Midterm Elections 2018
The DNC is doing unprecedented work to support candidates at the state level this year:
Providing cybersecurity guidance for states — you know the Russians are going to be back to attack our democracy again this year. We’re helping campaigns protect themselves.
Raising grassroots funds for candidates — helping candidates across the country fund their campaigns the right way: From grassroots supporters like you.
Targeting new universes of unregistered voters — our tech team is creating new datasets that identify over 25 million likely Democrats who are currently unregistered, so campaigns can target our voter registration outreach as smartly as possible.
Supporting state parties — now’s a time to make large, long-term investments in state parties, and that’s exactly what we’re doing through the State Party Innovation Fund.
Rebuilding and maintaining the voter files — without it, we can’t do the organizing work it will take on the ground to win in November 2018.
Washington State: MyVote.wa.gov | enter your name & birthdate to find your elected officials, your precinct, your voting history, and much more.
Idaho: Go to Idahovotes.gov | Lots of information if you dig a little.
WA State Data on Campaign funding: Washington State Public Disclosure Commission (PDC)
For your viewing pleasure:
”Get me Roger Stone” (2017) an hour and a half documentary streamable on Netflix. A biography of an infamous political operative with Stone’s willing participation. Many insights into the rise of Trump.
”The Brainwashing of My Dad” (2015) streamable on Netflix and Hulu and probably elsewhere. Much food for thought on the effect of Fox News and other propaganda.
Jane Mayer is an investigative journalist and a staff writer with The New Yorker since 1995. She spent five years working on ” Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right” (2016) The Koch brothers threatened a lawsuit, but none materialized. Glancing at her bibliography was probably enough to discourage them. This is the definitive work. It is well worth reading. You will never again lightly pass over a reference to The Heritage Foundation or the American Enterprise Institute or the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
Jane Mayer also wrote a lengthy piece on the reclusive multibillionaire, James Mercer, whose money and influence were essential for the Trump presidency.
The Importance of Words and Framing: ”Don’t Think of an Elephant!: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate” (2014) by George Lakoff is a very readable and insightful piece on the sophistication of Republican propaganda and the importance of words and framing.
HELSINKI Trump-Putin Summit July 16, 2018
Open Letter to My Dear Republican Brother – these last 21 months have been difficult for our relationships. I know I’ve always been the back sheep – a rare blue in your sea of red – and I will always believe I brought an important perspective to the table but I never felt that you demonized me. Nor, I you. Our differing political never separated us into corners, unable to even talk with each other anymore. But, that apparently is where we are now.
I recently realized that my experience with our father was very different than yours. Since I was the baby of the family, the late-in-life child who remained with Mom & Dad for the many years after you’d left for college, I had more time alone with them. Dad loved talking history, politics, world events and I loved listening to him. So much so I graduated UC Berkeley with a BA degree in Political science.
So what’s the problem? The recent Helsinki Summit between Presidents Trump & Putin has tipped the scale.
It became apparent to the world that the United States President Trump is not defending the truth against the dezinformatsiya campaign & cyberwarfare Russia is waging on us. As surely as Osama bin-Laden attacked the United States on 9-11-2001, Putin attacked us & continues to attack us.
This is not Fake News. President Trump told the crowd at the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention “Don’t believe what you hear. What you’re seeing & reading is not really happening.”
I had the great opportunity to speak with Katie Kalvoda, a founding and organizing member of WAVE – Women for American Values & Ethics – based in the Newport Beach area in Southern California. Representing a dynamic group of over 600 women, WAVE is dedicated to compiling progressive issue-centered candidate information for voters in the CA 39th, 45th, 48th & 49th Congressional districts. All four of these districts are competitive with Dana Rohrabacher’s seat the most hotly contested as witnessed by the Twitter hashtag trend during a rally for his opponent, Harley Rouda, Sunday, July 22, 2018 #FlipThe48th.
Who is your Congressional Representative?
As the 2018 campaign cycle winds down to Nov 6, much effort is being spent both nationally and locally on voter registration. WAVE concentrates on 3 demographics – Democrats, Independents & Millennials. WAVE members and volunteers are actively working with other organizations to get out the vote, particularly on college campuses which has an abysmal record of under 10% of eligible students voting in midterm elections.
WAVE focuses on issues important to all women’s lives no matter their age, locale, politics, education, religion, culture, or socioeconomic status.
They join numerous other organizations working to elect progressive candidates in the 2018 Midterm Elections who represent their values on these issues and who will stand up to persuasive but contrary political players.
For more information about WAVE and its current positions and candidate endorsements: Wave4All.org.
07/22/18 – Dana Rohrabacher
“Rohrabacher told Politico that he could be the congressman listed in an indictment of a 29-year-old guns rights advocate accused of being a Russian spy. Rohrabacher had dinner with Maria Butina in 2015, but said at one other GOP member and other Americans were there as well.” Stay Tuned!