In addition to following Pewter on Twitter (again, her handle is @Celeste_Pewter) you
can support her in other ways.
Check out Bluewave Crowdsource, which encourages and promotes Democratic candidates across the country.
One of the most obvious failings of the Democratic Party is its hesitance to run candidates everywhere, for every elected race, regardless of whether the area is considered “red” or “blue.”
Many left-leaning, liberal, and progressive folks are annoyed with this. Even if the reason is good (such as not having enough money to support every race, everywhere), it looks bad. If there’s no Democratic candidate to vote for, people won’t vote Democratic. Seems self-evident, but hey, you’ve got to be in it to win it even if you realistically have no chance to win it. Putting in the effort of putting forward a candidate matters.
Bluewave Crowdsource is doing what the Democratic Party is not. Well, some of it, anyway. It researches, selects, and promotes Democrats who are running for Congress, for governorships, for state legislatures, and for other elected offices.
Bluewave Crowdsource limits itself to one candidate per district, state, or seat ahead of the primaries, and gets behind the Democratic primary victor, whoever that person is. It also spotlights one candidate per day from its roster.
We at OTYCD can vouch for the strength of the Bluewave Crowdsource roster. It has chosen more than 20 people we’ve devoted posts to, including DD Adams, who’s running for a House of Representatives seat in North Carolina; Jana Lynne Sanchez, running for a House seat in Texas; Marge Doyle, who’s campaigning to win a House seat in California; Stacey Abrams, who’s aiming to become governor of Georgia; and Jacky Rosen, who’s trying to unseat Republican Senator Dean Heller in Nevada.
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Call your Senators and demand that they enforce the McConnell Standard for nominating Supreme Court Justices.
You have no doubt heard the news about Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement from the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS).
You are no doubt unsurprised that Team Trump and the GOP-controlled Congress have stated intentions to push the SCOTUS nomination through in the fall.
You are no doubt aware of why this is an utterly bullshit move. Senator Mitch McConnell refused to allow a hearing on the nomination of Merrick Garland to fill the seat left open by the February 2016 death of Antonin Scalia. McConnell made the ridiculous claim that it was improper to consider a nomination in an election year.
McConnell successfully kept the seat open until well after the election. The new administration chose a ridiculously hard-right judge who has wreaked more than his share of havoc already.
We can fight this, and we will fight this.
Step one is calling your Senators (just your Senators, because only Senators hear and vote on SCOTUS nominations) and demanding that McConnell follow the precedent that he himself set out.
If nominating Merrick Garland 237 days before an election was too close for McConnell’s comfort, we should certainly hold off considering a replacement for Justice Kennedy, who announced his retirement just 132 days before the 2018 elections.
Also consider that since the first day of his term of office, polls have shown that Trump has never had positive public approval numbers–never, not once, not even for one lousy day.
Add to this the fact that Trump is actively under investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and could well be charged with obstruction of justice.
The case for waiting now is far, far stronger than the case for waiting in 2016.
And! You will no doubt be entirely unsurprised to learn that Celeste Pewter (follow her on Twitter at @Celeste_Pewter) has a script for this (scroll down to learn more ways to support her work):
Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein has endorsed upholding the McConnell Standard:
Here also are a few articles to get you up to speed on the counterarguments the
GOP is trying to push (spoiler alert! Their counterarguments are nonsensical crap):
If you want to do more, look to the OTYCD post that happened to go up the
very day that Kennedy announced his retirement.
It’s about countering Trump’s strategy for the midterms by supporting vulnerable incumbent Democratic Senators.
If Democrats are to take control of the Senate–which will, admittedly, be tough–we need to defend all Senators who are up for re-election and we need to win at least two more seats besides.
Celeste Pewter was all over this ages ago, with The Road to 2018, which was created to defend the incumbent Senators who need it most.
She’s recommending an iteration of the Core Four strategy–pick at least one Democratic incumbent Senator and one Democratic challenger for a Senate seat, and devote yourself to them. Give them money. Volunteer. Canvass. Phone-bank. And recruit friends and family to do the same.
If you missed the OTYCD post for June 27, 2018, see it now:
Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the button on the upper right of the
page. And tell your friends about the blog!
In addition to following Pewter on Twitter (again, her handle is @Celeste_Pewter) you
can support her in other ways.
After you call your elected representatives on these two topics, tweet about the
experience using the #ICalledMyReps hashtag.
Pewter founded The Road to 2018, an organization devoted to defending Democratic
Senators who are vulnerable and up for re-election this year. See our post on it:
Fight back against Trump’s 2018 midterms strategy by defending vulnerable Democratic Senate incumbents.
On May 30, 2018, Buzzfeed published a piece on how Trump might approach the 2018 midterm elections.
It looks like he’s shying away from House of Representatives races and targeting sitting, vulnerable Democratic senators who are up for re-election in Trump-friendly states. From the article:
‘A source close to Trump involved in midterm planning said it’s clear Republicans are running very different campaigns in close House races versus Senate races, and Trump will be used accordingly. “It’s a base election in the Senate and a swing in the House,” the source said.’
