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.
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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.
NOW IS THE TIME
There is a lot going on in our state government right now. Governor Walker and the Republican Legislature have defunded K-12 education by $2 billion dollars and in the next two year budget they are proposing to strip $300 million from the State University system. Walker has refused to take federal Medicaid funding which would take care of the deficit he is trying to cover. He has taken complete control of almost every state agency. His policies are endangering our public land and water. By contacting our Assembly representatives (Gary Tauchen represents most of Shawano County) and State Senator Robert Cowles through phone calls or personal letters to their offices progressives can voice their opposition to the issues they are most concerned about .Policies can be changed when large numbers of people who don’t like what government is doing, make their opinions known. Continue reading
Join us on January 21st when Jay Moynihan will be our guest speaker at the Civic Center beginning at 7:00 p.m. His presentation will focus on the history of taxation. The Shawano Dems meeting will follow. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Congratulations to the officers for 2015-16: Jan Koch, Chair; Rick Adamski, 1st Vice Chair; Dan Weidner, 2nd Vice Chair (Membership); John Durben, Secretary; Bob Koch, Treasurer.
Upcoming events include Feb. 4 Executive Committee Meeting at 6:00 p.m. (Civic Center); March 12 “Breakfast Club” 8:00-9:00 a.m. WTCH; March 18 General Meeting at 7:00 (Civic Center), Mark your calendars for our summer picnic on July 30th and our fall fundraising dinner on October 10th.
UNDERSTANDING “RIGHT TO WORK”
The concept of “Right to Work” legislation is really about the “rights” of corporations to maximize profit. Labor unions and government (The Public) interfere with their profit potential. As progressives, we must change the language and tell it the way it really is. Workers are “profit creators” and they deserve a fair, living wage portion of those profits they helped to create. Unions have protected workers in the past with the 40 hour week, overtime pay and a safe working environment. Now private unions are on the chopping block. Spread the word that this is really the Wage Theft Bill.
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