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Horlick voting project canceled
The Journal Times ^ | 11/1/04 | Phyllis Sides

Posted on 11/01/2004 6:26:26 PM PST by TexKat

RACINE - The get out the vote project planned by Horlick High School students has been canceled.

Racine Unified School District Superintendent Thomas Hicks said what started out to be a class-related activity last week turned out to be a partisan event. The decision to cancel the event was made Monday morning after he learned the facts had changed and it was no longer a bipartisan endeavor.

"At one point it appeared it was going to be bipartisan and reach out to all of the community. But some groups decided they didn't want be part of it. Not everyone was interested in being part of a bipartisan effort," Hicks said.

"Over the weekend it turned into what gave appearance of not being bipartisan. And even if it's only the appearance of less than bipartisan the district's policy is very clear. Teachers and students cannot be involved in that type of activity during school time."

However, teacher Al Levie did follow procedure in developing the project, Hicks said. "The last thing I want people to think is that the teacher didn't follow policy or did something wrong. He did everything he was supposed to do."

Levie said Jose Martinez, assistant superintendent for secondary education, called him Monday morning to say that the trip would be canceled.

The students were upset by the news, Levie said. Although he doesn't know if the decision was prompted by political pressure, it was a shame that a valuable learning experience had been lost, Levie said.

If political pressure was responsible, he added: It would be "very disturbing that political pressure could be brought to bear to stop the project. If so, it's the antithesis of democracy. We're not teaching kids good values when a learning experience can be canceled by partisan politics."

On Friday the Free Republic Web site posted a Journal Times story about the project with this header "Racine, WI - Need FReeper help to counter massive liberal GOTV effort using public school students! To read all the posted comments check out http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1261500/posts

For more information, see Tuesday's print edition of The Journal Times.


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Wisconsin
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1 posted on 11/01/2004 6:26:26 PM PST by TexKat
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To: TexKat

Nooo?? Really???


2 posted on 11/01/2004 6:28:54 PM PST by samadams2000
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To: TexKat

Good! I'm glad they put a stop to this.

This wasn't a bipartisan effort. It was an effort to go out to democrat strongholds and get people to vote.


3 posted on 11/01/2004 6:29:11 PM PST by flashbunny (Every thought that enters my head requires its own vanity thread.)
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To: TexKat

4 posted on 11/01/2004 6:30:09 PM PST by 12 Gauge Mossberg (I Approved This Posting - Paid For By Mossberg, Inc.)
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To: TexKat

Hmmmmmn.

Funny the way he phrases that:

"Not everybody wanted to be bipartisian" .....

Gee, when a democrat-pushing-group is claiming that, I wonder if he really didn't mean that "we got caught pushing democrats to a democrat vote rally and I have to cover my b*ttby claiming the repubbies don't want to play "my way" at my rally."


5 posted on 11/01/2004 6:30:25 PM PST by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but Kerry's ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: TexKat

THis is my brother's former high school...would be largely Dem strongholds anyway...they must be hurtin to use kids to do their GOTV work...we're gonna win.


6 posted on 11/01/2004 6:31:02 PM PST by Keith (JOHN KERRY...IN VIOLATION OF ARTICLE III SECTION 3 OF THE US CONSTITUTION)
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To: LouD; myself6; WOSG; cocoapuff; OPS4; rj45mis

Ping


7 posted on 11/01/2004 6:31:53 PM PST by TexKat (Just because you did not see it or read it, that does not mean it did or did not happen.)
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To: TexKat

Do you have a better weblink for the FR thread?


