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On Wednesday, January 25th, Gov. Scott Walker gave his State of the State address. It really wasn't a great speech, in fact, it was just down-right bad. Sen. Kathleen Vinehout (D-Alma) gave her thoughts about the governor's speech, and was also asked about running for governor:

Vinehout is considering challenging Walker in the upcoming recall election. Maybe I am biased (she is my state senator), but I believe that she would make an excellent governor. She is a smart, caring hard-working farmer, who is a genuinely good person.

CentralWIGuy wrote this about Vinehout in a comment on vacilando's recent diary:

-Aside from Russ Feingold and maybe Dave Obey, she has the greatest ability to engage independent and centrist rural Republicans to voting Democratic in the governor recall.
-Her background involves much more private sector experience than Walker.
-Her degrees outbalance anything Walker has to offer.
-She has the ability to connect with farmers and small business owners.
-She has connections with local government.
-She is NOT from Madison or Milwaukee.
-Senate recall elections are likely to occur at the same time.  Two districts in central Wisconsin will be up.  The neighboring 23rd and also the 29th.  Having a rural candidate on the top of the ticket is likely to help down ballot for Moulton's and Galloway's opponents.
-I've met her... and she is as engaging, intelligent, and comfortable as you see in the videos (if not more) and others have described having met her in person.
-She uses a reasoned, balanced approach in her work as a Senator, which will be help as Governor.
-She won in the 2010 Republican landslide against Tommy Thompson's brother.
-She does not carry any negative connotation as she does NOT have big name recognition across the state.....  YET!

We need a fresh face to take on Walker. We need a consensus-builder to heel the wounds that Walker gave us. Kathleen Vinehout is that person.


Badger Democracy

La Crosse Tribune

Originally posted to Dirt Road Democrat on Fri Jan 27, 2012 at 08:38 PM PST.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive.


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  •  Tips for a better Wisconsin, (22+ / 0-)

    whoever the nominee ends up being.

    Farm boy who hit the city to go to college, WI-03 (home, voting), WI-02 (college), -7.88, -4.26, One in ONE MILLION that recalled Scott Walker!!!!

    by WisJohn on Fri Jan 27, 2012 at 07:16:24 PM PST

  •  Whoa, I never heard of her before, but that was (6+ / 0-)

    some interview!

  •  I think (4+ / 0-)

    She would deffinately win the rural vote, and if Falk, Barrett, and other urban candidates split the vote, she could win the primary.

    Farm boy who hit the city to go to college, WI-03 (home, voting), WI-02 (college), -7.88, -4.26, One in ONE MILLION that recalled Scott Walker!!!!

    by WisJohn on Fri Jan 27, 2012 at 09:37:31 PM PST

    •  I'm impressed (5+ / 0-)

      by the little I've seen of her. (Barrett, by the way, isn't running, so don't worry about him.) I'm just getting to know about Kathleen, but I like her credentials and background, and most of all her personality. She's cheerful and seems genuinely Wisconsin. I think she could draw significant votes in the northern half of the state where we need some, and that she probably would have great appeal with women voters of all ages. There is the issue of her "fleeing" the state with the other Dem senators, which we proved in the recalls isn't insurmountable, but is an issue. Can we win a special election to replace her if she does become Governor? We can't give up a Senate seat lightly, either.

      •  Yes we can hold her seat, if she were to win. (3+ / 0-)
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        rosarugosa, rhubarb, rqcrqc

        She would actually help out one of the current Democratic Assembly Reps. in the SD. Democrats Chris Danou and Mark Radcliffe were Fitzmandered together in the new 92nd AD. One of them could run for the Senate, and the other would stay in the Assembly.
        Danou actually lost to Kathleen in the 2006 Democratic Primary 64%-36%. So, he has the name recognition. And, all the territory that was removed from the district was Radcliffe's. So, Danou would have the upper-hand in Democratic primary.

        Plus, the new SD-31 is about the same to a point more blue than the old one, I think. And, many in our district, even Republicans, are very mad at Republicans right now.

        Farm boy who hit the city to go to college, WI-03 (home, voting), WI-02 (college), -7.88, -4.26, One in ONE MILLION that recalled Scott Walker!!!!

        by WisJohn on Fri Jan 27, 2012 at 10:04:35 PM PST

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    •  At least this MKE County resident (6+ / 0-)

      would support Vinehout over Falk or Barrett.

      All Wisconsin, All the Time, Social Democrat, currently NY-22 (College), WI-05 (Home)

      by glame on Fri Jan 27, 2012 at 10:40:53 PM PST

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  •  There are so many great (6+ / 0-)

    Democrats out there.  

    Walkers gotta go.

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

    by Puddytat on Fri Jan 27, 2012 at 09:38:11 PM PST

  •  The thing I like about the Fab 14 vs. FitzWalker (4+ / 0-)
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    WisJohn, rosarugosa, rhubarb, rja

    Is that there can be no doubt from their actions that they know the Wisconsin Constitution well, in particular Article VIII Section 8, while FitzWalker on the other hand either had no clue or couldn't have cared less what was in Article IV Section 15.

    For those without a copy of the document handy:

    Article VIII Section 8:

    Vote on fiscal bills; quorum. SECTION 8.  On the passage in either house of the legislature of any law which imposes, continues or renews a tax, or creates a debt or charge, or makes, continues or renews an appropriation of public or trust money, or releases, discharges or commutes a claim or demand of the state, the question shall be taken by yeas and nays, which shall be duly entered on the journal; and three−fifths of all the members elected to such house shall in all such cases be required to constitute a quorum therein.

