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7 months after "winning" his recall election Wisconson Governor Scott Walker (R-MoneyBuysElectionsLand) has kicked off his re-election bid for 2014 by picking a new campaign team.  Sure, it's 2 years early, but when several of your top aides in your former elected office have been convicted of felonious conduct and you still have ongoing local and federal John Doe investigations into the activities in that office, you can't start too soon.

Stephan Thompson, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Republican Party and former Deputy Campaign Manager of Walkers 2010 Gubernatorial campaign will be his Campaign Manager.   Keith Gilkes, Campaign Manager for both Walkers 2010 campaign as well as the 2012 recall, will serve as an "unpaid advisor".

Nicole Tieman, who served as the Wisconsin spokesperson for the RNC during the 2012 elections, will become Walkers new campaign spokesperson.

Jonathan Wetzel, who served as an assistant campaign manager on former Governor Tommy Thompsons attempt to become a US Senator (losing to Democrat Tammy Baldwin) will serve as Deputy Campaign Manager.

In the money money money department, Colleen Coyle, who has served as a fundraiser for the GOP, will raise funds for Walker as the campaign Finance Director.

No Democrat has yet announced an intention to run for Governor in 2014.

In other Walkerlicious news, he's distancing himself from Republican State Senator Glenn (slob) Grothmans racist views on Kwanzaa which were detailed here by Giles Goat Boy.  In short, calling the holiday something invented by "radicals", celebrated not by African-Americans, but by "white liberals" who want to divide the country.

“Yeah, I mean, to me it just doesn't make any sense why he’s doing that, I mean, I've commented on Kwanzaa in the past and everybody's got a different opinion, but I don't know why someone like that would go out of their way to alienate people over something that some people support,” Walker told WKOW-TV's 27 News in an interview. "Our standpoint is he needs to be focused on things regarding state business, not issues like that."
Walker has been called upon to denounce those statements by Grothman, bus hasn't.
Graeme Zielinski, (Wisconsin Democratic) party spokesman, said Friday that the Republican governor is “trying to have it both ways.”

“It is not merely that Grothman, a top Republican leader, went out of his way to alienate people. It is that he did it in a way that directly attacked our shared commitment to decency and tolerance,” Zielinski says. “Our black caucus has called on him to denounce Grothman's conduct, but, for whatever reason, Walker seems to have little interest in doing that.”

(information in italics added for clarity)

Of course, Walker won't denounce those comments.  He's the guy who who ordered the removal of a painting with a diverse group of children playing which had hung for many years in the Governors Mansion.   His lengthy history of white people only as his aides and advisors is as well known as his attitudes on minorities.

In more local news, Madison radio station WTDY, formerly the home of RW wingnuttia, but also the home of John "Sly" Sylvester a firebrand supporter of the Wisconsin Uprising and worker rights has changed to become the THIRD Madison sports talk station.  8 employees were abruptly fired and the station went to a Christmas format about 6 weeks ago.  

WOZN becomes Madison's third sports talk station, joining the Clear Channel-operated station The Big 1070 on 1070 AM and ESPN Radio, operated by Beaver Dam's Good Karma Broadcasting on 100.5 FM.
There have been efforts to get Sly on the air since then.  His free podcasts were always "must hear" at my house (I'm not in Madison and even if I was, I don't get up that early).  The information on state and local news and guests (John Nichols was on every day) were always great.  He's been missed to an enormous degree.

Stay tuned for further newsiness as it happens.

Originally posted to Puddytat on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 11:46 AM PST.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive.

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Comment Preferences

  •  "Something that some people support" (8+ / 0-)

    Meaning that HE doesn't.  I wish someone would openly call him on that bullshit.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 11:48:05 AM PST

  •  Whew, I was starting into withdrawals, (5+ / 0-)

    wondering when I'd see your next installment.  I almost Kos-mailed you!  Really.

    Ahhhh....my world is put to rights again, now that I have an update from you on the state of all things Wisconsin.  {big grin}

    As of this morning November 7, 2012 the Includers are ascendant, and the Excluders are in the minority. [samsoneyes]

    by FlamingoGrrl on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 12:00:07 PM PST

  •  In Seattle we too have seen our local (5+ / 0-)

    progressive station turned into a sports news talk show format, the FIFTH in our area.

    As of this morning November 7, 2012 the Includers are ascendant, and the Excluders are in the minority. [samsoneyes]

    by FlamingoGrrl on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 12:04:34 PM PST

    •  Tell me about it (4+ / 0-)

      I used to stream from KPTK as well as Portlands KPOJ.  Both no longer progressive talk.  It's sad.

      I can get RW screetchers on my radio on at least 3 stations here in Milwaukee, but not one single progressive voice.   That just ain't right.

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

      by Puddytat on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 12:11:15 PM PST

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      •  Now what I'm doing is listening via my I-phone. (4+ / 0-)

        I use an app called Tune In and search on the name of whomever I want to listen to.  In my case I like Stephanie Miller in the morning and Mike Malloy in the evening.  For now it's working out OK by just using my wireless set up when I'm at home.

