Tom Barrett is precisely the right candidate for governor at precisely the right time for Wisconsin.

We endorse his candidacy not merely as a necessary antidote to the failed policies and the ethical and legal controversies surrounding Gov. Scott Walker. Our endorsement of Barrett is an affirmative one. We believe he has a great record, and that he would be a great governor.

We also endorse Mahlon Mitchell for lieutenant governor and Lori Compas for state Senate in District 13. 

The events of the past year and a half in Wisconsin, and the intensity surrounding the June 5 recall election, will cause many voters to cast their ballots in opposition to Scott Walker. That is their right, and it is certainly understandable.

But Wisconsin does not simply need a new governor. Wisconsin needs the right new governor.

And Barrett’s background, as well as his able performance during this challenging recall campaign, makes the case for his election.

Barrett has dramatically more experience in local, state and national government than Walker. A former state representative and state senator who served with Democratic and Republican governors, Barrett went on to serve five terms in the U.S. House of Representatives during the Clinton and Bush presidencies.

In all of those capacities, he developed a reputation for working across lines of partisanship and ideology. And that reputation has been extended during his tenure as mayor of Wisconsin’s largest city. An able and innovative executive, he has overseen the renewal of manufacturing corridors, brought businesses back to Milwaukee and tackled unemployment far more effectively than did Walker when he served as Milwaukee County executive.

Indeed, before they were running against one another, Walker hailed Barrett’s service. Now, of course, Walker attacks Barrett, with negative ads paid for by out-of-state billionaires. The attack ads are dishonest, and they savage not just Barrett but Milwaukee — with crude language reminiscent of the ugly 2008 attacks on former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Louis Butler.

Walker and his backers want to get into a tit for tat over those ads and the bogus charges they have made throughout this campaign. That takes attention away from the real issues, including the fact that since Walker’s policies came into play, Wisconsin has had the worst record of job losses in the nation — according to official analyses, not the governor’s claims about “different sets of data” that the nonpartisan PolitiFact analysts have rated “Mostly False.”

The fact is that it is only with false premises and crude attacks that Walker can claim to be a better choice than Barrett, whose personal integrity and commitment to public service are acknowledged even by Republicans like Congressman Paul Ryan.

That Ryan would describe Barrett as a particularly honorable public servant is no surprise. But it is also a testament to Barrett’s ability to work with people who differ with him — a skill that Walker rejects with his “divide and conquer” politics.

Barrett does not get along with conservatives by compromising his principles. He gains their respect with shows of integrity and a willingness to seek common ground. But he is, as Russ Feingold says, “a lifelong progressive whose record speaks for itself. While representing Wisconsin in Congress, Mayor Barrett stood with me in voting against the deregulation that led to the Wall Street crash, opposing the PATRIOT Act, and reforming our system of campaign finance.”

This is what appeals most to us about Barrett. He is steeped in and committed to the state’s best progressive traditions of open and independent governance. He understands the trajectory from Republicans like Robert M. La Follette to the independent Progressives of the 1930s to the modern Democratic Party of Gaylord Nelson and Bill Proxmire.

He knows that this tradition is less about parties and partisanship than the Wisconsin Idea, which says this state will be guided by common sense, practical budgeting and a belief that government can and should take the side of working families, working farmers and working small-business owners.

This is the progressive faith that made Wisconsin America’s “laboratory of democracy.” It is a faith that Scott Walker has rejected. And that is why Walker must be recalled and removed on June 5.

But what happens after June 5 is what matters most. Tom Barrett knows this. He will renew the faith of Wisconsinites in their best traditions, and he will move the state forward not with “divide and conquer” strategies but with the progressive faith of Bob La Follette, Gaylord Nelson and all those who have believed, who still believe, that the Wisconsin Idea is a light unto the nation.

Tom Barrett has our highest, and most enthusiastic, endorsement for governor of Wisconsin. 

Share your opinion on this topic by sending a letter to the editor to tctvoice@madison.com. Include your full name, hometown and phone number. Your name and town will be published. The phone number is for verification purposes only. Please keep your letter to 250 words or less.

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(79) comments

DOCTORAPK
DOCTORAPK

For Heaven's sake...if Mr Barrett cannot beat an uptight arrogant A-wipe like Scott Walker he needs to NEVER RUN AGAIN. To Tom: Please, when Walker goes for it again 2 years from now...If you desire to run again PLEASE...DROP DEAD! We need a winner, especially against an emminently beatable candidate like Walker. How in the HELL could you lose to a man who has proven himself to be an arrogant pig and face-slapper to all working Wisconsinits? Please...GO AWAY.

RobbieTunes
RobbieTunes

How'd the election go?

JBANK
JBANK

No.

Tophat
Tophat

YES,,, YES... YEs

Tophat
Tophat

THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE IN OUR WONDERFUL STATE!!!

sherlock1
sherlock1

I am simply amazed at the garbage that the Times and State Journal has put out over the past months. And even more amazed at the suckers who buy into the illogical and wayward thinking. The recall vote is nothing more than a juvenile response to the election outcome. June 5 will show that reasonable thinkers do exist in our state regardless of the garbage the Times and State Journal print. What bothers me the most is that the tax money is paying for the stupid recall. The challenging party should pay the bill since Walker has done nothing illegal or immoral.

aequalitas
aequalitas

ALERT there is still time to cast your vote! If you live in Waukesha County you may vote up until the time Kathy Nickolaus finds a bunch of votes tomorrow morning. Polls will be kept open in a box outside her office door (no ballot stuffing!) and will be collected tomorrow. Remember, Scott Walker says in his banner ads that he "needs your vote +2"(wink, wink).

http://tinyurl.com/kathysKlerkkorner

BarneyBoy
BarneyBoy

Here's some food for thought on this bogus recall of ours. Every single person in this state had numerous opportunities to sign the recall petition ...because if those recall people weren't banging on your door, they were in your face at the mall, zoo, park, Walmart...you name it.They were only able to get a "claimed" 1 million signatures. Then they had their primary to decide if Falk or Barrett would face Walker. A little over 700,000 total votes were cast in their CRITICAL primary.Using these two figures an intelligent person would have to estimate the total anti-Walker crowd to be somewhere between 700,000 and 1 million. There will be close to 3 million votes cast here today. My advice is have a few brewskis, do the math, and go to bed confident that mayor Barrett will be relegated back to his office in Milwaukee where he will continue his quest to provide trolley service for his mostly unemployed constituents.

aequalitas
aequalitas

BarneyBoy said: "My advice is have a few brewskis, do the math, and go to bed confident that mayor Barrett will be relegated back to his office in Milwaukee"

REPLY: It takes a lot more than just a FEW brewskis to be a Repbulican. It takes a LIFETIME of brewskis, fed intravenously if necessary to maintain that kind of belief system. And BarneyBoy, if you're "going to bed" after having so many "brewskis" don't forget to wear your Depends adult undergarment.

sherlock1
sherlock1

Excellent observation! And, good advice!

busybee
busybee

(CBS News) As voters head to the polls Tuesday to decide the fate of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, reports out of the state suggest that robocalls are being placed informing voters, falsely, they don't have to vote if they signed the recall petition.

June 5, 2012 12:34 PM PrintText
In Wisconsin, reports of voter suppression efforts.

(CBS News) As voters head to the polls Tuesday to decide the fate of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, reports out of the state suggest that robocalls are being placed informing voters, falsely, they don't have to vote if they signed the recall petition

There have also been reports of mailings going out to voters telling them they can't vote unless they did so in 2010, and of people going door-to-door telling voters they don't have to go to the polls if they signed the recall petition, both of which are also untrue....more

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57447512-503544/in-wisconsin-reports-of-voter-suppression-efforts/

There have also been reports of mailings going out to voters telling them they can't vote unless they did so in 2010, and of people going door-to-door telling voters they don't have to go to the polls if they signed the recall petition, both of which are also untrue.

aequalitas
aequalitas

busybee, are you saying there is something WRONG with Repbublicans telling lies such as "vote June 6th" or "petition signers don't need to vote"?

