2014 Will Mould 2016 for Scott Walker

Many Wisconsin Progressives are extremely unhappy with the candidacy of Trek Executive, Mary Burke.  Nary a day goes by without Facebook posts about Burke’s lack of a progressive outlook and Vinehout’s expected announcement.

Most recently a member of the Solidarity Sing-A-Long put up a post stating that “Burke is among the one percent” and “she spent $100,000.00 to defeat ‘candidate XYZ’ for Madison School Board.”  He then appeared to insult Burke for not taking part in the Solidarity Sing-A-Long or other protests.  Perhaps Burke is not partaking in these activities because she is busy running a credible, state-wide campaign against a highly funded, well-known, incumbent governor?

Burke has been criticized for not taking part in other activities such as Fighting Bob Fest.  These allegations are more worthy of ridicule considering that Bob Fest is a great platform for her to reach out to like-minded individuals and voters, yet she neglected to us it.  It is less relevant, though, that she is not taking the time to sing songs in the Capitol Rotunda.

The Solidarity Singers have every constitutional right to do what they do.  It was wrong for Walker to have them arrested and they have proven that they have the organizational skills and the perseverance to be a credible group.  However, a question to pose to them is: Are you using your time effectively?

If the singers want to bring about change in Wisconsin, would it not be more effective if they spent their hour-a-day time slot registering voters?  Writing blogs?  Writing letters to the editor?  Campaigning for progressive candidates?  If these types of actions were used during the spring elections, perhaps Ed Fallone would be sitting on the State Supreme Court listening to such arguments as Act 10, Voter ID, and Anti-choice legislation.

The outbursts against Burke may or may not be justified, that will certainly be determined in the coming months; but right now, she is the only person in the state who has stepped up to bat for us.  There are other candidates who are lesser known, but Mary Burke is the one who has put herself out there for the state to see and judge.  Also, as the polling from Marquette shows, she is appealing to everyday “centrist” voters.  Voters that will decide the election in 2014.

More often than not, progressives will point to Kathleen Vinehout as their candidate.  Senator Vinehout is a great progressive who has proven to be a fighter for the people of her district and the people of our great state.  If I sat in a room with Burke and Vinehout, I have little doubt that my ideologies would align with Vinehout more often than Burke.  Given the choice (which will most likely be presented), Vinehout would most likely be my personal choice.

However, in the case that Vinehout loses the primary, or decides not to run at all, the question that needs to be asked of Wisconsin progressives is as follows:  What can a progressive governor accomplish without the State Assembly?

The Republicans have gerrymandered our State Assembly into a right-wing stronghold.  In 2012,  nearly 200,000 more Wisconsinites pulled the lever for a Democrat than a Republican, but the GOP stills holds nearly two-thirds of the seats in the Assembly.  A mid-term election will generally pull in less voters, so that margin will shrink at best and reverse at worst.  The sad reality is that in 2014, Wisconsin’s best hope could be to simply plug the leak by ousting Scott Walker, which will result in stopping the GOP’s railroading of the state, as well as Walker’s Presidential ambitions.

If you are angry with what Walker has done to Wisconsin, just imagine what would happen if he were able to get into the Oval Office.  2014 will help form 2016.  Do you really want to mould it to Walker’s liking because “Burke is not progressive enough for you,” so you didn’t show up?

Note: This is not an endorsement for Burke, nor meant to bash the Solidarity Singers.  It is simply meant to spark a conversation that I don’t hear anywhere else.  If you believe that a progressive governor can be effective without the State Assembly, or if you believe that we can take back the Assembly: Convince me!  (but be professional in doing so)

 

29 comments to 2014 Will Mould 2016 for Scott Walker

  • Paul

    Even after reforms in the 90s the Wisconsin Governor has an extremely powerful line item veto power. That power creates a lot of leverage if you have the will to use it and could create opportunities to negotiate or enforce popular changes to bad law. A progressive Governor could reinstate labor-management meetings and make them binding upon the employer. A progressive Governor could rebuild the WERC as a nonpartisan agency capable of rapidly improving the lives of public workers rather than a tool to oppress him. The Wisconsin Governor is incredibly powerful and that is why so many people have been so reluctant to get behind a moderate to possibly even right-wing Democrat in Mary Burke. If we only have a shot at one branch of government we need it to be a strong balance to the gerrymandered Assembly. While Burke may be running what you consider a “credible” state wide campaign, if she doesn’t do something to motivate the base it won’t be an election decided in the middle, it will be an election decided by turnout.

