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Elections Matter - Still On Display This Week

Lots of activity in the Democratic House this week and one message should come away: *elections matter.*

Here are a few reasons why to keep in mind as we embark on the month of March...

Biggest Picture – Donald Trump remains our President. Low Democratic turnout turned our systems upside down in 2016. Democrats must unite in 2020 and show-up to vote. As the field of Presidential challengers grows, new ideas are circulating – study them and try to appreciate their meaning. Be involved – it makes a difference. In 2020 we must end the Trump nightmare.

Medium Picture – The Michael Cohen hearings are the tip of the iceberg – just how much corruption and self-dealing is embedded in the Trump administration? House testimony is only a start. The path to salvation began because Democrats took control of the House. Our votes mattered in 2018 – a lot. Would there be progress if Republicans were still in control?

Democratic control brings progressive legislation. The House just voted to overturn Trump’s fake “emergency” and it passed our nation's first gun safety bills since 1994. And there is more coming – bills to improve our election process, to broaden access to affordable healthcare, to make our tax system fairer, to challenge climate change. But these ideas will die in a Republican Senate. We must do better. As much as 2018 mattered, the 2020 elections will matter more (and locally, 2019 sets the tables for next year's main event).

Local Picture – In NY-1 we still have Republican Lee Zeldin. Zeldin voted to keep the government closed. He voted for Trump’s illegal “emergency”. He voted against every gun safety measure. Zeldin shies from bi-partisan consensus while he toots the Trump line. As Long Island is impacted by the SALT cap, Zeldin is silent. In 2017, Zeldin voted in favor of H.Con.Res.71, the bill that made SALT possible. It’s a transfer of wealth from blue to red states, and Zeldin did not work with his GOP colleagues to block it. Zeldin voiced no dissent as a new anti-environment EPA administrator was confirmed. We live on an island– the environment really affects our future.

A sidenote – Lee Zeldin did not only vote against H.R.8, universal background checks, he voted in favor of allowing anyone in the TSA precheck program to buy guns without checks, and he voted against three bills that would strengthen NICS, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. Zeldin often went against Peter King and other NY Republicans who joined House Democrats for gun safety reform.

2019 will set the stage to vote Trump and Zeldin out of office in 2020. We must all be involved and active. From letters to lawmakers and newspapers to rallies for change, join in at every opportunity. Donate to your favored candidates, be it your time, your energy, and/or your resources. Most of all, work hard in local races in 2019. NY-1 has many fine new and old candidates on the ballot. Take nothing for granted. Our great experiment in democracy will only survive if people like you participate and support it. Together, we win.


Posted on March 2, 2019.

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