Members and friends came out for lemonade and a quick tour of our election headquarters. In addition to checking out the new space, we collected nomination signatures for Tammy Baldwin, John Calabrese (in the center of the picture,) and Rod Dicus who is running for Sheriff of Dunn County. We plan to move in at the beginning of July and need your help to pay the rent. Send a check to DCD, Box 182, Menomonie, WI 54751, or donate online here.
Plan to attend the May 23rd meeting at 6:30 PM in the Menomonie Public Library.
Mahlon Mitchell, candidate for governor will be at the Menomonie Public Library on Wednesday, May 23 for next meeting of the Dunn County Democrats. Join us at 6:30 PM to meet Mahlon, learn about his campaign and ask questions.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mahlon Mitchell has been public servant for over 20 years as a Madison firefighter. He currently serves as President of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin and is the youngest and first African American to serve in the post. A longtime champion for working families and fair wages, Mahlon led the fire fighters in a monumental stand of solidarity with other public servants when the fight over collective bargaining and Scott Walker’s Act 10 law began in 2011. Despite being exempted from the bill, Mahlon and his fellow fire fighters marched on the Capitol with fellow working families that were threatened by the Budget Repair Bill.
Mahlon has traveled the state spreading the word about Scott Walker’s divisive policies and ran for Lieutenant Governor as the Democratic nominee in the 2012 recall election.
The kids are gonna vote in record numbers. Or at least they say they are going to. That’s the big takeaway from a new poll out Tuesday from Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, which found that a whopping 37 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds say they will “definitely” vote this November. That’s a marked increase from the past two midterm elections: In 2014, just 23 percent of those under 30 said they would definitely vote. In 2010, it was 31 percent.
“This generation of young Americans is as engaged as we have ever seen them in a midterm election cycle,” John Della Volpe, the institute’s polling director, said in statement accompanying the new report. “The concern they have voiced for many years about the direction of the country is being channeled into a movement that will extend to the midterms elections and beyond.”
That concern seems to be focused largely—and increasingly—on a GOP that controls the White House, the Senate, and the House. A majority of self-identified Democrats (51 percent) said they will definitely vote this fall, a 9-point jump from November 2017, and a significantly larger share than the 36 percent of self-identified Republicans who said the same this time.
That’s also a reversal from where things stood at this point in the previous two midterms, both of which occurred while a Democrat occupied the Oval Office: In 2014, 28 percent of young Democrats and 31 percent of young Republicans said they’d definitely vote, and in 2010, those numbers stood at 35 percent and 41 percent, respectively. Democrats also have a huge lead among likely voters. Sixty-nine percent of likely voters said they prefer Democrats, compared to just 28 percent who prefer Republicans. That amounts to a 41-point advantage, up from a 32-point edge last November.
All of that is obviously good news for a minority party trying to recapture the House and possibly even the Senate this fall. But the open question is whether the teens and twenty-somethings will actually show up to the polls in droves. Historically, they haven’t turned out at nearly the rate they’re now promising to.
According to the Election Voting Project, an election-info clearinghouse run by University of Florida political science professor Michael McDonald, the midterm turnout rate among those under 30 has averaged about 23 percent since 2002. And even in the past two midterm wave elections, that number hasn’t come close to 30. Turnout among young voters was 24 percent in 2010—considerably lower than the 31 percent who told Harvard they would definitely vote that year. It was 25.5 percent in 2006, when Democrats won control of both chambers during George W. Bush’s second term.
Democrats shouldn’t bank on the Harvard numbers, but there’s reason for them to hope. Four years ago, 23 percent of respondents told the pollsters they’d definitely vote, and then 20 percent of 18- to 29-year-olds turned out and did that fall. This year, high school kids from Parkland have emerged as grassroots leaders on the left, and they made voter registration a major theme of last month’s March For Our Lives demonstrations. Likewise, more established groups like Tom Steyer’s NextGen America have become near-constant presences on college campuses across the country. None of that ensures young voters will live up to their own expectations. But there’s reason to think they’ll turn out in greater numbers than they have before.
The spring election in the midst of a major blizzard became a day of victories for Democrats in northwestern Wisconsin. Here are the results for the statewide races for Dunn County. Dallet received 2,995 votes and Screnocks 2,429 votes. The referendum to eliminate the office of State Treasurer lost with 3,681 no votes against 1,474 in favor. (These numbers are still unofficial.)
