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.

ancient parable

Once a scorpion asked a coyote to take him across a fast-flowing river.  The coyote at first refused.  “You will sting me and I will die.”

The scorpion denied this.  “If you were to die then I will drown.  I promise all will go well.”  So the coyote allowed the scorpion to stand on his head as he braved the waters.

So what happened? …  The scorpion stung the coyote who protested. “You gave your word!  Now we will both die. Why have you stung me?”

And the scorpion’s reply?  “Because, it is in my nature.”

(A modern parallel?  “Sequester”)

Favorite Come Hear State Senator Kathleen Vinehout Speak Out Dec 7


Kathleen is a brilliant and fiery orator.  She is an articulate proponent of progressive politics and common sense.  What fun!  Enjoy listening to Kathleen while sampling a piece or two or four from a huge assortment of pies.  Al-a-mode is optional.

Elegant pies from premier Door County Bakeries will go home with the lucky winners of bag raffles.

Come one, come all to the Door Dems 8th Annual Pie Party at the Bertschinger Community Center (7860 Hwy 42), Egg Harbor on Saturday, December 7th, 3:00 – 5:00 PM. Admission is $10/ person ($25/family of 3 or more) and a pie per family.

Kathleen Vinhout is rumored as a Wisconsin Governor candidate for the Democratic Party.   We may will learn more at the Door Dems 8th Annual Pie Party.

Veeser Critiques Governor’s Budget

What’s wrong with the governor’s budget?

That question is answered by Pat Veeser in a new page of our Op/Ed section.  He expounds upon the following criticisms:

  • Rejection of 4.4 billion federal dollars to expand Badger Care.
  • Cutting funding for public schools by $1.6 billion.
  • Adding $8 million more to the disgraced Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.
  • Budget cuts that provide NO benefit to low-income earners.

click to read the whole article

Price Paid by NRA for Senator’s Votes

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.


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.

Call for Issues and Program Activists

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


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.

“Freedom of Religion” NOT in US Constitution

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


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

Thought Control from Your Boss

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.