MARCH AND APRIL NEWSLETTER

TIME TO FIRE UP THE BASE

   There are several opportunities in March to volunteer before the spring election.  On Sat., March 14th a phone bank will be held at the Shawano Civic Center between noon and 3:00 pm.  Bring your cell phone or use a burner phone if available.  We need to find more volunteers to knock doors on March 21 and 28 and to “Get Out the Vote” on April 4th.  Let us know if you can help in any way.
   We want to have more progressive nonpartisan candidates running for office at the state and local level.  Spreading the word to vote for Jill Karofsky for State Supreme Court Justice is important.  If you are interested in putting up a sign, let us know.
 

SHAWANO DEMS’ MEETING

   The 7:00 pm March 18th meeting at the Shawano Civic Center will feature some of the candidates running for county board.  District 1 Dan Poels and Nancy Cramer; District 3 Milt Marquardt and District 24 Bill Switalla have been invited to participate.  District 23 candidate Aaron Damrau can’t attend but has submitted his opinions on various topics. 

 
MONEY IN POLITICS AND MEDICAID

   The March op-ed will be about the influence of money in our politics.  The passage of the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling in 2010 opened the flood gates to Political Action Committees (PACs) being able to spend as much money as they want to influence voter’s minds.  Unfortunately, representatives who accept PAC money are beholden to their contributors instead of to the citizens they represent.  Due to the grassroots United to Amend movement, states and municipalities are passing resolutions and referendums in support of a movement to get a Constitutional Amendment to reverse Citizen’s United.  Residents of the Town of Wescott have an opportunity to vote “YES” in a referendum on April 7th.
   April’s op-ed will be about Medicaid.  Wisconsin’s failure to accept funding and the Trump administration’s cuts have affected families’ healthcare.  Amanda Stuck, candidate for Congress, will be on the Breakfast Club on April 9th to further discuss this topic.
 

DELEGATES FOR CONVENTIONS

   This year the 6th and the 8th Congressional Districts will have a joint convention in Oshkosh on April 5th.  If you wish to be a delegate, text Dan Weidner at 715-250-1212.
   Those interested in being a delegate to the National Convention can start by submitting the form online at www.wisdems.org/convention by April 17th.  Please keep in mind submitting this form only makes you eligible to attend the county level caucus which will be held on April 26th at the Shawano Civic Center.  Registration is from 1:00-2:00 pm. 
   Delegates selected from the county level caucus will go to the 8th CD Caucus on May 17th.  At the Congressional Caucus 6 delegates, 2 males and 2 females will be chosen to represent the 8th Congressional District in Milwaukee.
   Volunteers will also be needed at the Convention.  Sign up online at www.Milwaukee2020.com/volunteer.
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 
March 12:  Listen to WTCH’s Breakfast Club from 8:00-9:00 am on 960 AM & 96.1 FM.
March 14:  Phone bank at Civic Center noon-3 :00pm.
March 18: 7:00 pm County Board Candidate Forum and Shawano Dems’ Meeting.
April 1:  Executive Committee Meeting 5 :30 pm,  Shawano Civic Center
April 7:  Vote in Spring Election! 
April 9:  Listen to Amanda Stuck on WTCH’s Breakfast Club from 8:00 am-9:00 am on 960 AM & 96.1 FM.
April 15:  Shawano Dems’ Meeting at 7:00 pm at the Civic Center.  Speaker to be announced.
 

Chair’s Comments

 
   What a difference a week can make from the narrowing of the presidential race to the unfortunate spread of the coronavirus.  It’s hard to turn off the news with so much going on.
   It is crucial that our vote is protected in the upcoming elections.  Attorney Steve Menard has volunteered to be our county liaison in case there are problems at polling places. But we also need poll watchers.  If you are available on April 7th and November 3rd, your help would be greatly appreciated.  You can sign up at http://tiny.cc/WisDemsVoPro. The spring election is a chance to get your feet wet so you are a pro by the general election.
   The Dems like to help out where we can.  SAM25 will be selling brats and hamburgers at Charlie’s Red Barn on April 23 and 24.  If you are able to help, please call Connie at 725 -851-7252.

Vote in the Primary

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.

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FEBRUARY 18TH STATE SUPREME COURT PRIMARY

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.

CANVASSING TRAINING

Wed., January 29th
6:00 pm
Shawano Civic Center

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.

Join us for these events on January 15th

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.

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January and February, 2020 Newsletter

McCARTHY DOCUMENTARY

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.

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Fair Maps for Wisconsin

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.

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