        But so far I haven't been willing to pay for an I-phone plan with unlimited data downloads so no progressive radio while I'm in the car.  We'll see how long I last before I cave.

        As of this morning November 7, 2012 the Includers are ascendant, and the Excluders are in the minority. [samsoneyes]

        by FlamingoGrrl on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 12:17:28 PM PST

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        •  I subscribe to Malloys podcast (2+ / 0-)
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          and spare a bit out of my pension to do that because he's out there on his own.  Otherwise I stream radio on my computer.  I have a prepaid cell phone at $100 per year with rollover minutes and that's been fine and dandy for me.

          Isn't it just sad that we have a choice of stations to hear the RW loudmouths for free on our radios, but need to either sit at our computers or pay to hear rational voices of progressives?

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

          by Puddytat on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 12:59:57 PM PST

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  •  Koch brothers are going to get checkwriter's cramp (5+ / 0-)

    Father Time remains undefeated.

    by jwinIL14 on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 12:19:18 PM PST

  •  The Dems need to get busy. (7+ / 0-)

    This time they should recruit the strongest candidate possible and try not to have a primary.

    Easier said then done, I know. But new strategies are called for.

    My favorite was the fire fighter, but perhaps he is not well enuf know.

    Would Russ Feingold finally be willing?

    And would WI finally be ready to admit they need him back?
    (Speaking of the state as a whole here, no offense meant to the very steadfast WI progressives who never stopped fighting!)

    WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For Dec: Life so cheap; property so sacred.

    by JayRaye on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 12:26:05 PM PST

  •  I miss Sly too!!! (1+ / 0-)
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    My mornings just aren't the same, without him.  And I always made sure I was in the car by 8 am so as not to miss any of the John Nichols interviews.  I really hope he's able to get back on the air.  

  •  As for Grothman, (2+ / 0-)
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    Mr. Non wonders if Grothman is a performance artist and has just been punking us for years.  It's almost the only answer that makes sense.

  •  Vinehout (2+ / 0-)
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    I would love to see Walker on a debate stage with State Senator Kathleen Vinehout.  She was still my favorite in the Democratic recall primary.  Her Senate seat is up in 2014 as well, though.

    Citizen from WI-07 (Marathon County)

    by CentralWIGuy on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 04:19:06 PM PST

    •  She has a huge problem (1+ / 0-)
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      with her stand on reproductive rights.  Example:  She's very much in favor of allowing pharmacists to refuse to fill contraceptive or Plan B prescriptions.  And shame on her for that - she's from a rural area and knows people have to drive miles and miles to another pharmacy in hopes of finding a "willing" pharmacist, much less a pharmacy that accepts their insurance.

      If you don't want to fill prescriptions or care for patients, choose another profession.

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

      by Puddytat on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 04:25:45 PM PST

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      •  in the grand scheme of things (0+ / 0-)

        This is one issue she may be questionable on for the most liberal of Dems.  On all other issues, she is a elicits a strong sense of pragmatism and progressivism.  She's a good campaigner, a fantastic speaker, and uses LOGIC and documentation.

        Citizen from WI-07 (Marathon County)

        by CentralWIGuy on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 06:22:09 PM PST

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    •  Larson also has an odd-numbered SD (1+ / 0-)
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      He'd be a good gubernatorial candidate, however, he, like Vinehout, would have to give up his state senate seat if any one of those got elected governor.

      Unlike Vinehout's district, which Republicans might make a play for in an open-seat scenario, Larson's state senate district is safely Democratic barring a scandal and/or a third-party candidate getting 10% or more of the vote. Zach Wisniewski, a progressive political blogger who is currently running for a Cudahy city council seat, would be a great fit for SD-7 if Larson retires or runs for higher office in 2014.

      Ron Kind has even more serious issues with the base than Vinehout does (pro-NRA and pro-free trade) and would probably lose badly in a statewide primary.

      In regards to state senators with even-numbered SDs, the only ones who are even remotely electable statewide are Julie Lassa, Jennifer Shilling, and Dave Hansen. Lassa is an even worse campaigner than Tom Barrett is, however Shilling and Hansen would both be good gubernatorial candidates, unless they have issues with the base that I don't know about.

      Elizabeth Warren on the Senate Banking Committee is a BFD!

      by DownstateDemocrat on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 04:58:07 PM PST

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      •  You're right to point out Ron Kinds (1+ / 0-)
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        serious problems with his base on many issues.  He's really more Republican than Democrat on most issues.

        Republicans have it easier statewide because they have a huge media presence throughout and the TM is very kind to them, generally ignoring their faults and praising even their propagandized memes.  Democrats not only have to fight the GOP, and the RW screetchers on the saturation of hate radio, but also have a media standing by ready and able to magnify any invented flaw against them.

        And then there's the mega money that the GOP will haul in to saturate us in lying attack ads.  Sadly, most of the public continue to be fooled by them.

