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  • Gas tax increase for road work? Scott Walker, Mary Burke leave door open

    08/19/2014 12:08:07 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | August 18, 2014 | Patrick Marley
    Madison — When it comes to funding for roads, Gov. Scott Walker and his Democratic opponent aren't pouring specific ideas in concrete, but both stress the importance of transportation infrastructure and neither rejects the idea of raising the gas tax. Over this two-year budget cycle, Wisconsin is spending about $7 billion on transportation. But far more is needed, according to a task force convened by legislators. Last year, the Wisconsin Transportation Finance and Policy Commission recommended boosting funding for roads by about $680 million annually. To get that money, the commission backed raising the gas tax and vehicle registration fees...
  • Company accuses labor union of forging signatures for political gain

    08/18/2014 2:16:17 PM PDT · by Sopater · 7 replies
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | August 18, 2014 | Adam Tobias
    WAUWATOSA, Wis. — A home health-care company contracted with the Milwaukee County Department of Family Care is accusing a local labor union of forging workers’ signatures to collect more money for political activity. Art Beck, a Milwaukee attorney representing Sally Sprenger, owner of Supportive Homecare Options Inc., told Wisconsin Reporter two employees have come forward since April alleging they were signed up to make contributions without their authority. The contributions were for the Committee on Political Education through the Service Employees International Union Healthcare Wisconsin. After reviewing their forms for voluntary COPE deductions, which help fund union causes for political...
  • NBC-Milwaukee Host To Bloomberg: 'Don't Let The Door Hit You On The Way Out'

    08/18/2014 6:57:28 AM PDT · by rktman · 4 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 8/18/2014 | AWR Hawkins
    During the August 17 airing of NBC-Milwaukee's Sunday Insight on WTMJ, host Charlie Sykes spoke to Michael Bloomberg's unsuccessful involvement in the Milwaukee County Sheriff's race by saying, "Thanks for stopping by Mike, don't let the door hit you on the way out."
  • Rick Perry And The Democrats’ Pattern Of “Lawfare” Against Rising Republicans

    08/17/2014 2:10:27 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 22 replies
    Powerline ^ | April 16, 2013 | PAUL MIRENGOFF
    John and Scott have commented on the indictment of Gov. Rick Perry. As they note, it fits a pattern of politically motivated indictments of prominent Texas Republicans. The Perry indictment also fits a pattern of harassment via the legal process of prominent Republican governors: Sarah Palin, Scott Walker, Chris Christie, and now Perry. What do these four have in common? Why, they all are (or were) potentially viable candidates for the national office. Invocation of the legal process against Christie may well be warranted. (So too with Bob McDonnell, whom I didn’t include in my list because, although once vaguely...
  • Video: Hillary: When I’m ‘President Again’

    11/08/2007 8:29:18 AM PST · by rwa265 · 65 replies · 247+ views
    CNN "Situation Room" ^ | 11/7/7 | ianschwartz
    Slip of the tongue? Yesterday on CNN’s “The Situation Room” Hillary Clinton spoke about what she would do about licensing illegal immigrants when she is president again. Watch:
  • Wisconsin Governor: Walker (R) 48%, Burke (D) 47%

    08/16/2014 11:07:31 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 32 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | August 16, 2014
    It may be the nation’s closest-watched governor’s race, and it remains dead even.
  • 6th District Congress: 1,259 absentee ballots remain outstanding in deadlocked race (WI)

    08/16/2014 5:49:44 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    Wisconsin Election Watch ^ | 8-16-14 | Kyle Maichle
    FOND DU LAC – 1,259 absentee ballots remain outstanding according to election officials in the 6th Congressional District. Wisconsin Election Watch obtained outstanding absentee ballot data from clerks via their website or on the telephone on Thursday. The Sheboygan Press initially reported on Wednesday that there 1,500 absentee ballots outstanding. The following is an actual count of the outstanding absentee ballots: County Number of Outstanding Absentee Ballots Columbia 68 Dodge 76 Fond du Lac 113 Green Lake 17 Manitowoc 82 Marquette 8 Milwaukee 15 Ozaukee 397 Sheboygan 205 Waushara 10 Winnebago 268 Sources: County Clerks in Columbia, Dodge, Fond du...
  • Bloomberg’s White Whale

