Friday, November 23, 2012

November Meeting 2012

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Meeting, November 14, 2012

A dozen Democrats met Wednesday, November 14, 2012, at 7 p.m. in a second-floor meeting room at the Washington Public Library. Present were Washington County Democratic Party Chairman Pete Morrison, Dave Ciha, Kay Ciha, Martha Dahlin, Richard Gilmore, Robin Plattenberger, Steve Maxon, Doris Park, Shirley Pfeifer, Nan Stark, Lorraine Williams and Tyler Woodley.

1. Chairman Pete called the meeting to order and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

2. The October minutes had been e-mailed and posted to the blog.

3. Treasurer Kay Ciha presented the financial report and provided a printout of the report. Cash on hand on Oct. 10, 2012, was $2,112.24. Income from 10-10-12 to 11-14-12 consisted of two returned checks, $250 from Dawn McCoy, who had decided not to use the funds for her campaign, and the returned check (for damage deposit) from the Washington County Fair, for $250. That brought the cash on hand to $2,612.24. Expenses from 10-10-12 through 11-14-12 were: Campaign donation to Dawn McCoy, $250; campaign donation to Richard Gilmore, $250; campaign donation to Kay Ciha, $250; and Mediacom, for phone, cable and Internet, $182.04. Cash available on November 14, 2012, was $1,680.20.

Pete said he had taken all of Mediacom’s equipment back to the Iowa City office. may be One more Mediacom bill may be forthcoming. Pete declared the financial report ready to be filed for audit.

4. Report of the Chair --  Election Wrap-up: Pete said in wrapping up the election, members had gotten everything moved out of the office, and the office had been cleaned. One cell phone had been found left behind in a desk drawer, and attempts will be made to find where it needs to be returned. The keys were collected, to return to the landlord.

The election went well -- it was very fortunate that U.S. Representative Dave Loebsack won his election; the opponent, Archer, would have been bad news. We discussed the fact that some people had done canvassing for Loebsack as well as for President Obama, and some canvassing was done locally by the supervisor candidates. We discussed how we could make a stronger showing than usual in the off-year election in two years. Pete thanked everyone who worked diligently to help us move forward. Ian Gray, intern for President Obama and headquartered in Washington, Iowa, has left and had mentioned the possibility that he would be working with the Obama inauguration team.

Pete will try to get Ian’s address so that we can send him a card expressing our appreciation to him. Richard said we should provide something in writing to Ian’s superiors about Washington’s being a Republican county and that Ian is the reason we came as close as we did this time.
It was mentioned that the Hispanic population has increased significantly in Washington. Richard said if we can be a swing county, we can get more attention.

5. Committee reports -- none were presented.

6. Old business was about the headquarters, which has been closed, and we have come to the end of the 2012 elections.

7. New business: We can reserve the room at the library for the second Wednesday in December, if we choose. We discussed whether to have a meeting in December or to have a Christmas party. Robin Plattenberger and Richard Gilmore graciously invited everyone to their home on December 19 at 7 p.m. Their address is 1201 South Iowa Avenue. Everyone attending will bring a dish to pass.

We discussed the Republicans’ (I.e., King’s) attempt to tie the farm bill to the “fiscal cliff,” and that the highest number of hog confinement operations are reportedly in Sioux and Webster counties at this time. Richard said it would be nice if Washington County could be a matrix county. Some of the standards are: being a distance away from a waterway, having fewer than 3,000 head of hogs in a building, etc. Otherwise, the board of supervisors could just approve a confinement building with minimal requirements. Being a matrix would at least give the DNR leverage to use local control.

Robin spoke to the candidates who had run for the supervisor seats. The ones who ran and did not win had certainly succeeded in educating the people, and she said that should still feel good. The candidates had brought issues forward that hadn’t been there before, and that can’t be taken away -- the opponents would just have been more stupid without the input of these candidates!

Another location for holding monthly meetings has become available, and we talked about that option. Pete stated his belief that the library is a good location for us, and consensus was in agreement that we should continue to meet at the library.

Martha suggested that we have some kind of party for the Riverside residents who had worked hard at the satellite headquarters there. Mary Patterson and her husband, Richard, of Riverside had opened their home, and they and all of the other volunteers had done a good job. Robin asked her to invite the Riverside volunteers to the Christmas party at her home on Dec. 19. It was moved and seconded that we pay for a $100 gift certificate to café dodici for Richard and Mary Patterson in appreciation for their great contribution in the use of their home. Motion carried.

Pete also mentioned that he had received an invitation from President Obama, who asks for help in trying to keep the Republicans from blocking everything he tries to do. We must be proactive every minute.

The January meeting will be the second Wednesday in January at 7 p.m. at the library. Richard moved to adjourn, Nan seconded, and the motion carried.

Respectfully submitted by Nan Stark, secretary

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Election Day/Night 2012

Election Day started out like the other days of GOTV [Get Out the Vote], with calling and canvasing, food prep and snacks, with the excitement came the standard election day excitement, challenge and tensions.

The efforts were underway to get the vote out today.

 As the polls closed in Washington, people gathered at the headquarters where all of the action had taken place over the previous 3+ months.

As the returns started to appear on the television the news just seemed to get better and better.  Democrats were turning out in even bigger numbers than in 2008!

With the Obama win announced rather early, the group moved to JP's Club to celebrate the victories.

I want to thank all of the campaign workers that helped narrow the margins here in Washington County.

Peter Morrison, Washington County Chairperson
Washington County Democrats