Free C.A.R.E. Clinic coming to Alliant Center in Madison on Saturday, August 9, 2014

From my email inbox comes news of the upcoming C.A.R.E. Clinic on August 9 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.

The National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics will be holding its next C.A.R.E. (Communities Are Responding Everyday) Clinic in Madison, WI on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at the Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center.

The focus of the clinic is to remember that the 50,000 people in Dane County without insurance are actual people who continue to make decisions between seeing a doctor and putting food on the table, and that these people feel left behind more now than ever because so many people think that the problem is solved.

Our hope with the Madison C.A.R.E. Clinic is that individuals in communities throughout not only Wisconsin but across the nation will support their local Free and Charitable clinics and will consider volunteering to give back to their neighbors in need. Our goal in Madison, as always, is for the medically underserved to not only get the access to health care they need but to connect these individuals with important community resources, follow up care and health education, while also giving them something a little bit more, HOPE.

Here is some basic information on the Madison Clinic:

  • Both medical and non-medical volunteers are needed for this event. For more information on the clinic and to register to volunteer please visit:
  • Patients can call 800-340-1301 to schedule an appointment.
  • If you would like to donate to help the NAFC continue holding C.A.R.E. Clinics in various cities throughout the country, please visit and click on “DONATE NOW.”

If you’d like to learn more about the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics and its C.A.R.E. Clinic, you can click the links below.

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Why vote for Chris Moews on August 12? Because he’s a REAL lawman!

Image Courtesy Moews for Sheriff

Image Courtesy Moews for Sheriff

Earlier this week, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke’s reelection campaign sent out a mailer touting Clarke’s law enforcement credentials, and as James Rowen of The Political Environment noted, it’s a very curious mailer.

Sheriff Clarke’s efforts to tout his crime fighting credentials are laughable, especially considering how little the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office has done under Sheriff David Clarke to fight crime in Milwaukee County. After all, who can forget this statistic:

Crimes reported in Milwaukee County in 2009-2010: 106,936
Crimes reported by the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office in 2009: 19

And how can anyone forget how Sheriff David Clarke once tried to help a drunk driver with a suspended license get back on the road after said drunk driver had driven off the road. Thankfully, one of Sheriff Clarke’s deputies was able to properly assess the situation and take appropriate action, despite Sheriff Clarke’s incompetence.

While Sheriff David Clarke talks tough about fighting crime in Milwaukee County, the reality is he’s a lawman on paper only. If Milwaukee County’s residents want a Sheriff who will really fight crime, they should vote for Lieutenant Chris Moews.

19th Assembly district candidate forum to be held Monday, August 4 in Bay View

From the Bay View Compass comes news of another candidate forum for the five candidates vying to replace Jon Richards in the 19th Assembly district.

The Bay View Compass, Bay View Neighborhood Association, and League of Women Voters are sponsoring a candidate forum on Monday, August 4th in the auditorium of Parkside School (formerly Fritsche Middle School), 2969 S. Howell Ave.

Members of League of Women Voters will moderate and time the event.

The forum begins at 7:00pm and is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30pm.

Questions will be solicited from audience members via notecards that will be available at the event. Send your question to Jay Bullock. Write CANDIDATE QUESTION in the subject line in an email: or tweet it: @folkbum.

The moderator will pose questions for each of the five candidates (four of the Democratic Party; one of the Pirate Party), who will be invited to respond to each. Additionally, candidates will each be given one minute for opening remarks and 30 seconds for closing remarks.


7pm    Introduction and Opening Remarks by Moderator

7:15 – 9:15pm Candidates’ opening remarks, Q & A, closing remarks.


Dan Adams, Democrat
Jonathan Brostoff, Democrat
Marina Dimitrijevic, Democrat
Sara Geenen, Democrat
Joseph Thomas Klein, Pirate

The auditorium is located on the first floor and is accessible. Access the building via the front entrance on the east facade on Howell Avenue. Parking is available on Howell and adjacent streets and in the parking lot on the south side of the building.

AD 19 Candidate Spotlight: Joe Klein

Earlier this year, Shaina posted a candidate spotlight of the four Democrats running for the State Assembly in the 19th district, but there’s another candidate in the race – Jo Klein. Klein is running as a member of the Pirate Party of Wisconsin, so he’ll face the winner of the Democratic primary in the general election. Klein recently posted a comment with his responses to the questions Shaina asked of the Democratic candidates, and I felt Klein’s responses deserved a post of their own.

1.Why are you running for state assembly?

I want to serve the people of my state and my city. I want to rest at night knowing that I have contributed to betterment of my society. I seek to fulfill myself through acts of civic virtue. I the old technologist, and unemployed vet, seeks to work for you the people.

2.What are issues important to Milwaukee that you think the state legislature should be addressing?

