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January 2007

Democratic Party of Chippewa County

January 2007 Newsletter


 

 Happy New Year, Democrats!

Our next meeting will be on January 11 at party headquarters, 103 N. Bridge St., upstairs.  We will have a potluck at 6:30 with the meeting to begin at 7.  The agenda will include organizing committees, announcing new procedures, and an issue that we are all concerned about: health care.  We would like to have an informal discussion on health care and to invite you all to bring your opinions to share. 

 

We Have Moved (again)

But we haven’t gone far!  We have moved into Senator Pat Kreitlow’s former office next door to our old office.  We needed the extra room, and the Senator would like to use the office from time to time as well.  As we all know, the spacious and gracious second floor of the Metropolitan Building has been wonderful for our purposes.  And we have been assured by our landlord that an elevator will be installed within the next six months, so access to our office will improve.  

 

Renew your membership for 2007 (or join us)!

It’s only $10/student/limited income, $25/single, $35/pair, $45/triple, or $75/family!  If you renew now, you get the full 12 months’ worth of membership!  You can vote on party matters (only members can vote or submit resolutions, but all are welcome at our meetings).  Best of all, you will help to support Democratic coalitions in our state.  We (the executive committee) would like to increase our local memberships 25%.  Help us meet our goals!

Your treasurer, Denise Haughian, requests that you renew locally by sending your check to the address below.   Tell us what level you would like to join at, and include your name(s), address, phone number, email, occupation, township, and congressional district, if you know what it is.  We will do the rest. 

 

 


 Democratic Party of Chippewa County

103 N. Bridge St., Chippewa Falls, WI 54729 

Website: www.chippewademocrats.com

ph. 715-738-1888 email: party@chippewademocrats.com

Executive Committee:

Gaylord Oppegard, Mary Ann King, Jim Peterson,

Denise Haughian, Rosemary Kilbridge

 

March 2007

 

Democratic Party of Chippewa County

March 2007 Newsletter

 


Hello Democrats!  Hope your backs survived digging out of the snow.  Our next meeting is on March 8 at 103 N Bridge St, Ste. 255, potluck at 6:30 and meeting at 7.  See you all then!

 

Our Movie Night Film Fest was a smashing success, with over 100 people and a good discussion of the film Iraq for Sale.  Please come to our next screening on Thursday, March 22, which will be at the Fill Inn Station again, with refreshments served at 6 pm and the movie Who Killed the Electric Car to begin shortly thereafter.

 

A Health Care Forum is planned for May 24, 2007, at the Heyde Center in Chippewa Falls.  Senator Kreitlow will attend, as will other guests from the medical profession, to speak about the current state of health insurance.  Please mark your calendars!

 

The Jefferson Jackson Dinner will soon be upon us.  Ed Garvey, former candidate for Senate and Governor, will be our featured speaker: many of you have heard him on Wisconsin Public Radio.  Mr. Garvey is an excellent speaker and advocate for the progressive movement in Wisconsin, and the founder of the Fightingbob.com Website and yearly festival, and we are very pleased that he is coming!  Please contact the office for your tickets as soon as possible.

 

The State Democratic Convention will be held in the Hilton Milwaukee Center on June 29-30.  If you wish to be a delegate, please contact our office at 715-738-1888, or send an email to gpoppegard@aol.com .  You must be a member of our county party to be placed on the delegate list.  So please renew your membership in good time.  Renewals may also be sent to our office at the above address ($10 Senior Citizen/limited income, $25 General, $35 pairs, $45 activist).  Please include your name, address, email, and all of the people you would like listed as members. 

 

If you would like our party to consider a resolution for the State Convention, please put it in writing and email it to us at party@chippewademocrats.com .  At this point, we do not have a committee formed for resolutions.  If anyone would like to be on such a committee, please attend the next meeting on March 8.

 

Yeah for Linda Clifford!  Your newsletter editor would like to put in her personal endorsement of this wonderful woman, who is running for State Supreme Court.  I have never heard anyone speak so eloquently for the importance of an independent judiciary.  Ms. Clifford has a very impressive background as well.  Please visit her website at www.lindacliffordforjustice.org or call Denise Haughian at 715-723-1265 to find out how you can help.  Remember to vote on April 3!

 

Save your garage sale items for our spring sale, to be held once again at the Rasmus home sometime during April (date TBA).  As always, we need your donations as much as you need to clean your closets.  And, we will need help with pricing, setup, and breakdown.  Stay tuned for more information. 

 

 

 


Executive Committee of the Democratic Party of Chippewa Co.

Gaylord Oppegard, Chair, Mary Ann King, Jim Peterson Co-Chairs

Rosemary Kilbridge, Secretary, Denise Haughian, Treasurer

Office: 103 N. Bridge, Ste. 255, 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 2007

April 2007 Newsletter –Democratic Party of Chippewa County

Thursday, April 12, monthly meeting.  6:30 potluck, 7:00 meeting @103 N Bridge St, Ste 255, upstairs.  We will start on time!

Thanks to all who worked very hard toward a successful Jefferson Jackson dinner last Sat night at the Fill-In.  The crowd was great…..so thanks to all attending as well.  Results will be announced at the monthly meeting.  And, please don’t forget to thank silent auction and raffle item donors when you are out and about in Chippewa Falls.

Upcoming CF Dems Activities

Our Movie Night Film Fest continues on Thursday April 19th with the 3rd screening offered by your Education Committee.  We will show 9/11 Press for Truth Fill Inn Station, 6 pm pizza, 6:15 movie.  Free & donations accepted.  http://www.911pressfortruth.com/ for information.  Spread the word!

 ***News from Eau Claire:  world-famous 9/11 Rescue Hero William Rodriguez, to Speak on Friday, April 20 at 7 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium on the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire campus.
This free program is open to the public and sponsored by the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire University Activities Commission.  Along with the Jersey Girls featured in the documentary "9/11: Press for Truth," Rodriguez was instrumental in shaming Congress into finally setting up the 9/11 Commission.

Sunday, April 21, Jerusalem Women Speak-- see website at www.partnersforpeace.org
Three women touring nationally speak about the nonviolent efforts of Palestinians, Israelis, and citizens of other nations to end the occupation of Palestinian territories; and in-depth advocacy with the media.  Mark your calendars for 1 pm at the Chippewa County Democrats Office at 103 N. Bridge St., upstairs meeting room.  Refreshments will be served.

