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Mike Tate
The Wisconsin recall elections in June could very well set the tone for how Democrats do the rest of the year. A successful recall of Gov. Scott Walker and a recapture of the Wisconsin State Senate could energize Democrats nationwide and foreshadow bigger gains in November.

Wisconsin Democrats certainly couldn't have predicted that they would be the epicenter of pushback against the extreme agenda of the corporate right, but they have already been successful in winning two state senate recall elections in redder districts and are poised to take advantage of the grassroots energy throughout the state to deliver more victories in the months ahead.

As you will see, the peculiarities of Wisconsin law give a major financial advantage to Walker and his allies. To help fix this imbalance, you can donate here to our Wisconsin Recall Fund.

The interview is below the fold.

Goal ThermometerTell me about how you became the Chair of the Wisconsin Democratic Party.

I became chair in June of 2009. Obviously, it was a rough time. But prior to that, I had worked on different political campaigns and other progressive nonprofits for the past twelve years. I started out as a college kid helping to organize students for Democratic campaigns. I worked on a governor's race, and for a labor union. I ran a same-sex marriage initiative, and ran a large independent expenditure field program for that. After 2008, I was looking for what was next, and it was suggested to me by some of the people who worked for then-Governor Doyle that I should run for Party Chair.

I bet you didn't expect to be at the forefront of the national debate right now.

This is not what I anticipated when I became party chair in June of '09. It's not even what we anticipated a year ago when we went through the occupation of the Capitol, the Senators leaving. It has been an incredible, exciting, stressful, but historic ride.

Where are we in this recall process?

It will likely be made official a week from Friday, but we are likely to have elections scheduled next week. The primary will will be May 8, and the general election will be June 5.

What does the polling look like right now?

The polling has been fairly encouraging. The last poll that was out had both County Executive Kathleen Faulk and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett leading Scott Walker. Walker continues to have a negative job approval rating, and continues to have a majority of voters pretty inclined to fire him from his current job.

We had the situation before where we took back two of the Senate seats, but didn't get a majority. What's going on in terms of the upcoming Senate recalls?

The important thing is that we have four state senate recall elections happening. These are all districts that have substantially better Democratic performance than the recall races that we had last year. These are substantially better districts, all but one, and we need just one seat to take back the majority. There has been no public polling, but our internal polling has shown that we have a strong path to victory in every race. We feel confident that we have great candidates, that we'll have a good chance of winning.

How does the recall election work in the senate seat where the senator resigned?

This is in the Wassau area of central Wisconsin. What happened here is that the senator in question, Pam Galloway, resigned because of health concerns in her family. This is a real story, not something fabricated. We feel confident that we have a fantastic candidate there who is a current member of the State Assembly from that district, Donna Seidel. The Republicans will be running a state representative, Jaret Petrowski, from that area. This puts us in a stronger position to win that seat right now.

So there is going to be, in addition to a Democratic primary, there will be a Republican primary?

We don't know if there's going to be a Democratic primary at all. The question is whether the Republicans will pull the maneuver they did last time and run fake Democrats to prolong the process.

Explain more about that process for readers who may not be as familiar.

First, if there's no primary, the recall election procedure is only six weeks long. So in the state senate races, the general election will be May 8 if no primary opponents file. What the Republicans did last time was elongate the race because they figured their biggest advantage was money. So they wanted to prolong it and spend us down. So in all of the six districts where we were recalling Republicans, they recruited a fake Democrat--a Republican who was willing to appear on the ballot, collect signatures and run in the primary. Then the Republicans ran a turnout operation to drive out the vote for them.

You mentioned finances. Can you talk about the quirky rules that are in place for these recalls?

It's a total quirk of the law. The individual being targeted for recall does not have to adhere to our fundraising limits, which are pretty strict. They're allowed to raise unlimited money from individuals and PACs.  We've seen Scott Walker pull in half a million for Bob Perry, who just gave $3 million to Mitt Romney's super-PAC. We was a funder of Swift Boat Veterans For Truth. So we've got some of these Republicans taking money from some pretty bad actors.

They've accused you of trying to raise money from outside the state. Is that a bit hypocritical?

Not only is it hypocritical, it's actually comical. Scott Walker has spent more time in the last few months outside of the state raising money for the campaign as he has inside it. The majority, overwhelming majority are from the state, but we have a lot of grassroots donors from around the country who have been giving us twenty, thirty dollars at a time. Some live in Los Angeles, some are from Denver, some live--we have people from every state in the country giving us money.

