Knock Every Door Ashland — Sunday August 13

Fellow Democrats, please help us Knock on Every Door in Ashland on Sunday, August 13. We will meet at 1:00 p.m. at the Ashland City Park at 25th and Clay for instructions, forms, walking lists, and maps. We will canvass from 2:00 – 4:00+ p.m., then meet at 4:30 at Breadeaux Pizza to recap, discuss, and submit forms.

It will help if you bring a clipboard to use (and others to share, if you have them).

Click here to let us know if you can attend: https://actionnetwork.org/events/knock-every-door-ashland

May 20th County Party Gathering

Potluck and Meet the Candidate in Cedar Bluffs

Join us with your family and friends
for a potluck lunch and lots of talk
at the new park on the west end of Main Street
in Cedar Bluffs
(this is the southwest side of the Village)
on Saturday, May 20, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bring food to share, your own beverages and table service,
lawn chairs and, if you want to cook out, a grill,
as the park grills may not be there by then.
There is a brand new playground
and a new ball court and restroom, too.

Dennis Crawford will be there –
he’s running to represent us in Congress in 2018!

Sunday April 30, 2017 County Party Meeting

 

  • 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Ashland Public Library, 1324 Silver St., Ashland, NE
  • This is primarily a planning/working meeting. Topics include at least planning/coordinating work on parades, the fair booth, and other party-building activities through this summer; and deciding about county party motto/slogans, logo, t-shirts, and other PR/fund-raising merchandise.

 

Trump’s cabinet

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Confirmed Cabinet Members:

James Mattis (Defense), John Kelly (Homeland Security), Rex Tillerson (State), Elaine Chao (Transportation), Nikki Haley (United Nations), Betsy DeVos (Education), Jeff Sessions (Attorney General), Tom Price (Health and Human Services), Steve Mnuchin (Treasury), David Shulkin (Veterans Affairs)

Awaiting Senate approval:
Wilbur Ross (Commerce), Rick Perry (Energy), Ben Carson (Housing and Urban Development), Ryan Zinke (Interior), Linda McMahon (Small Business Association), Sonny Perdue (Agriculture), Mick Mulvaney (Office of Management and Budget director), Robert Lighthizer (US trade representative), Scott Pruitt (Environmental Protection Agency)

Withdrawn from Cabinet Consideration:
Andrew Puzder (Labor)

Not yet announced:
Council of Economic Advisers chair

Posted on February 16, 2017

Diversity and the Immigration Ban

Diversity and inclusion are wonderful when they work in your favour. In the last week, Muslims like myself have been the beneficiaries of the world’s love and understanding. At airports around the United States people with open, liberal minds have acknowledged that most of us are just ordinary folk. We only want to live and […]

via The Diversity Deal — Ali Abbas

February 25th 2017 County Party Meeting

Now that the holidays have come and gone, it is time to get back to work planning the future of the Saunders County Democratic Party. I am writing this email to invite you to our first County Party meeting of the year.

The meeting will be held on Saturday February 25th 2017. We will meet from 11:00am until 12:50pm at the Wahoo Public Library, located at 637 N Maple St, Wahoo, NE 68066. If you need directions please click on the following link Wahoo Public Library Directions.

At the meeting we will be accepting nominations for the vice chairman position for the county party. We ask that all democrats come and nominate a person for the position! It is important to note that we will only accept nominations during this meeting; all voting will be done at the following county party meeting.

We will also discuss what the county party’s plan is for 2017, and how we can assist our state party with its 2017 plan. Prior to the end of the meeting we would like to open the floor up to discussion so that party members are provided the opportunity to share any ideas they have that would assist in building our local party. We anticipate hearing many wonderful ideas from our members and encourage you to share your ideas with us!

We look forward to seeing you on February 25th at 11:00am. If you have any questions please contact us by sending an email to saunders.ne.democrat@gmail.com. A tentative agenda has been attached to this email for those of you who would like to review it ahead of time.

From Chair Jane Kleeb: Come to the Dec. 17 State Central Committee Meeting

The Democratic Party State Central Committee meets Saturday, Dec. 17, 8 a.m. till p.m., at Papillion LaVista High School, 402 Centennial Rd, Papillion, NE. This meeting is open to all Democrats. Please attend!

At the meeting on 12/17, we will unveil 3 new ideas to help build the party, which I briefly describe below. In addition to these 3 ideas, we will now close all SCC meetings with something called plus/delta where it is an open mic opportunity for anything we did not discuss in the agenda that you can take to the microphone to give feedback on something positive happening (plus) or something you want to see changed (delta). Also, Bud Pettigrew will give an overview on what the SCC, SEC, Caucuses, County Partys do and how people can get involved since we hope to have lots of new people at the meeting.

  • Blue Bench Project: an idea that Senators Adam Morfeld, Anna Wishart and myself came up with to harness energy of folks who want to run for office, be a county party leader or just want to be more engaged with the party. Sen. Morfeld put up the link for the sign up on his FB page and without any promotion, over 800 people signed up in a couple of days! You can post this link on your FB page: http://tinyurl.com/jlrr64j for people to sign up. We will host trainings, casual get togethers, community service projects and calls to start building our Blue Bench. Adam and Anna will present this idea.
  • 10 + 10 = 2020: in order to build the county parties and the state party, we need more money and more voters. The idea is each county will be responsible for registering 10% more voters in their county and getting at least 10 monthly donors to the party signed up at $10 a month or more. Patty Zieg and Ron Kaminski will present this idea.
  • Dems In The Streets: we have several models for canvassing our neighborhoods, this idea sprung out of some more traditional methods we want to test out this year. 
  • Linda Anderson and Tom Tilden will present this canvassing idea in hopes we can start using this model to build up a strong field team in each of our counties.

VOTE to RETAIN Nebraska’s End of the Death Penalty

In Nebraska, a sentence of life prohibits the inmate from being paroled. Life in prison without parole is a smart sentence that puts public safety first. It also is less expensive than the death penalty.

The death penalty does not keep us safer because it does not prevent murders. States with the death penalty, such as Missouri, have a higher murder rate (8.3 per 100,000) than nearby states that don’t have a death penalty, such as Iowa (2.3 per 100,000). Eight of the 10 states that still have the death penalty have the highest murder rates. Even murder rates inside prisons are lower in states that don’t have the death penalty. Those convicted of murder say that they never considered whether there was a death penalty

Not having the death penalty also does not cause murderers to be released to kill again. With extremely rare exceptions (1 in the U.S. every 20 or 30 years), those who are released and then kill have not been convicted of murder but of lesser offenses, such as manslaughter.

The death penalty itself does kill the innocent. All across the U.S., convictions of death row inmates have been overturned because DNA evidence has absolved them of guilt. So far, over 150 death row inmates have been released.

The death penalty also is used as a threat, abusively, against innocent persons, such as the Beatrice six, to coerce them into accepting plea bargains. Those of limited mental capacity especially suffer.

The death penalty does not provide closure to victims’ families. Instead, they must face years of appeals, reversals, and media attention. Many victims’ families testified against the death penalty in Nebraska during the legislative process which ended Nebraska’s death penalty. In addition, Nebraska ranks last in support for victims of crimes; money saved without the death penalty could be used to increase this support.