As UW colleges prepare themselves for their budget cuts, WI Republican legislators, who caused those cuts, are prepared to stay silent. Why are Republican legislators, who voted FOR this 2015-2017 budget, not being politically pressured for their comments/reactions on how the budget cuts have impacted UW colleges? WI news outlets are letting them get away w/o taking any responsibility. UW schools have cut staff, cut programs, cut courses, cut athletics, cut activities, raised tuition, and it's all because of the Republican budget.
Republican legislators believe that you, the WI voter, are flat out gullible. They believe when you hear the words "tax cut," you'll forget everything and will vote for them. Come November's election, no more forgetting and no more gullibility--because here's the real life impact of that $13-$20 "tax cut."
Sometimes the best way to improve is though constructive criticism (again... WI Democratic Legislature--your kick in the butt), so........besides being out spent, this was a complete failure of messaging with JoAnne Kloppenburg's loss. How in the world were voters unaware about Rebecca Bradley's disgusting comments when she was at Marquette. With my small sample, I asked a handful of voters (who follow politics just a little) to see if they knew about Bradley's comments and they had zero idea. That's not their fault, that's the messenger's fault. Around our area there was nothing informing voters about those comments---and the polls proved it.
I just read a Tweet from a Dem in the WI State Legislature, about how voters didn't vote the whole ballot. That's my point exactly, but the frustration is directed at the wrong "person." The frustration shouldn't be at the voter, it should be at the messenger---JoAnne Kloppenburg's campaign, and the Democratic Party (with overall education).
The lack of influential messaging/strategies from the left have just missed the mark on the past three state elections and it's getting old writing these "vent" blogs after a loss when there should have been a victory. Dems need to gain seats in Madison come November, not lose any. So as a Party, it's time to start playing the political game better. A simpler message is needed, along with an "in your face" style. Sitting WI State Democrats need to be more vociferous about political differences with Republicans and need to challenge the Republicans more, publically. During campaign season, enough of the long drawn out normal and safe commercials, the normal and safe candidate smiling billboards, and normal and safe campaign stops. A campaign/Party can't keep doing the same things over and over and expect different results.
I-T-'S N-O-T W-O-R-K-I-N-G.
Gov. Walker was in Appleton a couple of days ago and he talked about how he's concerned about the outbreak of the deadly Elizabethkingia infection in WI and how it needs to be contained. Wouldn't step one be to EXPAND MEDICIAD? If Gov. Walker was honestly concerned about people's lives, he would put politics aside and EXPAND MEDICAID, but that's not how he operates. So according to Gov. Walker; if you're working poor, uninsured AND need healthcare.....good luck..
Kohler Company and UAW Local 833 have agreed on a four year contract, which will increased WORKER'S wages and benefits over those four years. This is another great example of a union standing up for its workers. In the end, the union didn't get everything that it wanted and Kohler didn't get it all either. UAW "fought" to better the worker, and Kohler "fought" to better the bottom line. That's how it should work--give and take, from BOTH. The employer should not get it all, as what happens WITHOUT a union. Think about it. Why are big businesses, like WI's own Menards, so against them? Answer: They want it all. They want the CHEAPEST employee possible who won't/can't "fight" back. Without a union, you, the worker, ARE cheap AND more easily replaceable. Why does the NFL have a union? To help protect the players. Why should a business allow a union to form? To help protect the WORKERS. So if you are a middle class worker, AND a Republican, you are flat out voting against your best interest. Don't hate a union, learn about a union.
To help take back WI, I created another website, www.WisconsinPoliticalNews.com, for the sole purpose of gathering, organizing, and posting opinions from our WI Legislators, especially from Republicans. Republicans have been in total control of WI for over five years and it's about time they answer some detailed questions. It's up to us, progressive citizen journalists, to get Republican Legislators to be on the record. I tried to do it myself, but they will only speak to their own constituents, so here's a call out to progressives in WI that want to help take back WI.
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WisconsdinPoliticalNews.com is not out for a "gotcha" statement, but out to get some real information for the voter. The Republican political hiding must stop. Let's make this happen.
These words are important, but I guess just not to the Republican Party.
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WISCONSIN REPUBLICAN STATE LEGISLATOR'S HAVE TOLD VOTERS:
Now they are saying, trust us....
