Category Archives: Congressional Campaign

Clearing Up Misconceptions of the Coronavirus Stimulus Payments

Someone on Twitter asked: “So the stimulus checks they are sending are technically an advance refund of 2020 taxes?!?!”

My response:

Not true (in the way people are thinking). The law creates a refundable tax credit (economic impact payment) for the 2020 tax year.

What you get now is an advance on that credit you would otherwise get as your tax refund in 2021 (for your 2020 tax filing), like Obamacare’s Advance Premium Tax Credit.

You might be getting more money back in 2021 for your 2020 tax refund. For instance, if you had a child during 2020, or during 2019 but didn’t file yet, you won’t get $500 for that child now, but you will be able to get that $500 on next year’s tax refund.

To clarify, a “refundable” tax credit is IRS lingo for free money.

For instance, the Earned Income Tax Credit is fully refundable.

The Child Tax Credit is $2,000, but only $1,400 is refundable.

The new coronavirus tax credit is $1,200 per adult and $500 per child, and is fully refundable.

The additional money on your 2020 tax refund IS the coronavirus economic impact payment. They are sending advance payments of this tax credit now.

If you make less than $75,000 per person in 2020 but more on your past tax return, you should get more money on your 2020 tax refund.

Here is an authoritative source confirming what I have stated.

“The rebate is actually an advance on a tax credit that you may claim on your 2020 tax return. If your income is lower in 2020 than in 2019, any additional credit you are eligible for will be refunded or reduce your tax liability when you file your 2020 tax return next year.”

My Promise to Introduce New Articles of Impeachment Against President Donald J. Trump

I will introduce new, symbolic articles of impeachment against Donald J. Trump on January 3, 2021, even though he will be leaving office on January 20, 2021. There will be one article about his abuses of power in firing Alexander Vindman, Yevgeny Vindman, Brett Crozier, Michael Atkinson, and others. There will be another regarding his violations of the foreign and domestic emoluments clauses of the U.S. Constitution for various financial crimes such as foreign dignitaries staying at his properties and paying handsomely, charging $650 per night for the Secret Service’s lodging at Mar-a-Lago to protect him, and so forth.

Please note that the February 2020 court defeat for emoluments violations stated only that the Democrats who sued Donald Trump lacked legal standing—it said nothing about the emoluments violations themselves. Articles of impeachment have never been precluded regarding Trump’s emoluments violations, and impeachment is the Constitutionally defined method to seek redress.

The Great Democratic American Comeback: Seeking the Endorsement of Pete Buttigieg’s Win the Era PAC

I am seeking an endorsement from Pete Buttigieg’s new Win the Era PAC for my race for Florida’s 6th Congressional district. Here, I lay out a case for my endorsement and my vision of the Great Democratic American Comeback in 2020.

April 4, 2020

Hello,

I am a progressive Democrat running for Congress in Florida’s 6th district (Daytona Beach area). This is an R+7 district and the incumbent is Lt. Col. Michael Waltz, probably Trump’s favorite Congressman. There is only one other Democrat running and he’s a perennial candidate who has never won an election.

I’m a 28-year-old teacher educator, husband, and father. I have not been politically active before, but have delayed a promising career in academia due to feeling a call to serve. I am advocating for healthcare for all, a universal basic income, and a Green New Deal to invest in the American people and face the existential threat of the climate crisis. My candidacy and this district meets the five criteria your new PAC has set to support down-ballot candidates.

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, I think the failures of the Republican party and crony capitalism have been laid bare, at immense cost to Americans in terms of a death toll that may surpass the Vietnam War or worse, as well as to the prosperity of hard-working Americans who have been victimized by corporate privilege and immense wealth stratification aided and abetted by our governments at all levels.

Electorally, 2020 is now a total wildcard and this “safe” Republican district I am running in (FL CD 6), as well as many others, might become blue, as they were for Obama in 2008. Money cannot buy this Congressional seat—Ambassador Nancy Soderberg ran here in 2018 with stellar qualifications, an early endorsement from Vice President Joe Biden, $3.2 million raised in her principal campaign committee, and $1.6 million in TV ads from Mike Bloomberg’s Independence USA PAC. She was blown out by 13 percentage points despite predicting a toss-up.

Here in the Daytona Beach area, we have been running centrist candidates for Congress from out-of-town for decades, and losing, losing, losing. I’m a Florida native born in Daytona Beach who has lived here my whole life. I’m not well known and have little money, and I’ve only been running since January 2, 2020. Already, I have a team of volunteers excited about my candidacy and the opportunity for a real change in government. Up until mid-March, I attended over 30 events including Democratic meetings, festivals, home shows, college events, and parades, talking to hundreds of motivated voters and giving away thousands of business cards.

The incumbent has stepped up his appearances on Fox News and in West Volusia county where I live, and has started holding town hall meetings that he previously had shunned. People are not happy with him or Donald Trump’s “leadership”—even Republicans are airing their grievances about Mr. Waltz quite strenuously on social media, outnumbering favorable comments by a wide margin. At the same time, the Florida Democratic party and our local volunteers have been doing a tremendous job registering voters and emphasizing voting by mail, which is available to all Florida voters.

