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President Barack Obama's campaign is supporting
Democrat Tom Barrett in the recall election against
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (White House)
President Obama's campaign is getting involved in the Wisconsin recall, sending an email supporting Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett's challenge to Gov. Scott Walker:
The next election here in Wisconsin is coming up on June 5th -- and it's important to make sure your voice is heard.

For the last year and a half, Governor Walker has divided Wisconsin -- siding with big corporations and the super-rich at the expense of working, middle-class families. He's broken our trust in state government: Too many Wisconsin families are out of work, students face crowded classrooms, and working men and women will be hurt by cuts to health care funding.

Amanda Terkel reports that, given changes to Wisconsin's voting rules designed to make it harder to vote:
An Obama campaign official said the presidential campaign's involvement in the state will focus on voter education: making sure people know who is eligible to vote, when to vote and where. [...]

"Something we've been working on, almost since the beginning of the year, is making sure that people understand what is required of them," said the Obama campaign official, who requested anonymity to speak openly.

The recall provides an obvious opportunity to make Wisconsin friendlier territory for Barack Obama, eliminating the chance that the state would in other ways make it more difficult for Democratic-leaning demographic groups to vote and in other ways taking the Scott Walker-led Republican boot off the neck of Wisconsin Democrats and their allies. But it's also an important dry run for the Obama campaign's efforts to turn out voters and make sure they're actually able to vote, uncovering problems with time to address them for the November elections. As such, it's a win-win situation—Tom Barrett gets help on June 5, and every Democrat on the November ballot is in a stronger position.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Fri May 11, 2012 at 08:15 AM PDT.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive and Daily Kos.

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  •  Yay!! The Dems need all the help that they (15+ / 0-)

    can get to get rid of this fiend. Yes, fiend. That seems to me to be what he is.

    "Southern nights have you ever felt a southern night?" Allen Toussaint ~~Remember the Gulf of Mexico~~

    by rubyr on Fri May 11, 2012 at 08:46:45 AM PDT

  •  My ward organization is coming north. (26+ / 0-)

    Got the e-mail this morning; at Obama for America's behest, my North Side ward's Democratic organization is organizing a carpool of volunteers to help "educate and empower voters with accurate information about [the] new voting requirements" for the June 5 Recall Election.

    And on a Cubs-Brewers weekend too! Also!

  •  You are bound to hear the wails of protest (8+ / 0-)

    from the Rethugs about this....but the new video revelations of Scott telling a wealthy contributor in January of 2011, that his plan is to use the unions to "divide and conquer" should dispell any whining from the right wingers about undue influence.

    "Activism begins with you, Democracy begins with you, get out there, get active! Tag, you're it!" Thom Hartmann

    by glogrrl on Fri May 11, 2012 at 09:43:03 AM PDT

  •  Divide and Conquer Video (19+ / 0-)

    I saw this after the FPer "expired."

    Local Police Union Switches From Walker To Barrett

    The Tom Barrett campaign has announced a new gain, in the wake of Thursday night’s release of a documentary video that showed Republican Gov. Scott Walker telling a wealthy donor last year that he had a “divide and conquer” strategy to take down organized labor: A local police union that had endorsed Walker in the 2010 election, is now instead endorsing Barrett.

    The Barrett campaign e-mailed this announcement to reporters:

    WEST ALLIS – The West Allis Professional Police Association will endorse Tom Barrett for governor at a news conference today at 11:00 AM CT.

    The WAPPA endorsed Scott Walker in 2010, but is now endorsing Tom Barrett after witnessing Walker’s ‘divide-and-conquer’ governing style over the past 16 months. A more complete release will be issued following the news conference.

    http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/...
  •  Well done, Mr. President (10+ / 0-)

    Any chance he'll travel to WI and appear with Tom Barrett before June 5? Can you imagine the scene? Gives me chills...and I live in VA!!

    On Wisconsin!!!!

