Not used to waking up to good news these days? Yeah, same here. But our goal is to change all that, and last night’s news qualifies as major progress. With your help, proud Democrat Patty Schachtner won the special election in Wisconsin’s 10th State Senate district, flipping a rural seat that has been Republican-held for decades.
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This is not just a State Senate seat — this is a crucial victory in a state that goon GOP Gov. Scott Walker has dominated with gerrymandering, draconian voter ID laws, union-killing “reforms.” This is a crucial victory in the state that Paul Ryan, stooge of the rich and powerful, calls home. This is a crucial victory in a state that Trump — thanks to those voter ID laws — won in 2016. This is a crucial victory in a state that had long been a proud home for the worker’s rights movement.
Schachtner didn’t just win; she crushed her opponent by 9 points, making for a massive swing — the state senator who vacated the seat to go work for Scott Walker had won with 63% of the vote in 2016. This portends both a huge wave for Democrats nationally and in Wisconsin. They’re one seat closer to taking back the gerrymandered State Senate. It proves Scott Walker has a whole lot to fear in November, when he’s up for re-election, and indicates to Paul Ryan that he should cash out now instead of running for yet another term.
This shows the power of kindness and decency. Here’s what Schachtner said last night to the Associated Press: “My message has always been be kind, be considerate and we need to help people when they’re down… We just need to be kind to people who are less fortunate and just help.”
It also shows the power of engaged citizens who decide to take a stand — both those running for office, and those who support them by donating time, money, and word of mouth. Progressives Everywhere highlighted Schachtner several times, and while we can’t any credit for her victory, our readers did send some money her way, and every little bit makes a difference in a local race.
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