- We want to change the NON-PARTISAN G.A.B
- We want to change campaign finance laws
- We want to change John Doe investigations (investigation of political campaign crimes)
TO THAT WE SAY........
Let's imagine this; A Democratic Governor won the election in 2010. Also, the Democrats had total control of the State Legislature since then and all of the following happened:
- A governor who failed on a campaign promise to create 250,000 jobs
- Nationally ranked, consistently, in the thirties for job creation since 2011.
- A governor who had been under investigation (multiple times) for campaign violations.
- A governor who had been unethical, at the very least, with campaign donors receiving jobs, benefiting from law changes, or "getting" a stadium.
- A legislature and a governor who tried to secretly change WI's open records law.
- A governor who created his/her own job agency called WEDC, which was a huge failure---including losing millions and "handing" out millions to businesses that did not even create jobs.
- A governor who ran for president and was rarely in WI. Also, during that failed attempt there were questions as to how much WI tax payer money was spent--and if and when that would be paid back to the state.
Imagine if all of that happened under Democratic control. Just imagine that. You know darn well that the Republicans in the state legislature would be screaming from the roof tops every day in an organized, zeroed in, "team" manner. They would be on TV as much as possible, they would be on political talk shows, you would see many op-eds in the news paper, there would be town halls, they would hold press conferences upon press conferences. They would not just have the party leaders ripping on the Democratic control. They would have every Republican legislator ripping the Democrats. Those unwritten rules in the Legislature would be thrown out. They definitely would not follow them and would do whatever it took to gain back control. Republican legislators definitely would not be passive and they would be taking it to the Democrats 100%. So then why are our Democratic legislators doing just the opposite right now.
The WI Democratic "strategy" is too passive, boring, and the message is always coming from the same legislators. It's time to let the leash go and let our Democrats start taking it to the Republicans and swaying voters. It's time for ALL the Democratic legislators to put on the political punching gloves and take it to the Republicans. Democratic legislators need to get better organized with a unison message. Democratic legislators are too quiet right now. They need to challenge the Republicans on hot button topics that the majority of Wisconsinites agree on. i.e. end money in politics, end pay to play politics, low job creation, keep open records. Don't wait for the 2016 campaign season, start now. Get outside of the comfort zone and try something new, because we all know the strategy last go around didn't have the outcomes we, Democrats, wanted.
Publicly challenge Republicans to accompany 4-5 Democratic Legislators on a so-called "town hall tour." Why not try it? Anything to draw attention to the Democratic message. WI Republican legislators are no holds barred, and it's about time Democrats be the same. I get it ---it's all about the constituents and keeping your seat/your job, but that mentality must change. It's about constituents AND taking back WI. There's a way of doing both and right now that is not even close to be happening. The time to be vocal and go outside the box is now.
My two questions to the new CEO of WEDC, Mark Hogan, (and to part time Gov. of Wisconsin, Scott Walker):
1. As the former Executive VP/Chief Credit Officer of M&I Bank (now BMO Harris), do you think that it's fair to tax paying Wisconsinites that M&I Bank only had an effective tax rate of .7% on $3.9 billion in pre-tax profits between 2000-2007, while the corporate tax rate was 7.9%*?
2. Is being appointed as WEDC's new CEO and the corporate tax cut from the 2011 budget (it's actually a loophole that allows banks, like BMO Harris, to offset profits, thus having a lower tax rate) a thank you for all of the tens of thousands of dollars that you have contributed to Gov. Walker and his Super Pac**?
Tax paying Wisconsinites
Maybe this hire will bring attention back to the corporate tax cuts that happened under Gov. Walker!
* Wisconsin Budget, Wisconsin Budget and Wisconsin Democracy Campaign
Gov. Walker just told the people of WI who could lose their health insurance subsidies with the upcoming Supreme Court ruling to contact the president and congress if they are worried.
Many who voted for our governor probably would not have if they knew more about him. This blog will act as an outlet for myself to question and discuss the moves and motives of our political atmosphere. People's minds will not change unless they are aware-----I do not lobby for any corporation, business or non-profit. The comments and opinions are my own. Follow me at @WisconsinsVoice