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Choose Your Core Four for 2018

This OTYCD post originally appeared in January 2018, but with the mid-terms approaching and the stakes rising, we are reposting past posts that discuss key things you can do to push back against Trump.

 

Choose your Core Four–two Democratic senators and two Democratic house reps, an incumbent and a challenger for each chamber–to support to in 2018.

 

From late 2016 until now, we’ve been going to bat for Democratic candidates in individual special elections. Usually, we’ve supported one Democrat at a time.

 

2018 will test our collective resolve as never before.

 

Literally hundreds of races–34 senators, and all 435 House reps–are taking place, and all of them will end on November 6, 2018.

 

If the Democrats are to win control of the House of Representatives (tough, because of gerrymandering, but doable) and the Senate (tougher, but thinkable now that Alabama Democrat Doug Jones won his special election Senate race in December 2017), we’ll all need to concentrate on, and help, more than one Congressional race at the same time.

 

We at OTYCD suggest that you prepare for what’s coming by choosing your “Core Four”–four Democratic candidates who will receive the bulk of your efforts.

 

Two Democrats for the House of Representatives.

Two Democrats for the Senate.

One incumbent and one challenger for each chamber of Congress.

 

 

How to Pick Your Core Four

 

There’s no right way or wrong way to choose your Core Four, but we suggest starting in your own backyard, with the members of Congress who represent your state.

 

If you don’t know who your members of Congress are, go to this website and plug your street address into the search engine:

whoaremyrepresentatives.org

 

…then research the three names–one House rep and two Senators–that come up.

 

Do you have a good Democratic House Rep? Then embrace him or her.

 

Do you have a lousy House Rep, or is your district’s seat being vacated? Look up the Democratic challengers for the seat and choose one. Look to Ballotpedia.org for help with finding challengers in your federal district.

 

One-third of all senators will be up for re-election in 2018. It’s possible that at least one of your senators (and possibly both) is due to run (but scroll down for a list of states where neither senator has to run).

 

Is one or both of your senators up for re-election? Are they good Dems? If so, embrace them and get behind them.

 

Is your senator who’s running for re-election a lousy senator? Learn about the Democratic challengers for the seat, and be ready to help a challenger however you can. As always, Ballotpedia.org is your friend here.

 

Your help can take the form of time, money, word of mouth, or some combination of the three. But you need to choose your four Democrats, and you need to think seriously about how you will juggle the needs of all four.

 

You’ll need to sit down and plot this out as you might plot a semester’s course schedule in college. The demands of the four candidates will overlap and they’ll all come due at the same time–in the weeks and days leading up to November 6, 2018. You’ll also have to factor in appointments and life events of your own, too, of course.

 

 

Choosing your Core Four: A Test Case

 

Let’s say you live in New Hampshire.

 

Your House Rep is up for re-election because they all are. Is yours a good Democrat? Then you have your House incumbent settled.

 

If your House Rep is not a good Democrat, or is a lousy Republican, or is retiring, check Ballotpedia and see who’s challenging for the seat.

 

Let’s assume for the sake of this example that your House Rep is a good Dem. There’s one of your four settled.

 

Now look for a challenger who’s aiming to take a terrible House Republican out.

 

**How about Andrew Janz? He hopes to push House Rep Devin Nunes out of his perch in California’s 22nd District. A worthy choice. Allocate time and money to him. You’ve chosen your two House Dems, one incumbent and one challenger.

 

 

Now turn to the senators. It so happens that neither of the incumbent senators from New Hampshire are up for re-election in 2018. You are free to devote your resources elsewhere.

 

Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts is running for her second term in 2018. How about helping to defend her? There’s your third choice made.

 

Now look for a candidate who hopes to push out a terrible sitting Republican Senator. Hey, how about Beto O’Rourke? He hopes to send Ted Cruz of Texas packing. Hard to find a nobler cause than that.

 

 

And there’s your Core Four: Your good incumbent Democratic House Rep, Randy Bryce in Wisconsin, Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts, Beto O’Rourke in Texas.

 

Of course, you can choose more than four Congressional candidates to back. But the idea here is to help you focus.

 

If you can take on more than four, do it. But four is just enough, in our opinion–more than one, but still a number small enough to count on one hand.

 

You can certainly look to orgs such as Swing Left, the Road to 2018, Emily’s List, and the like to help you make your choices. The main thing is nowrightnow is the time to think seriously about those choices.

