2018 Election

Dan McCready

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It’s safe to say the election on November 7th didn’t go well in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District. There’s still no winner, Democrat Dan McCready had to unconcede, and there have been widespread allegations of fraud - a story that has mostly slipped through the cracks with all the Cohen/Manafort/Flynn business.

Your DGB for today is to help McCready gear up for what is likely to be a long fight and possibly another election. You can still donate and volunteer through his campaign site here:

https://www.danmccready.com/

Mike Espy

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Midterm elections still aren’t over. Mississippi’s Cindy Hyde-Smith heads to a runoff with challenger Mike Espy tomorrow, after no single candidate received 50% of the votes on November 6th.

Hyde-Smith somehow still leads in every poll despite her comments about “public hangings”, endorsement of voter suppression, and photo shoot with confederate paraphernalia. Your DGB for today is to help elect Mississippi’s first black democratic senator by getting the vote out tomorrow.

@espyforsenate

https://espyforsenate.com/


Florida, Man

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Today’s perfume is chaos with hints of November of 2000, as we still don’t know who the Governor or Senator-elect are in Florida, nearly a week after Election Day.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/11/us/florida-recount-elections-scott-nelson-desantis-gillum.html

Bill Nelson and Andrew Gillum are hanging in there for a mandatory recount as required by Florida law in races with a margin of 0.5% or less.

In Man Tantrum news, Rick Scott, Ron DeSantis, Marco Rubio, Matt Gaetz, and President Trump have all tried to muddy the information waters by throwing around fraud allegations, despite no evidence of such.

Your DGB for today is to encourage Florida residents and even out-of-state lawyers to volunteer to help with the recount process using this form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfa7IaXp_gvGsm8ixMdnussBEqCI7NI-0FncqTdXKnCEclFjQ/viewform

Let’s count every vote and make every vote count.


Yes, We Did

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Your DGB for today is to come up for air and pat yourself on the back.

Don’t let anyone tell you there was no Blue Wave yesterday. We had high expectations for these midterm elections, and yes, our boyfriend Beto lost. However, in NO WAY does that equal failure.

Not only did we take the House of Representatives, but we can celebrate many historic firsts this week.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/11/07/us/politics/how-democrats-took-the-house.html

In Colorado, Jared Polis became the nation’s first openly gay governor.

In New York, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress at 29.

The first Muslim women ever elected to Congress are Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. Imagine Mike Pence swearing them in.

Connecticut and Massachusetts elected their first Black congresswomen in Jahana Hayes and Ayanna Pressley, respectively.

Maine and South Dakota both elected their first female governors: Janet Mills and Kristi Noem.

Texas’ first Latinx congresswomen are Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia.

The first Native congresswomen in the US will be Sharice Davids of Kansas (who is also gay) and Deb Haaland of New Mexico.

Tennessee’s first woman senator is Marsha Blackburn. Meh.

The first women ever elected to the House of Representatives in Iowa are Abby Finkenauer and Cindy Axne.

Overall, our nation voted in a record number of women and minorities and representation is ALWAYS something to celebrate. Brag it up.


Make A Voting Plan

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If you haven’t voted early, your DGB for today is to make a voting plan for tomorrow.

It’s been two years since Trump was elected, can you believe it? Kudos to you for enduring this nightmare! Now, we have a chance to constrain his power by voting blue across the country and down every ticket. Plan to fit voting into your day tomorrow before work, at lunchtime, or at the end of your day. Also plan how you will get to the polls. Here you’ll find an array of discounted ways to travel tomorrow. Happy Midterms!

Countdown to Midterm Elections: 1 Day

Flip the House: West Virginia

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Your DGB for this weekend is to elect a West Virginia democrat to the House of Representatives.

