I spent Sunday afternoon wandering through beautiful Dunn County with the Fall in Line for Fair Maps tour. A group of people in support of Fair Maps went from Colfax (Kyle's Market) to Boyceville (The Grain Bin) to Menomonie (Menomonie Market Food Co-op) and ended up in Downsville (Scatterbrain Cafe). We all snacked our way through the tour and talked to people about gerrymandering, redistricting, and how fair maps could be drawn up for Wisconsin. 

There is a fair maps referendum on the Nov. 3 ballot. This referendum has been passed in many different communities throughout the state, usually with a resounding majority. The state-wide referendum is your chance to make your voice heard to politicians in the state, demanding that  our maps be drawn fairly so that we can select our representatives rather than having whichever party is in power select who can vote for them. 

Governor Evers has set up a Peoples' Map Commission which is working on plans to develop fair maps. You can learn more about the commission, meetings that are being held (one was held tonight for the 5th Congressional District) by going to the map commission website.  Our district, the 3rd Congressional District, has a meeting on Thursday, Nov. 19th. If you care about fairness in Wisconsin politics I recommend you watch this meeting (we'll have more information as it comes up) and if at all possible, testify.

When we got to Downsville I spoke briefly with the representative on the commission from our area, Annemarie McClellan. 

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Steve Hanson

Steve is a web designer and recently retired from running the hosting and development company Cruiskeen Consulting LLC. Cruiskeen Consulting LLC is the parent company of Wis.Community, and publication of this site continues after his retirement.

Steve is a member of LION Publishers and the Local Media Association, is active in Health Dunn Right, and is vice-president of the League of Women Voters of the greater Chippewa Valley


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