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  • Alison Kavanaugh
    commented 2016-02-25 13:20:50 -0500
    My husband and I are both federal workers and DC residents, and are very concerned over how the paid parental leave issue is being handled for the federal employees. I wanted to point out to you that DC’s most recent version of its paid family leave proposal now excludes federal workers who live in DC. This received a lot of attention on a popular DC blog, and I wanted to share with you for your situational awareness:


    http://www.popville.com/2016/02/did-you-know-the-dc-paid-family-leave-act-wont-include-federal-employees/#comments


    It seems that federal workers who are DC residents do not have any sort of advocate for paid parental leave. I am curious about your position on this and if you have been involved in any legislation that will grant DC-based federal workers this benefit? Thank you.
  • Douglas Whelan
    commented 2016-02-17 00:27:47 -0500
    Dear Senator Strauss,


    I am a rising college sophomore at Colgate University seeking a summer internship on Capitol Hill, and believe working in your office would provide a unique and highly substantial opportunity to gain experience working in government. I believe I have much to offer to the operation of your office, and have applied for an internship via the volunteer page on your website. I am eager to provide you with further information about my candidacy through my resume and cover letter if required; please let me know how I can best share this with your office.
  • Brady Olson
    commented 2016-02-06 23:13:05 -0500
    Hello Mr. Strauss, I am Brady Olson from the Rocky de la Fuente presidential campaign. I have noticed that you will be an unpledged delegate at the Democratic convention and are still undecided. I would like to know if you are interested in endorsing the Rocky campaign for president. We know that as a Shadow Senator, you are fighting for DC statehood, which Rocky does support. This would not only give DC votes in both houses of congress, but also help the city of Washington, which currently can’t pass city laws without Congressional authorization. As a state, the federal government couldn’t govern every aspect of Washington. What do you think about joining the Rocky campaign?
  • Ashley Dinah Koranteng
    commented 2015-11-30 16:02:22 -0500
    Hello Senator Strauss. I applied for the position of Legislative & Public Policy Intern on Internships.com, I was told on November 17, 2015 to provide an address for a formal letter to be mailed to my house; I did provide an address, but I am yet to receive the formal letter. I was told that I should plan to start on December 15, 2015 and I just wanted to check in and make sure I hadn’t missed the letter or it was possibly mailed to the wrong address. For some reason, internships.com was not allowing me to reply to the internship posting anymore, so I decided to contact your office through this medium. I am very grateful to be given this opportunity and I hope to hear from you / work with you soon! Have a wonderful day.


    With regards,


    Ashley Dinah Koranteng
  • Toora Arsala
    commented 2015-09-25 07:33:13 -0400
    The Annual Afghan Arts and Culture Festival attracts over 2,500 attendees to the Washington DC region to celebrate Afghanistan’s rich culture. One of the largest Afghan-American events in the area, this FREE event serves to preserve, promote and increase knowledge of the Afghan culture and traditions within the general public. The festival provides an opportunity for cultural exchange, and embracement of ethnic and cultural diversity, This Festival is On Sunday October 4th at the gateway park in Arlington, Virginia, 11am-7pm


    Come out to enjoy a day full of musical and dance performances, arts and crafts workshops, kite-making workshops, art exhibition, eating contest, a youth pageant, Afghan bazaar with jewelry and clothing vendors, and so much more!!

    We Would Love For Senator Strauss to Speak at Our Festival, If You Have any Questions Please Contact Our Political Director Toora Arsala at 703-254-3055 or email him at tarsala@afghan-festival.org


    Toora Arsala
  • Timothy Farrell
    commented 2015-09-16 13:51:20 -0400
    Hey,

    You sent me an email a while back. I just moved here from Oregon. I told my Hollywood friend about you and he is intrigued. Any chance you can talk to him on the phone? He has a great script idea that you may be able to contribute to and increase awareness of DC’s political situation. Recently, my friend won a contest and is hoping his sitcom goes into production next year, but this is another one that could go soon.

    Thanks,

    Tim
  • Meghan Deerin
    commented 2015-07-21 17:26:39 -0400
    Dear Senator Strauss,


    I am a DC resident writing to urge you to approve full funding ($40 million) for the DC TAG program. This unique federal program has been a huge success, enabling over 22,000 students from across DC to attend public colleges and universities since its inception.


