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  • Former deputy charged with killing wife, her Lake Elmo sister

    08/30/2014 6:06:50 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 8-30-14 | Todd Richmond
    MADISON, Wis. -- Prosecutors on Friday charged a former Wisconsin sheriff's deputy suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease with shooting his wife and sister-in-law to death this month. Former Dane County Sheriff's Deputy Andrew Steele, 39, faces two counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the death of his wife, Ashlee Steele, and his sister-in-law, Kacee Tollefsbol of Lake Elmo, Minn. He would get two mandatory life sentences if he's convicted. Prosecutors have not offered a motive for the slayings. Steele's lawyer, Jessa Nicholson, said during a court hearing Friday that she plans to investigate Steele's mental stability. She appeared with Steele...
  • President to attend Laborfest in Milwaukee

    08/29/2014 2:49:37 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 10 replies
    CBS-58 ^ | Aug 29, 2014 | John Cuoco
    MILWAUKEE- On Monday, President Barack Obama will attend Laborfest in Milwaukee. The Milwaukee Area Labor Council said he will deliver remarks at the celebration.The event begins at 11:00 a.m. with a parade from Zeidler Union Square Park to the Summerfest Grounds via Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee St. and Chicago St.  According to the group, Laborfest celebrates the achievements of Wisconsin’s working men and women and unions.Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke will not appear publicly with the President, but will meet with him privately at Laborfest.“It’s clear Mary Burke is attempting to distance herself from an unpopular president who’s lost the public’s...
  • Scathing report blisters former head of Milwaukee FBI office

    08/29/2014 1:35:18 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 11 replies
    Journal Sentinel ^ | 8-29-14 | John Diedrich
    The former head of the Milwaukee FBI office twice scolded subordinates for talking to investigators, and in one case urged an agent to commit perjury, a Department of Justice report finds. Staff from the Office of the Inspector General concluded that former Milwaukee Special Agent in Charge Teresa Carlson most likely lied to them when they questioned her. They also found she may have broken federal law by telling an agent to lie under oath. The Justice Department declined to prosecute Carlson, and the FBI refuses to say if she has been disciplined. She remains in a high-ranking job, as...
  • Oak Creek Army Ranger Justin Slaby to graduate from FBI training in October (Wisconsin)

    08/29/2014 10:07:19 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 9 replies
    WHBL News ^ | August 29, 2014
    Oak Creek Army Ranger Justin Slaby to graduate from FBI training in October Friday, August 29, 2014 10:34 a.m. CDT OAK CREEK, WI (WTAQ) - A wounded Army Ranger from Oak Creek will graduate from the FBI's training academy in October. Justin Slaby won a federal lawsuit last year, after he claimed he was wrongly dismissed from the FBI academy because he lost his left hand while serving in Iraq. This week, the Justice Department's inspector general found that former Milwaukee FBI office director Teresa Carlson urged agent Mark Crider to commit perjury, by testifying that Slaby wasn't qualified to...
  • Paul Ryan: Big government has U.S. at ‘tipping point’

    08/29/2014 8:43:14 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 33 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | 8-26-14 | Ben Yount
    It is no longer a question of how much government Americans want. The only question is how much government Americanscan afford. And the former Republican vice presidential candidate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said the answer is becoming clear. “I talk about this in the book,” Ryan told Watchdog Radio Monday. “About very progressive policies. About the outcomes they produce, and how they bankrupt governments.” Ryan writes in his new book, “The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea”, that the federal government has expanded entitlement programs, Medicare, Social Security and now Obamacare, to the point where they cost far more...
  • Mary Burke won't appear with Obama at holiday rally

    08/29/2014 7:03:42 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 7 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 8-28-14 | Scott Bauer
    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke won't take the stage with President Barack Obama when he speaks at the Labor Day rally in Milwaukee, marking the second presidential visit to Wisconsin that will pass without Burke's involvement. Both Burke and Obama will be at the "Laborfest" celebration of organized labor that attracts thousands to the shore of Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, but Burke will be meeting privately with the president and not speaking, said her spokesman Joe Zepecki on Thursday. Republicans, including Gov. Scott Walker's campaign, said Burke was ducking Obama because his approval ratings have dipped below 50 percent in...
  • Is This The End of the Scott Walker Experiment?

