Some thoughts on Justin Moralez’s most recent campaign finance report

Last week I wrote about the fundraising efforts of the three Republicans vying for the honor of losing to incumbent Democratic State Rep. Christine Sinicki. As I noted in my report, not only did Cudahy Alderman Justin Moralez end the reporting period with a cash balance of just $635.29, but he also had two expenditures [...]

Democratic establishment-preferred candidate in 17th Senate district lags in fundraising

It looks like 17th State Senate district candidate Pat Bomhack, the hand-picked choice of State Senate Minority Leader Chris Larson and the Democratic establishment, is having some problems raising money. In April, after being urged by Senate Democratic leadership to abandon his second bid for state Assembly, Pat Bomhack declared his candidacy for the 17th [...]

Chris Abele cuts some checks to his favorite Republican

As first reported by Dan Bice of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, a year after he gave the maximum contribution of $500 to Republican State Rep. Joe Sanfelippo, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele has made another maximum contribution to Sanfelippo’s campaign. For years, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele was a deep-pocketed liberal who used his moneybags [...]

Wisconsin progressives: the original Tea Partiers

Over at The Atlantic, Michael Wolraich has an excellent article outlining how Wisconsin progressives like “Fighting Bob” La Follette were the original Tea Party challenging the political status quo. If “Fighting Bob” were alive today, he’d be howling in the Capitol. A hundred years before the Tea Parties, Senator Bob La Follette of Wisconsin was [...]

Inside the numbers: the money race in the 20th Assembly district

As I mentioned in another post, Monday night was the deadline for campaigns across Wisconsin to file their campaign finance reports for the period spanning from January to July, and so I’ve been like a kid on Christmas morning.

Given my interest in the race in the 20th Assembly district, where three Republicans are vying [...]

Mary Burke pulls ahead of Gov. Scott Walker in very close Marquette poll

The newest Marquette University poll came out today, and having seen the results, it’s no wonder Gov. Scott Walker has unleashed a barrage of negative attack ads against Democratic frontrunner Mary Burke. Among likely voters, Burke led Walker, 47% to 46%.

While those numbers are still well within the Marquette poll’s margin of error (+ [...]

Scott Walker’s flip-flop on outsourcing

Back in 2012, Gov. Scott Walker shared his thoughts about what he thought of President Barack Obama’s attacks on his GOP challenger, Mitt Romney, over the issue of outsourcing.

At the time, Walker made it clear that he felt President Obama was attacking Romney on outsourcing to distract voters from President Obama’s poor job performance, [...]

What’s going on with Ismael Ozanne’s campaign finances?

Today was a little bit like Christmas here at Blogging Blue HQ. After all, last night was the deadline for campaigns to file their July 2014 Continuing Reports outlining their campaign contributions and expenses since January 2014.

As I perused the July Continuing Report for Democratic Attorney General candidate Ismael Ozanne (pictured, left) I was [...]

Wisconsin GAB rules to prohibit the use of cameras by election observers

http://host.madison.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/on-politics/board-votes-that-ban-on-election-observers-using-cameras-should/article_5b7f13b9-25ef-59c1-9f10-c523211fbf9e.html#ixzz3899H011l target=_blank>This is great news for for anyone opposed to nanny-state Republicans who want to get all “Big Brother” on citizens who are exercising their Constitutionally-protected rights. The state elections board on Monday rejected a proposal to let election observers photograph and videotape voters at the polls.

Republican lawmakers who lead legislative elections committees had [...]

State Senator Nikiya Harris Dodd endorses Jonathan Brostoff

This is a pretty big deal… “The challenges we face as a city today require fresh, energetic leaders in Madison who will work hard, everyday, to address the needs of our community,” Harris Dodd said. “I have known Jonathan for many years and know he is the right candidate for our neighborhoods — he has [...]

Blogging Blue’s “14 in ’14″

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