Let's say that the recalls are successful, we have a Democratic governor in June, and Democratic control of the Senate. Walker and Fitzgerald have managed to do a lot of damage. How do you repair that if the State Assembly is still in Republican hands?

We have a long road back. It's important that the story doesn't get written that if we win on June 5, all the problems are solved. It's a long road back to fix the damage that Scott Walker and his allies have done in a little over a year. The biggest opportunities for repairing these breaches well come in the next state budget, which is the only bill that the state legislature actually has to pass. And we'll see strong moves toward restoring collective bargaining rights and repealing these dogmatic anti-Wisconsin laws that have come into existence in the last year.

What are the odds, since people haven't been focusing on this, that Democrats can capture the State Assembly in November?

Let me say this: I think we have a great shot at taking it back. I think that especially if we take back the Senate, that a lot of time and energy and resources can be focused on the Assembly. We're working hard on recruiting good candidates and a lot of people have been inspired by the citizen activism that we've seen in the past year and have stepped forward. I feel optimistic about our chances at taking back the State Assembly.

Ever since the state capitol in Madison got occupied, it seems like Wisconsin has turned into the epicenter of Democratic activism and people power. How do you maintain that and keep that going after November if Walker is recalled, you re-elect Barack Obama and have him win Wisconsin--how do you keep it going?

This is been the most incredible story of this whole thing. When we, the people of Wisconsin, embarked on these Senate recall elections last summer, people questioned whether we would have the ability to recall these senators. But the people were incredibly enthusiastic and fired up, but we had to wait until was in office for a year. And people said that the Senate recalls are one thing, but you can't recall Walker, you can't keep this energy going, this momentum, this enthusiasm. And two things happened. One, Scott Walker and [Senate Majority Leader] Fitzgerald continued to make laws that are absolutely offensive to anyone who cares about this state, and looks at the state the way we do. And the momentum grew. We have more people involved now than were involved when we occupied the capitol. We've had tens and tens of thousands of people from all across the state get involved. A million people signed the recall petition. We feel pretty good about our ability to maintain momentum, and it's something we'll keep working on.

How can people who aren't in Wisconsin help with this effort?

There are two or three things that can be done. One is obvious: we could use financial help. People can give online. Sign up for our email alerts. Stay in the loop. The other side has the Koch brothers, and Bob Perry. We done have big donors writing us six-figure checks. We have thousands of small donors giving us fifteen or twenty dollars at a time. The second is, if you have any friends or family in Wisconsin, please reach out to them, talk to them. Please get out the votes for our nominees. And third, there are going to be a number of programs where people who don't live in Wisconsin but want to call voters will be able to do that through out website, and we've had a lot of success with that in the past. It's reaching out to people you know, giving a little bit of your hard-earned money. Or you can get down and dirty and talk to voters.

One last thing on this: the voter ID law. What's the status on that, and how could it affect this race?

Wisconsin passed what many have said is the most regressive photo ID law in the country, which is saying something, considering South Carolina and Alabama and some of these regressive Southern states. But our law is pretty extreme. About two weeks ago, though, we won a big court case where a state judge said that the photo ID law violated the Wisconsin constitution, and he permanently enjoined the law. So today, the law is not valid. However, our Republican Attorney General, at Scott Walker's insistence, is vigorously appealing that decision. We have a conservative majority on our Supreme Court. The best justices the Chamber of Commerce can buy! And I'm concerned that it's possible and probable that this law could be back in place for the recall elections.

Now, this law allows people to use gun ID's to vote, but not government-issued student ID's?

You cannot use tech school ID's, and there are restrictions around the student ID's as well.

Is that intentionally designed to disenfranchise Democratic-leaning constituencies?

That's all this bill is. There is no voter fraud in Wisconsin. In fact, Wisconsin has one of the highest participation rates of any state in the country. How our laws were a year ago should be a model for the nation. We have same-day voter registration. We have the ability to vouch for someone if they can't offer identification on them. We have a system of laws that was designed to enhance participation and provide no barrier or impediment to voting, and the Republicans didn't like that because they can't win elections when everyone votes. It turns out, more people are Democrats than Republicans. So the first chance they got, the decided to restrict the ability of minorities, restrict the ability of college students, of seniors as well, to vote. It's appalling and it's un-American.

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  •  On Wisconsin! (11+ / 0-)

    Insert your own pithy comment/angry screed/wise homily right here!

    by StratCat on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 05:29:43 PM PDT

  •  Hey, kid! Does your mom know where you are? (4+ / 1-)

    Haw, haw, HAW!

