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    •  Thanks for the donation (54+ / 0-)

      Every single one counts.

      We have a good chance of winning a slim majority in the State Senate despite the severe gerrymandering, but the State Assembly is unlikely.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 01:42:46 PM PDT

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      •  That there is reason for optimism for the Senate (39+ / 0-)

        is good news.  Even from afar, I could tell that the Assembly was too lopsided to reverse in a single election cycle.  I was just wondering whether the recent damage to the GOP brand might make it possible to reduce the size of their majorities.

        Thanks for the view from the ground, as it were.

      •  It could be done, given a sufficient GOTV effort. (26+ / 0-)

        However, there won't be a sufficient GOTV effort, because neither the state nor national Democratic parties deserve the appellation, "political party".

        Instead, millions of dollars will be funneled through the consultant class, which will confiscate a large chunk thereof before passing them along to the TV stations to continue running ads long after they have lost effectiveness.

        Mind you, if Scotty is in dire enough straits by then (not too likely, I regret to say), and especially if some of his odiousness can be attached to other Gopers, then GOP turnout might sag to the point where very surprising things could happen.

        Jesus, I can't believe we're only 3 and half years into this nightmare, and we've got 4 more elections (counting this one) before we have any chance of relief from the gerrymandering.

        To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

        by UntimelyRippd on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 04:05:24 PM PDT

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        •  I put my faith more into the grassroots (25+ / 0-)

          groups that formed out of the recalls and the unions.  They've got their GOTV acts together.

          There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

          by Puddytat on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 04:12:03 PM PDT

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          •  any contact info? (15+ / 0-)

            i usually vote early, both because it's just easier in general and because i have a disability and early voting is easier for that.

            that means i've had "extra time," as it were, on election days.  i have twice contacted our local democratic...group (county-based, i think) and offered to help get/drive people to the polls.  i've even offered to drive people to vote early.

            i was completely ignored both times.  i didn't bother even offering in 2012.  the 2nd time i offered, i heard there was some sort of special group that did the driving part, and that my name and number would be given to their coordinator.  apparently, this is some sort of elitist clique, because i never heard from him.  this despite the facts that i offered to use my own vehicle and my own gas, and that i have 10 years of professional driving experience in this locale.

            i WAS contacted, both times, to both go door-to-door and to work the phone bank.  i did drop off "vote tomorrow" flyers one time (including finding the apartments that no one else had been able to locate in the last 3 rounds of canvassing--i wrote instructions on the sheet on where, exactly, they were, but was told, when i turned in the sheets, that it was unlikely anyone would look at them).

            so....any other group that might actually like a volunteer?

            •  This is discouraging. (8+ / 0-)

              Who might you or someone else in Wisconsin contact to shake things up a bit?

            •  Thank you so much for your efforts. (13+ / 0-)

              From my experience working on Wisconsin campaigns in the last few years, it seems that the most important, and least liked, tasks for volunteers are making phone calls and going door to door.  These activities can be really intimidating, and it has taken me a few elections to really mostly get over my aversion to opening myself up to hangups, doors slamming, rudeness, etc. But i've been told by the campaign staff that individual contacts with voters are the most effective way to get out the vote, so I do it.

              During the recall, there was a lot of data entry that people could do, and it was great for those who wanted to be involved without too much risk of the above problems.

              When I was working on recalls, we got a lot of offers to provide rides to the polls, but there really was very little need for it, or it was too hard to arrange.  People have access to absentee ballots.  And there were a lot of groups working on that recall, and unlike the other side (ahem) we were super careful not to coordinate with them, so if someone called, for example, the Democratic Party for a ride but the volunteers were all calling United
              Wisconsin, they didn't get together.

              You seem pretty articulate; if you could put in a few shifts making phone calls (if canvassing is too difficult), i'm sure it would be very much appreciated.

              •  While doing voter registration in MKE last week (18+ / 0-)

                we noticed many potential voters didn't think of the absentee ballot as an alternative to early voting.
                Since they eliminated early voting on the weekends, we wanted to inform them of the absentee ballot option, as well.

                This might help for GOTV, so we passed it on to the office.  They are probably on it, but you never know.

