Is there a better picture to sum up what Scott Walker has brought us in his three years in office I do not know. Except for maybe this one:
Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele is backing attorney Dan Adams for the same east side Assembly seat being sought by County Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic.Now remember, Abele has always said that there is nothing personal when it comes to his war on the County Board, on the workers, on the county's most vulnerable citizens and against democracy.
Both are running as Democrats for the seat long held by Rep. Jon Richards, who wants to run for attorney general next year.
Abele’s endorsement was announced Tuesday by Adams, who quoted Abele saying he admired Adams for “his steadfast commitment to choosing the public good over political grandstanding.”
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The items they have on sale include:
Wait! What?! What does he mean "from where I sit in Wisconsin?" He's been jetting around the nation for the past three years to raise funds for his legal
Here is a little reported fact: Outside the Washington beltway, big-government liberals are on the ropes, while conservative reformers are winning election and policy battles in state houses all across the country…
So the question is: Why are so many Republican governors and state legislators winning elections at a time when national Republicans are fairing so poorly?
The answer, in part, is that while Washington remains locked in endless battles that most Americans don't see as having much impact on their daily lives, Republicans leaders at the state level are offering big, bold, positive reforms that are relevant to the lives of our citizens.
According to a new study, Wisconsin will lose $1.8 billion in 2022 by rejecting federal funds to pay for expansion of its Medicaid program.
While that pales in comparison to the $9.2 billion Texas will lose as a consequence of rejecting federally funded Medicaid expansion, or the $5 billion forgone by Florida, it roughly equals the amount the state will pay that year in incentives to attract private businesses to the state.(edit note: are you seeing the theme?)
And the kicker: Wisconsin residents will still pay federal taxes that go to fund Medicaid expansion in other states
Ashland City Council member Kelly Westlund will announce her candidacy at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Wausau’s Labor Temple, according to a campaign release.Westland, a city council member since 2011, is a former executive director for the Alliance for Sustainability. She owns a consulting firm that works on community development projects.
On Wednesday Rep. Jeffrey Mursau, R-Crivitz, the chair of the Assembly Committee on Environment and Forestry, will co-host a forum with the panel's ranking Democrat, Rep. Fred Clark, D-Baraboo, on the effects of climate change in Wisconsin.
The forum will include testimony from a number of experts, including two UW-Madison climate scientists — Dan Vimont and Galen McKinley — and other environmental experts, such as Michelle Miller, associate director of the UW Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, and David Liebel, a UW engineering professor who specializes in storm water systems.In Fitzwalkerstan though, common sense and logic are so 2009. It seems that having a discussion about climate change and including actual scientists and experts in the discussion is something that is inexcusable.
"Our goal on this thing is to open the conversation with our colleagues about climate change," says Clark.
It is this type of controversy that Clark said he is trying to avoid by keeping the forum, which is not an official committee hearing, off-limits to media and the public.
"Unfortunately some of these extreme tea party groups are really threatening a lot of legislators who might even have an interest in coming to learn about this issue," he said. "This is a briefing for legislators. We want to dial down the expectations or the grandstanding as much as possible."
The idea that the market will solve such things as environmental concerns, as our racial divides, as our class distinctions, our problems with educating and incorporating one generation of workers into the economy after the other when that economy is changing; the idea that the market is going to heed all of the human concerns and still maximise profit is juvenile. It's a juvenile notion and it's still being argued in my country passionately and we're going down the tubes. And it terrifies me because I'm astonished at how comfortable we are in absolving ourselves of what is basically a moral choice. Are we all in this together or are we all not?
At the @wispolitics lunch, @michaeljtate asked @BrianSchimming to point out a difference between Scott Walker & Ted Cruz 7 times, no success
— Jason Joyce (@jjoyce) October 23, 2013
Some of the “non-partisan, fact-driven” things children will learn from the new book are:
- Ted Cruz Is A Man Of Great Virility And Stamina: Many “career establishment politicians are far too out of shape, old or overweight to even perform such a magnificent feat” as standing on the Senate floor and talking for over 21 hours. But not Ted Cruz!
- Ted Cruz Can See The Future: Cruz spoke with “clairvoyant precision” about the “quickly approaching Obama Care disaster.
- Cruz Is The Constitution’s Guardian: Ted Cruz is a “passionate fighter for limited government, economic growth, and the Constitution.
- America Is A Christian Nation: American history is “replete with official references to the value and invocation of Divine guidance, including official Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, House and Senate chaplains, the national motto ‘In God We Trust,” the Pledge of Allegiance, [and] religious paintings in the National Gallery.” So hands off those government-sponsored Ten Commandments monuments!
- Providing Health Care To People Who Can’t Afford It Is Worse Than War: Cruz’s failed stand against the Affordable Care Act “was so important because millions of citizens believe Obama Care is worse than any war. At least American soldiers have weapons with which to defend themselves.”
Every year the search is on for the best Christmas tree for the state capitol.The article goes on to say that Draeger and his crew personally cut down the trees and hauled them with their own trucks to Madison.
For the second year in a row, it's coming from central Wisconsin and will make its way from Antigo to Madison on Tuesday. It's 25 feet tall, almost 20 years old, and will soon sit in the state capitol.
"It's kind of heart warming to be selected," said Jim Draeger.
Draeger has been a Christmas tree farmer in Antigo for 40 years, and he says his prized pines are one of a kind.
"Never been picked to do something this high up, I guess that's the word," said Draeger.
Draeger is donating six trees all together. One, a 16-footer, will stand at the governor's mansion this holiday season.
State officials put the call out for a tree this summer and when they heard about Draeger's they came to check out his greenery in person.
"He looked at a bunch of the nurseries and and I didn't think anything of it. Then two weeks later he called me and said 'you have the best trees,'" Draeger told Newsline 9. “I said, 'I’m kind of proud and I’m glad you got good eye sight.'"
Langlade County resident James Draeger has been ordered to remove a road through wetlands on property in the Town of Peck, and to pay $28,000 in forfeitures, assessments, fees and costs for building the road without a water quality certification in violation of state wetland protection laws.Oh, my! Well, I'm sure that won't be an issue now that Walker and the Teapublicans have been systematically removing all the environmental protection laws.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Wisconsin DNR jointly regulate activities in certain wetlands under a general federal permit. That permit requires that property owners notify DNR of proposed activities in the wetlands and obtain from DNR certification that the activities comply with state water quality standards.
According to a press release, Draeger had a road constructed through the wetland in November 2005. Draeger had not notified DNR of the wetland project, and he never obtained from DNR a certification that the project complied with state water quality standards. DNR staff investigated the project upon receiving a complaint about the road, and determined that the road did not meet state water quality standards. DNR staff also determined that the road did not qualify for a federal silvicultural exemption from permitting requirements.
In her first fundraising letter, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke has launched an attack on Gov. Scott Walker, labeling him a "Tea Party hero" who treats women like second-class citizens while currying favor with radicals by slashing public school funding to pay for corporate tax breaks.Hmm. Calling Scott Walker is "an attack" now? I guess that means that ABC News and Yahoo News have been attacking him to since they referred to Walker as a "Tea Party hero" in their news stories.
And that's just on the first page.
Republicans were quick to suggest that Burke, a member of the Madison School Board, was trying to shift the focus from herself.The irony of that statement is probably a thousand times the recommended daily allowance. Given the fact that Walker is Mr. Divide and Conquer, Fadness can't really complain about divisiveness. Nor does Walker have a very good record on job creation or balancing budgets.
"Burke's divisive rhetoric comes at the same time she runs from her failed record of voting to raise taxes and implementing policies in the Doyle-Burke Administration that left Wisconsin with billion-dollar budget deficits and massive job loss," said Joe Fadness, executive director of the state Republican Party. "Wisconsin deserves better."
Mary Burke hires ex-union official ticketed in Racine protest
Want an occupy protester to help the upper echelons win public office? No problem, just give Zellner a call. Want an ardent unionist to campaign for a wealthy exec who made millions off non-unionized labor? No problem, Zellner is just a phone call away. Need someone to scare grandma off a cliff, Zellner seems to be up for the challenge.
Wisconsin state Senator Kathleen Vinehout was involved in a car wreck Sunday morning en route to Milwaukee, a member of her staff told The Progressive.There are reports of multiple accidents around Wisconsin, with some counties advising people not to travel if they don't have to. The freeways appear to be the worst as a light, fluffy snow is making roads slippery and treacherous.
