The Spring Election is Tomorrow, April 2nd

If you haven’t voted already, make sure you make plans to vote. Visit to find your polling location and see who will be on your ballot. 


Get Out The Vote, Tuesday, April 2nd 
Polls are open 7AM – 8PMVote for Supreme Court Justice and local nonpartisan officials.

Chief Justice Lisa Neubauer has dedicated her career to making sure families and victims of crime receive justice. Now she’s running for the Wisconsin Supreme Court, where she’ll be a fair, impartial, and truly independent jurist who serves the people not the special interests. 

Jan Koch, Chair – Democratic Party of Shawano County

Early Voting Begins Today

Spring Election

The election is just two weeks away.  Early voting begins on March 18th.  Candidates for local government positions, school board, and judges are on the ballot.  Be sure and vote.

Shawano Dem’s March Meeting

On Wed., March 20th the meeting will be held at the Civic Center at 7:00 pm.  Jolie Lizotte, the organizer for  Northeast Wisconsin Citizen’s Action, will be discussing their efforts to improve Badger Care and bring about fair district boundary maps.

Morgan Norton, Grassroots Coordinator for Neubauer for Justice, will be acquainting voters with Justice Lisa Neubauer, who is running to be the next Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice.  Yard signs for her campaign will be available.

In order to educate voters about Justice Neubauer, there is an effort to knock doors and make phone calls during the next two weekends.  Please respond to this email and say you will help.  Shifts run from noon to 3:00 and 3:00-6:00 pm. Days of Action headquarters will be at the Shawano Civic Center.

Newsletter for March/April 2019


On March 20th Jolie Lizotte from Northeast WI Citizen’s Action will speak. She will be discussing their efforts to improve the state’s healthcare program and to promote fair district boundary maps.
   Also, Morgan Norton will be present as a surrogate for Judge Neubauer’s campaign for WI Supreme Court Justice.
   The April 17th meeting will feature Barbara Mendoza who is the Executive Director of the non-profit F.R.E.S.H Project.  This effort tries to ensure that everyone has access to good food.  Through community engagement the project’s mission is educate, increase food security and promote good health.
   Meetings are at 7:00 pm at the Shawano Civic Center.


There are several events that are being organized for those who would like to be more engaged in the democratic process.  You do not need to be a member of the Democratic party to participate.
   March 23rd is the date of the 11th Annual WI Grassroots Festival which will be held in Mazomanie, WI.  This event will feature numerous high-profile speakers and breakout sessions.
   On May 4th the 8th Congressional District will have their convention in Fremont. (Waupaca County).   If you wish to be a delegate, email your intension at   Pre-register at
  Milwaukee’s Potawatomie Hotel & Casino will be the site of the state convention on June 1-2.  Pre-register at


   Every month the Shawano County Democrats will be zeroing in on certain topics.  Our views will be put forth on two media outlets. Shawano Leader will be printing our op-ed on their editorial page at the beginning of each month.  Also, tune into the WTCH Breakfast Club on the second Thursday of the month from 8:00-9:00 am on 960 AM and 96.1 FM.
   March’s topic is voting.  With the upcoming election for local offices and WI Supreme Court Justice, it is important for voters to find out about the candidates and be responsible citizens by voting.  (Sroll down and you can read this op-ed.)
   We should remember that Earth Day was a day set aside by progressive Wisconsin legislatures of the past to honor our earth.  April 22 will be a reminder that our environment needs to be preserved so that future generations have drinkable water and breathable air.  April’s topic will be the environment.


March 14 and April 10:  Listen to the Shawano Dems on the WTCH Breakfast Club 8:00-9:00 am at 960 AM and 96.1 FM

March 20:  Shawano Dems’ meeting at 7:00 pm at the
Civic Center.  Speakers:  Jolie Lizotte and Morgan Norton.

