Monday Morning News 07/30/18

DWC Breakfast on Friday
Join us for breakfast this Friday, August 3, at 7:30 am at the Village Deli! State Auditor candidate Joselyn Whitticker will be our special guest.
Joselyn Whitticker was nominated and elected to be the Democratic candidate for Auditor of the State of Indiana at the State Convention in June. She holds a bachelor's degree from Tennessee State University and two master's degrees from Indiana State University, was a teacher and school administrator for 35 years, and owns her own business that specializes in instructional curriculum consulting. She is a respected community leader and advocate who served one term on the Marion Common Council (2012–16) and is currently president of the Marion Branch of the NAACP and the Marion Grant County Minority Health Coalition.
We've found her to be an inspiring woman who champions asking hard questions of those in power and has the experience and record to continue doing just that.
Bring your checkbooks, bring your plastic! We'll be bundling checks for Joselyn that day to show support for this incredible Democratic woman tackling a state wide race.

Joselyn Whitticker will also be available for lunch on Friday, a more intimate chance to meet and talk with her. The lunch will be at Grazie's and we will send out more information about it midweek. If you would like to attend please let us know at [email protected] as it will help us keep track of the head count for the restaurant.


Women's Equality Dinner
It's been our tradition since we began the DWC to celebrate Women's Equality Day -- the day set aside to commemorate the passage of the 19th amendment to the US Constitution that prohibits states and the federal government from denying the right to vote on the basis of sex.
We are planning again this year to celebrate with a fundraiser gathering** on Friday, August 24th at 7pm at the Fields. State Representative Linda Lawson will be our keynote speaker.
Details are forthcoming, but if you would like to sponsor or help with this event PLEASE let us know! [email protected].

Regina Moore has the idea of creating a Women's Campaigns T-shirt Quilt as a raffle fundraiser** for the DWC. She needs campaign t-shirts from women candidates, and if you have an old one that you don't use please consider donating it to the cause. It doesn't even matter if they're all blue! email [email protected].
**Our activities supporting our endorsed candidates this fall will have some expenses, especially if we do a postcard mailing as we have done in the past. The DWC has also supported women candidates with cash depending on the campaign need, etc. It's a huge year for women candidates, so please think about how you can help with these activities!

That’s just what Liz Watson will be doing, but we have to help her. Here’s a recent commentary on IN09 by Daily Kos
IN-09: Freshman GOP Rep. Trey Hollingsworth brazenly carpetbagged into southern Indiana from Tennessee three years ago and won an open-seat GOP primary thanks to heavy super-PAC spending from his wealthy father. He wound up running well behind the top of the ticket in the general election, but his district's deep red lean was enough to ensure his victory. There's a chance he may not be quite so fortunate this year. Democrat Liz Watson outraised him almost 2-to-1 last quarter, and 2018 is shaping up to be a much stronger year for Democrats than 2016. Hollingsworth can always fall back on his family wealth, and this district remains very conservative, but he's the kind of weak incumbent who could be vulnerable in a wave.
To #FLIPIN09, Liz is asking all of the Progressive groups in Bloomington, Young Democrats, College Democrats, Indivisible, Monroe County NOW PAC, Swing Left, D4MC, High School Dems and DWC to all help Liz’s campaign by taking ONE day a month to sponsor a Day of Action for her. Our first DWC date was July 28; our next will be August 26.
We’re asking that you please take one 3 hour shift (9am, noon, 3pm, or 6pm) of knocking on doors or calling for Liz on those days (September and October dates are TBA). You will be fully briefed on what to do, provided materials and everything you’ll need to canvass that day. We’re partnering with the Monroe County Young Democrats on the first two Days of Action. We’ll make new friends!
Conventional wisdom says that the BEST time to take out an incumbent is at the end of their first term. Tennesee Trey is a back-bencher, votes along party lines, refuses to have a town hall meeting to update his constituents and is NOT the representative we want. For the 9th District, and for the sake of replacing him with one smart, hard working woman who shares our values and will work for us, won’t you please, PLEASE consider one shift on August 26? With so much at stake, we need to do all we can to get our base to the polls!
Regina Moore ([email protected]) will begin the coordination of this effort, but the DWC will also need one or two members to help co-ordinate this effort at the HQ (116 S. Madison). Let her know if you can help organize!


August 26
September and October TBA

RSVP by August 23 for the August 26 DOA -

WHAT: We will be door knocking for the Watson campaign. We will will be briefed on the activity on arrival from the Watson campaign. The campaign has all the materials, addresses, and points of contact we need for this day to be a success. All you need to do is show up and bring a friend!

