Dispatch 5/18/18--Special Sessions & Special Interests

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It’s been a banner week for government in Indiana. To begin, the Indiana General Assembly completed its one-day special session. The GOP supermajority forwarded the bill straight to taxpayers to the tune of $30,000. What did they accomplish? Tax cuts for select, major corporations and silencing the voices of school boards in Muncie and Gary. Oh, and they “broadened the tax base” by following lockstep with the tax cut bill and placing the burden on millions of hoosiers.

With the typical lack of shame or compassion, they are doubling down on supporting the wealthiest. Vice President Pence, just removed from being noted for his “slobbering servility” toward the President, will be in Indianapolis to tout the federal tax bill today before America First Policies--the same group that has bragged about dropping $500,000 to support known torture-advocate Gina Haspel. What will he do immediately after? Attend a private fundraiser, featuring Mike Braun, with his rich, out-of-touch pals. That's how you get to be called the worst person in government.

Events Around Monroe County:

Church and State: A play presented by the Jewish Theater of Bloomington
Thursday, May 17th, 
Saturday, May 19th at 7:30 p.m., and 
Sunday, May 20th at 2:00 p.m.

Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center 

Three days before his bid for re-election in North Carolina, a Republican senator makes an off-the-cuff remark to a blogger that calls into question his belief in God. While his devoutly Christian wife and his liberal Jewish campaign manager try to contain the damage, discussions about the influence of religion, guns, and social media on our political system ensue.  Church and State is simultaneously funny, heartbreaking, and uplifting.

Tickets are $25 general admission at the Buskirk Chumley Theater Box Office.

March with MCDP in the Harrodsburg Heritage Days Festival Parade
Saturday, May 19th, Lineup begins at Noon
Line-up Tent on Bennett Lane, Harrodsburg

Candidates and MCDP supporters are invited to participate in the Harrodsburg Heritage Days Festival Parade with the Party! The parade takes place on Saturday, May 19th, 2018 at 2pm. Line-up for the parade begins at Noon. Please contact Kaisa Goodman at [email protected] or (812) 272-3439 if you would like to participate!

Democracy for America Campaign Academy
Saturday, May 19th and Sunday, May 20th
The Pin Bureau, 325 S College Ave., Indianapolis

DFA is hosting a campaign academy to teach progressive candidates and activists the ins and outs of campaign finance, voter targeting, messaging, and so much more. This is an exciting and rare opportunity to learn from some of our experienced staff and partners in a face-to-face environment. You’ll have a chance to ask questions and dig deep into take your activism to the next level.

Click here for more information.

The cost of DFA Campaign Academy is $35.We will provide lunch and light snacks on both days of training.


Piedmont-Smith Constituent Meeting
Saturday, May 19th from 11:00 a.m. - Noon
McCloskey Room (Room 135), City Hall

Bloomington City Council Member Isabel Piedmont-Smith (District 5) will host her monthly constituent meeting this Saturday, May 19, 11 am to Noon in the McCloskey Room (135) of City Hall. She welcomes all Bloomington residents, not just those in District 5, to come discuss city issues. For a full schedule of Isabel's 2018 meetings, please see https://bloomington.in.gov/council/smith.


Delegate and Precinct Committee Member Meeting
Thursday, May 31st at  6:00 p.m.
City Council Chambers, Bloomington City Hall

Please mark your calendars for a Party meeting on Thursday, May 31st.  The meeting will take place at the Bloomington Council Chambers (401 N. Morton) from 6pm to 7:30.  The first part of the meeting will be geared towards delegates and what we need to do to prepare for the convention on June 16 in Indianapolis.  The second part of the meeting will be an orientation for Precinct Committee People.

REMINDER: PCPs need to appoint a Vice PCP of the opposite gender prior to the meeting or MCDP Chair Mark Fraley will appoint someone. PCPs should email Mark at [email protected] to officially state their appointment.

2018 Big Dem Weekend
Friday, June 15th and Saturday, 16th
Indiana Convention Center, Indianpolis

The Big Dem Weekend occurs every two years and includes the Hoosier Hospitality Dinner on June 15th and the State Convention on June 16th. Click here to visit the Indiana Democratic Party site and learn about the 2018 Big Dem Weekend. 

MCBDC Juneteenth Fundraiser
Friday, June 22nd at 5:00 p.m.
Griffin Realty, 735 S College Ave, Bloomington
Please join the Monroe County Black Democratic Caucus for our second annual Juneteenth fundraiser at Griffin Realty. Last year's event raised nearly $4,000 to help support Black candidates in Bloomington and we hope to beat that this year. 

Join us for a fun evening for a great cause! 

Suggested Contributions: 
$50, $100, $250, $500

Please make checks payable to:
Monroe County Black Democratic Caucus 
PO Box 3471
Bloomington, IN 47402