DAP meeting notes, December 9, 2013

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes from John Scepanski

December 9, 2013

NEXT MEETING, GINNY'S AGAIN, 3922 Partridge, Windsor Hills neighborhood MONDAY, DECEMBER 16, 6:00 - 8:00 PM.

There were 12 people in attendance on December 9th.

JohnSki reported that Maureen McCarville will have two challengers for her DaneCounty Board seat this spring, which will require a primary in February.  One challenger is Terry Kelso, who was Maureen's opponent in the last election.  The other challenger is thought to be a 23 year old man from DeForest.

JohnSki also reported that as of the November 30th report from DMB bank, we have $164.18 in our DAP treasury.

Marcia asked members to think of questions to ask Brita Olsen, Political Director for the Wisconsin Democratic Party, who will be our guest at an upcoming meeting.  Let Marcia know your questions ahead of time, please. 

Marcia has been working with some Kathleen Vinehout supporters on Kathleen's potential run for governor.  On January 13th, DAP will sponsor a gathering with Vinehout in DeForest, co-sponsored by our counterparts, Waunakee GROW and Sun Prairie SPARC.

Liz has been working on a location for our January 18th hosting of the quarterly Progressive Partners meeting.  Instead of hosting it in Oregon at the bank as originally suggested, we have decided to host it in the DeForest area, thus Liz's work on location.  New possibilities include St. Olaf Catholic Church and the UCC church in Windsor.  Further action on this is necessary soon, so that we can get the announcements out to other PP members.

The main business at this evening's meeting was meeting and discussion with George Ferriter, candidate for Assembly seat 42, challenger to Keith Ripp, and George's wife and campaign manager, Suzie.  Several members present volunteered to help George with campaign tasks such as canvassing.  George is village president of Doysletown.  Suzie is a member of the school board there.  Suzie has much family who live in the area.  George is a semi-retired mechanical engineer with Fairbanks-Morris in Beloit and commutes back and forth these days before his full retirement.  After his retirement, he intends to begin campaigning full time in January.  I will not divulge here campaign plans he discussed, lest these notes fall into enemy hands.  Suffice it to say that Mr. Ripp seems vulnerable, as he does not do much other than rubber stamp Governor Walker administration doings.

One other thing we discussed briefly was the incipient Wisconsin tea party challenge to the relatively new "Common Core" school standards being promulgated by the State Department of Public Instruction under Superintendent Tony Evers.  Several DAP members expressed their own reservations about Common Core, too.                                   

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