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  • Cat Kin

    IMNSHO a Democratic primary would solve most of the reluctance for hard nosed liberals concerning Ms. Burke. The winner would have too much media wind to be blown off course by Walker slurs about inexperience, tax prone legislation, soft stances and liberal lifestyles–which the corporate media will then reinforce in headlines and sound bites across the state. And yes, a Democratic governor will be elected who could then do much to affect the disruptive legislature that has been rubber stamped throughout this state by Republican assemblies and districts.

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  • nonquixote

    Eric,

    I have not seen the “outbursts,” as you describe them, against Burke, some links to the cited incidents in your piece would be helpful.

    I’ve heard very convincing rational, “discussions,” on a couple of occasions from knowledgeable pundits such as John Nichols of the Cap Times and the Nation, on his daily half-hour with Sylvestor, clearly explaining why Burke doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of beating Walker if she is the eventual candidate. You’ll need to check the archives for those two or three specific interviews since Burke announced.

    http://www.slysoffice.com/#!

    Check out the first 8 minutes of the Nichols-Sly 120213 up presently, about the Democrats historically doing well upon letting the people decide who they want as a candidate through debate and a primary.

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  • AnonyBob

    Eric,
    You raise a great point about the pointlessness of the Solidarity Singers. They are now either ignored and ridiculed by everyone in the Capitol, Dem and GOP alike. A friend of mine was recently in a elevator with some tourists and a GOP staffer. The tourists, hearing the singing, asked “There’s a choir in the rotunda?” The staffer answered, “They’re not a choir, they’re protesters.”
    “What are they protesting?”
    “Nobody knows.”
    That, my dear progressive friends, is the unfortunate truth. The SS have devolved to a self-indulgent, self-righteous group of windbags. Yes, they have the right to do it. Are they ” bringing truth to power”? Only in their dreams. We need to be smart and productive in our efforts to get rid of Walker. And as a Dem, much less a candidate, I wouldn’t get caught now within a mile of the singers. Sorry.
    AnonyBob

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    • The solidarity singers should get out of the capitol and start singing in karaoke bars all over Madison. That’s where the votes are to beat Walker. That’s where the rednecks losing their Badgercare hang out in the evening. Forget your Woody Guthrie and your union songs. Sharpen up your Jon Bon Jovi and your Toby Keith. It doesn’t matter if you like the music, we’re out to overthrow Walker, dont’cha know.

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    • nonquixote

      A-bob

      Disappointed thoroughly with the seeming short memories about those singers who had the courage to stand up to the Walker repression at the Capitol and are a continuing voice reminding all of us what happens for failure to put ourselves on the line to stand up to abuses of power. I don’t give a damn where they choose to sing, the SS singers have earned the right to do whatever the hell they want to do with their voices.

      SC

      You might want to politely ask them and express your POV instead of ripping them here. They might agree or not, but a face to face request has been earned already, don’t you agree?

      Eric,

      Did you plan to respond to people who addressed you here regarding your post?

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  • Nonquixote,

    I don’t consider what I wrote to be ” ripping ” anybody, and 250 miles is too far to drive for a face to face request. I’ve also had too much experience with the stubborn and single minded left to hope that it would do any good.

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    • nonquixote

      My apologies, ripping was too strong a word. Face to face, skypee or something like that, an email to some of them that might be known publicly, or through their songbook publisher, an invitation to appear, I didn’t mean face to face in the literal sense. Sorry for being a bit obscure there.

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  • NQ,

    I emailed a key person quite some time ago, never heard anything back. Here’s why I wouldn’t bother even trying again.

    In the summer of 2007 a fresh anti-war strategy emerged, The Iraq Moratorium. The idea was to replicate the Vietnam Moratorium which is regarded as the largest anti-war event in American history, coming out on the same week day every month, the third Friday in this case, in an organized show of strength against the war. I was on the national steering committee and we started calling groups across Wisconsin and elsewhere to get them on board. We repeatedly heard people from the Madison area say ” we’ve been coming out every week on this or that day and we’re not changing it “. It was more important to these folks to do the same thing they’d been doing for four years rather than adjust and try to get organized.

