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Badger Care – It’s About Your Neighbor

Had Enough? Beyond Unions, Party, and Protests, this is about your family and your neighbors.

1. ELIMINATING MEDICAID: The Budget Repair Bill includes a little-known provision that would put complete control of the state’s Medicaid program, known as BadgerCare, in the hands of the state’s ultra-conservative Health and Human Services Secretary Dennis Smith. Smith would have the authority to “to override state Medicaid laws as [he] sees fit and institute sweeping changes” including reducing benefits and limiting eligibility.

Dennis Smith is pictured just below Scott Walker in the photo above. He was a Senior Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, a Washington, D.C. think tank. The Heritage Foundation is funded by, you guessed it, Koch Industries!

Watch as Dennis Smith, an import to Wisconsin from the Heritage Foundation, talks about entitlements related to heath care in a clip recorded during the height of debate regarding the Health Care Reform Bill. (If you are in a hurry scroll in to 1 min 20 second mark)

How can we keep Koch Industries out of Wisconsin politics?

1) Recall Dan Kapanke
2) Recall Scott Walker
3) Boycott Koch Industry products.
4) Vote for Joanne Kloppenburg for Justice on April 5.

Please view the video as it describes how your neighbors, Wisconsin’s family farmers, and children are threatened by lowering the poverty line guidelines for Badger Care.

VOTE JoAnne Kloppenburg April 5th

Had Enough?

Ready to show how you feel? April 5 is our first chance to vote since we were tricked by Walker and the Republicans.

David Prosser
(In front of Scott Walker above) is running for the State Supreme Court on April 5. This is how he  describes himself on his own web site.

“I present myself as a judicial conservative, devoted to the constitution and the rule of law.”

Sound a little bit like Scott Walker?  David Prosser sees himself as a compliment to the Republican Legislature.

Our candidate JoAnne Kloppenburg says:

“My opponent has said repeatedly he has “the most partisan background” of any of the current Supreme Court justices. The Prosser campaign manager said that re-electing the incumbent would “preserve the conservative majority” on the court and ensure that the Supreme Court of Wisconsin would act as a “complement” to the Republican legislature and Governor Scott Walker.”

Kloppenburg Rally 6:00pm Corner University Ave & N. Park, Madison.

Show support before her debate on PBS at 7:00p.m.

She has a long list of endorsements, and it’s growing.

We demonstrated how we felt on the streets, now we can show it at the polls.

The world is watching.

You Can Vote Absentee

The election is April 5th mail your request forms in by Monday March 21st.
They need to be at your clerk’s office by 5pm on Thursday March 31st

Absentee request form link

Check your voter registration status
Check your registration link

If not registered or you need to update your registration. This can be mailed in with your absentee request.

Form to mail for absentee request

Find your local clerk and mail in your forms
Find your local Clerk link

Vote JoAnne Kloppenburg for Justice April 5

Koch BOYCOTT Action! – A Pictorial of YOUR $$ Power!

You can vote and be heard with your dollars

This action targeting Koch Industries is our way of saying NO thanks to Scott Walker as the trump card the Koch brothers dealt to trick Wisconsin.

Read More: Who gave us Walker?

You can make the Koch Brothers feel your resolve.

Beginning at the grocery store. Walk by these familiar brand names of paper products. Make a choice that matters to your children and family instead.

Update 6-23-2011

More boycott possibilities and how effective your action can be.

Toilet paper: Quilted Northern, Angel Soft

Paper towels: Brawny, Sparkle, Mardi Gras

Paper napkins: Vanity Fair, Mardi Gras

Dixie Paper plates/bowls, cups

This one might be a little tougher. How do you take the strands out of your underware? Listed below are some of the brand names owned  by Koch Industuries. Try to avoid them wherever you can.

Other KOCH brand names under their Invista division:

Dacron, Antron, Cordura, Lycra, Coolmax, Solarmax, Tactel, Polarguard, Stainmaster, Comforel, Thermolite

You can pass by these signs when looking for your next fill of gas.

