Wednesday, July 30, 2014

As Wisconsin Awaits Historic High Court Rulings Trifecta...

We will learn on Thursday a great deal more about the current, conservative-leaning State Supreme Court - - heavily-funded by right-wing corporatist donors - - and we will get a further lesson in the incalculable importance of Supreme Court elections granting life-time tenure.

At The Wisconsin DNR, Buzzwords, Process, Regimentation

Scott Walker said he wanted a "chamber of commerce mentality" atop the Wisconsin DNR, but if you look at the agency's Leadership Team Charter just approved internally and found on my transom I'd say strategic planners have won out over environmental planners for the heart and soul of this DNR management team.

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.
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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. 
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Adopted: July 21, 2014


I.  Sponsor:
Secretary

II. Purpose and Objectives:


Department Leadership Team Charter

The purpose of the Department Leadership Team (DLT) is to provide leadership and direction for the Department. The DLT’s role is to set the strategic direction and priorities to accomplish our mission as One DNR. The DLT is responsible for ensuring integration and guiding operational excellence. The DLT should routinely operate at a scale where the focus is on strategy, critical thinking, and policy development.

III. Team Membership and Member Expectations

Core Members:  Secretary
Deputy Secretary  Assistant Deputy Secretary  Director of Policy  Secretary’s Directors (5)  Division Administrators (5)  Office of Business Support & Science Director  Chief Conservation Warden  Director of Continuous Improvement – (Serves as the Operations Management Team
Representative)  Chief Legal Counsel
Core members are expected to:  Actively participate in the DLT including being prepared for meetings, participating in
discussions, developing white papers and issue briefs, etc.  Constructively share perspectives and issues from their assigned program/geographical area
and actively work toward solutions together as One DNR.  Support and communicate decisions of the team.  Sponsor teams and ensure they have the proper direction, support, and accountability.
Support Members:  Facilitator – Responsible for facilitating discussions as needed. (To be appointed by the
Secretary and may rotate based on the issue.)  Executive Staff Assistant (ESA) – Responsible for documentation and documentation
management, tracking of tasks and decisions, and assisting the Secretary with agenda setting.  Internal Communications Specialist – Responsible for drafting messages to communicate DLT
efforts and decisions to supervisors and staff.

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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.
Substitutes: DLT members may designate a substitute to represent them if they are unable to participate. Substitutes should be carefully chosen making sure that they have the skills and knowledge to act on behalf of the regular member.

IV. Authority and Boundaries:

The DLT is the executive level team in the Department and is the advisory body to the Secretary’s Office. The DLT has the responsibility to advise and inform the Secretary’s Office on all matters associated with the direction and management of the Department including strategic planning, identification of emerging issues, and agency effectiveness (budget priorities, integration, management systems, engagement, consistency, etc.). The DLT does not supersede the authority of the Secretary’s Office, Governor’s Office, and Natural Resources Board.
The DLT has the authority and responsibility to establish and empower the necessary teams to ensure effective management of the agency. Each team will have an assigned DLT sponsor that is responsible for ensuring the team is:
Operating within the scope of their DLT approved charter.  Completing assigned tasks and accomplishing goals.  Reporting out accomplishments quarterly to the DLT.  Effectively supported by timely decision-making and the resolution of challenges and
barriers.
The following teams are standing teams established by the DLT along with their role and assigned sponsor. Additional teams may be approved by the DLT.
Team
Role
DLT Sponsor
Operations Management Team
Responsible for evaluating and making decisions on the details of the day to day operations of the agency.
Continuous Improvement Director
Information Technology Oversight Board
Fish and Wildlife Management Team
Environmental Management Account Team

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Integrated Law Enforcement Group

V. Meeting Structure and Operating Guidelines

The DLT will meet according to the following meeting structure. Additional meetings may be called to address time sensitive or time intensive items.
1. Monday Morning Secretary’s Briefings:
Attendees: DLT Core Members, Tribal Liaison, Federal Liaison, Legislative Liaison, Chief Financial Officer, Office of Communications Director, and others as appropriate.
Purpose: Share information on high priority and emerging issues from the previous weekend or coming in the week ahead and notable projects or initiatives.
Time: Every Monday morning 8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Facilitator: Deputy Secretary Notetaker: None – notes are prepared in advance Agenda:
a) Hot/emerging issues - All b) Upcoming meetings for the Secretary’s Office c) NRB Prep will follow at 9:00 a.m. if needed (separately scheduled)
Minutes (Notes): Will be drafted in advance following a standard template that includes:
a) A written summary no more than 3 sentences in length b) The names of key constituents involved (ex. WCC, legislator, etc.) c) The name of the program and key staff involved. d) Whether or not the issue is confidential. (Confidential issues will not be shared in the
Briefing Notes posted in the Resource). DAs and SDs are responsible for ensuring that information for the notes is provided by Friday
at 12:00 p.m. Will be provided to DLT members by Friday at 4:30 p.m. Will be shared via the Resource each Monday.
2. DLT Action Meeting: Attendees: DLT Core and Support members along with Auxiliary members as needed. Purpose: DLT standing team reporting (quarterly) and decision-making. Time: Occurs every other week on Tuesday mornings from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. (Note - Need to schedule on off Board weeks) Facilitator: Deputy Secretary or designee Notetaker: ESA
Agenda: a) Approval of minutes from previous Action or Strategic Direction Meetings. b) Follow-up issues - ESA c) Items for decision d) Standing Team Reports (To be scheduled quarterly) e) Quarterly budget briefings f) Items/Issue Briefs for next meeting

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g) Issue briefs/white papers are to be shared two weeks in advance of discussions to streamline discussion and decision making process. Exceptions to this timeframe will be allowed for time sensitive issues.
Minutes: Decisions and tasks will be documented. The Internal Communications Specialist will draft articles for the Resource to communicate
DLT decisions.
3. DLT Strategic Direction Meetings:
Attendees: DLT Core members and Internal Communications Specialist along with Auxiliary members as needed. Purpose: Higher level strategic discussions and policy decisions. Time: Full day meetings every other month
Facilitator: Deputy Secretary or designee Notetaker: See minutes below. Agenda:
a) b) c)
Progress on strategic initiatives (engagement, action plan) Discussion and decision on initiatives and major projects Identification of agenda items for next meeting
Minutes: Will be taken by individuals identified/delegated by the issue leader, and will be provided to
the ESA within three days following the meeting. The ESA will compile and send out the draft for additions and revisions. The minutes will be moved for approval at the next DLT Action Meeting.
The Internal Communications Specialist will draft articles for the Resource to communicate DLT decisions.
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.

VI. Decision-making Process

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.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Good Old Days Of 2013, When Walker Loved Trek

I noted in a blog post that only a few months ago the economic development corporation that Wrong-Way Walker created and chairs was singing Trek's praises until Walker found a negative way to use the same company to advance his re-election campaign.

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?'

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As Predicted About Bob Donovan's Mayoral Bid...

Yes, I said Monday the righty alderman would be the darling of talk radio, but, my goodness, is David Clarke already over the hill at the Journal Broadcast Group's GOP affiliate?
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.

Editorial About Walker's Trek Fail Missed Important Evidence

The Journal Sentinel today chastises Gov. Walker for attacking Trek - - the iconic Wisconsin firm that any other Governor would love as a homegrown model - - as part of his increasingly desperate campaign against former Trek executive Mary Burke, the company founder's daughter.

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.

Even Radio Rage Can't Get Ald. Donovan Elected Milwaukee Mayor

[Updated from Monday:]

 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.
Alderman Donovan


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.

Penokee Hllls Documentary On Tap Tonight In Milwaukee

Don't miss this:
Wisconsin's Mining Standoff Urban Ecology Center in Riverside Park, 1500 E. Park Pl, Milwaukee 53211
& Protect Our Future

2 films + discussion

Tuesday, July 29th - 7 - 8:30 pm

Admission is free -- $10 donation is suggested.
All donations are appreciated and proceeds will benefit Bad River Legal Defense Fund.




Wisconsin's Mining Standoff


Wisconsin's Mining Standoff - a new half-hour investigative piece created by 371 Productions of Milwaukee for Al Jazeera’s series Fault Lines.

It looks at the unfolding battle over the proposed GTAC mine in the Penokee Hills and 
traces the way money and power have influenced the laws that will determine whether and how this mine gets built.   



One of the film makers will join us for the discussion after the showings.

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Many Levels To Wrong-Way Walker's WEDC Scandal

It seems today that Governor Scott Walker and GOP gubernatorial re-election candidate Scott Walker had a discussion with WEDC/jobs' agency Chairman Scott Walker and now wants Walker Walker Walker to stop lending state money or giving tax breaks to companies that are sending jobs to other countries on the Walkers' watch.

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.

Oh, I See...The Walker/WEDC Outsourcing Scandal Is Expanding...