    As a mother of four girls, I am counting on the TAG money awarded to my oldest daughter, a rising freshman at the University of MIchigan. Unable to rely on the District’s beleagured school system to provide a quality education to my children, my husband and I have sacrificed to send them to private elementary and high schools. When the time came for Lilly to apply to college, we allowed her to apply only to state universities, knowing that the $10,000 grant she would receive would offset the tremendous cost of educating her and her three sisters. If not for the promise of DC TAG, we, and many of our friends and neighbors living in upper Northwest DC, would have taken our significant tax dollars and moved to Virginia or Maryland.


    The expected funding required for FY 2016 is $45 million, therefore full funding of $40 million is imperative in order for all qualified students to receive the grants they’ve budgeted for the next school year. This program has kept families like mine in DC, kept our tax base strong and stable and enabled tens of thousands of students to get a college education. I want you to be aware of the importance of this program to me and ALL DC residents and the need for FULL FUNDING. Please do not leave current students, like my daughter, Lilly, enrolled in this program in a lurch.


    Sincerely,

    Meghan Deerin
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  • Nora Burke
    commented 2015-07-21 16:19:10 -0400
    Senator Strauss,


    Your fellow Senators on the Appropriations Committee are having a hearing tomorrow, July 22nd to discuss the FY 2016, DC Funding and in particular funding fir DC TAG. The house slashed funding to $20 million, even though the President’s budget had approved $40 million. The DC OSSE (Office of the State Superintendent of Education), which administers the program has projected needing $45 million. The citizens of the District of Columbia and especially current DC TAG recipients NEED your voice on the HILL tomorrow at the hearings.
  • Elvert Barnes
    commented 2015-07-11 12:10:58 -0400
    Images that I took of Senator PAUL STRAUSS during the Thursday, 9 July 2015 DUMP TRAMP / DC Rally may be found at https://www.flickr.com/photos/perspective/sets/72157655678543326
  • Bradley Dobbins
    commented 2015-07-10 19:52:37 -0400
    Very interesting post area. Mr. Strauss please contact me.
  • Julie Durbin
    commented 2015-06-18 11:32:56 -0400
    Jackson,

    I left my phone in the hotel and I don’t have your number to set up where to get the letter from you. Please call Ed Lopez at 415-310-4820
  • Aige Dong
    commented 2015-05-29 13:33:37 -0400
    Hi — I am a GWU graduate public administration student and currently interning for an nonprofit organization called Borgen Project. I would love to talk to Senator Strauss about the global poverty and development issue in general. I would appreciate a meeting with the Senator and I very much hope to gain Senator’s perspective on this. Thank you!
  • Aige Dong
    commented 2015-05-22 15:30:22 -0400
    Hi Senator Strauss,


    My name is Aige (Aiko) and I currently live in Foggy Bottom area.


    I am currently studying master of Public Administration and I want to raise awareness of GLOBAL POVERTY in your office campaign. I am especially interested in advocating for the Food for Peace Reform Act, as the representative of D.C and as the shadow senator at Congress, I hope you could push forward the issue.


    I hope to hear back,

    Thank you!


    Aiko
  • Matthew Tausch
    commented 2015-05-13 10:06:43 -0400
    Hi! My name is Matt, and I currently live in Shaw. There’s an abandoned bike that is locked up near my house. It was once a beautiful bike, but the owner, albeit perhaps accidentally, has abandoned it for at least the past year. It is completely un-usable, but I was hoping to fix it up and give it to my sister as a birthday gift. The police and the firemen have told me that unless I can prove I own the bike, it will be left there until eternity. It is an eyesore for the community and I would gladly put good use to it. I do not know who else could help with this problem. If someone leaves a bike locked to a pole, should it really be there for the next ten years? I have left a note on the bike, just in case the owner still lives in the area, but that was weeks ago. Is there anyway you could assist with this small problem?


    I hope to hear back,

    Thanks!
  • Brittany Bremer
    commented 2014-09-16 15:48:12 -0400
    Hi – I’m a Georgetown graduate journalism student and freelancer working on a story about D.C. statehood. I would love to talk to Senator Strauss about the issue. Please contact me if we can set up an interview. Thank you!
  • China Boak Terrell
    commented 2014-09-07 08:27:34 -0400
    Hello Paul, I need a high resolution large photo of you for the Ward 1 Democrats website. You can visit the website at wardondemocrats.org. Please email the photo asap to cboakterrell@gmail.com. You can call me at 202-550-1707 with any questions. I am the Chair of the Ward One Democrats. Thank you!


