Things everyone should know:

Emissions by sector-

How much of CO2 emissions come from electricity, transport, or land use? What activities do our greenhouse gases comes from?
ourworldindata.org/emissions-b

You know, I don't even care if it costs money. I'd like to see the investment of our tax dollars benefit actual people for a change and not subsidize forever wars and the very corporations that purchase political power in our country. I'm happy to see my tax dollars go in THAT direction.

The Build Back Better Plan:

- creates monetary penalties for employers who violate workers’ rights to organize.
- gives tax credits for using domestic supply chains.
- reduces prescription drugs costs.
- promotes high-speed rail and other carbon-reducing infrastructure.
- supports 3.2 million jobs annually, including 1.1 million in the care industry.
- covers 2 years of free community college, 12 weeks of universal paid leave, and more affordable housing.
 
It is paid for by raising taxes on corporations and wealthy people who will finally start paying their fair share. The cost of inaction is far greater.

Biden defends his social agenda bill, saying the cost will be zero-
washingtonpost.com/politics/bi

There is no substance to these fraudits and the only reasons they are being held are to undermine faith in democracy and give Republicans cover to pass laws that will suppress voters. 

The DOJ should be investigating all that are involved in these shams. They are tantamount to federal election tampering.  Until some heads roll, the fascist Republicans will continue to undermine our republic.

P.S. Keep planning to vote the GOP out with massive numbers.

Arizona recount results raise stakes for GOP-backed ballot reviews in other states:
washingtonpost.com/politics/20

Yes, the whole “Big Lie” charade has always been designed to deflect from the stark reality that Trump lost the 2020 election by way more (7 million votes) than any Presidential candidate IN HISTORY, even with the benefits of incumbency.  

Trump's Big Lie was an attempt to try to salve his fragile ego, to somehow keep him as a viable possible future candidate, and to undermine our elections, despite what was a humiliating loss (including states Rs had not lost in decades.) What Rs fail to realize is that while Trump may fire up his side, his existence at the top of the GOP has motivated people on the other side even more. Many, many people I know would walk on glass if necessary to keep him from ever getting near the Presidency again.

They used this audit--not the results, the audit--to make voting more difficult. So, no celebrations. The audit activity was the scam. They won't stop yet.

Maricopa County: Draft of Cyber Ninjas election review says Biden won:
nbcnews.com/politics/politics-

I'm not a big fan of polls, but often enough they can give us an indication of where races are going - and this one's alarming.

"Youngkin leads McAuliffe among likely voters:" thehill.com/homenews/campaign/

Early voting is going on for the Virginia governor's race and for state-level seats right now. We need to spread the word and help Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe and the other Virginia Democrats running get elected. The last thing Virginia or the country needs is another Republican governor or a Republican-led state government.

Here are 4 ways you can help for now:

1. addresses.postcards4va.com/
2. votefwd.org/district/VA2021_GO
3. terrymcauliffe.com/issues/
4. swingleft.org/events/t/vapb

If you're a VA voter, make a plan and vote today: elections.virginia.gov/casting

Like all elections, this is important.
:CTA: :vote:

Can we admit the truth here?

People are getting sick and dying because the Republican Party and right wing media have made a public health issue into a culture war fight for political advantage. They have deliberately made mask-wearing and vaccination into a wedge issue to divide the country and energize their base around some mythical conspiracy.

It's way past time for Republicans in leadership roles to stand up to this disregard for human life. All families deserve better, especially the parents of these children.

For Parents ​of Disabled Children, School Mask Wars Are Particularly Wrenching: nyti.ms/3lOQkbI

The whole recent history of SCOTUS appointments, starting with the invention of the "McConnell Rule" to deny President Obama the nomination of Merrick Garland as a justice, through the nominations and ramrod confirmations of Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and especially Barrett, has been a quintessential exercise in political hackery, the likes of which has never been seen in this country. 

If it walks like a partisan hack and if it opines like a partisan hack, why should we believe that it's anything other than a partisan hack?  SCOTUS won't have the public's respect until it's expanded or term-limited or all of the Trump justices retire. Maybe all 3.

P.S. Elections matter.

Opinion | The Supreme Court has only itself to blame-
washingtonpost.com/opinions/20

From the party of “personal freedom”and "limited government."

I'm really only surprised that Florida Republicans didn’t try to make their proposed law even more draconian than Texas'.

It's not at all far-fetched that this will go through and that DeSantis will sign it. Preventing his re-election in 2022 is crucial. Keeping Republicans out of office in general is crucial.

‘Florida Heartbeat Act’: State rep. files Texas-style abortion bill-
wokv.com/news/florida/florida-

Says Greg Abbott, the guy who has no problem “censoring” the decisions women make about their bodies while setting vigilantes after them.

The "anti-censorship" law is complete tripe. The state does not have the authority to require that social media companies allow content and users who violate their terms of service. All users agree to those terms when creating their accounts. If Republicans feel that the removal of posts that advocate racism, homophobia, transphobia, violence, or insurrection disproportionately target them, then they have much larger problems. 

The First Amendment also only limits government action. Social media companies who remove posts that violate the TOS agreed to when creating the account are not violating the right to free speech. 

washingtonpost.com/opinions/20

Qualified immunity is an abomination.  

Name any other job where they can kill, maim, cheat, and steal with almost unquestioned impunity and when caught, the worst that typically happens is a paid vacation called "administrative leave", and in the most egregious cases the transgressor loses their job and the taxpayers have to foot the bill? 