From Acceity

“Kwik Trip operates a fleet of tanker trunks that supply its stations with gasoline from the Flint Hills Resources Pine Bend Refinery located near Minneapolis, Minnesota. At approximately 1,000 acres, the Pine Bend Refinery is among the largest in the Midwest, and it can process 300,000 to 400,000 barrels of oil each day. It is owned by Koch Industries — the same privately held conglomerate that makes Quilted Northern toilet paper. ”

This is the “short list”. If you are a contractor in the market for building materials check out the list below.

More building material Koch Industry trademark/lables


The Action Has Begun

Join the RECALL DAN KAPANKE group on facebook

Recall of State Senator Dan Kapanke (R) 32nd SD
Take the pressure off he people and families of Wisconsin.
Join the effort to RECALL Sen Dan Kapanke. WE will do this!

The signature forms are now being distributed. We will get 18,000 signatures to Recall Dan Kapanke and defend Wisconsin people and families. This is a first step to relieving ourselves of the secretive and over reaching tactics of the Republicans and Scott Walker who will be recalled in about 280 days!

You can find updates and progress reports on the Playful blog.

Do you want to canvas for RECALL Dan Kapanke signatures?

In La Crosse

Petitions can be picked up in La Crosse at the Machinist/Aerospace Union located at 1307 Market Street, open from 9 AM to 8 PM daily.

In Viroqua
Petitions can be picked up at near Blue Dog Cycles on Main and Jefferson in the old Dahl Pharmacy building. The location is manned by volunteers and I am sure more are needed.

Some people have gotten signature forms and need to know the required procedure for handling them legally so they will be counted. Below are the two pages of instructions for the signature forms. They are in jpg format so you can save them to your computer and then open and print them from your photo viewing program.

Below is the map of the 32nd District. Those signing the RECALL petition must live within the borders of this map. All of La Crosse, Vernon, and Crawford Counties and MOST but not all of Richland County. You can save,open, and print this map as described above.

Remember to have fun as you meet new people and old friends working to preserve the integrity of Wisconsin. Let’s DO this for our kids!

How and What – Record Madison Rally Saturday

Come to Madison

Historic Rally Saturday, March 12


This may be the largest Madison rally yet!

Main stage rally planned for 3:00 p.m. Details on speakers and entertainment will be posted here as soon as they are finalized.

Farmer Labor Tractorcade

Farmers from throughout the state are bringing tractors to the State Capitol Saturday to show solidarity with Wisconsin workers.

Tractors will be on the square from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.., with a rally to follow. Those wishing to bring tractors MUST contact John Peck, Family  Farm Defenders:

Tractors will approach the square from South Hamilton. Tractors will do one (slow) loop around the entire Capitol Square.

After the tractorcade their will be a Farm rally at the State St. corner of the State Capitol beginning at 11:30 a.m. Confirmed speakers include – Joel Greeno Dairy Farmer, Sarah Lloyd Dairy Farmer, Tony Schultz Vegetable and Beef Farmer, Jim Hightower national commentator and former Texas Agriculture Commissioner. Other speakers and musical artists to be announced.

If you are a farmer please wear green. We would like to be able to see you all in the crowd! Farmer allies are encouraged to bring signs in solidarity, cow bells, costumes (cows, carrots, you get the idea) – the point is to be positive, family friendly, yet strong in our position. Anyone who does farming knows that hope springs eternal… For the official press release, visit:

12:00pm – 1:30pm

Elizabeth Link Peace Park 400 Block of State St.

Kill the WHOLE Bill, Samantha Jordan, Pilar Schiavo, Benjamin Ratliffe, Timothy Birkley, Elizabeth Wrigley-Field, Aongus Ó Murchadha, Liam Manjon

Educators’ March:

1:00 p.m. (gather at 12:45)

State Capitol Square, corner of Mifflin and Wisconsin. March together as educators and supporters around the Capitol Teachers, Education Support Professionals, Family and Friends

Main Rally:
Rally at 3 p.m.

