SHAWANO COUNTY DEMS 2021 NEWSLETTER FOR OCTOBER, NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER

NEED TO ELECT MORE PROGRESSIVES

   Are you unhappy with your school board, county board or municipal board member?  Then now is the time to get involved and run for office.  At this time in our political environment, we need people who will govern with our best interests in mind. Decisions that are made locally can affect us all.  To mask or not mask our children in school has exposed school board members who are not on the side of science.  Elected officials may also have to weigh in on what is taught in our schools in regard to diversity and inequality.

Help in running a campaign is available through the State Democratic Party.  The Shawano Dems are also eager to help.  Let us know if you are considering a candidacy.  Signatures can be collected beginning December 1st and must be in to the County Clerk’s office by January 2nd.

MORE U.S. SENATE CANDIDATES

The Shawano Dems’ meetings will continue to be in-person with the speakers on Zoom.  At the Shawano Dems ‘October 20th meeting Dr. Darrel Williams will be explaining why he is running for U.S. Senate.  Darrel has been in the military for 28 years.  He has been an educator, principal and school superintendent.  He is Administrator of Wisconsin Energy Management. You can view his video on You Tube.

Also on Zoom will be Aaron Richardson, candidate for State Treasurer.  He is the current mayor of Fitchburg (aaronforwi.com)

Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes will Zoom in at our November 17th meeting (mandelabarnes.com).  His video will be emailed out for those who can’t attend.

All meetings will begin at 7:00 pm at the Civic Center.  Zoom links will be sent out a few days ahead of the meetings.

NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER EVENTS

The weekend of November 6-7 will mark one year out to the midterms.  It is imperative that we re-elect Governor Evers and defeat Ron Johnson.  Our work to engage in conversations with voters continues.  We will be contacting infrequent Democratic voters through phone calls and canvassing.  Consider helping us to spread the word that Democrats care about them and will deliver for them.  Training will be provided.  Contact us to help.

Rather than have a Christmas Party this year, the Shawano Dems will be giving of ourselves in the community.  On December 2nd will be taking a meal to SAM 25.  Please consider helping us.

OCTOBER LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Our democracy is under attack from the right.  There are efforts to make it more difficult for citizens to vote.  At the same time that authoritarianism seems to be acceptable to Republicans, Democrats are called Marxists or even Communists just because they fight for social programs.  We can have the human infrastructure that is a part of President Biden’s plan.  Social programs like pre-school for all children, fast universal internet and free post-secondary education are possible while still maintaining our freedoms.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Oct. 14, Nov. 11, Dec. 9:   Listen to WTCH’s Breakfast Club from 8:00-9:00 am on 960 AM & 96.1 FM.

Oct. 20; Shawano Dems 7:00 pm meeting at the Civic Center and on Zoom with Dr. Darrel Williams and Aaron Richardson.

Nov. 5-6:  Weekend of Action—one year out!

Nov. 17:  Shawano Dems 7:00 pm meeting at the Civic Center and on Zoom with Lieutenant Governor Mandella Barnes

Dec. 2:  Providing a dinner at SAM 25

Chair’s Comments

A big thank you to all who attended our Fall Fundraising Dinner and those who donated to the local party.  The funds will enable us to afford an office as we approach the midterm elections in 2022.  We also want to educate listeners to our Democratic values through radio ads on WTCH.  Go to wisdems.org/membership to join the state and local party or contact us for a form.
   VOTE411.org is a platform that will give accurate data on candidate’s views so voters can make good choices when they go to vote.  As we approach the next elections, combat conspiracy theories by sharing the truth with others.

Shawano County Dems August, 2021 Newsletter

SUMMER PICNIC

Don’t miss the Shawano Dems’ picnic on Thursday, August 19th from 5:00-7:00 pm at Kuckuk Park Pavilion (700 Oak Park Drive) in Shawano. Top tier United States Senate candidates Alex Lasry and Gilliam Battino will be there.  Lasry is a Milwaukee Buck executive who worked as a White House aide during the Obama administration and has since championed social justice efforts and labor agreements.

Battino is a radiologist from Wausau who is pushing hard on the issue of Medicare-for-all.
There will be pulled pork sandwiches, potato salad, beans, dessert and ice cream for all who attend.  We will be having a 50/50 raffle and quilt raffle tickets will be available.  Come and bring liked-mined friends with you.

