When The Nation published a list last April of 10 progressive candidates from across the country who promised "not just a change in party, but an end to status-quo politics," most of the contenders were bidding for governorships or congressional seats. But one of them, Mandela Barnes, was running in Wisconsin for the often-neglected office of lieutenant governor.
The news was wrong: Mandela Barnes is alive, not dead. He's black, not white. And he just claimed a victory in Wisconsin.
Maybe, the candidate said, "Mercury is in retrograde." Only the unusual planetary alignment - blamed for wacky or unlucky or otherworldly events - could explain what befell Mandela Barnes in the days leading up to Tuesday's primary election in Wisconsin. In quick succession, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor was: Erased from the race.
When all of the Democratic contenders for governor addressed the state party convention in June, there was a clear standout. One candidate really did make a bigger impression than the others. His name was Mandela Barnes. Hold it, savvy observers of the 2018 competition will note, Barnes is not running for governor.
Dem lt. guv candidate Mandela Barnes is pledging to make the state "the place we all want it to be" in his first TV ad. The spot includes interviews with seven different backers who highlight the former state rep's election to the Assembly at 25 and his childhood growing up in a "tough neighborhood, the most incarcerated zip code in the entire country."
This November, Wisconsin voters have a choice to make. Do we think the past eight years have been good enough, or do we want things to be much, much better? I'm running for lieutenant governor because I know that better is possible, and my combination of ideas, energy, and organizing experience make me the ideal candidate for this office.
Mandela Barnes has experience, vision and energy. Barnes, a former state legislator from Milwaukee, ticks all the boxes you need in a great candidate and state official. We like his positions on equity, health care, education, economic opportunity, renewable energy, the environment, transportation, guns, drugs and the need to bridge the so-called rural-urban divide within Wisconsin.
Mandela Barnes, Democratic candidate for Wisconsin Lt. Governor, discusses with host Andrea Williams his reasons for seeking office and how the state can be better served by a change in administrations at the executive level.
2018-06-21 - Campaign 2018: Mandela Barnes (D) Candidate for Lt. Governor
Former state Rep. Mandela Barnes is stoked. He's talking about plans to put Wisconsin on a fast track to the future by creating an infrastructure that supports homegrown business startups and making the state a more desirable place to live for young people.
Barnes, Kober Call For End To Walker Policies Former state Rep. Mandela Barnes and Sheboygan businessman Kurt Kober will face each other in August's Democratic primary for lieutenant governor. Both candidates made their pitches to Democrats at the state party convention in Oshkosh last weekend.
OSHKOSH - Excitement, enthusiasm and confusion abounded as Democratic candidates, supporters and activists gathered for the party's annual convention on Friday and Saturday. "I'm really excited because there are so many good candidates. But it's a little overwhelming because there are so many good candidates," said Rosanna Scannell of Green Bay.
Don't forget to sign up beginning this week for your $100 election-year bribes from Republican Gov. Scott Walker. It's becoming increasingly obvious to most Americans that Republicans have ushered in a new Golden Era of Political Corruption under their president.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is sending 671,000 families an election-year check. Democrats call it bribery.
WONKBLOG - “It's literally a guy saying, 'I'm Scott Walker running for reelection, have some money!' " said Mandela Barnes, a Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor in Wisconsin. “Everyone I've talked to sees it as a blatant payoff.”
Oconomowoc students call for stricter gun laws during a walkout on the Columbine shooting anniversary
OCONOMOWOC - On a snow-covered green in the middle of Oconomowoc's downtown, students from Oconomowoc High School gathered to raise awareness about gun violence, this time on the 19th anniversary of the 1999 Columbine High School shooting. Led by Oconomowoc High School senior Will Grosspietsch, an estimated 40 students marched from the school to the city's Village Green April 20.
Champ's back room was filled with wall-to-wall energy and optimism Thursday, April 12, when members and leadership of the St. Croix County Democrats met to hear from three candidates vying to unseat 7th Congressional District Congressman Sean Duffy in November. Before hearing from Margaret Engebretson,...
Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor, Mandela Barnes stopped by WEAU Thursday to talk to us about his goals if elected, including what he calls our broken health care system. "We're the tenth most moved from state in the county, but we have to reverse that trend if we ever want to move forward.
