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  • (Tammy) Baldwin (D, WI) aide breaks silence, alleges senator engaged in ‘coverup’

    04/22/2015 4:47:33 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 22 replies
    Wisconsin Watchdog.org ^ | April 20, 2015 | M.D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. — Marquette Baylor is finally speaking out against her long-time boss, U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin. Baylor, fired by the Madison Democrat in February following a scandal at the Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center that has embroiled the junior senator, has filed an ethics complaint against Baldwin. It claims the senator lied and has engaged in a political cover-up. “I, Marquette Baylor, bring this Ethics Complaint against my former employer, Senator Tammy Baldwin, for making false statements and representations to cover up actions by her Chief of Staff and protect her political career,” Baylor states in the complaint, filed...
  • Hillary's Accomplishments; So Quit Saying She Doesn’t Have Any!

    04/19/2015 5:11:00 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 90 replies
    Addicting Info ^ | April 13, 2015 | Ryan 'Fanboi' Denson
    There are many, MANY people who seem to think Hillary Clinton hasn’t accomplished anything. Apparently, being a First Lady, a Senator, as well as Secretary of State doesn’t count as accomplishments to her critics. But here is a very simple summary that encompasses Hillary Clinton and what she has accomplished throughout her life — Courtesy of a friend: “First ever student commencement speaker at Wellesley College. Distinguished graduate of Yale Law School. Former Director of the Arkansas Legal Aid Clinic. Former civil litigation attorney. Former Law Professor at the University of Arkansas School of Law. Former First Lady of Arkansas....
  • Man Makes Final Request in Obituary – And It Involves Hillary Clinton

    04/19/2015 10:54:46 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 10 replies
    IJ Review ^ | April 19, 2015 | Kyle Becker
    Obituaries can be an unexpected source of amusement, and an 81-year-old North Carolina man didn’t let the world down. “Larry Darrell Upright, 81, passed away Monday, April 13, 2015, at CMC- NorthEast in Concord. Darrell was born Aug. 15, 1933, in Cabarrus County to the late Arthur and Mary Ruth Upright. He was also preceded in death by his son, Joel Allen Upright. He is survived by his beloved wife and devoted caregiver, Colleen McDonald Upright; son Michael D. Upright; daughter Jill Upright McLain and husband Phil; granddaughters McKenzie Upright Brady and husband Logan, Lindsay McLain Leece and husband Jason...
  • Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson sues over amendment approved by (WI) voters

    04/08/2015 3:21:32 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 31 replies
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | April 8, 2015 | Scott Bauer
    <p>Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday to try and hold on to her leadership spot after voters approved a constitutional amendment that was likely to result in her demotion.</p> <p>For the past 126 years the chief justice position has gone to the most senior member of the Supreme Court. Since 1996, that has been Abrahamson. But the amendment approved by voters on Tuesday would instead allow the seven justices to decide who should be chief.</p>
  • The Best Beer From Every State; Happy National Beer Day!

    04/07/2015 2:20:16 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 89 replies
    Business Insider ^ | April 7, 2015 | Melissa Stanger
    It's National Beer Day, the perfect excuse to break out a frosty mug of your favorite brew. Because everyone's tastes and preferences for beers differ so significantly, it can be hard to objectively decide which ones are the cream of the crop. That's why we enlisted the help of the experts at RateBeer.com to come out with a list of the best beer from every state. Take a look at the map below to see if your favorite local beer made the list, or read the full feature for more information on the best brews.
  • Sheriff, regulators, Justice Bradley still silent on ethics complaint (WI)

    04/02/2015 6:11:42 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 9 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | March 31, 2015 | M.D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. — Still no word from regulators on whether Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney will face any consequences for appearing in a campaign ad, alongside a county squad car, for state Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley. Following a Wisconsin Watchdog story last week detailing the allegations in a complaint against the sheriff, Mahoney said he would send out a response to all media about the matter. As of Monday, he had yet to do so. He has not returned follow-up calls from Wisconsin Watchdog seeking comment. On Friday, Mary Kasparek, assistant corporation counsel for Dane County, said Mahoney...
  • What is Killing the Restaurants of Seattle?

