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Hello everyone. Just a quick check-in from/for our fellow Orange Cheeseheads. The Democratic Party of Wisconsin is having its state convention Friday and Saturday in Wisconsin Dells.

I will be there. Anyone else? Feel free to respond in the comments, or if you don't want to "out" yourself, just say hi to me if you see me - I'll be wearing a red "U W R F" (think periodic table) Chemistry T-shirt and my goofy hat. (See my avatar.)

For anyone else - any thoughts on the DPW as we go into the next election season? Anything I should relay to Mike Tate? ;-)

You can see the platform and resolutions online. Yes, the platform does support marriage equality. And marijuana legalization.

For anyone who's interested - I would encourage you to consider becoming a delegate for next year's convention. It's easy to do, and most of the state does not send its full allowed contingent. With no election, the major business next year will be electing the party leadership.

Consider this an open forum on the direction of the DPW in the state.

7:45 PM PT: Re: questions on resolutions - the process on resolutions is that they start from a county party. Each county party, in winter, forwards resolutions to their congressional district convention. At each CD, all of the proposed resolutions are discussed, some are removed from consideration, some are revised.

Each CD can put forward a maximum of 10 resolutions to the state convention. So what happens is that each delegate at a congressional district convention votes for up to 10 most important resolutions; the ones with the most votes are forwarded to the state convention.

Alles klar?

So if you've got a cause, and you're looking for a reason to join the party, get active, and go to your party meetings, congressional district convention, and state convention - there's your reason.

The party really isn't about "them". It's "us". And "we" need your help!

Originally posted to Life in Wisconsin on Thu Jun 05, 2014 at 06:15 PM PDT.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive.

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Comment Preferences

  •  The hospitality rooms are much more fun (13+ / 0-)

    than the platform stuff, or listening to speeches.

    My first one (2011) Tammy Baldwin was greeting delegates at the door. And serving Spotted Cow. With music. And a disco ball. It was great. I immediately knew who I wanted as my next Senator. ;-)

    On a more serious note - the convention gives you a chance to meet with the elected officials. You get a chance to see that they really are real people.

    Screw John Galt. Who's John Doe?

    by Mike Kahlow on Thu Jun 05, 2014 at 06:15:05 PM PDT

  •  I wish I could be there. (4+ / 0-)
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    Mike Kahlow, Empower Ink, jorogo, WisVoter

    Learn, connect, have fun!

    I started with nothing and still have most of it left. - Seasick Steve

    by ruleoflaw on Thu Jun 05, 2014 at 06:47:42 PM PDT

    •  Thanks RoL! (3+ / 0-)

      Connecting is one of the big things. Lots of really good people. Meeting most of the Assembly caucus was one of the high points of the last one we went to in 2011.

      Also, sitting down for breakfast and having Sen. Herb Kohl ask if he could pull up a chair & chat with us.

      It's easy to go. Most counties never meet their quotas for the number of delegates they can send. And next year, I think we're going to need everyone we can get to go, to help set the direction of the party.

      Screw John Galt. Who's John Doe?

      by Mike Kahlow on Thu Jun 05, 2014 at 07:00:32 PM PDT

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  •   i would push the DPW on conservation (5+ / 0-)

    setting aside the Perokee Hill area as a state or national monument . WI doesnt have any monuments, the Apostle Islands are the closest thing we have to a national park.

  •  Sorry Busy!! Mike, Veterans issues!!! (3+ / 0-)

    Don't confuse Confidence with Arrogance.

    by bearsguy on Thu Jun 05, 2014 at 07:25:44 PM PDT

  •  Mike, what is your position... (3+ / 0-)

    ...on the marijuana legalization resolution (14-JHD-21)? If I'm reading the text of the resolution correctly, the resolution supports legalization of marijuana for recreational use. Only one Democrat (that I know of) in either house of the Wisconsin Legislature supports legalizing recreational marijuana, and that's State Assemblywoman Melissa Sargent.

    Additionally, what is your position on the "Bernie Sanders for the Democratic presidential nomination" resolution (14-JHD-16)?

