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Do you want to prove it's possible for an enormous grassroots movement, backed up by fearless Democrats, to part a sea of unlimited corporate dollars and win elections with the message that we should stop taking stuff from working people and giving it to the rich?

We have a chance to prove that right now. Please, click here to contribute $5 to the Democratic Party of Wisconsin for the recall of Governor Scott Walker.

One year ago this week, tens of thousands of people were physically occupying the Wisconsin state capitol building and the grounds surrounding it. They were protesting an immoral Republican budget bill that stripped collective bargaining rights for public employees and slashed funding for health care and education in order to hand out huge tax breaks to corporations and the ultra-rich.

With this budget just hours from passage, all 14 Democratic senators left the state, thus denying Republicans the quorum they needed to pass the bill. If even one Democrat had either stayed behind or been captured by the state police which Republicans sent to arrest them, then the bill would have passed that day. Instead, the Democrats held out and the ranks of the protesters swelled. Fed by pizza orders called in from around the world, they kept the capitol building occupied for weeks.

Republicans eventually passed their budget bill by illegally circumventing Wisconsin's open meetings law, but the protesters and the Democrats were undeterred.

Backed by the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, the protesters began organizing recalls of Republican state senators. With an all-volunteer effort, they collected hundreds of thousands of signatures in less than two months. Over the summer, they successfully removed two Republicans from office by scoring electoral victories in districts Democrats could not even win in the landslide of 2008.

Even after that, the protesters and the Democrats kept going. They continued holding daily protests at the capitol building and dogging Scott Walker at all of his public appearances. Then, on Nov. 15, they filed the papers to recall Scott Walker. Through snow and winter weather, more than 30,000 volunteers collected over one million recall signatures. In so doing, they forced recall elections against not only Scott Walker, but also against the Republican Lt. Governor and at least three more Republican state senators.

The whole time they did it with a simple message: Scott Walker and Wisconsin Republicans are cutting education, health care and salaries for working people in order to make big corporations and the ultra-rich even richer. Despite the unlimited donations which have given Republicans a massive financial advantage in this fight, the Democrats and the protesters have used this populism to continually gain ground.

Wisconsin is not the only state where these battles are being fought, but it is a special case because it shows us a path to victory. How do we put an end to the gut-wrenching trend of conservative politicians taking from working people and giving to the rich? We do it by having heroes on the ground who keep protesting, gathering signatures, and knocking on doors no matter what, and by having Democrats who are willing to back those heroes up by going to the mat to defend the middle-class.

The decisive recall election against Scott Walker is coming soon. If Walker is recalled, then the whole country will know Democrats and the middle class can defeat the forces of greed with fearless populism. Republicans and the ultra-rich know such an outcome could change the political dynamic in our nation, which is why they have given more than $12 million dollars to Scott Walker to defeat the recall. Goal Thermometer Much of that money came from only a few dozen members of the one percent of the one percent, all of whom gave $10,000 or more.

What happens in Wisconsin will impact the entire country. We must prove it's possible for a tenacious grassroots movement, backed up by a fearless Democratic Party, to breach a red sea of corporate cash and win elections with a populist economic message. If we lose, the masters of the universe will continue looting what remains of the middle class with no apparent electoral consequences for politicians who facilitate their destructive actions.

On the one year anniversary of the beginning of the Wisconsin protests, please give $5 to the Democratic Party of Wisconsin to recall Scott Walker. This is an election none of us can afford to lose.

Originally posted to Chris Bowers on Thu Feb 16, 2012 at 04:50 PM PST.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive and Daily Kos.

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  •  Done (6+ / 0-)

    The radical Republican party is the party of oppression, fear, loathing and above all more money and power for the people who robbed us.

    by a2nite on Thu Feb 16, 2012 at 05:37:24 PM PST

  •  Tipped, recced and republished to (5+ / 0-)

    I started with nothing and still have most of it left. - Seasick Steve

    by ruleoflaw on Thu Feb 16, 2012 at 05:47:35 PM PST

  •  Sure, Chris (5+ / 0-)

    And how about diverting all the money for OH to this much more worthy use of it?

    All it takes is security in your own civil rights to make you complacent.

    by Dave in Northridge on Thu Feb 16, 2012 at 06:23:31 PM PST

  •  Much better (2+ / 0-)
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    Puddytat, WisJohn

    there's an operation in need of doing, doing well and doing thoroughly.

    On Wisconsin!

    "Do what you can with what you have where you are." - Teddy Roosevelt

    by Andrew C White on Thu Feb 16, 2012 at 07:00:21 PM PST

  •  It's been a hellofayear (1+ / 0-)
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    but I wouldn't trade it for anything.  I have seen my state come alive, a new awakening, the exposure of the naked agenda of the GOP, and the unveiling of the actual monied puppet masters who are pulling the strings.

    I'm proud to be a cheesehead!

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

    by Puddytat on Thu Feb 16, 2012 at 11:03:13 PM PST

  •  You mean, we shouldn't give to Santorum? (0+ / 0-)

    Oh golly gee.

    Note the general lack of response to this diary. That's not because of the topic.

    The thing about quotes on the internet is you cannot confirm their validity. ~Abraham Lincoln

    by raboof on Fri Feb 17, 2012 at 06:16:13 AM PST

  •  it's now, (5+ / 0-)
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    tikkun, Bush Bites, 3goldens, Matt Z, LordMike

    or never.

    my heart is in my throat.
    and beating loudly.

