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  • My State is Dead Last in Job Growth -- No MY State is Dead Last in Job Growth

    10/24/2014 7:12:05 PM PDT · by sgtyork · 16 replies
    Vanity ^ | Vanity
    I live in Wisconsin, which according to Mary Burke Democrat candidate for governor is dead last in the Midwest for job growth. ((Its a flat out lie, Walker has really turned job growth around and says Wisconsin is 4th in the Midwest for job growth. I work a lot in Illinois which according to Illinois Policy and the Illinois GOP is dead last in the country for job growth. This is also advertised on political radio ads. http://www.rebootillinois.com/2014/01/23/uncategorized/brendanbond/illinois-predicted-dead-last-job-growth-2014/5012/ But when I binged it, the GOP Minnesota gubernatorial candidate also says Minnesota is dead last in job growth. http://johnsonforgovernor.org/jeff-johnson-issues-statement-minnesota-dead-last-midwest-private-sector-job-creation/#.VEsGgcai1g2 I thought...
  • Milwaukee election officials demean, intimidate observers, monitors claim

    10/24/2014 12:32:30 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 10-24-14 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. — Republican Party election observers monitoring in-person absentee voting at Milwaukee’s largest polling place say partisan election officials are shutting them out. Reports to Wisconsin Reporter from observers at the Zeidler Municipal Building in downtown Milwaukee detail the strict enforcement of the Democrat-heavy Milwaukee Election Commission’s edict keeping poll workers as far away from voters as a new state law will allow — eight feet. “I could neither see what any voters was providing for (proof of residency) nor hear the conversation between the election worker and the voter, who was then given a ballot,” one observer told...
  • Burke thought raiding transportation fund made ‘good sense’ before $680M shortfall (WI)

    10/24/2014 11:09:25 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 10-24-14 | Adam Tobias
    MADISON, Wis. — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke once gushed over former Gov. Jim Doyle raiding almost $1.4 billion from the segregated transportation fund to balance several state budgets, claiming the series of moves made good business sense. But after admitting last week those actions contributed to a projected $680 million shortfall in the transportation fund, Burke is trying to pretend she never fully supported those transfers. “When we collect revenue, particularly from the gas tax for a certain purpose, I think it’s reasonable to say that it stays there,” Burke told Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporters and the newspaper’s editorial...
  • Mary Burke’s taxing resume problems (WI)

    10/24/2014 11:03:41 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 10-23-14 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. — Mary Burke’s resume, much like the Democratic candidate for governor, has gone through a lot of changes — particularly during the course of her campaign. And some new tax records obtained by Wisconsin Reporter beg more questions about Burke’s shifting employment record. Burke is running against incumbent Republican Gov. Scott Walker in next month’s election. There is “no record” of Mary Burke on Wisconsin’s income tax rolls in 1988. That’s peculiar because Burke did pay $3,514 in 1987, and $3,750 in income taxes in 1989, according to a document from the state Department of Revenue’s Central Tax...
  • Union enrollment plummets for Wisconsin teachers under tough law

    10/23/2014 7:45:12 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 19, 2014 | Perry Chiaramonte
    Teachers in Wisconsin's public schools have learned a major lesson from the state's landmark 2011 law neutering public sector unions, with more than a third dropping out of their labor organization. Given no choice but to join and pay dues to the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC) for decades, teachers have for the last three years been able to opt out. And that is what tens of thousands have done as a result of Gov. Scott Walker’s Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill, also known as Act 10. “Given the evidence, it shows that the union's hold is softening," Patrick Wright, vice...
  • Wisconsin Pro-Life Group Requests TV Stations Pull False Ad Attacking Scott Walker

    10/23/2014 9:19:53 AM PDT · by Morgana · 3 replies
    life news ^ | 10.23.14 | Steven Ertelt
    A Wisconsin pro-life group is doubling down on its criticism of a false ad that erroneously attacks a pro-life law Governor Scott Walker signed. Leading pro-abortion groups are attacking pro-life Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who is facing a tough re-election battle in this purple state. The out-of-state and extreme pro-abortion group Emily’s List is making false claims about Sonya’s Law, the pro-life bill Walker signed that allows women a chance to see their unborn baby in an ultrasound while considering an abortion. The pro-abortion groups claim Walker is violating women’s privacy by forcing them to have a transvaginal utlrasound —...
  • Free Speech Victory Vindicates Governor Scott Walker, Conservatives

