Paul Yensen Strikes Back

The McHenry County Democratic Party web site features a piece by County Board member Paula Yensen rebutting comments apparently made under my article The Advantage Group (TAG) Sunsets I would guess from the content of comments made by new folks … Continue reading

Paul Yensen Reflects on the 1960’s

“A short biography of Paula Yensen’s political activism, presented to the Democratic Party of McHenry County as part of The 2013 Thomas Jefferson Award for Lifetime Achievement” is what is under the YouTube video about McHenry County Board member Paula … Continue reading

McHenry County Democratic Party Ends Up with almost $15,000 at the End of the Second Quarter of 2013

The McHenry County Democratic Party raised $16,015 during the second quarter of this year and ended June with $14,703.92 in the bank. Those making contributions which were reported (required if in excess of $150) follow: $1,000 – Paula Yensen, Self … Continue reading

48 of 212 McHenry County Precincts Have No GOP Committeeman, 46 Democratic Party Committeemen

I haven’t looked at the state of McHenry County Republican Central Committee since Republican Play Day on July 17th. Inspired by Stephen Di Bendiedtto’s Sunday article in the Northwest Herald, I decided to take another look. In mid-July, there were … Continue reading

No Appointments by Democrats to Fill Empty Precinct Committeeman Positions Yet

Having done a couple of articles about people that McHenry County Republican Party Chairman Mike Tryon has appointed where no one ran for the office of Precinct Committeeman, I thought it was time to look at what success the Democrats … Continue reading

McHenry County GOP Leader Has $6,500 in Chairman’s Circle PAC

In my comparison of the resources of the Republican and Democratic Parties in McHenry County, I just revealed what is in the official party treasuries. The Democrats look as if they have more. They reported having $7,620.53 at the end … Continue reading

McHenry County Democrats Report More in the Bank than Republicans

The McHenry County Democratic Party reported having $7,620.53 on hand at the end of March. That number reported spending $1,047 for the invitation, but a number of contributions for last Saturday’s event don’t seem to have been booked by March … Continue reading

Democrats Re-Elect Mike Bissett as County Chairman

The McHenry County Democratic Party Central Committee held its meeting Wednesday night and re-elected all but one of its officers. Michael Bissett of Lake in the Hills will continue to be the Party Chair. Huntley’s Sam Melei will again be … Continue reading

McHenry County Democratic Party Chairman Fasts to Help the Northern Illinois Food Bank

Here’s an article on the web site of the McHenry County Democratic Party. Re-printed with permission, it tells of Chairman Mike Bissett’s fast to benefit the Northern Illinois Food Bank from last Wednesday until his party’s annual Jefferson Day Dinner … Continue reading

McHenry County Dems Urge Support for Wisconsin Recall Effort

I just noticed that Mike Bisset and Terry Kappel are writing articles for the “Urgent Action” page of the McHenry County Democratic Central Committee. Chairman Mike Bisset writes on the top article: The Wisconsin recall effort is continuing. Volunteers needed! … Continue reading

Democrats Flatlining while Republicans Go Downhill in McHenry County

Shortly before Christmas McHenry County Blog published evidence of the declineof the Republican Party locally. The percentages below represent the proportions of McHenry County’s precincts where people filed for Republican Precinct Committeeman during the last three election cycles. 2008 – … Continue reading

Where Is the McHenry County Democratic Party Best Organized?

Earlier this month, the percentages of precincts for which people filed for Republican Precinct Committeeman was published. Republicans, you may remember filled 49% of McHenry County’s 212 precincts, while Democrats had candidates in 19%. Today we look at how the … Continue reading

The McHenry County Democratic Party – The 40 out of 212 Precincts Where People Filed for Committeeman

A while back McHenry County Blog took a look at how the Republican Party was faring, based on the number of people who filed GOP Precinct Committeeman petitions. Let’s take a walk down that same path with McHenry County Democrats. … Continue reading

Frothing Some More about Lack of Precinct Committeeman Candidates

I hadn’t memorized the number of precincts in McHenry County. Today McHenry County Clerk told me we have 212. So, let me do some division using the Friday noon petition filings for precinct committeeman. The Republicans had 54. [John Landon … Continue reading

As of Friday Noon, Dems Up to 18 Cmmmitteeman Candidates

Monday, the first day for filing petitions for public and party office, only one Democrat, Ringwood’s Marti Swanson filed for precinct committeeman. As of Friday noon, the minority party was up to 18 filings. GRAFTON 18 – Denise Barreto, 5525 … Continue reading

Are Major Parties Dying?

If you are a Democrat, you can become Precinct Committeeman in any precinct but Ringwood’s without opposition. That’s because only Marti Swanson filed for Committeeman as a Democrat on the first day possible. It takes only 10 valid signatures to … Continue reading

McHenry County Parties Have Little Financial Resources

It’s an off year for partisan politicians, but you’d think parties and candidates would be trying to raise money. Must be a tough economy, because the McHenry County Democrats didn’t even try. No receipts and $5,140 in the bank. The … Continue reading

The McHenry County Fair – Political Angles

While the teen were exploring other parts of the McHenry County Fair on Friday, I went looking for things political. Democratic Party State Rep. Jack Franks’ tent was first.  It was closest to the free parking. Then,  I saw the … Continue reading