Thursday, November 5, 2009
Walker’s love affair with tax cuts won’t save state
Are you sure? Please read and comment on this editorial here. here.
A year after historic election, students stay involved in politics
Nov. 3, 2009
A year ago, Crystal Lee recalls running around Madison in a John McCain T-shirt, reminding people to vote and handing out campaign door hangers.
Meanwhile, Molly Rivera was among the hundreds of University of Wisconsin-Madison students volunteering in the State Street campaign office for Barack Obama, knocking on doors and making phone calls to get out the vote.
"On election day, it was 12 straight hours of work," says Rivera, a junior and now chairwoman of the UW-Madison College Democrats.
“Whether it’s seeing their car insurance rates go up, or rises in tuition ... they’re starting to question how that works and getting involved in campaigns and at the state Capitol.”
Kristen Wall, UW-Madison senior and vice chairwoman of the Wisconsin Federation of College Republicans
It's hard to match the energy of election day — and the weeks leading up to the end of a campaign — but one year after young voters like Lee and Rivera surged to the polls, the historic 2008 campaign has sparked an ongoing interest in politics among students.
Still, the number of students getting involved isn't as high as it was in 2008, and campus political leaders say their biggest challenge is motivating students to debate and advocate for issues.
"You have more impact on foot, on the ground," says Lee, a senior and chairwoman of the UW-Madison College Republicans. "It's harder to get people to come and listen to someone talk."
Doing that involves adding some elements of fun, they say.
"Political involvement isn't dead just because it isn't an election year," says Sean Becker, a sophomore who coordinates monthly "speed debating" nights at the Memorial Union.
On the anniversary of his election Wednesday, Obama will be in Madison for a visit to a local school and a talk about education.
The 2008 results represented a high-water mark for participation by young voters. More than 22 million people under age 30 cast ballots in 2008, making turnout among young voters in 2008 one of the highest ever recorded, according to the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement. That was 2 million more votes than the nation's youngest voters cast in 2004, making them the age group with the greatest increase in turnout last year.
In Wisconsin, turnout among voters under age 30 was 57.5 percent, compared with nearly 75 percent of adults over age 30.
Younger voters engage in issues in different ways than older adults, talking about issues on Facebook and Twitter, and getting Jon Stewart's take on political events, says UW-Madison political science professor Katherine Cramer Walsh. They've also come of age in an era marked by wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, high partisanship and severe economic downturn, Walsh says.
"It can turn people off, but it can also be very engaging. For the most part, it definitely has created interest," Walsh says. "It's been a time when public affairs has been a hot topic...there's always been something in the news."
Much of the interest among young people in last year's election was launched first on energy from the Obama campaign, which was a special draw to young voters, and then driven by candidates' use of social networking, student leaders on both sides of the political aisle say.
Wisconsin's Election Day registration law also makes it easy for the highly transient student population to vote.
A year later, Obama stickers still adorn students' water bottles and coffee mugs, Walsh says. But leaders of the College Democrats and College Republicans report that about 30 to 50 members turn up for regular meetings, and each has an e-mail list with thousands of students who want to receive updates on activities.
Rivera says she thinks students are just as interested in politics and President Obama as they were last year, but "the difference is when a student signs up to work on a campaign, they can really see the results of their work."
Kristen Wall, a senior and vice chairwoman of the Wisconsin Federation of College Republicans, says students are starting to see how actions by lawmakers, especially at the state level, can affect their lives.
"Whether it's seeing their car insurance rates go up, or rises in tuition ... they're starting to question how that works and getting involved in campaigns and at the state Capitol," Wall says.
This fall, health care is the hot topic among students.
Last month, the College Republicans hosted a Halloween party where members ate candy and wrote letters to their congressional representatives arguing for a more measured approach to health care reform than is being proposed by Democratic leaders, Lee says.
Their counterparts in the College Democrats sponsored a health care action week with events that ranged from a panel of experts discussing reform to a viewing of the Michael Moore movie, "Sicko," says Jamie Stark, a sophomore from Green Bay and vice chairman of the College Democrats.
At the Union's speed debating nights, organizers write questions about a certain topic — say, foreign policy — and put them in cups on tables. A group of about five or six people sits down at a table to choose a slip and debate that question for about 15 minutes, Becker says. When time is up, people switch to a new table with people they haven't debated yet.
"It's a mix of a social fun thing and a way that people can really address some of these issues," he says. "People are educated and know about these things, but sometimes they don't have the forum to speak their minds."
