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Women 4 Women

You are invited to Women 4 Women. Special guest is Matt Rothschild who will speak on the issues of Voting, Gerrymandering and Money in our Elections.Thursday, April 4, 20196:00-7:30 PMMarathon County Democratic Office833 South 3rd Avenue (enter on the Sherman St. side)Matt Rothschild is the executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.Prior to joining the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign at the start of 2015, Matt worked at The Progressive magazine for 32 years. For most of those, he was the editor and publisher of The Progress...

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Pilgrimage To Peace

 “Pilgrimage to Peace” Panel on Israel and PalestineGreater Wausau AreaMonday, April 1 - Immanuel Lutheran Church, 6:30 p.m.630 Adams St.Obada ShtayehSuzann MollnerWausauTuesday, April 2 - YWCA, 6:30 p.m.613 5th St.WausauWednesday, April 3 – Holy Cross Clare Center, 6:30 p.m.1600 O’Day StreetMerrillAs part of a national tour by Churches for Middle East Peace (www.cmep.org), please join us for their panel presentation! Join Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) staff Sara Burback, Director of Outreach and Alison Glick, Director of ...

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Getting Women Elected

You are invited to a Forum for Getting Women Elected.Monday, April. 8, 20196:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.YWCA613 N. 5th StreetWausau, WI 54403Sponsors are AAUW (American Association of University Women) Wausau Chapter and YWCA.(More information at YWCAWAUSAU.orgFeatured speakers will be Marathon County Democratic chair Nancy Stencil and Marathon County Republican chair Kevin Hermening.Stencil and Hermening will speak about women in politics. They will answer questions previously given to them. Lucy Harvey will monitor the questions/answers.After Stencil and ...

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Latin American Deja Vu

Deja vu is French for the feeling that something is strangely familiar. You feel like you are experiencing something that you have already experienced. For anyone even vaguely familiar with the history of U.S. interventions in Latin America, the news about Venezuela should spawn Deja vu. In the words of a song by Vietnam veteran Pat Scanlon,“I've got a feeling I've been here beforeIn a jungle in a dirty little war Young men can die so fastMy God let's not repeat the pastI've got a feeling I've been here before.” *The U.S. has frequently intervened in other ...

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ACTION ALERT

I believe Trump’s declaration is a serious threat to democratic rule of law. It must be defeated and citizens must immediately take action.We cannot wait for the law suits or the Democrats in the House to dither and compromise. The declaration is the real emergency and requires a no-compromise, all-hands-on-deck, public response.“IF YOU ARE NOT OUTRAGED YOU ARE NOT PAYING ATTENTION” Action Alert.Trump's declaration of emergency is a blatant attempt to bypass congressional control over federal spending. Having failed to get the money he wanted to build the ...

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More Questions on “Markets”

“Wall Street is a world of pure finance in the business of using money to make money—by whatever means—for people who have money. Any contribution to the production of real goods and services is purely an incidental by-product.” David Korten in YES! Magazine, May 5, 2010.In the article “Questions on the Markets”, I talked about how the speculative trading in stocks can be harmful to the real goods and services producing economy. This is not just my opinion. There are economists and business people saying the same thing. Forbes magazine (a conservative ...

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MAKING THE WORLD WORK FOR EVERYONE – A PALE BLUE DOT – PART II

Planet Earth from a distance of 4 billion miles. Photo by Voyager I. Source: NASA/JPL Feb. 1990 (Just below middle of page in orange/brown color band on right) “Whether you will or not, you are a king, Tristram, for you are one of the time-sifted few that leave the world, when they are gone, not the same place it was. Mark what you leave.” - - Edwin Arlington Robinson writing of the legendary knight Sir TristramOne could easily imagine Robinson was speaking to all of us when he wrote the lines above. Because, whether we will or not, each and every one of us leave ...

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A BRIEF HISTORY OF OUR WISCONSIN RETIREMENT SYSTEM

I have just checked WREA.net (Wisconsin Retired Educators Association) website and learned some interesting things about the history of our Wisconsin Retirement System.Did you know? In 1950 there were more than 85 public pension funds in Wisconsin and most of them were poorly funded? In the early 1950s, the average monthly annuity for a retired teacher was $35? In 1966, Wisconsin and Tennessee had the two worst public pension funds in the nation? Wisconsin now has one of the best retirement systems in the country? The Wisconsin Retirement System is well-funded ...

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Looking at ACA

Remember the high-gloss campaign mailings? The non-stop TV and radio campaign ads from last year about protecting people with pre-existing conditions? I bet you heard more than you ever wanted about pre-existing conditions, right? Well, the number one issue from last fall’s election is coming home to roost here in the Legislature.When I left office as State Representative in 2010, bipartisanship was at an all-time low. The biggest political football at the time was the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. Democrats knew it would be a political liability ...

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Singing for Justice

“Have you sung a song for freedom? Or marched that picket line? Have you been to jail for justice? Then you're a friend of mine”excerpt from “Have You Been Jailed for Justice” by Anne FeeneyIn Madison, Wisconsin people have been singing for freedom and justice at the state capitol every business day since March 2011! For over 2000 days people have come to the Solidarity Sing Along. As Governor Scott Walker, the object of this extraordinary protest, exits the political stage I think it is appropriate to honor these singers.This tour de force began in March of ...

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