Richard Ojeda (D) is running against Carol Miller (R) in a race for the 3rd district that is a virtual tie despite being in a crimson red area. Help out Ojeda below.

https://voteojeda.com/

Countdown to Midterm Elections: 4 Days

Know Your Voting Rights

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Your DGB for today is to check out the particulars of voting in your state on this web site, and write down the number for the voter protection hotline on your arm in sharpie: 866-OUR-VOTE.

Make sure you know whether you need an ID, whether or not you’re registered, and where your polling place is. Even if you think you know the answers already, check again. All over the country, Republicans have been up to no good, purging voter rolls, enacting “exact-match” ID laws, and closing or moving polling locations. They are The Worst. If you suspect shenanigans on election day, call that hotline.

Best of luck, Grabbers.  It’s up to all of us, now.

Countdown to Midterm Elections: 5 Days


Save Endangered Democrats Part 2

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Your DGB for today is to donate to a progressive candidate before the trick-or-treating begins.

Missouri’s Claire McCaskill is currently trailing her challenger.

https://clairemccaskill.com/

In Montana, Trump is still pissed at Jon Tester for taking down Ronny Jackson and is going hard for his opponent. Tester is still up slightly, but can’t afford to slip.  

https://www.jontester.com/

Countdown to Midterm Elections: 6 Days


Flip the House: Washington

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Your DGB for this weekend is to elect a Washington democrat to the House of Representatives.

With current seat-holder Dave Reichert retiring, District 8 has the opportunity to elect Kim Schrier in this toss-up rated race.

https://www.drkimschrier.com/

Countdown to Midterm Elections: 11 Days


Our Political Party System May Be Binary But Our Candidate’s Gender Need Not Be

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The Trump Administration threw another gut punch the other day with an announcement that it’s now moving toward defining gender as “immutable” and defined at birth by genitalia. While we suspect that Trump’s understanding of transgender issues is something like “dislike because Obama”, unfortunately he has a whole cabal of people in his bureaucracy that are malicious and clever enough to figure out how to write their personal contempt into law. You DGB for today is to respond to this by channeling your rage into the upcoming midterms. Or more particularly, channel your specific outrage to this specific nonsense by specifically supporting a transgender candidate. Let’s put people in power that are living this experience. Logan Casey, a political scientist, has done the work of gathering a list of transgender candidates. Go to this link, find someone, and donate, follow and/or volunteer for their campaign. The list is on the left side of the page, candidates still in play are in green.

https://www.loganscasey.com/trans--candidates-project

Grab a vote and stop erasure.

Countdown to Midterm Elections: 14 Days

Flip the House: Virginia

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Your DGB for this weekend is to elect Virginia democrats to the House of Representatives.

All four Virginia districts holding elections for the House of Representatives in November are flippable, which is great news. Donate a dollar to each democratic woman below. If you can only donate to one campaign, DGB recommends Leslie Cockburn because we’ve never seen a candidate with a name so perfectly suited to being the theme of 2018 midterms/our new favorite verb.

District 2, Elaine Luria https://elaineforcongress.com/

District 5, Leslie Cockburn https://www.lesliecockburnforcongress.com/

District 7, Abigail Spanberger https://abigailspanberger.com/

District 10, Jennifer Wexton https://jenniferwexton.com/


Countdown to Midterm Elections: 18 Days

Flip the House: Utah

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Your DGB for this weekend is to elect a Utah democrat to the House of Representatives.

This race has recently been categorized as a toss-up, having previously polled very well for the GOP. Now, Utah’s 4th District incumbent Republican Mia Love faces a tough reelection campaign next month. Donate to her competitor, Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams, here.

Countdown to Midterm Elections: 25 Days

Revisit Those Flippable Senate Seats

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Your DGB for today is to give democratic senate candidates in four crucial states a last minute push.

Feel free to look back at our Flip A Senate Seat series on these candidates or donate below.

Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona (Coward Jeff Flake’s seat)

Jacky Rosen of Nevada (Dean Heller’s seat)

Taylor Swift-endorsed Phil Bredesen of Tennessee (Bob Corker’s seat)

Beto O’Rourke of Texas (Zodiac Killer’s seat)

Series:

https://www.dailygrabback.com/todays-grab-1/2018/3/9/jeff-flakes-senate-seat

https://www.dailygrabback.com/todays-grab-1/2018/4/6/dean-hellers-senate-seat

https://www.dailygrabback.com/todays-grab-1/2018/4/14/bob-corkers-senate-seat

https://www.dailygrabback.com/todays-grab-1/2018/4/21/ted-cruzs-senate-seat



Countdown to Midterm Elections: 27 Days

Check It Out: Your Voter Registration

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The clock is winding down, Grabbers. We are in the 4th quarter, the 9th inning, the third act, the final lap. The midterms are almost here and we want to avoid the use of provisional ballot tomfoolery as much as we can. Today is the LAST DAY to register in many states. Your DGB is to double check that you are registered. And if you are in a red state and/or one of those problematic states that likes to purge voters for no reason, we want you to check AND pester at least one friend to check as well. Georgia voters get a special task, check the link below to see if you are one of the unlucky (we say in a voice dripping with sarcasm) voters that got purged recently.

Georgia peaches click here:

https://www.gregpalast.com/georgia-voter-purge-list-2018/

Everyone else here’s a place that will help you check:

https://www.vote.org/am-i-registered-to-vote/

Grab your chance to make your ballot count.


Countdown to Midterm Elections: 28 Days


Flip the House: Texas

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Your DGB for this weekend is to elect Texas democrats to the House of Representatives.

Lizzie Pannill Fletcher is running in District 7

https://www.lizziefletcher.com/

Gina Ortiz Jones is running in District 23

https://ginaortizjones.com/

Colin Allred is running in District 32

https://www.colinallred.com/

And, while we’re talking Texas, don’t forget to do what you can for Beto in his Senate race against Unconvincing Human-Costumed Probable Serial Killer.

https://betofortexas.com/

Flip the House: Pennsylvania

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Your DGB for this weekend is to elect Pennsylvania democrats to the House of Representatives.

Mandatory redistricting in Pennsylvania adds to the intrigue this November, with ten new elections taking place across the state.

New District 7 is without an incumbent. Help Susan Wild win the seat.

https://wildforcongress.com/

Matt Cartwright will defend his blue seat in District 8.

http://www.cartwrightcongress.com/

And in District 17, Conor Lamb (of March’s Special Election fame) will need a boost to unseat Keith Rothfus.

https://conorlamb.com/

Flip the House: Ohio

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Your DGB for this weekend is to elect Ohio democrats to the House of Representatives.

In Ohio’s District 1, incumbent Republican Steve Chabot faces young challenger Aftab Pureval.

https://aftabforohio.com/  

In Ohio’s 12th district, incumbent Troy Balderson is challenged by moderate Democrat Danny O’Connor

https://dannyoconnorforcongress.com/

Flip the House: North Carolina

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Your DGB for this weekend is to elect a North Carolina democrat to the House of Representatives.

May saw big drama in North Carolina’s 9th District with Incumbent Republican Robert Pittenger having the undesirable distinction of being the only such candidate to lose his party’s primary. GOP candidate Mark Harris will instead face Democrat Dan McCready in November.

Support his campaign below

@McCreadyForNC

https://www.danmccready.com/


Flip the House: New York

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Your DGB for this weekend is to elect New York democrats to the House of Representatives.

Most incumbents in New York look like they’ll be holding onto their seats, red and blue alike. There are, however, two flippable seats in the tossup category this November. Both need social media followers and donations.

Antonio Delgado is trying to unseat John Faso in District 19

@DelgadoforNY19

https://www.delgadoforcongress.com/

 

And Anthony Brindisi is challenging Claudia Tenney in District 22

@ABrindisiNY

https://brindisiforcongress.com/