Sunday, October 19, 2014
Sure puts that reference in Debate I about driving his used Saturn into perspective.
Posted by James Rowen at 3:24 PM
You can see and feel Warren's description of right-wing, corporate control across Wisconsin, from the domination of big money and influence atop all three branches of government...
...to big business being allowed by the State Supreme Court's far-right majority to write the Court's code of conduct that protects big money's judicial clout...
...to a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources turned into a corporate tool of deregulation by Wrong-Way Walker, Wisconsin's pollution enabler-in-chief...
...to the oh-so-illustrative formerly-secret $700,000 donation routed to Walker's campaign committee from a mining company through a far-right corporatist third-party group that is currently fighting tooth-and-nail further investigation into its once-clandestine activity on behalf of the Walker campaign and those of some GOP legislators..
Two more points proving the Warren thesis here:
The mining company which gave the $700,000 donation - - and let that figure sink in, because it's really big and very unusual - - had also been allowed to help write and steer a controversial bill pushed to approval by Walker so the company can dig the continent's largest open-pit mine in pristine Northern Wisconsin woods and wetlands.
And should a stalled, bi-partisan prosecutors' investigation into these formerly-secret machinations by and for the benefit of Walker and allied legislators campaigns' be allowed to proceed - - despite the efforts by a Federal judge whose favoritism towards Walker and allied right-wing groups has reached clumsily outrageous levels - - and should that investigation result in criminal charges, the final arbiters of those charges would be...wait for it...a State Supreme Court majority freed from conflict-of-interest territory and recusals by a code of conduct written by some of the same groups which donated millions of dollars to Walker and the court's majority.
As Sen. Warren says, "the game is rigged."
Mary Burke's defeat of Scott Walker on November, and the election of Susan Happ as Attorney General as the unabashed Walker tool J. B Van Hollen departs that office, can slow down the right's rigged winning in Wisconsin.
If not, the slogan becomes "the game is rigged, and in Wisconsin, they have won."
Posted by James Rowen at 2:39 PM
|The Walker administration is preventing people from petitioning the DNR for studies. So let's turn that around. |
And by the way, efforts like these wouldn't be needed if more media did their investigative jobs and our Governor wasn't allowed to argue - - without challenge - - that the WI environment is now cleaner than it was when he was elected.
Sign and circulate the petition!
Posted by James Rowen at 12:00 AM
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Posted by James Rowen at 6:40 PM
Happ worked with the feds to make sure the dangerous felon went to federal prison for seven years.
The Journal Sentinel has the story.
You don't put out materials like this steaming pant load unless your internal polls tell you you're losing and you think you need to create fear through dishonesty to stampede voters against a superior candidate.
Posted by James Rowen at 6:16 PM
Federal law protects against such crimes as intimidating or bribing voters, buying and selling votes, impersonating voters, altering vote tallies, stuffing ballot boxes, and marking ballots for voters against their wishes or without their input. It also contains special protections for the rights of voters and provides that they can vote free from acts that intimidate or harass them. For example, actions of persons designed to interrupt or intimidate voters at polling places by questioning or challenging them, or by photographing or videotaping them, under the pretext that these are actions to uncover illegal voting, may violate federal voting rights law...
Complaints about possible violations of the federal voting rights laws can be made directly to the Civil Rights Division’s Voting Section in Washington by phone at 1-800-253-3931 or (202) 307-2767, by fax at (202) 307-3961, by email to email@example.com, or by complaint form athttp://www.justice.gov/crt/complaint/votintake/index.php.This is why there is a need for polling place observers.
The ACLU of Wisconsin can provide more information.
In Milwaukee, here's where volunteers should go first thing Monday:
Dan Puhek, Election Worker Coordinator - 414-286-3957, firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted by James Rowen at 2:02 PM
The debate was sponsored by the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association - - founded in 1951 - - and apparently still stuck there, as it offered viewers an all-white, all-male panel on a set in Milwaukee, a city with majority-minority population.
An excellent exercise for activists and others interested in facts would be refuting Walker's preposterous claim last week that the environment is cleaner than it was when he took over.
Anyone living near an industrial-scale dairy, a 24-hour sand mine, a contaminated river or stream or a wetland damaged by an oil or gasoline pipeline break knows that the same Walker-installed the same chamber of commerce at the DNR is pulling the strings in the Legislature and with a Supreme Court majority, too.