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

        by Puddytat on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 09:16:31 PM PST

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        •  If Ron Kind runs for governor... (1+ / 0-)
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          ...and there's some speculation that he might do so despite not responding to a Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel inquiry about whether or not he was interested in a 2014 gubernatorial run, Mahlon Mitchell (or someone else associated with the 2011 protests) may run against Kind in the primary, and I could see a primary between Kind and an ultra-liberal challenger either drive a mile-wide divide in the WI Democratic party or embolden WI Democrats like the 2008 presidential primary did to national Democrats.

          Think back to 2000...Republican Scott Klug decided not to run for a fifth term in Congress, and WI-2 became an open seat. Joe Wineke and Tammy Baldwin were the two front-runners for the Democratic nomination, and the WI GOP gamed the Democratic primary for Baldwin, yet Baldwin won the general election! Oh, and she just got elected to the U.S. Senate!

          Elizabeth Warren on the Senate Banking Committee is a BFD!

          by DownstateDemocrat on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 10:11:49 PM PST

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          •  I'm sort of hoping (1+ / 0-)
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            that it will be done like it was for the US Senate.  No Democratic primary which left Baldwin use all her resources for the general election.  Fighting it out between Democratic candidates can get ugly (as the US Senate Republican primary clearly demonstrated).

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

            by Puddytat on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 12:48:56 AM PST

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  •  certainly the Democrats have someone who (2+ / 0-)
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    can beat this puppet for billionaires...Please tell me that, in one of the most progressive states in the country, there must be a Democrat somewhere who can beat this bozo.

    •  Repubs have gerrymandered WI to oblivion (2+ / 0-)
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      antirove, Puddytat

      The Democratic bench in Wisconsin has been badly depleted by the 2010 red wave and Republican gerrymandering, and the only elected official in Wisconsin who is even remotely interested in a run against Walker is Peter Barca, the Democratic floor leader of the Wisconsin State Assembly, so, if he doesn't run, Democrats may need to look for someone who hasn't held elected office before to run against Walker.

      Elizabeth Warren on the Senate Banking Committee is a BFD!

      by DownstateDemocrat on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 05:49:42 PM PST

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      •  true, but not at gubernatorial level (0+ / 0-)

        The one thing they couldn't technically gerrymander is the district boundaries for the governorship.  Have you noticed Walker's more moderate tone in the media lately?  He realizes that if he and the Republicans are so hard-line, a new governor will take office in January 2015.  The legislature is in Republican hands until at least 2022.  We need to change who is in the governor's chair, especially in the 2018 election.

        Citizen from WI-07 (Marathon County)

        by CentralWIGuy on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 06:26:19 PM PST

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    •  You might want to see the reply (0+ / 0-)

      I wrote just above your comment to see how bad it really has become for Dems to win.  And DownstateDemocrat has also pointed out the far flung effects of Republican gerrymandering that can be added to my list.

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

      by Puddytat on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 09:18:23 PM PST

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  •  Biskupic leaves Michael Best (2+ / 0-)
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    DownstateDemocrat, Puddytat

    Sorry, Puddy, but I'm a little slow catching up today.  However, I read an item that Steven Biskupic is leaving the Michael Best law firm and starting out on his own.  I just think that this is quite curious considering their work with the Walker case and the redistricting, etc.  Why would he be leaving now?  Does anyone have any thoughts on this?

    Even Napoleon had his Watergate - Yogi Berra

    by Danosh on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 08:12:56 PM PST

    •  Not sure what Biskupic is up to (1+ / 0-)
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      Puddytat

      Of course, Biskupic just left a law firm that then-Assemblyman (now-Congressman) Mark Pocan famously referred to as "Mander, Mander, and Screw 'Em", so I wouldn't put anything past him.

      Elizabeth Warren on the Senate Banking Committee is a BFD!

      by DownstateDemocrat on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 08:50:36 PM PST

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    •  Here's my take (2+ / 0-)
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      DownstateDemocrat, Creosote

      Michael Best, et. al. has a lot of crud on their reputation statewide thanks to a lot of exposure (representing a RW State Supreme Court Justice for free and then getting his vote on every single case they brought before the high court, the fact that they were hired and later fired by the Walker administration after the level of corruption made them stink to high heaven, and then their participation and collusion in the secret Republican gerrymandering that was done inside their offices only when Republican only participants signed a secrecy oath).  Yeah, they stink now.

      So..... my take is that Biskupic might be starting up his own and then slowly but surely the rest of the law firm will filter over and MB, et. al. will close up shop.

      Even the low information voters have heard enough to make them lose their lunch regarding Michael Best.  Instead of a name change that would be like Blackwaters totally failed attempt, I think they're just starting up elsewhere.

      Also, Steven Biskupic doesn't have clean hands either.  He was a Dubya US attorney who crossed over juristictional lines into Madison to prosecute the Doyle administrations travel arranger on trumped up charges that were so smelly that an Appeals Court demanded she be released from prison and given a new trial pronto.  Of course, that prosecution was quickly turned into an anti-Doyle attack ad (but didn't prevent Doyles re-election).

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

      by Puddytat on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 09:27:01 PM PST

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