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Former President Clinton heads to Wisconsin to campaign for Tom Barrett in recall election


Who says public pressure doesn't work? I tweeted my hiney off for this:

(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton will head to Wisconsin Friday to campaign on behalf of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, the Democratic challenger to Republican Gov. Scott Walker in the state's recall election next Tuesday.

It's about time. The silence from the DNC has been deafening.

Clinton will team up with Barrett at a Milwaukee rally tomorrow. Neither President Obama nor V.P. Biden are planning to go to Wisconsin before the election on June 5th. Too bad, Biden would have been a perfect fit.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the DNC Chair, and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, the chair of the Democratic Governors Association, both campaigned in Wisconsin Wednesday.

Ed's been all over this story:

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Secret pro-Scott Walker group jams phones of opponent Dem. Tom Barrett with spam texts


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The phone number in the above screen grabs belongs to Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett’s campaign headquarters. (link and link)

The secret plan was to bombard Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett’s campaign headquarters with calls in order to shut down their phones, just in time to screw with the get out the vote effort so badly needed by the Dems... in order to combat voter suppression and millions in donations by the Koch brothers.

It worked, according to Think Progress.

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VIDEO: Entire Wisconsin gubernatorial recall debate between Tom Barrett and Scott Walker


The DNC needs to heap on the support for Barrett, stat. And by support I mean funds. Scott Walker is a Koch puppet who is spending scads of their money in order to "divide and conquer" and destroy every union, public school, and protection for women's health care and privacy rights.

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Gov. Scott Walker and Dem. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett meet for first of two debates tonight


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It's debate time! I don't want to miss this one. Via

Friday's debate in Milwaukee is being broadcast live statewide at 8 p.m. Friday and sponsored by the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association.

Walker and Barrett will meet for a second and final debate Thursday night, also in Milwaukee.

The debate will be livestreamed on Channel 3000 at 8, 6 pm PDT.

ADDED: Here's a list of other sites where you can find live streaming of the debate.

Let's hope that Tom Barrett can demolish Scotty and his anti-union, anti-education, anti-women's rights arguments. It's hard to express how important this election will be, but these two videos will shed some light on that.

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Never-before-seen VIDEO bombshell: WI Gov. Walker tells big donor/Koch strategist he'd use "divide and conquer" as strategy against unions



Documentary filmmaker Brad Lichtenstein videotaped this conversation in which Gov. Scott Walker says he would use "divide and conquer" as a strategy against unions. Video courtesy of Brad Lichtenstein.

Billionaire Diane Hendricks, who you see in the video, has given $510,000 to Scotty's campaign, which makes her his single-largest donor and the largest known donor to a candidate in state history.

The video is from January 2011.

JSOnline fills us where the video left off:

"So for us," the governor continues, "the base we get for that is the fact that we've got - budgetarily we can't afford not to. If we have collective bargaining agreements in place, there's no way not only the state but local governments can balance things out. . . . That opens the door once we do that. That's your bigger problem right there."

He goes on to talk about curbing liability lawsuits and government regulations. [...]

"This is another colossal bait and switch that goes directly to his honesty," [Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Walker's challenger in the June 5 recall election] said. "What he claims he is not in favor of publicly, to the person who has made the largest contribution in state history, he says exactly the opposite. You can't trust him."

Barrett has been hammering Walker on right-to-work legislation for weeks, frequently using the phrase "divide and conquer." Barrett said he used that term because he believed that was Walker's strategy, but did not know until Thursday that Walker himself had used it.

As Russ Feingold says in an email I just received:

This is the work of a dishonest governor and a national corporate agenda....

We all know Scott Walker didn't tell the truth to the people of Wisconsin about his private plans for an ideological civil war.

But now there is never-before-seen footage of Walker talking to a Koch Brothers strategist that proves it.

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