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January 2008

January 2008 Newsletter – Democratic Party of Chippewa County

Monthly Quote from Gaylord Oppegard, our CC Dems President
"Darn that was heavy - thanks for the help!"

The Chippewa County Democratic Party has moved!  We are now in a handicapped accessible 1st floor office on the other end of Bridge Street.  Our new address is 619 North Bridge St, Suite 100.  

Thursday, January 10, monthly meeting.  6:30 PM. There will be NO POTLUCK SUPPER.  Pat Oppegard has volunteered to make some bars for dessert and coffee.  2008 is here and the election campaigns are ramping up, Iowa has spoken.  We need to keep speaking!  Come to the meetings as your contributions of ideas, energy and time are essential to making 2008 a BLUE year!  Oh, yes, and don’t forget to pay your annual [Chippewa County] Democratic Party dues.

***NOTE*** If you are one of several people who has keys to the old office, please turn them in.

Volunteer! We have created a form listing CC Dems volunteer opportunities (the BlueCrew).  This gives interested people & party members ways to be involved in specific activities.  Volunteer Opportunities NOW:

•    We are planning to maintain office hours this year as we did in the past.  We are looking for more people to staff the office.  If you are interested, please let us know so that we can begin scheduling.

•    The Jefferson-Jackson Dinner is set for Saturday, April 5, 2008 at the Fill Inn Station.  Mmmmmm good, we have returned to the favorite fried chicken menu.  Mark your calendars!  Planning committee members needed!!!!!

•    7th CD set for Saturday, April 26 or May 3, 2008.  Exact date to be announced. Volunteers needed to organize this event.  Let’s make it the best 7th CD ever!  If you can’t volunteer, plan to attend!

Summary of CC Dems December & early January Activities:

Dave Obey was in Chippewa Falls on Friday, January 4.  Some of our vocal party members were quoted in the article.  In case you missed it, there is a summary in the January 5th Chippewa Herald on the front page.  Also, they indicate that you can “watch Obey in Chippewa Falls on video at the Herald’s Web site”.   http://www.chippewademocrats.com/ht/a/GetEmailBlastHtmlAction/i/www.chippewa.com   

The office move took place on Friday, December 28.  Thanks for a lot of good help!   We now have a great office area with good accessibility and better street visibility.  Senator Pat Kreitlow will office with us again.  At present we will have an adjacent room to use for meetings until it is eventually rented out.  We do not have a kitchen area to use and so pot luck meals as we have had in the past will not be easy.  Suggestions?

Annual Holiday Party was held at the December 13th meeting.  Little did we know that would be our last meeting at the old office.  As usual, the food and conversation were great.  Senator Kreitlow spoke  and then introduced Kristen Dexter who announced her candidacy for Assembly District 68.  The CC Dems took this opportunity to honor the many hours and contribution efforts of Ralph & Edie O’Connor with a token of our enduring appreciation.

Upcoming CC Dems Activities:

Community Education Film:  “Uncovered: the Whole Truth about the Iraq War” , a MoveOn story of how the truth became the first American casualty in Iraq. Thursday January 24, Fill in Station in Chippewa Falls.  6 PM pizza and conversation, 6:30 PM movie.  Free to the public.  Donations are as always, welcome.  Tell your friends.

Other Events of Interest:

MoveOn.Org is helping the USO to provide thousands of phone cards to servicemen and women stationed in Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the world, so that they can call their friends, family and loved ones this holiday season. Can you give $15 to buy a phone card for our troops? Click here to chip in:
https://civ.moveon.org/donatec4/holiday_troops.html?id=11829-7033750-mohyuj&t=2 
P.S. To learn more about the USO, a non-governmental, non-partisan organization, please visit www.uso.org.

Military Families Speak Out is an organization I became acquainted with while at the anti-war rally in Chicago in October.  If you have an interest, please visit their web site http://www.chippewademocrats.com/ht/a/GetEmailBlastHtmlAction/i/www.mfso.org

Message from Senator Feingold:

I wanted to make sure that you saw my floor statement from earlier in December in opposition to the FISA bill.  We were successful in delaying action on this flawed bill until early next year, and rest assured I will continue to work to produce a bill that gives the government the powers they need while also protecting our freedoms.  Read My Statement in Opposition to the Flawed FISA Bill  Thank you again for your help in keeping the pressure on Congress to stand up to the administration on this important issue.  I can't tell you how empowering it is to me to work on these critical issues knowing that I have the support of thousands of patriots like you from all across the country.

Sincerely,
Russ
 
RSVP for Conservation Lobby Day in Madison on January 30th, 2008!

http://www.chippewademocrats.com/ht/a/GetEmailBlastHtmlAction/i/www.conservationvoters.org  RSVP MUST BE RECEIVED BY JANUARY 22ND!!!
Happy New Year!  With the New Year comes new opportunities, and, with just a few short months left of this legislative session, we have a chance to pass the remaining Conservation Priorities:  
  1. Keep the Great Lakes Waters in the Great Lakes by passing the Strong Great Lakes Compact for a Strong Wisconsin, which will prevent diversion of Great Lakes water to other thirsty states and countries.
  2. Restore Conservation Integrity by passing the 3 components of the Hunter, Angler, Trapper Bill of Rights, which includes restoring the Independent DNR Secretary.  
  3. Stop Global Warming by passing the Wisconsin Safe Climate Act which will adopt a science-based plan to reduce Wisconsin’s share of global warming emissions.  

BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!  Right now, legislators are deciding which issues to address before they call it quits for the year.  It is a critical time to show your support for the Conservation Priorities by attending Conservation Lobby Day on January 30th.  Last year, over 430 citizens representing nearly 100 groups from across Wisconsin descended on the state Capitol to share their conservation values with their Legislators.  As a result, the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund—a key land preservation program—was reauthorized.  The big question:  What will we win this year???  The participation of local groups and citizens like YOU is incredibly important to the success of Conservation Lobby Day.  Every day throughout the state, countless citizens work tirelessly to protect the local land, water, and wildlife.  Lobby Day is an opportunity to share your conservation stories and experiences with legislators and have a huge impact on conservation policies affecting all of Wisconsin.   Join us again or for the first time!  For more information about the event or the issues, visit the website which includes 1-page ISSUE BRIEFS, a FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS section, and DRIVING and PARKING information.     
    Jennifer Giegerich, Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters,  (608) 661-0845

IRAQ AND THE SPOILS OF WAR: WHOSE OIL IS IT ANYWAY?
Monday, January 28, 2008, 7:00 pm
St. Joan of Arc Church
4537 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis
(convenient parking)
     Twin Cities Peace Campaign-Focus on Iraq to invite you to a forum featuring Antonia Juhasz on January 28 at St. Joan of Arc Church. We are very pleased that we are able to bring Antonia to the Twin Cities and hope that you will help to spread the word relative to the event.
     Antonia Juhasz is a leading international trade and economic policy analyst and social justice activist. She is a Fellow at Oil Change International and a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies. Her book, The Bush Agenda: Invading the World, One Economy at a Time, was called "Excellent!" by AmyGoodman and "essential reading" by Congressman John Conyers. Juhasz's op-eds and articles regularly appear in numerous publications, including The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, andLos Angeles Times, and she is a frequent television and radio commentator.
     As Big Oil begins to sign oil contracts in Iraq - depending on 30-years worth of U.S. military protection to secure its interest - Juhasz opens a door into the depths of the oil industry to reveal how
it works, where it wants to take us, and what we can to stop it, including demanding a "Separation of Oil and State" and getting our politicians off the oil industry dole.
     The event is sponsored by Twin Cities Peace Campaign-Focus on Iraq, Women Against Military Madness, and the Iraq Peace Action Coalition. Please call me at 612-522-1861 if you would like an electronic copy of the flyer.

Will political smears influence the result of the 2008 election?
Smear campaigns are nothing new in U.S. politics, but during the 2008 presidential race, the Internet has assumed a bigger role in transmitting misinformation and negative claims about candidates. The lightning speed at which these rumors spread and the lack of scrutiny they receive threaten to seriously undermine public discourse. The good news is that this campaign season the public has access to a slew of fact-checking websites, including FactCheck.org, PolitiFact.com, and Snopes.com that are squelching Internet rumors and separating fact from fiction.

Join the Veterans for Peace Vigil any Saturday year ‘round, on Peace Corner, Bridge and Business 29 from 11 to noon, Chippewa Falls.  It is important to continue to make a statement about this war!

Just FYI:

******Members, please check our website http://www.chippewademocrats.com/ for updates!  Events and new items have been added, too many to send out via email.
If you have something to contribute to the newsletter, please feel free to email me at party@chippewademocrats.com.  I try to publish by the weekend before our monthly meeting. Renee

Finally:  Share your favorite links.  We are compiling a list of favorite links to be used as a membership premium.  Tell us about your favorite place on the web to get news, politics, and commentary.  Download the form from our website http://www.chippewademocrats.com/, fill it out, and send it back to us.  Thank you!

Executive Committee of the Democratic Party of Chippewa County
Gaylord Oppegard, Chair, Mary Ann King, Jim Peterson Co-Chairs
Rosemary Kilbridge, Secretary, Denise Haughian, Treasurer
Newsletter Editor: Renee Fontaine-Ebel
Office: 619 North Bridge St, Suite 100, Chippewa Falls WI 54729
Website: www.chippewademocrats.com
Email party@chippewademocrats.com • Phone 715-738-1888
Office hours: M-W 10 am – 12 pm


February 2008

February 2008 Newsletter –Democratic Party of Chippewa County
 
The Chippewa County Democratic Party has moved!  We are now in a handicapped accessible 1st floor office on the other end of Bridge Street.  Our new address is 619 North Bridge St, Suite 100.  
 
Thursday, February 14, monthly meeting.  Happy Valentine’s Day!  6:30 PM for conversation about our fast paced and highly charged process to choose the Democratic candidate for the office of President of the United States of America. NO POTLUCK SUPPER.  Oh, yes, and don’t forget it’s time to pay your annual [Chippewa County] Democratic Party dues.
 
7:00 PM - Representatives from the DPW holding a workshop with us.  Are you interested in being a delegate at the National Convention in Denver in August?  Or to learn more about how the caucus works and how delegates are chosen?  It will be helpful to understand the process prior to the 7th CD, held here in May.  The DPW presentation takes about 30 minutes, with time for questions and answers.  See you there!
         
*****NOTE*****If you are one of several people who has keys to the old office, please turn them in.
 
Upcoming CC Dems Activities:
 
We are planning to maintain office hours this year as we did in the past.  We are looking for more people to staff the office.  If you are interested, please let us know so that we can begin scheduling.

Free Community Education film, Thursday March 6.  Topic: Environment & Energy.  More info to follow.

The Jefferson-Jackson Dinner is set for Saturday, April 5, 2008 at the Fill Inn Station.  Mmmmmm good, we have returned to the favorite fried chicken menu.  Mark your calendars!  Planning committee members needed!

7th CD Convention with Dave Obey and breakout sessions, April 26, 2008, 9 to 3 at Chi Hi.   Resolutions are proposed and discussed. Let’s make it the best 7th CD ever! Lunch will be included in the cost.  Volunteers are desperately needed!

7th CD Caucus - May 4, 2008, 11 to 3 at 29 Pines.  This event is a must for anyone interested in becoming a delegate for the National Democratic Convention in Denver in August.   Volunteers needed to organize this event.  If you can’t volunteer, plan to attend!
 
Other Events of Interest:
 
Environmental Issues: Legislative Breakfast with WI Senator Pat Kreitlow, Representatives Jeff Wood and Jeff Smith.  Monday, February 18, 8:30 to 10:00 AM, Fill Inn Station, 104 West Columbia, Chippewa Falls. $4.50 continental breakfast.  Event sponsored by the League of Conservation Voters and the Chippewa Valley Sierra Club.  Three important environmental issues are up for legislative action: the Strong Great Lakes Compact to prevent water dive rsions to other thirsty states and countries, the Hunter, Angler, Trapper Bill of Rights, including an Independent DNR Secretary and protection of the stamp fund accounts, the Wisconsin Safe Climate Act to adopt enforceable, science-based plan to reduce Wisconsin’s share of global warming emissions. Q & A.  Please RSVP by Feb 13: 715-726-1615 (so there will be enough food).
 
March 13-16 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans will gather in Washington DC to witness and tell their stories and experiences about U.S. foreign policy in both countries. The nation will hear directly from those who have been there on the ground. http://www.veteransforpeace.org/Winter_soldier.vp.html

Veterans for Peace is stepping up activities to support the efforts of Iraq Veterans Against the War. Here are several ways you support this important political statement:
Hold a House Party or Write Letters to the Editor

MARCH 19, 2008 COMMEMORATION OF THE WAR AND OCCUPATION OF IRAQ

As the 5th commemoration of the invasion of Iraq (the beginning of the 6th year of the war) approaches, news of the occupation is over shadowed by the presidential elections. The news media and those who want to see this war continue, claim that the peace/anti-war movement is pulling back. The truth is that we are organizing and preparing for the next push. Do not let your local community or Congress forget the illegal invasion rages on. View the website, 5 Years Too Many -
http://www.5yearstoomany.org/

March 19th Civil Disobedience - Washington D.C. - Members of Veterans For Peace have been some of the first to put their bodies on the line to end this illegal war and occupation.