If it is wrong to lie then why are so many people voting for Walker? After all politifact says that out of 51 statements of Walker's they rate only 6 as true - all the rest are partially true or outright lies.

If the party leader can lie and still do well in the polls, why should anyone beneath him not lie too?

aequalitas
aequalitas

ALERT there is still time to cast your vote! If you live in Waukesha County you may vote up until the time Kathy Nickolaus finds a bunch of votes tomorrow morning. Polls will be kept open in a box outside her office door (no ballot stuffing!) and will be collected tomorrow. Remember, Scott Walker says in his banner ads that he "needs your vote +2"(wink, wink).

http://tinyurl.com/kathysKlerkkorner

busybee
busybee

It all comes down to this...

Will We as a People, ALLOW the Great State of Wisconsin to be placed into the lying GOP HANDS of the likes of Walker's. the Koch's, the Perry's, the Hendrick's and Corporate ALEC come tomorrow ?

Or will We get out there in Mass and Vote to Save our State from these out-of state Corporate Thugs, Hoodlums and Criminals that want to RUN Wisconsin as ONE of their Cheap Labor republican Privatized Fiefdoms?

Vote for Tom Barrett -- He's the ONLY Hope for Wisconsin Now --- You know it and I know it .

Get out there and Vote People !!

wisconsineye
wisconsineye

Actually busy- it comes to this- Walker will be legally elected a SECOND time.

Toomuchtaxes
Toomuchtaxes

YOU just LIED::: And the democrats are more honest? It just like you can sell ice watter in hell:

RockyMissouri
RockyMissouri

Whatever happens, I have personally been inspired by the citizens of Wisconsin...... You are all courageous .....and I admire and respect you, immensely...... Go, Badgers...!

jdp55
jdp55

To my rural Wisconsin republican working class brothers and sisters.
This may be the most important vote you ever make. Imagine if you don't vote and your side loses by a hair, and you go the rest of your like knowing that our vote had that much power and you missed it. The unions and the democrats want ALL workers to have fair benefits. The unions raise everybody's benefits but putting pressure on the rich corporatist greedy CEOs. Even if you are not in a union, go out and help us so we can help you. Even if you are a republican, you know you need to dump this guy because he lied to you. This guy is all for the rich and is actually against all working class people. There is no abortion, guns or gays wedge issue in this one my republican friends. This is about trickle down republican corporate economics and we all know that trickle down is a lie. Come on Wisconsin. Show these out of state Koch Bros that rural folks from Wisconsin are not stupid like they hope they are. This new kind of republican thinks they can run the devil on a republican ticket and rural republicans will vote for him. Rural folks are not stupid. They are God fearing Christians who know that Jesus would never act like Scott Walker. It's what you DO that makes you a Christian, not what you SAY you believe. Please go to the polls and vote, not like a republican or a democrat but like a Christian. Vote your conscience. Walker wants to take from the poor and give to the rich. He justifies it with the same old trickle down down scam that causes all depressions. If you can not imagine Jesus asking the poor to give to the rich then you know what to do. God bless Wisconsin for standing up against this evil corporate greed.

RockyMissouri
RockyMissouri

Thank you for a wonderful comment....

Toomuchtaxes
Toomuchtaxes

Don't forget the UNION is one big corporation:::: So there goes your thery::::

JBANK
JBANK

Tom Barrett's campaign is a disgrace. He stands for nothing and accomplished nothing as mayor. Yet TCT spins it that he is a progressive. Really? When did this conversion take place? Tom Barrett is a dull, lackluster pol that loves raising taxes and fees. As for all that progressive political manifesto nonsense .... not so much.

AdiosScott
AdiosScott


Anyone in Wisconsin who does not vote TODAY, or does not vote with their most capable level of understanding, or at least with their most sincere, heartfelt, true belief, will have done every American veteran in our history the most disservice imaginable.

PLAIN AND SIMPLE FACT - THE CURRENT GOVERNMENT IN WISCONSIN IS NOT WHAT ANY OF YOUR VETERANS FOUGHT OR DIED FOR!

Chops55
Chops55

I'm a veteran (U.S. Army, 25th Infantry Division), and I disagree with your statement about the current government in Wisconsin is not what we fought & died for.

AdiosScott
AdiosScott

And as a veteran grunt (U.S. Army, Ready Rifles, 1st Bn. 52nd infantry, 23 Infantry Division, Americal), the government I speak of is the DICTATORS currently ruling our state that were bought and paid for with corporate money and were voted in through deception. I, and all veterans I served with swore an oath to defend our county from this type of government and it cost many of our friends their life. Still disagree?

Chops55
Chops55

Yup.

stcroixcarp
stcroixcarp

This recall is about so much more than public unions and the collective bargaining rights. Scott Walker is been purchased by wealthy individual and big business. His administration has as its goal to privatize education, public pensions, public land, who is the public? You and me, the citizens of Wisconsin. He wants to give our tax dollars to PRIVATE corporations and individuals, not to serve us better, but to enrich the already rich. His policies destroy the sense of community and pit the middle class against the poor., men against women, St. Paul tells us that the love of money is the root of all evil. Scott Walker's regime is a testament to that ancient wisdom.

Today is the day to STOP listening to the political hacks, extreme partisan trolls and vote for what you personally believe in!

nolie
nolie

blah, blah, blah. TCT continues with the drivel about Barrett's "commitment to public service" and his embrace of "progressive" ideals. What it continues to gloss over is his utter failure as mayor of Milwaukee. Barrett talks in platitudes, because he has no plans, he has no accomplishments, he is a partisan hack with only failure and decline on his resume.

Dane29
Dane29

An endorsement that conveniently avoids the reason for the recall in the first place: Act 10. Does Tom Barrett intent to push on "day one" for undoing the collective-bargaining changes? Does he stand with those who wish to compel public employees to contribute to unions even if they don't wish to? Does he want to stop making public employees pay 12.5% of health insurance premiums? Does he want wish to go back to having the taxpayers pay for virtually all of the cost of the pension plan? These were the topics that caused the recall, now they're not even mentioned in the Cap Times endorsement, because the majority of Wisconsin voters agree with Gov. Walker on these issues. You wanted the recall for the above reasons, now it's "avoid those topics at all costs!" Wisconsin is laughing at you.

Dode
Dode

Barrett will only maintain the divide the unions and democrats have created between the private and public sectors. Vote for Gov. Walker if you want to maintain a level playing field for everyone.

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DFCP
DFCP

I think democracy will be fine if the person with the most votes wins........

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Toomuchtaxes
Toomuchtaxes

If Barret wins the public worker Union wins: The private sector Unions have lost in the last 30 years::If Walker wins the states people win. The only way for everyone to win is ban most imports that could be produced in the US::::;

Liberalsmakesense
Liberalsmakesense

I am glad the Capital Times has endorsed Tom Barrett but the endoresemtn should have been made earlier to have full impact, not one day before the election.

Liberalsmakesense
Liberalsmakesense

Scott Walker will, and should, go down tomorrow as people flocl to the polls to vote for Tom Barrett. We have seen what Walker has done. It is time to give Tom Barrett the opportunity to see what he can do to end the rift in the state and bring some sanity.

Cheezer
Cheezer

What a headline! Cap Times endorses a Demo! I suppose you will follow that up with the revelation the sky is blue!

Roundtable
Roundtable

Nice to have a candidate like Mr.Barrett on the side of fairness in our state. I consider myself a moderate Democrat which I believe would be right for our state. His pro-business policies produced 4400 jobs in the county of Milwaukee between September 2010 and September 2012 ,amid a city reeling from the devastating effects a previous Republican administration left us.When Mr Doyle left us in November 2010 after the election 30,000 jobs left us soon after that were created in the last year of his administration.Then came the unannounced leveling upon our education system, and other typical unfair tea party party laws thrust upon an unsuspecting state.We've learned alot over the past 18 months, and a big one is ,Do we really want to continue with this type of divisive governing we have been experiencing?. We have a choice soon, let's make it count.

Roundtable
Roundtable

Whoops! The correct dates for jobs were between September 2010 and September 2011.Thanks.

aequalitas
aequalitas

Excellent comment, Roundtable.
Welcome to the, er, roundtable?

aequalitas
aequalitas

Notice the banner ad for Walker running at top of this page, as of Monday night says "Scott Walker needs you +2 on election day" - He is suggesting that Republicans vote twice? Or is he saying that there will be two armed Repubican "vote verifiers" at every polling station "You + 2 brownshirts"?

Tophat
Tophat

From this article "He is steeped in and committed to the state’s best progressive traditions of open and independent governance."

What are the progressive traditions?

aequalitas
aequalitas

Tophat said- June 04, 2012 10:45 pm
From this article "He is steeped in and committed to the state’s best progressive traditions of open and independent governance."

What are the progressive traditions?

REPLY: Here's a good primer on Robert M. LaFollette, former Governor of Wisconsin and accomplishing more good in legacy, over 80 years after his death, than Scott Walker will in his first 1000 years in heaven.

QUOTE:
Defeated in 1890, LaFollette resumed his practice. In 1891 he became convinced that Sen. Philetus Sawyer, a wealthy lumberman, had tried to bribe him in connection with a legal case, and LaFollette's outrage triggered 50 years of bitter political rivalry. From then on the real division in Wisconsin was almost always between pro- and anti-LaFollette factions rather than between Republicans and Democrats. He remained a Republican, and was opposed by conservatives in both parties. LaFollette's subsequent rise coincided with unrest among farmers angry at Eastern capitalists who controlled money and credit and who dictated railroad freight rates. Supporting LaFollette, they were joined by small businessmen, professionals, and intellectuals disturbed by how wealthy businessmen controlled access to political power.

This progressive spirit flourished elsewhere, but nowhere better organized than under LaFollette in Wisconsin. A brilliant orator, he campaigned across the state for years. After twice losing the nomination for governor under the convention system, he was elected in 1900. Reelected in 1902 and 1904, he achieved many of his goals. Wisconsin was the first state to adopt the primary for nominations for state offices. A new law taxed railroads on the value of their property, ending an inequity. Taxes on corporations permitted the state to pay its debts. A railroad commission was created to regulate rates. Funding for education was increased. A civil-service law was adopted. This legislation was drafted by political and social scientists and economists, a feature of the "Wisconsin Idea."

http://www.socialstudieshelp.com/Lesson_66_Handout_Robert_LaFollette.htm

Sakura
Sakura

The sooner the left gets over this idea that we need elected officials who are "reasonable" or the like, the better. European socialists have been playing this charade for the past two decades, with disastrous results for their economies, as they accept the neoliberal paradigm as untouchable. Walker is going to win this election despite the Cap Times's assertion that Barrett is the better choice, which I've been telling people for over a year now, but nobody in the Madison echo chamber wanted to believe me.

The fact is, the campaign against Walker's "budget reform" ceased to be transformative when demonstrators at the Capitol were told to go home and start collecting recall petitions with blind faith in the Democrats, when the union leaders decided that fighting for collective bargaining for a very limited segment of the population was more important than opposing the budget cuts outright, when the movement accepted the race to the bottom economics model as a given and said the only alternative was to do it more politely.

If we want to stop declining standards of living, better ideas need a chance to grow, and the pandering model of politics that divides us into fixed camps of liberal, moderate and conservative needs to end.

