February 24, 2015

Elections to 2015-2017 DAN Board

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It’s election time for DAN and we want you to help us form the new Board! You can contribute by either casting your vote or nominating yourself for a position.

The current Board was elected by you in March 2013 for a two year term making March 2015 the start of the term for the new Board.

The Board of DAN is comprised of five positions on the Executive Committee and six Committee Chairs. The Executive Committee consists of: Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and Legal Counsel. Self nominations are required to run for these positions by using a form linked to the post below this one.

Once elected, the Chair appoints Committee Chairs in operational positions to assist in running DAN activities. The Committee Chairs established in 2011 were: Webmaster, Membership, Events, and Promotion. Please contact DANelection2015@hotmail.com if you are interested any of the Committee Chair positions.

HOW will the elections be held?

Elections will be held electronically using SurveyMonkey. Information about how to vote will be distributed electronically to all DAN members.

1) Electronically

2) Delivered in person at the Annual meeting on March 24th in Oslo (place to be announced at later date).

 

WHAT are the deadlines for the election process?

  • February 24th – Members alerted of nomination process
  • March 8th – Deadline for nominations to be received
  • March 24th – Annual meeting (location to be announced) at which ballots are counted and announced

HOW will nominations take place?

The voting is based on self-nominations. If you are interested in running for office, please complete the nomination form linked to the post below the one you are reading. . You are required to submit your name, position running for, and a maximum of 500 words on why you are the best candidate for the position. This information will be posted on our website for all members to view.

HOW can I nominate myself for a Committee Chair position?

The selection of Committee Chairs is based also on self-nominations. If you are interested in any of these positions please contact DANelection2015@hotmail.com with a short overview of what position you are interested in and why. The process for appointing Committee Chairs will be announced in April 2015.

WHAT are the job descriptions for the Board or Executive Committee ?

Job descriptions can be found in the by-laws on our website – www.democratsabroad.no on §4.3-4.7.

 WHY is your vote important?

As stated in our by-laws, we have to reach quorum for our election to be valid and this will require votes from at least ten percent of the verified DAN membership.

WHEN do we announce the new Board?

We will count the votes at our annual meeting on March 24th and announce the new Board. Results will be posted on our website following the meeting.

WHAT will happen at the Annual meeting on March 24th?

The Annual meeting will be open for DAN members only and the agenda is as follows:

a. Review of the last 2 years activities

b. Inputs from Board road ahead

c. Count of ballots for Executive Committee

d. Announcement of new Board

Your participation in this election is important, so please remember to cast your vote and let us know if you are interested in serving on the new Board!

Best regards,

February 24, 2015

Nomination form for elections to DAN board

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Dear DAN member,

Elections are nearing and time is in for nominations!

The voting is based on self-nominations. If you are interested in running for office, please complete the nomination form (click nomination-form-2015 to download) and send to DANelection2015@hotmail.com  

You are required to submit your name, position running for, and a maximum of 500 words on why you are the best candidate for the position. This information will be posted on our website for all members to view on or before March 8th.

Remember: the deadline for self-nominations is March 8th!

December 23, 2014

Happy holidays from us at DAN

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President Obama is spending the holidays in Hawaii with his family after a whirlwind month that we know has left many Democrats smiling and re-energized.

From all of us at DAN, thanks for your support in 2014 and best wishes for a god jul and a safe and happy holiday season.

Watch this page for news about what we have planned for 2015 sometime in late January!

 

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October 7, 2014

The midterm elections are right around the corner – and DAN is organizing Oslo’s premier pre-election event!

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‘THE MID-TERM ELECTIONS 2014, WHAT IS AT STAKE AND A LOOK TO 2016

WHERE: Co-working space “657”, Fredenborgsveien 24 D, 0177 Oslo

WHEN: Thursday, October 23 from 6pm to 8:30

Join us for dinner, a drink, a raffle and an evening of first-rate political analysis and discussion!

