General Meeting 2019 MAY 16

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Thursday, May 16, 2019, 6:00 p.m., at Mountain Light Unitarian-Universalist Church, 2505 Tails Creek Road, Ellijay

Featured Speaker TERRY WOEHR

She will tell us all about Mayor Pete Butigieg, candidate for President of the USA.

Barbecue from Shane’s will be provided.  Guests may bring appetizers, sides, or desserts.

SEE YOU THERE

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DNC: News of the Day 2019 APR 07

Georgia Abortion Ban

  • With Brian Kemp’s signature on this extreme, unconstitutional abortion ban, women’s lives are on the line in Georgia. Georgia’s so-called ‘heartbeat bill’ bans abortion before many women even know they are pregnant.

  • Simply put, this shameful law puts women’s lives at risk by barring their access to safe, legal abortion.

  • Georgia’s abortion ban is only the latest example of how the Trump administration’s anti-women policies have emboldened Republican legislatures across the country to attack women’s access to health care.

  • More than a dozen states have introduced legislation banning abortion after six weeks this year, and we know Republicans will continue to push legislation just like this in an effort to ban abortion nationwide and overturn Roe v. Wade.

  • While Republicans continue to play partisan games with women’s health care, Democrats will keep fighting to protect women’s fundamental right to make decisions about their own bodies with their doctors.


Democratic National Committee, 430 S Capitol St SE, Washington, DC 20003

DNC: News of the Day 2019 APR 29

Trump Renews Vow To Repeal ACA

  • As the headliner at the NRA convention last week, Trump renewed his vow to kill the ACA and take health care away from millions of Americans.

    • Trump said he’s coming for “the rest” of the ACA, after he and Senate Republicans failed to fully repeal the law.

  • Meanwhile, a new poll shows that voters continue to put health care as their top issue in the 2020 election, and by a 17-point margin are more likely to oppose than support Trump because of his handling of the issue.

  • The Trump administration escalated its attacks on Americans’ health care by supporting a lawsuit to overturn the entire Affordable Care Act, including its pre-existing condition protections.

    • Neither the White House nor Republicans in Congress even have a plan to replace the ACA should they succeed in overturning the law.

  • Trump said that he wants to put off a vote on a plan to replace the ACA until after the 2020 election. This is exactly why we need to elect a Democratic president.

    • Trump has proven time and time again that any plan he comes up with will kick millions off of their health insurance and return to the days when insurers could discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions.

  • For nearly a decade, Republicans have tried and failed to kill the ACA. Overturning the ACA would be a major setback for efforts to address the opioid crisis and lower prescription drug prices — two major areas that Trump has promised to prioritize.

  • Trump repeatedly promises that he will preserve protections for people with pre-existing conditions even as he continues to back efforts that would undermine or completely erase those provisions.

  • Democrats believe health care is a right, not a privilege – and so do the American people. It’s time for the Trump administration and Republican leaders to stop playing games with people’s lives.


Lucas Acosta
@LucasRAcosta

Director of Broadcast Media
Democratic National Committee

DNC News of the Day

2019 APR 26: Trump Stands With The NRA

  • A year ago, Trump told Parkland school shooting victims and their families that he would fight for them, stand up to the NRA, and support a comprehensive gun reform bill.

  • Since then, it has been abundantly clear those were all lies. Instead, Trump chose to side with the NRA over the vast majority of Americans who support common sense gun reforms.

    • Trump has stood in lockstep with the NRA, repeatedly defending them and regurgitating their talking points.

    • Trump abandoned his promise to work for gun control measures opposed by the NRA, and has fully embraced their agenda.

  • Today, Trump once again takes center stage at the NRA’s national convention, yet again proving that he stands in lockstep with the NRA.

  • Americans are sick of this charade. The vast majority of Americans support common-sense gun reforms to ensure a tragedy like the Parkland school shooting never happens again.

