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Executive Director @DemCastUSA 🇺🇸 Writing: @HuffPost. Democracy is neat. We have a lot of work to do. #DemCast
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Oct 6, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
I wrote this back in July. Of course we didn't know at the time how horrid Trump's SCOTUS pick would be, or how low the GOP would sink to push him thru. But - the argument here held up. This outcome was inevitable b/c of the GOP's lack of integrity. /1… In fact (believe it or not), what has happened generally in this SCOTUS process (aside from the historically awful confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh) is following what I laid out as the "best case scenario". Yes - there were potentially worse (largely election-related) outcomes.
Oct 6, 2018 5 tweets 2 min read
You: We’ve finally hit bottom.
Me: Oh no we haven’t.

Trump & Putin stole the presidency. Mitch McConnell is about to complete the takeover of the judiciary. The coup is nearly complete.

If they win in Nov, it’s game over. Use your time wisely the next 32 days. /1 Be prepared for a full-scale psychological assault. Trump & team have no qualms about mind-f*cking the American public if it helps them reach their goals. The core assault will be stories, messaging & conspiracy theories that cause Dem & progressive infighting. Don’t fall for it.
Sep 19, 2018 17 tweets 16 min read
THREAD - Profiles In Cowardice: Republicans from coast to coast are refusing to debate their Democratic opponents in front of constituents. #DemsWannaDebate

A race-by-race rundown (incl. video/photos) of the most egregious cases of debate-dodging:
/1… The bottom line message here: demand accountability and transparency in representation. And don't settle for anything less.

What follows is a series of quotes from Democrats who aren't having much luck coaxing their opponents into live debates. /2
Sep 8, 2018 4 tweets 1 min read
Trump was in North Dakota today. ND data, for Trump & @GOP:

316,000: North Dakotans who have pre-existing conditions currently protected by law that are jeopardized by the Trump Administration’s demand that the courts to strike down protections for pre-existing conditions.

30,100: North Dakotans that would have lost health coverage by 2026 under the GOP House-passed Trumpcare bill.

11,400: North Dakotans with Medicaid would have lost health coverage under Trumpcare.

4,151: North Dakota workers would have lost their jobs by 2022 under Trumpcare.
Sep 5, 2018 4 tweets 1 min read
Never forget how far down the rabbit hole we are.

Kavanaugh should not be the deciding #SCOTUS vote. McConnell nuked precedent by kneecapping Merrick Garland & changed Senate rules to take away the judicial filibuster.

If the Republicans in Congress were doing the job our founders intended, the Intel Committees would be deep into ongoing, meaningful Russia & emoluments hearings. Info would have likely come out that made it impossible for the Senate to even entertain a Trump SCOTUS pick.
Aug 22, 2018 7 tweets 2 min read
Wow. Duncan Hunter & his wife are terrible people. The “ickiest” allegations:

“Margaret Hunter allegedly spent $152 on makeup at Nordstrom and told the campaign it was “gift basket items for the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Diego.” #CA50 #capol
/1… “In an attempt to justify spending campaign funds on a family trip to Italy, Hunter asked a naval base there for a tour. When officials said they couldn’t do it then, Hunter said, ‘Tell the Navy to go f--- themselves.’”
Jul 22, 2018 5 tweets 1 min read
Hey @Twitter. We need an update on verification. I’ll be honest - I’d like to take a crack at it. Not b/c of ego, but b/c it’s a fact that people RT check marks. By indefinitely stalling verification, you’re creating a permanent underclass of Twitter users. Not cool. My website has a monthly readership of tens of thousands. I share critical information about democracy and elections. Meanwhile, reality tv show runners have check marks. Why?
Jul 10, 2018 6 tweets 3 min read
🚨 Read it. Make it viral. America should know.

Ashtyn Tayler went to the border to help asylum seekers released from prolonged US detention. What she found:

Disease. Dehydration. Untreated wounds. Fear. Desperation. My interview w/ @ashtynsees, on DWP:… "One toddler had diaper rash that had become crusted, scaled, and bloodied from thigh to abdomen. She thrashed as we tried to apply a soothing cream. Her mother told us that we were the first people to be kind to her and her baby. This would be the first of so many like this."
Jul 1, 2018 7 tweets 5 min read
Do you have a favorite Democratic candidate (at any level)? Tag them in a reply and urge them to contribute to #DemHub. There are no strings. No fees. We created this to help amplify Democratic voices. Period.

