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RALLYING THE TROOPS

The aggressive grass-roots activists group that grew out of President Obama’s 2012 campaign continues to rattle its sword. Organizing for Action is geared up for the 2014 election, and ready to rumble.

“A minority of senators stood with the gun lobby and blocked a proposal to expand background checks for gun sales something that more than 90 percent of Americans support. But that was just round one. We outnumber them, and we can win this if we’re as passionate and as organized as the special interests standing in the way,” says Executive Director Jon Carson, promoting a public petition to the organization’s membership.

“And those senators who decided that not crossing the gun lobby was more important than making our kids and communities safer. OFA supporters will call them out and hold them accountable to their constituents,” Mr. Carson warns.

POLL DU JOUR

• 59 percent of Americans oppose gradually raising the age at which people become eligible for Medicare.

• 59 percent favor requiring Americans with annual incomes of more than $1 million to pay 30 percent of their incomes in taxes.

• 54 percent oppose changing the way Social Security benefits are calculated so that annual increases are smaller.

• 51 percent favor raising Medicare premiums for higher-income recipients.

• 45 percent favor limiting itemized tax deductions for individuals earning $183,000 or more and married couples making $223,000 or more.

• 36 percent favor reducing Medicare benefits for seniors with higher incomes.

Source: An AP/GfK poll of 1,004 U.S. adults conducted April 11-15.

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