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Help Democrat Manka Dhingra Win a Washington State Senate Seat and Turn the Whole West Coast Blue

Help Democrat Manka Dhingra win a Washington state Senate seat in a special election on November 7, 2017. If she wins, she’ll flip the state blue, and flip the entire West coast blue, and give the Democrats a seventh state trifecta.

Dhingra is an Indian Sikh immigrant who serves as the senior deputy prosecutor in the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. She also supervises the Regional Mental Health Court and also the Veteran’s Court.

She wants to find ways to fund the public K-12 system without raising property taxes. She is against creating a state income tax. She wants to improve traffic flow and expand local light rail. She would increase government transparency, close tax loopholes, and expand mental health services. She embraces green technology and respects facts and data. She defends reproductive rights.

She has earned the endorsements of Washington Governor Jay Inslee, Washington Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, and Washington House Reps Suzan DelBene and Adam Smith. NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, Planned Parenthood Votes NW & Idaho, the Alliance for Gun Responsibility, EMILY’s List, Democracy for America, the Washington chapter of the Sierra Club, and several unions.

 

See Dhingra’s campaign website:

http://www.electmanka.com/index.html

 

See her About page:

http://www.electmanka.com/about-manka-dhingra.html

 

See her Issues page:

http://www.electmanka.com/manka-dhingra-mission-and-vision.html#issues

 

Donate to Dhingra’s campaign:

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/flipwa45?refcode=Blog624

 

Like her on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/electmanka/

 

Follow her on Twitter:

@ElectManka

 

See Flippable’s page on her candidacy and the Washington state senate race:

https://www.flippable.org/washington/

 

See her Ballotpedia page:

https://ballotpedia.org/Manka_Dhingra

 

See an August 23, 2017 piece on her candidacy in The Stranger:

http://www.thestranger.com/news/2017/08/23/25368212/meet-manka-dhingra-the-eastside-democrat-who-could-end-republican-control-of-the-state-senate

 

Read a Seattle Times piece about the state Senate race:

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/washington-state-senate-race-results/

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Get Ready. 2018 is Sooner than You Think.

Read this Vox piece on how the Republican party went from a smoking ruin in January 2009 to controlling the House, the Senate, the Presidency, and dozens of state legislatures eight years later.

If they did it, the Democrats can do it. Stepping up and voting in the 2018 midterms will be key.

http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/1/3/13976258/midterm-elections-2018-explained

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Update: Connecticut Special Election Results: Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad

Connecticut held a trio of special elections on February 28, 2017. Democrats won two out of three races, and control of the state’s senate remains split between the Democrats and the Republicans.

Democrat Douglas McCrory trounced Republican Michael McDonald to claim the District 2 senate seat, and Democrat Dorinda Borer beat Republican Edward Granfield for a house seat in the 115th district.

Democrat Greg Cava lost to Republican Eric Berthel to win the senate seat in District 32, but there is a silver lining. Cava did a lot better than expected. District 32 has been described as “the most Republican senate district in the state” and he lost by only 10 points.

Turnout for the state senate races was reportedly low, hovering around 18 percent.

Read several stories from local, state, and national papers on the results of the races:

http://www.courant.com/politics/hc-senate-special-election-20170228-story.html

http://ctmirror.org/2017/02/28/borer-keeps-115th-house-seat-in-democratic-hands/

http://www.nhregister.com/government-and-politics/20170228/dorinda-keenan-borer-wins-special-election-for-115th-district-house-seat

http://www.nytimes.com/elections/results/connecticut-state-senate-district-32

 

 

Original OTYCD post is below.

 

On February 28, the state of Connecticut holds three special elections–two for state senate seats, and one for the state house of representatives.

The Connecticut state senate races are extra-interesting because as of now, party representation is tied, 18 t0 18. The Democrats have a chance to gain control of the state senate through these special elections.

Do you live in Connecticut? Do you have friends and family who do? Support Douglas McCrory and Greg Cava for the state senate and Dorinda Keenan Borer for the state house of representatives in three special elections on February 28.

Democrat Douglas McCrory, now a seven-term member of Connecticut’s house of representatives, will run against Republican Michael McDonald in the special election for the 2nd State Senate District. (Eric Coleman, also a Democrat, vacated the seat to pursue a judgeship.) While the 2nd leans blue, McCrory is bracing for a fight. His Republican opponent has reportedly qualified for public financing.

Democrat Greg Cava hopes to claim the senate seat for district 32, which has been vacated by Robert Kane, who defeated Cava in the last state senate election. (Kane is leaving to join the state’s office of the Auditors of Public Accounts.) Cava will have two competitors: Republican Eric C. Berthel and Dan Lynch, who has no party affiliation.

Democrat Dorinda Keenan Borer hopes to keep the district 115 house of representatives seat blue. It, too, is open because its occupant, Democrat Stephen Dargan, left for a job with the state board of pardons and paroles. She will battle Republican Edward Granfield for the seat. (She does not yet have a campaign web site; we’ll update this post to include it when it appears online.)

 

Learn more about the McCrory-McDonald race:

http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-second-senate-districts-endorsements-0121-20170120-story.html

 

See McCrory’s Connecticut House of Representatives web page:

http://www.housedems.ct.gov/McCrory

 

Donate to McCrory’s campaign fund:

https://causes.anedot.com/mccroryforsenate

 

Visit Greg Cava’s web site (which reflects his 2016 race):

http://www.gregcava2016.com

 

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Join the Resurgent Left and Support Its Candidates for Office

Join the Resurgent Left, a non-connected PAC, and consider supporting its candidates for office. 

