It is important to make your choice for Supreme Court Justice in the Spring Primary on February 18. Progressives Jill Karofshy and Ed Fallone are on the ballot along with conservative Justice Daniel Kelly. The two candidates with the most votes will be on the April 7th ballot.
February 19th Meeting
There will be two speakers at the 7:00 pm meeting at the Shawano Center. Carlene Bechen, Fair Maps Organizer for Wisconsin Voices will be joined by Dee Sweet who is the First Nation Organizer for the League of Wisconsin Conservation Voters. Carlene will talk about her group’s efforts to get county boards to pass resolutions supporting Fair Maps legislation. Dee is a part of a group the engages voters to protect Wisconsin’s environment. She will be talking about strategies for getting an accurate 2020 census.
February Op-Ed on Voting Rights – The following op-ed appeared in the Shawano Leader.
The State Supreme Court election will have an impact on generations to come. Important issues will be decided by who we elect for the next 10 year term. With the census quickly approaching, we need someone who cares about the integrity of our democracy.
We need a fair and impartial judge.
Jill Karofsky is an energetic former state and local prosecutor who says she has the experience and values to get our Supreme Court back on track.
Ed Fallone says he has the independence, fairness and integrity to be a justice. He has taught future Supreme Court judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys.
Judge Kelly was put on the court by Scott Walker. He consistently makes legal decisions not based on the rule of law but based on what his right wing special interest backers want.
Contact your municipal clerk to vote early or get an absentee ballot.
DON’T FORGET TO VOTE!
FEBRUARY 19TH MEETING 7:00 pm Shawano Civic Center
Our speaker will be Carlene Bechen who is the Fair Maps Organizer for Wisconsin Voices. She hopes to bring along a colleague of hers who is involved the census.
The most effective way to communicate with fellow voters is to speak with them face-to-face. Knocking on a stranger’s door may take courage but it can be easier (and even fun!) when you have had some training and some practice.
Nick Morgan will be giving some pointers that will help you to feel more comfortable as you canvas. You will meet others who can canvas with you.
The 2020 elections will require lots of “boots on the ground” for Democrats to be successful. If you have felt a little shy about canvassing but have wanted to do your part to elect progressives, now is the time to get involved.
The first Day of Action is February 8th (60 days from the April 7 spring election). If you can’t make it at that time, there will be other opportunities to talk to voters.
Please come and bring a friend! Refreshments will be available.
PREPARING TO WIN Nick Morgan will kick off the campaign season by sharing winning strategies. 6:00 PM Shawano Civic Center (225 S. Main St.) Fire up for 2020 with some refreshments.
Dems’ Meeting 7:00 pm Speaker: Heidi Russell, Director of Aging at Shawano County Human Services
OP-ED ON THE ECONOMY The following was submitted to the Shawano Leader.
ECONOMIC GROWTH NOT FELT BY EVERYONE “It’s the economy, stupid.” This now infamous phrase has been used to point out how a country is doing financially. Saying that “the economy” in the United States is booming is ignoring what is really going on.
PBS will be presenting a documentary on the rise and fall of Senator Joseph McCarthy on Monday, January 6th at 8:00 pm. The Wisconsin Republican’s anti-communist campaign made him one of the most powerful men in America in the 1950’s. And one of the most reviled. Researchers for the documentary used the archives of the Shawano Historical Museum. Unfortunately, McCarthy’s picture still sits above the jury box in the courtroom of the Shawano County Courthouse.
Amanda Stuck, candidate for the 8th Congressional District, will be speaking on the Fair Maps legislation.
October 16th 7:00 pm Shawano Civic Center Shawano Dems’ Meeting to follow.
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This month’s op-ed on guns was sent in to the Shawano Leader.
IT’S TIME TO CHANGE THE NARRATIVE ON GUNS
What’s worth more? Guns or our children?
At the beginning of this school year, students had a new kind of drill. They had to pretend that an active shooter was in the building. Students should not have to go through the trauma of worrying about the possibility that someone could come into their classroom and try and kill them.