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11/14/19

NATIONAL ISSUES




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FOLLOW IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS WITH SUIT UP MAINE’S IMPEACHMENT GUIDE: Now that a impeachment hearings have begun, there’s a lot keep track of. Fortunately Suit Up Maine has made it easier for us to follow and stay informed as things unfold.  Using Suit Up Maine’s Impeachment Guide (https://www.suitupmaine.org/impeachment-guide/), we can find out what the key issues are, where to watch the hearings, who will be testifying and when. We can also read key transcript experts, find analysis of events and then use their links to contact our Representatives about what we’ve heard.

IMPEACHMENT VOTING OPTION:  Now that the impeachment has begun and we expect that it will eventually be passed on to the Senate for their portion of the process, we understand that most GOP members are reluctant to vote their true heart.  However, if the Senate would vote to make it a secret vote, these senators could without repercussions.  https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/11/12/path-to-removing-donald-trump-from-office-229911  Let’s tell our senators that we are open to this secret vote.  It will only take three Republican senators to vote for this option to make it happen.   

STOP CONFIRMATION OF RACIST, MYSOGYNIST JUDGE, STEPHEN MENASHI: With all the hoopla on impeachment, it will be easier for the Senate to quietly confirm Judge Stephen Menashi for a lifetime position on the federal court . The vote could be happening as soon as today. Menashi has refused to answer questions about the White House Ukraine cover-up; written racist, sexist, and homophobic editorials; and most recently worked for the Department of Education overseeing the repeal of Obama-era civil rights protections. https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/columnists/2019/10/15/2nd-circuit-nominee-steven-menashi-one-trumps-most-radical-picks/3983913002/. 5calls.org has more information and a script here. While it’s important to call our own Senators, key Republicans who may be pressured to break with their party are Murkowski (R-AK; 202-224-6665) Kennedy, (R-LA; 202-224-4623) Ernst (R-IA; 202- 224-3254) Scott (R-SC; 202-224-6121) Gardner (R-CO; 202-224-5941) McSally (R-AZ; 202-224-2235) Romney (R-UT; 202-224-5251) Rubio (R-FL; 202-224-3041) Sasse (R-NE; 202-224-4224) Alexander (R-TN; 202-224-4944) Isakson (R-GA; 202-224-3643.) and Enzi (R-WY; 202-224-3424). Let’s call our own Senators, and as many of these Senators as possible. Let’s also spread the word to friends who live in states represented by these Senators. 

DEMAND RESIGNATION OF STEPHEN MILLER: Congresswomen Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) are demanding the resignation of Stephen Miller, the architect of Trump’s immigration policies after leaked emails confirmed his ties to white nationalism. https://thehill.com/homenews/house/470194-ocasio-cortez-calls-for-stephen-miller-to-resign-over-leaked-emails. Let’s thank Congresswomen Ocasio-Cortex (202-225-3965) and Omar (202-225-4755) for continuing to speak truth to power. Let’s also ask our own MoCs to join the call for Miller’s resignation. Let’s also let the White House know our thoughts on this.

EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT (ERA) POSSIBILITY:  The legislation for removing the deadline for the ratification of the equal rights amendment (H.J.Res.79) has been voted out of committee and is on its way to a full House vote.  https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/07/us/politics/congress-era-equal-rights-amendment.html  and  https://msmagazine.com/2019/11/13/the-house-judiciary-committee-just-advanced-an-era-resolution/ Virginia is now posed to be the final state needed to pass the ERA (https://wamu.org/story/19/11/11/advocates-eye-virginia-in-push-to-ratify-equal-rights-amendment/) that will make this amendment the rule of the land.  Let’s let all our MoCs know that we support this and have already waited too long. 

DEFUND ICE AND DEMAND END TO CHILD DETENTION AND FAMILY SEPARATION: The United States held 69,500 migrant children in detention so far this year, an increase of 42% from 2019. https://www.courthousenews.com/us-jailed-69500-immigrant-children-so-far-this-year/, deliberately creating a crisis that would allow them to violate standards set for humane treatment of children, including a 20-day limit for incarceration. https://www.washingtonpost.com/immigration/a-trump-administration-strategy-led-to-the-child-migrant-backup-crisis-at-the-border/2019/11/12/. There have been major periods of public outcry on this issue, followed by a lulled acceptance as other news stories take over the headlines. Let’s make sure we stay aware of this issue and let our MoCs know that we expect them to speak out about this issue by making sure that no “emergency” discretionary funds are allocated to ICE and Customs Border Patrol in the next round of budget appropriations. 

FIGHT VOTER SUPPRESSION: “Reclaim Our Vote, a non-partisan phone bank, postcarding, and textbanking campaign created by the Center for Common Ground, focuses on contacting voters of color in voter-suppression states to help them register and vote.” Let’s sign up and get to work:   https://actionnetwork.org/forms/reclaim-our-vote-signup

GRAHAM REFUSES TO DO HIS JOB “Sen. Lindsey Graham has said he will not watch the start of the impeachment hearings of President Donald Trump because "it denies the basics of due process. "So why am I not going to watch this tomorrow? Because I think it is a threat to the presidency. I don't want to legitimize it, it's un-American, it denies the basics of due process."  https://www.newsweek.com/impeachment-lindsey-graham-donald-trump-fox-1471378. If Lindsey Graham is your Senator, call his office and ask him why he refuses to do the job you elected him too; and why did this process work for the GOP on the Clinton impeachment but not for trump. Tell him, it’s his job to read these documents and to see the hearings so he is educated about the issues.  If he is not your Senator, tweet him @LindseyGrahamSC “Do your job, Read the documents, watch the proceedings.”

EPA RULE ENDANGERS PUBLIC HEALTH:  Here’s the draft of the new “secret science” rule floated by the EPA and designed to disallow inconvenient scientific evidence to interfere with the Trump administration’s efforts to end public health and environmental regulation:  https://int.nyt.com/data/documenthelper/6438-epa-science-rule/0056cd3a5a080415e713/optimized/full.pdf#page=1  The new rule would demand raw data from scientists, including confidential medical records, if the EPA is to consider the study in any rulemaking--and it is likely to be retroactive: https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/469990-epa-rule-proposes-to-expand-limitations-on-scientific-studies “Let’s call this what it is,” said a spokesperson for the Union of Concerned Scientists, “an excuse to abandon clean air, clean water, and chemical safety rules. . . [to] upend the way we protect communities from pollution and other health threats.” Before this rule is even posted in the Federal Register and opened for comment, we must let Andrew Wheeler and the EPA that we will not allow our health and our planet be destroyed so that corporations can thrive: 202-564-4700 or Mail Code 1101A, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20460

HELPING ICE-IMPACTED FAMILIES:  A Methodist church in Morton MS is paying the utility bills of families affected by ICE raids in their town 3 months ago    https://www.npr.org/2019/11/12/778468304/we-visit-a-mississippi-town-3-months-after-massive-ice-raid Let’s help this small church by sending them donations for this purpose:  Morton First United Methodist Church, PO Box 519, Morton MS 39117

IMPEACHMENT DOCUMENTS: “Just Security has compiled and curated all publicly available documents in Congress’s impeachment inquiry concerning President Donald Trump in connection with Ukraine. This collection seeks to include significant original source material, including relevant legislation, letters, subpoenas, deposition transcripts, executive branch communications, and litigation documents.”  Let’s take a look at this site and use the information as needed:  https://www.justsecurity.org/67076/public-document-clearinghouse-ukraine-impeachment-inquiry/

APPLY FOR DEMOCRATIC TRAINING COMMITTEE’S CAMPAIGN STAFF TRAINING: If we are thinking about becoming a Democratic campaign staffer, the National Democratic Training Committee is ready to help us get the training we need in their 2020 Staff Academy Cohort. If we are women, people of color, trans/transgender or non-binary, our applications will be prioritized. The 8-week training is free and combines online instruction in management and leadership skills with a choice of three tracks: communications, digital, or fundraising. Successful cohort members will travel to Washington, DC for further training and networking with potential employers.
We can click here to find out more about the Democratic Training Committee’s 2020 free Staff Academy Cohort:  https://traindemocrats.org/staff-academy-interest/ If we are interested, we can apply before the deadline on November 17th (the application closes at 10:59 pm CST/11:59 pm EST)!

