February 14, 2018
This week, the Trump Administration revealed their 2019 budget. If there was still any doubt about the priorities of the Trump regime and the Republican Party in general, this budget makes it very clear what they value
and the people and issues they hold in low regard.
Back in 2016 during his campaign, candidate Trump declared himself the champion of Americans who have felt abused or ignored by the federal government. Then as soon as Trump entered the White House he assembled a bizarre collection of advisors with personal interests that actually opposed their departments
missions. It didn
take long to see that his campaign promises were going to be quickly reinterpreted.
Even so, this week
s budget presentation is the first broad declaration of how the reactionaries presently in charge of our nation
s policies want to re-shape America
Ironically, the same people who obstructed President Obama
s every economic initiative claiming concern for the debt it would create, now have no concerns about adding billions more in debt after just recently decreasing established revenue streams. Last year
gave nearly 50% of the tax cuts to Americans in the top 1% income bracket and created $1.5 trillion in national debt over the next ten years.
The single biggest increase in the Trump budget is for Department of Defense spending. It will be up $74 billion to a total of $686 billion
More money for everything the Pentagon wants. We now spend more than the next 8 nations combined. (But won
's parade past the White House be exciting!)
And how do we make up for the billions in tax savings given to the very rich and another huge reward to the military-industrial complex? We cut spending in areas that are
to Trump and his legislators.
Here are a few examples of those Republican cuts:
-- A cut of more than $3 billion from the Education Department (while investing $1.6 billion to support private school vouchers and other school choice programs).
-- A cut of more than $8.9 billion in the State Department (23%).
-- A 25% cut in the EPA budget from $8.2 billion to $6.1 billion that
eliminates many programs including radon detection and water quality restoration in the Gulf of Mexico and Puget Sound.
-- A 66 %
cut for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, which studies advanced transportation, wind and solar energy.
-- A cut of $17.2 billion for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Over the next 10 years SNAP cuts will total $213.5 billion.
-- A cut in funding of the subsidies that help more than four in five people with ACA marketplace health plans afford insurance premiums.
-- A $5 billion increase over the next five years to combat the opioid epidemic when experts say this is just a fraction of what is needed.
-- A reduction in Section 8 federal housing subsidies
-- Elimination of the $1.9 billion fund for public housing capital repairs
-- A $33 million reduction (92 %) of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which supports land acquisition and restoration efforts using federal revenue from oil and gas drilling off the Outer Continental Shelf.
-- A cut in funding for National Dislocated Worker Grants
support for those who lose their jobs in natural disasters or factory closures
from $219.5 million in 2017 to $51 million in 2019.
of the Capital Investment Grants program
a major source of transit funding.
-- A zeroing out of grants to states and local governments to increase homeownership for the lowest-income Americans, fund neighborhood redevelopment and help in disaster recovery.
-- New legislation to institute work requirements for Americans receiving housing subsidies, on a broad scale.
-- Shrinking funding for Adult Employment and Training Activities, which serve veterans, Native Americans and young people who have dropped out of high school.
There are more cuts I could list, but you get the idea.
With the publication of the Trump 2019 Budget we now can see for sure what these guys want to do to our country. And as we enter the 2018 Mid-term Election Year, this is very helpful.
Every Democratic candidate now has documented proof that electing Republican candidates in this year
s mid-terms can only lead our nation backwards. And each one of us who works a phone bank or walks a neighborhood or simply talks with friends about this year
s voting choices has an even firmer place to stand.
This Sunday, February 18, in Wilmette you can take an important step toward pushing back against the relentless Republican efforts to make the America we know unrecognizable. Come join us for the NTDO Election Year Kickoff at the Wilmette Rec. Center. You
ll be glad you did.
P.S. I you'd like to read a fuller explanation of the budget cuts and increases in Trump's 2019 budget, click here.
New Trier Democrat's Election Year Kickoff Rally
This Sunday, February 18th
en: Sunday, February 18, 2018 from 1:00pm until 3:00pm
Where: Wilmette Community Recreation Center, 3000 Glenview Road, Wilmette
What: New Trier Democrats will hold an energizing Election Year Kickoff Rally at the Wilmette Recreation Center. Endorsed candidates from Illinois governor to local races will speak, and New Trier Democratic Committeeman Dean Maragos will charge the audience to take back the U.S House and Senate and end destructive policies of the current Washington and Springfield administrations. Interested citizens are welcome and political action campaigns for the March 20th primary and Nov. 6th general election will be announced. As with rising activism across America, New Trier voters are truly engaged now and want to restore good government and beneficial social and economic policies. That's why 200 neighbors attended the January New Trier Democrats Endorsement Session to hear candidates and endorse the "best" for coming elections.