    Thank you kindly,

    China Boak Terrell
  • Arthur Dawson
    commented 2014-08-31 16:57:38 -0400
    Wish thank Senator Strauss for his recent follow on twitter. I am the founder of the American Association of Health Care Consumers, Inc. Our website is http://wemustfixhealthcare.org, twitter @fixthiscongress and facebook.com/wemustfixhealthcare .


    It is our goal to engage individuals, business, labor, industry, active duty military associations, veterans, groups, faith based groups, civil rights groups, other like minded non-profits, and other groups from the fare left to the far right, local and state governments in a collaborative effort to end the monopoly that the health care lobbyists, and their corporate sponsors now enjoy in Washington, D. C. We have a plan with a proven record of success which we will use as a foundation to build on and accomplish our goal.


    Whether you agree with the National Rifle Association or don’t (I don’t) there is little doubt that they have been effective. A grassroots campaign, funded in large part by industries that have a direct financial stake in the outcome of legislation they either support or are against.


    Every single person, and every single group, other than the stockholders and executives of companies in the health care industry, that I listed above will enjoy a real measurable benefits if we succeed in our campaign to lower health care costs.


    The inspiration for me to start this organization was an article that I read in a medical journal when I was in my doctors office waiting to see the doctor. Below is a quote from that article:



    WHO WILL HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE IN THE FUTURE? AN UPDATED PROJECTION.


    By Richard A. Young MD and Jennifer E. Devoe, MD, MD, PHD



    “IF HEALTH INSURANCE PREMIUMS AND NATIONAL WAGES CONTINUE TO GROW AT RECENT RATES AND THE HEALTH SYSTEM MAKES NO MAJOR STRUCTURAL CHANGES. THE AVERAGE COST OF A FAMILY HEALTH INSURANCE PREMIUM WILL EQUAL 50% OF THE HOUSEHOLD INCOME BY THE YEAR 2021, AND SURPASS THE AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD INCOME BY THE YEAR 2033, IF OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS ARE ADDED TO THE PREMIUM COSTS, THE 50% THRESHOLD IS CROSSED BY 2018 AND EXCEEDS HOUSEHOLD INCOME BY 2030…….



    “AS MOST WORKERS DO NOT CURRENTLY PAY THE ENTIRE COST OF THEIR PREMIUMS, WE BELIEVED IT WAS ALSO IMPORTANT TO INCLUDE ANOTHER PROJECTION: THE TOTAL COST OF HEALTH CARE FOR A FAMILY. FOR THIS ESTIMATE, WE CALCULATED THE AVERAGE AMOUNT AN EMPLOYEE PAYS FOR A FAMILY HEALTH INSURANCE PREMIUM PLUS OUT OF POCKET FAMILY HEALTH CARE EXPENSES”………….



    WITHOUT MAJOR STRUCTURAL CHANCES IN THE US HEALTH CARE SYSTEM, THE EMPLOYEE CONTRIBUTION TO A FAMILY PREMIUM PLUS OUT-OF POCKET COSTS WILL COMPRISE ONE-HALF THE HOUSEHOLD INCOME BY 2031 AND TOTAL INCOME BY 2042. RISING HEALTH CARE COSTS REMAIN AT THE CORE OF THIS UNSUSTAINABLE RISE IN INSURANCE PREMIUMS”……..



    “For the sake of our children and grandchildren, let’s hope that we find the courage to have the difficult discussions now and make the right choices to achieve sustainability. None of the efforts to tweak health care costs using payment changes has bent the cost curve during the last 50 years. America needs a deeper discussion of the very role and importance of the health care system in our lives, possibly including new expectations of the doctor-patient relationship. Alternatively, we can choose to continue along the current path, which will leave the difficult decisions to our children and grandchildren, who will be crushed by the debt created by the excesses of this generation. "


    Obviously this can’t become a reality, our economy will collapse before we get to that point. But how much more damage to our economy and our budgets are we going to except before we force congress to do something to fix it. There are a great series of articles that were printed in the N.Y. Times, It was called paying till it hurts. There is a link to it on our site http://www.wemustfixhealthcare.org/state-local-budgets/


    On the same page their is a link to this article:

    Healthcare costs to negate state, local budget improvements: outlook


    “State and local governments can expect ever-widening budget gaps through 2060, as rising healthcare costs for both citizens and public employees surpass recent improvements in their revenue, the Government Accountability Office said on Monday.


    Closing the gap may require drastic action.