Also from the article:
‘Earlier this month, Trump followed a similar outline of what is shaping up to be his 2018 stump speech during his rally in Indiana, where he called Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly “sleeping Joe” and a “swamp person.” “You have to work every day between now and November to elect more Republicans so that we can continue to make America great again,” he told his supporters there, while praising Donnelly’s challenger, Mike Braun, as a “winner.”
And at an anti-abortion event last week, Trump spelled out the need for more Republicans in Congress in a way that would connect with the crowd. “So the story is, ’18 midterms — we need Republicans, and that will happen,” he said, going on to talk about failed GOP attempts to pass a 20-week abortion ban and the Democratic senators who have voted against it. “The United States is one of only seven countries in the world to allow elective abortions after 20 weeks, when unborn babies can truly feel the pain. Yet Democratic senators like Jon Tester, Heidi Heitkamp, Claire McCaskill, Debbie Stabenow all voted against the 20-week bill and in favor of late-term abortion.’
See the full Buzzfeed piece here:
You can push back against Trump by supporting vulnerable Democratic senators who are seeking re-election.
The best resource for this, by far, is The Road to 2018, an organization that our friend Celeste Pewter is heavily involved in.
The Road to 2018 was created to help precisely those senators who Trump and the GOP is targeting.
See its website here:
If you’ve been following Celeste on Twitter–and you are, aren’t you? She’s at @Celeste_Pewter–you’ve seen her tweets about The Road to 2018 and about Democratic senators you can support.
To be dead clear here–flipping the Senate blue in 2018 will be tough, tougher than flipping the House. Much of this is down to math. About a dozen Democratic incumbents are vulnerable, as opposed to eight Republican incumbents.
In order to flip the Senate, the Democrats need to hold all their seats and gain two. (The two Independents in the Senate, Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Angus King of Maine, tend to caucus with the Democrats. King is up for re-election in 2018.)
Flipping the Senate will not insure that Trump can be successfully impeached. A minimum of 67 senators would have to vote in favor, and given the prevailing tribalism, we couldn’t count on Republican senators to do the right thing.
This is not about impeachment. This is about hampering Trump’s ability to push his noxious agenda.
If the Senate goes Democratic, Trump would find it a lot harder to push through lousy and unqualified nominees across the board, judicial and otherwise.
He’d also have to change his strategy if he wants to get any legislation passed.
Fighting for these senators is worth doing.
So! Question. Are you using the Core Four strategy yet? If not, learn about it here:
Then consult the Road to 2018 and figure out which Democratic senators you can support with time, money, and effort.
Those vulnerable senators are:
Bill Nelson of Florida
Joe Donnelly of Indiana
Debbie Stabenow of Michigan
Claire McCaskill of Missouri
Angus King, Independent of Maine
Jon Tester of Montana
Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota
Sherrod Brown of Ohio
Bob Casey of Pennsylvania
Tim Kaine of Virginia
Joe Manchin of West Virginia
Tammy Baldwin of Wyoming
If one of these senators is from your state, go all-in for that person.
If not, and certainly if you’re from one of the states that doesn’t have any senators up for re-election this year, pick at least one of these senators to support.
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This OTYCD entry originally posted in July 2017.
Update, June 24, 2018: More than two weeks after the June 5, 2018 primary, California’s 48th District finished its count. It was clear pretty soon after the election that Keirstead or Harley Rouda would get the second slot in the top-two primary, it was just a matter of who. In the end, Rouda bested Keirstead by just 126 votes.
We thank Keirstead for running and we hope he’ll run for public office again in the future.
Support Dr. Hans Keirstead, a stem cell researcher, entrepreneur, and former professor who is aiming to unseat House Republican Dana Rohrabacher.
Canadian-born Keirstead, 50, founded California Stem Cell Inc. and sold it for $100 million in 2014. He is now CEO of Aivita Biomedical. He taught at the University of California, Irvine for 14 years, and has raised well over $100 million in grants and donations in his various scientific jobs. He becomes the fifth Democrat hoping to push out Rohrabacher, who has served as a California house rep for for almost 30 years.
Keirstead supports the ACA, and he specifically supports it over a single-payer system. He says he does not intend to use his own money to campaign for the house seat.
Under his Why I’m Running essay on his campaign site, he says:
“I’ve dedicated my life to using medical science to save and improve lives — but in Congress, medicine and science have been pushed to the side in favor of partisan political games. Politicians like Dana Rohrabacher have used the broken system for their own gain for far too long. We’re not his priority and we need someone new.
I believe our elected leaders should rely on facts to guide policy. I’m not daunted by large obstacles. I’ve launched and managed companies, developed treatments for previously un-treatable diseases and been held accountable for my actions. We need more of that to change Washington and I intend to use Congress as a platform to improve even more lives.”
House Rep Dana Rohrbacher is viewed as vulnerable for his pro-Russia stance, and because his district is showing signs of turning Democrat blue. In the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton won the district by less than two points, becoming the first Democratic presidential candidate to win Orange County in 80 years. Rohrbacher also supports the AHCA and questions whether human activity is causing climate change. This is galling on its face, but it’s made worse by the fact that he sits on the House Committee on Science and Technology.
