Monday Morning News - November 11, 2019

CONGRATULATIONS!

A hearty congratulations to DWC candidate Sue Sgambelluri on winning her race for City Council District 2!!! Sue worked incredibly hard and ran a great race against an organized and well-funded Republican opponent. Thanks to all of our DWC members who provided Sue with their time and advice. And now on to the work of electing DWC members to our Steering Committee in December, and then to the elections in 2020.

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Monday Morning News - November 4, 2019 - It's Crunch Time

The last two days of voting in the 2019 Municipal Elections are upon us - it’s crunch time. While much has been made of the fact that there are only two races in this year’s elections - turnout within the two districts where there is voting has been extremely light. These are important elections that will help to decide how our city is governed for the next four years…
When turn out is light getting out the vote is critical. If you’ve got a few hours over the next two days… contact our endorsed candidate Sue Sgambelluri to offer your help. Her opponent may be well funded but ultimately it’s the number of people who vote who will make the difference, so make those phone calls and remind your neighbors that it’s time to vote. You can also contact the Monroe County Democratic Party to see what you can do to help Democrats win on Nov. 5. And, of course, if you live in District 2 or 3, get to the polls - every vote counts.

A big thank you to Christie Popp for coming to our Breakfast last Friday to share her expertise on immigration enforcement with our membership. She gave us a brief overview of the changes that have occurred since the 2016 elections and of how immigration enforcement is handled on the local level as well as the potential costs to the community of current policies and took the time to answer our questions as well.
Those who want to know more are encouraged to like Popp & Bullman, Attorneys-at-Law on Facebook… the website has a wealth of information on the subject. In addition, seek out the American Immigration Lawyers Association Election Guide. With the 2020 elections approaching and immigration at the forefront of national debate, the AILA 2020 Election Guide provides an easily accessible resource for AILA members, Congress, and the public. The Guide shows each presidential candidate's positions and proposals for reforming and modernizing America's immigration system.
And finally, attend the Public Discussion On How Local Immigration Enforcement Impacts Our Community at Monroe County Public Library Auditorium from 7:00 to 8:30pm on November 6 where there will be time for a much more thorough discussion of the topic. An educated public is the best advocate for those who are vulnerable in our community.

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Monday Morning News - October 28, 2019

From the Fast Forward Blog - On this day in 1886, the Statue of Liberty was dedicated, the day President Grover Cleveland officially accepted "Liberty Enlightening the World " as a gift from France. It was New York City's first ticker-tape parade, but crowds were modest because of rain. There was a parade of 300 vessels that passed by the statue, and other spectator boats. Among them was a boat chartered by the New York State Woman Suffrage Association, which was unable to obtain tickets to the dedication because they were "unaccompanied women." But they persisted.

The first week of Early Voting in the 2019 Municipal Election is over. In District 2, Democrat Sue Sgambelluri is running against Republican Andrew Guenther. In District 3 Democrat Ron Smith is running against Nick Kappas and Marty Spechler who are running as Independents.
There are approximately 16,200 registered voters in Districts 2 and 3. Fewer than 200 eligible voters have cast their ballots to date. This means that just a few votes could determine who will be representing those two City Council districts for the next 4 years. The candidate who does the best job of getting out the vote generally wins, but this year that may be more critical than ever. If you live in District 2 or 3, it’s time to get out and vote, and remind your neighbors to vote as well. Every vote counts.

If you are interested in working on election day we are still looking for a few more democrats to work the polls - please contact Kaisa at edirector@monroedems.org

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Monday Morning News - October 21, 2019 - Early Voting Starts Today

Early Voting for the 2019 Municipal Election Starts Today!!

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In Bloomington City Council Districts 2 and 3 are the only races that have more than one candidate seeking office and only voters living in Bloomington City Council Districts 2 and 3 will cast a ballot for candidates this year. There are no elections in the towns of Ellettsville and Stinesville, as there were no positions with more than one candidate. Monroe County residents who live outside city and town boundaries are unable to vote in municipal elections.

