OMAHA, NE – WordPress has this new Voter Info Tool where you can look up your voter information, like your polling place. Check it out! See how you like it! Consult your election official for further information.
OMAHA, NE – On April 16th, 2013, a group of LGBT Democrats in Omaha met to discuss some issues that need to get done before the May 14th General City Elections. Among the topics discussed were getting LGBT people registered to vote, volunteering for the Suttle Campaign and forming an LGBT Caucus for the Douglas County Democrats to create a solid LGBT voice in the County level party.
Volunteering for the Suttle campaign is an important issue for the General City Elections on May 14th, Mayor Jim Suttle not only signed the Workplace Protections Ordinance into law, but he is also credited with getting a key swing vote to support Workplace Protections on the City Council!!! The Suttle Campaign has many opportunities available for volunteers; canvassing, phone banking and data entry are the main ones. You can call the campaign office at 402-933-0500 to find out more information. The office is open from 10am-8pm Monday -Thursday, 10am-5pm on Friday and 12pm-5pm on Saturdays and Sundays. The Suttle Campaign office is located at 347 N 76th St Omaha, NE 68114, which is near 76th and Cass, behind the KwikShop there. The Firefighters are also hard at work canvassing for Jim Suttle’s campaign, meet them this Saturday, April 20th at 10am at the FireFighters Union Hall near 60th and Grover. Here is the FaceBook Page for their event.
Another very important topic discussed is getting voters registered. There will be voter registration applications available at Rebel Interactive on April 21st from 3pm-6pm. Here is the FaceBook Event Page. They are located at 1217 South 13th St, just a couple of blocks south of 13th and Pacific. Another opportunity for voter registration applications is the Milo Bail building at UNO, on April 24th, 11am-1:30pm. If you cannot make those events there are many other opportunities where you and your loved ones can register to vote. You can register at any public library and at the DMV until April 26th. You can register in person at the Douglas County Election Commission until May 3rd. Remember the election is May14th!!
Another item discussed is forming the LGBT Caucus. The Douglas County Democrats adopted an amendment in November 2012 that made the county level party more LGBT inclusive, as well as creating the opportunity for minority communities to create county level caucuses. The adopted changes also added a Diversity Representative to the Executive Board, allowing a potential LGBT voice in the County party’s executive body. We need participants for the actual caucus, we must have at least 10 people agree to be a part of it. We need people to step and run for the office of chair. Once we have 10 members and an elected chair, we can go to the Central Committee of the Douglas County Democrats and ask for approval and certification. We must keep 10 members in the Caucus, the chair must attend all Central Committee meetings. The chair will have a vote in the Central Committee. If the Caucus falls below its membership requirements, and/or the chair doesn’t fulfill their duties the Caucus can become decertified and we would have start over again.
The Mission of the Greater Omaha LGBT Democrats:
1. To sensitize Democratic candidates and officeholders to the political needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community.
2. To promote the Democrats’ message of economic justice and social progress in the LGBT community.
3. To encourage LGBT community participation in the campaigns of Democratic candidates and at all levels of the Democratic Party.
4. To facilitate the election of Democratic candidates to public office by maximizing the Democratic turnout in the LGBT community.
5. To educate voters concerning fundamental information about LGBT issues, with the purpose of encouraging them to vote for LGBT supportive candidates.
We need volunteers to help out with campaigns of LGBT friendly candidates. We need LGBT friendly candidates in office to defend the protections we have won, and to vote for and sponsor new legislation! We are looking to bring in a county or state level chapter of the National Stonewall Democrats!!! Until we formerly organize and elect a chair, Please contact Ken Riter at 402-686-6389 for more information.
Additional items discussed: Getting the group to attend the Douglas County Election Commission’s Deputy Registrar classes so we can conduct official voter registration drives as well as know everything we need to know about registering to vote in Nebraska. Organizing an event to galvanize and motivate LGBT voters with a MILK viewing is also an option discussed. A couple of people said they would discuss the possibility with Aksarben Cinema, FilmStreams and Flixx Lounge about viewing the movie at one of those places. Additional suggestions are welcome, please call Ken at 402-686-6389 for help with any questions or suggestions you have!