1. WHAT IS AT STAKE IN THE MID-TERM ELECTIONS? – How gerrymandering has created a

difficult situation for Democrats in the Midterm election and which states can help shift the momentum. What are the

possibilities of a Republicans take-over in the Senate and what is the effect of the Tea Party on the GOP’s hold

on the House.

Tove Bjørgaas, NRK journalist – NRK correspondent in Washington DC, responsible for covering

North and South America from 2006-2010, focused particularly on the international economy. She

started as a correspondent in Washington DC in 2010 and she now works in Norway. Author of

“Change and Fear: Barack Obama United States” (2011)

2. THE KEY ISSUES IN THE MID-TERMS – Is defunding Health Care still the key priority for the GOP

and where are both parties with regards to comprehensive immigration reform? Are foreign issues entering

the political arena for the Mid-Terms, and what impact will the conflict in Israel and Palestine have on the

races? What about relations with Russia and Syria? A bi-partisan panel will look at the issues from a range of

perspectives in order to get the most realistic view of what to expect.

Hilde Restad, PhD in International Relations and American Foreign Policy from Thomas Jefferson’s

own university – the University of Virginia. Hilde is currently an associate professor of Peace and

Conflict Studies at Bjørknes College.

Lisa Cooper, Chair, Democrats Abroad

Eric Manderville, Chair, Republicans Abroad

3. AN EARLY LOOK AT 2016 – In addition to doing our own straw poll we will invite 4 guests to give us

their prediction for the Republican and Democratic ballots in 2016!

Honorable Barry White – Former US Ambassador to Norway & the Obama campaign

organizer for Massachusetts in 2008 (via Skype)

• Hilde Restad, PhD

• Tove Bjørgaas, NRK journalist

• DAN and RAN

 

2016 IS CLOSER THAN YOU THINK!

The Mid-terms are really a dress rehearsal for the upcoming presidential elections. Will Hillary finally announce

she is running? Who will challenge her on the Democratic side? Will Mitt Romney give it a third try and who

will the Koch brothers support in the bid for the GOP candidate?

Join us in October for a lively discussion and a look to 2016 to find out!

 

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August 10, 2014

Request your ballot or register to vote at Cafe Fedora on September 2nd!

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Need help requesting a ballot to vote in the 2014 midterm elections? Unsure how to reach election officials in your home state? Or are you registering to vote for the first time?

Join members of the board of Democrats Abroad Norway from 6 to 8pm at Oslo’s very own American-run Cafe Fedora in Frogner. We’ll be armed with computers to help get you registered or to make sure your ballot gets to you in time for you to cast that all-important vote for your Democratic candidate for the House and/or Senate.

We have no formal program for the evening, so please feel free to drop by or stick around for a cup of coffee, a meal, or something sweet.

Cafe Fedora is located at Frognerveien 22, a short walk near the Lille Frogner Alle stop on the #12 tram line.

Hope to see you there!

 

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June 9, 2014

Join us in Frogner Park on June 29th to celebrate the Fourth!

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The American Coordinating Council of Norway (ACCN) is once again arranging *the* annual event for meeting, greeting and networking with fellow Americans and America fans. And best of all, it’s free!

This year’s event – the 29th consecutive celebration of America’s independence – is slated for Sunday, June 29th between 12 and 5pm. Democrats Abroad Norway is an active member of the ACCN and our tent is a mainstay of the event.

As always, the event will have all the ingredients of a wonderful 4th of July celebration. Come join us in Frogner Park for a fun-packed afternoon featuring:

  • Family Entertainment – including Airbuzz, Lady Moscow and the Rock Band Dancers
  • Sports
  • Great food
  • Raffles
  • Win plane tickets to the U.S.!
  • Games
  • Arts and crafts
  • Children’s games
  • A beautiful setting in which to celebrate
  • And last but not least, lots of good, old-fashioned American hospitality

DEMOCRATS ABROAD NORWAY WILL BE THERE

Want to get registered to vote in the upcoming midterm elections? Already registered to vote, but need help requesting your ballot?

Want to learn more about our upcoming slate of events as we approach midterm elections?

