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Help Flippable Support Democrats in State Elections in 2019

Help Flippable support Democratic candidates in state elections in 2019.

 

Recently we at OTYCD asked you to see if you have state or local elections in 2019.

 

If you don’t (or, hey, if you do and you have the bandwidth to take on more), and you’re up for helping win elections elsewhere in America, throw your weight behind the work of Flippable.

 

We at OTYCD have written about Flippable and its work before. It aims to help elect Democrats at the state level, which helps flip legislatures blue.

 

One of Flippable’s first great successes was the 2017 legislative elections in Virginia. Flippable and the Virginia Democrats wildly overperformed, coming within a coin flip of controlling the state’s House of Delegates–no one predicted that.

 

The winners included Elizabeth Guzman, Kathy Tran, Hala Ayala, David Reid, Cheryl Turpin, Jennifer Carroll Foy, and Danica Roem, to whom we also devoted a Believe It: You Matter post, because she’s just that awesome.

 

You can help any one of those defending incumbents in Virginia by looking up their campaign websites and giving them some money.

 

You can also donate to Flippable and its work helping get Democrats elected and re-elected in key states. Virginia is one of five focus states in 2019. Having done so ridiculously well in 2017, Flippable hopes to defend its wins and build on them to turn Virginia’s legislature properly blue in November.

 

 

See the Flippable home page:

https://flippable.org

 

 

Read the Flippable blog:

https://www.flippable.org/blog/

 

 

Read a February 2019 post Flippable published on Medium about its goals for Virginia.

 

 

Donate to the Flippable fund:

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/flippablefund1?refcode=website-home-2donate&_ga=2.45035940.1636322384.1553383692-117533993.1502038586

 

 

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!

 

 

 

Like Flippable on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/flippableorg

 

 

Follow Flippable on Twitter:

@flippable_org

 

 

Read articles from 2017 on the coin flip to decide which party would control Virginia’s House of Delegates:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2017/12/22/that-coin-toss-election-in-virginia-dramatic-but-it-pales-in-comparison-to-other-historic-contests/?utm_term=.297c45a6d57b

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/12/virginia-democrats-house-of-delegates-election/548846/

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OMG GOOD UPDATE! Democrat Manka Dhingra WON A Washington State Senate Seat and Turned the Whole West Coast Blue!

This OTYCD entry originally posted in October 2017.

YES YES YES YES YES SO MUCH YES! Democrat Manka Dhingra won that state Senate seat in Washington, and with her win, she turned the entire west coast blue and gave the Democrats their seventh trifecta–a state in which they control the governorship and the state legislature.

Read more here:

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/nov/07/democrats-take-control-of-state-senate/

Original text of the post follows:

Help Democrat Manka Dhingra win a Washington state Senate seat in a special election on November 7, 2017. If she wins, she’ll flip the state blue, and flip the entire West coast blue, and give the Democrats a seventh state trifecta.

Dhingra is an Indian Sikh immigrant who serves as the senior deputy prosecutor in the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. She also supervises the Regional Mental Health Court and also the Veteran’s Court.

She wants to find ways to fund the public K-12 system without raising property taxes. She is against creating a state income tax. She wants to improve traffic flow and expand local light rail. She would increase government transparency, close tax loopholes, and expand mental health services. She embraces green technology and respects facts and data. She defends reproductive rights.

She has earned the endorsements of Washington Governor Jay Inslee, Washington Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, and Washington House Reps Suzan DelBene and Adam Smith. NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, Planned Parenthood Votes NW & Idaho, the Alliance for Gun Responsibility, EMILY’s List, Democracy for America, the Washington chapter of the Sierra Club, and several unions.

 

See Dhingra’s campaign website:

http://www.electmanka.com/index.html

 

See her About page:

http://www.electmanka.com/about-manka-dhingra.html

 

See her Issues page:

http://www.electmanka.com/manka-dhingra-mission-and-vision.html#issues

 

Donate to Dhingra’s campaign:

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/flipwa45?refcode=Blog624

 

Like her on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/electmanka/

 

Follow her on Twitter:

@ElectManka

 

See Flippable’s page on her candidacy and the Washington state senate race:

https://www.flippable.org/washington/

 

See her Ballotpedia page:

https://ballotpedia.org/Manka_Dhingra

 

See an August 23, 2017 piece on her candidacy in The Stranger:

http://www.thestranger.com/news/2017/08/23/25368212/meet-manka-dhingra-the-eastside-democrat-who-could-end-republican-control-of-the-state-senate

 

Read a Seattle Times piece about the state Senate race:

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/washington-state-senate-race-results/

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GOOD UPDATE! Democrat Jennifer Carroll Foy WON A Seat in the Virginia State Legislature

This OTYCD entry originally posted in September 2017.

YES YES YES! Per Flippable, Democrat Jennifer Carroll Foy won her race for a seat in the Virginia state senate. Hooray!

Original text of this post follows.

