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RandySF's Journal
RandySF's Journal
May 28, 2020

FLIPPABLE: Amber Hewitt for MA-HD-1st Essex

Amber was born at Anna Jacques, raised and educated in Newburyport and Amesbury, and earned her degrees in Political Science and Earth Systems from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She moved to Washington, DC to begin her career with the National Wildlife Federation, where she has been working as a clean energy advocate for the past seven years.

Amber’s professional career has been defined by two fierce passions: environmental protection and civic engagement. Forever altered by seeing An Inconvenient Truth at fifteen years old and engaged by Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns – Amber set out to learn the intricacies of environmental policy, and how to play a role in strengthening ours.

Early in her time at the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), Amber found herself drawn to the organization’s Campaign for Offshore Wind Power. Having grown up in Massachusetts, she recalled a debate over the resource that had been playing out for much of her life, and was shocked to learn that, while offshore wind power accounted for a booming global clean energy industry with thousands of turbines spinning worldwide, not a single one stood in U.S. waters. She moved back to Newburyport to devote more of her time to changing the region's energy story and seizing this untapped potential.

Work with decision-makers in Massachusetts has been a consistent thread throughout Amber’s career, while offshore wind power advocacy has put her to work in State Houses all along the Atlantic Coast. Over the years, she has sharpened her skills as an advocate: collaborative perseverance toward a shared goal. She played an integral role in passing the Commonwealth’s Act to Promote Energy Diversity in 2016, carrying the nation’s largest offshore wind power commitment to date, and has since advocated successfully for offshore wind policies in Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey. Following the bill’s passage in Massachusetts, Amber has stayed closely involved in its implementation, and in strengthening its provisions to keep up with the growth of the industry and the scale of our energy challenges.

Since returning to live in Newburyport, Amber’s love for the communities that have been home to her family for four generations has only grown deeper. For years, she has dreamed of one day representing this district, and doing her part to help ensure that we are represented on Beacon Hill with visionary, proactive, and principled leadership. She is equipped with the skills needed to effectively serve as State Representative and is guided by an unwavering commitment to doing our part in helping rise to the most pressing challenges of our time.


May 28, 2020

FLIPPABLE: Lynn Franks for AK-HD15

Hi, I’m Lyn Franks and I’m running for the Alaska State Legislature for House District 15. I’m running because, after the 2016 election, I was moved to become more politically active and become a voice in the legislature to advocate for my community—NE Muldoon.

As I write this, the world is in the middle of a global pandemic. It's more apparent than ever that it's the job of government to provide us with help during crises. We need comprehensive and affordable healthcare for all, and access to widespread COVID-19 testing, including for the uninsured.

My opponent, the incumbent, is a chameleon. She will tell you whatever she thinks you want to hear. She is morally ambiguous and ethically challenged. I, on the other hand, promise to be honest with you and work with the best interest of the people in this district in mind.

I’ve been in Alaska since 1988. My husband at the time and I transferred up here with the Public Health Service. We raised three children here. Now adults, they have children of their own.

As a former military spouse, I understand the particular needs of military families. The state controls veteran’s funds, coordinates the National Guard, and controls the volunteer State Defense Force. As a legislator I would bring a unique perspective to these important services.
Every election is a choice. This is especially true for 2020. I am an adjunct history instructor at UAA and also an educator in the Anchorage School District. I know from personal experience that the governor’s budget cuts are hurting, at every level, our educators, our children, and our community. We need to strengthen not abandon, as Governor Dunleavy has done, the promise of public education.

The majority of the people in the district also want to see more effort from this administration on crime prevention. It’s no secret that the Governor’s budget cuts have hamstrung the state’s ability to investigate crimes and prosecute criminals in a timely manner.

And we all know these budget cuts are connected to the $1.2B in tax credits they give to the oil companies every year—which hurts our Permanent Fund Dividend checks and our standard of living. Oil and gas companies need to pay their fair share.

