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Issue 58.0: March for Our Lives, Omnibus, Bolton
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Big win in Wisconsin where a judge ordered Governor Scott Walker to hold two special elections that he was trying to avoid. The suit was led by former Attorney General Eric Holder, who is already making an impact through his new organization, the NDRC. As with the Pennsylvania gerrymandering case this bodes well for the future: the perpetrators of anti-democratic shenanigans are losing ground because they’re being fought everywhere. 

Much happening elsewhere of course:

1. March for Our Lives plans hundreds of ‘sibling marches,’ many in Trump country 

What’s happening: (Washington Post)
Saturday’s March for Our Lives in downtown Washington demands 2,000 portable toilets and 20 Jumbotrons, and is expected to draw as many as 500,000 people … According to the March for Our Lives website, more than 700 “sibling marches” will be held around the world as demonstrators show solidarity with survivors of the Parkland, Fla., massacre speaking out against gun violence. Large cities such as left-leaning New York and Los Angeles have events … But then there are marches deep in Trump Country: Salina, Kan. Fort Smith, Ark.” Meanwhile, the work is working: a NBC/WSJ poll shows the NRA’s fav/unfav rating is underwater, with 37 percent viewing the organization positively and with 40 percent seeing it in a negative light (-3). That’s a 15-point swing from April 2017.

What you can do:
Commit to a march this Saturday. There are currently 840 events scheduled worldwide. (Click to tweet)

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)

2. Congressional negotiators reach deal on $1.3 trillion spending bill ahead of Friday government shutdown deadline

What’s happening: (Washington Post)
“Congressional leaders reached a $1.3 trillion spending deal Wednesday to keep government agencies operating through September, unveiling legislation that would make good on President Trump’s promises to increase military funding while blocking much of his immigration agenda … In many instances, large spending increases on the domestic side ignored budget cuts proposed by the Trump administration, allowing lawmakers of both parties to trumpet victories on programs from opioid prevention to cleanup of the Great Lakes." Trump threatened to veto it as of this morning, but as I hit send, he just signed it.

What you can do:
Go to TownHallProject.com to find an upcoming town hall near you. Your members of Congress will be home from March 24 to April 9. There are 400+ events coming up for you to have your voice heard. A good area to focus: the unacceptable lack of a DACA deal in this spending bill. (Click to tweet)

3. John Bolton to replace H.R. McMaster as national security adviser

What’s happening: (POLITICO)
“President Donald Trump announced on Thursday that he was replacing national security adviser H.R. McMaster with John Bolton, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, marking the latest high-level shakeup in a White House that has seen unprecedented levels of turnover in Trump’s first 14 months in office.” Bolton is one of the most dangerous people who could be entering our government right now. While his position isn’t confirmable, you just have to ask Press Secretary Scaramucci or National Security Adviser Flynn if the president can change his mind quickly because of public outrage.

What you can do:
Use this 5calls.org script to call your reps to express outrage over the Bolton appointment. (Click to tweet)

✓ Read and share: “Yes, John Bolton Really is That Dangerous” (Click to tweet)

4. Congress prepares to take on opioid crisis amid evidence the epidemic is growing worse

What’s happening: (USA Today)
“Responding to a public health crisis that shows no signs of letting up, Congress is preparing to move forward on a package of bills aimed at curbing the nation’s growing addiction to painkillers … A House subcommittee will begin considering more than two dozen proposals this week that would make it easier for those addicted to get treatment, speed up research on opioid abuse and detect and intercept shipments of opioids such as fentanyl into the United States … The renewed focus on opioid addiction comes on the heels of a new report showing emergency room visits for opioid overdoses rose 30% in all parts of the United States from July 2016 to September 2017. In the Midwest, opioid overdoses rose by 70% in the same period.”

What you can do:
✓ Read and share this study:
“Opioid-overdose laws association with opioid use and overdose mortality.” The study finds that Naloxone access laws that ease restrictions on naloxone possession and distribution are associated with a 20% reduction overdose deaths among African-Americans, and Good Samaritan laws reduce overdose deaths by 13%. (Click to retweet)

✓ Read and share: Congress’s omnibus bill adds $3.3 billion to fight the opioid crisis. It’s not enough.” (Click to tweet)

5. Democrats Desperate for a Bill to Shield Mueller From Trump

What’s happening: (The Daily Beast)
“A key Democratic lawmaker on Monday vowed to significantly ramp up his efforts to build support for bipartisan legislation that would shield special counsel Robert Mueller from political interference, amid renewed attacks on the Russia investigation from President Donald Trump and his legal team … Aside from legislation, lawmakers have begun discussing joint letters or floor speeches as a way to “send a strong signal” to Trump.” On Tuesday, Republican Senator Jeff Flake said the “I-word,” warning of the impeachment ‘remedy’ if Mueller probe is halted. Meanwhile, “an undercover investigation by Channel 4 News has revealed how Cambridge Analytica claims it ran key parts of the presidential campaign for Donald Trump.” Steve Bannon oversaw Cambridge Analytica’s early efforts to collect troves of Facebook data as part of an ambitious program to build detailed profiles of millions of American voters.

What you can do:
Call on your rep to support the the Special Counsel Independence Protection Act. (Click to tweet)

Call your state AG to hold Facebook accountable.

Remembering:

Puerto Rico

The 7,383-Seat Strategy

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.

Additional reading:

  • Stormy Daniels’ lawyer posts photo of mystery disc in a safe (The Hill)
  • Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner Promised a Criminal Justice Revolution. He’s Exceeding Expectations. (The Intercept)
  • Ben Carson points to wife on $31,000 HUD dining set purchase (CBS)
  • Trump’s national security advisers warned him not to congratulate Putin. He did it anyway. (Washington Post)
  • FEMA Drops ‘Climate Change’ From Its Strategic Plan (NPR)
  • EXCLUSIVE: Fired FBI official authorized criminal probe of Sessions, sources say (ABC)

Happy 8-year anniversary to the Affordable Care Act to you,
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. 

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