SHAWANO COUNTY FAIR

Our booth in the Commercial Building will be staffed the evening of Thursday, September 2nd and from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm Friday September 3rd through Monday, September 6th Those who sign up to work 2-3 hour shifts will receive a complementary ticket to the fair which includes parking.  At the fair we will sell quilt raffle tickets, “Proud Wisconsin Democrat” bumper stickers and will pass out information on the Democratic U.S. Senate candidates.
You can sign up at the picnic or call Jan at 715-296-6726.

WEEKEND OF ACTION

The 2022 election is just around the corner and we are working to build our volunteer base.  Our action for the week of August 21 will be to again engage voters in face-to-face conversations at their doorsteps.  We will be offering training for our new volunteers on Wednesday, August 18th at the Civic Center at 7:00 pm and again on Saturday, August 21st at 9:00 am.  If you would like to join our efforts, please let us know you plan to attend.  There is a lot at stake in the next election and we want to be sure we are ready to get out our positive messages to as many people as possible.  At this time, we will be telling voters about how President Biden’s American Rescue Plan increased the Child Tax Credit benefit to put $250-300 per child in working parents’ pockets.

AUGUST LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Democrats should be given credit for the strides they have made since President Biden took office.   The Covid-19 stimulus bill gave citizens direct payments of $1400 and $300-a-week federal bonus unemployment benefits. Because of his bill we have free Covid testing and vaccinations. Governor Evers is also trying to improve the lives of Wisconsinites despite all the push back from the legislature.  We can see a middle-class tax cut and more funding for education, roads and health care because of his efforts.

UPCOMING EVENTS

August 19:  Picnic at Kuckuk Park (Shawano)  5-7 pm

Sept. 2-6:  Shawano County Fair Booth

Oct. 2:  Fundraising Dinner at Shawano Lake Golf Course.  Speaker will be U.S. Senate Candidate Tom Nelson.

Chair’s Comments

It was heartening to see so many people sign the petitions that the Shawano Fairness Coalition had at their ShawanoFest booth in July.   Some signed the petition to see stable and competitive wages for employees working in Shawano County and others signed the petition to have the Wisconsin State Legislature pass nonpartisan redistricting legislation.

It is important that we call our representatives at 800-362-9472 and tell them we want them to pass Senate Bill 389 and Assembly Bill 395. These bills would end gerrymandering by creating a fair, nonpartisan procedure for drawing future maps.

SHAWANO COUNTY DEMS: July, 2021 Newsletter

MARCH AND RALLY

On Saturday, July 17th the Shawano Fairness Coalition will be having a march from Franklin Park to the Shawano County Courthouse.  Participants can gather at 1:00 pm, sign petitions for fair (non-gerrymandered) voting maps and higher wages in Shawano County and pick up a sign.  The group will then walk to the rally at the courthouse where former assembly woman Penny Bernard Schafer will be speaking about redistricting reform and how it is needed if we are to have any progress in making our state more progressive.  Join them!

JULY 21 HYBRID MEETING

One of the six United States Senate candidates will be on Zoom with us at our July meeting.  State Senator Chris Larson is from the Milwaukee area.  He has been a champion for many progressive issues that we care about.  The in-person meeting begins at 7:00 pm at the Shawano Civic Center or you can view on Zoom.  The link will be sent out prior to the meeting.

SUMMER PICNIC

The Shawano Dems will be having a picnic on August 19th at Kuckuk Park in Shawano from 5:00-7:00 pm.  U.S.Senate candidates Alex Lasry and Gillian Battino have tentatively agreed to attend. We will have pulled pork sandwiches, potato salad, beans and dessert.  No need to bring anything.  At the picnic we will be a thanking our many volunteers who helped during the past year. Plan to attend.

JULY LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Governor Evers has signed the 2021-2023 budget.  It increased funding for education beyond what the Republicans wanted to spend.  Using his constitutional authority, he was able to ensure Wisconsin gets the American Rescue Plan money by adding $100 million in new federal money for schools.  He also restored the state’s two-thirds funding to school districts by providing roughly $685 million in school aids.  Now there will be more money for students with disabilities and mental health services.

