Monday, July 25, 2016

Town Meeting with Sen. Chuck Grassley, July 28

Want an opportunity to provide your thoughts or ask questions of Senator Chuck Grassley?  Please consider attending his town meeting in Washington on Thursday!  

US Senator Chuck Grassley

Invites you to a Town Meeting in

Washington County

Thursday, July 28, 2016
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Washington County Courthouse Board Room

(224 W Main St, Washington, IA 52353)


Friday, July 22, 2016

SUNDAY, July 24: 2nd Annual Loeback Brews & BBQ

For Immediate Release
July 19, 2016

Contact: Joe O'Hern
joseph@loebsackforcongress.org


Sunday, July 24th: Dave Loebsack's 2nd Annual Brews and BBQ
Featuring Special Guest Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard

Iowa City, IA – Dave Loebsack announced today that he will host his 2nd annual Brews and BBQ fundraiser this Sunday, July 24th, in Iowa City. Congressman Loebsack will be joined by special guest Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii. Congresswoman Gabbard is an Iraq war Veteran, two term member of the House of Representatives and currently the youngest serving woman in Congress. Other guest speakers will include U.S. Senate Candidate, and former Lt. Governor, Patty Judge and 1st District Congressional candidate Monica Vernon.

Dave Loebsack’s Brews and BBQ
Sunday, July 24th
1pm to 3pm
(Speaking Program begins at 1:45pm)
The Celebration Farm
4696 Robin Woods Ln NE
Iowa City, IA 52240
All Media: To RSVP for the event, please contact Joe O'Hern

 

Monday, July 11, 2016

Washington County Democrats Minutes - June 14, 2016

The Washington County Democrats met at Art Domestique on Tuesday, June 14, 2016. Chairperson Lorraine Williams called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm with 18 attendees.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

The minutes of the May meeting was approved and will be posted on the blog. Going forward, minutes will be posted in advance of the meetings.

Kay Ciha presented the Treasurer's report with updates to membership fees, donations and the candidate fund. New expenses include payment to Lorraine Williams ($190.77) for parade candy. 


Report of the Chair:
Today’s guests are Jim Gorham’s granddaughter, Cara, who attended her first caucus this year and Jacob Bruns, a student from Simpson College who works in the John C Culver Public Policy Center

Old Business:
State Convention: Richard Gilmore, Robin Plattenburger-Gilmore, Pete Morrison, Andrew Allison and Kim Davis will be attending the State Democratic Convention on June 18.  Per Kim Davis and the credentialing committee, no packets will be mailed. 

Parades: We’ll have Kinney & Loebsack signs for the float. Gloria has received a clear rubberized coat & is sporting a new coat of paint.  
  • June 18 Kalona Days – organize at 9:00 at the sale barn. Parade at 10:00. Committee members: Sonya Housholder, Bob Spenner, John Greener, Doris Parks & Steve Maxon. Kevin Kinney will be there.
  •  June 25 Trek Fest – line up behind the bank at 9:00. Parade at 10:00. Pete Morrison, Andrew Allison, Steve Maxon and Kim Davis. Steve will host Gloria in his garage between the June 18 & 25 parades.
  • July 4 Wellman – Gloria will stay at Steve Maxon’s house. Matt and Diane Schaffer are considering hosting a fish fry afterward at their home. 
  • July 18 Washington County Fair – A sign-up sheet is being passed around. We’ll give out flashlights and cowboy cards.  Steve Maxon will make stickers for flashlight bottoms. Lorraine will buy the flashlights. John Greener will reorder the cowboy cards.
  • July 29 RAGBRAI – setting up a booth would be $700 unless you’re serving food. Non-profits will be charged $350. Given conflicting commitments for members and the cost of a booth, we will not be hosting activities during RAGBRAI.
  • Other July parades will be discussed at next mtg.

