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April 1st is the election date for Milwaukee County Executive, pitting incumbent Republican Scott Walker up against state senator Lena Taylor.  This has Daily Kos Action Item written all over it.

I've never begged for recommends before, but heck, I have no pride.  The more people who see this, the better.

Scott Walker is a poster boy for the current Republican regime:  if you're poor, you really don't count.  Some of the things he's (in)famous for:

* trying to shut down city pools;

* gutting funding for Milwaukee's wonderful park system, as well as for alcohol and drug abuse centers;

* raising the city transit fares---the highest in big cities---and cutting services, resulting in fewer riders

* blocking a regional light-rail transit system (and the $91 million in federal funds).

Rest assured, he has his share of Republican blunders too.

Comically, in a recent television campaign ad, he had a diverse cross-section of Milwaukee-ans explaining to the viewer why they supported him.  It was soon revealed that the supporters in his ad were actors, not real Milwaukee-ans.  That's just sad.

Despite the shortfall in Milwaukee County coffers, he apparently squeezed enough from the parks and pools to promise himself a $50,000 raise if he gets re-elected.

Who is he running against?  Lena Taylor is the state senator endorsed by sometime Daily Kos poster Russ Feingold, and she believes that --- get this --- tax cuts might not be the answer.  Here's the best way to summarize this race:

Even though her campaign pits her against a well-funded incumbent and hyperventilating right-wing radio hosts and bloggers who seize on even the smallest of her mistakes to make her seem not credible, Taylor seems to shrug it off. She told the crowd that she’s already been tested by life, and that stepping into county politics is just another challenge that must be overcome—even if it’s just sheer force of will that gets her through.

"I don’t care if you look at the odds of me finishing my undergraduate degree, or going to law school and being the only African-American woman who graduated in my class," Taylor said during the debate. "I don’t care if you look at me stepping out on faith and starting not one but two businesses simultaneously while I was parenting, my brother at first and later my son. I’ve been able to roll up my sleeves and get it done. I don’t think there’s anything more important than to say that I want to do it."

Taylor said she’d approach the county’s tight budget the way her family always did—by creatively making it work. "If we had seven people sit down at the table and we made chili and more people came, we added tomato sauce to stretch it," Taylor said in the debate. "And if we didn’t have tomato sauce, we added ketchup and water. You do what you need to do. And if more people came for dinner, we made chili dogs. And with the county budget, I’m going to do what I’ve done my entire life."

Lena needs your help.  Heck, Milwaukee needs your help!

Lena Taylor's Web site

Donate to Lena Taylor.

Originally posted to RogueJim on Tue Mar 25, 2008 at 07:46 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  what the hell (17+ / 0-)

    I like what I've read, 20 bucks is coming her way from my coffers.

    I prefer peace Wouldn't have to have one worldly possession But essentially I'm an animal So just what do I do with all the aggression?

    by jbou on Tue Mar 25, 2008 at 07:52:11 PM PDT

  •  Walker is the pits (12+ / 0-)

    He wants to run for governor and screwing the city of Milwaukee (and its transit system) is part of that plan.

    Did he create just me in His image, or every living thing? When God made me. When God made me. -- Neil Young (-8.12, -6.87)

    by ATL Dem on Tue Mar 25, 2008 at 07:52:54 PM PDT

    •  He's such a tool (4+ / 0-)
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      ATL Dem, zett, NoMoreLies, WisCheez

      I can't imagine how he ever got elected in the first place

      Here's a Lena Taylor interview.  One of my favorite quotes:

      Yes, I agree that the transit system is in trouble. Within three years before the present County Executive took office, our transit system was recognized as the best mid-size system in the nation. It was the second time our system was recognized, for the quality of service provided, quality access, best practices in maintenance, and how we worked with other systems throughout our state.

      Under the present county executive's leadership we have become the only system in the nation that lost ridership when gas prices rose. In his five years tenure, our ridership is back to what it was 33 years ago, because routes have been cut or shorten and fares have been hiked 50% under his leadership, one of the highest in the nation.

      pretty much says it all.

      I am talking to the server. You don't have to wait for me to finish.

      by RogueJim on Tue Mar 25, 2008 at 09:03:59 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  All politics is local (3+ / 0-)
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    martianchronic, cfk, WisCheez

    I do not live in Milwaukee, but my heart is there this election cycle with my son's partner, who is running for Alderman in the 3rd District.

    Ms Taylor sounds like she would also bring much needed change to Milwaukee. Wishing her the best.

    Patrick Flaherty for 3rd District Alderman - New Leadership for Milwaukee

    by 1864 House on Tue Mar 25, 2008 at 08:03:34 PM PDT

  •  Donation - Done! (3+ / 0-)
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    martianchronic, RogueJim, 1864 House

    ...from a cheesehead on the wrong side of the Cheddar curtain (Illinois)

    I used to live in Gwen Moore's district (back when it was Kleczka and WAY back to Clem Zablocki....)