    Addington's perpwalk is the trailhead of accountability for this wound to our national psyche. (But go ahead and arrest Rumsfeld, too.)

    by greenbird on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 03:03:54 PM PST

  •  I dont think we will Unseat Walker (3+ / 0-)
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    rcnewton, Globe199, DrSpike

    He has too much money and it seems like the WI dems are going to run second string candidates.

    We arn't going to have the money nor a viable candidate.

    •  sadly, i think you're right. (1+ / 0-)
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      i like the grassroots idea, but the unions don't have the pull up there that they used to. will keep my fingers crossed that superpac money gets into the anti-walker camp soon.

      In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress. -John Adams

      by rcnewton on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 03:30:56 PM PST

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    •  Remind me never to be in a foxhole with you. n/t (18+ / 0-)

      If Obama doesn't deserve credit for getting Bin Laden because he didn't pull the trigger, Bin Laden doesn't deserve the blame for 9-11 because he didn't fly the planes.

      by Bush Bites on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 03:53:47 PM PST

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      •  Its true (1+ / 0-)
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        The only people to have announced are pretty under whelming who only have small local appeal.

        Our best bet right now is to unseat 2 of the senators and flip the senate and in 2012 hope to flip the assembly. Then hope in 2014 that the dems can actually field a better candidate.

        •  I tend not to take advice from people (2+ / 2-)
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          AdamND, rcnewton

          who don't know that underwhelming is one word.

          I changed by not changing at all, small town predicts my fate, perhaps that's what no one wants to see. -6.38, -4.15

          by James Allen on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 04:46:57 PM PST

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        •  I see the two polls since the petitioning (7+ / 0-)

          The Marquette poll that has Walker winning anywhere from 49-42 to 50-44, the main problem with which is it takes the D/I/R split as being 46/8/44 vs 45/40 in the Gallup results for the 1st half of 2011 and 37/28/36 in the exit poll in November 2010.  Plus it has a 7% MoE (note the poor response rate among 18-29 year olds and subsequent high reweighting).

          The other is the People’s Polling Poll which has Walker going down anywhere from 37-59 to 38-43 with a D/I/R of 35/34/31 (combining Tea Party with Republican there) which has the methodological issue of self-selecting respondents via social media (although it's not like it doesn't weight).

          I wouldn't pay too much attention to conclusions reached from either of these, but there are nonetheless two takeaways:

           1. There is no evidence at all that Walker is sitting pretty.
           2. Almost all undecideds have in fact decided that they don't want to vote for Walker: in both polls Walker's share varies with opponent by less than 1%, and higher D shares correspond to higher candidate name recognition.  I don't think I've seen head-to-heads like this before.  Candidate names do not drive anyone into Walker's arms.

          Seemingly the trick for D candidates is to let undecideds know that they're not mad axe murderers.  A full-fledged campaign will address that.

          •  Thank you, (4+ / 0-)
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            ranton, GeoffT, liberalcheesehead, Zadie

            and exactly.  In many ways, polls regarding Walker's chances at this point are like those polls that used to put Obama up against a generic republican a couple months ago, in which case Obama came out on the bad end.

            But these days polls that pit Obama against a specific candidate whether it's Romney or Santorum, show Obama to be in the cat bird seat with both, at least for today.

            I was trying to comment above to a doubting Thomas, regarding the lack of a celebrity democratic candidate, a la Feingold, to come forth so far in Wisconsin. I was trying to say that WHICHEVER Democrat ends up in the run---and I will note that whoever that person is has the GUTS TO RUN AND PUT IT OUT THERE WHEN OTHERS WEREN'T WILLING TO---is worthy of democrats MAKING HIM OR HER a celebrity candidate.  

            Wisconsin needs a democratic candidate.  That's all.  And then it's up to Wisconsin to make the VERY BEST OF WHO THEY GET.

            And frankly, Jesus Christ on roller skates, what democratic activists have done so far is mind blowing, and I don't expect them to let anyone down when we do have a candidate, no matter who that is---because how can it not be better than Walker?

        •  Since North Dakota is a long way from boots on (0+ / 0-)

          the ground in Wisconsin, please share where your expertise concerning Wisconsinites comes from.

          "I'm frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in 'A,' 'B,' 'C,' and 'D.' Just who do they think they are?" Barry Goldwater

          by ranton on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 07:10:26 PM PST

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        •  Yeah, well... (4+ / 0-)

          back in 2010 Wisconsin decided Tom Barrett was underwhelming, and in many ways he was. Still, had he won, nothing that's happening in Wisconsin today would be happening.

          So, imo, what democrats in Wisconsin need to do now is to embrace the NOT WALKER candidate, whoever it turns out to be, which right now doesn't look like everything we'd like it to be.

          But if Democrats and activists in Wisconsin could gather enough sigs to not only recall Walker and then some, but also Scott Fitzgerald, there's a lot of power in play.

          And IMO, WHOEVER the democrat is that ends up running against Walker needs all the enthusiasm Wisconsin democrats did not give to Barrett.  And whether that candidate deserves it any more or less than Barrett is a mute point if you ask yourself which is worse.  Say...Kathleen Falk, or Walker?

          The choice might just be that stark, and I hope to God Wisconsin Democrats will humbly choose differently this time.  Of course, most of all, I wish there was a kick ass candidate.  But it's troubling it's not materializing by now.

          Still, with a John Doe investigation in the wings and an ongoing redistricting scandal against the GOP, there's NO REASON we can't win this recall.

