🚨 I know I've been spamming my feed w/these fundraising links, but we only have 12 days left & the Muskening is about to commence, so yeah I'm gonna use Twitter to help raise as much for Democrats as I can before he does whatever it is he's gonna do. 1/
We desperately need to keep the #HouseBlueIn22! If the GOP takes control you’ll have racist, anti-science lunatics like MTG, Matt Gaetz & Lauren Boebert in charge. DON'T LET THAT HAPPEN.

This page includes races in half the states; donate today! secure.actblue.com/donate/housebl…
This page includes federal House races in the other half of the states; donate today to keep the #HouseBlueIn22! secure.actblue.com/donate/housebl…
It's vital to ADD to our Senate majority! We need a few more Dem Senators willing to reform the filibuster to ensure we can restore #Roe. We also need to keep the majority to ensure Biden's judicial confirmations continue. Donate today! #SenateBlueIn22 secure.actblue.com/donate/senateb…
While control of the federal government is vital, we've also learned how much power GOVERNORS have when it comes to protecting reproductive rights and so much more.

Help make #GovsBlueIn22 by donating to these races today! secure.actblue.com/donate/govblue…
Secretary of State has always been an important job, but the GOP's endless attempts to overturn the 2020 election and *especially* their aggressive moves to nullify U.S. democracy add a new urgency to making sure it's #SOSBlueIn22. Donate today! secure.actblue.com/donate/sosblue…
Besides helping decide whether democracy itself is saved, now that the SCOTUS has struck down Roe vs. Wade, state AGs across the country will play a critical role in the fate of women to control their own bodies.

Donate today to make #AGsBlueIn22: secure.actblue.com/donate/agsblue…
Republicans have known this for decades, but many Democrats seem to just now realizing how vitally important JUDICIAL races can be.

This page will let you donate directly to Dem-endorsed STATE SUPREME COURT candidates: secure.actblue.com/donate/statesu…
STATE LEGISLATURES have the most control over the fate of U.S. democracy.

Democrats in ARIZONA, MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA, NEW HAMPSHIRE, NORTH CAROLINA & PENNSYLVANIA have a shot at flipping at least one chamber. Donate TODAY:
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Democrats in COLORADO, MAINE, NEVADA, NEW MEXICO, OREGON & WASHINGTON currently control both chambers, but one or both are at risk. Donate TODAY:
STATE LEGISLATURES have the most control over the fate of U.S. democracy.

There's many states where both chambers are GOP controlled & Dems are highly unlikely to flip control, but they can at least prevent or break GOP supermajorities. Donate TODAY:

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Oct 28
📣 @CMSGov releases July 2022 enrollment report; Medicaid/CHIP enrollment hits 90 million for first time in history:
The latest official @CMSGov report puts total Medicaid/CHIP enrollment at 89.96 million people. HOWEVER...

--It only runs thru July; enrollment has likely inched up a bit more since then
--It doesn't include the U.S. territories for whatever reason
According to a *different* CMS report, U.S. territories (AS, GU, PR, NMI, USVI) had another ~1.5M Medicaid enrollees...as of over a year ago.

Combined w/the likely increases since July, total enrollment is likely ~92M as of today.
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Oct 28
The Washington Post is reporting that "Obamacare premiums are rising 4%" based on @KFF's estimate that *benchmark Silver premiums* are increasing by around 4% in 2023 vs. 2022. 1/ washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/…
That's an important distinction, as *overall* #ACA premiums are increasing by a bit more than that (around 6.2% across 32 states + DC): 2/ acasignups.net/22/10/26/updat…
However, the reality is that for the vast majority of #ACA enrollees, premiums won't be going up by either 4% or 6.2% thanks to the premium tax credits (aka financial subsidies) provided for by the #ACA which are dramatically enhanced by the #InflationReductionAct. 3/
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Oct 27
Yes, the “horn” thing is a real question we get asked. It happened to me my first week of college at Michigan State. The girl who asked wasn’t being hateful about it, she was genuinely curious. She thought it was “cool” and was disappointed when I told her it wasn’t a thing.
YIKES! I decided to look up the origin of the myth about Jews having horns (I know it dates back to a mistranslation re. Moses coming down of Mt. Sinai and a sculpture of him by Michelangelo), but I mistyped "origin" and... 👀 Image
ANYWAY, here's an interesting article about the origin of the "horn" myth...it turns out to be more complicated than a simple mistranslation: haaretz.com/jewish/2018-03…
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Oct 26
Since Jerry Lee Lewis is in the news, I'm reminded that back in summer 1989 when I was an usher at Showcase Cinemas in Pontiac, Michigan, both "Batman" and "Great Balls of Fire" were in theaters at the same time. 1/
We had the films showing in theaters next to each other, and the mini-marquee in between the doors was too small to fit the full titles for both films, so I did the obvious:

<-- BATS BALLS -->
The manager was not pleased.
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Oct 26
🧵 THREAD: Earlier this evening, @DrOz said that abortion should be between "A woman, her doctor, and local political leaders."

Let's take a look at some examples of the "local political leaders" @DrOz wants doing pelvic exams of pregnant women, shall we?
1988: GOP Pennsylvania state representative Stephen Freind falsely claimed that women "secrete a certain secretion that tends to kill sperm" when they're raped.
1995: GOP North Carolina state representative Henry Aldridge claimed that when women are raped, their "juices" don't "flow" and their "body functions" don't "work" thus making it nearly impossible for them to become pregnant.
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Oct 26
Didn't watch any of the debates tonight as my kid had a concert, but it sounds like the takeaway from the PA Sen debate will be:

--Oz wants state legislators doing pelvic exams of pregnant women

--Fetterman stumbled on fracking

Anything else?
The best political debate *format* I've ever seen (and I've only seen once) was the 1st 2006 MI Gov debate between Jennifer Granholm and Dick DeVos.

There were *no time limits* on any individual answer--but each candidate was only given 30 minutes of *total* speaking time. 1/
This meant each had to judge whether to give a simple "yes/no" or a lengthy in-the-weeds diatribe, since once the 30 min was up they couldn't say anything.

I *loved* this, since some Q's only require a simple answer while other positions can't be boiled down to a sound bite. 2/2
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