Our Representative in Congress hasn’t held a public town hall since August 3, 2010. There’ve been last minute meetings announced on social media shortly before they happen, tele- town halls where questions can be vetted before being forwarded, appearances at local businesses and school — but no traditional town hall.
The following post by Aaron Rupar was posted on the ThinkProgress website February 20, 2017:
Meanwhile, his budget proposal cuts programs for poor people.
On Monday, President Trump will return to Washington, D.C. from his private Mar-a-Lago club in Florida, where he’s spent the last three weekends.
The Washington Post reports that those three trips “probably cost the federal treasury about $10 million, based on figures used in an October government report analyzing White House travel, including money for Coast Guard units to patrol the exposed shoreline and other military, security and staffing expenses associated with moving the apparatus of the presidency.”
So far, the highlight of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago trips has been him and his aides struggling to deal with an international crisis in full view of diners and staff during the evening of February 11. (more…)
The following article by @LOLGOP was posted on the National Memo website February 20, 2017:
Theodore Roosevelt called the robber barons of his era “malefactors of great wealth.” Franklin Roosevelt inveighed against “economic royalists.” Bernie Sanders takes on “the millionaire and billionaire class.”
Hillary Clinton spoke about “an economy that works for everyone.” Hmmm.
Sure, it’s a tidy reminder that for generations Democratic presidents’ economic polices have not just been more more effective, but that growth is also broadly shared. Yet the soapiness of the phrase reveals reveals two of the larger problems Democrats face in this new era of Trumpian treachery. (more…)
The following article was posted on the trumpaccountable.com website February 20, 2017:
Congress and President Trump began unraveling environmental protections put in place by the Obama administration last week. At issue is the Stream Buffer Zone Rule that requires mining companies to create a buffer of at least 100 feet around streams and waters. Since many mining companies practice “mountaintop removal” where they simply remove the top of a mountain to get at the coal beneath, the debris and runoff inevitably fills stream-beds and destroys habitat for fish and other animals.
Trout Unlimited, in a post on their website, outlined the following reason to support the Stream Buffer Zone Rule: Over 2,000 miles of streams have already been destroyed or degraded by coal mining. Over the past ten years Trout Unlimited has only been able to restore 60 miles of damaged streams. Repealing the Stream Buffer Zone Rule means that Trout Unlimited will likely never be able to keep up with the destruction. (more…)
First the National Parks went rogue, sharing climate change data on Twitter. Now museums and libraries have taken up arms — or at least typing fingers — to fight on behalf of facts.
Using the hashtag #DayofFacts, more than 280 scientific and cultural institutions are devoting Friday to dropping 140-character truths on Twitter. Many of the facts seem pointedly political — like the National Museum of American Jewish History’s tweet about a George Washington letter affirming religious freedom in the country, or a placard held up in a video by Chicago’s Field Museum that stated “Climate change is accelerating the extinction of plants and animals.” (more…)
The following article by Colby Itkowitz was posted on the Washington Post website February 17, 2017:
Nathan Williams is no novice to the political process. But suddenly there’s a crop of people newly engaged and eager to participate, and since the November election, he’s been looking for ways to help those people channel their desired activism.
He just didn’t know one idea would turn into a full-time endeavor.
The 36-year-old freelance filmmaker, who has worked on political campaigns off and on since Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential run, was talking to a friend, Jimmy Dahman, another campaign veteran, about the lack of easily accessible information for people who want to meet their members of Congress. So, with a handful of other volunteers, they started compiling schedules of congressional town halls, both in-person meetings and over the phone, and shared it through a Google document in late January, updating the spreadsheet with new information as they got it. (more…)
The following article by Allison Sherry was posted on the Star Tribune website February 20, 2017:
Sen. Amy Klobuchar is diving into the boiling controversy over Russia and President Donald Trump, vowing to leverage what she said are strong alliances with her Republican colleagues to push for an independent investigation.
WASHINGTON – Sen. Amy Klobuchar is diving into the boiling controversy over Russia and President Donald Trump, vowing to leverage what she said are strong alliances with her Republican colleagues to push for an independent investigation into possible ties between the new administration and America’s global rival.
“Why did all of this happen? Why was the Trump campaign so focused on placating Russia and making them happy when they have been ruthless to our allies and ruthless trying to attack us?” Klobuchar said.
The resignation last week of Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn, after revelations he communicated with Russian officials and then lied about it to Vice President Mike Pence are “a major problem for our government, and it makes it look like we don’t know what we’re doing,” Klobuchar said. (more…)
The following article by Luca Trenta was posted on the Conversation website February 17, 2017:
Whatever one thinks of the Trump administration’s policies, it is difficult to ignore that the new president’s tenure has so far been characterised by incompetence and carelessness. And while it’s easy to laugh at daft missteps such as an aide plugging Ivanka Trump’s clothing line in a TV interview, the indications are that Trump also struggles to handle national security.
The most public indication was his decision to grapple with North Korea’s missile test, an incredibly sensitive moment, in the dining room of his private club at Mar-a-Lago while surrounded by astonished guests and journalists. And then came the still-developing definitive story of this presidency’s early weeks: after only 24 days in office, Trump’s national security advisor, Michael Flynn, resigned in disgrace. (more…)
The following article by Megan Twohey and Scott Shane was posted on the Washington Post website February 19, 2017:
A week before Michael T. Flynn resigned as national security adviser, a sealed proposal was hand-delivered to his office, outlining a way for President Trump to lift sanctions against Russia.