Support Democrat Jennifer Carroll Foy, who’s running for a Virginia state legislature seat this fall.

Flippable, the organization created after the 2016 elections to focus on state and local elections, has identified the state of Virginia as, well, flippable. All 100 seats in its House of Delegates are up for grabs on November 7, 2017.

We at OTYCD hope to prep and post items on the five Virginia candidates in the districts that Flippable has deemed most worthy of your time and money.

Foy is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) and a public defender. She’s been a foster mom for eight years as well.

She would expand Medicaid in Virginia. She hopes to increase public school teachers’ salaries and reduce class sizes. She would protect Planned Parenthood’s funding. She supports extending the Metro Blue Line into Prince William County. She wants to raise the grand larceny threshold from $200 to $1,000, which should result in fewer people under the age of 18 being convicted of a felony. She would fight climate change.

 

See her campaign site:

https://www.jennifercarrollfoy.org

 

See her Meet Jennifer page:

https://www.jennifercarrollfoy.org/meet-jennifer/

 

See her Issues page:

https://www.jennifercarrollfoy.org/issues/

 

Donate to Foy’s campaign:

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/jennifercarrollfoy?refcode=jcf-topnav

 

Volunteer for Foy’s campaign:

https://www.jennifercarrollfoy.org/volunteer/

 

Like her on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/JenniferCarrollFoy/

 

Follow her on Twitter:

@JCarrollFoy

 

See her Flippable page:

http://elections.flippable.org/elections?id=SVAH002

 

See her Crowdpac page:

https://www.crowdpac.com/campaigns/205608/jennifer-carroll-foy-for-delegate

 

See her Ballotpedia page:

https://ballotpedia.org/Jennifer_Foy

 

See the ‘Why Virginia?’ page on Flippable, as well as the other four candidates:

https://www.flippable.org/virginia-house#wsimg

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hooray! We Defended Delaware’s Trifecta!

This OTYCD entry originally posted in February 2017.

Update: Congratulations! Stephanie Hansen won her Delaware race, preserving its Democratic trifecta. Thanks to all who helped make this happen, with a double helping of thanks going to former Vice President Joe Biden.

*The Democratic party claims only six “trifectas” nationwide–states where the party controls the governorship, the state senate, and the state house.

Delaware is one of the six, and it is in danger of losing its trifecta.

Do you live in Delaware? Do you have friends and family who do? Help elect Democrat Stephanie Hansen to the Delaware State Senate on February 25, 2017.

Bethany Hall-Long vacated the seat, in the 10th state senate district, when she rose to the post of Lieutenant Governor. If Hansen fails, the Democrats’ 40-year hold on the state senate would end.

Hansen faces two rivals: Republican John Marino, and Libertarian Joseph Lanzendorfer. Flippable reports that the 10th district is competitive, and could be nail-bitingly close. Hall-Long won by just 267 votes in her last race.

 

Learn more about the special election:

http://delawarestatenews.net/government/candidates-key-senate-seat-spar-debate/

 

Donate to Stephanie Hansen’s campaign:

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/keepdeblue

 

Sign up to phone bank (make calls for) Stephanie Hansen (yes, you can do this even if you don’t live in Delaware):

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/phonebank-for-stephanie-hansen-delaware-state-senate-special-election-registration-31671724982

 

Like Stephanie Hansen’s Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/StephanieHansenForSenate/

 

Read Flippable’s take on the Delaware senate race here, and learn about other upcoming state-level elections:

https://www.flippable.org/upcoming-elections/

 

*Since we first published this post in February 2017, the Democrats gained two more trifectas. The November 2017 elections turned New Jersey and Washington state solidly blue.

 

 

 

 

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GOOD UPDATE! Democrat David Reid WON A Seat In The Virginia State Legislature

This OTYCD entry originally posted in September 2017.

 

YES YES YES! Per Flippable, Democrat David Reid won his race for a seat in the Virginia state senate. Hooray!

 

Original text of this post follows.

 

Support Democrat David Reid, who is running for a seat in the Virginia state House of Delegates.

 

Flippable, the organization created after the 2016 elections to focus on state and local elections, has identified the state of Virginia as, well, flippable. All 100 seats in its House of Delegates are up for grabs on November 7, 2017.

 

We at OTYCD hope to prep and post items on the five Virginia candidates in the districts that Flippable has deemed most worthy of your time and money.

 

Reid spent some of his formative years in a children’s home and became the first in his family to graduate from college. He served in the U.S. Navy Reserve from 1988 to 2011, retiring as a commander.

 

He wants to expand Medicaid and implement full-day kindergarten for all children living in Loudon County. Having financed his college education with Pell grants, scholarships, and work-study earnings, he wants to fight tuition rises and find ways to make college more affordable. He fully supports reproductive rights, very much including the right to choose. He wants to end partisan gerrymandering. He supports gun safety measures, including mental health checks, universal background checks, and restricting access for people convicted of domestic violence. He would fight animal abuse and cruelty.

