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January 2009 Newsletter

January 2009 Newsletter - Democratic Party of Chippewa County

 

Only 15 days left until the 2008 Democratic Party presidential candidate, Barack Obama, will be sworn in to the office of President of the United States of America.  We did it!

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, January 8.  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.

 

Meeting agenda includes:  

*****Elections for the Executive Committee*****

All the positions are open: Chair, Two Vice Chairs, Secretary, and Treasurer. 

The following people have accepted a nomination to date:
          Chair:  Al Holle
          Vice Chair:  Carol Gehl
          Treasurer:  Denise Haughian

Other nominations for these positions can be made prior to the meeting by emailing or phoning Al Holle (holle@charter.net or 715-723-3599).  Nominations can also be made at the meeting on the 8th.  Note:  Please confirm with the individual nominated to see if they will accept the position before you contact me

 

Oh, yes, and the usual business meeting too.
             

Summary of CC Dems December Activities:

 

  • The Holiday Party was a great success thanks to Richard Haughian & Carol Gehl who organized & decorated the Heyde Center meeting room for this festive occasion. The dinner and party venues were superb.  We do the best pot luck!  Santa joined us with a few gifts!  Thanks to all who attended and made the evening so delightful!
  • Senator Pat Kreitlow kicked off his re-election campaign with a reception on Wednesday, December 17th at Haymarket Grill in Eau Claire. Jeff Smith & Kristin Dexter introduced Pat to invite help for his 2010 Campaign.  This part of the state will be a target for the Republican Party to regain Legislative seats serving as a reminder of the grass roots work that will be needed.  See his "Kreitlow Report" newsletter below.

 

 

Upcoming CC Dems Activities:

  • Membership in the Democratic Party of Chippewa County runs from January through December.  If you haven't already done so, this is a gentle reminder it is the time of year to renew your membership. Your donation helps the party continue our year round promotion of progressive ideals. Initial membership letters have gone out to prospective members who visited our offices during the summer & fall. We want to encourage everyone to stay involved & to continue to work for change. There is still much to do.

 

  • The annual Jefferson Jackson Dinner will be held April 4, 2009 at the Fill-Inn Station.  Mark your calendars!  Suggestions for a speaker are needed.  If you would like to help out with the preparations, please contact us at 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?  What about Israel?

The Kreitlow Report:

Looking Ahead to 2009--.

I hope this year-end edition of the Kreitlow Report finds you & your family well this holiday season. With the 2008 election finally behind us, I wanted to take this opportunity to give you an update from Madison on what I've been working on during the last several months, as well as what to expect in the legislative session starting in January.  The two most pressing issues facing WI are the estimated $5.4 billion budget deficit & the dramatic economic downturn of our economy that caused it.  The key to dealing with these issues is realizing that we can't simply cut or tax our way to prosperity. We have to continue to make important investments in education, the environment &  economic development while not increasing the tax burden on working families, a difficult & delicate balance & a challenge my colleagues & I take very seriously.  The budget process officially begins when Governor Doyle introduces his budget proposal in late January or early February. For me, the process of meeting with constituents & gathering their input on how to address this crisis is on-going, through legislative surveys, constituent meetings & district listening sessions. I was pleased to hold 50 listening sessions in the last two years & will be scheduling another round to be announced soon.  I am also happy to report that I have been elected by my peers in the Senate to

serve as Senate President Pro-Tempore. This position is both a formal Officer of the Senate, as well as member of leadership within the Senate Democratic Caucus. The official duties of the President Pro Tempore include presiding over the Senate in place of the President when he or she is unable to, & I was honored to be elected to this position for the 2009 Senate session.  While the difficulties facing our state have dampened the mood in regards to some of the issues we hoped to tackle this year, I am optimistic that the newly formed legislature will still be able to bring much-needed reform to our schools, health care, taxation formula, & energy policies.  I look forward to working hard for you during the 2009-2010 legislative session.

New Committee Assignments-..

The Senate makeup will remain largely the same in 2009, though many of the committees have been altered & I will have an opportunity to hear discussion on a wide range of issues in the coming session.

  • As chair of the Senate Committee on Rural Issues, Biofuels and Information Technology , I am delighted to help set the agenda on legislation in these areas which have a direct impact on our economy here in the Chippewa Valley.
  • I will also be a member several other committees, including:  Agriculture and Higher Education, Commerce Utilities Energy & Rail, Economic Development, Ethics Reform & Government Operations, Joint Committee for Information Policy & Technology (co chair), Special Committee on Oversight of Senate Broadcasting (co-chair)
  • In addition, I will be a member of the Wisconsin Building Commission starting in January of 2010. The Building Commission is in charge of developing & implementing a long-range plan to construct, finance, maintain, & improve building projects necessary for the functions of all three branches of Wisconsin state government. This appointment will enable me to have a say in where & how the state proceeds with its infrastructure, & I am looking forward to joining this committee in 2010.

 

Biofuels Legislative Council Committee-..

 

For the past several months I have served as co-chair of a Legislative Council Study Committee on Domestic Biofuels that has been meeting regularly to develop a comprehensive policy to encourage the use, development, & sale of renewable fuels in Wisconsin.  This committee, co-chaired by Representative Scott Suder, is made up of several members of the legislature, public members representing agricultural, business, & environmental groups that have an interest in

renewable fuels. We have heard testimony from a wide range of experts in this field, presenting a broad range of views on this subject & helping the committee develop innovative policy options for Wisconsin.  Most of the materials presented & reviewed by the committee are available online at the legislative council website, http://www.legis.state.wi.us/lc/index.htm. The committee will be meeting again in January & we will be presenting a final proposal for the legislature to consider next year.  Overall this has been a great way to bring all interested parties to the table to discuss renewable fuel options for our state.

 

Every couple weeks, I send out a legislative update to keep you informed about what I'm working on & hopefully get feedback on the issues being discussed in our community & the legislature.  If you are interested in receiving this update, or if you'd like to stop receiving it, please contact my office.  Thanks for reading.

Contact Senator Kreitlow:

Phone: 608-266-7511  Toll free: 888-437-9436  Fax: 608-267-6794

Address: Room 10 South, State Capitol, PO Box 7882, Madison, WI 53707

Email: sen.kreitlow@legis.wisconsin.gov

Website: www.legis.state.wi.us.senate/sen23

 

Just FYI:  Too long for FYI this month-..read next month!

 

******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 to not receive these emails, please respond to party@chippewademocrats.com

 

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: Monday - Friday,  10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  &   Thursday  5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

February 2009 Newsletter

February 2009 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, February 12.  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.  See you there!   NOTE:  check out the changed office hours at the end of this newsletter.

Meeting agenda includes:   Senate & Assembly Legislative Updates, 7th CD Convention, Candidate for 67th Assembly District, Feingold Re-Election Campaign, Shirley Abrahamson Supreme Court Race, County Judge Race, Organizing For America…….Lots of new and interesting activities for you to know about!

Summary of CC & WI Dems January Activities:

·         We had a successful Food Drive the week of National Day of Service - January 19th

·         Democratic Party of Wisconsin Moves to New Headquarters  

     The Democratic Party of Wisconsin has moved into new offices in downtown Madison, just a half block away from the State Capitol. Please update any documents or listings you have with our new address: Democratic Party of Wisconsin ,   110 King Street, Suite 203,  Madison, WI, 53703,  Phone: (608) 255-5172,  Fax: (608) 255-8919 http:www.wisdems.org 

Located directly across the street from the Majestic Theatre and above Ancora Coffee. Elevator accessible around the corner on Webster Street. Please feel free to stop by anytime if you need information on DPW memberships, upcoming events or just to pay us a visit!  (PARKING INFO: Metered parking is available on King Street and in meters on adjacent streets. Ramp parking can be accessed in the Government East parking ramp, located at 215 South Pinckney Street.)       
Sincerely,  Joe Wineke, DPW Chair

Upcoming CC Dems Activities:

 

  • On the environmental front, the group, Concerned Chippewa Citizens, continues its opposition to the Canadian Sand and Proppants, Inc. Plant being built in Chippewa Falls. There has been some progress.  It has received a $5000 grant to help in the endeavor. Mayor Hoffman has promised to meet with a small group of members, as long as they are city residents. It is encouraging townships to put into place a mining ordinance for nonmetallic mining if the township has not done so.  It is awaiting a decision by Judge Cameron concerning the lawsuit filed.  It is not expected until April. A public forum about the sand plant is being planned for February 19th at 7:00 p.m. at the Heyde Center.  For more information please check out their website at http://www.ccc-wis.com/.

 

  • Just 2 Weeks Left to RSVP for Conservation Lobby Day February 25 in Madison

 

  • The annual Jefferson Jackson Dinner will be held April 4, 2009 at the Fill-Inn Station.  Mark your calendars!  Suggestions for a speaker are needed.  If you would like to help out with the preparations, please contact us at the office.

 

  • The 7th CD Convention will be held on April 18th.  The location is still undecided because of some conflicts with the 3rd CD Convention the same day. We can have at least 15 delegates from Chippewa County.  If interested, let me know.  We can also bring up to 10 Resolutions to the Convention.  More information will be available at the February and March meetings.

