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  1. John Knox Good morning! It’s great to be in the city of Elvis, FedEx, and BBQ. Thank you so much for having us here. I didn’t grow up on hard streets like Memphis, but we weren’t wealthy. My folks didn’t have a business for me to inherit or money saved up for college so they taught us early that school was our ticket up. That an educated mind was something no one could ever take from you. We were blessed with good parents who pushed us. But times have changed. Four years ago we saw that our test scores were slipping and had been for some time. So the Republicans got together and decided to kill common core and then push the decisions stateward. It’s a noble idea. It’s not bad. But it hasn’t worked. Nothing changed. Since then, there have been 0 speeches on education reform. None. The Republicans have decided that their plan is to do nothing. That it will by fiat just get better over time. But not having a plan isn’t a plan. Not having a platform isn’t a platform. My education plan is simple. Fund our schools. Stop drill and kill. Provide multiple paths to success. So what does that look like? First we have to make sure our schools are funded and teachers are paid. It is embarrassing to us as a country when we make teachers work second or third jobs just to make ends meet. That’s our failure, not theirs. We need to ensure that our teachers are focused on educating young minds and live and retire with dignity. Republicans for years have pushed that if we would just take our tax dollars and spend them on corporate education we’d succeed. But all that does is leave under funded school with less. Then they get worse. Then we take more money out which means under funded schools get even more less to work with. It’s just fiscal bloodletting to feed the inevitable education conglomerates that would come from that system. But our children’s education isn’t just a another commodity for the robber barons. Second, we need to end our trend of over testing. In some states, students take a standardized test every year. Teachers jobs are tied to the test. So instead of educating, we’ve turned to drill and kill. Just teach to the test, and hope they do their best. We’re not creating students; but really good test takers. This isn’t preparing students for life. There isn’t a proficiency standard for the joy of watching a child open a book and love it. There isn’t a bubble to darken when a student discovers s passion. We’ve made test scores the standard. But what if we looked at graduation to drop out rates instead? What if success is measured by a student walking across the stage graduating instead of if a student can fit neatly in a box called Proficient. Finally, we need to provide multiple avenues to success. Not every high school kid wants to go to college. That’s ok. I grew up with a guy named Devon. He wasn’t a great student in history or English. But he could weld near about anything by our junior year of high school. His uncle owned a machinery and he practically grew up there. Devon didn’t go to college, but back home he’s taken his uncles machine shop and turned it into a tool and dye shop, a fabrication shop, and he does artistic iron work for an e-commerce business. You see Devon worked after school. But imagine if Devon could’ve learned his skills and those gone toward his degree. I believe that if you’re not destined for college, you need to leave school ready to enter the workforce with all the skills needed to start. An educated workforce is a successful workforce. Under my plan, we will expand vocational education to every school district in America. This is my plan. That we’re actually going to do something about education. That we’re going to make it a priority for the whole of my administration. But I’m going to need your help to get there. I can’t do it on my own. So talk to your neighbors and friends. Go look into my plan more. But together, we can get government working for the people for a change. Thank you View full PR
  2. Good morning! It’s great to be in the city of Elvis, FedEx, and BBQ. Thank you so much for having us here. I didn’t grow up on hard streets like Memphis, but we weren’t wealthy. My folks didn’t have a business for me to inherit or money saved up for college so they taught us early that school was our ticket up. That an educated mind was something no one could ever take from you. We were blessed with good parents who pushed us. But times have changed. Four years ago we saw that our test scores were slipping and had been for some time. So the Republicans got together and decided to kill common core and then push the decisions stateward. It’s a noble idea. It’s not bad. But it hasn’t worked. Nothing changed. Since then, there have been 0 speeches on education reform. None. The Republicans have decided that their plan is to do nothing. That it will by fiat just get better over time. But not having a plan isn’t a plan. Not having a platform isn’t a platform. My education plan is simple. Fund our schools. Stop drill and kill. Provide multiple paths to success. So what does that look like? First we have to make sure our schools are funded and teachers are paid. It is embarrassing to us as a country when we make teachers work second or third jobs just to make ends meet. That’s our failure, not theirs. We need to ensure that our teachers are focused on educating young minds and live and retire with dignity. Republicans for years have pushed that if we would just take our tax dollars and spend them on corporate education we’d succeed. But all that does is leave under funded school with less. Then they get worse. Then we take more money out which means under funded schools get even more less to work with. It’s just fiscal bloodletting to feed the inevitable education conglomerates that would come from that system. But our children’s education isn’t just a another commodity for the robber barons. Second, we need to end our trend of over testing. In some states, students take a standardized test every year. Teachers jobs are tied to the test. So instead of educating, we’ve turned to drill and kill. Just teach to the test, and hope they do their best. We’re not creating students; but really good test takers. This isn’t preparing students for life. There isn’t a proficiency standard for the joy of watching a child open a book and love it. There isn’t a bubble to darken when a student discovers s passion. We’ve made test scores the standard. But what if we looked at graduation to drop out rates instead? What if success is measured by a student walking across the stage graduating instead of if a student can fit neatly in a box called Proficient. Finally, we need to provide multiple avenues to success. Not every high school kid wants to go to college. That’s ok. I grew up with a guy named Devon. He wasn’t a great student in history or English. But he could weld near about anything by our junior year of high school. His uncle owned a machinery and he practically grew up there. Devon didn’t go to college, but back home he’s taken his uncles machine shop and turned it into a tool and dye shop, a fabrication shop, and he does artistic iron work for an e-commerce business. You see Devon worked after school. But imagine if Devon could’ve learned his skills and those gone toward his degree. I believe that if you’re not destined for college, you need to leave school ready to enter the workforce with all the skills needed to start. An educated workforce is a successful workforce. Under my plan, we will expand vocational education to every school district in America. This is my plan. That we’re actually going to do something about education. That we’re going to make it a priority for the whole of my administration. But I’m going to need your help to get there. I can’t do it on my own. So talk to your neighbors and friends. Go look into my plan more. But together, we can get government working for the people for a change. Thank you
  3. Jsawrie

