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Combat Trump’s 2018 Midterms Strategy By Defending Vulnerable Democratic Senate Incumbents

Fight back against Trump’s 2018 midterms strategy by defending vulnerable Democratic Senate incumbents.

 

On May 30, 2018, Buzzfeed published a piece on how Trump might approach the 2018 midterm elections.

 

It looks like he’s shying away from House of Representatives races and targeting sitting, vulnerable Democratic senators who are up for re-election in Trump-friendly states. From the article:

 

‘A source close to Trump involved in midterm planning said it’s clear Republicans are running very different campaigns in close House races versus Senate races, and Trump will be used accordingly. “It’s a base election in the Senate and a swing in the House,” the source said.’

 

Also from the article:

‘Earlier this month, Trump followed a similar outline of what is shaping up to be his 2018 stump speech during his rally in Indiana, where he called Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly “sleeping Joe” and a “swamp person.” “You have to work every day between now and November to elect more Republicans so that we can continue to make America great again,” he told his supporters there, while praising Donnelly’s challenger, Mike Braun, as a “winner.”

And at an anti-abortion event last week, Trump spelled out the need for more Republicans in Congress in a way that would connect with the crowd. “So the story is, ’18 midterms — we need Republicans, and that will happen,” he said, going on to talk about failed GOP attempts to pass a 20-week abortion ban and the Democratic senators who have voted against it. “The United States is one of only seven countries in the world to allow elective abortions after 20 weeks, when unborn babies can truly feel the pain. Yet Democratic senators like Jon Tester, Heidi Heitkamp, Claire McCaskill, Debbie Stabenow all voted against the 20-week bill and in favor of late-term abortion.’

 

 

See the full Buzzfeed piece here:

https://www.buzzfeed.com/tariniparti/trump-campaign-senate-plan?utm_term=.ou9g4DQd8G#.rhXl9By1PZ

 

 

You can push back against Trump by supporting vulnerable Democratic senators who are seeking re-election.

 

The best resource for this, by far, is The Road to 2018, an organization that our friend Celeste Pewter is heavily involved in.

 

The Road to 2018 was created to help precisely those senators who Trump and the GOP is targeting.

 

 

See its website here:

https://www.roadto2018.com

 

If you’ve been following Celeste on Twitter–and you are, aren’t you? She’s at @Celeste_Pewter–you’ve seen her tweets about The Road to 2018 and about Democratic senators you can support.

 

To be dead clear here–flipping the Senate blue in 2018 will be tough, tougher than flipping the House. Much of this is down to math. About a dozen Democratic incumbents are vulnerable, as opposed to eight Republican incumbents.

 

In order to flip the Senate, the Democrats need to hold all their seats and gain two. (The two Independents in the Senate, Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Angus King of Maine, tend to caucus with the Democrats. King is up for re-election in 2018.)

 

Flipping the Senate will not insure that Trump can be successfully impeached. A minimum of 67 senators would have to vote in favor, and given the prevailing tribalism, we couldn’t count on Republican senators to do the right thing.

 

This is not about impeachment. This is about hampering Trump’s ability to push his noxious agenda.

 

If the Senate goes Democratic, Trump would find it a lot harder to push through lousy and unqualified nominees across the board, judicial and otherwise.

 

He’d also have to change his strategy if he wants to get any legislation passed.

 

Fighting for these senators is worth doing.

 

So! Question. Are you using the Core Four strategy yet? If not, learn about it here:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2018/04/08/choose-your-core-four-for-2018/

 

Then consult the Road to 2018 and figure out which Democratic senators you can support with time, money, and effort.

 

Those vulnerable senators are:

 

Bill Nelson of Florida

Joe Donnelly of Indiana

Debbie Stabenow of Michigan

Claire McCaskill of Missouri

Angus King, Independent of Maine

Jon Tester of Montana

Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota

Sherrod Brown of Ohio

Bob Casey of Pennsylvania

Tim Kaine of Virginia

Joe Manchin of West Virginia

Tammy Baldwin of Wyoming

 

 

If one of these senators is from your state, go all-in for that person.

 

If not, and certainly if you’re from one of the states that doesn’t have any senators up for re-election this year, pick at least one of these senators to support.

