Dispatch 8/16/18--What we Need to Know


While Washington is mired in its reality show fallout, an important question remains: What should we know before we appoint someone to the Supreme Court for life? At the very least, we should probably know what he wrote while on the public payroll. Right? Unfortunately, the GOP is arguing that Judge Kavanaugh's work during President George W. Bush's administration aren't relevant to Kavanaugh's appointment. This must be a deal breaker. There are just too many questions. Call the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee today.

Campaign Opportunities:

Penny Githens for State Representative District 60

Penny has a Day of Action planned for Saturday, August 25th. There'll be two shifts: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Meet at MCDP Headquarters.  

Penny will also need some help tabling at the Student Involvement Fair in Dunn Meadow on Monday, August 20th from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.. Please email her volunteer coordinator to participate: [email protected].

Ashley Pirani for County Council District 3

Ashley Pirani, Candidate for County Council District 3, needs volunteerswalkers, letters to editor, yard sign locations (Bean Blossom, Clear Creek, Indian Creek, Richland, Van Buren Townshipsor highly visible locations near there), etc.  If you can assist with any (or all!) of that, please email:  [email protected]

Liz Watson for Congress: Canvass this Weekend!

Liz is the only candidate who is actually tied to the state and will fight for better policy for all Hoosiers. Join her to register IU students and this weekend to canvass and in turning the Ninth District! Contact Marten Stein, Field Director, Liz for Indiana, [email protected] or (317) 201-2846

Meet at MCDP Headquarters, 116 S. Madison St., Bloomington

Saturday & Sunday, 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

RSVP Saturday: Bloomington Summer Canvass Saturday!

RSVP Sunday: Bloomington Summer Canvass Sunday!

Shelli Yoder for County Council District 1

Shelli is looking for the volunteers for the following:

  • Volunteers to canvass with Shelli on weekend shifts
  • Volunteers for a Meet the Candidates event this fall
  • Submit a letter to the editor in support of Shelli 
If you would like to help, please email Alison Pitt Polley, campaign chair, at [email protected].


Could you help us by sponsoring a new printer?

MCDP is expanding its infrastructure to provide more support and resources to candidates and community groups! We are looking to purchase a sound system and a color all-in-one laser printer. If you are interesting in helping MCDP with a full or partial sponsorship of these important investment pieces, please contact Executive Director Kaisa Goodman at [email protected]. Thank you so much for your support!

You can also take a moment and consider donating to the MCDP through Act Blue! Every donation helps*:

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Thank you!


Events Around Monroe County:

Ninth District Lee Hamilton Dinner
Saturday, August 18th from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
French Lick Resort and Hotel, 8670 West Highway, French Lick, Indiana 

The Ninth District Lee Hamilton Dinner is this Saturday, August 18th from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.! As usual, this is a dinner that is not to be missed. Like last year, our District Dinner, named in honor of former Ninth District Congressman Lee Hamilton, will be held as part of the annual Indiana Democratic Editorial Association (IDEA) conference in historic French Lick. This year, Director of Hoosier Women Forward, and former State Senator, Vi Simpson will be honored. The details are as follows: 

$60 per person
$50 for Ninth District Torchbearers
To purchase tickets, click here!
For more information contact District Party Headquarters at 812.725.2020 or [email protected]

You must pay for your ticket in advance or RSVP. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

The proceeds of this year’s dinner will be used by our Ninth District Democratic Committee to support our 2018 candidates and the coordinated campaign effort.  


Register for IU's Student Involvement Fair
Monday, August 20th from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Dunn Meadow, IU Campus

Registration is now open for participation in Indiana University’s annual Student Involvement Fair! The 2018 fair is on Monday, Aug. 20, from 3 to 7 p.m. in Dunn Meadow. Community agencies are invited to join the IU Corps corridor in representing many of Bloomington’s local service and volunteer opportunities. Partner agencies will have tables alongside student service organizations.  Questions? Contact Cassi Winslow-Edmonson at [email protected] or 812-855-7886. Registered participants will receive detailed information prior to the event. To register, visit: https://iu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9ZZr2yNjaGv91pX


DWC Women's Equality Day Celebration
Friday, August 24th at 7:00 p.m.
The Fields, 1333 S Fenbrook LnBloomington

