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Join us this Thursday, June 4, 6:30–9, at the Woman’s National Democratic Club* in Dupont Circle (1526 New Hampshire Ave NW). This will be the first of a series of venues we’d like to take a closer look at for our future home.
We’ve had a few suggestions, and we’ll take a look at some of those in upcoming weeks. Some of the things we look for in potential new venues:
Thanks again for you suggestions thus far, and we look forward to your future suggestions, and of course seeing you this Thursday at the WNDC.
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* No idea why “woman” is singular in the name, but it is.
With the closing of Timberlake’s, we’re taking the week off and lining up some locations to try out over the next few weeks. Let us know if you have suggestions or want to help with the search.
After more than 30 years, Mr. Timberlake is retiring and selling the place, which will close at the end of the month. That means that after more than 4 years, DC Drinking Liberally has to find a new home. Join us as we say goodbye to a Dupont Circle institution and to Dan, the king of waiters: Thursday, May 21, 6:30‒9pm, Timberlake’s, 1726 Connecticut Ave NW (Dupont Circle Metro).
We’re having a little trouble finding a good new location, so we’ll probably be nomadic for a few weeks and try out some possibilities. Watch for details on future meetings. If you have any suggestions of locations or want to help with the search, let us know in the comments or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m sure locations will be a big discussion topic this week, so come and put in your two cents.
Do you have questions about what’s going on in DC’s local government? Voting rights? Same-sex marriage? Homelessness? The relationship between the city council and the mayor?
If so, you’re in luck, because this week in place of our usual get-together we’re joining with our friends from DC for Democracy to host an informal discussion with Vincent Gray, chair of DC’s city council. It’ll be Thursday, May 14, 8:30-10pm, in the Langston Room at Busboys and Poets, 14th & V Streets NW (U St Metro). NOTE SPECIAL LOCATION AND TIME.
It’s a little later than usual, and at a different place, but I hope you can attend what should be an interesting evening. So that we have an idea of numbers, please RSVP on the Facebook event or e-mail email@example.com.
Next week, May 21, we’ll be back at Timberlake’s for our final night there, celebrating four years of Drinking Liberally in that spot.
As we enter the period of transition from Timberlake’s to an eventual new location, watch your e-mail even more closely than usual for details of future events. If you’re on Facebook, join our group. Spread the word about Drinking Liberally! If you enjoy our events, tell your friends and get them to subscribe to our announcement list.
I’m compiling a list of affordable (at least relative to some others) events surrounding the inauguration. Let me know of any others that sound interesting.
Wednesday, January 14
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Thursday, January 22
Besides the primary for elected officials, the other election happening tomorrow (on the same ballots) is that for most members of the DC Democratic State Committee (DSC, the local branch of the Democratic Party), including DC’s representatives on the Democratic National Committee (DNC) — who will be superdelegates in 2012.
The DCDSC consists of about 80 members, and 48 of them are being elected tomorrow:
Since you won’t be voting for the ward-level members for wards other than your own, you’ll only see 20 of the positions on the ballot. Voting for the DNC positions is normal, and for the DSC positions you’ll vote for up to 6 from each at-large list and up to 2 from each ward-level list.
Most DSC and DNC candidates are affiliated with a slate, which is indicated next to their names on the ballot. Confusingly, but not surprisingly, this year every slate name includes the name “Obama”. The largest slate, and the only only that’s running a candidate for every slot, is the bizarrely named Obama4UnityBeatsMcCain. It’s a mix of incumbents and challengers and includes a lot of people I know from grassroots groups. It’s been endorsed by DC for Democracy, DC for Obama, and City Paper’s Loose Lips (though he didn’t endorse the DNC candidates).
The other citywide slates are called Obama for DC (note: not endorsed by DC for Obama) and Obama for Change. There are also ward-specific slates named Ward 3 Dems for Obama & Change and Obama’s Ward One Democrats. DCist has a pretty good writeup.
Hopelessly confused? My advice is just to look for the “4″ and vote Obama4UnityBeatsMcCain. If a critical mass of them gets elected, then maybe there’s some hope of making the local party functional.
Tuesday, September 9, is primary day here DC. If you’re a Democrat, Republican, or State Green Party member who’s been registered to vote in DC for at least 30 days, be sure to get to the polls. See the Board of Elections and Ethics site for information.
If you live in Ward 2, 4, 7, or 8, there’s an election for ward-level council member this year. In other wards, you’ll be voting only for citywide elected officials. I’ve listed the Democratic candidates below (incumbents are marked with asterisks, websites are linked when I could find them):
DC Democrats will also be electing members of the local party organization, the DC Democratic State Committee. I’ll have a separate post about that.
The word from the national Drinking Liberally folks is that there’ve been some problems with the e-mail announcement lists and unfortunately in changing list software the modifications for the last month or so have been lost.
That means that if you subscribed to or unsubscribed from the DCDL announcement list within the last month, you may need to do it again.
Apologies for the inconvenience, and I hope we manage to get the word to the lost new subscribers.
Join your friends at DCDL, FireDogLake.com, TheSeminal.com, and DC For Democracy in welcoming our special guest David Sirota on Wednesday, June 4:
More on David Sirota here.
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