Shannon Watts, Everytown for Gun Safety


The NRA and its extremist allies have a vision for the future of our country: guns for anyone, anywhere, with no questions asked.

In a word, it’s Crazytown.

And all it takes is one look at the hundreds of dangerous bills the gun lobby has introduced in state legislatures across the country to see how their vision could become a reality.

That’s why we’re launching a campaign to Stop Crazytown. It’s our line in the sand against the absurdity and danger of the NRA’s extremist agenda — like “guns everywhere” laws that encourage people to carry guns in schools and bars, or permitless carry laws that say you don’t need a background check or even training to carry a loaded weapon in public.

Click here to help Stop Crazytown by joining our rapid response campaign. We’ll expose (and fight!) the NRA’s state-by-state effort to gut our public safety laws. add your name to the Stop Crazytown campaign.

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When you join, you’ll be the first to know about our efforts to push back on extreme laws as they pop up in state legislatures around the country. We’ll look to you to help shine a light on the gun lobby’s tactics in your state and elsewhere — and then take action to stop them in their tracks.

And we know it works!

Rapid response actions from Everytown and Moms Demand Action supporters helped defeat an extremist gun bill in Michigan last month that would have let domestic abusers carry concealed, loaded weapons. Volunteers sounded the alarm and drove more than 1,000 calls to the governor’s office, and finally got him to veto the bill.

Actions like these save lives. All we need are supporters like you to be a voice for sanity and common sense.

Do you want to Stop Crazytown and fight back against the NRA’s terrifying vision for America? Click below to automatically join the fight:

http://act.everytown.org/sign/Stop-Crazytown/

The gun lobby has had this field to themselves for 30 years. With your help, we’re going toe-to-toe with them.

Thanks for standing with us,

Shannon Watts
Founder
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

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Greg Loarie, Earthjustice


save-the-bees200Bee populations are plummeting. And scientists are pointing to toxic bee-killing pesticides known as neonicotinoids as a cause.

We’re fighting in court and partnering with other groups to demand action now to save bees, but we need your help.

Join us and 4 million Americans to tell President Obama to suspend the use of toxic bee-killing pesticides now!

These pesticides make the whole plant poisonous to insects, including the nectar and pollen, which bees eat. At miniscule doses the pesticides can kill bees outright, but even at doses that may not kill immediately, they impair bees’ ability to breed, forage, fight disease, and survive the winter.

Nearly one-third of our crops—including many vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds—depend on bees for pollination.

We cannot delay action any longer.

Take action today and help us ensure that these pesticides do not become the final straw for bees.

Thank you for your help,

Greg Loarie
Attorney

What CPAC brought to light about Republicans in 2010, but were ignored


the GOP /CPAC  and many of its members have been exposed.  What is disturbing is that none of them seem to be at all embarrassed for saying or doing things most of us might have been taught not do to … lawmakers from WV and RI spoke at CPAC  … see it for yourself , judge for yourself; should any person voted into Public Office behave this way … think progress/report

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Virginia lawmaker: Children with disabilities are God’s

punishment to women who previously had abortions.

On Thursday, Virginia State Delegate Bob Marshall (R) spoke at a press conference against state funding for Planned Parenthood. He blasted the organization for supporting a women’s right to choose, saying that God punishes women who have had abortions by giving them disabled children.

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The Progress Report


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Why Gambling On Shutting Down The Department Of Homeland Security Is Bad For Everyone

Remember when the GOP promised to responsibly govern after taking control of both the House and the Senate last November? Well some things never change. After eight weeks of a Republican-controlled Congress, conservatives are still using the politics of brinksmanship and shutdowns to push an extreme agenda — this time risking our national security and threatening to withhold paychecks for working people. The first month of the GOP Congress was defined by Republican infighting over the Affordable Care Act, taxes, immigration and abortion, but now they’ve decided that fighting each other over funding for the Department of Homeland Security is the best approach. One day remains until the the agency shuts down, unless Congress acts.

Shutting down the Department of Homeland Security would be horrible for a number of reasons. For one, it would be bad for our national security. A DHS shutdown would send support staff home for a number of agencies, including the FBI, which just this week caught three alleged would-be terrorists in New York City. Continuing counterterrorism activities, like being proactive against recent threats to the Mall of America, would be jeopardized by any shutdown. Even some Republicans acknowledged these risks: As Rep. Peter King (R-NY) said yesterday, “We can’t allow DHS not be funded. People think we’re crazy. They’re terrorist attacks all over the world, and we’re talking about closing down Homeland Security. This is like living in the world of the crazy people.”

On top of that, shutting down DHS would be bad for our economy. Republicans want to shut down the Department in order to stop President Obama’s immigration executive actions, which would allow our immigration enforcement professionals to exercise discretion in deportations, rather than an open-ended deportation policy. (CAP recently calculated that if Republicans got their way and deported the beneficiaries of the President’s executive action carte blanche, it would cost over $50 billion.)

Shutting down DHS would mean that 55 percent of the Department’s workforce would work without pay and another 15 percent would be furloughed. That amounts to 130,000 people working without pay and another 30,000 not even working, because of politics. Activities critical to state and local public safety and security would be put on hold, including billions in funding for states, local and tribal governments. An Immigration, Customs and Enforcement agent in Houston would lose $2,366 per paycheck while a Border Patrol agent in southern Arizona would lose $2,398, paychecks that make or break middle-class families.

We’ve included these graphics to easily share how Republicans are making the wrong move by threatening to shut down DHS:

BOTTOM LINE: Enough with the brinksmanship you promised to end. Shutting down DHS in a gambit to end the President’s lawful and prudent executive actions on immigration is high-stakes politics that hurts working families and is a dangerous risk for the country. Already, the Senate is doing what should have been done in the first place: move forward with a “clean” funding bill that would fully fund the Department of Homeland Security. Meanwhile, extreme right-wing members of the House and a compliant GOP leadership are placing our national security at risk and putting middle class families on the line.