Our friend Ed Garvey made a vital point the other day when he said that the great contribution of Kathleen Vinehout to the Democratic gubernatorial race was a reminder that rural Wisconsin — especially the rural counties of the west and the north — are historic progressive heartlands.
Democrats have tended in recent years toward an overemphasis on gaining urban and suburban votes. That focus neglects the fact that the state’s progressive heartlands have historically been found in the rural counties of the state’s west and north.
That’s where Vinehout hails from.
Her deep roots in rural Wisconsin do not just inform her candidacy, they argue for its consideration — by voters and by the other contenders.
Vinehout has brought big ideas — necessary ideas — to the race.
To a far greater extent than the other contenders, the state senator has outlined a specific agenda for getting big money out of politics, renewing ethics in government, restoring school funding and repairing public services.
But Vinehout has also outlined a smart agenda for putting state government on the side of working farmers and for doing right by rural Wisconsin.