    10/23/2014 8:07:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 23, 2014 | Ken Blackwell
    A free speech courage award should go to U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa for his recent ruling blocking the enforcement of part of Wisconsin's campaign finance law that prohibits “coordinated issue advocacy” between outside groups and candidates. Liberal, overzealous Badger State prosecutors have tried to use a very subjective interpretation of the law as justification for their four-year, failed witch hunt to try and bring down Governor Scott Walker and his allies.Earlier this year, the same Judge Randa ordered a shut-down of the nefarious so-called “John Doe” investigation – a secret probe launched in 2012 by partisan Democrat District Attorney...
  • From Texas To Wisconsin, Voters To Determine Transportation Policy

    10/22/2014 10:38:12 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    Roll Call ^ | October 20, 2014 | Tom Curry
    In two weeks, voters decide which party will control the Senate and House, as well as choosing 36 governors and 6,049 state legislators.In some places voters will also be making transportation policy directly through ballot initiatives and referenda.A common factor in three states, Texas, Maryland and Wisconsin, is the attempt to ensure that some tax revenues are used only for transportation and aren’t diverted to other purposes.Texas voters will decide the fate of Proposition 1, a constitutional amendment that would earmark revenue from the state’s oil and gas severance tax to the state highway fund. (You can see a TV...
  • 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...
  • Wisconsin Pro-Life Group: Emily’s List Lying About Ultrasound Bill Scott Walker Signed

    10/21/2014 8:54:12 PM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    life news ^ | 10.21.14 | Steven Ertelt
    Leading pro-abortion groups are attacking pro-life Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who is facing a tough re-election battle in this purple state. The out-of-state and extreme pro-abortion group Emily’s List is making false claims about Sony’a Law, the pro-life bill Walker signed that allows women a chance to see their unborn baby in an ultrasound while considering an abortion. The pro-abortion groups claim Walker is violating women’s privacy by forcing them to have a transvaginal utlrasound — a claim the state’s leading pro-life e group rejects. ultrasound3d18Wisconsin Right to Life’s Executive Director, Heather Weininger, stated, “We only have to look at...
  • Thousands of Gov. Walker-Related Emails Released

    10/21/2014 11:08:24 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 36 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 21, 2014 | By SCOTT BAUER
    Thousands of emails prosecutors collected during the first secret investigation into Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's former aides and associates when he was a county executive were released Tuesday, prompting allegations from Walker and other Republicans that the timing two weeks before the election was politically motivated. Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele's office made public the nearly 16,000 emails and attachments that prosecutors seized from county and personal computers during the investigation that ended in 2013. Walker was never charged but six of his aides and associates were convicted on charges ranging from theft to misconduct in office. The documents' release...
  • My Ballot: 2014 General Election

    10/21/2014 10:18:43 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
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  • Mary Burke's Lie of the Day: "The Deepest Per-Student Education Cuts in The Nation"

    10/21/2014 9:34:29 AM PDT · by Mygirlsmom · 6 replies
    www.rightwisconsin.com ^ | 10/21/2014 | Colin Roth
    CLAIM: "The deepest per-student education cuts in the nation."FACT: As of 2014, the estimated savings for local governments is around $3 billion statewide - providing savings that far and away exceed the cuts. And the success stories are everywhere......Editor's Note: RightWisconsin will be bringing you a "Lie of the Day" each day in order to give you the facts and ammunition to combat the talking points and lies from Mary Burke and her allies. This effort is so that we can arm you with the truth so that you might be able to answer questions from voters.
  • Renewable Energy Fails Protesters Calling for More Renewable Energy (Wisconsin)

    10/21/2014 8:01:28 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 9 replies
    MacIver Institute ^ | October 9, 2014 | MacIverInstitute
    Demonstrators gathered outside the Public Service Commission to protest against a requested rate structure change by the local utility company, Madison Gas and Electric (MG&E). During the protest, they decried the use of "dirty coal" and called for more renewable energy. To make their point, they had a blow-up coal power plant that was running on a fan powered by wind and solar charged batteries. Before the protest was over, however, the batteries died and their solar panel could not produce enough energy to keep the power plant standing upright.
  • Van Hollen abandons any hope of voter ID for now-(Wisconsin Attorney General)

