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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots September 12, 2016, Meeting Notes

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

September 12, 2016 Meeting Notes

 

Next meeting: Monday, September 19, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest.  See tentative agenda below notes.

 

The September 12, 2016, meeting was attendance at the DeForest Area Library candidates’ forum.  Eight members were in attendance.  John submitted this letter to the editor.  Let it suffice for meeting notes.

 

Letter to the Editor

DeForest Times-Tribune

September 16, 2016

 

Dear Editor:

 

George Ferriter, Jordan Turner, and Dianne Hesselbein are all candidates for one of three Wisconsin Assembly Districts that serve DeForest and Windsor.  George Ferriter is the challenger in Assembly District 42.  Jordan Turner is the challenger in District 37.  Dianne Hesselbein is the incumbent Assembly Representative in the 79th District running for re-election.  All three appeared at the DeForest Area Public Library’s candidates’ forum on September 12th, along with Karen McKim and Scott McDonell, the two candidates for Dane County Clerk.  This was one of the most informative candidates’ forums I have ever attended.  Thank you, Library staff, for initiating the forum, and thank you, Chamber of Commerce, for emceeing.  Brad Schroeder, acting on behalf of the Chamber, did an excellent job of asking the questions in a fair and orderly fashion.  A special thanks to Brad for his services.

 

George Ferriter spoke to issues of the degradation of representative government we are seeing in Wisconsin.  He also spoke about veterans’ affairs, transportation and roads, water conservation, and the need for the state to adequately fund K through 12 education.  George is a Democrat.  He regretted that his Republican opponent in District 42 did not attend.  Had his opponent been there, they could have had an exchange on these subjects that would have benefitted the audience.  George Ferriter said, “It’s difficult to have a fencing match with no opponent.”

 

Jordan Turner spoke to issues involving the heroin epidemic engulfing the nation and his district.  It is the “number one problem our state is facing,” he said.  He hopes we can construct some new approaches to the problem, besides just law enforcement.  He is concerned about crumbling infrastructure, too, and the exploding cost of post high school education.  “I would really like to see college free for the first two years.”

 

Dianne Hesselbein spoke to a multitude of issues she is involved in now in the Assembly: nonpartisan redistricting, colleges and universities, the disaster that is voucher schools, oil pipelines that run the length of Wisconsin, and the details she is learning about police work, including her attendance at the Middleton Citizens Police Academy.

 

The elephant in the room was the absence of the three Republican candidates for those three Assembly districts.  Everybody noticed.  We’ve been informed, too, that no Republican candidate intends to show up at the Columbus School Board’s candidates’ forum on October 10th either.  What are they shy about?  Is this a pattern?  Is it Republican policy not to attend public forums?  Why?  Let’s surprise them and all of us vote Democratic in the November 8th election.

 

Sincerely,

 

John Scepanski

732 DeForest Street

DeForest, WI  53532

608-846-3678

 

 

 

 

Agenda

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

Monday, September 19, 2016, 6:00-8:00

DeForest Public Library

 

Additions to agenda

 

Announcements

 

Old Business

Reports/discussion:

  • Bob Fest
  • September 12 Candidates’ Forum
  • Campaign activity

 

New Business

 

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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots mtg. notes for 8/22/16

De Forest-Windsor Area Grassroots 

August 22,2016, Meeting Notes 

 

Next meeting: Monday, August 29, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest.  Someone is needed to compose a tentative agenda, lead the meeting, and take notes, as John Sc will not be able to attend.  No meeting Labor Day. 

 

 

Present at meeting: Karen Edson, John Stanley, Abby Lowery, John Scepanski, Frank Dederich, Ginny Brokish 

 

Thanks to Abby for taking the notes and writing them up. 

 

Announcements: 

 

·                     8/23 at 6:30 PM “War on Democracy” at Madison Central Library and discussion with Norman Stockwell from Progressive magazine 

·                     Wed. 8/24 7:00 PM at VFW on Lakeside St, Bernie live streaming 

·                     Starting in October until after the new year, John Stanley will not be able to come to meetings as he will be working a new job 

·                     Stoughton Pancake Breakfast – Sat. 8/27 9:00-11:00 AM, Stoughton High School Cafetorium 600 Lincoln Ave. Enter from Devonshire Rd. 

o    WHY: To thank Kay and Buzz, et al, for all the hard work they have done to make our community a better place to live and work! Pick up yard signs, sign up to volunteer and visit with friends and candidates 

