Thursday, August 28, 2014

Secret Iowa Campaign $$ Peanuts Compared to Wisconsin's

Someone's going to the pokey in Iowa for failing to properly report $73,000 during the 2012 campaign there, the Washington Post reports, and a prosecutor lays out why:
On Wednesday, [the defendant]pleaded guilty to one count of causing a federal campaign committee to falsely report its expenditures and one count of obstruction of justice. He faces up to five years in prison and a fine of $250,000 for the first count and up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 for the second count, but prosecutors plan to recommend he receive a reduced sentence for accepting responsibility, according to court filings.
 “Campaign finance reports should be accurate and transparent, not tools for concealing campaign expenditures,” Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division said in a statement. “Lying by public officials – whether intended to obstruct the FEC or federal investigators – violates the public trust and the law, and the Department of Justice does not tolerate it.”
OK, OK. In Iowa, it was pay-for-endorsement, and in Wisconsin you could argue that what's been recently disclosed John Doe II documents was pay-for-play. 

You say tomato, I say tomahto, but set aside the apples and oranges and the rest of the low-hanging fruit and consider:

If $73,000 secret and unreported campaign bucks can get you you up to 25 years hard time in Iowa, some folks in Wisconsin or its 2012 recall campaigns might end up in Alcatraz. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Major WI Editorial Boards Loathe To Hit Walker On Secret $$

Last Friday's bombshell disclosures about a secret $700,000 mining company donation and additional big-dollar contributions steered through a willing, behind-the-scenes conduit to benefit Scott Walker's recall campaign have yet to prompt comment by the Journal Sentinel editorial board.

Maybe it's on its way. We'll see.

I know that there are limitations on editorial page space, and that some editorials are scheduled in advance. I understand that there are production obstacles to quick editorial comment about news breaking on a Friday afternoon, though I don't see anything yet on the paper's editorial page blog, either.

And let's note that taking one's time didn't spur the Wisconsin State Journal to muster up more than dereliction-of-duty 'they're-all-doing it' editorial criticism today.

To be accurate, the elements of secret campaign advertising and organizational coordination for Walker's benefit that are alleged in the official investigation have not been alleged against anti-Walker efforts.

Boo to the State Journal for insulting readers and voters with false conflation that helps give Walker - - whom the paper endorsed in 2010 - - a pass.


Blood Sporters Losing WI Opinion Battle

Despite fear-mongering by Wisconsin wolf killers enabled by a gun-pandering Legislature and their allies inserted by Walker atop the DNR, the general public wants to put the brakes on the state's scientifically-devoid, dog-assisted, cruelty-laden $49-a-carcass' wolf slaughter.
gray wolf
Courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service




We'll see if the DNR listens to its own data, and the people -- or to gun and hound-hunting special-interests whose votes and campaign assistance Walker needs to carry Northern and Western Wisconsin this fall.

Oops: WEDC-Sponsored Tech Event Yields Biz Defection News

Not the business location/relocation discussion, I suspect, that Walker's WEDC was looking for out of a Tech Festival it is co-sponsoring in Madison this week, as reported by the Journal Sentinel:
Kurt Brenkus, [tech firm] Aver's president and chief executive officer, approached [venture finance firm] Drive Capital about moving from De Pere to Columbus, Ohio, where the venture capital firm is based, said Chris Olsen, a Drive co-founder.  
Aver recently moved to Ohio... 
        

I Imagine The Walker Campaign Voice-Mail Greeting Has Been Redone...

(In light of Mary Burke's fresh polling lead among likely voters): 
Please listen to our menu, as some options have changed: 
If you'd like to make a campaign donation, press 1. 
If you'd like to make a campaign donation, press 2. 
If you'd like to make a campaign donation, press 3. 
If you're Kathy Nickolaus, press 4, and stay on the line. 
If you'd like to make a defense fund donation, press 0. 

Walker Mocks "Transparency." Again.

Wrong-Way Walker badly distorts "transparency" into 'whatever I do is automatically virtuous.'

This blog has tracked Walker's preposterous, Orwellian claims to transparency since he threw the word around even though his public, taxpayer-paid staff had set up a secret Internet communication and fund-raising system in his Milwaukee County Executive office suite.

Since he sucker-punched public employees after his election with the anti-collective bargaining "bomb" he dropped on them out of nowhere and whispered "divide-and-conquer" to one of his biggest, private-sector donors.