Here’s the number one reason why you should get on board with the Resurgent Left: They believe in the 50 State Strategy and they’re committed to making it work.

From a March 27 blog post on the Resurgent Left site, titled The 50-State Strategy Manifesto:

“We can win seats, we can help candidates up the ballot, and we can put full-court pressure on Republicans. And there’s principle here: if the Republicans want any seat, at any level of government, anywhere in the United States, they should have to fight for it. That’s what democracy is about. It is incumbent upon us to make them fight for it. Make them scratch and claw for county clerk seats. For school board seats. Mayor and city council. State representative.

Even if we’re wrong and we cannot win any seats in these states we’ve assumed to be forever red, it’s still worth it to put pressure on Republicans in every corner and make them spend their money to retain seats. It still means they’ll have less resources to spare in purple and blue states.

We cannot afford to hand over seats at any level of government. No more of that. From now on, it’s full court pressure. Win or lose, it’s time to give it our all.”

 

Yes, please. If the Democratic National Committee won’t embrace the 50 State Strategy, we’ll have to do it for them.

 

See the Resurgent Left’s web site:

https://www.theresurgentleft.org

 

Read its origin story:

https://www.theresurgentleft.org/our-story.html

 

Read about its handpicked candidates for office:

https://www.theresurgentleft.org/our-candidates.html

 

Donate to the Resurgent Left:

https://www.theresurgentleft.org/donate.html

 

Volunteer for the Resurgent Left:

https://www.theresurgentleft.org/volunteer.html

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Self-advocacy 101: Find Your Congressional Representatives

FWIW: This is the first-ever post to OTYCD, uploaded on January 7, 2017.

Before you can start pushing back against Trump, you need to know who represents you in Congress.

Find out who your Congressional representatives are by plugging your zip code and your state into this web site:

http://whoismyrepresentative.com/

This web site is better for learning who stands for you in the House of Representatives (plug in your zip code and it will narrow the choices to two. The name that seems more familiar to you is probably your House rep):

http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

Once you have pinned down your two Senators and your House Rep, pull up their web pages. Scroll to the bottom. If their offices aren’t listed there, go to the Contact page and find them.

Pick the state office that is closest to you (*NOT the Washington D.C. one).

Find the phone number for that office.

Put it in your phone.

Repeat for your other two representatives.

Done!

* You can put the Washington, D.C. numbers in your phone, but call them last. You are far more likely to reach a real person if you call the district offices.

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Look Into the Voting Records of Your State-Level Reps

Set aside some time to look into the voting records of your state house rep and your state senator, and figure out if they’re people who you can support.

Can you name your state-level house rep and senator? Could you do so before November 8, 2016? No worries, none of us at OTYCD could either.

If you don’t know who your state house rep and state senator are, go to the link below and plug in your address and zip code to get their names:

https://whoaremyrepresentatives.org

Once you have their names, google them. See what they’ve voted for, and what bills they’ve sponsored. Also pull up their state legislative biography pages and see what committees they’re on.

Do they represent you well? Dig deep into what you find, and give yourself time to think about it all. State-level politics allows for less ideological rigidity. It doesn’t guarantee it, but it allows it. Conservative Democrats and liberal Republicans are extinct on the federal level, but there are some at the state level. Stay alert. The folks who call themselves Democrats may not match your values, and those who call themselves Republicans could well be the better choice.

You need to get acquainted with the voting records and overall performance of your state-level reps so you’re better informed when it comes time to vote.

If you’re like us, you followed this procedure when you found yourself in the voting booth and faced with the need to pick a state-level rep:

Is this person a Democrat?

Has this person done anything embarrassing, awful, or glaringly incompetent?

If the answers are “yes” and “no” respectively, they get the black check. If not, no.

That strategy is no longer good enough. Schedule some time to really learn who your state-level reps are, and learn if they’re people who you can get behind.

If they are, think about what you can do to support them when they run again, be it donating, door-knocking, putting a sign on your lawn, whatever.

If they’re not, start scouting for candidates who you can support.

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Keep an Eye on Dr Kyle Horton, Who’s Running for a North Carolina House Seat

Keep an eye on Dr. Kyle Horton, who is running for North Carolina’s 7th District House seat in 2018.

Dr. Horton is an internal medicine physician who also holds a masters of business administration. She supports fixing the Affordable Care Act, clean water, jobs that pay a living wage, and unions. She has pledged to refuse donations from corporations that pollute and place their profits over the well-being of people. She is a longtime advocate for veterans and their needs.

She will run against Republican David Rouzer, a two-term house member who won with about 60 percent of the vote each time.

 

See Dr. Horton’s website:

http://www.drkyleforcongress.com

 

See her Crowdpac page:

https://www.crowdpac.com/candidates/595e6361b64d369f1fe993fa/dr-kyle-horton

 

Volunteer for Dr. Horton:

http://www.drkyleforcongress.com/#volunteer

 

Donate to Dr. Horton:

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/drkyle

 

Like Dr. Horton’s Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/drkyle4congress

 

Follow her on Twitter:

@drkyle4congress