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Tractor ride around Capitol could bring trouble for driver (Madistan Wisconsin)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | March 16, 2011 | Tom Held

Posted on 03/16/2011 6:25:12 AM PDT by Second Amendment First

Tod Pulvermacher drew cheers from the crowd and plenty of attention from the news media Saturday as he chugged around the Capitol Square in Madison on a tractor pulling a manure spreader.

The attention could take a different turn.

A check of online court records shows that a Tod Pulvermacher has been convicted of drunken driving four times and has no valid driver's license. The license was revoked for 33 months on July 2, the date of his fourth conviction for operating while intoxicated.

The unusual spelling of the name, the age and the hometown listed in the online court records all match information that a man who identified himself as Tod Pulvermacher provided reporters during the protest march at the Capitol. Both the Journal Sentinel and Wisconsin State Journal featured Pulvermacher in their reports on the rally.

That Tod Pulvermacher, wearing a green plaid shirt and dark sunglasses, drove around the Capitol Square roughly a half-hour before the rest of the tractorcade appeared.

Online records also show a Tod Pulvermacher of Plain was convicted of marijuana possession in 2007 and 2008. The former case included his third drunken driving offense, which occurred May 27 in Sauk County.

A conviction for causing injury by drunken driving in 2002 is listed as his second OWI offense in the online court records.

It is illegal to operate a tractor on public roads without a valid driver's license, unless the activity is authorized as farming use.

Pulvermacher's tractor was pulling a manure spreader, but the only thing being spread was opposition to Gov. Scott Walker's budget-repair bill.

Calls made to Pulvermacher and his attorney on Tuesday were not returned.


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: drunk; fat; foolparade; union; unions; wisconsinshowdown

1 posted on 03/16/2011 6:25:16 AM PDT by Second Amendment First
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To: Second Amendment First

Book him!


2 posted on 03/16/2011 6:28:41 AM PDT by Howie66 (I can see November (2012) from my house.)
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To: Second Amendment First

Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.......


3 posted on 03/16/2011 6:29:18 AM PDT by whatisthetruth
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To: Second Amendment First

I think I know where the professional nomadic agitators slept when they weren’t in the Capitol...


4 posted on 03/16/2011 6:29:19 AM PDT by stefanbatory (Insert witty tagline here)
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To: Second Amendment First

I’m sure it was a different guy. Tod Pulvermacher is a very common name.


5 posted on 03/16/2011 6:30:37 AM PDT by FReepaholic (Pray for Japan.)
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To: Second Amendment First

Typical Democrat...dumb as a rock, but wants to be on TV.


6 posted on 03/16/2011 6:32:29 AM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: Second Amendment First

“Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, son...”


7 posted on 03/16/2011 6:35:34 AM PDT by RavenATB ("Destroy the family and you destroy the country!" ~Vladimir Lenin)
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To: FReepaholic

“I’m sure it was a different guy. Tod Pulvermacher is a very common name.”

LOL! At least he lives in Wisconsin, unlike so many of the other union protestors. That’s about the only positive I can say about Tod.


8 posted on 03/16/2011 6:36:04 AM PDT by Fu-fu2
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To: Second Amendment First
Didn't Jimmy Carter inspire hundreds of farmers to drive their tractors
to DC during his attempt to destroy the US?

IIRC, DC got hit with a late snowstorm at the time, and the tractors
came in handy.

9 posted on 03/16/2011 6:38:41 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Ping.


10 posted on 03/16/2011 6:39:36 AM PDT by Second Amendment First ("Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not..." - Thomas Jefferson.)
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To: Fu-fu2
If the Republicans were even a little smart, I'm positive some research would show that 99.99% of ALL drug users, and all persons convicted of felonies, ARE DEMOCRATS ! ! ! !

This guy is archtypical of a democrat DOPER.

A look at the how prison inmates voted (when they could) would show all to be democrats.

The party of CRIMINALS, by CRIMINALS, and FOR CRIMINALS.