Every Thursday Night & Saturday Afternoon
Weekly Phone Banks for Daniel Biss
at New Trier Democrat's Office
When: Every Thursday night from 6:00pm until 8:00pm; Every Saturday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm; ongoing through March 17th
Where: New Trier Democrat's office, 800 Oak St., Suite 112, WInnetka
What: Phone bank for progressive gubernatorial candidate Daniel Biss, our official New Trier Dems endorsed candidate! You will be talking to voters about Daniel. All you need to bring is a phone, and his campaign will provide other materials. There will be a short training at the beginning. In addition, depending on the weather, t
here may be opportunities to canvass on behalf of Daniel on Saturday afternoons.
Every Sunday in March
Weekly Phone Bank For Fritz Kaegi,
Candidate for Cook County Assessor
at New Trier Democrat's Office
When: Every Sunday afternoon from March 4 through March 18, 12:00pm until 6:00pm
Where: New Trier Democrats' office, 800 Oak St., Suite 112, WInnetka
What: Join Team Fritz - New Trier Democrats' officially endorsed candidate - to phone bank for the next Cook County Assessor at our office! We'll speak with Cook County voters about Fritz Kaegi, an endorsed Democrat from progressives like Chuy Garcia and Congressman Danny Davis and organizations like Our Revolution Illinois! We welcome all newcomers. Leave with a yard or window sign! This is a big volunteer push across Cook County. Phone banking is a key way to reach new and potential voters for the primary election. You are encouraged to bring: Cell Phone, headphones, and laptop/tablet.
Sign, Sign, Everywhere A Sign
Stop by the New Trier Democrat's office and pick up lawn signs for Daniel Biss and Fritz Kaegi. Our office is usually open from 9:00am-Noon on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. BUT,
please phone first
to make sure we are there and still have signs available.
State Rep. Laura Fine has officially endorsed
Jen Gong-Gershowitz for State Representative.
Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz is the NTDO's endorsed candidate for the State Rep. 17th District seat being vacated by Laura Fine our endorsed candidate for the State Senate seat being vacated by Daniel Biss, our endorsed candidate for Illinois Governor.
If you would like to learn more about Laura's endorsement of Jennifer,
Other events of interest:
This Thursday, Feb. 15 in Evanston - Fundraiser for Fritz Kaegi, Candidate for Cook Co. Assessor
When: Thursday, February 15, 2018 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Where: The home of Dan & Michelle Jordan, 2215 Central Park Drive, Evanston
What: Fundraiser for Fritz, Democratic Candidate for Cook County Assessor.
Patron: $1,000; Host: $500; Guest $250; Suggested Donation $150. You can
or, to ask questions or RSVP, please contact jessica@fritzforassessor or call 708-209-5566.
This Saturday, Feb. 17 in Mt. Prospect -
Brad Schneider to Hold
"Congress on Your Corner"
When: Saturday, February 17, 2018 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Where: River Trails Middle School, 1000 N. Wolf Rd., Mt. Prospect
What: Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10) will host a "Congress on Your Corner" event to answer questions from constituents and brief attendees on his work in Washington.
This Saturday, Feb. 17 in Evanston - IL House District 17 Candidates Forum Hosted By ABT & OPAL
When: Saturday, February 17, 2018 from 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Where: Family Focus-Our Place, 2010 Dewey Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201
Action for a Better Tomorrow (ABT) and the Organization for Positive Action and Leadership (OPAL) are excited to present
A Forum on Equity & Housing with the candidates for Illinois state representative of the 17th legislative district.
Candidates will discuss why they are the best choice for the seat being vacated by state Representative Laura Fine, who is running for the state senate seat currently occupied by gubernatorial candidate Daniel Biss. All declared candidates are confirmed: Candance Chow, Peter Dagher, Alexandra Eidenberg, Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz and Mary Rita Luecke.
You may register for this event here.
This Sunday, Feb. 18 in Highland Park - Reception for Bob Morgan, Candidate for State Rep. - 58th District
When: Sunday, February 18, 2018 from 4:00 - 5:30pm
Where: Home of Rebecca and Jon Carson, 355 Lincolnwood Rd., Highland Park
A Meet and Greet Reception in support of
Bob Morgan, a Democratic candidate for State Representative of the 58th District
. For more information or to RSVP, email Jessica Teuber at
Tuesday, Feb. 20 in Chicago - Fundraiser Supporting Nancy Rotering for Illinois Attorney General
When: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Where: Michael Best, LLP, 444 W Lake St., 32nd Floor, Chicago
A fundraiser reception for
, Democratic candidate for Illinois Attorney General.
