March/April, 2015 Shawano Dems Newsletter


There is a lot going on in our state government right now. Governor Walker and the Republican Legislature have defunded K-12 education by $2 billion dollars and in the next two year budget they are proposing to strip $300 million from the State University system. Walker has refused to take federal Medicaid funding which would take care of the deficit he is trying to cover. He has taken complete control of almost every state agency. His policies are endangering our public land and water. By contacting our Assembly representatives (Gary Tauchen represents most of Shawano County) and State Senator Robert Cowles through phone calls or personal letters to their offices progressives can voice their opposition to the issues they are most concerned about .Policies can be changed when large numbers of people who don’t like what government is doing, make their opinions known.


       “Winning Through Community Connections” is a strategy that will be communicated to the Shawano Dems on Wed., May 6th. By empowering Democrats from the city of Shawano and townships and villages throughout Shawano County, we hope to spread our message through a network of individuals who will communicate with others in their home environments. By educating others we hope to overtake the right-wing thinking that is present in our state and replace it with progressive ideas that will lead to replacing those in the Legislature who are obstructing these ideas. Please join us in our efforts to retake our state.


     The Democratic Party of Wisconsin will be electing a new chair at their state convention which will be held June 5-6 in Milwaukee. Jason Rae, who has been on the Democratic National Committee since 2004 and is active on the DPW Administrative Committee as chair of the Constitution Committee will be the speaker at our April 15th meeting. The other candidates include Jeff Smith, former assemblyman and a Regional Political Director for DPW from 2013-2014.; Mary Long Sollinger, a businesswoman who was the State Finance Director for the DPW; Joe Wineke who was the past state chair from 2005-2009 and former assemblyman and businessman Stephen Smith,


Generally there is a low turnout at spring elections but this year there is too much at stake not to vote. In recent years non-partisan elections have become more political. Ann Bradley needs to be re-elected to the Supreme Court. A Constitutional Amendment that would allow justices to elect the Chief Justice would mean that progressive-leaning Shirley Abrahamson, the oldest member of the court, could be replaced as Chief Justice. Vote “NO” on this question. School board elections will also be taking place. In the Shawano School District the Shawano Dems are looking to support a progressive write-in candidate who supports public education and lives in the Town of Herman. Your input is appreciated.


March 12: Listen to the Shawano Dems on the Breakfast Club on WTCH radio 960 AM from 8:00-9:00 a.m.

March 18: At 7:00 p.m. we will have speakers from Pathways and Matthew 25 followed by the meeting. The Civic Center doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments.

April 1: Executive Committee Meeting at 6:00 p.m. at the the Civic Center. This is open to all DPSC members.

April 7: VOTE between 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.  (Absentee ballots available begining March 23rd.)

April 9: Breakfast Club 960 AM from 8:00-9:00 a.m.

April 15:  Dems meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Civic Center. .

April 25: 8th Congressional District Convention at the Main Event in Cecil.

May 6: “Winning Through Community Connections” training given by DPW Rural Caucus Chair Nate Timm beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Civic Center (225 S. Main St.).


Jan Koch 715-526-2955

Check out the above schedule of events to see what is happening. At the March 18th meeting we will be talking about delegates to conventions and our future goals. Our first and most important goal will be to increase our membership. Without supporters we cannot meet our other goals. Please consider joining us as we make Shawano County more blue. Call Membership Chair Dan Weidner at 715-758-2471 or go to to get a membership form. Being a member of the Democratic Party of WI makes you a member of the Shawano County Dems as well.

On April 25th Shawano County will host the 8th CD Convention at the Main Event in Cecil. Candidates for the State Chair will be present. Any DPW member can be a delegate to the convention.

Check us out on the web address above and like us at “Shawano County Democratic Party” on Facebook

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