Evers tops field in the Democratic Party partisan primary race for governor

And now there is one. Yes­ter­day, Tony Evers, who was our head­lin­er last month at the July Green Lake Co. Dems & Friends meet­ing, has emerged as the guy to take down Scott Walk­er.

Evers, who had been favored to win the eight-per­son par­ti­san pri­ma­ry elec­tion, came away with 224,544 or 41.7 per­cent of the votes. Mahlon Mitchell was sec­ond with 88,090 or 16.4 per­cent. Kel­da Roys was third with 68,965 or 12.8 per­cent.

In all, 537,840 votes were cast in the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty par­ti­san pri­ma­ry on Aug. 14.

View video of Dem candidate forum featuring seven of the eight seeking to replace Walker

If you missed the can­di­date forum last week that fea­tured sev­en of the eight Dems seek­ing the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty nod to  oppose incum­bent Gov. Scott Walk­er in the bal­lot in Novem­ber, we have a link to the forum here. The forum, on Wednes­day night, was spon­sored by WORT (89.9-FM) (Madison’s com­mu­ni­ty radio sta­tion), The Pro­gres­sive Mag­a­zine, and Isth­mus . Please note that the video is not well edit­ed and the first 15 min­utes of it can be skipped. The can­di­date intro­duc­tions start at the 15 minute mark.

Looking for factual, unbiased information to help inform your votes in the future?

One of the great frus­tra­tions we face when deal­ing with the polit­i­cal envi­ron­ment is find­ing infor­ma­tion that can inform our vot­ing. While there are numer­ous resources, includ­ing media plat­forms, that we can access, often the infor­ma­tion is incom­plete, biased, or just wrong.

The Cen­ter for Inves­tiga­tive Jour­nal­ism, a Wis­con­sin-based non­par­ti­san non­prof­it orga­ni­za­tion, has cre­at­ed a web page that may help you clear away some of the con­fu­sion.

On the page (view link), you’ll find links to infor­ma­tion that will help you bet­ter answer these ques­tions:

Campaign Finance and Lobbying

How can I dig into state cam­paign finance data?

How can I find who is lob­by­ing whom over what?

How do I find sim­i­lar infor­ma­tion on cam­paign finance and lob­by­ing in oth­er states?

How do I track cam­paign dona­tions and spend­ing for fed­er­al can­di­dates, like U.S. sen­a­tors and con­gress­peo­ple?

How can I cor­re­late con­tri­bu­tions to votes?

The Wisconsin Legislature: Bills and Spending

How can I find a par­tic­u­lar bill?

To under­stand what is being pro­posed:

To keep tabs on pend­ing leg­is­la­tion: 

What else can I learn about past and pend­ing leg­is­la­tion?

How can I track state agency spend­ing?

How can I check up on a non­prof­it group?

What infor­ma­tion is avail­able on cor­po­ra­tions, includ­ing non­prof­its, that are oper­at­ing in my state?

What can I learn about indi­vid­ual labor unions?

What can I learn about an employer’s record on work­place safe­ty?


Only two Dems running in Aug. 14 primary for Lt. Gov. but the choice still hard to make

This one was also not easy for those attend­ing the reg­u­lar month­ly meet­ing of the Green Lake Co. Dems & Friends. With only two can­di­dates in the run­ning for the party’s nod for lieu­tenant gov­er­nor in the par­ti­san pri­ma­ry on Aug. 14–Mandela Barnes and Kurt Kober–the “favored sta­tus” des­ig­na­tion should not have been dif­fi­cult.

But it was, and as it was for the atten­dees who debat­ed the pros and cons of the can­di­dates seek­ing the governor’s seat, there was no con­sen­sus on Barnes and Kober. Ah, such is the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty in  2018.

To help you decide which can­di­date to sup­port we’re pro­vid­ing links below to their Face­book Pages and web­site.

Click on the images above and to the right to vis­it Kurt Kober’s cam­paign Face­book Page and web­site.

Click on the images above and to the right to vis­it the Man­dela Barnes cam­paign Face­book Page and web­site.

OPINION: Which candidate has our support in the battle to unseat Scott Walker

By Mal­colm McIn­tyre

We all agree: we can’t agree on who should be our party’s choice to stand for elec­tion this Nov.6 against incum­bent Gov. Scott Walk­er.

