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2019 Texoma Black Expo
February 16, Austin College, Sherman
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
For more info, or to volunteer,
treasurer@graysondemocrats.org

Black Expo 2018

Call Rep John Ratcliffe, 202-225-6673, and tell him to support H R 1
“To expand Americans’ access to the ballot box, reduce the influence of big money in politics, and strengthen ethics rules for public servants, and for other purposes.”
This Act may be cited as the “For the People Act of 2019” For more information

Call Rep John Ratcliffe, 202-225-6673, and tell him to support H R 8, a bill to require background checks on all gun sales. Tell him we need to close loopholes in current federal law that enable convicted felons and domestic abusers to buy guns online and at gun shows without a background check.

In Texas, SB 165 would allow people to register to vote at polling locations during early voting. Once registered, these voters would cast a provisional ballot and their registration and ballot would be reviewed by the early voting board. This bill is in the State Affairs committee, and State Senator Pat Fallon is on it. Please call his office at 512-463-0130 and tell him to support it.

From Lindy Olsen, Indivisible Sherman
Postpartum Medicaid expansion is finally on the table in the state legislature! ♥️
If you don’t know, Texans who have given birth can only stay on Medicaid for 60 days after delivery. Such a short postpartum care period has contributed to our atrocious maternal mortality rate. These bills would expand postpartum Medicaid to a year after delivery.

You can refer to bill numbers when calling or simply state your support for postpartum Medicaid expansion. What’s more pro-life than that?

House Bills: HB 241, HB 411, HB 610, HB 644.
Call Reggie Smith at (512) 463-0297.

Senate Bills: SB 147 (already referred to committee), SB 308.
Call Pat Fallon 512-463-0130.

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Send for an application to register to vote!
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Donald Trump announced a deal with Congress to end the government shutdown and reopen the federal government for three weeks with no funding for Trump’s wall.  This is a great win, and it’s due to the grassroots pressure we were able to leverage. 

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Check Indivisible Sherman events

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Check your voter registration status here.

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Watch Dreamer protest at Sherman courthouse

Call Rep John Ratcliffe: (202) 225-6673
Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz: 202-224-3121

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Direct dial numbers for some Republican Senators who sometimes listen to reason:
Collins (ME) 202-224-2523
Daines (MT) 202-224-2651
Johnson (WN) 202-224-5323
Langford (OR) 202-224-5754
Murkowski (AK) 202-224-6665

Regarding the Republican tax bill
Colorado Republican Senator Cory Gardner: Donors would be furious without this bill.

New York Republican Rep. Chris Collins: “My donors are basically saying: ‘Get it done or don’t ever call me again.’”
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham: The financial contributions will stop if Republicans vote against this tax cut for them.

The tax bill was talked about in the press as a $1.5 trillion tax cut. It’s not. It is, broadly speaking, a $6 trillion tax cut for some people paid for by a $4.5 trillion tax hike on other people.

That makes it the biggest tax hike in American history. (Republicans spent years calling Obamacare the biggest tax increase in U.S. history because it raised about $800 billion in taxes. This blows that out of the water.) -Ryan Grim
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Your representative in the House, Representative John Ratcliffe, voted to raise taxes on students with loans, teachers who buy school supplies with their own money, and families with medical expenses (just to name a few) — in order to give millionaires, billionaires, and wealthy corporations another tax cut they don’t need. 
The bill overwhelmingly benefits the rich and lays the groundwork for cuts to crucial programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and public education.  

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“If you’re tired of arguing with strangers on the Internet … try talking with one of them in real life.” That’s former President Barack Obama at his farewell address, making the case for one of the simplest, most effective things we can do as engaged citizens: Have good conversations.

Despite what some may think, communicating in a meaningful way isn’t a “natural gift” that only certain people have.

The ability to have an effective conversation is a learned skill — and OFA and Swing Left are teaming up to teach it to supporters across the country.

Together, we’re offering a free, five-part series to help people have more effective conversations — how to be a better listener, communicate why something is important to you, and make the case for your argument.

We’ll focus on talking to others about the health of our democracy and our future, and how we can use these effective conversations to get people involved in the issues that matter to them.

(At the very least, we’ll make sure you’re prepared for those upcoming holiday conversations with your extended family members).
Learn more here.
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Having failed in its attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the Trump administration is attempting to sabotage it. They’ve cut the open enrollment time in half and gutted the ACA advertising budget—a strategy that the former Chief Marketing Officer of HealCare.gov estimates could result in 1.1 million fewer sign ups. Fight back by volunteering with Get America Covered to spread the word about open enrollment. Sign up to join one of their “street teams” and they’ll give you the tools you need to get the word out in your community.
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Calls to action on national issues for this week:
Background on issues is available at 5calls.org.
Rep John Ratcliffe: (202) 225-6673
Sen Ted Cruz: (202) 224-5922
Sen John Cornyn: (202) 224-2934
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