Speakers: John Nichols and Mike Tate
Thomas Paine “Common Sense” Dinner and “Gray Donkey” Silent Auction returns to Bjorklunden
This evening of fun and fellowship, honoring Revolutionary Era progressive, Thomas Paine commences at 5:30 pm Social Hour, cash bar and Silent Auction, 6:30 Buffet Dinner, followed by guest speakers and ending with high bidders collecting their bargains.
John Nichols, well-known progressive commentator and author, will offer insights into the current political scene. Mike Tate, Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, will also attend and speak.
Reservations are required. Check official announcement for complete details.
A minority of U.S. Senators (45) voted to block gun reform desired by 90% of Americans. The table below shows how much money the top sixteen (16) Senators received from the NRA in exchange for their vote against common sense reforms that would have prevented gun violence and saved lives.
- SEN. ROY BLUNT (MO) ………….. $1,608,517
- SEN. ROB PORTMAN (OH) …….. $1,314,279
- SEN. RON JOHNSON (WI) ……… $1,178,892
- SEN. RICHARD BURR (NC) ………. $896,101
- SEN. JOHN THUNE (SD) ……………. $732,755
- SEN. SAXBY CHAMBLISS (GA) …. $395,776
- SEN. JEFF FLAKE (AR) ………………. $362,616
- SEN. LISA MURKOWSKI (AK) …….. $244,353
- SEN. CHUCK GRASSLEY (IA) ……. $163,142
- SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL (KY) … $162,545
- SEN. ORIN HATCH (UT) …………….. $139,142
- SEN. JOHNNY ISAKSON (GA) ……… $96,853
- SEN. JOHN BOOZMAN (AR) ………… $85,358
- SEN. ROGER WICKER (MS) ………… $84,813
- SEN. TED CRUZ (TX) …………………… $79,329
- SEN. BOB CORKER (TN) ……………… $69,782
Twenty-five other Senators received donations of between $2,000 and $47,078 each. Interestingly, the NRA got four (4) votes for free.
Issues and Program Committee Recruitment:
Wayne Kudick, Chair of the DPDC Issues and Program Committee, invites Democrats to join the committee in evaluating “issues” that might be appropriate for action by the Door Dems. Some examples from an endless list are:
- expansion of school vouchers,
- expansion of “Family Care” for N.E. Wisconsin,
- Corporate Farm waste management.
The goal is to prepare us to influence political decision-making, and help define Democratic “platform planks”and future candidates’ positions. We could do this largely via email.
Interested? Call Wayne at 868-2262 or email at email@example.com.
Call it a classic boondoggle, a catch 22, or a legal conundrum – it is an outrage. It happened at Wisconsin’s highest legal level and now YOU are the only ones that can do anything about it. It happened like this:
- Elected official is accused of violating the law.
- Investigators concurred and filed a complaint to a jury panel for disposition.
- Accused convinces some of the witnesses to recuse themselves.
- Witnesses are also prospective jury members
- Jury is now without a quorum and does not act.
- There is no official higher authority to hear the case.
- Accused is not required to officially answer the allegations nor refute them.
- Was justice circumvented? Who knows. We can only suspect.
The story continues here.
Democracy 101 – Lesson #1
TRUE. The phrase “freedom of religion” is not found in the Constitution of the United States. For that matter, neither is the phrase “freedom from religion”. What is in our Constitution is precisely this:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free expression thereof” This is in Article I of the Bill of Rights, otherwise know as Amendment 1 to the Constitution.
“Prohibiting” is the “freedom of” part. It means that you can practice your religion as you see fit, providing, of course, you do not violate this or any other part of the Constitution while doing so (such as the “respecting” part). “Respecting” is the “freedom from” part. It means that you cannot use legislation to impose your religious beliefs upon others. Legal challenges to laws prohibiting abortion, for example, will cite Article I of the Bill of Rights
These are topics for two new pages. The former, “Lessons From the “99%” Election” under the ELECTIONS tab, is an article suggested by Estella Lauter. Jim and Pat McGrane submitted the latter, “Liberals, Take Back the Flag!” found under the OP/ED tab.
Pictured with President and First Lady Obama are Cate, Seth and McAlister Anderson, These three came to our office with their dad, Scott, to learn about the democratic process – helped with phone calling, got stickers, and handed out literature to passers-by.
A Lesson They Have Forgotten
I never meet a ragged boy in the street without feeling that I may owe him a salute, for I know not what possibilities may be buttoned up under his coat.