  • Democrats understand that responsible gun ownership is part of the fabric of many American communities, but also realize that current laws are not enough to curtail the epidemic of gun violence.

    • House Democrats have already begun working to take action and passed legislation to require background checks for all gun sales. The White House, meanwhile, said it would veto this legislation if it reaches Trump’s desk.


Lucas Acosta
@LucasRAcosta

Director of Broadcast Media
Democratic National Committee

DNC News of the Day 2019 APR 23

2020 Census

  • The census is a constitutionally-mandated count of all U.S. residents, not a political tool for Donald Trump to push his agenda and disempower Latinos and other people of color.

  • Adding a citizenship question to the census is an obvious attempt to keep immigrant communities–including both citizens and non-citizens–from having proper representation.

    • Trump and Republicans are all but guaranteeing an inaccurate count that will protect gerrymandering and jeopardize critical resources for communities across the country.

    • The Trump administration’s plan violates the constitutional mandate that we count the U.S. population accurately.

  • The way that the Trump administration added the citizenship question to the census also violated federal law–a fact Wilbur Ross then tried to cover up.

    • Kris Kobach and Steve Bannon pitched Ross on adding a citizenship question, and likely did so out of “discriminatory animus,” facts Ross deliberately misled Congress about.

  • The results of a properly performed census are incredibly valuable to communities across America, who depend on an accurate count both for their own planning and to receive their fair share of nearly $900 billion in federal health, education, and other funding.

  • We believe the Census Bureau should have the resources needed to prepare for and conduct a cost-effective, complete and accurate census, as well as improve counting segments of the population that are historically and persistently undercounted.

    • This means communities of color, immigrants, LGBT people, young children, those with disabilities, and rural and low-income populations.

  • We can’t stress just how important it is that the census is conducted by the book. The data coming out of this next census will be used as part of the redistricting process.

Trump Sues To Keep Taxes Secret

  • Trump and his businesses filed a lawsuit against House Oversight Committee chair Elijah Cummings and his own accounting firm to prevent the firm from complying with a congressional subpoena of financial records.

  • Trump’s lawyers argued in court documents that congressional oversight of the president is illegitimate if it does not advance a legislative agenda.

  • Let’s be clear: It is the House’s constitutional duty to conduct oversight of the president, and House Democrats have absolute legal authority to request Trump’s financial records.

Trump’s Taxes

Background: Today is the second deadline for the IRS to turn over Trump’s tax returns.

  • After Trump’s Treasury Department refused to meet House Democrats’ original deadline to release six years of Trump’s personal and business tax returns from the IRS, the House Ways and Means Committee issued another request demanding Trump’s returns by April 23.

    • Trump’s legal team has already responded with a second letter to the Treasury Department, pressuring the IRS not to release Trump’s returns.

    • Despite Trump and his administration’s lies, the law is crystal clear: the House Ways and Means Committee has the authority to request Trump’s taxes. There is no room for ambiguity or interpretation.

  • Any attempt to block the release of Trump’s tax returns is an unprecedented step that sets up a constitutional challenge. What is Trump trying to hide?

  • We already know that Trump has a long history of dodging taxes and committing fraud, including using shady tactics to reduce his tax bill and avoid tens of millions of dollars in estate taxes.

    • Trump has habitually provided false, flawed, and incomplete information to lenders, investors, and journalists about his finances. Or to put it another way: He’s lied. A lot.

  • Americans deserve to know how Trump’s financial interests affect how he governs. Trump promised on the campaign trail that he’d release his returns. And a majority still want him to release them.

  • For two years, Republicans refused to provide any oversight on Trump or his administration. Americans overwhelmingly voted for Democrats in the midterm elections, in part because they wanted to provide a check on the president.

    • The American people deserve to know what Trump is hiding, and Democrats are going to find out.

House Investigations

  • House Democrats subpoenaed former White House counsel Don McGahn to testify about his involvement in Trump’s attempted obstruction of justice.