 

  • The State Democratic Convention will be held June 12 -13 in Green Bay at the Radisson.  Keep that date open. More info to come.

 

  • Event: 13th Democratic Leadership Institute
    Date: April 25-26th
    Location: Devil's Head Resort in Merrimac, WI
             
    Be challenged. Be inspired.  This is your chance to become an active member of Wisconsin politics.  Hosted by the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, the 13th Democratic Leadership Institute will provide you with the tools and connections necessary to become part of the next generation of party leaders.
                With both Activist and Youth (18-25) tracks, DLI is an essential experience for those looking to jump-start their political career or simply become more effective grassroots activists. Campaign training sessions, distinguished speakers and social networking opportunities make DLI one of the DPW's premier leadership weekends. 
                Access our brochures below, or email Laura at dli@wisdems.org for applications and
    more information.

                   View the Youth Brochure/Application
                   View the Activist Brochure/Application

 

  • Greetings Wisconsin Democrats—

            Change is in the air! Barack Obama took the oath of office to become the 44th President of the United States on January 20. What a historic and important day that was. We are now in the process of making this nation great once again. So before I get in to too much of an update, I just want to thank you all again for the work you did this last fall. It was because of that effort that we can now celebrate.

            In the midst of all of these great events, I did want to take just a moment to give a brief update on some DNC happenings. Following a wonderful Inaugural celebration, the Democratic National Committee met on January 21 to elect new leadership for the DNC. By a unanimous vote, we were pleased to welcome Governor Tim Kaine as the Chair of the DNC. Governor Kaine thanked Howard Dean for his service and vowed to continue the 50-state strategy, which was key to our successes the past four years.

            In addition to Governor Kaine, we also elected a slate of other officers. For your information, the following individuals were elected: Vice Chairs: Donna Brazile, Congressman Mike Honda and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Secretary: Alice Germond, Treasurer: Andy Tobias

            I firmly believe that this is a solid team at the helm of the DNC, a team that is committed to building on our victories and a team that understands the needs and direction of the Democratic Party.

            As the Chair of the Democratic National Committee’s Youth Council, we are already hard at work lobbying the new administration to create a Youth Liaison in the White House Office of Public Liaison. The Youth Council believes it is important to have an individual in the White House lobbying policy on behalf of the youngest generation of voters.

            We are also working with the incoming DNC administration to find more ways for young people to be involved within the official structure of the Democratic Party. As you may remember, when I was first elected back in 2004, of the 447 members of the DNC, only five were under the age of 36. I am pleased to report that today we have 15 members under 36! For the second largest voting bloc, this isn’t the greatest percentage, but it is certainly an improvement. In the coming months, I will be sitting down with DNC Chair Tim Kaine and looking for other ways for young people to serve this party. Ideally we are hoping to have young people appointed to important DNC committees, such as Rules & Bylaws. It is important that our governing bodies be reflective of the electorate.

            All in all, I am pleased to report that the DNC is doing well. I will certainly keep you updated as we move further along, and as more information is made available regarding President Obama’s plan called “Organizing for America.” I will also keep you informed of activities of the Youth Council so you can know what I am doing on the national level to serve you.

            That is everything I wanted to update you on. Not too much, but I firmly believe you need to know what we do at our meetings. Before I sign off, I just want to thank you so much for having given me the opportunity to serve on the Democratic National Committee. If at any time I can be of assistance to you, please do not hesitate to let me know.

            All my best to you!

Democratically yours,

Jason R. Rae
DNC Member - WI
raejason@yahoo.com
715.790.4334

·         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 wars on foreign soils - Afghanistan and Iraq.

Just FYI: 

  • 10 ways to reduce your carbon footprint!  (from a library book by the same name with a much longer list of possibilities)
  1. Unplug your cell phone charger when not in use.
  2. Pass on your old cell phone for recycling.  The Family Support Center uses them for emergency phones for victims of abuse.   Or select your favorite charity.
  3. Stick to showers but keep them short and install low flow shower heads.
  4. Save baths for special occasions.
  5. Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth.
  6. Harvest rainwater for watering plants and washing your car.
  7. Become a “locavore”, buy locally and in season.
  8. Manage your finances on-line.
  9. Recycle and buy/use recycled products.
  10. Have an energy audit done on your residence and follow recommendations.

 

******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 to not receive these emails, please respond to party@chippewademocrats.com

 

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-Chair, Carol Gehl & Todd Meyers-Vice Chairs, Teresa Anderson-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:  Monday – Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Thursday 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Friday 1:00 p.m. – 3 p.m.

March 2009 Newsletter

March 2009 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, March 12.  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.  Let’s get ready for spring & the 7th CD & WI Democratic conventions (see more info under “Upcoming CC Dems Activities).

 

Meeting agenda includes:   Legislative and Campaign Updates!  Any ideas for a Democratic candidate for 67th Assembly District?  Do you have an interest in running? The “Leadership Institute” and “Organizing For America”. Plus….Membership:  County wide our 2009 membership is only 66% of our 2008 membership.  We are leading every county in the state, but when you consider half of our 2009 members are new members, it means members from 2008 have yet to submit their dues for 2009.  If you are wondering whether you have paid in 2009, please call the office (715-738-1888) & we can look it up.  Membership is a major way we fund our local office & local programs, therefore vital to our existence. Please become a 2009 member.

MEMBERSHIP FORM:  Please complete & return this form with your membership fees.
Name(s): _______________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________
Address:  _______________________________________________________________
City: ___________________________________State:_______ Zip Code:____________
Phone:____________________________Email:_________________________________
Occupation/Employer (If donating more than $200):       
_______________________________________________________________________
___$10 Senior/Student/Limited Income                            
___$25 General                                                             
___$35 Pairs (includes 2 memberships)                           
___$45 Activist (includes up to 3 memberships)               
___$75 Family (includes all family members)           
___$120 Supporter** or $10 per month
___$240 Friends** or $20 per month
___$600 Patron** or $50 per month
___$1200 Investor** or $100 per month
___$2400 Benefactor** or $200 per month
                   Make checks payable to the Democratic Party of Chippewa County &  return membership form and remittance to: Democratic Party of Chippewa County, 619 North Bridge Street, Suite 100, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729

Summary of CC & WI Dems February Activities:

 

  • Surviving our stimulating & challenging west central WI winter!
  • Our Food Drive participation in National Day of Service was so successful, looks like we’ll keep right on with that effort.

 

 

 

Upcoming CC Dems Activities:

 

Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner:  You’re invited! 5th Annual Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner, April 4, 2009, Fill Inn Station, 104 West Columbia Street, Chippewa Falls, WI. Cocktails & conversation at 5:00 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m.
          The Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner, named after Presidents Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson, has been a fundraising celebration held by Democratic Party organizations throughout the United States. Thomas Jefferson, the principal author of the Declaration of Independence & an influential founding father. His core political value for America was representative democracy is needed to prevent tyranny by the majority. Following in his footsteps, Andrew Jackson sought to broaden the public’s participation in government. He & his supporters were considered the precursors of today’s modern Democratic Party. So we salute these two founders of the Democratic philosophy & pledge to work diligently toward increased citizen participation.
          Our special guest speaker, Ed Garvey, is the voice of FightingBob.com & founder of FightingBobFest, one of the nation’s largest gatherings for progressive voices. Ed is clever, humorous & never at a loss for words, so please join us for this extraordinary evening.
          Senator Pat Kreitlow is the MC & Speaker Jim Wrich will deliver updated information regarding the state of health care reform. We expect other political dignitaries to be present as well.
          A delicious chicken dinner, cocktails, enlightened conversation, local politics, multiple raffles, and a silent auction will brighten this special evening.
         
The Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner fundraiser has been a vital link in keeping our doors open, sponsoring events, & electing candidates like State Senator Kreitlow, Representative Kristin Dexter, Congressman Dave Obey & yes, President Barack Obama. Our success has come from the little things we have done along the way and it will be the little things we do in the future that will create continued success. It is vitally important for all of us to participate in our major fundraiser and support our local Democratic Party of Chippewa County.
          Tickets are $25 Single and $45 Couple. They must be purchased in advance and picked up at the door on April 4th. In order to have an accurate count for dinner no tickets will be sold at the door.  We hope to see you there!                 Al Holle, Chair, Democratic Party of Chippewa County

Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner (Ticket Order Form) ***   April 4, 2009
Name:____________________________________________________________
Address:__________________________________________________________
Phone: _____________________Email:_________________________________
Number of Tickets: _____________ ($25/Single $45/Couple)
Guests:___________________________________________________________  _________________________________________________________________
I am unable to attend, but I would like to donate:
$100  ____ $75  ____ $50  ____ $25  ____ Other $ ____________
Checks made out to: Democratic Party of Chippewa County & mail or deliver to 619 North Bridge Street, Suite 100, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729.  Must be received by April 1, 2009.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7th CD Convention: Saturday, April 18th.

          Howard Johnson's Conference Center, 2101 N. Mountain RoadRib Mountain,                                        715-842-0711    or   1-800-928-7281

A block of rooms is set aside under Marathon County Democrats, code #2258.  $69/nite.
          If you are interested in being a delegate to the convention please register with Al Holle (Chair) at 715-723-3599 or email him at holle@charter.net  prior to April 1st.  Chippewa County can send at least 12 delegates.
          Cost for lunch and registration: $25 (registration $10.00 & lunch $15.00)
          All resolutions for the convention must be submitted to Al Holle before April 1st.

