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I’m new to Mastodon! Well, mostly. I was on another instance but there wasn’t any moderator around.

I am done with Facebook and Twitter, for privacy and for suspending accounts for minor reasons or no reason and for the use of algorithms and last but not least, the ads.

I own a small business in a big city. I am a mom to 3 kids and 1 dog and 1 cat.

I read that one writes an introduction here so hello and I hope to find a new social media home.

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The right to vote is a fundamental requirement in a true democracy. This is an issue every American should be united on. 

Please start calling your Senators today. Tell them we must protect voting rights, address corruption, and reform campaign finance. These should be bipartisan priorities to make democracy work for all Americans regardless of their political affiliation. There's your script.

Call both Senators. 202-224-3121 or senate.gov/senators/senators-c to contact them by local office numbers or email. Or use resist.bot/ to iMessage or text them from your connected device.

📱 ☎️ 💻 :CTA:
House Democrats pass sweeping elections bill as GOP legislatures push to restrict voting:
washingtonpost.com/politics/ho

Almost every day, I think to myself that there is nothing more that Republicans could do to make me despise them more than I already do. But every day, I am proven wrong.

The fact that all but one Republican voted against this bill (and the one who did says he did it accidentally) is just incomprehensible to me.

Less than 2 months into Biden's term and the Republicans are (again) talking about blocking everything despite the fact that large majorities support these initiatives. They do not deserve to be in office.

House passes expansive policing overhaul bill named in honor of George Floyd:
washingtonpost.com/politics/ge

@TonyStark
If we don't protect our voting rights, no other priorities we're working on will matter.

I have 2 Republicans, but I will call until it comes to a vote. This should absolutely be a bipartisan issue!

From the Republican governors of Texas and Mississippi, the same great minds that promised you cheap, dependable electricity and clean, potable water.

Don't elect Republicans. Don't let them get elected. And don't listen to them, either. They aren't known as "GOP, party of death", amongst other things, for nothing.

As Texas and Mississippi move to open ‘100%’ and lift mask mandates, health officials warn: ‘It’s still too early’-
washingtonpost.com/nation/2021

@TonyStark
Republicans long ago found they can't attract voters on policies, so they switched to wedge issues like. They attract voters with fear, hate, and spiral ling lies.

Because they have no ideas that appeal to the voters other than hate and bigotry.

The rest of us have to work hard. Harder.

@YellowGrue
There is not one legitimate study that says masks are useless. If there is, feel free to link it.

And South Dakota is a terrible example of success. Be grateful that I don't bring up Florida.

3 days ago:
"South Dakota records some of the most significant increases in COVID-19 cases and deaths per capita in the country."
newsweek.com/fauci-fires-back-

The slowing down of ocean currents could have a devastating effect on our climate ...

Scientists see stronger evidence of slowing Atlantic Ocean circulation, an ‘Achilles’ heel’ of the climate.
washingtonpost.com/climate-env

We really are at the decision point. 

Are we going to be a democratic republic? Or are we going to be a failed dictatorship dominated by terrorists?

The new Republican establishment is working openly in favor of the second choice. So everyone, and I mean everyone, needs to be registered and to vote in every single election presented to them.

Learn the issues, get involved. Make sure you vote for local officials, county officials, state officials, and national officials. And fight every ordinance or piece of legislation that would inhibit voting. Overwhelm the Republican bigots with voices and votes.

Supreme Court Seems Ready to Sustain Arizona Voting Limits: nyti.ms/2OgN5MO

There was no widespread election fraud. There never has been. The election was free and fair. Any lawsuits to the contrary were summarily thrown out of court over 60 times, even by Trump appointees.

The debate is between those who have the facts on their side and those who dwell in fantasyland.

We must pass a new Voting Rights Act and pass H.R.1/S.1. The only reason Republicans are against it is that they know fair elections will throw them out of power.

The voting wars come to Capitol Hill: Democrats eye national elections overhaul amid GOP crackdown-
washingtonpost.com/powerpost/v

Democrats should fight not be the only ones fighting voter suppression efforts. All Americans who care about democracy should fight them.

The right to vote is the foundation of our democracy.

