Hiring Interns for Bob Morgan for State Representative

Bob Morgan for State Representative

The Bob Morgan for State Representative campaign is hiring fall interns for the final stretch of the campaign! The internship will focus on direct voter contact (canvassing, phone banking, events) but also provides an opportunity to learn more about communications, finance, and operations on a local race. The schedule is completely amenable to the student’s schedule and requires a minimum commitment of 2 days per week. This is an unpaid internship but would be available for credit.

Please encourage those interested students to fill out this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdE1pSljkZGMedAXdMK9kbAAItFaewgcBaWa-QCbEQ1AUaz6A/viewform

Canvassing Works

“Just one in-person conversation had a profound effect 
on a voter’s likelihood to go to the polls, boosting 
turnout by a whopping 20 percent.”

Before I threw my energy into almost a year of knocking on stranger’s door in unfamiliar neighborhoods, I needed to be convinced that canvassing was an effective way to increase voter turnout. As a political neophyte, I was cynical about simply accepting axioms about what worked as inherited fact. So I conducted my own research.

What I discovered was as much startling as it was unsurprising. Unsurprisingly, people respond to people. And face-to-face meetings are the most effective motivators. But astonishingly, these personal meetings, howsoever brief, can drive the outcome.

You want data to prove this? I’ve got it. But I’m not going down that rabbit hole because I’ll lose you in the wonky detail. What I will share is this from the Fund for the Public Interest, “By far the most effective way to turn out voters is with high-quality, face-to-face conversations that urge them to vote. How do we know? Nearly two decades of rigorous randomized experiments have proven it.”

The Grassroots Field Army

In years before, invested constituencies from labor unions, churches & synagogues and other civic organizations could staff canvassing projects. But membership in these community-based groups has flagged. And, with more money than ever in politics, the prevailing view is that voter attention can be purchased with media coverage. So the personal ground game has succumbed to impersonal digital, audio and visual assaults. But it is not as effective.

Raising a field army of grassroots volunteers is the new resource. That’s what we’re doing.

To join our canvassing effort complete the contact form or email canvass@northshoreindivisible.com

Reference source: Fund for the Public Interest

The Winning Canvass Plan

North Shore Indivisible will be knocking on doors, i.e. canvassing, throughout the Illinois 10th Congressional District to get out the vote (GOTV) to re-elect Congressman Brad Schneider and other candidates. Your participation is eagerly sought. To indicate your willingness to canvass, please sign up here or send an email to canvass@northshoreindivisible.com. You will be contacted with more information.

Here’s more you should know:

Getting Out the Vote

Our focus is on increasing total voter turnout for Democratic candidates. We will knock on the doors of homes that are known, from publicly available information, to vote predominantly for Democratic candidates. The only thing we will ask is to be sure to vote. There is no need to debate issues or argue sides. You will talk to sympathetic voters. They just need encouragement to be sure to vote.

Every Vote Matters

Non-presidential elections do not attract the same enthusiasm and are commonly dismissed as “mid-term” elections. Voter turnout tends to drop. Yet in Illinois we will elect a Governor, state senators, state representatives as well as important County positions. Moreover, the 10th Congressional seat has flipped between Republicans and Democrats. Small increases in Democratic voter turnout can determine the outcome.

Strategic Canvassing

Within the 10th Congressional District there are several state races that may be tight. Money from right-wing sources are targeting these races. Within the 10th Congressional District, we will focus on State District 58, 59 and 62 in support of candidates Bob Morgan (Deerfield/Highland Park area), Daniel Didech (Buffalo Grove area) and incumbent Sam Yingling (Grayslake area).

Canvass Schedule

Our canvass schedule is as follows:

  • Tuesday, June 19
  • Sunday, July 8
  • Thursday, July 26
  • Saturday, August 11
  • Tuesday, August 21
  • Saturday, September 8
  • Wednesday, September 26
  • Saturday, October 13
  • Thursday, October 25

Weekdays 5 – 7 PM and Weekends 4 – 6 PM

Canvass Training

Canvass Captains will provide you the tools you need. No experience necessary. We will canvass in pairs. Bring a smile and dress for the weather.

Canvass History

Many of us have been canvassing since last October. We have knocked on hundreds of doors. Now, with less than 140 days until election, we are stepping up the effort. That’s where you come in.

Does Canvassing Work

“Canvassing door-to-door typically raises turnout by 6% according to one study with some results as high as 15% in other studies. Increasing turnout by this magnitude can sway the results of many tight elections.

Will you take this step to take back control of our democracy? This is something you can do.

Vote On Bill Banning Abortion After 20 Weeks Set for Next Week

The Reasons Behind the Senate Vote on Banning Abortion.

