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Sunday, October 14, 2018

What Bob Gibbs said is downright disrespectful. CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE KEN HARBAUGH.

After avoiding his constituents for months, incumbent Bob Gibbs agreed to sit down with Ken and the Cleveland.com Editorial Board for an interview. 
When Ken described the oath of office he swore upon joining the Navy, Gibbs said that he too risks his life serving in Washington, just like those serving in our military.

That Gibbs would make such a comparison is an insult to those who have worn our nation’s uniform. Congressman Gibbs has voted three times to raise his six-figure salary, has state-of-the-art healthcare at taxpayer expense, gets more than a hundred days off a year, and spends his time rubbing elbows with DC donors and lobbyists.

When Gibbs compared the sacrifices he makes as a Congressman with the sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform, it was more than just a sign of disrespect -- it showed just how out of touch he is with working Ohioans.

 In service,
Team Harbaugh.

Saturday, October 13, 2018


I want to thank each of you for your very generous support of my campaign for Congress. I am incredibly grateful to you and to our community and am very proud of what we were able to accomplish together on behalf of the people of New Hampshire. Right now, I am focused on helping other Democratic candidates get elected here in New Hampshire this November as well as flipping the House: most significantly, helping Chris Pappas to ensure we keep New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District Blue and helping friends, fellow Veterans, and fellow former Obama Administration colleagues running for Congress in critical districts throughout our country. At this pivotal moment in our nation, I am asking you to join me in this effort.

In the coming days, I will be in touch with ways to support these committed public servants as they fight on our behalf for our democracy.

You know, in the weeks since the primary election in New Hampshire, there have been some highs, and admittedly some lows. But more than anything, as I’ve been out in our community knocking on doors, I’ve been constantly reminded of what is at stake for our country this November -- and what role all of us must play, from wherever we sit. I keep coming back to President Obama's words from his farewell address to the Nation:

"It falls to each of us to be those anxious, jealous guardians of our democracy; to embrace the joyous task we've been given to continually try to improve this great nation of ours. Because for all our outward differences, we all share the same proud title: Citizen. Ultimately, that's what our democracy demands. It needs you."

Thank you... for embracing this joyous task, for your active participation in our democracy, for your commitment to our great country, and for your unwavering support. I am grateful for your friendship, and look forward to continuing this important work together.

With gratitude,


 October 12, 2018  
Dear David,

Last week left many Americans, including myself, feeling angered and saddened. We witnessed rushed hearings, a very limited FBI investigation, and the unfair treatment of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. The Republicans confirmed Brett Kavanaugh as the newest Supreme Court Justice on Saturday afternoon, sending a message to women and victims of sexual harassment and assault that their voices don’t matter.

So, I was proud I got the chance to speak at the Lady Project’s Summit after the confirmation. This organization does great work connecting, inspiring, and showcasing amazing things women are doing across Rhode Island.

Throughout 2018, women across our state and country have inspired me with their passion, courage, and determination. With good reason, they are rightfully sick and tired of being marginalized, ignored, and denied the respect they deserve.

I was happy to talk with summit attendees about what I’m working on to ensure that women achieve full equality in our society, including guaranteeing access to full reproductive health care, freedom from violence and discrimination, and efforts to guarantee workplace fairness, including equal pay for equal work, paid family leave, and access to quality, affordable child care.

Under the right leadership, I know we can advance a number of proposals in Congress to empower women. I have sponsored and supported legislation that would protect a woman's access to birth control and family planning services, provide resources to victims of domestic violence, promote sexual harassment training and education, and strengthen health care programs for women.

This past year, the #MeToo movement has been propelled by so many courageous women and helped to shine a light on the serious and pervasive issue of sexual harassment and sexual violence in our society. Hopefully, with continued resolve, this movement will help ensure that we put an end to sexual harassment and gender-based violence in the workplace, at home, and in our society at large.

There is still so much that needs to be done to support women, and I will continue to fight in Congress for full equality because I firmly believe that when women succeed, America succeeds.


Every year Autumnfest in Woonsocket is one of my favorite events. I always look forward to checking out the incredible crafts and sampling the delicious food, which serves as a real reminder of the skill and ingenuity of so many of our state’s residents.

Autumnfest began over 40 years ago as an opportunity for everyone to enjoy the spirit of Woonsocket and Northern Rhode Island, and it is one of the biggest selling points for the city. Between the festival, the parade, and the MegaWar, it is a truly unique event that perfectly captures the close community ties that make Woonsocket such a wonderful place to live and do business.