James A Garfield, President (R) circa 1870s
This isn’t exactly ALEC, but I do want to share a few thoughts about the Koch boys, Citizens’ United and Wisconsin. In case you missed it, the Milwaukee County DA is looking at the possibility of illegal campaign activities at a Milwaukee base corporation, Rite-Hite. The CEO sent employees a letter warning them of potential dire consequences to their employment should the “wrong” candidates get elected. This unfiltered politicking by a corporation directed at its employees was unimaginable and illegal for decades. Then came Citizens’ United.
Koch Industries deployed this new tactic in the 2010 mid-term elections since they were then free to “persuade” employees how to vote, even using coercion. The 10/26 J/S reports the Rite-Hite threats are very similar in nature to one written by Koch Industries CEO sent to 50,000 employees including some at Georgia Pacific here in Wisconsin. One catch, in our state there is a specific statue that prohibits threatening or potential work place consequences if it’s intended to influence political opinion or votes of employees.
If ALEC sponsored puppets are restored to the majorities in the Assembly and Senate here, look for a change in state law to be initiated and more workplace threats and coercion from the Koch boys and their friends. One more reason to vote for Pat Veeser…. If you need one.
Do you want to register to vote? to vote early? or to find out where to vote? Do you know someone who does? A friend or neighbor who may need help doing so? Are you sure you are properly registered? —– Find the process and rules involved for registering and for voting, in a straight-forward and easy-to-read format, on two new pages, “VOTING INs AND OUTs” and “Voter REGISTRATION” in the ELECTIONS section.
I know the Packers are doing it again on Sunday afternoon against the Saints but there are now two reasons to take a pass on the game. First, is of course, third rate offiiciating and the greed of the NFL, the other is a great episode of Moyers and Company on Public Television at 6 pm. This weekend Bill Moyer goes in depth to reveal the hidden world of ALEC. The intro describes ALEC I this episode as the “scheme to remake America, one state house at a time.”
You will see this 4′ x 8′ sign in a total of 12 locations from Brussels to Sister Bay. There is one sign set you could see just about anywhere, because it is mounted on a farm wagon. Its home base is in the front yard of Bob & Jean Grosso’s home between Maplewood and Forestville, but that wagon has a reputation of wandering,
To the left is a very special sign provided by Peter Wyatt and Victoria Cherinich. You will see it on the right side of Hwy 42/57 at the southwestern outskirts of Sturgeon Bay. On the back of “Not Rich Enough”. you will see a different sign, when you are heading out of town, the sign on the right. Thanks Peter and Victoria
Imagine, if you will, what we might see on Fox News or hear on Limbaugh if George Soros, the National Education Association or the AFL-CIO picked up the tab for several members of the Wisconsin legislative delegation headed to the National Democratic Party convention or a national union convention. Hold that thought. John Nichols, associate editor of The Capital Times, reveals an unbelievable story about the legalized bribery occurring for years with ALEC at the center in his column titled “Close the ALEC Loophole,” that appears in the August 26th Wisconsin State Journal.
ALEC has provided and continues to provide “scholarships” that pick up the tab for our legislators’ trip to ALEC meetings where they receive and discuss “model legislation.” These drafts become what gets passed around in the party caucuses, voted upon and signed into law by our governor. Lisa Graves, executive director of the Center For Media in the Public Interest put it this way, “global corporations that want to change Wisconsin laws are bankrolling trips to ALEC meetings where legislators and lobbyists meet and vote on model bills that politicians bring back to Wisconsin and introduce as their own brilliant ideas…”
This week the Government Accountability Board will consider whether legislators should be allowed to accept these so called “scholarships” that make a mockery of the high standards of transparency in government that we value in Wisconsin.
“I lobbied on minimum wage in California. And we ended up raising minimum wage. And what happened was the economy grew. Because the problem is if we believe in free market, then you shift money to get the economy going. You shift money to where there’s pent-up demand. Where is there pent-up demand right now? It’s at the bottom, not at the top.”
Sister Simone Campbell, on 26 Aug 2012 edition of Bill Moyers & Company
(Sister Simone is Exec. Director of Network, a Catholic activist group that organized Nuns On The Bus)
The biggest fable of all is the “Don’t Tax the Job Creators” doctrine, formally called “Supply Side Economics”, “Trickle Down Economics” or, if you prefer, “Reaganomics”. It’s a hoax; a hoax that has persisted for 30 years in spite of contrary evidence. It will not work, does not work and never has worked (except for the very wealthy, the 1%). Graphs help make the truth vividly apparent. This graph is just one of several that show that since the advent of Reagonomics the very wealthy have exceedingly benefited more than others. Not convinced that Reagonomics is bad for you, then find more evidence at A Civil American Debate for an essay that provides a detailed factual scholarly analysis of this graph and several others.