Chris Larson named Senate Minority Leader

Congratulations to Democratic State Senator Chris Larson, the new Senate Minority Leader!

Democrats in the state Senate elected 32-year-old freshman Sen. Chris Larson of Milwaukee as minority leader on Tuesday — a surprise decision that Republicans instantly cheered.

Larson was first elected to the Senate in 2010 after beating a more conservative Democrat in a primary and since then has been a reliable part of the caucus’s liberal wing. With his relative youth and inexperience, some Republicans immediately signalled Tuesday that they thought he would be ineffective as a leader.

Shortly after Larson’s selection as Minority Leader was announced, Republican Rep. Robin Vos (R-Rochester), the incoming Assembly speaker, said, “Sometimes, God gives you a gift,” apparently blindly oblivious to statements he made earlier today calling for bipartisanship.

Last Day to Apply to Emerge Wisconsin

From the email:

Last Tuesday was a great day for Democratic women in Wisconsin, where we sent Tammy Baldwin to the U.S. Senate, and elected several strong progressive women to the state legistature.

Our friends over at Emerge Wisconsin are looking for bright, self-motivated women who are committed to effective political leadership and are committed to run for elective office.

If you or anyone you know have been inspired by the election of U.S. Senator-Elect Tammy Baldwin and are considering a career in public service, the time to get involved is now. Emerge Wisconsin is accepting applications for its 2013 class until midnight tomorrow, November 14. You can find more information by clicking here:
Maggie Brickerman, Executive Director
Democratic Party of Wisconsin

P.S. Last Tuesday, 21 Emerge Alumnae were on the ballot. I want to once again extend our thanks to these wonderful women, and hope you’ll consider joining them.

State Senate:
Nikiya Harris, ’11 (6th Senate District)
Senator Jessica King ’07 (18th Senate District)
Tanya Lohr ’12 (20th Senate District)

State Assembly:
Mary Arnold ’12 (37th Assembly District)
Carol Beals ’10 (49th Assembly District)
Representative Penny Bernard Schaber ’07 (57th Assembly District)
Representative Jill Billings ’11 (95th Assembly District)
Dianne Hesselbein ’09 (79th Assembly District)
La Tonya Johnson ’12 (17th Assembly District)
Melissa Lemke ’11 (62nd Assembly District)
Maureen May-Grimm ’12 (51st Assembly District)
Diane Odeen ’12 (30th Assembly District)
Kim Peterson ’12 (32nd Assembly District)
Melissa Sargent ’12 (48th Assembly District)
Sarah Ann Shanahan ’10 (50th Assembly District)
Judy Smriga ’11 (68th Assembly District)
Melissa Sorenson ’11 (41st Assembly District)
Mandy Wright ’12 (85th Assembly District)
Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa, 10 (8th Assembly District)

County Clerk:
Ginny Dankmeyer ’12 (La Crosse)
Mary Schuch-Krebs ’08 (Kenosha)

A Theory About Conservative Crapola

The whole article is a must read…

Forget a nickel; I’d a sixpence for every piece of conservative crapola spin I heard in the last two months. In retrospect, it’s very revealing about they try to game the system to get places like Politico and other mainstream outfits to assume they’re correct and accept their assumptions.

There was no way on Earth, for example, that young people were going to turn out this time. They were a higher percentage this time than last. Higher! Gallup, for one, bought into this in a huge way.

There was also no way Obama voters were as enthusiastic as Romney voters. Just no way. The enthusiasm gap. Everyone bought it. Again, the opposite was true.

Americans were going to be outraged by Benghazi. Chicago made up jobs numbers. Florida was a done deal. Romney had momentum until Sandy. And on and on.

Conservatives say these things with such conviction. I think they believe them to be true. And there’s a reason for that. Not so long ago, when conservatives said these things en bloc, they would come true. They’d happen. Back in Clinton’s day, say. Or Bush’s, before the debacles really hit home.

But then at some point, the majority of Americans stopped buying conservative bullshit. It must have been after Iraq. And Katrina. But now, conservatives can’t make surrealities come true just by saying so.

Here’s a perfect example of the “conservative crapola” Michael Tomasky wrote about, courtesy of Republican commentator Dick Morris:

As far as I’m concerned, conservatives can keep the prognostications and commentary of Dick Morris and his ilk, because there are much better (and far more accurate) ways of predicting election outcomes.