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Thu Sep 25, 2014, 10:03 PM

If Mary Burke plagiarized, Scott Walker did it worse

The Kochroach nest in Wisconsin's capital is stirring, now the place smells funny. It's the odor of pointless accusations.

The Republicans are huffing and puffing about a few paragraphs in Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke's economic development plan that were gleaned from similar plans of other candidates. They're going so far as to demand that Burke withdraw from the whole shooting match over this.
What happened here was that a consultant hired by the Burke campaign, Eric Schnurer, reused language that he himself had written for plans done for gubernatorial candidates in Delaware, Tennessee and Indiana between 2008 and 2012. For one thing, you can't plagiarize yourself. And for another, a campaign document, offered under the candidate's name but understood to be written by many others, is not presumed to be covered by the rigorous standards that apply to originality and proper footnoting in an academic setting.


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Half-Century Man Sep 2014 OP
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Response to Half-Century Man (Original post)

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 11:39 PM

1. She didn't plagiarize anything.

This plan was written by a paid consulting company. They also wrote similar plans for other candidates elsewhere. The alleged plagiarizing was from those. As the Shepherd Express, a Milwaukee weekly paper put it, "You can't plagiarize yourself."

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Response to mysuzuki2 (Reply #1)

Thu Sep 25, 2014, 11:42 PM

2. Second paragraph of the OP

The Isthmus Op-ed is fairly good.

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