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  • Friday, November 07, 2008

    WISCONSIN FOCUS: Blogs, Alternative Energy, Groups and Events

    Normally progressive candidates do well in Wisconsin. This year not so much. Here is the rundown on local candidates I had highlighted:

    Jessica King
    Candidate for Wisconsin State Senate - District 18 (Challenger)
    Oshkosh, East Winnebago County

    Jessica King lost.

    Sandy Pasch
    Candidate for Wisconsin State House - District 22 (Open Seat)
    Fox Point, River Hills, Glendale, Whitefish Bay, Shorewood

    Sandy Pasch WON!

    Paul Tubbs
    Candidate for Wisconsin State House - District 34 (Challenger)
    Oneida and Vilas Counties

    Paul Tubbs lost.

    Kristen Dexter
    Candidate for Wisconsin State House - District 68 (Challenger)
    Altoona, Eau Claire, Fall Creek

    Kristen Dexter WON!

    Dale Klemme
    Candidate for Wisconsin State House - District 96 (Challenger)
    Prairie du Chien, Gays Mills, Viroqua, Hillsboro

    Dale Klemme lost.

    Alison Page: Alison is running for the Wisconsin 10th State Senate Seat. Alison Page lost.

    Tara Johnson: Tara Johnson is running for the Wisconsin 32nd State Senate seat against a right wing fanatic incumbent who voted against a bipartisan bill in the Wisconsin legislature ensuring compassion for rape victims. Unfortunately, Tara Johnson lost and rape victims are out of luck in this district.


    Blogging Wisconsin: Blogging Blue covers progressive issues in Wisconsin.

    Milwaukee Rising covers local issues in Milwaukee

    Urban Milwaukee: seeks to provide a informative and open dialogue on the issues, events, and people affecting Milwaukee’s most urban neighborhoods, and to promote urbanism within the city of Milwaukee.

    Watchdog Milwaukee is another local Milwaukee blog of note

    Badger Blues is a local Madison blog.


    Some Stories of Interest:

    Open Letter to Mayor Barrett Concerning Transit

    Milwaukee Transit: The Solution

    Updated restaurant inspection database

    GOP Voter Fraud Hoax Gets Knocked Around. And in a related story: Friedman Rips Apart ACORN Voter Fraud Hoax


    Alternative Energy in Wisconsin:

    Alternative Energy Resources in Wisconsin: a short summary of alternative energy resources for Wisconsin. For more information on each technology, visit the State Energy Alternatives Technology Options page.

    RENEW Wisconsin is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Madison, promotes clean energy strategies for powering the state's economy in an environmentally responsible manner.

    Madison Peak Oil Group meets on the first Thursday of every month for a brown bag lunch from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the lower level conference room at 222 S. Hamilton Street.

    Renewable Energy Milwaukee: A renewable energy blog for greater Milwaukee, moderated by RENEW Wisconsin

    PrairieFire BioFuels: a member-owned cooperative creating access and building infrastructure to support vegetable oil-based fuels sources and usage

    THE MadiSUN PROGRAM: The City of Madison was recently awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy through the Solar America Cities Program. MadiSUN’s goal is to double to number of solar electric and hot water solar installations in the city. The City of Madison, along with Madison Gas and Electric, Focus on Energy and UW Extension will be working on this project for the next two years. A major component of the grant is to provide the community with a consultant who can help interested residents and businesses install a solar system. The consultant is on board to provide technical expertise and to answer questions regarding design, permitting and rebate programs. Contact (608) 243-0586 or solar_at_cityofmadison.com


    Here are some Wisconsin Democracy for America Groups:

    Democracy for Wisconsin - Madison
    Meets first Wed. of each month, 7 PM, Madison, WI

    Join us in building a brighter and more progressive future for our country.

    For more information (including where) email: russwallac_at_aol.com or go here.

    DFA Northeast Wisconsin
    DFA - Northeast Wisconsin (DFA-NEW) meets the first Wednesday of each month to discuss issues, promote progressive candidates and actively work to bring democracy to the political process locally, regionally and nationally. Sign up here to get information on their meetings.

    Democracy for America-Greater Milwaukee
    Sign up here for information on this group.

    Democracy for SE Wisconsin
    Join this Yahoo Group to get information on this group.

    Democracy for Stevens Point:
    A group of progressive, concerned citizens in the Stevens Point, WI area who are interested in political change as described in Democracy for America, and organization originally begun by Governor Howard Dean.

    Join this Yahoo Group for more info on this group.


    Here are some other Wisconsin Groups and Events:

    Ozaukee First Friday Forum
    First Friday Forums - public affairs breakfast forums co-sponsored by MATC-Mequon, UW-Extension and the Ozaukee County Board.

    Held on the first Friday of every other month from 730am to 900 am at MATC-Mequon. $5 registration fee per session.
    Additional information: Sandra Webster 262-238-2205/ websters@matc.edu

    Milwaukee County Democratic Club:
    We meet on the fourth Monday of most months, 7 PM in the Hall of Fame Room of the Pettit National Ice Center at Wisconsin State Fair Park. We look forward to seeing you there!

    Petitt National Ice Center
    500 S. 84th St
    Milwaukee, WI, 53214

    For the bicycilists in Madison, here's Critical Mass Madison:

    Critical Mass is a movement (not an organization) that advocates for better transportation alternatives. Meets 5:30 PM, the last Friday of Every Month, no matter the weather. Gather where West Washington meets Capitol Square. Where the ride goes after that is decided by whoever shows up.


    And for those who like to combine social events with politics, here are the Drinking Liberally Groups in Wisconsin:

    Fitchburg, Wisconsin
    * Second Thursday of each month, 5:30-7:00 pm
    * Kelly's Grill, 2685 Research Park Dr
    * Hosted by Alice Jenson and John Mosman, fitchburg (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Sister Bay, Wisconsin
    * Every Tuesday, 7:00 pm onward
    * Shipwrecked Restaurant & Brewery, 7791 Egg Harbor Rd (Hwy 42), Egg Harbor (village center on Hwy 42)
    * ALERT! We are currently on seasonal hiatus with our next gathering in May of 2008.
    * Hosted by Dick Kaiser, sisterbay (at) drinkingliberally.org

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