Winning Just 5 of these 8 races Gives Us the Senate!

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Winning 5 of these 8 races gives us the Senate!

Sunday at church was like a funeral. Everyone with long faces, heads down. Everyone was fearful and disgusted by the Kavanaugh confirmation. The pain and disappointment are real, but we cannot let them have the last word. We are so close to regaining control of the Senate. It is within reach. There are 8 U.S Senate races that can be won by Democrats. If we win 5 of those 8, we control the Senate. If we control the Senate, we can keep a lot of bad stuff from happening between now and 2020. Most importantly, if Democrats control the Senate, then we don’t have to worry about another Brett Kavanaugh going on the Supreme Court. Democrats winning the Senate will mean that at least one part of the federal government will be working for us and not just for corporations and the extremely wealthy. We will have a body who can stop legislation that would harm women, people of color, children, immigrants and the LGBTQ community.

Please do everything you can to elect these eight candidates.

 

Leaning D Democrat Senate Candidate On Twitter
Arizona Kyrsten Sinema @kyrstensinema
Toss Up    
Nevada Jacky Rosen @RosenforNevada
Missouri Claire McCaskill (incumbent) @McCaskill4MO
Florida Bill Nelson (incumbent) @SenBillNelson
Leaning R    
Texas Beto O’Rourke @BetoORourke
Tennessee Phil Bredesen @PhilBredesen
North Dakota Heidi HeitKamp (incumbent) @SenatorHeitkamp
Likely R    
Mississippi Mike Espy @espyforsenate

These race assessments are from the 538 Senate Forecast https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2018-midterm-election-forecast/senate/?ex_cid=rrpromo

 

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7 Races That Can Turn The Senate Blue

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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  
Beto O’Rourke Texas @BetoORourke
Phil Bredesen Tennessee  @PhilBredesen
Toss Up
Heidi Heitkamp (i), North Dakota @SenatorHeitkamp
Jacky Rosen Nevada @RosenforNevada
Lean Democrat
Bill Nelson (i), Florida  @SenBillNelson
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

A Vote for Tom Price is a Vote to Destroy Medicare

A Vote for Tom Price is a Vote to Destroy Medicare

Medicare demonstrates that there are some services that the federal government provides better than the private sector. The mere existence of Medicare (and Social Security) puts the lie to the claim that everything should be privatized. For that reason, today’s Republicans, who hate government and want to privatize everything, are determined to end Medicare as we know it.

One of those anti-government zealots, Representative Tom Price (R-GA), has been nominated by Donald Trump to be the fox in the Medicare hen house — Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Department responsible for the administration of Medicare. He has made his antagonism to Medicare clear.

Against all evidence, Price claims that “nothing has had a greater negative effect on the delivery of health care than the federal government’s intrusion into medicine through Medicare.” Of course, the exact opposite is true. Medicare saves lives. It allows seniors and people with disabilities, those with the greatest health needs, to obtain life-saving health care.

 

 

 

Vote to #ProtectOurCare GOP Senators Running For Reelection In 2018

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GOP Senators Running For Reelection In 2018

Name, State Phone Twitter
Barrasso, John – (R – WY) (202) 224-6441 @SenJohnBarrasso
Corker, Bob – (R – TN) (202) 224-3344 @SenBobCorker
Cruz, Ted – (R – TX) (202) 224-5922 @SenTedCruz
Fischer, Deb – (R – NE) (202) 224-6551 @SenatorFischer
Flake, Jeff – (R – AZ) (202) 224-4521 @JeffFlake
Hatch, Orrin G. – (R – UT) (202) 224-5251 @SenOrrinHatch
Heller, Dean – (R – NV) (202) 224-6244 @SenDeanHeller
Wicker, Roger F. – (R – MS) (202) 224-6253 @SenatorWicker

If one of these is your Senator, call often. None of them want their votes against Medicare, Medicaid or health care for all Americans to be the reason they lose their Senate seats in 2018. Let them know you are watching. A vote for Price is a vote against America’s health.

 

Call these Flippable Members of Congress! NO #Trumpcare NO #AHCA

The margin of victory in each of these 34 Congressional districts was 15% or less in the 2016 election cycle. In one race, the margin of victory was less than 1%. These are seats in the U.S. House of Representatives that can be won by candidates who will be committed protectors of Medicare and health care for all Americans.

Ways you can use this list to #ProtectOurCare & keep unwanted #HandsOffMedicare

Short term: The Republicans who currently sit in these know that they won them by less than an overwhelming majority. Some of them anticipate being in extremely tight races when they seek reelection in 2018. For that reason, they might be more willing to vote against the Republican leadership that has every intention of cutting Medicare and health care for all Americans. If you are a resident of one these Congressional districts, write and call relentlessly to encourage your member of Congress to strengthen and not cut our health care.

