June 2018


The meeting was called to order by Chair Harold Prior at 7 p.m.

Prior thanked the Dickinson Dems for helping nearly fill the room up. He once again challenged attendees to bring another friend with them so we could ‘tear down this wall!’ and expand the Pebble Beach room for our next meeting on July 16, 2018.

Prior led the Dickinson Dems in the Pledge of Allegiance.


House District 1 Candidate Karen Larson

House District 2 Candidate Ryan Odor

County Supervisor Tim Fairchild

Iowa Senate District 7 Candidate Jackie Smith

Smith hails from Woodbury County but has a summer home in Okoboji. She thanked the Dickinson Dems for hosting her and said she was impressed with our meeting attendance. She has State Rep. Chris Hall and Tim Kassina in her district. The State Senate seat has been occupied by Rick Bertrand for eight years, but he is retiring. Smith was born and raised and then raised her own family in District 7. She left for Baylor University in Texas for one year, but left after one year. She said she didn’t feel the same level of respect for women that she feels in Iowa. She was a County Supervisor, but lost her last election as part of the Donald Trump shock. She in the time after the 2016 election, she was watching ‘too much MSNBC’ and decided she had to step up and take action.

She said she was raised in a political family, helped organize campaigns, and often had Woodbury County or presidential candidates sitting around her kitchen table. Smith said that running for County Supervisor was natural. She has been a speech therapist for 34 years. She owned a small business.

Holly (and former teacher who retired from public schools after a 40 year career) will host a fundraiser for her home on July 14. Smith said this is an incredible opportunity to turn the seat blue but that Democrats can’t take anything for granted. She said it will be a lot of hard work. She shared an experience that illustrated the uphill battle. While at the museum in Arnolds Park, several teenagers were looking at the sugarbowl. They said ‘you know why the sugar bowl isn’t running anymore? The liberals took it away.” She said there is a whole generation that is buying into the GOP propaganda. She said we need to take control of the Senate, House, and Governor’s mansion.  Jackie Smith invited Karen Larson to the event.

J.D. Scholten will be present at the Jackie Smith Fundraiser at 1401 Jerdee Lane, Wahpeton, IA. The even goes from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


MA(Think)A Hats

Prior thanked Linda Moore for the ‘Make American Think Again’ hat idea and reported that nearly 200 had been sold. The project had been so successful, the hat company wanted to put in an additional order and provided two new design ideas. The cost of the new hats would be around $4.50 each. He suggested we consider new ideas like ‘Free the Children’ should the crisis at the U.S. Border not be resolved soon. The new hat designs would be given away later in the meeting to an individual who reported good news and/or found an error in the last meeting’s minutes.


Regarding the crisis at the U.S. / Mexico order and migrant parent / child separation, the Chairman Prior asked all members to call their lawmakers. Prior said that ‘we might as well dig up the Statue of Liberty and send it back to France. What the Trump Administration is doing makes the inscription at its base an absolute mockery.” He said that everyone who cares about the welfare of children, and about the U.S. needs to take action.

Dickinson Dem Secretary Jane Shuttleworth suggested we take down their numbers at the meeting. Gail Bockman suggested that we also call Rep. Paul Ryan’s Speaker of the House office and email all of our representatives. Treasurer Kaylene Kinlan distributed their contact information, as follows:

  • Rep. Steve King 202-225-4426

  • Sen. Chuck Grassley 202-224-3744

  • Sen. Joni Ernst 202-224-3254

  • Speaker Paul Ryan 202-225-0600

Prior noted that he has the most success contacting his lawmaker’s staff between 9 - 11 a.m. He noted that when he contacted Rep. Ernst’s office he was ‘blunt’ when told we must ‘enforce the law’ as the current activity that separates children from their parents is a policy not, in fact, a law.


Prior said that our efforts are being noticed at state party and around northwest Iowa. He said he appreciated all the hours and contributions put in by the Dickinson Dems. But, he said, the hard work had just begun. He challenged the Dickinson Dems to work even harder to retire Steve King, Kim Reynolds and ensure there are Democratic majorities in the Iowa House and Senate.

Jan Grant won the Copy Editors Award and received a MA(Think)A Hat!


Kaylene Kinlan reported that were were $500 in contributions for June

$277 was spent

There is $5,544.40 remaining

Prior asked that everyone fill out a 2018 - 2019 Membership Form


John Addams provided an update on the Summer Sizzler event, scheduled for August 1. The Sizzler will be held at the Majestic Pavilion. He called for 15-20 volunteers to work the event on both July 31 and August 1.

From 5:30 - 6 p.m. there will be a social hour to meet candidates. From 6-7 p.m. The Farm to Fork food truck will serve a catered BBQ meal. While not included in the cost of the ticket, Queen II rides will depart at 3 - 4:15 p.m., 5 - 6:15 p.m. and from 7:30 - 8 p.m. Candidates from up and down the Iowa Democratic ticket will inspire attendees for the coming midterm elections. Special guests include Rep. Eric Swalwell, presidential candidate and Rep. John Delaney, and Dickinson County’s own Berkeley Beddell. Other Iowa Democrats have been invited, but not responded as of the June Dickinson Dem meeting. Denny Perry’s team will do presentation of colors and the Pledge of Allegiance.

