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Hudson Patch to Host First Debate Between Shelly Moore and Sheila Harsdorf

Republican Sen. Sheila Harsdorf and Democratic challenger Shelly Moore will face each other in the Hudson Patch Debate on Monday, July 25. It will be the first of three debates ahead of the Aug. 9 recall election.

The first debate between Sheila and Shelly will happen right here in Hudson.

Republican Sen. Sheila Harsdorf and Democratic challenger Shelly Moore will face each other in the Hudson Patch Debate on Monday, July 25, at the River Channel community access TV studio. It will be the first of three debates ahead of the Aug. 9 recall election. Hudson Patch editor Micheal Foley will host the event and act as moderator.

Only invited members of the Hudson community and media can see the debate live. The River Channel will tape the debate for later airing on Comcast cable's Channel 15. Hudson Patch plans to post video of the full debate on Tuesday, July 26.

Moore is eager to stand face-to-face with the longtime senator and show the voters what she is made of.

"I look forward to a substantive debate about the issues facing the 10th state Senate district this summer," Moore said. "The voters of western Wisconsin are tired of the divisive infighting in Madison, it's time to get things done. Our elected officials need to work together to address the many issues facing our state. Anything less is simply irresponsible. I will bring that to Madison."

Harsdorf hopes to use the debate as a forum to unveil exactly who is responsible for pulling together more than 23,000 recall petition signatures.

"I look forward to talking about what this unprecedented recall effort is all about and who's driving it," Harsdorf said.

In an effort to ensure the best questions, Hudson Patch is reaching out to its user community to suggest both questions for the candidates and specific issues (abortion, gun control, marriage rights, etc.) they'd like the candidates to address. Users can send an email to foleymo@patch.com with the "DEBATE QUESTION" or "DEBATE TOPIC" in the subject line.

The River Falls Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau has announced a second debate between the two candidates set for July 28. A third debate is still in the works.

