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The Daily Countable: Tax Bill Blizzard, Rejiggering Gerrymandering & Gifts for Gov'ies

by Countable | 12.20.17

Hello, friends -- Did you see that the House of Representatives, after passing the Tax Bill on Tuesday, were forced to go back and pass it AGAIN on Wednesday? Here's what happened: Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) objected to a few parts of the Tax Bill that he said violated the Byrd Rule. What's that, you ask? Well, it's our Word of the Day! Right here!

On the Radar

Tax Bill Fallout:

  • A crazy blizzard of work is engulfing some employers, payroll companies & CPAs , as they implement the new rules in the Tax Bill. This likely effects you! Check out the story here.

  • Several states, angry at the curtailing of the State and Local Tax Deduction, are looking for ways to skirt the new rules. There are some pretty creative ideas here, so check them out!

Trump's Tweet O' the Day

Under the Radar

If you, like many people, are concerned with the state of "gerrymandered" congressional districts, then you should also start paying close attention to your state's legislature. Why? Because, in most states, it's the controlling party of the state legislature that draws the congressional district lines. They are reapportioned and redrawn every decade, shortly after the results of the national census. Here's an under-the-radar story of how a single vote at the state level can dramatically change national politics.

Gifts for Gov'ies

  • What do you give the political junkie in your life? Believe me, this is a serious problem for we Countable folk. Your suggestions are most welcome! (Contact info below.) Plus, we'll highlight some of you in our Political Junkie Gift Guide, coming soon!

Your Gov at a Glance 👀

The White House: President Trump in DC

  • The president holds a Cabinet meeting
  • Gives remarks on passage of Tax Bill

The House of Representatives: In Session

The Senate: In Session

  • In a period of morning business.


Just a few days left in Congress's work-year — that is, unless leaders can't broker a deal to keep the government open. We've got our eyes eagle-focused on that, and will report the status to you tomorrow! Until then, hit me with your questions and thoughts, so I can showcase the ideas of you incredible, engaged citizens.

— Andrea Seabrook, Managing Editor

Talk to Andrea via email, andrea [at] countable.us, or on twitter, @RadioBabe. And don’t forget to keep in touch @Countable.

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  • Raeann
    12/20/2017
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    I live in Texas and I will be doing everything in my power to turn this State Blue. The Republican Party has become the party of greed, intolerance, white supremacists, xenophobes, and is now accepting of a sexual predator in the Whitehouse. #VoteBlue

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  • Donna
    12/20/2017
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    I am so glad there are only a few days of work left for this Congress. They have done more than enough damage for one year. I think they should all take a sabbatical in '18 and give their constituents a break. Unfortunately, too many of them will waste our tax dollars getting paid to campaign for reelection, subjecting us to obnoxious negative ads blasted across our TV screens 24/7. Can't wait for the New Year.

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  • William
    12/20/2017
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    This is THE WORST CONGRESS IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. IT WILL BE KNOWN AS THE CONGRESS THAT TOTALLY DESTROYED DEMOCRACY!!!!!!!! The RUSSIAN ARE IN THE WINGS READY TO TAKE OVER THANKS TO DONALD JOHN TRUMP!!!!!!!!!

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  • RadicalModerate
    12/20/2017
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    If elections were held in January, there would be no GOP representatives in Upstate New York. I have to live 12 months a year with laws written by scumbags whose voters only live here for 7 months. Hey assholes. Take John Katko and Jim Reed to Florida with you.

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  • T
    12/20/2017
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    We need Representatives that take care of people, not corporations and rich people.

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  • Sally
    12/20/2017
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    This tax bill is a travesty to middle Americans, the elderly and the poor. Whatever the middle class gains will be gone in eight years. While the rich continue to get richer off of our backs we will continue to suffer under these fools as their only interest us to protect and further their own interests and it does not include middle America. They did not listen to their constituents so may they hear from us next election. Sad day 😡🤬😡🤬😡🤬

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  • Ed
    12/20/2017
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    Pa senators and House reps should start sending resumes for New Careers 2018 is about The Boot to them

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  • Jared
    12/20/2017
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    How is this corruption happening. We are on the verge of revolution. This makes me sad to be a veteran. I️ weep for my brothers and sisters that have died to allow this perversion of our people. The only logical step moving forward is revolution. Be ready to take up arms because voting is not working.

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  • Monica
    12/20/2017
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    Paying close attention to everything

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  • Michael
    12/20/2017
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    Congratulations to congressional Republicans for passing the tax bill. This is more than what this country needs - it is going to turn around the entire economy in the right direction. Those who voted against it and simply pass it off as tax breaks for the rich are liars.

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  • Janet
    12/20/2017
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    You the gop have done the American people wrong. But like trump and roger stone you do not care. You have become concerned with only one thing and that is money. You care not for the moral high ground and ppl who have integrity are nothing but chumps in your eyes. Well 45 was right he is draining the swamp not just how he thought. 2018 and 2020 around the corner and i will do my best to turn states blue and help remove dems that are ineffective and replace them with dems that are young, passionate, progressives and who have integrity and love for democracy and respect the constitution. Life is so much sweeter when you can care, love and embrace the good in people and see them for the creative power houses they are. You only see the worst and are cynical. You will never know the joy of the people who have integrity. Adieu you are a bunch of assholes. Oops just slipped off the high road

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  • Dave
    12/20/2017
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    People that think Trump good for this country need to travel to another country, don't tell them you're an American. Hope you make it back. In fact, it is bad in this country. Other then executive orders which can be undone by the next president he has done nothing, in fact he and the republican have made it worse, but great for himself, family and Russia. The tax cut will be the icing on the cake.

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  • Brandon
    12/20/2017
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    Praying

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  • Richard
    12/20/2017
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    Enjoy your cash provided by lobbyists and the 1%.

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  • Brent
    12/21/2017
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    MEDIA BIAS IS REAL!!! I'm going to love it when msnbccnnabccbs have to search red states to find someone who has higher taxes after this. The media asked Paul Ryan if he was insane today... I don't remember those same questions when we thought we could keep our doctor and our plan.

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  • kymber
    12/20/2017
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    Every day I give thanks that Trump won and we have a majority GOP Congress. So very glad for all they’ve accomplished this year. Looking forward to seeing what they fix next year!

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  • Wallace
    12/21/2017
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    This tax bill is not a result of representation of the American people but the result of the influence of special interests!!! Gerrymandering reduces the influence of the average American voter!!! The connected and wealthy are just feathering their nests!!!

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  • Countryfirst
    12/21/2017
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    I live in NC and I will work with every grassroots organization and every Democratic group to turn every government official BLUE..the gerrymandering and removing political powers from our democratic governor must stop..turn every state Blue and save this country! tRUMP wants an oligarchy dictatorship and his Republican cowards are going along with him because they just made millions for themselves and their lobbyists/ donors. Take back our country!

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  • Sonja
    12/21/2017
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    Shame on Congress. They are literally “cashing out” to quote a GOP rep. We need to get these crooks out of office before they do irreparable damage.

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  • David
    12/21/2017
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    The top 20% pay 95% of all income taxes. How in the world is that the 80% (who are getting government services at the expense of the 20%) can be upset that the 20% are getting some tax relief? The ingratitude and greed of the 80% is astounding! The deceitful and divisive attacks by many politicians and media people is disgraceful!

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