The myth of the "do-nothing" Democratic Congress

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It's not only a lie, the irony is overwhelming:

For months, President Donald Trump has fired off tweet missives accusing House Democrats of “getting nothing done in Congress,” and being consumed with impeachment.

Trump may want to look to the Republican-controlled Senate instead. Democrats in the House have been passing bills at a rapid clip; as of November 15, the House has passed nearly 400 bills, not including resolutions. But the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee estimates 80 percent of those bill have hit a snag in the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is prioritizing confirming judges over passing bills.

This has been bothering me for some time now, but it's starting to creep into conversations between Democrats, which is a bad sign the propaganda is working. Paraphrased from a recent Facebook comment: "They need to go ahead and take the Impeachment vote now, so they can get back to doing what they're supposed to, or voters will punish Dems for not getting things accomplished." I didn't feel like correcting that person (I should have), and the only push-back I saw was, "Impeachment is important!" And for you anti-establishment progressive purists out there, pay close attention to this (please):

Saturday News: Must-not-see TV

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OUTSIDE GROUPS PREPARE AD BARRAGE FOR TILLIS: Earlier this month, the U.S. Chamber began airing a television ad touting Tillis’s co-sponsorship of a bill intended to aid veterans’ employment opportunities. The Chamber spent more than $7 million to help Tillis’s 2014 campaign, its largest contribution of the cycle. Americans For Prosperity, funded by the Koch brothers, launched ads last week, arguing against government spending and praising Tillis for his vote for the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. AFP Action, the group’s political action committee, is engaged in grassroots activities for Tillis, reaching nearly 70,000 voters through phone calls and knocking on doors so far this cycle. It endorsed Tillis in June. Tillis has the lowest approval of any incumbent senator at 33%, according to Morning Consult polling.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/under-the-dome/article2...

Black Friday corporate equality product guide

The 2019 Corporate Equality Index from the Human Rights Campaign:

This year, 571 businesses earned the CEI’s top score of 100, meeting new and higher benchmarks -- including a record number offering transgender-inclusive health care policies -- in the most comprehensive assessment of workplace LGBTQ inclusion in the 17-year history of the report.

More than 170 top businesses -- including 110 that have earned top scores on the CEI -- are also corporate supporters on the Equality Act, critically important bipartisan legislation that would finally add clear, comprehensive non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people to our nation's civil rights laws. The LGBTQ community is not explicitly protected by federal non-discrimination law, but these companies are bridging that gap for their employees and their families.

You can read the entire report here, and I'm going to drop an extensive list of companies below the fold. Keep in mind, many of the companies listed have other issues with which you may be concerned (like DuPont and Monsanto), so don't take this as an outright endorsement of them. But they still deserve to be recognized for LGBTQ equality efforts, and you will have to decide if they pass your test:

Friday News: Desperate measures

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WAKE COUNTY PROGRAM SEEKS TO PREVENT HOMELESSNESS: The cost to live in Wake County is going up even as the county expects to shed 900 affordable housing units a year. That means residents who would not have imagined themselves homeless are finding themselves on the verge of not having a roof over their head. That's partly why Wake County city officials have created a new program, known as Wake Prevent, to help catch those at risk of losing their home. The program offers rental assistance and case management to help people stabilize their finances. It is offered to families below a certain income threshold who are less than a month from becoming homeless. Officials with the program say rent costs are up 35 percent in Wake County, but wages are not rising at the same level.
https://www.wral.com/new-wake-county-program-aims-to-help-those-on-the-verge-of-being-homeless/18800...

Thursday News: $2.5 Million for racists

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JUDGE GIVES SILENT SAM STATUE TO CONFEDERATE GROUP, ALONG WITH A HEFTY BONUS: Silent Sam, the Confederate statue that stood on UNC-Chapel Hill’s campus before it was torn down by protesters in 2018, is now in the hands of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. And the organization will have access to up to $2.5 million to transport and preserve the monument through a charitable trust set up by the UNC System. The allowed expenses could also include a facility to house and display the monument. The money is coming from accruing interest from the UNC System’s endowment that’s built through donations, not tax-payer money. The agreement came when a judge entered a consent judgment Wednesday in a lawsuit filed by the North Carolina Division Sons of Confederate Veterans, Inc. against the UNC System and the UNC Board of Governors over the monument’s placement.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/education/article237809039.html

Tillis Turkey

The clown is all over Twitter bragging about how he and Donald Freaking Trump are making America great again, seemingly oblivious to the fact that his family and his name will be forever associated with treason and corruption. Let him know what you think.

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