Action for Week #9 of Campaign Against Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

It’s week #9 of our campaign against this administration’s nomination for SCOTUS. Hearings have been held and senators will be voting.

This week our message comes from Jane Ahlin’s column in our own local Fargo Forum. She makes an extremely valid point regarding the “rules.” The “rules” keep changing under the Republican majority. It’s enough to make your head spin.

Ahliin’s article states: “The Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee must feel like that little boy, because the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation hearings are nothing short of a sham with ever-changing rules. Supposedly the more deliberative body of Congress, the U.S. Senate—and particularly the Senate Judiciary Committee—is an undemocratic caricature of itself in the hands of the Republican majority bent on shoving through a Supreme Court nominee before the midterm elections. (Chop,chop.)”

“Certainly political tit-for-tat obstructionism of federally-appointed judgeships has gone on for years, but the practice took a dark and democracy-threatening turn when the Republicans stole a Supreme Court seat that rightfully should have been filled by President Obama. Since then for Republicans making up rules is the rule.”

“Most North Dakotans like most Americans have an inherent sense of fairness and know changing—really abandoning—long-agreed-upon rules is corrupt use of power. Republicans likely get an extreme right-wing Supreme Court. But they’ve abased themselves and their party.”

Moving the goal posts is banned in football and shouldn’t be allowed in government either. It’s insidious that a sport should have more integrity than our elected representatives. THIS GAME SHOULD BE FORFEITED!

Make your voices heard! Tell you senators what needs to be done for our country and our future! Call, write, fax, email, and visit their offices! MAKE NOISE!

Go to their Facebook pages and Twitter feeds to make your voices heard. MAKE NOISE!!!

http://www.inforum.com/opinion/columns/4495708-ahlin-who-makes-rules

NORTH DAKOTA

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp
Fargo: 701-232-8030
Washington: 202-224-2043

Sen. John Hoeven
Fargo: 701-239-5389
Washington: 202-224-2551

MINNESOTA

Sen. Tina Smith
Washington: 202-224-5641

Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Minneapolis: 612-727-5220
Washington: 202-224-3244
Moorhead: 218-287-2219

Actions for Week #8 of Campaign Against Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

It’s week #8 of our campaign against this administration’s nomination for SCOTUS and we’re coming down to the wire. Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing starts on September 4.

The White House has stepped in and, citing Executive Privilege, is withholding more than 100,000 records from Kavanaugh’s stint as a lawyer in the George W. Bush administration. These are documents that have already been cleared by Bush’s lawyers for dissemination to the Senate for background on Kavanaugh.

The bulk of the records being withheld “reflect deliberations and candid advice concerning the selection and nomination of judicial candidates, the confidentiality of which is critical to any president’s ability to carry out this core constitutional executive function,” wrote Mr. Bush’s lawyer, William A. Burck.
They also reflect “advice submitted directly to President Bush,” Mr. Burck wrote, as well as communications between White House staff members about their discussions with Mr. Bush, and other internal deliberations.

This is the first time that a sitting president has exerted executive privilege under the Presidential Records Act in order to prevent documents from going to Congress during a Supreme Court confirmation process.

Our message this week is simple. NO CONFIRMATION WITHOUT DOCUMENTATION!

Make your voices heard! Tell you senators what needs to be done for our country and our future! Call, write, fax, email, and visit their offices! MAKE NOISE!

Go to their Facebook pages and Twitter feeds to make your voices heard. MAKE NOISE!!!

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/01/us/politics/kavanaugh-records.html

NORTH DAKOTA

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp
Fargo: 701-232-8030
Washington: 202-224-2043

Sen. John Hoeven
Fargo: 701-239-5389
Washington: 202-224-2551

MINNESOTA

Sen. Tina Smith
Washington: 202-224-5641

Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Minneapolis: 612-727-5220
Washington: 202-224-3244
Moorhead: 218-287-2219

Nine Tuesdays Remaining! Research Your Ballot

We’re down to NINE TUESDAYS until Election Day. Each week we’re asking you to take one action to get ready.

This week is a good time to research your ballot. It’s easy! You can go to your Secretary of State’s website, put your address in, and they’ll tell you exactly who you’ll have the opportunity to vote for. Yay democracy!

ND: https://vip.sos.nd.gov/PortalListDetails.aspx?ptlhPKID=54&ptlPKID=7#content-start

MN: https://myballotmn.sos.state.mn.us/

Introducing Ten Tuesdays!

