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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 Orange Ribbons for Jaime, Which Is Dedicated to a Victim of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting

Support Orange Ribbons for Jaime, which is dedicated to Jaime Guttenberg, who died in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida in February 2018.

 

Founded by Jaime’s father, Fred, Orange Ribbons for Jaime celebrates the 14-year-old’s life and loves. In addition to supporting the world of competitive dance, anti-bullying initiatives, and children who have special needs, it helps organizations that seek to understand and reduce gun violence in public places.

 

Orange was Jaime’s favorite color. It also happens to be the color of the gun safety movement. Her father hopes that the gun safety movement will adopt the orange ribbon as its symbol.

 

 

See the website for Orange Ribbons for Jaime:

https://orangeribbonsforjaime.org/

 

 

See its About Us page:

https://orangeribbonsforjaime.org/about/

 

 

Donate to Orange Ribbons for Jaime:

https://orangeribbonsforjaime.org/donate/

 

 

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!

 

 

Like it on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/OrangeRibbonsforJaime/

 

 

Follow Fred Guttenberg on Twitter:

@fred_guttenberg

 

 

A note: We at OTYCD intend to nurture and encourage the movement sparked by the Margory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting by devoting one post at least every other week to gun safety-related issues.

 

The reason that the NRA has a death grip on Congress, and in particular, GOP Congressfolk, is that NRA members get off their asses and call if there’s a whisper of a muttering of a hint that a law might pass that could impose even the slightest imposition on ownership of guns in America.

 

That’s what the politicians are afraid of. It’s not just that some of them get metric buttloads of money for their campaigns from the NRA. Those who embrace the NRA’s outlook pounce on their phones and berate their representatives the instant they think their beloved guns are under threat.

 

So, yes, it’s on us to shout back.

 

We have to adopt the tactics of those who support the NRA.

 

We have to call our representatives often to make it damn clear that the status quo is unacceptable, and we want common-sense gun safety laws.

 

OTYCD will start out with one weekday post every two weeks, at minimum, that has to do with improving gun safety and pushing back against the NRA.

 

We do this in honor of the Parkland victims, and all victims of mass shootings in America, and everyone who has been fighting to change our laws on firearms all along.

 

If Trump finally bows to the will of Congress and imposes the sanctions against Russia for messing with the 2016 election, we will switch to devoting one post per week to these issues.

 

Honor the victims of the Parkland shooting, and all other shootings, by stepping up and calling your reps about common-sense gun safety laws, and by supporting politicians who have low grades from the NRA, and voting out those who do the NRA’s bidding.

 

#NeverAgain. For the love of all that is right and good, Never Again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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/

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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 Democrat Tom Prigg’s Run for the House of Representatives Seat in Pennsylvania’s 12th District (Update May 26, 2018)

This post originally appeared in February 2018.

 

Update: Prigg was defeated by Bibiana Boerio in the May 15, 2018 Democratic primary. We at OTYCD encourage Prigg to run for public office again in the future.

 

Support Democrat Tom Prigg’s run for the House of Representatives seat in Pennsylvania’s 12th District.

 

Prigg is a veteran who served with the 82nd Airborne. He’s also a scientist–a research associate at Carnegie Mellon University where he pursues neuroscience. During a gap in his scientific career, he earned a bachelor’s degree in creative non-fiction writing and wrote for several newsstand magazines.

 

His platform is unusually well-thought out and should serve as a model to others who want to run for Congressional office. It covers eleven major topics that matter, explains why they matter, and explains what Prigg would do about them. He’s particularly strong on defending unions, workers’ rights, and helping veterans.

 

Among the many things he promises to do if elected is draft parental leave legislation that covers both parents; he would support unions by fighting destructive right-to-work laws and restoring collective bargaining rights; he would support laws to overturn Citizens United; he wants a universal healthcare system, and would fight laws that limit access to care centers, would allow insurers to deny care or charge more to people with pre-existing conditions; and would work to end lifetime caps on coverage.

 

Prigg is one of six Democrats running for the House of Representatives seat in Pennsylvania. The incumbent, Republican Keith Rothfus, will run for a fourth term. In 2016, Rothfus defeated his Democratic rival by almost two to one. Ballotpedia rated Pennsylvania’s 12th District as safely Republican ahead of the 2016 vote.

 

 

See Prigg’s campaign website:

https://www.tompriggforcongress.com

 

 

See his Bio page:

https://www.tompriggforcongress.com/bio/

 

 

See his platform:

https://www.tompriggforcongress.com/platform/

 

 

Donate to his campaign:

https://www.tompriggforcongress.com/donate/

 

 

Volunteer for him:

https://www.tompriggforcongress.com/volunteer/

 

 

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

 

 

Like him on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/TomPrigg2018

 

 

Follow him on Twitter:

@TomPrigg2018

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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