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  • Confederate Monument In Madison Cemetery Removed [WI]

    01/15/2019 5:02:42 PM PST · by SJackson · 46 replies
    Wisconsin Public Radio ^ | 1-11-19 | Phoebe Petrovic
    Stone Transferred To Wisconsin Veterans' Museum Storage After 113 years, a monument to Confederate soldiers in a Madison cemetery has come down. The stone cenotaph, inscribed with 140 names of prisoners-of-war, stood on an area known as Confederate Rest since 1906 — that is, until last week, when a crew from the Madison Parks Department and a local monument company transferred it from the Forest Hills Cemetery to storage at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum. Madison City Council voted in October to remove the monument and place it in a museum. Logistics and weather delayed the transfer until now, said Eric...
  • The 7 Republicans who voted against back pay for furloughed workers

    01/14/2019 8:39:57 PM PST · by RandFan · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | NIV ELIS AND JULIEGRACE BRUFKE
    The House and Senate this week voted overwhelmingly to provide back pay to about 800,000 federal workers who are going without paychecks because of the partial government shutdown. But seven lawmakers — all House Republicans — opposed the measure. Those "no" votes came from Reps. Justin Amash (Mich.), Andy Biggs (Ariz.), Paul Gosar (Ariz.), Glen Grothman (Wis.), Thomas Massie (Ky.), Chip Roy (Texas) and Ted Yoho (Fla.). President Trump on Thursday indicated he would sign the bill, leading to its passage by unanimous consent in the Senate later that day. On Friday, the House cleared the measure in a 411-7...
  • Government worker forced to ration insulin because of shutdown

    01/13/2019 4:06:03 PM PST · by conservative98 · 71 replies
    NY Post ^ | January 13, 2019 | By Tamar Lapin
    A federal worker with diabetes says she has to ration her insulin because she can’t afford the medication amid the government shutdown. When Department of the Interior worker Mallory Lorge — who suffers from Type 1 diabetes — felt her blood sugar rise last week, she said she was forced to try to ignore it. “I can’t afford to go to the ER. I can’t afford anything. I just went to bed and hoped I’d wake up,” Lorge told NBC News. Lorge, 31, said she has two vials of insulin left in her fridge — but she’s conserving them as...
  • Jayme Closs suspect had 'absolutely' no contact with family before killings, kidnapping, aunt says

    01/13/2019 12:27:11 PM PST · by jazusamo · 78 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 13, 2019 | Matt Finn, Cristina Corbin
    GORDON, Wisconsin – The man accused of kidnapping Jayme Closs and killing her parents in October had "absolutely" no contact with the family before the brutal slayings, her aunt told Fox News, as the first glimpse of the home where the teenager was allegedly held for months was revealed on Sunday. Authorities in northern Wisconsin removed the barricade blocking the house in rural Gordon on Sunday morning, where authorities say brave 13-year-old Jayme Closs escaped captivity last Thursday. Investigators had closed off the entire neighborhood for days as they carefully gathered evidence inside the home of Jayme’s suspected captor, 21-year-old...
  • WI: Open Carrier in Madison Has Gun Snatched by Violent Criminal

    01/02/2019 6:27:54 AM PST · by marktwain · 54 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 26 December, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    -On 17 December 2018, at about 7 p.m. on State Street in Madison, Wisconsin, a 21-year-old open carrier and his friend were hanging out when his weapon was grabbed by a homeless man.  At 7 p.m. it was well below freezing. Heavy coats, hats, and gloves were indicated. State Street runs from the University of Wisconsin to the State Capitol.  It is about nine blocks long and is usually crowded with pedestrians, many of which are students. There are numerous bars and restaurants, as well as the Student Union and Memorial Library, Library Mall, and the Wisconsin Historical Society...
  • Paul Ryan - Romney Sees Himself as GOP ‘Standard-Bearer’

    11/29/2018 5:55:12 PM PST · by dennisw · 85 replies
    breitbart ^ | 29 Nov 2018 | Nate Church
    During a Q&A hosted by the Washington Post, House Speaker Paul Ryan positioned Mitt Romney as John McCain’s moral successor. In one of the last interviews Ryan will have given as House Speaker, he praised his long-time friend, former running mate, and Utah senator-elect. “It’s great that he’s coming,” Ryan said. “Mitt believes there’s a role for him … as a standard-bearer for our party.” McCain was a maverick GOP element in public perception, often resisting his own party’s majority stance on key issues as a matter of principle. Before his death, McCain famously voted against the repeal-and-replace Republican health...
  • By the numbers: Illinois receives ‘F’ grade on national ranking of states’ fiscal health

