newsletter 05/12/20

In case you missed it (ICYMI):

The Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments today concerning the legitimacy of Congressional subpoenas for *president Trump's business and tax records from Deutsche Bank, Capital One, and his accounting firm, Mazars USA, as well as the legitimacy of a grand jury subpoena to Mazars USA issued by the District Attorney of New York County. Because the Court is conducting its business by teleconference, the public could listen in. So I did. The oral arguments were riveting, but to this layperson ultimately confusing. Although a decision will not be issued until June or July, no doubt pundits at SCOTUSblog.com and elsewhere will tell us how to think about these cases between now and then,.

And on Capitol Hill, Dr. Fauci, Dr. Redfield, FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn, and *president Trump’s coronavirus testing czar, Adm. Brett Giroir, testified before a Senate committee. Dr. Fauci was apparently quite outspoken and warned about pursuing too much economic activity too soon. Here in Wisconsin, the special election in the 7th Congressional District was carried out as planned. According to Craig Gilbert in today's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, there has been "a dramatic shift from in-person voting to voting by mail." Grassroots North Shore people made hundreds of phone calls to urge voters to request absentee ballots and to support Tricia Zunker, the Democratic candidate for the seat. Several of those phone banking yesterday reported that the system had run out of names for them to call! A great sign that Dems were reaching every voter in the sprawling, 26 county district. It's of course heavily gerrymandered so winning it for Dems was always going to be an up-hill battle. But we're proud of our efforts, win or lose.

Here in Wisconsin, there is some hopeful news: new cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin drop below 200 for the first time in May and the State meets five of six goals required for the next phase of reopening. The latest Marquette poll shows that survey respondents continue to trust Governor Evers more than the Republican-led Legislature on when to begin reopening and relaxing restrictions related to the outbreak, but support for restrictions among Republicans has diminished significantly. And former Vice President Joe Biden continues to lead the current incumbent by 3%, unchanged since the last survey.

And in the best news yet, older Americans are getting pretty sour on our Tangerine Man in Chief. Daily Kos reports that his "favorability among voters 75 and older has suffered a significant double-digit tumble in the last month, from 56% approval in March to just 34% in April. Civiqs polling has similarly shown an erosion among voters 65 and older, particularly white independents." With more than 80,000 American deaths from coronavirus illness, and an economy in a coma, we have more important things to be concerned about than tRump's fortunes. But it doesn't hurt that those who are most vulnerable to the virus are beginning to question our so-called leadership at the Federal level.

The events list is still slim but there are several virtual events that may be worth your while. Check them out.

EVENTS

Tue May 12, 2020

Phone Bank for May 12 Special Election, 9 am - 6 pm 
Online

Election Day! Call from home! Contact voters in the 7th Congressional District to make sure they can vote in the safest way possible to elect Tricia Zunker in the special election to replace Sean Duffy. Shifts are 9:00am-12:00pm, 12:00pm-3:00pm and 3:00pm-6:00pm. Sign up.

Marquette Poll Discussion Online, 12:15pm - 12:30pm
Online

Results of the Marquette Law School May poll, covering responses to questions about the pandemic and opinions on the presidential election. The entire poll results will be posted at 12:30 p.m. following the discussion. Instructions for watching the discussion.

Drinking Liberally Grafton/Mequon, 6:30pm - 8pm
Zoom

Mel Barnes, Director of Policy + Legal Advocacy Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin (PPAWI) joins us for a conversation. In her role at PPAWI Mel orchestrates a wide range of political and legal activities for women's reproductive rights, healthcare and the mission of Planned Parenthood. We'll talk to Mel about the advocacy positions she has taken in the courts, the work she and her volunteers did in the spring election and how you can get involved now for November. Here's the Zoom link for our virtual meetings.

350 Milwaukee Meeting, 7 pm - 8:30 pm 
Urban Ecology Center, 1500 E. Park Pl., Milwaukee

Presumed to be postponed due to Covid-19. More information. 350.ORG is the global organization building a grassroots movement in 188 countries to address global warming and solve the climate crisis. 350 Milwaukee meets every month on the second Tuesday.

Wed May 13, 2020

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

Bounce is currently open for delivery and carryout. Refuel the Resistance is canceled for now. More information.

Grass Roots South Shore Virtual Meeting, 7 pm - 9 pm 
Online

The meeting will include a candidate for Assembly District 21 and planning forGRSS action in the 2020 campaign. See the agenda and RSVP.

Thu May 14, 2020

Drinking Liberally West Allis, 6:30 pm - 9 pm 
Canceled

Studz Pub Sports Bar & Grill, 6833 W. National Ave., West Allis Drinking Liberally West Allis is presumed to be canceled because of the coronavirus situation.

Fri May 15, 2020

CBC Virtual Town Hall: Educators, 3 pm - 4 pm 
By Telephone

A Telephone Town Hall with Educators, presented by the Congressional Black Caucus as part of a series on the current crisis. Hosted by Rep. Bobby Scott (VA-03), Chair of the House Committee on Education and Labor. Time is tentative. (Recorded earlier town halls are available at the RSVP link.) RSVP.

Sat May 16, 2020

Info: NAACP Monthly Meeting, 11:30am - 1pm
2745 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Dr., Milwaukee

The NAACP meeting is likely to be canceled. Call 414.562.1000 for further information. Monthly membership meeting of NAACP Milwaukee Branch. The meeting is held in the basement conference room.

Info: Stand for Peace, 12pm - 1pm
Suspended

In light of the governor's Stay at Home Order, Peace Action Stands for Peace have been suspended until the order is lifted. Stand for peace in the streets of Milwaukee, every Saturday at noon. Organized by Peace Action Wisconsin.

Mon May 18, 2020

Milwaukee Dems Meeting, 6 pm - 6 pm 
Canceled

Milwaukee County Democrats meet monthly to discuss party business, hear speakers on current topics, pass resolutions, and network with other progressives. All interested Democrats are invited.

Wed May 20, 2020

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

Bounce is currently open for delivery and carryout. Refuel the Resistance is canceled for now. More information.

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

Camp Bar is closed for now and Drinking Liberally Wauwatosa is canceled.

Canceled: 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.

Sat May 23, 2020

Community Brainstorming, 8am - 11am
Canceled

Community Brainstorming Conference will suspend its monthly breakfast forums until further notice. More info.

Info: Stand for Peace, 12pm - 1pm
Suspended

In light of the governor's Stay at Home Order, Peace Action Stands for Peace have been suspended until the order is lifted. Stand for peace in the streets of Milwaukee, every Saturday at noon. Organized by Peace Action Wisconsin.


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