·                     Sustainable Saturday Night! - Sat. 8/27 6:00 PM James Reeb U.U (2146 E. Johnson) Potluck supper followed by a community program with RePower Madison. Climate justice groups will be tabling and sharing their current activities. Info: cordon4peace@yahoo.com 

·                     8th Annual Black Latino Unity Picnic! Sun. 8/28 1:00-5:30 PM Penn Park (2101 Fisher Rd.) - The event is part of an overall grassroots effort to promote unity and collaboration between the Black and Latino Communities, and is open to all communities, 100% free and 100% family friendly. Hosted by Union de Trabajadores Inmigrantes (UTI). Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1902497273311037/ 

·                     Bob Fest Sat. 9/17 9 AM- 6 PM at Breese Stevens Field in Madison 

·                     Labor Fest Mon. 9/5 12-5:30 PM at the Madison Labor Temple 

·                     September 12 at 6:00 PM Candidate Forum at DeForest Library 

 

 

 

WHAT HAPPENED/WAS DISCUSSED 

 

Report on Candidates’ Forum (Dane County clerk) last week 

·                     Karen 

o    Scott McDonall said he was a little bored with his job 

o    Karen McKim’s campaign was mentioned in today’s Wisconsin State Journal 

o    McDonall said Dane County is a shining star of WI because no post-election audits are required and he audited two wards starting this year 

o    McKim pointed out that at least nine wards need to be audited 

o    She said she will make sure ballot images match up with actual ballots 

o    Karen felt she was very persuasive and strong in her arguments. 

·                     Ginny 

o    A lady there was disgusted with Scott McDonall and immediately donated to McKim 

 

Organizing for November 8th election 

·                     Organizing for Bernie – local Democratic candidates and Russ Feingold for Senate 

·                     WGN – Possible yard sign painting event, date TBD 

·                     Yard sign point person (Ginny) who candidates/campaigns can contact about distribution.  Frank will help Ginny. 

·                     Use our facebook page or website to ask people about what signs they want 

·                     Jordan Turner – Abby has door hangers and yard signs if anyone wants some to keep and/or distribute 

o    Will email John Sc. In the future if there is a planned canvassing date 

 

Medea Benjamin visit? 

·                     Discussed protocol of inviting people to speak, difficulties with time pressure and lack of response from team members 

·                     We would like to attend a book signing event if Mary would be able to organize it (or maybe Liz, Library Committee, or Jane at the library). 

·                     [John Sc informed Mary Sanderson via email a day after the meeting.] 

 

Native Americans protest of North Dakota pipeline 

·                     ND Supreme Court decided that they do not have a right to protest on their own land 

·                     Ginny and John Stanley raised $100, which increased to $800, for this cause 

·                     WGN “What’s Hot?” page – Info about this issue 

 

Karen McKim would like to come to speak to us 

·                     Late September?  Conflict with September 12th candidates' forum at Library? 

·                     Share date with email list and remind them about it for good turnout 

·                     John Sc to contact Karen McKim to set a date. 

 

        

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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots meeting notes for 8/8/16 & agenda for 8/15/16

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots

August 8, 2016 Meeting Notes

 

Next meeting: Monday, August 15, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest.  See tentative agenda below notes.

 

Present at meeting: Karen Edson, John Scepanski

 

Announcements:

August 10, 2016, Dane Dems meeting at the Goodman Center, topic: homelessness

 

John reported that the DWAG treasury has $583.95 in it.

 

Karen reported on her attendance at the Dane County Democrats’ candidates’ forum at the Labor Temple.

 

 

Agenda

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots

August 15, 2016, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

DeForest Area Library

 

Additions, changes to agenda

Announcements

 

6:15 p.m. - Presentation by Marilyn Townsend, candidate for Dane County Judge, and Q&A.  Judge Townsend is currently Municipal Judge for the Village of Shorewood Hills.

 

Old business

New business

Adjourn

 

Political discussion

        

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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots meeting notes for August 1, 2016

De Forest-Windsor Area Grassroots

August 1, 2016 Meeting Notes

 

Next meeting: Monday, August 8, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest.  See tentative agenda below notes.



(Thanks to Abby for taking these notes and writing them up.)