    Warning: That light at the end of the tunnel just might be an oncoming train.

    by history first on Fri May 11, 2012 at 09:51:34 AM PDT

  •  Yes!Win or lose we are all in.Only way to play.n/t (5+ / 0-)
  •  What have we got to lose? (4+ / 0-)

    My hope is that with his declaration in support of marriage rights, the President has freed himself to take more liberal actions. There's little he can do to offend the haters more than he already has, so why not go for it?

    "The Democrats are the lesser evil and that has to count for something. Good and evil aren't binary states. All of us are both good and evil. Being less evil is the trajectory of morality." --SC

    by tb92 on Fri May 11, 2012 at 09:59:08 AM PDT

  •  I have contacted ABC Supply (8+ / 0-)

    That's the name of Diane Hendricks company. I said I would never do business with them due to their anti-union stance and donations to the GOP.

    •  Diane Hendricks is a huge donor to the Koch Bros. (0+ / 0-)

      She was recognized as a $1 million dollar donor during on the of Koch Brothers’ private “seminars”.

      "We are slow to realize that democracy is a life; and involves continual struggle." ~ "Fighting Bob" - Robert M. LaFollette Sr.

      by Sand Hill Crane on Sat May 12, 2012 at 12:18:52 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  I really appreciate how proactive... (4+ / 0-)

    ...the Obama campaign is in addressing potential problems. I sure hope what it learns in Wisconsin can be applied in other states where anti-democracy Republicans have tried to disenfranchise voters. Let's show that no amount of voter suppression efforts will be allowed to stand and that the Republicans and their ALEC allies will not be able to deny even one eligible voter from casting ballots.

    "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." --Gandhi

    by alaprst on Fri May 11, 2012 at 10:00:08 AM PDT

  •  I can tell you on the ground (10+ / 0-)

    here in Milwaukee County that there has been a big push to deputize additional voter registrars and get them out to register voters in the city of Milwaukee before the cutoff of May 16th.

    While people can register at City Hall up until June 1st, they still have to get down there during business hours.  With the additional volunteer registrars out on the streets this weekend and early next week, they can see and talk to the voters directly in their communities.

    The other good benefit to registering them now is that they will be in the poll books on election day and won't have to register at the polls on election day with all the necessary documentation like utility bills, leases, etc. proving their address.  Additionally, since they'd be in the books and with the Voter ID bill at least temporarily delayed, they wouldn't need to have a photo ID to vote.

  •  Gonna be exciting (4+ / 0-)

    Both bases are completely fired up for this election.

    Going to be interesting to see both GOTV organizations doing battle, might give us a glimpse of what to expect in November.

  •  Anonymity (6+ / 0-)

    I know this is off-topic, but this shit is bugging me more and more:

    "Something we've been working on, almost since the beginning of the year, is making sure that people understand what is required of them," said the Obama campaign official, who requested anonymity to speak openly.
    What possible reason is there for a so-called journalist to grant anonymity for this?

    “What’s the use of having developed a science well enough to make predictions if, in the end, all we’re willing to do is stand around and wait for them to come true?” - Sherwood Rowland

    by jrooth on Fri May 11, 2012 at 10:03:50 AM PDT

    •  Because It Was a Condition of Getting the Quote? (3+ / 0-)

      I guess that's not said explicitly... but if the journalist said: "Frank Jones of the Obama Administration requested anonymity, but it was TOTALLY Frank Jones," Frank Jones (and probably others) would be reluctant to provide similar quotes in the future.

      Too Folk For You. - No matter how progressive the jurisdiction seems, remember this: If you're going to flagrantly violate the laws, it REALLY helps to be white when sentencing time comes.

      by TooFolkGR on Fri May 11, 2012 at 10:08:24 AM PDT

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      •  But why accept that? (2+ / 0-)
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        distraught, happymisanthropy

        Would this "Obama campaign official" really be in trouble for revealing this?  Is it somehow damaging to the Obama campaign or something?

        Our so-called "journalists" these days are way too free with granting anonymity.  And as a result, the public has become inured to it - to our detriment.