7 p.m. “Speak-out for Workers’ Rights”

Location: The Barrymore Theatre
Time: ?7:00 PM Saturday, March 12th

WOW that’s what I call a billing!

with special guests
in a

Say NO To Union-Busting!

Madison buses

There will be buses from the WEA

(33 Nob Hill Road)Parking lot to the Capitol and back beginning at 10:00 am with the last bus returning from the Capitol at 8:00 pm. The buses will run continuously with no specific pick-up or drop off times as traffic varies the travel time throughout the day.

In addition to the buses listed below, AFSCME again is running buses in Madison (including the popular East Towne Mall buses) and from various cities throughout the state. AFSCME Bus Schedule

If you don’t see a bus from your area, contact your UniServ office.

Milwaukee buses

Buses will leave from the MTEA Building (5130 W. Vliet Street, Milwaukee) at 12:45 p.m. on Saturday, March 12. We will start loading buses at 12:15 p.m. Our buses will load at 5:15 p.m. from Madison and leave at 5:30 p.m. You must register at before 4 p.m. on Friday, March 11, in order to secure a seat on our buses.

Sheboygan-Plymouth bus to Madison

We will pick up at two locations:

* Office Max, Sheboygan – 11:00 a.m.
* Plymouth High School south Parking Lot, 11:15 a.m.

Please reserve a spot by emailing by Friday, March 11, at 3:30.

Oshkosh-Fond du Lac-Beaver Dam buses
Buses to Madison Rally on Saturday, March 12th

* Oshkosh 8:00 AM bus Link to Register (this bus will drop off at Capital and Madison Marriot West)
* Oshkosh 10:30 AM bus Link to Register
* Fond du lac 10:30 AM bus Link to Register
* Beaver Dam 10:30 AM bus Link to Register

All these buses have an approximate return time of 7:00 PM

Hudson-Menomonie buses
West Central Education Association has scheduled buses to this event and members can sign up by calling WCEA at 800-472-6801 or 715-235-6808 by noon on Friday with names.

Buses are scheduled as follows:

* HUDSON at 7:00 a.m. at County Market Parking Lot
* MENOMONIE at 8:00 a.m. at- K-Mart Parking Lot

Buses will depart at the designated times above so plan to arrive earlier. Bring your own refreshments and/or snacks. The Rally at the Capitol is scheduled for 3:00 PM so departure from Madison would likely be around 5:00-6:00 PM, depending on activities, so you can plan your return time accordingly.

Rice Lake buses
Northwest United Educators will be sending a second bus to Madison on Saturday. This bus will leave the Rice Lake Wal-Mart parking lot at 8:00 a.m. It will return to Rice Lake that evening, with time depending on events scheduled at the Capitol. If you have reserved seating on the first bus, please do not attempt to change buses!
We will take the first 55 members/families who call in to the NUE office to reserve a seat on the second bus. Call NUE at 1-800-472-6711 or 715-234-7049 in the Rice Lake area. Please do NOT leave voice mail messages.
If the second bus fills up with reservations, there will be an AFSCME bus leaving Rice Lake Wal-Mart at 9:45 (on a first-come, first-served basis).

Spencer-Mosinee-Plover-Plainfield bus

Central Wisconsin UniServ Council will arrange for one 57 passenger motorcoach to the Rally in Madison on Saturday, March 12. The bus will leave Progressive Travel in Spencer and will stop at the CWUC office in Mosinee, at the shopping center in Plover (Hwy. B), and at the Plainfield Travel Plaza on Hwy. 73 just west of I-39. Members from locals in the western portion of CWUC can board the bus in Spencer. (Times to be determined) Bus transportation will be BY RESERVATION ONLY. Call the CWUC office at 800-472-0010 or 715-693-1740 no later than 4:30 p.m. this Thursday, March 10 to reserve your seat. Reservations will be taken on a first come first serve basis until the bus is full. NAMES WILL BE REQUIRED TO RESERVE A SEAT. A second bus (this would be a school bus) will be added only if there are enough names to fill a second bus.

