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Support Democrat Joseph Kopser, Who Hopes to Fill the Texas House Seat Being Vacated by Republican Lamar Smith (Update May 26, 2018)

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

 

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.

 

 

See Kopser’s campaign website:

https://www.kopserforcongress.com

 

 

See his Meet Joseph page:

https://www.kopserforcongress.com/meet-joseph/

 

 

See his Why I’m Running page:

https://www.kopserforcongress.com/why-im-running/

 

 

Consider Kopser for your Core Four for 2018:

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

 

 

Donate to Kopser’s campaign:

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

 

 

Like him on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/KopserforCongress/

 

 

Follow him on Twitter:

@Kopser4Congress

 

 

See his 314 Action page:

http://www.314action.org/joseph-kopser

 

 

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

 

 

 

Read a March 2017 interview with Kopser on whether he’ll run:

http://www.xconomy.com/texas/2017/03/20/why-austin-tech-entrepreneur-joseph-kopser-might-run-for-congress/

 

 

Read a March 2018 story on the Texas Democratic primary results:

https://www.texastribune.org/2018/03/06/texas-primary-election-open-congressional-seats/

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Support Adrienne Bell’s Run for the House Seat in Texas’s 14th District (Update May 26, 2018)

Update, May 2018: Adrienne Bell won the May 22 Democratic primary. Hooray! The general election takes place November 6.

 

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.

 

 

See Bell’s campaign website:

https://bell2018.com

 

 

See her “About” page:

https://bell2018.com/#why

 

 

See her “Issues” page:

https://bell2018.com/issues

 

 

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Donate to Bell:

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/adriennebell2018

 

 

Volunteer for Bell:

https://bell2018.com/#volunteer

 

 

Consider Bell for your Core Four for 2018:

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

 

 

Like her on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/adrbell/

 

 

Follow her on Twitter:

@AdrBell

 

 

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

https://www.awesomelyluvvie.com/black-women-in-politics

 

 

 

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

https://ballotpedia.org/Texas%27_14th_Congressional_District

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Support Dr. Christine Mann, Who Is Running for a Texas House Seat in 2018 (Update May 22, 2018)

This OTYCD entry originally posted in January 2018.

 

Update, May 22, 2018: Dr. Mann lost the May 22 primary runoff. We at OTYCD encourage Mann to run again in the future.

 

Update, March 11, 2018: Mann came second in the March 6, 2018 Democratic primary and will advance to the May 22 primary runoff. She drew 33.53 percent of the vote to M. J. Hegar’s 44.91 percent. We at OTYCD wish Mann luck in the May runoff.

 

Support Dr. Christine Mann, who is running for the House of Representatives seat in Texas’s District 31 in 2018.

 

Dr. Mann is a family physician in central Texas. She is a progressive Democrat who favors strengthening the ACA by expanding Medicaid, offering a public option, and working toward universal coverage. She favors universal Pre-K and tuition-free higher education programs. She is pro-LGBTQ rights, pro women’s rights, and wants to pursue programs that bridge the inequality gap and reduce poverty.

 

She had long wanted to run for office but was finally moved to act by the outcome of the November 2016 election.

 

Note: As of early July, not every subject on her Issues page worked.

 

 

See her campaign website:

https://christine4congress.com

 

 

See her ‘Biography’ and ‘About’ pages:

https://christine4congress.com/about

https://christine4congress.com/biography

 

 

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!

 

 

 

Follow her on Twitter:

@DrMann4Congress

 

 

Like her on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/Christine4Congress/

 

 

Donate to her campaign:

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/dr–christine-eady-mann-1

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Support Democrat Julie Oliver, Who Is Running for a Seat in Texas’s 25th District (Update May 26, 2018)

Update, May 26, 2018: Julie Oliver won the May 22 Democratic primary. Congratulations! The general election takes place November 6.

 

Update: Julie Oliver placed second in the March 6, 2018 Democratic primary and advances to the primary runoff, which will be held on May 22, 2018. Congratulations, Julie! Here’s hoping you win again in May and in November.

 

Support Democrat Julie Oliver, who is running for a Congressional House of Representatives seat in Texas’s 25th District.

 

Oliver is a native Texan and a healthcare finance expert who is running as a progressive Democrat. She grew up poor. As a 17-year-old pregnant runaway, she relied on Medicaid for care, and she later spent 15 years caring for her elderly mother. The GOP Congress’s attacks on CHIP, Medicare, and Medicaid spurred her to run.

 

She wants to improve our current health care system while also moving toward a Medicare-for-all solution. She would fight any attempt to weaken Roe vs Wade and would defend the access to birth control initiated under Obama. She would also oppose any efforts to privatize Social Security and Medicare.

 

One of the first things she hopes to do as a House Rep is streamline the paperwork employers must fill out to employ veterans in apprenticeship programs. She wants to raise teachers’ salaries and she opposes giving taxpayer dollars to private schools. She wants to install a new set of teeth in the Voting Rights Act and enable automatic voter registration.

 

She prefers humane comprehensive immigration reform over laws such as Texas’s SB4, which is designed to undermine sanctuary cities. She feels “we need more immigration in this country, not less.” She wants to abolish for-profit detention centers and end fear-inducing raids on courthouses and hospitals and the like. She urges Congress to pass a clean DREAM act ASAP.

