Wednesday, January 23, 2013's cold outside...let's talk politics!

I know it is cold out, I can tell because my nose has not thawed since approximately the middle of December, but we have started a new year and our government is now hot to trot to work.  We have Congress pushing off the Debt Ceiling issue for another couple of months, the Senate discussing what to do about the filibuster and our own State Assembly trying to figure out hot they can work as a cohesive group.

All that is going on and what can we, as average citizens do to help promote the Democratic and Progressive ideals?  Well, you can always join a Democratic/Progressive event to show your support and usually have fun doing it.  As the new Co-chair, I feel it is my duty to bring fun to everything that I am involved in...actually, I do that whether I am doing "committee" things or not.  We are lucky to live in a state where there is a lot going on both near and far from our happy little Green County.  Check out the activities below:

Saturday, January 26 Peaceful protest for those in support of the Bad River Tribe regarding proposed changes in WI mining regulations; 12-1:30 PM at the Wisconsin State Capitol. 

Tuesday, February 5 - County Line Progressives - 6-8 PM at Corner Cafe, Belleville; come early if you'd like to order something to eat and have some social time. This is an issues and action-oriented group for folks in the Belleville, New Glarus, and Monticello communities. For further information, contact Tim Sager at or check their Facebook page:

Saturday, February 16 - 5th Annual WI Progressive Grassroots Festival - 9 AM-4 PM at WI Heights High School, 10173 State Hwy 14, Mazomanie. Keynote speakers - Mike McCabe and Lisa Graves, 18 break-out sessions, and the Raging Grannies. Suggested donation - $12, includes lunch. Sponsored by the Wisconsin Grassroots Network which facilitates development and growth of community-based grassroots organizations throughout Wisconsin. Currently over 70 groups are involved to increase government accountability to its citizens.

Tuesday, February 19 - Spring Primary Election

Tuesday, March 5 - Candidate Forum for State Superintendent of Public Instruction position - Tony Evers (incumbent; confirmed) and Don Pridemore (Republican member of State Assembly; not yet confirmed), at the Bridges Restaurant, Darlington. Sponsored by the DPW county parties in SW WI. More details to follow.

Tuesday, April 2 - Spring General Election - an important election for State Superintendent of Public Instruction (statewide), Supreme Court Justice (statewide), and Circuit Court justice (Dane County residents). 
WOW!!!  That is quite a bit, but don't forget that we also have our monthly meetings and we are working to ensure that we have speakers who are knowledgeable and timely for what is happening in Wisconsin.  If you have any suggestions for speakers for upcoming meetings, please let me know.  We always like to get feedback from our members and those who are Friends of Dems.  

Have a great week and thank you for checking us out!