Opening Saturday, October 11 at 2pm
Thanks to the generosity of many of you, we are pleased to announce that we have secured a local office space through the November 4th election!
WHERE: 326 Main St in Downtown Menomonie
(next door to The Barrel Room)
WHEN: Opening at 2pm Saturday
A special thanks to Cindy Thomas and Judy Foust for their leg work on this important project!
Please come on down and join us to see the new space and find out what we can all do from here to turn out the BLUE vote in Dunn County!
Let's finish what we started on the corners in the ice and snow... let's send Walker packing and elect Wisconsin's First Female Governor, along with a wonderful group of Representatives, Senators and an inspiring Attorney General!
We're Fired Up and Ready to Go! How about you?!
Thursday evening the US Supreme Court entered an emergency order blocking the implementation of Voter ID in Wisconsin. As is typical in emergency orders, the court gave no reason for the ruling. Dissenting votes in the 6-3 ruling were Justices Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. Late news is that Wisconsin A.G. J. B. Van Hollen has stated that the state will attempt to meet the objections of the court so that voter ID can be implemented for the November election, but that would appear physically impossible at this point. The block will remain in effect until the court issues a full ruling on the law, or until an objection is filed by the state within 90 days.This is yet another of the see-saw legal battles revolving around Wisconsin legislation as we have recently seen as well with the John Doe investigation and same-sex marriage.
In a related move a federal trial court in Texas blocked the implementation of voter ID in Texas for this election on the grounds that it was racially discriminatory and violated the Voting Rights Act.
So - to be clear, unless there is still another legal change in court brought about by the Attorney General (which seems very unlikely but is legally possible) you will not need ID to vote on November 4.
EIght years ago I spent election day working with a group of people of every sexusl orientation imaginable, getting students and other in Menomonie to go to the polls. That night we were all hit with the reality that our fellow citizens had voted to ensconce discrimination in our state constitution. It was a sad and vexing night, and one of the reasons this site came into being.
Almost eight years later this bad idea has been reversed finally by the Supreme Court refusing to hear appeals on the lawsuit against this law. It has been a long time coming, but finally marriage is open to all in Wisconsin (and several other states). Love finally wins in the end.
Voter ID will be back for the November election in Wisconsin. This will cause massive disenfranchisement of voters - particularly in view of how rushed the implementation of this will be. The GAB, DMV, local clerks, and other agencies are scrambling currently to understand what the new policy is, and how they will implement it. Start working now to get ID for the November election if you do not have valid ID. Many people will find it impossible to get proper ID in this timeline.
Many absentee ballots have already been sent out, and do not have information on Voter ID with them. Wil these ballots be counted? How can we expect people throughout the state to understand what they have to do to vote? Get to the polls early - there WILL be unprecedented lines. There WILL be unprecedented confusion. More on this once the smoke clears.
With special guest Duke Welter. Joint fellow conservationists at Simply Dunn for an evening of good food and wine. Flyer attached.
Well -- it's been quite a day. The publicly exciting part is that the ACLU lawsuit against the Wisconsin ban on same-sex marriage was successful in federal court this afternoon. Justice Crabb ruled the law unconstitutional, saying
"Quite simply, this case is about liberty and equality, the two cornerstones of the rights protected by the United States Constitution"
Welcome to the Dunn County Democrats Website!
If you had told me 5 years ago that I would be Chair of my local Democratic Party one day, I never would have believed you. It's true. My political experience prior to 2008 consisted of making signs, handing out stickers and hoping no one asked me to have a conversation with a voter.
I chose to share the photo below not because it's the most flattering ever taken of me, but because it was taken on my 1st day of real political action ever: May 25, 2008.