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Local political action in
Mineral Point, Dodgeville, Mt. Horeb
and Darlington

School Board Elections MatterTues., Feb. 19, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.  PRIMARY ELECTION DAY.    Jessica Thuli Wieczorek, Tonia Gregg and Darin Nagel are all running for one Dodgeville School Board at-large seat.  To learn more about Jessica and Tonia click on links above.  

IMPORTANT NOTE:    Only polling places in City of Dodgeville, Town of Dodgeville, Village of Ridgeway and Town of Ridgeway will be open for primary election.   All other voters will vote at the Dodgeville City Hall, 100 East Fountain Street.

YOU CAN VOTE ABSENTEE NOW:   Contact your city, village or town clerk to make arrangements.   Don’t know who your clerk is? Type in your address to find out at    https://myvote.wi.gov/en-US/previewmyballot

Wed., February 20, 5:30 to 7 p.m.  (Dodgeville) Inaugural gathering of DRIFTLESS AREA DRINKING LIBERALLY chapter   Drop in at Duke’s Brew Pub, 105 Chapel Street in Dodgeville between 5:30 and 7 p.m., Feb. 20, to find out what this new group is all about. At this inaugural event you can help shape the future of the local chapter (DL already has chapters in 45 states and around Wisconsin.)  It’s a political and social organization where self-identified liberals and progressives gather in local hot spots to socialize, talk politics and drink responsibly! Check out its website:  www.drinkkingliberally.org.    For more information contact Jubie Simonson at [email protected] or Michelle Godez at [email protected].  Join the lively conversation!  There’s plenty to talk about these days.

Write your representative
Wednesdays, Feb 13, 20, 27 and Feb. 6 at 9:30 a.m.  (Dodgeville and Mineral Point) JOIN THE POSTCARD WRITERS GROUP ON WEDNESDAYS   Join this committed group of folks who get together most Wednesday mornings at 9:30 a.m. to let their elected officials and others know how they feel about important issues.   Expect lots of conversation and community spirit so if you feel you’re only talking to yourself, here is the place to be.   For everyone’s convenience we alternate coffee houses between Dodgeville and Mineral Point.   The upcoming schedule is Feb. 13 at The Cobblestone Coffee House, 239 Iowa Street in Dodgeville; Feb. 20 at the Gray Dog Deli, 215 High Street in Mineral Point; and Feb. 27 at the Cook’s Room, 138 N. Iowa St. in Dodgeville. For information contact Christine Tsubokura at [email protected].  

Wed., February 13, 7 p.m.  (Mt. Horeb) A RARE TREAT:  Hear Tim Cullen (D) and Dale Schultz (R) talk across party lines   Two former State Senators from opposite sides of the political aisle will share their concerns about big money in politics, voting rights, fair redistricting and campaign finance reform among other topics.  LOCATION OF EVENT:  The Mt. Horeb Community Center, 107 North Grove Street, Mt. Horeb.  Good friends and former colleagues, Cullen and Schultz have learned how to talk together.   Jay Heck, executive director of Common Cause of Wisconsin, will also be on the program.    The event is sponsored by Southwest Wisconsin Area Progressive (SWWAP).   Contact info at [email protected]

ESL TutorsSat., Feb. 16, noon to 3 p.m. (Darlington) DON’T LIKE WHAT’S GOING ON AT THE BORDER?  You can make a difference right here at home.  Sign up now for the ESL Tutor Training in Darlington   Volunteers willing to help immigrant neighbors who want to learn English are needed now in Darlington and surrounding areas.  There’s a waiting list for those who need help!  To learn how to become a volunteer tutor, sign up for the free English as a Second Language (ESL) tutor training Saturday, Feb. 16, noon to 3 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 1302 Clay Street in Darlington.   This program is sponsored by the MultiCultural Outreach Program (MCOP).  To make a reservation or for more information, contact Emma Behlen at [email protected] or call Nereida Burkard at 608-642-1753.     Tutors do not need to speak a foreign language.  They’ll learn how to overcome the language barrier during the training and make new friends while doing it.

OUR GRASSROOTS CITIZENS SUSTAIN IOWA COUNTY group works at the local, state and national levels on climate change and environment issues. To get involved, contact Chuck Tennessen at [email protected]

Saturday, Feb, 9, 11 a.m.  (Dodgeville) MONTHLY MEETING OF SUSTAIN IOWA COUNTY AND CITIZENS CLIMATE LOBBY    If you are deeply concerned about climate change and sustainability issues, please consider checking this group out at their next meeting – to be held Sat., Feb. 9 at 11 a.m. at the Country Kitchen, 1202 N. Johns Street in Dodgeville.  They are making things happen on the local, state and national levels.  The CCL group is particularly active in working for passage of the newly named Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend ActTHIS ALSO FROM CCL:  The Federal Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Cardinal-Hickory Creek transmission proposal is open for comment.  Please consider submitting your concerns before the Feb. 5 deadline.  Comment at: [email protected] 
For more info, email Chuck Tennessen at
[email protected] 

OUR GRASSROOTS CITIZENS FOR PEACE organizes forums and cultural events to encourage dialogue about critical peace and justice issues.
For more info, contact Bryan Walton at [email protected]

NEW:  NEW ACTION GROUP TAKING SHAPE IN LAFAYETTE COUNTY   Our Lafayette County neighbors liked what they saw at recent gatherings of the Action Iowa County team so are now launching their own group called Informed Lafayette Action (ILA).  For more information about the group call Ray Spellman at 608-776-2832 or email him at [email protected]

OUR GRASSROOTS CITIZENS Immigration team is working to educate and achieve a better understanding of immigration issues in our area. To get involved, contact Shirley Barnes at [email protected]

Multicultural outreach programBECOME A VOLUNTEER FOR THE MULTI CULTURAL OUTREACH PROGRAM (MCOP)  The MultiCultural Outreach Program needs volunteers to welcome our immigrant neighbors in various ways – from teaching English as a Second Language (free training offered) to supplying much needed transportation for immigrant workers and their families who are not permitted to have drivers licenses.   Here’s how you can help address the immigration issue right here at home – by welcoming those who are hard-working employees on our dairy farms, cheese factories and small businesses.  Contact Nereida Burkard at 608-642-1753 or [email protected] for more information as to how you can help.

OUR GRASSROOTS Health Care Task Force has been working since 2008 to insure everyone receives quality, affordable health care. To get involved, contact Earl Barnes at [email protected]

Other Community Events

Tues., Feb. 19th, 6-8 p.m. (Dodgeville) IOWA COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETS in regular session at the Health and Human Services Building, 303 W. Chapel Street. When it becomes available, the agenda will be posted at on the "Meetings" calendar at http://www.iowacounty.org/

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