Idealism -- Integrity -- Independence
NTD NEWS    September 5, 2018
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Today is the second day of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's Senate confirmation hearings. So far everything is proceeding as expected. The Republican senate majority has stonewalled the release of thousands of pages of information on Kavanaugh's past writings and statements. And the Democratic senate minority has vociferously pointed out that they've only received about 2 % of the documents they seek. The Dems have also pointed out that keeping so much information away from the public gives the impression there is something about Judge Kavanaugh that Republicans feel should stay hidden. This is not behavior that should be acceptable in a healthy democracy.
     But so what? It's acceptable to Committee Chair Grassley and his fellow Republicans. Their Democratic colleagues' complaints are viewed as inconsequential, their reasonable grievances summed up as simply a dislike for Kavanaugh's admission that he's been a lifelong Republican. It's frustrating to see. But after years of watching Senate majority leader McConnell skillfully obstruct virtually every attempt by Democrats to make our country a better place to live for every American, frustration is something we're used to.
     However today, watching this latest Senate drama I realized that I am no longer just frustrated. I am honestly alarmed. It looks very likely that Judge Brett Kavanaugh will be the addition of one more Federalist Society conservative on the Supreme Court. The Republican controlled Senate will have taken America a giant step closer to becoming the dream nation that the Federalist Society has yearned for since its founding in 1982.
     In case you haven't read past NTD News essays describing the Federalist Society - an organization that Chief Justice Roberts, Justice Gorsuch and Judge Kavanaugh revere (as did Justice Scalia) - here's how the Society describes itself on its home page:    
     "The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies is a group of conservatives and libertarians dedicated to reforming the current legal order. We are committed to the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be."
     Now, if you read that description with liberal eyes like mine you notice several words and phrases that make it pretty clear what the Federalist Society's idea of an ideal America would be. They are for "reforming the current legal order," words written more than 35 years ago. I deduce they weren't happy with the way the courts ruled in that era and still aren't. In the decades preceding '82, the Supreme Court really shook things up. Two examples: "separate but equal" segregated schools were banned and a woman's right to choose whether or not to end a pregnancy was upheld.
     I'm not saying The Federalist Society is for segregated schools or against abortion. They, and apparently Judge Kavanaugh, are just generally against any court rulings that interpret the U.S. Constitution to include rights not specifically in the founding fathers' texts. These rulings, in effect, "create" new laws to be followed. The Society believes that such a task should always fall to the legislative branch of our government. -- And I say, "good luck with that" when the U.S. Senate is controlled by Republican Senators representing 40 million fewer Americans than the Democrats and the concept of compromise is off the table.
     Another Federalist Society phrase, "the state exists to preserve freedom," also has a familiar ring. If you visit the websites of The Heritage Foundation, the American Enterprise Institute, The Cato Institute or The John Birch Society, you don't need to search far to find the words "free," "freedom" and "free enterprise." All of these conservative groups are big on being free.
     The thing is, the idea of freedom is open to the interpretation of the person or group claiming they support it. For instance, the freedom of a corporation to be free of government intrusion into their safety practices is different from the freedom of a worker to feel free from worrying about his safety.
     All of these groups, including Judge Kavanaugh's beloved Federalist Society, have been greatly, if not completely, aided financially by wealthy supporters with a stake in getting government "off their backs." People like the Koch Brothers, Richard Mellon Scaife, and Joe Coors.
     For years such wealthy conservatives have chafed at federal rules attempting to limit what they can do to get richer. And as they've helped construct influential organizations and think tanks championing a right wing approach to all government, they've also been chipping away at the humanistic American society that progressives have been building in fits and starts since before the American Civil War.
     What alarmed me today watching the Kavanaugh hearing is how much closer the Republicans now are to holding all the cards. This is what gives the election in November an importance that is historic. If we Democrats can win back control of the House of Representatives (and then stay smart enough to hold it) we can keep a progressive trajectory for our country alive. If we can't, the chances that our United States might soon become a corporatist oligarchy will be more likely than ever.
     Mid term elections have notoriously low voter turnout. But this year's primary elections across the U.S. showed signs of a much more engaged electorate. That engagement must continue and be greatly increased in the weeks between now and November 6. Many candidates and political organizations, including the New Trier Dems, will be offering you opportunities to help make this happen. I hope you plan to join in.

                                                                               Nels Howard
                                                                              NTDO member since 1973 


Due to beach house construction at Gillson Park,  
we moved this year's Annual Meeting and Picnic indoors  
to the Mallinckrodt Center in Wilmette

New Trier Democrats' Annual Meeting and Picnic at Mallinckrodt Center
This SATURDAY, September 8th

Annual Members' Meeting 1:00pm-2:00pm
Picnic for Everybody 2:00pm-4:00pm

At our Annual Members' Meeting, you'll hear what we've been up to this past year, as well as our plans for the 2018 election season and beyond. We'll also vote to elect New Trier Democrats' Officers for 2 year terms. Please note that the Annual Meeting is restricted to Members only - If you're not currently a member, why not join right now?

Our Picnic will begin immediately after our Annual Meeting and everyone - family, friends, neighbors - are welcome to attend. Our Picnic is always a great opportunity to meet fellow Democrats and hear from some of our local elected officials and candidates. We look forward to seeing you there!

