Weekly Newsletter - July 30, 2018
This Week's Action Items
#1: 99 DAYS TO WIN MIDTERMS
Talbot Rising is expanding voter registration efforts to other Eastern Shore counties:
•On Thursday, Aug. 2, TR will be helping register voters in Somerset County, from 5-7 pm. Talbot Rising will provide transportation, leaving Easton around 3:30 PM. Contact Denice Lombard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
•We will have a table at the Caroline County Summerfest in Denton on the following dates:
Friday, Aug. 17, 5-10 pm
Saturday, Aug. 18, 2-9 pm
This will be a great opportunity to expand our efforts beyond Talbot County, and the event will be attended by many young people who it is essential we register.
Please email David King at email@example.com if you can help, and when.
#2: MAKE A CALL, SAVE THE COURT
The House is gone on vacation, but Senate action is still pending this month on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. And in order to stop his nomination or delay it until after the midterms, every Democratic senator, plus two Republicans must oppose him. Indivisible.org has a spreadsheet showing each senator's position on the nominee. Sen Van Hollen is "Oppose." Sen. Cardin is "Lean Oppose." Both of Maryland's senators need to firmly reject Kavanaugh and use their good offices to persuade moderate GOP senators. Check out the spreadsheet and call them to state the case: Van Hollen: 202-224-4654; Cardin: 202-224-4524.
#3: DONATE TO TALBOT RISING
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AUG. 2 - SAVE SCOTUS
Details: Noon, 120 Constitution Avenue NE,
Join Herd on the Hill to deliver letters to the Senatein opposition to Trump's Supreme Court nominee. The group continues to receive many letters about the Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, continued family separation, the Mueller investigation, as well as other topics. Come help amplify progressive voices from all over the country. For more information, go to Indivisible.org.
AUG. 10 - MIDSHORE PRO BONO LEGAL CLINIC
Details: 1 to 3 pm, Talbot County Courthouse, Easton;
Midshore Pro Bono will be offering free legal advice on general civil matters. Another session will be held on Aug. 24. You need to call to make an appointment at 410-690-8128. For more information, visit www.midshoreprobono.com
AUG. 23 - MIDSHORE PRO BONO ELDER LAW CLINIC
Details: 10 am - 1 pm, Talbot County Senior Center,
400 Brookletts Ave., Easton;
Midshore Pro Bono will be offering free legal advice on elder law matters. Call to make an appointment at 410-690-8128.
- News and Updates -
HARRIS SUPPORTS DOJ IMPEACHMENT
Last week, House Freedom caucus members introduced a measure to impeach the Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein for not turning over every document requested by the House members. Rep. Andy Harris was not among the congressmen co-sponsoring the measure. But Harris did say he supported the move, even though he praised Rosenstein's appointment initially. The impeachment ploy was even criticized by other congressmen, including House Oversight's Trey Gowdy, according to the Associated Press.
He called the action a necessary measure even though it is undermining the special counsel probe of President Trump:
"I'm not a co-sponsor of it but I agree with the idea that we have to get the Department of Justice to cooperate with the Congressional subpoenas and if this is what it takes then this is what it takes," Harris said.
Monitoring Rep. Andy Harris, #22:
Government Shutdown Shenanigans
The House went on recess at the end of last week, but not before Rep. Andy Harris' appropriations committee approved a Homeland Security bill that included $5 billion for a border "barrier'' and other measures. Did he and his House colleagues forget that Donald Trump promised to have some other country pay for it?
Now the president is actually threatening a government shutdown over the issue of border wall funding, according to the New York Times. That came this past weekend despite reports of a Trump deal with congressional leaders to avoid a spending showdown.
So what did Harris do? He warned Democrats -- but not Trump -- against a government shutdown. Harris' press release stated: "The end of this fiscal year is quickly approaching, and the American people deserve a proper appropriations package, not to be held hostage by the Democrats for a series of short-term spending bills and government shutdowns.”
Of course, it is the Republicans who control Congress and the White House, so the ball is in their court. But with the incompetence they have shown in governing so far, voters will surely be looking to relieve them of this burden.