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Trying to gather my thoughts.

A lot happened overnight. In many ways I think our country will never be the same. We have voted for sin due to fear. While I try to get my thoughts together, I'm going to give the floor to Keith Olbermann, who has something to say.  This is fairly close to my thoughts. 

Joining Hands and Respecting Differences

Kathleen Vinehout
Senator Kathleen Vinehout
 
“We try very hard to not have political discussions at our family gatherings,” my friend told me over dinner.
 
“How sad,” I replied. This comment – one I’ve heard many times in past months – stood in sharp contrast to the enthusiastic spirit of community I felt the night before.
 
I joined many neighbors in celebrating the release of a new album of local music. The accomplishment is a collaboration of three local musicians – Yata, Sinz and Orfield - in a delightful compilation entitled Dancing in the Light.
 
The crowd was enthusiastic, clapping in time with the music. One couple joined hands to dance even among the standing-room-only crowd.
 
As we left the concert, neighbors reminded each other of the dinner coming up in Alma. Parishioners at St John’s Lutheran Church will join hands to host a fundraiser for the victims of the flood in Buffalo County.
 
Somehow, we must figure out a way of taking the “joining of hands” from our local neighborhoods and apply it to the big decisions we make at the state and national levels.

So - the time has come

Ballot Box

It's time to vote. This election leaves us with real choices - Please, let's not hear the "both parties are the same" argument. All the way through the ticket we have people from both of the major parties who genuinely are different. 

I'm not going to re-hash the presidential race, as I am sure you are all tired of hearing about it. I know I am. Let's just say that you have a choice tomorrow that will influence the direction of the country for years to come, from treatment of the environment, our behavior toward immigrants, and perhaps most clearly, who will be on the supreme court for many years to come. I'm counting on all of you to go out and do right by your families, your kids, and yourselves. 

Think of the things we can do

Walker and Trump

If we had a Republican in the White House, a Republican majority in the house, and a Republican majority in the United States Senate, think of the things we can do.

Scott Walker last night during Donald Trump''s appearance in Eau Claire.

Frankly I have thought of little else for the past year. We might very quickly move from having a completely incapacitated government to a completely demonical one, laying the groundwork for regression in the US for decades to come. Imagine a more conservative Supreme Court for at least  a generation, continual suppression of voting rights, mass deportation, camps full of people on their way out, and a country headed by someone who has no respect for the law and who will be in court immedately after taking office both for business chicanery and child rape.

Think of the things they can do. Then on Tuesday go vote to make sure they can't do it.

Local Referenda Replace the Lack of State Education Funds

Kathleen Vinehout
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Senator Kathleen Vinehout
 
From Arrowhead to West Salem, voters across the state are considering the future of their school districts when they go to the polls. Citizens in 46 districts will be asked to approve referenda.
 
Some questions relate to the building of new facilities. However, 46% of this year’s referenda are for the on-going expenses of operating local schools.
 
I received many calls about school funding, property taxes and the problems underlying the questions voters face on the ballot.

Feingold the "Complete Phony"? Days Before Election, Ron Johnson Becomes a Gun Owner

U.S. Senator Ron Johnson has been frothing at the mouth lately, calling Russ Feingold "a complete phony" because, in Johnson's view, Feingold is an "arrogant elite" and not the regular guy persona that Wisconsinites think they know.

Meanwhile, Johnson insists he's not the arrogant elite that Wisconsinites have come to know.  You see, everyone has got it all wrong:  Before he went to the Senate in 2010, he spent the previous 35 years as a simple "working man."   Just a good 'ol boy, never meanin' no harm.

RoJo Ad Hits Feingold PAC for "Spending Nearly Half" on Fundraising? Umm... Paul Ryan Spends 67%

In U.S. Senator Ron Johnson's latest ad, they're apoplectic at the notion of a Political Action Committee (PAC) spending "nearly half" of their contributions on fundraising for more contributions.

Although this may seem like a lot, it depends on how you look at it.  If you spend six dollars to bring in ten (a four dollar net gain), it's better than spending one dollar to bring in three (a two dollar net gain).

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