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  •  is the mining bill unpopular in WI7? (3+ / 0-)

    By that I mean broadly unpopular including among business and labor leaders, not just among Dem activists. It looks like Westlund has some political background but I can't find anything else on her views. The new WI7 is to the right of the old configuration that David Obey represented, and to compete I think a Dem would need an ideological profile somewhere between Ron Kind and Bart Stupak, if not a bit to their right on economic issues.

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    by sacman701 on Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 09:21:17 AM PDT

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    •  It's hard to say: PPP polled the issue statewide (5+ / 0-)

      shortly after the November 2012 election, and it was really unpopular, but that doesn't tell us how it breaks down regionally. I think if you frame the issue right (i.e., the severe damage that it will cause private property--and rent-a-cops?), Westlund has something to work with.

      She does have her consulting website, but she isn't the highest profile figure, I agree. Eh, I think up in the Northwoods it's more of style thing--they really want you to respect and collaborate with local govts, but there's still A LOT of love for Obey up in the Northwoods. You don't want a raging liberal true, but we can definitely manage better than a blue dog up here, a profile which I think either Westlund or Assemblywoman Bewley would fit perfectly.

      My two cents

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      by BlueSasha on Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 09:41:50 AM PDT

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    •  Probably not broadly unpopular (3+ / 0-)
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      MichaelNY, BlueSasha, sacman701

      Though I get the impression that it's a very partisan issue, and that the towns along Lake Superior are probably very opposed. Remember that mining taxes are to be distributed to the general fund, not sent to counties as a tonnage tax (which is what Minnesota does, and I think WI does it for county forest lumber). Also, unlike the Iron Range and the Upper Peninsula there is currently no mining industry there.

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      by fearlessfred14 on Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 07:32:31 PM PDT

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