Progressive are mobilizing in Baraboo for the annual Fighting Bob Fest. Event coordinator Laura Boyd says their focus this year is health care reform. She compares it to “a large town hall” although this may differ from some of the public gatherings seen on the news as this group has long been in support of the issue.
Despite a White House that is considered an ally for health care reform, “We need to keep fighting for what we believe in on our progressive issues and keep doing what we’re doing,” says Boyd.
Breakout sessions will also address the role of journalism in democracy, the potential mayoral takeover of Milwaukee Schools and campaign finance.
Elected officials speaking include Lt. Governor Barbara Lawton as well as Congresswomen Tammy Baldwin and Gwen Moore.
The festival, being held Saturday, is named after “Fighting” Bob La Follette, a progressive political leader during the early 20th century.