SHAWANO DEMS NEWSLETTER – SEPTEMBER 2017

THREE CANDIDATES COMING TO SHAWANO

   The race for a Democratic governor is on.  In the next month, three of the candidates will be visiting Shawano County. 
   On Monday, September 18, Mike McCabe will be at the Civic Center in Shawano from 6:00-8:00 pm.  The Exploring Now Book Club has invited him to come to discuss his book, Blue Jeans in High Places, The Coming Makeover of American Politics.  Even if you haven’t read his book, you are invited to witness the discussion of the progressive ideas that are presented in his book.
   On Wednesday, September 20, Andy Gronik will be speaking at the Civic Center at 7:00 pm ahead of the Shawano Dems’ meeting. Andy is a businessman who believes he has the ideas to make Wisconsin a global leader with good-paying jobs in science, technology, manufacturing, and agriculture.
   The third candidate, Senator Kathleen Vinehaut, is from Buffalo County.  Senator Vinehaut will be the keynote speaker at the Shawano Dems’ Fall Fundraising Dinner on Saturday, October 7, at the Shawano Lake Golf Course.  She has been traveling the state talking about her alternative budget which uses taxpayer money in a manner which is fair to all Wisconsinites.
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SHAWANO DEMS NEWSLETTER – AUGUST 2017

POLITICAL HISTORY OF SHAWANO COUNTY
   At the next meeting of the Shawano Dems, local resident Ellen Ramlet will have a presentation which will reflect the research she has done for the Shawano Historical Society on the political history of Shawano and Shawano County.  The meeting will be on August 16th at the Shawano Civic Center at 7:00 pm. 
   
   Also speaking at the meeting will be Beau Liegeois, a candidate for the 8th Congressional District in the 2018 election.  Beau is a Assistant District Attorney in Green Bay.  He is also a reservist in the WI National Guard.
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Action Needed:

      In 2010 the United States Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision gave the nation’s ultra-wealthy a monopoly on political speech.  Since that time big money has flowed into our elections.  A Constitutional Amendment is necessary to overturn this ruling.  There are proposals in the House of Representatives and the Wisconsin Legislature that need public support.  Call your representatives and voice your opinion.

     The House Judiciary has Resolution 48 which proposes an amendment to the Constitution of the US providing that the rights extended by the Constitution are the rights of natural persons only (not corporations).  It has been introduced and referred to the subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice.  Contact Representative Mike Gallagher (202-225-5665).
 
     Two Wisconsin lawmakers, Rep. Lisa Subeck and Sen. Dave Hansen, have introduced resolutions that would create a statewide Citizens United referendum asking voters if they support putting limits on the corrupting influence big money has in political campaigns.  Call Assemblyman GaryTauchen (715-758-6181and ask him to cosponsor LRB-76 and Senator Robert Cowles (920-448-5092and ask him to cosponsor LRB-1138.  If these are not your representatives because of where you live, please look up your representitives and call.

July 19th Meeting

     Join us this month near Bowler.  Speakers include Nikki Javarek, Outreach Director for the Tammy Baldwin campaign, and Angel Montes, Community Outreach Director for the Democratic Party of WI.  

     The meeting begins at 7:00 pm with refreshments preceding the meeting.

     There will be carpooling from the Shawano Civic Center parking lot, Meet between 6:00 and 6:10 pm.  If you are driving, the address is W12790 County Road A.

Hope to see you there!

SHAWANO DEMS NEWSLETTER – JULY 2017

July 19th Meeting

The next meeting of the Shawano Dems will be held at the Mohican Veterans Lodge at W12790 County Road A near Bowler.  Speakers include Nikki Javarek, a surrogate for the Tammy Baldwin campaign, and Angel Montes, Community Outreach Director for the Democratic Party of WI.  The meeting begins at 7:00 pm.   If you wish to car pool, call Jan at 715-526-2955 or email shawanodems2@gmail.com.    We will be meeting at 6:05 pm and leaving from the Civic Center parking lot promptly at 6:10 pm.

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SHAWANO DEMS NEWSLETTER  June, 2017

VOTER SUPPRESSION/MESSAGING
One Wisconsin Now is a progressive voice on many issues.  It’s Executive Director, Scot Ross, will speak at our June 21st meeting about the Voter ID law which is being challenged in the courts.  He will also give us some messaging training so that when we want to persuade others, we will be more effective in our conversations.  He will speak at 7:00 pm at the Civic Center.
If you want to participate in one action every week, the internet site is:  onewisconsinnow.org/rebellion.

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U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today called on Vice President Mike Pence to listen to Wisconsinites who would be forced to pay more for less care with the House-passed health care repeal legislation. Vice President Pence is visiting Milwaukee on Saturday to promote the partisan legislation with Governor Walker.

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Source: U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin

Democratic Party of Wisconsin Statement on Extraordinary Testimony from James Comey  – Democratic Party of Wisconsin

The following is the statement of Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Martha Laning with regards to former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee today:

“Today’s testimony from former FBI director James Comey made it clear that the President lied in describing the reasons he fired Comey in May. Comey’s testimony also showed that the President attempted to influence the investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election.

Source: Democratic Party of Wisconsin Statement on Extraordinary Testimony from James Comey  – Democratic Party of Wisconsin

State of Wisconsin Mails Postcards to Inactive Voters | Wisconsin Elections Commission

Date:  June 9, 2017

MADISON, WI – The State of Wisconsin began mailing “Notice of Suspension” postcards this week to approximately 380,000 registered voters who have not voted in the past four years.

“This is an official postcard – not a scam,” said Michael Haas, Wisconsin’s chief elections official.  “State law requires inactive voters to be removed from the statewide voter list, which is just one of many steps we take to ensure the integrity of voting in Wisconsin.

”The Wisconsin Elections Commission is sending the postcards to voters who have not voted since the November 2012 presidential election.  The postcard asks recipients whether they want to remain active on the state’s voter list.  To remain active, voters have one month to mail a return postcard to their municipal clerk. Voters who do not respond will be marked as inactive on the list.  Voters will also be inactivated if the postcard is undeliverable by the Post Office.

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Source: State of Wisconsin Mails Postcards to Inactive Voters | Wisconsin Elections Commission