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Local Representatives - Tools to find who represents you.

Local Representatives - Tools for Finding Them

In part 1 of this episode, we cover the federal and state websites available to find out who your local representatives are in government.  These tools also give you information about their offices, including contacting them when needed.

Most districts at the state and federal level don't neatly follow county lines.  Since it's not always clear, follow the links below to use these tools and put to rest the question of "Who's my rep, again?"

Relevant to this episode - Last week I discussed once again a tool I used to find out how my beliefs stack up to those in or running for office.  Listen to last week to learn more about this tool and then try it out for yourself.

 This Week's Military and American Observances

On the eve of June 6th, 1944, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, commander of the Allied Forces addressed his men saying, “You are about to embark on the great crusade toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you… I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle.” Today is June 6th and it is the 73rd anniversary of Operation Overlord, otherwise known as D-Day.

It is hard to conceive the epic scope of this decisive battle that foreshadowed the end of Hitler’s dream of Nazi domination. Overlord was the largest air, land, and sea operation undertaken before or since June 6, 1944. The landing included over 5,000 ships, 11,000 airplanes, and over 150,000 service men.

 After years of meticulous planning and seemingly endless training, for the Allied Forces, it all came down to this: The boat ramp goes down, then jump, swim, run, and crawl to the cliffs. Many of the first young men (most not yet 20 years old) entered the surf carrying eighty pounds of equipment. They faced over 200 yards of beach before reaching the first natural feature offering any protection. Blanketed by small-arms fire and bracketed by artillery, they found themselves in hell.

When it was over, the Allied Forces had suffered nearly 10,000 casualties; more than 4,000 were dead. Yet somehow, due to planning and preparation, and due to the valor, fidelity, and sacrifice of the Allied Forces, Fortress Europe had been breached.

Want to listen to Part 2 of this episode?

I'd love to give you all this amazing content for free... but I got mouths to feed. :)

In part two, we will be going over resources available at the local level or at the very least, how to do the research to find out who represents you at the lowest level possible.

Visit my Patreon Creator Page where you can sign up to be a Citizen Patron for $2 a month to get access to all the part 2 episodes.  You'll also have a chance to be entered into a drawing for a "Citizen Gift Box of Wisdom" which contains 4 books every American should have in their library.

Episode Part 1 References

US House of Representatives

US Senate - Must have flash player enabled

State Websites - To find your state site, just open a browser and type your state name in the address bar and end it with ".gov" If that doesn't work, use the 2 letter state abbreviation instead of the full name.
Be on the lookout for the PDF I'm creating to get all the links for you.

New Citizen's Gift Box of Wisdom (Little Books of Wisdom)

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Emotional and Lesser Evils Voting: Mistake 2

Emotional Voting and Lesser Evil Voting

In part 1 of this episode, we look at where emotional and lesser evil voting began and why this way of thinking is really bad.

By appealing to the negative side of people, both parties "scare" us into voting for them.  They BOTH make the argument that if you don't show up to vote, it's a vote for the other person - thereby, you feel forced to vote on emotion rather than deciding based on your own values and morals.

I also bring up a VERY controversial topic and use it as an example of how warped our society has become - but you'll have to listen to find out!

What's the point of Third Parties?

Third parties exist for a great reason, unfortunately, that reason is also their detriment.  However, the major parties are the reason for such failure and we can do something about it - but it's going to take a lot of work on our part!

This Week's Military and American Observances

No significant observances this week but some cool history for you:

This is the week the Lewis and Clark Expedition began when it departed from St. Charles, Missouri on May 22nd, 1804 to explore the land acquired in the Louisiana Purchase.  Thirty nine years later to the day, the first wagon train left Independence Missouri in the “Great Emigration” to travel what became known as the Oregon Trail.

We will be ending Military Appreciation month with Memorial Day.  While you are out enjoying your long weekend, take a moment of silence before your meals to appreciate what others so richly sacrificed in protection of the freedoms we take for granted every day.  Remember the more than 1.2 million military members who have given their lives in service and defense of our great nation.  I encourage you to take part in local activities run by your cities and towns.  Experience the ceremonies which honor our fallen but will never absolve us of our duty to be grateful.

Want to listen to Part 2 of this episode?

I'd love to give you all this amazing content for free... but I got mouths to feed. :)

In part two, you'll learn about possible solutions that YOU can act on RIGHT NOW to help correct emotional and lesser evil voting.

Visit my --> Patreon Creator Page where you can sign up to be a Citizen Patron for $2 a month to get access to all the part 2 episodes.  You'll also have a chance to be entered into a drawing for a "Citizen Gift Box of Wisdom" which contains 4 books every American should have in their library.

Episode Part 1 References

PBS Article on Third Parties

New Citizen's Gift Box of Wisdom (Little Books of Wisdom)

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Not Showing Up on Election Day: Mistake 1

Not Showing Up on Election Day

In part 1 of this episode, I talk about voter turnout rates and give some reasons why they are historically very low.

Did you know there are different ways to get the "rate" that voters show up?  Referencing the US Elections Project headed up by Dr Michael P. McDonald of the University of Florida, we dive into the deception often portrayed in the media after a Presidential or Midterm election.  One of the many reasons you'll learn in this episode about why people don't vote has to do with economic trade-off theory.

