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*ACTION ALERT* Pink Slips for Senator Nelson

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Included here:

  • Action Alert for TOMORROW, Wednesday, October 7
  • “Pink Slip Campaign” – including links to printables, contact information
  • Phone Calls

It appears that Senator Nelson, as always, is riding the fence on health care reform. His past history proves that he will wait until the last minute to commit to how he will vote, more often than not, voting for a repugnant piece of legislation.
Sen. Nelson is under tremendous pressure from the Left to vote for government-controlled health care.

It’s time to send a clear message to Senator Nelson that a “YES” vote on health care that means government is going further into health care is NOT ACCEPTABLE.

There are indications that Leftists in Congress are going to attempt to pass health care “reform” by stealth. (See links and an article at the bottom of this message.)

Many people in our group want to take action NOW on this stealth effort and specifically focus on Senator Nelson. They would like to personally deliver pink slips to Senator Nelson’s Lincoln office TOMORROW.
Pink slips are an idea that have been circulating for a while. We have our own version of these which were shown at the July 4 Tea Party at the Capitol in a large sign format and the forms were available at the sign-up tables.

They are intended to send a message to all politicians that they are to uphold and defend the Constitution or they will be voted out of office. They remind the office holder that failure to do so is a violation of the Constitution.

WHAT: Pink Slip Delivery
WHERE: Senator Nelson’s Lincoln Office
440 North 8th St. View Map
WHEN: Wednesday, October 7, 3:30pm

We will meet at The Mill at the corner of 8th & P, map link HERE, and walk down to Senator Nelson’s office together.

There are two printable versions of the pinks – one for people who have pink paper and one for those who do not.
Just click on one of the document titles below to access the printable PDF.

Pink Slip for Pink Paper

Pink Slip for White Paper (has pink background)

There will be a supply of pink slips on site if you cannot print your own.

We suggest we all also mail a pink slip to Senator Nelson’s Washington, D.C. office since that is where he is currently working.

Washington, D.C.
720 Hart Senate Office Building
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510

IF YOU CANNOT MAKE THE GROUP DELIVERY TOMORROW:

Print out your slip and mail it to Senator Nelson’s office.
Lincoln
440 North 8th Street
Suite 120
Lincoln, NE 68508

Omaha
7602 Pacific St.
Ste 205
Omaha, NE 68114

**PINK SLIP YARD SIGNS**

In addition to the PINK SLIP mailing and delivery effort, many of us would like to put a PINK SLIP sign in our yards.
We will be sending more information on putting in a group order on durable permanent signs, but in the meantime, we have come up with a couple of designs to make our own signs. Considering the amount of ink required, printing out multiple full sheets using pink ink is not feasible. If you plan to use the printouts, please plan accordingly.

Yard Sign POLITICIANS

Printable located here:

POLITICIANS Pink Slip Yard Sign Printable PDF

Yard Sign NELSON

Printable located here:

SENATOR NELSON Pink Slip Yard Sign Printable PDF

*Instructions for assembling and temporary “weatherproofing” these will be added HERE and on the NING site later this evening*

***This is NOT the end of the “Pink Slip Campaign”***

NOTE: Another message with general updates will be sent tomorrow or Thursday regarding sending pink slips to other politicians. These obviously have a broader application. Included will be a link to a service that you can pay to send pink slips to all members of Congress.

Phone calls:
Although it may seem fruitless to make calls, pro-government controlled health care proponents are putting on the pressure. We need to keep up the pressure on in the opposite direction – that means personal visits, letters, and phone calls.
I have been advised by many people including former Congressional staffers of the most effective way to place your call:

Call the office closest to you and the D.C. office and give your zip code and name. Simply state you want Senator Nelson to vote “No” on any health care legislation unless it gets government OUT.

Washington, D.C.
Tel: (202) 224-6551
Fax: (202) 228-0012

Lincoln
Tel: (402) 441-4600
Fax: (402) 476-8753

Omaha
Tel: (402) 391-3411
Fax: (402) 391-4725

Scottsbulf
Tel: (308) 631-7614

South Sioux City
Tel: (402) 209-3595

Kearney
Tel: (308) 293-5818

*** ADDITIONAL DETAILS – DEVELOPMENTS IN HEALTH CARE LEGISLATION ***

Current Status – *As usual, shifting by the minute* several wire stories indicate a potential delay in the vote, others that what has developed so far are very unpalatable additions to the bill. Here are links to a few wire stories from today and a full article that appeared very recently in Human Events:

CNN: Key Health Care Vote To Be Delayed Sources Say
Bloomberg: Deficit May Prove Obstacle for Senate Health Measure
NPR: Democrats Force Changes in Baccus Health Bill
New York Times: How Some Employees Could Lose Out Under Employer ‘Mandate’

Congress’s Secret Plan to Pass Obamacare
Brian Darling is director of U.S. Senate Relations at The Heritage Foundation.
First Appeared in Human Events
President Obama and liberals in Congress seems intent on passing comprehensive health care reform, even though polls suggest it is unpopular with the American people. And despite the potential political risks to moderate Democrats, the President and left-wing leadership in Congress are determined to pass the measure using a rare parliamentary procedure.
The Senate plans to attach Obamacare to a House-passed non-healthcare bill. Ironically, nobody knows what that legislation looks like, because it has not yet been written. Yet many members plan to rubber-stamp Obamacare without reading or understanding the bill.