    Article IV Section 15:

    Exemption from arrest and civil process. SECTION 15. Members of the legislature shall in all cases, except treason, felony and breach of the peace, be privileged from arrest; nor shall they be subject to any civil process, during the session of the legislature, nor for fifteen days next before the commencement and after the termination of each session.
  •  I like what I see in this clip, especially the end (4+ / 0-)

    She seems to have energy and vision and a lot of other qualities I would like to see in our new governor.

    If she decides to run, she will likely be in my top two, conceivably my top choice, depending on who else runs.

    Thanks for posting this, WisJohn. (nice handle, btw ;))

  •  I was impressed with Faulk (2+ / 0-)
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    I was overwhelmed by this clip.

    My latest writing I am an American citizen. I am a writer. You have been warned.

    by Bud Fields on Sat Jan 28, 2012 at 03:06:58 AM PST

  •  Sounds like you've got a winner. And she's a (4+ / 0-)
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    OldJackPine, rosarugosa, rhubarb, WisJohn

    woman and a farmer. I think the more female candidates the Dems have this time, the better for us nationwide.
    As long as they're the best candidates otherwise.

  •  As much as I like our Madison-area candidates... (4+ / 0-)
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    rosarugosa, rhubarb, WisJohn, peptabysmal

    ...a favorite argument of the republicans is that the recall process was primarily motivated by "Madison liberals" rather than a true grassroots Wisconsin uprising.  I hear pejorative references to "real Wisconsin (not Madison)" and Madison described as "40 square miles surrounded by reality" pretty routinely.

    It may be important to have a democratic candidate who is a living demonstration that opposition to Walker involved all of Wisconsin.

  •  The more I see of Senator Vinehout (7+ / 0-)

    The more impressed I am.  I'm from Madison but I grew up in rural northern Wisconsin, so I am very aware of how difficult life has become for the small farmers and the residents of small towns.  Their school systems are being devastated by Walker's budget, as well as healthcare programs that people depend on.  Our urban politicians just don't seem to grasp this, which has permitted Republicans to exploit the rural/urban divide even though they are the ones causing most of the pain.

    Kathleen Vinehout isn't just a farmer, she's an organic dairy farmer, which means she understands the necessity of preserving the environment and promoting a form of agriculture that farmers can practice without racking up huge debts for chemical fertilizers, pesticides and genetically modified seeds.

    She understands the healthcare problems in Wisconsin as well as anyone in the legislature and the great thing is that she can express her ideas in language that normal human beings can understand.

    I think the more people see her in the primary, the more they will like her.  We have a lot of great Democrats from southern Wisconsin but they have been wrapped up so long in the political brinksmanship in Madison that they appear to be part of the problem to voters upstate.

    Just in case you are wondering, she is a staunch backer of unions and the right to collective bargaining.  Team her up with Mahlon Mitchell, the President of the Firefighters Association and you have a terrific ticket.  In comparison to these two great people, Walker will look like the sleazy, sociopathic crook that he is.

    I like her authentic enthusiasm, warmth and energy.  She's a very appealing candidate.

    No war but class war !

    by Gareth G on Sat Jan 28, 2012 at 06:04:17 AM PST

  •  Rec'd and republished to Badger State Progressive. (3+ / 0-)
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    rosarugosa, rhubarb, WisJohn
  •  She drips integrity. Can she do that when I (2+ / 0-)
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    rhubarb, WisJohn

    don't even know her? She is my kind of person, she is not trying to be cool, she is trying to do what is right. That is my impression.

  •  Notably, there are no (1+ / 0-)
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    votes for Tom Barrett. I hope he takes note - he's a good guy, but I doubt he has much traction with the WI Dem base.

    •  Barrett seems too parochial (2+ / 0-)
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      peptabysmal, stcroix cheesehead

      I've got nothing against him, but he didn't do that great a job of making himself relevant outside the Milwaukee area IMHO. We need a candidate (and a governor) who knows how to represent small-town and rural constituents. Especially if Mahlon Mitchell is on the ticket as well to represent working-class urban interests.

      Male, 21, -4.75/-6.92, born and raised TN-05, now WI-02, unapologetic Obama supporter. Tammy Baldwin for Senate and Recall Walker!

      by fearlessfred14 on Sat Jan 28, 2012 at 08:49:06 AM PST

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  •  thanks again, WisJohn, for this plug (2+ / 0-)
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    WisJohn, rosarugosa

    OF COURSE Vinehout is a winner. I'm going to rummage around in my materials and produce a piece on her, too.

    Walker: guts BadgerCare to save a buck

    Vinehout: has a degree in public health . . .

    Sometimes a .sig is just a .sig

    by rhubarb on Sat Jan 28, 2012 at 08:21:39 AM PST

  •  She has been my senator... (2+ / 0-)
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    WisJohn, rosarugosa

    and she is very sincere, intelligent, compassionate, has a Ph.D.....all of the things you want, but she is really a very, very stiff public speaker and I have a difficult time believing that she can compete with that smarmy weasel in terms of the slickness that will be required to send him packing...Honestly, I don't know what votes she could pick up that another nominee wouldn't already get...We're a pretty Democratic district (controlling for the 2010 disaster)...

    "Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it." ~Mark Twain

    by Up North on Sat Jan 28, 2012 at 10:19:41 AM PST

  •  Two things: (1+ / 0-)
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    I think it shows the caliber of candidates that Wisconsin has to offer from around the state.  There are a lot of worthy individuals out there.

    And, because of Walker, Wisconsin is going to vet the shit out of every single candidate it sees for the next decade.

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