  •  GO WISCONSIN!!!! (8+ / 0-)

    Dump Scott Walker, one of the poster children of Koch-addicted Tea Party Republicanism.

    "..Power concedes nothing without demand. It never has, it never will."  Frederick Douglass

  •  Hopefully a win will also chill the Corporate Left (3+ / 0-)

    hate backstabbers

    Progressive Candidate Obama (now - Nov 6, 2012)
    Bipartisan Obama returns (Nov 7, 2012)

    by The Dead Man on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 05:31:23 PM PDT

  •  The people of Wisconsin (14+ / 0-)

    are indeed fortunate to have such a capable young man to lead the fight against the dark side.
    It makes me want to venture up behind the "cheddar curtain" from the south here in Illinois.



    "Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here." Marianne Williamson

    by Canadian Green Card Alien on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 05:32:21 PM PDT

  •  On Wisconsin Indeed (5+ / 0-)

    You're in my prayers (which I'm hoping mean more because I don't do it very often).  

  •  If anyone deserves and needs our (11+ / 0-)

    support any more than the Wisconsin fighters I can't think of any, though more than a few others are equally important, as well as the OWS patriots.

    This is an extremely important battle which impacts the momentum and success of all of the left.


    99%er. 100% opposed to fundamentalist/neoconservative/neoliberal oligarchs.

    by blueoasis on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 05:57:01 PM PDT

  •  Thank you (24+ / 0-)

    Just wanted to post a quick thank you note to Dante Atkins, Chris Bowers and the entire DailyKos community for everything you all do in support of our efforts in Wisconsin.

    It was a pleasure to do this interview and I look forward to continuing to talk with all of you about the recall elections and what we can do together to defeat Scott Walker and win the first election of 2012.


    Mike Tate
    Chair, Democratic Party of Wisconsin

  •  It's been a long, strange ride (11+ / 0-)

    and it's going to get longer and stranger.  I am so proud to be a teacher in WI, and I am prouder still of the people (in and out of WI) who have contributed time, money, and energy to get rid of our governor Snotty.  Mike Tate has been in an unenviable position--he is doing the best job he can with the situation he finds us in.  He doesn't have a lot of precident to follow...we're in uncharted territory with these recalls.  We just need to stay focused, energized, and keep our story on everyone's front pages.

    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 Mar 25, 2012 at 06:10:50 PM PDT

  •  Thanks for the heads up. (5+ / 0-)

    My birthday's in June. Can't think of a better present than a Dem win.

    It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness - Eleanor Roosevelt

    by Fish in Illinois on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 06:13:34 PM PDT

  •  Now this is a FP post I can rec! (3+ / 0-)

    It's great to hear the "inside scoop" from WI.

  •  Has Wisconsin started an effort to educate people (0+ / 0-)

    in citizenship?

    We had a post here a couple of days ago on a blog from the NY Review of books.

    The article on the NY Review of Books (not the NY Times) was titled "Age of Ignorance."

    What is WI doing to move beyond this national disaster?

    Here is the link for that diary

  •  I wonder if there is (1+ / 0-)
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    ...anything to be done about the Voter ID law? That is, is there anything (remotely effective) we the voters can do besides pressuring the offices of the Justices?

    The problem with going with your gut as opposed to your head is that the former is so often full of shit. - Randy Chestnut

    by lotusmaglite on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 06:34:21 PM PDT

  •  Thanks, Mike Tate, you are doing a good job. (6+ / 0-)

    I will put in as many hours as I can to back up the Dems on this recall thing.

  •  Can't wait! My voting finger is getting itchy. n/t (5+ / 0-)

    The problem with going with your gut as opposed to your head is that the former is so often full of shit. - Randy Chestnut

    by lotusmaglite on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 06:45:56 PM PDT

  •  Forgive me for dissenting... (11+ / 0-)

    ...but I'm a Badger and not a big fan of the state Democratic Party.  Had they been on the ball we wouldn't have had to go through this hell, and wouldn't be in the mess we're in.  I have lived in Wisconsin most of my adult life, and have watched the Democrats increasingly retreat to Dane County (Madison) and Milwaukee, and leave rural Wisconsin behind.  And where we progressives hold our own, we do so because of plucky, hard-working, independent Democrats like the late Steve Hilgenberg and Fred Clark who go up against entrenched Republican incumbents.  And we win despite -- not because of -- the advice of the establishment Democrats.

