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GOOD UPDATE! Annette Taddeo WINS the Florida State Senate Seat, Flipping It From Red to Blue!

GOOD UPDATE! Annette Taddeo won the September 26 special election for the Florida State Senate race!

Taddeo won despite being up against a Republican who had name recognition from being on The Apprentice, and despite Governor Rick Scott’s refusal to reschedule the election after Hurricane Irma hit Florida.

Special thanks to Flippable and to those who wrote postcards to get out the vote for her!

Read about Taddeo’s win:

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/article175572391.html

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/os-state-senate-election-results-20170926-story.html

 

Original text of the post follows:

Help elect Democrat Annette Taddeo to the state senate of Florida on September 26, 2017, by sending postcards to GOTV, donating, or other actions.

Taddeo won the special primary election handily on July 25, claiming 70 percent of the vote. She is up against Republican Jose Felix Dias and Independent Christian “He-Man” Schlareth.

The seat, located in Miami-Dade county, opened in late April after the incumbent, Republican Frank Artiles, used a six-letter racial slur beginning with ‘n’ in a charged conversation that included two black Democratic state senate colleagues.

Our good friend Tony the Democrat has a postcard campaign to get out the vote for Taddeo. Participants receive addresses of individuals who have voted Democratic in the past. Please follow the rules and stick to the basic language that Tony will give you.

 

As always, you can text HELLO to Abby the Address Bot anytime. The number is:

 

484.ASK.ABBY aka 484.275.2229

 

You can request addresses via email as well:

Postcards@TonyTheDemocrat.org

 

Taddeo has earned the recommendations or endorsements of the Miami Herald and our friends at Flippable. She is a Colombian-born woman who runs her own translation business and has held high-ranking posts in the Democratic Party in Florida.

Taddeo opposes high-states testing and wants to protect public schools from having their budgets weakened and drained by initiatives from private, for-profit corporations. She wants to improve traffic in and around Miami-Dade by securing funding to improve the local infrastructure. She is committed to protecting the county’s drinking water from threats posed by fracking.

 

See Taddeo’s campaign site:

https://www.annettetaddeo.com

 

Read Flippable’s endorsement of Taddeo, and note its intel on the district, which they believe is trending blue:

https://blog.flippable.org/how-to-flip-the-sunshine-state-blue-1f3668b32f2b

 

Read the Miami Herald‘s recommendation of Taddeo (the piece covers several candidates, not just her):

http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/editorials/article160867439.html

 

Like her on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/annette.taddeo/

 

Follow Taddeo on Twitter:

@Annette_Taddeo

 

Donate to Annette Taddeo:

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

 

Read Ballotpedia’s entries on Taddeo and on Florida’s State Senate District 40:

https://ballotpedia.org/Annette_Taddeo

https://ballotpedia.org/Florida_State_Senate_District_40

 

Read about the meltdown that ended Frank Artiles’s state senate incumbency:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-florida-state-senator-n-word-20170419-story.html

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/article146227009.html

Action Alerts · Postcard Campaigns

Comfort Bresha Meadows with Postcards

Send messages of love and support to Bresha Meadows, a teenage victim of domestic violence who shot and killed her abusive father, and recently accepted a plea deal that will lead to her release.

Meadows was 14 in July 2016 when she killed her father, Jonathan, who had directed physical and verbal abuse against her, her mother, and her brothers and sisters for years. Meadows ran away several times but was returned home each time.

A public outcry, led by the #FreeBresha campaign, prevented the Ohio courts from trying Meadows as an adult, which could have yielded a sentence of 25 years to life. She spent nine months in jail after her arrest, which worsened her depression and her PTSD. In May, she agreed to a deal where she pled guilty to involuntary manslaughter in exchange for 60 more days at an Ohio juvenile detention center, followed by six months in a counseling center near her home and two years’ probation. Because she is under 18, she will have a chance to seal her arrest record and ultimately have it purged.

Meadows has been through a lot in her young life. You can cheer her by sending her postcards that reflect your love and support.