Who is on the ballot?
Bloomington City Council District 2
Sue Sgambelluri (D)
Andrew Guenther (R)

Bloomington City Council District 3
Ron Smith (D)
Nick Kappas (I)
Marty Spechler (I)

HOW TO VOTE:

Early voting in person
WHERE: Election Central, 401 W. Seventh St.,
near the intersection of Seventh and Madison streets.
WHEN:
Mon. - Fri. Oct. 21-25: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sat. - Oct. 26: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Mon. - Fri. Oct. 28-Nov. 1: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sat. - Nov. 2: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Mon. Nov. 4: 8 a.m.-noon

Election Day Voting:
Voters who prefer to wait till Election Day to vote have to go to the poll location that corresponds to their precinct. The polls will be open 6 a.m.-6 p.m. on Nov. 5.

Here is a list of the polling locations for the 2019 fall municipal election in Bloomington:
District 2
Bloomington 5, 23: Indiana Memorial Union, 900 E. Seventh St.
Bloomington 7: Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, 2120 N. Fee Lane.
Bloomington 13, 17: Genesis Church, 801 E. Ind. 45/46 Bypass.
Bloomington 14: Arlington Heights Elementary, 700 W. Parrish Road.
District 3
Bloomington 9, 10, 16: University Elementary, 1111 N. Russell Road.
Bloomington 21: Evangelical Community Church, 503 S. High St.
Bloomington 22: Meadowood Retirement, 2455 N. Tamarack Trail.
Perry 20: Binford Elementary, 2300 E. Second St.
Perry 21: Eastview Church of Nazarene, 4545 E. Lampkins Ridge Road.

IDENTIFICATION:
Early in-person voters and Election Day voters need to provide a valid photo ID,
A photo ID must meet four criteria to be acceptable for voting purposes.
According to the Indiana Secretary of State Election Division, a valid ID must:
Display the voter’s photo.
Display a name that confirms with the voter’s registration record. It does not have to be identical.
Display an expiration date that is current or expired sometime after the date of the last general election, Nov. 8, 2016.
Be issued by the state of Indiana or the U.S. government.
In most cases, an Indiana driver’s license, Indiana photo ID card, military ID or U.S. passport is all you need. In addition, a student ID from an Indiana state school may be used if it meets the same criteria. Also acceptable are interim IDs issued by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
A student ID from a private institution may not be used.

Voting absentee by mail
Registered voters must meet one of the following requirements to vote absentee by mail:
have a disability;
be 65 years or older;
have a reasonable expectation that they will not be in Monroe County on Election Day;
be unable to get away from their jobs on Election Day when the polls are open;
be confined due to illness or injury or are the caregivers of such a person when polls are open;
be unable to vote because of a religions discipline or religious holiday while polls are open;
be a participant in the state’s address confidentiality program;
be members of the military, public safety officers;
be unable to vote due to the unavailability of transportation to the polls or poll workers with official election duties outside their precinct.
Absentee-by-mail voters are not required to show photo ID.
Absentee-by-mail applications must be received by county officials by Oct. 24 11:59 p.m. email, fax or mail.

Voting absentee by traveling board
A voter must meet one of the following requirements:
expects to be confined due to illness or injury or expects to be caring for a confined person on Election Day;
have a disability and believes their polling place is not accessible to them or are physically unable to complete the ballot and sign the affidavit on their own.
A bipartisan absentee voter board will deliver and assist the voter with the ballot.
Those interested in voting by travel board have until Nov. 4 at noon to make that request.
Those who vote absentee by traveling board are not required to show a photo ID.

 

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Only $20 for one year’s membership.
Join online here: https://democraticwomenscaucus.nationbuilder.com/membership

Do you have news items? Send your items of interest to us at dwcannouncements@gmail.com
Deadline for MMN is noon on Sunday.

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Monday Morning News - October 14, 2019

October is in full swing now and there's less than one month until election day. While our local election is smaller than normal this year with only two Council districts on the ballot, please remember that we have one DWC-endorsed candidate running with an opponent in one of those districts--Sue Sgambelluri in District 2. Please help Sue's push to win in this crucial period by visiting www.SueForCityCouncil.com or Sue Sgambelluri for City Council on Facebook to share your ideas, find out how to get involved, or to make a contribution.

