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Top 10 Reasons We Still Need to Win the Georgia Senate Runoff

From Movement Voter Project

The opinions expressed in this post are strictly those of the author and do not necessarily reflect opinions or positions held by Indivisible Northampton-Swing Left Western MA.

[Here’s a great list of reasons to care about Georgia. It’s from an email from Billy Wimsatt, head of Movement Voter Project, so it’s also a plug for giving to their Georgia Fund, but read it all, especially if you know people who think this runoff isn’t important any more. – Michael]

(1) Save the Senate from the 50-50 power sharing arrangement – This is wonky but important. With 51 votes, Dems will have a one-vote advantage on every Senate committee. This will allow for a faster, less cumbersome process for confirming judges, cabinet members, and passing legislation. In the Senate calendar, wasted time has a huge cost.

(2) Manchin and Sinema – If we lose Georgia, we’ll be dependent on Manchin and Sinema to pass anything. Remember that? On a positive note, with the House in the balance, there’s a real chance we may be able to pass actual good legislation that is inclusive and helpful to the American people.

(3) The 2024 Senate map is VERY tough for Democrats – A Warnock victory means we are in a better position for 2024 when the last three remaining red state Democratic senators are up for re-election: Sherrod Brown in Ohio, Jon Tester in Montana, and Manchin in West Virginia. These will be tough seats to hold. That’s why we need to go into 2024 with as much cushion as possible. The Senate map is biased towards Republicans – more than most people realize. We could easily lose the Senate for a decade – and then we’ll never replace the Supreme Court. Unfortunately now we need to fight for every Senate seat like it’s a presidential swing state.  

(4) In case anyone gets sick – Right now we have zero room for error. New Mexico Senator Ben Ray Lujan had a stroke last year. Fetterman had one this year. We live in dangerous times, and if even one Democratic senator is incapacitated for any reason, we would lose the majority. It’s a miracle we survived the past two years without a Senate catastrophe. We need Georgia to keep our majority in the Senate safe!

(5) Rafael Warnock is awesome – He’s not just any ol’ Senator. He is one of only two Black Democrats in the Senate. He is a champion for voting rights, reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, clean energy, and basically everything we care about. Supporting Warnock and other progressive leaders of color is crucial to our vision of a racially-just and functioning democracy. Warnock is a rising star and a decent human being. We wouldn’t be doing our job if we didn’t work hard to support him. And it’s not just Warnock. It’s about the many incredible largely BIPOC women leaders who are leading behind-the-scenes to transform Georgia.

(6) Herschel Walker is horrible – Enough said. The last thing we need is one more MAGA clone in the Senate propping up Trumpism. But beyond the specific candidates, Georgia’s runoff system in itself is a product of a racist Jim Crow legacy, along with so many discriminatory policies and practices designed to disenfranchise Black voters and others from BIPOC backgrounds. Winning Georgia is a matter of racial and social justice.

(7) Georgia organizers are awesome – We’ve been working closely with Georgia organizers and boy, are they awesome. They’re sophisticated, strategic, serious about winning, organized and inspiringly collaborative. They’re doing an incredible job managing a high stakes operation to deploy tens of millions of dollars to reach six million Georgia voters in a few weeks. We could not be more impressed. They’ve been preparing for months. Unlike TV ads, every investment in Georgia organizers grows their power to transform their communities over the long-term.

(8) You can’t invest too much in Georgia organizers – Best case scenario, we’re extremely successful and send more money to Georgia organizers than they can spend before December 6th. The worst thing that would happen is that they would go into the 2024 cycle with money in the bank. Oh wait – that’s a good thing. They’re going to need to fight lots of bad legislation in 2023 (including anti-voting legislation) and win both the senate and presidential race again in 2024, which apparently is likely to begin later today…

(9) And now that Trump has announced –  It’s even more important to send a message that his dystopian brand of politics doesn’t work (whether Trump or DeSantis or someone else is the candidate). There’s a lot more to say about this. Luckily, our local partners are building an inclusive and winning progressive coalition in their communities every day, which we will need as a bulwark against right-wing organizing. The antidote to right-wing manipulation and disinformation is investing deeply in organizing to win hearts and local communities.

(10) Winning is awesome – It has been so wonderful to win so many elections this past week. Our local partners’ success will create massive meaningful change in millions of people’s lives. And winning helps build momentum for more winning. Let’s keep investing so we can keep winning!

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Vote “Yes” on Question #2 to ensure that dental insurance companies pay for dental care.  

The opinions expressed in this post are strictly those of the author and do not necessarily reflect opinions or positions held by Indivisible Northampton-Swing Left Western MA.

We are voting on four ballot questions this year. I’m writing to recommend we vote “Yes” on Question #2, which requires that insurance companies spend our dollars on actual dental care, instead of executive salaries, corporate profits, and administration. I think patient dollars should be spent on patient care.  

A “Yes” vote on Question #2 would require dental insurance companies to spend at least 83% of our premiums on member dental expenses. And it would protect against increases in dental premiums above the CPI, unless approved by the state.  

My own dental plan has high premiums and lots of deductibles. I would feel better knowing that most of the dollars which I send to the insurance company will pay for real dental care and not for company profits.

In Massachusetts, our medical insurance companies are required to spend a similar percent of premiums on actual medical care. It’s time that dental insurance companies are regulated to the same standards as our medical plans, to prevent insurance companies from taking advantage of us.  

