I began my Voter’s Voice series during the Wisconsin Governor’s recall effort in early 2012. Some new readers have expressed curiosity and a wish to read earlier posts. To make that easier, here is a list of those posts, complete with links and excerpts. I planned for this series to run until the first Tuesday following the second Monday in November, 2012.
As we enter the marathon that is the 2016 election season, Voter’s Voice returns. This time, you can start at the top.
Unite or Divide and Conquer? — posted August 4, 2015
Governor Walker is now running for (gulp) president. His campaign manager is casting him as one who unites. Yeah, I laughed, too, but it’s too scary to be funny.
There’s a Storm Brewing – not quite an encore — posted August 6, 2015
How does a teacher prepare for storms, both literal and figurative?
Trash Talkin’ Trump — posted August 11, 2015
I hate to give the guy any more attention, because that’s what he wants, but I couldn’t let this go by without blogging.
Election Noir – the Walker Way — posted August 18, 2015
Walker’s team tries to sneak a little policy into the state budget overnight.
The War on Teachers goes National — posted July 13, 2015
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker officially declares his candidacy for president – and Daisy reacts
Walker’s Education Oopses — posted August 25, 2015
This Walker guy can’t quite get his stories straight.
And the posts from the recall – and more – below.
Grandma Daisy looks back at Election 2012 — posted November 13, 2012
Grandchildren, dear, did you say your history teacher asked about 2012? About the way women suddenly came to the forefront again? Oh, I remember it well – the idiocies and the intelligence, the outrage, the voter turnout, and more.
On election day – in other’s words — posted November 6, 2012
Quotes from Michelle Obama, Madeline Albright, and more, along with Daisy’s responses
The Year of the Little Woman? — posted October 16, 2012
I saw it in the headlines again: The Year of the Woman. I thought, “Again?” Or should I say “Still?” Let’s see. To define a term, it’s often helpful to find out what it’s not.
Through the Inbox at Work — posted October 11, 2012
Teachers vote as individuals, not as a block. Endorsements matter, but we teachers do our own homework when it comes to building a relationship with any leader.
Voter Registration: It’s all in a day’s work — posted October 10, 2012
The charter high school located downstairs in our building hosted a group of volunteers from the League of Women Voters to make voter registration accessible
Mr. President, Be Strong! – posted after the first presidential campaign debate, October 4, 2012.
Mr. President; Taking the high road doesn’t always mean letting the competitor have the advantage.
As seen on Facebook – Women on Voting – posted October 2, 2012
Graphics and photographs – some current, some historic – all about women voting
Ladylike? Posted September 28, 2012.
Ladylike? In what century? I’ll take womanly, thank you very much.
Voters and Packers and Bears – oh, my! September 25, 2012.
When do Packers fans line up for hours to see a fan of their arch-enemies, Da Bears? When that Bears fan is President Obama, that’s when.
Mitt, Mitt, Mitt – September 19, 2012.
Dear Mitt; rule number one in public speaking: The microphone is always on. Always. And those you demean as the 47%? We’re listening.
Would you do it for free? – September 18, 2012
The tense and tenuous relationship between teachers and school board has led to many cutbacks. How much will teachers do for no pay?
Uncertainty and Cautious Optimism – September 14, 2012.
A Dane County Judge ruled Act 10, Gov. Walker’s Union Busting Law, unconstitutional. I’m pleased, but I’m not holding my breath for change.
Trouble in the Windy City – September 11, 2012
On the eve of the Democratic National Convention, a retrospective offering links to my posts from 2008.
Political party conventions offer free air time for candidates, really. In an election like this one, so close (and yet so far), every minute counts. Or does it? Let’s analyze a little of the Republican National Convention.
Being a Woman – August 30, 2012
Grandma Daisy reminisces about Women’s Liberation and creative forms of protest.
A Woman’s Place – August 28, 2012
A collection of short letters to the Powers That Be and Powers That Shouldn’t, including Hillary Clinton, Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney, and more.
Across the Nation – August 24, 2012
Take a journey in pictures and see signs of electioneering in unusual places.
Tell me again, how does the female body work? August 21, 2012
I couldn’t believe the baby aspirin between the knees method of birth control made headlines last year.Now I can’t believe the idiocy of Representative Tod Akin, Republican from Missouri and candidate for Senate.
Who is Paul Ryan? – August 14, 2012
You heard the news, folks. Wisconsin’s Paul Ryan is now Mitt Romney’s running mate. But who is this guy? What’s his vision? What is Paul Ryan really like?
STEM and the election – July 31, 2012
STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math in education. There are STEM conferences, STEM career fairs, and STEM grants. Science in general, though, doesn’t seem to be an election issue.