And therefore knows that Walker's claim is fact-checkable, slam dunk whopper.
The debate panelists who thought they were on Sports Center, and others, might review one posting with ten links that can get the ball rolling by refuting Walker's claim.
Another good source of facts about such matters is the Walker Fail Files created by the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters.
If there was ever a moment for a strong statement by a coalition of groups to communicate the faces about the state of the state's land, air and water, it's now.
More about this later today.
Posted by James Rowen at 11:49 AM
Friday, October 17, 2014
Mary Burke is smarter than Scott Walker and has first-hand business experience which Walker does not. He has been out-performed twice by a political neophyte.
Best answer of the night: Burke's destruction of Walker's evasive answer on crime-fighting, as she provided facts and spelled out the big picture, which includes jobs.
A close second: Burke's shot at Walker that he wishes he were running against Jim Doyle, since Walker keeps mentioning Doyle.
Biggest loser? The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, which chose or agreed to four white males to make up the panel.
Milwaukee is a city which has a majority population of minority citizens - - and I assume is also a majority/female city, too - - and the debate planners had many qualified, veteran female and minority journalists to choose from.
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And he reduced"shot-spotting" financing requested that he is not touting.
Burke notes Walker cut state aid to police departments through shared revenue cuts. That is a good point.
Ah, Burke hit him on the shot-spotting financing. She is informed!
And links it all to jobs. Her best answer.
Posted by James Rowen at 7:43 PM
Walker talks about repeat offenders. The question was about 1st time offenders.
And Walker has taken no leadership on this issue for four years, as Burke points out.
She correctly says that one way to stop repeat offending is to treat the 1st offense more seriously.
Posted by James Rowen at 7:38 PM
Burke says the public option is on the table, as the last option. That is a direct answer.
In rebuttal. Burke praises Herb Kohl and the investors.
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Walker points to some initiatives, but undercuts it by noting that Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch is a task force co-chair.
Burke links project development to existing institutions, like hospitals.
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Posted by James Rowen at 7:05 PM
Oh...forgot it's debate night. Gotta look gubernatorial on debate nights.
Then - - off to higher priority matters - - fundraising and scripted events at businesses only.
Posted by James Rowen at 3:42 PM
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18 2-6 p.m.
"To oppose the construction of a golf course within the Black River Forest and to promote the preservation of the integrity of that river, its wetlands, the forest and the adjoining Lake Michigan shore as an ecological whole."
Posted by James Rowen at 3:30 PM
Walker Contends He's Left Wisconsin's Environment Cleaner Than When He Found It- - because it is:
* Refuted by a "catastrophic" gasoline pipeline break in a Jackson, WI marsh and farm community.
* Refuted by facts, such as multiple frac sand contamination events, including two in the St. Croix River.
* Refuted by a federal list of 75 deficiencies in water pollution plans and policies.
* Refuted by increased airborne manure spreading on farm fields supplied by ever-larger dairies.
* Refuted by human fecal waste spreading that was illegal, but didn't even merit drinking water inspections by the same Walker DNR which has cut back pollution inspections and enforcement - - and only slapped the fecal spreader polluter's wrist.
* Refuted by a 50,000 gallon Enbridge oil pipeline spill.
* Refuted by the DNR's levying a mere $464 fine against a one-million gallon manure spill polluter.
* Refuted by a known dairy farm's pollution being no barrier to a pitch for bigger permits.
* Refuted by the DNR's environmental award to a known polluter.
* Refuted by delaying phosphorous pollution in state waterways for another 25 years.
Even for Walker, that was a whopper.
Like Rush Limbaugh claiming the airwaves are a more civil format now than before he sat in front of a microphone.
Do you think Walker's now so over-confident he can start just messing with us?
Posted by James Rowen at 1:51 PM
Given the current DNR management's support for a particularly violent, dog-assisted season, and its close and supportive relationship to sport hunting groups and intolerance for the opposition - - a question:
Has citizen/volunteer-provided winter wolf tracking data gathered for scientific purposes and population estimates been given to or transferred among hunters or groups for fast wolf trapping and shooting when the season begins?
Looks like a twist on shooting fish in a barrel.
Posted by James Rowen at 12:55 PM
* On Walker's absurd and downright inflammatory claim the environment is cleaner now than when he took office. Here are the facts.
* On his attendance at a pivotal 2007 meeting with influential strategists and funders to take power. Here is the story, citing Reince Priebus and a senior official with the Koch brothers' American for Prosperity.
Posted by James Rowen at 12:32 PM
Thursday, October 16, 2014
“Well, it’s certainly something I’ve been thinking about ever since this Ebola outbreak started,” Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin said Wednesday of ISIS using Ebola on America’s Forum on NewsmaxTV.
Posted by James Rowen at 7:40 PM
And letting a spokesman throw sand mining that is underway across the state into his already-shaky iron mining claim was wrong, wrong, wrong.
Posted by James Rowen at 6:14 PM
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Throughout the campaign, reporters have failed to ask Walker questions about his presence at a significant meeting which another attendee said took place "on the shores of Lake Michigan" in 2007.
It was where long-range strategies to win the Wisconsin Governorship were discussed among Walker, a key official of the Koch brothers-created Americans for Prosperity and about a dozen others.
The disclosure of the meeting was made unabashedly earlier this year in Washington, DC at an annual, high-profile gathering of the nation's conservatives, including RNC Chairman and Wisconsinite Reince Priebus and conservative guru Grover Norquist, according to this published report:
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 behind candidates that made voters “proud to wake up” and vote, like Ron Johnson, Paul Ryan, and Walker. Norquist shared that Walker, after deciding to do a hasty signing of the “budget repair” bill prior to the official event, in order to stave off attempts to sign union contracts before it became law, gave Norquist the pen he used to sign the billI have noted several times on this blog both the right's open bragging about the meeting and its successes, and the media's reticence to dig into it, and I continue to be floored that no one in the Wisconsin or national media has followed up.
Priebus, Walker and "on the shores of Lake Michigan" - - and no local follow-up?
This unwillingness to ask Walker who set up the meeting, where It was held, who attended and upon what they agreed can and should be rectified by Friday debate panel.
Those reporters hold in their hands the last opportunity to drag out important facts for Wisconsin voters about how Walker became Governor and is positioned to make a run for President.
Last week's debate panel in Eau Claire was sharp and prepared, but left this final repertorial duty to the Friday Milwaukee panel.
Posted by James Rowen at 12:00 PM
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Walker in the last few news cycles has tried to paper over his radical anti-abortion beliefs and even offered up an insincere mea culpa of sorts about the Act 10 bomb he dropped on public employees - - but that's all a diversion from what this frightened incumbent will do:
Saturate the air waves with every negative image and talking point and twisted phrase imaginable.
Were Walker to lose, it's seven years of planning and a Presidential fantasy down the drain.
Do not expect him or the far-right to go quietly.
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Mining regulators in Trempealeau County, Wis., said Tuesday that they took action against the wrong company last week when inspectors discovered permit violations at a frac-sand mine in Arcadia...
In Tuesday’s statement, the county said it first investigated activity at the Guza mine Oct. 6 at the request of the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
Posted by James Rowen at 3:55 PM
Democrats and independents and first-time voters have the opportunity to be part of an historic movement, to be able to say that in 2014, after battles over ballot access and fair campaign financing you seized the opportunity to reclaim your state's legacy by:
* Electing the first female Governor in Wisconsin history.
* Defeating Scott Walker, a devious, extremist and destructive incumbent whose victims are nearly too numerous to catalog.
* Stopping the state's slide to the right, its capture by self-interested mining and industrial-scale dairy corporations, its official disregard for clean air, water, and land, and its open contempt for voting rights, Ojibwe treaty rights, women's health care needs and everyone's fair access to livable wages, health insurance and taxation without discriminatory targeting.
* Derailing the far-right's plan to vault Walker to prominence, and sending a message to major state media that ignoring the right's admitted strategizing for Walker that began in 2007 was an unacceptable fail in public interest reporting.
If these opportunities to vote in Mary Burke, vote out Scott Walker and end Wisconsin's use by the right as a laboratory to do damage can't motivate voters - - if being stuck in the eye for four years with four more to come can't get people to the polls - - nothing will.
