Support Democrat Mike Levin, Who’s Running for Darrell Issa’s House Seat in California’s 49th District (GOOD UPDATE March 2019)

Update March 24, 2019: YES YES YES! Democrat Mike Levin won the seat vacated by Darrell Issa in California’s 49th District. He defeated Republican challenger Diane Harkey  by getting 56.4 percent of the vote to her 43.6 percent.


Because he’s a member of the House of Representatives, Levin will be up for re-election in 2020. Please consider him for your next Core Four.


Update, June 9, 2018: Congratulations to Mike Levin, who placed second in the top-two primary held on June 5 in California’s 49th District! Please support his campaign so that Democrats can win this House seat in the fall.


Support Mike Levin, a Democrat who’s running against incumbent Republican Darrell Issa for the House of Representatives seat in California’s 49th District. 


Darrell Issa was long considered vulnerable to defeat in 2018. He won reelection in 2016 by just one point. Nate Cohn, writing for The Upshot in the New York Times, deemed him “probably the nation’s most vulnerable incumbent.”


Issa, evidently seeing the writing on the wall, announced on January 10, 2018, that he would not run for a tenth term.


Mike Levin, a California lawyer and a married father of two, entered the race before Issa retired. He’s a democrat who embraces sustainable energy and has long experience with it, having co-founded Sustain OC (Orange County) and serving on the board of the San Diego-based Center for Sustainable Energy.


Levin also supports campaign finance reform, defends public education, and wants to increase funding for the National Institutes of Health. He favors shoring up the ACA with an eye toward shifting to Medicare for all in the future. He is pro-choice and pro-LGBT rights.


Issa’s departure invited a scrum of candidates to sign up for the June 5, 2018 primary. Remember also that California uses a top two primary system, which means the top two vote-getters proceed to the general.


As of late May, 2018, there were three other Democrats in the race, as well as eight Republicans, representatives from three other parties, and someone who bills himself as ‘nonpartisan’. The Cook Political Report rates California’s 49th Congressional District as Lean Democrat.



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Support Dr. Hans Keirstead, Who’s Aiming for Dana Rohrabacher’s California House Seat (Update, June 24, 2018)

This OTYCD entry originally posted in July 2017.


Update, June 24, 2018: More than two weeks after the June 5, 2018 primary, California’s 48th District finished its count. It was clear pretty soon after the election that Keirstead or Harley Rouda would get the second slot in the top-two primary, it was just a matter of who. In the end, Rouda bested Keirstead by just 126 votes.

We thank Keirstead for running and we hope he’ll run for public office again in the future.


Support Dr. Hans Keirstead, a stem cell researcher, entrepreneur, and former professor who is aiming to unseat House Republican Dana Rohrabacher.


Canadian-born Keirstead, 50, founded California Stem Cell Inc. and sold it for $100 million in 2014. He is now CEO of Aivita Biomedical. He taught at the University of California, Irvine for 14 years, and has raised well over $100 million in grants and donations in his various scientific jobs. He becomes the fifth Democrat hoping to push out Rohrabacher, who has served as a California house rep for for almost 30 years.


Keirstead supports the ACA, and he specifically supports it over a single-payer system. He says he does not intend to use his own money to campaign for the house seat.


Under his Why I’m Running essay on his campaign site, he says:

“I’ve dedicated my life to using medical science to save and improve lives — but in Congress, medicine and science have been pushed to the side in favor of partisan political games. Politicians like Dana Rohrabacher have used the broken system for their own gain for far too long. We’re not his priority and we need someone new.


I believe our elected leaders should rely on facts to guide policy. I’m not daunted by large obstacles. I’ve launched and managed companies, developed treatments for previously un-treatable diseases and been held accountable for my actions. We need more of that to change Washington and I intend to use Congress as a platform to improve even more lives.”


House Rep Dana Rohrbacher is viewed as vulnerable for his pro-Russia stance, and because his district is showing signs of turning Democrat blue. In the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton won the district by less than two points, becoming the first Democratic presidential candidate to win Orange County in 80 years. Rohrbacher also supports the AHCA and questions whether human activity is causing climate change. This is galling on its face, but it’s made worse by the fact that he sits on the House Committee on Science and Technology.