The likely gubernatorial candidate's condition was unclear at time of this story's publication. The staffer said that Vinehout appeared to have injured her arm, and that they were headed to a nearby hospital.
AFSCME District Council 48 filed a lawsuit today against Froedtert Health over the theft of a flash drive containing the personal information of City of Milwaukee employees on October 22.It's things like this which makes me shake my head when people claim that unions are obsolete and are no longer needed.
District Council 48 filed the suit in Milwaukee County Circuit Court on behalf of its members who are City of Milwaukee employees. The City had contracted with a Froedtert Health subsidiary to provide a wellness program for City employees and then gave Dynacare Laboratories, another Froedtert Health subsidiary, data containing personal information of City employees.
On October 22, a flash drive with the personal information was stolen from a Dynacare employee’s car. District Council 48’s lawsuit seeks monetary damages for its members whose personal information was compromised and who have been injured by Froedtert Health’s failures to safeguard the confidentiality of the data on the flash drive.
Boyd McCamish, the Executive Director of District Council 48, said that the Union’s members were justifiably upset and angry over Froedtert Health’s failure to protect the Union members’ private personal information and over the possible loss of benefits provided to them under the City’s wellness program.
McCamish added that Froedtert Health must be held responsible for its failure to protect the private and personal information of City employees. McCamish said that Froedtert Health must immediately inform credit reporting agencies as required by State law to protect the Union members from the possibility their personal information may be abused because of Froedtert Health’s failure to keep the information confidential.
In a separate action, District Council 48 intends today to file a Notice of Injury and Claim For Damages against the City of Milwaukee, amplifying the Union’s demand for an explanation regarding the City’s involvement in the release of members’ personal information.
Gov. Scott Walker says he wouldn't have put out a fundraising letter sent by a fired campaignThere are two basic issues that Walker is trying to spin. One is that he had nothing to do with the emails and the second is that his firing Palmisano is due to the racist tweets she made three years ago but only learned about on Tuesday, when the email story hit the international level.
staffer that asked supporters to donate to him rather than buy Christmas gifts for their children.
Taylor Palmisano was fired Tuesday as Walker's deputy finance campaign director. Walker made the move after Twitter posts she made demeaning Hispanics were made public.
Palmisano also sent a fundraising email the day after Thanksgiving saying "instead of electronics or toys that will undoubtedly be outdated, broken, or lost by the next Holiday Season," supporters should give to Walker's campaign.
Walker said Thursday that was "certainly not something I would have put out." Walker says he wasn't aware of Palmisano's tweets until after they were reported but then he "took action."
Sue Black, the recently fired Milwaukee County parks director, was nearly canned by her former boss, now-Gov. Scott Walker.I would not be at all surprised if he knew about the racist tweets long before and kept them handy for such an emergency. It was also suspiciously convenient that Palmisano had a statement so ready to support Walker for firing her.
In fact, the situation got so bad that Walker - then the county executive - had a resignation letter drafted for Black and kept in his office, according to several sources. A source who worked with Black said she wrote the signed resignation letter on parks department letterhead and then ordered the agency to change its stationery.
The letter would have allowed the county exec to dismiss the popular parks director quickly while giving the impression that Black initiated the move.
But it never came to that.
One former Walker aide said Black was very upset about the standing resignation letter.
Walker insisted on it, the source said, to give her an incentive to keep her focused on keeping the budget on track.
"He wanted to let her know he was serious," said the source, a former county official.
The parent company of Diversified Machine LLC in Milwaukee plans to close the plant and leave 218 employees out of work, according to a WARN notice filed with the state this week.And to think Walker wants people to forego giving their children Christmas presents for this?
Southfield, Mich.-based Chassix expects to permanently close the facility at 2039 S. Lenox St., with layoffs beginning February 2 and running through April 30. The employees are not represented by a union.
Chassix was formed in 2012 when Michigan automotive suppliers Diversified Machine Inc. and SMW Automotive LLC merged. The company is a leading global supplier of precision chassis casting and machining solutions.
Friend,I bet he would have racked in the money with that winner.
