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Hi!

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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@TonyStark And anyone who runs as an R in Ohio would be just like him.

I hope Ohio and the rest of the country is ready to help replace Portman with a Democrat in 2022.

I wondered for almost a year as to why the previous administration did not take this simple step. I am pleased to see we have an administration that is doing it now.

Biden administration sending masks to poor communities -
politico.com/news/2021/02/24/b

It takes so long but we can't stop trying.

Kentucky Senate GOP leader files no-knock warrant bill -
abcn.ws/3smkLaN

Texas leadership is passing on winterizing their systems just after it's been proven once again that they need to.

But that's the Texas GOP. Just look at all the regulatory changes and effort they put in after the West Fertilizer Co explosion killed 15 and injured 160+. I'll save you the research: there wasn't any.

Texas Is Awash in Natural Gas. It Didn’t Help in the Storm; State, industry officials show little appetite to harden natural-gas systems after a winter freeze left millions without power and heat-
wsj.com/articles/texas-is-awas

@TonyStark
Never πŸ‘πŸ½ elect πŸ‘πŸ½ Republicans.

The Congress needs to review and renew the Voting Rights Act and also pass HR1/S1, bills created by Democrats to protect and expand the vote.

Progressive media could do more to publicize the specific contents of these bills and how they would combat specific types of voter suppression. And the progressive media needs to keep up the great work exposing the anti-democracy bills the Republicans in the states are trying to get through the state legislatures.

On every level, Republicans must be exposed as the allies of insurrection, trying to reverse the victory of the Biden-Harris coalition, and attempting to accomplish with voter suppression laws what the Former Guy and his insurrectionists could not get done on January 6.

U.S. Supreme Court set to weigh Republican-backed voting restrictions-
reuters.com/article/politicsNe

@artilectzed
"It's not you, it's me" would have been a lot simpler.

I can't speak for his circumstances or work environment, but... I imagine I would have just quit.

Arizona man accused of faking kidnapping to get off work

nytimes.com/2021/02/23/us/bran

@TonyStark

All anyone had to do was pay attention to the news and Trump's months-long call to arms.

Yes there was a breakdown in intelligence, and no, the Capitol police were in no way ready for a deadly insurrection by a traitor President's cult, but let's place the blame squarely on the shoulders of the number one person responsible for what happened on January 6th: Trump.

We can also blame the worthless GQP, for their refusal for years to take far right extremist domestic terrorism seriously and for raising hell every time our intel agencies tried to raise the alarm about it because those people are their base.

Trump also hollowed out every agency in our government and drove the morale in them down to zero so, as I said, every bit of this goes to the Former Guy and his enabling party.

Former Capitol security officials blame intelligence lapses for deadly Jan. 6 riot:
washingtonpost.com/politics/ca

@HopeVanDyne
This explains a lot πŸ‘‰πŸΌ

Tom CottonΒ (R-Ark.)
Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn)
Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
Steve Daines (R-Mont.)
Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.)
James Lankford (R-Okla.)
Mike Lee (R-Utah)
James Risch (R-Idaho)
Mike Rounds (R-S.D)
Roger Wicker (R-Miss)

Not a very noble group πŸ™„

Did those eleven vote for John Ratcliffe to be DNI?
Betsy DeVos at Education?
Rick Perry as Energy Secretary?
Steve Mnuchin? Ben Carson?

There’s not a lot of credibility on this in the GOP right now. He has experience and it is meaningful.

11 GOP senators slam Biden pick for health secretary: 'No meaningful experience'
thehill.com/policy/healthcare/


Did anyone catch Deb Haaland's confirmation hearing for Secretary of the Interior? Here's a link and there are many recaps available. c-span.org/video/?509102-1/int

Deb Haaland should be our next Secretary of the Interior. After four years of pro-polluter policies, Deb Haaland will bring experience as a fighter to protect land and public resources as she ensures the voices of tribes & local communities are heard in conversations about . The Senate must act quickly to approve her nomination.

Call your own Senators. 202-224-3121 ☎️

I would love to ask Rob Portman what he has done to be bipartisan in the last 4 years during the Trump presidency.Β  Is hypocrite the word I'm searching for?

Partisanship was the name of the Trump game. Sorry GOP, the people will not fall for your BS again. Was the tax cut legislation bipartisan? Were the piles of ignored bills on McConnell's desk a result of bipartisanship? Was the Capitol attack by Trump thugs bipartisan?Β 

Or the confirmation of any of their Supreme Court nominations...one of which came from an intentional stonewalling of Merrick Garland?

Opinion | Biden promised bipartisanship. That rhetoric hasn’t been matched by action:
washingtonpost.com/opinions/20

@TonyStark
Democratic legislators try and therefore once in a while achieve something of enduring and eventually popular benefit.Β 

What have Republicans done for us lately? We'll get to bipartisanship when they get on board with helping people. Until then, suffer it out, Mr. Portman, while Democrats fix your mess.

@TonyStark Occasionally, I am disappointed that the Washington Post runs these pieces, but on the other hand, I do not mind the world being shown how ridiculous Rob Portman and his ilk are.

I just listened to Senator Mark Warner make a great argument for DC statehood during the questioning: DC couldn't call in the National Guard because it isn't a state. It should have that power.

Law enforcement officials will testify in the Senate today about security failures during the deadly Capitol riot on Jan. 6.
cnn.com/politics/live-news/cap

Good. Democracy almost died that day and several people did.

This qualified, humble man was denied a seat in the Supreme Court because of Mitch McConnell's machinations and now certain Republican Senators want assurances of what he will or won't persue at the Justice Department.

I wonder why. /s

Garland Says Jan. 6 Probe Would Be Top Priority If Confirmed As Attorney General:
npr.org/2021/02/22/969423928/b

Reminder for Louisiana voters:

If you live in Louisiana's 2nd Congressional district ballotpedia.org/Louisiana%27s_ or Louisiana's 5th Congressional district ballotpedia.org/Louisiana%27s_ you have a Special Election coming on March 20, 2021 for a U.S. House Representative. There is a vacant seat in each of these districts.

The deadline to register to vote in these elections is February 27, online only. Register and make a plan to vote. Who represents you is important. Online Voter Registration: sos.la.gov/ElectionsAndVoting/

If one candidate breaks 50 percent, they win the seat according to Louisiana's rules. If not, the top two advance to an April 24 runoff. :registertovote: :vote: :la:

@Pepper @TonyStark Just like laundry, democracy is never done. Voting is a lot more enjoyable, though.

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