Idealism -- Integrity -- Independence
April 11, 2018
the New Trier Dems Executive Committee held our monthly meeting. With Illinois' March Primary Elections now completed, it was an evening of spirited discussion. We all shared thoughts about the campaigns and their results. Some of our endorsed candidates won. Others, despite commendable efforts, fell short of victory. -- Summing things up we all agreed that the Democratic slate heading toward the General Election in November will be strong, and we will strongly support them all.
But the subject that dominated much of last night's discussion had to do with a specific aspect of the past election - actually a problematic aspect of too many elections. And that is, the ethical parameters of messaging established by candidates or their supporters.
There's no question that every election has a percentage of messaging that many of us feel strays beyond the limits of legitimate hardball politics. And I believe a lot of potential voters are becoming increasingly bothered by today's growing proliferation of truth-deficient communication.
We have a president who lies so easily and so frequently that one
spokesperson created a special term for it -- "alternative facts." We have entire TV and radio networks who blithely tell lies in prime time and later correct their "errors" when their audience is small. We have billionaire funded interest groups and secretive PACs that have no qualms about disparaging reality to create self-serving fantasies.
This level of blatant deceit is conditioning too many Americans to accept such communication standards as the norm. This is not good for any democracy. In such a messed up national scene, the last thing we need is more of that stuff at a local level.
According to the immortal
, the old Chicago Machine pols would label these concerns as the talk of liberal "goo goos." More modern critics would label such thoughts as the simplistic ramblings of too-sensitive liberal "snowflakes."
I admit that really nasty political campaigns can work, but not every time (just ask
). And they certainly don't work everywhere. In fact, I would argue that using such campaign tactics - particularly in educated, politically literate, areas like New Trier and our neighboring communities - it is a stupid thing to do.
This crude approach turns off more voters than it wins over. And the cumulative effect of repeating such messaging week after week during a campaign actually reduces many voters' interest in even going to the polls. Setting aside any ethical arguments against this method, even the most embedded politician of the old guard should be able to see that losing potential voters because of repellent messaging should be a convincing incentive to stop such messaging (at least in our area).
This was pretty much the conclusion we came to at our Executive Committee meeting. So, in the coming months we hope to find acceptable ways to discourage the most egregious campaign tactics from being used in future campaigns aimed at New Trier voters. Are we kidding ourselves? Can the New Trier Dems play a role in reducing the use of machine-style messaging tactics? Is this even possible? -- All we can do is try.
As our meeting neared its end, we also shared our optimism that this fall could be filled with victories for Democratic candidates. The Republican Party is clearly in confusion under their freaky leader,
Donald J. Trump
. Voter discontent could return both the House and the Senate to Democratic control as well as a number of governorships and state legislature seats.
And today, Wisconsin's
, Republican Speaker of the House
announced that he will not seek reelection. This heightens the chance of victory for the already well-established campaign of Democratic candidate
While here in Illinois,
U.S. Representative for our west suburban 6th Congressional District, keeps finding new ways to offend crowds of his constituents. His most recent show of insensitivity and cowardice was his refusal to attend the student organized
"Town Hall for our Lives"
meeting in Glen Ellyn. His Democratic opponent,
, agreed to attend without hesitiation.
For many months, the NTDO has recognized the role we can play in helping to recapture those two Congressional seats. But we know neither seat will be surrendered without a fight. You'll have plenty of chances to join in those battles -- as well as important races here in our own districts. The New Trier Dems will be meeting and mixing with other North Shore Democrats and Independents throughout the summer and fall. Social events and canvassing efforts are being scheduled now.
And here's one final thought. Just as this commentary began with cautioning words about the risks of deceitful political communications, we should also be cautious about overconfidence heading into November. We should never forget how
's congressional advantage was lost in 2010. --- It's good to be filled with optimism, but it's the work that gets results.
Other events of interest:
Tomorrow, Apr. 12 in Chicago - Ida's Legacy Luncheon with Hillary Rodham Clinton
When: Thursday, April 12, 2018; Doors open at 11:00 am; Luncheon from 12:00 noon to 2:00pm
Where: Sheraton Grand Chicago, 301 E. North Water Street, Chicago
A luncheon hosted by the Ida B. Wells Legacy Committee with a keynote by the Honorable
Hillary Rodham Clinton
. Ida's Legacy, in honor of Ida B. Wells, was formed in response to the 2016 election. It is the only Illinois PAC with a focus on
developing and supporting Progressive African-American women candidates
. For additional information or to RSVP,
This Saturday, Apr. 14 in Glencoe - Brad Schneider Hosts "E3 Summit" on Economy, Environment and Education
This Saturday, Apr. 14 in Deerfield - Bob Morgan's Deerfield Community Outreach Day (Canvassing)
When: Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 10:00am to 2:30pm
Where: Chicago Botanic Garden, Alsdorf Auditorium, Regenstein Center, 1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe
What: Congressman Brad Schneider hosts a public symposium to discuss the future of our economy, environment and education with thought leaders and experts from across Illinois' 10th District.