Campus political activity isn't limited to the two major parties. Young Americans for Liberty is a spinoff of the 2008 presidential campaign of U.S. Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, who built a network of support from young voters during last year's primaries.
That network has morphed into about 150 chapters of the Young Americans for Liberty, says Shawn Kuhn, a junior and director of public relations for Young Americans for Liberty. About 30 UW-Madison students meet regularly to talk about their push for fiscal conservatism, and the group hosted a protest over the national debt on Library Mall last month, he says.
Next year's midterm elections loom, and campus political leaders are starting to put together the framework for students to work on campaigns next year.
Some candidates are already courting student voters. Republican Scott Walker, the Milwaukee County executive running for governor, will visit campus Tuesday, and his opponent, former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann, is taking steps to form a group of supporters on campus, Lee says. College Democrats are preparing to help U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, a Madison Democrat, defend her seat.
"People realize were only a year out from the election cycle and it's time to get involved," Wall says.
Read the article here.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
This sparked major controversy among many of the news anchors, specifically Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace, who recently was snubbed by the Obama administration when the president appeared on all major Sunday shows, but failed to appear on Fox News Sunday.
For the White House to declare that a news network is not a news network is unprecedented. Of course there is going to be friction between any White House and the press, but to publicly single out one network for their reporting is unnecessary and uncalled for.
This begs the question, why is the White House so concerned with Fox News? A favorite tactic among liberals, the White House is attempting to marginalize Fox News in order to undermine any legitimate news stories that come out against the administration. While it is a valiant attempt by all those involved, from Anita Dunn to David Axelrod, it appears the attempt has been in vain. As cited by the Huffington Post, not exactly a conservative news outlet, Fox News has dominated the cable news rating since Obama has taken office.
The statistics do not lie. Though the White House might try to convince themselves that Fox News is just a phony news organization made up of fringe ideologues, they are utterly mistaken.
Of course, the White House is having some self-image problems. With no major accomplishments nine months into his term, Obama must look to shift attention off of his own shortcomings in hope of gaining back public approval, which has fallen drastically over the last few months.
So the blame game begins, but is it hurting Americans? The healthcare debate rages on, the unemployment rate is approaching 10%, and the war in Afghanistan is in dire need of attention. Does the average American really care about the childish game the White House is playing with Fox News? I don’t think so.
So I offer you a sincere request Mr. President. Fulfill your promise of “change” and transcend partisan politics. Focus on the interests of the nation rather than your own political interests. It will be better for you and will surely be better for the country.
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-- Written by Freshman CR Tommy Loduca, member of the CR Public Relations Committee
Monday, September 14, 2009
Our executive board as a whole has agreed, as Stephen Duerst - PR chair - has outlined in an article for the Daily Cardinal:
"The College Republicans have also agreed to shift the political focus away from social issues that were predominantly highlighted in the past by the organization to an agenda that generates more awareness about the current economic issues facing the U.S. The Executive Board has agreed that now, more than ever, students need to be aware of fiscally responsible ideas and why they are a better fit for the nation." View the full article here
I know I speak for more than myself in saying that we are all very excited for the new direction the College Republicans are taking. This is going to be a great year for all conservatives, as well as republicans on this campus!
"Using the recent trend of advocating “change” in government, the UW College Republicans support a complete change of administration at the state Capitol. Without a Democratic incumbent in the 2010 race, the race is wide-open for qualified Republican candidates to inherit and remedy Doyle’s tradition of fiscal irresponsibility and lack of accountability. Republicans will bring transparency and responsible spending back to the state while improving the quality of governance in Wisconsin."
Read the rest of the article here http://badgerherald.com/oped/2009/09/03/republicans_ready_fo.php
Thank you to everyone who helped make our first week back a success!
We had a great turnout at the student org fair, and it was great to see so many new faces at our kick-off BBQ.
Also, thank you for everyone who came to set up the 9/11 memorial at 5 am and also to those who were able to join us for the memorial that evening.
This year has definitely started with a bang, but we need to keep the momentum going!
Watch for e-mail updates, follow us on Twitter @uwgop and facebook.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
- sporting equipment (especially soccer balls! deflated, if possible)
- stuffed animals & Beanie Babies (no pigs or snakes)
- dolls (conservatively dressed, no Barbie)
- toy cars & trucks
- bags of individually wrapped candy
- money (for buying more supplies and shipping costs)
- Monday 4/13 11AM - 2PM on the top of Bascom Hill
- Tuesday 4/14 6PM - 9PM in Grainger Hall
- Wednesday 4/15 11AM - 2PM on Engineering Mall
- Thursday 4/16 4PM - 7PM at Holt and Gordon Commons
- Friday 4/17 11AM - 3PM on Library Mall
- Saturday 4/18 11AM - 1PM at 38 N. Breese Terrace
Monday, April 6, 2009
“A lot of people have believed the myth that war powers only belong at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.,” Scoth said. “We want to bring people back to thinking of war as a local issue. This is not an issue that is about getting the right president; it’s about getting the right system.”
