The bipartisan legislation would reform the VA by better protecting whistleblowers and providing the VA Secretary with stronger measures to discipline and hold bad employees accountable.
Senators to Sessions: “At stake is the integrity and honesty of our most trusted public officials and the viability of our justice system”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and a group of ten Senators led by Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) are calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to appoint an independent Special Counsel to investigate possible illegal communications between retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn and representatives of the Russian government, as well as efforts by Flynn and other White House officials to conceal any wrongdoing.
“An independent investigation is now necessary to determine what General Flynn did, who knew about it, and when,” the Senators wrote. “To maintain the confidence, credibility and impartiality of the Department of Justice, we urge you to immediately appoint an independent Special Counsel to investigate collusion with the Russian government by General Flynn and other Trump campaign, transition, and Administrative officials.”
Mike McCabe will be speaking at two events in Shawano County on Wednesday, March 17th. His first stop will be at the Historic Depot in Eland where a pot luck will be held at 5:00 pm. He will speak at 5:30pm and then travel to the Shawano Civic Center where he will speak at 7:15 pm. The public in invited to attend.
McCabe is the founder of a nonpartisan group, Blue Jean Nation. He is the author of the book Blue Jeans in High Places: The Coming Makeover of American Politics. Blue Jean Nation works to promote the transformation of the democratic institutions that are failing America and reinvigorate our republic through community outreach, civic education, grassroots organizing, public policy advocacy and social action.
Right now, a person in Wisconsin working 40 hours a week and making minimum wage earns $15,080 a year. That’s only slightly above the federal poverty line.
It’s a struggle for a single person to get by on the current minimum wage. If you add children into the mix, it becomes nearly impossible for a family to make ends meet.
By: DPW Chair, Martha Laning
Like many of you, I was shocked when the news broke last week that President Trump had fired his FBI Director, James Comey. Immediately I thought that it was an affront to Democracy for the President to fire the very person leading an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. As DNC Chair Tom Perez said after the news broke, we need to wake up and smell the cover up.
SPEAKERS AND A MOVIE
January 18th: Environmental concerns are abundant both locally and nationally. We will be having Native American speakers address the following topics at 7:00 pm at the Shawano Civic Center (225 S. Main St.)
- The Menominee Nation is concerned about the ground water issues that could affect Wisconsin if gold and other metals are allowed to be extracted in open pit and shaft mines.
- Many of the local Native Americans have visited Standing Rock in North Dakota and we will hear about their experiences.
Come and learn more about these topics.
February 15th: The movie “Requiem for the American Dream” will be shown to the public at 7:00 pm at the Civic Center. Naom Chomsky, one of America’s most important thinkers, narrates the ten principles that have brought our county to its present state. It traces the origins of our democracy and how it has evolved through history.
Following the showing there will be a discussion of the ideas in the film and their importance for future Democratic goals.
February 1 – Executive Committee Meeting 6:00 pm
February 9 – WTCH Breakfast Club 8-9 am 960 am
February 15 – Requiem for the American Dream 7:00 Civic Center
February 21 – Wisconsin Spring Primary
LAST CALL FOR THE FALL DINNER
Reservations can still be made for the Fall Fundraising Dinner on Sat., Oct. 8th at the Shawano Lake Golf Course. The event begins at 4:30 pm with an open bar. Dinner is a 5:30 pm with speeches to follow. Join in the fun. Call Jan at 715-526-2955. The cost is $25 with reservations and $30 at the door.