April 2:  Spring election 8:00 am  – 8:00 pm

April 3: Executive Committee Meeting 6:00 pm

Apriil 17: Shawano Dems’ meeting at 7:00 pm at the Civic Center.  Speaker:  Barbara Mendoza

Chair’s Comments

I’m excited that we finally have a governor who can fight for the changes we have been yearning for. His two- year budget includes increases for the funding of public education, the environment and healthcare.
   Governor Evers has appointed qualitied and experienced people to run our state’s various departments.  Unfortunately, he has an uphill battle with a Republican legislature that won’t give up its agenda.
   There are a lot of ways we can fight with him. Beginning March 16th and during the last three weekends before the spring election, there are efforts to knock doors and talk to voters around the county. We will have some Judge Neubauer signs available at our March meeting.  There will be state budget listening sessions in different parts of the state.  By attending one of these you have an opportunity to voice your opinion on priorities you think are important.  Let us know if you would like to participate in any of these efforts.
Jan Koch, Chair   715-526-2955 (home); 715-296-6726 (cell)
Dan Weidner, 1st Vice Chair  715-250-1212
Denise Riley, 2nd Vice Chair  715-524-4056
Facebook Page: “Shawano County Democratic Party

Op-ed:  “Voting Chance for People to Make a Difference”
Our right to vote is precious.

It wasn’t until one hundred and fifty years ago that the right to vote got some government protections.  The Fifteenth Amendment to the Constitution stated that “the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged because of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”  Women fought for the right to vote for decades but it wasn’t until 1920 that the Nineteenth Amendment was passed.  In 1971 the death of thousands of young adults in Vietnam led to the passage of the Twenty-sixth Amendment.  Voting was thus expanded to include those who were at least 18 years of age. 

Even though voting is essential to our democracy, there have been political forces who have tried to limit access to the ballot box.  President Johnson told Congress they needed to enact expansive voter rights.  The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was introduced while civil rights leaders, now under the protection of federal troops, led a march of 25,000 people from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.  (Since then it has been weakened by a US Supreme Court decision.)

Unfortunately, despite all the efforts to protect the vote, there have been on-going efforts for voter suppression by Republican-dominated state legislatures.  The pattern targets black, Latino, young, and low-income voters, who traditionally lean Democratic.

Under the guise of voter fraud, the Wisconsin legislature has imposed the most restrictive voter ID laws in the country.  It is now difficult for individuals that don’t have a driver’s license to vote. These individuals must get a free state ID card from the Department of Motor Vehicles.  In addition, hours of operation have been scaled back at the DMV making it more difficult for voters to get the identification they need.

If that isn’t enough, there are other tactics that have been used by legislatures to win elections.  Every ten years the census is taken and the information is supposed to be used to draw the lines for state assembly and senate districts as well as congressional districts.  In 2011 Wisconsin was one of the states whose Republican legislature redrew the districts to their advantage in a process known as gerrymandering.

In the 2018 mid-term election 53% of statewide Assembly votes went to the Democrats, however, they only secured 36% of the 99 seats.  Thankfully, one of Governor Tony Evers’s initiatives is to put nonpartisan redistricting reform in his proposed state budget.

Because there are forces that try to “buy” our votes, it is the responsibility of voters in a democracy to do their homework.  Voters need to be aware of the falsehoods that dark money groups put in TV ads and home-delivered literature.   These Political Action Committees (PACs) donate huge sums of money to the candidates who they think will do their bidding.  It should be the desire of everyone; Democrat, Republican or Independent; to work toward getting big money out of politics.

Efforts to accommodate voters should be made easier, not harder. Wisconsin is one of the states which has allowed voters to register to vote on-line.  If you have a driver’s license, you can go to by March 13th.  Governor Evers would like to go even further and join the fifteen states who have already implemented automatic voter registration (AVR).

The next chance that Wisconsin voters have to make their opinions known is in the April 2nd spring election.  Early voting begins March 18th.   Non-partisan candidates for local elections and Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice will be on the ballot.  Judges should be fair, impartial and independent.

A democracy cannot exist if citizens don’t exercise their responsibility to choose their representatives.  Voting is our chance to make a difference.


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.