A little piece of American SOLIDARITY

There was a demonstration in front of the Court House in Richland County, Wisconsin, America at 9:00 a.m. CST on March 10, 2010.

There were just a handful of people, yet the hand that moved them to this spot seemed not of mortal means or manner, for all the focus group statisticians could never have come up with this perfect slice of rural America.

A mother with her children stood bundled against the cold holding hand-made, cardboard with magic marker signs bearing messages that neither Hallmark and Haliburton could hope to match.

“Things like this do not happen in Fairyville” read one, “Teddy Bears for Teachers rights” the other, both drawn in home-made scrawls framing their wide, innocent, and haunting eyes.

Still the mother apologized saying that their father was an artist who had made a larger and much more elaborate sign which was left at home.

When what to our wondering eyes should appear but a tractor and spreader and it was not John Deere. He finally parked the rig as well as he could and crossed the street like the earth meant something to him. He was really looking forward to Saturday when he would truck a smaller tractor and cleaner spreader up to Madison for the tractor protest around the square. His main concern wasn’t the cost of gas or loss of time, but that only sixty tractors were going to be allowed in the “parade” and he was worried that some of his tractor brothers might be excluded. That is when the local Police car pulled up to announce he had received a complaint that a spreader was blocking traffic. He looked at the farmer and the “honey dew wagon” and smiled while saying he didn’t see that it was illegally parked. He suggested that if we were still there when his toured ended he might come and join us.

We thanked him, he thanked us and a little rural American dust flew in the air as he left.

Then there was the wondrous woman holding the “Recall Walker” sign high above her head like her whole family’s future depended on it. She scolded the actions of Wisconsin Senators the previous night like she might have done if her own children or grandchildren where caught smoking cigarettes. If those legislators had but heard the determined patience and experience held in this woman’s simple words they would have not behaved like naughty children trying to sneak a quick drag of political success. No way.

No, this wasn’t a large demonstration to be judged by its numbers. Even though a good share of the cars that passed gave us a resounding honk of the horn and a thumbs up, it wasn’t a large demonstration. It was just a little piece of American Solidarity that left me brimming with pride to have shared the morning with them and to know that whatever happened in the Capitol in Madison last night, it will never go in Wisconsin in the long run; not with these Wisconsin born and bred people of strong and tested will in opposition.

I left confident of success and damn proud of Wisconsin!

Who gave us WALKER?

How the Koch Brothers’ Money Put Gov. Walker in Office

Source: From the West Orlando News Online:

This article was published by the Center for Media and Democracy .

A new investigation by the Center for Media and Democracy documents the big money funneled by one of the richest men in America and one of the richest corporations in the world to put controversial Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in office.

Wisconsin Protest, February 2011

The Republican Governors Association and the Kochs’ Investment in Scott Walker

Walker was elected just over three months ago on the heels of an exceptionally expensive gubernatorial race in the Badger State, fueled by groups funded by the Koch brothers, David and Charles. David Koch, the son of a radical founding member of the John Birch Society, which has long been obsessed with claims about socialism and advocated the repeal of civil rights laws, personally donated $1 million to the Republican Governors Association (RGA) in June of last year. This was the most he had ever personally given to that group. (Fellow billionaire Rupert Murdoch matched Koch’s donation to the RGA with a $1 million donation from his company News Corporation, parent company of FOX “News” Channel.)

The RGA in turn spent $5 million in the race, mostly on TV ads attacking Walker’s political opponent, Democratic Mayor Tom Barrett. The RGA described itself as a “key investor” in Walker’s victory. In its congratulations, the RGA notes that it “ran a comprehensive campaign including TV and internet ads and direct mail. The series of ads were devastating to Tom Barrett … All told, RGA ran 8 TV ads and sent 8 pieces of mail for absentee, early voting, and GOTV, totaling 2.9 million pieces.”

Maybe you remember this one and the multiple times is was aired.

RGA Ad: Tom Barrett – “Only Worse” from Republican Governors Association on Vimeo.

The Center for Media and Democracy reported on some of the RGA’s spin-filled ads last November, including the ads against Barrett, and filed a snapshot report this week. As the RGA takes credit, its multi-million dollar negative ad campaign probably did help make the difference between the 1.1 million votes cast for Walker against Barrett’s 1 million votes. According to Open Secrets, Koch Industries was one of the top ten donors to the RGA in 2010, giving $1,050,450 to help with governors’ races, like Walker’s.

As Mother Jones has noted, the Koch Industries’ political action committee, KochPAC, gave Walker’s campaign $43,000 directly (according to the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board). It may seem like a small amount compared with the millions the Kochs are spending funding the RGA and other groups, but that donation was one of the larger individual donations to Walker not from an expressly-named partisan PAC. It is, however, a drop in the bucket compared with the impact of a million-dollar negative ad campaign, especially because the candidate promoted by the mud-slingers does not have to get his hands dirty.

Want to thank the Koch Bros. for the gift of Scott Walker. Boycott these products.

Toilet paper: Quilted Northern, Angel Soft

Paper towels: Brawny, Sparkle, Mardi Gras

Paper napkins: Vanity Fair, Mardi Gras, Dixie

Paper plates/bowls: Vanity Fair, Dixie

Paper cups: Dixie

Other KOCH brand names under their Invista division:
Dacron, Antron, Cordura, Lycra, Coolmax, Solarmax, Tactel, Polarguard, Stainmaster, Comforel, Thermolite

From Acceity

“Kwik Trip operates a fleet of tanker trunks that supply its stations with gasoline from the Flint Hills Resources Pine Bend Refinery located near Minneapolis, Minnesota. At approximately 1,000 acres, the Pine Bend Refinery is among the largest in the Midwest, and it can process 300,000 to 400,000 barrels of oil each day. It is owned by Koch Industries — the same privately held conglomerate that makes Quilted Northern toilet paper. Like Wisconsin, however, Minnesota has no natural oil reserves. The refinery relies on outside sources of oil to make its gasoline.”

Unions are not against corporations, but are opposed to corporations that govern.

Boycott Koch Bros. products and Kwik Trip Gas.

The REAL Koch Bros 2

The Call was a prank….the lobbying office is REAL

This is a picture of the lobbying office that was set up near the Wisconsin Capital. Judging from the cozy conversation Scott Walker had with the prankster David Koch, one might suspect that similar calls could be made from this quaint little office.

They are the ultra wealthy pair who are troubled by the bargaining rights of workers, teachers, and firemen. It is their hands that stacked the deck and left Wisconsin to draw Scott Walker as their trump against working families in Wisconsin.  But Scott is small fry when compared to the other larger fish in the net. I wish this were some crazy conspiracy theory, but no. This is who the REAL Koch Bros. are:

Do Scalia and Thomas have a conflict of interest with their ties to the Koch Brothers Billionaire Caucus Retreat?

By John Amato

Common Cause makes a great argument that there’s a conflict of interest between Scalia and Thomas over the Citizens United ruling because of their past participation in Koch Brothers’ Bircheresque political retreats:

I’ll be going to the Common Cause panel discussion and rally against the Koch Brothers Billionaire Caucus next weekend in Palm Springs to represent. Aren’t you getting sick and tired of our Democracy being bought and sold to uber-rich megalomaniacs who only care about their free market profits with no concern for the American worker?