Walker - - or is he Tommy Flanagan? - - has no legitimate claim to transparency, and when he mouths it you know it's to cover up the exact opposite.

Hearing Walker embracing transparency after court documents showed him directing to his recall campaign millions of dollars in secret and possibly illegal campaign donations and valuable organizational coordination is like spotting a late-night pitchman for home gym equipment pff-camera wash down a bag of pork rinds with a 64-ounce soda.

Waukesha Judge Added To Gun Stupidity

[Updated] In a period when the news about guns in the country has been repeatedly sad, shocking and downright gruesome, let me be the first to suggest to Waukesha County District Court Judge Lloyd V. Carter that he rethink the paean to guns he delivered in a burst of gun-lobby over-thinking a few months ago when he dropped a criminal charge against an Oconomowoc woman who'd left her loaded semi-automatic pistol in a church bathroom. Said Givens:
"A firearm is not an existential threat. It does not come alive and act by itself to menace society."
Well, fine, if there were only one person - - the owner - - in the immediate area code and she knew where it was safely stored?

And if the very people mishandling their firearms were not given a high-falutin' but ultimately illogical philosophical pass by the judge, would we be reading today that the husband of the woman who left her gun in that bathroom left his loaded semi-automatic pistol in a Door County amusement park public men's room.


Didn't know his gun was missing and thought it was "funny" when he found out?

I'd say that the menace to society began on the bench and moved to the bathroom stall.


Will there be a third time that shoots down the judge's theories?

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Walker Working Hard To Erase Mining Embarrassment

Go way back, Bucky - - back, back, back before there was the Walker Presidential fantasy fed by big-dollar, Club for Growth opportunism, back before the Wisconsin Governorship was a mere day-dream for Team Walker, back before their years of grind in the falling-down, depressing, politically no-wheresville Milwaukee County Courthouse with all those aggravating Supervisors, low-income taxpayers and social services that didn't lend themselves to peppy, preppy, post-card pretty TV spots.

Yes, Bucky...go back to the lean, dark, dead-end years when Walker was carpool commuting to back-benching irrelevancy in the Assembly, nursing his wounds and big fat grudges over being beaten for the Marquette college presidency, then by Gwen Moore.

Politics for Walker was little more than water-carrying for Tommy Thompson and Scott Jensen - - 'here's how you vote, son' - - and yes, before being discovered by talk radio and Sheldon Adelson and the Koch brothers there were old-timey consensus votes that had to be taken and which now must be lived down when Dan Bice spreads them across the newspaper:

Like that awful vote opposing toxic mining.

Walker will atone.

But, let's be clear: things happened back then to the Scott Walkers in the Assembly because there just wasn't the money that could have helped a guy make the Right choices if, someday, he wanted to chase after Bigger Brass Rings.

So now he has to live down embarrassing votes that were recorded, but which are now being corrected, because for God's sake, Bucky: there's a New Walker Now, and the system is flush with boatloads of cash that could never have been imagined back in the day.

So trust me, Bucky and Walker backers everywhere.

He's moving in the Right direction now. So while Intolerable mistakes like these were made, they will never happen again:
Now pro-mining, Walker as legislator opposed mining bill

Props To OWN For Student Loan Research, TV Media

Good for One Wisconsin Now scoring public television national news hour coverage today. (disclosure: I am on OWN's C-3 board)

You can watch it now athttp://bit.ly/OWNPBSNewsHour.

N. WI Iron Mine Research Going Slowly; Application Delayed

How surprising is that while the politicians in the mining company's pocket pushed through a bill that cut application review timelines - - against the better advice of real scientists and the US Army Corp of Engineers - -  the company is now discovering that all that stupid pre-application research is going more slowly than expected?

I'll bet the company wishes it had a certain $700,000 available to spend on the ground instead on campaign commercials now in the ether.

My opinion, to the best of my knowledge.

Reagan-Era Judge Skewers Walker/Van Hollen Gay Marriage Argument

Scott Walker, and the state Attorney General who obstructed John Doe I by declining to assist federal investigators, have been busy the last few months making the ideological case with taxpayer funds that there is room in Wisconsin's Constitution for discrimination against same sex couples.