Present at meeting: Marcia Riquelme, Karen Edson, John Stanley, Abby Lowery, John Scepanski, Tom Gibson


Announcements:


* (Past) 7:00 Thursday at Labor Temple Dane County Treasurer candidate forum

* (Past) 8:00 Thursday at Labor Temple Dane County DA candidate forum

* (Past) Town of Windsor voting machine test



WHAT HAPPENED/WAS DISCUSSED


John Stanley shared about his experience at the DNC.

 

* He has decided to put a check next to Hillary Clinton’s name when voting.

* He wants to work with his party in order to follow Bernie.

* 40% of delegates (those who support Bernie) walked out and were replaced by actors

* He engaged in a hunger strike July 17-26

* He said Bernie supports are energized to work on down-ticket elections.

* He said he really empathizes with the Black Lives Matter movement now. People need to listen to them saying that they hurt. When no one will listen, sometimes all you have is shouting or interrupting.



Bob Jambois and his wife and campaign manager, Bev, came to speak to us. He is running as a Democrat for Dane County DA against incumbent Ishmael Ozanne. Both are Democrats with no Republicans running, so whoever wins the primary August 9, wins the election. Make sure to get out the vote then!

* Bob Jambois shared why he feels he should be the next Dane County DA.

* Jambois is a former Kenosha County DA and says that he had low turnover of staff during that time and tried/won many cases. He also said that he loves trying crimes, helping victims, and protecting children. He said protecting children is the best investment to prevent future crimes. He has seen the struggle of children of racial/ethnic minorities as he and his wife have welcomed over 20 foster children of various backgrounds into their home and eventually adopted one of those children.

* He said he has a strong history of helping people stand up for themselves. For example, he quit his job working for the state the day Governor Walker signed Act 10. He represented Peter Barca in an Act 10 lawsuit as well as 160 people who peacefully protested Act 10 at the Capitol. He represented all of them himself and got all of the cases dismissed.

* In regards to Dane County, as an assistant DA in the Major Felony Crimes Unit, he is deeply concerned about the current state of the DA's office and how it will exist in the future under current DA Ishmael Ozanne if he is re-elected. Jambois asserted that Ozanne is rarely involved in trying cases himself and has not been effectively managing his staff. 20 out of 28 prosecutors have quit under Ozanne, with many of them being very accomplished and effective lawyers. The prosecutors that are left are young, inexperienced, and need guidance in trying cases. Jambois states that there is little to no mentorship going on and he has had to pick up this slack himself.

* What he plans to do, if elected: he will be in court that day and every day, he will mentor young lawyers, and make the current restorative justice program effective.

 

Some remarks on Adam Gallagher, incumbent running for Dane County treasurer, who visited during the last meeting.

* Gallagher said that after he is re-elected, he will find out what the deputy treasurer’s responsibilities are in order to train her successor.

* We discussed concerns of him really knowing his job and not being very prepared for deputy treasurer’s retirement.

 

Marcia shared that there were so many good activities/talks at Netroots Nation that she strongly suggested that people google “Netroots Nation 2016” and look through the website’s archives and videos.

 

 

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots

Agenda

August 8, 2016

Changes to agenda

Announcements

Old business

 

·        Election organization: who is in charge of signs, canvassing, etc.? – John

·        Further reporting on Netroots Nation Conference – Marcia and Karen

·        Other?

 

New business

·        Report on Dane Dems' candidate forum - Karen

·        Karen McKim's "kitchen cabinet" – Karen and Marcia

·        Other?

 

Adjourn

 

Political discussion

        

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DeForest -Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG) meeting notes for July 25, 2016

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

Meeting notes for July 25, 2016

 

Next meeting: Monday, August 1, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the DeForest Public Library, 203 Library Street, DeForest.  Guest will be Bob Jambois, candidate for Dane County District Attorney.  Bring your questions!

 

Present at the July 25th meeting: Karen Edson, Marcia Riquelme, Liz Temple, Frank Dederich

 

Most of the meeting was devoted to our guest, Adam Gallagher, incumbent Dane County Treasurer and candidate for re-election.  He provided a lot of information about his service as treasurer and answered many questions.

 

 

Agenda

Monday, August 1, 2016

 

Changes to agenda

Announcements

Presentation and Q&A by Bob Jambois, candidate for Dane County DA

Remarks on Adam Gallagher presentation July 25th meeting

Report on Democratic National Convention               - John Stanley

Reports on and plans for campaign activities

Adjourn

 

Political discussion

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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG) meeting notes for July 11, 2016

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots (DWAG)

Meeting notes for July 11, 2016

 

Next meeting: Monday, July 18, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at THE DEFOREST PUBLIC LIBRARY, 203 Library Street, DeForest.