          But, IMO, it will take a certain mind set to do it.  Same mind set that got us this far.  Let's not stop now.

      •  Why? (2+ / 0-)
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        Puddytat, Zadie

        Eeyore would surrender first and maybe your attackers would leave you alone.

        I think Walker will be damaged regardless, certainly hope so. Go Orange To Blue!!!

        Time is an enormous, long river, and I’m standing in it, just as you’re standing in it. My elders are the tributaries, and everything they thought and every struggle they went through & everything they gave their lives to flows down to me-Utah Phillips

        by TerryDarc on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 04:48:56 PM PST

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    •  I don't share your pessimism. (7+ / 0-)

      My crystal ball is fuzzy, but we've still got time for others to get in. And I'm not so sure that those "second string candidates" aren't exactly what we need.

      The Will of the People shall be the Law of the Land. - Robert M. LaFollette

      by stcroix cheesehead on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 04:23:07 PM PST

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      •  If someone wants to get in they need to do it (1+ / 0-)
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        now because they need to raise cash and quickly.

        •  Most of the money will be anti-Walker (1+ / 0-)
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          stcroix cheesehead

          and will go to independent expenditure groups for attack ads, IMO. I think it hardly matters who the Dem is, so far as fundraising. What does matter is that polls show a reasonable chance to win, which I think they will.

          •  the thing is (1+ / 0-)
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            that if you look at the fundraising numbers that were released last the dems only got like 300k while walker raised millions. Even the senators on the republican side have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars.

            We just can't sit and think the money will pour in.

      •  ALL upcoming democrats (1+ / 0-)
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        stcroix cheesehead

        in Wisconsin have long known someone would need to run against Walker in a recall election AND, AND, AND, we've also LONG, LONG, LONG, known Fiengold was not willing.

        Yeah, maybe others will get in, but let's call it for what it is.  After ALL THE WORK of Wisconsin activists, so far, only Kathleen Falk has stepped forward.  

        Now, my best old time pal in Madison winces when I mention her name.  But holy cow, stcroixcheesehead, WTF up?  Please talk me down if I'm wrong.  But seems to me, there ARE SIMPLY NO other democrats stepping up to this challenge, in the same way there are NO other GOP candidates willing to save the GOP clown car primaries.  Is this a parallel universe?

        In any case, have to be honest, I don't exactly know why Wisconsin Democrats hate Kathleen Falk.  And even if I did know that, who else is coming to the fore?

        Geepers creepers, stcroix cheesehead, I really HATE to think this whole thing could fall apart because a.) no great Wisconsin Democrats were willing to step up, and b.) because Wisconsin Democrats would be willing to repeat their mistake in the mid terms---to decide that once again, they didn't get who they wanted, and therefore, gave it over to the other side.

        Help me out with this if you can, although I don't hold you responsible to do so.  But I AM getting very concerned that at this point there is no candidate to run against Walker, except, seemingly, Kathleen Falk, and she doesn't seem to be getting any buy in from Wisconsin Dems.

        Gotta say, I just don't think it's too soon to discuss these things, and I'm a bit surprised at the lack of discussion about who will run against Scott Walker on this site.

        •  Sorry to reply (2+ / 0-)
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          stcroix cheesehead, Zadie

          to my own comment, but do have something to add.

          I think we all need to look at what it takes these days for someone to run for office.  It's not pretty.  And I think we need to wake up and realize we CANNOT demand the best from our candidates, if we have not been there to support them with the best of our votes.

          AND, I think the predicament of Wisconsin right now---thousands of activists willing to open the page for change, yet hardly a ONE to accept the challenge to run---is reflective of a very deep problem NO ONE is talking about.

          Which is, that these days, our best and brightest wouldn't dream of F'ing up their lives by running for public service.  That's a BIG problem.

          And, I think, just one more reason why, imo, this country is SO FUCKING LUCKY TO HAVE BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA AS ITS PRESIDENT.  

          IMO, we'll wait a good long while till we find someone as well suited to the public interest as our current president, or as willing to take on what it takes to fight against those who have no interest in the public interest.  Clinton, IMO, never came even close to what Obama has done and accomplished.

          And hence my point whittles down to Wisconsin.  We have NO OBAMA willing to take on Walker.  Not even close, it appears.  And that's something that should worry all of us.

          So, and however, we'll need to settle for what we get.  Which means, we must support those who have the balls to run.

          And if we don't like the caliber of those who present themselves to us, then I suggest, we question our own caliber---and how the hell we demand more than we're willing to give.

          •  (clears throat) ;-) (2+ / 0-)
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            StellaRay, Roy Ellefson

            Lots of very good questions you ask.

            Why don't people like Falk? She's run twice for statewide office, losing both times. The second time she primaried out the Dem Attorney General, the only one from outstate, then ran a very Madison-centric campaign and got thrashed. In return we've gotten a teahadist in the post. In all fairness, the prev. Dem AG (Peg Lautenschlager) had been convicted of a DUI while driving a state car, but that is not a kiss of death in a Wisconsin election.

            Wisconsin has very funny politics. Madison and Milwaukee Dems tend to think that they run the show - they have enough Democratic voters to win a primary (especially if it's three candidates), but not enough to win a general. The Dane county (Madison) Dems in particular can be VERY dismissive and condescending of outstate - and have been in their opposition of State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout who represents a very rural, purple district. There's a lot of friction on both sides.