    08/14/2014 8:52:42 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | 8/13/2014 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    There is something of Captain Ahab about Michael Bloomberg these days — the former mayor of New York having adopted the profile of a neurotic and fevered old man whose long and checkered career has not yet managed to sate him, and whose ambition will be truly realized only when, finally, he captures his whale and avenges his bruised ego. Alas, yesterday evening, in Milwaukee, Wis., satisfaction eluded him once again, that Milwaukee County’s Sheriff David Clarke — an outspoken apostle of the right to keep and bear arms, and opponent of all that Bloomberg holds dear — winning his...
  • Shelter unable to be found in Appleton area for unaccompanied illegal kids

    08/13/2014 10:48:08 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    WTAQ-Local News ^ | August 12, 2014
    APPLETON, WI - Leaders in the Appleton area say they cannot find room for unaccompanied children who've been crossing into the U.S. at the Mexican border. The federal government was hoping to locate up to 400 children in the Fox Valley, as they escape violence in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. However, the Appleton Post-Crescent says Outagamie County officials are concerned about funding and education for the youngsters. The U.S. Health and Human Services Department said federal money would pay for the shelter itself. The agency has been looking around the country for large shelter facilities within 100 miles of...
  • Sheriff David Clarke Beats Bloomberg's Money, Defeats Anti-Gun Opponent

    08/13/2014 8:23:21 AM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies
    bretibart.com ^ | 8/12/2014 | AWR Hawkins
    With 100 percent of precincts reporting, the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Sentinel Journal has Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke (D) defeating challenger Milwaukee police lieutenant Chris Moews by nearly 5 percent. According to the Sentinel, Clarke garnered 56.8 percent of the vote to Moews' 52.1. This percentage is slightly less than that with which Clarke won in 2000 -- when he beat Moews by six points -- but the August 12 victory comes after Michael Bloomberg dumped $150,000 into the race against Clarke.
  • Sheriff David Clarke Defeats Bloomberg's Anti-Gun Money, Wins Milwaukee County Primary

    08/13/2014 8:18:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 13, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's dollars have been defeated again, this time in Wisconsin. Despite Bloomberg dumping $150,000 into the Democrat primary for Milwaukee County Sheriff on behalf of anti-gun Milwaukee Police Lt. Chris Moews with a goal of defeating pro-self defense incumbent Sheriff David Clarke, Clarke was victorious last night. Clarke defeated Moews 52 percent to 48 percent. The race was called Wednesday morning after results were too close to call Tuesday night. Here are Clarke's remarks from last night, before the race was called this morning.
  • Wisconsin's closest congressional race in decades

    08/13/2014 5:59:26 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Online ^ | 8-13-14 | Craig Gilbert
    A third of a percentage point is all that separates Glenn Grothman and Joe Leibham in their GOP congressional primary after the unofficial vote count Wednesday morning in Wisconsin’s Sixth District. Grothman leads Leibham by 215 votes in the Associated Press tally, though the margin is slightly smaller – 213 -- based on a Journal Sentinel review of the returns posted online by each of the 11 counties in the district. A recount, which can be requested by the losing candidate, would seem likely. In AP’s unofficial count, Grothman won 36.17% of the vote, Leibham won 35.84% and Duey Stroebel...
  • Glenn Grothman wins 6th District GOP congressional primary

    08/12/2014 9:11:11 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 60 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 8-12-14 | Don Behm
    State Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-Campbellsport) outpolled three fellow Republicans in the primary to advance to the general election for the Congressional District. He will face Democrat Mark Harris, the Winnebago County executive, in the Nov. 4 election.
  • Gun fight? National political donors spend hundreds of thousands on local Milwaukee sheriff's race

