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24 February, 2023

Why hasn’t Ohio train derailment been declared a disaster? Follow the money.

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DeWine Says No Disaster In East Palestine

"After Norfolk Southern Support, DeWine Says No Disaster In East Palestine" - The Lever

"Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s track record and rail company links raise questions about his ability to hold the rail giant accountable for the derailment disaster." - Feb 23, 2023• Matthew Cunningham-Cook

Why wouldn't a Governor declare a disaster after a major train derailment involving toxic chemicals? When in doubt, follow the money. This PowerMap connects some of the dots between billion dollar corporations, lobbyists, politicians and dark money groups.

Follow the money

"Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s track record and rail company links raise questions about his ability to hold the rail giant accountable for the derailment disaster." - Feb 23, 2023• Matthew Cunningham-Cook
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When can FEMA help?

"The Governor of the affected State must submit a request to the President, through the appropriate Regional Administrator, within 30 days of the occurrence of the incident.  The request must be based upon a finding that the situation is beyond the capability of the State and affected local governments or Indian tribal government and that supplemental federal emergency assistance is necessary to save lives and protect property, public health and safety, or to lessen or avert the threat of a disaster. 

The Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 5121-5207 (the Stafford Act) §401 states in part that: "All requests for a declaration by the President that a major disaster exists shall be made by the Governor of the affected State." - FEMA

DeWine has refused to issue a disaster declaration

"DeWine has refused to issue a disaster declaration that would send much-needed federal resources to East Palestine and draw attention to the Norfolk Southern accident. He has also failed to ensure that the railroad giant paid the price for two other derailments in his state earlier this year. The governor’s failure to act raises questions about his management of the crisis — and the influence of his close ties to Norfolk Southern’s Ohio lobbying firm, which just so happens to be at the center of what federal prosecutors have called “likely the largest bribery, money laundering scheme ever perpetrated against the people of the state of Ohio.

Norfolk Southern and its political action committee (PAC) have donated more than $20,000 directly to DeWine’s gubernatorial campaigns as well as his 2019 inauguration. The company has also delivered $165,000 to political committees supporting DeWine’s political career, including the Republican Governors Association and the Republican Attorneys General Association.

What’s more, DeWine has a very close relationship with Norfolk Southern’s lobbyists in Columbus. Dan McCarthy, DeWine’s legislative director from January 2019 to September 2021, previously served as president of Norfolk Southern’s Ohio lobbying firm, The Success Group, from 1994 until 2020. The rail company has had The Success Group on retainer since at least 2009, according to Ohio lobbying records. - The Lever

Roberts SCOTUS allows Citizen's United releasing dark money into American Politics

Dark money is the root of all evil

“Dark money” refers to campaign money whose sources are not disclosed. An expenditure – for example, for a television ad criticizing an opponent – will often be publicly reported to the FEC but not the identities of the people, firms or organizations that pay for it.

A lack of disclosure makes it harder for journalists, regulators and opponents to detect violations of campaign finance law, such as illegal contributions from foreign donors or government contractors and contributions over the legal limit. It also hides legal contributions from disreputable sources like Harvey Weinstein or Bernie Madoff.

Some dark money spending is reported to the Federal Election Commission without disclosing donors and some dark money spending isn’t reported at all. The campaign finance watchdog Center for Responsive Politics found that dark money groups reported spending US$181 million in the 2016 federal elections. Dark money accounted for nearly a fifth of all spending by groups other than candidates and parties in the last decade." - Columbia Law School

Use network maps

Network maps

Network maps help reveal the connections between people, groups, hidden relationships and money changing hands. They can be used to track criminals, terrorists (like in the Homeland TV show) or dark money. We created this map with the free Kumu app in a few hours.

TakeAway: Keep an eye on dark money that influences political decisions. Demand more transparency to political contributions.

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Lead Cable Hazards: Telco Greed Puts Children at Risk

How did corporate greed overtake concern for children's health? Consider five recent headlines about lead poisoning, dark money lobbying, the EPA and Supreme Court. And then...

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20 Aug’ 2023

Real-Time Weather Maps Serve the Greater Good

Real time data matters, especially in weather emergencies. But information is only as useful as how up to date it is? How local is the information...

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18 Aug’ 2023

American Taliban Bans Abortion Pills

"Extremist Federalist Society Judges Restrict Critical Abortion Pill" How did we get here, when a small group of religious extremists can deny millions of women their...

