Thursday, September 17, 2015

Mark Harris announces he is running for State Senate


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From the Winnebago court house steps on Wednesday September 16, Mark Harris announced that he is running for State Senate.


Mark Harris has had a tremendous record of achievement as Winnebago County Executive. Use this link to go to Mark's web page and find out more on Mark's positions, and information on you can help Mark.

 
Watch for more information as the campaign develops!
 
 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

EXCITING announcement!!! Democratic Presidential Candidate Coming to Wisconsin!!!! WOW!!

Bernie Sanders is coming to Wisconsin!!

 July 1, 7 pm at Madison's Veterans Memorial Coliseum

1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison




July 4 Parade Information


4th of July Parade information

 

Oshkosh

Folks should arrive between 8:15 and 8:45 am We are # 22 in the parade, and we will line up in the parking lot directly West of the Fire Station/Court St. on Ceape Ave (enter at the drive just west of the fire station). We are the 2nd slot, in the 2nd row of parking spaces as you look N from Ceape. We should have at least 2 cars that are waiting at Webster Stanley for the return trip. Please bring a bag of candy.

 

Omro

Meet in the large parking lot at Fred Miller Park. We won’t have line up information until that day.

Omro Parade begins at 12:00 from parking lot at Fred Miller Park and goes down Main St. to Webster Ave.

 

 

​Oshkosh Parade - line up location map​






Omro Parade - line up location map

Friday, June 5, 2015

A reflection of go big or go home


This is a “blog” posting. It does represent my personal views and if I am lucky perhaps views of some others. However I am not speaking for them, the Winn Dems, State Dems or anyone other than myself. Reflect, disagree, support all are fine as long as it gets you to think and take action. Send in your thoughts and share with others.

 

Are you a “5”?

I reflect upon the Republican take-over of our state and what I consider near insane policies that are being considered/ enacted that will impact our state and our future. We have lost a representative form of government as there is absolutely zero bipartisanship shown by the majority. Frankly, I wonder why some of fellow democrats are not more upset. I see fellow democrats that are irritated, but on a scale of 1-10 they are at a 5. So why am I at an 11?

Reflecting my leper ideals, it struck me- other people have not really “felt” it as much as I have. They have not lost as much as I have. You see it hits home more when you lose more. Other than a tax increase or a fee increase, or a favorite park renamed, most people have not paid a price they can physically see that dramatically impacts their family. They have not tried to sell their home and felt the massive loss of equity. They may not own land in the north and see values up there are 50-80% off the end of the Bush Depression, wiping out hundreds of thousands in equity; and prices are still dropping as jobs and disposable income in Wi is as rare as honesty from the Governor. They didn’t lose their union and all the hard earned and negotiated over decades, good faith benefits and understandings that produced the finest education system in the nation. Number 1,2,3 nationally since 1973 in ACT testing the most fair and unbiased way to test)  They didn’t lose 8% salary each year since 2010 and have their work rules “tooled”.  They still work the same hours- unlike teachers who in some cases now work two weeks longer without any extra pay. Until that happens to you, I can now see why most Dems might be at a “5”. The insane clown posse has not parked at their doorstep, yet.

Yes, I thought the Wi Dem chair did a horrible job and should take significant blame for not only SKW (can’t even say his name) but also the Republican takeover of both houses. Not realizing that the GOP plan was to control in 2010 because of redistricting was blindness that hurt. Not being able to capitalize on Obama’s control of Wisconsin showed weakness. And picking the last candidate for governor instead of going through the nomination process was risky and as such, blame for the loss is deservedly earned. Hopefully this weekend’s vote will bring us someone who can do a better job.
 
When we look nationally at what is happening I think the entire Democratic party needs a slap-down. I make no bones about bigger change is needed as the reaction to the 2014 election should correlate with the response- Big is needed. (yes the National Dem party let Wi down- as did Obama- we still have his shoes that he was going to wear on the picket line)  I actually think the party should move to left becoming the Progressive Party which would send a message to the people who have lost their way with the democrats and it would bring over people who want a government that works. Progressive values win; they are values that people want. Those values are what is best for the country, for social and economic security of the people. To some extent I think that is why Obama won and Hillary didn’t (and why she still may be in trouble in 16). Obama represented change, Hillary brought the baggage of the past with her (some within the Clinton name- and some within the system itself). That happens with candidates who have been in office as they make statements and votes that can be used against them. It is made worse when the connection to big money donors is highlighted. In 2008, Democrats wanted a fresh start without that political connectedness and back scratching, and saw it with Obama. Too bad once elected Obama has moved to the right of George W. on nearly every issue. I don’t see that happening with a Sanders or Warren, and that is why the Progressive base likes this type of person. No matter whom the nominee is that person will have to appeal to the base and at this time that base is divided with many in alignment to Progressive ideas. We need a change, a big one.

