Posts tagged "Wisconsin"

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workingamerica:

While he thought you weren’t paying attention, Gov. Scott Walker and his legislative allies made it harder for Wisconsinites to vote in the 2014 election.

Thanks Ron Kind for the catch. http://bit.ly/1jFytQ8 http://ift.tt/1t1cy8W

Wisconsin is going to lose its place as the state with the second highest voter turnout.

(via thepoliticalfreakshow)

It’s just, I think, sad when a political party — my political party — has so lost faith in its ideas that it’s pouring all of its energy into election mechanics. And again, I’m a guy who understands and appreciates what we should be doing in order to make sure every vote counts, every vote is legitimate. But that fact is, it ought to be abundantly clear to everybody in this state that there is no massive voter fraud. The only thing that we do have in this state is we have long lines of people who want to vote. And it seems to me that we should be doing everything we can to make it easier, to help these people get their votes counted. And that we should be pitching as political parties our ideas for improving things in the future, rather than mucking around in the mechanics and making it more confrontational at the voting sites and trying to suppress the vote.

Sen. Dale Schultz (R) who called out Wisconsin GOP politician for supporting voter suppression efforts (via Think Progress)

Schultz added that the suppression was “just plain wrong,” adding, “It is all predicated on some belief there is a massive fraud or irregularities, something my colleagues have been hot on the trail for three years and have failed miserably at demonstrating.” The GOP-controlled Assembly has already passed a similar bill.

2011 study by the non-partisan Brennan Center found just seven cases of voter fraud in Wisconsin’s 2004 election, out of three million votes cast — a fraud rate of just 0.0002 percent.

(via occupywatchdog)

This obstruction is national policy by now. Voter suppression couched in voter I.d legislation is invariably a Republican initiave

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msnbc:

Meet the woman looking to unseat Scott Walker in Wisconsin. Via All In with Chris Hayes. WATCH.

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quickhits:

What Scott Walker has in common with a certain recently deposed Ukrainian criminal.

If you ever come across a “gee, but Scott Walker is swell!” comment under a news story, blog post, or Reddit comment thread, assume it’s paid propaganda and call the commenter out for it — not because the odds show it’s likely to be true, but because actions like this deserve profoundly negative consequences:

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: In the heat of the 2010 governor’s race, Scott Walker urged both county employees and campaign aides to go to news websites and post comments promoting him and his record, newly unsealed documents show.

It was just such anonymous posts by a county worker on campaign issues that prompted prosecutors to expand a secret “John Doe” investigation — launched to probe into missing money in a veterans fund — to also examine whether taxpayer dollars were being used illegally to finance political operations.

In one instance in May 2010, for example, a close ally posted online a portion of a Walker email almost verbatim on a Journal Sentinel story just minutes after receiving the directive. Walker had sent the note to an inner circle that included county administrators as well as campaign operatives.

Tapping out a message on his campaign Blackberry on the afternoon of May 4, 2010, Walker urged county aides, campaign staffers and other trusted volunteers to go to an online Journal Sentinel business story and respond to critics of his plan to privatize the airport in the comments section below the story.

The legitimacy of pro-Walker statements online need to be challenged, because this sort of activity is the very definition of state-sponsored propaganda. It’s also just a hair short of sock puppetry, making it extremely dishonest. If the people who pull this sort of thing wind up worse off because of it, then they’ll stop doing it. So, when an online comment goes something like, “Yah but Walker is so awesome, too!” then just go ahead and assumed they’re on the guv’s payroll.

And this credibility problem is what Scott Walker has in common with a certain corrupt Ukrainian politician, currently on the run from his own people.

Buzzfeed: Several conservative bloggers repeated talking points given to them by a proxy group for the Ukrainian government — and at least one writer was paid by a representative of the Ukrainian group, according to documents and emails obtained by BuzzFeed.

The Ukrainian campaign began in the run-up to high-stakes Ukrainian parliamentary elections last year, and sought to convince skeptical American conservatives that the pro-Russian Party of Regions, led by President Viktor Yanukovych, deserved American support. During that period, articles echoing Ukrainian government talking points appeared on leading conservative online outlets, including RedState, Breitbart, and Pajamas Media.

