PEG 12th Congressional District
Newsletter #188. Thursday Friday, November 13, 2020
Georgia Senatorial Election: Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Congrats to President Elect Joe Biden
Congrats to Vice President Elect Kamala Harris
NOW: Georgia is on PEGGY's mind
Americans across race, place of origin and zip code turned out in record numbers to stand with and for each other, despite the pandemic and deliberate barriers from day-long lines to the elimination of drop boxes. Even so, voters overwhelmingly chose Biden/Harris to move forward together toward a better future. Biden’s total vote advantage is over 5 million, he won the Electoral College, and he received more votes than any candidate in US history. 

The will of the people is clear: Every voice, every vote, was heard. The people have chosen new leadership and will swear in a government of, by and for the people. As America strives to move forward with unity and cooperation, let’s come together and focus on addressing challenges, like COVID, facing the country. 

The outcome of the Georgia US Senate runoff races will determine the ability of a new Biden Administration to effectively begin the hard work January 20, 2021. It is vital that the country assist with these races however possible from anywhere, to move forward. Here’s a short rundown of how those interested citizens located outside Georgia can help.
Important Georgia US Senate runoff dates
Now: Georgia residents can request their mail-in ballot
December 7: Voter registration deadline
December 14: Start of early vote
January 5, 2021: Election Day
Note: The graphic shown (left) can be downloaded and shared with friends and family on your social media. Just right click and save it to your device!
How can Michiganders can help
Volunteer nationally:
Volunteer with Fair Fight Action: stay tuned here.
Volunteer directly with the US Senate campaigns:


Donate: Ways to invest in Georgia
Contribute to Fair Fight PAC
Contribute to Fair Fight, and the Ossoff and Warnock Senate campaigns in one contribution.
Contribute to the candidates individually below:

Share social media messages-- find sample tweets here. Post examples:
“We must stay focused and follow the lead of local organizations. Go to GASenate.com to help Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock win back the Senate and ensure President-elect Joe Biden can pursue an agenda for the American people. Let’s get it done, again!”

Or

“Georgians, early voting starts December 14. Whether you’re voting by mail or in-person, go to peachvote.com and MAKE A PLAN to vote now. Once you’ve made your plan, help somebody else make a plan. Don’t wait. And let’s get it done, again!”

Visit Fairfight.com or review the Fairfight “How to Get Involved” pdf here for more examples. Visit GA Democratic Party site to see how to assist. 

The work isn’t over yet!
Things to do
The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 11/08/2020 – Election Conspiracies Edition
Are you able to keep facts straight? For the last number of years, conspiracy theories have controlled our lives and the airwaves. From voting irregularities to Qanon, we have been inundated with misinformation that requires constant fact-checking. Check out some facts checked by Media Bias.

“Claim by Project Veritas: Postal workers in Michigan backdated ballots so that they could be counted.
FactCheck.org rating: False”
“Claim by Donald Trump (R): “In Georgia, a pipe burst in a far-away location, totally unrelated to the location of what was happening, and they stopped counting for four hours, and a lot of things happened.”
PolitiFact rating: False”

Thank a Veteran
Thank an essential election worker
Events
Saturday, November 14. Review/Status GOTV efforts
Virtual review of what actions still need to be taken if the election isn't resolved by the time of the meeting. If the election results are accepted, then there will be a review of the past 18 months of Get Out The Vote (GOTV) effort. There will be a discussion about some of volunteers' favorite interactions with voters, where the money went and what activities seemed to work and which ones fell flat. RSVP for connection information and register here. 3 pm

