Monday Morning News Oct. 24, 2016

To our DWC members and friends at IU --

Just a couple of hours help could make the difference for our endorsed candidates.

PENNY GITHENS, candidate for State House District 60
Penny needs help early this week making follow-up contacts to voters.  Please email [email protected] for information.   Also, Penny needs some yard signs put out in Morgan county.  What a great week for a country drive! Contact Morgan Murphy at [email protected] for a map, addresses and signs.  Penny thanks you!  Be sure to "like" her Facebook page, and check out her website Contact Penny at [email protected].

JESSICA McCLELLAN, candidate for County Treasurer 
Jessica is going door to door letting people know her qualifications for office. Her opponent is putting up billboards that say "I know how to count."
Isn't that an oversimplification of the job? Give Jessica an hour or two! Host a yard sign. Offer to walk with her.  Contact Jessica at [email protected] or through Facebook. Visit

JOANI SHIELDS, candidate for County Coroner[email protected]
Joani needs yard sign locations!

AMANDA BARGE and JULIE THOMAS, County Commissioner (running from different districts -- You can vote for BOTH!)

asks if you can spend one hour making calls from home? Or write 10 letters? Amanda Barge's campaign will send you everything you need to help get the word out to residents who are hard to reach door to door. This is an important part of her campaign, and she'd really appreciate your help! Thank you! Text 812-606-6540 OR email [email protected]
Julie has helped SO many women with advice, hosting fundraisers, serving on their committees, and leading the caucus. Please send her your best yard sign locations, and offer to put them up for her! [email protected].

CHERYL MUNSON and LEE JONES, re-elect to County Council at-large (Again, you can vote for BOTH!)
Both are looking for good yard sign locations and donations for their mailing.  No amount is too small!  Contact Cheryl at [email protected]. Lee can be reached at [email protected]

Action Item


Glenda Ritz in Bloomington TODAY
Supt. Glenda Ritz will be here for a field office visit Monday afternoon at 3 p.m. She'll be visiting our Coordinated Democratic Campaign office at 501 N. Walnut St. in Bloomington.

Campaign activity is in full swing at the HQ at 9th & Walnut!
501 N Walnut, 317-556-5789
Current Office Hours:  Mon.-Thu. 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun. Noon - 4 p.m.

The Monroe County Democrats Clinton/Gregg/Bayh/Ritz/Githens and all other local candidates working out of the HQ at 9th and Walnut need: 
  • Help with Phone Banking
  • Canvassing
  • Delivering yard signs to voters
  • Office needs
  • Donations of supplies and food 
Call for the current list of needs.  Call or stop by to see how you can help!


Please sign up to help in two-hour shifts, distributing a "point of sale" flyer that highlights all of the DWC candidates. We have an online sign up through a doodle poll at zgpqtem9r, and will also circulate it at the breakfast meeting on Friday, November 4th. This effort REALLY helps. It's amazing how often people thank us for the useful information and then come out of the polling place indicating they voted for our women!!  Please contact Jillian Kinzie at [email protected], or Philippa Guthrie at [email protected]. We will make sure you are signed up.

2016 GOTV (Get Out The Vote) Driver/Rider Project
  -- A Monroe County Democratic Party Program

Do you have a car and would you be willing to drive someone to the polls for early voting or on election day, or to help people get an ID or get registered to vote? Volunteer Days/Hours vary depending on your work, school, personal schedule, location, and availability. Drivers and riders matched based on locations. Call Pat Slabach at 317-796-1820 and leave a message, or email at [email protected]

The voter transport effort includes a shuttle leaving from Indiana Memorial Union Circle Drive 1-5 p.m. every hour on the hour, to transport students and staff from the IU campus to early voting. This is happening now!

Do you need, or know someone who needs help getting an ID to vote? Do you need, or know someone who needs a ride to the polls?
Call or text (317) 556-5789 for information or to schedule a ride. Spanish-speaking voters can call (812) 856-8135 or text (206) 388-8375.
For more information, go to the MCDP website/ride share by clicking here.