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16 Aug’ 2023

VOTE to fight the REPUBLICAN WAR ON WOMEN

Texas Republicans attack Planned Parenthood with a $1.8 billion lawsuit to close Planned Parenthood clinics. Texas ranks last in the America for women's prenatal healthcare. Where...

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14 Aug’ 2023

Follow Fossil Fuel Billionaires Role In Supreme Court Gutting The EPA To Fires in Hawaii

Why gut the EPA as it fights global warming that is making disasters like Hawaii's fires become more frequent and deadly? When in doubt follow the...

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14 Aug’ 2023

Bankruptcy or Justice? Sackler Billionaires’ Lethal Fortune and the Oxycontin Death Toll.

"Supreme Court Pauses Opioid Settlement With Sacklers" "The Supreme Court temporarily blocked a bankruptcy deal for Purdue Pharma that would have shielded members of the billionaire...

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8 Aug’ 2023

Tiny Hands, Big Guns — Mapping the American tragedy of children shooting children

"six-year-old shoots teacher  at a Virginia elementary school..." "A gun manufacturer has launched a new marketing campaign for an AR-15 designed for children weeks after a  six-year-old shot...

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6 Aug’ 2023

Mapping Student Fury Against Republicans Blocking Debt Relief

Tax cuts for billionaires, but no student debt relief? "More than 45 million Americans are crushed under the weight of the $1.7 trillion student debt crisis....

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5 Aug’ 2023

Murdoch Media Empire: Global Cancer On Democracy

The Wall Street Journal criticized the indictment of Trump for a failed coup attempt... Why would a once, highly regarded publication oppose an attack on American...

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4 Aug’ 2023

How To Kill A Train Safety Bill

A Train Safety Bill proposed after a toxic train crash in Ohio is quietly killed. What happened? Follow the money. "The railroad legislation, introduced in the...

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2 Aug’ 2023

Press PLAY for The Trump Indictment in Audio!

Trump indicted for conspiring to defraud the U.S., disenfranchise voters, and obstruct an official proceeding. Read the 45 page indictment here. But what if you're busy...

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31 Jul’ 2023

Defend Democracy: Vote NO on Ohio Issue 1!

An Ohio police officer releases an attack dog on a defenseless, young black man with his hands up. What does this have to do with Democracy...

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30 Jul’ 2023

How to cut people from MEDICAID with red tape

Why do Republicans make it easy to get a gun, but really hard to get healthcare through Medicaid? Millions of Americans are being cut from Medicaid...

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27 Jul’ 2023

Hold MAGA Republicans accountable for denying Global Warming

"The U.S. has broken more than 2,000 high temperature records in July" The ocean water off the tip of Florida reached temperatures over 100 degrees Fahrenheit...

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27 Jul’ 2023

The Privileged Path to Prestigious Colleges — Affirmative Action for the Elite

How have the super rich rigged the system to get their kids into elite colleges and keep your kids out? Follow the money! "Leadership positions in...

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24 Jul’ 2023

Fatal Greed: Teen Workers Die as Child Labor Safety Laws Cut

Who pays the price for out-of-control corporate greed and Republicans ready to sacrifice childrens' safety for political donations? Death of 16-Year-Old at Mississippi Poultry Plant Prompts...

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23 Jul’ 2023

The Price of Denial: MAGA Republicans and the surge in COVID Deaths

Putting politics over healthcare is deadly. "Once a vaccine advocate, the Ron DeSantis lost his enthusiasm for the shot before the Delta wave sent Covid hospitalizations...

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22 Jul’ 2023

Above the Law? The Supreme Court Needs a Code of Ethics!

Justices aren't above the law. They need a code of conduct to restore American trust in their ethics. "Republicans have zero appetite for instituting a code...

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21 Jul’ 2023

Follow the money and people behind RFK Jr.

What's behind a campaign? Follow the money, people and their real agenda! RFK Jr.’s Campaign Coffer Is Getting Stuffed to the Brim by GOP Donors. Of...

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19 Jul’ 2023

Bidenomics Works For America: Check The Headlines

Bidenomics grows the economy from the middle out and the bottom up – not the top down. 13 million jobs have been created since President Biden...

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15 Jul’ 2023

Climate Collusion: How Fossil Fuel Donations Manipulate Republican Stance on Global Warming

Record heat alerts. Floods. Hurricanes. Wildfires surge, but Republicans still deny global warming. Why? "Coast-to-coast heat dome sends temperatures soaring, threatens all-time records. Heat alerts affect...

