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
  • 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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