Voting/Elections


WHAT MOTIVATED 2016 VOTERS?

Professor Katherine Cramer Walsh, author of The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker (March, 2016), finds the split between rural and urban voters' choices to be rooted in what she calls "group consciousness." In an article published years before her book, she concludes that rural voters, at least in Wisconsin, perceive themselves to be deprived and attribute "rural deprivation to the decision making of (urban) political elites, who disregard and disrespect rural residents and rural lifestyles." But there appear to be ...

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VOTE

IMPORTANT ELECTION ON TUESDAY, APRIL 4 VOTE FOR STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS VOTE FOR LOCAL SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS. REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR I.D. EARLY VOTING IN YOUR LOCAL CLERK'S OFFICE. EARLY VOTING: March 20 - 25 and March 27-31.

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CANDIDATES FOR WISCONSIN SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION

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Tomorrow is the primary election for a very important position in Wisconsin, the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Since 1848 Wisconsin supported an independent state school superintendent. The constitution believes that this position should be elected by state voters. Be sure you vote tomorrow in the primary election and April 4 in the general election. For information on voter registration, voter identification requirements, and to see a sample ballot or find your polling place, visit: http://MyVote.wi.gov There are three announced candidates and one ...

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WHAT EXACTLY IS THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE?

My Australian relatives have asked me to define the Electoral College. They are trying to figure out how the USA democracy works. Why doesn’t the popular vote count directly for the president? This is what I told them. The Electoral College is made up of 538 electors who votes for the USA President and Vice-President. Voters on November 8 actually choose their state’s electors. The candidates receiving the majority of electoral votes (270) wins the Presidency. The number 538 is the total of the USA 435 Representatives, 100 Senators and 3 electors for the District of ...

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LIFE AFTER THE PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN

You have survived the election process. Regardless of who gets elected, progressives have their work cut out for them. Big Money still has too much power in US politics. The work to bring about clean, transparent government needs to continue. We need to protect each person’s equal voice. Wisconsin Democracy Campaign headquartered in Madison is working for full disclosure of the donors who fund phony issue ad groups. Montana already has a law that requires such disclosure. Republicans and Democrats in Montana joined together to create the Bipartisan Montana Disclo...

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Forum with 85th and 86th Assembly District Candidates

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YOU ARE INVITED…….. Monday, October 17—Forum with 85th and 86th Assembly District Candidates 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thrive Foodery 2105 N. Second Street, Wausau Sponsored by Wausau Daily Herald and Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce’s E3YP Group Come and learn about the candidates and their stances on issues affecting young people. Cost: None Register: http://www.wausauchamber.com/events/ Thursday, October 27—Wausau United to Amend presents the Documentary, “Killing Us Softly” by Jeanne Kilbourne. How does the media define our society, ...

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Random Acts of Outrage

A friend of mine once opined, “When it comes to politics, I think there are really two kinds of people: those who care, and those who don’t.” The more I think about it, the more I agree. I find I have a lot more in common with those people who hold completely opposite opinions than I do than with those who have none. There is a consideration and passion that fuels them that I recognize and respect, no matter how much we might disagree. And in our disagreements I often find myself admitting the weaknesses in my own arguments, and conceding some logic I might find in ...

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The Choice: Status Quo or Loose Cannon

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If you think all politicians are crooked liars and it doesn't matter who gets elected you are mistaken. Who a candidate is and their “vision” for the country is important. The candidate's position on the issues matter. Because politics affects almost everything, differences in the agendas and philosophies of political leaders can make a difference to your life. Mrs. Clinton is a known public figure. She will probably govern much the same as President Obama or the first Clinton administration. We can expect the affordable care act to be continued (basically a good ...

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MAKING AMERICA GREAT

The presidential candidates are pontificating about making America “great.” The Republican candidate in particular has made this a theme of his campaign. Puffing up our alleged greatness is standard political campaign rhetoric. Meaningless sound bites and patriotic cliches are a common campaign strategy. It allows the politicians to avoiding meaningful discussion of actual problems and needed solutions. There may be good reasons for candidates to avoid specifics. Too often those who did discuss the issues have lost. Policy positions are often complicated and boring. ...

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WHAT TO WATCH FOR IN THIS ELECTION

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are getting most of the media attention in this frantic, frazzled presidential race. “Trump and Hillary are taking up all the oxygen, but really policymaking is getting done in the states,” says Nick Rathod, head of SiX (State Innovation Exchange). Democrats should be on the alert. Since 2010, Democrats lost 913 states legislative seats. Republicans now control 68 of America’s 99 state legislatures—“more than at any time in our history,” according to Jim Hightower, September 2016 LOWDOWN. There is much more to watch. ...

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