Assholes-with-guns took over our Capitol last week, aiming to nullify the will of the voters -- and you know what that means: it means more government spying legislation! After all, when has "anti-terror" legislation ever gone wrong? Besides always, I mean. Has the USA PATRIOT Act made us safer? Has the FISA Amendments Act made us safer? How about NSA data-vacuuming? And, more to the point, did any of those things prevent a bunch of Nazi wannabes from plotting a coup on social media in broad daylight? No, of course not -- our government is more preoccupied with abusing its powers against Black Lives Matter protestors. Never does a catastrophe happen without our government demanding more power to spy on innocent Americans. Hence Demand Progress helps you tell your Congressfolk to reject any broad new government spying authority. The Capitol coup is not a clarion call for more spying powers and more of our tax dollars.
Meanwhile, the Pennsylvania state legislature is actually trying to gerrymander judicial seats! HB 38 aims to create "districts" that particular state judges (including state Supreme Court judges) would "represent." Why? Simple: because five of seven judges on our state Supreme Court are Democrats, who've made a lot of trouble for Republicans by un-gerrymandering U.S. House districts and slapping down frivolous election lawsuits, to name just two good works, so our legislators want to retaliate by creating more Rorschach-blot districts that'll reliably pump out Republican judges. HB 38's pretty damn convoluted (it'd ultimately put a Constitutional amendment before the voters), but the machinations aren't as important as the simple fact that this is a sore loser bill. Maybe Republicans should try winning some elections, amirite? Hence Common Cause helps you write a letter-to-the-editor of your local paper opposing HB 38. And remember: in your letter, make sure you call it a "sore loser" bill.