Monday – BASD Annual Meeting!

This MONDAY NIGHT! It's time for the good people of the Burlington Area School District to come out and support the rational members of our School Board against those who believe (foolishly) that Joseph McCarthy was right. http://burlingtonareaprogressives.blogspot.com/2014/07/good-night-good-grief.html
ANNUAL MEETING - August 25th - Burlington School Board - 8:00 pm Burlington High School Auditorium--"Notice is hereby given to the qualified electors of the Burlington Area School District that the annual meeting of said District for the transaction of business will beheld in the Burlington High School Auditorium, 400 McCanna Parkway, Burlington, Wisconsin."
There is word that there will be the perennial pushback at this meeting from the tea swilling followers of the McCarthyite apologist who believe that ANY levy increase is too much. It's important to get a large number of reasonable people to attend this annual meeting and raise their hands in favor of the very very lean school district budget as it currently is written.
Expect that last-minute attempts to reduce the current budget will be made in the form of amendments to the proposed budget. This tactic must, once again, be voted down by us, the majority of the citizenry exhibiting goodwill to our community and responsibility toward the future.
Our children need us to show up that evening in a large group and show our support for them. Please come and show your support our current tax levy and budget. A lot of time and effort has gone in to trying to keep our tax burden as low as possible, and the results of any further reductions will be dire.
Let's get enough people to "be there and play fair" (like "be there or be square"). Let's be fair to our children and draw that line in the sand that says "ENOUGH!" No more cutting back. Every kid needs our support.
For more info on the annual budget as approved by the board, go here:http://myracinecounty.com/?p=15181
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Monday – BASD Annual Meeting!

This MONDAY NIGHT! It's time for the good people of the Burlington Area School District to come out and support the rational members of our School Board against those who believe (foolishly) that Joseph McCarthy was right. http://burlingtonareaprogressives.blogspot.com/2014/07/good-night-good-grief.html
ANNUAL MEETING - August 25th - Burlington School Board - 8:00 pm Burlington High School Auditorium--"Notice is hereby given to the qualified electors of the Burlington Area School District that the annual meeting of said District for the transaction of business will beheld in the Burlington High School Auditorium, 400 McCanna Parkway, Burlington, Wisconsin."
There is word that there will be the perennial pushback at this meeting from the tea swilling followers of the McCarthyite apologist who believe that ANY levy increase is too much. It's important to get a large number of reasonable people to attend this annual meeting and raise their hands in favor of the very very lean school district budget as it currently is written.
Expect that last-minute attempts to reduce the current budget will be made in the form of amendments to the proposed budget. This tactic must, once again, be voted down by us, the majority of the citizenry exhibiting goodwill to our community and responsibility toward the future.
Our children need us to show up that evening in a large group and show our support for them. Please come and show your support our current tax levy and budget. A lot of time and effort has gone in to trying to keep our tax burden as low as possible, and the results of any further reductions will be dire.
Let's get enough people to "be there and play fair" (like "be there or be square"). Let's be fair to our children and draw that line in the sand that says "ENOUGH!" No more cutting back. Every kid needs our support.
For more info on the annual budget as approved by the board, go here:http://myracinecounty.com/?p=15181
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LET’S GET TO WORK

Mary Burke jobs plan: Invest for Success

A Letter from Mary Burke

MaryBurkePortraitI am running for Governor because I love Wisconsin and know that we have everything needed to be a thriving, top ten economy. But as I travel the state, I hear too many stories of new college graduates leaving the state because they can’t find a good job here. Or of an aspiring entrepreneur with a great
idea but can’t get the capital needed to turn their idea into a business. Of sons and daughters who just graduated from high school but lack the skills to get a good paying job. And of workers in their 50s who were laid off and worry about finding a job that will make sure they have money for retirement.
Unfortunately, we all know too many people with similar stories in this economy.

But it does not have to be this way.

Wisconsin, like every other state in the nation, was hit hard by the Great Recession. It was a national calamity, but take a look at how other states are faring today, and you’ll see all but one state in the Midwest is doing better than Wisconsin.

Private-sector job growth

I know Wisconsin has everything it takes to have one of the strongest economies anywhere, but we’re not even close. We’re 48th in new business startups. And we’re creating jobs at a rate that’s just half the national average.


We can do better.
I’ve spent most of my career in the private sector, and I know what it means to build a Wisconsin success story. At Trek, I grew the division I led from $3 million to $50 million in sales annually, helping Trek grow to nearly 1,000 Wisconsin jobs.

That real world experience – and being held accountable for the results – informs my plan and my approach. What I’ve learned is that creating jobs doesn’t begin, or end, with ideology; it takes clear objectives, honest assessments, and a commitment to working with all partners around the table to ensure success. And most importantly, it requires a clear understanding of what actually makes the economy grow.

For me, it starts with creating more good-paying jobs and making sure workers have the skills necessary to fill those jobs. Succeeding on those fronts strengthens and grows the middle class. And when the middle class thrives, businesses grow – generating more jobs, opportunity and prosperity for everyone. Everybody gets a fair shot – that’s the American dream. And we need more people who feel like it can happen for them right here in Wisconsin.

That means making sound, strategic investments. At Trek Bicycle, we grew sales and jobs by investing in our people, offices to open new markets and engineers and designers to create better products. All good business people know it takes investment to grow. It is no different with Wisconsin’s economy.
We need big, bold ideas to build a thriving, top ten economy, and we need new leadership to make it happen.

I call my plan “Invest for Success” – Click HERE to download the plan.
I lay out the five core strategies I’ll use to turn things around. I hope you’ll take the time to read the whole plan. You see, I’m a businessperson, so I view this as a starting point. I want feedback, and
input into the plan from business owners, workers, entrepreneurs, students, community leaders – and you – so that we can strengthen and update it along the way.

Because this plan isn’t just for the campaign – it’s the playbook I’ll look to the day I’m sworn in as your Governor, and start working to strengthen Wisconsin’s economy and the middle class.

That’s what I’ll do as your Governor.
And I hope you’ll join me.
Let’s get to work.

MaryBurke
BurkeforWisconsin.com

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LET’S GET TO WORK

Mary Burke jobs plan: Invest for Success

A Letter from Mary Burke

MaryBurkePortraitI am running for Governor because I love Wisconsin and know that we have everything needed to be a thriving, top ten economy. But as I travel the state, I hear too many stories of new college graduates leaving the state because they can’t find a good job here. Or of an aspiring entrepreneur with a great
idea but can’t get the capital needed to turn their idea into a business. Of sons and daughters who just graduated from high school but lack the skills to get a good paying job. And of workers in their 50s who were laid off and worry about finding a job that will make sure they have money for retirement.
Unfortunately, we all know too many people with similar stories in this economy.

But it does not have to be this way.

Wisconsin, like every other state in the nation, was hit hard by the Great Recession. It was a national calamity, but take a look at how other states are faring today, and you’ll see all but one state in the Midwest is doing better than Wisconsin.

Private-sector job growth

I know Wisconsin has everything it takes to have one of the strongest economies anywhere, but we’re not even close. We’re 48th in new business startups. And we’re creating jobs at a rate that’s just half the national average.


We can do better.
I’ve spent most of my career in the private sector, and I know what it means to build a Wisconsin success story. At Trek, I grew the division I led from $3 million to $50 million in sales annually, helping Trek grow to nearly 1,000 Wisconsin jobs.

That real world experience – and being held accountable for the results – informs my plan and my approach. What I’ve learned is that creating jobs doesn’t begin, or end, with ideology; it takes clear objectives, honest assessments, and a commitment to working with all partners around the table to ensure success. And most importantly, it requires a clear understanding of what actually makes the economy grow.

