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DeForest Area Progressives meeting notes for January 11, 2016

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes for January 11, 2016

 

Next meeting: Monday, January 18, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood. 

 

There were three people at the meeting: Karen Edson, Ginny Brokish, and John Scepanski.  One announcement: January 12th, 12:00-3:00, on the west side or State Street side of the Capitol in Madison, a rally to stop the passing of Bills AB620,SB288 and AB384 , which would open the Native American burial mounds to desecration and destruction. Also it would open the Menominee Indian Reservation to possible underground radioactive waste storage.  DAP members Ginny and John Stanley intend to go.

 

Ginny posted new meeting rules for DAP meetings:

  1. All cell phones off except host phone.  (Exception: JohnSki may leaves his on to respond to Kathryn if she calls for assistance.)
  2. Raise hand to speak.
  3. One person at a time to speak.

 

We also have new rules for inviting speakers to DAP meetings:

  1. If you have a request or idea for a speaker bring it before the group before you ask the person to speak.
  2. We will give opinions and discuss.
  3. A discussion of potential date can be done at the same time.
  4. The organizer of the guest speaker event will be the person initiating the event.
  5. The organizer will take care of any requests from the speaker.

 

Karen provided a write-up on Rebecca Bradley, candidate for Supreme Court justice in Wisconsin.  DAP members are asked to write letters-to-the-editor pointing out to February primary voters that Rebecca Bradley IS NOT Ann Walsh Bradley, that Rebecca Bradley is a Walker appointee and she is a dedicated right wing Republican, whom we do not wish to see continue in her Walker appointment on the Supreme Court.  Contact Karen Edson for a copy of her excellent summary of Bradley’s resume and endorsements.

 

Karen also provided a sheet of newspaper contacts to send letters to the editor to and which she will continue to update.  The GOP website has a list of news media to send letters to.  JohnSki asked why the Dems do not have such a resource on their website.

 

Karen is still working on a list of movies for future DAP reference.  One she especially likes is “White Like Me” about “white privilege.” 

 

We need more information about a vague request from Sheila Danielson for legal funds to pursue a lawsuit in Black River Falls. JohnSki said we should be sure we know what something is about before we commit DAP funds to it.

 

George Ferriter is going to run again against Keith Ripp in the 42nd Assembly District.

 

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DeForest Area Progressives meeting notes for January 4, 2016

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes for January 4, 2016

 

Next meeting: Monday, January 11, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood. 

 

PLEASE NOTE THERE IS A MEETING this coming Monday, January 11th.  At the January 4th meeting, we revisited the idea of going to meeting every other week and abandoned it.  The consensus was to return to meeting every Monday, NOT every other Monday.  One member summed up the consensus like this: “If you go to two meetings a month, it’s too easy to slip into only one meeting a month.”

 

There were six people at the January 4th meeting.  There were no new announcements.

 

We brainstormed some meeting rules.  Ginny took them down and will type them yup for everyone.  We also brainstormed some rules for inviting speakers to our meetings.  Ginny will type them up also and distribute them at the meetings and in these notes later.

 

Who might we like to invite for speakers at future meetings?  Some suggestions: V. of Windsor president, V. of DeForest president, Times-Tribune editor, DASD Superintendent of Schools, State Superintendent of Schools Tony Evers, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi, Token Creek Conservancy, Yahara River group, Scott Witkopf.

 

There are hearings scheduled in the Capitol tomorrow on bills of interest in Room 412E starting at 11:00 in front of the Committee on Insurance, Housing and Trade.  They are SB445, SB479, and SB464SB479 excludes certain counties from zoning authority over towns.  It is aimed primarily for the Enbridge Corporation to bypass Dane County zoning and let the Town of Medina zone for their pipeline, which runs through the Town of Medina.  The other SB’s limit local authority in other ways, as well, in favor of business.  For example, towing companies would no longer have to notify local law enforcement when they tow away a vehicle; only a good faith effort to do so would be required.  Another provision removes a requirement for landlords to provide fire sprinklers in certain buildings.  Karen went into detail on these bills.  Several members said they intend to go to the hearing and presumably will report back next meeting.

