From the Democratic National Committee

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Dear DNC Member,

It’s been another busy week for the disaster that is the Trump campaign, beginning with the firing of Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski. DNC National Press Secretary Mark Paustenbach noted in a statement that “[Monday]’s shuffling of staff does nothing to make up for Trump’s divisive and racist comments and policies.” The incident does, however, highlight that there is no one Trump won’t throw overboard for his own personal benefit, just as he’s done his entire life. Trump clearly only cares about enriching himself at the expense of hardworking Americans.  The Wall Street Journal published an analysis from Moody’s Analytics on Monday, in which they uncover the disastrous consequences that Trump’s economic plan would have for working families, including a prolonged recession and heavy job losses. In a statement, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz proclaimed the analysis as “just the latest evidence that when Donald Trump wins, everyone else loses.”

The problem, however, is hardy limited to Donald Trump. The Republican Party, too, continues to fail the American people, as Party leaders remain unwilling to address gun violence in light of the recent tragedy in Orlando. This week, Democrats from both houses of Congress staged actions to protest the Republicans’ refusal to take steps to reduce gun violence. On Monday, Senate Democrats filibustered for 15 hours to try to bring the Senate to a vote, and on Wednesday, House Democrats conducted an unprecedented 26-hour sit-in on the House floor. “Democrats believe our nation is stronger when we work together,” said DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz in a statement on Thursday, “We must elect more Democrats to the House and Senate, and a Democrat as our next president to end the obstruction, end the silence and stand up for 90% of Americans who agree that someone who isn’t allowed to fly because they’re on a terror watch list should not be able to buy guns, assault weapons and explosives.”

Finally, despite an attempt by conservatives to challenge Affirmative Action protections, the Supreme Court reaffirmed on Thursday that diversity is a crucial factor that can be considered in the college admissions process. The ruling was heralded by the Chairs of the DNC’s Hispanic, AAPI, and American-American Caucuses, who said in a statement that “when people of all backgrounds have the opportunity to succeed, America succeeds.” Although the ruling represents an important victory for the forces of equality, it also highlights the continuing vacancy on the Supreme Court as Republicans refuse to complete their basic Constitutional duties. With every week, it becomes clearer that Democrats are the clear choice to lead our country into the future.

Have a safe and happy weekend,

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
Secretary
Democratic National Committee


Update from Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Below is a letter from the Chair of the Democratic National Committee to all DNC members. Martha Love, one of Wisconsin's DNC member, has asked the DPMC to publish it for our members. The letter outlines the DNC's strategy and work going forward to the fall election.


 

Dear DNC Member,

Last week was a historic one as we finished the last of our delegate selection contests in the District of Columbia after an exciting primary season. All told, nearly 28 million Americans cast their ballots for Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, and together they earned the support of 2.7 million more voters than the top three Republican candidates combined. For all the talk of record-setting Republican primaries, the truth is there was more energy behind our candidates. They ran smart and substantive campaigns that spoke to the hopes, dreams, and aspirations of hardworking families across our country.

I issued a statement last Tuesday night congratulating both of our candidates for that achievement. They made us proud to be Democrats. Now our focus turns to the general election. From the start of the 2016 primaries, Republicans were divided as their primary contest was reduced to name-calling, mudslinging and infighting. In the meantime, Democrats have shown the American people that we’re prepared to lead and build on the progress of the last seven years under the Obama Administration. Last November we unveiled the final report of the Democratic Victory Task Force. I had commissioned the Task Force to address the challenges our Party has had in winning in off-year elections in the same way we’ve won nationally, and to help us focus on the infrastructure that we need to win up and down the ballot.

Since the Task Force issued its preliminary recommendations and final report, we’ve been working overtime and we’ve made tremendous progress on every aspect of what our party needed to do.

  • Since 2013, we’ve quintupled the size of our digital team to boost fundraising and provide training and support to our state parties.
  • We’ve assembled a top-notch team of messaging, branding, and polling experts, and we’ve built out a state-of-the-art media monitoring operation to track and inform our rapid response operation.
  • Our teams are providing training, implementing best practices, sharing technology and design assets, and building community throughout the Democratic family.
  • And we’ve invested in expanding on our significant data edge over Republicans, making our state-of-the-art voter available to candidates at every level.