    08/12/2014 4:46:06 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 2 replies
    Fox ^ | 8-12-14 | Fox
    WASHINGTON – National political donors with deep pockets are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on a local Wisconsin sheriff’s race that pits gun control groups against the National Rifle Association. On Tuesday, voters in Milwaukee County, Wis. will decide whether they’ll give controversial Sheriff David Clarke Jr. - a staunch supporter of Second Amendment rights known for his outspoken ads -- another term in office or side with his opponent, police lieutenant Chris Moews.
  • Ignore the attack ads; focus on Sheriff David Clarke's record

    08/11/2014 5:06:52 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 9 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 11 aug 2014
    It's the way of politics these days, but pardon us if we yearn for simpler times...like when hundreds of thousands of dollars wasn't spent by outside groups on a sheriff's race in Milwaukee County. A sheriff's race. We've had our differences with Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr., who is up for re-election on Tuesday. As we noted in an editorial back in June, "Whether it's irresponsibly calling on citizens to arm themselves, bombastic talk-radio appearances or his intensely personal feud with County Executive Chris Abele (all the while never acknowledging his own flaws), the sheriff has repeatedly diminished himself before...
  • Lower Benefits, Higher Jobs -- Paul Ryan Has It Right

    08/10/2014 8:22:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 10, 2014 | Larry Kudlow
    Co-written by Robert Sinche Neel Kashkari, the Republican candidate for governor of California, just recounted in The Wall Street Journal his week on the streets of Fresno posing as a homeless man looking for work. At the end of his op-ed, Kashkari lamented that he didn't need a higher minimum wage, paid sick leave or a health care plan. What he needed was a job. And Kashkari made the important point that all those government benefits, especially extended unemployment benefits, are work disincentives that may actually block job creation. To be sure, there are signs that employment in the country...
  • Bloomberg's PAC makes $150,000 ad buy against Clarke

    08/09/2014 12:41:06 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 20 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 8-9-14 | Georgia Pabst
    Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's political action committee, Independence USA, has purchased $150,833 in television ads in an effort to defeat Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. and support his opponent, Milwaukee police Lt. Chris Moews. In response to the news of Bloomberg's ads, Clarke said in a statement: "I trust the voters. The voters can't be bought." The ad buys by Bloomberg's PAC come on top of $400,000 in media ads purchased by the Greater Wisconsin Committee to try to beat Clarke, who is seeking his fourth term in Tuesday's Democratic primary election. Also on Friday, Citizens...
  • [Wisconsin] In John Doe Land, the left doesn’t illegally coordinate

    08/07/2014 3:38:49 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 8/6/2014 | M.D. Kittle
    As more light shines on the spiders in the leftÂ’s web of political coordination, one question increasingly begs to be asked: Where are the long, secret investigations into liberal organizations in Wisconsin?Prosecutors in the politically charged John Doe investigation have spent years hunting conservatives in their secret probe, devoting more than a year and a half to investigating most of the right-leaning organizations in the Badger State.The probe, launched in early September 2012 by Democrat Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm, has labored under the theory that dozens of conservative groups may have illegally coordinated with Republican Gov. Scott WalkerÂ’s...
  • Anti-carp speakers up and running in Genoa

    08/04/2014 6:25:25 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 17 replies
    Lacrosse Tribune ^ | 8-2-14 | Allison Geyer
    An experimental underwater speaker system designed to repel invasive Asian carp is up and running in Genoa, University of Minnesota officials confirmed this week. The announcement is a win for researcher Peter Sorensen and his team from the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Center, who have been raising funds for the project since April, but at least one local stakeholder is voicing concerns about the project’s impact on the Mississippi River. Mark Clements owns and operates Clements Fishing Barge below Lock and Dam No. 8, where the speakers are installed. He fears the sounds emitted — which researchers say have been...
  • Germantown kindergarten teacher accused of political vandalism identified