7th congressional District Convention, April 28, Marshfield, WI.  Contact Gaylord at gpoppegard@aol.com or talk to him at Thursday’s meeting if you are interested in being a delegate!

May 4 & 5, Annual Thrift Sale fundraiser: A good reason to clean your closets. You may drop off your donations for sale between April 24-30 at the Rasmus home at 936 N. Bridge St.  Please make a general list of what you are bringing, put your name on it, and attach it to the boxes – this makes it much easier for us to organize, write the ad, and report donations properly.  We will need help with pricing, setup, and breakdown: call Roberta Rasmus at 723-4339 to volunteer.  Or, call the office 738-1888, leave a message or your name and number with questions. We take almost anything, but if it’s a large item, please plan on coming back to get it if it does not sell.

May 24, Health Care forum: Heyde Center, 7 pm
Those speaking about the current state of health insurance and voicing opinions are: Dr. Fred Bannister, the Farleys, and Pat Kreitlow. Terry Moulton has been invited. Plan to attend, arriving early.  The forum in Eau Claire was standing room only!
 
The State Democratic Convention will be held in the Hilton Milwaukee Center on June 29-30.  If you wish to be a delegate, please contact our office at 715-738-1888, or send an email to gpoppegard@aol.com .  You must be a member in good standing of our county party to be placed on the delegate list.  So please renew your membership if you haven’t already done so.  Renewals may also be sent to our office at the above address ($10 Senior Citizen/limited income, $25 General, $35 pairs, $45 activist).  Please include your name, address, email, and all of the people you would like listed as members. 

If you would like our party to consider a resolution for the State Convention, please put it in writing and email it to us at party@chippewademocrats.com or bring it to the meeting this Thursday.  Resolutions due at this meeting!


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 www.chippewademocrats.com, fill it out, and send it back to us.  Thank you!


Executive Committee of the Democratic Party of Chippewa Co.
Gaylord Oppegard, Chair, Mary Ann King, Jim Peterson Co-Chairs
Rosemary Kilbridge, Secretary, Denise Haughian, Treasurer
Office: 103 N. Bridge, Ste. 255, 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 2007

 

May 2007 Newsletter –Democratic Party of Chippewa County

 

Message from Gaylord Oppegard CF Dems President

Direct quote:

 Let's remain active and elect Democrats!”

 

Thursday, May 10, monthly meeting.  6:30 potluck, 7:00 meeting @103 N Bridge St, Ste 255, upstairs.  We will start – and hopefully adjourn on time!

 

 

 

Upcoming CF Dems Activities:

 

Tell Your Friends and Neighbors:  May 4 & 5, Annual Thrift Sale fundraiser at the Rasmus home at 936 N. Bridge St.  Call Roberta Rasmus at 723-4339 to volunteer for “floor time” or to help breakdown.  Remember to pick up unsold large items at the end of the sale.

 

May 24, Health Care forum: Heyde Center, 7 pm
Senator Kreitlow has suggested finding a plan most of us can support translates to the best chance for success.  Let’s explore how to do that.  Those speaking about the current state of health insurance and voicing opinions are: Dr. Fred Bannister, the Farleys, and Pat Kreitlow. Terry Moulton has been invited.  Come early.  The forum in Eau Claire was standing room only!

 

Saturday May 26! Senator Russ Feingold will be joining us for an afternoon picnic at Irvine Park in Chippewa Falls.  This is a combined fundraiser for our county with Eau Claire, Dunn, and Clark Counties.  The price of admission for this wonderful event is a $20 donation (children under 12 free) and we are also seeking sponsors for this event who are able to donate at higher levels.  Mark you calendar now as this is an event you will not want to miss! You will be receiving an email with time and details.  Invite others, friends and family….spread the word.

 

The State Democratic Convention will be held in the Hilton Milwaukee Center on June 29 @ 5:00 PM –June 30 @ 3:00PM.  For reservations contact (mention you are attending the convention):

Hilton Milwaukee City Center 

509 West Wisconsin Avenue

Milwaukee,  WI  United States  53203

Phone: 1-414-271-7250     Fax: 1-414-271-1039

         

If you wish to be a delegate, please contact our office at 715-738-1888, or send an email to gpoppegard@aol.com .  You must be a member in good standing of our county party to be placed on the delegate list.  So please renew your membership if you haven’t already done so.  Renewals may also be sent to our office at the above address ($10 Senior Citizen/limited income, $25 General, $35 pairs, $45 activist).  Please include your name, address, email, and all of the people you would like listed as members. 

 

Our Movie Night Film Fest will continue in the fall – enjoy our beautiful WI summer!  Stay tuned for dates, times and subjects!  The April screening offered by your Education Committee, “9/11 Press for Truth” was another successful and well attended event.  Did anyone read the opposing views published on the opinions page in the Chippewa Herald?

 

CF Dems event summaries:

         

Several delegates from the Chippewa County Democratic Party traveled to Marshfield on Saturday, April 28 to take part in the 7th Congressional District Conference.  Chippewa County will be hosting that conference in 2008.

Veterans for Peace vigil on Saturday, April 28 attracted about 50 peaceful supporters from Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire and surrounding communities. The theme was “mission unaccomplished”  4 years later.  Join us any Saturday on Peace Corner, Bridge and Bus 29 from 11 to noon.

 

Sunday, April 21, Jerusalem Women Speak event drew an audience of 30 people.  Huda, Tal, and Amal spoke eloquently and lovingly of their country and of their enduring hope for a peaceful resolution to the conflict.

 

Note:  I did have the opportunity to express my personal thanks to Spring Street Sports for the donation of that beautiful Trek bicycle for the Jefferson Jackson auction.  Please don’t forget to thank silent auction and raffle item donors when you are out and about in Chippewa Falls.

 

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 Co.