    10/20/2014 9:04:11 PM PDT · by Wisconsinlady · 17 replies
    Fox 11 Online ^ | 10/20/14 | AP
    MADISON (AP) – Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is giving up on finding a way to get a voter photo identification law in place for the Nov. 4 election.
  • More ‘Walker is Hitler’ rhetoric appears from the left (WI)

    10/20/2014 9:01:59 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 29 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 10-20-14 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. — Here we go again — another roadside sign comparing Republican Gov. Scott Walker to Adolf Hitler. “WALKERS MOTTO DIVIDE & CONQUER SO WAS HITLERS,” proclaims the grammatically challenged, hand-written sign pinned to posts just off of Mariner Road near Wisconsin Highway 83 in Hartland. The sign is across the highway from Westbrook Church, an Evangelical Christian worship center at 1100 Wisconsin 83. SIGN OF THE TIMES: Another ‘Walker is Hitler’ sign, this one in Hartland, Wis., amid the state’s heated campaign for governor. If history is any indicator, expect more of these messages during the last 15...
  • Election observers face more restrictions this year (WI)

    10/20/2014 7:24:34 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 10 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 10-20-14 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. — The same election commission that banned a 78-year-old poll monitor from observing next month’s election is pushing a policy that would keep election observers farther away from voters. In a letter obtained by Wisconsin Reporter, the City of Milwaukee Election Commission receives guidance from the city attorney on how to comply with a provision in a new state law involving election observers. Wisconsin Act 177, which into effect in April, allows the chief election inspector or municipal clerk to restrict the viewing area of poll observers to an area “not less than three feet nor more than...
  • Union enrollment plummets for Wisconsin teachers under tough law

    10/19/2014 8:04:31 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | ·Published October 19, 2014 | Perry Chiaramonte
    "As soon as I was given the choice, I left," Amy Rosno, a teacher with the virtual class program at the Waukesha school system, told FoxNews.com. "I never really understood the union anyway." Rosno said she had a better understanding once she was asked to be a representative for her department and attended her first WEAC meeting. "I realized that it was all political and not about teaching," she said. Teachers who spoke to the nonprofit education think tank EAGnews.org said they were glad to be free of the union's grip, especially because of the perception their dues were spent...
  • Milwaukee election chief bans 78-year-old grandmother from observing at polls

    10/18/2014 6:59:57 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 23 replies
    Wisconsin Election Watch ^ | 10-16-14 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. – Leave it to the Dem-heavy City of Milwaukee Election Commission to ban a 78-year-old poll observer for doing her job, a draconian punishment one election official described as nothing short of partisan “intimidation” in the remaining days before Wisconsin’s tightly contested gubernatorial election. Now, the commission’s executive director has turned in Marguerite Ingold to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office, the same agency that has spent the past four years drag-netting conservatives in secret, politically charged John Doe investigations. The reason, according to Ingold: The election director believed this Muskego great-grandmother could have become “violent and stormed...
  • David Harsanyi commentary: Unless you’re for polygamy, you’re not for marriage equality

    10/17/2014 8:51:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | October 10, 2014 | David Harsanyi
    This week, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected gay-marriage appeals from Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin, in essence allowing lower courts to legalize same-sex couples. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, an institution that has vigorously opposed gay marriage for some time now, conceded that the political battle over marriage is over. “As far as the civil law is concerned,” the Mormon church admitted, “the courts have spoken.” Actually, nothing is over until God says it’s over. At least, this is my understanding of how religion operates. So though I don’t want to accuse Mormons of being a...
  • Wisconsin’s Mary Burke: Legislation to Protect Unborn Babies Who Feel Pain? “Yeah, I Would Veto It.”

    10/17/2014 4:56:21 PM PDT · by Morgana · 21 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | 10/17/14 | Chelsea Shields
    Wisconsin has made huge strides in the protection of unborn babies and mothers in our state. In just 2013 alone, our new lifesaving laws gave mothers more information about their unborn children and helped save 465 babies, who now sleep peacefully in their beds. But we still have far more work to do. maryburkeThat’s why so many Wisconsinites are concerned by Mary Burke’s recent statement in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel interview about her position on legislation that would protect unborn babies who are capable of feeling pain. When asked what she would do with legislation that would “ban abortions after...
  • Can Scott Walker make the case for conservatism?

