November Events

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

TIME FOR ACTION: Vote, Volunteer, Contribute

clintonThe 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 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.


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,
Wausau, WI

Friends of Van Stippen
P.O. Box 453
Antigo, WI

October 2016 Pasta Feed


DATE: Sunday, October 23, 20016
TIME: 4:00 TO 6:00

The Marathon County will combine a Membership Meeting with a Pasta Feed. Phil Salamone and Andy Benedetto will be providing the main course for this southern Italy, peasant style dinner. This is the most recent metamorphosis of the chili feed. This year there will be no silent auction or competition. Just come and share in the camaraderie of fellow Democrats as we pump ourselves up to go into the last weeks of the fall campaign.


Donations will be welcome.

October 2016 Events

Sunday, October 2—Mary Hoeft fundraiser, 1016 West Blodgett, Marshfield, WI 4:00 to 6:00 RSVP

Tuesday, October 4— Citizen Action of Wisconsin has joined with Wisconsin 9 to 5 to draw attention to the need for family leave legislation. This is a round table discussion of the Wisconsin Family and Medical Leave Insurance to be presented in the next legislation session. 10:30 AM (Location to be determined

Tuesday, October 4—Drinking Liberally at MaLarkey’s 408 N. Third St. Wausau, 5:30-7:00 PM

Tuesday, October 4—Vice President Debate, 8:00 PM

Wednesday, October 5—Russ Feingold Event at The Peking, 221 Scott St., Wausau (TBD)

Thursday, October 6—Women for Women, Marathon County Democratic Office, 833 S. Third Ave., Wausau. 6:00 PM. Meet the Democratic candidates and learn about the new voter laws.

Saturday, October 8—Mary Hoeft Event at the Marathon City Sports Center, 1200 State Highway 107, Marathon. 12:00-1:30 PM.

Sunday, October 9—2nd Presidential debate, 8:00 PM

Thursday, October 13—AAUW presents Chris Clarke-Epstein. “Civic Engagement in an Age of Political Cynicism” 5/5:30 PM, UWMC Terrace Room. Free and open to the public.

Sunday, October 23—Pasta Feed, The Loading Zone, 2704 E. Hamilton St., Wausau (Replaces the October membership meeting) 4:00-6:00 PM

Thursday, October 27—Wausau United to Amend presents the Documentary, “Killing Us Softly” by Jeanne Kilbourne. How does the media define our society, how does it portray women and men’s roles, and how does it affect our political views. Universalist Unitarian Church, 504 Grant St., Wausau. 6:30-7:30 PM (Free and open to the public).

September 2016 Events

September 1—Women for Women 6:00-7:30 PM at the Dem Office.  Featuring Julie Burmesch, co-chair of Marathon County Early Childhood Coalition.

September 5—Labor Day Parade.  Come march with us

September 8—Nancy Stencil Event at Christine Bremer’s Office.  5:15-8:00 PM

September 8—Mandy Wright’s Educators Event at the National Historical Society.  6:00-8:00 PM

September 15—Membership meeting at the Dem Office.  6:00 PM

September 20—AAUW presents Wisconsin Public School Funding with Mary Jarvis at UWMC Terrace Room.  Free and open to the public.  4:00 PM

September 22—video “A Time for Justice” put out by the Southern Poverty Law Center.  Shown at the UU Church at 6:00 PM. Open and Free to the public.

October 6—Women for Women.  Come meet the candidates night.  6:00 PM

June Notes from the Chair

AndyBenedettoThere has been a lot happening in the political world in Marathon County recently. Some of the happenings are things that could frustrate and divide Democrats. At this writing there are three Democratic candidates candidates running for the House of Representatives in the 7th Congressional District, two running for the 86th Assembly seat and last but not least two running for President of the United States.

The slings and arrows of the political season are clear to be seen by anyone who pays attention. Feelings are easily hurt, tempers flair and competitive juices run in unpredictable directions. This makes us all uneasy and worried about how and if we can all come together to win elections in the fall.

There are a number of powerful forces on the side of unity. The most powerful are the Republicans themselves. Just invoking the names of locals like Sean Duffy, John Spiros, and Pat Snyder is plenty to get started. They are among the most arcane, regressive forces in Wisconsin today. They, like Scott Walker, are totally dedicated to shoveling more money in the form of tax breaks and deregulation to wealthy donors to their campaigns. To fund these giveaways they continually hack at the educational system at all levels and cast a blind eye at environmental issues. Their values are upside down and totally at odds with all Democratic candidates.

At the last Democratic Party meeting, Professor George Kraft Phd. from UW – Stevens Point, spoke at length and detail about research conducted over the last fifty years on the effects of high capacity wells on depletion of the Central Sands Region of Wisconsin. This affects us all in very basic ways. As the water table drops, streams and lakes become more shallow, turn into wetlands or disappear. Lakefront houses become houses, fishable streams disappear and public parks lose much of their recreational value and beauty.

On the national scene Democrats can debate Hillary versus Bernie as energetically and at times angrily as they want – but Donald Trump – really! There is an expression about cutting off one’s nose to spite your face. This would be cutting off your head.

The rise of Donald Trump in this country has been the most alarming political movement to befall this country since George Wallace. He is a hostile to minorities, a narcissist, and a total phony. He is unmoored, will contradict himself in the same sentence and knows as little about our constitution as he does about international relations. If you are a Hillary / Bernie or bust person please reconsider.

We must unite at every level and return a sense of trust, honor and morality to our political system.