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Action Alert: Title X Clinics at Risk

Action Alert! (FYI: Noem, SD, is an original sponsor. Figures.) On Tuesday, Feb. 14, the US House Rules Committee will vote to allow states to deny funding for family planning and preventive care services provided by Title X clinics. Congress needs to hear from you TODAY: H.J.Res. 43/S.J.Res. 13 will turn back the clock on women’s health. Contact Senator Mike Rounds Contact Senator John Thune Contact Representative Kristi Noem Take…

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ALERT: Attempt to Repeal IM22 Advances

Pennington County Democrats and Grassroots Progressives: HB 1069, the measure to repeal IM 22, passed the House of Representatives on a straight, party line vote.  All the Democrats opposed repealing the will of the voters.  The bill now moves to the Senate State Affairs Committee at 10am on Wednesday. Below is the contact information for the   Senate State Affairs Committee. Please call or email to tell them you do not support…

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Comments regarding the Inaugural Weekend by author Sam Hurst

The events of the last three days suggest that the nation is in a serious constitutional crisis, with no immediate way out. On Friday, the loser of the popular vote, but the winner of the constitutional process, was inaugurated as our 45th President. And on Saturday millions of Americans, feeling a deep sense of disenfranchisement, took to the streets in protest. These two irreconcilable forces, represented by the Inauguration on one day and massive protests on the next, each have roots in the Constitution….and that is the nature of our crisis. We cannot depend on the Constitution to resolve its own internal contradictions. Conservatives are fond of insisting that the United States is a republic, not a democracy. Their view of American citizenship is rooted in the institutional processes created…

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Call-to-Action: Legislative Crackerbarrel Procedural Change

Democrats: The Rapid City Chamber of Commerce hosts four local legislative crackerbarrels during South Dakota’s legislative session. The first of those is coming up fast, on Saturday, January 21, from 9-11 a.m. at the Classroom Building at the School of Mines. For those of you who have never attended one, the legislators from Districts 29, 32, 33, 34 and 35 (two representatives and one senator from each district), sit across the front of the room, and the audience members have, in the past, been able to ask them questions directly via a microphone held by a Chamber moderator. Sadly, no followup has ever been allowed. This year, the Chamber is proposing a change in format that will require audience members to write their questions on cards and submit them to…

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