Gay rights: Why 2006 won't be like 2004

In 2004, the cons used anti-gay amendments to turn out their base, and no one could stop them.  This year it's going to backfire.

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WI-Senate: Final field set Hotlist

Yesterday was the final day to file Nomination Papers in Wisconsin.

I qualified for  the Senate ballot with 2,178 valid signatures, and another 63 with correctable errors, against a requirement of 2,000.

Also making the ballot, Republican Attorney Robert Gerald Lorge, and the Green Party's Rae Vogeler.

Libertarian Dave Redick, who'd started his run as an anti-war Republican, but jumped after being dissed at their State Convention, apparently fell short in circulating papers, as he did not file.

Republican State Senator Glen Grothman provided the suspense, arriving at the State Elections Board just after filing closed. (cont)

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Wisconsin Could be the First State to Defeat Anti-Gay Amendment

Julaine Appling, executive director of the Family Research Institute of Wisconsin, made the following comment in today's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

"It reminds us there is an awesome job of education that must be done."

Who is Appling planning on educating and why?  Well, apparently she is planning on teaching Wisconsinites some sort of lesson because a new Wispolitics poll shows that she is on the losing side of the attempt to ban civil unions and gay marriage.  Apparently she feels that an increasing amount of Wisconsinites are ignorant because they disagree with her extreme views.

The new Wispolitics poll should be very encouraging on several levels to the opponents of the Discrimination Amendment. The poll found that only 49% of Wisconsinites favored the Amendment banning civil unions and gay marriage, while 48% opposed it.  The poll has a 4% margin of error which tells us that this could go either way but the momentum is clearly on the side of the Amendment's opponents.

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Wisconsin Gov. Announces "Declaration of Energy Independence"

Today Governor Doyle announced Wisconsin's "Declaration of Energy Independence" at a press conference in Green Bay. In the announcement he declares that Wisconsin should take the lead in renewable energy production. Some specific goals, according to a report by the Green Bay Press Gazette, include generating 25 percent of Wisconsin's power and 25 percent of the state's transportation fuel from renewable resources by 2025. He is also urging Wisconsin to capture 10 percent of the renewable energy industry's market share by 2030, this is likely to bring tens of thousands of jobs to our state.

The Governor's office states that we will achieve these new goals through comprehensive efforts such as grant funding, incentives for research, support for ethanol and other biofuels, and a new initiative to make several University of Wisconsin campuses 100% energy independent within five years. Governor Doyle is also directing state agencies to work toward achieving the goals in the Declaration. The Governor's press release goes into even more detail regarding the first actions to be taken within the next few months.

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Honoring Wisconsin's Fallen Soldiers

As our nation celebrates its birthday let us all take the time to remember those soldiers killed and wounded in Iraq and Afganistan.

Let us never forget that each tragedy is much more than a number and leaves in its path a terrible loss to a family and a community.

In yesterday's Forward Report ( )we have listed the names, pictures and links to stories about all of Wisconsin's fallen soldiers from Iraq and Afganistan.

*Originally posted at One Wisconsin Now's One Blog at

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