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Monday Morning News - October 8, 2019

TRAINING TONIGHT!! October 8, 2019 5:00-7:00pm at Dem HQ

Why not you and why NOT you - State Senator Vi Simpson and former City Clerk Regina Moore will lead participants in a series of questions about what to think about before you commit to running for office. This is an event for those thinking about running for office but also for people thinking about helping someone decide to and then run for an office. See DWC Announcements for full details.

BREAKFAST RECAP:
We had and informative visit from State Senator Karen Tallian from Northwest Indiana at Friday’s breakfast. She is running for the office of Indiana State Attorney General, a nomination that will be slated at the Indiana State Convention next summer.
In her introduction Vi Simpson called Karen a bulldog in tennis shoes, the type of woman you could always turn to when you needed tough solutions or a job that needed to get done. Karen spoke about the frustrations of serving in the minority in the State Senate, of having great ideas to bring to the table but being unable to quite get them over the hump of the republican supermajority. She also said that she had been approached previously about running for AG but this time around, seeing the damage that the current incumbent was doing to the people of Indiana, she couldn’t refuse.
Senator Tallian also spoke about the importance of the position which is often thought of as an addendum to the Governor’s office but which is powerful in itself. The Attorney General serves as the legal entity of the state government and also reviews every contract going through the State House. She said that her first action as an AG would be to remove Indiana from the effort to eliminate the ACA. When asked about the AG’s ability to remedy issues such as gerrymandering she said that, while the AG does not have the ability to effect election code which is the purview of the Secretary of State, the “answer is only no until someone files a lawsuit.”
Senator Tallian’s initial primary objectives as Attorney General would be:
to remove Indiana from ACA Litigation
to work on problems of a payroll fraud, employee misclassification and cash pay
and to reinstate the consumer protections that Curtis Hill had dismantled.
The best thing is that she doesn’t have to give up her seat in the Senate to run for Attorney General. No matter what happens we will continue to have a powerful voice in state government for the future.

If you would like to donate to the Tallian for Attorney General campaign, you may donate online: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/tallian-for-attorney-general-1
And for reading more about the Senator, check these links:
https://tallianforattorneygeneral.com/
https://www.facebook.com/TallianforAttorneyGeneral/
https://www.indianasenatedemocrats.org/senators/s4/

 

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Monday Morning News - October 7, 2019

We will be sending out a full MMN tomorrow morning... today we wanted to highlight two important events and make sure they didn't get lost in all the other information... note: while not absolutely required, your rsvp for the training allows us to plan for space and refreshments...

Today is the last day to register to vote in the 2019 Municpal Election!! It's also a good day to remember to check that your own registration is up to date. Even if you've voted for the last 40 years, take a minute to go to indianavoters.com and check that everything about your registration is the way it should be.

You have until:
The close of business to drop off your application at the county voter registration office or BMV
5:00pm to deliver your application to the Indiana Election Division in Indianapolis
If mailed, your registration application must be postmarked no later than Oct. 7
You can apply online until 11:59 today at indianavoters.com
Questions: call the Monroe County Voter Registration office at 812-349-2690
Applications received after this will be processed after the Municipal Election

 

**DWC TRAINING SERIES BEGINS!

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On October 8th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, at Democratic Headquarters, the DWC will hold the first of a Series of Training Sessions for women who are interested in campaigns, either as a candidate or as staff to a candidate.
State Senator Vi Simpson and former City Clerk Regina Moore will lead participants in a series of questions about what to think about before you commit to running for office. Get started off on the right foot, and clearly understand what the commitment means, how campaigning and serving will affect your life. NB: There are surprises here!
There will also be a Q&A Panel with women who will share their experiences, good and bad, about running and serving. Reserve your space by emailing dwcannouncements@gmail.com at your earliest convenience. Bring that friend who would make a good candidate!