                Canvassed today out here, again, trying to reach the voters who stayed home in '10. Need to energize them enough to actually vote this time around, pointing out 'thats how we ended up with this $%^&  mess b/c people stayed home'.

                I actually prefer canvassing (unless its unbearably hot, or large apartment complexes) to phonebanking b/c I really suck at it. They will need all of the  voter contact we can give them as available TV ad time could be a problem.

                •  Thanks for your efforts (11+ / 0-)

                  One of the reasons that people don't like to vote by mail is that they worry their ballot could get lost, get there late, not get processed, etc.  Many feel better at the polls or in person early voting since the ballot gets turned in to a poll worker.

                  Yes, our state elections during the mid-terms are voter turn-out problems.  In 2010, too many people stayed home because they were disappointed that there wasn't more being done at the federal level, but the GOTV got their voters all ginned up to vote.

                  This year it shouldn't be as big of a problem as it was in 2010 (canvassing and phone banking sucked back then - all I heard was "It didn't help to vote in 2008".  This year, with the national and state damage done by Republicans, it will be easier to get people to the polls.  And Republicans are helping us with their goofy statements and actions.

                  There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

                  by Puddytat on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 08:18:00 PM PDT

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                  •  This is why (6+ / 0-)

                    responsibility for elections must be handed over to an impartial agency. I am aghast that registered party members and partisan state governments are actually allowed to conduct every facet of every election. It's just wrong in so many ways.

                    Please note that lamps in the MAGIC LAMP EMPORIUM are on a genie time-share program so there may be a slight delay in wish fulfillment. (◕‿◕)

                    by Mopshell on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 08:22:33 PM PDT

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                    •  Election fraud is surprisingly rare here. (4+ / 0-)
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                      Vote tallying may be done by elected officials but there are usually observers from both party present.

                      “You think You're frightening me with Your hell, don't You? You think Your hell is worse than mine.” --Dorothy Parker

                      by Ice Blue on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 09:41:25 PM PDT

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                      •  I was thinking in terms of (5+ / 0-)

                        ♦ those who feel uneasy about mail-in ballots, fearing that they will get lost or misplaced

                        ♦ the 'fake' mail-in ballots produced by Wisconsin Republicans (no-one knows how many people were taken in by them)

                        ♦ the mysterious sudden appearance of thousands of uncounted ballots after the Wisconsin recall election. These were in untagged bags, open bags and many were just loose all over the place.

                        ♦ I would never trust a partisan person to correctly count votes, most particularly Republicans given the extent they are prepared to go to flaunt the law - I'm particularly thinking of McDaniel, Walker and Christie here.

                        usually observers from both parties present isn't good enough - it should be always or there's room for vote tampering.

                        I know, I'm a suspicious little sod!

                        Please note that lamps in the MAGIC LAMP EMPORIUM are on a genie time-share program so there may be a slight delay in wish fulfillment. (◕‿◕)

                        by Mopshell on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 01:46:49 AM PDT

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                        •  Your suspiscions are shared by me (3+ / 0-)
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                          I observed the recount in both Milwaukee County where ballot security is tight and Waukesha County where there wasn't just lax ballot security, but often none at all.

                          There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

                          by Puddytat on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 01:47:07 PM PDT

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                        •  Yes, the Waukesha edpisode (0+ / 0-)

                          in which just enough votes were suddenly "discovered" on the personal computer of Kathy Nicklaus, clerk for Waukesha to prevent a free recount. She  kept all the voting data on her personal computer "to prevent fraud". This allowed Prosser to get elected. Prosser, who had been her boss just a couple of years before.
                          http://uppitywis.org/...
                          The Democratic Party has to make sure that there are observers at every poll station, and the ballots need to be counted by an equal number of vote counters in each party.
                          It is the failure of the Democratic Party to place observers that costs us votes, especially in Republican Districts: Democrats are intimidated. They need not be: It is only fair.