    If state and local governments were to end the shortfalls over the next 50 years solely through spending cuts, they would have to reduce their expenditures 14.2 percent each year, GAO found. If they relied only on tax increases, they would need to raise revenue by a “similar magnitude.”


    Does anybody really think this is feasible. Their is plenty of information that could be used by the Democrats in their Campaigns to win in November.


    There is a section on the same page that could be used to crush the Republican argument that tort reform and defensive medicine are a huge contributor to health care cost. Yes, according to estimates it would save $54 billion over the next 10 years. Sounds like a lot of money until you realize that we will spend $35,000 billion over the next 10 years on health care costs.


    Sorry for my rant, but the fact is that unless we fix this first, literally nothing else you try to do to balance the budget will work. I hope we can work together on this, both now, and after the election. My goal is to make this a platform issue in 2016. What I need is people that can pick up the phone and talk to people that I could never talk to. You can talk to Eleanor Holmes Norton who can talk to anybody in the House on either side of the isle. You probably could pick up the phone and talk to Harry Reid and if not to someone that can. Eleanor Holmes Norton can pick up the phone and talk to the NAACP, etc. Senator Warner can pick up the phone and speak to virtually talk to any Industry leader in the country. You


    Either you are someone you can pick up the phone and talk to Richard Trumka. There are other union leaders following me on twitter that you could talk to.


    If the City of Washington, DC, it’s leaders, business community, universities, and individuals were seen as the leading force behind fixing our unsustainable and broken health care system by the people in this country, Just think how much good will that would generate for the City and their goal of statehood. Have lots many other ideas that could generate millions in campaign funds for the Democrat Party.


    Would like to have the opportunity to talk to you for a few minutes, my phone number is 757-486-1753.
  • Steve Kiviat
    commented 2014-07-16 23:03:26 -0400
  • Bonnie Loper
    commented 2014-06-13 17:50:13 -0400
    Please remove your campaign signs for the April 1, 2014 election … Military Road, 27th St NW (off Military) and Van Buren St NW (around the community center … which was a voting precinct location). Thanks
  • Michael Antonucci
    commented 2014-05-26 11:19:42 -0400
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  • Michael Antonucci
    commented 2014-05-26 11:19:42 -0400
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  • roger echevarria
    commented 2014-03-31 12:38:19 -0400
    Hello.my name is Roger Echevarria and I noticed that u r running for the U.S. senate . I have a 27ft.billboard truck that would be ideal for your campaign..it would have your picture and info on it..The giant billboard would be of great help.
  • Ed Edwards
    commented 2014-03-02 16:43:56 -0500
    fyi:


    Coming to a park near you!


    “Freedom of assembly is the individual right to come together and collectively express, promote, pursue and defend common interests. The right to freedom of association is recognized as a human right, political right and civil liberty." – wikipedia


    The loci for these assemblies have historically been the city parks.


    An earnest speaker might mount a soapbox to vent his concerns, to rally like-minded individuals, to rail against the failures of a system. A crowd might gather, listening for a resonant message, looking for shared solidarity.


    Those days are gone having been replaced by the electronic megaphone where the multitudes can “talk at” more expediently than “exchange with”. Web sites and even social media like Facebook and twitter are fine, but they are simply tools in the box. They each have their own demographic. They greatly enable preaching to the choir. They are, however, not well suited to attract the misinformed or the willfully uninformed. And we do know, as heavy might be the boot of repression on the citizen voice, it is apathy and ignorance which still remain the biggest obstacles to the by-the-people, for-the-people, of-the-people changes which we most desperately need.


    We absolutely know, too, that no communication is as strong as face-to-face, particularly in a climate of glorified isolationism engineered by the forces of divide and conquer. If there is one thing the Occupy movement proved it was the concentration of dozens can draw the interest of hundreds. And hundreds, in turn, can entice thousands.


    To that end, you and over 4 dozen citizen and cause proponents are being invited/urged to participate in an informal “teach-in”. You can decide if it has merit for your particular focus and in what way. You can decide how best to use this platform, this opportunity… how it might work for you. At the very least it is an opportunity to explain your positions, your goals, your successes, your membership, your affiliations, your actions, your contact information.


    Excerpts from a notice being distributed and posted on civic calendars…




    Coming to a park near you!


    Please, take a moment and walk with me through an imagined place. A bazaar, if you will, for social, legal, political, economic, ecological, and environmental causes. An outdoor shopping center where browsers might find, not merchandise, but rather resonant issues. Might be exposed to the activities of existing groups working on those issues. Might be challenged and inspired. A flea market with stalls touting both problems and solutions – boutiques of reaction.