    10/17/2014 2:21:23 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 17 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | 10/17/14 | Stephanie Condon
    During his first term in office, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker gained a nationwide reputation for his often polarizing yet unapologetically conservative agenda. He feuded with public employees over their collective bargaining rights and was subject to a recall vote because of it. He enacted income tax reductions and oversaw property tax reductions. He signed a controversial law requiring women to get an ultrasound before getting an abortion, and he enacted a controversial voter ID law now tied up in court. Now, Wisconsin voters must decide whether they're up for four more years of the Walker agenda. If they are, political...
  • You Know the Koch Brothers: Now Meet the 'Koch Sisters'

    10/17/2014 8:18:31 AM PDT · by God'sgrrl · 13 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 6, 2014 | Erin Dooley
    Joyce and Karen Koch aren’t related to each other. But that’s not important; they’re sisters “in spirit.” Besides, what they really want you to know is that they’re not related to the Koch brothers, the billionaire conservatives funding political candidates and causes nationwide. more...
  • Grimes campaign shows Democratic women of the U.S. Senate supporting her in new ad

    10/16/2014 7:28:46 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 30 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 10/16/2014 | Jacqueline Pitts
    Half of all the Democratic women in the U.S. Senate are featured in a new video voicing their support for Kentucky Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes. The video, released Thursday after first being shown at Grimes’ event with Hillary Clinton Wednesday evening, shows six women in the U.S. Senate saying “Shatter the glass. Break the ceiling. It’s time for Alison!” Of the twelve women in the Senate Democratic caucus, U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Patty Murray (D-WA), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) are shown...
  • New Cure for Racial Violence in Minneapolis: Crack down on the victims.

    10/17/2014 12:00:41 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 15, 2014 | Colin Flaherty
    Police in Minneapolis have discovered a new way to fight the wave of black violence and mayhem that is now an every day fact of life in their city: Blame the white victims for drinking too much. Why not: Nothing else has worked. First, Minneapolis police tried ignoring the problem. But dozens of victims, videos, witnesses, police reports and 911 calls made that impossible. Then they tried denying it: A spokesman for Minneapolis police department told me that race has nothing to do with anything involving crime and anyone who thinks differently is a bad person. That lasted about as...
  • 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...
  • Poll: Scott Walker's 5 Point Lead Disappeared

    10/15/2014 3:24:05 PM PDT · by Bettyprob · 52 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | 10-15-2014 | Daniel Strauss
    A new Marquette Law School poll finds the Wisconsin gubernatorial race tied with Gov. Scott Walker (R) and Democratic challenger Mary Burke each getting 47 percent support among likely voters. The most recent Marquette poll's findings, released on Wednesday, contrast a previous Marquette poll which showed Walker leading Burke by 5 percentage points. The most recent poll's findings underscore what other polls have shown about the race: that Walker and Burke are only separated by a small margin. The new Marquette poll also suggests that Burke has, at the very least, not totally lost her chance to win the race...
  • Union enrollment plummets for Wisconsin teachers under tough law

    10/14/2014 3:20:44 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 33 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | 10-14-14 | Perry Chiaramonte
    Teachers in Wisconsin's public schools have learned a major lesson from the state's landmark 2011 law neutering public sector unions, with more than a third dropping out of their labor organization. Given no choice but to join and pay dues to the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC) for decades, teachers have for the last three years been able to opt out. And that is what tens of thousands have done as a result of Gov. Scott Walker’s Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill, also known as Act 10. “Given the evidence, it shows that the union's hold is softening," Patrick Wright, vice...
  • Wisconsin attorney general hopeful calls for gun background checks

    10/13/2014 10:52:49 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 26 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 10/13/14 | AP
    Wisconsin attorney general candidate Susan Happ is calling for background checks on all gun sales. Happ's campaign released a statement Monday noting saying background checks are an obvious solution to gun violence.
  • Braced for Voter Fraud in Colorado