    08/28/2014 9:07:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Slate ^ | 08/28/2014 | John Dickerson
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker may survive, but the Walker Hypothesis seems dead. In a poll released by Marquette University Law School on Wednesday, Walker’s Democratic challenger, Mary Burke, has her biggest lead among likely voters, 49 percent to 47 percent. In May Burke trailed Walker 48–45, but pulled ahead by one point (47–46) in July. Walker’s recent attempts to define Burke, including the risky attack on the practices of her family company, haven’t appeared to work. As I wrote earlier this month, the Wisconsin governor’s race touches a lot of national themes. On the Democratic side, it is a test...
  • 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...
  • Sheboygan Press: money, talk radio to blame for Leibham’s GOP primary loss

    08/28/2014 7:23:00 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    Wisconsin Election Watch ^ | 8-28-14 | Kyle Maichle
    On Tuesday, the Sheboygan Press reported that according to two veteran GOP consultants that talk radio and campaign cash were to blame for State Senator Joe Leibham’s narrow defeat in the 6th Congressional District Republican primary. Jason Smathers, the author of the article, said: “But with two other state legislators running to his right, those advantages disappeared. Leibham played defense most of the race. He was blasted in attack ads and press releases and lost to his main opponents in all but two counties – Manitowoc and his home of Sheboygan.” Smathers interviewed veteran GOP consultant Mark Graul of Arena...
  • Both husband, wife now have left loaded guns in restrooms

    08/28/2014 5:06:07 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 45 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 28 aug 2014 | Bruce Vielmetti
    Apparently, carrying a concealed weapon for some PEOPLE is so second nature they don't realize when they've left their gun behind in a restroom. A 76-year-old Oconomowoc man — whose wife left a loaded handgun in a Brookfield church restroom this year — left his own weapon in the restroom of a DOOR COUNTY fun park this month, according to sheriff's department reports. The loaded Ruger .380-caliber was found, in a holster, on the floor of a men's room at the Egg Harbor Fun Park on Aug. 9. A patron of the park — which features miniature golf, go-carts, arcade...
  • This One Congressional Race Epitomizes the GOP's Increasing Extremism

    08/27/2014 4:43:00 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 18 replies
    New Republic ^ | Alec MacGillis
    There’s been so much talk of late about the transformation of the Republican Party over the course of the last few decades that it is easy to become inured to reports of ideologically extreme new arrivals in the party’s ranks. After a while, the latest pronouncements of Michele Bachmann or Steve King fail to impress. But what is going on right now in Wisconsin’s Sixth Congressional District is truly historic, and demands more attention. The district, northwest of Milwaukee, has been represented for nearly half a century by only two men, both of whom were standard bearers for a brand...
  • Poll: Scott Walker’s lead grows with registered Wisconsin voters… but trails among likely voters?

    08/27/2014 4:11:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/27/2014 | Guy Benson
    Fresh numbers from Marquette University Law School’s respected pollster confirms that Wisconsin’s gubernatorial race remains extremely tight. The head-to-head match up sits within the margin of error, but this split is unusual: New Marquette Law School Poll finds Walker at 47.5%, Burke at 44.1% among registered voters. #mulawpoll— MULawPoll (@MULawPoll) August 27, 2014 Among likely voters, Burke has 48.6% and Walker 46.5%, new Marquette Law School Poll shows. #mulawpoll— MULawPoll (@MULawPoll) August 27, 2014 Walker has improved his standing with registered voters since MU Law’s May and July surveys, but has fallen among respondents who are likely to vote....
  • Charlie Sykes Credited With Helping Boost Glenn Grothman to Victory

    08/27/2014 4:02:09 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 2 replies
    Few questioned the role that talk radio played in turning out Republicans to vote for Sheriff Clarke in this month' primary election. But talk radio also played a role in the 6th Congressional District primary. According to Jason Smathers' report in the Fond Du Lac Reporter, 620 WTMJ talk show host and Editor in Chief of RightWisconsin Charlie Sykes may have tipped the scales for Glenn Grothman's narrow victory. "Mark Graul, a GOP operative who runs Arena Strategy Group in Green Bay, said two reasons Leibham narrowly lost to state Sen. Glenn Grothman, R-Campbellsport, were money and talk radio." (SNIP)...
  • Judges chide state lawyers over gay marriage bans

    08/27/2014 4:23:45 AM PDT · by John W · 48 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | August 26, 2014 | Michael Tarm
    CHICAGO (AP) — Federal appeals judges bristled on Tuesday at arguments defending gay marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin, with one Republican appointee comparing them to now-defunct laws that once outlawed weddings between blacks and whites. Richard Posner, who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1981, hit the backers of the ban the hardest. He balked when Wisconsin Assistant Attorney General Timothy Samuelson repeatedly pointed to "tradition" as the underlying justification for barring gay marriage. "It was tradition to not allow blacks and whites to marry — a tradition that got swept away," the 75-year-old judge said. Prohibition of...
  • Glenn Grothman for Congress TV ad: "Caving In" (Faceless RINOs Graham, Cantor & Grimm featured)

