This OTYCD entry originally posted in April 2017. It’s among the earliest stories we’ve published, and it might be the best. That’s why it will always appear on the page headlined “The Most Important Thing You Can Do”.
Support Jana Lynne Sanchez’s run for a House of Representatives special election for an open seat in Texas’s 6th District.
We at OTYCD wrote about Sanchez in 2018, when she ran for this very seat. She won the Democratic primary but was defeated in the general by Republican Ronald Wright. She got 45.4 percent of the vote to his tally of 53.1.
Wright won re-election in 2020 but died of COVID-19 on February 7, 2021. He’s the first sitting member of Congress to succumb to the disease; Luke Letlow, a GOP Congressman-elect from Louisiana, died of COVID-19 before he could be sworn in.
Wright’s death prompted a special election to fill his seat, and Sanchez has stepped forward to run. She is one of ten Democrats and 11 Republicans vying for the post alongside a Libertarian and an Independent.
Ballotpedia does not reflect a date for a primary for this special election, but the special election itself takes place on May 1, 2021.
April Fool’s Day is a perennial pain-in-the-butt for sites like OTYCD. Facts matter, and we don’t want to risk posting a story that could be taken as a prank.
We’re going to play it as safe as we can by reworking a post from April 2017 about how to fact-check.
The link below will take you to a Google doc from 2017 written by Laura M. Browning, a professional copy editor who has trained others to check facts. She titled the document Fact-checking in the Age of Trumpism for obvious reasons, but its strength and validity hasn’t diminished one bit now that Trump has left the Oval Office.
Read Laura M. Browning’s deft, incisive, and blessedly short (barely five pages) paper on how to fact-check:
Today is the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Q1 deadline–donate to your favorite 2022 candidates before midnight.
During previous electoral cycles, OTYCD readers learned about the power and importance of FEC quarterly deadlines.
The numbers represent temperature checks on candidates for office. Good numbers launch a virtuous cycle that attract additional big-dollar donors to commit based on the quarterly fundraising reports.
Why draw your attention to the Q1 2021 deadline? Because traditionally, midterm elections have gone against the party of the sitting president. Congressional chambers flip in midterms.
As you read this, Democrats have a single-digit seat advantage in the House of Representatives and hold the Senate by virtue of having Vice President Kamala Harris available to cast a tie-breaking vote.
Is 2021 an off-year for elections? That might not be true for you on the local level.
When we say “the local level”, we mean elected offices such as the mayor, city council members, planning board, school board, and the like.
Finding out what’s going on is harder than finding out what’s going on at the federal and the state level. You have to look to local resources, and local resources will vary. It will require some work on your part.