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DL-DSM: The Post-Election Hangover Edition

DL-DSM: The Post-Election Hangover Edition

Join us at Hessen Haus at 101 4th St. starting at 8pm!

This week, it was announced that President Obama is considering an anti-deportation plan that would delay the deportation process of us to 5 million undocumented immigrants. The plan is reported to also provide most of them with work permits through executive order.

On the Net Neutrality front, President Obama has engaged the Federal Communications Commission and encouraged them to set rules governing the way internet provider companies allow or restrict access to the internet. By classifying broadband as a public utility, prices, content, and speed would be regulated and would allow for a more accessible, open internet.

In decidedly less than thrilling news, the President is also seeking approval from congress for an additional $5.6 billion dollars from Congress to send up to 1,500 additional troops to Iraq. The additional troops would be used to help the fight against the Islamist terrorist group ISIS, and would bring our total troop count to approximately 3,100.

Your frosty but friendly co-hosts,
Donni, Stephen, and Thresa

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DL-DSM: Going to the Polls 2014 Special Election Edition

Happy Election Day!!!

Today all across the country it is election day. With millions of voters being disenfranchised by voter id laws and millions more so sick of politics that they can not stand it any more, it is all the more important for you to get out and vote. Only you can protect the progressive and liberal values that we cherish.

In Texas today, some 600,000 voters will be disenfranchised by Texas' voter id law. All this to fight only 2 cases of known voter fraud in the all the elections since 2002. That is over 20 million votes cast. As Jon Stewart said that is less than the allowed amount of cockroach allowed to be in yogurt.

In North Carolina as it has been for the last few elections, progressives and liberals will have little chance to have a say in how they are governed. They live in one of the most gerrymandered states in the union. And have been largely shunted off into three highly gerrymandered districts.

So living in Iowa where we have neither of these attempts to suppress voter turn out, it is all the more important to get out and vote, if not for yourself then for your allies all across the country, who are not as luck as you.

You can find out more about gerrymandering and see how Iowa stacks up against the rest of the nation here : http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/05/15/americas-most-gerrymandered-congressional-districts/

You happily voting co-hosts
Donni, Stephen, and Thresa

PS:Visit us online
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DL-DSM: The Beggars Night Edition

DL-DSM: The Beggars Night Edition

We will be meeting at Hessen House, 101 4th St in downtown Des Moines. Our next meeting is Thursday 10/30. We will be meeting at 8:30pm to accommodate those who are handing out candy (or otherwise participating) to Trick-or-Treaters, so if you have the opportunity, give away some candy!

Please make sure to cast your liberal and/or progressive vote on November 4th! There has been an interest in an election watching party to gather to watch the election returns. We will notify everyone beforehand if we get
time/place pinned down.

Your Trick or Treating Co-Hosts,
Donni, Stephen, and Thresa

DL-DSM: The Our Good Friend Bailey or Braley or Whatever Edition

We will be meeting at Hessen House, 101 4th St in downtown Des Moines. Our next meeting is Thursday 10/16 at 8pm.

Rock the vote. Don't rock the vote, baby--OMG you guys, there is an election in like two weeks! If you have not already done so, please register your ass to vote. All the information you need is right here https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/voterinformation/voterregistration.html. This means that in less than a fortnight, we will once again be able to watch network television without seeing grainy photos of Joni Ernst every few minutes.

In other election news--Michelle Obama was in the state stumping for some guy named Bruce Bailey. She promised her unwavering support to her dear friend Mr Bailey. The Congressman could Braley hide his disappointment with the FLOTUS's endorsement. The ordeal caught the attention of one Stephen Colbert, which means Iowa is Colbert Report famous now!

Taste the rainbow--Since the Supreme Court elected not to hear any gay marriage cases, the circuit courts now get to decide the constitutionality of gay marriage ban. States like Oklahoma and Utah, (seriously, Utah!) have legal gay marriage now.

Your Registered-to-Vote Co-hosts,
Donni, Stephen, and Thresa

Small Correction

Of course our next meeting is not 10/02 but 10/09. The poster of the previous email has been suitably chastised.

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