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Senator Doug Jones Needs Your Support in 2020. Also, Stop Talking Shit About Alabama, Please.

Please support Democratic Senator Doug Jones in his run for re-election in 2020. Also, stop talking shit about Alabama, please.

 

Doug Jones pulled out an electrifying victory in the Alabama special Senate election in 2017. In a state where Democrats have trouble getting traction, he defeated Republican Roy Moore.

 

It was awesome. Jones’s win was one of the great cheering victories of the post-2016-election era.

 

The victory was firm, but close–1.5 percent. Moore was an especially noxious Republican candidate. Alabamans of all persuasions joined forces to defeat Moore, and Tony the Democrat’s team of GOTV postcard-writers contributed, too. Had Jones run against anyone else, he might not have won.

 

Well, Jones is up for re-election in 2020. He’s regarded as the most vulnerable Senate Democrat. He needs your help.

 

The good news: the Cook Political Report regards the Alabama Senate race as a toss-up, rather than one that’s lean Republican, likely Republican, or solid Republican. And it feels weird to say Roy Moore’s entry into the race is a good thing, but it is as far as Jones is concerned. He beat him once already, and the national GOP is committed to rejecting Moore.

 

Please consider including Doug Jones in your Core Four for 2020.

 

Also? Stop talking shit about Alabama. Yes, the state’s leaders have been up to some seriously dispiriting nonsense of late.

 

But when you write Alabama off, you write off hordes of native Alabamans who have been, and still are, fighting the good fight.

 

More to the point, you’re writing off the people who toiled to elect Jones in 2017. Cut it out. Don’t cut them out. Ok?

 

See Doug Jones’s campaign website:

https://dougjones.com

 

Donate to Jones’s campaign:

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/jones-homepage1

 

Like him on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/dougjonessenate/

 

Follow him on Twitter:

@DougJonesHQ

 

 

 

 

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Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is: Go to Alabama for Your Next Vacation

Put your money where your mouth is: Reward Alabamians for choosing Democrat Doug Jones as their newest Senator by taking your next vacation in Alabama. 

 

When a state legislature adopts a stupid, hurtful law, the people who fight the law sometimes ask tourists to boycott the state.

 

Do you remember when North Carolina adopted House Bill 2, a law that restricted LGBT rights and demanded that transgender people use the bathroom that corresponded to their sex at birth? The N.C.A.A. protested HB2 by relocating more than a dozen college championship events to venues in other states. The NBA moved the 2017 All-Star game from Charlotte to New Orleans. Wired estimated that HB2 cost North Carolina almost $400 million in lost revenue.

 

Boycotting North Carolina for passing HB2 was the right thing to do. Like it or not, when you spend your money, you cast a vote. You should do what you can to avoid voting with your dollars for things that you don’t support.

 

But! There are two sides to this coin. Yes, you should not give your money to vendors and venues that insult and disparage your values. And you should spend it with vendors and venues that uphold them.

 

Which brings us to Alabama. Its citizens made headlines on December 12, 2017 when they elected Democrat Doug Jones to be their next Senator instead of Republican Roy Moore.

 

You should reward Alabama for this.

 

Are you planning a vacation anytime soon? Look into Alabama.

 

See the state’s official tourism website:

http://alabama.travel

 

Also check out the Alabama section on the Visit the USA site:

https://www.visittheusa.com/state/alabama

 

Make notes. Think. Plan. Budget. Go. Add your dollars to the more than $13 billion that more than 25 million visitors spent in Alabama in 2015.

 

And when you do, tell everyone that you chose Alabama because Alabamians chose Doug Jones as their Senator.

 

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

 

 

See a May 2017 article about Alabama tourism figures:

http://www.al.com/news/mobile/index.ssf/2017/05/alabamas_tourism_fueled_by_bea.html

 

See the Wired article that calculated North Carolina’s losses related to HB2:

https://www.wired.com/2016/09/guess-much-anti-lgbtq-law-costing-north-carolina/

 

Also see a Business Insider story that gives details on entities that boycotted North Carolina over HB2:

http://www.businessinsider.com/north-carolina-hb2-economic-impact-2016-9

 

And follow @BuzzHuntsville on Twitter, because he’s charming as all get-out.

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Fight the GOP Tax Bill, December 12 Update, With Cameos From Doug Jones and Net Neutrality

Here’s your December 12 update on fighting the GOP tax bill, with side notes on supporting Doug Jones for Senate and defending net neutrality.

Politico is reporting that the House of Representatives will not vote on the bill during the week of December 11. The December 8 story opens like so:

The House will not vote next week on a final agreement to rewrite the tax code, though House and Senate negotiators are expected to work through the weekend.