March 19th Local Actions - If you are not able to make it to Washington D.C., you are encouraged to hold a local event. Veterans For Peace is working hard to get actions in all congressional districts during this time!

Join the Veterans for Peace Vigil any Saturday year ‘round, on Peace Corner, Bridge and Business 29 from 11 to noon, Chippewa Falls.  It is important to continue to make a statement about this war

Eau Claire County Democrats would like to extend an invitation to our third March Winds of Change Gala.  We are hoping to have a multi-county turnout.  SPEAKER: JOHN NICHOLS, Associate Editor Madison CAPITAL TIMES and Washington Correspondent for THE NATION, his recent book is THE GENIUS OF IMPEACHMENT.   
Friday, March 28, 2008 - Social Hour 5:30 PM, Dinner 6:30 P.M., Program 8:00 P.M.
Chicken Dinner, Westgate Sportsman Club, Eau Claire.
Single $30, Student $15, and Couple $55
 
Please respond by March 17  to the Democratic Office, 404 South Barstow Suite 4, Eau Claire, 54701 with your name, address, number attending, and check.  Tickets may be picked up at the Eau Claire Democratic Party Office or held at Westgate for pick-up when you arrive for the Gala. Questions: EC County Democratic Party email <ecdems@charterinternet.com> or 715-852-0330.
 
Summary of CC Dems January Activities:

Committee Passes Kreitlow/Suder Consumer Heating Fairness Act

Bipartisan bill gives electric heat equal treatment under law

(Madison) The Committee on Campaign Finance, Rural Issues and Information Technology today passed legislation that would remove additional government restrictions on consumers who choose to use electric heating in their home.  The Consumer Heating Fairness Act, which was co-authored by Senator Pat Kreitlow (D-Chippewa Falls) and Representative Scott Suder (R-Abbotsford), would change current state law that includes stricter building codes for homes using electric heat than homes being heated in other ways.

“Under current law, families that live in areas of Wisconsin that do not have access to natural gas are at a severe disadvantage when it comes to building regulations,” said Kreitlow, who also chairs the committee.  “This bill changes the law to reflect the fact that electric heat can be just as or more efficient than other types of home heating and it does not warrant additional regulation.”

As the law is currently written, homes using electric heat are required to have super insulation.  One problem with this is that the term “super insulation” is undefined in the statute, something that leads to confusion among builders and homeowners.  Also, electric heat has become a more popular alternative in the face of rising fuel costs, especially in rural areas.  Based on a 2003 census, 13% of Wisconsin homes are heated with electricity.

"By making simple changes to State Building Codes this bi-partisan bill will level the playing field for homeowners to ensure that electrically heated homes are treated the same as those heated using other sources," added Rep. Suder.  "This should be a welcome change for homeowners in our rural communities who already have fewer choices in heating options."

Free Community Education Film:  “Uncovered: the Whole Truth about the Iraq War” , a MoveOn story of how the truth became the first American casualty in Iraq was attended by about 24 people on January 24 at the Fill Inn Station in Chippewa Falls.  This war is still a problem!
 
Just FYI:

******Members, please check our website http://www.chippewademocrats.com/ for updates!  Events and new items have been added, too many to send out via email.

******As a member or interested person on this email list for the Chippewa County Democratic Party, you will receive emails about party opportunities, political immediate action, opportunities for your voice to be heard and other news.  If you wish not to receive these emails, please respond to party@chippewademocrats.com

Will political smears influence the result of the 2008 election?
Smear campaigns are nothing new in U.S. politics, but during the 2008 presidential race, the Internet has assumed a bigger role in transmitting misinformation and negative claims about candidates. The lightning speed at which these rumors spread and the lack of scrutiny they receive threaten to seriously undermine public discourse. The good news is that this campaign season the public has access to a slew of fact-checking websites, including FactCheck.org, PolitiFact.com, and Snopes.com that are squelching Internet rumors and separating fact from fiction.

If you have something to contribute to the newsletter, please feel free to email me at party@chippewademocrats.com.  I try to publish by the weekend before our monthly meeting. Renee

Finally:  Share your favorite links.  We are compiling a list of favorite links to be used as a membership premium.  Tell us about your favorite place on the web to get news, politics, and commentary.  Download the form from our website http://www.chippewademocrats.com/, fill it out, and send it back to us.  Thank you!
 
Executive Committee of the Democratic Party of Chippewa County
Gaylord Oppegard, Chair, Mary Ann King, Jim Peterson Co-Chairs
Rosemary Kilbridge, Secretary, Denise Haughian, Treasurer
Newsletter Editor: Renee Fontaine-Ebel
Office: 619 North Bridge St, Suite 100, Chippewa Falls WI 54729
Website: www.chippewademocrats.com
Email party@chippewademocrats.com  Phone 715-738-1888
Office hours: M-Th 10 am – 12 pm
 

March 2008

March 2008 Newsletter –Democratic Party of Chippewa County

Quote of the month from Gaylord Oppegard, Chair
"The November election must allow us to be heard and not herded."

Thursday, March 13, monthly meeting. Located at our new handicapped accessible office, 619 North Bridge St, Suite 100. 6:30 PM for conversation, 7:00 PM meeting. No potluck supper! Your attendance is valued. We won't cover that much, but what we do cover will be important! Think Spring! See you there!

March 13 agenda:

1. Explanation of the Sunday, April 6 County Caucus: Explanation on how to become county delegates. It is important to begin to clear up any confusion concerning the caucus process, which provides all counties a grassroots voice about what happens at the National Convention held in August, Denver, CO. Application blanks "Statement of Intent and Pledge of Support For Candidates For Delegate To The 2008 Democratic National Convention" will be available. Let’s get lots of Chippewa County Delegates involved! Refer to “Upcoming CC Dems activities” below.

2. Updates for the 7th CD at the High School on Saturday, April 26: There are 2 additional rooms reserved for our use for workshops. Workshops are being developed for a more diverse 7th CD Convention experience. Additional info to follow.

3. Tickets for sale and for you for the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner will hopefully be available to pick up at the meeting. See “Upcoming activities” below.

4. Please remember that your membership is due. Bring checks made out to Chippewa County Democratic Party.

*****NOTE*****If you are one of several people who has keys to the old office, please turn them in.

Summary of CC Dems February Activities:

• We sincerely apologize that the free March movie event did not happen. We’ll make it up to you later and when the calendar is not so full.

• Legislative Breakfast with Senator Pat Kreitlow, Representatives Jeff Wood and Jeff Smith
a success: Monday, February 18, at the Fill Inn Station, Chippewa Falls, co-sponsored by the League of Conservation Voters and the Chippewa Valley Sierra Club was well attended. We had about 36 interested community members present, with lots of questions. Important environmental issues discussed included: Keeping the Great Lakes Waters in the Great Lakes: the Strong Great Lakes Compact will prevent water diversions to other thirsty sta tes and countries, Restoring Conservation Integrity: the Hunter, Angler, Trapper Bill of Rights, including an Independent DNR Secretary and protection of the stamp fund accounts and finally, Stopping Global Climate Change: the Wisconsin Safe Climate Act which will adopt an enforceable, science-based plan to reduce Wisconsin’s share of global warming emissions. Questions from the audience also addressed proposed transportation problems and other environmental issues.

Upcoming CC Dems Activities:

• We are planning to maintain office hours this year as we did in the past. We are looking for more
people to staff the office. If you are interested, please let us know so that we can begin scheduling.

• Mark your calendars! The Jefferson-Jackson Dinner is set for Saturday, April 5, 2008 from
5-8:30 at the Fill Inn Station on Columbia St. in Chippewa Falls. Cocktails at 5:00, dinner at 6:15.
Tickets are $25 each, with special discounts for young people! Tickets available at 619 N. Bridge St during office hours Mon-Wed, 10-12 Reservations available by calling 738-1888 or by emailing haughidm@uwec.edu or party@chippewademocrats.com
1. Featured Speaker is Pat Kreitlow
2. Raffle Prizes, Buffet Chicken dinner, Cash Bar, Politics and Fun
3. We will hold your tickets at the door if you make a reservation.
4. Please help the CC Dems succeed, sell these tickets in a hurry.
5. Planning committee members needed!

• The April 6 county caucus may draw a crowd and will be held at the Public Library in CF.
More information will be coming out from the State Democratic Party before our March monthly
meeting. All Wisconsin counties are experiencing the same process at the same time and day. Plan to get info at the 3/13 meeting and attend this meeting April 6.

• 7th CD Convention with Dave Obey and breakout sessions, April 26, 2008, 9 to 3 at Chi Hi.
Resolutions are proposed and discussed. Let’s make it the best 7th CD ever! Lunch will be included in the cost. Volunteers are desperately needed!

• Annual thrift sale May 2 – 3, at the Rasmus home: Hours of the sale: Friday 8:00 - 5:00.
Saturday 8:00 - 12:00. In order to have a complete list of sale items for the newspaper, please drop off donated items by the Monday, April 28. You can also e-mail Roberta ahead of time listing what you are bringing. Tables will be needed and should also be dropped off by the Monday before the sale. Helpers needed: one or two people to help set up on Wednesday and Thursday. Two people on Friday morning, two people of Friday afternoon and, two people on Saturday. It is always nice to have a couple of people help ca rt unsold stuff off to the Senior Center or Salvation Army.

• 7th CD Caucus - May 4, 2008, 11 to 3 at 29 Pines. This event is a must for anyone interested in becoming a delegate for the National Democratic Convention in Denver in August. Volunteers needed to organize this event. If you choose not to volunteer, plan to attend!

Other Events of Interest:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 06, 2008

OBEY SUPPORTS LEGISLATION TO EXPAND MENTAL HEALTH COVERAGE

Measure Intended To End Discrimination Against Patients With Mental Illnesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Seventh District Congressman Dave Obey (D-WI) joined a bipartisan majority in the House of Representatives in support of legislation intended to end discrimination against patients requiring treatment for mental illnesses.
“Mental illnesses are treatable diseases that impact millions of Americans every year. Unfortunately, many group health plans don’t provide the same coverage for mental illnesses as they do for physical ones,” Obey said. “This legislation is intended to help end that practice and ensure more Americans get the mental health care they need and deserve.”
The Paul Wellstone Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act, which passed the House by a vote of 268 to 148 last night, prohibits insurers and group health plans that offer mental health benefits from imposing treatment or financial limitations that are more restrictive from those they apply to medical and surgical services.
The legislation applies only to insurers and group health plans that provide mental health benefits and the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has estimated that this legislation will have a miniscule impact on health insurance premiums.
The bill is backed by a diverse group of organizations including the American Hospital Association, American NursesAssociation, American Academy of Pediatrics, National Hispanic Medical Association, American Counseling Association, Families USA, American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, National Mental Health Awareness Campaign, and Mental Health America.

The WI State Senate just passed the Strong Great Lakes Compact!!!

The Senate voted 26-6 to protect the Great Lakes from water diversions to places like Arizona, Georgia, and even China by passing the Great Lakes Compact Bill, SB 523! After five years of negotiations between the various Great Lakes States, nearly a year of back-and-forth on the bill language in the Wisconsin Legislature, and thousands of citizen comments, calls, and conversations, it's about time!!! Congratulations and THANK YOU for your dedication to this issue! To see how Senator Kreitlow voted, visit the Conservation Vote Tracker: http://www.conservationvoters.org/Public/voteTracker.php?billID=100 . PLEASE CALL Senator Kreitlow and thank him if he voted 'yes'. THANK YOU!

However, the opposition to the Compact from the Speaker of the Assembly, Representative Huebsch, and the Chair of the Natural Resources Committee, Representative Gunderson, has created a very tall hurdle. We need to keep the heat on! Though the Speaker probably will not schedule the bill for a vote, supportive Representatives have another option--they can ask for a 'pull vote' which is a vote to see if the rest of the Assembly wants to bring the bill up for an official vote. For this to happen, 2/3rds of the Assembly must vote for the pull vote.
It is critically important that you (and everyone you know!) contact your Representative before
Tuesday and let them know a couple of things:
1. Why protecting the Great Lakes is important to you;
2. That you want to see this bill voted on in the Assembly; and
3. That you want them to vote FOR the Strong Great Lakes Compact THIS SESSION.

It's time to get this thing done! Please call or email Representative Wood today at 888-534-0067 or Rep.Wood@legis.wisconsin.gov !!!!!

