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  • Reporter: White House Aide Told Me Not To Talk To Crowd At Michelle Obama Campaign Event

    09/30/2014 2:10:08 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 13 replies
    CBS-DC ^ | 9-30-14
    Wisconsin’s tense race for governor got some political star power Monday, with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie urging Republicans to step up their support for a potential presidential rival, Scott Walker. First lady Michelle Obama, meanwhile, campaigned for former state commerce secretary Mary Burke. Christie and Walker sidestepped any talk of a 2016 nomination fight against each other. “He would do good at any executive position he wanted to pursue,” Christie said of Walker. “I know this much — because I’ve spoken to him about it — he’s not interested in anything beyond November 4th and neither am I. Whatever...
  • Wisconsin Reporter Was Sent to Cover Michelle Obama’s Speech and

    09/30/2014 8:57:05 AM PDT · by Mygirlsmom · 37 replies
    http://www.theblaze.com ^ | September 30, 2014 | Jonathon M. Seidl
    Meg Kissinger is a seasoned reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin’s well-known newspaper. She’s seen a lot in her days. But what she said happened at a speech by Michelle Obama in the state on Monday left her utterly “creeped out.” Kissinger took to her Facebook and Twitter page to describe what happened. In short, she said, aides for both the first lady and Wisconsin Democratic candidate for governor, Mary Burke, told her she was banned from talking to members of the crowd. Kissinger was in Hudson, Wisconsin, covering the first lady’s speech in which she was stumping for...
  • First Lady Michelle Obama will campaign in Milwaukee for Mary Burke

    09/29/2014 1:10:33 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    Fox 6 -- WITI ^ | 9-29-14 | Trisha Bee
    First Lady Michelle Obama will rally with Democratic candidate for governor Mary Burke in Milwaukee on Monday, September 29th. Last-minute preparations were underway Sunday at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee. That’s where Michelle Obama will join Mary Burke Monday for a Milwaukee rally in the very close race for governor. “We want to give the first lady a big Wisconsin welcome,” Burke for Wisconsin Communications Director Joe Zepecki said. Volunteers were busy Sunday at the Wisconsin Center — setting up for the first lady’s visit. “There`s always a lot of set up — little details big details. They`re handling...
  • Cruz, Jindal, Ryan urge midterm turnout

    09/28/2014 2:36:21 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 28, 2014, 01:17 pm | Timothy Cama
    Three Republicans rumored to be considering presidential runs for 2016 headed to an Iowa religious banquet to push conservatives to vote in this year’s midterm electionsAs they courted voters in the first state to hold a formal presidential electoral event every four years, Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas), Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.) made slightly different cases for voting, The Associated Press reported.The three spoke at a Saturday fundraiser for the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition.Cruz railed against ObamaCare and Democratic proposals to allow some undocumented immigrants to stay in the country legally, promising that a Republican-controlled...
  • Superintendent Tells Mary Burke She Doesn't Know What She's Talking About (WI)

    09/28/2014 1:29:42 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 31 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 9-25-14 | John McCormack
    When Wisconsin governor Scott Walker signed a law curbing the power of public sector unions in his state in 2011, Democrats warned that public schools would suffer terribly. But one year after the law had taken effect--and in the midst of a recall campaign that was driven entirely by the backlash to the law--Democratic candidate Tom Barrett could not name a single school hurt by Walker's reforms. When Mary Burke, the Democrat challenging Walker in 2014, was asked last month by THE WEEKLY STANDARD if she could name any schools hurt by Walker's reforms, she replied with an anecdote about...
  • Mary Burke says she would stop expansion of voucher schools

    09/26/2014 11:49:07 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 27 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 9-26-14 | Patrick Marley
    Democrat Mary Burke told education officials Friday she would fight as governor to stop the expansion of voucher schools but would leave alone the long-standing program in Milwaukee. "This is something that may sound like a good political sound bite, but it is bad public policy," she said of expanding the voucher program. "I think it is the thing that most threatens a vision of a public school system and an education for students in Wisconsin to be the leaders in our country." Her comments drew applause from her audience at a Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators conference at...
  • Wisconsin voter ID ruling withstands appellate rehearing bid

