It's Election Day!

If you hunt hard enough in the online version of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, you will see that the Federal judges' association has called an emergency meeting "to address growing concerns about the intervention of Justice Department officials and President Donald Trump in politically sensitive cases..." (jsonline, Feb 18, 2020). What you won't see is that Judge Jackson, who presides over the Stone case, has scheduled a conference call with the attorneys in the case, including the prosecutors who resigned last week, whoever is now representing the Department of Justice, and the defense attorneys. According to ploliticususa, "One doesn't have to be a rocket scientist or Matlock to figure out why this meeting is taking place. The judge is going to want to investigate the four prosecutors in the Stone case [who] quit... It is not a good sign for Trump that the judge is likely very angry and wanting answers."

Here in Wisconsin, of course, we have a primary election today. On everyone's ballot is the office of Justice on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. If you have not voted yet, check your registration, see a sample ballot for your location, and find your polling location at myvote.wi.gov. And then go vote!

Grassroots North Shore does not generally endorse candidates in primary elections but we are supporting either Ed Fallone or Jill Karofsky for the court. You can read Karofsky's response and Fallone's response to a questionnaire from us. Whichever of these two has the most votes will undoubtedly face the incumbent, Dan Kelly, in the April 7 general election. Kelly is a Walker appointee and is a favorite of right-wing businesses in the state. The Webzine Middle Wisconsin has a great article, Buying a Judge, on the race. You might want to read it before you vote.

In other news, there's another Democratic presidential candidate debate tomorrow night (Wednesday, Feb 19, 2020). Grassroots North Shore is sponsoring a Debate Watch Party at the home of Eric Taylor but you can't sign up for it anymore! It's full. But you can watch at home (and maybe invite some friends to watch with you!) on NBC and MSNBC. It starts at 9 ET (that's 8 pm CT). In addition to those we have seen before on the debate stage, this one will feature former mayor Mike Bloomberg, who qualified at 5am ET today when NPR released a poll showing that his nationwide support stands at 19% (in second place behind Senator Bernie Sanders at 31%). Bloomberg's not on the Nevada ballot — or the South Carolina one either — but he is saturating the airwaves and social media in the Super Tuesday states. They'll vote on March 3 and will determine about 1/3 of the pledged delegates to the national convention. The debate is likely to feature some sharp elbows and may be the liveliest one yet.

Finally, you won't want to miss two upcoming events: a synopsis of our evening with national pollster and strategist Celinda Lake (Tipping Point Wisconsin, a reprise) on Wednesday, March 4, and our town hall titled Wisconsin -- It's Time for Sensible Gun Laws on Sunday, March 15. Both will offer food for thought and suggestions for what you can do to get engaged in the fight to turn Wisconsin BLUE.

Tue Feb 18, 2020

Spring Primary Election, 7am - 8pm
local polling stations

Primary election for Supreme Court justice, County Circuit Court judges, county executive, county comptroller, county supervisors, Milwaukee mayor, city attorney, city comptroller, city treasurer, alderpersons, and municipal officials in other municipalities.

Fallone Election Watch Party, 7:30pm - 7:30pm
Blue Ribbon Hall, Best Place, 907 W. Juneau Ave., Milwaukee

After voting, head over to Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery for Supreme Court candidate Ed Fallone's election watch party. Snacks provided. Cash bar. There is street parking and also a parking garage across the street. RSVP.

Lipscomb Election Night Party, 8pm - 8pm
Elks Lodge, 5555 W. Good Hope Rd., Milwaukee

Election night party for Theo Lipscomb, candidate for Milwaukee County Executive. The party will begin once the polls close at 8pm. Cash bar will be available and snacks will be served. This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome.

Wed Feb 19, 2020

Rebecca Kiefer Campaign Fundraiser, 5pm - 7pm
Taylor’s Milwaukee, 795 N. Jefferson St., Milwaukee

Enjoy complimentary catering from Ouzo’s! Join Rebecca Kiefer,candidate for Milwaukee Circuit Judge in Branch 29, for this specialevent. Campaign fundraiser levels: Host $500, Sponsor $250, Friend$100. Suggested contribution $50. All contributions gratefully accepted. RSVP.

Neal Plotkin Fundraiser, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
4420 W. Country View Dr., Mequon

Plotkin for Senate house party, hosted by Mike Sperling and Peggy Kirkeeng. Help Neal flip the 8th Senate District (now held by Alberta Darling). Supporter $50, Friend $100, Sponsor $250, Host $500. All contributions welcome and accepted! RSVP.

Refuel the Resistance, 6pm - 8pm
Bounce Milwaukee, 2801 S. 5th Ct., Milwaukee

Weekly gathering at Bounce Milwaukee's mezzanine bar for networking, inspiration or just to vent. Bring along any evidence of your civic resistance from the last week to get a beverage (up to $7) on the house, and compare notes with other individuals and groups working to make things better. More information.

Drinking Liberally Wauwatosa, 6:30pm - 9pm
Camp Bar, 6600 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa

Come join fellow Wauwatosa progressives for good conversation. More info.

Presidential Debate, 7pm - 10pm
NBC and MSNBC

The Democratic presidential candidate debate in Las Vegas, Nevada will be carried on NBC and MSNBC.

Southwest Region Dems Meeting, 7pm - 7pm
Studz Pub Sports Bar & Grill, 6833 W. National Ave., West Allis

Southwest Dems will hold their monthly meeting. Region 5 covers Franklin, Greendale, Greenfield, Hales Corners, Milwaukee (Southwest), West Allis, West Milwaukee. For more information contact southwestdems@gmail.com.

