In WI’s 77th state legislative district, the choices are ‘left and lefter’

News from a race including one of the nation’s most aggressive Green campaigns, including polls from both major campaigns, the Green Ben Manski’s policy proposals, and more.  From the Isthmus:

The race is to replace Spencer Black, an environmental crusader who has served for 26 years and decided not to seek reelection. The district includes part of downtown Madison and much of the city’s west side, including the UW campus, as well as Shorewood Hills and part of Middleton. It is largely affluent and liberal.

“There are Republicans out there, but it’s pretty few and far between,” says Hulsey.

Hulsey, a 12-year veteran on the Dane County Board, was the first to declare his candidacy when Black announced his retirement last spring. His early start — and hard work campaigning — helped him defeat four others in the Sept. 14 Democratic primary, with 44% of the vote.

Hulsey’s campaign last week released poll results claiming to have about 63% support to Manski’s 13%. Manski says his own poll, done Monday evening, shows him in the “thick of it,” with Manski garnering 29% to Hulsey’s 46%, with 25% undecided.

And Manski says the average respondent was 58, meaning most young voters, where he expects to do best, were not counted. “If I get 60% of the student youth vote, then I win,” he says. “I’d say at this point it’s neck and neck.”

Manski grew up in the 77th District (and recently moved back to it in order to run for office). He’s been politically active since before he could vote, helping to organize a student walkout at West High in 1991 to protest student harassment by police (see “The Kids Are All Right,” 8/23/1991).

A 2005 UW Law school graduate, Manski is now a public interest lawyer and executive director of the Liberty Tree Foundation, a progressive democracy group. He’s also been active with the Green Party and says he’s worked with many local legislators to help draft legislation.

Manski recently worked with Black on Assembly Bill 203, which would require the governor to review and approve any deployment of the Wisconsin National Guard, to prevent “unlawful deployments.” Manski says his involvement on the bill prompted him to run for the seat.

5 thoughts on “In WI’s 77th state legislative district, the choices are ‘left and lefter’

  1. Gene Berkman

    “Manski recently worked with Black on Assembly Bill 203, which would require the governor to review and approve any deployment of the Wisconsin National Guard, to prevent “unlawful deployments.” ”

    We should try to get the legislatures in our own states to adopt similar bills.

    While the problem of the federal government deploying national guard troops in overseas combat has been serious since George W Bush started his set of middle east wars, we know that the Texas National Guard was NEVER sent to Vietnam at any time in the 1960s or 1970s.

  2. Gene Berkman

    Actually, I may have overstated the case. The history page of the Texas Air National Guard mentions deployments in combat of Texas ANG units in the last year of the Lyndon Johnson Administration.

    LBJ also used National Guard units from Iowa, Colorado, New York, Ohio, Kansas, Kentucky, Arkansas, and Nevada.

    Apparently all the National Guard units had returned from Vietnam before George W Bush joined the Texas ANG.
    Source: http://www.ang.af.mil/history/heritage.asp#vw

  3. Best We Can Do? [Lake]

    Gene Berkman // Oct 28, 2010:
    “Apparently all the [various] National Guard units had returned from Vietnam before George W Bush joined the Texas ANG………”

    [Lake: that’s the way I heard it, from more than one source ……..]

  4. Catholic Trotskyist

    The Catholic Trotskyist Party supports the Green Party when it runs against Democrats in races where there is no Republican candidate, unless the Democrat is against abortion.
    Therefore, the Catholic Trotskyist Party endorses Ben Manski.

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