            Vinehout is a state senator in her second term from Alma, WI (just up the river from LaCrosse). I know her, I think she's great, authentic, hard-working, but she's a relative unknown. She's been an advocate of building the party up from its grassroots. She's a great public speaker if you're in the audience, but she needs a little polish. Falk and her supporters have been firing at Vinehout with both barrels, damaging both candidates... although I think that they've let up a little bit after seeing how this was playing.

            On building a bench - I can tell you that our recall activism has spread towards longer term change. We've gotten local parties working hard already for the fall 2012 elections, and getting people into the nonpartisan (school board/city council/county board) levels. And are evaluating what we ask of people, at least at the lower level.

            As for other candidates - There are at least three that I have heard about that might jump in. They don't need to announce yet, it's better for them to sit back and see when the election comes. If it happens with no delay, on May 1 (primary) and May 29, that will be good for some, bad for others...

            Tom Barrett is running for another term as Milwaukee mayor. That election isn't until April 3 - after the nomination papers are due for a May 1 recall primary. It will be impractical for him to run if these dates hold - he'd have to be circulating nomination papers for governor before the mayoral election.

            On the other hand, Rep. Ron Kind is favored by this schedule. I think that his fear is that he could lose a multiway primary and not have enough time to pivot back and refile for his house seat. The May 1/29 schedule would be better, if he lost the primary he'd still have time to refile. He's redesigned his website - it's Ron Kind for Wisconsin now, not Ron Kind for Congress.

            Someone's been venting about how "these people have to get in really quick". If you are already in office, particularly federal office, you can already fundraise. Kind (or for that matter, former Rep. Obey or Sen. Kohl) can raise money through their federal committees and then use this towards a state race.

            Until March 20, when (presumably) the Government Accountability Board verifies the sufficiency of the recall petitions, there is nothing that anyone needs to do or even can do to be a candidate in the election.

            So I say we sit back, grab some popcorn and a cold beer, and watch the unfolding John Doe investigation.

            The Will of the People shall be the Law of the Land. - Robert M. LaFollette

            by stcroix cheesehead on Mon Feb 20, 2012 at 04:59:07 AM PST

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    •  And what's Russ Feingold's excuse? (4+ / 0-)
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      I'm sorry. I understand that the man doesn't want to be governor. But in circumstances like this, you have to take a hit for your country.

      Russ already turned over the Dodd-Frank act to Scott Brown, and now he won't step up to the plate in this crucial fight.

      He used to be a hero of mine. Lately, not so much.

      Somebody please talk me down here. I would love to love Russ again.

      Why won't Russ run?

      Enjoy the San Diego Zoo's panda cam! Now in high definition!

      by Fonsia on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 04:26:42 PM PST

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      •  As much as I love Big Russ... (2+ / 0-)
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        ...I'm worried his candidacy could motivate the right as well as the left.  "Citizen Dave" Cieslewicz summed it up best in a recent article: "Upside: The Democratic base will walk across cut glass to vote for him. Downside: The Republican base will walk across burning coals to vote against him. Independents don't like cut glass or burning coals. They want someone who gives them a nice clear sidewalk. We love him, but that ain't Russ."

        I'm holding out hope for a candidate with a bit broader appeal--and one who hasn't been a punching bag of right-wing hate radio.

        •  Thanks. That's helpful. (1+ / 0-)
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          Of course, the wingers are going to walk over hot coals to vote for him anyway, after all this. But I understand your point about the indies.

          One would think that they'd learned their lesson by now. However, you go to the polls to vote for someone, not against someone.

          Enjoy the San Diego Zoo's panda cam! Now in high definition!

          by Fonsia on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 07:44:02 PM PST

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    •  I disagree! One million+ you (3+ / 0-)
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      GeoffT, stcroix cheesehead, Puddytat

      have any sense of how many wanted to sign but were afraid to because the lists would be public?  Inside a voting booth, there will not be that dynamic.  

      The gestapo tactics over the mining bill just added more votes for Recalling Walker.  

      "I'm frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in 'A,' 'B,' 'C,' and 'D.' Just who do they think they are?" Barry Goldwater

      by ranton on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 07:02:26 PM PST

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      •  Statistics from the six recalls of R's last summer (5+ / 0-)

        Are that the average turnout for their Democratic opponent was 122% of the signatures submitted.  If that holds for the gubernatorial recall, Walker would need 10% more votes than he received in November 2010 to compete.

        However, it's not like he's won over anyone who didn't vote or anyone who voted for Barrett, or hasn't cheesed off anyone since then who voted for him that time.

        •  He has lost much support from people who voted (2+ / 0-)
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          stcroix cheesehead, Puddytat

          for him...he certainly has not gained support from those who voted for his opponent in 2010.

          "I'm frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in 'A,' 'B,' 'C,' and 'D.' Just who do they think they are?" Barry Goldwater

          by ranton on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 07:24:33 PM PST

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      •  Bingo (2+ / 0-)
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        stcroix cheesehead, JBraden

        And canvassing wasn't done.  We stood on corners, in front of public buildings, and other public places - in groups of 2 or more because of the "incidents" that were taking place.  People sought us out.  They were happy to "find" us.

        There's more than a million who want Walker gone who didn't have a chance to sign.  And that should scare Scotty shitless.

