Milwaukee voters: Join Russ Feingold and Mahlon Mitchell for a rally on Thursday, May 31st, then walk together to the municipal building where you can register to vote and cast your ballot. Meet at Cathedral Square at noon.
Early vote rallies will also be held in a number of other cities throughout Wisconsin. Details here.
Who’s going to trust a man who calls the program a criminal fraud and, in effect, called Americans a bunch of suckers for believing in it for these many decades?
It very well may be that someone who insists Social Security is a Ponzi scheme, despite all evidence to the contrary, is not electable on a national level. But it’s worth remembering that last year, a tea partier in Wisconsin ran against Senator Feingold using the exact same line…and won.
janf asked: Do you think Russ Feingold will run for and, if he does, win Sen. Kohl's seat next year? Also is he your preferred Dem candidate or would you like to see someone else, e.g. Tammy Baldwin, run?
Great question! I would love nothing more than to have Feingold represent Wisconsin again. In my mind, replacing Feingold with Ron Johnson epitomized everything tragic about the November 2010 elections. I just have to believe that Wisconsin learned from that mistake, knows better now, and would elect Feingold if he ran. But I’m not holding my breath that he’ll be a contender. Although I could see him entering the political arena again, I’d be surprised if it was for senate in 2012.
If not Feingold, I think Baldwin would be a good choice (especially among the people hinting at running). It might be a long shot, but I would really like to see Erpenbach make a run for it.
Since last year’s Republican victories, nearly 100 lawmakers have hired former lobbyists as their chiefs of staff or legislative directors. That is more than twice as many as in the previous two years. In that same period, 40 lobbyists have been hired as staff members of Congressional committees and subcommittees, the boiler rooms where legislation is drafted. That again dwarfs the number from the previous two years.
--The New York Times, Cutting Out the Middleman on Capitol Hill. Ron Johnson (from Wisconsin) gets a special shout out in this article; his new chief of staff formerly lobbied for casinos and “homeland security companies.”