 

Present at July 11th meeting: Karen Edson, John Stanley, Abby Lowery, John Scepanski

 

We reported on the success of the DWAG float in the DeForest 4th of July parade.  Ginny drove Nate’s truck with the oversized ice cream cone in the bed and John Stanley preaching, “I scream for democracy.”  Thanks to all those who helped.  Abby walked with the Jordan
Turner for Assembly bunch, carrying a banner and distributing slips of paper she had prepared with books on the subject of democracy for grade schoolers.  She was happy to use her teacher skills in the preparation of the slips.  We thought that maybe next year we might do something similar with real ice cream.  Maybe we can get a sponsor.  Maybe we can partner with the Friends of the Yahara River Headwaters.

 

Abby reported that Jordan Turner has received the endorsement of WEAC.  A $1,000 contribution came with the endorsement.  Jordan intends to buy lawn signs and door know hangers with the donation.

 

Karen said that the request to distribute Mark Pocan yard signs and find barns to paint turned out to be a request for locations where Pocan 4’x4’ signs can go.  We thought maybe Pete Zeimet’s yard, Maureen McCarville’s, and Deb Kookacimkit’s.

 

We decided to respond to Adam Gallagher’s request to meet with DWAG by inviting him to the July 25th meeting.  Mr. Gallagher is the incumbent Dane County Treasurer and is running for re-election.  JohnSki is to communicate the invitation to Mr. Gallagher.  All DWAG members are encouraged to attend the July 25th meeting, so that we have a good turnout to hear Mr. G. and ask questions.

 

Progressive Partners meets this Saturday.  JohnSki, Janet, and John St. are going.

 

All those present agreed that it would be a good idea to “table” at the Windsor fall festival.

 

The meeting adjourned, followed by a lively discussion about politics, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, the Dane County Democratic Party’s most recent executive committee meeting, of which Karen is a member, and the Dane County Dems’s July 31st picnic (see Dane Dems website).

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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots meeting notes for June 27, 2016

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots

Meeting notes for June 27, 2016

 

Next meeting: Monday, July 11, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at THE DEFOREST PUBLIC LIBRARY, 203 Library Street, DeForest.  See agenda below.

 

NOTE: no meeting July 4th for obvious reasons.  J

 

Present at June 27th meeting: Karen Edson, John Stanley, Abby Lowery, Marcia Riquelme, John Scepanski

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

·         Tuesday 7/12 - 6:00-9:00PM. -Blues for Bernie - Brink Lounge 701 E. Washington Ave., Madison. Fundraiser for DNC delegates. $10.00 suggested donation at the door.-poster available-contact Karen or John Stanley. GoFundMe site link:https://www.gofundme.com/23swd3g

·         Thursday 7/14 - Saturday 7/17/2016 - Netroots Nation in St.Louis.http://www.netrootsnation.org/stlouis/

·         July 16: Progressive Partners quarterly meeting at Kiser Park shelter (by Oregon Pool). OAP will provide plates, cups, silverware, napkins. Noon-1:00: eat.  Potluck, please bring something to share.  1:00- 3:00: discussion.  Agenda: What are the plans for your groups for the November election? Can we coordinate our efforts?

 

  • Tuesday 7/19-21st, Farm Technology Days - Lake Geneva.http://www.wifarmtechnologydays.com/
  • ·         Friday 7/22 - Sunday 7/24 - Frac Sand Fighters' Solidarity Camp. in Hixton, WI.  - More information later. Check out the registration form at the Facebook event:https://www.facebook.com/events/119509595133829/   Sand mine tours planned also workshops.
  • ·         Saturday 9/24/2016 - The first annual Windsor Heritage Fest at Windsor Fireman's Park. The event show cases Windsor agriculture heritage with activities, music and food. Come celebrate the charming village of Windsor.

 

 

The Pocan campaign has asked if we are willing to distribute Pocan election yard signs.  Will we front the money to buy them, then sell them to whoever wants them?  Karen will find out more.  The Feingold campaign is expected to make the same request.  The Pocan campaign is also looking for barns to paint with Mark Pocan campaign ads.  Who knows of any?

 

The Wisconsin Grassroots Network (WGN) is planning a sign painting party in DeForest sometime after the national Democratic Convention.  Anyone will be welcome to come and paint signs for their favorite candidates.

