Monday Morning News July 18, 2016

AUGUST 21, 1 pm -- A Sunday Brunch with Sheila Kennedy!

You will not want to miss this incredible event!
     Our annual fundraiser event that celebrates Women's Equality Day will be held at 1 pm in the Fountain Square Mall Ballroom.
More details will be announced later this week, but for now, save the date on your calendar, and plan to bring a friend.
     Sheila Kennedy has probably the best political blog written in the ENTIRE State of Indiana! Check out our favorite one from this past week... and sign up to get them in your mailbox daily! You will not be sorry.
See what she had to say about <ahem> Mr. Pence as a VP candidate:


ANNOUNCEMENTS for our Endorsed Candidates

Volunteers Needed! Re-election Campaign for Julie Thomas for County Commissioner
Julie needs volunteers to walk in the parades in Ellettsville & Stinesville in September, canvass door-to-door beginning in September and to canvass at the Farmer's Market. Volunteers will receive a beautiful campaign t-shirt – with a spine (while supplies last)! Send a note to Julie and let her know you are ready to help!

Penny Githens for State Representative District 60 needs help in walking in the Old Settler's Parade in Morgan County, and in staffing the Democratic State Representative Booth at the Monroe County Fair. Both of these events will be a lot of fun and very different!  Please let Penny know you are interested in helping her! Volunteer at

Amanda Barge for Commissioner could use your help in the Ellettsville and Stinesville parades, and also with her door-to-door campaigns. Please contact her at [email protected]

IT'S FAIR TIME - Looking for help staffing booths for the Monroe County Democrats and House Democrats

MONROE COUNTY DEMOCRATS: You'll find them in their usual spot: Commercial Building #1, Booth 21. Volunteers are needed to staff the booth Mon. July 25 through Sat. July 30. Three volunteers are needed for each shift and there will be 2 shifts each night 4-7pm and 7-10pm.  You can sign up to help out on their doodle poll:

Candidates: should drop off campaign literature and a yard sign w/stand at MCDP Headquarters, 627 N Morton Street by end of day this Thursday, 7/21/16 – OR – bring them to the booth at the fairgrounds.

Additional questions or information: contact Lorraine Farrell at [email protected]

MONROE COUNTY HOUSE DEMOCRATS: They are looking for 1-2 volunteers each night during the Monroe County Fair and also for volunteers to help out at the Morgan County Fair July 29 - August 4, 2016. If you can help out or have questions contact Penny Githens at [email protected].


Democrats have lunch! Democratic Club Monthly Club meeting.
TUESDAY, July 19, Bobby's Colorado Steakhouse at 11:30.
Vi Simpson will speak about plans for the "old" hospital after the new hospital has been built. The public is invited to attend.
Please RSVP to Marcia Hurlow at [email protected]

FILM: United States of ALEC sponsored by End Citizens United.
THURSDAY, July 21, 7 pm at MCPL Auditorium
The American Legislative Exchange Council is a group of conservative state legislators from across the country, private citizens and advisors who draft model legislation so that legislators can present the conservative bills in state legislatures across the nation.  The Not-for-profit activities are legal, but their activities give undue power to corporations and has come under scrutiny. This film is definitely worth a watch!

Protest Against ALEC in Indianapolis
July 27, 2016, 3:30 PM
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has been behind many bills passed in state legislatures across the country.  The bills range from Right to Work to Telecommunications to Stand Your Ground.  ALEC has also been a major supporter of the privatization of education.
In 2013, Mike Pence was the keynote speaker at ALEC's yearly States and Nation Policy Summit.  Want to find out which Indiana legislators are members of ALEC?  Go to
     Are you interested in protesting ALEC's national convention in Indianapolis next month?  There will be a rally at 3:30pm on the South Lawn of the State Capital on July 27th.  The Central Indiana AFL-CIO is organizing at least one bus to go to Indy to join this rally.  If there are enough people going from Bloomington, they'll try to add a second bus (courtesy of the Teamsters Union).
     To take the bus to Indy meet at the IU Football Stadium, West Parking Lot (closest to 17th & Dunn Street). Arrive Early!!!. The bus will depart at 1pm and return around 7pm. To learn more, join their Facebook group at ALEC Indianapolis 2016 Protest.

Caucus for County Auditor and Party Secretary
July 28, 5pm  Monroe County Public Library Auditorium
    Party Chair Mark Fraley has called for a caucus of precinct committee persons and vice committee persons for the above date and time.  Eligible electors for the caucus for Auditor include all Precinct Committee Chairs living in Monroe County. Vice Chairs may vote in the chair's absence provided a written proxy sent to [email protected]. Both chairs and vice chairs may vote in the caucus for secretary. Interested candidates for either position are encouraged to contact Party chair Mark Fraley at [email protected]. Candidates must file by 72 hours of the caucus date in order to be eligible.

Reception to Support Indiana Senate Democrats
Wednesday, August 17, 5-7pm -- Upland Banquet Hall (350 W. 11th St)
     Please join Vi Simpson, Mayor John Hamilton, and State Senator Mark Stoops for a reception to support the Indiana Senate Democrats.  The event will be help at the Upland Banquet Hall.  Suggested Contributions: $1,000, $500, $250, $100 ($50 for Young Democrats). Checks payable to Indiana Senate Democrats Committee. If you can't attend, please send contributions to: 115 W Washington St. Suite 1165, Indianapolis, IN. 46204

At our fundraiser on August 21 (note above) we're planning a silent auction to help finance our local women candidates.
Please think of an item YOU can donate!
Hot items in the past have been home baked goods, wine baskets, Hillary swag!
This is an easy way to support women! Email [email protected] with your items or ideas.

Have you paid your DWC Dues for 2016?
     The DWC is dedicated to inspiring, recruiting, training, supporting and funding women to increase the number of progressive, pro-choice women in the political arena. We ALL help with this mission, together, collectively. Make sure you have full rights and privileges of membership!
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