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micdotcom: In August, Republicans will face angry town…

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In August, Republicans will face angry town halls

  • Expect Republicans to take heat from all sides this month. With Congress facing a tough legislative agenda on a tight timeline in September, members of Congress will spend August at home — close to voters.
  • Democrats blasted the results of Republicans’ first 200 days — amping up pressure on the GOP to deliver something big this fall. 
  • Progressive groups have promised to keep up the pressure on Republicans to not repeal the Affordable Care Act. They’re also planning protests around tax reform.
  • So far, only 13 Republicans in the House have announced August town halls, as tracked by Town Hall Project. Only two GOP senators have town halls scheduled. 
  • Of the 177 members of Congress who have not held a town hall since January, 150 are Republicans, according to the group. Read more (8/7/17)

Update: Only 13% of Republicans will hold August town halls, and grassroots groups aren’t standing for it

  • It’s no longer a surprise that members of Congress have little interest in meeting with their constituents. 
  • Fewer than half of Republicans in Congress have held a town hall in 2017, compared to more than 90% of Democrats.
  • Those numbers are according to Town Hall Project, a progressive grassroots group tracking voter forums nationwide.
  • Now, the group has found fewer members of Congress are holding town halls compared to the beginning of the year.
  • Only 13% are expected to go ahead with public meetings during the August recess. 38 of the 292 Republicans in Congress are expected to hold a total of 135 town hall meetings this month. Read more (8/10/17)

Despite the growing Trump resistance, the GOP is doing better…

Despite the growing Trump resistance, the GOP is doing better than Dems with small-dollar donors

  • Despite Democrats’ increasingly bullish hopes for the 2018 midterm elections, the Democratic Party is woefully lagging behind Republicans when it comes to a key measure of enthusiasm: small-dollar donations.
  • According to an article in Politico Magazine, the Democratic National Committee has raised just $21 million in donations under $200 in 2017, compared to $33 million raised by the Republican National Committee from the same class of donors.
  • While the difference in cash is less-than-desirable for Democrats, the disparity in donations could be a sign of broader enthusiasm problems for the party’s base. Read more (8/10/17)

In August, Republicans will face angry town hallsExpect…

In August, Republicans will face angry town halls

  • Expect Republicans to take heat from all sides this month. With Congress facing a tough legislative agenda on a tight timeline in September, members of Congress will spend August at home — close to voters.
  • Democrats blasted the results of Republicans’ first 200 days — amping up pressure on the GOP to deliver something big this fall. 
  • Progressive groups have promised to keep up the pressure on Republicans to not repeal the Affordable Care Act. They’re also planning protests around tax reform.
  • So far, only 13 Republicans in the House have announced August town halls, as tracked by Town Hall Project. Only two GOP senators have town halls scheduled. 
  • Of the 177 members of Congress who have not held a town hall since January, 150 are Republicans, according to the group. Read more (8/7/17)

Some Senate Republicans are speaking out against Trump’s attacks…

Some Senate Republicans are speaking out against Trump’s attacks on Sessions 

Paul Ryan seems to have had it with Trump — if this bizarre…

Paul Ryan seems to have had it with Trump — if this bizarre online survey he created is any indication

  • It’s no secret that House Speaker Paul Ryan has some issues with the way that President Donald Trump is running the White House.
  • Now he appears to be venting his frustration in an odd online survey.
  • In his weekly online address, Ryan directed his supporters to check out a new website called didyouknow.gop. The URL directs users to a site that prompts them to take a quiz to gauge a user’s familiarity with legislation the House has passed this session. Read more (7/27/17)

Hundreds of disability rights activists vow indefinite sit-in if…

Hundreds of disability rights activists vow indefinite sit-in if GOP proceeds to ACA repeal

  • On Tuesday, just as Senate Republicans were meeting behind closed doors to make their final case for a motion to proceed on debate of the health care bill, hundreds of protesters with ADAPT, a grassroots organization that fights for the rights of Americans with disabilities, were planning a massive sit-in at the lobby of one of the Senate office buildings, ADAPT spokesman Adam Prizio said in a phone interview.
  • Prizio said ADAPT demonstrators will not leave the lobby of the Hart Senate Office Building until the Republican vote to proceed to debate fails. If the vote passes on Tuesday, ADAPT vowed it will occupy the Senate building indefinitely. Read more (7/25/17 2:15 PM)

GOP congressman blames “some female senators” for tanking the…

GOP congressman blames “some female senators” for tanking the health care bill

  • Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) thinks he knows the reason senate Republicans haven’t passed their health care bill: “female senators.”
  • In an interview with a local Texas radio station, Farenthold reportedly told the hosts that part of the reason the Republicans hadn’t repealed the ACA was because of “some female senators from the Northeast.”
  • Farenthold appears to be referring to just one senator, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) who has consistently opposed iterations of the GOP bill in the Senate. Two other women senators, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.), have also expressed reluctance to support the bill — though neither hails from the Northeast.
  • Farenthold went one step further, suggesting that, had they not been women, he might have challenged one of the senators to a duel. Read more (7/24/17)