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!


  A pig roast meal will be held at the Pella Town Hall (W11021 County Road D) on October 14 from 2-4 pm.  Attendees will have an opportunity to talk with Beau Liegeois, candidate for Congress, and Richard Sarnwick, candidate for the 6th Assembly District.  The 8th Congressional District along with Jeff and Beth Gillis are sponsoring this complimentary event giving rural voters an opportunity to meet candidates and have a fun time.  Everyone is welcome.
   Signs for Tammy Baldwin, Beau Liegeois, and Richard Sarnwick will be available as well as for Mark Martello, candidate for the 35th Assembly District.

  On October 17th Shawano County Sheriff Candidate Keith Sorlie will be the guest speaker.  Keith is an Independent candidate who currently works for the Shawano City Police Department.  This meeting will be held at 7:00 pm at the Office (105 Airport Rd.)
   On November 14th Bridget Kielas-Fezyk will speak as a Member of Parliament for the Asgardia Space Nation.  She will be doing a presentation on basic emergency preparedness for emergencies that may occur in the future.  This 7:00 pm meeting will be held at the Shawano Civic Center.
   A Holiday Party will be held on December 5th at 7:00 pm at the Civic Center.  A short meeting to elect officers will be followed by snacks and fun. 
   Early voting starts on October 22.  The two weeks before that date are crucial to getting out the vote. 

The weekends of Oct. 13-14 and 20-21 are Days of Action.  Volunteer shifts will run at 9am; 12pm and 3pm.

Tuesdays and Thursdays there will be phone banking from 5-8 pm.

Nov. 3-6 will be Get-Out-the-Vote door knocking and phone calls.

Help is also needed to drive volunteers and voters to the polls, assemble walk packets and provide snacks to volunteers.  If you can help in any way, call the office at 715-201-0809, Max, the regional organizer, at 920-659-0793, or stop in the office. 

Oct. 11, Nov. 8 and Dec. 13:  Listen to the Shawano Dems on the WTCH Breakfast Club 8:00-9:00 am at 960 am.
Oct. 14:  Shawano Dems’ meeting at 7:00 pm at the office at 105 Airport Road.  Speaker:  Keith Sorlie
Nov. 7:  Executive Committee Meeting at 6:00 pm.
Nov. 14:  Shawano Dems’ meeting at 7:00 pm at the Civic Center.  Speaker:  Bridget Kielas-Fezyk.
Dec. 5:  Executive Committee Meeting at 6:00 pm.   Short Dems’ Meeting at 7:00 pm at the Shawano Civic Center followed by the Holiday Party

Chair’s Comments
   A huge thank you to all who were a part of the Fall Fundraising and Dinner.  We had a good turnout on Oct. 6th to hear the inspirational messages of Josh Kaul, Beau Liegeois and Richard Sarnwick.  They spoke about the issues they were most concerned about and encouraged those in attendance to volunteer.
   The money raised from this effort will help pay for office expenses.  We were fortunate to have a spacious office this campaign season even though the cost was more than prior years.  We also contributed to the campaigns of Richard Sarnwick and Beau Liegeois. 
   We are all out of Tony Evers signs.  If you have a good location and would like a sign, we have a stencil to make larger signs.  Those who are interested in one of these signs and/or would like to help paint, please let us know. 
   Let’s get out the vote and encourage Democrats and Democratic leaning Independents to get to the polls!

Shawano Dems Office Hours

Our office is located at 105 Airport Road (next to Joker Fireworks).  The hours are as follows:

Tuesday and Thursday 5-8 pm

You can volunteer to make phone calls during these times.  Calls can also be made from your home if you prefer.

Saturday  10am-1pm

You can volunteer to canvass.  Trainings are held at 11:00 am.  Packets can be returned in a few days.

Oct. 13-14 and Oct. 20-21 are Weekends of Action.  Canvass shifts will begin at 9:00 am, 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm.  We will be shifting from persuasion to a Get-Out-the Vote emphasis.  The office will be open all day.

Let’s turn Wisconsin Blue.  Please consider helping out in some manner.  We will also need drivers to accompany canvassers, volunteers to drive others to the polls, and volunteers to put packets together.  Call the office at 715-201-0809 or Max Moralas, our regional coordinator, at 920-659-0793 to volunteer or stop in.