I went canvassing in Daytona Beach with our new chapter of the Blue Wave Coalition in early March. Floridians are livid, as are Americans, with Lyin’ Donald Trump, Moscow Mitch, and immense economic inequality. This is only worsening due to Trump’s colossal failure in responding to the coronavirus pandemic, which is hitting Florida particularly hard due to gubernatorial incompetence, tourism and our service economy, and our status as a retirement destination.

I believe we are now on the cusp of the greatest political and socio-economic upheaval of our lifetimes. Donald Trump co-opted the Republican party and radicalized the American people. His unprecedented incompetence, corruption, and petulance has exacted tremendous human, environmental, political, and economic tolls on the United States of America. Politically, 2020 will be the Great Democratic American Comeback, borne from the ashes of the failed, homicidally negligent, and completely discredited Republican party.

Please consider me for endorsement and support by Pete Buttigieg’s Win the Era PAC, and reach out if you would like more information.

Sincerely,
Dr. Richard Thripp
Progressive Democrat for U.S. Congress (#FL6)
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Addendum:

I just wrote to Pete Buttigieg for his new PAC asking for his endorsement.

Pete is a fan of Bernie but decided to be a moderate.

He loves “High Hopes” by Panic at the Disco.

If you want to have high hopes, you start your negotiation from a STRONG position, which is universal healthcare for all, single-payer, with no deductibles, premiums, co-insurance, or co-pays. That’s where you START. You can move down from there, but you can’t move up if you set the bar low to start.

I am glad that Americans are becoming more favorable toward healthcare for all now.

On My STEM Background and Election Prospects: Seeking the 314 Action PAC’s Endorsement

I am seeking an endorsement from the 314 Action PAC which seeks to elect scientists to political offices at all levels. Here, I lay out my strong STEM background and discuss my election prospects and why 314 Action should endorse and support me.

About my science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) background:

I teach EME 2040: Introduction to Technology for Educators at University of Central Florida. I have a PhD in Education from UCF in the Instructional Design & Technology track where I researched the financial literacy of preservice teachers for my dissertation. I also completed an advanced graduate statistics certificate.

I have a refereed academic journal article (as 4th author) on a digital engineering and computer science testing and remediation center at UCF, an SSRN article on climate change, and I have co-edited an academic anthology published by IGI Global on K–12 online and blended learning. My dissertation has been published as an e-book by The International Society for Technology, Education and Science (ISTES), and I am co-chairing two virtual academic conferences for ISTES in July 2020. I am a co-author on another refereed article on high-stakes 7th grade civics testing in Florida and a co-editor on another forthcoming book from ISTES on parents’ involvement with their middle schoolers’ mathematics homework and e-learning.

About my general election opponent, my prospects as a candidate, and the 2020 race for Florida’s 6th Congressional district:

The incumbent Congressman is Lt. Col. Michael Waltz and he is running for his 2nd term. The prior Congressman for this district was Ron DeSantis who won his gubernatorial race in 2018.

Waltz is a Green Beret and former never-Trumper who now fervently supports Trump and appears frequently with him. He has served in Afghanistan, worked closely with Dick Cheney, and ran companies selling weapons systems in Libya when the 2012 Benghazi attack happened.

I think Waltz is more vulnerable than people think. Donald Trump co-opted the Republican party and radicalized the American people. The GOP looks especially bad now with their rampant corruption and disastrous mishandling of the coronavirus crisis.

I’ve talked with Ambassador Nancy Soderberg and Dr. Stephen Sevigny already. They are not interested in running again. Soderberg was well-connected and a tremendous fundraising powerhouse but lost this race by 13 percentage points in 2018, despite thinking it was a toss-up.

However, I think in 2020, a fresh candidate like myself has a chance of winning, even with a scrappy campaign. My positions are considered very liberal (universal healthcare, universal basic income, Green New Deal), which conventional wisdom says will not work in a district like this. I disagree. I think people are getting quite sick (literally) from the status quo, and the Republicans won’t be able to run on a strong economy when coronavirus has kicked off an economic depression of unprecedented ferocity, as well as a public health crisis that may claim 250,000 American lives.

Another advantage is I was born in Daytona Beach and have lived in the district my whole life, unlike past and present candidates and representatives. We also have felon re-enfranchisement for the first time ever, and the Florida Democratic party and local Democrats are doing a fantastic job of getting Democrats registered to vote, including vote-by-mail. The wind is at our back.

Why the 314 Action PAC should endorse me:

I started campaigning on January 2, 2020 as a political neophyte. Up until 3/12/2020 when coronavirus took hold, I attended 31 meetings / events including festivals, Daytona State College events, parades, canvassing, Democratic galas and meetings, and met all of the Democratic leadership in Volusia, Flagler, Lake, and St. Johns counties. I have been warmly received and learned a lot quite quickly. An endorsement from 314 Action would be a great boost to my campaign, and with my background, experience, and expertise, I believe I am an ideal candidate and potential spokesperson for your political action committee.


Thank you for reading. Please donate to my campaign. Even if you live outside Florida’s 6th Congressional district, this is a race you can make a real difference in.

Please also check and update your voter registration and get registered to vote-by-mail. You can do it all online. If you are a registered independent who votes Democratic, please switch your registration to the Democratic party. Think of this like the Census—more registered Democrats means a “safely” Republican district becomes less safe, which opens the floodgates for support and funding to get Democrats elected, not just to Congress but also to our state legislature, city and county governments, and school boards.