 

 

Also, if you live in one of the states listed below, neither of your Senators is up for re-election, and you can devote your resources to incumbents and candidates in other states:

Alabama

Alaska

Arkansas

Colorado

Georgia

Idaho

Illinois

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

New Hampshire

North Carolina

Oklahoma

Oregon

South Carolina

South Dakota

 

 

* Our ‘Core Four’ only covers federal Congress races. You might have other important races happening at the state and local level–for governor, attorney general, mayor, what have you. Please don’t neglect those races.

 

**The original suggestion we had here was Randy Bryce, aka Ironstache, a Democrat who is running in Wisconsin’s 1st District. In mid-April 2018, his lousy Republican opponent, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, announced he would not run again. We cheered for Ironstache, and then we realized we should swap in a different example of an incumbent House Rep who needs to GO. It’s a good problem to have. Here’s hoping we face it a few more times before November 6.

 

 

See the website for Ballotpedia.org:

https://ballotpedia.org/Main_Page

 

Visit the website of Swing Left, which focuses on taking back the House of Representatives:

https://swingleft.org

 

Visit the website of The Road to 2018, which focuses on defending vulnerable Democratic Senators:

http://www.roadto2018.com

 

Visit the website of Emily’s List, which helps elect pro-choice Democratic women to office:

https://www.emilyslist.org

 

See OTYCD‘s past posts on picking House Reps and Senators to support in 2018, and on starting a 2018 fund:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/12/09/start-scouting-for-senators-who-you-can-donate-time-and-money-to-in-2018/

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/12/09/think-about-which-house-reps-to-support-or-oppose-in-2018/

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/12/09/start-a-2018-fund/

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Re-elect Democrat Seth Moulton, House Rep for Massachusetts’s 6th District

Help re-elect Seth Moulton, a Democrat who represents Massachusetts’s 6th District.

 

Moulton was first elected in 2014. He is a graduate of Phillips Andover Academy and Harvard University, where he earned a bachelor’s in physics and an MBA as well as an MPA. Between his undergraduate years and graduate school, he served four tours in Iraq with the U.S Marine Corps.

 

While serving, he earned a Bronze Star as well as Navy and Marine Corps Commendations for his valor. He told no one about these awards, not even his parents. News of his decade-old heroism broke in October 2014, not long before he was first elected.

 

Moulton is a progressive who believes in legalizing marijuana. He supports same-sex marriage, reproductive rights, and better gun laws.

 

 

He also administered a nooice Twitter burn to President Trump over his mid-May 2017 complaints of being the subject of what he called “the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!”

Moulton won the Internet for the day when he countered:

As the Representative of Salem, MA, I can confirm that this is false.

 

 

Moulton won’t face any party competition in the September 4, 2018 primary, but there will be a Republican and a Libertarian running against him. The Cook Political Report rates the Massachusetts 6th District race as Solid Democrat.

 

 

See House Rep Seth Moulton’s homepage:

https://moulton.house.gov

 

 

Choose Seth Moulton for your Core Four:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/12/24/choose-your-core-four-for-2018/

 

 

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!

 

 

Donate to Moulton’s campaign:

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/moultonleadership-web

 

 

Like Moulton on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/RepMoulton/

 

 

Follow him on Twitter:

@sethmoulton

 

 

Moulton is endorsed by 314 Action, an organization devoted to electing more people with STEM backgrounds to office. See his page there:

http://www.314action.org/seth-moulton

 

 

See his Ballotpedia page:

https://ballotpedia.org/Seth_Moulton

 

 

Read about how Moulton downplayed his combat medals rather than making political hay from them:

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/10/17/moulton-underplays-military-service/lY9FfmOrviwL2LAFHr61dO/story.html

https://www.boston.com/news/local-news/2014/10/18/mass-congressional-hopeful-seth-moulton-kept-his-military-awards-a-secret

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/watch/reporter-exposes-candidates-secret-valor-345543235726

 

 

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Support Democrat Jessica Morse’s Bid to Push Republican Tom McClintock from a California House of Representatives Seat

Support Democrat Jessica Morse’s bid to win California’s 4th District House of Representatives seat and send Republican incumbent Tom McClintock packing.

 

To flip the House of Representatives to Democratic control in the fall, the party needs to win at least 24 seats that are currently Republican.

 

California offers many opportunities for Democratic pickups–at least eight. The 4th District is a harder get than others, but still doable. McClintock drew ire for voting to destroy the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2017.

 

McClintock will likely prove to be a tough opponent. He got 52 percent of the vote in the June 5, 2018 primary to Morse’s just-shy-of-20 percent. McClintock is a political veteran, and Morse is running her first race. The Cook Political Report rates the seat as Likely Republican, but that’s an update–until recently, it rated it as Safe Republican.

