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Letter To The People - April 2018

Publisher's Commentary by Rökker
What's in your candidate's past?

This issue is dedicated to the Memory of Luke Jorgensen who passed away shortly after playing the Charity Jamboree at the High Noon Saloon last month. A worker and believer in the Madison music scene. He will be missed.

Wisconsin Gubernatorial Democratic Primary: I’m not making this easy for you, am I? You are probably sitting there thinking, “why doesn’t he just tell me who to vote for and be done with it?”

Believe me, I wish I could, but that would only continue our current dilemma of not thinking for ourselves and doing our own “research” on the candidates. And when I mean research, I don’t mean finding how they stand on the issues. I mean, I guess that’s important, but politicians sure do have a knack of telling voters what they need to hear and then once elected “working” for the big donors who got ‘em there.

My research is about character. Who are these people? What have they done in the past that might show me who they are. Actions speak louder than words, and there ought to be enough out there on each candidate to give us an inkling. But I’m not going to make it easy on you, you’re going to have to participate.

NRA: One of the candidates is the only Democrat to receive money from the NRA. This candidate also holds an A rating by the NRA. (Wisdc.org)

Polls: One of the candidates claimed at a gubernatorial forum to be far ahead in the polls and cited a poll that the candidate’s campaign paid for. When the polling company was asked if they would conduct a poll on another candidate in this election, the response was “So yeah, sorry about that..um..yeah we are…we’ve already done a.. a primary poll for somebody else so…um…It’s like if I did a poll for Hillary and then I turned around and did a poll for Trump.  Why would they…why would they trust…why would either of them trust me, you know. Maybe they.. maybe… maybe one of them is paying me more and… and I’ll give them they want”

Lawsuits: One of the candidates “was fired by his father and sued by his former business partner for allegedly fraudulent behavior” (WSJ). The lawsuit claimed “unjust enrichment” after he missed hundreds of days of work but was still paid a salary and benefits worth more than $1 million.

The case went to trial but the candidate sold his shares to the partner before a decision was reached. The candidate also claims he is “an accomplished business leader with the vision to lead the state.”

Out of State Money: One of the candidates listed on their Facebook a fundraising event called “Meet the Rising Star who will beat Scott Walker,” the only problem was that the fundraiser was being held at a brewpub in Oakland, California. As of the writing of this there is another scheduled in Los Angeles.

Large Donors, Super Pacs, Special Interest Money: It is pretty much common knowledge that the majority of citizens want money out of politics. The only way we can achieve this is by choosing only candidates that limit campaign donations. Only one candidate can claim to limit donations to $200 with $1000 total limit and no super pac or special interest dollars.

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