The future growth of this city depends on our ability to attract great businesses that provide good-paying jobs to local residents. And Autumnfest serves as an amazing attraction which brings in visitors and allows us to celebrate so many of the exciting things happening in the city.

This past weekend I was thrilled to join the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America for their 42nd annual dinner to celebrate Columbus Day and our great Italian-American heritage, to honor accomplished leaders, and to recognize talented young people in our state.

During Saturday’s dinner, it was my privilege to help recognize recipients of scholarships and present them with an honorable mention on behalf of the United States Congress.

Each year, it is my honor to celebrate our Italian heritage and recognize the great contributions that Italian-Americans have made to Rhode Island and to this entire nation. Together, we take pride in a community that has given the world incredible thinkers, entrepreneurs, and inventors.

Italy is a great friend to the United States, and as a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Italian-American Congressional Delegation, I am proud to work to strengthen the close ties between the United States and Italy.

On Saturday, I joined members from Clube Social Portugu√™s to celebrate their 100th anniversary and recognize the important work they’ve done to maintain and promote the Portuguese language, culture, and customs in Rhode Island.

For a century, this organization has been a vital force in the Portuguese-American community across the state. The club’s work helps to ensure the incredible values and traditions of the Portuguese community are passed on to the next generation. It also helps strengthen the ties between the United States and Portugal, a nation which has long been our close friend and ally.

All of us in Rhode Island are better because of our successful and thriving Portuguese-American community, one of the largest in the entire country.

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  

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We're just 25 days from Election Day, and the time to get involved in -- or double down on -- our work to take back the House and the Senate for Democrats is now.
Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation last Saturday made it clear we need to work as hard as ever around the country leading up to Election Day on Tuesday, Nove‌mber ‌6.
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Since Trump took office nearly two years ago now, his administration -- aided by the GOP-controlled Congress -- has been relentless in their work to degrade our democracy and foster hate and division. They tried to strip health care from the millions of Americans with pre-existing conditions. They gave out a massive government handout to billionaires while raising taxes on middle-class Americans. They've set our nation, and the globe, back years in our fight against climate change.
The list goes on. The midterms could be a moment of reckoning for Trump and his Republican rubber stamps -- but only if we all put our heads down and get to work these final weeks.
Thank you for continuing to take action to push back against this administration.
Patrick Leahy
U.S. Senator

We still have time left, JENNIFER BOYSKO, Chair of Run Everywhere.

A new sample poll of Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District by the New York Times shows two Navy veterans competing for office in a pretty close race.

Like many women in 2018, Democratic candidate Elaine Luria is making her first foray into politics. Republican incumbent, Scott Taylor, though, is already in hot water. A special prosecutor was appointed to look into allegations that his staff forged signatures to get an Independent candidate on the ballot to siphon votes from Luria.

The Times also found that 10% of voters in District 2 are undecided. Many people are still waiting to be swayed in this state. Luckily, there is time left to push Luria and other Democratic candidates ahead in Virginia. We can turn this state blue, but we need to focus and work hard right now to make it happen.

Let’s keep up the momentum.

We can do this,
Jennifer Boysko
Finance Chair, Virginia Democratic House Caucus
Chair of Run Everywhere

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018


David --

Some of the most painful and rewarding conversations I had on the campaign trail in 2015 and 2016 were with parents who had lost their children to gun violence. They told me about their grief, and also about their anger and frustration toward a political system that couldn’t seem to take action to prevent other kids from dying from unnecessary gun violence.

I was proud to fight for those parents, and I’m sorry that we weren’t able to make progress for their sake. But we have another chance this fall, when eight brave candidates for House and Senate will be on the ballot facing some of the gun lobby's biggest defenders.

Colin Allred, Jennifer Wexton, Jacky Rosen, Jason Crow, Susan Wild, Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, Josh Harder, and Mike Levin are working as hard as they can to talk to voters about how gun violence has affected their lives, and what we can all do to make our communities safer.

I’m proud to be teaming up with Senator Chris Murphy who spearheaded this campaign, a whole host of other Democrats in the Senate including my friend Senator Tim Kaine, and many of the organizations working to prevent gun violence in this effort to fight back against an influx of NRA spending in these seven districts and one state where our campaign won in 2016.

We can stand up to the gun lobby and stand up for our future. I know we can, and I’m counting on you to help do it.
Thank you,