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.
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Indiana Ninth Congressional District Democratic Party
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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Progress estimated that 37,500 residents of Hollingsworth’s constituents would lose health coverage if the law were repealed.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
Bloomington: The Local Democratic Party elected new Party officers as part of the State Party’s quadrennial process of reorganizing Party leadership. Precinct committee members of the Monroe County Democratic Party, by a unanimous acclimation vote, re-elected Mark Fraley as the Party’s chairman. The caucus also elected Monroe County Treasurer, Jessica McClellan as Vice Chair, City of Bloomington Innovation Director, Tom Miller as secretary, and Democracy for Monroe County Vice Chair, Kaisa Goodman as treasurer.Read more
Local Democratic parties are confronting a problem in the Trump era that is as confounding as it is unexpected: space.
All across the country, party meetings that had once been sleepy affairs, dominated by Robert’s Rules of Order and a handful of graying activists, have become standing room only. The overflowing crowds have sent stunned party regulars scrambling to find new venues, while the surge in interest, and the coinciding fundraising boost, is enabling local chapters to hire staff and build infrastructure in previously unthinkable ways. On the national level, Democratic politicians have been rushing to respond to the sudden outpouring.
“I’m as busy this year as I was at any time last year in the heat of a huge election,” said Mark Fraley, chairman of the Monroe County Democratic Party in Indiana.
WFHB: Election Day 2016 has come and gone! As we are still sorting through the impact of the results, many (not just in the African American community) have been left with a feeling of bewilderment with the national and statewide outcomes. On this episode of Bring It On, We have invited Monroe County Democratic Party Chairman Mark Fraley to come on and help us with the recap of that day’s results.Read more