Paul July 19, 2011 at 12:29 AM
TH3, We missed the Party. wonder how many went from here? This could explain something. http://teamsternation.blogspot.com/2011/07/video-wi-floating-protest-more-from.html Like the guy said Wisconsin is up "For Sale". Never saw anyone in Madison act like that. And I made it every week for 7 weeks 3 days a week. And I am not a Teacher or Public Worker. Even though Teachers are Public Workers. I always seem to have to say both.
Thurston Howell III July 19, 2011 at 12:50 AM
Paul, Sorry I never got you that beverage for you. Someone changed the channel and I had to watch this: http://youtu.be/yA771GNyXjM I tried to make it to the refreshments stand, but wound up in the men's room hurling. Next time I'll remember, No Koch, Pepsi!
Paul July 19, 2011 at 12:56 AM
It's ok I got popcorn. I actually like that. Shows that she will stand up for the other 98% of us.
Thurston Howell III July 19, 2011 at 12:59 AM
Paul, I see Paul Ryan went on the "3 hour tour". Do you think they had a floating Ayn Rand alter set up next to the dance floor? Sacrificing Wisconsin to "Me, Myself, and I' must have been quite a ritual? Was Sheila there? Did she get to dance with Scottie Walker and make googly eyes? People want to know these things. They can't be bothered with trivia like your budget posts. http://youtu.be/SUXTTtjGa_M
Paul July 19, 2011 at 01:03 AM
I have to change the Channel, sorry, check out the video here. https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/bestadof2011?refcode=thermometer
Paul July 19, 2011 at 01:07 AM
Love this little movie. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgK3dvmnUZw
Prof Quincy A. Wagstaff July 19, 2011 at 01:09 AM
I remember waaaay back in 2010 when all these "grassroots" tea partiers where showing up at town hall meetings and rudely shouting down the speakers. Now it's a year later and all these teabagger candidates aren't in the office, can't take phone calls and are afraid of open debates. The hypocrisy of the Bagger Brigade is astounding.
Paul July 19, 2011 at 01:09 AM
Commercial time. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKblQtm5aEo&feature=related
Paul July 19, 2011 at 01:12 AM
Back to our regularly scheduled programing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=an9fMAX67Jc&feature=relmfu
Paul July 19, 2011 at 01:14 AM
Sorry another great show. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ixtazg7bCk
Paul July 19, 2011 at 01:16 AM
Here is a comparison of the Budgets. So if we are in such a Fiscal Crisis why are we spending more money? And if we are cutting all these programs and wages were is the money going to? http://legis.wisconsin.gov/senate/sen31/news/Issues/2011-12-Budget/Comparison_of_09-11__11-13_appropriations__revenue%20061311.pdf And why are our Property Taxes going up?
Paul July 19, 2011 at 01:21 AM
Opps commercial. https://secure3.convio.net/pn/site/Donation2?df_id=3740&3740.donation=form1
Thurston Howell III July 19, 2011 at 01:34 AM
Paul I hear that show was nominated for an Emmy. You certainly have good taste in video programming!
Thurston Howell III July 19, 2011 at 01:47 AM
Paul, Walker's still a tough guy, especially when he has armed men surrounding him. http://tinyurl.com/44jq4gg Have you even seen him try to speak where citizens can express their displeasure with him? I'm willing to bet you can find a channel that has that show on in Prime Time.
Thurston Howell III July 19, 2011 at 02:03 AM
Paul, stop fiddling with the rabbit ears.... or maybe my TV went on the blink when the Harsdorf attack ads came on. http://tinyurl.com/3rak57h I was trying to get a better look at Vanna White and I get Shelly Moore instead LOL
Thurston Howell III July 19, 2011 at 02:19 AM
Paul next time you see Dean Knudson, ask him why he's whining about property taxes when his went down 8% since 2004. Maybe he didn't notice? After all he's busy fixing the real problems with the state, like making sure it's legal to carry a concealed weapon to the next bar room brawl you attend. http://youtu.be/GX6WmnedcLY
Paul July 19, 2011 at 02:36 AM
WOW, What's wrong with his shoulders? Looks like they are stuffed.
Paul July 19, 2011 at 02:37 AM
And for more of the truth. This is an awesome link. www.hypocriticalharsdorf.com
Thurston Howell III July 19, 2011 at 02:39 AM
Back to our previously scheduled reprogramming: Do you remember Educational TV? Walker might have thought that he could overcome his college dropout status by visiting a Community College. I don't think the students there felt like he belonged though? http://youtu.be/1lN6fvxQro4
Paul July 19, 2011 at 02:45 AM
Moore educational Programming. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjfZlJE4Oa8
Paul July 19, 2011 at 02:47 AM
And more education about suppression. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnaY4Y2gsPI&feature=related
Paul July 19, 2011 at 02:50 AM
He has a point I wouldn't want to talk about that or this question either. Here is a comparison of the Budgets. So if we are in such a Fiscal Crisis why are we spending more money? And if we are cutting all these programs and wages were is the money going to? http://legis.wisconsin.gov/senate/sen31/news/Issues/2011-12-Budget/Comparison_of_09-11__11-13_appropriations__revenue%20061311.pdf And why are our Property Taxes going up?
JL July 19, 2011 at 02:03 PM
