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Democratic Party of Racine County

Newsletter November 2012
Jane Witt, Chair Julie Krautkramer, 1st Vice Chair Jeff Coe, 2nd Vice Chair Beth Pramme, 3rd Vice Chair Heather Geyer, Secretary Pro Tem Joe Cushing, Treasurer Meg Andrietsch, Trustee Greg Bach, Trustee Pastor Melvin Hargrove, Trustee Pat Mc Manaway, Sgt. At Arms John Scott, Sgt. At Arms

Announcement for Next Membership Meeting 7pm - Monday - November 12, 2012 Racine Labor Center, 2100 Layard Avenue
At the November meeting, we’ll be discussing the recent election. What went right? What went wrong? What can we do better? We’ll hear reports from campaign organizers, canvassers, phone bankers and voter protection workers. See you there!

From The Chair:

6? 5? 4? 3? 2? 1?
How many days are left? AND — What are YOU doing to ensure Democratic wins on November 6? It’s getting serious, folks. The polls change from day to day. The stakes are enormous. Are we going to sit back and let the lies and Koch/Rove money succeed? Call the campaign office at 631-9962 to find out what the needs are. THEN — step up and meet those needs.
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Heather Coe Chris Flynn Mike Frontier Ethel Gates Bonnie Greasby Melissa Lemke Tony Martinez Marilyn Nemeth Wally Rendon Jean Smith Bob Trobaugh

What can you do to help November 3-6?
Call the Coordinated Campaign office at 631-9662 to volunteer for: Canvass shifts: You and a partner will go to selected homes to encourage voter turnout. Research shows that face-to -face contact with potential voters increases voter participation by nearly 4%. In a close election, this can make all the difference! Phone banks: Using a prepared script — and your own personal approach — you can reach voters and help them make plans for their own voting. Here again, personal contact is the KEY! Shifts: Shifts run from 9 am.-noon; noon to 3 p.m.; 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Canvass shifts may start earlier on election day; phone shifts continue until 9 p.m. most days. Food: Canvassers, phone bankers, campaign organizers and volunteers are working hard and need food. Hot and cold meals, beverages and snacks will fuel the effort and keep our volunteers and organizers happy!

Proposed Amendments to the DPRC Constitution
We held the second reading of these proposed amendments at the October meeting. The first reading of these proposed amendments took place at the July membership meeting. We will take a final vote on these amendments at the November meeting. Then all of the adopted amendments need to be forwarded to the state party for its approval. This notice will serve as the constitutionally required notice for the adoption of these amendments. 1. Article 12, Section 3. Change the current language: "This Constitution is at all time subservient to the Constitution of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin." The proposed language states: "This Constitution is subject to the provisions of the Constitution of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin." Article 11, Section 1. Delete "Good and Welfare" from the monthly order of business agenda.


Please do what you can!!
Rest in peace, George McGovern
George McGovern, long-time South Dakota senator and presidential candidate in 1972, died early Sunday, October 21 at the age of 90. He had been in poor health this past year, and was admitted to hospice care several days ago. By Saturday evening, the announcement came that the Senator was “unresponsive.” Senator McGovern was a lifelong champion of liberal causes. His early opposition to the war in Vietnam made him a hero of progressives and a nominee in 1972 against Richard Nixon. His record-breaking defeat by Nixon was a double disaster, since Nixon was then forced from office in 1974 in the aftermath of the Watergate break-in and connected crimes. (Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham were early volunteers in his presidential campaign.) That campaign was plagued by controversy and disorganization from the outset. The Democratic party leadership at the time was opposed to many of his policies, including the anti-war stance, and many prominent Democrats turned down his offer of a vice-presidential place on the ticket. He finally chose Senator Thomas Eagleton, who resigned after his treatment for mental illness was disclosed. The Senator was a decorated World War II bomber pilot and high school history teacher. He was the son of a South Dakota preacher, and maintained a home in Mitchel, SD. He was an early fighter for antipoverty and civil rights legislation. In later years, he was in demand as a speaker. He also wrote several books. In a statement released after his death, the family said, “We are blessed to know that our father lived a long, successful and productive life advocating for the hungry, being a progressive voice for millions and fighting for peace.” His books include “What It Means to be a Democrat” and “Terry: My Daughter’s Life-and-Death Struggle with Alcoholism.”