    It always seems like the Dems figure they'll get just enough votes from our two urban liberal centers to get to 51%.  And rural Wisconsin gets neglected.  We share this problem with so much of the country:  try to vote for a Democrat in for the school board, or county clerk, or town chair, or county supervisor.  Race after local race, it's a Republican incumbent, often running unopposed.

    Sorry for the rant.  But we should NOT be in the situation we are in.

    •  From a rural county too (6+ / 0-)

      and you are so right.  So often we have NO choices in local races--it's the GOP incumbent, unopposed.  We definitely need to get on the right page on this--we are doing a poor job of it.  The question is--how do we fix this?  I hate to admit it, but the GOP/teabaggers do this very well--they've built support from the local level on up, to take control of school boards, local municipalities, and the low-level govt positions.

      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 Mar 25, 2012 at 07:27:14 PM PDT

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      •  Bingo! (5+ / 0-)

        You know exactly what I'm talking about.  Too often the Dems do the easy thing, not the hard thing:  which is to go directly into the face of the rural "low information" (I hate that term) voter.  How to fix it?  Well, we have kept our part of rural Wisconsin relatively progressive by doing it without the help of the state party, and ignoring their advice.  Steve Hilgenberg (he was a representative from SW Wisconsin) as the model:  worked his butt off, hit the small towns personally, built a network of supporters on the ground, and spoke with clarity and honesty about issues that matter.  Why do you think Dale Schultz has bucked the his own Republican Party?  Because he KNOWS that his district has shifted under his feet, becoming more progressive, and even its Republicans have stayed more moderate than the rest of the state.  

    •  I completely agree (4+ / 0-)
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      Though I would actually argue that most other states besides Wisconsin and Minnesota are even worse in this regard.

      Unlike other states, WI and MN actually have a tradition of a progressive Farmer-Labor alliance.  

      But I totally agree, rural areas have a good untapped Democratic potential if the party would make a better effort to understand rural issues.  Obviously there tend to be a lot of social conservatives in rural areas, but those who aren't should be winnable.  

      •  Yes. (5+ / 0-)

        You're right about WI and MN and the farm-labor alliance.  And of course I'd add Vermont and parts of upstate NY (among others).  I think this is exactly why Howard Dean, coming from Vermont,  understood the importance of the 50-state strategy.  You cannot win if you do not compete.

      •  Not so much F-L as a sense of citizenship (5+ / 0-)

        Wisconsin is a Social Democracy founded by (largely) German Socialist dissidents who left Europe after the Anti-Socialist Laws of 1878.  Socialism, and the principles that underlay it, is as fundamental to the Upper Midwest society as more cultural things like beer and polka, and for the same reasons.

        Moreover, farmers are not proletariat.  I mean that both in the Marxist sense of relation to the means of production (independent small farmers are technically Petit Bourgeoisie, but this only highlights a flaw in Marxism), but more importantly that they don't have bosses, or even really "jobs" in the sense of a thing you do that's separate from the rest of your life- Independent farmers don't sell their time!  The result is a huge proportion of the population, and, more importantly, a cultural 'origin story,' that experiences no despotism in everyday life.  Workers are trained to submit (whether actively or simply as a survival technique)- not so for farmers!  This leads to a population which, not being conditioned to it, is more able to resist tyranny in society (and therefore in government as well).

        •  A little more complicated (3+ / 0-)
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          I agree with much of your explanation, but the German immigration wave to Wisconsin and the upper Midwest predate 1878.  Take it back to the "48ers"  who came here after the failed revolutions in Europe -- and most were not farmers.

          •  Also true (1+ / 0-)
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            and that wave was probably more influential, you're right.

          •  But there are a lot of pockets (4+ / 0-)

            of German-speaking Pomeranians (Pomerania was ethnically cleansed of Germans after WWII and is now part of Poland, like Gdansk = Danzig) who settled in WI before 1848 in places like Fredonia, northwest of Green Bay and elsewhere - including my ancestors. Almost all of them were farmers.

            Nonetheless, WI farmers have been Republicans since at least Governor Hoard, who was instrumental in converting WI farms to dairy, and who backed as his successor Robert LaFollette, Sr.

            I doubt many WI farmers have been Democrats, but a lot were Progressives or Progressive Republicans, and a lot of them backed at least some of the moderate or even liberal Republicans that are now extinct in WI.

            WI historically had good government before Tommy Thompson (who still wasn't as bad as Walker) because WI Republicans mostly weren't conservatives or dogmatic and wanted the state to have good government rather than conservative purity or whatever the Koch brothers and ALEC choose to back.

