Dispatch 4/27/18-Chipping Away

As the Indiana GOP Senate candidates continue their nasty attacks about who better resembles a Twitter troll in a red MAGA hat, Democrats have been out and working to show voters that we genuinely care about them.

This is true even in one of the most conservative districts in the country, Arizona's 8th Congressional District, where Democrat Dr. Hiral Tipirneni closed what had been a 21 point spread in 2016 for President Trump to just 5 points. But we can't become complacent. That is why we need everyone supporting our strong cast of Democratic candidates here in Indiana and in the 9th District. Let's have a great primary and then do our part to join a blue wave in 2018.

In an effort to ensure that every person who wants to can vote, the MCDP is offering rides to the polls both for early voting and Primary Day on May 8th. If you want a ride, know someone who could benefit, or are interested in serving others, please contact our Executive Director Kaisa Goodman at 812.272.3439 or [email protected].

Events Around Monroe County:

Yes We Canon Get Out The Vote Rally
Saturday April 28th from 11:00 a.m. - Noon
Dunn Meadow, IU Bloomington

Primary Election Day is almost here! Come celebrate with us, hear from Dan and other candidates, have fun & enjoy some music before we all head to the polls to VOTE! Primaries are important - what we do now will have a major impact on how we flip our district blue in November. Mark your calendars now and join us!

Bloomington's Bicentennial Street Fair
Sunday, April 29th from Noon - 4:00 p.m.
Kirkwood Ave. (Between Walnut St. and Indiana Ave.)

Kirkwood Avenue is closed for the Bicentennial Street Fair. Block ambassadors will host displays and events highlighting Bloomington's past, present, and future. Two stages feature music of all kinds, and pop-up performances include poetry reading, dance, gymnastics, and more. Food trucks and Kirkwood Avenue restaurants have plenty of delicious food. Celebrate community and togetherness at the Bicentennial Street Fair!

Von Lee lot
4th and Dunn
6th and Dunn
Poplars Garage
All street parking spots


Liz Watson for Congress Canvass & Cookout
Sunday, April 29th at Noon
608 W. Dodds St., Bloomington

Join Liz Watson this Sunday, April 29 for some door knocking followed by burgers, beer, and fun!  The primary is coming up, so help Liz get out the vote this weekend! 

Time: Canvass at 12 PM, cookout at 4 PM
Date: Sunday, April 29
Location: 608 W. Dodds Street
You don't need to RSVP, but if you know you're coming, we'd love a heads up! Email [email protected] to RSVP or reach out via social media. For more information, visit Liz's Facebook page.

Liz for Indiana #Showing Up Town Hall Tour
Tuesday, May 1st from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Monroe County Public Library, 350 W. 11th St., Bloomington


The Liz for Indiana #ShowingUp Town Hall Tour continues! They’ll be at the Monroe County Public Library to talk about the future of public education. Hopefully, even our current Congressman will attend. Congressman Hollingsworth hasn't held a single town hall since taking office, so Liz’s campaign has invited him to join theirs! Call Hollingsworth at (202) 225-5315 to extend a personal invite. The event is open to the public, so bring friends. Make your voice heard! To RSVP, Email [email protected] or interact via social media.


DFMC May Link-up: May Day and the Workers' Project
Tuesday, May 1st from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Upland Brewing Company Reception Room, Bloomington

In honor of May Day, Democracy for Monroe County's May Link-up will be on May 1st. Jobs with Justice is co-hosting this event. DFMC and Jobs with Justice will host guest speaker Tom Lewendowski, co-founder of the Workers Project in Fort Wayne Indiana. This project seeks to create a bond between union members and non-union members - workers of all stripes - white, Latino, black, Asian, undocumented, unemployed - and to organize them all into one community. 

Free beer and hors d'oeurves will be served. Click here for more information (Facebook). For more information about the Workers Project go to: https://www.thenation.com/…/in-gop-country-a-small-labor-o…/ and https://www.nytimes.com/…/american-working-class-future.html.

Fundraiser for Penny Githens for Indiana State Rep District 60
Sunday, May 6th from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
2616 East Poplar Court, Bloomington

The Persisterhood Workshop presents "Smashing the Patriarchy One Ceramic Piece at a Time!" Wine stoppers, necklaces, brooches and decorative garden stakes priced to sell and support our candidate--preview below! 100% of sales go to Penny Githens for Indiana. Can't make the event but want a Persisterhood Workshop piece? Contact [email protected].


Work the Polls for the Democratic Party
Election Day May 8th

The Monroe County Democratic Party is still looking to recruit a few good individuals to work the polls on Election Day on May 8th.  If you are willing to work the polls, please contact Rod Yandt at [email protected].



Election Night Gathering
Tuesday, May 8th at 6:30 p.m. 
MCDP Headquarters, 116 S. Madison

This has been a very spirited and engaging primary season.  We are enormously proud of the number of good Democrats who stood up to run for office in 2018.  On Tuesday, May 8th, we will gather with our Democratic friends and MCDP headquarters to enjoy food and drinks, while we wait for local election results.  All local candidates will be given the opportunity to address our Democratic family. Bring a dish to share if you are so inclined.

Liz Watson Election Night Watch Party
Tuesday, May 8th at 6:30 p.m. (open ended)
Nick's English Hut

Join the Liz for Indiana team after the polls close on May 8 to watch the returns and enjoy good company. Polls close at 6 p.m. The event will be kid friendly, and feel free to bring friends with you. The event is in the attic at Nick's.