    Open Our Democracy Act

    H. R. 2981 To require all candidates for election for the office of Senator or Member of the House of Representatives to run in an open primary regardless of political party preference or lack thereof, to limit the ensuing general election for such office to the two candidates receiving the greatest number of votes in such open primary, and for other purposes. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES June 21, 2017 Mr. Knox with thanks from Mr. Delaney (for himself, Mr. Yarmuth, Mr. Kilmer, and Mr. Polis) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on House Administration, and in addition to the Committees on Oversight and Government Reform, and the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned A BILL To require all candidates for election for the office of Senator or Member of the House of Representatives to run in an open primary regardless of political party preference or lack thereof, to limit the ensuing general election for such office to the two candidates receiving the greatest number of votes in such open primary, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the “Open Our Democracy Act of 2017”. SEC. 2. ELECTION OF MEMBERS OF CONGRESS THROUGH OPEN PRIMARIES. (a) Rules For Election Of Members.—A candidate for election for the office of Senator or Member of the House of Representatives shall be elected to such office pursuant to the following elections held by the State in which the candidate seeks election: (1) An open primary election for such office held in accordance with subsection (b). (2) A general election for such office held in accordance with subsection (c). (b) Open Primaries.—Each State shall hold an open primary election for each office of Senator or Member of the House of Representatives in the State under which— (1) each candidate for such office, regardless of the candidate’s political party preference or lack thereof, shall appear on a single ballot; and (2) each voter in the State who is eligible to vote in elections for Federal office in the State (in the case of an election for the office of Senator) or in the congressional district involved (in the case of an election for the office of Member of the House of Representatives) may cast a ballot in the election, regardless of the voter’s political party preference or lack thereof. (c) General Election.—Each State shall hold a general election for each office of Senator or Member of the House of Representatives in the State under which the 2 candidates receiving the greatest number of votes in the open primary election for such office (as described in subsection (b)), without regard to the political party preference or lack thereof of such candidates, shall be the only candidates appearing on the ballot. SEC. 3. ABILITY OF CANDIDATES TO DISCLOSE POLITICAL PARTY PREFERENCES. (a) Option Of Candidates To Declare Political Party Preference.—At the time a candidate for the office of Senator or Member of the House of Representatives files to run for such office, the candidate shall have the option of declaring a political party preference, and the preference chosen (if any) shall accompany the candidate’s name on the ballot for the election for such office. (b) Designation For Candidates Not Declaring Preference.—If a candidate does not declare a political party preference under subsection (a), the designation “No Party Preference” shall accompany the candidate’s name on the ballot for the election for such office. (c) No Party Endorsement Implied.