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Issue 57.0: Primaries, Banks, Strikes
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re:act is a weekly list of a few concrete things you can do to take action during the Trump presidency.

1. Democratic surge in Texas primaries gives Republicans reason to worry

What’s Happening: (Reuters)
“State figures show that more than 1 million Democrats cast votes in primary races across the state on Tuesday, almost twice as many as in 2014, the last time primaries were held for a midterm election … Texas has long been a conservative bastion, but the much stronger turnout in the primary races to select nominees from their own party shows Democratic voters are highly motivated, threatening Republican control of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives in midterm elections in November.”

What you can do:
✓ Support eventual nominees from swing districts in Texas. Three such districts had their primaries Tuesday night, which will now be followed up by runoffs between the top two Democratic candidates. Through SwingLeft District Funds, you can donate to the eventual winner today:

  • Support TX-07: Runoff between Lizzie Pannill Fletcher and Laura Moser
  • Support TX-23: Runoff between Gina Ortiz Jones and Rick Trevino
  • Support TX-32: Runoff between Lillian Salerno and Colin Allred

Support Beto O’Rourke and/or sign up to volunteer. Now the official nominee, O’Rourke is facing Ted Cruz in a critical Senate race.

✓ Pennsylvania: volunteer to get out the vote for Connor Lamb before the special election on March 13. You can also support the campaign and post voting information on social media (post on Facebook or on Twitter).

See if you’ve got a primary coming up.

2. Senate about to roll back banking rules designed to prevent another financial crisis

What’s Happening: (ABC)
“It’s been 10 years since the global financial crisis severely damaged the nation’s economy, and the Senate is on the brink of passing legislation that would roll back Obama-era rules Congress enacted to prevent another collapse … Republicans overwhelmingly support rolling back key aspects of Dodd-Frank, the law that brought significant changes to financial regulation over the last decade … The legislation exempts nearly a dozen financial companies with assets between $50 billion and $250 billion from enhanced scrutiny by the Federal Reserve.”

What you can do:
Use this call script to call your reps to oppose the rollback

Read this backgrounder from Indivisible.

3. West Virginia Walkouts a Lesson in the Power of a Crowd-Sourced Strike

What’s Happening: (New York Times)
“The governor had promised 5 percent pay raises to settle a statewide strike, and union leaders had agreed … Public employees in other states have taken notice. Teachers in Oklahoma have been talking about mounting a West Virginia-style statewide walkout in early April if the Legislature does not raise their pay by then. In Kentucky, a pending bill to reduce pensions for retired teachers has prompted protests and talk of strikes.”

What you can do:
✓ Read and share: "Your state’s teachers are underpaid. Find out by how much." (Click to tweet)

Donate to a teacher’s classroom project at DonorsChoose.org. (Click to tweet)

Read: “5 Ways To Support Public School Teachers” (Click to tweet)

✓ View the American Federation of Teachers' Take Action page and the NEA's legislative action center

4. Trump: Democrats ‘just don’t care’ about DACA, program he opted to end

What’s Happening: (POLITICO)
President Donald Trump criticized Democrats Monday over the congressional impasse on protections for young undocumented immigrants, accusing them of not caring about the issue on the date he initially set as the deadline to extend the program … Trump said in September he was ending the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which gave protection from deportation and work permits to people in the U.S. who entered illegally as children. He gave lawmakers until Monday to extend the program, though court rulings later nullified that deadline. Congress last month failed to pass a series of immigration proposals to extend DACA, including a bipartisan measure that garnered 54 of the 60 needed votes in the Senate — but fell short after the president voiced opposition to it.”

What you can do:
✓ Read and share this tweet from UnitedWeDream: “These are the top 5 things you need to know about the Supreme Court #DACA announcement on February 26, 2018.”

Use this simple tool to record a ~30 second video to send to your reps in favor of DACA. As always, make sure you call them to demand a legislative fix as well.

5. Florida Gov. Rick Scott breaks with NRA to sign new gun regulations

What’s Happening: (Washington Post)
“Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) defied his longtime allies at the National Rifle Association on Friday to sign into law a new set of gun regulations, more than three weeks after a school shooting claimed 17 lives in his state … The law, passed by Republican legislative leaders and a number of Democrats, marks a major shift for a state known as a laboratory for gun rights legislation, including legal protections for people who use guns in self-defense and an expansive concealed-carry law.”

What you can do:
✓ Commit to going to an upcoming march.

Share this link to help 17 and 18-year-olds get pre-registered to vote. There are details and helpful links for every state. (Click to tweet)

✓ Use these 5calls.org scripts to call for expanded background checks and demand a federal assault weapons ban. House Dems recently introduced a new ban.

Four quick things to do in preparation for November elections

  1. Flip states: Find ways to get involved in flipping seats on the state level with Flippable.
  2. Swing the house: Find the nearest SwingLeft house district near you to flip the House.
  3. Get registered: Go to vote.org to get registered, get absentee ballots, sign up for reminders, and find your polling place.
  4. Write postcards to voters at PostcardsToVoters.org.

Mueller roundup:

  • Mueller gathers evidence that 2017 Seychelles meeting was effort to establish back channel to Kremlin (Washington Post)
  • Adviser to Emirates With Ties to Trump Aides Is Cooperating With Special Counsel (New York Times)
  • Special counsel wants documents on Trump, numerous campaign associates (NBC News)
  • Kushner loses access to top-secret intelligence (Politico)
  • Kushner’s overseas contacts raise concerns as foreign officials seek leverage (Washington Post)
  • Special counsel moves to drop tax, bank fraud charges against Rick Gates (Washington Post)
  • How the ex-spy tried to warn the world about Trump’s ties to Russia (The New Yorker)
  • Senate Intelligence Leaders Say House G.O.P. Leaked a Senator’s Texts (New York Times)
  • State Dept. Was Granted $120 Million to Fight Russian Meddling. It Has Spent $0. (New York Times)
  • Kushner’s Family Business Received Loans After White House Meetings (New York Times)

More:

  • 'A serious attack' -- Major US trading partners blast Trump's tariffs (CNN)
  • White House: North Korea must take ‘concrete steps’ before Trump meets Kim (POLITICO)
  • Sinclair’s new media-bashing promos rankle local anchors (CNN)
  • After Trump’s legal team gets secret gag order against porn actress Stormy Daniels, she pushes back (Los Angeles)
  • Democrats introduce resolution to reverse FCC net neutrality repeal (Politico)
  • GOP Sen. Thad Cochran to step down April 1, both state’s Senate seats on the ballot (CNN)
  • Hope Hicks to Leave Post as White House Communications Director (New York Times)
  • Gary Cohn resigns as Trump’s top economic advisor (CNBC)

Thank you, as always,
Derek

Editor's note: This list is not meant to be authoritative, exhaustive, or even expert. I'm just a guy letting you know some things I am doing every week.  I'd love for those with more legislative experience to recommend better levers to pull. I'd love for you to point out what I missed, because I will definitely miss things. 

Please send ideas or stories of your involvement ​my way at derek@reactletter.com
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