For me, it starts with creating more good-paying jobs and making sure workers have the skills necessary to fill those jobs. Succeeding on those fronts strengthens and grows the middle class. And when the middle class thrives, businesses grow – generating more jobs, opportunity and prosperity for everyone. Everybody gets a fair shot – that’s the American dream. And we need more people who feel like it can happen for them right here in Wisconsin.

That means making sound, strategic investments. At Trek Bicycle, we grew sales and jobs by investing in our people, offices to open new markets and engineers and designers to create better products. All good business people know it takes investment to grow. It is no different with Wisconsin’s economy.
We need big, bold ideas to build a thriving, top ten economy, and we need new leadership to make it happen.

I call my plan “Invest for Success” – Click HERE to download the plan.
I lay out the five core strategies I’ll use to turn things around. I hope you’ll take the time to read the whole plan. You see, I’m a businessperson, so I view this as a starting point. I want feedback, and
input into the plan from business owners, workers, entrepreneurs, students, community leaders – and you – so that we can strengthen and update it along the way.

Because this plan isn’t just for the campaign – it’s the playbook I’ll look to the day I’m sworn in as your Governor, and start working to strengthen Wisconsin’s economy and the middle class.

That’s what I’ll do as your Governor.
And I hope you’ll join me.
Let’s get to work.

MaryBurke
BurkeforWisconsin.com

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Message from From Cody Brandt, of the Kenosha County Coordinated Campaign:

The results are in and there are only 12 weeks and 80 days until the November election. This Saturday, August 16th, is a Day of Action. There will be canvasses and phone banks in our mission to introduce Mary Burke and our slate of Democrats to voters. Come to the official Kenosha County Democratic Party office (5711 8th Ave, Kenosha WI 53140) between 10 am and 4 pm to help out.

There is no question that everyone here leads a busy life. However, the quickest and most effective way to undo the damage that Scott Walker and other Republicans have created is TO REPLACE THEM! That requires work, volunteering to do things that are uncomfortable and inconvenient. There is no shortcut.

“Likes” won’t win this election. Coming just for parties won’t win this election. If everyone who sees this gives just 2 hours a week to the campaign volunteering, no one would ever have to ask for volunteers. I will be at the new office ready to knock doors. How about you?

For more information or to confirm your volunteer hours, contact Cody at cody@wisdems.org or 262-374-2787.

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Citizen Koch is a Go!

Citizen Koch is a Go!


BAPsters bought 64 tickets, more than enough to let the show go on!

There are still tickets left if you'd like to go. You can order them here for $10: http://www.tugg.com/events/10295

If there are still tickets remaining, they will be sold at the door prior to the show - 6:30 Wednesday August 13th at the Plaza Theater in Burlington.

Also, if you missed BAP's hosting of John Nichols last week, you missed quite the presentation. John was very generous to give us his time (again) and his sometimes foreboding, but always insightful, optimistic and entertaining analysis of current events and the long history behind them. Thank you John!
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Citizen Koch is a Go!

Citizen Koch is a Go!


BAPsters bought 64 tickets, more than enough to let the show go on!

There are still tickets left if you'd like to go. You can order them here for $10: http://www.tugg.com/events/10295

If there are still tickets remaining, they will be sold at the door prior to the show - 6:30 Wednesday August 13th at the Plaza Theater in Burlington.

Also, if you missed BAP's hosting of John Nichols last week, you missed quite the presentation. John was very generous to give us his time (again) and his sometimes foreboding, but always insightful, optimistic and entertaining analysis of current events and the long history behind them. Thank you John!
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Mary Burke at Peter Barca’s House Aug.2

Burke Event

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Mary Burke at Peter Barca’s House Aug.2

Burke Event

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Barbeque for Mary Burke

Friday, Aug. 1, 4:00-6:00

UAW, 3615 Washington Rd, Kenosha, Wisconsin 99216.  Let’s show our support for Mary Burke by attending this hands on event.

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