    10/13/2014 4:01:11 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 33 replies
    National Review ^ | October 12, 2014 | John Fund
    Perhaps the most hard-fought Senate race this year will be ColoradoÂ’s showdown between Democratic senator Mark Udall and Republican congressman Cory Gardner. The RealClearPolitics average of polls in the race shows Gardner holding a lead of 1.3 percentage points. The outcome may determine control of the U.S. Senate, and the margin of victory could be less than the 11,000-vote margin by which Democratic senator Michael Bennet was reelected in Colorado in 2010. But there is a significant difference in this yearÂ’s Senate race. In 2013, a new Democratic state legislature rammed through a sweeping and highly controversial election law and...
  • Scott Walker releases wimpiest “pro-life” ad of the year

    10/12/2014 6:36:25 PM PDT · by Morgana · 24 replies
    LIVE ACTION ^ | Calvin Freiburger
    Earlier this week, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker released a new ad in response to an EMILY’s List campaign regurgitating the usual “War on Women” blather. But rather than fighting back with a clear, unapologetic defense of pro-life principles and policies, it tries to defuse the situation with mealy-mouthed equivocation: Hi, I’m Scott Walker. I’m pro-life. But there’s no doubt in my mind the decision of whether or not to end a pregnancy is an agonizing one. That’s why I support legislation to increase safety and to provide more information for a woman considering her options. The bill leaves the final...
  • Green demonstrators accidentally prove why they should never be trusted with energy policy

    10/11/2014 1:39:32 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 27 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 10-11-14 | Thomas Lifson
    “Renewable” energy is unreliable, and can never replace secure base load sources like coal, natural gas, and hydro. And now a bunch of greenies have embarrassed themselves and proved the point. Attempting to show how wonderful solar power is, a band of self-righteous greenie demonstrators in Madison, WI, the Berkeley of the Midwest, instead demonstrated that reliance on renewables means brownouts and blackouts. Protesting a proposed rate increase by the local utility, Madison Gas & Electric, they made utter fools of themselves, and showed by reliable power from hydrocarbons is the only way to have secure energy supplies. The MacIver...
  • David Brooks 'Applauds' GOP for Doing 'Absolutely the Right Thing' By Letting Go Gay Marriage Issue

    10/11/2014 8:49:06 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 34 replies
    Breitbart TV ^ | 10/10/2014 | Staff
    Friday on PBS's "News Hour," syndicated columnist Mark Shields pointed out, "among young Republicans, 61 percent of Republicans -- young Republicans under the age of 30 are in favor of same sex marriage." New York Times columnist David Brooks "applauded," the GOP for "doing absolutely the right thing in withdrawing" and letting the country have its way. Brooks said "I sort of applaud the minimalism here. Sometimes you let the country have its way and you don't try to determine the shape of the country, you sort of modestly step back and let the country figure out what it believes....
  • Supreme Court’s blockage of WI voter ID law only temporary, election reform expert says

    10/10/2014 11:34:47 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 25 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 10-10-14 | Adam Tobias
    MADISON, Wis. — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday may have blocked Wisconsin’s voter identification law, but an election reform expert is calling the decision purely procedural and expects the requirement to be in place at some point in the future. The high court didn’t give a reason for its decision in a brief order overruling the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, but three of the nine justices who dissented said there is a “colorable basis” for the court’s conclusion due to the proximity of the upcoming general election Nov. 4. Justices Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas,...
  • US Supreme Court blocks Wis. voter ID law

    10/09/2014 7:50:40 PM PDT · by gorush · 63 replies
    AP ^ | Oct 09 2014 08:19:29 PM CDT | N/A
    MADISON, Wis. - The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked Wisconsin from implementing a law requiring voters to present photo IDs. Related Content US Supreme Court blocks Wis. voter... New bike path will connect Madison,... Court orders tribal night deer case... Dogs, bird rescued from hoarder... » View More The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday declared the law constitutional.
  • Courts block voter ID laws in Texas, Wisconsin

    10/10/2014 10:45:04 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 89 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10-10-14
    AUSTIN, Texas – A federal judge likened Texas' strict voter ID requirement to a poll tax deliberately meant to suppress minority voter turnout and struck it down less than a month before Election Day — and mere hours after the U.S. Supreme Court blocked a similar measure in Wisconsin. The twin rulings released Thursday evening represent major and somewhat surprising blows to largely Republican-backed voter identification rules sweeping the nation that have generally been upheld in previous rulings. Approved in 2011, Texas' law is considered among the nation's harshest and had even been derided in court by the Justice Department...
  • Walker could be strolling to massive win in Wisconsin