The Senate has scheduled a vote on a bill, already passed by the House, that bans abortions after 20 weeks, and the Trump Administration has signaled its support of this bill.   While some websites are raising the alarm, The Hill asserts that the bill has little chance of passing in the Senate with the narrow Republican majority.   According to The Hill, the purpose of scheduling this vote is to get Senators on record with their votes for or against the bill.  Anti-abortion activists are hoping that Democrats up for re-election in battleground states will suffer the consequences of their vote, while Democrats characterize the bill as an extreme assault on a woman’s right to make decisions about her health care.  This bill, titled “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” is based on faulty “science” mis-representing fetal development as outlined by Dr Daniel Grossman on Twitter (@DrDGrossman). When politicians insert themselves into medical decisions best made between doctors and their patients, decisions that should be based on the patient’s individual circumstances and unique needs, unintended consequences and unforeseen harm often follow.

The key to the electoral impact of the bill may be how issues-influenced voting weighs against voting based on economic factors.  As always, who shows up to vote in an election can be critical – in 2017 special elections were sometimes decided by a strong showing of voters who have previously not been active at the voting booth. As The New York Times points out in their editorial post this evening, having Democrats take back control of either house of Congress will guard against future actions to restrict reproductive freedoms. Voting in local elections is important, as are actions supporting progressive voters in red states.  Don’t forget, primaries in Illinois are March 20 and election day is November 6th – cast your vote and make your voice heard!

Pablo Manriquez Highlights January Meet-Up

Roll Call Director of Communications Pablo Manriquez

Good discussions at our January Meet-Up among our group including several new people eager to stop hand wringing and do something. Joining us from DC via skype was Roll Call Director of Communications Pablo Manriquez who fielded our questions about DACA, Trump-Russia col lusion and more.

Pablo has useful insight to help inform us on the issues and left us with a number of resources worth investigating including online news: At the Races, Fox News (yes) “Halftime Report;” and Emily Wilkins at Bloomberg for Education issues, Dean DeChiaro on Immigration and Brian Williams at 11PM on MSNBC.

Yes, Pablo’s image looks a little frightening here. He wasn’t. Good guy. We’ll have him back.

The Good News – ACA Numbers Are Up As the Enrollment Period Begins

Initial Numbers for ACA Enrollment – Over 600,000 Sign Up in the First Four Days!

The Washington Post reports that more than one in five of these are new enrollees.  The increase in numbers is despite the Trump Administration undercutting the process by shortening the enrollment period by half, slashing the TV and radio advertising budget and cutting navigator funding.  State run exchanges are also reporting brisk business as the enrollment period begins  according to CNN Money

However, this trend doesn’t predict overall ACA success as the numbers tend to fall off during the latter part of the enrollment period.  The sickest people who need insurance the most tend to sign up first, but the success of the ACA marketplace also depends on healthier people signing up to balance the risk pool.  It is important for all of us to keep spreading the word about the enrollment period and where to find help with the process (see below).

Additional Information About ACA Enrollment

From Protect Our Care IL Newsletter:

Here are the top 5 things you need to know about Open Enrollment:

  1. Open enrollment is only half as long this year (Nov 1 – Dec 15).
  2. Discounts on health coverage (through tax credits and cost sharing reductions) are STILL available to those who qualify.
  3. It’s important to shop around – the pricing of premiums is very different this year. In Illinois, you can go to HealthCare.gov or GetCoveredIllinois.gov. Eighty percent of people can get a plan for $75 or less and many in Illinois can get a bronze plan for free.
  4. You may qualify for 2018 tax credits even if you didn’t in 2017. If you aren’t eligible for tax credits (check this calculator to make sure), go to GetCoveredIllinois.gov and see if you can find a cheaper plan off marketplace.
  5. Free help is available! If you have questions about signing up or want to talk through your options with a trained professional, you can make an appointment with a trained navigator here or call Get Covered Illinois at 866-311-1119.

Calling your Representatives, A “Pick Up the Phone” How To:

One of the quickest and easiest ways to let your representatives in Washington DC know what you think on a particular issue is to pick up the phone and tell them.

Red Telephone

Seriously? I can just tell them how I want them to vote on stuff?

That’s right. Our representatives and senators (at least in the IL-10th district) want to hear what you have to say. They actually pay people to sit in a chair, pick up the phone, and tally up how many constituents are for or against a particular measure.

But there’s a dirty little secret they don’t want you to know.

Continue reading “Calling your Representatives, A “Pick Up the Phone” How To:”

IL-10 lands “On the Radar” of the GOP, NRCC

Democrat Brad Schneider is the Congressional Representative in Illinois 10th District, and that doesn’t sit well with the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC).

The IL-10 Congressional seat has flipped four times in the last four election cycles. 2010 and 2014 went to Bob Dold (R), while Brad Schneider (D) took the seat in 2012 and 2016. With 2018 just around the corner, the GOP wants IL-10 back. Continue reading “IL-10 lands “On the Radar” of the GOP, NRCC”

ACA Forum

Another Opportunity to Get Your ACA Questions Answered

The POP (People Over Party) Workshop will bring Miranda Wilgus of ACA Consumer Advocacy in to update you with the latest information on the ACA sign-ups, Medicare and Medicaid, and answer your questions on health care coverage.

Health Care Workshop information:

Sunday, November 11, 2017  1-3pm

St. Peter United Church of Christ

47 Church Street, Lake Zurich, IL