8 posted on 11/01/2004 6:33:47 PM PST by weegee (4 out of 3 Democrats will vote for Kerry this election.)
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To: TexKat
Link to earlier posting in story doesn't work, this should:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1261500/posts

9 posted on 11/01/2004 6:34:36 PM PST by David M. Brooks (Twenty Minutes Into The Future)
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To: Keith
I graduated from Horlick and still live in Racine. I called the superintendents office and complained and it seems many others must have as well. Thank god.
10 posted on 11/01/2004 6:34:53 PM PST by badgerbengal (If Bush wins here in WI Kerry will get slaughtered)
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To: TexKat; Timesink; martin_fierro; reformed_democrat; Loyalist; =Intervention=; PianoMan; GOPJ; ...
Media Schadenfreude and Media Shenanigans PING

BUSTED

Pajama people rule!

11 posted on 11/01/2004 6:35:19 PM PST by weegee (4 out of 3 Democrats will vote for Kerry this election.)
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To: samadams2000
Good job everyone. I was very uncomfortable with this project when I read it on FR.

Two weeks ago, my 5th grader completed a mock voter registration card for his social studies class. I fretted over whether his name would be used register a non-resident. Very upsetting when you can't trust your kid's 5th grade SS teacher.
12 posted on 11/01/2004 6:35:22 PM PST by LisaS
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To: weegee
Do you have a better weblink for the FR thread?

Racine, WI - Need FReeper help to counter massive liberal GOTV effort using public school students!

http://freerepublic.info/focus/f-news/1261500/posts

13 posted on 11/01/2004 6:36:27 PM PST by TexKat (Just because you did not see it or read it, that does not mean it did or did not happen.)
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To: LisaS

Between talk radio and the net the tide is turning against all the liberal dirty tricks that have been going on for decades.


14 posted on 11/01/2004 6:38:31 PM PST by badgerbengal (If Bush wins here in WI Kerry will get slaughtered)
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To: 12 Gauge Mossberg

Do they serve the malteds in the cafeteria?


15 posted on 11/01/2004 6:40:40 PM PST by Mike Fieschko (I'm not part of the problem. I'm a Republican.)
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To: TexKat

Awesome. Some FReepers helped smack down liberal voter schemes. And BTW, I do NOT believe for a minute that "some groups didn't want to participate" so it turned into a "partisan" effort. Nonsense. Bet the local Pubblie office was NEVER contacted.


16 posted on 11/01/2004 6:40:46 PM PST by Libertina (Please Lord, grant America a leader who loves you.)
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To: Libertina

Or perhaps left leaning organizations did not want to participate with Republican organizations involved. Then again, there are some who would say (wrongly) that the NAACP is a "non-partisan" organization just because they have a 501c3 tax status that prohibits the national organization from making endorsements/advocacy of candidates and legislation.


17 posted on 11/01/2004 6:45:13 PM PST by weegee (4 out of 3 Democrats will vote for Kerry this election.)
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To: Mike Fieschko
Do they serve the malteds in the cafeteria?

Actually I'm not sure. But that's a picture of the school. I went there and graduated back in 1990.

18 posted on 11/01/2004 6:48:28 PM PST by 12 Gauge Mossberg (I Approved This Posting - Paid For By Mossberg, Inc.)
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To: badgerbengal; All
High school students should NEVER be used in this way.

The last time I saw this technique used was for the Vietnam Moratorium marches. They let the school out for the day.

19 posted on 11/01/2004 6:49:20 PM PST by Cold Heat (http://ice.he.net/~freepnet/kerry/staticpages/index.php?page=20040531140357545)
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To: badgerbengal
"Knock and Drag" is a relatively new scheme used by the Left. It is a technique of intimidation when they send the vans/buses around to peoples' homes.

In some neighborhoods, they will canvas the area and go door to door 3 times on election day. I am not suggesting that they are trying to get those people to vote multiple times (such a crime is best conducted by those on the inside as they are less likely to talk about their crime). I AM saying that a resident had better have a good excuse for the DNC knock and drag team when they come by the same house three times and someone has to say "NO, I won't go to the polls". Figure in the felons that they have on some of the details. I call it intimidation. Do immigrants know that they can say "NO" to these thugs?

Michigan's DAs who laughed at Michael Moore's antics have cleared the way for DNC operatives to continue to buy votes with cigarettes, drinks, or walking around money.