The emails and documents, which include prepackaged quotes from election officials and talking points that some writers copied nearly word-for-word, offer a glimpse into how foreign governments dodge tight Justice Department regulations on foreign propaganda to covertly lobby in the United States: The payments were routed through a front group in Belgium to an American consultant, who has urged writers not to cooperate with a reporter investigating the campaign.

The model resembles a recent stealth campaign in which bloggers were paid by the Malaysian government to write favorable stories, though the Ukraine campaign appears to have involved smaller sums of money.

So there’s the common thread: American conservatives on the turd-polishing payroll. At this point, there’s ample evidence that a lot of opinion-making on the right is paid propaganda BS — so really, if you take any of it without a massive grain of salt, you’re literally a grade-A, first-class chump. But take a look at the company Wisconsin’s embattled governor keeps on this one: gangsters and dictators.

I wouldn’t trust this guy. And that advice comes unbought, by the way.

[photo via Wikimedia Commons]

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imageScott Walker may be the next Chris Christie — and that’s trouble for Republicans: MSNBC’s Chris Hayes (via Raw Story )

MSNBC host Chris Hayes said on Wednesday that the revelation of tens of thousands of emails from a former staffer puts Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) in much the same boat as a fellow prospective GOP presidential candidate — his New Jersey counterpart…



 

Scott Walker needs to be voted out this November! He has plundered and ruined the Badger State beyond repair. 

h/t: TPM

Fox News hyped Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s economic record, claiming that the governor’s economic plan generated a nearly $100 billion budget surplus while ignoring that the current surplus is built upon a projected structural deficit and that the state ranks 28th in the nation for job creation under Walker’s tenure.

Fox’s Doocy Hypes Walker’s Budget Policies. On the January 27 edition of Fox News’ Fox & Friends, co-host Steve Doocy claimed Wisconsin was bucking the trend of rising debt, asking Walker “how’d you do it?” Doocy then went on to highlight Walker’s planned tax cuts before declaring that “people are going to like that”:

DOOCY: You are honoring your state by, you’ve got this gigantic close to billion dollar surplus. First of all, how did you do it?

WALKER: Well for us it was simple. We put in place common sense reforms. Allowed the economy to get better. About a billion and half dollars worth of tax relief for the last three years but also reigning in frivolous and out of control lawsuits, and excessive regulations and other things that stood in the way of employers creating more jobs in our state. So we’ve got more people working, more employers hiring. And the other big thing is [[that]] personal income is up in our state, that along with good prudent fiscal management has allowed us to give this sizable surplus that we are going to give right back to the people.

[…]

DOOCY: So let’s take a look at your plan, what you would like to do is to reduce property taxes over $400 million, lessen income taxes by $100 million and $322 million in reduced withholding tax as well. People are going to like that.

WALKER: Oh yeah. It puts about $57 back in the hands of everybody’s paycheck each month. That’s over $520 by the end of the year, you add that along with the property tax relief and the income tax cuts we are talking about. That’s real money, and to show that we are being fiscally responsible we also put about $100 million more into our rainy day fund which by the way, is literally with this plan seven times bigger than it ever was at the height before I took office so we are covering our future debts, we paid off all our bills. Now we think over $800 million of that should go right back in the hands of the people and the employers that have made this economy improve so much so it keeps going. Pretty simple concept.

DOOCY: Sure. Absolutely. It’s a simple concept and it’s a great news story. Which perhaps you could explain to me if it’s such a great news story, why haven’t we seen the mainstream media cover this? I mean, to have a billion dollar surplus, that’s gigantic. [Fox News, Fox & Friends1/27/14]

Wisconsin Budget Surplus In Line With Other States As National Economy Recovers

PolitiFact: Wisconsin Surplus Due To Increased Tax Collections, Similar To Other States. PolitiFact Wisconsin found that Wisconsin’s budget surplus is not due to Walker’s austerity measures, but because “tax collections are rising faster than expected.” The post also noted that other states were enjoying similar surpluses:

Wisconsin is projected to have a $1 billion surplus at the end of the two-year budget period covering July 2013 to July 2015 — almost all of it because tax collections are rising faster than expected, the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau said in January.

The predicted surplus — expected revenues exceeding planned expenditures — is a notable switch from shortfalls that forced Wisconsin and other states into emergency changes to keep budgets balanced during the Great Recession and its immediate aftermath.

