- On December 14, 2017
I’m in my happy and hopeful place following Doug Jones’ (D-Ala) historic win in the December 12, 2017 Alabama Senate race. I must admit that I was worried that the second-to-the-worst candidate for any public office (45 has the dishonorable distinction of occupying the top spot) would be allowed to slither into the Senate. But the people of Alabama did the right thing. And it’s ironic that the “safe” seat formerly held by Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, III, wasn’t so safe after all. The results of this election gave us a reason to boost our HOPE and continue to fight.
I am so proud of the African-American women voters in Alabama, who helped slam the barn door shut on Moore’s aspiration to ride his horse into the Senate. They weren’t having this nonsense and 98% of these brilliant, often overlooked as well as underestimated, women voted for Senator-elect Jones. I must also acknowledge 93% of the African-American male voters, who voted for the right candidate. And I appreciate everyone who had the courage to put country over party. Just saying thanks doesn’t seem enough, but I will say THANK YOU anyway for enabling decency to beat back depravity.
Now I need to pivot to the extremely unpopular and ill-conceived Republican Tax bill. One of my besties and loyal blog reader, Vicki Fabre, suggested that I highlight this travesty. Simply stated, I believe this proposed legislation is a bonanza for the rich and a penalty for middle class and lower-income citizens. It is in the final stages of reconciliation by House and Senate leaders, but there’s so much wrong with this bill that I don’t have the space or the time to delineate its unfairness. The Republicans, who are aggressively pushing for a pre-mature vote, do not care who it will hurt. But we must care.
I encourage everyone to do their homework and try to understand this monstrosity that will affect every man, woman and child in the United States. We must oppose this bill. So please start calling, emailing, and visiting our Congressional representatives, Republicans and Democrats, as well as the leaders of the Senate and the House. Please add your individual senators and representatives to my list and let them hear our voices.
Majority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), (202) 224-2541, www.mcconnell.senate.gov
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI), (202)225-3031, www.paulryan.house.gov
Minority Leader Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), (202) 224-6542, www.schumer.senate.gov
Minority Leader of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), (202) 225-4965, www.pelosi.house.gov
Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), (202) 224-2621, www.murray.senate.gov
Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), (202) 224-3441, www.cantwell.senate.gov
U.S. Representative Suzan DelBene (D-WA 1st District), (202) 225-6311, www.delbene.house.gov
U. S. Representative Rick Larsen (D-WA 2nd District), (202) 225-2605, www.larsen.house.gov
U. S. Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA 3rd District), (202) (202) 225-3536, www.herrerabeutler.house.gov
U.S. Representative Dan Newhouse (R-WA 4th District), (202) 225-5816, www.newhouse.house.gov
U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA 5th District), (202) 225-2006, www.mcmorris.house.gov
U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA 6th District), (202) 225-5916, www.kilmer.house.gov
U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-WA 7th District), (202) 225-3106, www.jayapal.house.gov
U.S. Representative Dave Reichert (R-WA 8th District), (202) 225-7761, www.reichert.house.gov
U.S. Representative Adam Smith (D-WA 9th District), (202) 225-8901, www.adamsmith.house.gov
U.S. Representative Dennis Heck (D-WA 10th District, (202) 225-9740, www.dennyheck.house.gov
And remember the eloquent, prophetic words of Reverend Jesse Jackson first proclaimed at the 1988 Democratic National Convention, “Keep hope alive.”