Help Send me to Netroots Nation

A couple of quick notes here, which you will hear about incessantly over the next few weeks:

I am applying for a DFA scholarship to Netroots Nation.  This will pay a large part of my cost for going.  I went in 2007, and found it a great experiance and a wonderful opportunity to interact with other progressives from around the country.  Unfortunately, money is tight here in rural progressive land, and although I would love to go, I really can't afford it this year without some help.  You can help to send me along by going to and supporting me online. I'd greatly appreciate it and it will help to make Uppity Wisconsin better as well as helping me to get great ideas for ----


Netroots Wisconsin --- Netroots Wisconsin is on for September 25, in Madison.  Netroots Wisconsin is a regioinal conference of Netroots Nation, and will be the great gathering place for all Wisconsin Netroots/Cheddarsphere folks.  We're looking for ideas for the conference -- if you have any, please go to, register on the site, and submit your own proposals for sessions.  We're also looking for people willing to volunteer in almost any role for the conference, so drop a note while you're there telling us you want to help out.

Enough for today, you'll be hearing more soon.

Rasmussen 'laughingstock in political world'

More on our friends at Rasmussen Reports, which we've been saying for some time should not be regarded as anything but a Republican PR firm using its phony polling as spin: This from kos, the man himself at DailyKos, who notes that Rasmussen has done some creative, "corrective" polling reports in Connecticut and Massachusetts recently, after independent polls showed Rasmussen way off base (guess in which direction):

Remember, Rasmussen has two modes -- the narrative setting mode, which he's used to great effect this year to fuel the "Democrats are doomed" narrative, and the "get it right" mode he uses the closer we get to the actual election. Well, we're not that close to November yet, but apparently he felt threatened by having such massive outliers vis a vis other pollsters. So he rushed new polling more in line with the composite polling trendlines.

It's kind of hard to set narratives when you become a laughing stock in the political world.

Read it here.

Maybe it will soon be time to stop beating this horse, but let's make sure it's really dead first.

More Door County, WI Power

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Thomas Content is reporting that Wisconsin's Public Service Commission has today approved a new power line in northern Door County that would run between Sturgeon Bay and Sevastopol, a mere 7.8 miles, that will cost, says American Transmission Co,  about $25 million.

Commissioners said there was little protest against the power line.

ATC and Wisconsin Public Service Corporation, the utility, claim more power will be needed in the northern portion of Door County by 2012.

We are constantly told that more power will be needed "in the future."

Not if we conserve, which is always the cheapest, cleanest way to go. Besides, more power for Door County sets the stage for more development, the one thing Door County does not need.

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.

Pledging Allegiance to the Great Lakes Basin

(Cross-posted from my blog, Kaufman's Gull)

Officially and legally I am a resident of the State of Wisconsin as well as a loyal citizen of the United States. But for all practical, spiritual and ecological purposes I prefer to be a member of the Great Lakes Basin, a 95,000 square mile drainage area that connects at least part of eight states (Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York) and two nations. All five Great Lakes are found in the Basin which contains 9,000 miles of shoreline and 5,000 miles of rivers and streams: it's a pretty watery, forested, borderless world.

The Milwaukee area is located within the Basin's "Upper Midwest Forest-Savanna Transition" ecoregion which carves out a good chunk of eastern and northeastern Wisconsin, including Lake Winnebago and the Door Peninsula. A small piece of Lower Michigan, the northwestern part, also belongs to the UMFST.

While the entire State of Michigan lies within the Basin, only a relative sliver of southeastern Wisconsin does so, famously dividing the cities of Milwaukee and Waukesha in terms of water use as well as politics.

Neumann takes fight right to Walker's doorstep

Well, well, well.

The party's starting to get a little rough for the Republican candidates for governor.

Mark Neumann showed up today outside Scott Walker's door to point out that Walker's been fibbing about his fiscal record as Milwaukee County exec.

Groups like One Wisconsin Now (OWN) have been making that point for some time, but now Neumann himself, complete with charts, says county spending under Walker has increased faster than state spending under Gov. Jim Doyle, the guy conservatives love to portray as a big spender.

Walker's weak response about how he always proposes no tax increase budgets just won't get it. The proof is in the pudding, and there's 35% more pudding being purchased than when Walker was elected in 2002.

Here's WISN-TV's report.

UPDATE: The AP report says:

Neumann's attack is a direct assault on the heart of Walker's campaign, which is built around his conservative credentials and promise to reign in government spending and lower taxes.

Impoverished maverick enters Senate race

Russ Feingold, a candidate with almost no personal wealth and a tendency to want to discuss real issues, announced in Manitowoc that he will run for the US Senate as a Democrat this fall.

Pundits give his unusual campaign little hope of victory. "The mainstream media will no doubt ignore him, but maybe he'll get mentioned on a blog here and there and get some name recognition," one Capitol insider said.

Feingold starts out at a big disadvantage because a multi-millionaire -- maybe his name will come to mind in a moment -- has already been running for two weeks and has almost universal name recognition among state voters, according to a Rasmussen "poll."

Some say it is impossible for an incumbent to be reelected this year, but Feingold said he had rejected advice from consultants who urged him to resign his Senate seat and run as an outsider.

Gotta give Feingold credit for trying, anyway.

Well, almost everyone

Journal Sentinel headline today: Everyone wants to be lieutenant governor.

Well, maybe not everyone. reports to subscribers this afternoon that State Sen. Judy Robson (D-Beloit) has decided not to run. Her spokesperson said Robson believes there is an "ample, well-qualified field of candidates."

Others, who put gender first and think there should be a woman in the Democratic field, are reportedly still looking.

Scott Jensen jury selection hits a snag

Jury selection began today in the retrial of former Assembly Speaker Scott Jensen, a mere eight years after he was charged with felony misconduct in office, and four years after he was convicted of three felonies and sentenced to 15 months in prison, of which he has not served a day.*

The case could be delayed further, however, by difficulties finding a jury of 12 of Jensen's peers to serve on the panel.

"We were thinking we could empanel a jury of Chuck Chvala, Brian Burke, Steve Foti,and some other former legislators who were convicted of similar crimes, but Jensen's lawyers objected because those people actually paid some penalties, including fines and jail time, for what they did," a Waukesha prosecutor said. "It's going to be hard to find 12 people who did the kinds of things Jensen did and got off scot free."


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