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☰ CBO gives a brutal diagnosis of GOP’s health plan.

By Editorial Board for Star Tribune. Published May 25, 2017.

press-11A point of clarification for Reps. Erik Paulsen, Tom Emmer and Jason Lewis, the three Minnesota Republican U.S. House members who voted for their party’s health reform plan: When you vowed on the campaign trail to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the expectation was that the replacement plan would improve upon former President Obama’s signature health care law.

But for the second time now, one of the nation’s most authoritative voices has confirmed that the GOP’s American Health Care Act (AHCA) would be a disastrous step backward, particularly for older and sicker Americans. There’s no honor in keeping a promise to repeal the Obama law when the replacement would gut Medicaid, a safety-net program for children and the elderly, and leave millions more Americans without health insurance (read more…)

☰ Activists spell out message for Trump — on one of his own golf courses.

By AJ Willingham and Carma Hassan for CNN. Published May 15, 2017.

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200 activists hit the links in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, this weekend to take their anti-Trump message straight to the source.

Volunteers from Indivisible San Pedro, a political action organization, met on the green of Trump National Golf Club Los Angeles to spell out “RESIST!”

The participants ran the gambit from kids to babies, retirees, teachers, artists, longshoremen and everyone in between. While in formation, they sang “God Bless America” as administrators from the golf course looked on. (read more…)

☰ Minnesota health care, and values, take a blow in GOP bill.

By Andy Slavitt for Star Tribune. Published May 11, 2017.

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When I moved to Minnesota over a dozen years ago, two things impressed me right away. First, as someone who built a company to help the underinsured access health care, was the first-class health care system and its accessibility to lower-income people. The second was the civic-minded Minnesota politics that placed the good of the community ahead of party affiliation.

Both are at grave risk now that the U.S. House, confirmed by decisive votes from Minnesota’s three Republican members, passed a radical bill to not only repeal the Affordable Care Act, but also to cut 25 percent from the 50-year-old Medicaid program (read more…)

☰ Dear Reps. Paulsen, Emmer and Lewis, spare us the crowing over your “health” bill.

By Jon Tevlin for Star Tribune. Published May 6, 2017.

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Dear Reps. Erik Paulsen, Tom Emmer and Jason Lewis:

Thank you so much for your news releases praising the passage of the American Health Care Act. This is the first time in my career that I have received political suicide notes from sitting members of Congress.

You campaigned on a health plan that was at best obtuse and at worst nonexistent and were elected. Now we see why it took you so long to come up with an alternative plan to the Affordable Care Act: Creating a piece of legislation this cynical, this mean-spirited and this catastrophic to so many of society’s most vulnerable, while setting up the richest Americans for a massive tax break (read more…)

☰ Tax March rally calls for President Trump’s tax returns.

By Will Ashenmacher for Pioneer Press. Published April 15, 2017.

press-07Frustration with President Donald Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns imbued the Tax March rally at the State Capitol on Saturday. Hundreds attended the rally, which was held in conjunction with about 200 other rallies across the country on the day when tax returns are usually due.

Although organizers of the Tax March were careful to stress the rally would not be “a party issue”, dissatisfaction with Trump and perceptions that he is influenced by foreign and financial interests emerged as prominent themes. Trump is the first U.S. president since the 1970s to not voluntarily release his tax returns (read more…)

☰ Reps. Paulsen, Lewis under pressure over town halls.

By Erin Golden for Star Tribune. Published March 25, 2017.

press-04Indivisible groups in Minnesota focused initial bursts of political organizing on the state’s three Republican members of Congress, particularly the two who have not recently appeared in public back home.

Hundreds turned out to events that sought appearances by Rep. Jason Lewis of the Second Congressional District or Rep. Erik Paulsen of the Third. Both opted for “telephone town halls,” business tours or private meetings rather than general public meetings this year (read more…)

☰ 5 Ways the anti-Trump movement “Indivisible” is redefining political action.

By Sophia A. McClennen for Salon.com. Published March 26, 2017.

press-01When the Women’s March descended on Washington, D.C., the day after the Presidential Inauguration on Jan. 21, 2017, its size wasn’t the only point of contention. Many skeptics wondered what good a march could do, even if collectively it was the largest march in recorded history. As with almost all political action these days, the burning question was whether it would make any difference (read more…)

☰ Reps. Paulsen, Lewis under pressure over town halls.

By Erin Golden for Star Tribune. Published March 25, 2017.

press-04Indivisible groups in Minnesota focused initial bursts of political organizing on the state’s three Republican members of Congress, particularly the two who have not recently appeared in public back home.

Hundreds turned out to events that sought appearances by Rep. Jason Lewis of the Second Congressional District or Rep. Erik Paulsen of the Third. Both opted for “telephone town halls,” business tours or private meetings rather than general public meetings this year (read more…)

☰ In response to Trump, a new resistance forms to push back.

By Erin Golden for Star Tribune. Published March 25, 2017.

press-05Fueled by dissatisfaction, anger and fear over the new presidential administration, thousands of Minnesotans have spent the past few months seeking out like-minded neighbors and figuring out how to push back. Some are pouring time and money into long-running progressive organizations. Others are striking out on their own, attending public meetings and contacting congressional representatives for the first time. But many are signing up with one of more than 70 Minnesota groups following the steps of “Indivisible,” an activist guidebook written by former congressional staffers that bills itself as “a practical guide for resisting the Trump agenda.” (read more…)

☰ Few in Minnesota’s congressional delegation hold in-person town halls

By Matt Sepic for MPR News. Published February 22, 2017.

press-06In the month since President Trump took office, people who oppose his policies on everything from immigration to health care have been speaking out at congressional town hall meetings. A week after Inauguration Day, it was standing room only at the Wellstone Center on St. Paul’s West Side as Betty McCollum energized a decidedly anti-Trump crowd in a district where 70 percent of voters went for Hillary Clinton (read more…)

☰ Demonstrators call on Rep. Erik Paulsen to host in-person town hall meetings.

By Sean Miner for Sun Current. Published February 10, 2017.

press-03Several dozen demonstrators held signs and chanted outside Third District Rep. Erik Paulsen’s office in Eden Prairie for two hours on February 4th.

The protest was organized by Indivisible CD3, the local incarnation of a group that bills itself as “former congressional staffers [revealing] best practices for making Congress listen.” (read more…)

☰ What is the “Indivisible” guide?

The Rachel Maddow Show, MSNBC. Published January 4, 2017.

press-02Rachel Maddow explains the online organizing guide, written by former congressional staffers, with advice for the anti-Trump grassroots on how best to influence members of Congress to prevent Trump from enacting his agenda (read more…)