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May Special Election 7th Congressional District

It is reported that Governor Evers is "taking a look" at postponing the Special Election to pick the successor to Sean Duffy. I can understand why he wants to after all the trouble with the April 7 election.


Generally, I would be in favor of postponing it. What's crazy about this election is that it was delayed so long that the winner of the May election would have to turn around and start campaigning for re-election in November. So putting it off until the General election in November makes some sense. The people of the 7th CD haven't had a voice in congress since Duffy retired/resigned but you could also argue that they weren't truly represented while Duffy was in office.

But there's something else to consider.

What if Evers used the May election as an experiment in all mail-in voting or maybe even "drive-in" voting? It could be used as a test for the November elections where we could find the glitches and correct them before November. This might assure a higher percentage of participation in both the May and November elections.

Just a thought.....

Opinions? Comments?

Crap...Bernie is on TV asking us to delay primary...

I understand why he wants it but in Wisconsin our local offices are up for re-election in the non-partisan elections...

By statute they have to be elected on the second Tuesday of April and be seated (sworn in) by the 3rd Tuesday in April. There isn't any provision by statute of delaying that election and it DOES NOT provide that the current officials hold office until their successor is elected/sworn in. This is a problem that I don't think Bernie understands.

Anybody watching Trump live?


This man is totally insane!

Downtown Oshkosh...Saturday Afternoon

I don't live in Oshkosh but I like it a lot and hope to live there someday.

I really like Main Street. Even on Saturday afternoon/early evening, the streets are busy and you have to watch closely for pedestrians crossing in the crosswalks. It's a vibrant place.


When we were stopped at a light getting near the convention center, there were two men dressed in some perversion of red,white, and blue, one of whom was waving a large Trump FLAG and the other holding and promoting a Trump 2020 campaign sign. Both were shouting and cheering Trump to catch the attention of the stopped traffic. It sort of ruined the whole enjoyment of the downtown.

I know there is a lot of support for Trump in the Fox Valley in general, but I think what bothered me most was the display of radical support for Trump that goes beyond what I've always considered "normal" politics.

In thinking it over, I conclude that we, in Wisconsin, are in for a bare-knuckled brawl in 2020 and we had better be prepared.

Confusing contacts...why?

I think I’ve been following the Manafort drama very closely but it looks like I missed something. Maybe my friends here on DU can point me in the right direction. Here’s the scenario I think is playing out and the questions.
I think Manafort was placed in the Trump Campaign by either Dirapaska (through his buddy Kilimnik) to make sure that Trump was on-board with release of the Russian sanctions and to secure compliance with Russian policies in Crimea and Ukraine. Why Manafort? Because Manafort owed millions to the Russian Oligarch and I suspect he worked for Trump “for free” under orders from that oligarch in an offer he couldn’t refuse.

The questions that I can’t answer are these: Who recommended Manafort to Trump? Or, how in the hell did Manafort ingratiate himself to Trump enough to take over his campaign? And….did Manafort know that Trump was dealing through Cohen for a Trump Tower in Moscow?

To make it even more confusing, look at all the attempts to create “back channels” of communication between Moscow and Trump. There were (as reported) over 100 separate communications between Trump officials and Russian agents or representatives. Why? Why did they need to do this while Manafort was running a Russian operation at the top of the Trump campaign?
The Trump Tower meeting is a mystery also. The Russians already had Manafort on board, why did they need to set up a separate meeting in Trump Tower?

My personal theory is that multiple Russian agencies/oligarchs were playing Trump for different reasons and decided to proceed on multiple fronts to compromise and corrupt the campaign. It appears to be far more DISORGANIZED than a coherent Intelligence agency operation.

Anybody else have a theory on this?

Wisconites...can you proof this for me?


I’m sure all my Wisconsin friends, both Republican and Democratic, have heard the details of the proposed lame duck session on Tuesday of next week when the Republican Party Controlled State Legislature will try (and probably successfully) undermine the will of the voters in last November’s mid-term elections.

True, thanks to court-challenged and yet to be resolved gerrymandering, Republicans maintained their majority in both houses of the legislature. But it is equally true that they did so on the basis of promises that they agreed with the stated desire of the public that health care exclusion of pre-existing conditions were NOT what they wanted and yet, Fitzgerald and Voss are proposing legislation to prevent the newly elected Attorney General from withdrawing from a law suit that would allow insurance companies to carry on with this practice. Many Republicans ran under the “cover” of saying they were in favor of prohibiting insurance companies from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions and now they are proving that their support was just another cheap campaign ploy. They are showing their hypocrisy.

