Idealism -- Integrity -- Independence
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NTD NEWS    March 7, 2018
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(Scheduling of this week's NTD News was slightly delayed. Apologies.)  
 
                                                                        
Last night
, the NTDO Executive Committee held its monthly meeting. The agenda included the usual housekeeping items, finances, etc. as well as discussion of future New Trier Dems events and Get Out The Vote Election Day plans. But it was a subject not on the agenda that generated a passionate discussion.
     Our President, Judy Mandel, said she has been receiving a string of complaints from fellow Democrats about the over-the-top, negative and sometimes especially nasty mailing pieces sent out by "friends of" one of our endorsed candidates. We all agreed that this was very disappointing to see and that it reflected poorly on the endorsed candidate and, by association, our organization.
     Someone pointed out that First Amendment free speech allows political campaigns to distribute detrimental information about their political rivals. And we all conceded that letting the electorate know damaging facts about an opponent can be an important service to the voter. But the operative word here is "facts."
     It's one thing to reveal an unfavorable fact about an opponent. This is hardball politics that anyone running for office should expect. However, it is something else entirely to distribute messaging with half-truths, innuendo and convoluted interpretations of events that blatantly distort reality. For an added impact in this style of ham-fisted messaging, a carefully selected and filtered photo of the opponent is often featured that gives him or her the appearance of a psychopath or a suspected war criminal. -- The style used in the worst of the mailings sent out by our endorsed candidate's "friends" fits this description.
     (I would add that using outlandish photos of an opponent often leads to a contest between campaigns to find the most unattractive photo of the other guy. This is dumb and accomplishes nothing. It just lowers the level of communication, appears childish and turns off many voters.)
     Of course such crude political mailings aren't something new to any of us. It's a style that Chicago Machine politicians have used for decades. Many political advertising "experts" believe this cynically manipulative messaging is the proven way to win elections. (Sadly, too often it is.) And apparently, the old guard continues to support this thinking, as it appears their approach has influenced the mailings in question.
     At this point in reading you may be wondering, "Why is the NTDO Executive Board even rocking the boat? Your membership made their endorsements so that's that." But this extremely negative campaign approach is directly at odds with what our organization stands for. The New Trier Democrats' credo is "Idealism, Integrity, Independence." To ignore such campaign activities associated with one of our endorsed candidates would be a betrayal of each of those three words.
     I might add that as someone who spent a career in advertising, this crude style of political communication personally bothers me. To spend much of your campaign's resources on denigrating your competition only makes me wonder if you have a strong story to tell about yourself. It's certainly a questionable tactic, especially if you hope to impress the politically engaged Democrats in our area.
     The other troubling aspect of this controversy was alluded to earlier - "the old guard." By far the biggest contributor* to the campaign in question, is the party apparatus. They have provided tens of thousands of dollars to help support an effort that has certainly not enhanced the image of our party or political campaigning.
     As an organization that has been around for more than a half-century, the NTDO membership understands the importance of providing strong financial support for our party's candidates. The Democratic Party's war chest of funds is a vital part of that process. However, over the years we have seen how campaign funding controlled by a single group or individual can result in office holders who are heavily indebted to their  demands. Would that be the case with our endorsed candidate? We hope it would not.
     Certainly, over the years we have had some outstanding people representing us, initially aided by party funds, who have gained an admirable level of independence. Perhaps our endorsed candidate under scrutiny would too. One thing we do know for sure. At this stage in our state's history, it's time to move on from the rule of the old guard. But that's a subject for a much deeper discussion in the future.
     With all that said, our membership made their endorsements before most campaign literature had appeared. If our endorsed candidate is victorious on Primary Election Day, we will be supportive in the months leading up to the November Election and then keep a close eye on that officeholder in the following years. - But the fact is whoever wins on March 20, they'll receive our support. We all want to see Democrats victorious in every contest this fall.
     So, if you haven't voted yet, take a look at all the voting information on the NTDO website. Our NTDO endorsements, early voting sites, your local polling place address are all there. -- The link to the NTDO website election information page is in the first highlighted "early voting" news block below this commentary. Put the web link for that NTDO page on your phone so you can refer to it in the polling place.
     And while you're preparing your voting plan, take a close look at the literature you have received, or no doubt will keep on receiving over the next 13 days. And if any of it seems super-negative, take another real close look. Then decide.
                                                                           Nels Howard
                                                                           NTDO member since 1973   
 
  P.S. Several of NTDO's endorsed candidates have found themselves on the receiving end of the kind of nasty negative mailings described above. Can you spot the similarities between them?