    10/10/2014 7:19:22 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 59 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 10/10/14 | Timothy Carney
    VAN DYNE, Wis. — Republican Gov. Scott Walker is under investigation, and he is reviled by the largest political force in his state. But you’d never guess that by watching him amble through the stalls at a central Wisconsin dairy farm. Walker converses with a casual ease rare among politicians. He strolls with a light step through a massive cow barn at Ruedinger Farms on Wednesday. The only thing hanging over his head is the mechanical hawk that chases away the pigeons. You wouldn’t guess from his demeanor how hated he is. County prosecutors are still investigating him. And the...
  • Wisconsin, Texas voter ID laws blocked by courts

    10/09/2014 8:51:56 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 72 replies
    LATimes ^ | 10-9-14 | David G. Savage
    The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked Wisconsin from enforcing its strict voter identification law in this year's election.. By a 6-3 vote, the justices granted an emergency appeal from civil rights lawyers who argued it was too late to put the rule into effect. Lawyers for the ACLU had noted the state had already sent out thousands of absentee ballots without mentioning the need for voters to return a copy of the photo identification. It would be "chaos," they said, for the state now to have to decide whether or not to count such ballots because the voters failed to...
  • Woman from Liberia monitored for Ebola at Kenosha jail

    10/09/2014 2:18:04 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10-9-14 | Robert McCoppin
    woman from Liberia who was detained at O’Hare International Airport was monitored for the Ebola virus as a precaution while being temporarily held at the Kenosha County Jail, though she showed no signs of being sick, officials said Thursday. The woman was sent back to O’Hare and the custody of federal authorities at about 5 a.m. Thursday, according to the Kenosha County sheriff’s department, which did not say why she was detained The woman was sent back to O’Hare and the custody of federal authorities at about 5 a.m. Thursday, according to the Kenosha County sheriff’s department, which did not...
  • Speaker Vos: It’s time for Kevin Kennedy to go as GAB Director (WI)

    10/09/2014 10:18:07 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    Wisconsin Election Watch ^ | 10-9-14 | Kyle Maichle
    MADISON – During a luncheon yesterday in Madison, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester, 53rd District) said that Government Accountability Board Director Kevin Kennedy should go. Speaker Vos made the comment during a lunch-time speaking engagement with Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha, 64th District). The comments made by the Assembly Speaker came after he responded to a question from Jeff Mayers of WisPolitics.com regarding campaign finance laws. Vos said that the GAB will not exist in its current format two years from now. “I promise you that two years from now the GAB will not be in the current format....
  • Burke campaign bars journalist from event with first lady; free press advocates cry foul

    10/09/2014 8:00:36 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter Watchdog ^ | 10-7-14 | Adam Tobias
    MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin Reporter was barred from covering a campaign rally Tuesday in Madison for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke and featuring first lady Michelle Obama. Melissa Baldauff, communications director for the state Democratic Party, informed Wisconsin Reporter on Monday it wasn’t allowed to attend the event at the Overture Center because the online publication isn’t a legitimate news source. This marks the second time in about a week the Burke camp has dictated press coverage of a campaign fundraiser in Wisconsin headlined by the first lady. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Meg Kissinger reported White House and Burke staff tried...
  • Liberian woman flies into O'Hare - detained in Wisconsin

    10/08/2014 7:00:06 PM PDT · by SteveAustin · 55 replies
    Fox Six News Milwaukee ^ | 10/8/2014 | Myra Sanchick
    KENOSHA (WITI) — The Kenosha County Jail is taking precautions — monitoring an detainee for signs of the Ebola virus. Local officials are in close contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — along with other federal officials. The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Office confirms with FOX6 News that at 1 a.m. on Wednesday, October 8th, a woman came into the jail from O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. As officials screened her, they realized she is from Liberia — a country hard hit with the Ebola outbreak. Officials say the woman was brought in as a federal immigration...
  • WI John Doe targets seek full rehearing of dismissal of lawsuit against prosecutors.

