DeForest Area Progressives meeting notes for August 31, 2015

DeForest Area Progressives

Meeting notes for August 31, 2015


NO MEETING MONDAY SEPTEMBER 7, 2015, Labor Day.  At least five of us will be going to Labor Fest at the Madison Labor Temple to work on information tables, sell buttons and bumper stickers, and enjoy what the festival has to offer.


Next meeting: Monday, September 14, 2015, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Ginny’s, 3922 Partridge Road, Windsor Hill neighborhood.


Be sure to mark your calendars for the September 14th meeting.  Our special guest will be DeForest Police Chief Bob Henze.  In an informal conversation, Bob will share with us his views on 21st century American policing, especially as it relates to the village of DeForest and surrounding area.  Bob encourages us to read the police department’s annual reports on the department’s website ahead of time, in order to acquaint ourselves with it and to formulate a few questions or comments.  You can access the police department website through the village’s website, .  Even if you haven’t been to a DAP meeting in some time, please try to make this meeting so we have a good turnout for Bob.  It is a great opportunity to meet one of DeForest’s key government officials.


There were five people at the August 31 meeting.  As of the end of July we had $345.94 in the DAP treasury.  Announcements:

  • Celebrate Science September 3rd at 12:30.  Meet at the King Street entrance to the Capitol.  More Information
  • Labor Fest  Monday September 7th at 12:00--5:00 
  • Blues fans for Bernie Fund Raising Event: October 20th at 6:00--9:00 pm at the Brink Lounge, 701 E. Washington Ave.
  • Robert Reich speaking on October 24th at the Madison Public library
  • Martha Laning, new chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, will be the featured speaker at the Firefly in Oregon on Friday, September 4, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  (Laning has told our own John Stanley that she will not endorse any primary candidate before the general election.)


We began the pre-meeting with a long discussion about primary election politics.  (No kidding, eh?  J )


Ginny and JohnSki reported on their attendance at the recent transit meeting at the DeForest public library, hosted by several Dane County supervisors, including ours, Maureen McCarville.  Most of the discussion revolved around how to get buses in service from the outlying communities like DeForest and Windsor into Madison.  There was other discussion on rail and multi-modal or inter-modal, coordinated transportation in Dane County’s future.  Ginny and John sat with Ron Wolfe of Waunakee GROW.  Ron is interested in coming to one of our meetings to discuss rail, a subject dear to his heart and on which he is well informed.


The DAP regular meeting ended and gave way to an ad hoc Bernie Sanders for President meeting.

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