    08/04/2014 12:25:56 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 23 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 8-4-14 | M.D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis – Wisconsin Reporter has learned the identity of the suspect accused of politically motivated disorderly conduct at last month’s Jefferson County Fair. April Kay Smith, 38, a kindergarten teacher in the Germantown School District, was issued a disorderly conduct citation for tearing up and stomping on several signs on July 9 at the Jefferson County Republican Party booth after the fair had shut down for the night, according to a Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department report obtained by Wisconsin Reporter. The incident report, filed by Jefferson County Deputy Heather Larson, states that Smith and her husband, Andrew Smith, 31,...
  • 6th District Congress: Stroebel loans himself $350,000, Grothman leads on cash raised (WI)

    08/03/2014 9:12:19 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 10 replies
    Wisconsin Election Watch ^ | 8-1-14 | Kyle Maichle
    SHEBOYGAN – Late Thursday evening, the pre-primary campaign finance reports for Republican candidates in the 6th Congressional District were released. It ended up with Duey Stroebel loaning himself $350,000, and Glenn Grothman holding the lead on total cash raised from July 1st to the 23rd. During the reporting period, Grothman raised $94,931.36 compared to the $76,595.35 raised by Joe Leibham. Duey Stroebel only raised $12,800 during the reporting period but loaned himself $350,000. The Stroebel Campaign currently has $691,939.99 of outstanding loans and debts reported during the campaign cycle so far. When looking at cash on hand, Stroebel has $262,720.05...
  • Glenn Grothman slams Leibham over accepting money from a trade union (WI6)

    08/02/2014 9:25:24 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    Wisconsin Electon Watchdog ^ | 8-1-14 | Kyle Maichle
    CAMPBELLSPORT – On Friday, 6th District Congressional candidate Glenn Grothman (R-Campbellsport) slammed Joe Leibham (R-Sheboygan) for accepting a maximum limit contribution from a progressive trade union. More: Stroebel, Leibham Trade Barbs Over Voter ID According to records from the Federal Elections Commission, Leibham accepted $5,000 from the Laborers Union International North America (LIUNA) PAC on July 15, 2014. The LIUNA was very evident during the 2011 protests against Governor Scott Walker over Act 10 which was upheld by the Wisconsin State Supreme Court and the federal Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. The LIUNA has 500,000 members that are represented in...
  • Wisconsin voter ID ruling creates confusion

    08/02/2014 7:38:37 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 31 replies
    Pioneer Press/AP ^ | 8-2-14 | Scott Bauer
    MADISON, Wis. -- A court-ordered change to Wisconsin's photo identification law that's designed to cut down on voter fraud is creating confusion and may even open the door to the very type of behavior Republican lawmakers were trying to prevent. Policy makers, attorneys and voter ID experts were struggling Friday with how to interpret a Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling from a day earlier, which mandated a change to the law in order to make it constitutional. The court said the state can't require applicants for state-issued IDs to present government documents that cost money to obtain, such as a copy...
  • Three Cheers for Ryan’s Plan

    08/02/2014 4:55:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 2, 2014 | John C. Goodman
    Representative Paul Ryan has a bold, ambitious proposal “Expanding Opportunity in America,” to completely remake the American welfare state. Along the way he would also change the federal government’s approach to education, revamp what we are doing in our prison system and much more. Here is a surprise. Although Ryan’s approach is based on well-known conservative ideas, some on the left are actually praising parts of the proposal – including the editorial page of the Washington Post. Ryan’s plan shows something I have believed for a long time. All the innovative thinking on how to solve public policy problems for...
  • Why Republicans Lose (calls Ryan's budget proposal for 2015 “the height of political stupidity")

    08/02/2014 4:14:38 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 23 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8-1-2014 | David Horowitz
    Earlier this year, congressman and former vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan released a proposed budget for 2015. It contains an impressive list of cuts projecting a $5.1 trillion savings over ten years. It is also the height of political stupidity and an example of everything that cripples Republicans in their battles with the left.If you are going to make budget cuts, you do it. You don’t telegraph it. Paul Ryan can’t even make budget cuts unless Republicans win the White House and he has just made it harder for them to do it.For starters, Ryan’s list of cuts includes the...
  • Doctors: Stabbing Suspect Sees Fictional Beings

