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I'm always happy to hear former Senator Russ Feingold (D. WI) in the press:

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In an early sign that liberal activists will coalesce around Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke's candidacy, the organization Progressives United announced Tuesday it will support the Madison School Board member against Gov. Scott Walker.

The organization, founded in 2011 by former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold, conducted a poll of members in Wisconsin to determine whether to get in early behind Burke. Of the more than 3,000 responses, more than 75 percent favored backing Burke now.

The poll was conducted amid criticism from several liberal activists and bloggers around the state that little is known about Burke other than that she is a multimillionaire, former executive at Trek Bicycle, a nonunion company, who had supported a controversial charter school in Madison. She also was commerce secretary for two-and-a-half years under Gov. Jim Doyle, which Republicans are harping on as a way to link Burke to the high unemployment and job losses at the end of Doyle's term. - Wisconsin State Journal, 10/22/13

Here's what Progressives United had to say in their endorsement of Burke:

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"Wisconsin members of Progressives United want to support Mary Burke for governor now and begin the work to beat Scott Walker in 2014," wrote Progressives United Executive Director Cole Leystra in an email to members. "By a 75.2%-24.8% margin, thousands of progressives voted to start organizing right away, so Burke can build a grassroots organization early."

An endorsement was far from guaranteed, and backing from the group will provide Burke with not only grassroots support and fundraising dollars, but also progressive credibility. Burke is so far the only Democrat in the race to unseat Walker, a Republican, but others may jump in.

State labor leaders have so far remained largely silent on Burke's candidacy, and some progressives have been upset that the Democratic Party has seemed to discourage other candidates from running.

So far, Burke has refused to endorse the repeal of Act 10, Walker's collective bargaining law that sparked massive protests in Madison in 2011 and the failed recall election targeting the governor and Republican state legislators.

"I believe that collective bargaining is a right for public sector employees, but we should also be looking at how we move forward," she told reporters recently when asked about repeal. - Huffington Post, 10/22/13

As mentioned above, Feingold's group will be able to provide Burke's campaign with a strong grassroots movement and campaign funding.  Strong fundraising will be key to unseating Governor Scott Walker (R. WI):

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"We're simply getting more interview requests than we can fulfill at this time," says spokesman Joe Zepecki, who fielded questions in her stead. He won't elaborate on Burke's personal wealth or how much she might spend, but says she'll be contributing "a fraction of what it takes to do this."

As for the incumbent's financial firepower, Zepecki declares, "No amount of spending by Walker and his deep-pocketed special interest allies is going to change the harsh reality that Wisconsin families understand all too well — we're falling behind when it comes to creating jobs and growing our economy."

Burke is stressing her successes at Trek and as state secretary of Commerce. She's blasted the state's poor performance on job creation and ripped Walker for not accepting federal funds to expand Medicaid coverage for state residents. - The Cap Times, 10/22/13

If you would like to get involved with Burke's campaign, you can click here to do so:

http://burkeforwisconsin.com/

Originally posted to pdc on Tue Oct 22, 2013 at 10:56 PM PDT.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive and The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Whatever it takes to get Scott Walker defeated (4+ / 0-)

    Is whatever it takes.  Damn it, fight like mad.

  •  Mar"K" Burke in your title? (4+ / 0-)

    Dudehisattva...

    "Generosity, Ethics, Patience, Effort, Concentration, and Wisdom"

    by Dood Abides on Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 01:03:58 AM PDT

  •  Charter schools undermine public education, (6+ / 0-)

    and a thriving company in WI without union representation is suspect.

    No candidate is perfect, but I'd prefer a progressive candidate.

    This flat-out sucks:

    So far, Burke has refused to endorse the repeal of Act 10, Walker's collective bargaining law ...

    "I believe that collective bargaining is a right for public sector employees, but we should also be looking at how we move forward," she told reporters recently when asked about repeal.

    What the fuck does that mean?

    Dick Cheney 2/14/10: "I was a big supporter of waterboarding" . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . UID: 8519

    by Bob Love on Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 01:29:07 AM PDT

    •  Generally speaking, wisconsin charter schools (2+ / 0-)
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      blueyedace2, Theodore J Pickle

      aren't like the ones you hear about elsewhere -- in particular, they are for most practical purposes public schools. (Mind you, Walker et al have made efforts to transform the state's charter school system into something horrible.)

      The school in question was controversial because it was exclusively for african american males.

      To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

      by UntimelyRippd on Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 06:24:31 AM PDT

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      •  Are the staff union members? (4+ / 0-)

        If not, they are not "for most practical purposes" public schools. They're "right to work for less" schools.

        "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

        by sidnora on Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 07:42:42 AM PDT

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      •  "for most practical purposes public schools" - (1+ / 0-)
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        non acquiescer

        Does that mean using public money but with lower standards and less pay?