First Lady in Racine!
First Lady Michelle Obama appeared in Racine on Friday, October 19, at Memorial Hall. The Coordinated Campaign Offices in Racine, Kenosha and Elkhorn were besieged for days with requests for tickets. The first ticket-holders were in line by 5 a.m. on a chilly and dark Friday morning. Over 2500 people packed the hall to hear and see the very popular Mrs. Obama deliver a heartwarming message of support for her husband and urge early voting. A disappointed overflow crowd was seated in the basement, where they could hear, but not see, the festivities. However, this classy First Lady, learning of their plight, went downstairs to greet them in person, Mrs. Obama was introduced by the hard-working and faithful volunteer and retired teacher Linda Boyle. Other speakers included Rep. Cory Mason, Congresswoman and Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin, organizer Claude Luster and the Rev. Melvin Hargrove. Rep. Bob Turner led the audience in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Rev. Carol Baumgartner led the singing of the National Anthem.

Holiday Party, December 10
In lieu of a regular meeting, the DPRC will celebrate all the season’s holidays on December 10. The party starts at 6 p.m. at Infusino’s Restaurant, 3225 Rapids Drive in Racine. Entertainment will be provided, as well as the usual Infusino feast and cash bar. In the spirit of all the holidays, you can bring two nonperishable food items for the local Food Bank. OR, you can bring a book or two for the Racine Public Library. George McGovern’s books might be a good idea (see article at left), or a progressive title of your choice.

What are the Stakes … Supreme Court
For those of you — and there are probably SOME — who believe that “This is just another election; it doesn’t really matter who wins” … There will be two, possibly three, retirements in the so-called “liberal wing” of the court. A Romney presidency will be able to appoint replacements, and you can be sure Romney will not consider a moderate or progressive. If conservatism is defined as resistance to change, “there’s nothing conservative about the four justices on the right, who have significantly dismantled significant parts of Congress’ attempts to enforce the Fourteenth Amendment (regarding due process and equal protection), and who have invalidated key parts of the Anti-Discrimination Act, the Americans With Disabilities Act, and the Violence Against Women Act,” said Laurence Tribe, a distinguished judge and Harvard law professor. Jeffrey Toobin, an author, lawyer and analyst for the New Yorker, said “The two newest appointees, Samuel Alito and John Roberts ’79, are consciously seeking to achieve a specific conservative agenda. “I think this is a project that conservatives have had—to overrule Roe v. Wade, to get rid of affirmative action, to expand the use of the death penalty, to expand executive power, to reduce the separation between church and state,” said Toobin. “It’s a project, and Roberts and Alito are part of the project.” A “Romney court” would feature anti-choice, anti-affirmative action, looser death penalty requirements, more executive power and the dismantling of our historic church/state separation.

What are the Stakes … Other Legislation
Scott Walker isn’t the only Republican who works against the rights of organized labor. Dismantling of public employee bargaining rights is the reason Walker is now a rising star on the right. In a Romney administration, and especially if the Democrats can’t hold the Senate and make significant progress in the House, you’ll see more than bargaining rights bite the dust. The aim is to abolish unions entirely, and so infamous “right to work [for less]” laws will be enacted. What will happen to public school funding? We’ll certainly see the destruction of Medicare. The RomneyRyan plan puts Medicare at the mercy of Scott Walker and his ilk. With the advice of former Bush 43 neo-con advisers, they’re proposing outrageous increases in defense spending, and advocating war with Iran. Good-bye federal funding for Planned Parenthood. Do you know what the “personhood amendment” is? And let’s not forget Big Bird. The list goes on.

Democratic Party of Racine County Monthly Newsletter
A Monthly Publication of the Democratic Party of Racine County P.O. Box 081825 Racine, Wisconsin 53408 Newsletter Staff: Jane Witt Rich Hinderholtz - Editor

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* Democratic Party of Racine County: Meetings & Events *

Now until Nov. 6 Friday thru Tuesday 3-6 CAMPAIGN! GOTV weekend

Tuesday 6
Tuesday 6, 8 p.m. Thursday 8 Monday 12

Election Day!!
Election Night Watch Party — Details to be announced Begin cleaning out the campaign office DPRC Executive board, 6 p.m., and General Meeting, 7 p.m. Racine Labor Center - 2100 Layard Avenue

Thursday 15

Vacate campaign Office

Monday 10 DPRC Holiday Party, Infusino’s, 6 p.m.

Democratic Party of Racine County Newsletter
November 2012
Democratic Party of Racine County P.O. Box 081825 Racine, Wis. 53408


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