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What do you think is obama avoiding clinton? [Feb. 15th, 2008|10:07 am]
Wisconsin Democrats

press release from clinton camp claims obama is hiding


"This ad makes clear why Sen. Obama doesn't want to have a one-on-one debate with Sen. Clinton in Wisconsin,” Kathleen Falk, Dane County Executive said. “He doesn't want people to know that his health care plan leaves 15 million people out. He doesn't want people to know that Sen. Clinton's plan cuts health care costs more aggressively. And he certainly doesn't want people to know that the most authoritative source he can find to validate his housing plan is a story quoting his own campaign."
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predictions for the wi primary? [Jan. 8th, 2008|02:58 pm]
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"Two major Democratic presidential candidates beat two major Republican candidates in theoretical matchups in a statewide poll conducted for the political Web site Wispolitics.com.

Conducted Dec. 2-3 but released this weekend, the poll shows both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama beating Republicans Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani in Wisconsin in theoretical November 2008 matchups.

The release of the poll comes less than a week before the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses -- the first major test for presidential candidates -- but does not include some of the leading candidates from each party. The Associated Press reported that according to a Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg News poll of Iowa voters, Clinton had 29 percent, compared to 26 percent for Obama and 25 percent for John Edwards.

Among Republicans, Mike Huckabee was leading with 37 percent, according to the poll, while Romney had 23 percent and John McCain and Fred Thompson each had 11 percent. Giuliani was fifth, with 6 percent.

Wisconsin's primary will take place on Feb. 19."


It sounds like who ever we get will take the state in the general election.

I'm disappointed in edwards showing so far, I prefer his health plan to that of clinton or obama.
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Go Vote [Oct. 16th, 2006|11:31 pm]
Wisconsin Democrats

I voted today! Anyone can in Wisconsin!

All you have to do is go to City Hall, and you can vote ANY DAY NOW. If you aren't registered yet, find out if you need to bring along something like a WI drivers license (just call City Hall and ask).

Why vote early? You get to vote on paper, it doesn't get "lost in the mail" since you are doing it right there, and you are free on Election Day to do - whatever. Hopefully help others get out the vote!

Go vote early, and then have all your friends & family do the same.
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In Memoriam: Frank P. Zeidler, 1912-2006 [Jul. 10th, 2006|10:49 am]
Wisconsin Democrats

I know Frank was never a Democrat, but almost every Democrat in greater Milwaukee knows him; and those of the rest of you who never had the privilege should have been so lucky.

I am trying not to cry as I type this. Frank was a role model to me, even when we disagreed. He became a Socialist because it was the only practical way of putting Christian ethics into practice.
"I particularly picked socialism because of several things in its philosophy. One was the brotherhood of people all over the world. Another was its struggle for peace. Another was the equal distribution of economic goods. Another was the idea of cooperation. A fifth was the idea of democratic planning in order to achieve your goals. Those were pretty good ideas."
Four years ago, I went to a dinner with 700 other folks, celebrating his 90th birthday. There were bishops (Episcopalian, Lutheran and Catholic, that I spotted), rabbis, anarchists, the mayor of Williamsburg [Virginia], local politicians, janitors, union activists, model railroaders, a Gesangsverein, church ladies with their best hats on, and a lot of others. The local Lutheran Bishop mentioned that when he came to Milwaukee, Frank gave him a tour of the city, and eruditely explained an enormous amount about Milwaukee history. He called his brother in the Seattle mayor's office to talk about this amazing ex-mayor he'd met, and his brother said, "You mean Socialist Mayor Zeidler is a Lutheran?"; the Bishop said, "You mean Lutheran Mayor Zeidler is a Socialist?"

For Frank and for a lot of others in Milwaukee, Socialism meant a lot of the lakefront and riverbank lands were bought by the taxpayers, and made into parks, instead of incredibly expensive condos. It meant housing being built for poor people, and run by an agency responsive to the taxpayers AND the tenants. It meant a pioneering Health Department, and good sewers, when such public improvements were scorned as interference by do-gooding busybodies. It meant a world-class City Museum that was a haven for scholarship, with an extensive publishing program and even its own ethnographic and zoological expeditions to Africa and Central America. It meant schools open to all the children without subjecting them to religious propaganda. It meant the cleanest, least corrupt government this reform-minded state has ever seen in its history. It meant trying to make the city a better place for honest working people, rather than running around posturing about how "revolutionary" you were (and being sneered at by the 'revolutionaries' as mere 'sewer socialists'). It meant, in Frank's own words, "a way of life based on cooperation, rather than competition."

