Urgent Action Needed for Fair Maps

Republicans are proposing to extend the current set of gerrymandered election maps. Delays with the census data have made the redistricting timeline tight, and the GOP are using that as an excuse to propose keeping rigged maps in place for another year. This bill is being fast tracked to prevent public input. A public hearing will occur Monday and the committee vote Tuesday. Read the testimony from the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign for more information.

Call your State Legislators and ask them to oppose Senate Bill 385 and Assembly Bill 369.

What to say:

“Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent at [ADDRESS].

I’m calling to ask my local legislators to oppose Senate Bill 385 and Assembly Bill 369 which would shift the redistricting timeline. A federal court ruled the current set of election maps an unconstitutional gerrymander. Wisconsinites deserve new, fairer maps before any more elections take place. Thank you.”

When to Call: ASAP

Source: Brown County Democratic Party

Shawano County Dems – June, 2021 Newsletter

UNITED STATES SENATE CANDIDATES

Now there are six candidates vying for the chance to defeat Ron Johnson in the November, 2022 election. In addition to Tom Nelson, Alex Lowry, Sarah Godlewski and Gillian Battino, the following candidates have announced their candidacy.

State Senator Chris Larson wants to unrig the system in addition to stopping the fascism that has been taking over America.  He believes in affordable child care, paid family leave and access to healthcare for all.  He will Zoom with us at our July 21st meeting.  https://voteforlarson.org/

Steve Olikara is the founder and former CEO of the Millennial Action Project which trains young elected officials to build diverse coalitions for real change.  He wants to lead with the values of dignity, inclusion and compassion.  You can find out more at https://www.stevenolikara.com/.

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Shawano County Dems – May, 2021 Newsletter

UNITED STATES SENATE CANDIDATES
So far there are four candidates vying for the chance to defeat Ron Johnson in the November, 2022 election.

Sarah Godlewski will be speaking at our May 19th meeting.  She is a small business woman and our State Treasurer.  She is running to fix Ron Johnson’s mess and get Washington laser-focused on the kitchen table issues facing Wisconsin families.   www.sarahforwisconsin.com.

Tom Nelson has been the Outagamie County Executive since 2011. He previously spent six years in the Wisconsin Assembly. He believes we need real leaders in Washington who will take COVID seriously.  www.nelsonforwi.com

Alex Lasry is a businessman and co-owner of the Milwaukee Bucks.  He served in the Obama White House.  Alex is running to bring a new way of thinking to Washington and deliver real results for Wisconsinites.  www.alexlasry.com

Gillian Battino is a radiologist from Wausau.  She spent more than 20 years in medicine and public service.  She wants to use her empathy to build a brighter future for all of Wisconsin.  www.battinoforsenate.us
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ACTION NEEDED

Right now, the Wisconsin Senate and the Assembly are rushing a raft of anti-voter bills through the Legislature.

Yesterday, the Senate voted to pass three proposals (Senate Bills 207, 210 and 213) that were passed out of committee just the day before.

Today, both Senate and Assembly committees take up more anti-voter bills in public hearings: AB194 companion to SB213 and SB204, 205, 211.

We need you to contact your legislators – today or by the end of the week! – to voice your strong opposition and protect the freedom to vote.

To contact your legislators, call the toll-free legislative hotline at 1-800-362-9472 during normal business hours. Or send them an email:
          E-mail directory for Senatorsclick here.
          E-mail directory for Assembly membersclick here.
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Chair’s Comments

It is uplifting to have both a governor and now a president who have our best interests in mind.
COVID relief is a prime example of what our Democratic leaders can do to help people.  The passage of President Biden’s Build Back Better legislation is such a contrast to the state Republicans who did nothing for 288 days in 2020 to help Wisconsinites.  Evers’ 2021-2023 budget has provisions for further relief.

Even though it has been proven the 2020 election results were accurate, the “Big Lie” continues to be a talking point among some Republicans, including our own senator, Ron Johnson. They are using this lie as a reason for passing more voter suppression legislation in states across the country including Wisconsin.  We need to continue to be vigilant and let our representatives know that we wanted it easier for citizens to vote, not harder.

The Senate will soon be taking up the For the People Act (H.R 1) which has already been passed by the House of representatives.  It would expand voting rights, get money out of politics, and limit partisan gerrymandering.  We need to keep the pressure on our state and federal representatives to support these ideas.

The spring primary is an opportunity for you to show your support for public education.  A vote for Jill Underly will allow Governor Evers to implement his vision for a return to a strong public education system in Wisconsin.  You can request an absentee ballot at www.myvote.wi.gov.  Ballots will be sent out by March 16th.  Early in-person voting will begin on March 23rd.  Exercise your right!

Don’t’ hesitate to contact us with your ideas or concerns.

Jan Koch, Chair  (March 2021)

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin Endorses Jill Underly for State Superintendent

The Spring Primary made one thing clear: there is one true progressive public schools champion in the race for State Superintendent, and that’s Dr. Jill Underly. The Democratic Party of Wisconsin is proud to endorse her campaign to become our next Superintendent at the Department of Public Instruction, a job once held by our own Governor Tony Evers.

Dr. Underly has more than two decades of public education experience, and has served kids pre-kindergarten through college, as a teacher, a principal, a mentor, and a district superintendent.

Sign up to get involved in Jill Underly’s campaign at: https://underlyforwi.com/join-the-team/.

CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS

Read this from Muffy and Kevin Culhane:

“Please see Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article below about ending mask mandate then please call Rep. (of 6th) Gary Tauchen at 608-266-3097 (Rep. of 36th Jeffrey Mursau 608-266-3780; Rep. of 35th Calvin Callahan 608-266-7694) and Senator (of 2nd) Robert Cowles at 800-334-1465 (Senator of 12th Mary Felzkowski 608-266-2509) to voice your opposition to ending the WI mask mandate (ie you support the mask mandate!!).  Masking, physical distancing and avoiding large groups are the public health measures the CDC recommend to stop the spread of coronavirus.  Even after both doses of vaccine we will still need to wear masks.  Please contact our state representatives to voice your opposition to ending the mask mandate (support continuing the mask mandate) in WI.  We need to continue to wear masks to get this pandemic under control.”Check out this article from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/politics/2021/01/22/gop-lawmakers-seek-end-mask-mandate-public-health-emergency/6669151002/
 

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FAIR MAPS VOTE

Shawano County Board’s Executive Committee unanimously approved a resolution asking the Legislature to create a nonpartisan procedure for the drawing of redistricting maps.  This would end the gerrymandering we have been living with.  Please call your County Board Supervisor and tell them to vote “yes” at the Aug. 26th County Board meeting.  If you would like to give your support to our efforts, come to the meeting which begins at 3:00 pm.

Wisconsin Supreme Court strikes down three of Gov. Tony Evers’ budget vetoes

Gov. Tony Evers signs the state budget on July 3, 2019 at the state Capitol in Madison.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court Friday acted Friday to rein in Gov. Tony Evers’ expansive veto authority by overturning three budget vetoes the Democrat issued in his first two-year spending plan as governor. 

Still, the conservative justices who backed the moves didn’t always agree on why each veto was unconstitutional in a fractured, multi-part decision that upheld a fourth partial veto those who brought the case also wanted struck down. 

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