 

We spent a lot of time talking about an annual plan for DAP for 2016.  Karen suggested a project collecting food at the polls at elections for the food pantries in the area.  She calls it, “Vote Out Hunger.”  Karen will contact food bank officials.  Ginny suggested we get more active with letters-to-the-editor in both local weekly papers and the State Journal and Capital Times.  A subcommittee was formed to list subject matter ideas and to organize the project: Karen, Marcia, Peter.  We have elections coming up in February, April, August, and November.  One good topic to write letters to the editor about right now is to educate readers that Rebecca Bradley is not ANN WALSH Bradley.  Rebecca is a Scott Walker conservative. Ann Walsh is one of us, more or less.

 

Karen suggested a project pointing out legislators who vote against their constituents’ wishes.  Two examples are Senator Scott Fitzgerald and Assembly Representative John Jagler.  For example, research revealed that their constituents overwhelmingly notified them that the constituents did not like the legislation getting rid of the Government Accountability Board and other legislation regulating campaign finance.  The two legislators voted for those bills anyway (serving their ALEC constituency over the voters who elected them). 

 

Karen will come up with a list of movies for the coming year that we can show among ourselves or use for public education programs.  Bring your own ideas for movies or other media to future meetings. 

 

Peter volunteered to draft a thank you note to the two judges who graced our presence a few weeks ago.

 

Separate note: today I drove up behind two cars in Madison.  Each one had a “Bernie 2016” bumper sticker on them.  Yay, Bernie.

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Deforest Area Progressives meeting notes for December 7, 2015

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes for December 7, 2015

 

Next meeting: Monday, December 21, 2015, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood.  Ginny has declared the meeting on Monday, December 21st, A PARTY MEETING!  Bring an hors d'eouvre (sp?) or dessert to share.  We'll have some pop, water, wine, and beer, unless you want to BYOB.  Do you play an instrument?  Bring it.  Do you lead singalongs?  Do it.  (jug band, anyone?)  Are you a storyteller?  Tell it.  Got a favorite party game?  Play it.  Of course, we'll rag on and on about the "regressives" and we'll brag on and on about our favorite candidates and whatever else we talk about.  Bring any friends.  It's going to be fun, fun, fun 'til our daddy takes the T-Bird away.

 

There were TEN PEOPLE at the December 7th meeting.  Great turnout, thank you all for coming.

 

Our two guests for the meeting were Dane County Circuit Judges Rhonda Lanford and Ellen Berz.  Thank you to John Stanley for arranging for them to be here.  Judge Lanford currently presides over Branch 16, civil court.  Judge Berz currently presides over Branch 11, criminal court.  Judges in Dane County rotate from time to time to different courts for different purposes.

 

Judge Berz spoke first.  According to her, Dane County courts have been sending fewer people to prison over the last two years.  “Prison” means either physical confinement or supervision (formerly known as parole).  Actually, more individuals are sent to prison from Dane County by the Department of Corrections as revocations of probation or parole than are sent to prison by Dane County judges.  Most sentences to prison are for violent crimes.  Drug crimes account for about 3-10 percent of sentences to prison.  Drunk driving sentences to prison have increased 200 percent in recent years.  The Wisconsin prison population comes mostly from Milwaukee County.  Dane County sends the least numbers per capita to prison.  The Dane County jail population averages around 800.  Racial disparity is a fact in Dane County.  The questions are why is there racial disparity and what can be done about it?  The reasons have to do with, among other reasons, economic disadvantage, police focus on black neighborhoods, and prior criminal records of black defendants.  Some recommendations for improvement in the Dane County criminal  system come from three studies: alternative sentencing options like community service (although there is a problem with checking up on completion of community service), remodel jails to accommodate the large percentage of inmates who have mental health issues, and the further need for valid statistical studies providing useful data.