Visit Keirstead’s campaign website:
Read his website biography:
Consider Keirstead for your Core Four for 2018:
Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the button on the upper right of the page. And tell your friends about the blog!
Read his full Why I’m Running statement:
Read more about Keirstead and his campaign for the House of Representatives:
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Donate to his campaign:
Don’t believe Dana Rohrbacher is on the House Committee on Science and Technology? Here’s the proof:
Here’s a Politico story about Rohrbacher’s interest in Russia, titled Putin’s Favorite Congressman:
And here’s a New York Times story about how the FBI warned Rohrbacher in 2012 that Russian spies were trying to recruit him:
Special thanks to 314 Action, where we first learned about Keirstead’s campaign. 314 Action is a nonprofit devoted to electing more people with STEM backgrounds to high office.
Follow it on Twitter: @314Action
Learn which 30 state attorneys general are on the ballot in 2018, so you can vote out the state AGs who are attacking the 130 million Americans who have pre-existing conditions, and so you can support the state AGs who are defending those vulnerable people.
The attorney general (AG) is the state’s lead legal officer. State AGs have been crucial to curtailing and/or stopping the agenda of Trump and his cabinet. Several banded together to sue when Trump tried to implement his various Muslim travel bans, and they banded together to sue when Department of Education head Betsy DeVos tried to roll back protections for student borrowers who were cheated by for-profit schools.
The state AG is often, but not always, an elected position. In some states, the governor appoints the AG instead.
AGs can form part of a triplex–a situation in which the governor, the attorney general, and the secretary of state all belong to the same party. This is distinct from a trifecta, in which the governor and both chambers of the state legislature belong to the same party. In either case, when the three posts yield a triplex, it can be easier for party officials to impose their agenda. As of January 1, 2018, there are 23 Republican triplexes and 11 Democratic triplexes.
Below is a list of state AG posts that are open in 2018, with notes on whether the incumbents will run or not.
Update, June 9, 2018: By now you have heard about the insane response from the Department of Justice (DOJ) to a goofy lawsuit from several state attorneys general that would kill the ACA and end up removing protections that ensure that people with pre-existing conditions can get health insurance.
A total of 20 state AGs are suing to kill the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, and the vital protections it enshrines. As of now, 16 state AGs and the AG for the District of Columbia have countersued to defend the ACA.
We have updated our April 2018 post on which states are holding AG elections in 2018, and we are identifying whether the incumbents are defending the ACA or trying to destroy it. We’re also identifying states that have not entered either lawsuit, and naming Democratic incumbents and challengers who you can nudge to join the 17 who are fighting for the ACA.
There’s been a lot of attention to the 2018 Congressional races, and there should be. But please don’t neglect state-level races such as these. Attorneys general have been a valuable force for defending against the horrors of the Trump administration. Please reward and support those who are fighting back, and vote out those who are not.
As with the Congressional races, all of the state attorney general elections take place on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.
Alabama: Republican incumbent Steve Marshall will run for his first full term. He was appointed in 2017 after Republican Luther Strange was appointed to fill the Alabama Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions. Alabama has a Republican triplex.
At least one Democrat, Chris Christie (yes, that’s his name, and yes, he’s a different guy than the outgoing New Jersey governor), will appear in the June 5 primary.
Update, June 2018: Alabama is one of the 20 states suing to destroy the ACA.
Democrat Joseph Siegelman defeated Chris Christie in the June 5 primary. Siegelman is the son of a former Alabama governor and AG who was charged and ultimately served time for corruption and obstruction of justice charges.
He has never run for public office before. He does not appear to have made a statement about the anti-ACA lawsuit, but he has spoken about fighting the opioid epidemic, and he has generally expressed a commitment to defending vulnerable people.
See Democrat Joseph Siegelman’s website and donate to his campaign: https://www.siegelman2018.com
Follow him on Twitter: @JoeSiegelman
Arizona: As of January 1, 2018, Republican incumbent Mark Brnovich had not decided if he would run for a second term. Arizona has a Republican triplex.
At least one Democrat, January Contreras, will run in the August 28 primary.
Update, June 2018: Arizona is one of the 20 states suing to destroy the ACA.
Brnovich appears to be running again. Contreras is his Democratic opponent. She does not appear to have made a statement about the anti-ACA lawsuit, but we can tell from her website that she’d be joining the 17 if she was in charge.
See Democrat January Contreras’s website and donate to her campaign: https://www.januaryforaz.com
Follow her on Twitter: @JanuaryAZ
Arkansas: Republican incumbent Leslie Rutledge will run for a second term. Arkansas has a Republican triplex.
As of January 1, 2018, no Democrats had signed up for the May 22 primary.
Update, June 2018: Arkansas is one of the 20 states suing to destroy the ACA.
Fortunately, since we wrote this post, a Democrat joined the race: Mike Lee. While he has not made a specific public comment about the anti-ACA suit joined by his opponent, it’s clear from his website that he’d oppose it.