WI Democratic Party Convention is June 12-13 at the Green Bay Radisson:  Anyone considering attending & staying at the Radisson should book rooms now.  All State Party officers are up for election. Mike Tate is running for Chair & Melissa Schroeder is running with him, & there may be others running as well.  Again, if you wish to be a delegate to the State Party Convention, please contact Al Holle at 715-723-3599 or holle@charter.net by April 1st.

13th Democratic Leadership Institute (DLI): April 25-26th

                                                Devil's Head Resort, Merrimac, WI
         
Be challenged. Be inspired.  This is your chance to become an active member of Wisconsin politics.  Hosted by the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, the 13th Democratic Leadership Institute will provide you with the tools & connections necessary to become part of the next generation of party leaders. With both Activist and Youth (18-25) tracks, DLI is an essential experience for those looking to jump-start their political career or simply become more effective grassroots activists. Campaign training sessions, distinguished speakers & social networking opportunities make DLI one of the DPW's premier leadership weekends. Access  brochures below, or email Laura at dli@wisdems.org for applications & more information.

                        View the Youth Brochure/Application
                        View the Activist Brochure/Application

 

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

 

Just FYI: 

 

Gov. Doyle Reverses Position on Independent DNR Secretary! Just days after nearly 600 conservationists representing more than 80 organizations lobbied legislators in support of a return to an Independent DNR Secretary on Conservation Lobby Day, Governor Doyle breaks his long-standing promise to restore conservation integrity.  Citizens have been calling for an Independent DNR Secretary since 1995 when appointment authority was removed from the Natural Resources Board & given to the Governor.  On Conservation Lobby Day last week, citizens asked legislators to support LRB 0132/2, the Independent DNR Secretary billSince then, sixty legislators have signed on to co-sponsor this bill.  Contact your Senators and Representatives & if you would like to call the Governor's office & encourage him to change his mind, that number is:  608-266-1212. 

 

 

 

 

 

t r u t h o u t | 3/09

 

Share your favorite links:  Yeah, a member sent me an email sharing a favorite link!        

 

            We've been asked to share our favorite links with one another.  Here's one of mine; hope others check it out (if you haven't already) and enjoy. It tracks the activities of the transnational corporations here and around the globe.    Curt Rohland         http://www.multinationalmonitor.org/

                  

          Thanks Curt!  Any one else with suggestions? Download the form from our website http://mlist.orchidsuites.net/lists/lt.php?id=KkoOAwFRXAdWTVABD10YBQECDlQ%3D, fill it out, and send it back to us.  Thank you!

 

******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 to not receive these emails, please respond to party@chippewademocrats.com

 

 

Executive Committee of the Democratic Party of Chippewa County

Al Holle-Chair, Carol Gehl & Todd Meyers-Vice Chairs, Teresa Anderson-Secretary,

Denise Haughian, Treasurer              Newsletter Editor: Renee Fontaine-Ebel

Office: 619 North Bridge St, Suite 100, Chippewa Falls WI 54729

Website: http://www.chippewademocrats.com  Phone 715-738-1888

Office hours:  Monday – Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Thursday 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Friday 1:00 p.m. – 3 p.m.

April 2009 Newsletter

April 2009 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.

VOTE TUESDAY APRIL 7!!!

A note from the State Democratic Party…….Dear Democrat, Tuesday April 7 is Election Day in Wisconsin. Get out and vote in important spring races around the state. Exercise your civic duty and support the candidates that are right on the issues that matter to you.
Before you vote, please inform your friends, family and colleagues and remind them of the importance of this election. Also, remember that there are some great candidates on the ballot tomorrow:

Shirley Abrahamson – Wisconsin State Supreme Court

Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson is up for re-election to the Wisconsin Supreme Court Tuesday. Our Chief has spent her career fighting for Wisconsin families and she’s committed to a fair, non-partisan, and independent judiciary. Justice Abrahamson is respected across the state and nation as one of the leading justices in America. She has the support of a broad, statewide coalition of groups including law enforcement, judges, District Attorneys, and other community leaders.

Tony Evers – Department of Public Instruction


Tony Evers has dedicated his life to public education in our state. He is currently running for the office of State Superintendent of the Department of Public Instruction. He has served the students, parents and citizens of Wisconsin for over 34 years as a teacher, principal, superintendent, regional administrator, and Deputy State Superintendent. Evers will work to ensure students across Wisconsin have access to a quality education.

And a note from your local office: Don’t forget our own Roberta Rasmus is up for re-election for Chippewa Falls School Board!

Next meeting, Thursday, April 9. Come at 6:30 PM for conversation. Monthly meeting starts at 7:00 PM. 619 North Bridge St., Suite 100, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729.

Food Drive – Bring Food/Donation to Meeting April 9th

At our March meeting it was decided to continue food & cash collection to help the Salvation Army Food Pantry in Chippewa Falls. If you donate by check, please make it out to the Salvation Army Food Pantry so it goes directly for food purchases. You may also drop off food or cash donations at the Democratic Party of Chippewa County office anytime during regular office hours****see new office hours at end of newsletter.

Meeting agenda includes: Legislative updates, candidate for 67th Assembly, District 7th CD Convention & State Convention, DPW Leadership Institute, annual spring garage sale.


Summary of CC & WI Dems March & early April Activities:

• Jefferson Jackson Dinner huge success & a heck of allot of fun! There were wonderful prizes for the silent auction & donations for the drawing. Richard Haughian & Gaylord Poppengard clowned us into the mood for an enjoyable evening. Senator Kreitlow was MC, Jeff Smith, Kristen Dexter & candidate for State Party Chair, Mike Tate all contributed comments. Ed Garvey spoke from the heart about two issues. He was clear in his commitment that we, that’s the country, the good ol’ USA are in need of national health care for all. He sent a message to the insurance companies that “you had a good ride, but now it’s over”. Secondly, his position on Afghanistan is “we’re out of here”! He made a plea to all of us present and I am making to all of you out there, let’s make a plan to work toward these vital goals. See notes from Military Families Speak Out & Truthout under Just FYI below. A note from our Party chair: “..so much fun to see everyone having a good time. Thank you to everyone who attended and donated to the cause.”

Upcoming CC Dems Activities:

• Senator Kreitlow Announces Upcoming Listening Sessions scheduled in Greenwood, Chippewa Falls & Eau Claire
  • Tuesday, April 21st Greenwood City Hall, 102 North Main Street, Greenwood, 5:00 – 6:00 pm. (Senator Kreitlow will also be attending the Greenwood City Council Meeting at 6:00)
  • Thursday April 30th Chippewa Falls Public Library, 105 West Central Street, Chippewa Falls, 4:30-5:30 pm
  • And Eau Claire County Courthouse - County Board Room, 721 Oxford Avenue, Eau Claire, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
All of these sessions are open to the public and anyone with a question or concern about state government is welcome to attend. If anyone has further questions about these sessions they can contact Senator Kreitlow’s office by phone at (888)437-9436, by email at sen.kreitlow@legis.wisconsin.gov or by mail at P.O. Box 7882 Madison, WI 53707-7882.

• The 7th Congressional District Convention
Held April 18th, 2009 at the Howard Johnson Inn and Conference Center located at 2101 North Mountain Road, Wausau, WI 54401 – Phone: (715) 842-0711 Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. Registration fee: $10.00 Lunch provided: $15.00

Pre-registration is not required, but is encouraged. Please complete form and return to Marathon County Democratic Party, PO Box 1515, Wausau, Wisconsin 54402 by April 11th, 2009.

Registration for the 7th CD Convention DOES NOT GUARANTEE YOUR DELEGATE/ALTERNATE STATUS! Please contact your local party to register as a Delegate or Alternate.

• WI Democratic Party Convention is June 12-13 at the Green Bay Radisson: Anyone considering attending & staying at the Radisson should book rooms now. All State Party officers are up for election. Mike Tate is running for Chair & Melissa Schroeder is running with him, & there may be others running as well. Again, if you wish to be a delegate to the State Party Convention, please contact Al Holle at 715-723-3599 or holle@charter.net IMMEDIATELY.

• 13th Democratic Leadership Institute (DLI): April 25-26th
Devil's Head Resort, Merrimac, WI
Be challenged. Be inspired. This is your chance to become an active member of Wisconsin politics. Hosted by the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, the 13th Democratic Leadership Institute will provide you with the tools & connections necessary to become part of the next generation of party leaders. With both Activist and Youth (18-25) tracks, DLI is an essential experience for those looking to jump-start their political career or simply become more effective grassroots activists. Campaign training sessions, distinguished speakers & social networking opportunities make DLI one of the DPW's premier leadership weekends. Access brochures below, or email Laura at dli@wisdems.org for applications & more information.
View the Youth Brochure/Application
View the Activist Brochure/Application

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

Just FYI:

• The question now is - what is considered "unreasonable and excessive."???
An email from a Democratic friend: House Passes Executive Pay Standards Bill
After a lengthy floor debate, a bill to curb “unreasonable or excessive” executive compensation at firms that accepted federal bailout funds passed the House April 1 by a 247-171, mostly party-line vote. The measure (H.R. 1664), passed as an amendment to the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act (EESA) of 2008 (Pub. L. No. 109-280), would prohibit unreasonable and excessive compensation and compensation not based on performance standards at companies that receive direct capital investments of taxpayer money. The bill also would repeal an amendment to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Pub. L. No. 111-5), effectively making bonus restrictions apply to the American International Group and other recipients of TARP funds, regardless of when those companies signed bonus agreements.