Thu Feb 20, 2020

LaKeshia Myers Fundraiser, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Aria Center, 5444 W. Fond du Lac Ave., Milwaukee

Mardi Gras Kickoff fundraiser for the reelection of Rep. LaKeshia Myers to the Wisconsin Assembly. All contributions accepted. RSVP and more information.

Black History Celebration, 6pm - 7pm
St. Sebastians Church, 1725 N. 54th St., Milwaukee

Join MICAH to celebrate Black History with Dr. Shon S. Lewis and Ms. Shauntay Nelson. Dr. Lewis will share her experience in standing up to discrimination and the importance of using your voice. Ms. Nelson will talk about the history of voting for Blacks and why voting remains crucial to changing our current systems. Doors open at 6 p.m., with dinner at 6.30 p.m. Buy tickets or contact Lead Organizer Lisa Jones at 414-614-3675.

Mythbuster - the Trump Economy, 7pm - 8:30pm
Grassroots North Shore, 5600 W Brown Deer Rd, Brown Deer

Economist Bill Holaran to do a Mythbuster on Trump’s myths on the economy. Alas, this event is full. Sign up early for the next Mythbuster!

Fri Feb 21, 2020

Stand for Livable Climate, 12pm - 1pm
Wisconsin Avenue & Water Street, Milwaukee

Stand for a livable climate near the Chase and Wells Fargo Banks, the world's largest funders of fossil fuel industries. More information.

Sat Feb 22, 2020

Community Brainstorming, 8am - 11am
St. Matthew CME Church, 2944 N. 9th St., Milwaukee

Community Brainstorming Conference Breakfast Forum Breakfast: 8 am, Program: 9 am. All Are Invited, Come and Participate.

Stand for Peace, 12pm - 1pm
Swan Boulevard (92nd) & North Avenue

Stand for peace in the streets of Milwaukee, every Saturday at noon. Organized by Peace Action Wisconsin.

Sun Feb 23, 2020

Emily Siegrist Kick-off Event, 4pm - 6pm
Libby, Montana, 5616 W. Donges Bay Rd., Mequon

You are invited to celebrate the kick-off of Emily Siegrist's 2020 Assembly campaign in District 24 (against Rep. Dan Knodl). State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski will be a special guest speaker. More information about the campaign. To RSVP or join the host committee, please email or call (612) 590-9112.

Wed Feb 26, 2020

Community Justice Council, 9:30am - 11am
Clinton Rose Senior Center, 3045 N. Martin Luther King Dr., Milwaukee /
Milwaukee Community Justice Council Meeting of the Whole. More information on our website and on Facebook.

6pm - 8pm Refuel the Resistance
Bounce Milwaukee, 2801 S. 5th Ct., Milwaukee

Weekly gathering at Bounce Milwaukee's mezzanine bar for networking, inspiration or just to vent. Bring along any evidence of your civic resistance from the last week to get a beverage (up to $7) on the house, and compare notes with other individuals and groups working to make things better. More information.

Drinking Liberally Glendale, 6:30pm - 9pm
Bavarian Bierhaus, 700 W. Lexington Blvd., Glendale

Note ANOTHER new location: Drinking Liberally Glendale meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month. A monthly meetup to eat, drink, and talk politics with like-minded people. More information.

Drinking Liberally Port Washington, 6:30pm - 8pm
Schooner Pub, 114 N Franklin St, Port Washington

TBA

Thu Feb 27, 2020

Mental Health Board Meeting, 4:30pm - 4:30pm
TBA

Milwaukee County Mental Health Board Meeting. Public Comment: none. More information.

Clean, Affordable Energy Transition, 6pm - 8pm
Wauwatosa Public Library, Firefly Room, 7635 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa

Citizen Action will present one in a series of forums on Milwaukee's Green New Deal: Moving Our Utility to Clean, Affordable Energy. Panelists will include J. Drake Hamilton, Science Policy Director of Fresh Energy of Minnesota and an expert in climate and energy policy at state and national levels, along with the Sierra Club of Wisconsin reporting on the status of the Clean Energy Transition in Wisconsin. The discussion will explore how our utility compares with others, the economic impacts of shifting from fossil fuels to clean energy, and how to accelerate the transition.

Fri Feb 28, 2020

Stand for Livable Climate, 12pm - 1pm
Wisconsin Avenue & Water Street, Milwaukee

Stand for a livable climate near the Chase and Wells Fargo Banks, the world's largest funders of fossil fuel industries. More information.

Sat Feb 29, 2020

Stand for Peace, 12pm - 1pm
Kinnickinnic Avenue & Lincoln Avenue

Stand for peace in the streets of Milwaukee, every Saturday at noon. Organized by Peace Action Wisconsin.

Sun Mar 1, 2020

Jessica Katzenmeyer Fundraiser, 5pm - 7pm
Studz Pub, 6833 W. National Ave., West Allis

Jessica Katzenmeyer’s 41st Birthday Party Fundraiser for her campaign in Assembly District 15. Rep. Christine Sinicki will be a special guest. Pizza, snacks, and a cake will be served. Sponsorship levels: Star Galactic Commander: $1,000 | Rising Star: $500 | Supporter: $250 | Friend: $100 | Suggested donation: $50.

Mon Mar 2, 2020

Drinking Liberally Waukesha, 6:30pm - 9pm
Clarke Irish Pub, 314 W. Main St., Waukesha

Drinking Liberally Waukesha meets the first Monday of each month. More information.


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