Wednesday, July 30, 2014
It's a development I'd noted recently, quoting other DNR documents.
Chamber of Commerce or Champion Consultants? You decide.
Here's the agency's memo about its new Department Leadership Team, (DLT), Charter - - below, in full, and I haven't re-coded it for fear of losing some pieces, so apologies for the appearance of the text.
Here a couple of samples that caught my eye if you can get no further:
White Papers and Issue Briefs: White Papers and Issue Briefs are to be developed for all items requiring DLT action. White papers will be used to document broad issues that require further scoping, discussion, and planning before recommendations can be identified. Issue briefs will be used to make decisions and will include a summary of the decision to be made, list of viable options, advantages/disadvantages of each option and the recommended option. White papers and issue briefs will: Be prepared using the template documents available at HYPERLINK HERE. Be no more than 2 pages in length, preferably only one (1). They may be accompanied by additional background information. Be submitted to the ESA, at least 2.5 weeks prior to the meeting.-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
All decisions are made or delegated by the Secretary’s Office. The DLT is the advisory body that advises and informs the Secretary’s Office. Meetings will be facilitated in a manner to promote thorough discussion to ensure options, ideas, and impacts are analyzed before decisions are made. Members will actively engage in discussions with a goal of candid and collegial interactions that promote constructive conflict and debate.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Auxiliary Members: Other DNR staff invited to provide technical expertise for specific agenda items. Auxiliary members often include the Communications Director, Human Resources Director, Chief Information Officer, and Chief Financial Officer, etc.
Posted by James Rowen at 10:30 AM
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
With apologies to Johnny Mathis and Bonnie Raitt fans and to John Burke, too, can you remember a more blatant self-serving Wisconsin political example of 'first you love me, then you snub me?'
Posted by James Rowen at 5:02 PM
The 8th District alderman made his announcement on Charlie Sykes' show on WTMJ-AM (620) and filed papers with the Milwaukee Election Commission later Tuesday.
Posted by James Rowen at 3:22 PM
At one point, the editorial makes this statement to underscore what was wrong with Walker's attack on Burke at the expense of the company:
Walker erred by not acknowledging Trek's contributions to the state even while criticizing one of its former executives. If it was any other company, he'd have been fawning.This point could have been strengthened by saying that, in fact, Walker had acknowledged Trek's contributions to the state - - only to contradict and negate the praise in his self-serving attacks.
Walker and his administration had twice created and posted video promotions on the website of his economic development agency, making his attack on Trek more of a flip-flop for self-interested and partisan purposes.
You can access both of the videos here - - and note in one that Walker handles the intro calling attention to himself, of course, and urges viewers to look closely at several Wisconsin business success stories, with Trek featured prominently.
In other words, when Walker thought that sidling up to Trek was good for his image and yes, his campaign by extension, he was eager to associate himself with the company and bask in its light.
But when Burke's candidacy began to take hold, he had no hesitation to turn on her and Trek, regardless of the dirt he was willing to throw on the company and the weight of the hypocrisy he was willing to embrace.
The editorial suggests Walker's hypocrisy includes an act of omission, but there is an overlooked history of commission, too, and video evidence to prove it.
Citing the videos would have used Walker's own words to sharpen the editorial and better explain the cynicism behind and enveloping his Burke/Trek attack.
Posted by James Rowen at 12:45 PM
So he's running. It'll be loud, but unsuccessful.
We'll know tomorrow if he's running for Milwaukee Mayor or dipping his toe in the water, or what, but there's no way that perpetually angry South side Alderman Bob Donovan can win a city-wide election.
In some Milwaukee-area suburb or smaller town, maybe, but Milwaukee - - even with endless promotion for Donovan by across the AM dial by right-wing, anti-city talk radio -- - is not going to put a GOP-watter carrier and Walker clone on steroids in the Mayor's office.
Posted by James Rowen at 11:46 AM
Posted by James Rowen at 11:00 AM
Monday, July 28, 2014
The message seems to be: Hey, cut it out - - you're making all of us look bad.
