Progressive advocacy group raises alarm about Trump’s remarks on payroll tax holiday

If Trump and Republicans retain power after November’s elections, they will make sure that corporations never repay Social Security,” Michael Phelan, deputy director of Social Security Works, said last month. “Then, Republicans will use the reduced trust fund as an excuse to destroy our Social Security system.”

The Washington Post reported Sunday that the Trump White House is considering proposing a payroll tax cut—as well as a capital gains tax cut—as part of an additional coronavirus stimulus package.

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President’s Approval Rating Falls

The latest numbers suggest the surge in job approval ratings that presidents tend to enjoy during a crisis was modest and short-lived for Trump. New polls this week by Quinnipiac, Reuters, and CNN all find disapproval of Trump’s handling of the coronavirus rising to a majority of Americans.

Trump trails Biden 44 percent to 48 percent in a trial heat, a margin statistically unchanged from last month’s Monmouth poll. Other surveys have shown Trump trailing his Democratic rival by wider margins.

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An Open License to Pollute

President Trump has suspended the regulations that insured us of both clean air and water.  Now corporations may release toxic waste into rivers and streams and pollute the air with toxic emissions. How does this help US citizens maintain their health?

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What about Voter Registration during a pandemic?

Voter registration happens year-round, but the months leading up to a presidential election are crucial as interest in politics spikes and funding for registration efforts flows in.

Millions of new Americans will become eligible by turning 18 as Generation Z (born between 1997 and 2012), the most diverse in history, is expected to surpass the silent generation (born between 1928 and 1945) as a share of the electorate.

Millions more Americans have moved and need to re-register at a different address, while others have been purged from the rolls for not voting in recent elections, including in key battleground states such as Wisconsin and Georgia.

But now, all the traditional ways of signing up voters are out the window, prompting concerns that a large swath of Americans will miss their chance to participate in this year’s elections.

“Registration is going to be an issue for everyone,” said Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., who along with Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, is pushing for emergency voting reforms to respond to the coronavirus crisis.

Ashee Groce, a student and Democratic activist at Spelman College in Atlanta, isn’t sure if she’ll be able to participate in Georgia’s primary election in May or whether she’ll have to register to vote somewhere else. She already missed the primary in her home state of California, which was held March 3.

“Now that I’m not in school, and I don’t have a place to stay in Atlanta, I am bouncing from different states to different states,” she said. “I’m uneasy not knowing how I’m going to vote.”

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Kemp Does It the Republican Way : Abdicating Responsibility on Covid 19 to Counties and Cities, While the Number of Infected In GA Climbs

Gov. Brian Kemp is facing growing pressure to impose tougher restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Georgia, where there are more than 3,000 cases and over 100 deaths.

Dougherty County, a small county with a population of about 90,000, has seen 18 deaths, the most in the state.

On Monday, about 50 of Georgia’s mayors held a conference call to discuss the growing crisis. Most agreed that a “statewide stay-at-home order and other policies were needed to remedy the inconsistent, confusing patchwork of policies now in place,” according to Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Kemp has taken a more piecemeal approach, closing bars, restaurants, and schools, and ordered a shelter-in-place for the “medically fragile.”

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Virtual Phone Banking Training Webinar

As we approach the May 19th primary it’s critical we reach out to every Georgia voter. Here is an opportunity to be part of the #BlueWave.

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SEC warns on coronavirus insider trading after stock sales by NYSE chair, his wife Sen. Loeffler (R-GA), 3 other senators

  • The Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday issued a sharp warning against trading on non-public information related to the coronavirus —  a caution that came days after news of recent stock sales by the CEO of the New York Stock Exchange and his senator wife sparked widespread criticism and calls for investigations.
  • Those trades, involving sales of up to $3 million worth of securities, came in the weeks before stock market indices dramatically fell in value due to the coronavirus pandemic, and on the heels of a private, all-senators briefing on the virus outbreak from Trump administration officials that Loeffler attended on Jan. 24.

NOW: The Justice Department and the SEC just launched a probe of stock transactions made by senators ahead of the coronavirus outbreak.

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We Can Take Back the Senate!

Democrats only need FOUR seats to flip the Senate, and here are ELEVEN vulnerable Republicans we can defeat :

Both Georgia Senators.

Experts like Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight agree that we CAN flip the Senate. But Republicans are posting record fundraising numbers and we’re short of what we need to raise to stay on track to take back the Senate.

You can give before Tuesday’s FEC deadline to flip the Senate and protect the future of the Supreme Court and your gift will be TRIPLE-MATCHED at the DSCC.