                    •  Good idea but ... (0+ / 0-)

                      the "impartial Agency" will be still composed of not so impartial people. Depending on the composition, it may even make the problem worse: Monies will have to be allocated to it, and who is going to shell for that? Whoever holds the purse strings will have the power to "shape" the agency, therefore the results. But I agree with you that something has to be done.
                      It is a sticky problem because the apportionment of representatives has to be done on a geographical base but also a numbers base: We can't ask a Representative to run hundreds of miles to meet with this town or that town around someone else's area. That is why the district has to be composed of contiguous areas. Also, in the name of fairness, we can't have a Representative representing 10 000 people and another representing 100 000. A mining area may have different interests than a farming area.
                      In WI, we have 33 State Senators and 99 State Representatives spread unevenly over those 132 voting districts. There are 72 counties, also unevenly populated, with a great concentration around Milwaukee / the South East, but much less at the other end of the State.
                      The winners get to gerrymander the districts anyway they want to, leading to very long tenures, and some incumbents that just cannot be unseated no matter how reprehensible their actions. this last election, Republicans were openly joking at how they had "screwed over" Julie Lassa: Her district is now more or less in the shape of a horseshoe, and she was not the only one. Ron Kind also has a horseshoe District.
                      Perhaps organizing these districts around counties would help decentralize the influence of the winners.

                  •  i asked this in another comment (4+ / 0-)
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                    but just to put it by the absentee ballot talk --

                    isn't it possible to request an absentee ballot, receive it in the mail, and then TAKE IT IN to wherever a person would normally vote early?

                    if so...with early voting curtailed, what about simply dropping off a ballot?

                    i thought i'd heard/discovered that one could do that--get the ballot, but then drop it off.  i was looking into it for my parents one year, because they were vacationing down where it's warm but wanted to vote in a spring election.  they weren't sure if they'd be back in time or not.  so i thought that was one of the options i found--drop it off on or before election day, or mail it with the postmark on or before election day.

                  •  realized i should stop asking you to do everything (2+ / 0-)
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                    sorry.

                    i went to my County website and looked up voting info.  there was a link from there to the GAB website for information on absentee voting.  here's what it says:

                    Options and Deadlines for Returning Your Absentee Ballot

                        U.S. Postal Service: Your completed absentee ballot must be postmarked no later than Election Day and received by the municipal clerk no later than 4 p.m. on the Friday after the election.
                        Other delivery (FedEx, hand-delivery, etc.): Your completed absentee ballot must be delivered to the municipal clerk no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day

                    [bolding mine]
                    http://gab.wi.gov/...

                    it lists the early voting times there for 2014, too.

                    it does NOT say that a completed absentee ballot has to be dropped off BY THE VOTER on election day.  so...could people ask for/receive an absentee ballot, fill it out, and have a large bundle of them delivered, on election day, by a person or persons who CAN get there (not have to work, not be unable to find a sitter, etc.)??

                    •  or ANY day prior to the election? (3+ / 0-)
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                      curtail early voting--fine.

                      more voters can request absentee ballots, fill them out, and either mail them back in, or (for those who want their ballot handed to a poll worker/clerk) drop them off at...somewhere...and bunches of completed absentee ballots will be dropped off periodically at local clerk's offices, during normal business hours, prior to or on election day.

                      start thinking like republicans--how can this be construed as "illegal," given the information provided to voters by the GAB?

                      [there--a new way to use "drivers," lol.  fill out your absentee ballot and call for a pick-up.]

                    •  Well now I learned something (1+ / 0-)
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                      I was always told that absentee ballots could only be mailed.

                      Thanks.

                      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

                      by Puddytat on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 12:36:19 AM PDT

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                      •  you need to look closely at local law for this (4+ / 0-)
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                        the handling of absentee ballots is different in each locality.

                        In MA, absentee ballots can be delivered by hand up until the closing of the polls to the city clerks office, but can only be delivered by the voter or a member of his/her immediate family

                        You cannot collect ballots from other people and deliver them, a chain of custody has to be established, either by the Postal employees or the family.

                        •  that's what i'm wondering (1+ / 0-)
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                          because the pages i looked at said nothing about that.

                          the local county page only linked to the state's GAB page for absentee voting.  and the GAB page had a bit more info than what i pasted out here, but nothing that says the voter her/himself must drop it off.  in fact, it even says "FedEx" and "etc."