This measure is endorsed by the Mass. Dental Society and other local dental groups, and by the American Dental Association, who feel that dental insurance should pay for dentistry. 

To illustrate the current problem, Delta Dental spent $177 million on patient care in 2019. But it sent $291 million in profits to its parent company that year. That’s not right. 

By requiring that more premium dollars are spent on patient care, this rule can reduce costs for patients and make dental care more affordable for us all.  

Please vote “Yes” on Question #2. Thank you.  

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Vote in the Massachusetts Primaries and Tell Your Friends

The opinions expressed in this post are strictly those of the author and do not necessarily reflect opinions or positions held by Indivisible Northampton-Swing Left Western MA.

Vote in September 6th’s Primary!  Here’s what you need to know (thanks to Anne-Louise Smallen and the Going Bold for Democracy Team)

The Primaries in Massachusetts are September 6 and if you are a registered voter you can cast your vote by mail starting August 17, or vote in person on September 6 at your precinct location.  To find your precinct location, go to https://www.sec.state.ma.us/WhereDoIVoteMA/WhereDoIVote.  If you have not registered to vote in Massachusetts, you can do so until August 27 with valid ID, including a driver’s license, ID from the Registry of Motor Vehicles, and others too. You can also register online at. https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ovr/   You can also register in person at your Town or City Hall.

Here is a list of the Democratic candidates running in the primaries.  

Governor:

  • Our current Governor is Republican Charlie Baker, and is not running in 2022.  
  • Maura Healey https://maurahealey.com is our current Attorney General and is the only Democratic candidate in the Governor race. Our votes will help make her the next Governor of Massachusetts.  

 Lieutenant Governor: 

Attorney General:

Secretary of State:

  •  Incumbent William Galvin https://www.sec.state.ma.us is running for re-election against 
  • Tanisha Sullivan https://tanishasullivan.com who is an attorney, civil rights leader and dedicated public servant. Under Galvin the state has fallen far behind in implementing rules that make it easier for people to vote and IN-SLWM is endorsing Tanisha Sullivan for her bold ideas.  

Governor’s Council advises the governor on judicial nominations (judges), pardons and commutations.  The four Democratic candidates for District 8 are 

In addition, some of our favorite legislators are up for re-election this year and are running unopposed:  US House Representative Jim Mc Govern U.S. Congressman Jim McGovern, Senator Jo Comerford https://senatorjocomerford.org and Representative Lindsay Sabadosa LINDSAY SABADOSA.  It would be good to show them our appreciation with our votes.

In Hampshire County, the Sheriff position is on the ballot. 

We hope this will help you as you get ready to vote. In Massachusetts, many of the Democratic candidates chosen during the primaries are then elected in the general election. So vote now to select our leaders for the future. Your vote counts! Use it wisely!  And please forward this email to your friends and group emails.

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Let’s celebrate Democratic wins for America!

The opinions expressed in this post are strictly those of the author and do not necessarily reflect opinions or positions held by Indivisible Northampton-Swing Left Western MA.

President Biden and the Democrats have passed many laws to benefit all Americans, and now it’s time for us to celebrate these wins. They’ve made tremendous progress on the economy, jobs, fighting inflation, and tackling climate change. These important bills required Democrats as diverse as Bernie Sanders and Joe Manchin to find agreement despite their differences. They did it to help all Americans. They did this over and over – and against the nearly unanimous obstruction of the extremist GOP.  Let’s celebrate these big wins:  

  • March 2021: American Rescue Plan Act, $1.9 trillion to save the economy during Covid, by supporting public health, governments, businesses, and everyday Americans.
  • November 2021:  Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, $1.2 trillion to rebuild our country’s infrastructure, such as roads and bridges.  
  • June 2022: Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, the first real gun control legislation in years.
  • July 2022: CHIPS and Science Act, a huge science bill including billions to make critical computer chips in America.
  • August 2022: Honoring our PACT Act to provide healthcare for vets exposed to toxins during their service. It passed despite multiple Republicans voting against it.  
  • August 2022: Inflation Reduction Act, the largest investment our country has ever made to fight climate change. It’s a huge victory which will begin to save our planet. It also lets Medicare negotiate some drug prices to lower costs, and helps Americans pay for health insurance. And it includes a 15% minimum tax on rich corporations’ profits, too. 

It’s easy to overlook the many good things being done in our country. While the MAGA Republicans focus on fear, hatred, and divisiveness, we are happy to celebrate these Democratic wins which will benefit all Americans, and make our country a better place to live and raise families in the future.  We are proud of these accomplishments that the Democrats delivered. Let’s be sure to  remember in November.  

From Movement Voter Project

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Capitalism Is Not The Problem

By Seth Wilpan

The opinions expressed in this post are strictly those of the author and do not necessarily reflect opinions or positions held by Indivisible Northampton.

It has become commonplace in left and liberal circles to rail against the rapacity, cruelty and destructiveness of capitalism. But capitalism is not the problem and we’re scaring people away from our cause.

At the most rudimentary level, capitalism is defined as a system in which the means of production and distribution are privately owned. In the popular imagination this means that anyone is free to start a business, take the risks and reap the rewards. That’s in contrast to everything being run by a nanny state. In other words, when we rail against capitalism, many people think we are threatening their entrepreneurial freedom and it conjures up the bleak. dreary images of long lines and commodity shortages in Soviet Russia.

In fact, it’s not capitalism that’s the problem, it’s the implementation.