U.S Senate Candidates

State Senator Chris Larson will be on Zoom at our July 21st in-person meeting
Shawano Civic Center
7:00 p.m.

Here is the Zoom link if you can’t make the meeting:
https://zoom.us/j/6228488386

Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson will be stopping by on his 72 county tour across the state July 28th 9:00 a.m.

Angie’s Main Café back room

132 S. Main St. Shawano, WI

Soon to be announced:

Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes will be the seventh candidate to take on Johnson.  We will be inviting him to a future event.

MAKE SOME IMPORTANT PHONE CALLS

Contact your representatives and tell them to support these bills to have fair maps and end gerrymandering.  The bills define a new procedure for the drawing of nonpartisan legislative and congressional redistricting maps.  If we want popular progressive legislation passed by our Legislature, we need to let them know that we want these bills passed:

Senate Bill 389:
Senate District 2:  Robert Cowles    608-266-0484

mailto:Sen.Cowles@legis.wisconsin.gov

Senate District 12:  Mary Felzkowski   608-266-2509

Sen.Felzkowski@legis.wisconsin.gov

Assembly Bill 395:
Assembly District 6:  Gary Tauchen   608-266-3097

Rep.Tauchen@legis.wiscnosin.gov

Assembly District 36:  Jeffrey Mursau   608-266-3780

Rep.Mursau@legis.wiscosin.gov

Assembly District 35:  Calvin Callahan   608-266-7694

Rep.Callahan@leg.wisconsin.gov

This is Tauchen’s last term.  Tell him he needs to do what is best for our democracy—let the people choose their representatives, not the other way around.  Call the Legislative Hotline if you aren’t sure of your representatives (800-362-9472).

JULY LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Sent to the Shawano Leader:

This past year students and their families, schools and educators had to sacrifice so much. The one-time $2.3 billion in federal funding from the American Rescue Plan was meant to help public schools recover.  However, the funding was not meant to relieve the state of its responsibility.  By law federal funding will NOT be received by any Legislature that fails to increase education funding by at least $387 million over the next two years.

The original Republican supported 2021-2023 budget sent to the governor cut Evers’ budget to $128 million, thus putting the federal aid in jeopardy.  The governor, who cares deeply about education, did not want Wisconsin lose the federal funding.  Therefore, he used his constitutional authority to revise the budget adding $100 million in recovery funds to invest in Wisconsin’s classrooms.

Districts will now be able to use these funds for non-pandemic-related expenses such as hiring educators and staff, providing additional educational or mental health supports or buying computers.

This is such a breath of fresh air after Wisconsin had been ranked 49th in the nation for per-pupil education investment increases.  Over the past decade, Wisconsin’s investment in K-12 per pupil spending had increased a measly 4.3% compared to 18.9% nationwide.  The Joint Committee on Finance had a chance to change that in the 2021-23 budget, but it took the governor to prioritize our children and their education.

In the past the State of Wisconsin had one of the best public school systems in the nation.  Part of this was due to state funding which provided two-thirds of the cost.  For two decades this has not been the case and the local tax payers have had to support their school districts.  This made it difficult for many rural school districts to provide a quality education. Thanks to Governor Evers the 2021-23 biennial budget provides roughly $685 million in additional net general and categorical school aids. This funding restores the state’s commitment to providing two-thirds of the cost.

There will be $89 million that the governor put into reimbursement for students with disabilities and $19 million in school mental health programs.  These services had been drastically underfunded.

As a retired educator, it is heartening and a relief to see our state putting money back into the education of our children.

Jan Koch

Shawano County Dems – June, 2021 Newsletter

UNITED STATES SENATE CANDIDATES

Now there are six candidates vying for the chance to defeat Ron Johnson in the November, 2022 election. In addition to Tom Nelson, Alex Lowry, Sarah Godlewski and Gillian Battino, the following candidates have announced their candidacy.

State Senator Chris Larson wants to unrig the system in addition to stopping the fascism that has been taking over America.  He believes in affordable child care, paid family leave and access to healthcare for all.  He will Zoom with us at our July 21st meeting.  https://voteforlarson.org/

Steve Olikara is the founder and former CEO of the Millennial Action Project which trains young elected officials to build diverse coalitions for real change.  He wants to lead with the values of dignity, inclusion and compassion.  You can find out more at https://www.stevenolikara.com/.

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Shawano County Dems – May, 2021 Newsletter

UNITED STATES SENATE CANDIDATES
So far there are four candidates vying for the chance to defeat Ron Johnson in the November, 2022 election.

Sarah Godlewski will be speaking at our May 19th meeting.  She is a small business woman and our State Treasurer.  She is running to fix Ron Johnson’s mess and get Washington laser-focused on the kitchen table issues facing Wisconsin families.   www.sarahforwisconsin.com.

Tom Nelson has been the Outagamie County Executive since 2011. He previously spent six years in the Wisconsin Assembly. He believes we need real leaders in Washington who will take COVID seriously.  www.nelsonforwi.com

Alex Lasry is a businessman and co-owner of the Milwaukee Bucks.  He served in the Obama White House.  Alex is running to bring a new way of thinking to Washington and deliver real results for Wisconsinites.  www.alexlasry.com

Gillian Battino is a radiologist from Wausau.  She spent more than 20 years in medicine and public service.  She wants to use her empathy to build a brighter future for all of Wisconsin.  www.battinoforsenate.us
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JILL UNDERLY SIGN SITES

Let’s get those signs out there!

City of Shawano:  Dan Poels
134 Lafayette St.
920-562-5607

Gresham:  Kate Dillenberg
700 Industrial St.
715-853-2526

Wittenberg:  Bill Switalla
508 S. Webb St.
715-253-2052

Marion:  Dan Mantsch
613 N. Marion St.
715-326-124

Bonduel:  Dan Weidner
112 S. Elm St.
715-250-1212

PHONE BANKING

We can’t knock doors in Shawano County but we can make some phone calls and talk to neighbors about the importance of this election.  All we ask is for an hour and a half of your time during the next two weeks.

Sign up by clicking on the link below and organizer Nick Morgan will reach out with Zoom links for a half hour of training before you begin calling.   You can email him at nickm@wisdems.org with any questions.

Saturday, 3/27: https://secure.ngpvan.com/gZaPBB2_BkKtR_IXCWFy5w2
Sunday, 3/28: https://secure.ngpvan.com/B8p5fLhmyUyxnHUkjkiYlQ2
Saturday, 4/3: https://secure.ngpvan.com/LANLguSLh0CxhwGT0-DypA2
Sunday, 4/4: https://secure.ngpvan.com/Th8oFqrKJUaHCikPl2LdBw2
Monday, 4/5: https://secure.ngpvan.com/evSxKqRJlUOL7lMU-QwEuA2
Tuesday, 4/6: https://secure.ngpvan.com/sKXk0-pzo0GNnfzgEqDmfQ2

GET YOUR SIGNS

Yard signs for Jill Underly for Superintendint of Public Instruction and Rick Cveykus for the Wisonsin Court of Appeals for District 3 are now available.  If you have a good location or know someone who does, get your sign this weekend at one of these locations:
City of Shawano: Dan Poels Call or text 920-562-5607
Bonduel:  Dan Weidner Text 715-250-1212
Gresham:  Kate Dillenburg Text or call 715-853-2526
Wittenberg: Bill Switalla Call or text 715-253-2052
Marian:  Dan Mantsch Call 715-326-1245Spread the word by putting up a sign.

Chair’s Comments

It is uplifting to have both a governor and now a president who have our best interests in mind.
COVID relief is a prime example of what our Democratic leaders can do to help people.  The passage of President Biden’s Build Back Better legislation is such a contrast to the state Republicans who did nothing for 288 days in 2020 to help Wisconsinites.  Evers’ 2021-2023 budget has provisions for further relief.