Other events:  Kim Davis will be scheduling a meet & greet in mid-August or mid-September and will invite Dave Loebsack to participate.  The event will be a lunch/dinner BBQ at her home.

Activities to support Kim’s candidacy for supervisor will be need to be discussed at a future meeting, including phone banking and door knocking.

New business:
Lorraine updated the committee on finding a headquarters for elections.  She has looked at several locations.  Ann Williams’ gas station location won’t work. It’d be $725/mo + water + electricity. There is a house diagonal from the post office that might work and she has left a message of inquiry about it. IDP will need to advise on the “handicap accessible” definition and requirement for a headquarters.  If a portable ADA ramp for “use on demand” will fit the need, Sandy’s building could be a possibility.  It’s 800 sq feet but we’d have to share the bathroom with another office. The bathroom is ADA compliant and Sandy has a portable ramp for ADA use to enter the building. We’re aiming for a September rental start date for headquarters space.  If we get financial help from the campaigns, then we could consider an earlier rental start date, but Sandy’s building isn’t quite ready yet.   

JP Lucaci of the IDP will be covering Keokuk and Washington counties. He is temporarily located in Ottumwa.

Committee Reports:
Affirmative Action: Lorraine will ask the new 2nd District AA representative for help with our committee. 

Candidate Development: Chris Busch was flattered we’d consider him as a candidate to run against Jared Klein.  He didn’t say no, but it may be too late for name recognition to be have a successful run this year.  Jim Gorham will contact him about a campaign.  We would need to hold a special convention to get his name on the ballot.  If not this year, we should start working on his development and name recognition for the election in 2 years. 

Community Events: Lorraine asked Pete Morrison to consider stepping into the Chair of the Community Events committee.  Pete will consider the request and respond at the July meeting.  In the meantime, John Greener will continue to serve until July. 

Platform Committee: Andrew Allison is the new chair.

Other Business:
Kim Davis needs someone to do her campaign accounting. State Ethics will not allow a candidate to do their own accounting.   

The next meeting will occur on Tuesday, July 12, 7:00 pm, at Art Domestique.

The meeting adjourned at 8:05 pm. 


Attendees: Sonya Housholder, Richard Gilmore, Robin Plattenberger, Robert Spenner, John Greener, Kay Ciha, Lorraine Williams, Pete Morrison, Lynnette Hultman, Kitch Shatzer, Kimberly Davis, Isabella Santoro, Terry Philips, Shirley Pfeifer, Jim Gorham, Sandra Johnson, Jacob Bruns and Doris Park. 

Friday, July 8, 2016

July 12th Meeting Notice

The monthly Washington County Democrats Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 12th at 7:00 PM at Art Domestique (118 S Iowa Ave, Washington). 

We will be discussing the Washington County Fair needs and next steps to support party candidates. Please join us! Your input is appreciated!

See you Tuesday the 12th!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

2016 Washington County Fair - Need booth volunteers

The Washington County Democrats will again be hosting a booth at the County Fair July 18-21. We are looking for volunteers to help staff the booth as well as for set-up and tear-down. If you are interested and able to help out, please review the open booth slots below and contact our Secretary Sonya Housholder with your availability. We'd like to have at least two staffers at the booth during each shift.

MONDAY, JULY 18:
 1:00-3:00 pm
     1) Harold Frakes
     2) Lorraine Williams
     3)
     4)

 3:00-5:00 pm
     1)
     2)
     3)
     4)

 5:00-7:00 pm
     1) Kim Davis
     2) Kitch Shatzer
     3)
     4)

 7:00-9:00 pm
     1) Richard Gilmore
     2)
     3)
     4)

TUESDAY, JULY 19:
 1:00-3:00 pm
     1) Lorraine Williams
     2)
     3)
     4)

 3:00-5:00 pm
     1) Peter Morrison
     2) JP
     3)
     4)

 5:00-7:00 pm
     1) Peter Morrison
     2) JP
     3) Kim Davis
     4)