    03/22/2015 10:01:57 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 84 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | For March 30th Publication | The Scrapbook
    "Why Are So Many Seattle Restaurants Closing Lately?” asks a recent Seattle magazine headline. The Scrapbook is no restaurateur, let alone knowledgeable about the local economy, but we’ll guess it has something to do with the fact that Seattle’s new $15 minimum wage starts phasing in on April 1. However, the first rule of liberals confronting the laws of basic economics is deny, deny, deny. A feature in the Seattle Times called the “Truth Needle” (we’re guessing the Times didn’t want to pony up to license PolitiFact’s logo) declares the claim that minimum wage has anything to do with the...
  • Household Wealth Is the Highest Ever; Probably Not Your Household’s, Though...

    03/15/2015 12:53:35 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 18 replies
    Money Magazine ^ | March 13, 2015 | Kerri Anne Renzulli
    American households now have a total net worth of $83 trillion, but most families are still behind where they were in 2007. Americans’ total wealth has reached a record. According to a Federal Reserve report released Thursday, the net worth of U.S. households and nonprofit organizations rose to $82.9 trillion at the end of 2014. Much of that growth was driven by stocks, which grew in value by $742 billion during the final quarter of last year. The value of residential real estate also rose by $356 billion. However, these aggregate numbers from the Fed provide only a partial view...
  • Starve a Landfill: Efficiency in the Kitchen to Reduce Food Waste

    03/06/2015 10:57:50 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 35 replies
    The New York Times ^ | March 3, 2015 | Kim Severson
    SEATTLE — The nation’s first citywide composting program based largely on shame began here in January. City sanitation workers who find garbage cans filled with aging lettuce, leftover pizza or even the box it came in are slapping on bright red tags to inform the offending household (and, presumably, the whole neighborhood) that the city’s new composting law has been violated. San Francisco may have been the first city to make its citizens compost food, but Seattle is the first to punish people with a fine if they don’t. In a country that loses about 31 percent of its food...
  • How's That Deflation Working Out For You?

    03/05/2015 8:11:17 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 35 replies
    The Burning Platform ^ | March 3, 2015 | the Burning Platform Staff
    The BLS put out their monthly CPI lie last week. They issued the proclamation that inflation is dead. Did you know your costs are 0.1% lower than they were one year ago. They then used these deflation numbers to proclaim your real wages soared last month. It’s all good. The American consumer is so flush with cash, they decided to spend less money for the second month in a row. The Wall Street shysters are so happy with declining consumer spending, declining corporate profits, and a global recession, they pushed the NASDAQ up to 5,000 for the first time in...
  • Chicken Killers Leave at Least 300K dead, Millions in Damage

    03/05/2015 6:59:04 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 71 replies
    The Charolette Observer ^ | March 3, 2015 | Harrison Cahill
    Attacks the past two weeks on at least 16 farms across several rural South Carolina counties killed an estimated 300,000 chickens and cost the owners roughly $1.7 million. Clarendon County Sheriff Randy Garrett said someone familiar with alarm systems used in chicken houses is responsible. Those alarms also control the heat, air conditioning and ventilation units and notify farmers by cellphone when buildings get too hot or cold. Chickens can die in about an hour if the ventilation and heating systems are turned off. “The chicks, you have to maintain the temperature at 95 to 100 degrees, and when they...
  • Verizon’s Mocking Response To The FCC’s Net Neutrality Vote Is Perfect

    02/27/2015 4:59:25 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 14 replies
    the Daily Caller ^ | 2-26-2015 | Giuseppi Marci
    Verizon released the perfect response to the FCC’s Thursday passage of the most aggressive Internet regulations in history. The telecommunications provider took advantage of “Throwback Thursday” — a social media hashtag used to denote old photographs shared online — to make a sarcastic political statement expressing its dissent with the FCC’s decision to regulate broadband Internet service providers like public utility telephone companies. Thursday’s regulatory proposal is based on authority established in the 1930s to break up telephone monopolies by regulating them as public utilities. In “honor” of that history, Verizon published its response in old typewriter text, and dated...
  • Big Labor's Most Profane & Outrageous Signs at Anti-Right-to-Work Protest (WI)