 

HEY! Did you know there are only TEN TUESDAYS until Election Day? Each Tuesday between now and then we’re going to ask you to take an action to help get progressive candidates elected in November.

We’re going to start you off easy this week: know your voting location. Some polling places have changed. Please take a minute today to make sure you know where you’re going to vote in November.

ND: https://vip.sos.nd.gov/WhereToVote.aspx

MN: https://pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us/

Please share with your friends to make sure they know where to vote, too.

Actions for Week #7 of Campaign Against Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court:

It’s week #7 of our campaign against this administration’s nomination for SCOTUS and the narrative keeps changing to the detriment of our country. In the light of last week’s dramatic events and felony convictions, we must be more diligent than ever in our opposition to Kavanaugh’s confirmation and at the very least postpone the hearing until after all documentation is provided and the Mueller investigation is completed. We must speak out against this classic case of “the fox guarding the henhouse.”

Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee are demanding that Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing be postponed “given the possibility of criminal wrongdoing” by President Trump.

Excerpt from article: The 10 Democrats on the committee on Friday sent a letter to Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the panel’s chairman, asking him to delay the hearing, which is scheduled to start on Sept. 4, and convene a meeting to discuss how to reach a “bipartisan, fair, and transparent process.”
“Given the possibility of criminal wrongdoing by the President, doubts that Judge Kavanaugh believes a president can even be investigated, and the unprecedented lack of transparency regarding this nominee’s record, we should not move forward with hearings on September 4th,” the Democratic senators wrote.
The formal demand to Grassley comes days after Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, was found guilty on eight charges of bank and tax fraud and the president’s former lawyer Michael Cohen implicated Trump as an unnamed co-conspirator in his guilty plea on fraud and campaign finance law charges.
“The President’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to eight criminal counts and stated, under oath, that the President directed him to commit a federal crime by violating campaign finance law. This was done in the run-up to the election, with the intent of influencing the outcome,” Democrats wrote.
They added that Kavanaugh, if confirmed, may “be called upon to decide whether this President should face investigation or possible indictment for criminal wrongdoing.”

Let’s join these Senators in their demand. Call your senators and tell them you stand with Democrat members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the letter they have sent to Chuck Grassley! Postpone the Kavanaugh confirmation hearing NOW!

Make your voices heard! Tell you senators what needs to be done for our country and our future! Call, write, fax, email, and visit their offices! MAKE NOISE!

Go to their Facebook pages and Twitter feeds to make your voices heard. MAKE NOISE!!!

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/403487-senate-democrats-postpone-kavanaugh-hearing

NORTH DAKOTA

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp
Fargo: 701-232-8030
Washington: 202-224-2043

Sen. John Hoeven
Fargo: 701-239-5389
Washington: 202-224-2551

MINNESOTA

Sen. Tina Smith
Washington: 202-224-5641

Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Minneapolis: 612-727-5220
Washington: 202-224-3244
Moorhead: 218-287-2219

Actions for Week #6 of Campaign Against Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court:

It’s week #6 of our campaign against this administration’s nomination for SCOTUS and this week we have two actions. The confirmation hearing will start on September 4 and it is imperative we make ourselves heard.

EVENT NOTICE FOR SUNDAY: Attend the Unite for Justice rally hosted by Indivisible Fargo-Moorhead on Sunday, August 26, at 12:00 PM at the Fargo Civic Center Plaza. This is a national day of action against Kavanaugh’s nomination. Let’s represent our area and show the nation that Fargo-Moorhead has a voice too!

ACTION: Keep calling, emailing, and writing your senators to vote NO on Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Brett Kavanaugh has received a cooler public reception than nearly every nominee for the last four administrations, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS. Women are a driving force behind the tepid response, with fewer than three in 10 saying Kavanaugh ought to be confirmed. Over 70% of those polled say Kavanaugh should not go on to the Supreme Court. Furthermore, a recent poll by The Wall Street Journal found that 71% of American voters believe that Roe v. Wade should remain in place. The only nominee who has received a lower approval score was Robert Bork, and he wasn’t confirmed.

Tell your senators that Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination is “too unpopular” and “too political” to go forward. We are tired of Supreme Court nominees coming with agendas.

Make your voices heard! Tell you senators what needs to be done for our country and our future! Call, write, fax, email, and visit their offices! Attend the rally on Sunday! MAKE NOISE!

Go to their Facebook pages and Twitter feeds to make your voices heard. MAKE NOISE!!!