                          but i was wondering about that "chain of custody" thing.  but mail can, and does, get lost or stolen.  sometimes it's opened.

                          absentee ballots are sealed by the voter, whether if voting early at the clerk's office (it's the exact same ballot as what's received in the mail, i'm pretty sure) or when mailing it in.  the voter signs something, and puts it in an envelope and seals it.  they even have those little sealer-squishy things at the clerk's office, so you don't have to lick it.

                          okay, i read the page again, and then read 2 of the 3 PDFs for "how to."  here's one:
                          http://gab.wi.gov/...

                          the other is very similar but for overseas voters and using email and fax to receive the ballot.

                          again, it says NOTHING about who must drop off the ballot.  only this:

                          7. Return the ballot (in the certificate envelope) to
                          the municipal clerk by Election Day in time for
                          distribution to the polling place, or mail the ballot
                          postmarked no later than Election Day. Ballots
                          postmarked by Election Day and received no later th
                          an 4:00 p.m. on the Friday after the election
                          will be counted.
                          also of note is the requirement for a witness:
                          5. Complete the elector information section on the certi
                          ficate envelope, and sign the
                          certificate. One witness
                          must sign the certificate and provide
                          his/her address. If the municipa
                          l clerk has already completed the
                          elector information, the elector must
                          still sign the certificate, and one wi
                          tness must sign the certificate and
                          provide his/her address.
                          we need someone with access to/understanding of the actual law to jump in here.  but i still think this helps with early voting--that those who can't get to a clerk's office during the more limited hours can request an absentee ballot be sent to them, and then have someone else drop it off at the clerk's office during regular business hours.

                          but i suppose lawyers might argue about the "Return" wording.  it's in the imperative form, which usually implies a subject of "you."  but "usually implies" is certainly not absolute; and "you" is not always singular.  okay, my geekiness is showing.

                          •  the simple solution to this is to call your local (0+ / 0-)

                            election department and ask them.

                            I think you will find that unrelated 3rd parties generally cannot pick up ballots from voters and deliver them to the clerks office in most places.

                            Many jurisdictions have passed laws like this because of the potential for fraud inherent in absentee voting, which is the only place actual vote fraud occurs.

                            I recall a recent prosecution of a nonprofit outreach worker (I think in Texas, but it might have been Florida) who took a sealed ballot from an elderly voter and dropped it off in a mail box as a favor to the voter.  This was technically a violation of the law.

                            Of course this occurred in a state eager to suppress votes and the individuals involved were blahs, so that may account for the zeal in charging her with a crime.

                          •  here is a recent example (0+ / 0-)
                            Michigan State Attorney General Bill Schuette and Secretary of State Ruth Johnson’s offices announced today that they filed charges against three men that delivered multiple absentee ballots to City Hall in violation of state election law. Only the voter, a relative, mail carrier or authorized official may be in possession of ballots.
                            http://downtrend.com/...
              •  yes, i know those are important (3+ / 0-)
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                i know they REALLY need people to canvass and phone-bank.  i just didn't think i could do it at that time, with my health issues.  i was trying to do what i could--i'm more pissed about the total blow-off than just that i...didn't get to drive people to go vote, lol.

                (also, the one comment i heard that made it sound like it was some sort of "special club" and you "had to know the right people."  that'll piss me off too.  kinda sounds like...the way the 'other side' would act, ya'know?)

                i could do data entry.  i didn't know they needed help with that.  (because nobody bothered to call me back.)

                anyway...THANK YOU for what you do.  i've heard that from others too--that canvassing is really hard at first, but then it gets easier.  i'd probably be decent at it--i used to go door-to-door selling band candy and trying to get more subscribers on my paper route. ;)  i just didn't feel i was up to it during those elections.  cowardly, i guess.

              •  Cold Calling (0+ / 0-)

                I worked as a volunteer during the effort to recall that buffoon in our Governors Mansion.  During both that time and the election the year before, I constantly got reports from voters that they HATED the calls.  They didn't mind one or two... it was the half dozen or so per day leading up to the election & recall that ticked them off.

                I'm a self-employed computer consultant.  One of my specialties is database creation and organization.  In other words, I'm very good at taking informational chaos and turning it into something useful.  This experience allowed me to pinpoint what the problem was rather quickly.

