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Campaign Season is Here!

63 DAYS! If you haven't picked up your walk lists or pledge cards - please contact Kristina. You hitting your neighbor makes THE difference.  Thank you for all you do. 

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Shout out to PRs who have sent out thank you notes to their voters and are working toward building their precincts. It is this kind of grassroots that will make us stronger. If you have NOT sent yours - it is NOT too late.


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My Dad Is Right

Please help me get my dad off my back. He is badgering me about my write-in campaign for State Central Committeewoman for the Fourteenth Congressional District. He wants people to vote early, and if need be drive you to the polls one-by-one. My dad is worried that too many people are forgetting or are finding the process too complicated. A write-in is a challenge.  I do have faith in my people, but he is right. So if you need a ride to the polls or for me to walk you through the process - contact me at Thank you!!

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Early voting locations are open now!

Early voting for the March 18 primary begins on Monday, March 3. Polling locations are located throughout the county, as listed on the County Clerk's website here:

Please make sure you vote in this primary to show your support for our Democratic candidates, from Senator Dick Durbin and Governor Pat Quinn, to our Congressional, state and local candidates. We are committed to building a vibrant and powerful voice for working families and American values, but we can't do it without your help.

Remember, it's Republicans who keep trying to chip away at your right to vote with shady voter ID laws and restriction of early voting. Don't think it couldn't happen here. That's why it's so important for you to vote early, and VOTE DEMOCRATIC.

The Northwest Herald published a guest column on this topic from party Chairman Mike Bissett in the Monday, February 24 edition. Take a look and make a comment.


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Affordable Care Act


Ron Relic from the McHenry County Department of Health gave an informative presentation on the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) at the February 19th Central Committee meeting. The presentation focused on how the various health care plans work, and how to sign up for coverage. In case you missed the meeting or want to review his presentation, you can download it here.

Affordable Care Act (Powerpoint)

Affordable Care Act (PDF)

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Another Take

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McHenry County Clerk Candidates

In reading this morning's Northwest Herald article on the two Republican candidates battling for the county clerk's position, I am struck by the contrast. In particular, I am concerned by current County Board member Nick Provenzano's statement to the Editorial Board “One of my guiding principles will be, what are other counties doing?” I would hope the next county clerk would have their own vision for what the office should and could be doing to better serve the people, rather than only taking cues on what our neighbors are doing.

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The Trans- Pacific Parnership Trade Agreement


The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is not just another international trade agreement.  It initially covers twelve countries and includes 40 % of the world Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and 1/3 of world trade.  Negotiations for the TPP have been conducted in secret by delegates from the twelve countries and over 600 industry leaders.  At this point, no information on the negotiations has been officially released; however several chapters have been leaked.  Of the twenty nine draft chapters, only five are about trade issues.  These include proposals that give corporations power over many issues besides trade. 

Some of the leaked proposals include:

  1.  Job Loss - Special benefits to corporations to relocate investments and jobs to low wage countries.  Since NAFTA, the U.S. has lost 5 million manufacturing jobs. 
  2. Corporate Power - Corporations could directly sue governments (including state and local) over laws and policies they claim would hurt expected future profits, be barriers to trade or cause lost profits.  This would include food safety regulations, labor laws and environmental issues.  Corporations could appeal these laws to a World Bank tribunal
  3.  Higher Medical Costs – Pharmaceutical companies want never ending patents to prevent generics and keep drug prices high.  They could challenge prices set by public health systems such as Medicare and Medicaid.
  4.  Internet Freedom – Give corporations 120 years on intellectual property they have created and give them the authority to monitor the Internet for violations.
  5.  Bankers - Roll back new regulations on banks and securities firms.
  6. Ban “Buy American” - Corporations operating in any TPP country would have equal access to U.S government contracts, which would eliminate “buy American” laws.

President Obama is asking for Fast Track or Trade Promotion Authority on the TPP.  This permits President Obama to negotiate and sign the TPP without Congressional approval or review.  Then Congress would only have an up or down vote on the TTP.  There would be no opportunity to hold hearings or amend the agreement in any way.

The Fast Track proposal for the TPP was introduced into both the Senate and the House on January 19, 2014. On January 29, 2014, Senator Harry Reid said TPP fast track would not be called up for a vote in the Senate. 

As of January 23, 2014, Senator Durbin has not taken a position and per his office is waiting to see what is in the final bill.  Senator Kirk has not taken a position on the TPP nor has Representative Peter Roskam or Randy Hultgren.

