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  •  Vinehout (2+ / 0-)
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    I would love to see Walker on a debate stage with State Senator Kathleen Vinehout.  She was still my favorite in the Democratic recall primary.  Her Senate seat is up in 2014 as well, though.

    Citizen from WI-07 (Marathon County)

    by CentralWIGuy on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 04:19:06 PM PST

    •  She has a huge problem (1+ / 0-)
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      with her stand on reproductive rights.  Example:  She's very much in favor of allowing pharmacists to refuse to fill contraceptive or Plan B prescriptions.  And shame on her for that - she's from a rural area and knows people have to drive miles and miles to another pharmacy in hopes of finding a "willing" pharmacist, much less a pharmacy that accepts their insurance.

      If you don't want to fill prescriptions or care for patients, choose another profession.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 04:25:45 PM PST

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      •  in the grand scheme of things (0+ / 0-)

        This is one issue she may be questionable on for the most liberal of Dems.  On all other issues, she is a elicits a strong sense of pragmatism and progressivism.  She's a good campaigner, a fantastic speaker, and uses LOGIC and documentation.

        Citizen from WI-07 (Marathon County)

        by CentralWIGuy on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 06:22:09 PM PST

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    •  Larson also has an odd-numbered SD (1+ / 0-)
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      He'd be a good gubernatorial candidate, however, he, like Vinehout, would have to give up his state senate seat if any one of those got elected governor.

      Unlike Vinehout's district, which Republicans might make a play for in an open-seat scenario, Larson's state senate district is safely Democratic barring a scandal and/or a third-party candidate getting 10% or more of the vote. Zach Wisniewski, a progressive political blogger who is currently running for a Cudahy city council seat, would be a great fit for SD-7 if Larson retires or runs for higher office in 2014.

      Ron Kind has even more serious issues with the base than Vinehout does (pro-NRA and pro-free trade) and would probably lose badly in a statewide primary.

      In regards to state senators with even-numbered SDs, the only ones who are even remotely electable statewide are Julie Lassa, Jennifer Shilling, and Dave Hansen. Lassa is an even worse campaigner than Tom Barrett is, however Shilling and Hansen would both be good gubernatorial candidates, unless they have issues with the base that I don't know about.

      Elizabeth Warren on the Senate Banking Committee is a BFD!

      by DownstateDemocrat on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 04:58:07 PM PST

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      •  You're right to point out Ron Kinds (1+ / 0-)
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        serious problems with his base on many issues.  He's really more Republican than Democrat on most issues.

        Republicans have it easier statewide because they have a huge media presence throughout and the TM is very kind to them, generally ignoring their faults and praising even their propagandized memes.  Democrats not only have to fight the GOP, and the RW screetchers on the saturation of hate radio, but also have a media standing by ready and able to magnify any invented flaw against them.

        And then there's the mega money that the GOP will haul in to saturate us in lying attack ads.  Sadly, most of the public continue to be fooled by them.

        There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

        by Puddytat on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 09:16:31 PM PST

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        •  If Ron Kind runs for governor... (1+ / 0-)
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          ...and there's some speculation that he might do so despite not responding to a Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel inquiry about whether or not he was interested in a 2014 gubernatorial run, Mahlon Mitchell (or someone else associated with the 2011 protests) may run against Kind in the primary, and I could see a primary between Kind and an ultra-liberal challenger either drive a mile-wide divide in the WI Democratic party or embolden WI Democrats like the 2008 presidential primary did to national Democrats.

          Think back to 2000...Republican Scott Klug decided not to run for a fifth term in Congress, and WI-2 became an open seat. Joe Wineke and Tammy Baldwin were the two front-runners for the Democratic nomination, and the WI GOP gamed the Democratic primary for Baldwin, yet Baldwin won the general election! Oh, and she just got elected to the U.S. Senate!

          Elizabeth Warren on the Senate Banking Committee is a BFD!

          by DownstateDemocrat on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 10:11:49 PM PST

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          •  I'm sort of hoping (1+ / 0-)
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            that it will be done like it was for the US Senate.  No Democratic primary which left Baldwin use all her resources for the general election.  Fighting it out between Democratic candidates can get ugly (as the US Senate Republican primary clearly demonstrated).

            There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

            by Puddytat on Sat Jan 05, 2013 at 12:48:56 AM PST

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