Jennifer Giegerich, Capitol Liaison, Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, 608-661-0845

DNR Announces Eau Claire Area Public Hearings: Kreitlow urges citizens to make their voices heard at area hearings scheduled for March 13th and 24th in the Conference Room of Eau Claire’s DNR Service Center, located at 1300 W. Clairemont Avenue and will include an open house from 5 to 7 p.m.
This month Department of Natural Resources will be holding two public hearings in Eau Claire to discuss pressing issues affecting Wisconsin hunters and fishers. These hearings will focus on a proposal limiting fishing for lake sturgeon and on a proposal limiting Chronic Wasting Disease in white-tailed deer. Senator Pat Kreitlow (D-Chippewa Falls) believes that DNR public hearings are a valuable way for sportsmen to make their voices heard in government and provide much needed input when considering new proposals. Senator Kreitlow encourages Chippewa Valley sportsmen to attend the following hearings so that they may help inf luence DNR policy in Wisconsin:
On March 13 there will be a Department of Natural Resources public hearing in Eau Claire related to proposed changes involving hook and line harvesting of lake sturgeon. The proposed rule change would increase the minimum length limit of lake sturgeon from its current 50” limit to a 60” limit and reduce the fishing season length from six to four weeks on all inland
waters where lake sturgeon are now harvested and the lower St. Croix River on the Minnesota-Wisconsin boundary waters.
This regulation would reduce sportsmen’s fishing opportunities but would protect Wisconsin’s sturgeon populations.
*Written comments on the proposed rule may be submitted by mail to Karl Scheidegger, Bureau of Fisheries Management and Habitat Protection, PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707. Comments may be submitted until March 14, 2008. More information or a copy of the proposed rule and fiscal estimate may be obtained from Karl Scheidegger at (608) 267-9426.
The hearing will all be held at 3 p.m. at Eau Claire’s DNR Office Conference Room located at 1300 W. Clairemont Avenue.
On March 24 the DNR will hold another public hearing in Eau Claire concerning the control of Chronic Wasting Disease in white-tailed deer and other wildlife and proposed hunting seasons rules for the Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) management zones in south central and southeast Wisconsin. The complete text of the draft rule presented to the Natural Resources Board
is available on the Chronic Wasting Disease Stakeholder Advisory Group page of the DNR Web site.
*Written comments may be submitted to Alan Crossley, 101 S. Webster St., PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707-7921 or by email through the Wisconsin Administrative Rules Web site. The deadline for written comments is March 25, 2008. For information contact Alan Crossley at (608) 266-5463 or Scott Loomans at (608) 267-2452. Jeff Buhrandt, Office of Senator Pat Kreitlow, Wisconsin State Senate - 23rd District, Room 10 South - State Capitol, PO Box 7882,
Madison, WI 53703-7882, 1-888-437-9436, jeff.buhrandt@legis.wisconsin.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 5, 2008

Senate Health Committee Passes Bill that Expands Access to the Veterans’ Assistance Grant Program Kreitlow authored bill will allow Veterans to keep life insurance policy and access grant program. (MADISON) The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services today passed a plan that expands access to the Veteran’s Assistance grant program which provides assistance to low income veterans. The bill, SB 433, was authored by Senator Pat Kreitlow (D Chippewa Falls) after veterans in his district asked him to look into expanding the program. “I was shocked when a
constituent contacted my office and told me that he would have to cash out a life insurance policy in order to be eligible for the veterans’ assistance program,” said Kreitlow. “This veteran was looking for some assistance in purchasing hearing aids, and even though he met every other requirement, he was denied because he owned a life insurance policy that had cash value of more than $1,000.”
The veteran’s assistance program currently offers a total award of $7500 over a veteran’s lifetime for Veterans facing an economic emergency or in need of medical assistance. The applicant must also have a household income of less than 130% of current federal poverty guidelines and liquid assets, including checking and savings accounts, stocks, bonds,
and funds in retirement accounts, including the cash value of life insurance policies, not exceeding $1,000 in order to be eligible for the health care portion of this program. Applicants must have applied for and been denied or determined to be ineligible for all other applicable aid programs, including Unemployment Insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, BadgerCare, federal VA health care, etc. SB 433 simply removes the cash value of life insurance policies from the eligibility requirements.
“I believe that no veteran should be forced to choose between a modest life insurance policy that allows them to be laid to rest with dignity and access to basic necessities like hearing aids,” said Kreitlow. “Frankly, it’s the very least we can do for those who have served their country so bravely.”
Jeff Buhrandt, Office of Senator Pat Kreitlow, Wisconsin State Senate - 23rd District, Room 10 South - State Capitol, PO Box 7882 , Madison, WI 53703-7882, 1-888-437-9436, jeff.buhrandt@legis.wisconsin.gov

For Immediate Release, March 4, 2008:

Senate Democrats’ Job Creation Plan Moves Forward: Committee on Economic Development passes the Wisconsin Invests Now (WIN) Plan; Full Senate Action expected soon.

(MADISON) A plan to put Wisconsin’s economy back on track by creating thousands of good paying jobs moved forward this week in the State Senate. Wisconsin Invests Now (WIN), the economic stimulus and job creation plan that was introduced by Senate Democrats last month, was passed today by the Senate Committee on Economic Development. Senator Pat Kreitlow (D-Chippewa Falls) is the lead sponsor of the plan and a member of the committee.
“Working families in Wisconsin are feeling the effects as our economy turns toward recession,” said Kreitlow. The best way to get Wisconsin’s economy back on track is to get Wisconsin workers back to work. Our plan does just that by investing in our infrastructure, in our workforce and in business development.”
The WIN package includes a reinvestment of un-used tax credits into the successful Technology Development Zone Program, $50 million in new transportation funding, authorization of the KRM (Kenosha, Racine and Milwaukee) rail project and an additional $1.3 million in training and child care grants.
“Our plan focuses on programs that create jobs to grow our economy. The $50 million investment in transportation will create 2,500 good paying jobs right away, with an improved infrastructure attracting more jobs to Wisconsin for the future. By investing un-used tax credits from less successful programs into the Technology Zone program, we keep a program working that has helped create over 600 good paying, high tech jobs in the Chippewa Valley alone over the last 6 years. Our investment in workforce training grants and child care will give our workers the tools they need to play a part in turning our economy around.”
The WIN plan is paid for by closing corporate loopholes that allow many large and mostly out of state businesses to avoid paying taxes on income earned in Wisconsin. Many of Wisconsin’s neighboring states have closed these loopholes recently.
“We pay for these investments by closing corporate tax loopholes that shifted the tax burden in this state squarely onto the shoulders of working families and small businesses. It’s about time that these big, out of state corporations are forced to pay their fair share, and our plan puts that new revenue to work investing in our economy.”
Jeff Buhrandt, Office of Senator Pat Kreitlow, Wisconsin State Senate - 23rd District, Room 10 South - State Capitol, PO Box 7882 , Madison, WI 53703-7882, 1-888-437-9436, jeff.buhrandt@legis.wisconsin.gov

From MoveOn.org Tuesday, March 4th, 2008:

The President wants Congress to make sure that phone companies that helped him illegally spy on innocent Americans are never held accountable. So Bush and his allies have put lots of pressure on House Democrats—using press releases and attack ads to accuse them of undermining our security.1 But this time, Speaker Pelosi and other Democrats have been pushing back. Rep. Chris Van Hollen responded to attacks by saying, "We have seen what happens when the president uses fear-mongering to stampede Congress into making bad decisions. That's why we went to war in Iraq."2 Still, this morning's Washington Post reports that Democratic leadership is being push ed to capitulate by the Administration and some conservative Democrats.3 A vote on accountability could come as early as tomorrow, so Democrats need to hear from us right away. Can you call Rep. Obey? Tell him: "Democrats must keep standing up to Bush and opposing immunity for
illegal spying. Voters will support them."
Here's where to call: Representative David Obey Phone: 202-225-3365
This fight is so important because if the phone companies are given immunity for their lawbreaking, we might never find out how far the Administration went in violating our liberties. Here's how the New York Times put it: "Mr. Bush says without amnesty, the government won't get cooperation in the future. We don't buy it. The real aim is to make sure the full story of
the illegal wiretapping never comes out in court."4 Bush and his corporate friends want their crimes covered up. Until that happens, they'll keep threatening Democrats with more attack ads that paint them as weak on national security. Democrats need to hear from voters that defending America means protecting our Constitution and our basic liberties—and that we'll
support them when they fight back against this fear-mongering. Please call your Representative today.
Thanks for all you do, Nita, Karin, Ilyse, Justin, and the MoveOn.org Political Action Team

For more info:
1. "Political group takes aim ad McNerney with ads," Stockton Record, March 3, 2008
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=3468&id=12269-7033750-lp16zB&t=155
2. "Friday Talking Points—A 'Rare Uprising' of Democrats," Huffington Post, February 15, 2008
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=3469&id=12269-7033750-lp16zB&t=156
3. "Wiretap Compromise in Works," Washington Post, March 4, 2008
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=3470&id=12269-7033750-lp16zB&t=157
4. "The FISA Follies Redux," New York Times, January 26, 2008
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/26/opinion/26sat1.html

MARCH 19, 2008 COMMEMORATION OF THE WAR AND OCCUPATION OF IRAQ

As the 5th commemoration of the tragic invasion and occupation of Iraq (the beginning of the 6th year of the war) approaches, news of the occupation is over shadowed by the presidential elections. The news media and those who want to see this war continue, claim that the peace/anti-war movement is pulling back. The truth is that we are organizing and
preparing for the next push. After 5 long years, the war is now creating two tragedies: Nearly 4,000 American soldier s have been killed—along with many many more Iraqis. As the US economy is sinking, the resources we need to turn it around are being squandered in Iraq.
Do not let your local community or Congress forget the illegal invasion rages on. View the website, 5 Years Too Many - http://www.5yearstoomany.org/

March 19th Civil Disobedience - Washington D.C. - Members of Veterans For Peace have been some of the first to put their bodies on the line to end this illegal war and occupation. If you are not able to make it to Washington D.C., you are encouraged to hold a local event. Veterans For Peace is working hard to get actions in all congressional districts during this time!
Join the Veterans for Peace Vigil any Saturday year ‘round, on Peace Corner, Bridge and Business 29 from 11 to noon, Chippewa Falls. It is important to continue to make a statement about the Iraq war.

The following is a response sent to a friend of mine after a query to Barack Obama:
Dear Friend,
Thank you for contacting me about fiscal responsibility and paying for government programs. I strongly believe that we must restore fiscal responsibility in Washington after the irresponsibility of the Bush Administration. This starts with ending a war in Iraq that should never have been authorized and never been waged, and has cost us over 1 trillion dollars, in addition to the incalculable human toll. The peace dividend we will realize from ending this war is an important part of putting our fiscal house in order.
The biggest new cost we must confront as a nation is paying for health care. I have proposed a comprehensive plan to make quality, affordable health insurance available to all Americans, and this will be paid for by making the current system more efficient and allowing the Bush tax cuts for the very top earners to expire. More broadly, it’s important to keep in mind that not all programs need to be paid for with new spending. Six years of Republican one-party rule in Washington gave us the worst corruption, waste, and incompetence in recent history. I am committed to running the cleanest, most transparent, most accountable government in American history, and I’ve laid out detailed plans to achieve this goal. I have a record of ethics reform, both in Illinois and in Washington that shows I can bring these plans to fruition.
I’m also going to level with the American people about the tough choices we face. For example, I’ve been straightforward in saying that people like me, who are doing a little better, will probably have to pay a little more to fix Social Security.
People come up to me sometimes and say that they vote Republican because they want smaller government. But if you take a moment to look at the facts, the old labels no longer apply. The “tax-and-spend liberal” has been gone since Democrats balanced the budget and put us on the path to paying the off the debt more than a decade ago. And the portrait of the “small-government, fiscally responsible Republican” was shattered when President Bush passed irresponsible tax cuts for the rich with no way to pay for them, pushed a prescription drug plan written by lobbyists forbidding Medicare from negotiating for discounts, and then gave more tax cuts to the rich as he took the nation to war.
&n bsp; My administration will recruit the best investigators, accountants, and prosecutors to stop waste, recover stolen funds, and send the message that the fleecing of the taxpayers is over. And as we clean up corruption, we will be able to direct these funds to meet the priorities of the American people.
Thank you again for your question.
Sincerely,
Barack Obama
Paid for by Obama for America

Eau Claire County Democrats would like to extend an invitation to our third March Winds of Change Gala. Hoping to have a multi-county turnout. SPEAKER: JOHN NICHOLS, Associate Editor Madison CAPITAL TIMES and Washington Correspondent for THE NATION, his recent book is THE GENIUS OF IMPEACHMENT. Friday, March 28, 2008 - Social Hour 5:30 PM, Dinner 6:30 P.M., Program 8:00 P.M. Chicken Dinner, Westgate Sportsman Club, Eau Claire.
  • Single $30, Student $15, and Couple $55
  • Please respond by March 17 to the Democratic Office, 404 South Barstow Suite 4, Eau Claire, 54701 with your name, address, number attending, and check.
  • Questions: EC County Democratic Party email <ecdems@charterinternet.com> or 715-852-0330.