Like Minded People – July 24, 2012
Imagine a busload of people who like Car Talk, get the jokes on Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me, and know the difference between Michael Feldman and Michael Perry….Seeking out like-minded people is one way to stay calm and focused during difficult times. We share experiences, we share attitudes, and we share priorities.
Battle Fatigue and Injustice – July 17, 2012
The wild and woolly recall election was over a month ago. The scars are fading, but they’re still visible. I have three meetings on this week’s calendar, all in some way political. I keep plugging away, but some days it just seems pointless.
I’d posted, shared, a short graphic about the Affordable Care Act. It contained examples of people who benefit from the law. I usually post items like this on my blog page in Facebook, rather than my personal page, but this one needed to reach a wider audience – or so I thought.
Thinking in Broad Terms: The Broad Side – July 10, 2012
In my circle of acquaintances, online or In Real Life (IRL), it would be hard to find anyone who doesn’t read or hasn’t heard of The Huffington Post. HuffPo, for short, provides commentary on many current and fascinating topics. HuffPo, however, isn’t the only sheet of value out there on the Interwebs. Since last autumn, a new face is gracing cyberspace: The Broad Side.
I teach, and I pay Taxes- encore — July 9, 2012
The title of this post summarizes better than any excerpt could.
War Imagery in Politics – July 3, 2012
I know; Governor Walker won his recall election. He won it by a small margin, despite the millions spent on his campaign. I hope the governor is taking into consideration that he did not win easily. His side may have won one battle, but the troops on the ground are still fighting the war.
Actual Conversations – June 26, 2012
This post contains actual conversation about campaign funding, including the challenge of supporting a progressive candidate who doesn’t have billionaire backing.
Thoughts and Questions Post-Election – June 19, 2012
The atmosphere is settling a little, two weeks past the recall vote. Make no mistake, however. The grassroots organizers are determined to keep our state on a progressive path, despite the results at the polls. I share with you thoughts and observations (For what its worth) from family and friends and coworkers (and Daisy’s reactions, of course):
Recalling the Recall for the Grandchildren – June 12, 2012
So, young ones, the votes were counted. Wisconsin broke all kinds of records for voter turnout. My own city, Appleburg, reached an unheard-of 84%. Madison even had over 100% turnout. All of the registered voters turned out, and new ones registered. The election was over, but the issues hadn’t died. Oh, we still had issues. –From Grandma Daisy
The Healing Begins – or does it? – June 6, 2012
“Democracy is ultimate participatory sport.” Find out who said this after the June recall election.
What I Learned on the Way to the Recall – June 5, 2012
Twitter was the place to be on election night. It’s become the place to be for breaking stories, and the recall election (hashtag #wirecall) was certainly one of those! This post shares actual Tweets on election night, June 5.
Sing for Solidarity! – June 5, 2012
Madison’s Solidarity Singers visit downtown Appleton!
Election Eve: More Tales for the Grandkids – June 4, 2012
My dear grandchildren, we’d done all we could. We’d called, we’d walked and talked, we’d held up our signs and we’d sung our songs. Now it was time to GOTV: Get Out The Vote. – a sequel to the earlier Grandma Daisy posts
Solidarity in Song – June 3, 2012
Sing it with me, to the tune of “Oh, Susannah.”
“Oh, Scott Walker, now don’t you mess with me.
I come from all Wisconsin, with a sign for you to see.”
Recalling the Recall of 2012: the homemade signs – June 2, 2012
Grandma Daisy recalls another aspect of the election: signs made by hand.
Daisy joins the Overpass Light Brigade! – June 1, 2012
Another in the Grandma Daisy collection: Grandma describes the uniqueness of the grass roots campaign.
I am teacher, and I am Fluent in Text Speak – May 29, 2012
My students bring a smile to my face and remind me why I chose this profession.
The Daisy Reality Show returns: the Campaign Sign episode – May 28, 2012
Remember the Daisy Reality Show? The show’s star (Daisy, of course) works with the show’s director and her bumbling assistant to put the whole thing together and show you a piece of real life at the Okay Chorale. Let’s see how the campaign sign effort looks when seen through the eyes of the imaginary television cameras.
If I Had a Patron Saint – May 26, 2012
If I had a patron saint, it would be — that’s not easy to say.
Recall Views for my Grandchildren: The Walkergate Scandal – May 25, 2012
Dear, dear. Scandals, scandals. Criminal defense fund, that’s where we left off. (follow-up to May 22)
More Recall Tales for the Grandchildren – May 22, 2012
Where were we, youngsters? Oh, yes, I was about to talk about recalling the governor of Wisconsin. There were times when we had to seek out the humor in order to keep from falling apart.
What will I tell the Grandkids? – May 17, 2012, the first of the Grandma Daisy series
It was 2011 or 2012, you youngsters. I forget which year, but I can never forget what went down. And oh, boy, did it go down!
More to come later, when I have a little time to cuddle up with my laptop.