“It will not come up next week, but if it could, I would bring it up as soon as we come out of conference, because I do believe the American people are waiting for a Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told colleagues late Thursday in remarks on the House floor.

Full story here:

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/08/final-tax-vote-schedule-timeline-287243

 

 

That means they’re going to work on the bill all week. And that means you need to keep calling, and keep urging your friends and family to call, too.

Here’s a December 10 Twitter thread from tax expert Michael Linden that you should see, which lays out what makes this week important:

 

This coming week is make-or-break for the GOP tax scam. If you have any interest in fighting this disastrous bill, follow along for a state-of-play update. Short version: we CAN still stop this thing. 1/

Here’s where we are: Both the Senate & House have passed versions of the GOP tax scam. They have a lot in common (huge tax cuts for the wealthy & corporations, tax hikes on millions of middle class families) but aren’t identical. 2/

To become law, the House & Senate have to pass identical bills. So to come up with ONE new version that both chambers can pass, the GOP has sent their bills to a “conference committee.” 3/

That Conference Committee is, right now, behind closed doors, ironing out the differences between the House & Senate bill. The bad news is that the bill is much more likely to get worse than it is to get better. 4/

Once the Conference Committee creates a new bill that they think can pass both chambers, both the House and the Senate will have to vote AGAIN. That’s our last chance to . 5/

The Conference Committee is going to have precisely 1 “open” meeting (it’s not much more than a photo op), and that’ll be THIS WEDNESDAY, December 13th, at 2 PM. 6/

it’ll be only a matter of days before the FINAL vote in the House & Senate. Those votes could be as soon as Thursday, but likely will be early the week of the 18th. 7/

That means this week is CRITICAL. If we’re going to stop this bill, Congress needs to hear and feel the backlash. We can stop it either by flipping 10 GOP votes in the House or 2 GOP votes in the Senate. Tall orders, yes, but not impossible. 8/

Here’s a list of 50+ potentially flippable House GOPers. These all have some combination of the following characteristics: •From states that would be particularly hard hit •Voted against ACA repeal •Are in competitive 2018 races We need 10 of ‘em. 9/

In the Senate, our best bets are Susan Collins and Jeff Flake (and it would help if Doug Jones wins on Tuesday). Both were promised concessions that aren’t likely to be in the final bill. Both want to be thought of as “serious” and “independent.” 10/
So, what can you do? 1. Call EVERY day. Especially if you are in AZ, ME, or one of those 50 House districts, but call daily even if you aren’t (Congress needs to feel the backlash everywhere – & they talk to each other). 11/ <Note from OTYCD: Yes, this is one of those times when it is OK to call for days in a row on the same issue.>
2.If you are in the DC area, or can get here, come to the People’s Rally Against the Tax Scam at the Capitol on WEDNESDAY. This is our last best chance to make a lot of noise in DC. 12/
3. Go to a local protest or event. Check out and & for lists of local events. 13/
Bottom line: the GOP knows their tax scam is historically unpopular. They’re hoping that voters will forget about it by next November and beyond. Our best bet to stop the bill is by showing them we won’t forget. /end

 

And here are more things you might want to know:

There might be a GOP Tax Scam protest near you. Check this link to find out:

https://notonepenny.org/take-action/#events

 

In her December 6 update on fighting the GOP tax bill, Celeste Pewter (@Celeste_Pewter) offered talking points that you can use with friends, family, and co-workers:

8. Here are talking points you can include in any contact you share w/ friends/family/colleagues. Key point is that the impact on the deficit could eventually result in cuts in entitlement programs.

 

The Senate has chosen its lineup for the Tax Conference Committee. They will represent the Senate when trying to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the GOP tax bill.

If any of these Republicans are your senators, it is super-extra-important for you to call and make your opposition known.

Orrin Hatch of Utah

Mike Enzi of Wyoming

Lisa Murkowski of Alaska

John Cornyn of Texas

John Thune of South Dakota

Rob Portman of Ohio

Tim Scott of South Carolina

Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania

 

Before that, the House GOP named its tax conference committee members. If any of these folks are your reps, it is super-extra-important for you to call (again, all are Republicans):

Kevin Brady of Texas

Devin Nunes of California

Peter Roskam of Illinois

Diane Black of Tennessee

Kristi Noem of South Dakota

 

Rob Bishop of Utah

Don Young of Alaska

Greg Walden of Oregon

John Shimkus of Illinois

 

 

 

Here also are several other folks aside from @MichaelSLinden, @Celeste_Pewter, @TopherSpiro, and @aslavitt who you should be following on Twitter to stay on top of the GOP tax bill, which is morphing constantly, like a suspect science experiment in a horror movie. Some of these people are old friends from the Trumpcare fights. Some are tax experts.

