We made it happen. We threw
enough of the rascals out to transfer the state senate to the
Democrats, and the congress as well. And we blocked Mark Green and John Gard from
advancing the agenda of their corporate contributors. Now it is
up to the Democrats to pass political reform, and if they don't
do it we'll show them the door as well. And if the assembly
Republicans are obstructionists we'll show the rest of them the
We can and will become a state of voters working for the people
who own this country!
This is a sad way to
send a message to an arrogant political party, and arrogance it
was. But the Democrats had best not get comfortable. That same
fate awaits them if they do not clean up the political system.
How can a (admittedly disloyal)
Republican feel happy about the defeat? Because political
integrity is more important to the survival of our nation than
is a warped political ideology. It doesn't matter what your
party, if crooks are running it they are stealing their
constituents blind. Think Mexico if you need proof. Then think,
our job at home has just begun.
My first choice
and the best candidate for the position was Nelson Eisman,
but our system does not give us a first and second choice.
Under an Instant Runoff Voting system as just implemented in
Minneapolis, Eisman would have fared much better and perhaps
could have won the election. But people were afraid of
throwing their vote away, a very real concern.
This was not just a referendum on Republicans, it was
a referendum on political integrity, and if the
Democrats fail to pass election and ethics reform in this next
legislature, they too will be unemployed in 2008. The top issue
that was cited in the national exit polls was political
corruption, even ahead of Iraq, and we'll see how well the
Democrats understand the message. We must prepare ourselves for
a strong push on a renewed SB1 Ethics and Clean Money reform, as
it will take major arm twisting to move them forward in the
Republican senate. But I think we can do it this time. We have
demonstrated that the "center" voters carry enough clout to move
elections, and we did throw some of the rascals out. If the GOP
fails us this year they had best start counting their days,
because we will be.
I agree with Newt Gingrich. This election could have been turned around by one action:
Bush could have fired Rumsfield ago and
saved the Senate and maybe even the House. But he waited until
after he had lost both. That is pure arrogance. I liked Rumsfield personally,
though I disagreed with many of his Iraq decisions. But maybe a new face can create a different image around the globe,
which we desperately need, and strategies that may be more
Thanks much to Wisconsin
Democracy Campaign, the League of Women Voters, Common
Cause, League of Conservation Voters and the many other
public interest and grass roots around the state. We had the
clout, we won a sufficient number of races, and we will either see
reform in this legislature, or we will see more political change in
Are they listening???
Voter's #1 Concern:
From Mike McCabe,
Wisconsin Democracy Campaign - National
exit polls showed that concern about corruption and ethics
in government was the top concern of voters in Tuesday's
election, outranking even the Iraq war as the biggest motivating
factor for the housecleaning that significantly altered the
political landscape at the national and state levels alike. See
Mike's complete article
Yeah, I know, Doyle is corrupt as
hell, but Green is worse and we wouldn't find out for months to
come. Better, I expect that Doyle will get convicted and has to
resign, and then Barb Lawton will step in as our new governor.
And she is absolutely excellent on reform issues. But having
more pay-to-play under Green was not the right fix. Electing
Doyle temporarily was the right thing to do.
is ironic that Scott
Walker, John Gard and Mark Green were, in effect, defeated by
the very ethics and campaign reform they all refused to pass when
they were in the state legislature. Had they been responsible
for pushing through an SB1-type of ethics bill and full public
funding of campaigns, Walker would not have been forced out of
the race early and Green and Gard could have proudly pointed to
an achievement that would have resonated with the public, which
could have indeed swung the election their way. Ah, but arrogance
did them in. Sort of poetic justice, if you ask me.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
reported that Kevin Kennedy, executive director of
the State Elections Board,
ordered Milwaukee poll workers to take down signs that he says
can be considered intimidating to voters. The signs warn
convicted felons who are still on parole not to vote or they
will be prosecuted. "They are factually accurate,"
Kennedy said. "But our staff thinks that they will intimidate
voters.... We're telling them to take them down,"
Factually correct??? What is it about communicating
the truth to felons (who may otherwise unknowingly break the
law) that Kennedy does not understand? Intimidating to which
voters? Certainly not the legal ones. This was a not just a
disservice to the public's best interest, it was a solid
demonstration of what's wrong with government.
in Minneapolis tossed out years of tradition by
adopting an excellent voting system for local elections, a
historic change that supporters said would increase voter
participation. City voters approved by nearly a 2-to-1
ratio a charter amendment for
instant-runoff voting, or what some people call
preferential voting, a system used in San Francisco and two
other U.S. cities.
See complete article
HERE. For details on IRV see
Proposition 89, Clean Money Elections, failed to
garner voter support. It amazes me that a no-brainer like
this could be defeated, but the moneyed interests clearly
got their distorted message to the confused voters.
89 Campaign Financing - California 23601 of 25231
For details on Clean Money Elections see
voters were fooled now means that the California state
legislature must be educated on the benefits of full public
funding of campaigns.
Meeting at The Middle
- By E. J.
Dionne Jr. - It's over. American voters, in
their wisdom, ended an era on Tuesday. They
rejected a poorly conceived war policy in Iraq
that has weakened the United States. They
rejected a harshly ideological approach to
politics that cast opponents as enemies of the
country's survival. They rejected a president so
determined to win an election that he was
willing to slander his opponents by saying: "The
Democrat approach in Iraq comes down to this:
The terrorists win and America loses." The
voters decided there was no decency in that. See
GOP ceded the center and
paid the price - By Ronald
Brownstein - WASHINGTON — For six tumultuous
years President Bush has provoked intense
opposition while mobilizing passionate support
for an ambitious conservative agenda. On
Tuesday, that perilous strategy crumbled — and
triggered his party's abrupt fall from power.
Republicans lost control of the House, and
teetered on the edge of losing the Senate as
well. The widespread losses will present Bush
and the GOP with a sharpened challenge from
congressional Democrats eager to command
attention for their policy priorities, such as
raising the national minimum wage, and to
investigate the administration's performance on
Iraq, global warming and other issues. See