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

VIRTUAL LISTENING SESSIONS

You can attend Governor Evers’ listening session by clicking on the links below:

Badger Bounceback Live Session on Accessible & Affordable Healthcare
Thurs., March 25, 2021 at 6 p.m.  Register to attend here.  

Badger Bounceback Live Session on Transportation & Infrastructure
Tues., March 30, 2021, at 6 p.m.  Register to attend here.

Badger Bounceback Live Session on What’s Best for Our Kids
Thurs., April 8, 2021, at 6 p.m.  Register to attend here.

Badger Bounceback Live Session on Justice Reform & Marijuana Legalization
Wed., April 14, 2021, at 6 p.m.  Register to attend here.

Badger Bounceback Live Session on Climate Change & Our Environment
Wed., April 21, 2021, at  6 p.m.  Register to attend here

Mark Your Calendar!

UPCOMING EVENTS
March 11 and April 8t:  Listen to WTCH’s Breakfast Club from 8:30-9:00 am on 960 AM & 96.1 FM.

March 17:  7:00 pm  Dems’ meeting on Zoom with Jay Heck

April 6:  Primary Election Day  7am-8pm.  VOTE!!!

April 21:  7:00 pm  Dems’ meeting on Zoom with Katrina Shankland

May 2:  12:30 pm 8th Congressional District Meeting on Zoom.

ZOOM MEETINGS

We will continue with our Zoom meetings for two more months.
On March 17th at 7:00 pm Jay Heck, Executive Director of Common Cause, will be speaking about the voter suppression measures being introduced in Wisconsin and how the redistricting process could be better than in 2011.

On April 21st we hope to have Assemblywoman Katrina Shankland tell us about cannabis reform and marijuana legislation at our 7:00 pm meeting.

Shawano Democrats January Zoom Meeting Reminder

January 20th
6:00 pm

Meet candidates for WI Superintendent of Public Instruction Shelia Briggs and Jill Underly.

Click on the link below or dial the phone number to be admitted to the meeting.  You will need to download Zoom.com if you have never used Zoom.  Please be ready to start the meeting promptly at 6:00 pm.  Let us know if you are having trouble getting on.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/97768620489?pwd=MVJpWWptNHJXRnFGMUl2ajZFa25TZz09

Dial by your location
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

Shawano Dems Update 10/29/2020

To those of you new our email list and those of you who aren’t used to getting more frequent emails than would normally occur, remember that it is an important time to be informed.  The next few months are quite  unpredictable.  It may be necessary to  stand up to do what we can to protect our democracy.   Please stick with us as navigate what lies ahead. 

SIGN FLURRY

We have lots of free Biden signs left.  Show your support in the last few days by picking up several signs to fill up your yard.  We also have cardstock signs for those without a yard.  

On Wednesday, November 4th we will be collecting your yard sign wires at the office.  Please throw away the sign but leave the wires outside our office before 6:00 pm.  If you can’t make it by 6, please store your wires until the next election.

All larger signs that we placed in your yard will be picked up sometime next week.

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Shawano County Democrat News Update

OCTOBER 21st MEETING

Our speaker will be Matt Rothschild, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.  His topic will be “How to Talk to Our Fellow Citizens.”  He will speak about the political race as he sees it, voter suppression and the need to root our racism.

The 7:00 pm meeting is on Zoom.  Use this link to join: https://zoom.us/j/6228488386

If you haven’t used it before, go to http://www.zoom.com to register. The link will be sent out again on Wednesday.

WAYS TO VOTE

Early voting starts on Tuesday, October 20th and ends Friday October 30th.  If you have requested an absentee ballot, you can mail it in or you can take it to your municipal clerk until 8:00 pm on November 3rd. The City of Shawano and the Town of Wescott have the only drop boxes which accept ballots in Shawano County.

CITY OF SHAWANO EARLY VOTING ADDRESS
127 South Sawyer St.
CITY OF SHAWANO, WI

Click for DIRECTIONS

SCHEDULE
10/20-10/30 M, T, W, Th, F from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM

SCHEDULE EXCEPTIONS
Extended hours: Sat. Oct. 24, 9 am – noon

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Contact Carrie at 715-584-8249 if you can help with any of the following or would like to order any of the Biden gear listed below.
Tuesday, Oct. 6:  We will be putting together literature bags with lit for Biden, Stuck and Sarnwick starting at 1:00 pm.  We will socially distance in the rooms at our office or you can take lit and bags home to work on them.
Wednesday Oct. 7:  We will have a lit drop on doors in Shawano starting at 12:30 pm at the office.  Drivers are also needed.

Saturday Oct. 10: Continuation of lit drop in Shawano starting at 10:00 am.

Phoning banking can be done any day.  We are in Get-Out-The-Vote mode. Contact Justin at 920-931-2654 or email at jr8703@gmail.com.

FINAL ORDERS FOR BIDEN GEAR
Biden/Harris flags $10 donation
Car flags with pole  $12 donation
6′ and 8′ yard banners  $20 donation
Ball caps  $10 donation

Contact Carrie at 715-584-8249 by Wednesday, Oct. 7 to place your order.

Be safe and encourage others to do the same.

DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF SHAWANO COUNTY

Sarnwick/Stuck Event

Richard Sarnwick and Amanda Stuck invite you to an event.

Friday, September 18th

4:30-7:00 pm

Franklin Park, Shawano, WI

Come for some conversation and a sundae cone.

Extended Office Hours

  • Tuesday 10 – 5
  • Wednesday 10 – 5
  • Thursday 10 – 8
  • Friday 10 – 5
  • Saturday 10 – 5

NEW SIGNS

We now have signs for the following:

  • Biden /Harris
  • Amanda Stuck
  • Richard Sarnwick
  • Ed Vocke
  • Aaron Damrau
  • “We Support the Post Office”
  • “Veterans for Biden” (new)

The office is located across from Perkin’s driveway.  Look for the flags.