STAY INFORMED ON ACLU BATTLES WITH TEXT ALERTS: With all the ways the ACLU fights for us, it can be hard to keep track of their important battles as they defend our reproductive rights, voting rights, asylum rights and more. To stay better informed, we can text FIGHT to 82623 to receive real-time updates about the ACLU’s most urgent fights in civil rights and liberties – and ways we can help them win.

ELECTION/VOTING

2020 ELECTIONS: If we are looking for 2020 Election information or if we have some to share, we can check out Equal Vote Local’s BlueWave Database 2020. We can click here to find information about candidates, voting and more arranged by state. This editable document also allows us to add our groups and any candidates running for office:  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ir8YGs1F0Lfayl6T7XR7tklnYrEk4VcEzTkPumLVWAI  We can also find out more about Equal here at their website:  https://www.equalvotelocal.com/

LOUISIANA RUNOFF FOR GOVERNOR:They [Louisiana] had their primary earlier in October, and the Democratic governor who is running for re-election, John Bel-Edwards, secured just under the 50% he needed to win outright. So, he now must win the runoff election, which is on Saturday, November 16.”  Let’s follow the ideas here to see how we can help:  https://politicalcharge.org/2019/11/08/2019-elections-one-race-left-to-go/

VETS AND VOTING:  From one of our own: "In an advertising campaign that began last week and is running in 14 House districts, veterans read the oath on camera and ask congressional Republicans to hold President Trump accountable for violating his own (very similar) oath. The campaign is part of the Defend American Democracy project, run by a coalition of groups alarmed by Trump’s behavior, including Republicans for the Rule of Law.   Veterans are effective messengers, because the military remains one of the few American institutions that’s widely trusted across the political spectrum. In a recent Gallup Poll, 73 percent of Americans said they had confidence in the military, compared with 38 percent for the Supreme Court, 36 percent for organized religion, 29 percent for public schools, 23 percent for both big business and newspapers and a mere 11 percent for Congress."  Leaders in MI-06, TX-31, NE-02, MO-02, NY-01, and FL-15, please go to this Youtube channel:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoq2zLpVH6fmwVMGZP8teoQ, find your ad and tell your members to share the heck out of it widely - publicly. Let's help get this effective message out.

STATE/LOCAL

RALLIES/GATHERINGS/TRAININGS

WEBINAR ON ENGAGING PEOPLE WHO DO NOT VOTE:  The unique, nonpartisan, and scalable Right Question Institute’s Voter Engagement Initiative offers an educational strategy designed to increase voting rates for the long term. The free webinar is on Nov. 19 at 3pm EST.  Let’s sign up to learn about their innovative, simple, and powerful approach to engaging people who traditionally don't vote. Register now: https://bit.ly/2NeNw7D    (H/T)

CLIMATE STRIKES CONTINUE:  From Future Coalition:  On Nov 29 & Dec 6, we strike again! Youth across the U.S. will lead a #ClimateStrike on Nov 29 & Dec 6 to demand legislative action to combat the climate crisis.  Strike with us!  Let’s find or host an event:  https://strikewithus.org/

ATTEND A NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW RALLY: MoveOn is sponsoring “No One is Above the Law Rallies on the night before the House votes on Articles of Impeachment. We can sign up here to organize or attend an event in our area. 

READING/WATCHING

The ultimate guide to the Donald Trump impeachment sag - https://www.vox.com/2019/11/5/20914280/impeachment-trump-explained


What Is Ranked Choice Voting and Can It End Negative Campaigning? - https://politicalcharge.org/2019/11/12/what-is-ranked-choice-voting-and-can-it-end-negative-campaigning/

Federal Election Commission Chair: Microtargeting Political Ads are the Problem - https://www.cnbc.com/video/2019/11/04/fec-chair-microtargeting-political-ads-are-the-problem.html
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We can stay up to date on Congress by checking out their schedules. a) The House publishes a weekly schedule at The Weekly Leader (published and dated Friday) as well as daily schedules at The Daily Leader. b) The Senate updates their schedule daily at the Senate Floor Schedule




11/12/19

Rogan’s List is starting its fourth year.  Thank you to those who have been with us from the beginning as well as to those who have found us along the way.  We are happy knowing that we help make issues understandable and find ways for all of us to be part of the change we want to see.


NATIONAL ISSUES




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VOTE NO ON STEVEN MENASHI’S NOMINATION:  While he squeaked through the committee, Menashi is now on to a full-Senate vote for his confirmation for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit.   His nomination is a threat to the civil rights of women, POC, students, the LGBTQ community, immigrants, and the environment. https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2019/11/07/Controversial-judge-nominee-narrowly-survives-Senate-committee-vote/7261573148293/  Even the NAACP has asked for his withdrawal.    https://www.naacp.org/latest/naacp-calls-withdrawal-steven-menashi-nomination/  Let’s make sure our senators know that this man’s words and actions do not stand for the country we know and love and that we want them to vote NO.  [H/T]

CONTACT SENATORS TO SUPPORT IMPEACHMENT, THEN SPREAD THE WORD ON TWITTER: Publicly broadcasted impeachment hearings start this week.   https://politicalcharge.org/2019/11/10/sunday-reading-get-ready-for-impeachment-hearings/ As the nation learns how Donald Trump extorted the Ukrainian president to promote a false theory about his political rival, it is time to pressure Senators to find him guilty and remove him from office. All we need are all of the Democratic and 20 of the Republican senators to do the right thing. Privately, support for Trump is weakening, so let’s make it easy for them to take a stand.  When we click here, then click on “show this thread”, we can find messages for all fifty states, with a simple script and contact info for both Senators:  https://twitter.com/WomanResistorNC/status/1193298907998146560  We can use this information to tell our own Senators to impeach Trump, then spread the word by re-tweeting as many states as we like with just a few clicks.

PBS AND THE IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS:  Reputable journalist Bill Moyers and “his longtime collaborator Michael Winship took out a full-page ad in The New York Times on Friday urging PBS to re-broadcast the hearings in prime time after airing them live during the day when many Americans are at work.”  Moyers said, "This is a moment in American history where the arc of justice will either be bent forward or it will be bent backward," the 85-year-old added. "So everyone who wants to see it should have the chance to see the whole story."  https://thehill.com/homenews/media/469877-former-pbs-journalist-moyers-urges-networks-to-air-impeachment-hearings-in  We, too, want everyone to be able to see these historic hearings.  Let’s join Bill Moyers in contacting our PBS stations and asking for a primetime re-broadcast:  https://help.pbs.org/support/tickets/new

PROPOSED EXHORBITANT FEES ON IMMIGRATION: On Thursday, November 14th, the Federal Register will publish—and open for 30 days of public comment—a proposed Trump rule that will impose processing fees for asylum seekers, as well as steep increases in fees for work permits, citizenship applications, young undocumented immigrants hoping to renew protections from deportation, and for crime victims who seek to stay in the country through their assistance to law enforcement and green card status. They are also proposing to eliminate fee waivers for financial hardships. and https://www-nytimes-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.nytimes.com/2019/11/08/us/politics/immigration-fees-trump.amp.html and :  https://www.cbsnews.com/news/u-s-seeks-to-hike-fees-for-immigration-applications-and-impose-first-ever-asylum-charge/  Were this rule to pass, the US would for the first time join only three other nations worldwide—Iran, Fiji, and Australia—that demand that asylum-seekers fleeing persecution pay a fee for the government to process their applications.  It is imperative that we raise our voices to oppose this rule—yet another effort to discourage poor people especially from applying for immigration relief—before the comment period ends on December 14th.  Let’s also ask our MoCs if there’s anything that can be done from the legislative side.

CRUCIAL IMMIGRATION DATA HAS GONE MISSING: The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a non-partisan, non-profit data clearing house has reported that the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) is deleting thousands of records of data from court cases that implicate Trump’s immigration policies. https://trac.syr.edu/immigration/reports/580/. While the EOIR is insisting that their records are complete and up to date, The American Immigration Council is raising a concern that their faulty recordkeeping is a deliberate violation of the Freedom of Information Act. immigrationimpact.com/2019/11/05/agency-deleting-records-trumps-immigration-policies/. Let’s ask our MoCs to look into this issue. 