    02/26/2015 11:27:31 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 14 replies
    MacIver Institute ^ | February 26, 2015 | Nick Novak
    LANGUAGE WARNING! [Madison, WI] The energy and crowds are nothing like four years ago when Gov. Scott Walker and legislators passed Act 10 - which reformed public-sector collective bargaining privileges. But, the heated and over-the-top rhetoric from the left has not changed. Big Labor threw out all the punches during protests in Madison this week. Check out some of the most profane signs we could find. Many of the protesters were proud to stand by their creation...
  • AFL-CIO plans rallies against right-to-work at Wisconsin Capitol this week

    02/22/2015 12:28:03 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 32 replies
    Das Kaptiol Times ^ | February 22, 2015 | Jayson Joyce
    Almost immediately following Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald's announcement that the Legislature will take up a right-to-work bill next week, speculation about the size and intensity of the opposition from unions and labor allies arose. That speculation will end on Tuesday noon when the first of two rallies planned by the Wisconsin AFL-CIO takes place at the Capitol in Madison. "Republicans are planning to ram this legislation through in an extraordinary session at lightning pace. An extraordinary session changes the rules, limits debate and makes a mockery out of our democracy," reads a statement on the WI AFL-CIO blog....
  • How having more stuff is eating up all the gains from being more efficient (Energy useage)

    02/22/2015 11:53:50 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 44 replies
    Mother Nature Network ^ | 2-13-2015 | Lloyd Alter
    It’s really quite remarkable, how much more energy-efficient everything is these days. Our houses are built to higher standards; our fridges use a fraction of the power they used to, our cars get better mileage — yet we are using more energy per capita than we ever have. I am loath to bring up good old Stanley Jevons here. His theory, also known as the rebound effect, was that if things become more efficient, we use more of them. Even as our houses get more efficient, they get bigger and we fill them with more stuff, pretty much negating the...
  • Military approves hormone therapy for 'Chelsea' Manning

    02/13/2015 12:02:54 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 18 replies
    CBS News ^ | February 13, 2015 | Staff Writer
    WASHINGTON -- Hormone treatment for gender reassignment has been approved for Chelsea Manning, the former intelligence analyst convicted of espionage for sending classified documents to the WikiLeaks website. Defense Department officials said Thursday that the hormone therapy was approved Feb. 5 by Col. Erica Nelson, commandant of the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where Manning is serving a 35-year sentence. The treatment would enable the Army private formerly known as Bradley Manning to make the transition to a woman. Manning changed her legal name in April 2014. The officials were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and...
  • Puppy Bowl XI: Meet The Starting Line-Up Before Game Day

    01/29/2015 2:36:07 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 12 replies
    Today.com ^ | January 28, 2015 | Mish Whalen
    While everyone is gearing up to see the New England Patriots face off against the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX, the real highlight of this Sunday will be watching puppies play in Puppy Bowl XI, airing Feb. 1 at 3 p.m. on Animal Planet. For the first time in Puppy Bowl history, there will be two distinct teams. That is, instead of puppies simply running rampant, jumping and nipping at each other. Team Ruff and Team Fluff will go snout-to-snout to battle for the "Lumbarki" trophy, according to Animal Planet's website, while one or more dogs will be crowned...
  • Milwaukee (WI) makes it hard to buy its many empty school buildings

    01/28/2015 3:26:12 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 26 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | January 26, 2015 | Paul Brennan
    MILWAUKEE, Wis. — The words “bizarre” and “hilariously tragic” aren’t normally associated with real estate transactions. But there’s very little normal about the problems private schools and charter schools face when they try to buy one of Milwaukee Public Schools vacant school buildings. “The whole thing was very, very bizarre,” Henry Tyson said, reflecting on his experience dealing with city and MPS officials. Tyson, superintendent of St. Marcus Lutheran School, spent more than a year trying to buy one of the city’s vacant school building. In 2013, St. Marcus, a highly regarded school that accepts voucher students through the Milwaukee...
  • The Rise of Men Who Don't Work

