Monday, August 22, 2016

2016 Green County Fair & Straw Poll Results

Mother Nature tested the resolve of the Green County Democrats and Progressives.

It's the week of the Green County Fair and several of our members got to work setting up our fair booth.  With their help and that of our wonderful volunteer staffers we were open for business!
It looked like this would be another successful year at the fair . . . until Friday morning.

Thunder storms from the night before made a mess our our booth.  Our members rallied, and with the loan of another Ez-Up, it wasn't long before we were back in business!

Saturday afternoon started out hot but good, with people stopping to talk and take part in our straw poll.  After a few hours the storm clouds gathered and what started as light rain soon changed to a down pour.  We were officially done for that day.  We didn't give up - Sunday was a good day at the Fair.

2016 Straw Poll Results:

* Obamacare (Affordable Care Act) of all respondents
1.) 100% support Obamacare
2.) 100% feel it should include a public option

* Public Education of all respondents
1.) Should school districts be forced to go to
referendum for operating expenses instead of the
state contributing its share?
      17% Yes
      67% No
      17% Undecided
2.) Do you support small rural schools remaining open
instead of consolidating?
      83% Yes
        0% No
      17% Undecided
3.) Do you agree with voucher schools receiving state
tax dollars even though many are religion-based
and not required to follow state guidelines?
      17% Yes
      83% No
        0% Undecided
* Voter Restriction of all respondents
1.) Should photo ID be required to vote as is currently required by WI law?
      40% Yes
      60% No
        0% Undecided
2.) Should the election process be nationalized (conducted the same in every state)?
      40% Yes
      60% No
        0% Undecided
3.) In an effort to increase voter turn out, which of the following would you like to see?
In some cases respondents made more than one selection
      20%  Election day should be a nation holiday
      40%  Elections should be held on the weekend
      40%  Mail in ballots only (supports US Postal Serv.)
        0%  Online voting
      40%  None of the above – keep it as is

Monday, August 8, 2016

August Partisan Primary

Tuesday, August 9 - Primary elections will be held from 7:00 am - 8:00 pm. You can see who and what will be on your ballot by clicking on this My Vote link.
This year there will be two Democratic candidates for the US Senate.  For the people living in the 80th Assembly District there are also two Democratic Candidates.  For a map of the 80th Assembly District click on this link and enlarge the map using the [+] sign in the upper left corner of the screen. For more information click on the candidate's name to access their website.
US Senate:
    Russ Feingold
    Scott Harbach

80th Assembly District:
    Rep. Sondy Pope
    Luke Joseph
My Wisconsin Eye Candidate Interviews for the 80th Assembly:
    Rep. Sondy Pope
    Luke Joseph

Sunday, August 7, 2016

First annual picnic is a hit.

The Democratic Party of Green County hosted its first annual picnic for members and friends on Sunday, July 10th at Twining Park, Monroe. More than fifty enthusiastic people welcomed public officials and candidates who were on hand.

Pictured from left to right: Sen. Jon Erpenbach, Rep. Sondy Pope, U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Sen. Janis Ringhand, Rep. Mark Spreitzer, Assembly candidate Jeff Wright.

Jeff Wright is the Democratic candidate for the 51st Assembly District that includes Monroe and southwestern townships in the county. Jeff is Assistant Superintendent at Sauk Prairie School District and lives with his wife and two young children in Plain, Wisconsin.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The 2016 Democratic Party of Green County Campaign Office is up and running!
1114  17th Avenue in Monroe


We also welcome those that would like to help with staffing the office, making phone calls, canvassing, and other various tasks. To find the many ways you can help the Democratic Party of Green County, click on the following "You Can Make a Difference" link.
We have a Core Office Team of six volunteers that work to line up office staff and make sure that the needs of our candidates running for office are met.

Our goal is to have enough volunteer staff to keep the office open every day of the week, for a minimum of four to six hours each day. Currently the availability of volunteers has allowed us to establish the following office hours:
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM 
This is just the beginning!

As we get closer to the November election, our office will be a buzz with activity. We will be working to deliver yard signs, distribute literature for our candidates, reaching out to Green County citizens to make sure they have what then need to participate in this very important election.

If you can help out in any way, please contact us by stopping by the office, sending an email, or give us a call.
Stop in and say "Hi"
We'd love to see you!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

We are having a picnic!

