Let’s Avoid Becoming a Mad Max Movie

Wisconsin Progress
Last week, President Biden called the fight against restrictive voting laws the “most significant test of our democracy since the Civil War,” and directed furious ire at those continuing to spread the “Big Lie” that Trump won the presidential election with the question– “have you no shame?”

We know the answer to that.  They don’t.

Two of America’s worst “Big Liars” are Wisconsin’s own Senator Ron Johnson and Congressman Tom Tiffany.  They, along with the spineless Republican rubber-stamping automatons in our state legislature, have joined the chorus to suppress our vote because they know conspiracy theories alone can’t manifest electoral victories.

Voting is how we avoid civil war.  Instead of fighting each other in a “Mad Max”-like Hobbesian dystopia, we cast ballots.  Voting is the root of civilized society.  Nothing is more important than fair elections, and they’re trying to take that away.

What do you think will happen if they take voting away from us?  The obvious and terrifying answer is civil war.

So we have to fight against that.  Progressives have to fight, parents have to fight, students have to fight, small businesses have to fight, and yes, breweries have to fight.

We hope our loud voice joining Wisconsin’s Fair Maps Coalition to end the gerrymandering that enabled a lunatic like Tiffany to represent us makes a difference when the new decade-long lines are drawn later this year, but we can’t count on that.

Given the infuriating trepidation of the few Democratic U.S. senators who refuse to kill the filibuster and pass voting protections (Manchin/Sinema), the uncertainty we have of our state and federal courts to rule impartially on gerrymandering after having been unfairly packed with conservatives, and the short-sighted defensive posture our own state Democratic party too-often takes that translates into zero funding for progressives #upnorth, we have to assume we’re on our own.

And that’s why the Minocqua Brewing Company Super PAC exists. We’ve raised over $200K so far to help fight for oft-forgotten progressives in Northern Wisconsin, and our latest campaign is to raise $40,000 to fund a community organizer to help recruit and train progressives to run in county board elections next Spring.

The best way fight is to build a local progressive bench of county board supervisors throughout Northern Wisconsin who will ultimately be ready to run for state and federal office when the time is right, and we need your help to build that bench.

We’ve partnered with a group called Wisconsin Progress that specializes in candidate training and recruitment and together, we raised a total of $7,000 in last week’s launch email.  Once we hit the $20K mark, Wisconsin Progress will start the candidate search.

Please consider donating to this effort.  We think it’s important and can help move the needle in this neglected part of Wisconsin.

How do you donate?  The easiest way is to simply buy our beer or merchandise.  5% of the profits of everything you buy goes towards our Super PAC, including this effort.

If you want your money to go further, please donate directly to the Super PAC here.

If you hate Super PACs or don’t trust us, please donate directly to Wisconsin Progress here.  The link earmarks all money donated to fund this particular position.

Thanks for believing in our shared mission to “Make Wisconsin Great Again, One Beer At A Time”

Kirk Bangstad, Owner of the Minocqua Brewing Company and Super PAC

Reposted from Minocqua Brewing Company owner and northern Wisconsin activist weekly email

The field of Democrats is taking shape for next year’s race for U.S. Senator in Wisconsin.

On the local election front, we currently have seven contenders for the Democratic nomination for US Senate, a number that is bound to grow. Here’s the Journal Sentinel’s introduction to those who have announced so far. As the year advances, Grassroots North Shore plans to hold at least one and probably more events to introduce candidates and to give each serious contender a chance to highlight his or her campaign message. So keep an eye peeled for those events, starting next year.

The battle for Fair Maps in Wisconsin isn’t over.

Fair Maps Wisconsin

The battle for Fair Maps in Wisconsin isn’t over. The People’s Map Commission will present its map to the legislature this fall, where it will no doubt be ignored. The Republicans will pass their own, heavily gerrymandered map — like the one we have been using for the last decade. Governor Evers will veto it. The matter will end up in the courts, where except for the 2011 map, electoral districts have been drawn by the courts in 2001, 1991, 1981, etc. But if Tony Evers loses next year’s race for Governor, the Republican dominated legislature will pass new, again heavily gerrymandered, maps and a Republican Governor will sign them into law. Just like Texas did in 2003.

That’s why we are asking you with some urgency to get involved NOW in the four elections that Wisconsin will hold in 2022: the nonpartisan primary on February 15, the nonpartisan election on April 5, the partisan primary on August 9, and the partisan general election on November 8. Put those dates in your calendar now. Grassroots North Shore will shortly be hosting the following two actions to begin our voter outreach work:

  1. In conjunction with the Progressive Turnout Project, we will be sending postcards to Wisconsinites who were first time voters in 2020. The goal is to make sure Democrats stay engaged and make voting a habit in Wisconsin. Norma Gilson will be the point person on this project and will begin distributing postcards and lists of names and addresses next week. Sign up here if you want to participate.
  2. In conjunction with the League of Women Voters, we will be phoning people on the Wisconsin Election Commission’s list of registered voters who are being removed from the voter rolls after July 15. This is a nonpartisan activity designed to help people renew their registrations if they failed to respond to the postcard the WEC sent them in June and July. Those interested in tackling this challenge should sign up to be notified when the phone bank becomes available some time early in August.