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/08/poll-kavanaugh-is-the-most-unpopular-court-pick-in-decades.html

North Dakota
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp
Fargo: 701-232-8030
Washington: 202-224-2043

Sen. John Hoeven
Fargo: 701-239-5389
Washington: 202-224-2551

Rep. Kevin Cramer
Fargo: 701-356-2216
Washington: 202-225-2611

Minnesota
Sen. Tina Smith
Washington: 202-224-5641

Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Minneapolis: 612-727-5220
Washington: 202-224-3244
Moorhead: 218-287-2219

Rep. Collin Peterson
Detroit Lakes: 218-847-5056
Washington: 202-225-2165

text RESIST to 50409

Action for Week #5 of Campaign Against Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

It’s already Week #5 in the campaign against this Administration’s pick for the Supreme Court and we can’t stop now. The senators who vote on the confirmation of a Supreme Court justice must rely on documentation on the nominee’s past opinions, decisions, actions, and writings to make an informed decision. If the necessary documentation isn’t provided, the confirmation hearing shouldn’t be held. Let’s get ready to MAKE NOISE!

All of the Democratic senators sitting on the Judiciary Committee have filed FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) requests for more information on Brett Kavanaugh to several government agencies asking for documents relating to the three-year period Kavanaugh served as a staff assistant to George W. Bush. This is the first time senators have had to use a FOIA request to get documents tied to a Supreme Court nominee.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley sent a letter late last month to the National Archives requesting documents solely from Kavanaugh’s time as a White House lawyer, and not from his tenure as staff secretary. But because Democrats are in the minority, they can’t force Republicans to request the additional documents necessary for making an informed decision.

The National Archives informed Grassley last week that it would not be able to fulfill his documents request until the end of October. And yet, it was announced this week that the Senate was starting Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing on September 4th.

There is no way the Judiciary Committee will even have the limited documents that Grassley requested by the September 4th hearing date.

Contact your senators regarding this most important of all appointments. Tell them “No Docs – No Confirmation!”

Make your voices heard! Tell you senators what needs to be done for our country and our future! Call, write, fax, email, and visit their offices! MAKE NOISE!

Go to their Facebook pages and Twitter feeds to make your voices heard. MAKE NOISE!!!

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/400903-senate-dems-make-unprecedented-foia-request-for-kavanaugh-documents

NORTH DAKOTA

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp
Fargo: 701-232-8030
Washington: 202-224-2043

Sen. John Hoeven
Fargo: 701-239-5389
Washington: 202-224-2551

MINNESOTA

Sen. Tina Smith
Washington: 202-224-5641

Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Minneapolis: 612-727-5220
Washington: 202-224-3244
Moorhead: 218-287-2219

Action for Week #4 of Campaign Against Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

Here we are at Week #4 in the campaign against this Administration’s pick for the Supreme Court and we must keep up the momentum. The fate of Voting Rights as we know them could rest on Kavanaugh’s appointment. Let’s get ready to MAKE NOISE!

“Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, could determine how the court rules on cases that shape the future of voting rights in the United States. And if his track record is any indication, many Americans could be disenfranchised as a result.

As a judge on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, Kavanaugh voted in 2012 to uphold a South Carolina voter ID law that the Obama administration said would disenfranchise tens of thousands of minority citizens. The Justice Department blocked the law, which required government-issued photo identification to vote, in late 2011 for violating the Voting Rights Act.

From 2011 to 2012, 19 states controlled by Republicans passed laws restricting access to the ballot. These included voter ID laws, cutbacks to early voting, and restrictions on voter registration that disproportionately targeted Democratic constituencies, like voters of color.

South Carolina didn’t present any cases of voter fraud to justify its law, but Kavanaugh wrote that such laws were constitutional despite an absence of evidence of fraud. “We conclude that South Carolina’s goals of preventing voter fraud and increasing electoral confidence are legitimate; those interests cannot be deemed pretextual merely because of an absence of recorded incidents of in-person voter fraud in South Carolina,” he wrote.

Kavanaugh’s opinion suggests that when it comes to voting rights, he would reliably side with the Supreme Court’s conservative majority, which in 2013 gutted the Voting Rights Act, ruling that states with a long history of voting discrimination no longer needed federal government approval for election changes. This year, the court’s conservatives also upheld voter purging in Ohio and racial gerrymandering in Texas.

