Elections · Read, Educate Yourself, Prepare · Russian Scandal, Emoluments Clause · Social Media · Uncategorized

Follow Legal Expert Renato Mariotti on Twitter And Support His Campaign To Be Illinois’s Attorney General

Follow legal expert Renato Mariotti on Twitter, and support his campaign to serve as Illinois’s next attorney general. 

When something happens in Mueller’s Trump-Russia investigation, Mariotti, a formal federal prosecutor, tweets solid explanations that are blessedly light on jargon.

He’s quick on the draw, his takes make sense, and he’s careful to acknowledge when he’s forming an educated guess.

Since becoming a Twitter sage and a go-to legal expert for television shows, Mariotti has announced his candidacy for Illinois Attorney General. The election takes place in 2018. (Lisa Madigan, the Democratic incumbent, has decided not to run for a fifth term.) He faces six others in the Democratic primary. Please support his efforts.


See Mariotti’s campaign website:



Follow him on Twitter:



See his ‘Meet Renato’ page:



Like him on Facebook:



Donate to his campaign:



Read an October 2017 Politico piece on Mariotti declaring his candidacy:


Ethics · Read, Educate Yourself, Prepare · Russian Scandal, Emoluments Clause · Stand Up for Civilization · Stand Up for Norms

Follow Richard W. Painter and Norm Eisen on Twitter

Follow Richard W. Painter and Norm Eisen on Twitter–two former White House ethics lawyers who have been explaining Trump’s violations in real time since the election.

Richard W. Painter was the chief White House ethics lawyer under George W. Bush from 2005 to 2007. Norm Eisen played the same role for Barack Obama from 2009 to 2011. Both are involved with Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a nonprofit founded in 2003. CREW is the entity that filed suit against Trump the first instant they could for contravening the emoluments clause of the Constitution.

Both men have spoken out, consistently and speedily, on the many and varied ethics violations accrued by Trump since November 8, 2016. Both have since become active on Twitter (Eisen already was; Painter brought himself up to speed).

Following their feeds will by turns outrage you and keep you sane, in that you will see professional ethicists confirm that what Trump just did was indeed wrong and worth being angry about.

Follow Richard W. Painter on Twitter:


Follow Norm Eisen on Twitter:


And heck, follow CREW on Twitter too:


Action Alerts · Social Media · Thank You Actions

Follow Sally Yates and Preet Bharara on Twitter

Follow Sally Yates and Preet Bharara on Twitter.

Yates, the former Deputy Attorney General joined Twitter late in June. We at OTYCD have been looking for ways to support her. Following her is a good place to start.


Here’s her handle:



And here’s what she linked to in her first tweet, her Washington Post op-ed, called Making America Scared Again Won’t Make Us Safer:



Also, check out who she’s following. Cool people and entities lurk therein:



It won’t shock you to learn that one of the select few Yates follows is Preet Bharara, former U.S. Attorney General for New York. He was active on Twitter before Trump fired him and he updated his Twitter bio to tout that credential. His feed is smart, nimble, and pointed.


His Twitter handle is:


Call Your House Rep · Fighting Bigotry, Racism, Sexism, Homophobia, Transphobia...

Tell Your House Rep to Censure Rep Steve King For His Racist Tweet

Tell your House Representative to censure Steve King, their Republican colleague from Iowa, for the flagrantly racist tweet he sent on Sunday.

King (not to be confused with the best-selling author–that guy lives in Maine, and his political tweets are largely progressive) is a piece of work. He’s questioned what non-white people have contributed to civilization. He sponsored the anti-abortion “heartbeat” bill. And on March 12, he fired off this fetid nugget of filth:

Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.

(King appears to be referencing Geert Wilders, a far-right Dutch politician.)

Twitter is pasting King from 31 different directions over this breathtakingly gross tweet, as it should.


Charlie Pierce (who you should read on Esquire.com and follow on Twitter, btw) summed it up when he tweeted:

This is the most purely racist thing said by a sitting congresscritter in at least 40 years. Should get him censured by the House.


Paul Begala, who counseled Bill Clinton when he was president, responded:

Amen, brother Pierce. Sadly, “should” is a long damn way from “will.”


You know what to do.


Sample script: “Dear (House Representative Lastname,) I am (Firstname, Lastname, from town, zip code), and I’m calling to ask you to censure your colleague Steve King. You might have heard about the racist tweet he sent on March 12–it was unspeakably disgusting and wrong at its core. No one, and especially not a sitting Congressman, should be able to make such pro-white supremacy statements without suffering swift and firm consequences. Please move to censure him.”


