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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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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/

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Support Andrew Janz, Who’s Running for Devin Nunes’s California House Seat (Update June 9, 2018)

Update, June 9, 2018: Janz came in second in the top-two primary held on June 5, and will face Devin Nunes in the fall. Please support Janz’s campaign so Democrats can win this seat and stop Nunes’s Trump-lackey shenanigans!

 

Support Andrew Janz, who is running for Devin Nunes’s House seat in California’s  22nd Congressional District.

 

Lots of Republican house members need to go, but few need to go more than Devin Nunes. He’s shown that he places his loyalty to Donald Trump over his loyalty to his constituents with the weird-ass shenanigans he got up to in late March 2017, when he led the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He ultimately recused himself from the Trump-Russia investigation. (Scroll down for links that recount the incidents.)

 

Democrat Andrew Janz has emerged to challenge Nunes for his House seat in 2018. Janz is a Fresno County prosecutor who supports keeping and fixing the Affordable Care Act and protecting and expanding Medicaid. He supports reproductive rights and has pledged to fight attempts to criminalize abortion. He wants to reduce taxes on small businesses and the middle class. He wants to combat the ill effects of the SCOTUS ruling on Citizens United by requiring outside groups to declare their political spending.

 

 

Visit Janz’s website:

http://andrewjanzforcongress.org

 

 

Consider him 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!

 

 

Donate to Janz:

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/andrew-janz

 

 

 

Like Janz on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/andrewjanzforcongress/

 

 

Follow Janz on Twitter:

@JanzforCongress

 

 

Read Wired‘s timeline of Nunes’ surveillance claims and White House ties (It dates to April 2017):

https://www.wired.com/2017/04/devin-nunes-white-house-trump-surveillance/

 

 

And here’s a piece from The Atlantic on what Nunes got up to:

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/04/the-swift-fall-of-devin-nunes/522144/

 

 

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Support Democrat Mai Khanh Tran’s Bid to Unseat California House Rep Ed Royce (Update June 9, 2018)

This OTYCD entry originally posted in September 2017.

 

Update, June 9, 2018: Tran came eighth in the top-two primary held in California’s 39th District on June 5. Democrat Gil Cisneros came in second, with just over 19 percent of votes cast. He will face Republican Young Kim in the fall, as Ed Royce has since decided to retire from Congress. We thank Tran for running and we hope she’ll run for public office again in the future.

 

Support Democrat Mai Khanh Tran in her effort to push longtime Republican incumbent Ed Royce out of his Congressional House seat in California in 2018.

 

Tran is a pediatrician who was among the last of the children airlifted from Vietnam. She worked her way through her Harvard undergraduate degree as a janitor. (Pell grants helped, too.) She went on to Dartmouth-Brown Medical School.

 

She was moved to run after the election when she ministered to a girl suffering from a brain tumor who would lose her insurance coverage if the Affordable Care Act was repealed, as Republicans were threatening to do. She herself is a two-time breast cancer survivor and became a mother at age 46 following eight rounds of IVF treatment.

 

Tran is going up against Republican Ed Royce, a 12-term House rep in California’s 39th District. The area and Orange County in general used to be a Republican stronghold, but it’s been gradually shifting blue. Tran hopes to take advantage of those facts, but she knows she faces a real fight.

 

 

See Tran’s campaign website, and scroll down for her bio and key issues:

https://doctran2018.com

 

 

Consider her 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!

 

 

Donate to Tran:

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

 

 

Like her on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/DocTran2018/

 

 

Follow her on Twitter:

@DocTran2018

 

 

See her 314 Action page:

http://www.314action.org/mai-khanh-tran

 

 

See 314 Action’s Endorsed Candidates page:

http://www.314action.org/endorsed-candidates/

 

 

Donate to 314 Action:

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/314act?refcode=website&amounts=15,25,50,100,250,500,1000&amount=25&recurring=true

 

 

See her Emily’s List page:

http://www.emilyslist.org/candidates/mai-khanh-tran

 

 

See all of the Emily’s List candidates:

https://www.emilyslist.org/donate

 

