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  • published The Writers' Club in Get Involved 2021-04-20 14:40:43 -0500

    The Writers' Club


    Join our band of writers and use your skills to create op-eds and letters to the editor of Wisconsin news outlets to help keep key topics and ideas in the public eye. To help you, we have a list of links to news outlets for you to download.

    Contact Kath Michel to join the group: [email protected].

  • published GRNS Events 2021-02-22 12:07:52 -0600

  • published Spring 2021 Primary Election in Home 2021-02-02 17:14:47 -0600

    Spring 2021 Primary Election


    The 2021 Primary Election is only two weeks away. The most important election on that ballot statewide is the race for State Superintendent of Public Instruction. See a list of all the candidates and links to their statements, their websites, and their Facebook pages. The statements run long so for a very succinct three bullets about each, see the list at WEAU 13 News.

    For lists of candidates for municipal, judicial, and school board elections, follow the links from our Races 2021 page. In many cases there will be no primary for the races because there are few races in which more than two candidates are competing. To request an absentee ballot and to see a sample ballot for your location, visit

  • published Celebrate Our 2020 Success in Home 2021-02-02 16:56:29 -0600

  • published Milwaukee County Judicial Candidates in 2021 Races 2021-01-15 16:47:28 -0600

    Milwaukee County Judicial Candidates

    The following candidates will appear on all Milwaukee County Ballots on April 6. Only one judicial office is contested: County Circuit Court Judge Branch 3. The names of the candidates for Circuit Court Judge Branch 3 are linked to their websites. The rest are all incumbents who are running unopposed.

    Court of Appeals Judge, District 1
    Maxine White Incumbent unopposed
    Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judges
    Branch 1: Jack Dávila Incumbent unopposed
    Branch 3: Katie Kegel
    Susan Roth
    (Clare L. Florenza, Incumbent, not running)
    Branch 6: Ellen R. Brostrom Incumbent unopposed
    Branch 12: David L. Borowski Incumbent unopposed
    Branch 15: J. D. Watts Incumbent unopposed
    Branch 19: Kori Ashley Incumbent unopposed
    Branch 22: Timothy Witkowiak Incumbent unopposed
    Branch 30: Jon Richards Incumbent unopposed
    Branch 37: Thomas Christophe Dee Incumbent unopposed
    Branch 42: Reyna Morales Incumbent unopposed
    Branch 46: David Feiss Incumbent unopposed

  • published Ozaukee County Judicial Candidates in 2021 Races 2021-01-15 16:46:07 -0600

    Ozaukee County Judicial Candidates

    The following candidates will appear on Ozaukee County Ballots on April 6. The only contested election is for Court of Appeals Judge, District 2. Because there are only two candidates for that position, both will appear only on the April 6 ballot and only for those who reside in district 2 of the Court of Appeals.

    Court of Appeals Judge, District 1

    Maxine White

    Incumbent unopposed
    Court of Appeals Judge, District 2
    Jeff Davis Incumbent
    Shelley Grogan  
    Ozaukee County Circuit Court Judges
    Branch 1: Paul V. Malloy Incumbent unopposed

  • published School Board Candidates in 2021 Races 2021-01-15 16:44:01 -0600

    School Board Candidates

    Brown Deer:  4 candidates for 3 positions
    Three Board members, 3-yr terms
        Anita Peterson (I)
    Nichole Burris (Zick)
    Stacey Smith
    Felita Ashley
    Incumbents Kevin Klimek and Michele Schofield are not seeking re-election.

    Cedarburg: 4 candidates for 2 positions
    Two Board members, 3-yr terms
        Samuel Cox (I)
    David Krier (I)
    Mary Jo Canham
    Kate Noetzel

    Fox Point-Bayside: uncontested  
    One Board member, 3-yr term
        Tina Kreitlow (I)

    Glendale-River Hills: uncontested
    Two Board members, 3-yr terms
        Andrew Franklin (I)
    Ben Wynn

    Grafton:  3 candidates for 2 positions
    Two Board members, 3-yr terms
        Jerry Rossi (I)
    Mary Widmann
    Shawn Taylor
    Incumbent John Scolman is not running for re-election.