Ben Wikler @benwikler

Seth Hanlon @sethhanlon

Sunjeev Bery @sunjeevbery

Lily Batchelder @lilybatch

Greg Leiserson @gregleiserson

Chad Bolt @chadderr

 

In addition, you can call your members of Congress (MoCs) to ask them to defend Net Neutrality–that vote could come on December 14.

We’ve been beating the Net Neutrality drum all year. Below is a post that explains why we need to keep it, and contains a script you can use when calling your MoCs:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/12/02/defend-net-neutrality-and-keep-the-internet-a-level-playing-field-for-all/

 

…and you can help Doug Jones in his campaign for the open Alabama Senate seat. The special election is Tuesday, December 12.

If Jones wins, the Republican head count in the Senate goes from 52-48 to 51-49, and makes it that much harder for them to pass that awful tax bill and any other nonsense they might try to sneak through.

It’s too late to send GOTV postcards to Alabama Democrats, but you can still spread the word about his campaign, donate to it, and support it in other ways. See our past posts on Doug Jones for more:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/12/02/support-doug-jones-the-democratic-candidate-for-alabamas-u-s-senate-seat/

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/12/02/support-gop4jones-a-movement-by-independents-and-republicans-to-vote-for-democrat-doug-jones-for-alabamas-next-senator/

 

Here also are two more recent posts that relate to the GOP tax bill and its effects that you should see if you haven’t yet:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/12/02/refresh-review-and-prep-for-2018-gop-tax-bill-related-briefing/

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/12/03/commit-now-to-put-any-tax-benefits-you-might-get-from-the-gop-tax-bill-to-fighting-its-effects/

 

One last note, which we’ve stated before: Even if this bill ultimately implodes and never becomes law, we still need to vote out every Republican that we can in 2018. This whole process has been nothing less than legislative malpractice. They should be punished for aiding and abetting it. Period.

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Fight the GOP Tax Bill, December 11 Update

Here’s your December 11 update on fighting the GOP tax bill.

Politico is reporting that the House of Representatives will not vote on the bill during the week of December 11. The December 8 story opens like so:

The House will not vote next week on a final agreement to rewrite the tax code, though House and Senate negotiators are expected to work through the weekend.

“It will not come up next week, but if it could, I would bring it up as soon as we come out of conference, because I do believe the American people are waiting for a Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told colleagues late Thursday in remarks on the House floor.

Full story here:

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/08/final-tax-vote-schedule-timeline-287243

 

 

That means they’re going to work on the bill all week. And that means you need to keep calling, and keep urging your friends and family to call, too.

Here’s a December 10 Twitter thread from tax expert Michael Linden that you should see, which lays out what makes this week important:

 

This coming week is make-or-break for the GOP tax scam. If you have any interest in fighting this disastrous bill, follow along for a state-of-play update. Short version: we CAN still stop this thing. 1/

Here’s where we are: Both the Senate & House have passed versions of the GOP tax scam. They have a lot in common (huge tax cuts for the wealthy & corporations, tax hikes on millions of middle class families) but aren’t identical. 2/

To become law, the House & Senate have to pass identical bills. So to come up with ONE new version that both chambers can pass, the GOP has sent their bills to a “conference committee.” 3/

That Conference Committee is, right now, behind closed doors, ironing out the differences between the House & Senate bill. The bad news is that the bill is much more likely to get worse than it is to get better. 4/

Once the Conference Committee creates a new bill that they think can pass both chambers, both the House and the Senate will have to vote AGAIN. That’s our last chance to . 5/

The Conference Committee is going to have precisely 1 “open” meeting (it’s not much more than a photo op), and that’ll be THIS WEDNESDAY, December 13th, at 2 PM. 6/

it’ll be only a matter of days before the FINAL vote in the House & Senate. Those votes could be as soon as Thursday, but likely will be early the week of the 18th. 7/

That means this week is CRITICAL. If we’re going to stop this bill, Congress needs to hear and feel the backlash. We can stop it either by flipping 10 GOP votes in the House or 2 GOP votes in the Senate. Tall orders, yes, but not impossible. 8/

Here’s a list of 50+ potentially flippable House GOPers. These all have some combination of the following characteristics: •From states that would be particularly hard hit •Voted against ACA repeal •Are in competitive 2018 races We need 10 of ‘em. 9/