This event is free and open to the public. Attendees may register for a single discussion or all three consecutive panels. Free parking will be available to all summit attendees. Additional instructions will be emailed to registrants prior to the event. For additional information or to RSVP,
, email Magen.Ryan@mail.house.gov, or call Congressman Schneider's office at 847-383-4870.
When: Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 11:30am to 4:00pm
Where: Starbucks, 675 Deerfield Rd., Deerfield
What: The Bob Morgan team will be reaching out to residents of the Deerfield area about the issues affecting the state.
They are seeking volunteers to assist with the canvassing operations. For more information or to RSVP,
This Saturday, Apr. 14 in Deerfield -
Wine Women & Shoes Benefitting A Safe Place
When: Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 5:30pm
Where: Venue One North Shore, 550 Lake Cook Road, Deerfield, IL
What: If you're a wine, shoe or fashion enthusiast, then this is the place for you!
All proceeds will help
A Safe Place provide lifesaving services for survivors and children of domestic violence.
Tickets on sale now,
or call (847) 731-7165.
Saturday, Apr. 21 in Evanston - Earth Day Panel on a Fossil Free Wilmette & Skokie
When: Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Where: Lake Street Church, 607 Lake Street, Evanston
Chicago Area Peace Action's (CAPA) Climate Group
decided to take to heart 350.org's call for a "fossil free future" with a focus on municipal-level action. Building on the demonstrated success in Evanston when it comes to planning and benchmarks to reduce carbon emissions by 28% by 2025 (over 2005 levels), CAPA is embarking on community education and coalition building. The panel will include:
Katherine Moore Powell, Climate Scientist, Field Museum; Lindy Wordlaw, Senoir Manager, Public Sector Programs, Elevate Energy; and Tomas deMedici, Trajectory, a Community Solar company
. CAPA will encourage a good Q and A discussion between panelists and audience. These are the experts that can help us become more comfortable "in the weeds" of this fairly complex transition.
CAPA believes that with a lot of citizen involvement in both Skokie and Wilmette, they can put this conversation on the table and discover what it will take to get a commitment to move in a planned way in both villages toward 100% renewable energy
. For more information,
visit their Facebook page
Sunday, Apr. 22 in Deerfield - Brad Schneider's Coffee Club
When: Sunday, April 22, 2018 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Where: The Cherry Pit, 808 Waukegan Rd., Deerfield
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,
, email Allison at Allison@schneiderforcongress.com or call 616-516-0734.
Monday, Apr. 23 in Chicago -
Jan Schakowsky's 17th Annual Ultimate Women's Power Lunch
When: Monday, April 23, 2018 at 12:00 noon
Where: Chicago Hilton, International Ballroom, 720 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago
What: Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky holds her 17th Annual Ultimate Women's Power Lunch.
This year's Keynote Speaker is
Stacey Abrams, former Georgia House Minority Leader and candidate for Governor of Georgia
. If elected, she will be the first African American Governor in U.S. history. For more information or to reserve your seat,
visit Rep. Schakowsky's website
Monday, Apr. 23 in Northbrook - Film "The Brainwashing Of My Dad"
When: Monday, April 23, 2018 at 7:00pm
Where: Northbrook Public Library, 1201 Cedar Lane, Northbrook
What: North/Northwest Suburban IL NOW in conjunction with Action for a Better Tomorrow sponsor a screening of
The Brainwashing of my Dad, a film documenting the truth behind the right-wing media machine that changed a father...and divided the nation
Saturday, Apr. 28 in Highland Park -
Tenth Dems Meeting With The JB Pritzker Campaign
When: Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Where: Local Democratic Headquarters, 474 Central Ave., Highland Park, IL. Suite 200, 2nd floor above Mizuki Grill. Plenty of free parking in the lot a half-block to the east of the office.
What: An opportunity to meet strategists from the JB Pritzker campaign in Highland Park and to hear about how to get involved with helping to elect a Democratic governor this fall. To RSVP, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 847-266-VOTE.
One of the exciting activities we will be pursuing across the state line in 2018...
will be to help the Democratic candidate for Congress,
, defeat Wisconsin's Congressman
. This is going to be a hard fought campaign and Randy Bryce can win it. To see his first campaign message
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.
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