Women's Democratic Club of Muskingum County

Our Purpose:
To unite women of the Democratic Party

To encourage active participation of women in politics
To promote community and educational functions
To promote the principles of the Democratic Party


 Officers for 2020:
Martha Sullivan, President
Kristine Geis, Vice President
Amy Underwood, Secretary

Gretchen Fathauer, Treasurer
Gretchen Fathauer, Webmaster and Corresponding Secretary

WDC email address:
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The Women's Democratic Club of Muskingum County meets on 3rd Tuesdays, 7:00 pm at Gant House, 1845 W. Main St., Zanesville, January - November.  Due to coronavirus concerns, these meetings will be held by conference calls until further notice rather than at Gant House.

Muskingum County Democrats meet on 3rd Wednesdays, 7:00 pm at Gant House, 1845 W. Main St., Zanesville, January - November.  Due to coronavirus concerns, these meetings will be held by Zoom meetings until further notice rather than at Gant House.

Gant House, 1845 W. Main St., Zanesville.


Endorsed Democrats running in the November 2020 election:

President of the United States:  Joseph R. Biden, Jr.
Vice President of the United States:  Kamala Harris
(Neither of Ohio's US Senate seats will be up for election in 2020.)
US Congress, 6th District:  Shawna Roberts
US Congress, 12th District:  Alaina Shearer
Ohio Senate, 20th District:  Christian Johnson
Ohio House, 78th District:  Charlotte Owens
Ohio House, 97th District:  Alaina Swope
Justice of Ohio Supreme Court:  John P. O'Donnell
Justice of Ohio Supreme Court:  Jennifer Brunner
Judge of the 5th District Court of Appeals:  William Hoffman
Clerk of Courts:  Greg Ritterbeck
State Board of Education:  Michelle Newman


Fundraiser with Muskingum County Democrats:  please mail in donations made out to MAWDPAC to Amy Underwood, 512 Putnam Ave., Zanesville, OH 43701. 

With social distancing and concerns over COVID-19, we can't do traditional campaign events this year.  All donations will be divided among the Democrat candidates running in our county (see list above).



Biden/Harris yard signs
 
Available at two Democrat booths:  Muskingum County Fairgrounds/Farmer's Market, and the Farmer's Market in the Adornetto parking lot on N. Maple Ave., Zanesville.  Saturdays through the end of October, 9 am - 12 noon, $3/each.  
If you're not able to come to these events, please email a request for yard signs to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Employment Opportunities at the Board of Elections:

There are some full-time and part-time positions open now at the Board of Elections, 627 Market St., Zanesville ~ 740-455-7120.

Poll workers are needed for the November 3 election.  Contact the Board of Elections, 627 Market St., Zanesville ~ 740-455-7120.


State Election News: 

For the general election in November, the applications for voting by mail will be sent to all 7.8 million registered Ohio voters around Labor Day, Ohio Secretary of State LaRose announced, paid for by federal funds.  


Local Events:

Sat., Sept. 5, Democrat Booths at Muskingum County Fairgrounds/Farmer's Market, AND Farmer's market at the Adornetto parking lot, N. Maple Ave., Zanesville, 9 am – 12 noon. 
Available:

Biden signs and buttons for sale at 2 locations
Sample ballots
Candidates’ literature
Info on Democrat Fundraiser for local candidates
Voter information on registering to vote, and early voting
Candidates:  please contact 740-704-3344 to arrange dropping off your literature.

Sat., Sept. 12, Democrat Booths at Muskingum County Fairgrounds/Farmer's Market, AND Farmer's Market at Adornetto's parking lot, N. Maple Ave., Zanesville, 9 am – 12 noon.  
Available:

Biden signs and buttons for sale 

Sample ballots
Candidates’ literature
Info on Democrat Fundraiser for local candidates
Voter information on registering to vote, and early voting
If you're not able to come to these events, but would like a yard sign, please email a request for yard signs to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Candidates:  please contact 740-704-3344 to arrange dropping off your literature.

Tue., Sept. 15, WDC meeting, 7:00 pm.  On the agenda:  Farmer's Markets and joint fundraiser.
(This meeting will be a CONFERENCE CALL rather than meeting in person at Gant House, due to coronavirus concerns.)  
To Join this Conference Call:
Dial 872-240-3412 on your phone.
(Use a cell phone to avoid landline long distance costs.)
When prompted, enter the access code:  115-604-189, followed by #

Wed., Sept. 16, Ohioans Against Trump and Pence Protest, at intersection of Brighton Blvd. and Pershing Rd., Zanesville, 2 pm.  Bring your signs and a mask.  Peaceful protest against Trump and Pence.  Vice President Pence will be doing a "Workers for Trump" rally at the Fairgrounds at 5:00 pm.  Or drive by and honk.  Organized by Kyle Johnson.