 

Judge Lanford talked about upcoming judicial elections.  Judge Faust is retiring.  Waunakee Municipal Judge Hyland is running with no opposition yet.  Everett Mitchell is running unopposed.  The Dane County bench is relatively young with not many years on the bench for many judges.  The race for Wisconsin Supreme Court justice is the best known judicial race.  State Appeals Court Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg and Milwaukee County Circuit Judge M. Joseph Donald both are running for the Wisconsin Supreme Court.  Governor Walker has appointed appeals Judge Rebecca Bradley to hold the position in advance of the election next year, in which she’s already a candidate.  Madison attorney Claude Covelli is also running.

 

A big thank you to judges Lanford and Berz and to John Stanley for inviting them.

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DeForest Area Progressives meeting notes for November 30, 2015

DeForest Area Progressives (DAP)

Meeting notes for November 30, 2015

 

There were five people at the meeting.  Announcements included

 

  • December 6th Organizing Wisconsin for Bernie Sanders convention at UW Stevens Point campus at the Dreyfus Center, 1015 Reserve St., in the Alumni Rm., 3rd floor; organized by DAP’s own John Stanley
  • December 7th DAP meeting will feature Dane County Judges Rhonda Lanford and Ellen Berz speaking to us on the ins and outs of the judicial system in Dane County. 
  • The Dane County Democratic Party will be holding its annual holiday party Sunday at the Cardinal Bar in downtown Madison.  Karen will be attending her first DCDP Board meeting prior to the party.

 

Karen passed around a calendar of progressive events coming up in the Madison area.

 

JohnSki reported that as of the end of October, we had $708.75 in the DAP treasury, which is kept as a checking account at DMB Community Bank.  Access to the account is through John Scepanski or Marcia Riquelme, who set it up when DAP first started.  Over half of what is currently in the account was produced by Karen Edson and associates by making and selling buttons.  Thank you Karen and associates.

 

We discussed candidates coming up for election April 5, 2016, for local offices, county offices, and Wisconsin Supreme Court.

 

Karen advocated an annual plan for DAP to include such events as the December hunger drive.  We should participate and initiate events in the public eye to promote our progressive values.  Perhaps we can franchise the idea of an annual plan out to other progressive groups like ours.  We might use publicity like videos, news media, work with other groups, and have gatherings at the library to discuss issues with other groups.  Further discussion on Karen’s idea will ensue at future meetings.  Is this an idea we like?  An annual plan might include election campaigning, civic projects like voter registration, candidates’ forums, problem-solving coordination, education on the principles of George Lakoff, use of social media, community movies and subject discussions, hone our lists of principles and values.

 

We decided by consensus to make a contribution of $20 from the DAP treasury to Arboretum Cohousing.  Karen sent this note with the check:

This is a small token of our thanks for your … assistance during the past year with button making and related tasks for our group! We really appreciate fellow Progressives’ cooperation and are delighted to be able to offer some small assistance to your continuing efforts in this area.

 

One of our members brought up the subject of a DeForest Times-Tribune newspaper article that he thought inaccurately described something that happened recently in the DeForest Area School District (DASD).  The article reported that new teachers in the DASD are happy with the way things are going, based on a survey that new teachers filled out on which their signatures were required.  What new teacher is going to report any unhappiness if they have to sign the report?  The informal “word on the street” among new teachers is that they are not completely happy with the way things are.  Should DAP write a letter to the editor about this issue?  It was noted that enrollments in schools of education around the country are down due to disillusionment with the education profession and how teachers and others are being treated by elected administrations, Wisconsin included.

 

We should be careful when we ask speakers to come to our meetings.  Get the group’s permission first, if you want to schedule someone to speak.  We need rules on how to bring things up at meetings, how to propose projects, how to behave at meetings.  Someone is going to look into the possibility of hosting meetings and events at meeting rooms at the new Norske Nook restaurant.  It was suggested that we consider meeting every other week, instead of every week.  Some members have reservations about every other week not being frequently enough to keep up energy.  Others think we burn out with meetings that are too frequent.  Consensus was that we should try every other week and see how it turns out.

 

We decided by consensus to spend $167.75 from our treasury to buy a cut-out machine to facilitate button-making.  Cutting out by hand gets counterproductive when there are large orders. 

