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GOOD UPDATE: Mail Postcards to GOTV for Democrat Karen Gaddis for the Oklahoma State Legislature

This OTYCD entry originally posted in June 2017.

GOOD UPDATE: Karen Gaddis won! And actually, there were two Oklahoma Democrats who won state senate special elections on July 11: Gaddis, and Michael Brooks-Jimenez. Congratulations to Gaddis and Brooks-Jimenez, thanks to all who helped her GOTV postcard campaign, and if you’re itching to join another, check the ‘Postcard Campaigns’ category on this blog.

UPDATE: Mail-by deadline for the Gaddis campaign is July 3, 2017.

Got another postcard campaign for you! Karen Gaddis, a Democrat running for the July 11 special election for the open state House of Representatives seat in Oklahoma’s District 75.

In 2016, Gaddis ran against the incumbent, Republican Dan Kirby, who won with almost 60 percent of the vote. He subsequently resigned rather than face expulsion from the Oklahoma legislature over accusations of sexually harassing a legislative assistant.

Gaddis spent 40 years teaching in Tulsa, Oklahoma public schools and pledges to address the damage done by tax cuts. She was the first Democrat to run for District 75 in more than 10 years, and she is game to run again. Her Republican opponent is Tressa Nunley.

To join her postcard GOTV campaign, you can text OK to 918.992.4434 or email:

Postcards    @   TonyTheDemocrat.org


Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the blue button on the upper right or checking the About & Subscribe page. And tell your friends about the blog!


These three pieces of information should be on all postcards:

“Democrat Karen Gaddis is running for Oklahoma House District 75. The election is on July 11. As a lifelong Tulsa educator, Karen will fight to fund schools.”


If you have room, you can add something like:

Ask your friends and family to vote Democrat in this special election.

Voters like you know it is important to have an experienced educator at the table when school funding is taken up.


When we vote, we win.

Thank you for your time and your vote!


You’ll want to get your postcards in the mail on or before July 4.


See Gaddis’s campaign website:



Read a diary entry on Daily Kos that lays out reasons why Gaddis’s chances are good:




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GOOD UPDATE on the Postcard Campaign to GOTV for Democrat Karen Keys-Gamarra

This OTYCD entry originally posted in August 2017.

Update: Karen Keys-Gamarra romped to victory in the race for the at-large school board seat in Fairfax County, Virginia. She pulled in 41,519 votes to her Republican candidate’s 21,389. About 70,000 people voted, a number that represents ten percent of voters. Read more about the victory here:



Join Tony the Democrat’s postcard campaign to get out the vote for Karen Keys-Gamarra, a Democrat who is running for the school board in Fairfax County, Virginia. 

Tony’s postcard campaigns continue to yield good results, and the postcard-mailing army keeps growing. It’s 4,000 members strong, with volunteers in every state.

Tony and the team haven’t tackled a school board race before. Here’s some comments from the Facebook page on why the team chose to help Keys-Gamarra, and why she has merit:

“Democrats should compete in every single election, in every single filing available. When Democratic voters see qualified candidates who share their values running in all sorts of races, it will inspire greater participation. At the polls, sure, but also in the growing resistance. Local, municipal posts are stepping stones to higher office later. We have a better chance keeping a GOP conservative out of Congress altogether if they don’t get on the rising political star fast track in the first place.”

“[Keys-Gamarra] and her GOP-endorsed opponent could not be further apart on important issues. She is on record in favor of non-discrimination for all students and is against so-called bathroom bills. Karen is an attorney with a family law focus and is often court-appointed as guardian for children who rely on her advocacy of their best interests. She has earned a host of high-profile endorsements which are important for this At-Large seat in Virginia’s largest school district.”


To obtain addresses, text HELLO to Abby the Addressbot:

484 ASK ABBY aka 484 275 2229


If you want more than 15 addresses at a time or you don’t do texts for whatever reason, email:

Postcards @ TonyTheDemocrat.org


And here are the rules. If you can’t comply, please find a different way to help.

General rules that apply to all postcard campaigns:


  • Handwrite your postcards legibly.
  • Use cards that are inclusive.  If you buy, print, or make postcards, the images/graphics/photos and wording/quotes/slogans should be issue-neutral/benign/safe.
  • Mail completed postcards daily and do your best to have all of yours written within 3 days of getting your list.
  • Only sign your first name or initials.  (Do not include your return address, email address, last name, or social media handle or account name.)
  • Only write to each voter once.  (Do not contact the voters again for any reason.)
  • Cover addresses before taking photos.  (If you share digital photos of your cards on social media, always cover voters’ addresses.)
  • Keep cards looking grassroots-like.  (Do not print the candidate’s campaign’s logos/graphics/images/photos on the cards.)
  • Stick to the talking points. 
  • Ask us if you have questions.  
  • Have fun!