    09/26/2014 11:30:51 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 18 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 09/26/2014 | Andrew Harris
    Wisconsin avoided yet another challenge to its voter photo-ID law as a U.S. appeals court panel split evenly on a request to reconsider an order allowing the measure to be in force for elections on Nov. 4. The 5-5 vote Friday by judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago let stand a Sept. 12 three-judge order allowing the state to keep the 2011 provision in place.
  • Chris Christie to campaign with Scott Walker in Wisconsin

    09/26/2014 9:45:29 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 45 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 9-26-14 | Seth McLaughlin
    Gov. Chris Christie plans to visit Wisconsin next week to campaign with Gov. Scott Walker — one of his likely rivals for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination. Mr. Walker is locked in a tough re-election battle with Democrat Mary Burke. On Monday, Mr. Christie, chairman of the Republican Governors Association, plans to tour a manufacturing firm and GOP field office in Hudson with Mr. Walker before traveling to Ohio to attend an early vote rally with Gov. John Kasich, another possible White House contender, in Independence. He also plans to appear at local GOP dinner in Akron. The latest Real...
  • Mary Burke stumbles when asked to define plagiarism

    09/26/2014 5:21:35 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 13 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 9-25-14 | Patrick Marley
    Democratic candidate for governor Mary Burke stumbled Thursday when asked to define plagiarism and said she had not violated her principles with a jobs plan that includes nearly word-for-word sections that also appear in other candidates' plans. Burke, who is running against GOP Gov. Scott Walker in the Nov. 4 election, also stressed the importance of providing citations in her plan, but an aide said later no changes to the plan would be made. Asked by reporters to define plagiarism, Burke said: "This, this probably, using words, exact words, from a source that doesn't, that isn't cited and isn't attributable."...
  • Burke’s cut-and-paste economy (WI)

    09/25/2014 1:01:11 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    On hearing Friday’s news that Mary Burke’s job-creation plan was plagiarized from other Democrats running for governor, in Delaware, Tennessee, and elsewhere we thought, well…there are think tanks whose business is to share such ideas. But Burke reacted less calmly, firing the consultant responsible for the cut-and-paste job. Why? For duping her into thinking she had a jobs plan? More intriguing than Burke snatching ideas that may be interchangeable among Democrats is her apparently scant familiarity with what she is proposing. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel quoted her saying “This is my plan on how to drive Wisconsin’s economy forward,” later adding...
  • 7th Circ. Lifts Injunction On Scott Walker Probe

    09/25/2014 7:22:21 AM PDT · by FlipWilson · 17 replies
    Law360, Los Angeles (September 24, 2014, 8:44 PM ET) -- The Seventh Circuit ruled Wednesday that it is up to Wisconsin state courts to decide whether an investigation into potential campaign finance violations involving Gov. Scott Walker and a host of conservative groups should proceed, overturning a lower court injunction that halted the probe on First Amendment grounds. A three-judge panel called the injunction issued in May by U.S. District Judge Rudolph T. Randa an "abuse of discretion," saying that "this case does not present a situation in which state proceedings may be displaced." The panel directed the lower court...
  • Federal Court: Walker Campaign Probe a State Issue

    09/25/2014 6:31:05 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 25, 2014 | By SCOTT BAUER
    A federal appeals court on Wednesday removed one barrier to restarting an investigation into possible illegal coordination between Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's campaign and more than two dozen conservative groups, a legal setback for the Republican who is locked in a tough re-election campaign. The three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Court of Appeals overturned a lower court ruling that halted the probe, but the judges found state courts are the proper venue to resolve legal issues with the case. Despite the ruling, the investigation won't resume immediately because the state judge overseeing it also effectively stopped it in January...
  • Waukesha County judge tosses out GOP lawsuit seeking ballot changes