, or contact Ariadna Ginez 312-600-9496.
Tuesday, Feb. 20 in Evanston - Fundraiser for Marie Newman, Congressional Candidate for IL 3rd District
When: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Where: Terra and Vine, 1701 Maple Street, Evanston
Join other area Dems at a fundraiser for
Marie Newman, who is a candidate for the congressional seat in Illinois' 3rd District. Marie is running in the March Democratic primary against current incumbent, Daniel Lipinski.
For more information and to RSVP,
please visit her event webpage
. If you need further information, please contact Liz or Olivia at 312-806-2743 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, Feb. 24 in Winnetka - What's Wrong with Illinois' Economy? Gubernatorial Candidates Forum Hosted by Invest to Elect Illinois
When: Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 2:00pm until 4:30pm
Where: New Trier High School - Northfield Campus, Cornog Auditorium, 7 N. Happ Road, Northfield
What: lllinois' three leading gubernatorial candidates will appear front and center at a forum sponsored by Invest to Elect.
"What's Wrong with Illinois' Economy - and What are You Going to Do about It?" will give Daniel Biss, Chris Kennedy and J.B. Pritzker each an opportunity to present his vision for Illinois. The candidates will respond to a range of questions on critical topics including taxes, education, healthcare, and more. Each candidate will appear individually for 40 minutes, answering questions from the Invest to Elect moderator and the public. Only questions submitted in advance through the registration process will be considered. Attendees are welcome to submit candidate questions
on this Event Brite registration page.
Click on the green "Register" button and follow the prompts. Invest to Elect Illinois looks forward to welcoming you to this important discussion of issues facing Illinois! Click here for more information or to register for this event.
When: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Where: The Alhambra Palace Restaurant, 1240 West Randolph St., Chicago
Annual fundraiser in support of Toni Preckwinkle's re-election as Cook County Board President. For additional information or to RSVP, email Nish Dittakavi at
One of the exciting activities we will be pursuing across the state line in 2018...
will be to help the Democratic candidate for Congress,
, defeat Wisconsin's Congressman
. This is going to be a hard fought campaign and Randy Bryce can win it. To see his first campaign message
who represent New Trier Township in
Washington, Springfield and Cook County
You'll be hearing a lot from these exceptional public servants. --
And they want to be hearing a lot from you.
The fact is, they need to hear from you and want to hear from you in order to represent you most effectively. So, the first thing you can do is get to know who these people are. The links below to their campaign websites are a good place to start.
, 9th U.S. Congressional District Representative
and Chief Deputy House Democratic Whip. The new Ninth District boundaries include all of New Trier except for Glencoe.
, 10th U.S. Congressional District Representative which includes a number of precincts in Glencoe.
Julie Morrison, State Senator for Illinois' 29th State Senate District
State Senator for Illinois' 9th State Senate Distric
t.The Ninth District includes all of New Trier Township.
. The district includes New Trier's northernmost precincts.
IL 18th District State Representative
. The 18th District includes much of New Trier up to Hazel Avenue and Dundee Road.
, IL 17th District State Representative.
The 17th District includes the East Glenview and West Wilmette areas of New Trier Township.
IL 58th District State Representative.
The 58th District includes the northernmost precincts in Glencoe.
Larry Suffredin, Cook County 13th District Commissioner. The 13th District includes all of New Trier, Evanston and Niles Townships.
Have you visited Senator Biss' website "The Road Back" --
click on the link to his video -- then, throughout the year follow his plan's development on the website.
Daniel explains a lot about how Illinois got where it is today and how we can begin the journey on the road back toward achieving our state's tremendous economic potential.
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|Still not a member of the New Trier Democrats? Your participation in grassroots political action will make a difference. -- Come join us.
When you're a member of the New Trier Democratic Organization, you have an active role in affecting the political process; participating in grassroots campaigns, staying in touch with elected officials, playing a role in deciding which candidates are endorsed. You'll also gain free admission to select forums and events throughout the year.
Come be a part of New Trier's grassroots political community.
The New Trier Democratic Organization is made up of hundreds of grassroots volunteers dedicated to advancing progressive ideals through the political process. We welcome your participation.
Dean T. Maragos, Committeeman New Trier Township
We are located at 800 Oak Street, Suite 112, in Winnetka, IL. Ph: 847-446-8030
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