 And this brings me to prevailing wage and the (potential) loss of that that. The people impacted by this supported SKW in re-election. They gave money to him, they voted for him. They didn’t understand that a cobra doesn’t make a good house pet, it will bite. I wish the State Patrol and Milwaukee Police would find out the same; it will happen in time. This isn’t a case of “sour grapes” that many of those “5” out there will suggest. It is moving an entire block of votes off the R side and to the D side. That is a big swing as it also includes a lot of money that was donated to the republicans may now be sent to the democrats. When we swing blocks of votes we double the effect as they lose one and we gain one so it is now a two point shift. This group will be impacted and they will be beyond a “5” as it now impacts them.

Finally, if we are looking at what is the least we can do, what about a change to our logo? Some may feel the Democrat Donkey is a symbol of stubbornness. I don’t feel it is a quality people align with, and it represents the past. To me this logo is a jackass; call it what you will and might be what our party has become, as we have more voters, better ideas for the family and country, and still lose. I suppose an eagle is out of the question?

 

Sunday, April 5, 2015

The upcoming election on April 7 is important. There is a challenge to Justice Ann Bradley. There is also a change proposed regarding the constitution that we should vote NO.

There will be a special voter update newsletter sent to all Winnebago Dems on Monday April 6th. Neenah will be electing a school board that could change the direction of that school district. See the information below regarding this.

Support John Van Meter, Tom Hanby, and Anthony Arrignton For School Board!

​The League of Women Voters held a School Board Forum with all the candidates who are running for election on April 7. The link is below.  We would appreciate your help with letting families know where they can get reliable information on the candidates, who have a voice in their children's education. Thank you for getting the information out and being informed voters on April 7!

Very good video to watch on the forum.
 
 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Odds n' ends.

Article in the Milwaukee Journal today 3-17-15 on why the Republicans won and why even though the state is blue, it is red now. http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/news/296507141.html Make no mistake this was not accidental but rather a well coordinated republican effort that caught democrats off guard. This will be a ten year advantage to the republicans and has potential to last even longer. http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/how-the-gop-gave-itself-a-ten-year-advantage-407234115988
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Your vote in April will matter. Consider the case of the supreme court Ann Bradley. Her opponent support ACT 10, and supports voter ID. Considering the GOP - vote for me we will surprise you later with our ideas mentality I hope you can read between the lines of what this means.
http://m.jsonline.com/news/blogs/allpolitics/296369471.htm

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Indigo dinner on Saturday March 21. Dinner starts at 6, drinks and social starts at 5! See you there.
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Remember when the GOP started this "holding people accountable" thing? Then the WEDC looses track of millions of dollars in loans? Remember when the deficit was a big deal and they pointed to being "accountable" and yet after having no deficit during the recall, we now have a $2.8 billion dollar deficit - all REPUBLICAN, and they don't feel responsible nor accountable? Remember when we were told this budget is going to lower your taxes- and yet it will raise your taxes and borrow money your kids will repay with interest just so Scotty can go to Washington? http://m.host.madison.com/news/state-and-regional/walker-budget-would-raise-taxes-and-fees-by-million/article_25e8cd62-b4f6-5e16-b8a8-c1394f8e615e.html?mobile_touch=true

Joint Committee on Finance




Thursday, March 5, 2015

Regular Monthly Meeting- Wednesday March 11th at 7 pm
Primo Restaurant, 2605 Jackson St,  Oshkosh
 