    01/27/2015 6:48:16 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 71 replies
    The New Yawk Times ^ | 12/11/14 | Amanda Cox
    At every age, the chances of not working have changed in the last 15 years. Teenagers are far more likely not to work. Older people are retiring later and working more. In the ages in between — the periods of life when most people work — the changes have been smaller, but they are still substantial. In the late 1960s, almost all men between the ages of 25 and 54 went to work. Only about 5 out of every 100 did not have a job in any given week. By 2000, this figure had more than doubled, to 11 out...
  • Anti-mine extremist ‘Krow’ goes off on judge who sentenced her

    01/27/2015 4:35:20 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 44 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | January 26, 2014 | M.D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. – Following her sentencing last week on felony theft and misdemeanor damages to property convictions, environmental extremist Katie “Krow” Kloth has apparently written a bitter screed against the judge who sentenced her and the proposed northern Wisconsin mine project she despises. In her online “post-sentence statement,” Kloth, 27, characterizes Gogebic Taconite, the developer and supporters of the proposed iron mine south of Lake Superior, as “extreme” racists, while decrying Price County Judge Douglas Fox’s order that she find full-time employment following her nine-month jail term. “… (I) maintain that G-TAC and their pro-mine affiliates are waging extreme racist...
  • Utah Proposes Winter Wood Burning Ban to Improve Air Quality

    01/24/2015 7:09:05 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 50 replies
    AccuWeather ^ | 1-24-15 | Jillian MacMath
    In an effort to improve air quality across Utah during the winter season, the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has proposed a seasonal wood burn ban, much to the chagrin of many locals. The ban would eliminate solid fuel burning in fireplaces and wood/coal stoves from Nov. 1 to March 15, except for homeowners whose homes are heated solely by wood. The proposal comes after Gov. Gary Herbert requested the the Air Quality Board explore options for improving wintertime air quality along Utah's Wasatch Front and Cache Valley. The region suffers from winter temperature inversions, which occur when a...
  • Scott Walker Just Pulled Off a Supreme Court Coup in Wisconsin

    01/22/2015 6:04:22 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 40 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 1-21-2015 | Jack Holmes
    The Wisconsin state Senate has just paved the way for the state Supreme Court to elect its own chief justice—and the conservatives’ pick might shake up the governor’s own case. Eighty-one-year-old Shirley Abrahamson has been chief justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court for 18 years, but that tenure looks like it’s about to come to an abrupt end. A state constitutional amendment, passed Tuesday in the state Senate 17-14 along strict party lines, will allow the court’s seven justices to vote on a chief justice, undoing a 126-year-old tradition that grants the post to the longest-serving justice on the bench....
  • Young Sisters Charged in Brother's Fatal Shooting

    01/07/2015 11:33:11 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 17 replies
    FOX News ^ | January 7, 2015 | AP
    <p>WHITE SPRINGS, Fla. – With help from her younger sister, a 15-year-old girl fatally shot her older brother with a gun that their parents had locked up while they were away, authorities in Florida said Wednesday.</p> <p>Law enforcement officials said they discovered the teen's body late Monday night at the family home in rural White Springs in north Florida.</p>
  • Protesters stop traffic, hold 'die-in' at food court in West Towne Mall (WI)

    12/21/2014 6:14:35 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 54 replies
    Das Kapitol Times ^ | December 21, 2014 | Laurel White
    “No justice, no peace, no racist police.” That was one of the chants the crowd of about 50 protesters shouted Saturday outside Madison Memorial High School and in the food court of West Towne Mall. The protesters gathered around 3:30 p.m. and marched from the high school to the mall, shutting down one direction of traffic on Mineral Point Road, and held a “die-in” in the mall food court. “We are here because there are many injustices in our system,” said Brandi Grayson, one of the organizers of the protest, in the mall food court, over a megaphone. Grayson is...
  • 'Wis. Jobs Now' Boss Voted in Milwaukee, Lived in Waukesha