    • McGahn is a critical witness and saw firsthand Trump’s attacks on the rule of law, and his attempts to cover up those actions with lies.

  • Democrats are also investigating the White House’s ignorance of U.S. national security in favor of convenience and nepotism, which included the overturning of at least 25 security clearance denials for Trump administration officials.

    • Trump himself personally intervened to overturn the denial of a clearance for Jared Kushner by career security professionals who raised concerns about potential foreign influence and his business ties.

    • The White House made clear they do not intend to cooperate with House investigators looking into this threat to our national security, and yesterday instructed the former head of the White House Personnel Security Office not to comply with a subpoena from the House Oversight Committee.

  • For two years, Republicans refused to provide any oversight on Trump or his administration. Americans overwhelmingly voted for Democrats in the midterm elections, in part because they wanted to provide a check on the president.

  • House Democrats are performing their constitutional duty, and fulfilling the will of the voters, by providing oversight and holding hearings to investigate the president and his administration.

  • While Trump wants to paint investigations as a partisan attack against him, that simply isn’t true.

    • Congress has a role to play in credible investigations into almost everything Trump has run over the past three decades, which have been taken up by multiple state and federal law enforcement agencies.

  • In addition to investigating Trump and his administration’s corruption, Democrats are also investigating his harmful policies, like his family separation policy, and holding hearings on how to improve the lives of Americans across the country through policies addressing climate change, gun violence, and access to affordable health care.

  • Democrats will never stop fighting for the American people, and will continue to provide oversight and hold this president accountable.

Democratic Party Agenda

  • Voters overwhelmingly rejected the Republican agenda that did nothing for them and failed to deliver for middle-class families.

  • The House of Representatives voted to reauthorize and expand the Violence Against Women Act.

  • Democrats are also working on legislative solutions to protect people with pre-existing conditions and lower health care costs.

    • House and Senate Democrats voted to condemn Trump’s decision to support a lawsuit to overturn the entire ACA.

  • After making historic gains in the House, Democrats immediately got to work for the people and already passed H.R. 1, the For the People Act.

    • The bill includes provisions to strengthen our election systems and make it easier, not harder, for people to vote.

    • The bill will also reduce the role of money in politics and restore transparency, accountability and unity to government.

    • The White House has threatened to veto, and McConnell has already refused to take up this bold, transformative legislation that puts the power back in the hands of the people and cleans up the corruption in Washington.

  • Here’s some of what Democrats else have done already to get to work for the people:

    • House and Senate Democrats introduced the Equality Act, which would amend the Civil Rights Act to add protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

    • House Democrats introduced legislation to provide permanent legal protection and a pathway to citizenship for millions of Dreamers.

    • The Democratic-led House passed legislation to require background checks for all gun sales.

    • House Democrats passed legislation to help close the gender pay gap.

    • Democrats introduced legislation to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

    • Democrats launched an investigation into pharmaceutical companies raising prescription drug prices.

  • Democrats will work in a bipartisan way to deliver results on many other priorities:

    • We will fight for opportunity for everyone.

  • We will fight to lower the cost of prescription drugs.

  • We are going to fight for an infrastructure bill that addresses climate change and actually puts people to work.


Lucas Acosta
@LucasRAcosta

Director of Broadcast Media
Democratic National Committee

DNC WAR ROOM 2019 APR 19

Trump Doubles Down on Failed Border Strategy

  • Trump’s cruel and chaotic border strategy has failed. Instead of addressing our broken immigration system, the Trump administration continues to pursue illegal and completely misguided policies that worsen the humanitarian crisis at the border and do nothing to make us safer.

  • In fact, Trump plans to double down on his chaotic anti-immigrant agenda — from shutting down the border, to illegally denying entry to asylum seekers, to pressuring Congress to allow the Trump administration to detain immigrant children indefinitely.

  • Democrats are making clear that we need a better strategy at the border:

    • We need a fairer and more efficient process for considering asylum claims that protects those who are eligible and deters those who are not.

