Monday Morning News Sept. 19, 2016

It's easy to think that this election is just about a certain New York business man who bought his way to a nomination to the highest office in the US versus a former Senator and former Secretary of State who may become the first woman to hold that highest office.  

The fact is that while that race is of the utmost importance in so many ways, local races will impact what happens in our own community, and in our state.  If we dislike the restrictions in women's health issues, if we dislike discrimination in the name of religion, if we dislike decisions made regarding education, roads (oh, I-69!), forests, and child care, work to elect the right people! Matt Pierce and Mark Stoops cannot continue to fight against these laws that do NOT reflect the majority of us in Monroe County, alone.  We need to send them, and the new governor, good people to work with!

And so we come to our plea:


Good yard sign locations needed!

Penny Githens, candidate for State House District 60,  Contact her at [email protected]
Penny has hired Morgan Murphy as her campaign manager. Morgan has experience with local campaigns and has gathered a cadre of wonderful interns to help with the job of contacting voters in the district. Penny needs help with calls, walking, and other projects. See DAY OF ACTION below! Email Morgan: [email protected]

Jessica McClellan  Contact Jessica at [email protected] or through Facebook. Offer to help serve or clean up at her fundraiser listed below. Offer to walk with her!

Cheryl Munson and Lee Jones, Candidates for County Council at-large
Contact Cheryl at [email protected]. Lee can be reached at [email protected].
Cheryl and Lee mostly need good yard sign locations and donations. No amount is too small!

Amanda Barge and Julie Thomas are looking for yard sign locations as well!  [email protected], [email protected].
Remember -- They are both running for commissioners but from different districts. Everyone who votes can vote for them BOTH!
Amanda's Facebook page calls for volunteers to walk with her and to help with phone calls.
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!

Joani Shields, candidate for Coroner, [email protected]
Joani needs yard sign locations!

Action Item


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?  
Do you know someone who needs a ride or needs help getting 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]

(All dates are 8 AM to 6 PM except Nov. 7)
At Election Central only (401 W. 7th St. Suite 100, Bloomington):
Oct. 12-14 (Mon. Oct. 10 is Columbus Day)
Oct. 17-21  

At Election Central and Satellite Location (North Showers Bldg., 501, N. Morton Street, Room 201-202, Bloomington):
Oct. 24-29
Oct. 31 - Nov. 5
Nov. 7 - 8am - noon

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

Bloomington Sign Ordinance and Election Signs
We asked for guidelines and here they are. Click on the link to make sure you know the rules for election signs.

Local Democrats Launch African-American Caucus
A group of local Democrats have started a local chapter of the Indiana Democratic African-American Caucus (IDAAC). Organizers say they formed the new organization to increase representation of African-American voters at the polls, and to raise the participation of African-American leaders in the local Party.  “We are working within the Democratic Party to bridge the gap between public education and political action”.
The group, IDAAC-Monroe County, will meet on a monthly basis. Individuals interested in getting involved are encouraged to contact Nicole Bolden at (812) 361-1005 or e-mail to [email protected].


From DWC member Dawn Johnsen--
The Hydraulic Election of 2016: The New Voter Denial, Political Parties, the Rise of Donald Trump, and the Courts."
Monday, Sept. 19, Noon, Moot Court Room.
Lunch provided. Event co-sponsored by Indiana University Provost Lauren Robel and the IU Maurer Law School American Constitution Society, Outlaw and the Women's Law Caucus.

Local Legislative Candidates Education Forum
Monday, September 19, 7-8:30 pm in City Hall Council Chambers
Indiana Coalition for Public Education Monroe County is holding this forum to hear issues and positions on education issues in the State of Indiana.
After introducing themselves and identifying the education issues that they see as pressing, candidates will answer questions from the audience in a moderated format. Questions for candidates may also be submitted in advance to [email protected].

Monroe County Democrats Club Luncheon
Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 11:45. Bobby's Colorado Steakhouse
The Monroe County Democrats' Club will meet on Tuesday, September 20, at 11:45 a.m. at Bobby's Colorado Steakhouse. Linda Henderson and Mark Stoops, both candidates for State Senate, will speak. The public is invited to attend.
     MCDClub will also soon begin selling tickets for its upcoming raffle, to be held at the November meeting. They are seeking political items, home-baked goodies, and gently-used goods for prizes. If you have something you'd be willing to donate, please contact Rita Drescher at [email protected], or at 812 334 2962.

League of Women Voters Forum -- County Auditor and Treasurer,
Tuesday, September 20, 7:00 p.m., MCPL Auditorium
NB: All LWV candidate forums (see additional dates below) will be held in the MC Public Library auditorium. After brief introductions, the candidates will answer questions submitted by the audience and posed by panelists. Questions also may  be submitted in advance by sending an email to [email protected] with a notation of the race for which the question is intended.

League of Women Voters Forum -- County Commissioners,
Thursday, September 22, 7:00 p.m., MCPL Auditorium

City Council 5th District Constituent Meeting
Saturday, September 24, 10am - 11am, City Hall
City Council member and DWC member Isabel Piedmont-Smith has scheduled monthly constituent meetings this year.  The November and December meetings will be on Saturdays: Nov. 19 and Dec. 17.  For a full schedule, please see

Lee Hamilton 9th Congressional District Brunch
Saturday, September 24, 10:30 am at 300 Spring in Jeffersonville. Support Shelli Yoder in her bid for this congressional seat!
Kentucky Secretary of State Allison Lundergan Grimes is the featured speaker. Tickets are $40 and may be obtained here:
For more information call Adam Dickey, 9th District Chair at 812-725-2020 or contact [email protected]

Penny Githens Day of Action!
Sunday, September 25, 12-4pm, 501 N Walnut
Every supporter, every friend, every DEMOCRAT! Whether you live in State House District 60 or not!
Your help on this Day of Action, joined with her great interns, will help Penny contact 6000 voters in one day! You can make phone calls, you can knock on doors, you can support the campaign in other ways, too!
Please contact Morgan at [email protected] to say you're coming!

Brats and Brews - A Fundraiser for Jessica McClellan County Treasurer
Monday, September 26th, 5-7 PM
Come to the Upland Banquet Hall to support Jessica!
A Pre-Oktoberfest Fundraiser featuring brats and brews. Jessica couldn't do it without your support!

League of Women Voters Forum -- State House District 61,
Tuesday, September 27, 7:00 p.m., MCPL Auditorium

League of Women Voters Forum -- County Council Candidates at-large,
Wednesday, September 28, 7:00 p.m., MCPL Auditorium

League of Women Voters Forum -- MCCSC School Board Candidates,
Thursday, September 29, 7:00 p.m., MCPL Auditorium

Tuesday, October 4, 5:30-7:00 pm, Noodles in Eastland Plaza
Jean Capler and Kathy Byers are hosting an event for Amanda Barge for County Commissioner called "Social Workers Mobilizing for Amanda". If you are in the health, service or social work fields, or are just interested in supporting Amanda, come to Noodles on the Eastside, Monday October 4th from 5:30-7:00 pm! Social workers get stuff done!
Come and learn why having a commissioner with a social work background is sorely needed right now!
Event Link:
Or, RSVP to: [email protected]

League of Women Voters Forum -- State House District 46 and 60
Wednesday, October 5, 7:00 p.m., MCPL Auditorium

League of Women Voters Forum -- State House Districts 62 and 65
Thursday, October 6, 7:00 p.m., MCPL Auditorium

Tuesday, October 11

Wednesday, October 12


Please plan to attend at least ONE of the above listed candidate forums this week or next.  Candidates need friendly faces in the audience and enjoy and need feedback!

One more thing....

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