Pocan elected as co-chair of Congressional Progressive Caucus

From The Hill: 

Liberal Democrats on Tuesday elected Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) to replace Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) atop the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC).
 
Ellison, alongside Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.), has headed the CPC since 2011. He stepped out of that role this week in order to dedicate more attention to his duties as deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), a post he picked up this year after losing a tight race to Chairman Tom Perez, a former Labor secretary. 

http://thehill.com/homenews/house/334771-progressive-caucus-elects-wisconsin-lawmaker-as-new-leader
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County Board update

We did not have time for County Board announcements at last night's meeting, but thanks to Supervisor Mary Kolar, we have this written update:

With the beautiful warm days we’ve have been having lately, I hope you’ve been able to get out and enjoy a Dane County Park. My Dane County Board progressive colleagues and I are focused on maintaining and expanding the many free recreation opportunities we offer, from clean lakes to fish, boat and swim in -- to bike trails -- to the over 12,000 acres of land on which we manage parks, forests and campgrounds. I hope you can enjoy these free resources in the coming months.

Our progressive priorities also include improving our criminal justice system by diverting more individuals from the system and improving the facilities in which we house those who are incarcerated. Dane County is looking at options for replacing outdated, dangerous housing in the City-County Building and at providing appropriate housing for those with mental health and medical needs who are incarcerated.

On, June 15th, the Board will be meeting as a “committee of the whole” to hear from our consultant on Jail options. The consultant’s recommendations will take into account County Workgroup recommendations that will result in greater diversion from jail and greater equity in our criminal justice practices -- as a result, we know that the consultant will be recommending a decrease in the total number of jail cells. If you are interested in this issue, please join us at 6 PM on June 15.

Finally, even as we are looking forward to warmer weather, the County is planning for the return of colder days. Dane County recently announced that naming of the Homeless Day Resource Center – it will be called The Beacon – And, it is expected to open October 1st – in time for winter.
These are just some Dane County highlights.

Please reach out to me or your Dane County Supervisor to learn more.

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May membership meeting

At our May meeting we'll host a forum for the four candidates for state party chair: businessman Joe Donovan, attorney Eric Finch, Glendale Mayor Bryan Kennedy, and incumbent Chair Martha Laning. We'll also hear from candidates for the open Wisconsin DNC representative slot. Both the chair and DNC positions will be filled at the June 2-3 state convention in Middleton.

We’ll also have reports on progress from the workgroups that organized at our April meeting, and discuss endorsement rules and convention delegate selection.

See you there!

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 10
Where: Concourse Hotel, 1 W. Dayton St., Madison

 

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May 6 is deadline for requesting state convention credentials

The June 2-3 state convention will be conveniently located in Middleton, and will include important votes on state party chair and DNC representative. Please consider attending.

Anyone can go and observe. To receive voting privileges as a Dane County delegate, you must request credentials by May 6. You can do that at this link. You will also need to pay a registration fee, which you can do at the door, or you can do a lower cost in advance at this link. Finally, you must be a paid-up member of the party by May 12. If you are unsure about your membership, please contact McKinley Kant at (608) 807-0610 or mckinleyk@wisdems.org

Program info on the convention is here.

Dane County gets 329 delegates to the convention. It appears we will get more requests for credentials than that. If so, everyone who attended the April 23 2nd District Convention as a delegate will automatically be a delegate to the state convention. For the roughly 150 additional delegate slots, we will hold a lottery to assign delegates and alternates. Note that if you end up as an alternate, this is not final. During the convention we will count no-shows and elevate that many alternates to delegate. In the past everyone who has wanted to be a delegate has been able to, though there is no guarantee of that.

Finally, we need several dozen more volunteers to help run the convention. If you are able, please fill out this form.

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2nd CD Party election results

More than 200 Democrats, most of them from Dane County, gathered Sunday for the 2nd Congressional District Party convention. Here are the results of balloting for officers of the 2nd CD Party. Terms begin in June.

  • Chair: Christine Welcher
  • Representative to the DPW Administrative Committee: Michael Martez Johnson
  • First Vice Chair: Ann DeGarmo
  • Second Vice Chair: Britt Cudaback
  • Treasurer: Zach Madden
  • Secretary: Debbie Fairbanks 
  • Alternate to the DPW Administrative Committee in Place of Welcher: Jackie Spaight
  • Alternate to the DPW Administrative Committee in Place of Johnson: Ian Oyler 
  • Member of the DPW Platform and Resolutions Committee for a 3-year term (June 2017-June 2020): Marilyn Feil
  • Alternate to the DPW Platform and Resolutions Committee for a 1-year term (June 2017-June 2018): Chris Schmidt
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Madison Climate March

Update from the march:

Climate march

The Dane Dems will march together in the Madison People's Climate March, at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 22,  starting at the Capitol Square and ending at our local utility, Madison Gas and Electric (MG&E). We'll gather in front of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin office at 15 N Pinckney St. a little before 2 o'clock. Look for our banner! For more information about the event, see the Facebook page.