Gaylord Oppegard, Chair, Mary Ann King, Jim Peterson Co-Chairs

Rosemary Kilbridge, Secretary, Denise Haughian, Treasurer

Newsletter Editor: Renee Fontaine-Ebel

Office: 103 N. Bridge, Ste. 255, Chippewa Falls WI 54729

Website: www.chippewademocrats.com

Email party@chippewademocrats.com  Phone 715-738-1888

Office hours: M-Th 10 am – 12 pm

June 2007

June 2007 Newsletter –Democratic Party of Chippewa County

 

Monthly Quote from Gaylord Oppegard our CF Dems President

"We must admit, the Bush administration is getting smaller. Many of them are going to jail!"

 

 

Thursday, June 14, monthly meeting.  6:30 potluck, 7:00 meeting @103 N Bridge St, Ste 255, upstairs.  We will start – and hopefully adjourn on time!  Even though it is the lazy days of summer and we are all very busy, please try to attend some of the monthly meetings.  It is time to stay committed to the cause.  We will have very important battles in 2008! 

 

Summary of CF Dems May Activities:

 

Annual May Thrift Sale fundraiser at the Rasmus was a success!  We raised $342.25 for the party.

 

May 24 Health Care forum @ Heyde Center
Those speaking about the current state of health insurance and voicing opinions were: Dr. Fred Bannister, Dr. Farley, Mr. David Fish (St. Joe’s Hospital) and Pat Kreitlow. Terry Moulton wasn’t there.  Even though the forum in Eau Claire was standing room only, we had a small crowd of about 25.  It was very informative, the presenters had great energy and passion.  Senator Kreitlow provided a sneak preview of the plan on the table in Madison.  You missed a good one!

 

Saturday May 26, Senator Russ Feingold joined over 125 of us for an afternoon “fun and fundraiser” picnic at Irvine Park in Chippewa Falls.  This combined 4 county event raised $2500 for Chippewa County Dems to help to keep our office doors open and the lights on!  The food was good, the weather co-operative, the music pleasing and the speeches inspiring!  Senator Feingold was time limited as his voice was failing due to a head cold.  But what he lacked in endurance he made up in enthusiasm!  Thanks too everyone who helped to make this day so successful! 

 

June CF Dems Activities:

 

The State Democratic Convention will be held in the Hilton Milwaukee Center on June 29 @ 5:00 PM –June 30 @ 3:00PM.  For reservations contact (mention you are attending the convention):

Hilton Milwaukee City Center 

509 West Wisconsin Avenue

Milwaukee, WI  53203

Phone: 1-414-271-7250     Fax: 1-414-271-1039

         

If you wish to attend, check out if there are any delegate positions available by contacting our office at 715-738-1888, or send an email to gpoppegard@aol.com .  You must be a paid up member of the Democratic Party of Chippewa County in good standing of our county party to be placed on the delegate list. 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming CF Dems Activities:

 

Cheese curds, anyone?  The Northern Wisc. State Fair will be here July 11-15.  We will again share the booth with the EC Dems.  Chippewa’s days to work the fair this year are Thursday and Saturday.  Please call the office at 738-1888 if you can work a shift.  A sign-up sheet will be circulated at the June 14 meeting. 

 

Our August 10 meeting will be a picnic in the park.  Stay tuned for details. 

 

Our Movie Night Film Fest will continue in the fall – enjoy our beautiful WI summer!  Stay tuned for dates, times and subjects!  Any ideas?

 

Chippewa County will be hosting the 7th Congressional District Conference in 2008.

A message from Gaylord:  You might ‘warn’ folks that we are going to be looking for an active and important committee to work on the 7th Cong Dist meeting for 2008.  There will be lots to do between now and then to find a place etc., for this event.”

Other Events of Interest:

The Veterans for Peace vigil happens every Saturday, on Peace Corner, Bridge and Bus 29 from 11 to noon, Chippewa Falls.  You are always welcome to join us to make an important statement about this war, for good conversation and hopefully I won’t have to call for law enforcement back-up again any time soon!

          ****The war comes closer to CF:  The brother of Lisa Fellenz, a Chippewa Falls woman, has been seriously injured in Iraq.  Sgt Ryan Fellenz, from Eau Claire, is currently in Texas receiving intense medical care for his injuries.  He lost one leg, the other leg is at risk and received severe burns on his arms.  He is having multiple surgeries and is experiencing unmanageable pain.  His family is there to support him.  Perhaps some of you saw his picture with actor Gary Sinise on the front page of the 6/2 Leader Telegram. 

 

Good News!  Joe Weineke has resigned his post as ATT lobbyist..

 

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 Co.

Gaylord Oppegard, Chair, Mary Ann King, Jim Peterson Co-Chairs

Rosemary Kilbridge, Secretary, Denise Haughian, Treasurer

Newsletter Editor: Renee Fontaine-Ebel

Office: 103 N. Bridge, Ste. 255, 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 2007

July 2007 Newsletter –Democratic Party of Chippewa County

 

 

Monthly Quote from Gaylord Oppegard our CF Dems President

"Pardon me” has recently taken on a whole new meaning!

 

 

Thursday, July 12, monthly meeting.  6:30 PM potluck, meeting starting promptly at 7:00 PM, 103 N Bridge St, Ste 255, upstairs.  This is our last regular meeting of the summer as the August meeting is a potluck picnic in the park – see ‘upcoming activities’ listed below.

 

Summary of CF Dems June/July Activities:

 

The Executive Committee met Friday July 6, 7 AM and the party office.

 

Several CF Dems attended the State Democratic Convention in Milwaukee on June 29 & 30.  I would be happy to send out a summary of delegate’s experiences, comments or reactions if you email me directly.  reneefe@charter.net  

          I’ll be happy to lead off by reporting some of my experiences.  First of all, 4 strong willed democratic women successfully shared one room with one bathroom.  Friday evening I was impressed with the comments of US Rep Steve Kagen regarding our state, our country and his strong position against continuing our war in Iraq.  US Rep Gwen Moore was the only speaker with the courage to address the controversial immigration topic.  Tammy Baldwin called Bush’s tenure “the most damaging presidency in American history”.  Senator Feingold voiced strong criticism of the new Democratic Congress, blaming newly elected officials for failure to mandate an end to this “Iraq folly”.  And Gov. Doyle took the opportunity to celebrate being the first Democrat re-elected as WI Governor in 32 years, to report his political successes regarding Senior Care, financing higher education, stem-cell and renewable fuels research and finally hinted at running again in 2010.