So the nation got a good look today at the shallow vindictiveness of these GOP leaders - - Walker and Attorney General J. B. Van Hollen - - who are running Wisconsin into the ground: 
Chicago — A three-judge federal appeals panel on Tuesday closely questioned Wisconsin and Indiana's bans on same-sex marriage, with one judge calling parts of the states' arguments "absurd" and "ridiculous."
"These people and their adopted children are harmed by your law," Judge Richard Posner said of gay and lesbian couples who are barred from getting married. 
The Wisconsin State Journal's account was even more pointed:
Judge Richard Posner, who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan, was dismissive when Wisconsin Assistant Attorney General Timothy Samuelson repeatedly pointed to 'tradition' as the underlying justification for barring gay marriage.
"It was tradition to not allow blacks and whites to marry — a tradition that got swept away," Posner said. Prohibition of same sex marriage, he said, is "a tradition of hate ... and savage discrimination."
Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama each appointed one of the other two judges on the panel.

New Republic Says Walker-Burke Is Key US Race

The New Republic author  - - and this is the second recent NR piece devoted to Walker's toxic politics - - plays out scenarios that will cost us sleep by raising the stakes beyond the heavens:
His brand of aggressively partisan, aggressively conservative politics [could] vault him to the top tier of presidential candidates for 2016.
And if the GOP wins the US Senate?
As I wrote three years ago:
You want Mike Gableman on the Federal bench, or as Attorney General, or Annette Ziegler or Diane Sykes on the US Supreme Court?  Don't laugh. Dennis Smith at Health and Human Services? Robin Vos at Transportation, or Scott Fitzgerald at the Department of Labor?
I especially liked the article's last few sentences: 
So, long story short, this Wisconsin election is an enormously big deal. The problem is that almost no one has an incentive to tout it as such. Burke, for her part, understandably wants to keep the focus on local issues, having learned from the recall that Wisconsin voters don’t view their state as the place where Liberalism and Conservatism should slug it out... 
Then there are progressives, who pine for a candidate more in the mold of Elizabeth Warren than a former business executive like Burke, with her relatively centrist record on labor and education. Some also feel burned by the 2012 recall and are wary of raising the stakes in Wisconsin all over again, particularly in a non-presidential year when the electorate skews right. Many of the national progressive groups I reached out to for this piece either passed on commenting or put me in touch with local allies in Wisconsin, suggesting it’s not a race they’re particularly consumed by, even if they would love to see Walker go down... 
All of that makes sense on some levelI too would love a more progressive candidate in Wisconsin, and I worry about the skew of the midterm electorate. But the logic happens to be wrong in this case. Wisconsin is where it’s at these days, whether or not progressives go all in. 
Conservatives certainly appreciate this. It’s time the left did, too.
So: amen to all that. 

If you want to stop Scott Walker from hosting the Koch brothers at state dinners and playing out his Neo-Reaganesque fantasies eating Jelly Bellies in the Oval Office, write Mary Burke a check. 


Then there are progressives, who pine for a candidate more in the mold of Elizabeth Warren than a former business executive like Burke, with her relatively centrist record on labor and education. Some also feel burned by the 2012 recall and are wary of raising the stakes in Wisconsin all over again, particularly in a non-presidential year when the electorate skews right. Many of the national progressive groups I reached out to for this piece either passed on commenting or put me in touch with local allies in Wisconsin, suggesting it’s not a race they’re particularly consumed by, even if they would love to see Walker go down. (The exception is Jim and Howard Dean’s Democracy for America, which, according to spokesman Neil Sroka, sees the race as a "priority.") Their energy is quite reasonably trained on the Senate. 
All of that makes sense on some levelI too would love a more progressive candidate in Wisconsin, and I worry about the skew of the midterm electorate. But the logic happens to be wrong in this case. Wisconsin is where it’s at these days, whether or not progressives go all in.
Conservatives certainly appreciate this. It’s time the left did, too

The easiest way to make sure that Walker doesn't get to live out his Neo-Reaganesque jelly belly fantasies or play with the White House red phone is to send Mary Burke a check.





Hooray For Bargain WisDOT Zoo Interchange Bid

A fantastic deal, and why not, as WisDOT's image - - and darned if the agency somehow forgot this one - - of the finished work shows lush, grass, no traffic and hardly any other traffic there. What, no picnic tables? There 's more vehicular movement on the Lakefront's Lincoln Memorial Dr.
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A rendering of the Zoo Interchange design after its reconstruction.
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Bill Kaplan's Solid Column On Walker, The Mine And $700,000

That formerly-secret $700,000 mining company donation mysteriously steered to Scott Walker's recall campaign, about which he said he knew nothing, is a scandal that brings Watergate's (Walkergate) dirty money to mind.