 

Karen also brought up a project of distributing “bankster” cards.  She will purchase a sample set for DAP perusal.  Subjects include, for example, Goldman Sachs, Corporate Personhood, Health Care, The Military Industrial Complex, etc., etc., you get the idea.  The cards are for handing out on the street at events, in order to draw attention to issues.  Karen, you come up with so many ideas!  Thank you.

 

We adjourned the regular meeting and proceeded into a political discussion concerning campaigns for Bernie Sanders and others.

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DeForest Area Progressives meeting notes for Nov. 16, 2015

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes for November 16, 2015

 

Next meeting: Monday, November 30, 2015, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood. 

 

PLEASE NOTE THERE WILL BE NO MEETING NOVEMBER 23RD, due to the holiday.

 

There were only two people at the November 16th meeting L.  Other regular members were off doing other things, especially campaigning for Bernie Sanders, so Ginny and I did not hold a meeting. 

 

Announcements included

  • A World of Peace – on November 21st  at Komrey Middle School, 7009 Donna Drive, Middleton; contact Dawn or Art at callforpeace@callforpeace.org     www.callforpeace.org     www.anewpeople.net
  • December 6th Organizing Wisconsin for Bernie Sanders convention at UW Stevens Point campus; more information to follow later.  Note change in date from Dec. 5th.
  • At the November 11, Dane Dems monthly meeting, our own Karen Edson won the election for the 37th Assembly District representative on the Dane Democratic Board.
  • December 7th DAP meeting will feature Dane County Judges Rhonda Lanford and Ellen Berz speaking to us on the ins and outs of the judicial system in Dane County.  Please try to make this meeting.  Note tonight’s attendance above (2 L ).  We want to embarrass neither our guests nor ourselves by only afew of us showing up to hear two distinguished folks.  Please let John Scepanski know whether you are going to be in attendance or not.

 

 

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DeForest Area Progressives meeting notes for November 9, 2015

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes for November 9, 2015

 

Next meeting: Monday, November 16, 2015, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood. 

 

There were only four people at the November 2nd meeting L.  Announcements included

  • A World of Peace – on November 21st  at Komrey Middle School, 7009 Donna Drive, Middleton; contact Dawn or Art at callforpeace@callforpeace.org     www.callforpeace.org     www.anewpeople.net
  • December 6th Organizing Wisconsin for Bernie Sanders convention at UW Stevens Point campus; more information to follow later.  Note change in date from Dec. 5th.
  • November 11, Dane Dems monthly meeting will elect officers.  Our Karen Edson is running for board member at large.  Paid up Democratic Party members of the 37th Assembly District (Jagler) are asked to attend and vote for Karen.  (Karen, John St, and JohnSki went and elected Karen.)
  • December 7th DAP meeting will feature Dane County Judges Rhonda Lanford and Ellen Berz speaking to us on the ins and outs of the judicial system in Dane County.  Please try to make this meeting.  Note tonight’s attendance above (4 L ).  We want to embarrass neither our guests nor ourselves by only four of us showing up to hear two distinguished folks.  Please let John Scepanski know whether you are going to be in attendance or not.

 

Regarding upcoming elections, JohnSki said he had received an email from Mary Arnold, stating that the candidate that they had recruited to challenge Assembly Representative John Jagler next November had backed out, so they are still looking for someone to step up to the plate against Jagler. 

 

As Town of Windsor voters last week overwhelmingly voted to incorporate as the Village of Windsor, current town supervisors will continue on as village trustees until the April 2016 election, at which time all Windsor Village trustee positions will be up for election.  The village president and two trustees will run for one year terms, and the other two trustees will run for two year terms, so as to set up staggered terms.  It remains to be seen if the board will expand to seven members, as are most village boards in Wisconsin.

 

JohnSki is to work on a list of which elections are held when in 2016 and who is up for re-election in them.  This is to help DAP better prepare and prioritize for campaign activity.

 

Janet said she is connected to the Kloppenberg and Feingold campaigns.  She asked for new ideas beyond the usual canvassing and phone banks, which some veteran campaigners are getting tired of and questioning the efficacy of those techniques.  We brainstormed a few ideas:

  • lit drops
  • signs
  • GOTV
  • neighborhood parties
  • letters to the editor
  • target groups (example: an area of known Democrats who have not voted for awhile)
  • social media

 

We need more organization and leadership.  We need to find and recruit candidates.