So to bring you up to date - - and here is one summary post - - It has been established that the job-creation agency Walker founded, touted and chairs (The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, or WEDC), has been subsidizing with public money some big Wisconsin businesses that have been sending jobs overseas.
At the very time that Gov. Walker is only about 40% towards meeting his now-unattainable, signature 250,000 new-jobs' pledge, and also while the state's job-creation ranking under the various Walkers trails the rate of growth in most of our neighboring states' and has fallen nationally to 37th.
And while executives of some of those companies who are taking state subsidies on Governor and WEDC Chairman Walker's watch while also outsourcing jobs made big donations to candidate Walker's campaign treasury.
Creating so much political blow back that Gov. Walker today is saying that the WEDC run by Chairman Walker should stop lending public money and giving tax breaks to outsourcing businesses.
And while you are wondering how it was that Walker the Governor didn't know about these lending practices, or didn't care about them, or see anything sleazy or counter-productive about what was happening under agency chief Walkers' nose while candidate Walker was flailing about hypocritically for days attacking his opponent for overseas production at a Wisconsin company she left in 2004-'05...
Let's see if we can find a comparison?
Suppose after a search you hired a mechanic to fix the truck you use for business.
You hired this particular mechanic because he had convincing advertisements and recommendations in your local newspaper and he convincingly promised to make your truck run better, and more profitably, by adding new parts that would go on your tab.
As part of a bigger plan to help your business and everyone else's, too.
You said, well OK, that's a good use of my money - - to make my truck run better and my business more profitable and make the big picture even brighter.
So how would you feel if your truck kept stalling and you discovered by reading in the newspaper that the mechanic had actually been shipping those truck parts to competitors, and some of them were sending your mechanic thank-you checks, too.
If you had any chance of overcoming the mechanic's double-dealing you'd fire him and demand a refund for the money you'd made available for better parts and that overall, big picture plan.
And if the mechanic came around again looking for more work, you'd say "no way."
Because, really, how else are you going to stay open for business?
Originally posted at Purple Wisconsin.
Posted by James Rowen at 7:27 PM
Funding from an agency he created and chaired. Does he read the minutes? See the loan and tax break proposals and decisions?
As chair, does he sign them, or is he mailing it all in, literally, figuratively, ethically?
These companies are being subsidized with public dollars to send jobs overseas - - so no wonder Walker's 250,000 new jobs' pledge is stuck at 41%, and no wonder also that Wisconsin's job-creation rating has fallen to 37th, behind national trends and gains in other Great Lakes states - - though Walker's campaign treasury has grown with donations from some of these out-sourcing business's officials.
He's presiding over the removal of Wisconsin jobs, and paying his friends to do it, with our money, to boot.
A variation on pay-to-play?
What a scandal.
What a hack.
Posted by James Rowen at 4:29 PM
In other words, Gov. Walker is telling WEDC chairman Walker - - Hey, don't do that again - - you're making both of us look bad.
We'll see if he asks for the return of any of the money, especially from businesses which also sourced his campaign with donations.
And you're wondering: how could he turn on a dime like this - - go from bashing Trek and Mary Burke (gone from Trek since '04-05) for outsourcing to cutting off from state funding other businesses outsourcing right now?
His inner circle told him - - Look, cut your losses. It's still July. This will pass. Let's get if off the front pages and Internet. Now.
Second reason - - Walker and the Team don't believe in anything except the overnight polling and the long-term ballot-box prospects.
Principles? A track record?
Posted by James Rowen at 2:37 PM
Yet he has managed to shift the debate over jobs, even as his own 250,000-new-jobs pledge is unattainable - - to opponent Mary Burke and Trek Bicycle Co. - - a private, successful Wisconsin company her father founded and that employs 1,000 people in Wisconsin.
And whose payroll she left in 2004.
Crafting ads and releases to slip past his own failures and distort Mary Burke and Trek into the problem is some big-time political evasion that informs us about the desperation of Walker's campaign and character.
Posted by James Rowen at 11:00 AM
A key US business and diplomatic figure pens a strong warning against ignoring the climate change issue.
And as I have noted more than once on this blog, a key climate change web page put up by the Wisconsin DNR has not been updated since June, 2012.
Worse, some information was scrubbed after Walker's inauguration and installation atop the DNR of bis chamber of commerce mentality because the citations had been posted during the previous administration when some planning on climate matters was being undertaken and distributed.
Finally, Wrong-Way Walker, along with other Wisconsin GOP 'leaders,' [Sic], have signed a pledge against climate change actions.
With the Walkerites, no-change is the preferred answer to climate change.
Posted by James Rowen at 10:30 AM
I don't recall hearing anything from the group about losing years of Amtrak work, the Talgo-train assembly factory in a hard-hit Milwaukee neighborhood, and all the spin-off employment and development swept off the table when Wrong-Way Scott Walker blocked $810 million in federal Madison-Milwaukee Amtrak rail construction that was already underway in 2009-2010.
A detailed, archived account of what was the loss of an entire new industry here with future growth benefits, here.
Separately, here are links to statements and rationales offered by a Milwaukee business leader, Walker backer and M-7 mover-and-shaker who denigrated the Madison-Milwaukee train project after Milwaukee business leaders at an M-7 meeting initially helped laud and introduce the train line.
Posted by James Rowen at 10:00 AM
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Posted by James Rowen at 11:01 PM
Wisconsin's credibility? Our 37th-place job ranking? The WEDC's overall performance?
It would be Walker's phony fears about housing and saving immigrant children, as...horrors...50 might be headed to Wisconsin, where Robin Vos has already told them they are not welcome.
Walker explained during, what else, a campaign stop how it is that Wisconsin, open for business, is closed to homeless, destitute, threatened children:
Walker said he is concerned about the risks children face in traveling many miles to the United States and the cost of dealing with them once they are here.
The Republican governor says if the children aren't sent home quickly, they will likely blend into communities and "that's going to have costs and drain the entire system."
Posted by James Rowen at 6:32 PM
* About prevailing law:
Gov. Scott Walker, allies knew prevailing interpretation of state law* About the Walker/interest group coordination:
* About sending in the cleaners to fix the mess:
Posted by James Rowen at 4:42 PM
The Congressman, Tea Party-backed Curt Clawson, had replaced another GOP House member who was forced to resign after a cocaine-buying scandal.
Posted by James Rowen at 4:20 PM
Hardly shocking, given how Grothman rolls. One item of explanation from this blog, among many is here; reports about the desultory Congressional race to replace the retiring/forced-out-by-the-Tea Party Tom Petri, (R), here and, here.
The Aug. 12th primary winner from among three safely-gerrymandered Wisconsin right-wing GOP state legislators is basically anointed the next member of Congress in a safely-gerrymandered GOP district - - at Big Government pay nearly quadruple Wisconsin's paltry offering.
$174,000 per year and perk-filled goody bags bigger than what Oscar nominees lug home will buy a lot of tea, Right?
So "US Congressman Glenn Grothman" is a real possibility, preposterous as that sounds, though since the US House of Representatives is so deeply devalued and dysfunctional, Grothman would fit Right in and feel Right at home.
As Charlie Sykes says, Grothman is a "warrior" for conservative issues, with unmatched "depths."
And with Bachmann departing, Grothman could fill her shoes, inherit her go-to Fox News slot and be a one-two Punch-and-Judy letter "G" tea partying voting bloc with Texas fringemeister Louis Gohmert.
Don't laugh: Gohmert and Grothman have plenty in common.
Take, for example, Gohmert's interest in certain lizards and insects, along with Grothman's obsession with snakes.
Vipers, too - - though as he did with the fund-raising example in our morning lede, above, Grothman got that one wrong and spoke falsely about it, too - - so people of the 6th Congressional District:
You've been warned.
One potential downside to a Grothman ascension to real power: Bridge repairs nationwide would take a budget hit if Caulk-Happy Glenn gets a seat on the House Transportation Committee.