          Saturday we voted on the referendums.  Two of our committed delegates listed all the final resolution votes and when the summary is available to me, will send that out also.  For the most part, the process was civil, until about 1:30 when the arguments broke out.  At least we knew we were at the right convention then!

          It was a disappointment that no 2008 Democratic candidates for President chose to attend any part of this convention.  And we missed Gaylord, who had complications with lodging.  But the parties were fun!

 

July CF Dems Activities:

 

We are manning the Democratic Party information booth at the Northern WI State Fair on Thursday July 12 and Saturday July 14.  One volunteer is still needed for Thursday July 12 from 6 to 10 PM….please call the office at 715-738-1888 and leave a message with your contact information.  As before, we are sharing responsibilities with the EC Dems and a chat with Pres. Katy Phillips revealed that she and Marianne King have come up with helium balloons to hand out!  So, it should be fun for all.  And the weather is forecast to be reasonable.

 

Upcoming CF Dems Activities:

 

August 9th, Irvine Park, we will celebrate the dog days of summer with a potluck picnic.  Please mark your calendars and think of a dish to pass.  The 3rd Thursday of the month is our usual monthly meeting.  Though there will be no business meeting at this event, important announcements will be reported.  Exact park location and event time will be in the August newsletter.

 

Pure Water Days Parade will also be in August.  The Executive Committee has asked for input as to whether we should produce a float for the event, or do a “group walk” type entry with slogan signs.  Attend Thursday’s meeting or call the office with your opinion.  Results and the final decision will be included in the early August newsletter.

 

Our Movie Night Film Fest will continue in the fall – enjoy our beautiful WI summer!  Stay tuned for dates, times and subjects!  Any ideas?

 

Chippewa County will be hosting the 7th Congressional District Conference in 2008.  A committee is formed and is looking for additional interested members.

A message from Gaylord:  You might "warn" folks that we are going to be looking for an active and important committee to work on the 7th Cong Dist meeting for 2008.  There will be lots to do between now and then to find a place etc., for this event.”

Other Events of Interest:

The Veterans for Peace vigil happens every Saturday, on Peace Corner, Bridge and Bus 29 from 11 to noon, Chippewa Falls.  You are always welcome to join us to make an important statement about this war, for good conversation, to enjoy the passers by support for out position and to fend off the squealing tires and raised fingers of those opposed.  Yes, it is a free country.

 

Sicko, Michael Moore’s movie on the health care industry, is playing at Carmike in Eau Claire this week!  Shows nightly at 1, 4, 7:30, 9:55 through Thursday.  Don’t miss it because we’re not sure if there will be a 2nd week or if it will come to the local Micon Cinema. 

 

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 Co.

Gaylord Oppegard, Chair, Mary Ann King, Jim Peterson Co-Chairs

Rosemary Kilbridge, Secretary, Denise Haughian, Treasurer

Newsletter Editor: Renee Fontaine-Ebel

Office: 103 N. Bridge, Ste. 255, 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 2007

August 2007 Newsletter –Democratic Party of Chippewa County

 

 

Monthly Quote from Gaylord Oppegard our CC Dems President

"Do you know anyone who has all the answers, but doesn't seem to know the questions?"

 

Thursday, Aug 9 at 6 PM.  Annual Summer Celebration and Picnic at the Rasmus residence, 936 N. Bridge St. (note earlier time).  Main dish of grilled meat, utensils, lemonade, ice tea provided courtesy of Roberta.  Those members attending please bring: side dish, alternative beverage if you wish, lawn chair if you have one. This is not a business meeting, but there will be announcements.  Come to enjoy the camaraderie, food and fun!

 

Summary of CC Dems July Activities:

 

Our President sends a big thank you to all who helped man the Chippewa County booth at the Northern WI Fair!  Senator Hillary Clinton was the straw poll winner for President.  Speaking from personal experience, it was interesting and fun.  I would encourage anyone to sign up next year when the election is on!!!

 

Well, this actually happened in August, but Senator Pat Kreitlow's only 2007 fundraiser took place Thursday August 2 from 5-7 pm at the Stone's Throw in Eau Claire to keep the momentum alive in the 23rd Senate District.  If you missed it, you can still support the Senator with your checkbook.  As we all know, campaigns must continue to raise funds even in non-election years.

 

August CC Dems Activities:

 

We need marchers for the Pure Water Days parade, 1:00 Saturday August 11.  Call the office, 738-1888 or send email to party@chippewademocrats.com .  We have beautiful union-made T-shirts for marchers, available for purchase at cost, when we know the cost, that is.

 

We are co-sponsoring our own Healthy Wisconsin Forum with Citizen Action Wisconsin on Monday, August 27 at 6:30, probably at the CC Dems headquarters – notification of final location will be sent out.  Senator Pat Kreitlow and other speakers from Madison will provide information on Healthy Wisconsin – the Senate’s version of health care for WI citizens.  If you miss the session in Eau Claire, plan to attend this one.

 

Upcoming CC Dems Activities:

 

Fighting Bob Fest, Baraboo, WI, Sept. 8.  Jim Hightower, Laura Flanders, Granny D are headlining. Information is available at http://www.fightingbob.com/ and http://www.myspace.com/fightingbobfest  Save the date!  If you are interestedJoanne Curry has hired a bus to Bob Fest on September 8, leaving from the Chippewa Trails parking lot in Chippewa Falls with a stop in Eau Claire.  Gaylord has reserved a seat on that bus and invites you to join him.  Cost $20.  To reserve a space on the bus: herdingdogsrule@yahoo.com

 

Folks should be thinking about possible events to sponsor/attend/consider, for the rest of 2007 and into early 2008.  The Education Committee is still looking for suggestions for our Movie Night Film Fest in the fall – or any other type of public education regarding politics, energy, the environment, etc.  Bring your ideas to the picnic and the September meetings.

 

Don’t forget that Chippewa County will be hosting the 7th Congressional District Conference in 2008.  There will be lots to do between now and then to find a place etc., for this event and there is plenty of room on the committee for fresh ideas.


Other Events/Items of Interest:

 

WI Budget items to encourage your Senators and Representatives to support:

  1. Out-of-State Waste Reduction: A pro-conservation budget would increase the tipping fee to $10/ton to deter out-of-state waste, while also providing $47.4 million of the revenue needed by local entities to run recycling programs.  The Assembly version maintained the fee at the current $3/ton, the same rate that attracted 2.2 million tons of out-of-state waste in a two-year period. 

2.      Land Protection: A pro-conservation budget would reauthorize the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund for another decade and would restore the purchasing power of the program by providing $105 million per year, to allow it to contend with ever-increasing land prices. While the Assembly did reauthorize the Stewardship Fund, it reduced the funding to $25 million per year, of which only $19 million is available for actual land acquisition. 

3.      Renewable Energy Loan and Grant Program Creation: A pro-conservation budget would provide $30 million for the Renewable Energy Grants and Loans program dedicated to investing in Wisconsin renewable energy technologies. The Senate funded these grants and the Assembly did not provide funding.

Celebrate Democracy, a Democratic Party event sponsored by Buffalo, Pepin and Trempealeau Counties, will be held from 3 to 6 PM, Sunday August 12 at the Village Park in Stockholm, WI.  Food and refreshments will be available.  A silent auction and straw poll will be conducted.  Steve Schwartz of Citizen’s Action WI is the guest speaker.  US Rep. Ron Kind of La Crosse, Gov Jim Doyle, WI Sen. Kathleen Vinehout of Alma, WI Rep. Barbara Gronemus of Whitehall and WI Rep. Jeff Smith of Eau Claire are all invited.  Suggested donation $5 per adult.  Jim Dawson, 715-926-4677 for info.

 

The Veterans for Peace vigil happens every Saturday, on Peace Corner, Bridge and Bus 29 from 11 to noon, Chippewa Falls.  You are always welcome to join us to make an important statement about this war, for camaraderie, good conversation and supporting honks and waves from the passers by.

 

Hey Denise, way to go!  Gutsy letter to the Editor in Friday August 3rd Leader Telegram!  We should all be inspired to speak out conviction, whether in print, when encountering neighbors or friends on the street or over your backyard fence.

         

Personal apology from your newsletter editor.  The votes on the referenda (plural?) from the State Convention are lost in a convention bag somewhere between Chippewa Falls and Cornell.  When I track them down, I’ll send the info out.  Thanks, though, to the O’Connors for taking copious notes.

 

 

A Letter from US Senator Russ Feingold to You:

 

Dear Wisconsin Progressive,

          I’m writing today to thank you, the local activists, for all of your past support and hard work on behalf of myself and other elected Democrats – at all levels – across our state.  As you know, by working together last year, we were able to take back the State Senate, make huge gains in the Assembly, elect a Democrat in the 8th Congressional District, and of course re-elect our Governor/Lt. Governor and Senior Senator in resounding victories. 

          But there is much more work to be done as we inch closer to 2008.  My staff and I are continuing to travel the state, hold our steering committee meetings, and talk to folks on the ground in every corner of every county.  We’re continuing to build on the work we did together last year and will again do all that we can to elect Democrats at all levels leading up to 2008.  However, we can’t do anything without your help.

          So I wanted to be sure you had our campaign’s contact information.  The easiest way to contact us is through my State Field Director, Paula Zellner.  She may be reached at zellner@russfeingold.org or 715-735-7811.  We want to hear directly from you; whether you, or someone you know, are thinking about running for state office, or even if you just see something in your local paper that you think we should be aware of, we’re counting on you to be our eyes and ears on the ground.

          Again, the work that you do at the local level helps Democrats statewide.  I can’t thank you enough for your commitment and dedication.

 

With high hopes,

 

Russ Feingold

United States Senator

www.russfeingold.org 

 

Finally:  Share your favorite links

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October 2007

October 2007 Newsletter –Democratic Party of Chippewa County

Monthly Quote from Gaylord Oppegard our CC Dems President

"Politics is like a tornado; both involve a lot of spin."

 

Thursday, October 11, monthly meeting.  6:30 PM potluck, meeting at 7:00 PM, 103 N Bridge St, Suite 255, upstairs. Fall is in the air….giving us energy to be involved in our most important and vital political future.  See you there!

 

Some   agenda items:

Reports:  Secretary's & Treasurer's

Committee updates:  7th CD, Jefferson Jackson, Education, others

Status:  Recycling plans

New business:  Halloween party, Membership drive, Letters to the editor

 

 Summary of CC Dems September/October Activities:

The Executive Committee met to set the monthly meeting agenda Friday October 5 at the party office.

Dr. Tom Chisholm, founder of the Open Door Clinic, a retired military surgeon, an active member of Veteran’s for Peace – and a CC Dem – penned a thoughtful and compelling editorial printed in the Chippewa Herald, Access to Regular Health Care Far from Perfect, page A6, on Saturday, October 6.  If you missed it, check it out at the Democratic Party headquarters when you’re downtown.  Way to tell it like it is Tom!

 

Upcoming CC Dems Activities:

Film Night:  The Education Committee is hosting a series of films on subjects of community interest.  Our first film is co-sponsored by Citizen Action Wisconsin.

            Michael Moore’s acclaimed film Sicko. 

            Tuesday, Oct. 23

            Fill Inn Station, Chippewa Falls

            Refreshments at 6:30, movie at 7:00     -----      FREE admission

This is your chance to see an educational and entertaining take on our health care system.

 

There are rumors we shall have a spooky Halloween party, probably to be held also on Tuesday, Oct. 23.  Come to the meeting this Thursday for the final word!

 

Wonderful news!  We can do our part to impact the progression of global warming.  An Environmental Committee is working on some projects (recycling, ‘green’) for us.  You are invited to join if you have an interest.  Check us out on Thursday.

 

The Jefferson-Jackson Dinner is set for Saturday, April 5, 2008 at the Fill Inn Station.  Mark your calendars!

******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.

Other Events of Interest:

 

8th Annual Chippewa Valley Book Festival     ***     October 18-21  

LE Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire Room

Two programs of particular interest to Democrats will be held on Saturday, October 20. 

  • Dave Obey will speak on his book Raising Hell for Justice, noon to 1 p.m.
  • A three writer panel will discuss the Middle East, 1:30-4:20 p.m.

