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National Speakers to Highlight Annual Fighting Bob Fest

One of the speakers at the grassroots progressive Fighting Bob Fest in Wisconsin next weekend will be U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin. (Official U.S. Senate photo)
One of the speakers at the grassroots progressive Fighting Bob Fest in Wisconsin next weekend will be U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin. (Official U.S. Senate photo)
September 12, 2016

MADISON, Wis. – Over the years, the annual Fighting Bob Fest has grown to become one of the largest grassroots progressive gatherings in the nation.

This year the event will be held Saturday at Breese Stevens Field in Madison. It will feature a number of nationally known progressives such as syndicated columnist Jim Hightower, and plenty of the state's high profile progressives, including U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Senate candidate Russ Feingold.

Scot Ross, executive director of the advocacy group One Wisconsin Now, will be a speaker, and he says the Fest will, among other things, address what he calls the nation's number one problem.

"And that is an absence of real leadership when it comes to advancing a lot of the progressive values and policies and ideas that people really care about,” he states. “And it would make this country a better place, and that goes for certainly the Republicans and it goes as well for Democrats."

There will be live music, breakout sessions covering a number of progressive topics, displays and forums that will invite public discussion.

Organizers of the Fest say public participation in government is eroding, corporate politics have too much influence on public policy, and that too many elected officials follow the party line instead of listening to what the people are saying.

Ross says one of the reasons for the ongoing success of the gathering is that there are a lot of common interests shared.

"Who doesn't want a fair tax policy that rewards work and not necessarily if you inherited wealth?” he asks. “Who doesn't want to see people paid a fair day's wage for an honest day's work? Who doesn't want to see us do something about the $1.4 trillion, 43 million member strong student debt crisis?"

Gates will open for the Fest at 9 a.m. Saturday.


Tim Morrissey, Public News Service - WI