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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Endorsement I'm really proud of. CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE PAT RYAN.

Hi David -- Yesterday, Moms Demand Action added me to their list of candidates they're supporting. That means a lot to me, especially after I've taken an outspoken position on stopping gun violence, bucking the "DC conventional wisdom" that you can't talk about guns in places like NY-19. Now less than 90 days from the primary. Thanks to your support, the campaign is going really well. 
Every day is a sprint. And we have a major deadline on Saturday--my FINAL quarterly filing deadline before the primary. (Honestly, I don't think anyone is more excited than I am that this is the last one.)
It's going to take more than money to win. Which is why I told my team I want to knock on thousands of doors before the primary. 
Conor Lamb's win in a district that Trump won by 20 points still has me fired up. He did it because earned the trust of voters that Dems haven't been able to reach in a while. I'm following a similar path in my race (in a district Trump won by 7). My approach is getting noticed. Charlie Cook (one of the top political forecasters) ranks me as a front-runner in the primary and I've earned the backing of former DCCC Chairman Steve Israel.


Friday, March 30, 2018


American Philosophical Association


I am writing today to let you know that the APA board of officers has approved the following statement, which was proposed by the committee on public philosophy and the committee on the status and future of the profession:

The American Philosophical Association values philosophers' participation in the public arena. This includes work that engages with contemporary issues as well as work that brings traditional philosophies to non-traditional settings. Public philosophy may also bring the discipline into dialogue with other humanities, the arts, natural sciences, social sciences, and interested people outside of academia. Public philosophy is done in a variety of traditional and non-traditional media. Public philosophy can be especially valuable when it reaches populations that tend not to have access to philosophy and philosophers. Further, the APA notes that public philosophy raises the profile of the discipline, the scholar, and the home institution.

The APA encourages departments, colleges, and universities to recognize public philosophy as a growing site of scholarly involvement. To that end, the APA encourages institutions to develop standards for evaluating and practices for rewarding public philosophy in decisions regarding promotion, tenure, and salary, so that faculty members who are interested in this work may, if they choose, pursue it with appropriate recognition and without professional discouragement or penalty. Although peer-reviewed scholarly publications remain central to the profession, the APA applauds philosophers' contributions to public policy, to consultation with government, medical, business, and civil society institutions, and to public opinion in general. Public philosophy presented or published outside of standard academic venues has evident value as external service to the profession and/or community. But we also urge institutions to consider broadening their standards for evidence of excellence in research and teaching and to consider whether their faculty’s work in public philosophy is more properly counted as contributing to these latter categories of faculty evaluation.

We encourage you to use this statement as a tool in your own institution to advocate for policies and practices that recognize public philosophy and all scholars who do publicly engaged work.

All the best,
Amy E. Ferrer
Executive Director


Last week, we successfully rolled back Trump's nightmarish budget "plan" and passed a 2018 budget that will actually invest in the American people.
This budget represents tangible progress that will benefit all Americans, from combating the opioid epidemic to rebuilding America's infrastructure.
But the president's empty threat to veto this bill on Fri‌day mo‌rning is yet another reminder of the dangers our erratic and belligerent president poses to our nation.
To continue making progress, we need to take back the Senate for Democrats and ensure that Congress can actually act as a check on Trump's dangerous leadership.
Through this budget, our government is making serious and necessary investments in child care, infrastructure, the environment, national security, election security, medical research, services for our veterans, and so much more.
The final budget didn't come about easily. Ultimately, we had to eliminate more than 120 "poison-pill" riders from the omnibus spending package, which would have restricted women's access to healthcare, rolled back crucial environmental protections, and restricted necessary consumer financial protections.
To continue making progress and investing in America's future, it is more important than ever that we double down on our work to take back the Senate this fall.
Thank you, as always, for your support.
Patrick Leahy
U.S. Senator

Thursday, March 29, 2018

This isn't about politics or fundraising. CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE JASON RITTEREISER.


Tonight I’m taking a few hours off of the campaign trail for something much more important than political fundraising deadlines.
Earlier this year, Pierce County Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel McCartney was killed in the line of duty and his loss has been felt throughout our community. Please take a moment to read this touching obituary from his family.
I grew up in a law enforcement family, so my dad and I will be attending a concert tonight to benefit Deputy McCartney’s wife and three sons. If you’re in the area and can attend, I encourage you to do so. If you can’t make it, please consider making a donation to the legacy fund established by TAPCO Credit Union in his honor. I know anything you can give to help Tytus, Tate, and Traxton will be greatly appreciated.

SURVEYS AND POLLS. Rules to live by. #1.

Development, Process, Pear, Think, Idea, Questions

This should be a given, but it is often not reported or ignored; That Survey or Poll results can be greatly influenced by the Tactics of those conducting them.

Example-  How often do you here a poll prefaced by the words like...

"... among registered..."

"...survey of likely voters..."

"...who identify themselves as.."

"...popularity among age groups..."

What do they all have in common? They tell us virtually nothing.

-  Where did the questioning take place?  Particularly, the "COMMUNITY."  Even in a small city or town, political differences can vary greatly, so knowing the exact locations can give us an indication about the validity of reported results.

-  How much of the information acquired about those who were interviewed or polled, was self- reported or unverifiable?

-  What were the guidelines or standards set that could disqualify an individuals answers from being included in the final results?

-  If there was more than a single question asked, was each individual asked ALL of them, or did previous answers influence the length of the interview?

-  What protocols were in place to guarantee that the Interviewers or Pollsters followed proper procedures?