NEW VERSION OF THE AD FONTES MEDIA BIAS CHART AVAILABLE: “We received quite a few requests to make the static version a little friendlier for downloading, zooming in, and printing,  Specifically, we got quite a bit of feedback that though people appreciate the precision and data on the 5.0 interactive version of the chart, the overlapping logos on the static version made it harder to share and use in classrooms and presentations.  Here’s our solution!  https://www.adfontesmedia.com/static-mbc/  Let’s keep this close by and use it to make sure we are sharing quality new sources. 

VOTING RIGHTS ACT:  Congress is, we hope, soon to consider the Voting Rights Advancement Act (H.R. 4). This bill would restore the federal protections against voter discrimination that were lost when the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act in 2013; it would also require states with a history of voter suppression to pass an independent, federal review before changing their voting rules.  https://www.rollcall.com/news/congress/house-to-take-up-cr-export-import-bank-and-voting-rights-legislation-in-november  Let’s make sure our MoCs know that we expect bipartisan support for this important piece of legislation and that we expect a Senate vote, despite Mitch McConnell. 

FIND OUT WHERE DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES STAND ON IMMIGRATION: The Washington Post has put out a comprehensive list of questions on immigration issues and asked all the 2020 democratic candidates to respond. While candidates agree on some basic principles, there are key differences, including on the functions and funding of ICE and CBP, a key Congressional issue that should be scrutinized during the next round of budget appropriations. (Note: candidate Bernie Sanders recently called for a break up of ICE since this article was written.) Let’s read this article in the Post carefully and if we disagree with some of these candidates’ positions, let’s contact them and make our voices heard. If they currently are MoCs, let’s ask them to sign on to the strong community call led by Indivisible and hundreds of other community organizations to Defund Hate. https://indivisible.org/resource/tell-your-representative-defund-hate

STOP ASYLUM SEEKER FEES AND INCREASES IN CITIZENSHIP, WORK-
VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT (VAWA): In April, the House passed the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (H.R. 1585). The Senate has been unable to pass the bill, with republicans arguing against a provision which would preclude individuals who have been convicted of misdemeanor stalking and/or domestic abuse crimes from purchasing guns (https://bit.ly/2Ka90k2https://bit.ly/2O4khU4). This is a crucial sticking point in the bill, as, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, "an abuser's access to firearms increases the risk of femicide by at least 400%." Let's contact our senators and tell them that we want to see VAWA passed as soon as possible, and that we want it to include restrictions on firearm purchases for those who have misdemeanor convictions of stalking and intimate partner violence.

COMMENTARY BY HEATHER COX RICHARDSON:  From one of our own:  Friends, if you want to read Heather Cox Richardson's cogent analyses, "Letters from an American," of the day's national political news, she now has them up on a website (you can also subscribe and get them via email). Her November 6 take on what the Republican party's strategies indicate is particularly useful:  https://heathercoxrichardson.substack.com/  Let’s sign up!

RESIST BY VACATIONING: "Save Our Nation Vacation (SONV) is a group of Southern Vermont community-members-turned-activists who are raising money by connecting progressive property owners with like-minded folks looking for short-term vacation housing. We’ve had two successful auctions thus far and our plan is to have three more before the 2020 presidential elections. Our goal is to raise $50,000 to support Sister District Project to flip or hold strategic state legislative seats BLUE and we are almost halfway there!" Bid on a vacation home, or donate a stay at your own property to benefit sisterdistrict.com. More details here: 

RANKED CHOICE VOTING: HOW IT WORKS. Last week voters in New York City overwhelmingly (73%) approved a move to ranked choice voting (RCV). Maine has adopted the system statewide. Alaska, Hawaii, Kansas, and Wyoming plan to use ranked choice for voters in the 2020 Democratic primaries, and Nevada plans to use it for early voters in their 2020 Democratic caucus. Let's read more about ranked choice voting at TIME.  For a more in-depth assessment, including rank choice use in our own states, we can check out the information at FairVote.org.

WEALTH TAX FOR THE 1%: Had Elizabeth Warren's proposed wealth tax been in force since 1982, the average wealth of Forbes' 400 wealthiest Americans would have been $3.1 billion, instead of the $7.2 billion is currently is. Would those 400 people have worked as hard as they did to create jobs and economic opportunity for "only" $3.1 billion?  https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/10/business/economy/warren-billionaires-wealth-tax.html and  https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/nov/10/billionaires-warren-sanders-wealth-tax-bezos-dimon-cohen If we think the answer to that is "yes," then let's tell our MoCs that we support a tax that would curb dynastic wealth while providing health care for all. 

HELP FOR WORKING PARENTS:  We all are, have been, or know working parents for whom childcare is a struggle.  https://www.parents.com/parenting/work/stay-home/childcare-and-working-parents-the-juggle-is-real/ The Family Friendly Schools Act (S. ?) “would award five-year grants of up to $5 million to school districts to work with community partners to create developmentally appropriate afterschool activities like academics, music or athletic programs. These schools would also have free full-day programming on days that schools are closed for parent-teacher conferences and other days that are not federal holidays.” https://www.forbes.com/sites/elanagross/2019/11/08/how-senator-kamala-harris-bill-to-extend-the-school-day-would-help-working-parents/#65a8bef03e0f  This bill would benefit so many parents who are not able to afford such care.  Let’s tell our senators that this is a wonderful program that could be helpful to so many of our citizens who are working parents. 

POSTCARDING READY TO GO:  If we need an already-compiled list that we can use with our postcarding group this week, we can find one here:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1DtIr4yhG_JmUgyy81Uhi02jXqXYp8QXu8sqkvUmV59s/edit?usp=sharing

ELECTION/VOTING

2020 ELECTIONS: If we are looking for 2020 Election information or if we have some to share, we can check out Equal Vote Local’s BlueWave Database 2020. We can click here to find information about candidates, voting and more arranged by state. This editable document also allows us to add our groups and any candidates running for office:  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ir8YGs1F0Lfayl6T7XR7tklnYrEk4VcEzTkPumLVWAI  We can also find out more about Equal here at their website:  https://www.equalvotelocal.com/

LOUISIANA RUNOFF FOR GOVERNOR:They [Louisiana] had their primary earlier in October, and the Democratic governor who is running for re-election, John Bel-Edwards, secured just under the 50% he needed to win outright. So, he now must win the runoff election, which is on Saturday, November 16.  Let’s follow the ideas here to see how we can help:  https://politicalcharge.org/2019/11/08/2019-elections-one-race-left-to-go/

REGISTER LIKELY PROGRESSIVE VOTERS BY MAIL—The key to winning the White House, the Senate, and holding the House in 2020 is building an electorate that favors progressive candidates. We have less than 12 months to do so. Let’s get started today! We can sign up to send voter registration forms to citizens in swing states at Vote Forward, https://votefwd.org.

HOW TO WIN IN 2020: REGISTER VOTERS IN SWING STATES—Campaigns win elections by pulling voter rolls, identifying voters who will support their candidate, and then nudging these voters to go to the polls. So, making sure that millions of Democratic-leaning voters are registered to vote is key to winning in 2020. This work starts now. Vote Forward, Swing Left, and the Voter Participation Center have a program where we can mail voter registration forms to likely Democratic voters in swing states. All we need is a printer, paper, envelopes, and stamps. Let’s sign up here: https://votefwd.org/ , and let’s each of us personally commit to sending ten letters a week between now and the first of the year.

HOW TO WIN IN 2020: ENFRANCHISE NON-VOTERS—All politics is local. Grassroots organizations really know their communities, and can engage their neighbors so effectively, getting millennials, unmarried women, people of color, poor people, and college students to register to vote and go to the polls. To make a difference in the 2020 election, they are doing this work now. They need resources nowLet’s consider giving if we can to one or more of the following organizations. Even $5.00 helps:

HOW TO WIN IN 2020: ENFRANCHISE THE ANTI-NRA MAJORITY—Most Americans support commonsense gun laws. But too many of them do not vote. Moms Demand Action engages in the political process prospective voters who want to end gun violence. Let’s get involved—we don’t have to be moms! 

