Wisconsin Recall: Vinehout’s the Real Deal

Endorsements for candidates in posts here do not represent the opinions of all regular contributers, blue cheddar, or the blog’s many guest writers. I spent most of Wednesday afternoon reading up on Kathleen Vinehout, in part because she’s the Democratic gubernatorial challenger I find most compelling, in part because a blogger I very much respect more »

Walker Protested at VFW in Appleton


Yesterday the soon to be former governor visited the V.F.W. in Appleton to sign a bill that helps military veterans. Of course, he was met with a good sized “welcoming committee”. It’s heartwarming for this wonk to know that they could get a pretty good sized crowd together on such short notice. Some people in more »

Show Me What Solidarity Looks Like

Political life in the United States has become so noxious and hostile that extreme partisan polarization, name-calling, smears, and schoolyard taunts have become commonplace. Thanks in large part to our collective addiction to the miraculous medium of television, our attention spans rarely amount to more than a minute and a half. We expect every issue more »

Driving the Snakes out of Wisconsin


The video will start where the parade footage kicks in. Almost everyone is familiar with how the original St. Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland, but how many people know that St. Patrick made a special visit to Fond du Lac last Saturday during their annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade? He came to more »

From Alex Hanna and Mike Amato: Why We Support Kathleen Falk for Governor, and Why Wisconsin’s Left Should Too

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This is a cross-post from Defend Wisconsin and does not represent an endorsement by blue cheddar or the other writers for the blue cheddar blog. I have invited supporters of other gubernatorial candidates to submit similar posts to the blog. Alex Hanna is Co-President of the Teaching Assistants’ Association (TAA), AFT #3220 and Mike Amato more »

Recall dates set: Primary May 8. General June 5. Time to check in with state senate candidates

Sorry Walker Voter

Full text of decision by Judge Niess [PDF format] Are you feeling those vaguely familiar twinges of optimism that I’m feeling? Despite the crush of bad legislation being pushed through I’m hanging a happy hat on news of election dates and the dead voter suprression bill. Not only was Wisconsin’s vote suppressing “voter ID bill” squashed recently because it more »

Photos, video: Lori Compas announces campaign for the 13th Wisconsin state senate seat

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“This movement isn’t about me,” Compas said. “It’s about all of us. It’s about our belief that people should matter more than money. It’s about our expectation that government should be open and honest. It’s about the simple belief that our legislators should work hard on our behalf and represent us honorably.” “While we’ll never more »

Republican Sen. Schultz wants to end politically motivated recall elections in Wisconsin

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Wisconsin News: The Republican state lawmaker whose moderate politics placed him at the center of a fractious debate over the Wisconsin budget last year said Saturday in Mauston he plans to introduce legislation that will end politically motivated recall elections. Sen. Dale Schultz, R-Richland Center, told members of the Juneau County Republican Party at the more »

Wisconsin Recall: Shooting the Moon

In his desperation to stay in office, Governor Scott Walker is throwing huge sums of bad money after more bad money. In fact, the only thing he has going for him is moola, most of it from out of state. Well, that, and a “quirk in state law” that enables a politician being targeted with more »

Scott Walker’s Brown Bag Bus

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I was just daydreaming about recalling Scott Walker and whistling a happy tune, so I thought I’d review some of his campaign information from 2010. I knew he had a “brown bag campaign” but I did not know that “Citizens who wanted to join Walker’s campaign for lean government were invited to purchase brown paper more »

I Carried A Box by Tanya Lohr

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I carried a box. It seems like such a strange statement to use when describing a defining moment in one’s life, and yet for me, that’s exactly what this statement is. My initial reaction to the honor of carrying a box of recall petitions into the Government Accountability Board on January 17th was pure excitement. more »

Dear Russ: An Open Letter to Russ Feingold


Dear Russ, We know you have said repeatedly that you would not run for public office in 2012, and we have tried repeatedly to respect and honor that. But over and over again the idea comes sailing back, that the one person who would be best for Wisconsin in this exceptional historical moment, for so more »

GAB Installs Webcam for Viewing Of Petition Processing

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The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board (GAB) announced on their homepage that they have installed a webcam to allow online viewing of recall petition processing. Recall organizers in Wisconsin turned in close to 2 million signatures on Tuesday. The Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and 4 state senators will likely face recall elections as a result. Over a more »

BattiestGrrl Has Some Power Petitioner Numbers: Putting the ‘All’ in ‘Recall’

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I knew that several recall volunteers had set high goals for themselves and hoped to be in “The thousand club”.   I never heard the final numbers so I was happy to stumble upon BattiestGirl’s post [below]and see these impressive tallies! I’m sure I’ll learn about other power petitioners at tomorrow’s today’s 5PM Petition Turn-In Celebration at more »

Wisconsin Recall Roadtrip: Wausau and Tomahawk

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After I talked with picketers at Lincoln Hills Monday, I headed to Tomahawk with fellow protester Ken for a coffee and a visit to the local recall office. We went to a coffee shop that looked nothing like a logger town diner and a lot like something Martha Stewart would approve of. We were the more »