 7:00-9:00 pm
     1)
     2)
     3)
     4)

WEDNESDAY, JULY 20:
 1:00-3:00 pm
     1) Harold Frakes
     2)
     3)
     4)

 3:00-5:00 pm
     1) Peter Morrison
     2) JP
     3)
     4)

 5:00-7:00 pm
     1) Peter Morrison
     2) JP
     3)
     4)

 7:00-9:00 pm
     1) Richard Gilmore
     2)
     3)
     4)

THURSDAY, JULY 21:
 1:00-3:00 pm
     1)
     2)
     3)
     4)

 3:00-5:00 pm
     1) Shirley Pfeifer
     2)
     3)
     4)

 5:00-7:00 pm
     1) Harold Frakes
     2)
     3)
     4)

 7:00-9:00 pm
     1) Richard Gilmore
     2) Steve Maxon
     3)
     4)

SET-UP & TEAR-DOWN:
     1)
     2)
     3)
     4)

Thank you in advance for considering a shift. See you at the Fair!

July 4th Wellman Parade & Fish Fry

On July 4th, the Washington County Democrats will be participating in the Wellman Parade.  We would love to see you!  If interested in riding on the truck with Gloria to distribute candy, please contact Washington County Democrats Secretary Sonya Housholder. We will be meeting at 9:00 with the parade starting at 10:00.

Following the parade, all are invited to a fish fry at Diane and Matt Schaefer's home. Contact Sonya for the address. Please bring a dish to share and/or something to drink.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Washington County Democrats Minutes - May 10, 2016

The Washington County Democrats met at Art Domestique on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 with 15 attendees. Chairperson Lorraine Williams called the meeting to order at 6:58 pm and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Minutes of the April meeting was approved as distributed and will be posted on the blog.

Kay Ciha presented the Treasurer’s report with updates to membership fees, income from the sale of food items at the 2nd District Convention, donations and the candidate fund. New expenses include a contribution to Kim Davis’ supervisor campaign ($250), the Golden Delight Bakery for pastries resold at the 2nd District convention ($225), the Washington County fair booth fee ($200) and starting petty cash at the 2nd District Convention ($200).

A motion to move $845 into the Candidate Development Fun was submitted by Harold Frakes and seconded by Doris Park. Pete Morrison reminded the club about the possibility of needing those funds for an election headquarters/office in Washington County. Kay Ciha reported the history of rent payments in previous election years 2010-2014, showing funds were, on average, needed for July-November and occasionally in May/June. Kevin Kinney lended support via feedback from his campaign history, stating that although Johnson County, Riverside, Kalona and Wellman are the most influential areas for democratic candidates, a strong presence is needed in Washington County. Having a headquarters should be carefully considered. Lorraine Williams endorsed reallocating $845 for the Candidate Development fund. Should we need those funds for a headquarters, a new discussion can take place to return them to the General Fund. A vote was called with 1 opposed. Motion passed.

Report of the Chair:
Today’s guest is Iowa Senator Kevin Kinney. Senator Kinney provided a summary of his legislative successes from the past session.
* A human trafficking/public safety legislation was passed into law.
* Narcan, an antidote for morphine overdoses, was approved for law enforcement and first responders to carry. It has already proven to save lives.
* “Peeping Tom” legislation restructured existing law to make trespassing on property with concealed cameras/recording equipment an aggravated misdemeanor with a sentence of up to 2 years in prison and thus allowing the state to obtain DNA for the database. Statistics show that this type of criminal behavior tends to elevate to crimes of sexual assault.
* The statutes of limitations on child endangerment were extended from 3 years to 10 years following the 18th birthday or 2 years after DNA identifies a perpetrator. This change was prompted by a young man who had been abused physically by a guardian well into his teenage years.
* Questions from committee members resulted in lively discussion over several issues. Salient points from that discussion are:
     o Mandatory sentences were reduced but judges have the option to increase sentencing, as they deem is necessary. The positive outcome of this change is a decreased recidivism rate with a parole officer watching/working with an individual as they are not as likely to offend again with shorter sentences.
     o The Iowa Department of Agriculture oversees organic growers and crop spraying. The State of Iowa will now be working with the Hygienic Lab, which has a test that takes 4 weeks versus the IDALS (SP?) 6-month test that the state had been using for years.
     o On water quality issues, we can't compare urban versus rural water quality. Sewage treatment plants also greatly contaminate rivers, not just farm chemicals. Senator Kinney will be participating in a water summit to identify resolutions. It is also important to note that nitrogen naturally occurs in soil. It's a complex issue without easy solutions. Some solutions may require changes to farming practices similar to the reduction of phosphorus through no till planting methods.