LET'S ENCOURAGE FLORIDA TO VOTE BY MAIL! Postcards To Voters continues their efforts to encourage all Florida Democrats to vote by mail with Palm Beach County (home of Mar-A-Lago and Boca Raton). Research shows that voters who vote by mail do so at a higher percentage. Let's request 5 addresses today for this important swing state. (Last week, in Rockville, Maryland's first Vote-by-Mail Election, voter turnout doubled! More on this story at Bethesda Magazine.)

STATE/LOCAL

CA: AMPLIFY OUR GROUP’S MESSAGES THROUGH DEMCAST CA:  For far too long the right wing has outmatched us on social media, spreading misleading info and shaping perceptions. Now we have a unified way to fight back with DemCast, bringing people and groups together to spread the Progressive word throughout social media. If we are part of any blue-leaning groups in CA who would like our messages amplified, we can contact DemCast California Content Captain Mindy Kirchner Schwartz. Her email is Mindy.demcastca@gmail.com , or we can DM her on FB or reach heron Twitter where she is  @mindyanns .
out DemCastCA.  We can also check out DemCastCA at the Facebook page 
https://www.facebook.com/DemCastCA/ and find out more about DemCast’s national  vision and projects at their website here.

MI: SUPPLEMENTAL SPENDING BILL: Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-) is refusing to pass the state budget unless Governor Whitmer agrees to a law which would limit the state governor's ability to perform line-item vetoes through the State Administrative Board (https://bit.ly/2CujDdk). Meanwhile, programs are at risk of losing funding without an approved spending bill. Let's contact our state senators and tell them that we do not want the supplemental spending bill held hostage over a desire to limit the governor's powers. Michigan Resistance has a call script we can use: "Hi, I’m calling to urge Senator ___ to stop the pressure on Gov Whitmer about the Admin board and sign the Supplemental Budget. Already, we are feeling the effects of the reduced funding needed for our public safety, public schools and health services. We need Mike Shirkey to work with the Governor and get the funding for our critical programs restored. Thank you."

RALLIES/GATHERINGS/TRAININGS

HOME IS HERE MARCH FOR DACA AND TPS: “To draw national attention to the current jeopardy both DACA and TPS are in, we are marching from the Statue of Liberty (New York) to the Supreme Court (D.C) to defend DACA and TPS.  Join us for our Home is Here March, starting at the Statue of Liberty on October 26 and ending in front of the Supreme Court on November 12. On November 12, when Supreme Court justices walk into the Court to begin proceedings on DACA, they will see that the majority of people in this country (83%) support undocumented immigrants and their families.”  We can learn more about the march here:  https://www.homeisheremarch.org/home and, if we cannot join in, we can follow the progress here: https://www.homeisheremarch.org/news-updates   

ELECTION SECURITY RALLIES: “Election security experts are warning that too many states and localities have election systems that are vulnerable to hacking and external actors.  On Wednesday, November 13th, join activists across the country as we gather outside of Senate offices to urge our Senators to pass $600 million in election security funding and to include accountability language to ensure the money is well-spent.”  More info:  https://secureourvote.us/take-action/  Guide for hosting:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OXaQmIYBWYfb6_MFsyL3rWpB3IWojGyCcC6k8HRgcwA/edit

WEBINAR ON ENGAGING PEOPLE WHO DO NOT VOTE:  The unique, nonpartisan, and scalable Right Question Institute’s Voter Engagement Initiative offers an educational strategy designed to increase voting rates for the long term. The free webinar is on Nov. 19 at 3pm EST.  Let’s sign up to learn about their innovative, simple, and powerful approach to engaging people who traditionally don't vote. Register now: https://bit.ly/2NeNw7D    (H/T)

CLIMATE STRIKES CONTINUE:  From Future Coalition:  On Nov 29 & Dec 6, we strike again! Youth across the U.S. will lead a #ClimateStrike on Nov 29 & Dec 6 to demand legislative action to combat the climate crisis.  Strike with us!  Let’s find or host an event:  https://strikewithus.org/

ATTEND A NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW RALLY: MoveOn is sponsoring “No One is Above the Law Rallies on the night before the House votes on Articles of Impeachment. We can sign up here to organize or attend an event in our area. 

READING/WATCHING

The Impeachment Inquiry Is About More Than Donald Trump — It’s About Who We Are as Americans - https://time.com/5720747/jon-meacham-trump-impeachment-inquiry/

3 ways the Supreme Court could decide DACA’s fate - https://www.vox.com/2019/11/11/20954114/3-ways-supreme-court-daca-dreamers-trump

'Shadow Network' Offers A Lesson On The American Right's Mastery Of Politics - https://www.npr.org/2019/10/29/774133071/shadow-network-offers-a-lesson-on-the-american-rights-mastery-of-politics

Oil Change US has assembled the names of over 14,000 fossil fuel companies that have been actively trying to influence elections over the last 20 years:
http://nofossilfuelmoney.org/company-list/

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We can stay up to date on Congress by checking out their schedules. a) The House publishes a weekly schedule at The Weekly Leader (published and dated Friday) as well as daily schedules at The Daily Leader. b) The Senate updates their schedule daily at the Senate Floor Schedule







11/11/19

On Mondays, Rogan’s List features a listing of proposed rule and regulation changes that are currently accepting public comment.  Commenting is the way to show government agencies how we feel about these proposed changes. Our comments also become part of a record that will be reviewed by courts if and when a reg change is contested. Courts use comments to judge whether an agency is acting arbitrarily and capriciously.

Organization

Closing Soon
Recent   
Section I - ICE, DHS, DOL, NLRB
Section II - everything environmental - EPA, BLM, DOE
Section III - Civil rights, housing, education, healthcare
Other: More on regulations (tracking the trackers/general information)  
(Note: After a couple of weeks items are moved from “Recent” and “Closing soon” into the Roman numeral sections. A note on regulatory processes: there are three stages - Notice, Proposed Rule, and Rule. There’s usually a time lag of a few months to a few years between them, and they must be published in the Federal Register before appearing on Regulations.gov. Comment time varies from 10 days to 2 months, sometimes with extensions.)

Closing Soon


2.     Comments due Nov. 18, 2019. Changes to how HUD calculates means-testing for public housing. Proposed rule. “FR-6057-P-01 Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act of 2016: Implementation of Sections 102, 103, and 104.” https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=HUD-2019-0078-0001. Not much comment yet. Read more here: https://www.phada.org/Publications/Blog/View/ArticleId/12766/HUD-Publishes-a-New-Proposed-Rule-Implementing-HOTMA-Provisions-1 and here: https://nahroblog.org/2019/09/16/new-hotma-provisions-to-be-implemented/#more-14008

3.     Comments due November 18, 2019. Keystone XL is back. The U.S. Department of State just published the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for TC Energy/TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL tarsands export pipeline. ***There is only a 45-day public comment period. Please prepare your statements and submit your comments promptly to show our continued opposition to this disastrous project remains strong and healthy. TO ADD YOUR PUBLIC COMMENTS IN STRONG OPPOSITION TO PROPOSED KXL PIPELINE a link can be found directly below: - Enter docket number DOS-2019-0033. https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=DOS-2019-0033-0001. For updates: https://www.state.gov/releases-keystone-xl-pipeline

4.    Comments due 11/18/2019. Notice. Mandatory Civil Rights Data Collection. Changes to data collected from schools, including disparities. Read it and comment here: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=ED-2019-ICCD-0119-0001. Read more here: https://all4ed.org/federal-flash-secretary-devos-is-proposing-changes-to-the-civil-rights-data-collection/


6.      Comments due November 22, 2019. Student workers are not employees, from NLRB. Jurisdiction-Nonemployee Status of University and College Students Working in Connection With Their Studies https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/09/23/2019-20510/jurisdiction-nonemployee-status-of-university-and-college-students-working-in-connection-with-their


8.      Comments due Dec. 2, 2019. SNAP: Standardization of State Heating and Cooling Standard Utility Allowances. The proposed rule would revise Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) regulations to standardize the methodology for calculating standard utility allowances (SUAs or standards). Will result in food stamp cuts to millions. Read more: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/10/03/2019-21287/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program-standardization-of-state-heating-and-cooling-standard and

10. Update. Comments now due January 20, 2o19 - comment period extended from Sept. 16. Port Access Route Study: Alaskan Arctic Coast https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=USCG-2018-1058-0012  Read this comment from Audubon Society and Ocean Conservancy, among other organizations: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=USCG-2018-1058-0002 “The remoteness of the region and lack of infrastructure means that the impacts of a serious vessel accident, especially an oil spill, could be devastating to the marine environment and the people whose lives and livelihoods depend on a healthy ocean.” BLM has already released plans to drill the Arctic Coastal Plain - elsewhere in this document.