    12/16/2014 5:28:46 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 13 replies
    Media Trackers ^ | December 16, 2014 | Nathan Schacht
    Despite a 2007 court record claiming she lived in the same Waukesha County home she currently lives in, voting records for the executive director of the union front group Wisconsin Jobs Now shows Jennifer Epps-Addison voted in the City of Milwaukee a dozen times between 2007 and 2012. Wisconsin election records show Epps-Addison is currently registered to vote at her $369,000 Waukesha County home. While changing her voting address from the City of Milwaukee to Waukesha County’s Village of Menomonee Falls in 2012 may not seem unusual, a signed Waukesha County court document indicates Epps-Addison lived in her Waukesha County...
  • Australians Just Showed the World Exactly How to Respond to Terrorism With # I'll Ride With You

    12/15/2014 3:35:37 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 46 replies
    World.Mic ^ | December 15, 2014 | Jordan Valinsky
    In the aftermath of the hostage crisis in downtown Sydney, Australians are showing the world they're not caving to racism or Islamophobia. On Monday, an armed gunman stormed a cafe in Martin Place, entering a tense standoff with police. After the hostage-taker displayed an Islamic flag in the cafe's window, many of Australia's Muslims are understandably anxious about facing retribution. But instead, Australians have banded together on Twitter with #IllRideWithYou, a hashtag showing their solidarity with fellow countrymen scared of being attacked on public transportation. Why it matters. This hashtag movement is powerful sign that Australians won't get worked up...
  • Is This a War Zone? Nope. Ferguson, MO

    11/28/2014 8:00:56 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 26 replies
    IJ Review ^ | Novemver 25, 2014 | Kevin Boyd
    The riots in Ferguson, Missouri, have shocked and dismayed the nation as we’ve heard about numerous shops and businesses being destroyed and the livelihoods of many people being ruined. But it doesn’t truly hit home until you’ve actually seen the devastation of the rioting:
  • President 0bama Gets Schoolhouse Rocked on SNL (Illegal Immigration)

    11/23/2014 6:53:52 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 18 replies
    IJReview ^ | November 22. 2014 | SNL
    "I'm just a Bill on Capitol Hill..." Cute Schoolhouse Rock Parody. Ya gotta laugh, or you'll cry! Video at Link.
  • Hitler Learns About The 2014 Mid-Term Election

    11/22/2014 4:50:40 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 17 replies
    YouTube ^ | November 8, 2014 | steve6hay
    How did I miss this one? I never tire of this parody, which probably tells you a LOT more about me than you wanted to know! *SMIRK* Video at link. Hits most of the high points. :)
  • Deer Hunting 2014: A Message from Governor Scott Walker

    11/22/2014 4:41:37 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 31 replies
    YouTube ^ | This Week | Wisconsin DNR
    A wonderful welcome to the 2014 Deer Hunting Season and information for newbie hunters from Wisconsin's Governor Scott Walker and our DNR Secretary, Cathy Stepp. Video at link.
  • Tiny Homes for the Homeless: An Occupy Madison Project (WI)

    11/17/2014 4:08:23 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 108 replies
    Revolution News! ^ | November 13, 2014 | Occupy Madison
    Madison Wisconsin: In a city with a homeless population that has risen by 7 percent over the last four years to about 3,370, Occupy Madison organizers decided to tell their local leaders to “put up or shut up” and developed a non profit organization Occupy Madison Inc. In June 2013 OM Build was born and Tiny Homes was decided on as a solution. To achieve their goals of a Tiny Village complete with 9 tiny homes, permanent comprehensive day resource center, safer places to sleep at night, as well as access to restrooms, showers, laundry, community gardening space, and other...
  • Letter Threatens Boycott for Displaying GOP Signs (Wisconsin)

