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Jefferson Thomas and the Courage of Children

by Marian Wright Edelman

In 1957, Jefferson Thomas and eight fellow black students known as the Little Rock Nine stood up to institutionalized segregation in America‘s education system and helped our nation live up to the promise of Brown v. Board of Education. Thomas passed away, but Changemaker Marian Wright Edelman writes that his legacy will live on in all who fight for equality.

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So,i guess we were warned but … The GOP’s Plan to Rig the Electoral College & Steal the White House 1/2013

By ThinkProgress War Room

Republican politicians have a big problem. Their massively unpopular policies and offensive rhetoric about minorities, women, and LGBT people have alienated vast swaths of the electorate, making it increasingly difficult for them to win national elections. And these problems are only getting worse as the country’s attitudes evolves and its demographics change. In fact, the Republican candidate has lost the popular vote in 5 of the last 6 presidential elections. The Republicans’ Solution: Re-Write the Rules to Game the System and Rig Elections Instead of addressing their fundamental problems, Republican politicians have instead devoted themselves to re-writing the rules and rigging the game:

  • Make it Harder to Vote: Republican politicians are engaged in a systematic campaign to change voting laws and election procedures in order make it harder for young people, minorities, and others likely to vote Democratic to vote.
  • Gerrymander: Because of partisan gerrymandering after the 2010 Census, Republicans have a structural advantage when it comes to the House of Representatives. Even though more than a million more people voted for Democrats for the House in 2012, Republicans still managed to hold on to the House with a 15-seat majority.
  • Rig the Game: Now Republican-controlled swing states are trying to rig the Electoral College in order to steal the White House.

How It Works

  • Red States Stay the Same: Truly red states keep the current winner-take-all system, thus delivering all of their electoral votes to the Republican candidate.
  • Swing States Get Divided Up: Swing states currently controlled by Republicans (VA, OH, WI, MI, PA, NC, and FL) will award their electoral votes by Congressional District. Through gerrymandering, Republicans have managed to pack Democrats into a small number of districts, giving the GOP a large advantage in the aggregate number of House seats they hold in these states.
  • Bonus Votes for Republicans: In some versions of this plan, the two remaining electoral votes in each state that are not associated with a House district would still be awarded to the winner of the state’s popular vote. Virginia, however, has an even more pernicious plan; its plan would award the other two votes to the winner of a majority of the state’s congressional districts. If other swing states adopted this plan, it could shift an extra dozen or more electoral votes to the Republican candidate — a number equivalent to the electoral votes of Virginia or the votes of Iowa and Nevada combined.

The Result — President Romney

The GOP plan to rig the Electoral College means that even if a Democrat wins the popular vote in a state by a comfortable margin, the Republican candidate could still walk away with as many two-thirds or even three-quarters of the state’s Electoral College votes.
If Republican-controlled swing states had put this plan into effect before the 2012 election, Mitt Romney would likely be the president today thanks to the shift in electoral votes in key states. If all of these states chose the Virginia model that gives Republicans two bonus electoral votes per state, then Mitt Romney would definitely have been the one to be sworn in this past Monday.

This Threat Is Real & Is Happening Now

This GOP plan to rig the Electoral College and steal the White House is not simply theoretical in nature. It’s a real threat to our democracy. Republicans — including two GOP governors — are actually considering this plan in several of these states, including Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Republicans in the Virginia Senate are trying to pass just such a plan right now. For more information on this scheme, please see the full report released today by the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

BOTTOM LINE: Instead of trying to win fair and square by persuading voters that their values and ideas are the best for America, Republicans are now instead trying to re-write the rules in order to rig the system in their favor and steal the White House.

Congress: Republican led House ::::: Democratic Senate


the Senate will reConvene at 2:00pmET February 4, 2013

and the session will begin … read below

  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 5:00pm with Senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each.
  • Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.47, the Violence Against Women Act with the time until 5:30pm equally divided and controlled.
  • At 5:30pm, the Senate will vote on the motion to proceed to S.47, the Violence Against Women Act.


11:05:39 A.M. – The Speaker announced that the House do now adjourn pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on February 4, 2013.

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Congress: the Republican led House :::::: the Senate led by Democrats

the Senate Convenes: 9:30amET January 30, 2013

  • Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business for two hours with Senators permitted to speak therein for up 10 minutes each with the Majority controlling the first hour and the Republicans controlling the second hour.
  • At 2:30pm, Senator Kerry will be recognized for up to 30 minutes for the purposes of delivering his farewell address.
  • We hope to complete action on the debt limit legislation (H.R.325) before the end of the week.

The period for morning business has been extended until 3pm. We hope to be able to lock in an agreement to consider H.R.325, an Act to ensure the complete and timely payment of the obligations of the United States Government until May 19, 2013, and for other purposes (Debt Limit). Another message will be sent once an agreement is reached.

The Senate has reached an agreement to consider H.R.325, the debt limit legislation. The agreement results in up to 6 roll call votes tomorrow (4 amendments, 1 motion, and passage of the bill). We expect to have one vote at approximately 12:15pm and the remaining votes at 2:15pm. The amendments and motion are subject to 60-affirmative vote thresholds, but we expect motions to table those items, which would require a simple majority of votes to table.

The votes would be in relation to the items listed below.


– Portman (dollar for dollar cuts – S.43 text);

(recess for caucus meetings)


– Portman (government shutdown prevention – S.29 text);

– Toomey (full faith and credit);

– Paul (prohibition of F-16s to Egypt);

– Vitter motion to commit (spending cuts); and

– Passage of H.R.325, as amended, if amended (Debt Limit).

The text of the agreement can be found below.

Following Leader remarks on Thursday, January 31st, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of Calendar #7, H.R.325. Following amendments, the text of which are at the desk, be the only first degree amendments in order to the bill:

– Portman (dollar for dollar cuts – S.43 text);

– Portman (government shutdown prevention – S.29 text);

– Toomey (full faith and credit); and

– Paul (prohibition of F-16s to Egypt).

The only motion to commit in order to the bill is a Vitter motion to commit regarding spending cuts. The time until 12:15pm will be for debate on the amendments, motion and the bill, to run concurrently and equally divided between the two Leaders, or their designees, prior to votes in relation to the amendments and the Vitter motion in the order listed. Upon disposition of the amendments and the Vitter motion, the Senate will proceed to a vote on passage of H.R.325, as amended, if amended. The amendments and the Vitter motion are subject to a 60 affirmative vote threshold. No amendments are in order to any of the amendments or the Vitter motion prior to the votes. Finally, there will be two minutes equally divided prior to each vote and that all after the first vote will ten minute votes.

After Senator Reid asked the consent, Senator Inhofe stated that he intended to seek a vote on an amendment regarding sequestration, but he would not object at this time.




Discharged the Judiciary Committee and adopted S.Res.13, Congratulating the members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. for 100 years of service to communities throughout the United Stated and the world, and commending Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. for its promotion of sisterhood, scholarship, and service.

Adopted S.Res.22, Recognizing the goals of Catholic Schools Week and honoring the valuable contributions of Catholic schools in the United States.

Completed the Rule 14 process of S.177, To repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 entirely. (Cruz)



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The next meeting is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on February 1, 2013.