    09/24/2014 9:00:50 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 9-24-14 | Patrick Marley
    A Waukesha County judge tossed out a lawsuit Wednesday attempting to force changes to the Nov. 4 ballot. Waukesha County Circuit Judge James Kieffer dismissed the case after 25 minutes of arguments because those who brought the suit had not followed a procedure requiring them to first file a complaint with state election officials. The case was brought last week by the campaign committees of Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau). In another blow to the lawsuit, Kieffer also ruled that only electors could bring such a challenge, not the political committees of candidates....
  • Why Wisconsin won't become Illinois

    09/24/2014 6:07:55 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 9-22-14 | Editorial
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, faces a difficult re-election in six weeks. Under normal circumstances, he would probably be coasting to victory. He just beat a recall attempt in 2012, Wisconsin's economy is improving, and he put in place reforms that have already saved the state $3 billion. But of course, this is the issue. His now-famous union bargaining reforms of 2011 have incurred the wrath of America's big labor unions, which are now eager to defeat him. But anyone who doubts the wisdom of Walker's reforms — and the self-interested short-sightedness of the public union bosses — need...
  • Putting guns in schools is reason to recoil

    09/24/2014 5:09:18 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 45 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 24 sept 2014 | Tony Norman
    America has always been awash in bad ideas. The Founding Fathers spoke a good game about liberty but allowed America to become a slave republic, because they didn't want to alienate the Southern farmers and merchants who helped bankroll and fight the war for independence against the British. The Southern states wanted access to American liberty based on skin color. They got their wish for disproportionate representation in the early republic with the three-fifths clause enshrined in the U.S. Constitution. Tolerance of slavery was not only a bad idea, it has had disastrous consequences for America ever since. Right up...
  • Bill Berry: Give cops the firepower to outgun the bad guys

    09/23/2014 4:55:48 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 54 replies
    Madison.com ^ | 23 sept 2014 | Bill Berry
    STEVENS POINT — OK, the concern over militarization of cops is legitimate. But as someone who has been accused of being a flaming liberal, allow me to add this question: In a country that is buried in guns, do we want the enforcers of our laws to walk around with billy clubs while criminals tote semi-automatic weapons? If the bad guys have semi-automatics, then don’t we want cops to have at least that amount of firepower? Surely, we all know there are tens of thousands of semi-automatic weapons out there. Does anyone want to see a single cop killed because...
  • Wisconsin voters can't get IDs, liberal group says

    09/23/2014 4:39:42 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 41 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 9-22-14 | Administration Propaganda
    Wisconsin offices that issue driver's licenses aren't open enough hours to issue photo IDs to all the voters who need them before the Nov. 4 election, a liberal group told federal judges in a brief filed Monday. Wisconsin's 2011 law requires voters to show a government-issued ID with a photo to vote. Because of legal challenges, the requirement had not been enforced since the February 2012 primary. But a three-judge panel of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago said Sept. 12 that the law could be used for the Nov. 4 election and other elections while it considers...
  • First lady Michelle Obama to campaign in Milwaukee on Mary Burke's behalf

    09/22/2014 2:48:57 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 24 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 9-22-14 | Jason Stein
    Madison -- First lady Michelle Obama will come to Milwaukee next week to campaign on behalf of Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke. Burke's campaign released the news Monday and said it would provide more details in the coming days on the event scheduled for next Monday. A spokeswoman for Burke didn't immediately say whether Obama would raise campaign funds for Burke while in Wisconsin. Burke has taken criticism from conservatives and some liberals for not appearing with Barack Obama during his recent visits to Wisconsin.
  • Hillary Clinton front group files federal campaign complaint against Walker

    09/22/2014 2:29:41 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 24 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 9-22-14 | M. D. Kittle
    And now the left bites back. Wisconsin’s wild political ride continued Monday, when a left-leaning group with ties to Hillary Clinton announced it is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate Republican Gov. Scott Walker. Interesting that the American Democracy Legal Fund pushes out its plea to Obama administration top gun Eric Holder just as Mary Burke, the Democrat’s candidate for governor, is embroiled further in a major plagiarism scandal. The American Democracy Legal Fund, run by liberal power brokers David Brock and Brad Woodhouse, wants the Justice Department to investigate whether Walker sponsored and ensured passage of mine...
  • Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate in Wisconsin Plagiarized Jobs Plan from Other Failed Democrats

