How to Win Elections: Reflections from the Candidates – DFMC February Link-up

How Do We Win Voters:
Reflections from the Candidates

Link-ups will normally be the second Thursday of the month – mark it on your calendar.  This month we have moved the date so we can all attend Mayor Hamilton’s State of the City address.

We are so excited that this month’s panel has been able to adjust to the date change.  Our progressive candidates who were in competitive races were invited to talk with us about their experiences in trying to recruit/enlist the rural and moderate Republican citizens in their districts.  The goal is to understand what they learned and how we can use that to reach out and build alliances beyond Bloomington as well as to aid future campaigns.   Our panel discussing these issues includes:
Shelli Yoder, Candidate for U.S. House, 9th District
Penny Githens, Candidate for Indiana House, 60th  District
Bill Breeden, Candidate for Indiana House, 46th District
Linda Henderson, Candidate for Indiana Senate, 44th District

As usual, we gather at 6:00PM with the event starting at 6:30PM.  Remember we are meeting at the Monroe County Public Library, Rm 1B and we will have pizza and bottles of water.

Everyone is invited.  Please bring friends and introduce them to DFMC.  While membership is not required, joining for $20 a year helps us put on our link-ups and support the progressive agenda.

Calls to Action.
We hope you will take an active role in DFMC not only in responding to the link-ups but also:

  •  Attend board meetings and offer your input on topics for future linkups and on how we can make DFMC more effective.
  • Join DFMC committees to build our agenda.  The committees are
    • Outreach (membership, education, collaborations)
    • Events (Link-ups; fund raisers).
    • Candidate Endorsement and support
    • Technology

If you are interested in being on a committee write chair@democracyformonroecounty.org

February DFMC Board Meeting.  Monday, February 13 at 6:30PM, we holding our next DFMC board meeting in the back room at Player’s Pub. This meeting is open to all. Please submit agenda items to chair@democracyformonroecounty.org if you have a topic you would like us to address.  The draft agenda can be found here: http://democracyformonroecounty.org/wp-content/uploads/docs/2017/02/DFMC Board Agenda 13 Feb.docx

 

DFMC Elections and Membership Renewal

The election for the DFMC board and officers has been set for January 19, 6:30, at the Monroe County Library in Room 1b. Each eligible member in good standing and in attendance will receive a ballot with which to vote.

What constitutes a member in good standing? If you are currently a member for 2016, paying your dues by December 31st would keep you in good standing. If you are newly joining our group, you must complete enrollment and pay your 2017 dues by December 20th. This will satisfy the by-laws rule of having been in good standing for 30 days by the time of the election. Membership in the DFMC is year to year beginning January 1st and lasting until December 31st. Those paying prior to December 31, 2016 will be granted membership through December 31, 2017.

Instructions for paying dues:

Pay Dues

Complete by-laws can be found here:

By-Laws

Intentions to run for the board (including officer positions) must be submitted by midnight, December 31. Officer positions include: Treasurer, Recording Secretary, Chair and Vice Chair. The board consists of these four officers plus up to 8 additional board members for a total board of up to 12 members.

Anyone running for a board or officer position must also be a member in good standing at the time of election. Officers must have been members in good standing for one year (two for chair) at the time of election and otherwise meet all requirements as outlined in the by-laws.

As part of their candidate declaration, each candidate is requested to submit a written statement outlining: the direction you would like to see the organization take, your background, and your political experience. A comprehensive list of candidates along with their statements will be published January 1 or 2 on this Facebook page as well as the DFMC website.

If you have any questions or would like to declare your candidacy please contact current Chair Robert Deppert at robertdeppert@gmail.com or chair@democracyformonroecounty.org.

Thank You for your participation!

November LinkUp — The Affordable Care Act: A Progress Report

ACA-LinkUp

Wednesday, November 16 at 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Sweet Grass
405 W Patterson Dr, Bloomington, Indiana 47403

Its seems when you read about the Affordable Care Act, it is either lauded as the best thing to happen to healthcare since Medicare or an absolute disaster.