• Dear Members of Military Families Speak Out (about War in Afghanistan OR Iraq),
The MFSO Board of Directors announces the opening of a membership vote on the War in Afghanistan. ……As you know, MFSO began in the fall of 2002 to prevent a U.S. invasion of Iraq. Since that invasion in March of 2003, the organization's mission has focused on three areas: ending the war in Iraq and bringing all of our troops home, making sure our troops get the care they need when they get here, and ending the foreign policy that allowed the invasion of Iraq to happen (policies of pre-emptive/preventive wars).
If MFSO decides to take a stand on the war in Afghanistan, there are two types of stances we could take: 1) changing MFSO's mission to demand immediate and total withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan now, or 2) MFSO adopting a position that the Afghanistan war should end quickly and the US and NATO should pursue policies that reduce civilian and military casualties.

These two options differ not only in what we are asking, but each has different implications for how MFSO, as an organization, allocates its resources of time and money. A mission change would mean that MFSO devotes significant resources to ending the war in Afghanistan and makes Afghanistan prominent in its public statements. Or the position could mean that MFSO still takes action on Afghanistan but more attention and resources are devoted to Iraq. Either a mission change or a position change will allow MFSO's members and chapters to take an official stance on Afghanistan and participate in activities as MFSO members that advocate for an end to the Afghanistan war.

Members will vote: The deadline for casting your [member] vote will be Monday, April 20 at 11:59 p.m. Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time.
Email us at board@mfso.org with questions. We encourage MFSO members to continue to dialogue about this issue and we encourage you to reach out to all MFSO members to participate in the voting process. Or check out the web page: www.mfso.org

In Peace and Solidarity,
Military Families Speak Out Founders and Board of Directors

• t r u t h o u t | 04.06

Go directly to our [truthout.org] issues page: http://www.truthout.org/issues

Dahr Jamail | The Storm Widens
http://www.truthout.org/040609R
One week after Iraqi government forces arrested an Awakening Group (commonly referred to as Sons of Iraq, al-Sahwa) leader, Adil al-Mashhadani, head of a patrol unit in central Baghdad's Fadhil neighborhood in Baghdad, sparking gun battles that raged for hours between US-backed Iraqi forces and US-allied Sunni militiamen that killed three people, militiamen have once again been detained, widening concerns that sectarian violence may once more engulf Baghdad."

Obama: The US Is Not at War With Islam
http://www.truthout.org/040609S
Michael D. Shear, Kevin Sullivan and Scott Wilson, The Washington Post: "President Obama reached out to the Muslim world Monday, telling this country's Grand National Assembly that the United States 'is not and never will be at war with Islam' and visiting the memorial to the founding father of the modern Turkish republic."

E.J. Dionne Jr. | Health Care's Year
http://www.truthout.org/040609T
E.J. Dionne Jr., The Washington Post: "Yes, this is the year Congress will finally give every American access to health insurance. Getting there won't be pretty. But for the first time since the passage of Medicare in the 1960s, the forces favoring action on health-care reform are stronger than the forces of cynicism and obstruction."

Richard Parker | Our Foreign Rivals Don't Face These Health Care Costs
http://www.truthout.org/040609HA
Richard Parker, The Modesto Bee: "You've heard the naysayers complaining that President Barack Obama's $634 billion down payment on health care reform costs too much. We're in a global economic crisis, they say. How can we afford it? But, having opposed reform for years, in good times and bad, their argument for leaving our health care system broken doesn't compute. By looking at costs but not benefits, they pretend not to know what the advantage of health care reform really is - and why it's a major benefit to us all."

Antarctic Ice Shelf In Peril as Bridge Snaps
http://www.truthout.org/040609EA
Michael Vincent, ABC News: "The Wilkins Ice Shelf in Antarctica is in the final stages of collapse and scientists are concerned the event shows climate change is happening faster than previously thought."

Afghan Women to Obama: We Must Be at the Table!
http://www.truthout.org/040609WA
Patricia DeGennaro, The Women's Media Center: "United States President Barak Obama unveiled his new strategy for Afghanistan last week. In it he pledged both military and civil support to Afghanistan. 'And,' he went out of his way to say, 'we will continue to support the basic human rights of all Afghans - including women and girls.' Despite this, Afghan women continue to be absent from the discussion when it comes to their futures and the future of Afghanistan."

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Executive Committee of the Democratic Party of Chippewa County
Al Holle-Chair,      Carol Gehl & Todd Meyers-Vice Chairs,      Teresa Anderson-Secretary,
Denise Haughian, Treasurer         Newsletter Editor: Renee Fontaine-Ebel
Office: 619 North Bridge St, Suite 100, Chippewa Falls WI 54729
Website: http://www.chippewademocrats.com
Email party@chippewademocrats.com      Phone 715-738-1888
Office Hour Changes: Monday - Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Friday 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

May 2009 Newsletter

May 2009 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, May 14.  Come at 6:30 PM for conversation. Monthly meeting starts at 7:00 PM.  619 North Bridge St., Suite 100, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729.

                    Food Drive – Bring Food/Donation to Meeting May 14th

We are continuing our efforts to help at the Salvation Army Food Pantry. Please bring any non-perishable items you can to the Dem meeting on May 14th.  If you would like to donate by check, please make the check out to the Salvation Army Food Pantry. They are always so thankful for the items and cash we bring in.

 

Meeting agenda includes:  Results: Garage Sale & 7th CD and DPW Conference Calls, Legislative updates, candidate for 67th Assembly, State Convention, Northern WI State Fair

Summary of CC & WI Dems April Activities:

 

Fund raising results for JJ Dinner & annual garage sale will be available at the May meeting.   7th CD and DPW conference calls news at the meeting as well.

 

Upcoming CC Dems Activities:

 

  • DPW Founders Day Gala 2009 this weekend


Congressman Dave Obey will keynote the Party’s annual Founders Day Gala on Saturday, May 16 at the Midwest Airlines Center, 400 West Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee. During the event, Democrats from across the state will gather to honor and celebrate Obey’s 40 years of service in Congress. Founder’s Day is the Party’s signature event and primary annual fundraiser for Democrats in Wisconsin. This year, Founders Day will help the Party build on the success of the 2008 presidential and state elections and ensure continued Democratic victories in 2010 and beyond.  Go to wiscdems.org for more information.

 

  • WI Democratic Party Convention is June 12-13 at the Green Bay Radisson

Registration is Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The registration fee is $20.00 in advance (cut off date is May 29, 2009) and $30.00 thereafter. Hotel information will be posted on the State Convention page of www.wisdems.org. Registration, housing, program, and other information will be sent directly to delegates prior to the State Convention. If you wish to be a delegate to the DPW Sate Convention from Chippewa County you must submit your name to Chair Al Holle by May 20th.  Also, if you have not paid your membership dues for 2009, those dues must be paid to Chair Al Holle before May 20th to be included as a delegate.

 

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

 

  • Put the Northern WI State Fair on your July calendar!  More info coming in the June Newsletter.

 

Just FYI: 

 

Share your favorite links:  No members sent links this month……L

 

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Executive Committee of the Democratic Party of Chippewa County

Al Holle-Chair, Carol Gehl & Todd Meyers-Vice Chairs, Teresa Anderson-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 Hour Changes:  Monday - Thursday   10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.    Friday    1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

June 2009 Newsletter

June 2009 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 11.  Come at 6:30 PM for conversation. Monthly meeting starts at 7:00 PM.  619 North Bridge St., Suite 100, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729.   *****There will be a schedule available for Chippewa County volunteers to man the Democratic booth at the Northern WI Fair.  This year Chippewa County is responsible for Thursday, July 9 and Saturday July 11.  Can you help???  Call the office if you are unable to attend the meeting*****

Upcoming CC Dems Activities:

 

  • WI Democratic Party Convention is June 12-13 at the Green Bay Radisson

Registration is Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The registration fee is $30.00 at the door. Hotel information will be posted on the State Convention page of www.wisdems.org. Registration, housing, program, and other information will be sent directly to delegates prior to the State Convention.  State Convention provides a great venue to meet fellow Democrats, network, and build our plan for future election successes.  We will also elect Democratic Party of Wisconsin officers including: DPW Chair, 1st Vice Chair, 2nd Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.

  • BIG NEWS !!!  Chippewa County Democratic Party has gone Facebook!

Hey Democrats—it’s not just teenagers who are using Facebook anymore. Now that the boomer generation has been bitten by the Facebook bug, you are all receiving Facebook invitations via email but have resisted the urge to get an account and join.  Now you have a great reason: Chippewa County Democratic Party has a Facebook page! Join our group and discuss important issues or express your opinion. Find out what our local progressive community looks like! Facebook has a recession-proof price (FREE!) and a proven track record for successful organizing. We have put up our first discussion topic: Rank the top issues health care, the war, the environment 1, 2, and 3. We’d love to hear what you have to say! If you already have a Facebook account, search Groups for Chippewa County Democratic Party and join us. If not, go to http://www.facebook.com/ and sign up.  ………A note from your Treasurer, Denise Haughian

  • Not to be outdone….The Democratic Party of Wisconsin, DPW has Facebook and Twitter too!