    09/20/2014 3:46:37 PM PDT · by blueyon · 11 replies
    Breitbrat ^ | 9/20/14 | Michael Patrick Leahy
    In March of this year Mary Burke, the Democratic candidate challenging incumbent Republican Scott Walker in this fall's Wisconsin gubernatorial election, approved the release of a jobs plan that, it now turns out, contains numerous passages plagiarized from the jobs plans of several recent Democratic gubernatorial candidates in other states and at least one passage plagiarized from an Obama White House press release. After BuzzFeed broke the story on Thursday, the Burke campaign announced Friday that it had "terminated" the consultant who had prepared the 40-page jobs plan. Prior to this announcement, the consultant, Eric Schnurer of the Philadelphia firm...
  • Burke fires consultant over jobs plan copying

    09/20/2014 6:21:04 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 14 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 9-19-14 | scotty bauer
    MADISON, Wis. -- Democratic candidate for Wisconsin governor Mary Burke said Friday she cut ties with a consultant she blames for copying several sections of her jobs plan from platforms of other Democrats. Burke has built her campaign around the jobs issue. One of her key arguments is Republican Gov. Scott Walker doesn't deserve re-election because he hasn't lived up to his promise to create 250,000 private-sector jobs, and Wisconsin is lagging other states in adding workers. Burke told the Associated Press it was her decision to end the campaign's relationship with consultant Eric Schnurer of the Pennsylvania-based consulting firm...
  • Hulsey: Jobs plan plagiarism more ‘Mary Burke Amateur Hour Campaign’

    09/19/2014 10:58:00 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 6 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 9-19-14 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. — In this week’s Marquette Law School poll, 48 percent of respondents said Madison millionaire Mary Burke, the Democrat’s candidate for governor, has not been clear enough about what she would do if elected. Now it turns out Burke’s signature jobs plan, the one area in which she seemed clear about her intentions, was lifted from others. Buzzfeed, which has had its own PR black eyes with plagiarism, reported late Thursday that Burke’s plan, “Invest for Success” pilfers entire passages from the jobs plans laid out by Delaware Democratic Gov. Jack Markell in 2008, and Democratic gubernatorial candidates...
  • Union head files OSHA complaint over Scott Walker ad

    09/19/2014 4:34:53 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    MSNBC ^ | Meredith Clark
    Scott Walker can’t stop digging himself into a hole with union workers. After stripping public-sector union members of collective bargaining rights in 2011, one might think that there wasn’t more the Republican governor could do to anger workers. But Walker, who is locked in a tight race Wisconsin against Democratic challenger Mary Burke, ran afoul of the president of a local steelworkers’ union over a recent campaign ad. In the ad, Walker speaks to the camera from a deep hole. Jeff Kaminsiki, head of the United Steelworkers Local 2006, filed a complaint with the Occupational Health and Safety Administration over...
  • How gender mattered in the rise and fall of Debbie Wasserman Schultz

    09/19/2014 3:52:49 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 18 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 9-19-14 | Nia-Malika Henderson
    <p>That's really the only way to describe Politico's piece on DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.</p> <p>Based on interviews with DNC staffers -- both former and current -- the piece described Wasserman Schultz as something of a modern-day Tracy Flick: over-eager, disloyal and not shy about promoting her ambitions.</p>
  • How did the Transportation Fund Amendment get on the November Ballot in Wisconsin?

    09/18/2014 6:35:14 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    Wisconsin Election Watch ^ | 9-16-14 | Kyle Maichle
    MADISON – Voters in the State of Wisconsin will see a referendum on whether the transportation fund should be protected in the State Constitution. However, most voter are not aware on how the referendum qualified for the November ballot. Under Wisconsin State law, a binding statewide referendum can be qualified if it’s approved by the Wisconsin Legislature by both houses for two consecutive Legislative sessions. According to Ballotpedia, Wisconsin is one of 12 states that uses the two Legislative session method to qualify statewide ballot measures. Extra: Learn More About the Transportation Fund Referendum The Transportation Fund referendum will ask...
  • Wisconsin GOP files lawsuit against Government Accountability Board over ballot redesign