The Senate Finance Committee worked furiously last week to mark up a “conceptual framework” of health care reform. The committee actually rejected an amendment by Sen. Jim Bunning (R.-Ky.) to mandate that the bill text and a final cost analysis by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) be publicly available at least 72 hours before the Finance Committee votes on final passage.

The following four-step scenario describes one way liberals plan to work the rules in their favor to get Obamacare through the Senate:

Step 1: The Senate Finance Committee must first approve the marked-up version of Sen. Max Baucus’ (D.-Mont.) conceptual framework. Then Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D.-Nev.) can say that two Senate Committees have passed a health care bill, which will allow him to take extraordinary steps to get the bill on the Senate floor.
During the mark-up last week, members had difficulty offering amendments and trying to make constructive changes [sic] because they lacked actual legislative text and Baucus made unilateral last minute changes. For example, the AP reported that “under pressure from fellow Democrats, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee decided to commit an additional $50 billion over a decade toward making insurance more affordable for working-class families.”

Step 2: Sen. Reid will take the final product of the Senate Finance Committee and merge it with the product of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, which passed on a party-line vote in July.

Usually, a bill is voted out of committee, and then the Senate takes up the final product of the committee so that all 100 senators can have a hand in the process. With some help from the Obama administration, Reid will decide what aspects of the HELP and Finance Committee bills to keep.

Step 3: Now, Obamacare will be ready to hitch a ride on an unrelated bill from the House. Sen. Reid will move to proceed to H.R. 1586, a bill to impose a tax on bonuses received by certain TARP recipients. This bill was passed by the House in the wake of the AIG bonus controversy and is currently sitting on the Senate Legislative Calendar.

The move to proceed needs 60 votes to start debate. After the motion is approved, Sen. Reid will offer Obamacare as a complete substitute to the unrelated House-passed bill. This means that the entire healthcare reform effort will be included as an amendment to a TARP bill that has been collecting dust in the Senate for months.

Step 4: For this strategy to work, the proponents would need to hold together the liberal caucus of 58 Democrats (including Paul Kirk who was named last Thursday to replace Sen. Kennedy), and the two Independent senators (Joe Lieberman of Connecticut and Bernie Sanders of Vermont). These members will have to all hold hands and vote against any filibuster. Once the Senate takes up the bill, only a simple majority of members will be needed for passage. It’s possible one of the endangered moderate Democrats, such as Sen. Blanche Lincoln (Ark.), could vote to stop a filibuster then vote against Obamacare so as not to offend angry constituents.

Once the Senate passes a bill and sends it to the House, all the House would have to do is pass the bill without changes and President Obama will be presented with his health care reform measure. If this plan does not work, the Senate and House leadership may go back to considering using reconciliation to pass the legislation.

Adopting this secret plan will not strike most Americans as a transparent, bipartisan, effective way to change how millions of Americans get their health care.


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Grassroots Nebraska *ACTION ALERT* & Updates August 27

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Synopsis of this post:

  • Rep. Fortenberry to conduct town halls today in Lincoln
  • Request for input regarding LEA’s Health Care Rally at the Capitol
  • CONFERENCE CALL FOR ENTIRE GROUP IN LIEU OF MEETING
  • Advice on receiving timely information

Send emails to lincolnteaparty AT gmail DOT com

FORTENBERRY TOWNHALLS
Thanks to Wendy for passing along the fact that Rep. Jeff Fortenberry will be conducting town hall meetings in Lincoln today.
As Wendy noted, the capacity at Lincoln Southwest is approximately 350 people. In the event there may be a large turnout, it would be advised to arrive early.
Note that at both the Sen. Nelson townhall and LEA rally, there were buses of people brought in from outside of Lincoln to enlarge the number of “pro-reform supporters”.
No signs are allowed at the People’s City Mission as it is private property, but there are signs allowed at the high school.
If you would like to have a sign, but don’t have time to make one, Wendy had a local artist make about a dozen of them and is more than happy to lend them out during an event, please just be sure to return them. She will be at the evening event…just look for the nice gal with a lot of signs that are pro-freedom and anti-socialized medicine.

Fortenberry Town Hall Meetings
Thursday, August 27, 2009

People’s City Mission Town Hall Meeting
People’s City Mission
110 Q St., Lincoln
2:00pm

Lincoln Southwest High School Town Hall Meeting
Lincoln Southwest High School
7001 S 14th St., Lincoln
7:00pm

REQUEST FOR INPUT REGARDING LEA’S HEALTH CARE RALLY AT THE CAPITOL

Anyone who read the email alerts this week are aware that the Lincoln Education Association held a rally at the Capitol in support of “health care reform”.
If you didn’t read the email that was sent, please read THIS POST on the Grassroots in Nebraska public blog.

