Tonight (Friday, October 19th) the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association (WBA) held a debate for the gubernatorial candidates, but they had no intention of including any of the other candidates who are on the ballot. All candidates filled out the appropriate paperwork and collected at least 2,000 signatures to legitimize their campaigns for ballot access; yet, the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association believes attaching a dollar amount and corporate poll numbers (which often don’t include parties and candidates besides the Democratic and Republican candidates) are better deciding factors than the Constitution and the judgement of Wisconsinites to determine who they want to lead Wisconsin.
The Green Party and Dr. White’s gubernatorial campaign object to the WBA’s undemocratic omissions of candidates. The American tradition of debates should not be a private affair. Debates should be public events where all candidates can present their ideas in equal time to the public.
There is a forum this afternoon at Edgewood High School, in the Krantz Center (2219 Monroe St, Madison, WI 53711), at 4:00 pm. If you are in the area or love to drive, stop by to give support to Michael White and listen to the wonderful discussion the candidates have.
If this is anything like the previous forum, it will be a calm, pleasant, and enjoyable discussion among the candidates.
Four Wisconsin Governor candidates gathered for a forum in Madison Thursday night:
Maggie Turnbull (Independent)
Phillip Anderson (Libertarian Party)
Michael White (Green Party)
Arnie Enz (Wisconsin party)
The numbers were small, but it made for wonderful discussion with each candidate on a more personal level.
The panel itself was calm, humorous, and informative. Of course, few minutes were allowed for each candidate to answer a question, but with no mud-slinging, great points and perspectives were made. In fact, it allowed a sharing of information and solutions for each person and candidate to learn from.
If anything should be taken from this forum, it’s the proof that a constructive discussion (not a debate) can allow us to cross parties, work together, learn from each other, and make informed and appropriate decisions that are better for everyone.
100% clean energy
Get We Energies to go Coal-Free
Healthy communities Voter registration
Militarization of America
Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco – after the march
Various counties in Wisconsin are working to get cannabis legalization referendums on the November 6th ballot: Dane, La Crosse, Brown, Winnebago, and Rock county.
Dane county approved one step in the Executive committee with a unanimous vote. It will be taken to the next County Board meeting on July 12th.
La Crosse is in the same position (including a transportation funding referendum). They are already working on the wording of the question:
“Should cannabis (marijuana) be legalized in Wisconsin for use by adults 21 years or older, and be taxed and regulated like alcohol?”
Brown County will add an advisory referendum (as opposed to binding), meaning it will merely gauge the opinion of citizens.
Winnebago did not collectively agree to introduce the advisory referendum, but will reconsider it in July.
Rock County is still working on an advisory referendum. It will need to be approved by August 28th to make the November ballot. They are drafting the question as well:
“Should cannabis be legalized for adult use, taxed and regulated like alcohol, with the proceeds from the taxes used for education, healthcare and infrastructure?”
Marathon County is working on plans for their advisory referendum but is further behind than the counties above.
As reported by TMJ4 in May, a Milwaukee County Board Committee unanimously approved a proposal for an advisory referendum (again, not binding) on the November ballot. This still requires approval by the full board (confusing, right?).
The question proposed would allow citizens 21 or above to “engage in the personal use of marijuana, while also regulating commercial marijuana-related activities, and imposing a tax on the sale of marijuana.”
Notice it does not say “medical”. It says “personal”. As a reminder, TMJ4 mentions that the following states allow recreational cannabis usage: Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Colorado, Alaska, Vermont, Massachusetts and Maine.
If you’re in Milwaukee County or nearby, remember to participate in the groups striving to get cannabis on our referendum. Grow the Vote has a meeting July 12th, 7pm, at the Riverwest Public House Cooperative (calendar).
Let these moments of progress sink in and give you the extra push to help someone else’s cause (or your own). All hope is not lost. The people (you) make change.