Indiana Statewide Democratic Candidates celebrating at the Big Dem Weekend:
Joe Donnelly, Jim Harper, Joselyn Whitticker and John Aguilera
The Indiana Democratic Party celebrated it’s Big Dem Weekend in Indianapolis with the Hoosier Hospitality Dinner on Friday evening and the Indiana Democratic Convention on Saturday.
Monroe County was well represented by our delegates and Kaisa Goodman (MCDP Executive Director) and Brandon Turner (MCCSC School Board candidate) were elected by the Ninth District delegates to serve on the Credentials and Rules Committees.
As always the weekend is a combination of serious business and a pep rally. A chance to meet and talk with other Democrats from around the state, to hear from major voices in the national party and from the candidate running for township advisory board in a county on the other side of the state. Here are a few snippets of wisdom from the weekend:
There’s a lot more wisdom in Washington, IN than in Washington D.C.
Unity is vital to our success. We have no time for petty fighting. We need candidates who speak to the people… who talk about infrastructure, immigration reform, elections that allow all voices to be heard and where voters choose their candidates and not the other way around, LGBT protections, and who don’t use their religion to tear down others who are different than they are. We must listen to how they speak to us and what they say. We must continue to change the narrative and put the blame back where it belongs with those currently in power in the GOP.
The Democratic Party is not beholden to a fictional “better” past… it was the Democrats who gave this country social security, medicare, worker protections, and more…. Our party is made up of disparate people joined by common bonds. The need for good, caring government that makes people’s lives better is still real.
We must honor the work of those who came before us and remember that there are those who will follow us. We can’t achieve everything that needs to be done in this election cycle, but we can build an understanding of our common ground and forge a bridge to a future generation.
And finally, It’s about knocking on doors… about knocking on every door - remember that the villain that you think may be on the other side of the door is a person and a Hoosier just like you.
And that’s a reminder that now that the party is over, it’s time to get back to the hard work of getting our message out and our candidate’s elected, and once they are in office, to keep them doing the people’s work…
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Now's the Time to Increase your Campaign Knowledge
Some of the best things in life are free. As we sign up to assist our candidates in the fall election, take an afternoon to do a little free self-training by reviewing the Indiana Election Division website at https://www.in.gov/sos/elections/2395.htm
Anything you do to increase your knowledge of the election laws that apply to Indiana political candidates will be of enormous value to our candidates. They are incredibly busy strategizing, raising money, and knocking on doors, so they really need us to help them navigate the nuts and bolts of running a clean and legal campaign. So bone up now, before things get really crazy, and do it on your own schedule. You do not have to be a lawyer; you just have to be able to read!
Candidate Info ** New Section!
YEAR OF THE WOMAN!!
Going over the Democratic Primary returns, we couldn't help noticing that women won almost every single race*, from the US IN09 House race through Commissioner, Council, down to precinct level races and state convention delegate.
It was an amazing result.
*In the Democratic Primary one woman lost a 2 person race for precinct committee chair. That's it. One woman, out of dozens that ran.
So, is the work of the DWC just about finished?
Have we achieved our dreams from those days in 2004 when we only had three (3) women running in the county races?
Do we need to rethink the DWC, it's mission, it's support and funding for progressive pro-choice women candidates?
This was the focus of two four-hour steering committee meetings in the past couple of weeks. This writer would love to report on progress, updates and changes, but there are more voices to be heard, and candidates to consult, and members to speak up on these issues. So, you'll be asked in the next couple of weeks to give some feedback in this process. Whether it be increased opportunities for political trainings, revision of by-laws and policies (current ones are on the website) or something else you want to talk about, you'll have that opportunity. Be thinking about this renewal project, watch here for the call to a survey, and in the meantime, if you just want to jot down some ideas on any of the above, send those jottings to firstname.lastname@example.org
BETTER LATE THAN NEVER, RIGHT?
Last week, Illinois FINALLY ratified the ERA Amendment!
Which states have NOT ratified the ERA Amendment?
***The answer is in the action section at the end of this newsletter. Hint? (There are 14)
And what now? Does it still count? And who is Alice Paul anyway?
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Candidate Info ** New Section!
Today, as we honor the brave men and women who have given their lives in America's wars, let us remember the words of Eleanor Roosevelt: "Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility." The highest honor we can give to the fallen is our redoubled commitment to fight for the democratic ideals and freedoms for which they died.
Yes - It's that time of the month again - the DWC June Breakfast will take place Friday, June 1 at 7:30am at the Village Deli.
The traditional breakfast program after an election is to have our endorsed candidates speak about their experiences. We’ll get the scoop on their races, highlights of their efforts over the past 4 months, and hear how their association with the DWC affected their campaigns. Some of the questions that might be asked are: why they decided to run, who helped them make that decision, how they found folks to help them in their races and what they need from DWC members going forward. We’ll probably also take a few questions from the audience.