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

        by Puddytat on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 11:48:21 PM PST

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  •  As a petition circulator (26+ / 0-)

    I would like to thank everyone at KOS who supports us here in WI, financially or otherwise.  It's been a helluva year; for this formerly "independent" voter, it has been a political awakening the likes of which I had never experienced.  I have been to a political protest for the first time in my life, found KOS, and I will never again be apathetic to ANY election, from local school board to the president of the US.
    Do not underestimate the importance of the Walker recall.  I truly believe we in WI are Ground Zero for the future of the US.

    Wisconsin: It's war, you know. We didn't start it, but we'll keep fighting in it until we win

    by isewquilts2 on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 03:09:39 PM PST

    •  Go get 'em! (3+ / 0-)
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      oceanview, ranton, Puddytat

      I have faith that the Walker recall effort is in good hands, and that both momentum and history are on your side.  Get those signatures validated, and then find a candidate who will MOP THE FLOOR WITH HIM.  Good luck, Badgers!

    •  isewquilts2 Thank You! (3+ / 0-)
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      stcroix cheesehead, ranton, Puddytat

         For All that you have done and will do.  

      •  compared to many others in WI (5+ / 0-)

        I do very little--but I do what I can.  noise of rain, st croix cheesehead, Giles Goat Boy, Puddytat, etc are the people you should be thanking--they are the KOS rock stars of WI.

        Wisconsin: It's war, you know. We didn't start it, but we'll keep fighting in it until we win

        by isewquilts2 on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 07:17:00 PM PST

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        •  (blushes) (5+ / 0-)

          We all do different things. I haven't done a lot of canvassing, I've been working on longer term stuff. I admire those of you who are getting out & pounding the pavement.

          It's kind of like a baseball team. Not everyone has the same skills - but you need everyone to work together. And we've got a million people who are working together.

          The Will of the People shall be the Law of the Land. - Robert M. LaFollette

          by stcroix cheesehead on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 07:23:31 PM PST

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        •  Don't discount what you do (3+ / 0-)

          Every bit helps.  None of us gathered all those signatures.  30,000 of us did.  And lots of those signatures came from people who got "schooled" on what really matters by people like you who talked to them on the phone, in line at the grocery store, at the bank, over the fence with neighbors, and any other place where people could be convinced that what Walker is doing is wrong, wrong, wrong.

          It's been different from anything else I've seen in my life (I'll be 61 in a couple weeks).  Everyone coming together from everywhere and everyone doing something.  Each bit adding, magnifying the collective effort and continuing on.

          No one does it alone.  We are doing it together.

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

          by Puddytat on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 11:22:42 PM PST

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  •  There was supposed to be some "Brooks Bros Riot" (3+ / 0-)
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    Ice Blue, ranton, Puddytat

    type protest organized by pro-walker forces on friday(2/17) to disrupt the recall petition certification process

    anyone hear if they carried through with this?

    Response: If you "got it" you wouldn't be a republican

    by JML9999 on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 03:10:13 PM PST

  •  Already donated... (12+ / 0-)

    Already donated through my own Act Blue site through which I raised almost $2000 for last year's recalls. If I can find more money will donated again!

    FREEDOM ISN'T FREE: That's why we pay taxes. I Had A Thought

    by mole333 on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 03:14:24 PM PST

  •  done! (11+ / 0-)

    our hearts and minds are with Wisconsin workers!

  •  I hope the recall election is before the general (8+ / 0-)

    If he is recalled, it might help Washington State voters wise up to the "centrist" Rob McKenna.  He is leading by a wide margin in the Governor's campaign, and the number of undecideds is shrinking.

    McKenna is no centrist.  For one, he signed on to the lawsuit against the affordable care act, even though polling in the state and the current Governor, Christine Gregoire disagreed.

    "Slavery is the legal fiction that a person is property. Corporate personhood is the legal fiction that property is a person." David Korten, When Corporations Rule the World

    by Delta Overdue on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 03:22:21 PM PST

    •  Agree (2+ / 0-)
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      I'm not an avid follower of Washington State politics, but I've had several "WTF" moments looking at the recent gubernatorial polling there.

      Please don't tell me your state is going back to the days of electing folks like Dixy Lee Ray.  ;-)

    •  Timeline (3+ / 0-)

      Walker has until February 27th to file challenges to the signatures; the GAB has until March 19th to see if there are reasons for disallowing more than 46% of them.

      The Committee to Recall Walker has by statute 5 days to rebut Walker's challenges, but given that Walker's campaign itself only claims a 10-20% error rate, it's completely academic.

      If the GAB doesn't seek any extensions and verifies sufficiency on March 19th then the election would be May 1st, or with a primary on that date and the recall election on May 29th.

      I've heard rumor that the GAB is keen that any and all primaries (between the Governor, Lieutenant-Governor and four Senate recall races) should be on the same day and subsequent recall elections also on the same day, though that would require legal actions that haven't taken place yet.

  •  So this is a good usage of money instead of... (6+ / 0-)

    ...Operation Hilarity then, right? I think we'd be better off if we just kept promoting more of this, than pissing people's donations away on less than useful causes like O.H.

    jad.Blog - another cog in the Internet revolution.

    by aerojad on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 03:29:04 PM PST

  •  Gave 10. Is this rerun diary from Thursday? (3+ / 0-)
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    The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy;the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness

    by CTMET on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 03:29:50 PM PST

  •  When will the election be? (1+ / 0-)
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    The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy;the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness

    by CTMET on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 03:32:39 PM PST

  •  Done, in solidarity $10.00 (7+ / 0-)

    The radical Republican party is the party of oppression, fear, loathing and above all more money and power for the people who robbed us.

    by a2nite on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 03:37:57 PM PST

  •  OK, OK... (7+ / 0-)

    ...the guy on the bagpipes playing On Wisconsin did it. I'm in for $11.