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BECOME A DWC MEMBER or RENEW your membership!
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.
Only $20 for one year’s membership.
Join online here: https://democraticwomenscaucus.nationbuilder.com/membership


Do you have news items? Send your items of interest to us at dwcannouncements@gmail.com
Deadline for MMN is noon on Sunday.

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Democratic Women's Caucus
http://www.democraticwomenscaucus.org/

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Monday Morning News - September 30, 2019

Breakfast meeting FRIDAY!! October 4, 2019 at the Village Deli.

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We'll be honored to host State Senator Karen Tallian from Northwest Indiana this Friday morning. She is running for the Indiana State Attorney General, a nomination that will take place at the Indiana State Convention next summer. Karen is running at full steam right now, covering the state to make sure that Democrats take this important seat. And if you don't know the exact significance of this necessary change, Senator Vi Simpson will completely inform us as she introduces Senator Tallian to our meeting.
We will also be bundling checks** for Karen, so don't forget your checkbook or credit card! If you would like to use this link, you may donate online: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/tallian-for-attorney-general-1

And for reading more about the Senator, check these links:

https://tallianforattorneygeneral.com/

https://www.facebook.com/TallianforAttorneyGeneral/

https://www.indianasenatedemocrats.org/senators/s4/

**Although you could look up the term "Bundling checks" and find that many folks want favors, access, or plum appointments when the candidate wins, we will just be wanting a good woman in the office of Attorney General who will actually serve the people of Indiana!

 

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Monday Morning News - September 23, 2019

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They say that every journey begins with a single step… when that first step is followed by more steps a mission is born and when that single walker is joined by others with the same mindset, we have a movement. Whether it’s a large idea like Climate Change or a small idea like activating a neighborhood to improve the lives of its residents, find the ideas that resonate with you and join the parade…. Many have said that the next election will help to define the soul of this country for years to come - we have the chance to work to change the course of events as we head towards 2020 - let's all work to make a better world out there for all.

 

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Monday Morning News - September 16, 2019

After a day of supporting the next generation of female democratic political hopefuls in Indiana and climate crisis activists from all around the world, we hope you'll join us in the back room at Truffles at 5:30pm for Blue Drinks: Politics and Cocktails on September 20... a chance to socialize, dream, and discuss current events and politics with fellow DWC members and supporters... details at https://www.facebook.com/events/348009162769991/

It has been exciting over the past years to watch the development of new voices asking important questions around the world… the youth movement in Hong Kong fighting to preserve a modicum of autonomy, the Parkland students working for gun reform, the #MeToo and Black Lives Matter movements working on discrimination and exploitation, Greta Thunberg and all the students calling for worldwide strikes in the face of climate activism, the indigenous populations of the Amazon finding their voices and working to protect the rain forest and their way of life.
And it has been equally discouraging to watch the forces ranged against them for the sake of greed, opportunism and self interest, whose money has often decided policy and silenced the voices around them.
During the CNN Climate Change Town Hall, moderators asked Elizabeth Warren if part of addressing climate change “means the government should be able to tell Americans what kind of light bulbs they can buy” -- her response was “Oh come on, give me a break. This is exactly what the fossil fuel industry wants us to be talking about.”
The exchange highlights a major problem with the debate process and campaigning in general these days - namely a format that pits candidates against each other, trying to stir up controversy between individuals rather than getting to the core of each candidate’s beliefs and plans for their office. There is a tendency to focus on minutia instead of looking at the big picture. Those who have a vested interest in the status quo, who profit off other’s lives want to keep people confused and divided.
But while it is true that with the climate crisis we must hold the big polluters accountable for their actions we also need to look at how our individual actions affect the big picture…. Senator Warren stated that 70 percent of the carbon we’re throwing into the air comes from three industries…rolling back regulations on greenhouse gases, discouraging renewable energy generation and allowing pollution matter…. but plastic bags, light bulbs and straws matter too. Individual decisions, whether as consumers or voters, will ultimately define how we will move on. Good government matters too.
And maybe in the future we’ll see a debate where the moderators developing and asking the questions are a scientist, a high school student and a working class mom looking to make a better life for herself and her children… now that’s a debate I really might want to watch.

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