Recent

1.      New Regulations.gov beta site - is easier to read. https://beta.regulations.gov

2.     10/16/2019. ICE solicits bids to build immigrant detention centers in California trying to beat start date of Governor Newsom’s ban. See the solicitation here: https://www.fbo.gov/index.php?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=3ca524db03e0480542f662dfb7ddbe7f&tab=core&tabmode=list Read about it here: https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/10/ice-california-new-detention-facilities-private-profit/?fbclid=IwAR3jGJT8FzdJPuEYmJNiFF0feaMzuh5XHVJ9fcB0f64_-uZ_ncTNAjrMM6E

3.      Closing 12/17/2019. Special Areas, Roadless Area Conservation: National Forest System Lands in Alaska. Proposal to open up Tongass National Forest to logging, roads, etc. Now open for comment. https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FS-2019-0023-0001. You have to download the documents to read them but the first six pages of the first document confirm the intent. https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/08/trump-open-alaskas-tongass-national-forest-worlds-largest-remaining-temperate-rainforest-logging-mining.html?utm_source=fb&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=Lands  https://cdxnodengn.epa.gov/cdx-enepa-II/public/action/eis/details?eisId=277660 and Tongass development search

4. To be published 11/14/201. Proposed Rule. High fees for immigrants, asylum seekers, and citizenship petitions. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Fee Schedule and Changes to Certain Other Immigration Benefit Request Requirements. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/11/14/2019-24366/us-citizenship-and-immigration-services-fee-schedule-and-changes-to-certain-other-immigration  New Trump Administration Proposal Would Charge Asylum Seekers an Application Fee.  The proposal also includes increasing fees for those applying for citizenship by more than 60 percent. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/08/us/politics/immigration-fees-trump.html https://www.texastribune.org/2019/04/30/trumps-new-asylum-rules-seek-fees-immigrants            -bans-some-work-visas/                

5.      EPA Unveils Plan to Relax Rules on Coal Power Plant Waste. Agency releases regulatory rollback proposals. Proposal would apply to Obama-era standards for coal plant wastewater and coal ash. The EPA wants to relax waste standards for coal-fired power plants, a rollback of Obama-era regulations on water pollution and waste management that could help struggling coal plants stay in operation. The Nov. 4 proposal would roll back an Obama administration regulation outlining the types of technology that coal-fired power plants must use to capture and treat the wastewater that flows out of their facilities. Proposed rule, unpublished, here: https://www.epa.gov/eg/steam-electric-power-generating-effluent-guidelines-2019-proposed-revisions#proposed-rule and https://www.epa.gov/coalash/coal-ash-rule#PartA  https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2019-11/documents/steam-electric-proposed_prepub_11-04-2019.pdf. Read more below:  https://www.nrdc.org/experts/nrdc/coal-plants-get-pass-pollute-our-waterways?utm_source=tw&utm_medium=tweet&utm_campaign=CleanWater&fbclid=IwAR2NDz5N_Vz6sTyHzK1wcUl1fC5PWIWu7Zolpx4fs3KJ0A9N3ziROaj7Akg https://www.npr.org/2019/11/04/776174139/trump-administration-proposes-relaxing-rules-on-waste-from-coal-plants https://stateimpact.npr.org/pennsylvania/2019/11/04/trump-administration-proposes-rollbacks-for-two-obama-era-coal-pollution-rules/?fbclid=IwAR0UcSzjFJ5ljOBmqj40zmYZN6NaXF1vSnxiIaB4QxmWN5SjR_VCcSEeles

6.   Comment due 12/9/2019. Fish and Wildlife Service Opinion. Diverting Sacramento River. Email comments to eleal@usbr.gov   https://www.fws.gov/sfbaydelta/CVP-SWP/index.htm Biological Opinion.  "Eight-hundred pages into the text of a lengthy new report, federal biologists have quietly   granted government water managers permission to nearly exterminate an endangered run of Sacramento River salmon so they can send more water south from the river's delta to farmers in the arid San Joaquin Valley." Trump Administration Plan Allows Delta Water             Managers to Kill Off Winter-Run Chinook Salmon. Environmentalists call the new water diversion regulations "an extinction plan." Read more here:https://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/trump-administration-plan-allows-delta-water-managers-to-kill-off-winter-run-chinook-salmon/Content?oid=27893195&fbclid=IwAR0lZjN8NLgDTKOhqdVgUsx8F83XXMcjIxVINfeJm22oWlQbJP5pilLHte0 and https://www.rollcall.com/news/congress/interior-plans-ink-contract-former-bernhardt-client%EF%BE%A0?fbclid=IwAR2vFQH5i7RJUsVPAWJ0QLHXT_IGhxhd1xm7vjpGwBY6IFhDm3DP5WX1MRo and http://www.startribune.com/interior-proposes-coveted-deal-to-ex-client-of-agency-head/564627982/ and https://www.usbr.gov/newsroom/newsrelease/detail.cfm?RecordID=68567 "FRESNO, Calif. - The Bureau of Reclamation has extended the 60-day public comment period for the Westlands Water District draft repayment contract. This draft contract provides project water service and facilities repayment pursuant to the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN Act).  Section 4011 of the WIIN Act directs Reclamation to convert water service and existing repayment contracts for construction costs prepayments upon the contractor’s request. The contract is available at: https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/negotiated-conversion-contracts.html   Written comments must be received by close of business on January 8, 2020, and sent to Erma Leal, Bureau of Reclamation, South-Central California Area Office, 1243 N Street, Fresno, CA 93721, or faxed to 559-262-0371, or emailed to eleal@usbr.gov.   Contact Leal for more information or to request a copy of the draft contract at 559-262-0350 (TTY 800-877-8339). Other WIIN Act information may be viewed at https://www.usbr.gov/mp/wiin-act/”.

7.  Posted 11/8/2019 as Proposed Rule and Action effective immediately, no comments. Endangered and Threatened Species: California Spotted Owl; 12-Month Finding - delists CA spotted owl as endangered species. https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FWS-R8-ES-2015-0139-0020. Read more here: https://defenders.org/newsroom/california-spotted-owl-denied-critical-federal-protections and here: https://www.courthousenews.com/trump-administration-wont-list-spotted-owl-as-endangered/.