    09/18/2014 6:14:06 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    Wisconsin Election Watch ^ | 9-17-14 | Kyle Maichle
    WAUKESHA – The Republican Party of Wisconsin filed a lawsuit against the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board on Wednesday in Waukesha County Circuit Court relating to the design of the ballot being used for the November 4, 2014, general election. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald filed the lawsuit on behalf of the party. The lawsuit was filed in Waukesha County because portions of Senator Fitzgerald’s district are located in the county. Both Vos and Fitzgerald are being represented by the Michael Best and Frederich law firm based in Milwaukee. In the complaint, the party mentions that...
  • Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz Closes Clinic in Wisconsin

    09/17/2014 9:30:02 PM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Sarah Zagorski
    If everyone is so happy about abortion, then why doesn’t Planned Parenthood promote and brag about it the same way they do their breast cancer “screenings” or cervical exams? The answer is simple: because while the pro-abortion lobby pushes their radical agenda, most people don’t want to hear an abortion giant brag about killing children. I thought about this as I read an announcement in the FDL Reporter about the closing of a Planned Parenthood in Wisconsin. Here is what Planned Parenthood representatives said about the upcoming closing: We feel privileged so many of you have trusted us to care...
  • Police: Milwaukee Teen Sought to Rack up Crimes Before Turning 18

    09/17/2014 5:48:55 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    Milwauke Journal Sentinel ^ | 9-17-14 | Bruce Vielmetti
    A Milwaukee teen charged in a string of armed robberies last week told police he was trying to do as many crimes as he could before he turned 18 on Sept. 11. Rocarldo Chalmers is one of five suspects charged Wednesday in a dizzying spree of armed stick-ups and car jackings that only ended after a high speed chase. Chalmers faces 10 felonies, including armed robbery, car theft and fleeing. Isiah Deshawn Thomas, 18, is charged with five counts, Anthony Griffis, 17, with two. Two juveniles have been charged in Children's Court. As many as three other suspects remain at...
  • Top GOPer says it’s time to dissolve ATF

    09/17/2014 1:34:37 PM PDT · by Objective Scrutator · 59 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 9/17/14 | Stephen Dinan
    A top Republican House member on Wednesday proposed eliminating the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, writing a bill that would freeze all hiring at the troubled agency and require the Justice Department to come up with a plan for transferring its duties to other agencies. Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr., the Wisconsin Republican who wrote the bill, called it both a chance to streamline government and to clean up an agency that’s been criticized from the right and the left for botched gun-running operations.
  • ISIS Strategy splits Rubio, Paul, Cruz

    09/16/2014 1:28:28 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 26 replies
    TheHill ^ | 9/16/2014 | Alexander Bolton
    The threat posed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has created an opportunity for three White House hopefuls in the Senate to grab the spotlight from Republican governors. ... Rubio, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Intelligence panels has used the debate to distinguish himself as the inheritor of the muscular foreign policy worldview held by former President George W. Bush and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) While he says it would be good for president Obama to seek congressional support for military action against ISIS, he argues the president doesn't need it. Rubio supports arming...
  • William Schuth: Do Madison police really need assault rifles?

    09/16/2014 5:12:08 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 31 replies
    William Schuth
    Ten years ago I was in Iraq and carried an M16 rifle everywhere I went. I propped my M16 beside me while I drove our medical evacuation Humvee on monotonous yet foreboding convoys from Fallujah, Al Asad, Haditha and around western Al Anbar. When we searched vehicles at checkpoints, I covered my fellow Marines with my M16. I slung my M16 in front of me on visits to a truck stop between Jordan and Ramadi where — against orders — we would buy roasted mutton or chicken cooked with tomatoes and peppers and wrapped in flatbread to alleviate the tedium...
  • The Racial Violence Epidemic in Milwaukee That the Local Media Dismiss

