Meeting this Wednesday - find out what's next!

We began 2012 with a goal to make history this year and we certainly made it last week! I know everybody reading this had a hand in re-electing President Obama and Vice-President Biden and sending Tammy Baldwin and Mark Pocan to Washington. Once again, thank you very much for all that you've done.

You're invited to join us on Wednesday night for our monthly membership meeting. As always, it is at 7PM at the Concourse Hotel in downtown Madison. Our special guest will be Scot Ross of One Wisconsin Now discussing "The Next Fight" and we will break down what the county party did in the Fall election and discuss what we plan on doing in the next year.

Please join us! This proves to be a very interesting meeting and I hope to see you there.


Michael Basford, Dane Dems Chair

p.s. - Mark your calendars! Our holiday party will be Sunday, December 16th from 2-4PM at the Cardinal Bar in Madison.

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Vote - Work - Party

Good morning. Today is Election Day!

With your help, we can make history today. Here is how you can be a part of it:

1) If you haven't already, vote. Polls are open from 7AM to 8PM. Go to to find out your polling location. 

As you vote, please keep in mind the Democratic Party candidates for office:

President and Vice President - Barack Obama and Joe Biden
United States Senate - Tammy Baldwin
U.S. House of Representatives - Mark Pocan

Wisconsin State Senate: District 14 - Margarete Worthington, District 16 - Mark Miller, District 26 - Fred Risser

Wisconsin State Assembly: District 37 - Mary Arnold, District 42 - Paula Cooper, District 43 - Andy Jorgensen, District 46 - Gary Hebl, District 47 - Robb Kahl, District 48 - Melissa Sargent, District 76 - Chris Taylor, District 77 - Terese Berceau, District 78 - Brett Hulsey, District 79 - Dianne Hesselbein, District 80 - Sondy Pope-Roberts, District 81 - Fred Clark

Dane County: District Attorney - Ismael Ozanne, County Clerk - Scott McDonell, Treasurer - Adam Gallagher, Register of Deeds - Kristi Chlebowski

2) Take whatever time you have today and get out the vote. You can check in at!/ to find a staging location. All of them are setting up now and will be open until the polls close. Find a location and go there to help contact voters so that they get to the polls. This is important!

3) Once the polls are closed, join us and celebrate! The Democratic Party's Election Night celebration will be at Monona Terrace. Doors open at 8:05PM. Join us as we watch the results and celebrate our victories!

On behalf of the Dane Dems and all the candidates we support, I want to thank you for the hard work, sacrifice and contributions you've made to get us victory today. I couldn't be more grateful.

See you on the streets today and see you at Monona Terrace tonight. Forward, to victory!

Michael Basford, Dane Dems Chair 

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REMINDER: Meeting TONIGHT with Mark Pocan and Mike Tate!

Remember to come to tonight's Dane Dems meeting at 7PM at the Concourse Hotel (1 West Dayton Street) in Downtown Madison. Tonight's guests will be our next Congressman Mark Pocan and Democratic Party Chair Mike Tate. They will give us updates from the campaign trail and let us know what we can do to help the team WIN on November 6th! We will also be giving out FREE Obama/Biden yard signs while supplies last. We hope to see you tonight! 

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Road Trips for Victory!

You can help take back the State Assembly by participating in our “Roadtrips for Victory” - where we go into districts to help out candidates running to represent Dane County in the Assembly. Mark these Saturday events in your calendar and watch this page for any changes. All events are lit drops unless otherwise noted (subject to change):

September 22 – Canvas for Andy Jorgensen, District 43. Meet at the Firefly Coffeehouse (114 N Main Street, Oregon) at Noon.

October 6 – Lit Drop for Fred Clark, District 81. Meet at the Luckenbooth Cafe (1204 Mills Street, Black Earth) at 10:00AM.

October 13 – Lit Drop for Mary Arnold, District 37. Meet at Windsor Breads (4446 Windsor Rd, Windsor) at 10:00AM.

October 20 – CHANGE: Canvas for Andy Jorgensen, District 43. Time and Location TBD

For more information and to sign up, contact Volunteers Vice-Chair Spencer White at

Again, details are subject to change. So keep up-to-date at

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Meet the Candidates!

This week will have us two weeks from the Fall Primary Election. Dane County voters will choose the Democratic Party's candidates for the November Election. The Dane Dems are hosting a series of forums throughout Dane County to introduce you to candidates that are on the ballot. Please join us for these upcoming events (click the links for details):

Tuesday, July 31st - 80th Assembly District Forum and Straw Poll at the Mount Horeb Community Center 

Tuesday, August 7th - 47th Assembly District Forum at Monona Library

Wednesday, August 8th - 2nd Congressional District Forum and Straw Poll at the Madison Concourse

Thursday, August 9th - 79th Assembly District Forum and Straw Poll at Waunakee High School

These forums are part of a continuing effort of your party to bring the candidates to your communities. Please email me at if you have any questions. We hope to see you there! 


