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If your political ideology involves beating up people who don't agree with you, count me out.

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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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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.

For reference, here's what she's against: - vision, dental, hearing coverage for Medicare, allowing Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices, lowering the Medicare eligibility age to 60, making permanent the +$1,000 - $1,600 per child expanded child tax credit, paid parental leave, grants for utility companies to develop alternative energies, grants to build/renovate schools, pre-K, community college, jobs/skills training, the corporate tax rate rising from 21% to 26%, and the top income tax rate for Americans making over $400,000 rising 37% to 39.6%. The top capital gains rate would also go from 20% to 25%. Americans making under $400,000 see no tax increases. These tax rates would still overall by LOWER than what we had in the 90's and what we had from 2012-2017 which were also low by historical standards.

I'd leave, too.

Sinema advisers resign, calling her an obstacle to progress-
thehill.com/homenews/senate/57

People's reproductive choices are not other people's business. Not your employer's, not the state's.

It came out this week that DC police officers were told to have abortions or lose their jobs. 10 Black women are suing the department over a culture of harassment, plus a separate suit over the coerced abortions, which took place in the 1980s and 1990s.

DC Metro Police have always treated DC residents badly. No surprise that the rot starts at the top.

fox5dc.com/news/exclusive-anot

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

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

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.

@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

Enabling and siding with tax cheats is just one of the obvious symptoms of the diseased state of the Republican Party.

Too many American citizens fail to understand the extent to which polarized American politics—polarized primarily due to Republicans’ commitment to obstructionism and demagoguery—threatens the future of our democratic republic.

The Republican Party promotes plutocratic oligarchy. The GOP’s authoritarian practices ensure the ideal of a government of, by and for all of the people is in peril and is becoming irrelevant here just as it has elsewhere.

In addition to Hungary - Turkey, Poland and, most obviously, Russia provide further examples of this authoritarian and ultimately autocratic trend.

It was civility and compromise that allowed democracy to work. Unvarnished greed and lust for power have replaced these needed properties. It's fun to ignore but it's extremely dangerous. And the IRS proposal should have stayed like it was.
latimes.com/business/story/202

@TonyStark
Republicans are fine with violence and threats of violence if they come from right wingers. Let some BLM protesters disrupt a few school board meetings and see how they react. 

This is great news and will take us one step closer to being out of the pandemic. I got my booster already. Get yours when you're eligible. Let's all pitch in and help.

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine found 90.7% effective in kids 5 to 11 :
npr.org/sections/health-shots/

@SteveRogers CO-04 Rep. Ken Buck was not one of the nine. Just saying.
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@TonyStark @SteveRogers
Not content with an insurrection at the Capitol, now the Retrumplicans want to make sure every school board meeting can be assaulted by MAGA storm troopers.  

@SteveRogers It's disgraceful yet right on brand for Republicans. Like Adam Shiff, I was pleasantly surprised to see that 9 actually voted to uphold it.

Why is it that when people criticize violence and racism, Republicans get upset? If Republicans see a memo for addressing violent extremists and assume it’s about them and their supporters, I think they’re just revealing their true colors. It’s basically an admission that they’re domestic terrorists.

There is no right to assault or threaten people with physical harm or death.  

Interesting that Gym Jordan is complaining about a snitch line; isn’t that exactly what his Texas Republican pals have set up against abortion providers? There's not much of a path forward for this country unless Republicans start living in reality.

Garland defends school board memo from GOP 'snitch line' attacks:
thehill.com/homenews/house/577

@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?

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

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