    • We need to use the substantial border funding provided in the last budget bill to build out the infrastructure at ports of entry, hire more immigration judges, and humanely screen and process families and children at the border.

    • We need to address the violence and economic and political instability that is causing people to flee their home countries in the first place. That includes working with our Central American partners to reinstate regional refugee and resettlement programs, without cutting off all access to asylum.

  • The last thing we need to do is give the Trump administration more authority or more funding to pursue its chaotic and dangerous immigration agenda. We urge Republicans to work with Democrats on smart strategies that put our security and humanity first.


Lucas Acosta
@LucasRAcosta
Director of Broadcast Media
Democratic National Committee

KEY TAKEAWAYS: REDACTED MUELLER REPORT

Here are key takeaways from the redacted Mueller report:

BARR MISLED THE AMERICAN PEOPLE: Barr’s cherry-picked summary that said the Trump campaign did not coordinate with Russia left out a key part that suggests the Trump campaign was willing to collude with Russia.

ABUNDANT EVIDENCE OF OBSTRUCTION: Mueller’s report made clear that the Special Counsel did not by any stretch of the imagination exonerate Trump of obstruction of justice.

TRUMP TRIED TO OBSTRUCT JUSTICE: Trump “engaged in efforts to curtail the Special Counsel’s investigation” and although he was unsuccessful in obstructing justice, it was not for a lack of trying.

TRUMP CAMPAIGN SHARED POLLING INFO WITH RUSSIANS: Paul Manafort shared internal polling with a Russian agent for “months” and discussed campaign strategy for winning votes in the Midwest with him.

TRUMP KNEW ABOUT WIKILEAKS: Trump had advance notice that WikiLeaks would release more damaging information before they put it out, and directed his campaign to find Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails.

TRUMP SAYS JUMP, RUSSIAN SPIES SAY HOW HIGH: Trump asked Russia to find Hillary Clinton’s missing emails. Five hours later, Russia tried to hack Hillary Clinton’s personal office.

CONGRESS MUST CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE: Mueller left the question of obstruction of justice to Congress, who will continue their investigations to get to the bottom of Trump’s actions.

RELEASE THE FULL UNREDACTED REPORT: Despite this report only being “lightly redacted,” it’s clear there is still a lot we don’t know. The full unredacted report must be released to Congress.


Democratic National Committee, 430 S Capitol St SE, Washington DC 20003

General Meeting 2019 April 18

Greetings to all from Gilmer County Democrats!

Are you concerned about the state of Immigration today?  Or want to know more about candidates for President?

Get your questions answered TOMORROW, Thursday, April 18, 6:00 p.m.  at Mountain Light Unitarian Universalist Church,  2502 Tails Creek Rd (Hwy76 / SR282)., Ellijay GA 30540.

Beth Williams will inform us about candidate Kamala Harris and Jack Neumeyer will present an overview of IMMIGRATION ISSUES.

A Q&A discussion will follow each presentation.

Beverages are provided.  If you are willing and able, please bring a covered dish, (salad, side, entree or dessert).

Most Important, please come to share YOUR ideas about timely topics of interest to voters and important for our nation.


Gilmer Democrats normally get together on the third Thursday of each month and enjoy a Pot Luck Dinner followed by presentations and general discussion of topics of general interest to voters.

Next month, on May 16, Tom White will present an overview of Medicare for All to help us understand the complex issues of American health care, and Terry Woehr will talk about the policies envisioned by candidate Pete Butigieg.

Please feel free to invite your like-minded friends and neighbors—whether or not they are Democrats.  All are welcome!

 

 

DNC Tax Day Poll

The DNC’s 2019 Tax Day poll asked voters in 15 battleground states about Trump’s tax law. Did they feel it benefited people like them? What were the effects on their personal finances? And how has the law affected how they’ll vote in 2020?

