Democrats Name Jason Kander To Chair New Commission to Protect American Democracy From Trump

Missouri’s Kander named to head effort to defend the rights of eligible voters from the Trump administration’s attacks on democracy.

To counteract the Trump administration’s “election integrity” commission, the Democratic National Committee is launching a new Commission on Protecting American Democracy from the Trump Administration. While the Trump commission plans to focus on so-called “fraudulent voting,” the DNC says its commission will debunk the myth that voter fraud is widespread, document the impact of voter suppression efforts in the 2016 election, and propose solutions to expand voting rights.

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Trump to propose big cuts to safety net in new budget, slashing Medicaid and opening door to other limits

no money for poor anymoreTrump’s first major budget proposal will include massive cuts to Medicaid and call for changes to anti-poverty programs that would give states new power to limit a range of benefits; it would follow through on a bill passed by House Republicans to cut more than $800 billion over 10 years that t could cut off Medicaid benefits for about 10 million people over the next decade.

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The Legislature adjourns. Get ready for economic Nirvana

nirvana?  right!Highways may be dilapidated, but they will be jammed with employers flocking to the state. They will be drawn by the right-to-work bill that was the first order of business for the Republican supermajorities and Gov. Eric Greitens last winter. They will love the tax cuts that helped create a $500 million hole in the state budget, but all the economic growth that’s coming is going to fix that. Or so Republicans say.

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Republicans plan massive cuts to programs for the poor

poor peopleUnder pressure to balance the budget and align with Trump, the House GOP has its eye on food stamps, welfare and perhaps even veterans’ benefits. House Republicans voted to slash hundreds of billions of dollars in health care for the poor now, they’re weighing a plan to take the scalpel to programs that provide meals to needy kids and housing and education assistance for low-income families.

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