If you only do Two Things this week…
- Vote today
- Call your Senator (866-888-5744) and ask them to co-sponsor S.2644, the Special Counsel Independence & Integrity Act, and ask your Congressman to support the bill when it comes to the House.
Apparently, Trump’s closest associates fully expect Michael Cohen, his long-time personal lawyer, to flip. In fact, in the Wall Street Journal, Jay Goldberg, a new member of Trump’s legal team, likened Cohen to Sammy “The Bull” Gravano, who flipped on John Gotti and brought down the Gambino crime family. While this is altogether consistent with what James Comey describes in his bestselling A Higher Loyalty as a “cosa nostra Presidency,” isn’t it odd for one’s lawyer to evoke such comparisons? And if someone is innocent, then why is there so much talk about “flipping?” Well, it’s been another one of those weeks, culminating in Rudy Giuliani’s emergence as Trump’s premier consigliere. (For further lunacy, check out an old video of Trump molesting Giuliani in drag). And the cherry on top of this rancid cake is that we’re now supposed to admire Jeff Sessions for threatening to resign if Rod Rosenstein is fired? Down, down, down the rabbit hole we go…
Highlights in this week’s issue
Special Election on Tuesday, April 24
Turnout is key in Special Elections
Aidan O’Connor (D) is running in the 102nd AD and Cindy Doran (D) is running in the 107th AD. Find your Assembly District here.
Keep New York State proudly progressive and vote on April 24th.
Polls will be open from 6am to 9pm.
NOBODY IS ABOVE THE LAW
MUELLER FIRING RAPID RESPONSE
ICNY will join in a National protest in the event of the firing of Robert Mueller or related actions. Click here to sign up for a Rapid Response protest if the president creates a constitutional crisis.
- If it happens before 2:00 pm, we protest at 5:00 pm the same day.
- If it happens after 2:00 pm, we protest at noon the next day.
Type in the zip code 12106 for our local event in Kinderhook.
April 16-20, 2018
Although Congress was back in session, very little was accomplished (for a change). The only votes of significance to report were as follows:
House Resolution 2 – Proposing a Balanced Budget
This bit of smoke-and-mirrors was a hollow exercise initiated by the Republican majority calling for an Amendment to the US Constitution, by the terms of which total outlays for a fiscal year would be prohibited from exceeding total receipts unless both chambers of Congress vote to authorize excess spending. This charade was especially amusing given the Repubican blow-out of the deficit in the wake of their tax “reform” legislation that added a mere $1.4 trillion to our national debt. An entirely symbolic and meaningless gesture.
FASO voted AYE
HR 4790 – The Volker Rule Regulatory Harmonization Act
“Harmonization” apparently means “weaken,” since that is what this legislation is intended to do with regard to the Volker Rule, enacted in the aftermath of the financial crisis and part of Dodd-Frank. The Volker Rule sought to place various restrictions on banking activities, most specifically, speculative trading. This bill is in keeping with the Trump Administration’s stated goal of weakening those prohibitions and was opposed by a broad coalition of civil rights, labor and investor communities.
FASO voted AYE
This week on Capitol Hill
- The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will vote on whether to recommend Mike Pompeo as Trump’s next Secretary of State on Monday, April 23. Here’s our call script to #StopPompeo.
- The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will also consider extending Trump’s blank check for war. Read our explainer here.
- The Judiciary Committee will vote on the bill to protect the Mueller investigation. Read here.
This week’s #TrumpThreatLevel:
- The situation in Syria remains tense. Read our resource and make a call here.
- The best way to stop future wars is to deny Trump his war cabinet. Call your Senators today to make sure that they will #StopPompeo and #BlockHaspel.
If you haven’t already done it, call your NY assembly member to support Green Light legislation. Bill A10273 has been introduced to support driver’s licenses for all New Yorkers regardless of their documentation. Find your NY Assembly member here.
When: Friday, April 27th and every Friday, noon-1:00
Where: In front of John Faso’s office, 2 Hudson Street, Kinderhook
Bring a friend. It’s fun, it’s social, it’s time to connect with others and participate in the resistance.
HONORING REV. DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, Jr
When: Wednesday, April 25 6:00-7:30 pm
Where: Shiloh Baptist Church, 13 Warren Street, Hudson
When: Thursday, April 26 6:30pm
Where: New Lebanon Town Hall
The April meeting of the Columbia County Democratic Committee will be held in New Lebanon. All are welcome to attend!
“WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE”
When: Friday, April 27 6:00-7:30 pm
Where: Hudson Area Library, 51 N. 5th Street, Hudson
An intergenerational, interracial panel will speak with audience questions submitted in writing during the break. The title is taken from a book by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
MEET THE CANDIDATES
When: Sunday, April 29 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Where: New Lebanon Firehouse, 523 Route 20, New Lebanon
Meet five of the seven candidates running for CD19. Gareth Rhodes, Antonio Delgado, Pat Ryan, Jeff Beals and Erin Collier. Sponsored by the New Lebanon Democratic Committee.
FUNDRAISER FOR DIDI BARRETT
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Not So Fast, Faso
A response to John Faso’s weekly newsletter highlighting what the Congressman is neglecting to tell his constituents.
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