Follow DPW on Facebook, Twitter!
The DPW is always expanding our social networks. Please take a few minutes today to help boost our online following by joining us on Facebook and Twitter.

Facebook: If you're already a member, please join the DPW Facebook group. Once you're a member, you can interact with close to 1,000 Wisconsin Dems who are already members, and receive updates and invites to Democratic events. After you join, please scroll through your list of friends and invite them to join DPW on Facebook. If you're not a member, sign up today at www.facebook.com.

Twitter: Twitter is one of the fastest growing and most popular social networking sites. Twitter allows users to send and receive brief and instantaneous updates to friends and followers. If you're already on Twitter, follow the DPW's twitter feed. If you don't have an account, start one today at www.twitter.com. If you're already on Twitter, follow the DPW's twitter feed. If you don't have an account, start one today at www.twitter.com.

  • Join the Veterans for Peace Vigil any Saturday year ‘round, on Peace Corner, Bridge & Business 29 from 11 to noon, Chippewa Falls.  It is important to continue to make a statement about our wars on foreign soils - Afghanistan and Iraq.  And this year you’ll get the benefit of the Chippewa Farmers Market too.

 

 

Summary of CC & WI Dems May Activities:

 

  • Founders Day 2009 a Success!  More than 550 Democrats from across Wisconsin gathered in Milwaukee on May 16 to honor Congressman Dave Obey for his 40 years of service. Below is a link to a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story on the event and a Founders Day photo gallery. Enjoy!

 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Obey Says He's Just Begun         DPW Founders Day 2009 Photo Gallery

  • Food Drive – Bring Food/Donation to any monthly meeting or to the party office.   We are continuing our efforts to help at the Salvation Army Food Pantry. Please donate a check out to the Salvation Army Food Pantry or any non-perishable items.  They are always so thankful for the items and cash we bring in.

 

Just FYI: 

  • Gov. Doyle Makes Wisconsin Smoke-Free   

On May 18 Governor Doyle signed legislation to make public places, including restaurants, taverns and indoor workplaces smoke-free in Wisconsin. "A smoke free Wisconsin will save money in health care costs, improve public health and save lives," said Governor Doyle, who was joined by business leaders and health officials for the signing. The ban will go into effect in Wisconsin after July 5, 2010. Existing cigar bars and specialty tobacco shops will be grandfathered in and not subject to the ban, although any shops created after the ban is in effect must be smoke-free. Businesses can establish an outdoor smoking area that cannot be regulated by local governments. Thirty-seven Wisconsin communities already have local smoking bans which will remain in place until the statewide ban takes effect.

 

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Any suggestions? Download the form from our website http://www.chippewademocrats.com/, fill it out, and send it back to us.  Thank you!

 

******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 to not receive these emails, please respond to party@chippewademocrats.com

 

Executive Committee of the Democratic Party of Chippewa County

Al Holle-Chair, Carol Gehl & Todd Meyers-Vice Chairs, Teresa Anderson-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 Hour Changes:  Monday - Thursday   10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.    Friday    1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

July 2009 Newsletter

Democratic Party of Chippewa County
July 2009 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.


July Regular Meeting Canceled

Because most of the Executive Committee, including our Chair, will be out of town on July 9th, the monthly meeting of the Democratic Party of Chippewa County has been canceled. The Northern Wisconsin State Fair is also running this week, and a number of members are involved in working at the Democratic Party booth. This limits our ability to have a real business meeting. Our regular monthly meetings will resume on August 13, 2009.



Food Pantry Donation

Our Chair, Al Holle, on behalf of the Democratic Party of Chippewa County, delivered a number of bags of food, and cash donations of $81.00, collected during the last couple of monthly meetings, to the Salvation Army Food Pantry. The donations were greatly appreciated! Let’s continue to support this local cause.



Northern Wisconsin State Fair Booth

Once again Chippewa and Eau Claire County Democratic Party members are working together at our Northern Wisconsin State Fair Booth handing out information, brochures, and talking to those stopping by about our progressive ideas. Stop by the booth in the Creative Arts Building at the fair grounds to chat with fellow Democrats. Locally elected Democratic representatives will also be stopping by the booth during fair hours to greet folks and discuss the issues of the day.



Health Care for All


Mike Tate, newly elected Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, and who introduced himself to us at out Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner in April, encourages us to get involved in health care reform.

“Today, we as a nation have a chance to help enact real health care reform.

“President Obama and our Democratic Leaders are committed to building a system that reduces the costs to families and ensures affordable care for all, while giving them the freedom to choose the plan and doctor that they want.”

“Throughout July, we in Wisconsin will have a chance to show our commitment to substantive reform and educate voters across the state.”

“Saturday, July 11th & 18th, Organizing for America will host statewide canvasses to contact Wisconsin voters on this important issue. The Health Care Declarations gathered from neighbors will be delivered to our members of Congress – both Democrats and Republicans – to show our support for meaningful health care reform.”

“From July 19th through July 26th public meetings across the state will highlight the broad base of people supporting health care reform and show how this issue impacts Wisconsin families.”

“This is a historic moment in our nation's history. With your help and continued support we can enact the change our country needs.”

“The time for change is now. Please take time to attend an event near you!”

Sincerely, 

Mike Tate, Chair, Democratic Party of Wisconsin
Go to http://www.wisdems.org and go to Organizing for America to find out where and when a meeting will be in your area.



Kristen Dexter Birthday Party/Fundraiser
    
“Dear Friend,
 
It's because of your support and encouragement that I had the honor of standing with my family in the beautiful Supreme Court Chamber to take the oath of office last January.  Each and every time I approach the Capitol I get butterflies in my stomach as I realize that I'm one of 99 Representatives who gets to work under that dome and help set the course for our state.  I also wonder if I've said Thank You often enough or loud enough.  For the record: THANK YOU.   It's been an honor serving as your State Representative. These past few months have been incredibly busy and exciting, and I wouldn’t be here without YOU.
  
I have been working hard to ensure that all Wisconsinites have the same opportunities that I have been blessed with:  Choice of where to live and raise a family.  Dependable, affordable health care.  A great education.  A secure job.   Despite the worst economy since the Great Depression, the Legislature passed a balanced budget on time.  It is a fair-share budget that cuts our bottom line by over $3 billion, the deepest cuts in spending in WI history.  This budget protects middle class families and small businesses from across the board sales tax, income tax or payroll tax increases. We managed to do this while remaining committed to our priorities of protecting education, healthcare and public safety.

Our work is not done. The mess that my predecessor and his colleagues created with our state’s economy is not quickly fixed.   My narrow win last November will fuel the Republicans’ desire to unseat me but a healthy Dexter campaign account will help fend off top tier candidates.  I'm asking for your help to help me build a healthy campaign account and a strong foundation for re-election in 2010!  Please consider donating $250, $100, $50, or $25 to my campaign this week.  The more help I get from you now the stronger I’ll be next November.

I want to invite you to my house at 7:00 p.m., Friday, July 17, to celebrate my birthday, our success last November, and to kick off my re-election campaign.   Enjoy an evening of friends, music, and snacks.  We live on the Eau Claire River so bring your kayaks or canoe and take a paddle.  The river is shallow enough for children to wade and play in, so bring your children!  Bring your lawn chairs, sit by the fire, and talk politics!
Date: Friday, July 17th, 7:00 p.m.

Where: 7410 Lakeview Drive, Eau Claire
What: Birthday Celebration and Fundraiser!
To Bring: Lawn Chairs, Kids and Kayaks

I ran for State Assembly because I believe that the values of our district were not being represented in Madison. Since my election I’ve been working tirelessly for the people of the Chippewa Valley.  But I need your help to continue to do that – please consider attending my birthday celebration and donating $250, $100, $50 – or whatever you can give at this time - to my campaign.
 
It was your time, dedication and perseverance that got me to where I am and I would be honored to have you join me in celebration of your work and to kick off the Dexter 2010 Campaign.” 
 
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Sincerely,
      
Kristen Dexter    
www.DexterForAssembly.com    
715-855-1035



More Health Care Opportunities

There will be a Public Forum, "Achieving Health Care for All" Thursday, July 23, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. at the Chippewa Valley Technical College Health Education Building, 615 W. Clairmont Avenue, Eau Claire, WI 54701. Parking is available in Student Lot P3. The Panelist will be:

Robert Craig, Program Director, Citizen Action
Dr. Fred Bannister, Health Security America
Dr. Deb Bieging, Physicians for a National Health Program
Andrew Werthman, Community Organizer

The moderator will be Representatve Kristen Dexter, Wisconsin's 68th Assembly District.

Sponsored by Eau Claire Democratic Party and People United for Health Care Reform
 


Picnic for Dave Obey

There will be a picnic in honor of Dave Obey’s 40 years in the House of Representatives on August 5, 2009 in Wausau. Governor Jim Doyle will speak as well as several other political figures. Keep the date open. More information will be available soon.




