Senate

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/


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


Save Heidi

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Your DGB for today is to help North Dakota’s Heidi Heitkamp keep her senate seat.

During the BeerBeerBeer confirmation process, Sen. Heitkamp showed fellow red state democrats and moderate republicans what courage is by voting against Brett despite being at least 12 points behind challenger Kevin Cramer. Did she vote in her own interest? Nope. She voted her conscience. Heidi tried to save our country and now it’s our turn to try to save her North Dakota seat. Donate and even phone bank from out of state below.

https://heidifornorthdakota.com/volunteer/

Countdown to Midterm Elections: 21 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

No Hearings, No Vote

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Your DGB for today is to tell your senators we need a full FBI investigation of Brett Kavanaugh before any hearings take place.

As of the writing of this Grab, a third accuser has gone public with various appalling claims against the SCOTUS nominee. The time for negotiations, political posturing, and victim-blaming is over. We need a full investigation into Kavanaugh’s history or he needs to withdraw his name immediately, as all ten Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee insisted in a letter to Trump today.

Use Resistbot to contact your senators, ESPECIALLY if you live in Alaska, Arizona, Maine, or Tennessee, and tell them this process needs to come to a screeching halt.

Merrick Garland

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Just kidding. This Grab is actually about Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh.

In 2016, Mitch McConnell famously said “The American People should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Therefore, this vacancy should not be filled until we have a new president.”

We at DGB agree that the Senate shouldn’t confirm a SCOTUS nominee from an outgoing president, especially one obviously facing impending impeachment. Your DGB for today is to tell your senators Brett Kavanaugh is going the way of poor Merrick Garland-there will be no negotiation and no hearings.

https://resist.bot/

Grab a barf bag and read more about Kavanaugh’s appalling record here:

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/07/09/brett-kavanaugh-track-record-675294

 

Tammy Baldwin's Senate Seat

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Your DGB for this weekend is to help Senator Tammy Baldwin with her reelection bid.

As Wisconsin’s junior senator, Baldwin is facing her first reelection campaign this year. With ultra-conservative Governor Scott Walker also up for reelection and Speaker Paul Ryan retiring, Wisconsin is a state to watch closely this fall.

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/3/15/17085078/tammy-baldwin-2018-wisconsin-senate-race-kevin-nicholson

The last democrat holdout in statewide office, you may also know Senator Baldwin as the first openly gay person elected to the senate. Although Baldwin does not yet have a republican opponent, you can bet the GOP will spare no cost to defeat her. Don’t let them push her out.

 

https://www.tammybaldwin.com/

 

https://www.facebook.com/TammyBaldwin

 

https://twitter.com/SenatorBaldwin

 

Sherrod Brown's Senate Seat

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Your DGB for this weekend is to help Sherrod Brown keep his senate seat in Ohio.

The senior senator, serving since 2006, Sherrod Brown is in for a fight this November. Opponent Jim Renacci is all in with Trump, a strategy we do not want to reward. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/04/us/politics/renacci-trump-sherrod-brown-ohio-senate.html

Brown is currently the only democrat holding statewide office in Ohio. Although he is popular and still a slight favorite to win another term, he will need our help to push him over the finish line.

https://www.sherrodbrown.com/

https://www.facebook.com/sherrod

https://twitter.com/SherrodBrown

 

Heidi Heitkamp’s Senate Seat

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Your DGB for today is to help Democrat Heidi Heitkamp retain her senate seat come November.

Being from a red state, Heitkamp is not the farest left senator on the hill. She has, in fact, occasionally voted for a Trump nominee and has a line of communication with the president. Because DGB is not interested in liberal purity tests or cutting off our nose to spite our face, we are fully behind her reelection bid.

Senator Heitkamp will face Kevin Cramer on November 6th, who has been whining about Trump’s relationship with her. Despite this, North Dakota is still very much a polling tossup and Heitkamp needs all the help she can get.
 

https://heidifornorthdakota.com/

https://www.facebook.com/HeidiforNorthDakota/

@SenatorHeitkamp

 

Jon Tester’s Senate Seat

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Your DGB for this weekend is to help Jon Tester retain his senate seat.

Jon Tester is the senior senator from Montana, having served since 2007. He has mostly served quietly, but is very passionate about veterans, and is the ranking Democrat on the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. You may have recently heard his voice in relation to the Ronny Jackson scandal. Trump was decidedly not pleased that Tester released allegations against Jackson, thereby causing his withdrawal from consideration as VA Secretary. POTUS has since threatened the senator on Twitter and at rallies.

https://www.vox.com/2018/5/2/17307242/donald-trump-jon-tester-ronny-jackson-montana-2018-midterms

Give Trump the midterm finger by re-electing Senator Tester to another term. Donate and amplify using the links below.

https://www.jontester.co

https://www.facebook.com/jontester

https://twitter.com/jontester

 

#MeToo on Capitol Hill

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Your DGB for today is urge the Senate to take positive action on H.R. 4924

The #MeToo movement has woken up a lot of industries and sectors to the serious problem of powerful men putting their hands (and other parts) where they don’t belong, and getting away with it. This is no less true on Capitol Hill, where there was a spate of scandals that resulted in the resignations of Rep. John Conyers and Sen. Al Franken, and in several members of congress deciding maybe they wouldn’t run for re-election, after all. The House passed this potentially important piece of legislation that would update the dusty, old policies and procedures enshrined in the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 to reflect what we understand now about sexual harassment and abuse. This legislation would make it easier for victims to report and seek justice, and harder for perpetrators to keep perpetrating.

However, despite initial bipartisan support for a such a bill and promises in both chambers and on both sides of the aisle to do better for victims, enthusiasm seems to have waned in the GOP-controlled Senate. It has been almost three months since the House passed this bill and sent it on to the Senate, and it appears to have stalled there.

Call, email, or corner your senator at Whole Foods - we don’t care how you do it. But ask him or her to put some fire under their colleagues’ collective ass to get this bill onto the Senate floor for a vote. Reach out to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, as well. Everyone working on Capitol Hill deserves a safe environment free from you-know-what-grabbing, and this bill would take significant steps towards achieving that.

 

Claire McCaskill’s Senate Seat

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Your DGB for this weekend is to save a blue senate seat in Missouri.

Senator Claire McCaskill is a Democrat in a red state, which makes her particularly vulnerable this year. However, she has a few things going for her. First, you may have heard of Missouri Governor Crapbag Greitens, a Republican with a nasty indictment on his hands. Apparently dude took nude photographs of a restrained partner and used them as blackmail. Oh, and he also violated campaign finance laws with a dollop of exploitation of a veterans charity. The cherry on top is his refusal to step down. This scandal alone would probably consume all political attention in the state running up to the 2018 midterm elections, giving McCaskill a leg up in November. However, there is another layer to this issue, which brings us to our second piece of bad/good news. McCaskill’s opponent, Josh Hawley, is also Missouri’s Attorney General, who is alleged to have dragged his feet on prosecuting Governor Greitens.

 

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/04/23/mccaskill-missouri-greitens-republicans-senate-545393

 

Lastly, McCaskill has won some extraordinary races before. She is the senior senator in Missouri, having won her seat in 2006 by defeating an incumbent Republican white man, which is pretty impressive in a red state. She was reelected in 2012 after Todd “legitimate rape” Akin tried to unseat her. She’s up for this challenge as well, but she needs our help.

 

https://clairemccaskill.com/

 

https://www.facebook.com/senatormccaskill

 

https://twitter.com/clairecmc

 

Joe Donnelly’s Senate Seat

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Your DGB for this weekend is to help Joe Donnelly keep his senate seat.

The Indiana Senate race is still in the primary stage and it’s as ugly as it is expensive. There are three GOP candidates trying to unseat Donnelly. Here’s a place you can sort through the crazy, if you see fit:

https://www.indystar.com/story/news/politics/2018/05/04/indiana-senate-race-attacks-heres-whats-true-and-whats-not-mike-braun-luke-messer-todd-rokita/577227002/

After Tuesday, we’ll know which of these dudes Joe will have to fend off to keep his seat, which is currently considered a polling tossup. Indiana is Trump country and we need to help Senator Donnelly hang on for the next term.

 

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/donate-primary-web

 

https://www.facebook.com/senatordonnelly

 

https://twitter.com/SenDonnelly

 

Bill Nelson’s Senate Seat

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Your DGB for this weekend is to help re-elect Democrat Bill Nelson to his senate seat in Florida.

DGB just wrapped up our weekend series on flippable red senate seats. Now we begin our effort to retain the incumbent blue seats in jeopardy, one Friday at a time.

Florida senator (and former astronaut) Bill Nelson is mostly known for not being Marco Rubio, but he’s actually the senior senator, first elected in 2000, and incumbents from the opposition party in midterms are difficult to beat. However, Nelson’s challenger is super rich and self-funded Governor Rick Scott, which tips this race into worry territory. Scott is currently walking back his affection for Trump in preparation for the race.

http://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2018/04/27/once-eager-to-tout-trump-friendship-rick-scott-now-plays-it-down/

 

Geek out on statistics and polling here:

https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/09/politics/florida-senate-bill-nelson-favorite/index.html

 

And help Bill out here:

https://nelsonforsenate.com/

https://www.facebook.com/BillNelsonForSenate

https://twitter.com/SenBillNelson

 

Protect Special Counsel Investigations

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Your DGB for today is to pressure Mitch McConnell to allow a vote on the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act.

Versions of this bill have been floating around since last summer, when the country was afflicted with a particularly bad bout of Trump Cray, but they never got off the ground. This month, the bipartisan team of Senators Graham, Tills, Coons, and Booker introduced the legislation’s current form.