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We live these words here at Team Harbaugh, David. That’s why I am proud to announce this latest endorsement. With Honor is a bipartisan group that supports military veterans in order to “create a more effective and less polarized government.”

I recently took their pledge:
Integrity -- I will always speak the truth and prioritize the public interest above my self-interest.
Civility -- I will respect my colleagues, focus on solving problems and work to bring civility to politics.
Courage -- I will defend the rights of all Americans and have the courage to collaborate across the aisle and find common ground.
I promise to put the needs of Ohioans before the needs of special interests. I promise to solve problems and make laws that benefit everyone. I promise to put the good of this country first. 
In service,
Ken Harbaugh

Wednesday, March 28, 2018


David --

This past weekend, I traveled to Rochester, New York to pay tribute to the life of the great Representative Louise Slaughter, and watched as young activists showed us that the future leaders of the progressive movement are smart, diverse, and not waiting for an invitation to get up and make their voices heard.

I found myself thinking about the ways in which activism and public service can make life richer. After all, there's no better way to meet people who are passionate about your passions than by fighting, side by side, for what's right.

I'm so grateful to be able to share these fights with you, David, and to have you as part of the Onward Together family. Today, I hope you'll take a moment to learn a little more about Collective PAC, another one of the groups that we're working with, in their fight to find and elect more African-American legislators and make our democracy a little more equal.



Onward Together works to build a brighter future for generations to come by supporting groups that encourage people to organize in their communities or run for office. Because you're an important part of Onward Together, we wanted you to get a chance to know these groups a little bit better. To learn more about Onward Together, click here.

The organization: Collective PAC

The organizers: Quentin James and Stefanie Brown James, former key strategists and organizers for the Sierra Club, NAACP, and Obama for America campaigns.

The mission: To fix the underrepresentation of African Americans in elected office by working to find, support, fund and elect African-American candidates.

The story: Collective PAC was created in 2016, when two politicos set out to close the gap in representation for African American constituents. In less than two years, they've helped 23 candidates win at the local, state and federal level, raised nearly $1,000,000, and launched The Black Campaign School and The Black Political Power Summit.

The latest: With the primary season underway, Collective PAC has swung into action, with 38 endorsed candidates on the ballot this year at statewide, federal, and municipal levels. They're also focused on building the power of black voters and donors through training and support programs.

The next step: Head to collectivepac.org to join the fight for equal representation and get involved in 2018 efforts today.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Dangerous to our democracy. U.S. SENATOR JEANNE SHAHEEN.

Undemocratic. Un-American. Unacceptable.
David: For years, the GOP’s gerrymandering – or drawing of unfair voting districts – 
has silenced the voices of millions of Americans, time and again allowing Republicans to 
steal a majority of statewide seats even while Democrats earn more votes.

Make no mistake about it: Gerrymandering is a fundamental threat to our democracy, our
belief in equality, and our free and fair elections. If we don’t take meaningful action against 
it before November, Democrats could be locked out of office for years to come, left unable 
to fight back against President Trump’s agenda.

So David, I’m counting on you to join the fight before it’s too late. 
Thank you.

Monday, March 26, 2018

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Saturday, March 24, 2018


Dear David, 

Every day in Congress, I fight for the priorities that I know are important to Rhode Island. Yesterday, I voted to approve the federal government spending bill because it’s great for Rhode Island and advances those priorities. This bill is a victory for working families, small business owners, seniors, students, and first responders across Rhode Island. 

The spending bill increases funding to support manufacturing, rebuild our crumbling infrastructure, and put more Rhode Islanders back to work in good-paying jobs. I’m also pleased that it increases funding for afterschool programs, early childhood education, financial aid for students, including Pell Grants, and programs to prevent childhood lead poisoning that will benefit children and families. It provides for increased funding for police officers and firefighters. It ensures veterans get the mental health care they need and helps seniors with the burden of high energy costs. It’s a good deal for working families. 

March for Our Lives 

I am looking forward to joining more than a thousand Rhode Islanders on Saturday at the State House for the March for Our Lives. This national movement - started by the students who survived the recent Parkland shooting in Florida – is demanding Congress and elected leaders across the country take meaningful action to prevent these kinds of tragedies from ever happening again. 

The Republican leadership in Congress continues to refuse to take any action on even a single bill to address gun violence. But thanks to the leadership of these remarkable young people, I’m confident that this time is different. 

I urge you to join us on Saturday at 1pm to make your voice heard. 

Facebook Breach 

Last week, it was reported that Cambridge Analytica, a political data firm, harvested the personal information—including location, political views, religious beliefs, and online activities—of at least 50 million Americans on Facebook “to exploit what [it] knew about them and target their inner demons” and “fight a culture war in America.” Most people did not consent to the use of their data or were unaware of its misuse. 

Child Care for Working Families 

...I have co-sponsored the Child Care for Working Families Act to ensure that no middle class family has to pay more than 7% of their income to afford high-quality affordable child care. It would also support universal access to high-quality preschool programs for all 3- and 4-year olds and raise the wages of the child care workers who educate and protect our children. To learn more about our proposal, you can watch my remarks calling for A Better Deal here

St. Joseph’s Day 

I always look forward to celebrating St. Joseph’s day! This year, I was particularly proud to join the Order Sons of Italy in America Lodge #364 in honoring Commander Thomas A. Verdi, a tremendous leader in the Providence Police Department. I have known Commander Verdi for years, and congratulate him on this well-deserved honor. 

As always, if you or someone you know has any questions or concerns, please call my office at 729-5600 or send me an email at David.Cicilline@mail.house.gov . You can also click here  to follow my work on Twitter.

Warm Regards,
David Cicilline
Member of Congress