October membership meeting and debate watch party

Our October membership meeting will be a week later than usual, to avoid a confict with Yom Kippur and to coincide with the third presidential debate. 

We'll have our meeting at 7 — agenda to include remarks by Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Rep. Mark Pocan, info on voting changes from County Clerk Scott McDonell, a vote on a resolution on the MMSD funding referendum, and get-out-the-vote signups — then watch the debate together at 8.


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Early voting, debate watch party

This long election season is entering the home stretch, with the start of early in-person voting and the Clinton-Trump debates.

Madison residents can vote early at 13 locations around the city starting Monday, Sept. 26. Go here for details. The start of early voting varies widely in other localities:

Update: For other localities, check with your clerk's office. From the County Clerk's office, here is a list of early voting times and locations across the county. 

The first presidential debate of the general elections season will be at 8 p.m. on Sept. 26. Please join other Democrats for a watch party at Plan B, 924 Williamson St. in Madison. 

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September meeting: Legislative campaign briefing, homelesseness follow-up, election law update

Our September meeting promises to be a good one.

We will have briefings on state Senate and Assembly campaigns, along with remarks from some key candidates. We will also have a follow-up discussion to our August meeting forum on homelessness, with a resolution proposal. And we will review the recent election-related court rulings that affect early voting times and places, as well as photo ID requirements and other election rules in Wisconsin.

We will also have Clinton and Feingold yard signs and bumper stickers.

Hope to see you there!

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14
Where: Concourse Hotel, 1 W. Dayton St., Madison

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Party for the Party: Help us win in November!

It's a back yard party! Come enjoy live music by Shotgun Mary while mingling with fellow Democrats and your elected officials. There will be vegan and vegetarian appetizers, brats on the grill, and plenty of beer, wine and other beverages. All funds go to get Democrats elected in November. Please consider sponsoring this event! 

Where: 2215 Keyes Ave. (Dorrie and Eric Sundquist's house)
When: 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28
Suggested donation: $25 at the door or online here.
RSVP or sponsorship info: Dorrie Sundquist, 608-332-5332, dorriesundquist@yahoo.com

Thanks to our sponsors!

U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan

WI Rep. Chris Taylor

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi

Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell

Dane County Treasurer Adam Gallagher

Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney

Dane County Board Chair Sharon Corrigan

Dane County Supervisor Mary Kolar

Dane County Supervisor Shelia Stubbs

Dane County Supervisor Heidi Wegleitner

Madison Alder Sara Eskrich

Verona Alder Elizabeth Doyle

Mike Basford

Corkey Custer

Mary Lang Sollinger

Dorrie and Eric Sundquist

Dane Varese 

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August membership meeting focuses on homelessness

Few issues have been as frustrating as the inability of our local governments to open a day-resource center for the homeless. It appears now that a solution may be at hand, but we have seen other “done deals” fall through.

And the day-resource center is just one part of the puzzle in addressing homelessness.

Our upcoming membership meeting, at the Goodman Community Center, will feature a four-expert panel that includes three endorsed Democratic elected officials:

  • Dane County Supervisor Heidi Wegleitner
  • Madison Alder Marsha Rummel
  • Dean Loumos, Member, Madison Metropolitan School District Board and Executive Director, Housing Initiatives Inc.
  • Linda Ketcham, Director, Madison-Area Urban Ministry and Chair, City-County Homeless Issues Committee

While the meeting will provide insights on homelessness, it is also designed to focus attention to this issue, and to make it clear that the issue is important to Democrats. We may follow up with resolutions or other actions. We hope to see you there.

What: August membership meeting
When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10
***Where: Goodman Community Center, 149 Waubesa St. (NOT the Concourse Hotel this month)***


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County Treasurer and DA Candidate Forum

Dane Dems will host a candidate forum for Democratic candidates competing in the Aug. 9 primary for county treasurer and district attorney. Please come by to hear from these candidates and cast your vote in straw polls for both offices.

When: Thursday, Aug. 4
* 7 p.m. for treasurer candidates Adam Gallagher (incumbent), Richard V. Brown Sr., and Patrick Miles
* 8 p.m. for DA candidates Ismael Ozanne (incumbent) and Robert Jambois
Where: Madison Labor Temple, 1602 S. Park St.

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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
RSVP: https://www.hillaryclinton.com/events/view/ETN3F75H73ROUCRV/

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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: http://www.isthmustickets.com/events/32741406/loop-the-lake-bike-ride. 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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