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April membership meeting

Update: If you're downtown after work or just want to come to the meeting a little early, drop by the bar at the Concourse, where a few board members and others will be, starting at 6 p.m. This is a soft launch of an idea to have pre-meeting social opportunities.

In the first quarter of 2017, while we were mainly focused on the spring election, we collected ideas for how to improve and extend the party's work to build progressive power. Now we are turning our full attention to those ideas.

At our April meeting, we'll have a Democratic Party 101 session, largely organized by new party members, to help orient other new members and veterans alike to the workings of the party. After that we will have breakout sessions to work on topic areas that both rank-and-file and board members have suggested, including:

  • Voting rights/registration
  • The resistance in Dane County
  • Communications 
  • Campaigns (focusing on rural Dane County)
  • Assistance for candidates and parties outside the county
  • Policy/resolutions
  • Outreach to value-allied groups
  • Membership and development
  • Opposition research

We'll also hear from candidates running for chair of the 2nd Congressional District Party, and from candidates running for first vice chair of the state party.

Hope to see you there!

What: April membership meeting
When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 19
Where: Concourse Hotel, 1 W. Dayton St., Madison

 

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Dane Dems candidates win in 35 races

Congratulations to all of our candidates on the great races they ran this season. On April 4 we re-elected Tony Evers and Joe Parisi at the state and county levels, and overall won in 35 of the 38 races where we made an endorsement. Many thanks to all who donated time and money to make these victories possible. Election winners in bold:

Candidate

Race

District

Tony Evers

State Superintendent of Public Instruction

At Large

Joe Parisi

Dane County Executive

At Large

Dorothy Krause

Fitchburg City Council

1

Wanda McCann Smith

Fitchburg City Council

2

Julia Arata Fratta

Fitchburg City Council

3

Dan Carpenter

Fitchburg City Council

6

Tony Hartmann

Fitchburg City Council

8

Barbara McKinney

Madison City Council

1

Ledell Zellers

Madison City Council

2

Amanda Hall

Madison City Council

3

Mike Verveer

Madison City Council

4

Shiva Bidar

Madison City Council

5

Marsha Rummel

Madison City Council

6

Steve King

Madison City Council

7

Zach Wood

Madison City Council

8

Maurice Cheeks

Madison City Council

10

Arvina Martin

Madison City Council

11

Sara Eskrich

Madison City Council

13

Sheri Carter

Madison City Council

14

Denise DeMarb

Madison City Council

16

Samba Baldeh

Madison City Council

17

Ali Muldrow

Madison School Board

6

Kate Toews

Madison School Board

6

Nicki Vander Meulen

Madison School Board

7

Carolyn Clow

McFarland Village Board

At Large

Brevin Becker

McFarland Village Board

At Large

David Peterson

Monona Grove School Board

At Large

Jenna Jacobson

Oregon Village Board

At Large

Lisa Reeves

Stoughton City Council

2

Jon Coughlin

Stoughton School Board

At Large

Steve Jackson

Stoughton School Board

At Large

Tim Bubon

Stoughton School Board

At Large

Emily Lindsey

Sun Prairie City Council

1

Bill Connors

Sun Prairie City Council

2

Mike Jacobs

Sun Prairie City Council

3

Liz Doyle

Verona City Council

1

Sarah Gaskell

Verona City Council

2

Lukas Diaz

Verona City Council

3

Heather Reekie

Verona City Council

4

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Convention time: Participate in the governance of your party

UPDATE (4/5/17): We have 320 requests for delegate credentials to the 2nd CD Convention, which is likely an all-time record. But our cap is 329, so everyone who requested to be a delegate and is a paid-up party member by Sunday will be able to attend and vote. We will likely exceed the cap for the state convention, however, which will trigger a lottery for delegates and alternates. Those who attend the 2nd CD Convention as delegates will automatically become delegates to the state convention and will avoid the lottery. Note that 2nd CD no-shows will not receive automatic status. 