To commemorate the passage of the 19th Amendment, the DWC will host its annual Women's Equality Day Celebration. State Representative Linda Lawson will be the keynote speaker. Details will be forthcoming, but if you would like to sponsor or help with this event PLEASE volunteer and contact: [email protected]     


Kate Wiltz for County Council CAKE WALK!
Saturday, August 25th from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
MCDP Headquarters

SAVE THE DATE! Stop by the MCDP headquarters for a cake walk to benefit the Kate Wiltz for Monroe County Council campaign! Hosted by Amanda Barge and Eric Spoonmore.


MCDP at Bloomington PRIDE
Saturday, August 25th from 3:00 - 9:00 p.m.

MCDP will be tabling at Bloomington PRIDE on Saturday, August 25th from 3-9pm, and we need volunteers to staff the table.  Interested persons should email Kaisa Goodman at [email protected].


Power of the Black Vote featuring Dana Black
Hosted by the Monroe County Black Democratic Caucus
Saturday, September 8th from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Council Chambers, Bloomington City Hall

The Monroe County Black Democratic Caucus (MCBDC) is hosting a discussion about "Why Black Voices Matter in the Political Arena” featuring Dana Black as the keynote speaker and Dr. Amrita Chakrabarti Myers, Associate Professor of History and Gender Studies, as moderator. This panel discussion will be an opportunity for members of the community to share concerns and to offer a pathway to solutions through policy and being involved with our party. Go to Facebook for more information.


Fourth Annual Hamilton Family Picnic 
Sunday, September 9th
Bryan Park

Join our fantastic local, state and federal Democratic candidates for a day of music and food to build political momentum building for the critical mid-term elections coming up.


Fundraiser to Support of Liz Watson
Sunday, September 16th from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Home of Vicki Veenker & Tim Crockett, 1658 Russell Road, Bloomington, IN

Please join us for a fundraiser to help Liz Watson become our next U.S. Representative for the 9th District. The fundraiser will feature special guests Hon. Lee Hamilton and Hon. Baron Hill. Music will be provided by Carrie Newcomer & Robert Meitus. 

All contributions are welcome and appreciated

Please RSVP to [email protected] or 317.709.1228. More information can be found on Facebook.

Second Annual Opioid Summit
Tuesday, September 18th and Wednesday, September 19th
Monroe Convention Center, 302 South College Avenue

This event brings the best and brightest together to examine issues around Harm Reduction, Medication Assisted Treatment, Abstinence Based Treatment, The Criminal Justice System's Approach, Housing First Models, Overdose Prevention, Legislative Issues, Supporting Families and MUCH MORE! This year a hands on project planning session, and more opportunities to network! Day One: $40.00 -- 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. / Breakfast and Lunch provided

Day Two: $40.00-- 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m./ Breakfast and Lunch provided

If you register for BOTH days at the time of registration, the cost is only $75.00 for both days!

  • Day One will include keynote speakers, a legislative panel, breakout sessions, and more information will be announced soon! We also plan to host a networking dinner in the evening!

  • Day Two will include keynote speakers, breakout sessions and an afternoon of networking and project planning. More information will be provided here and on social media!

Save the Date: MCDP Fall Dinner & Fundraiser 
Thursday, October 18th from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Liberty Ball Room & Banquet Center2100 S Liberty Dr, Bloomington

Blue Wave Singers: Book for your event!

Book the Blue Wave Singers for your next campaign or Democratic or progressive event.  We’ll show up for five or ten or 15 minutes to lead group singing. This might work well while people are gathering, to “warm up the crowd”.  Or we could sing during the event, or at the end, to go out in a festive mood. We lead traditional favorites, like “If I Had a Hammer” and “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around.”  We also have some newer surprises that everyone can catch on to quickly. We don’t need amplification. We sing for free, and for freedom, and for the people.

For more information contact Connie or Guy Loftman:

[email protected], (812) 219-6963; 
[email protected], (812) 679-8445

*Paid for by the Monroe County Democratic Party (www.monroedems.org) and not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.

Contributions or gifts to the MCDP are not deductible as charitable contributions for Federal income tax purposes.