[…]

We broadened our view, checking with the National Conference of State Legislatures, which also regularly tracks state budgets.

"State fiscal conditions continued to improve in fiscal year (FY) 2013," the group said in its "State Budget Actions FY 2013 and FY 2014."  General fund revenue growth was notably strong and outpaced projections in most states."

Did that leave states with extra money to play with? Yes, the group said.

"At the same time, expenditures were generally on target," its report said. "The combination of these factors enabled many states to shore up reserves and support supplemental expenditures. Overall, the fiscal situation was solid in almost every state in FY 2013." [PolitiFact Wisconsin, 1/27/14]

Economists Say Walker’s Budget Surplus Is Built Upon a Long-Term Structural Deficit

The Legislative Fiscal Bureau: Under Walker’s Budget, Wisconsin’s Structural Deficit Would Grow To $725 Million. A non-partisan analysis of Walker’s most recent budget concluded that the Governor’s proposed tax cuts would increase the state’s budget shortfall over the coming years. Walker’s tax plan hyped by Fox would in fact cost the state $180 million and would ultimately turn the touted surplus into a deficit by 2017. [The Legislative Fiscal Bureau, 10/15/13]

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Walker’s “Overall Plan Would Leave The State In Worse Financial Shape In The Long Run.” A January 22 article in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel pointed out that Walker’s budget would increase the state’s long-term deficit:

Walker would also put more than $100 million more into the state’s rainy-day fund, which currently holds about $279 million.

But his overall plan would leave the state in worse financial shape in the long term. Walker said his plan would add perhaps $100 million to the $725 million shortfall projected for the next two-year budget by the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau.

[…]

Walker would also put more than $100 million more into the state’s rainy-day fund, which currently holds about $279 million.

But his overall plan would leave the state in worse financial shape in the long term. Walker said his plan would add perhaps $100 million to the $725 million shortfall projected for the next two-year budget by the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau. [Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel1/22/14]

Walker’s Real Economic Record Is His Failed Promise Of Job Creation

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Wisconsin is “37th In The Nation In Private-Sector Job Growth Under Walker.” As a candidate in 2010, Walker promised to create 250,000 jobs in his first term. However, entering his fourth year in office, the Journal-Sentinel labeled the state’s job growth “anemic” and noted that the Governor is nearly 90,000 jobs short of his 250,000 job promise. [Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel1/25/14]

New York Times: “Three Years Into Mr. Walker’s Term, Wisconsin Lags Behind Minnesota In Job Creation And Economic Growth.” In a New York Times op-ed, University of Minnesota professor Lawrence Jacobs pointed out that Minnesota ”adopted some of the most progressive policies in the country” as opposed to Walker’s austerity measures and found that “Wisconsin lags behind Minnesota in job creation and economic growth”:

Which side of the experiment — the new right or modern progressivism — has been most effective in increasing jobs and improving business opportunities, not to mention living conditions?

Obviously, firm answers will require more time and more data, but the first round of evidence gives the edge to Minnesota’s model of increased services, higher costs (mostly for the affluent) and reduced payments to entrenched interests like the insurers who cover the Medicaid population.

Three years into Mr. Walker’s term, Wisconsin lags behind Minnesota in job creation and economic growth. As a candidate, Mr. Walker promised to produce 250,000 private-sector jobs in his first term, but a year before the next election that number is less than 90,000. Wisconsin ranks 34th for job growth. Mr. Walker’s defenders blame the higher spending and taxes of his Democratic predecessor for these disappointments, but according to Forbes’s annual list of best states for business, Wisconsin continues to rank in the bottom half. [New York Times,11/24/13]

From the 01.27.2014 edition of FNC’s Fox and Friends:

H/T: MMFA

apolloreport:

Remember when Republican Wisconsin State Senator (and right-wing nutjob) Glenn Grothman said that he didn’t want to hear about Kwanzaa?

Well, Grothman has now caused yet another controversy by having his state legislative staffers work on Martin Luther…

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They hate unions, hate the minimum wage, hate labor laws in general and in some cases they even hate bans on child labor. But now, some Wisconsin Republicans are taking the extra step in the GOP’s war on workers by moving to establish a seven day work week, because in reality, time off from work is nothing short of an affront to workers. 

