July Link-up: Meet Bloomington’s Moms Demand Action

MomsDemandActionToday its Orlando, tomorrow who knows where next. We have an epidemic of gun violence in this country. Come meet the local activists that are emphatically saying “enough is enough”. How do we break the stranglehold of the NRA over our political process and enact common sense gun regulation? Let’s find out.

Please show up and hang out with Bloomington’s coolest progressive organization, Democracy for Monroe County, have a beer or wine, some food and learn about another important issue that faces our community and nation.

When:
Thursday, July 14 at 6 AM – 8:30 AM
Where:
Bobby’s Colorado Steak House
1635 N College Ave, Bloomington, Indiana 47404

– RSVP and invite folks on Facebook.

– Get directions.

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ALEC – Is this What Democracy is Supposed to Look Like??

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Our topic for our June Link-up is The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Learn about this secretive organization, where corporations and politicians meet to create model legislation. Indiana politicians have dutifully brought us these corporate created laws such as, Indiana’s current school voucher law, right-to-work, RFRA, Stand Your ground Laws, and many more written not for the citizens of Indiana but, for and by, right wing corporate interests. ALEC’s National Conference is in Indianapolis on June 27th at the Indiana Convention Center. We will hear from Representative Mathew Pierce, and political organizer for planned protests, Emma Fletcher. We will here about planned protests, forums and other happenings leading up to the July meeting in Indy. So if you care about your rights as a worker, the access to good public education for your children, or the rights of our friends in the LGBT community, this is a must attend meeting.

Join us for this great link-up:
Thursday, June 9 at 6 PM – 9 PM
Bobby’s Colorado Steak House
1635 N College Ave, Bloomington, Indiana 47404

Meet the Challengers for the Indiana Statehouse

statehouseCome on down to the May DFMC link-up to Meet the Challengers for the Indiana Statehouse, Thursday at 6 PM – 8:30 PM at Bobby’s Colorado Steakhouse, 1635 N College Ave, Bloomington, Indiana 47404. The Democratic Party has some mighty walls to break down in this pivotal election season. We have invited the candidates in this area that are set to challenge to flip Republican seats to Democratic seats in Indiana Statehouse races.They will introduce themselves and we have asked them to discuss their strategy for winning these races. These candidates include: Penny Gitthens challenging Rep. Peggy Mayfield, and Bill Breeden challenging Rep. Bob Heaton. Chris Woods, who is challenging a non-incumbent, Christopher May, is also confirmed. These candidates are going to need every ounce of help that we can give them in this task. Come have a beer with us, or glass of wine, or water for that matter, and lets find some solutions to the embarrassment that is our Indiana Statehouse.

Feel free to RSVP and share at the Facebook version of this invite!

DFMC Endorses Huffman and Fawcett

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Darcie Fawcett

After our Endorsement Committee made initial recommendations, and our entire membership was given the opportunity to vote for whom we would endorse, Democracy for Monroe County has given its endorsement to two candidates in local Democratic primary elections: James Hans Huffman for Monroe County Treasurer, and Darcie Fawcett for Monroe County Circuit Court 1.

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Hans Huffman

After two rounds of voting (the first to reduce the field in each race to two candidates), solid majorities within our membership voted for these two fine candidates. Since other votes were very narrow, no other endorsements will be made, but we wish the best of luck to all of our Democratic candidates this Tuesday and beyond.

APRIL LINK-UP AND ENDORSEMENTS VOTING 2016

NOTE: THIS MEETING HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO APRIL 14!!

Democracy for Monroe County is pleased to announce our April 2016 Link-Up, to take place on Thursday, April 14, 2015, gathering at 6pm at Bobby’s Colorado Steakhouse, on North College Avenue in Bloomington. 6-6:30pm is social hour and a chance to get some food and drink. Business commences at 6:30 and should be concluded by 8:30.

This is the Link-Up at which we will be voting on endorsements of candidates in the 2016 Bloomington municipal election. All members in good standing are eligible to vote on endorsements. “Good standing” means that you have paid your year-2016 dues of $20 on or before March 8, 2016.

All candidates who have chosen to seek our endorsement have submitted responses to several questions. Those responses are attached to this post. DFMC members are encouraged to read over these responses before attending the Link-Up. You may also want to watch the DFMC sponsored primary debates, held last month on March 21 and March 29 In addition, our endorsements committee will deliver their report at the Link-Up, which will include any recommendations that they have made.

We encourage members to attend the meeting and cast your votes at that time, after hearing the report of the committee, so that you may make a fully-informed decision.

Please join us! If you are on Facebook, look for our upcoming invitation and submit your RSVP so we know to expect you.

Candidate responses may be downloaded below.

