June 15: General Meeting, Democratic Office. Speakers: Kurt Hase on “Authoritarian Types and Politics” and Matt Rothschild will be speaking on Gerrymandering and Redistricting.
The fall elections are over. We certainly did not get the outcomes that we worked hard for. Yes, it is discouraging. If you are like me, you are tired of losing. Keep in mind, the fight is far from over. It is easy to say Democrats are not good listeners and that we should have seen this coming. I prefer to think that far too many people would rather take words at face value and not do the research. Believing in the magic belongs in our holiday season, not our politics. We must remain committed to working on what we value: public education, good jobs, health care, equality for all, and our environment; to name a few.
Shortly after we were elected, Nancy Fisker (first chair), Kody Hart (second chair) and I met and talked about goal setting; we decided that going forward we will be inclusive and keep strong communication with our party members. We have exciting events in the works; so stay tuned!
We have many committees already in progress that you can join. We will get them listed and you can sign up if you choose. In the upcoming months, we hope to add more committees. We want your voice to be heard. We hope you will find your niche! Help make the Marathon Dems and Friends the strongest and best group out there.
Above all, please come; be engaged in the spirit of friendship and shared values!
Yours in the fight,
First, we have to finish strong. When you receive this Newsletter, there will be very little time left in the campaigns, but it is a crucial time, so dedicate yourself to reenergizing, recommitting, and finishing the job.
Second, there are plenty of activities and events in the days ahead. Some of these are campaign-related, but there are two that I want to highlight that are Marathon County Democratic Party-related. There will be an Election Night Watch Party on November 8th at Sconnie’s starting at 7. The large Northwest room is reserved for us. Please show up to have some fun.
The other event is our November Membership Meeting on the 17th. This is an important one as we will be nominating and electing our leaders for the next two years.
Finally, it’s worth keeping in mind that elections are just a pause in the political process. Regardless of outcome, the same things that we were organizing and working for before the election need to continue to be fought for after the election. Nothing is ever settled—not civil rights, not peace, not women’s rights, not environmental justice, not racial justice—everything must be committed toover and over, generation to generation. This is our continued fight.
Nov. 1, 2, 3, 4, & 7 Women 4 Women Phone Bank @5:00 Chris Bremer’s Office
Nov. 3 @ 7:00 Mary Hoeft/Sean Duffy Debate @NTC
Nov. 4 Last Day to Vote Early!
Nov. 8 Election Day! 7:00AM-8:00PM
Nov. 8 @ 7:00 Election Watch Party at Sconnie’s
Nov. 17 @ 6:00 Membership Meeting Marathon Co. Dem. Office
The first Presidential debate wrapped up last night with a decided victory going to Hillary Clinton. For many of us, despite the initial euphoria, unease crept in with the thought that Donald Trump may be down but not out. The prospect of him even POSSIBLY becoming President is terribly unsettling. It is our job to stop him.
In Wisconsin we have been to this rodeo. Small mindedness, greed, and corruption have become the hallmarks of a conservative dominated government that had once had a proud tradition of clean politics and social progress. We have seen tolerance, prosperity, and environmental protection stifled. We have witnessed, first hand, how out of state wealthy donors intrude into our local elections on all levels of government. With the wealthy donors has come the well-documented (Guardian Magazine) corruption of our governor, state legislators, and Supreme Court.
This sad state of affairs is playing itself daily. Hundreds of thousands of dollars are being funneled from out of state donors into our elections. Misleading television and radio ads play against our candidates every day.
Because this election depends so much on everyone’s participation, this Newsletter is devoted to encouraging the membership of the Marathon County Democratic Party to act. Basic information about how to get in touch with the candidate
Campaigns as well as other options for participation are available to the membership.
If you have not already voted most of you can right now. If you do not know where to vote or if you are not registered to vote or if you need a ride to the polling station call the Marathon County Democratic Party at 715-298-4109.
YARD SIGNS, BUMPER STICKERS, BUTTONS
Yard Signs, Bumper Stickers and Buttons are available at the Marathon County Democratic Party Headquarters for a small donation. The best pick up time is Monday thru Thursday from noon to 4:00.
VOLUNTEER, CONTRIBUTE TO CANDIDATES
Mary Hoeft for Congress
745 Burr Oak Pl
Rice Lake, WI 54868
Mandy Wright for 85th Assembly
216 Ewing Street
Wausau, WI 54403
Stencil for Assembly
119 Sunrise Drive,
Friends of Van Stippen
P.O. Box 453