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Well, it looks like Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker will be in Chicago to attend a Heartland Institute function on August 9 from 5:30 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. Central Daylight Time.

The Heartland Institute put out this statement regarding Governor Walker's excursion to the Windy City:

On Thursday, August 9, 2012, The Heartland Institute will celebrate the 28th anniversary of its founding with a reception and dinner featuring Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker!

The event will take place in the Grand Ballroom on Chicago’s historic Navy Pier, one of Chicago’s grandest settings. Built in 1916, the Grand Ballroom features an 80′ domed ceiling and panoramic views of Lake Michigan. There is simply no other venue that compares.

Heartland is celebrating nearly three decades of discovering, developing, and promoting free-market solutions to social and economic issues. Since 1984, Heartland has been the preeminent free-market think tank in the Midwest, and in recent years has become the leading source of research and commentary for the nation’s state and local elected officials.

This year’s keynote speaker, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, is the nation’s most influential and successful governor. Elected in 2010 to balance a budget that was billions of dollars in deficit without raising taxes, he did exactly that, winning the passionate support of taxpayers, business owners, and consumers across the state. After years of economic stagnation caused by high taxes and excessive regulation, Wisconsin is growing again.

To balance the state’s budget, Gov. Walker took on powerful public sector unions, reining in their collective bargaining privileges and requiring that public-sector workers start to contribute toward their retirement and health care benefits. Unions fought back, and after they failed to block legislation implementing Walker’s plan, they tried to recall him in a special election. On June 5, 2012, they failed, as Walker won reelection and a solid mandate to stay his course.

We expect to sell out the Grand Ballroom quickly, so act now to purchase tickets or reserve a table. This will be the biggest celebration of freedom in Chicago in 2012. You don’t want to miss it!

The Heartland Institute is a conservative think tank that is known for its rabid denial of climate change to the point that it is regarded as the single most influential organization in the climate change denial movement, but is also known for working with Phillip Morris to claim that secondhand smoke isn't a health risk and supporting school voucher programs. Additionally, the Heartland Institute has a "Policybot" clearing house for research from other right-wing institutions such as ALEC, the Cato Institute, the Heritage Foundation.

Now, if we can get a few thousand people to stand outside of Governor Walker's Navy Pier meeting with the Heartland Institute and peacefully protest Walker's presence in my home state, that would be absolutely perfect! A few months ago, he was attending a function that was put on by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce in Springfield, the capital city of my home state. Thousands of protesters showed up to "greet" Governor Walker at that event.

Local news anchors here in Central Illinois just love reporting about Scott Walker when he bashes Illinois and the people that call Illinois home. Yes, many of our state's politicians are crooked. Yes, we have a mess of a pension system. However, there is no need for the Governor of Wisconsin to come down here and insult my home state and my fellow people that call it home!

As a form of "payback" for Walker deciding to muck around in Illinois politics, I've decided to include a 2014 Democratic Straw Poll for Governor of Wisconsin. The names I have listed on the ballot are Tom Barrett, Mahlon Mitchell, Russ Feingold, Peter Barca, Kathleen Falk, Kathleen Vinehout, Lori Compas, Steve Kagen, Chris Larson, John Lehman, Ron Kind, Jon Erpenbach, Dave Obey, and Doug LaFollette. Additionally, I'm also allowing for write-in candidates in the straw poll. To use the write-in candidate function, select "Write-In Candidate" in the poll, and then comment the name of the write-in candidate. You don't have to be a registered voter in Wisconsin to participate in this straw poll, by the way.

Aaron Camp

Originally posted to Aaron Camp on DailyKos on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 10:49 AM PDT.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive, ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement, and Progressive Hippie.


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  •  Tip Jar (13+ / 0-)

    "We don't have government anymore, we have an auction." -Lori Compas

    by DownstateDemocrat on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 10:49:44 AM PDT

  •  I'm Going With Feingold in the Poll (0+ / 0-)

    Let's hope some Chicago union people show up to protest...

    "A civilization which does not provide young people with a way to earn a living is pretty poor". Eleanor Roosevelt

    by Superpole on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 10:55:37 AM PDT

  •  Nice! Troubadour did an extensive (2+ / 0-)
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    Puddytat, agnostic

    and interesting diary on Walker; you can find it here:

    Someday I need to learn to do a proper linky...

    ...Son, those Elephants always look out for themselves. If you happen to get a crumb or two from their policies, it's a complete coincidence. -Malharden's Dad

    by slowbutsure on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 11:11:35 AM PDT

  •  What time will Walker be there as (1+ / 0-)
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    I live in Chicago and would enjoy the opportunity to protest his presence in our city...

