Posted by: JanF | February 17, 2014

It’s time WI started paying attention

On November 4, 2014, Wisconsinites will have the opportunity to take back our state and undo a terrible mistake made in November 2010.

In a low-turnout midterm election, Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker (R-Talk Radio) was elected governor of Wisconsin. He ran with money from national Republicans – including the Koch brother’s Americans For Prosperity (AFP) – and ideas from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), quietly promising his donors that he would do their bidding and destroy unions (and the family supporting jobs they represent), despoil our natural resources (and sell what’s left to the highest bidder), and defund our educational systems (and use that money to pay for tax breaks to the wealthiest): all things that Wisconsinites would never have consented to had they known.

The deception was uncovered pretty quickly. Walker ran for governor promising to create 250,000 new jobs in Wisconsin by 2015 yet he began his reign of error by giving a big sloppy kiss to the tea party extremists outside of the state of Wisconsin by turning down federal money earmarked for building a high-speed rail system to serve Wisconsin citizens. Not taking that money, of course, did not save taxpayers a penny; it was sent to California where they are building a high-speed rail system to serve their citizens. But it did burnish Gov. Walker’s credentials with the national Republican party, the guys who also pumped millions of dollars into Wisconsin in 2012 (possibly illegally, to exactly no one’s surprise) to fend off a recall. That same group is now buying ads to go after Walker’s opponent, Democrat Mary Burke, by shamelessly claiming that she was part of a “failed” Jim Doyle administration, an administration that actually added jobs in Wisconsin until George W. Bush and national Republican policies led to the Great Recession and the worst job losses since the 1930s.

All of this outside money is being funneled into Wisconsin for one reason: to re-elect Scott Walker in order to launch his 2016 presidential campaign. His re-election is needed to demonstrate the popularity of teaparty policies and to plump up his resume, a resume that already shows how he crushed working people, defunded education in order to shovel money into the pockets of the 1%, and turned our natural resources over to mining companies and others who don’t care one whit for Wisconsin.

Let’s make sure that Scott Walker’s resume reads like this, instead:

2011-2015, Wisconsin Governor, defeated in November 2014 for not representing Wisconsin values.

The latest Marquette University Poll (pdf) shows the race between Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke at 47% to 41%. Given that Walker has been the governor for 3+ highly contentious years, it is unlikely that there are many voters who don’t know him and what he stands for … and who he owes his allegiance to. So I would suggest that 47% (47%!!) is pretty much his ceiling. Mary Burke, on the other hand, is a relative unknown (64% in the poll said that they don’t know much about her) and she starts at 41%. She will only add to this as she introduces herself while traveling around our state … a state she was born in and whose family has been here for 4 generations … a state she loves and wants to serve as governor.

For those of you who don’t know Mary Burke, here she is.


(Donate and Volunteer here: BurkeForWisconsin.com)
 
And, from a speech to Dane County Democrats, here is what she stands for:

Why I’m running is pretty simple: I love Wisconsin. We’re a great state, we have great people, and we have incredible potential. And we deserve a lot better. (Applause)

We deserve a better economy with more good paying jobs. If you look right next door in Minnesota, they’ve gotten back all of the jobs that they lost in 2008, and more. And yet, we’re still clawing our way back. We’re growing our economy at a rate that’s half the national average. So we deserve a better economy and more jobs.

We deserve a stronger commitment to public education. (Applause) All of us here know how important our K12 system, our technical college system, and our universities are. They are the fabric of our communities, and they are the foundation of our economy. […]

As governor, I will work to ensure women’s freedom to make their own health care choices and to ensure all people’s freedom to marry who they choose. (Applause)

I will work to restore collective bargaining rights for our public sector employees (Applause) along with the respect they deserve for the job that they do every day. (Applause)

I will work to roll back the statewide voucher expansion and to hold all schools accountable. (Applause)

I will work to protect our natural resources, including our air and water, and not let mining companies write our environmental regulations. (Applause)

I will work to raise the minimum wage so people who work hard can support themselves. (Applause)

And I will work to ensure every child has access to quality, affordable, public education, and that our schools have the funding to thrive. (Applause)

There is a lot of work to do. But if we stand together, we can bring back the pride that we all feel so deeply in Wisconsin.

Let’s bring back that pride. I am proud to be a Wisconsin Democrat ready to reclaim our state and return our governance to those who care about Wisconsinites and Wisconsin values. And I am proud of Wisconsinite Mary Burke for taking on this fight. It is time WI stand together … with her.

Elections Matter. And when WI vote, WI will win.

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