    Time is an enormous, long river, and I’m standing in it, just as you’re standing in it. My elders are the tributaries, and everything they thought and every struggle they went through & everything they gave their lives to flows down to me-Utah Phillips

    by TerryDarc on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 03:52:12 PM PST

  •  Chris your Wisconsin coverage is outstanding (9+ / 0-)

    You have been there day in day out making the case and digging up fact after fact, outrage after outrage.  Thank you.

  •  Question for Wisconsiners(sp)? (2+ / 0-)
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    How much effect is the John Doe investigation having on the walker recall? Do you think it will have much effect that Walker just may drop out? Plus, who is the strongest person that the Democrats are putting up against Walker?

    •  That's the subject of a couple of diaries. (4+ / 0-)
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      John Doe? Who knows. Neither side is releasing polling, but the Dems are smiling when they say they've done polling.

      I don't see Walker dropping out. At this point it doesn't matter, under state law there will be an election (assuming sufficiency of the recall petitions, which a judge pretty much ruled is likely). The only thing he has to decide is whether he'll be the republican candidate.

      As for strongest - got a crystal ball? Falk has support in Dane county and party establishment but little outstate. Vinehout doesn't have name recognition. Will anyone else get in? Stay tuned!

      The Will of the People shall be the Law of the Land. - Robert M. LaFollette

      by stcroix cheesehead on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 04:29:49 PM PST

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      •  More will get in (5+ / 0-)

        What I have been hearing is that candidates are waiting until the recall is certified and there will be an election. When that happens they will all jump in. They are keeping their heads down to prevent the superpacs from gearing up to attack them.

        Impossible is nothing

        by DrSpike on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 05:44:57 PM PST

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        •  Barrett's been making noises. (4+ / 0-)

          I think Kind might jump in if Barrett doesn't.

          My hope is that Herb Kohl jumps in and clears the field, running as a two-year caretaker to restore democracy.

          He wouldn't be my first choice for governor. But he'd slaughter Walker, and that's what we need right now.

          The Will of the People shall be the Law of the Land. - Robert M. LaFollette

          by stcroix cheesehead on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 06:14:47 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  Kohl (3+ / 0-)

            I was against this at first, but I agree with you that maybe Kohl (or even Obey) would fill the role of caretaker well - and like you said, getting Scooter out has to be the focus.

            I think it would be Feingolds' for the taking.  I really like Peter Barca.

            I was very irritated that WEAC endorsed Falk so early.  I voted for her when she and Doyle were in the primary, but I think she comes across as condescending, and her union pledge was a bad strategy - even though I'm desperate to see collective bargaining restored.

          •  If you think Kohl would slaughter Walker (0+ / 0-)

            ...then I'm all for his candidacy.  I'll admit that I'm not terribly familiar with Wisconsin politics (I'm from Pennsylvania, where we also have a Tea Party-backed corporate POS as governor, but at least our Tea Party-backed corporate POS was smart enough to realize he'd become an overnight political pariah if he decided to attack public employee unions), but I'm not sure the two Kathleens would be up for the rigors of a recall election, even though I think both would make great governors if they decided to jump into a future cycle.

    •  Cheeseheads are Wisconsinites, (4+ / 0-)
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      or will answer to just about anything. I'm one. I haven't seen any reliable polling, really, but the John Doe probe already writes its own anti-Walker ads, and more crimes are likely to be revealed. Persuadable voters, IMO, aren't very interested in the Doe probe yet because the Governor hasn't been charged with anything. A few million ads about how connected he is to the felons, with scary music, could definitely reach them, though. IMO. (There will be money on our side, too.)

      Our strongest candidate? Among many possibilities, I'd pick Dave Obey, who could draw enough votes in the northern half of the state to win, given the big majorities any Dem will get in Milwaukee and Dane County. (Keep in mind we collected nearly as many signatures to recall Walker as he got votes in 2010. We can beat him.)

    •  I've been following the John Doe (1+ / 0-)
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      relentlessly.  Every indictment of top Walker aides and revelations coming from the Republican Redistricting Scandal are peeling away from Walker.  He's been fleeing the media, too, and only interviewing with "friendlies".  

      His upcoming chat with the John Doe prosecutors might have some additional revelations.  I've heard rumors, but nothing solid.

      We hate corruption or unethical behavior in our officeholders and always clean house when it's seen.  We rid ourselves of Legislative leaders in a caucus scandal in the 90s.  

      Drip by drip, this isn't making Walker look good.

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

      by Puddytat on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 11:58:10 PM PST

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  •  He's Gotta Go! Done :) n/t (4+ / 0-)
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  •  I love badgers. (6+ / 0-)

    done, and done.

  •  Toyota?! (0+ / 0-)

    Couldn't find a car actually made by a domestic auto maker?

  •  Too much confidence is a bad thing. (8+ / 0-)

    It could still go to Walker. The Republicans will do anything and say anything to win. Millions upon Millions of dollars will be spent.

    I go there a few times a week and I still run into people that say they don't know what they are going to do. I try to let them know how very important it is to get rid of the Governor and the Lieutenant Governor.

    We can not leave anything to chance. That is another problem I have... The fact that some people think we have this thing sewn up. Not so, we sat on our laurels in 2010 and look what the Republicans did nationwide....

    If Scott Walker is recalled, it will be the snowball that will start the avalanche. The Republicans know that... I think it is encouraging that a judge has not given Governor Walker another extension.  But that is still no reason to relax... I am just nervous about it that's all.

  •  Don't have to convince us. Needed to convince WEAC (4+ / 0-)
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    I'll still vote but realistically, this probably ended the second Falk was endorsed by WEAC.

    •  Not a huge Falk fan either, but (4+ / 0-)
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      job one is Walker out.

      There's still time for others to jump in. Lots of time. And if she gets the nomination, we'll work for her.

      Job two is taking care of the idjits who thought that endorsing her before anyone else got in was a good idea. But we'll do that after we get Scotty.

      The Will of the People shall be the Law of the Land. - Robert M. LaFollette

      by stcroix cheesehead on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 04:48:17 PM PST

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  •  Just a quick count.... (2+ / 0-)
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    Hey, shoot...there's a coupla C-notes contributed just right here from this one diary.  There have to be a ton of other democratic-leaning blogs out there in cyberspace...hopefully they'll be working up diaries to get donations for anti-Walker efforts as well.  

    Emails and direct mails...blogs and union efforts...I'm betting there is going to be some serious money going toward this.

    - If you don't like gay marriage, blame straight people. They're the ones who keep having gay babies.

    by r2did2 on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 04:41:45 PM PST

  •  Is the Party the Best Recipient? I Thought This (0+ / 0-)

    recall was started by one woman when the party wouldn't do it?

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 04:45:04 PM PST

    •  That's the Fitzgerald recall... (4+ / 0-)
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      You can find them at ActBlue or

      The Will of the People shall be the Law of the Land. - Robert M. LaFollette

      by stcroix cheesehead on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 04:53:08 PM PST

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    •  I think you're thinking of (7+ / 0-)

      Lori Compas who single-handedly engineered the recall of Scott Fitzgerald, the Majority Leader of the WI State Senate.  The WI Dem Party is going to need a load of money for whomever gets selected to run in the recall election on the Dem ticket against Scott Walker as well as to help the four Dems who will be running against and trying to unseat four Republican State Senators.  Walker has accumulated millions already for his recall run.  I'm nervous, frankly.  He's got a campaign war chest that is humongous.  This is a test case for the wealthy elites to see if they can keep Walker in his position.  We can NOT lose this election and the difference in funding between the Repubs and Dems is scary.  

      We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both. Louis D. Brandeis

      by 3goldens on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 04:55:08 PM PST

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      •  That out-of-state, 1% of the 1% money CAN be used (1+ / 0-)
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        against him.  THAT is why we need a FIGHTER and why I cannot support Barrett.

        "I'm frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in 'A,' 'B,' 'C,' and 'D.' Just who do they think they are?" Barry Goldwater

        by ranton on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 07:42:54 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  I hear you. We need a very strong (2+ / 0-)
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          candidate.  Thus far I've not seen anyone I'm very enthusiastic about.  But I'm willing to wait and see who surfaces.  And I'm expecting that this will be a dirty, filthy fight.  After the Walker and Ron Johnson campaigns in 2010, we should expect a brutal fight.  Whoever takes on Walker had better have a healthy dose of s.o.b. about him/her to withstand what's going to come at them.

          We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both. Louis D. Brandeis

          by 3goldens on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 08:12:12 PM PST

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          •  Agree! (0+ / 0-)

            "I'm frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in 'A,' 'B,' 'C,' and 'D.' Just who do they think they are?" Barry Goldwater

            by ranton on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 09:48:01 PM PST

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  •  Absolutely. Keep bringing this back to the front (2+ / 0-)
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    page. Everyone who can contribute, should. It is that important.

    "Mr. President, I'm not saying we wouldn't get our hair mussed." General Buck Turgidson

    by muledriver on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 04:49:25 PM PST

  •  The author is right. We MUST win (4+ / 0-)

    While I agree with the sentiment that all politics is local, any progressive with half a brain knows that there are a LOT of implications to this effort beyond the borders of Wisconsin.

    To be brutally honest, I wasn't sure at first that the recall effort was worth the undertaking--largely because of the damaging media narrative that would have sprung from a failed attempt.  That said, 1 million signatures can't be wrong.

    I do have lingering concerns about the quality and profiles of the potential Democratic candidates.  Of the two who have declared thus far, Kathleen Falk is undoubtedly stronger, but she's a bit too sterile and Coakley-esque for my taste.  I'm sure Kathleen Vinehout is a wonderful person, but her national debut on The Ed Show was--frankly--disastrous, and she sounds like Chuckie from Rugrats.  She also vulnerable to attacks due to her status as one of the Wisconsin 14.

    I'm still holding out hope for some stronger entries.  I think Peter Barca could be a strong contender.  Probably Herb Kohl too, though he's a bit too old and a bit too corporatist for my tastes.  We shall see.  Good luck, Badgers!

    •  Vinehout's... kind of goofy. In a good way. (2+ / 0-)
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      In person, she's wonderful, warm, loud, laughing, sincere. She's a hardworking advocate and she doesn't take no cr*p from the republicans. She's a happy warrior, reminds me just a touch of Paul Wellstone, and I have no doubt she'd be an excellent governor.

      I see her on TV though and kind of groan.  (Kathleen! Stop weaving from side to side!)

      Maybe people will find her sincerity and her goofiness endearing. We're a goofy state, and she's an incredible contrast to ol' Dead Eyes Walker.