    Regarding the proposed DPW platform, the DPW's foreign policy platform is too interventionist for my liking. If possible, I'd prefer the first paragraph of the foreign policy section of the platform to be amended in order for it to say that "the United States has no right to meddle in the affairs of foreign countries, except where U.S. interests are at stake", among other things. Also, if it's possible to do so, I'd like to see something added to the DPW platform that would explicitly call for the repeal of all free trade agreements that the U.S. is a party to.

    •  14-JHD-21 is already covered in the platform (2+ / 0-)
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      jorogo, WisVoter

      and will likely not be approved because of that.

      The platform states:

      Marijuana should be legal and regulated like tobacco and alcohol.
      I support this position. We've got too many people landing in the criminal justice system because of minor drug offenses.

      As for 14-JHD-06 - I would prefer that if Bernie ran that he would run as a Democrat. I'm not sure I'll support the resolution, it's kind of self-obvious. We're the Democratic Party. We will support the Democratic candidate for POTUS. I want to talk to some other people there about that one.

      I don't see where the platform is interventionist.

      Screw John Galt. Who's John Doe?

      by Mike Kahlow on Thu Jun 05, 2014 at 07:56:34 PM PDT

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      •  Just want to be clear, if Bernie ran as a Dem, (3+ / 0-)

        I'd probably vote for him (if he ran a competent campaign).

        If he didn't run as a Dem... mmmm. We've been down that road before with Mr. Nader.

        Everything I've heard says that if Bernie's running he'd run as a Dem. He's a smart guy, and I think he understands what would be at stake. Take a look at Wisconsin and what one-party rule has done... if we were to lose POTUS and both houses of Congress this country could go back 100 years.

        Screw John Galt. Who's John Doe?

        by Mike Kahlow on Thu Jun 05, 2014 at 08:07:21 PM PDT

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      •  I wish Dems here in Illinois... (3+ / 0-)
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        Mike Kahlow, jorogo, WisVoter

        ...allowed people outside of the party leadership to decide the party's platform, etc. It's much easier to become a member of the Democratic Party in Wisconsin than it is in Illinois.

        Here in Illinois, you'd have to either win a seat on the 36-member Democratic state central committee or win some sort of state party executive post (state party chairperson, state house/state senate campaign committee chairperson, etc.) in order to become an actual member of the state Democratic Party here in Illinois. Additionally, in Illinois, state party members and county party members are effectively separate entities, as county party executives (county party chairperson, etc.) and precinct committeepeople form the membership of county Democratic organizations in Illinois, which have virtually no power over how the state party is run. To my knowledge, Illinois doesn't have state Democratic Party conventions.

        Where you live in Wisconsin, on the other hand, becoming a member of the state Democratic Party is a simple as paying a membership fee each year (if I recall correctly), and there isn't any distinction between a state Democratic Party member and a county Democratic Party member in Wisconsin that I know of.

        •  You're automatically a county member (2+ / 0-)
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          WisVoter, DownstateDemocrat

          if you're a DPW member.

          In fact - odd thing I discovered looking through statutes - The structure and organization of county parties is defined by Wisconsin statute! (Wis Stat. 8.17) Statute includes things like removal of county party officers by the members and meetings of congressional district organizations.

          Of course, a party wouldn't have to follow these requirements. They just wouldn't get an automatic spot on the ballot.

          Just one more item where Wisconsin's tradition of open government has been successful. Meaning that I await republican efforts to diminish the grassroots influence in the parties.

          Screw John Galt. Who's John Doe?

          by Mike Kahlow on Fri Jun 06, 2014 at 06:09:02 AM PDT

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  •  In! Just hanging out on Friday, but probably ge... (2+ / 0-)
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    Mike Kahlow, WisVoter

    In! Just hanging out on Friday, but probably getting involved with resolutions on Saturday. No idea what I'm wearing, but I'm told I look like Jim Carrey in glasses.