In the Senate, our best bets are Susan Collins and Jeff Flake (and it would help if Doug Jones wins on Tuesday). Both were promised concessions that aren’t likely to be in the final bill. Both want to be thought of as “serious” and “independent.” 10/
So, what can you do? 1. Call EVERY day. Especially if you are in AZ, ME, or one of those 50 House districts, but call daily even if you aren’t (Congress needs to feel the backlash everywhere – & they talk to each other). 11/ <Note from OTYCD: Yes, this is one of those times when it is OK to call for days in a row on the same issue.>
2.If you are in the DC area, or can get here, come to the People’s Rally Against the Tax Scam at the Capitol on WEDNESDAY. This is our last best chance to make a lot of noise in DC. 12/
3. Go to a local protest or event. Check out and & for lists of local events. 13/
Bottom line: the GOP knows their tax scam is historically unpopular. They’re hoping that voters will forget about it by next November and beyond. Our best bet to stop the bill is by showing them we won’t forget. /end

 

And here are more things you might want to know:

There might be a GOP Tax Scam protest near you. Check this link to find out:

https://notonepenny.org/take-action/#events

 

In her December 6 update on fighting the GOP tax bill, Celeste Pewter (@Celeste_Pewter) offered talking points that you can use with friends, family, and co-workers:

8. Here are talking points you can include in any contact you share w/ friends/family/colleagues. Key point is that the impact on the deficit could eventually result in cuts in entitlement programs.

 

The Senate has chosen its lineup for the Tax Conference Committee. They will represent the Senate when trying to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the GOP tax bill.

If any of these Republicans are your senators, it is super-extra-important for you to call and make your opposition known.

Orrin Hatch of Utah

Mike Enzi of Wyoming

Lisa Murkowski of Alaska

John Cornyn of Texas

John Thune of South Dakota

Rob Portman of Ohio

Tim Scott of South Carolina

Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania

 

Before that, the House GOP named its tax conference committee members. If any of these folks are your reps, it is super-extra-important for you to call (again, all are Republicans):

Kevin Brady of Texas

Devin Nunes of California

Peter Roskam of Illinois

Diane Black of Tennessee

Kristi Noem of South Dakota

 

Rob Bishop of Utah

Don Young of Alaska

Greg Walden of Oregon

John Shimkus of Illinois

 

 

 

Here also are several other folks aside from @MichaelSLinden, @Celeste_Pewter, @TopherSpiro, and @aslavitt who you should be following on Twitter to stay on top of the GOP tax bill, which is morphing constantly, like a suspect science experiment in a horror movie. Some of these people are old friends from the Trumpcare fights. Some are tax experts.

Ben Wikler @benwikler

Seth Hanlon @sethhanlon

Sunjeev Bery @sunjeevbery

Lily Batchelder @lilybatch

Greg Leiserson @gregleiserson

Chad Bolt @chadderr

 

In addition, you can call your members of Congress (MoCs) to ask them to defend Net Neutrality–that vote could come on December 14.

We’ve been beating the Net Neutrality drum all year. Below is a post that explains why we need to keep it, and contains a script you can use when calling your MoCs:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/12/02/defend-net-neutrality-and-keep-the-internet-a-level-playing-field-for-all/

 

…and you can help Doug Jones in his campaign for the open Alabama Senate seat. The special election is Tuesday, December 12.

If Jones wins, the Republican head count in the Senate goes from 52-48 to 51-49, and makes it that much harder for them to pass that awful tax bill and any other nonsense they might try to sneak through.

It’s too late to send GOTV postcards to Alabama Democrats, but you can still spread the word about his campaign, donate to it, and support it in other ways. See our past posts on Doug Jones for more:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/12/02/support-doug-jones-the-democratic-candidate-for-alabamas-u-s-senate-seat/

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/12/02/support-gop4jones-a-movement-by-independents-and-republicans-to-vote-for-democrat-doug-jones-for-alabamas-next-senator/

 

Here also are two more recent posts that relate to the GOP tax bill and its effects that you should see if you haven’t yet:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/12/02/refresh-review-and-prep-for-2018-gop-tax-bill-related-briefing/

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/12/03/commit-now-to-put-any-tax-benefits-you-might-get-from-the-gop-tax-bill-to-fighting-its-effects/

 

One last note, which we’ve stated before: Even if this bill ultimately implodes and never becomes law, we still need to vote out every Republican that we can in 2018. This whole process has been nothing less than legislative malpractice. They should be punished for aiding and abetting it. Period.

