No electricity when it's hot or cold. Hundreds died. Sky-high electricity bills for Texans still suffering from Abbott's bad decisions during Covid (which Texas isn't done with.)

Greg Abbott: Best I can do is gun stuff.

Requiring a permit and proper training seems like a good idea and this seems like a bad, bad, bad idea.

Texas governor signs bill allowing concealed handguns without permit-
reuters.com/world/us/texas-gov

IF YOU CARE ABOUT YOUNG PEOPLE VOTING, you should know about The Civics Center.

About 4 million people turn 18 every year in the US. Most are eligible to register to vote before they graduate from high school, but will they register? In Georgia, between the November 2020 and the runoff election January 5, 2021, tens of thousands of young people turned 18 and became eligible to register to vote in the runoff.

Laura Brill took on this challenge and her work became The Civics Center. Find the info to join The Civics Center’s postcarding efforts at their website under the tab “About.” Their efforts, along with others', were instrumental in turning out voters for Georgia's last Senate races and they now work all over the country.

Check out their resources and programs at the website. Consider a donation. Now’s the time to begin organizing toward registering young people to vote in the November races. :CTA:
thecivicscenter.org/volunteer

$250,000,000 in the state budget for a border wall that's been proven useless many times over. He also wants Texans to give him their own land and money for the rest.

$0 in the state budget to help Texans pay the billions of dollars of increased utility bills they face from ERCOT's ineptitude, and zero done addressing the fact that ERCOT is still running Texas' electricity grid, even though it cannot manage hot weather, let alone cold.

Vote Greg Abbott out? If I were in Texas, I'd be demanding he resign.

Gov. Greg Abbott announces Texas is providing initial $250 million "down payment" for border wall-
texastribune.org/2021/06/16/te

2 other news headlines yesterday in the New York Times and AP:

•"People hospitalized with COVID-19 now have one overwhelming thing in common. They're not vaccinated."
•"Many Post-Covid Patients Are Experiencing New Medical Problems, Study Finds"

It amazes me that so many people are afraid to get the vaccine because of uncertainty about the "long term effects of the vaccine" (unfounded) but are willing to gamble on the what's becoming known, long term effects of a Covid infection. And this article and the others show there are plenty of reasons to be concerned about the long-term impacts of a Covid infection.

Don't be this man. If you're not or still need a second shot, get a Covid vaccine.

Texas man who declined COVID-19 vaccine speaks out after undergoing double lung transplant-
abcnews.go.com/Health/texas-ma

This isn't a setback just for Joe Biden. It's a setback for the whole planet.

This is positively Orwellian - the oil-producing states claim they will suffer "irreparable injury" if they even temporarily are restrained from their business of inflicting actual irreparable injury on the entire planet.

But this is what happens when get the courts get filled with cretinous right-wing servants of the coal, oil and gas lobby aka Trump appointees. Elections matter.

U.S. judge orders resumption in federal drilling auctions in setback for Biden-
reuters.com/business/energy/us

The Justice Department must be depoliticized. Pandemics must be depoliticized. Legal voter access to democratic participation must be depoliticized. Historically accurate approaches to talking about systemic racism must be depoliticized. Access to healthcare must be depoliticized. 

There is only one party who is politicizing everything they can while doing absolutely zero to help the American people right now. That party, the Republican Party, must be defeated in every election possible.

Nothing is more urgent or important now than to protect the rule of law, the integrity of elections, and the democratic process in this country. 

Opinion | Adam Schiff: The Justice Department must be depoliticized-
washingtonpost.com/opinions/20

Good.

Our courts should be representative of our nation's demographics; more diversity will make for better decisions and a better country.  

And for the inevitable complainers: If you take an uneven population and only add to it in line with the proportions of a reflective population, you'll always have an uneven distribution. Ergo, a population that is over-weighted with white men will require that more not-white, not-men be added to their ranks in higher proportion than their percentage of the general population to even begin to make strides in representation of thought, background, perspective, and yes, race and sex. 

Biden nominated as many minority women to be judges in four months as Trump had confirmed in four years-
washingtonpost.com/politics/in

Last night, Democratic activist and amazing person Stacey Abrams was on Joy Reid’s show on MSNBC and encouraged everyone (yes, everyone) to call their Senators EVERY DAY this month in support of the voting rights protection bill, the (HR1/S1.)

Great idea! From their event page: “As temperatures rise this summer, we are turning up the heat and calling our Senators to demand that they pass the For the People Act as it heads to a vote this month. This bill would block efforts to suppress the right to vote and protect the freedom to vote for every eligible American."

Whether it's this exact bill or another, we need to make sure our Senators hear us loud and clear that we expect them to pass a voting rights bill as soon as possible. Please do it.

CALL 888-453-3211.

:CTA:
stopjimcrow2.com/

Keep up the people's work, Secretary of State Hobbs.

Voting is a right for registered voters in this country and a democracy, by definition, is supposed to encourage that.

For decades, Arizona has held elections with generations of good poll workers who did their best. Suddenly, because Trump lost, like a toddler throwing a tantrum, he has thrown our country under the bus and tries to plant doubt in our elections with his lies. The only reason this is happening is because Trump lost. The Arizona GOP should be ashamed.

Thanks for doing the hard work and trying to defend democracy. I would think all voters of any affiliation or no affiliation at all would be equally outraged and 100% behind you.

