In the United States, June is observed as LGBT Pride month. LGBT pride celebrations and parades are held around the world in an effort to defy the stigmatization and sometimes criminalization and persecution of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and to advocate for equality for people regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Yet some people question why we need a Pride month, or pride parades, especially now that marriage equality is the law of the land. But our history and our current political and cultural atmosphere indicate there is still a need for pride celebrations.Read more
Democrats Launch Door to Door “Listening Tour”
Volunteers for “Your Voice Matters” campaign will canvass neighborhoods to hear voters’ concerns
Bloomington – With no elections in 2017, there are no candidates to promote or races to win. However, Democrats will be going door to door to lend an ear to voters who want to express concerns about local, state, and national issues. Volunteers for the Monroe County Democratic Party’s “Your Voice Matters” campaign will reach out to members of their community to ask “What do you want from your government?”Read more
The last Monday of May in the US, we remember those who have died in service to our country. This particular tradition as a federal holiday dates back to the Civil War, but the practice of honoring warriors is ancient. Roman Soldiers (and Romans in general) embraced the value of pietas (virtue or duty to country), and it was up to surviving soldiers of a battle to honor the fallen by cremating them and bringing their ashes back home. Today those traditions carry on with perhaps more pomp and circumstance than the Romans, but the feelings they evoke remain the same: Duty, Honor, Country.
Legislation threatens Hoosier jobs and undermines local progress on innovation and sustainability, group saysRead more
The Indiana State House caps off its legislative session by targeting BloomingtonRead more
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Indiana Ninth Congressional District Democratic Party
Contact: Adam Dickey, Chair and Mark Fraley, Deputy Chair
(812) 786-5895 or (206) 388-8375
Failure of federal health care bill highlights the need to listen to affected Constituents, group says
Bloomington –the Monroe County Democratic Party, joined by health care consumers, today called on Representative Trey Hollingsworth III to listen to local residents served by the Affordable Care Act. The Congressman will make a rare appearance in Bloomington to speak at a Republican fundraiser. The group noted that the failure of federal health care legislation highlights the need to listen to health care consumers in an effort to strengthen health care access.
“Representative Hollingsworth has yet to hold a town hall meeting or hear from people who would be adversely impacted by repeal of the Affordable Care Act”, said Mark Fraley, chairman of the Monroe County Democratic Party. “While President Trump roots for the system to ‘collapse’, we need someone in Washington who is looking after patients”.
Representative Hollingsworth was spared a vote on Rep. Paul Ryan’s health care plan, but has repeatedly advocated a repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). A recent study by the Center for American Progress estimated that 37,500 residents of Hollingsworth’s constituents would lose health coverage if the law were repealed.
Brandi Gray, a Monroe County resident, credits expanded Medicaid coverage for her supporting her recovery from opioid addiction. “I'd like Congressman Hollingsworth to know my husband and I are hard-working parents of four and I don't know what we would do if we lost our insurance”. She added “So many people are suffering from opioids. But without services how will they get help and be productive members of society?"
Despite the collapse of health care legislation, the group noted the persistent efforts of Congressional Republicans to repeal or weaken the Affordable Care Act.
"I remember the days before the ACA. I was terrified about my ability to get health care because of pre-existing conditions", said Patricia Eakle, who had been a lifelong Republican. "We need Representative Hollingsworth to hear our voice, so we can strengthen care, not dismantle it".
IDS News: Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, was in town Saturday for a fundraiser for his legislative friend, Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Indiana. Organized by the Monroe County Democratic Party, the event was packed with people, including Mayor John Hamilton and former Bloomington Mayor John Fernandez.Read more
Huffington Post - Running for Congress under even the best circumstances is a grind: Up early for breakfast meetings, on the trail all day and finish with an evening event. The time between your head hitting the pillow and your alarm going off gets squeezed until there’s little of it left. Then you get up and do it againRead more