You can listen to the interview HERE.
As a teacher, as a public education advocate, I'm THRILLED to hear that there is a mom out there who sees what's happening and is willing to help us out.
She says that rejecting that money during a recession was a lost opportunity to create jobs, noting that it should have been seriously considered and that the Governor should've sat down with people on both sides of the issue. (Wow, novel concept, discussion of topics...) She does not that the Governor's concerns were somewhat valid, but that creating the polarization by not even sitting down and talking is the ultimate issue. It set her up well for the next topic...
"I think it was a horrible move the way he did that"
(Hey WisDems', are you paying attention to this lady? Holy crap, why the hell aren't you campaigning EVERYONE with talking points like this?!)
Very concerning to her and against it. Again, she goes to her business background and says that creating more overhead costs by just having more schools doesn't improve anything and as Milwaukee has shown, doesn't work. (Just search the Soapbox for tons of articles on this.) She then closes by making a thinly veiled swipe at saying the real problem is society and the issues outside the school walls that are impacting the way students are performing.
7th: Common Core State Standards being "investigated":
As someone who knew virtually nothing of this candidate before last Thursday, I can say that I LOVE what I'm hearing. I think that her chances are better than some may have thought based on the 2010 election. However, post-2010 redistricting certainly influenced the way this race can go, a fact not lost on the Sheboygan Free-Press' article on the announcement:
Former Democrat state Sen. Jim Baumgart, who Liebham defeated for his current seat in 2002, said the new political map — redrawn after the 2010 election — gives Leibham the upper hand, making it a tough fight for any Democrat to win. He also said he is concerned that if the race were to become competitive, that campaign contributions from out-of-state special interests could flood the race.
“If they think this Senate seat will be in danger, you will see money come in like you wouldn’t believe,” said Baumgart, who currently serves as a Sheboygan County supervisor.
Nevertheless, he said he is optimistic about Laning’s chances. Baumgart called Laning a moderate who brings experience from the private sector and an agenda that is friendly toward women.Okay Democrats, we know what we're up against. Let's win this thing!