Just FYI:
  • Members, please check our website http://www.chippewademocrats.com/ for updates! Events and new items have been added, too many to send out via email.
  • As a member or interested person on this email list for the Chippewa County Democratic Party, you will receive emails about party opportunities, political immediate action, opportunities for your voice to be heard and other news. If you wish not to receive these emails, please respond to party@chippewademocrats.com
  • Will political smears influence the result of the 2008 election? Smear campaigns are nothing new in U.S. politics, but during the 2008 presidential race, the Internet has assumed a bigger role in transmitting misinformation and negative claims about candidates. The lightning speed at which these rumors spread and the lack of scrutiny they receive threaten to seriously undermine public discourse. The good news is that this campaign season the public has access to a slew of fact-checking websites, including FactCheck.org, PolitiFact.com, and Snopes.com that are squelching Internet rumors and separating fact from fiction.
  • If you have something to contribute to the newsletter, please feel free to email me at party@chippewademocrats.com. I try to publish by the weekend before our monthly meeting. Renee
  • Finally: Share your favorite links. We are compiling a list of favorite links to be used as a membership premium. Tell us about your favorite place on the web to get news, politics, and commentary. Download the form from our website http://www.chippewademocrats.com/, fill it out, and send it back to us. Thank you!


Executive Committee of the Democratic Party of Chippewa County
Gaylord Oppegard, Chair, Mary Ann King, Jim Peterson Co-Chairs
Rosemary Kilbridge, Secretary, Denise Haughian, Treasurer
Newsletter Editor: Renee Fontaine-Ebel
Office: 619 North Bridge St, Suite 100, Chippewa Falls WI 54729
Website: www.chippewademocrats.com
Email party@chippewademocrats.com  •  Phone 715-738-1888
Office hours: M-Th 10 am – 12 pm

April 2008

April 2008 Newsletter –Democratic Party of Chippewa County
 
Our Mission Statement:  We are dedicated to promoting the interests of the Democratic Party in Chippewa County.  To this end, we will hold regular meetings, recruit members, recruit candidates, and support campaigns.
 
Quote of the month from Gaylord Oppegard, Chair
 
"It is time for this nation to understand we the people employ our elected officials and we also do the hiring and firing."
 
Next meeting, Thursday, May 8.  619 North Bridge St, Suite 100. 6:30 PM for coffee, treats and conversation, 7:00 PM meeting.
 
Summary of CC Dems March & Early April Activities:
 
Our Jefferson Jackson Dinner was a success.  Anyone who did not attend missed out on a lot of good information and fun.  Thanks to all who worked to put this together.
 
The County Caucus held on Sunday, April 6 was fairly well attended.  After much head scratching, soul searching, and confusion (on the part of the State DPW) the caucus was really very straight forward.  We found that only 2 people from our Chippewa County caucus had ever been involved in a caucus before.  So it was an educational event for most of us.
 
Upcoming CC Dems Activities:
 
In honor of Earth Day 2008, I pledge to clean up the Old Abe Bike Trail between county S and O on or before April 22, 2008.  I then will maintain that stretch of trail once or twice a month throughout the season.   Renee Fontaine-Ebel  Is there something you can do too???
 
We are planning to maintain office hours this year as we did in the past.  We are looking for more people to staff the office.  If you are interested, please let us know so that we can begin scheduling.
Mark your calendars!
 
7th Congressional District Convention Information
Saturday, April 26, 9 to 3 • Chippewa Falls Senior High School
Dave Obey will be here with us and there will be breakout sessions.  Resolutions are proposed and discussed. Let’s make it the best 7th CD ever! Lunch included in the cost.
·         To speed you on your way, download the map and directions!
• If you need lodging, download a list of options here.      
Volunteers are desperately needed!
 
Annual thrift sale May 2 – 3, at the Rasmus home – 906 N. Bridge Street: Hours of the sale:  Friday 8:00 - 5:00.  Saturday 8:00 - 12:00.  In order to have a complete list of sale items for the newspaper, please drop off donated items by the Monday, April 28.  You can e-mail Roberta ahead of time  robertarasmus57@yahoo.com listing what you are bringing.  N eeded display tables can be dropped off by Monday before the sale.  Helpers needed: one or two people to help set up on Wednesday and Thursday.  Two people on Friday morning, two people of Friday afternoon and, two people on Saturday.  It is always nice to have a couple of people help cart unsold stuff off to the Senior Center or Salvation Army.  Call 723-4339 to arrange drop-off of items for sale!

 
 
It's Time To Choose Our Delegates To Denver!
7 th CD Caucus - May 4, 2008, 11 to 3 at 29 Pines.  The next step in choosing the delegates from our district to the 2008 Democratic National Convention! Read about the Caucuses!
Second Tier Caucus • 29 Pines • Sunday, May 4 • Register 12-2
                   Download the list of candidates for 7th CD Delegate to Denver here.
This event is a must for anyone interested in becoming a delegate for the National Democratic Convention in Denver in August.   Volunteers needed to organize this event.  If you choose not to volunteer, plan to attend!
Where is 29 Pines and how do I get there? (Download map)

Other Events of Interest:

Join the Veterans for Peace Vigil any Saturday year ‘round, on Peace Corner, Bridge and Business 29 from 11 to noon, Chippewa Falls.  It is important to continue to make a statement about the Iraq war.

If you are a health care provider in any way, physical, emotional, providing information, please consider taking a short survey about your healthcare priorities.  It's for a new campaign called Healthcare United, promising to keep you informed of the survey results.  If you feel comfortable, share your opinions so that you can guide them on what you'd like to see changed in healthcare!   http://www.healthcareunited.org/page/s/survey        Thank you!   
 
Just FYI:
 
******Recent News about the Perils of Plastic:
          Some retailers have removed plastic baby bottles from their inventories after a recent FDA warning of possible hormonal health hazards.  A book called “Living Green” reports that Nalgene is also a risk.  The following plastics are supposedly safe: #5 – PP, #2 – HDPE, #4 – LDPE.  Check the bottoms of your plastic bottles; consider disposing of others.
 
******An email from a Sierra Club friend regarding Menards:
http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/names/r08_2008-4-15_Menards_settles_with_EPA

Menards settles with EPA after destroying stretch of Big Sioux tributary

Contact Info: Diane Sipe 303-312-6391, sipe.diane@epa.gov   Monica Heimdal, 303-312-6359, heimdal.monica@epa.gov   Richard Baird, 303-312-6642, baird.richard@epa.gov

1,390 feet of Big Sioux River tributary eliminated

(Denver, Colo. – April 15, 2008) Menard, Inc., of Eau Claire, Wis., has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $68,125 for destroying a stretch of a tributary, or stream, of the Big Sioux River in Sioux Falls, S.D. In addition, under the terms of an administrative order issued in March 2006, Menards will restore a portion of Slip Up Creek.

The damage was inflicted during construction of a storm water management system and site grading activities associated with the construction of a new Menards retail store and parking lot.

Nearly 1,500 feet of an unnamed tributary of the Big Sioux River running across Menards’ property at 110 N. Highline Avenue in Sioux Falls was placed into a 66-inch pipe and buried. A parking lot was then built over the top of it. A storm water control structure was also placed into the stream. In total, 1,390 feet of the stream running across Menards’ property were eliminated.

Menards is mitigating its impacts to the stream by restoring a portion of Slip Up Creek. The project, developed by Menards and approved by EPA, will restore and protect more than 4,000 feet of Slip Up Creek by stabilizing the stream banks, re-establishing native vegetation along the restored stream banks, and excluding livestock from the restored stream banks and riparian areas.

This action will help compensate for impacts to the unnamed stream associated with the construction of the Menards store and parking lot. Slip Up Creek is in the Lower Big Sioux River watershed, the same watershed in which the stream impacted by Menards is located.

EPA Region 8 Assistant Regional Administrator Michael Gaydosh said, "EPA took this action to prevent the pollution of the wetlands, lakes, and streams of South Dakota and to provide deterrence against future violations of Federal laws designed to protect valuable water resources."

The project was completed in 2004, and the Menards store is open for business. Menards is the third-largest home improvement chain in the U.S., operating approximately 200 retail stores and employing approximately 35,000 people in the Upper Midwest.

This stream and other waters in the area provide important functions and values including aquatic habitat; an urban wildlife corridor for deer, pheasants, ducks, and other wildlife; and aesthetics.

A Corps permit is required before performing any work that results in discharges of dredged or fill material into waters of the U.S. which include lakes, rivers, streams, and certain wetlands. Property owners, contractors, or developers planning to do any work in such waters should always contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ regulatory office in Pierre, S.D., at 605-224-8531, before they begin work to determine if they need a permit.

******Members, please check our website http://www.chippewademocrats.com/ for updates!  Events and new items have been added, too many to send out via email.

******As a member or interested person on this email list for the Chippewa County Democratic Party, you will receive emails about party opportunities, political immediate action, opportunities for your voice to be heard and other news.  If you wish not to receive these emails, please respond to party@chippewademocrats.com

******Will political smears influence the result of the 2008 election?
Smear campaigns are nothing new in U.S. politics, but during the 2008 presidential race, the Internet has assumed a bigger role in transmitting misinformation and negative claims about candidates. The lightning speed at which these rumors spread and the lack of scrutiny they receive threaten to seriously undermine public discourse. The good news is that this campaign season the public has access to a slew of fact-checking websites, including FactCheck.org, PolitiFact.com, and Snopes.com that are squelching Internet rumors and separating fact from fiction.

If you have something to contribute to the newsletter, please feel free to email me at party@chippewademocrats.com.  I try to publish by the weekend before our monthly meeting. Renee

Finally:  Share your favorite links.  We are compiling a list of favorite links to be used as a membership premium.  Tell us about your favorite place on the web to get news, politics, and commentary.  Download the form from our website http://www.chippewademocrats.com/, fill it out, and send it back to us.  Thank you!
 
Executive Committee of the Democratic Party of Chippewa County
Gaylord Oppegard, Chair, Mary Ann King, Jim Peterson Co-Chairs
Rosemary Kilbridge, Secretary, Denise Haughian, Treasurer
Newsletter Editor: Renee Fontaine-Ebel
Office: 619 North Bridge St, Suite 100, Chippewa Falls WI 54729
Website: www.chippewademocrats.com
Email party@chippewademocrats.com  Phone 715-738-1888
Office hours: M-Th 10 am – 12 pm

May 2008

May 2008 Newsletter –Democratic Party of Chippewa County

Our Mission Statement:  We are dedicated to promoting the interests of the Democratic Party in Chippewa County.  To this end, we will hold regular meetings, recruit members, recruit candidates, and support campaigns.

Next meeting, Thursday, June 12.  619 North Bridge St, Suite 100. 6:30 PM for coffee, treats and conversation, 7:00 PM meeting.
 
Summary of CC Dems April & May Activities:
 
  • The 7th CD Convention was a big success.  There were about 130 participants at Chi Hi.  The agenda for the day was smooth.  The lunch catered by Lucy’s Deli was wonderful!  There were two breakout sessions.  Information from the session by Denise Haughian on writing “Letters to the Editor” is available at http://www.chippewademocrats.com/  Let’s all write!
  • Our treasury is looking pretty hale….thanks to all the volunteer hours putting together the successful 7th CD Convention and Caucus.  Our continued success depends on your contributions and payment of annual dues.  Thank you!
  • I heard at the YMCA this morning that the thrift sale was a success……this is hearsay, but we made about $300.  Thanks to all who contributed and all who shopped!
 Upcoming CC Dems Activities:
 
  • Mark your calendars!
Pre-Register NOW for State Democratic Convention:  
            The 2008 Democratic Party of Wisconsin State Convention is planned for Friday-Saturday, June 13-14, at the Holiday Inn in Stevens Point.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Al Holle, 715-723- 3599 or holle@charter.net by Thursday May 22 to be put on the list.  After you are registered with Chippewa County Democrats and the list has been forwarded to Madison, as a delegate from Chippewa County, you can pre-register using this form and save $10 over the registration fee charged at the door. The deadline is Friday, May 30 to get this deal, and the pre-registration must be postmarked by 5/30.
          For complete information, click here.
 
Our Chairperson recommends that we join the Democratic Neighborhood Leader program.  You can make a difference in the 2008 election.  Help us win the most important election of our lifetime….join the team at www.democrats.org.
There is discussion about having guest speakers at future Chippewa County Democrats monthly meetings…..what do you think?  Have a suggestion for a topic or speaker?  Please plan to attend the June 12 meeting and be heard!
We are planning to maintain county party office hours this year as we did in the past.  We are looking for more people to staff the office.  If you are interested, please let us know so that we can begin scheduling.

