For those paying attention(which was not many of you) there were two elections yesterday. Its OK, if you did not know,
Rodriguez, outreach coordinator for Hispanics for School Choice, received 4,546 votes, and Coppola, a United Way fundraiser and former member of Milwaukee's Social Development Commission, received 3,520, according to preliminary results.
Ken Slezak - (D) - 1,677 votes - 24 percent
Bob Kulp - (R) - 4,697 votes - 67 percent
Tim Swiggum - (I) - 607 votes - 9 percent
A complete drubbing in two seats. One to replace probably the person who almost pulled off arguably the dirtiest deal ever in Wisconsin Politics( United Sportsmen Fiasco). The other to replace iron mine Honadel with someone who was basically running as an employee of convicted felon and known judge shopper Scott Jensen's.
In our center left state, which has a proud history of progressivism, the Democratic party lost yet another election handily. Is it because the Democratic message is not accepted? of course not. If the republican message was one that the people wanted to hear, then they would not spend their time suppressing the vote and gerrymandering districts. They get that their hold on power is fleeting, and have rigged the system to delay that as long as possible.
We can either whine about the system being rigged or do things to change it.
I recomnend unrigging the system.
Here are some recommendations, would love to hear yours:
Can anyone tell me the message that the Democratic Party and all of the elected officials stand for? Is there a line in the sand, written with sharpie, anywhere that has 100% support from the collective of the dems? I am not talking about the party platform, because no electeds follow that anyway and most people could not tell you what it said anyway. I am talking something even the most apathetic person in Wisconsin would answer when asked what the Democratic party stands for.
Not only do we not stand for anything, we have a Gubernatorial candidate who pledges to not stand for anything.
* Keep Up With Technology:
Secondly, the DPW website is incredibly outdated. You go to it and you see a picture of SCOTT WALKER(who is not a democrat fyi). You had to search for unformation about Ms Coppola or Mr. Slezak. I know you can not focus on individuals usually, but when there are only two races you sure as hell can.
I would have had a split screen for the last week, with Ms. Coppola's picture and Mr. Slezak's picture each getting half. Then allowed the visitor to click though and get more information about each of them. I would also have sent a camera crew out with them and captured them out and meeting citizens and voters. Then I would have emailed the videos to the Dem list and the candidates list.
* Use Your Resources:
I would have used the Democrat's email list to send out an email on Tuesday morning, stating something like this.
Today is the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address:
Executive Mansion,The great Abraham Lincoln knew that we could not long endure a "civil war" and we have seen the effects of that first hand here in WI. The party that is in control has made a conscious decision to use divide and conquer to govern our great state.
Washington, , 186 .
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that "all men are created equal"
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of it, as a final resting place for those who died here, that the nation might live. This we may, in all propriety do. But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow, this ground-- The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have hallowed it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here; while it can never forget what they did here.
It is rather for us, the living,
to stand here,we here be dedica-ted to the great task remaining before us -- that, from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here, gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve these dead shall not have died in vain; that the nation, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people by the people for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
It is time to put the people of Wisconsin first. Today we have two great candidates who are running that can help put us there. Elizabeth Coppola and Kenneth Slezak. Please go out and vote today and if you do not live in these districts but know one person who does, call them for us! .................
How many people in each of these districts signed the recall? One of the keys to winning is not only a great candidate but TURNOUT. A few things we know for certain about people who signed the recall petitions:
- At one point in their life they were motivated to care about politics.
- They probably agree with us more than they disagree.
* Media Stunts:
We know that the right leaning media will never cover an issue the way it should be covered to get the facts out. I mean now they are saying that Paul Ryan wants to fight poverty(seriously). We can not count on the press to cover issues the way so we need to do things that draws media coverage.
Some of the freshmen legislators get it, they took the food stamp challenge so they know a taste of what its like to live that way.
Three community leaders in Madison recently went undercover for three days as homeless men to see the plight of the homeless first hand. How a grocery store owner gets it and a politician does not is beyond me but let's take a look at the story and something I found very interesting:
Using eye glasses equipped with hidden cameras, the men recorded their experiences and plan to release a video blog next week. It’s clear that there is interest. A Facebook post Monday by Johnson about their experiences registered more than 40,000 "likes" in less than 24 hours. Johnson said he has been contacted by scores of local officials, media outlets and individuals.40,000 "likes" in less than a day. People are desperate for real news, unfortunately it takes stunts to bring it to them.
I propose that the Democratic party coordinate a week, where every elected official(and candidate) spends one full day in a school in their district. See what is happening first hand, the good and the bad. Then do the same as these three - video blogs, written blogs, special contributor op-eds in their local papers. Really get the word out what is happening in their own schools and why we need to support them.
A stunt for sure but imagine if they did something where every elected official came back with a story and got 40,000 "likes". That puts them over 2,000,000 chances to get their message out! Plus they might even learn some things they did not know to begin with!
the Democratic party needs to tell stories when they speak. They never do. In the Coppola race for example, get together with the local school districts teachrs and find out the mess that ACT10 has caused them. It has caused a mess for everyone, I am certain it has caused one for the school districts in the 21st also.
The problem with the mess and problems is we can not afford a PR department. We need the Democratic party to do that for us the way the Republican party is for the voucher movement. Most people have no idea the chilling effect that ACT 10 has had on their schools.
When you knock at a door then you have a story. When they say they like the way things are going, they support vouchers, et al... You are ready to tell them what is happening at their local school.
"Well I respect that you feel that way, but were you aware that class sizes have increased the last three years from _____ to ___ and your school district has had to cut ___________ from the budget and we have lost __________ teachers.
* Stop the madness!
We have two very important races going on and the Democratic Party of Wisconsin is putting out a billboard promoting Scott Walker's book?!?!?! Seriously? Who the hell makes that call?
How about using that money for a billboard in the 69th about Scott Suder, the republican party and United Sportsmen?
We can not be unprepared in any district.
If we are not willing to change course and change it soon we have no chance of winning next year. We can not be satisfied with just winning the dem safe seats and maybe winning a senate seat. We need to do better.
If our current leadership is not up to changing their ways then we need new leadership. Time is of the essence!
There are thousands of people who spent countless hours in the state collecting recall signatures, who are also not part of the party. We need to figure out a way to reach them and get them more active. We need to figure out a way to be much more successful at community and minority outreach!
Another suggestion here, would be instead of holding focus groups with party activists, hold them with people who do not vote and figure out how we can reach them in the general elections.
It is time to be bold, change our ways and win elections!