UPDATE (4/4/17): The deadline for requesting delegate credentials to the 2nd CD Convention has now passed. As of April 4, the state party was checking our delegate list for membership status; all delegates must be paid party members by April 9. We will e-mail delegate applicants whose memberships are not current ASAP. Applications for delegate credentials to the state convention are still being accepted.

 

Dane Dems members can participate in the governance of the party by attending upcoming conventions at the congressional district and state levels.

  • The 2nd Congressional District Convention, to be held April 23 in Verona, will elect new officers, two of whom serve on the state party's governing administrative committee. In addition it will take up resolutions that will be considered at the state level and can ultimately affect the state Democratic platform. Attendees will also hear from Rep. Mark Pocan and other important speakers. 
  • The State Convention, to be held June 2-3 in Middleton, will elect a party chair and other officers, as well as a new representative to the Democratic National Committee. It will also vote on resolutions and will feature caucus meetings, networking opportunities and many interesting speakers.

To attend these conventions you must have a current party membership and pay registration fees at the links above or at the door. (Advance registration is cheaper.) You must also be listed as a delegate by the county party. To be so listed, please fill out the form at this link. Deadline for requesting delegate credentials to the district convention is April 3. Deadline to request credentials for the state convention is May 6.* 

Dane County is capped at 329 delegates to each convention. That sounds like a lot, but two years ago we were over the limit for the State Convention, so some people became non-voting alternates, though they were all eventually elevated to voting status due to no-shows. 

We have not exceeded the cap at district conventions in the past, but if we do then we will hold a lottery for delegate slots and make others alternates. Anyone who attends the 2nd CD Convention as a delegate will automatically qualify as a state delegate. 

Those who wish to attend the State Convention but do not attend the 2nd CD Convention will be able to fill delegate slots that remain. Again, if we exceed the cap we will hold a lottery to assign delegate and alternate slots. 

It is possible to attend the conventions without voting privileges. If you wish to do that, you do not need to fill out the form to become a delegate. 

For more information on the conventions, including instructions on how to run for officer positions or submit resolutions, go to the 2nd CD party or the state party websites.

 

*You may receive communications from the state party that allow you to request state convention delegate credentials through the DPW. The state party will share those names with the county party, where you will be placed on the list along with those who fill out our form. In the event that we exceed our attendance cap, neither method of requesting credentials provides an advantage. Note that if you wish to attend the 2nd CD convention as a delegate, you MUST fill out our form; the DPW is only collecting names for the state convention. 

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Endorsed candidates for April 4

Our endorsement process is complete. Please support these great progressive candidates in the April 4 election.

Candidate

Race

District

Tony Evers

State Superintendent of Public Instruction

At Large

Joe Parisi

Dane County Executive

At Large

Dorothy Krause

Fitchburg City Council

1

Wanda McCann Smith

Fitchburg City Council

2

Julia Arata Fratta

Fitchburg City Council

3

Dan Carpenter

Fitchburg City Council

6

Tony Hartmann

Fitchburg City Council

8

Barbara McKinney

Madison City Council

1

Ledell Zellers

Madison City Council

2

Amanda Hall

Madison City Council

3

Mike Verveer

Madison City Council

4

Shiva Bidar

Madison City Council

5

Marsha Rummel

Madison City Council

6

Steve King

Madison City Council

7

Zach Wood

Madison City Council

8

Maurice Cheeks

Madison City Council

10

Arvina Martin

Madison City Council

11

Sara Eskrich

Madison City Council

13

Sheri Carter

Madison City Council

14

Denise DeMarb

Madison City Council

16

Samba Baldeh

Madison City Council

17

Ali Muldrow

Madison School Board

6

Kate Toews

Madison School Board

6

Nicki Vander Meulen

Madison School Board

7

Carolyn Clow

McFarland Village Board

At Large

Brevin Becker

McFarland Village Board

At Large

David Peterson

Monona Grove School Board

At Large

Jenna Jacobson

Oregon Village Board

At Large

Lisa Reeves

Stoughton City Council

2

Jon Coughlin

Stoughton School Board

At Large

Steve Jackson

Stoughton School Board

At Large

Tim Bubon

Stoughton School Board

At Large

Emily Lindsey

Sun Prairie City Council

1

Bill Connors

Sun Prairie City Council

2

Mike Jacobs

Sun Prairie City Council

3

Liz Doyle

Verona City Council

1

Sarah Gaskell

Verona City Council

2

Lukas Diaz

Verona City Council

3

Heather Reekie

Verona City Council

4

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