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Received this e-mail today from the Wisconsin Democratic Party which is spreading Governor Scott Walker's (R. WI) awful record on job creation through Social Media:
37, 45, 48 – those are the numbers you won’t hear from Scott Walker tomorrow night during his State of the State address.

Those numbers represent some hard truths about the state of Wisconsin under Scott Walker’s failed leadership:

37 is for Wisconsin’s 37th in the nation ranking in job creation, according to the latest and most accurate federal jobs data -- the “gold standard” numbers, per Scott Walker -- down from 11th in the nation the day Walker took office.

45 is for Wisconsin’s 45th in the nation ranking in job growth prospects, according to Forbes magazine.

And 48 is for Wisconsin’s 48th place ranking -- almost dead last -- in new business start-ups.

But it’s not just about numbers and rankings.

Scott Walker and the Republicans are all talk and no action when it comes to the needs, priorities and long-term economic security of average Wisconsinites. These poor decisions have had a real, harmful effect on Wisconsin families.

Help us spread the word about the State of Scott Walker’s Wisconsin by sharing our infographic on Facebook today.



Election Day is closer than you think. Make a donation of $5 or more today.

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Originally posted to pdc on Tue Jan 21, 2014 at 06:00 PM PST.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive, In Support of Labor and Unions, and The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.

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  •  positive message (5+ / 0-)

    Is there a Dem candidate to take on Walker with a positive message on jobs?

    It is one thing to point out flaws but I have to wonder if the voters will believe Democrats without proof that they will do better

    If Obama is so concerned about terrorism, why has no individual in the FBI been held accountable for the apparent failures relating to the Boston marathon bombings?

    by GideonAB on Tue Jan 21, 2014 at 06:14:42 PM PST

    •  Mary Burke, multi-millionaire, was (1+ / 0-)
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      begged to run by the Wis Dems.  Socially liberal, she has said Act 10 was a pretty good thing (that's the union busting bill).

      Yup, pursued and begged by the Dems.  It's sad.

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

      by Puddytat on Tue Jan 21, 2014 at 10:46:44 PM PST

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      •  To be fair, here's Burke's response on Act 10: (3+ / 0-)
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        Burke opposes Act 10, Walker’s signature legislation that all but ended collective bargaining for most state and local public employees. The former Trek Bicycle executive and state commerce secretary said she supports having workers pay more for their benefits, which the law requires, but that she would have sought those concessions through negotiation with the unions.

        Act 10 "was something that I disagreed with very strongly," Burke told "The Devil’s Advocates" radio talk show in Madison. "I thought that, hey, if we have fiscal issues to solve in our budget, then let’s make sure that we’re addressing those. But that went went way beyond, and it was about undercutting our unions and taking away what I believe should be their right to collectively bargain."

        Asked by reporter Charles Benson of WTMJ-TV (Channel 4) in Milwaukee whether the reforms have had any benefit for taxpayers, Burke said:

        "Well, I think we did need to have some changes made. I think it was reasonable to ask our public-sector employees to be paying part of their pension and health care. That's what most people in the private sector face."

        At the same time, when pressed by Frederica Freyberg, host of Wisconsin Public Television’s "Here and Now," whether she would work to overturn Act 10, Burke said: "Well, I would work to restore collective bargaining."

        So, on one of the most divisive laws in Wisconsin history, Burke is mixed. She opposed it overall and says she’d work to try to restore collective bargaining. But she likes some parts of the law and won’t say that she’d go so far as to get rid of it.

        Grant it, it's Politifact.  Look, I can't blame the WI Dem party for going to Burke.  Vinehout is out and Feingold has no interest in the race.  We shouldn't be mad at the WI Dems or Burke, we should be mad at progressive candidates for passing on these races.  It's like the VA-Gov race.  Everyone groaned about Terry McAuliffe being the nominee but really, we should be mad at guys like Tom Perrillo for not manning up and running.  Plus you need someone who is well financed to go up against Walker.  

        Grant it, I fear the recalls may have caused voter fatigue.  I was impressed that we were able to make that happen but I worry that along with a recall and Senate and Presidential election not to mention a Governor's race within a two year time span, it might be a bit much for voters.  Hopefully I'm wrong.

        Funny Stuff at

        by poopdogcomedy on Tue Jan 21, 2014 at 11:21:47 PM PST

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        •  You're missing the big piece here (4+ / 0-)

          She felt that the part of Act 10 that was best was forcing public employees to pay for their benefits and that's the problematic part.  Public employee unions have been giving back what could have been pay increases for decades in order to maintain their benefits.  As a result, salaries have plummeted (in my case $5-7 less per hour at the time I retired compared to the private sector).

          Those changes should never, ever have been unilaterally been made by the state, but negotiated at the bargaining table as they had been for decades.  In one fell swoop, Republicans stole money from public employees that had been given back for decades and then came for more.  People who have been struggling with the falling wages have lost their cars, their homes, and a lot of their dignity.

          Granted, Burke has tried to walk back her earliest statement, the one I basically quoted, because of the blowback her campaign has received over it, but I believe it reflects her honest position on Act 10 and unions.  Her walk backs have been in response to a lot of negative muttering among unions, the strongest and most organized group of Democratic voters.  

          As for the Wis Dems, they should be ashamed.  By pursuing Burke so vigorously and so early, they elbowed everyone else out.  Such as the County Exec of Green Bay who sounded pretty progressive while he was considering it.  Until the car crash, Vinehout had also been seriously considering things.

          The leadership of the Dems must change.  Sending out fundraising letters is pretty much all that we see and it isn't enough.  We need an active and meaty Democratic Party (nationally, too) that realizes that unions are going to start shopping for better representation and not keep getting kicked in the teeth.  We're pretty sick of the continued empty promises we get every election cycle that amounts to a whole lot of nothing.

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

          by Puddytat on Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 01:31:27 AM PST

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          •  You raise some valid points but state party (1+ / 0-)
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            chapters need all the financial help they can get.  The Koch Brothers money and influence is stronger in the local races than the national ones.  But didn't Vinehout try to paint Barrett as Scott Walker-lite in the primary during the recall?

            Funny Stuff at

            by poopdogcomedy on Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 10:21:14 AM PST

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          •  As for the Wis Dems elbowing folks out, that sucks (0+ / 0-)

            but that doesn't excuse guys like the one you mentioned from not trying.  When Rendell tried to elbow Chuck Pennacchio and Alan Saidel out of the 2006 Dem Senate primary in 2006, both men stayed in and hammered Casey, pushing him a little more to the left.

            Funny Stuff at

            by poopdogcomedy on Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 10:29:34 AM PST

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            •  While it's true, they would lose (0+ / 0-)

              all of the Democratic Party support jumping in, including access to volunteers and fundraising lists which they supplied Burke with immediately.  Trying to mount a campaign from the ground up in a statewide election is impossible.  They need some infrastructure.

              The Dems did, indeed, elbow folks out.  If Burke loses, the Dems have only themselves to blame.

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

              by Puddytat on Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 12:29:39 AM PST

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        •  I daresay you might be (2+ / 0-)
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          RandomNonviolence, nadd2

          Despite the 150,000 sit-outs and 50,000 folk changing their vote compared to 2010 (deduced from staring at exit polls), Barrett received 150,000 more votes in the recall than the original election.  It's hard to imagine that the 150,000 sit-outs won't be back this year since they originally turned up in the worst electoral climate for Dems in many decades.  Barrett having found 350,000 new voters in a very off-season election and the record-setting Presidential race turnout suggests that voter fatigue is not a big issue.

          Look, I can't blame the WI Dem party for going to Burke.  Vinehout is out and Feingold has no interest in the race.
          Ah, but the DPW could not have known that Vinehout would rule herself out due to an injury sustained two months after Burke declared (on the other hand, Mark Harris' non-candidacy was declared a little more than a month before Burke officially threw her hat into the ring).

          Fake candidates nominated by the GOP for the recalls: 6 out of 7. Fake signatures on the recall petitions: 4 out of 1,860,283.

          by GeoffT on Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 04:37:14 AM PST

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  •  And so Wisconsin Democratic plan to fix this is... (6+ / 0-)
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    Rosalie907, BRog, JVolvo, Puddytat, nadd2, WisVoter

    It ain't enough to point out how bad Walker and his cronies in the Legislature have managed our state; Dems need to say, "Here is what we will do differently."

  •  Spread the message (8+ / 0-)

    Through every means possible.  Certainly our major media will not.

    Wisconsin: It's war, you know. We didn't start it, but we'll keep fighting in it until we win

    by isewquilts2 on Tue Jan 21, 2014 at 07:33:22 PM PST

    •  Agree (4+ / 0-)
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      thomask, BRog, Puddytat, RandomNonviolence

      This needs to be on TV and flyers need to be posted everywhere and especially in rural areas.

      Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011) Voting is a louder voice than a bullhorn but sometimes you need that bullhorn to retain your vote.

      by Rosalie907 on Tue Jan 21, 2014 at 08:03:34 PM PST

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