Mike McCabe Speaks May 28th

BlueJeans vertlFeatured speaker at 6th Annual Thomas Paine “Common Sense” Dinner, McCabe is a much sought-after public speaker to a wide range of audiences including LWV, Rotary, Dems, etc.  Garrett Cohn reports that, at the recent 8th CD Convention, each County Chair spoke highly of McCabe.  His resume includes a farming background and a professional lifetime of experience in politics, journalism, public sector management and nonprofit leadership.  He served as executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, a non-partisan watchdog group.  And he is the author of the acclaimed book “Blue Jeans in High Places”.  Reservations are required by May 21.  Send your check for $27.50/person to John Franz, PO Box 618, Sister Bay, WI 54234.  After May 21, $35/person (limited availability).

For complete details of the event click here.

Thursday’s surprise speaker: Penny Bernard Schaber

Penny Bernard Schaber

Penny Bernard Schaber

It’s a pleasant surprise.  

Former Assemblywoman Penny Bernard Schaber will kick off DPDC’s April monthly meeting on the member forum topic “WHY DON’T DEMOCRATS WIN ELECTIONS?”  

She will share insights based on her experience in both winning and losing campaigns.  

Meeting begins 7:00pm Thursday 23 April at Sturgeon Bay Library, upper level, Jane Green Room.  Meeting is open to all friends and members of the Democratic Party of Door County.


Door County Democrats helped elect

President Obama and Senator Tammy Baldwin, BUT . . .

In 2010-2014 elections Door County Democrats lost

  • 3 Governor races
  • 1 Senate race
  • 3 state Assembly races
  • 2 state Senate races
  • 3 Congressional races
public discourse

Democratic Discourse

Republican winners have served our county poorly. We must turn this trend around! To do so, requires we determine WHY we are losing and HOW we can win!

Our April membership meeting will be a Members Forum. Together, we will brainstorm the subject “Why don’t Democrats Win Elections in Door County”.

Come and join the discussion that will form a basis for refining our Strategic Planning in preparation for the 2016 election. Aren’t you tired of the Republican’s record? Your input is crucial.

WHEN: Thursday, April 23, 2015 – 7:00 pm

WHERE: Sturgeon Bay Library, upper level

WHO: Members and Friends of DPDC

Favorite WHY VOTE APRIL 7?

To Help Re-elect Supreme Court Justice Bradley

justice BradleyJustice Ann Walsh Bradley is facing a challenge from a recognized conservative, Rock County Circuit Court Judge James Daley.  Conservatives now hold a 4-2 majority on the court, with Bradley in the minority. One justice is considered a swing vote.

Bruce Murphy’s March 26 article in Urban Milwaukee makes a very interesting comparison of the candidates and their campaigns. It is worth reading.

Voter turnout for off-year fall elections are typically much lower than presidential elections.  Fall primaries fare even worse.  But turn-out for Spring elections is even lower yet.  Think about it.

Any one vote in April has more impact than one in November.  It could be Your Vote that keeps our Wisconsin Supreme Court from becoming more partisan than ever.  Vote April 7th


Protecting Our Waters

Clean Water Action Council President Dean Hoegger is presenting a talk titled “Protecting the Waters of Door County: It Shouldn’t be Political”.  The program is scheduled for Thursday 26 March, 7:00 pm at Sturgeon Bay Public Library, Jane Green Room, Upper Level.

How Karst WorksHoegger will discuss the current threats to surface and ground water and how partisan politics and powerful lobby interests have caused a failure to protect this valuable resource.

Both the Livestock Siting Law and the Karst bills of 2009 and 2015 will be a focus of the presentation.

Where karst is found

Where karst is found in Wisconsin

Current legislative actions will be discussed and what additional legislation is needed to provide for greater local powers to protect the waters of Door County.

Clean Water Action Council of Northeast Wisconsin is a nonprofit organization working to protect human health and the environment since1985. Hoegger has served as president since 2009, and director since 2012.

The talk is free and open to the public.  Democratic Party of Door County is the host for this program.

karst |kärstnoun Geology: landscape underlain by limestone that has been eroded by dissolution, producing ridges, towers, fissures, sinkholes, and other characteristic landforms.

What is Governor Walker Thinking?

Governor Walker in mid thought

Governor Walker in mid thought

He is moving forward with plans to slash funding for the University of Wisconsin System and remains silent on efforts of student loan debt refinancing.

He wants to unconstitutionally target poor people with drug tests and is defying common sense by refusing to accept hundreds of millions of dollars to help people afford health care in Wisconsin.

And while our public schools take hit after hit, he’s opposed to holding the private voucher schools funded with our tax dollars accountable.

