Convention watch party

You're invited to a convention watch party to enjoy Hillary Clinton's acceptance speech on Thursday, July 28. The party, at the Old Fashioned on Capitol Square, will be live-streamed to the big screens at the convention in Philadelphia.

Please note that this was announced by the Coordinated Campaign after our paper newsletter went to press. The convention watch event mentioned in the newsletter, planned for the Essen Haus, has been canceled.

 Convention watch party, with live-stream to convention
When: 5 p.m. till end of Clinton acceptance speech, Thursday, July 28 
Where: Old Fashioned, 23 N. Pinckney St., Madison

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Annual picnic is July 31

Please join your fellow Dane Dems for our annual picnic July 31. You’ll be able to meet candidates and your local elected officials,while enjoying fellowship, food and beverages at the peak of Dane County’s spectacular summer. Meat, veggie meat and beverages provided. Bring a side dish or dessert to share. Hope to see you there!

What: Dane Dems annual picnic
When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, July 31
Where: Rennebohm Park, 115 N. Eau Claire Ave., Madison (near Willow Lawn mall)

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Ride with Team Dane Dems!

Come ride with Team Dane Dems on July 30 for the Loop the Lake bike ride around Lake Monona!  

This is a wonderful way to:
1) support the Clean Lakes Alliance to help keep our lakes beautiful.
2) support the Dane Dems by:
  a) having a presence in the bike ride
  b) helping us win a bike we can use that bike for a future fundraiser
  c) getting exercise and building friendships with fellow Dems.

Please use this link to sign up. Cost is $35 for adults; free for those children 10 and under. Make sure you enter the team name "DaneDems" when you register: Please share this link with everyone you wish.

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Building power for the fall

Summer is a great time to build up our electoral base for November. Here are some opportunities for you to help us do that. Please take part.

Meet Wendy Davis and reach out to voters. The coordinated campaign, which will help get out the vote for Dems up and down the ticket, is building its presence in Dane County, with an office at 6409 Odana Road, Suite 11, in Madison. On Saturday, June 18, former Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis will help launch canvasses from the campaign office. The canvasses will be to identify supporters and volunteers. Go here to sign up.

Farmers Market tabling. Spend a couple hours on a Saturday representing our party and its candidates at the Dane County Farmers Market. Go here to sign up.

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2016 DPW Convention - CHECK STATUS TODAY

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:


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May membership meeting features Ozanne

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
Where: Concourse Hotel, 1 W. Dayton St., Madison
Childcare: Provided. Please RSVP here.

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2nd CD Caucus and Convention

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.

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Kick-ass celebration and fundraiser!

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

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April membership meeting: Scott McDonell, celebration of spring wins, preparation for fall

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
Where: Concourse Hotel, 1 W. Dayton St., Madison
Child care: Please RSVP

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Dane Dems sweep local elections!

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!

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