 

 

See Reid’s campaign homepage:

https://www.reidfordelegate.com

 

 

See his Meet David page:

https://www.reidfordelegate.com/meet-david

 

 

See his Priorities page:

https://www.reidfordelegate.com/my-priorities

 

 

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 him on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/reidfordelegate/

 

 

Follow him on Twitter:

@DavidReidVA

 

 

Donate to Reid’s campaign:

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/reidwebsite

 

 

Volunteer for Reid’s campaign:

https://act.myngp.com/Forms/6091492254737238528

 

 

See the Flippable page on Reid:

https://www.flippable.org/virginia-house#wsimg

 

 

See Flippable’s page on ‘Why Virginia?’, which shows you the other four candidates:

https://www.flippable.org/virginia-house#wsimg

 

 

See his Ballotpedia page:

https://ballotpedia.org/David_Reid_(Virginia)

 

 

See his Sister District entry:

https://www.sisterdistrict.com/vahod12-1/

 

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GOOD UPDATE! Democrat Kathy Tran WON A Seat In The Virginia State Legislature

This OTYCD entry originally posted in September 2017.

YES YES YES! Per Flippable, Democrat Kathy Tran won her race for a seat in the Virginia state senate. Hooray!

Original text of this post follows.

Support Kathy Tran, a Democrat running for the Virginia state legislature’s House of Delegates.

Flippable, the organization created after the 2016 elections to focus on state and local elections, has identified the state of Virginia as, well, flippable. All 100 seats in its House of Delegates are up for grabs on November 7, 2017.

We at OTYCD hope to prep and post items on the five Virginia candidates in the districts that Flippable has deemed most worthy of your time and money.

Tran and her family fled Vietnam when she was seven months old. She served the U.S. Department of Labor for 12 years before moving on to the National Immigration Forum, a leading immigration advocacy organization.

She wants to strengthen public schools, protect our environment, and prevent gun violence. She supports comprehensive immigration reform and expanding Medicaid. She defends reproductive rights, and has earned the endorsement of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia.

And as this quote from her Civil Rights and Democracy entry in her Issues section shows, she will defend both in a loud voice and at the slightest provocation:

“Kathy will use her voice to stand against those who seek to undermine a welcoming and inclusive Virginia.

At a time when the most fundamental elements of a well-functioning democracy are being challenged across the country, Kathy will fight against laws and practices that keep Virginians from exercising their right to vote or seek to weaken our vote through gerrymandering or the influence of big money in politics.”

 

See Tran’s campaign website:

https://www.kathyfordelegate.com

 

See her ‘Meet Kathy’ page:

https://www.kathyfordelegate.com/#about-kathy-section

 

 

Like her on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/pg/KathyForDelegate/about/?ref=page_internal

 

Follow her on Twitter:

@KathyLKTran

 

Donate to Tran’s campaign:

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/kathytran?refcode=website

 

See her Crowdpac page:

https://www.crowdpac.com/candidates/58d1f079d9e70460452ebec3/kathy-tran

 

See Flippable’s page on Tran:

http://elections.flippable.org/elections?id=SVAH042

 

See Ballotpedia’s page on Tran:

https://ballotpedia.org/Kathy_Tran

 

See Flippable’s ‘Why Virginia’ page (you can find info on the other four races here):

https://www.flippable.org/virginia-house#wsimg

 

Volunteer to help Tran and the other four Virginia state legislature candidates:
https://www.mobilizeamerica.io/flippable

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Read This Incisive Report from Flippable on Four Months of Supporting State Elections

This OTYCD entry originally posted in August 2017.

Read this incisive, clear-eyed report from Flippable on what its organizers have learned in its first four months. 

Flippable is one of many activist organizations that launched in the wake of the 2016 election. Its goal is to turn America Democratic one seat at a time, on every level–federal, state, and local. Its report on its first four months of existence makes for incisive reading and provides fuel for hope.

The biggest takeaway for you: Early money–and attention, and volunteer support–really is like yeast. Cheryl Turpin, who ended up losing her house seat race for Virginia’s 85th district, lost by only 362 votes and nearly erased the lead her Republican opponent had built.

Key quote from the story:  “When we asked Cheryl what would have made the difference for her—what would have secured her those extra 362 votes—she replied, “One extra week. And maybe not having a blizzard on election day.”

“Why such an emphasis on timing? Cheryl said, “The opposition, Rocky Holcomb, had started campaigning in June…Despite Rocky’s five-month advantage, he won by only 362 votes—in a place known as the second most Republican city in the country. I’m confident that with another week, we could have succeeded.”

 

Read the Flippable report:

https://www.flippable.org/blog/2017/3/12/iop43l5pg4vlk3sble9dqcamyt3m48

 

 

Follow Flippable on Twitter:

@flippable_org

 

Like Flippable on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/flippableorg

 

Donate to Flippable:

https://www.flippable.org/stand-with-flippable