Wed., Sept. 16, Muskingum County Democrats meeting, 7:00 pm.  If you aren't on the club's invitation list and would like to participate in this Zoom meeting, please contact Grant Hutcheson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for connection info.  
On the agenda:
Farmer's market and campaign signs
Alaina Swope and Greg Ritterbeck campaign updates
There may be some other candidates giving campaign updates as well.

Fri., Dept. 18, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Ruth Bader-Ginsberg, died.  It was a great loss to us all.  The hypocritical Republican leadership, which held off Merrick Garland's confirmation hearing for over a year because it was too close to the 2016 election, now sees no problem with rushing through a nomination of another right-wing idealogue while we are in the midst of an election.

rbg 

https://www.amazon.com/Ruth-Bader-Ginsburg-Know-This-ebook/dp/B0849L8JG1 

Sat., Sept. 19, Democrat Booths at Muskingum County Fairgrounds/Farmer's Market, AND Farmer's Market at Adornetto's parking lot, N. Maple Ave., Zanesville, 9 am – 12 noon.  
Available:
Biden signs and buttons for sale 

Sample ballots
Candidates’ literature
Info on Democrat Fundraiser for local candidates
Voter information on registering to vote, and early voting
If you're not able to come to these events, but would like a yard sign, please email a request for yard signs to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Candidates:  please contact 740-704-3344 to arrange dropping off your literature.

Sat., Sept. 19, Biden-Harris Phone Banking, 1:00 pm Zoom meeting, followed by phone banking.
Use this link to signup:
https://www.mobilize.us/oh2020victory/event/312892/
Share the link and help us turn Ohio BLUE.

Tue. - Wed., Sept. 22-23, Carr Cake Auction CANCELLED.

Sat., Sept. 26, Democrat Booths at Muskingum County Fairgrounds/Farmer's Market, AND Farmer's Market at Adornetto's parking lot, N. Maple Ave., Zanesville, 9 am – 12 noon.  
Available:
Biden signs and buttons for sale 

Sample ballots
Candidates’ literature
Info on Democrat Fundraiser for local candidates
Voter information on registering to vote, and early voting
If you're not able to come to these events, but would like a yard sign, please email a request for yard signs to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Candidates:  please contact 740-704-3344 to arrange dropping off your literature.

Sat., Oct. 3, Democrat Booths at Muskingum County Fairgrounds/Farmers Market, AND Farmer's Market at Adornetto's parking lot, N. Maple Ave., Zanesville, 9 am – 12 noon.  
Available:
Biden signs and buttons for sale 

Sample ballots
Candidates’ literature
Info on Democrat Fundraiser for local candidates
Voter information on registering to vote, and early voting
If you're not able to come to these events, but would like a yard sign, please email a request for yard signs to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Candidates:  please contact 740-704-3344 to arrange dropping off your literature.

Mon., Oct. 5--Last Day to Register to Vote in the November, 2020 Election, at Muskingum County Board of Elections, 627 Market Street, Zanesville.

Tue., Oct. 6--Early Voting In-person Voting Begins at Muskingum County Board of Elections, 627 Market Street, Zanesville.  Rather than mailing in an absentee ballot request, waiting to get a ballot, and then hoping your ballot will be received in time to be counted when you mail it back in, early in-person voting is a surer thing.

Sat., Oct. 10, Democrat Booths at Muskingum County Fairgrounds/Farmer's Market, AND Farmer's Market at Adornetto's parking lot, N. Maple Ave., Zanesville, 9 am – 12 noon.  
Available:
Biden signs and buttons for sale 

Sample ballots
Candidates’ literature
Info on Democrat Fundraiser for local candidates
Voter information on registering to vote, and early voting
If you're not able to come to these events, but would like a yard sign, please email a request for yard signs to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Candidates:  please contact 740-704-3344 to arrange dropping off your literature.

Sat., Oct. 17, Democrat Booths at Muskingum County Fairgrounds/Farmer's Market, AND Farmer's Market at Adornetto's parking lot, N. Maple Ave., Zanesville, 9 am – 12 noon.  
Available:
Biden signs and buttons for sale 

Sample ballots
Candidates’ literature
Info on Democrat Fundraiser for local candidates
Voter information on registering to vote, and early voting
If you're not able to come to these events, but would like a yard sign, please email a request for yard signs to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Candidates:  please contact 740-704-3344 to arrange dropping off your literature.