If you were unable to attend the lunch on the Friday after the election (and even if you were) come be inspired by these women who have put themselves forward to serve the people of Monroe County and beyond and given them a rousing send off in their fight to win in November.
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DWC Wins Big in the Primary Election!
WHAT A WEEK! In a groundbreaking primary season with more women running both locally and nationally than ever before, women candidates in Monroe County emerged victorious. Even more gratifying, in every primary race where the DWC had an endorsed candidate, our candidate won! What a spectacular showing, due entirely to the strength and quality of the candidates, their incredibly hard work, and the depth and persistence of their support crews. Give a rouse to the following fabulous women who will now move on to the fall elections!
Penny Githens: State Rep, District 60
Amy Swain: State Rep, District 62
Christine Talley-Haseman: Judge (Seat 2)
Catherine Stafford: Judge (Seat 3)
Darcie Fawcett: Judge (Seat 8)
Nicole Brown: County Clerk
Lee Jones: County Commissioner
Shelli Yoder: County Council
Kate Wiltz: County Council
Pam Cook: Bean Blossom Township Trustee
Michelle Bright: Benton Township Trustee
Beverly Himes: Indiana Creek Township Trustee
Rosemary Doherty: Indiana Creek Township Board
In addition, Erika Oliphant, a supported candidate, won her race for Monroe County Prosecutor. That was a hard fought contest with another DWC supported candidate, Margie Rice, coming in second. We knew there could only be one winner and we applaud Erika and Margie for their joint demonstration of grace and sisterhood in dealing with the result.
We'd also like to thank Clerk Nicole Browne and her staff in the Monroe County Clerk’s office and Election Central for running such a smooth and efficient election. They worked tirelessly to make this happen without a glitch. In addition, Carolyn VandeWiele, election board representative, spent many hours each week leading up to the election and through May 8th ensuring the primaries would be a success. Kudos to both of you and our gratitude for your sacrifices.
The DWC steering committee (really Regina Moore--thank you, Regina!) organized a lunch break for endorsed and supported candidates and other DWC members on election day, and a lunch after the primaries on Friday at Grazie's to talk about the results and lessons learned. Both events were a welcome diversion from the high pace and stress of the last few weeks, and the lunch on Friday especially was a chance for all of us to celebrate the successes, thank families, friends and supporters, and get energized for the fall elections. Remember, folks, it's not over yet. We have to win in November, too, or these will have been nothing but practice runs. There's nothing wrong with learning from an election loss, but let's be honest, not one of us is in this business to lose. So let's put our campaign duds on and lift our candidates to victory in the fall!Read more
DWC Breakfast on Friday, May 4th.
Special guests will be Bloomington Students Against Assault Weapons.
We’ll be hearing from the group of student leaders who traveled to Washington, DC for the March for Our Lives, and who haven’t paused in their organizing efforts since. Please join us to hear about their plans moving forward, and to discuss how we can continue to support youth activism for gun violence prevention in Bloomington and beyond.
A preview of this subject was covered by Noon Edition on WFIU Friday.
After the discussion, join other members as we march to Election Central to vote together.
(This is an abbreviated meeting as the Deli needs to start serving the graduation weekend rush by 8:45am.)
ELECTION DAY ACTIVITIES Traditionally on Election Day, DWC members participate by greeting voters at the polls and offering a list of our endorsed candidates. This year is no different! We call it Point of Sale (POS) and you are invited to help:
Below is a link to SignUp Genius for Election Day to hand out materials for the Democratic Women's Caucus endorsed and supported candidates. You will note that shifts are divide up for both early voting (next weekend) and primary day.
Other cool things:
1) you can pick your preferred geographic location OR a specific polling place!
2) Shifts are 2 hours in length, generally.
3) Many people don't know who to vote for and you being there helps them.
4) Working the polls is FUN!! You meet a lot of great people and get to be outside!!
5) Our progressive females need our HELP!!!
6) Please share this with your campaign teams, friends and anyone who is interested in volunteering!
Once you sign up for a shift, we will contact you to let you know your location. We are analyzing data to choose polls that have the highest turnout. Note that we are purposely not advertising our spots to keep our strategies secret!
Everything you need to know is above or at this link:
P.S. If you run out of literature on primary day, text 812-345-0707 with your name and location and we will bring you more!
Please SHARE this with friends!!!!