...So Hat Tip To WKOW-27 TV for revealing that more companies were getting funded by Walker's WEDC while outsourcing jobs away from Wisconsin, thus explaining Gov. Wrong-Way's complete flip on the issue and pledge to stop the funding.

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.

Walker Completes Flip-Flop On Jobs Outsourcing, His Role In It

[Updated, 3:30 p.m.] I'm guessing his overnight polling is so bad that Gov. Wrong-Way now says no more state money shoveled from the state failing jobs' agency he created and chairs to businesses that send jobs overseas.

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.

More, here.

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?

Two reasons:

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?

Forget it.

Walker Treks Down Rabbit Hole

Wrong-Way Walker canceled Amtrak train line construction and train-assembly jobs, and oversaw state payments through WEDC - - which he chairs - - to businesses that shipped jobs overseas - - and led the state downward in national job-creating rankings to #37.

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.


Warning Against Ignoring Climate Change Ignored By WI DNR

When it comes to climate change and the administration of Wrong-Way Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, ignorance is both bliss and policy:

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.

One Question For The M-7 On Advocacy For SE WI Jobs

The seven-county regional public-private group says no jobs should be left on the table.

Good point.

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.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Wisconsin's Sad Lexicon - - Walker To Grothman To Vos

Just like Tinker to Evers to Chance, (and yes, as the poet wrote in "Baseball's Sad Lexicon - - 
"Words that are heavy with nothing but trouble"
- - this blog featured a sour trifecta this weekend with names as we see it that are also heavy with trouble  - - Walker to Grothman to Vos - - and did they ever make Bucky look bad and sad!

Quick Quiz: When A Thought Includes "Walker" And "Drain The Entire System"...

Do you think it's a reference to:

Wisconsin's credibility? Our 37th-place job ranking? The WEDC's overall performance? 

Nope.

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."




Key Items For Your Walker/Doe 'Who-Knew-What-When' File

I'd say these tie the whole Walker/Doe/money coordination thing together.

*  About prevailing law:

Gov. Scott Walker, allies knew prevailing interpretation of state law
*  About the Walker/interest group coordination:
History Of Right-Wing Coordination For Walker Disclosed
*  About sending in the cleaners to fix the mess:
*  About excuse making:
New John Doe Or Old, Walker Will Know Nothing

As I Was Saying About Congress Being Devalued...

A Glenn Grothman Congressional victory would fit Right into a US House of Representatives where a Florida Republican who later claimed he hadn't read briefing papers closely enough assumed two senior Obama administration officials - - American citizens without Anglo-Saxon names - - were testifying before his committee representing a foreign government.

The Congressman, Tea Party-backed Curt Clawson, had replaced another GOP House member who was forced to resign after a cocaine-buying scandal.


Glenn Grothman Could Be The Next Michele Bachmann

Wisconsin GOP State Senator and Michele Bachmann understudy Glenn Grothman has been speaking falsely about his fund-raising strength as he campaigns for a Congressional seat.

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.




Common Core, Uncommon Ironies

It's not an accident that Wisconsin Republican State Rep. and Congressional candidate Joe Leibman earned a "False" rating about the Common Core education issue - - wholly manufactured by an increasingly desperate Scott Walker and a handful of right-wing propagandists - - and stumbled when trying to appear farther to the right than fellow rightist state legislator and Congressional candidate Glenn Grothman in a conservative district primary August 12th.

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.

Final thought:

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.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Petition Vs. Golf Course In/Along Lakeshore State Park At 4,000+ Names

Sign it. Post it. Email it. Talk it up.

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 developers.





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 

Vos: 'Do Not Let The Children Come Unto Me.'

Picture of Rep Robin Vos
Wisconsin State GOP Assembly Speaker and Selfishness Avatar Robin Vos
sees destitute, homeless immigrant kids, immediately forgets a basic admonition and declares that Wisconsin is not a heavenly spot: 
Matthew 19:14
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

Race To The Bottom Winner Alert

Just give him the award:
Gun-rights activist shows up for Tonette Walker event with AK-47, Glock and Ruger

Ted Nugent, and "Vermin." A Righty Meme

Yes, Righty rocker and infamous Barack Obama insulter Ted Nugent called his Wisconsin critics "vermin."

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.

History Of Right-Wing Coordination For Walker Disclosed

[Originally posted, March 10, 2014, but is seeing a burst of readership today, blog data show.] 

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.

Mea culpa.