On Sunday, a police officer in Kenosha shot an unarmed man seven times in front of his children. That alone is a tragedy for his family and a trauma his children will have to endure for the rest of their lives. The fact he was a black man means Jacob Blake is another victim of a system that treats a black man’s life as having less value. We join his family and community in the hope that he will recover.
We stand against excessive use of force by the police that has killed all too many in this country. There is a sickness that is pervasive within our society that makes incidents like this all too common – and one that needs to be rooted out.
Our party stands in solidarity with the movement across Wisconsin and nationwide to eliminate the racism that has systemically poisoned so many of our institutions. We also support Governor Evers’ and Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes’ Executive Order #84. Our Legislature needs to act before more lives are shattered or lost.
I’ve been fielding a lot of questions lately about who the county party is supporting in either of our local primaries. The answer is neither – and both. The county party is required by our constitution to remain totally neutral in all primaries. It’s the reason we didn’t support any candidate during the presidential primary or during the gubernatorial primary in 2018. What we do is provide equal time and access to all candidates. Any primary candidate may keep their signs at our office for pickup, they are also allowed all the benefits of being a member. In a pre-covid world, they would all be eligible to use our office for campaigning activities. Individuals (other than the chair) may personally support a given candidate or even endorse them – so long as they aren’t using their current position in the party as part of their endorsement. The position of the party is we will support whoever wins the primary and move forward as one. That position is occasionally contentious – but only with the candidates who’ve lost. If their primary had gone the other way, I guarantee they would feel differently about us supporting the winner. If we’re not willing to respect the will of the voters, then the primary serves no purpose and our own legitimacy is at stake. Thus, the reason we’ve been completely neutral and will remain so.
Finally, I’d like to address a few questions I’ve fielded about the Assembly Democratic Campaign Committee or ADCC and their role in a primary here in Brown County. Contrary to the assertions some people have made, the ADCC is not the county party or even affiliated with it. They are a legislative campaign committee out of Madison with the goal of defending incumbents or electing their preferred candidates. I have had no communication with them, and their actions are their own.
Our county party is committed to being fair and evenhanded in the both primaries and supporting the winner of those primaries in the general election. Let’s all plan on moving forward together.
Chair, Democratic Party of Brown County
PFAS Contamination Links to information regarding Wiscosnin PFAS contamination sites
Link to information about the Back 40 Mine proposed on the Menominee River:
Other reading resources:
95 Environmental Rules Being Rolled Back Under Trump
PFAS found in drinking water
Trump Removes Pollution Controls on Streams and Wetlands – The New York Times
Trump’s Latest Attack on the Environment May Be His Most Alarming Yet
Twitter thread from Barb McQuade addressing the various GOP defenses of POTUS.
@UMichLaw prof; legal analyst @NBCNews, @MSNBC; former US Attorney, national security prosecutor, Eastern District Michigan
Here are the GOP defenses I have heard so far to articles of impeachment, along with the knee-jerk responses I have been shouting at my television.
Defense 1: Trump did nothing wrong. Response: Trump hit the trifecta of impeachable conduct by subverting an election, seeking foreign influence, and putting personal interest ahead of national interest. And he obstructed Congress by refusing to produce any witnesses or documents.
Defense 2: No harm occurred because the military aid went through. Response: The aid went through only after Trump was caught. In the meantime, months of delay cost Ukraine lives in its war with Russia. US credibility was harmed and moral authority to fight corruption was eroded.
Defense 3: Because aid went through, no misconduct was committed. Response: Bribery occurs upon demand for a personal favor in exchange for performance of an official act. If you offer a cop $20 to get out of a traffic ticket, even if he declines, you have still committed bribery
Defense 4: Abuse of power is not even a crime. Response: Impeachable conduct may be criminal conduct, but need not be. A president could be impeached if he watched TV all day and failed to fulfill his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed.
Defense 5: There’s nothing wrong with asking for an investigation. Response: If this were legitimate investigation, you wouldn’t need to send your personal lawyer and his henchmen to do it. Witnesses say Trump didn’t want investigation, just announcement of investigation.
Defense 6: There was no quid pro quo. Read the transcript! Trump’s request for a “favor” is strong evidence, corroborated by witness testimony, of months-long scheme to get Zelensky to “go to the mic” and announce Biden probe. Aid was leverage.
Defense 7: As VP, Biden held up aid as leverage to get rid of the Ukrainian public prosecutor. Response: It is appropriate for a president or VP to take action to advance the interests of the nation. Trump was advancing his personal interests.
Defense 8: Teatimony is hearsay. Response: Rules of Evidence don’t apply. Also, call summary, Sondland testimony are non-hearsay. Trump has barred direct witnesses. You can’t have it both ways. If they had information favorable to Trump, you can bet we would have heard from them.
Defense 9: It happens all the time. Get over it. Response: Trump sought foreign influence in our election and harmed national security by delaying aid designed to fight Russia, our adversary. We don’t have to accept it. We deserve better.
Defense 10: Impeachment would un-do an election. Response: All impeachments un-do elections. Constitution permits impeachment if president is unfit to serve. When rigging an election is involved, elections are ineffective for removal. Impeachment is not to punish but to protect.
Defense 11: Impeachment proceedings are moving too fast. Response: This impeachment has moved slower than Bill Clinton’s and on pace with Richard Nixon’s. For a president who presents a clear and present danger to national security, removal is urgent and can’t come soon enough.
