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
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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.


The future of Wisconsin is at stake. The last four years have seen Walker Republicans attacking our public education system, public employee unions, women’s health and equality in the workplace, local control of air and water quality, access to affordable health insurance, and the right to vote.

It is time to “throw the rascals out” and restore “the Wisconsin idea” where people come first, and government acts on behalf of the people, not special interests.

How can we do this on November 4th? There are three major elements:

1. Strong candidates. The lineup on page 2 displays diversity of backgrounds and experience, from Mary Burke’s job creation building Trek Bicycle, to Dean DeBroux’s 20 year experience in special education and army reserve. These candidates have the competence and the ability to work with others to “get the job done”.

2. Right on the issues. Our candidates are true progressives who will work to restore adequate support of our public schools, UW and the technical colleges, ensure equality of women in the workplace, remove the degrading imposition of politicians’ control of women’s personal health care decisions, and prevent out-of-state industries to overrule local control of precious air and water resources.

3. GOTV. The right candidates and issues have brought the campaigns even with our opponents. To win we must Get Out The Vote, and mobilize those Democrats who normally don’t vote in non-presidential elections.

We have mobilized volunteers to knock on doors, make phone calls, for three-hour shifts out of the 96 hours from Saturday through Tuesday. It is critical that we do everything we can to motivate Democrats to actually go to the polls and vote.

Can you help? Call Andrew Farrar at 262-364-9918, or by email andrewf@wisdems.org. We need canvassers and phone-bankers, and if you can’t do either of these, bring food to the Party office (62 S. 3rd Ave) to support other volunteers. If you can canvass, dress warmly.

Cast your vote for Democrats on Tuesday, November 4!

Please share the following information with your friends, family and neighbors.
Vote for our local and state Democratic candidates and help save Wisconsin from another disastrous Walker term!
Check out the websites of our outstanding line-up of candidates:
Mary Burke for Governor
Susan Happ for Attorney General
Dean DeBroux for State Senate
Joe Majeski for Assembly
Tammy Sternard for Sheriff

Voter Photo ID is NOT required.  Same-day registration is permitted.  The new law was blocked by US Supreme Court.
Need to learn how to register to vote in Wisconsin?  Then visit My Vote Wisconsin
Do you need a ride to the polls on election day? Call Garrett Cohn at 920-559-2557

How bad have the policies of Scott Walker been for the state of Wisconsin?

  • Scott Walker and his Republican legislature are obsessed with making women’s healthcare decisions for them.

(This includes everything from deciding who gets birth control to who gets cancer screenings). Yet Walker and his cohorts show no desire to regulate mens’ healthcare decisions in the same way. Welcome to Scott Walker’s version of the Republican War on Women!
WALKER REPUBLICANS: Are impeding women’s ability to make choices about their own general and reproductive health care
FACT: Scott Walker took office in 2011. Since then, at least 11 policy changes through 8 laws have been passed that limit women’s access to sex education, birth control, cancer screening, and abortion services.
FACT: The mandate of a medically unnecessary ultrasound in the first trimester requires an invasive transvaginal ultrasound to produce adequate images. (Senate Bill 206)
FACT: Walker Republican legislation reduces access to safe and legal abortion by forcing the closure of 50% of Wisconsin’s 4 abortion facilities, and criminalizing doctors who rely on best practice to care for their patients but do not have hospital admitting privileges.
FACT: Wisconsin is now ranked among the nine worst states for reproductive rights. Wisconsin shares the dubious distinction with Texas, North Dakota, Ohio, North Carolina, Michigan, Arkansas, Indiana and Kansas.
FACT: Restricting access to abortion makes abortion more dangerous and puts women’s health and lives at risk. Read more…

  • Scott Walker and his Republican legislature have cut funding to our local schools and have given our tax dollars to private, unaccountable, corporate-run schools.

FACT: Only 17% of voucher school students outperformed public schools, 37 % did significantly worse, and the remaining 46% were no better. Milwaukee voucher students perform WORSE in state tests than their public school peers. (Stanford University study) Read more…

  • Scott Walker and his Republican legislature voted to remove 87,000 Wisconsin families from BadgerCare.

At the same time, they DID NOT vote to remove themselves from taxpayer funded healthcare (WHICH INCLUDES DENTAL & VISION CARE).
Refusal to participate in the federal health care exchanges has driven up the cost of health care plans for individuals.
FACT: In Minnesota, where the state government created a state exchange, the premiums are as low as half as they are in Wisconsin. Read more…

  • Scott Walker and his Republican legislature gave out-of-state corporations REGULATORY POWER over  Wisconsin towns and villages.

WALKER REPUBLICANS WANT: To bar local government control and decisions protecting air and water quality
FACT: Wisconsin is the nation’s No. 1 producer of sand used in fracking. There are currently at least 115 permitted or operational frac sand mines and processing plants in Wisconsin. A proposed Republican bill restricts local governments’ authority over roads and traffic and the use of explosives, as well as their ability to regulate air or water quality related to nonmetallic mines. The bill would also prohibit the Department of Natural Resources from establishing nonmetallic mining reclamation standards relating to water quality or air quality that are more restrictive than existing state laws. Read more…

  • Walker Republicans voted to give Scott Walker authority to sell any state asset, at any price, to any corporate entity or individual – WITHOUT BIDS! This includes the state capital.

WALKER REPUBLICANS: Want to sell publicly owned buildings and assets (like the Capitol building and University power plants) to private corporations and individuals
FACT: Walker Republicans authorized the sale or lease of any state owned heating, cooling or power plant, with or without the solicitation of competitive bids.
FACT: Selling heating plants to private interests could stick the state with higher costs when it buys back output from the plants. The sale of these facilities would saddle the state with higher day-to-day costs because the state would have to contract with the buyers of the plants to heat and cool University of Wisconsin campuses, prisons and health institutions. Read more…

Democratic challenger Mary Burke hits Scott Walker on his failed promise of job creation in Wisconsin
More examples of Gov. Walker’s “trail of tears” for the people of Wisconsin and more failures on job creation

Please Like us on Facebook.com/DoorDems, Share the posts with your Friends, spread the word and
help the Democratic Party of Door County elect Wisconsin Democrats on November 4th.
Ready to volunteer to spread the word? Contact us today.
Call Garrett Cohn at 920-559-2557 or via email: gucohn@gmail.com
Thanks for your help!

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,