Or do you just want the opportunity to meet other Democrats — and the chance to become a member? Then the ACCN Independence Day Celebration is the place.

Democrats Abroad Norway will be manning a tent at the ACCN Independence Day Celebration at Frogner Park on Sunday from noon until 5pm. Come stop by for all your voting needs and to get your political fix!

FIND OUT MORE

Click on the link for the ACCN site for more information about events that help connect Americans in Norway to other Americans!And feel free to visit www.accn.no for more information.

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April 29, 2014

DAN is organizing an event on the Affordable Care Act on May 20th and we want to see you there!

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THE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ACT

Will it make or break the 2014 Midterm Elections?

  • Democratic candidates across the board are being attacked for supporting it!
  • Republicans are calling it un-American.
  • And Europeans are trying to figure out why!

Join Democrats Abroad Norway on Tuesday, May 20 to get a better understanding of one of the most debated issues in the period running up to the 2014 mid-term elections – The Affordable Care Act.

WHEN : Tuesday, May 20, 2014 (1800-2030)

WHERE : The American Lutheran Church, Oslo

CONTRIBUTION: NOK 150

REFRESHMENTS : Coffee, Tea, Cakes for sale

  • Welcome – Lisa Cooper, Chair, DAN (1800-1810)
  • Introduction to the Event – Brad Larson, Vice Chair, DAN (1810-1820)
  • The ACA – How we got there and what it does David Golden, MD New England political observer & participant (1820-1840)
  • Comparing the ACA and the Norwegian System Egil Marstein, PhD BI, Public Health Policy & Government & Health maintenance/Strategy (1840-1900)
  • Break (1900-1930)
  • The ACA and the Midterms Hon. Barry White, Former US Ambassador to Norway & Obama Campaign organizer for Massachusetts in 2008 (1930-2000 – Skype)
  • Round up and social gathering until 2030

Register by May 15th by completing following link : CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Hope to see you in May!

Democrats Abroad in Norway

Hon. Barry White, former U.S. ambassador to Norway

Hon. Barry White, former U.S. ambassador to Norway

Egil Marstein

Egil Marstein

April 11, 2014

Save the date: Tuesday, May 20th!

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THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT – WILL IT MAKE OR BREAK THE 2014 MIDTERMS?

 

Join Democrats Abroad at the American Lutheran Church in Oslo (Tuesday, May 20 at 1800-2030) for an event that aims to give a better understanding of one of the most debated issues in the period running up to the 2014 mid-term elections – The Affordable Care Act.

 

We have experts from the US Medical field, from BI and also the political insights of the former US Ambassador to Norway, Barry White (Skype).  We’ll look at how the ACA compares to healthcare in Norway.  And even more importantly — how attitudes to the ACA can affect the tightly contested Senate and House races this fall.

 

 

A GLUT OF SPENDING

Since the beginning of the year there has been a glut of outside spending, particularly against Democratic incumbents. The nonprofit, conservative group Americans for Prosperity has dumped tens of millions into Senate and House races, simply reminding voters in emotion-packed ad after ad that these Democratic incumbents supported the ACA.

 

Understanding how to combat these tactics becomes increasingly important in a 2014 Senate landscape where Republicans have the possibility of taking back the chamber after eight years of Democratic control.

 

So save the date – Tuesday, May 20 in Oslo. Join us a we move into the 2014 Midterm Elections campaign!

January 10, 2014

First social event of 2014

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The first social gathering for Democrats Abroad in Norway in 2014!

Join us for a social event on January 23rd from 18-22 at Kirkeveien 11, 0260 Oslo.

We will have snacks and beer and wine for sale and short talk and videos of where we are on key issues and a look ahead to 2014 and mid-term elections.

To register please sign up by clicking on the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LGK5HXX

Hope to see you in soon !

Best Regards,

The Board of Democrats Abroad in Norway

December 19, 2013

Holiday greetings from us at DAN

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From all of us in the Board to you

and your family we wish you a

wonderful holiday season !

Looking forward to 2014!!!

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