(All dates are 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. except Nov. 7)

At BOTH Election Central (401 W. 7th St., Suite 100, Bloomington) and
Satellite Location (North Showers Bldg., 501 N. Morton Street, Room 201-202, Bloomington)

Oct. 24-29
Oct. 31-Nov. 5
Nov. 7 - 8 a.m. - Noon

If you want to work at the polls on election day...Please contact Rod Yandt at 812-340-2261 or [email protected]

Mailings on behalf of Shelli Yoder
The DCCC has decided to pay for mailings on behalf of Shelli Yoder.  To allow this to happen, volunteers have to be involved in the process of packaging and shipping of the mail.  This requires 10 volunteers to go to the mailhouse in Indianapolis (EZ Mailing 1832 Executive Dr, Indianapolis, IN 46241), and help.   Dates will be published as they get confirmed.


Fundraiser for Glenda Ritz TONIGHT!
Monday, October 24, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. at Hopscotch Coffee

Longtime local Democratic Party mover and shaker Pat Murphy and Hopscotch Coffeehouse are sponsoring a fundraiser for the Glenda Ritz's re-election campaign. Ritz, the state's Superintendent of Schools, has gone toe to toe against outgoing IN Guv Mike Pence, now chief abettor to the Republican Candidate for President, over Indiana education policy and her role in implementing it. So, load up a burlap bag or two full of cash -- USD, s'il vous plaît -- and drop in to Hopscotch, 235 W. Dodds St., Monday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. Or write a check for ten bucks, either way.

The Gender pay gap is real:  A 360 degree look at what it is and why it matters
October 26, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Economic Policy Institute, Washington, D.C.

EPI is presenting new research on the gender wage gap at a panel discussion on how to address the wage gap and achieve more broadly shared prosperity.  Panelists will also discuss how to provide a better infrastructure to help workers balance work and family.
Latifa Lyles, Director of the Women’s Bureau at the U.S. Department of Labor
Sarita Gupta, Executive Director of Jobs with Justice and Co-Director Caring Across Generations
Heidi Hartmann, President of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research
Elise Gould, Senior Economist at the Economic Policy Institute and co-author of new research on the gender wage gap
Moderated by Anna Louie Sussman, Reporter for the Wall Street Journal

Can't make it to D.C.?  No problem.  The event will be streamed live HERE.
Annual Ndethya Benefit Sale at the IMU
November 2, 11  a.m. - 5 p.m. in the Hoosier Room
Even more diverse offerings beyond the usual African and African-inspired jewelry and baskets, including rugs, quilts, a designer barrette collection and many other items.  Benefits two AIDS orphanages/school and women's agricultural cooperative in Kenya.  In 2015, the teachers were paid and food was bought for a month with the money raised.  At the small AIDS orphanage, the money was sufficient to pay school fees for two secondary students for two years. And the women of the Ndethya cooperative used our offering to continue to upgrade much-needed water tanks.


About Ready to Run®

Ready to Run® is an annual, bi-partisan program convened by the Center for American Women and Politics for women who want to run for office, work on a campaign, get appointed to office, become community leaders, or learn more about the political system. 

Participants will walk away with:
  • "how-to" instructions on running for office 
  • fundraising and media skills  
  • real-world advice and best practices from experts
  • more effective leadership skills
  • a better understanding of party politics
  • internet strategies for campaigns 

The conference features two tracks to meet your needs
Track 1 - I'm Ready to Run, Now What? and Track 2 - I'm Not Ready to Run Yet, But...
View the full program agenda online.

Special pre-conference programs for women of color
Three pre-conference programs will be offered on Friday, March 10th, to encourage more women of color to run for office:   
Elección Latina
Rising Stars: Educating Asian American Women for Politics
Run Sister Run: Women of the African Diaspora Changing the Political Landscape



  • Log on to your candidate's website to find ways to help YOUR candidate of choice
  • Display a yard sign
  • Write a Letter to the Editor about YOUR candidate of choice
  • Embed a widget in your blog or join the online discussion on someone else's blog
  • Help your candidate campaign door-to-door
  • Offer a ride to the polls to others
  • VOTE - it's the best thing you can do to help ensure that YOUR candidate is elected
  • Take a friend to vote

One more thing....

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