December 13, 2017
This morning, I woke up in a better mood than I expected I would just 24 hours earlier. Last night's election victory of Alabama's Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones meant that I'd have at least one less demoralizing political situation to live with in 2018. Of course I know in the coming months the Trump Administration and Trump's Republican Congress will be working hard to supply plenty more of those dispiriting moments. The shameless use of fear mongering, bigotry, tribalism and lies in the pursuit of wealth and power is never an inspiring scenario.
For example, today it was announced that House and Senate Republicans have (at least initially) agreed on a tax "reform" package. This news immediately pushed the Alabama election loss of GOP candidate and accused child molester Roy Moore out of the spotlight. Now, and over the next few days we'll be watching Trump, McConnell, Ryan, and their wealthy cronies push through new tax policies that will make the richest Americans even more rich at the expense of programs targeted to help American's who are most in need. - That sounds like reform... right?
Nevertheless, we really should take a moment to savor the Alabama outcome. We could have had a member of the U.S. Senate who was not only totally unqualified but had long shown himself to be not only completely contemptuous of our legal system but quite possibly nuts. Instead, our Congress now has a new Senator who soon after taking office as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama quickly showed his courage. He successfully prosecuted the remaining two Ku Klux Klan perpetrators of the Birmingham Church bombing that killed four little girls 35 years earlier.
Doug Jones' victory last night also seems to have shown that the most recent iteration of the Democratic National Committee is capable of taking effective action for its candidates using tactics sensitive to each candidate's local situation. The DNC put their financial and human resources heavily behind Jones while wisely keeping out of the spotlight. They avoided making big pronouncements from their East Coast headquarters - a posture that would surely have energized die hard Alabama Republicans. Instead, the DNC stayed in the background supporting phone banking, robo-calls, local organizing, door-to-door canvassing, all the stuff necessary for a win. Let's hope this "new" DNC retains the tactical sensitivity they showed in Alabama in the many contests ahead. It's a sensitivity I wish they'd shown more of in 2016.
Yes, it was a nice feeling to see a creepy child-stalker like Roy Moore get defeated by an honestly good person. Unfortunately, the truth is if Moore had simply been a liar and a hypocrite he likely would have won that Senate seat. (If we could just get the Republicans to run pedophiles in every contest next year we'd really be on a roll!)
But as our nation's great president tweeted last night, "A win is a win." Now it's up to our Democratic leaders in Congress to display the skill and integrity that will make the most of Doug Jones' additional Senate vote. According to some political analysts I heard today, a 49-51 Senate minority situation is much better than 48-52. I guess we'll see.
Here's the bottom line. As 2018 takes shape, we need to keep the momentum of these recent Democratic victories growing. You can be sure that in the coming months you'll be given plenty of opportunities to do that, helping to elect candidates representing us at every level of government. There will be important activities in neighboring elections too.
The time when all this activity begins will be here before we know it. In the meantime, the New Trier Dems will be hosting several events to keep your political inclinations engaged. On Sunday, January 7 our Committeeman Dean Maragos will be hosting his annual "Thank You" Pizza Party at J.P.'s Pizza & Grill in Wilmette from 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm. It's always a nice event and an excellent way to personally meet other North Shore Democrats and many of the office holders and candidates gearing up for 2018. Then, sometime during the short month of February, the NTDO will be sponsoring a 2018 Election Year Kickoff Rally (Date, time and place TBD).
And tomorrow night, you can wrap up this bizarre political year among fellow liberals with a glass or two of excellent wine and a buffet of delicious hors d'oeuvres at the Wilmette Wine Cellar. It's strictly social, no political speeches -- just wine, food and new friends. The event will also welcome contributions of packaged food, paper goods or toiletries for the New Trier Food Pantry. The details are in the news item below this commentary.
So that's it for this year's NTD News comments. I wish the 2017 news had been a lot more pleasant to discuss but we can hope that next year will have many more bright spots. For the next few weeks I will be taking a Holiday break. The next NTD News issue will be Wednesday, January 3, 2018. Talk to you then. - Have a wonderful Holiday Season.
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Tomorrow Evening in Wilmette!
Thursday, December 14
at the Wilmette Wine Cellar
A Holiday Party with the New Trier Dems
Thursday, December 14th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Wilmette Wine Cellar, 1100 Central Avenue, Wilmette
New Trier Dems will provide the hors d'oeuvres, and drinks will be
available for purchase. This event is not a fundraiser.
It's just an opportunity to have fun and meet other area Dems.
In addition, we will be collecting non-perishable canned and
packaged food, useful paper goods, and toiletry items to
donate to the New Trier Township Food Pantry. Anything you can
donate is greatly appreciated!