    11/13/2014 9:46:04 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 15 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | November 10, 2014 | Adam Tobias
    WAUWATOSA, Wis. — A business owner who helped promote a Republican state senator says a nursing instructor with union ties wrote a letter threatening her company with financial harm. In the letter, the signatory, Allison Nicol, says she has stopped advising prospective students to receive training through Quality Healthcare Options Inc. Nichol, who works at the Mequon campus of Milwaukee Area Technical College, doesn’t agree with company owner Sally Sprenger backing state Sen. Leah Vukmir [2], R-Wauwatosa, the letter says. Nicol signed the petition to recall [3] Republican Gov. Scott Walker [4] in 2011, and that signature appears to match...
  • Walker Win Should Offer Blueprint for GOP

    11/06/2014 6:27:34 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 31 replies
    Red State ^ | November 5, 2014 | Brian Sikma
    Mounting the stage last night at his victory rally in a large pavilion at Wisconsin’s State Fair Park, Gov. Scott Walker delivered a speech unlike any other he’s given in a moment of victory. References to Wisconsin were replaced by references to America, comments about state political foes were replaced by references to special interests in Washington, D.C. and aside from a couple of mentions of Wisconsin unity, much was said about the American dream and the national future. If there was any doubt that Walker is looking for national prime time, it was wiped away last night. His resume...
  • Facebook Co-founder's Husband Crushed

    11/04/2014 8:24:20 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 9 replies
    Politico ^ | November 4, 2014 | Kevin Roubillard
    GOP Rep. Chris Gibson cruised to reelection Tuesday, derailing the political dreams of wealthy Democratic candidate Sean Eldridge. Eldridge, the 28-year-old husband of Facebook billionaire and New Republic publisher Chris Hughes, spent nearly $3 million on his quest to win New York’s Hudson Valley-based 19th District. Eldridge conceded with Gibson holding a 65 percent to 35 percent lead. Twenty-eight percent of precincts were reporting. Gibson, a decorated Army veteran, has held the seat since 2011 and managed to win over many Democrats, building a solid lead over Eldridge, who moved to the district only a few years ago. Eldridge tried...
  • Wisconsin Election Results by County

    11/04/2014 6:34:30 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 39 replies
    Politico ^ | November 4, 2014 | Politico
    Bar graph for each COUNTY in our state for Governor Scott Walker (R) and opponent Mary Burke (D, Trust Fund Baby). It's looking good, already. Milwaukee County to Burke right now, but not by much! http://www.politico.com/2014-election/results/map/governor/wisconsin/#.VFmMH8nw9kg
  • [Governor] Walker (R, WI) Ahead in Last Poll Before Election

    10/29/2014 3:24:06 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 17 replies
    FOX 11 ^ | October 29, 2014 | AP Staff
    MADISON, WI (AP) — Republican Gov. Scott Walker is leading Democrat Mary Burke in the last Marquette University Law School poll released before Tuesday’s election. The poll released Wednesday showed Walker with 50 percent support, compared with 43 percent for Burke. The poll had a margin of error of 3 percentage points. Walker and Burke were tied with 47 percent support in the previous poll released two weeks ago. The one before that, on Oct. 1, showed Walker with a narrow 5-point lead. The latest poll of 1,164 likely voters was done between Oct. 23 and Sunday. Walker was campaigning...
  • Trek Sources: Mary Burke's FAMILY Fired Her for Incompetence

    10/29/2014 4:59:50 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 38 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | October 29, 2014 | M.D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. – In attempting to explain her two-year work hiatus in the early to mid-1990s, Democratic candidate for governor Mary Burke has said she was just burned out after an intense period of leading European operations for Trek Bicycle Corp., her family’s Waterloo-based global manufacturer. In fact, Burke apparently was fired by her own family following steep overseas financial losses and plummeting morale among Burke’s European sales staff, multiple former Trek executives and employees told Wisconsin Reporter. The sales team threatened to quit if Burke was not removed from her position as director of European Operations, according to Gary...
  • 0bama goes to Wisconsin in bid to oust Gov. Walker