Supporting their efforts is a newly introduced bill by Rep. Spencer Black, D-Madison, which would allow the governor of the state to stop the deployment of national guardsman if he or she deems the deployment unlawful.
“This bill is to help prevent against future illegal ventures in the use of National Guardsmen by the president,” Black said.
Spencer Black, you, sir, are a jackass. President Bush made no illegal military ventures and it is FAR from the place of a governor to decide if a deployment is "unlawful". We have this little document called the CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES, sir, that gives the president the powers of the commander-in-chief, not some governor on an insane power-trip. You cannot support the troops without supporting their mission and you, sir, as a disgrace to your office, do neither.
I'm not saying "do it" but should you want to contact Rep. Black with regard to his attack on our soldiers and our Constitution, here's his contact info: phone ((608) 266-7521) or email (Rep.Black@legis.wisconsin.gov)
Sunday, April 5, 2009
PHONE BANKING & DOOR KNOCKING FOR NANCY MISTELE
We can make our voices heard and send Dane County Exec Kathleen Falk packing. She has shown her lack of commitment to Dane County by continually searching for higher positions, letting the 911 Center fall apart, failing to fix our crumbling infrastructure, and raising taxes, making it harder for businesses. Kathleen needs to get the 'Falk' out of Dane County. The more people we reach in the next few days, the more likely we are to help Nancy win. If you've got any free time at all in the next few days, please contact Jon Horne at email@example.com
IRAQI CHILDREN'S PROJECT (ICP)
As Conservatives, we constantly get ridiculed for not helping with rebuilding efforts in Iraq when that couldn't be farther from the truth. If you're interested in helping to get that truth out and helping our brave men and women overseas rebuild the Iraqi school system, please come to our ICP informational meeting at 6:30 PM on Monday, April 6 (Army Day) in the Student Activity Center. Together we're going to work out all the details of the project so that we collect everything we need and more.
RELAY FOR LIFE
The time has come, once again, for the CR Relay for Life Team to start up. This year's Relay is April 17-18. All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society. For more information or to sign up to be on our team, please contact Lucas Moench at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any questions on these projects or anything else, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Why is it then, with all the obnoxious political bipartisanship of the Herald, the forum on Gaza was covered wholly from one side? Why weren’t Professor Loewenstein’s insane comments countered by someone from Hillel or the Jewish Studies Department or AISEC or anybody who isn’t a obvious anti-Semite like Jennifer Loewenstein is? If reference was made to Hamas being freely and democratically elected by those in Gaza, why was there no counter-argument asking what is says about those people that they knowingly and freely elected a terrorist organization to represent them? And, God forbid, a dramatically high 80% of children in Gaza suffer from PTSD… but it’s okay for their parents to blow themselves up near Israeli schools? I'm not saying the behavior of the Israelis has been perfect but they're a heck of a lot more innocent than those throwing rockets from Gaza.
Not only does Loewenstein spew hatred while her name tarnishes the good reputation of this world-class institution, but the supposedly “better” and “independent” campus paper lets her go unchecked! When the Badger Herald writes a petty story on a widely discussed and understood topic, they make sure to talk to both political sides. When we’re talking about a serious world conflict where there is a “good” and a “bad” and most people are uneducated as to which is which, however, the Herald prints a blatantly one-sided piece as fact. Regardless on your opinion on the situation, something is wrong with that.
Bipartisanship is fine and dandy, but if you’re going to claim to do it, actually do it! Don’t just say it to look good and feel better about poor journalism. Hold yourself to that higher standard. And if you’re not going to remain unbiased, you have no business writing “news” or teaching at this university.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Great story, right? Exactly the kind we like to hear in the United States. It’s a story of hope and change and human triumph. It’s the kind of story we don’t hear often enough.
Unfortunately, it's not the kind of story that minority and women's groups on campus don't support.
Star Parker--the woman from the story--is a real person. Her story is true and she's going to be telling that story tomorrow (3/5) at 7:30 P.M. in 2080 Grainger.
