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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

 

 

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 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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Hooray! We Defended Delaware’s Trifecta!

This OTYCD entry originally posted in February 2017.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Learn more about the special election:

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

 

Donate to Stephanie Hansen’s campaign:

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

 

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

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

 

Like Stephanie Hansen’s Facebook page:

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

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Help Swing Left Swing the Country Left

This OTYCD entry originally posted in January 2018.

Join forces with Swing Left, an organization that aims to flip control of the House of Representatives to the Democratic Party in 2018.

 

Swing Left was one of the many progressive civic groups that rose from the ashes of the 2016 election. Its leaders estimate that if we successfully defend the 17 vulnerable Democrat-held house seats and gain 24 more, Democrats can win control of that chamber.

 

Swing Left has identified 64 “swing districts”–those where Clinton beat Trump by 15 percent of the vote or less, or districts that have a large number of Swing Left volunteers. If Democrats win 65 percent of the swing districts, the house is theirs.

 

If you plug your geographical information into the Swing Left search engine, it will tell you where your nearest swing district is. It might be relatively far from you. It could be the next district over. Or, you could be living in it.

 

Once you know where your swing district is, you can consider how best to help turn it blue–joining forces with volunteers, phone-banking, canvassing, attending events, fundraising or donating to candidates, and more.

 

 

See the Swing Left website:

https://swingleft.org

 

 

Read its ‘About’ and ‘FAQ’ pages:

https://swingleft.org/about

https://swingleft.org/faq

 

 

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 a January 2017 New Yorker story on Swing Left’s origins:

http://www.newyorker.com/culture/jia-tolentino/swing-left-and-the-post-election-surge-of-progressive-activism

 

 

See its Volunteer Dashboard:

https://swingleft.org/volunteer-dashboard

 

 

Donate to Swing Left:

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

 

 

Follow Swing Left on Twitter:

@swingleft

 

 

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Think About Which House Reps to Support, or Oppose, in 2018

This OTYCD entry originally posted in May 2017.

Think about which incumbent members of the House of Representatives you want to support, or oppose, in 2018.

The strength, and the bane, of being a member of the House of Representatives is you have to run for re-election every two years. If you won your seat in a special election, as Greg Gianforte did in Montana, you have less time than that before you have to go a-stumping again.

Now’s the time when you should think about which members of the House of Representatives you want to throw time and money behind.

Here’s the good news: Mid-terms traditionally favor the party that’s out of power.

Here’s the better news: Democrats are PISSED by Trump and his bullshit, and the Republicans in Congress and their bullshit, and are super-motivated to chuck the latter out of office. FiveThirtyEight, in an article we’ve posted a link to below, posits that the Democrats can retake the house without making overtures to Trump voters.

Tackle this question by starting with your own House rep. Is he or she a Dem? Is he or she doing a good job? Plan on giving them your time and money.

Is your House rep a good Dem, and vulnerable to being primaried, or likely to face a Republican challenger? Plan on giving them even more time and money.

Is your House rep a Republican? If he or she is sane, and responsive to the needs of their district as a whole, consider helping.

If your House rep is an asshole Republican, plan on devoting time and money to his or her opponent.

If your House rep is a good Dem in a super-safe district or a Republican who’s unlikely to be defeated, throw some support to vulnerable Dems.

Tom O’Halleran, of Arizona’s First, might need you. He’s a rookie in a pale blue district. Same again for Stephanie Murphy of Florida’s Seventh; Jacky Rosen, of Nevada’s Third; Carol Shea-Porter, of New Hampshire’s First; and Josh Gottheimer, of New Jersey’s Fifth.Tim Walz, of Minnesota’s First, could use you, too. Elected in 2006, he’s in a tossup district that went for Trump by five points.

Alternately, you could target Republican incumbents. Steve Knight, of California’s 25th, and Darrell Issa, of California’s 49th, are vulnerable. So too is Mike Coffman of Colorado’s Sixth, Jason Lewis of Minnesota’s Second, Will Hurd of Texas’s 23rd, and Barbara Comstock of Virginia’s 10th.

Now let’s go over what form support can take. Yes, set aside some money to donate. Yes, buy and display a lawn sign or a bumper sticker. Yes, join a postcard GOTV campaign. Yes, set aside time to phone-bank. And go out on the appointed day and vote, and bring eligible friends and family with you!

For the house race that affects you directly, we at OTYCD are asking you to become fluent in the backstories and the platforms of your preferred candidate. Become an expert in House Rep Lastname or Challenger Lastname. Embrace them. Become an evangelist for them. Be ready to sell your friends and family on that person for your district.

If you can, start now. Learn what you need to know at your leisure, while we’re still in 2017. Review the material at night before you go to bed. Figure out how to express your support for House Rep/Challenger Lastname in your own words, with feeling. THAT is what convinces other people to vote–an authentic, heartfelt endorsement from someone they know and trust.

Work on it. It’ll be worth your time.

