Our August 19th meeting will be held at 7:00 pm outside the office at 1404 E. Green Bay St.  Enter the driveway across from Perkins and angle park on the side of the building.  Bring a lawn chair and face-mask.  Signs will be available for pick up.  If it rains, you will be sent a Zoom link.

Speakers include Steve Menard, who will talk about voting security, and Independent District Attorney candidate Aaron Damrau.


The Shawano Dems will be painting signs on Wednesday, August 12th at Koch residence on the west shore of Shawano Lake.  We will be painting the base coat from 10:00-12:00 am.  Richard Sarnwick and Amanda Stuck will be there to help.

Around 2:00 pm we will be spray painting the lettering which should take a few hours. 

If you can help out, send Jan Koch an email or call/text at 715-296-6726 telling what time you can come.   She will respond with her address.

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Candidates Attend Shawano Dems July Meeting

Shawano County Dems virtual July 2020 monthly meeting.

Several area candidates attended the Shawano Dems July monthly membership meeting last night. The candidates were invited to the virtual meeting to speak about why they are running for their particular office and what their positions on various issues are if they are elected.

The first speaker was Ed Vocke. Vocke comes from a small business in the Minocqua area and is running for the State Senate seat in District 12.  He says he decided to run because he was tired of what Tom Tiffany was doing. He outlined four main concerns he has that he feels are important that affect the citizens of Northern Wisconsin:

  1. Clean Water and mining.
  2. Broadband Internet in rural areas
  3. Untie Healthcare from employment
  4. Nonpartisan redistricting

Our second speaker was Simon Moesch. Simon is 22 years old and decided to run to forward the voices of the younger generation in District 6 of the State Assembly.  Important issues to him include:

  1. Increase the minimum wage to $8.00 per hour
  2. Increase school funding
  3. Curriculum Reform in our schools
  4. Increase resources to our Veterans

The night’s last speaker was Richard Sarnwick. Sarnwick was a Medical Physician in our area and is also running for State Assembly District 6. He says he is running because: “He believes in having a Progressive Wisconsin again”. He believes Walker and the Republicans destroyed the Teachers Unions as well as other State Unions, had the Foxconn deal and refused the money for the high-speed rail system. Sarnwick’s concerns include:

  1. Healthcare – He would like to expand BadgerCare
  2. Rural High-Speed Internet, full coverage at an affordable price.

 Since he retired in January he says he can dedicate full-time to the position.

Note: The meeting opened up with the introduction of Aiden Johnson, Regional Communications Associate who spoke to the group about his duties and some of the plans for the future.

Amanda Stuck – Guest Speaker at Shawano County Dems Monthly Meeting

The Shawano County Democrats held their monthly meeting last night (June 17) via Zoom. Rep. Amanda Stuck (57th Assembly District) was the guest speaker. Rep. Stuck is running in the November election to unseat Republican Congressman Mike Gallagher in Wisconsin’s 8th District.

Comments included why she decided to run for the 8th District Seat as well as legislation she would like to see acted on for the future of America.


Protest March for Racial Justice

If you didn’t have a chance to march with the 350 activists in the Shawano rally this week, here is a chance for you to show your convictions.  On June 7th a march starts at Leicht Memorial Park in Green Bay with sign making and opening remarks from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. The march will last until 2:00 pm.  Wear black and bring your mask. Continue reading

May and June, 2020 Newsletter


In the spring election a record number of voters cast absentee ballots contributing to the election of Jill Karofsky for Supreme Court Justice.  To keep everyone safe in the November election, it is recommended that voters request absentee ballots.  You can do that easily by going to or by requesting a form and then mailing it back to your municipal clerk.  You will need to submit a photo of your Wisconsin driver license or ID card.  If you have questions or problems, contact the Voter Protection Hotline at 608-336-3232 .  Now is the best time to complete the request.

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Fair Maps for Wisconsin

Amanda Stuck, candidate for the 8th Congressional District, will be speaking on the Fair Maps legislation.

October 16th
7:00 pm
Shawano Civic Center
Shawano Dems’ Meeting to follow.

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This month’s op-ed on guns was sent in to the Shawano Leader.


