Monday Morning News 04/23/18

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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Monday Morning News - April 16, 2018

Political Science V100. The Game of Politics.

Day One: Generating excitement. Changing things up in just a few short days.

 

Bomb Syria

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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Monday Morning News 04/09/18

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.

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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.

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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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Monday Morning News 04/02/18

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!

Karaoke!
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!)
Challenges!
Chanting
Crooning
It's all here!

Shelli Yoder leads women singing "I Am Woman!" 2017 DWC Karaoke.

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Monday Morning News 03/26/18

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They marched by the hundreds of thousands in cities large and small in all 50 states and in smaller solidarity marches around the world—from London to Brisbane to Tokyo. In Indianapolis the line to get into the protest at the statehouse wound around the block. Here in Bloomington protesters marched from the courthouse to the Sample Gates in sleet and freezing rain. Led by the youth of America, who have risen up to do what their elders could not—take on the NRA and the culture of gun violence that has turned our neighborhoods and schools into killing fields—marchers of all ages chanted “Enough is enough” and “Vote them out!” Americans listened as the child survivors of gun violence told their stories, honored the dead, and vowed to fight for the commonsense gun regulations that are supported by the overwhelming majority of their fellow citizens. But we all know that this is only the beginning. On Saturday we marched, but today we head out to register voters, track NRA money and legislation, support progressive candidates with our time and donations, fight for fair elections, hold our legislators’ feet to the fire, and VOTE. Together with the brave, passionate, and articulate young people who led the marches, we will free our country from its enslavement by a gun club, make our schools and streets safe spaces for learning and community, and create an America where hiding in small, dark places is once again child’s play, not an “active shooter” drill.

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Monday Morning News 03/19/18

Sheila Kennedy wrote a blog on March 18 entitled “So This Is What It’s Like Living In A Soap Opera” detailing the current goings on in our nation’s capitol. What with all the stabbings in the back, vindictive firings, public humiliation, sexism, men dressed to the nines while exhibiting a total lack of class, and behind it all the rich and powerful pulling the strings to benefit themselves… come to think of it, the news from Washington D.C. does remind one of an episode of Scandal, perhaps mixed in with an old rerun of Dallas.

Here in Indiana we’ve had our own share of soap operaism as a republican super-majority General Assembly closed out a short session that was described by Democratic House Minority Leader Terry Goodin as a “waste of time” and “a dog’s breakfast that should provide plenty of ammunition for those folks who question the necessity of even having a short session.” Despite the fact that one party controlled both houses of the legislature, this was a mostly do-nothing short session (Sunday alcohol sales and the designation of the Firefly as our state insect notwithstanding) that adjourned leaving many bills on the cutting room floor. Many of them should stay there.

Now the governor has called for a special session in May. Holcomb told reporters this morning. "We need to finish the people's business before the next budget session is upon us." Perhaps it would be nice to know to which “people” the governor feels beholden. Perhaps it’s not surprising… this has all the feel of a road project where our government agrees to pay (often those who did the work in the first place) to repair a shoddy job that has already run over budget and over time… we wouldn’t know anything about that now, would we… We can do better, and we know how!

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Monday Morning News - March 12, 2018

CONGRATULATIONS ONCE AGAIN TO OUR ENDORSED AND SUPPORTED CANDIDATES!
Endorsed Candidates
Penny Githens INDIANA STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 60
Amy Swain INDIANA STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 62
Christine Talley-Haseman MONROE COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE, SEAT 2
Catherine Stafford MONROE COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE, SEAT 3
Darcie Fawcett MONROE COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE, SEAT 8
Nicole Browne MONROE COUNTY CLERK
Lee Jones MONROE COUNTY COMMISSIONER, DISTRICT 1
Shelli Yoder MONROE COUNTY COUNCIL, DISTRICT 1
Kate Wiltz MONROE COUNTY COUNCIL, DISTRICT 2
Pam Cook BEAN BLOSSOM TOWNSHIP TRUSTEE
Michelle Bright BENTON TOWNSHIP TRUSTEE
Beverly Himes INDIAN CREEK TOWNSHIP TRUSTEE
Rosemary Doherty INDIAN CREEK TOWNSHIP BOARD
Supported Candidates
Erika Oliphant Monroe County Prosecutor
Margie Rice  Monroe County Prosecutor
Please help these women in their bids for office. They will need yard sign locations, help in contacting voters by phone or knocking on doors, and moral support! Please contact them!