Wednesday, November 18. Views and Brews with LWV Ann Arbor
We survived the 2020 Election! But, how’s the US democracy’s health really doing? Join the League of Women Voters of Ann Arbor for a first-take conversation and Q&A with elections law expert Professor Ellen Katz, of the University of Michigan School of Law. The 2020 election has tested American democracy to its limits. Voter suppression; threats of voter intimidation; confusion about how and when to vote; widespread misinformation about absentee balloting; rules for casting and counting ballots varying widely by jurisdiction and changing frequently due to court challenges -- all of these factors at play in the midst of a deadly pandemic and highly divisive atmosphere made the election of 2020 one that will be examined by historians for generations. Read more and register here. 7–8:30 pm
Every Sunday through January. Virtual Phone Bank to win Senate for Democrats: Georgia Senate Runoffs
This effort is organized by Massachusetts Democrats (2nd Middlesex). Phonebank from home to help elect Democrats Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff to the US Senate. This event is hosted by Medford Chair Henry Milorin (medforddems.org), Democratic State Committee Members Teresa Walsh, Justin Klekota (electjustin.org) and Rep. Christine Barber (christinebarber.org). Contact Justin Klekota at secondmiddlesexdemocrats@gmail.com for more information. Join from anywhere. Register here. Sundays, 5 –7 pm EST
“Yousef and You” coffee talks
State Representative Yousef Rabhi holds two “Yousef and You” forums each month where anyone in the 53rd district (Ann Arbor) can come to get an update on legislative issues, ask questions and participate in open discussion. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, these forums are being held virtually. Read details here. For Monday discussions, register here. For Saturday discussions, register here.
  • Saturday, November 21. 10 am
  • Monday, December 14. 6 pm
Good News
Veterans Day -- Bipartisan support in Michigan for military/veteran families
This week, Governor Whitmer and legislators from both parties announced a package of bills that will make it easier for members of the military, veterans and their families, to find employment in Michigan. Given the frequency that members of the military are moved from one state to another, fee waivers for licensure will be expanded to include dependents of veterans and active duty military. This will impact family members in a wide variety of professions, including doctors, nurses, plumbers, skilled trades and others who require licensure. - FREEP
New Veterans Memorial highlights Native Americans
A new memorial ushers in new promise of honor, healing, and harmony for this often forgotten community of those who served.
This is how government should work!
First define the problem, i.e., Covid 19. Then develop an action plan.
“Dealing with the coronavirus pandemic is one of the most important battles our administration will face, and I will be informed by science and by experts,” President-Elect Biden said in a statement. To turn the COVID “plan” into an “action blueprint,” Biden announced on Monday the names of leading scientists and public health experts who will be members of his coronavirus task force. "That plan will be built on bedrock science," and their work will begin immediately after inauguration. That’s how government should work! - The Hill
Congratulations are due
The results of elections listed in the Washtenaw County Democratic Voter Guide are below. Results (as of November 10) of the November 3 election in Michigan are posted on Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s website and can be found here. Election results for Washtenaw County are on the county website and can be found here.
 
Joe Biden & Kamala Harris – President-Elect and Vice President-Elect
Gary Peters – US Senator 
Bridget McCormack & Elizabeth Welch – Michigan Supreme Court
Debbie Dingell – US House of Representative12th Congressional District
Gretchen Driskell - US House of Representative 7th Congressional District
 
State legislature – Washtenaw County
Donna Lasinski – 52nd House District
Yousef Rabhi – 53rd House District
Ronnie Peterson – 54th House District
Felicia Brabec – 55th House District
 
State Board of Education [2] – Ellen Lipton and Jason Strayhorn
University of Michigan Regents [2] – Mark Bernstein, Sarah Hubbard [R]
MSU Trustees [2] – Rema Ella Vassar, Pat O’Keefe [R]
Wayne State Governors [2] – Terri Lynn Land [R], Shirley Stancato
22nd Circuit Judge of Circuit Court – Tracy E. Van den Bergh
14A District Judge of District Incumbent – Anna Maria Frushour
14B District Judge of District Incumbent – Erane Washington
 
Prosecuting Attorney – Eli Savit
Sheriff – Jerry L. Clayton
Clerk and Register of Deeds – Lawrence Kestenbaum
Treasurer – Catherine McClary
Water Resources Commissioner – Evan Pratt
 
County Commissioners:
Jason Maciejewski – District 1
Sue Shink - District 2
Shannon Beeman - District 3
Caroline L. Sanders - District 4
Justin D. Hodge - District 5
Ricky Jefferson - District 6
Andy LaBarre - District 7
Jason Morgan - District 8
Katie Scott - District 9
 
Additional results of interest:
Dan Kildee – 5th Congressional District
Elissa Slotkin – 8th Congressional District 
Andy Levin – 9th Congressional District 
Haley Stevens – 11th Congressional District
Debbie Dingell – 12th Congressional District
Rashida Tlaib – 13th Congressional District
Brenda Lawrence – 14th Congressional District
How my Uncle Elbert helped to change the voting history...

by Leslie McGraw. In an unexpected "win" for voting rights and justice, it was discovered recently Haywood County, Tennessee, was overwhelmingly blue in a sea of red.

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Things to read, watch, and listen to
CENSUS – SCOTUS Argument 11/30/20
On November 30, 2020, the US Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Trump v. New York. The dispute centers on a July 2020 memorandum by President Donald Trump that directs Wilbur Ross, the Secretary of Commerce, to include information in the state-by-state breakdown that would enable Trump to exclude people who are in the country illegally from the apportionment calculation. In other words, those individuals who are in the country illegally would not be included in the breakdown of the population for use in the allocation of seats in the House of Representatives.  

Under the federal laws regulating the census, the Secretary of Commerce is required to provide the president with a state-by-state breakdown of the total population of the United States by December 31, 2020. The president is then required to send a report containing the total population of each state and the number of representatives to which each state is entitled to Congress by January 10, 2021.
PEG Civics Deck: Electoral College Part I
PEG Exclusive - Electoral College - Part I by Leslie Kamil

The Founding Fathers debated over how to elect the president. Their compromise is known as the Electoral College, which looks different in each state. There are 538 total electors, including one for each US senator and representative and 3 for DC.

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