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for all your hard work!
Durham did a great job!!
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To all the folks who handed out Turn NC Blue! Cards during Early Voting,
We Thank you!!
We had record turnout for early voting!
33,291 Durham voters voted early in 2014 as compared with 24,931 in 2010, despite having less days. Long lines of people were waiting to vote at the close of Early Voting on Saturday! Durham is awesome!
See Early Voting turnout in Durham here
If it's raising the minimum wage for hard-working Americans or fixing our broken immigration system that fires you up, I need you to stand up for it. If it's gun violence prevention, speak out. If it's marriage equality, or women's rights, or getting serious about fighting climate change, your voice is needed like never before.This work has never mattered more. It's up to this grassroots movement to finish what we started--add your name today and say you're on board.
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Senate Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline Bill, In A Close Vote
November 18, 2014 BILL CHAPPELL NPR
The controversial Keystone XL pipeline project to expand an oil pipeline running from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico has failed the approval of Congress, after the Senate voted against the project Tuesday. The House passed its version of the bill Friday. An early tally showed 35 for and 30 against the bill; subsequent calls for senators' votes failed to net the 60 votes needed for passage... final tally was 59-41.
The vote came after President Obama stopped short of saying he would veto the bill, but he encouraged Congress not to take action before a long-awaited State Department review of the project is fully complete...
Several Democrats spoke against the Keystone extension during a floor debate before this afternoon's vote. "We're going to see higher gas prices because of this," said Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer ... read article
Read everything you need to know about Ted Cruz and Net Neutrality here
Defiant Obama spoiling for a fight
(with interview of Robert Reich)
ALL IN 11/14/14 MSNBC
Dispite a midterm drubbing for his party, President Obama is pushing his Democratic agenda harder than ever. watch video
The US and China Just Announced a Huge Deal on Climate—and It's a Game Changer
The surprise agreement aims to double the pace of carbon pollution reduction in the United States.
By Tim McDonnell and James West
Tue Nov. 11, 2014 Mother Jones
In a surprise announcement Tuesday night, the world's two biggest economies and greenhouse gas emitters, United States and China, said they will partner closely on a broad-ranging package of plans to fight climate change, including new targets to reduce carbon pollution, according to a statement from the White House. The announcement comes after President Obama met with Chinese President Xi Jinping today in Beijing, and includes headline-grabbing commitments from both countries that are sure to breathe new life into negotiations to reach a new climate treaty in Paris next year.
According to the plan, the United States will reduce carbon emissions 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025, nearly twice the existing target—without imposing new restrictions on power plants or vehicles. Tuesday's announcement is equally remarkable for China's commitment. For the first time, China has set a date at which it expects its emissions will "peak," or finally begin to taper downward: around 2030. China is currently the world's biggest emitter of carbon pollution, largely because of its coal-dependent economy, and reining in emissions while continuing to grow has been the paramount challenge for China's leaders. The White House said in a statement that China could reach the target even sooner than 2030. It "expects that China will succeed in peaking its emissions before 2030 based on its broad economic reform program, plans to address air pollution, and implementation of President Xi's call for an energy revolution." read article
Pregnant, and No Civil Rights
By LYNN M. PALTROW and JEANNE FLAVIN
NOV. 7, 2014
With the success of Republicans in the midterm elections and the passage of Tennessee’s anti-abortion amendment, we can expect ongoing efforts to ban abortion and advance the “personhood” rights of fertilized eggs, embryos and fetuses. But it is not just those who support abortion rights who have reason to worry. Anti-abortion measures pose a risk to all pregnant women, including those who want to be pregnant. Such laws are increasingly being used as the basis for arresting women who have no intention of ending a pregnancy and for preventing women from making their own decisions about how they will give birth.
...These are not isolated or rare cases. Last year, we published a peer-reviewed study
documenting 413 arrests or equivalent actions depriving pregnant women of their physical liberty ... Since 2005, we have identified an additional 380 cases, with more arrests occurring every week. This significant increase coincides with what the Guttmacher Institute describes as a “seismic shift” in the number of states with laws hostile to abortion rights.
The principle at the heart of contemporary efforts to end legal abortion is that fertilized eggs, embryos and fetuses are persons or at least have separate rights that must be protected by the state...Many of the pregnant women subjected to this mistreatment are themselves profoundly opposed to abortion...
If we want to end these unjust and inhumane arrests and forced interventions on pregnant women, we need to stop focusing only on the abortion issue and start working to protect the personhood of pregnant women. We should be able to work across the spectrum of opinion about abortion to unite in the defense of one basic principle: that at no point in her pregnancy should a woman lose her civil and human rights. read article
New York Times:
Law in the Raw
NOV. 12, 2014
Nearly a week has gone by since the Supreme Court’s unexpected decision to enlist in the latest effort to destroy the Affordable Care Act, and the shock remains unabated...
