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ralps Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-25-06 05:24 PM
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Unless you live in a tiny northeast corner of Wisconsin west of Marinette (basically the Green Bay northern suburbs), chances are the only way you know Randy Koehn is as "noonan," his Firedoglake blogger sign-on. Lately though, until this afternoon, he hasn't been on Firedoglake as much.

That's because he's knocked on 8,000 doors in the last few months. That's a lot of doors. And he's been going to an awful lot of Friday night football games.

You see, blogger noonan/Randy Koehn is also the progressive Democrat running for seat being vacated by Assembly Speaker John Gard, Wisconsin's 89th Assembly District. Gard, virtually always referred to as "the Tom DeLay of Wisconsin politics," is trying to move up to the congressional seat being vacated by right wing rubber stamp Mark Green so he can pursue his futile but messy attempt to become Governor.

Wisconsin Democrats need to wrest about a dozen seats from the Republicans in order to prevent them from gerrymandering the state in 2010. Randy's race for the open Gard seat is the tip of the arrow in that crucial battle. He won a tough primary against a well-known middle-of-the-road Democrat and now he's facing an extreme right wing nutjob named John Nygren.
Yay!!!! Now if Howie Klein & would just cover Bryan Kennedy too!!
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TheMightyFavog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-25-06 11:23 PM
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1. I'd like to see him win, but..
Outside of The city of Marinette, which has a significant union prescence, the rest of the 89th is pretty hardcore rethug. If the people there haven't swallowed the NRA's "All Dems are out to take your Remington deer rifle away from you" paranoia hook, line, sinker, and copy of In-Fisherman, theyre people who vote with their Bibles instead of thier brains.

Not to mention there's a lot of anti-DNR and anti-wetland protection legislation sentiment up here.
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noonan66 Donating Member (1 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 08:46 PM
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2. This is ripe for the taking
Trust me, I've done the footwork and built the organization. If you're as local as you sound, I'd love to have another volunteer help me with doors this week. :) I've personally knocked on over 8000 doors, raised more money than any Democrat that has ever run for this race, and received more votes in a Democratic primary than any candidate since the 1970s. Please don't tell me this election is just like the past...

Your information is accurate for any other election but this one. Dissatisfaction in the district with the status quo is at an all-time high. Republicans want real health care reform, just like everyone else. My opponent is the 'new John Gard' according to his lit. He goes to Packer games and sits with Gard in the box seats. He's the Marinette Co. Republican Chair, and this image is not photoshopped:

We've had enough around here and (with all due respect) a change is going to happen.
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TheMightyFavog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 07:26 PM
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3. I'm actually from the area. Coleman, to be exact.
Edited on Sun Oct-29-06 07:26 PM by JonathanChance
I'm in Stevens Point right now, and loving every minute of it!

I knew there was a lot of people in the 89th who were fed up with Gard, Hopefully, the election will be close or even a win for our side this year. I really had no clue that things had gotten so bad for Gard up there.

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