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Wisconsin's Kelly Westlund: The Republican National Committee thinks we're stupid.

from my email ...

Scuba --

Really. The Republican National Committee thinks we're stupid.

Earlier today, RNC co-chair Sharon Day appeared at a rally for Scott Walker. Speaking about how close this election will be, nonsense poured out:

"It's not going to be an easy election, it's a close election. Like I said, much closer than I can even understand why. I don't want to say anything about your Wisconsin voters but, some of them might not be as sharp as a knife." 1

Comments like this just confirm the same thing people tell me every day -- the GOP doesn't care about solving the problems of everyday Wisconsinites.

Help us get this message out by chipping in $10 or more today.

I'm lucky to be a part of the rising excitement and engagement as we get closer to November 4th. Everywhere I go, it's easy to see that people here in Wisconsin are frustrated with the status quo.

With your help, we've put together one of the best ground games in the country. We're hard at work getting voters to the polls and expanding our base of support throughout the 7th District.

Any way you slice it, she's wrong about Wisconsin voters. We're smart enough to make the right decision.

Thanks for standing with me,


1 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Wisconsin: 1st TV ad for Mark Harris

Mark is running for Congress in Wisconsin's 6th Congressional District.


And Karen Carpenter too!

Playing For Change


Playing For Change
Connecting The World Through Music

"I was walking down the street in Santa Monica, Ca, and I heard the voice of Roger Ridley singing the song 'Stand By Me'. He has so much soul and conviction in his voice. I asked him if I could come back with some cameras and recording equipment to record him performing 'Stand By Me'.

Mark Johnson, Founder

Playing For Change is a movement created to inspire and connect the world through music. The idea for this project came from the common belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people.

Arrested, jailed, beaten, chained, body-slammed, twisted, punched and tortured ...

Wisconsin: 10 Days of Early Voting, 10 Reasons to Vote Against Scott Walker

Let's be clear about our choice.

Top Doc Says Ebola Shows Skewed Priorities


Dr. Walter Tsou, past president of the American Public Health Association and the former health commissioner for Philadelphia, says that the Ebola crisis shows the skewed priorities of the U.S. health care system. “Our chronic disease-oriented health care system is ill-equipped to address an acute infectious disease outbreak,” Dr. Tsou, a board adviser to Physicians for a National Health Program, tells The Progressive. “We don't have enough biocontainment units, sufficiently trained experts on how to control for highly infectious disease agents, trained sanitation crews who can clean up and properly handle waste disposal.”

Tsou says that the Ebola epidemic has uncovered big flaws in the global health system, too. “We have known about Ebola since 1976 and yet we still have no vaccine or treatment,” he points out. “The fact that we are now scrambling to find some type of vaccine and treatment only speaks to the paucity of research that we have invested in the developing world. In the cruel economics of the pharmaceutical industry, unless the drugs promise a significant return on investment, they are unwilling to invest in it essentially condemning most of the developing world.”

The Ebola crisis has also made apparent the impact of drastic health budget cuts. Bloomberg News reports that there’s been a nearly one-fifth reduction in public health employees at the state and local levels in just the last six years, with 60,000 fewer people employed than in 2008. This manifests itself in many ways.


“The World Health Organization is a shadow of what it should be and is unable to mount a ‘boots on the ground surveillance, mitigation and quarantine program,” he says. “The United Nations has called for the world to donate $1 billion to confront the Ebola crisis, but we only have $100,000 in the bank so far.”

Bill Moyers: Low-Wage Employers Are the Real ‘Welfare Queens’


The federal minimum wage of $7.25 is now worth 30 percent less than it was in the 1960s, after adjusting for inflation. It is quite literally a poverty wage — if you support a child, working full-time at the federal minimum will land you $650 below the federal poverty line; supporting two kids will put you more than $4,000 beneath it.

We’ve noted before that low-wage employers shift some of their labor costs onto the backs of taxpayers by encouraging their workers to apply for public benefits. These employers are the true “welfare queens,” their profits indirectly subsidized by the public, which allows them to keep prices artificially low. We’ve argued in the past that this is one of several reasons why conservatives who oppose spending on the social safety net should favor raising the minimum to a point where workers can get by on their own labor.

A report released this week by the Economic Policy Institute quantifies just how much taxpayers would save by raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, as Barack Obama has proposed. The full report can be downloaded at the Economic Policy Institute’s website. Here’s an infographic that summarizes its findings..

Wisconsin: Republican AG Candidate Schimel promises to fight against clean air quality


Republican AG Candidate Schimel promises to fight against clean air quality
October 19, 2014 by Barbara With

Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel (R) promises he will fight against new EPA regulations to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants if he is elected Attorney General. In his October 12 debate with Susan Happ (D), he vowed to defend the use of coal as the sole source of energy for Wisconsin.


During the debate, moderator Mike Gousha asked Schimel to provide an example of federal overreach against which he would defend Wisconsin. Schimel named the recent EPA carbon reduction plan.

“If those go into effect, they are going to have a very disproportionate, harmful effect on Wisconsin compared to other states,” said Schimel. “We’re number 1 for manufacturing, but we get 62% of our electrical power from clean coal. So we have to make sure that when regulations like that go into effect, we don’t see Wisconsin have jobs just drain right out of our state. Because if they go to Arizona, solar power works better there. Or perhaps on the Great Plains, wind power works better. But Wisconsin — the only reasonable source of reliable and affordable electrical power we have is coal.”

Susan Happ responded that she would staunchly defend environmental laws.

Schimel must be blind to have not seen any of the wind turbines gracing the Wisconsin landscape.
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