February 20th
Shawano Dems’ Meeting
Shawano Civic Center
7:00 PM

We were hoping to have Judge Lisa Neubauer speak about her candidacy for Supreme Court Justice but unfortunately she had to cancel.  However, we will have an informative program.

Our speaker will be Barbara Mendoza, the Executive Director of the non-profit F.R.E.S.H Project, The projects mission is to increase the physical access to Food, create Resources where good food can be found, provide Educational events, increase food Security and bring about good Health. This project has been promoting community engagement to meet its goals.

February 15th
Senator Rob Cowles’ Listening Session
Shawano Civic Center
4:30-6:00 PM

This is a chance for you make your opinions known before the state budget is debated.

February 14th
WTCH-AM 960 & 96.1 FM Breakfast Club
8:00-900 AM

The Shawano Dems will be on the air.  The topic for this month is healthcare.  Below is an op-ed which will be printed in the Shawano Leader.


The private insurance market has had a strong hold on American’s healthcare for decades. 

Americans have had to deal with high deductibles, co-pays and no maximum caps in their insurance plans.   Patients who suffered from pre-existing conditions such as cancer, diabetes, and other life-threatening conditions have been denied coverage.

Americans have had to deal with high deductibles, co-pays and no maximum caps in their insurance plans.   Patients who suffered from pre-existing conditions such as cancer, diabetes, and other life-threatening conditions have been denied coverage.

Back in 2008 when the costs for healthcare insurance were skyrocketing, the Democrats in Congress felt the need to help those who couldn’t get the health care they so desperately needed.  Although they thought the best solution was a government single payer tax-funded plan, they compromised and settled for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) which kept private insurance companies in the loop.

The developing countries of the world have better healthcare systems than the United States.  The Legtum Institute, a London based research institute, recently identified the top countries with the best healthcare systems.  The United States ranked 30th.

The quality of healthcare in the institute’s study was measured by three key components:  a country’s basic mental and physical health, health infrastructure, and the availability of preventative care.   Many of the countries with the best healthcare rankings had universal healthcare and required mandatory health insurance for all its citizens.

Government’s job is to fill the gaps when the private market isn’t meeting the needs of its people.  The ACA legislation allowed states to accept federal funds to help low-income individuals afford health insurance.  Up until now Wisconsin has not accepted the hundreds of millions in Medicaid funds for BadgerCare.  Accepting the available funds would be an important step to achieving healthcare for all.

Many Americans under 65 would like healthcare which has the benefits of Medicare.  In Wisconsin one plan could be a “Public Option” for both individuals and employers of large or small businesses.   According to Citizen’s Action, a promoter of the program, the cost would be less per person than private insurance.

Today there are many who face a constant threat of having their lives devastated by health disasters which could easily become financial disasters.  Many with pre-existing conditions are worried that they will not be able to get insurance in the future.   Everyone should have the peace of mind that comes from knowing that affordable healthcare will be there when it is needed.

Americans have said overwhelmingly that they don’t like our present healthcare system.  70% have said they would rather have a plan like Medicare for All.

Change can invoke fear.  There was resistance when the government first introduced the idea of Social Security and Medicare.

There might be some apprehension if we go away from private insurance’s domination of our healthcare.  But isn’t coverage for every American worth it?


   Joseph McCarthy may have been a lawyer in Shawano but should his picture still hang in the 2nd Circuit Courtroom in the Shawano County Court House?
   McCarthy became a Republican Senator during the 1950’s.  During the McCarthy era hundreds of Americans were accused of being communists or communist sympathizers.  Under his leadership the U.S. Congress conducted aggressive investigations and hearings which led to accusations of subversion or treason without proper regard for evidence. 
 Steve Menard, a lawyer in Shawano, will be the speaker at the January 16th meeting.  He feels that McCarthy’s picture should be preserved with the Shawano County Historical Society as a part of Shawano’s history.  The meeting will be held at the Shawano Civic Center (225 S. Main St.) at 7:00 pm.

