NEWSLETTER FOR JANUARY AND FEBRUARY 2019

McCARTHY IN THE COURTHOUSE
   Joseph McCarthy may have been a lawyer in Shawano but should his picture still hang in the 2nd Circuit Courtroom in the Shawano County Court House?
   McCarthy became a Republican Senator during the 1950’s.  During the McCarthy era hundreds of Americans were accused of being communists or communist sympathizers.  Under his leadership the U.S. Congress conducted aggressive investigations and hearings which led to accusations of subversion or treason without proper regard for evidence. 
 Steve Menard, a lawyer in Shawano, will be the speaker at the January 16th meeting.  He feels that McCarthy’s picture should be preserved with the Shawano County Historical Society as a part of Shawano’s history.  The meeting will be held at the Shawano Civic Center (225 S. Main St.) at 7:00 pm.

NEUBAUER FOR WI SUPREME COURT
Judge Lisa Neubauer has accepted an invitation to attend our February 20th meeting.   Since launching her campaign to become a Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice she has traveled all over the state, hearing voter’s thoughts, ideas and rallying support for a fair, impartial and independent Supreme Court.  During the last ten years she has been an appellate court judge and has been the chief judge of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals since 2015.  She collected over 8,000 signatures (four times the required amount) to officially qualify to be on the April ballot. 

BREAKFAST CLUB TOPICS
   The Shawano Democrats are on the WTCH Breakfast Club on the 2nd Thursday of every month from 8:00-9:00 am.  During 2019 they will be focusing on of a different topic each month from the Democratic perspective.  The topic for January will be immigration.  Tune into 960 am.
   Democrats want to work toward a comprehensive immigration reform that concentrates on improving border security at the ports of entry.  Their plan targets enforcement so we are targeting criminals—not families.  They want to keep families together and strengthen our economy.  They are committed to preserve President Obama’s successful Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program which gives temporary status that allows DREAMers to study, work, pay taxes and contribute to the communities they grew up in.  Democrats want to treat all people who come to the United States with dignity and respect.

UPCOMING EVENTS
Jan. 10 and Feb. 14:  Listen to the Shawano Dems on the WTCH Breakfast Club 8:00-9:00 am at 960 am

Jan. 16:  Shawano Dems’ meeting at 7:00 pm at the
Civic Center.  Speaker:  Steve Menard

Feb. 6:  Executive Committee Meeting 6:00 pm

Feb. 20:  Shawano Dems’ meeting at 7:00 pm at the Civic Center.  Speaker:  Judge Lisa Neubauer.

March 6:  Executive Committee Meeting 6:00 pm

Chair’s Comments
   We knew when we met Mandela Barnes, Sarah Godlewski and Josh Kaul at events in Shawano last year that they had the ideas and enthusiasm that would propel them into office.  Thanks to all the volunteers who knocked doors, made phone calls and talked with voters, we now have Democrats in charge of our state leadership.
  Thank you to all who gave their time to help get voters to the polls.  We hope you will continue to be motivated to spread our message.

   The Democratic Party of Shawano County has elected officers for the next two years.  Congratulations to Denise Riley who is now our 2nd Vice Chair.  The rest of the officers remain the same: Jan Koch, Chair; Dan Weidner, 1st Vice Chair; Jan Schreiber, Secretary; and Bob Koch, Treasurer.

    Don’t hesitate to contact us with your ideas and concerns.  We welcome those who have ideas they would like to share on the Breakfast Club.

DNC Announces Framework for the 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary Debates

Washington, D.C. — Since his campaign for chair of the Democratic National Committee, DNC Chair Tom Perez has promised to conduct a presidential primary process that is transparent, fair, inclusive, and puts the party in the best possible position to take back the White House in 2020.

Perez has followed through on this promise by passing historic reforms that have expanded the use of primaries, made caucuses more accessible, reduced the influence of superdelegates, and increased transparency of the DNC’s budget and operations. He is continuing this effort with his approach to the presidential primary debates.

Perez and his team have held more than 80 meetings over the course of many months with a variety of individuals who have knowledge of and experience with the debate process.

Today, Chair Perez is pleased to announce the DNC’s framework for several key elements of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary debate process.

“To win back the presidency in 2020, Democrats must lead with our values. That began with the historic reforms to expand and increase trust in our party, and it will continue by conducting party business fairly, transparently, and inclusively throughout the 2020 primary process,” said Chair Perez. “To that end, we have listened and learned about debate experiences from a wide array of stakeholders.

“My goal in this framework is to give the grassroots a bigger voice than ever before; to showcase our candidates on an array of media platforms; to present opportunity for vigorous discussion about issues, ideas and solutions; and to reach as many potential voters as possible. That is how we will put our nominee in the strongest position possible to defeat Donald Trump, and how we will help elect Democrats up and down the ballot.”