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14 Jul’ 2023

MAGA Republicans Launch Culture War on G.I. Jane

MAGA Republicans want women to fight and die for America, but deny them access to basic healthcare. Republicans loaded up the annual defense policy bill with...

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13 Jul’ 2023

Selling Out Our Soldiers: The Alarming Role of Defense Contractors in Tuberville’s Anti-Military Campaign

"Totally irresponsible" "President Biden denounced Republican Senator Tuberville’s blockade of hundreds of military nominations as "totally irresponsible." Military promotions are usually routinely approved by Congress, but Tuberville, of Alabama,...

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11 Jul’ 2023

From Bad to Worse: The Escalating Republican War on Women

How are Republicans waging war on women? What could come next? "DeSantis signs bill ending permanent alimony....Along with eliminating permanent alimony, the measure will set up...

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10 Jul’ 2023

Money Talks: Exposing the Secrets of Lake Okeechobee’s Toxic Algae Infestation

What's behind a Florida lake full of toxic algae? Follow the money. Start with the sugar fortune billionaires and dark money lobbying groups. See how fertilizer...

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8 Jul’ 2023

Heatwave Architects: Fossil Fuel Billionaires and Supreme Court Corruption Fuel Climate Crisis

What do record temperatures, fossil fuel billionaires and a corrupt Supreme Court have in common? Follow the money! "Earth reaches hottest day ever recorded 4 days...

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5 Jul’ 2023

Taking Credit Where It’s Not Due: Republicans flip flop on Infrastructure Bill

Republicans claim credit for 418 infrastructure projects they voted against. Flip flop! President Biden's Infrastructure Bill includes $1.2 trillion for transportation, utilities and pollution cleanup. Over 400 projects are underway...

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4 Jul’ 2023

Respect America’s finest who defend our freedom

Those who fight and die to protect American independence deserve better. “We’re good enough to get into institutions where we might have to die for this...

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3 Jul’ 2023

Protect your Medicaid. Update your info.

"More than 1 million people are dropped from Medicaid as states start purging their rolls" "Most got dropped for not filling out paperwork... Florida has dropped...

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1 Jul’ 2023

Top Freeloader Award Nominees: Take PPP Loan Forgiveness But Block Student Loan Debt Relief

The FREELOADER AWARD is given in recognition of outstanding mooching. Here are this year's nominees. The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) gave and forgave loans to 13...

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30 Jun’ 2023

Follow the money behind NO LABELS

What's really behind a campaign? Follow the money and people. "A third-party presidential ticket can’t win. All of the third party presidential candidates from the last...

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29 Jun’ 2023

How politicians make heatwaves deadlier

Abbott signed a bill that eliminates local rules mandating water breaks for construction workers. - USA Today Abbott Signs “Death Star” Act That Limits Municipalities’ Ability...

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25 Jun’ 2023

Yellowstone train crash: Reminder to invest in infrastructure.

Bridge collapses. Train crash spills chemicals into river. "Thirty Republican senators voted against the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill turning their backs on billions that their...

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23 Jun’ 2023

American Manufacturing Is Back! (Infographic)

U.S. reports blowout job growth. Unemployment lowest since 1969. - Reuters How can this amazing news be shared in a form that's easy to understand at...

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22 Jun’ 2023

Strategic Rural Organizing

Rural communities have enormous electoral potential once organized. What criteria should be used to choose the counties with the most potential? Which counties could impact Senate,...

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21 Jun’ 2023

Supreme Court Fishy Business: Follow The Money

Hedge Fund Billionaire takes Supreme Court Justice on luxury fishing trip who later rules for billionaire getting him $2.4 billion. Who paid for the luxury fishing...

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21 Jun’ 2023

Exposing The Dark Realities of Republican Policies for Rape Victims: PODCAST

What happens to a 10-year old rape victim under Republican policies? How do you explain what this means in 30 seconds? Listen to this podcast with...

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19 Jun’ 2023

Follow Big Pharma’s Blood Money Greed That’s Price Gouging Americans

Bristol Myers Squibb files lawsuit to block President Biden's plan to lower the cost of soaring drug prices. What's behind the lawsuit? Why is Eliquis made...

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17 Jun’ 2023

How Republicans gerrymander Alabama

Alabama Republicans uses racial gerrymandering to suppress Black voters. The state also has one of the highest rates of poverty in the country. What's the connection?...

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15 Jun’ 2023

How much do DREAMERS contribute to America?

Dreamers are Americans. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program allows young people to live and work in the only country they’ve called home. Since...

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15 Jun’ 2023

What happens to mass shooting survivors?