*Source: Illinois Sunshine - The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform 
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MWRD Commissioner Debra Shore
has asked the NTD News to make a special effort to present the names of the the MWRD candidates that she hopes to have as partners on the board. They are all recommended by the NTDO leadership. Note: The Cam Davis write-in is extremely important because he must receive over 8000 write-ins to be elected. The voting machines allow you to type in his name. Remember it.  
 
6 Year Term, Vote For 3

CANDIDATE NAME                                BALLOT #

Marcelino Garcia                                     61



X  Martin J. Durkan                                 64

COMMISSIONER, METROPOLITAN WATER RECLAMATION DISTRICT
2 Year Term(Unexpired Term), Vote For 1
CANDIDATE NAME                                BALLOT #


COMMISSIONER, METROPOLITAN WATER RECLAMATION DISTRICT
2 Year Term(Unexpired Term-Bradford Vacancy), Vote For 1

CANDIDATE NAME                               BALLOT #

 
Early Voting for the Democratic Primary
Is Happening Now - Go Vote!

 
 



Help Get Out The Vote!


  
This Sunday, March 11th
Doorhanger Canvass for NTD's Endorsed Candidates
 
When: Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 1:00pm

Where: New Trier Democrats' office, 800 Oak Street, Suite 112, Winnetka

What: New Trier Democrats will be walking precincts in our Township to place doorhangers listing our endorsed candidates for the upcoming Democratic Primary. Stop by our offices at 1:00pm Sunday to pick up walk sheet assignments and doorhangers. If you have any questions, please contact newtrierdemocrats@gmail.com.

AND

 On Election Day, Tuesday, March 20th

V olunteer to help Get Out The Vote for New Trier Democrats' endorsed candidates! We will be distributing our endorsements at polling places throughout New Trier Township. Details TBA.
 
GOTV For Daniel Biss
Saturdays & Sundays
 AND Monday, Mar. 19 & Election Day, Mar. 20



When: Sign up for a 3 hour shift on Saturday, March 10 from 9:00am to 6:00pm; Sunday, March 11 from 9:00am to 6:00pm; Saturday, March 17 from 9:00am to 9:00pm; Sunday, March 18 from 9:00am to 9:00pm; Monday, March 19 from 9:00am to 9:00pm; and Tuesday, March 20 - Election Day - from 8:00am to 8:00pm.

Where: New Trier Democrats' office, 800 Oak St., Suite 112, WInnetka

What: We are in the final stretch to Election Day, so it's time to Get Out The Vote for Daniel Biss, New Trier Democrats' endorsed candidate for Governor!  You may choose times to work on the days listed above in 3 hour shifts AND you may select whether you wish to phone bank or canvass.  You will be talking to voters about Daniel. All you need to bring is a phone (if you are phone banking), and his campaign will provide other materials. There will be a short training at the beginning.  To sign up to volunteer, please use this google form created by the Biss campaign.
 
Every Thursday Night
Weekly Phone Banks for Daniel Biss
at New Trier Democrats' Office

 

When: Every Thursday night from 6:00pm until 8:00pm

Where: New Trier Democrats' office, 800 Oak St., Suite 112, WInnetka

What: Phone bank for progressive gubernatorial candidate Daniel Biss, our official New Trier Dems endorsed candidate! You will be talking to voters about Daniel. All you need to bring is a phone, and his campaign will provide other materials. There will be a short training at the beginning.   RSVP for Thursday nights here.
 
Every Sunday Afternoon
Weekly Phone Bank For Fritz Kaegi, 
Candidate for Cook County Assessor
at New Trier Democrats' Office


When: Every Sunday afternoon from 12:00pm until 6:00pm
Where: New Trier Democrats' office, 800 Oak St., Suite 112, WInnetka
What: Join Team Fritz - New Trier Democrats' officially endorsed candidate - to phone bank for the next Cook County Assessor at our office! We'll speak with Cook County voters about Fritz Kaegi, an endorsed Democrat from progressives like Chuy Garcia and Congressman Danny Davis and organizations like Our Revolution Illinois! We welcome all newcomers. Leave with a yard or window sign! This is a big volunteer push across Cook County. Phone banking is a key way to reach new and potential voters for the primary election. You are encouraged to bring: Cell Phone, headphones, and laptop/tablet.




