Drinking Liberally MKE – December meeting announcement

From my email inbox:

Are you ready for a winter wonderland? Look no further than the wonder of Transfer Pizzeria and their fabulous list of wonderous beers! We’ve got a real present for you, as well. Two visitors, Marina Dimitrijevic? and Jonathan Brostoff? will be joining us to talk about their foray into state assembly politics.

This is one of those times I’m thankful that Drinking Liberally? does not endorse candidates–as I consider both of them to be wonderful friends and good people. For once, we will not be asked to choose a lesser of two evils, but the greater of two goods. 🙂

Speaking of greats–I’m looking towards having a great time with all of you. The November Gathering was a great success with Claire Zautke for Milwaukee Schools?–and she brought the kind of energy to the room that we’d like to see every month. (So hopefully she’ll come back to hang out with us). And announcing another great–Kathleen Vinehout has just confirmed she will be joining us in January! More announcements soon!

See you all for the one holiday of the month everyone can agree on–Drinking Liberally! As always, it’s the third Monday of the month (DEC 16) at 7pm.

I have it on good authority that Wisconsin Attorney General candidate Ismael Ozanne will also be in attendance at December’s meeting, so it promises to be a meeting chock-full of great speakers!

Meagan Holman to speak at May Drinking Liberally

From my email inbox.

Bring out your #2 pencils and spit out that chewing gum–because school is in session this month at Drinking Liberally as we welcome guest speaker and School Board Director Meagan Holman to our May meeting.

We have an intellectual heavyweight in the house, as Meagan is a graduate of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University–yes, that Harvard. She’s here to dazzle us with her ideas and plans to make Milwaukee Public Schools a destination choice for the 21st century student.

As always, it will be a fun, informal event with plenty of beer, pizza, conversation and more…plus you never know what unexpected guests may stop by.

I look forward to seeing everyone Drinking Liberally–unless you’re the designated driver who’s drinking conservatively with Diet Pepsi.

We’ll see you as always, on the third Monday of the month (May 20th) at 7pm in the back of Transfer Pizza!

What’s the Deal with Progressives and Agism?

Just about a year ago, a candidate for local office visited Drinking Liberally to present a case for being elected over the long term incumbent. One of the knocks on the incumbent was the officeholder’s age put him out of touch with the district. Looking around the room at all of the gray hair and bald heads…many whose support at the doors, on the phones, and with contributions the candidate was hoping to gain…and knowing the incumbent was younger than myself…I commented to the candidate, that although I would accept the position that the incumbent was out of touch with the district and the area…I wouldn’t suggest attributing that to age. Instead of picking up on my hint, the candidate doubled down on the age theme. That candidate did not win and will not garner my support in any future attempts at elected office.

Just following the November 6th Presidential election, a rather premature Facebook discussion posited the question about potential Democratic candidates in 2016. Of course current favorite, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was mentioned. One of my progressive friends suggested that in 2016, Ms. Clinton would be 69 years old…too old to run for president. Senator John McCain was 72 when he was nominated at the 2008 Republican National Convention…and President Reagan was 69 when he started his first term as President (But of course they were Republicans, so we can discount that). So despite the recent lionization of former US Congressman David Obey, who was already over 69 during the protests in Madison or the reverence shown for State Senator Fred Risser who is well into his 80s, Ms. Clinton at 69 would be too old to be President. When I brought up the ‘elder’ statesmen Risser and Obey, I was reminded that the job of President is far more stressful and important than legislative positions. Maybe so…but I would suggest that the second most stressful job in US government…and one that is extremely taxing physically because of the continual world travel involved…is US Secretary of State…which by all accounts Ms. Clinton has filled with energy, grace, and diplomacy! And I think she could work circles around many of her far younger critics.

Is age one way of gauging a candidates fitness for office…well yes…I suppose it comes into play. But we should never dismiss out of hand a fully qualified candidate simply based on when they were born!

Drinking Liberally – TOMORROW!

I hope some of you will consider joining the regular crew…

Greetings one and all!

The past month has absolutely flown by, and it’s hard to believe our next meeting is just one day away. I apologize for the short notice, but it’s been a busy month.

I hope you all will join us tomorrow night for great food, great beer, and even greater company. Though we don’t have a special guest speaker scheduled to join us, there’s no telling who might pop in to visit along with our regular members.

I hope to see you tomorrow, and I hope you’ve had a great month!

When: Monday, July 16, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. until whenever
Where: Transfer Pizzeria & Cafe, 101 W. Mitchell Street – Milwaukee, WI

Sen. Kathleen Vinehout at Milwaukee’s Drinking Liberally (VIDEO)

Here some video of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Sen. Kathleen Vinehout speaking to folks at Monday’s Drinking Liberally here in Milwaukee (the first few moments of the video got cut off for some reason).