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Monday Morning News 03/05/18

UPDATES FROM FRIDAY'S BREAKFAST MEETING

Members of Bloomington Students Against Assault Weapons visited the DWC Breakfast on Friday and talked about their plans for representing students in this area at the March 24th March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C., where they will march with the intent to send a message to our legislators that we are not satisfied with our current gun laws.
The generous DWC members present donated over $400 to their cause. The students will be back in April to tell us what they learned at the March. If you didn't get to contribute and wish to do so, you can make a donation to their Plum Fund at: https://www.plumfund.com/community-crowdfunding/neveragain. Checks can also be made out to BSAAW (Bloomington Students Against Assault Weapons) and sent to: BSAAW, care of Ruth Nall, 410 Pleasant Ridge Road, Bloomington, IN 47401.

Coincidentally, they also were fortunate enough to run into Senator Joe Donnelly at the breakfast and Joe invited them to meet with him later this month. This is how we work to create the ‘inspire’ part of the DWC mission!

The Endorsement Vote was held on Friday (those members not able to attend were able to vote online).

These 13 candidates received the necessary 66% of the votes cast to be endorsed:
Penny Githens INDIANA STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 60
Amy Swain INDIANA STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 62
Christine Talley-Haseman MONROE COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE, SEAT 2
Catherine Stafford MONROE COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE, SEAT 3
Darcie Fawcett MONROE COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE, SEAT 8
Nicole Browne (i) MONROE COUNTY CLERK
Lee Jones MONROE COUNTY COMMISSIONER, DISTRICT 1
Shelli Yoder (i) MONROE COUNTY COUNCIL, DISTRICT 1
Kate Wiltz MONROE COUNTY COUNCIL, DISTRICT 2
Pam Cook (i) BEAN BLOSSOM TOWNSHIP TRUSTEE
Michelle Bright (i) BENTON TOWNSHIP TRUSTEE
Beverly Himes INDIAN CREEK TOWNSHIP TRUSTEE
Rosemary Doherty INDIAN CREEK TOWNSHIP BOARD

Two more candidates, Erika Oliphant and Margie Rice, seeking the office of Monroe County Prosecutor didn't receive the 66% vote threshold to achieve endorsement. According to the DWC policies, however, they are SUPPORTED by the DWC.

Candidates: Congratulations to all the women who went through this process. We hope you found the preparation and process one that helped you get out ahead of the game, and helped focus your efforts on your campaign earlier. We want you to have the best campaign you can possibly have.

Members: As a member, you are encouraged to help these women in their bid for office this year. All will need yard sign locations, all will need help in contacting voters (in a variety of ways), all will need moral support! Please contact them! (emails and contact information will be found in the FEBRUARY 28th Edition of the Newsletter

All: There was a bit of discussion on Friday about reviewing the Endorsement Process for candidates. If you are interested in participating in this process, or have comments at this point about how this should be done, please email dwcannouncements@gmail.com. This process of reviewing and revising is high on our agenda.