See Democrat Mike Lee’s website and donate to his campaign: http://electmikelee.org
Follow him on Twitter: @ElectMikeLee
California: Democratic incumbent Xavier Becerra will run for his first full term. He was appointed in January 2017 after then-AG Kamala Harris won a California Senate seat in 2016. California has a Democratic triplex.
California uses a top-two primary system for its AG race, which sends the top two vote-getters in the June 5 primary to face each other in the general election. As of January 1, 2018, one other Democrat and two Republicans had committed to the primary.
Update, June 2018: California is one of the 17 states countersuing to defend the ACA. Becerra is leading the charge.
Becerra won his June 5 party primary and will face opposition in the fall.
See Xavier Becerra’s website:
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Colorado: Republican incumbent Cynthia Coffman is leaving the AG post to run for governor.
At least five Democrats will run in the June 26 primary.
Update, June 2018: Colorado has not joined either of the lawsuits. Ballotpedia shows that the Democratic AG primary field is down to two: Joseph Salazar and Phil Weiser.
Neither candidate appears to have made a public statement about joining the countersuit. Neither devotes an explicit heading to the ACA in the issues section of their campaign sites, but Weiser published a blog post in May 2018 about fighting for affordable, accessible health care.
See Phil Weiser’s website and donate to his campaign: https://www.philforcolorado.com
Follow Weiser on Twitter: @pweiser
See Joe Salazar’s website and donate to his campaign: https://salazarforcoag.com
Connecticut: Democratic incumbent George C. Jepsen has chosen not to run for a third term. Connecticut has a Democratic triplex.
At least one Democrat, former federal prosecutor Chris Mattei, has committed to run in the August 14 primary.
Update, June 2018: Connecticut is one of the 17 states countersuing to defend the ACA.
On June 8, Chris Mattei tweeted in favor of the countersuit:
The DOJ, which should be a refuge for the exploited & powerless, just argued in court that 52 million people w/ pre-existing conditions can be denied coverage contrary to the ACA. This is disgusting. This is not justice.
See Chris Mattei’s website and donate to his campaign: https://matteiforct.com
Follow him on Twitter: @ChrisMatteiCT
Mattei has since been joined in the August 14 Democratic primary by Paul R. Doyle and William Tong.
Weirdly, Doyle’s webpage isn’t loading at the moment; we’ll update this post accordingly when it is.
Tong has not given a statement about the countersuit but his campaign site is dead clear that he does not like what Trump is doing in general, and will resist his agenda.
See William Tong’s website and donate to his campaign: http://www.williamtong.com
Follow him on Twitter: @WilliamTongCT
Delaware: Democratic incumbent Matthew Denn has chosen not to run for a second term. Delaware has a Democratic triplex.
At least one Democrat, Tim Mullaney, will run in the September 11, 2018 primary.
Update, June 2018: Delaware is one of the 17 states countersuing to defend the ACA.
Mullaney has since been joined in the party primary by Kathy Jennings, Chris Johnson, and LaKresha Roberts.
Weirdly, Mullaney does not appear to have a campaign site right now, just a Facebook page:
If we find a website or Twitter handle for him, we’ll update accordingly.
Jennings has not made a statement in favor of the countersuit, but it’s reasonable to infer from her website and Twitter feed that she supports it.
See Kathy Jennings’s website and donate to her campaign: https://www.kathyfordelaware.com/priorities
Follow her on Twitter: @KathyForAG
Like Jennings, Johnson has not made a specific statement about the countersuit, but it’s reasonable to infer from his website and Twitter feed that he supports it.
See Chris Johnson’s website and donate to his campaign:
Follow him on Twitter:
Roberts is in the same boat as her Democratic rivals: Hasn’t made a statement about the countersuit, but would clearly support it.
See LaKresha Roberts’s website and donate to her campaign:
Follow her on Twitter: @lakreshaforDE
Florida: Republican incumbent Pam Bondi is term-limited out. Florida has a Republican triplex.
At least one Democrat, Ryan Torrens, will appear in the August 28 primary.
Update, June 2018: Florida is one of the 20 states suing to destroy the ACA.
Torrens has since been joined in the primary by Sean Shaw, and there’s still time for other Floridians to jump in to the state attorney general race; the filing deadline is June 22, 2018.
Torrens has not made a specific statement against the anti-ACA suit, but a look over his website leaves no doubt that he’s not in favor.
See Torres’s website and donate to his campaign: https://www.ryanforattorneygeneral.com
Follow him on Twitter: @RyanforFLAG
Ditto for Sean Shaw: No specific comment on the suit, but judging by his website and Twitter feed, we doubt he supports it.
See Shaw’s website and donate to his campaign: https://seanshaw.com
Follow him on Twitter: @SShawFL
Georgia: Republican incumbent Chris Carr will run for his first full term as AG. He was appointed in October 2016 after Republican Samuel S. Owens resigned to take the presidency of Kennesaw State University.
As of January 1, 2018, no Democrats had committed to the May 22 primary.
Update, June 2018: Georgia is one of the 20 states suing to destroy the ACA.
A Democrat has since stepped up to challenge Carr: Charlie Bailey.