The major issue for Milwaukee is social and economic inequity. We need to slowly hack away at our disparity in economic opportunity that separates us by so called race, ethnicity, and physical location. We need to build an equitable society where the meritocracy is based on what each member can contribute to society, while insuring that those who are less fortunate have shelter, cloths, food, and an opportunity to find love. We should strive, as our past generations did, to be the “Athens of the Midwest,” to find the greatness, nobility, and talent that resides within the hearts and minds of our people, all our people.

We also need to make our contribution to reducing our CO2 footprint and preparing ourselves the inevitable economic ramifications of the shift off fossil fuels.

3.What sets you apart from the other candidates?

I have business experience in technology, one of the types of businesses we need more of in Milwaukee. I have experience and worked with venture capitalists, both here and on both coasts. I am a veteran of our last war in Iraq and have a service related disability, so I have the VA experience. I have had a lifelong interest in history, including the history of Milwaukee, the history of politics and political philosophy, and the history of transportation. I understand infrastructure and amortization of capital investments, not from theory but practice.

I am a romantic, yet I can take the 10,000-foot practical overview. I can read and/or generate a balance sheet, a pro forma, a business proposal.

I want us to be future oriented, to align our economy, education system, and infrastructure to maximize the future prosperity of all our people.

4.What’s a little known fact about yourself?

It seems like a long time ago, before I went to war, but I ran against Scott Walker in 2004. I have a humanitarian medal from the National Guard for working at the Black River Falls flood in the 1990s. I have climbed the steps of the Ziggurat at Ur in Iraq and visited the USSR before the fall.

Joseph T. Klein – Candidate WI 19th Assembly, Wisconsin Pirate Party
Direct +1 414 628-3380
Madison +1 608-237-1375
Milwaukee +1 414-939-4770

You can learn more about Joe Klein and his campaign by visiting his website.

VIDEO: Republican mistakes kids attending YMCA camp for illegal refugees

Meanwhile in Arizona…

After being warned by local sheriff Paul Babeau that buses of immigrant kids were being transported into town, a large protest was organized to block the them. To be fair, another group also showed up to welcome the kids.

Republican state legislator and congressional candidate Adam Kwasman rushed in to take advantage of some free publicity by giving interviews until the approaching bus was spotted. He quickly moved with the crowd to confront the bus, which the sheriff allowed to pass. In another interview Mr. Kwasman spoke of the fear he saw in those children’s eyes as they passed, according to AZFamily.

Watch the video of Adam Kwasman talking about the bus full of illegal immigrant children for yourselves by clicking the link above.


There have been a hundred things I would like to have written about the past few months. I have an overview of the 19th CD that I started in April that never got finished…and it’s too dated to post now. I was so looking forward to covering that race, the attorney general’s race and of course the gubernatorial contest!!!

But real life has just plum inserted itself in my conscious hours to the point I haven’t been able to do those things…or many of the other things that I do for recreation or relaxation.

I didn’t disappear (yet) and hope to be more visible come fall. I really miss being a sarcastic overbearing blogger…really.

(I forgot…there are some captivating races in the house races in the 1st, 4th and 5th that need attention).

Obama Boehner Walker Dimitrijevic

For the past six years the various left and progressive groups have been screaming about the obstructionists in the House of Representatives aided and abetted by Speaker John Boehner. Accused of hewing the company line, being co-opted by the tea party jihad, or out and out racism, the right has done everything in its power to obstruct the agenda of President Barack Obama. And the left wing pundits and bloggers and activists (myself included) have complained ad infinitum. Where’s the co-operation, the bipartisan bills, the working across the aisle we wail? nada, zilch, nothing except more votes to overturn Obamacare or get to the bottom of Benghazi.

Now in one little interview County Board Chair Marina Dimitrijevic says that she as able to work with then County Executive Scott Walker…and the sound of bodices ripping and buttons flying from the shirts of lefties county wide are deafening…the veins bulging from their foreheads or pulsing at their collars brings an unaccustomed red hue to their faces and are visible on Google earth.

One of their supposed one collaborated with the enemy!

So…working with the opposition is good? or it’s bad? Make up your minds!

If this is the point of political discourse nowadays, lets get to some real heavy lifting: what do you think of Marvel’s decision to make THOR a female?

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What do you want to know? Ask questions of AD19 candidates

The Bay View Compass, with the League of Women Voters and the Bay View Neighborhood Association, is hosting a forum for candidates in the race to replace Jon Richards in the 19th assembly district on Monday, August 4th. The full details are here. You should go.

All five candidates, including the four Democrats that Shaina profiled in these very pages and Pirate Party candidate Joe Klein, will be at the forum to answer questions submitted in advance and questions submitted by the audience.

As I have a pretty good relationship both with the Compass and with the internet, I have been tasked with collecting the advance questions that may be posed to the candidates at the forum. You tell me what you want to know from these men and women, and I will pass those questions on to the organizers.

You can get me questions in several ways:

  • leave a comment here–and, please, keep the comments to just questions rather than fighting and trolling
  • email me at, with “Candidate Question” in the subject line
  • tweet your questions to me @folkbum


I look forward to reading your questions! Let me have ‘em!

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