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5 minutes ago, TobiasFunke said:

It doesn't?  Did you read this part of the article?
 

Why is she visiting small towns in GOP-friendly areas and not in the bigger cities where she could see more of the people she is tasked with representing? Has she met with her constituents in the "more populous southern part of the state" since the Kavanaugh vote?  When was the last time she did?  Did she speak with the people in Eastport who yelled to her about Kavanaugh, as you suggested she does in this post, or did she just ignore them?

It shows she is going out in public and being accessible.  It shows how independent she votes without regard to partisan politics.  No politician is going to walk out to a hostile crowd who are shouting vile things at her.  But she does not run and hide or act scared when they approach her.  What you expect from her is absurd.  What I see in the articles is an extremely brave lady of integrity and courage.  

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8 minutes ago, jon_mx said:

It shows she is going out in public and being accessible.  It shows how independent she votes without regard to partisan politics.  No politician is going to walk out to a hostile crowd who are shouting vile things at her.  But she does not run and hide or act scared when they approach her.  What you expect from her is absurd.  What I see in the articles is an extremely brave lady of integrity and courage.  

Bottom line is she was intrumental in putting a Judge on the Supreme Court that is hostile to Roe V Wade after telling her constituents she supports women's reproductive rights. 

You can parse that any way you want. 

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11 minutes ago, jon_mx said:

It shows she is going out in public and being accessible.  It shows how independent she votes without regard to partisan politics.  No politician is going to walk out to a hostile crowd who are shouting vile things at her.  But she does not run and hide or act scared when they approach her.  What you expect from her is absurd.  What I see in the articles is an extremely brave lady of integrity and courage.  

OK, but that's not what you said. You said she goes nose to nose with people who threaten her. I see no evidence of that, and lots of evidence that she goes out of here way to avoid having to confront her more critical constituents

You might find my expectations "absurd," but as I pointed our earlier Dems held town halls regularly during and after the ACA fight in the face of far more anger and threats of violence than anything I'm aware of Collins facing. Perhaps you think the Democratic party is full of far braver people of even more integrity and courage than Sen. Collins?

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On 7/11/2019 at 10:20 AM, jon_mx said:

You define not upholding her beliefs in your way.  Let's just say maybe Collins does not believe in the ridiculously modern notion that there should be a litmus test for confirming Supreme Court nominees, but perhaps she see her duties is to confirm nominees based on their qualification.  Collins is the bravest most independent Senator we have left.  She can confirm Kavanaugh on one hand to infuriate the left and she can also vote for Obamacare to infuriate the right.  If that is not bravery to piss off both sides to the maximum extent possible, I am not sure what it.  

 

"Bravest person in congress" really showed her stuff in this statement:

 

"I disagree strongly with many of the views and comments of some of the far-left members of the House Democratic Caucus - especially when it comes to their views on socialism, their anti-Semitic rhetoric, and their negative comments about law enforcement - but the President's tweet that some Members of Congress should go back to the 'places from which they came' was way over the line, and he should take that down."

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On 7/9/2019 at 10:39 AM, HellToupee said:

Democrats = good

Republicans = bad 

Its all about rooting for your team

Collins is probably a good senator because she seems to get both sets of fans angry. 

We're all Americans last time I check shouldn't we all be on the same team?

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In light of this weekend, I'm curious if anyone plans to do anything to promote gun control IRL this month?

I'm interested but not sure where to start. 

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8 minutes ago, Max Power said:

In light of this weekend, I'm curious if anyone plans to do anything to promote gun control IRL this month?

I'm interested but not sure where to start. 

Starting with calls and emails to all of my representatives state and federal.  Then...well not much planned as school starting for our kids so its a busy week.

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3 hours ago, Max Power said:

In light of this weekend, I'm curious if anyone plans to do anything to promote gun control IRL this month?

I'm interested but not sure where to start. 

:goodposting:  I'd be interested in any ideas for concrete action.

