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Wednesday, February 04, 2004


report from Madison meetup

posted by Aziz P. at Wednesday, February 04, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
just received this email from Don Jones don_wis in the comments):

Well, it is a blow-out. I had to leave early. But......

The Club Majestic is marshall said they have to now go to one out - one in. The great thing is they filled it during the fund-raising
period and you definitely could not get in without paying at least $25 a head.

They've arranged for overflow at Madison's (the next door bar and restaurant) and, I think, at the Argus (a bar a half block away that is one
of THE hangouts for legislative staff and members). The Gov. will hit those places after his Club Majestic appearance.

Good broad turnout...AFSCME, SEIU, UAW (!), a contingent of Libertarians with their state chair, GLBTI is out in force, also 'real' pols both party
Dems and labor Dems (here 'real' means folks who work campaigns almost professionally).

Very good mix of ages...very good.

Don (don_wis)

Let's get some photos!! For all you non-Madisonians, the Majestic is a big place. It used to be the Majestic Movie Theater. Ah, State Street in the spring...


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