I will work with other stakeholders to expand new, sustainable energy industries that Alaska will need in the very near future. This issue isn’t just about energy, either—it’s about JOBS!

Healthy economies, happy people, and clean and safe environments make up thriving and prosperous communities. Building thriving communities in our neighborhoods means to change the way we have always done business. Today, with the increasing threat of changing climate causing numerous disruptions to people’s lives, our solutions need to be significant and immediate. We must encourage business growth committed to promoting sustainability, and living wages while creating long lasting jobs for Alaskans.

When I’m in Juneau, I will work hard for my district and the state. Additionally, I will be one more vote to override the Governor’s vetoes—vetoes that have already hurt our working families.


May 28, 2020

FLIPPALE: Liz Snyder for AK-HD27

Liz’s diverse background gives her insight into private industry, nonprofits, government, and education. As a daughter of a Marine, she grew up with a strong respect for our armed services and a love of our country. She worked hard throughout college in order to complete her advanced degrees in public health and risk assessment. During school, she worked for a Fortune 500 company, eventually landing her dream job as a professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage. She invests time in her community, bringing her wealth of public health knowledge to Alaska’s Food Policy Council and participating in her local community council. She is married to Sam Snyder, and is the mother of two young boys, Finn and Deacon.

Liz’s upbringing instilled in her a strong sense of responsibility for the wellbeing of her community and neighbors. Although she never imagined she would enter public service, she was inspired to run when she saw the values and needs of her district being put aside for the wants of special interest groups. With no special interest support, she ran for office in 2018 against an eight-year incumbent and came within two hundred votes of winning the race. She spent months knocking on thousands of doors, talking to neighbors, and proving that she would be the Representative who listens and puts East Anchorage, and Alaskans, first.

Liz believes in Alaska values. She believes in protecting our most vulnerable, respecting our elders, lifting up our children, helping our neighbors, building our local economies, and planning for the future. She believes that Representatives are meant to listen and to represent their constituents, not special interests. She believes that Representatives should be accessible, responsive, honest, and respectful.


May 28, 2020

Wisconsin will mail absentee ballot applications to 2.7M voters

The Wisconsin Elections Commission has agreed to mail out 2.7 million absentee ballot applications in the state ahead of the Nov. 3 general election, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Last week the six-person panel was split on whether to mail the forms to nearly all registered voters, even if they hadn’t requested one. The bipartisan commission on Wednesday unanimously passed the plan.

The commission still hasn’t finalized the wording of the letter, which could result in a long drafting process. Democrats on the commission want staff to draft the letter to avoid partisan gridlock.

"We’re going to wind up in a situation where we’re going to be parsing individual words on a letter and [having] 3-3 votes on whether we’re going to say ‘shall’ or ‘can,’ or ‘could’ or ‘would’ or ‘should.’ And it does none of us any good," Democratic Commissioner Ann Jacobs told the Journal-Sentinel.

The newspaper reported that the all-mail election will cost $2.25 million and would use funding from a $7.3 million grant from Congress allocated in the first coronavirus relief bill.


May 28, 2020

Pa. House Democrats say they were in the dark for a week about Republican's positive coronavirus tes

HARRISBURG — A Republican state lawmaker from Central Pennsylvania confirmed Wednesday that he tested positive for the coronavirus earlier this month, leading at least one of his House colleagues to self-quarantine.

The admission immediately ignited outrage among Democrats in the chamber, who said they were recklessly left in the dark for nearly a week about the lawmaker’s condition.

State Rep. Andrew Lewis (R., Dauphin) said in a statement that he received a positive COVID-19 result on May 20 and immediately began self-isolation. He said he informed House officials after he received the result, and that they have worked to identify anyone with whom he may have come into contact. Lewis said he was last in the Capitol on May 14.

One of Lewis’ House colleagues, Rep. Russ Diamond (R., Lebanon), confirmed he was contacted and asked to self-quarantine — although several Democrats said two other Republican lawmakers were also told to stay home for 14 days.