    Maple Dale-Indian Hill: uncontested
    Two Board members, 3-yr terms
        Ted Knight (I)
    Ryan Jenness (I)

    Mequon-Thiensville: uncontested
    Three Board members, 3-yr terms
        Shelley D. Burns (I)
    John W. Daniels (I)
    Paula Taebel (I)
    Andrew Hopkins
    Catherine B. Perry
    Anne Watts

    Nicolet:  4 candidates for 2 positions
    Two Board members, 3-yr terms
        Marilyn K. Franklin (I)
    Libby Gutterman (I)
    Robert Cronwell
    Julie Reindl

    Port Washington:  4 candidates for 2 positions
    Two Board members, 3-yr terms
        Brenda Fritsch (I)
    Aaron Paulin (I)
    Danielle Mayer
    Robert Brooks

    Saukville: uncontested  
    One Board member, 3-yr term
        Douglas Mueller (I)

    Shorewood:  2 candidates for 1 position  
    One Board member, 3-yr term
        Traci Clark
    Ellen Eckman
    Incumbent Clarke Warren is not running for re-election.

    Whitefish Bay:
    Three Board members, 3-yr terms
        Anne Berleman Kearney (I)
    Sandy J. Saltzstein (I)
    Pamela N. Woodard (I)
    Joseph Wendel Ketchum Sr.
    Daniel B. Tyk

  • published Ozaukee County Municipal Candidates in 2021 Races 2021-01-15 16:38:48 -0600

    Ozaukee County Municipal Candidates

    Cedarburg: all races uncontested
    Mayor (one seat, three-year term)
        Michael O'Keefe (I)
    Aldermanic District 2, two-year term
        Jack Arnett (I)
    Aldermanic District 4, two-year term
        Rick Verhaalen (I)
    Aldermanic District 6, two-year term
        Patricia Thome (I)

    Mequon: all races uncontested
    Aldermanic District 6, three-year term
        Brian Parrish (I)
    Aldermanic District 7, three-year term
        Kathleen Schneider (I)
    Aldermanic District 8, three-year term
        Andrew Nerbun (I)

    Port Washington: Aldermanic races uncontested
    Mayor (one seat, three-year term)
        Daniel Benning
    Theodore Neitzke IV
    Incumbent Martin Becker is not running for re-election
    Aldermanic District 1, two-year term
        Deborah Postl (I)
    Aldermanic District 3, two-year term
        Michael Gasper (I)
    Aldermanic District 5, two-year term
        Jonathan Pleitner (I)
    Aldermanic District 7, two-year term
        John Sigwart (I)

  • published MKE County Municipalities in 2021 Races 2021-01-15 16:25:56 -0600

    Milwaukee County Municipalities

    None of the races listed here will involve a primary but ALL of them will be on the April 6 ballot.

    Bayside: uncontested
    Two Village Trustee seats, 3-yr terms
        Margaret Zitzer (I)
    Dan Rosenfeld
    Incumbent Daniel Muchin is not running for re-election

    Brown Deer: 3 candidates for 2 seats  
    Two Village Trustee seats, 3-yr terms
        Gary Springman (I)
    Renee Booker (I)
    Emily Siegrist

    Fox Point: uncontested
    Two Village Trustee seats, 3-yr terms
        Liz Sumner (I)
    Catie Anderson Knight

    Glendale: all races uncontested
    Mayor, One seat, three-year term
        Bryan Kennedy (I)
    Aldermanic District 1, two-year term
        Tomika Vukovic (I)
    Aldermanic District 3, two-year term
        John Gelhard (I)
    Aldermanic District 5, two-year term
        Steve Schmelzling (I)

    River Hills: uncontested
    Two Village Trustee seats, 3-yr terms
        Peter Kingwill (I)
    Peggy Ruso (I)

    Shorewood: 2 candidates for 1 position for Mayor
    and 4 candidates for 2 positions as trustee
    Village President, One seat, 3-yr term
        Jessica Carpenter (currently a trustee)
    Ann McCullough McKaig
    Incumbent Allison Rozek is not running for re-election

    Two Village Trustee seats, 3-yr terms
        Jim Arndorfer
    Lindsay Maruszewski
    Melissa Moore Baldauff
    Incumbent Davida Amenta is not running for re-election

    Whitefish Bay: 3 candidates for 2 seats
    Two Village Trustee seats, 3-yr terms
        Jay Saunders (I)
    Raisa Koltun
    Jacob Haller


  • published We're still waiting to exhale in Newsletter 2021-01-13 08:40:48 -0600

    We're still waiting to exhale

    On Friday, January 8, I encouraged everyone to get in touch with Senator Ron Johnson, U.S. Representative Scott Fitzgerald, and U.S. Representative Tom Tiffany — the three Republican elected officials from Wisconsin who either voted to accept the spurious objections raised to the electoral votes of Arizona and Pennsylvania or originally committed to doing so but thought better of it after the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol was put down. These three men should no longer be eligible to serve in the Congress, according to section 3 of the 14th amendment to the Constitution:

    No Person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.