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It’s called the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017 (RAA), and it’s an extremely dangerous bill that the Senate will soon vote on. The RAA will impact nearly every American under the guise of a “harmless” procedural change. Introduced by Senators Portman (R-OH) and Heitkamp (D-ND), the bill changes long-standing rules on how federal agencies regulate everything from food safety to toxic chemicals to equipment failure at nuclear power plants—things that keep us all safe. Republicans are quietly ramming this bill through Congress and we have to act quickly to stop them.
Republicans lose battle to deny Wisconsinites representation
MADISON — Today Gov. Scott Walker was rebuked by a judge he personally appointed for violating his “plain and positive duty” to hold special elections. Walker has been acting out of fear that Republicans’ unpopular agenda and record of neglecting Wisconsin as he campaigned around the country will lose the GOP two more elections.
In December 2017, two members of the legislature left to join Walker’s administration. Instead of giving the people of Senate District 1 and Assembly District 42 a say in who represents them in their state government, Walker and his lackey, Attorney General Brad Schimel, choose not to hold special elections.
Judge Josann Reynolds lambasted Walker and Schimel’s offices for the absurd logic in their arguments in court that clearly were designed to grab power away from the people of Wisconsin and protect their already rigged elections. She compared his alleged support for strict legal interpretation and his woefully inadequate arguments against holding these elections, saying “the two views are inconsistent, incompatible and irreconcilable.”
“To state the obvious, if the plaintiffs have a right to vote for their representatives, they must have an election to do so,” mandated Judge Reynolds according to media reports of her oral ruling.
Democratic leaders have been making similar arguments that Wisconsinites deserve and are entitled to representation and that Walker has been negligent in fighting to keep more than 200,000 Wisconsinites without representation for more than a year with his refusal to hold special elections..
Statements from the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, the State Senate Democratic Committee and the Assembly Democratic Campaign Committee are below:
“The Republican agenda of denying Wisconsinites health care, gutting public schools and letting infrastructure deteriorate while manipulating tax policy to reward their wealthy donors has been extremely unpopular in Wisconsin,” noted Democratic Party Communications Director Melanie Conklin.
“Gov. Walker willfully violated his oath of office by refusing to hold elections because Wisconsin is demanding new leadership and he knows it. Democrats stand ready for elections and for creating a state government that is truly responsive to the will of the people in our state.”
“Voters in the 1st Senate District have been without a voice for too long, and we are thrilled that Gov. Walker will no longer be able to prevent their voices from being heard at the ballot box or on the floor of the state senate,” said State Senate Democratic Campaign executive director Jenni Dye.
“People want elected representatives that work for them and they are sick and tired of the dysfunctional and underhanded way Republicans have been playing rigged political games,” said Assembly Democratic Campaign Committee executive director Doug Hyant. “We are eager for the opportunity to talk about Democratic priorities and values, which are also the priorities of the people of Wisconsin.”
(Editorial letter of Thomas R. Smith, River Falls:)
I¹m writing to alert readers to a state-wide referendum item on the ballot when we go to the polls on April 3. This referendum has gotten too little coverage in state media. It¹s urgent that voters understand what¹s at stake.
The ballot measure would amend the Wisconsin state constitution to eliminate the nonpartisan office of State Treasurer who manages over $1 billion in state Trust Fund assets.
As a commissioner on the Board of Public Lands Commission, the Treasurer oversees these funds for use in our public schools, local governments, and public lands. This money goes to improve public schools, libraries, local community infrastructure such as roads and sewers, parks, and the UW system.
The proposed ballot measure would place the Treasurer¹s oversight function in the hands of the lieutenant governor, effectively removing barriers to partisan use of public assets that belong to all of us.
The Treasurer¹s office is the public¹s watchdog for these funds, and if voters eliminate it, Wisconsin will become the only state in the country not to maintain a firewall against appropriation and misuse of public money by partisan politicians.
The current Treasurer and Scott Walker ally, Matt Adamczyk, ran for his office on a platform of getting rid of the Office of Treasurer. Clearly this move has been in the works for some time, and like so much in recent Wisconsin politics is being carried out in the absence of public discussion, away from the light of voters¹ scrutiny.