                        Check out https://webmail.uwec.edu/owa/redir.aspx?URL=http%3a%2f%2fwww.cvbookfest.org for more details. 

National Mobilization Protest Against the Iraq War - OCTOBER 27 – Chicago

REGIONAL PROTESTS are planned in 11 cities around the country. The MIDWEST regional protest will be held in CHICAGO. Over 20 BUSES will be going to the Chicago protest from Wisconsin. The Northland Anti-War Coalition bus will begin its journey in Duluth/Superior. Peace North will likely start a bus in the Ashland and/or Hayward area. The cost per person will be $50.  However, for those who make a commitment to go and the full amount is a hardship, there may be

[CF Dems October Newsletter, pg. 2]

sponsorships available. The buses are scheduled to leave around 5:00 AM on Saturday the 27th and return early on Sunday the 28th with no overnight stops.  If you want to attend, LET US KNOW NOW! In the Twin Ports and points south, including Rice Lake and Eau Claire, contact Carl Sack at northlandiguana@gmail.com. In the Chequamegon Bay and Hayward areas, contact Carol Hannah at carolh@cheqnet.net.  If you can't go but feel that this mass protest for peace is important, please consider sponsoring one or more bus riders. Donations are welcome to help pay for the buses in advance, costing several thousand dollars. Send donations to the Northland Anti-War Coalition, P.O. Box 16853, Duluth, MN 55816. For more information, go to http://www.oct27chicago.org/

See you on the bus!   Spearheaded by United for Peace and Justice.

*******Immediate Action Needed for 1 of the 4 Conservation Priorities!

The bill for an Independent DNR Secretary is on the move with over 40 co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle!  Rep. Gunderson recently introduced a bill in the Assembly (AB 504) that would restore appointment of the DNR Secretary to the Natural Resources Board, thereby helping to ensure that natural resource decisions are being made based on science, not political whim. THIS BILL IS VERY CLOSE TO BECOMING REALITY, BUT WE NEED THE OVERWHELMING PUBLIC SUPPORT TO CONTINUE!  Representative/Chairperson Gunderson has scheduled a hearing at the Assembly Natural Resources Committee for Wednesday, October 10th, 10:00 am, State Capitol, Room 417 North.  If you can or are thinking about attending contact me through my email below.  If you cannot attend, please submit written comments.  Please address the letter to Chairperson Gunderson and the Assembly Natural Resources Committee, thanking them for introducing the bill, holding the hearing and urging them to vote in favor of the bill as well as pass it out of Committee.  Email it to me as an attachment and we will deliver them the day of the hearing.  Any comments you sent to the last hearing, will be reprinted and delivered as well. Thank you for your ongoing dedication to the Four Conservation Priorities and Wisconsin's natural resources!  Jennifer Giegerich, Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, jennifer@conservationvoters.org (608) 661-0845

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:

Eau Claire County Board Resolution Supporting Healthy Wisconsin

A summary from an article in the Leader-Telegram early in October:

Uncertain about some details and calling the statewide health care proposal "not perfect," a majority of Eau Claire County Board members nonetheless are lending their support to the Healthy Wisconsin plan.  In a 15-11 vote, board members passed the resolution supporting the controversial measure promoted by Democrats in the state Legislature. Board members said the proposal likely will be withdrawn from
the state budget, which is more than three months overdue. They [believe] county leaders need to keep pressure on the state Legislature to address problems with the current health care system.  Finance Director Scott Rasmussen made a preliminary analysis of the costs and estimated the plan would reduce the [EC] county's health insurance costs by $3.7 million. Some of those savings would come from employees paying 4 percent of their wages to Healthy Wisconsin, which is more than most employees they pay now for the county's health insurance plan, spurring comments on both sides of this issue.  The resolution supporting Healthy Wisconsin will be sent to members of the Legislature's budget Conference Committee, Gov. Jim Doyle and the Wisconsin Counties Association.
***Provided by the Eau Claire Health Coalition.

If you have something to contribute to the newsletter, please feel free to email me at reneefe@charter.net.  I try to publish by the weekend before our monthly meeting.

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 Co.

Gaylord Oppegard, Chair, Mary Ann King, Jim Peterson Co-Chairs, Rosemary Kilbridge, Secretary, Denise Haughian, Treasurer

Newsletter Editor: Renee Fontaine-Ebel

Office: 103 N. Bridge, Ste. 255, Chippewa Falls WI 54729 Office hours: M-Th 10 am – 12 pm

Website: www.chippewademocrats.com Email party@chippewademocrats.com  Phone 715-738-1888

 

November 2007

November 2007 Newsletter –Democratic Party of Chippewa County 

Monthly Quote from Gaylord Oppegard our CC Dems President
“We must leave our comfort zone in order to make needed changes!''

 Thursday, November 8, monthly meeting.  6:30 PM potluck, meeting at 7:00 PM, 103 N Bridge St, Suite 255, upstairs.  Just to encourage you to attend, our Pres has been very good at ending ON TIME!

Summary of CC Dems October Activities:

 The Executive Committee meets Friday November 2 to set the monthly meeting agenda at the party office.

Sicko Success!!! 

          On Tuesday, Oct. 23, the Chippewa County Democrats co-sponsored a free viewing with the Citizen’s Action Committee the Michael Moore documentary film ‘Sicko’.  A great time was had by all 32 or 33 movie goers.  There was applause at the end of the movie!  So, do you want to move to Canada, UK, France or Cuba?  I personally think the idea of beginning each year with 5 weeks of vacation is a plus for the French!  That and 3 years of junior high school French finally paying off!

Pizza and Halloween festivities were spooky--we had a cat, some witches, a wizard, a cross-dressing Huckleberry Finn, and a devilish Michael Moore. Who was the cat?  Barb Wise!  ***We need suggestions for movies to show throughout this year!!!

 Richard Smith drafted a form listing CC Dems volunteer opportunities.  This gives interested people & party members ways to be involved in specific activities.  Come to the November meeting to get a look!