    10/27/2014 5:40:21 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 51 replies
    AP ^ | October 27, 2014 | Scott Bauer
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- President Barack Obama is making a rare appearance on the campaign trail just one week before Election Day in an effort to help a Democratic challenger oust Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker from office. Walker is a top target of Democrats in the midterm elections after he angered organized labor by enacting a measure in 2011 that reduced the power of public sector unions in the state. Obama was scheduled to campaign Tuesday evening with Democrat Mary Burke, a former Trek Bicycles executive and state commerce secretary, who is running close against Walker, a potential 2016 presidential...
  • No surprise: [WI State Journal] buries the lead, Walker follows the law

    10/22/2014 4:56:42 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 17 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | October 22, 2014 | M.D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. – It was supposed to be a Democratic October Surprise. But the grand revelation following a massive document dump Tuesday was unsurprising: Gov. Scott Walker followed the law. “If (Darlene Wink) was posting comments from her office computer, she has to be suspended pending an official review,” Walker, who at the time was Milwaukee County executive, wrote to his staffers in May 2010 email, referring to his constituent services coordinator. That nugget of information was buried at the bottom of a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel column in which the newspaper breathlessly claimed to have reviewed 16,000 emails dumped two...
  • Wisconsin's Latest Jobs Upswing Good News (For Gov. Walker)

    10/22/2014 4:49:18 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 6 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | October 22, 2014 | M.D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. — If next month’s gubernatorial election really is all about jobs, then the latest employment figures — released less than three weeks before election day — allow Gov. Scott Walker to answer the criticisms of his opponent and the left at large with a definitive statement: I got your jobs right here. Wisconsin’s private sector added 8,400 jobs last month, according to data from the state Department of Workforce Development and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. It was a big day for Republican Walker, who has been hit hard by his Democratic opponent Mary Burke for recent...
  • What Women Want

    10/20/2014 2:36:23 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 97 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | October 20, 2014 | Mona Charen
    The great question that has never been answered, and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is ‘What does a woman want?’ – Sigmund Freud Though the mystery of feminine wants has stumped poets, philosophers, and the father of psychoanalysis, today’s Democratic politicians think they’ve found the key — at least to the political desires of most women: a single-minded focus on the gynecological. Republicans, whipsawed by the results of 2012 races that featured large gender gaps, particularly among single women, and aware that women have trended Democrat...
  • Wisconsin's Actual Financial Numbers

    10/16/2014 1:31:01 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 20 replies
    News/Talk 1130AM WISN ^ | October 16, 2014 | Dale Kooyenga
    The Annual Fiscal Report, which reports Wisconsin actual, not forecasted financial performance, reflects continued good stewardship of Wisconsin’s finances. Don’t be confused by Mary Burke, and the media’s previous sky is falling headlines. Wisconsin is in better shape than during the Burke/Doyle years by every metric. Wisconsin ended the fiscal year with over a half billion cash on hand. That is the second largest cash balance Wisconsin has had in the 21st century, second only to last year’s fiscal year. The rainy day fund, since Doyle’s last day in office, has increased 16,500%. Even with our tax cuts, we have...
  • How Awesome Would the U.S. Economy Be If...

    10/11/2014 4:57:12 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 26 replies
    IJ Review ^ | October 8, 2014 | Michael Hausman
    Full Title: How Awesome Would the U.S. Economy Be If It Were Set Free from Massive Government Regulations? Imagine if the U.S.’s economy had grown an extra 1% every year since 1949 as a result from less strangulating federal regulation. This is the thesis for a recent Forbes article by Rich Karlgaard, the magazine’s publisher and head writer. Using the concept of compound interest, along with an assertion that runaway federal tinkering and silly regulations have had a massive impact on the country’s economic growth over the decades, he gives a handful of answers to the question: “Where would the...
  • [Rhode Island] Health Director urges Liberian Enclave to Help Stop Epidemic Back Home

