Northside DFA (Democracy for America) is a grassroots political organization dedicated to electing socially progressive, fiscally responsible, ethically committed Democrats to all levels of government.

Countdown to Election Day!

We’re a month away from Election Day – and early voting start on February 27, so we’re running out of time quickly now before the votes will start rolling in and counted. It’s more important than ever to get out and work if we want to see our candidates elected.

Meeting next Tuesday: Three great candidates! More votes! Campaign updates!

Exactly one week from today is our monthly meeting. We’ll have the following guest speakers:
1) Des Plaines Mayor Marty Moylan, running for state representative in the 65th district. Why is this race interesting, you ask? Because the incumbent, Republican Rosemary Mulligan, failed to collect enough valid signatures to get on the ballot … so it’s an unexpectedly open seat. You can learn more about the mayor here:
2) Kevin Allen, running for state senate in the 23rd district. Kevin is a long-time supporter of NDFA, and the district is largely in the 8th congressional district (where we are supporting Raja Krishnamoorthi). You can read Kevin’s answers to the IVI-IPO questionnaire here:,%20K%2023SD-D.pdf
3) Anne Shaw, running for committeeman in the 1st Ward, against Alderman Proco Joe Moreno, continuing our goal of getting involved in committeeman races wherever possible.

Programmers and nerds have begun taking the flood of public data availalbe online from the city and the county and putting it in easy-to-digest forms. The city is encouraging this, but the programmers are not paid by or under contract to the government. There are only 4 apps so far, but more are coming. One tracks the progress of snow plows through the city. Another shows all of the lobbyists registered with the city, how much they were paid, who their clients are, what parts of government they lobbied, etc. For example, the top-paid lobbyist made almost $1 million in 2010. Ald. Dick Mell made $10,000 lobbying the city. Do you think it's proper for an elected official to be paid to lobby the city?

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Sunday afternoon: campaigns and candidates

I just got home from an afternoon spent working on Ilya Sheyman’s campaign in Highland Park. A group of us car pooled up: half did phone banking, while the other half worked on a mailing and put together yard signs. People in the 10th District are starting to want yard signs to show their support, and it was fun to be part of making that happen.

Events this week

Just a quick reminder about three events this week, all of which are campaign events and count toward voting membership:
1) NDFA Candidate Meet and Greet
Wednesday, January 25 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Fizz Bar – upstairs
No charge; free appetizers; cash bar
Come and chat with our adopted and endorsed candidates; also, Christine Cegelis will speak

2) Howl with Alonso FUNdraiser - We Are Having our first FUNdraiser event At Howl at the Moon , Please Join Us: (Must be 21 and over to enter Howl At The Moon)
When: Friday, January 27, 2012. 5PM to 7PM (though your welcome to stay at HOWL as late as you want).
Where: Howl at the Moon-- 26 West Hubbard Street, Chicago IL
$25 Suggested Donation
Complimentary appetizer buffet from 5 - 7PM
First 2 drinks are covered by Alonso.
Validated parking from 5:00pm until 4:00am available for $5.

Election Fun

As entertaining as the Republican primary season has been so far, it has also been horrifying to realize that for all their antics, lack of historical knowledge, and basic misunderstanding of the economy and the lives of ordinary people, they are actually running for the highest office in the land. It has served as a reminder of why these people should not be in positions of power in our government. The frightening thing is that this field of Republican presidential candidates is who those who finance Republicans feel are the best and the brightest of their party. Is Michelle Bachman truly the best the House Republicans have to offer? Is a vulture capitalist really the great hope of the party? A disgraced former Speaker? Another governor of Texas? A guy who is openly flirting with running as an independent if he doesn’t win the nomination?

January meeting on Tuesday: Waguespack and Fritchey and Voting, oh my

Just a quick reminder: tomorrow, Tuesday, January 10, 2012, is our first monthly meeting of the New Year. We’ll meet at 7 pm (6 pm for dinner/social hour) at the Lincoln Restaurant, 4008 N. Lincoln Ave (parking around the back off of Irving Park; Irving Park Brown Line stop for those on public transportation). We have three featured speakers: Alderman Scott Waguespack and Commissioner John Fritchey who are both running for Democratic committeeman of the 32nd Ward, as well as steering committee member Pete Kalenik, who will talk about running for Local School Council.

January meeting: Scott Waguespack, local school councils, and more

Happy New Year! Next week we have our monthly meeting: we have Scott Waguespack lined up to speak about his committeeman race against incumbent John Fritchey (we’ve invited Commissioner Fritchey as well, but so far have not received any confirmation one way or another). We’ll also hear from Pete Kalenik, who is part of our Steering Committee, speaking on Local School Councils and how to run for them.

New adoptions, endorsements, and lots of new events: many ways to celebrate participation in democracy

We were reminded at the meeting Tuesday night that there are less than 100 days left until the primary. It will come before we know it … which makes it all that much more important to get out to support for our candidates from now until Election Day.

The meeting on Tuesday was very dynamic: lots of great candidates, lots of great questions, lots of great discussion. We saw Kelly Cassidy, who is running for state representative in the 14th District, and four candidates from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Board of Commissioners race spoke to us: Commissioner Patricia Horton, Kari Steele, Stella Black, and Patrick Thompson all participated in our panel discussion. Thanks to all of them for coming out to speak to us; it was a most enlightening evening.

Events: Meeting, Action Day and Party

Here are a couple of important events coming up to let you know about:
One, our weekly meeting is next Tuesday, December 13 at 7 pm at the Lincoln Restaurant, 4008 N. Lincoln Ave (6 pm for dinner/social hour beforehand). We’ll be hearing from Kelly Cassidy, the current state representative 14th District, who is running for election to the seat she was appointed to after Harry Osterman was elected Alderman (this district is roughly in Edgewater/Rogers Park). We have already heard from her opponent, Paula Basta, so after we hear from Kelly we will be able to vote on this race. We will also be hearing from Democrats running for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, including Kari Steele, Stella Black, and Patrick Daley Thompson (we’re waiting on confirmation for several other candidates as well). You’ll remember that we have already endorsed Debra Shore for commissioner of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District; three commissioners will be elected in this cycle.

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