Republicans had promised to make double-digit gains. Instead, we picked up at least 7 seats and were able to roll back the Tea Party wave.
Next week we will welcome a new Democratic Caucus where -- for the first time in Congressional history -- the majority will be women and minorities. We expect to have 61 women, 43 African Americans, 27 Hispanics, 10 Asian Americans and 6 LGBT Americans in our Caucus.
Our larger, more diverse Caucus -- at least 200 Members strong -- will play a greater role in support of President Obama and our colleagues in the Senate. We pledge to work alongside the President and stand ready to work across the aisle to move our nation forward and address the American people’s top priorities: creating jobs, growing the economy, strengthening the middle class and protecting Medicare.
We remain focused on reigniting the American Dream, building ladders of opportunity for anyone willing to work hard, take responsibility and play by the rules.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: "Is it possible to completely eliminate the influence of misinformation? The evidence indicates that no matter how vigorously and repeatedly we correct the misinformation, for example by repeating the correction over and over again, the influence remains detectable. The old saying got it right -- mud sticks." -- Cook & Lewandowsky: The Debunking Handb
"They have waged class war on us. It is time for our class to fight back. It's time for us to reach out to one another to fight for the right to organize, to fight corporations that would fight us, to demand that trade agreements protect workers and workers' rights, children, our environment, and our quality of life, and to fight for human dignity." -- Stewart Acuff, labor organizer
So, you’re a Republican that hates taxes? Well, since you do not like taxes or government, please kindly do the following.
1. Do not use Medicare. 2. Do not use Social Security 3. Do not become a member of the US military, who are paid with tax dollars. 4. Do not ask the National Guard to help you after a disaster. 5. Do not call 911 when you get hurt. 6. Do not call the police to stop intruders in your home. 7. Do not summon the fire department to save your burning home. 8. Do not drive on any paved road, highway, and interstate or drive on any bridge. 9. Do not use public restrooms. 10. Do not send your kids to public schools
The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness, with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us. ”
At the end of April Dr. Al Armendariz, a top EPA official in the South-Central region, resigned after Republicans targeted him for a comment he made two years ago. He said he was going to make examples of companies that violated environmental laws. In other words, he wasn't going to let oil and gas companies poison our air and water when the law is meant to protect it.
Some of Dr. Al's supporters have decided to show their support for his work by taking a picture with an "I'm an Armendariz sign." The sign is based on a quote by Senator Inhofe (R-OK) after he learned that Dr. Al resigned:
"It's not just Armendariz. There are lots of other Armendarizes around."
To prove how right the Senator is, imanarmendariz.com is collecting pictures from citizens everywhere who are proudly willing to stand behind a sign that says "I'm an Armendariz."
We are doing this to show everyone that we are for prosecuting environmental criminals, not intimidating regulators or environmental advocates.
TAKE ACTION: Send in your own picture and let it be known, 'I'm an Armendariz'!
Sharon Wilson, Gulf Region Organizer.
Instructions: •Take a picture with an "I'm an Armendariz" sign. •Send in your picture to email@example.com. •Visit the website to see other Armendarizes.
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me. Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of my brothers, you did it to me.’”
~ Jesus of Nazareth, Christian prophet (c. 4 BCE – c. 33 CE)