        “What’s the use of having developed a science well enough to make predictions if, in the end, all we’re willing to do is stand around and wait for them to come true?” - Sherwood Rowland

        by jrooth on Fri May 11, 2012 at 10:15:46 AM PDT

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        •  my job (3+ / 0-)

          is with an organization that gets fairly regular media coverage.  I could even be described as an official in this organization.  My employment policy says I'm not to speak with the press, but I am to refer them to a spokesman.  Now I could give the same answer, word for word, as the spokesman does, but I would be disciplined or even fired if my name showed up in the newspaper as "an official of said organization."
          In this case, it could just be a matter of the reporter knew someone, who knew someone in the campaign who gave out this relatively low level information but isn't allowed to speak officially for the campaign.

        •  I'm Not Sure What You Mean (1+ / 0-)
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          Sand Hill Crane

          If someone tells you they'll only give you information if you leave their name out of it, you either agree or you don't get information.

          Journalists need information more than "sources" need journalists.

          Too Folk For You. - No matter how progressive the jurisdiction seems, remember this: If you're going to flagrantly violate the laws, it REALLY helps to be white when sentencing time comes.

          by TooFolkGR on Fri May 11, 2012 at 02:48:05 PM PDT

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          •  If one gets in the habit of granting anonymity (1+ / 0-)
            Recommended by:
            TooFolkGR

            any time it is requested, then one is no longer a journalist - one is a conduit for spin and nothing more.

            Was this story truly unwritable without this input from an "anonymous official?"  Even it it was, maybe, just maybe our "journalist" needs to be willing to lose a story now and then in order to protect the integrity of the process.  And maybe if enough readers push back against this lazy and corrupted practice, "officials" who want to push a story out there will have to go on the record to do so.

            “What’s the use of having developed a science well enough to make predictions if, in the end, all we’re willing to do is stand around and wait for them to come true?” - Sherwood Rowland

            by jrooth on Sat May 12, 2012 at 01:34:04 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

            •  I'm Really Not Trying to be Obtuse (0+ / 0-)

              Are you saying that if a source says, "I'll give you a quote on the condition of anonymity" then the journalist should say: "No," and not get a quote?  Or should they lie and publish the name anyway?

              Too Folk For You. - No matter how progressive the jurisdiction seems, remember this: If you're going to flagrantly violate the laws, it REALLY helps to be white when sentencing time comes.

              by TooFolkGR on Sun May 13, 2012 at 09:24:30 AM PDT

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              •  They should say no. (1+ / 0-)
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                TooFolkGR

                Unless there's a compelling reason why the source needs anonymity - such as whistleblowing about government corruption or the like.

                See, for example, the NYT policy on granting anonymity (although they are abysmal at following their own policy):

                Principles for Granting Anonymity

                The use of unidentified sources is reserved for situations in which the newspaper could not otherwise print information it considers reliable and newsworthy. When we use such sources, we accept an obligation not only to convince a reader of their reliability but also to convey what we can learn of their motivation – as much as we can supply to let a reader know whether the sources have a clear point of view on the issue under discussion.

                In routine interviewing – that is, most of the interviewing we do – anonymity must not be automatic or an assumed condition. In that kind of reporting, anonymity should not be offered to a source. Exceptions will occur in the reporting of highly sensitive stories, when it is we who have sought out a source who may face legal jeopardy or loss of livelihood for speaking with us. Similarly they will occur in approaches to authoritative officials in government who, as a matter of policy, do not speak for attribution. On those occasions, we may use an offer of anonymity as a wedge to make telephone contact, get an interview or learn a fact. In such a case, the reporter should press the source, after the conversation, to go on the record with the newsworthy information that has emerged.

                Whenever anonymity is granted, it should be the subject of energetic negotiation to arrive at phrasing that will tell the reader as much as possible about the placement and motivation of the source – in particular, whether the source has firsthand knowledge of the facts.

                In any situation when we cite anonymous sources, at least some readers may suspect that the newspaper is being used to convey tainted information or special pleading. If the impetus for anonymity has originated with the source, further reporting is essential to satisfy the reporter and the reader that the paper has sought the whole story.

                We will not use anonymous sourcing when sources we can name are readily available.

                Confidential sources must have direct knowledge of the information they are giving us — or they must be the authorized representatives of an authority, known to us, who has such knowledge.

