Wed, February 15th – Monthly Membership Meeting: 7:00 – 8:30 PM

(You don’t have to be a member of the Wash. Co. Dems to attend! All welcome!)

We have a lot to talk about as we continue to actively resist Trump and his hate-filled agenda. Come join us and be part of the solution!

We will also have a guest speaker from the Samaritan Health Center in West Bend, which is our county funded nursing home facility. This is a great opportunity to learn more about a important service in our community and the needs they have in continuing to provide their services.

If you have questions, or you’d like to add an item to the agenda, please contact Tanya Lohr at 414-467-8469 or
telohr@charter.net.

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Wednesday, February 22 – How to be an Ally Training: 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Come join us for a workshop on “Training Effective Allies and Creating Safe Spaces in Washington County”. This workshop is free and open to the public and will feature a panel of community experts and leaders including:
Stephen Roberts, LCSW; Gretchen Fincke, LCSW; Leslie Adams, teacher; Pastor David Schoop, Trinity Lutheran Church, WB; Noelle Braun, Executive Director Casa Guadalupe Education Center; Kenneth Mueller, Chief of Police, West Bend Police Department; Lois Pelligrini, Counselor, West Bend High School.
The workshop will be one hour of didactic and one of training. Everyone is welcome – invite your friends and family! To see our Facebook event – and to share it with others – go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/262753157471175/

To download a flyer for the event, click here.

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One Vote Needed by Monday to block Betsy DeVos’s Confirmation as Secretary of Education!!

Two Republican Senators have announced they will vote “No” to Betsy DeVos’s confirmation on Monday, making the current vote 50 yesses to 50 no’s. Unfortuntaely, the deciding vote in a tie goes to the Vice-President, which means we need 1 more Republican to vote no to stop this confirmation.

The following Republican Senators are considered the most likely to swing their vote. If you know anyone in these states who can call their Senator and ask him/her to vote no, please contact them today and make the ask!! Here are their names and contact information (all of the phone numbers are their official office numbers, either in D.C. or their home state):

Senator Heller – Nevada – 202-224-6244; 775-686-5770; 702-388-6605
Senator Toomey – Pennsylvania – 717-782-3951 (Harrisburg); 215-241-1090 (Philly); 202-224-4254 (D.C.); 412-803-3501 (Pittsburgh)
Senator Portman – Ohio – 202-224-3353 (D.C.); 513-684-3265 (Cincinnati)
Senator Fischer – Nebraska – 202-224-6551; 402-391-3411
Senator Sullivan – Alaska – 202-224-3004
Senator Gardner – Colorado – 202-224-5941; 970-415-7416
Senator Flake – Arizona – 202-224-4521

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Another Confirmation Hearing Delayed – Andrew Puzder

The confirmation hearing for Andrew Puzder, nominee for Secretary of Labor, has been delayed for a fourth time. To learn more about this delay, read the article below.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/get-there/wp/2017/01/31/labor-nominee-puzders-confirmation-hearing-delayed-a-fourth-time/?utm_term=.a19c2e203c0b

Mr. Puzder’s anti-worker actions include:

rallying against increasing the minimum wage and expanding overtime.
shortchanging workers at his Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s restaurants and even refusing to pay managers overtime they earned.
talking about replacing working people with machines.

The Department of Labor directly touches the lives of all working people. It’s important that we voice our opposition to this nominee. Please contact Senator Johnson at any of his three offices and tell him to vote “no” for Andrew Puzder as Secretary of Labor.

Senator Ron Johnson: Milwaukee Office (414) 276-7282; Oshkosh Office (920) 230-7250; Washington D.C. Office (202) 224-5323.

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February Service Project – Collecting Prizes for the Samaritan Center!

The Samaritan Health Center in West Bend is in need of Bingo prizes and other small gifts for their residents. The Samaritan Center is funded by the county and due to cuts, has become more and more reliant on donations. For our February community service project, we will be collecting prizes for the residents. Here’s a list of what they are looking for: small candies, chips, other snacks in miniature sizes, small lotions, toiletries, kleenex, shampoo, hand cream, decks of cards, small books of puzzles, crosswords, and any other small gifts or prizes.

We will have a basket at the office for your donations. Thank you!

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The Continuing Saga of Republican Overreaches and Redistricting…

This week, Republican leadership announced they are hiring legal representation to fight the federal court decision mandating the district lines be redrawn in Wisconsin. Unfortunately, the legal bill for this fight is paid for by taxpayers, not the legislators themselves. To learn more about this development, click on the Journal Sentinel article below.

http://www.jsonline.com/story/news/politics/2017/02/02/gop-plan-hire-lawyers-comes-after-2-million-spent/97394308/

To see the response of Assistant Senate Minority Leader Janet Bewley, click here.

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Primary – Tuesday, February 21st

The spring primary is Tuesday, February 21st. The State Superintendent of Public Instruction candidates have a primary as do several local races including the school board race in West Bend. Incumbent Tony Evers is the candidate for State Superintendent with the experience and vision to help maintain our public schools. Please make a plan to get out and vote on February 21st!

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Join our Private Facebook page!

The Washington County Dems have a public Facebook page as well as a Private page. The Private page is used for sharing and discussions which we do not want the general public to see. Postings on a private page can only be seen by others on the private page.

If you’d like to join our private page, please go to the Facebook page below, click “I’d like to join” and an administrator will approve you (if you appear to have common ground with our page).

Here’s the link: Private Discussions – Washington Co. Democratic Party

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