Though the first few moments of Sen. Vinehout’s remarks were cut off, I did capture the best parts of her speech, which definitely had some strong populist rhetoric. While Sen. Vinehout may not be as polished a public speaker as some elected officials, it seemed pretty clear to me that she was speaking from the heart, and I give her credit for getting into a race that not many folks have given her a chance at winning.

Drinking Liberally – Tomorrow night! With Sen. Kathleen Vinehout!

Here’s the details of tomorrow night’s meeting:

Greetings all!

Though we’re still three weeks away from our next meeting, I wanted to take a minute to let you all know that we will have a very special guest at our March meeting of Drinking Liberally.

We’ll be joined by Democratic State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, one of the brave “Wisconsin 14” who left Wisconsin to fight Gov. Scott Walker’s attack on collective bargaining rights for public employees last year. As you may know, Sen. Vinehout has declared herself as a candidate in the Democratic primary election, with the winner of that primary facing Gov. Walker in his recall election.

I’m thrilled to have Sen. Vinehout joining us, and I hope you’ll join us as well. I know Sen. Vinehout looks forward to having the opportunity to meet and talk with us, so I hope you’ll join us.

Here are the details for our March meeting:

Date: Monday, March 19, 2012
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Transfer Pizzeria & Cafe, 101 W. Mitchell Street in Milwaukee

Senator Vinehout to stop by both Drinking Liberally Milwaukee and Waukesha this spring

One of the coolest things about Drinking Liberally Milwaukee and Drinking Liberally Waukesha  is the opportunity to speak with elected officials, political candidates, and others in a casual, relaxed, non-partisan setting. It’s a chance for citizens to meet face-to-face with those they normally may not have access to, while gathering with friends, neighbors, and like-minded community members. And, of course, beverages.

Here’s what’s coming up for Drinking Liberally Milwaukee and Drinking Liberally Waukesha in the next few weeks:

Drinking Liberally Milwaukee meets March 19th at 7pm at Transfer Pizza in Milwaukee. Senator Kathleen Vinehout will be stopping by.

Drinking Liberally Waukesha meets April 2nd at 6:30 pm at Club 400 in Waukesha. Senator Vinehout will be our guest as well.

Accessibility to political candidates is invaluable, especially in 2012 Wisconsin.

Zach and I will keep you posted on upcoming events and speakers, and for more information about Drinking Liberally Milwaukee, Waukesha, or any of the Drinking Liberally Wisconsin chapters, please visit drinkingliberally.org.

 

 

Mark your calendars – Sen. Kathleen Vinehout is coming to Drinking Liberally

Here’s the details on Sen. Vinehout’s visit to the March meeting of Drinking Liberally here in Milwaukee:

Though we’re still three weeks away from our next meeting, I wanted to take a minute to let you all know that we will have a very special guest at our March meeting of Drinking Liberally.

We’ll be joined by Democratic State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, one of the brave “Wisconsin 14” who left Wisconsin to fight Gov. Scott Walker’s attack on collective bargaining rights for public employees last year. As you may know, Sen. Vinehout has declared herself as a candidate in the Democratic primary election, with the winner of that primary facing Gov. Walker in his recall election.

I’m thrilled to have Sen. Vinehout joining us, and I hope you’ll join us as well. I know Sen. Vinehout looks forward to having the opportunity to meet and talk with us, so I hope you’ll join us.

Here are the details for our March meeting:

Date: Monday, March 19, 2012
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Transfer Pizzeria & Cafe, 101 W. Mitchell Street in Milwaukee

Drinking Liberally MKE: coming 02/20/12!

Here’s some news on this month’s Drinking Liberally meeting here in MKE:

Hi Folks:

Just a friendly reminder that at this month’s meeting we’ll be joined by a very special guest, as Mike McCabe, the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, will join us to talk about the vital role his organization plays in serving as a clean government watchdog. We’re excited to have Mike join us, and we hope you’ll mark your calendars to join us for what promises to be a lively discussion.

Here are the details for our February meeting:

When: Monday, February 20, 2012 @ 7:00 p.m.
Where: Transfer Pizzeria & Cafe, 101 W. Mitchell Street

We hope to see you next month!

Zach, Ed, and the MKE Drinking Liberally crew

I hope to see you there, because it should be a great time!

Mahlon Mitchell to speak at Drinking Liberally Waukesha on March 5th

I have a tremendous amount of respect for Mahlon Mitchell, and not just because he’s a firefighter, the head of Wisconsin’s firefighters association, and a leader who has fought like hell against Walker’s decimation of collective bargaining rights. I’ve had the opportunity to speak with Mitchell a few times over the past several months, and I have found his candor, sense of humor, and humble nature to be refreshing. Whether or not he runs against Walker for governor remains to be seen; either way, we’re extremely excited to have him speak at Drinking Liberally Waukesha on March 5th, 2012!

Mitchell lends a helping hand at Fighting Bob Fest