 

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Monday Morning News 02/26/18

Letters to the editor, yard signs going up, ads on the TV… it’s election season! The dedicated women on the DWC Endorsement Committee have been hard at work to bring you information on the women who have applied for endorsement for the 2018 primary. In the last few weeks they reviewed candidates submissions, checked references, and developed questions. This weekend, armed with some snacks and, I hope, a lot of coffee, they interviewed all fifteen candidates and put together their recommendations for endorsement. These women have put in a lot of time and effort to make sure you all have what you need to make an informed decision and we really thank them for their hard work.
So here’s where you come in…. you get to make the final decision by voting at the March 2nd DWC Breakfast. Today you’ll get the regular MMN chock full of information to keep you abreast of what’s happening. Tomorrow morning you’ll get a special edition of the MMN that contains bio information from the candidates, links to websites, Facebook pages and contact information to help you make your decision. At the breakfast, all candidates will have the chance to make a short pitch to ask you for your vote and there will perhaps be a chance to ask a question or two. Then we will vote. All members in good standing (that is whose dues were paid by midnight on Feb. 15) will have the chance to vote on the organization's endorsements. A total yes vote of at least 2/3 of the votes cast is required for endorsement.
So what if you can’t make it to the breakfast… we understand that there are conflicts, unexpected things that happen that might prevent you from being there, so there will be a chance to vote electronically as well. As soon as it is ready we will be sending out an electronic ballot to all members who are eligible to vote along with instructions on where to return it once you've filled it out. If you do not receive a ballot but think you are entitled to one, please contact Vicky Sorensen by email or call Carolyn VandeWiele at 812-320-9920 and we will check on the situation. Online voting will start with the receipt of the electronic ballots and end at 7:00 am on Friday March 2.
We hope to see you Friday morning, ready to vote!

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Don't Forget to become a DWC Member. Although you won’t be able to vote in the primary endorsement process if you didn’t renew/register before midnight on February 15th, it’s a long way until November and we need everyone’s help to get qualified women candidates into office in 2018. Use this link now: https://democraticwomenscaucus.nationbuilder.com/membership

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Monday Morning News 02/19/18

EDUCATION -- It’s everywhere in the news these days - funding issues, vouchers, school choice, testing…. But there is one type of education that perhaps doesn’t get enough press… education in civics and voting. An uneducated voter is a dangerous voter. So is a voter who is unable to be flexible in their voting habits or doesn’t understand how government works.
Penny Githens tells the story of talking to a woman in the northern section of District 60 who told her that she agreed with all of Penny’s views on the issues but couldn’t vote for her because she always voted republican.
Working at the polls you get to see all types… there was the gentleman who showed up to vote in 2015 saying “I saw in the paper it was election day so I came down to vote…” not realizing that because he lived in the county he had nothing to vote for that year. Another voter wanted to vote for a write-in republican candidate but didn’t know their name…. He started yelling at us because I told him we were legally restricted from telling him who the write-in candidates were and he would need to find that out himself.
On the other hand there was the thoughtful young man in the last primary election who obviously had come down specifically to vote for Bernie Sanders but after looking at the ballot said to me that he didn’t know enough about the other candidates to vote… as he was a democrat I lent him my computer and hooked him up with the MCDP website that listed information about all the democratic candidates running in the primary… he spent about an hour studying and then came back and voted, taking long enough that I suspect that he voted the entire ballot.
DWC members have a chance to vote a bit earlier than other voters this year… our Candidate Endorsement vote will take place at the March 2 meeting. Fourteen women have applied for possible endorsement by the group this year. We hope you will take a good look at their credentials and what might separate them from their opponents and earn them your vote.
Next week we will have a special MMN for you that has information on all our candidates for endorsement, links to their websites and contact details as well as a ballot. For those who can’t make the Friday breakfast, online voting will start with the receipt of the electronic ballots and end at 7:00am on Friday morning. At the breakfast you’ll have a chance to hear from the candidates and perhaps ask a question (but do your homework first). And while the ballots are being counted Vickie Provine will speak to us about the upcoming 2018 Citizens' Academy class.

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Don't Forget to become DWC Member. Although you won’t be able to vote in the primary endorsement process if you didn’t renew/register before midnight on February 15th, it’s a long way until November and we need everyone’s help to get qualified women candidates into office in 2018. Use this link now: https://democraticwomenscaucus.nationbuilder.com/membership

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