   What’s worth more?  Guns or our children?

   At the beginning of this school year, students had a new kind of drill.  They had to pretend that an active shooter was in the building.  Students should not have to go through the trauma of worrying about the possibility that someone could come into their classroom and try and kill them.

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Shawano Dems Meeting Wednesday May 15th

Have Tacos With the Shawano Dems
Wed., May 15th
6:00 pm
Shawano Civic Center
$10 meal with drinks and dessert

7:00 Dems’ Meeting
Speakers:  Lee Snodgrass, candidate for the 2nd Vice Chair of the Democratic Party of WI
Jake Fenzl, Regional Organizing Director for NE WI

Below are the op-eds that were printed for April and May.


 “Earth Day.  Let’s never call it a day”

This was the slogan on the 25th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22nd in 1995.  International alliances brought 184 countries around the world to observe Earth Day in 2000. 

Gaylord Nelson was a leading figure in the fight against environmental degradation in the twentieth century.  In Wisconsin he became known at the “Conservation Governor.”  He 1962 he took his fight for conservation to the US Senate.  Through his efforts the first Earth Day was held on April, 22, 1970.  It started out as a teach-in for schools across the country and continues to inspire individuals to do something to preserve our environment ever since.

During the “Environmental Decade” some of the most important environmental protection legislation of our time was passed.  The Clean Water Acts, the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, The Federal Pesticides Act, The Clean Air Act, the Environmental Education Act, The National Hiking Trails and the National Scenic Trails Acts were all a part of the legislative reforms which were enacted due to Nelson’s initiatives.

Contrast this progressive governor with Wisconsin’s ex-governor who slashed environmental standards during the past 8 years.  Passed was pro-polluter legislation, the weakening of the inspections of Big Ag, the trashing of the DNR staff, and the firing of science experts.

There was no shortage of companies thinking they could make a profit by using Wisconsin’s water and natural resources.  But were the long-term consequences of these efforts worth the short-term economic gains?

Our clean drinking water is the most precious of our natural resources but Wisconsin has developed a drinking water crisis.

High Capacity wells on Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO’s) are pumping vast quantities of water into very small areas.  The almost 300 dairy CAFO’s have put massive amounts of animal waste on the surrounding cropland as fertilizer.  This animal waste is seeping into ground water causing contamination.

Sulfide mining companies, such as the Back Forty Mine on the banks of the Menominee River, can also pollute our water.  The bar was lowered in 2017 when the law was repealed which required companies to prove they would not be harming the environment.

In addition, if the Foxconn deal is not scaled back, the company will be able to pump up to 7 million gallons of water per day, returning only 4 million back to Lake Michigan daily.  There is also the possibility water surrounding the facility could be polluted if harsh chemicals are used in the manufacturing process.

The next time a big company or industry asks Wisconsin to roll back water protections for their profits, we need to ask how this decision might harm our environment. In an effort to protect our most precious resource, Governor Evers has committed to making 2019 the “year of clean drinking water” in Wisconsin.  His budget also includes funding for activities such as staffing and cost-sharing for county land conservation and studying state forestry practices.

We need to make the right choices today. Our children and grandchildren’s health and prosperity depend on it.  We should be making every day “Earth Day”.


President Abraham Lincoln believed that democracy is a form of government that is “by the people, of the people and for the people.”  In a democracy the government administers programs that are for the public good.

Presently there are ideas being presented by some Democratic presidential candidates and members of Congress which have the interests of the majority of Americans in mind.  These progressive programs have been identified by the term democratic socialism.

Throughout our history there have been presidents who have truly cared for the people.  These progressives strove for an America where people cared about each other, not just themselves, and acted with strength and effectiveness to help each other. 

Each generation has the opportunity to make its mark on advancing the common good.  From 1901-1921 “The Progressive Era” brought about needed reforms.  Three presidents–Roosevelt, William Howard Taft and Woodrow Wilson–had administrations which saw intense social and political change.

In this age when big business seemed all-powerful, the United States appeared to be abandoning its promise of freedom and opportunity for all.  These presidents felt that problems could best be solved by making the government play a stronger role in promoting democracy and solving national problems.

Teddy Roosevelt believed that workers and consumers were not receiving fair and honest treatment.  His program of reform, which became known as the “Square Deal”, focused on regulating big business and protecting the common man.

Corporations were becoming too large for President Taft.  He fought to limit the power of big corporations with “trustbusting” legislation.

President Wilson pushed through other progressive reforms to give a greater voice to the average citizen.  He also thought there was too much corporate influence.  He wanted to reduce the corruption in the federal government.  Among his most notable achievements were laws on banking and tariff reform and the creation of the Federal Trade Commission.

Children in the early 1900’s were put to work.  Under Taft, the Department of Labor established the Children’s Bureau to “investigate and report upon all matters pertaining to the welfare of children.”  Wilson went further to push for a ban on child labor.  In 1916, he signed the Keating-Owen Child Labor Act, which prohibited companies involved in interstate commerce from hiring workers under 14 years of age.

Workers at that time could be required to work long hours.  Companies had resisted unions’ demands to shorten the work-day hours.  Under Taft, the eight-hour day became to rule for government employees.

During the Great Depression of the 1930’s poverty rates among senior citizens exceeded 50 percent Another progressive, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, signed the Social Security Act in 1935.  The Act was an attempt to limit the dangers of old age, poverty, unemployment, and the burdens of widows and fatherless children. 

Workers continue to make contributions to a “trust fund” from their paychecks to pay for their retirement and other benefits they’ll need in the future.  Since the 1930’s provisions of Social Security have changed based on concerns for those with disabilities and changing gender roles.

In 1965 it was virtually impossible for those over 65 years of age to get health insurance coverage. About one-half of America’s seniors did not have hospital insurance.  One in four elderly were estimated to go without medical care due to cost concerns. .Medicare was created under President Lyndon Johnson.  This popular program has helped improve the health and longevity of older Americans ever since.

All these progressive achievements were brought about because of a need for change.  A liberal attitude toward anything means more openness to change.  Government action can bring about equal opportunity and equality for all.  Its obligation is to solve problems that are affecting it citizens.

Problems cannot be solved if we do nothing.  Conservatives have opposed many of the reforms of the past.  Social Security was controversial when originally proposed because it was thought it would reduce the labor force and bordered on socialism.  When Medicare was first introduced it was framed as “socialized medicine”. 

The struggle to maintain Social Security and Medicare for the American people continues.  President Trump’s budget outlines massive cuts. However, these programs are sustainable for at least 20 years if the present level of funding continues.

To the conservative mind, socialism may be thought of as a society in which no one is held accountable, and no one has to work for what they receive.  But these social programs are only sustainable because of free markets and capitalism.  Businesses are owed by the private sector but they are only profitable if there are workers employed to make the products.

Today there continues to be monumental problems that need solutions. As in the early 1900’s we again have the domination of large corporations.  The wage gap has widened and many working individuals are having a hard time making ends meet.  Many are without health insurance.  In addition, our planet is undergoing undesirable changes because of climate change. 

When the government in a democracy steps in to administer programs that improve the life of its citizens, it could be called democratic socialism. Paying workers $15 an hour, Medicare for All and the Green New Deal have all been proposed as solutions to current problems.

Government can be helpful in bringing about change for the common good.  Our democracy must continue to be by the people, of the people and for the people.


Due to the approaching snowstorm, Wednesday’s meeting has been cancelled.  

Our next meeting will be held on March 20th.  Speakers will be Julie Lizotte from NE Wisconsin Citizen’s Action and Morgan Norton who will talk about Judge Neubauer’s campaign for Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice.

If you would like to be a part of a team which will reach out to voters in the upcoming elections, there will be a Volunteer Leadership Conference on Saturday, March 2nd from 9 am – 5 pm at the Green Lake Conference Center in Green Lake (W2511 WI-23, Green Lake, WI, 54941).

This will be an opportunity to network with other teams and receive training in volunteer recruitment, the VAN, and more! We will be talking about the Spring Voter Education Program and working to create action plans for Spring and the remainder of 2019. 

Space is limited, so please RSVP until 10 am on Feb. 25th. You can RSVP here.