UPCOMING EVENTS

July 21:  7:00 pm Dems’ meeting at the Shawano Civic Center and on Zoom

August 19:  Picnic at Kuckuk Park 5-7 pm

Oct. 2:  Fundraising Dinner at Shawano Lake Golf Course

Chair’s Comments

In August and September, we will be calling on our volunteers to help us reach out to voters.   During the weekends of August 21 and 28 we can begin to knock doors and engage in face-to-face conversations.  This year we will go back to having a booth at the Shawano County Fair.  We will need volunteers to work 2-3 hours shifts each of days from September 2nd through 6th

You can sign up to work at the fair at our July 21st meeting or at the August 19th picnic.  If you can’t make either of those events, please call me at the number listed below or email me at shawanodems2@gmail.com if you’d like to sign up.  Those working at the fair will get a free pass which includes parking.

Our fall fundraising dinner is being held on October 2nd.  We will have raffle baskets.  If you have any items that you would like to donate for the bucket raffles, please bring them to one of our events.  Any grey donkey item (something you have that is in good condition but is taking up space) is fine too.  Reservation information will be sent out next month.  Tom Nelson, Outagamie County Executive and candidate for U.S. Senate, will be speaking.

We will also be having a quilt raffle.  You can purchase tickets at the picnic, the fair booth or the fall dinner.  The ticket will be drawn at the dinner.

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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Shawano Dems January/February Newsletter

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SPRING ELECTIONS
It seems like yesterday that we elected Joe Biden President and Kamala Harris Vice-President. Now it’s time to take our enthusiasm for change into 2021.

The only state election is for State Superintendent of Public Instruction.  There are seven candidates who will be on the ballot in the February 16th primary.  Two of them have been invited to come to our January 20th Zoom meeting which will be held at 6:00 pm since the candidates will be involved in a Forum from 6:30-8:00 pm.  Shelia Briggs is presently the Assistant State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Jill Underly is the Superintendent of Schools for the Pecatonica Area.  Also reaching out for support from the Shawano Dems was Dr. Shandowlyon Hendricks who is an author and consultant in Milwaukee.

The Wisconsin Court of Appeals for District 3 has three candidates.  Antigo attorney Aaron Loudenslager and Wausau attorney Rick Cveykus have both wanted help from the party.
Website information about all the candidates can be found on our website.

Those living in the School District of Shawano have an opportunity to vote for Robin Raber Bergeron for the Shawano School Board in the at-large member position.  Robin works as a clinical social worker and substance abuse counselor In her private practice in Shawano .  She is active in her daughter’s school’s PTA and PTO.

Also, in the primary will be candidates for Shawano Alderperson for District One.  Maureen (Muffy) Culhane and Daniel Poels will be on the ballot with two others.  Muffy is a pharmacist at ThedaCare and board president for SAM25.  She is also on the board for Red River Riders.  Dan is an insurance agent for Humana with 12 years of experience in the Medicare industry.  He has done volunteer work for Shawano Pathways and is a volunteer driver with SHHS to bring people to their doctor’s visits.

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Newsletter for July and August

GET YOUR SIGNS

One way you can show your support for candidates is by putting a sign in your yard.  We now have signs for Joe Biden and Congressional Candidate Amanda Stuck.  We will be having an office but it won’t be open until August 13th.  In the meantime, you can get signs at different locations throughout the county:
Shawano:  Call/Text – Jan Koch 715-296-6726
(Note: Signs aren’t allowed in the City of Shawano until September 4th.)
Bonduel:  Text – Dan Weidner 715-250-1212
Gresham:  Call/Text – Dea Bisley 715-853-6424
Wittenberg:  Call/Text – Bill Switalla 715–253-2052
Marion:  Call –  Dan Mantsch 715-326-1245
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MARCH AND APRIL NEWSLETTER

TIME TO FIRE UP THE BASE

   There are several opportunities in March to volunteer before the spring election.  On Sat., March 14th a phone bank will be held at the Shawano Civic Center between noon and 3:00 pm.  Bring your cell phone or use a burner phone if available.  We need to find more volunteers to knock doors on March 21 and 28 and to “Get Out the Vote” on April 4th.  Let us know if you can help in any way.
   We want to have more progressive nonpartisan candidates running for office at the state and local level.  Spreading the word to vote for Jill Karofsky for State Supreme Court Justice is important.  If you are interested in putting up a sign, let us know.
 