WHERE: 116 South Madison. We will meet at Monroe County Dem Party Headquarters. There is a possibility our group may be asked to canvass in a surrounding county.

ORGANIZATION POINT OF CONTACT: Regina Moore [email protected]

CAMPAIGN POINT OF CONTACT: Brian Peters, [email protected] OR (724) 858-5120 & Marten Stein, [email protected] & (724) 858-5120

Candidate Info
Action Items

Look to this section each week to find current information about DWC candidates.

Penny Githens, Candidate for State Representative District 60 has a Day of Action planned for August 25. There'll be two shifts -- 10:00 am to 1 pm and then 1 to 4 pm. Staging will be from the HQ at 4th and Madison. Please email her volunteer coordinator to participate: [email protected]
Her second big canvassing event will be in Martinsville on Saturday, August 4. Canvassing will be from 1–4 and staging will be at the Starbucks. Again, get with Deborah Meader (above email) for more information.
Penny has a hard race, it's true. But have you ever seen a candidate more dedicated to, not to just her race but the race to make Indiana better? Incredibly dedicated and so smart, Penny would be the biggest boost we could give to the other good Democrats in the Statehouse! Please consider helping her.

Ashley Pirani, Candidate for County Council District 3, needs volunteers—walkers, letters to editor, yard sign locations (Bean Blossom, Clear Creek, Indian Creek, Richland, Van Buren Townships—or highly visible locations near there), etc. If you can assist with any (or all!) of that, please email: [email protected]

Kate Wiltz, Candidate for County Council District 2, needs a volunteer to manage her yard sign locations and her Letters to the Editor campaign. contact Kate at [email protected] Kate also wants you to know that on August 25, you can travel down the B-Line trail after a visit to the Farmer's Market and come to HQ at 116 S. Madison for a special Cake Walk! This is a family friendly event!

Nicole Browne Nibbles With Nicole Fundraiser Event To Support Nicole Browne's Re-Election For Monroe County Clerk
Date: Saturday, August 11, 2018
Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Address: 7978 S. Breeden Road, Bloomington , IN 47403 (Home of Jeana & Roger Kerr)
RSVP by e-mail or text message: [email protected] or (812) 360-5048

*All contributions will go to the Committee To Elect Nicole Browne. Political contributions are not tax deductible.
Can't make it? Contributions can be mailed to:
Committee To Elect Nicole Browne
P.O. Box 3415
Bloomington, IN 47402-3415
***Rain or shine event. Bring a friend!

Fawcett for Judge Committee seeking Fundraising Chair
Because judicial candidates are prohibited from personally soliciting campaign contributions or personally accepting campaign contributions, the Fawcett for Judge Committee is seeking a Finance Chair or Finance Intern who can plan and coordinate fundraising efforts through the General Election. Please contact Allison Chopra ([email protected]) or Jennifer Armstrong ([email protected]) if you are interested.



The City of Bloomington Office of the City Clerk is accepting applications to fill vacant positions on the Bloomington Environmental Commission. The positions are available for city residents. The Environmental Commission advises the City of Bloomington on how its actions and poicies may preserve and enhance the quality of Bloomington’s environment, including the life-supporting processes that natural ecological systems provide humans and other organisms.
To learn more, or for online applications, go to “OnBoard”, the online City system for board and commission information at or click on the “OnBoard” button on the City’s home web page.
All board and commission meetings are free and open to the public. Potential applicants are encouraged to attend a meeting of their desired board or commission prior to applying.



Thursday, August 2, 2018 , 6:00-8:00 pm
Passing the Microphone to the Youth: The Young Democrats
Crazy Horse (Back Room), 214 W. Kirkwood, Bloomington
Join DFMC as they host speakers from The Young Democrats, an organization that consists of students from Bloomington High School South. We will hear about the speakers' experience in navigating into political activism, and about the actions they have taken. Some topics will be gun violence and youth, working with school administration, and volunteering on local and statewide campaigns. The two confirmed speakers are:
Nidhi Krishnan, a senior at BHSS, serves as the co-president of the Young Democrats and vice chair for Indiana Young Democrats of Monroe County's 9th District.
Darby FitzSimmons, a sophomore at BHSS, is a member of the Young Democrats and has volunteered for the Liz Watson campaign.