 

 

See the website for The Road to 2018:

http://www.roadto2018.com

 

 

See its Senators page:

http://www.roadto2018.com/senators.html

 

 

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See the Road to 2018 team:

http://www.roadto2018.com/about-us.html

 

 

Volunteer for The Road to 2018:

http://www.roadto2018.com/contact.html

 

 

Keep that list of Democratic Senators in mind when choosing your Core Four for 2018:

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

 

 

Like it on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/TheRoadto2018/

 

 

Follow it on Twitter:

@Roadto18

 

 

Follow Celeste Pewter on Twitter, who is involved with The Road to 2018 and is seemingly on top of EVERYTHING political that the Resistance cares about, as it happens:

@Celeste_Pewter

 

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Support Beto O’Rourke, Who Is Challenging Ted Cruz for His Texas Senate Seat in 2018

Support Beto O’Rourke, a Democrat who will challenge Republican Ted Cruz for his Texas senate seat in 2018.

 

Texas Democrats have long pined to turn the state blue. There’s no question that Republican Senator Ted Cruz is vulnerable. His poll numbers are low and his fellow senators don’t like him. In his recent book, Giant of the Senate, Al Franken likens Cruz to the ‘Dwight Schrute of the Senate.’ For those who didn’t watch the American version of The Office, that means Cruz is goddamn insufferable as a co-worker.

 

O’Rourke won his March 2018 primary with no trouble, but he’ll have a tougher road from here on in. Cruz won his Senate seat in 2012 with more than 56 percent of the vote (the Democratic candidate got a bit more than 40 percent). He’s hated, but he has incumbency in his favor. And Texas is still more red than purple. But every legislative seat deserves a Democratic challenger, and O’Rourke has accepted.

 

O’Rourke is a fourth-generation Texan who speaks fluent Spanish. He believes that health care is a right, not a privilege. He supports public schools and caring for veterans. He wants to end big-money donations and gerrymandering. He prefers term limits. He wants to give immigrants a clear path to earning American citizenship.

 

 

See O’Rourke’s website:

https://www.betofortexas.com

 

 

See his About page:

https://www.betofortexas.com/about-beto

 

 

Consider O’Rourke 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 a Vanity Fair piece on O’Rourke and his quest:

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/05/beto-orourke-ted-cruz-texas-senate-2018

 

 

Read about how he has pledged not to take donations from corporations or PACs:

http://www.politifact.com/texas/statements/2017/jul/27/beto-orourke/beto-orourke-claims-near-uniqueness-not-taking-cor/

 

 

Read a New York Times op-ed that articulates the challenges O’Rourke faces:

 

Like him on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/betoorourke

 

 

Follow him on Twitter:

@BetoORourke

 

 

Donate to O’Rourke:

https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/beto-homepage?refcode=homepage

 

 

Buy his merch:

https://store.betofortexas.com

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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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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:

https://cabinetvotes.org

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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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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Choose Your Core Four for 2018

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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Follow Your Congressional Reps on Social Media

Are you active on social media, even a little bit? Are you thinking about signing on?

Please follow the pages and accounts of your Congressional representatives.

Pull up the web pages of your three Congressional reps–your two senators and your house rep. Social media platform logos tend to show up at the top of the home page or the bottom. If they’re not there, try the Contact page.

Most members of Congress are on Facebook and Twitter. If they’re on other platforms and you want to follow them there, go right ahead. But don’t feel like you must follow them on every platform. Do what makes sense for you.

If any of your reps are not on social media, or aren’t on the platform you like best, call their offices and ask them to join. You can bet there’s an intern or entry-level staffer who’s been chewing the rep’s ear off, trying to make their case. If enough constituents call to ask them to get on social media, or on a specific platform, that might change their minds.

Following your reps on social media is worth it. It keeps you up to date on what they’re saying and doing, and lets you know when they might appear at an event happening near you. It lets you show your support for them. And it helps move toward a world in which members of Congress take messages that arrive through social media as seriously as requests that come over the phone or through postal mail.

But don’t forget that for now (early 2017), social media is the least effective way to speak to your reps. If you need to ask your members of Congress to do something, use the phone. Do not use social media. Your message will not get through to them.

If you’re not on social media at all, consider signing up to follow your reps. You can have a private account on Twitter, and you can keep strict privacy settings on your Facebook page.

