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Dane County Exec Race Off and Running

The race to fill retiring Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk’s seat has begun as several progressives are jockeying for position to succeed the popular four-term incumbent.

Falk beat GOP-backed Nancy Mistele in the Spring 2009 election that saw Mistele win the popular vote outside of Madison, as Falk crushed Mistele anyway gaining 99,600 votes and 64 percent of the popular vote.

Some electoral numbers won in Dane County for the declared and expected candidates that are drawing attention.

County Board Chair Scott McDonnell: Elected with 415 votes in the Spring 2010

Town of Verona Mayor Jon Hochkammer (moderate Republican): Elected with 1,086 votes

Zach Brandon: About 2,100 total votes in district 7 of the Madison Common Council

Joe Wineke: 13,749 votes in the '98 Congressional primary (3rd)
Joe Wineke: [Estimate] 31,000 votes in 94 State Senate Race

State Rep.

Election Report From Fitchburg (Dane County) Ward Spells Trouble for GOP

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Here's a report from what is typically a relatively low-turnout district in Fitchburg, a city adjacent to Madison in Dane County.

Same-day registrants, with a high teen-20s presence, kept three election registers busy the moment the doors opened up through mid-afternoon, with a crush expected after 5:00.

If this district is at all representative of the turn-out in Madison-centered Dane County, the Republicans are in some serious trouble.

The youth vote is alive and well.

Word is Madison and Fitchburg are expected to exceed 80-plus turn-out.

With long voting lines reported in Milwaukee, when you're watching the results pour in tonight at WTMJ, be advised that Madison wards report in last and late in Dane County.

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.

Wisconsin U.S. Reps Should Sign the Kucinich Letter Hitting Gaza Flotilla Massacre

Who in Congress will join Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH)?


Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) is today beginning to circulate to colleagues the following letter concerning the commando raid by Israel upon a Turkish ship in international waters:
The Honorable Barack Obama
President of the United States
The White House
Washington, DC 20500
Dear Mr. President,
Israeli commandos, acting at the direction of the State of Israel, attacked and seized a Turkish ship in international waters, in the Mediterranean Sea.
At least nine were killed in the incident aboard the Mavi Marmara. Hundreds of civilians were taken into custody and goods were confiscated.

AP: VA Makes It's too Easy for Veterans to File Claims ... Seriously

By Michael Leon

As PTSD claims soar, the systemic problem at the U.S. Dept of Veterans Affairs is the ease with which veterans file for disability benefit claims, in the view of Allen Breed, a national writer for the Associated Press. This is a hit job on veterans and the progress being contemplated by some at the DVA to help veterans.

Do you have that? Things are too easy for veterans dealing with the VA now, asserts the AP's Breed.

Pres Obama, Rep. Baldwin Need Your Help Against Israeli Militarism

On January 21, 2010 Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Madison) signed a letter with the signatures of 54 members of Congress delivered to President Obama calling for a halt to the Israeli blockade of Gaza, describing the siege as an 'ongoing crisis' that would lead to 'disastrous' political and humanitarian consequences.

The stakes are rising, but you will not read about the current behind-the-scenes moves in the corporate press. From Jeff Gates:

Our President Needs Our Support

by Jeff Gates at Veterans Today

Forget your opinion of Barack Obama. Love him or loathe him, the reality remains unchanged: we have but one president at a time. And but one commander-in-chief.

U.S. national security is endangered perhaps now more than at any time in history. Both he and our military leaders took an oath to defend this nation from all enemies, both foreign and domestic.

Recent events suggest that, in cooperation with senior military officers, President Obama is battling a cunning and committed adversary. To prevail, he needs public support.

Where Is Wisconsin on The Occupation

With the notable exception of Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Milwaukee), one wonders if the Democratic members of the Wisconsin congressional delegation care much for the plight of the Palestinians. Are they human?

The Occupation - Written and performed by Johnny Punish in honor of Rachel Corrie (April 10, 1979 - March 16, 2003), human rights activist murdered in cold blood by the state of Israel. Why?

THE OCCUPATION - Palestine Oppression - Johnny Punish

Israel Threatens “Sabotage” and “Attack” on Global Peace/Justice Groups

I told a friend recently that I miss the days when working for peace made one a "pinko-commie-queer," intended as insults. Now, to work for peace is to be anti-Semitic. Something very wrong is happening in the political culture, though this makes one a "verbal terrorist" in the words of Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Ayalon.

From Veterans Today

US Senate and Feingold Defend Doing Nothing

In the United States Senate, doing nothing is protected as a point of historical pride. It is the privilege of a U.S. Senator to do nothing and the do-nothing gang does not want this august legislative body to lose its harrowed privilege.

As Gail Collins puts it this morning: "There is a stupendous lack of real enthusiasm in the Senate for doing anything as dramatic as eliminating the senators’ right to stop things."

“It’s beyond the breaking point,” said Senator Tom Harkin, referring to the U.S. Senate's obstruction-as-usual, holds on nominations, filibusters, the whole paralysis of a sick legislative body. Harkin will introduce a bill to eliminate the Senate filibuster next week.

Even reformers like Sen. Russ Feingold defend the filibuster. Maybe Feingold and the Senate will have a change a heart, feeling that the problems facing Americans are so serious that a decaying institution's relics and undemocratic rules must change for the good of the citizens of our republic.

Tommy Thompson Joins Capital Fund as Adviser, Office Run Unlikely

Situation clarifies that a Tommy Thompson run is unlikely.

Former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson was announced as the newest advisor to a Peak Ridge Capital Group venture capital fund.

Thompson will be relied upon at Peak Ridge for his expertise in agriculture and agribusiness. The firm is currently investing its agricultural technology fund, having announced its first investment from the vehicle. Rapid Diagnostek is a Wisconsin-based company developing a hand-held device to test for illness or disease in 60 seconds. The fund is designed to invest in agricultural technology companies providing solutions for food supply, lowering the cost of production and improving efficiencies in the supply chain. The fund also invests in clean technologies, as well as chemicals, systems and biofuels processes.


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