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Learn How Every Member of the House of Representatives Voted on the GOP Tax Bill

Bookmark this New York Times article, which shows how all 435 members of the House of Representatives voted in November 2017 on the GOP tax bill.


We at OTYCD included a link to this article in one of the daily updates we did on the GOP tax bill in the leadup to the vote. We wanted to break it out in a separate post, with a dedicated headline, so you can find it and reference it more easily.


The story spotlights the votes of 28 Republican house members who represent districts in states with relatively high state and local taxes (these taxes are sometimes identified with the acronym SALT). Since the article appeared on November 16, 2017, Ed Royce, a California Republican who voted yes on the bill, has decided not to run again. Another California Republican, Darrell Issa, has also declared plans to retire from his seat, but he voted against the bill.


If you’re wondering how the Senate voted and why it didn’t get its own article–that body voted in favor on party lines, 51-48. If your senators are Republicans, they voted yes. If yours are Democratic or Independents, they voted no.


Only one Republican House Rep changed his position between the November vote and the final approval in December 2017–Republican Tom McClintock, representative of California’s 4th District, went from a No in November to a Yes in December. GOP leadership evidently pressured New Jersey Republican Rodney Frelinghuysen to flip to a yes, but he resisted.


See the New York Times piece detailing how every House member voted on the GOP tax bill:


Read also about how California House Rep Tom McClintock was the only Republican to change his vote on the GOP tax bill, switching from no to yes. It also mentions the pressure that New Jersey Republican House Rep Rodney Frelinghuysen faced, but resisted:



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GOOD UPDATE! Support Conor Lamb’s Run for a Pennsylvania House Seat in a March 2018 Special Election

This OTYCD entry originally posted in January 2018.


Update March 24, 2018: This was a nail-biter. Lamb had a slight but clear lead of 627 votes by the end of the night on March 13, 2018–a margin that was smaller than half a percentage point, and smaller than the number of votes cast for the Libertarian candidate. A recount begun on Friday, March 16 increased Lamb’s lead slightly, nudging it past 800 votes.


Republican opponent Rick Saccone called Lamb to concede the election on March 21. Lamb will lead Pennsylvania’s 18th District until November, when new electoral maps, designed to combat the effects of pro-Republican gerrymandering, go into effect. Lamb will run in the 17th District, and Saccone will run in the 14th District.


Read a Washington Post story about the conclusion of the Pennsylvania special election:



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Support Democrat Conor Lamb’s run for the open house seat in Pennsylvania’s 18th district. The special election takes place on March 13, 2018.


Lamb, 33, is a former federal prosecutor who did notable work tackling the opioid crisis in and around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is also a veteran of the Marine corps, where he rose to the rank of captain. He comes from a political family; his grandfather and his uncle prominently served in high-profile state posts.


Lamb is facing Republican state rep Rick Saccone, who likes to say that he “was Trump before Trump was Trump.” Lamb has never held elected office, and PA-18 has a strong Republican reputation. Given the overperformances by Democrats in special elections and state and local elections since Trump was elected, the Democrats believe that Lamb has a decent shot at the House seat.


Republican Tim Murphy vacated the seat in October 2017 after news broke that the pro-life Congressman had evidently urged a pregnant mistress to abort. He had held the Congressional seat since 2003.



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Read about the Democrats choosing Lamb for the special election (there were no primaries in this case):





Read a Politico story about how the Lamb-Saccone contest could be a bellwether for the 2018 midterms:




Read about the circumstances of Murphy’s retirement from Congress:


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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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Read a July 2017 India Abroad interview with Miller about her time in Maryland’s state legislature:


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Bookmark This Tool: Tracking Congress in the Age of Trump

This OTYCD entry originally posted in June 2017.


Bookmark Tracking Congress in the Age of Trump, a tool created by fivethirtyeight.com that shows you how often your senators and house reps vote with the president.


You will want to refer to this tool periodically, and more and more as we approach the 2018 elections.


The most useful aspects, in our estimation, are the Trump Score columns on the Senate and the House pages. The Trump Score shows you how often, percentage-wise, your senators and your house rep casts a vote that matches Trump’s position.


See and bookmark Tracking Congress in the Age of Trump:



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Follow Other Democratic Members of Congress on Social Media

This OTYCD entry originally posted in January 2017.

Are you a fan of California Senator Kamala Harris? How about New Jersey Senator Cory Booker? Or Minnesota House rep Keith Ellison?

Trolls target the social media postings of these and other popular Democratic members of Congress online, making nasty comments on their Facebook pages and their tweets.

You already know that you should not call members of Congress who do not represent you. They do not listen to citizens who live outside their legislative area. But you can support Democratic members of Congress you like, but who don’t represent you, by following them on social media.¬†

Liking and sharing their posts helps get their message out. While you should still pay the most attention to your own reps’ social media accounts, following other Democrats online lets you know what those like-minded folks are saying and doing.

Learning what they are doing readies you to call your own reps and ask them to support what those out-of-state Democrats are doing. You can indirectly help Democrats you like by asking your own Congressional delegation to join forces with them on specific bills and actions that matter to you.

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Support Adrienne Bell’s Run for the House Seat in Texas’s 14th District

Support Democrat Adrienne Bell, who is running for the House of Representatives seat in Texas’s 14th District in 2018, which was Ron Paul’s seat¬†until he retired in 2012.


Bell is a native Houstonian and a teacher in the largest school district in Texas. She was a deputy field director on Wendy Davis’s gubernatorial campaign, and was on the Houston staff for Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign.


Boom, right there, on her campaign home page, she touts her support for Medicare for All and says “Health care is a right, not a privilege.” She wants to ban Super PACs and frustrate the efforts of big-money donors to warp and twist our electoral system. She wants to end the private prison system, the cash bail system, and generally curtail practices in the criminal justice system that hurt the poor. She believes that a college education is a right and not a privilege as well, and would work to that end. She supports unions and supports raising the minimum wage (but does not cite a dollar figure).


She’s facing an uphill battle. The incumbent is Republican Randy Weber, who won his second term in 2016 with more than 61 percent of the vote. He succeeded Libertarian Ron Paul, who retired in 2012.


Bell defeated Levy Barnes, Jr. in the March 6, 2018 Democratic primary by a four-to-one margin. He was the only other candidate in the primary, so no runoff is required.


Weber voted for Kate’s law, the GOP tax bill, a law that makes it a crime to abort a fetus that’s older than 20 weeks (with the standard exceptions), and he voted for a bill that would deny federal funds for sanctuary cities.


The Cook Political Report classifies Texas’s 14th District as being Solid Republican, but Ballotpedia notes that the district contains one or more “Pivot Counties”–areas that went for Barack Obama twice and went for Donald Trump in 2016.



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Bell is on Luvvie’s list of black women running for office in 2018:





See Ballotpedia’s page on Texas’s 14th District, which includes discussion of Pivot Counties: