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“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…

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…