 

See the Wikipedia page on 2018 House of Representative elections:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_House_of_Representatives_elections,_2018

 

Read the FiveThirtyEight piece on how Democrats don’t need Trump voters in 2018:

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/democrats-dont-need-trumps-voters-to-retake-the-house/?src=obsidebar=sb_1

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Help Democrat Rob Quist Win Montana’s Special Election on May 25

Help Democrat Rob Quist defeat his Republican challenger to win Montana’s May 25 special election to fill its sole House of Representatives seat.

Quist is facing a tough battle but of course he has a chance. Ballotopedia rates the house seat as ‘solidly Republican’, and it was vacated by a Republican, Ryan Zinke, who left to run the Department of the Interior.

As of March 29, Quist’s Republican opponent, Greg Gianforte, reportedly raised $1.5 million for his race–twice Quist’s haul of $750,000. But there’s a third candidate, Libertarian Mark Wicks, who could draw votes away from Gianforte.

The race for the seat actually got underway in early March, once the political parties chose their nominees.

Quist is a musician and outdoorsman who has never held elected office before. He recently stepped down from the Montana Arts Council, where he had served for 11 years.

See Rob Quist’s campaign web site:

http://robquist.org/meet-rob/

Like his Facebook campaign page:

https://www.facebook.com/robquistformontana/

Follow him on Twitter:

@RobQuistforMT

Donate to Quist’s campaign (Note: If you give through this link, half your donation will go to Daily Kos unless you adjust the ratios beforehand):

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

Read Quist’s Ballotopedia entry:

https://ballotpedia.org/Rob_Quist

Read stories from Montana newspapers about Quist, his background, and how the Democratic party of Montana chose him as their candidate:

http://billingsgazette.com/news/government-and-politics/mt-democrats-pick-musician-rob-quist-to-run-for-us/article_ae4853b1-3b4b-565c-8769-6ddea049a7b8.html

http://billingsgazette.com/news/government-and-politics/mt-democrats-pick-musician-rob-quist-to-run-for-us/article_ae4853b1-3b4b-565c-8769-6ddea049a7b8.html

Read about the fundraising efforts of Quist and his Republican opponent, and the early intensity of spending on the race:

http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/ap_news/montana/special-election-spending-tops-in-just-weeks/article_7744d33c-3a37-57ec-b677-531c2dbbfe3a.html

http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/ap_news/montana/gianforte-raises-million-quist-k-for-us-congress/article_b4b3bab3-8707-5ba2-81a5-5814ee59990c.html

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Help Democrat Alexis Frank Win Mick Mulvaney’s Old House Seat in South Carolina on June 20

Help Democrat Alexis Frank win Mick Mulvaney’s old house seat in South Carolina. The primary is on May 2 and the special election is June 20.

Frank is a 26-year-old Army veteran, a mother of two, and a progressive Democrat. Her race has gotten less attention because it involves a standard primary (rather than the jungle primary situation in Georgia’s 6th district) and advances to a special election on June 20–coincidentally the same date as the runoff for GA06.

Ballotpedia rates South Carolina’s 5th District as “safely Republican.” Mulvaney left to head the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. Frank is one of three Democrats in the race, in addition to seven Republicans and five candidates from other parties.

If we hear word that she is open to a postcard campaign, we will write a post on that. As of now, she needs us to spread the word about her, and she needs donations of money and phone-banking.

 

See Frank’s campaign web site here:

http://www.frank4congress.com

 

Like her Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/frank4congress/

 

Follow her on Twitter:

@Frank4Congress

 

Phone-bank for Frank:

http://www.frank4congress.com/phonebank

 

Donate to Frank’s campaign:

https://www.crowdpac.com/campaigns/192895/alexis-frank-protect-what-you-love

 

Read an interview with Frank on Medium.

 

See the Ballotpedia entry on Frank:

https://ballotpedia.org/Alexis_Frank

View at Medium.com

 

 

 

 

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Help Elect Democrat James Thompson to Fill Mike Pompeo’s Old House Seat in Kansas on April 11

Do you live in Kansas’s 4th Congressional District? Do you know anyone who does? Vote for Democrat James Thompson to take Mike Pompeo’s old House of Representatives seat in a special election on April 11.

Thompson, a civil rights lawyer and an army veteran, is facing off against Republican Ron Estes and Libertarian Chris Rockhold in the special election, which takes place on April 11. Ballotopedia rates the House Rep seat as “safely Republican,” but that’s no reason not to support Thompson’s campaign.

 

See Thompson’s campaign web site here:

http://www.votejamesthompson.com

 

Like his campaign on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/votejamesthompson/

 

Follow him on Twitter:

@JamesThompsonKS

 

Donate to his campaign:

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/james-thompson-for-congress

 

Phone-bank for his campaign:

http://www.votejamesthompson.com/phonebank

 

Read his Ballotopedia entry:

https://ballotpedia.org/James_Thompson_(Kansas)

 

Read local newspaper articles that discuss how he was chosen to represent the Democratic party in the special election:

James Thompson wins Democratic nomination to fill Mike Pompeo’s seat in 4th District

http://www.kansas.com/news/politics-government/article132183819.html

http://cjonline.com/news/local/state-government/2017-02-28/democratic-candidate-james-thompson-says-kansas-special#