SHAWANO DEMS’ MEETING

   The 7:00 pm March 18th meeting at the Shawano Civic Center will feature some of the candidates running for county board.  District 1 Dan Poels and Nancy Cramer; District 3 Milt Marquardt and District 24 Bill Switalla have been invited to participate.  District 23 candidate Aaron Damrau can’t attend but has submitted his opinions on various topics. 

 
MONEY IN POLITICS AND MEDICAID

   The March op-ed will be about the influence of money in our politics.  The passage of the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling in 2010 opened the flood gates to Political Action Committees (PACs) being able to spend as much money as they want to influence voter’s minds.  Unfortunately, representatives who accept PAC money are beholden to their contributors instead of to the citizens they represent.  Due to the grassroots United to Amend movement, states and municipalities are passing resolutions and referendums in support of a movement to get a Constitutional Amendment to reverse Citizen’s United.  Residents of the Town of Wescott have an opportunity to vote “YES” in a referendum on April 7th.
   April’s op-ed will be about Medicaid.  Wisconsin’s failure to accept funding and the Trump administration’s cuts have affected families’ healthcare.  Amanda Stuck, candidate for Congress, will be on the Breakfast Club on April 9th to further discuss this topic.
 

DELEGATES FOR CONVENTIONS

   This year the 6th and the 8th Congressional Districts will have a joint convention in Oshkosh on April 5th.  If you wish to be a delegate, text Dan Weidner at 715-250-1212.
   Those interested in being a delegate to the National Convention can start by submitting the form online at www.wisdems.org/convention by April 17th.  Please keep in mind submitting this form only makes you eligible to attend the county level caucus which will be held on April 26th at the Shawano Civic Center.  Registration is from 1:00-2:00 pm. 
   Delegates selected from the county level caucus will go to the 8th CD Caucus on May 17th.  At the Congressional Caucus 6 delegates, 2 males and 2 females will be chosen to represent the 8th Congressional District in Milwaukee.
   Volunteers will also be needed at the Convention.  Sign up online at www.Milwaukee2020.com/volunteer.
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 
March 12:  Listen to WTCH’s Breakfast Club from 8:00-9:00 am on 960 AM & 96.1 FM.
March 14:  Phone bank at Civic Center noon-3 :00pm.
March 18: 7:00 pm County Board Candidate Forum and Shawano Dems’ Meeting.
April 1:  Executive Committee Meeting 5 :30 pm,  Shawano Civic Center
April 7:  Vote in Spring Election! 
April 9:  Listen to Amanda Stuck on WTCH’s Breakfast Club from 8:00 am-9:00 am on 960 AM & 96.1 FM.
April 15:  Shawano Dems’ Meeting at 7:00 pm at the Civic Center.  Speaker to be announced.
 

Chair’s Comments

 
   What a difference a week can make from the narrowing of the presidential race to the unfortunate spread of the coronavirus.  It’s hard to turn off the news with so much going on.
   It is crucial that our vote is protected in the upcoming elections.  Attorney Steve Menard has volunteered to be our county liaison in case there are problems at polling places. But we also need poll watchers.  If you are available on April 7th and November 3rd, your help would be greatly appreciated.  You can sign up at http://tiny.cc/WisDemsVoPro. The spring election is a chance to get your feet wet so you are a pro by the general election.
   The Dems like to help out where we can.  SAM25 will be selling brats and hamburgers at Charlie’s Red Barn on April 23 and 24.  If you are able to help, please call Connie at 725 -851-7252.

January and February, 2020 Newsletter

McCARTHY DOCUMENTARY

PBS will be presenting a documentary on the rise and fall of Senator Joseph McCarthy on Monday, January 6th at 8:00 pm.  The Wisconsin Republican’s anti-communist campaign made him one of the most powerful men in America in the 1950’s.  And one of the most reviled.  Researchers for the documentary used the archives of the Shawano Historical Museum.  Unfortunately, McCarthy’s picture still sits above the jury box in the courtroom of the Shawano County Courthouse.

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