Archived Wednesday speeches from Democracy Convention: Ben Manski, Tom Hayden, Paul Soglin, Cheri Honkala

Thanks to the MacGyver-like skills of Glen Mitroff of WORT-FM, cables laptop and camera were connected and better footage and audio than mine were obtained of last night’s speeches. (It looked touch-and-go there for a minute so I did my own Ustream version anyway)

The event opened with an amazing performance from dancers with the Call for Peace Drum and Dance Company:

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Who are you voting for on April 5?: Where to find info. on Wisconsin candidates + endorsements


Joanne Kloppenburg for Wisconsin Supreme Court

Joe Parisi for Dane County Executive

Paul Soglin for Mayor of Madison

Sam Stevenson for Madison Alder, District 2

And I vote “YES” on the referendum regarding corporations not being people, and money not being free speech.

Read on to find out why. Go HERE for my voting FAQ.

Wisconsin : for Supreme Court Justice-Kloppenburg vs. Prosser

I endorse Joanne Kloppenburg for Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice.

Others  who  do:

Green Bay Gazette,

Appleton Post-Crescent,

Wausau Daily Herald,

Sierra Club

For neutral reads on Prosser & Kloppenburg:

Wisconsin’s League of Women HERE, Bill Lueders’ article HERE

Dane County, Madison, and Other:

Interviews with Dane County mayoral, executive, council, and other candidates are HERE from the Dane County League of Women Voters.

Madison Mayor:

I endorse Paul Soglin.

Here’s his blog. He’s also endorsed by Barbara Lawton, Brenda Konkel and Peg Continue reading

Tomorrow’s April 5 vote in Wisconsin. Voting basics and endorsements!

Some basics on voting and my endorsements.

Details on _why_ I endorse these folks are below, but if you want a brief list, I endorse: Continue reading

Grab bag of solidarity, cooperatives, and the CLAP.

Madison housing cooperatives face threat. Mayor Dave?

A familiar symbol of the co-operative is that of the encircled Twin Pines. The symbol was adopted in 1922 by the Co-operative League of the USA, as the National Co-operative Business Association was then known, as a universal co-operative emblem.  The co-operative emblem displays Twin Pines encircled because the pine tree is an ancient symbol of life and the circle has the endless quality of eternity. Two pines are shown to emphasize the mutual nature of co-operation. The trees and the circle are dark green, which is the colour of chlorophyll, the life principle in nature. The colour within the circle is golden yellow, typifying the sun, the giver of light and lifeThis Tuesday night March 29 at 6:30pm Alder Marsha Rummel will introduce a measure to prevent city zoning from removing “co-op friendly” provisions in city code [the agenda].

April 5th we have a mayoral election. Madison is home to at least 11 cooperative housing sites some of which date back to 1968, I know we have more in the woodwork, and we have a locally beloved & nationally known food coop which recently expanded into Middleton. When Willy St Co-op wanted to raise $600,000 in 60 days—they raised it in 21. Madison and cooperatives are BFF.

Mayor Dave, although I don’t see evidence of it on Soglin’s Waxing America, at least one local labor/co-op blogger I spoke with believes Hizzoner’s been promoting co-ops for months. Candidate Soglin spoke at the Saturday rally for co-ops and workers at the Capitol.

So I’m scratching my head wondering if you’re letting Soglin have what amounts to a  gimme, or you’ve been informed you must slight the co-ops if you want to snuggle up with that Madison Isthmus biz blok ….    From this angle, I don’t see why you can’t have your cooperatively baked cake and eat it too.

“One Issue Doesn’t add up”  Kloppenburg endorsed by the Appleton Post-Crescent

Justice David Prosser has a past as a legislator. Now his days breaking Continue reading

Grab bag of blogging: Budget Czar Paul Ryan | A snowy tale of two cities | Super-sized Govmobile | MJ Sentinel suitable cage liner | Union fight or flight or …”forging”?

Paul Ryan will be able to set spending limits in the House without a vote, flying “in the face of the GOP’s promise to end backroom deals and increase transparency”.

Snowpocolypse Happens Mayor Bloomberg of New York City learns what Mayor Dave of Madison learned last Winter: clear snow or risk removal of your head. As for that Pennsylvania Gov calling everybody wussy…that’s too much armchair quarterbacking, in my opinion.

Lotta room for a bumper sticker here Still a hot story on Isthmus: Mr. Scott “thrifty” Walker is going to drive a Yukon XL in 2011. Price of leased vehicle?: $2,054.10 for the first month. Value of inevitable super-sized bumper sticker jokes? Priceless.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel forces me to consider purchasing a bird so that I might line its cage with its pages. Scott Walker is selected “person of the year” with zero mention of the high-speed rail fail. Something is rotten in the editorial board of that “paper”. I don’t know what it is, but please, somebody carry it to the curb.

Stop, drop, and roll. Fight, flee or forge… Why did I laugh when I read that WEAC, the Wisconsin teacher’s union, will try to “forge relationships” with GOP leadership in Wisconsin?

We are outta here Wisconsin state employees rush to retire in 2010. Expect some disarray in early 2011 as a result.

A shot of Glenn Grothman scolding gay marriage supporters, calling them the "hard, anti-Christian left" who were "afraid of the truth." frm

This just in: Different day, same Grothman I’ve had the great displeasure of hearing Glenn Grothman utter many asinine things. Here we go again: Grothman wants to ax kindergarten for 4-year-olds.

Not the college students of yesteryear Apathy of college students and their “self-reported narcissism” has reached new heights. Before you get bent out of shape, ask yourself if the average American still has access to college? What is the economic and racial make-up of a college student in 2010 as opposed to 2000 or earlier?

Pic links to PBS video of Soglin talking about times as a UW protester and leader

Odds are heavily weighted in favor of a Paul Soglin win for Mayor of Madison in Spring-UNLESS his heart condition flares. He’s got that street cred from being a leader on the UW campus in the 60’s, making some old-school East siders happy. And he’s got two runs as mayor under his belt that I think showed fiscal prudence …appealing to more conservative Madtowners. Time to review his blog.

Obama’s Michael Vick call I am not angered by it, and I’d like to write about why it is probably a good thing for Obama’s connection with black Americans.  But if you’re enraged and have been writing “I hate Obama” 100 times, take a deep breath and read what I think is the classiest, savviest response I’ve seen so far. It imagines the President calling the shelter that is rehabilitating some of the dogs Vick abused: Best Friends Animal Society.