National Mobilization Protest Against the Iraq War - OCTOBER 27 – Chicago

Well, we didn’t get on that bus, but I did attend the Chicago protest with 3 other Chippewa Valley women (1 other from Chippewa County).  We drove to Chicago on Saturday morning, arriving at 11:30AM, parked at our hotel & hoofed it to the start location.  When arriving at Union Park, there was a crowd of about 3,000.  There were many encouraging, and some angry, speakers, plus the entertaining Raging Grandmas from Madison.  The national Chairman of the Vets for Peace made an excellent point about planting a seed of doubt in that big group of people in the middle between the left and right. As the crowd grew, we were sent off marching to the music and words of a very talented local rap artist. We walked & cheered peacefully about 2.5 miles to Federal Plaza.  There were police officers at every intersection maintaining traffic control.  However, as we neared downtown, there was law enforcement dressed in full riot control gear with big bats & plastic cuff links.  They closed ranks at Federal Plaza, blocking streets.  And then there were officers on horse back.  Quite intimidating, which I suppose was the purpose.  At Federal Plaza there were 3 “jail busses” at each intersection waiting for new inmates (we read in the Chicago paper that there were 4 arrests).  More speakers addressed the crowd of 10,000: Iraq vets, elected officials, special interest groups.  Many people spoke to us, shared their fears, concerns, anger & support for Ron Paul [hey, he’s on the Tonight Show as I write] or Dennis Kucinich (go figure?).  We 4 were all very glad that we went -- as well as committed to write letters to the editor.  And very unhappy there was no press coverage for the 11 large cities around the country.  One of the women already wrote a letter challenging this issue.  We were also told there were about as many smaller communities having their own rallies.  It felt good to do what we could!  We also highly recommend the Chicago House of Blues Gospel Brunch on Sunday mornings!  Renee Fontaine-Ebel

     For photos go to:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/solidarityeconomy/  

Upcoming CC Dems Activities:

Wonderful news!  We can do our part to impact the progression of global warming.  An Environmental Committee is working on some projects (recycling, ‘green’) for us.  You are invited to join if you have an interest.  Check us out on Thursday Nov. 8th.

          5 things you can do about global warming:

  1. Drive Smart.  Keep your car well-tuned, tires properly inflated.  Better yet, take the bus, ride your bike or walk.
  2. Save Energy at Home.  Caulk and weather-strip doorways and windows.  Adjust your thermostat lower (for each degree creates a 3% saving in winter time) or install a programmable thermostat.  Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent that use about ¼ the electricity and last 10 times longer.  Request a free energy audit by your utility company.
  3. Become a Smart Water Consumer.  Install low-flow shower-heads and faucets using ½ the water without decreasing performance.  Set your hot water heater at 120 degrees to reduce your costs as much as 50%.
  4. Monitor media.  When you see reports referring to any “uncertainty” regarding global warming science, write a letter to the editor to set them straight.
  5. Write your leaders.  Urge them to raise fuel economy standards to 40 miles per gallon.  It is the biggest single step we can take toward curbing global warming.  It would save nearly 4 million barrels of oil a day (amounts exceeding our imports from the Persian Gulf and could ever extract from the Artic National Wildlife Refuge combined).  By saving gas you save nearly $2000 at the pump over the average life of your car.

 We need planning committee for CC Dems Christmas party on December 13!  Contact the office at 738-1888 and leave a message or email Gaylord Oppegard at gpoppegard@aol.com if you are interested in helping.

 The CC Dems party office is not accessible to everyoneSince there is not a way to get to the 2nd floor office, we are thinking of moving to a different location.  Does anyone know of property available for rent downtown? 

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!!!!! Contact Denise Haughian at haughidm@uwec.edu if you can help.

 7th CD set for May 3, 2008 at 29 Pines.  Looks like there will be extra breakout sessions of interest to all.  Put it on your calendar.

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

Other Events of Interest:

……..A message from Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters………

It’s done!  Wisconsin has a budget and (by-and-large), it’s a pro-conservation budget.  AND,           we have successes on two Conservation Priorities!!    Here’s a summary:

(Conservation Priority) Land Protection: The Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund will be reauthorized for another decade and will receive $86 million a year to purchase land.  This is a great victory because we have secured land preservation dollars that will help balance the increasing demands of development.

(Conservation Priority) Renewable Energy Loan and Grant Program Creation:  The budget created the Renewable Energy Grants and Loans program dedicated to investing in Wisconsin’s renewable energy technologies. The budget provides $22 million to fund these grants. 

Out-of-State Waste Reduction and Local Recycling Programs: The tipping fee was increased from $3/ton to $4/ton which will help deter the 2 million tons of out-of-state waste dumped in Wisconsin every year, while also providing $13 million of the revenue needed by local entities to run recycling programs.  While research shows that, to deter waste, the tipping fee needs to be more in-line with neighboring states at around $10-12/ton, we are pleased that legislators recognized how concerned citizens are about this problem.

Polluted Runoff Reduction: The budget provides $6 million to farmers for nutrient management plans and $25 million for infrastructure to battle polluted runoff, Wisconsin’s number one water quality problem. 

Cleaning Up Contaminated Sediments.  The budget provides for $17 million to clean up contaminated sediment from the Great Lakes and the Kinnickinnic River in Milwaukee.

THANK YOU for your continued dedication to conservation!  If you want to help ensure victories on the remaining Conservation Priorities, like protecting the Great Lakes from water diversions, restoring conservation integrity with the Hunter, Angler, Trapper Bill of Rights, and reducing global warming emissions in Wisconsin, mark your calendar for Wednesday, January 30th, 2008—Conservation Lobby Day 2008!  What will we win this time?!?                        

            Thank you for all your conservation efforts, Jennifer Giegerich

Messages from Senator Feingold will be emailed under separate cover!

All are invited to the Federal Building in EC for observance of Armistice Day/Veteran's Day.  Remember 11-11-11.  That is 11 AM on Nov. 11.  Our local Veteran's For Peace will be sponsoring brief observance at that 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!

Just FYI:

If you have something to contribute to the newsletter, please feel free to email me at reneefe@charter.net.  I try to publish by the weekend before our monthly meeting.

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://chippewademocrats.com/, fill it out, and send it back to us.  Thank you!