If you’re not on social media at all and have no wish to be, sign up for their e-newsletters and postal mailings instead, if you haven’t already. You should be able to do this through their web sites.

 

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Learn Which 34 Senators Are Up for Re-Election in 2018

This OTYCD entry originally posted in January 2018.

Learn which 34 senators are up for re-election on November 6, 2018.

 

Every two years, all 435 members of the House of Representatives are up for re-election, and at least 33 of the 100 sitting senators are as well.

 

You should familiarize yourself with the 34 senators whose terms expire in 2018, and choose at least one incumbent Democratic senator for your Core Four.

 

Learn about the Core Four here:

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

 

If your state doesn’t have an incumbent Democratic senator, please consider throwing your support to the more vulnerable senators on this list, or failing that, consider supporting senators who aren’t as well-known as, say, Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders, who are also up for re-election in 2018.

 

When you look at this list, you’ll get a notion of why the Senate is regarded as a tough get for Democrats in 2018. The party is largely on defense this year. While Doug Jones beating the odds to pick up that open Senate seat in Alabama makes the math less daunting, the Democrats still have to successfully defend ALL the Senate seats they currently hold AND also win two more seats if they are to claim control of the chamber. It’s doable, but cussedly difficult.

 

All information on primary dates and challengers come from Ballotpedia.org.

 

The affected senators are:

Jeff Flake, Republican from Arizona. In October 2017, he announced that he would not run again. The primaries will take place on August 28, 2018. As of December 24, 2017, five Democrats, three Republicans, and a Libertarian had announced their intent to run. The Cook Political Report regards the seat as a Toss-up.

 

Dianne Feinstein, Democrat from California. She will seek her sixth term in the Senate, but a huge mess of candidates will run in the June 5, 2018–seven other Democrats, five Republicans, seven Independents, and a member of the Green Party. The Cook Political Report regards the seat as Solid Democrat.

 

Chris Murphy, Democrat from Connecticut. He will run for his second term. One other Democrat and two Republicans will compete in the August 14, 2018 primary. The Cook Political Report regards the seat as Solid Democrat.

 

Tom Carper, Democrat from Delaware. He’s served in the senate since 2000 and will run again. As of late December 2017, he faces no party challengers in the September 6, 2018 primary, and one Republican has declared his intent to run. The Cook Political Report regards the seat as Solid Democrat.

 

Bill Nelson, Democrat from Florida. Like Carper, he’s served in the senate since 2000. Unlike Carper, he’s viewed as vulnerable. One other Democrat, six Republicans, four Independents, and a Libertarian will run in the August 28, 2018 primary. The Cook Political Report ranks the seat as Lean Democrat.

 

Mazie Hirono, Democrat from Hawaii. She will run for her second term. No one from any party has announced they’ll run in the August 11, 2019 primary. The Cook Political Report regards the seat as Solid Democrat.

 

Joe Donnelly, Democrat from Indiana. He will run for his second term, and he is considered vulnerable. Two other Democrats, seven Republicans, and an Independent will compete in the May 8, 2018 primary. The Cook Political Report describes the seat as a Toss-up.

 

Angus King, Independent from Maine. He will run for his second term. Though he is an Independent, he caucuses with the Democrats. One Democrat, one Republican, one Libertarian, and one other Independent will compete in the June 12, 2018 primary. The Cook Political Report ranks the seat as Lean Democrat.

 

Ben Cardin, Democrat from Maryland. He was first elected to the Senate in 2006 and will run again. Three other Democrats, two Republicans, and a Libertarian will compete in the June 26, 2018 primary. The Cook Political Report regards the seat as Solid Democrat.

 

Elizabeth Warren, Democrat from Massachusetts. She will run for a second term. No Democrat has dared to run against her in the September 18, 2018 primary, but seven Republicans and two Independents will. The Cook Political Report regards the seat as Solid Democrat, but c’mon, Warren is a favorite target of the right wing, so she’s bound to catch flak no matter what. Nevertheless, she’ll persist.

 

Debbie Stabenow, Democrat from Michigan. She’s been in the senate since 2000 and intends to run again. One Democrat will meet her in the August 7, 2018 primary, as well as five Republicans, an Independent, and a member of the Green Party. The Cook Political Report describes the seat as Likely Democrat.