 

But if we get behind her and support her however we can, she could win. School yourself on Morse and see if she’s someone who you can back.

 

 

Visit Morse’s campaign website:

https://www.morse4congress.com

 

 

See her Meet Jessica page:

https://www.morse4congress.com/meetjess/

 

 

See her Issues page:

https://www.morse4congress.com/ontheissues/

 

 

See her Endorsements page:

https://www.morse4congress.com/endorsements/

 

 

Volunteer for Morse:

https://www.morse4congress.com/volunteer/

 

 

Donate to her campaign:

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/jmdefault?refcode=splash

 

 

Choose Morse for your Core Four:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2018/04/08/choose-your-core-four-for-2018/

 

 

Like her on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/Morse4America/

 

 

Follow her on Twitter:

@Morse4America

 

 

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 post-primary analysis pieces that show what Morse is up against, then roll up your sleeves and help her:

http://www.latimes.com/la-pol-ca-california-primary-june-live-rep-tom-mcclintock-jessica-morse-1528270916-htmlstory.html

http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article212569094.html

 

 

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Support Democrat Barbara L’Italien’s Run for a Massachusetts House of Representatives Seat #MA3

Support Democrat Barbara L’Italien’s run for the open House of Representatives seat in Massachusetts’s 3rd District.

 

L’Italien is a Massachusetts state Senator and has been since 2014. She also served in the state’s House of Representatives from 2003 to 2011.

 

As a state legislator, she defended marriage equality and fought to improve public schools and expand access to health care. She also opposed a $3.3 billion natural gas pipeline project that would have ended in Dracut, a town that she represents in the state senate.

 

In particular, L’Italien championed a state law that require private health insurers to cover services for those diagnosed with autism, and a second law that extended the autism coverage requirement to MassHealth, the state’s public health insurance option. One of her four children has autism.

 

If she wins the September 4, 2017 primary and gets elected in November, she will be the only sitting member of the 535-member federal Congress who has parented an autistic person.

 

Massachusetts’s 3rd District seat is open because five-term representative Democrat Niki Tsongas has chosen not to run again. (L’Italien ran against Tsongas in 2008 for the federal seat and lost to her.)

 

L’Italien is one of 11 Democrats who have committed to the primary. Two Republicans are running as well.

 

The 2018 Massachusetts primary promises to be extra-challenging because of the calendar. It falls on Tuesday, September 4, 2017–the day after the Labor Day holiday, and at the end of the summer season. Both facts will likely combine to depress turnout.

 

The Cook Political Report rates Massachusetts’s 3rd District as Solid Democrat.

 

Note: Sarah Jane, lead writer of the OTYCD blog, chose L’Italien for her Core Four.

 

 

See L’Italien’s campaign website:

http://www.teambarbara.com

 

 

See her Meet Barbara page:

http://teambarbara.com/bio.html

 

 

Donate to her campaign:

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/barbara-l-italien-7?refcode=website_header

 

 

Volunteer for L’Italien:

http://teambarbara.com/getinvolved.html

 

 

Choose L’Italien for your Core Four for 2018:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/12/24/choose-your-core-four-for-2018/

 

 

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!

 

 

Like L’Italien on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/teambarbara

 

 

Follow her on Twitter:

@teambarbara

 

 

See her Ballotpedia page:

https://ballotpedia.org/Barbara_L%27Italien

 

 

See the Ballotpedia page on Massachusetts’ 3rd District:

https://ballotpedia.org/Massachusetts%27_3rd_Congressional_District_election,_2018

 

 

See L’Italien’s State Senate scorecard from Progressive Massachusetts:

http://www.progressivemass.com/189thscorecard-senate

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Support Dr. Hans Keirstead, Who’s Aiming for Dana Rohrabacher’s California House Seat (Update, June 24, 2018)

This OTYCD entry originally posted in July 2017.

 

Update, June 24, 2018: More than two weeks after the June 5, 2018 primary, California’s 48th District finished its count. It was clear pretty soon after the election that Keirstead or Harley Rouda would get the second slot in the top-two primary, it was just a matter of who. In the end, Rouda bested Keirstead by just 126 votes.

We thank Keirstead for running and we hope he’ll run for public office again in the future.

 

Support Dr. Hans Keirstead, a stem cell researcher, entrepreneur, and former professor who is aiming to unseat House Republican Dana Rohrabacher.

