That was then, this is now

The Journal Sentinel story about Gov. Jim Doyle's campaign contributing $1-million to the Greater Wisconsin political action committee, which is running TV spots against Scott Walker:

Greater Wisconsin spent heavily in 2006 to help Doyle win re-election. The group's board includes Bill Christofferson, a former Doyle campaign aide.

OK, I plead guilty. I ran several campaigns for Doyle.

But I have not worked for him since 2002. Isn't there a statute of limitations?

Kapanke to Kind -- Keep it Clean?

[img_assist|nid=15585|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=300|height=166]Sunday's La Crosse newspaper carried a letter from Dan Kapanke, begging Ron Kind to keep the campaign clean.  The message here appears to be that the Kind campaign shouldn't mention issues that raise doubts about the suitability of Kapanke for higher office, because that's playing dirty politics.

The ethics issue over Kapanke's nonprofit foundation, and his use of some of the money for private debt repayment has been covered here previously, and a series of possible ethics lapses on Kapanke's part can be seen here.   Kapanke's defense of the ball-park lighting situation seems to be that this wasn't a "slush fund", that he didn't know that what he had done was illlegal, and that as soon as he realized his mistake, he paid back the money.

Russ wants to debate Red Ron

This would be entertaining, to say the least. WisPolitics reports:

Feingold wants six debates with GOP opponent

The incumbent Democrat from Middleton said this morning he has agreed to six debate invitations, the first on Sept. 19 in Eau Claire. Feingold has also accepted debate invitations for Oct. 1 in Milwaukee, at an event at Marquette University Law School sponsored by WISN TV, and other media partners.

Other debates Feingold has accepted are scheduled for Oct. 8 in Milwaukee, Oct. 11 in Wausau, Oct. 18 in Oshkosh, and Oct. 22 in Madison.

I might pay to see those.

Wanna bet how many RoJo will do?  I say two tops.  And zero is a possibility.

Fighting Bob Fest, Netroots Wisconsin, and Palestine Workshop

I[img_assist|nid=15574|title=|desc=|link=url|url=|align=left|width=100|height=40]t's time for the yearly progressive-palooza that is Fighting Bob Fest.  For those of you who will be in Baraboo and Madison for the festivities, a few notes:

  • There will be a combined Uppity Wisconsin/Netroots Wisconsin booth at Bob Fest.  If you're there, stop in and say hello.  We'll be running a registration special for Netroots Wisconsin, and we'll be glad to talk to anyone about Uppity Wisconsin, and anything else you want to talk about.
  • Uppity Wisconsin is happy to be sponsoring one of the breakout sessions at Fighting Bob Fest.  The first ever breakout on Israel and Palestine will be moderated by Matthew Rothschild of The Progressive, and will feature Cathy Sultan, Sol Thea Kelley-Jones, and George Shalubi as panelists.  See the attached poster.  Other breakout sessions at Bob Fest are listed at including the entire scedule for Saturday.
  • A few of us will also be at the Madison Independent Media Kickoff event for Bob Fest in Madison on Thursday night - if you're going, say hi to the guy wearing the Uppity Wisconsin shirt.

Johnson Calls For Immediate Destruction of Mount Rushmore (Satire)

Keystone, SD -- Standing on the observation deck of Mount Rushmore, U.S. Senate candidate Ron Johnson, said that it was time to "get rid of career politicians" and that the four U.S. Presidents featured on Mount Rushmore was a"perfect place to start."

Johnson said that each of the Presidents, Jefferson, Washington, T. Roosevelt and Lincoln were "exactly the kind of career politicians that are ruining this country" and said that when he is elected to U.S. Senate, his first "Senatorial ordinance" would be to have Mount Rushmore faces blown-off the face of Rushmore.

"Thomas Jefferson spent 36 years in public office... Washington was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses in 1759 at age of 27 and would spend the next 40 years active in politics...

Effort Begun to Swing Close GOP Gov Race to Mark Neumann

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With a divided Wisconsin GOP still dominated by the religious right, an effort is under way by progressives to take advantage of the lack of significant Democratic primaries [the Madison 78th assembly race being an exception] to make Mark Neumann the GOP nominee for governor.

So, look for a significant turn-out of Democratic and progressive voters casting their lot with Mark Neumann next Tuesday.

Mark Neumann has a profoundly, if earnestly held, anti-Catholic, anti-Semitic and anti-gay worldview that would make Neumann a weak general election gubernatorial candidate.

Call it what you will but a close race could very easily be swung to Neumann with a little help from his Democratic and Progressive friends.

Mark Neumann in His Own Words
Mark Neumann: The Mean Machine
Mark Neumann for Gov.

Tell Walker: Enough is enough

The crisis at Scott Walker’s County Mental Health Complex has gone on for far too long, and it’s time for some accountability from the man in charge.

He pretends otherwise, but the man in charge would be Scott Walker, the guy who wants voters to judge him on his executive abilities based on what he's done in Milwaukee County.

More info, and a petition, here.

Breaking: Klauser asks Walker to drop out

We have obtained a draft of a letter expected to be delivered to Scott Walker on Tuesday, as soon as Big Jim Klauser (pictured) learns of the Walker television spot linking Mark Neumann to Nancy Pelosi, which begins to air on Tuesday.

Klauser made it clear earlier this year that he will not support any candidate who attacks another Republican.

Here's the letter:

Dear Scott:

The last time I wrote you I stated it was time to coalesce around the Republican candidate best able to be elected governor in November 2010. While I appreciate you may have a different view, time has validated my judgment.

Earlier in 2009 when I considered your candidacy you told me that you would conduct a positive campaign with ideas that could address Wisconsin’s problems. You assured me that you would run a positive campaign; that you would adhere to Ronald Reagan’s eleventh commandment not to attack a fellow Republican.

Today I write to you as I am aghast at where your campaign has gone. You are violating the Reagan commandment.


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