Bailey hasn’t made a public comment about the lawsuit, but he’s endorsed by the Democratic Attorneys General Association, which is promising, seeing as it’s Democratic AGs who are pressing the countersuit.
See Charlie Bailey’s website and donate to his campaign: https://charlieforgeorgia.com/home/
Follow him on Twitter: @charlie4georgia
Idaho: Republican incumbent Lawrence Wasden will run for a fourth term as AG. Idaho has a Republican triplex.
As of January 1, 2018, no Democrats had committed to the May 15 primary.
Update, June 2018: Idaho has not joined either of the lawsuits.
A Democrat, Bruce Bistline, has since joined the AG race, but the Idaho situation seems weird. We found a 2014 (repeat, this is NOT A CURRENT ARTICLE) story online that stated that Bistline would not campaign actively. He appears to be doing the same this time around, too, but he hasn’t said as much to the local press.
Ballotpedia definitely lists Bistline as the Democratic AG candidate for 2018, but we can’t find anything that looks like a campaign website for him. The National Association of Attorneys General confirms that as of May 25, 2018, Bistline did not have one.
The filing deadline to run was back in March, so it’s too late for the Dems to choose someone else.
We get that Idaho is a pretty damn red state. But c’mon, Idaho friends, could you at least pick a Democratic AG candidate who will actually, you know, show up and put up a fight? We at OTYCD think that y’all can do better than Bistline.
Illinois: Democratic incumbent Lisa Madigan decided not to run for a fifth term as AG.
At least eight Democrats will run in the March 20 primary, including Renato Mariotti.
Update, June 2018: Illinois is one of the 17 states countersuing to defend the ACA.
Kwame Raoul emerged victorious from the Democratic primary. (Sorry, Renato. We still love you and we still want people to follow your Twitter feed.)
On June 9, Raoul tweeted in favor of the countersuit:
As the son of a community physician and a cancer survior myself, I believe everyone should have access to health care, regardless of income or pre-existing conditions. If Donald Trump won’t enforce the law and protect people, as attorney general, I will.
And he released the same statement as a press release:
See Raoul’s website and donate to his campaign: https://kwameraoul.com
Follow him on Twitter: @KwameRaoul
Iowa: Democratic incumbent Tom Miller will run for his tenth term in office. He held the post from 1978 to 1990, when he stepped away to run for governor. He lost, ran for AG in 1994, and has successfully held the office ever since.
As of January 1, 2018, no Democrats had committed to the June 5 primary.
Update, June 2018: Iowa has not joined either of the lawsuits.
The filing deadline passed without any Democratic challengers leaping in.
In the past few days, Miller has tweeted from his official AG account (@AGIowa) in favor of defending the integrity of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which Mick Mulvaney is trying to gut. He’s also retweeted fellow state AGs talking about pushing back against nasty stuff that Betsy DeVos is trying to pull. But Miller hasn’t said anything related to the ACA or health care.
Democrats in Iowa, how about you call Miller’s office and ask him to join the 17 who are countersuing to save the ACA?
We can’t find a campaign website for Miller, but here’s a link to his page on VoteSmart, which has an email address for his campaign:
Kansas: As of January 1, 2018, Republican incumbent Derek Schmidt had not decided whether he would run for a third term. Kansas has a Republican triplex.
As of January 1, 2018, no Democrats had committed to the August 7 primary.
Update, June 2018: Kansas is one of the 20 states suing to destroy the ACA.
Democrat Sarah Swain seems to have snuck in right at the June 1 filing deadline to run for state AG. Schmidt has since committed as well.
Swain’s candidacy is so new that she doesn’t appear to have a website or a social media presence yet. We will update this post accordingly once that changes.
Here’s a June 1, 2018 article on Swain’s entry into the race: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2018/jun/01/lawrence-attorney-sarah-swain-files-kansas-attorne/
Maryland: As of January 1, 2018, Democratic incumbent Brian Frosh had not decided whether he would run for a second term.
As of January 1, 2018, no other Democrats had committed to the June 26 primary.
Update, June 2018: Maryland has not joined either of the lawsuits.
Frosh has made up his mind, though. He’s running again.
He does not appear to have made a comment on either of the suits on either his campaign site or his Facebook page.
Marylanders, how about you call Frosh’s office and ask him to join the 17?
Frosh’s campaign site is here: https://www.brianfrosh.com
Massachusetts: Democratic incumbent Maura Healey, who is awesome, will run for a second term.
As of January 1, 2018, no other Democrats had committed to the September 4 primary. But that’s OK, because Maura Healey is awesome.
Update, June 2018: Massachusetts is one of the 17 states countersuing to defend the ACA, because Maura Healey is awesome (did we mention that? Because she is, indeed, awesome.).
Healey will face no challengers in the September 4 primary.
See Healey’s website and donate to her campaign: http://www.maurahealey.com
Follow her on Twitter: @maura_healey
Michigan: Republican incumbent Bill Schuette is term-limited out. Michigan has a Republican triplex.
Update, June 2018: Michigan has not joined either of the lawsuits.
