Thursday, May 31, 2012

Fling the Bling for voting!

The Knock & Draggers have been out en force in Milwaukee, Madison and Racine.  Trying to find those voters that otherwise might stay home.  Some are hanging out at polling places wearing "JOBS Now" T-shirts, reports of mentally incompetent nursing home elders are requesting permanent absentee ballots.

 This election the Knock and Draggers aren't getting the kind of $$$ for their service they have scored in past elections.    I have heard reports from sources that many of the rider/voters are used to getting on the bus, going down to vote and then getting a little "Bling"  when they show off their "I voted" sticker.   Sometimes it's a drink coupon, sometimes it's a deal off a little BBQ at Wilburs back in the day.  (In Milwaukee "Speed Queen" BBQ is the prize...and I'm told it's the best BBQ in the state!).  But this year the confidence in the results..seem to be in question..and the regular joints aren't willing to Fling the Bling!   Poll watchers at Racine City Hall haven't seen a whole lot of early voting..I guess Barrett and Lehman aren't very stimulating guys.

Reports from Milw. City Hall from Saturday when the Dems threw a big shebang to get out the vote (GOTV) and only about 350 city voters early voted on Saturday. far fewer than than the extra couple thousand they had hoped to get.

In Racine County the Democratic Party seem to be in disarray.   In fact the RDP which has had 2 major upheavals in the past 7 years in it's leadership..seems to be on the verge of yet another mutiny.  Jane Witt's leadership "style" doesn't seem to create a very welcoming follower-ship.  Her intolerance and brash personality has rubbed some of her "subjects' the wrong way.  Some of those other factions seems to be quite unhappy.  It also appears to be a little bit of a race or class division.  After the RDP's nudging Bob Turner out of running so they could save a seat for Corey Mason...some of the black members are realizing they might just be needed for GOTV and not really needed in between elections.

AFSCME membership is in free fall!   It's amazing how many AFSCME members have left. Nearly 55% of them have quit in the first year they the chance!  Imagine how many will quit here in the City of Racine when the contracts expire in 2013.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Wanggard or Lehman? NEITHER!

Attn. Racine City residents:
CRG asks the question:

Who will be your State Senator in January of 2013?

Van Wanggaard or John Lehman?

NEITHER!!

No matter who wins on June 5th, neither of them is “our” Senator anymore. Thanks to redistricting the Senate District #21 now includes Caledonia, Most of Mt. Pleasant and almost all of Kenosha County except for the City of Kenosha. It doesn't include the City of Racine any more.

The city of Racine's new SD#22 will be an “open” seat for those of us in Racine. Sen Bob Wirch who has spent 16 years in office has decided he will move his home into the new district and will be running to represent the people of Kenosha and Racine cities. You might think he would run unopposed..but how many people who actually live in the City of Racine even know a hing about Sen. Bob Wirch?

Not very many. The good news for Racine is that Bob Wirch will have a challenger:

This morning WLIP am 1050 on the Lenny Palmer Show

PAM STEVENS announced she will be running for the SD # 22!

Pam Stevens has been on the KUSD for the past 9 years where she served 2 years as Board President. Pam is a single Mom, Grandmother, business manager and is very interested in Educational oppurtunites for all children. Ms. Stevens was a supporter of school choice for Racine and would support expanding the program to the KUSD district. Ms Stevens Is also concerned about crime in the KR region, and will work with law enforcement, the DA's office and the judiciary to improve our system.

CRG of Racine has asked Ms. Stevens to explore the extension of 794 into, and through the Cities of Racine and Kenosha. CRG urges you to check her out her facebook page Pam Stevens for Senate, or her web site Pamforwisconsin.org.

Please check her out, either Pam Stevens or Bob Wirch will represent those of us here in the City of Racine.

When things get tough Racine can count on Pam Stevens to stay in Madison and do her job, not run off to Rockford. If Pam is elected Racine can count on her to keep the budget spending under control and not to raise taxes. Racine can depend on Pam Stevens to watch for fraud and abuse of our welfare system. Most importantly when a company wants to bring jobs to Wisconsin, whether its for mining, science, manufacturing or promoting our natural resources from boarder to boarder, Pam Stevens understands the importance of jobs and Wisconsins future. Lower Taxes, smaller Govt. and more individual liberty. At first blush Ms. Stevens looks like someone to watch!