As a result, we are further along at this stage of a presidential election than we’ve ever been before. We are concluding our primary season not just ready for the general election, but with a tremendous head start. Two weeks ago, Politico reported that Republican operatives in battleground states are feeling overwhelmed by the Democratic advantage they’re seeing on the ground. And as the AP reported, we’ve already begun deploying hundreds of staffers. In fact, we’ve trained and mobilized teams in research, social media, and data analytics who are already working to hold Donald Trump and Republicans accountable at every level. As I sign this letter today, a new report finds that the Trump campaign has barely even built a team of paid staffers – hiring just 30! – in battleground states. So we have a tremendous advantage, and we’re not going to cede an inch.

That’s why last week, we also took further steps to consolidate our general election operations. On Thursday I introduced our General Election Chief of Staff, Brandon Davis, who will work directly with me at DNC headquarters and with Robby Mook and the HFA team.  Brandon will play a critical role in coordinating our operations across the battleground states and with our eventual nominee, while Amy Dacey will continue to serve as our intrepid CEO, advancing the party-building work that we’ve carried out together over the last nearly four years. That includes continuing to invest in every state and territory as part of our 50-state partnership program; which provides more resources and services to state parties than ever before and ensures a national infrastructure which strengthens our state parties for the long-term.

I’m proud of our progress. Now, with a successful primary season behind us, Democrats are energized and we’re going to be relentless as we take on Donald Trump and the Republican Party he leads. Since the start of his campaign, Donald Trump has proven without a doubt that he is reckless, dangerous and divisive. He has shown in every conceivable way that he lacks the temperament and judgment to be commander in chief. And he has left no doubt that America cannot afford to let him anywhere near the White House.

We’ve got our work cut out for us, but we’ve got a head start and we’re not going to let up. At our convention in July, Democrats will nominate a qualified, capable candidate to build on the hard-won progress of the last seven years. Your work, every single day from now until November 8th, will make the difference. Thank you for all you do, I look forward to continuing to work alongside you to secure a decisive victory in November.

DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz


Khary Penebaker on gun violence

Khary has shared his moving personal story on youTube. It's a must-see for Democrats advocating changes to our laws so that we can prevent so many deaths from guns. The issue is complicated, of course, but the horrific rate of deaths due to guns in this country is appalling and we have to discuss solutions. Here's his video:


Update from Martha Laning, DPW Chair

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From Martha Laning's May 20 weekly update email to all Democratic Party of Wisconsin members, this important item:

DEMOCRATS PROVE AGAIN WE ARE THE PARTY OF THE WORKING AND MIDDLE CLASS

This week under the leadership of Barack Obama and the Democrats, “more than 4 million Americans could get pay hikes under new federal regulations that will double the salary level under which workers must be paid overtime”. Right here in Wisconsin, too many people are working longer hours but not getting the pay they have earned by working so hard. I applaud the Democrats for showing again that we are focused on helping everyday Americans get ahead by creating an economy that works for everyone not just the billionaires.  

I was dismayed, but not surprised, that Paul Ryan and his Republican colleagues came out vehemently against this regulation that will help so many hard working Wisconsinites and others across the United States. At a time when so many working and middle class people deserve a raise to help them get buy, Republicans continue to stay laser focused on creating tax loop holes and unfair tax reductions for CEOs and large corporations.


State Reppin' on Riverwest Radio

state_reppin.pngRepresentative David Bowen and Representative Jonathan Brostoff host a radio show every Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. on Riverwest Radio (FM 104.1). Tune in to find out more about the people of Milwaukee and the issues they care about. If you can't listen on Tuesday nights, you can catch the show anytime on Soundcloud.


New Location for DPMC Meeting on 4.18

PLEASE NOTE:

The April 18 meeting of the Democratic Party of Milwaukee County will be held at the Washington Park Senior Center from 6 — 8 pm. There is ample parking and the site is completely handicap accessible. Please join us.


Poll Workers and Poll Watchers

Making sure our elections are fair is NOT a spectator sport. It can only happen if enough of us help out, either by becoming an election worker OR by becoming an election observer.