Note: The NTDO Endorsement Meeting will not be held until January of 2018. Until formal endorsements are made, fund raising events announced in the NTD News concerning candidates competing in Democratic Primary Races do not represent a formal endorsement by the NTDO.
Other events of interest:
Tomorrow night, Dec. 14 in Highland Park -
A vigil to end gun violence.
Thursday, December 14, at 7:00pm
Congregation Solel, 1301 Clavey Rd., Highland Park
Illinois Moms Demand Action holds a candlelight vigil to end gun violence and honor those killed in the Sandy Hook tragedy, as well as the 500,000 directly affected by gun violence since 2012.
For additional information or to RSVP register online click here.
Next Monday, Dec. 18 in Chicago -
A Very Cullerton Christmas & A Morrison New Year.
: Monday, December 18, from 5:30 - 7:30pm
: Hubbard Inn, 10 W. Hubbard, Chicago, IL
: Join State Senators Julie Morrison and Tom Cullerton and Illinois Senate President John Cullerton in celebrating the holidays, supporting our senators, and wishing Senator Morrison a happy birthday.
RSVP: Kelly@ilsenatedems.org or phone 312-630-7700
Next Tuesday, Dec. 19 in Chicago - End of Year Fundraiser in Support of Chris Kennedy.
Tuesday, December 19, from 5:30 - 7:00pm
: The Joy District Chicago, 112 W. Hubbard St., Chicago
An end of year reception and fundraiser in support of the Kennedy/Joy Gubernatorial Campaign
Sunday, Dec. 17 in Deerfield - The Tenth Dems Annual Awards Dinner presenting Jill Wine-Banks
Sunday, December 17, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Hyatt Deerfield, 1750 Lake Cook Road, (I-294 at Lake Cook) Deerfield
Join the Tenth Congressional District Democrats for our Annual Awards Dinner presenting Watergate prosecutor Jill Wine-Banks.
During the Watergate hearings, attorney Jill Wine-Banks played an integral role in questioning the events surrounding Richard Nixon's secret tape recordings. An MSNBC commentator, Wine-Banks provides viewers invaluable insight into how a case can be built against a President and his aides, whether Nixon in the 1970s or Trump today.
Here is a list of the local and statewide Democratic candidates seeking your vote in the 2018 Primary Election. You have several months to get acquainted with the positions and qualifications before the Democratic Primary this spring and the NTDO Endorsement Meeting in January.
Because some web browsers will not accept e-mailings with a large number of Internet links, they have been erased from this candidate list.
To see all the available links, visit our NTDO website at ntdo.org.
Daniel Biss, State Senator 9th District
Illinois Attorney General:
Jesse Ruiz, Board of Commisioners, Park District
Kwame Raoul, IL State Senator13th District
Nancy Rotering, Mayor of Highland Park
Aaron Goldstein, 33rd Ward Committeeman
Scott Drury, IL State Rep, 58th District
Illinois State Representative -
Mary Rita Luecke
Cook County Assessor:
Frederick (Fritz) Kaegi
Cook County Commissioner - 13th District
who represent New Trier Township in
Washington, Springfield and Cook County
You'll be hearing a lot from these exceptional public servants. --
And they want to be hearing a lot from you.
The fact is, they need to hear from you and want to hear from you in order to represent you most effectively. So, the first thing you can do is get to know who these people are. The links below to their campaign websites are a good place to start.
, 9th U.S. Congressional District Representative
and Chief Deputy House Democratic Whip. The new Ninth District boundaries include all of New Trier except for Glencoe.
, 10th U.S. Congressional District Representative which includes a number of precincts in Glencoe.
Julie Morrison, State Senator for Illinois' 29th State Senate District
State Senator for Illinois' 9th State Senate Distric
t.The Ninth District includes all of New Trier Township.
. The district includes New Trier's northernmost precincts.
IL 18th District State Representative
. The 18th District includes much of New Trier up to Hazel Avenue and Dundee Road.
, IL 17th District State Representative.
The 17th District includes the East Glenview and West Wilmette areas of New Trier Township.
IL 58th District State Representative.
The 58th District includes the northernmost precincts in Glencoe.
Larry Suffredin, Cook County 13th District Commissioner. The 13th District includes all of New Trier, Evanston and Niles Townships.
Have you visited Senator Biss' website "The Road Back" --
click on the link to his video -- then, throughout the year follow his plan's development on the website.
Daniel explains a lot about how Illinois got where it is today and how we can begin the journey on the road back toward achieving our state's tremendous economic potential.
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