Also–do not call the recipient a ‘Democrat,’ because the postcard could be headed for a mixed-voter household. Instead say, ‘Important Voter,’ ‘VIP Voter,’ ‘Esteemed Voter,’ etc.


The three things you need to say on each postcard:

Democrat Karen KEYS-Gamarra is running for Fairfax County School Board At-Large.
Election Day is August 29th.
Teachers have endorsed Karen because she is a strong advocate for children.


If you have room, you can add something along these lines:

I hope you won’t mind this friendly reminder about an upcoming election.
Karen will protect after-school programs from Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos.
As an attorney, Karen handles family matters.
She works as a court-appointed attorney representing the children’s best interests.
Karen is a Fairfax County Planning Commissioner and volunteers for NAACP and CASA.
This card and stamp are my gifts towards electing a progressive.
Please make a plan to vote Tuesday, Aug 29.
Thank you for your time and your vote!
Write with us! Email: Join@TonyTheDemocrat.org


Most postcard campaigns close, or are considered closed, no later than seven days before the election. Please get your postcards in the mail promptly. And thanks for pitching in!


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

This OTYCD entry originally posted in September 2017.


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:





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:




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:




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




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




Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the blue button on the upper right or checking the About & Subscribe page. And tell your friends about the blog!



Like her on Facebook:




Follow Taddeo on Twitter:




Donate to Annette Taddeo:




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





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



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GOOD UPDATE on a Postcard GOTV Campaign! Kevin Cavanaugh WON That New Hampshire State Senate Seat!

This OTYCD entry originally posted in July 2017.


Good news, everyone! Kevin Cavanaugh, the Democrat who ran for the open New Hampshire state senate seat in the special election held on July 25, 2017.


Congratulations to Cavanaugh and to everyone who wrote postcards to get out the vote for him!


Read coverage of Cavanaugh’s win, which is regarded as an upset:



This story cites the success of the GOTV effort in the first sentence:




Original text of our post on this campaign is below:


Ready to send more postcards? Democrat Kevin Cavanaugh needs you to get out the vote (GOTV) for him in a July 25 special election for the New Hampshire state senate. 


Democrat Scott McGilvray became the first Democrat to win state senate district 16 in quite a while last November. He defeated his Republican challenger 51 percent to 48 percent. Sadly, McGilvray fell ill and died in March 2017. New Hampshire has scheduled the special election to fill his seat for July 25, 2017.


Ballotpedia identifies state senate district 16 as a pivot county–it went for Barack Obama twice before going to Donald Trump last year.


Sending postcard to New Hampshire democrats and asking them to come out and vote could help keep the newly flipped seat blue.


Our friend Tony the Democrat is leading the charge.


To get as many as 15 addresses at a time, text Abby the Address Bot at:



If you want even more than that, email:


Postcards    @    TonyTheDemocrat.org



Subscribe to One Thing You Can Do by clicking the blue button on the upper right or checking the About & Subscribe page. And tell your friends about the blog!



A few things to remember:

Be careful how you address your cards. Say “Dear Voter,” “To the Fine Voters at,” “Best Voters Ever,” etc., taking care not to assume a party affiliation as your postcard might go to a mixed household



Here are some points to get across on all your Cavanaugh postcards:



Democrat Kevin Cavanaugh is running in district 16 for New Hampshire state senate.

The special election is July 25.

Kevin was born and raised in New Hampshire where he has been a blue collar IBEW union member for 32 years.


Please mail your postcards within three days of writing them.


The deadline for getting postcards in the mail is Tuesday July 17.



See Tony the Democrat’s mailing on the Cavanaugh campaign:




See Cavanaugh’s campaign web site:




Read the Ballotpedia page on New Hampshire’s special election in state senate district 16:




Read the Ballotpedia page on New Hampshire state legislative special elections, which talks about pivot counties:




Like the Postcards to Voters page on Facebook:




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

This OTYCD entry originally posted in August 2017.

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):




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



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

This OTYCD entry originally posted in March 2017.

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.




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.



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






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


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See the Scorecard for Tony the Democrat’s GOTV Postcard Campaigns (Complete Update, with Notable Extras, December 24, 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, Taddeo, and Jones, and we look forward to writing about more.



See the Tony the Democrat GOTV Postcard Campaign Scorecard:




As of December 24, 2017, the T the D team had done 56 GOTV postcard campaigns.

A total of 32 candidates won their races, and three more proceeded to runoffs. There were 21 losses.



See the main website for Tony the Democrat here:




Learn how to volunteer to write GOTV postcards:




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!



Here’s the FAQ page for Tony the Democrat:




Here’s the final tally on the GOTV postcard campaign for Doug Jones in Alabama, which was the team’s biggest challenge to date:




Donate to the efforts of Tony the Democrat and the postcard-writing army:




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