Since this post originally went up, the Michigan Democratic Party convened and chose Dana Nessel as their AG candidate.
You might remember Nessel. She did that amazing November 2017 campaign ad pushing back against sexual harassment.
She hasn’t yet said anything about either lawsuit but hey, Michiganders? We at OTYCD bet she’ll come out in favor of joining the 17 if you call and ask her to do so.
See her website and donate to her campaign: https://www.dana2018.com
Follow her on Twitter: @dananessel
Minnesota: As of January 1, 2018, Democratic incumbent Lori Swanson had not yet decided if she would run for a fourth term. Minnesota has a Democratic triplex.
At least four other Democrats have announced they will run in the August 14 primary.
Update, June 2018: Minnesota is one of the 17 states countersuing to defend the ACA “by and through its Department of Commerce.”
Swanson has since announced she will run for governor of Minnesota.
Five Democrats have filed for the August 14 primary, most notably Keith Ellison, who is giving up his House of Representatives seat in the 5th District to aim for the open Michigan state AG post.
On June 8, Ellison tweeted this message with a link to a Politico story:
Trump’s Justice Department is calling on the courts to throw out protections for people with pre-existing conditions, but CA AG Xavier Becera fights back.
See Ellison’s website and donate to his campaign: https://keithellison.org
We’ll add his AG-specific Twitter account once he creates one.
We at OTYCD are having trouble with Tom Foley at the moment. Ballotpedia redirects to the wrong Tom Foley (a Republican in another state), and Minnesota’s Tom Foley is far from the only Tom Foley in politics. We can’t seem to find a campaign site for him, either.
Consider this an invitation to Minnesota AG candidate Tom Foley’s folks to get in touch with us here (see the About & Subscribe page) so we can update this section accordingly.
Debra Hilstrom has not made a specific statement about the countersuit but we have no reason to believe she wouldn’t support it.
See Hilstrom’s website and donate to her campaign: https://debrahilstrommn.com
Follow her on Twitter: @debrahilstrom
Matt Pelikan has not made a specific statement about the countersuit, but the header of his Twitter page is him standing with Senator Elizabeth Warren, so, no worries there, we think.
See Pelikan’s website and donate to his campaign: http://mattpelikan.com
Follow him on Twitter: @mattpelikan
Mike Rothman also has not made a specific statement in favor of the countersuit, but judging by his website, he’s probably in favor.
See Rothman’s website and donate to his campaign:
Follow him on Twitter (warning–he doesn’t tweet much):
Nebraska: Republican incumbent Doug Petersen will run for a second term. Nebraska has a Republican triplex.
At least one Democrat, Evangelos Argyrakis, will run in the May 15 primary.
Update, June 2018: Nebraska is one of the 20 states suing to destroy the ACA.
Unfortunately Democrats might be up the creek in this race. Argyrakis is the only Democratic candidate, but local papers reported in April that he assaulted his 82-year-old father after accusing him of taking money from his mother. So, erm, awkward.
We at OTYCD can’t seem to find a campaign website for him either, which is probably for the best. If we learn about whether a write-in campaign is allowed, we will update accordingly.
Nevada: Republican incumbent Adam Laxalt is running for Nevada governor instead of a second term as AG. Nevada has a Republican triplex.
At least one Democrat, state Senator Aaron Ford, will appear in the June 12 primary.
Update, June 2018: Nevada has not joined either of the lawsuits.
Since this post came out, Stuart MacKie entered the Democratic primary.
On June 9, Aaron Ford tweeted:
Nevadans with preexisting conditions like asthma or diabetes deserve health care. As
#NVAG I will stand up for the thousands of Nevadans who could lose health care access because of this dangerous lawsuit.
See Ford’s website and donate to his campaign:
Follow him on Twitter: @AaronDFordNV
Stuart MacKie has proven more elusive. We will add his campaign website and Twitter account if and when we locate them.
New Mexico: Democratic incumbent Hector Balderas will run for a second term.
No other Democrats have announced they will run in the June 5 primary.
Update, June 2018: New Mexico has not joined either of the lawsuits.
Hey, New Mexicans, how about you call or email Balderas and ask him to join the 17?
See his website and donate to his campaign: http://www.hectorbalderas.com
New York: Democratic incumbent Eric Schneiderman will run for a third term. New York has a Democratic triplex.
No other Democrats have announced they will run in the September 11 primary.
Update, June 2018: New York is one of the 17 states countersuing to defend the ACA.
Ahem. Since we wrote this, Eric Scheiderman was outed as a horrific abuser. He resigned within hours of the news breaking. New York Solicitor General Barbara Underwood is filling in, but is not running for the AG post.
Four Democrats have entered the September 13 primary: Zephyr Teachout, Sean Patrick Maloney, Leecia Eve, and Letitia James. As of June, all are actively gathering signatures so they can appear on the ballot.
Zephyr Teachout does not appear to have said anything about the countersuit but we doubt she’d be against it.
