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
  • 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, 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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