  •  Really admire (4+ / 0-)

    how you're working it, Mike. Big hat tip to you. Love this:

    The party really isn't about "them". It's "us". And "we" need your help!

    "A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues." Theodore Roosevelt.

    by StellaRay on Thu Jun 05, 2014 at 08:25:00 PM PDT

    •  Thanks! (2+ / 0-)
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      StellaRay, WisVoter

      I'm kind of a true believer in all that "this is a democracy" and participatory government and all that stuff.

      The party is not some smoke-filled room. It really starts with a couple dozen people getting together in a county party meeting. You show up, you have a voice. If you're not careful, you might run for office!

      Sure, there are some things that need to change. But I'm hopeful we can do this.

      We really are stronger when we work together.

      Screw John Galt. Who's John Doe?

      by Mike Kahlow on Thu Jun 05, 2014 at 08:35:42 PM PDT

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  •  Thanks for asking. (2+ / 0-)
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    GreatLakeSailor, Mike Kahlow

    I won't be attending, but since you asked for thoughts, briefly:

    The DPW platform is *almost perfection - just ask Mike tate to support it. (See labor, collective bargaining, an issue which I was directly instructed to avoid by the DPW "advisors" of a Senate recall campaign I volunteered for.)

    * Not that it can be changed now, but see Page 1, Line 13:
    "Family" is not a value. In fact, "family values" is an ambiguous right-wing talking point term which we should distance ourselves from. Fred Phelps had "family values".

    In the resolutions, strengthen the language on high-capacity wells, and drop the term limits. It's been hard enough to have had a great assembly representative (Fred Clark) stolen by redistricting from those who worked their butts off to get elected over an entrenched Republican in a traditionally R rural area, but there are certainly a few more well worth keeping. Apply the first edict of medical ethics - "do no harm"!

    "All war is stupid" - JFK

    by jorogo on Fri Jun 06, 2014 at 10:32:47 AM PDT

    •  restoring CB is very important (2+ / 0-)
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      jorogo, Mike Kahlow

      While Act 10 didnt abolish it entirely , it basically made it impossible to have a functioning union. Walker didnt campaign on eliminating unions, he would have lost if he had.

      •  Yes, you're right about CB. (1+ / 0-)
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        Mike Kahlow

        I didn't get how Act 10 didn't violate Constitutional rights to freely associate until recently, when I finally learned that it didn't impose restrictions on the unions themselves, but on the government boards which were forbidden to negotiate with the unions. Very "creative" approach.

        "All war is stupid" - JFK

        by jorogo on Fri Jun 06, 2014 at 11:33:33 AM PDT

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        •  WI cannot become a Right to Work state (1+ / 0-)
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          without amending the  state constitution. that requires passing a RTW bill in both the Assemble and Senate twice, over 2 consecutive years, and then it would go to the public. Its not easy at all to do. if a RTW bill passes the Assembly but fails to pass the Senate during the session. it has to start all over the next year.

    •  Boy Howdy - "Family Values".... (2+ / 0-)
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      Mike Kahlow, jorogo

      One of the most important things we can do as Progressive Folk is to stop using Right Wing terms to describe issues.

      I stumbled across this the other day, and I really hope it takes hold. (Very well worth a read!)

      In part:

      "You learn how to respond to conservatives, and not just to respond but to go on the offensive and get the message out in every possible way," he says. "That takes organization and will." "You never speak to conservatives using conservative language," he adds. "'The issue is jobs'—No. Freedom is an issue. Freedom from wage slavery is an example. To get that we need good paying union jobs, where you get paid fairly, and you are treated like a human being, where you get not “benefits” but health care that is part of your salary. That’s good for everybody—it’s good not to have employees that are sick, its good to have a population that is healthy . . . this is not rocket science. Everything I say is what you already know. My job is to tell you what you already know but are not saying."
      Like pointing out that Fred Phelps had "values" it's just that they're nasty, vindictive and abhorrent.

      The only reason the 1% are rich is because the 99% agree they are.

      by GreatLakeSailor on Fri Jun 06, 2014 at 11:53:11 AM PDT

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