 

Tina Smith, Democrat from Minnesota. As of late December 2017, Smith was the state’s lieutenant governor. When Senator Al Franken steps down on January 3, 2018, she will be appointed to take his place, and will run in a November special election to finish the rest of Franken’s term, which expires in 2020. According to the a Michigan newspaper article linked below, state Democrats are willing to clear the field for her, and she’d be facing a fundraising challenge, what with having only 10 months to raise funds for her November campaign: https://www.twincities.com/2017/12/14/minnesota-democrats-aim-to-clear-smiths-path-for-2018-bid/

 

Amy Klobuchar, Democrat from Minnesota. She will run for her third term. In the August 14, 2018 primary, she will face one other Democrat. Two Republicans and a Green Party candidate will run as well. The Cook Political Report regards the seat as Solid Democrat.

 

Roger Wicker, Republican from Missisippi. He was first appointed to the Senate in 2007 and will run again in 2018. As of late December 2017, he faces no opponents in the June 5, 2018 primary. One Democrat plans to run. The Cook Political Report regards the seat as Solid Republican.

 

Clare McCaskill, Democrat from Missouri. She will run for a third term, and she is regarded as vulnerable. In the August 7, 2018 primary, she will face one other Democrat. Six Republicans and a Libertarian will also run. The Cook Political Report describes the seat as a Toss-up.

 

Jon Tester, Democrat from Montana. He will run for a third term, and will face two Democratic challengers in the June 5, 2018 primary. Seven Republicans and a Green Party member will run also. The Cook Political Report describes the seat as Likely Democrat.

 

Deb Fischer, Republican from Nebraska. She will run for her second term. As of late December 2017, no Republicans had committed to the May 15, 2018 primary, but two Democrats confirmed they would compete. The Cook Political Report regards the seat as Solid Republican.

 

Dean Heller, Republican from Nevada. Heller might be the most vulnerable Republican incumbent senator now that Jeff Flake has announced he won’t run again. Two other Republicans will meet him in the June 12, 2018 primary, as well as three Democrats. The Cook Political Report describes the seat as a Toss-up.

 

Bob Menendez, Democrat from New Jersey. Despite a serious cloud over Menendez–his trial on federal corruption charges ended in a mistrial in November 2017–he’s running for a third term, and no Democrat has declared they’ll run against him in the June 5, 2018 primary. Three Republicans and an Independent plan to participate. The Cook Political Report characterizes the seat as Likely Democrat.

 

Martin Heinrich, Democrat from New Mexico. Of all the senators running for re-election, Heinrich might have the lowest national profile. He’s running for a second term and does not yet have a challenger in the June 5, 2018 primary. One Republican will run. The Cook Political Report regards the seat as Solid Democrat.

 

Kirsten Gillibrand, Democrat from New York. Appointed in 2009, she is expected to run for Senate again. No Democrat has stepped up to challenge her, but four Republicans will appear in the June 26, 2018 primary. The Cook Political Report regards the seat as Solid Democrat.

 

Heidi Heitkamp, Democrat from North Dakota. She will run for her second term, and she’s regarded as vulnerable. She’ll face a Democratic challenger in the June 12, 2018 primary, and one Republican has declared as well. The Cook Political Report ranks the seat as Lean Democrat.

 

Sherrod Brown, Democrat from Ohio. First elected in 2006, he will run for Senate again. He doesn’t yet have a Democratic challenger in the May 8, 2018 primary, but three Republicans will do battle. The Cook Political Report ranks the seat as Lean Democrat.

 

Bob Casey, Jr., Democrat from Pennsylvania. He will run for a third term, but the primary promises to be crowded. Two other Democrats will face off against Casey in the May 15, 2018 primary, along with seven Republicans and a Libertarian. The Cook Political Report characterizes the seat as Likely Democrat.

 

Sheldon Whitehouse, Democrat from Rhode Island. He will run for a third term. As of December 2017, he is unopposed in the September 12, 2018 primary, but two Republicans will run. The Cook Political Report characterizes the seat as Likely Democrat.

 

Bob Corker, Republican from Tennessee. He announced in September 2017 that he would not run again. The primary will take place on August 2, 2018, and so far, two Democrats and five Republicans have said they will run. The Cook Political Report characterizes the seat as Likely Republican.