    Now the singalong is billed as the longest running singing protest in history. They’ll keep on singing down there until Walker is defeated or until they all die. Stubborn, single minded people. If the ghost of Gandhi appeared in the rotunda and appealed to them to organize and not sing, then there might, might, be a change. Otherwise, forget it.

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  • jerry person

    many liberals will not go to Fighting Bob fest because of fake liberals like PETER BARCA and his Chief of Staff ROBERT JAMBOIS. Jambois is famous for getting a conviction on hearsay evidence. Also jambois after being district attorney in Kenosha county 13 years was run out of town for his wrong doings in the Michael bell execution. google the bell case and witness Jambois outright arrogance in the videos. Disrespect for human life. His actions allowed four murders to go free. They were given national awards for their execution style murder. The family got almost 2 million because of these fake liberals criminal acts against the people. Jambois as DA in Kenosha worked for the state and also Prison corporation of America . They were all required to go to many seminars presented by prison corporation. That is because they housed many of our prisoners for years. You must get the convict from being minority leader first. I know most Kenosha liberals despise Barca and Jambois. If not for gerrymandering Barca would not get elected. Some places it helps the GOP and others it helps the barca`s. read my post on walker. I am no republican. I just want HONEST people not Barca and especially jambois. Barca ask for a investigation into jambois wrong doing in the Bell case. Now he is barca chief of staff. gerrymander always bad people to win.

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    • Jambois is not Barca’s Chief of Staff, and there’s no such thing as the “Prison Corporation of America.”

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      • jerry person

        -Lets stick to facts. A long-time prosecutor who’s been representing State Capitol protestors is taking a new job in the Legislature.

        Bob Jambois was named Tuesday as the new chief of staff for Democratic Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca. Both men are from Kenosha.

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        • jerry person

          apparently he was fired already. he had been working for Barca. Google it he just started in Sept of this year. Unstable people can not hold down jobs for long. probably back to work for ALEC.

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          • Or perhaps he wasn’t fired. Maybe he was just a short-term replacement until someone long-term could be found.

            Jerry, please try to stick to facts; I have no interest in wild speculation that you pull out of thin air.

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            • jerry person

              Facts about who jambois.Jensen was convicted of hearsay evidence not allowed in any country in the world exept in Wississippi the largest police state per capita in the world. The reason Wississippi is the largest is because anything goes and scott walkers truth in sentencing. the extreme sentencing allows DA`s to be judge jury and exectoner. 97 % of todays convictions are pleas because people can not afford to gamble decades of there life away to a extortionist/a plea. This is now the most violent crime against the citizens in America today. The letter of the law , justice , truth , and honor are all myths in Wississippi. Just look at our governor let alone a judge , Da or a cop. Above ALL LAW status has made them ALL evil CRIMINALS and nothing more. Wisconsin does not have a legitamate avenue to address public coruption so are criminal justice regimes in each community are ALL lawless regimes as any law student is told on day one. Robert jambois the DA who knew he was violatng Mr jensen and has solen liberty and justice from him for years just like he has to thousands of good people. Jambois only wanted personal advancement and got it. As kenosha DA he was run out of town because of his criminal acts in the Bell exection. This cost the taxpayers 2 million because of jambois criminal acts. The bell`s would have excepted justice something jambois has no clue about and never allowed as a DA. he was king. Just imagine how dishonest the judge is and how many more people he has violated. Grade school children know hearsay is not allowed in a court. There is a site called Jambois is no liberal blogspot.com. It is about Jambois crimes against the people and his crimes against the bell family. robert Jambois has civil record a mile ling for his crimes against the people as kenosha district attorney. If not for immunity Jambois would be a convict for life. Wisconsin did not have a honest appeals judge the did not know hearsay was not allowed. This clearly shows they are ALL lawless. Go to Wisconsin judgicial acountablilty act a law we need to end the criminal regimes. it ends immunity on all.

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              • nonquixote

                jerry,

                Kindly do readers a favor and use some sort of normal paragraph and sentence structure so your comments might be more easily followed or even understood.

                Also please cut and paste a link if you want someone else to follow it to check your sources.

