Rep. Walter Jones (R-North Carolina) became the first Republican to cosponsor the Protecting Our Democracy Act, which would create a 12-member committee to conduct an independent, bipartisan, 10-month investigation into the role Russia played in swaying the presidential election. WHERE IS FASO ON THIS????
Economic pressure works!
When 200,000 Uber customers canceled their accounts, CEO Travis Kalanick was forced to resign from Trump’s economic advisory council.
Disney CEO Bob Iger canceled a meeting with Trump
ESPN announced in a announced that it would be moving the ESPY Celebrity Golf Classic from Trump’s National Golf Club to Pelican Hill Golf Club in Los Angeles.
Jose Andres, the high-profile owner of ThinkFoodGroup and 18 restaurants who made Time’s list of 100 most influential people in 2012, announced his decision to back out of a deal with Trump International’s new hotel in Washington D.C., which is currently under construction. Andres’ company had planned to open the premier restaurant in Trump’s new hotel. Celebrity chef Geoffrey Zakarian also announced that he would not be opening a restaurant in Trump’s hotel.
Trump’s mattress line became another casualty of his racially-infused comments. As early as last July, Serta, the nation’s number one bedding producer, decided to begin “unwinding [its] relationship” with Trump.
Nordstrom has just cut its ties to the Trump brand (they say it is because the brand was not selling, but….)
Boycotts have also started against other Trump-supporting companies. Among them: Yuengling Beer, New Balance Shoes, Hardees/Carl’s Jr., Hobby Lobby, Amazon.
Amazon’s Jeff Bezos has taken a strong stand against Trump’s immigration ban, but Amazon is still selling Trump products, including pro-Trump hats and shirts. Although on-line buying from Amazon is easy and the prices are usually good, there are plenty of other sites that sell the same products.
Here is a link to companies that do business with Trump. Grabyourwallet.org. Note that some of the companies listed may already have distanced themselves from Trump.
Informed people are the best voters and activists. A new website will be following our elected officials and will be posting significant votes and actions, beginning with our US Senators and John Faso. There will also be a page devoted to George Amedore and Pete Lopez. The site is HTTP://SEEDSOFDEMOCRACY.ORG.
Check it out, access it very often, and tell others about it.
Yesterday, something big happened in New York City. The City Council passed a resolution—by resounding voice vote—declaring that corporations are not people.
Unlimited corporate spending on elections (the kind made possible by the Supreme Court’s misguided Citizens United decision) corrupts our democracy. Corporate money drowns out citizens’ voices, and that’s what really violates the First Amendment.
Please urge your local leaders/councils to pass the same or similar resolutions.
As many of you know, the Governor of Florida gives new meaning to the idea of Evil Politician. Not only is he a convicted felon, but he is hell-bent on ruining what is left of Florida’s environment and civilization – I am not exaggerating. Moveon is organizing a campaign to bring the right of recall to Florida – something we desperately need here too. They need signatures to bring the right of recall to the ballot, so I am asking that you contact any Florida voters you may know and refer them to this petition website. Here is a link.
If they are successful, we can try the same thing here, and maybe make politicians a little more responsive and honest.
From the Borowitz Report
DECEMBER 19, 2011
Trump to Run for President of North Korea
Promises Continuity of Leadership
PYONGYANG (The Borowitz Report) – Within hours of the death of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il, real estate mogul Donald Trump roiled the political situation in that Stalinist country by announcing that he would run for its presidency.
“Kim Jong-Il ruled North Korea as the egomaniacal leader of a personality cult,” Mr. Trump told reporters en route to Pyongyang. “I can offer continuity of leadership.”
But Mr. Trump’s bid may be complicated by reports that, despite his death, the mercurial Kim plans to remain in power until 2024.
Last week the investment company PNC Wealth Management issued its annual “True Cost of Christmas” index which reported that purchasing all the items mentioned in “The Twelve Days of Christmas” costs more than ever — $101,000, up 4.4 percent from last year.
The high price of gold sent retail demand plummeting so the cost of the five golden rings actually went down.
Seven-swans-a-swimming rose by 13 percent.
Pipers piping and drummers drumming “saw modest increases, both up 3%.”
But the cost of eight-maids-a-milking, representing the only unskilled labor, remained unchanged — there was no increase this year in the minimum wage.