    08/01/2014 11:32:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    CBS8 ^ | Aug 01, 2014 | M.L. JOHNSON
    One of two preteens accused of stabbing a classmate 19 times to please a fictional horror character was ordered Friday to receive treatment rather than stand trial, based on doctors' testimony that she claims to see and have conversations with things others cannot - including unicorns and a Harry Potter villain. Judge Michael Bohren ordered the 12-year-old girl evaluated and treated either in a hospital or in a juvenile detention center, where she currently is being held. Doctors have a year to get the girl to a point where she can help with her defense and go to trial. If...
  • Shorewood man charged with voter fraud

    08/01/2014 7:53:58 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 36 replies
    Shorewood NOW ^ | 6-25-14 | Jeff Rumage
    Shorewood — A Shorewood man has been charged with 13 counts of voter fraud, allegedly using other peoples' names and addresses — even driving to Indiana — to cast multiple ballots in multiple elections. According to a criminal complaint, 50-year-old health insurance executive Robert Monroe cast two ballots in the April 2011 Supreme Court election between David Prosser and Joann Kloppenburg, two ballots in the August 2011 recall election between Alberta Darling and Sandy Pasch, five ballots in the Gov. Scott Walker recall election in June 2012, one illegal ballot in the August 2012 partisan primary election and two ballots...
  • Supreme Court upholds Scott Walker Act 10 union law

    07/31/2014 5:57:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | July 31, 2014 | Jason Stein, Jason Silverstein and Patrick Marley
    Madison — The Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld Gov. Scott Walker's signature labor legislation Thursday,delivering an election-year affirmation to the governor in one of the three major rulings issued by the justices on union bargaining, election law and same-sex couples. In addition to ruling Walker's labor law constitutional, the state's highest court also upheld the state's voter ID law and a 2009 law providing limited benefits to gay and lesbian couples, leaving liberals with one consolation to soften the sting of the two larger conservative victories. "Our courts have continued to give deference to our Legislature and in all three of...
  • It's Over: Wisconsin Supreme Court Upholds Walker's Collective Bargaining Reforms

    07/31/2014 1:15:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 31, 2014 | Matt Vespa
    He endured massive protests and a contentious 2012 recall election, but Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin has been vindicated in his efforts to curb union power in the state. The Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld his collective bargaining reforms he enacted in 2011, ruling them constitutional (via Associated Press): The fight over Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's signature policy achievement, a law effectively ending collective bargaining for most public employees, ended Thursday with the state Supreme Court declaring it to be constitutional. … The 5-2 state Supreme Court ruling is another major victory for Walker as he heads into the statewide...
  • Wisconsin Court Upholds Law Curbing Unions' Collective-Bargaining Rights

    07/31/2014 11:07:45 AM PDT · by adingdangdoo · 4 replies
    The Wall Street Journal online ^ | 7/31/2014 | Mark Peters and Caroline Porter
    MADISON, Wis.—Wisconsin's highest court upheld a law ending most collective-bargaining rights for government employees in the state, a blow for public-sector unions that have been stymied in their efforts to reverse the controversial measure championed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker.
  • Voter ID law upheld by Wisconsin Supreme Court

    07/31/2014 9:04:47 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 31, 2014 | BY BRENDAN O'BRIEN
    The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a state law requiring voters to have photo identification to cast a ballot, although the law remains blocked by an earlier ruling by a federal judge that it is unconstitutional. The court wrote in its decision that providing a photo identification at the ballot box does not create a substantial burden to the voter, as claimed by the plaintiffs in the case. "Photo identification is a condition of our times where more and more personal interactions are being modernized to require proof of identity," the court wrote.
  • Douglas County Teachers’ Union Membership Drops 25 Percent ( Colorado )

    07/31/2014 7:02:53 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Colorado Observer ^ | July 31, 2014 | Ali Gordon
    The teachers’ union representing the Douglas County school system has lost one-quarter of its membership since last year, signaling a growing frustration within the ranks that dues are used to finance politics instead of professional development. The significant drop in membership of the Douglas County Federation (DCF) was revealed in a July 21 letter from the board of education to Courtney Smith, union president, and was based on the union’s most recently released tax returns. The letter pointed to the drop in membership as undeniable proof that teachers had chosen the district over the union and the need for major...
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds 2011 union law [Thugs LOSE! Walker WINS!]