September 19th Shawano Dems Meeting

7:00 pm

Our office at 105 Airport Road

Speaker:  Tom Madsen


Signs for Tony Evers, Josh Kaul and Sarah Godlewski will be delivered to our office on Thursday Sept. 20.  The office will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00-8:00 pm and on Saturdays from 10:00 am-1:00 pm.  We also have signs for Tammy Baldwin and Beau Liegeois.  More signs for Richard Sarnwick have been ordered.


We are in need of people to be in the office when it is open. Jobs include greeting those coming in to get signs, putting signs together and answering the phone.  The time could also be used to make phone calls.  Sign up by calling the office at 715-201-0809 or by stopping in.


We are looking for grey donkey items to put in our raffle baskets for the Oct. 6th fall dinner.  If you have a gently used or new item to donate, please leave it off at the office.

2018 September Newsletter


Can you feel a change is in the air?  Our office at 105 Airport Road is open and has plenty of room to accommodate those wishing to reach out to voters by making phone calls and picking up packets to knock on doors.  If you would like to volunteer or just have a question, the phone number is 715-201-0809.  If no one answers, you can leave a message and someone will get back to you.

We will be having signs for all of the candidates.  Presently you can pick up signs for Tammy Baldwin, Beau Liegeois, Richard Sarnwick now.  Signs for Tony Evers, Josh Kaul and Sarah Godlewski will be coming within the week.  A $2 donation per sign would be greatly appreciated.

The office hours are still rather limited, but if none of these times are convenient for you, call and other arrangements can be made.  On Saturday the office is open from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Canvassers can pick up packets at this time but have the freedom to knock doors on Saturday, Sunday or during the week.  Face to face conversations are the best way to communicate with voters about our candidates.  On Tuesday and Thursday the office will be open from 5:00-8:00 pm.  Phone calls can be made from the office during this time or you can take a packet with you and make calls from your home. 

The September meeting will be held at the office at 7:00 pm.  Our speaker will be local news writer and past Shawano County Board Administrator, Tom Madsen.  As a lifelong Democrat, Tom will give us his perspective on blue waves past and present.

Our fundraising dinner will be held at the Shawano Lake Golf Course on Saturday, October 6th.  The evening will include speeches from candidates, basket raffles and a 50/50 drawing.  The cost is $25.  Reservations should be made by Sept. 28.

An effort is being made to bring state and local candidates to rural areas of Outagamie, Brown and Waupaca Counties on Sunday, October 14th.  The centrally located Pella Town Hall will be the site for Shawano County.  A time frame is being worked out.  Food will be a part of the event.  Look for more information in the October newsletter.


Sept. 13:  Listen to the Shawano Dems on the WTCH Breakfast Club 8:00-9:00 am at 960 am.

Sept. 15:   Look for our booth at the Bonduel Founder’s Day.  Signs will be available for pick up.

Sept. 19:  Shawano Dems meeting at 7:00 pm at the office at 105 Airport Road.

Oct. 3:  Executive Committee Meeting at 6:00 pm
Dems’ Office.

Oct. 6:  Fall Dinner at Shawano Lake Golf Course

Chair’s Comments

I’m feeling good about the next few months and the Nov. 6th election.  We have excellent candidates who have messages that should resound with voters.  I’m excited every time I hear that someone is stepping up and asking how they can help reach out to voters.  Max Morales, our regional organizer, is working hard to accommodate volunteers and make sure they have the training they desire before they knock doors or make phone calls.  His phone number is 920-659-0793.  If he calls you and you make a commitment to help out, please follow through.

A huge thank you to all the volunteers who worked in our Shawano County Fair booth.  A lot of fairgoers shared their feelings on the sheets which said, “I’m voting for Wisconsin Democrats because…”  We will display the comments in our Founder’s Day booth and ask for more.  The patriotic wall quilt raffle was also of interest to many.  The winner was Ericka Kowalkowski.


Wed., August 22nd
105 Airport Road
Beginning at 6:00 pm
Come and enjoy some music and a light meal
Meet candidates Beau Liegeois 
 Dr. Richard Sarnwick
Needed:  folding or outdoor chairs 
(mark with your name)
August office hours are:  Sat., the 25th 10 am-1 pm and Sun., the 26th  4-7 pm
Phone banking will begin on Thurs., Sept. 6th
Sign up to help.  Many jobs are needed.