 

Donate to Emily’s List:

https://secure.emilyslist.org/page/contribute/donate-to-emily

 

 

Read more stories about Tran and her candidacy:

http://www.elle.com/culture/career-politics/news/a46875/mai-khanh-california-congress-pediatrician/

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/05/congress-the-doctors-will-see-you-now/527244/

 

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Support Democrat Dan Canon, Who Is Running for a House Seat In Indiana’s 9th District (May 26, 2018 Update)

Update, May 26, 2018: Canon was defeated in the May 8 Democratic primary. We at OTYCD encourage him to run again for public office in the future.

 

Support Democrat Dan Canon, who is running for a House of Representatives seat in Indiana’s 9th District.

 

Canon is a civil rights lawyer and the son of a working-class single mother. He didn’t take a straightforward educational path; he dropped out of high school at 17 and earned a GED before putting himself through college. He represented a gay Kentucky couple who fought their state’s ban on gay marriage in a suit that was ultimately folded into the Obergefell vs Hodges case, which made same-sex marriage legal across America.

 

Canon supports H.R. 676, the Medicare for All act, and he believes that health care is a right. He wants to combat the opioid crisis in part by expanding access to non-opioid alternatives, such as medical marijuana, and by increasing the availability of naloxone, a drug that can stop or reverse an overdose.

 

He supports a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United and supports H.B. 2840, the Automatic Voter Registration Act. He wants to increase the national minimum wage to $15 per hour, and would vote for H.R. 15, an act that would schedule a series of federal minimum wage increases and phase out minimum wage requirements for tipped and disabled employees as well as new hires.

 

He supports laws that support unions and protect the right of workers to organize. He favors strengthening the Clean Air and Clean Water acts, and wants to end subsidies for fossil fuel industries. He wants a clean DREAM act. He wants to end the death penalty and remove federal laws that criminalize marijuana.

 

He supports repealing the Hyde Amendment, which prevents the federal government from paying for abortions in most situations. He wants to repeal the Dickey amendment, which stops the Centers for Disease Control from studying the causes of gun violence in America.

 

We could go on and on and on some more, but suffice it to say–the Policies section of Canon’s campaign site is clear, detailed, and well thought-out.

 

He gets bonus points from us for citing actual House bills, by number, which he would vote for if he’s elected to the House of Representatives, in explaining what he stands for, and why.

 

Canon aims to unseat Republican Trey Hollingsworth, a freshman House Representative who won in 2016 with 54.1 percent of the vote to the Democrat’s 40.5 percent. Four other Democrats are running in the primary, which takes place on May 8, 2018. The Cook Political Report rates the race as Solid Republican.

 

 

See Dan Canon’s campaign website:

https://canonforindiana.com

 

 

See the Policies section of his website (scroll down):

https://canonforindiana.com/priorities

 

 

Choose Canon 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 Canon’s campaign:

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

 

 

Like his Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/CanonForIndiana/

 

 

Follow him on Twitter:

@CanonforIndiana

 

 

See the Ballotpedia page on Indiana’s 9th District:

https://ballotpedia.org/Indiana%27s_9th_Congressional_District_election,_2018

 

 

See a July 2017 article that explains Canon’s connection to Obergefell vs Hodges:

http://www.metroweekly.com/2017/07/attorney-represented-kentucky-gay-marriage-plaintiffs-run-congress/

Candidates · Choose Your Core Four

Support Dr. Hiral Tipirneni In an April 24 Special Election for a House of Representatives Seat In Arizona’s 8th Congressional District (Update May 26, 2018)

Update, May 26, 2018: The bad news is that Tipirneni lost to Republican Debbie Lesko in the April special election. The good news is that she only lost by five points in a district that’s redder than red, and she has agreed to run against Lesko in November. Go Hiral!

 

Support Dr. Hiral Tipirneni in an April 24, 2018 special election for an open House of Representatives seat in Arizona’s 8th Congressional District.

