March and April, 2018 Newsletter

   Gubernatorial candidate Matt Flynn will be at the Shawano Civic Center on Wed., March 21.  He will be speaking at the Shawano Dem’s 7:00 pm meeting.  Flynn is an attorney who was a former Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.

Come and hear Flynn’s views on jobs, health care, clean water, education, roads and political reform.

In addition to local elections, there will be a state wide judicial race and a ballot initiative.
Rebecca Dallet is running for Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.  She has 10 years of judicial experience and is concerned about the use of outside special interest money in the election.  She believes that courts should stand up for people who can’t stand up for themselves, that the right to public education is a core value, and that unions are important in today’s workplace.

The April 3 ballot will also include an amendment to eliminate the office of the Wisconsin State Treasurer from the Wisconsin constitution.  This office has been an elective office which has functioned as the watchdog of the people’s money.  If approved it would transfer duties to personnel appointed by, and/or overseen by the governor’s office.  Vote NO so Wisconsin doesn’t become the only state without a fiscal watchdog,

Citizen’s Action of Wisconsin is a non-profit organization which works to bring about progressive initiatives. Earlier this year the Northeast Wisconsin Organizing Cooperative was formed.  It is a member-owned coalition of individuals committed to empowering actions in the public sphere to achieve social, economic and environmental justice.

As an organizing cooperative it directs the desires of its members. It pledges to protect Medicare, Medicaid and affordable health coverage, to fight the opioid epidemic, and to make Northeast Wisconsin a more progressive place.  Those wishing to be a part of the group can join on-line at
Jolie Lizotte has been hired as the cooperative’s professional organizer.  She will be at the April 18 meeting of the Shawano Dems which will be held at the Shawano Civic Center at 7:00 pm.  Come and voice your concerns.


March 21:  Shawano Dems’ meeting at 7:00 pm at the Civic Center.  Speaker: Matt Flynn, candidate for governor.  Doors open at 6:30 for refreshments.

April 3:  Be sure and vote!

April 4:  Executive Committee Meeting at 6:00 pm at the Civic Center.  Open to all DPSC members.

April 12:  Listen to the Shawano Dems on the WTCH Breakfast Club 8:00-9:00 am at 960 am.

April 18:  Shawano Dems’ meeting at 7:00 at the Civic Center. Speaker: Professional Organizer Jolie Lizotte.

Chair’s Comments

In this election year, we need to come together and support the efforts to change the direction of our state. Membership in the Democratic Party of Wisconsin will also entitle you to be a member of the Democratic Party of Shawano County.  Membership, which can be secured at, starts at $10 a year.

State party membership also allows you to attend conventions.  On Sunday, April 22 the 8th Congressional District will have its convention at the Menominee Casino Resort beginning at 9;00 am.  The pre-registration cost is $35 which will be reimbursed.

The Wisconsin State Convention will be held at the Best Western Convention Center in Oshkosh on June 1-2.  The reimbursable pre-registration cost is $25.

If you wish to be a delegate to either or both of these conventions, please contact Dan Weidner at the phone/text number below.

Please fill out and return the survey that is either attached or will be emailed to you.  We need your help.

Jan Koch, Chair   715-526-2955; 715-296-6726
Dan Weidner, 1st Vice Chair  715-250-1212
William Switalla, 2nd Vice Chair  715-253-2052

2017 Christmas Party!

Join us for our Christmas Party

Wed., Dec. 6th
7:00 pm
Shawano Civic Center

Bring a snack or dessert to share.

Our speaker will be Matt Rothchild from the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.  He will be sharing what actions his group is doing to preseve our democracy.

Come and have some like-minded conversation with friends.

Mark Your Calendar

Wed., November 15th 

Shawano Dems 7:00 pm Meeting and Movie
“The Price of Sand”
Learn about what is going in Western Wisconsin with frac sand mining. Shawano Civic Center (225 S. Main St.)

Mon., November 27th

7:00 pm movie at the Civic Center
Michael Moore’s – “Roger and Me” shows the economic impact of the closing of several General Motors plants in Flint, Michigan.

Wed., December 6th

Shawano Dems’ Pot Luck
Christmas Party
7:00 pm
Civic Center
Bring a holiday snack or treat to share.
Speaker:  Matt Rothchild from the Wisconsin Democrary Campaign

Shawano County Democrats Hold Annual Fund Raiser

Last Saturday, Shawano County Democrats gathered for a night of dining and getting together with hopeful political candidates at their Annual Fund Raiser at the Shawano Lake Golf Course.

After the meal, candidates were introduced by Shawano County Dem’s Chair Jan Koch to address the group. Each Candidate presented their positions on current issues explaining why each of them deserved our votes.  It was a very informative evening and allowed Local Democrats to meet and know their Candidates.

Beau Liegeois

Assistant Brown County District Attorney Beau Liegeois says he will run as a Democratic Candidate to try to unseat incumbent 8th Congressional District Congressman Mike Gallagher in the 2018 fall election.

Jan Koch

Shawano County Dem’s Chair Jan Koch introduces Democratic Candidates at the Fund Raiser.

Tim Burns

Tim Burns a well-known Madison Lawyer has announced his candidacy for Wisconsin Supreme Court for Michael Gablemans’s seat.

State Senator Kathleen Vinehout

State Senator Kathleen Vinehout of Alma, Wisconsin is one of several Democrats seeking to challenge GOP Governor Scott Walker next year for the top Wisconsin seat.


(Photos by John Durben)

Shawano Dems Newsletter for Oct., Nov. and Dec., 2017


The race for governor is becoming more competitive.  Thus far seven candidates have announced their bid with the possibility of others joining them.  Democratic candidates making appearances thus far in Shawano County include Mike McCabe, Andy Gronik and Kathleen Vinehout.

Candidate Bob Harlow will be at the October 18th Shawano Dems’ meeting.  His professional work has used his knowledge of physics to write computer software.  If elected governor, he says he would bring innovation to the governor’s office.  He has an 8 point plan for Wisconsin.  Some of it involves attracting better paying jobs, improving internet accessibility and building roadways to last.  Harlow will be speaking at 7:00 pm at the Civic Center.

More candidates will be invited to future meetings.

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   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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   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.