Commentary on the State of Wisconsin by Kirk Bangstad.
On December 29th, this biweekly birdcage liner announced they were filing an open record complaint against Oneida County Public Health Director, Linda Conlon, for apparently taking too much time to fulfill their request to send them 23,000 emails from her government account.
We have to stick our necks out because we’re being screwed, along with the poor and middle class. Any restaurant or bar who didn’t get any help from the government in the last 9 months because Republicans refused to negotiate honestly to pass a stimulus bill need to speak up. We can no longer stick our heads in the sand. We have to engage in politics and be willing to risk pissing off some customers in the process. Losing a few customers in the short term may help us stay alive in the long term as we lean on our representatives to focus on us instead of large corporate donors.
Small businesses and my neighbors have been unnecessarily hurt by politicians who don’t care about us, but only care about their own power and getting reelected. This rampant refusal to govern by Trump and Wisconsin’s Republicans has hurt me personally and made me more empathetic to those hurting around me.
Schools shouldn't open physically in Wisconsin, because data shows we're not testing enough to actually know how many Covid cases we have in our communities, and the guidelines from the Harvard Global Health Institute put the entire state of Wisconsin off limits for in-person schooling.
I’m running for office to help bring Wisconsin back to the great state I remembered while singing that song. Funny how “Making Wisconsin Great Again” will only occur by taking off the MAGA hats and putting on our cheese-heads to be “Wisconsin nice” to each other, and caring about our neighbors even if they belong to a different party.
So what’s the answer? Yes, take away some of the responsibilities that the police now shoulder, and “refund” public schools and mental health, among other public programs. But don’t defund police. Switch those cost savings towards police accreditation programs that already have the training and best practices which the “defund” movement is clamoring for.
I truly believe a great deal of our problems stem from the conspiracy theories that divides us, and think one of the ways we can get back to normal is to insist that there is only one set of facts that people are able to consume, and of course form their own opinions from.
For this Sunday, when I usually think about atoning for my sins or admitting to something I’ve done in the past that might come back to haunt me on the campaign trail, I thought I’d write a little bit about my more conservative views and how I came to hold them.
My Republican friends, why do you think that although 80% of Republican legislators voted absentee last April in a pandemic, they now oppose making it easier to vote by mail in November?
So I’ve written about how Trump has divided our nation and how our state Republican legislative majority hasn’t had the spine to stand up to the new “Party of Trump” in their choices to reject pandemic science, fight to take away our social safety net during an economic catastrophe, and amplify the ugly rhetoric of racism.
Democracy is the core value of America, and it is dying in front of our eyes.
We should be working to ensure all citizens have ready access to voting, including enough polling places at convenient locations so no one has to wait in long lines to exercise their right to vote. But Republicans are working instead to decrease polling places, especially in communities of color.
We’re all sharing pictures of our fathers today, and although it’s tough for me, I want to tell the story of my father from my perspective, not the perspective that is easily google-able. It’s a story of mental brilliance and mental illness, but the brilliant part often gets left out.
We gotta leave the petty world of libel suits and newspaper publisher bullies and move back to the things that really matter to us in the Northwoods
What do 89%, 85%, 81%, 80% have in common? These are the percentages of people who overwhelmingly voted to end gerrymandering in Rhinelander, Eagle River, Arbor Vitae, and Boulder Junction, respectively.
Gerrymandering is the corrupt practice of drawing electoral lines to make sure your party wins an election, kinda like giving yourself all the aces in a card game. Most other Northwoods towns represented by Rob Swearingen passed the measure buy over 70%.
So yesterday, the River News in Rhinelander came out with a hit piece against Linda Conlon, our Oneida County Public Health Officer in charge with setting policy to keep us all safe during the pandemic.
The Republican Party that has evolved first under Scott Walker in Wisconsin then Trump in 2016 is no longer the party you grew up voting for, if you voted Republican. It no longer stands for family values nor fiscal responsibility. It now stands for tearing down democracy at all costs, abdicating leadership to direct blame, gaining power, and sowing division.
I can’t add one single word to the many heartfelt thoughts expressed by the black community during this terribly traumatic week of death and riots
Awesome letter to the editor published by the Lakeland Times. Neighbors in the Northwoods, it’s time we start shaking things up! Please share widely, even to conservatives. This is more than partisan bickering, it’s about elected officials listening to their constituents. And I’m sure even conservatives can get on board with that.￼￼
WHAT THE PEOPLE SUPPORT
Congrats Rhinelander, you successfully averted a disaster by getting over 8,000 signatures in two days to cancel the Hodag Country Fest.
However, please don’t forget the details about how this happened. The festival organizers, not the county officials who two days prior voted to allow the festival, were the ones who ultimately and correctly canceled the event.
Hi this is Kirk Bangstad and I’m running for state assembly in the 34th district against Rob, sacrificing-grandmas-to-sell-more-vodka, Swearingen
Well that was quite a decision handed down to us by the Wisconsin Supreme Court last night. Bars and restaurants were packed around the state, and all thoughts of recommended social distancing/masks that we’ve been reading about for months were discarded.
As promised, because this is the foremost issue on everyone's mind, I'm going to try and regurgitate the science i'm finding behind when/how to re-open the Northwoods of Wisconsin in 4 parts.
As a brewpub owner, I am by definition a tavern owner as well as a brewery owner, thus I got this mailing from the Tavern League today. How corrupt is this organization to automatically pick their candidate without asking a fellow tavern owner about his positions on their issues? This email alone says that Rob Swearingen takes his orders from a special interest group that donates to his campaign instead of serving his constituents.