May 28, 2020

Texas Supreme Court: Lack of immunity to coronavirus alone isn't enough for mail-in ballot

The Texas Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that a lack of immunity to the new coronavirus does not qualify a voter to apply for a mail-in ballot.

In the latest twist in the legal fight over voting by mail during the coronavirus pandemic, the court agreed with Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton that the risk of contracting the virus alone does not meet the state’s qualifications for voting by mail.

“We agree with the State that a voter’s lack of immunity to COVID-19, without more, is not a ‘disability’ as defined by the Election Code,” the court wrote.

Texas voters can qualify for mail-in ballots only if they are 65 years or older, have a disability or illness, will be out of the county during the election period, or are confined in jail. The Texas election code defines disability as a “sickness or physical condition” that prevents a voter from appearing in person without the risk of “injuring the voter’s health.”

Though the court sided with Paxton's interpretation of what constitutes a disability, it indicated it was up to voters to assess their own health and determine if they met the state's definition.


May 27, 2020

Former Vice President Joseph Biden on the marking of the 100,000th COVID-19 death.


Joe Biden
There are moments in our history so grim, so heart-rending, that they're forever fixed in each of our hearts as shared grief. Today is one of those moments. 100,000 lives have now been lost to this virus.

To those hurting, I'm so sorry for your loss. The nation grieves with you.
May 27, 2020

Biden calls for DOJ Civil Rights Division to investigate George Floyd's death

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Wednesday called on the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division to investigate the death of George Floyd, the unarmed black man who was killed during an encounter with Minneapolis police officers.

Speaking at a virtual event with Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D), Biden praised Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey (D) for taking “swift action” to fire the officers involved.

But he said the federal government must investigate further.

“[The officers] have to be held more fully accountable, including an FBI investigation and independent Department of Justice Civil Rights investigation,” Biden said.

The Minneapolis Police Department said Tuesday the FBI would participate in its investigation of the death.

“We have to get to the root of all this," Biden said. "You know, we have to ensure that the Floyd family receive the justice they’re entitled to, and as a nation … we have to work relentlessly to eradicate these systemic failures that inflict so much damage on not just one family, one community, but on the people of color all across this nation.”


May 27, 2020

Vote Save America launches Adopt-A-State program

You don't live in a battleground state. So how do you help out in the states that will determine who wins in 2020? We finally have an answer: No matter where you live, you can directly support the work of organizers, volunteers, and candidates in the six key battleground states that will be most important to delivering a progressive majority in 2020. Just pick a state below, sign up, and we'll get you everything you need to make a big difference this November.


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May 27, 2020

Tech billionaires are plotting sweeping, secret plans to boost Joe Biden

Joe Biden has a problem. Silicon Valley billionaires think they have a solution.

Election Day is less than six months away, and Democrats are scrambling to patch the digital deficits of their presumptive nominee. And behind the scenes, Silicon Valley’s billionaire Democrats are spending tens of millions of dollars on their own sweeping plans to catch up to President Donald Trump’s lead on digital campaigning — plans that are poised to make them some of the country’s most influential people when it comes to shaping the November results.

These billionaires’ arsenals are funding everything from nerdy political science experiments to divisive partisan news sites to rivalrous attempts to overhaul the party’s beleaguered data file. They are pushing their favored, sometimes peculiar, fixes to a political ailment just like they might if on the board of a struggling startup.

This is all unfolding as the pandemic forces campaigns to pivot away from door-knocks and packed rallies and toward data mining and influencer marketing — which in many ways play to the strengths of these tech titans, making them even more influential at a time when many in the Democratic Party are uneasy with just how powerful some in tech have become.

Their investments matter all the more because of the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee they inherited. Biden is rushing to hire more aides, create more engaging content, and build better ties with the Silicon Valley donors and talent that evaded him during the primary.


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