“Wisconsin: state of anger, state of action” - Updates
“Wisconsin: state of anger, state of action” - Updates
Moving into the first FULL (all 7 days) WEEK of JUNE 2012, WE THE PEOPLE know that Tuesday will be a historic date in WI state history regardless of the outcome of the RECALL ELECTIONS. All of us are able to vote in the RECALL ELECTION for Governor and Lieut. Governor. There are four (4) WI State Senate districts in which there is a RECALL ELECTION for the State Senator. What do YOU expect as the results of our WI Recall Elections on Tuesday?
There is general agreement that the RECALL ELECTIONS on Tuesday will be very significant for the FUTURE of WISCONSIN. I voted absentee late last week. Have YOU voted absentee? If not, do YOU plan to vote next Tuesday?
AND NOW, WE THE PEOPLE of WI who received the mailing from the Greater Wisconsin Political Fund of Madison KNOW that whether or NOT one votes is PUBLIC RECORD. I make it a point to be sure that my American Government & Politics students KNOW that there is a PUBLIC RECORD of when and if they vote in WI. It is a secret ballot in terms of the content of the vote. ONLY the voter knows for whom s/he voted.
I was surprised to read the Gazette report (page 1, yesterday), “Election mailer sparks concern: Official voter history is public information.” Were YOU surprised to learn that YOUR voting record is PUBLIC INFORMATON?
New reports today - Monday, June 4 - WISC-TV News @channel3000.com - "Voting history flyer catching recipients by surprise" and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mailings that list voting records set off some neighbors"
While there is a subtitle about "inaccurate" report, the ONLY example in the report is a person who lived and voted in IL in Nov. 2008. The list is for WI. So, the report on WI voting is NOT an error! I doubt one will find an error in the OFFICIAL WI VOTING LISTS!
I would remind YOU that it is very important to know! Especially IF you choose to be a candidate sometime, be sure you are scrupulously HONEST about YOUR OWN voting record! I clearly remember a Milton School Board election in which a candidate claimed that he had voted in every school board election since moving to the School District of Milton. Within 48 hours, there was a boxed report on page 1 of The Janesville Gazette clarifying that candidate’s voting record. Truth be told, he had NOT voted in a school district election since residing in the school district. Honesty is the best policy! (I would suggest that Scott Walker consider that reality. The TRUTH, the WHOLE TRUTH and NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH!)
Today readers of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel have the benefit of a perceptive and thoughtful analysis of the present state of Wisconsin through the work of Craig Gilbert in his feature column, “Wisconsin Voter.” I urge you to read, “Wisconsin: state of anger, state of action.”
Gilbert accurately asserts as he starts his article, “In the War for Wisconsin, voters here have become famous for three things: participation, polarization and discord.” And then he clarifies, “In plainer language, they're active, they're divided and they're angry.” That’s THE TRUTH!
You will benefit from several data charts complementing the text of the article making it easier to grasp the meanings of the data.
Gilbert notes, “The official turnout forecast for Tuesday is 60 to 65 percent of the state’s voting-age adults, which in the context of recent decades is a more or less insane figure. Dating back to 1950, average turnout in a mid-term election for governor is 47% and the highest was 52.4% in 1962.” I honestly expect that SWE THE PEOPLE of WI will EXCEED this official forecast. What do YOU expect?
His analysis moves beyond voting to actual involvement. He cites the polls by Marquette Law School this year with the following data: • one in five voters said they had given money to a political candidate • almost one in five said they had attended a political rally or demonstration. • almost half said they talk politics with co-workers at least once a week. • two-thirds said they talk politics with family and friends at least once a week • more than half said they had tried personally to influence another person’s vote. • one in three said they had stopped talking about politics with someone because of disagreements over Walker or the recalls.
Today's “WISCONSIN VOTER” column is going in my file to be used with my American Government & Politics class. I urge YOU to read it and consider it. What is YOUR comment?
Another key dimension of the RECALL ELECTION debate is JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!
Rick Romell has analyzed the surprise data in his article, “High-wage industries hire, but wages fall: Data adds fuel to bitter political debate in Wisconsin.”
Read and consider the data. Again, the benefit of a chart helped me understand the data – see the chart, “Jobs up, wages down” complementing the article online.
We are all well aware of the JOBS issues which Walker and Barrett have raised. The article concludes with the following summary, “All manner of questions have been raised about the jobs numbers advanced by both Walker and Barrett as the politicians vie for advantage, and the data the state published on Friday contains at least one eyebrow-raising line:
“The biggest employment gain by far - 7,002 jobs - came in the ‘Unclassified’ sector. That catchall category also saw a whopping 36% drop in its average wage.
"’Very peculiar,’ Freeman said. ‘ . . . It makes no sense that wages fell by one-third.’”
What do YOU think?
COUNTDOWN to our WI RECALL ELECTION is now 2 days – today and tomorrow with the POLLS opening on Tuesday morning, June 5.
Here we go…
John Eyster lives in the Edgerton area. He is an adjunct professor of political science at UW-Waukesha and an advocate for democracy/civics education in Wisconsin high schools. John is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff. His opinion is not necessarily that of the The Gazette staff or management.