        Dick Cheney 2/14/10: "I was a big supporter of waterboarding" . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . UID: 8519

        by Bob Love on Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 12:44:17 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  Nope. (0+ / 0-)

        Milwaukee in particular has been infested with "the ones you hear about elsewhere"... the "independent" non-union ones that are managed for-profit, with no better (and often worse) outcomes than the public schools, despite the fact that they manage to get away with a far lower proportion of English language learners and students with disabilities.

        The "school in question" with Burke was also making plans not to serve students with significant disabilities...

        If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality. - Bishop Desmond Tutu

        by AnnieJo on Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 02:12:26 PM PDT

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  •  Only Have Basic Grasp Of Wisconsin Politics (0+ / 0-)

    It certainly is as strange and byzantine as any State these days and as an outsider I have a hard time understanding most of the nuances. I have questions for people who know what they are talking about though. How big a deal is Progressives United and what kind of authoritative power does an out of office lefty like Feingold have outside Madison when he makes an endorsement? From the outside it doesn't have the appearance of being so earth shattering. Do they really have some serious money they can throw her way? Can they really put an army of volunteer boots on the ground and will they be enthusiastic for a middle of the road small d Democrat? From the outside I also have a hard time understanding Walkers enduring appeal to the average Wisconsin voter, but he seems to hang in there and in many ways out perform his fellow Republican governors although the competition there is mighty weak.

    Patriotism is the last refuge to which a scoundrel clings. Steal a little and they throw you in jail. Steal a lot and they make you king.... Dylan

    by bywaterbob on Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 02:08:29 AM PDT

    •  They will be able to mobilize for any primary (2+ / 0-)
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      blueyedace2, madcitysailor

      especially in Madison. Madison is the key to winning any Dem statewide primary in Wisconsin.

      Unfortunately, Madison is not enough to win a statewide general election. This is something that our state Dems are often unaware of.

      •  What about the General? (1+ / 0-)
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        Mike Kahlow

        If the Dems in Wisconsin are worried about primaries, I am worried about the Dems. I was hoping to hear that this kind of support would translate into votes in the General election. Once again, excuse my relative ignorance on such matters, but why is Walker's popularity not sagging like every other Republican Governor in the country who has now been exposed as a charlatan to the electorate? Most of them have since tanked in the polls, but not really Walker. His numbers aren't great, but he hangs in there. Wisconsin is a swing state that usually tilts somewhat towards the Dems. There must be some nuances to all this that I am just not understanding.

        Patriotism is the last refuge to which a scoundrel clings. Steal a little and they throw you in jail. Steal a lot and they make you king.... Dylan

        by bywaterbob on Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 11:43:03 AM PDT

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    •  Feingold is, to the extent he wishes to be, (3+ / 0-)
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      blueyedace2, madcitysailor, scribeboy

      the most powerful Democrat in the state.

      To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

      by UntimelyRippd on Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 06:25:39 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Yo! Dog! fix the title! (2+ / 0-)
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    blueyedace2, Mike Kahlow

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

    by ruleoflaw on Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 04:49:47 AM PDT

  •  (Shrug) (6+ / 0-)

    There may be other candidates. Why support one now?

    Mary Burke is, to my reading, middle-of-the-road Democratic, leaning towards the corporatist side. I'm willing to give fair leeway to anyone who can beat Scott Walker, but I've seen nothing in her background or campaign statements that says "progressive" other than the fact that she's from Madison.

    And this:

    So far, Burke has refused to endorse the repeal of Act 10, Walker's collective bargaining law that sparked massive protests in Madison in 2011 and the failed recall election targeting the governor and Republican state legislators.
    This is progressive?

    This former member of Progressives United will reserve judgement.

  •  Title has been fixed! Sorry about that everyone, (1+ / 0-)
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    blueyedace2

    made this one live when I was really tired and before I hit the sack last night.  Thanks for catching it!

    Funny Stuff at http://www.funnyordie.com/oresmas

    by poopdogcomedy on Wed Oct 23, 2013 at 06:39:09 AM PDT

  •  Russ wanted to raise SS retirement age (0+ / 0-)

    I asked him at a campaign gathering.  I had to explain what the Catfood Commission was - he didn't know.

    He shrugged about raising the age, and said, "They did it before."  Being that out of touch with regular citizens had a lot to do with his losing campaign for reelection.

    I was working at the time with several people who were nowhere near 66 yet, doing sedentary jobs, but who were already having major physical problems.  Now think about nurses, who are on their feet almost all the time, lifting people, or even more, nurse's assistants, construction workers ...

    Yes, he's done good, principled things, but he's apparently been in DC too long to understand entirely how life is for us ordinary people.

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