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  • Luntz Misleads With New Gun Poll

    01/25/2010 11:35:03 AM PST · by Mobile Vulgus · 16 replies · 617+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 01/25/09 | Warner Todd Huston
    Pollster Frank Luntz is trying to hawk his new poll on gun laws commissioned by the left-wing group Mayors Against Illegal Guns. He's trying to sell the concept that NRA members are just as interested in "common-sense gun policies" as anti-gun nuts and that legislators should take this into account when crafting future anti-gun legislation. The problem is that this poll is misleading in some important ways. The problem here is that the devil being in the details is glossed over by the poll. (Download .pdf of poll here) In an op ed penned by Luntz and Tom Barrett, gun...
  • As homicides rise, Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn awaits his professional fate

    06/29/2015 3:06:21 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 10 replies
    Wisconsin Watchdog.org ^ | june 26, 2014 | M.D. Kittle
    MILWAUKEE, WI — Amid alarming homicide statistics and dwindling officer morale, Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn could soon be getting a contract extension. While there were rumors circulating Thursday that the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission had all but decided a two-year contract extension for Flynn, a commission official said that’s not the case. Contract matters must be discussed and voted on in public. The commission could do just that at its next regularly scheduled meeting July 2. An agenda is slated for release early next week. Flynn’s contract is up in January. [CHIEF CONCERNS: Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn...
  • Scott Walker to sign legislation expanding gun rights in Wisconsin

    06/24/2015 4:11:28 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 24, 2015 | Jenna Johnson
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) plans to sign two new laws on Wednesday that expand the rights of gun owners by removing a 48-hour waiting period for those looking to purchase a firearm and allowing off-duty or retired police officers to carry concealed weapons at public schools. This action will come one week after a suspected gunman shot and killed nine people in an African American church in South Carolina, yet again prompting a national discussion about gun laws in the U.S. Walker plans to sign the two pieces of legislation — Senate bills 35 and 70 — at a...
  • Conservative activist blames City Hall for bankruptcy filing

    12/03/2014 10:55:30 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 12-3-14 | Daniel Bice
    Long a local government watchdog and critic, conservative activist Orville Seymer is now asking the federal government to help him sort out his money troubles. Seymer -- a top official with Citizens for Responsible Government -- filed for bankruptcy last month, listing $147,126 in assets and more than $1 million in liabilities. He is seeking Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection, which stops all legal actions and could allow him to write off many of his debts. Seymer is pinning much of the blame for his financial woes on City Hall, saying he has been targeted by city building inspectors for speaking...
  • Wisconsin early voting vs 2012 recall election

    11/04/2014 2:22:36 PM PST · by DCdude · 23 replies
    Daily News ^ | 11/04/2014 | AP
    With more than 289,000 ballots received as of Monday, Wisconsin has significantly increased its 2010 pre-election turnout, when Republican Scott Walker first claimed the governor's seat. This time, he's aiming for a second term that could set up a run for president in 2016.
  • Obama coming to Milwaukee for Laborfest

    08/28/2014 9:03:06 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 7 replies
    Journal Sentinel ^ | Aug 27, 2014 | Bill Glauber
    Obama coming to Milwaukee for Laborfest By Bill Glauber of the Journal Sentinel Aug. 27, 2014 A spokeswoman for Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said Wednesday that President Barack Obama will be in Milwaukee on Labor Day. No further details were available for Monday's visit, but multiple media sources said that Obama will be attending Laborfest at Maier Festival Park. A White House official later confirmed the president would visit the city for an event Monday. Obama was a frequent visitor to Milwaukee and Madison during the 2012 campaign, and was here in 2010 for Laborfest, speaking to a crowd of...
  • Poll: Scott Walker leads Democratic challenger

    01/27/2014 3:34:14 PM PST · by mandaladon · 56 replies
    Politico ^ | 27 Jan 2014 | JOSE DELREAL
    In his hunt for reelection, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is leading his Democratic opponent Mary Burke, according to a new poll released Monday. The Marquette Law School poll has the Republican governor ahead 47 to 41 percent among registered voters. The same poll has 54 percent of respondents saying the state is heading in the right direction, compared to 40 percent who say it is not. With the election still nine months away, Burke will have to play catch up to familiarize voters with her stance on issues; 70 percent of respondents say they have not heard enough about her...
  • Literally, The Police State Is Coming

