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I am a native Wisconsinite – a “Sconnie”. I have seen enough of the co-opting of power and influence on the part of the corporations and people who serve them – not the people. What is happening in Wisconsin is just the beginning – if you don’t care, you haven’t been paying attention. Read along and comment here, see me on Facebook, or email to bdgrdemocracy@gmail.com if you want a dialogue about how we move FORWARD – On Wisconsin!

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  1. Sue Gootsan

     /  April 7, 2011

    This is such a great website! And you are providing such a wonderful service, Scott. Thank you so very much! Sue Gootsan : )

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    • Thanks, Sue…I will be posting a two-part blog focusing on the literal propaganda campaign being put on by the extreme corporate right, along with the facts to debunk…look for it to start tomorrow! Thanks for reading.

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  2. vivian stringer

     /  May 4, 2011

    No native of Wisconsin should ever refer to her/himself as a sconnie. Ugly word made up by non-natives.

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    • Vivian – I beg to differ…no one outside Wisconsin coins the term “Sconnie”; started by “Sconnie Nation” in Madison. I consider it a compliment – much better than being a “coastie”. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder; as someone born and raised (40+ years) in The Badger State, I embrace being a Sconnie! Thanks for reading, and for the comment.

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      • Kathleen Cseri

         /  February 25, 2012

        I am 74 years old born, raised, and lived here all but 3 years of my life and I never heard the term “sconnie” referring to “Wisconsinites” . Cheeseheads, yes. But sconnie NO. Personally I don’t like the sound of it and if you think it was coined in Madison, remember Madison is MULTI-national make up. People from all over the world live there because of the University so I am sure if you heard the word sconnie it was not coined by any one Born in Wisconsin.

      • Thanks for the comment…see my previous response to someone offended by the term “Sconnie…” I wear it with pride, just as one who enjoys being called a “Cheesehead” – which was, incidentally, a disparaging term coined by Bears fans originally. Sconnie originated in Wisconsin by Wisconsinites; from where I was born, raised, and continue…

      • Sconnie Esq

         /  September 22, 2012

        I’m not sure how he came up with it, exactly, but Troy Vosseller and his business partners created Sconnie Nation at UW-Madison. Troy and his partners are Wisconsinites through and through. Indeed, Troy even says that Sconnie Nation’s goal is to celebrate Wisconsin and the Wisconsin lifestyle. Even if Sconnie was introduced by non-natives, many Wisconsinites at UW-Madison, at least, have co-opted it and made it something to be proud of, Troy included.

  3. Concerned Citizen

     /  July 5, 2011

    Glad you found Walker’s involvement with the GMC to extend legislation statewide. Great find.

    Wonder how much Walker is getting paid for all those national speaking engagement and fund raising events that we don’t see when he is traveling around the USA and appearing on ALL the news networks.

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  4. Keep fighting the good fight!

    –a fan in California

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  5. Mike Gambsky

     /  January 24, 2012

    I KNOW OF PARENTS WHO GIVE THEIR ADULT CHILDREN CASH SUPPORT EVEN THOUGH THE KIDS ARE PERFECTLY CAPABLE OF WORKING. AND THESE PARENTS CAN’T REALLY AFFORD TO PAY THE WAY. THEY PUT THEMSELVES AT FINANCIAL RISK SO THE KIDS CAN HAVE THINGS THEY HAVE NOT EARNED. WHEN THE PARENTS DIE THE SPOILED CHILDREN WILL FIND THEMSELVES WITHOUT SKILLS TO SUPPORT THEMSELVES. WISCONSIN SHOULD TAKE THE RESPONSIBLE ROAD. SCOTT WALKER HAS TOLD ALL OF US THAT WE HAVE TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR OURSELVES AND I AGREE. THANK WALKER. STOP WHINING LIKE THE SPOILED CHILD. LET WALKER BUILD A STRONG WISCONSIN AND BE PROUD TO HELP.

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  6. Gerhard Fischer

     /  February 10, 2012

    I completely agree with your comments on the WEAC endorsement. I am a WEAC member, and I yet have to meet another WEAC member who has had any input in this decision. Fact: WEAC BoD has not communicate with membership, whatever they claim. I wrote Mary Bell yesterday to voice my opinion. I don’t think Falk can win this elections. She has lost every statewide election she has run in. But my biggest problem is WEAC’s decision making process. This completely jeopardizes a grassroots movement. We need unions in this country, now more than ever. We do not need this disregard for grassroots movements. This will backfire in the worst way. I can only hope that WEAC members do not listen to this recommendation/endorsement and vote for a different candidate in the primary. Will the left ever learn? Why can we not get our act together?

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    • Thank you, Gerhard. Well said, sir. In my opinion, the reason “we” cannot get our act together is the continuous focus on “top down” corporate sponsored politics. We are on the brink of a new (or resurgence of the old) politic that will be a bottom up movement. We must embrace and promote this paradigm shift if we are to “get our act together.” Only then will we move towards a debate and resolution of the real issues the people face.

      Solidarity.

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