  •  Republished to (3+ / 0-)
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    DownstateDemocrat, agnostic, 3goldens

    Badger State Progressive.

    I love how the RW shills are calling his 52% "win" a "mandate".  Hahahahaha!

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

    by Puddytat on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 12:01:35 PM PDT

    •  RWNJ Talking Point #537 (1+ / 0-)
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      Plurality or majority for Republican candidate is a "mandate", plurality or majority for Democratic candidate is "voter fraud". I heard about Charlie Sykes, Dana "Drop Trou" Loesch, and several other RW radio pundits talk about alleged voter fraud during the Wisconsin recalls, and NONE of their claims were true.

      They won't know what hit them when Walker ends up in the slammer.

      "We don't have government anymore, we have an auction." -Lori Compas

      by DownstateDemocrat on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 12:43:22 PM PDT

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      •  They're ready for the Walker Perp Walk (2+ / 0-)
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        DownstateDemocrat, peptabysmal

        They'll be screaming "political prosecution" with every watt of their broadcasts.  Vickie McKenna and Mark Behling are 2 other RWNJ lcal broadcasters whose programs can be heard on every radio in the state.  And Behling and Sykes also have TeeVee shows, too.

        The hate never ends with these guys.

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

        by Puddytat on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 01:07:11 PM PDT

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  •  they probably think his future criminal (2+ / 0-)
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    DownstateDemocrat, peptabysmal

    trial will be a badge of honor. That's just how Heartland operates.

    What we call god is merely a living creature with superior technology & understanding. If their fragile egos demand prayer, they lose that superiority.

    by agnostic on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 12:06:36 PM PDT

  •  Wow! Everybody still wants Feingold. What if he (1+ / 0-)
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    isn't interested in being governor? I voted for Erpenbach, but Vinehout would be good too. Barca would be good too.

    •  Compas appears to be the only one interested... (0+ / 0-)

      ...she said something on Twitter a while back about how gathering enough signatures to force Big Fitz into a recall election (which she ran in as the Democratic nominee and lost 58-41) was "easy" compared to what she was planning on doing. One could imply from her comments that she is considering a 2014 WI-Gov run, however, she may be planning on running for other statewide office, running for state senate again (against Kedzie, most likely, Compas's hometown of Fort Atkinson was drawn into SD-11, so she'd have to move to run against Big Fitz again in SD-13, additionally, she could move to SD-15 to run for that seat if Cullen retires.), or running for U.S. House in either WI-1 or WI-5. Additionally, she may try to form a SuperPAC or think tank instead of running for office again.

      For the record, I voted for Compas in the straw poll. I know Feingold is very well respected among Wisconsin Democrats, but I don't think Feingold is interested in running for public office again, but, of course, you never know. Feingold would probably clear the Dem primary field if he ran for Governor in 2014. Vinehout, Erpenbach, Barca, and Mitchell are also promising as well.

      "We don't have government anymore, we have an auction." -Lori Compas

      by DownstateDemocrat on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 01:38:56 PM PDT

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  •  I almost choked when I read in the (1+ / 0-)
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    announcement from the Heartland Institute that

    ". . . Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, is the nation’s most influential and successful governor."
    Somebody at Heartland needs to realize that "successful" is in the eye of the beholder.  I mean, really!  Mr. "I Have No Job Creation Plans" Walker?!  Our infrastructure is falling apart; our colleges and universities are becoming more expensive rather than less to attend; Walker has cut far more jobs than he ever created (or likely ever will); he is distant and remarkably removed from the citizens of this state---he visits only businesses and never places where he would have to rub elbows with the ordinary folks; he wants to privatize most of the services government provides; he's refusing to implement the ACA . . . . . I find nothing "successful" that he has done or intends to do for the people of this state.

    I guess "success" to Heartland Institute is behaving like a tin-pot dictator/bully to the very people who pay his salary and swaggering about the rest of the country glorifying himself while the state he is responsible for goes to Hell in a handbasket.  Jeebus but this RWNJs are irritating!  

    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 Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 02:41:17 PM PDT

  •  OT but does anyone know where (0+ / 0-)

    the Milwaukee County DA's John Doe probe is going regarding Walker?  Someone asked me about it today and I couldn't answer them.  It's become very silent about anything related to the probe since the recall election was held.

    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 Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 02:43:23 PM PDT

  •  he has national ambitions (0+ / 0-)

    does that future possibility sit well with you - well

    something has to change or........

    There's no reason to suffer through the grave injustice of U.S. universal health care when there's a robust sampling of countries that aren't industrialized and will happily allow you to not experience Obamacare.

    by anyname on Sat Jul 07, 2012 at 06:00:30 PM PDT

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