7 Races That Can Turn The Senate Blue

BlueWave

Blue Wave 2018

Turning the U.S. Senate Blue

 

We all know that if we are going to hold on to the improvements the Affordable Care Act made in our health care system, we must vote Democrats back into control of the Senate and the House. We also know that if we are to make any serious progress on providing Medicare for all Americans, we must vote Democrats back into control of the Senate and the House. We also know that if we are going protect and preserve Social Security and Medicare, we must vote Democrats back into control of the Senate and the House.

If 5 out of 7 of the Democratic Candidates for U.S. Senate listed below win their races, then Democrats will most likely have regained control of the U.S Senate. If Democrats win all seven races, they would hold a 53 to 47 majority in the U.S. Senate. All seven of these races are winnable. By the same token, they are all also losable. That is why it is so important for all of us to do everything we can to help Democrats win! The only way the Blue Wave happens is if every one of us does what we can do to make it happen.

Lean Republican    
Phil Bredesen Tennessee @PhilBredesen
Beto O’Rourke Texas @BetoORourke
Toss Up    
Heidi Heitkamp (i), North Dakota @SenatorHeitkamp
Jacky Rosen Nevada @RosenforNevada
Bill Nelson (i), Florida @SenBillNelson
Lean Democrat    
Kyrsten Sinema Arizona @kyrstensinema
Claire McCaskill Missouri @McCaskill4MO

 

Simple ways we can all help:

Follow these candidates on twitter.

Retweet posts from their twitter feeds.

If you want to do more:

Volunteer to door knock

Volunteer to phone bank

Donate to one or more of these candidates.

Information about volunteering and donating will be available on the candidates’ campaign websites.

Finally, thank you for any and everything you do to #ProtectOurCare and make America the country we all know that she can be.

The possibility of winning the above races is based on information at: https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2018-midterm-election-forecast/senate/?ex_cid=midterms-header

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Republican Elites Are Scared of @PhilBredesen

When the Knoxville News-Sentinel needs someone to give voice to the extreme right-wing of the political spectrum, Greg Johnson is the writer who often gets the job. He has an opinion piece up on the News-Sentinel website about Democrat Phil Bredesen’s run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Republican Bob Corker.

Two things are evident in Johnson’s piece. First, he cannot stand the thought of Tennesseans sending a Democrat to the U.S. Senate. Second, he respects, perhaps even admires Bredesen. The worse thing he can think of to say about him is that some Democrats might not like Bredesen’s pragmatic, common-sense approach to governing.

To be certain, Greg writes a nice article. To his credit, he uses the first paragraph to remind Tennesseans what a truly great job Bredesen did as governor of the state. Where Johnson misses the boat is his understanding of what Bredesen’s common-sense pragmatism would mean for working class Tennesseans. Greg writes an article each week for the News-Sentinel, but most of his time is spent working as a financial advisor for Edward Jones

Greg does an outstanding job helping Tennesseans with portfolios of upwards of $500 ,000. The problem is most Tennesseans don’t have portfolios quite that large. Greg also likes politicians who cater to folks who have plenty of money to invest. That may be the real reason he does not want Tennesseans to send Phil Bredesen to Washington. Greg knows that Bredesen will work just as hard for working class Tennesseans as Greg does for those with ample investment portfolios.  Greg also knows that Bredesen would likely oppose any GOP scheme to privatize Social Security and Medicare.

We already have enough politicians in Washington who are using their offices to pad their pockets and the bank accounts of their donors.  In fact, the GOP candidate that Greg favors, Marsha Blackburn, already has a cozy arrangement with the pharmaceutical industry.

Greg and Marsha will be fine regardless of who wins this November’s race. The same cannot be said for middle and working class Tennesseans. They need a Senator who is going to be on their side. Phil Bredesen is the common sense choice for all Tennesseans.

 

Chicago physicians favor single payer over ACA by a 2 to 1 margin #ProtectOurCare

Survey: Physician Attitudes Shift To Single Payer Chicago Medical Society, June 13, 2017 Nearly four in five Chicago area physicians are opposed to the American Health Care Act (AHCA) under consideration by the U.S. Senate as increasing numbers of physicians support a single-payer “Medicare-for-All” form of health insurance. A survey of more than 1,000 physicians…

via Chicago physicians favor single payer over ACA by a 2 to 1 margin — PNHP’s Official Blog

The Russia Scandal Is Distracting Democrats From Trumpcare #ResistGOPCare

Earlier this year, as the Russia scandal heated up, a number of commentators bemoaned Washington’s “obsession” with the story. The Independent’s Andrew Buncombe, noting that “there remains no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government to influence the election,” wrote that “the Siberian Candidate theory is so dangerous is that it is a distraction from…

via The Russia Scandal Is Distracting Democrats From Trumpcare — New Republic

Montana #GOP Congressional Candidate Is Charged With Assault #ProtectOurCare #VoteQuist

As we’ve seen, being a multimillionaire can lead to certain, shall we say, impulse control problems. Greg Gianforte, Montana congressional candidates and all-around Republican jerk who donated to a white supremacist candidate, was charged with misdemeanor assault after attacking a reporter last night. Sheriff Brian Gootkin released this statement: “Following multiple interviews and an investigation…

via Montana Congressional Candidate Is Charged With Misdemeanor Assault — Latest from Crooks and Liars

WARNING! When the #GOP Talks about Dismantling Healthcare, You Better Believe it

Most Americans were shocked and disturbed when Raúl R. Labrador, a Republican Congressman, said, “Nobody dies because they don’t have access to health care.” Most people would like to think that such a comment would be an anomaly, but then we remember that Todd Akin, who tried to convince us that there was such a thing as “Legitimate Rape,” was also a GOP Congressman. Maybe extreme thoughts and ideas are not outliers in the Republican party. Perhaps harsh and cruel are at the core of the GOP agenda for America. The party has certainly given America plenty of reasons to think that is the case.

Now, the Senate Republicans are working on healthcare. When what they might do is taken with what House Republicans have already approved and what 45 is proposing in his budget, America’s vulnerable populations (women, children, seniors, working class and poor) are in trouble if the GOP gets its way.

Americans who desire a just and fair healthcare policy will get a chance to vote for leaders who support such a policy in 2018 and 2020. Now, the only recourse is to contact members of Congress and  ask them to #ProtectOurCare!

AHCA Hurts the Medicare Trust Fund #ProtectOurCare

The solvency of the Medicare (Part A Hospital Insurance) Trust Fund turns in large part on Congress. Democratic leaders extended its life when they passed the Affordable Care Act and imposed additional payroll taxes on the wealthiest Americans. Now, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Republican leaders in the House have voted…

via AHCA and the Medicare Trust Fund — JustCare