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Wireless Carriers: #AbolishOverages @ATT, @VerizonWireless and @Sprint!

By John Legere
Bellevue, Washington

In 2013, more than 20 million Americans were hit with punitive overage charges by U.S. wireless companies, and all Americans have known the fear of wireless bill shock. Overage penalties from AT&T, Verizon and Sprint take more than an incredible $1 billion out of consumers’ pockets every year.  It’s time to show these companies that we’re not going to take these outrageous fees lying down anymore.

Traditional wireless plans start with a low monthly fee for a fixed amount of domestic minutes, texts or data.  Once consumers go over those limits – even by a little – they’re hit with dramatically higher rates and extreme penalties.  These plans seem purpose-built to drive customers over that invisible line into massive overage charges.

This is just plain wrong, and it must end.  I’m laying down the challenge to AT&T, Verizon and Sprint to follow T-Mobile’s lead and abolish these overages once and for all.

Sign this petition to #AbolishOverages and send a message to the old guard wireless companies that bill shock and overage fees are no longer acceptable and no longer welcomed in this industry.


Fight gun violence with your VOTE

Everytown for Gun SafetyIf our elected officials won’t change our gun laws, it’s time to change our elected officials.

I was in the Senate gallery one year ago today when a minority of U.S. Senators blocked a bill to expand criminal background checks. They caved under pressure from the Washington gun lobby instead of standing up for more than 90% of the American people who supported the bill. They made the wrong choice.

That’s why I’m proud to announce the launch of Gun Sense Voter, an unprecedented initiative to mobilize Americans in all 50 states to fight gun violence with their votes.

I’m writing to ask you to pledge to vote for candidates in local, state and federal elections who support common-sense laws to reduce gun violence. And, at the same time, help us show others the door..

Will you take the pledge to become a Gun Sense Voter today?

Are you a Gun Sense Voter? Here’s how you’ll know:

  • You believe that felons and domestic abusers shouldn’t have access to guns.
  • You think guns don’t belong in places like churches, schools and playgrounds.
  • You think our elected officials should be as passionate about the safety of our communities as they are about the right to bear arms.
  • You understand that each and every vote matters when it comes to reducing gun violence — and you’re not afraid to use yours to create change.


If you’re a mom, a mayor, a survivor, a police officer, or a concerned citizen who thinks that our elected officials must do more to stop gun violence, then you’re a Gun Sense Voter.

Make it official and take the Gun Sense Voter pledge right now:

I’ve taken the pledge, and I hope you will too.

It’s the most important thing you can do to make sure we finally get the common-sense gun laws that will keep our fellow Americans safe from gun violence.

Thank you,

Shannon Watts
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense In America

P.S. — When you take the pledge, please make sure you check the box if you can volunteer in your community. The Gun Sense Voter team will be reaching out to some volunteers all across the country to organize trainings in the weeks ahead, and we hope to see you there!

Everytown for Gun Safety is a movement of Americans fighting for common-sense gun policies. We are moms, mayors, survivors, and concerned citizens.

They’re Defending Lawlessnes​s Now?

MediaMattersweekly_email_header_logo_altSome other things I’ve read this week: Grace Wyler’s reporting on how right-wing militias are mobilizing, an examination of David Foster Wallace’s warnings about irony, Sarah Kliff’s explanation of the recent Census changes, and Simon Maloy’s advice for reporters covering Paul Ryan.

John Whitehouse
Twitter: @existentialfish

Pure Hypocrisy

BundyConservative media have spent years accusing the Obama administration of lawlessness. But now they’re lining up to defend a rancher who refuses to even acknowledge the existence of the federal government: Related: Media Matters Investigative Reporter Joe Strupp spoke to Nevada journalists, who told him that the rancher is clearly breaking the law:

From The Fringe To The Mainstream

IngrahamABC News announced that it has hired right-wing radio host Laura Ingraham as a contributor. She regularly uses inflammatory rhetoric to be a voice for the fringe: Related: Laura Ingraham is one of the right-wing radio hosts whose shows have deep financial ties to the tea party:




BoehlertEric Boehlert and Chris Hayes discussed why the conservative outrage machine embraced the lawless rancher in Nevada:


Lily LedbetterMedia Matters Radio spoke with Lilly Ledbetter about conservatives like Fox News who pretend the gender pay gap does not exist:


Race In America
Five White People On Fox News Discuss “Race In America”

Did you know April 22 is Earth Day …


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April 22 isn’t just Earth Day, it is the last day to vote for Proposition 1 and save King County Metro transit service.  Public transit delivers environmental benefits as it delivers riders to their destinations, making your Yes vote one of the most important local actions to help the planet this Earth Day.

King County Metro bus service provides 400,000 trips every work day. These trips mean fewer cars on the road and less carbon and other pollutants in the air.  We cannot risk the cutbacks in bus service which would become necessary without the added funds from Prop. 1, with the resulting longer waits, deleted routes, and likely 30,000 more cars clogging our streets and their pollutants our lungs.

Pledge to vote YES on Prop 1!

Vote YES on Prop. 1 to keep our buses running and prevent major cut backs in service. Together we can make sure our seniors, students, people with disabilities, working families, and others have a low-impact way to get around.  Prop. 1 creates a new $1.25 low-income bus fare and partial rebate for low-income car owners to lessen the burden on those who can afford it the least.

Vote YES on Prop. 1 to fix our roads and streets.  Forty percent of Prop. 1 revenue goes to cities and the county to make our streets, roads, and bridges safer.  Every $1 we spend now to maintain streets and roads avoids $6-14 in cost later to rebuild the neglected, deteriorated road.

More than 160 organizations, 20 mayors from throughout the county, and bipartisan support from the King County Council have all come together to save Metro Transit.  Join us and pledge to vote YES on Proposition 1.

Thanks for all you do for the environment and a sustainable transportation future.

Tim Gould
Chair, Transportation and Land Use Committee
Sierra Club Washington

The cost of inaction

 One year ago today, the Senate introduced S.744, a bipartisan bill that would fix our broken immigration system, grow our economy, and shrink the deficit. Last June, they passed that bill. The House has still failed to act.

Take a look at how inaction has hurt our economy — and pass it on:

Learn more about the cost of inaction. Click here to see the full infographic.See the infographic on

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