FightingBobFestNorth 2013

After a great deal of discussion we have decided that there will be no FightingBobFestNorth in Chippewa Falls for 2013. We're sorry that this is going to be the case, but we encourage you to continue fighting the good fight in Northern Wisconsin.  We're not closing the door on BobFestNorth - but for the moment we're taking a year off.

Breaking - Mahlon Mitchell at FightingBobFest North!

Mahlon MitchellMahlon Mitchell has just agreed to be a speaker at FightingBobFest North. Mitchell is the Democratic candidates for Lieutenant Governor, and will speak in the afternoon session at FightingBobFest North..  We're happy to welcome Mahlon Mitchell to our roster of progressive speakers.

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FightingBobFest North Schedule

Morning Schedule
[all events located in Creative Arts Building]

Coffee, tea, and baked goods brought to you by: The Goat Coffee House
9am—Opening Remarks
Ed Garvey
Kristen Dexter
Greggmoorian Chanters
Dana Schultz

Nino Amato

Doug La Follette

Bob Kincaid
[all food booths located between the Outdoor Life Building and Beer Garden]
Jamaican Kitchens, LLC
Crescent Meats & Catering, LLC
Sitha Indian Kitchen
(Sitha located in Outdoor Life Building)
Local Favorite Valkyrie Beer on tap
and Live Music by Hey Joe in the Beer Garden
Visit over 30 Progressive Businesses & Exhibitors in the Fine Arts Building next to the entrance

Break-Out Sessions
“The War on Women”
Molly Swank
(Outdoor Life Building)
“The Impact of Silica Sand Mining on West/Central Wisconsin”
Jerry Lausted and Kelly Jones
(RCU School Building)
“Money & Politics”
Mike McCabe
(Creative Arts Building)
Afternoon Schedule [all events located in Creative Arts Building]

Mahlon Mitchell

Mike McCabe
Ruth Conniff
Tony Schultz
State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout
John Nichols
and more!
Conversation and Live Music Continues in the Beer Garden
Valkyrie Beer available all day long 10 am – close. Enjoy your Valkyrie beer in a commemorative Fighting Bob Fest North Pint Glass!

Booths at FightingBobFest North

As of today, these are the vendors and groups who will have boots at FightingBobFest North:


Center for Media and Dem. (PRWATCH)
Chippewa Valley Alternative Energy
Chippewa Valley Civil Liberties Union
Credo Super PAC
Cut From Plain Cloth
Democratic Party of Chippewa, Dunn, and Eau Claire Counties
Eau Claire NORML
Echo Valley Hope, Inc.
Fair Wisconsin
FightingBobFest North Merchandise
Greater West Central Area Labor Council
Heart of the Sky Fair Trade
JONAH (Joining Our Neighbors Advancing Hope)
Northern Sun
Organizing for America
Planned Parenthood Advocates of WI`
Progress Media
Rainbow Book Cooperative
Save the Hills Alliance
Sierra Club of WI - John Muir Chapter
Tammy Baldwin for U.S. Senate
The Purple Tree
Uppity Wisconsin/Netroots Wisconsin
Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort - Education Fund
Wisconsin Democracy Campaign
Wisconsin Farmers Union
Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice
Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group (WISPIRG)
Writers Ink

Mike McCabe - Newly Announced Speaker

Mike McCabe is executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, a nonpartisan watchdog group that tracks the money in state politics, fights corruption and works for clean, open and honest government. Mike joined the Democracy Campaign's staff in 1999 and became the group's director in 2000. He previously worked for six years as the Madison Metropolitan School District's communications director and legislative liaison. Mike also formerly worked as a newspaper reporter and state legislative aide. He grew up on his family's dairy farm in central Wisconsin and went on to graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with degrees in journalism and political science, and later served in the Peace Corps in the West African country of Mali.

New Speaker - Ruth Conniff

Ruth ConniffRuth Conniff is the Political Editor of the Progressive Magazine. A native of Madison, WIsconsin, she first joined the magazine when she was hired as a summer intern by the late Erwin Knoll after her sophomore year at Yale. Shortly after graduating from college in 1990, she came to work as Associate Editor for the Progressive, becoming Washington Editor and opening the Progressive's Washington, DC, office in 1997.

Kristen Dexter - Newly Announced Speaker

Kristen Dexter

Kristen Dexter was born and raised in Hallock, Minnesota, on the farm where her dad and grandfather were born and where her parents still live. She spent her childhood riding horse, fishing, playing in the woods and helping on the farm. Kristen graduated from UW-River Falls with a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts.

After graduation Kristen moved to Minneapolis and began a small business as a metalsmith.

Kristen and her husband Donn (David) married in 1992 and have three children. Donn grew up in St. Paul and after high school graduation he served four years in the Navy as a medical corpsman on the aircraft carrier USS Ranger. After his discharge, he began college at the University of Minnesota with the help of the GI Bill. He graduated from Mayo Medical School and in addition to his clinical practice in neurology he is Assistant Medical Director for a large health system in Eau Claire.

Kristen and Donn chose to make Eau Claire home because the Chippewa Valley seemed like a good place to raise a family – and they
 were right. Together with their children they enjoy canoeing, kayaking, camping, and music. When her kids were young Kristen was involved in community activities like Meals on Wheels, Girl Scouts, and the Altoona Library Board. She was a busy volunteer in the Altoona schools and in 2002 was elected to serve on the Altoona Board of Education. Her interests in politics grew, and in November 2008 she defeated an incumbent to become the first woman to represent the 68th Assembly District.

In the Assembly Kristen served as the Vice Chair of the Committee on Education and as a of the Committee on Public Health, Committee on Renewable Energy and Rural Affairs, and the Committee on Rural Economic Development. She was an ambitious lawmaker and earned several “Legislator of the Year” awards. Outside of the Capitol Kristen has continued to be a strong advocate for her community.


John Nichols - Newly Announced Speaker

John NicholsJohn Nichols, a pioneering political blogger, has written the Beat since 1999. His posts have been circulated internationally, quoted in numerous books and mentioned in debates on the floor of Congress.

Nichols writes about politics for The Nation magazine as its Washington correspondent. He is a contributing writer for The Progressive and In These Times and the associate editor of the Capital Times, the daily newspaper in Madison, Wisconsin. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune and dozens of other newspapers.

Nichols is a frequent guest on radio and television programs as a commentator on politics and media issues. He was featured in Robert Greenwald's documentary, "Outfoxed," and in the documentaries Joan Sekler's "Unprecedented," Matt Kohn's "Call It Democracy" and Robert Pappas's "Orwell Rolls in his Grave." The keynote speaker at the 2004 Congress of the International Federation of Journalists in Athens, Nichols has been a featured presenter at conventions, conferences and public forums on media issues sponsored by the Federal Communications Commission, the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Consumers International, the Future of Music Coalition, the AFL-CIO, the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, the Newspaper Guild [CWA] and dozens of other organizations.


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