The Democratic Party of Green County
Hosts Their First Annual Picnic

Join the friends and families of the Green County Democrats and Progressives for good food and conversation.
Sunday, July 10
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Twining Park (south shelter)
425 14th Avenue, Monroe

Confirmed guest speakers:
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin
State Senators Jon Erpenbach and Janis Ringhand
Representatives Sondy Pope and Mark Spreitzer
Candidate for the 51st Assembly District Jeff Wright
Other candidates and elected officials have also been invited.

Members of the Democratic Party of Green County will be serving up sloppy joes and shredded chicken sandwiches.  If you have a favorite dish to pass or dessert, we'd love to add it to the table.
Bottled water and fruit drink will be provided, and for those that would like to bring their own beverage, we ask that you not bring glass containers into the park.

We look forward to seeing you!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Getting to know the 51st Assembly District Candidate

Barb Woodriff hosts a "Meet & Greet" for the 51st Assembly District Candidate,
Jeff Wright and his wife Emily

Friday evening a group of Monroe citizens gathered at Barb's home to meet with Jeff and hear about his stance on issues that impact many.  He spoke about concerns he has heard from, not just the citizens of Monroe, but other rural communities in the five counties that make up the 51st Assembly District.  We all struggle with issues like:
*  funding of our public schools
*  protecting our environment to assure we have clean water
*  growing our local economies

These issues are especially important to young families in deciding whether to live in our rural communities.

Jeff would like to hear from as many citizens of Monroe and the 51st Assembly District as possible.  You can help him accomplish this by hosting a "Meet & Greet".  This can be at someone's home, a coffee shop, or a local school or business.  Perhaps you have a group that meets regularly, like a book club, knitting club, or card club.

If you are interested in hosting an event or helping in any way, go to:
Jeff Wright For Wisconsin

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

It's Caucus Time!!

Be a part of our County Caucus!

The 2016 Green County Democratic Caucus
Sunday, April 17

First National Bank, 1625 10th Street, Monroe
(North East corner of the Square front entrance)

The caucus is open to the public and will be held in the Community Room with registration from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM and closes promptly at 2:00, but anyone in line at the time will still be allowed to register and participate.  This is the first step in the process to elect the delegates that have filed their statement of intent by April 8th, to go to the National Convention.

The next step in this process is for all supporters of anyone elected at the county level to attend the 2nd Congressional District Caucus (made up of seven counties).

The 2nd CD (Congressional District) Caucus
Sunday, May 1
Madison Labor Temple
1602 South Park Street, Madison

Registration is from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM and delegates elected here will go on to represent Wisconsin at the National Convention.

Nominees from all seven counties will go through an election process reducing the total number of delegate nominees to 11 which is the total allotted number for the 2nd CD.

More detailed information regarding the Caucuses and Delegates can be found in the April 1st edition or our monthly newsletter.
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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Meet Jeff Wright, the Democratic candidate for the 51st Assembly

Wisconsin has been home to Jeff Wright’s family since before its statehood. He grew up in the central part of the state, and after serving as a high school principal on Chicago’s south side, Jeff and his wife Emily decided to put down roots and raise a family back in his home state of Wisconsin. Now living west of Plain, Jeff is the assistant superintendent for the Sauk Prairie Schools, one of the 15 school districts in the 51st Assembly District.

Jeff values the identity of this region and sees a strong path forward through smart investments in its best traditions. He is active with economic development in Sauk Prairie and Plain, serves as president of the Friends of the Great Sauk State Trail, and participates in other civic and community groups. He's a strong advocate for local control of schools and municipalities. Jeff champions the need for wise investment in infrastructure and broadband, and is a leading voice for finding ways to attract and retain the next generation to build their lives in these rural communities.

An example of Jeff's passion and dedication can be seen in the testimony he gave at the budget hearing held by Joint Finance last March in Reedsburg. You can read and view his testimony on this "Save the Wisconsin Idea" post.

Jeff Wright is a strong voice for our communities and the values that make the 51st Assembly District and State of Wisconsin an extraordinary place to work, play, and raise a family.

Jeff and Emily, along with their two children, raise chickens on their farm outside of Plain. Jeff is a respected educator and community builder with a reputation for connecting public and private partners to expand opportunities for students and businesses alike. He looks forward to working with people throughout the 51st District to fight for investment in our region and to preserve both our land and beautiful rural way of life.

For further information about Jeff, events he will be attending, and how you can help with his campaign go to Wright For Wisconsin.

Saturday, January 16, 2016