Judge Lisa Neubauer has accepted an invitation to attend our February 20th meeting.   Since launching her campaign to become a Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice she has traveled all over the state, hearing voter’s thoughts, ideas and rallying support for a fair, impartial and independent Supreme Court.  During the last ten years she has been an appellate court judge and has been the chief judge of the Wisconsin Court of Appeals since 2015.  She collected over 8,000 signatures (four times the required amount) to officially qualify to be on the April ballot. 

   The Shawano Democrats are on the WTCH Breakfast Club on the 2nd Thursday of every month from 8:00-9:00 am.  During 2019 they will be focusing on of a different topic each month from the Democratic perspective.  The topic for January will be immigration.  Tune into 960 am.
   Democrats want to work toward a comprehensive immigration reform that concentrates on improving border security at the ports of entry.  Their plan targets enforcement so we are targeting criminals—not families.  They want to keep families together and strengthen our economy.  They are committed to preserve President Obama’s successful Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program which gives temporary status that allows DREAMers to study, work, pay taxes and contribute to the communities they grew up in.  Democrats want to treat all people who come to the United States with dignity and respect.

Jan. 10 and Feb. 14:  Listen to the Shawano Dems on the WTCH Breakfast Club 8:00-9:00 am at 960 am

Jan. 16:  Shawano Dems’ meeting at 7:00 pm at the
Civic Center.  Speaker:  Steve Menard

Feb. 6:  Executive Committee Meeting 6:00 pm

Feb. 20:  Shawano Dems’ meeting at 7:00 pm at the Civic Center.  Speaker:  Judge Lisa Neubauer.

March 6:  Executive Committee Meeting 6:00 pm

Chair’s Comments
   We knew when we met Mandela Barnes, Sarah Godlewski and Josh Kaul at events in Shawano last year that they had the ideas and enthusiasm that would propel them into office.  Thanks to all the volunteers who knocked doors, made phone calls and talked with voters, we now have Democrats in charge of our state leadership.
  Thank you to all who gave their time to help get voters to the polls.  We hope you will continue to be motivated to spread our message.

   The Democratic Party of Shawano County has elected officers for the next two years.  Congratulations to Denise Riley who is now our 2nd Vice Chair.  The rest of the officers remain the same: Jan Koch, Chair; Dan Weidner, 1st Vice Chair; Jan Schreiber, Secretary; and Bob Koch, Treasurer.

    Don’t hesitate to contact us with your ideas and concerns.  We welcome those who have ideas they would like to share on the Breakfast Club.

DNC Announces Framework for the 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary Debates

Washington, D.C. — Since his campaign for chair of the Democratic National Committee, DNC Chair Tom Perez has promised to conduct a presidential primary process that is transparent, fair, inclusive, and puts the party in the best possible position to take back the White House in 2020.

Perez has followed through on this promise by passing historic reforms that have expanded the use of primaries, made caucuses more accessible, reduced the influence of superdelegates, and increased transparency of the DNC’s budget and operations. He is continuing this effort with his approach to the presidential primary debates.

Perez and his team have held more than 80 meetings over the course of many months with a variety of individuals who have knowledge of and experience with the debate process.

Today, Chair Perez is pleased to announce the DNC’s framework for several key elements of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary debate process.

“To win back the presidency in 2020, Democrats must lead with our values. That began with the historic reforms to expand and increase trust in our party, and it will continue by conducting party business fairly, transparently, and inclusively throughout the 2020 primary process,” said Chair Perez. “To that end, we have listened and learned about debate experiences from a wide array of stakeholders.

“My goal in this framework is to give the grassroots a bigger voice than ever before; to showcase our candidates on an array of media platforms; to present opportunity for vigorous discussion about issues, ideas and solutions; and to reach as many potential voters as possible. That is how we will put our nominee in the strongest position possible to defeat Donald Trump, and how we will help elect Democrats up and down the ballot.”