Opinion | I’m leading the fight for voting rights in Arizona. We need the Senate to step up, now:
washingtonpost.com/opinions/20

There's a sick authoritarian streak about laws that try to squash protest. We are a nation founded on citizen protest. It's our Constitutional right.

Laws attempting to suppress protest are more steps toward fascism.

Not to mention the fact that these Republican anti-protester bills actively encourage vehicular homicide. Republicans are increasingly and incredibly violent.

Woman killed when driver plows into crowd protesting U.S. Marshals’ task force shooting of Black man; At least three states have reduced penalties for motorists who hit protesters with a vehicle-
washingtonpost.com/nation/2021

Reminder: If Democrats had not won both Senate seats in Georgia, none of this would be happening. Don’t let anyone tell you your vote doesn’t matter or that nothing is getting done.

Congratulations, Judge Jackson. Diversity in people and experience in our courts is extremely important.

Senate Confirms Ketanji Brown Jackson for Powerful Appeals Court-
wsj.com/articles/senate-confir

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas is easily the most inaccurately named utility company in history.

ERCOT: "We weren't set up for cold temperatures here in Texas."

Also ERCOT: "We weren't set up for hot temperatures here in Texas."

ERCOT is a failure of the Texas GOP. The people in leadership aren't equipped to fix it.

Texas grid operator urges electricity conservation as many power generators are unexpectedly offline and temperatures rise-
texastribune.org/2021/06/14/te

Who, but the at least moderately skilled at common sense among us, could have predicted this outcome?

It's almost as though the vaccine does more than make it easier to find your keys in the morning.

Coronavirus infections dropping where people are vaccinated, rising where they are not, Post analysis finds-
washingtonpost.com/health/2021

In keeping with the postcarding theme, Building Bridges hosts weekly postcarding parties happening every Sunday. Building Bridges is a grassroots organization started by former Pete Buttigieg volunteers.

And for those of you in “redder” areas, you’ll be happy to note that organizers hail from states including Indiana and Nebraska. They're a fun group and really great at messaging.

Let's not wait for 2024. Let's stay consistently active in our work to build alliances and get out the vote. That's how we win. 4/4 :CTA:

Sunday Call to Action and Social · Building Bridges for America:
mobilize.us/buildbridges4am/ev

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Have vote-themed postcards at home or can you make your own? Sign up here to write 25 postcards to high potential Native Voters in Arizona.

This program has been shown to be highly effective in increasing turnout for marginalized Arizona Native voters. Arizona voters are being targeted for voter suppression and need good information.

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Post Cards to High Potential Native Voters · AZ Native Organizing Campaign:
mobilize.us/aznativeorganizing

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Sign up here to send postcards to swing voters across the country. This is a big campaign that will make a difference.

They’ll send you everything you need but the stamps. They're reminding voters to make sure they are registered and ready to vote.

Voters who receive handwritten postcards are significantly more likely to vote. We proved it in 2020. You’ll be reaching voters in states with critical elections in 2021 and 2022. 2021 and 2022 elections are as important as 2020 was.
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Postcards to Swing States - Progressive Turnout Project-
turnoutpac.org/postcards/

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We know we need to help elect more Democrats across the country to protect and advance rights and progress. Republicans don't like losing and they're desperately trying everything they can think of to not lose more. Massive voter turnout to elect Democrats must continue.

That's where we come in.

I post almost daily about actions we can take to help. One of my favorite ways to help get out the vote is writing postcards to voters.

They're fun, easy, inexpensive, and work. Here's a few ways we can get involved now and help voter turnout max out by writing them. :CTA: 1/4

Chipotle wants to increase the cost of a burrito by 4%. I've never eaten at a Chipotle, but if I did, I'd gladly pay about 40 cents more if it meant employees could get paid something decent.

However, Republicans are complaining about this as an affect of a pandemic relief policy?

The CEO of Chipotle, Brian Niccol, was paid $38 million in 2020. That was a big raise over the $33 million he made in 2019. Niccol 's compensation was 2,898 times more than the median Chipotle worker's $13,127 salary in 2020. Did anyone hear any Republicans complaining about how Niccol's compensation impacted the price of a burrito? Neither did I.

Take a cut from the salaries the CEO's of these companies. Burritos don't have to go up one cent.

nyti.ms/3gyAkru

What ports will you be visiting on your Covid cruise?  

Thanks to the ridiculous governor of Florida, your next expensive boat vacation will be a cruise around in a circle for a week and then back. No other country is going to allow people to get off that boat if it’s teaming with coronavirus.

So the GOP is targeting one of the only true constituencies they have - businesses.

Gotta say, if I was a political strategist working for them, I'm not sure I'd have advised that. But hey, go nuts.

Titanic clash pits DeSantis against potent cruise industry as it prepares to restart miamiherald.com/news/business/

Most Americans are sick to death of Republican culture wars. We want government to attend to governing for and by the people. We want them to address the big problems we face. Biden's agenda does that and that's why it has broad support.

Voters need to send the GOP into the political wilderness for at least several election cycles or permanently if they can't figure this out. Who made the "conservative" media so prominent? They did.

Analysis | Republican attacks on Biden agenda can’t break through conservative media’s culture wars-
washingtonpost.com/powerpost/g

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