 

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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

 

 

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Support #GOP4Jones, A Movement By Independents and Republicans to Make Democrat Doug Jones Alabama’s Next Senator. GREAT UPDATE! JONES WON!

Support #GOP4Jones, a movement by Independents and Republicans who can’t stomach the thought of voting for Republican candidate Roy Moore to fill the Alabama Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions.

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. Hooray!

Roy Moore is a terrible candidate for any office, let alone a Senate seat. The racist, bigoted theocrat was removed from his state’s Supreme Court twice for flouting the law. Democrat Doug Jones could not be more of an improvement. He helped put two Ku Klux Klan terrorists in jail, where they remain, and he has promised to work with his fellow senators to find common ground. The two will face off in a special election on December 12, 2017.

What might not be clear to outsiders is how fed up some Alabamans are with Moore’s shens.

@mostlybree tweeted to the Twitter sage Alexandra Erin (@alexandraerin):

Yep. All around me, I see it building. Also people outside of AL can’t really understand how tired a lot of people are of Moore, man.

Karla Archer (@karlaarcher) also tweeted:

Too bad you don’t live here – otherwise you’d see the big push across the state for Jones. Not just blue/Dems — Lots of . But hang on to that narrative if it helps you get through your day.

The second tweet appeared under the #GOP4Jones hashtag, reflecting a movement by Independents and Republicans to throw their support to the Democrat.

The budding movement was covered by an Alabama paper on November 7, 2017:

http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2017/11/gop4jones_some_republican_vote.html

 

We at OTYCD wrote this post before the Washington Post published its story about the four women who report that Moore initiated sexual encounters with them when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s. One victim was 14 at the time–a child.

In case you missed the story, here it is:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/woman-says-roy-moore-initiated-sexual-encounter-when-she-was-14-he-was-32/2017/11/09/1f495878-c293-11e7-afe9-4f60b5a6c4a0_story.html?tid=pm_pop&utm_term=.cfebd8a45c04

 

Moore, of course, is claiming he’s being unfairly targeted, though the story is solidly sourced and based on interviews with 30 people in total. These new allegations have jolted Republicans. Two senators, Mike Lee of Utah and Steve Daines of Montana, withdrew their endorsements of Moore, and the party is reportedly seeking ways to delay the special election* in the hopes that having more time will help them convince Moore to withdraw from the race, or field a write-in candidate, or perhaps refuse to seat Moore if he should win.

See the New York Times story on how the GOP is reacting to the latest Moore revelations:

*Update: Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has declined to move the date of the special election, per this Alabama.com article:

http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2017/11/gov_kay_ivey_has_no_plans_to_c.html

 

We at OTYCD encourage readers to support Alabamans of all political persuasions who want to stop Roy Moore from becoming their next senator.

The first rule, as always, is don’t be an asshole.

Recognize that these are special circumstances, and many Alabama Independents and Republicans are turning to Jones because Moore really is just that awful. Respect their choice, and respect the fact that many will go back to being Independents and Republicans when the election is over.

To break this out more clearly and explicitly:

Welcome the Independents and Republicans with warmth and grace.

Keep showing them warmth and grace before, during, and after the special election on December 12.

Don’t assume that by choosing to vote for this particular Democrat in this particular Congressional race, these folks have now become Democrats or will become Democrats anytime soon.

Respect the #GOP4Jones folks overall, and not just because their most recent political choice is one with which you happen to agree. Respect does not require that you endorse or approve of their choices, btw. It’s about letting them be fully human, and it’s about building the bonds that will let you cooperate with them again in the future.

We clear? Good. Now here are some other things that you can do.

If you work fast, you can use your dollars to help the #GOP4Jones cause. A graphic designer who goes by the initials JH has created an attractive GOP For Jones lawn sign. See it here:

https://jack-visuals.com/gop4jones/sign

As of November 8, the signs are only available in the Alabama counties of Baldwin and Mobile because of limited supply. JH is charging $10, which is just enough to cover the printing costs.

Update: As of 8 pm EST on November 11, the GOP For Jones signs are available throughout the state of Alabama. Thanks to all the many generous donors who made the bigger print run a reality!

Donations for future press runs are accepted. If you can afford to give, please do:

https://secure.squarespace.com/commerce/donate?donatePageId=59fe173e71c10b5cf314bbd3

 

In addition, two Twitter accounts have launched to support Alabamans who don’t typically vote for Democrats, but who want to support Doug Jones. They are:

@DougRepublicans

@Moderates4Doug

 

Moderates for Doug also has a Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/moderatesforjones/

 

Please spread the word!