8.  Comments due 12/5/2019. Proposed Rule, Fluctuating Workweek Method of Computing Overtime. https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=WHD-2019-0006-0001 Undoes Obama-era overtime regulation. The regulation would update the Fair Labor Standards Act’s “fluctuating workweek” compensation method. That option is available for employers to pay certain workers whose hours vary widely each week at half their regular rates, instead of at one-and-a-half times, for any hours worked over 40 each week.” https://news.bloomberglaw.com/daily-labor-report/trump-reverses-obama-stance-on-fluctuating-workweek-overtime


10.  Comments due 1/30/2020. Proposed Rule. Agricultural Worker Protection Standard; Revision of the Application Exclusion Zone Requirements: Pesticides affecting Agricultural worker, employer, environmental protection, farms, forests, greenhouses pesticides, nurseries, pesticide handler, worker protection standard.” Previously a submission to the Secretary of Agriculture.”Read it and comment here: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=EPA-HQ-OPP-2017-0543-0004.  Given this administration’s track record, this doesn’t bode well. Original posting: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/07/22/2019-15371/submission-to-the-secretary-of-agriculture-pesticides-agricultural-worker-protection-standard. Read more here: https://www.beeculture.com/catch-the-buzz-epa-proposal-would-shrink-buffer-zones-around-farm-pesticides/

11.  Comments due 12/9/2019. Margin and Capital Requirements for Covered Swap Entities. - Federal Banking Agencies propose rule to amend swap margin rules. Big giveaway to banks. Read it and comment here: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/11/07/2019-23541/margin-and-capital-requirements-for-covered-swap-entities Read more here: Banking Regulators Should Not Give Wall Street’s Five Biggest Banks, a $40 Billion Deregulatory Gift for Their Dangerous Derivatives Trading. https://sensiblesafeguards.org/banking-regulators-should-not-give-wall-streets-five-biggest-banks-a-40-billion-deregulatory-gift-for-their-dangerous-derivatives-trading/ 

12. 11/1/2019. Anti-LGBTQ adoption and foster care measure. HHS Issues Proposed Rule to Align Grants Regulation with New Legislation, Nondiscrimination Laws, and Supreme Court Decisions. https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2019/11/01/hhs-issues-proposed-rule-to-align-grants-regulation.html In plain English, “A proposed rule by the Trump administration would allow foster care and adoption agencies to deny their services to L.G.B.T. families on faith-based grounds.” Read more here:  https://www.ebar.com/news/news/284007/online_extra:_trump_administrations_hhs_proposes_rule_that_would_allow_bias_against_lgbts and here: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/02/us/trump-hhs-lgbtq-rule.html

13. Posted 10/31/2019. DHS Notice. Comments not accepted. Waiver of environmental rules. Determination Pursuant to Section 102 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, as Amended. “The Acting Secretary of Homeland Security has determined, pursuant to law, that it is necessary to waive certain laws, regulations, and other legal requirements in order to ensure the expeditious construction of barriers and roads in the vicinity of the international land border in Starr County, Texas, Hidalgo County, Texas, and Cameron County, Texas. https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=DHS-2019-0058-0001. Read more here: DHS Notice of Determination Regarding Border in Three Texas Counties. https://www.aila.org/infonet/84-fr-58400-10-31-19


15.  Comments due December 20, 2019. Proposed Rule. Federal Acquisition Regulation: Recreational Services on Federal Lands.  Read it and comment here: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FAR-2019-0004-0001.Initially privatizing national park campgrounds and then expanding privatization to other agencies, including the Bureau of Land Management, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Reclamation; regulation exceptions through ‘categorial permissions’ to electrify campgrounds by expanding utilities; mobile food trucks and camp stores within park grounds; and blackouts and restrictions on senior citizens admission discounts.” Read about it here: https://westernvaluesproject.org/plans-to-privatize-national-parks-outlined-in-trump-admin-memo-would-enrich-donors-special-interests/

16.  11/2/2019 Update on status of “public charge” rules - court rulings and what USCIS did with it. Nicole Narea @nicolenarea NEW: A @StateDept spokesperson just confirmed to me that the agency's own version of the public charge rule is still slated to go into effect on Oct. 15 as scheduled — despite three federal court rulings today blocking DHS's rule from going into effect nationwide. Read more at twitter link above and here: https://www.aila.org/advo-media/issues/all/public-charge-changes-at-uscis-doj-and-dos and https://www.aila.org/advo-media/press-releases/2019/aila-welcomes-injunctions-on-public-charge-rule

17.   Comments due 12/17/2019. Notice Standardized National Hypothesis Generating Questionnaire 0920-0997 - Revision. 2019-22735 This notice invites comment on a proposed information collection project titled Standardized National Hypothesis Generating Questionnaire. The information collected will be used to define a core set of data elements to be used for hypothesis generation once a given situation is determined to be a multistate foodborne outbreak investigation. https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=CDC-2019-0087-0001  Posted here because it is of interest

18.  October 10, 2019. Proposed changes to National Park usage. Subcommittee on Recreation Enhancement Through Reorganization,” "Made in America" Outdoor Recreation Advisory Committee, an advisory panel appointed by Trump's first Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, has recommended privatizing National Parks campgrounds, allowing food trucks in and setting up WiFi at campgrounds while also reducing benefits to seniors, according to the panel's memo. You can read the memo here: https://www.nps.gov/orgs/1892/made-in-america-rac.htm.  Read more here: https://www.ecowatch.com/trump-panel-national-parks-business-2640990773.html?rebelltitem=2#rebelltitem2. Write your representatives.

19.  From 9/26/2019. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services officials are planning to change all references of the term "foreign national" to "alien" in the agency’s policy manual. Read more here: https://www.aila.org/infonet/tracking-uscis-policy-manual-changes and here: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/hamedaleaziz/immigration-uscis-foreign-national-alien. Write your representatives.

20. October 9, 2019. Trump Executive Order requiring consent of "States and localities” (Mayors and Governor’s) for refugee resettlement. This before he attacked Somali community in Minnesota. https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/executive-order-enhancing-state-local-involvement-refugee-resettlement/

21.  Executive Order Promoting the Rule of Law Through Improved Agency Guidance Documents - requires all agency directives be posted, searchable - to avoid what it calls "back door" regulation. This is a sweeping order applicable to almost all agencies. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/10/15/2019-22623/promoting-the-rule-of-law-through-improved-agency-guidance-documents "The White House cited 2015 guidance from the Department of Labor as a prime example of back-door regulation. That measure declared many independent contractors should be classified as employees. This created confusion, raised costs for thousands of small businesses, and was done without public input, the White House said." https://news.bloomberglaw.com/daily-labor-report/trump-orders-to-limit-effect-of-agency-guidance-to-industry

22.   U.S. Fish and Wildlife Ordered to Take Fresh Look at Petition to Delist Bone     Cave Harvestman (an invertebrate)  https://www.endangeredspecieslawandpolicy.com/2019/04/articles/court-decisions/u-s-fish-and-wildlife-ordered-to-take-fresh-look-at-petition-to-delist-bone-cave-harvestman/ Endangered and Threatened Species: Bone Cave Harvestman; 90-Day Finding closes October 9, 2020. https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FWS-R2-ES-2017-0018-0007


24. Comments close 12/10/2019. Tip Regulations Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Mandates tip sharing with non-tipped workers such as dishwashers https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/10/08/2019-20868/tip-regulations-under-the-fair-labor-standards-act-flsa Read more here: It would allow restaurant owners to mandate tip-sharing with kitchen workers and others who traditionally have not been tipped, but only if all the workers are paid at least the minimum wage. Restaurants that pay tipped workers less than the minimum can only require tip-sharing with those who have traditionally shared in tip pools, such as busboys and hostesses. (Federal law allows employers to pay a sub-minimum wage of $2.13 an hour to tipped workers.) The Labor Department estimates that more expansive tip pools could result in the transfer of as much of $213.4 million a year in tips from wait staff to kitchen workers, though the department says the actual transfer would likely be about half that much. Critics say that amounts to an indirect transfer of money from tipped workers to business owners, who can then use less of their own money to compensate kitchen workers. https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2019/10/07/767996929/restaurants-would-get-more-flexibility-with-workers-tips-under-proposed-rule For a more critical view: https://www.sourcepolitics.com/new-trump-administration-rule-will-allow-restaurants-to-take-servers-tip-money/ and https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/8xwknb/how-the-trump-administrations-new-labor-policies-could-screw-over-restaurant-workers


26.  Presidential Executive Order requiring Medicare to pay amount equal to what private insurers pay for services (rather than negotiating lower prices for Medicare recipients). Predicted to bankrupt Medicare. “(b)  The Secretary, in consultation with the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, shall submit to the President, through the Assistants to the President for Domestic and Economic Policy, a report within 180 days from the date of this order that identifies approaches to modify Medicare FFS payments to more closely reflect the prices paid for services in MA and the commercial insurance market, to encourage more robust price competition, and otherwise to inject market pricing into Medicare FFS reimbursement.” https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/executive-order-protecting-improving-medicare-nations-seniors/ When it is a proposed rule, will be posted here. Read more: https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/healthcare/news/2019/10/11/475646/trumps-plan-privatize-medicare/ https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2019-10-04/hiltzik-trump-medicare; https://khn.org/news/trump-speech-offers-dizzying-preview-of-his-health-care-campaign-strategy/