The topic of the participation of Scalia and Thomas has come up before. Susie raised these very questions awhile back. Sam Stein wrote about the judges link to this gathering back in 2010.

In October of 2010, The NY Times wrote this: Secretive Republican Donors Are Planning Ahead

Koch Industries, the longtime underwriter of libertarian causes from the Cato Institute in Washington to the ballot initiative that would suspend California’s landmark law capping greenhouse gases, is planning a confidential meeting at the Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa to, as an invitation says, “develop strategies to counter the most severe threats facing our free society and outline a vision of how we can foster a renewal of American free enterprise and prosperity.”Read more New York Times

The invitation, sent to potential new participants, offers a rare peek at the Koch network of the ultra-wealthy and the politically well-connected, its far-reaching agenda to enlist ordinary Americans to its cause, and its desire for the utmost secrecy.

It’s basically a strategy session on how to re-brand their John Birch propaganda to many more millions of Americans that haven’t already bought into their fraudulent claims.

The Kochs also seek to cultivate Americans’ growing concern about the growth of government: at the most recent meeting, in Aspen, Colo., in June, some of the wealthiest people in America listened to a presentation on “a vision of how we can retain the moral high ground and make the new case for liberty and smaller government that appeals to all Americans, rich and poor.”

The goals for the twice-yearly meetings, the brochure says, include attracting more investors to the cause, but also building institutions “to identify, educate and mobilize citizens” and “fashioning the message and building the education channels to re-establish widespread belief in the benefits of a free and prosperous society.”

And guess who was a key speaker in their Aspen circle jerk hoedown last year?

The participants in Aspen dined under the stars at the top of the gondola run on Aspen Mountain, and listened to Glenn Beck of Fox News in a session titled, “Is America on the Road to Serfdom?” (The title refers to a classic of Austrian economic thought that informs libertarian ideology, popularized by Mr. Beck on his show.)The participants included some of the nation’s wealthiest families and biggest names in finance: private equity and hedge fund executives like John Childs, Cliff Asness, Steve Schwarzman and Ken Griffin; Phil Anschutz, the entertainment and media mogul ranked by Forbes as the 34th-richest person in the country; Rich DeVos, the co-founder of Amway; Steve Bechtel of the giant construction firm; and Kenneth Langone of Home Depot.

The Super Elites are gathering their forces to buy themselves another election in 2012. If you know of any billionaires that want to play for the good guys please ask them to email me.

Update 3-16-2011

I wish this were a conspiracy therory. It is REAL folks. They are trying to buy Wisconsin and now, Wikipedia.

RECALL Dan Kapanke

The Action Has Begun

Join the RECALL DAN KAPANKE group on facebook

Signature forms and instructions are now being distributed. It would be great if anyone who attended the La Crosse action would post an update.

Time: 9:00AM Saturday, March 5th
Recall of State Senator Dan Kapanke (R) 32nd SD

Location:International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers Union
Time:9:00AM Saturday, March 5th
Join the effort to RECALL Sen Dan Kapanke. Take the pressure off the WIS 7 and the people and families of Wisconsin. WE will do this!

The signature forms are now being distributed. We will get 18,000 signatures to Recall Dan Kapanke a defend Wisconsin people and families.

You can find updates and progress reports on the Playful blog.

Watching Wisconsin – Video Tributes

A new spirit of solidarity is being born in Wisconsin and carries with it the creative need for expression. The pace of action is rapid on Twitter and Face Book  so some of the jewels of creativity can be missed in the scroll. Here are two videos of the past days that moved me and captured an essence of an alive and electric Democracy.

We Are Wisconsin video

We Are Wisconsin
from Finn Ryan on Vimeo.


Produced by Finn Ryan and David Nevala

Video and editing – David Nevala
Images – Narayan Mahon, Finn Ryan
Music – Cougar

© 2011 Finn Ryan and David Nevala


American Workers Vs Multi-Billionaires

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