Long term: The only way to #ProtectOurCare with any kind of certainty is to fill these  seats with people who are committed to protecting Medicare, Medicaid and health care for all Americans.  If you are a resident of one of these districts, find out who is going to contend for the seat in 2018. This may be a Democrat, Independent or Green Party member. Party does not matter. What matters is electing a member of Congress who is absolutely committed to protecting health care for all Americans. While the party affiliation of the challenger is not of primary importance, that there is only one serious challenger is. Two serious challengers running against an incumbent is good news for the incumbent.

Republicans in the U.S House of Representatives in Swing Districts

State Cong. Dist. Member Phone Twitter Last Election Margin
AL 02 Roby, Martha 202-225-2901 @RepMarthaRoby 8.2%
AZ 02 McSally, Martha 202-225-2542 @RepMcSally 13.9%
CA 10 Denham, Jeff 202-225-4540 @RepJeffDenham 3.4%
CA 25 Knight, Steve 202-225-1956 @SteveKnight25 6.3%
CA 49 Issa, Darrell 202-225-3906 @DarrellIssa <1%
CO 03 Tipton, Scott 202-225-4761 @RepTipton 14.3%
CO 06 Coffman, Mike 202-225-7882 @RepMikeCoffman 8.3%
FL 15 Ross, Dennis 202-225-1252 @RepDennisRoss 14.9
FL 18 Mast, Brian 202-225-3026 @RepBrianMast 10.5%
FL 26 Curbelo, Carlos 202-225-2778 @RepCurbelo 11.8%
FL 27 Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana 202-225-3931 @RosLehtinen 9.8%
IL 12 Bost, Mike 202-225-5661 @RepBost 14.6%
IN 09 Hollingsworth, Trey 202-225-5315 @RepTrey 13.7%
IA 01 Blum, Rod 202-225-2911 @RepRodBlum 7.7%
IA 03 Young, David 202-225-5476 @RepDavidYoung 13.7%
KS 03 Yoder, Kevin 202-225-2865 @RepKevinYoder 10.7%
ME 02 Poliquin, Bruce 202-225-6306 @RepPoliquin 9.6%
MI 07 Walberg, Tim 202-225-6276 @RepWalberg 15%
MI 11 Trott, Dave 202-225-8171 @repdavetrott 12.8%
MN 02 Lewis, Jason 202-225-2271 @RepJasonLewis 1.8%
MN 03 Paulsen, Erik 202-225-2871 @RepErikPaulsen 13.7%
NE 02 Bacon, Don 202-225-4155 @RepDonBacon 1.2%
NJ 07 Lance, Leonard 202-225-5361 @RepLanceNJ7 11%
NY 19 Faso, John 202-225-5614 @RepJohnFaso 8.6%
NY 22 Tenney, Claudia 202-225-3665 @RepTenney 5.5%
NC 02 Holding, George 202-225-3032 @RepHolding 13.4%
NC 13 Budd, Ted 202-225-4531 @RepTedBudd 12.2%
PA 06 Costello, Ryan 202-225-4315 @RepRyanCostello 14.5%
PA 08 Fitzpatrick, Brian 202-225-4276 @RepBrianFitz 8.9%
PA 16 Smucker, Lloyd 202-225-2411 @RepSmucker 10.9%
TX 07 Culberson, John 202-225-2571 @CongCulberson 12.3%
TX 23 Hurd, Will 202-225-4511 @HurdOnTheHill 1.3%
UT 04 Love, Mia 202-225-3011 @RepMiaLove 12.5%
VA 10 Comstock, Barbara 202-225-5136 @RepComstock 5.8%

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has issued a longer list of seats that they will challenge  in 2018.

You might also want to check this list to see if one of your Senators is up for reelection in 2018

Freedom Caucus Targets Medicare To Fund Trump’s Wall

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), Chairman of the House Freedom Caucus casually put Medicare and Medicaid in the crosshairs when asked how he plans to find the 15 billion dollars needed to fund Donald Trump’s Chinese wall. On Thursday, MSNBC’s Greta Susteren brought on the leader of the most fiscally conservative nuts in the GOP and…

via Freedom Caucus Targets Medicare To Fund Trump’s Wall — Latest from Crooks and Liars

Paul Ryan continues his assault on Obamacare and Medicare #ProtectOurCare #HandsOffMedicare

Paul Ryan continues his assault on Obamacare and Medicare

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) seems to be constitutionally unable to avoid making misstatements about the Affordable Care Act or Medicare, two programs he has the knives out for. He doesn’t put it that way, of course — he hides his demolition plans behind the language of “fixing” the programs, but his “fixes” resemble what Mafia dons mean when they talk about “fixing” a stoolie or a pet owner means by “fixing” a cat.