The same hypocrisy holds true for the effort to be taken up in the Lame Duck Session on early voting. Republicans claim loudly and boldly to support voting integrity and yet they will try to limit access to the ballot box by limiting the time in which Wisconsin residents can cast their vote early.

The people of Wisconsin voted decisively that new leadership in Wisconsin’s state-wide offices was wanted. This Executive Branch experienced a near-total house cleaning to provide new leadership to the State of Wisconsin and again, in a naked and crass power grab, the Republic-controlled legislature seeks to thwart the will of the voters.

To place a fig leaf over their naked aggression Republicans are using two arguments.

The first is simply that the electors put them back in office; they have the votes, so they can do anything they want. Not true. The people of Wisconsin voted for those state wide offices on the basis of issues and as stated above they spoke loudly and clearly about where they stand on those issues. And, as also stated above, many Republicans running for re-election AGREED with the same issues upon which the Governor and the other members of the executive branch were elected. The actions of the Republican legislature not only reveals the hypocrisy of the those Republicans who were re-elected, but also raises a proverbial middle finger to the will of the voters who entrusted them to carry out their promises.

The other argument I hear from the Republican rank-and-file is “this isn’t a democracy, it’s a Republic and you (insert your choice: liberals, libtards, snowflakes) don’t understand this.” On the contrary my friends it is you who do not understand that we are a democratic republic. We elect our members of the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government to reflect our will as we have the opportunity to express it.

Without much hope that any of these words will have influence with my Republican friends, I respectfully ask you to reject the proposals put forth in the Lame Duck Session and serve the people of Wisconsin as statesmen with an eye toward respecting the institutions of our State of Wisconsin as opposed to power-hungry politicians.

What's happened to us...??


This is significant!


A district that was gerrymandered bright red....and...a democrat won a special election....

Head's up 7th CD!

The attached article from TALKING POINTS MEMO shows pictures of Congressmen celebrating the "defeat of Obamacare"...and among them is Sean Duffy..

But the authors have done something great...they have annotated in RED the names of the Congressmen along with the NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN THEIR DISTRICT WHO COULD LOSE THEIR HEALTH COVERAGE..

In the 7th CD...57,000.......that's 57,000 people who have a reason to vote against Duffy..

Here's the article.


What the hell happened?

I found this old post of mine on facebook..The contrast between what the Republicans did to Health Care last week as well as the B.S. Transportation Proposal the Wisconsin Republicans have used as a vehicle (no pun intended) to push through a FLAT TAX on Wisconsin citizens and what the REPUBLICAN PARTY USED TO STAND FOR is absolutely mind-boggling...

Here's the post:

In defense of once being a card-carrying Republican, another blog found this text of the official Republican Party Platform in 1956...enjoy

"We are proud of and shall continue our far-reaching and sound advances in matters of basic human needs--expansion of social security--broadened coverage in unemployment insurance --improved housing--and better health protection for all our people.

We recognize the need for maintaining isolated wilderness areas.

A continuously vigorous enforcement of anti-trust laws

Legislation to enable closer Federal scrutiny of mergers which have a significant or potential monopolistic connotations;

Procedural changes in the antitrust laws to facilitate their enforcement.

Stimulate improved job safety of our workers, through assistance to the States, employees and employers;

Continue and further perfect its programs of assistance to the millions of workers with special employment problems, such as older workers, handicapped workers, members of minority groups, and migratory workers;

Strengthen and improve the Federal-State Employment Service and improve the effectiveness of the unemployment insurance system;...

Assure equal pay for equal work regardless of Sex;

Clarify and strengthen the eight-hour laws for the benefit of workers who are subject to federal wage standards on Federal and Federally-assisted construction, and maintain and continue the vigorous administration of the Federal prevailing minimum wage law for public supply contracts;

Extend the protection of the Federal minimum wage laws to as many more workers as is possible and practicable;

Continue to fight for the elimination of discrimination in employment because of race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry or sex;

Provide assistance to improve the economic conditions of areas faced with p
ersistent and substantial unemployment;

Revise and improve the Taft-Hartley Act so as to protect more effectivel
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