You can bet that when the time comes, OTYCD will let you know who steps forward to challenge him in 2018, and we’ll encourage you to support his opponent and flush him from office like the piece of human waste he is.

In the meantime, make those calls.


Follow Charlie Pierce:



Follow Paul Begala:









Thank You Actions

Thank House Rep. John Lewis and Senator Cory Booker

Thank members of Congress John Lewis and Cory Booker for speaking out against Trump and his cabinet nominees.

New Jersey Senator Cory Booker testified against against Jeff Sessions, nominee for the United States Attorney General, during his Judiciary Committee hearings earlier this week. This was an especially brave act. It might be the only time that a sitting U.S. senator has testified against another sitting U.S. senator.

John Lewis, a civil rights hero who stands for Georgia’s Fifth District in the House of Representatives, also testified powerfully against Sessions at the Judiciary Committee hearings. Text for his remarks and a tape of Booker’s speech is below.

Side note: Know also that Lewis is under fire for saying on Meet the Press with Chuck Todd why he won’t be attending the upcoming presidential inauguration–the first he’s skipped since becoming a Congressman: “I don’t see this president-elect as a legitimate president. I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected, and they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton… I think there was a conspiracy on the part of the Russians and others to help him get elected. That’s not right. That’s not fair. That’s not the open democratic process.” A clip of the appearance, in which Lewis speaks this quote, is below; the full interview airs on the morning of Sunday January 15.

Lewis has received a lot of support on social media, but he’s also getting flak from Trump and his nastier minions. (You read that right–Trump wasn’t smart enough to avoid attacking John Lewis on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.)

If either man is one of your members of Congress, call their offices on Tuesday to thank them. If they are not, send a thank-you postcard to these addresses (And if you’re upset about Booker’s vote against importing pharmaceutical drugs from Canada, send a second finger-wagging postcard–best to have one message per card) :


Senator Cory Booker

One Gateway Center

23rd Floor

Newark, NJ 07012


House Representative John Lewis

100 Peachtree St NW

Suite 1920

Atlanta, GA 30303


You can also tweet your thanks to Booker:



And you can tweet Lewis or leave a message on his Facebook page:




See Cory Booker’s testimony against Jeff Sessions:



Read John Lewis’s testimony against Jeff Sessions:



See a clip from Lewis’s appearance on Meet the Press with Chuck Todd (the full interview airs on Sunday January 15):

John Lewis: Donald Trump not ‘a legitimate president’


More on Lewis’s statement and Trump’s response on Twitter:



And here’s a nymag.com piece on the vote that Booker and 12 other Democrats took against the Sanders-Klobuchar amendment on importing prescription drugs. Twelve Republicans voted in favor. This occurred during the early-morning January 12 “vote-a-rama”.






Health Care · Marches and Protests

Join Bernie Sanders’s Rally to Save Health Care, and Tell Your Local Paper to Cover It

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is holding pro-health care rallies across the country on Sunday, January 15.

These events will protest the Republicans’ plans to destroy the Affordable Care Act (ACA), defund Planned Parenthood, and enact cuts to Medicaid.

The link below lists all the rallies planned to date:


If you don’t see an event scheduled near you, keep checking the link. Sanders staffers are adding more as they are finalized.

The link also features buttons you can use to spread the word about the rallies on Facebook and Twitter, as well as graphics that you can download and share.

If you can’t go, and even if you can, please ask your local newspaper to send someone to cover the rally. Do this even if you think your paper stinks. If enough local people ask it to cover a news event, it will send a reporter.

You will want to make your request to a specific person at the paper. Find your local newspaper’s web site and scroll to the bottom of the page for the link to the ‘Masthead’ or ‘Contact Us’ section. It should give you a list of names and contacts for editors and reporters, as well as their email addresses and social media accounts.

Scan the list for someone who seems most likely to help. Look for titles such as: “Managing Editor, Days” or “General Assignment Reporter.”

Email or tweet your coverage request to that specific person. Keep it brief.

Sample script:  “Please cover Bernie Sanders’s pro-health care rally on Sunday, January 15 at 1 pm at Faneuil Hall in Boston. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey will appear, as will many other notable people. I will check the Sunday paper in hopes of seeing a story.”

If you belong to a local group that will attend or speak at the rally, let the reporter know, and give contact info for the group–its web site, social media accounts, and the name of the group’s head. Covering a local group gives the reporter a local angle to pursue.

And if you don’t subscribe to your local paper, start. The death of print has been greatly exaggerated. Newspapers matter, and they want to give their readers what they want. Show your paper that you want it to cover anti-Trump protests.