Friday, August 3, 2018 at 7:30 am
DWC Breakfast at the Village Deli
Special Guest will be Joselyn Whittiker, candidate for Indiana State Auditor
We met Joselyn at the Indiana State Democratic Convention and invited her to speak to us. We'll be bundling checks for her that day, so don't forget your checkbook. We guarantee you'll be delighted with Joselyn and her approach to public service.

Friday, August 3, 2018, 4:00-6:00 pm
Contact Your Reps! Party
BloomingTea, 615 W. Kirkwood Ave.,
Sponsored by Monroe County NOW and Indivisible Bloomington and 9th District
You are invited to join these group members at a regular Contact Your Reps party at BloomingTea. They’ll provide postage, scripts, and supplies, and you bring your concerns!

Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 11:00 am
Nibbling with Nicole Browne fundraiser! See above note under candidates' actions.

Saturday, August 18, 2018, 6:30 pm
Lee H. Hamilton Dinner
Windsor Ballroom, French Lick Springs Resort, 8670 West Highway, French Lick
Come recognize our own Vi Simpson, former State Senator and Lt. Gubernatorial nominee, as she receives the 2018 Lee H. Hamilton Public Service Award. Named in honor of our former Congressman, the Lee H. Hamilton Public Service Award was established by the District Committee of the Democratic Party to recognize individuals who make a significant and lasting contribution to public service and our party.
$60 per person
$50 for Ninth District Torchbearers
To purchase tickets, click here!
For more information contact District Party Headquarters
812.725.2020 or [email protected]

Friday, August 24, 2018 7:00 pm
Save the date: DWC Women's Equality Day Celebration
The Fields, 1333 S Fenbrook Ln, Bloomington. More details soon!

Saturday, August 25, 2018
Kate Wiltz Cake Walk (see above candidates' section)

Saturday, August 25, 2018
Penny Githens Day of Action (see above candidates' section)

Sunday, August 26, 2018 all day
DWC & Young Dems Day of Action for Liz Watson

Sunday, August 26, 2018
Intersectional Pay Equity: Steps to Pay Equity for Women
2:00-4:00 pm at the Monroe County Courthouse
A Program by the Monroe County Women's Commission
This is an interactive event, which will feature breakout sessions on salary negotiations, discriminatory hiring/firing, and sexual harassment. Register at:

Saturday, September 8, 2018 2:00-4:00 pm
The Power Of The Black Vote
City Hall Council Chambers, 401 N. Morton St.
Hosted by the Monroe County Black Democratic Caucus
The Monroe County Black Democratic Caucus (MCBDC) is hosting a discussion about "Why Black Voices Matter in the Political Arena” featuring Dana Black as the keynote speaker and Amrita Myers, Associate Professor of History and Gender Studies, as moderator. This panel discussion will be an opportunity for members of the community to share concerns and to offer a pathway to solutions through policy and being involved with our party.

Sunday, September 9, 2018
Fourth Annual Hamilton Family Picnic
Bryan Park,
With our fantastic local, state, and federal Democratic candidates, music and food, for political momentum building for the critical mid-term elections coming up.

Thursday, October 18, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Save the Date: MCDP Fall Dinner & Fundraiser
Liberty Ball Room & Banquet Center, 2100 S. Liberty Drive, Bloomington



1. Still (week 3 and counting) our highest priority!! Contact our Democratic Senator, Joe Donnelly, and urge him to make every effort to block Supreme Court nominees who want to drag us back to the middle ages. Tell him you have his back in this fight!

Senator Joe Donnelly:
Washington D.C. Office: (202) 224-4814
Indianapolis Office: (317) 226-5555
115 N. Pennsylvania St., Suite 100
Indianapolis, IN 46204


3. (This one is fun—honest.) Go see "The Death of Stalin," now playing on campus in the Ryder Series.
Moscow, 1953: when tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin drops dead, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to be the next Soviet leader. Among the contenders are the dweeby Georgy Malenkov (Jeffrey Tambor), the wily Nikita Khrushchev (Steve Buscemi), and the sadistic secret police chief Lavrentiy Beria (Simon Russell Beale). But as they bumble, brawl, and backstab their way to the top, just who is running the government? Written and directed by Armando Ianucci (Veep, In the Loop).

From the New York Times review: "The Death of Stalin is by turns entertaining and unsettling, with laughs that morph into gasps and uneasy gasps that erupt into laughs. Mr. Iannucci’s decision to have the performers speak in an array of accented English — from Brooklyn to Cockney — carries some political resonance, suggesting that totalitarianism knows no borders."

To view the Ryder schedule, click here.

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