It's the subject of a strong piece by Washington, DC-based columnist Bill Kaplan, so note to the Walkerites - - the issue isn't going away even if Walker says he knew nothing about it - - to the best of his knowledge.

And thanks to Kaplan for the shout-out:
Wisconsin icons for clean government and protecting the environment such as Democratic Gov./U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson and writer/raconteur George Vukelich would have been outraged and repulsed by Walker's shenanigans. 
Fortunately, longtime distinguished journalist Jim Rowen has covered Gogebic's proposal for a massive iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin.  
Rowen, on his blog, "Political Environment", has been dogged, relentless and scrupulously factual in outlining why the mine will be disastrous: Gogebic and Walker worked together to successfully eviscerate longstanding bipartisan environmental protections.

Walker, 'Not To My Knowledge,' 1988-2014

[Updated] His habitual default to slippery denials, absurd evasions of responsibility and flat-out factual falsehoods spans a quarter-century:

* 1988: Caught breaking Marquette student election rules:

Walker dismissed this, saying he had no knowledge of what his supporters did, according to a Tribune article from February 25, 1988.
* 2011:  Headline on John Doe I story and interview:
Walker says he knows nothing of investigation
* 2102: I collected and posted several more:
Walker's Habitual Forgetfulness 
Here's one example. After a patient starved to death at the Mental Health Complex, the gubernatorial campaign was underway and a report about it was being withheld:

Walker defends withholding Mental Health Complex report 

"I don't know what's in it, so it's hard for me to say" if it should be released, Walker said. His administration had nothing to do with the report being withheld, Walker said

* 2014:  Secret $700,000 funding steered to recall election campaign and disclosed last week by the Journal Sentinel: 
Gov. Scott Walker said Saturday that he played no role in soliciting cash from a mining company for the Wisconsin Club for Growth during the 2011 and 2012 recall elections, adding that no one should be surprised that the pro-business governor backed legislation helpful to the firm.
Asked whether he was aware that Gogebic Taconite secretly donated $700,000 to Wisconsin Club for Growth — a pro-business advocacy group directed by the governor's campaign adviser — Walker said, "Not to my knowledge."

The Disrespected, Manipulated Wisconsin Electorate

[Reposted, with multiple updates, fresh links and new topics over the last six weeks - - most recently Tuesday, Aug. 26.]

There has never been a Wisconsin Governor in our memories prior to Wrong Way Walker who so widely disrespected the time, resources and basic interests of so many Wisconsinites, particularly the state's lower-income residents, just to advance his own political career.

Conflationists can claim until the cows come home that every Wisconsin Governor has behaved this one-dimensionally, opportunistically, selfishly, coldly.

And habitually evasive, to our knowledge - - for 26 years.

Or whose fund-raising, special interest servitude and subsequent dismissals of questions about it and its propriety - - and we're talking about millions of dollars, according to recent disclosures, are so devoid of credibility and transparency.

But I defy anyone to find in the ten previous administrations  - - split about evenly between five Democrats, and Republicans: Nelson, Reynolds, Knowles, Lucey, Schreiber, Dreyfus, Earl, Thompson, McCallum and Doyle  - - and that covers roughly the almost half-century I have spent here - - examples and patterns comparable to Walker's self-interested, game-playing, documented false-speaking and overall manipulative arrogance at the expense of so many other people:

*  If you are among the 600 workers at a slaughterhouse at Cargill in Milwaukee's Menomonee Valley, the Walker administration allowed the company to close the plant on 48 hours notice and did not hold the company to the in a long-standing state law that requires 60-days public notice be given to workers, the City and other interested parties.

*  If you are a low-income Wisconsin homeowner and/or low-income wage-earner, Walker's first budget raised your taxes, despite his denials designed to put forward an ideological fiction that he was a tax-cutter only.

*  That budget also cut low-income families' Welfare-to-Work (W-2) $20 a month, just to get poor people more motivated to find work, as I wrote, citing Walker's budget language, in early 2011:
It's right there in the budget, on page 65, in the "Health and Human Services" section (really): "To further encourage W-2 recipients to recognize that the goal of W-2 is for participants to secure unsubsidized employment, reduce the monthly benefit check by $20." 
*  If you are a low-income woman using one of several Planned Parenthood clinics around the state which Walker's budget shut down, then feel free drive or hitch yourself a ride since you've got nothing better to do with your time to another county or part of the state. That was done so Walker could please his important Right-to-Life constituency.

