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End Citizens United Plans to Make a Difference in 2018 Midterms

Midterm elections are notoriously hard to get people interested in. However, midterm elections are some of the most important elections in the country. This is particularly true as 2018 gets going after a disastrous first year from the Trump administration. The 2018 Midterms have the potential to completely change the political landscape for the next two years, at least. End Citizens United is a political action committee that has committed themselves to getting out and advocating for voters to make their voices heard. End Citizens United was founded on the idea of getting rid of the 2010 Supreme Court ruling surrounding Citizens United — a right-wing propaganda group led by lawyer James Bopp. End Citizens United sees a chance to make serious headway in 2018, and here is how they are going to do it, and what End Citizens United knows.

The 2018 Midterms will likely make or break the entire Trump presidency, though some would argue that it has already been pretty broken as it is. With that being said, things could undergo dramatic change if progressives manage to retake the House and don’t think for a moment that conservatives don’t understand this. End Citizens United is going to spend the next year helping to funnel voters to where they need to go in order to help champion politicians who are willing to fight back for the average American voter. End Citizens United will be directing much of their focus on four vulnerable seats in California. These four seats belong to Dana Rohrabacher, who was alleged to be ‘bought by Putin’ according to Paul Ryan, Darrell Issa and Duncan Hunter, who both are under fire for misusing campaign funds, and Mimi Walters.

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End Citizens United was created in 2015 as a response to the disastrous Citizens United ruling that we’ve spent so much time discussing. The Citizens United ruling fundamentally opened the floodgates to an influx of dark money, special interests, and corporate donors. With this happening, the American government ended up completely hijacked by people with the biggest checks to write. As a result, American voters are increasingly getting ignored by their elected representatives. 2018 shows the first real chance that American voters have to make a difference and start to take back some control of their political voice.

Tiffany Muller is the president of End Citizens United and she has been both vocal and energized in her pursuit for change in Washington D.C. Muller points to California as a real opportunity and she let reporters know that via a conference call. Muller said, “California represents some of the best opportunities, and some of the most egregious examples that we have seen.” Muller is, of course, talking about examples revolving around special interests buying off politicians in the government, and more information click here.

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Betsy DeVos Brings Change at the Department of Education.

There are very few things more dependable in life than Betsy DeVos and her fight for the right of school choice around the nation. Betsy DeVos was a prominent member of the Michigan Republican Party before she was selected by President Donald Trump to serve as the Secretary of Education for the United States of America. Donald Trump campaigned on bringing outsiders into Washington D.C. and the selection of Betsy DeVos as Secretary fo Education was outside-of-the-box thinking that could pay huge dividends for conservative values and the role of school choice in America. Most people are unaware of who Betsy DeVos is and who she was before she came to Washington D.C., so let’s take a moment to look back at her past.

 

Betsy DeVos was born and raised in a small town in Michigan. She would grow up amid traditional conservative values, armed with the idea of school choice in her life. DeVos would eventually go on to attend Calvin College where she would meet her future husband, Dick DeVos, while also sharpening her mind for politics. DeVos grew a reputation early on as an acerbic speaker who could be equal parts polite and cutthroat. People have always had a tendency to underrate Betsy DeVos and now Mrs. DeVos is using that same reputation to her advantage in Washington D.C. as something of a political bulldog who fights for each thing that she cares deeply for. Learn more: http://enablediversity.com/2017/08/11/dick-devos-reveals-the-staggering-amounts-of-money-he-donated-to-charity/

 

No matter what you discuss surrounding Betsy DeVos, eventually the conversation will drift back to the role of education and the government. Betsy DeVos is a reformer and she is a devout believer int he writings of Milton Friedman, who penned ‘The Role of Government in Education‘. This essay essentially made the argument that the government should keep its hands off of education, thus allowing families to decide whether public schooling or privatized schooling was the right choice for their children. DeVos got involved with Friedman’s work long before it was an acceptable stance for conservative Americans to take and, in truth, DeVos is a big reason why it has become so mainstream. DeVos says, “Today there are about 250,000 students in 33 publicly funded, private-choice programs in 17 states and the District of Columbia.”

 

With Betsy DeVos the role of government and education will be a defining aspect of her time spent in Washington D.C. Fans of school choice will have a lot to root for over the next four years.

 

 

 

 

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How Betsy DeVos Can Improve Education

When I heard that Betsy DeVos was going to be appointed as the Secretary of Education, I had a lot of questions. As a first time mother to an almost three year old, I was curious about how schools function. After all, I’m 40, and it has been forever since I was in school. The great thing is that I now get to teach my daughter what I can at home, and it’s fun watching her develop. My greatest fear as a mother was that when she finally went to school, I was uncertain about how much she would learn. I didn’t know how schools had changed, and I had heard so much about kids struggling.

Having a been a mother herself, I know Betsy knows and understands what that feels like. She had four children of her own in school at one time, and now that she has grandchildren she is still involved and has been with education for many years. Although Betsy has not been a teacher, she doesn’t need to be in order to totally rock this position. I’m looking at this from the viewpoint that she is a woman that would love to see children excel, and she is looking at this position through the eyes of a mother and a grandmother.

Betsy DeVos has been involved in politics for nearly 28 years, and her job as the Secretary of Education will still be to work with politicians and those who work at the state level to help reform education. Betsy isn’t going to work with teachers directly, and she isn’t going to work with students directly. I’m thrilled that someone with so much experience in politics and working to excel education in the past is in this position.

Read more: http://nypost.com/2017/01/30/why-we-need-an-outsider-like-betsy-devos-as-education-secretary/

I don’t know how a bill becomes a law, but what I do know is that Betsy DeVos is going to be working in this capacity with experience in politics to see how education bills can influence laws regarding education. I also know and have seen that she stands behinds children getting a quality education regardless of where they live. This is critical to children that are considered high-risk. They all deserve the same opportunities as any other child to learn, get tutoring when needed, and get the bet curriculum. It is safe to say in my opinion that Betsy is the absolute best choice at this time.

There are many experienced teachers out there that have been around for as long as she has, but they can and should work hand in hand together to reform education. That reform of the education system is her job, not to teach or write the curriculum itself.

Visit Betsy’s family foundation at dbdvfoundation.org.

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