Right now, the City of Milwaukee still needs 200 paid election workers. It may be too late to be trained for the April 5 election, but it is not too late to help in the August and November elections. We bemoan all the ways the new election laws put obstacles in the way of potential voters but we aren't yet doing enough to help ensure that elections run smoothly on election day. Read the rest of this post for more information.

And it's not too late to sign up with the Democratic Party to be an election observer. Here's the text of a letter DPW Chair Martha Laning sent a few days ago.

Like many of you, I’ve watched in horror in recent years as the GOP have dismantled our progressive voting laws in Wisconsin.  Today, I’m asking you to help us fight back.

On Tuesday, April 5th, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin will be putting observers in polling places around the state to gather critical information about the implementation of Wisconsin’s new photo ID laws.  This information will help us address problems early, and develop strategies and tactics to ensure every eligible person in Wisconsin who wants to vote in November 2016 is able to do so. 

But we can’t do it without you.

Please volunteer to be an April 5th poll observer today!

It’s easy. No previous training or experience is required...our DPW voter expansion team will work with you to make sure you have the training and materials you need.

All it takes is a few free hours on election day - a few hours that could make all the difference between winning and losing in November.

Sign up to volunteer today!

Read on to learn more.

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Official Call to the WI State Convention

June 3-4, 2016
Radisson Hotel & Conference Center 2040 Airport Drive
Green Bay, WI 54313

Martha Laning, DPW Chair, circulated a memo to Administrative Committee Members and Congressional District, County Party, and Unit Officers and asked that the information be shared to all members of the state party.

Here's her introduction to the memo:

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin’s 2016 state convention is shaping up to be an exciting and energizing event. I look forward to seeing all of you there! The following information pertains to the 2016 Democratic Party of Wisconsin convention and the Congressional District conventions. Please feel free share this information with other county party leaders.

PURPOSE OF THE CONVENTION 

  1. Promote Party Unity
  2. Consideration of the DPW Platform
  3. Consideration of 2016 Resolutions
  4. Consideration of Committee Reports
  5. Consideration of any Constitutional Amendments
  6. Election of Democratic National Committee Members

Read the rest of the memo, including information about

  • Delegates and Alternates
  • Election for Democratic National Committee Members
  • Registration
  • Housing
  • Miscellaneous
  • Preliminary 2016 State Convention Agenda
  • Congressional District Convention Dates

Download additional materials

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How to be a delegate at the Democratic National Convention

WI_delegates_2012.jpgThe 2016 Democratic National Convention will be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 25 to 28, 2016.

The convention is a major event in the life of a political party, and convention delegates are at the heart of all decisions made. In addition to voting for the party’s presidential and vice presidential nominee, delegates to the Democratic National Convention have an opportunity to vote on the party’s platform and resolutions, as well as the rules that govern the party.

For more information, or to sign up for updates from the national Party, please visit https://convention.democrats.org or http://www.phldnc.com.

You can learn more about Wisconsin's delegate selection process by attending an informational webinar Wednesday, February 17, at 6:00pm. The webinar will be hosted by DNC Member Jason Rae and other Wisconsin party leaders who will cover what the delegate selection process entails, what the convention experience is like, and answer any questions you have.

To register for the free National Convention webinar, click here: www.wisdems.org/delegatewebinar.

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Are You Ready to Vote?

Now is the time to get ready to vote. If you have not voted in Wisconsin before, or if your registration has lapsed, you will need to register. If you have a Wisconsin driver’s license or state ID card, you will have to provide that number. You will also need proof of residence. To learn more, contact your municipal clerk or go to the Wisconsin voter information website at myvote.wi.gov.

Under the new photo Wisconsin Photo ID law you will need either Wisconsin driver's licenses, state-issued ID cards, military IDs, passports, tribal IDs, naturalization certificates or college IDs in order to cast a ballot.

Be sure that everyone you know has the proper photo ID and remembers to take that ID with them to the polls. We want to make sure everyone can exercise their right to vote.

And to make sure you never forget to vote, sign up with TurboVote.org. They'll send you handy reminders about deadlines and dates and times for election days. 


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