Nick posted on FB’s Stronger Together – Door County Democrats
Our first post-Labor Day canvass will focus on communities in northern Door County. We need canvassers. We need drivers. We need snacks and bottles of water. There is no more later, folks. We have very little time to do what is necessary to make sure that Hillary Clinton is the next President of the United States, that she has a friendly Congress to work with, and that Lynn Utesch is representing our district in Madison. We’re all busy. We’re all tired. Door County presents its own unique challenges this time of year. I know all this, I really do. This is too important for any one of us to not do our part because we couldn’t be bothered. No matter your schedule, I can find something meaningful for you to do with this campaign. Sign up for next weekend’s canvass below or give me a call at 603-731-2959. Or click here to do an on-line registration.
Our August 25th meeting format is a little different. Please come to the Democratic Party office and pick up yard signs that evening and meet Nick Paul, our Coordinated Campaign Organizer.
Our goal is to get the county blanketed with Democratic Party signs. We will have as many as possible there for you to use and share with your friends and neighbors. Let’s make this a priority for August.
We want to build our presence, this is how you can help. See you on August 25 starting at 4:00.
It’s a STURGEON BAY BLITZ for Lynn Utesch, Democratic candidate for the 1st Assembly
Tuesday, August 23, 5:00-7:30, and Saturday, the 27th , 10:00- 2:00, working with the Coordinated Campaign, we are going to blitz Sturgeon Bay for Lynn Utesch . We will be going door to door with Lynn’s literature and the Coordinated Campaign slate card. We will be targeting people who lean Democratic but may need a boost to ensure 1) that they vote and 2) that they vote for all 4 candidates not just the top 2.
We can use all the help we can get! Please try to be on time for a little rah, rah and training. We will go out from the office at 7 South 2nd Ave. (corner of Michigan and 2nd, lower level, in back).
You can also help promote this activity; Invite your Friends on Facebook/DoorDems
You can come to the DPDC office almost any weekday (after 10am) to meet Nick, but he has something special scheduled for Volunteers every Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30 pm:
TUESDAYs are Phone Bank nights. Nick has calling lists and sample scripts.
THURSDAYs are Canvasing nights. Nick will provide walking maps, etc.
Don’t put it off. BE A VOLUNTEER NOW. In Nick’s words: “As Democrats, we all understand the stakes in this election. That’s why I moved 1,200 miles across the country. There is no more time to wait. The least any of us can do is give an hour or two of our time making phone calls or knocking on doors on a weekly basis in the 86 days we have left to us to make sure Donald Trump never becomes president. Nobody wants to be asked years from now what they did to stop that from happening and be forced to say that they were too busy to do their part.
ABOUT NICK: Nick Paul is community organizer, student of political science and economics, little league baseball coach, and certified hike-aholic from Concord, New Hampshire. He has worked for or with organizations including NH Child & Family Services, NextGen Climate, and RESULTS. Now he is working for the Wisconsin Coordinated Campaign in support of Hillary Clinton, Russ Feingold, Tom Nelson and Lynn Utesch for Door and Kewaunee counties.
and for the Coordinated Campaign
MARGARET LOCKWOOD GALLERY
at 7 Second Ave, Sturgeon Bay. Entry is from Michigan St. at the rear. The office features a blackboard wall, men’s & women’s restrooms, and Wi-Fi internet access.
DPDC is also sharing our office with the DPW sponsored Coordinated Campaign working to elect Hillary, Russ, Tom and Lynn.
Stop by almost any weekday after 10am to meet local organizer Nick Paul.
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It’s picnic time, the Door Dems Annual Picnic that is.
A great time to greet your old progressive friends and meet new ones. This year we are adding live music for the social hour. If it pleases you, park rules permit you to bring your own beer or wine.
The date is July 14th, a Thursday. The place is the same as last year.
Keynote speaker is Tom Nelson.
Tom Nelson is the lone Democratic candidate for the 8th Congressional District to replace retiring (R) Reid Ribble. Currently, Tom is Outagamie County Executive having taken office in April of 2011. Prior to that he was an Assemblyman representing the 5th Assembly District (northwest Outagami County and the Town of Maple Grove)
For Ticketing, Menus and all the Details – Click the Blue Button
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.
QUESTIONS: Bill Perloff, firstname.lastname@example.org, 920-839-9282.
“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:
- Action of Wisconsin elected officials and the courts has left the DNR without the clear authority it needs to issue water pollution permits in a way that fully satisfies Clean Water Act requirements.
- The DNR is not adequately responding to known statutory and regulatory omissions and deficiencies that Wisconsin must resolve in order to meet minimum requirements of the Clean Water Act.
- The DNR’s program doesn’t include limits in water pollution permits that are protective enough of water quality.
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?