—The selection of a party preference by a candidate under subsection (a) shall not constitute or imply endorsement of the candidate by the party designated, and no candidate in a general election shall be deemed the official candidate of any party by virtue of his or her selection in the primary. SEC. 4. PROTECTION OF RIGHTS OF POLITICAL PARTIES. Nothing in this Act shall restrict the right of individuals to join or organize into political parties or in any way restrict the right of private association of political parties. Nothing in this Act shall restrict a party’s right to contribute to, endorse, or otherwise support a candidate for the office of Senator or Member of the House of Representatives. Nothing in this Act may be construed to prevent a political party from establishing such procedures as it sees fit to endorse or support candidates or otherwise participate in all elections, or from informally designating candidates for election to such an office at a party convention or by whatever lawful mechanism the party may choose, other than pursuant to a primary election held by a State. Nothing in this Act may be construed to prevent a political party from adopting such rules as it sees fit for the selection of party officials (including central committee members, presidential electors, and party officers), including rules restricting participation in elections for party officials to those who disclose a preference for that party at the time of registering to vote. SEC. 5. TREATMENT OF ELECTION DAY IN SAME MANNER AS LEGAL PUBLIC HOLIDAY FOR PURPOSES OF FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT. (a) In General.—For purposes of any law relating to Federal employment, the Tuesday next after the first Monday in November in 2018 and each even-numbered year thereafter shall be treated in the same manner as a legal public holiday described in section 6103 of title 5, United States Code. (b) Sense Of Congress Regarding Treatment Of Day By Private Employers.—It is the sense of Congress that private employers in the United States should give their employees a day off on the Tuesday next after the first Monday in November in 2018 and each even-numbered year thereafter to enable the employees to cast votes in the elections held on that day. (c) No Effect On Early Or Absentee Voting.—Nothing in this section shall be construed to affect the authority of States to permit individuals to cast ballots in elections for Federal office prior to the date of the election (including the casting of ballots by mail) or to cast absentee ballots in the election. SEC. 6. REQUIRING CONGRESSIONAL REDISTRICTING TO BE CONDUCTED THROUGH PLAN OF INDEPENDENT STATE COMMISSION. (a) Use Of Plan Required.—Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any congressional redistricting conducted by a State shall be conducted in accordance with the redistricting plan developed and enacted into law by an independent redistricting commission established in the State in accordance with State law. (b) Requirements For Independent Redistricting Commission.—The independent redistricting commission established in a State pursuant to subsection (a) shall have such members, who shall be appointed under such requirements, as the State may establish, so long as— (1) the commission is prohibited from using partisan or political considerations in developing the State’s redistricting plan; and (2) no political party in the State has control over the commission. (c) Conforming Amendment.—Section 22(c) of the Act entitled “An Act to provide for the fifteenth and subsequent decennial censuses and to provide for an apportionment of Representatives in Congress”, approved June 18, 1929 (2 U.S.C. 2a(c)), is amended by striking “in the manner provided by the law thereof” and inserting: “in the manner provided by the Open Our Democracy Act of 2017”. (d) Effective Date.—This section and the amendment made by this section shall apply with respect to congressional redistricting carried out pursuant to the decennial census conducted during 2020 or any succeeding decennial census. SEC. 7. MEMBER OF THE HOUSE DEFINED. In this Act, the term “Member of the House of Representatives” includes a Delegate or Resident Commissioner to the Congress. SEC. 8. EFFECTIVE DATE. Except as provided in sections 5(a) and 6, this Act shall apply with respect to elections occurring during 2018 or any succeeding year.
  4. Jsawrie

