Voting/Elections


The Prophetic Words of Plutarch

“The abuse of buying and selling votes crept in and money began to play an important part in determining elections. Later on, this process of corruption spread to the law courts. And then to the army, and finally the Republic was subjected to the rule of emperors.” “An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.” - - Plutarch When first reading this quote, I thought - “This person must be an American describing the current state of our nation!” But Plutarch was not an American. He was a Greek philosopher/historian ...

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Ron Johnson’s Stance on Social Security is Wrong

I worked for 45 years to earn a living for myself and my family. For decades, I paid into Social Security, setting money aside so that when I retired, I could keep a roof over my head and food on the table. Like so many people across our state, I knew that Social Security and Medicare would support me in the next phase of my life. This past weekend marked the 87th anniversary of Social Security. Over the last 87 years, this program and Medicare have become overwhelmingly popular programs that millions of working people rely on. Yet, while this anniversary should ...

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Fear Mongering

The Republican Party wants us to fear Mandela Barnes, but what frightens me is the prospect of another 6 years of Ron Johnson in the US Senate. Despite looming global catastrophe, Johnson remains a climate change denier of the first order, calling it “ bullsh*t ,” doubling down on fossil fuel production, confirming judges who gut the EPA’s ability to regulate greenhouse gases, and consistently voting against climate action legislation, most recently the transformational Inflation Reduction Act. In Mandela Barnes, I see a talented leader who, as chairman of the ...

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Women for Women Postcard Campaign

Have you always wanted to help out with an election but you just were not sure where you feel comfortable? Women for Women has an awesome postcard campaign that needs your help. The AFL-CIO has provided us with 1200 postcards and we certainly need your help! Choose 25 to 50 postcards, and we won't stop you if you want more. They are already addressed and stamped and we provide you with a script of writing ideas. When you are done, toss them in the mail. Helping out has never been easier. Contact Nancy Stencil at 715.581.7983, call or text. Are you registered to ...

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Protect Voting by Mail

Wisconsinites, wherever we live and no matter our physical abilities or disabilities, should have the freedom to vote. But by banning ballot drop boxes, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has made it more difficult for people in rural and urban areas from voting by absentee ballot. And it tried to deny persons with physical disabilities from getting assistance in the delivery of their absentee ballots, but federal law still requires such assistance. What’s more, a Republican-dominated committee of the Legislature said it didn’t want clerks to be able to fix the ...

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Mandela Mash: Using Beer to Break Through the Political Noise

  By now, if you live in Wisconsin, I’m hoping you’ve seen our new beer called “Mandela Mash.” We publicized it with a lot of fanfare last Friday, and it’s shipping to stores early next week. Here’s the tongue-in-cheek ad we posted: "You’ve waited 12 years for this, but you just didn’t know what the flavor was gonna be. Nothing has tasted quite right up until now Sometimes it tasted dumb, sometimes it tasted crazy, sometimes it tasted seditious. But now? It tastes JUST RIGHT! Introducing Mandela Mash: A Legit Lager. This ...

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Confidence in Elections

I worked the polls on the August 9th Primary. I have confidence in Wisconsin’s nonpartisan election administration, led by the Wisconsin Election Commission. There is truly a pool of knowledge at each polling place. Each of Wisconsin’s 1,852 municipalities has a clerk who has been trained to administer elections. Some municipalities are large enough to have deputy clerks, who are also trained. Each polling place has multiple election workers, who must also be trained. These clerks and poll workers are our friends and neighbors who step up to help with a vital ...

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The Assault on Voting and Fair Elections

On July 20, Republican Wisconsin state legislators on the Joint Committee for the Review of Administrative Rules (JCRAR), at the behest of Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) and State Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg), voted to suspend an emergency rule regarding common sense clerk corrections for small omissions on absentee ballot witness certificates. While this action should have no substantive effect on election administration for now-existing Wisconsin Election Commission guidance makes clear this correction process is permissible, it is yet ...

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Changing Your Ballot

Early voting is underway in Wisconsin’s Primary as of July 26. There have been several candidates in both parties who are no longer running. Among the candidates who have left in the last few weeks are: Democratic Senate candidates Alex Lasry, Sarah Godlewski and Tom Nelson, as well as  Republican gubernatorial candidate Kevin Nicholson. If you, or someone you know, already voted for a candidate who is no longer running for office, it's not too late to void your ballot and request a new ballot. A voter can request to void their ballot by either a handwritten ...

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Rally Cry In Wausau

Around five hundred people took to the 400 Block on Sunday, July 10, to voice their outrage regarding the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling. As one of the organizers of this event, I cannot even find the words to say how proud I am of the youth I engaged with. You rock. To the familiar faces I saw, thank you for your ongoing engagement. Thank you to several of our local groups who reach out with information and help. You’ve looked at the adversity in the area and turned it around in a meaningful way. i admire you. On a personal level, thank you to my daughter who stood ...

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