See thread for published pieces from Dems! By @jillschill, nominee for US Congress in #OH02:…
Jun 30, 2018 7 tweets 5 min read
Portland showed up. #FamilesBelongTogether Portland’s #FamilesBelongTogether rally started with a rousing speech from @RonWyden. Thank you Senator!
Jun 28, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
Seriously. Stop it.

Don’t set false expectations for Democrats here. They LITERALLY do not have the power to stop this.

Yes they should fight. (@SenSchumer: we have your back!) But the only weapon is rhetoric. They (we) need to convince 2+ GOP Senators to ACTUALLY stop this. /1 When McConnell held up the Garland nomination, the GOP had the MAJORITY. They were in charge. Apples and oranges.

Dems have no more power than when they tried to filibuster Gorsuch and McConnell changed the Senate rules. /2
Jun 19, 2018 40 tweets 28 min read
The GOP's silence about ripping children from their parents is deafening.

Guess who *is* stating a clear moral position on this...Your 2018 Democratic swing district nominees. I've threaded their positions below. Please RT and follow all. #FlipEverything. Save America's soul. Katie Porter - #CA45 @katieporteroc
Jun 3, 2018 7 tweets 2 min read
🚨 RT for California! 🚨

#CA48 may not end up with a Democrat on the ballot because of the top-two primary system.

Dems should coalesce arnd @HarleyRouda, who is winning the battle for endorsements against rival Hand Keirstead. An examination & thread:… The lopsided balance of organizational endorsements:
Jun 2, 2018 33 tweets 20 min read
🚨 Please share broadly! As usual, the Kochs are dumping tons of money into GOP candidates...especially into *critical swing districts* we need to flip.

I've threaded links below to the Democratic challengers in these races. Please RT and support them! /1… I focused the list of NOMINEES. These are Democrats in swing districts who have already won their primaries and are facing off against Koch-infused Republicans in fall.
May 26, 2018 7 tweets 2 min read
Remember: Their strategy is chaos. They are trying to tire us out.

If you’re feeling exhausted by all of the corruption, abuses of power, lying and disastrous public policy...that is a perfectly normal reaction.

I’m exhausted too. But if we stop, they win. And America loses. /1 I’m a normal-dude-turned-democracy-warrior, just like most of you. I don’t want to be obsessing about the destruction of democracy. But I’m compelled to. I can’t trust that other people will handle this & just put my head in the sand. I know too many people who are doing that. /2
Mar 20, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
‼️ Red Alert Georgia ‼️

In a post-election audit, what would you want your ballot to look like? Your legislature is abt to pass a bill that would allow barcode printouts to be the official ballot record in lieu of hand-marked #PaperBallots. TELL YOUR REPS: NO ON SB403!!! /1 Attend this press conference on Tuesday 3/20 to show support for election integrity. Find your state legislator here:… Some talking points for when you call to oppose SB403 are down in the thread... /2
Mar 17, 2018 19 tweets 4 min read
I fully believe that our democracy hinges on flipping Congress blue, so I actively promote Democrats.

I carefully select which primary candidates to highlight based on character, expertise & other factors. But most important of all is fit for the district. Will they win?
/1 Some on here take the position that we should boost the profiles of all Dem primary candidates equally. I do not. Because some won’t win. And we must win. /2
Feb 12, 2018 5 tweets 2 min read
If you haven't read the Voting Machine Hacking Village report from DEF CON last year, pour yourself a glass of wine & draw a soothing bubble bath 1st. Because this report will scare the shit out of you. Our elections are INSANELY vulnerable. #paperballots… Lesson #1
Nov 29, 2017 8 tweets 2 min read
⚡️ RT for the 99%!

A thread of on-the-nose cartoons that illustrate how the #TrumpTaxScam is going to screw YOU.

Senators tagged.👇🏽 /1
Sep 25, 2017 27 tweets 8 min read
Hi @POTUS! I’m Puerto Rico. Guess what? I’m part of America! Let’s get acquainted, b/c right now I REALLY need your leadershp! RT THREAD! /1 Did you know 3.4 million people live on me? And guess what? They are Americans! Puerto Ricans are natural-born US citizens. /2