LAST CHANCE TO MAKE AN ONLINE RESERVATION IS WEDNESDAY, MAY 4TH – click here
(original deadline was May 2nd)
LAST CHANCE TO MAKE AN ONLINE RESERVATION IS WEDNESDAY, MAY 4TH – click here
(original deadline was May 2nd)
WHAT: The 7th Annual Thomas Paine dinner
WHEN: Saturday May 7, 2016. Social hour 6:30 PM, dinner 7:00 PM (gluten – free selections available..
WHERE: Door County Fire Company, 38 South 3rd Ave., accessible upper level.
ADMISSION: $30 per person, advance reservations required (May 4th deadline)
THE EVENT: honoring Thomas Paine, Revolutionary era progressive, author of “Common Sense” and and other essays that brought the concepts of independence to the populace.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: It is fitting to have State Senator Kathleen Vinehout, a true progressive. She is dynamic and persuasive, in the spirit of Thomas Paine, regularly receiving standing ovations. Come and hear the latest from her.
Senator Vinehout, elected to the WI senate in 2006, and re-elected in 2012, has held a variety of responsible positions in the Senate, and publishes a frequent newsletter that illuminates common sense concerns about the shenanigans of the state legislature and administration.
Holder of a doctoral degree in Health Services Administration, Senator Vinehout held senior faculty positions at the University of Illinois, Springfield, for 10 years. Returning to WI, she took over management of her family dairy farm. She and her husband also operate a 223 acre organic farm.
RESERVATIONS: Your choice – online or by mail.
By mail, send a check by Friday, April 29 to:
Democratic Party of Door County
PO Box 863
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Online, click here, then fill in the blanks (a small service charge applies)
At-the-door, a few tickets may be available after May 2nd for $35, but availability of a meal cannot be guaranteed. Please reserve in advance, prior to May 2nd.
SPONSORS: We hope that some of our supporters will make this event a financial success by becoming SPONSORS for a $50 donation (in addition to ticket purchase), or even more generous HOSTS for a $100 donation. Sponsors and Hosts will be gratefully acknowledged.
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“Environmental laws don’t enforce themselves and the environment doesn’t have a voice unless we speak up for it,” stated Arlen Christenson, Co-Founder of MEA.
On October 20, 2015, 16 citizens from across the state filed a Petition for Corrective Action with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to request action to bring Wisconsin into compliance with the Clean Water Act. Once a leader in conservation and protection of our natural resources, Wisconsin now may need to turn over authority to administer the Clean Water Act to the federal government. Our current executive and legislative branches have failed to provide the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources the authority and resources to protect both surface and groundwater. The Wisconsin Supreme Court has also reduced the DNR’s authority and taken away citizen rights granted in the Clean Water Act.
The petition was filed by Midwest Environmental Advocates (MEA), a non-profit law firm with a commitment to protect the health and wealth of the state’s water resources. MEA describes the petition as a document that outlines the ways in which Wisconsin is out of compliance with the Clean Water Act through a “demonstrated lack of clear or effective implementation of the law, adequate enforcement, or proper legal authority.”
Petitioners in another recent action, the Safe Drinking Water Act Petition to the EPA (see Legal Actions CWAC Winter 2014-2015 Newsletter: http://www.cleanwateractioncouncil.org/newsletter/), filed with the EPA in October of 2014, and their participation in workgroups formed by the DNR to address those issues, confirm the following findings by MEA:
In 2011, the EPA informed the DNR that the state was not in compliance with 75 aspects of the Clean Water Act. While the DNR claims that about half of those non-compliance issues have been corrected, residents most affected with this lack of compliance have contested these claims. This petition asks the EPA to work with the DNR to set enforceable timelines for corrective action on these deficiencies. If Wisconsin is not able to correct these deficiencies, the petition asks the EPA to take back authority to administer the Act.
In order to be in compliance, it appears that legislative action will be required, since many of the changes in rule making and enforcement authority of the DNR to protect our water, will require action by our legislators. “The Governor and state legislature have starved the DNR’s power and robbed the agency’s experienced staff of professional autonomy to make informed decisions,” said MEA’s Executive Director Kimberlee Wright. “Today, this drastically narrowed authority of DNR staff to make critical decisions about protecting our water requires urgent action by the EPA. Without effective government, we are compounding what our children and grandchildren will face in a world increasingly short of drinking water.”
Will the current state leaders be up to the task of placing the goal of protecting our water resources over supporting monetary gain by a few individuals and corporations? Or, will voters need to cast their votes in future elections for individuals who will protect our precious water resources?