In Dem Love,
DWC Steering Committee
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Early Saturday morning President Trump, apparently enraged at the New York Times’ investigation into his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, took to Twitter to attack White House correspondent and Pulitzer Prize winner Maggie Haberman as a “third rate reporter” and “Crooked H flunky,” accusing her and the newspaper of seeking to “destroy” Cohen and push him into “flipping” on his client. But Saturday’s Twitter assault on Haberman is only the latest in a series of attacks on both the press and the very idea of truth that no longer fails to shock but should alarm us all. The news is “fake,” “very biased,” “very unfair”; journalists are “the enemy of the American people.” Trump lies unceasingly and effortlessly; the Washington Post catalogued 2,436 presidential whoppers in 2017 alone. And Trump has repeatedly expressed his admiration, even friendship, for dictators like Putin and Duterte, under whose iron fist journalists who have the temerity to investigate governmental wrongdoing and corruption risk harassment and death. The American people owe a debt of gratitude to the investigative reporters who continue to rake through the muck of the swamp that is the Trump presidency, to the newspapers who support their work, and to the organizations and lawyers who stand ready to fight for freedom of the press. But, as the saying goes, freedom isn’t free… One of today’s action items is a call to support our free press, the defenders of our freedom, with our wallets. As Hannah Arendt so forcefully and eloquently argued: “The moment we no longer have a free press, anything can happen. What makes it possible for a totalitarian or any other dictatorship to rule is that people are not informed; how can you have an opinion if you are not informed? If everybody always lies to you, the consequence is not that you believe the lies, but rather that nobody believes anything any longer. This is because lies, by their very nature, have to be changed, and a lying government has constantly to rewrite its own history. On the receiving end you get not only one lie—a lie which you could go on for the rest of your days—but you get a great number of lies, depending on how the political wind blows. And a people that no longer can believe anything cannot make up its mind. It is deprived not only of its capacity to act but also of its capacity to think and to judge. And with such a people you can then do what you please.”
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Political Science V100. The Game of Politics.
Day One: Generating excitement. Changing things up in just a few short days.
Bribe spineless, self-interested and hypocritical Republican Speaker of the House to retire from Congress
Get FBI to raid offices of President's personal lawyer/fixer
Use platform as former (fired) FBI Director to release titillating memoir saying President is "untethered to truth."
Assignments for next class: read Comey memoir; peruse websites of candidates running for local and national office; vote. It's our best hope. And it works.
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It was a big week for the DWC!
At our Friday breakfast meeting we heard from the Indiana Democratic Party Deputy Chair for Engagement Dana Black and our featured speaker Indiana House Candidate Poonam Gill (who is running against Brian Bosma). E. Thomasina Marsili, running for State Representative in District 46 also spoke. They all stressed the importance of engaging their constituents by listening to their needs, of supporting education and civic education, and of using evidence based information in formulating policy. Many of our endorsed and supported candidates also spoke. Photos from the Breakfast can be found on the DWC Facebook page.
Poonam Gill, candidate for IN Rep, District 88 speaks at the DWC Breakfast
And on Sunday it was Karaoke! We had a great crowd, candidate singers, challenges and trivia, great food and drink and a good time to socialize with fellow democrats. Everyone had a lot of fun and we raised around $2000 to benefit our candidates. Highlights included Liz Watson, Dan Cannon and Rob Chatlos performing their version of “Lean On Me” as a trio, showing that Democrats can indeed work together for the common good. Check out the pictures here. Congratulations to Erika Oliphant who took home the grand prize and to Dan Cannon and Liz Watson who placed second and third respectively.
Erika Oliphant winner of the 2018 DWC Karaoke Title
And now it’s back to the hard work of getting women elected to office. Early voting starts tomorrow at Election Central. The Primary is a scant 30 days away on May 8.
Check out the list of DWC Endorsed and Supported Candidates on our website… links to their websites and Facebook pages are there so you can contact them and help them with their needs. The Monroe County Democratic Party has gone live with Candidate Information Central and we will shortly link our candidate information to their site as well. Sign up to work at the polls on election day or for DWC point of Sales help during early voting and on May 8. Get out and vote and make sure your friends get out and vote as well!!!
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It's a big week for the DWC!
Friday breakfast and Sunday Karaoke!
One serious, the other less so.
Breakfast Friday, April 6th, 7:30am, Village Deli
Dana Black will be bringing our guest, Poonam Gill, to breakfast on Friday. Poonam is running for the Indiana House in District 88. Her opponent, first elected to the House in 1986 and has rarely been challenged, is Brian Bosma. Poonam is one of those women called and encouraged to run this year, and we want to hear her story and support her. Come to breakfast to get a glimpse of what's happening in our state with the 2018 election, one of the many women running, and what we can do to help flip the house into common sense!
We'll be bundling checks for Poonam so bring your checkbook!
Dana Black and Poonam Gill with a few of our other incredible candidates sprinkled in for good measure. What could be better on a Friday morning!
You don't want to miss the DWC 3rd Annual Karaoke fundraiser!
Sunday, April 8th at 4:00pm**note change of time
Admission is $15, all of which goes to help funding women candidates this year.
Celebrity singers (candidates!)
It's all here!
Shelli Yoder leads women singing "I Am Woman!" 2017 DWC Karaoke.
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