Sunday, March 17, 2013

April 2nd Election

Folks,
This is a submission from a fellow Democratic County Chairperson who I had the opportunity to meet and learn from.  I wanted to share his eloquent words about the upcoming election.  Please take note of his suggestions and help to bring Wisconsin back to a more Progressive path.
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Let's take a serious look at this April 2 election.  Here are some thoughts:

THEIR SIDE:
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Roggensack has more money, although not astronomical. ($200,000 plus)  How much money would it take to equal paying for all our grassroots volunteers on the ground?  Our experience is becoming quite substantial.

They have the corporate machine. (Remember, that machine lost on Nov. 6)

OUR SIDE:
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1. Obama for America (2008 & 2012) built an unparalleled grassroots organization for winning campaigns.  He had huge numbers of Democrats and Progressives. phoning, doing doors, & working an extensive network of offices across Wisconsin and the U.S.  Huge numbers of Democrats & Progressives built amazing campaign skills.

2. Citizen United decision forced greater grassroots campaign operations for Democrats since that happened.

3. We got a taste of winning during the Clinton years and have had greater "fire in the belly" grassroots campaign efforts since Clinton. Obama campaigns have put that campaign "fire in the belly" on steroids!

4. Wisconsin Democrat and Progressive campaigns have been some of the most competitive and most developed in the nation. We have been at the heart of the battle. We have many battle hardened Democrats in Wis.

5. Republicans can sit back and let their corporate friends do their campaign work. However, that leaves them with a Republican grassroots team that is of  no comparison to ours.

6. The number of phone banks and campaign distribution locations have been working for weeks and are now noticeably increasing in Milwaukee and S.E. Wisconsin.  Madison is set to enlarge their operation significantly this week.

7. Milwaukee is a gold mine of votes for us.  African Americans are dedicated, serious voters, and they are grateful to be reminded about the importance of the April 2 election. A few words sets them ablaze!  You will enjoy working a GOTV grocery store shift in Milwaukee!  Organizers Jim Brown, Linea Sundstrom and Judith Free are expertly experienced and great to work with.

8. Great numbers of Hispanics in Milwaukee are Progressive supporters. Working the Hispanic grocery stores for GOTV is a special joy. Hispanic music and art create a celebration-type mood in giant supermarkets with heart warming Hispanic people putting you in a pleasant "foreign culture" atmosphere.  Great! Friendly!  However, only about 50% are U.S. citizens that can vote.  Also, however, the crowd in those stores are huge all day long and 50% of big numbers are still big numbers!

9. We might have enough votes in Milwaukee to swing this election if we got everyone out!

10.  Our November 6 majority still has a momentum in the heart!  A slight echo of a fully alive Democrat/Progressive/OFA type spirit could ignite this state. It could bring back to full force of that spirit if every OFA volunteer became active again for 2 weeks until April 2.

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HERE ARE SOME OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOU TO HELP:
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1. Super Market Legends and student GOTV at UWM and MATC. Call Judith Free at 414-581-5201.

2. Phone Bank with Wisconsin State AFĂ’-CIO. Call Steve Kwaterski at 414-975-8650.

3. Phone band for Fallone. Email  A.J. Kahle at: ajkahle@gmail.com.

Note: Electing Ed Fallone to the Wisconsin Supreme Court could be the most important election in Wisconsin history - all things considered.

4. Call or contact any of these sources to do phone bank work at home.

5. Remind your Democrat and Progressive friends to vote for Fallone and Evers on April 2. Early voting starts on March 18.

6. Oconomowoc Phone Banks:  Call Kristen Maguire at 262-490-1270 or Steve Ralph at 262-567-9813.

7. Waukesha Phone Banks: Call Scott Trindl at 414-254-2058 or Email Scott at: strindl@att.net.

8. Hand out Fallone/Evers brochures in Milwaukee - Wisconsin's largest voter market. Call:

    *Jim Brown at 262-834-8033 or email Jim at: jimwauk@gmail.com.

    *Linea Sundstrom at 414-963-088 or email Linea at: linea.sundstrom@gmail.com.

9. Contribute to the Ed Fallone Campaign:   www.falloneforjustice.com.

10. Contribute to the Tony Evers Campaign:  www.tonyevers.com.

Thanks for all you do!
Dwayne Block
Oconomowoc Democratic Group

Friday, March 1, 2013

Ed Fallone for Wisconsin Supreme Court


March events for Ed Fallone, candidate for the Wisconsin Supreme Court - Please feel free to attend any you may be available for and support Ed Fallone for Supreme Court of WIsconsin



Green Bay
Join Honorary Host Senator Dave Hansen
Monday, March 11
6:00 - 8:00pm
Riverside Ballroom
1560 Main Street
Green Bay, WI

Suggested Contribution: $25
Sponsorship Levels: $500, $250, $100, $50

Fallone for Justice 
4230 N. Oakland Ave, #164
Shorewood, WI 53211

Wausau
Join our hosts: John and Mary Robinson, Bart and Lila Hobson, Carolyn Bronston, Carol Michalski, Dorothy Miller, Sheryl Hemp, Christine Bremer Muggli, Frances Slezak, and Rep. Mandy Wright
Tuesday, March 12
5:30-7:30pm
Home of John and Mary Robinson
821 Franklin Street
Wausau, WI

Suggested Contribution: $25
Sponsorship Levels: $500, $250, $100, $50

Fallone for Justice 
4230 N. Oakland Ave, #164
Shorewood, WI 53211

La Crosse
Honorary Host Congressman Ron Kind

Wednesday, March 13
5:00-7:00pm
The Bodega Brew Pub
122 S. 4th Street
La Crosse, WI

Suggested Contribution: $25
Sponsorship Levels: $500, $250, $100, $50

Fallone for Justice 
4230 N. Oakland Ave, #164
Shorewood, WI 53211

Eau Claire
Thursday, March 14
5:00-7:00pm
Location: TBD

Suggested Contribution: $25
Sponsorship Levels: $500, $250, $100, $50

Fallone for Justice 
4230 N. Oakland Ave, #164
Shorewood, WI 53211

Milwaukee
Join Honorary Host Mayor Tom Barrett, Senator Tim Carpenter
Monday, March 18
5:30-7:30pm
MOCT
240 E Pittsburgh Ave,
Milwaukee, WI 53204

Suggested Contribution: $50
Sponsorship Levels: $1000, $500, $250, $100

Fallone for Justice 
4230 N. Oakland Ave, #164
Shorewood, WI 53211

Madison
Join Honorary Hosts Senator Mark Miller, Rep. Brett Hulsey, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi, Former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk and others
Tuesday, March 19
4:30-6:30pm
Merchant
121 S. Pinckney Street
Madison, WI

Suggested Contribution: $50
Sponsorship levels: $1000, $500, $250, $100

Fallone for Justice 
4230 N. Oakland Ave, #164
Shorewood, WI 53211