Emails regarding this event and potential cosponsorship were sent to the Campus Womens Center, the Womens Studies Department, the Wisconsin Black Student Union, the Afro-American Studies Department, the Multicultural Student Center, and several other minority groups on campus. There are no cosponsors.
Most of the groups were non-responsive; those that were declined the invitation to support the event. Not only did the Women's Studies Department decline, but Aili Tripp, the director of the Women's Studies Research Center, responded to me that Star Parker's autobiography "does not reflect the types of objectives that [the department] would be able to support as a community of scholars."
Translation: the Women's Studies Department at the University of Wisconsin would rather have women on welfare, having abortions on the taxpayers' dime, wasting their God-given talents than out in the world thriving without the so-called help of the government. Is that really the kind of message that we should be supporting? Should the Women's Studies Department and other minority groups at this university shy away from a message just because it seems a little conservative? No. But it happens.
Personally, I take this as proof of something that I've known since I first stepped foot on this campus: groups like the Campus Women's Center, the Women's Studies Department, and the Wisconsin Black Student Union are nothing but leftist front groups. These groups get the funding that political organizations on this campus can't to spread the leftist political message. Without the funding of the UW through student segregated fees, how much funding would these groups have? Who would actually give to a group that spreads the message that minority women belong on welfare? This is a worthless and inherently untrue message from an otherwise insignificant set of organizations and for years nobody has called them on it.
Now, I'm calling you out. I challenge these groups and those who run them to show me even one event or flyer or part of their mission statement--anything, really--that is unbiased or *gasp* conservative. My guess is that they can't do it.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Voting YES for the new ASM constitution does the following:
Gives conservatives a better chance of holding prominent positions in the student government through a student body presidency
Makes it harder for liberals to raise segregates fees beyond fiscally responsible levels
Allows student government to better focus its resources on campaigns and issues that are actually relevant to students
There is a group at the UW who would have you believe that the New ASM Constitution is bad for the university. What do they mean? They mean that the new constitution allows room for a president and they're afraid that someone more moderate or conservative than they are would be elected to the position. This group is a band of far-left organizations and students, ranging from the Campus Anti-War Network to the International Socialist Organization. The group is headed by the typical leftist front kids Kyle Szarzynski and Chynna Haas. Everyone else supports it (Badger Herald and Daily Cardinal included), and YOU SHOULD TOO!
Need to know how to vote? It's really not that hard. Here's how:
2) VOTE YES
3) punch in your STUDENT ID
4) pat yourself on the back because you just voted!
That's all--happy voting! Remember the online voting through ASM is up from this morning until tomorrow night but please, please, please vote early so you don't forget! And remind your friends to do the same!
For a nitty-gritty look at the new constitution, what it does, and who supports it and doesn't check out the latest post on the Critical Badger.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Reps. Bill Kramer, R-Waukesha, Rich Zipperer, R-Pewaukee, Leah Vukmir, R-Wauwatosa, and Brett David, R-Oregon, introduced the proposals at a press conference Tuesday morning.Brett David? Who is that? I know a Brett Davis, R-Oregon...
I told the EIC around noon today about the mistake and it still hasn't been fixed online. Way to go, Badger Herald. Maybe the copy edit team should learn the names of prominent state representatives. And the news reporters, too, for that matter.
Madison, Wisconsin... what can I say?
The next visual we were lectured on we were told "alone stands for nothing" and that's it only holds any meaning because it mimics a posed photograph from WWII. That visual looks like this:
Please tell me I'm not the only one who senses something wrong with that.
To be told that the Obama "O" signifies the hope and eternal optimism of the American people but that seeing firefighters raising our nation's pride and glory unharmed out of the rubble that resulted from the worst attack on our country's soil is meaningless is, in my humble opinion, a boldfaced lie.
To me, the Obama "O" symbolizes a narcissist who is really good at saying what you want to hear but not following through on his promises to "reach across the aisle". The second photograph symbolizes hope and eternal optimism. Thoughts?
Monday, February 9, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
1 part "Anti-Bush," + 1 part "terrible journalism" = Requirement to be published in the Badger Herald
I was curious as to why there was no retraction or at least change of the "only 25 left" figure on the online version, and then it dawned on me: that was the basis of the argument, without it, there could be no argument and surely the piece would fall apart. It is interesting to note that the author in the comment section on the online version states he got this number from an AP article.....A) I don't believe you, the AP has far higher journalistic standards than we do here. And B) If you followed Gitmo in the least bit you would surely know there are more than 25 terrorists being held there. So Badger Herald, time to take this piece off the website, actually know what leave it, it is a great show of the standards you guys hold yourself to.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009