make sure there's adequate enforcement capability to make everyone pay their share. That's everyone as in all of us.

Opinion | Five former IRS commissioners: Biden’s proposal would create a fairer tax system:
washingtonpost.com/opinions/fi

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@BruceBanner @TonyStark The self-described fiscal conservatives I know like to talk about investment, but what they really mean by that is putting money into things that are going to exclusively benefit them or their interests. In their view, things that will help people they don't like (even if they will also benefit) are just "tax and spend."

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It's always interesting to see how writers who twisted themselves into knots to cut the former guy breaks similarly twist themselves into knots to try to find things to criticize Biden for.

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