PapaLorax
PapaLorax

I was on pins and needles wondering who the Cap Times would endorse...I should sleep much better tonight.

racedog48
racedog48

Anotehr great barrett interview....DA...DA...DA

Asked by a local reporter if he would keep any of Walker's policies in place, Barrett replied: "What I'm going to look at--I'm going to look at the basic right to organize. That's where I'm going to focus my energies--to restore the right to organize and the right to bargain."

Here's a transcript of the interview:

TWS: Mayor Barrett, what are a few policies you would pursue in the next six months to create jobs in the state of Wisconsin?
BARRETT: Well, obviously focusing on jobs, working with agriculture, working with small businesses, working with biotech, high-tech, venture capital, manufacturing. I think one of the strengths of Wisconsin's economy is it's diversity--and in making sure that we're doing everything we can to have a state government that's responsive to that and being here and encouraging people to expand their businesses here. I believe that most of the growth in our state economy is going to come from businesses that are already located here or will start here, and most of the jobs are being created by small businesses. So to focus on what we can do to help small businesses grow.

TWS: Are there a few specific policies, though, that you would pursue or [bills to] send to the legislature?

BARRETT: I want to make sure that as we look at the tax code in particular that any tax incentives are actually tied to actual job growth, job creation. As mayor of Milwaukee, I've had many developers come and many businesses come and have asked for financial assistance from the city, and my questions have always been: how many jobs are we talking about and are these family-supporting jobs. So those are my opening questions: how many jobs are we talking about and are they family supporting jobs?

TWS: So no [job creation] legislation ready to go to send to the legislature?

BARRETT: We're not planning any special session on that. We will look at restoring rights for workers.

TWS: In the special session?

BARRETT: In the special session, yes. Then again, that might be an area where we'll work with legislators and others and clearly if there's good ideas, we'll implement them as soon as we can.

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/barrett-cant-name-single-policy-hell-pursue-create-jobs-wisconsin_646261.html

Keepingitreal
Keepingitreal

That is more than what Walker has told us he is going to do. Republicans obviously think if you repeat lies enough times people will think they are the truth.

lav3735
lav3735

I knew there would be alot of hate being spewed on this comment board. Thanks for not disappointing.

Vote Barrett!

tomtom33
tomtom33

It would be nice if we could concentrate on the positive. I choose to do that.

MadMan
MadMan

Yeah, I pretty much just came to these comments for the "comedy" as well.

Sometimes it scares me to think that some of these people may be my neighbors.

Oh well, if they are, perhaps they are in one of those houses I never see anyone out in the yard, when they are home they are so busy posting angry rants on their computers (Obama is a muslim & a communist, yadda yadda yadda) that they never come out & so I never see them?

racedog48
racedog48

Here's a transcript from a press conference at Barrett's campaign headquarters in Milwaukee Wednesday morning:

TWS: On collective bargaining, mayor, the governor and his campaign have pointed to a number of... schools across the state that heave benefited from the reforms in Act 10. Which school districts have been hurt in particular, in your view, by Walker's policies and his reforms? Are there any that stand out in your mind?

BARRETT: Well, I support the restoration of collective bargaining rights. And that's what this is all about--whether you support workers' rights. And I support workers rights.

TWS: But are there any school districts in particular, though, that have been hurt by Act 10?

BARRETT: I have talked to prison guards, I can tell you that, who are concerned about their own public safety because of the changes in the law, and I'm very concerned about that as well

TWS: But no school districts—

BARRETT: We can do an analysis and get back to you on that.

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/barrett-cant-name-any-schools-hurt-walkers-collective-bargaining-reforms_646296.html
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WOW you libpukes pick bright ones for your candidates.

jussmiddle
jussmiddle

WOW you libpukes pick bright ones for your candidates.

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at least the opponents of Walker are not OBSESSED with poop and Koch like YOU! Now not only are you a troll.... you are a spamming troll.

racedog48
racedog48

HEY live in Milwaukee and see the poop float up on Bradford beach after barrett opens the valves. YOU too will feel the same as I do!!!