The Majestic Pavilion seats 300 people. Tickets are $30 a piece. Tickets can be purchased in groups of eight to reserve a table. There will be 37 tables of 8 seats ($240) and two registration tables. The Dickinson Dems are responsible for cleanup. $10 from each ticket sale will go back to the County who has assigned the tickets. 19 counties have been formally invited. They are given a certain number of tickets based on how many they think can be sold.

Addams reflected that he hasn’t felt this much ‘electricity in the air’ since he was a member of the Republican Party and Ronald Reagan was on the ballot. Promotion will begin next Tuesday. Rep. Eric Swalwell will be featured in an ad in local media. Media will then be pitched across the region.


House District 1 Candidate Karen Larson’s next fundraiser is Wednesday, June 20. She invited everyone to attend, especially the Podunk Resistance crowd. The midsummer celebration will feature Larson’s home-cooked food, drinks, and activities.

Larson reported that she’s been keeping up with Rep. John Wills Legislative Columns in the Dickinson County News. She said it was the first time ever he has continued to publish them despite the Iowa House not being in session. Larson has submitted a piece to the Des Moines Register. She also pointed to a piece published by Chuck Eisenhart about water quality, which debunks many of the research and design of the clean water strategy that Wills’ plan depends.

Dickinson Dem Virginia Kelly asked Larson to specifically respond to Wills’ column about ‘values.’ Larson said that her latest piece included a line about responsible governing. That if government is a burden on taxpayers, it is because legislation without results should be examined. Larson reported that she met with a voter in Lyon county after a meeting who said “I have voted straight ticket Republican throughout my whole life. But I am supporting you and voting for you.”

Larson said she looks forward to coordinating with the Dickinson Democrats on parades, county fairs, etc. She said she looked forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday.

House District 2 Candidate Ryan Odor introduced himself to new people in the room. He said he is originally from Spencer and moved back to the area nine years ago. He said he is getting a lot of positive response to his campaign. He is attending a lot of parades over the next few weeks. He has spent a lot of time in Palo Alto County. He asked that the Dickinson Dems keep him informed about where he needs to go and good opportunities to meet voters.


Caroline Perkins - democratic message. Lots of work, condensed down into short message. Passing out the message. Read the first sentence.

Harold: This is something the group needs to ratify. Need majority report of this to be our message statement. Central committee will come to meetings. Need enough to share for a two at a time. State platform is 22 pages long. Caroline tried to keep us on one page.

Linda: Read the first sentence. [insert full document here]

Jeanne: Must be strong on public schools. PUBLIC NOT, PRIVATE schools including no charter schools.

Alvin: Missing the diversity, would love to see it. Where to put it.

Carl Klein: get some people who don’t have gray hair.

Motion to accept message: Jan

Marjorie Miller seconded

DISCUSSION: Eric Schultes - clean water, e-coli, other items in water, CAFOs pose huge air health risk. With the environment, states like MN and NB has air emissions that ag industries have to follow. - Add air and water.

Kaylene: adding honoring the integrity, opportunity, and prosperity of all people

Denny: amend the motion, add “and air” to after , second by Andrew Dunn.

DISCUSSION: need to maintain discussion about amended motion “and air” to statement

Gail - speaking in favor of “and air” contributes easily to the presented comment

Andrew - motion to vote - Jane Shuttleworth - second

Passed for the item - AND AIR is added to “clean water and air”

Harold - further discussion about “clean water, and air, and land”

Gail Bockman moved to  - “:add word “diversity’ to the logo

DISCUSSION: Carl Klein is diversity a red flag for someone -

Deb Morris - anyone who sees red flag own’t be looking at our thing

Linda Moore - putting opportunity and prosperity for all cultures. Honoring integrity, opportunity and and prosperity for all cultures...democrats for america”

Gail: accepts the Committee’s suggestion

Andrew: Second motion

Beth odor call for the question

Motion carries, all opposed , approves - integrity, opportunity, and prosperity

Point of Order - voting on the entire document with amendments as adopted. Call to question in favor all, motion carries. We have message statement.


Mini meeting at last big meeting, didn’t set up meeting between times.

Overwhelmed with 900 pages of voter reg info

Only to 100 pages of voters by precinct who are listed as no party or as libertarians.  A little bit of ‘give’ in those folks.

Set up meeting to split up, 15 precincts in voting area. Range from numbers from 54 to 1562 within a township. Will calling on all of us to give a hand to get some people. Develop scripts, timelines, and help from extra people.