    Here's the contact information you need. Make your voices heard and hold these men accountable:

    U.S. Rep. Scott Fitzgerald: (202) 225-5101
    Email and office locations are not yet available.

    U.S. Rep. Tom Tiffany: (202) 225-3365
    1719 Longworth HOB, Washington, DC 20515

    Sen. Ron Johnson: (202) 224-5323
    328 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510

    We only have eight more days of the tRump administration to go. But there are plenty of pundits predicting new violence on January 17 and on Inauguration Day, both in DC and in every state capital. See "Americans across the political spectrum fear what the Capitol attack portends" in the Washington Post, "Drumpf supporters plan to surround the Capitol in 'chilling' insurrection plot" in Daily Kos, and "Right-wing violence will now be a regular feature of American politics" in the Plum Line blog. In Madison, "Tony Evers calls up National Guard to protect Capitol, boards up windows after FBI warning of 'armed protests'". Sadly, this seems to be the world we live in right now.

    Still, the work of our organization proceeds apace. Dan O'Keefe, the leader of the Criminal Justice Reform Issue Team, invites interested Grassroots North Shore supporters to sign up. The Team is working on arranging a Zoom meeting with State Senator Alberta Darling and welcomes everyone to participate. Details of the meeting will be announced to those who sign up as soon as they are available.

    There are going to be seven candidates on the ballot for the office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Our page with links to candidate's campaign sites is now up so that you can find out something about each candidates' positions. You can also watch a forum with them, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin and Wisconsin Public Education Network and originally held on January 7, 20221.

    And don't forget the People's Map Commission hearing on Thursday, January 14. You can participate by submitting comments or just registrating for the public hearing (required).

    Read more

  • published Superintendent DPI in 2021 Races 2021-01-09 11:54:18 -0600

    Candidates for State Superintendent of Public Instruction

    Two candidates have prevailed in the February 16 primary. Below you will find their names, links to the candidate statement they submitted to Grassroots North Shore, plus a link to their campaign websites and/or Facebook pages.

    Grassroots North Shore will hold a candidate forum, moderated by Pablo Muirhead, Shorewood School Board member, on Sunday, March 14, on Zoom. Please RSVP to receive the link information.

    Name Information
    Deborah Kerr
    Candidate Statement
    Current Position: Former Brown Deer Schools Superintendent, founding member of the Closing the Gap Consortium
    Website  |  Facebook
    Jill Underly
    Candidate Statement
    Current Position: Superintendent of Pecatonica Area School District, Former assistant director of DPI
    Website  |  Facebook

  • published 2021 Races in Elections 2021 2020-12-08 12:24:21 -0600

    2021 Races

    This section of the Elections 2021 site includes information about the candidates in each of these categories. In many cases, the races are uncontested and may therefore not be included on the ballots for the primaries on February 16. Wherever possible, there will be links to online information provided by the candidates' campaigns.

  • published Jobs, Jobs, Jobs in Home 2020-10-20 12:05:45 -0500

    Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

    Bill Holahan takes us through the most recent jobs report, for a Mythbusters segment on the economy. It's not good news for the country, or for Donald Trump. After explaining why, Bill goes into the remedy for this malaise, and that cure is electing Joe Biden. Bill has the numbers on that.

  • published Ballot Drop Boxes in Elections 2021 2020-08-07 17:41:50 -0500

    Ballot Drop Boxes

    Where to Drop Off Your Ballot

    North Shore Communities
    Community Drop Box Location Address
    Bayside deposit box outside the front door 9075 N Regent Road
    Brown Deer brown mailbox on the sidewalk 4800 West Green Brook Drive
    Fox Point near the front door 7200 N Santa Monica Boulevard
    Glendale metal drop box in the parking lot 5909 North Milwaukee River Parkway
    River Hills slot in the front door 7650 N. Pheasant Lane
    Shorewood white mailbox in the parking lot 3930 N Murray Avenue
    Whitefish Bay depository inside the front door 5300 N. Marlborough Dr.
    Ozaukee County
    Community Drop Box Location Address
    Bayside Village outside front door 9075 Regent Road
    Belgium town TBD  
    Belgium Village leftside of front door 104 Peter Thein Ave
    Cedarburg city southside of building next to planter W63 N645 Washington Ave
    Cedarburg town will not have one 1293 Washington Ave
    Fredonia town TBD 242 Fredonia Ave, Fredonia
    Fredonia village cream colored drop box 214 Fredonia Ave, Fredonia
    Grafton town drop slot next to front door 1102 Bridge St
    Grafton village entry hallway or in parking lot 860 Badger Circle
    Mequon city in building on south side of City Hall 11333 N Cedarburg Rd
    Newburg village on exterior of building 620 Main St
    Port Washington City Blue box inside front door - OR - yellow box outside back door 100 W Grand Ave
    Port Washington town on the door by the south exit 3715 Highland Drive
    Saukville town TBD 3762 Lakeland Road
    Saukville village inside front door 639 E. Green Bay Avenue
    Thiensville village front desk - OR - left of entry door 250 Elm Street

  • published 2021 Endorsements in Elections 2021 2020-06-12 16:59:06 -0500

    2021 General Election Endorsements

    State Superintendent of Public Instruction

    Grassroots North Shore is pleased to endorse Dr. Jill Underly for State Superintendent of Public InstructionDr. Underly has worked across many levels of education, as a high school and middle school social studies teacher, a University of Wisconsin College of Letters & Science academic advisor, 5 years as a Title I Consultant and assistant manager at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, an elementary principal and Director of Instruction, and most recently, as the Superintendent of the Pecatonica School District. Grassroots North Shore endorses her for Superintendent of Public Instruction for her breadth of experience, and for her opposition to the funding of private schools with public money, which diverts much-needed resources from already-underfunded public school systems.

    Milwaukee County Circuit Court, Branch 3

    Grassroots North Shore endorses Katie Kegel for Branch 3 of the Milwaukee County Circuit Court for her fierce defense of all those who come to her for help and her fresh approach to sentencing. Ms. Kegel's advocacy for sentencing innovation such as deferred prosecutions, restorative justice, treatment courts, and other alternatives that avoid destroying people even before they can come before the court, reflect the goals of Grassroots North Shore for a fairer, more supportive justice system.

  • published Requesting an Absentee Ballot Online in Home 2020-05-01 18:51:56 -0500

    Requesting an Absentee Ballot Online

    Because we cannot be certain that voting in person on Election Day will be safe either for voters or for poll workers, we urge everyone to plan to vote by absentee ballot. (If it is safe, you don't have to use the absentee ballot so you can still vote in person if you prefer.) The dates of the elections are August 11 for the partisan primary and November 3 for the national general election. 

    Requesting an absentee ballot online can be frustrating, but it does not have to be. The best way to accomplish the task is to use your smartphone or tablet. In the following illustration, a red arrow signifies a field you must complete. A blue arrow signifies the action to take when you have completed the screen.

    Step 1: use an up-to-date browser (older ones are not well supported) and go to

    Step 2: Choose "Vote Absentee" from the menu. The screen should look something like this illustration but it may be formatted differently depending on the device you are using:


    Step 3: On the next screen, enter your name and date of birth. The system will then check to make sure you are a registered voter.



    Step 4: Assuming you are a registered voter, you will next need to verify your name and address:


    Step 5: Select the address you want your absentee ballot sent to. In most instances, you will choose your home address, but college students might well choose an address that is not the one they use when they're at school:


    Step 6: On this screen you will choose the election(s) for which you want to vote with an absentee ballot. At this point in the year, you are required to request an absentee ballot for BOTH the August and the November elections. But remember that you can decide not to use the absentee ballot you receive in the mail. You can instead, if you choose, vote in person on election day.



    Step 7: You will now be asked to upload a photo ID, usually your drivers license – but NOT A SELFIE!. (Here's a list of acceptable photo IDs.) If you have already done this before, you probably will not have to do it again. But some people have reported that they have needed to complete this step a second time, even though they used the system to request an absentee ballot in the past. Also, if you are using a computer with this system, you will need to take a photo of your ID, send it to yourself (sharing it and emailing it to yourself is usually the simplest method). Then save the photo from your email inbox. At that point, you can use the "Add Files +" button (see below) to upload your picture. If you are having trouble with the photo ID part of the process, please contact the Voter Protection Hotline at 608-336-3232.

    If you are using a smart phone or tablet, the screen should look something like this:


    After you click the button, the screen should display the following: 


    Using the camera in your device, take a picture of your photo ID and then click on "Use Photo."

    Step 8: Congratulations! You're done.



    Here's a video from the Democratic Party of Wisconsin that shows the steps on a smartphone. For some reason, the sound doesn't play for me (your results may vary) but the dynamic pictures of the screens are very clear. And here's another video, from Citizen Action of Wisconsin. It was made for the April 7 election, but the steps remain the same for every election. Just remember to choose "all elections this calendar year" rather than the April 7 election which is, of course, over and done with!

