Politics


Lifelong Republicans: Let’s return to Grand Old Party

This letter is intended for lifelong Republicans who dislike what the party has become under Trump. If you still support conservation, local control, small government, fiscal responsibility, and using bipartisanship and compromise to help identify and solve problems please reconsider your vote. Election integrity is under fire, not from nonexistent “voter fraud”, but from gerrymandering and laws which deny legitimate voters access to ballots and the polls.  Republicans are not willing to stop there. Republican states seem intent on refusing to recognize popular ...

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WOMEN RALLY THE VOTE

  Join us on the corner of South 3rd Ave and Sherman Streeet, at the Marathon Dems Office, at 10 AM on October 15 to rally in support of Abortion Rights before our midterm election. Bring your sign! After, come in and get a packet to knock doors or make calls for pro-choice Democrats up and down the ticket! Your vote is your voice, and we can protect our reproductive rights by turning out the vote. For more information call Sabina Dirienzo at 617.899.5295 or Nancy Stencil at 715.581.7983

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Comparing the U.S. Senate Candidates on Retirement Issues

  Wisconsin and the nation is facing a retirement security crisis. Many people will have inadequate income for a secure retirement. Over 400,000 seniors in Wisconsin will be living in poverty by 2030. As a result, Wisconsin will need to spend an additional $3.5 billion on public assistance programs. Why is this happening? There are many reasons. Low pay jobs don't allow saving for retirement. One million people have no retirement program at work. Individual savings plans, like 401Ks and IRAs, don't work well for many people. They have high management fees, ...

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Mr. Ausman Goes to Washington

Richard Ausman is running for Congress. He is the Democratic candidate for the 7th Congressional district in northwestern Wisconsin. He is not a politician. He has never run for office before. Like the James Stewart character in “Mr Smith Goes to Washington,” Mr. Ausman is a “common man” hoping to go to Washington and change things. He says. “It is time to stop playing the blame game and cool the radical rhetoric that divides us as a people. It is time to move back towards a more traditional moderate center of the road pro-American approach where we are united ...

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God Isn’t a Republican and Republicans Are Not Godly

“And the word of the Lord came again to Zechariah. This is what the Lord Almighty said,  'Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner, or the poor. Do not plot evil against each other.”  Zechariah 7:8-10 It is unfathomable to me that fundamentalist Christians so ardently support the Republican party. Few Republican politicians exhibit any of the “fruits of the spirit” that supposedly identify true Christians. Nor does the Republican agenda reflect any Christian teachings. Both ...

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Happy Constitution Day!

September 17 is Constitution Day, commemorating the signing of our Constitution in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787. It’s especially important to celebrate Constitution Day this year because our system of government is being threatened as never before by Donald Trump and his cult-like followers and his enablers in the Republican Party, as Pres. Biden warned us so wisely in his speech on Sept. 2 at Independence Hall in Philadelphia. For the first time in our history, we had a President who refused to abide by a peaceful transfer of power. For the first time in ...

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The Prophetic Words of Plutarch

“The abuse of buying and selling votes crept in and money began to play an important part in determining elections. Later on, this process of corruption spread to the law courts. And then to the army, and finally the Republic was subjected to the rule of emperors.” “An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.” - - Plutarch When first reading this quote, I thought - “This person must be an American describing the current state of our nation!” But Plutarch was not an American. He was a Greek philosopher/historian ...

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Politics Matter

It is easy to complain about politics. It is easy to take the apathetic road and believe the politicians are all bought, your vote doesn't count, money talks, and there is nothing you can do to change the world. You may think politics is dirty and you don't want to get involved. But politics is the way we organize and run our society. Whether you like it or not, politics will happen to you whether you are involved or not. There is a saying, “If you are not at the table you may be on the menu.” So we all need to to participate in some way – voting, learning about ...

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Social Security

Established in 1935 under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR), social security has kept millions of retired and disabled Americans out of abject poverty. But we hear a repeating refrain from politicians – currently Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson – that the program is “going broke” and needs “reform.” History says otherwise. Luther Gulick was an aid to FDR and an expert in public administration working for the Treasury Department. The following conversation from the Social Security historical archives took place between Gulick and FDR in 1941: “In ...

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Women for Women Postcard Campaign

Have you always wanted to help out with an election but you just were not sure where you feel comfortable? Women for Women has an awesome postcard campaign that needs your help. The AFL-CIO has provided us with 1200 postcards and we certainly need your help! Choose 25 to 50 postcards, and we won't stop you if you want more. They are already addressed and stamped and we provide you with a script of writing ideas. When you are done, toss them in the mail. Helping out has never been easier. Contact Nancy Stencil at 715.581.7983, call or text. Are you registered to ...

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