See her website and donate to her campaign: https://zephyrforny.com
Follow her on Twitter: @ZephyrTeachout
Sean Patrick Maloney announced on June 6, 2018 that he’d run for AG, but he might not abandon his re-election campaign for his House of Representatives seat in New York’s 18th Congressional District while he does it (FWIW, we at OTYCD think this behavior is hinky. Take the risk, dammit).
He hasn’t made a specific statement about the countersuit but it’s clear he’s for it.
The only campaign site Maloney has up right now is his CONGRESSIONAL site: https://maloneyfornewyork.com
Follow him on Twitter: @MaloneyforNY
Leecia Eve has not made a public statement but we see no reason to believe she doesn’t back the countersuit.
See her website and donate to her campaign: https://leeciaeve.com
Letitia James has not made a specific public statement and doesn’t yet have a campaign site that’s specific to the AG race, but from what we’ve seen, we believe she’d support the countersuit.
She’s talking about her AG candidacy on her personal Twitter: @TishJames
North Dakota: As of January 1, 2018, Republican incumbent Wayne Stenehjem had not decided if he would run for a sixth term. He is the longest-serving AG in the state’s history. North Dakota has a Republican triplex.
No Democrats have announced they will run in the June 12 primary.
Update, June 2018: North Dakota is one of the 20 states suing to destroy the ACA.
David Clark Thompson has since become the only Democrat in the state AG race. He needs to step up his Twitter game (two tweets, both in May, that’s all), and he doesn’t appear to have said anything about the anti-ACA suit, but we don’t see anything on his site that contradicts the notion that he’d oppose the suit.
See his website and donate to his campaign: http://www.davidthompsonforndag.com
Follow his Twitter feed: @thompsonndag
Ohio: Republican incumbent Mike DeWine will run for governor instead of a third term as AG. Ohio has a Republican triplex.
At least one Democrat, Steven Dettelbach, will run in the May 8 primary.
Update, June 2018: Ohio has not joined either of the lawsuits.
Dettelbach has not said anything about either lawsuit. Ohio Democrats should ask him to support the 17.
See Dettelbach’s site and donate to his campaign: https://steveforohio.com
Follow his Twitter feed: @SteveDettelbach
Oklahoma: Republican incumbent Mike Hunter will run for his first full term after being appointed in 2017 to take the place of Scott Pruitt, who now heads the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Oklahoma has a Republican triplex.
No Democrats have announced they will run in the June 26 primary.
Update, June 2018: Oklahoma has not joined either of the lawsuits, which is kind of surprising when you think about it.
Since writing the original post, Democrat Mark Myles has entered the race.
He must have joined pretty recently because his campaign website is a placeholder. See it here: https://www.electmarkmyles.com
Rhode Island: Democratic incumbent Peter Kilmartin is term-limited out. Rhode Island has a Democratic triplex.
At least one Democrat, Peter Neronha, will run in the September 12 primary.
Update, June 2018: Rhode Island is one of the 17 states countersuing to defend the ACA.
Nehrona has not said anything specific about the countersuit but we have no reason to believe he doesn’t support it.
See his website and donate to his campaign: https://peterneronha.com
Follow him on Twitter: @PeterNehrona
South Carolina: Republican incumbent Alan Wilson will run for a third term. South Carolina has a Republican triplex.
No Democrats have announced they will run in the June 12 primary.
Update, June 2018: South Carolina is one of the 20 states suing to destroy the ACA.
Since writing the original post, Democrat Constance Anastopoulo entered the race. She will run unopposed in the primary.
As with many Democratic AG candidates, Anastopoulo has not said anything specific about her state joining the anti-ACA suit, but nothing on her campaign site indicates she’d support it.
See her site and donate to her campaign: https://www.anastopouloforag.com
South Dakota: Republican incumbent Marty J. Jackley will run for governor instead of a third term as AG. South Dakota has a Republican triplex.
No Democrats have announced they will run in the June 5 primary.
Update, June 2018: South Dakota is one of the 20 states suing to destroy the ACA.
South Dakota Democrats will choose between two AG candidates at their June 15-16 convention: Tatewin Means and Randy Seiler.
Right now, both are using Facebook instead of splashing out on campaign sites. Neither has directly addressed the lawsuit, but Seiler did write a health care-themed post of note on June 8:
SD recently expanded coverage of substance abuse to people who qualify for Medicaid. Falls short though in expanding eligibility that could target services to get people the help they need – with the Federal government paying 90% of cost. Note that Republican AG candidate Russell voted no on the expanded coverage for treatment.
See Seiler’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/randyseilerforattorneygeneral
See Means’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MeansforAG/
Texas: Republican incumbent Ken Paxton will run for a second term. Texas has a Republican triplex.
At least one Democrat, Justin Nelson, will run in the March 6 primary.
Update, June 2018: Texas is one of the 20 states suing to destroy the ACA, and is co-leading the effort with Wisconsin’s AG.
Nelson ran alone in the primary.
On June 9, he tweeted:
Here’s the pattern now: Ken Paxton files a lawsuit to make a partisan point and to distract from his own indictment. Trump then uses Paxton’s suit as an excuse. Lather, rinse, repeat. That’s wrong. I believe it’s Texas first, not Tea Party first.