Mass shootings take lives: Both of the killed and the survivors. Survivors are often overlooked. They're injured both physically and mentally. Many unable to work. Suffer...

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12 Jun’ 2023

Call Hate Crimes For What They Are

"Calls grow to investigate Allen shooting as a hate crime" A shooter with 'tattoos of Nazi imagery and expresses a fascination with mass shootings' murders eight...

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12 Jun’ 2023

Who pays to repair collapsed bridges? Who mooches?

Pennsylvania bridge collapses creating massive traffic jams. There are hundreds of bridges in America that need upgrades. Republicans oppose President Biden's plan to invest in infrastructure,...

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11 Jun’ 2023

FLORIDA FARMWORKER EXODUS: Mapping the MAGA Republican created crisis

Empty fields. Rotting crops. Higher food prices. What's behind the farmworker exodus from Florida? DeSantis' MAGA Republican politicizes immigration. SB 1718 impacts over 800,000 undocumented immigrants...

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10 Jun’ 2023

Ten Worst Cases Of Espionage Against America

How does the indictment against Trump compare against other espionage cases? "Trump is charged with 31 counts of violating the Espionage Act that bars willful retention of national...

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7 Jun’ 2023

How is the air quality where you live? Check this map.

'New York City Air Quality Hits Worst Level on Record' - NYT "The air quality index in Syracuse surpassed 400, according to AirNow, which designates a reading...

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5 Jun’ 2023

Rape In America By The Numbers

Sexual assaults surge as Republicans ban abortions with no exceptions for rape nor incest. One in five women in the United States experienced completed or attempted...

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2 Jun’ 2023

How likely is your house to be flooded? Check this AI simulation.

How likely are you to be flooded after the Supreme Court gutted the EPA's ability to fight global warming? The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protects the...

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2 Jun’ 2023

Mapping The Brutal Crackdown On Dissent Against Cop City

"ATLANTA POLICE ARREST ORGANIZERS OF BAIL FUND FOR COP CITY PROTESTERS" - The Intercept "Heavily armed Atlanta Police Department SWAT team raided a house in Atlanta...

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31 May’ 2023

How many people got or died from COVID in your county? Check this map.

Over a million Americans have died from COVID. Hundreds more still die weekly. Which states did better? "DeSantis fired back at Trump after he argued former...

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30 May’ 2023

Another mass shooting! Who pays the price for no gun safety regulations?

Who ends up paying the price of gun lobby political donations? "6 Adults, 3 Children Injured In Shooting Near Beach In Hollywood, Florida" - HuffPo"Florida lawmakers...

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29 May’ 2023

Everglades opened to real estate developers: Follow the political donations.

"DeSantis just signed 'Sprawl Bill' 540 into law" - Everglades "Senate Bill 540 is a death knell for smart growth in Florida. It will effectively end...

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28 May’ 2023

Military Promotions Held Hostage by MAGA Culture War

"Tuberville Draws Fire For Holding Hundreds Of Military Promotions ‘Hostage’ Over Abortion" - HuffPo "Tuberville has for months refused to support about 200 promotions for military...

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28 May’ 2023

HEALTH HAZARD: Hypocrites who ban books but not guns in schools

What kills more students? Guns or books? Why is it then that dark money groups want to ban books but not guns? Are they really concerned...

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27 May’ 2023

How Harlan Crow profits from Clarence Thomas’ vote to gut the Clean Water Act

"The Supreme Court just gutted the Clean Water Act" - Washington Post "Under the court’s new view, pollution requires a permit only if it is discharged...

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26 May’ 2023

Ken Paxton IMPEACHMENT CASE MAP

"Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton faces impeachment" - Texas Tribune "Paxton, the state’s top lawyer and one of its most powerful and controversial Republicans, has faced criminal...

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25 May’ 2023

How will the Supreme Court gutting the CLEAN WATER ACT hurt you? Check this map.

"The Supreme Court Just Gutted the Clean Water Act" - Yahoo "The Supreme Court has ruled against the Environmental Protection Agency in a decision that significantly...

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24 May’ 2023

Illustrated guide to Republicans bid to rewrite Ohio’s abortion rules

"Republicans bid to rewrite Ohio’s abortion rules" - The Guardian ‘It destroys democracy’: Republicans bid to rewrite Ohio’s abortion rules.Anti-abortion legislators are trying to change the...

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22 May’ 2023

Will you be a casualty in the MAGA HOSTAGE TAKING CRISIS? Check this map.

"MAGA Republicans are engaged in reckless hostage-taking by threatening to force America into default. It’s dangerous and wrong." - President Biden "Let me be clear. I...

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21 May’ 2023

Why billionaires should get more tax cuts in MAGA created debt crisis

"Republicans have signaled that there cannot be any new tax increases as part of a budget deal" - Washington Post It's payback time for MAGA Republicans...

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20 May’ 2023

MAGA hostage taking threatens your 401K

What does the MAGA created debt crisis mean for you? “Your 401(K) is now a 201(K).” - MSN Many of the same Republicans who took the...

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19 May’ 2023

Republican Work Requirement to get Medicaid explained with AI

"The GOP’s Work-Requirement Scam" - NY Mag The Republican Party is threatening to deliberately engineer a global financial crisis unless Joe Biden slashes aid for America’s most vulnerable....

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19 May’ 2023

What’s wrong with Florida State Pensions? Follow the political donations.

"DeSantis Allows Anti-“Woke” Giveaway To Big Wall Street Donors" - The Lever "As private equity donated to groups supporting Ron DeSantis, he oversaw a billion-dollar transfer...

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17 May’ 2023

North Carolina MAP OF SHAME

"North Carolina Republicans ram through ABORTION BAN as crowds chant 'Shame! Shame! Shame!" - HuffPo "The 12-week ban and its additional restrictions concerning medication abortion are...

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16 May’ 2023

National Women’s Political Caucus Virginia: Endorsed Candidates

How do you mobilize broad support for a slate of candidates? Showcase dozens of candidates for both State House and Senate? Let voters find details on...

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14 May’ 2023

Mickey packs a punch

"DeSantis appeared to have bitten off more than he could chew..." - Guardian "At the heart of the DeSantis v Disney dispute is something much bigger...

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13 May’ 2023

Change starts with Organizing

Organizers empower the under-represented win collective political power to create change. What does an organizer do? What skills do good organizers share? How do organizers get...

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11 May’ 2023

MAGA Republicans take veterans’ benefits hostage

MAGA Republicans take veteran's benefits hostage to fund tax cuts for wealthy GOP donors. "So many House Republicans that claim to look out for veterans lined...

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10 May’ 2023

What’s the crime rate where you live? Check this map based on FBI data.

"In wake of Texas shooting, Greg Abbott points finger at Chicago, using tired GOP cliche" - USA Today After the elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas that left...

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10 May’ 2023

Watch for these sneaky tricks Republicans use to deny America’s GUN EPIDEMIC they’ve created

"Elon Musk Flirts With Conspiracy Theories About Texas Mall Shooting" - Rolling Stone Whataboutism: Abbott pointed to Chicago as proof that stringent gun laws are not...

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8 May’ 2023

Real Life American HUNGER GAMES

"Conservative campaign to strip child workplace protections." - WaPo Billionaires get richer by lobbying Republicans to relax labor laws that protect children. Desperate families forced to...

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6 May’ 2023

Mapping the price of Republican gun fetish: 315 shooting victims in 72 hours.

"9 killed in shooting at Texas outlet mall" - ABC News Texas logged 4,613 firearms-related deaths in 2021, according to data from the Centers for Disease...

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5 May’ 2023

Lost your right to vote? Follow the money with this SUPREME COURT CORRUPTION map

Judicial activist directed fees to Clarence Thomas’s wife, urged ‘no mention of Ginni’ - Washington Post "Conservative judicial activist Leonard Leo arranged forthe wife of Supreme...

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4 May’ 2023

MAGA Republicans force student loan borrowers to fund tax cuts for billionaires

"Student loan relief would be torpedoed by GOP debt ceiling bill" - MSN House Republicans' debt ceiling proposal would slash President Biden's student loan relief plan and undercut potential future student...

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3 May’ 2023

How will the MAGA Republican plan to DEFAULT ON AMERICA (DOA) hurt you? Check this map.

"MAGA House Republicans’ Default on America Act Would Devastate America" - WhiteHouse The extreme bill would cut veterans’ health care, jeopardize public safety, and raise costs for...

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30 Apr’ 2023

Death is a direct result of Republican policies

Women sue Texas over abortion ban: Law endangers ‘lives of my future babies’ - The Hill Abortion pill order latest contentious ruling by Trump appointed Texas...

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28 Apr’ 2023

MAGA Republicans threaten default. Who are their hostages?

MAGA Republicans take America hostage. MAGA Republicans are threatening to blow up our economy by making America default on its bills because they know they can't pass...