Executive Committee of the Democratic Party of Chippewa County:

Al Holle, Chair; Todd Meyers, Vice Chair; Carol Gehl, Vice Chair; Terri Anderson, Secretary; and 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 – Thursday     10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
                  Friday          1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

August 2009 Newsletter

August 2009 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 13, 2009.  Come at 6:30 PM for conversation. Monthly meeting starts at 7:00 PM.  619 North Bridge St., Suite 100, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729.   Hope to see you there!

Upcoming CC Dems Activities:

 

KREITLOW CAMPAIGN "PICNIC IN THE PARK" WITH REP. DAVE OBEY

 

Thursday, August 20 – 5 to 7 PM at the Irvine Park Main Pavilion in Chippewa Falls.  Come and enjoy locally grown corn & locally brewed beverages.

 

Chairman Dave Obey is the featured guest to report continued efforts to rescue our economy from years of mismanagement and neglect.  It's a great opportunity to mark the accomplishments of having responsible leadership in Madison and Washington before we gear up to face angry, motivated opponents next year. 

 

Sen. Kreitlow is hoping you'll make a donation to ensure he's ready for everything the GOP is going to throw out next year, but all supporters past and present are welcome to join in... or just make a donation if you can't make it.  Go to http://www.kreitlowforsenate.com/ for more information.

 

BIG NEWS!!!  Chippewa County Democratic Party has gone Facebook!

Chippewa County Democratic Party has a Facebook page! Join our group and discuss important issues or express your opinion. If you already have a Facebook account, search Groups for Chippewa County Democratic Party and join us. If not, go to http://mlist.orchidsuites.net/lists/lt.php?id=KkoGAw9VXQhXBR4HCF1VSgUCAV5R and sign up.

Summary of CC Dems July/early August Activities:

 

·         Attend our August meeting to hear about the CC Dems Northern WI Fair experience and the Veteran’s for Peace march in the Pure Water Days parade.

 

Other Events of Interest:

 

·                                 IMPORTANT DOT RAIL HEARING IN EAU CLAIRE Thursday August 20, Sacred Heart Hospital Conference Center, anytime between 4-7pm. Go early so you won’t have to wait and can attend Senator Kreitlow’s Picnic in the Park.  This will be the DOT's 5th and LAST public hearing on the final draft of Connections 2030.  Come provide your input for the future of western Wisconsin transportation.

Sen. Pat Kreitlow reminds CC Dems the importance of the upcoming public hearing for the DOT's "Connections 2030" master plan for long-range transportation needs.  It's your last best chance to make the case that the Chicago-Twin Cities high speed rail route would best be located along the I-94 corridor through Eau Claire rather than meandering up the Mississippi River out of La Crosse.  The Eau Claire route is "in play" because of work done by local advocates to lobby federal officials, partners in Minnesota and Illinois, and transportation experts. 

 

New Web Ad - The Democratic Party of Wisconsin released a new Web ad to thank Governor Doyle and our Democratic leaders for passing a budget that protects Wisconsin's priorities.  Despite tough economic times, our leaders were able to keep the values that have made Wisconsin a great state intact for future generations.

Go to http://www.wisdems.org/ and watch the web ad: "Thank You"   Local members Ralph O’Connor and Al Holle are part of the ad.

EAU CLAIRE COUNTY DEMOCRATS ANNUAL PICNIC

Because Congressman Obey's schedule was already locked in for Aug. 20, you'll have 2 opportunities for picnics with your Chippewa Valley Democratic friends and partners.  If you can't make it to Chippewa Falls (or want to double your fun!), join the Eau Claire Democrats at the Carson Park Pine Pavilion between 5-8:30 for all the usual picnic fare.

 

Mark your Calendar

 September 12, 2009 is the 8th annual FightingBobFest - Sauk County Fairgrounds, Baraboo, Wisconsin. Fighting Bob Fest is an annual Chautauqua featuring progressive speakers, networking opportunities and entertainment. Fighting Bob Fest carries on the tradition of Robert “Fighting Bob” La Follette providing a forum for progressive ideas on issues facing Wisconsin and the nation. If you haven’t attended BobFest previously it is a treat you deserve. Speakers will include Ed Garvey, Tammy Baldwin, Stan Grszynski, Granny D, Senator Tom Harkin, Jim Hightower, Congresswoman Gwen Moore, Senator Bernie Sanders, along with music and other entertainment.

 

Just FYI:   

 

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin, DPW has Facebook and Twitter too!

Facebook: If you're already a member, please join the DPW Facebook group. Once you're a member, you can interact with close to 1,000 Wisconsin Dems who are already members, and receive updates and invites to Democratic events. After you join, please scroll through your list of friends and invite them to join DPW on Facebook. If you're not a member, sign up today at www.facebook.com.

Twitter: Twitter is one of the fastest growing and most popular social networking sites. Twitter allows users to send and receive brief and instantaneous updates to friends and followers. If you're already on Twitter, follow the DPW's twitter feed. If you don't have an account, start one today at www.twitter.com. If you're already on Twitter, follow the DPW's twitter feed. If you don't have an account, start one today at www.twitter.com.

Join the Veterans for Peace Vigil any Saturday year round, on Peace Corner, Bridge & Business 29 from 11 to noon, Chippewa Falls.  It is important to continue to make a statement about our wars on foreign soils - Afghanistan and Iraq.  And this year there is the benefit of the Chippewa Farmers Market too.

 

·                                 Food Drive: Bring Food/Donation to any monthly meeting or to the party office.   We are continuing our efforts to help at the Salvation Army Food Pantry. Please donate a check out to the Salvation Army Food Pantry or any non-perishable items.  They are always so thankful for the items and cash we bring in.

 

.Share your favorite links:  Any suggestions? Download the form from our website http://www.chippewademocrats.com/, fill it out, and send it back to us.  Thank you!

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Executive Committee of the Democratic Party of Chippewa County

Al Holle-Chair, Carol Gehl & Todd Meyers-Vice Chairs, Teresa Anderson-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 Hour Changes:  Monday - Thursday   10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.    

Friday    1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

September 2009 Newsletter

September 2009 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, (tomorrow) Thursday, September 10, 2009.  Come at 6:30 PM for conversation. Monthly meeting starts at 7:00 PM.  619 North Bridge St., Suite 100, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729.   Hope to see you there!

Along with our usual business meeting, expect to hear about legislative updates from the State Senate and Assembly.  Once again the discussion of a Candidate for 67th Assembly District will be on the table.  Old business includes: recap of Senator Kreitlow’s August Fundraiser, other Party activities, food drive/donations and the Chippewa County Dems involvement at the Northern WI State Fair in July.

 

Upcoming CC Dems Activities or Messages of Interest:

          It’s a slow time on the political calendar!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   September 9, 2009                CONTACT: Jeff Buhrandt   (608)266-7511

Kreitlow Introduces Bill to Streamline State Fishing Regulations

Legislation would allow fishing groups to share catch limits, same as deer hunting groups

MADISON State Senator Pat Kreitlow (D-Chippewa Falls) today introduced legislation that would give sportsmen more flexibility in how fishing catch limits are administered on Wisconsin lakes.  The bill would allow groups of anglers who fish together to combine catch limits, similar to the way deer hunters are allowed to share deer tags.

Wisconsin sportsmen have a long history of responsible stewardship of our state’s natural resources,” said Kreitlow.  “In turn, Wisconsin laws regarding hunting and fishing should make it easy for Wisconsin sportsman to enjoy the outdoors.  This common sense change will do just that by making hunting and fishing regulations more consistent.”

Under current law, deer hunters are allowed to share back tags between members of their hunting group so that the group can continue to hunt together even if some of their members are having more success than others. This bill extends that idea to fishing bag limits by allowing members of the same fishing group to combine applicable bag limits.  The group must be fishing from the same boat and, as is the case with deer hunting, each individual sportsman must be licensed and have the proper tags and stamps.

Message for the WI League of Conservation Voters  *****If you support the idea of an independent Secretary for WI DNR please call Senator Kreitlow at 1-888-437-9436.  Or, if you prefer the position to be appointed by the Governor, call as well.

Have you checked out Chippewa County Democratic Party on Facebook?

          Join our group and discuss important issues or express your opinion. If you already have a Facebook account, search Groups for Chippewa County Democratic Party and join us. If not, go to http://mlist.orchidsuites.net/lists/lt.php?id=KkoGAw9VXQhXBR4HCF1VSgUCAV5R and sign up.

Summary of CC Dems August Activities:

          Attend the September monthly meeting to get this information…..

 

Other Events of Interest:

8th Annual FightingBobFest:  Fighting Bob Fest is an annual Chautauqua featuring progressive speakers, networking opportunities and entertainment. Fighting Bob Fest carries on the tradition of Robert “Fighting Bob” La Follette providing a forum for progressive ideas on issues facing Wisconsin and the nation. If you haven’t attended BobFest previously it is a treat you deserve. Speakers will include Ed Garvey, Tammy Baldwin, Stan Grszynski, Granny D, Senator Tom Harkin, Jim Hightower, Congresswoman Gwen Moore, Senator Bernie Sanders, along with music and other entertainment.  For further information and to pre-register for the event, go to www.fightingbobfest.org or www.fightingbob.com  They ask a donation for attending, but there is no registration fee.

