January 21, 2020
Come to the Candidate Forum
Now that we're in the 11th Congressional District, and with incumbent Mark Meadows not seeking re-election, we have 5 candidates vying for the Democratic nomination. It is very important that we get to know them in order to make a good choice in the March 3 primary.

Fortunately we have a chance to do just that. The Polk Dems are hosting a candidate forum on Tuesday, February 5 starting at 5:30 at the Harmon Field Cabin. All 5 candidates will be there.

Dinner is at 5:30 (bring $5 to help cover the cost), and the forum starts around 6:15. Yours Truly will moderate.

Don't miss it!

We Have a New Website!
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After a too-long delay, I finally pulled together the suggestions of Peggy Dean and others to build an all-new Polk Dems website . Check it out! The home page is structured as a blog and will be updated with all the latest party info. There's also a calendar of all our upcoming events. Let me know what's missing, what's wrong, or what you'd like to see. ~a
Precinct Meeting: Strategizing for 2020
The state party has mandated that every precinct in North Carolina hold organizational meetings on Saturday, February 15. One advantage of being such a small county is that we can hold all our precinct meeting in the same place and at the same time. We'll meet at HQ starting at 5:30 for dinner provided by the Women's Club. Susannah Hogan will lead a discussion on strategy for November's election, and we will get down to the business of winning. We need at least 6 Democrats from every precinct to attend.
Coming Events
At Polk Dems HQ on Ward Street in Columbus (except where noted)
Post Card Parties
  • Every Thursday 4:30 - 6:00
  • Hosted by the Women's Club
  • Write post cards to elected officials
  • Issues, postcards and stamps are provided!

Democratic Women's Club Meeting
  • Monday, January 27
  • 5:30pm
  • All are welcome - women and men
  • Dues are just $10 per year
  • Vegetable and chicken soup provided
  • Bring a salad, bread or dessert to share
Congressional Candidates' Forum
  • Tuesday, February 4
  • Harmon Field Cabin
  • Dinner at 5:30pm
  • Forum at 6:15pm
  • Bring $5 to help pay for dinner

Executive Committee Meeting
  • Thursday, February 6
  • 7:00pm
  • All are welcome

Countywide Precinct Organizing
  • Saturday, February 15
  • Held at our HQ building
  • Dinner starts at 5:30pm
  • All hands on deck for 2020!
Make a Donation to Your Party
If you've ever donated to a candidate or campaign using Act Blue, you know how easy it is. As part of the website makeover, we have added an Act Blue link that allows you to give to your local party through this trusted processor of Democratic contributions. We have a lot of work to do this year, and it's going to cost a lot of money. So give often, and generously. Our kids' future depends on it!
Compelling Reading
College-Educated Voters Are Ruining American Politics
by Eitan Hersh, Associate professor of political science at Tufts University
The Atlantic

Many college-educated people think they are deeply engaged in politics. They follow the news—reading articles like this one—and debate the latest developments on social media. They might sign an online petition or throw a $5 online donation at a presidential candidate. Mostly, they consume political information as a way of satisfying their own emotional and intellectual needs. These people are political hobbyists. What they are doing is no closer to engaging in politics than watching SportsCenter is to playing football.

For Querys Matias, politics isn’t just a hobby. Matias is a 63-year-old immigrant from the Dominican Republic. She lives in Haverhill, Massachusetts, a small city on the New Hampshire border. In her day job, Matias is a bus monitor for a special-needs school. In her evenings, she amasses power...

Quote of the Month
" The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. "
-Martin Luther King, Jr.