KEY DETAILS OF THE 2020 DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY DEBATE CALENDAR:

  • The DNC is announcing 12 presidential primary debates over the course of the 2020 cycle, with six debates in 2019 and six in 2020.
  • The first two debates will occur in June and July 2019. After a break in August, there will be one debate per month for the rest of 2019.
  • The DNC currently plans to hold its last debate in April of 2020. All early-state debates will be held in 2020.
  • The DNC will not bar candidates from participating in forums in which one candidate appears on stage at a time. The DNC will ask candidates to refrain from participating in debates other than the 12 debates sanctioned by the DNC.
  • In order to give our candidates a platform to make their case to voters, the DNC will seek to maximize the viewership of each debate.
  • The DNC will announce specific dates, locations, sponsors and more in 2019.
  • Given the fluid nature of the presidential nominating process, the DNC will continuously assess the state of the race and make adjustments to this process as appropriate, and always transparently.   


FOR THE FIRST TWO DEBATES:

  • The first two debates will occur in June and July 2019.  In order to accommodate a potentially large field of candidates, both may occur over multiple consecutive nights.  
  • In the event that the qualifying field of candidates requires these debates to be held over multiple nights, the lineup for each night will be determined at random, with qualifying candidates assigned one night per debate. The random selection of candidates will be done publicly.   
  • In addition to meeting the filing and constitutional requirements to run for President of the United States, candidates will qualify for the first two debates by meeting criteria that include both polling and other objective measures that reflect a candidate’s support, such as grassroots fundraising.  

The specific criteria for the first two debates will be announced in January 2019.

Analysis | The Daily 202: Lame-duck power grab in Wisconsin showcases the GOP’s embrace of zero-sum politics

With Joanie Greve

THE BIG IDEA:  When George H.W. Bush departed the Oval Office in 1993, he left a gracious note for the man who had defeated him. “Your success now is our country’s success,” he wrote. “I am rooting hard for you.”

This gesture still touches Bill Clinton 25 years later. “No words of mine or others can better reveal the heart of who he was than those he wrote himself,” Clinton wrote in a tribute this weekend to an opponent who became a friend.

Outgoing Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is sending quite a different message to the man who denied him a third term last month. 

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New arrows wound the American notion of a peaceful transfer of power.

Source: Analysis | The Daily 202: Lame-duck power grab in Wisconsin showcases the GOP’s embrace of zero-sum politics

Holiday Party

December 5th
7:00 pm
Shawano Civic Center

Everyone is invited. There will be food (including pulled pork sandwiches) and beverages.  If you have a special holiday treat you want to share, bring it.  We will also be having some fun with a trivia game. .We will be honoring our volunteers and electing officers for the next 2 years (Those voting must be members of the Democratic Party).

Yes, Wisconsin did have a Blue Wave.  We can celebrate taking control of our State capital.  You may not realize that we also voted by an 8% margin (54% of all votes) for Assembly candidates – a landslide.  However, due to gerrymandering we only got 35% of the seats. 

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Contribute to the energy!

From Saturday November 3 until Tuesday evening there will be serious Get-Out-the-Vote efforts. 

  • On Saturday Beau Liegeois, Candidate for Congress, will be in Shawano from 11:15 am-12-15 pm.  He will be speaking in the back room of the Glas Coffee House at 11:15 and then proceed to Angie’s Main Cafe to shake a few hands.  From there he will go to the Dem’s Office at 105 Airport Road to fire up some canvassers and phone bankers. Stop by and give him your support.
  • More help is needed to make sure that we turn Wisconsin blue.  Some of the polls are tightening and we need to do all we can to make sure that we get Democrats out to vote. Canvassing and calling shifts will be on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday at 9am, 12pm, 3pm and 5pm.  Call the office number 715-201-0809 between noon and 8pm on Thursday or any time during the weekend to sign up for one or more shifts.  Carrie can also be reached at 715-758-7918 on Friday.  Please leave a message if no one answers.
  • We hope to be celebrating on Tuesday night.  There will be a Democratic Watch Party at the Shawano Lake Golf Course from 8pm-12am.  Richard Sarnwick’s band, Lonesome Road, will be playing from 9:30-10:15.

Please help make Wisconsin a progressive state again by doing this together!

NEWSLETTER FOR OCTOBER, NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER, 2018

RURAL MEET AND MINGLE
  A pig roast meal will be held at the Pella Town Hall (W11021 County Road D) on October 14 from 2-4 pm.  Attendees will have an opportunity to talk with Beau Liegeois, candidate for Congress, and Richard Sarnwick, candidate for the 6th Assembly District.  The 8th Congressional District along with Jeff and Beth Gillis are sponsoring this complimentary event giving rural voters an opportunity to meet candidates and have a fun time.  Everyone is welcome.
   Signs for Tammy Baldwin, Beau Liegeois, and Richard Sarnwick will be available as well as for Mark Martello, candidate for the 35th Assembly District.

UPCOMING SHAWANO DEMS’ MEETINGS
  On October 17th Shawano County Sheriff Candidate Keith Sorlie will be the guest speaker.  Keith is an Independent candidate who currently works for the Shawano City Police Department.  This meeting will be held at 7:00 pm at the Office (105 Airport Rd.)
 
   On November 14th Bridget Kielas-Fezyk will speak as a Member of Parliament for the Asgardia Space Nation.  She will be doing a presentation on basic emergency preparedness for emergencies that may occur in the future.  This 7:00 pm meeting will be held at the Shawano Civic Center.
 
   A Holiday Party will be held on December 5th at 7:00 pm at the Civic Center.  A short meeting to elect officers will be followed by snacks and fun. 
 
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO TURN WI BLUE
   Early voting starts on October 22.  The two weeks before that date are crucial to getting out the vote. 

The weekends of Oct. 13-14 and 20-21 are Days of Action.  Volunteer shifts will run at 9am; 12pm and 3pm.

Tuesdays and Thursdays there will be phone banking from 5-8 pm.

Nov. 3-6 will be Get-Out-the-Vote door knocking and phone calls.

Help is also needed to drive volunteers and voters to the polls, assemble walk packets and provide snacks to volunteers.  If you can help in any way, call the office at 715-201-0809, Max, the regional organizer, at 920-659-0793, or stop in the office. 

UPCOMING EVENTS
 
Oct. 11, Nov. 8 and Dec. 13:  Listen to the Shawano Dems on the WTCH Breakfast Club 8:00-9:00 am at 960 am.
Oct. 14:  Shawano Dems’ meeting at 7:00 pm at the office at 105 Airport Road.  Speaker:  Keith Sorlie
Nov. 7:  Executive Committee Meeting at 6:00 pm.
Nov. 14:  Shawano Dems’ meeting at 7:00 pm at the Civic Center.  Speaker:  Bridget Kielas-Fezyk.
Dec. 5:  Executive Committee Meeting at 6:00 pm.   Short Dems’ Meeting at 7:00 pm at the Shawano Civic Center followed by the Holiday Party

Chair’s Comments
   A huge thank you to all who were a part of the Fall Fundraising and Dinner.  We had a good turnout on Oct. 6th to hear the inspirational messages of Josh Kaul, Beau Liegeois and Richard Sarnwick.  They spoke about the issues they were most concerned about and encouraged those in attendance to volunteer.
   The money raised from this effort will help pay for office expenses.  We were fortunate to have a spacious office this campaign season even though the cost was more than prior years.  We also contributed to the campaigns of Richard Sarnwick and Beau Liegeois. 
   We are all out of Tony Evers signs.  If you have a good location and would like a sign, we have a stencil to make larger signs.  Those who are interested in one of these signs and/or would like to help paint, please let us know. 
   Let’s get out the vote and encourage Democrats and Democratic leaning Independents to get to the polls!

Shawano Dems Office Hours

Our office is located at 105 Airport Road (next to Joker Fireworks).  The hours are as follows:

Tuesday and Thursday 5-8 pm

You can volunteer to make phone calls during these times.  Calls can also be made from your home if you prefer.

Saturday  10am-1pm

You can volunteer to canvass.  Trainings are held at 11:00 am.  Packets can be returned in a few days.

Oct. 13-14 and Oct. 20-21 are Weekends of Action.  Canvass shifts will begin at 9:00 am, 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm.  We will be shifting from persuasion to a Get-Out-the Vote emphasis.  The office will be open all day.

Let’s turn Wisconsin Blue.  Please consider helping out in some manner.  We will also need drivers to accompany canvassers, volunteers to drive others to the polls, and volunteers to put packets together.  Call the office at 715-201-0809 or Max Moralas, our regional coordinator, at 920-659-0793 to volunteer or stop in.

September 19th Shawano Dems Meeting

7:00 pm

Our office at 105 Airport Road

Speaker:  Tom Madsen

SIGNS

Signs for Tony Evers, Josh Kaul and Sarah Godlewski will be delivered to our office on Thursday Sept. 20.  The office will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00-8:00 pm and on Saturdays from 10:00 am-1:00 pm.  We also have signs for Tammy Baldwin and Beau Liegeois.  More signs for Richard Sarnwick have been ordered.

OFFICE HELP NEEDED

We are in need of people to be in the office when it is open. Jobs include greeting those coming in to get signs, putting signs together and answering the phone.  The time could also be used to make phone calls.  Sign up by calling the office at 715-201-0809 or by stopping in.

DONATIONS NEEDED

We are looking for grey donkey items to put in our raffle baskets for the Oct. 6th fall dinner.  If you have a gently used or new item to donate, please leave it off at the office.