For all you FightingBobFest fans who have been wondering if there will be a bus going to Baraboo from the Chippewa Valley, the answer is YES!!  Please circulate this message far and wide.

Where: Sauk County Fairgrounds in Baraboo

When:  Saturday, September 12, beginning at 9:00 am.  

Bus departure schedule:

Chippewa Falls K Mart - Depart 6:00 am (hold payment until next bus stop)

Eau Claire - Oakwood Mall (Scheels parking lot) - Depart 6:30 am

Osseo - Restaurant at SE corner of Hwy 94 intersection (formerly Heckel's) - depart 7:00 am

It is a two hour bus ride from Eau Claire.  The bus will return immediately after the event which should get you home approximately 6:30 - 7:00 pm.

Cost is $20.00 round trip, payable upon boarding.  If you don't have the $20, we will happily accept whatever you can pay.  To reserve a seat on the bus, email ecdems@charterinternet.com or phone the EC Dems Resource Center at 715-852-0330.  Feel free to leave a message including your phone number.

 

Just FYI:   

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin, DPW has Facebook and Twitter too!

Facebook: If you're already a member, please join the DPW Facebook group. Once you're a member, you can interact with close to 1,000 Wisconsin Dems who are already members, and receive updates and invites to Democratic events. After you join, please scroll through your list of friends and invite them to join DPW on Facebook. If you're not a member, sign up today at www.facebook.com.

Twitter: Twitter is one of the fastest growing and most popular social networking sites. Twitter allows users to send and receive brief and instantaneous updates to friends and followers. If you're already on Twitter, follow the DPW's twitter feed. If you don't have an account, start one today at www.twitter.com. If you're already on Twitter, follow the DPW's twitter feed. If you don't have an account, start one today at www.twitter.com.

Share your favorite links:  Any suggestions? Download the form from our website http://www.chippewademocrats.com/, fill it out, and send it back to us.  Thank you!

******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 to not receive these emails, please respond to party@chippewademocrats.com

 

Executive Committee of the Democratic Party of Chippewa County

Al Holle-Chair, Carol Gehl & Todd Meyers-Vice Chairs, Teresa Anderson-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 Hour Changes:  Monday - Thursday   10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.    

Friday    1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

October 2009 Newsletter

October 2009 Newsletter


October 8th Regular Monthly Meeting

The Democratic Party of Chippewa County will hold it’s regular monthly meeting at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, October 8th at the office at 619 North Bridge Street, Suite 100, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729. Join us for the latest political information!


October 11th Organizing for America Potluck Dinner

Organizing for America and the Eau Claire Dems are having a potluck dinner this Sunday, October 11th from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Eau Claire County Democratic office. It is a fun reunion for volunteers from the Obama Campaign (and whomever else they wish to bring with them) to gather and reminisce about all the work we did in '08. Good times are sure to be had by all. The office address is 405 S Barstow Street, Eau Claire, WI 54701. We're asking that if people are able, they bring a dish to pass. If you have any questions you may contact Jesse Lidbury at 414-828-8071 or at jlidbury@hotmail.com.


October 15th Presentation of “Rethink Afghanistan”


The Nation magazine says, “if our news media fails to tell the full story on the nightmarish turns that the occupation has taken, tune in to the Brave New Foundation’s terrific “Rethink Afghanistan” project. Robert Greenwald’s film “Rethink Afghanistan” will be presented free of charge October 15th at 7:00 p.m. at the Heyde Center for the Arts, 3 South High Street, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729. Chippewa Valley Progressive Sprit is sponsoring the showing.


October 17th Peace Rally

The Eau Claire County Democrats are sponsoring a peace rally along with eleven other organizations. Here are the details: Everyone will meet at Phoenix Park in downtown Eau Claire at 1:00p.m. From there we will march to the Federal Building, which is about ten to fifteen blocks away. At the Federal Building four or five people will give 3-4 minute speeches. After that, we'll march back to Phoenix Park and the event will conclude. The goal is to have all the typical rally gear: drums, many signs, a megaphone, etc. If we can get a lot of people to turn out for the event, we could get some serious media coverage as well.


October 28th Lobby Day

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin is organizing an opportunity for you to meet face-to-face with your State Senator or State Assembly Representative as part of our 2009 Lobby Day. This is your chance to discuss the State Party's Platform and Resolutions and to lobby on issues like jobs, health care, education and the environment. Lobby Day will be held on Wednesday October 28th. We will organize at the DPW office, located at 110 King Street, Suite 203 between 9:30 and 9:45 AM. After a brief check-in and light breakfast we will head to the Capitol. Each person attending will be responsible for setting up their own meetings with their elected officials. To ensure that you will be able to meet with your representative it is vital for you to contact your Senator or Representative before October 28th and set up a time to meet. For contact information on your elected representatives, please visit http://www.legis.state.wi.us. We ask that you RSVP either via email or telephone by October 21st. Please send an RSVP to us at jasonr@wisdems.org or at 608-255-5172. We understand that it is not possible for everyone to attend Lobby Day, and for that reason we have created an online form where you can record your name and the issue(s) you feel strongly about. Even if you can't come in person, your voice should still be heard. We hope that you will be able to join us on October 28th for Lobby Day in Madison.

Contact Jason Rae,
DPW Membership Director, with any questions: 608-255-5172
jasonr@wisdems.org

November 2009 Newsletter

November 2009 Newsletter Democratic Party of Chippewa County

 

Breaking news:  Last night House gaveled in a vote on health care reform. The vote was 220 to 215, with just one Republican brave enough to break with his party's blockade. Today, we conquered the special interests of "No We Can't," and won a victory for our country. Click here to see how your Representative voted, and write to them.

Celebrate the passage of H.R. 3962, "The Affordable Health Care for America Act," by thanking (or admonishing) your Representative for their vote on health insurance reform.

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, November 12, 2009.  Notice: Change of time and location:  6:30 p.m.  Chippewa Falls Public Library, 105 West Central St., Chippewa Falls, WI 54729. The room is to your immediate left when you come in the front door.  Hope to see you there!  Your Party chair will be sending out a reminder early next week providing more detail and urging members to attend.

 

Expect to hear about a probable special election in the 67th Assembly District.  

 

Upcoming CC Dems Activities & Messages of Interest:

         

  • Mark your calendars!  ****Rent Party*****

Enjoy the camaraderie of fellow progressive voices - share ideas, stories & your ideas about what we can do to keep Chippewa County blue!

 

Chippewa County Democratic Party
Date: November 14, 2009
Time: 7:00 p.m. - ?
Place: Heyde Center for the Arts

 

Bring a dish to pass for our pot luck dinner. Last names A-L bring an entre, M-Y bring a dessert, Z just bring yourself, really! Please let Todd Meyers know what you are bringing at 715-726-9361 or toddmeyers@sbcglobal.net. Beverages will be available from the Heyde Center.
 
Consider helping with a donation to help get us through the next couple of months. If you cannot attend the party, but would like to donate, please send a check made out to the Democratic Party of Chippewa County, 619 North Bridge Street, Suite 100, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729. Thank you!

 

  • Message from Senator Kohl for Veteran’s Day, November 11,2009

     In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson observed the first Armistice Day, later becoming Veterans’ Day, by reflecting “with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service with gratitude for the victory.” Ninety years later, Americans everywhere continue to honor the service & sacrifice of our nation’s veterans on November 11, the anniversary of the end of World War I.

     Veterans Day gives us an opportunity to honor those who defended our freedom – but we must also remember the tragedy of war. Armistice Day became Veterans Day in 1954, after World War II & the Korean War ended the hope that World War I would be the “war to end all wars.”  President Eisenhower’s proclamation called on Americans to “solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly…and let us reconsecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain.”  

     One tradition I proudly participate in is the Honor Flight program. Honor Flight brings WW II veterans to Washington free of charge to visit their war memorial for the first time. Last year, this program helped over 11,000 veterans visit the memorial constructed in their honor.   I have been honored to meet Wisconsin veterans during their visit to the WW II memorial. While meeting WI on an Honor Flight, I was deeply troubled to meet a man who had not received his deserved awards because his service records were destroyed in a fire.  After being wounded in the Philippines, the Army rejected his previous Purple Heart applications because of the missing records. After working with the Army, enough information was found in reconstructed records to allow me to present the veteran with his long overdue medals, including the Purple Heart and Bronze Star, on September 11, 2009.  To learn more about Honor Flight, please visit their website at: http://www.honorflight.org/.

      Preserving the memories of the men and women who defended our country is more important than ever. In 2000, Congress created the Veterans History Project to collect interviews with veterans, as well as wartime letters and photographs. The Library of Congress saves these valuable memories for future generations, and Americans everywhere can submit material to the collection and join this effort.  To participate in the Veterans History Project, I encourage you to visit their website at http://aiss.enews.senate.gov/t/82273/4388540/2326/0/. Visitors can search the project’s collection and read about the experiences of our country in wartime. You can also download a field kit to submit your own interviews or materials to the collection.

