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Grassroots Potluck – Wednesday, September 13

Join Us for a Night of Food, Beer, Bowling, and Politics!

The Democratic Party of Ozaukee County will be hosting a politics potluck at Cedars III Bowling in Cedarburg on Wednesday, September 13th, at 6:30pm.  Bring your friends and family and, if you’d like, a dish to share.

We have also invited the announced 2018 Democratic gubernatorial candidates to join us for a meet-and-greet.  🙂

You can download a flier for this event here.

You can sign up to bring a dish by simply filling in your name and dish here.

Please spread the word to your other groups and organizations.  All are welcome to attend!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our county party Chair, Perry Duman at perry.duman@gmail.com.

March with Us in the Port Washington Fish Day Parade on July 15th!

Thank you to the dozens of members and supporters of the Democratic Party of Ozaukee County who have marched with us in the two summer parades we’ve participated in so far this year, Family Fun Before the Fourth in Thiensville and the 4th of July Parade in Cedarburg. We are incredibly grateful!

The reception that we’ve received from spectators at these events has been very encouraging to all of us. We’ve had hundreds and hundreds of people in our county clapping for us and cheering us on.

Our next parade will be Fish Day in Port Washington on July 15th at 10:00am. Both members and like-minded non-members, as well as family and friends, are welcome to march with us. If you’d like to join us, please fill out this form to receive more information on where/when to meet.

We hope to see you in Port on the 15th!

US Supreme Court to Rule on Wisconsin GOP’s Partisan Gerrymandering

In 2011, the Republican-controlled state legislature in Wisconsin redrew the legislative boundaries in a way that overwhelmingly favors Republicans and disadvantages Democrats.  As a result, in elections the following year, Republicans won 60% of the state assembly despite only receiving 46% of votes cast statewide.

The redrawing of districts for the purposes of empowering one group at the expense of others is known as Gerrymandering.  While the US Supreme Court has long held that gerrymandering with the intent of weakening the voting power of racial minorities violates the Constitution, the Court has not yet found gerrymandering based on partisanship unconstitutional.  This may soon change as the Supreme Court has now agreed to hear a challenge to the Republicans’ partisan gerrymandering in Wisconsin.

The Truth About the Estate Tax in Wisconsin

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Responding to Paul Ryan’s recent column in the Kenosha News, Cezary Podkul at ProPublica performed an analysis on the true impact of the estate tax, particularly as it applies to Wisconsinites, using IRS data.  His findings include:

  • Nationally, the estate tax affects only the wealthiest 0.2% of estates, those with over $5 million in assets
  • In Wisconsin in 2015, the latest year statistics are available, only 61 estates were wealthy enough to be subject to the estate tax, around 0.1% of all estates
  • Podkul estimates that of the small business owners and farmers who died in 2015, over 98% were not subject to the estate tax

This is Republican tax “reform” in a nutshell, massive giveaways to the rich while ignoring the struggles of middle class Americans.

Dan Kohl Announces Campaign for Congress

Today Dan Kohl announced that he will seek to challenge Glenn Grothman for Wisconsin’s 6th Congressional District seat in the United States House of Representatives:

Today business executive and non-profit leader Dan Kohl announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination in Wisconsin’s 6th Congressional District, and released the following statement:

“I’m 51 years old and I cannot remember a time when people in this country were so anxious about the present and so concerned about their futures and their children’s future.

I’m running for Congress because Washington is broken, and our Congressman puts his party’s priorities ahead of our priorities. Our district is currently represented by the single most partisan member of the House, and that hasn’t helped create a single job here in Wisconsin. We can and must do better.

We need leaders who will focus on common sense solutions, expanding opportunity, and getting things done. Now, more than ever, we need elected leaders who will fight for the many, and not just the few at the very top.

I’m not a career politician and I don’t profess to have all the answers. What I can tell you is that I will work hard, stand up for our values, and get things done for the people of the district.”

In the coming months, Dan will be engaging, listening to, and learning from residents at a series of public events and informal listening opportunities in each county of the 6th District.

You can read more about Dan Kohl at his website, www.kohlforcongress.com.

March With Us in 2017 Summer Parades

The Democratic Party of Ozaukee County will be marching in 3 parades this summer:

  • Saturday, June 24th, at 10:30am for “Family Fun Before the Fourth” in Thiensville.
  • Tuesday, July 4th, at 10:00am for Independence Day in Cedarburg.
  • Saturday, July 15th, at 10:00am for “Fish Day” in Port Washington.

Party members and like-minded non-members are welcome to march with us.  You can sign up to march here.  You should receive an email from Will Adams confirming your sign-up within 24 hours.

We will email you further instructions on where/when to meet and what to bring as we get closer to the events.

We hope to see you all at one, two, or all three parades this year!