11 posted on 03/16/2011 6:41:43 AM PDT by Huebolt (It's not over until there is not ONE DEMOCRAT HOLDING OFFICE ANYWHERE. Not even a dog catcher!)
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To: Second Amendment First

It is illegal to operate a tractor on public roads without a valid driver’s license, unless the activity is authorized as farming use.

.... that must be a WI thing


12 posted on 03/16/2011 6:42:56 AM PDT by SF_Redux (Sarah stands for accountablility and personal responsiblity, democrats can't live with that)
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To: Second Amendment First
I'll bet after all this bad publicity, Tod applies for a legal name change to "Joe Pulvermacher".

Leni

13 posted on 03/16/2011 6:45:11 AM PDT by MinuteGal (BREAKING !......President Obama to Name Bill O'Reilly as His Administration's "Bullying Czar")
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To: RavenATB

“Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, son...”


So he was already on ‘double secret probation’.


14 posted on 03/16/2011 6:45:16 AM PDT by maine yankee
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To: SF_Redux
.... that must be a WI thing

That was interesting as I have lived in two highly agricutural states (KS & OK) and neither has a licensing requirement or a stipulation about "farming use". Just guessing here but it seems the WI legislature had to write a law to stop the squareheads with DUIs from using tractors as alternative bar-hopping transportation in the WI hinterlands.

15 posted on 03/16/2011 6:51:10 AM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: Second Amendment First

Another in a long line of nitwits on the Left.


16 posted on 03/16/2011 6:56:36 AM PDT by PaleoBob
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To: Second Amendment First

Some union goons in Wis were claiming that thousands of tractor driving farmers were going to converge on the Capitol in solidarity with the unions. I said that the farmers are just as sick as everyone else at the greed and viciousness of the govt unions and wouldn’t waste one nickel or minute in support. So, the only guy who shows up to support the thugs is a proven serial criminal. Typical.


17 posted on 03/16/2011 7:02:04 AM PDT by Seruzawa (Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for good blaster kid.)
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To: T-Bird45

you are exactly correct. In fact, a distant relative of ours drove an old Case around for years because he had his license revoked and just never bothered to go and get it reinstated.

Also, there were several farm tractor accidents in a short period of time involving children driving tractors...


18 posted on 03/16/2011 7:02:09 AM PDT by stefanbatory (Insert witty tagline here)
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To: SF_Redux

Nope. Michigan also. Exceptions are made for under age driving farm vehicles but they have to be directly connected to a farming activity.
You have to have a valid license to operate a motorized vehicle on public roadways. Period.


19 posted on 03/16/2011 7:03:08 AM PDT by midcop402
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To: SF_Redux

Really, down in Mississippi, I used to take the tractor down to the store to get a coke and some candy at age 12 or 13.


20 posted on 03/16/2011 7:04:40 AM PDT by Sybeck1 (Memphis and the Midsouth miss you, Bad Dog)
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To: Sybeck1

I remember as a child visiting relatives on their farm and marveling that kids my age were driving the farm equipment. I thought it was really cool.


21 posted on 03/16/2011 7:06:38 AM PDT by Fu-fu2
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To: Second Amendment First

The last time I saw a sign in a manure spreader it said “Obama Wealth Spreader.”

This was in California, too! (On Hwy 152 EB, between I-5 and US 99)


22 posted on 03/16/2011 7:13:29 AM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: SF_Redux
"It is illegal to operate a tractor on public roads without a valid driver’s license, unless the activity is authorized as farming use."

California has a similar exception. If someone engaged in farming operates an "instrument of husbandry" it is legal to be on the roads even if the drivers license is suspended. I think a lot of states have a similar exception in their vehicle codes. I realize in the case in Wisconsin that the moron was not engaged in farming at the time he was driving the tractor. I'll leave the opinion as to whether or not he will be prosecuted to the experts.

23 posted on 03/16/2011 7:23:32 AM PDT by Enterprise (TSA - The Silly Agency)
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To: Sybeck1

I like your tag line, Bad Dog was great.


