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Dunn County Democrats

Empowering the people of our communities to protect and promote our Wisconsin values!(MEMBER LOGIN)

You Don't Own Me

Sun, 11/02/2014 - 4:54pm - webmaster | |

I've always had mixed feelings about this record. At the same time having a strongly feminist line, and a pretty typical girly 1960's tone, it sends some mixed messages. Still, it's a GREAT 1960's "girl" record. Aimed at men.  I think Lesley Gore re-thought this a little as well.  2 years back she did this PSA to encourage women to vote. It's important again this election cycle. Women really need to vote because a lot of the current folks in power in Wisconsin have nothing but disdain for women. Men who actually believe men and women both deserve equality need to vote. It is really important that everyone goes out to vote. Consider this a reminder. When it says Mitt Romney just substitute Scott Walker or Glenn Grothman or whatever incredible ideological dinosaur you wish. Then Vote!  (and remember you do not need voter ID to vote).  Drag along everyone you know. Talk it up with your friends why it's important. Drive folks to the polls.  Hold up signs reminding people. Make calls. Knock on doors. DO WHATEVER IT TAKES. Drop by the Dunn Dems office to volunteer.

A lot of people do not vote when the president is not in the balance. We need to stop doing that. Most of us in Wisconsin are a lot more affected by the Governor, our Assembly persons, and our Senators than by who is in the Whitehouse. 

There are a LOT of great candidates out there this year.  Go get them in office. Then hold their feet to the fire and make 'em fight for change. Because they don't own you.

Wiscosin Voter ID law blocked by Supreme Court for November election

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 11:40am - webmaster | |

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.

Love Wins Again

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 10:48am - webmaster | |

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.

Is Warren Petryk a Nice Guy?

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 6:49pm - webmaster | |

Love Wins in Wisconsin

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 4:23pm - webmaster | |

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"

A Note from the Chair

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.