Posted by James Rowen at 11:11 AM
The winner is the likely next Congressman for a long, long time; state legislators running for the office would nearly quadruple their salaries and walk off with gobs of benefits and perks, including a much better pension.
So there is a lot at stake, and risks will be taken to win the prize - - but occupying territory farther right than Glenn Grothman is factually-risky business, and certainly no place to debate and fumble education, where facts pretty much tie the whole thing together.
Right-wingers like Walker and Leibman have an easy time demonizing and misrepresenting to voters a plan with the word "Common" in the title.
Reaganesque/Marlboro Man/Fantasy-Self-Reliant Righties do not like the appearance, sound and implication of that word.
That's what concealed carrying and home schooling and transit bashing and survivalist planning are all about.
Maybe if the math and reading program called Common Core program had been titled Liberty Values - - since its adoption is a voluntary state action - - or Exceptional Goals, or American Core we wouldn't be having this nutty, politicized conversation by people and politicians who do not know the facts or are willing to distort them.
Posted by James Rowen at 12:00 AM
Saturday, July 26, 2014
There is substantial Lake Michigan shoreline, plus a nature preserve and an already-impaired river at stake.
The Wisconsin DNR must deny Kohler Company the use of public State lands for their private profit. The role of the WDNR is to protect the environment...not work for
Posted by James Rowen at 11:01 PM
sees destitute, homeless immigrant kids, immediately forgets a basic admonition and declares that Wisconsin is not a heavenly spot:
But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition
Posted by James Rowen at 12:26 PM
Let's see..."vermin"...sounds familiar.
Oh, I remember. It's a dehumanizing insult favored by Righty radio hater Michael Savage, too.
Again. And, again, here.
I'd noted it on this blog back in 2007 when I was hoping that AM 620 WTMJ radio would dump (and it eventually did) the Savage show from the station's overnight slot:
Host Michael Savage is meaner and farther to the Right than Rush Limbaugh, often calling his targets "scum" and "vermin," seditious and worse.Maybe Nugent is a Savage savant.
Posted by James Rowen at 11:30 AM
This blew me away:
Leading national right-wing strategists proudly disclosed at their annual gathering last week that coordinated work with and for Scott Walker had begun in 2007 -- or three years before his election:
[National GOP chair Reince] Priebus made his comments on a Saturday morning CPAC panel addressing how conservatives could fight and defeat organized labor state by state,..
“How did we do it in Wisconsin?” RNC Chair Reince Priebus asked Saturday morning. “The simplest way I can tell you is we had total and complete unity between the state party, quite frankly, Americans for Prosperity, the Tea Party groups, the Grandsons of Liberty. The [Glenn Beck-instigated] 9/12ers were involved...
Panelist Luke Hilgemann, the current Americans for Prosperity COO who formerly led the Koch-backed group’s Wisconsin efforts, told the crowd that the 2011 victory “started back in 2007 on the shores of Lake Michigan,” at a meeting of fifteen intrepid activists who’d “had enough of government overreach,” including then-Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker. Priebus, a former Wisconsin GOP head, credited the ability to pass Walker’s reforms in part to the party and Tea Party activists unifying well before the 2010 primary...CPAC guru Grover Norquist later praised Walker as an electable Presidential candidate.
The focus on the Right's carefully-laid anti-union plans for Wisconsin on Walker's behalf puts into bolder relief Walker's false claim to having openly campaigned on his union-busting scheme.
So since a few chosen people apparently did know and helped craft the Wisconsin/Walker/union-busting blueprint, let's ask:
Who was there at the pivotal meeting disclosed at CPAC?
I didn't pay enough attention to Walker's brag to CNN before the 2010 election that he was the "original Tea Party in Wisconsin."
And when this blog noted Priebus was openly praising the Tea Party at a 2012 recall rally for Walker, I didn't grasp how deep the coordination had been for perhaps five years.
Posted by James Rowen at 9:51 AM