Mail them to:

Bresha Meadows
c/o Ian N. Friedman, Esq.
Friedman & Nemecek, L.L.C.
The IMG Center
1360 E. 9th Street, Suite 650
Cleveland, Ohio 44114

#FreeBresha supporters also set up a GoFundMe campaign for her, to cover the expenses of the six months in counseling and other needs. It has reached its $150,000 goal, but is still accepting donations:

https://www.gofundme.com/BreshaM

 

Read more about Bresha Meadows and her case (Warning: Some stories include descriptions of the violence she witnessed and suffered):

http://www.teenvogue.com/story/bresha-meadowss-hearing-resulted-in-a-plea-deal

http://www.theroot.com/freebresha-bresha-meadows-accepts-plea-to-reduced-cha-1795440743

https://freebresha.wordpress.com/blog/

 

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See the Scorecard for Tony the Democrat’s GOTV Postcard Campaigns (Partial Update December 13, 2017)

See the scorecard for the GOTV postcard campaigns led by Tony the Democrat, and you’ll see that you matter, and your efforts matter.

Tony the Democrat and his team have been leading postcard campaigns to Get Out The Vote (GOTV) for worthy Democrats on all levels–local, state, and federal elections–as of early 2017. Since then he has recruited more than 4,000 people to participate and help the chosen candidates.

Someone emailed OTYCD to suggest that we publish a running scorecard of the Tony the Democrat campaigns, and we thought it was a good idea. This tally is accurate as of October 1, 2017, and is in chronological order. We’ll update it periodically.

Also, look under the ‘Postcard Campaigns’ heading on OTYCD to see past postcard campaigns and learn about new ones. OTYCD has not managed to cover all of Tony’s postcard campaigns–sometimes we learn about them too late to get a post up in time to help–but we did write about those for Ossoff, Parnell, Gaddis, Cavanaugh, Patterson, Keys-Gamarra, and Taddeo, and we look forward to writing about more.

The Tony the Democrat GOTV Postcard Campaign Scorecard:

Jon Ossoff. Primary, House of Representatives, U.S. Congress, Georgia. Won the Democratic primary. (He did not request the Postcard Army’s help for the general.) He ultimately lost the June 20, 2017 special election.

Christine Triebsch. Georgia state senate. She lost the May 2017 election, but gained 43 percent of the vote.

Archie Parnell. House of Representatives, U.S. Congress, South Carolina. He lost the June 20, 2017 special election, but received almost 48 percent of the vote, raising eyebrows among experienced campaign-watchers, who did not expect him to do nearly so well.

Karen Gaddis. Ohio state representative. Won the July 11 special election with more than 52 percent of the vote.

Kevin Cavanaugh. New Hampshire state senate. Won the July 25 special election with almost 55 percent of the vote.

Phil Miller. Iowa state senate. Won the August 8, 2017 special election with almost 54 percent of the vote.

Kevin Patterson. Arizona City Council. He lost the August 29, 2017 special election but gained almost 45 percent of the vote.

Karen Keys-Gamarra. School Board, Fairfax County, Virginia. Won the August 29, 2017 special election with almost 64 percent of the vote.

Josh Adjutant. New Hampshire state representative. He lost the September 5, 2017 special election, but earned almost 47 percent of the vote.

Charlie St. Clair. New Hampshire state representative. Won the September 12, 2017 special election with almost 56 percent of the vote.

Kathryn Rehner. Mississipi state representative. Won the runoff election with almost 25 percent of the vote and proceeded to the general election, held on October 3. (She lost the general. She was not supported by a postcard campaign in the later race.)

Annette Taddeo. Florida state senate. Won the September 26, 2017 special election despite Governor Rick Scott refusing to reschedule the vote in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Statistics are pending. Her Republican opponent had appeared on The Apprentice.

Updated November 3, 2017 with these three results:

Kari Lerner. New Hampshire state representative. Won the September 26, 2017 special election with 49.9 percent of the vote to her Republican opponent’s 47.8 percent.

Zainab Baloch. At-large candidate for Raleigh City Council in North Carolina. The top two vote-getters won seats in the October 10, 2017. Baloch came fifth out of seven candidates, winning 11 percent of the vote.

Casey Conley. New Hampshire state representative. Won the October 24, 2017 special election with 78 percent of the vote.

To date, the postcard campaigns have helped six winners–eight if you count those who only sought help in party primaries–and four losers.

Partial update, December 13, 2017: We at OTYCD need to check in with Tony and team to get a more complete update that reflects all the candidates helped from November 3 until now, but we CAN’T RESIST adding the biggest of the big ones:

Doug Jones. Democratic candidate in the special election for the Alabama Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions. WON the December 12, 2017 special election with 49.9 percent of the vote to Republican Roy Moore’s 48.4 percent, or 671,151 votes to 650,436.