Frank didn't drink, didn't smoke and didn't drive (I've talked to folks who remember driving down Third Street and seeing Frank waiting for the #19 streetcar [and later, bus] to go to work; "work" was being mayor of the city). He read voraciously, enjoyed model railroading and collected fossils. He rewrote Shakespeare in more modern language (his version of the Scottish Play was done while he was mayor). He stayed faithful to his wife Agnes (since 1939), and to this city he loved.

I saw Frank a few weeks back at the Wisconsin Labor History Society conference, where he talked about two things he loved: Socialism and Milwaukee. We chatted briefly, but he clearly wasn't in good shape; I hoped aloud that I'd see him at the annual Milwaukee Socialist Party picnic.

I'm heartbroken to lose him. I'm proud to have been his comrade, and his brother in Christ.
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State Assembly's agenda today: [Nov. 29th, 2005|10:27 am]
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Assembly Joint Resolution 67

Contact your rep today!
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L. L. Bean Money Funding Gaybashers! [Oct. 12th, 2005|10:39 am]
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[Current Mood |exanimateexanimate]

Well, if you know any GBLT folks who buy L.L. Bean stuff, or you are one of those, you might want to rethink your strategy. According to the latest reports, the biggest individual donation for the groups seeking to repeal that state's anti-discrimination law is from one Linda Bean Folkers of Falmouth, the granddaughter of L.L. Bean, who gave $10,000. http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/news/state/051012pacs.shtml
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Cool, activist job in Brookfield, WI [Sep. 22nd, 2005|04:48 pm]
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There is an interesting activist job opening in Brookfield targeting a number of pro-drug war Republicans, so I thought I would share it with this group. 

So, if you are interested in working in politics and shaking things up….  Read more...Collapse )


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(no subject) [May. 9th, 2005|09:13 pm]
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I just stumbled across this community as I was searching for new ones to join. I'm obviously from Wisconsin and have become more active in the Democratic party over the past year or so.

I got the great opportunity to volunteer when John Edwards came to my college last fall and got to shake his hand. I attended my first listening session with Russ Feingold a few months ago and found out that his middle name is the same as my first name - Dana.

I'm a young democrat (I'm 21) and proud of it! :)
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intro [Apr. 19th, 2005|11:07 pm]
Wisconsin Democrats

Hi Wisconsin Dems!

I've been a Wisconsinite for a year (and I'm finally rid of my FIB license plate so I'm really legit now). Been a Dem since the day I was born - my mom went into labor with me as she was casting a vote against Reagan. Last year I even met Howard Dean.

I'd be interested in getting more involved locally, here in WI.

Also, I've started a community called daily_granola - the purpose is to provide progressives with an easy tip each day that they can incorporate in their lifestyles to live out their liberal ideals. You are welcome to join - it does kind of end up a bit Wisconsin-centric at times so you'll feel right at home. Also, I'd love to see a bit more diversity among the group of people in there.
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Last Reminder! [Apr. 17th, 2005|09:52 pm]
Wisconsin Democrats

Comedy Against Evil with Dan Piraro (creator of the comic strip, Bizarro) is coming to UWM tomorrow, April 18th. It is a hilarious political comedy show featuring nationally recognized comedians and predominantly focuses on anti-Bush, left-wing humor.

- 7:30pm (doors open at 6:30)
- UWM Union Ballroom
- Suggested donation of $10 (if you cannot afford it, minimum donation is $5)
- Full cash bar that is open from 6:30-10pm
- All Ages
- merchandise sold will be Piraro's newest book, the I DID NOT VOTE 4 BUSH wristbands, and the THINK BLUE wristbands
- All proceeds benefit the College Democrats at UWM

Hope to see a lot of you there! It's going to be amazing.
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