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Whiter the WisDems?

An ineffectual, listless Democratic Party of Wisconsin resembling more a frat house clique than a political Party. Next month’s Democratic Party of Wisconsin Convention on June 5,6 will either spell a rebound for the once-proud Dems or a continuation of Mike Tate’s reward-incompetence clique. The Convention will elect a new Chair with his or her…

WisDems go looking

Yesterday three of the four announced candidates for Democratic Party of Wisconsin (DPW) Chair – Jason Rae, Jeff Smith, and Joe Wineke – came together at Camp Bar in Shorewood to speak to Democrats and share their ideas on how they’d move the Democratic Party of Wisconsin forward if elected to succeed Mike Tate as…

Then, now

2009 Senate Bill 62 was introduced at the request of former Democratic Governor Jim Doyle on February 17, 2009. With Democrats controlling both houses of the Wisconsin legislature, the bill was voted on by the Joint Committee on Finance without a public hearing later that day. The next day — the 18th — it was…

Now Mercury, he knew how to deliver a message

Here’s what Id’ like to know: who does the DPW, or the ADCC, or the SSDC consult with to develop messaging for Democratic candidates in Wisconsin? How much are these firms paid? What’s their won/loss record? And lastly, do these folks ever look at the DPW platform and resolutions for guidance? I suspect I’m not…

A Candidate for WisDems Chair

Dear Democrats, I’m writing to let all of you know that I’m running to be the next chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. I made this decision because our party is in trouble and we need someone with the grit, determination, resolve and experience required to get us back on track. I strongly believe…

Everything must go

I suspect some of that suffering was simply based on the product being sold to the public, but some likely was simply the result of poor judgment by the Democratic Party leadership. That can’t all be blamed on Tate but he was sitting at the top of that structure and he was no doubt a…

Left gives violin serenade for departing WisDems chair

Technically Mike Tate is not "stepping down" he is not running for re-election.  He is going to keep his cushy, well paying job until the very last day he can.  Besides he has one more spring election to lose. Mike Tate relinquishing his role as head of the ole boys club, will now set  in…

There’s somebody for everybody

But [former WisDems spokesman] Zielinski’s revelation that he was in Illinois for the governor’s race only leads to more questions. How desperate were Democrats in Illinois that they would hire Zielinski? What exactly did he do for Quinn? Who in the Illinois Democratic Party looked at Zielinski and said, “Yes, this is the guy we…

Waiting for a progressive

From now on, Wisconsin Democrats should run real progressives in high-profile races, not corporate hacks like Mary Burke. I think the Democratic Party of Wisconsin would be far better off if they ran actual progressives for every office. Via Why I’m glad that Mary Burke won’t run for statewide office in Wisconsin again @ The…

Larson leaves leadership

“I called Jen Shilling last night to let her know I would be voting for her and would be encouraging my supporters to unite behind her, as well. I hope for a united caucus as we prepare to take on the incredible threat ahead. We will do well under her guidance and leadership,” Larson wrote…

Tate’s Eleven

….nearly half of the money ($1,381,500 out of a total of $2,822,626.66 in receipts, or 48.94% of the total party receipts) donated to the DPW between July 29 and October 20 of this year comes from only 11 individuals, 6 of which are Wisconsin residents. By effectively controlling the purse strings of the party, those…

From the top

The most clear example of how far the Democrats have drifted from their origins is presented that when one considers how Tate led them to yet another bloodbath in the same election that several referendum questions that included raising the minimum wage, expanding health care and lowering costs and getting corporate money out of politics…

Presiding over an impressive number of losses

….it’s high time Wisconsin’s Democrats start demanding more “bang for their buck” when it comes to their party chair (not to mention the rest of the party’s leadership), because thus far Mike Tate hasn’t shown me much in the way of forward progress or electoral wins to justify his six-figure salary. Via What has Mike…

WisDems’ Chairman’s Wreckage

It’s irrefutable that since Mike Tate was chosen as DPW Chair, Democrats have lost one U.S. Senate seat, State Treasurer, Attorney General, two Congressional seats, and majorities in the State Senate and State Assembly. What’s more, unless results change, it looks like Democrats are poised to see their minority in the State Assembly shrink even…

Left confronts biggest obstacle

We’ve been here before with the recall and republicans turned out. It’s not magic. They’ve planned this day for four years using every legislative and campaign trick in the book. They are geared up to turn out and are hoping we don’t. Via MU Poll Tells Us What We Always Knew. Turn Out, Turn Out,…

Democrats pay to boost Assemblywoman’s connection to Walker

The ad features a pleasant picture of Vruwink standing with the first-term Republican governor, both of them all smiles. It also quotes, approvingly, a staffer for the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, the state’s business lobby, praising Vruwink. Her National Rifle Association endorsement is cited prominently. Via Party mailer touts Dem lawmaker’s strong ties to Scott…

About Candidate Hulsey

….the media and everyone else needs to do whatever they can to help him and stop being part of the problem.  That means, stop playing the role of the mean school yard jerk, getting the special ed kid to do silly things so that you can make fun of him. Via Wisconsin Media Needs to…