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27 Apr’ 2023

Republican ransom demands to not kill U.S. economy

"MAGA House Republicans are holding the American economy hostage in order to take a hatchet to programs Americans rely on every day to make ends meet."...

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24 Apr’ 2023

Where will the Republican scheme to cut veterans benefits hurt the most? Check this map.

Republicans want to cut Veteran benefits by 22%. This is how Republicans say thank you to those who served our country. - Reddit President’s Biden's Budget plan to...

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21 Apr’ 2023

Where are the 100,000 green jobs Republicans plan to cut? Check this map.

"McCarthy debt ceiling plan would kill thousands of green jobs in GOP districts" - USA Today "House Speaker Kevin McCarthy's debt ceiling plan to cut $4.5 trillion in...

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20 Apr’ 2023

Campaign planning after redistricting in Virginia goes better with Smart Maps

Political districts shuffled by redistricting? Plan your campaign better with a Smart Map. Andrea Miller is the founder of Center of Common Ground, a Coke drinker...

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19 Apr’ 2023

Republicans adopt Communist Dictator’s Playbook to harass Disney

DeSantis threatens retaliation over Disney’s attempt to thwart state takeover - CNN After being humiliated by its outgoing board, the Florida governor has hit upon another...

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17 Apr’ 2023

How do billionaires get your food stamp and Medicaid benefits cut? Follow the money.

Iowa to spend millions kicking families off food stamps. - Washington Post Thousands of Iowa residents are expected to lose Medicaid and food stamp benefits -...

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16 Apr’ 2023

Choose your college carefully

Students Re-Think College Plans in States With Abortion Bans - U.S. News Check this map for 6,559 schools including colleges, universities, junior colleges, trade schools and...

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11 Apr’ 2023

Mapping the deadly cost of playing politics with COVID health advice

"Ron DeSantis issued reckless advice to young men to avoid taking the mRNA vaccine because of an alleged heightened risk of a heart infection (myocarditis)." -...

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10 Apr’ 2023

Democracy under attack

"If the democratic system does not produce the result MAGA Republicans want, they break democracy to obtain a different result." - Robert Hubbell "As Democrats toil...

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9 Apr’ 2023

Republican racism trumps gun violence concerns

Tennessee Republicans Accused of Racism After Expelling Two Black Lawmakers - Newsweek How are Republicans so concerned about the unborn but fine with born children being...

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5 Apr’ 2023

Republicans resort to ‘political lynching’ to silence demands for gun safety reforms

After mass shooting, Tennessee House moves to expel three members calling for gun control - Popular Info Holding a hand-drawn sign calling to “protect kids, not guns” and...

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4 Apr’ 2023

STOP REPUBLICAN APARTHEID

"Mississippi Legislature Passes Bill Creating Unelected Court in Jackson" - Democracy Docket "MS House Bill 1020  would allow court personnel, including judges and prosecuting attorneys, to be...

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2 Apr’ 2023

Republicans DEFUND PUBLIC LIBRARIES in their culture war. Check this map to see if you’ll be hurt.

"Missouri Reps Just Voted to Completely Defund the State’s Public Libraries" - VICE "The new budget sets funds for libraries to $0. Library groups say the...

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30 Mar’ 2023

Sham excuses Republicans use to deny guns cause mass shootings

"TENNESSEE CONGRESSMAN TIM BURCHETT WINS AWARD FOR MOST F**KED-UP RESPONSE TO COVENANT SCHOOL SHOOTING" - Vanity Fair Burchett said that what had happened was “a horrible,...

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30 Mar’ 2023

Republicans take healthcare for servicewomen hostage: Map of military installations affected

Republicans threaten to deny healthcare for American servicewomen they would have die to protect the country. Tommy Tuberville Won't Promote Hundreds of Military Members Because He's...

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29 Mar’ 2023

Disabled vets disenfranchised

How do Republicans ask Americans to die for the country, but deny veterans their freedom to vote? "Wisconsin Supreme Court outlaws ballot drop boxes for elections....

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28 Mar’ 2023

Suspect behind dozens of mass shootings identified

There have been 130 mass shootings in 2023 till March 27. 193 killed. 498 injured. - Gun Violence Archive Where did these shootings occur? Who are...

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23 Mar’ 2023

They died for our freedom to read the books we want

100 year old war widow describes how her husband died fighting the Nazis to protect our freedom to read the books we want. - WPTV "I...