OMAHA, NE – This Thursday, Nov 15th, the Douglas County Democrats will be considering an amendment to their Constitution and Bylaws, hopefully ensuring an inclusive County Level Democratic Party. The measure will include the LGBT community when it comes to electing officers in the Douglas County Democrats’ Executive Committee. The measure, if approved, will begin the creation of several County Level Caucus Organizations for 8 different identified groups, including African-American, Latino and LGBT.
I am very excited for this! I have helped push for this since the County Convention back in June 2012. We have been hashing this out in the Inclusive Task Force Committee since July. We have now finished a proposal that will introduced to the Central Committee for the first time. I am a member of of the Central Committee from LD9, and all 4 original committee members from LD9 have been in involved in some manner. I’m very proud of my LD district for that involvement! A total of 15 people were involved in the Inclusion Task Force Committee. As fellow activist and friend, Mika Covington, says, “Great things happen when Queers step up!!” The meeting is this Thursday, Nov 15th at 7pm at the IBEW at 8946 L Street Omaha, NE 68127 near 90th and L.
I hope this will help people understand that political parties, especially the Democratic party, will listen to us as a people. We just have to put ourselves in a position to talk where we will be heard. Many Democrats won election because they support the LGBT community, and because they had the support of great organizations like the National Stonewall Democrats. The creation of a county level LGBT Caucus would give us a nice stepping stone in creating a Stonewall Democrat chapter here in Omaha.
You can view the proposal here, Inclusion_Task_Force_Proposal_Presentation_Packet
OMAHA, NE – Members of the LGBT Community running Congress made great showings in their races. LGBT incumbents and challengers who were elected to Congress this cycle! One Gay GOP candidate lost his election: Jared Polis (CO-2), David Cicilline (RI-1), Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18), Mark Takano (CA-41 Asian-American), Mark Pocan (WI-2 Tammy’s old seat), Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-9 Bisexual woman), and Tammy Baldwin (WI-Senate). It doesn’t stop there, the LGBT community helped re-elect Barack Obama and four ballot measures concerning LGBT issues passed in four states.
Mark Takano’s election to California’s 41st Congressional District makes him the first openly gay person of color elected to the US Congress. Takano won easily with 56.4% of the vote.
Tammy Baldwin’s election to the Senate makes her the first openly LGBT person ever elected to the Senate. Baldwin won her election despite constant smears by her opponent, calling her radical liberal. Her GOP opponent, former WI governor Tommy Thompson once said, “Tammy Baldwin is so liberal that even Nancy Pelosi has to turn left to talk to her.” I can see why he lost. LOL. “I am well aware that I will be the first openly gay member of the U.S. Senate, but I didn’t run to make history. I ran to make a difference,” Baldwin told supporters after her victory.
Mark Pocan won election to Tammy Baldwin’s former House seat, marking the first time members of the LGBT Community held a Congressional seat consecutively. It is also the first time a state has sent two representatives to Washington, DC.
The elections of 2012 are a huge victory for the LGBT Community. The number of representatives in the US Congress almost doubled with the number reaching a record 7. Keep your chin up for movement on issues like Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), Bi-National LGBT couples, and bullying. The year 2012: a landmark year, a landslide for equality.
OMAHA, NE – Here is a list of Democrats running for office in Douglas County, Nebraska. They will be on your specific ballots when you vote. These Democrats run on a wide range of issues. Let’s keep Omaha and Douglas County Blue!!!
