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 –   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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