The first panelist is Dr. Rob Stone who leads a group of activists in Indiana called Hoosiers for a Common Sense Health Plan. He is also an emergency room doctor. So he has some first hand knowledge of how healthcare reform has changed healthcare on the ground.

The second person is me. Rob Deppert. I have been certified as a health insurance broker since the first day that the Affordable Care Act has been availble. I realize that there are some pitfalls to putting yourself on a panel when you run an organization but, I have maintained a client base on these plans from the start, and would like to offer my perspective as someone who has been in the field, signing people up for coverage from day one of this program.

This meeting will take place we in the sperate bar area of Sweet Grass which will be reserved for us. Due to the venue, you must be 21 or older rule to attend this event. It will also be half price wine night!!! So come out and enjoy a night with your favorite progressives at the DFMC, have a glass of wine or beer, and some great food. See you there.

Sunday October 16. 2016: DFMC Picnic/Disc Golf Tournament

Due to some family emergencies, The DFMC has decided to push back the date of our picnic to October 16, from 2-5pm. We hope to have candidates available for a meet and greet and the event will have an Octoberfest theme. Rumor has it that Mike Drescher will be in attendance with authentic Lederhosen on. We will also be consulting a true expert of German Culture in the person of a certain German teacher affectionately referred to as Frau Deppert, in our planning.

Come join Bloomington’s favorite progressives at our picnic and Disc Golf Tournament at Karst Farm Park Shelter 3, from 2pm to 6pm. We will be featuring Disc Golf, a Euchre Tournament, Music (anyone and everyone is asked to bring an instrument) and food. We are seeking to put the Fun back into fundraiser.

Prices for the Picnic: $15/ Person $25/Couple, and Family Disc Golf Entry/ $10 and $5 Euchre Tournament
Bringing your own Musical instrument, its Free!

picnic

August Link Up – Movie “The Brainwashing of My Dad”

Come out to our August Link-up
Tuesday August 23, 6:30 to 9
The Brainwashing of My Dad
 
Join us for some free popcorn and snacks, as we present “The Brainwashing of My Dad”, a groundbreaking movie that chronicles the creation of the right wing media in America.

Democracy For America (our parent organization), has been promoting this movie, as important to understanding what is happening in America. We are providing popcorn and other drinks and snacks, and you are free to bring dinner with you.

About our Movie:
WAS HILLARY CLINTON CRAZY WHEN SHE SPOKE OF THE “VAST RIGHT-WING CONSPIRACY,” RESPONSIBLE FOR THE RELENTLESS AND COSTLY ATTACKS AGAINST HER HUSBAND, PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON?

As filmmaker, Jen Senko, tries to understand the transformation of her father from a non political, life-long Democrat to an angry, right-wing fanatic, she uncovers the forces behind the media that changed him completely: a plan by Roger Ailes under Nixon for a media takeover by the GOP, The Powell Memo urging business leaders to influence institutions of public opinion, especially the universities, the media and the courts, and under Reagan, the dismantling of the Fairness Doctrine.

As her journey continues, we discover that her father is part of a much broader demographic, and that the story is one that affects us all.

Through interviews with media luminaries, cognitive linguists, grassroots activist groups such as: Noam Chomsky, Steve Rendall, Jeff Cohen, Eric Boehlert, George Lakoff, STOP RUSH, HearYourselfThink, Claire Conner and others, “Brainwashing” unravels the plan to shift the country to the Right over the last 30 years, largely through media manipulation. The result has lead to fewer voices, less diversity of opinion, massive intentional misinformation and greater division of our country.

This documentary will shine a light on how it happened (and is still happening) and lead to questions about who owns the airwaves, what rights we have as listeners/watchers and what responsibility does our government have to keep the airwaves truly fair, accurate and accountable to the truth.

http://www.thebrainwashingofmydad.com/

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.

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

ALEC-Protest

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

DarcieFawcett
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.

Hans Huffman
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.