 

Tipirneni is an emergency room physician, a cancer research advocate, and a first-time politician. She will face Republican Debbie Lasko for the seat vacated by Republican Trent Franks after he was involved in a bizarre scandal involving him having asked female employees if they would serve as a surrogate mother for his child (scroll down for links).

 

Tipirneni supports Medicare for all as well as Social Security and Medicaid. She wants to strengthen public schools and make college more affordable. She supports common-sense gun laws and would treat gun violence as a public health issue. She defends reproductive rights. She favors greater government transparency in general and would target wasteful acts such as spending taxpayer dollars on pricey air transport when commercial flights would meet the need.

 

Tipirnini ran against Brianna Westbrook in the primary and defeated her. Westbrook has since pledged to help Tipirneni in the special election and will focus her own efforts on winning a state senate seat in the fall (scroll down to find a link to an updated OTYCD post on Westbrook).

 

Tipirneni faces a daunting challenge, but not an impossible one. The Cook Political Report rates Franks’s old seat as Safe Republican. Lasko has state legislature experience, serving as president pro tempore of the Arizona senate before resigning to run in this House of Representatives contest.

 

 

See Tipirneni’s campaign website:

http://hiralforcongress.com/home-3/

 

 

See her “Issues” page:

http://hiralforcongress.com/#issues

 

 

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!

 

 

Choose Tipirneni for your Core Four:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/12/22/choose-your-fabulous-four-for-2018/

 

 

Donate to Tipirneni’s campaign:

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/ms_hiral_fr_homepage?refcode=MS_HP_FR_2018.01.04_X_homepage_X__X__X&amount=25&amounts=5,50,100,500,1000,2700,5400

 

 

Like her on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/hiralforcongress/

 

 

Follow her on Twitter:

@hiral4congress

 

 

Read an OTYCD post on Brianna Westbrook, Tipirneni’s opponent in the primary, who is now helping Tiperneni’s campaign:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2018/03/10/support-brianna-westbrook-who-is-running-for-trent-franks-old-house-seat-in-arizona/

 

 

Read an AZcentral.com endorsement of Tipirneni from February 5, 2018:

https://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/editorial/2018/02/05/tipirneni-endorsement-cd-8-democratic-primary/1088697001/

 

 

Read about the scandal that prompted Trent Franks to resign in 2017:

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/08/trent-franks-sex-surrogacy-impregnate-287808

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/rep-trent-franks-of-arizona-is-expected-to-resign/2017/12/07/479d156a-db9f-11e7-b859-fb0995360725_story.html?utm_term=.ff4c9fb29e92

Candidates · Choose Your Core Four · Elections

Support Jana Lynne Sanchez, Who Is Running for a Texas House Seat in 2018 (Update May 26, 2018)

This OTYCD entry originally posted in July 2017.

 

Update, May 26, 2018: Sanchez won the May 22 primary. Hooray! The general election takes place November 6.

 

Update, March 11, 2018: Sanchez advanced to the May 22, 2018 Democratic primary runoff, pulling in 36.88 percent of the vote to Ruby Faye Woolridge’s 36.94 percent of the vote. We at OTYCD wish Sanchez luck in the May contest.

 

Support Jana Lynne Sanchez, a Democrat who is running for the House of Representatives in Texas’s 6th District in 2018.

 

A lifelong Texan, Sanchez is pro-choice, pro-LGBT rights, and pro-public schools. She supports the freedoms laid out in the Bill of Rights, the first and second amendments in particular. She supports the decriminalization of marijuana. She favors universal healthcare. As the granddaughter of an undocumented migrant worker who became a U.S. citizen the year before he died, she embraces humane immigration reform.

 

 

See Sanchez’s campaign website:

sanchezforcongress2018.com

 

 

See her “Issues” page:

Issues

 

 

Consider Sanchez 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!

 

 

See her Merch page:

We have merch!

 

 

Follow her on Twitter:

@janasanchez

 

 

Read a Bustle piece on Sanchez and other Democratic women running in Texas:

https://www.bustle.com/p/these-women-want-to-turn-the-reddest-state-blue-63249

 

 

Donate to her campaign:

Donate