            It's never too late to have a happy childhood - Tom Robbins

            by badger on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 10:36:29 PM PDT

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    •  Add to that the pathetic attempts to "out-Rove" (1+ / 0-)
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      the GOP.  I don't know what they were like in other parts of the state but the campaign against Kapanke over on this side was a joke.  I don't think Shilling or her ads talked about February, labor, or democracy even once.

      I just hope they've gotten over their "omg we need to create jobs!!" kick.  I doubt it.

      •  Jen Shilling won (1+ / 0-)
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        in the recall election against State Senator Dan Kapanke by about 10 points, so I'm sure he didn't regard her campaign as a joke. That you did makes me wonder what you think campaigns are for.

        •  To clarify: She won DESPITE the campaign nt (2+ / 0-)
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          •  Agreed,summer '11 recall campaigns on part of Dems (0+ / 0-)

            were devoid of passion and used empty "middle class" language - no mention of collective bargaining and didn't really educate about Walker's right-wing privatizing schemes/authoritarian acts/peel back of consumer rights and on and on. Dumbed down messaging.  In the case of Kapanke, his routing of  - was it city $? -  to his ballpark/team did not help - I think lots of people were aware of that -  plus I heard his wife got a sweet gov't job he set up for her. And the LaCrosse area is pretty blue now, right? That's what I'm remembering from Kloppenburg vote results.

            •  If you want to criticize the campaigns (0+ / 0-)

              of any of the Dems who lost in the recall elections as not being sufficiently left-wing, have at it. But if you regard Shilling's successful campaign as "a joke", I don't think we have the same sense of humor. Politics isn't exactly like sports, but there are areas of similarity -- one being that most fans thinks they'd be a better coach that the one the team has.

              To state what I'd guess is obvious to everyone, but maybe not: In trying to energize the base, there's always a risk of alienating the persuadable moderates, who are generally low-information voters, and who decide most elections. I didn't work on Shilling's campaign, and they didn't ask my advice, but if they had, I'd have told them only to use left-wing issues (including collective bargaining) with identified or very likely supporters. For stuff directed at all voters -- which is most likely what you're complaining about not having left-wing content -- I'd have advised to message on being in favor of jobs and education, and to use a dog in the commercials.

              If they took advice like mine, by the way, you might never know how hard they pushed certain issues -- collective bargaining, environment, education -- with targeted audiences. (And getting those voters targeted, by the way, is the most useful thing campaign volunteers can do, if there are enough of them.)

              Short version: You can't really tell what a campaign did unless you were workiing on the campaign.

              •  aka talk out both sides of mouth nt (1+ / 0-)
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                •  No, not really. (0+ / 0-)

                  "Both sides of mouth" implies delivering contradictory messages to different audiences. My advice, and normal political practice, is simply to emphasize different things with different categories of voters. Emphasizing collective bargaining to union employees but not to farmers isn't talking out of "both sides of mouth". Saying you're for something to one group and saying you're against it to another group, that's "both sides of mouth" campaigning.

                  If we're going to win elections, we have to be realistic about human behavior. That doesn't mean doing "anything to win" but it means delivering the most effective campaign message we can. Most of the time, that won't be a lot of left-wing rhetoric.

            •  Actually that's exactly the problem (1+ / 0-)
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              No one gives a fuck about so-called called scandals, except the Democrats and newspapers who are always looking for "gotcha!" moments.  People love the baseball stadium and it's been nothing but good PR for Kapanke.

              And all this talk about "collective bargaining" misses the point entirely (although the union leaders successfully steered the conversation that way because it, being the thing that ensures they receive their paychecks, is all they care about)- what really pissed people off was the anti-democratic way the politicians were passing these things.  All attempts to explain the ideological motivations of the arch-libertarians (in the social strata that produces people like Paul Ryan) were actively pushed aside by the leaders of the unions and Party.

              But I couldn't agree more about the emptiness of the "middle-class" language.  It might work for New York or California but people in Wisconsin have different values.

    •  Are you a Democrat? (3+ / 0-)
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      I joined the party last year mostly because I realized that if I was going to complain about it I had to try to improve it.

      If you are a Democrat, are you willing to run for office? Some of the positions you mention are officially non-partisan (school board, town chair, county supervisor) but in reality in Wisconsin this year, partisan politics are affecting every election. I've lived in a mostly rural county (Columbia) for over 25 years and never known anyone who ran for anything before. I now have 3 people I know from working on the recalls who are running in the April 3rd election for county board, and I'm helping them in various ways. The county Democratic Party has contributed to their campaigns, and other people I know from the party are also helping them as volunteers. I know from my Facebook connections that similar progressive efforts are underway across the state with support from the Democratic Party. With the loss of collective bargaining rights for public employees, the makeup of school boards and county boards is more important than ever.

