Monday Morning News Oct. 5, 2015

Voter Registration Ends TODAY

  • at close of business (4 pm) in person at the voter registration office, county clerk's office, BMV or FSSA office. 
  • by midnight if registering online at



  • Early Voting and Deadline for Registering Voters Coming Up
  • Openings on County Boards and Commissions
  • What are you doing on Election Day?


  • D4MC Link up
  • Hospital Community Outreach Committee to Host Two Public Input Forums


TWO forums held in City Hall by the League of Women Voters, one held in Ellettsville, one Democratic dinner celebrating Democrats with State Chair John Zody and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.  Breakfast Friday morning ended the work week with former Lt. Gov. Kathy Davis visiting to inspire us with her unflappable, firm call for more women working in government. Kathy's views mirror ours, and we were so honored to have her speak to us early on a Friday morning. 

This afternoon a community gathering place on the courthouse south side was dedicated to women in government in honor of Sophia Travis and her work in government. Friends of Sophia Travis, a 501(c)3 organization, along with sculptor and artist Dale Enochs worked for about a year to put this plaza in the place of three older wooden benches.  Take time to share this great space with your friends and family!

Women in Government Plaza inspired by Sophia Travis and her work in local government.

Early Voting Starts Soon
The Monroe County Election Board has approved the hours for Early Voting:

  • October 19 – 23  (Monday through Friday) 9 a.m. to 6 pm..
  • October 24 (Saturday) 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • October 26 – 30  (Monday through Friday) 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • October 31  (Saturday) 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • November 2  (Monday8 a.m. to Noon 

Go to Election Central at 401 W. Seventh Street Bloomington. Call 812-349-2612 or 812-349-2690 for questions.
*Register prospective voters online at with a valid Indiana driver’s license or state identification card.

Openings on County Boards and Commissions
There are a number of openings on County Boards and Commissions, including the following:

  • Plan Commission
  • Women's Commission
  • Human Rights Commission

To apply, please visit and click on the Boards and Commissions Application link on the left side of the page. Information on submitting an application is on the form.

What are you doing on Election Day?
For the last several elections the DWC has organized an effort at the polls for our endorsed candidates.  We're doing that again this year and hope you will participate by passing out a little voting card to voters as they come to vote. It's a great way to meet people and promote not just our candidates, but the DWC and the work we do with women candidates. If you can lend an hour or two, please contact Penny Githens at [email protected]


D4MC Link-Up
at Bobby's Colorado Steak House on Thursday, October 8, from 6-9 pm. Richard Durisen, South Central Citizen's Climate Lobby, will be making a power-point presentation on the "Carbon Fee and Dividend Proposal." Hey, even the POPE is talking about climate change!

Hospital Community Outreach Committee to Host Two Public Input Forums
The Community Outreach committee, appointed by the IU Health Bloomington Hospital Site Reutilization Steering Committee, will host two forums for the public regarding the future of the current IU Health Bloomington Hospital site. The first forum will take place on Thursday, October 8 from 5:30-7 p.m. in Wegmiller Auditorium at the IU Health Bloomington Hospital, 601 W. 2nd St. The second forum will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 14 from 5:30-7 in the City Hall Council Chambers, 401 N. Morton St.

The purpose of these meetings is to gather input from the community about the future of the current hospital site. Barry Lessow, Executive Director of United Way of Monroe County, is the team leader of the Community Outreach committee. A representative from IU Health Bloomington will provide a brief update on the hospital project. Members of the public are welcome to attend to make short presentations about what they would like to see happen at the site as well as to bring visuals to demonstrate ideas. People may submit questions or comments in advance to [email protected].

For more information about the forums and the IU Health Bloomington Hospital Site Reutilization Steering Committee, please visit or contact Barry Lessow at 812.334.8370 or [email protected].

The DWC is open to progressives regardless of gender or sexual orientation.  Join any time.  Only $20 for one year’s membership.  Join online here.   

One more week of pressure from US to the folks that can help Shelli Yoder get the help WE need for her to win the congressional election! 
Contact the DCCC and Emily's List and tell them our District wants Shelli Yoder in Congress and she merits their support! 

To contact the DCCC, email at this link:

To contact Emily's list, send a letter or call them at:
Emily's List
1800 M Street NW, Suite 375N
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 326-1400
(800) 68-EMILY

Do you have news items? Send your items of interest to us at [email protected]. The deadline for MMN is noon on Sunday.

Democratic Women's Caucus

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