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Support Democrat DuWayne Gregory’s Bid to Unseat New York House Rep Peter King

Support Democrat DuWayne Gregory’s bid to unseat Republican New York House Rep Peter King in the state’s 2nd District.


Gregory is a Long Island native, an Army veteran, and has served in the Suffolk County legislature since 2008. He supports a $15 minimum wage, paid family leave, equal pay, and measures that seek environmental justice–laws that ensure that the poor and the marginalized aren’t shunted into the most polluted areas.


He will fight Right to Work legislation, which undermines unions. He is furious about the constraints on State and Local Tax (SALT) deductions imposed by the GOP tax bill and will do his damnedest to reverse them. He supports laws that address climate change. He fiercely defends Planned Parenthood and the right to choose.


Gregory ran against longtime Republican incumbent Peter King in 2016 and lost decisively, getting 37.9 percent of the vote to King’s 62.1 percent. Gregory will also face three other Democrats in the June 26, 2018 primary. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Solid Republican.



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Support Democrat Joseph Kopser, Who Hopes to Fill the Texas House Seat Being Vacated by Republican Lamar Smith

Support Democrat Joseph Kopser, who is running in 2018 for the seat being vacated by Texas Republican Lamar Smith.


Kopser is a West Point Graduate who served 20 years in the U.S. Army and multiple deployments to Iraq. He earned the Bronze Star and the Combat Action Badge. He earned a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University. He founded Ridescout, a tech company in Austin, and ultimately sold it to a Fortune 100 company.


Kopser came second in the March 6, 2018 Democratic primary and advanced to the May 22 runoff against Mary Street Wilson. She won 31 percent of the vote to his 29 percent.


Smith had held his House seat for more than 30 years before announcing that he would not run again in 2018. Smith chairs the House Science Committee, and has done a poor job at it, trying to subject National Science Foundation grant reviews to politically-motivated review, among other shenanigans. Worse still, Smith supported Trump early and often. Of course he voted for the GOP’s reckless partisan health care bill.


Kopser promises to be smarter, better, and saner than Smith, as well as a hell of a lot more responsive to the district’s constituents.



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Read a March 2017 interview with Kopser on whether he’ll run:



Read a March 2018 story on the Texas Democratic primary results:

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Support Democrat Aruna Miller, Who Is Running for a House Seat in Maryland’s 6th District

Support Democrat Aruna Miller, who is running for a House of Representatives seat in Maryland’s 6th District.


Miller’s family moved from India to America when she was seven. She relied on Pell Grants, student loans, and her job earnings to get her college education as a civil engineer. She has more than two decades of experience working as a transportation engineer in local governments in California, Virginia, Hawaii, and Maryland.


In 2010, she ran and won a seat in the Maryland House of Delegates from the state’s 15th District, and has held that elected position ever since. Her state-level accomplishments include pursuing bills that repealed the death penalty, established marriage equality, prevented the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, expanded background checks for gun purchases, and increasing the minimum wage.


If elected she would fight Trump’s attempts to trample on civil rights, reproductive rights, and voters’ rights. She would protect veterans’ benefits, Social Security, and Medicare. She believes health care is a right and would vote accordingly. She wants to expand STEM education and make college more affordable.


Three-term Democratic incumbent John Delaney is vacating the seat to run for president in 2020. The Cook Political Report rates Maryland’s 6th District as Solid Democrat.


Miller will face seven other Democrats in the June 26, 2018 primary. Four Republicans, a Green Party candidate, an Independent, and a Libertarian have all committed to run.



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Save This Tool That Shows How Your Senators Voted on Trump’s Cabinet Appointments

This OTYCD entry originally posted in March 2017.

Save this web site that shows you how all 100 senators voted on Trump’s cabinet picks.

The web site below records how every senator voted on Trump’s cabinet choices:

You can sort the data to show just Republicans, just Democrats, just Independents, or everybody. The link above is set to everybody.

OTYCD will also repost this entry as we approach the 2018 midterms, but do bookmark it.

Thanks to @theonetruebix on Twitter for the tip and the link.




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Refresh, Review, and Prepare for the 2018 Elections (GOP Tax Bill-Related Briefing, Postmortem Edition)

This OTYCD entry originally appeared in December 2017.


Refresh, review, and prep for the 2018 elections following the vote on the GOP tax bill.


The GOP tax bill passed both chambers between December 19 and December 20, after some glitches that forced a revote in the House of Representatives.


John McCain did not vote–he had to go home to Arizona to recuperate from complications from his brain cancer treatments. But the yes votes on the final bill included Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins.


Let’s review what we should do now.


First–Much has been asked of you lately. You have worked hard. If you need a break nowrightnow, take it. If you need to purge politics from your life for a few hours, a few days, a few weeks, do it. Tend to yourself. Do whatever you need to do so you can come back, refreshed and ready to fight. If you can hang on until Congress adjourns on December 22, do. If you feel yourself fraying, step away now, before you have a chance to unravel. Remember, you matter, and your voice matters. We need you to stay here and carry on the fight.


Next, call your MoCs again and either thank them for holding firm against the bill, or berate them for passing it.


Check this New York Times article to see how your House Rep voted (if you have a Republican senator, and that senator isn’t John McCain, your senator voted yes):


Celeste Pewter (@Celeste_Pewter–you’re following her, right?) tweeted the reason why you should make a final call on this topic on December 20:


Go call your reps right now, and be ANGRY. You know what happens when people don’t call after contentious votes? We shrug and think, “Ok, what’s next?” But if you call, it forces us to pause and wonder how to address it.

Call your MoCs on this issue last time if you haven’t already. Yes, we know you’re sick of calling about this, and you might be despondent over the passage of the bill. We get it! We’ve been beating the drum about the GOP tax bill since early November. But if the pressure disappears the instant the bill passes, your MoCs might downplay the protests. Force them to pause and wonder how to address it.

Also, it’s perfectly OK to be mad or sad over this, but don’t let your emotions derail you. Put them to use. Again, Celeste Pewter tweets wisdom:

Channel your frustrations into the tax bill into rage right now. Angry tweeting is cathartic, but will not solve anything in the long run. What are actionable steps you’ll take OFF line? Think about it, and do it.

Here also is a string of tweets from Andy Slavitt (@aslavitt):
My view on last night’s tax vote: don’t dwell too long. They think they are just be getting started. 1/
I believe last night’s vote was baked months ago, seen internally to GOPers as necessary for party survival. Collins, Rubio, Flake & Corker vote had more to do with fraternity than ideology. 2/
Negotiating for something for themselves or to show their power was all they ever intended. The fact is they were all crap negotiators but once AL flipped & McCain was hospitalized, demands dropped & everybody fell in line. 3/
The fact that the bill was unpopular was an irritant, that every economist & deficit hawk saw it as a clear disaster just had to be lived with. The prospect of passing no legislation in what felt like a closing window was unacceptable for a simple reason. 4/
It costs $20 million or more to run a Senate race or a competitive House race and those dollars generally don’t come locally and they don’t come without promises. The single fact that 6000 lobbyists worked on the bill is the one I will remember. 5/
The immediate agenda once the tax is signed is all that matters now . . . 6/
CHIP and DACA and the size of zmedicare cuts are immediately on the agenda with the CR coming on Friday. As are the reinsurance and CSR amendments Collins asked for. 7/ [Editor’s note: CHIP is the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which serves more than nine million American children, and has gone unfunded since expiring on September 30; DACA stands for Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals, a program that helped people who are Americans in every sense except the paperwork; CR stands for ‘continuing resolution,’ a maneuver that will furnish the funds that let the government pay its bills for a set period of time. The current CR expires Friday, December 22; many are urging Democrats to make the next CR contingent on reauthorizing CHIP, protecting the DACA folks, or both.]
GOP has focused so much on the tax bill and so much of that agenda they don’t like that much of it will get kicked to January. The dynamic is horrifying.8/
In the new party roles, anytime something is done for people, Republicans want something in return. Example: CHIP, DACA, Medicare all have price tags on them. Republicans insist on cutting the ACA, a border wall, and Defense spending.9/
And we are weeks for 2018…Republicans are ready to reach for much more. Graham & Cassidy have already begun the process of trying to recruit Collins or Murkowski to do ACA repeal next year. The White House and Paul Ryan promise to cut Medicaid and other poverty programs. 10/
Going into 2017: Most Americans didn’t know what CHIP was until the GOP decided not to pass it; weren’t focused on Medicaid until the GOP tried to slash it; and thought pre-existing condition protections were safe until the GOP tried to end them. It’s different now.

Other things to know:

Most people realize how bad this bill is, and most see how it’s Robin Hood in reverse–not just “liberals”.

See this December 20 tweet from Michael Linden (@michaelslinden), a tax expert:

Honored to be part of a tele-town hall with small business owners hosted by this evening. If this call is any indication, small business owners are super upset about the tax bill. It’s so complicated, and it benefits corporations over them, and they know it.

Also see these articles, which are just a few of many on how bad the bill is:

The team behind the Trump Tax March and Not One Penny are ready with a call to Repeal the Trump Tax:

We’ll devote posts to that as they develop, but for now–know that Paul Ryan and his minions plan to cut Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security next.

If they try to do that, they should be met with a loud and forceful response: Repeal the tax cuts you just passed, and apply the money to those programs.

Now, having said all that: It was clear before the bill staggered to the finish line, and it’s clearer now that it has passed:


All Republican senators have to go.


All. Of. Them. Without exception.


Maybe there are some decent ones in the House of Representatives, maybe, but the Senate? They all have to go. All of them.


You now have to start thinking seriously about what you will do to help get all those Republicans out of office.


We’ve wrangled a bunch of links to past posts to cover things you should consider doing, and things you can start doing.



First off–if you haven’t seen the page on The Most Important Thing You Can Do, go there and read those four posts. (Yes, there are four Most Important Things You Can Do. #SorryNotSorry.)



Only one-third of the Senate is up for re-election in 2018. Defending Democratic Senators helps the cause just as much as defeating Republican incumbents.

Start scouting for senators who you can donate time and money to in 2018:



Also, think about which House of Representatives members to support or oppose in 2018. All of them are up for re-election, and some incumbents are retiring. Watch the Democratic primaries, see who you can get behind, and do it. Again, you need to commit time, money, word-of-mouth support, or some combination of all three.



Trump and his minions are going to try everything they can to suppress the vote. Once you are sure you’re registered, and once you’ve started talking to friends who were eligible to vote in 2016 but chose not to do so, look into other ways you can support and defend the right to vote.



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Support Spread the Vote, which helps citizens obtain IDs and other paperwork they need in order to vote in their home states:



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Help Florida’s ex-felons regain the right to vote:

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Sign On to It Starts Today and Help Fund ALL Democrats Up for Election in 2018

This OTYCD entry originally posted in July 2017.

Sign on to It Starts Today, a nonprofit PAC that will give money to ALL 468 Democrats up for election and re-election to the House and Senate in 2018.


The notion is this: You donate a minimum of $4.68 a month, every month, until we know who all the Democratic candidates are (aka once the primary candidates are chosen). That sum represents a penny for each of the 468 seats that are open in 2018–all 435 House seats and 33 Senate seats–but you can give more if you want.


Once the Democratic candidates are named, It Starts Today will send each a lump sum to start and then weekly payouts up until the election. Everyone gets the same amount, be they a high-profile Congressional legend or a greener-than-green rookie. Founder Jonathan Zucker hopes that through delivering the 468 candidates the same amount of funding, It Starts Today can lift the Democratic party’s fortunes overall. As of July 1, it had raised $453,000 for Democratic candidates.


Zucker has also estimated that if each person who donated to the campaigns of Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton gave $5 per month, starting in January 2017, It Starts Today could award $2.5 million to EACH 2018 Democratic candidate for Congress.


In the past, OTYCD advised readers to start a 2018 fund, and recommended putting away at least $2 per week with the ultimate aim of helping non-Trumpish candidates win or hold office. If you have trouble saving, or want to augment your saving efforts, It Starts Today might be just the thing for you.



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Support Omar Vaid, Who is Aiming to Win New York’s City’s Sole Non-Democrat-Held Congressional Seat in 2018

Support Omar Vaid, who aims to defeat Republican House Rep Dan Donovan in 2018–New York City’s only non-Democrat member of Congress.


Surprise! New York City’s thirteen-member Congressional delegation is not 100 percent Democrat.


No surprise! The one Republican, Dan Donovan, represents Staten Island (bits of Brooklyn belong to his district as well). He gained the post in a special election in 2015 and got re-elected last year, beating his Democratic opponent by almost a two-to-one margin.


Omar Vaid is aiming to take Donovan’s house seat, in New York’s 11th District, in 2018. Vaid is a Muslim, the son of immigrants with Gujarati Indian heritage. He works in props and set decoration for movies and TV, which has him working directly with unionized electricians, carpenters, welders, teamsters, mechanics, and other tradespeople. He goes out of his way to spend his professional and personal dollars on local, small businesses. He’s been a member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Local 52, for eight years. He is a past resident of Staten Island.


His platform (unsurprisingly) supports unions. He wants to protect net neutrality, protect immigrants’ rights, and protect social security. He wants to strengthen public schools and lower the cost of prescription drugs. He wants to tax marijuana sales to fund treatment for opioid addiction. He supports passing a bill to institute paid family leave. He’ll combat racism. And having seen the aftereffects of Sandy, he’s on board with protecting his district from the ravages climate change.


The primary takes place on June 26, 2018. Vaid is up against six other Democrats. Donovan, the Republican incumbent, won in 2016 with more than 61 percent of the vote.


We do see a glitch with Vaid. While he’s a past resident of Staten Island, he isn’t one now, and his plan is to move there if he wins the election. Opponents of Jon Ossoff mercilessly hammered him for not living in the district at the time he was running, even though he’d lived there most of his life, was living just outside it, and had only moved to help his girlfriend be closer to her program of study. We feel it’s best to urge Vaid to move to Staten Island as soon as possible to pluck that weapon from the hands of Donovan boosters.



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