  • The DNC is announcing 12 presidential primary debates over the course of the 2020 cycle, with six debates in 2019 and six in 2020.
  • The first two debates will occur in June and July 2019. After a break in August, there will be one debate per month for the rest of 2019.
  • The DNC currently plans to hold its last debate in April of 2020. All early-state debates will be held in 2020.
  • The DNC will not bar candidates from participating in forums in which one candidate appears on stage at a time. The DNC will ask candidates to refrain from participating in debates other than the 12 debates sanctioned by the DNC.
  • In order to give our candidates a platform to make their case to voters, the DNC will seek to maximize the viewership of each debate.
  • The DNC will announce specific dates, locations, sponsors and more in 2019.
  • Given the fluid nature of the presidential nominating process, the DNC will continuously assess the state of the race and make adjustments to this process as appropriate, and always transparently.   


  • The first two debates will occur in June and July 2019.  In order to accommodate a potentially large field of candidates, both may occur over multiple consecutive nights.  
  • In the event that the qualifying field of candidates requires these debates to be held over multiple nights, the lineup for each night will be determined at random, with qualifying candidates assigned one night per debate. The random selection of candidates will be done publicly.   
  • In addition to meeting the filing and constitutional requirements to run for President of the United States, candidates will qualify for the first two debates by meeting criteria that include both polling and other objective measures that reflect a candidate’s support, such as grassroots fundraising.  

The specific criteria for the first two debates will be announced in January 2019.

Analysis | The Daily 202: Lame-duck power grab in Wisconsin showcases the GOP’s embrace of zero-sum politics

With Joanie Greve

THE BIG IDEA:  When George H.W. Bush departed the Oval Office in 1993, he left a gracious note for the man who had defeated him. “Your success now is our country’s success,” he wrote. “I am rooting hard for you.”

This gesture still touches Bill Clinton 25 years later. “No words of mine or others can better reveal the heart of who he was than those he wrote himself,” Clinton wrote in a tribute this weekend to an opponent who became a friend.

Outgoing Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is sending quite a different message to the man who denied him a third term last month. 

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New arrows wound the American notion of a peaceful transfer of power.

Source: Analysis | The Daily 202: Lame-duck power grab in Wisconsin showcases the GOP’s embrace of zero-sum politics

Holiday Party

December 5th
7:00 pm
Shawano Civic Center

Everyone is invited. There will be food (including pulled pork sandwiches) and beverages.  If you have a special holiday treat you want to share, bring it.  We will also be having some fun with a trivia game. .We will be honoring our volunteers and electing officers for the next 2 years (Those voting must be members of the Democratic Party).

Yes, Wisconsin did have a Blue Wave.  We can celebrate taking control of our State capital.  You may not realize that we also voted by an 8% margin (54% of all votes) for Assembly candidates – a landslide.  However, due to gerrymandering we only got 35% of the seats. 

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Contribute to the energy!

From Saturday November 3 until Tuesday evening there will be serious Get-Out-the-Vote efforts. 

  • On Saturday Beau Liegeois, Candidate for Congress, will be in Shawano from 11:15 am-12-15 pm.  He will be speaking in the back room of the Glas Coffee House at 11:15 and then proceed to Angie’s Main Cafe to shake a few hands.  From there he will go to the Dem’s Office at 105 Airport Road to fire up some canvassers and phone bankers. Stop by and give him your support.
  • More help is needed to make sure that we turn Wisconsin blue.  Some of the polls are tightening and we need to do all we can to make sure that we get Democrats out to vote. Canvassing and calling shifts will be on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday at 9am, 12pm, 3pm and 5pm.  Call the office number 715-201-0809 between noon and 8pm on Thursday or any time during the weekend to sign up for one or more shifts.  Carrie can also be reached at 715-758-7918 on Friday.  Please leave a message if no one answers.
  • We hope to be celebrating on Tuesday night.  There will be a Democratic Watch Party at the Shawano Lake Golf Course from 8pm-12am.  Richard Sarnwick’s band, Lonesome Road, will be playing from 9:30-10:15.

Please help make Wisconsin a progressive state again by doing this together!