Vinehout Campaign Dispatch - March 13, 2018

March 13, 2018                                                                                                                                                   Volume 7

In the Wisconsin State Senate...

  • Kathleen introduced a package of resolutions to increase transparency and set a more reasonable pace for bills going through the legislature. The people's voice should always be heard when laws are passed in the people's name, and Kathleen will continue to fight for this principle in the State Capitol.

  • County Clerks came to Madison to send the message to lawmakers to stop making constant changes to the voting laws. And health groups, including the nursing homes and Wisconsin Counseling Association, were in Madison to tell legislators problems of staff shortages and availability of quality care. Long term care leaders were particularly concerned about continued funding for Family Care, our Medicaid program for frail elders and those with disabilities.


Listening to Those Who Cannot Hear: This week’s column on the concerns of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community as they struggle to improve the services of sign language interpreters.



On the Campaign Trail...

  • Kathleen was honored to visit with the trainers at the Painters and Allied Trades apprentice training program in Big Bend. She was amazed at the two story building being built INSIDE the union’s training facilities. Kathleen then spoke at a statewide delegate meeting for the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades. 

  • Kathleen participated in a forum hosted by ABC for Health in Madison. The audience was filled with folks who spend every day connecting people with the health care and supports they need. She shared details of what Health Care for All looks like, how to get there and the importance of creating a state-based marketplace – like Senate Bill 359. She shared her commitment to accept the federal Medicaid expansion money and use the freed-up extra state dollars to create mental health and addiction recovery community-based services. “We need the state as a willing partner with local communities,” she told the group. 

  • After the forum, Kathleen was a featured guest at a WisPolitics Luncheon. Moderated questions ranged from health care and school safety to Foxconn and redistricting. Read coverage of the WisPolitics Luncheon here.


  • On Saturday, Kathleen spoke with a full and energetic room of delegates at the 3rd Congressional District Democrats' Convention in Sparta. She shared her vision of how we win in Wisconsin - a robust grassroots campaign led by local people in every community - and joined Rep. Billings in a policy roundtable focused on bills up for consideration at the Capitol. Kathleen emphasized how bills to take away consumer, environmental and worker protections, and local control are all related to the power of big money in politics.


  • Vinehout for Governor buttons are here! Order yours today and distribute them to your friends, family, and neighbors.


  • The sun is shining, the weather is warming and the Vine is growing! Volunteers and organizers held meetings in MadisonVesperNeenah, and La Crosse this week to gear up for the busy spring campaign season. Sign up to volunteer and host a "Growing the Vine" party in YOUR neighborhood.

  • The campaign is looking for spring organizing fellows to help our efforts while gaining academic credit. Apply here today!

  • Check out Kathleen's recent Facebook posts sharing her healthcare story, honoring Harriet Tubman, and reflecting on the anniversary of Act 10. Share the posts yourselves, and invite five friends to follow us on Facebook. Keeping up with our campaign on social media is one of the best ways to share our message of Putting People First.

    Our campaign is growing, and we need you to be a part of it. A recent Marquette poll shows that two thirds of Wisconsin voters don't know enough about the candidates for Governor yet: Donate, Volunteer, Share on Facebook, Tweet -- Get Involved Today and help bring Kathleen's People First message to these voters in YOUR community.