Holiday events are impacting our meeting dates. For example, both Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve fall on the fourth Thursday of the month (our traditional general meeting date). General Meeting date for NOVEMBER is tentatively MONDAY the 23rd. The DECEMBER General Meeting is set for THURSDAY the 17th.
Also, the Exec. Board will meet on TUESDAY 8 DECEMBER instead of Thursday the 10th.
Program for Monday 23 November General Meeting:
(Program content currently is not confirmed. Therefore, we will cancel this meeting if arrangements are not finalized in time.)
Program for Thursday 17 December General Meeting:
Garret Cohn chairman of the Democratic Party of Door County announced today endorsement of The Friends of Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront and its lawsuit.
“Our government must serve the common good and there is no better definition of public good than the protection of the waterfront of Door County and Sturgeon Bay.
“This stand on the waterfront issue can make changes in the ways we think about our city and how our city reacts to us, its voters.” Cohn concluded.
RUSS FEINGOLD and DAVE HANSEN will speak to a capacity crowd of Progressives in The Pavilion at Sawyer Park this Saturday, August 29. According to a Sturgeon Bay city employee, the park department will fill The Pavilion with more tables than it has ever held before. Attendance will also set a new record for this annual DPDC event.
Ticket sales were halted today. Reservation holders will fill the building to capacity. Although we would like to accommodate everyone, Walk-Ins, Standing Room Only, and at-the-door admissions are NOT AVAILABLE.
We urge reservation holders to arrive early to avoid a long line at the door.
NEW ATTENDANCE RECORD: Reservations are arriving at such a brisk rate that we have already set an attendance record with the Picnic still two weeks away. Don’t put off getting yours until it’s too late.
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Seating is limited.
Full house is expected.
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Please join Kubie Luchterhand in supporting
US Senator Tammy Baldwin
at a summer evening reception in support of her campaign.
Sunday, August 9th
5:00pm to 7:00pm
At the home of Kubie Luchterhand
1540 Old School Road
Ellison Bay, WI
Join our team of sponsors!
Suggested Donation $53
To RSVP or contribute online go to www.TammyBaldwin.com/DoorCounty
Or send contributions to:
Tammy Baldwin for Senate, PO Box 696, Madison, WI 53701
For more information, please contact Ashley at email@example.com or call 608.663.6300
Door County Democratic Party invites you to meet and greet Russ Feingold during his first visit to Door County in his campaign to retake his senate seat!
This is our traditional potluck to meet old acquaintances, find new friends, share favorite dishes and listen to Russ as he explains why Democrats and the state of Wisconsin need him back in the Senate!! As an added bonus State Senator Dave Hansen will introduce Russ!!
Join DPDC members to hear Hansen and Feingold together in Door County!
DATE: Saturday, August 29th, 2015 TIME: serving begins at 5:00 pm
LOCATION: The Pavilion At Sawyer Park, Sturgeon Bay, (southwest end of Oregon Street Bridge)
FEATURED SPEAKER: Russ Feingold Candidate and Former U. S. Senator
Introduced by Dave Hansen – current Wisconsin State Senator
ADMISSION: by ticket only
Adult Admission $7.00, Child Admission (3 thru 12) $2.00. Seating is limited – capacity attendance expected. Order early to ensure admission.
New Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin , Martha Laning, is coming to share her vision of what is on the horizon for Door County and Wisconsin’s Democrats.
It is important you hear her inclusive leadership plans for:
Date: Thursday, July 23rd, 2015
Time: 7:00 pm,
Where: Sturgeon Bay Library, 107 S. 4th Ave, Jane Green Room, upper level
DoorDems Picnic with Russ Feingold
Coming Saturday August 29th. Save the Date.
On-line tickets available soon. Watch for it.
Where: Sturgeon Bay Library, Jane Green room, upper level
When: Thursday, June 25, 7:00 pm
This month’s program features two speakers and two disparate topics.
Maryann Zjala, member to DPDC’s Executive Board will give an overview of her 55 years in health industry and how it works now and then.
Mimi Dobbins, Chair of Kewaunee County Democratic Party, will report on DPW State Convention where she was one of 1200 attendees and heard address by featured speakers of our next two monthly meetings.
Martha Laning, newly elected chair of Democratic Party of Wisconsin, will introduce herself to our July 23 Monthly Meeting.
Its official, Russ Feingold we be the featured speaker at our annual picnic, Saturday August 29th. Details coming soon.
Featured 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.
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