27.  Closing 12/10/2019. Dark money allowed to be hidden in new proposed rule. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/09/10/2019-19501/guidance-under-section-6033-regarding-the-reporting-requirements-of-exempt-organizations  IRS proposes regulations allowing tax-exempt groups to keep donor identities secret .The proposed regulations are likely to generate comments critical of political groups using tax-exempt entities for fundraising without disclosing the identities of their donors, effectively using so-called "dark money" to finance their causes and preferred candidates. The rules would also apply to groups such as the National Rifle Association, labor unions and trade associations. https://www.accountingtoday.com/news/irs-proposes-regulations-allowing-tax-exempt-groups-to-keep-donor-identities-secret and https://www.insidepoliticallaw.com/2019/09/06/irs-issues-notice-of-proposed-rulemaking-on-donor-disclosure-rules-in-response-to-court-ruling/

28. Protect Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.  https://www.npca.org/advocacy/6-don-t-gut-our-national-monuments

Section I - ICE, DHS, DOL, NLRB
  
1.      Closing December 10, 2019. Anti-labor union proposed rule, specifically making it harder for unions in the construction industry. Representation-Case Procedures: Election Bars; Proof of Majority Support in Construction Industry Collective-Bargaining Relationships Read it and comment here: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=NLRB-2019-0001-0001. Read more here: https://hrdailyadvisor.blr.com/2019/10/07/nlrb-extends-union-election-rule-comment-period/.

Section II - EPA, BUREAU OF RECLAMATION - ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY
  
1.      EPA vs. USDA in biofuels regulation. Comments due November 29, 2019. Renewable Fuel Standard Program: Standards for 2020 and Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2021.Read it here: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/10/28/2019-23379/renewable-fuel-standard-program-standards-for-2020-and-biomass-based-diesel-volume-for-2021-and and read more here: https://advancedbiofuelsusa.info/tag/epa/ and here: https://bioenergyinternational.com/opinion-commentary/epa-biofuels-proposal-falls-short-of-industry-expectations-ngfa 

2.      Comments due Dec. 18, 2019. Extending habitat for threatened orca. “Endangered and Threatened Species: Critical Habitat for the Southern Resident Killer Whale Distinct Population Segment.” https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=NOAA-NMFS-2014-0041-0278. Supported by Center for Biological Diversity: https://biologicaldiversity.org/w/news/press-releases/federal-rule-protects-endangered-orcas-west-coast-habitat-2019-09-18/ 

3.      Sept 9, 2019. Plan. (No comment section). National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska Integrated Activity Plan Bureau of Land Management plan to open Alaska Coastal Plain to oil and petroleum exploration and drilling. BLM eplanning site Alaska Coastal Plain National Petroleum Reserve https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office/eplanning/planAndProjectSite.do?methodName=renderDefaultPlanOrProjectSite&projectId=117408 Read more here: https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/green/reports/2019/09/10/474256/vast-liquidation-public-lands-underway-alaska/ Leasing site: https://www.esrl.noaa.gov/gmd/ccgg/trends_ch4/  https://www.ecowatch.com/trump-alaska-refuge-oil-drilling-2640355340.html and https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/09/travel/alaska-arctic-national-wildlife-refuge.html 

4.      10/7/2019. Notice of Availability for the Record of Decision for the Central Coast Field Office Approved Resource Management Plan Amendment for Oil and Gas Leasing and Development, California. Allows fracking in previously prohibited areas of California. Comments should become open in 30 days from publication.This plan amendment identifies the Federal mineral estate, located primarily in Fresno, Monterey and San Benito counties, California, that is available for oil and gas leasing and development. It also identifies leasing stipulations to protect resources.” Write your legislators. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/10/07/2019-21654/notice-of-availability-for-the-record-of-decision-for-the-central-coast-field-office-approved. Link to BLM site: https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office/eplanning/planAndProjectSite.do?methodName=dispatchToPatternPage&currentPageId=96878.

5.      9/6/2019 EPA and DOJ threaten California Air Resources Board and automakers for auto-emissions standard, politicizing EPA and DOJ in anti-environment move. EPA letter to CA: https://www.epa.gov › documents › epa.dot_puts_california_on_notice.pdf and DOJ story here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/justice-dept-launches-antitrust-probe-of-automakers-over-their-fuel-efficiency-deal-with-california/2019/09/06/29a22ee6-d0c7-11e9-b29b-a528dc82154a_story.html?noredirect=on. “California officials, who have repeatedly asserted the state’s rights under the 1970 Clean Air Act, criticized the inquiry as politicization to impose the Republican president’s policies.” Read more here: https://www.greencarcongress.com/2019/09/20190919-onerule.html . Other federal announcements pertaining to CA auto emissions standards: https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/trump-administration-announces-one-national-program-rule-federal-preemption-state-fuel and https://www.nhtsa.gov/corporate-average-fuel-economy/safe and https://www.nhtsa.gov/document/safe-vehicles-rule-part-1-fr-notice-09192019 Comment email addresses for EPA officials by area: Email addresses for EPA https://www.epa.gov/dockets/where-send-comments-epa-dockets#regional

6.    Multiple items posted undoing the Clean Air Act piecemeal. “NESHAP” is “National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants.” https://www.epa.gov/stationary-sources-air-pollution/risk-and-technology-review-national-emissions-standards-hazardous . This link shows postings and comment dates: https://www.epa.gov/stationary-sources-air-pollution/risk-and-technology-review-national-emissions-standards-hazardous#status Read more here, including a good explanation of how this works: https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/miscellaneous-coating-manufacturing-20449/ and https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/municipal-solid-waste-landfills-neshap-65928/



9.    July 14, 2019 Multiple BLM Notices and Proposed Rules with links to comment pages. Constantly updated. https://www.esa.org/public-policy/stay-informed/federal-register-opportunities/

10.  July 14, 2019 Multiple Ozone Standards - EPA is doing this state-by-state. https://www.regulations.gov/searchResults?rpp=25&po=0&s=ozone&fp=true&ns=true

11.   Comments must be received on or before midnight EDT September 25, 2020. Exposure of Underground Miners to Diesel Exhaust Request for Information; reopening of the rulemaking record for public comments. Because of comments, comment period extended to Sept. 25, 2020. https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=MSHA-2014-0031-0185 Federal Register version comment period ends 09/25/2020 https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/03/25/2019-05443/exposure-of-underground-miners-to-diesel-exhaust  Update - “The comment period for the request for information, published on June 8, 2016 (81 FR 36826), which was scheduled to close on March 26, 2019 (58 FR 12904) is extended. An important comment here: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=MSHA-2014-0031-0180 "This reopened RFI takes into account information originally gathered and shared from NIOSH, NCI, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) which shows a correlation to exposure to diesel exhaust, a classified human carcinogen, and negative impact on miners health (Exposure of Underground Miners to Diesel Exhaust, 81 Fed. Reg. 110, 36826-36827 (June 8, 2016). On page 36827, stakeholders, MSHA, and the Diesel Exhaust Health Effects Partnership (Partnership) decided that more research and complex questions needed to be gathered and answered before allowing miners to continue working in DPM in the air. Potential for new technology and stricter standards that are in compliance with EPA DPM standards. "https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=MSHA-2014-0031-0182 And this study: https://www.cancer.gov/news-events/press-releases/2012/DieselMinersPressRelease

12.  5/20/2019. EPA Plan to change method of reporting pollution deaths. "E.P.A. Plans to Get Thousands of Pollution Deaths Off the Books by Changing Its Math".  Not posted yet as a proposal. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/20/climate/epa-air-pollution-deaths.html: Several people with knowledge of the EPA plan told the New York Times that using a new analytical model to calculate air pollution deaths could make it easier for the federal government to move forward with eliminating the Clean Power Plan, a key climate change rule put into place under the Obama administration.  Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/27/us/politics/trump-climate-science.html https://www.columbiamissourian.com/editorial-air-likely-to-be-more-polluted-under-new-epa/article_7ae47774-8238-11e9-befa-8b81c28c91d2.html