President – Barack Obama and Joe Biden
US Senate – Bob Kerrey
2nd Congressional District – John Ewing
Board of Regents – Larry Bradley
County Clerk – Tom Cavanaugh
County Commissioner #1 – Mike Boyle
County Commissioner #3 – Christopher Rodgers
County Commissioner #5 – Marc Kraft
Learning Community #4 – Amy Friedman
MCC – Board of Directors #1 – Linda McDermitt
MCC – Board of Directors #2 – Fred Conley
MCC – Board of Directors #4 – Stephen Brock
MUD – Jim Begley
NRD #3 – Brandon Clark
NRD #7 – James Powers
OPPD – Thomas Barrett
OPPD – NP Sandy Dodge
OPS #2 – Freddie Gray
OPS #6 – Mary Morissey
OPS #8 – Danyelle Baratta-Krause
OPS #10 – Nicole Nash
OPS #12 – Patrick Bourne
OPS #12 – Jennifer Tompkins-Kirshenbaum
Register of Deeds – Diane Battiato
State Board of Education – Rebecca Valdez
State Senate #5 – Heath Mello
State Senate #7 – Jeremy Nordquist
State Senate #9 – Sara Howard
State Senate #11 – Brenda Council
State Senate #13 – Tanya Cook
State Senate #31 – Rick Kolowski
State Senate #39 – Judy Domina
Bennington Board of Education – Douglas Laaker and Brad Renter
Bennington City Council – Mary Johnson and Gary Sather
Ralston City Council – Maureen Konwinski and Ben Preis
Valley Mayor – Carroll Smith
Valley City Council – Rodney Marshall and Bryon Ueckert
OMAHA, NE – The political campaigns for 2012 are really heating up as we approach October. Will these debates bring some October surprises? Keep track of the political debates in the area with this article. I will try to update with new events, including state legislature debates, as soon as I hear about them!
Presidential Debates: Obama vs Romney
October 3rd, 9pm-10:30pm EST covering Domestic Policy.
October 16th, 9pm-10:30pm EST in a town meeting format covering foreign and domestic policy.
October 22nd, 9pm-10:30pm EST covering Foreign Policy.
Vice Presidential Debates: Biden vs Ryan
October 11th, 9pm-10:30pm EST covering Foreign and Domestic Policy
Nebraska Senate Debates: Kerrey vs Fischer
September 30th, 6pm CST on KETV, rebroadcast of debate from Sept 28th.
October 1st, 7pm CST in Lincoln
Nebraska 2nd Congressional District: Ewing vs Terry
October 18th, Omaha Press Club, please check out the FaceBook event. 11:15 am to 1pm CST
Fellow Nebraskans, if you still need to register to vote, you have until October 19th. Please register to vote, this is your power to help make the system work for you. You must register to use that power, to use that right. If you are a Douglas County resident, visit this page for voter registration info. Visit this page for early voting info. You can print out the forms and fill them out yourself, its easy!
***Are you interested in helping to bring a Stonewall Democrat chapter into the Omaha area? Please contact Ken Riter, 4o2-686-6389. Please leave a message if their is no answer, I go to school full time and work part time. I want to create this chapter, we need this chapter to help keep the rights we’ve won and to help us gain what we deserve as Americans. We need this chapter to help ensure the local Democratic Party stays LGBT friendly and elects LGBT friendly candidates. But, I need people to participate in order to form this organization.
OMAHA, NE – Members of the LGBT Community met with John Ewing, candidate for Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District on Wednesday, August 8th. Many of the issues discussed related to LGBT issues, marriage equality, education, jobs and Lee Terry’s consistent lack of leadership. The meeting was organized so John Ewing could have a chance to listen to members of the LGBT Community and their concerns. Sadly, one attendee mentioned that this was the first meeting any Congressional candidate had with the LGBT Community since Peter Hoaglund. I think this demonstrates the kind of leadership we will see when we elect Ewing to office, a candidate who will make that effort to listen to his constituents.
John Ewing did mention that the most important things he wants to do in office for Omaha is ensure people are treating with respect and dignity, as well as bringing jobs to the area. If you missed this chance to meet John Ewing there will be a Joint Obama-Ewing Block Party near the Ewing HQ at 343 N 76th St in Omaha. That is near 76th and Cass, right behind the KwikShop! Don’t forget to like John Ewing’s FaceBook Page!