As noted, I made an effort to let people in our group and on our email list know this event was going to take place despite how short of notice there was. About twenty people who’d been contacted gathered together.

Because I am working on the film project and host a radio show every Tuesday evening, I realized I couldn’t attend myself, so I communicated with Linda Rohman regarding the efforts and communications and asked her to coordinate things to whatever extent seemed necessary.

From multiple independent accounts, the “pro-reformers” at the rally, including those who had been bused in, were determined to cause trouble with the group in opposition although they were simply quietly and respectfully listening to the speakers.

To be blunt, the behavior of many in attendance was disgraceful. Linda will be writing up a report, but in the meantime, it is likely best to listen to her report given immediately following the rally on my weekly radio show. Myself and my co-host talked to Linda for about twenty-five minutes after the opening monologue and then again for about thirty minutes after we had another guest.
Link to Constitutional Liberty Coalition radio show
Raw link to radio show: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/GrizzlyGroundswell/2009/08/26/The-Constitutional-Liberty-Coalition-gets-Grizzly-with-Stubborn-Facts

In addition to the behavior of those in attendance, I believe the TV news reports on the event were….less than accurate.
I saw most of the Omaha Ch. 3 and part of the Ch. 10/11 KOLN reports. By all accounts, the headline should have been how poorly the “pro” attendees conducted themselves, about the number of scuffles that occurred, and how adults treated a twelve year old boy. This was not how the story was reported. Both channels I saw played up how many people attended, showing footage of Capitol Police placing cones in the street and commenting, “The crowd was so large, police had to shut down one lane of the street.”
On Ch. 10 / 11, the reporter noted that there was anger at her from “one side” because she was covering the “other”.

Perhaps most outrageously, the Lincoln Journal Star noted at the bottom of a photo, “the mostly calm Vote Yes rally was disrupted”.
I have no idea as of yet how many people attended, but based on footage I saw and noting the attendance in the same location in April, it appears like a fairly accurate count by the Journal Star, which was noted as 600.
I couldn’t find a full article or report on the event, and perhaps I’ve overlooked it. If the comments under the photos noted are any indicator, however, I can fill in the blanks on what the story may have been like.
The Journal Star seems to have selective accuracy “issues”. To review, there was confirmed attendance of 400 at our April 11 event, and 300 – 325 at our July 4 event. LJS reported 250 and 150 respectively.

**Information and opinions requested**
Of course, I am not surprised at the media bias that was employed here.
What I would like is:

  • Anyone who was in attendance, if they have the time, send me a few sentences to a paragraph of their perspective on what occurred, how many people they think were in attendance, and / or any opinions regarding news coverage they saw
  • Opinions on what should be done in this instance or any like it in the future

PLEASE help me to gather these emails by using the following subject line: LEA RALLY & MEDIA COVERAGE

I have not as of yet had the opportunity to visit with Linda since the radio show, but intend to do so today regarding her thoughts on the subject.

**CONFERENCE CALL FOR ALL INTERESTED PARTIES IN LIEU OF A MEETING – PLEASE RSVP**

Because of all of the traveling I’ve done recently and more to come in less than a week, I simply do not have the time to do what is required to convene a physical meeting for the month of August.
Although that is a fact, I would like to bring the group together to communicate about what has occurred since the last meeting and to discuss future activities.
The best compromise I can find is to conduct a conference call for that purpose.

Date and Time for Call: Monday, August 31, 7:00pm

I have conducted conference calls with 30 – 40 people on the line several times this summer to discuss the Cap & Trade bill and have found they can be done in an orderly and productive manner, IF particular procedures are followed and an agenda adhered to. The capacity for the conference line I use is actually capable of handling 150 participants.

If you are interested in participating in the call, please RSVP with a subject line of “AUG 31 CONFERENCE CALL – YES” and I will send you the call in number and access code. I don’t believe it is a good idea to broadcast the number to the entire mailing list.

The tentative agenda for the call would be as follows:

  • Review of Tenth Amendment movement by Nebraska Senators
  • Brief round up of local health care town halls and LEA rally
  • Report on results of Lincoln City Budget effort
  • Report from TV Group on activities and future plans
  • Potential for tv and radio advertising
  • Call for additional volunteers to handle particular activities
  • Status of our upcoming town hall event
  • Discussion of potential rally

ADVICE ON RECEIVING INFORMATION QUICKLY

Sending out email to the entire list is a time consuming task. I continue to pursue easier solutions and have found a temporary workable solution. Although I will never post some information on a public site, some information, such as these recent town halls and rallies, can be communicated very quickly through our public blog:

Grassroots in Nebraska blog

If you subscribe by clicking on “profile” under the heading “Subscribe Here for Alerts” on the right side bar, you will receive a daily digest via email of any new postings. When the situation warrants, either Wendy or myself will turn the email frequency to immediate so everyone who has subscribed can receive an email as soon as an item is posted.