Posted by James Rowen at 2:02 PM
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Randa Tuesday gutted state campaign finance law before some of the parties in the case, including the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, were able to appear before Randa with counsel - - because J. B. Van Hollen refused to represent the GAB and Walker took his sweet time appointing special counsel.
This penchant for Randa ruling where he should not happened a few weeks aga, and as a result the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled he'd overreached and abused his authority - - also in a state campaign finance matter.
Why Randa went into this territory again is anybody's guess, but issuing a ruling before all the parties can appear in court with counsel indicates a dangerous and clearly unacceptable situation.
Update, Wednesday, 2:15 p.m. : It's a total farce:
Randa cited in his ruling the earlier flawed ruling the Seventh Circuit had already tossed - - while Walker finally appointed a special counsel who'd contributed to his 2012 recall campaign.
Posted by James Rowen at 8:38 PM
If his pay went from about $70/hr. to $7.25 - - disregarding all the other benefits he hauls in like a mansion and drivers and pension eligibility and health care, etc. etc. - - he might understand that among what's important about the minimum wage is its insufficiency.
Posted by James Rowen at 8:21 PM
Wall Streeters crashed the economy because the rules were changed and regulators took a snooze and shady people on the inside mucked around in investments and parts of the playing field from which they'd previously been barred for the common good.
Everyday people who had no role in changing the rules paid a heavy price when hedge fund owners and other self-important smarty-pants collapsed the system.
In Wisconsin, some big donations previously barred from campaigns were freed to pour in after the Citizens United decision began relaxing rules adopted for the common good.
Formerly-secret strategic coordination between big-dollar donor organizations to further multiply their influence with the Walker and other GOP recall campaigns is also alleged to have taken place.
Walker won re-election in 2012. He and his party now control all three branches of government and people already with great wealth and power have compounded their advantages in Wisconsin.
And who's paying a heavy price for the legal and campaign financing distortions which have kept Walker in control?
Control which, had the US Supreme Court not intervened against voter ID, would have tipped the re-election campaign his way yet again - - this time by obstructing the ballots of tens, hundreds of thousands of people in a close election sure to vote against him?
Low-income citizens Walker has booted off BadgerCare insurance. Transit riders. Public school teachers and pupils. Women now without access to Planned Parenthood health care clinics. Food stamp recipients whose assistance Walker has limited.
And Main Street Wisconsin business owners and employees taken down by the ripple effects of the ideological and partisan misuse of law and power - - Walker's signature move - - known as Act 10.
They are the equivalents of the small investors, lower-income homeowners and everyday middle-class workers nationally, and here, too, who got pounded by and will never recover fully from the Great Recession.
Change the rules on Wall Street - - people with relatively less money and power took the short-and-long-term hits.
Changes the rules on campaign finance - - and how state campaign finance laws in Wisconsin are applied and investigated - - and people with relatively less money and power will be again be submerged.
Call it Wisconsin, hedged. A democratic train wreck, intentionally, for partisan gain and Walker's personal agenda.
And always follow the money, like this particular $1 million hedge fund nexus.
Given the GOP's gerrymandered control of the Legislature, the wealthy right's majority power on the State Supreme Court, and the possibility that voter ID will be reinstated next year by the US Supreme Court, the Wisconsin gubernatorial election November 4th is really the last chance here for people to restore a semblance of balance, democracy and fair play.
Posted by James Rowen at 2:26 PM
And thank you, kind sir, for that $7.25/hr. 'liveable' wage:
DailyReporter I don’t think the minimum wage serves a purpose, says @GovWalker He wouldn’t work to repeal it. #jselection
@DailyReporter 4mWalker doesn’t support repealing minimum wage http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheDailyReporterGeneral/~3/DAkDJHUB6zU/ …
Posted by James Rowen at 1:27 PM
Coinciding with National Wolf Awareness Week, a coalition of citizen monitors from Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota and other states will be patrolling Wisconsin’s recreational wolf hunt, which begins October 15th.
Great Lakes Wolf Patrol (GLWP) will be documenting the use of steel-jaw leg hold traps on public lands to capture gray wolves, and investigating claims that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) is under reporting wolf mortality, and failing to ensure the long-term survival of wolves in Wisconsin.