    08/30/2013 6:27:15 PM PDT · by Absolutely Nobama · 36 replies
    Alan Levy, Gun Owner | 8/30/13 | Alan Levy, Gun Owner
    In between bowls of chicken poodle soup and deciding to provide air cover for al-Qaeda in Syria, our Dear Leader, Barack Hussein Obama, found time to meet with mayors from our crumbling major cities. From Justin Sink of The Hill: *** "President Obama told a collection of big-city mayors Tuesday at the White House that he would continue to use executive actions to combat gun violence plaguing major cities. In the meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder and the mayors of 18 cities from across the nation, Obama discussed commonly applicable strategies to reduce youth violence. 'He also vowed to...
  • Public workers haul in millions in pensions, study finds (WI)

    07/11/2013 5:48:52 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 7-11-13 | M. D. Kittle
    MILWAUKEE – Tom Barrett presides over a $1.42 billion budget and a “company” with some 8,300 employees, but with all that responsibility the Milwaukee mayor only ranks seventh on the list of top paid city employees with $145,635 annual earnings. Perhaps more striking, his estimated $2.86 million lifetime pension also ranks seventh among his Milwaukee peers, according to a new report by Taxpayers United of America. Those figures demonstrate how the public pension system is simply unsustainable, say members of that group. BIG MONEY: Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett stands to collect millions in from his public retirement pension. TUA estimates...
  • Race and violence in the 'Welfare Magnet' (Milwaukee)

    05/21/2013 8:02:35 PM PDT · by NotYourAverageDhimmi · 18 replies
    WND ^ | May17, 2013 | John Bennett
    In Milwaukee, the homicide rate for black residents is 27.9 per 100,000 compared to 9.7 for Latinos and 1.7 per 100,000 white residents. Of known 2011 homicide suspects in Milwaukee, 93 percent are black, while 4 percent are white and Latino. The city itself is 40 percent black, 17 percent Latino, and 37 percent white, according to Census figures. {SNIP} Milwaukee is among the 20 most violent cities in America. The largest number of homicides in Milwaukee occurred in the 53206 Zip Code. {SNIP} In 2011, 17 of the 86 homicides in Milwaukee occurred in 53206. Between 2005-2009, there were...
  • Rise of the Republican Governors - A new liberal era? Not according to these reformers.

    05/11/2013 7:04:44 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    City Journal ^ | Spring 2013 | Steven Malanga
    Shortly after Barack Obama won reelection in November, New Jersey governor Chris Christie pointed out that Republicans’ cloudy political prospects had a bright silver lining. “One of the reasons you have 30 Republican governors in America, and why we’re the only organization to add Republican strength,” Christie said, “is because people see us getting things done.” Christie’s stance countered most of the elite postelection commentary, which gleefully pronounced the Republican Party’s political irrelevance. But the governor was right. Since Obama first took office in 2008, Republicans have picked up a net nine governorships, bringing their total to 30 states,...
  • Son of (WI) State Senator Neal Kedzie Attacked

    10/22/2012 3:12:13 PM PDT · by bigbob · 74 replies
    NBC-15.COM ^ | 10-22-12 | WMTV Madison
    State Senator Neal Kedzie says his son was attacked while trying to stop someone from stealing his Romney/Ryan yard sign. Whitewater Police tell NBC15 News this is an active investigation. Here is the statement released by Senator Neal Kedzie: Early on Friday morning, October 19th, my son Sean was awakened by noises outside his residence in Whitewater. As he went to see what the commotion was about, he noticed an individual removing a Romney/Ryan yard sign from his property. He yelled to the person that they were taking something not theirs and to return it immediately. The individual returned the...
  • Walker, Barrett in dead heat in recall showdown, poll says (Putting Perspective on the Polls)

    09/10/2012 4:01:15 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 18 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | May 2, 2012 | Patrick Marley
    Madison - Gov. Scott Walker and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett are locked in a dead-even race for governor, according to a poll released Wednesday by Marquette University Law School. The poll also showed Barrett leading his Democratic rivals in Tuesday's primary. The primary winner will face the Republican governor in the June 5 recall election.
  • Curious Election Documents Found in Dumpster in Racine, Sheriff's Department Investigating [WI]

