Sunday thinking

A Twitter post I saw this morning gave me a glimmer of hope. It argued that there's no way the US House will send the case to the Senate before the work is done. That means having i's dotted and t's crossed. For better or worse, that can't happen as long as subpoenas are ignored and litigation is ongoing. It could take until March or longer for the charges to be resolved.

NOTE: If any of you are in touch with Democratic leaders, please pass along this suggestion to them:

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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BURR'S COMMITTEE WORK WASN'T A HOAX; HE NEEDS TO SAY SO: As a loyal and partisan Republican, Burr may want to stand with the president on the question of impeachment. But loyalty should not be blind. Burr needs to stand up for the work of his committee – one that he has proudly pointed to as a bipartisan effort to find and tell the truth about Russia’s efforts to manipulate U.S. politics and elections. Burr needs to set Reps. Devin Nunes, Jim Jordan and Trump’s other reflexive defenders straight. He needs to call out the president, as well. Russian meddling is no hoax. It is, to paraphrase a witness from an impeachment inquiry long ago, a cancer on American politics that can’t be ignored and is wrong to deny. Richard Burr, for the sake of the nation, stand up for your work; the efforts of your committee; and most important THE TRUTH it uncovered.
https://www.wral.com/editorial-burr-s-committee-work-wasn-t-a-hoax-he-needs-to-say-so/18796565/

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...

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