And Eddie Kurtz, president and executive director of the liberal advocacy group Courage Campaign, said it is “my job to make sure [the health care vote] isn’t a flash in the pan, that it is hung around these folks’ necks every way possible.”
Kate Connor, who leads the local Courage Campaign efforts, said numerous Valley residents have tried to meet with Nunes about local and national concerns, but have been met with resistance – so the group created a resistance of their own.
They’ve marched on Nunes’ offices in Clovis and Visalia since the November election.
“It is frankly pathetic that California Republicans are too afraid to meet with their constituents and discuss their concerns,” she said. “If our democratically elected representatives don't have the guts to stand face-to-face with their constituents and explain their decisions, then they shouldn't be voting to destroy our access to affordable healthcare or launch a war against our immigrant communities.”
After business-aligned Democrats successfully blocked efforts to slash oil consumption, ban fracking and double workers’ pay on holidays, the Courage Campaign, an advocacy group, decided to scour legislators’ voting records to see who, in their eyes, wasn’t sufficiently liberal.
“It was painfully clear that despite being this deep-blue progressive state with a progressive electorate, we were unable to enact the significant progress we feel is so desperately needed,” said Eddie Kurtz, the group’s president.
The latest scorecard, released this week, features nine legislators — five of them Democrats — in a “Hall of Shame.” The group also notes that seven legislators dramatically improved their scores — a sign, its organizers claim, that increased scrutiny is working.
More than three dozen people gathered outside the office of Rep. Devin Nunes in Clovis on Thursday, urging him to reject legislation that would end the Affordable Care Act.
Kate Connor, 40, organized the protest as part of the Courage Campaign. She said similar protests were being held in six other districts in the state.
The protest was organized on the seventh anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, and also on the day it was supposed to be repealed.
Legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act was short in votes Thursday. President Donald Trump demanded a make-or-break vote on health care and said if the Affordable Care Act is not repealed Friday, it will stay.
A 4'11" grim reaper on the streets of Clovis, outside Congressman Devin Nunes's office.
"It's a darn good chance most of these 24 million people will die before their time," protester Celeste Johnston said. It's how Johnston chose to dress, saying repealing and replacing Obamacare is a death sentence. "Fix the ACA, but don't introduce this ridiculously bad bill," Johnston said of the American Health Care Act.
Family physician Sue Stone was alongside Johnston, saying, if the bill's replaced, she'd see trouble with those using the ER as their primary medical care. "The people who really need those services, it gets backed up," Stone said. "They don't get the proper care, they don't get proper follow-up."
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A series of demonstrations are planned across the state to protest House Republicans’ Obamacare replacement proposal, which could lead to heavy financial losses for California and leave more than 5 million uninsured, according to the state Department of Health Care Services and Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones.
A press conference on potential losses for California is set for 11 a.m. at the state Capitol. Meanwhile, those opposed to the Republican proposal are expected to show up and protest in the home districts of California Republicans in the House, including Reps. Jeff Denham, David Valadao, Devin Nunes, Steve Knight, Ed Royce and Dana Rohrabacher. Organized by the Courage Campaign, a liberal activist network, many are expected to carry signs depicting the “grim reaper,” personifying death.
EVENTS: Release -- “On Thursday, March 23rd, as the House votes to strip away healthcare from millions of Americans, members of the California-based Courage Campaign will hold rallies outside state Congressional Republicans offices with with grim reaper themed posters calling out Congress members for wanting to “kill affordable health care for thousands of Californians.” Link to “Grim Reaper” poster.
Tulare isn’t known much for demonstrations, but last Thursday the small Central Valley farming town became the latest stop in a campaign to call out members of Congress who were skipping town hall meetings during the congressional recess. About 100 demonstrators gathered in a city park at dusk. With signs reading “No Wall” and “Yes to the ACA,” marchers chanted “Keep our health care! No repeal!” as they were escorted across a busy street by police officers. They walked back and forth on the sidewalk outside of the gated neighborhood where Rep. Devin Nunes owns a home.
Kate Connor of the California-based Courage Campaign was one of the organizers for the event. She said people across the state held candlelight vigils asking “Have You Seen my Congressperson?” They called out David Valadao (CA-21), Rep. Jeff Denham (CA-10) Rep. Kevin McCarthy (CA-23), Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48), Rep. Ed Royce (CA-39) and Rep. Steve Knight (CA-25) for not scheduling town hall meetings.
A group of activists who went to Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher's home Thursday night asking for a meeting say they found a closed door and, soon after, the sprinklers turned on.
Activists with the Service Employees International Union, Courage Campaign and other groups tried to visit the California homes of half a dozen Republican members of Congress that night.
Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove, made headlines earlier this month when he was escorted out of a meeting with constituents by police – and then again at a follow-up this week when he talked for so long he outlasted many of the people who showed up to protest him.
But the biggest news about congressional town halls coming out of California lately has been the absence of them. As frustrated liberals nationwide showed up en masse to confront their Republican representatives, part of the broad movement to “resist” President Donald Trump and his agenda, California lawmakers largely avoided the fray.