 

Canadian-born Keirstead, 50, founded California Stem Cell Inc. and sold it for $100 million in 2014. He is now CEO of Aivita Biomedical. He taught at the University of California, Irvine for 14 years, and has raised well over $100 million in grants and donations in his various scientific jobs. He becomes the fifth Democrat hoping to push out Rohrabacher, who has served as a California house rep for for almost 30 years.

 

Keirstead supports the ACA, and he specifically supports it over a single-payer system. He says he does not intend to use his own money to campaign for the house seat.

 

Under his Why I’m Running essay on his campaign site, he says:

“I’ve dedicated my life to using medical science to save and improve lives — but in Congress, medicine and science have been pushed to the side in favor of partisan political games. Politicians like Dana Rohrabacher have used the broken system for their own gain for far too long. We’re not his priority and we need someone new.

 

I believe our elected leaders should rely on facts to guide policy. I’m not daunted by large obstacles. I’ve launched and managed companies, developed treatments for previously un-treatable diseases and been held accountable for my actions. We need more of that to change Washington and I intend to use Congress as a platform to improve even more lives.”

 

House Rep Dana Rohrbacher is viewed as vulnerable for his pro-Russia stance, and because his district is showing signs of turning Democrat blue. In the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton won the district by less than two points, becoming the first Democratic presidential candidate to win Orange County in 80 years. Rohrbacher also supports the AHCA and questions whether human activity is causing climate change. This is galling on its face, but it’s made worse by the fact that he sits on the House Committee on Science and Technology.

 

 

Visit Keirstead’s campaign website:

http://hansforca.com/home/

 

 

Read his website biography:

http://hansforca.com/about-dr-keirstead/

 

 

Consider Keirstead for your Core Four for 2018:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/12/24/choose-your-core-four-for-2018/

 

 

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 his full Why I’m Running statement:

http://hansforca.com/why-im-running/

 

 

Read more about Keirstead and his campaign for the House of Representatives:

http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/337945-stem-cell-scientist-joins-crowded-field-to-unseat-vulnerable-california

http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-house-challenger-20170615-story.html

http://www.ocregister.com/2017/06/15/stem-cell-pioneer-to-challenge-rep-dana-rohrabacher/

http://www.orangecoast.com/features/stem-cell-rock-star/

 

 

Follow Dr. Keirstead on Twitter:

@drhanskeirstead

 

 

Donate to his campaign:

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/keirstead_video

 

 

Don’t believe Dana Rohrbacher is on the House Committee on Science and Technology? Here’s the proof:

https://rohrabacher.house.gov/legislation/committees-and-caucuses

 

 

Here’s a Politico story about Rohrbacher’s interest in Russia, titled Putin’s Favorite Congressman:

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/11/putin-congress-rohrabacher-trump-231775

 

 

And here’s a New York Times story about how the FBI warned Rohrbacher in 2012 that Russian spies were trying to recruit him:

 

Special thanks to 314 Action, where we first learned about Keirstead’s campaign. 314 Action is a nonprofit devoted to electing more people with STEM backgrounds to high office.

Follow it on Twitter: @314Action

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Support Democrat Marge Doyle, Who Is Running for a House Seat in California’s 8th District (Update June 23, 2018)

Update, June 23, 2018: Doyle came third in the top-two primary held on June 5, 2018. We thank Doyle for running and we hope she’ll run for office again in the future.

 

Support Democrat and registered nurse (RN) Marge Doyle, who is running for a House of Representatives seat in California’s 8th District in 2018. Put Marge in charge!

 

Normally around this point in the post we’d give the candidate’s biography, but instead, we’re going to quote a section from a Q&A interview Doyle did with Tech Solidarity, because it’s damn near impossible to compete with the radiant authenticity of her own words:

 

“Q: What was the moment that made you decide that something had to change, and that you needed to run for Congress?

Doyle: After the November election, I realized that health care would be under threat. As a nurse since I was 22 years old, and working within health care and health care leadership, I thought there was an opportunity for me to work with my representative [incumbent Republican House Representative Paul Cook], and maybe make a change to help the ACA work better. So I prepared a plan that spoke to that, and made an appointment with our representative, and gave him that plan.

It wasn’t just a plan to fix the parts that are problematic, but it was also a plan of how to pay for that. It wasn’t willy-nilly, pie in the sky; I have almost 40 years of healthcare management experience. I kind of know this stuff.

Q: So you wrote ‘Margecare’!

Exactly! I wrote ways to fix our current system, because it needs to be fixed. And I gave it to him. I met with him, I showed him what I suggested, he nodded and sent me on my way. I was a little disappointed that I didn’t get any buy-in, but the night before the bill was supposed to go to Congress, his staff called me and asked me to analyze the bill. I thought, ‘Wow, maybe that really did do some good.’