 
  1. BIG Change- our monthly meeting location has changed! We will be being at Primo restaurant this month and upcoming meetings. The Delta changed hands and is not open during the times of our meeting. Primo would like at least some of us to order food, they are in a good location, and they have a great meeting room we can utilize that is bigger than we have had prior. We of course would want to GROW our membership. Strongly consider bringing a friend to join the party to this meeting.
  2. At our meeting we will have Jake Hajdu for a Q & A and Will Hoffman, Organizing Director and voter file manager will update us on VAN.
  3. Resolutions, delegates, the county chair association training, and of course the INDIGO will be on the agenda. We hope to get Madison updates. We will also hear from the unions on RTW.4less
  4. Since we missed the Feb meeting there will be a lot going on at this meeting. We need to get through the agenda.
  5. Reminder that our WEB PAGE is back. Please go to http://www.winnebagodems.org/  Book mark this site. Signup for auto updates  that are emailed to you each time the page is changed- enter your email address.
  6. We are planning on the May and Sept meeting to be held in Neenah. Still need to confirm location. Watch for update on web site.
  7. The Indigo Dinner is set for March 21 at LaSures in Oshkosh at 5:00 with dinner at 6.   This is shaping up to be a very special dinner so please plan to attend. More details will be given at the meeting.
  8. Convention dates are here, and will update you on the times at our meeting. The 6th is April 19th at LaSures, the 8th is April 26 at The Main Event in Cecil, and the State Convention is June 5th and 6th.
  9. On April 7, Wisconsin voters will go to the polls. Besides our local elections, there is an important Wisconsin Supreme Court electionAnn Walsh Bradley is running for re-election and we need her to continue to serve us. She has a proven record of being fair and impartial. She also brings to the Supreme Court the values we share – family, hard work, honesty, and a commitment to public service. 
     
    You are needed to volunteer at a phone bank on Saturday, March 7
    9 a.m. – 12 noon.
    The phone bank will be held at the law office of John Peterson (Peterson, Berk & Cross SC)
    200 E. College Ave., Appleton.
     
    There will be some phone lines available, but please bring your personal cell phone, just in case. A simple script will be provided. Former Rep. Penny Bernard Schaber will be there and other friends as well. Any commitment of time between 9 a.m. and noon will be appreciated and helpful.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Paul Krugman is a Nobel Prize winning economist. Mr. Krugman writes for the New York Times.

Just to be clear: I’m in favor of better education. Education is a friend of mine. And it should be available and affordable for all. But what I keep seeing is people insisting that educational failings are at the root of still-weak job creation, stagnating wages and rising inequality. This sounds serious and thoughtful. But it’s actually a view very much at odds with the evidence, not to mention a way to hide from the real, unavoidably partisan debate.
 
The education-centric story of our problems runs like this: We live in a period of unprecedented technological change, and too many American workers lack the skills to cope with that change. This “skills gap” is holding back growth, because businesses can’t find the workers they need. It also feeds inequality, as wages soar for workers with the right skills but stagnate or decline for the less educated. So what we need is more and better education.

My guess is that this sounds familiar — it’s what you hear from the talking heads on Sunday morning TV, in opinion articles from business leaders like Jamie Dimon of JPMorgan Chase, in “framing papers” from the Brookings Institution’s centrist Hamilton Project. It’s repeated so widely that many people probably assume it’s unquestionably true. But it isn’t.
For one thing, is the pace of technological change really that fast? “We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters,” the venture capitalist Peter Thiel has snarked. Productivity growth, which surged briefly after 1995, seems to have slowed sharply.

Furthermore, there’s no evidence that a skills gap is holding back employment. After all, if businesses were desperate for workers with certain skills, they would presumably be offering premium wages to attract such workers. So where are these fortunate professions? You can find some examples here and there. Interestingly, some of the biggest recent wage gains are for skilled manual labor — sewing machine operators, boilermakers — as some manufacturing production moves back to America. But the notion that highly skilled workers are generally in demand is just false.
Finally, while the education/inequality story may once have seemed plausible, it hasn’t tracked reality for a long time. “The wages of the highest-skilled and highest-paid individuals have continued to increase steadily,” the Hamilton Project says. Actually, the inflation-adjusted earnings of highly educated Americans have gone nowhere since the late 1990s.

So what is really going on? Corporate profits have soared as a share of national income, but there is no sign of a rise in the rate of return on investment. How is that possible? Well, it’s what you would expect if rising profits reflect monopoly power rather than returns to capital.

As for wages and salaries, never mind college degrees — all the big gains are going to a tiny group of individuals holding strategic positions in corporate suites or astride the crossroads of finance. Rising inequality isn’t about who has the knowledge; it’s about who has the power.

Now, there’s a lot we could do to redress this inequality of power. We could levy higher taxes on corporations and the wealthy, and invest the proceeds in programs that help working families. We could raise the minimum wage and make it easier for workers to organize. It’s not hard to imagine a truly serious effort to make America less unequal.

But given the determination of one major party to move policy in exactly the opposite direction, advocating such an effort makes you sound partisan. Hence the desire to see the whole thing as an education problem instead. But we should recognize that popular evasion for what it is: a deeply unserious fantasy."

A version of this op-ed appears in print on February 23, 2015, on page A19 of the New York edition with the headline: Knowledge Isn’t Power.