    08/25/2014 2:42:46 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 12 replies
    Youtube ^ | Glenn Grothman for Congress
    Glenn Grothman launches his second TV ad of the election cycle. Titled "Caving In," the ad highlights the need for strong conservatives in Congress who won't cave in to President Obama.
  • ‘Retaliation’: Docs show state prosecutors’ launched mini-NSA probe of state conservatives

    08/24/2014 7:53:54 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 5 replies
    MADISON, Wis. – Conservative targets of a Democrat-launched John Doe investigation have described the secret probe as a witch hunt. That might not be a big enough descriptor, based on records released Friday by a federal appeals court as part of a massive document dump. Attorneys for conservative activist Eric O’Keefe and the Wisconsin Club for Growth point to subpoenas requested by John Doe prosecutors that sought records from “at least eight phone companies” believed to serve the targets of the investigation. O’Keefe and the club have filed a civil rights lawsuit against John Doe prosecutors, alleging they violated conservatives’...
  • Paul Ryan airs frustrations with GOP in new book (that no one is buying!)

    08/22/2014 8:15:57 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 45 replies
    CBS News ^ | 8/19/14 | JOSHUA ROBERTS
    As Congress hurtled toward a government shutdown in the fall of 2013, Rep. Paul Ryan looked around at fellow Republicans who were agitating to shutter national parks, federal agencies and Head Start programs. "This can't be the full measure of our party and our movement," Ryan writes of that moment in his new book, released Tuesday. "If it is, we're dead and the country is lost." Such moments of raw frustration pepper Ryan's "The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea," a book as much about his front-row seat as Republicans' favorite budget wonk as it is about his political future....
  • Video: Milwaukee County Sheriff wants Eric Holder to apologize

    08/24/2014 10:32:26 AM PDT · by rktman · 18 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 8/24/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    Andrew Johnson, writing at The Corner, provides the video of Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke’s interview on Fox News, during which he expresses his displeasure with Eric Holder’s remarks in Ferguson. Attorney general Eric Holder and Missouri Democratic leaders need to apologize to the law-enforcement community for impugning officers’ motives in light of the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., according to one prominent county sheriff. Milwaukee County sheriff David Clarke, who gained notoriety last year for encouraging gun ownership within his Wisconsin community, said Holder, Governor Jay Nixon, and Senator Claire McCaskill made the situation in Ferguson worse with their “irresponsible,...
  • With No Recount in Wisconsin Primary, Grothman Becomes GOP Nominee

    08/22/2014 5:13:43 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 2 replies
    Roll Call ^ | Bridget Bowman
    After a week and a half of uncertainty, the Republican nominee to represent Wisconsin’s 6th District will be state Sen. Glenn Grothman. The Associated Press originally declared Grothman the winner of the GOP primary last week but then rescinded its call after additional votes came in and rendered the race too close to call. After the 11 counties in the district verified their vote counts Wednesday, Grothman maintained his lead by 219 votes, or 0.47 percent, but it was unclear whether the second place finisher, state Sen. Joe Leibham, would call for a recount. Leibham announced Friday that he would...
  • Glenn Grothman wins the 6th District nomination for Congress in Wisconsin

    08/22/2014 2:31:35 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 25 replies
    Vanity | 8-22-14 | Vanity
    It was just announced on Milwaukee's WISN radio that State Senator Joe Leibham of Sheboygan will NOT ask for a recount of the August 12 Primary election, thereby leaving State Senator Glenn Grothman as the Republican nominee for the seat left vacant by the retiring Rep. Tom Petri. No word yet on the final vote count. Glenn will be a great Congressman.
  • Romney: It's Ryan's turn to run for president

    08/22/2014 6:09:22 AM PDT · by maggief · 86 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 22, 2014 | Mario Trujillo
    Mitt Romney on Thursday night said that Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) should make his own run for president in 2016. "He's very generous. But I had my turn. It's his turn now," Romney, the 2012 GOP nominee, said about his former vice presidential running mate. Romney made the comments during a joint interview with Ryan on Fox News — their first since the failed campaign. The two later appeared at an event in Chicago, where Romney quizzed Ryan about his new book, "The Way Forward." During the interview, they were asked who would make a better president. "I'll give it...
  • Gun-grabber Bloomberg’s epic fail in Milwaukee

