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View Diary: As the East Coast Struggles in Sandy's Wake, the Wisconsin Weasels in Congress Shun Her Victims (14 comments)

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  •  Candidates! (0+ / 0-)

    I want to see candidates lined up and champing (or chomping) at the bit to replace these chowderheads.  I know, I know, it is a little early, but I want to know that the second their terms are up, we have people with heart, conscience,  and something besides shit for brains ready to reclaim our state.  

    rant off

    You have a valid point.

    by vacilando on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 11:08:39 AM PST

    •  WI Congressional Districts have been Gerrymandered (2+ / 0-)
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      The 2010 redistricting was done when Republicans had complete control of WI Legislature. All of the “new" districts, Congressional and Legislative, have been gerrymandered to greatly increase the likelihood a Republican will win most of the districts.

      The goals of the WI Republican redistricting plan was to:
      1) Create districts with more than 60% Republican voters
      2) Concentrate Democratic voters in as few districts as possible 3) Create districts that would not flip.

      Wisconsin now has a few districts that will always vote Democratic, but most of the districts will always vote Republican.

      There were 2 court cases against the Republican redistricting plan, but only 1 case was successful. The winning case involved 2 State Assembly (House) Districts in Milwaukee. The redistricting plan had gerrymandered the districts to limit the voting power of a growing Hispanic population in that area.  The losing court case attempted to prove that the entire state had been gerrymandered. When that case failed, then Wisconsin voters were stuck with the current districts.

      In 2012, Democratic candidates run against all of the Republican Congressmen, but the end result was that all of the Republican Congressman were re-elected.

      It is possible that the Democrats could win in these districts, but before that can happen the Democratic Party of Wisconsin has organize and campaign in a way they have never done before. The Democratic Party has to look beyond elections and move to a year round 72 county plan to win back Wisconsin seats in Congress and the Wi Legislature.

      "We are slow to realize that democracy is a life; and involves continual struggle." ~ "Fighting Bob" - Robert M. LaFollette Sr.

      by Sand Hill Crane on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 11:48:48 AM PST

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      •  That means getting rid of Mike Tate (0+ / 0-)

        ...and getting someone of the Howard Dean mold (obviously not Dean himself, as he's from Vermont) who can run a "72-county strategy" to be the new DPW chairperson.

        I don't know of anybody in Wisconsin who can run the DPW the way it should be: traveling across Wisconsin, building ties with local activists all over the state and pouring money into county-level and other local-level Democratic organizations.

        Progressive activist and lifelong resident of Vermilion County, Illinois IL-15/IL-SD-52/IL-HD-104

        by DownstateDemocrat on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 02:32:59 PM PST

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