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Primary Decisions

The recall primary is Tuesday. For which candidate will YOU be voting?

was held a couple weeks ago at the Bray center in Racine. All the gubernatorial candidates, with the exception of Walker, were in attendance. John Lehman was also on the panel. Van Wanggaard was invited, but apparently his car ate the invitation. It was an interesting event to say the least. 

I went into the Town Hall hoping I would have a clear cut answer for whom to vote as our next Governor. Unfortunately…with a mere 5 days away…I am still questioning.

It is fairly well known that not every liberal/progressive/Democrat agrees on the best choice for this election. Some unions have thrown their support towards certain candidates, some political figures have named their choice and a few newspapers have also shared their endorsements.

Clearly, the number one sentiment agreed upon is “anyone but Walker.” As I have said in the past, what is most crucial at this very moment is not necessarily getting the very best person IN; it is getting the very worst person OUT.  And sometimes the very best candidate isn’t always the one with the most winning potential.

It would be phenomenal if Arthur Kohl Riggs could win the Republican spot in the primary. I just think that would be a classic, historical outcome and I would smile ear-to-ear. Sadly, I don’t see this happening. At first I thought it was more than possible and seemed to me to be a no brainer. I had no doubt that my vote was for Art. However, I am now realizing this may be an unrealistic fantasy.

I so wish Art had the time and money to really get his name out there and become well known among the average constituent. But that takes money, much assistance and intense planning. If he had those attributes in his corner – he could have wiped Walker out of the race on Day One. Oh how sweet that would be.

I have to say, Kathleen Vinehout was extremely impressive. I have never really heard her speak much prior to the Town Hall and she, in my opinion, was the most convincing about her true motivations. I heard real emotion in her voice and conviction in her words. She was not a repetitive robot stuck in campaign mode. She has a budget plan and takes a definite stand on all serious positions.

And of course, there is my sincere appreciation and admiration for the 14 Senators (one of whom was Vinehout) who fled to Illinois to avoid a quorum that fateful day in 2011. I am sure there will be comments about “fleebaggers” and how they were “neglecting their jobs”. Phooey. Comments I would never even consider since I believe in just the opposite. They WERE doing their jobs. They went above and beyond the call of duty to truly represent me and the thousands of other constituents who wanted them to do exactly what they were brave enough to do.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, seems to be leading the polls. And just that he and Walker were in a dead heat. More and more each day it seems as though he is the strongest candidate as far as odds in the recall race.

There are things I like about all the gubernatorial candidates. Some impress me more than others. Some simply do not have a chance regardless of how much I agree with particular positions. Independent candidate, Hari Trivedi, has some great ideas that make all kinds of sense, but this state is just not ready for those ideas quite yet.

So as far as the Governor race, I believe Vinehout would make the best choice for Governor. I think Barrett has the best chance of beating Walker. And I would love for Kohl-Riggs to win in the Primary. Who will I vote for on Tuesday? I will probably decide on Tuesday.

Thankfully, my choice for Senator is easy peasy. John Lehman is the clear choice and I think it is a travesty he is not in that position now. I would like to remind voters that candidate Tamra Varebrooke is a FAKE Democrat campaigning against Lehman. She even wears a GOP logo sweatshirt in some of her literature. Other fake Democrats include: Isaac Weix (Lt. Gov.) and Gladys Huber (Gov.).

Vote for whom you wish, of course, but vote with knowledge, forethought and integrity.