GLWP is made up of members of the same group that led a citizen monitoring effort outside Yellowstone National Park in Montana. YELLOWSTONE WOLF PATROL members hiked into the back country, without incident, on the opening weekend of Montana’s wolf hunt in September, to document the hunt.
GLWP members in Wisconsin are hoping that their monitoring efforts will help empower citizens to act in defense of wolves, and lobby their elected representatives to stop the trapping and hound hunting of wolves in Wisconsin.
Posted by James Rowen at 1:10 PM
So check out a savvy new media campaign - - Wish for Water - - with multiple ads hosted by the River Alliance of Wisconsin that can help you get some information and channel your concerns.
And as you will see, wishing is just the first step.
Posted by James Rowen at 11:00 AM
Here are a few facts about a major gap in media coverage of Scott Walker's campaign during which formerly secret, possibly illegal coordination with outside funders came to light:
* Number of days since it was reported by Salon.com that Scott Walker and fourteen others met "along the shores of Lake Michigan" in 2007 to plot the takeover of Wisconsin.
* Number of the other fourteen people at the meeting who have also been identified. 0.
* Number of organizations represented at the meeting which have also been identified. 0.
* Number of mainstream Wisconsin media who appear to be covering the story. 0.
* Number of references to the meeting in The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's 2014 just-published and definitive profile of Walker's career and ascension to power. 0.
* Number of days until the gubernatorial election.
Posted by James Rowen at 1:38 AM
Monday, October 13, 2014
Posted by James Rowen at 9:23 PM
And when asked a simple question that should be in his incumbent's wheelhouse - - he falls flat, again:
Gov. Walker stumbles in addressing allegations he rejected Medicaid expansion to benefit insurer
Posted by James Rowen at 7:47 PM
The issue highlights WisDOT's wild spending on huge projects that serve the state-roadbuilder complex but are not supported by good data, accurate traffic projections and credible budgeting, as the organization 1000 Friends of Wisconsin has recently documented.
Regrettably, the road-builders have bought their way onto the state ballot to guarantee themselves continuing and guaranteed profits at taxpayer expense for more such huge highway projects, argues Capital Times editor Paul Fanlund.
There is a public meeting Tuesday about all this, and here are the details:
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is proposing a $1.1 billion expansion of Interstate 94 in Milwaukee between N. 16th Street and 70th Street (between Marquette and Zoo Interchanges) that includes a massive double decker structure.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 5:30 PM
Burke's Irish Castle: 5328 West Bluemound Road, Milwaukee
WisDOT Secretary Mark Gottlieb (invited)
Community leaders and residents want WisDOT to provide options that:
* Don't waste tax payer dollars,
* Are safe for drivers and the community,
* Preserve and honor nearby cemeteries,
* Connect people to their work, homes, and services,
* Protect the quality of our air and water, and
* Support local businesses and create local jobs.
Alternatives should include fixing (rehabilitation) the highway and reliable, efficient transit.
Posted by James Rowen at 1:26 PM
So he called out Happ - - the Jefferson County DA - - but then waffled on whether he might do the very same sort of thing - - and, not coincidentally, picked a campaign finance law he might not enforce that threatens Gov. Walker.
How situational and partisan are those ethical apples - - and he already gave a pass to a couple of other bad GOP apples.
In other words - - Schimel lacks Happ's candor - - but goes ahead and condemns hers.
Has there even been a candidate for the so-called State Top Cop position who signaled "Olly Olly Oxen Free" to a single person - - the sitting Governor, of the same party, perhaps poised to run for President?
That's weak and beyond laughably hypocritical.
Schimel disqualified himself Sunday night.
Posted by James Rowen at 9:00 AM
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Here is one among many items on this blog highlighting the many-layered and anti-science environmental depredation underway in Wisconsin since Walker said he was putting the chamber of commerce mentality at the helm of the Department of Natural Resources.
As I'd noted in that posting, real scientists have come forward to say that the deliberate exclusion of science from the Wisconsin wolf hunt is such a threat to the species - - which was the goal from the beginning by the gun and bear-hunting lobbies that Walker has been serving for years - - that the hunt should be suspended before it begins next week:
Considering a corrupt delisting, poaching documented as 51 percent of all wolf mortality unreported by the DNR, natural mortalities inadequately reported, inevitable killing in hounding “training” year-round, and the hunt itself, it seems the DNR is manipulating mortality statistics to serve wolf-hater magical thinking.