                We do not grant anonymity to people who are engaged in speculation, unless the very act of speculating is newsworthy and can be clearly labeled for what it is.
                We do not grant anonymity to people who use it as cover for a personal or partisan attack. If pejorative opinions are worth reporting and cannot be specifically attributed, they may be paraphrased or described after thorough discussion between writer and editor. The vivid language of direct quotation confers an unfair advantage on a speaker or writer who hides behind the newspaper, and turns of phrase are valueless to a reader who cannot assess the source.

                Anonymity should not be invoked for a trivial comment, or to make an unremarkable comment appear portentous.
                We do not promise sources that we will refrain from additional reporting or efforts to verify the information being reported.

                We do not promise sources that we will refrain from seeking comment from others on the subject of the story. (We may, however, agree to a limited delay in further inquiries – until the close of stock trading, for example.)

                “What’s the use of having developed a science well enough to make predictions if, in the end, all we’re willing to do is stand around and wait for them to come true?” - Sherwood Rowland

                by jrooth on Mon May 14, 2012 at 05:29:41 AM PDT

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                •  Well I Respect That (0+ / 0-)

                  That sounds like a great policy on anonymity... of course the very nature of journalism is that how they handle it is up to the individual journalist.

                  Too Folk For You. - No matter how progressive the jurisdiction seems, remember this: If you're going to flagrantly violate the laws, it REALLY helps to be white when sentencing time comes.

                  by TooFolkGR on Mon May 14, 2012 at 06:58:12 AM PDT

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    •  journalist probably had a deadline (0+ / 0-)

      and couldn't wait for authorization for an official comment, which would have been very similar to what was obtained off record. Basically, I'm guessing she was lazy.

      •  Yes, no doubt it's easier. (1+ / 0-)
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        happymisanthropy

        And no doubt compliant reporters willing to transmit spin uncritically and under cloak of anonymity gain lots of access in the future as a result - but what happened to doing journalism?  What happened to being independent and adversarial?  What happened to serving your readers, not the government or campaign or corporate officials they are allegedly shining the journalistic light of day on?

        “What’s the use of having developed a science well enough to make predictions if, in the end, all we’re willing to do is stand around and wait for them to come true?” - Sherwood Rowland

        by jrooth on Fri May 11, 2012 at 10:25:26 AM PDT

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    •  Could be a part time official in which (1+ / 0-)
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      sethtriggs

      case the anonymity might protect them in their workplace. It's possible being an Obama official could compromise them at their job.

      There are two types of republicans, the rich and the stupid. The rich ones strive to keep the stupid ones stupid and the stupid ones strive to keep the rich ones rich.

      by frankzappatista on Fri May 11, 2012 at 10:50:23 AM PDT

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  •  Coattails (1+ / 0-)
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    thorn in your side

    Hopefully Obama starts campaigning/making appearances with Dems. Now I know he does do this... but not to the extent that I believe he should.  2010 could have not been so brutal if some Dems had gotten more help/facetime.

    Hell go campaign for the ones that will surely lose, just to make the RNC waste money in the races.

    War crimes will be prosecuted. War criminals will be punished. And it will be no defense to say, "I was just following orders." G.W Bush

    by LieparDestin on Fri May 11, 2012 at 10:08:31 AM PDT

  •  GO Obama! GOTV! (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    frankzappatista, thomask

    And protect peoples right to vote at the same time.

  •  Obama (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    sethtriggs

    needs to campaign with every Dem that will have him. Coattail effect is still in play as the president is still rather popular. He needs to make appearances with everyone possible. Im sure he will eventually help out more candidates but I think he should start early. Even in places we will surely lose, just to make the RNC waste money in the races. I dont think this happened near enough in 2010.

    War crimes will be prosecuted. War criminals will be punished. And it will be no defense to say, "I was just following orders." G.W Bush

    by LieparDestin on Fri May 11, 2012 at 10:11:30 AM PDT

  •  Barrett will have to step up his answers (1+ / 0-)
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    frankzappatista

    Most polls (if you can believe polls) say that on average, Walker is leading Barrett by about 5 percentage points (give or take).  Even media in Wisconsin is reporting that answers to key questions are not forthcoming from Barrett.  Hopefully, he'll formulate good answers to key questions and be successful.