 

Ted Cruz, Republican from Texas. The man that Al Franken dubbed “the Dwight Schrute of the Senate” will run for a second term. The primary takes place relatively early, on March 6, 2018. Cruz will have to fend off five other Republicans to earn the privilege of defending the seat. Five Democrats and an Independent have declared as well. The Cook Political Report regards the seat as Solid Republican.

 

Orrin Hatch, Republican from Utah. Hatch, who serves as the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, has been a member of the Senate since 1976. He’s made noises about possibly not running again in 2018, and said he’d make up his mind by the end of the year, but as of December 24, 2017, he hadn’t clarified, so he’s assumed to be running again. No Republicans had committed to run against Hatch in the June 26, 2018 primary, but two Democrats and a Libertarian will compete. The Cook Political Report regards the seat as Solid Republican.

 

Bernie Sanders, Independent from Vermont. He will run for a third term. Though he’s officially an Independent, Sanders caucuses with the Democrats. The August 14, 2018 primary has attracted two Democrats and a member of the People’s Party, but no Republicans yet. The Cook Political Report regards the seat as Solid Democrat.

 

Tim Kaine, Democrat from Virginia. The former vice presidential running mate of Hillary Clinton will seek a second Senate term. He has no competition in the June 12, 2018 primary, but four Republicans will compete. The Cook Political Report characterizes the seat as Likely Democrat.

 

Maria Cantwell, Democrat from Washington. She will run for a fourth term. Washington state has a Top-Two primary, which means that only the top two vote-getters in the August 7, 2018 primary will move on to the general election in November. Cantwell will face a Democrat, an Independent, and a Libertarian. The Cook Political Report regards the seat as Solid Democrat.

 

Joe Manchin III, Democrat from West Virginia. Manchin is regarded as one of the most vulnerable sitting Senate Democrats because he hails from deep within Trump Country. He won a special election in 2010, won re-election in 2012, and will run again. The May 8, 2018 primary sees him facing off against two other Democrats. Six Republicans will run as well. The Cook Political Report describes the seat as a Toss-up.

 

Tammy Baldwin, Democrat from Wisconsin. She will run for a second term. One Democrat will meet her in the August 14, 2018 primary; three Republicans and a member of the Veteran’s Party of America will compete also. The Cook Political Report characterizes the seat as Likely Democrat.

 

John Barrasso, Republican of Wyoming. He was appointed to the Senate in 2007, won the 2008 special election, and handily fought off a Democratic challenger in 2012. He is seeking a second term. No Republicans have agreed to meet him in the August 21, 2018 primary. One Democrat will run. The Cook Political Report regards the seat as Solid Republican.

 

 

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Self-advocacy 101: Find Your Congressional Representatives

FWIW: This is the first-ever post to OTYCD, uploaded on January 7, 2017.

 

Before you can start pushing back against Trump, you need to know who represents you in Congress.

 

Find out who your Congressional representatives are by plugging your zip code and your state into this web site:

http://whoismyrepresentative.com/

 

This web site is better for learning who stands for you in the House of Representatives (plug in your zip code and it will narrow the choices to two. The name that seems more familiar to you is probably your House rep):

http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

 

Once you have pinned down your two Senators and your House Rep, pull up their web pages. Scroll to the bottom. If their offices aren’t listed there, go to the Contact page and find them.

 

Pick the state office that is closest to you (*NOT the Washington D.C. one).

Find the phone number for that office.

Put it in your phone.

Repeat for your other two representatives.

Done!

 

* You can put the Washington, D.C. numbers in your phone, but call them last. You are far more likely to reach a real person if you call the district offices.

 

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Save This Tool for Contacting Congress

This OTYCD entry originally posted in March 2017.

 

Save this convenient web site that shows you how to contact any member of Congress.

 

The very first post on OTYCD was about how to find your three members of Congress. It’s advocacy 101, yes. Even still, this tool is worth saving.

 

It’s really well-designed and gives a handy overview of EVERYONE in Congress, with their photos, contact info, location, district, social media accounts, plus when they were first elected and when they’re due for re-election.

 

http://contactingcongress.org

 

Special thanks to @theonetruebix for the tip and the site.

 

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