That won't happen. The killing, principally with head shots to wolves caught in a leg trap, will run from October 15th into the winter after deer season closes.
That's when dogs - - only in Wisconsin, by the way - - will be let loose to chase, confront and battle with wolves before the so-called 'hounding' hunters dismount from their ATV's, track down their GPS-wired dogs and open fire on trapped wolves until 150 are 'harvested.'
Posted by James Rowen at 3:37 PM
I actually learned a few things.
See what I mean? You get a lot of good information in debates.
What a relief.
And imagine - - if you have two of those jobs in our no-jobs-problem state - - assuming you don't have one of those work problems - - wink, wink - - you'd be living large.
No need for you and the family to be ordering of the dollar menu, big spender. You and the kids can get one those sandwiches tonight with a price that begins with $3.
Man, oh man - - was I about to be a low-information voter on November 4th.
Posted by James Rowen at 7:28 AM
Saturday, October 11, 2014
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A condescending and intellectually dishonest Walker is saying
Great that the Burke campaign has an ad out already about the true jobs problems - - and the leadership problems - - we all have because tWalker can't admit to, or address, or even articulate them.
Posted by James Rowen at 7:24 PM
I noted it last night when live-blogging the debate.
One can understand Van Hollen's pique. He lost the same sex marriage ban case, and, for the time being, lost the voter ID case, too.
But the last thing Wisconsin needs at this point is a renegade attorney general and a Governor who will let that Attorney General run wild.
Van Hollen needs to immediately state that he is no longer trying to find ways to install voter ID requirements for the November election.
And Walker needs to tell us he has told Van Hollen just that, or they both become the new caricatures of George Wallace, this time standing in the polling place door.
We need to vote Walker out in this most important election next month, and install an Attorney General,Susan Happ, who will calm the waters and right the ship.
Posted by James Rowen at 10:55 AM
You planned to finish college - - but like Walker, you drop out. You plan to go back and finish. But like Walker, you don't.
I didn't see him raise his right hand and swear. I heard nothing emphatic or sincere or convincing. Instead I heard another reference to what he'd told Tonette.
I heard wiggle room.
Posted by James Rowen at 12:16 AM
Friday, October 10, 2014
And what a fluff by Walker - - that the state has the lowest employment since 2008. A Freudian slip from a governor who's hit only 40% of his big, broken jobs promise.
And hooray for her hit on Walker's "divide-and-conquer" strategy, special interest favors, the $700,000 mining donation. Nice that she got the closing three minutes.
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Burke gets this issue.
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And pretty wild that Van Hollen still wants to reinstate ID, despite the ruling.
Posted by James Rowen at 7:11 PM
If this is the first time voters are seeing Mary Burke, she looks and sounds strong in her opening statement.
Walker thanks the Wisconsin Broasasters. Mentions some local people by first name - - a tired gambit.
And he's papering over the 250,000 jobs' fail. So far, two verbal flubs. Opening statement advantage to Burke.
Posted by James Rowen at 7:03 PM
Too harsh a word? Then how 'bout slimes?
Either way, his tally climbs.
And a total lends itself to rhymes.
First up, worker pay was hit.
Part of the divide-and-conquer bit.
Then a Green Bay wetlands fill
for a campaign donor, through a special bill.
And a DNR that OK's spills
and for good measure, dog and wolf kills.
Later a mining bill, a $700,000 donation
given in secret with no explanation.
You don't think strings were included?
Seek health care help, since you're deluded.
And speaking of health care,
At Planned Parenthood, there's far less there, there.
And, of course, there's voter suppression,
a Walker touchstone in public expression.
He won't even say if he'll serve four years,
because he thinks the Presidency nears.
So while one debate is about to start,
the other is over. Make Walker depart.
Posted by James Rowen at 6:33 PM
And for those of you old enough to remember why, Earl Warren redux:
In 1953, President Dwight D. Eisenhower appointed Earl Warren the fourteenth Chief Justice of the United States. Among the Warren Court's most important decisions was the ruling that made racial segregation in public schools unconstitutional. Another was the "one-man one-vote" ruling that caused a major shift in legislative power from rural areas to cities.
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