Wisconsin Wire: A Recap From the Ground in Wisconsin and What Is Next

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So, I’ll admit, yesterday was a real nail biter. Months and months of on-the-ground activism, months and months of reporting what was going on, and last night we would all see what our efforts turned up. Wisconsin is ground zero for the nationwide fight. We needed to make a statement and we needed at least three seats to flip the state Senate, in a state where only two state senators have been recalled in history. As the results poured in, things looked pretty good. Fairly early on the Republicans kept three of their seats. Jennifer Schilling won a race against Dan Kapanke and Jessica King won against Randy Hopper.  It all came down to the Pasch/Darling race.  Now remember, the GOP put over $8 million into this election. Alberta Darling is the chair of the Joint Finance Committee; she is the one that the corporate interest wanted to stay the most.

Unfortunately, it all came down to Waukesha County. Where, as you recall, 14,000 votes came up and suddenly the Republican had won the Supreme Court race. Then, during the recount, bags were wide open and seal numbers didn’t match the bags. It is a fact that we will never know who really won that race. And it all came down to this county, once more. The results at this point were predictable. What was not predictable was that in Waukesha County, according to several eyewitness reports, people were being told by police that they could not do exit polling or they would be arrested. Kevin Kennedy, Director of the Government Accountability Board, was said to be standing by through all of this. There is no law against exit polling. So the race was called for Alberta Darling. We won two seats but we didn’t manage to take back the Senate. So where do we go from here?

I have spent considerable time today talking to people deeply rooted in the organizing. What we do now, in the short-term, is examine the Alberta Darling race very closely. Something smells fishy in that race. The last time I called that, the next day 14,000 votes turned up. There have been some reported irregularities in that race. Hopefully Milwaukee County will cooperate and keep things transparent. Past that, we have to remember, Alberta Darling is currently accused of three felonies. We must not forget this, and must do all that we can to get these investigated and prosecuted if necessary. We must also remember we have lost all integrity in our justice system here in Wisconsin. Winning two seats is wonderful, it does send a message people are displeased, yes. Two people who were both Republican and voted in by the people were taken out by those same people. But it doesn’t really change anything. We must be sure to win the two elections next week, as well. But in the end GOP still controls both houses, the Governors office, and the Supreme Court.

To be honest, I don’t know where we go from here. I can assure you, that question is being asked and discussed on all levels of the grassroots and activist organizations. Do the people really have a voice anymore? What is the breaking point? What do we do? I cannot answer these questions, no one can at this point. But that is why we are so effective here in Wisconsin. We have masses of people who help out on all fronts because they’re tired of complaining and want to start taking action. We have a very dedicated group of people at the Capitol maintaining a presence and taking action that is carefully planned and thought out. The tides are changing. The revolution of the middle class has begun. It began in February, and it has not died. I don’t know what the next steps will bring. But, coming from one of the full-time boots on the ground, I can assure you the people will not allow these abuses of power. We will remain; we will not be silenced. We will not forget, and we will not sit back as our state and country are torn to shreds. We will always come back. One Day Longer. One Day Stronger.


Jeremy Ryan

Executive Director

Defending Wisconsin PAC

[email protected]

Note: Segway Jeremy Ryan has become a full-time member of the protests at the Wisconsin State Capitol. Formerly a businessman, he gave up his business to join the fight for the middle class in the State of Wisconsin. Through videos and writings he has informed hundreds of thousands of people of what was going on at the Wisconsin State Capitol once the mainstream media had mostly abandoned the protests. His full-time activism is completely funded by the people. If you would like to help out please click here.

Edited By: Alexis Atherton