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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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Remember Those Who Have Died as a Result of the Hateful Atmosphere Created by Trump

This OTYCD entry originally posted in August 2017.

Remember those who have died as a result of the hateful atmosphere created by Donald Trump.


Trump’s 2016 campaign for president was hateful from the get-go, painting Mexicans as rapists. It only went downhill from there. Hate crimes began to rise as his campaign went on, and they increased after his election.


By February 2017, his bullshit had led to the deaths of actual people. Trump himself was indirectly responsible, but his nasty rhetoric and his encouragement of hate-minded cretins was not.


This page is devoted to those who lost their lives as a result of the hate fomented by Trump and his ilk. If any of their families establish foundations or other charities in the names of the victims, we will update this page accordingly.


The incidents in which these people died also injured others. We are not naming those people here, but we may devote separate updates to the injured in the future.


We are not going to name the criminals who were arrested for killing these people, because we don’t want to increase their notoriety.


We wrote the original version of the post on August 20, 2017. Our greatest hope is that we will not have to update it with additional names.


Srinivas Kuchibhotla. He was a married engineer who hailed from India and was employed by Garmin. He and some friends were enjoying themselves at the Austins Bar and Grill in Olanthe, Kansas when they were accosted by a man who mistook them for Iranians and yelled “get out of my country” and other insults. The man left the premises but returned with a gun and opened fire. Kuchibhotla evidently died at the scene. He was 32.


A GoFundMe established for Kuchibhotla’s funeral expenses closed after raising more than $682,000. He was given a traditional Hindi funeral in Hyderabad, India.


Read more about the incident and about Kuchibolta:







Rick “Ricky” John Best. He was an army veteran with 23 years’ service to his credit, an employee of the city of Portland, and a father of four who stood up to a white supremacist who was ranting and threatening passengers on a MAX train in Portland, Oregon. Best was stabbed to death by the ranting man on May 26, 2017 and died at the scene. He was 53.


Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche. He was a 2016 graduate of Reed College, with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He worked for a local consulting firm. Like Best, he was stabbed by the assailant in the May 26, 2017 attack on the MAX train. He died at the hospital. He was 23.



Read about Best and Namkai-Meche in articles written after the deadly attack:








Heather Heyer. She was a paralegal at a Charlottesville, Virginia law firm. She was passionate about fighting discrimination. She loved the color purple, and named her dog Violet. The last thing Heyer posted to social media was “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.” She was among the protestors celebrating the cancellation of the neo-Nazi rally that had been scheduled for August 12, 2017 when a white supremacist drove his car into the crowd. Heyer evidently died at the scene. She was 32.

Heyer’s mother, Susan Bro, has created a foundation in Heyer’s name. See its web site:


Read about Heather Heyer:





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Save This Tool That Shows How Your Senators Voted on Trump’s Cabinet Appointments

This OTYCD entry originally posted in March 2017.

Save this web site that shows you how all 100 senators voted on Trump’s cabinet picks.

The web site below records how every senator voted on Trump’s cabinet choices:


You can sort the data to show just Republicans, just Democrats, just Independents, or everybody. The link above is set to everybody.

OTYCD will also repost this entry as we approach the 2018 midterms, but do bookmark it.

Thanks to @theonetruebix on Twitter for the tip and the link.




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Keep a Journal

This OTYCD entry originally posted in July 2017.


Keep a journal, for the sake of your future self.


When the Trump administration is over–and really, it will end–you’ll be surprised how quickly you’ll forget what life was like. You’ll question whether things were that tense, or that intense. You will struggle to remember what it was like to have three to five bombshell news stories to break in one day and have that be normal. You will forget what it’s like to feel like you’re living in a Dom Delillo novel. (We had been living in a bad John LeCarré novel until a young woman named Reality Leigh Winner was arrested for leaking documents. That’s when we shifted to living in a Dom Delillo novel.)


Anyway. You’ll forget what life was like because, to some extent, you will want to, and you will need to. Living under Trump is goddamn exhausting. When it ends, you’ll need to reassign a whole mess of neurons just to give them a much-deserved rest (if you don’t, they might short out on you, so yes, please, do rest your battered brain when the time comes).


But once you’ve had a chance to heal, you’ll need to periodically remind yourself what living under Trump was like. That’s where your journal comes in. If you’re not already keeping one, please start. It can be on paper, or online. It can be public or private. But commit to writing a dated entry at least once a week.


And when you do, try to note just how weird and screwed up these times are. Be honest about what you’re seeing and feeling, and why. Name your emotions, and describe them in detail. Write exactly as much as you need to write and no more, whether it’s two sentences or two chapters’ worth of observations. Refine it if you must, but it’s best if you just disgorge your thoughts and let them stand, and keep doing it, consistently.


Writing this journal will help your future self remember what this time was like, and it will revive your passion to resist when we no longer feel the need to capitalize the first letter of that word.


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