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21 Mar’ 2023

Walmart privatizes profits and socializes losses to exploit its workers

Walmart workers struggle to survive on food stamps and Medicaid while Republicans give more tax cuts to their billionaire Walmart donors. "Walmart relying on corporate welfare...

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19 Mar’ 2023

Mapping the latest attacks in the REPUBLICAN WAR ON WOMEN

Republican wage WAR ON WOMEN to deny their freedom to choose when and with whom to have a family. Check this map to locate the battlefront...

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17 Mar’ 2023

Who’d suffer from Republican scheme to raise Social Security and Medicare eligibility age? Check this map.

"Republicans Are Working on Making 70 the New Social Security Retirement Age" - Truth Out Republicans claim that raising the eligibility age is not a big...

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15 Mar’ 2023

Where will lower prescription drug prices help the most?

Seniors are saving millions in health care costs because of President Biden’s Prescription Drug Law. "Americans pay two to three times more for prescription drugs than other countries. President Biden...

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14 Mar’ 2023

Norfolk Southern & Silicon Valley Bank crashes: Follow the dark money slashing safety regulations

What do the Norfolk Southern train crash spewing toxic chemcials and Silicon Valley Bank closing have in common? Follow the money. How do corporations getting regulations...

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11 Mar’ 2023

Republicans take the ECONOMY HOSTAGE? Would you pay their ransom?

“Some of my Republican friends want to take the economy hostage,” charge Mr. Biden - NY Times "Cash will not be available to repay bond holders...

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10 Mar’ 2023

Top ten reasons why billionaires shouldn’t have to pay their fair share of taxes

President Biden proposes billionaires pay their "fair share". - MSNBC The howls of protest from Republicans to protect their wealthy donors have started. Use this infographic...

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7 Mar’ 2023

Lost your freedoms? Thank these Republicans who packed the Supreme Court with extremists.

"Republicans have hijacked the US supreme court." - The Guardian "The court’s hard-right majority has neither popular support for its agenda nor institutional legitimacy. It is...

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6 Mar’ 2023

GOP Fascist Playbook 101: Attack LGBTQ

"Transgenderism Must Be Eradicated: Michael Knowles at CPAC" - Daily Beast ‘Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.’ - George Santanya. Understand...

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5 Mar’ 2023

Can’t get an abortion pill at Walgreens? Thank your Republican AG.

"Walgreens won’t distribute abortion pills in states where GOP AGs object." - Politico Republicans use the threat of litigation to force companies to comply with their...

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1 Mar’ 2023

Black Voters Matter organizes to oppose new racist Georgia voter suppression bill

Right now in Ware County, Georgia, the House GOP is voting to take over the Board of Elections and potentially remove all 3 Black members.  Similar actions...

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1 Mar’ 2023

Republicans cripple FCC to help FOX News

"Murdoch revealed Fox News Corporation's role as a wing of the Republican Party" - Letters from An American The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulates media firms...

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28 Feb’ 2023

Who’ll be hurt by the GOP packed Supreme Court blocking student debt relief? Check this map.

"Over half of the House GOP and nearly all Senate Republicans signed briefs urging the Supreme Court to block Biden's student-loan forgiveness." - BusinessInsider Republicans are...

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28 Feb’ 2023

How will the GOP plan to repeal ACA and slash Medicare affect you? Check this map.

Republicans are pushing to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and slash Medicare. - Briefing Room Remember that members of Congress are paid $174,000 with your tax payer...

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28 Feb’ 2023

Murdaugh Murders Map

Shocking tragedies shatter a tight-knit South Carolina community and expose the horrifying secrets of its most powerful family. - Netflix The double homicide case dominates the...

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25 Feb’ 2023

How is LAW & ORDER in your state?

Dealing with a big talker? Check their hype against the facts. "Florida governor Ron DeSantis traveled this week to New York City, Philadelphia, and Chicago to...

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23 Feb’ 2023

Ten ways Trump and Republicans gutted train safety regulations

The hypocrisy is rich. After gutting train safety regulations, Republicans now complain about accidents. We decided to take a 'look at some of the transportation safety...

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22 Feb’ 2023

Mapping the surge in school shootings as Republicans push book bans but block gun safety reforms

School children die in the Republican culture war that bans books in schools while blocking gun safety measures that could save lives. We analyzed 2,217 school...

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21 Feb’ 2023

How many Norfolk Southern accidents have involved brakes? Check this map.

Looking for the real cause behind a major accident? Follow the facts, not conspiracy theories. We decided to see how many railroad accidents have there been?...

