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Wed Jun 27, 2012, 01:57 PM

Where are we channeling our efforts?

Right now, I'm sitting here, frustrated, and wondering if I am the only one who is still in an uproar about the bad things happening to our state.

Is there any one group that is taking that lingering dissatisfaction and turning it in to action? Here we have lord knows how many teachers out of there classrooms for the summer, albeit working and taking classes. We have more flexible schedules, and could "do something". But what, if anything, should we be turning our attention to?

I have time, and a little money. To what cause or group or campaign are people turning to? Did all the Wisconsin angst just evaporate?

What are people turning to? Are people worn out? Depleted? Demoralized? Busy? Focusing on fall campaigns??

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Lifelong Protester Jun 2012 OP
Lifelong Protester Jun 2012 #1
midnight Jun 2012 #2
Lifelong Protester Jun 2012 #3
thoughtcrime1984 Jun 2012 #4
Lifelong Protester Jun 2012 #5
hue Jun 2012 #6
Lifelong Protester Jun 2012 #7
thoughtcrime1984 Jun 2012 #8
Scuba Jun 2012 #9
Lifelong Protester Jul 2012 #10
dembotoz Jul 2012 #11
undeterred Jul 2012 #12

Response to Lifelong Protester (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 03:16 PM

1. Ok, so no channeling of efforts

everyone just go home?

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Response to Lifelong Protester (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 05:28 PM

2. I appreciate this idea... I don't know if I have a solution, but I often think about

going right to the heart of this issue.... The machines... We need to remove the secrecy... People say that online voting is insecure, but basically when we go to the polls are we not voting on computers too...

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Response to midnight (Reply #2)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 07:26 PM

3. Thank you for replying

I feel like I'm shouting down a long vacant hallway, and nobody is there to answer.

Do you think everyone is waiting and pinning their hopes on the "John Doe" investigation turning up something?

I appreciate your thinking on the voting machine issue-I am coming around to the idea that it IS the issue of the day.

If anyone from WI has ANY ideas of where to focus our energy (yes, some of us have some left) I would be happy to know.

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Response to Lifelong Protester (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 10:46 PM

4. We in Eau Claire County just had a meeting

to discuss where we have been and where we want to head. Proposing messaging, targeting, tactics, etc. We are all keeping in touch and this past experience has strengthened the bond of our County Democrats. It was a meeting of field workers and volunteers alike. Now is the time to ramp up for Fall, we cannot become separated ever again, this has to be an ongoing effort for our dedicated people. The other side has money and influence that never depletes, so we must never sleep.

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Response to thoughtcrime1984 (Reply #4)

Thu Jun 28, 2012, 12:00 AM

5. Thanks, thoughtcrime1984

I received a conference call from One Wisconsin tonight, and they are doing a debriefing/acitivation/training/listening bus tour, starting July 9th. I hope to attend one of their sessions. Hope folks will post here similar things going on.

Thanks again.

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Response to Lifelong Protester (Original post)

Thu Jun 28, 2012, 08:42 AM

6. Actually I think some folks are taking a little "breather".

Many were & still are frustrated from the unbelievable recall loss. Many Peeps put much of their lives & hopes into that work.
I, for one, will always believe the voting machines were hacked. Even if the votes would be checked by scanning again the results of total numbers would always be the same. Hand counts with honest monitors may help, but as we see that will not happen.
I think it's good this issue comes out especially before November as it demonstrates the MO of the Tea/Repuke/1%'ers. Create polls that show a tight race and then flip enough votes to ensure the win. How easy is that?? Very easy--no sweat.
So no matter who gets wins the Tea/Repuke/1% candidate they are assured the majority.

President Obama's team needs to sit up & take notice! The FBI should have Anymous working for them now as they were busted in spring of this year. http://www.lawofficer.com/article/news/anonymous-busted-hacker-ringle Actually it is confirmed the ring leader
IS working for the Feds now. I hope they are watching these events--most likely they are.

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Response to hue (Reply #6)

Thu Jun 28, 2012, 10:48 AM

7. You are right, on two counts

I, too, believe the voting machines were hacked, and also that folks are taking a breather. I'm just hoping that we all still have the 'fire in the belly' and that momentum and energy are not just left to dissipate.

One Wisconsin Now is out there, trying to debrief and train folks for the fall. I will try to be a part of one of their meetings. I just feel the need to "do something".

Thanks for your reply.

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Response to Lifelong Protester (Original post)

Thu Jun 28, 2012, 02:18 PM

8. This is the time for all County Dem parties to be cohesive

Our Dem office is open year round M-F, and open for very extended hours and 7 days a week during the busy season. There are always meetings going on, get-togethers, and candidate events. I wish all 72 counties had the set-up that we do. It would be akin to Howard Dean's 50 state strategy. A strong local party is essential towards getting candidates and agendas that we want installed at the state level, and even the federal level. A small breather may be necessary, but then, back to the grindstone that is defending Democracy.

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Response to Lifelong Protester (Original post)

Sat Jun 30, 2012, 11:56 AM

9. Sorry for the delay in responding, I've been distracted. For one thing...

... I hosted an open house for Tanya Lohr last week. Tanya is running for the State Senate seat now held by Glen Grothmann.

You can help Tanya here.


I do think there is a general malaise right now, burn out from trying so hard and coming up short. We fail to celebrate our important success: if not for the Lehman win Walker would have called a "special session" to steal everything in sight.

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Response to Scuba (Reply #9)

Mon Jul 2, 2012, 06:32 PM

10. Thanks, Scuba

Just checking in to see if anyone is still here. Yep, I'm getting the malaise vibe, as well as the burned out vibe. However, I do think I just saw a FB note from Lena Taylor that the recount is over, and Lehmann won. That is surely something!! You bet your sweet backside that Walker would have called a special session to 'seal the deal' and steal... whatever he could get his hands on.

I will be awaiting some news from One Wisconsin about their bus tour. One thing for certain, at least we know there are a LOT of folks who feel the same as we do in WI. I was getting discouraged thinking that EVERYONE was for Walker, and of course, that ain't so.


Keep your chin up (Or as the Brits say, keep your pecker up!!)

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Response to Lifelong Protester (Original post)

Wed Jul 4, 2012, 10:26 AM

11. working on some local races

marching in a july 4 parade with other dems

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Response to Lifelong Protester (Original post)

Wed Jul 4, 2012, 11:16 AM

12. Lets win back some Congressional seats in Wisconsin

Lets get Rob Zerban in and Paul Ryan out in CD1. Zerban is an excellent candidate running a good campaign. http://www.robzerban.com/

Jamie Wall is running against Ribble in CD8 and that is also a winnable seat. http://www.wallforcongress.com/

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