The results weren’t good for Trump and Republicans. Our poll of battleground states showed:

Voters in battleground states say Trump’s tax law benefited large corporations and the wealthy, but not “people like me” — and they’re not happy about it. 62% said either large corporations or the wealthy had benefited the most from Trump’s tax law. Only 12% said the tax law had provided a lot of benefit to people like them. And 62% said they were bothered “some” or “a great deal” that corporations used their tax savings to benefit CEOs and wealthy shareholders, not their workers.

Voters in battleground states are vastly more motivated by opposition to Trump’s tax law than support for it. That’s bad news for Trump and the GOP. A whopping 79% of voters who disapproved of Trump’s tax law said it made them much less likely to vote for Trump in 2020. Just 57% of voters who approved of the law said it made them much more likely to vote for Trump next year.

Many voters in battleground states reported smaller tax refunds this year, and as many voters reported paying more in taxes this year as said they paid less — a far cry from Trump’s promise of massive, widespread savings. 26% of voters reported getting a smaller tax refund this year than last, while just 17% said their refund was bigger. 26% of voters reported paying more in taxes this year, while 27% said they paid less.

Two-thirds of voters in battleground states said Trump’s tax law hadn’t helped them save or spend more money. Just 33% said they were able to save more money over the past year because of the tax law, and only 34% said the law had enabled them to spend more.

A majority of voters in battleground states believe Trump and his family benefited a lot from his tax law — and they believe the public has a right to know how much. So much for the Republican argument that the public doesn’t care about Trump’s taxes. 51% of voters believed Trump and his family benefited “a great deal” from the tax law, and another 14% said the Trumps benefited “some.” 56% say Americans deserve to know how much Trump benefited from his signature law.

The DNC’s 2019 Tax Day poll was conducted online by Change Research from April 12-13, 2019. Using its Bias Correct Engine to attain a sample reflective of registered voters, Change Research polled 1,293 registered voters in 15 states (Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin). Post-stratification weights were made on age, gender, race and ethnicity, and 2016 vote to reflect the distribution within these swing states. Each state makes up a similar percentage as it does in the Electoral College.


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DNC Announces Expansion of War Room

2019 APR 11 – Adrienne Watson & Nick Bauer are excited to announce a dramatic expansion of the DNC’s War Room:

We previewed our hyper-local strategy for the next 19 months with NBC News (story HERE), and we’d love your help getting the word out.  Please retweet us, follow our new Facebook page, and most importantly – let us know how we can help you over the coming months!  (toptalkers@press.dnc.org)

BACKGROUND ON THE DNC WAR ROOM:

The War Room is a research and rapid response unit made up of dozens of research, communications and mobilization staffers who are entirely dedicated to getting Trump out of the White House.

  • The DNC’s War Room houses the most experienced Trump team in politics. Nearly the entire team has worked on Trump since the last presidential campaign, and the research team built the original and most comprehensive trove of research on Donald Trump.
  • We have assembled the most extensive collection of resources on Trump – better than any organization in the Democratic ecosystem. Over the past three years, we have collected more than 7000 lawsuits, filed thousands of FOIAs, combed local media for hundreds of local stories about the impact of Trump’s policies, and closely monitored and compiled information about every aspect of the Trump administration. Reporters from every major publication regularly request research from the DNC.
  • Over the past three years, the team has shaped the overall narrative on Trump, underpinned some of the most important narratives about his business career, candidacy and presidency, and made daily life for the Trump administration very difficult. The War Room placed front-page stories torpedoing confirmations, introduced key themes like his conflicts of interest, highlighted the on-the-ground impacts of Trump policies, and supplied Democratic surrogates with what they need to take the fight to Trump on TV, radio and other mediums.

As we move into the 2020 cycle, the War Room is re-launching with a broader mission and more public role in the party’s fight to defeat Trump, and hold his administration and the Republican Party accountable. For the next eighteen months, the War Room will hold Trump and Republicans accountable across a variety of mediums, relying more heavily on digital content to get the facts out, counter the White House message, and localize the impacts of the Trump administration in a way that has never been done before in a presidential election.

