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Why Vote for Doug?

 He will listen to all the people and is not in the pocket of any special interest group. He has worked with both Republicans and Democrats in the past and can in the future. Doug's maturity, intelligence and independence are what will be badly needed for Wisconsin's future.  

From Doug:

"In this election the choice is clear; between candidates with special interest money and the good ole boy political endorsements OR Doug La Follette who will listen to all the people and work with all sides for Wisconsin's future. 

I am not taking any PAC money even from groups I agree with and not running any attack ads on TV. I am relying on the people of Wisconsin for their support.

Please help me prove that a candidate doing it a Better Way can attract lots of votes--by voting for me and asking all your friends to do the same.

Thank you very much."

Doug

Education

As a former teacher and longtime public servant, I know how important education is, not only to each individual but also for Wisconsin's future and the economy.

Misguided cuts in both k-12 funding and University research are the exact wrong ways to create good jobs and make Wisconsin a place which is "open for business".

Our state and society will be much better off when we learn to respect teachers; they hold our children's future in their hands.

I will strive to bring us together for the common goal of moving forward again.  


   Say No To Big Money

Is this election so important that we must spend millions of special interest money on attack TV ads? 

The talking heads on television say so and my opponents must believe them because they take  political action money, and run attack ads on TV.

We have heard for years that, after this election, then we will fix this broken election system where big money rules but then there is the next critical election and on it goes.

By allowing it to go on and on the public has, rightly so, lost faith in the process and even in the men and women who get elected taking the money and running the ads. This hurts our Democracy and has made it very hard to solve our important problems and govern our nation.

Twenty years ago, I warned that we were heading for a situation where we would be stuck with the worst democracy that money could buy and now, sadly, we got it. But there is a better way. And this very important, historic election is the right place and the right time to do it.

That is why I am only taking contributions from individuals. I won't accept money from special interests, even ones I agree with. I will only be beholden to the people.

With your help and energy, I can help bring us back together, after these divisive times. And by listening to and working with all segments of our state, restore civility and move Wisconsin forward.


   Worker's Rights

I believe that all workers should have the right to organize and bargain for fair pay, safe and appropriate working conditions, and health and retirement benefits. 

Collective bargaining is an idea that was created in Wisconsin. It was important to allow a strong middle class to develop in Wisconsin. The current giant gap between the 1% and the rest of us has developed in part due to the loss of union membership across the nation. 

Sometimes it is necessary for unionized workers to make sacrifices to the common good. But those sacrifices need to be more than matched by those richest of Wisconsinites and Americans in the upper 1%. And sometimes we need to deal with the occasional, but very rare, abuses of unions. But we must give at least as much attention to the horrendous abuses by the corporate and financial giants in our state and nation. 

In short, I stand with the working women and men of Wisconsin and the nation, and pledge to work to make their futures more secure.


   Healthcare

Quality health care is a fundamental human right.  For far too long the United States has lagged behind all the other developed nations in this matter.

The debate in Washington, DC goes on with no end in sight.  Wisconsin must take the lead in providing affordable care to our citizens.

Wisconsin currently has several “community health centers” which provide care based on a “sliding fee scale”. Under this system, fees are based on an individual’s ability to pay. This network should be expanded.

Our BadgerCare program was a very positive step in the right direction. It has provided essential care to Wisconsinites who would have otherwise gone without. Cuts in funding and crippled the program. That funding should be restored. Furthermore, we should find creative ways to expand access to health care in this state.


   Civility

From Freedom Fries to the shout of 'you lie' on the floor of Congress, a lack of respect for each other and different ideas has made governing our nation and solving the critical problems we face almost impossible.

I believe listening to all the people of Wisconsin and restoring civility -- treating all Wisconsin citizens with respect is the foundation that should be our Wisconsin. This includes honoring employees and businesses alike as integral aspects of a thriving state economy.


    Wisconsin Idea

The Wisconsin Idea can move Wisconsin forward by returning to the Wisconsin Idea.  The Wisconsin Idea was based on the premise that government was most effective when controlled by voters, not special interests. The University of Wisconsin was utilized providing ideas most of us now take for granted, including workers’ compensation, child labor laws, and conservation of our forests and water.

Today, there are those who think our government is best served when controlled by special interests. I don't agree, and I believe the people of Wisconsin have voiced their opinions against these special interest groups.

Let's move Wisconsin FORWARD by renewing the Wisconsin Idea, using the best ideas from all our institutions, with the control ultimately in the hands of the citizens.  Keeping the control where it belongs requires making it as easy as possible for the eligible citizens of Wisconsin to be able to vote. 


 Environment

I love our state and the people who call it home.  I love our lakes and streams and our ridges and valleys.  But most importantly I love and believe in our values and traditions.  I am running because I want to protect our environment.  

As you most likely know, I founded Clean Wisconsin 40 years ago [as Wisconsin's Environmental Decade].  I have been fighting to protect our Wisconsin for all these many years.

I helped my hero Sen. Gaylord Nelson organize the first Earth Day in 1970. 

We must develop a respect for the environment, which as our great Sen. Gaylord Nelson often said, is critical for a healthy economy.

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