    07/31/2014 6:01:36 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 44 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | 7/31/14
    The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the 2011 law that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers, sparked massive protests and led to Republican Gov. Scott Walker's recall election and rise to national prominence.
  • Justice Dept. files in Ohio, Wisconsin voter cases (legalizing fraud?)

    07/30/2014 8:15:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 30, 2014 7:00 PM EDT | Eric Tucker
    The Justice Department on Wednesday sided with challengers of voting laws in Wisconsin and Ohio, saying in court filings that measures in those states unfairly affect minority voters. The department criticized a Wisconsin law that requires voters to present photo identification at the polls and an Ohio law that limits when voters can cast an early ballot. The court papers from the federal government are aimed at persuading judges that the laws, which are being challenged in court, are discriminatory and block access to the ballot box. […] The Justice Department has warned of legal actions against states after the...
  • Secretive Leftwing Network Discovered through WI Records Law (An NGO/Union/MSM Journ-o-list?)

    07/30/2014 7:47:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Media Trackers ^ | July 29, 2014 | Nathan Schacht
    A low-profile Google Group used by over 1,000 state and national leftwing leaders and activists has been discovered thanks to Wisconsin’s open records law. A Media Trackers inquiry into the actions of a University of Wisconsin professor turned up records and communications from “Gamechanger Salon,” an online community that provides a forum for leftwing activists and leaders to share tactics, strategies and opinions. Operating as a closed Google Group, much of what the network does is unavailable for public review. However, a document listing the network’s membership and a policy manual describing the mission and ground rules for the entity...
  • Governor Walker issues new ad accusing Burke of $25 million dollar mishap

    07/29/2014 8:24:44 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    Wisconsin Election Watch ^ | 7-28-14 | Kyle Maichle
    MADISON – The campaign of Governor Scott Walker issued a new campaign ad on Monday accusing former Commerce Secretary Mary Burke of a botched deal that may put taxpayers on the hook for $25 million dollars. More: Burke Campaign Issues New Ad over Outsourcing Charge The ad called “Bondoogle” expands off an earlier ad issued by the Walker Campaign that blasted Burke for engaging in a deal with Abbott Laboratories valued at $12.5 million in an attempt to create jobs in Wisconsin. The lot of vacant land that was part of the deal remains vacant to this day according to...
  • Monday begins early voting in Wisconsin

    07/29/2014 8:16:56 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Wisconsin Election Watch ^ | 7-28-14 | Kyle Maichle
    MADISON – Monday begins the first day for early voting in the State of Wisconsin leading up to the August 12th Statewide Primary election. This will be the first election that will feature early voting with more uniform hours due to changes enacted into law earlier this year. Early voting will be done on Mondays to Fridays from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM with no weekend hours. There were divisions between both sides for and against the bill earlier this year. Proponents of the bill say it would create a more standardized process for early voting while opponents say it...
  • Wisconsin Carry Chairman supports David Clarke for Sheriff

    07/29/2014 7:45:19 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    Wisconsin Carry, Inc ^ | 7-29-14 | Nik Clark
    Greetings in Freedom, Ordinarily a County Sheriff's election wouldn't be notable for the larger state. In this case however, I'd like to share what is going on in Milwaukee County because the Sheriff's race here has drastic implications for the entire state and country. Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke rocked the boat here in SE Wisconsin and nationally when he issued public service announcements in 2013 that encouraged people to take responsibility for their own safety including training to use a firearm in self defense. His public service announcements went viral because while self-defense is only common sense, its extremely...
  • Sen. Johnson: 'President Nero' Fiddling 'While World Burns'

    07/19/2014 7:30:08 AM PDT · by markomalley · 26 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 7/18/2014 | Cathy Burke
    President Barack Obama is "sitting on the sidelines" in the Ukraine and Gaza crises, making him little more than "President Nero" fiddling "while the world burns," Sen. Ron Johnson charged Friday. The Wisconsin Republican and member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee blasted the president for attending fundraisers in New York on Thursday night, the same day of a "barbaric" attack on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and Israel's push into Gaza. Johnson told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV that Obama's priorities are "outrageous." "I'm hoping Americans are watching as President Nero fiddles while the world burns," Johnson said....
  • What This Police Chief Did To A Tea Party Leader Is As Childish As It Is Illegal

    07/27/2014 11:18:55 AM PDT · by blueyon · 34 replies
    ijreview.com ^ | 7/27/14 | Mike Miller
    The feud between Campbell, Wisconsin, Police Chief Tim Kelemen and local Tea Party Leader Greg Luce began last fall, when Luce started organizing protests against Barack Obama on an interstate overpass. Kelemen objected to the protests, claiming they disrupted traffic. So, he did what any responsible police chief would do: he persuaded the town board to pass an ordinance banning signs on the bridge. Oh, and he also signed Luce up on homosexual dating, pornography and federal healthcare websites. Via Police One: Kelemen told investigators ...........
  • Changes to make Wisconsin's Do Not Call list more user-friendly

    07/25/2014 10:18:12 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 7-25-14 | Rick Barrett
    Changes are coming to Wisconsin's Do Not Call Registry effective Aug. 1, the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection said Friday. Users will no longer be required to register their phone numbers every two years, and their numbers will be placed on the national list aimed at preventing unwanted telemarketing calls and text messages. Consumers can sign up once and not have to worry about whether their registrations lapse. Also, new registrations will be handled by the Federal Trade Commission's national Do Not Call list, and those registrations will become effective the following day rather than weeks later,...
  • Ryan's Anti Poverty Plan

    07/25/2014 6:56:37 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 7-25-14 | The Editors
    President Obama famously accused Representative Paul Ryan (R., Wisc.) of “thinly veiled Social Darwinism” for one of his budgets. It will take a special kind of cynicism to make that claim about Ryan’s new anti-poverty proposal. Obama’s partisans will no doubt find a way, but fair-minded observers will see a creative, thoughtful approach to a topic that’s often politically neglected. Ryan proposes and endorses a range of ideas to fix the safety net and address the root causes of poverty. He would offer states the option of an “Opportunity Grant” to replace, dollar for dollar, the amount of money they...
  • 30,340 First 6 Months -- List of Sponsor Arrangements of Unaccompanied Children by State

    07/25/2014 6:36:43 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 23 replies
    The application window for HHS grants under the Unaccompanied Alien Children program just closed yesterday. According to the data included in the application the average length of stay for a UAC is 30-35 days prior to unification with a sponsor. Most (95%+) of the sponsors are relatives of the child. Most sponsors reunited are the mothers of the children (85%+) who actually brought them along and there is never a disconnect. All sponsors are subsidized by taxpayers at an average cost of around $4,000 to $6,000 per child/per month. A custodial ‘sponsor’ (mother) with three UAC’s will net about $12,000...
  • Universal Allah gets 3 1/2 years in prison in Stradivarius robbery

    07/25/2014 3:45:13 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 7-24-14 | Megan Trimble
    One of the two Milwaukee men involved in the January armed robbery that briefly netted them a $5 million Stradivarius violin was sentenced Thursday to 31/2 years in prison. Universal K. Allah, 37, pleaded guilty in May to robbery as a party to a crime. In addition to his prison term, Allah will remain under extended supervision for another 31/2 years, must avoid contact with the people involved in the attack and pay $4,014.57 in lost wages and ambulance fees to Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster Frank Almond. Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Dennis P. Moroney called Allah's actions egregious and said...
  • Marquette poll: Scott Walker in dead heat with Mary Burke for Wisconsin gubernatorial race

