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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