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.

Fran Kaye at Oct. 30 Meeting

ceresco-mtg-10-30-16-aOur thanks to Fran Kaye of Retain a Just Nebraska for her informative talk about the need to vote to Retain Nebraska’s elimination of the death penalty. She also talked about the need for serious reform of Nebraska’s foster care system, to prevent children’s deaths in foster care and institutions. Fran spoke to us at the discussion Oct. 30 at the Ceresco Community Center.


County Meeting Oct. 30

Saunders County Democrats invite you to join us at 1:00 p.m. Sunday, October 30, at the Ceresco Community Center, 217 S 2nd St. Ceresco.

Fran Kay, of Retain a Just Nebraska, will speak about the Death Penalty Ballot Issue.

Meet fellow Democrats and talk about the issues that concern us and Get Out the Vote / Transportation to the Polls efforts.

New County Chair

The Executive Committee met at the home of Alan and Nancy Meyer in Cedar Bluffs on Oct. 23. The Committee accepted the resignation of Phillip Richmond and, in accordance with the Bylaws requirement, installed the Vice Chair, Mikel-Jon Divis, as Chair, leaving the Vice Chair position open until a replacement can be found. At the County Meeting following adjournment of the Executive Committee, Saunders County Democrats present confirmed the Executive Committees action and Mikel-Jon Divis as Chair.

Oct. 9 County Meeting

Twelve Saunders County Democrats and 3 guests were present at the County Meeting Oct. 9, 2016, at Bordeaux Pizza in Ashland. imag0014

Those present discussed the coming Banquet plans for decorations and persons responsible for various tasks during the event, submitted information about and money from ticket sales, and made suggestions about topics, speakers, and the schedule for future County Meetings.

Discussion included that getting out the vote was not only about winning specific elections, because the proportion of registered Democrats who vote also determines how much money and other resources we receive from the State and National Democratic Party and the number of delegate seats Nebraska Democrats get at the National Convention. In addition, in the “off” years, turning out the vote gives us a real chance to elect Democrats to local offices.

Officers explained we are having regular monthly County meetings after the Executive Committee Meetings, and a few more before the election, because Democrats need to get to know each other to become active. We need volunteers to serve not just as Precinct Captains but as Precinct and Community Committees. We also need to recruit candidate for 2018 elections. Jack Eager and others strongly suggested having “drawing cards,” such as speakers at these meetings.