* If you were a lower-income higher ed student denied state aid for which you quality, you joined 41,000 fellow students without the means to continue your schooling, the Cap Times reports, joining students with student debt which GOP leaders will not allow to be refinanced and Veterans facing aid cuts, too.

*  If you are a low-income wage earner making just above the poverty line, Walker made things more difficult for you by turning down no-cost federal funding to help maintain your BadgerCare health insurance.

Walker told you and about 80,000 others in Wisconsin, 'Hey, you're free to find new doctors and perhaps a more costly program via the federal website.'

And tough luck if you fall between the cracks or into ill health while chasing after care like you already had.

That middle-finger pointed your way was to let Walker burnish his preposterous Presidential ambitions and suck up to big, right-wing donors.

*  If you have asthma, heart, lung or breathing problems - - or would just like your kids to be able to breath cleaner air - - Walker did have your interests in mind when he failed to direct his agencies to write and enforce a mandatory clean air plan, so the Feds stepped in Friday, August 8th and said the US EPA would do it. 

*  If you are a student, or live in Milwaukee's central city without a driver's license - - and not coincidentally both are low-income groups, again - - Walker knows you will be inconvenienced by having to obtain the special, mandatory Voter ID provided at state DMV offices with reduced hours so you can exercise your Constitutional right to vote.

Which is the goal - - to discourage urban, young and Democratic-leaning voter turnout with a wink towards an anti-Milwaukee suburban and SE Wisconsin exurban GOP electorate.

*  If you gay or lesbian, and the federal courts say you have the right to marry and share in a host of equal property and legal rights already enjoyed by straight citizens, Walker and Attorney General J. B. Van Hollen are demanding that the state's ability to deny you those rights and to discriminate against you be restored.

*  Expect a mocking if you are a parent of Walworth, WI elementary school age children, and you want the state transportation department to listen and react to your worries about a highway expansion within less than 60 feet of the school.

*  And if you are a member of one of Wisconsin's Native American Ojibwe bands, Walker has several special sticks-in-the-eye for you.

The wolves which are part of your spiritual heritage are now being hunted, hounded, shot, trapped and otherwise literally dogged and harassed regardless of your opposition and beliefs.

That's to please his conservative, NRA-subscribing base, to which he gave a bonus: The $100 wolf kill license was cut in his most recent budget to $49 - - a blood red, blue light special.

Even wild animals are not exempt from Walker's political calculations.

And for the Bad River Ojibwe Band, he's got an especially nasty twist of social engineering headed your way:

Walker proposes leveling your sacred Penokee Hills and fouling your essential wild rice growing waters with open-pit iron ore mine fill for 35 years, along with acid runoff let loose by an out-of-state coal mining firm whose executives are major Walker donors.

His disregard for the environment and Ojibwe culture was the subject of a major feature piece in The New York Times, though his own Department of Tourism in something of a telling mixed message has been touting the unspoiled area's hiking and camping opportunities. 

Walker has rhetorically crafted the mine into a big potential job creator to appeal to Up North residents in economically depressed counties - - while knowing full well that most of the better jobs if the mine ever opens will go to out-of-state speciality workers already on call or working for the mining company in other states.

Walker also knows that any mine permits and approvals are problematic, at best - -  in part because the mining law he pushed through the Legislature is incompatible with current Federal water review requirements, not to mention Federal treaties with the Bad River Band. So years of delay and even outright veto and defeat for the mine are quite likely - - by which time Walker would have already extracted the political capital he needed from the issue.

And it is not an accident that so many of the people and groups which Walker and his legislative allies have targeted are low-income or minority Wisconsinites - - the very people who have fewer resources with which to fight back.

*  One more: Walker signed a bill making it easier for schools to retain their Native American logos and nicknames. Free speech for school districts, he said.

*  Though to be fair, Walker and his team did recently cut one low-income farmer some slack. 

Trust me: Walker and his team know this, factored it into the calculations, and care less about the harm their work - - from official disinterest to calculated media spin and to governmental policy-making - - will leave in their wake.

Most politicians like to please as many people as possible.

