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Ed Schultz and John Nichols to be in Racine County Saturday

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After former President Bill Clinton’s visit to Milwaukee earlier today on behalf of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett, I didn’t think anyone else of note would be visiting Wisconsin on behalf of either Barrett or the recall effort.  But I couldn’t have been more wrong.

Due to the intense Wisconsin recall fight between sitting Governor Scott Walker (R) and challenger Tom Barrett (D), the current Mayor of Milwaukee, political commentators Ed Schultz and John Nichols will be in Racine County tomorrow — in Racine at noon, and in Burlington at 3 p.m.  Schultz, you see, has kept abreast of what’s going on in Wisconsin; Nichols, who writes for The Nation magazine and is an associate editor of The Cap Times (formerly The Capital Times, headquartered in Madison, WI), has been Schultz’s most regular correspondent.

It’s not unheard of that someone with a national radio show and TV show, like Schultz, would come to Wisconsin.  He’s done so before and has made stops in Madison.  But to come to Racine, which is just shy of 90,000 people, is new for him; that he’s also going to go to Burlington tomorrow at 3 p.m., when Burlington has, at most, 10,500 people, just goes to show that Schultz is interested in every part of Racine County, not just the City of Racine. 

As for Nichols visiting with Schultz, Nichols is from Wisconsin and he’s said before that he first voted in Union Grove (yet another small town in Racine County; Union Grove has approximately 4,300 people).  As Nichols obviously knows Racine County; he undoubtedly realizes that the City of Racine has been either first or second in how much unemployment we have for the past seven years running, which may be one reason why both are coming here.  And as unemployment is one of Schultz’s major “themes,” perhaps Schultz will take note of Racine’s problems in addition to his “get out the vote” efforts on behalf of the recalls of Walker, Lt. Gov. Kleefisch and the four Republican state Senators, including my own R Sen. Van Wanggaard.

If you’re planning to see Ed Schultz and John Nichols tomorrow, here’s where they’ll be:

12 Noon — at the Racine Labor Center, Racine, WI

3 p.m. — at Echo Lake Park, Burlington, WI

And their final stop will be in Baraboo — which isn’t in Racine County at all — at 7 p.m. at the Ringling Theatre.

See you there.

Written by Barb Caffrey

June 1, 2012 at 10:35 pm

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  1. My “Ed” prediction, for after Walker wins Recall:

    1. It’s Obama’s fault;
    2. It’s the Tea Party’s Fault;
    3. It’s the influence of outsiders (Who can not vote in WI) fault;
    4. It’s the “Billions” spent by Repubs’ fault.

    Dee Bob

    June 3, 2012 at 11:21 am

    • I don’t think Walker will win the recall, but _if_ he does, look for an indictment instead. (And much more out of state money has come in on Walker’s side than Barrett’s — any objective observer can tell you that.)

      Barb Caffrey

      June 3, 2012 at 4:50 pm

      • RCP Average 5/9 – 6/3 — 51.2 44.8 Walker +6.4
        PPP (D) 6/2 – 6/3 1226 LV 50 47 Walker +3
        Marquette University 5/23 – 5/26 600 LV 52 45 Walker +7
        WeAskAmerica 5/23 – 5/23 1409 LV 54 42 Walker +12
        WPR/St. Norbert 5/17 – 5/22 406 LV 50 45 Walker +5
        Rasmussen Reports 5/9 – 5/9 500 LV 50 45 Walker +5

        It appears to be a done deal. Now all the other States can rein in Pub. Serv. Union’s incestuous relationship with local government officials and elections.

        Dee Bob

        June 4, 2012 at 10:20 am

      • I don’t see anything as a “done deal” right now, especially considering the unusual amount of political activism in the northern part of Wisconsin on behalf of the Ds. That area is critical for Walker if he’s to retain his seat, so it’s one areas I will definitely be keeping my eye on.

        As for the polls . . . the PPP poll is within the margin of error. Even the Marquette University poll is within the margin of error, especially if you consider that the Rs were oversampled and several urban areas were _undersampled_. (See this link: http://bdgrdemocracy.wordpress.com/2012/05/30/latest-marquette-franklin-poll-will-send-gop-spinning-convulsing-barrett-supporters-take-heed/) Most “out-state” voters were also undersampled, which may make a huge difference.

        Basically, this is a dead heat race that could end up with another state-paid recount (what I like to call a “mandatory recount”); that is, if the race is within a quarter of a percentage point, the race can and undoubtedly will be recounted. (Taxpayers pick this up, yes. But taxpayers have to pick this up during “regularly scheduled” elections, too, such as the Kloppenburg-Prosser recount last year.)

        Barb Caffrey

        June 4, 2012 at 8:37 pm

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