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.


Action Item(s)

ANNOUNCEMENTS for our endorsed and supported candidates:

Kate Wiltz, candidate for Monroe County Council, District 2
needs volunteers to:
-Host a House Party! If you live in D2 and you can host a party, we would love that!
-Host a Yard Sign! Do you live in a good location and/or in District 2?
-Canvass! Kate is looking for volunteers to canvass her district or to walk with her! Email us to volunteer!
We would be oh-so grateful for your time. Even one or two hours makes a HUGE difference!
Email Kate: [email protected]

Lee Jones for County Commissioner needs help with a voter contact project.
To help contact [email protected]


Local Democrats Launch Online Guide to 2018 Primary Elections
The site, which went live on April 3 can be found at
It is a “one stop shop for voters seeking information about the 2018 primary elections” that will make it easier for folks to learn about each of their candidates and ultimately create a well-informed voter base. The DWC will shortly link our candidates as well. This Civic Education Project is a collaboration between Monroe County Democratic Party and Bloomington High School South Young Democrats and was put together in collaboration with members of the Bloomington High School South Young Democrats.

The site will be continuously updated throughout the election to include statements of candidacy, endorsements, letters to the editor, and press releases pertaining to the candidates competing in the Democratic primary and also includes links to publicly available candidate forums, interest group questionnaires, candidate guides, as well as information related to election law, early and absentee voting, precinct maps, and related voter information. The site will be available from April 2nd through Election Day on May 8th.

The 2018 Indiana Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign is hiring….
From Kat Rogers, the new Coordinated Campaign Director for the Indiana Democratic Party:
I am excited to let you all know that the coordinated campaign will be hiring Field Organizers and Regional Field Directors to help us elect Hoosier Democrats up and down the ballot in 2018!
2018 Indiana Coordinated Campaign Regional Field Director
2018 Indiana Coordinated Campaign Field Organizer
If you are interested in applying for these positions check out the job descriptions here. Applicants should send their resume to [email protected] If you have any questions contact Kat Rogers, Coordinated Campaign Director at [email protected]


Early Voting
Election Central: 401 W. Seventh St., Bloomington
(812) 349-2690
Early Voting Times:
April 10, 2018 – May 4, 2018
Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
April 28, 2018 and May 5, 2018
Saturday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
May 7, 2018
Monday: 8:00 am – 12:00 noon

Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 11:30am - 1:00pm
Monroe County Democrats' Club Monthly Meeting
DeAngelo's Restaurant in Eastland Plaza
The Club will hear from several Democratic candidates who are running in the upcoming primary.
The public is invited to attend. 

Christine Talley Haseman for Judge Fundraiser
Wednesday, April 18th from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Mallor Grodner LLP, 511 S. Woodscrest Dr.

Kendra Gjerdingen, Beth Friedman Kirk, and Frederick Turner invite you to attend a fundraiser to support Christine Talley Haseman for Judge. The event will be held on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at the offices of Mallor Grodner LLP, 511 S. Woodcrest Drive, Bloomington, IN 47401. Refreshments will be provided. Campaign contributions in any amount are appreciated!! Please RSVP Brigette at [email protected] by Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at noon. We hope to see you there!!


Monroe County Black Democratic Caucus Meeting
Thursday, April 19th at 6:00 p.m.
MCDP Headquarters, 116 S. Madison St.

Join the MCBDC for the monthly meeting! Check Facebook for more information.

Friday, April 20, 2018, 10:00am
Bloomington students join the National School Walkout
Courthouse Lawn
On April 20th, the anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting, American students will walk out of class and protest. Together, we will send a message that we won’t tolerate any more inaction on this issue. And if cowardly politicians fail to act, young people will show them the consequences of letting so many Americans die by voting them out in November.

Friday, April 20, 2018, 10:00am - Noon
National School Walkout - Indiana - hosted by Justin Deem-Loureiro
Indianapolis - Monument Circle to the Statehouse
This is a youth led event On April 20th, from 10am to 12pm I want all Students, teachers and school staff to not attend school instead go downtown. We will march from the monument circle to the Indiana state House and to join millions of others in the National school Walkout. When innocent children die at school is when we say enough is enough. I am part of the next generation we will stand for equality, love and peace.

Friday, April 20, 2018, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Fundraiser for Catherine Stafford For Judge
Cascades Inn, 2601 N. Walnut St.
Hosted by the Committee to Elect Catherine Stafford
For more information: 812-320-2035
Featuring home brews, homemade pork sliders, chicken, and vegetarian options, plus onsite childcare and a chance to check out one of Bloomington's newest event sites: Cascades Inn!

Sunday, April 22, 2018, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Monroe County NOW Chapter Meeting
Monroe County Public Library, Room 1B
NOW monthly chapter meeting! There will be snacks, social time, and updates!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Dessert Pot-Luck Fundraiser to support the IU College Democrats
Home of John Hamilton and Dawn Johnsen
Bring a donation or dessert or both. (You know college students will welcome desserts to take with!) If you can’t attend, consider a donation, of any size, to support the IU College Democrats and our future.

Thursday, April 26, 2018, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Indivisible Bloomington and 9th Meeting
Democracy Lab, 116 S. Madison St.

Sunday, May 6, 2018, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Fundraiser for Penny Githens for Indiana State Rep District 60
2616 East Poplar Court, Bloomington
Sponsored by the Persisterhood Workshop: "Smashing the Patriarchy One Ceramic Piece at a Time!"

Wine stoppers, necklaces, brooches and decorative garden stakes priced to sell and support our candidate--preview below! 100% of sales go to Penny Githens for Indiana. Can't make the event but want a Persisterhood Workshop piece/ Contact [email protected]

And for the stressed among us? We have zen rocks!




Ceramics 2

Tuesday May 8, 2018, 6:00am - 6:00pm
to check on your precinct and who is on your ballot go to



Even one afternoon can make a huge difference to a local campaign. Put up yard signs, knock on doors with a partner, stuff envelopes, make some phone calls, just ask them what they need. And attend fundraisers. Our candidates are counting on you!



It's less than one month to primary voting day on May 8th and early voting has started. So many discouraged or misguided people think the primaries don’t matter, or that elections at all don't matter. Take a few minutes to convince some friends and colleagues that it DOES matter. Then drag them along to election central to vote. Bribe them with lunch or afternoon coffee, whatever it takes! Voting hours for early voting and primary election day are below again for your convenience.

EARLY VOTING HOURS: all voting at Election Central: 401 W. Seventh St., Bloomington
(812) 349-2690
MondayFriday April 10, 2018 – May 4, 2018: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday April 28, 2018 and Saturday May 5, 2018: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Monday May 7, 2018: 8:00 am – 12:00 noon
PRIMARY ELECTION DAY - May 8, 2018 6:00am - 6:00pm
Vote at your Precinct - to check on your precinct location and who is on your ballot go to

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