The 2018 midterm elections offer Americans a vital opportunity to check and balance the disastrous presidency of Donald Trump, to prevent Mitch McConnell from continuing to enable Trump as Senate majority leader, to finish Paul Ryan's failed speakership in the House, and to end the crisis in the states created by the Republican governors who helped set the stage for Trump and Trumpism.
JEFFERSON -- The public is invited to hear Mandela Barnes, candidate for Wisconsin lieutenant governor, present his case to voters April 19 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Jefferson Public Library. The event is sponsored by Indivisible Jefferson County, a grassroots citizen organization that communicates with elected officials.
Kenosha County Democrats honored two of their own Sunday night for their longtime dedication in elected office and volunteer work. County Clerk Mary Kubicki and Registrar JoEllyn Storz were named Democrats of the Year at the local Democratic Party's annual dinner at the Italian American Club.
The Waushara County Area Democrats welcomed new members and hosted the monthly Four-County Candidate Forum of Waushara, Marquette, Green Lake and Adams Counties at Silvercryst, Wautoma, on March 22. The forum are candidates for state-wide elections, including Wisconsin State Senator Kathleen Vinehout, a candidate for governor, and former State Assemblyman Mandela Barnes, a candidate for lieutenant governor.
Forty Wisconsin students have begun a multi-day, 50-mile march to change the national conversation on gun control. A little after noon on Monday, they had reached mile 23 on their trek toward the hometown of House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, where they vow to fight until their calls for gun reform are met.
"The middle class in Wisconsin is fading rapidly at a frightening rate," says Mandela Barnes. "We have one of the fastest-declining middle classes in the entire country. People in Wisconsin have not seen a raise in years and they are essentially working more for less.
It's anybody's guess who wins the Democratic nomination for governor in Wisconsin this year. With more than a dozen candidates, it's hard to pick. Lieutenant Governor, however, seems like an easier pick. Former Assemblyman Mandela Barnes looks like the early favorite. While Gov.
"I think our responsibility as black people is to love one another and to uplift one another and to support one another," Ali Muldrow told the crowd of mostly students at Madison College Feb. 8. "I think white people are responsible for racism and I think white people need to be held responsible for racism.
African-Americans can't afford not to vote, panelists at Madison College said on Thursday. "Everything we do in life is shaped by politics. The chairs we're sitting in, the food we eat, was shaped by politics, and somebody's making those policy decisions," said panelist Mahlon Mitchell, a Democratic candidate for governor.
CONTACT: Justin Bielinski [email protected] 414-208-9283 Statewide: Congressman Mark Pocan, a Democrat representing Wisconsin's 2nd Congressional District since 2013, has endorsed the candidacy of Mandela Barnes for Lieutenant Governor. Pocan serves on the House Appropriations Committee where he sits on the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education, and the Subcommittee on Agriculture.
At its official inception in 1976, Black History month was meant to honor the "too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans," according to Gerald Ford, the president who officially recognized Black History Month. But throughout time, it has taken on an extra meaning - for many, Black History Month is a reminder that racism isn't dead,...
Former state Rep. Mandela Barnes entered the race for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor with a statement that signaled he knows exactly what the 2018 election in Wisconsin is about. This is a state where historically the gap between rich and poor was narrow, but Gov. Scott Walker, Lt.
The headline on the Associated Press article on the race for governor of Wisconsin, which appeared in newspapers across the state and beyond last week, was telling: "Democrats seek younger voters with mostly gray candidates." The article noted that, while Democrats are looking to energize young voters, "The average age of the nine top tier contenders is 58 and two are in their 70s."
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Former Democratic state Rep. Mandela Barnes said Wednesday in launching his campaign for lieutenant governor that he wasn't asking for voter support just "because I'm young and black." But Barnes, a 31-year-old African-American from Milwaukee, said Democrats need to do a better job connecting with people of color and young voters.
Our state deserves to be the best. I was born and raised here, in Milwaukee's poorest and the nation's most incarcerated zip code. After college, I decided to come home to my city, because I believe in Wisconsin's collective potential. I often ask myself, how can we be better?