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Don’t believe Dana Rohrbacher is on the House Committee on Science and Technology? Here’s the proof:




Here’s a Politico story about Rohrbacher’s interest in Russia, titled Putin’s Favorite Congressman:




And here’s a New York Times story about how the FBI warned Rohrbacher in 2012 that Russian spies were trying to recruit him:


Special thanks to 314 Action, where we first learned about Keirstead’s campaign. 314 Action is a nonprofit devoted to electing more people with STEM backgrounds to high office.

Follow it on Twitter: @314Action

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Support Allison Campolo, 2018 Candidate for Texas State Senate District 10 (Update May 22, 2018)

This OTYCD entry originally posted in December 2017.


Update, May 26, 2018: Campolo lost the May 22 Democratic primary to Beverly Powell. We at OTYCD encourage Campolo to run again in the future.


Update: Campolo was defeated in the March 6, 2018 Democratic primary. Democrat Beverly Powell will face incumbent Republican Konni Burton in November. We at OTYC hope Campolo will run for another office in the future.


Support Allison Campolo, who will run as a Democrat for Texas State Senate, District 10, in 2018.


District 10 is Wendy Davis’s old district. It is now held by Republican Konni Burton, who won the seat in 2014. (Davis chose to run for governor of Texas in that year, and lost.) Ballotpedia reflects the district’s electorate as being 47.6 percent white, 47.5 percent black and hispanic, and 4.9 percent other.


As of September 2017–more than a year before the election–Campolo had a solid and complete campaign web site up, including a merch page.


She is PISSED that Texas has one of the worst maternal mortality rates in the world, and intends to do something about it. She is pro-choice and wants to raise the minimum wage. She believes health care is a right. She supports state-funded programs that would retrain workers in the carbon-based fuel industries for jobs in sustainable energy, such as wind. She wants campaign reform, and that means public campaign and election financing. She’s specifically against for-profit prisons. She supports voting rights and public schools. She wants to tweak gun laws to improve safety overall.


And, and, and! Her About page is a hoot. She reveals herself as having been a teenage live-action role play gamer and “a bona fide nerd!”, and admits she let her husband, Alex, talk her into running the 2016 Honolulu marathon, noting that she “did not die or divorce afterwards.”



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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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Support Dr. Jason Westin, Who Is Running for a House Seat in Texas

This OTYCD entry originally posted in August 2017.


Update: Dr. Westin came third in the March 6, 2018 primary. Unfortunately, only the top two candidates advance to a primary runoff. We at OTYCD thank Dr. Westin for running and hope he’ll run for another elected office.


Support Dr. Jason Westin, an oncologist who is running for a House seat in Texas’s 7th District.


Westin, a former Congressional intern, was moved to act by the results of the 2016 election. He is aiming to take the House seat currently represented by eight-term Republican John Culberson. Hillary Clinton narrowly won the district last November.


Westin will defend the Affordable Care Act and fight cuts to the National Institute of Health. He also understands the power and promise of science, and, you know, facts.



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Save This Tool for Tracking Trump’s Cabinet Nominees

ICYMI: Reposting in case you have yet to see it. The tracker is still active and useful.

Trump has made several dubious picks for his presidential cabinet. The Republicans are helping him shepherd them through by scheduling several Senate hearings for the same day (January 11), making it harder for citizens and journalists to monitor them all.

Some clever folks in the Washington State chapter of Pantsuit Nation have assembled a comprehensive spreadsheet of Trump cabinet nominees. This tool will help you learn about Trump’s picks, tell your Congressional representatives to vote against them, and stay on top of the nomination hearings.

The document tells you who the nominees are; when their hearings are scheduled; why you should call your Congressional delegation to oppose them; which ones are most important to oppose; which Congressional committees will hear their nominations; who sits on those committees; and how best to make your voice heard.

Here is the link to the spreadsheet:


This blog is called One Thing You Can Do. It’s here to give you one thing you can do every day to push back against Trump. One. Thing. That’s it.

For this reason, OTYCD won’t be able to devote posts to all six Trump cabinet nominees before Jan 11 arrives. It will cover many of them, but not all. And there are more hearings to come soon. Ben Carson, the Housing and Urban Development nominee, takes his turn on January 12.

Please save this spreadsheet tool and consult it to make sure that you learn about every Trump cabinet nominee, and take action against every one who you find troubling, whether OTYCD covers them or not. Please share the document with others who can use it.

Also, make sure to double check the links to the committees that are holding the hearings on the nominees, and see if one of your Congressional representatives is a member. If they are, it is extra-important for you to speak up. Your voice will have more impact than someone whose senator is not on a committee.