Monday Morning News-Sept. 15, 2014

The election season is in full swing, and we encourage you to mark your calendars for the upcoming forums hosted by the League of Women Voters. A special shout-out to Susan Hall Heitzman, the only woman Democrat running for US Congress this year in Indiana, in the 6th District, largely on a platform putting the power of real people above "corporate personhood." Back in Bloomington, tomorrow's Monroe County Democratic Club meeting will be another chance to talk with candidates. 

Also in this issue:

Valeri Haughton Campaign Seeking Volunteers
Can You Host a Yard Sign?
Friend-raiser for Pat Slabach
Monroe County Energy Challenge Seeks Public Input
Monroe County Plan Commission Meeting Tomorrow
Action Item: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Should Resign

 Valeri Haughton Campaign Seeks Volunteers

Valeri Haughton, a DWC-endorsed candidate for Monroe County Circuit Judge, is seeking volunteers to go door-to-door to talk to voters. Please contact Nicole Bolden, at [email protected] to sign-up for a shift.

Note to Supporters on Yard Signs

If you are willing to host a yard sign for an endorsed candidate, please contact us at [email protected] and indicate which yard sign(s) you are willing to hose.  We will then pass on your contact information to the campaigns. Thank you! 

Friend-Raiser for Pat Slabach 

There will be a Friend-Raiser in support of Pat Slabach (DWC-endorsed candidate) for Washington Township Board on Sunday, September 21st, 1:00-4:00pm at the home of Pat & Rich Slabach, 8015 N Denny Rd, Bloomington. 

You are all invited to this "friend raiser" BBQ in support of Pat's bid for Washington Township Board. This is an opportunity for neighbors, friends, and new voters to gather and learn more about the candidate and the township. For more info., contact Pat & Rich Slabach at 317-796-1820 or [email protected].

League of Women Voters Candidate Forums

We encourage you to attend the following candidate forums and support our DWC-endorsed candidates! All candidate forums will begin at 7 pm and will include candidate statements as well as questions from the audience. The Sept. 17th event is a voter information forum at 11:30 am.

Tuesday, Sept. 16 - City Hall Council Chambers
County Assessor (endorsed candidate Judy Sharp) and Council Commissioner

Wednesday, Sept. 17 - Monroe County Public Library room 1B
Voter Information Session, 11:30 am

Monday, Sept. 22 - City Hall Council Chambers
County Clerk (endorsed candidate Linda Robbins), County Recorder, and Judge-Seat 6 (endorsed candidate Valeri Haughton)

Tuesday, Sept. 23 - Ivy Tech Student Commons
State Representative, Districts 46, 60, and 62

Wednesday, Sept. 24 - Ivy Tech Student Commons
County Prosecutor, Sheriff, Judge-Seat 5

Thursday, Sept. 25 - Ivy Tech Student Commons
MCCSC School Board, Dist. 1 and 7

Monday, Sept. 29
County Council Dist. 1 (endorsed candidate Shelli Yoder) and Dist. 2

Tuesday, Sept. 30
County Council Dist. 3 and 4; Elletsville Town Council Ward 5

Monroe County Democrats' Club Meeting Tomorrow

The Monroe County Democrats' Club will meet tomorrow, Tuesday Sept. 16 starting at 11:45 am in a new location, the American Legion,1800 W. 3rd St. in Bloomington. The the cost for lunch is $8. The guest speakers will be candidates for county officers including Brad Swain (Sheriff), Linda Robbins (Clerk), Chris Gaal (Prosecutor) and Eric Schmitz (Recorder). For more information, please contact MCDC secretaryMarcia Harlow.

Monroe County Energy Challenge Seeks Public Input

The Monroe County Energy Challenge has made it to the quarterfinals of the Georgetown University Energy Prize competition. We're encouraging are residents to attend a public kick-off meeting on Tuesday!  The purpose  of the meeting is to ask residents how they reduce their natural gas and electric use at home and to share ideas for community-wide programs that can help them save more energy. 

The meeting will be held at the City Hall Common Council Chamber from 4:30 to 6 pm on TUESDAY September 16th.

The information gathered at this meeting will help the MCEC Residential Committee to create program ideas to be included in our semi-finalist application. The potential prize of $5 million will help provide energy reduction programs for area homes and municipal buildings.

Monroe County Plan Commission Meeting Tomorrow

After our informative September breakfast program "What's the Plan, Fran?" we wanted to let you know that the Monroe County Plan Commission will meet on Tuesday September 16th at 6 pm at the Nat U Hill room in the Courthouse. Although it's not clear whether or not public comment will be heard on the entire Rural Zoning and Subdivision ordinance, the issue of whether or not the Ordinance is ready to be advertised is on the agenda. 

Once the Ordinance is advertised via U.S. Mail, there will be a full public hearing on the proposal. We'll keep you posted on these upcoming meetings.

Action Item: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Must Resign After Ray Rice Incident

From Ultraviolet:

The commissioner of the NFL, Roger Goodell, has been caught in a despicable and disgusting lie and he must resign. He insisted that the NFL had asked for the hotel surveillance video of the horrific and brutal assault of Janay Rice, but had never seen it. However, news just broke that the law enforcement officials sent the NFL the video in April--and the NFL even acknowledged receiving it--a NFL employee was even quoted saying, "It's terrible." And shockingly, after watching Ray Rice beat his wife and knock her out cold, NFL executives still only suspended Rice for two games.

It's horrendous--and completely undermines the NFL's credibility. Calls for Goodell's resignation are mounting--it's time for him to go. Will you sign the petition?

Tell NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell: "Resign immediately. Your failure to take domestic violence seriously is outrageous." See