Paul, the chart does not include $4.3 billion in Federal stimulus monies the state received while Doyle was in office. Also, to achieve the fiscal balance that Doyle is required to do, he forced employees on unpaid furloughs. Without those Furloughs the budget would be considerably more. In addition, WI had to pay back $200 million that Doyle stole from the poor in the form of the injured patients slush fund. I am dissapointed that this years budget is more than the budget cycle, but when you account for the stimulus, it is considerably less. Property taxes are insane in WI, they are half as much across the border in MN. MN has about the same population and tax structure with a very similiar budget. Yet they manage to halve the property taxes we pay in WI. Biggest expense is your local schools. In RF, they spend $10K per child, with 89% of that going to salaries. In regards to Shelly Moore and the debate, I have looked at her website, she asks for specifics from her opponent, but has none herself. She states that she would balance the budget without tax increases, yet has no specifics. I am looking forward to the debates, hopefully we will get some specifics out of Shelly. I am curious as too what Shelly we will see, politicking Shelly, or union shelly?
Dan BV July 19, 2011 at 02:39 PM
Hang in there, Mr. Foley. For my two bits, having seen in person the idiot fringe cat-call and otherwise be be distruptive at Hudson School Board meetings and, in all honestly, not expecting Ms. Harsdorf to be greeted with total civility either, your plan for staging the event is reasonable. For all the chatter that we do on this blog, direct questions and clear answers from the candidates are what we need. This works for me. Though I would suggest you make sure the video is not edited for "content", but simply for presentation.
Joan Schneider July 19, 2011 at 03:10 PM
Dan BV, I don't understand how anyone could be out of line in their behavior since there can only be 10-15 for both the Republican party and the Democratic party of HUDSON.If there would be that type of behavior I am sure the police would ask them to leave. That has been the case at other Harsdorf.Knudson events this year. As a matter of fact, Marty J., Hudson police chief, said the protestors had been well behaved. I do believe there will be much more than cat calls after the parents in the Hudson district actually realize what will happen to their school programs in probably two or three years from now. Personally, I appreciate Mike's work on this project but I am very upset by all of the debates being in a forum that will make it vey difficult to interact with the candidates. We all know Sheila doesn't want to be in any environment where she must actually face people who don't agree with her so her campaign controlling the stage is in her best interest.We know Sheila all too well.
Dan BV July 19, 2011 at 09:56 PM
Believe me, Joan, I agree with you. Perhaps I am just getting weary about how people confuse wanting to question someone versus wanting to give someone an earful. I have a hundred tough questions for Ms. Harsdorf, and twice as many rants for her to hear. And no known science can measure the volumes I have for Mr. Knudson. But I've met Shelly Moore and she is a smart, engaging, and earnest person. I have met Sheila Harsdorf and she is none of those things and less. I guess all I am saying is that if Shelly is to shine as I believe she will, she will to that in any forum so I am okay with Mike's plan.
Paul July 19, 2011 at 11:05 PM
JL, Nice try... They Budget under Doyle was smaller than this one. Any way you slice it, it was less. I see you did not post any link to support your claims. I did post the link to support mine. Also why is our Property taxes going up in Hudson? Under the Budget Dispair Bill they can't raise them to pay for the shortfall Harsdorf and Walker created.
Joan Schneider July 21, 2011 at 02:17 AM
jil, Before you tell the Kaukauna story you need to study the Tommy Thompson Qualified Economic Offer which was a law governing how teachers were paid for MANY years. I believe last year that law was changed but for all of the years you are concerned about the Qualified Economin Law was in effect. School districts did not pay more even if their insurance rates were higher or not. repeat...School districts did not pay more in the total package because of insurance costs. Here is why: The Qualified Economic Law did specificy that the districts only had to give a total package raise of 3.8%. That was a special formula based on the cost of instruction the previous year. The total package of 3.8% was first paid for insurance and then if any was left over it could go to actual salaries. So if an insurance bill came to much of the 3.8% then the staff had a very SMALL raise. Some haven't been paid for other pay they were due in their contract because the TOTAL package only had to be 3.8% This was good for school boards because it put a lid on money needed to be spent on teachers. So Kauklauna did NOT have to pay more for WEA Trust insurance. In fact, the higher cost was paid by the teachers in place of a raise. This was a Republican law not understood by many. Would you like to change your story now? I understand this because I negoatiated it and had to know the law.
Paul July 23, 2011 at 04:34 PM
I am still waiting to see the supporting data on all of what you said. I asked at work on same priced homes as mine. Seems they pay about the same in Propety Taxes. Some places are higher from what they say. I'll wait to comment on anything alse when you bring forth the links.
Joan Schneider July 26, 2011 at 04:50 AM
jill Really...no comment about the Kaukauna lesson I just taught you?? That story is one of the 40 Republican talking points we hear and see frequently. An old story that is now put to rest!

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