A spamming troll. WOW You must be feeling that losing feeling that barrett transmit.

RockyMissouri
RockyMissouri

But what else do we expect.......? It's standard fare for the Weakly Standard .......

racedog48
racedog48

DIVIDE AND CONQURE BABY.

Walker 52%, Barrett 45% among likely voters, new Marquette Law School Poll says. Margin of error: 4 points.

RichardSRussell
RichardSRussell

You should never vote for any person or support any idea on faith. Faith is the world's worst decision-making technique. Instead, look at FACTS and the track record.
 
Even then you can get bamboozled. Heck, I believed Jim Doyle when he said he'd return the DNR secretary to a position appointed by the Natural Resources Board and make serious inroads on the state's structural deficit. I'm sure a lot of independents believed Walker's center-right campaign rhetoric, never noticing the bazooka he was hiding behind his back until he hauled it out and began blazing away a few weeks into office.

But FAITH? Have FAITH that it'll all work out OK? That's a fool's game. Do your homework, use your brain. No guarantees, but over the long haul you'll get WAY better results.

aequalitas
aequalitas

I have faith that you are right RichardSRussell. Oh no, that means I'm wrong?

JBANK
JBANK

Travel Brown Deer Road and see Wisconsin's future with Tom Barrett at the helm. No agenda. No plan. No economic growth. No thanks.

millie
millie

When the average person wants to start up a business the first thing a bank needs is your business plan. Tom, you are going to be in charge of a multi billion dollar budget, where is your plan? Oh that's right, " I am going to reinstate collective bargining".

busrider
busrider

Another example of Cap Times truthism.

Lynne4300
Lynne4300

UW Teaching Assistants Refuse To Endorse Barrett

By Collin Roth

The University of Wisconsin Teaching Assistants’ Association refused to endorse Democratic nominee for Governor Tom Barrett in the recall election due to “his use of Act 10 against the workers in Milwaukee.” According to The Isthmus:

“Through his use of Act 10 against the workers in Milwaukee [Barrett] has shown that he is not deserving of support of unions in Wisconsin,” says Dan Suárez, a member of the TAA and a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at UW-Madison. Barrett made use of Walker’s collective bargaining restrictions in Act 10 to increase pension and health care contributions for workers employed by the city of Milwaukee. Barrett has said he took those steps to avoid layoffs of public workers.

Without an endorsement, the TAA won’t expend any of its volunteer or financial resources on electing Barrett, although individual members are still free to contribute as they wish.

“What this means for the TAA is that the conversation is going to shift back to how to meaningfully and effectively rebuild our membership [instead of wasting] time and money on supporting a candidate who doesn’t care about us,” says Suárez.

The UW TAA established a rather high standard for their endorsement, refusing to endorse former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk because Falk would not agree to a platform that fully restored collective bargaining in addition to reversing all state budget cuts. The UW TAA represents the far left among unions in Wisconsin.

The UW TAA was one of the very first groups protesting the Budget Repair Bill (Act 10) in February 2011 and was instrumental in the occupation of the capitol.

http://mediatrackers.org/2012/05/29/uw-teaching-assistants-refuse-to-endorse-barrett/

Lynne4300
Lynne4300

Politically Toxic: Tom Barrett and the Metropolitan Milwaukee Sewerage District

"While running for mayor of Milwaukee in 2003, Barrett was critical of the sewage district and promised to overhaul the MMSD to eliminate the dumping of raw sewage into the Great Lakes ecosystem. “The sewerage district’s number one priority must be clean water,” he proclaimed in an outline of proposed MMSD reforms posted on his campaign website. Less than 24 months later the district had pumped almost 1.6 billion gallons of sewage into Lake Michigan"

http://mediatrackers.org/2012/05/30/politically-toxic-tom-barrett-and-the-metropolitan-milwaukee-sewerage-district/

nolie
nolie

This amateurish piece begins with the contention that Barrett has an outstanding record. It then fails to name a single accomplishment. It instead talks about experience and process as though they are somehow a substitute for achievement or accomplishment.

