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  •  WI-GOV (3+ / 0-)
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    Stude Dude, walja, askew

    http://www.wqow.com/... It bears mentioning that Mary Burke officially took the plunge.

    "Go Forth in Love and Peace" --Be Kind to Dogs -- And Vote Democratic" --Dying words of Senator Thomas Eagleton, 2007

    by BlueSasha on Mon Oct 07, 2013 at 05:25:35 AM PDT

    •  Is it true that she's a Blue Dog? (0+ / 0-)

      Who is pro-Charter and Pro-Life?

      "If this Studebaker had anymore Atomic Space-Age Style, you'd have to be an astronaut with a geiger counter!"

      by Stude Dude on Mon Oct 07, 2013 at 05:29:45 AM PDT

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      •  No. It's not. (2+ / 0-)
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        "Go Forth in Love and Peace" --Be Kind to Dogs -- And Vote Democratic" --Dying words of Senator Thomas Eagleton, 2007

        by BlueSasha on Mon Oct 07, 2013 at 05:35:54 AM PDT

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      •  Judge for yourself (0+ / 0-)
        • Two School Board members, Mary Burke and Ed Hughes, vigorously backed former police lieutenant Wayne Strong, who is black, to counter the influence of political groups supporting his opponent. In the seat 3 race, Strong faces Dean Loumos, a low-income housing provider supported by MTI, the Dane County Democratic Party, Progressive Dane and the local Green Party.

        Read more: http://host.madison.com/...

        "The Attorney General will not cast aspersions on my asparagus" - Texas Rep. Louis Gohmert-R to Attorney General Eric Holder.

        by walja on Mon Oct 07, 2013 at 06:57:53 AM PDT

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        •  Loumos defeated Strong, fyi (2+ / 0-)
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          Christopher Walker, Odysseus

          Dean Loumos won the most hotly contested of the three recent Madison School Board elections.

          I am a gay progressive and I do not consider Mary Burke to be one of the good guys on the Madison School Board, merely the wealthiest.  Don't count me amongst those excited at her Gubernatorial candidacy.  However, ....

          Burke's only confirmed primary opponent at this point, Sen. Kathleen Vineout, is squishy weak on the right to privacy, and the right to choose.  Vineout actually supported the horrid Pharmacist Choice bill that would allow Pharmacists to only dispense medicine they personally approve of morally, setting up another unnecessary barrier between a woman and her Doctor.

          Sigh.  The thin Democratic bench is a real problem at the moment  in Wisconsin as you can see, unless the agenda of ALEC excites you.

          My personal preference, a long shot to run at best, would be former Lt. Gov. nominee, and current Outagamie County (Appleton) Executive Tom Nelson.  Nelson won his seat during a Red Tsunami in  purple/shaded red Outagamie County.  The red tide just two years prior took out Rep. Steve Kagen so Nelson's performance was needed to hold the line on Team Blue gains in the Fox River Valley during the early Obama years - perhaps the most important of the toss-up areas in the state that can determine who wins statewide races.

          "The Attorney General will not cast aspersions on my asparagus" - Texas Rep. Louis Gohmert-R to Attorney General Eric Holder.

          by walja on Mon Oct 07, 2013 at 07:23:29 AM PDT

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          •  As they should have: Wayne Strong is a (0+ / 0-)

            good man (which is nothing against Loumos, but Strong deserved that seat).

            But I agree, Nelson would have been my first choice. But Burke is GOOD news.

            "Go Forth in Love and Peace" --Be Kind to Dogs -- And Vote Democratic" --Dying words of Senator Thomas Eagleton, 2007

            by BlueSasha on Mon Oct 07, 2013 at 07:26:14 AM PDT

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            •  perhaps, but I am not sold yet (0+ / 0-)

              I can't generate excitement for Mary Burke, I didn't even vote for her when she ran for School Board.  But I do not see Vineout as superior, and thus Burke might be the default option.  But don't ask me to like it, she does not impress me in the slightest on the issues.  Anti-union, privitizer, open to voucher programs, nothing about her track record should excite a progressive in the slightest.  Tammy Baldwin, Burke is not.

              And Dean Loumos deserved that seat, I most heartily disagree with you.  Mary Burke moved against Loumos because he advocated for the poor.  That tells me a lot of where Mary Burke's heart lies on political issues, in her bank account.

              "The Attorney General will not cast aspersions on my asparagus" - Texas Rep. Louis Gohmert-R to Attorney General Eric Holder.

              by walja on Mon Oct 07, 2013 at 07:39:06 AM PDT

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              •  It was Wayne who advocated most for the poor (0+ / 0-)

                and minority communities. And regardless of what you may think of Madison prep, it was clear Mary Burke has the very best of intentions to help the minority community with that. Dean's background was in housing, he ought to have stuck to that imho. I'm not saying Dean is an insensitive/bad guy: quite the opposite, but to say Mary got behind Wayne because Dean advocates for the poor is flat out wrong.

                "Go Forth in Love and Peace" --Be Kind to Dogs -- And Vote Democratic" --Dying words of Senator Thomas Eagleton, 2007

                by BlueSasha on Mon Oct 07, 2013 at 07:42:57 AM PDT

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                •  Wrong and a bit inflammatory (1+ / 0-)
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                  BlueSasha

                  It's not factual and presenting her as "anti-poor" is quite overdone.

                  "What if you're on a game show one day and the name of some random New Jersey state senator is the only thing between you and several thousand dollars? And you'll think to yourself, "if only I had clapped faster." - sapelcovits

                  by rdw72777 on Mon Oct 07, 2013 at 07:46:15 AM PDT

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                  •  I repeat (0+ / 0-)

                    Mark Burke opposed the candidate backed by Progressive Dane, the Democratic Party of Dane County, and the Green Party.  

                    Explanations please if she is so focused on poverty and minority issues?  I am not the one misrepresenting her track record here.  Provide links with evidence please regarding how wonderful Mary Burke is on progressive issues, I am most curious what you will come up with, lol.

                    "The Attorney General will not cast aspersions on my asparagus" - Texas Rep. Louis Gohmert-R to Attorney General Eric Holder.

                    by walja on Mon Oct 07, 2013 at 07:55:01 AM PDT

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          •  Setting the record straight on Kathleen Vinehout (0+ / 0-)

            There is a lot of misinformation out there about Sen. Vinehout and it seems you have fallen prey to it. Kathleen Vinehout was aware that court decisions in other states and the strong conscience clause in the Wisconsin constitution would make it useless to pass a law forcing individual pharmacists to dispense prescriptions against their principles. However, she helped to write language into the bill to give the pharmacy, as a business, the legal duty to fill such prescriptions.

            From an FAQ on her website:

            Does a woman who has a prescription in her hand really care if the pharmacy has a duty to fill the prescription or the pharmacist does? In other states that have tried to put the requirement on the pharmacist the law was overturned in the courts. By resolving the problem the way it was in 2009, a court battle was avoided and the requirement became law earlier.
            As a woman and the mother of a daughter, I agree with this reasoning. Kathleen Vinehout has also supported funding for Planned Parenthood, policies to increase access to birth control and factual sex education, emergency contraception for rape victims, and requiring insurance companies that cover drugs to also cover birth control. That's just on the topic of women's health.

            See Sen. Vinehout's website, which explains her positions on the whole range of issues.

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