See Nelson’s site and donate to his campaign: https://www.nelsonfortexas.com
Follow him on Twitter: @NelsonforTexas
Vermont: As of January 1, 2018, Democratic incumbent T.J. Donovan has not decided if he’ll run for a second term.
No Democrats have announced they will run in the August 14 primary.
Update, June 2018: Vermont is one of the 17 states countersuing to defend the ACA.
Donovan did commit and defeated a Democratic primary challenger to run again.
See his site here and donate to his campaign: http://donovanforvermont.com
Follow him on Twitter: @TJforVermont
Wisconsin: Republican incumbent Brad Schimel will run for a second term.
At least one Democrat, Josh Kaul, will run in the August 14 primary.
Update, June 2018: Wisconsin is one of the 20 states suing to destroy the ACA, and is co-leading the effort with Texas’s AG.
The filing deadline passed on June 1, meaning Kaul will run unopposed in the primary. He’s the son of a former AG, Peg Lautenschlager.
On June 8, Kaul tweeted:
@BradSchimel‘s effort to allow health-insurance companies to deny coverage to Wisconsinites with pre-existing conditions is wrong. We should be working to expand access to affordable care. #ProtectOurCare
See Kaul’s website and donate to his campaign: https://www.joshkaul.org
Follow him on Twitter: @JoshKaulWI
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See the document that lists the 20 states that are suing to kill the ACA:
Xavier Becerra put out a press release on June 7 that lists all 17 states and entities that are countersuing to defend the ACA:
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Update, June 9, 2018: Waters came first in her district’s top-two primary on June 5, winning more than 71 percent of the vote. We congratulate Waters and encourage you to support her re-election campaign.
Support Democrat Maxine Waters, who’s running for re-election to a House of Representatives seat in California’s 43rd Congressional District.
Initially, we at OTYCD were not going to devote a post to Maxine Waters and her re-election campaign. We can only write so many posts about 2018 candidates–we could fill the whole queue with ‘support this person’ stories–and for that reason, we tend to favor challengers, not well-established incumbents.
What changed our collective minds? Assholes are gunning for Waters, explicitly, openly, and overtly, and they have been for a long while now.
A full roster of professionally awful people have teamed up to support an individual Republican aiming to take her down (we won’t dignify him by typing his name). Think of the worst, most repulsive Trumpistas you can, and yep, they’re almost certainly on the anti-Waters bandwagon and actively raising money to defeat her.
Nothing annoys a Trumpista more than a powerful black woman, and Waters annoys them all the more because she calls out lousy Republican behavior effectively and successfully, time and time again.
But that Republican twerp who we don’t care to name is not the only Republican who will appear in the June 5, 2018 primary. There are four others as well.
True, Waters is not facing Democratic opposition, and the Cook Political Report rates California’s 43rd Congressional District as Solid Democrat, but hey, you know the score. Since November 2016, you’ve helped out any number of special elections and state elections that Democratic candidates were not supposed to win.
Is she going to be OK? Is she going to win re-election? Yeah, probably. She beat that Republican twerp three to one in 2016. That said, he hadn’t bat-signaled the troll army then. The minute you think Waters will do fine with what she has is the minute when she might need your help.
Auntie Maxine needs us. Let’s help her out.
Visit Maxine Waters’s campaign website:
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Of course, Maxine Waters is on Luvvie’s list of black women running for elected office in 2018. See our post on this invaluable reference:
Read a November 27, 2017 Los Angeles Times piece that covers how pro-Trump folk are deliberately and explicitly targeting Maxine Waters for defeat in 2018:
Read about how Waters’s late July 2017 remark during a Congressional meeting about “reclaiming my time” went viral on the scale of “nevertheless she persisted”:
Learn how Maxine Waters became Auntie Maxine, hero of the Resistance:
Update, June 9, 2018: Janz came in second in the top-two primary held on June 5, and will face Devin Nunes in the fall. Please support Janz’s campaign so Democrats can win this seat and stop Nunes’s Trump-lackey shenanigans!
Support Andrew Janz, who is running for Devin Nunes’s House seat in California’s 22nd Congressional District.
Lots of Republican house members need to go, but few need to go more than Devin Nunes. He’s shown that he places his loyalty to Donald Trump over his loyalty to his constituents with the weird-ass shenanigans he got up to in late March 2017, when he led the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He ultimately recused himself from the Trump-Russia investigation. (Scroll down for links that recount the incidents.)
Democrat Andrew Janz has emerged to challenge Nunes for his House seat in 2018. Janz is a Fresno County prosecutor who supports keeping and fixing the Affordable Care Act and protecting and expanding Medicaid. He supports reproductive rights and has pledged to fight attempts to criminalize abortion. He wants to reduce taxes on small businesses and the middle class. He wants to combat the ill effects of the SCOTUS ruling on Citizens United by requiring outside groups to declare their political spending.
Visit Janz’s website:
Consider him for your Core Four for 2018:
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Read Wired‘s timeline of Nunes’ surveillance claims and White House ties (It dates to April 2017):
And here’s a piece from The Atlantic on what Nunes got up to: