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Read “Call the Halls”, Follow Author Emily Ellsworth

This OTYCD entry originally posted in January 2017.


Read Call the Halls, a guide to effectively contacting your members of Congress, and follow its author, former Utah Congressional aide Emily Ellsworth.


Within days of the election, Ellsworth was tweeting advice on what worked and didn’t work when talking to your Congressional delegation. That led her to write Call the Halls, which you can download here (if you can give a donation, please do; if you can’t, no worries–she deliberately created a free option):


She seems to be the first to stress the fact that calling is the best way to speak to your Congressional reps. This blog would not exist without her and her early work.



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Support Emily Ellsworth, Author of Call the Halls, Who’s Running for Utah State Senate as a Republican

Support Emily Ellsworth, author of Call the Halls, who’s running for Utah state senate as a Republican.


We at OTYCD devoted one of our earliest blog posts to Emily Ellsworth and her downloadable guide, Call the Halls. Soon after the 2016 election, Ellsworth compiled a reference with vital advice for contacting members of Congress.


Since then she has continued to dispense advice over her Twitter feed. Recently, she took a big step–she announced she’s running for Utah state senate, in district 15.


She’s facing a fight. The current incumbent, Republican Margaret Dayton, won the 2014 election with more than 80 percent of the vote. Ellsworth needs help nowrightnow because she needs to get her name out there before Utah holds its primary on June 26, 2018.


Obligatory warning, with apologies for bonking you all on the head about this fact: Ellsworth is running as a Republican, which means she probably holds at least some political beliefs that differ from your own. That means she might sometimes say things and do things that don’t match your beliefs, and which might piss you off well and thoroughly. That’s OK. Really, it’s OK. You’re being asked to look at what she’s doing and support what you like, not endorse every last little everything she does. She understands the danger of Trump–that’s the key thing. One of the reasons this country is so borked right now is we’re fiercely polarized and, in avoiding jerks who disagree with us, we end up avoiding decent people who happen to disagree with us. That’s got to stop if we want to make things better.



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Shame, or Thank, Your House Rep Over Their Vote on Whether to Release Trump’s Taxes

Call your house representative and shame or thank them over how they voted on the February 28 resolution to release Trump’s tax returns. 

More than a million people signed a petition demanding that Trump release his tax returns. He promised to do so on the campaign trail and refused after he was ensconced in office.

On February 28, New Jersey House Rep Bill Pascrell, a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, forced a floor vote on the issue of examining Trump’s tax returns and releasing them to the full Congress. He made the move after the Republican committee chair declined his request.

The vote split along party lines. A total of 229 Republicans voted it down (Walter Johnson of North Carolina and Mark Sanford of South Carolina simply voted ‘present’; six others did not vote), while 185 Democrats voted yes (an additional eight did not vote).

Below is a link to the full results of the vote. Please find your house rep on this list and call that person and make your voice heard.

Be warned that for most of those listed, only a last name is given. The Republicans are in roman type, and the Democrats are in italics.

Sample script for house reps who voted to release Trump’s tax returns: “Hello, I am (Firstname Lastname, from town, zip code), and I wanted to thank House Rep (Lastname) for his/her vote on February 28 in favor of releasing Donald Trump’s tax returns to the full Congress. I feel it is important that Trump be held to account and made to obey the rules that every other presidential candidate since Nixon has done voluntarily. Seeing his tax returns will be key to clearing up the Russia mess, too. Thank you for doing the right thing. I will remember your vote when you run for re-election in 2018, and I will reward you for it.”

Sample script for house reps who voted against releasing Trump’s tax returns: “Hello, I am (Firstname Lastname, from town, zip code), and I wanted to tell House Rep (Lastname) how angry I am with his/her vote on February 28 against releasing Donald Trump’s tax returns to the full Congress. Every presidential candidate since Nixon has released their tax returns voluntarily. Trump should be made to obey the same rules that they honored without having to be prodded or forced. In addition, Trump’s tax returns likely contain information that could answer explain the nature and the extent of his ties to Russia. It is long since time to rip this Band-Aid off. I will remember your vote when you run for re-election in 2018. Know that because you voted against releasing Trump’s tax returns, I will work to elect your opponent, and I will encourage my fellow constituents to do so as well. The only way I will reconsider is if you reverse your decision if releasing the tax returns comes up for a vote again.”