Mr. Flynn is gone, having been caught lying about his own discussion of sanctions with the Russian ambassador. But the proposal, a peace plan for Ukraine and Russia, remains, along with those pushing it: Michael D. Cohen, the president’s personal lawyer, who delivered the document; Felix H. Sater, a business associate who helped Mr. Trump scout deals in Russia; and a Ukrainian lawmaker trying to rise in a political opposition movement shaped in part by Mr. Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort.
At a time when Mr. Trump’s ties to Russia, and the people connected to him, are under heightened scrutiny — with investigations by American intelligence agencies, the F.B.I. and Congress — some of his associates remain willing and eager to wade into Russia-related efforts behind the scenes. (more…)
In June of 2016, Rebecca MacKinnon made the following TED Talk. As we move through the Trump years, we all need to revisit this and increase the focus to include our own country as the highest elected official in the country attacks the nation’s free press:
2017 Legislative Session
GOP lawmakers seeking to divert Southwest light rail money to road, bridge projects, Star Tribune
Republicans Move to Shift SWLRT Funds to Roads, Bridges, WCCO
Minnesota GOP Seeks to Halt Funding for SWLRT, MSN
House passes Sunday liquor sales bill; now a tougher battle looms in the Senate, MPR
Minnesota House approves Sunday liquor sales, MinnPost
Minnesota House might (finally) pass Sunday sales today, City Pages
Lawmakers move to hem in authority of Met Council, MPR
St. Paul Jewish Community Center
St. Paul Jewish Community Center reopened after bomb threat, Star Tribune
St. Paul Jewish Community Center evacuated in wave of U.S. bomb threats, Pioneer Press
St. Paul JCC part of nationwide bomb threat, KARE11
U.S. Bank Stadium
Stadium leadership unclear, Winona Daily News
Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Sen. Klobuchar Reacts to POTUS’ Comment about Sweden, WCCO
Klobuchar Pushes for Firefighter Cancer Registry in Minneapolis, WCCO
Sen. Klobuchar backs National Firefighter Cancer Registry, Fox9
Klobuchar wants independent commission to investigate Trump’s possible Russia ties, MPR
Klobuchar vows to push for investigation into possible Trump-Russia ties, MinnPost
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, state’s Democrats want open investigation of Trump Russia ties, Star Tribune
ill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/healthcare/320294-drug-importation-from-other-countries-will-save-dollars-and”>Drug importation from other countries will save dollars and lives, The Hill
Sen. Al Franken
Local career program ‘a terrific model,’ Franken says, Brainerd Dispatch
A frank discussion: Sen. Franken talks rising drug costs, Brainerd Dispatch
DFL Members of Congress
Colling Peterson, Rick Nolan, push for open season on Minnesota’s gray wolves, City Pages
Reader’s View: Keep politics out of National Security Council, Duluth News Tribune
Trump Names Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster New National Security Adviser, NPR
How the town hall dynamic has changed, Rochester Post Bulletin
Emmer Holding Town Hall in Sartell, KNSI
DNC Chair’s Race
After picking up California Support, Rep. Keith Ellison gets more Western Democrats to back him for party chair, LA Times
Buttigieg picks up 9 mayors’ endorsements in DNC race, CNN
Fetterman, counselling party unity, backs Buttigieg for DNC chair, Pittsburgh Post Gazette
- February 21, 6:30 PM — HD46B Legislative Priorities Session with Rep. Cheryl Youakim, Meeting Room, Hennepin County Library, 22 11th Ave N, Hopkins, MN 55343
- February 23, 7:00 PM — SD47 DFL Executive Committee Meeting, Victoria Recreation Center, 8475 Kochia Ln, Chaska, MN 55386
- February 23, 7:00 PM — SD49 Town Hall with Sen. Melisa Franzen (D), Rep. Paul Rosenthal (D) and Rep. Dario Anselmo (R), Edina Community Lutheran Church,
- February 24, 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM — SD49 Day at the Capitol, more information here.
- February 24, 1:00 PM — SD47 DFL Voter Education Seminar: Carver County Forecast, Chaska Community Center Theatre, 1661 Park Ridge Dr, Chaska, MN. Paul Moline, Carver County Department of Planning and Water Management, will present data, maps and graphs that explain Carver County’s population, economy and the implications for the long-range plan for the county. Come find out who we are, where we are going and the speed we are traveling!
- February 25, 10:00 AM — Town Hall Meeting with Steve Cwodzinski (SD48) and Laurie Pryor (HD48A), Glen Lake Activity Center, 14350 Excelsior Blvd, Minnetonka, MN
- February 25, 1:00 PM — SD47 DFL Voter Education Seminar: Carver County Forecast. Paul Moline, Carver County Dept. of Planning and Water Management, will present data, map and graphs explaining Carver County’s population, economy and the implementations for the long-range pan for the county. Come find out ho we are, where we’re going and the speed we’re traveling!
- February 27, 5:30 PM — SD44 Progressive Activist Fair, RHR Room, Ridgedale Library, 12601 Ridgedale Dr, Minnetonka, MN 55304.
- March 4, 10:30 AM — HD46B Legislative Priority Session with Rep. Cheryl Youakim, Meeting Room, Hennepin County Library, 22 11th Ave N, Hopkins, MN
- March 4, 11:30 AM — DFL Business Conference, Grand Casino Convention Center, 777 Lady Luck Dr, Hinckley, MN
- March 7, 7:00 PM — SD34 DFL Central Committee Meeting, 12800 Arbor Lakes Parkway, Maple Grove, MN