If it is okay to buy votes with underwear, Ramen noodles, free meals, and six-packs of beer (all advocated by Michael Moore) then buying votes smokes and hard cash in small amounts and crack cocaine must not be the state crime that I always thought it was.

20 posted on 11/01/2004 6:53:51 PM PST by weegee (4 out of 3 Democrats will vote for Kerry this election.)
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To: Cold Heat

Some left wing professors encouraged their students to protest the looming war in Iraq last year as well. Other teachers should have thrown a simple pop quiz that day.


21 posted on 11/01/2004 6:55:09 PM PST by weegee (4 out of 3 Democrats will vote for Kerry this election.)
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To: TexKat

The writer uses the term "partisan." Does that mean "pro-Democrat" or "pro-Republican"?

And why don't these journalists just report the news, rather than prance around the news. Just say "Democrat-leaning" or something....


22 posted on 11/01/2004 6:55:45 PM PST by Theo
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To: weegee

Perhaps ;) LOL


23 posted on 11/01/2004 6:55:56 PM PST by Libertina (Please Lord, grant America a leader who loves you.)
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To: TexKat
Hmmmmmm.........
Now let me try to get this right, okay?.....

It is only bipartisan IF the DEMS "have the upper hand"............

Otherwise.........
Well,...hmmmm....... the so called event Must be canceled

(Did I get that right?)

24 posted on 11/01/2004 6:57:29 PM PST by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: TexKat

My father still calls it Highlick Hor School.


25 posted on 11/01/2004 7:07:11 PM PST by Last Dakotan
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To: Theo
The writer uses the term "partisan." Does that mean "pro-Democrat" or "pro-Republican"?

JT launches `Battleground Wisconsin' weblog

By Journal Times staff

RACINE COUNTY - With the election a day away, and Wisconsin smack in the middle of it, The Journal Times will be increasing its coverage of the 2004 presidential election this week.

The newspaper has created a weblog at: www.battlegroundwisconsin.com to report developments as they occur, and to allow readers to comment on election-related news.

26 posted on 11/01/2004 7:12:57 PM PST by TexKat (Just because you did not see it or read it, that does not mean it did or did not happen.)
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To: Libertina
Bet the local Pubblie office was NEVER contacted.

Update: Unified cancels voter drive

It seems The Free Republic, a conservative Web site, led to the cancellation of Unified's planned voter drive on election day. Several readers of the Web site called School Board members and Unified officials to protest the use of high school students for a voter drive, even though the local Republican Party was involved in the effort. 11/01/04/12:48:33 by Dustin »Discuss this post - Currently: No Comments

27 posted on 11/01/2004 7:25:37 PM PST by TexKat (Just because you did not see it or read it, that does not mean it did or did not happen.)
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To: TexKat

I stand corrected, but statistcally I was in safe country! LOL


28 posted on 11/01/2004 7:27:21 PM PST by Libertina (Please Lord, grant America a leader who loves you.)
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To: TexKat

"valuable learning experience" my ass!


29 posted on 11/01/2004 7:28:55 PM PST by Wonderama ("America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy"....John Updike)
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To: TexKat
The students could have done whatever political activism they wanted to do on their own time. I did. I grew up in Racine and worked on Les Aspin's first campaign in 1970 (before my conversion to conservatism). I did a lot of door-to-door canvasing in 1970 when I was 15.

At the election victory party, they let my friends and I have free access to the champaign bottles. I thought it was pretty cool at the time. Looking back as a parent, I am appalled.

Now I am volunteering for the Bush campaign, doing some of the same things I did for Democrats back then. With age comes wisdom.

30 posted on 11/01/2004 8:08:06 PM PST by knuthom
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Thanks to everyone for your efforts.

I actually got a call on Saturday apprising me of the decision - and I was asked to "PLEASE call off the dogs!"

Nice work, dogs!