Glenn Grothman, a Tea Party Republican state Senator from Bend, has put forward a proposal to the state legislature, which would seek to roll back many of the gains for worker protections won by unions, central among them, the five-day work week. Referring to the laws as “goofy,” Grothman suggested they be scaled back, naturally, in the name of “freedom.” Wisconsin is one of only a few states in the nation to mandate by law that workers be given at least one 24-hour “rest period” per every five days worked. The once staunchly pro-union mid-western state has been a battle ground over labor rights since the 2010 election of Governor Scott Walker and the occupation of the capital Madison. Throughout the early part of 2011, shortly after Walker’s inauguration, the capital city of Madison experienced a long and highly publicized occupation protest by workers, organized unions and progressive activists, who opposed Walker’s assault on collective bargaining rights and agreements, leading ultimately to a failed recall effort in 2012. 

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Calling the five day work week law, which serves to ensure employers are not over-working their employees, “goofy,” Grothman went on in an attempt to rationalize his proposals in an interview with the Huffington Post stating:

“…you may have a factory that wants to run more shifts or want to work overtime and is short of people — and the employee wants to work, and the employer wants them to work, why shouldn’t they be able to work?”

Now, beyond ignoring the larger economic realities of employers throughout the country, routinely seeking to reduce working hours and outsource many jobs either to overseas plants or through automation, Grothman seems to be overlooking the slightly smaller but just as pressing realities in his own state. With Wisconsin presently 33rd in the nation for overall job creation and the Walker administration’s track record of killing job creating public works projects, such as the 2011 light rail contract with Spanish train maker Talgo, which resulted in the loss of several thousand jobs and the filing of a civil suit by Talgo against Walker and the state for breach of contract, the presumed factory jobs with oodles of available overtime are likely about as in touch with reality as Grothman’s opinions on women in the workplace.

In the same Huffpo interview, when asked about equal pay for woman, the Winsconsin Tea Party Senator said simply that “You could argue money is more important for men.”

The only real thing is, no, you can’t Glenn. You actually can’t. Maybe you should take some time off and think a little more about these things. Luckily for you, there’s a law about that still.

h/t: Nick Goroff at AATTP

Wis. Teacher Refuses Award From Paul Ryan During MLK Ceremony: ‘Lackey for the 1%’

A Wisconsin teacher refused to accept an award from Rep. Paul Ryan during a ceremony last week, saying he couldn’t do so “in good conscience” because of the Republican congressman’s politics.

Al Levie, a high school social studies teacher in Racine, Wis., was one of three recipients of a Martin Luther King Jr. humanitarian award during a celebration honoring the late civil rights leader. Ryan, who represents the district, was on hand to present congressional recognitions to each award winner, the Kenosha News reported:

After Ryan spoke, Levie criticized the congressman’s policies before being walked off the stage. Levie had earlier stated that he would like to see collective bargaining restored in Wisconsin, fair immigration reform and a fair tax system among other suggestions.

In a video of the ceremony, Ryan is seen stepping from behind the podium to hand the award to Levie, who backs away and instead turns to speak to the audience. His words aren’t audible, but according to the video’s captions he said, “I can’t in good conscience accept this award, as a humanitarian, Paul Ryan stands for everything I don’t believe in.”

"Oh come on," one person is heard saying.

"For the kids!" someone else adds.

[…]

"I would not accept the award from Paul Ryan because Paul Ryan is a lackey for the 1 percent," he said. "Paul Ryan had no business at a Martin Luther King event, it’s totally hypocritical. On the one hand he votes to slash health care, while on the other hand, King dedicated his life and he died for it, for people to have adequate healthcare, to have adequate jobs."

"King made it very clear that he was on the side of working people," he continued. "Ryan on the other hand, he has absolutely no affinity for the working class and for him to come to an event where somebody of King’s stature was honored is wrong."

Al Levie is a hero for standing up to low-life Congressscum Paul Ryan and telling him to pike off.

Walker and the disastrous extremist GOP agenda’s toast in 2014!!

H/T: Yahoo! News 

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Victim card declined: in his book, WI Gov. Walker lies about his car being attacked by protesters.