    07/23/2014 6:44:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 07/23/2014 | Bill Glauber
    Dead heat. That's what Wisconsin is staring at in the race for governor, with Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke neck-and-neck heading into the November election, according to the latest Marquette University Law School poll released Wednesday. Among registered voters, Walker led Burke, 46% to 45%. Among likely voters, Burke led Walker, 47% to 46%. "The bottom line is that nothing has statistically changed from May to July," said Charles Franklin, the poll director. "We're seeing a dead heat in the race, well within the margin of error." "As the race really heats up with advertising and back...
  • Achievement redistribution: University of Wisconsin to distribute grades based on race and ethnicity

    07/23/2014 1:37:57 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 28 replies
    allenbwest.com ^ | July 23 2014 | LTC Allen B. West
    One time I was speaking at a local South Florida high school and explaining “wealth redistribution.” I used a football analogy, with the example of a team being ahead at halftime 28-7. However, when the team came back after halftime, the scoreboard read 21-14. I explained to the students that officials met in the press booth and decided to have equitable apportionment of touchdowns to make the game fairer. They believed the self-esteem of the other team was being adversely affected. When I asked the high school seniors if they agreed, they vehemently said no. They felt they’d earned their...
  • Gary George hasn't filed federal campaign report

    07/23/2014 10:15:22 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 1 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 7-23-14 | Jason Stein
    More than a week after convicted felon and former state Sen. Gary George was expected to disclose who is funding his longshot bid for Congress, he has still not done so. Until George files the report, voters will not find out who, if anyone, is backing his longshot bid to unseat U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, a Milwaukee Democrat. In an abrupt phone interview Wednesday with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, George declined to explain himself, telling a reporter he had no time to talk and would only take questions by email. “I’ve got to go,” George said. By email, George’s campaign...
  • Paul Ryan, 2016?

    07/23/2014 9:08:48 AM PDT · by C19fan · 30 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 23, 2014 | Noah Rothman
    Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), the Republican Party’s bookish former vice presidential nominee, is starting to look like a candidate for the presidency in 2016. In August, Ryan will publish a book with a distinctly campaign-themed title, The Way Forward. On Tuesday, the Federal Election Commission approved of a nationwide book tour sponsored by Ryan’s publisher and the Political Action Committee the Wisconsin congressman founded, Prosperity Action PAC. “The book will address “the state of the conservative movement in America today, discuss how it contrasts with liberal progressivism, and explain what must be done to save what Representative Ryan refers to...
  • Judge tosses Sen. Ron Johnson’s Obamacare lawsuit

    07/22/2014 5:37:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Politico ^ | 07/22/2014 | By JENNIFER HABERKORN
    A federal judge said Monday that Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) cannot challenge the Obamacare policy that lawmakers and their staff obtain health insurance through the exchanges. The ruling could prove ominous for House Republicans as they prepare to file suit against the Obama administration, also against Obamacare. That suit would focus on a different issue, the president’s delay of the employer mandate. Judge William C. Griesbach, a George W. Bush appointee, said that Article III of the Constitution prevents Johnson’s lawsuit from moving forward and suggests that any remedy must come from Congress. He said that the Wisconsin Republican cannot...
  • Eight Primary Contests Worth Watching (Wisconsin)

    07/22/2014 4:53:55 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 14 replies
    WisPolitics.com ^ | July 20. 2014 | Election Blog
    Voters and insiders alike are still getting used to August primaries after years of post-Labor Day elections. So while voter turnout is expected to be low on Aug. 12, some top races are getting the attention of insiders because of their political implications and the personalities involved. In total, voters around the state have 40 partisan primary contests to choose from. Because many of them are in very Democratic or Republican-leaning districts, the primaries likely will decide who will next hold the office. Here's a look at some of the top primary contests less than a month out from primary...