At our reg­u­lar month­ly Aug. 4 meet­ing at the Caesteck­er Pub­lic Library, we decid­ed to ask the 25 or so peo­ple in atten­dance who they planned to vote for in the upcom­ing Aug. 14 par­ti­san pri­ma­ry elec­tion. We agreed that if some­one was not com­fort­able con­tribut­ing to the process they did not have to par­tic­i­pate, but most did in a spir­it­ed and pas­sion­ate dia­log.

And the results were all over the place. No one can­di­date seemed to have a pre­pon­der­ance of sup­port. In fact, mul­ti­ple mem­bers spoke in favor of Tony Evers, Mahlon Mitchell, Matt Fly­nn, Kel­da Roys, Kath­leen Vine­hout, and Mike McCabe. Only Paul Soglin and Josh Pade failed to gain some ver­bal sup­port.

In every case, mem­bers had heard, in per­son, from all of these can­di­dates. Either at one of the 4-Co Can­di­date Forums that have been held over the course of the last year, or in some oth­er venue. Most of the mem­bers in atten­dance know who Soglin is, but he has not ven­tured out to our area, which may have hin­dered his effort to gain sup­port. No one expressed sup­port for Pade who has prob­a­bly had the least expo­sure of any of the can­di­dates.

There was also con­sid­er­able dis­cus­sion about whether mem­bers should vote on Aug. 14 for the can­di­date they liked best or the one they felt had the best chance to top­ple Walk­er. Here too there was no con­sen­sus, but con­sid­er­able dis­cus­sion on both options.

There was a con­sen­sus, how­ev­er, that the Green Lake Co. Dems & Friends will sup­port com­plete­ly whomev­er is the win­ner.

Note: Orga­ni­za­tion poli­cies pro­hib­it us from endors­ing any can­di­date run­ning in a par­ti­san pri­ma­ry.

Invaluable Wisconsin Eye videos available on most candidates running in the Aug. 14 partisan primaries

Here is anoth­er ter­rif­ic resource for you and your fam­i­ly, friends, asso­ciates, etc: The Wis­con­sin Eye web­site has a grow­ing col­lec­tion of videos fea­tur­ing many, but not all, of the can­di­dates run­ning for office on Aug. 14. Includ­ed are can­di­dates for gov­er­nor, lieu­tenant gov­er­nor, the U.S. Sen­ate, the con­gres­sion­al offices, and for the Wis­con­sin state sec­re­tary and state trea­sur­er. The col­lec­tion includes videos from can­di­date forums and both state par­ty con­ven­tions. Final­ly, there are videos fea­tur­ing some of the state sen­ate and assem­bly races. These videos are invalu­able because they are not care­ful­ly con­trolled, script­ed or edit­ed by the can­di­dates them­selves.

Article recaps debate among Dems running for governor on Aug. 14

Read an arti­cle from Wis­con­sin Pub­lic Radio on the recent debate among the eight Democ­rats vying to become the party’s stan­dard bear­er on Aug. 6 in the par­ti­san pri­ma­ry elec­tion. The win­ner will take on incum­bent Repub­li­can Gov, Scott Walk­er on Nov. 6 in the gen­er­al elec­tion. Tony Evers, in pho­to above, leads the field of Demo­c­rat can­di­dates, accord­ing to a poll con­duct­ed by Mar­quette Uni­ver­si­ty.

Read WPR arti­cle.

Read arti­cle on the poll.

4 County Dem coalition hosted rally for Tammy Baldwin Saturday night in Berlin

The Adams, Green Lake, Mar­quette, and Waushara Coun­ty Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ties host­ed a ral­ly for U.S. Sen­a­tor Tam­my Bald­win Sat­ur­day night in Berlin (Green Lake Co.) at River­side Park. More than 200 ener­gized Dems heard from Bald­win, fresh from appear­ances ear­li­er in the day in Eau Claire and Wausau, plus oth­er Demo­c­ra­t­ic can­di­dates includ­ing Dan Kohl (6th Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict) and Frank Buress (41st Assem­bly Dis­trict)

Click­ing on any of the images below launch­es a slide show fea­tur­ing larg­er ver­sions of the pho­tos. Use the arrow sym­bols on the left and right to advance to the next slide. Bald­win, the Dem’s top elect­ed offi­cial with­in the state, is seek­ing re-elec­tion this fall. As she not­ed in her short pre­sen­ta­tion, out-of-state spe­cial inter­ests are spend­ing more than $10 mil­lion to keep her from return­ing to the Sen­ate. That total, she added, is the most mon­ey being spent by these spe­cial inter­est groups seek­ing to unseat any of the Demo­c­ra­t­ic sen­a­tors this fall. Check back more on the ral­ly lat­er in the week.