    If you'd prefer to use another method, you can

    • Download and print a form, print a copy of your photo ID, and mail both documents to your municipal clerk. You can look up the clerk's name and address on or find it on your municipality's website. Instead of putting your request form in the US mail, you can use a secure dropbox at your village or city hall to turn the documents in.

    • Call, email or fax your municipal clerk. You can find contact information on your municipality's website or on

  • published Grassroots North Shore Spring 2020 Endorsements in Home 2020-03-27 12:27:31 -0500

    Grassroots North Shore Spring 2020 Endorsements

    Our Spring 2020 Endorsements page is now up. On it you will see that we have endorsed Judge Jill Karofsky for Wisconsin State Supreme Court. We also have endorsed in two races for Circuit Court Judge in Milwaukee County. And we recommend voting YES on the Milwaukee County advisory referendum promoting a nonpartisan process for drawing new electoral maps in 2021. We have made no recommendation on the statewide, binding referendum on criminal justice reform.

    We also have links to information about the two candidates for Milwaukee County Executive.

    Check it out!

  • published Know the Candidates in Home 2020-03-25 11:55:07 -0500

    Know the Candidates


    Know something about the two candidates running in the April 7 election to be Milwaukee County Executive. State Representative David Crowley and State Senator Chris Larson have both completed answers to a short questionnaire we have sent them. You can read them on our site.

    Grassroots North Shore encourages everyone to stay safe and vote by mail. To do this, use your smartphone (a cell phone that has a camera and an internet connection) to access Once on the site, choose Vote Absentee. The site will walk you through the application process and will send the request form and your photo ID to the clerk of your municipality. But don't dither. The absentee ballot must be received by the municipal clerk by 8pm on April 7!

  • published Vote Absentee! in Home 2020-03-20 17:15:12 -0500

    Vote Absentee!


    Revised: 3/26/2020 at 3:15 pm. Please note that it is now likely that there will be no open polling places on Election Day, April 7, 2020, at least in the City of Milwaukee. The only sure way to vote is to vote by mail with an absentee ballot. The rules for acquiring an absentee ballot have changed slightly to make it somewhat easier to obtain.

    The coronavirus has disrupted most things, but our April 7 election remains on the schedule. You can of course show up at the polls on election day to cast your ballot (you can see a sample ballot and find your polling place at but you would be doing poll workers and yourself a huge favor if instead you vote by mail, using an absentee ballot.  

    There are TWO steps you have to perform:

    1. Request that your municipal clerk send you an absentee ballot.
    2. Fill out and mail the ballot back so that it arrives by 8pm on April 7 (otherwise your vote will not count).

    To request an absentee ballot, you have to fill out a form. There are two routes you can take. The first is online.

    1. Use a computer or a smartphone and a browser to go to
    2. Click "Vote Absentee". 
    3. Fill in your name and date of birth in the online application to check your registration status. 
    4. Click the button "Request an Absentee Ballot" on the screen that displays your name, address, and registration status. 
    5. Fill in the form requesting an absentee ballot. You can choose to request an absentee ballot for the April 7, 2020 election only or you can choose to request an absentee ballot for the August 11 election and the November 3 election as well. The request form may require you to upload a picture of your photo ID. Try to comply. If you cannot, go to the next step.
    6. Choose the box that says that you are "indefinitely confined." The coronavirus has rendered that statement true for everyone but do upload a picture of your photo ID if you are able to do so. If you are not able to upload a photo, choosing the box for indefinitely confined means that you will no longer need to provide a photo ID with your request form.
    7. The site will automatically send the request to your municipal clerk.

    The second route is to print a copy of the form yourself. Once you have a copy, fill it out, and choose the box that says you're indefinitely confined if you are having a problem photographing and or printing a photo of your photo ID. Then mail the form to your municipal clerk. You can find a pdf of the request form on the site of the Wisconsin Election Commission. When you are filling out the form, we suggest that you request an absentee ballot for all elections for the remainder of 2020. You'll find that selection in box 6 of the form. You can find the mail address for your municipal clerk at Choose "Find My Polling Place". On the lefthand side of the screen you will see the name and some contact information for your municipal clerk. Clicking on the "More Information" button will bring up the mailing address.

    As of March 19, Bayside and Whitefish Bay are sending forms to request an absentee ballot to every registered voter! Some other communities may be doing the same. And if Wisconsin takes steps now to have all votes by mail, we can heave a sigh of relief and avoid the risk of being contaminated at the polls or spreading the virus to others there. Wouldn't that be a good thing?

    You can read the text of Milwaukee County Clerk George Christianson's memo:

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