  •  Scott Walker (4+ / 0-)
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    martianchronic, zett, 1864 House, WisCheez

    got his stones in the reactionary Republican Wisconsin state Assembly, and is supported by Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, who supports a Club for Growth like agenda. Their rightwing "business-friendly" policies have been ascendant in the state have presided over a  massive decline in the median income of Wisconsinites and a mass tax shift from corporations to individuals. They have also never met an environmental law they did not like. Corrupt WMC tools and Reactionaries such as Scott Walker are good reason why public goods such as commuter rail stop at the Illinois and Minnesota borders, while Wisconsin falls farther behind.

    It has gotten to the point where Illinois is more progressive than Wisconsin, it used to be the other way around. Bill Proxmire and Gaylord Nelson are spinning in their graves.

    "Without our playstations, we are a third world nation"-Ani DiFranco

    by NoMoreLies on Tue Mar 25, 2008 at 08:18:55 PM PDT

    •  not to mention... (2+ / 0-)
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      zett, RogueJim

      ...Fighting Bob.  Wisconsin has been tilting to the right lo these last few years.  I believe we were the closest state in the 2004 election.  I certainly hope the tide is turning, evidenced by the tremendous turnout for the primary last month.

  •  I'm With You (2+ / 0-)
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    martianchronic, RogueJim

    I met Lena Taylor at the Highbury Pub a few weeks ago. Very impressive. My polling place is right down the street in Holt Park. I'm so there.

    "The game's easy, Harry" - Richie Ashburn

    by jpspencer on Tue Mar 25, 2008 at 08:22:06 PM PDT

  •  Walker is the worst... (5+ / 0-)
    ...kind of politician. The kind that doesn't want people voting.

    In 2004, during the Kerry campaign I was working for America Coming Together as a canvasser, and I was the President of the Black Student Union at Milwaukee Area Technical College. One morning - actually the day after my 21st birthday (and the party of parties) - I and one of my coworkers at ACT caught wind in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel of an effort by Scott Walker to suppress the vote in Milwaukee.

    The basics of it are as follows:

    1. The municipality of Milwaukee petitions the county for ballots.

    2. Milwaukee County prints the ballots for each municipality within its boundaries.

    3. State law requires that each voter have access to, up to 3 ballots in case of mistakes.

    4. The city of Milwaukee asks for enough ballots to be printed so that each precinct has an equal number of ballots.

    5. In order to ensure that an eqaul number of ballots will go to each precinct the city figures the per-precinct count based off of 3x the ballots needed for the largest precinct in the city.

    Long story short, this number hovers around 1,000,000 for the city. That year, they requested 960,000. Scott Walker said he would only send 260,000. His justification was that there were only 240,000 voters. This of course would raise problems for 2 primary reasons, among others. 1) the city election commission would be in violation of state law for not making the 3 ballots accessible to each voter; 2) Wisconsin has same day registration.

    Sooooooo, I organized a coalition of Black (and other) Student Organizations in the city, as well as local activists, and the former Mayor to rally against this. We did all the necessary stuff (fliers, press release, etc.) for a rather spontaneous rally (the next day). At our rally, exactly 0 people outside of the coalition or in the media showed up. We learned, while at the rally, that it was because they were all upstairs in the County Execs office at a meeting with the Mayor and County Supervisors. So we went into the public meeting 50+ strong and rallied inside the meeting. Chanting, "let the people have a voice" and "we want the ballots". The County Exec (being the astute pol that he is) postponed the meeting for a larger public forum the next day.

    The media didn't really take notice, but he did. We organized more students (2 busloads) to go to that meeting and employ new tactics. But the meeting never happened. He cancelled and settled the issue. HE SENT ALL 960,000 BALLOTS.

    My final point is this. In that meeting, standing on OUR side of the issue was Lena Taylor. She is the real deal.

    I'm donating 2morrow!

    I'll recommend if I can on my TREO.

    Once we learn to let go of the lies, we can embrace the truth... What is the truth? THERE IS NO SPOON!!!!

    by WilliezWorld on Tue Mar 25, 2008 at 08:29:13 PM PDT

  •  Riding to the rescue (1+ / 0-)
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    RogueJim

    Thanks for a great diary.  I'm in Milwaukee and Scott Walker has got to go.  My husband and I will be donating to Lena Taylor and she will definitely get our votes on Tuesday.  Thanks again for getting the word out!!!

  •  Speaking of snarky.... (0+ / 0-)

    Herb Kohl and the Milwaukee Bucks may need even more help....

    Coming Soon -- to an Internet connection near you: Armisticeproject.org

    by FischFry on Tue Mar 25, 2008 at 09:45:45 PM PDT

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