Monday Morning News 06/17/19

We hope that everyone made it through last weekend’s storms ok, it’s scary to think that this may be only the tip of the iceberg as far as storms and rainfall to come…. Apart from knocking out the internet out where I am dog sitting, I came through unscathed and everything is finally back on line late tonight.

An apology to anyone who might have showed up at Switchyard Brewery on Saturday night… unfortunately it’s easy to miss the email header when composing the Monday Morning News unless you send out a test email which I didn’t do because the email was so brief and time was short. If you did head out to the pub I hope you enjoyed a pint or a glass of cider and found someone with whom to share a story, even if it wasn’t us…

And a big thank you to everyone who came out to one of our listening sessions this week or submitted their thoughts on line… We have a lot to process and think about but some of the big takeaways were a desire for an increased emphasis on training, not only of candidates, but also for campaign managers, workers and precinct committee people. Women also wanted to see more alternative meeting times and types in addition to the breakfasts… lunches, social hours and perhaps an expanded choice of venues that go beyond downtown into different areas of the county.
Our final official listening session (for now) will be at our regular breakfast meeting on July 5th… after which we’ll be looking at all the suggestions and working on putting them into an action plan.


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Upcoming Trainings:

The Indiana Democratic Party is hosting back to back Municipal Candidate Trainings. They will be in Elkhart County at the Ivy Tech campus from 9:30am to 3:30pm on Saturday, June 22. Then for those living in Southern Indiana, we will be at the French Lick Hotel from 12:30pm to 5:00pm on Sunday, June 23.
Both of these candidate trainings will provide you with tools needed to run a successful campaign in 2019! They will be presenting on fundraising, building a field program, campaign messaging, and more.
If you are ready to win this November, sign up for Candidate Trainings in Elkhart on June 22 or in French Lick on June 23.

On June 28-30 the Noble County Democrats will host the 2019 Tri-State Cornfield Conference at the Noble County Fairgrounds in Kendallville. Based on the 1938 Great Cornfield Conference that turned around the fortunes of the Indiana Republican Party after devastating losses in the 1936 Elections, the 2019 event hopes to create the same success for Indiana Democrats. The conference will focus on Democratic Issues of importance to citizens in Indiana, Ohio and Michigan. A full list of events is on line at

The First 2020 Democratic Presidential Debates have been announced:
The first presidential primary debate will feature back-to-back primetime broadcasts aired on NBC and MSNBC on consecutive nights to ensure each candidate gets access to a primetime audience. Booker, Warren, O'Rourke, Klobuchar, Delaney, Gabbard, Castro, Ryan, de Blasio, and Inslee will debate on June 26th and Harris, Biden, Buttigieg, Sanders, Gillibrand, Bennet, Williamson, Swalwell, Yang, and Hickenlooper will debate on June 27th. Bullock, Messam, and Moulton did not qualify for the debate.
The Democratic National Committee has sanctioned up to 12 debates starting in June of 2019, with the early debates possibly featuring back-to-back nights of primetime broadcasts.

Citizen's Academy is ready for applications!
One of the best ways to learn about government, with like minded people and the folks who actually do the work in City Hall. Just the best experience ever!
The 2019 Citizens' Academy class will provide participants with an interactive learning experience about municipal government services, programs and departmental responsibilities. This year's Citizens' Academy session begins Thursday, August 29 and runs through October 24, the classes are from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. You can apply online at or contact Vickie Provine, [email protected] or call 812.349.3505.



Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 11:30am to 1:00pm
Monroe County Democrats’ Club Luncheon Meeting
DeAngelo’s Restaurant in Eastland Plaza
The speaker will be Mike Rhodes, who will talk about economic development in Bloomington and Monroe County. The public is invited to attend.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
2019 SMART Girls, STRONG Women
Lincoln Street Club, 311 S. Lincoln St., Bloomington
Hosted by the Bloomington Boys & Girls Club with special guests:
Jennie Vaughan, Ivy Tech Chancellor | Emcee
Tina Peterson, Community Foundation CEO | Moderator
Courtney Payne-Taylor, Girls Riders Organization Founder
Janis Stockhouse, Bloomington H.S. North Educator
Lori Thompson, IU Health Physician
A fundraising event featuring dinner, dessert, a live auction and a discussion about helping young women reach their full potential in today’s challenging world. Panelists will share their stories on facing challenges while rising to success and will also offer advice to the next generation of female superstars. All proceeds benefit vital programming at the Club. More details, including how to buy tickets, can be found on their Facebook page:

