Context from TJ as we discuss our national and state budget priorities.
Even if you read several papers and get breaking news alerts on your iPhone, it can be very difficult to keep track of what is really going on in DC beyond the headlines. This is especially true for low-profile, yet high-impact legislation and rule-making.
To assist in citizen efforts to keep plugged-in, the Sunlight Foundation/ProPublica has launched a service with IFTTT (which stands for IF This, Then That) that provides notice (through such services as email, SMS or Telegram) when some key things happen in Washington — for instance, when President Trump signs a bill into law, or when a bill is introduced that covers something you’re interested in.
IFTTT lets non-coders create small “applets” that connect web services and devices. The ProPublica applets are now part of ProPublica’s IFTTT channel (if link does not work, paste the following into your browser: https://ifttt.com/propublica).
What can you do with them? Examples of the applets real-world power include some critical notice functions:
- When President Trump signs a bill into law.
- When a new bill is introduced that matches a search term you provide.
- The House or Senate schedules a bill for consideration.
- A new lawmaker representing you enters Congress.
In addition, you can set up applets to not only receive notice, but also to automatically post info about legislation on your Twitter account; create spreadsheets with bill and voting info; and to place events on your personal or work calendar.
Click on an applet card and link your services.
It's powerful stuff for an informed citizenry.
Hey Democratic, Progressive, Indivisible and other liberal organizations and committees!
Here's a recent Bloomberg Headline: "Russian Hackers Said to Seek Hush Money From Liberal Groups." Here is the link to the story: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-06/russian-hackers-said-to-seek-hush-money-from-liberal-u-s-groups
Russian hacking and interference didn't end with the 2016 Election.
First step in protecting yourself and your team? Immediate increased security for you most critical digital content using Two-Factor Authentication (2FA).
Sound difficult? It's not. Indeed, the TURN IT ON guide linked below shows you how to easily set 2FA up for your accounts - and also gives away free pizza.
INDIVISIBLE.legal's goal is to assist and guide independent Indivisible groups as they lawfully create, organize and deploy under-utilized, but existing tools and organizations to ENGAGE VOTERS, WIN ELECTIONS, AND INFLUENCE POLICY.
Today saw the posting of the first two sets of educational materials (in an intended regular series):
- Presentation/slides that outline recent use of independent organizations (ex: 501(c)s and SuperPACs) as powerful tools for the development of policy and winning elections; and
- Quick reference chart outlining some of the DO's and DONT's for 501(c)s and SuperPACs.
Indivisible and other progressive activists are encouraged to contact Jeff to schedule training and consultations as they work to TURN ADVOCACY TO ACTION!
As always, Jeff and RCo's goal is to serve the political, advocacy and startup communities and help them THRIVE in challenging environments.
So much more to come.
If you are still managing your political or policy organization through your email inbox, you are doing it wrong.
Improved efficiency and productivity = WIN.
RCo can help you get there. Here is our guide to making these improvements with the cloud: https://medium.com/@jaruppert/move-your-campaign-to-the-cloud-now-b9c3676f46cf#.7845tdge4
Given some of the truly deplorable legislation slipped into existing bills during this "Lame Duck" session of the Ohio Legislature, a lot of folks have asked me about the Governor's Veto Power / Veto Process.
Here is a brief primer based off my past as "Captain Veto" in the Strickland Administration:
You can also access the .pdf on the Client Portal page.
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The below is a re-post from my personal webpage (jeffreyruppert.com) titled My Post-Election Founder / TJ Mantra (11/19/2016):
In times of great national insecurity I, like many, often turn to the Founders words for guidance. I don't do this because the Founders were always right. And I certainly know that they could not foresee most of the evolution of our nation and its modern benefits and challenges. I look to the Founders because they thought, read and wrote both broadly and deeply. They used that knowledge to not only found a nation suitable for their present, but also one that could evolve and endure. They designed our new nation with an unsentimental eye towards to the foibles and limits of man; the resulting Republic has survived assault foreign and domestic.
Post-Election 2016, I have again spent some additional time with history, and came across this Jefferson quote. It has become a source of both comfort and resolve:
While the quote itself comes from one of the most controversial of Jefferson writings (the 1798 Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions), its sentiment is nevertheless sound. In the US, when facing challenging times or threats, we do not turn solely to hope or prayer, or even to powerful individuals, to save the day. Instead, we rely upon those processes and institutions - especially our own Constitution - as forged by the Founders and honed through 240+ years of experience to continue our Republic's sometimes erratic, but unrelenting, march toward greater and shared prosperity, equality, and justice.
Hold our leaders to their oaths to defend that Constitution, and this too shall pass.
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My hackathon team built a "Bot Law School" in an hour late last night @TBDLaw.
It's designed for the non-coding attorney to build bots to answer legal questions through QnA markup and decision trees. Code/machine language coming later.
You can see the results of our quick test work here:http://www.lawascode.org
You can borrow or add to the Github repository here:https://github.com/colarusso/lawascode
What is TBDLaw?
Here's how it is described at TBDLaw.co:
Not an Ordinary Conference
Far more than an Un-Conference, TBD Law is a unique mix of summit, retreat, design-thinking workshop and hackathon. Designed by LexThink founder Matt Homann, TBD Law is about collaboration, connection and creativity, not CLE.
TBD Law is for a curated group of lawyers who've moved their practices past their peers'. If you've made the list, you're already ahead of the curve. TBD Law will help you stay there. If you think you're one of them, fill out the form below and we'll talk. .
By Innovators, For Innovators
Nobody wins in the race to be first to be second. At TBD Law, you'll build your future with lawyers who will push you out of your comfort zone instead of pushing you back towards the status quo.
I'm ready to immerse myself in a room with folks who are smarter than me; more talented; and see the future.
Maybe some of it will rub off...
On April 26, 2016, the US House of Representatives unanimously passed the bipartisan Email Privacy Act by a vote of 419-0. The bill updates the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) to would clarify that law enforcement must obtain a warrant—except in certain clearly defined emergencies—before accessing individuals’ electronic communications. This is a long-overdue and necessary update to our digital privacy laws. You can learn more here.
One day later, on April 27, 2016, the House passed the Helping Angels Lead Our Startups (HALOS) Act. The HALOS Act clarifies federal law regulating solicitation of investors and makes it easier for entrepreneurs and startups to publicly pitch and promote their ideas and companies without violating existing laws. You can learn more here.
Let's hope that the US Senate can quickly act and set aside election year distractions and rhetoric to secure final passage of this much-needed legislation.
It's a New Year full of challenges and opportunities. Seize the initiative and make RCo. your partner for success in 2016.
RCo. has taken another step in our continuing effort to secure and protect client communication and information.
RCo. now utilizes TunnelBear to establish a secure Virtual Private Network (VPN) whenever RCo. professionals use public or other non-secure wifi networks. Now all client data is hidden behind a VPN and all client online communications can remain private.
Want to be super secure? RCo. will make all "snoopers" think our laptops are in a foreign country of your choice!
We like Malta.