    Final Vote on ANWR

    To allow oil drilling in part of ANWR, and other purposes.  SEC. 1. SHORT TITLE.  (a) This act shall be cited as the ANWR Act. SEC. 2. ARCTIC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE LEASING. (a) Area 1002 of the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is opened to leasing for oil development projects by the Secretary of Energy. (b) The leasing agreement shall require that the recipient of the lease— (i) prior to initiating oil development construction, coordinate with the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") to review hazards and set any necessary development safety regulations relating to— (A) emergency procedures, (B) oil transportation,and (C) land safety. (ii) use special extended-reach drilling technology for oil development that would have a limited negative impact on the environment; and (iii) permit the Department of the Interior, at the direction of the Secretary of the Interior, to study the migratory and health impact of oil drilling in the ANWR on caribou and other wildlife populations. (c) The Department of the Interior shall monitor the population of Porcupine caribou, and shall direct the recipient of the lease to cease oil development if the caribou population drops, due to causes attributable to the oil development noted in this Section, by thirty percent (30%) within any five (5) years of such development. (i) Such development shall not resume until the EPA, through coordination with the Department of the Interior, conducts a review of the caribou population reduction and makes recommendations to restore the herd population. SEC. 3. PROFITS TAX (a) Struck ("Ten") Five percent (5%) of the profits from the leasing of the ANWR will be appropriated to the state government of Alaska following the first twenty (24) months of oil development. (b) Upon the profits from this Act attaining at least forty-five billion dollars ($45,000,000,000), twenty billion dollars ($20,000,000,000) will be appropriated to the National Science and Technology Council to— (i) research and prevent any potential affects of climate change; and  (ii) promote climate change education.   4. ENACTMENT.  (a) This act shall take effect immediately.
  5. Jsawrie

    Cox 1

    Total Aye 241 Nay 194 Present 0
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    Gun Show Loop Hole Closing Act

    Debate ends
  7. Jsawrie

    Climate Change Education Act

    Debate ends
  8. Jsawrie

    ANWR Act

    The motion carries. Debate ends
  9. Jsawrie

    Pinnacle Holds Town Hall at Alma Mater

    Mr. Pinnacle, Should the President distance himself from Jared Taylor
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    Knox meets over beers with Union Heads

    Schedules that work fixes the promotion issue. But think about what’s in the benefits package? Most of it healthcare. Vision, dental, health coverage. With Medicare for all they won’t have to worry about benefits. That’s all rolled into one. So with two bills we’ve either blocked employers from not promoting or taken away the one hurdle they had. They don’t want to pay benefits? Ok fine. We can do that with Medicare for all. It’s one less thing for you to worry about
  11. Jsawrie

    Knox meets over beers with Union Heads

    Well I’ve already gotten three parts through the House. Family Act would allow for paid time off. Schedules that Work would require employers to offer full time work to parttimers if they want it. That’s more money in your members pockets. I wrote both of those bills. We also passed an end to Right to Work. All three of those I’ve pushed through. I also want to see Medicare for All passed. That’s 0 copay. 0 deductible. 0 premium. After that I want to focus on retirement benefits. From there is where I need your help. I want to listen more than I talk. What do you guys need emphasized that maybe I’m missing. I’ve got blind spots guys I know it. I’m not going to pretend that I’ve labored like your guys do every day. I haven’t. So help me.
  12. John Knox bought the beers at a town hall with union heads at AFL-CIO headquarters
  13. I don’t. Here’s why. I want you to fact check me. Go to HeritageFoundation and look up voter impersonation. There’s 13 cases. Most of the time you’re looking st absentee fraud, which voter ID won’t fix. So no I don’t think so. But here’s the crazy thing. I had a lady the other day get upset because I support bump stock bans and how dare I put up barriers to folks exercising their rights. But the GOP does the same thing with voting. They want hurdles to the ballot box and I want hurdles on bump stocks.
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    KnoxAR

    Y’all should come! We’ll grab beers after. We can answer questions from the people. Listen to some music. It’ll be fun
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