 

Abby reported on the Jordan Turner campaign for the 37th Assembly District, challenging incumbent John Jagler.  Jordan does not have a campaign manager.  He needs money to buy campaign literature and to put up a website.  Marcia suggested free sources to put up a website.  John St. and others advised on other things Jordan’s campaign can do.  Jordan does have a Facebook page with a lot on it.  He is on the ballot, which is a victory of sorts in its way.

 

The paper mache ice cream cone is ready for the 4th of July DeForest parade float: “I Scream for Democracy.”  Thanks to Ginny and Karen for making the cone.  Ginny, Liz, Marcia, and maybe Peter are meeting Wed. to paint banners.  We need volunteers to meet at Ginny’s the day of the   parade to put on finishing touches.  Any DWAG members are invited to ride on the float, walk alongside, and distribute candy.  Abby is making lists of suggested readings to hand out with the candy.  An email will come out with final details.  Contact Ginny or Karen with questions or to volunteer.

 

Karen suggested a project for next year: we put together a display for the WGN Festival in Feb. or March, showing our 4th of July floats.

 

We are getting more requests for candidates to visit our meetings: Karen McKim is running for Dane County Clerk.  Marilyn Townsend is running for Dane County Judge.  We’ve already hosted Jordan Turner and Patrick Miles.  Adam Gallagher and Richard Brown for County Treasurer have contacted us, and we’ve offered them dates.  We must be careful not to let candidates’ visits dominate too much of our meeting time, perhaps limiting their presentations to 6:15-6:45.

 

 

Agenda

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots

July 11, 2016

DeForest Public Library

 

Additions to agenda

 

Announcements

 

Old Business

 

Report on and critique July 4th parade and activities         -Everyone who was there

 

The Pocan campaign has asked if we are willing to distribute Pocan election yard signs.  Will we front the money to buy them, then sell them to whoever wants them?       -Karen

 

Candidates’ visits           -John S.

 

New Business

 

Do we want to “table” at the Windsor Heritage Fest September 24th?

        

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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots meeting notes for June 20, 2016

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots

Meeting notes for June 20, 2016

 

Next meeting: Monday, June 27, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at THE DEFOREST PUBLIC LIBRARY, 203 Library Street, DeForest.  See agenda below.

 

NOTE CHANGE IN LOCATION ABOVE FOR NEXT MEETING, June 27th.

 

Present at June 20th meeting: Karen Edson, Ginny Brokish, Marcia Riquelme, John Scepanski

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Thursday 6/23 - 6:00PM. - Madison Central Library,201 W. Mifflin St. - Where To Invade Next?
  • Tuesday 7/12 - 6:00-9:00PM. -Blues for Bernie - Brink Lounge 701 E. Washington Ave., Madison. Fundraiser for DNC delegates. $10.00 suggested donation at the door.-poster available-contact Karen or John Stanley. GoFundMe site link: https://www.gofundme.com/23swd3g
  • Thursday 7/14 - Saturday 7/17/2016 - Netroots Nation in St.Louis. http://www.netrootsnation.org/stlouis/
  • Saturday, 7/16 – Progressive Partners picnic in Oregon
  • Tuesday 7/19-21st, Farm Technology Days - Lake Geneva. http://www.wifarmtechnologydays.com/
  • Friday 7/22 - Sunday 7/24 - Frac Sand Fighters' Solidarity Camp. in Hixton,WI.  - More information later. Check out the  registration form at the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/119509595133829/   Sand mine tours planned also workshops.
  • Saturday 9/24/2016 - The first annual Windsor Heritage Fest at Windsor Fireman's Park. The event show cases Windsor agriculture heritage with activities, music and food. Come celebrate the charming village of Winsor.
  • Sara Lloyd fundraiser tba

 

Richard Brown, candidate for Dane County Treasurer, has requested to meet with DWAG.  We decided to invite him to meet with us at our August 1 meeting from 6:15 to 6:45.  The primary is August 9.

There will be no meeting Monday, July 4th, for obvious reasons. We will meet on the other Mondays in July.  We will meet on those dates at the DeForest Library, as Ginny will be out of town.

Marilyn Townsend, candidate for Dane County judge, has also asked to meet with DWAG at some date in the future.  (Note too that the incumbent Dane County Treasurer, Adam Gallagher, has asked to meet with us sometime in July too.)