Tony the Democrat reported in a December 12 tweet that 6,300 volunteers hand-wrote almost 350,000 GOTV postcards to households across the entire state of Alabama that have voted Democratic in the past. The postcard-writing effort was the largest Tony and his team have tackled to date, lasting six weeks. Yay yay hooray!

 

In addition, Tony McMullin, aka Tony the Democrat, did an AMA on Reddit on September 29, 2017. See it below:

 

 

 

 

Action Alerts · Postcard Campaigns

Thank the Charities That Cancelled Their 2017-2018 Fundraisers at Mar-a-Lago

Thank the many charities that have cancelled the fundraisers and galas that they had planned at Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s Palm Beach, Florida, property.

Palm Beach’s season lasts from Thanksgiving to about, oh, Easter, and the cycle of gala fundraisers are the closest thing that it has to a local industry. Palm Beach is a tiny island with few venues that are both big and opulent enough to pass muster as sites for these fundraisers. (Decamping to West Palm Beach is simply Not Done.)

Mar-a-Lago was one of those favored big and opulent venues, until it wasn’t. A few charities had decided not to re-up their contracts with the club following Trump’s election. But in the wake of his Charlottesville comments, which offered aid and comfort to neo-Nazis, several organizations dropped Trump like the radioactive waste he is.

As of August 19, at least nine of the many charities and non-profits that booked big-deal luncheons, galas, and other fundraisers at Mar-a-Lago for the 2017-2018 season had cancelled.

You should consider thanking all of these charities and supporting them with your dollars. Pulling out of Mar-a-Lago will enrage Trump, will deny him the social status that comes with hosting these events, and will take millions out of Trump’s pockets.

It will also cause hardship for the charities, all of which will have a tough time finding other places to hold their events on Palm Beach. (It’s not unlike cancelling a huge, super-fancy wedding. Even six months out from the dates you’ve picked, every place you’d want to move to is going to be booked.) They, themselves, could take in less money from donations than they had expected and could suffer hits to their budgets because of their choice to break with Mar-a-Lago.

Read about the tally of cancelling charities (David Fahrenthold at the Washington Post has done a great job on tracking this story):

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/trumps-mar-a-lago-club-loses-its-ninth-big-charity-event-this-week/2017/08/19/8bc21aa2-8513-11e7-ab27-1a21a8e006ab_story.html?utm_term=.f65886198686

http://abcnews.go.com/amp/Politics/charities-profits-pull-events-mar-lago-amid-charlottesville/story?id=49299391

 

Send thank-you postcards to the following. Donation links are included for each charity or foundation that provided them on their webpages.

We will update this page accordingly if and when more charities cancel events at Mar-a-Lago.

Also, a note. Some of these charities hold non-progressive policies or have done dubious things in the past. We at OTYCD don’t require you to make a donation (and we’d never require donations, anytime, ever, just suggest them) but we are asking you to thank these entities for doing the right thing here.

 

The Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach

311 Peruvian Avenue

Palm Beach, FL, 33480

 

The Susan G. Komen foundation

5005 LBJ Freeway

Suite 250

Dallas, TX, 75244

Donate: https://secure.info-komen.org/site/Donation2;jsessionid=00000000.app354b?df_id=19029&mfc_pref=T&19029.donation=form1&s_src=NavigationHeaderDonateCTA&utm_source=OnpageDonateCTAs&utm_medium=NavigationHeader&utm_campaign=NavigationHeaderDonateCTA&_ga=2.172667680.265776987.1503250752-1582304290.1503250752&NONCE_TOKEN=29D80478D64DF5A9E594D0E00DC52F69

 

The Salvation Army (National Headquarters)

615 Slaters Lane

P. O. Box 269

Alexandria VA 22313

Donate (button is at the upper right): http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/contact

 

American Red Cross National Headquarters

431 18th Street, NW

Washington, DC 20006

Donate: https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation

 

The Cleveland Clinic (Administrative Campus)

3050 Science Park Dr.

Beachwood OH 44122

Donate: https://secure3.convio.net/ccf/site/Donation2;jsessionid=00000000.app326b?idb=1609425015&DONATION_LEVEL_ID_SELECTED=1&df_id=5142&mfc_pref=T&5142.donation=form1&NONCE_TOKEN=9BBAC48F420B351321DD173BC0F13DEC&idb=0

 

