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Party caucuses Feb. 4 in Lake County

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The issues facing the region, the state and the nation affect us all. This week, President Barack Obama shared his vision for 2014 in his State of the Union Address. He identified priorities like raising the minimum wage and wage equity for women, creating pathways for citizenship for undocumented immigrants, bringing troops home from around the globe and applying diplomatic solutions to conflict whenever possible. He said that the Affordable Health Care Act has made a positive difference in the lives of Americans and that he’s determined to bring early childhood and post-secondary education or training within reach of all. What do you think? Are you aligned with his vision or do you have other ideas for meeting the needs of citizens, improving the economy and ensuring that our children become contributing members of their communities and families?

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Our legislators have proven that rancor, denial, obstruction and a my-way-or-no-way approach to policy making don’t work. To make a positive difference, people on both sides of the equation must be willing to talk (and listen) to one another, accept that there may be more than one way to accomplish a goal, and remember that, at the end of the day, we’re all in this together. Nobody is the winner if our neighbors are hungry, unsheltered, sick and hopeless.

Get involved in a caucus and bring your ideas forward. Begin a dialogue and resolve to prove that the democratic process is alive and well in our nation afterall.

DFL, GOP, and Green Party caucuses will be held at locations throughout the region on Feb. 4. Lake County residents who are, or will be 18 years old and eligible to vote by Nov. 4 are welcome and encouraged to take part. Caucuses start at 7 p.m. in each location. Caucuses are held for the purpose of identifying local and statewide candidates and to raise, debate and vote on resolutions for political action. Observers are welcome but do not vote or participate. A participant must either already be a party member or identify with and support the values of the party. 

The DFL will meet at Two Harbors High School, GOP meeting at the Two Harbors Community Center for:

Two Harbors Wards 1,2,3,4

Unorganized Territory No. 2 (all precincts)

Silver Creek Township

DFL meeting at William Kelley High School, 137 Banks Blvd., Silver Bay, various rooms, GOP meeting in the William Kelley high School library for:

Silver Bay Precincts 1 and 2

Beaver Bay

Beaver Bay Township Precincts 1 and 4

Unorganized Territory No. 1

Crystal Bay

DFL only at Isabella Community Center for:

Stony River Township (GOP residents will meet at WKHS library)

DFL and GOP meeting at Vermillion College for:

Fall Lake Township

The Green Party caucus will take place at the Alden Town Hall, 7404 Laine Road, Two Harbors.

According to caucus organizers, the Green Party is dedicated to ecological wisdom, grassroots democracy, social and economic justice, and non-violence. Other key values include decentralization, community-based economics, feminism and gender equity, respect for diversity, personal and global responsibility, and focus on a sustainable future.

Green Party Caucus Agenda February

7:00 – 7:15 Introduction of participants

7:15 – 7:30 Introduction to the Green Party, including:

The Green Party’s 10 key values

The history of the Green Party

The structure of the Green Party (Local, State, National)

7:30 – 7:45 Discussion about local and potential candidates

7:45 – 8:00 Identification of 2014 statewide candidates

8:00 – 8:45 Discussion of resolutions, submission of platform plank proposals

8:45 – 8:55 Issues for 2014 legislative session

8:55 - 9:00 Close

The Ten Key Values of the Green Party may be read here:

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