Even though it has been proven the 2020 election results were accurate, the “Big Lie” continues to be a talking point among some Republicans, including our own senator, Ron Johnson. They are using this lie as a reason for passing more voter suppression legislation in states across the country including Wisconsin.  We need to continue to be vigilant and let our representatives know that we wanted it easier for citizens to vote, not harder.

The Senate will soon be taking up the For the People Act (H.R 1) which has already been passed by the House of representatives.  It would expand voting rights, get money out of politics, and limit partisan gerrymandering.  We need to keep the pressure on our state and federal representatives to support these ideas.

The spring primary is an opportunity for you to show your support for public education.  A vote for Jill Underly will allow Governor Evers to implement his vision for a return to a strong public education system in Wisconsin.  You can request an absentee ballot at www.myvote.wi.gov.  Ballots will be sent out by March 16th.  Early in-person voting will begin on March 23rd.  Exercise your right!

Don’t’ hesitate to contact us with your ideas or concerns.

Jan Koch, Chair  (March 2021)

SPRING PRIMARY

There are two crucial elections on the ballot April 6th.  Jill Underly is running for Superintendent of Public Instruction.  Her current position is public school superintendent but she has been involved in all facets of public education (www.underlyforwi.com).  Rick Cveykus is on the ballot for WI Court of Appeals District 3 (www.rickforwi.com).  He is currently an attorney in Wausau.
Yard signs for these candidates will be available in the following locations beginning March 13th:City of Shawano:

Dan Poels Call or text 920-562-5607
Bonduel:  Dan Weidner Text 715-250-1212
Gresham:  Kate Dillenburg Text or call 715-853-2526
Wittenberg: Bill Switalla Call or text 715-253-2052
Marian:  Dan Mantsch Call 715-326-1245
Get your signs and spread the word.

Vote Absentee This Spring Election!

April 1, 2021 @ 5:00 p.m. – Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot – Regular and Permanent Overseas Voters –  If you are a regular or a Permanent Overseas Voters, your absentee ballot request must be received by your municipal clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 1, 2021.

April 2, 2021 @ 5:00 p.m.– Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot – Indefinitely Confined – If a voter is indefinitely confined  your absentee ballot request must be received by your municipal clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 2, 2021.

April 2, 2021 @ 5:00 p.m.– Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot – Military – If a voter is in the military then your absentee ballot request must be received by your municipal clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 2, 2021.

March 23, 2021, possibly through April 4, 2021 – Deadline for In-Person Absentee – Voters can possibly request and vote an absentee ballot in-person in their municipal clerk’s office through April 4, 2021.  Office hours vary by municipality. Some municipal offices may not offer additional in-person absentee hours Please contact your municipal clerk for absentee voting hours. 

EARLY VOTING FOR SPRING PRIMARY

Absentee ballots have already gone out for those who have requested ballots.  If you haven’t received yours, contact your municipal clerk.  In person voting begins on Tuesday, February 2nd.  Contact your clerk for times.
Election Day is Tuesday, February 16th.

Those residing in the Shawano School District are encouraged to vote for fellow Shawano Dem member Robin Raber Bergeron for school board. Go to our website at http://shawano.wiscdems.com and scroll down to see a list of candidates and * by those that are recommended.

Democratic Party of Shawano County Election of Officers Results

Shawano County Democrats held their Election of Officers recently. Newly elected officer results include Patty Luff filling the Second Vice Chair (and membership) position and Carrie Pitt replacing longtime Treasurer Bob Koch. We wish to welcome them as well as wish them well on their new positions.

We would also like to thank Denise Riley and Bob Koch who previously served in those positions. Kudos also goes to Kathy Nodolf who recently stepped down as our Facebook administrator.

Election of Officers Results

Jan Koch, Chair

Dan Weidner, 1st Vice Chair

Patty Luff, 2nd Vice Chair (Membership)

Jan Schreiber, Secretary

Carrie Pitt, Treasurer