    If you think no one but the NSA is listening to your concerns you are correct. For decades there has been a concerted, ever increasing effort by an elitist group of very rich and very powerful people to marginalize and mute the public will. As their influence has grown, the average person’s say over his own destiny and wellbeing has been squelched.


    Dozens of citizen interest groups and advocates will be available at McPherson Square on March 22. They will be open to discussing their issues, their activities, and how you can regain your rightful voice.




    By specific design there is no organization, no coordination, anyone can take part. There is a date, a location, and a bit of promotion. If you care to participate just show up – and bring your soapbox.


    This could become an on-going affair. If we, you and I, continue to show a presence over the initial weeks it could blossom into a city attraction. Or it could flop-out. I will suggest, however, our own imperatives demand we give it a try.


    date – Saturday, March 22, 2014

    (and subsequent Saturdays, weather permitting and interest encouraging)

    time – loosely 10 am to 4 pm

    place – McPherson Square, 15th and K sts. NW Washington DC


    Hope to see you there.
  • Valeriy Korostyshevskiy
    commented 2014-03-01 23:33:30 -0500
    Dear Senator Strauss,


    Thank you, and thank you to the Government ofthe United States of America, for your immediate and critical recognition ofthe interim Ukrainian government. This acknowledgement of the courage and determination of the people of Ukraine pursuing democracy and freedom is incredibly important in this critical juncture.


    I ask the United States to continue to provide the critical support needed to assure a free and democratic Ukraine, and to assure its territorial integrity, as the United States agreed to do when Ukraine voluntarily ceded its whole nuclear arsenal in 1994. Time is of the essence to prevent Putin from re-constituting his corrupt shadow network in Ukraine.

    Please establish and maintain efforts on the following four fronts:


    First: The US and its Western allies must maintain the integrity of the territorial lands ofUkraine. Russian military activities near Ukraine’s border and in the Crimean peninsular threaten to destabilize Ukraine’s fragile state, undoubtedly to advance Putin’s geo-political goals. The United States and Russia both agreed to be guarantors of Ukraine’s territorial integrity in the Budapest Memorandum of 1994, in exchange for Ukraine ceding its nuclear arsenal to Russia. The US needs to take concrete actions honoring its commitment to the Budapest Memorandum if the US is to maintain the credibility of its non-proliferation efforts.


    Second: Work with the EU and IMF to quickly provide a robust financial aid package of $35 billion to stabilize the Ukrainian economy and to help wean Ukraine from its heavy dependence on coerced and monopolistic Russian commerce. Call on the US Government to support an equivalent of a Marshall Plan for Ukraine to rebuildits economy in the wake of the devastating and corrupt presidency of Viktor Yanukovych. Incentivize US businesses to invest in Ukraine, and promote open commerce with small and medium sized businesses in Ukraine.


    Third: Support financial sanctions against persons in Ukraine guilty of ordering or facilitating murder, undertaking illegal separatist activities, and human rights abuses. In particular, the US, working with its allies, must proactively freeze the assets of members of the former regime, so that those assets are not used to fund further destabilizing actions in the short term, and can be returned to the Ukrainian government inthe long term. US leadership in this matter would also help stabilize Ukraine’s position on the financial markets.


    Fourth: Encourage cultural and educational exchanges through non-government agencies and other institutions. Over the past two decades, such programs have developed a new generation of leadership in Ukraine with a thorough grounding in western, democratic ideals and governance. The impact and value of these programs cannot be overstated. Support substantial increases in the Peace Corps volunteers assigned to Crimea and the southeastern regions of Ukraine.


    From its earliest days, The United States of America has inspired the world with its ideals of justice, human rights, self-determination, and freedom for all. In 1820, Thomas Jefferson wrote to the Marquis de Lafayette “The disease of liberty is catching; those armies will take it in the south, carry it thence to their own country, spread therethe infection of revolution and representative government, and raise its people from the prone condition of brutes to the erect altitude of man.” Many in Ukraine were killed, many more were wounded, in their pursuit of the ideals that the United States famously champions. Please do all you can to help this brave evolving democracy to achieve that dream.
  • Albert Hirschson
    commented 2014-01-24 11:33:27 -0500
    I’m trying to make an on-line contribution but I keep getting this error notice…“ls confirmed needs to be checked” ?…what does this mean ?
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