 

Dawn is working on the judges’ forum for the next April elections in Dane County.  She wants to know the interest among DAP members to work on this project.  Can we get enough people to make it worthwhile?  Who will work on it?  Can we combine the Kloppenberg Supreme Court race with Dane County judges’ races?  There seems to be just one contested judges’ race in Dane County.

 

We finished the evening’s meeting with a discussion on what DAP wants to be.  Why do we get such poor attendance at Monday night meetings?  Should we go to every other week?  Where do we want to go with this progressive group?  Further discussion will ensue at future meetings.

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DeForest Area Progressives meeting notes for November 9, 2015

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes for November 9, 2015

 

Next meeting: Monday, November 16, 2015, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood. 

 

There were only four people at the November 2nd meeting L.  Announcements included

  • A World of Peace – on November 21st  at Komrey Middle School, 7009 Donna Drive, Middleton; contact Dawn or Art at callforpeace@callforpeace.org     www.callforpeace.org     www.anewpeople.net
  • December 6th Organizing Wisconsin for Bernie Sanders convention at UW Stevens Point campus; more information to follow later.  Note change in date from Dec. 5th.
  • November 11, Dane Dems monthly meeting will elect officers.  Our Karen Edson is running for board member at large.  Paid up Democratic Party members of the 37th Assembly District (Jagler) are asked to attend and vote for Karen.  (Karen, John St, and JohnSki went and elected Karen.)
  • December 7th DAP meeting will feature Dane County Judges Rhonda Lanford and Ellen Berz speaking to us on the ins and outs of the judicial system in Dane County.  Please try to make this meeting.  Note tonight’s attendance above (4 L ).  We want to embarrass neither our guests nor ourselves by only four of us showing up to hear two distinguished folks.  Please let John Scepanski know whether you are going to be in attendance or not.

 

Regarding upcoming elections, JohnSki said he had received an email from Mary Arnold, stating that the candidate that they had recruited to challenge Assembly Representative John Jagler next November had backed out, so they are still looking for someone to step up to the plate against Jagler. 

 

As Town of Windsor voters last week overwhelmingly voted to incorporate as the Village of Windsor, current town supervisors will continue on as village trustees until the April 2016 election, at which time all Windsor Village trustee positions will be up for election.  The village president and two trustees will run for one year terms, and the other two trustees will run for two year terms, so as to set up staggered terms.  It remains to be seen if the board will expand to seven members, as are most village boards in Wisconsin.

 

JohnSki is to work on a list of which elections are held when in 2016 and who is up for re-election in them.  This is to help DAP better prepare and prioritize for campaign activity.

 

Janet said she is connected to the Kloppenberg and Feingold campaigns.  She asked for new ideas beyond the usual canvassing and phone banks, which some veteran campaigners are getting tired of and questioning the efficacy of those techniques.  We brainstormed a few ideas:

  • lit drops
  • signs
  • GOTV
  • neighborhood parties
  • letters to the editor
  • target groups (example: an area of known Democrats who have not voted for awhile)
  • social media

 

We need more organization and leadership.  We need to find and recruit candidates.

 

Dawn is working on the judges’ forum for the next April elections in Dane County.  She wants to know the interest among DAP members to work on this project.  Can we get enough people to make it worthwhile?  Who will work on it?  Can we combine the Kloppenberg Supreme Court race with Dane County judges’ races?  There seems to be just one contested judges’ race in Dane County.

 

We finished the evening’s meeting with a discussion on what DAP wants to be.  Why do we get such poor attendance at Monday night meetings?  Should we go to every other week?  Where do we want to go with this progressive group?  Further discussion will ensue at future meetings.

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DeForest Area Progressives meeting notes for November 2, 2015

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes for November 2, 2015

 

Next meeting: Monday, November 9, 2015, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood. 

