Podcast — September 10, 2018 at 10:49 am

The 2018 midterm election: A matter of survival – with special guest Laura Packard


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Stacey Abrams, Andrew Gillum, Ayanna Pressley, Sharice Davids, Rashida Tlaib.

Julius N. Richardson, A. Marvin Quattlebaum Jr., Andy Oldham, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh.

In the Democratic Party it’s the most diverse of times. Between 30 and 40 new women are poised to enter the House next January, shattering the previous record of 24 set in 1992’s “Year of the Woman.”

In the Republican Party it’s the White Malest of times as “The number of Republican women in the House is actually poised to decline,” NBC News reports.

The share of House Rs who are white men is 86% and rising. The share of House Dems who are white men is 41% and falling. And Trump’s picks for the courts are as bad or worse when it comes to putting white bread in power for the next few generations.

Politico notes that “just 8 percent of Trump’s nominees for U.S. attorney positions are women, and just 8 percent are people of color.” It’s an amazing split screen, one party is becoming older, richer, whiter and the other is attempting to do the opposite, despite a legacy of disappointing the people who depend on America’s left the most.

For the most vulnerable people in America, the 2018 midterm election is not just a matter of going to the polls once and hoping for the best. It’s a matter of life and death and no one epitomizes that more than Laura Packard. Laura is a cancer survivor who has pleaded directly in a number of viral videos to Nevada Senator Dean Heller to help save her life and preserve the protections that were established under the Affordable Care Act.

It hasn’t persuaded Dean Heller but it may end up persuading America to protect the care that SHE needs to survive past 2018.

Laura Packard on Twitter: @LPackard

Voices of Health Care on The Action Network is HERE.

PowerThru Consulting’s website: PowerThruConsulting.com

Help convince Susan Collins to reject Brett Kavanaugh: bit.ly/CollinsBeAHero

The Good– Democrats leading on healthcare ahead of the midterms
Senate Unanimously Passes Bipartisan Stabenow Bill to Crack Down on Gag Clauses that Force Customers to Pay More at the Pharmacy Counter

S. 2553: A bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to prohibit Medicare part D plans from restricting pharmacies from informing individuals regarding the prices for certain drugs and biologicals.

March 2018 Study: Overpaying for Prescription Drugs: The Co-Pay Clawback Phenomenon

Phil Dawson for WZZM: Rick Snyder won’t endorse Bill Schuette for Michigan governor

Chris Savage at Eclectablog: DISGRACEFUL: New Bill Schuette attack ad uses doctored photo of Gretchen Whitmer taken the day she testified about her own sexual assault

The Bad — The vote is not whipped.
SCOTUS Senators Tracker

LOLGOP at Eclectablog: If Brett Kavanaugh weren’t lying, Republicans would never have picked him

Check your Senators at WhipTheVote.org.

The Shrugly ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ — Obama is back and so is Obamacare, which is actually more popular than ever.

Gallup: Obama’s First Retrospective Job Approval Rating Is 63%

FiveThirtyEight.com: How unpopular is Donald Trump?

Progressives Everywhere‘s Candidate of the Week (via @JordanZakarin): Cyndi Ralston, candidate for Oklahoma state House, district 12: Ralston4OK.com

Donate to Cyndi Ralston and other teachers & education advocates at Progressives Everywhere HERE.

The show notes for Episode 12 of The GOTMFV Show are at http://www.eclectablog.com/2018/09/the-2018-midterm-election-a-matter-of-survival-with-special-guest-laura-packard.html

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Music clips
Intro and transition music: You Dress Like an Asshole by Not The 1s
Progressives Everywhere intro/outro: They’re Everywhere by Jim’s Big Ego
Flint Water Crisis Update intro: Unclaimed by Mike Wagner/Total Strangers
Outro music: Complain (from the movie Bob Roberts) by David Robbins & Tim Robbins