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Democrats Tap Teacher Shelly Moore to Run Against Sheila Harsdorf in Wisconsin Senate Recall Election

Shelly Moore, a board certified teacher, received a layoff notice from the Ellsworth School District in January.

Sheila vs. Shelly—let the campaigning begin.

Ellsworth teacher Shelly Moore announced her candidacy as the Democrat to face Wisconsin state Sen. Sheila Harsdorf (R-District 10) in a recall election tentatively scheduled for July 12.

The announcement came Tuesday, May 3—National Teachers Day—in the form of a press conference at the bandshell in .

Moore, a board certified teacher, has taught English and drama in Wisconsin for the past 13 years, and she received a layoff notice from the Ellsworth School District in early January. In recent speeches, Moore describes herself as a third-generation Wisconsin teacher and a fourth-generation union member. 

She served in leadership roles in the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC) and the National Education Association (NEA).

According to her profile on the WEAC website, Moore grew up in the Beloit and Woodruff areas. She earned her master's degree in English education from UW-River Falls and her bachelor's degree in English, political science and theatre arts from UW-Stevens Point.

Back on Feb. 26, Moore stood on the same stage as the emcee of . During the demonstration, she repeated one of her popular rallying cries to stoke the crowd:

"We bleed Packer green and Brewer blue and Badger red. We believe that the three major food groups are beer, cheese and bratwurst. And we breathe union," Moore said.