    09/14/2014 7:01:11 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 43 replies
    Nothing is more obnoxious than calling someone a liar just because they disagree with you. Unless of course, it is true. And it is getting harder and harder to describe the recent black mob violence near Milwaukpee without using the word L-word aimed directly at reporters and public officials who ignore, deny and try to wish it away. The latest case happened Saturday night in the Milwaukee suburb of Wauwatosa. Every year, they have a Tosa Fest, complete with ring tosses, pretzel booths, and this year, a free outdoor movie, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs II. It is supposed...
  • Liberals press Pelosi, Obama for vote on Syrian air strikes

    09/14/2014 4:16:18 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 13 replies
    thehill.com ^ | September 14, 2014 | Mike Lillis
    A growing chorus of liberal Democrats is pushing President Obama to get Congress's explicit approval before launching missile strikes into Syria. The pressure from supporters on Capitol Hill is not only a headache for Obama, but also puts House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other top Democrats in the difficult position of bucking a broad segment of their own caucus in order to protect an ally in the White House. Scores of Democrats had signed letters a year ago advocating against military strikes targeting the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad without congressional backing. Thirteen months later the enemy...
  • Mark Pocan calls for a new 'real tea party' at Fighting Bob Fest

    09/13/2014 7:27:24 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 19 replies
    madison.com ^ | September 13, 2014 | JESSIE OPOIEN
    BARABOO -- It was an unlikely declaration, coming from a progressive congressman addressing a progressive crowd. "I want to be an advocate for the tea party," said U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, opening his speech at Fighting Bob Fest. "Wait, wait — not that one," Pocan said, speaking to the annual gathering of progressives at the Sauk County Fairgrounds. "Not the tea party of Scott Walker and Ron Johnson and Ted Cruz. I’m talking about the real Boston Tea Party, and maybe the need for another real tea party." The Madison Democrat went on to deliver a quick history lesson on...
  • Race for Governor: Walker Up 4 in New CBS News/New York Times Poll

    09/13/2014 6:31:28 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 24 replies
    Wisconsin Election Watch ^ | 9-12-14 | Kyle Maichle
    NEW YORK – Governor Scott Walker (R-Wauwatosa) holds a four point lead in a CBS News/New York Times/YouGov poll. The poll of 1,473 likely voters shows Governor Walker up 49 to 45 percent over Mary Burke with five percent undecided. The poll was conducted from August 18th to September 2nd with the margin of error being at plus or minus four percent. The last two polls issued by Marquette Law School and We Ask America have found Mary Burke up by two to four percentage points among likely voters. The newest edition of the Marquette Law School Poll will be...
  • Federal Appeals Court Permits Wisconsin Voter ID Law

    09/13/2014 5:12:44 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 12, 2014 | Monica Davey
    CHICAGO — A federal appeals court on Friday permitted Wisconsin to restore a requirement that voters provide photo identification before casting their ballots, allowing the long-debated state law to take effect in time for a hard-fought election on Nov. 4. The order, which came surprisingly swiftly, on the same day that lawyers made their arguments before a panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, was seen as a significant victory for advocates of such voting requirements. Opponents of the laws had viewed the Wisconsin case as opening a novel legal basis for their efforts in...
  • Appeals panel reinstates Wisconsin's voter ID law

    09/12/2014 2:29:16 PM PDT · by UB355 · 19 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 9/12/2014 | Patrick Marley
    A federal appeals court in Chicago Friday reinstated for now Wisconsin's voter ID law hours after the three-judge panel heard arguments on the subject. The move by the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals clears the way for the state to implement the law for the Nov. 4 election, though it does not stop the ongoing appeal over whether the measure is unconstitutional. "The state of Wisconsin may, if it wishes (and if it is appropriate under rules of state law), enforce the photo ID requirement in this November's elections," the unsigned two-page order reads. The appellate court said Friday...
  • The Racial Violence Epidemic in Milwaukee that the Local Media Dismiss

    09/12/2014 7:54:21 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 25 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 9-12-14 | Colin Flaherty
    Nothing is more obnoxious than calling someone a liar just because they disagree with you. Unless of course, it is true. And it is getting harder and harder to describe the recent black mob violence near Milwaukee without using the word L-word aimed directly at reporters and public officials who ignore, deny and try to wish it away. The latest case happened Saturday night in the Milwaukee suburb of Wauwatosa. Every year, they have a Tosa Fest, complete with ring tosses, pretzel booths, and this year, a free outdoor movie, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs II. It is supposed...
  • GOP prepares 100 day agenda for takeover of Senate

