Join Us: Groundwater Discussion with Professor George Kraft

This Thursday, May 19 at 6:00, the Marathon County Democratic Party will have a Membership Meeting at the office. The special guest speaker will be Professor George Kraft who teaches Water Resources and has done extensive research at UW – Stevens Point. His topic will be “Groundwater Pumping and its Impact on Lakes and Streams with a Central Wisconsin Focus.”

Groundwater, the underground water that can be pumped by wells, feeds most of Wisconsin lakes and streams and wetlands. The uncontrolled growth of high capacity wells is affecting many water bodies, especially strong in the Central Sands where dozens of lakes and stream headwaters have been negatively affected. That growth continues and more water bodies will be affected unless rational groundwater management strategies are adopted.

Groundwater pumping is a political football at present, with pumping advocates, mainly farm groups, clamoring for unfettered access to the resources, lake and stream advocates asking for some basic protections, and the legislature, courts and governor’s office all weighing in.

Hope you all can make it.

April Event Calendar

Monday, April 4
Women for Women phone bank at Bremer Law Office
5:30-8:00 pm. Calls made for Judge Kloppenburg

Friday, April 1 through Monday, April 4
GOTV phone banks – call office for details

Saturday, April 2
Grassroots Festival
Mazomanie, WI
(608)-220-0139 or

Tuesday, April 5
Election day. Polls open from 7 am to 8 pm

Tuesday, April 5
Drinking Liberally at Malarkey’s
5:30- 7:00 pm

Thursday, April 14
Executive Committee Meeting at office, 5:30

Sunday, April 17
Marathon County District Caucus at office, 1:00

Thursday, April 21
Marathon County Democratic Party Membership Meeting at office 6:00

Marathon Women for Women Caucus

The Marathon County Women for Women Caucus has been actively supporting women and men candidates who advocate for women and family issues. We were pleased to feature all the women candidates able to attend our February 4th meeting including JoAnne Kloppenberg, who is running for the Wisconsin Supreme Court and Mandy Wright for the 85th Assembly, Nancy Stencil for the 86th Assembly, Katie Rosenberg for County Board, Becky McElhaney for City Council, Theresa Miles, Mary Thao and Jane Rusch for School Board who all shared their views and reasons why they are candidates for this Spring election. It was a rousing and educational night for us all!

Our March meeting featured Jane Graham Jennings, Executive Director of the Women’s Community who spoke on the issues of guns and gun violence and how current laws are both protective and restrictive in prosecuting individuals who use or may use guns violently. Dave Keefe also contributed his experience as a result of attending a special gun violence seminar at the White House this past fall. It was a night of learning and good discussion for us all.

This spring, we have supported events and calling nights to insure our candidates are elected. The race for Supreme Court Justice is critical to keep a fair and balanced Wisconsin Supreme Court. We invite you to join us for our upcoming calling nights on March 28, 29, 30, 31 and April 4. This is essential work to insure that JoAnne Kloppenburg is elected. Calling takes place at Chris Bremer’s Law Office from 5:30 to 8 p.m. We welcome your help and participation!

Our Women for Women Caucus will have our final meeting for the year on Thursday, May 5th from 6 to 7:30 at the Marathon County Democratic Party headquarters at 833 S. 3rd Avenue, Wausau. We will be hosting a training for poll watchers so that we can have many of us ready for assisting in the important fall election. Please join us for this training night even if you just want to learn what it is all about. Educated citizens are powerful citizens!

Women for Women will take a break from monthly meetings over summer to renew for the work ahead this coming fall!

April Notes from the Chair

AndyBenedettoWith another important election upon us it is time to get up, get out and get active. During the next two weeks there will be many opportunities to exercise your political muscles. Pulling levers, walking through neighborhoods, making telephone calls, sticking signs in front yard and writing checks are all light aerobics that every member of the party will have an opportunity to participate in.

At this writing I have already witnessed Bernie supporters jumping up and down in front of the courthouse, Mandy Wright supporters spreading literature throughout the 85th Assembly District and phone banks being activated for many candidates that include Theresa Miles, Jane Rusch, and Mary Thao. Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg had a very successful fundraiser at Jalapenos that attracted a large group of supporters. The Hillary campaign opened a field office for the April 5 primary on the second floor of the same building as the Marathon County Democratic Party Headquarters.

All of this is prelude for getting out and voting on APRIL 5. This election will be big in choosing local and state leaders will be selected and Wisconsin’s Democratic nominee for president will be selected. But all Democrats should be aware that political action does not end April 5. There will be a Marathon County Democratic Caucus on April 17 at the office. If anyone wants to be a delegate they need to show up at the office between 1:00 and 2:00 to register. At 2:00 the caucus will start. So if you are a supporter of Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton and would like to participate in the delegate process you are invited and welcome to come.

The order of business for the caucus will include the election of the allocated number of delegates base on presidential candidate 2016 primary performance;

Once the April 5 elections are complete and after the Marathon County Democratic Party April 17 caucus takes place, please plan on coming to the Marathon County Membership meeting on April 21. From now until November, the important task of electing Assemblypersons, a U. S. Congressman, a U. S. Senator, and a President are in front of us. This will require time, effort, and hard work from all of us.

Let’s go!

Wisconsin Gets the Spotlight

Hillary ClintonDuring the last few weeks we have received many requests for Bernie and Hillary signs. At the last party meeting many of the people attending wanted to go home with yard signs but we had none to give them. Despite it being March 17 with the primary less than three weeks away, neither campaign had contacted us to distribute signs or literature. This left many local members wondering when things would get started.

The simple explanation is that both campaigns were preoccupied with three primaries and three caucuses on the West Coast that were taking place before Wisconsin’s April 5 primary. Three weeks before the election and little was going on locally.

Bernie SandersWisconsinites patiently watched as Iowa and New Hampshire primaries dominated television coverage months in advance. It seemed the coverage was endless. Contradictory polls from obscure polling sources were reported ad infinitum. National news teams occupied every coffee shop and bar in the early states and tediously interviewed almost everyone in the state.

So what about Wisconsin?

We can expect things to change quickly all over the state. By the time this newsletter gets in your hands things will be in high gear.

The day after the last primary election in Idaho, Utah and Arizona, on Tuesday March 22, the Sanders supporters who had been active locally for some time exploded on social media. The Clinton Campaign rented space in Wausau. Both candidates announced visits to Wisconsin and the media started focusing on Wisconsin.

It is our turn. We have two great candidates waging a battle on issues. We need to show the nation how deeply we care about our country’s future by working together to make the changes this country so desperately needs.