Old Business:
Overview of the convention: Washington County did an incredible job with the convention. The 2nd District is very pleased, although it was pointed out that the location of the convention may not remain stationary in Washington going forward.

Changes to note should we host another convention: Have a dinner plan, improve audio as members in the back of the room had difficulties hearing as well as reading the screens. Due to the lateness of the meeting adjournment, possibly consider reserving a block of hotel rooms for attendees wishing to stay over. Senator Kinney only heard good things about the convention.

Fundraiser: Auctions items were a good showing for Washington County.

State Convention carpooling needs: deferred to the June meeting.

New Business:
Jeanne Redlinger in Riverside requested that a future meeting be held in Riverside and possibly rotate throughout the county to increase attendance by other area democrats. This has been tried before without success, but the club will consider it if Jeanne finds a location and can motivate attendance.

Parades: Kay Ciha called the Washington Chamber to obtain a list of county parades. John, departing Community Events Chair, also provided a list of dates. The float for this summer's use is available at John's house. We'll use Richard's truck and distribute water. Kay will purchase red, white and blue candy.
     June 4, Washington, Ridiculous Days
     June 18, Kalona, Kalona Days
     June 25, Riverside, Trek Fest
     July 16-19, Brighton, Whoopee Days
     Sept 23-24, Kalona, Fall Festival

There are upcoming debate events for US Senate candidates (May 15, 4-6pm in Des Moines) and County Supervisor candidates (May 24 at the Washington County Library).

At the next meeting, we'll be passing around sign-up sheets for the Washington County Fair booth shifts (July 17-24) as well as for RABRAI (July 29). It was suggested the Washington County Democrats sell watermelon and pie to RAGBRAI riders.

After the primary on June 7th, we should schedule a meet and greet with Dave Loebsack. Possible location could be the lodge at Lake Darling.

Committee Reports:
Affirmative Action:
Harold Frakes suggested all attend City Council to bring up the handicap parking spot outside the YMCA. It is sloped so water collects where those with mobility challenges need to walk. It forms into ice in winter. If City Council is notified of a physical hazard, it's their responsibility to repair it. It was suggested that photos of “failures” be taken and presented at City Council for liability issues.

Candidate Development:
Marcus Fedler is running against Jared Klein. A recent interview he participated in was read aloud. Fedler has been promoted as being a less conservative candidate but the interview revealed his views are extremely conservative and rooted in strict religious belief, including views on marriage equality, planned parenthood and other issues. We need a democratic candidate to run against both Jared Klein and Marcus Fedler. Several suggestions were submitted for consideration.

Community Events:
John Greener wishes to not serve this summer due to other conflicts with family, etc.

Platform Committee:
No report.

The next meeting will occur on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 7:00 pm at Art Domestique.

The meeting adjourned at 8:25 pm.

Attendees: Sonya Housholder, Richard Gilmore, Kay Ciha, Mary Martin, Harold Frakes, Peter Morrison, Deb Kinney, John Greener, Kevin Kinney, Kitch Shatzer, Shirley Pfeifer, Robert Spenner, Robin Plattenberger, Steve Maxon and Doris Parks.