Indivisible notes from Nov 9 2020
Indivisible Notes for November 9, 2020
1. Personal discussion of election results.
2. Sue showed a video of the Light Brigade’s efforts in Monticello.
3. Sue shared a letter from the national Indivisible that stated we must insist on a democracy for our country, we did, and we won. We proved to be a shining light in a dark night.
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4. Darlene recommended The Soul of America by John Meechan.
5. Bruce McNickle applauded Rose’s letter to the editor challenging the Republican efforts by our sheriff just prior to the election in his speech at a Support the Blue Republican candidates’ event.
6. Renee thanked all people who worked the phone banks to ensure a huge turnout.
7. Rose Thelen thanked the people who ran for office in our area. 74% went for Republicans, up by 10%. Rose won her race, Township Supervisor even though she withdrew when she found she had a good challenger. Outcome to be negotiated.
8. Sue reported that the American Promise Book Club meeting is Nov. 11. They will decide what to do next. They are the group that is trying to get Big Money Out of Politics.
9. Lee Morgan encouraged all of us to financially support the two Democrats running for office in Georgia. This should be a CALL TO ACTION.
10. John Deitering asked everyone to send $5 or more to the candidates in Georgia. This could make a huge difference for Democrats in the Senate if they could win the run-off election.
11. Lani said that Mike Kaczmarek won the District 5 County Commissioner election with 65%. Ironically, Mike will be Sheriff Sean Derringer’s boss, controlling the money allotted to the sheriff’s office.
12. Thomas Grage announced free Covid testing for Wright County; thanks to Buffalo nurses the state has agreed to pay for the tests.
13. Ann Bajari stated that she had a saliva test for Covid and had the results in 2 days. The process is improving.
Kick Off Celebration
Lori Cocking kicked off our celebration of the successful efforts of our group over the last 4 years and especially over the last 6 months. She reminded us to have all political signs down by November 11. She reminded us that Hitler toppled Germany’s democracy in one term in office. We came close. Today we can celebrate and then begin the healing process. We must invest ourselves in rebuilding our democracy alongside of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamal Harris.
Lani reviewed the statistics of the various elections. (See Data Sheet). She pointed out that the number of people voting for the two different marijuana political parties should be encouraged to join with us, and then we could add decriminalize drug use to something similar to a traffic ticket as Oregon passed this time (marijuana ,already legal, heroin, cocaine, meth). This would solve so many social problems.
(Secretary note: New Jersey, South Dakota, Arizona join Oregon to legalize recreational marijuana. In Oregon if you have a larger amount of drugs you will get a ticket).
Glennda reviewed the Protect the Results efforts. In preparation for a Trump coupe, 100 people signed up to get the call if we needed to mobilize our car caravan. When Wisconsin was called for Biden just hours before the event, it was called off. They felt Democracy was working so we did not need to mobilize.
CALL TO ACTION Send money to the 2 Georgia Democratic candidates who could win seats in the runoff on January 5. If the Democrats win 2 more seats in the Senate, the Vice President, who is president of the Senate, could be the tie breaker in close votes.
Thank you to Ron Thiessen for running for office in Clearwater. He is identified as a strong progressive which can help us shape our efforts to educate people on the case for these concepts.
Next meeting December 14.
“Party platforms are not intended to capture the average opinion even of partisans within the party,” said Vanessa Williamson, a Brookings Institution scholar who has studied Republican voters’ views for years. “Parties make decisions based on the preferences of highly organized groups within the party.”
Wright County Indivisible is one of those highly organized groups.
Stats of Election
DFL Tina Smith 1,567,464 48.74%
R Jason Lewis 1,398,795 43.50%
LMN Kevin O’Conner 190,164 5.91%
GLC Oliver Steinberg 57,175 1.78%
Tom Emmer 272,733 65.54%
Tawnja Zahradka 142,853 34.33%
Bruce Anderson 31,393 62.08%
Chris Brazelton 14,854 29.38%
Joe McDonald 17,810 70.28%
Renee’ Cardarelle 7,494 29.57%
Marion O’Neill 15,236 60.43%
Joe Rosh 9,935 39.41%
Wright County Commissioner Dist. 5
Mike Kaczmarek 9,818 65.22%
Daniel Bravinder 5,180 34.41%
Ilhan Omar 255,816 64.27%
Lacy Johnson 102,832 25.83%
Michael Moore 37,957 9.54%