EDITORIAL: Dave Magnum in 2nd District

Print Article

In Wisconsin's 2nd, a change would better reflect region's views.

IN THE RACE for Congress in Wisconsin's 2nd District, it's a rerun. Incumbent Democrat Rep. Tammy Baldwin of Madison is challenged by Republican Dave Magnum of the Portage area.

Baldwin has held the job since 1998, before the Beloit area was included in the district. Her strongest base is in liberal Madison. Prior to her election to Congress, Baldwin held both local and state posts for the Madison community.

Magnum is a business guy, a successful owner of a string of radio stations. He cites his record of building businesses and creating jobs against Baldwin's history as a career politician.

TAMMY BALDWIN is a sharp politician and a hard worker. She has been attentive to local needs in the Beloit area, working to secure funds for various projects, such as the Gateway Business Park. Likewise, she has been a supporter of Beloit's tribal casino initiative, and has stepped up in Washington when proposed legislation threatens the project's viability.

If a congressional representative's job description stopped there, it would be possible to recommend Baldwin's re-election. There's more to the job, though.

We continue to believe there is a very large difference between Madison and Beloit. Baldwin's sharply left-wing views are consistent with Madison's often radical leanings. The Beloit area, however, is considerably less liberal. The community may have a history as a manufacturing city that leans Democratic, but many people are what used to be called “Reagan Democrats” - moderate to liberal on economic issues, conservative on national security and social concerns.

THAT'S WHERE VOTERS will find a big difference between Baldwin and Magnum. The incumbent consistently ranks as one of the most liberal members of Congress, particularly by national security and pro-business measures. Magnum would be a strong representative in those key areas, a voice for keeping America powerful and safe and an advocate of job-creating economic policies.

Magnum, however, is not a lockstep right-wing Republican. He expresses misgivings over the situation in Iraq, for example, and supports stem cell research. On many issues Magnum is a solid moderate, an endangered species in rabidly partisan Washington.

We acknowledge the 2nd's split personality, from radical Madison to moderate Beloit. It isn't easy for any candidate to bridge that ideological divide, and Tammy Baldwin's closer identification with her hometown and political base to the north is understandable.

But Magnum best reflects the values and beliefs of our end of the district. The Daily News endorses Dave Magnum for Congress in Wisconsin's 2nd District.

Print Article

Read More

Chinese court says former Interpol President Meng Hongwei has confessed to accepting more than $2 million in bribes

AP

June 20, 2019 at 5:00 am | BEIJING (AP) — Chinese court says former Interpol President Meng Hongwei has confessed to accepting more than $2 million in bribes. ...

Comments

Read More

The Latest: US official says Iranian missile downed US drone

AP

June 20, 2019 at 5:00 am | DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region amid rising tensions between Iran and the U.S. (all times local): 10:25 a.m. A U.S. official says that...

Comments

Read More

US official tells AP that US drone was shot down by an Iranian missile in international airspace over Strait of Hormuz

AP

June 20, 2019 at 5:00 am | DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — US official tells AP that US drone was shot down by an Iranian missile in international airspace over Strait of Hormuz. ...

Comments

Read More

Waymo teams up with Renault, Nissan on robotaxis outside US

AP

June 20, 2019 at 5:00 am | SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Self-driving car pioneer Waymo is teaming up with automakers Renault and Nissan to make its first journey outside the U.S. with a ride-hailing service that will dispatch a fleet ...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(608) 365-8811
149 State Street
Beloit, WI 53511

©2019 Beloit Daily News Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X