Monday Morning News - August 13, 2018


The election season will soon be upon us and some people believe that old fashioned politicking, like phone calls and knocking on doors, is a relic of the past. It's all about money and TV and Facebook and, well, people are already entrenched in their views so nothing I do will make a difference. Poppycock. Balderdash. Fake news. Personal interaction is THE thing that makes the difference in the end. Two people having a one-on-one conversation about the issues is how we win elections.

Local politics is where everything begins, and local elected officials have some of the most visible and direct effects on our lives. It matters who we elect in our own backyards. So take a few hours of your day to show up at the Democratic headquarters and help out our DWC and other Democratic candidates. Sign up to make phone calls or canvass. You will be amazed at how exhilarating it is to have someone thank you for the call and say they will vote for your candidate.  


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]
Penny will also need some help tabling at the Student Involvement Fair in Dunn Meadow on MONDAY, August 20th from 3-7. Can you help out for a couple of hours?

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! Rumor has it that some of Kate's friends are very talented bakers!

Nicole Browne Coffee With The Clerk: A Fundraiser Event To Support Nicole Browne's Re-Election For Monroe County Clerk* Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018 Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Address: 5468 Brigadier Boulevard , Bloomington , IN 47401  (Home of Wanda & William Hosea) RSVP by e-mail or text message: [email protected] or (812) 369-7379

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 is seeking a 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.  

Shelli Yoder, Candidate for Monroe County Council, needs volunteers for the following activities

  • Volunteers to canvass with Shelli on weekend shifts
  • Volunteers for a Meet the Candidates event this fall
  • Submit a letter to the editor in support of Shelli
If you would like to help, please email Alison Pitt Polley, campaign chair, at [email protected]. Thank you!


Liz Watson is in need of some space for volunteers in August, September and October. Liz's campaign has drawn interest from her friends around the country and they're offering to pay their way to Bloomington or another area in IN09 to help push Liz over the finish line for the win! If anyone has a bedroom with private space, a carriage house, or even an entire empty house to lend for this effort, it would be so appreciated for these out of state friends.

If you can have someone stay for a night, two nights, or more, please share your name and email to [email protected]
Once we have particulars of specific out of town volunteers, we can coordinate on the exact time they need housing and check to see what time and date works for you. Liz will definitely need volunteers for late October and November, but there could be opportunities even sooner. Thank you for sending this! Let me know if you need any additional information.
We already know it takes a village! 
Let's all work to send Trey back to Tennessee.

The League of Women Voters is sponsoring voter registration training to be conducted by Karen Wheeler from Election Central.  If you are interested in participating in voter registration events prior to the November elections, this is a good opportunity to learn how to properly register someone to vote according to state laws and regulations. 
Date & Time:  August 15, 9 a.m. to noon, & August 23, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Note: Training may not require the full 3 hours.)
Location:        Election Central, 401 W. 7th Street, Ste 100, Bloomington, IN 47404
To Register:    Call 812-349-2690
Fee:               None
Parking:  The evening class will likely have more options.  Metered parking is nearby.   Also, nearby is the Morton parking garage, where the first 3 hours are free.  Two spaces for disabled individuals are available in the EC parking lot.

Fundraising Quilt! Regina Moore is creating a Women's Campaigns T-shirt Quilt as a raffle fundraiser** for the DWC. She needs campaign t-shirts from women candidates, so 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]. You can also leave the shirts at the Democratic Party HQ at 116 S. Madison, 47403.


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 and Fundraiser: #NowMoreThanEver!
The Fields, 1333 S Fenbrook Lane

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 which granted American women the right to vote. This year's celebration and fundraiser is set for Friday, August 24th at 7pm atthe Fields.

State Representative Linda Lawson will be our keynote speaker! Linda has served for 20 years as the representative from District 1, the Hammond area. She was the FIRST woman hired as an officer by the Hammond Police Department and served for 24 years.  In her work for families, she has authored an equal pay bill each of her 20 years in the state legislature. None of them were heard.  We need this kind of work #NowMoreThanEver!!    

If you can sponsor or help with this event PLEASE volunteer! [email protected]  Supporting our endorsed candidates this fall will generate 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!

Saturday, August 25, 2018

  • Kate Wiltz Cake Walk (see candidates' section above for details)
  • Penny Githens Day of Action (see candidates' section above for details)

Sunday, August 26, 2018, 9:00 am to 9:00 
#FLIPIN09: DWC & Young Dems Day of Action for Liz Watson

Monroe County Democratic Headquarters, 116 S. Madison

Join other DWC members in canvassing for Liz all day to take back the 9th!!   

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 featuring 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. 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. 

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

2. Buy at least 1 ticket for the #NowMoreThanEver DWC fundraiser!

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