The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

450 Brookline Ave.

Boston MA 02215

Donate (this is The Jimmy Fund): https://www.kintera.org/site/c.fkIVJ8NTKnL6G/b.9517291/k.1D5C/_Gift_Form/apps/ka/sd/donorcustom.asp?track=RTJFH081517B&msource=RTJFH081517B

 

The American Friends of Magen David Adom (National Headquarters)

352 Seventh Avenue, Suite 400

New York, NY 10001

Donate: https://afmda.org/donate/

 

The American Cancer Society (National Headquarters)

250 Williams Street NW

Atlanta GA 30303

Donate: https://donate3.cancer.org/?lang=en

 

Leaders in Furthering Education (LIFE)

1720 S. Ocean Blvd.

Manalapan FL 33462

 

Big Dog Ranch Rescue

14444 Okeechobee Blvd.

Loxahatchee, FL 33470

Donate: http://www.bdrr.org/donate

 

The Autism Project of Palm Beach County

1310 N. Congress

Suite 100 West

Palm Beach, FL 33409

Donate: https://appbcdonate.maxgiving.com/pay/step_1

 

The Ryan Licht Sang Bipolar Foundation

875 N. Michigan Avenue

Suite 3100

Chicago IL 60611

 

The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society

1301 Summit Boulevard

West Palm Beach, Florida 33405

Donate: http://www.palmbeachzoo.org/my-zoo

 

MorseLife

Marilyn & Stanley M. Katz Seniors Campus

4847 Fred Gladstone Drive

West Palm Beach, FL 33417

Donate: https://morselifefoundation.org/ways-to-give

 

 

 

 

 

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Never Stop Demanding That Congress Investigate Trump’s Ties to Russia and His Violations of the Constitution

Trump and his minions have done, or tried to do, any number of horrible things. Most of them demanded an immediate answer. Others demanded ongoing attention.

Several people are speaking up to say the daily shenanigans are distracting us from focusing on the two issues that have the power to force Trump from office: His financial conflicts of interest, and the Russian hacking scandal, which should shed light on Trump’s curious connections to Putin.

To be fair, these issues have not been forgotten, just overshadowed. A team of lawyers from the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is suing Trump over his violations of the Constitution’s Emoluments clause. Jerry Nadler, a house rep from New York who sits on the house judiciary committee, recently filed a resolution of inquiry into Trump, an early step on the road to impeachment. Members of Congress are pursuing bipartisan investigations into the Russian hacking scandal, despite Republican attempts to keep such queries under its party’s control (which would let them soft-pedal the findings).

But the blogger behind The Liberal Yell rightly points out that it’s on us, the citizens, to keep pressing Congress to stay on the two issues that could end Trump’s presidency, and we should support their efforts to do so.

See the blog below.

http://theliberalyell.com/focus-people-there-are-only-two-things-to-demand-of-congress-in-regards-to-trump/

To summarize: TLY asks us to stay firmly on these two issues, regardless of what other evils Trump looses. No matter what happens, do not lose sight of the need to look into Trump’s Emoluments clause violations and the importance of getting to the bottom of the Russian hacking.

Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the post for a great tool–a custom postcard demanding investigations into both issues, which you can download and print and mail and hand out to others.

Read about bipartisan efforts to investigate the Russian hacking scandal, and Republican resistance to it:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/02/02/senate-panel-investigate-russian-election-interference/97411482/

http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/1/10/14220484/house-dems-bipartisan-probe-russian-hacking

http://www.snopes.com/mitch-mcconnell-blocked-investigating-russian-hacks/

Learn about New York House Representative Jerry Nadler’s filing of a resolution of inquiry into Trump, and its implications:

https://www.countable.us/articles/237-preliminary-impeachment-inquiry-filed-president-trump

Community Activism · Postcard Campaigns · Use Your Power, Recruit Friends

Mail Postcards to GOTV for Alabama Senate Candidate Doug Jones. GREAT UPDATE! Doug Jones WON! Thank you!

Mail postcards to Get Out The Vote (GOTV) for Doug Jones, the Democratic candidate for the open Senate seat in Alabama. Tony the Democrat is calling all hands on deck–this means you, plus your friends, too.

Final update: Around 10 pm EST on the night of December 12, media outlets began calling the special election for the open Alabama Senate seat for Democrat Doug Jones. Wow, it feels good to type that. Hooray! Hooray! Hooray!