Except that's not the end of the story. Often in arbitration, many of these bad cops get their jobs and pensions back.  

Republicans were never serious about police reform. The Democratic majority must be expanded.

Bipartisan police reform legislation talks end without a deal, Sen. Booker says-
nbcnews.com/politics/congress/

Where's that bipartisanship Republicans have been screaming about?

The Republicans can't be allowed to gain the majority in the House or Senate. They don't believe in science, civic responsibility, governance, equal rights, doing anything for the country, or democracy in general.

They have no agenda except for phantom cultural grievances, hate, and fear. In the 2022 midterm elections, the Democrats must retain and grow the majority in the House and Senate. Everyone must help them to do so wherever and whenever possible.

The 2022 midterm elections will be difficult. Voter suppression will be a significant obstacle. Midterm elections are generally in favor of the party out of power. Everyone must make every an effort. Stay engaged, contribute, volunteer, and VOTE.

U.S. default this fall would cost 6 million jobs, wipe out $15 trillion in wealth, study says - Congressional Republicans are ruling out helping Democrats avoid the potential financial catastrophe:
washingtonpost.com/us-policy/2

“Hello, 911?”

“Sorry, all our police cars are doubling as racist props today.”

Texas Governor Greg Abbott builds makeshift border wall to block Haitian migrants-
independent.co.uk/news/world/a

I am so tired of this one-dimensional understanding of core values. 

Yes, we have personal freedom. But, we also have social responsibility. And in the midst of a pandemic with an extremely virulent virus - social responsibility (and its link to economic growth and stability) takes precedent. One is always accompanied by the other. And nobody has freedom to make other people suffer the consequences of their own actions.

We, at the very least, have a social responsibility to the health-care workers who have been dealing with this pandemic for 18 months plus.

As covid-19 patients fill hospitals, health-care workers fight fear and exhaustion: ‘Here we go again’-
washingtonpost.com/health/2021

The author of this piece is right. The payoff down the road is worth much more than the price of the plan and these investments in infrastructure are long overdue.

The U.S. House of Representatives is back this week. Can you make a call to your House Rep. at 202-224-3121 or to a local office and ask them to make this happen? Here's an idea of what to say:

"Hi, I’m a constituent calling from [zip]. My name is _______.
I know the House may vote on the Build Back Better plan this week. Congress needs to support the full $3.5 trillion in investments in healthcare, eldercare, childcare, education, housing, child tax credits, clean energy and more, funded by making big corporations and the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes. It’s time for our tax code to reward work, not wealth. Oh, and make sure the subsidies for fossil fuel are removed from the plan. Thanks." :CTA:

Column: There's more to 'Build Back Better' than its price tag-
latimes.com/opinion/story/2021

Who here thinks banning books about diversity, equity, and inclusion is a BAD thing for schools? Hopefully, everyone.

I have a phone bank for you. Join Turn PA Blue on Tuesday, 9/21, today, to make calls for the Democratic Central York School Board candidates. This race is off the charts; it's been making national news. The ban is disgusting and clearly racially charged. We need to help elect different people come November 2nd.

Training provided at 5:30, and then you'll dial until 7. Hope you can join. :CTA:

Dial a Panther Phone Banking Event · Turn PA Blue:
mobilize.us/turnpablue/event/4

This is great news if you oppose the Texas law.

Dr. Baird needed someone to sue him for this law to be challenged. The worse the bounty-hunting plaintiff, the harder it would be for Texas, or the Supreme Court, to defend its absurd law.

Texas "Right to Life" doesn't want anything to do with the plaintiff. I don’t think this lawsuit is what the authors of the new Texas abortion law had in mind.

No doubt they envisioned lawsuits coming from Texas residents who were morally affronted by some other Texas resident’s abortion. Here we have a tax fraud in Arkansas looking to score some easy cash with no connection to the people involved.

It’s just not a good look for the new law. This lawsuit goes a long way toward highlighting just how stupid and ugly the Texas law is.

Arkansas man sues Texas doctor who admitted he violated state's strict new abortion law-
nbcnews.com/politics/politics-

We have two pandemics raging: one involving covid-19 and the second involving pervasive stupidity. 

When the year started, there was optimism that we could put this nightmare behind us. But anti-vaxxer lies, given oxygen by Trump and the GOP, burst that into flames.

I have never seen such irresponsible behavior in my life. For example: "(Rand) Paul has argued that immunity acquired from an infection is more effective than vaccines.”

Yeah, there’s over 670,000 Americans who will never be re-infected. Good work, Rand.

Republicans maneuver to block vaccine mandates, undercutting a policy widely seen as an effective tool to end pandemic-
washingtonpost.com/politics/re

The people from Vote Save America, who did some of the most effective GOTV work I saw last year, have started a new organization called No Off Years, which will be sending volunteers infrequent but EXCELLENT opportunities to help build and maintain our democracy in 2021.

Their efforts will be focused on three things: increasing voter registration, passing voting rights legislation, and winning in Virginia.

I can’t urge you enough to sign up. We have to channel 2020’s activist energy into the above 3 goals - we’ll run circles around the GOP in 2021, 2022, and beyond if we do.

It's important to talk about what we need to do and what's really going on. It's also important to get involved with efforts that bring action. :CTA:

No Off Years - Vote Save America-
votesaveamerica.com/nooffyears

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