Few Governors would read a snotty Top Ten Public Employee Insult List to the senior staff, including:
"On a snow day when they say “non-essential” people should stay home you know who they mean. 
"You know by having a copy of the Holy Koran on your desk your job is 100% safe. 
"You have a Democratic congressman’s lips permanently attached to your butt."
But that's the essential disrespecting, manipulating, dividing-and-conquering Walker, with no problem stepping on anyone and anything in the way - - even the popular Trek Bike company - - if it suits the narrowest of his personal and partisan goals, and feeds the mean streak which is behind many of his actions.

Monday, August 25, 2014

For The Umpteenth Time, Walker Cannot Tell A True Story

There he goes again (and ask yourself why Walker has so few unvarnished "True" ratings by PolitiFact?). Just what is his problem?

This time, his constitutional incapability to talk straight and avoid self-serving spin is in his latest TV ad where he redefines his signature 250,000 new jobs campaign promise as a goal.

A goal and a promise are not the same thing.

One is a matter of your word.

The other is just words.

Two things you should note in this most-recent account of the failing Walker jobs promise by PolitiFact:

1) PolitiFact's routine and repeat definition of the matter as "his top campaign promise."

2) The Walker "Campaign news release" that is highlighted as the paper's source. Click on it. The Walker campaign has taken it down. Why do you think that was done?

I promise you: the goal is to confuse and deceive.
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Create 250,000 new jobs

Will "get government out of the way of employers ... who will then help Wisconsin create 250,000 jobs by 2015, and as we create those new jobs, we will be able to add 10,000 new businesses.”
Sources:
Subjects: EconomyJobs

Updates:

A small increase, but not enough to put the goal in reach

Updated: Thursday, August 14th, 2014 | By James B. Nelson
Perhaps the most important number coming out of the state's July jobs report is this: 29,437.
That's how many jobs Wisconsin employers would have to add each month for the remaining five months of the year in order for Gov. Scott Walker to achieve his top campaign promise --  creating 250,000 private-sector jobs by the end of his four-year term.
PolitiFact has been using the same language for more than three years, without a challenge from Walker, when it said it would track his progress and hold him and thge performance accountable:   
Gov. Scott Walker's legacy will, in many respects, be measured by one number: 250,000.  
That's the number of private-sector jobs Walker promised will be created during his four-year term, which began in January. 
It was the central promise of his 2010 campaign, and Walker has mentioned it routinely since taking office. He says everything his administration does is based on improving the state's economic climate, and says he is pushing the "most aggressive pro-jobs agenda in the country." 
At a recent appearance before the Waupaca Chamber of Commerce, Walker called the 250,000 figure "a minimum, not a maximum." 
We will be tracking that pledge, along with 60-some other campaign promises, on our Walk-O-Meter feature.
Walker even used the word "promise" and "pledge" when challenged last year to say he hadn't abandoned it, though he remembered his talking points and slid into "goal," but he knows it was a promise, and he knows the difference between a promise and a goal.

A promise is where you give your word.

A goal is your wish, without an obligation.

And did Walker take issue with the AP's report on his failed promise as far back as 2011? 

Heck, no: He doubled-down it it. Read Walker's wording back then.
Gov. Scott Walker has made little progress fulfilling a campaign promise to create 250,000 jobs over four years, making the pledge that was a key to getting him elected last year a potentially significant hurdle as he fights off recall efforts.

Walker hasn't been shy about the promise, even saying shortly before taking office that he wanted it branded on the foreheads of his top Cabinet officials.

Walker was the only gubernatorial candidate in last year's race to promise a specific number of news jobs, with no wiggle room, and he brashly repeated the pledge after winning.

"I want my Cabinet secretaries to have branded across their heads, '250,000 jobs,'" Walker said at a December 2010 meeting of the Dairy Business Association. "I want them to know their job is on the line because my job is on the line to create 250,000 jobs in the private sector."




Walkergate's Paperback Edition Has New Epilogue...

But is it accurate?

Not to my knowledge.

Club For Growth Lawyer Is Focused On Trial Courts...

But as this solid Dan Bice piece indicates, not necessarily in the Court of Public Opinion.

You might win, or lose before a judge or a jury, but there are far more people with a vote in the other.

Timely Petition Calls For Mining Ethics In Wisconsin

Walker got the benefit of a secret $700,000 donation from the very mining company he helped win special legislation to level much of the Penokee Hills and Bad River watershed for what will be North America's largest open-pit iron mine.

Legislation passed by the same special-interest cohort green-lighting scores of polluting frac sand mines in Wisconsin.

Here's another way to fight back.