 

Executive Committee of the Democratic Party of Chippewa Co.
Gaylord Oppegard, Chair, Mary Ann King, Jim Peterson Co-Chairs
Rosemary Kilbridge, Secretary, Denise Haughian, Treasurer
Newsletter Editor: Renee Fontaine-Ebel
Office: 103 N. Bridge, Ste. 255, Chippewa Falls WI 54729
Email party@chippewademocrats.com  Phone 715-738-1888
Office hours: M-Th 10 am – 12 pm

December 2007

December 2007 Newsletter –Democratic Party of Chippewa County

 

Monthly Quote from Gaylord Oppegard our CC Dems President

"Due to my writers being on strike, there is no quote this month."

 

Thursday, December 13, Christmas Party.  Potluck dinner at 7:00 PM, 103 N Bridge St, Suite 255, upstairs.  There will not be a business meeting, only any announcements, but plan to come and party!  Pat Kreitlow and Kristen Dexter are planning to speak that night. Be sure to attend and get to know the woman who will unseat Moulton!

 

We may have to vacate our upstairs office soon.  Costs and accessibility are the reasons.  Please advise of any appropriate rental properties you know about.  This issue is urgent!

 

Your 2008 dues are due!  Any dues paid after October 1 go toward your next year fees.  Pledge cards are available at the office or pick one up the night of the party.  FYI CC Dems 2007 membership is up 117% from 2006.  Let’s keep up the good work and invite others to join.

 

Summary of CC Dems November Activities:

 

Dave Obey’s alternative to President Bush’s War Funding Request did not pass resulting in the funding issue being tabled until the new year.  There will be lots of mud slinging over this issue.  Keep informed.  http://www.obey.house.gov/  

 

Several dual members of CC Dems and Veterans for Peace attended the inspiring observance of Armistice Day/Veteran's Day on 11-11-11 at the Federal Court House in Eau Claire.  Some even spoke words of remembrance and wisdom.

 

If I missed something, please advise and I’ll be happy to send out the information.

 

Upcoming CC Dems Activities:

 

Gov Doyle has announced a special Legislative Session for Dec 11 to discuss campaign finance reform.  That seems like overdue news!

 

Wonderful news!  We can do our part to impact the progression of global warming.  An Environmental Committee is working on some projects (recycling, ‘green’) for us.  You are invited to join if you have an interest.  Check us out.

          Global warming and the winter holidays:

  1. Green gifts.  Instead of sweets or $, give your mail carrier, newspaper delivery person and waste hauler those cute little compact fluorescent squiggly light bulbs that last forever and are cheap.
  2. Donate cell phones you no longer need.  The domestic abuse centers will put them to good use for victims of domestic abuse to have a 911 phone.  In Chippewa County, the Family Support Center, 723-1178.    
  3. Save Energy at Home.  Caulk and weather-strip doorways and windows.  Adjust your thermostat lower (for each degree creates a 3% saving in winter time) or install a programmable thermostat.  Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent that use about ¼ the electricity and last 10 times longer.  Request a free energy audit by your utility company.
  4. Become a Smart Water Consumer.  Install low-flow shower-heads and faucets using ½ the water without decreasing performance.  Set your hot water heater at 120 degrees to reduce your costs as much as 50%.
  5. Get involved with WI League of Conservation Voters!  See note below for opportunities.

 

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 May 3, 2008 at 29 Pines.  Looks like there will be extra breakout sessions of interest to all.  Put it on your calendar.

******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.

Other Events of Interest:

……..TWO messages from Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters………

  1. ACT Now to Protect our Children from the Dangers of Mercury!

 

Efforts to curb mercury in the air and in the water have been going on for years because mercury is a dangerous toxin—in fact, one of the most toxic substances to human health, impacting both the brain and nervous system.  Mercury is especially dangerous for children, whose brains are still developing.  Exposure during early childhood can result in delayed or reduced development of memory, language skills, and coordination. Right now, all of Wisconsin’s in-state waters have mercury advisories warning women and children to limit the amount of fish they consume from Wisconsin’s lakes and streams.  The Department of Natural Resources is currently working on rules to reduce mercury from the largest industrial sources, like coal-burning power plants.  And, Senator Bob Jauch from northwestern Wisconsin is leading an effort to eliminate unnecessary mercury from consumer products.  The DNR estimates that more than 4000 pounds of mercury are released into the environment from products every year.

  • Please email or call your both your Senator and your Representative and ask them to protect public health by supporting all efforts to reduce mercury in our environment by co-sponsoring LRB 07-2316 introduced by Senator Jauch.

 

  • If Sen. Jauch is your legislator (or even if he isn’t!), please be sure to thank him for working to protect public health and natural resources in Wisconsin. 

 

The Legislative Hotline is: 1-800-362-9472.  For your legislator’s contact information, visit: http://waml.legis.state.wi.us/PLEASE let us know if you send an email or make the call! 

2.      Sign-Up TODAY for Conservation Lobby Day 2008! Wednesday, January 30, 2008—Madison

This year, the 3 Conservation Priorities that are still in play in the 2007-2008 Legislature are:

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. 

Due to record numbers last year and because many legislators won’t schedule meetings unless we can tell them how many of their constituents are coming, we recommend signing-up ASAP!    http://www.conservationvoters.org/ or call (608) 661-0845  *RSVP required by January 22nd* This year, we have some special features and services just for you!

      For more details, click on the “Learn More about Lobby Day” link on our website, http://www.conservationvoters.org/

 

Messages from Senator Feingold will be emailed under separate cover!

 

Foreign Film Series for Adults:  Chippewa Falls Public Library, “OSAMA”, Dec 27 @ 6:30 PM

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:

  • Once I get more retired and organized, I will be sending out info or alerts for political action throughout the month.  These messages will go to everyone on the CC Dems list-serve.  It is totally up to you what you do with the information…..Renee
  • If you have something to contribute to the newsletter, please feel free to email me at reneefe@charter.net.  I try to publish by the weekend before our monthly meeting.

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 Co.

Gaylord Oppegard, Chair, Mary Ann King, Jim Peterson Co-Chairs

Rosemary Kilbridge, Secretary, Denise Haughian, Treasurer

Newsletter Editor: Renee Fontaine-Ebel

Office: 103 N. Bridge, Ste. 255, Chippewa Falls WI 54729

Website: http://www.chippewademocrats.com/

Email party@chippewademocrats.com  Phone 715-738-1888

Office hours: M-Th 10 am – 12 pm

 

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