 Other Information or Events of Interest:
 
  • Message from Senator Feingold:
Dear Wisconsin Democrat,
          With much attention being rightly paid right now to the Democratic Presidential contests in various states, we cannot forget that Wisconsin will once again be a battleground as we edge closer to November.  No state was closer in the past two presidential contests than Wisconsin, and with no statewide candidates up for reelection this year, combined with our desire to increase our majority in the State Senate and retake the State Assembly, it’s critically important that our party do everything possible early on so that we can be successful this election.
          The Democratic Party of Wisconsin is already leading the way and has started to implement an exciting new program that empowers local Democrats and gives Progressives from Marinette to Monroe the ability to easily reach out to their neighbors in their own communities – igniting a powerful grassroots network of activists that will lead us to victory this November.
          By getting involved in the Neighborhood Leader program, you make the commitment to contact just 25 people in your area, three times between now and Election Day about our slate of Democratic candidates and the issues that matter most to your community and our state.
          As a Neighborhood Leader, you will get targeted lists of people in your community, as well as literature for you to personalize and distribute.  You’ll also have a wide variety of online tools at your disposal to help communicate with your neighbors as you see fit.
          This program will be instrumental in an enormous ground game that will carry Democrats to victory this November.
          Over a thousand Progressives like you have already signed up as Neighborhood Leaders across the state.  If you interested in helping us move our State and Country forward, please contact Jeremy Slaughter with the DPW at (608) 255-5172 or jeremys@wisdems.org or sign up online to be a Neighborhood Leader at http://www.wisdems.org/ht/d/DoSurvey/i/1141425
 
Thanks again for all that you do.  With high hopes,
 
Russ Feingold
United States Senator
http://www.russfeingold.org/
 
  •  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 12, 2008
CONTACT: Senator Pat Kreitlow (608)266-7511
Representative Scott Suder (608)267-0280

            Kreitlow and Suder to Lead Study Committee on Renewable Fuels

Non-Partisan Legislative Council Study Committee will include legislators, citizens and industry experts
(Madison) The Joint Legislative Council has announced the creation of a study committee to look into the economic and environmental impact of the development and use of renewable fuels in Wisconsin. Senator Pat Kreitlow (D-Chippewa Falls) and Representative Scott Suder (R-Abbotsford) were named co-chairs of the non-partisan study group, which will be made up of legislators, citizens and industry experts. “There is a lot of outdated and inaccurate data out there about bio-diesel, ethanol and renewable fuels in general. It seems every time the legislature looks into making renewable fuel policy that can benefit o ur state’s economy, that misinformation gets in the way,” said Kreitlow. “This committee will give us an opportunity to take a fresh look at the issue from all sides, and give the legislature up to date and current information about the current status of renewable fuels. This way, when the legislature considers renewable fuel policies in the future, we can make decisions based on relevant facts, rather than old rumors. And where genuine barriers are found to renewable fuels’ efficiency, price or environmental impact, we can fairly assess what needs to be done to address those concerns.”  Kreitlow and Suder requested the creation of the study committee to examine the often controversial issues surrounding bio-fuel. The group will seek voices from all perspectives to help determine the best course of action for the state legislature in terms of bio-fuels research, development and use by consumers.  “I look forward to taking a thorough look at the issues involved with bio-fuel production and its impact on our environment and economy, including the creation of good paying jobs in rural Wisconsin, and our ability to lower our dependence on Middle Eastern oil,” added Rep. Scott Suder. “It is my sincere hope that this important study committee will allow us to build bi-partisan consensus for Wisconsin to become a leader in the production and usage of renewable fuels now and in the future.”
          If anyone is interested in serving on this committee, or has any questions or ideas about bio-fuels in Wisconsin they can contact Senator Kreitlow at 1-888-437-9436 or Representative Suder at 608-267-0280.
 
·        Join the Veterans for Peace Vigil any Saturday year ‘round, on Peace Corner, Bridge and Business 29 from 11 to noon, Chippewa Falls.  It is important to continue to make a statement about the Iraq war.

Just FYI:
 
******Recent News about the Perils of Plastic:
          Some retailers have removed plastic baby bottles from their inventories after a recent FDA warning of possible hormonal health hazards.  A book called “Living Green” reports that Nalgene is also a risk.  The following plastics are supposedly safe: #5 – PP, #2 – HDPE, #4 – LDPE.  Check the bottoms of your plastic bottles; consider disposing of others.
******Members, please check our website http://www.chippewademocrats.com/ for updates!  Events and new items have been added, too many to send out via email.

******As a member or interested person on this email list for the Chippewa County Democratic Party, you will receive emails about party opportunities, political immediate action, opportunities for your voice to be heard and other news.  If you wish not to receive these emails, please respond to party@chippewademocrats.com

******Will political smears influence the result of the 2008 election?
Smear campaigns are nothing new in U.S. politics, but during the 2008 presidential race, the Internet has assumed a bigger role in transmitting misinformation and negative claims about candidates. The lightning speed at which these rumors spread and the lack of scrutiny they receive threaten to seriously undermine public discourse. The good news is that this campaign season the public has access to a slew of fact-checking websites, including FactCheck.org, PolitiFact.com, and Snopes.com that are squelching Internet rumors and separating fact from fiction.

If you have something to contribute to the newsletter, or just need to get the word out about an event or news of interest, please feel free to email me at reneefe@charter.net or party@chippewademocrats.comThanks, Renee

Finally:  Share your favorite links.  We are compiling a list of favorite links to be used as a membership premium.  Tell us about your favorite place on the web to get news, politics, and commentary.  Download the form from our website http://www.chippewademocrats.com/, fill it out, and send it back to us.  Thank you!
 
Executive Committee of the Democratic Party of Chippewa County
Gaylord Oppegard, Chair, Mary Ann King, Jim Peterson Co-Chairs
Rosemary Kilbridge, Secretary, Denise Haughian, Treasurer
Newsletter Editor: Renee Fontaine-Ebel
Office: 619 North Bridge St, Suite 100, Chippewa Falls WI 54729
Website: www.chippewademocrats.com
Email party@chippewademocrats.com  Phone 715-738-1888
Office hours: M-Th 10 am – 12 pm

July 2008

July 2008 Newsletter –Democratic Party of Chippewa County
 
Happy 4th of July to you.....

Our Mission Statement:  We are dedicated to promoting the interests of the Democratic Party in Chippewa County.  To this end, we will hold regular meetings, recruit members, recruit candidates, and support campaigns.

Next meeting, Thursday, July 10.  619 North Bridge St, Suite 100. 6:30 PM for coffee, treats and conversation, 7:00 PM meeting.  Al Holle, Acting Chair of Executive Committee, stated his immediate goals are to build party membership and get Chippewa County to GO OBAMA ’08!!! Yes, we can.
 
Come to hear the following guest speakers – and some of them want to hear from you too:
    •    Craig Sauer – Wisconsin Eye – responsible for televising WI Senate & Assembly hearings from Madison
    •    Brandon Buchanon - Eau Claire City Council Member – Environmental Advocate and cheer leader for the Dems this election
    •    Steve Gillitzer - Regional Field Organizer for Democratic Coordinated Campaign - Obama Campaign – is here from Madison to be our cheer leader.  What’s the local strategy for this election?  Come and find out!
    •    Senator Kreitlow asks for some floor time also.
 

Summary of CC Dems June Activities:

·         Since Gaylord and Pat Oppegard are moving to Hixton to the old family farm, Gaylord has resigned as Chair.  We will miss his tireless energy and enthusiasm.  Thank you Gaylord for ably leading our party for the last eighteen months!
·         Our first and second Vice Chairs graciously abdicated in favor of Al Holle’s generous offer to take the Chair position until Gaylord’s term expires at the end of 2008. Thank you Al!!  Effective immediately, Al is our Chair conducting our meetings and providing leadership for the Chippewa County Democratic party. If you have questions contact any member of the Executive Committee. Email Al with agenda items (see email addresses below).

Democratic Party of Chippewa County Executive Committee
Al Holle holle@charter.net      Mary Ann King makcf@aol.com 
Jim Peterson aalborger@yahoo.com
Rosemary Kilbridge kilbriro@ifls.lib.wi.us     Denise Haughian haughidm@uwec.edu

Upcoming CC Dems Activities:

Mark your calendars!
  • Chippewa Valley Democrats Booth activities for NW State Fair. The fair starts July 8; we are sharing the booth with the Eau Claire Des; we are scheduled for Wednesday July 9, Friday July 11 and Sunday July 13. Obama signs and bumper stickers WILL BE AVAILABLE at our Fair booth!  Stop by and visit.  See all you at the fair!
  • Pure Water Days Parade.  A group for peace will be marching in the parade, scheduled for Sunday, August 9. Want to join in?  Contact the party office, 738-1888.  The group is also considering getting a referendum on the November ballot.
  • Party on August 28. At the suggestion of Marge Bunce, Senator Kohl’s Aid, we will have a party on August 28 to watch Obama's acceptance speech. Location TBD.
  • We are planning to maintain county party office hours this year as we did in the past, Monday – Thursday 10 AM to noon.  We are looking for more people to staff the office.  Sign up available at the July 10 meeting (or call).

Other Information or Events of Interest: 

Dean Baker compares Obama and McCain's health care plans; US government advised Iraq on its oil deals; Republican "attack machine" not as well oiled as in the past; Charlie Black is playing to fear card for McCain; escalation of covert operations in Iran; and more ... Browse our continually updating front page at http://www.truthout.org/

t r u t h o u t | 06.30

Dean Baker | Barack Care Versus John Care
http://www.truthout.org/article/barack-care-versus-john-care
Dean Baker, for Truthout: "By far the most important domestic policy issue facing the next president will be fixing the health care system. The United States stands out among wealthy countries in not guaranteeing health insurance to its citizens. Yet, even though many people cannot get access to care, we still pay more than twice as much per person as the average in other wealthy countries. And we have the worst outcomes. Only a severely over-medicated politician would claim we have the best health care system in the world."

US Advised Iraqi Ministry on Oil Deals
http://www.truthout.org/article/us-advised-iraqi-ministry-oil-deals
Andrew E. Kramer, of The New York Times: "A group of American advisers led by a small State Department team played an integral part in drawing up contracts between the Iraqi government and five major Western oil companies to develop some of the largest fields in Iraq, American officials say. The disclosure, coming on the eve of the contracts' announcement, is the first confirmation of direct involvement by the Bush administration in deals to open Iraq's oil to commercial development and is likely to stoke criticism."

Lack of Funds Hobbling the "Republican Attack Machine"
http://www.truthout.org/article/lack-funds-hobbling-republican-attack-machine
Steven Thomma, of McClatchy Newspapers: "Democrats and the media have used the term so much that it's almost an article of faith. But the so-called 'Republican attack machine' waiting with piles of unregulated cash to chew up Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is anything but. Obama cited the threat of unregulated attack groups - called '527s' because they're authorized to raise unlimited cash under that section of the Internal Revenue Service code - to justify dropping his pledge to take public fina ncing - along with its spending limits - for the general election campaign. Yet there's no 2008 equivalent to the 2004 Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, which spent $22 million attacking Democrat John Kerry." 

The Boston Globe | The Same Old Politics of Terror
http://www.truthout.org/article/the-same-old-politics-terror
The Boston Globe: "When asked about the effect of another terrorist attack on American soil, John McCain's chief strategist, Charlie Black, responded rashly and bluntly. 'Certainly it would be a big advantage' for McCain, Black told Fortune magazine recently. Similarly, the strategist described the assassination of Pakistan's Benazir Bhutto in December as 'an unfortunate event,' but said 'it helped us' in the contest for the nomination. It would be unfair to McCain, and to Black, to take this analysis as an indication that the Republican team is hoping for or counting on a terrorist incident. Still, Black's observation does bring up the question of whether the threat of terrorism will help Republicans, or whether the politics of security have shifted since the last presidential election."
 
Preparing the Battlefield
http://www.truthout.org/article/preparing-battlefield
Seymour Hersh of The New Yorker: "Late last year, Congress agreed to a request from President Bush to fund a major escalation of covert operations against Iran, according to current and former military, intelligence, and congressional sources. These operations, for which the President sought up to four hundred million dollars, were described in a Presidential Finding signed by Bush, and are designed to destabilize the country's religious leadership."

Join the Veterans for Peace Vigil any Saturday year ‘round, on Peace Corner, Bridge and Business 29 from 11 to noon, Chippewa Falls.  It is important to conti nue to make a statement about the Iraq war.  What was the estimated cost of this war reported today as new funds were approved???  $ 162 Billion and way too many lives!
 

Just FYI:

*****Recent Poll reports only about 17% of the public believe the country is going in the right direction.  This is the lowest number reported in almost 30 years, even down from 24% in April.  Issues identified are the struggling economy, poor leadership and the war in Iraq.
 
******A smart look at politics:  Smart Politics, a blog from the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance at the U of M’s Humphrey Institute for Public Affairs, calls itself a home to “timely, pointed nonpartisan discussion of Upper Midwestern and national politics”, focusing on the issues driving the forthcoming 2008 election.  Visit Eric Ostermeier’s blog at http://www.smartpoliticsblog.org/  Note: I have not read this blog which arrived in my U of M Alumni newsletter…..so feedback would be welcome.
 
*****Action Alert!  The Senate is considering policies which may further raise Medicare Part B premiums, which have already doubled since 2000.  Please call 1-800-700-6498 today to tell your senators you are concerned about skyrocketing health care costs and that we need to prevent higher premiums for older Americans.
 
******Recent News about the Perils of Plastic published in the Leader Telegram 6/22:
            Some retailers have removed plastic baby bottles from their inventories after a recent FDA warning of possible hormonal health hazards.  A book called “Living Green” reports that Nalgene is also a risk.  The following plastics are supposedly safe: #5 – PP, #2 – HDPE, #4 – LDPE.  Check the bottoms of your plastic bottles; consider disposing of others.  To reduce contact with possibly harmful plastics components:
    •    Avoid placing hot food or liquids in plastic containers.  Freezing does not seem to be a risk.
    •    Only heat foods in the microwave using products labeled “microwave safe”.  Do not use plastic wraps.  Make sure others do not touch the food.
    •    Remove food from plastic wrapping prior to thawing or reheating.
    •    Buy products in cardboard instead of plastic
    •    Check recycling codes to identify plastics components you may want to avoid (like code 7 for BPA).
    •    Look for plastics labeled BPA free.
    •    Reduce your use of canned foods, BPA is sometimes found in the lining of food tins.
    •    Reduce your use of PVC plastics which contain BPA.  Choose PETE and the numbers listed above instead.  Do not wash PVC plastics in the dishwasher.
    •    Look for phthalate-free toys.
    •    Check nail polish labels for phthalates.

******Will political smears influence the result of the 2008 election?
Smear campaigns are nothing new in U.S. politics, but during the 2008 presidential race, the Internet has assumed a bigger role in transmitting misinformation and negative claims about candidates. The lightning speed at which these rumors spread and the lack of scrutiny they receive threaten to seriously undermine public discourse. The good news is that this campaign season the public has access to a slew of fact-checking websites, including FactCheck.org, PolitiFact.com, and Snopes.com that are squelching Internet rumors and separating fact from fiction.

******Members, please check our website http://www.chippewademocrats.com/ for updates!  Events and new items have been added, too many to send out via email.  As a member or interested person on this email list for the Chippewa County Democratic Party, you will receive emails about party opportunities, political immediate action, opportunities for your voice to be heard and other news.  If you wish not to receive these emails, please respond to party@chippewademocrats.com

If you have something to contribute to the newsletter, or just need to get the word out about an event or news of interest, please feel free to email me at reneefe@charter.net  Thanks, Renee

Finally:  Share your favorite links.  Tell us about your favorite place on the web to get news, politics, and commentary.  Download the form from our website http://www.chippewademocrats.com/, fill it out, and send it back to us.  Thank you!
 
Executive Committee of the Democratic Party of Chippewa County
Al Holle Acting Chair, Mary Ann King, Jim Peterson Co-Chairs
Rosemary Kilbridge, Secretary, Denise Haughian, Treasurer
Newsletter Editor: Renee Fontaine-Ebel
Office: 619 North Bridge St, Suite 100, Chippewa Falls WI 54729
Website: www.chippewademocrats.com
Email party@chippewademocrats.com  Phone 715-738-1888
Office hours: M-Th 10 am – 12 pm

August 2008

August 2008 Newsletter –Democratic Party of Chippewa County

Our Mission Statement:  We are dedicated to promoting the interests of the Democratic Party in Chippewa County.  To this end, we will hold regular meetings, recruit members, recruit candidates, and support campaigns.

Next meeting, Thursday, August 14.  Come and enjoy a picnic at Steve & Roberta Rasmus home, 936 North Bridge Street, starting at 6:30 PM. Brats, trimmings and a cooler with bottled water will be provided. Please bring a side dish or dessert to pass, beverages other than water if you wish, your own utensils if you prefer not to use styrofoam and plastic.
  • "Lite agenda" promised.

Democratic Party of Chippewa County Executive Committee

Al Holle holle@charter.net   Mary Ann King makcf@aol.com 
Jim Peterson aalborger@yahoo.com
Rosemary Kilbridge kilbriro@ifls.lib.wi.us     Denise Haughian haughidm@uwec.edu

 
Summary of CC Dems July Activities:
 
  • The July 10 monthly meeting was filmed by WI Eye….to view the clip, go to http://www.chippewademocrats.com/.  Senator Pat Kreitlow and Representative Jeff Smith (Eau Claire) encouraged support of Representative Jeff Wood, now running as an Independent for the 67th Assembly District, in the November election.  We met Holly Wood-Webster who is running for Chippewa County District Attorney as a Democrat this fall.  And Chris VanEs introduced himself as Obama’s field representative for Chippewa and Clark Counties. It’s all on the video!
  • We manned the Chippewa Valley Democratic Party Booth at the NW State Fair July 8 through 13 alternating days with the Eau Claire County Democratic Party. Fairgoers voiced lots of support for Senator Obama for President!!!  And aside from missing those elephant ears that were always at the corner, dinner was good!
  • In other news, the office roof has been fixed and ceiling tiles will be replaced.
 
Upcoming CC Dems Activities:
 
  • Obama signs & bumper stickers are available now!  Signs $3, bumper stickers $1. Pick yours up at the party office during office hours - Monday – Thursday 10 AM to noon. Please contact the office if you would like to purchase signs and/or bumper stickers, but can't get to the office during those times.  Campaign laws require the Chippewa County Democratic Party to keep an accurate record of all items sold including Obama yard signs and bumper stickers. We must have your name, address, and phone number. Plea se sign the purchase form in the office when you buy a sign or bumper sticker.
 
Mark your calendars!
  • Pure Water/Heritage Days Parade, Saturday August 9.  Two possibilities:
  1. Veterans for Peace will march in the annual Pure Water Days Parade in Chippewa Falls as number 31 of 90 units.  The leaders will have a “Veterans for Peace” sign to lead the group.  Some signs are available, bringing your own encouraged. No political signs. Clothing with military identification appropriate.  Parade route is less than a mile or so, starting on Spring Street between Island and Pine.  Dress for warm weather. Bring water, cameras, sun screen and other protection as necessary in a small back pack.
  2. Democratic Party Group: We are having a combined Chippewa and Eau Claire County  marching group. The Obama campaign, candidates from each county, and all other Democrats are marching.  The group is #36 and will be gathering around noon on Spring St. between Pine St. and Island St.  Each group is shooting to have at least 15 people, so we really need a good turn out.  Please make every attempt to walk with us for a bit.
  • Delegates from Chippewa County, Senator Kreitlow and Denise Haughian leave for the Democratic National Convention in Colorado on August 24!
  • Convention Watch Party on August 28. Fill Inn Station, Chippewa Falls. Pizza provided, cash bar.  Pizza between 7:30-8, speech televised at 8. Open event! Invite your friends. We'll stream the convention via the web on the projection screen and will also have a smaller TV to view network coverage. Donations accepted for the pizza.
 
Other Information or Events of Interest:

  • Join the Veterans for Peace Vigil any Saturday year ‘round, on Peace Corner, Bridge and Business 29 from 11 to noon, Chippewa Falls.  It is important to continue to make a statement about the Iraq war.  What about Afghanistan?

Just FYI:
 
*****If you avoid left turns while driving, you save gas!

******Will political smears influence the result of the 2008 election?
Smear campaigns are nothing new in U.S. politics, but during the 2008 presidential race, the Internet has assumed a bigger role in transmitting misinformation and negative claims about candidates. The lightning speed at which these rumors spread and the lack of scrutiny they receive threaten to seriously undermine public discourse. The good news is that this campaign season the public has access to a slew of fact-checking websites, including FactCheck.org, PolitiFact.com, and Snopes.com that are squelching Internet rumors and separating fact from fiction.

******Members, please check our website http://www.chippewademocrats.com/ for updates!  Events and new items have been added, too many to send out via email.  As a member or interested person on this email list for the Chippewa County Democratic Party, you will receive emails about party opportunities, political immediate action, opportunities for your voice to be heard and other news.  If you wish not to receive these emails, please respond to party@chippewademocrats.com

If you have something to contribute to the newsletter, or just need to get the word out about an event or news of interest, please feel free to email me at reneefe@charter.net  Thanks, Renee

Finally:  Share your favorite links.  Tell us about your favorite place on the web to get news, politics, and commentary.  Download the form from our website http://www.chippewademocrats.com/, fill it out, and send it back to us.  Thank you!
 
Executive Committee of the Democratic Party of Chippewa County
Al Holle Interim Chair, Mary Ann King, Jim Peterson Co-Chairs
Rosemary Kilbridge, Secretary, Denise Haughian, Treasurer
Newsletter Editor: Renee Fontaine-Ebel
Office: 619 North Bridge St, Suite 100, Chippewa Falls WI 54729
Website: www.chippewademocrats.com
Email party@chippewademocrats.com  Phone 715-738-1888
Office hours: M-Th 10 am – 12 pm
 

September 2008

September 2008 Newsletter –Democratic Party of Chippewa County
 
Only 57 days* left until the 2008 election for President of the USA! 
*From Sept 8, 2008

Let’s all do everything we can to help win this election…..donate, volunteer!

Our Mission Statement:  We are dedicated to promoting the interests of the Democratic Party in Chippewa County.  To this end, we will hold regular meetings, recruit members, recruit candidates, and support campaigns.

Next meeting, Thursday, September 11.  Come and enjoy refreshments and conversation starting at 6:30 PM. Monthly meeting starts at 7:00 PM.  619 North Bridge St., Suite 100, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729.  Plan to attend. Campaigns are heating up!  Plan to get involved!  It’s time to take back the White House….a Chippewa County 68th Assembly!
 
Meeting agenda includes:
 
  • Staffing of office - Volunteers
  • Other volunteer activities
               Yard Signs, Bumper Stickers, Buttons
  • Peace Vigil - September 13 - Wheels of Justice
  • August 14 Picnic
  • Funding for candidates for office and delegates to conventions
  • New Business
                   Pat Kreitlow - State Senator - Update
                   Holly Wood Wester – Chippewa County DA Candidate - Update
                   Kristen Dexter - 68th Assembly District Candidate - Update
                   Chris Van Es - Obama Campaign - Update
  • Guest Speakers - Democratic Convention 2008 Experience
         Denise Haughian, Pat Kreitlow

Democratic Party of Chippewa County Executive Committee

Al Holle holle@charter.net      Mary Ann King makcf@aol.com
Jim Peterson aalborger@yahoo.com
Rosemary Kilbridge kilbriro@ifls.lib.wi.us     Denise Haughian haughidm@uwec.edu

 
Summary of CC Dems August & early September Activities:

  • http://www.chippewademocrats.com/  Add this great web site to your ‘favorites’ list.  Election events and news are changing frequently.  To stay in the know check out our site often!
  • Pure Water/Heritage Days Parade, Saturday August 9. Veterans for Peace & the unified Democratic Party & candidates marched in the annual Pure Water Days Parade in Chippewa Falls.  It was a fun parade, a beautiful day and another great effort to introduce our candidates and issues.
  • August  14th Picnic – Annual picnic a huge success, details on the meeting agenda Thursday.
  • Delegates from Chippewa County, Senator Kreitlow and Denise Haughian participated in the Democratic National Convention in Colorado, August 25 - 28!  Thanks to Denise for her daily experience blog published in the Chippewa Herald.  If you didn’t read her articles, perhaps you can check out the archives at http://www.chippewa.com/ or ask for help at the reference desk at the Chippewa Library.
  • Convention Watch Party on August 28 @ Fill Inn Station, Chippewa Falls. An enthusiastic crowd of over 60 people gathered to discuss the issues and to watch the Obama for President acceptance speech.  A good time was had by all.
  • Saturday, Sept. 6 - Chippewa Falls Obama Canvass
  • Sunday, Sept. 7 - Neillsville Obama Canvass
 
Upcoming CC Dems Activities:
 
Mark your calendars!   
 
  • Primary election September 9, 2008!
  • Wheels of Justice will be in Chippewa Falls, Saturday, September 13 participating in the “Stand for Peace”  with our local “Veteran’s for Peace” on the corner of Bridge and River Sts from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM  The Wheels of Justice tour canvasses the United States in a bio-diesel bus with education, outreach, training, active non-violent resistance, and network/community-building. Since its founding, the Wheels of Justice has rolled across 48 states to challenge and educate North Americans on the occupations of Palestine and Iraq. We have spoken and mobilized at hundreds of events! The Bus has been to over 200 middle and high schools, over 1200 colleges and universities, and hundreds of churches and community centers. Having seen and lived with war, terror and occupation in Iraq and Palestine, participants in the Wheels of Justice offer first-hand experience irrespective of partisan politics and try to deliver the message of peace and justice to their audience .   For info:  www.justicewheels.org
  • Obama signs & bumper stickers are available now!  Signs $3, bumper stickers $1. Pick yours up at the party office during office hours - Monday – Thursday 10 AM to noon. Please contact the office if you would like to purchase signs and/or bumper stickers, but can't get to the office during those times.  ***Campaign laws require the Chippewa County Democratic Party to keep an accurate record of all items sold including Obama yard signs and bumper stickers. We must have your name, address, and phone number. Please sign the purchase form in the office when you buy a sign or bumper sticker.
  • Saturday, Sept. 13 – Obama Campaign - Bloomer Canvass & Potluck, meet at North Park, canvass 11:30am, potluck 4pm 
  • Saturday, Sept. 13 – Obama Campaign - Owen Canvass, meeting at 9:30am
  • Saturday, Sept. 20 – Obama Campaign - Clark County Brunch & Canvass, time and location TBD

Other Information or Events of Interest:
 
http://www.chippewademocrats.com/  Add this great web site to your ‘favorites’ list.  Election events and news are changing frequently.  To stay in the know check out our site often!
 
