Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Take over the Democratic Party

Real change never occurs from the top on down; always from the bottom on up. — Bernie Sanders

RECENTLY I passed along The Michael Moore Easy-to-Follow 10-Point Plan to Stop (He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named)Number six on that list is Take Over the Democratic Party. Here's what he had to say about it:


"The old guard of the Party has twice in 16 years presided over the majority of Americans electing the Democrat to the White House — only for us all to see the losing Republican inaugurated as President. How is it that we have won the popular vote in SIX OF THE LAST SEVEN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS — the Republicans have only won ONCE since 1988 — and yet, we hold NO power in any branch of government?! 

That, plus losing 1,000 local seats in this election that the Dems use to hold — plus watching many Dems in Congress unwilling to stand up to Trump — PLEASE, the old leadership has to go. God love ’em for their contributions in the past, but if we don’t enact a radical overhaul right now, we are doomed as far as having a true opposition party during the Trump era. And that, more than anything, will help to usher in the vice-grip of a totalitarian culture. Locally, you need to start attending your county Democratic meetings. If possible, organize your friends and others and take over your local Dem organization. More on this at a later date."

But we don't have to wait for Michael. If you live in Iowa, I can tell you what the first step is: attend your local off-year caucus. 

Here's the thing about attending — it's your way to have a say in who runs the party in your precinct, your county, your district and our state. In Polk County for example, although new precinct chairs won't be elected, alternates will be, and if your precinct chairs aren't attending County Central Committee meetings, you take their place, and if you serve on the CCC, not only do you get to vote on who runs the Party at that level and make other decisions, you yourself could run. It also affords you the opportunity to serve on the District Central Committee.

If you don't think the Democratic Party represents you, show up and add your voice!

I mistakenly believed that like presidential-year caucuses, off-year caucuses would be held on the same day in every county around the state. Nope.

I've gone through the Iowa Democratic Party calendar to find all the county caucus dates I can, but not all of them are listed. For example, Polk County's off-year caucus isn't listed on the calendar. (They should also be listed county-by-county to make finding each one easier, instead of having to poke around the calendar.)

Below are the ones I've found, but HERE IS A LINK to the page on the Iowa Democratic Party website that lists contact information county-by-county. There's a phone number for each one and many have live links to a Facebook page or website, so you can find out when your off-year caucus is.

Thursday, March 2 — Johnson County — Iowa City Public Library, 123 Linn, room A; caucus to follow central committee meeting at 6pm

Thursday, March 2 — Worth County — Kensett town hall, Kensett at 6:30pm 

Saturday, March 4 — Cherokee County  — Supervisors Room, Court House, Cherokee at 9:30AM 

Saturday, March 4 — Linn County 

  • District 35 — Taft Middle School cafeteria 5200 E Ave NW, Cedar Rapids at  9am
  • District 34 — IBEW Hall 1211 Wiley Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids at 9am
  • District 33 — Washington High School 2205 Forest Dr SE, Cedar Rapids at 9am
  • District 48 — Gwen's 119 W Main St, Lisbon at 9am

Monday, March 6 — Muscatine County — MCC student Center, Muscatine at 5pm 

Monday, March 6 — Polk County — various locations — Link to the locations

Wednesday, March 8Woodbury County 

Thursday, March 9Howard County — Kesssel building, Cresco

Saturday, March 11  Union County — 116 W Adams St, Creston at 9am 

Saturday, March 11 — Wapello County 

Saturday, March 11 — Woodbury County — Wilbur Aalfs Public Library meeting room, Sioux City at 6 pm

Thursday, March 16 — Cedar County — Courthouse in Tipton at 7pm

Thursday, March 16 — Hancock County — 235 State St, Garner at 7pm

Thursday, March 16Pottawattamie County — Council Bluffs Library, registration at 6:30pm, call to order at 7pm

Saturday, March 18Dubuque County — Northeast Iowa Community College, 8342 NICC Drive, Peosta at 9am

Saturday, March 18 — Plymouth County — Merrill Kissinger Center, Merrill at noon

Monday, March 20Buchanan County — Pizza Ranch, 1900 1st St W, Independence at 6pm

Saturday, March 25Allamakee County — Robey Memorial Library Community Room, Waukon at 10:15am

Saturday, March 25 — Boone County — Boone Historical Building, 6th and Story Street, Boone at 10am 

Saturday, March 25 — Montgomery County — Fire Station at 10am 

Saturday, March 25 — Story County — Ames High School, Ames at 9am

Sunday, March 26 — Clinton County — Clinton Community College, Clinton at 1pm

Monday, March 27 — Wayne County — Courthouse meeting room, Corydon, registration at 6:30, call to order at 7pm

Tuesday, March 28Cerro Gordo County — Village Court Family Restaurant, 687 S Taft Ave #4, Mason City at 6:30pm



  1. This is all of them I've found with the times and locations. In Polk County you can go to any of the locations listed.

    Linn County- March 4th 9AM
    District 35-Taft Middle School in the cafeteria 5200 E Ave NW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52405
    District 34 IBEW Hall 1211 Wiley Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
    District 33 Washington High School 2205 Forest Dr SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
    District 48, Gwen's 119 W Main St, Lisbon, IA 52253

    Hancock County March 16 @ 7:00 pm 235 State St, Garner, IA 50438

    Dallas County February 28 6:30 pm Patrick's Restaurant, 211 S 7th St, Adel,

    Johnson County: Thursday, March 2. Iowa City Public Library, 123 Linn, room "A". Caucus to follow central committee meeting at 6p.

    Cherokee County is March 4th at 9:30 in the morning in the Supervisors room, Court House, Cherokee, IA

    Clinton County is March 26th at Clinton Community College, 1pm. Clinton, IA

    Worth county March 2, Kensett town hall, 6:30 Kensett, IA

    Story County March 25th 9AM High School, Ames, IA 50010

    Muscatine County is Monday March 6 at MCC student Center 5 PM, Muscatine, IA

    Pottawattamie County, Thursday March 16 @ the Council Bluffs Library. Registration starts at 6:30 pm. Call to order at 7:00 pm.

    Plymouth County - Saturday, 18 March, noon to 4pm. at Merrill Kissinger Center, Merrill, IA

    Wayne County is Monday, the 27th. Registration at 6:30, meeting begins at 7pm. Courthouse meetingroom. Corydon, IA

    Cerro Gordo County March 28 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm Village Court Family Restaurant, 687 S Taft Ave #4, Mason City, IA 50401

    Cedar county. March 16, 7 pm. Courthouse Tipton, IA

    Buchanan county March 20, 6 PM Pizza Ranch, 1900 1st St W, Independence, IA 50644

    Howard County March 9th at the kesssel building in Cresco Iowa

    Union County March 11 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am 116 W Adams St, Creston, IA

    Dubuque County March 18 9 AM UAW Local 94 3450 Central Ave Dubuque, IA

    Hancock County March 16 @ 7:00 pm 235 State St, Garner, IA 50438

    Allamakee County March 25 10:15 a.m. Robey Memorial Library Community Room. in Waukon

    Wapello County March 11th

    Woodbury county is March 11 at 6 pm at the Wilbur Aalfs Public Library meeting room Sioux City, IA 51101

    Boone County March 25th 10 AM at the Boone Historical Building, 6th and Story Street. Boone IA

    Montgomery County is March 25th, 10 am to 12 pm at the Fire Station.

    Des Moines County- already took place
    Page County- already took place
    Marion County- already took place
    Sioux County- already took place
    -Madalyn Anderson

  2. Here's the link to the Polk County locations-http://polkdems.com/2017-off-year-caucus/