31 posted on 11/01/2004 8:54:09 PM PST by LouD
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To: LouD

I should add that I didn't want to call off anything until they announced something officially.


32 posted on 11/01/2004 8:55:38 PM PST by LouD
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To: LouD
Yup, after a few phone calls, they knew that the light was shining on their little project, and the wheels began to turn..........

What about insurance? What if someone, gets hurt, accosted.....?

Can we guarantee their parents of their safety?

What if they connect this to the union?

What if they file suit?

What if, what if?

33 posted on 11/01/2004 9:17:35 PM PST by Cold Heat (http://ice.he.net/~freepnet/kerry/staticpages/index.php?page=20040531140357545)
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To: Cold Heat

Those were issues, certainly - But the main issue was the shocking realization that they'd never pass another referendum again.


34 posted on 11/01/2004 9:59:41 PM PST by LouD
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To: LouD

Yup, Heh, heh, heh!


35 posted on 11/01/2004 10:12:43 PM PST by Cold Heat (http://ice.he.net/~freepnet/kerry/staticpages/index.php?page=20040531140357545)
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To: LouD
Today's 11/02/04 article:

Debatable: School or politics? Unified cancels high school voter drive

36 posted on 11/02/2004 10:23:06 AM PST by TexKat (Just because you did not see it or read it, that does not mean it did or did not happen.)
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To: TexKat

They lied. They did it anyway. The kids took off school, the teachers took a personal day, and the they met off school property.


37 posted on 11/02/2004 6:07:28 PM PST by LouD
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To: TexKat; samadams2000; flashbunny; 12 Gauge Mossberg; Robert A. Cook, PE; Keith; myself6; WOSG; ...

They did it anyway. We found out yesterday morning that the event would proceed as they had planned, despite their claim that it had been cancelled. The teachers simply took the day off, and the students were excused by their parents (supposedly).

I ran into many groups of Horlick students as I was chasing election fraud all over the inner city. The naive idealism of the students was apparent - They told us "Go vote - it doesn't matter who you vote for" - Completely oblivious to the fact that they had been targeted, not to the wards where they live, but to the most democratic wards in the city. The following is the Racine Journal Times story that appeared online last night - and no, the JT made NO effort to interview anyone with the campaign regarding the reasons for opposition to the democratic GOTV scheme.

Students skip school to `Rock the Vote'
By Jazmín Beltrán Mendoza

RACINE - Amidst cold weather, rain and the unexpected pull of support from the Racine Unified School District, more than 250 Horlick High School students walked around Racine Tuesday encouraging residents to vote.

"We're here to make a difference and to tell people they have the right to vote for whoever they want in one of the closest elections ever," said 15-year-old Horlick freshman Eric Patton, who said he is a Bush supporter.

The students and organizers of the event, primarily Horlick teacher Al Levie, learned Monday of the districts' decision to no longer allow the students to be absent from school so they could participate in the get-out-the-vote effort.

Racine Unified canceled the event, which had been designed as a school-sponsored field trip, after receiving phone calls from members of the conservative Web site Freerepublic.com, which posted a Journal Times article Friday about the upcoming event. Superintendent Thomas Hicks said the effort appeared to be partisan.

So students took matters into their own hands. They skipped class, with their parents' permission phoned into the school, and hit the streets anyway.

From freshmen to seniors, students started gathering at Memorial Hall at 7 a.m. to collect fliers and form groups of about eight people. Each group had a chaperone, which included parents, college students and several Racine residents, all volunteers who donated their time to walk with the students.

"When she found out (the district canceled the event) she was really upset," said chaperone Tawnya Young, 35, the mother of 17-year-old Horlick senior Taneisha Young. "She thought the school would be behind encouraging people to do a positive thing. It doesn't say much for our school district."

Claudia Maria, 17, a senior at Horlick who moved from Mexico to Racine five years ago, said that she is unable to vote in the United States, but that she wanted to encourage those who can to take advantage of this

opportunity.