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Lech W. May 09, 2011 at 12:10 AM
And can you explain what this video from 2008 of a speech at a professional convention shows that is negative for Shelly Moore? However, if I read the hatred comments there, i wonder what kind of people are living amongst us? One really would need to be afraid to meet one of the commentators face to face! So much hate in every contribution! Were they all abused children?
Lech W. May 10, 2011 at 01:42 AM
And can you explain what this video from 2008 of a speech at a professional convention shows that is negative for Shelly Moore? However, if I read the hatred comments there, I wonder what kind of people are living amongst us? One really would need to be afraid to meet one of the commentators face to face! So much hate in every contribution! Were they all abused children?
The Big T May 25, 2011 at 05:58 PM
Be assured that Moore is a one agenda candidate. As an NEA director she is here to protect the NEA's interests. If elected, she will do everything in her power to divert more of our tax monies to the NEA. Undoubtedly she will be taking her marching orders from the NEA executives in Washington D.C. For all of you people who are so hooked on voting democrat and/or union, keep in mind that if a squeeze play is required down the road, the NEA will be able to muscle out anyone, especially other unions, who may get in their way. They have more money and more political clout than your union. I guarantee it! They are motivated by one thing: money! The NEA is also one of the most ultra-liberal organizations in our country, supporting and promoting the far liberal left politicians on issues such as abortion, homosexuality, gun control and prohibiting religion, prayer, Christianity and the bible in public places, especially our schools. If you vote for this lady, you are either very ignorant or very foolish!
Shannon May 25, 2011 at 06:12 PM
Or we are more tolerant of our fellow human beings and believe that education is a priority in this country. The right-wing is motivated by one thing: money!
Concerned about being united June 02, 2011 at 08:32 PM
There isn't anyone in politics that isn't motivated by money! I thought everyone knew that! People delude themselves if they think that this whole debate isn't about money.
Shannon June 02, 2011 at 08:54 PM
And the Republicans are the ones defunding public education, making cuts to programs for our most vulnerable citizens - the disabled and the elderly. All to pay their corporate masters. You figure it out.
mainstreet June 02, 2011 at 09:12 PM
Man, you must have that line saved and just paste it since you use it so often. Of course its about money, always has been. Dems are good at spending others peoples though. Just wait til they come after our 401Ks and IRAs. That's their next move. Be prepared to Shellout More.
Shannon June 02, 2011 at 09:41 PM
And now you make it personal. How shocking. It's the truth, and I will continue to say it until people realize what Walker and his minions intend to do to Wisconsin. I can't help it if all the Rethuglicans care about is taking away from people who need help, carrying your guns and discriminating against people who have different lifestyles than yourself. You love to tell people when they can be born and when they can die, but you don't care about them in between. You are either morally bankrupt, or you aren't. Sorry, that's how I see it.
Shannon June 02, 2011 at 09:58 PM
And just so I don't bore Mainstreet with reiterating my point of view, here's a stellar example of the arrogance and cluelessness of some in the Republican party. This is why we need people like Shelly Moore. http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/news/122958443.html
mainstreet June 02, 2011 at 10:12 PM
Sorry about being personal but I do tire of hearing the same thing being repeated over, its adds nothing to a conversation. As far as personal I am an Independent, not R, the right to bear arms is part of the Constitution, it's there so the people can defend themselves against the government. If you don't like that then move to another country I guess. I discriminate against nobody, except people who don't think for themselves and I really don't care what they think as long as they use their brain and reach reasonable and thought through conclusions. I am pro-choice, but your choice better not be my problem! People need to be responsible for their choices. Morally bankrupt ?? Hardly.
Shannon June 02, 2011 at 10:20 PM
Yes, your Memorial Day diatribe about someone named "Pap" and arguing with your own mother really added a lot of substance and information to a recent article. Same with your "Shellout More" . . . And everyone who disagrees with you should move to another country. I rest my case. Have a great day!
Thurston Howell III June 02, 2011 at 11:01 PM
Mainstreet said: "As far as personal I am an Independent, not R, the right to bear arms is part of the Constitution, it's there so the people can defend themselves against the government. If you don't like that then move to another country I guess. " OMG, Mainstreet, what does resurrecting the archaic 1968 hardhat slogan "America, Love it of Leave it" add to the discussion?????????
Art Dent June 02, 2011 at 11:18 PM
Is it somehow relevant or desirable that Ms. Moore is "a union person"? If so, how and why?
Shannon June 02, 2011 at 11:19 PM
I do apologize to the readers and contributors of this article for some of my recent heated comments toward a certain individual. I fell for some flamebait when I should've recognized it for what it was and ignored it. It detracted from the conversation, and I do regret that.
Thurston Howell III June 02, 2011 at 11:20 PM
The Harsdorf\Walker agenda for education is to eventually make it a commercial enterprise. Republicans cannot seem to stand any endeavor that doesn't have"PROFIT" as it's main motivation or one where the public good outweighs bringing in tons of cash . This is what is happening to FOR PROFIT, higher education and what Harsdorf\Walker want to bring to a High School near you! http://youtu.be/eXH-uNMwbVE
Thurston Howell III June 03, 2011 at 02:23 AM
More on FOR PROFIT, online "education". http://youtu.be/bTgZR5RVeFA University of Phoenix
Thurston Howell III June 03, 2011 at 02:43 AM
More on MacCollege, for Profit "learning". http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/collegeinc/view/ Can anyone say diploma mills?
Micheal Foley June 03, 2011 at 03:49 AM
We accept your apology.
mainstreet June 03, 2011 at 03:19 PM
Love it or Leave it wasn't my intention there. My point was that the 2nd amendment is one of the cornerstones in the foundation of the Republic. Its not going to be repealed anytime soon and if guns bother someone that much I couldn't come up with another alternative that may make someone feel better.
Thurston Howell III June 03, 2011 at 03:25 PM
Mainstreet, I'll try my best not to be confrontational. I really don't know how else to interpret. ""As far as personal I am an Independent, not R, the right to bear arms is part of the Constitution, it's there so the people can defend themselves against the government. If you don't like that then move to another country I guess. " ? To me that equates to "love my, and the NRA's interpretation of the second amendment or leave America". I don't want to get into a gun control debate. That is way off topic. However, I don't see a reason for individuals to be stocking up on AK47s and anti-tank grenade launchers.
Dirk A. June 03, 2011 at 08:10 PM