    This is from THIS site.

    •  The last one was from the House of Ras (1+ / 0-)
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      rosarugosa

      The least accurate, almost the most biased pollster of 2010.

      Fake candidates nominated by the GOP for the recalls: 6 out of 7. Fake signatures on the recall petitions: 4 out of 1,860,283.

      by GeoffT on Fri May 11, 2012 at 12:00:52 PM PDT

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    •  Barrett has only been our candidate for 4 days. (0+ / 0-)

      I don't think he should be judged on a Rasmussen poll so quickly.  Personally, I think he is doing a real good job. He has to walk a tight rope between appearing too calm and being a fighter. It is a tightrope because people are sick of the negativity that we have seen. Sometimes the fighting is an annoyance, at least to me.

      So far, I think Barrett has hit the perfect tone. I hope others see it that way as well.

  •  Important test... (1+ / 0-)
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    scribeboy

    The Obama campaign is well aware the obstacles placed in voting byState  Republican Legislaters' . To me this is a final dress rehearsal for November.GOTV...GOTV

    I am curious however...how many Dems and Indy's have registered since the first of the year? Right on to all the State people and what they have done in the past year and a half.. Right on to those have have gone to WI for a few days or a few hours.. and Right on to those of you going there soon.


    Every goddamn day I think of Bradley Manning!

  •  I-43 (0+ / 0-)

    Usually patrol cars are stationed along regular intervals in my drive from Illinois to the U.P.  Three weeks ago, there were hardly any.  The day after the recall primary, there were way more patrol cars than usual lurking along I-43 between Milwaukee and Green Bay.  I wonder if their presence was to deter any interference with the "Stand with Walker" signs that have been put up in open fields this past week.

    Don't look back, something may be gaining on you. - L. "Satchel" Paige

    by arlene on Fri May 11, 2012 at 11:48:12 AM PDT

  •  Contribute NOW: dKos WI recall page on ActBlue (1+ / 0-)
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    Sand Hill Crane

    There's no such thing as a free market!

    by Albanius on Fri May 11, 2012 at 02:25:52 PM PDT

  •  Any chance Obama can show-up for Memorial Day? (0+ / 0-)

    Traditionally, presidents do a lot of PR on memorial day and what better way to spur his campaign than to make a stop in Wisconsin?  He would energize the recall effort and help his re-election efforts:  a big win-win for all of us.

    If, indeed, the nation is watching this recall election the exposure President Obama will get would be high and it would help dissipate any lingering doubt that he has ignored our efforts here or just doesn't care enough to take a stand.

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

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

    by ruleoflaw on Fri May 11, 2012 at 07:18:54 PM PDT

  •  At the moment Walker seems to have the momentum (0+ / 0-)

    The momentum by the Govenor is almost palatable at the moment.   The big numbers he got on primary night plus now the anouncement that the state budget is running a surplus instead of a deficit is not good news for Barrett.  

    Almost everyday there are pictures of Walker smiling with a business owner/supporter making an announcment of additional jobs at their facility.

    The ads showing figures outlining why Milwaukee is a poor place to live seem to be taking the wind out of Barrett's  and his supporter's sails.   Could we be feeling buyer's remorse already?

    Barrett is going to need lots of help on June 5.  Let's make sure we vote!

    •  What? Momentum? (0+ / 0-)

      What Kool Aid have you been drinking?

      "We are slow to realize that democracy is a life; and involves continual struggle." ~ "Fighting Bob" - Robert M. LaFollette Sr.

      by Sand Hill Crane on Sat May 12, 2012 at 12:35:32 AM PDT

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      •  Just calling it like I see it (0+ / 0-)

        Scott Walker has been underestimated for years and years.  If my neighbors in Wisconsin continue to assume he is a dope, the Barrett supporters will be very disappointed next month.   Every poll that has come out has had Walker in the lead, and the conservatives are very very motivated.  

        If Barrett loses this thing,  it will be important to look back at how some of the tactics were played out and learn from that.

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