"It's very cold and it's raining, but we are all out here. Even though we can't vote we will still be affected by the result of the election."

"They (the school district) were taking away an opportunity for us to learn to voice our opinions and they have stopped others, like my ESL teacher who didn't come with us today because he was afraid of getting fired," Maria added.

But not all went smoothly. Arthur Shattuck, of 1521 College Ave., received a flier from the high school students telling him that he voted at Winslow Elementary School. The only problem: He actually voted at Stephen Bull Fine Arts Elementary School.

Ward maps show that the boundary between Ward 2-5 and Ward 2-6 runs down College Avenue. The students handed out the wrong flier to residents on his side of the street, Shattuck said.

The Racine City Clerk's Office received many phone calls Tuesday morning, mostly from West Racine, from people saying they had been directed to vote at the wrong polling site by people going door-to-door. Beverly Hicks, president of the Racine Chapter of the NAACP - one of the groups that supported the event - said it was "highly unlikely" that Horlick students were responsible, since they were using ward maps provided by the city clerk's office.

Not all parents were supportive of their children's decision to participate in this event. Racine resident Andrew Cross, 46, went to Memorial Hall as the students were starting their walks to pick-up his son, Horlick junior Kevin Cross after hearing he would be participating.

"I don't want him persuading people to vote for one person or the other," he said.

The remaining students had plenty of support.

A Rock The Vote bus was also at Memorial Hall handing out T-shirts, pins and other Election Day gifts.

"It's great that they were able to gather this many people despite the last-minute problems. It's definitely reflective of this election," said Heidi Pendergast, 24, deputy director of programs for Rock The Vote.

Besides the NAACP, Voces de la Frontera and Students United for Immigrant Rights also helped with the event.

Mark Zanin, acting principal for Horlick High School said it was unfortunate the way the events played out. "I wish there would have been a better way to deal with it. I think a lot of it had to do with the time constraints."

"We were just trying to get people to vote, not telling them which way to vote, so most people were nice about it. You are kind of learning how to vote too," said 14-year-old freshman Katrina Greenquist.

"I feel really disappointed in the school district for withdrawing their support in our effort to get people to vote," said Horlick student Xavier Marquez, 16, said Monday night. "For them to fold just because of a little bit of pressure from an outside group is wrong. From the beginning we have been nonpartisan. We are just focused on getting out the vote."

"We are very pleased with the results. The kids understand the importance of what they are doing and they are rising to the occasion," Levie said. "Shame on whoever tried to stop this."


38 posted on 11/03/2004 6:55:13 AM PST by LouD
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To: LouD

This disease must be eliminated before it spreads further.


39 posted on 11/03/2004 9:05:42 AM PST by rj45mis
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To: LouD
"I wish there would have been a better way to deal with it.

Message to all teachers at that school who participated!

There was, but it is not at all surprising that you were too stupid to see it. You putz! You pretense of a TEACHER!

Those kids will one day understand that you manipulated them, and they will hate your guts for it. As I do, for once being led by the nose to a Vietnam Moratorium march in order to divide a country against the war in 1968.

Well, ya know what LIBERAL TRASH!

I enlisted to fight in spite of you and I became a Republican!!!!!!

Now, I have just reelected George W. Bush for a second term with a unquestionable majority of the vote.

So yes, maybe there was a better way!

40 posted on 11/03/2004 9:24:42 AM PST by Cold Heat (http://ice.he.net/~freepnet/kerry/staticpages/index.php?page=20040531140357545)
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To: LouD
So students took matters into their own hands. They skipped class, with their parents' permission phoned into the school, and hit the streets anyway.

That would be an UNEXCUSED ABSCENSE. If I were a teacher there I would have a simple pop quiz that day (nothing challenging for the students who DID show up).

41 posted on 11/03/2004 11:43:47 AM PST by weegee (Bush Wins AGAIN. Thank You AMERICA!!!)
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