    06/14/2012 10:01:28 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 39 replies
    MacIver Institute ^ | June 14, 2012 10:24 AM | unattributed
    [Racine, Wisc...] A Racine County Sheriff's Department official confirmed to the MacIver News Service that it is investigating the discovery of discarded election-related documents in the city of Racine. At issue are election registration forms and partisan political literature found in a dumpster behind the Cesar Chavez Community Center in the City of Racine. Upon hearing the allegations, the MacIver News Service contacted the Racine County Sheriff's department to confirm that they were looking into the matter. Captain Thomas Lamke from the Racine County Sheriff's Office responded to our inquiry and confirmed an investigation was ongoing. The department provided no...
  • Wisconsin GOP lawmaker asks for recount in recall race

    06/15/2012 10:09:40 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 15, 2012 | unattributed
    Wisconsin state GOP. Sen. Van Wanggaard asked elections officials Friday for a recount in his recall race, the outcome of which will decide the majority party in the state Senate. An official canvass this week showed the Racine Republican trailing his Democratic challenger by 834 votes, or 1.2 percent. Democrats had called on Wanggaard to concede, saying a recount would only delay their inevitable and waste taxpayer money. But Wanggaard's campaign said it was concerned about possible reports of voting irregularities, and said it wanted to ensure the outcome was accurate. Given how many votes were cast in the election...
  • Jobs, Money, Scott Walker: Is It Time for Democrats to Panic?

    06/08/2012 1:57:42 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 11 replies
    National Journal ^ | June 7, 2012 | By Naureen Khan
    Democrats are having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad June. But if it’s time to start panicking, most of them haven’t gotten the memo. Despite a spate of negative news, Democrats nationwide, both publicly and privately, seem remarkably Zen about their party’s prospects in November and unwilling to take out any frustration on their man in the Oval Office just yet. “Is there any anxiety on our side? Yes,” said Jerry Crawford, a longtime Democratic activist in Iowa. “Should the other side be feeling at least as much anxiety? Yes. There’s plenty of concern everywhere for both sides.”
  • Walker Lesson: We Can Stand Up To Big Unions

    06/08/2012 1:44:01 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/8/2012 | Jack Spencer
    On Tuesday, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker won his statewide recall election 53 to 46 percent in a state that has been "blue" longer than Michigan in terms of voting for Democrats in presidential elections. Many observers said it was the biggest loss government unions have ever experienced. "It’s more than a big deal, it’s a huge deal,” said Vincent Vernuccio, Labor Policy Counsel at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. "It will embolden governors and legislators across the country. They'll know that they can stand up for taxpayers against special interests. "They’ll understand that they might have to endure some pain, but...
  • What Happened in Wisconsin

    06/08/2012 1:44:28 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 26 replies
    This message is from Pres. Gerald W. McEntee and Sec.- Treas. Lee Saunders.By now you’ve probably heard that Scott Walker survived his recall election. To do so, he spent nearly $50 million.But with the recall of Sen. Van Wanggaard, a pro-worker majority now controls the Wisconsin Senate and we have dealt a major blow against Walker’s ability to do more damage to the working families of Wisconsin.We should all be proud of the AFSCME sisters and brothers who came together in Wisconsin and inspired workers across the country to fight back against the orchestrated attacks on the middle class.The Walker...
  • Scott Walker: Obama’s Comments Reflect a Fundamental Misunderstanding of the Economy

    06/09/2012 5:54:11 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 32 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 6-8-12 | Stephen Hayes
    Much has been made of Barack Obama’s comment Friday morning that the “private sector is doing fine.” The mockery is well-deserved. The president's comment this morning has the potential to be one of those remarks that penetrates deeply into the electorate, well beyond those who keep track of the day-to-day contours of the presidential campaign. The private sector, of course, is not doing fine. GDP growth is 1.9 percent—and slowing. The private sector is adding jobs at a rate that barely outpaces population growth—and slowing. Major corporations are sitting on their cash rather than spending it, consumer confidence is down,...
  • The Main Message From Madison: The Jig Is Up

    06/09/2012 6:09:53 AM PDT · by billorites · 27 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | June 7, 2012 | Douglas MacKinnon
    By far the most amusing and telling result of the thumping the corrupt public-employee unions and out-of-state far-left zealots suffered in Wisconsin is the whining and hand-wringing now being exhibited by a growing collection of liberal pundits, politicians and ultra-wealthy activists who are uniformly saying this is a "major wake-up call for the left, Democrats and unions." No, it's not. It's a loud and clear pronouncement that big government and big-government giveaways to people who want something for nothing is over. Look at the actual results. Listen to the actual people of Wisconsin. Many were flat-out offended and angered that...