We discussed the meeting at Democratic Party HQ with rural and small town Dems recently.  Several DWAG members attended.  It was a good meeting.

John Stanley has requested input from DWAG members as to talking points to counter Hillary Clinton’s candidacy at the Dem Convention in Philadelphia.  John is a delegate and backs Bernie Sanders.

Karen and Marcia attended the energy Fair in Custer, Wisconsin, June 17-19, and reported on it.

 

Agenda

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots

June 27, 2016, 6:00 – 7:45 p.m.

DeForest Library

 

                                                AGENDA 6/20/2016

CHANGES TO AGENDA

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Tuesday 7/12 - 6:00-9:00PM. -Blues for Bernie - Brink Lounge 701 E. Washington Ave.,Madison. Fundraiser for DNC delegates. $10.00 suggested donation at the door.-poster available-contact Karen or John Stanley. GoFundMe site link: https://www.gofundme.com/23swd3g

Thursday 7/14 - Saturday 7/17/2016 - Netroots Nation in St.Louis. http://www.netrootsnation.org/stlouis/

Tuesday 7/19-21st, Farm Technology Days - Lake Geneva. http://www.wifarmtechnologydays.com/

Friday 7/22 - Sunday 7/24 - Frac Sand Fighters' Solidarity Camp. in Hixton,WI.  - More information later. Check out the  registration form at the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/119509595133829/   Sand mine tours planned also workshops.

Saturday 9/24/2016 - The first ammual Windsor Heritage Fest at Windsor Fireman's Parkk. The event show cases Windsor agriculture heritage with activities,music and food. Come celebrate the charming village of Winsor.

OLD BUSINESS

Discuss - Richard Brown running tor County Clerk to speak at DWAG regular meeting August 1st.

Also, requests to meet with DWAG from Dane County Treasurer Adam Gallagher and candidate for Dane County judge, Marilyn Townsend.  (JohnSki)

Jordan Turner update – Abby

4th of July parade update and FINALIZE PLANS!     (Ginny)

NEW BUSINESS

 

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De Forest-Windsor Area Grassroots June 13, 2016, Meeting Notes

De Forest-Windsor Area Grassroots June 13 Meeting Notes* [Next meeting: Monday, June 20, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood.] Present at meeting: Marcia Riquelme, Karen Edson, Ginny Brokish, John Stanley, Abby Lowery, John Scepanski, Janet Mills, Liz Temple Announcements: • Midwest Renewable Energy Fair 6/17-6/18 in Culver, WI (Stevens Point area) • Mark Harris Fundraiser for SD 18 Monday 6/20 4:30-6:30 – Avenue Club 1128 E Washington Ave, Madison • Blues for Bernie – Fundraiser for DNC delegates – Tues. 7/12 6-9 PM – Brink Lounge 701 E Washington Ave, Madison - $10 suggested donation at the door – poster available – contact Karen or John Stanley https://www.gofundme.com/23swd3g • Netroots Nations 2016: St. Louis 7/14-17 www.netrootsnation.org/stlouis/ for information. The largest gathering of progressive, media-savvy and online activists in the country! Help send our members to this event! https://gofundme.com/28bxt78/ • Farm Technology Days 7/19-7/21 Lake Geneva http://www.wifarmtechnologydays.com • Frac Sand Fighters’ Solidarity Camp – 7/22-7/24 – Hixton, WI – more information later – Check out the registration form for the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/119509595133829/ This is listed so that those interested can plan their summer weekends!! Sand mine tours planned – also workshops! WHAT HAPPENED/WAS DISCUSSED Patrick Myles came to speak to us. He is running as a Democrat for Dane County Treasurer against incumbent Adam Gallagher and Richard Brown. All three of them are Democrats with no Republicans running, so whoever wins the primary August 9, wins the election. Make sure to get out the vote then! • Patrick shared some concerns he had about the incumbent’s performance o $1 million shortfall with the annual budget o Allowed delinquent property developer in Sun Prairie to buy back own properties and stuck the City of Sun Prairie with a $10,000 unpaid bill o Left out City of Madison residents when doing a lottery tax credit and also gave the refunds incorrectly causing many citizens to be audited by Department of Revenue o There seems to be an “intellectual disconnect” when the incumbent communicates tax information. o The incumbent, Gallagher, has not accomplished his 3 installment/year property tax plan even though that is what he ran his campaign on. o Gallagher has not done any succession planning for deputy treasurer Donna Vogel who is supposed to be retiring very soon. • Patrick shared why he feels he is qualified to be Dane County Treasurer o He would be a guide for local treasurers o He would uphold integrity of tax collection system o He would update tax software o He has been endorsed by 21 Dane County Supervisors and several other elected officials (a higher number of endorsements than for the incumbent.) o He would release tax pressure from taxpayers by encouraging companies to update to renewable/clean energy, which would create more tax base. o As a McFarland board member, he fought against Enbridge until state took away local power to do so. o He will be more involved in TIFF districts than incumbent currently is. o He has certain qualities like… § Being proactive § Striving to improve § Working and listening to citizens and treasury staff § Being a “numbers guy” and detail-oriented § Wisely choosing his battles * Thanks to Abby Lowery for doing the notes for this meeting. • © 2016 Microsoft • Terms • Privacy & cookies • Developers • English (United States)
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DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots meeting notes for June 6, 2016