There was no urgency. There was no crisis of governance, not even a potential one. There is, rather, a politically manufactured argument over how to interpret several sections of the Affordable Care Act that admittedly fit awkwardly together in defining how the tax credits are supposed to work for people who buy their health insurance on the exchanges set up under the law. Further, the case the court agreed to decide, King v. Burwell, doesn’t fit the normal criterion for Supreme Court review. read column
After the Midterms: Time to Fight Back
Opposing bad policy and bad compromises isn’t enough. We need new thinking and new approaches.
Nov. 5, 2014 The Nation
...Obama is not without options. He has a bully pulpit, the authority to issue executive orders and a veto pen—and he must use them all. Obama also has history on his side... Obama should borrow from those of his most successful predecessors: don’t give McConnell an inch. Keep campaigning, get the people on your side and write the narrative of the next two years...
Progressives have responsibilities as well. They should not just keep the pressure on Obama; they should increase it. ...Focus on reform. ...The fight to defend voting rights must be accelerated, including the struggle to end gerrymandering...
Focus on the states ...politics isn’t just about what happens in Washington. Change that improves people’s lives can be made at the state and local levels. We must use referendums, petitions and people power to drive debates about accepting federal Medicaid funding, raising wages and repairing broken political processes.
Change partisan politics...the Democrats had a great deal of money ... and some significant advantages. What they lacked was a coherent economic message. Too much time was wasted talking about whether candidates had voted for Obama or liked Obamacare. Too little time was spent talking about how to address income inequality, create family-supporting jobs, and crack down on corporate and banking abuses... Democrats can’t just get progressive and populist in the last weeks before an election; they must recognize, as [Elizabeth] Warren reminds us, that progressive values are winning values. read article
Did Voting Restrictions Determine the Outcomes of Key Midterm Races?
Ari Berman on November 6, 2014 The Nation
...In the North Carolina senate race, Republican Thom Tillis...defeated Democrat Kay Hagan by 50,000 votes. Nearly five times as many voters in 2010 used the voting reforms eliminated by the North Carolina GOP—200,000 voted during the now-eliminated first week of early voting, 20,000 used same-day registration and 7,000 cast out-of-precinct ballots.
Lawyer Allison Riggs of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice in Durham flagged dozens of stories of disenfranchised voters and election problems in North Carolina. Voters were not able to register during the early voting period. There were longer lines during early voting because the state cut early voting by a week. And there were longer lines on election day because of the shorter early voting period, particularly in heavily Democratic urban areas like Durham, Raleigh, Charlotte and Greensboro, where wait times stretched to over two hours at some polling places... Many voters also arrived at the wrong polling location, where they could no longer cast a regular ballot out-of-precinct...
More than 450 voters were disenfranchised in North Carolina’s primary because the state eliminated same-day registration and out-of-precinct voting. Riggs expects that number will be significantly higher for the general election, even as turnout increased in North Carolina compared to 2010 for the early voting and general election period. “The real question is what would turnout have been like if these voters hadn’t been disenfranchised?” she says.
Nationally, voter turnout in 2014 has been estimated at 36.6 percent, the lowest level since 1940. In North Carolina and across the country, the electorate was older, whiter and more conservative than in 2008 and 2010, which is exactly what Republicans wanted. The new voting restrictions contracted an already-minuscule electorate. Nearly twice as many Americans chose not to vote as voted in 2014. As turnout decreased, voting problems increased. The Election Protection coalition received 18,000 calls at the 1-866-Our-Vote hotline [see graph, above], a 40 percent increase over 2010. read article
A win? Yes.
A mandate? No.
By Steve Benen MSNBC
...A new GOP mandate? That’s a question Republicans and Democrats will be debating in coming days, as the GOP makes the case that its election victories add up not only to an electoral wave, but to a mandate – a genuine endorsement of conservative policies...As of this morning, Republicans are predictably claiming just such a mandate, and at the surface, it may seem as if they have a point. The GOP took control of the Senate, expanded their House majority, flipped some state legislative bodies, and fared surprisingly well in gubernatorial races. The result, they say, is an endorsement from the American people that affords them the right to pursue their top priorities. It’s a nice argument, which happens to be wrong. read article
Durham Votes Early! March to the Polls was a great success!
Thanks to Dem Women Sondra Stein, Christine Gephardt and Helen Compton for organizing the event with other Durham organizations, and to all who came out to march! See photo gallery
See WRAL video here
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