Local police, journalists at the scene, and people from the company and the crowd do not recall seeing Walker’s car rocked or banged upon. And no one involved in news coverage, local law enforcement or witnesses reported seeing a truck blocking the car from leaving.”

[photo by Tristan Schmurr]

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assholeofday:

Asshole of the Day, November 25, 2013: Scott Walker
by TeaPartyCat (Follow @TeaPartyCat)
Gov. Scott Walker is exploring a run for president in 2016, so he’s out there saying things and trying to sound presidential.
On Friday Gov. Walker was talking about ENDA, the bill to ban workplace discrimination for sexual orientation. And while he was at it, he discussed Wisconsin’s ban on gay marriage:

Walker insisted that he had not looked at the Senate measure barring workplace discrimination, but said that Wisconsin had similar laws in place for years.
“They’ve worked quite effectively,” he explained. “We’re also a state that has a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as one man, one woman.”
“We’ve had no problem… limited problems with that,” Walker added. “At the same time, we have a constitutional amendment that defines marriage.”
“There’s a healthy balance there.”

A healthy balance? What exactly do you think is being balanced here, asshole?
Are you balancing the demand by citizens to get the same rights that everyone else gets against the desire of bigots to discriminate against gays and deny them rights?
And then you’re calling that a healthy balance?
Then what next, Gov. Walker? Are you going to balance the desire of minorities and poor people to vote against the desire of the others to limit voting only to those who are white, Christian and conservative? Maybe balance the desire of people to have freedom of religion against those who feel entitled to have a Christian theocracy? Or balance the desire of women to make their own health and reproductive choices against those who desire to control female sexuality?
Oh, right, we’ve seen how you balance all those. Well, at least you haven’t tried to balance the desire of African Americans to be free against the desires of others to own slaves.
So, no, Gov. Walker, you get no points for sounding reasonable by claiming a “healthy balance” between protecting gays and oppressing them. You just get named Asshole of the Day.
It is Scott Walker’s second time as Asshole of the Day. His previous win was for signing a bill restricting women’s reproductive rights IN SECRET.
Full story: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/11/24/scott-walker-same-sex-marriage-ban-is-part-of-a-healthy-balance-of-lgbt-rights/

assholeofday:

Asshole of the Day, November 25, 2013: Scott Walker

by TeaPartyCat ()

Gov. Scott Walker is exploring a run for president in 2016, so he’s out there saying things and trying to sound presidential.

On Friday Gov. Walker was talking about ENDA, the bill to ban workplace discrimination for sexual orientation. And while he was at it, he discussed Wisconsin’s ban on gay marriage:

Walker insisted that he had not looked at the Senate measure barring workplace discrimination, but said that Wisconsin had similar laws in place for years.

“They’ve worked quite effectively,” he explained. “We’re also a state that has a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as one man, one woman.”

“We’ve had no problem… limited problems with that,” Walker added. “At the same time, we have a constitutional amendment that defines marriage.”

“There’s a healthy balance there.”

A healthy balance? What exactly do you think is being balanced here, asshole?

Are you balancing the demand by citizens to get the same rights that everyone else gets against the desire of bigots to discriminate against gays and deny them rights?

And then you’re calling that a healthy balance?

Then what next, Gov. Walker? Are you going to balance the desire of minorities and poor people to vote against the desire of the others to limit voting only to those who are white, Christian and conservative? Maybe balance the desire of people to have freedom of religion against those who feel entitled to have a Christian theocracy? Or balance the desire of women to make their own health and reproductive choices against those who desire to control female sexuality?

Oh, right, we’ve seen how you balance all those. Well, at least you haven’t tried to balance the desire of African Americans to be free against the desires of others to own slaves.

So, no, Gov. Walker, you get no points for sounding reasonable by claiming a “healthy balance” between protecting gays and oppressing them. You just get named Asshole of the Day.

It is Scott Walker’s second time as Asshole of the Day. His previous win was for signing a bill restricting women’s reproductive rights IN SECRET.

Full story: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/11/24/scott-walker-same-sex-marriage-ban-is-part-of-a-healthy-balance-of-lgbt-rights/

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Hope the ruling goes against Walker and his henchmen cronies and for overturning #Act10

h/t: JSOnline.com

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Wisconsin residents need to get rid of Governor Walker and his corrupt bastard cronies in 2014!