 

Oliver is one of five Democrats running for the Texas House seat. The primary will take place on March 6, 2018. Republican incumbent Roger Williams is running for his fourth term and has no challengers from his party. He won the 2016 election with 58.3 percent of the vote; his Democratic rival got 37.7 percent. Ballotpedia rated the district as safely Republican in that year.

 

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See Oliver’s campaign website:

https://oliver2018.com

 

See her Issues page:

https://oliver2018.com/#issues-anchor

 

Donate to her campaign:

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/julieoliverdecember2017

 

Choose Oliver for your Core Four:

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

 

Like her on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/JulieForTexas

 

Follow her on Twitter:

@JulieForTX25

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Support Laura Moser’s Run for a Texas House Seat (Update May 26, 2018)

This OTYCD entry originally posted in January 2018.

 

Update, May 26, 2018: Lizzie Pannill Fletcher defeated Laura Moser in the May 22, 2018 primary. Please support Fletcher going forward. We at OTYCD encourage Moser to run for another office in the future.

 

Update: Laura Moser came second behind Lizzie Pannill Fletcher in the primary and advanced to the primary runoff on May 22, 2018. This despite a bizarre late attack on her by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Congratulations, Laura!

 

Support Democrat Laura Moser’s campaign for the house seat in Texas’s 7th District.

 

Moser is an author and journalist who founded Daily Action, a text-messaging service that helps citizens engage with and petition their government. Since Moser created it after the 2016 election, about 300,000 people have used Daily Action to urge the rejection of Trump candidate nominees and to defend the Affordable Care Act.

 

Rather than creating an Issues page, Moser has a “Values” page on her site with headings that include Freedom, Family, and Fairness. The “Freedom” heading covers her support for civil rights, net neutrality, criminal justice reform, fighting voter-suppression tactics, and rejecting Trump’s travel ban on Muslims. “Family” covers protecting marriage equality, paid family leave, and improving access to child care and health care. “Fairness” cites her support for equal pay, campaign finance reform, more assistance for people with disabilities, and quality public school education.

 

Moser is one of seven Democrats vying for the chance to run against the Republican incumbent, John Culberson. The primary will take place on March 6, 2018. The Cook Political Report rates the Texas 7th District race as a Toss-up, but rival publications describe it as Likely Republican or Lean Republican. Culberson has held the seat since 2000.

 

 

See Moser’s campaign website:

https://moserforcongress.com

 

 

See her Bio page:

https://moserforcongress.com/bio/

 

 

See her Values page:

https://moserforcongress.com/values/

 

 

Consider Moser for your Core Four for 2018:

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

 

 

Donate to her campaign:

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/moser_website?refcode=header-bio

 

 

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 her on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/moserforcongress/

 

 

Follow her on Twitter:

@lcmoser

 

 

Visit the Daily Action website:

https://dailyaction.org

 

 

See Ballotpedia’s page on Texas’s 7th District:

https://ballotpedia.org/Texas%27_7th_Congressional_District_election,_2018

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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:

https://www.rollcall.com/news/policy/house-passes-tax-overhaul-members-change-november-vote

 

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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.

 

 

See Miller’s campaign website:

https://www.arunamillerforcongress.com

 

 

Donate to Miller’s campaign:

https://act.myngp.com/Forms/6774900445360818944

 

 

Volunteer for her campaign:

http://aruna.mvarhost.com/page/form/volunteer

 

 

Like her on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/ArunaMillerForCongress

 

 

Follow her on Twitter:

@arunamiller

 

 

Choose Miller 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 blue button on the upper right or checking the About & Subscribe page. And tell your friends about the blog!

 

 

Miller is endorsed by 314 Action. See her page on its site:

http://www.314action.org/aruna-miller

 

 

Miller is endorsed by Emily’s List. See her page on its site:

https://www.emilyslist.org/candidates/aruna-miller

 

 

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

https://www.indiaabroad.com/politics/aruna-miller-talks-about-her-role-in-maryland-s-house/article_e7236b86-73ec-11e7-a859-67ba4bca3af9.html

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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:

https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/congress-trump-score/votes/

 

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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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Ask Your House Rep to Support H.R. 2884, the COVFEFE Act

This OTYCD entry originally posted in June 2017.

Ask your House rep to support H.R. 2884, the Communications Over Various Feeds Electronically for Engagement Act, aka the COVFEFE act. 

OK, Illinois Democrat Mike Quigley was having a bit of fun when he named his act, but it has a serious and worthy purpose. It would amend the Presidential Records Act of 1978 to specify that a president’s communications over social media count as presidential records.

Amending the law in this manner formally recognizes that Donald Trump’s tweets, be they from his POTUS account or his personal account, are considered presidential communications, and must be documented for posterity. The law could also prevent Trump and future presidents from deleting tweets and might prevent a president from blocking individuals on Twitter.

 

Read GovTrack’s backgrounder on the COVFEFE Act:

https://govtrackinsider.com/the-covfefe-act-would-permanently-archive-all-of-president-trumps-social-media-posts-c77b97d5802b

 

See the GovTrack page on the bill:

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr2884

 

Read the text of the COVFEFE Act:

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/hr2884/text