      The Democratic Party is a democratic organization, and very inexpensive to join. If you want to make a difference in the party, you can.

      •  Exactly my point (3+ / 0-)
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        You said it better than I could!  

        I've lived in a mostly rural county (Columbia) for over 25 years and never known anyone who ran for anything before.
        What does that say about the state Democratic party?  That's been the problem.  They have invested their energy in the urban areas.   Now rural Dems are rising because the state party screwed up so badly, and allowed the likes of Walker and Johnson into office, and because our fellow citizens realize we cannot be passive.

        I'm with you, rqcrqc.  I've not been a member of the party, but have worked for, voted for, donated to, and otherwise supported Democrats with very few exceptions.  Give me Peter Barca as a candidate, and I may join.....

        •  I certainly don't blame the state party (1+ / 0-)
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          for me not knowing any previous county board candidates. Actually, had I been a member of the county party, I definitely would have, because some of the candidates were Columbia County Democrats.

          To my mind, lots of folks have this thing backwards: They won't join the party because it's not doing everything they want, but how to change what the party does starts with joining it.

        •  If they back anyone except Barca (0+ / 0-)

          They are stupid and will cost us the election.

          RIP Will Beinlich 1993-2011 (Just 1 more game, please....)

          by Sark Svemes on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 10:48:13 PM PDT

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      •  Agreed - groundswell of new leadership coming into (1+ / 0-)
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        the Wisconsin Dem party at school board/city/county/State Assembly level.  

  •  Btw, John Mccain says: "Just reverse the dang (0+ / 0-)


  •  Sorry, wrong posting diary. :( (0+ / 0-)
  •  My concern about voter ID (3+ / 0-)
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    is this:  While it's bad that the law passed, the worst possible outcome would be for it to be blocked by an injunction for a while, but then have the blockage reversed on appeal mere days before the election.  That's a bad thing because it makes the Democratic Party think there's no need for a massive voter ID registration push after all, and then when it's too late to have one, suddenly it turns out there was a need for it.  Even if the Dems anticipate this and decide to have a massive ID drive after all, it still sucks that they can't just say "you need to do this or you can't vote", but instead have to give a complex messy explanation that amounts to "you might need to have to do this to vote, we can't tell yet." - which is far less likely to get people fired up.

    •  GAB already scrubbed their website (0+ / 0-)

      The Voter ID law IS blocked by an injunction and cannot be used in the upcoming elections. The GAB scrubbed its website of the evil voter ID law requirements.

      RIP Will Beinlich 1993-2011 (Just 1 more game, please....)

      by Sark Svemes on Sun Mar 25, 2012 at 11:09:06 PM PDT

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  •  Question on primary answer + It's spelled "Falk" (1+ / 0-)
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    When I read this from Mike Tate about primary potential, "We don't know if there's going to be a Democratic primary at all. The question is whether the Republicans will pull the maneuver they did last time and run fake Democrats to prolong the process."  I am confused. Do I assume he is referring to the 4 senate seats?  There are 4 likely gubernatorial candidates [Falk/Vinehout/LaFollette/Trivedi ] and at least 2 sitting on  the fence possibly jumping into the fray [Barca/Barrett]. If he doesn't want the interview to be dominated by that discussion, I can understand, but  .... well... I'm honestly a bit confused with the answer given.   And a correction:  small thing to me but I think the candidate cares - - it should be "Falk" but it's spelled "Faulk" in the piece.  I'll tweet the author.  

  •  IT'S ALL FOR THE CHILDREN! (0+ / 0-)

    Walker turned hundreds of $millions in budget deficits into surpluses. One way was by busting the teacher's union racket. "Collective bargaining" forced school districts to buy their heath insurance from the union itself at hugely inflated prices.

    When Walker got that boot off their throats, the districts were free to find coverage in the open market. Then miraculously, the corrupt teacher's union trust comes back and says they were just kidding about those huge rate increases... they'll match any price the districts get from an insurance company.

    "When the Appleton School District put its health-insurance contract up for bid, for instance, WEA Trust suddenly lowered its rates and promised to match any competitor’s price. Appleton will save $3 million during the current school year."

    Yes, teacher's union insurance trust: IT'S ALL FOR THE CHILDREN!

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