Nanette has spent decades promoting literacy, volunteerism, political engagement and the arts, and has no intention of stopping now. She will use this page to share stories of generous, thoughtful people and their inspiring projects. They are the reason why the 27th District is such a great place in which to live.
Improving Children’s Literacy
As a librarian, I can’t stress enough the importance of reading to children as often and as early as possible. It’s never too early to start. Children of any age benefit from exposure to the bright, colorful artwork found in good books, especially when in the arms of someone who loves them. Shared time with books is so much better for brain development and eventual success in school than time in front of a screen, no matter how “educational” the apps or programs claim to be. This special bonding time is good for parents and grandparents too. Learn more about the benefits of reading to your children and grandchildren. Below are some ideas to help incorporate reading in your favorite child’s life.
Little Free Library for Little People
Our campaign is asking for donations of new (or very gently used) board books and picture books for my Little Free Library for Little People campaign. I will share quality donations with area child care centers, food bank sites and other places throughout the district where books might be in short supply. For now, these donations can be dropped off at the Democratic Party of Sheboygan County headquarters (1104 Wisconsin Avenue, Sheboygan) between 12:00-4:00 p.m. Monday and Wednesdays, and 11:00-1:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Please only drop books off during these hours. Additional drop-off locations will be announced soon.
Get Out The Vote
“Voting is the expression of our commitment to ourselves, one another, this country and this world.” – Sharon Salzberg
More than 2.1 million Wisconsinites voted in the April, 2016, primary election. This was the highest voter turnout in a Wisconsin primary since 1972, which is very impressive. Unfortunately, the voter suppression tactics passed by the majority party, and signed into law by Governor Walker, made things difficult for voters and poll workers alike. There is some evidence that this may have been their intent. We saw long lines – some lasting for hours – at polling places on college campuses and elsewhere. Municipalities were restricted by newer, tighter early and absentee voting requirements. The 2011 redistricting made for fewer competitive districts in the state and left many people confused about where they were supposed to vote. Finally, the new Voter ID law added even more confusion and an extra burden to citizens, especially those who don’t drive and had to jump through hoops to obtain a valid ID.
The other troubling thing we saw in April was the huge disparity between Republican and Democratic turnout. Wisconsin Republicans turned out in far larger numbers than Democrats. This has got to change if we ever hope to take back the State Legislature, win the 6th Congressional District, and put Russ Feingold back in the Senate.
Voting: Where? How? What You Need!
Visit our Resources/Links page for resources with important information about where to vote, how to vote, what you need to vote, what you’ll see on the ballot when you vote, and how you can help ongoing local and state Democratic Party Get Out the Vote efforts. We should never take our right to vote for granted. Too many people fought for and, in some cases, died for this right.
The Fair Elections Project has the latest on the partisan gerrymandering in Wisconsin case now making its way through the courts. Like most Wisconsin Democrats, I support non-partisan redistricting, similar to what Iowa has done. A few (not nearly enough) Republicans support this too. Common Cause of Wisconsin is a good place to start for more information on this and related issues.
Manitowoc and Sheboygan Counties are fortunate to have a full-time field organizer, Kyle Whelton, a graduate of North High School, who is working tirelessly to get more Democrats to the polls in November. He is organizing weekly Democratic coordinated campaigns in both counties to ensure that residents are fully informed about the issues, the importance of voting for Democrats, and how to go about this. Email Kyle to learn more.
Growing the Democratic Party
Under Martha Laning’s leadership, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin is bigger, bolder, and better than ever. And we’re just getting started. It’s a GREAT time to be a Democrat in Wisconsin!
I also want to give a shout-out to Nanette for Assembly’s team member John Binder of Plymouth. In addition to the tremendous work he is doing to help me win, John is also leading a project called GoVotePlymouth. His goal is to make contact with the estimated 1,500+ non-registered voters in the city of Plymouth. He spends several hours a week going door-to-door talking to people about the importance of voting and the voting process. Email John or call John at (920) 892-7627 to find out more about GoVotePlymouth or to offer to help.