This Week's Military and American Observances

May 14th - Mother's Day: If you know a mom who has a deployed spouse or child, be sure to thank them for their sacrifice!

May 20th - Armed Forces Day: Many people view this as just another "Veteran's Day" but this day is not for veterans, it is set aside to specifically think about, thank and recognize those who are currently serving

Want to listen to Part 2 of this episode?

This week marks the beginning of my split podcasts.  I'd love to give you all this amazing content for free... but I got mouths to feed. :)

In part two, you'll learn about possible solutions that YOU can act on RIGHT NOW to help with this first problem of people not even showing up to vote.

Visit my --> Patreon Creator Page where you can sign up to be a Citizen Patron for $2 a month to get access to all the part 2 episodes.  You'll also have a chance to be entered into a drawing for a "Citizen Gift Box of Wisdom" which contains 4 books every American should have in their library.

Episode Part 1 References

US Elections Project

McDonald, Michael P. 2017. "U.S. VEP Turnout 1789-Present" United States Elections Project. 26 Apr

New Citizen's Gift Box of Wisdom (Little Books of Wisdom)

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Medical Marijuana: How a Local Government Suppressed the Will of State Voters

Ohio Voters Want Medical Marijuana

In this off schedule podcast, I talk about my local city government and how they quietly buried a prohibition on medical marijuana in our city.

The voters in the State of Ohio voted last year allowing medical marijuana to become a lawful industry in the state. However, state officials left it up to the individual municipalities to decide whether or not to allow it.

Local Government Doesn't

My city had passed two moratoriums prohibiting it, and then permanently blocked it by including it in a giant legislation package focused on city-wide zoning changes to the business district.

Watch to find out why I'm upset about this and hear my statement to city council before their vote.

Here is a link to the CATO institute article I mentioned in the video. It was published March 2nd, 2016 and written by Michael D Tanner, Senior Fellow at the CATO Institute. https://goo.gl/pYCYli

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A Millennial Baseline: Interview with Jennifer M. Jackson

Episode 02 - Interview with Jennifer M. Jackson

A Millennial who created ADLT101.COM

In this episode, we chat with a millennial who says she is still struggling with this whole... becoming an adult thing.  She shares her thoughts and experience when it comes to local politics and civic responsibility.  You'll also hear a little from her about ADLT101.com which is a site dedicated to teaching things they never taught us in school.

This Weeks Military & American Observances

May 8th - VE Day: In 1945 German forces unconditionally surrendered to end WWII.

May 12th - Military Spouse Appreciation Day: The ones who deploy aren't the only one coping and making sacrifices.  Lear more at OperationWeAreHere.com

May 13th - Children of Fallen Patriots Day: As with spouses, the children of those who have paid the ultimate price must never be forgotten.  Visit FallenPatriots.org to donate towards a scholarship for a child of a fallen service member.

Show References and Links

Jennifer M. Jackson

Jennifer's Voting Article

adlt101.com

ISideWith.Com

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CivicIntuition Flagship Episode: WHY

CivicIntuition Podcast Launch

I was sick of hearing about all the other successful people with a podcast...
So I finally created mine!

WHY - Motivation!

Two things have been really bugging me lately.
1. People have been too divided since the 2016 election;
2. I haven't focused enough on my values and goals.

WHO - Creator & Patrons

ME - A 33 year old from Northeast Ohio with a wife and two kids.  A 14 year military veteran and a full-time employee in the non-profit industry.  I miss having a motorcycle, love my family, once lived somewhere much warmer, am a skydiver, and a pilot.
YOU - Responsible Citizens of the USA; or Patrons from around the globe who are interested in the other stuff I create!

WHAT - Two for the Price of One

CivicIntuition Podcast - Exploring responsibility through the experiences of Americans.  Shows focus on what it means to be informed voters and engaged, responsible citizens in our communities.  When looking at the local level, getting involved with our communities to make a difference rather than expending all our energy worrying about the national problems, we can seek to affect change right in our own back yard.
My Aeronautical Dream - For longer than I can remember, I have had this yearning desire to be in the air.  I took up skydiving, at first because I thought I might never get the chance, but then it became in an addiction.  I also am fascinated with flying.  Being free to explore the thrill of aerobatics and at some point, create an opportunity to expose others to the fantastic world of flight.   Join me on my journey of creating one of the best SkyPark visions on the east coast.  Want more details? Become a patron to find out!

WHERE & WHEN - The Deets!

Main Content - Released every Tuesday beginning in May.  Available right here! You can also find content on Facebook and Twitter by searching CivicIntuition or visit my Patreon page!
Bonus Stuff! - Our Journey - It's a lot of work to think through designing a community anchored by an airport.  From just even having a concept to work with to doing the site selection and finally going through with the development, this is gonna be a LONG journey, but one I hope you'll join me on, because I've got CrAzY ideas for rewards for you guys down the road!  All this bonus stuff - Posted at random (at first) and ONLY available on my Patreon page!
My Patrons will be the ones getting me there, so they'll be the ones with all the best access

HOW - B.S.T.!

That's Blood, Sweat, and Tears!
(I'm sure a lot of late nights and an occasional disgruntled wife will be part of the equation as well.)
 

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