Call your House Representative and tell them to support , the For the People Act. The voter suppression bills currently being considered in GA, AZ, and elsewhere are a harbinger of things to come if we don't pass federal voter protection and democracy-strengthening legislation.
:CTA:

Georgia House Passes Elections Bill That Would Limit Absentee And Early Voting:
npr.org/2021/03/01/972631655/g

Add this to the list of ridiculous junk I've read this evening about handling a pandemic.

Governors want to think they know better than the CDC. Now a population is being misled about a vaccine. Stem cells are used in many facets of research and provide life-saving medicines all of the time.

New Orleans Archdiocese says Johnson & Johnson vaccine is 'morally compromised' for using stem cells -
washingtonpost.com/nation/2021

@TonyStark

Calling my Representatives Now!

It’s time to speak out against lawmakers who are peddling disinformation and introducing anti-voting legislation ...

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You'd think at some point, Republican voters would get tired of being conned.

Donors gave a House candidate more than $8 million. A single firm took nearly half of it:
washingtonpost.com/local/md-po

It's the lie that wouldn't die. Republicans know they can't win playing by the rules, so they make up new rules.

Nothing is off the table, even allowing state legislatures to replace election results they don't like. What is being done to voting rights in this country is an obscenity.

HR1 and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act need passed while we have the majority in the Senate, House, and White House and every one of us must get involved on the local level to protect the vote.

Republicans roll out “tidal wave of voter suppression” with 253 restrictive bills in 43 states-
salon.com/2021/02/27/republica

@PixxburghGirl @TonyStark
The Republican strategy is to grind all of government to a halt so they can crow about Democrat incompetence. At the same time grinding government to a halt punishes all of the people.  Everyone suffers from the Republican scorched earth approach.

At some point the American people must stop electing/reelecting people who embrace such a destructive approach...that is, Americans have got to stop electing/reelecting Republicans or in other cases just allowing it to happen.

Trump incited an insurrection which imperiled the lives of elected officials, their staffs, and other people in the Capitol building, killing and injuring police officers and others.

Republican Senators and Representatives voted to reject the Electoral College votes giving Biden/Harris ticket their entirely legitimate win.

Republicans across the country and in Congress signed on to the Texas AG’s law suit against Georgia.

Republicans have now introduced over 200 bills restricting access to voting in ways that make it harder for Black people, college students, lower-income people, and anyone else that is likely to vote for Democrats to vote.

Republicans need to experience a scorched earth policy directed specifically at them.

There can be no bothsidesism, there can be no bipartisanship. The GQP has abandoned any claim to have a say in the future of the American people.

Rewriting January 6th: Republicans push false and misleading accounts of Capitol riot:
washingtonpost.com/powerpost/r

@TonyStark I no longer think of national Republicans as a political party with a legitimate agenda. They may one day return to being a political party. But now they are similar to mobsters who rule through intimidation, lies and violence. In my opinion, Jan. 6th was the date the illusion fully collapsed and today's Republicans showed who they really are.

Cawthorn is a feature, not a bug, of the Trump party. The stream of lies coming from his mouth is exactly what today's conservatives hail as 'Free Speech', the right to be as destructive as they damn please yet remain free from all consequences.

A liar, a sexual predator, and a gaslighter - the face of the modern Republican party.
Very sad that he's in the U.S. government but hardly surprising that he's a right winger. People like this are extremely dangerous and just add to the reasons why the GOP must be purged from holding office.

The making of Madison Cawthorn: How falsehoods helped propel the career of a new pro-Trump star of the far right:
washingtonpost.com/politics/20

This headline is beyond misleading. The Democrats aren't abandoning a $15 wage. It will be in a different bill.

Read the article. The House Democrats want it, the Senate Democrats want it, Biden wants it, but the parliamentarian determined that it violated reconciliation rules and can't be included in this bill.

Overruling the parliamentarian carries its own undesirable risks, and there are other, better ways to try to get it into another bill that would pass the Senate.

It was always an overdue, desirable measure, but it's not essential to the covid relief package, which needs to get passed as soon as possible.

washingtonpost.com/us-policy/2

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