Week In Review 9/22/2017

Hello everybody,

I hope you had a good week. Thank you to everyone that came out to our meeting on Wednesday. The posters you all made are gorgeous!

Gerrymandering ft. Kate Cruikshank

When: September 27, 7-8:30PM

Where: GIS room 1100

What: Kate Cruikshank is the head of the League of Women Voters for Bloomington and the whole of Monroe County. She has in recent years focused her activism on gerrymandering as a form of voter suppression and is coming to present her findings to the Dems. Her presentation will be followed by a Q&A session and a call to action. RSVP here.

Volunteer with IU Dems to register voters!
When: Tuesday, September 26, National Voter Registration Day from 11-4
Where: Woodburn Clock Tower. 
What: We will be registering students as they head to class. No experience needed and you can sign up for as many shifts as you would like!

Good News

  1. ​Jimmy Kimmel dragged criticized Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy over new Republican Healthcare Bill, stating that it goes directly against what Cassidy claimed to believe about easily accessible healthcare when he was on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in May (Politico).
  2. The President declared Puerto Rico a ‘disaster area’ following the impact of Hurricane Maria, which resulted in the complete destruction of the island’s infrastructure and electricity. Trump promised on Thursday that he would visit the island but made no specifications as to when (NYT).
  3. After the President’s disastrous, ex: “rocket man”​ speech at the UN General Assembly, Senators Ed Markey (D-MA) and Ted Lieu (D-CA) are attempting to restrict Trump’s access to nuclear weapons through a bill titled “Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017,” which explicitly prohibits the use of nuclear weapons without authorization from Congress through a declaration of War (NPR).

Bad News

  1. ​Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) have proposed the latest Republican attempt to repeal Obamacare. Two major points of this bill include removing the individual and employer mandate, as well as eliminating the Federal Funding for Medicaid expansion (Politico). Why don’t they just come out and admit that want low income individuals to die? Governor Holcomb of Indiana hasbacked the bill (Chicago Tribune). file under: not shocking
  2. Trump has hired unqualified campaign workers instead of farm experts to work at the USDA. While it is not uncommon for Presidents to hire loyal campaign workers after being elected, sources familiar with the department’s inner workings say that there is a high number of campaign workers who have gotten these positions that have no solid agricultural background (Politico). file under: not shocking but still upsetting

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Have a great weekend! If you’re going to the football game and/or tailgating, make sure to stay hydrated. It’s going to be very hot out! global warming is real



Courtney Schwerin

*Bonus – Dan Cannon’s Office

Dan Cannon’s campaign is hosting an event to celebrate the opening of their office and they have asked us to share the event information with our members. Attached is a flier if you are interested.​

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