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Saturday, June 06, 2015

 10:44 AM 

Laning: Time to elect proud, progressive Dems

Martha Laning, the first chair candidate to address the crowd, told delegates it's time to elect proud, progressive Dems up and down the ticket.

She said the state has a proud progressive tradition.

“Today we are seeing that slip away," she said. "Our progressive values of opportunity for all, respect for others, fairness and fair play are but a distant memory. We need to stand up for them."

Laning was introduced by former Rep. Jeff Smith, who dropped out of the race Thursday and encouraged his backers to support his one-time rival.

Smith told the delegates it was "time to stop rattling sabers toward other Democrats" and to channel their anger and frustration "into one might sword of justice and turn it on the real wrongdoers who control the Capitol in Madison."

-- By JR Ross

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