2016 Questionnaire Circuit Court 1 – Holly Harvey

2016 Questionnaire Circuit Court 1 – Michael Flory

2016 Questionnaire Commissioner District 3 – Amanda Barge

2016 Questionnaire Commissioner District 3 – John Whikehart

2016 Questionnaire Commissioner District 3 – Rick Dietz

2016 Questionnaire State Senate District 40 – Mark Stoops

2016 questionnaire State Senate District 40 – Tom K Pappas

2016 Questionnaire Treasurer – Cathy Smith

2016 Questionnaire Treasurer – Hans Huffman

2016 Questionnaire Treasurer – Jessica McClellan

2016 Questionnaire Auditor – Kevin Easton

2016 Questionnaire Auditor – Terri Porter

2016 Questionnaire Circuit Court 1 – Al Manns

2016 Questionnaire Circuit Court 1 – Darcie Fawcett

DFMC to Host Local Democratic Primary Debates

DebatersDemocracy for Monroe County would like to invite all local voters to meet this year’s democratic primary election candidates! Our second session of debates takes place Tuesday, March 29th. You may also submit questions for the moderators to ask of the candidates. Click here to learn more. Our first evening of debates on March 21 was a great success in bringing together candidates and community members. We hope you will join us on the 29th!

Ends Not Meeting

Great letter in The Herald-Times today, from our new member, Jessica Martlage. Also available on the H-T site.

To the editor:

Thank you for Lauren Slavin’s story (March 13) on how expensive it is for working families to make ends meet in Indiana.

I have gone through several jobs in the last few years, trying to find something where I can make a living wage. Even though I work hard at every job I’ve ever had, I still have trouble getting by.

I’m about to start a job now that will pay only $10 an hour with no benefits for strenuous work.

The infuriating thing for me was the story right next to this one, about our do-nothing Indiana state legislature, which wasted our people’s time on mostly irrelevant bills. Senators Karen Tallian and Frank Mrvan both introduced bills to raise the state minimum wage, but neither received a committee hearing.

My state legislator, Bob Heaton, told a Terre Haute TV station in January that he is against raising the minimum wage because we should “let the free market work.”

Apparently he thinks his constituents are only good for doing cheap labor for corporations.

Democracy for Monroe County (DFMC) is starting an effort to get the Indiana legislature to raise the minimum wage. Contact DFMC to get involved!

Jessica Martlage

Ellettsville

DFMC 2016 Officer Elections – Ballot

The following members have declared their candidacy for Office and Board of Democracy for Monroe County. This is the ballot that will be printed, but write-in and last-minute candidacies are still allowed. Anyone may choose to run for Office or Board at any time before the election at the Linkup on Thursday. We will leave spaces for such write-in candidates.

Absentee Voting is now CLOSED.

Officers (vote for no more than one each)

DFMC Chair

  • Robert Deppert
  • Chaim Julian

Vice-Chair

  • Larry Barker

Treasurer

  • Mike Drescher

Secretary

  • Scott Wells

DFMC Board (Vote for no more than 12.)

(You should also cast a vote here for any candidates you selected above, in the event that they do not win office but still wish to serve on the Board.)

  • Andrea Haynes Avery
  • James Avery
  • Larry Barker
  • Robert Deppert
  • Mike Drescher
  • Rita Drescher
  • Tom Duffy
  • Kevin Easton
  • Trohn Enright-Randolph
  • Kaisa Goodman
  • Shawn Harris
  • Mark Hazelbaker
  • Maryll Jones
  • Chaim Julian
  • Carole Scifres
  • Scott Wells

January Link-Up – Elections!

Join DFMC on January 7th as we elect new officers and Board members

DFMC’s January link up meeting is traditionally focused on our internal election for our Officers and Board of Directors. We have been urging people to assume a leadership role in the organization and now is the time to declare your intentions! There are a few requirements:
  • If you are interested in running for Chair, you must have been a dues-paying member of DFMC for two years.
  • If you are interested in running for Vice-Chair, Treasurer, or Secretary, you must have been a dues-paying member of DFMC for one year.
  • If you are interested in running for the board, you must be a current member.

You must notify the board of your intent to run by 5:00 PM on Wednesday, 06 January 2016, for your name to appear on the ballot. Please send an email to webmaster@democracyformonroecounty.org announcing your intention by this date and time. We will leave spaces on the ballot for late-filing and write-in candidates.

On Thursday the 7th, at the LinkUp, we will distribute ballots to current members.  (New members must have paid their dues by 08 December 2015, and current members must renew their dues for 2016 by the 7th of January before the Linkup, to be eligible to vote.) As a candidate, you will be allowed three minutes to “campaign” or make your case at the January board meeting. We will allow five minutes for questions and answers. After all candidates have had the opportunity to speak and respond to questions, ballots will be collected and counted by board members not currently running for DFMC Office.

Since we allowed for absentee voting on endorsements earlier this year, we will continue that practice for 2016 Officer and Board elections. Absentee votes must be received via email to webmaster@democracyformonroecounty.org by noon on Thursday January 7th in order to be counted. A follow-up email will be sent Wednesday evening with a list of all declared candidates for Office and Board.

As usual, we meet at 6pm to order food and drinks, and will begin our program about 6:30, at Bobby’s Colorado Steakhouse on North College Avenue.