Instead of going out into the cold and/or deep snow for Saint Nicholas Day. stay in and give your children a gift that will keep on giving.
This year, we are celebrating the Holiday Season with a Saint Nicholas Day special that is better than any deal found in stores. Donate $5, $10 or $25 to help Governor Walker get reelected and save your children for a future of double-digit tax increases and billion dollar budget deficits.
Instead of electronics or toys that will undoubtedly be outdated, broken, lost or confiscated by Chief Erwin by the next Holiday Season, help give your children the gift of a Wisconsin that we can all be proud of. Governor Walker is helping Wisconsin move forward to a future where your children and grandchildren can experience:
And instead of giving them candy that will undoubtedly rot their teeth, make them fat and give them diabetes, help give your children the gift of a Wisconsin where they won't need the Badger Care that Governor Walker will cut them off of.
- Economic Slavery
- Privatized Schools
- Freedom From Government Dependence
The Governor wants his sons to grow up in a Wisconsin as great as the Iowa he grew up in. When asked why he never stopped fighting for domination of Wisconsin during the Recall, Governor Walker says he has two reasons, his sons Matt and Alex. He looks forward to the day when he can take the royal heirs onto the turret of the Governor's castle and say, "This half is Matt's, this half is Alex'. Now fight it out for who gets to be the ALEC puppet!"
With your help, Governor Walker is enacting reforms that are securing a strong state for the future of Wisconsin’s corporate overlords. This Saint Nicholas Day, donate $5, $10 or $25 to help Governor Walker win reelection so he can continue to help drive Wisconsin forward into the open mining pit.
A corporate-controlled Wisconsin is the best gift you can give.
[Insert name of soon to be fired Walker campaign staffer here]
Friends of Scott Walker
Paid for by The Friends of ALEC
Recently the Village of Weston voted to disband the Weston Fire Department and replace it with a volunteer-only fire department. This means that shortly after the holidays the full-time Weston firefighters will be without a job and community fire services will be decreased.
There is going to be a canvass this Saturday, December 7, starting at 11:00 a.m. in Weston at the AmericInn Hotel, 4115 Barbican Avenue, in order to educate the public on what is happening and take the fight for quality public fire services and safety to the community.
WHEN: Saturday, December 7, 2013, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Meet at 4115 Barbican Ave, Weston AmericInn Hotel, 2nd floor conference room (Near HWY 29 & Camp Phillips Road)
Wausau Local 415 appreciates your help!
For any questions, contact:
Local 415 President Jeremy Kopp (715) 432-4870 or
PFFW Executive Board Member Justin Pluess (715) 421-9652
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"Taylor Palmisano has been immediately removed from her position with the Friends of Scott Walker campaign," said spokesman Jonathan Wetzel. "Both the Governor, and the campaign, condemn these insulting remarks which do not reflect our views in any way."
The agency has been trying to put the kibosh on the bad behavior for more than a decade. In the late 1990s, it closed the beach at night, banned camping on the beach and installed a gate to block vehicles and halt drive-in, drive-out trysts. In 2007, it closed sections of the surrounding woods and cut down brush near the beach to eliminate cover for sex.
But arrests for sex and drugs hit a five-year high in 2011, when wardens arrested 42 people in nine days of surveillance. Last year, the DNR closed another 70 acres around the beach, but it had little effect; wardens issued 22 citations — most for sex — in less than a week of surveillance.Of course worrying about the nude beach at the start of winter is a very good distraction from the fact that they are letting eco terrorist Bill Williams, not only run free, but also run the legislature and her office.
"I categorically and unequivocally deny that I have ever had a relationship with Mary Spear beyond friendship," Smith stated.Married man Dennis Smith was using Wisconsin taxpayer resources to send this to his married subordinate:
“My dearest Mary Elizabeth, let your heart be at peace and rest tonight. We shall weather this storm together. All will be well.”
Another email surfacing in the case showed that Mary Spear expected to move with Smith to Washington, D.C., once he was tapped for a job by Mitt Romney (had he been elected president). Smith ended up moving anyway after the Spear scandal heated up. He now serves as managing director of the D.C. office of McKenna Long & Aldridge. As for Mary Spear, she is divorcing Andrew.