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

Action for Week #2 of Campaign Against Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

This past week, Trump has overtly supported Russia over his own intelligence community and the Mueller investigation is heating up. It is now more important than ever that Brett Kavanaugh not be confirmed to the Supreme Court. Call, write, fax, email, and make office visits to your senators now! MAKE NOISE!!! MAKE LOTS OF NOISE!!!

Excerpts from this article say it best: “A President under investigation should never be allowed to appoint a Justice to the Supreme Court…There is open speculation that Trump’s grip on the presidency is threatened by the special counsel’s investigation. But the high court could avert that threat. And Trump has every reason to believe that Kavanaugh could tip the balance of a closely divided court in his favor.

Kavanaugh’s own words support the speculation. ‘I believe it vital that the President be able to focus on his never-ending tasks with as few distractions as possible. The country wants the President to be ‘one of us’ who bears the same responsibilities of citizenship that all share. But I believe that the President should be excused from some of the burdens of ordinary citizenship while serving in office,’ argued Kavanaugh in a law-review article. He then asserted that ‘the indictment and trial of a sitting President, moreover, would cripple the federal government, rendering it unable to function with credibility in either the international or domestic arenas. Such an outcome would ill serve the public interest, especially in times of financial or national security crisis.’

In his law-review article, Kavanaugh speculated that his approach would not place presidents entirely above the law, because inquiries and indictments would simply be deferred until the end of a scandal-plagued presidency. He also noted that impeachment would remain an option for addressing “dastardly” acts by a commander in chief.

But, of course, delaying legitimate and necessary legal accountability does place a sitting president above the law. And suggesting that accountability can be achieved only via impeachment marginalizes the legal processes that past presidents have respected.

This combination of facts—a president who is under scrutiny choosing a Supreme Court nominee who he certainly knows is disinclined toward holding presidents to account—is not merely unsettling. Without an absolute and unequivocal commitment to recuse from any deliberations involving Trump’s alleged wrongdoing, which no one expects Kavanaugh to make, this nomination cannot possibly be seen by Democrats or Republicans, liberals or conservatives, as a credible choice to serve on the Supreme Court.

Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination must be understood as the product of a corrupt process that is, by its nature, disqualifying.”

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.thenation.com/article/brett-kavanaugh-argued-sitting-president-law/

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

TODAY’S ACTION: Call Sen. John Hoeven and ask him what he thinks of Trump’s response to Putin

Let’s all call John Hoeven and see what he thinks about Russia, especially as he was part of the delegation that went there earlier this month. He’s the only one who didn’t make a statement for MN or ND yesterday. We need to know if he stands by country or party.

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

Related news articles:

https://www.npr.org/2018/07/16/628973563/trump-putin-to-meet-after-new-charges-over-russias-2016-election-interference

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/07/moment-of-decision/565289/?utm_source=atlfb_test209_1

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/how-lawmakers-intelligence-experts-are-reacting-to-trumps-comments-about-russia

https://www.newsandguts.com/video/donald-trumps-international-embarrassment/

Heidi Heitkamp’s statement (source Facebook)

https://www.facebook.com/SenatorHeidiHeitkamp/?hc_ref=ARRbLhKUy2ZkbVNJLDyipcE7BG3wBqBiZ-phroiLX7771wrYO3aeI_IAwUx5xPlZKmw&fref=nf&hc_location=group

“My full statement on the President and Putin’s meeting in Helsinki:

Russia poses a grave threat to our national security and our democracy. It is absolutely imperative for the morale and standing of our brave law enforcement officers and military who put their lives on the line every day—and for honoring the memory of those who have lost their lives because of Russian influence across the world in Syria, Afghanistan, and many other countries—that the President, at a very minimum, challenge Russia regarding its interference in our election and threats to our democracy. There is no gray area here. Top officials in this administration, our intelligence agencies, and the bipartisan U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee have all reached the same conclusion which is the truth.

Putin is not a friend or ally of our country and he continues to try to create chaos around the world. Today was a sad and unprecedented day in history—an American president stood with Russia over our own country. Any president’s priority should be defending the United States, standing up for our military and law enforcement, and remaining united against any attempts to undermine our interests—especially when meeting with an adversary like Russia. Today, that did not happen.”

We need everyone to make some noise this week!

Hey, Indivisibles, are you ready to MAKE NOISE about the Supreme Court nominee? Call your senators to tell them you are very concerned that Roe vs Wade will be overturned if Kavanaugh is confirmed. If Roe goes, it’s not just abortion access that’s in danger, it’s EVERYONE’s right to personal liberty and privacy.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/roe-isnt-just-about-womens-rights-its-about-everyones-personal-liberty/2018/07/08/527d8548-8160-11e8-b658-4f4d2a1aeef1_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_campaign=actionfb&utm_content=scotus0709&utm_medium=fb&utm_source=washpost&utm_term=.693d25902666

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

The Kavanaugh Plan: Make Noise!

It’s happened! Trump has announced his nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. On July 9th, Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court and set the stage for a monumental shift in the Court’s makeup. If Trump is successful at getting Kavanaugh confirmed, the Court will work to preserve the Trump agenda for decades to come.

Key issues that affect us all hang in the balance, including reproductive rights, civil rights, access to health care, LGBTQ rights, environmental protections, and much more. Further, the next Supreme Court justice could rule on cases involving Trump himself, whether resulting from the Mueller investigation or otherwise.

Indivisible Fargo-Moorhead is preparing to fight Kavanaugh’s nomination, are you with us?

Here is our plan. We need to fight this battle on the issues at stake. Each week we will post focused action on a different key issue. Actions will consist of calling, writing, emailing, faxing, and making office visits to your senators. Make Noise!!!

Go to their Facebook pages and Twitter feeds to make your voices heard. Make noise!!!

Along the way, there will be events like pop-up protests and postcard parties. Make Noise!!!

We will share information on events from other groups as we receive them. Make Noise!!!

This will be a sustained campaign. Are you with us???

Make Noise!!!

TODAY’S ACTION: Reunite the families & say no to internment camps!

Call, email, or send a resistbot text to your senators and reps to ask them what they are going to do to reunite the parents and children already separated. The executive order did nothing to address the almost 3,000 kids in custody. Also ask how long we will be imprisoning the families together? The continued use of internment camps is inhumane!

https://www.vox.com/2018/6/20/17485488/executive-order-immigration-trump-families-together

Also, North Dakota residents, know who you are voting for. There is a significant difference between Kevin Cramer and Heidi Heitkamp. It’s the differences between kids and families in cages and no cages.  From the cnn article: “Kevin Cramer volunteered support on Wednesday for chain-link fences in facilities where the government is detaining migrant children, comparing their use to playgrounds and ballparks.”

https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/20/politics/kevin-cramer-fences-immigration/index.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

TODAY’S ACTIONS: Keep the pressure up!

TODAY’S ACTIONS:
1. Keep calling Hoeven about keeping families together. Ask him what he intends to do to end the inhumane practice and reunite the families.  We must keep up the pressure!

2. Call your House reps to oppose the 2 immigration bills that could be up for a vote this week.

We will have more details for Trump’s visit and the June 30th Families belong together protest. We will be participating so stay tuned for more details.

https://www.npr.org/2018/06/18/621103396/house-gop-immigration-bill-would-modify-but-not-end-child-detentions

ND:
Sen. John Hoeven
Fargo: 701-239-5389
Washington: 202-224-2551
Or text RESIST to 50409

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

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