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Blue Jean Nation - "Bravery in the moment of truth" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike McCabe, Blue Jean Nation   
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 10:53

dems-v-repubThe emergence of a new major party is unlikely, and it appears American voters are doomed to a choice between the two most disliked major party nominees in polling history. They both will play on fear of the other. But what can we do?

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 June 2016 11:11
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Let’s Make Electing a President a “democratic” Process PDF Print E-mail
State & Local
Written by Dan Thomson, Madison   
Tuesday, 21 June 2016 15:11

bernie-sandersMadison Activist and Bernie Supporter wants a Constitutional amendment.


MADISON, WI - I woke up on June 14, 2016, and accepted that Bernie was not going to be our next President.

It was sad and hard because Bernie is for real. You know he isn’t lying to you when he speaks. We haven’t had a politician that honest since Proxmire. Bernie Sanders is hope.

We children of the sixties were a generation of hope. We were going to fix the world. We had real expectations that poverty, injustice and war would all be a thing of the past. Since then the world just got uglier.

We need hope. This thing we call Democracy just isn’t working. We have to make it work.

So what is the next step to sustain hope?

Let’s make Democracy work. Let’s make an amendment to the Constitution. Since the President is the most powerful politician in the country and the only one elected by the whole country, let’s make electing a president a democratic process. Call it the 28th Amendment.

The President and Vice President shall be elected by all of the people of the United States voting together with one vote to each qualified person. To be voted upon for President, a candidate must be supported by a petition of 100,000 citizens from anywhere in the United States, presented to the Federal Election Commission. All of the states shall have the same list of candidates supplied by the Federal Election Commission. The Presidential candidates shall supply to the Federal Election Commission the names of their respective Vice Presidential candidates. In the event that no candidate receives a majority of the ballots cast, the Federal Election Commission will hold a runoff election between the two top contenders. The Electoral College will be eliminated.

That is a short and simple solution to some big problems. Let’s send petitions to our U.S. Senators and Representatives to make this change to the Constitution. Let them know this is a one-issue voting requirement for us to continue to support them and reelect them. If we get behind it, it will work. We need hope for the future. This is our immortality. We live; we die. But something greater continues. We must contribute to it.

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Dan Thomson is a former factory worker, Illinois Department of Human Services Caseworker, Illinois Human Rights Investigator and a lawyer. He holds a Master’s in Anthropology and a JD. For the past six years he has been retired, and now lives in Madison, WI.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 June 2016 15:24
 
Don’t Click on that Email from the IRS! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathleen Vinehout, State Senator 31st District   
Tuesday, 21 June 2016 10:48

elderly-people-on-computerThe IRS has witnessed a significant increase in email scams using the IRS name to lure people into giving up important personal information.  Sen. Kathleen Vinehout shares information about what the IRS won’t do and how to report a scam.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 June 2016 11:07
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Blue Jean Nation - "You and I can’t run for governor" PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mike McCabe, Blue Jean Nation   
Wednesday, 15 June 2016 09:55

county-demsIs it realistic for people who are truly reflective of the general public to run for governor, the House of Representatives? Doesn't seem so. That’s because nearly all Americans can’t realistically run for major political office. Our country is the poorer for it.


ALTOONA, WI - Representation is the foundation our political system is supposed to be built on. For authentic representation to be possible, it has to be realistic for people who are truly reflective of the general public to run for office.

By this measure, you can see that American democracy is on very thin ice when you consider what’s involved in seeking and holding an office like governor.

Those doing the campaigning in Wisconsin’s last election for governor spent well over $80 million. The popular assumption is that candidates need to have as much money as their opponents — or close to it — to be taken seriously. That thinking is mistaken, but widely accepted. That fact alone leaves nearly everyone on the outside looking in. Only a select few are able to put millions of dollars of their own money into a political campaign. Among the multitudes who can’t, most are unwilling to sell out their beliefs and principles to win over special interests capable of supplying them with the financing to compete.

Not having a personal fortune or a willingness to take out a second mortgage on your soul is not the only characteristic separating those who can run from others like you and me who can’t. Elections for governor are partisan contests, and America has a two-party system. The major parties expect candidates to join their ranks. Most Americans are turned off by both major parties at the moment, and have no interest in joining one. Candidates not only are supposed to be dues-paying party members, they are expected to take the position that their party can do no wrong and the other party can do no right. You and I and most Americans don’t believe that and aren’t comfortable pretending that we do.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 June 2016 10:21
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