Democracy Happy Hour - August 19, 2020

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Fix Democracy First hosts a weekly Democracy Happy Hour on Wednesdays @ 5-6pm PT. Grab a drink and join us and  learn about the latest democracy efforts, challenges, solutions, as well upcoming events and actions.

Recording from Wednesday, August 19th, 2020:

Links from Discussion:

Post Office warns states across US about mail voting - https://apnews.com/32700a8b49ddf5f7594d2271eb033c2e

Mail machines removed from Washington state post offices. Workers worry about November ballots - https://www.kuow.org/stories/mail-machines-removed-from-post-offices-in-washington-worry-about-november-election

Postal Service backs down on changes as at least 20 states sue over potential mail delays ahead of election - https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/18/politics/post-office-dejoy/index.html

Washington State AG Ferguson announces lawsuit intended to protect vote-by-mail after changes at postal service - https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/washington-state-ag-ferguson-announces-lawsuit-intended-to-protect-vote-by-mail-following-changes-at-postal-service

"Save the Post Office Saturday" Day of Action – Saturday, August 22nd -https://www.savethepostoffice.net/event/save-the-post-office/search/

US Mail is Not for Sale - Join the Day of Action – Tuesday, August 25th - https://usmailnotforsale.org/join-the-day-of-action/

There Have Been 38 Statewide Elections During The Pandemic. Here’s How They Went. - https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/there-have-been-38-statewide-elections-during-the-pandemic-heres-how-they-went/

50 State Study Highlights Elevated Demand For Vote-at-Home Options - https://www.uniteamerica.org/news-article/50-state-study-highlights-elevated-demand-for-vote-at-home-options

Teams enlisted to turn their arenas into major league polling places - https://thefulcrum.us/voting/voting-super-centers

Security and ballot drop boxes: How it works in WA - https://crosscut.com/politics/2020/08/security-and-ballot-drop-boxes-how-it-works-wa

Staff wants more people of color named to the FEC - https://thefulcrum.us/campaign-finance/federal-election-commission-diversity

One IT Guy’s Spreadsheet-Fueled Race to Restore Voting Rights - https://www.wired.com/story/election-voting-rights-spreadsheet-patriot

Ohio Voter Project - https://ohiovoterproject.org/

Super PAC Links:

Political action committee – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_action_committee

SpeechNow.org and the Birth of Super PACs - https://ij.org/ll/april-2012-volume-21-number-2/speechnoworg-and-the-birth-of-super-pacs/

Brett Kavanaugh, the man who created the super PAC - https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/brett-kavanaugh-the-man-who-created-the-super-pac/2018/08/20/e6c0763c-a241-11e8-b562-1db4209bd992_story.html

OpenSecrets - Super PACs - https://www.opensecrets.org/pacs/superpacs.php?cycle=2020

Follow the Money - https://www.followthemoney.org/

Challenging Super PACs - https://freespeechforpeople.org/challenging-super-pacs/

St. Pete tried to abolish super PACs. Jeff Brandes wants to end that. - https://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2020/02/04/st-pete-tried-to-abolish-super-pacs-jeff-brandes-wants-to-end-that/

Leading 2020 Democrats want to get money out of politics — here’s how they plan to do it - https://www.opensecrets.org/news/2019/10/2020-democrats-want-to-get-money-out-of-politics/

FREEDOM CAUCUS CHAIR MARK MEADOWS WANTS TO ELIMINATE SUPER PACS - https://theintercept.com/2019/03/12/hr1-bill-super-pacs-mark-meadows/

Amendment to nullify Citizens United finally gets air time in the House - https://thefulcrum.us/campaign-finance/citizens-united-28th-amendment

Challenging Foreign Money in Elections - https://freespeechforpeople.org/foreign-influence/

 

FDF Events & Links:

YO VOTE! – New youth outreach program targeting middle-schoolers - https://www.yo-vote.org/

Fix Democracy First Virtual Volunteer Meeting – Next meeting, August 20th @ 6-7 pm - https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYqc-yuqT8tH9FJZfSmtYoZdIjjSgqF4Kqc

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