    09/12/2014 6:46:44 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 27 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 9-12-14 | Miller
    Senate Republicans are preparing an agenda for their first 100 days in power next year in case they win majority control of the upper chamber, The Hill reported. The agenda includes authorizing the long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline, approving “fast-track” trade authority, rolling back new Environmental Protection Agency regulations and repealing Obamacare’s unpopular tax on medical devices. Republican senators insisted they were not “measuring the drapes” in anticipation of a wave election sweeping them into power after years in the minority. “We will have to be prepared if we are in a position to govern,” Sen. Bob Corker said. “You...
  • Local veteran out thousands from Boston-area tour group

    09/11/2014 6:07:52 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 2 replies
    Channel 3000 ^ | 9-11-14 | Adam Schrager
    MADISON, Wis. - Fred Doebler and his wife paid $6,000 to go on a 15-day historical tour through WWII battlefields in Europe, set to leave on Thursday, Sept. 11. Now, the Air Force veteran from Mt. Horeb said he's be "taken to the cleaners." Doebler placed the down payment with a Boston-area tour group, Band of Brothers Tours, in March. All the company, owned by Jake Powers, has sent to him since is an itinerary from 2013 for a group that visited the battlefields of Normandy and other spots in England, France and Holland. Powers advertises the tours he provides...
  • Scott Walker says Madison school district (Mary Burke's) is only one to ignore Act 10

    09/11/2014 6:25:17 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinal ^ | 9-11-14 | PolitiFact
    Mary Burke’s position as a member of the Madison Metropolitan School District board has played a minimal role in the governor’s race so far. Gov. Scott Walker tried to change that Sept. 3, 2014, calling on Burke and the board to find savings by using his signature Act 10, which dramatically curtailed collective bargaining for most public employees, including those of the district. In a campaign news release, Walker said Madison "will be the only school district left in the state out of 424 to ignore the law and not take advantage of Governor Walker’s reforms into the 2015-16 school...
  • Mayors, top cops to meet in Milwaukee on gun violence

    09/11/2014 5:01:39 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 15 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 11 sept 2014 | Don Behm
    Around 50 mayors and law enforcement officials from Wisconsin, Minnesota and Chicago will meet in Milwaukee on Thursday to discuss ways to reduce gun violence. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges are hosting the 2014 Milwaukee-Minneapolis Summit to Combat Gun Violence at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center on Wisconsin Ave. The event is funded with a $38,000 grant from the Joyce Foundation. It is not open to the public. This year's summit will focus on law enforcement perspectives on gun violence and include a review of new models for crime gun investigations, as well as information on...
  • Former prosecutor says WI investigation fueled by “hyper-partisan” DA and union activist wife

    09/10/2014 7:45:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | Guy Benson
    Last we checked on Gov. Scott Walker, he was (a) knotted in the polls with his Democratic challenger, and (b) fending off mind-bendingly dishonest media coverage of the scurrilous investigation into Wisconsin conservative groups — which has been summarily thrown out of court by two different judges. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals took up the ‘Joe Doe’ circus yesterday, as twice-thwarted prosecutors sought to have their secret probe reinstated; lawyers for the Wisconsin Club for Growth, one of the targeted organizations, argued that a scathing lower court ruling shutting down the investigation and exposing the prosecutors to misconduct lawsuits...
  • This time, gang members choose wrong victim

    09/09/2014 8:35:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | September 9, 2014 | Andrew Branca
    Yesterday I wrote of yet another vicious deadly-force gang attack: “Caught on video: Another black-on-white racially motivated gang attack.” In that post, I cautioned that gang attacks of this kind were likely to end very badly for the attackers once they stumbled upon a victim who was lawfully armed and prepared to defend himself. It wasn’t long before I received an example of this type of attack happening in Milwaukee, four days prior to the September 7 attack described in yesterday’s post. As reported by the Daily Caller (video embedded below), on September 3 a gang of teens attempted to...
  • District attorney’s wife drove case against Wis. Gov. Walker, insider says