    10/05/2014 4:45:31 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 8 replies
    Providence Journal ^ | October 5, 2014 | Tom Mooney
    PROVIDENCE , R.I. – The state health director appealed to a congregation of Liberian Americans Sunday to set aside their anger and mistrust of their home country’s faltering response to the Ebola outbreak to help stop an epidemic that has surely killed far more people than official estimates show. “Ebola in Liberia isn’t a problem of a virus,” Dr. Michael Fine told about 150 members of the congregation of Christ Center of Praise. “It is a problem of poverty and mistrust.” If members of Liberian enclaves around the United States, such as those in Rhode Island, Minneapolis and Dallas, call...
  • People's Climate March Leaves Trail of Trash

    09/24/2014 3:59:48 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 42 replies
    The Gothamist ^ | September 21, 2014 | The Gothamist
    Around 400,000 people marched through Manhattan yesterday to send a message to world leaders regarding the dire consequences of climate change, and the urgent, desperate necessity of enacting sweeping reforms to stop it. It appears at least 150,000 of those people tossed away their paper Starbucks cups... From the looks of it, much of what was heaved onto the ground by activists caught up in the fervor wasn't trash at all—a healthy amount of the detritus piled in the gutters was recyclable, indicating that attendees couldn't even be bothered to stuff their spent Gatorade bottles into their bags until they...
  • Latest TV Campaign Ad, Governor Scott Walker (R, WI)

    08/24/2014 10:53:46 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 13 replies
    You Tube ^ | Today | Friends of Scott Walker
    Latest TV Campaign Ad, Governor Scott Walker (R, WI)
  • Antidepressant Microbes In Soil: How Dirt Makes You Happy

    08/11/2014 2:42:20 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 34 replies
    Gardening Know-How ^ | May 15, 2014 | Bonnie L. Grant
    Prozac may not be the only way to get rid of your serious blues. Soil microbes have been found to have similar effects on the brain and are without side effects and chemical dependency potentials. Learn how to harness the natural antidepressant in soil and make yourself happier and healthier. Read on to see how dirt makes you happy. Natural remedies have been around for untold centuries. These natural remedies included cures for almost any physical ailment as well as mental and emotional afflictions. Ancient healers may not have known why something worked but simply that it did. Modern scientists...
  • Humanity May Face Choice by 2040: Conventional Energy or Drinking Water

    08/07/2014 7:01:52 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 29 replies
    Business Cheat Sheet ^ | August 3, 2014 | Andy Tully
    A set of studies based on three years of research concludes that by 2040, the need for drinking water and water for use in energy production will create dire shortages. Conventional electricity generation is the largest source of water use in most countries. Water is used to cool power plants to keep them functional. Most power utilities don’t even record the amount of water they use. “It’s a huge problem that the electricity sector do not even realize how much water they actually consume,” says Professor Benjamin Sovacool of Denmark’s Aarhus University, one of the institutions involved in the research....
  • Politicians Can’t Make it on Minimum Wage, But We Did

    07/31/2014 8:37:10 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 21 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | July 31, 2014 | Maggie Thurber
    LIVE THE WAGE: Politicians can’t seem to figure out how to live on $77 a week – could you? In an effort to gain sympathy for raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, numerous politicians accepted a challenge to “Live the Wage.” To no one’s surprise, they couldn’t do it. They were going to live for a week on $77 because that’s all that the challenge sponsors say a full-time worker earning minimum wage makes, after average taxes and housing expenses are deducted, of course. But then, they weren’t supposed to be able to get by on that...
  • Homeowner who triumphed over [Donald] Trump is moving on

    07/31/2014 6:51:45 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 11 replies
    MSN News ^ | July 31, 2014 | Samantha Henry, AP
    She once called Donald Trump "a maggot, a cockroach and a crumb." This week, he remembered her as "an impossible person." The woman who became a folk hero for resisting decades-long efforts by big-name developers like Trump to displace her Atlantic City boardinghouse is now 91 and, at last, ready to sell. But it remains to be seen if anybody still wants to buy. Vera Coking has moved to California to be near her family. And the 29-room property she and her husband bought for $20,000 in 1961 and fought to hold onto is on the auction block Thursday for...