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11/4 Week in Review

BALLOTS ARE DUE IN:
 
ACA Open Enrollment
 
The open enrollment period for the health insurance marketplace has opened! This means that you can now apply for a new 2018 health insurance plan. You can also change or renew or your current plan. The open enrollment period ends on December 15th.
 
To change, renew, or find a health insurance plan for the coming year in the state of Washington, go to: https://www.wahealthplanfinder.org
 
Or, if you won’t be in Washington State next year, go to: https://www.healthcare.gov
 
Make sure to share this information, as the Trump administration is opting not to share it.
 
 
 
Trump Campaign Officials Charged in First Round of Indictments
 
On Monday, Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort and his deputy Richard Gates were indicted for conspiring against the United States, among other charges, due to their undisclosed foreign agency and money laundering in connection with the regime of pro-Putin former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and others closely connected to Vladimir Putin.
 
Additionally, former Trump foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in January about his contacts with Russia during the campaign. According to a document filed by Mueller’s office with the court earlier in October, Papadopoulos “lied to special agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation” about the “nature of his relationships and interactions with certain foreign nationals whom he understood to have close connections with senior Russian government officials.”
 
Donald Trump has tried to play it cool on Twitter, even as his former campaign staff and advisers are being indicted. “Few people knew the young, low level volunteer named George,” the president tweeted on Tuesday. Unfortunately for Trump, he also tweeted this image during his campaign last year (Papadopolous is third from the left, facing the camera):
 
 

With all due respect, Mr. President, we’ve worked on a lot of presidential campaigns and we’ve never heard of a “low level volunteer” being at the table to discuss national security policy with the future president and the future attorney general.

 
 
Cathy McMorris Rodgers and her GOP Tax Plan
 
This was the week that the Republicans in Congress had intended to devote to their tax plan, which was released on Thursday, one day later than initially planned. Washington State’s own Cathy McMorris Rodgers has spearheaded the promotion of the bill that would shift even more wealth to the ultra wealthy. She has been traveling around the country and peddling the plan to other people’s constituents, despite the fact that preliminary predictions show that 13 million Americans earning less than $100,000 per year could see their taxes increase under the GOP plan.
 
Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ plan changes nominal tax rates to make it look like the middle class will keep more money. But the small print of the plan eliminates deductions and incentives for the middle class, while widening loopholes (and even creating a new one) for the very wealthiest Americans. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and her Republican friends are hiding the ball and hoping we don’t notice.
 
During a week when Donald Trump’s inner circle is beginning to buckle under pressure from Mueller’s Russia investigation, during a week when there is so much at stake in the elections right here at home in Washington State, during a week when her constituents have very real concerns about her continued support for Donald Trump, Cathy McMorris Rodgers has run away (this time even farther than the west side of the state!) and tried to change the subject.
 
 
ONLY 3 DAYS LEFT TO VOTE
 
Halloween is over but there are still some spooky candidates lingering on your ballot. Don’t forget to cast your ballot and cast those ghouls away by November 7th!
 
With only three days to the election, we are holding phone banks and canvasses across Washington State to get out the vote. Click here to find an event near you and get Democrats elected!
 
You can also send an email to your friends reminding them to vote with just a few clicks - from the comfort of your own home!
 
 
Resistance Merchandise
 
You’ve probably heard about our cutting-edge, statewide organizing program - and the low-dollar monthly donor program that funds it called The Resistance. Every dollar raised through The Resistance directly supports our organizing efforts across Washington State - including three full-time organizers based in Eastern, Central, and Western Washington.
 
We’re standing up to the Trump Agenda by building our bench, engaging voters, and supporting Democratic candidates up and down the ballot. Most of all, we’re getting Democrats elected.
 
For a limited time only, you can make a one time contribution supporting these efforts and we’ll send you a special gift to say thank you.
 
 
This is the last time Resistance gear will be available! Follow this link to get your limited time hat, scarf, or button now before they’re gone!
 
 
Statewide Maggies Awards
The Magnuson Awards, also known as the "Maggies," honor individuals whose dedication and vision move this party forward. The "Maggie" Awards are an opportunity to recognize our outstanding Democratic activists, candidates and community leaders - to celebrate our victories each year among friends and allies. It is thanks to their devotion and action that we are prepared to face the challenges at hand and celebrate our great victories ahead.
 
This is your last chance to nominate outstanding Democrats in your area! Nominations close today at 5pm. Don’t miss your chance to recognize the remarkable folks who push our party in the right direction.
 
 
 
Joe Biden's Video Endorsement of Manka
 
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