Voter disenfranchisement could get worse if Kavanaugh is confirmed to the court. Kavanuagh would replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, the court’s frequent swing justice. Chief Justice John Roberts would likely become the new swing justice, and he has tried to weaken the Voting Rights Act since his days as a young lawyer in Ronald Reagan’s Justice Department. With Kavanaugh on the court, the five-member conservative majority will likely uphold new voting restrictions passed by Republican states and could kill the remaining sections of the Voting Rights Act.”

Senators are well within their rights to use whatever tools they can to clarify just how important this vacancy is before anyone decides how to vote or, indeed, decides whether a vote should be taken at all. This is all the more true in light of the way our confirmation process has been grossly abused in recent years, most strikingly when Republicans lawlessly failed to act on Merrick Garland’s appointment to the Court by President Barack Obama.

Contact your senators regarding this most important of all appointments. Strongly urge them to give Kavanaugh’s past record and writings the utmost scrutiny. Urge them to vote “NO” on his confirmation.

Make your voices heard! Tell you senators what needs to be done for our country and our future! Call, write, fax, email, and visit their offices! MAKE NOISE!

Go to their Facebook pages and Twitter feeds to make your voices heard. MAKE NOISE!!!

https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2018/07/kavanaughs-record-doesnt-bode-well-for-voting-rights-1/

NORTH DAKOTA

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp
Fargo: 701-232-8030
Washington: 202-224-2043

Sen. John Hoeven
Fargo: 701-239-5389
Washington: 202-224-2551

MINNESOTA

Sen. Tina Smith
Washington: 202-224-5641

Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Minneapolis: 612-727-5220
Washington: 202-224-3244
Moorhead: 218-287-2219

Action for Week #3 of Campaign Against Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

Yes, it is already Week #3 in the campaign against this Administration’s pick for the Supreme Court and we can’t stop now. The fate of the ACA could rest on Kavanaugh’s appointment. Let’s get ready to MAKE NOISE!

The Supreme Court lies right in the heart of whether the ACA remains viable in its goal to protect the healthcare rights of ALL Americans. The challenges of the right on the ACA will most certainly be decided at the SCOTUS level.

“Supporters of the health care law, if anything, underestimate the dangers to the law posed by conservative legal challenges and a rightward shift on the Court. Aspects of Kavanaugh’s jurisprudence as it relates to health care, especially his views about executive power, raise concerns that deserve more attention than they have been given so far —particularly because the president and his agencies have been using their powers to sabotage the ACA for more than a year.”

“One highly politicized challenge to the ACA coming out of Texas has indeed received a lot of attention: It turns on the question of whether the entire health care law should be struck down now that Congress has eliminated the ACA’s penalty for failing to comply with the so-called “individual mandate” to buy health insurance under the law. But the ACA is under attack on multiple legal fronts; anyone concerned needs to focus on more than just Texas.”

“Taken together, these challenges threaten to end the ACA’s essential protections, including a minimum level of care for all and guaranteed access to quality health care regardless of preexisting conditions.”

“We all have seen how Supreme Court hearings are often an exercise of evasion more than education. But the debate over confirmation offers an important opportunity to focus Congress and the American people on what is at stake with a rightward shift in power on the Court — and, in turn, what’s at stake in coming elections.”

“It is important here to separate personal considerations from concerns about law and process. No matter one’s views of Kavanaugh’s personal qualities, his record and views on the law must be rigorously examined.”

“Senators are well within their rights to use whatever tools they can to clarify just how important this vacancy is before anyone decides how to vote or, indeed, decides whether a vote should be taken at all. This is all the more true in light of the way our confirmation process has been grossly abused in recent years, most strikingly when Republicans lawlessly failed to act on Merrick Garland’s appointment to the Court by President Barack Obama.”

Contact your senators regarding this most important of all appointments. Strongly urge them to give Kavanaugh’s past record and writings the utmost scrutiny. Urge them to vote “NO” on his confirmation.

Make your voices heard! Tell you senators what needs to be done for our country and our future! Call, write, fax, email, and visit their offices! MAKE NOISE!

Go to their Facebook pages and Twitter feeds to make your voices heard. MAKE NOISE!!!

https://www.vox.com/the-big-idea/2018/7/23/17596430/kavanaugh-kennedy-supreme-court-health-care-aca-confirmation-hearings

North Dakota

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp
Fargo: 701-232-8030
Washington: 202-224-2043

Sen. John Hoeven
Fargo: 701-239-5389
Washington: 202-224-2551

Minnesota

Sen. Tina Smith
Washington: 202-224-5641

Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Minneapolis: 612-727-5220
Washington: 202-224-3244
Moorhead: 218-287-2219