Defense 12: We need to hear from the whistleblower. Response: The whistleblower was a tipster, whose tip led to the investigation. Tipsters do not testify at trial, the witnesses do. We have a duty to protect whistleblowers to encourage them to use proper channels to report abuse.
Enjoy an amazing meal of fresh, locally grown veggies, steak, chicken, beer, wine and soda. Vegetarian options too. We’ll have a silent auction and a few compelling speakers (yet to be announced). Share meaningful conversation with like-minded Progressives over a fabulous meal.
October 13, starting at 4 p.m.
Ashwaubenon Community Center
Sign up and pay on-line at this link or print RSVP form below and mail in. RSVP and Payment due by October 10th. PLEASE get your order in on time to help us with planning!
MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR OWN SMALL WAY
Here’s your chance! One small donation to our Steak Fry Silent Auction – or your bid on one item – supports our DPBC building fund to maintain our wonderful facility.
Donate what people love to buy: books, beer, wine, baked goods, gift items. Consider holiday décor for Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas. Where to find auction items?
— Request a gift card from your favorite business.
— Purchase one great yard sale item and donate it.
— Re-gift something you just can’t use.
— Bake! Bake! Bake! People love your home baked treats.
— Look in your attic – something new and no longer “wonderful”? We’ll take it.
Then reserve your place at the Steak Fry and get a head start on holiday shopping. Survey the Silent Auction display and place a bid. Every little bit helps.
Questions? Contact: Events@BrownCountyDems.com
Volunteers for the Steak Fry Needed
To set up and take down and help with food
|DPW v. Vos, et al.|
|Yesterday, we at the Democratic Party of Wisconsin filed a lawsuit in federal court to stop the unprecedented and illegal laws passed by Republicans during December’s lame-duck session. We decided to take legal action action because we could not let these unconstitutional acts stand.|
It was less than 24 hours after Tony Evers was elected governor, by the people of Wisconsin, that Republican leadership publicly threatened to limit his powers. We know, because Republicans publicly confessed that these actions wouldn’t have been taken if Scott Walker had been re-elected.
|The will of the people is the law of the land; Wisconsinites voted for Governor Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul because they wanted a change, and Republicans intentionally passed these laws to prevent Gov. Evers from passing his agenda.|
By rushing through legislation with the explicit intent of denying the implementation of Democratic ideas, Republican leadership violated the U.S. Constitution’s promise of principled state government, freedom of speech, and equal protection under the law. This was a blatant, illegal power grab, and we hope to achieve justice for Wisconsin voters.
|DNC Announces Unprecedented Investment in DPW Field Program|
|In preparation for the 2020 cycle, the Democratic National Committee has announced a multi-million dollar investment in the recruitment and training of college-aged organizers in several key battleground states, including our own Wisconsin. The project — called Organizing Corps 2020 — will recruit, pay and train young people to work in the 2020 presidential cycle, with particular focus on mentoring students from communities of color.|
|Communities of color, particularly Milwaukee’s black community, have been underrepresented on Wisconsin political campaigns for too long. We’re excited by the opportunity to build these talent pipelines and make our campaigns reflect the diversity of our Democratic coalition.|
The path to defeating Donald Trump runs through Wisconsin. With the DNC’s support, we’ll not only build a strong ground game ready to support our eventual presidential nominee, we’ll also grow and train the next generation of Democratic leaders.
If you know a college junior who would be interested in being a part of DNC’s Organizing Corps, send them here!
|On Monday, Governor Tony Evers announced his plan to include a proposal to decriminalize the possession of marijuana and legalize medical marijuanain his state budget. As a cancer survivor and quality healthcare advocate, Gov. Evers recognizes how effective medical marijuana can be in treating chronic pain associated with cancer and different diseases. “Wisconsinites overwhelmingly agree that this is a critically important issue. But it’s not just about access to health care, it’s about connecting the dots between racial disparities and economic inequity.” – Gov. Tony EversI’m glad that we have a governor that recognizes these dots, and is taking action to address them. By decriminalizing marijuana, we’ll begin to address the racial disparities and cycles of poverty in communities across our state. Decriminalizing marijuana would mean that the state removes penalties for possessing, manufacturing, and distributing marijuana (25 grams or less). Decriminalizing isn’t just for the future, but remedying the past.|
|The proposal would also expunge the records of individuals already convicted for violations under that amount who have served their sentences or propations. Though this doesn’t address all the racial, socioeconomic, health disparities that exist in our state, I am confident that it is putting Wisconsin on the right track to help all state citizens.|
|Our Thoughts are with former-Sen. Kathleen Vinehout|
|It broke my heart to hear news that Former Senator Kathleen Vinehout’s home burned down last week. Kathleen and her husband, as well as their farm animals, are safe and sound, but they lost everything. Kathleen and her family have always shown up to help all of us, and that’s why we’ve been working hard to make sure they feel loved and supported in this trying time.|
Here in Wisconsin, we have each other’s backs. Our hearts are with the Vinehout family through this tragedy, and we will continue to support them moving forward.
|Hagedorn Losing Support Fast|
|A conservative leaning group has yanked support from Supreme Court candidate Brian Hagedorn after several news stories detailing Hagedorn’s disturbing, radical agenda.|
|This is yet another sign that Brian Hagedorn is too extreme and partisan to be trusted on the Supreme Court. Wisconsinites expect their judiciary to be fair and impartial. That Hagedorn is bleeding support from his own backers shows just how fringe and out-of-touch his candidacy has become.|
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