GearHead May 04, 2012 at 01:54 AM
I noticed you failed to mention that Kohl Riggs was a FAKE Republican, to use your own emphasis. Not exactly consistant, are we Heather? Yet you get all warm and squishy over the thought of him prevailing. So let it be known I'll be voting for Tamra, along with all of my friends. Back at ya.
GearHead May 04, 2012 at 01:58 AM
Did you notice during the whup-up on Walker extravaganza that none of these bigmouths bothered to share how they would pay for all this big spending they were promising? After all, they would have to find a way to shove one BILLION dollars of savings back into the toothpaste tube. Walker promised and delivered. Your candidates are lightweights.
Heather Asiyanbi (Editor) May 04, 2012 at 02:24 AM
@Gearhead - Vinehout has a plan to help for her plan. She outlined it at The Grind the day before the forum and it's on her website. Even if you don't agree with her (and I know you don't) at least she's offering something ... I have not yet heard anything similar from the other Democratic candidates for Governor. Not biased any one way - just putting it out there that as a voter who is taking this seriously, I need some facts and ideas from folks who want me to take them seriously.
GearHead May 04, 2012 at 12:54 PM
@HeatherA: Don't hold your breath waiting for the facts. Neither Barrett or Falk are willing to reveal a plan. That's because they know "reinstituting collective barganing" it isn't sustainable. Other states are catching on as they see we've balanced our budgets without any layoffs. Unless you (Ken/MKE/Janesville) stupidly extended your contracts, shooting yourself in the foot. Besides, according to HRG, it really isn't about plans. It's about anyone but Walker, so everyone gets a pass, and we can fantasize we live in CandyLand. I don't doubt her sincere, albeit naive viewpoint. But we don't have the luxury of printing money like the Federal Government. We (State & Local) have to live within our means. Fortunately the taxpayers (adults) have regained control over the greedy, self-centered unions and their misguided sympathizers. There are more of us, and that is a good thing for the future of Wisconsin.
Sinead May 04, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Gearhead: Not only not able to tell us how they would pay for their reinstatement, hoopla, etc., but how about how THEY will pay for the cost of the recall elections. You know it will be you, me and thousands of other WI residents, rather than THOSE who initiated this costly process. The services that will be cut and/or reduced because of this travesty will hurt thousands in need. The $$ has to come from somewhere...no one answers my question of where. I am betting through/from increased taxes AND cuts in services. Yikes. Why would ANYONE choose or want to come to WI for any reason?
GearHead May 04, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Sinead, you are correct. The cost of the recalls have to be paid for, and will be with personell cuts. Real faces, real people. This ongoing idiocy will have a definite human cost associated with it. Those cuts will be entirely the fault of the recallers.Look out at your neighborhood houses. It will be one of those households paying the price.
Eric May 06, 2012 at 06:40 PM
1. Anytime I hear of an "anyone but ..." campaign I cringe. It's usually emotion driven with little consideration of blance or facts. 2. One of the main critisisms I hear leveled at Governor Walker is that he did not directly announce during his campaign that he would seek to end collective bargaining for public workers. Ironically, the leading Democrat candidates thus far are not announcing substantive measures they will take to balance the state's budget if elected. 3. The recall while legal, seems ethically dubious. A group of folks didn't like the election results, so they ask for a do over. That's what we'll likely get since it appears the exact same candidates will be on the ballot again. In an era of notoriously low voter turn-outs and campaign spending abuses, we repeat the campaign and the election, spend more money for it, and slow down state government. I can't credibly and thoroughly evaluate the prior contest winners. They've done some things I like, and others I question. I do know I should have another couple years to finish my evaluation before voting again. 5. I am and have always been an independednt voter. I believe this recall abuses the recall law. I think gerrymandering, legislators abdanoning their capitol for other states, and the Frankenstein-veto are additional abuses we witness in WI. These things should be fixed, not encouraged. In the recall primary I will vote for the candidates who won before or against those who previously lost.
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WIwishes May 07, 2012 at 02:00 PM
The WI constitution allows for this recall. It is not "sour grapes" as the people who keep complaining about the recall say. If so, a recall would be used each and every time by openers of the winning politician. Please stop criticizing the system unless you plan to be an activist to change the WI constitution. I am very thankful for a recall to be a part of our state's constitution. Prior to being elected Walker said he would negotiate on collective bargaining yet never had intentions of doing so. When 60% of WI adults did not want collective bargaining to be attacked, he certainly should have disclosed his intentions and not lied prior to the election. Put your blame on Walker where it belongs.
WIwishes May 07, 2012 at 02:20 PM
*opponents
Eric May 07, 2012 at 06:39 PM
The recall law is flexible by design. When elections are close, a large minority may well experience "sour grapes" and use the law to effect a recall. We can all cite various stats from various polls, I believe the Walker folks have one that shows a preference for a balanced budget, no lay-offs, and no tax increases. If the standard is that every word all pols say in campaigns must be adhered to precisely, and all planned actions must be disclosed prior to election, then continuous recalls will be warranted. President Obama and his party at the national level used a special procedure to make substantial changes to the healthcare system with only a slim majority passing it. Governor Walker and his party eliminated most public collective bragaining at the state level also with a slim majority. In both cases there are scheduled elections in 4 years when both can be rewarded or penalized per the majority opinion. I am tired of impeachments and recalls, give 'em a legitimate chance and then let the chips fall where they may.

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