Wednesday, June 19, 2019, 6:00-9:00pm
Juneteenth Celebration and Summer Necessity Drive Drop-off
Banneker Community Center, 930 W. 7th St.
Black Lives Matter Bloomington’s Juneteenth Celebration and Summer Necessity Drive.
Food trucks, music by DJ Jada Bee, info tables for organizations supported by the drive, a kids book story corner, and more. More information, including what items to donate, is on the facebook event page:

Thursday, June 20, 2019, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Monroe County NOW June Contact Your Representatives
BloomingTea, 615 W. Kirkwood Ave., Bloomington
Join NOW to write your representatives about the issues you care about. They’ll have everything you need including scripts, postcards, and postage.

Friday, June 21, 2019, 5:30 to 8:00 pm
Juneteenth Celebration & Fundraiser
Griffin Realty, 735 S. College Ave.
The Monroe County Black Democratic Caucus is hosting a Juneteenth celebration to commemorate the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. state of Texas, and more generally the emancipation of enslaved African Americans throughout the former Confederate States of America. (Note: there will be no regular Chapter meeting of the MCBDC this month).

Saturday, June 22, 2019, 11:00am
Rally for Our Rights
Indiana State House, 200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis
Stand united to put an end to the bills being passed across the nation that were created to take away people’s right to choose. Bring your daughters and your sons, and stop this war on reproductive rights now! The Facebook event page can be found here:

Sunday, June 23, 2019, 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Monroe County NOW June Chapter Meeting
Monroe County Public Library, Room 2A
See what NOW is up to this summer and beyond. Special guest Btown PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) will be there to lead a discussion about the intersection of LGBTQ+ identity and racial identity. For information about Btown PFLAG and their work, please visit

Sunday, June 23, 2019, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Rise Above The Mark: Stand Up For Public Education
Buskirk Chumley Theater, 114 E. Kirkwood Ave., Bloomington
a screening of Rise Above The Mark, a film that examines the realities of public education in Indiana. A panel discussion will follow the film. Co-hosted by Indiana Coalition for Public Education Monroe County, Democracy for Monroe County, and the Buskirk Chumley Theatre.
More details at the facebook event page:

June 28-30, 2019
2019 Tri-State Cornfield Conference
Noble County Fairgrounds, Kendallville, Indiana
Hosted by the Noble County Democrats and co-hosted by the Dekalb, Kosciousko, Lagrange and Whitley County Democrats
A Democratic Revival focused on issues for Democrats in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio
Friday: 4pm-9pm and Sunday: 8am-4pm: Intro to Political Organizing Digital Training
Saturday: 9am-7pm: a full day of workshops and activities including a Women in Politics Panel Discussion, plus “insights from a small town mayor” and special appearances by Karlee Macer and Eddie Melton.
Full details at:

July 17-20, 2019
2019 Young Democrats of America National Convention
Crowne Plaza, 123 W. Louisiana St, Indianapolis
Visit for all details and convention matters.

August 22-24, 2019
Annual Indiana Democratic Editorial Association (IDEA) Convention in French Lick
French Lick Resort, 8670 West Road 56
The convention is still months away but hotel rooms are going QUICKLY, so if you plan to attend you are encouraged to make your hotel reservations NOW. More information on that can be found here:

Saturday September 8, 2019
5th Annual Hamilton Family Picnic
Bryan Park



Could you vote for this Joe Biden???


Steering Committee Member Olivia Reed and her pup, Joe (Biden) at the Switchyard Brewery listening session last Thursday night.
Joe said not to let up on our mission, (and to hold more pup-friendly sessions)!


Get ready to watch the Democratic Presidential Debates next week but don't forget that there is still a municipal election going on in 2019 that needs your attention.... let's take care of business now so that we can take care of business next year.

There's still time to chime in on the future plans of the DWC. We'll have another listening session at our July breakfast on the 5th so come prepared to help us know where we've done well and what we should do better. And you can always send your ideas along to [email protected] at any time.


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