To Republican elected leaders: There’s lots of talk today about moving forward and “healing.” Here are some ideas for how you can help. 1. Say out loud that America had a free and fair election in November. If you had a winning election, point that out.
2. Acknowledge that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris won the election and will be President and Vice President. Say that, for the good of the country, you wish them the best.
3. Show you understand that the legislative branch of our gov’t was violently attacked by right-wing domestic terrorists. This may not be your fault (unless you are Cruz, Hawley, or one of the others who helped incite this attack) but you can make a difference by condemning it.
4. Don’t just condemn violence in all its forms. Condemn this white supremacist violence.
5. Urge all patriotic Americans, including your supporters, to stay away from violent demonstrations in Washington D.C. and state capitols, so that we can honor the peaceful transfer of power that is the hallmark of our democracy.

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1 Dec 20
This is classic Mitch McConnell. We are in the dark, dark days of this pandemic and a group of Republicans and Democrats come together in good faith to devise a framework for emergency funding to help our country. And what does McConnell say? He calls it a waste of time. (1/5)
NOBODY knows more about wasting time than McConnell. He had the Senate do nothing on COVID relief in November. Nothing in October. September. August. It’s painful how long this has gone on. He refuses to negotiate with Democrats. And he wants to talk about wasting time? (2/5)
I have never seen a place like Mitch McConnell’s United States Senate. It’s like he owns it. If he doesn’t like something, it’s “a waste of time” and that’s the end of it. (3/5)
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29 Oct 20
You might be thinking that there is a national effort to track how schools are reopening in person so we can reopen as many as possible safely.

There is not.

Betsy DeVos dropped the ball on this and @SenWarren and I are pushing back. Here's how. [THREAD]
Quick background: Last week, Betsy DeVos was asked why a national system doesn't exist. Her response?

“I'm not sure there's a role at the department to collect and compile that research.”

The dewonkified translation: “I don’t believe in doing it."
This position is good news for DeVos, she gets to do less work. For everyone else, it means we’re in the dark about outbreaks in schools and best practices to reopening safely.

@SenWarren and I are on the same page about this, so let’s talk how to make this situation better.
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3 Aug 20
Today I’m announcing my bill to legalize marijuana.

Here’s a bit more about what is in the bill and how we can do this while protecting the health, safety, and civil rights of our communities: [THREAD]
First off, federal marijuana prohibition is a failed policy, and the public overwhelmingly supports legalization. 42 states and DC already allow some degree of marijuana use.
Second, if we legalize, we need to do it the right way.

In addition to passing @SenKamalaHarris’s MORE Act to expunge marijuana-related convictions and reinvest in communities harmed by the War on Drugs, we need to ensure legal marijuana is safe, regulated, and well-researched.
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5 Feb 20
(1/4) I thank Duluth Mayor Emily Larson for being my guest at the #SOTU. Mayor Larson has been a strong leader on housing & health care, and we have worked together to increase access to affordable housing and make health care, and especially prescription drugs, more affordable.
(2/4) The number one issue I hear about from Minnesotans is the high cost of health care, and skyrocketing prescription drug prices.
(3/4) Tonight President Trump talked about bringing health care costs down, but at the same time his administration is fighting in court to repeal the Affordable Care Act, kick people off of health insurance, and take away protections for people with pre-existing conditions.
Read 4 tweets
31 Jan 20
(1/4) Impeachment trial day 9. Woke up this morning after about 4 hours of sleep, & all I could think about was what happened yesterday. Was breathtaking to watch President’s defenders transform completely from saying President did nothing wrong to President can do nothing wrong.
(2/4) We have a few more hours of questions—we’ve had over 13 hours. I hope for a little more insight after another long day. Everyone is looking ahead to the discussion tomorrow of witnesses.
(3/4) For me, it’s clear: why would anyone in the Senate vote against witnesses, only to find out later what Bolton knows about what really happened? That would be hard to explain to your grandchildren. The truth always comes out.
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28 Jan 20
(1/5) Today is Day #6. It’s been a second day of hearing from the President’s lawyers. A couple things stand out:
(2/5) Was surreal to see Kenneth Starr review history and precedent of impeachment. One of his points was that we have been in what he called an age of impeachment that we should leave behind. Not a lot of irony in his presentation, given his lead role in the Clinton impeachment.
(3/5) It was also surreal to have no discussion at all of the big news this weekend, that Bolton in his manuscript apparently makes it clear that the President did want an investigation into the Bidens and the 2016 election in exchange for releasing the aid.
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