                The problem was that there was little to no coordination and sharing of call data between the various field offices.  A single voter could potentially get calls from every single active field office on the same day, asking them to vote.  That gets annoying... and I heard quite a few voters say they decided to NOT vote at all because of the crazy calls.

                There needs to be a single calls database that can be safely updated by all the field offices so people do not get spam-called over and over again.   In today's world of high speed Internet, there is no reason why this can't happen.

                Just my two cents. :)

                •  It is true, some do complain about the ramp up of (0+ / 0-)

                  calls prior to vote.  The true-believers not so much they understand the need to keep the GOTV process in the minds of those less committed. Some can be shallow and some after the 3rd, 4th, or 5th call have told me they're voting for the other candidate!  So maybe we ought to ask after the 2nd call if we can call them vote-day to remind them to vote and thank them for their support. If they say no we should respect that.

                  Our nations quality of life is based on the rightousness of its people.

                  by kalihikane on Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 08:57:50 PM PDT

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            •  Try these (15+ / 0-)

              United Wisconsin

              We Are Wisconsin

              Move on also has local chapters.

              Your local AFL-CIO or union office.

              Mary Burke's campaign has local offices either up and running or forming

              Thanks for your activism.  

              Local Democratic Party offices usually have a drive people to the polls program.  You might want to contact them directly rather than trying the state organization.

              There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

              by Puddytat on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 06:52:13 PM PDT

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              •  i did contact the local group (1+ / 0-)
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                not the state organization.  i COULD help get people to the polls on election day in other areas, with some help (good maps/good coordination), but i knew THIS area and so contacted the local democratic group/office/whatever they are.

                thank you for the other contacts, though.  i will look into something there.  (i've also thought about simply joining the local League of Women Voters.  i often go to their website before "smaller" elections to find out about the candidates.  the media doesn't have enough info out there and i'm afraid to just go and "vote for the woman" because any more, they can be just as nutjob-y as the crazy guys.  anyway LWV always seems to be very fair and impartial and i greatly appreciate what they do.)

                someone else commented (above) about absentee ballots.  i'd been wondering about that option; wondering how/if it had been affected by all the new laws restricting early voting.  any info on that?

                also, peptabysmal noted that some people don't like using absentee ballots because of the...fear/risk of not having your vote get to the right place/be counted.

                isn't it possible to request an absentee ballot through the mail, but then DELIVER it to your local....polling place (wherever you would normally go to vote early)??

                •  again, this varies by locality (2+ / 0-)
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                  In MA, you cannot deliver an absentee ballot to the local polling place, it must be delivered to the city clerks office.

                  However, if you show up at the local polling place we can call the clerks office, cancel the absentee ballot, and let you vote in person

                  •  thank you for clarifying (0+ / 0-)

                    on researching more (see above, if you like), i did see that absentee ballots must be returned to the municipal clerk's office.

                    "no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day"
                    or
                    "in time for distribution to the polling place"

                    one instruction from the webpage for absentee voting; the other from one of the PDFs of instructions for absentee voting.

                    i believe the other is true here as well--about the showing up at the polling place to vote in person and having the absentee ballot cancelled.  WHY i would know that...must be from civics class in high school, and as that's been...awhile ago...it could be different now.

            •  Most politically aware shut ins up here already (5+ / 0-)

              call friends or family or vote absentee. There may not be much demand for it in your area. Your local party chapter may not offer it especially if they are understaffed. I doubt they would get a call then send a total stranger out to take someone to the polls. For all they know you could be an ax murderer and the Democrats would be blamed for the dead body.

              This is how I got my start: I stopped by a public function by my local party chapter. We have a couple of those a year even in years when nobody is running for squat. I learned when our local chapter had its monthly meetings. I showed up for one of those. This was in 2008. It was an incredibly busy year but I was a newbie. I volunteered my time but then did what I was told needed to be done. If you walk in off the street and announce what you will and will not do you'll probably be told, thank you, but we don't need you right now. You have to learn the ropes first, then you can be an asshole.