All this, and more, just to advance his personal, political ambition. President Walker # 45?

 as  published in Door County Advocate  11 Feb 2015


See how the brother’s use their inherited financial clout to manipulate public opinion, legislation, voting rights, environmental controls, union rights and more, all to the detriment of your life.

DPDC Showing “Koch Brothers Exposed, the movie”

What: One hour documentary by filmmaker Robert Greenwald

Who: includes commentary by US Senator Bernie Sanders, Journalist Adele Stan, Law Professor Lawrence Lessig, Environmentalists Bill McKibben and Van Jones, and others.

Where: Sturgeon Bay Library, Jane Green room, upper level

When: Thursday, February 26th, 7:00 pm

Admission: no charge, no tickets, no reservations

In Rolling Stone Newsletter of April 20, 2012, Julien Brookes wrote this review of the film:

Koch Brothers Exposed, the  movie

Koch Brothers Exposed, the movie

Now the Kochs are the subject of a blistering (but to all appearances factual) documentary by the activist filmmaker Robert Greenwald. Koch Brothers Exposed aims to show how the brothers’ machinations affect the lives of “living, breathing human beings,” as Greenwald put it to me at the film’s New York premiere in late March. “When I learned about the damage the Kochs were doing to our democracy, I wanted to make sure more Americans understood what they’re up to.”

On the evidence of Koch Brothers Exposed, the more relevant question is: What aren’t they up to? The film – scrappy and low-budget, but effective all the same – weaves together a string of shorter videos produced over the past year by Greenwald’s nonprofit Brave New Films, each looking at a separate tentacle of the “Kochtopus,” as lefty wags have dubbed the Kochs’ network. It recounts how the brothers have:

Read more in Rolling Stone …

Try Wikipedia’s inimitable straight forward treatment for further information.

Presented by Democratic Party of Door County for viewing by its members and friends, open to the general public as space permits.

Favorite Senator Hansen Featured Speaker at 9th Annual Pie Party

The 9th annual DPDC Pie Party on Saturday, January 24th will feature State Senator Dave Hansen, who will present an update on the new legislature and its likely new initiatives.

Dave HansenThe Pie Party will be held at the Bertschinger Community Center, 7860 Hwy 42, Egg Harbor, from 3:00-5:00 PM. Admission is one a pie plus $10 per person or $25 per family of 3 or more [corrected]. All-you-can-eat pie is served plain or a` la mode.

Senator Hansen represents District 30 (Green Bay). Elected first in 2000, defeating the incumbent, he has been reelected three times and withstood a recall attempt in 2011. He is currently the Senate Assistant Minority Leader.

A former teacher and union steward, Senator Hansen brings a strong and broad background to a populist perspective. Come and hear the latest from Madison. See you there!

More about past Pie Parties …

DoorDem’s New Officers

As a result of the election at the December Membership meeting, the Democratic Party of Door County has a newly reconstituted Executive Board to begin the new biennium.  The Board is made up of the following:

Chair: Garrett Cohn
Vice-Chair: Naomi Rowley
Secretary: *​Suzanne Holvenstot
Treasurer: John Franz
Executive Board:
Northern Door – Sam Carmen, Bill Perloff
Sturgeon Bay – Rod Bohn, ​*​Cal Holvenstot, Ron Maclean
Southern Door – John Harris, ​*​Tammy Sternard
At-large – Dean Hoegger, ​*​Maryann Zjala

Members new to the Board are indicated by an asterisk (*).  The new Board meets for the first time on Thursday, January 8 at 6:00 pm.  All current party members are welcome to attend.


December members’ meeting is 7:00pm Thursday (the 18th) at Sturgeon Bay Library, lower level.  The primary item of business is the election of officers for 2015-16.  Terms of all current officers ends December 31, 2014.  The nominating committee will nominate a complete slate consisting of Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and 10 Directors.  Additional nominations can be made from the floor.

GOP Bill Forebids Scientists From Advising EPA – passed

House GOP passed bill forbidding scientists from advising the EPA on their own research

Only one Republican had the brains (or ?) to vote against this (Gibson from NY).
Wisconsin’s Ryan, Ribble, Duffy, Petri and Sensenbrenner voted to stick their heads in the sand and deny science!

“House Republicans just passed a bill forbidding scientists from advising the EPA on their own research
The “reform” measure makes room for industry-funded experts on the EPA’s advisory board”

Read more at:
http://www.salon.com/2014/11/19/house_republicans_just_passed_a_bill_forbidding_scientists_from_advising_the_epa_on_their_own_research/ Vote Roster http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2014/roll528.xml

Thanks to Democratic Party of Brown County for this story.