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Michael Bissett

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It doesn't matter what you say you believe. It's what you do that counts.

If we don't fight hard enough for the things we stand for,
at some point we have to recognize that we don't really stand for them. — PAUL WELLSTONE

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  • published Income Inequality in Issues 2018-01-11 15:22:02 -0600

    Why do people vote against their own self-interests?

    This is long, but well worth the time to watch.

     

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  • published Cronyism & Corruption in Issues 2018-01-11 15:21:42 -0600

    Brett Kavanaugh

                    First off, my thanks to Marti Swanson for sending this to me in an email. Second, my apologies to all, but I had a helluva time deciding which slimy categories this best fit into, there were so many deserving of it. This is an article that I think explains a great deal more than we're accustomed to seeing and once again highlights the corruption so rampant in this misadministration in general and the usurper who occupies the Oval Office.---Dan

    http://jaxpolitix.com/2018/09/30/jax-politix-good-news-edition/
    Jax Politix – Good News Edition v1.0
    Jack Altschuler - JaxPolitix - 30 Sept 2018
    A partial compendium of Trumpian distractions designed to keep your eye off the ball.
    [Part I - Kavanaugh]
    The good news associated with the Kavanaugh hearings is that the American Bar
    Association called for the nomination process to be put on hold and for the FBI to
    investigate the serious new and credible allegations that have been made against
    Kavanaugh. In addition, the Jesuits called for Kavanaugh’s nomination to be
    withdrawn altogether. That’s quite in contrast to the behavior of the Republicans
    on the Senate Judiciary Committee, who continue to refuse to release to
    Committee Democrats 100,000 documents pertaining to Kavanaugh’s record.
    In this era of the loudest, shrillest, most strident voices, when people who have a
    piece of the power of the machine are scratching and clawing to hold on to it and
    who will sell their souls to keep it, there still are people of good sense and good
    will. We’re all the better for that.
    Here’s the really good news to come from this mostly sordid Kavanaugh affair.
    Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) was cornered in an elevator by two women survivors of
    sexual assault. They confronted him with the intolerable of his knowing of the
    accusations against Kavanaugh and yet being likely to vote him onto the Supreme
    Court anyway and what that would say to these women and the many women like
    them. One of the women, Maria Gallagher, courageously said,
    “Don’t look away from me. Look at me and tell me that it doesn’t matter what
    happened to me. That you will let people like that go into the highest court of the
    land and tell everyone what they can do with their bodies.”
    It was a watershed moment of demanding the respect that was due her,
    respect that had heretofore been denied and is commonly denied to women who
    have been abused in this way. Apparently, it made a difference.
    Flake went back to the committee room and agreed to vote Kavanaugh out of
    committee with the proviso that there be a delay in a floor vote and an FBI
    investigation into the allegations against Kavanaugh.
    Jeff Flake just stood up to the President of the United States, Senate leadership
    and much of Senate membership in order to do the right thing. Even one man with
    a spine is a really good thing.
    [Part II - House Republicans Unmasked]
    Last year Congress gave away $1.9 trillion in tax breaks and 83% of it went to
    wealthy people and corporations. Apparently, that wasn’t enough for them, so as
    the nation was focused on the Kavanaugh political drama, the House voted to
    up the tax gift to $3 trillion. Gotta wonder where that money will come from.
    You don’t suppose it might be taken from Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid,
    do you?
    That sneaky stuff by Paul Ryan’s House may not sound like good news, but like the
    kid finding piles of horse manure in his backyard and declaring happily, “There’s
    gotta be a pony here somewhere!” there is some good news in Sneaky Paul’s
    behavior.
    In their haste to suck all sense from government, House Republicans used the
    Kavanaugh cover of darkness to ram this bill through. In doing so, they’ve
    shown us conclusively exactly who and what they are. That’s good news.
    [Part III - HIV-AIDS]
    In the 1970s and -80s the reach and impact of HIV-AIDS was terrifying. There
    were no tools to combat it. Now this, from The Boston Globe’s STAT publication,
    Just a decade ago, 45,000 people in the U.S. were contracting HIV each year. Now,
    the fight against HIV could be undergoing a sea change. Buoyed by the
    astonishing impact of effective HIV medications, health officials and HIV experts
    are beginning to talk about a future in which transmission could be halted in the
    U.S. “We have the science to solve the AIDS epidemic,” CDC Director Robert
    Redfield tells STAT.
    Now, that’s good news, indeed.
    [Part IV - Victims Heard]
    Bill Cosby squandered a lifetime of entertainment success by preying upon women
    by drugging them and then sexually violating them. He was found guilty of sexual
    assault and last week was sentenced to 3 – 10 years in prison plus a $25,000 fine,
    as well as having to pay prosecution costs of about $43,000. In addition, his
    sentence includes mandatory monthly counseling and Cosby will have to register as
    a sex offender if and when he’s released.
    The good news is that at last victims were heard instead of shamed and blamed
    and that justice, however delayed, was served.
    [Part V - One Child Reunited with Parents]
    Finally, 141 children are still in U.S. custody after having been ripped from
    their parents’ arms and kidnapped by the U.S. government. Reunification is
    difficult because after kidnapping the children the geniuses in Washington had
    their parents deported and did so without creating documentation that would tie
    children to their parents.
    That sounds bad, but here’s the good news: A 6-year old girl named Marianita was
    reunited with her parents in Honduras last week. That’s why there are 141 assylumseeking
    children still in kid prisons in the U.S instead of 142.
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  • published 14th Congressional District in Federal Candidates 2017-12-07 14:44:46 -0600

