Labor Day Message from Dean DeBroux

Like many of you, I will be firing up the grill and enjoying the last bit of summer, but I think it’s also important to take a few minutes and reflect on the occasion.

Labor Day started in 1882 when the Central Labor Union of New York City fought for a holiday for working people. Congress made the first Monday in September an official holiday in 1894 and Labor Day was born. 

When you head to your favorite campsite or cottage up North for a long weekend away from the daily grind please think about all those who toiled to make your lives better. Thank a union member if you like:

  • The 40 hour work weekDean DeBroux
  • Overtime pay
  • Minimum Wage
  • Child labor restrictions
  • Medical insurance
  • Workmen’s Compensation
  • Unemployment Insurance
  • Retirement Benefits
  • Lunch breaks
  • Fair pay for a hard day’s work

It was the labor movement that created the Middle Class. It was labor that built the roads and infrastructure that businesses used to make a profit. It was labor that built the America we love. 
And with that I’m getting out the brats!

Happy Labor Day,


The Democratic Party of Door County invites you to

meet and greet

Wisconsin’s U S Senator Tammy Baldwin

Wisconsin's US Senator Tammy Baldwin

Wisconsin’s US Senator Tammy Baldwin


38 South 3rd Avenue, Sturgeon Bay,  – upstairs

Tuesday August 19, 5:30 to 7:00

No reservation required – all are welcome!

This is neither a fund-raiser nor a town hall meeting.  Tammy wants to shake your hand and thank you for your support.  Meet local Democratic candidates, too.




All in one wack, our Congressional Representative, Reid Ribble (R), voted to oppose programs the protect the environment, Army Corp of Engineer’s existing gun restriction, and U.S. cooperation with Russia.  He did so with a Yes vote to HR 4923.

FISCAL 2015 ENERGY, WATER BUDGET (HR 4923): Voting 253 for and 170 against, the House on July 10 passed an appropriation bill for energy, water and nuclear-safety programs in fiscal 2015. Within the bill are funding reductions for energy-efficiency and renewable-energy programs. The bill also prohibits funding for certain environmental protections under the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act, prohibits the Army Corps of Engineers from enforcing its ban on fire-arms on its land and limits U.S. cooperation with Russia in nuclear nonproliferation programs.

A yes vote was to send the bill to the Senate where its future is uncertain.

source: Green Bay Press Gazette, July 27, 2014, pg D5

BURKE vs. HULSEY in Tuesday, August 12 Primary Election – VOTE EARLY!

You may not be aware of Brett Hulsey because he has yet to make a public campaign appearance in Door County.

Mary Burke, Candidate for WI Governor

Mary Burke and Brett Hulsey face off as Democratic candidates for WI Governor on the Primary Election ballot for August 12, 2014. Mary Burke, on the other hand, has spoken here twice. The Democratic Party of Door County has officially endorsed Mary Burke for WI Governor, but she still needs your vote in the upcoming Primary.

Why wait? Vote Early!

Early voting ballots are available at your town, village or city clerk’s office during regular office hours.

See Our Legislators Page for more information on both candidates.


walkerrepublicans_stickitLet your Facebook Friends know how you feel about the Votes of Walker Republicans!

1) Click here

2) Every graphic message has a Fact Sheet beneath the image. Click the Fact Sheet and share the page URL on your Facebook page!

And check out this example: They repealed the Equal Pay Enforcement Act.  They eliminated state funding for family healthcare planning services.   They passed 8 laws that limit women’s access to sex education, birth control, cancer screening, and abortion services.  Wisconsin now ranked among nine worst states for reproductive rights.

read more …


Please join hosts Bryon Groeschel and Darin Day and


Tammy SternardLt. Tammy Sternard

Candidate for Door County Sheriff

at an informal Meet and Greet and Fund Raiser

(kindly consider bringing your checkbook with you)

Thursday, August 7, 5:30 – 7:00

The Chanticleer Guest House

4072 Cherry Road

(County Road HH, just North of Sturgeon Bay)

Food by Get “REAL” Café, Veronica “Bug” Ripp

Music by Lucy Hagen

Tammy will speak at 6:15

Mary Burke highlights annual Democratic Picnic in Door County

Mary Burke, running for governor of Wisconsin, electrified a crowd of over 130 people at Sawyer Park, Sturgeon Bay July 10th. She stressed her extensive business experience and Harvard Business School background as compared to her competitor’s lack of college and practical business knowledge.

She vigorously criticized Walker for his failure to deliver on his promised 250,000 jobs. His current inaccurate attack ads are his answer to her improving numbers in the polls in hopes of masking his poor performance and the fact that Wisconsin is 10th for job growth in the Midwest.

“It is going to be an epic fight”, Burke said due to Walkers out of state funding which is amounting to nearly twice as much as her fund raising efforts. She ended her message reminding the enthusiastic crowd that the Democratic Party needs all the votes available to return Wisconsin to the proud progressive state it has been in the past.

Other candidates addressing the crowd were Tammy Sternard, Door County Sherriff; Joe Majeski, 1st Assembly District; Dean Debroux 1st State Senate District; Ron Gruett, 8the Congressional District; and Jon Richards, attorney general.