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20 Feb’ 2023

Tax dodging for billionaires

Billionaires have rigged the system. Dodge taxes and pay Republicans to cut their taxes further! Understand the billionaires' playbook to see how they get richer by...

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19 Feb’ 2023

Harness the outrage over gun violence: Make it easy for voters to email their elected rep

Another mass shooting. Gun safety legislation blocked again ... How can organizers make it easy for voters to email their elected rep to demand support gun...

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17 Feb’ 2023

Worst ten American ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTERS

There's a common thread between man-made environmental disasters. Greed. Follow the money to see who profits and who dies when safety standards are ignored, or weakened...

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16 Feb’ 2023

Punish CEOs for their actions — including toxic train disasters

"Corporations are people too" said Mitt Romney. Let's hold them responsible for their actions and punish them just like other Americans. Corporations have freedom of speech,...

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15 Feb’ 2023

Will your be affected by toxic fumes from the Ohio train derailment? Check wind patterns with this real-time map.

Toxic chemicals spread from the Norfolk Southern train derailment in Ohio. Which way are the winds blowing the toxic fumes? Who is likely to be impacted?...

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14 Feb’ 2023

Mapping the GOP love of gun lobby: 313 people killed or injured in 72 hours before Valentine’s Day

313 people have died or been injured by gun violence in the 72 hours before Valentine's Day. "Today is Valentine’s Day but too many of us...

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14 Feb’ 2023

Mapping environmental disaster from Ohio toxic train derailment

"Ohio Train Derailment: Environmental Disaster" - Truth In Plain Sight "A 50-car pileup... 14 giant tankers that were “exposed to fire” while full of hundreds of...

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13 Feb’ 2023

Corporate lobbying is a public health hazard

Rail Companies Blocked Safety Rules Before Ohio Derailment - Lever News Norfolk Southern helped convince government officials to repeal brake rules — and corporate lobbyists watered...

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11 Feb’ 2023

DeSantis pushes for concealed firearms without permits or training. Check Florida gun violence map.

"DeSantis pushes Florida lawmakers to pass permitless carry law in 2023" - WFLA St. Petersburg police Chief Anthony Holloway, opposes permitless carry and worry that more...

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4 Feb’ 2023

Republican death sentence

Over half of Mississippi’s rural hospitals are at risk of closing - PBS "Over half of Mississippi’s rural hospitals are at risk of closing immediately or...

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23 Jan’ 2023

Mapping the mass shootings till Jan 23, 2023 and the Senators blocking a ban on assault weapons

Ten people were killed and another ten injured in a mass shooting in Monterey Park CA. - NBC It’s the 37th mass shooting this year. We’re 23 days...

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22 Jan’ 2023

How to keep 6,969 politicians in your pocket

Hold the politicians your tax dollars pay for accountable for their votes. Call them when you disagree. They work for you. This map has details on...

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26 Dec’ 2022

How to find free emergency food, shelter and clothing

A Republican Governor (and supposed Christian) busses children thousands of miles and abandons them Christmas eve on a freezing DC sidewalk. How do they find help?...

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24 Dec’ 2022

Millions without power in freezing cold. Who voted against improving the power grid?

Deadly winter storm knocks out power leaving millions of Americans freezing without power. Nature reminds us that elections really do have consequences. Did you Congressperson really...

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4 Oct’ 2022

Hurricane Ian exposes PROPERTY INSURANCE MESS Florida Republicans have created

Rubio and Scott vote against storm aid. DeSantis fundraises from insurance firms while Florida residents struggle to get affordable property insurance. Follow the money, flooding and...

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1 Sep’ 2022

Jackson Mississippi: Mapping the racism in contaminated water

Republican racism contaminates the water supply in Jackson, Mississippi. "About 150,000 residents in Jackson were without safe water. Problems at one of the town’s two water-treatment...

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30 Oct’ 2021

Organizers provide emergency water faster with chatbots and drive-throughs

Organizers provide emergency water supplies to Benton Harbor (MI) residents in lead contaminated water emergency. Community organizers and volunteers help distribute supplies at the Abundant Life...

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28 Sep’ 2021

TARJIMLY connects volunteer translators with nonprofits

The free Tarjimly app connects nonprofits with bi-lingual volunteers to overcome language barriers. Tarjimly was founded in 2017 to improve the lives of refugees and the...

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9 Sep’ 2021

Improvise solutions with design thinking

Floods and power blackouts in the middle of a pandemic. That's Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. Every disaster is unique and demands its own...

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