Monthly Meeting 2019 June 20

It’s only a week away – Gilmer Democrats’ first of two presentations on the subject of health care will be the program for our meeting on Thursday, June 20, 6:00 p.m., at Mountain Light Unitarian-Universalist Church in Ellijay. 

Tom White, a retired health insurance executive, will educate us on the fine points of different health care plans being proposed by our 2020 presidential candidates.  I’m really looking forward to learning how each will work.

At our July meeting, Dr. Bob Zolten will round out our knowledge with a look at health care from the medical perspective.

Your Gilmer County Dem Committee will provide sandwiches and beverages.  Bring an appetizer, side, or dessert to satisfy the appetites of our hungry, like-minded compatriots.

Give some thought, too, to the Fourth of July parade and a sign you may want to carry as we go through town and let folks know that Dems are still working in Ellijay!  If a sign-making session is in order, we will send out a notice of when and where it will take place.

SEE YOU ON JUNE 20

DNC News of the Day 2019 JUN 04

House Hearings In Mueller Investigation

  • House Democrats announced that they will hold a series of hearings to continue to examine the contents of the Mueller report and Trump’s obstruction of justice.

    • Former Nixon White House Counsel John Dean is scheduled to testify next week. Dean has experience with criminal investigations and White House cover-ups.

    • John Dean was one of more than 1,000 former federal prosecutors to sign on to a letter stating that Trump would have been indicted if he were not president.

  • Hearing from these experts is only the beginning and part of the House’s ongoing work. House Democrats are not wasting any time in beginning hearings, while they continue to work to have Don McGahn and Mueller himself testify.

    • The House will also vote next week to hold Barr and McGahn in contempt of Congress for defying congressional subpoenas.

  • In his press conference last week, Mueller made clear that if the special counsel’s office had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, then they would have said so.

    • Mueller stated that his team operated under DOJ guidelines that a sitting president could not be indicted, and so they did not make a determination as to whether Trump committed a crime.

      • Barr previously claimed that the OLC opinion was not the reason Mueller didn’t find a crime. That wasn’t just spin — it was a flat-out lie.

  • It is clear that Trump, Barr, and the rest of his cronies have been trying to cover up the special counsel’s findings, even if that means lying to the American people or obstructing congressional investigations.

  • It is Congress’s constitutional duty to conduct oversight as an equal branch of government and, despite Trump’s attempts to obstruct House investigation, Democrats will continue to their jobs.

March with Us on July 4th

Are you:

Worried about the loss of women’s rights?

Lamenting the increased discrimination against the LGBTQ community?

Scared about the lack of action regarding the safety of our environment?

Concerned about immigration reforms, gun reform, etc.?

THEN COME AND MARCH WITH GILMER DEMOCRATS IN THE FOURTH OF JULY PARADE!!

Bring your signs and your sunscreen (or carry a sign made by Gilmer Dems).

Gather with us on the Fourth in front of Spivey’s Body Shop on Sailors’ Drive at 4:30 p.m. and help decorate our vehicle, find our place in the parade, and make other preparations. Water will be provided.

The parade begins at 6:00 p.m. and will go from Sailors’ Drive through town to the elementary school. Our vehicle will return you to Sailors’ drive if you so wish.

If you have a blue Democrats’ t-shirt, wear it. If you would like to buy one, we have a few left. Email us (click here) and leave your name, telephone number, and shirt size (specify women’s or men’s). We will get in touch with you.

SEE YOU ON THE 4TH

Faith, Science, and Climate Solutions Speaking Tour

Religion and science are not in opposition on the issue of climate change. Science has a great deal to teach us about both the urgency to act and the solutions that are at hand. Our faith informs the actions that we take to care for Earth and all of its inhabitants. So how do people of faith and conscience seize the moral opportunity to lead on the most important issue of our time?

Join me, Rev. Susan Hendershot, president of Interfaith Power & Light, and Ken Kimmell, president of the Union of Concerned Scientists, as we undertake our first joint speaking tour on the intersection of faith, science, and climate solutions. We will be joined by leaders from Interfaith Power & Light state affiliates in each location, providing local context and opportunities for action.

    Tour locations and dates:

  • June 10 – Greenville SC, First Baptist Church, 847 Cleveland Street @ 7 PM
  • June 11- Raleigh NC, Pullen Baptist Church,1801 Hillsborough Street @ 7 PM
  • June 24 – Chattanooga TN, Unitarian Universalist Church of Chattanooga, 3224 Navajo Drive @ 7 PM
  • June 25 – Atlanta GA – Main Auditorium, Jewish Federation of Atlanta, 1440 Sprint Street NW @ 7 PM
  • June 26 – Birmingham AL, 1500 Daniel Payne Drive @ 7 PM

Please register here.

Hope to see you there!

Warmly,
Rev. Susan Hendershot
President

Mueller Press Conference 2019 MAY 29

  • In his press conference today, Mueller contradicted Trump and his Republican allies on his claim of “total exoneration” and his denial of Russia’s election interference.

  • Mueller made clear that if the special counsel’s office had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, then they would have said so.

    • Mueller also stated that his team operated under DOJ guidelines that a sitting president could not be indicted, and so they did not make a determination as to whether Trump committed a crime.

    • Barr previously claimed that the OLC opinion was not the reason Mueller didn’t find a crime. Now we know that wasn’t just spin — it was a flat-out lie.

  • Mueller concluded by saying that there were multiple, systemic efforts to interfere in our election, and those efforts deserve the attention of every American.

    • Despite growing intelligence warnings that Russia will interfere in the 2020 election, Trump has repeatedly downplayed Russia’s extensive election interference campaign, and his White House has hampered efforts to protect our upcoming elections.

  • It is clear that Trump, Barr, and the rest of his cronies have been trying to cover up the special counsel’s findings, even if that means lying to the American people or obstructing congressional investigations.

  • It is Congress’s constitutional duty to conduct oversight as an equal branch of government, and Mueller’s statements today make their investigations all the more important.

    • Republicans in Congress must also join Democrats in working to protect our elections.


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

Community Theater

Gilmer Arts Playhouse presents a big-hearted comedy, The Dixie Swim Club, May 24 to June 2 (Fri & Sat 7pm, Sun 2pm).  Five unforgettable women free from husbands, kids, and jobs, meet at the same beach cottage to catch up, laugh, and meddle in each other’s lives over a 33 year period.

For ticket information, please click here.

General Meeting 2019 MAY 16

JOIN YOUR DEM FRIENDS ON

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

Please click here for directions.

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