13.  2019 BLM oil and gas lease sales - still for sale. Document listing all projects : https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office/projects/nepa/116438/162409/198093/2018.11.15_DNA_doc_March_2019_OGLsSa.pdf Website listing upcoming sales: https://eplanning.blm.gov/epl-front-office/eplanning/nepa/nepa_register.do  And the site doing the selling where you can buy leases starting at $2 and acre: https://www.energynet.com/govt_listing.plSee the calendar of government leases sales here: https://www.energynet.com/calendar.pl

14.  BLM’s own e-planningsite: 

Section III - CIVIL RIGHTS, TITLE IX, HEALTH, EDUCATION, FOOD, BANKING, HOUSING and FCC

1.      Dated 8/28/2019 and posted 9/10/2019. No comment information included, proposed rule. USDA withdraws several regulations on important areas - Performance Standards for the Production of Processed Meat and Poultry Products.NPRM ............ 8/03/2006 71 FR 43992 APHIS .................... 0579–AE02 .... Livestock Marketing Facilities .................................... NPRM ............ 1/2/2015 80 FR 6 FNS ........................ 0584–AD88 .... Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Farm Bill of 2008 Retailer Sanctions.NPRM ............ 8/14/2012 77 FR 48461 FNS ........................ 0584–AE00 .... Emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance for Victims of Disasters Procedures. No comment instructions. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/09/10/2019-19572/withdrawal-of-certain-proposed-rules


3.      Coming as a proposed regulation. From June: Proposal to recalculate how the Federal government calculates poverty rates so as to reduce benefits to poor people. This was a notice - proposed rule will follow sometime. I'm putting this here as a place-holder because it’s coming. https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=OMB-2019-0002-0001  Article about it here: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/07/us/politics/trump-poverty-level-proposal.html

4.      May-June 2019 Concerted Attack on Civil Rights. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1WH2B132JsR2fSqylMATCHmU-9BCq4bMs Learn more about the proposed regulation and how to fight it here (you can submit a comment):  https://protecttranshealth.org/

5.      Extending Medicaid provisions: Some include work-requirements. These are by state. Some have comments open - usual time period is one month. Those with open comments are at the top of the list. https://public.medicaid.gov/connect.ti/public.comments/whatsNew


7.      Not posted as a regulation but followed as policy. State Medicaid block grants. Many view this as a way to cut Medicaid to individuals. Also see link to state updates above. https://www.kff.org/medicaid/issue-brief/medicaid-what-to-watch-in-2019-fr            om-the-administration-congress-and-the-states/https://www.kff.org/health-reform/fact-sheet/tracking-section-1332-state-innovation-waivers/

8.      Kaiser Health News take here: https://khn.org/news/block-grants-medicaid-faq/


Federal Government Sites:

1.      https://www.fedcenter.gov/news/regs/

2.      Overview of Trump Regulatory actions: See White House Complete Government “Reform” plan - it is sweeping and alarming: https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Government-Reform-and-Reorg-Plan.pdf  and their regulations office: https://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/information-regulatory-affairs/

3.      Tracking regulations by Agency and Industry: https://quantgov.org/federal_regulation_tracker/

4.      USCIS Federal Register Announcements: https://www.uscis.gov/legal-resources/uscis-federal-register-announcements

Non-governmental sites providing up-to-date overviews and discussions of regulatory rollbacks:

1.      Trump’s regulatory agenda - status, challenges, enforcement or lack of, etc. https://www.govexec.com/management/2019/02/many-ways-gauge-results-trumps-deregulatory-push/155195/

2.      Overview of regulatory rollbacks: https://sensiblesafeguards.org/

3.      General advice on comment on regulations, includes a search tool: https://demcastusa.com/2019/10/03/how-to-public-comment-on-federal-regula tions/

4.      Discussion of regulations.gov ongoing and upcoming issues from Yale Law and ABA
http://yalejreg.com/nc/ and for discussion of banking, commerce, and energy regulation – http://yalejreg.com/

5.      Department of Transportation. Employment - hours of service - tracking trucking driver regulations:

6.      Employment law tracker: https://www.nelp.org/tracker/ Weekly updates on Trump effects on labor. See also: https://tax.thomsonreuters.com/blog/dols-regulatory-to-do-list-tackles-flsa-fmla-and-work-visa-issues/



9.      Tracking Alaska Oil and Gas drilling: https://inletkeeper.org/our-work/energy-alaska/oil-gas/


11.  Brookings Institution “Tracking Deregulation in the Trump Era.” https://www.brookings.edu/interactives/tracking-deregulation-in-the-trump-era/ and 

12.  Rules at Risk: https://rulesatrisk.org/

13.  For state impact - listed by state: https://www.trinityconsultants.com/news/states


15.  EPA Dozens of proposals for significant new uses of chemicals. Too many to list here but this link will take you to the current proposals. https://www.regulations.gov/searchResults?rpp=25&so=DESC&sb=postedDate&po=0&np=7&dct=N%2BPR%2BFR&cp=O&a=EPA  This is an article on the EPA rush to reclassify chemicals and toxic substances from the Environmental Defense Fund: http://blogs.edf.org/health/2018/09/19/the-tsca-new-chemicals-mess-a-problem-of-the-chemical-industrys-own-making/ https://www.edf.org/blog/2019/06/17/7-ways-trumps-epa-breaking-our-bipartisan-chemical-safety-law

16.  Upcoming Public Federal Meetings and Comment opportunities on the environment/ecology:  https://www.esa.org/esablog/federal-register-opportunities/ https://www.esa.org/esablog/federal-register-opportunities/

17.  Law of the Land Project from Center for American Progress. Tracks regulations and litigation with status updates. https://www.lawofthelandproject.org/

18.  Environment: Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics https://www.fseee.org/take-action/help-save-the-tongass/

19.  EPA Regulation Watch blog. http://acoel.org/category/Regulation.aspx

20.  EPA’s own Inspector General report critical of EPA biosludge policy and public health risks: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2018-11/documents/_epaoig_20181115-19-p-0002.pdf



23.  Federal Facilities Environmental Stewardship Center - where the Feds deal seriously with climate change: https://www.fedcenter.gov/news/regs/ See American Institute of Physics Report on Trump admin. plan for research and development - https://www.aip.org/fyi/2018/trump-administration-identifies-rd-priorities-its-next-budget-request and DOE 2019 plan - https://www.aip.org/fyi/2018/fy19-budget-request-doe-applied-rd-slashed-again

24.  Healthcare: Overview of Medicare financial plans for hospitals for 2019-2020. https://www.advisory.com/research/revenue-cycle-advancement-center/at-the-margins/2019/04/ipps-rule

25.  HHS healthcare rollbacks, proposed regulations and proposed legislation from Congress. https://www.natlawreview.com/article/mcdermottplus-check-february-15-2019



28.  Immigration - good summary of all public charge rules at several government agencies - USCIS, DOJ, DOS: https://www.aila.org/advo-media/issues/all/public-charge-changes-at-uscis-doj-and-dos

29.  Immigration law resources - great resource: https://www.aila.org/infonet

30.  Labor: Federal Labor Impacts: https://ucommblog.com/section/politics/national-politics

31. Labor: National Employment Law Project: https://www.nelp.org/  

32.  Medicare/ACA tracking changes: https://blog.medicarerights.org/category/medicare-watch/

33.  Native American issues. https://turtletalk.blog/

34.  Public Lands Tracking legal battles over the future of America’s public lands: https://www.lawofthelandproject.org/

35.  SEC Regulatory site: https://www.sec.gov/rules.shtml for information on proposed changes to financial rule and markets.

36.  Department of Transportation New and pending rules. https://www.transportation.gov/regulations/report-on-significant-rulemakings

37.  USDA Regulatory actions: http://www.afdo.org/blog/7879271

38.  For effective Commenting on Regulations, please read https://www.regulations.gov/docs/Tips_For_Submitting_Effective_Comments.pdf and  “How to Comment on EPA dockets”: https://www.epa.gov/dockets/commenting-epa-dockets

39.  Proposed “Regulatory Reform Agenda”: https://www.reginfo.gov/public/jsp/Utilities/index.jsp

40.  Search and track all Federal regulations at https://regulations.justia.com/