Winning the 2020 Democratic National Convention is a coup for Milwaukee, Mayor Tom Barrett and a host of allies.
And for a downtown river revival rooted in former Mayor John Norquist’s New Urbanism which correctly predicted that people wanted to live and work near water and to get where they needed to go on a bike, by rail, or on their own two feet.

Via The Political Environment: Democrats’ 2020 convention will make Milwaukee glow.

Word on the Street

The new Democratic governor, Tony Evers, has put together a two-year budget proposal that virtually every newspaper article declares DOA (dead on arrival) because of opposition in the Republican controlled legislature.  There is even talk that the GOP will try to supplant his budget by amending the old one.

That’s not the word you hear on the street. What may have been true for eight years under GOP’s departed governor Scott Walker is undergoing the crashing sounds of change.  Many in both parties now realize that Evers is not the extreme partisan the GOP tried to paint (in fact, several Democrats don’t find him extreme enough). Several of his proposals have considerable majority clout behind them, given past actions from all sides of the electorate.



But now Walker seems to be gearing up to run for a third term. The “remember the times before I moved to Iowa” focus of his State of the State address and his invitation-only listening tour around the state make him look like a governor in rebuilding mode, not just somebody waiting out the clock.

Now, he could change his mind. Former Gov. Jim Doyle was getting ready to run again in 2010 until he saw the writing on the wall and decided to retire rather than be crushed. But, for the moment, Walker is the candidate….

Via Six Democrats who could challenge Walker in 2018 @ Isthmus.

Down ballot

Both voter drop-off and drop-down from presidential election totals are a serious problem for Democratic candidates. If we want to return to clean government, to progressive policies, and to a robust state economy, this issue must be alleviated. Democrats need to implement strong GOTV policies in every corner of the state. The party organization must publicize its entire slate of candidates, not just those at the top of the ticket.

Via The Democrats’ problem @ Just Sayin’ Blog.

Badger Blueprint

Yesterday, the Wisconsin Senate Democrats unveiled a new progressive and forward-looking vision. After listening to citizens around the state, our fourteen State Senators outlined a pragmatic and growth-oriented agenda that will restore Wisconsin to national economic, educational, and environmental leadership.

Called The Badger Blueprint, the 14 page plan plan is divided into three general sections- Growth,Innovation, and Opportunity. Under these headers, there are thirty specific actions that show the direction that state Democratic leaders want to take us.

Via Badger Blueprint @ Just Sayin’ Blog.

“Never call him ‘Senator Feingold'”

“I can share with you Russ’ campaign (and) what they’ve told us so far,” Laning said in the videotaped segment, first reported by the The Washington Free Beacon.

“Never call him ‘Senator Feingold.’ We are to call him ‘Russ,'” she said. “They want us to say ‘Russ’ because the last campaign — it was all about ’16 years, 16 years, 16 years, he’s there too long.’ And so they want to say, ‘He’s just one of us.’

We want to go back to Russ being Russ.”

Via Democratic Party chair says it’s ‘Russ,’ not Senator Feingold @ JS No Quarter Blog

Insiders of the Out-Party

Under outgoing, current Chair Mike Tate, the DPW went from supporting, at least to some extent, all its candidates for legislative office in Wisconsin, to hitting up all its legislative candidates for cash for the DPW itself. They spoke of a 72 county plan but instead they concentrated on the heavily populated counties of Dane…

He’ll make a deal

Former state Rep. Jeff Smith of Eau Claire sent out a letter to Democratic delegates saying he would seek to hire one of his opponents, Martha Laning, as his top staffer if he wins on Saturday. Five candidates are vying to run the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. “So I’m pleased to tell all of you…