  • Kristen Dexter, the Democratic candidate for WI 68th Dist Assembly, forwarded this message…..
                                Jack Lohman's e-newsletter? “Throw the Rascals Out”
       Tidbits:  Since Bush has been president:
       * over 5 million people have slipped into poverty
       * nearly 7 million Americans have lost their health insurance
       * median household income has decreased by nearly $1,300
       * 3 million manufacturing jobs have been lost
       * 3 million American workers have lost their pensions
       * home foreclosures are now the highest on record
       * personal savings rate is below zero - which hasn't happened since the great     depression
       * real earnings of college graduates have gone down by about 5% in the last few years
       * entry level wages for male and female high school graduates have fallen by over 3%
       * wages and salaries are now at the lowest share of GDP since 1929
 
       The debate about whether or not to roll Bush's tax cuts back to Clinton's modest mid-30% rates is absurd. It's time to roll back the horribly failed experiment of the Reagan tax cuts. And use that money to pay down Reagan's debt and rebuild this nation!
 
  • A newsletter contribution from our valued member Pat McKern…..
What's In A Word?
          Time Horizon is the new catch phrase that the Bush Administration is putting out to give the impression that there's an end in sight for the occupation of Iraq. Horizon. It's right there. You can see it.  We need to remind our friends and fellow voters that the horizon is an illusion; try as hard as you might, you can never reach it.
          This is an example of a carefully chosen phrase that turns into "viral language" when the media and public help the Administration's cause by using it and passing it on. If you have an example of a word or phrase that should be examined more closely, please submit it for What's In A Word?
 
  • Treatment of protestors at the Republican National Convention over the past week or so in St. Paul, Minnesota.
According to members of I-Witness Video report violence and cruel treatment directed at protesters by police; journalists targeted for arrest, harassment, intimidation and surveillance.  The members of I-Witness Video have been appalled to see a high level of violence directed against peaceful demonstrators, medics, legal observers and journalists.  Concussion grenades, smoke bombs, CS gas (tear gas), rubber bullets and pepper spray were used to attack and herd demonstrators.  The Chippewa County Republican chair also wrote in her blog in the Chippewa Herald this past weekend “Did you see this at the Democratic National Convention?”
  • Join the Veterans for Peace Vigil any Saturday year ‘round, on Peace Corner, Bridge and Business 29 from 11 to noon, Chippewa Falls.  It is important to continue to make a statement about the Iraq war.  What about Afghanistan?

Just FYI:
 
***** I thought you might like this site…  It is a good place to check the facts on what the candidates are saying.   http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/
******Will political smears influence the result of the 2008 election?
Smear campaigns are nothing new in U.S. politics, but during the 2008 presidential race, the Internet has assumed a bigger role in transmitting misinformation and negative claims about candidates. The lightning speed at which these rumors spread and the lack of scrutiny they receive threaten to seriously undermine public discourse. The good news is that this campaign season the public has access to a slew of fact-checking websites, including www.FactCheck.org, www.PolitiFact.com, and www.Snopes.com that are squelching Internet rumors and separating fact from fiction.  Click on the link or type it in your search engine!

******Members, please check our website http://www.chippewademocrats.com/ for updates!  Events and new items have been added, too many to send out via email.  As a member or interested person on this email list for the Chippewa County Democratic Party, you will receive emails about party opportunities, political immediate action, opportunities for your voice to be heard and other news.  If you wish not to receive these emails, please respond to party@chippewademocrats.com

If you have something to contribute to the newsletter, or just need to get the word out about an event or news of interest, please feel free to email me at reneefe@charter.net  Thanks, Renee

Finally:  Share your favorite links.  Tell us about your favorite place on the web to get news, politics, and commentary.  Download the form from our website http://www.chippewademocrats.com, fill it out, and send it back to us.  Thank you!
 
Executive Committee of the Democratic Party of Chippewa County
Al Holle Interim Chair, Mary Ann King, Jim Peterson Co-Chairs
Rosemary Kilbridge, Secretary, Denise Haughian, Treasurer
Newsletter Editor: Renee Fontaine-Ebel
Office: 619 North Bridge St, Suite 100, Chippewa Falls WI 54729
Website: www.chippewademocrats.com
Email party@chippewademocrats.com  Phone 715-738-1888
Office hours: M-Th 10 am – 12 pm

October 2008 Newsletter

October 2008 Newsletter –Democratic Party of Chippewa County
 
Only 29 days left until the 2008 election for President of the USA!  Let’s all do everything we can to help win this election…..donate, volunteer!

Our Mission Statement:  We are dedicated to promoting the interests of the Democratic Party in Chippewa County.  To this end, we will hold regular meetings, recruit members, recruit candidates, and support campaigns.

Next meeting, Thursday, October 9.  Come and enjoy refreshments and conversation about the second presidential debate starting at 6:30 PM. Monthly meeting starts at 7:00 PM.  619 North Bridge St., Suite 100, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729.  Plan to attend. Campaigns are in full swing!  Plan to get involved!  It’s time to take back the White House….a Chippewa County 68th Assembly seat & the office of Chippewa County District Attorney!
 
Meeting agenda includes:   Legislative and Campaign Updates!  
         
          **** Obama Campaign
          **** Kristen Dexter Campaign
          **** Holly Wood Webster Campaign
 
            Opportunities available for you to help!  Attend and find out how.  Chris VanEs & Roberta Rasmus, Chippewa & Chippewa County Team Obama coordinators
 
          Oh, yes, and the usual business meeting.    
 
Democratic Party of Chippewa County Executive Committee
Al Holle holle@charter.net      Mary Ann King makcf@aol.com

Jim Peterson aalborger@yahoo.com

Rosemary Kilbridge kilbriro@ifls.lib.wi.us     Denise Haughian haughidm@uwec.edu

 
Summary of CC Dems September Activities:
  • http://www.chippewademocrats.com/  Add this great web site to your ‘favorites’ list.  Election events and news are changing frequently.  To stay in the know check out our site often!
  • Canvass, calling voters, yard signs and literature drops for Chippewa County were the entire priority.
  • CC Dems gathered at the Town Pump on North Bridge Street in Chippewa Falls to watch the Vice Presidential debate.  What did you think about that event?????
Upcoming CC Dems Activities:
 
Save time on your calendars to help the campaigns so we can celebrate in November!  The Chippewa County Democratic office is open daily now…can you help man the office?
  • Join the Veterans for Peace Vigil any Saturday year ‘round, on Peace Corner, Bridge and Business 29 from 11 to noon, Chippewa Falls.  It is important to continue to make a statement about the Iraq war.  What about Afghanistan?

Just FYI:
 
The New York Times | The Crisis Agenda     http://www.truthout.org/100708J
The New York Times, Editorial: "As stocks cratered on Monday and lending and borrowing remained frozen, the Bush administration rushed to implement the $700 billion bailout enacted on Friday. The Treasury Department said that it would soon post help-wanted ads on its Web site for asset managers to run the program and that because of the urgency, the hiring may be 'through other than full and open competition.' Is it any wonder that the markets lack confidence? One business day after the bailout was enacted, and it already had a tilting-at-windmills quality."
 
Obama Up in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Minnesota     http://www.truthout.org/100708L
Christopher Stern, Bloomberg: "Democrat Barack Obama leads Republican presidential nominee John McCain in battleground states of Ohio, Pennsylvania and Minnesota, according to new polls. Obama, an Illinois senator, leads 49 percent to 42 percent among Ohio voters, according to a Columbus Dispatch poll of 2,2 62 likely voters released yesterday."
 
UN Agrees Afghan War Cannot Be Won Militarily     http://www.truthout.org/100708N
Jonathon Burch, Reuters: "The war in Afghanistan cannot be won militarily and success is only possible through political means including dialogue among all relevant parties, the United Nation's top official in the country said on Monday. His comments come after Britain's military commander in Afghanistan said the war could not be won and that the goal was to reduce the insurgency to a level where it was no longer a strategic threat and could be dealt with by the Afghan army. Brigadier Mark Carleton-Smith said if the Taliban were willing to talk, that might be 'precisely the sort of progress' needed to end the insurgency."

******Will political smears influence the result of the 2008 election?
Smear campaigns are nothing new in U.S. politics, but during the 2008 presidential race, the Internet has assumed a bigger role in transmitting misinformation and negative claims about candidates. The lightning speed at which these rumors spread and the lack of scrutiny they receive threaten to seriously undermine public discourse. The good news is that this campaign season the public has access to a slew of fact-checking websites, including www.FactCheck.org, www.PolitiFact.com and www.Snopes.com that are squelching Internet rumors and separating fact from fiction.  Click on the link or type it in your search engine!

******Members, or interested persons on this email list for the Chippewa County Democratic Party, you will receive emails about party opportunities, political immediate action, opportunities for your voice to be heard and other news.  If you wish not to receive these emails, please respond to party@chippewademocrats.com

If you have something to contribute to the newsletter, or just need to get the word out about an event or news of interest, please feel free to email me at reneefe@charter.net  Thanks, Renee

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Executive Committee of the Democratic Party of Chippewa County
Al Holle Interim Chair, Mary Ann King, Jim Peterson Co-Chairs
Rosemary Kilbridge, Secretary, Denise Haughian, Treasurer
Newsletter Editor: Renee Fontaine-Ebel
Office: 619 North Bridge St, Suite 100, Chippewa Falls WI 54729
Website: www.chippewademocrats.com
Email party@chippewademocrats.com  Phone 715-738-1888
Office hours: M-Th 10 am – 12 pm
 Campaign Add'l Hours: M-Th 12-8 PM

Special Pre-Election Newsletter

Democratic Party of Chippewa County
Special Election Newsletter

Our Mission Statement: We are dedicated to promoting the interests of the Democratic Party in Chippewa County. To this end, we will hold regular meetings, recruit members, recruit candidates, and support campaigns.


CAMPAIGNS

Over the past five months the Chippewa County Democratic Party Executive Committee has been dealing mostly with issues related to the Presidential campaign, Assembly campaigns, and Local races. One race in particular, in the 67th District, has been more complicated than usual, and that’s why it’s the main focus of this special newsletter. However, other news about the importance of each race, about volunteering, and how each hour between now and November 4th is critically important is also included.


67th ASSEMBLY

Most of you are aware that our efforts to find someone willing to take on the incumbent Jeff Wood were not successful, and even after he left the Republican Party, no one would accept the challenge, as easy as it may have been at that time. Because we have no Democrat running in the 67th Assembly District, it is important for us to take a close look at Jeff Wood’s candidacy, as an Independent. Jeff spoke with some members of the party at an October 16th meeting and candidly explained his positions. While there are still some areas we probably don’t agree with him, there are also many where we do. While we as the Democratic Party of Chippewa County are not formally endorsing a candidate in this race, we want voters to be aware that the two candidates running in this district are far different.

Jeff Wood’s decision to run as an Independent included a stinging rebuke of his former colleagues in a Chippewa Herald editorial. (LINK: http://www.wispolitics.com/index.Iml?Article=130563)
As many predicted, the GOP did not take Wood’s exit gently. They are fielding a candidate who will march in lockstep with those same Republican leaders who would gut education funding, block health care reform, govern through extremist and divisive social issues, and even deny women prescribed medications at the pharmacy counter. That candidate is an ultra conservative one issue Republican who vows to follow the party line.

One of our county party members, State Senator Pat Kreitlow, would like to elaborate:

Hello Everyone!

If you remember how much heart and soul we poured into Roberta Rasmus’ race two years ago, you also remember the agony of coming up short on Election Night. It wasn’t for lack of trying on the Democratic side. The incumbent, Rep. Jeff Wood, was simply better recognized and able to make the most of his very public willingness to buck his party leadership when circumstances required. That reputation certainly played a role in our difficulties in finding a Democratic candidate in 2008.

But public disenchantment with the Republican agenda led to early successes in 2006 and has continued to grow ever since. Earlier this year, Republican Assembly members began retiring in droves. Rep. Terry Musser, you’ll recall, delivered some harsh words for the Assembly GOP leadership on his way out. (LINK: http://www.lacrossetribune.com/articles/2008/05/22/news/z04musser.txt) And Jeff Wood was going to do the same thing before he changed his mind and decided to stand for reelection as an Independent.

I won’t tell you Jeff has been reborn as party-line Democrat. But Jeff’s reluctance to toe the line for either party makes him a credible alternative to a Republican foot soldier whose allegiance to the far right wing of his party would serve our district poorly.

He was the only GOP vote against their version of a state budget, and Wood later confirmed his leaders’ closed-door assertions that their version was never a serious document but was instead written for political positioning in the 2008 election.

He has vocally expressed his disgust with the Iraq War, John McCain’s embrace of “borrow and spend” recklessness, the Bush suspension of basic human rights regarding torture, habeas corpus and wiretapping on citizens.

And he has not taken his election for granted for one moment. He has raised the funds necessary for mail and advertising to make his appeal to independents, Republicans and Democrats who understand the value of experience, work ethic and a willingness to work on both sides of the aisle for good legislation.

