Wisconsin Faces a Crisis Unprecedented in Its History by Republicans Ruining the StateAt least three Wisconsin state assembly candidates are making fighting Republicans and corporate agriculture's unprecedented attack on clean and safe water the central basis of seeking office to knock off sitting Republican state representatives.
Two of the most troubled regions in Wisconsin are the central sands and northeastern peninsula regions. Much of those regions are part of the 72nd and First assembly districts respectively.
Both districts have drawn challenges from Democratic Party activists facing Republican-drawn gerrymandereding and incumbent Republicans who are political allies of industrialized agricultural polluters.
"Are we going to stand by and watch as our precious resources and our environment are being destroyed for the benefit of a few corporate elite? If we choose to be helpless and invisible, then perhaps we deserve the tragedy that looms up before us," wrote Jack Stewart of Washburn, Wisconsin in a Facebook posting. Stewart belongs to a citizens' group, Citizens Concerned about Lake Superior CAFOs, fighting the siting of a proposed massive swine CAFO from an operation run out of Iowa.
Citizens Concerned with the assistance of the networking capacity of social media such as Facebook, (and academics, citizen media, and legal groups), is linked with similar-minded citizen groups in central and northeastern Wisconsin.
In central Wisconsin, two candidates are challenging the anti-clean water and polluting factory farm champion, State Rep. Scott Krug (R-Nekoosa, Wisconsin) in assembly district 72. In 2010. Krug ran on the promise he would only serve four years if elected, and would never accept one cent of per diem money. Both promises were broken, as Krug continues to run political interference for the Wysocki corporation that wants to build a massive factory farm in the town of Saratoga in Wood County.
The two challenging candidates are: Dave Gorski, (D-Grand Rapids), and Russ Brown (D-Richford), (a small farmer and former community banker). Both candidates gain plaudits from pro-clean water advocates in Wood and Adams counties.
Krug is now almost universally regarded by clean water workers as bought-and-paid-for by polluters.
In northeastern Wisconsin, first-term incumbent and pollution-friendly State Rep. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay), faces a challenge from small farmer, veteran and clean water activist, Lynn Utesch, (Lunstrom, Door County Pulse), (Mal Contends).
The Republican Kitchens is a close political ally of Scott Walker and Scott Krug, and is similarly regarded with disdain by clean water activists.
Part of the incredible political strategy of Walker, Krug and Kitchens is to transform Wisconsin into a polluted, corrupt and anti-education colony of corporations, so repellent the effort will drive non-Republican Wisconsinites out of the state, and minimize educated and socially conscious out-of-state citizens from locating in Wisconsin.
The leading Wisconsin progressive daily newspaper, (Paul Fanlund, The Capital Times) has adopted a defensive stop-hurting-us posture warning citizens, academics and progressive organs not to antagonize Scott Walker and other Republicans, lest Republicans retaliate against the University of Wisconsin System, for example. Fanlund should be rallying citizens, not asking for silence.
As Walker, with all Republicans following with no dissent, work to inflict catastrophe on the environment, the University system, public education, local control, state budget, voting, and cities (to list just a few sectors), at least three political candidates advocate fighting back.
The scope of the Wisconsin Republicans' inflict-disaster approach to public policy cannot be overstated.
This site will keep readers abreast of other candidates working for Wisconsin against baleful assaults, incursions, encroachments and befouling unprecedented in Wisconsin history.