Here's the record:

Milwaukee continues to climb -in the ranks of poorest cities. It has gone from 9th to 4th under Barrett.

Unemployment stands at 10.4% in Milwaukee, an increase of 27% under Barrett, while the state unemployment rate is now at 6.8%, the lowest rate since 2008.

Milwaukee property taxes have risen in 7 of the 8 years Barrett has been mayor, often by double digits.

MJS has uncovered evidence that Milwaukee crime statistics, as reported to the FBI, have seriously under reported violent crime. It appears that Barrett's contention that violent crime has decreased under his watch ( as it has in virtually every city in the US over the same time frame) is a flat out lie.

Not sure what is "progressive" about increased crime. poverty, unemployment, taxes, gang activity, teen pregnancy, high school drop-out rates, water quality, etc. Perhaps the hack editorial board of this failed weekly insert could enlighten its readers. Or maybe Barrett's wife could use government e-mails to do a little bit of campaigning for him.

RichardSRussell
RichardSRussell

I'm impressed by your ability to quote Republican Party press releases so quickly and accurately after they're issued. Care to share with us who your employer is?

Keepingitreal
Keepingitreal

Nolie is a new Republican troll. I'm guessing Nolie will disappear from these forums after the election.

racedog48
racedog48

Funny the man homeboy of the dems wants nothing to do with POOPER tom

http://www.politico.com/politico44/2012/05/chicago-distances-obama-from-wisconsin-recall-124814.html

racedog48
racedog48

POOPER tom the failure then and NOW


http://themilwaukeedrum.com/2012/05/28/must-watch-tv-grin-and-barrett-the-debate-mayor-barrett-does-not-want-you-to-see/

racedog48
racedog48

POOPER Tom is now is the pimp of the unions


http://mediatrackers.org/2012/05/30/politically-toxic-tom-barrett-and-the-metropolitan-milwaukee-sewerage-district/

DFCP
DFCP

We've been waiting for months to see who the CT would endorse- surprise its TB ! (I would have thought you maybe could find a better picture than this).

Nav
Nav

This article speaks the truth and to some people on these blogs, the truth hurts. Too bad as the Democrats will be celebrating on June 5th that Tom Barrett will be our next Governor, and the healing of this state will finally begin.

racedog48
racedog48

Now what happens to your useless life when Gov Walker wins

Lynne4300
Lynne4300

This article PAID FOR BY THE Democratic Party.

tomtom33
tomtom33

Tom is a fine man. However, I think that Walker has earned re-election.

lav3735
lav3735

earned? how so? just because he was elected once, doesn't mean he has earned three more years.

tomtom33
tomtom33

He earned it because of what he has done so far while in office. His big accomplishment was standing up to one of the most powerful special interest groups in the State. Not many politicians have the nads for that.

He has made mistakes. One of the biggest was his attack on public employees. But no one bats 1000. He took his lumps and kept on keeping on.

Dode
Dode

"We believe he has a great record, and that he would be a great governor."

So what is his record? You gave us some fluffy innuendo but no record. Could it be because his record is abysmal? Or practically non-existent?

lav3735
lav3735

Read the article before commenting. More years & experience than Walker had.

Dode
Dode

I read the article. There are no accomplishments listed. Just he knows tradition and can work across the aisle. I ask again, what is his record?

retired
retired

If this guy is so great. What is his platform ? All I have heard is attacking. I beleive, people get voted into office by telling the taxpayers what they intend to do. So far I haven't heard this.

windy33
windy33

did walker tell the tax payers that he intended to drop the bomb, or bring in trouble makers, or gut public education, or that he needs tons of money for a defense fund.

HW
HW

An how will Barrett accomplish all these glorious promises...crickets.

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