Thanks to everybody who expressed interest in participating in the 2016 DPW State Convention in Green Bay on June 3-4. This year, we had more delegate slots than people interested in participating, though we had strong interest still! The deadline was last Friday for signing up. In order to participate as a delegate you have to sign up by last Friday and be a paid-up member of the party by 5PM TODAY. The following are signed-up delegates with up-to-date party memberships:
American prosecutors are at the center of a host of key issues -- public safety, police practices, and incarceration and drug policy, to name a few. So at our upcoming membership meeting we will hear from and speak with Dane County DA Ismael Ozanne.
We will also hear from Coordinated Campaign staff about the November campaign.
Hope to see you there!
When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 11
Concourse Hotel, 1 W. Dayton St., MadisonChildcare:
Provided. Please RSVP here.
Two important Second Congressional District events are coming up in the first week in May. The Second CD Caucus will select delegates to the National Convention. The Second CD Convention will conduct party business in advance of the state convention. Details:
Second CD Caucus
When: 2 p.m. Sunday, May 1
Where: Madison Labor Temple, 1602 S. Park St., Madison
Details: Participants must have attended a county caucus and been certified as delegates in order to participate. Delegates at the 2nd CD Caucus will select seven Sanders delegates and four Clinton delegates, plus one alternate, to attend the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Delegates, please remember that doors close promptly at 2.
Second CD Convention
When: 10 a.m. Saturday, May 7
Where: Concourse Hotel, 1 W. Dayton St., Madison
Details: To vote on changes to the state party platform and other party business, delegates must be paid members of the Democratic Party and must register for the convention by 5 p.m. April 30 (mail registrations must arrive d by this time). More agenda details and registration info here. Those who register after April 30 may attend the convention but will not be able to vote.
Support your county party as we pivot from our spring sweep of local races to state and national races in the fall. All proceeds go to our 2016 victory fund, which supports campaigns around the county and sometimes in other parts of the state. Enjoy a drink and light food, as well as a silent auction of political memorabilia. For those who want to watch our presidential candidates debate, we'll go around the corner to Star Bar for that.
What: Kick-ass celebration and fundraiser
When: 5-8 p.m., Thursday, April 14
Where: Ground Zero Coffee, 744 Williamson St., Madison
Donation: $25 for members, $5 for student members, $35 for non-members. (Discount for joining or renewing membership at the event.)
Details: Featuring beer, wine, appetizers and a silent auction of political memorabilia
Info: Dorrie Sundquist, 608-332-5336
Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell, whose quick action on same-sex marriage in 2014 made going backward much harder for the GOP, will speak at our April meeting. He will describe efforts to make voting accessible in the face of the new photo ID law and impending changes to the voter registration system.
We will also celebrate our countywide sweep in this month's local elections. And we will discuss preparation for fall races, including new canvassing methods, tabling at the Dane County Farmers Market and legislative prospects here and around the state. Please come!
When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 13
Concourse Hotel, 1 W. Dayton St., MadisonChild care: Please RSVP
Great news from the Tuesday election: We won every race where we had an endorsed candidate, ensuring at 30-7 County Board supermajority, claiming a majority on the Sun Prairie City Council, and advancing the progressive cause in many other municipal and school board races as well. Congratulations to all our great spring 2016 candidates and to the many staff, volunteers and donors who powered them to victory! Congratulations also to Bernie Sanders on his strong win in the county and the state!
We have two celebrations coming up after the April 5 election, and we hope you'll join us:
Spring election victory party
- 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 5
- Essen Haus, 514 E. Wilson St., Madison
- Details: We'll celebrate with Dane Dems-endorsed candidates from across the county and watch returns in the presidential and Supreme Court races.
Kick-Ass Celebration and Fundraiser for Fall Campaigns
- 5-8 p.m., Thursday, April 14
- Ground Zero Coffee, 744 Williamson St., Madison
- Donation of $25 for members, $5 for student members, $35 for non-members. (Discount for joining or renewing membership at the event.)
- Featuring beer, wine, appetizers and a silent auction of political memorabilia
- Info: Dorrie Sundquist, 608-332-5336
April 5 offers Democrats the opportunity to choose a presidential candidate, remake the state Supreme Court, and to build on our progressive County Board majority and make important gains in municipal and school board elections as well.
The county party is not taking sides in the presidential race, as we have two excellent candidates inHillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.
In the Supreme Court race, one candidate is accepting partisan support, but she is an inexperienced, scandal-ridden Walker appointee. The other candidate, JoAnne Kloppenburg, a former Peace Corps volunteer with decades of legal and judicial experience, has not asked for any partisan support. So we are not endorsing in this race but are passing along this information for your consideration.
In local races, please vote for the Dane Dems-endorsed candidates below. Note that dual endorsements indicate that the Campaigns Committee and membership decided that both candidates were solid, progressive Democrats. (Unopposed candidates are shown in italics.)
Madison Alder Samba Baldeh, who was Rep. Mark Pocan's guest to the president's State of the Union address in January, will join us for our March membership meeting.
Also stopping by will be state Appeals Court Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg, who is in a tight race for state Supreme Court.
We'll also finish our spring endorsements, and get updates on spring races. And we have Feingold yard signs!
Child care will be provided. Please come!
When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 9
Where: Concourse Hotel, 1 W. Dayton St., Madison
Primary day is Tuesday, Feb. 16, when polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The new photo ID law should not affect the majority of voters -- those with current or recently expired Wisconsin driver's licenses or DMV IDs. If, however, you don't have one of those, please click here to find out what your options are.
Most of our endorsed candidate have only one opponent or are unopposed, and will not appear on the primary ballot. One who does have a primary is Kyiel Kovach (right), who is one of three challengers to a conservative incumbent in the Sun Prairie City Council, District 1, seat. We urge District 1 residents to support Kyiel.
We have not been asked to endorse a state Supreme Court candidate, but we strongly recommend either JoAnne Kloppenburg or Joe Donald over Rebecca Bradley, the Scott Walker appointee.