The "No on the Amendment" Blog Team

Now that we’re down to a month until Election Day we’re going blog more often and check in more frequently with statewide activities. To do that, we’ve enlisted a few more bloggers.

I thought I’d take a minute to introduce (and re-introduce) the folks who are on the ground running the campaign, and who will share their stories here.

Hannah Johnson is our Eau Clare field organizer. She started as a superstar volunteer in Madison, was hired in July, and shipped up north to find herself an apartment and office space soon after. Prior to joining the staff, she answered a few questions about why she got involved in the campaign. Hannah will start writing for us next week.

Follow interstate 29 to the east and you’ll find Mitch Wallace leading the Green Bay/Fox Valley team. Mitch volunteered some long hours with us back in March when we kicked off Fair Wisconsin. Back in July he shared why this issue is important to him. He will also start writing next week.

Matt Berg is hands-down one of our hardest-working interns. Matt works closely with student organizers in Madison and with the communications team on staff. He’ll be cross posting here and at the Students for a Fair Wisconsin blog which he runs.

Coleman has been with us for the long haul and now volunteers full-time on the campaign. He’s worked the southwest region of the state organizing door canvasses, fundraisers, and speaking engagements. He also runs

Updating us on the faith-related news of the campaign is Eric Peterson. His desk is stationed in Madison, but he’s often seated behind the steering wheel traveling the state. Check out our Faith Outreach page to see some of the events and outreach Eric oversees.

Shira Roza started working on the campaign and writing for the blog back in March when we kicked-off Fair Wisconsin. At the time, she was organizing the western side of the state, but since then has moved to Milwaukee to be the field director of Wisconsin’s largest city. Recently, she wrote about the operations there.

Organizing Madison and the whole south central region of the state is Pabitra Benjamin. Since she started writing back in January, she’s written some of my favorite entries including this introduction to the Madison field staff, this conversation with her brother and his girlfriend, and her recap of the colossal coalition canvass she helped pull together.

Justin Sweet started as a Madison organizer, but slowly transitioned into tech/data guy. He’s saved me from having to deal with the dreaded “my internet is down” call, and now spends many late nights with our database and data-guru-volunteers Jeff Kruger and David Reese. My favorite post of Justin’s is this conversation with his grandpa.

Mike Tate is the boss of the Fair Wisconsin campaign. He’s usually on the phone, on the road, in a meeting, or debating Julaine, but when he has the time to blog, he’s written some great entries. I especially like the one he wrote about filming Lynn’s ad.

And then there are the three of us who have been with the blog for nearly a year.

Lindsey Saunders, now the statewide field director, has had a job that’s evolved with the campaign and has taken her around (and around) the state. A few of my favorite posts from Lindsey are “No Pausing in Central Wisconsin,” and the one about the time she happened upon Feingold’s listening session in Stevens Point.

Josh Freker is the communications director and has been getting ready for this November for at least three years now. He's written some zingers like this three part series on backers of the ban and my most recent fav, "Julaine Appling Knows Best." He's also shared his personal side with this confession and in a conversation with his dad.

And then there's me. As communications associate I run the website and design all of the merchandise everyone keeps asking for (you'll get your yard sign soon). I've been with the campaign for just over a year. Quite possibly the highlight of my year on the blog was this month-long blog debate I had with Owen during August.


At 5:04 PM, Anonymous Mary Sykes said...

What an absolutely smashing crew! Even as a campaign staffer - sometimes there's so much going on that it's hard to keep up with all the campaign activity - I count on the fabulous bunch o' bloggers to keep me in touch and keep me grounded. Thanks to you all!

At 7:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of the debate, do you have any information or comment on poll numbers about what we're realistically facing on election day? I like to be hopeful, but want to brace myself not to be shocked either way. Yes, we win in organizing and fighting, but what are the current odds of actually winning for real? Either way, at least you have run a clean campaign, not turning anyone off.

At 9:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love reading the blog and am so glad there will be more updates during the home stretch. It helps me stay motivate(to keep up my level of volunteering and donating) and connected to all the good people in this state working and volunteering for Fairness and equality! Thanks!

At 9:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been waiting since Monday to hear a reponse from Fair Wisconsin to the latest polling numbers. Here are my questions: was the poll reliable? How could we have lost ground since the last 49/48 polling numbers? Is it poosible to overcome a 39/53 deficit. I'd love to hear your comments! I'm still working hard for the campaign but would love to have some answers.


At 12:44 AM, Blogger David Schowengerdt said...

If you read the details of the poll, the first poll (the 48/48 poll) was not of likely voters. The 53/39 was of likely voters and was similar to two other likely-voter polls that have come out in recent months. Based on that, we have not lost ground. And furthermore, unless you know how the question was posed (was only the amendment text read or was it prefixed with the fact that it would amend the Wisconsin constitution...and I believe the difference is important as there is a small percentage of people who, regardless of their feelings of marriage/civil unions, want hands off the constitution), you can't determine the momentum of our side based on the numbers alone.

So, don't give up, people. Polls on issues as complicated as this are unreliable. I'm sure we'll see another come out in the next few weeks that looks more promising. We just have to keep on fighting all the way till November 7th, regardless of what any polls say.

At 12:48 PM, Anonymous Cally said...

Thanks for the information, David!

At 10:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the information. I think it is important to confront poll issues head on, and that helps a lot.


At 7:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

polls don't matter. they're all over the place, inaccurate, and just used to sell papers.


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