"We got it wrong in 2016
We can get it right in 2018
There’s a far side to this American disgrace, a way to contain the damage
it’s utterly straightforward, entirely effective
It’s called VOTING
From now til Nov 6, we must stay fanatically focused on that"
▪Register voters
▪Turn voters out
▪Direct $ to the right candidates
▪Donate time in the right places

"The moral of Helsinki freak show, NATO tragicomedy, kids in cages at border, isn’t just that tRump lacks any discernible conscience, real regard for this country, mature appreciation of history & our exalted part in it.
This next election matters, immeasurably."

"There’s no hyperbole in frequent assertion:
Is the most important midterm in a generation
Those of us rightly appalled by this "POTUS" must devote as much energy to givin Dems control of at least 1 chamber of Congress
ability to restrain him as to finding methods for mockin him"
"A blimp in a diaper is a hoot
A legislature with its foot on his throat is an insurance policy
We can’t lose sight of that, in all our fury, feelings of helplessness, we sometimes do
Too many people spend too much of themselves on the shouting & save too little for the plotting"
"tRump does his best to leave us morally wiped out
He’s a steamroller
If we hang in there we don’t have to be flattened
My plea isn’t partisan 1 nor am I romanticizin Dem Party with problems galore
I’m recognizing when comes to babysittin "POTUS" Republican party is a lost cause"
"Sure congressional Republicans discovered few stray vertebrae of backbone past few days
There was some scowling from McConnell, faint mewling from Ryan

tRump could put babushka on Statue of Liberty, those 2 would find a way to look to the side, pronounce her prettier than ever"
"They read polls
79% Republicans approve tRump sycophantic performance at news conference with Putin
85% deem investigation of Russia intrusion into our elections a distraction
They bear less & less resemblance to followers of coherent ideology more & more to members of a cult"
"Word cult gaining currency in our political discourse for excellent reason
That's what a big-enough #BlueWave would do
Once loyal Republicans who can't abide him, columnist George Will is 1 prominent example, have gone from chastising Republicans to cheerleading for Democrats"
"Some Republicans urging Americans to support Dems Nov 6

I’m anxious, partly my nature, partly the stakes, partly fact tRump prevailed over deep disgust with him before
I don’t believe, nor see any evidence, more Americans wanted him as our president than wanted Hillary Clinton"
"Roughly 40% of Americans who were eligible to vote didn’t
Clinton was much preferred by youngest voters ages 18 to 29
Fewer than 1 in 2 of them cast a ballot

tRump won presidency because of about 78,000 ballots in 3 states

A nation’s direction can hinge on a margin that small"
"Every vote counts
Every voter counts

Democratic Party & Democrat-allied groups as @swingleft @IndivisibleTeam are using MobilizeAmerica software, other sophisticated digital tools to send that message, recruit volunteers, channel them toward where they’ll make most difference"
"Dem Congressional Campaign Committee: toolbox.dccc.org/take-action/

Allows visitor to plug in his/her address
Locate nearest House districts up for grabs
Learn how to help Dem candidates there
It doesn’t just solicit donations
It lists phone-bank shifts that aren’t fully staffed"
“We’re basically arming people
Livin outside swing district doesn’t mean you don’t have role in takin back House
Phone calls, mail may be tedious than fashionin cheeky social-media posts circulate among friends preach to choir
may be more impactful"

—Dan Sena @dccc executive dir
"Few days ago @MichelleObama announced her main contribution to the midterms will be building voter turnout
She understands there’s lots of speechifying already, it takes us only so far
Numbers decide our fate & tRump’s,
Some of those numbers look good"

Follow➡️ @WhenWeAllVote
"In 2nd quarter of 2018, about 55 Dem candidates for the House raised more $ than Republican incumbents they’re challenging.

Not all primaries this year have yielded the kind of turnout Dems had hoped for.

A few suggested Republicans’ engagement is every bit as strong as Dems"
"We do have some concerns Sena said
It’s time after this wretched, stupefying past week to allay them
Does our discipline rise to level of our anger?
Does our will?
A large-enough showing by voters opposed to tRump would overcome forces of gerrymandering, overwhelm Koch brothers"
"The fight may not be fair, its outcome isn’t foreordained
There’s a chance here, an excellent 1, to establish a check on 'POTUS' worst impulses & limit the harm he’s doing.
We have to seize it."
"We can’t count on Mueller, cause we don’t know what he’ll ultimately report or whether after perfervid campaign to discredit him, it will stick to tRump.
Elections do stick.
Ask @HillaryClinton
To blunt Trump’s attack on our Democracy, we have to use our Democracy."
"We can restore faith in it by showing faith in it.
For all its corruptions & imperfections, it still gives us a power, through our ballots, that exceeds even the most power-hungry president’s."