 

 

http://www.obey.house.gov/

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Daniel Bachhuber

Thursday, November 5, 2009

(202) 225-3365

HEALTHCARE REFORM OPPONENTS TELL OBEY
THEY WANT TO REPEAL MEDICARE TOO

Congressman Rejects Calls to Abolish Medicare, Maintain Status-Quo

 

     WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the clearest display yet of how far out of the mainstream the vocal minority opposing healthcare reform has become, a number of local citizens came to Seventh District Congressman Dave Obey’s (D-WI) office in Wausau today to protest the healthcare reform plan, and announced that not only do they want to prevent healthcare reform, they want to see Medicare repealed too.

     The protesters were responding to calls by national Republican leaders urging those who are opposed to healthcare reform to contact their local representatives to express their opposition.  Obey, who is in Washington because Congress is in session this week, talked to the protesters by phone to hear their views on healthcare reform. Each protester indicated to the Congressman that they are very much opposed to the healthcare plan before Congress now and that they would like to see Medicare, the healthcare safety net for America’s seniors, abolished.  Noting that “the great thing about America is that it’s a free country and everyone is entitled to their own views,” Obey told the protesters “make no mistake about it, the vast majority of people in the 7th District do not favor repealing Medicare and they do not favor the status-quo when it comes to healthcare.”

     Obey added that his constituents know where he stands on healthcare reform and Medicare. “Since I first ran for Congress, I have made it quite clear that I agree with those who want healthcare reform. I have fought against the healthcare status-quo for my entire career, and I intend to stick with my promise to vote for major reform when the bill comes before the House this weekend.  And when it comes to Medicare, not only do we have to protect it, we have to strengthen it to make sure that it continues to be there for all Americans.”

 

 

  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 5, 2009

CONTACT:     Senator Pat Kreitlow (608)266-7511        

                    Representative Kristen Dexter (608)266-9172

 

Legislature Passes Dexter/Kreitlow Bill Strengthening Layoff Notification Laws

Bill will make dislocated worker assistance programs more accessible

 

MADISON – Legislation making it easier for dislocated workers to access programs through their local job centers was passed unanimously by both houses of the state legislature today. The bill was authored by Representative Kristen Dexter (D-Eau Claire) and Senator Pat Kreitlow (D-Chippewa Falls).

     “Workers shouldn’t be put at the end of the line when it comes to weathering this economic crisis,” said Representative Dexter. “They deserve timely information that can help them return to the workforce and play a role in turning our economy around.”  The Job Center Notification Bill, Assembly Bill 266, ensures that layoffs are handled in a responsible way by requiring employers to provide displaced workers with contact information of their local Job Center. Sue Lane, the Coordinator of the Workforce Resource for Chippewa County, brought the issue to the attention of Representative Dexter. Lane along with a dozen other local businesses have been instrumental in drafting legislation to ensure that displaced workers have access to support programs, without adding a burden to employers.

      “We have good programs in place to help dislocated workers get access to education, health care and worker training,” said Kreitlow. “But these programs don’t do anyone any good unless the workers who need them most have access to them. Our bill guarantees that at the very least dislocated workers will know who to call to get the help they deserve.”

     Another bill coauthored by Dexter and Kreitlow at the request of local constituents also passed through both houses this week. Earlier this spring, Ralph Coushman, the Volunteer Safety Patrol Coordinator for the Chippewa Falls School District, informed Representative Dexter and Senator Kreitlow that new safety equipment technology for school safety patrols have outgrown current safety requirements in Wisconsin, and asked that they make a simple but necessary change to update the Wisconsin statute to reflect this new technology. The result is AB 378, which passed both houses in the last few weeks and is expected to be signed into law next week. “Both of these bills are simple but necessary changes to current law that may have gone unaddressed if not for two of our constituents speaking up,” added Dexter. “These are great examples of the role individuals can play in the public-private partnership and I’m proud to have helped moved these bills through the legislature. I’m looking forward to seeing Governor Doyle sign both bills into law soon.”

 

  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 5, 2009

CONTACT: Sen. Pat Kreitlow             Rep. Jeff Smith                              Rep. Kristen Dexter

                   608.266.7511                       608.266.0660                                 608.266.9172

 

“Race to the Top” Bills Pass Legislature

Education reform package will make Wisconsin eligible for federal support

 

MADISON – Senator Pat Kreitlow (D-Chippewa Falls), Representative Jeff Smith (D-Eau Claire), and Representative Kristen Dexter (D-Eau Claire) applauded legislative passage of an education reform package today.  “Legislative Democrats remain committed to finding common sense reforms that will make our public schools even better,” Rep. Dexter said. “In Wisconsin, we are poised to become one of the first states in the nation to pass laws that will qualify us for Race to the Top dollars.”  The bills will make Wisconsin eligible and competitive for the U.S. Department of Education’s Race to the Top $4.35 billion grant program. The Race to the Top Fund provides competitive grants to encourage and reward States that are creating the conditions for education innovation and reform.  “These reforms will improve our public education system by strengthening quality, accountability, and teacher retention efforts,” Sen. Kreitlow said. “Legislative Democrats have always made public schools a priority. To prepare our children for a lifetime of success they need a quality education.”  The final Race to the Top qualifications have yet to be released, but there are certain components that must be in place for states to qualify. The education reform package passed today includes several important elements for Wisconsin schools:

AB 533/B 372: Modify existing law to allow students testing data to be used to evaluate teacher

performance.

AB 535/SB 373: Encourages Wisconsin to extend guidelines from the National Association of Charter School Organizers to all charters schools in the state in order to create quality charter schools.

AB 536/SB 371: Improves the quality and effectiveness of pre-school and K-12 by allowing the UW and tech college systems’ teacher training programs to access achievement data in those grades.

AB 537/SB 370: Shifts administration of grant programs for academic achievement in Milwaukee Public Schools from the Department of Administration to the Department of Public Instruction to put those who are most familiar with the program and public school systems in charge of administering grants. “As we strive for the highest level of excellence in our schools, we are giving our children an opportunity for a successful future and strengthening our state’s economic outlook,” Rep. Smith said. “A well-educated workforce attracts businesses, and helps to grow industry in our state.”

 

 

  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 5, 2009                                           CONTACT: Jeff Buhrandt (608)266-7511

State Legislature Passes Impartial Justice Bill

Landmark Supreme Court Campaign Finance Reform plan passes both Senate & Assembly, awaits Governor’s signature

 

     MADISONBoth houses of the State Legislature today passed the long awaited Supreme Court Campaign Finance Reform plan known as “Impartial Justice”. The legislation, which makes public financing of Supreme Court campaigns a viable option, was authored by Senator Pat Kreitlow (D Chippewa Falls).

     “Today’s vote is a victory for anyone who believes elections do not belong to anonymous well-funded outside groups, but rather elections belong to the people” said Kreitlow.  “This legislation is one of the most significant campaign finance reform bills ever passed in this state & with its passage & with Governor Doyle’s signature we take a huge step forward toward restoring integrity to Wisconsin politics.”

     The Impartial Justice Bill increases the amount of public financing available to candidates for State Supreme Court, making public financing a more viable choice for candidates seeking election to the state’s highest court. Last year the State Senate passed the bill with strong bi-partisan support, but the Republican controlled State Assembly did not give the bill an up or down vote, despite public pressure to do so. According to the non-partisan group Justice at Stake, 75% of Wisconsin citizens

support increased public financing of Supreme Court races.

     The legislation is expected to be signed by Governor Jim Doyle soon.

 

  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   November 6, 2009                                   Rep. Jeff Smith             608.266.0660

                Board of Regents Bill Approved by Legislature

Legislation authored by Rep. Smith will allow for fair representation on Board

 

MADISON - Representative Jeff Smith (D-Eau Claire) applauded legislative passage today of SB 223 on a 59-34 vote, with bipartisan support. The bill passed both the Senate and Assembly on Thursday. The legislation provides regional diversity to the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents. Senator Julie Lassa (D-Stevens Point) is the lead Senate author.  The bill creates seven regional districts with at least one member of the Board residing in each district. The bill divides each district along county lines and factors in the number of four and two-year institutions that are located in each district.  “This legislation will help establish more equitable representation on higher education decision making in our state,” Rep. Smith said. “SB 223 sets broad parameters that will assist the Governor in making suitable appointments while ensuring each region of the state has a voice on the Board.”

          Chippewa County is in:

District #1: Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Iron,Lincoln, Oneida, Pierce, Polk, Price, Rust, Sawyer, St. Croix, Taylor, Vilas,  and Washburn

Summary of CC Dems October Activities:

          Attend the monthly meeting this Thursday, Nov 12 and find out about our filming of “Rethinking Afghanistan”…..

 

Other Events of Interest:   Please advise if you have information regarding event opportunities!

 

Just FYI:

Share your favorite links:  Any suggestions? Download the form from our website http://www.chippewademocrats.com/, fill it out, and send it back to us.  Thank you!

******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 to not receive these emails, please respond to party@chippewademocrats.com

 

Executive Committee of the Democratic Party of Chippewa County

Al Holle-Chair, Carol Gehl & Todd Meyers-Vice Chairs, Teresa Anderson-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:  Monday - Thursday   10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.    

Friday    1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Last Updated (2009-02-02 09:25:09)