Kathleen Vinehout: Looking Forward to the Challenges of 2014

From my email inbox comes the latest from Democratic State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout. The snow blows over the frozen fields. But in the farmer’s mind, the plants already appear in straight rows and the blossoms are in bud. It takes an optimist to be a farmer – one who sees the potential bounty of the [...]

Will a Democratic gubernatorial primary make the eventual nominee stronger?

According to a report by Matthew DeFour of the Wisconsin State Journal, the answer is yes. Vinehout’s odds of winning the nomination are considered slim, given an expected fundraising disadvantage against Madison School Board member Mary Burke, the only announced Democratic candidate so far. Whoever becomes the Democratic nominee would have to spend money early [...]

Can someone explain progressive support for Kathleen Vinehout?

I’ll admit that I have not yet made up my mind about which Democratic candidate (if any) I’ll support in the 2014 Democratic gubernatorial primary.

While I absolutely love that Democratic State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout has been unambiguous in her support of reinstating collective bargaining rights for public employees, I’m less thrilled about her support [...]

Kathleen Vinehout: Thank You

From my email inbox: Thank you so much for the hundreds of cards, letters, and get well notes you’ve sent. I am truly humbled by the outpouring of concern, thoughts, prayers, and expressions of kindness and support.

I’m very grateful for my talented surgical team who spent 8 hours putting my shattered bones back together [...]

Kathleen Vinehout: Health Insurance Problems Need Solutions Not False Choices

From my email inbox comes Democratic State Senator Kathleen Vinehout’s thoughts on how to tackle health insurance reform in Wisconsin. “What are you going to do for health insurance?” I asked. “I don’t know.” Sam told me. It was a conversation I’ve had a thousand times since I became a Senator almost seven years ago. [...]

Sen. Kathleen Vinehout injured in car accident

Here’s hoping Sen. Kathleen Vinehout is okay…. Wisconsin state Senator Kathleen Vinehout was involved in a car wreck Sunday morning en route to Milwaukee, a member of her staff told The Progressive.

The likely gubernatorial candidate’s condition was unclear at time of this story’s publication. The staffer said that Vinehout appeared to have injured [...]

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 [...]

Just a bit of snark regarding John Lehman’s Lt. Gov announcement

As Ed Shaina noted earlier today, Democratic State Sen. John Lehman has announced he will run for Lieutenant Governor next year rather than seek re-election to his Senate seat.

As a friend on Facebook noted, there’s been no word on when Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate will issue a statement sharing his belief [...]

Polling Gives Democrats Several Angles

The recent polling out of Marquette University should give hope to those who want to oust Scott Walker in 2014. The polling is about two weeks old and shows that the race is a statistical tie. Mary Burke, the only declared candidate, polls at 45% compared to Walker’s 47%.

Just days after Burke declared that [...]

Tatewellian Double-Speak

If you completed high school English, there’s a 99% chance you’ve read at least one book by George Orwell. In one of his best works, 1984, he writes about a society that is being brain washed through the restriction and reprogramming of language—basically, cut out as many unnecessary words as possible, and introduce words that [...]

Blogging Blue’s “14 in ’14″

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