Other events of interest:
  
Tomorrow Night, Thursday, Mar. 8 in Evanston - Fundraiser for Nancy Rotering, Candidate for Attorney General

When: Thursday, March 8, 2018 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Where: The home of Hon. Liz Tisdahl, 2 Martha Lane, Evanston
What: A fundraiser reception for Nancy Rotering, Democratic candidate for Illinois Attorney General. For additional information or to RSVP,   register online
 or email Stacey Smith at stacey@kjdstrategies.com or call 312-600-9496.

This Saturday & Sunday, Mar. 10 & 11 in Evanston - 
Weekly Canvass for Cam Davis, Candidate for MWRD Commissioner

When: Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 10:00am until 12:00pm; and Sunday, March 11, 2018 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm.
Where: 747 Custer Avenue, Evanston
What: Canvass for Cam Davis, candidate for Commissioner at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD). Cam served as  President Barack Obama's "Great Lakes Czar" in Washington, D.C. and Chicago from 2009 until 2017. Cam was responsible for coordinating 11 federal departments, including the White House Council on Environmental Quality, EPA, and Corps of Engineers. Cam needs all the help he can get as a  write-in candidate - he is seeking to fill a seat vacated by the recent death of Commissioner Bradford (who passed away 2 days before the deadline to to file petitions to get on the ballot - there will be no candidate on the ballot for the Bradford vacancy). He is not running against any of the MWRD candidates on the ballot - he is running in addition to them.   Go here to RSVP for this event or for more information, please contact info@camdavis.org. To learn more about Cam, please visit 

This Sunday
, Mar. 11 in Glencoe - 
Brad Schneider Coffee Club

When: Sunday, March 11, 2018 from 9:00am to 10:00am
Where: Glencoe Roast, 700 Vernon Ave., Glencoe
What: At Brad's Coffee Club, members enjoy a free cup of coffee and bagel or pastry during monthly meetings at local coffee shops in the 10th District. Members also have the opportunity to meet with the campaign staff and have in-depth conversations with Congressman Schneider. For additional questions or to RSVP,  register online.
 
This Sunday, Mar. 11 in Wilmette -  Going Green Matters

When: Sunday, March 11, 2018 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm
Where: Michigan Shores Club, 911 Michigan Avenue, Wilmette
What: Going Green Matters draws more than 1,400 residents, neighbors, elected officials, exhibitors and volunteers.  The latest hybrid and electric cars, demonstrations, home energy exhibits, and the ever popular interactive Eco-Zone make this a wonderful event for the entire family. People interested in living more sustainably will have a chance to learn more about topics such as saving energy at home, transportation choices, green landscaping, growing your own food, organic food and farming, connecting to nature, green home design and products, and more. Find out how schools, park districts, libraries, congregations and village governments are all working together to make our communities and the world a more sustainable place to live. For more information,  please visit their website. 

Tuesday, Mar. 13 in Arlington Heights - Fundraiser for Joel Chupack, Candidate for Circuit Court Judge

When: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Where: Armand's Pizzeria, 101 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights
What: A fundraiser supporting Joel Chupack, Democratic candidate for Circuit Court Judge, 12th Judicial Subcircuit, Cook County. To RSVP, email Sarah at chupackforjudge@gmail.com or call 224-558-3888.

Thursday, Mar. 15 in Northbrook - Townhall With Nancy Rotering: Gun Violence Prevention

When: Thursday, March 15, 2018 from 7:30pm to 8:45pm
Where: Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedar Lane, Northbrook
What: Action for a Better Tomorrow (ABT) hosts a Townhall on Gun Violence Prevention with Nancy Rotering, Democratic candidate for Illinois Attorney General and Mayor of Highland Park. The evening will be structured in a Q & A format, giving attendees an opportunity to have their questions answered. To RSVP,  register online

Saturday & Sunday, Mar. 17 & 18 in Evanston - Weekly Canvass for Cam Davis, Candidate for MWRD Commissioner

When: Saturday, March 17, 2018 from 10:00am until 12:00pm; and Sunday, March 18, 2018 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm.
Where: 747 Custer Avenue, Evanston
What: Canvass for Cam Davis, candidate for Commissioner at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD). Cam served as President Barack Obama's "Great Lakes Czar" in Washington, D.C. and Chicago from 2009 until 2017. Cam was responsible for coordinating 11 federal departments, including the White House Council on Environmental Quality, EPA, and Corps of Engineers. Cam needs all the help he can get as a write-in candidate - he is seeking to fill a seat vacated by the recent death of Commissioner Bradford (who passed away 2 days before the deadline to to file petitions to get on the ballot - there will be no candidate on the ballot for the Bradford vacancy). He is not running against any of the MWRD candidates on the ballot - he is running in addition to them.  Go here to RSVP for this event or for more information, please contact info@camdavis.org. To learn more about Cam, please visit  https://www.camdavis.org .