TH3 - These "for profit" schools (sorry, I can't bring myself to call them colleges even though that's what they refer to themselves as) have never been about providing an education, but rather getting a body in the door that can get a government loan for their facade of an education. It's a high cost lesson that will provide you a "degree" that is as worthless as the paper it's printed on. Globe, Rasmussen, American National... and the list goes on. They prey on those desperate for an education. How this ties to Walker is a stretch. There's been issues in several media outlets about these scam schools for years. Buyer Beware !!!
Thurston Howell III June 03, 2011 at 09:01 PM
Sorry Dirk, This is no stretch at all. This is the Walker agenda. "That’s what at least some conservatives want to get out of their attacks on unions: The complete elimination of public schools." http://mediamatters.org/blog/201102230027
Thurston Howell III June 04, 2011 at 12:49 AM
My last post was written in haste. Mike chastised me for not providing evidence of the privatization plan. Well this is more solid. This name should be much more familiar. Another Privatization fanatic and Ayn Rand devotee writes for the Koch Brother's funded CATO institute. Note the repeated use of the term "Government School". This is part of the propaganda. Milton Freeman says: "........the privatization of schooling would produce a new, highly active and profitable private industry..........." That means FOR PROFIT Dirk! No stretch needed. Busting teacher unions is all part of the plan. Walker is a CATO Institute darling. Public Schools: Make Them Private by Milton Friedman http://www.cato.org/pubs/briefs/bp-023.html
Shannon June 04, 2011 at 01:05 AM
TH3, here's an article about Walker lifting the income caps for vouchers so rich people can go to private schools on the taxpayers' tab. It also provides a link to a new evaluation by Wisconsin's Department of Public Instruction which indicates that students in voucher schools don't perform as well as students in public schools even though they have fewer students with challenges. And Walker proposes to eliminate testing for voucher schools. So, the public education system serves all children and, based on test results, serves them better. http://www.democratunity.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2800:scott-walkers-school-voucher-over-reach-&catid=68:economy
Thurston Howell III June 04, 2011 at 04:47 PM
I really wish there were still something we used to call objective reporting. It seems no matter which side of an issue you are on reinforcing arguments are always from biased sources. I think the Right wing agenda to end public education is so insidious because even many on the right don't believe it's happening, yet they are duped into promoting it. Most people simply don't believe there is a movement with considerable clout whose aim is to privatize ALL education.
Oliver Quackenbush June 04, 2011 at 07:34 PM
Anybody but Bush, or anyone Bush-like. How can I help this woman win?
Forrest Brigand June 06, 2011 at 09:15 PM
What is most disturbing about public entities is their tendency to grow and grow and grow and grow until they've completely distorted their initial mission. Private businesses are forced by market influences to trim costs and lean up - there is no such internal control in a public service department - they only grow. Thus, when taxpayers get someone into office who will take a critical look at government and try to cut things back, they are immediately attacked and vilified, as evidenced on the posts above this one. Private businesses (both corporate and small business) are held in check via market corrections: consider Walker a market correction for state government. It's quite funny to read statements by teachers union supporters painting Sheila Harsdorf as if she were part of the Koch family. Sheila's a family farmer, not a fat-cat CEO! LOL. I guarantee you more Wisconsinites have more in common with a family farmer than an NEA Union official (Moore)! You're really twisting this topic beyond recognition, but the more senior and uninformed citizens you can scare into a frenzy thinking Sheila is a villain is better for the union, isn't it? Government entities aren't all bad - there are legitimate needs. But to rant and scream into fits of hysterical recalls when someone comes along to trim things back a little, well, you'll find no sympathy here. Government unions are breaking this country.
Lech W. June 06, 2011 at 09:50 PM
Hmm, Sheila Harsdorf a family farmer! Interessting way to call a partner of an agricultural corporation! Sheila is in the house and the senate since 1989. Before this, she was a loan officer for the Production Credit Association . One of her major accomplishments in politics was to change the property tax for farms to be tied to the yield. The agricultural corporation she and her brother owns has a real estate value of about 10 million dollars, however, their annual property tax is only about 500 dollars. Since 1995 through 2010 the Harsdorf's paid about 2500 dollars in property taxes but claimed almost 1 million dollars in farm subsidies. this means, the received from us, the tax payer lot's of money, and she claims that she will keep our taxes down?? No, Sheila and Walker are not part of the Koch family, but they received (and receive???) healthy amounts of money from the different Koch action groups. I am a retired Auditor of the largest company across the river, and I am trained to smell fishy things! harsdorf and her Master Walker smell like weak old fish! And I don't know, why everybody calls NEA a union. NEA is the National Education Association, a professional association that looks out for educators. There are similar associations for other professions! I am a senior citizen, and nobody had to scare me into believing Sheila is a villain, she did that all by herself through her actions and the lies she is distributing!
Art Dent June 06, 2011 at 10:53 PM
"And I don't know, why everybody calls NEA a union. NEA is the National Education Association, a professional association that looks out for educators." This link might shed some light on why people see NEA as a union: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Education_Association If you search for NEA on Google, the first result is a link to www.nea.org . The description for that site is "United States labor union committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA represents teachers, secretaries and educational support personnel...." Frankly, it doesn't matter what you call an organization. If it serves all the functions of a union, then it is essentially a union--whether or not it has the word 'union' in its title.
Lech W. June 07, 2011 at 12:20 AM
Well, the Bar Association sets attorney fees, the American Medical Association negotiated with insurers, etc. Of course does a professional association look out for its members, and because teachers are employed, they do, like the other associations with other bodies, the fee/salary negotiations. Ans if we call it a union, what is wrong with that? I have never been a union member, but during my working time for the bg mother over in Minnesota, I alsways liked to work with unions, because they followed a set line of rules. Because Shelly was a NEA director (that is a volunteer position) does not mean that she cannot be a good senator! At least she learned how to negotiate, what seems not to be either Walker's or Harsdorf's strength! What makes people believe that a National Board Certified master Teacher (the highest certification a teacher can achieve) would not be able to diversify and make decisions good for all the people in district 10. What makes people believe that she is a single issue person like Sheela harsdorf who seems only be interessted to help to push Walker's cynical agenda!

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