Do you want to register to vote? to vote early? or to find out where to vote? Do you know someone who does? A friend or neighbor who may need help doing so? Are you sure you are properly registered? —– Find the process and rules involved for registering and for voting, in a straight-forward and easy-to-read format, on two new pages, “VOTING INs AND OUTs” and “Voter REGISTRATION” in the ELECTIONS section.
I know the Packers are doing it again on Sunday afternoon against the Saints but there are now two reasons to take a pass on the game. First, is of course, third rate offiiciating and the greed of the NFL, the other is a great episode of Moyers and Company on Public Television at 6 pm. This weekend Bill Moyer goes in depth to reveal the hidden world of ALEC. The intro describes ALEC I this episode as the “scheme to remake America, one state house at a time.”
You will see this 4′ x 8′ sign in a total of 12 locations from Brussels to Sister Bay. There is one sign set you could see just about anywhere, because it is mounted on a farm wagon. Its home base is in the front yard of Bob & Jean Grosso’s home between Maplewood and Forestville, but that wagon has a reputation of wandering,
To the left is a very special sign provided by Peter Wyatt and Victoria Cherinich. You will see it on the right side of Hwy 42/57 at the southwestern outskirts of Sturgeon Bay. On the back of “Not Rich Enough”. you will see a different sign, when you are heading out of town, the sign on the right. Thanks Peter and Victoria
Imagine, if you will, what we might see on Fox News or hear on Limbaugh if George Soros, the National Education Association or the AFL-CIO picked up the tab for several members of the Wisconsin legislative delegation headed to the National Democratic Party convention or a national union convention. Hold that thought. John Nichols, associate editor of The Capital Times, reveals an unbelievable story about the legalized bribery occurring for years with ALEC at the center in his column titled “Close the ALEC Loophole,” that appears in the August 26th Wisconsin State Journal.
ALEC has provided and continues to provide “scholarships” that pick up the tab for our legislators’ trip to ALEC meetings where they receive and discuss “model legislation.” These drafts become what gets passed around in the party caucuses, voted upon and signed into law by our governor. Lisa Graves, executive director of the Center For Media in the Public Interest put it this way, “global corporations that want to change Wisconsin laws are bankrolling trips to ALEC meetings where legislators and lobbyists meet and vote on model bills that politicians bring back to Wisconsin and introduce as their own brilliant ideas…”
This week the Government Accountability Board will consider whether legislators should be allowed to accept these so called “scholarships” that make a mockery of the high standards of transparency in government that we value in Wisconsin.
“I lobbied on minimum wage in California. And we ended up raising minimum wage. And what happened was the economy grew. Because the problem is if we believe in free market, then you shift money to get the economy going. You shift money to where there’s pent-up demand. Where is there pent-up demand right now? It’s at the bottom, not at the top.”
Sister Simone Campbell, on 26 Aug 2012 edition of Bill Moyers & Company
(Sister Simone is Exec. Director of Network, a Catholic activist group that organized Nuns On The Bus)
The biggest fable of all is the “Don’t Tax the Job Creators” doctrine, formally called “Supply Side Economics”, “Trickle Down Economics” or, if you prefer, “Reaganomics”. It’s a hoax; a hoax that has persisted for 30 years in spite of contrary evidence. It will not work, does not work and never has worked (except for the very wealthy, the 1%). Graphs help make the truth vividly apparent. This graph is just one of several that show that since the advent of Reagonomics the very wealthy have exceedingly benefited more than others. Not convinced that Reagonomics is bad for you, then find more evidence at A Civil American Debate for an essay that provides a detailed factual scholarly analysis of this graph and several others.
“If there was ever any doubt that Mitt Romney’s got a disastrous plan for America—he made himself 100% clear when he picked right-wing extremist Paul Ryan as his running mate. Paul Ryan is bad for America. We can’t beat him if Americans don’t know everything he stands for”.
Above is the last paragraph of the last article in Allin’s Notes of 16 Aug. If you were not able to read it then click here to learn “everything he stands for.”
“There is too much at stake to allow pride or passion to influence your decision. Never for a moment believe that the great body of the citizens of any State or States can deliberately intend to do wrong. They may, under the influence of temporary excitement or misguided opinions, commit mistakes; they may be misled for a time by suggestions of self interest; but in a community so enlightened and patriotic as the people of the United States argument will soon make them sensible of their errors, and when convinced they will be ready to repair them.”
President Andrew Jackson circa 1830
as quoted by Jon Meacham in “American Lion”
If you thought, as I have, that Republicans in Door County were mostly of the relatively moderate breed, then you may change your mind after checking out their local website, http://door.wisgop.info/. There you will find one article after another of radical Tea Party rant — misquotes, conspiracy theories, intransigent politics, Bachmann support, and deference to the elite 1%. In a link dated July 23rd, Jim Diment claims “There’s no more room for compromise. When Republicans and Democrats worked together in the past, the result was almost always a bigger, more expensive government.”
What ever happened to center-right Republicanism? Their voices seem squelched — or perhaps, center-right attitudes only exist within the Democratic Party these days.
Many parts of the Affordable Care Act are already in effect and in use. The Supreme Court decision ensures that the provisions will stay in force. Which provisions affect you? Read this article “Affordable Care Act in Effect NOW“
The danger of looming “Sequestration Cuts” is 80K jobs lost, 9M students harmed. Read more on this new Issues page “Sequestration Will Hurt Education” Do you know what “Sequestration” means? You should. Education is not the only social service that will experience deep budget cuts. Check it out here.
Defeat may test you; it need not stop you. If at first you don’t succeed, try another way. For every obstacle there is a solution. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. The greatest mistake is giving up.
That’s the title of an article by Sam Carmen. It’s the first page of the new OP/ED menu tab.
There is no shortage of bad jokes regarding the civil war in Wisconsin launched in February 2011. The first bad joke is a governor who has had several former key staff members be charged with and/or plead guilty to assorted … click here to read more.
Some people seem to be under the impression that if they do not volunteer to help, we can win this election. This is NOT true! I promise you that if YOU do not help, we will not win.
YOU can make calls from home, YOU can have a coffee for your neighbors, YOU can work in the office, YOU can go door-to-door talking to your neighbors who are undecided how to vote or even whether or not to vote.
EVERY VOTE will count. The Republicans know this and are spending millions of $ mobilizing. To counter their $ we need millions of hours of volunteer time including yours. Trainings are held at the Sturgeon Bay office.
We always need more volunteers!
provided by Allin Walker