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.
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.
The state party has been hiring several new organizers who will help with the Nov. election. Becky Dickman is a field organizer for the Tom Nelson campaign. Meg Sievert is an organizer for the northern part of the 8th Congressional District. You will have an opportunity to meet them at the membership meeting on July 20. They will be speaking at 7:00 pm. at the Civic Center.
Several people have declared their candidacy for the November election.
Tom Nelson is running for the 8th Congressional District’s open seat. He is currently the County Executive for Outagamie County.
John Powers will seek to unseat Robert Cowles for the 2nd State Senate District. John is a retired teacher who previously ran for the 6th District Assembly seat.
Dave Polashek would like to represent the 12th State Senate District which includes the Shawano County townships of Washington and Green Valley and the village of Cecil. He is the past superintendent of the Oconto Falls School District.
William Switalla is wanting to defeat Gary Tauchen in the 6th Assembly District. He is a businessman who is on the Shawano County Board and the president of the Village of Wittenburg.
It’s Election Time
April 5th is just around the corner and the excitement is growing.
Not only are Presidential candidates being chosen but there are also other races. Two candidates who are challenging existing county board members are Roger Miller from District 20 (township of Bartelme, part of Red Springs and the village of Bowler) and Tom Madsen from District 20 (parts of the townships of Herman and Red Springs and the village of Gresham). William J. Switalla is running for re-election from District 24. Justice JoAnne Kloppengburg has emerged as one of the two candidates who be on the ballot as a Supreme Court Judge. She vows to be non-partisan, independent and free from special interests. Be sure and vote!
Members of the Shawano County Democratic Party are sponsoring a chili dump on Dec. 2 at the Civic Center (225 S. Main St.) beginning at 6:00 p.m. This is an opportunity to meet those individuals who have announced their candidacy for State Assembly and Senate races and to contribute to their campaigns. Attending will be 6th Assembly Candidate Bill Switalla., a businessman from Wittenburg. Two State Senate candidates will also be there. Travis Bille from Kaukauna is running for the 2nd District seat. He is the 8th Congressional District’s elected representative to the WI Administrative Committee for the DPW. Dave Polashek, the past superintendent of the Oconto Falls School District, is a candidate for the 12th Senate District.
This event will also be a chance for progressives to get together at this festive time of year and have some fun! Cookies, apple cider and egg nog will also be served along with the chili. Plan to attend.
If you would like to be a Poll Worker or Observer, you will need to contact your township, village or city clerk by Nov. 30th.
The deadline for the Declaration of Candidacy for the spring non-partisan elections to the county board, to a city or village office, or for a school board position is January 3rd.
If you don’t have a picture ID for voting, you can obtain one free of charge at a Division of Motor Vehicle office. It may take a while to receive it.
If you would like to be a part of Bernie Sander’s or Hillary Clinton’s campaign for President, there are active groups working throughout the state. Please contact Jan Koch to find out more. A Bernie Sanders Convention is being held on Dec. 6 at UW Stevens Point.
Dec. 12: Listen to the Shawano Dems on the Breakfast Club on WTCH radio 960 AM or 96.1 FM from 8:00-9:00 a.m.
Officers Information: Jan Koch, Chair 715-526-2955 Rick Adamski, 1st Vice Chair 920-833-6704, Dan Weidner, 2nd Vice Chair 715-250-1212.
Website: http://shawano.wiscdems.com Facebook: Shawano County Democrats
Candidate William J. Switalla
The 6th Assembly District covers most of Shawano County with the exception of the townships of Aniwa, Hutchins, Birnamwood, Almon, Washington and Green Valley. Bill Switalla would like to become the Democrat that is elected to that Assembly seat in 2016.
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Protecting Our Environment
Our effort to educate others about progressive values continues. In August we are concentrating on the environment. The 4’X4’ signs, which are placed around the county, have the message “Democrats Value Conservative Use of Our Natural Resources”. Other signs say “Preserve Clean Water, Land & Air; Our Future Matters; Democrats Care”. Attached to this newsletter is a position paper on the environment. It tells how Wisconsin’s conservation efforts of the past are being undermined and the importance of reversing climate change. Use this information in your conversations with others.
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As progressives we need to clarify our values. The message for June was about nurturing quality public education. In July we will have signs and discussion on the Breakfast Club about how our economy should benefit us all. Attached to this newsletter is a position paper about how good jobs can create prosperous communities. It has talking points you can use when educating others about what should be done to improve our economy.
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NURTURE QUALITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
It’s happened. The Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee has approved an expansion of the school voucher program as a part of the two-year budget bill. According to the bill vouchers will be available for up to 1 percent of a district’s total enrollment for the 2015-16 school year. That limit would increase 1% a year, and after 10 years there would be no cap. Once the cap is completely lifted, school districts could face laying off teachers or closing. Unless Democrats are elected to change this course, we will see the end of public education in Wisconsin.