DFMC Elections and Membership Renewal

The elections have 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. We are asking anyone that is interested in serving on the board, of which there are 12 positions, or wants to be an officer to let us know on or before January 1st. Officer positions include: Treasurer, Recording Secretary, Chair and Vice Chair. So together the board and officers makes this a 12 member board.

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 need to 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 till December 31st.

Dues can be paid here:
http://democracyformonroecounty.org/joinvolunteer/pay-dues/

Complete bylaws can be found here:
http://democracyformonroecounty.org/about-us/bylaws/

This should not need to be said but, a person needs to be in good standing to run for the board or for an officer position. Specifics from our bylaws are as follows.

Article II. Membership, Fees, and Meetings

Section 2.01 Membership Eligibility
Any person who is 18 years of age or older and is a resident of the State of Indiana, who agrees with the purposes of this organization, may become a member of Democracy for Monroe County. Each member shall have one vote on any matter properly before the membership at any membership meeting. “Good standing” membership shall commence one month after enrollment and payment of dues and shall end when dues payments cease.

Section 4.03 Qualifications
(a) Chair
The Chair must be a Member of DFMC in good standing for at least two (2) years. The Board of Directors, by a simple majority vote, may waive this requirement and approve the candidacy of a Member in good standing for one (1) year.
(b) Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary
The Vice Chair, Treasurer, and Secretary must be Members in good standing for at least one (1) year. The Board of Directors, by a simple majority vote, may waive this requirement and approve the candidacy of a Member in good standing.

Our board also requests that any candidate for an officer position declare their intentions to run for a specified office by December 31st, at the latest. Also, we are requesting that each candidate submit written materials to be published to the group outlining: the direction you would like to see the organization take, your background, and your political experience.

The candidates will be announced as received and a comprehensive outline of who is running for the board or for officer positions will be published January 1st or 2nd at the latest with their submitted materials.

If you have any questions or would like to declare your candidacy please contact me, current Chair Robert Deppert either at 812-345-2456 text or call, or email robertdeppert@gmail.com and/or board@democracyformonroecounty.org.

Thank You for your participation,

Robert Deppert
Chair DFMC

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.

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