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A couple of observations on the Wisconsin results

Bernie Sanders got 36,183 more votes than Republican primary winner Ted Cruz (565,951 to 529,768).

Hillary Clinton got 47,885 more votes than Republican runner-up Donald Trump (432,688 to 384,803), but fewer than Cruz.

John Kasich got 154,468 votes while a whopping 28,345 Republicans voted for "other."

That pushed the totals to 1,097,384 for the Republicans against 1,001,925 for Democrats.


For comparison, in 2008, 1,113,285 voted for Democrats in the Wisconsin primary.

In 2008, only 402,699 voted for Republicans in the Wisconsin primary.

In 2010 - an "off year" - the Republicans bumped their numbers up significantly. In the Republican gubernatorial primary 614,611 voted. In the Republican primary for US Senate from Wisconsin 591,239 voted. At the same time, the Democratic primary voting numbers plummeted. Only 233,240 voted for a gubernatorial candidate (Russ Feingold ran unopposed as the Democratic US Senate candidate).

The resulting enthusiasm gap propelled Scott Walker and Ron Johnson to victory in November, 2010.

Worth noting here that Wisconsin has open primaries.

Some conclusions ...

Republicans in Wisconsin have been very successful in motivating more of their base to the polls. The Tea Party astroturfing was slathered onto our state and politically energized a lot of folks who were otherwise being ignored. Many remain involved.

Democrats have not enjoyed that same success. (I personally blame a lot of this on the Democratic Party of Wisconsin abandoning the 30,000 recall Walker volunteer circulators - and others - immediately after Walker won his recall challenge.)

Lots of Republicans are unhappy with their candidates - 28,345 voted for "other" while only 3,294 Democrats did the same).

Democrats in Wisconsin will have to pull together to carry our state in November.

Democrats in Wisconsin need to wake up and recognize that off-year elections are very, very important.

Wow! Wisconsin Democrats remain a whole lot more progressive than party leaders claim.


By the way, Waupaca County, where we had our march and rally, went to Bernie by 20 points (59.7 -39.7). The map at the link is interactive and you can see results by county.

State-wide, Bernie prevailed 56.5 to 43.1, a 13-point shellacking.

On edit, Bernie's win might have been even bigger than reported by the NYT...


Bernie's judgement vs Hillary's experience. Latest issue: The Panama Papers


About those Democrats Hillary is raising money for


Feeling the Bern in Waupaca! Our Bernie March and Rally was recorded, is on local news site

Damn fine showing for a town of 6,000 without Bernie actually being there, plus the snowstorm.



Supporters of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders for president held a rally at the Waupaca Rec Center Saturday, April 2.

They marched through downtown and to the corner of West Fulton Street and Western Avenue.

Although the sun came out for a short time at the beginning of the march, before it was half over, Waupaca was hit by heavy snowfall.

Wisconsin’s presidential primary is Tuesday, April 5. Sanders is seeking the Democratic nomination.

Hillary, please drop out of the primary race before you further damage the Democratic Party. Thanks.

Ever since they legalized gay marriage I've been seeing a lot more of these stickers ...

Greetings from the Frozen Tundra!

Neither snow, nor wind, nor more snow can stop the Bernin' Love in Waupaca

We'd been planning our Waupaca, Wisconsin Bernie Rally and March for a couple months already, so despite the snow that fell today our small community was Feeling the Bern!

That's right, despite the blizzard conditions, despite the fact that Bernie was not even scheduled to appear, we had over 250 people turn out and show their support for Bernie.

While some volunteers worked on getting the Rec Center gym set up ....

... others stood out in the snow and beckoned their fellow citizens to join them in Feelin' the Bern.

Bernie was here, but only in spirit ..

We had food, music and speaker, and of course, marchers!

Our project organizaer, Dmitri Martin, Candidate for Wisconsin Assembly, AD40.

I've got a good feeling about Tuesday!!!

Does anyone still doubt that the integrity of our elections has been compromised?

"The Measles of Mankind"—10 Stand Out Quotes on Nationalism


"The Measles of Mankind"—10 Stand Out Quotes on Nationalism

Today's political discourse is afflicted with virulent strains of fear-mongering and isolationism. As an antidote, here are 10 quotes on nationalism from some of history's strong progressive voices.

1. "Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind."
—Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

4. "Imagine there's no countries. It isn't hard to do. Nothing to kill or die for."
—John Lennon (1940-1980)

5. "The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren and to do good is my religion."
—Thomas Paine (1737-1809)

7. "So we draw lines around our property, our counties, our cities, our states, our countries. And, boy, do we act as if those lines are important. I mean, we go to war. We will kill and die to protect those boundaries. Nature couldn't give two hoots about our national boundaries."
—David Suzuki (1936-)

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