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
Democracy 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!
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!