How sweet it is

In case you were wondering, the turnout in the communities we target was quite high in most cases. And GRNS takes some credit for that. We sent out thousands of postcards and made thousands of phone calls encouraging absentee and early voting both for the February primary and the April 4 election, for example. And we began these actions much earlier than the Democratic Party. The postcards and flyers we designed and printed explained WHY voting in these spring elections was so important. Our website offered a one-stop locale for finding both statewide and local candidate information as well as early in-person dates and times. In short, we were all-in from early January until the polls closed on Election Day. But when I say "we," I really mean YOU. All in all, we had more than 100 volunteers undertaking these vital actions. Grassroots North Shore is nothing without all of you. But truly amazing when we all pitch in.

Naturally, I have a lot more to say about last week's election results. For one thing, there is a lot of data to analyze and ponder. I've done my best to gather some election results for you. If you want to wade in the numbers, you can download the spreadsheet! The first tab is an overview of the areas of the state where Grassroots North Shore sent postcards, phoned, dropped literature, distributed yard signs, and encouraged our supporters to volunteer with the Democrats to canvass. The next several tabs provide more detailed information about how wards in the North Shore and in Ozaukee County voted, how wards in Milwaukee that are in Assembly District 10 voted, how the parts of Washington County in Senate District 8 voted, and how the Washington County communities voted in the Supreme Court race.

Here's a picture of how all 72 counties voted in the Supreme Court race:


And also a picture comparing the results of the Supreme Court race in the city of Waukesha to the results of the race between Tim Michels and Tony Evers in November 2022.


As you can see in the map and the accompanying data, Democrats did better in the most recent election in what used to be ruby red areas than they did only a few months ago.

With their narrow win in Senate District 8, Republicans maintained their supermajority in the Senate (the seat was formerly held by Republican Alberta Darling until she retired last fall). With a supermajority in hand again, there's been loose talk that the legislature could impeach and convict elected state officials without needing a single vote from Democrats. Before the election Dan Knodl expressed his view that the "Milwaukee County Justice system is failing" and that its prosecutors and judges need to be scrutinized. Indeed when he was asked whether he would vote to impeach Janet Protasiewicz, he said he "would certainly consider it."

Immediately after the election results came in, Devin LeMahieu, Senate Majority Leader, poured some cold water on the idea: "To impeach someone they would need to do something very serious, so no we are not looking to start the impeachment process as a regular occurring event in Wisconsin,” the Wisconsin State Journal reported. Braggadocio about impeaching people you oppose is easy when you're running for office. But not really effective once the election is over.

Actually, removing judges, prosecutors, or even governors would be pretty foolish. If the legislature impeached Governor Evers, for example, Lieutenant Governor Sara Rodriguez would serve in that capacity. If she were also impeached, the next person in line would be the Secretary of State, Sarah Godlewski! So too with judges and prosecutors. After all, that's how the now defeated William Brash obtained his seat on the Milwaukee Court of Appeals and how Dan Kelly got his former seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court!

What has turned our elections into national news has now been augmented by the ruling that the drug mifepristone will no longer be available to the nation's women after Friday, April 14, unless the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals issues an emergency stay. In today's coverage of the issue in the New York Times, the connection between Janet Protasiewicz's stunning victory and the push to ban or seriously curtail medication abortions is explicit:

The decision on Friday by a conservative judge in Texas, invalidating the Food and Drug Administration’s 23-year-old approval of the abortion pill mifepristone, showed the push for nationwide restrictions on abortion has continued since the high court’s nullification of Roe v. Wade.

Days earlier, abortion was the central theme in a liberal judge’s landslide victory for a contested and pivotal seat on the state Supreme Court in Wisconsin. Some Republicans are warning that the uncompromising position of their party’s activist base could be leading them over an electoral cliff next year.

If Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk's ruling on mifepristone is upheld, the consequences for federal regulations of all sorts could be awful. Take the article in The Hill: "Texas abortion pill ruling could impact other FDA-approved drugs, vaccinations: HHS secretary." On CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday, Xavier Becerra, Secretary of Health and Human Services, laid out the problem: “When you turn upside down the entire FDA approval process, you’re not talking about just mifepristone. You’re talking about every kind of drug. You’re talking about our vaccines. You’re talking about insulin. You’re talking about the new Alzheimer’s drugs that may come on.” Other regulatory bodies may not be immune to similar attacks. Think about the EPA, the FCC, the SEC, and so on. We may be seeing the thin edge of a dangerous wedge: the long-running GOP strategy to cripple federal regulations entirely.

The events list is once again pretty sparse and is likely to remain that way for a while. Nevertheless, you should have a look. Something there might pique your interest.



Tuesday, April 11

Drinking Liberally MKE, 6:30 - 8:30pm
Art Bar, 722 E Burleigh St, Milwaukee

Since our last meeting we had a Supreme Court win and an indictment! This should be a fun one!

350 Milwaukee, 7:00 - 8:30pm

Why we are 350: Scientists generally agree that 350 ppm of CO2 is the upper limit to sustain life as humans have known it. For 800,000+ years atmospheric CO2 varied between roughly 180 to 280 ppm. We passed 350 ppm about 1988! We meet on Zoom on the second Tuesday of each month. Join our mailing list to receive an invitation with a link. Sign up.

Friday, April 14

350MKE Fridays for Future, 12:00 - 1:00pm
Loomis Rd.and 27th Street, Milwaukee

#FridaysForFuture is a youth-led and -organised movement that began in August 2018, after 15-year-old Greta Thunberg and other young activists sat in front of the Swedish parliament every schoolday for three weeks, to protest against the lack of action on the climate crisis. She posted what she was doing on Instagram and Twitter and it soon went viral. In Milwaukee we are demonstrating to encourage Chase Bank to divest from fossil fuels. Join us.

Saturday, April 15

Stand for Peace, 12:00 - 1:00pm
51st Street and Silver Spring, Milwaukee

Stand for Peace demonstrates for peace at a different intersection in Milwaukee County every Saturday. Join us.

Laughing Liberally MKE, 8:00 - 9:30pm
ComedySportz 420 S. 1st St, Milwaukee

With the current state of politics in both Wisconsin and the country, we need progressive laughs now more than ever. Laughing Liberally Milwaukee is hosted by comedian, cartoonist and satirist Matthew Filipowicz. Comedians on the April 15th bill include Dina Nina, Shawn Vasquez, Chloe Mikala, AJ Grill, and sketch comedy troupe The Accountants Of Homeland Security. In addition to some of the finest progressive comedians Milwaukee has to offer, each Laughing Liberally Milwaukee features a special interview with a local activist, journalist, or political figure. This month’s guests are members of the Our Voice Milwaukee chorus for gay men and allies. Get tickets ($8).

Monday, April 17

Democratic Party of Milwaukee, 6:00 - 8:00pm
Amalgamated Transit Union 734 North 26th Street Milwaukee

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. See the new website and register for the next meeting.

Saturday, April 22

Stand for Peace, 12:00 - 1:00pm
Port Washington and Silver Spring, Milwaukee

Stand for Peace demonstrates for peace at a different intersection in Milwaukee County every Saturday. Join us.

Tuesday, April 25

Restorative Justice Series, 6:30 - 8:00pm
United Methodist Church of Whitefish Bay, 819 E Silver Spring Dr

This program, "Rehabilitating the Offender," features Judge Mary Triggiano, Chief Judge of the Milwaukee Circuit Court. She will examine how restorative justice can rehabilitate and reintegrate offecnders into society while also requiring them to accept responsibility for their actions and act to repair the harm they have caused. She will be joined by Adam Procell and Robyn Ellis who will share their personal stories.

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