Gov.Jim Doyle is raising money and hiring campaign staff so he'll be positioned to seek a third term if he chooses
A campaign spokesman says Doyle raised about $500,000 in the first half of this year, about the same amount he collected in the first six months of his first term. Fundraisers, such as a $1,000-a-head golf outing that drew more than 100 people last month in spite of the day's rain, mean Doyle is making sure he's financially ready should he seek to become the state's first third-term Democratic governor, political experts said. "If you're an incumbent, you certainly want to keep your options open," said Ken Mayer, a political science professor at UW-Madison. "You can always decide you're not going to run."
In a speech to the state Democratic Party convention on Friday, Doyle promised to improve health care, job training and education in Wisconsin. Then he said to a standing ovation: "And at the end of these four years of working together, who knows, maybe we'll need four more."
Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle and his wife served as Peace Corps Volunteers in Tunisia in the 1960's. Read more.
Doyle talks to students on hot topic of global warming
The initiatives are part of Doyle's "25 by 25" plan that would reduce 25 percent of Wisconsin's electricity usage and 25 percent of transportation fuels from renewable sources by the year 2025, according to the governor's office. "With our vast agricultural and forestry resources, our strong research institutions, and our strong manufacturing base, I want the Midwest to become the Saudi Arabia of renewable energy, with Wisconsin at the forefront," Doyle said. "The fact is, if an oil field in Iran has to compete against a farm field in Wisconsin, that's a very good thing for the environment, for our economy, and for the world." Read more.
Bill Cavala writes: An innocent woman became the centerpiece of the $4 million dollar Republican campaign against Democratic Governor Jim Doyle
The innocent woman was freed by an Appeals Court whose lead judge told the Republican prosecutor, “Your evidence is beyond thin”. The innocent woman wasn’t freed before spending 4 months in prison and losing her home!
The innocent woman was a Wisconsin civil servant – hired under a Republican Governor. She wasn’t a Doyle partisan. She was responsible for putting the state’s travel account up for competitive bidding. She did. The low bidder won the contract. She was only one of 7 individuals involved in the contract award. There was no credible evidence that the woman gained personally from her actions.
Like many contractors, the low bidders were also campaign contributors of the Governor – but there was no evidence that the Innocent Woman was even aware of that fact. She was entirely innocent. But anyone in government indicted and tried by a U.S. Attorney is likely to be found guilty. After all, why would a U.S. Attorney prosecute an innocent woman? Read more.
Read more about Tunisia RPCV Jim Doyle, Governor of Wisconsin.
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