Known Rita hart for 30 years - couldn’t be more thrilled

Gail: Met Hillary in line - starstruck and couldn’t say a word. When she shook people’s hands, had something in her mind. That small amount of practice of meeting someone who view as more famous as they are, really helps. At home, look in the mirror and speak your message to yourself and practice evne if it’s a line or response. So that wen you’re out and tlking to friends, you’re mentally prepared to delvier the democratic message.


Andrew Dunn

It’s a lot more and better way to contact voters than lists from teh county auditors process. Need an explanation. Since 2001, main goal is to organize data. County party with state uses the software to procure sec of states office, public information. Voter registration data. When we get the data from voter reg, names, voting history, numbers addresses, and registration. Organize data gotten from auditors and sec of states office ot put togetehr lists of people in dickinson county. As well as no party people. Use it in effective manner. Phone calls, give individual codes to people to see lists, to knock doors. Or to call phone numbers bysuch and such time. Incredibly useful tool thanks to the state party use to help all our local candidates up and down the ballot.

Gail: Can you remove people?

Andrew: Yes, we can remove names. IT’s like Facebook, empty, but then you fill it up yourself. We fill it in with the lists that we get.

Kaylene - can you cut and clip your lists.

Ryan - with republicans, can you note which ones vote straight ticket. We have the data, but not sure if we can tell that.

Tim - GOP has exactly the same thing. Spent a lot of money on their program.

Andrew: anyone who campaigns who wants to do phone calls, they will likely use the van, since 2014 have be3en campaigning, never not used a van.

Kaylene - does it sort?

Andrew: We can sort it beforehand. We do it on our hand, before we put it into program

Virginia Kelly - most recent election info is included, we may lose people.

Andrew - we need to have combo of auditors office and voter data

Gail - who do we contact about the information? Sons phone number gets calls from Gail phone.

Andrew - not sure if phone Number is linked to voter information. Campaigns, lsits are proprietary, maintained. We must build our own lists, the state does not provide. We can edit the list.

Harold: Virginia and Andrew have been talking, voter outreach and registration committee so all of us can help to knock doors, get out the vote, etc.

Brett - yields time to Virginia and Andrew's committees to come up with a strategy to come up with a plan.

Harold two reports from register. Hubbell did very well in Dickinson Primary. JD Scholten received 14514k votes of democrats in primary, and leann got 32, paschen, got 17. All democrats voting in primary, thinking about how they work. Most dedicated GOP and Dems vote in primaries. The core democrats and republicans.

JD got half of those votes.

Steve King, had a primary voter with little funding and no name recognition, got 25 percent of the vote in primary 1 out of 4 of most strident republican folks did not vote for steve king

Furthermore, most dedicated republicans who voted in the primary in district 4, those numbers for king. Scholten would have won if those voters still did it.

28310 Dem total

27743 GOP total

Not a ton of GOP excitement for King. We can beat him and retire him. But how hard do we have to work to get it done.

History is replete with circumstances and looked at things and could have given up. Churchill with england as the only hold out. By narrow english channel. “Not winnable, we can’t do this” negotiated the treaty with nazis. He said “we’ll fight everywhere, we will never give up.”

Eisenhower, bad weather report, didn’t do D-Day

Deb - have we discussed, noticed a lot about the same age within a couple decades. Have we discussed the targeting and statistics about the democratic millennials. Canvassing iowa lakes community colleges, put up posters, etc. has anyone been putting up posters, etc? Mainstream for young kids who talk to.

Harold: Challenge, we have going for us we have some school association presidents who on occasion involved with us. Have to be careful to be non partisan, then creating enemies in legislator or etc.

Deb: Student committees or papers, go right to the kids and say “hey” how can we get you guys interested.

Harold: Must be careful with captive audience.

Ryan Odor: Young Professionals Group is having an event tomorrow.

Harold: Same vigor of Parkland

Deb: College students are who we need to get involved. Why would it be any different? If you’re interested we’ve got this going. Put this in your paper as in all other papers. That’s what she meant.

Andrew: As a student at the school with newspaper, newspapers aren’t effective. There’s a lot of different ways to reach out, but on a basic level, there has to be a physical infrastructure. need to find the people who find what they want to do .

Deb: Moved back 5 years ago. Everyone who was in here. John Adams. Most of us have been democrats our whole lives. Young people will make the difference in this area. A lot more flexible than a lot of people in our age group. Don’t have an answer but how we tap that.

Harold. Excellent point. Take your ideas and run with it, join our voter committee and you have passion, you can help us head it up.

Harold: Secure effort on Supervisor District 1 - Eric Schultes at Karen Larson fundraiser, interested to be a candidate. Needed 20 write in signatures - didn’t get it. Got 13. Willing to run, start sooner.

Gail: Outreach committee meeting afterwards.

Harold: Next meeting on 3rd Monday, July 16. Same station, back channel. F

Virginia Kelly: Voter registration people

Harold Prior adjourned meeting at 8:34 p.m.