Every Thursday Night at New Trier Dems' Office 
From Now Until Election Day 

JB For Governor Thursday Evening Phone Bank

JB Prtizker

Thursday Nights from 5:00pm to 8:00pm

New Trier Democrats' Office, 800 Oak Street, Suite 112, Winnetka

A phone bank to get out the vote for JB Pritzker for Governor in this important midterm election. This phone bank will also support Kwame Raoul for Illinois Attorney General as well as other down ticket races in Illinois. You must bring a cell phone and please bring a laptop computer if you can. Training and all necessary materials will be provided . For questions or to RSVP, call Jonathan Alter at 312-848-2925.  

Other events of interest:

Tomorrow Night, September 6 in Evanston - Indivisible Evanston's September Meeting

When: Thursday, September 6, 2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, 4th Fl Parasol Room, 2100 Ridge Avenue, Evanston
What: Join Indivisible Evanston for their monthly meetings at the Evanston Civic Center. September 6th: Speakers include Daniel Biss, our state senator and former gubernatorial candidate, who will speak to us about turning out IL voters in November. Sandra Sullivan-Dunbar of Sister District Greater Chicago and Reid McCollum of The Coalition for a Better Illinois 6th  will also speak and do hands-on phone banking and canvassing trainings, both key to getting voters to turn up at the polls in November, especially in critical, flippable districts like IL-6, 14, 12 and 13. Get ready to get fired up!

This Saturday, September 8 in Highland Park - Electing more Democrats: Effective Voter Contact Training

When: Saturday, September 8, 2018. Light brunch at 10:30am, free program from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Where: Highland Park address provided upon RSVP
What:  A roundtable about talking to voters and getting out the Democratic vote. Tenth Dems University, Lake Dems and Moraine Township Dems are sponsoring this workshop about best practices in effective voter contact, door knocking and persuasion. Every Democrat who registers will receive a list of the Democrats in their precincts to use to get Democrats to the polls in November. To RSVP,  register online , email or call 847-266-VOTE (8683).

This Saturday & Sunday, September 8 & 9 in Highland Park - Canvass with Bob Morgan for State Rep. Campaign

When: Sunday, September 9, 2018 from 10:00am to 1:00pm   Bob Morgan
Where: Bob Morgan Campaign Office, 1910 1st St., Suite 400, Highland Park
What: Join the Bob Morgan for State Rep. campaign for a weekend canvass talking to voters in the 58th District! To RSVP,  register online .

Sunday, September 16 in Deerfield - Meet and Greet with Bob Morgan
When: Sunday, September 16, 2018 from 11:00am to 1:00pm
Where: Deerfield address provided upon RSVP
What: Join Bob Morgan, candidate for State Representative, District 58, for a meet and greet in Deerfield. For additional information or to RSVP,   register online.
Thursday, September 20 in  Highland Park - Fundraiser for Congressman Brad Schneider's Re-election Campaign

When: Thursday, September 20, 2018 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm  
Where: Address of Highland Park home to be provided upon RSVP
What: Please come for appetizers, refreshments and conversation with Congressman Brad Schneider. To RSVP,  register online
 or email Jeff Winton at

Friday, September 21 in  Chicago - Citizen Action / Illinois Annual Awards Dinner

When: Friday, September 21, 2018. Reception: 5:30pm; Dinner and Awards program: 6:30pm
Where: Chicago Hilton & Towers Hotel, 720 South Michigan Ave., Chicago
What: Citizen Action/Illinois holds its annual Egan-Evans Awards Dinner honoring Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.  A special recognition award will be presented to Attorney General Lisa Madigan. For additional information or to RSVP,  register online.

Sunday, September 23 in Libertyville - The Stevenson Center Presents "How To Save Constitutional Democracy"

When: Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 2:00pm
Where: The Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy, 25200 N. St. Mary's Rd., Mettawa (Libertyville)
What: Tom Ginsburg, the Leo Spitz Professor of International Law at the University of Chicago, currently co-directs the Comparative Constitutions Project. Coffee and conversation will follow the presentation. For additional information or to RSVP, visit the  Center websiteregister online, email or call  773-633-5661.

Tuesday, September 25 in Chicago - Happy Hour Reception for Bob Morgan

When: Tuesday, September 25, 2018 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm   Bob Morgan
Where: Nacional 27, 325 W. Huron St., Chicago
What: A happy hour reception in support of Bob Morgan, Democratic nominee for State Representative, 58th District. To RSVP,  register online  or email Joey Slater at or call 312-448-8014.

Sunday, September 30 in Highland Park - Women For Brad Fundraiser

When: Sunday, September 30, 2018 from 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Where: Highland Park Country Club, 1201 Park Avenue West, Highland Park
What: Please join Women For Brad for an afternoon tea in support of Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10) with special guest Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17).   You may register online for this event. If you have any questions please contact: Emanuela Frankel - (312) 213-3588; or Allison Schieber - (616) 516-0734.

Thursday, October 4 in Evanston - Reception Supporting Rep. Laura Fine for State Senate with Sen. Daniel Biss

When: Thursday, October 4, 2018 from, 5:30pm to 7:30pm Where: The home of Carol Lind, 2333 Lincoln St., Evanston
What: A reception supporting State Representative Laura Fine's candidacy for State Senate with special guest, State Senator Daniel Biss. For additional information or to RSVP, email

Save The Date!
2018  New Trier Democrats' Events

Sunday, October 14, 2018
New Trier Democrats' Annual Dinner at Maggiano's in Skokie

Thursday, December 13, 2018
New Trier Democrats' Holiday Party at Wilmette Wine Cellar
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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