What's REALLY happening

So much excitement! So much anticipation!! So when will this indictment and arrest finally happen? Apparently not on TFG's timetable. But the April 4 election IS happening NOW. Today is the first day of early in person voting. If you live in the suburbs or Ozaukee County, you can consult our early voting page to find out where to go and the hours the office is open. The page includes phone numbers you can use to double check the information. Early voting in these locations will be available through Friday, March 31. If you live in Milwaukee, you can find the sites, days and hours for early voting at the Milwaukee Election Commission site. In the city, early voting continues on Saturday, April 1. But note that you cannot register at an early voting site on that Saturday.

As you probably know by now, your ballot will pose two questions about amending the state constitution. As presented on your ballot, the questions are pretty deliberately anodyne. But they're not. Here's what David Liners, Executive Director of the WISDOM Action Network has to say about them.

Your ballot will ... include a couple of very confusing-looking questions about whether to amend the State Constitution around the question of "cash bail."  Please know that currently judges have the power to hold people who are a serious danger to themselves or others for a high bail amount, or even without bail. The proposed amendment does not change that. All the amendment does is to create a very vague standard that is open to abuse. The effect would only be felt by people without much money -- the wealthy and well-connected would get to await their trial from home, while the poor would wait in jail. The "Bail Amendment" does no good, and it opens the door to a lot of harm, all to give an appearance of being "tough on crime."

For more information about these proposed amendments, visit the League of Women Voters toolkit explaining the April 2023 Bail Amendment. The League is also providing the Bail Amendment Advocacy Session tonight from 6-7pm. You can read both the language you will find on your ballot as well as the actual legislative language for these proposed amendments on our site. Grassroots North Shore recommends voting NO on Question 1 and Question 2.

And in case you missed it, Judge Janet Protasiewicz and Dan Kelly debated today on Channel 3000. You can see the whole thing on YouTube. The debate actually begins around the 4-minute mark.

There things other than our election to talk about. While we await some shoe, any shoe at all, to fall in the numerous investigations into TRE45ON'S crimes, we don't want to forget about the Dominion defamation case accusing Fox News of spreading lies that seriously damaged its voting machine business. In the shadow of that legal action comes ANOTHER SUIT, this one from a Fox news producer claiming the company is making her a scapegoat in Dominion lawsuit.

Meanwhile, as Stephen Colbert would say, one of E. Jean Carroll's two defamation cases is still alive. The first one has been delayed indefinitely — over the question about whether a sitting president can be sued for defamatory comments he made at a press conference while he was in office — but the second one — "for battery and defamation based on statements the former president made about Carroll after he left office" — will begin on April 25. So we're in for lakes of newsprint ink featuring our least favorite character. Read about the pre-trial skirmishing at cnn.com. We're going to have criminal investigations and defamation lawsuits as far as the eye can see, it seems.

And in other *rump-related news, The Guardian's Andy Wong roots for Janet Protasiewicz to prevail, declaring that "This Wisconsin judicial election could decide the next US president". Here's the nut graph, as they say in the news biz:

Typically, this type of judicial election would barely register as a blip in Wisconsin, let alone gain this much national attention. But the stakes in this battleground state are sky-high, not only because Wisconsin’s future hangs in the balance when it comes to abortion, voting rights, redistricting and elections policy, but also because the judicial seat could be crucial to ensuring a fair presidential election outcome in 2024.

It's all on the line. Let's make sure we're reaching out to every voter we can. Call, text or email five people you know who might not vote in this election. Our future, our rights and freedoms are on the ballot!


We're in the final stretch of Get Out the Vote activity. So it's really time to sign up to canvass with the Neighborhood Team nearest you.

Another way to make a difference: Souls to the Polls is looking for volunteers to take calls from voters who need rides during early voting and on election day. They also need people who will drive others to polling places. You can volunteer here.


Read and pass along a Guide to the 2023 Supreme Court Race from guides.vote. The Guide includes

  • a section on why your vote in this race matters;
  • a section providing an overview of the candidates's qualifications and positions on key issues like abortion and redistricting/gerrymandering;
  • a section on how to register and vote in this election, with dates and deadlines.

You can download a pdf or the Guide in English and En Español.

For additional information about the candidates and the races in your community, visit our 2023 Elections pages. The index page has links to each community where you will find the names of candidates for each office and links to the online information we've been able to gather for each candidate.

The Democratic Party of Milwaukee County has Judge Janet Protasiewicz signs at the Office. You can stop in to pick one up! Location: 2999 S Delaware St, Milwaukee, WI 53221. Hours: Monday - Wednesday, 10:00am - 2:00pm. Thursday - Sunday: CLOSED. Office Phone: (414) 269-9287; Office Email: [email protected]. To make sure some are available, it's wise to call ahead.

Grassroots North Shore is distributing signs for Janet Protasiewicz and Jodi Habush Sinikin while supplies last. Contact the person nearest you to make arrangements.



Wednesday, March 22

Citizen Action of Wisconsin Healthcare for All Co-op Monthly Meeting, 7:00 - 8:00pm

Join us to hear the latest information on the healthcare scene in Wisconsin and what you can do to bring about change to our current morally bankrupt system. We will update you on the Badgercare Expansion fight, celebrate and talk about the anniversary of the ACA(American Care Act), and hear from member Dr. Ian Gilson and his fight with insurance companies over patient care. In addition, we will have some opportunities for you to speak up and be loud. RSVP.

Thursday, March 23

Milwaukee Freedom Fund Teach-in, 5:30 - 7:00pm

A teach in on the cash bail amendment by Milwaukee Freedom Fund. Sign up.

Saturday, March 25

Democratic Party of Wisconsin 4th Congressional District Convention, 12:00 - 3:00pm
McGovern Park Senior Center, 4900 W. Custer Ave, Milwaukee

Registration opens at 11:00am. The Convention convenes from 12:00pm – 3:00pm. Please RSVP by ordering your tickets below. Questions? Please email [email protected] or call (414) 324-1139. ActBlue provides a unique way for you to make your voice echo in the corridors of power. Please support them with a 10% tip when you contribute. RSVP.

Sunday, March 26

Annual Gala: Defenders of Democracy, 5:30 - 8:00pm
Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago Street, Milwaukee

Please join us this spring for the Milwaukee County Dems Annual Dinner and Gala. Tickets: $80 | Sponsor $100 | Table (10 seats) $800 | Sponsor Table (10 seats, prime location, and 2 bottles of wine) $1500. Checks may be sent to 1975 S 70th St West Allis, WI 53219. RSVP.

Saturday, April 1

Get Out the Vote Weekend, 9:00am - 6:00pm
1930 Wisconsin Ave, Grafton

Join us as we reach out to Dem friendly voters to encourage them to get out and vote in the April 4 spring election. Three shifts: 9:00am - 12:00pm, 12:00 - 3:00pm, and 3:00 - 6:00pm. Sign up.

Sunday, April 2

Get Out the Vote Weekend, 9:00am - 6:00pm
1930 Wisconsin Ave, Grafton

Join us as we reach out to Dem friendly voters to encourage them to get out and vote in the April 4 spring election. Three shifts: 9:00am - 12:00pm, 12:00 - 3:00pm, and 3:00 - 6:00pm. Sign up.

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