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The Fight Continues!

As I’ve been trying to make sense of the results of June 5th, I keep thinking about how proud I am of the fight we fought over the 16 months since February of last year. Many of you have joined your county party and you helped us with a massive campaign effort. We were able to staff more offices and contact more voters than in most fall elections. And we were one of the few counties that were able to increase our voter turnout over Fall 2010 and our margin over our opponents. Combined with an incredibly successful spring election season, we have many  reasons to hold our heads high.

What we should take away from June’s election is that the need to continue the fight is more vital than ever. Whether we won or lost, the need to defend our values and fight to put Dane County families first ahead of out-of-state interests would still be necessary. If we want to make  more history this year by sending Tammy Baldwin to the US Senate, re-electing Barack Obama and Joe Biden, keeping our majority in the State Senate and taking back the State Assembly, we need you to stay fighting with us!

The first way you can do this is to renew your membership in the Democratic Party. You can renew online through the State Party.  Or, you can print out this form and send it in to Democratic Party of Dane County, P.O. Box 2082, Madison, WI 53701 – or bring it to the Summer Picnic on the 21st.

Your membership renewal will give us the resources to continue fighting this fall and to make history. Please join us!

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July/August Newsletter Online

The July/August newsletter just went to the printer. Look for it in your mailbox soon!

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Make History Today, Then Celebrate!

After a year and a half of fighting for our rights, Scott Walker, Rebecca Kleefisch and four State Senators are being held accountable for where they've led Wisconsin. Election Day is upon us and today we get to make history!

The polls will be open from 7AM to 8PM. You do not need an ID to vote. In addition to voting for Tom Barrett for Governor and Mahlon Mitchell for Lieutenant Governor (as well as Lori Compas for State Senate if you live in Albion, Cambridge, Christiana, Deerfield and Rockdale), please do what you can to convince and get as many people to vote today. The polls have this race incredibly close and every extra vote you can get will help us win today!

You can go to to find out where people vote. Remember, since there has been a redistricting, the polling locations for some people have changed. Check first before sending people to the polls.

We know the Republicans are bringing in out-of-state organizations to perform their usual dirty tricks today. If you see anything out of the ordinary where you vote, call the Wisconsin Voter Protection Hotline at 800-311-VOTE.

On behalf of the Democratic Party, I'd like to thank the many of you who decided not to just observe history, but worked incredibly hard to make it. And I'd like to invite everybody to help us celebrate our victory as we watch the results come in at the Essen Haus at 514 East Wilson Street starting at 8PM. There is free wifi, so please bring a laptop to help us track the results.

I look forward to a great day and night. Let's do this!

To victory,


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Forward to Victory!

Tom Barrett speaking to Democrats

In February of last year, Scott Walker and his friends in the State Capitol started ramming through an extremist agenda unlike we've ever seen. Within months they changed Wisconsin's government to a point where we no longer can recognize it. They were counting on us to be dispirited from the 2010 elections and let them get away with this. We proved them wrong in the streets of Madison - bringing an outpouring of people that made history.

They were counting on us to forget it and not collect enough signatures during the winter holiday. We proved them wrong again in every city, village and town in Wisconsin by collecting over a million signatures against Scott Walker, Rebecca Kleefisch and four State Senators.

They are counting on you to have recall fatigue and to not do any more to take back Wisconsin. We have to prove them wrong one more time!

We only have two weeks to go before the Recall Election. I am asking every one of you to do what you can to help make Tom Barrett and Mahlon Mitchell our next Governor and Lieutenant Governor and help elect Lori Compas to the State Senate to represent Eastern Dane County. Here is a list of activities and events where youare needed:

- If you have any time to spare, please sign up with the Democratic Party to canvass and phone bank. We need people to make the important voter-to-voter contacts to remind them to vote from now until the polls close on June 5th. This is where the real work needs to happen in order to win. Scott Walker has more than enough Koch Brothers' money. We have to beat them with more people! Sign up here -

- If you wish to do the same work for Lori Compas, sign up at

- Next Wednesday (May 30th), from 5:30 to 7:00PM, join Russ Feingold at the Majestic Theatre (115 King Street) for a Rally /Fundraiser for Tom Barrett.

- If you're too busy volunteering to go to fundraisers, you can contribute online to Tom Barrett, Mahlon Mitchell and Lori Compas.

- And if you are interested in signs, you may get them from the 210 North Bassett Street Recall Office. A $10 contribution or volunteer time will get you one.

Whatever you can do and however you can do it, we need you now. This is the moment we dreamed about in the snow in 2011. This is our moment. Let's take back Wisconsin and make history.

Forward, towards victory!

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Watch the Dane Dems Gubernatorial Candidate forum!

If you weren't able to make it to our Candidate Forum, or if you couldn't get in the room because of the overflowing crowd, Wisconsin Eye has posted the video of the forum, as well as Lieutenant Governor candidate Mahlon Mitchell's speeech. 




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