Progress report, November 12: Today, Tony the Democrat tweeted on the @DemocratWit account that over the past 10 days, 1,660 writers have mailed more than 56,000 GOTV postcards for Doug Jones.

It’s unclear how much of a dent this makes in the list, which covers Democratic voters in the entire state. Tony joked there were ‘billions and billions’ on it (if you get this Johnny Carson/Carl Sagan reference, Sarah Jane loves you).

In related news–Harry Enten, a senior political writer and analyst for 538, tweeted (his handle is @ForecasterEnten) that a new poll would appear on Monday November 13 at 11 am Central time that would show Doug Jones with his first lead over Roy Moore:

I can report (unless my sources have failed me) that tomorrow will showcase the first public poll to show Doug Jones with a lead in the AL-Senate race. This race is very real.

Per Tony the Democrat, we have 24 viable writing days until the special election on December 12. Please join the postcard-writing team, and please recruit friends to join you!

Original post text follows:

Alabama voters are faced with a stark choice on December 12, 2017: elect a man who put two Ku Klux Klan terrorists in jail for the infamous 1963 bombing at a Birmingham church, or elect the former judge who was booted from the state’s Supreme Court twice for flouting the rule of law. (The first time, he defied federal court orders to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the grounds of the Alabama Judicial Building. The second time, he told state judges to continue banning same-sex marriage though it had been ruled unconstitutional.)

Jones is putting up a heroic showing against Moore. A Fox News poll taken on October 17, 2017 showed each man with 42 percent of the vote–tied! In blood-red Alabama! (To be fair, other polls, which all sampled “likely voters” from Alabama instead of registered voters, show a six- to eleven-point gap between the candidates.)

Jones is accepting the help of the 4,000-strong postcard-writing army raised by Tony the Democrat, but Tony needs an even bigger army for this task, the first general statewide Congressional campaign he and his compatriots have tackled.

Tony is asking every member to write and mail five postcards AND recruit five friends to write five postcards each to GOTV for Doug Jones.

 

If you want to receive a handful of addresses, text HELLO to Abby the Address Bot:

484.ASK.ABBY aka 484.275.2229

If you want a lot more than five addresses at a time, or texting isn’t convenient for you, email:

Postcards    @   TonyTheDemocrat.org

 

General rules that apply to all Tony the Democrat postcard campaigns:

 

Write legibly.

Choose your postcard designs wisely. Stick to neutral, benign imagery.

Mail completed postcards daily.

Best not to sign your postcards at all, but if you must, use your initials or your first name.

Only write to each voter once.

If you photograph your finished postcards to post on social media, always make sure to cover up or blur the addresses.

Stick to homegrown-looking postcards. Don’t use the candidate’s campaign graphics or imagery.

Stick to the talking points.

Contact Tony and his team if you have questions.

When addressing the postcards, don’t assume that every voter in the household is a registered Democrat. Stick to greetings such as ‘Important Voter’ or ‘Best Voter Ever’.

 

Every postcard for Doug Jones needs to say the following phrases:

Democrat Doug Jones is running for U.S. Senate.

Election Day is Tuesday, December 12.

Liberty and justice for all have been Doug’s life’s work.

 

Again, please send postcards daily, as you complete a batch, but know that the deadline for mailing tends to be a week before the election.

 

Read about the October 2017 Fox News poll that shows Moore and Jones as tied:

http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2017/10/doug_jones_were_better_than_ti.html

http://www.al.com/news/huntsville/index.ssf/2017/10/is_doug_jones_really_tied_with.html

 

 

Postcard Campaigns

Join the Postcards to Voters Facebook Page and Get the Drop on New GOTV Postcard Campaigns

Like the Postcards to Voters Facebook page and learn about Tony the Democrat’s GOTV postcard campaigns before anyone else.

If you like OTYCD, you like postcard campaigns. Most of our best-read and most-liked posts are about postcard campaigns that you can jump on.

Tony the Democrat is the modern god of get out the vote (GOTV) postcard campaigns for Democratic candidates. He lead a GOTV postcard campaign for Jon Ossoff during the primary, as well as campaigns for Archie Parnell in South Carolina and several state-level legislative candidates.

All the campaigns are designed to remind area Democrats about upcoming special elections and encourage them to go out and vote.

Tony and his friends have since set up a Facebook page through which you can learn about new postcard campaigns first and enjoy posts from your fellow postcard warriors. Please check it out!

 

Like the Postcards to Voters Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/TonyTheDemocrat.org/