 White House) 202- 456-1111

Senator Dick Durbin (202-224-2152)

Senator Mark Kirk (202-224-2976)

Representative Peter Roskam (6th District) (202-225-4561)

Representative Randy Hultgren (14th District) (202-225-2976)

Websites for more information:

 Alene K Shaull


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Paul Simon, Our Bow-tie Guy

Many years ago, I had the privilege to work for the Honorable Paul Simon. He was an amazing man and attracted an amazing group of people to work with and for him. His legacy of integrity, commitment to finding common ground, civility, and service continues in the many former staffers who currently serve our State and around our nation. 

This month is the 85th anniversary of Paul's birth and the 25th anniversary of his campaign for the Presidency. If your schedule permits, I hope you can join me, the Simon family, alumni of Paul's office and other supporters of the Simon Institute for a celebration benefiting the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute. Information is below. 

Thank you for helping to continue his mission for the next generation of caring, dedicated, and honest leaders.  I hope to see you Monday!

Best wishes,


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WE NEED YOU! 11/20/13

We still have local candidates who need our help in getting signatures.

Please attend the Party Meeting on November 20th @ McHenry County College to sign petitions for the 52nd District candidate Bill Downs and Congressional District 14th candidate Dennis Anderson. Not sure if you are in either District? Check out  or ask us and we will help you.

After signing, you can stay for a movie hosted by the McHenry County College Democrats.

Do your part to make a difference, show up, sign up.

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GOP leader admits the obvious: new voter ID laws meant to hurt Democrats

We couldn't have said it better ourselves.

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Scroll to #'s 9 and 10, Roskam and Kinzinger. Kinzinger has a potential challenger to take the 16th, however there are no Roskam challengers. Anyone interested in taking on this right wing incumbent? We have to momentum in our favor. We as little boots on the ground will do what we can to get you to the dance. We need someone to take him on and mean it.  

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Yes We Can!

The shutdown debacle that just happened in our country has done a lot of damage and should never be allowed to happen again and we can do something about it. Get charged up now. Democrats have the momentum right now to break the cycle. Local political action is essential to sustain this momentum, but it takes effort. It takes time and patience. Grass roots activism is the most powerful way to get small 'd' democracy back into the hands of We The People again. Get involved. Learn the issues that directly affect you and your neighbors. We need seats on the McHenry County Board. Decisions made here DO affect us.  McHenry County has 3 candidates for County Board seats: incumbents Nick Chirikos Dist 1 and Paula Yensen Dist 5, and challenging for a seat is Kathy Bergan Schmidt Dist 3. These are very important seats. If we want a say in what happens here, we need to do what we can to get these candidates on the Board.

The right wing shenanigans on the national level highlight the need for change on the local level and present us with an opportunity to favorably contrast our candidates and platforms against local far right agendas. Donate your time, donate your experience, donate what money if you can to get our House back and restore sanity to this country, one county at a time. We can take the House of Representatives as well this next cycle. We have candidate Dennis Anderson in the 14th running against Randy Hultgren, the far far right Heritage Foundation, John Birch Society, Tea Party republican. It's guys like Hultgren that got our country into the mess it's in now. We just can't take it any more. Dennis Anderson can win this, but he needs our help to get him to Washington. If you can donate your time, your feet for walking and knocking on doors, your phone to make calls, your expertise or your money, or all of the above, then contact him and let him know you are willing and able to assist in any way you can.

We also need Precinct Committeemen right now. We need boots on the ground to get our message out. If you know anyone who wants to be part of the solution and has the time and desire, contact, via this site, any of the District Chairs. Spread the word. That's how it's done. We have 1 year to do this and YES WE CAN.

For National House seats that we can take back, and we need 17, please check out this site.

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New page on FB - Occupy your local Precinct.

David J Soll is a PC in the 16th and started this page to let PCs follow what is happening and post what is happening in their districts. It is a local political info site that I hope gets steam. He was a caller on Thom Hartmann's program this afternoon and I went and joined immediately. There have been quite a few responders as well. Check it out.

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You can balance the budget in five minutes!

Balancing the Federal budget is not just a political problem, it's a series of moral choices. The math is easy, and not really in much dispute. Go ahead and give it a try; you'll be surprised how quickly you can decide how you'd prefer to bring the Federal budget under control. The real challenge is making Congress pay attention to us, not the lobbyists and the Tea Party.

Use the link below to read the original article on the New York Times and then be sure to try your hand at the "Budget Puzzle"

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