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              • I had a hard time with what you wrote, but regarding the Jensen conviction, remind me who decided to allow the hearsay evidence in, because the last time I checked judges make those decisions, not prosecutors.

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                • jerry person

                  Have you ever been in a court in Wisconsin. the ugly drama student want to actor or actress is the district attorney. As we all know plea bargaining is a scheme that allows the district attorney to be in control. They threaten the defendant with 100 year or plea and you will get 3 years. They do not care about guilty it is all about conviction rates for the corporations and personal and agency advancement. Money Money Money truth and justice is a myth. It is so bad you can now read about the state supreme court owned by ALEC all the time. Plea barraging now the most violent crime against the people in America has millions of good innocent people in jails. Everyone makes money with conviction rates. Do you know the largest reason for Wisconsin clogged courts ? Wisconsin judges are known to be WORLD wide travelers and are always out of the country. This is right out of the district court headquarters. Stick to something you know about. Plea bargaining has allowed DA`S ALL CONTROLL. They are judge jury and executioner. they judge is a RUBBER STAMP not a JUDGE anymore. please lets stick with facts.

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  • jerry person

    why does Peter Barca have a criminal defense lawyer Robert Jambois as a chief of staff? He needs a defense lawyer on call like walker.

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  • jerry person

    corrections corporation of America and I did not know barca canned jambois. Barca once asked for a investigation into wrong doing in the bell investigation against jambois. later he hired him knowing jambois had let 4 murders go free.

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  • jerry person

    The bell murder says it all about jambois. It shows he is a poster child for public and district attorney corruption. He is the dirty DA used in all these type case. He is the DA used in the Kratz case protecting the pervert DA KRATZ. No criminal charges because of double standards. only had 18 witnesses and tapes. He is the attorney who was working for the state and and was representing Dennis troha in Wash DC at taxpayers expense. Over six months. Troha the Kenosha mafia kingpin Jambois wife worked for handling campaign moneys. you can google the FBI probe. there were convictions . jambois makes walker look like a boy scout. Why are you protecting a should be criminal?

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  • jerry person

    This was in August. MADISON, WI (WTAQ) – A long-time prosecutor who’s been representing State Capitol protestors is taking a new job in the Legislature.

    Bob Jambois was named Tuesday as the new chief of staff for Democratic Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca. Both men are from Kenosha.

    Jambois served for almost two decades as the Kenosha County district attorney, before he became the general counsel in Jim Doyle’s department of transportation.

    For the last few months, Jambois has been representing Capitol protestors for free, helping those who’ve been arrested for violating the Walker administration’s policy on getting state permits for Capitol gatherings.

    Jambois says he will not take new cases – and he’ll work nights and vacation days to finish his pending court proceedings.

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  • jerry person

    Zach have you googled what I am saying. It is all there plus a lot more. We do not have a more violent criminal locked up in Wisconsin than Robert jambois. not one.

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    • Jerry, that’s a patently absurd statement, and I’m offended that you’d make such a remark.

      I get that you’re no fan of Bob Jambois, but to say that he’s more violent than anyone currently incarcerated is absolutely insulting and idiotic. Tread lightly here, before you wear out your welcome.

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  • jerry person

    The truth is observed ? The facts all can be google, Start out Jambois mafia connections. Then go to the Bell case. The truth always prevails. It is fact Barca ask for a criminal investigations into jambois acts. it was in the journal sentinel. it is true as the bell case show jambois made re-enactments to protect the four murders . the re-enactments ALL counterdicted the police statements and the police videos. There are many article on google about this. You can google about jambois working on the stated dime for Dennis troha the Kenosha mafia. All criminal acts. It is all well documented. If you want to report and write things. lets try the truth. you clam not to be a republican. Then quit acting like one. The facts always beat the republicans like jambois. Also jambois was the DA in the Kratz case that he refused to charge when he had 15 witnesses and tapes and phone records. Jambois convicted thousand of children using plea`s / extortion. This guy was not easy prey like a child to jambois. Honest folks never support dishonest people. How much evidence do you need ? We need honest democrats not fake liberals like jambois.

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  • jerry person

    Honest people must stand up against the Robert Jambois and scott walkers of the world. these two are from the same mold. It is a toss up which one has harmed more children for personal and political gain.

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