Key Tactics for 2019 and 2020:

HYPER-LOCAL BATTLEGROUND STRATEGY: The War Room will localize the Trump presidency in an unprecedented way, giving voters across the country highly relevant information for them and their communities that they don’t get from watching cable news. Much of this will be done through amplifying under-the-radar stories of Americans hurt by Trump’s policies, providing localized information on the impacts of policies like ACA repeal, and supplying research-based digital content for social media users to share within their communities.

  • The DNC has devoted the majority of its communications team to an early and sustained media onslaught in key states. Four full-time battleground communicators will hold Trump accountable every day on a hyper-local level.
  • The DNC’s relationship with state parties gives the War Room a resource that few others can claim: experienced and senior operatives and offices in all 50 states. Our battleground communicators will be working hand-in-hand with state parties to make sure the War Room is always operating with the best understanding possible of what’s really happening on the ground.
  • The War Room will be a one-stop shop for state parties, online activists, and others in the ecosystem to counter Trump on the ground in battleground states with localized information, assistance with bracketing events and press conferences around Trump visits, and other resources. This work will spotlight the hurt he has brought to communities and provide an opportunity to educate and organize key voters. Most importantly, they result in ample local coverage of Trump’s betrayal of the middle class.
  • Before Trump visits a battleground state, the War Room publishes all the promises that Trump made in the same state during his first campaign for president, and reveals how Trump has failed to follow through. The War Room will organize social media users in battleground states to share content, connect with each other and mobilize.

DISRUPTIVE ONLINE CONTENT: The War Room will flood the zone, especially online, with content that no one else in Democratic politics is able to provide, spotlighting highly localized and human impacts of Trump’s betrayal of the middle class. We will use tested digital organizing strategies to supply grassroots supporters, thought leaders, and members of the media with massive amounts of anti-Trump content at the speed needed to keep up with today’s news environment.

  • The War Room will focus on distributing content about and telling the stories of Americans who have been betrayed by Trump’s policies and broken promises,  using research, original direct-to-camera material, and the results of its monitoring of hundreds of local media markets around the country. No other entity has the capacity to monitor so many small and medium media markets, and then clip and distribute the video in real time.
  • Every day, the War Room will post and distribute to Twitter influencers a regular stream of clips of the Trump administration or the RNC lying to the American people. Influencers will amplify these to bring awareness to the lies coming directly from Trump’s team.
  • To combat the Republicans’ mass misinformation, the War Room fact checks Trump’s rallies in real time on Twitter so reporters and Americans across the country can push back on partisan propaganda and hold Trump accountable using localized information and stories directly from voters.

FOCUSING THE CHORUS: We want everyone to be saying the same message and saying it louder. To complement the message on Trump, we’ll also be telling a proactive story about what it means to be a Democrat. For example, we will hold Trump and Republicans accountable for wanting to take away people’s health care while making clear that Democrats are the ones who want to expand health care.

  • The War Room is already developing the next generation of Democratic communicators who can help hold Trump accountable. The War Room is providing them with free media training, booking them, and tracking voters’ reactions to their appearances.
  • The War Room will provide tested messaging to Democratic organizations and candidates. We will also release daily detailed talking points to an enormous list of Democratic talkers on how best to combat Republican propaganda, misinformation and conspiracy theories. We have staffers devoted to prepping surrogates, and they are available throughout the day and evening to provide pushback at a moment’s notice.
  • Past war rooms have focused on booking surrogates on cable news, despite the fact that most people get their news from local media and new media. The DNC’s War Room has expanded its priorities to focus on these outlets. We will increase our engagement with local trusted voices, like state representatives, mayors and other elected officials, to push back against the Trump administration. The War Room is also creating a separate program for Twitter influencers that will provide them with tailored and unique content to better shape our narrative online.

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