This is brilliant!
This is brilliant!
Just felt like sharing this parody email,in light of the bizarre fundraising email sent out by Gov. Scott Walker’s reelection campaign,and email that undoubtedly led to Walker campaign aide Taylor Palmisano being dumped from the campaign shortly thereafter for some racist tweets she sent out two years ago.
From my email inbox come’s the announcement that gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke launched her official website yesterday. So for those of us who thought her initial website was low on content…here’s a chance to bench test her campaign:
For the second time in less than four months,Gov. Scott Walker has fired an aide for making demeaning comments about Hispanics on social media.
What’s truly fascinating to me about Taylor Palmisano’s termination for racist tweets is the fact that the tweets in question are over two years old. I mean seriously…..some basic vetting should have found those tweets,because it didn’t take Dan Bice that long.
If (and that’s a big if) Taylor Palmisano was really fired for some racist tweets from two years ago,then whoever vetted her before hiring her for the Walker campaign should be fired for doing such a craptacular job.
From my email inbox:
I’ll be holding events in Greenfield,Waukesha,Brookfield,Kenosha,and Racine this week. If you’d like to get to know me,find out where I stand on an issue,or just talk about what we can do to make Wisconsin the kind of place we all want to live,this is your opportunity. Feel free to stop by any of the following events. Donations are gladly accepted.
Wednesday,Dec 4th –Greendale
Open House 6:00-8:00pm
5174 Lakeside Dr,Greendale
Thursday,Dec 5th –Waukesha
House Party 5:30-7:00pm
321 Harrison Ave,Waukesha
Friday,Dec 6th –Brookfield
House Party 5:30-7:00pm
19160 Ashbourne Ln,Brookfield
Sunday,Dec 8th –Kenosha &Racine
Meet &Greet 11:00am-1:00pm
2324 18th St,Kenosha
Meet &Greet 2:30-4:00pm
Wilson’s Coffee and Tea
3306 Washington Ave,Racine
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)
Apparently Gov. Scott Walker’s political cravennessknows no bounds.
This year,we are celebrating the Holiday Season with a Black Friday special that is better than any deal found in stores. Donate $5,$10 or $25 to help Governor Walker get reelected and save your children from a future of double-digit tax increases and billion dollar budget deficits.
So instead of supporting fine Wisconsin toy manufacturers like American Girl and Patch Products,Gov. Walker would rather you give him your money.
What a wretch.
I’ll admit –I’ve been less than enthusiastic about Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke. I’ve been critical of the way her campaign has been rolled out,and I’ve been less than thrilled with her reluctance (at least initially) to give straight answers about her policy positions. However,I recently had an opportunity to sit down and speak with Burke,and after our conversation I came away less apprehensive about her candidacy.
Given the deep concerns many public employees have about the negative impact Scott Walker’s attempts to bust public employee unions through Act 10 has had on them,I started our conversation with a question about Act 10. I pressed Burke to share her thoughts on Act 10,and Burke made it clear that she not only supports collective bargaining for public sector employees,but that she would work to get those rights restored.
“Any success we have is because of our people,”Burke said,noting that while pay and benefits are important for recruiting and retaining good public employees,improving employee morale is equally important,given how morale among so many public employees has suffered as a result of Act 10. Burke noted that the actions of Gov. Walker in implementing Act 10 is exact opposite approach of the one she took as Commerce Secretary. Burke noted that as Commerce Secretary she got into the field to get to know the workers in hopes of finding out what they needed in order to do their jobs better,and she said she found that the voices of the people in the field weren’t being heard. Burke said that she created “councils”for employees and management to get together and talk about issues,which led to an improved workplace as a result.
As our conversation continued,I asked Burke to explain how she reconciles her narrative as a job creator with criticisms of Trek Bicycle’s record of outsourcing jobs,especially in light of a recent Labor Department ruling which said up to 20 former Trek employees are eligible for federal aid after their jobs were outsourced. In response to my question,Burke said,“I would say first and foremost that Trek does more than any other bike company to support manufacturing in the United States.”Burke also pointed out that Trek Bicycle produces more bikes in the United States than any other company,adding that the company’s payroll in Wisconsin has more than doubled over the past 20 years while employing nearly 1,000 people in the state.
Burke added,“[Trek employees] buy over $40 million in goods and services from other Wisconsin businesses,many of them small businesses,that help,again,create more jobs in the state.”She also defended Trek’s record when it comes to its employees by pointing out that the company values its people,with the largest single shareholder being the employee stock ownership group,so that every employee has a stake in the ownership of the company.
Asked if she would support an increase in the state’s minimum wage,Burke said would like to see an increase in the state’s minimum wage,but she was quick to note that she would need to make sure analysis is done to ensure no jobs would be lost or that job growth would not stagnate as a result of a minimum wage increase,especially in a weak economy. Burke added she felt more also needed to be done to address underlying issues that can affect the ability of individuals to earn a better wage,issues such as education. According to Burke “[M]aking sure people have the opportunities to be working their way up and be able to earn more money”should be a priority in our state.
Pressed about so-called “right to work”laws,Burke made it clear she does not support so-called “right to work”laws,saying,“We should stick to the laws already on the books.”
Burke has previously indicated she would have taken federal funds to expand BadgerCare in Wisconsin,and so I asked her if she would also support restoring eligibility criteria for BadgerCare back to 200% of the federal poverty line. “I would consider it,”Burke said,qualifying her statement by saying that the state needs to live within its means and make sure its budget is balanced. As long as those criteria are met,Burke said she’d look at the options available on how to expand BadgerCare to more Wisconsinites.
While my interview with Mary Burke didn’t touch on every issue I had hoped to,it’s my hope that I’ll have an opportunity to sit down with her again to cover those issues we weren’t able to cover.
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