DeForest-Windsor Area Grassroots

Meeting notes for June 6, 2016

 

Next meeting: Monday, June 13, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood.  Patrick Miles, candidate for Dane County Treasurer, will be here at our meeting June 13th.*  Please try to attend so we have a good turnout for Patrick.

 

Present at June 6th meeting: Karen Edson, Ginny Brokish, Marcia Riquelme, John Scepanski, John Stanley, Abby Lowery

 

Announcements:

 

September 24th 2016 - The first annual Windsor Heritage Fest at Windsor Fireman's Park. The event show cases Windsor agriculture heritage with activities, music, and food. Come and celebrate the charming Village of Windsor.

Wednesday, June 8th: DPW Coordinated Campaign phone bank, 136 Dayton Row, Madison, from 6-8PM.  Contact, Ben Wimmel, Organizer, Wisconsin Coordinated Campaign, 630-390-9559, BWimmel@wivictory2016.org 

 

June 9, 7:00 p.m., “People Vs. Pipeline,” Pyle Center, 702 Langdon, Madison

 

Several work dates for helping build the 4th of July DeForest parade float were set.  More help is needed.  If you can help-, please call Ginny at 239-5327.  We will be using Nate’s truck again.  The theme is “I Scream for Democracy” with a model of a giant ice cream cone on the back and banners on the sides.  Walkers (no, not the governor’s family) will walk on the side and give out candy, lists of recommended books to read, and small copies of the U.S. Constitution.  If you would like to ride or walk, let Ginny know.

 

We were asked who had done their “homework” – went to the DWAG (DAP) Facebook page and posted, commented, or liked.  Several had.  Some had not.

 

*Patrick Miles, candidate for Dane County Treasurer, will be here June 13th.  We need to contact Richard Brown again to schedule him for a meeting with DWAG, since we turned him down before but now have changed our decision about having candidates at our meetings.  Is Richard Brown still running? 

 

Karen has finished the design for our new DWAG buttons and will be printing them soon.  The new circle cutter works like a charm, according to Karen: perfect circles, saves much time, fewer rejects.

 

Should we have an informational table at the first annual Windsor Heritage Fest September 24th?  Do they allow tables?  If so, how much do they cost?

 

Karen and Ginny gave money from button sales to JohnSki to deposit in the DWAG checking account.

 

John Stanley brought up a DWAG fund raising idea – to start a “Go Funding” page.  John will set it up.

 

Abby reported on her contacts and research about herbicide and pesticide spraying in DeForest area parks and on private property.  She had contacted village trustee Colleen Little.  Colleen did not think there was an ordinance that covered spraying on private property that might drift over onto public property like parks where children are playing.  John St. suggested contacting Trustee Chip Van Meter, as Chip has more time on the board and lives next to one of the parks.  It is tough to tell people what to do on their own private property, yet poisons drifting over onto public property is a hazard nonetheless.  Ginny compared the issue to ordinances controlling peoples’ burning fires on their lawns.  Further DWAG research is ongoing.  Do we want to maybe to sponsor a proposed ordinance dealing with the issue?

 

JohnSki noted that the former DAP announcement regularly in the DeForest Times-Tribune has been changed to DWAG.  Nobody knew who had changed it, so we thank the Times editors for doing it.  Maybe they took it from the Meet Up announcement done by Frank.

 

The official meeting was adjourned and followed by much political discussion about the state Democratic Convention (attended by John St., Marcia, and Karen) and the Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton campaigns, among other things.

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