On another note, when I posted previously that I hadn't done much in real, non-monetary support, I guess I should have counted the fact that I am serially representing people seeking status with U-visas.  I've taken on one and when that was done, another.  I'll keep cycling through as long as I can.

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A guy on Twitter, @mikefarb1 (great political follow), created clickable PDFs with contact info for the House and Senate reps from every state:

https://www.unhackthevote.com/congressional-contact-info/

Probably old hat for most of you guys, but they're pretty useful for a dullard like me.

I'll be making some calls tomorrow and hopefully more.

 

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4 hours ago, Max Power said:

In light of this weekend, I'm curious if anyone plans to do anything to promote gun control IRL this month?

I'm interested but not sure where to start. 

I recommend starting by contacting your Senators' offices.  Phone calls carry more weight than emails or social media DMs.  If you're not sure what to say, here's a pretty good template to call a Senator's voicemail box after they have left the office for the day.  I'll annotate it to explain why each piece matters.  

"My name is [name].  I live in [city]."
(Identify yourself as a constituent right away.  People with the power to vote for or against the representative carry more weight than out-of-district contact.)
"I do not need a return call."
(This is a huge favor to the staffer who is listening to your message.  If they don't need to call you back, they won't have to replay the message several times to get the contact info accurate.  They can now concentrate on what issue you're calling about and where you stand.)
"Please tell Senator [Senator's name] that I support gun control, and ask them to demand Senator McConnell to bring HR 8 and HR 1112 to the floor for a vote.  And that I want [Senator] to vote for them."
(cut right to the chase about what issue you're calling about, and a specific action you want to rep to take.)  
(HR 8 and HR 1112 are bills passed by the house that are first steps on gun control, enhancing background checks for prospective gun owners.  These bills wouldn't come anywhere close to solving gun violence, but decent starts and would force our legislators to get on record with votes on gun control.  Right now, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is blocking this bills from being voted on in the Senate.  It's good for voters if these bills go to the floor and force Senators to take even a slight stand on this issue.)

That's all you really need to include.  If you want to pick a reason or two to explain why you have this stance, go for it.  But you are under no obligation to explain yourself.  


It is unlikely you will get through directly to the Senator when calling during office hours unless you are a big donor.  However, if you want to speak to someone during office hours, call up the Senator's office in DC or the field office closest to you in your state, identify yourself, and ask to speak with the staffer in office who handles the issue of gun control.  The major issues are delegated to staff, and each Senator should have a point person on gun rights.  That's the person who will talk with you about the Senator's stance and basic strategy on the issue.

If you want to branch out beyond your two Senators... I recommend targeting Senators up for re-election in 2020, representing a state you have some sort of connection to, like having family there, doing business there, or potentially having future plans there.  You don't have to power to vote, but you do have the right to donate to their re-election campaign if you like their stance on an issue important to you.  Or donate to their opponent if you don't.  


I don't know anything about your political leanings or convictions.  But regardless of them, I encourage you to get involved.  Participation and advocacy goes a long way towards taking power away from the donor class and back in the hands of the people.  And always keep in mind that people who don't have your best interests in mind hope you think you don't have a voice, want you to think you can't make a difference, and really want you to sit this one out.  

One last thing on the issue of gun control... the NRA has a LOT of power within the Republican Party and its representatives.  The voters who can make the biggest difference right now are conservatives who are willing to get loud and show the NRA shouldn't have the power to be a litmus test for representatives and candidates.  A conservative telling their Republican representative that you will support them if they stand up to the NRA and vote for gun control legislation can have a really loud voice right now if they are willing to speak up.  There's a lot of Republican legislators out there who want common sense gun law reform but are scared the NRA will bankroll a primary opponent of any Republican who shows support for gun control.  



For a more hands-on involvement... I'd check out the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and Everytown For Gun Safety to see if either of them are your style.  I'm a little more familiar with Everytown - I have a high school aged child, and one of Everytown's missions is Students Demand Action, getting student groups organized at the local level and connecting them with others nationally.  I like how Everytown advocates at the local and state level, targeting city mayors and state legislatures as well as federal representatives.   

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