Sat., Oct. 17, Virtual Celebration of Linda Regula's life, at 1:00 – 5:00 pm.  2014 Democratic candidate for Muskingum County Commissioner who died June 13.   
More info: www.risetogetherforlinda.com  
Watch live: on Facebook: You Will Rise Project & ARTCOZ/Artist Colony of Zanesville
Also: www.youtube.com/youwillriseproject  

linda campaign

The Rise Together event will feature performances, readings, artwork, and tributes shared by those she loved and mentored over the years. A silent auction will feature works from the Artist Colony of Zanesville and beyond inspired by Linda’s life. Proceeds raised during the event will benefit, the Linda Regula Legacy Scholarship Fund, an annual scholarship that will be awarded by You Will Rise to a high school senior who uses the arts to overcome obstacles in their lives.  They have done a number of video interviews for this event.

Tue., Oct. 20, WDC meeting, 7:00 pm.  I will post the agenda when I get it.
(This meeting will be a CONFERENCE CALL rather than meeting in person at Gant House, due to coronavirus concerns.)  
To Join this Conference Call:

Dial 872-240-3412 on your phone.
(Use a cell phone to avoid landline long distance costs.)
When prompted, enter the access code:  115-604-189, followed by #.

Wed., Oct. 21, Muskingum County Democrats meeting, 7:00 pm.  If you aren't on the club's invitation list and would like to participate in this Zoom meeting, please contact Grant Hutcheson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for connection info.  I will post the agenda when I get it.

Sat., Oct. 24, Democrat Booths at Muskingum County Fairgrounds/Farmer's Market, AND Farmer's Market at Adornetto's parking lot, N. Maple Ave., Zanesville, 9 am – 12 noon.  
Available:
Biden signs and buttons for sale 

Sample ballots
Candidates’ literature
Info on Democrat Fundraiser for local candidates
Voter information on registering to vote, and early voting
If you're not able to come to these events, but would like a yard sign, please email a request for yard signs to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Candidates:  please contact 740-704-3344 to arrange dropping off your literature.

Sat., Oct. 31, noon--Deadline for absentee ballots to be received for the November 3, 2020 General Election at the Board of Elections.

Sat., Oct. 31, Democrat Booths at Muskingum County Fairgrounds/Farmer's Market, AND Farmer's Market at Adornetto's parking lot, N. Maple Ave., Zanesville, 9 am – 12 noon.  
Available:
Biden signs and buttons for sale 

Sample ballots
Candidates’ literature
Info on Democrat Fundraiser for local candidates
Voter information on registering to vote, and early voting
If you're not able to come to these events, but would like a yard sign, please email a request for yard signs to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Candidates:  please contact 740-704-3344 to arrange dropping off your literature.

Tue., Nov. 3--ELECTION DAY.


More Upcoming Democrat Events in Ohio from ODP Update news

More Phone Banking and other virtual events listed from the ODP:  https://www.mobilize.us/ohdems/

Many of these are virtual meetings due to corona virus concerns.


The Lancet, among the world’s oldest and best-known medical journals, accuses President Trump in a new editorial of injecting partisan politics into his response to the coronavirus pandemic and suggests that a change is in order in the White House.

“Americans must put a president in the White House come January, 2021, who will understand that public health should not be guided by partisan politics,” the editorial says.

The publication, which has offices in London, New York and Beijing, criticizes the Trump administration’s “inconsistent and incoherent national response” to the coronavirus outbreak and accuses it of relegating the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to only a “nominal” role in the U.S. response.

“The Administration is obsessed with magic bullets — vaccines, new medicines, or a hope that the virus will simply disappear,” the editorial says. “But only a steadfast reliance on basic public health principles, like test, trace, and isolate, will see the emergency brought to an end, and this requires an effective national public health agency.”