      The Will of the People shall be the Law of the Land. - Robert M. LaFollette

      by stcroix cheesehead on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 06:27:41 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett may run again (5+ / 0-)

    article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel today:

    "I know there are other Democrats running and I have respect for them. But I think that this governor has done so much damage to this state, I want him to be gone from this job," Barrett said.
    I haven't been wildly enthused about a possible Walker/Barrett rematch, because I wasn't too impressed with Barrett's 2010 campaign. He wasn't very aggressive, the ads were forgettable, and I felt like he was playing not to lose. So I was hopeful someone else would step up, maybe someone from upstate.

    But I've seen him interviewed several times recently and he seems to have much more fire in his belly. He is articulate, knowledgeable, and seems genuinely offended by Walker's bullshit.

    •  I'm afraid that re-nominating Barrett... (2+ / 0-)
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      ...would be like Massachusetts re-nominating Martha Coakley for Senate.  Too weak a campaign the first time around, and too much openness to "sore loser" attacks.

      •  or he gives Wisconsin a chance for do-over. (4+ / 0-)
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        If he's got the fire in the belly this time, great. If he still wants to be home every night for dinner like the last election, please sit this one out, Tom.

        The Will of the People shall be the Law of the Land. - Robert M. LaFollette

        by stcroix cheesehead on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 06:29:21 PM PST

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        •  I wanted fire-in-the belly the first time, and he (1+ / 0-)
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          did not have it.  i do not want a candidate that will crumble when this gets down and dirty which it will...I want a "Fighting Bob" kind of candidate!

          "I'm frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in 'A,' 'B,' 'C,' and 'D.' Just who do they think they are?" Barry Goldwater

          by ranton on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 07:47:06 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

        •  The Buyer's Remorse Candidate? (2+ / 0-)
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          That's what I kept calling Al Gore when I wanted him to run again in 2004 and 2008!

          Why do I have the feeling George W. Bush joined the Stonecutters, ate a mess of ribs, and used the Constitution as a napkin?

          by Matt Z on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 08:00:54 PM PST

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      •  Polls were run in late Feb last year (1+ / 0-)
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        saying that Barrett would have been elected if the election were held then.  People wanted a do-over once the smiling, sleeves rolled up, jobs promising Walker turned out to be the Emperor in the Star Wars movies.

        The tens of millions in attack ads doomed Feingold and Walker because our lazy, corporate Wisconsin media never called out Johnson or Walker on their lies or records.  Or, even asked them any questions.

        People know better now.  We know the enemy (and they all have an "R" after their names.

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

        by Puddytat on Mon Feb 20, 2012 at 12:04:24 AM PST

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  •  So inspiring. And fun. And right. (3+ / 0-)
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    This entire scenario, from beginning to now, has just been SO WELL DONE.

    And softie I am, I donated and actually teared up a bit at the first video. It's so wonderful to see so many people so determined to see right done.

    On Wisconsin! You bet!

    202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

    by cany on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 06:49:21 PM PST

  •  U Wis broadcasts sports on 2 pro-walker radio stns (2+ / 0-)
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    (from )

    U of Wisconsin broadcasts on 2 limbaugh stations, which are pro-walker 24/7, have been attacking teachers and unions for years, will do their best to obstruct the recall and demonize the protestors, and are dedicated to helping the koch bros deny global warming. these stations are dedicated to anti science misinformation and are completely partisan except for a few programs here and there, usually on the weekends. and they're probably on a few more pro walker right wing radio stations that don't do limbaugh.

    UW students and faculty could really help the overall effort by pressuring UW to find alternatives. just starting the process would put a lot of pressure on the pro walker effort.

    here are some excerpts from the U of Wisconsin mission statement which would prohibit the association if taken seriously:

    Mission Statement
    The University of Wisconsin–Madison ........  continues to be Wisconsin’s comprehensive teaching and research university with a statewide, national and international mission, offering programs at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels in a wide range of fields, while engaging in extensive scholarly research, continuing adult education and public service.

    The primary purpose of the University of Wisconsin–Madison is to provide a learning environment in which faculty, staff and students can discover, examine critically, preserve and transmit the knowledge, wisdom and values that will help ensure the survival of this and future generations and improve the quality of life for all. The university seeks to help students to develop an understanding and appreciation for the complex cultural and physical worlds in which they live and to realize their highest potential of intellectual, physical and human development.

    Generate new knowledge through a broad array of scholarly, research and creative endeavors, which provide a foundation for dealing with the immediate and long-range needs of society.
    Maintain a level of excellence and standards in all programs that will give them statewide, national and international significance.
    Embody, through its policies and programs, respect for, and commitment to, the ideals of a pluralistic, multiracial, open and democratic society.

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and partisan lying by broadcasting sports on Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 07:02:03 PM PST

  •  Together we can... (2+ / 0-)
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    Count me in as a voice (and $$ to the cause) in the chorus.

    Where can I get me a Badger bumper sticker (only askin')

    "We the People..." (insert badger here)

    We are the 99% - OWS

    by TriangleNC on Sun Feb 19, 2012 at 07:10:44 PM PST

  •  Gave more than requested (1+ / 0-)
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    stcroix cheesehead

    This is a transformational moment. This country needs to separate the corporate money from government operations, viz., legislative, executive and judicial activity. We all suffer when corporations influence government. I'm tired of suffering. If we need to suffer, we need to suffer together, not just the 99%.

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