Thursday, April 4, 2013

Guest Poster

Folks,
I have been a wee bit busy as of late and so I have not been able to update for a while.  I am using the words of our county Communication Director now to update you all on happenings.  Please feel free to send me ideas for columns or any other tidbits that should be shared with our Democratic and Progressive populace.


Upcoming Events:

Saturday, April 13 - "All About Citizens United" Conference,  8:45 AM - 3:45 PM, at Promega BTCI, 5445 E. Cheryl Parkway in Fitchburg (registration from 8-8:45AM). Speakers include David Cobb (Co-Founder of Move to Amend), Bob Edgar and Jay Heck (Common Cause), Lisa Graves, Mike McCabe, John Nichols, Rep. Peter Barca, and more. Cost is $20 which includes lunch. Seating is limited so it is best to register ahead of time online. For more information and to register, go to: http://www.allaboutcitizensunited.org

Sunday, April 14 - Green County Democrats & Progressives monthly meeting - 6:00 PM at Luna Maya (formerly Fiesta Cancun) Mexican Restaurant, 128 W. 8th Street, Monroe. Greg Neil from the AFL/CIO and Jeff Leverich from WEAC will discuss unions, issues related to recent changes, and their importance in our society. A short business meeting will follow the program. You're invited to come early (5:00-6:00 PM) for an informal social time and dinner hour (Dutch treat). For the latest information and points of view, remember to check the GC Dem's blog at http://greendems.blogspot.com and its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/140623545987402/.

Sat.-Sun, April 20 - 21 - The 15th annual Democratic Leadership Institute (DLI) will be held at Hotel Mead in Wisconsin Rapids. DLI is an intensive workshop for young, emerging leaders ages 18-35 who are committed to progressive values and interested in a career in politics. Lodging, meals and materials are covered by sponsorships for those 18-25 years of age. The cost for participants 26-35 yrs. is $100. People wishing to attend should apply online by this Friday (29th) at wisdems.org/DLI

Saturday, April 20 - 2nd Congressional District Convention will be held at the Reedsburg Public Library starting at 12:00 PM to vote on resolutions to send to the June State DPW Convention. If you are a paid Democratic Party member and would like to attend, please contact one of Green Co. Dems' Co-Chairs, Sandy Stauffacher (swissms68@hotmail.comor Phil Fransen (pcfransen@gmail.com).

Interesting Reading:

Appleton's Post Crescent newspaper, not known for having a liberal bent, recently printed an editorial well worth reading that is strongly critical of Walker's plans to expand the voucher school program. You'll find some good points that could be used in letters to the editor of our local papers -- fire up those pens, letter writers! Citizens need to push back against all the voucher school lobbyists who have rented office space around the state Capitol building to be near our legislators.  
"School's in Session on Voucher Expansion"
http://www.postcrescent.com/article/20130324/APC0602/303240122/Editorial-School-s-session-voucher-expansion

The Medicaid funding debate: "Scott Walker should listen to Chris Christie"
http://host.madison.com/news/opinion/editorial/scott-walker-should-listen-to-chris-christie/article_f8c56334-8e5f-11e2-919b-0019bb2963f4.html

And for the statistically-challenged among us (of which I count myself as one), here is a short video with effective "infographics" that clarify the current wealth distribution in the U.S. 
"Wealth Inequality in America"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPKKQnijnsM