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US: Wisconsin (News/Activism)

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  • Fiorina, Kasich Crack Top 10 In New Q Poll

    05/28/2015 9:12:38 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    The Washington Examiner - Buzz Cut ^ | May 28, 2015 | Chris Stirewalt
    Marco Rubio skidded. Jeb Bush slid. Ben Carson zoomed. Mike Huckabee bounced. Scott Walker stayed steady. And that’s how you end up with a five-way tie for first place in the latest Quinnipiac University national poll on the GOP Sixteeners. Put another way: With five candidates evenly dividing half of the vote, there is no first place. While Rubio lost a third of his support and Bush continued to droop, losing three points for the second month in a row, all five can say with confidence that they will meet the polling criterion for the first GOP debate, hosted by...
  • The 7 Reasons Scott Walker Should Get the Republican Nomination for President

    05/28/2015 12:43:54 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 54 replies
    PJ Media ^ | May 27, 2015 | Scott Ott
    [Note from Scott Ott: The presidential primary process doesn't help us to decide who's qualified to bear the party standard, and to serve as chief executive, but rather who’s disqualified. It’s just our way of crushing the hopes and dreams of anyone who dares poke head from hole. Because you already know all of the reasons why every candidate, and potential candidate, has no right to expect the nomination, I'm going to write an utterly one-sided series on why each one should get it. If you’re concerned that I’m not providing fair and balanced analysis, I’m sure the folks in...
  • Politico Quotes Scott Walker Wildly Out Of Context To Invent Abortion Attack

    05/28/2015 12:28:28 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    The DC - The Daily Caller ^ | May 27, 2015 | Alex Griswold
    Politico reported Wednesday on a controversial statement made by Republican Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in a piece entitled “Scott Walker on mandatory ultrasounds: ‘It’s just a cool thing out there.'” The only problem? Walker never said that. In an interview with radio host Dana Loesch, Walker defended a law he signed that required an ultrasound be performed before an abortion. But the context makes clear that ultrasounds were a “cool thing,” not mandatory ultrasounds before an abortions. In particular, he made his statement during a discussion of people who keep ultrasounds of their own children:
  • Blaze pink would be in fashion for hunting under Wisconsin bill

    05/27/2015 6:41:29 PM PDT · by SJackson · 39 replies
    Journal Sentinel ^ | 5-26-15 | Andrew Hahn
    State Rep. Joel Kleefisch (left) and Rep. Nick Milroy (center) unveil their bill to legalize blaze pink attire for hunters. They are joined by UW-Madison Professor Majid Sarmadi (rear) and State Rep. David Steffen (right). Madison— Wisconsin hunters likely would be the first in the nation allowed to wear blaze pink instead of the traditional orange in the woods under a bill announced Tuesday by a Republican and a Democrat. State Reps. Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc) and Nick Milroy (D-South Range) said at a Capitol news conference they hoped the attire would encourage more Wisconsinites to hunt and appeal to women...
  • Mark Levin – We Don’t Need A Governor As President – We Need A Conservative Visionary Leader

    Mark Levin addresses the talk about the type of candidate that the United States needs if we are going to have any chance of extricating ourselves from the overwhelming destruction of the Obama regime. He says it doesn’t really matter to him what the current employment of the individual that would assume the office of President of the United States. What matters are that person’s values, their vision and their leadership ability.He sees an agenda to restore the Republic, respect for the American people, stop ruling by the administrative state and regulation and the infamous pen and phone. He notes...
  • The Most Important Republican Donor That You Don’t Know Is Married To One You Do

    05/27/2015 12:52:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | May 26, 2015 | Rosie Gray
    Republican presidential candidates travel far and wide to meet with casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson, seeking out his generous support. Not as many people talk about the other person in the room — his wife. In the late 1980s, Miriam Ochshorn was living in New York. Already a successful Israeli doctor, she had come to the United States for a fellowship in addiction medicine in 1986. She was divorced, and the mother of two daughters. One day, she got a call from a childhood friend, who was also now living in the United States. The friend, Sara Aronson, had just run...
  • Ann Coulter: Michelle Obama’s Just Letting Out Her Inner Reverend Wright Now (VIDEO)

    05/11/2015 10:09:26 PM PDT · by Nachum · 64 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 5/11/15 | Jim Hoft
    Author and columnist Ann Coulter responded to Michelle Obama’s comments last weekend at Tuskegee University.Coulter said Michelle Obama is finally letting out her inner Rev. Jeremiah Wright… (G-ddam America). I think she’s just letting out her Reverend Wright, now. You know, a week before this, I’m really glad you played the segment of her saying, ‘It’s the first time in my adult life she’s proud of her country.” And then she’s indignant people might think she doesn’t lover her country. Last week she was claiming museums discriminate against and aren’t welcoming to minorities. What do they have do, be even...
  • Scott Walker might skip Florida primary in Bush-Rubio territory

    05/26/2015 12:03:06 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 26, 2015 | Jenna Johnson
    As Republicans prepare to pick their next presidential nominee, there's one primary that's already likely to get expensive and intense: Florida -- home to former governor Jeb Bush, who is likely to run, and Sen. Marco Rubio, who made his announcement in Miami. That's why Scott Walker, the Wisconsin governor who has been riding high in early polls, said Tuesday that he might skip the Florida primary. “If we chose to get in, I don’t think there’s a state out there that we wouldn’t play in," Walker, who has yet to get into the race, said on Laura Ingraham's radio...
  • What Scott Walker and Marco Rubio are doing right

    05/26/2015 11:56:42 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 5-26-15 | Jennifer Rubin
    If you look at early polls, fundraising, campaign staffing and media acumen, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) appear to be the two strongest opponents to take on Jeb Bush. What are Walker and Rubio doing right, and why have they separated themselves from the rest of the pack? Certainly, their newness is part of their appeal. They are a generation (at least) behind Hillary Clinton and congressional leaders of both parties. They are relatively new to the national stage for many voters. They can credibly claim to be outside the permanent political class. Perhaps because Clinton...
  • Slender Man attorneys call charging law unconstitutional (WI)

    05/26/2015 11:43:40 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    Milwlaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 5-26-15 | Bruce Vielmetti
    Leading into a key hearing in her case Tuesday, one of two Waukesha girls charged in the Slender Man stabbing case has asked a judge to declare the law that required her to be charged as an adult unconstitutional and dismiss the case. Attorneys for 13-year-old Anissa Weier filed a motion last week challenging the law as it applies to her, saying it violates the Eighth Amendment's ban on cruel and unusual punishment, and that keeping her from the juvenile court system violates her rights to equal protection and due process. Weier and Morgan Geyser, 12, are charged as adults...
  • Prominent Democratic Donor Called Scott Walker a ‘Dumb (bleep)' for Something 60% of Americans Share

    05/26/2015 6:50:35 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 87 replies
    IJReview ^ | May 26, 2015 | Joe Perticone
    Hillary Clinton is heading to the Sunshine State this week to spend time with one of Florida’s most influential Democratic donors, trial lawyer John Morgan. Morgan is not just praising Clinton’s candidacy, but actively bashing her potential Republican rivals. In an interview with The Daily Beast, Morgan took shots at Wisconsin Governor and prospective 2016 candidate, Scott Walker: “Walker would be the first president with a GED.”The Democratic donor attempted to insult Walker for not obtaining a college degree, which he opted out of in order to get started with his career. Morgan continued, calling Walker cruel names in an...
  • Scott Walker slammed as climate change denier

    04/15/2015 4:13:17 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 33 replies
    The Capital Times ^ | April 15, 2015 | Mike Ivey
    Billionaire hedge fund manager and green power advocate Tom Steyer is taking Gov. Scott Walker to task, accusing the Republican presidential hopeful of being a pawn for fossil fuel interests and a climate change denier. In a full page ad running in the Wisconsin State Journal Tuesday, Steyer’s group NextGen Climate blasts the state’s GOP leadership for promoting a “war on science” by banning work on climate change. The group calls out Walker specifically for staying silent on the issue and for signing a Koch-backed anti-climate change pledge. “Fossil fuel interests like the Koch Brothers have made millions while opposing...
  • Exclusive-Gov. Scott Walker:Federal Government "Too Big To Fail" (Shorten)

    05/25/2015 6:10:18 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 8 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 25, 2015 | Mathew Boyle
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview over Memorial Day weekend that he’s getting much closer to a decision on whether he’ll pursue a presidential campaign in 2016, a decision he expects will come in early July.
  • Fraud case leaves PharMerica whistle-blower bitter, seeking new career

    05/25/2015 5:39:07 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 5-25-15 | Bruce Vielmetti
    Jennifer Buth thought being a pharmacist would be a challenging, well-paid, respected profession that would let her help people safely manage pain and illness. She also quickly learned the dark side of the job. Shortly after returning to Wisconsin from Florida with a doctorate in pharmacy, Buth was robbed twice in a month. When Walgreens wouldn't transfer her to a different store, she quit. She found work at a Sam's Club pharmacy, then was recruited to PharMerica's Pewaukee operation, where the national firm filled prescriptions for institutions such as nursing homes. As the managing pharmacist, she earned six figures and...
  • GOP’s demonic new crusade:Right-wing zealots look for crueler ways to treat the poor like garbage

    05/25/2015 9:16:09 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 50 replies
    Salon ^ | May 25, 2015 | Joan Walsh
    [full title] GOP’s demonic new crusade: Right-wing zealots look for even crueler ways to treat the poor like garbage Happy Memorial Day! But if you’re in Wisconsin, and relying on food stamps, remember that Republicans don’t want you to have ketchup on your hamburger. They’d probably rather you didn’t have a hamburger at all, but Wisconsin farmers and ranchers have clout, and so proposed cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program made room for Wisconsin products. But they still don’t want you to have “crab, lobster, shrimp, or any other shellfish.” Or ketchup. Or spaghetti sauce. Really. For now, that’s...
  • The 2016 political report: Walker emerges from Southern confab as GOP front-runner

    05/25/2015 10:20:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 24, 2015 | Timothy P. Carney
    OKLAHOMA CITY — The annual Southern Republican Leadership Conference provided a glimpse into the state of the Republican base and the presidential field. The conference revealed a Republican base that is (1) broadly happy with the crowded and conservative field, (2) still smitten with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and (3) unimpressed and uninterested in Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. Senate chaos over the Patriot Act kept the four senators who are running from making it, dampening the mood a bit. The candidates running a second time — Rick Santorum, Rick Perry, and Mike Huckabee — do not excite the conservative base....
  • Surprise school sports legislation stirs up critics in Wisconsin (non-public school kids get access)

    05/25/2015 7:50:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 56 replies
    Duluth News Tribune ^ | May 25, 2015 | Dana Ferguson
    MADISON — Critics are blasting Wisconsin legislators after the state's budget committee passed a surprise motion last week that would allow private, home-schooled and online charter students to participate in public school district athletics and activities. The Legislature's Joint Finance Committee passed a motion early Wednesday morning that included the plan. The plan wasn't addressed in the meeting. "For that to be done in a sneaky, behind the scenes fashion and passed at 1:30 in the morning without any discussion ... that's a problem," said Larry Kaseman, executive director of the Wisconsin Parents Association. While nonpublic school students in some...
  • Walker appoints son of right-wing Bradley Foundation president to UW Board of Regents

    05/25/2015 7:18:00 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    Wisconsin Gazette ^ | May 25, 2015
    Gov. Scott Walker has appointed the son of a president of a foundation that supports tea party causes to the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents. The board oversees the University of Wisconsin system, setting policies and approving budgets, among other vital regulatory duties. Walker appointed Mike M. Grebe, son of Michael W. Grebe, president and chief executive of the Bradley Foundation, to the board. The foundation is an essential part of Walker’s “brain trust.” It’s poured millions into promoting such right-wing policies as busting unions, expanding voucher schools and eliminating social welfare programs. In addition to his association with...
  • Privatization Fail: Scott Walker's WEDC in Full Meltdown (Is this Free Market economics?

    05/24/2015 11:46:40 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 86 replies
    PR Watch ^ | 5/18/2015 | Mary Bottari
    During the 2010 campaign for governor, Scott Walker promised to create 250,000 jobs in his first term. Toward this end, one of his first acts as governor was to privatize the state's economic development agency. Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) opened its doors in July 2011. After a series of damning audits, which highlighted mismanagement and incompetence, and news reports of special treatment for Walker donors, on Monday Democratic state lawmakers called for a federal investigation of the scandal-plagued entity. Walker is the Chairman of the Board When walker created WEDC in 2011, he named himself Chairman of the Board....
  • Southern Republican Leadership Conference: 5 takeaways

    05/24/2015 5:53:07 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | May 24, 2015 | Alex Isenstadt
    At one of the most important events on the GOP calendar, Scott Walker showed his crash course in foreign policy is paying off. OKLAHOMA CITY — Like most other recent GOP presidential forums and meetings, the Southern Republican Leadership Conference this week teemed with 2016 candidates aiming for a breakthrough moment. Nothing like that happened here. But in attending one of the most important events on pre-primary season calendar — one that drew roughly 2,000 conservative activists, mainly from the Republican Party’s Southern heartland — the White House hopefuls revealed a little more about themselves and the paths they see...
  • The Democrats heat up some leftovers for the 2016 Senate races.

    05/24/2015 8:05:29 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 3 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 5/23/15 | Moe Lane
    Before we get into the meat of this story from the National Journal, let me just note that this – “One of the most underappreciated stories in recent years is the deterioration of the Democratic bench under President Obama’s tenure in office” – has always been properly appreciated by me. I noticed this issue a while back. Sorry, but I felt the need to establish that. Moving on… …less attention has been paid to how the shrinking number of Democratic officeholders in the House and in statewide offices is affecting the party’s Senate races. It’s awfully unusual to see how...
  • Scott Walker's GOP rips apart local democracy

    05/24/2015 5:33:16 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 52 replies
    Madison Capital Times, Your Progressive Voice ^ | May 24, 2015 | John Nicholas, Associate Editor
    Scott Walker and his legislative minions have no respect for local democracy. One of Walker’s early acts as governor was to sign a law that pre-empted Milwaukee’s paid sick days ordinance — which voters had approved by 69 to 31 percent and which the state Court of Appeals had upheld. Dana Schultz of 9to5, the National Association of Working Women, described the state override of the Milwaukee law as “an assault on democracy, local control and working families." The assaults have continued, with Walker and his allies moving again and again to prevent Wisconsin’s towns, villages and cities from acting...
  • Crooks says Roggensack threatened to throw justices off cases (WI)

    05/22/2015 1:41:34 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 5-22-15 | Patrick Marley
    Madison— Days before three state Supreme Court justices skipped ceremonies to admit new lawyers to the bar, Justice N. Patrick Crooks accused newly elected Chief Justice Patience Roggensack of breaking court rules by threatening to throw him off a case without any authority. Crooks and another justice also contended Roggensack had violated court rules by scheduling a conference to discuss three cases without the permission of all seven justices, emails between the justices show. The exchanges are the latest sign of turmoil on a court that has drawn national attention for infighting. Their disputes have been on public display in...
  • FREEP A POLL: Red State Poll (Cruz Walker 1 and 2 as of posting)

    05/21/2015 4:04:44 AM PDT · by C. Edmund Wright · 63 replies
    Red State ^ | 5-21-15 | none`
    Just a link to the poll
  • Wisconsin Bill Would Limit Types of Food That Could Be Purchased With Food Stamps

    05/20/2015 4:17:11 PM PDT · by upchuck · 116 replies
    daily signal ^ | May 20, 2015 | Kate Scanlon
    Wisconsin’s State Assembly approved legislation last week that puts in place new rules about what recipients of food stamps may purchase with the benefits. Assembly Bill 177 would limit the types of food that could be purchased with Wisconsin’s food stamp program, FoodShare.In addition to banning the purchase of foods such as lobster with the publicly-funded program, the legislation would also require that just over two-thirds of the benefits be used to purchase healthy foods:“Under this bill, DHS [Department of Health Services] must require that not less than 67 percent of the SNAP benefits used by a recipient in a...
  • 'Clinton Cash’ Author: ‘We’re Finding Some Interesting, Compelling Things’ on Jeb

    05/18/2015 8:00:50 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/12/15 | Ian Hanchett
    “Clinton Cash” author Peter Schweizer said that he is ” finding some interesting, compelling things” in his investigation of Jeb Bush on Tuesday’s “Hugh Hewitt Show.” Schweizer reported, “We’re about four months into the research project, obviously not as global in scope as the Clintons, but you know, as governor of the state of Florida, you have a lot of things that you can do. So we’re following the money. We’re looking at land deals. We’re looking at an airport deal. We are looking at some of the educational reforms that were instituted, and some of the big corporate winners...
  • Governor Walker Breaks Silence On Patriot Act, NSA Stance

    05/20/2015 11:35:51 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 49 replies
    TruthInMedia ^ | May 19, 2015
    Appearing on Fox News’ Special Report with Bret Baier, presumptive Republican presidential candidate Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker gave Americans their first preview on where a President Walker would stand on civil liberties issues such as NSA spying authorized by the highly controversial Patriot Act.Baier pushed Walker to give a “yes” or “no” on whether or not he would reauthorize the controversial NSA spying program by asking him whether or not he would vote for it if he were currently a sitting Senator. Walker, responding with typical political rhetoric, never actually answering Baier’s question, but instead said, that the meta-data collected...
  • WaPo Cranks Tie Texas Biker Thugs to …Sarah Palin?

    05/20/2015 3:53:54 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 49 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | May 19, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    The Washington Post actually tweeted this out today on the Texas biker gang shootings. The race-obsessed paper wants desperately to make the story about race… And threw in a photo of Sarah Palin for kicks.
  • Marquette cuts ties with director of center that hosted cop killer mural

    05/20/2015 8:46:29 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 5-20-15 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. — In the wake of a public relations nightmare over a campus mural glorifying a cop killer, Marquette University has cut ties with director of its Gender and Sexuality Resource Center. “Susannah Bartlow is no longer an employee with Marquette University,” said University Spokesman Brian Dorrington told Marquette Wire. “We will work with the Center’s advisory board to search for a new director so that we can continue to grow the important programs in the Center.” Marquette administrators had the mural of black militant Assata Shakur (formerly known as JoAnne Deborah Chesimard) removed Sunday evening, but not until,...
  • Wisconsin Sheriff: ‘It Is a Myth That Police Kill Black Males in Greater Numbers Than Anyone Else’

    05/20/2015 6:40:21 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | 5/19/2015 | Melanie Hunter
    Milwaukee County, Wis., Sheriff David Clarke on Tuesday addressed what he called a “myth” that police kill more black males than any other race in testimony at the House Judiciary Committee’s hearing titled, “Policing Strategies for the 21st Century.” “It is a myth that police kill black males in greater numbers than anyone else,” Clarke said, citing statistics provided by the University of Toledo, which contrasts, what he called “the false narrative propagated by cop haters and the liberal mainstream media.”
  • Republican Lawmakers: Scott Walker Dazzles On Capital Hill

    05/20/2015 3:58:50 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 17 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 20,2015 | Mathew Boyle
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker—the clear Republican presidential frontrunner according to almost all GOP primary polls, even though he hasn’t announced a 2016 campaign officially yet—dazzled Republicans across Capitol Hill in meetings all day Tuesday.
  • Is Scott Walker afraid of social issues?

    05/20/2015 2:27:57 AM PDT · by iowamark · 28 replies
    RedState ^ | May 19, 2015 | Ben Howe
    Politico says that Scott Walker is having a “crisis of faith” because social conservatives are questioning his bona fides.  Showing their ignorance of what “social conservatism” actually is, they quoted a lot of evangelicals and mentioned over and over how it was surprising he would have this problem given that he mentions God a lot.   You know, because that’s the criteria. Hold your hand up, say God led you, and the social conservatives will stop drooling on the floor long enough to scream “UNDER GOD!” defiantly when reciting the pledge of allegiance. That Walker is under pressure to prove his social...
  • Walker's ban on Common Core approved by committee

    05/20/2015 1:12:29 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | May 20, 2015
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker's proposal prohibiting the state superintendent from forcing local school districts to adopt Common Core academic standards has been approved by the Legislature's budget committee. [snip] State Superintendent Tony Evers adopted the Common Core standards in 2010, but Walker's proposal would prohibit him from advocating for or promoting the standards to school districts.
  • Professor: Marquette cop killer mural product of exclusive ‘inclusion’ campus crowd

    05/19/2015 3:15:50 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 5-18-15 | M.D. Kittle
    At Marquette University, if you write a blog criticizing a student teacher for stifling the speech of a student who doesn’t believe in same-sex marriage, you can lose your job. Commission a mural of a convicted cop killer, well, that’s just diversity of ideas. Yes, Marquette administrators had the mural of black militant Assata Shakur removed Sunday evening, but not until, ironically, long-time Marquette political science professor John McAdams broke the story on his “Marquette Warrior” blog. That’s the same John McAdams who has been suspended from teaching since November, when the political conservative and frequent critic of Marquette administration...
  • Eau Claire County Board Chair says alleged theft is "violation of public trust"

    05/19/2015 9:50:12 AM PDT · by Sopater · 7 replies
    WQOW News 18 ^ | May 18, 2015 9:43 AM CST | Emily Valerio
    Eau Claire County (WQOW) - A new week brings disheartening news to the taxpayers of Eau Claire County. The former Eau Claire County Treasurer and his assistant have been accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars. According to the criminal complaint, they took more than $625,000 from the county between 2011 and 2013. Larry Lokken and Kay Onarheim have both been charged with 11 counts of felony theft, as well as three counts each of misconduct in the office. They were arrested by the Eau Claire Police Department on Thursday and have been in jail since then. The two...
  • Report calls for elimination of ATF

    05/19/2015 4:59:27 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 19 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 19 may 2015 | John Diedrich
    The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, charged with enforcing the nation's gun laws and regulating the firearms industry, has been so hobbled by high-profile operational failures, internal dysfunction and external limits on its authority that the agency should be eliminated and merged into the FBI, a new report concludes. The report, by the left-leaning Center for American Progress, comes in the wake of a bill by U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) that seeks to dissolve the agency and move its law enforcement and gun industry regulatory functions into the FBI and other agencies. The bill and the...
  • Walker's ban on Common Core up for vote

    05/19/2015 3:22:02 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    KLS, Utah ^ | May 19, 2015 | AP
    <p>MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker's proposal prohibiting the state superintendent from forcing local school districts to adopt Common Core academic standards is up for a vote in the Legislature's budget committee.</p> <p>The Joint Finance Committee was scheduled to act on the proposal Tuesday.......</p>
  • 3 justices apparently boycott swearing in of Marquette Law grads (WI)

    05/18/2015 3:20:27 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 21 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 5-18-15 | Patrick Marley
    Three Wisconsin Supreme Court justices skipped a ceremony Monday to swear in recent Marquette University Law School graduates, amid a bitter dispute over who should be in charge of the state's high court. It was the first time the court was to meet as a group since conservatives who control the court voted to make Patience Roggensack chief justice. Shirley Abrahamson, who had held the job for 19 years, has contended she remains chief justice and has sued over the issue in federal court in Madison. U.S. District Judge James Peterson, who is hearing that case, declined to issue an...
  • US Supreme Court will not hear Wisconsin John Doe case

    05/18/2015 8:04:41 AM PDT · by kidd · 15 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | May 18, 2015 | William A. Jacobson
    The U.S. Supreme Court issued an Order this morning denying the Petition for Writ of Certiorari in the Wisconsin John Doe case.
  • We need to take deadly force off table (barf alert)

    05/18/2015 5:08:13 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 34 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 16 may 2015 | Emily Mills
    I didn't envy Ismael Ozanne in the least when he took the podium for his news conference this last Tuesday. The Dane County district attorney looked visibly nervous, dabbing sweat from his face several times over the course of the long, detailed speech that led to his eventual rationale for and decision not to press criminal charges against Madison police officer Matt Kenny in the shooting death of biracial teenager Tony Robinson. Ozanne is himself biracial, his mother a black woman who was involved in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee during the Freedom Summer of 1964. Ozanne become the first...
  • Scott Walker promises a "contrast" with Clinton's foreign policy

    05/17/2015 12:59:52 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 26 replies
    CBS ^ | 5-17-15 | Rebecca Kaplan, Face the Nation
    If he runs for president in 2016, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker promises that "the contrast would be clear" between his foreign policy and that of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. "If I choose to get in this race, [foreign policy is] something I'm going to lay out a very clear plan for what we should do going forward, and how we should address the issues we face here in America and the issues we face around the world. I think there's a wide open door to lay out a very clear doctrine. And I do think that if foreign...
  • U.S. Republicans claim enough votes to pass fast-track trade bill

    05/17/2015 10:17:01 AM PDT · by Mariner · 62 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 17th, 2015 | By Doina Chiacu
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top Republicans predicted on Sunday that both chambers of Congress would muster the votes to pass the "fast-track" authority sought by President Barack Obama to negotiate major trade deals, despite opposition from Obama's fellow Democrats. "Yes, we’ll pass it. We'll pass it later this week," Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said in an interview with ABC. Republican U.S. Representative Paul Ryan said on CNN's "State of the Union" that he was confident the measure would also pass the House of Representatives. "We will have the votes," said Ryan, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. "We're...
  • Scott Walker Imposes Drug Testing for Government Aid, Liberals Lose Their Minds

    04/27/2015 12:25:47 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    YC - Young Conservatives ^ | April 26, 2015 | Derryck Green
    But when you take a look at the organizations these religious leaders represent, you’ll see that these religious types are political progressives who’re using the cover of religion for their political activism. The websites of these organizations who oppose Walker’s drug-testing legislation all, in some form or another, uses words or phrases immediately identifiable with progressive- rather than religious- causes. Such terms and phrases found were “social” and “economic” justice, “peacemaking,” “solidarity,” and “human community”; “restorative justice,” “united for justice.” One website even had a “living wage campaign” and “resources for justice seekers.” Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker recently proposed a...
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren Faults Reagan for GOP Attack on Middle Class in CA Speech

    05/16/2015 4:09:38 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 50 replies
    NBC Los Angeles ^ | May 16, 2015 | MICHAEL R. BLOOD
    Democrat Elizabeth Warren warned Saturday that Republican policies being promoted by its emerging presidential field would create an "American nightmare" that would crush opportunities for students and workers, deepen wage inequality and favor Wall Street banks and huge corporations. Warren's speech before several thousand party loyalists at a California Democratic convention in Anaheim was greeted with thunderous cheers while scores of delegates waved signs emblazoned with her name. The Massachusetts senator and favorite of the party's left wing ridiculed the GOP's potential 2016 field, including Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who has proposed a double-digit cut in state aid for higher...
  • Scott Walker Wins Pennsylvania Conservatives' Straw Poll

    04/20/2015 11:35:15 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 122 replies
    News Max ^ | April 20, 2015 | John Gizzi
    In results that were stunning for several reasons, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was the runaway winner in a "straw poll" of Republican presidential favorites at Pennsylvania’s largest-ever gathering of conservatives, the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference, on Friday and Saturday.With the "straw ballots" counted and released on Saturday, Walker was an easy winner with 91 votes, followed by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz with 58 votes. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum was third with 56 votes.Since the first PLC back in 1989, the group has become the most-attended and most-watched conclave of conservatives in the Keystone State. Fueled by the recent campaigns of...
  • Walker gets ready for his religious-right audition

    A couple of months ago, the New York Times reported on the religious-right movement’s restlessness ahead of the 2016 presidential campaign. Christian right leaders realize much of the Republican establishment is rallying behind Jeb Bush, but they believe “values voters” will still have a key role in the nominating process and the movement wants a standard bearer of their own. None of this came as a surprise. Indeed, we’ve seen social conservatives try these organizational efforts before, usually to little effect. What was surprising, however, was the religious right’s shortlist: “In secret straw polls and exclusive meetings from Iowa to...
  • Johnson Comments on Immigration Bill Vote

    05/14/2015 3:59:43 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 17 replies
    Senator Ron Johnson ^ | June 27, 2013
    Senator Ron Johnson (WI) released the following statement regarding his vote on S. 744, the Immigration Reform Bill: "America is a compassionate society, and no one wants to separate families by deporting moms and dads or husbands and wives. As a result, I support immigration reform and a path to legal status for people whose only crime was to enter the country illegally when they came here to work. I also recognize that our current immigration laws are not working – not for American workers, not for employers, and not for immigrants who want to come to America and play...
  • Order in the Court! Abrahamson v People of Wisconsin

    05/14/2015 2:04:24 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Lasee's Notes ^ | 5-14-15 | Sen. Frank Lasee
    Back in 2011, a dust-up between several Wisconsin Supreme Court justices led to a series of headlines revealing a long history of Wisconsin’s highest court not playing nice together. In response to this disclosure, the State Legislature offered a constitutional amendment changing the way the Supreme Court chooses its chief justice, by electing one instead of giving the title to the longest serving member. This spring voters approved this constitutional amendment by a 53-47 margin. This new constitutional provision allows the seven justices to vote for a chief justice they believe will be best to lead the court. Less than...
  • Former Wisconsin senator Russ Feingold launches bid to regain seat

    05/14/2015 8:35:14 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 39 replies
    UK Gaurdian ^ | 3-14-2015 | Tom McCartyhy
    Russ Feingold, the only US senator who voted against the 2001 Patriot Act, has announced he will launch a campaign to regain his seat in 2016. Feingold, a Wisconsin Democrat, lost a re-election bid in 2010 to Ron Johnson, a Tea Party Republican. Feingold had served three terms. In a video released on Thursday and first obtained by the Huffington Post, Feingold says that “billionaires and big corporations are calling the shots” and “we need to get started fixing all this”. “Let’s fight together for change,” Feingold says. “That means helping to bring back to the US Senate strong independence,...
  • Wisconsin's Russ Feingold to run again for US Senate

    05/14/2015 7:52:27 AM PDT · by maggief · 28 replies
    AP ^ | May 14, 2015 | Scott Bauer
    MADISON, Wis. — Russ Feingold announced Thursday he will run to reclaim the U.S. Senate seat he lost five years ago to Republican Ron Johnson, fulfilling the hopes of Democrats who have been pushing for the liberal to return to the political arena. Feingold said in a 90-second video to supporters that he will run for the seat in 2016.