    10/08/2014 12:57:28 PM PDT · by TheConservator · 2 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 10/7/2014 | William Jacobson
    The short version is that the targets initially succeeded at the federal trial court level in obtaining an injunction shutting down the investigation (which already was on hold because of a state court judge’s ruling), and allowing the civil damages lawsuit against the prosecutors/investigators to go forward in federal court. The Court of Appeals reversed, finding that there was no ground for the federal courts to intervene in a state investigation, particularly where a state judge already had effectively shut it down (which is on appeal in the state court system). Here are the grounds stated in the Petition to...
  • Shocker...another Obama pal benefits from Obamacare

    06/17/2011 3:53:24 PM PDT · by hilaryrhymeswithrich · 2 replies
    Big Government ^ | June 17, 2011 | Liberty Chick
    If you haven’t previously read about who Judith Faulkner is, it’s imperative – especially if you live in Wisconsin – to read this post first, Will Money & Power in Wisconsin Politics Influence Health Care Policy?, particularly the last third of it. You see, it turns out that one of the biggest backers of liberal politicians and big labor in Wisconsin is actually none other than….an evil corporation!
  • An Epic conflict of interest

    12/27/2011 9:55:31 AM PST · by Nachum · 10 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12/27/11 | Pejman Yousefzadeh
    Meet Judy Faulkner. She is the founder and CEO of Epic Systems Corporation in Wisconsin. She is also a member of the GAO Health Information Technology Policy Committee and an advisory board member of the Journal of Healthcare Information Management. She is also politically active. In 2008, Faulkner gave at least $110,000 to political organizations and candidates, including $57,000 to the Democratic National Committee and $2,300 to then-Senator Barack Obama, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. After Obama’s election, Faulkner continued giving to the Democrats, giving at least $85,000 through the 2010 midterm election. In 2010, Faulkner gave $60,000...
  • Liberals prepare to blame a Scott Walker victory on voter ID

    10/07/2014 5:01:41 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | October 7, 2014 | JAZZ SHAW
    Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin has had his political obituary penned and published so many times that Badger State civil courts are probably flooded with copyright infringement lawsuits, yet he stubbornly remains in office. 2014 may wind up being his Waterloo if liberal union enthusiasts have their way – and a delicious win it would be for them indeed – but the Left side punditry is preparing for the worst and seem to have identified where to affix the blame. Obviously, it must be those racist voter ID laws. On September 12, Wisconsin voting-rights groups began to scramble when the...
  • High court denies gay marriage appeals [legal immediately in IN, OK, UT, VA and WI]

    10/06/2014 7:07:01 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 211 replies
    AP ^ | 10/06/2014 | Mark Sherman
    he Supreme Court has turned away appeals from five states seeking to prohibit same-sex marriages, paving the way for an immediate expansion of gay and lesbian unions. The justices on Monday did not comment in rejecting appeals from Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. The court's order immediately ends delays on marriage in those states. Couples in six other states should be able to get married in short order. That would make same-sex marriage legal in 30 states and the District of Columbia. But the justices have left unresolved for now the question of same-sex marriage nationwide.
  • Wisconsin couple a bit in awe to be invited by pope as synod auditors

    10/04/2014 10:41:11 AM PDT · by ADSUM · 10 replies
    CNS ^ | 10/3/2014 | Denis Downey
    Wisconsin couple a bit in awe to be invited by pope as synod auditors By Denis Downey Catholic News Service MENOMONIE, Wis. (CNS) -- Alice and Jeff Heinzen will not only be serving as auditors for the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican Oct. 5-19, they also will make a presentation before the general assembly. In their main role as one of 14 married couples from around the world selected to serve as auditors for the synod, the Heinzens will observe general assembly sessions and participate in group discussions with the English-speaking delegates. "During the general...
  • The Day John Doe Rushed Through the Door

    10/03/2014 8:58:17 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 10-3-14 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. — One year ago, about an hour before dawn, police surrounded the homes of several Wisconsin conservatives and then hit them with floodlights. Police didn’t draw their guns. They didn’t have to. Garish light blinded the groggy targets of the secret probe, startling neighbors. The uniforms, the lights, the early hour got everybody’s attention. One of the targets says police threatened to use battering rams to break down the front door, but the targets let them in. Armed with warrants approved at the request of prosecutors, investigators searched the homes for evidence of a political crime. The fact...