 

There were six people at the November 2nd meeting, including Nate Timm from Wisconsin Grassroots Network (WGN).  Announcements included

  • A World of Peace – on November 21st at 3:30-7:00 p.m. at Komrey Middle School, 7009 Donna Drive, Middleton; contact Dawn or Art at callforpeace@callforpeace.org     www.callforpeace.org     www.anewpeople.net
  • December 5th Organizing Wisconsin for Bernie Sanders convention at UW Stevens Point campus; more information to follow later
  • November 11, Dane Dems monthly meeting will elect officers.  Our Karen Edson is running for board member at large.  Paid up Democratic Party members of the 37th Assembly District (Jagler) are asked to attend and vote for Karen.  (Karen, John St, and JohnSki are all hoping to go.
  • Vote for Windsor village referendum tomorrow, November 3rd.

 

There was no further report from JohnSki on future elections and candidates.

Judges Ellen Berz and candidate Rhonda Landford will be at our regular DAP Monday meeting on November 16th.  Please try to be there to make a good showing for them.

Dawn is going to a Kloppenberg fund raiser and will ask her if she would participate in a judges’ forum in DeForest.

There is an anti-hunger event being planned for DeForest area food banks in early December.  Do we want to participate as DAP?  Members present seemed interested.  Should we make it more than just a food drive?  Publicize hunger and homelessness in our area?  John St. had good information from his run for DeFo board.  Generate publicity before and after?  Have press releases done by us and groups working with us?  YouTube video?  Thank everyone with emails when it’s done?

John St. mentioned Christmas bell ringing for the Salvation Army at Ace Hardware and Pick & Save.  If interested, go to the locations and tear off a tag from the announcement.

There are a lot of Assembly districts where there are no Democrats running.  The Dem strategy in Wisconsin should include building in all districts, running candidates for local offices.  Nate and Adam from WGN are willing to go out and train candidates, as they have in the past.  JohnSki talked to Janet Mills.  She is coordinating election efforts for Joanne Kloppenberg in the area.

The meeting adjourned and turned into a Bernie Sanders for President discussion.  John Stanley has been designated a point person for Bernie in Wisconsin.  Contact John if you want to get involved.  There is an effort afoot to print and send out holiday greeting cards urging people to vote for Bernie.  Bernie emphasizes the grassroots nature of his campaign.  John described the Wisconsin 72 county strategy for Bernie.  There will be breakout sessions in all eight Congregational districts on communications, literature distribution, signs, and a high visibility campaign.  Think about locations to put large, 4’x4’ and 8’x4’ signs.

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DeForest Area Progressives meeting notes for October 26, 2015

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes for October 26, 2015

 

Next meeting: Monday, November 2, 2015, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood. 

 

There were five people at the October 26th meeting.  Announcements included

  • A World of Peace – on November 21st at 3:30-7:00 p.m. at Komrey Middle School, 7009 Donna Drive, Middleton; contact Dawn or Art at callforpeace@callforpeace.org     www.callforpeace.org     www.anewpeople.net
  • December 5th Organizing Wisconsin for Bernie Sanders convention at UW Stevens Point campus; more information to follow later
  • November 11, Dane Dems monthly meeting will elect officers.  Our Karen Edson is running for board member at large.  Party members are asked to attend and vote for Karen.

 

John St. got three comments from people who cannot get return calls or emails from our Dane County Board representative, Maureen McCarville.  Marcia reported the same experience.  Maureen is one of us, and we want her to get on the ball with her constituents, so that she serves them well and does not leave herself open to criticism at her next election.

 

JohnSki reported on local candidates up for re-election in 2016, as follows:

 

April 5, 2016, Town of Windsor supervisors Don Madelung and Monica Smith are up for re-election

 

April 5, 2016, Village of DeForest Supervisors Jeff Miller, Dick Josephson, and Chip Van Meter are up.

 

Jan Berg, Steve Tenpas, and Kate Lund are up for re-election to the DeForest Area School Board: Berg and Lund from the V. of DeForest; Tenpas from the T. of Windsor.

 

Maureen McCarville and Dennis O’Loughlin are up for their positions as Supervisors on the Dane County Board.