    09/09/2014 1:28:01 PM PDT · by Mygirlsmom · 67 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | September 9, 2014 | Staff Writer
    a longtime Chisholm subordinate reveals for the first time in this article that the district attorney may have had personal motivations for his investigation. Chisholm told him and others that Chisholm’s wife, Colleen, a teacher’s union shop steward at St. Francis high school, a public school near Milwaukee, had been repeatedly moved to tears by Walker’s anti-union policies in 2011, according to the former staff prosecutor in Chisholm’s office. Chisholm said in the presence of the former prosecutor that his wife “frequently cried when discussing the topic of the union disbanding and the effect it would have on the people...
  • Inside the campaign finance report of Fair Wisconsin

    09/09/2014 8:10:49 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    Wisconsin Election Watch ^ | 9-8-14 | Kyle Maichle
    MADISON – Last Thursday, the Chicago-based Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Wisconsin’s 2006 voter-approved ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. When looking back at the 2006 campaign, organized labor and other notable liberals donated their money to Fair Wisconsin which opposed the measure. Wisconsin Election Watch obtained campaign finance records from the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board for this story. However, the only version of Fair Wisconsin’s campaign finance reports were available was in paper format. Organized labor donated significant amounts of money to Fair Wisconsin in 2006 in their effort to oppose the referendum. The Wisconsin Educational Association...
  • Dem Doubted She Wanted to Be Part of ‘Full-Time Work Force’

    09/09/2014 4:30:46 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 30 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 9-8-14 | Brent Scher
    Mary Burke twice debated whether having a job was the thing for her Democratic candidate for Wisconsin governor Mary Burke took a two-year break from her career for a “snowboarding sabbatical” and a decade later expressed doubts that she ever wanted to have a full-time job again. Burke’s career has come under scrutiny after it was revealed that her résumé includes a two-year gap between positions at Trek Bicycle Corporation, which was founded by her father. After working in Europe for Trek overseeing operations in multiple countries, Burke decided she “needed some time off,” according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal....
  • Teen With a Lengthy Criminal Past Possibly Linked to Dozens of Robberies (Killed by Intended Victim)

    09/08/2014 11:24:22 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 48 replies
    Fox 6 ^ | September 5, 2014 | Myra Sanchick
    <p>MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Digging deeper into the background of the suspects in the fatal shooting of Camron Powell; the teen had a lengthy juvenile record. Milwaukee Police Department say this crew might be responsible for dozens of robberies.</p> <p>It turns out Camron Powell was not the gunman holding up the man who shot him on Monday morning, September 1st.</p>
  • On the Capitol: U.S. Rep. Tom Petri offers tepid praise for Glenn Grothman

    09/06/2014 4:20:58 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 3 replies
    Outgoing Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Petri doesn’t strike us as a big fan of conservative state Sen. Glenn Grothman, who narrowly won the GOP primary last month in the race to replace Petri. When asked about Grothman by WisPolitics.com on Tuesday, Petri offered tepid praise for his possible successor, calling him “able.” Of course, Grothman jumped in the race before Petri announced his retirement, accusing the 35-year veteran congressman of not being sufficiently conservative.
  • Indiana's gay marriage ban ruled unconstitutional

    09/04/2014 12:54:37 PM PDT · by John W · 39 replies
    Fort Wayne Journal Gazette ^ | September 4, 2014 | Niki Kelly
    INDIANAPOLIS - The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday issued a lightning-fast ruling finding Indiana's gay marriage ban unconstitutional. It came just nine days after the Indiana and Wisconsin cases were argued before the three-judge panel. "The challenged laws discriminate against a minority defined by an immutable characteristic, and the only rationale that the states put forth with any conviction - that same-sex couples and their children don't need marriage because same-sex couples can't produce children, intended or unintended - is so full of holes that it cannot be taken seriously," the ruling said. Attorney General Greg Zoeller is...