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Oct 7, 2018
Registration Deadlines, state by state

Alabama: in person/online/mail is Oct 22.

Alaska: in person/online/mail is Oct 7.

Arizona: in person/online/mail is Oct 9.

Arkansas: in person/mail is Oct 9.
Online registration is not available.


California: in person/online/mail is Oct 22.
Register at election office & vote with provisional ballot.
The vote will be counted when registration is verified.

Colorado: by mail/online is Oct 29.
Register in person by Election Day.
Connecticut: in person/mail/online is Oct 30.
Residents can register to vote through Election Day at local election office.

Delaware: in person/online/mail is Oct 13.

DC: in person is Election Day, by mail/online is Oct 16.

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On Nov 8, 2016, I was shocked, in disbelief, I cried all night, I cried for weeks on/off that America is sexist.
It made my anxiety escalate, made me depressed & insomniac.
What cheered me up was lookin forward to Nov 6, 2018.
Today sucks but we're 30 days closer to Nov 6.
What broke my heart 11/08/16 that America said, like today: we know dude sexually assaults women, we don't care about what happened to you.
Nov 8, 2016 & Today October 6, 2018 was an assault to #MeToo survivors.
As a survivor & mother of a little girl is a double punch to my gut.
On Nov 8, 2016, I was so happy thinking the nightmare hellish circle that took over America would finally be over.
Our kids went to vote with us, I told my baby girl Ruby who was almost 3 at the time a woman would be president, I told her every little girl can be president now.
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Oct 4, 2018
Sexual assault & harassment linked to long-term health problems for women:

High blood pressure

A few possible long-term health consequences face mid-life women who experienced sexual assault & harassment, according to a study.
Not everyone is able, willing to identify what happened to them, but that doesn't prevent the body from having opinions about it & expressing them.
Women who reported prior sexual assault were 3 times more likely to experience depression.
Twice as likely to have elevated anxiety than women without a history of sexual trauma.
Those who experienced either sexual assault or harassment were twice as likely to have sleep problems, including insomnia, the study found.
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Sep 22, 2018
Aggravated Sexual/Abuse by Force/Threat of Force:
When person knowingly causes another person to engage in sexual act
Attempts to by using force against that person by threatening, placing that person in fear that person will be subjected to death, serious bodily injury, kidnap
Abusive Sexual Contact:
When no sexual penetration actually occurred but when the intentional touching of genitalia, anus, groin, breast, inner thigh, buttocks of any person with intent to abuse, humiliate, harass, degrade, arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person occurs
Sexual Abuse of a Minor/Ward:

Knowingly engaging in a sexual act with a person between the ages of 12 & 15 years.
Aggravated sexual abuse with children is a serious form called statutory rape, which the perpetrator shall be fined, imprisoned for any term of years, life or both.
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Sep 21, 2018
The audacity of the "president"of the United States asking why Dr Christine Blasey Ford didn't contact FBI 35 yrs ago.
First of all it was not a federal crime for her to contact FBI.
Second of all she was 15.
I was groped at 7 yrs old, 30 yrs later still haven't told my parents.
A 12 yr old groped me under my skirt.
I froze.
Was paralyzed
My mom feet ahead of me, unaware of what was done to me at the school entrance, early in the morning.
I remember every detail of that day at 37 yrs old.
I thought I'd get in trouble.
It was traumatic.
When you get sexually assaulted no matter what age or how many years have gone by, you heal from it, you learn how to cope with the trauma & pain but the scars live with you til your last breath.
I don't let it define me.
My #MeToo scars are a reminder of my strength & resilience
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Sep 21, 2018
$29M Coast Guard
$34M TSA
$33M ICE
$202M Total
$17M Head Start
$17M CDC
$10M Medicare/Medicaid
$2.2M Maternal/Child Health
$6M Ryan White HIV/AIDS
$13.3M Ntl Cancer Institute
$87.3M Ntl Health Institute

$462M TOTAL taken from vital programs to cage kids
Source for the $260 Million taken from vital programs.

Source for the $202 Million taken from FEMA & other important national security programs.

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