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 conference calls 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.
(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


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).


Clerk of Courts position open since the incumbent, Todd Bickle, died--candidates wanted.  Contact Jack Boyd, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if interested in running.


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:

Wed., July 1, Muskingum County Democrats Special Meeting, 7 pm, to discuss having a booth at the County Fair.

(This meeting will be a CONFERENCE CALL rather than meeting in person at Gant House, due to coronavirus concerns.)
To Join this Conference Call:
A little before 7:00 pm, 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 the # sign.
Then you'll be connected to the conference call.
(You won't need to enter anything else, like * for "if you're the organizer.")

Wed., Jul. 15, Democratic Central Committee meeting, 6:00 pm, virtual meeting via Zoom.  I will post the agenda when I get it.

Wed., Jul . 15, Muskingum County Democrats meeting, 7:00 pm, virtual meeting via Zoom.  Please note that this and the Central Committee meetings will be on separate Zoom connections.  I will post the agenda when I get it.

Tue., Jul. 21, 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:
A little before 7:00 pm, 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 the # sign.
Then you'll be connected to the conference call.
(You won't need to enter anything else, like * for "if you're the organizer.")

Sat., Aug. 1, ODP Virtual Convention.

  • ODP Convention is August 1, 2020 at 10:30 AM via Zoom. We have one male and 2 female delegates.  Anyone interested in being a delegate should contact Jack Boyd for a nomination form at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 740-586-0018.
  • We can nominate a Presidential Elector. Contact Jack Boyd for a nomination form at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sun., Aug. 16 - Sat., Aug. 22, Muskingum County Fair.  We will be having a booth with the Muskingum County Democrats at the Fair, an outdoor tent on the midway.

Donations would be appreciated for the cost of the booth and tent rental. 
Please send checks made out to MCDC to:
Jack Boyd, Treasurer
5324 E. Sheffield Circle
Zanesville, OH 43701

Tue., Aug. 18, 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:
A little before 7:00 pm, 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 the # sign.
Then you'll be connected to the conference call.
(You won't need to enter anything else, like * for "if you're the organizer.")

Wed., Aug. 19, Muskingum County Democrats meeting, 7:00 pm.  I will post the agenda and what platform this virtual meeting will be held on when I get it.

Tue. - Wed., Sept. 22-23, Carr Cake Auction.  The Muskingum Democrats will have a cake in this auction.  Members are encouraged to offer incentives to go with the cake.  Please contact Grant Hutcheson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to donate an incentive for the cake. 

Mon., Oct. 5--Last Day to Register to Vote in the November, 2020 Election.

Tue., Nov. 3--ELECTION DAY.


More Upcoming Democrat Events in Ohio from ODP Update news
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.”



Corona Virus--overseas travelers need to come home. 
Info from Sen. Sherrod Brown on help available to Americans stranded overseas.
  We are advised to stay home as much as possible to avoid contagion.  More public places are closing.


 
The Mueller Report--ORDER Your Own Copy!

The redacted version of the Mueller Report, plus additional material by The Washington Post, is available on amazon.com

Free Download--CLICK HERE  (Large file--long download)



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.


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Gerrymandering in our county:

The recent June 2019 Supreme Court decision allows gerrymandering to, if anything, get worse.

In the May 8, 2018 PRIMARY ELECTION, ISSUE 1 was approved, which may slightly reduce gerrymandering, but it's still going to be a Republican-controlled map.

Muskingum County is in 2 congressional districts, which weakens our county's voice in the U. S. House of Representatives.  Both the county and the city of Zanesville are divided in half.

*6th District contains Zanesville Ward 1B precinct 2, and townships--Adams, Cass, Highland, Jackson (Frazeysburg), Dresden North, Dresden South, Licking A and B, Madison, Monroe, Muskingum A-C, Perry North and South, Salem, New Concord, Norwich, Union, Washington A-C.

**12th District contains Zanesville Wards 1A, 1B precinct 1, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4A, 4B, 5A, 5B, 5C, 6A, 6B, 6C, and townships—Blue Rock, Brush Creek, Clay, Falls A-H, Harrison (contains Philo), Hopewell A-C, Meigs, Newton (contains Fultonham, Ironspot, Moxahala, Rolling Plains, White Cottage), Rich Hill, Salt Creek, S. Zanesville, Springfield A-C, Wayne (contains Wayne Twp. A-C, and Duncan Falls).

The current congressional map, based on the 2010 census, was gerrymandered to favor Republicans in 12 out of 16 districts.  Districts are NOT compact:

Present 6th District

Present 12th District

Some proposed maps that would result in more competitive and fair districts: 

http://www.fairdistrictsohio.org/blog/what-could-fair-congressional-districts-look-like


How Gerrymandering works:


(The above illustration shows how odd-shaped districts can overcome a blue majority, giving red control despite being outnumbered.)


How Gerrymandering Enhanced GOP gains in the 2018 Mid-term Election:

Despite only getting half the State House votes, gerrymandered districts gave Republicans 63% of the Ohio House seats.
Despite only getting 52% of the US House votes, gerrymandered districts gave Republicans 75% of the US House seats.

State House Votes:

Total Vote Share:
Republicans, 50.3%
Democrats, 49.3%

Congressional Votes:

Total Vote Share:
Republicans, 52.3%
Democrats, 47.0%

 

Seats Won:
Republicans, 62.9%
Democrats, 37.1%

 

Seats Won:
Republicans, 75.0%
Democrats, 25.0%


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"

(Former congressional staffers reveal best practices for making Congress listen.)

Press Conference coming up 4th week of January in Zanesville about methane gas health threats in our area from fracking; we encourage the Trump administration to keep regulations on Methane gas.  The map shows that Muskingum County is in the area most affected.  Cancer and respiratory illnesses are among the effects of high methane exposure.  Conference date and time will be posted when we get them.


Women's Democratic Club of Muskingum County








(St. Patrick's Day fund raisers, March 12, 2017, and March 18, 2018)


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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/

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


Ian Dooley and Sen. Sherrod Brown


Ian Dooley receiving a scholarship from Muskingum County Democrats;
Bobbie Durfee, Ian, and Jim Crannell