All of us in the Chippewa County Democratic party have made it clear that any encouragement we provide for Jeff Wood in 2008 sets no precedent for 2010. He is free to seek the party’s support in a primary against other candidates, and we are certain other people (Democrats and Republicans) will be seeking the seat as well.

But for this particular election, when the choice is another right wing Republican or an Independent with a record of helping me craft bipartisan legislation to benefit our area, I hope my fellow Democrats will vote down-ballot, casting votes not just in the Presidential and Congressional races, but for District Attorney and State Assembly, as well.

Warmest Regards,
Pat Kreitlow
State Senator, 23rd District

Note: The 67th District includes all of Chippewa Falls and all of Chippewa County EXCEPT for Lake Hallie and the Towns of Wheaton, Hallie and Lafayette which are in the 68th District. The Towns of Sigel, Edson and Delmar plus Boyd and Stanley are in the 69th District where Tim Swiggum is challenging Scott Suder.


68th ASSEMBLY

The 68th Assembly race is clearly the “spotlight” race in our area which also includes northern Eau Claire and Eau Claire County. Republican incumbent Terry Moulton and his friends have launched a very well-financed smear campaign against Democratic challenger Kristen Dexter whose energy and activities were so essential to Senator Kreitlow’s victory over Dave Zien. Now it’s Kristen who needs our energy and activity to help her unseat someone who seems meek on the outside but never fails Republicans as a rubber stamp and, as seen lately, a true politician willing to stoop to personal attacks and false claims in a desperate move to stay in power.

Kristen has been a tireless advocate for the need to have a representative more willing to stand up to insurance companies and anti-education budget slashers. But to ensure a victory on November 4th, we need people willing to take an hour or two to canvass neighborhoods and/or make phone calls reminding people about the importance of voting in this Assembly race, too.

If you can help, call Kristen’s office at 855-1035, just go down to the Eau Claire Democratic Resource Center, or stop in at our office to pick up walk/call lists.


DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S RACE

The Chippewa County District Attorney race is also heating up and Holly Wood Webster is going door to door garnering support and making her case. Notice the signs suddenly popping up for her candidacy all around Chippewa County. She, too, needs help calling folks, doing literature drops, and going door to door. John Theisen said he was going to crush her in this election. No way! Let’s do all we can to support a fellow Democrat - Volunteer to help. Simply call the office for more information about what can be done.


CHIPPEWA FALLS VOLUNTEERS

We need all the volunteers we can get in these last few days right her in Chippewa Falls for the Obama campaign, the Kristen Dexter Campaign, and the Holly Wood Webster campaign. There is still much work to be done and we can not simply sit back and think our candidates have it all sealed up. Please take some time in your busy lives to volunteer to canvass or make phone calls to some of the many people we still have to reach before November 4. You can call the Chippewa County Democratic office at 738-1888 to let us know when you can volunteer.

We are also looking for people who would be willing to bring food to the office during our GOTV (GET OUT THE VOTE) days when volunteers will be phoning and canvassing all day and evening leading up to the election.

GOTV will begin Saturday, November 1 and run through the evening of Election Day, November 4. There will be many hard working volunteers (hopefully you will be one of them!) who will need to have nourishment during these days. If you can help provide food or other activities related to the care and feeding of dedicated volunteers, please let us know and we’ll find just the right job for you.


CELEBRATE ELECTION NIGHT WITH US

Finally, when the work is done… and not a moment before the last voters are shuttled to the polls at 8:00 pm… it will be time to celebrate what we hope will be victories at home and in Washington, DC. Please join us for a joint victory party with the Eau Claire County Democrats.

Election Night Victory Party
Holiday Inn – Campus
2703 Craig Road, Eau Claire
8:00 pm ‘thru Victory!




Executive Committee of the Democratic Party of Chippewa County
Al Holle Interim Chair, Mary Ann King, Jim Peterson Co-Chairs
Rosemary Kilbridge, Secretary, Denise Haughian, Treasurer


Office: 619 North Bridge St., Suite 100, Chippewa Falls WI 54729
Website: www.chippewademocrats.com
Email: party@chippewademocrats.com
Phone: 715-738-1888
Office hours: Election Period to GOTV
M - Th 10 am – 8:30 pm, Friday 10 am - 1 pm
Saturday and Sunday -Varies - Please Call

SECOND Special Pre-Election Newsletter

Democratic Party of Chippewa County
Special Election Newsletter 2

Our Mission Statement:  We are dedicated to promoting the interests of the
Democratic Party in Chippewa County.  To this end, we will hold regular
meetings, recruit members, recruit candidates, and support campaigns.



GOTV (Get Out the Vote) CAMPAIGN

GOTV begins Saturday, November 1. It is simply an all out effort by
volunteers to make sure everyone supporting our candidates get to the polls
to vote. We will be canvassing and phone calling throughout the period to
ensure that outcome. We still need volunteers to help. You can call the
Chippewa County Democratic Office at 738-1888 to sign up for duties and
times. I know the campaign has been long, many of us are tired, but we
cannot stop just yet. Unless our supporters get to the polls to vote all we
have worked for is for naught. Please give us just a couple hours of your
time to ensure Chippewa County does it’s part in electing progressive
candidates. It’s really, really critical we have your help. The office will
be open for volunteer work from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday through
Tuesday. Please volunteer a couple hours of your time.


DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S RACE

The Chippewa County District Attorney race is also heating up and Holly
Wood Webster is going door to door garnering support and making her case.
Notice the signs suddenly popping up for her candidacy all around Chippewa
County. She, too, needs help calling folks, doing lit literature drops,
going door to door. Jon Theisen said he was going to crush her in this
election. No way! Let’s do all we can to support a fellow Democrat -
Volunteer to help. Simply call the office for more information about what
can be done.


67th ASSEMBLY RACE

The 67th Assembly Race is between Independent Jeff Wood and Republican Don
Moga.
As indicated in our last newsletter the Democratic Party of Chippewa County
is not endorsing Independent Jeff Wood, but we do recognize the political
reality of what effect our vote for him would have in opposition to the
single issue, party line puppet, Republican candidate. When Jeff Wood met
with party members on October 16th, he pointed out the areas we were likely
in agreement. Jeff is a supporter of Barack Obama, and has been for quite
some time. He opposes the Patriot Act and any such provisions that limit
individual rights and freedom of speech. He also opposes Bush’s suspension
of basic human rights regarding torture, habeas corpus and wiretapping of
citizens. He has supported women’s issues in the past and pushed the
Compassionate Care Act through the Assembly last spring. We won’t always be
in agreement with Jeff Wood, because he remains and Independent, but  a
vote for Jeff Wood would help ensure the Assembly Democrats take control of
the Assembly. That is critical to a successful legislative session. As hard
as it may be for some of us diehard Democrats to think about supporting,
Jeff Wood , he deserves our thoughtful consideration.


68th ASSEMBLY RACE

The 68th Assembly race between Democrat Kristen Dexter and Republican Terry
Mouton has been targeted by the Republicans who have poured money into
Mouton’s campaign to run attack ads and to use all the smear tactics they
can.  It won’t work!  Anyone who has been around Kristen Dexter knows her
tireless efforts to change the way things are done in Madison. She is a
critical link in winning back the Assembly for Democrats. But we need to
give her one more push to that victory. She needs our help during GOVT.
Please contact Kristen’s office at 855-1025 to volunteer.


MEMBERSHIP

It may seem a bit odd to be thinking about membership at this moment, but
it is critical to all we do. While this election year may be coming to an
end, Senator Pat Kreitlow reminds us November 5th is the beginning of the
2010 campaign. Members of the Democratic Party of Chippewa County have been
key volunteers for the Obama Campaign, the Kristen Dexter Campaign, and the
Holly Wood Webster Campaign. To begin the next campaigns we need everyone
to begin renewing their memberships and to begin talking to the hundreds of
others who came into our office for signs, buttons, bumper stickers,
shirts, and to volunteer for canvassing and phone calling, to join our
effort as a party to continue to promote progressive ideas and elect
candidates who will move this country forward.


CELEBRATE ELECTION NIGHT WITH US

Please join us for a joint election night party with the Obama Campaign and
Eau Claire County Democrats. Election day will be busy, tedious, critical,
and essential, but when we have done all we can, it will be time to relax
and enjoy the fruits of our labor. Please come and share your stories of
success.

Election Night Party
Holiday Inn – Campus
2703 Craig Road, Eau Claire
9:00 p.m. until  ??!!


Executive Committee of the Democratic Party of Chippewa County
Al Holle Interim Chair, Mary Ann King, Jim Peterson Co-Chairs
Rosemary Kilbridge, Secretary, Denise Haughian, Treasurer


Office: 619 North Bridge St., Suite 100, Chippewa Falls WI 54729
Website: www.chippewademocrats.com
Email: party@chippewademocrats.com  
Phone: 715-738-1888
Office hours: Election Period to GOTV
M - Th 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

December 2008

Democratic Party of Chippewa County

December 2008 Newsletter


Our Mission Statement:  We are dedicated to promoting the interests of the Democratic Party in Chippewa County.  To this end, we will hold regular meetings, recruit members, recruit candidates, and support campaigns.


Holiday Party

Hear Ye!  Hear Ye!  Hear Ye!

The Democratic Party of Chippewa County hereby invites you to join us at the Heyde Center on Thursday, December 11, 2008 (our regular monthly meeting date) to partake in a Holiday Celebration.

The evening of merriment will commence at 6:30 p.m. with a cash bar and a debate or two about the best way to celebrate political victories!

Roasted chicken will be the main course with a pot luck of other foods (please bring a dish to pass).

Let it be known that the evening is designated as a celebration of the holidays and little or no actual business activity will take place.

There is an elevator on the north side of the Heyde Center as you approach the front of the building. If you can help decorate on Thursday email Carol Gehl at gehlg@charter.net.

Please join us for this evening of merriment!


Bill Healy Celebration

On Monday evening, December 1, 2008, we gathered at the Steve and Roberta Rasmus’ house to honor Bill Healy for his many years of commitment and service to the Democratic Party of Chippewa County. Congressman Dave Obey, as well as many other past and present state and local officials, joined us for the celebration.  Bill was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation from the County Party

Bill wrote this in the daily log at the office when he came in Tuesday morning: “I am still feeling the glow of last night when many people tricked me into going to the Rasmus’ house to hear Dave Obey, and then found out it was a tribute to me.  Thanks everyone involved. I know what Moses meant when called to lead the chosen people out of Egypt and said, ‘Who am I that I should go before these great people?’ I owe a deep debt of gratitude to one and all. My wife and I were deeply touched. My daughter, Kathy Sykora, was also grateful for all the kind words.”

Mike Wilder had the idea for the tribute and then organized it as well. Thank you Mike for all you did.


Senator Pat Kreitlow Reception


There will be a reception in support of Pat Kreitlow’s re-election campaign on Wednesday, December 17th from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Haymaker Grill, 101 Graham Avenue, Eau Claire.  A cash bar and light fare will be available. Sponsorship levels are $1000 Host, $500 Sponsor, $250 Supporter, and $100 Friend. There is also a $35 suggested contribution.  All contributions are gratefully accepted.  If you wish to RSVP call Jason at 608-260-2403 or email mail@kreitlowforsenate.com.  If you wish to contribute online go to: www.kreitlowforsenate.com.



Membership

Membership in the Democratic Party of Chippewa County runs from January through December, so it’s that time of year to renew your membership, if you haven’t done so already. Your donation helps the party continue its promotion of progressive ideals year round. The 2010 campaign has already begun (as noted above), not to mention the spring elections just around the corner. Membership letters are going out to over 350 prospective members who visited our offices during the summer and fall. We need to encourage everyone to stay involved and to continue to work for change. There is still a lot to do.


Jefferson Jackson Dinner

The annual Jefferson Jackson Dinner will be held April 4, 2009 at the Fill-Inn Station, so keep that date open.  If you would like to help out with the preparations, please contact us at the office.



Canadian Sand and Proppant

Carol Gehl and Irene Prusek, at our November meeting, spoke about the health hazards related to silica sand particles that will be present in the area if the building of the sand plant by Canadian Sand and Proppant is permitted in the industrial park near the hospital. The group, Concerned Chippewa Citizens, has filed a lawsuit against the city to try to prevent the building of the plant in this location. The mission statement of the groups is:

“The Concerned Chippewa Citizens exist to foster a sustainable environment in Chippewa Falls and the surrounding area in the belief that all residents have the right to clean air and water, healthy and safe surroundings, and job opportunities which respect our land, lakes and rivers.”

For further information you may contact Pat Popple at sunnyday5@charter.net.



Executive Committee of the Democratic Party of Chippewa County
Al Holle, Interim Chair; Mary Ann King, Jim Peterson, Co-Chairs;
Rosemary Kilbridge, Secretary; Denise Haughian, Treasurer


Office:     619 North Bridge St., Suite 100, Chippewa Falls WI 54729
Website:  www.chippewademocrats.com
Email:     party@chippewademocrats.com  
Phone:     715-738-1888
Office hours:  Monday – Friday    10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
                                Thursday          5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

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