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/2644, which advanced out of the Senate Judiciary Comittee this morning by a 14-7 vote that crossed party lines. Normally, this would be the time when a bill is put to a floor vote by the full Senate. Unfortunately, Mitch McConnell’s version of that Schoolhouse Rock song ends before you can even sing along, because he’s refusing to hold a vote at all. Always the petulant child, he had this to say:

"I'm the one who decides what we take to the floor, that's my responsibility as the majority leader, we will not be having this on the floor of the Senate.”

https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/17/politics/mitch-mcconell-robert-mueller-donald-trump-senate/index.html

Mitch is apparently unconcerned with a looming constitutional crisis and uninterested in protecting current and future Special Counsel investigations. Let him know how that makes you feel. It makes DGB staff feel unsafe.

https://www.mcconnell.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact?p=ContactForm

https://www.mcconnell.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/officelocations

@SenateMajLdr

 

Ted Cruz’s Senate Seat

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Your DGB for this weekend is to help beat Ted Cruz.

In one of the most talked about senate races this year, Zodiac killer Ted Cruz is being challenged by former punk band member Beto O’Rourke and it’s thisclose, y’all.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/18/politics/ted-cruz-beto-orourke-poll/index.html

Don’t even take the time to consider the absurdity of that sentence, just help out Beto by donating, volunteering, and amplifying his message.

 

https://betofortexas.com/

https://www.facebook.com/betoorourke

https://twitter.com/betoorourke

 

Our favorite non-policy thing about O’Rourke? He likes to cuss on the campaign trail. A man after DGB hearts.

https://www.facebook.com/texastribune/videos/10155506406660837/

 

Bob Corker’s Senate Seat

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Your DGB for this weekend is to help flip a Tennessee senate seat.

Republican senator Bob Corker announced his retirement back in September of 2017 and hasn’t reconsidered despite the very real possibility of the GOP losing the seat.

Tennessee, like many red state seats that once looked unwinnable for Democrats, is very much in play.

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/democrats-chances-of-winning-the-senate-are-looking-stronger/

The race will see Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-7) compete with Phil Bredesen, former Governor.

Boost Bredesen via donation or simply amplify his message at one of the links below.

 

http://www.bredesen.com/

 

https://twitter.com/philbredesen

 

https://www.facebook.com/BredesenForSenate

 

 

Dean Heller’s Senate Seat

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Your DGB for this weekend is to help elect Jacky Rosen (D-NV-3) to the senate.

In 2012, sitting Nevada Senator Dean Heller won his seat by a single percentage point. In 2016, Hillary carried the state and Heller’s is considered the most endangered republican seat in the country.

DGB can independently verify that candidate Jacky Rosen is completely not insane and doesn’t even bully or fire people via Twitter. She in fact tweets policy and activism, which is refreshing in the current political climate.

 

See Rosen’s voting history here: https://ballotpedia.org/Jacky_Rosen

 

Donate to or volunteer with her campaign here: https://www.rosenfornevada.com/

 

Check out her Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/rosenfornevada

 

And follow her on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/RosenforNevada

 

 

Deb Fischer’s Senate Seat

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Your DGB for this weekend is to work on ousting Deb Fischer from the senate because she sucks.

https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/congress-trump-score/deb-fischer/

We tend to think of Nebraska as blood red, but in 2012, during the last battle for her seat, Fischer only beat democratic challenger Bob Kerrey 57% to 42%. It was a general election year and people were turning out pretty big for Obama. It was no 2008, but it was still a midsize blue wave, with Democrats gaining a net of two senate seats nationwide. In 2008, Nebraska even awarded one of her electoral votes to Barack, proving the Omaha area to be quite progressive. Still not convinced we can flip a senate seat there? For comparison, prior to Doug Jones’ quick snag of an Alabama senate seat late last year, republicans had easily taken past seats in the state by upwards of 30 percentage points- twice that of the Fischer/Kerrey race- and Jones still pulled it off. Another blue wave is cresting over America and this one is poised to be a tsunami. Nebraska is well within our reach.

Jayne Raybould needs our help to fundraise and gain social media presence. Follow her on Twitter @JayneRaybould and Facebook.

Thad Cochran’s Senate Seat

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Your DGB for this weekend is to help elect a democrat in Mississippi.

Turns out, Roger Wicker’s isn’t the only Mississippi Senate seat up for grabs this year. Thad Cochran is retiring April 1st after approximately 200 years as Senator, triggering a special election for his seat. FiveThirtyEight points out the benefits for Democrats of Mississippi’s nonpartisan special election format here: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/how-things-could-go-wrong-for-republicans-in-mississippis-new-senate-race/

One of the things that needs to happen is for the Republicans to put up a really bad candidate. “But, DGB,” you say, “however will they find one of those??” Enter Chris McDaniel, a crazy person, who could split the GOP vote enough to sow plenty of chaos.

Because this special election is a fairly new story, we don’t yet know the candidates who will appear on the ballot. But, you can donate to the Mississippi Democratic Party here: http://www.mississippidemocrats.org/, where you can also keep abreast of this evolving senate race.