 

According to DeForest village clerk, Lu Ann Leggett, https://myvote.wi.gov/ is a good place to go to find out who your elected officials are.

 

John Stanley is now certified as a deputy registrar in sixteen Dane County jurisdictions to register new voters.

 

John St. has arranged for Dane County Judges Rhonda Landford and Ellen Berz to come to speak to us some Monday in November.  Thanks, John, for your initiative on this.

 

Dawn F. has volunteered to host some DAP Monday meetings at their house in rotation with Ginny.  Dawn also has a friend who might join DAP and would be willing to host meetings too.

 

Ginny and John St. attended the speech and Q&A by Robert Reich at the Madison Book Festival last Saturday.  The venue was crowded, and they saw a lot of our fellow progressive associates there.  Some of the themes of the evening were that the political parties are too divided and they need to come together to find what they have in common.  Much of the animosity is just for show.  John was disappointed that Reich did not talk more about tax inequities.  Ginny was disappointed that he did not give us more tips on what to do.  Still, it was well worth the time.

 

We wondered about getting formerly active DAP members to get active again.  Perhaps upcoming elections in spring will bring some back.  We discussed the spring elections for candidates to the village, town, and county boards.

 

Ginny will make an effort to get DAP Monday night agendas out before the meetings.  She will get at least partial agendas to JohnSki for publication to “the list” with request to submit further agenda items to Ginny before the meetings.

 

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DeForest Area Progressives meeting notes for October 19, 2015

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes for October 19, 2015

 

Next meeting: Monday, October 26, 2015, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood. 

 

There were seven people at the October 19th meeting.  Announcements included

  • Blues for Bernie Fundraiser at the Brinks Lounge,701 Washington Ave., Madison, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., October 20th    
  • Robert Reich speaking at the downtown Madison Library October 24th  
  • December 5th Bernie Sanders for President convention at UW Stevens Point campus
  • South Central Grassroots Alliance (SCGA) steering committee meeting this Thursday, October 22nd at the Rodeside restaurant in Windsor/DeForest

 

We had a pre-meeting discussion on poll workers and their political affiliations.

 

We continued our discussion from last meeting on the SCGA request that DAP come up with ways to exert “leverage” on those who support the Republican agenda.  Dawn suggested going to the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign’s website for information on who contributes to whom – www.wisdc.org/wdc.php.   Karen suggested the Wisconsin Grassroots Network’s website too for that information.  (Karen later sent out an email with further sources of such information.)

 

Ginny attended one of the Town of Windsor’s informational meetings on the subject of the town’s incorporation as a village and the referendum about same on the November 3rd ballot.  Ginny had a question on postal addresses.  Karen added some information too.  A big part of the reason for the incorporation is to protect Windsor’s boundaries from annexations into DeForest, Sun Prairie, or Madison.  Towns in Wisconsin have little legal protections, while villages do have such protections.  Taxes should not be affected much due to the status change, although they might go up for other reasons unrelated to the incorporation.

 

John St. said that he talked to Judge Rhonda Lanford, and she is interested in coming to speak to DAP.  John also asked Judge Ellen Berz.  Dawn asked if we wanted to do an event for Jo Anne Kloppenberg’s candidacy for Wisconsin Supreme Court justice.  A long discussion ensued about whether or not we want to do some sort of big, public event for all of the judges and candidates for judge positions.  Next meeting will continue the discussion, after Dawn has a chance to get further information.  Such an event should be non-partisan.  We can publicize it by flyers, Facebook, and sending a message via the Progressive Partners network and other means.

 

John St. and Peter went to the voting registrar training in Fitchburg.  The bill in the legislature will end deputy registrar privileges, but if it passes current deputy registrars will be grandfathered in until December 2016.

 

After the DAP meeting was adjourned, there was some business conducted by those working for the Bernie Sanders campaign.  John St. is a key contact and activist for Bernie in Wisconsin, and he has made many contacts.  Holiday cards are being designed and printed urging friends and relatives to vote for Bernie.  A “Battle of the Bands” for Bernie is being put together.  Karen suggested that “snowbirds” be reminded to register to vote before they go and to get an absentee ballot for the February primary.

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