Sunday, Mar. 18 in Evanston - 
Open Communities Fun-Raiser and Awards Ceremony

When: Sunday, March 18, 2018 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Where: Northwestern University Stadium Club of Evanston, Ryan Field, 1501 Central Ave., Evanston. Park by Gate N for easy access to the Stadium Club.
What: A chance to meet Open Communities' new board members and hear about their plans for 2018 and beyond. Three local social justice champions will be honored. For additional information or to RSVP,  register online.

Friday, Mar. 23 in Chicago - 
ACLU Lunch: Fighting for a More Perfect Union

When:  Friday, March 23, 2018 from 11:00am to 1:30pm; Registration/reception: 11:00am, lunch and program: 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Where: Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago
What: ACLU Illinois is hosting its Annual Lunch - Fighting for a More Perfect Union. The guest speaker is Amy Siskind, author of THE LIST: A Week-by-Week Reckoning of Trump's First Year. Ari Afsar and other cast members of Hamilton will perform an original song, "We Won't Sleep," inspired by the work of the ACLU and the Resistance.  Purchase tickets for the ACLU Lunch here. For questions regarding the event, please contact Liesl Pereira at (312) 201-9740 x337 or visit  ACLU Illinois' event page .

Tuesday, Mar. 20th - ELECTION DAY - VOTE! & VOLUNTEER TO GET OUT THE VOTE

Saturday, Mar. 24 in Chicago - March for Our Lives Chicago

When: Saturday, March 24, 2018 starting at 11:00am
Where: Downtown, details TBA
What: From March for Our Lives Chicago - "On March 24th we will march for the change that is decades overdue. The lack of gun reform has left too many of our classmates dead. It's time for change. March with us." For information about the Chicago march,  check out their Facebook event. For more information about the national March for Our Lives movement,  visit their website.

 
One of the exciting activities we will be pursuing across the state line in 2018...
will be to help the Democratic candidate for Congress, Randy Bryce, defeat Wisconsin's Congressman Paul Ryan. This is going to be a hard fought campaign and Randy Bryce can win it. To see his first campaign message  click here.  
 

Your Legislators:


Legislators Democratic Legislators
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. 
 
Jan Schakowsky , 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. 

Brad Schneider , 10th U.S. Congressional District Representative which includes a number of precincts in Glencoe.
     
Daniel Biss,   State Senator for Illinois' 9th State Senate District.The Ninth District includes all of New Trier Township.
  
Julie MorrisonState Senator for Illinois' 29th State Senate District. The district includes New Trier's northernmost precincts.   

Robyn Gabel, IL 18th District State Representative. The 18th District includes much of New Trier up to Hazel Avenue and Dundee Road.
 
Laura Fine , IL 17th District State Representative.
The 17th District includes the East Glenview and West Wilmette areas of New Trier Township.

Scott Drury 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. 
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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.

Dear Fellow Democrats, 

If you are not already an NTDO member, and enjoy our Newsletter, we hope you consider joining us as a dues-paying member. NTDO is a not-for-profit political action organization. We depend on our membership dues to support our Democratic causes and candidates.

There are two options for dues payments: by check or credit card.

 

By Check: Make check payable to NTDO and mail to our office:

NTDO

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When you're a member of the New Trier Democratic Organization, you have an active role in affecting the political process; participating in grassroots campaigns, staying in touch with elected officials, playing a role in deciding which candidates are endorsed. You'll also gain free admission to select forums and events throughout the year.

Come be a part of New Trier's grassroots political community.    
About Us:
The New Trier Democratic Organization is made up of hundreds of grassroots volunteers dedicated to advancing progressive ideals through the political process. We welcome your participation.

Sincerely,
Dean T. Maragos, Committeeman New Trier Township

We are located at 800 Oak Street, Suite 112, in Winnetka, IL. Ph: 847-446-8030
Contact: newtrierdemocrats@gmail.com.

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