Friday, March 23, 2007

Upcoming events for Democrats and Progressives in the Fox Valley

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Hello Members and Friends of the Winnebago County Democratic Party,

Here is an update of events for Democrats and Progressives in the Fox Valley:

1. Indigo Dinner This Saturday (Details Below)

2. Healthcare Forum – March 26th 4-6PM – Thompson Community Center, Appleton

3. Calumet County Democratic Party Meeting – March 26th 7-9PM – Eagles Club, Chilton

4. Manitowoc County Democratic Party Meeting – March 27 7-9PM – Two Rivers Senior Center

5. Lt. Governor Lawton Dialogue on Women, Money and Politics – March 29th 7-9PM – Reeve Ballroom, UW Oshkosh (Details Below)

6. Democratic Party Unity Breakfast – March 30th 7-8:30AM – BJ Clancey’s, Appleton

7. Green Lake Area Democratic Party – March 31st 10AM-12PM - Caestecker Library 518 Hill St, Green Lake

8. Jefferson County Democratic Party Meeting – April 5th 7-9PM – Jefferson Public Library, Jefferson

9. Outagamie County Democratic Party Meeting – April 9th 7-9PM – Columbus Club, Appleton

10. Winnebago County Democratic Party Meeting – April 11th 7-9PM – the Delta Family Restaurant, Oshkosh

11. 6th Congressional District Democratic Convention – April 21st 10AM – VFW Hall, Princeton (Details Below)

12. 8th Congressional District Democratic Convention – April 21st 10AM – Bugsy & Gina's, Oconto Falls (Details Below)

This is the last chance to attend the 3rd Annual Winnebago County Democratic Party Indigo Dinner.

When: March 24th, 2007
Social Hour Begins at 6:00 PM
Dinner and Program Begins at 7:00 PM
Where: La Sure’s Banquet Hall
3125 S Washburn St – Oshkosh

Speakers will include:

• Lt Governor Barbara Lawton
• Congressman Steve Kagen
• Representative Gordon Hintz
• DNC Member Stan Gruzinsky
• Supreme Court Candidate Linda Clifford

Also featured will be Wisconsin’s first straw poll of the 2008 electoral season. Come out to support your early favorite in the race to repair eight years of Bush!

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door and can be purchased by contacting Barb at 920-734-1105 or Mike at 920-426-1051.

Dinner Menu:
Baked Haddock, Garlic Chicken Breast, Stuffing, Glazed Carrots and Desert!

Bring an item for the silent auction! Bring money for the raffles!

Lt. Governor Lawton: Kicks Off Dialogue on Women, Money and Politics at UW-Oshkosh

Beverly Speer

Justin Mitchell

Oshkosh – Lt. Governor Barbara Lawton will kick off the Thursday, March 29, public forum on Women, Money and Politics: Who’s Winning? Campus and community members will gather for a discussion with prominent public leaders and advocates for political reform to connect quality of life issues with the need for Clean Election reforms for Wisconsin. The program, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Reeve Memorial Union Ballroom, 748 Algoma Blvd.

Participants will build a better understanding of the important role of an engaged citizenry in a real democracy as they link progress on improving women’s health, equity, and building political capacity to the health of our democratic institutions. Despite political exclusion, women have a proud and long history of fighting for improvements on their personal lives. Currently, the most pervasive obstacles for women in the fight for equity are the challenges they face running and winning elections.

“The greatest obstacle to equal participation in politics is the unequal voice in the political process created by undue influence of large private contributions to political campaigns,” said Kathy Propp, president of the local League of Women Voters. “Clean elections provide for public financing of election campaigns that eliminates this political advantage.”

An expert panel will present their experiences and suggestions for fixing our broken campaign finance system and necessary steps toward reclaiming our democracy and bringing respectability back to Wisconsin politics. Peg Lautenschlager, former Democratic state Attorney General, legislator, and public advocate for open and accountable government, has been invited to share her unique insight. Terri McCormick will discuss her experiences with election campaigns and our campaign finance system as a Republican candidate for both the state Assembly and U.S. Congress, as well as a successful independent business woman. Carolyn Castore, Program Director for Midwest States Center and voting rights issue chair for the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin Legislative Committee, will present a public advocate perspective for Clean Elections reform.

Women and minorities have suffered most by a campaign system increasingly reliant on large contributions from powerful special interests. Publicly financed elections eliminate this chase for campaign cash. Clean Elections provide a healthy political environment where women and men of diverse economic, social and cultural backgrounds can participate equitably and practically in our democracy.

“Because of the dominating role of money in politics we are no longer living in a functioning democracy,” said Beverly Speer, advocacy director for the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. “Money decides who runs, who wins and what [public policies] they support. Clean Elections, also referred to as Voter-owned Elections, will cultivate the necessary hope, rebuild trust and confidence, and give us back our democracy.”

Sponsors of this event are the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, Earth Charter Oshkosh, League of Women Voters of the Oshkosh Area, American Democracy Project at UW Oshkosh, UW Oshkosh Women’s Advocacy Council, UW Oshkosh Political Science Student Association, and UW Oshkosh Women’s Center.

6th Congressional District Convention

Apr 21st, 2007 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

VFW Hall - 136 N Farmer St - Princeton, WI

9:00 AM: Registration Opens

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM: Invited Speakers

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM: 6th CD Officer Nominations

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM: Lunch

1:00PM to 4:00 PM – Elections & Resolutions

8th Congressional District Convention

WHEN: Apr 21, starts at 9:00 am
WHERE: Bugsy & Gina's Sports Bar 211 N Maple Ave, Oconto Falls, WI 54154 (920) 848-9910 (From Highway 22 / Main Street in Oconto Falls, turn on Maple Street)

TIME: 9:00 AM Registration opens

10:00 AM Convention Opens - Speeches by Elected Officials, Invited Guests

12 Noon Registration Closes / Lunch is Served

1:00 PM Convention resumes / Election of CD Officers

PRICE: $20.00 Per Person – Pre-registered – Delegates, Alternates and Guests $25.00 Per Person at the Door

Send your pre-registration fees no later than April 11th to: Ken Flood, 8th CD Treasurer 802 West Prospect Ave. Appleton, WI 54914

Please email your Resolutions no later than April 11th to: Dottie LeClair - (if email is not available, mail them to Dottie at 510 East Circle Street, Appleton, WI 54911)


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