    14th Congressional DIstrict

    14th Congressional DistrictThe 14th Congressional District includes all of McHenry County except Algonquin Township

    Here's a listing of current candidates for the United States Congress in the 14th District who will be on the ballot for the March 20, 2018 primary. Where available, links to their websites are included. The Democratic Party of McHenry County does not endorse candidates in the primary, but we encourage you to get to know our candidates and support them in their efforts to become the nominee for the general election.

    Incumbent: Randy Hultgren, R-Plano

    Member, Committee on Financial Services

    Member, Committee on Science, Space and Technology

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  • published Run for Office in Get Involved 2017-10-09 17:42:53 -0500

    Run for Office

    We can help you get your campaign
    off to the right start

    If you want to run for office but you don't know how to get started, we can help. We can guide you through the legal filing requirements and get you connected with volunteers, donors and campaign advisors. We provide classroom instruction on how to use voter data for smarter targeting, and even how to talk to voters.

    • 101 Steps to VictoryCampaigns are won by candidates — not yard signs, secret plans or fancy consultants.
    • The best candidate usually wins, given adequate funding. Your candidacy is defined by how prepared you are, how focused you are and how you conduct yourself over the course of your campaign.
    • Many candidates can’t articulate a compelling reason for running. Focus first on why you are running and then turn your attention to how you are going to win.
    • You will need to raise money. Asking for financial support is the one thing every candidate hates, but you cannot win without money for voter contact. You have to budget for direct mail, canvassing supplies, signs and digital media. The money won't come easy, but you can improve your results with the right approach.

    Here is a link to a list of seats to be contested in the 2020 election.  This spreadsheet will be updated with information about the races periodically. 
    Petition circulation begins September 3, 2019. 
    Filing dates are November 25 - December 2, 2019. 
    The Primary Election is March 17, 2020 and the General Election is November 3, 2020. 
    Begin with the most important elected position:  Precinct Committeepersons are elected on March 17th.

    If you are thinking about running for public office, contact us at chair@mchenrydems.org

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  • published Districts in About 2017-06-26 21:04:40 -0500

    Political Districts

    In McHenry County, there are two congressional districts, three state senate districts, five state representative districts,
    and six county board districts. Confused?

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