    01/01/2019 3:38:08 PM PST · by george76 · 53 replies
    Watchdog News ^ | Dec 31, 2018
    Illinois ranked No. 48 in an analysis of the state’s ability to pay all of its bills, including public employers’ pension benefits, according to a new ranking of the states’ fiscal health by Truth in Accounting (TIA). Illinois was found to be short $216.1 billion to pay its bills ... The amount of the state’s shortfall in funding to pay off its bills amounts to $50,800 per taxpayer
  • University Educator: Mowing Your Lawn & Acting Respectable Is Racist

    12/30/2018 10:44:39 AM PST · by Cheerio · 77 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | December 29, 2018 | Tim Brown
    According to this university educator, "white supremacy is the accumulation of these aggressive messages that say 'stay off the grass,' 'mow your lawn,' 'act respectable,' 'pull your pants up,'" Earlier this month, a university educator told the Madison Board of Education why things like civility, time limits and mowing your lawn indicates you are racist. Seriously, I truly wonder how someone completed higher education courses and is teaching students with this kind of mental defect in their thinking. The University of Wisconsin - Madison "educator" said that she teaches her students the alleged "connection" between white liberalism and white supremacy.
  • The last lines of defense against Trump

    12/23/2018 2:19:50 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 27 replies
    The Washington Compost ^ | December 22 at 3:25 PM | Editorial Board
    MANY PEOPLE who viewed Donald Trump as unprepared and temperamentally ill-suited to be president initially reassured themselves that a sober-minded Republican majority in Congress would restrain him. Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s (R-Wis.) pitiable farewell this week spotlighted the emptiness of those hopes. Mr. Ryan allowed the president and his allies to corrupt the House Intelligence Committee and treat federal law enforcement as an enemy. Like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and most other ostensible GOP leaders, Mr. Ryan abetted the president as he sought, fruitlessly, to use fear and bigotry to preserve the House Republican majority in the 2018...
  • ‘Huge Win’ for Trump, Conservatives: First Step Act Follows Red State Successes

    12/23/2018 3:59:34 PM PST · by Eddie01 · 19 replies
    Western Journal ^ | December 23, 2018 | John G. Malcom and John-Michael Seibler
    President Donald Trump and conservatives in Congress earned a historic victory this week by enacting the First Step Act. The landmark bill provides modest yet much-needed prison and sentencing reform modeled on successful reforms already passed in red states. On Tuesday night, senators passed the First Step Act with support from law enforcement professionals, the faith community, business groups, and the White House, by a vote of 87-12. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., deserves credit for bringing the bill up for a vote. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, a former federal prosecutor and leading advocate of the legislation, said, “American...
  • Meet Kozak and Karma: Police canines in Wisconsin hunting down child predators

    12/20/2018 1:53:26 PM PST · by bgill · 1 replies
    TMJ4 ^ | Dec. 15, 2018 | TMJ4
    One month later, and now, Kozak’s sister, Karma is doing the same type of work, going after child predators in our state. Both work for the Internet Crimes Against Children division. Their handlers said they are essential to the team.
  • Video shows children robbing Menomonee Falls woman, police say

    12/16/2018 11:32:46 AM PST · by bgill · 26 replies
    wisn ^ | Dec. 13, 2018 | Derrick Rose
    Two juveniles, who could be as young as 10 years old, were part of a trio who followed a woman home and robbed her in her driveway, Menomonee Falls police said Thursday. Police released video and still images from the Dec. 8 incident that was captured on the woman's home security system. In the video provided to WISN 12 News, the woman pulled into her driveway, and seconds later, a red car passed. As the woman opened her SUV door, the red car circled around and stopped on the opposite side of Joper Road across from the woman's home. Two...
  • Lame-duck Wisconsin governor signs bill undercutting incoming Democrat

    12/16/2018 4:56:11 AM PST · by SMGFan · 53 replies
    reuters ^ | December 14, 2018
    (Reuters) - Outgoing Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker on Friday signed legislation that will weaken the powers of his newly elected Democratic successor, dismissing critics who called the move a last-minute partisan power grab. Democrats said the legislation and a similar set of pending measures in Michigan undermine the results of the Nov. 6 elections, when they captured the governorship in both states for the first time in eight years. The efforts take a page out of the playbook of North Carolina Republicans, who two years ago acted to limit the power of the incoming Democratic governor. Republicans in both...
  • Shoplifter Says Customer ‘Should Be Punished’ for Tackling Him

    12/14/2018 1:59:30 AM PST · by ManHunter · 80 replies
    Fox 40 News ^ | 13 DEC 2018 | Unknown
    A customer at a Wisconsin Walmart tackled Christopher Simpson as he was trying to walk out of the store with stolen video games and held him down until police arrived. Simpson says he's sorry for what he did but he wants to know: did he need to be tackled over it - or was that a job better left to police? "Me and my girlfriend decided to steal some video games from the place, and I was the one to walk out with them and she was to come out behind me," said Christopher Simpson. "I'm unemployed and I guess...
  • Lawmakers will be personally liable for sexual harassment claims under a deal reached in Congress

    12/13/2018 8:04:22 AM PST · by bitt · 31 replies
    laTIMES ^ | 12/12/2018 | sarah d. wire
    Members of Congress will have to pay out of their own pockets to settle sexual and other harassment claims made against them under compromise policies that lawmakers announced Wednesday. Currently taxpayers cover the cost of settling harassment claims made against elected officials. The new policy, a bipartisan response in the #MeToo era after nearly seven months of negotiations between the House and Senate, could get a Senate vote by the end of the week, said Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.). Blunt said he had spoken with House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) and Ryan told him that he would bring the...
  • A Stooge Leaves Congress: Paul Ryan's Career In Perspective

    12/10/2018 11:17:11 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Townhall ^ | 12/09/2018 | Gavin wax
    On Jan. 3 2019, current House Speaker Paul Ryan gets to retire at the ripe old age of 48, but don't worry, as an entrenched Washington D.C. politician, we won't be done with him at that point. He has many years of lobbying for six or seven figure salaries ahead of him until he is inevitably recycled by the GOP establishment to do what he does best: undermine and sabotage the 'America First' agenda of President Donald Trump. Ryan has done such a poor job that it has become impossible for even the paid sycophants of Conservative Inc. to whitewash...
  • Evers not optimistic Wisconsin Gov. Walker will veto bills

    12/09/2018 8:28:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 9, 2018
    Wisconsin’s Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers said Sunday he’s not optimistic that outgoing governor Scott Walker will veto bills approved by the Republican-dominated Legislature that would limit the new governor’s power. Speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Evers said he talked by telephone with Walker recently and appealed to him to veto the legislation, but that Walker was noncommittal. Evers, who will be sworn in Jan. 7 after narrowly defeating the two-term Republican last month, said Wisconsin voters did not elect him to fight over administrative powers with the GOP legislative majority. He said the lame-duck legislation approved by lawmakers after...
  • Democrat Party Chair Tom Perez Slams Christian Voters: They Just “Buy” What They Hear at Church

    12/07/2018 7:17:47 PM PST · by Coleus · 43 replies
    Life News ^ | 12.06.18 | Peter Hasson
    Listen on YouTubeDemocratic National Committee (DNC) Chair Tom Perez on Wednesday complained that voters are influenced by what they hear in church on Sundays.  Perez claimed that Republicans have an advantage because “people buy” what they hear at church.“And we all have to make sure that we’re fluent in what’s happening across our ecosystem so we can come to each other’s defense because we need to build a bigger orchestra. They’ve had a big orchestra for some time and they’ve got the megaphones to amplify it, whether it’s Sinclair at the local level or Fox at the national level,” Perez...
  • Why Did 101 Lawmakers Send Letters of Support to Israel-Bashing CAIR?

    11/05/2018 5:44:15 AM PST · by SJackson · 34 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | 11-5-18 | Steven Emerson
    If the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) stuck to its stated mission statement and only did civil rights work protecting Muslim Americans from discrimination and bigotry, you likely would never see it mentioned on this site.But CAIR has a second, perhaps more paramount objective that it never directly acknowledges: To oppose Israel and promote Palestinian nationalism.CAIR’s mission statement makes no mention of Palestine. Instead, it says it aims to “enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.” It describes its lobbying arm as focusing “on issues related to Islam and Muslims. The department monitors legislation and government activities and responds...
  • The Latest: Evers to appeal to Walker to veto GOP power play

    12/05/2018 5:56:09 PM PST · by mdittmar · 14 replies
    ap ^ | 12/5/2018 | ap
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Wisconsin Republican lawmakers moving to limit the powers of the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general (all times local): 4 p.m. The incoming Democratic governor of Wisconsin says he will make a personal appeal to outgoing Republican Gov. Scott Walker to veto legislation that weakens the new administration’s powers.