              Check out your county's Democratic Party chapter online. Find dates and times then just show up. Before you know it you'll have our candidates' election committees on speed dial.

              “You think You're frightening me with Your hell, don't You? You think Your hell is worse than mine.” --Dorothy Parker

              by Ice Blue on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 07:19:16 PM PDT

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              •  i didn't call and offer to help (3+ / 0-)
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                ON election day or only shortly before.

                i called well ahead of the election, and left my name and contact info and said i would be very interested in helping get people to the polls or early voting if they needed any help.  i said that i had a lot of professional driving experience and knew the area well.  i actually figured, since they had my full name, that they might do a very quick DMV check on me to see if i had some horrid driving record.

                one of the reasons i thought of calling and volunteering is because there is a fair amount of senior citizens in this area, and i'd recently been helping with Meals on Wheels and thought that some of those people might like a ride to go vote.

                but i heard NOTHING.  except for the requests to canvass and phone bank, which i got when i made my call to them.

                i KNOW that canvassing and phone banking is very, very important.  but i was trying to make use of my strengths, and i know i would not be very good at either of those.  also, with the health issues i have/was having, those seemed much more problematic for me.

                oh, pretty sure i also offered to help with "poll watching."  not sure what they do here, but i figured i could stand at a polling place just to make sure there was nothing "funny" going on.  didn't hear about that either.

                someone mentioned data entry.  i'm actually pretty good at that (sigh) and would likely have tried to do some time at that.  oh...someone HERE just mentioned in a comment about data entry.  no one from the local democratic group.  just to be clear.

              •  It's not just about shut-ins. (0+ / 0-)

                It's about people with limited transportation options who use this as one more reason why it's too much bother to go vote.

                If the party has access to surplus transport, they could have cars with signs on them patrolling neighborhoods: Call XXX-XXXX and I will Take You To Vote.

                To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

                by UntimelyRippd on Sun Jun 29, 2014 at 09:05:13 AM PDT

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            •  You need to go over their heads; (1+ / 0-)
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              up the chain of command. Who knows, you may be running into sleeper NeoCons inside the (D) party who are intentionally sabotaging anyone's efforts.

              Remember 'redistricting' by the (R)? Those people on the Right are not beneath anything to get their way. They really are a criminal bunch underneath it all; and sociopaths, too.

              Keep going up the chain of command until you get some satisfaction. Go to the state Democratic Party or the National Democratic Party if you have to.

              Maybe the best thing to do is start your own group of drivers and get notification out there that anyone who needs assistance can contact your group; like The Blue Cabbies, or something.

              I'm sure anyone without transportation or with handicaps or the elderly would be ever so appreciative of your thoughtfulness. You might even contact them ahead of time to make sure they are signed up to vote and assign them a pickup time/date. OR you could counsel them on absentee/paper ballots.

              There is a lot you can do, so hang on in there! Good work!

        •  Never Underestimate Wisconsin Voters... (1+ / 0-)
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          Only a bit more than 1 in 4 eligible voters put Walker in office. People in Wisconsin are starting to realize what this idiot is doing, for instance, I understand 1.6 billion in new tax breaks, primarily for the rich, take effect after the November elections. Dems need to hammer Walker on the wholesale theft of tax-dollars to give to his friends, mostly coming from education. Rural schools are feeling the effects of his policies, & at a national level, the GOP has forgotten a very important constituency: Farmers.
          Farmers want immigration reform, & farmers know the atmosphere is warming up. Check out AgDay, it's usually pretty enlightening.

      •  I just donated to Mary Burke (17+ / 0-)

        and it felt really good.  

        I love Wisconsin, and I would like the people who live there to have their government back in responsible hands.

        To those of you working on election campaigns in Wisconsin - we are rooting for you!

        The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it. - Albert Einstein

        by ERdoc in PA on Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 05:40:25 PM PDT

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      •  Woud it be unethical for you to say (1+ / 0-)
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        where small amounts of support would make the biggest difference?

        •  I can't tell you where it would help most (0+ / 0-)

          but I can tell you that I've made my recent donations to United Wisconsin and Mary Burkes campaign.

          Does that help?

          There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

          by Puddytat on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 12:41:16 AM PDT

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