PLEASE NOTE: SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR ALL OUR DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES. Be sure to click the links and “LIKE” the Facebook pages of the candidates who have them.

FDR Scholar to Speak at Thomas Paine Dinner

Professor Harvey J. Kaye, noted American Historian and author will speak June 4 at the 5th annual Thomas Paine dinner on his new book The Fight for Four Freedoms.

His book draws parallels between the current situation in America with that faced by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the country in 1941.

Kaye is Joyce Rosenberg Professor of Democracy and Justice Studies at UW-Green Bay. An award-winning author and editor committed to the study of the making of American democracy, he has published fifteen books on history, politics, and ideas.

He has contributed articles and essays to a diverse array of American and international publications including The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Daily Beast, and Salon. He has appeared as a guest on many television and radio programs.

Thomas Paine Dinner – June 4 – SAVE THE DATE

Now a Tradition – 5th Annual Thomas Paine Dinner

Featured Speaker: Professor Harvey Kane, noted American Historian and author, returns to speak on his new book The Fight for Four Freedoms.  He gave the inaugural Thomas Paine address to rave reviews in 2010.  

Where: The Door County Fire Company (former Ladder House), elevator-accessible upper level, 38 South Third Avenue, Sturgeon Bay

When: Wednesday June 4. Social hour at 5:30, dinner at 6:30 (gluten-free selections available).

Price: $27.50 for reservations accompanied by check up to May 28th, sent to:

DPDC, PO Box 863, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235

Early reservations are recommended as seating is limited.

After May 28th, the price is $30 paid at the door.

Bonus: Copies of The Fight for the Four Freedoms autographed by Professor Kaye will be available for $20 (savings of $8.95 from retail).

Questions: Contact Naomi at or 920-839-2444.

“These are the times that try men’s souls.”This simple quotation from Thomas Paine’s The American Crisis not only describes the beginnings of the American Revolution but inspired passion as he communicated the ideas of the Revolution to common farmers as easily as to intellectuals. His prose stirred the hearts of the fledgling United States and is honored annually by the Democratic Party of Door County.

Candidate Burke Speaks to Overflow Crowd

Mary Burke, Democratic candidate for Governor, spoke to a standing room gathering at the Sturgeon Bay Library (lower level) Thursday January 23rd.  Her prepared remarks, covering the economy, jobs, education, health care and more, preceded a lengthy and lively question and answer period.  A most memorable quote was “There are now 80,000 fewer jobs in Wisconsin than when I was Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Commerce.”

Mary Burke speaking to a full house

Mary Burke speaking to a full house

[This is a 160 degree panoramic photo; that is,as the picture is recorded, the photographer rotates slowly, causing the peculiar distortion.  Mary Burke is speaking on the far left.  Contrary to the illusion, people on the far right are actually facing in the same direction as those near the speaker]

For more information about Mary Burke’s candidacy go to her campaign website.

What the Governor Did NOT Say in 2014 SOTS Speech

[ Scott Walker gave his State of theState speech on Tue 21 Jan 2014.  The following “Talking Points” are provided by Melissa Baldauff, Communications Director, Democratic Party of Wisconsin.  Although these were written before the speech was given, they are still valid … Continue reading

Gary Bies to Retire, But Isn’t It Time …

Garey Bies will retire this year, but unfortunately the damage he has done remains.

Isn’t it time for a candidate who….

1)  rejects the job-killing legislation enacted by Walker/Bies and their cohorts?
2)  believes citizens should control their local governments, not fat-cat lobbyists from Madison and out-of state?
3)  believes women shouldn’t have to argue with a pharmacist to get a prescription filled?
4)  has a solution for our state health insurance crisis?
5)  who is looking out for the future of their constituents instead of the future of his own retirement funds?
Isn’t it time for a Democrat to represent Wisconsin’s First District?



Favorite Don’t Miss Mary Burke at January Membership Meeting

Mary Burke, the only currently declared Democratic candidate for Governor will be the speaker at the January 23rd DPDC membership meeting.Mary Burke

As director of strategic planning at Trek Bicycle, started by her father, she built Trek into a company with nearly 1,000 employees, a payroll of $50 million, and annual purchasing over $40 million in goods and services from other Wisconsin companies.

Ms. Burke served as Secretary of the WI Dep’t of Commerce in the Doyle administration, attracting new business to Wisconsin and helping small businesses start and grow. Her efforts led to 84,000 more Wisconsin jobs than there are today.

She has a strong commitment to education,
founding a public-private partnership between the
schools and community to help close the achievement gap. The program resulted in 80% of participants attending 2 or 4 year colleges. Inspired by the success of the program, she ran for and won a seat on the Madison School Board.

All are invited to hear her vision for Wisconsin as she strives to bring jobs and opportunity to Wisconsin families. The meeting is Thursday, January 23rd from 7:00-8:30 PM in the Sturgeon Bay Library, lower level. A brief membership meeting will follow Ms. Burke’s presentation.