 
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For a history of the United States' response to the Coronavirus,
CLICK HERE
 
 


Calendar of Primary Elections Nationwide

https://www.washingtonpost.com/elections/calendar-2020/?utm_keyword=&utm_source=google&utm_medium=search&utm_campaign=traffic&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIrK6PiKPF5wIVDdbACh1DiQWzEAAYASAAEgICXfD_BwE


Troy Balderson, Republican incumbent in the 12th District, US House of Representatives, dodging interviewers:

https://www.facebook.com/IndivisibleColumbusDistrict3/videos/2136034583329729/?v=2136034583329729
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mhi2l5xFbis

Vote for Alaina Shearer for US House, Ohio 12th District! 
https://www.facebook.com/alainashearer79

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/alaina-shearer-website
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdyfcbydtRQ&t=2s

To volunteer for the campaign, CLICK HERE



The article in Christianity Today urging Trump's removal from office on moral grounds:

https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2019/december-web-only/trump-should-be-removed-from-office.html

For too long, Democrats have ceded Christianity to the Republican party.  The Republicans claim to be more Christian because they oppose abortion, approve of public funding for parochial schools, back Israel, and support "religious liberty"—to impose their beliefs on everyone.  Often this is about enforcing female chastity by making birth control harder to get, or pressuring school children via school prayer and the like.  But didn't Jesus urge welcoming the stranger, feeding the hungry, healing the sick, and giving to the poor?  Is imprisoning refugee children at the border and separating them from their parents Christian?  Is turning our backs on our own poor Christian?  Did not Jesus chase the money changers out of the temple, rather than embrace and cater to the rich at the expense of the poor?  We need to be asking these questions more.


IMPORTANT--NEW OHIO DRIVER'S LICENSE OR STATE ID REQUIREMENTS--Renew well before October 1, 2020 deadline!

In order to vote, they usually ask to see your driver's license or state ID at the polling place.  While technically there are other ID's that are sufficient, such as a recent utility bill or bank statement with your name and address on it, they will always push for your driver's license.  Now that Ohio is participating in Real ID, there is considerably more documentation required to get a driver's license or state ID card.  To get a "Compliant" license or ID card that will be acceptable proof of your identity to the TSA to board a plane or enter a federal building, you will have to provide documentation for your full legal name, date of birth, Social Security number, proof of legal residence, and 2 proofs of your Ohio street address.  More documentation will be required to show name changes from the last name on your birth certificate because of marriage or divorce.  They no longer give you your license at the facility; it is printed at a secure facility in Columbus and then mailed to you at your mailing address, and can take 3 weeks...so apply early!  Your old driver's license will no longer be recognized by the TSA after October 1, 2020, even if it expires after that date.  Even the standard, non-compliant license or state ID card requires more documentation than it used to.  I'm not sure if a TSA-compliant license or ID will be required to vote by the time of the November 2020 election, or if you can still use the standard, less documented ID to vote.

More info:  http://www.bmv.ohio.gov/NEWDL-ID/ 
List of acceptable documentation:  https://s3.amazonaws.com/odx-odps-content/links/bmv2430.pdf 


Voting Info Links:

Voter ID Requirements at the Polls

Voter Eligibility Requirements

General Voter Information


To join our club, please CLICK HERE for a membership application.

Election Results and Analysis

I am uploading several files to dropbox.com.  There are studies I did of local results in both the 2016 Presidential and 2018 Mid-term Elections.  There is also a more extensive “Post-Mortem” of the 2018 Mid-term Election done by the Ohio Democratic Party analyzing state-wide election results.  I am also including a sign-up form to join our club. 

To access these files, please click here:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/y3cn33zktlq7feg/AAD0Jv9p7S3hPdXTwjmy2SkUa?dl=0

In terms of our county, my local studies show that precincts with the highest Democratic registrations, primarily in Zanesville, have the lowest turnout rates.  Our judges did better than many of our other candidates.  Many of our candidates polled around 1/3 in the county, whether or not they campaigned extensively.  The “Post-Mortem” state-wide report shows county-by-county comparisons as well.  As you well know, our county is a very red county.

The “Post-Mortem” done by the Ohio Democratic Party did see some cause for hope in that turnout was higher in the 2018 Mid-term, and we performed a little better than in the last mid-term.  However, gerrymandering will remain a serious hurdle.

How Gerrymandering Inflated GOP Gains in Ohio in the 2018 Mid-term Election:
Despite only getting half the State House votes, gerrymandered districts gave Republicans 63% of Ohio House seats.
Despite only getting 52% of the US House votes, gerrymandered districts gave Republicans 75% of Ohio’s US House seats.


Why we are PROUD to be Democrats!

The Democratic Party's achievements that benefit us all:

Social Security Act
GI Bill of Rights
Civil Rights Act
Fair Labor Standards:  Minimum Wage, 8 Hour Day, 40 Hour Week, Overtime Pay, Child Labor Laws
Federal Farm Loan Act
Safe Food, Drug, Air and Water Acts
Pell Grants/Student Loan Reform
Women's Right to Vote
Hate Crimes Prevention Act
Free Public Schools
Family & Medical Leave Act
Americans with Disabilities Act
Voting Rights Act
American Reinvestment & Recovery Act
Fair Pay Act
Medicare and Medicaid
Affordable Care Act


Democratic Primary Election Results, April 28, 2020
For Muskingum County

President of the United States: Joseph R. Biden, Jr.
(Neither of Ohio's US Senate seats will be up for election in 2020.)
US Congress, 6th District:  Shawna Roberts
US Congress, 12th District:  Alaina Shearer
Ohio Senate, 20th District:  Christian Johnson
Ohio House, 78th District:  Charlotte Owens
Ohio House, 97th District:  Alaina Swope
Justice of Ohio Supreme Court:  John P. O'Donnell
Justice of Ohio Supreme Court:  Jennifer Brunner
Judge of the 5th District Court of Appeals:  William Hoffman
Muskingum County Democratic Central Committee:
Ward 2, Grant Hutcheson
Ward 3, Connie Norman
Ward 4, Sandy Gentry
Blue Rock Twp., Gretchen Fathauer
Brush Creek Twp., Robert Pletcher
Clay Twp., Emmett Abella
Falls Twp., Roberta Durfee
Hopewell Twp., Melanie Kish
Muskingum Twp., James McGreevy
Perry Twp., Marlee Gibson
Springfield Twp., Jayden Curtis
Wayne Twp., Barry McElfresh


Midterm Election Results, Nov. 6, 2018:

Muskingum County:
Governor and Lt. Governor of Ohio:  Mike DeWine/John Husted (R)
Ohio Attorney General:  David Yost (R)

Ohio Auditor of State:  Keith Faber (R)
Ohio Secretary of State:  Frank LaRose (R)
Ohio Treasurer of State:  Robert Sprague (R)
US Senate:  Sherrod Brown (D)
US Congress, 6th Dist.:  Bill Johnson (R)
US Congress, 12th Dist.:  Troy Balderson (R)
State Rep. 78th Dist.:  Ron Hood (R)
State Rep. 97th Dist.:  Brian Hill (R)
County Commissioner:  James Porter (R)
County Auditor:  Debra Nye (R)
County Engineer:  Mark Eicher (R)
Ohio Supreme Court:  Craig Baldwin
Ohio Supreme Court:  Melody Stewart
Judge Court of Appeals:  John Wise
Judge Court of Appeals:  Scott Gwin 
Judge Court of Appeals:  Patricia Delaney 
County Court:  Scott Rankin
State Issue 1:  No
County Library Levy:  Yes

For more details, vote tallies, and local ballot issues:  https://boe.muskingumcounty.org/pdfs/SUMMARY.pdf

The party affiliation of registered voters in Muskingum County (as of Nov. 9, 2018):
Independent:  32,963
Republican:  15,951
Democrat:  6,029
Green:  72

Nationwide, Democrats had a sizeable gain in seats in the US House of Representatives, and have a majority.  Republicans have a thin majority In the US Senate. On the national level, Democrats gained overall in the number of governors.


List of Indivisible groups within 100 miles of Zanesville:  CLICK HERE

(Indivisible is not a Democratic group, but may be of interest because it's resisting the Trump agenda.)

For more info on newly forming Indivisible group in Muskingum County, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

DOWNLOAD "Indivisible:  A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda"

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Links to our friends...

Ohio Democratic Party
http://ohiodems.org 

Muskingum Women Democrats
https://www.facebook.com/groups/366058967201268/about/

Muskingum County Democratic Party
https://www.facebook.com/muskdems

www.muskdems.webs.com

Ohio Young Democrats
http://ohioyd.nationbuilder.com/

Matriots Ohio
(Group promoting women in Ohio running for public office.)
http://www.matriotsohio.com

Guernsey County Democrats
https://www.facebook.com/guernseydemocraticclub/

Indivisible Group--resisting Trump agenda
https://www.indivisibleguide.com/

We the People Muskingum--resisting Trump agenda
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1850436748568541/

Charlotte Owens, candidate for Ohio State Representative, District 78
https://www.facebook.com/cowensus

Alaina Shearer for Congress, 12th District
https://www.facebook.com/Alaina2020/

Alaina Swope for Ohio House, 97th District
https://www.facebook.com/Swope2020/

Christian Johnson for Ohio Senate, 20th District
www.christian4ohio.com 
Facebook and Twitter:  @christian4ohio

 
Muskingum County Young Democrats
http://www.muskingumcyd.com/
https://www.facebook.com/MuskingumCountyYoungDemocrats