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Our usual practice at is to avoid endorsing candidates for office. Instead, we try to encourage debate about public policy issues that matter to our community, rather than endorsing individual candidates in their bids for public office.

But today, I’ll hang my editor’s hat on the hatrack over in the corner, and just write from my sometimes-partisan perspective about Tuesday’s recall election. Even so, because this is such an unusual election, you may find that my reasons for supporting Governor Scott Walker and Lieutenant-Governor Rebecca Kleefisch in Tuesday’s recall election resonate with you regardless of your party affiliation.

So without further ado, here are my three reasons for voting for Governor Walker on Tuesday.

Reason #1: This election is about Courage

Scott Walker has made the point this year, in numerous speeches around the state, that this recall election is about Courage. It’s about the Courage that every elected official should have, to clearly state his or her policy goals and objectives, and then actually do what he said he’d do after taking office. continue reading…

Click to see a bigger map of the Senate DistrictsTuesday we’ll have Primary elections for Governor across the state. There are also some Primaries in the Senate recall races as well, although not for the Fox Valley area. Click on the image to the left to see a larger map of the Senate districts, and the four Districts that have Primary races on Tuesday.

The purpose of the Recall election of the Governor, is for Democrats to try to unseat our current Governor Scott Walker. Democratic activists collected between one half million and one million signatures on recall petitions, allowing them to force a Recall election under Wisconsin State Law.

On Tuesday there will be both a Republican and a Democratic Primary. There will be a Republican Primary because there is a “protest” candidate challenging Governor Walker on the Republican ticket. More about that candidate later on. While the “protest” challenger in the Republican primary isn’t a credible candidate for Republicans, it’s still remotely possible for the Governor to lose the Republican Primary, if democrats turn out in force and crossover-vote against the Governor in the Republican Primary, and the Republican turnout is lackluster. So if you’re a Republican, be sure to vote for Governor Walker in the Primary on Tuesday. continue reading…

Six State Senators will face off with their challengers at the voting booths tomorrow (Tuesday, August 9): Rob Cowles versus Nancy Nusbaum (district 2), Alberta Darling versus Sandra Pasch (district 8), Sheila Harsdorf versus Shelly Moore (district 10), Luther Olsen versus Fred Clark (district 14),A Map of Senate Districts involved in Recalls Randy Hopper versus Jessica King (district 18) and Dan Kapanke versus Jennifer Shilling (district 32). For a quick review of the candidates and the issues, click on the image to the left (or alternately click here). This will open a clickable map of the elections in a separate window. There’s summary information about the races, available by hovering your mouse over a Senate District, and clicking the District connects you to additional candidate information including endorsements of the candidates by PACs, unions and public welfare organizations. There are also links to the Voter Public Access website, that will tell you precisely which Senate District you’re in, and where you go to vote.

By the end of the day Tuesday, we may know if the Republicans are going to hang on to the State Senate or not. However, there will be two more recall races a week from tomorrow, so this could be a drawn-out nail-biter.





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Tuesday, July 12, there’s a Primary election for Senate District 2. Remember to vote, if you live in the northern or eastern part of Little Chute, or in any part of Senate district 2 outside of Little Chute. This district covers parts of Outagamie, Shawano, Oconto and Brown counties.

Map of Senate District 2 in the Little Chute and Kaukauna area

The incumbent in this election is State Senator Rob Cowles, a Republican ( He has no opposition on the Republican ticket, so there is only a Democratic party primary on Tuesday. There are two candidates on the Democratic Primary ticket: Nancy Nusbaum ( and Otto Junkermann (, and

Because Senate district 2 cuts through Little Chute, only residents in the northern and eastern wards will go to the polls Tuesday. Residents in wards 2, 8, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18 and 19 will vote at the Village Hall Tuesday, while those in wards 1, 4, 9, 10 and 15 will vote at the Civic Center. Residents in wards 3, 5, 6, 7, 11 and 14 will not vote in this election, because they’re in Senate district 1, not district 2. Click on the map above to open a new window of the Senate Districts map at the Wisconsin Interactive Map Server. There is also a detailed ward map of Little Chute at (in PDF format, 290 KB).

The General Election for Senate district 2 will take place on Tuesday, August 9 between Republican Senator Rob Cowles and the winner of Tuesday’s Democratic primary.

As confusing as all this may be for our Village, it’s even more complicated when you look at the Fox Valley as a whole. There are two more Democratic party primaries in the Fox Valley on Tuesday, for Senate districts 14 and 18. The other Senate District in the Fox Valley that is undergoing a recall election is Senate district 30. There is no primary for Senate district 30, because this district has only one Democrat (the incumbent) and one Republican (the challenger).

The General election will take place on Tuesday, July 19 for Senate district 30. The General election will take place on August 9 for Senate districts 14 and 18, just as it will for Little Chute’s Senate District 2 race.





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OK. I’ve had writer’s block since April. I keep focusing on politics instead of fun things like CheeseFest and Memorial and Flag Day parades and sports and such. Focused, but unable to write about it. Much to my own dismay and distress.

I keep waiting for, I don’t know, reasonableness maybe? Civility, perhaps. Or maybe just congratulations for the Victor by the Vanquished after a hotly contested election or a difficult legislative vote. And then the welcome sight of everyone moving on with the next order of business for the state, or county, or municipality.

I just try to envision the astonishing sight of the minority being respectful of the majority’s will and decisions. And the equally astonishing sight of the majority being respectful of the minority’s rights and perspectives.

Or some such.

Let’s see. We had a very close Supreme Court election in April, with a wildly erroneous unofficial result on election day, and an official margin of victory of less that one-half of one percent in favor of Justice David Prosser. Then we had a protracted recount through May, requested by the candidate who took second place in this very close election, Joanne Kloppenburg. And a lot of grumbling from Republicans that she didn’t have to pay for the recount, since the initial margin of victory was so small. But to me, continue reading…