24 posted on 03/16/2011 7:26:55 AM PDT by Hotmetal (Live your life to the fullest with no regrets.)
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To: Second Amendment First

I’m sure every major network will jump to report this, just like Joe-The-Plumber.

Right????


25 posted on 03/16/2011 7:29:00 AM PDT by tcrlaf (Democrats Outforced America's Jobs for 40 Years. Now The Bill Is Due)
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To: SF_Redux

Tractors and other farm equipment are common sights on most Wisconsin two-lane roads. Outside the cities of course.


26 posted on 03/16/2011 7:31:48 AM PDT by driftless2 (For long-term happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: Second Amendment First; Principle Over Politics; creeping death; LMAO; nina0113; Yooper4Life; ...
Wisconsin Politics Ping List Ping!
27 posted on 03/16/2011 7:34:45 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Hotmetal

Cool profile.


28 posted on 03/16/2011 7:48:08 AM PDT by Sybeck1 (Memphis and the Midsouth miss you, Bad Dog)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin; Red_Devil 232

Farming ping.

Jerk!


29 posted on 03/16/2011 7:51:00 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Second Amendment First

http://wcca.wicourts.gov/pager.do;jsessionid=054AF3F7D67F85EA8FAD6F882CDEE010.render6?cacheId=20686B08882C0E614B6E7046B7AF720F&offset=0&sortColumn=0&sortDirection=DESC

Check open records on Tod Pulvermacher. Scum!


30 posted on 03/16/2011 8:29:06 AM PDT by Wisconsinlady (DEFUND NPR, PBS, THE TSA AND THE U.N.)
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To: Second Amendment First

What an idiot.


31 posted on 03/16/2011 10:26:04 AM PDT by Tzimisce (Never forget that the American Revolution began when the British tried to disarm the colonists.)
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To: Enterprise

My wife gets mad if I try to operate my “intrument of husbandry” in public.


32 posted on 03/16/2011 10:44:22 AM PDT by tnlibertarian (Hey D. C., tax increases are not spending cuts. Nor do tax cuts constitute increased spending.)
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To: Enterprise

If there was manure in the spreader he’s got a case.


33 posted on 03/16/2011 10:55:44 AM PDT by B4Ranch (Do NOT remain seated until this ride comes to a full and complete stop! We're going the wrong way!)
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To: Howie66

Well I guess that makes it complete: a manure spreader outside of the Capital, manure spreaders inside it too.


34 posted on 03/16/2011 11:02:29 AM PDT by Made In The USA (This post may be recorded for quality purposes.)
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To: B4Ranch

Well, ya got a point there. If he was spreading manure, it’s no different than what the Unions and the Democrats are doing.


35 posted on 03/16/2011 11:35:39 AM PDT by Enterprise (TSA - The Silly Agency)
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To: tnlibertarian
"My wife gets mad if I try to operate my “instrument of husbandry” in public."

Yeah, sometimes wives just don't have a sense of humor.

36 posted on 03/16/2011 11:37:42 AM PDT by Enterprise (TSA - The Silly Agency)
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To: Second Amendment First
he chugged around the Capitol Square in Madison on a tractor pulling a manure spreader.

Fits the picture of a drunk driving alcoholic democrat drug addict.

37 posted on 03/16/2011 3:16:40 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Calvin Locke

I remember it well; I was a 3rd year law student in DC at the time (1979). The farmers came from as far away as Missouri and even Colorado, and would do things like block outbound traffic on the 14th Street Bridge every so often. They had been in town for 4 or 5 months.

They agreed to plow the streets after it snowed 28 inches in 24 hours over the George Washington’s birthday holiday weekend. Congress voted them a small relief bill in thanks and they left town.


38 posted on 03/16/2011 6:15:03 PM PDT by nd76
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To: nd76

seems this will only happen during/in front of camera reports.

These people are just union thugs trying to confuse piss poor teachers or public employees with farmers.


39 posted on 03/17/2011 8:42:37 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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