So I analyzed the bill point by point by point. This was prior to the CBO analysis, and the conclusion was that it didn’t cover more people, and didn’t save any money. And therefore I recommended that he vote ‘no’.

He voted ‘yes’.

I saw him in the area a few weeks later, and I said, ‘you know, I’m still mad at you about your vote.’ And he said ‘it doesn’t matter. The Senate will fix it.’

It was at that point that I realized, if he doesn’t think that his vote matters, he must be replaced. Because his vote would have taken away health care for a hundred thousand people in this district. And that matters. That matters a lot.

I was supporting my friend and her candidacy to replace him, because I knew she supported the kinds of things I was talking about, and she dropped out for family reasons. I couldn’t just let him have this district. I couldn’t let him not care about the hundred thousand people whose lives would be at risk. I couldn’t let him, who flip-flopped on Cadiz, take Cadiz and ruin our desert [scroll down for a link that explains this reference]. I just couldn’t do it.

So that’s why I’m running.”

 

Doyle faces an uphill battle for California’s 8th District. Cook, the three-term Republican incumbent, won in 2016 with two-thirds of the vote.

 

Also, California relies on a Top-two primary system, in which the top two vote-getters advance to the general election. Cook will almost certainly win one of those slots. Doyle must defeat Democrat Ronald O’Donnell and Republican Tim Donnelly for the other. The primary will take place on June 5, 2018.

 

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!

 

See Doyle’s campaign website:

https://margedoyleforcongress.com

 

 

See her Meet Marge page:

https://margedoyleforcongress.com/#meet-marge

 

 

See her Issues page:

https://margedoyleforcongress.com/platform/

 

 

Choose Doyle for your Core Four:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/12/24/choose-your-core-four-for-2018/

 

 

Donate to Doyle’s campaign:

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/marge-doyle-for-congress-1

 

 

Like her on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/Marge4Congress/

 

 

Follow her on Twitter:

@Marge4Congress

 

 

 

Read a November 2017 interview that Tech Solidarity did with Doyle, from which we quoted above:

https://techsolidarity.org/resources/marge_doyle_interview.html

 

 

See an August 2017 article that incumbent Republican California House Rep Paul Cook wrote about the Cadiz water project, which Doyle references in the quote:

https://www.dailynews.com/2017/08/29/californians-should-support-the-cadiz-water-project-tony-cardenas-and-paul-cook/

Elections

Re-Elect Dr. Ami Bera to a House of Representatives Seat in California’s 7th District (Update June 9, 2018)

Update, June 9, 2018: Bera came first in the top-two primary held on June 5, earning almost 52 percent of the vote. We at OTYCD encourage you to support his re-election campaign.

 

Re-elect Dr. Ami Bera to a fourth term as the Congressional representative for California’s 7th District.

 

Bera served as the chief medical officer for Sacramento County and as a clinical professor of medicine at UC Davis before running for Congress in 2012 and defeating the Republican incumbent, Dan Lungren.

 

Bera has continued to win, but Ballotpedia regards his district as a battleground. All three times Bera has run, the numbers have been close. He got 51.7 percent of the vote to Lungren’s 48.3 percent in 2012. In 2014, Bera won with 50.4 percent of the vote to Republican Doug Ose’s 49.6 percent. And in 2016, Bera claimed victory with 51.2 percent of the vote to Republican Scott Jones’s 48.8 percent.

 

Bera opposes any attempts to weaken Medicare and Social Security. He sits on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, as well as the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

 

He voted against a bill that would criminalize abortion after 20 weeks. He also voted no on Kate’s Law, the GOP tax bill, denying federal funds to sanctuary cities, and a bill that would have undercut the Affordable Care Act.

 

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 his website:

http://www.beraforcongress.com

 

 

See his “About” page:

http://www.beraforcongress.com/about

 

 

See his “Issues” page:

http://www.beraforcongress.com/issues/overview

 

 

Consider Bera for your Core Four in 2018:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/12/24/choose-your-core-four-for-2018/

 

 

Donate to Bera:

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/314action_bera?refcode=314website

 

 

Like him on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/BeraForCongress

 

 

Follow him on Twitter:

@BeraforCongress

 

 

Bera is supported by 314 Action. See his 314 Action page:

http://www.314action.org/ami-bera

 

 

See his Ballotpedia page:

https://ballotpedia.org/Ami_Bera

 

 

See the Ballotpedia page on California’s 7th District:

https://ballotpedia.org/California%27s_7th_Congressional_District