    08/20/2014 6:55:35 AM PDT · by rktman · 11 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 8/19/2014 | David A. Clarke Jr.
    Billionaire Michael R. Bloomberg could learn a thing or two from the biblical story about an Israelite soldier named David, who went up against Goliath, a giant of a man and a powerful foe. Using just a sling and a stone, David brought Goliath down to his knees and destroyed him. Mr. Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York, made a huge political miscalculation when he sauntered into my territory of Milwaukee County, Wis. — a solid-blue county that overwhelmingly votes Democrat — expecting an easy signature win for his failing crusade to disarm law-abiding Americans.
  • Gas tax increase for road work? Scott Walker, Mary Burke leave door open

    08/19/2014 12:08:07 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | August 18, 2014 | Patrick Marley
    Madison — When it comes to funding for roads, Gov. Scott Walker and his Democratic opponent aren't pouring specific ideas in concrete, but both stress the importance of transportation infrastructure and neither rejects the idea of raising the gas tax. Over this two-year budget cycle, Wisconsin is spending about $7 billion on transportation. But far more is needed, according to a task force convened by legislators. Last year, the Wisconsin Transportation Finance and Policy Commission recommended boosting funding for roads by about $680 million annually. To get that money, the commission backed raising the gas tax and vehicle registration fees...
  • Company accuses labor union of forging signatures for political gain

    08/18/2014 2:16:17 PM PDT · by Sopater · 7 replies
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | August 18, 2014 | Adam Tobias
    WAUWATOSA, Wis. — A home health-care company contracted with the Milwaukee County Department of Family Care is accusing a local labor union of forging workers’ signatures to collect more money for political activity. Art Beck, a Milwaukee attorney representing Sally Sprenger, owner of Supportive Homecare Options Inc., told Wisconsin Reporter two employees have come forward since April alleging they were signed up to make contributions without their authority. The contributions were for the Committee on Political Education through the Service Employees International Union Healthcare Wisconsin. After reviewing their forms for voluntary COPE deductions, which help fund union causes for political...
  • NBC-Milwaukee Host To Bloomberg: 'Don't Let The Door Hit You On The Way Out'

    08/18/2014 6:57:28 AM PDT · by rktman · 4 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 8/18/2014 | AWR Hawkins
    During the August 17 airing of NBC-Milwaukee's Sunday Insight on WTMJ, host Charlie Sykes spoke to Michael Bloomberg's unsuccessful involvement in the Milwaukee County Sheriff's race by saying, "Thanks for stopping by Mike, don't let the door hit you on the way out."
  • Rick Perry And The Democrats’ Pattern Of “Lawfare” Against Rising Republicans

    08/17/2014 2:10:27 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 22 replies
    Powerline ^ | April 16, 2013 | PAUL MIRENGOFF
    John and Scott have commented on the indictment of Gov. Rick Perry. As they note, it fits a pattern of politically motivated indictments of prominent Texas Republicans. The Perry indictment also fits a pattern of harassment via the legal process of prominent Republican governors: Sarah Palin, Scott Walker, Chris Christie, and now Perry. What do these four have in common? Why, they all are (or were) potentially viable candidates for the national office. Invocation of the legal process against Christie may well be warranted. (So too with Bob McDonnell, whom I didn’t include in my list because, although once vaguely...
  • Video: Hillary: When I’m ‘President Again’

    11/08/2007 8:29:18 AM PST · by rwa265 · 65 replies · 247+ views
    CNN "Situation Room" ^ | 11/7/7 | ianschwartz
    Slip of the tongue? Yesterday on CNN’s “The Situation Room” Hillary Clinton spoke about what she would do about licensing illegal immigrants when she is president again. Watch:
  • Wisconsin Governor: Walker (R) 48%, Burke (D) 47%

    08/16/2014 11:07:31 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 32 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | August 16, 2014
    It may be the nation’s closest-watched governor’s race, and it remains dead even.
  • 6th District Congress: 1,259 absentee ballots remain outstanding in deadlocked race (WI)

    08/16/2014 5:49:44 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    Wisconsin Election Watch ^ | 8-16-14 | Kyle Maichle
    FOND DU LAC – 1,259 absentee ballots remain outstanding according to election officials in the 6th Congressional District. Wisconsin Election Watch obtained outstanding absentee ballot data from clerks via their website or on the telephone on Thursday. The Sheboygan Press initially reported on Wednesday that there 1,500 absentee ballots outstanding. The following is an actual count of the outstanding absentee ballots: County Number of Outstanding Absentee Ballots Columbia 68 Dodge 76 Fond du Lac 113 Green Lake 17 Manitowoc 82 Marquette 8 Milwaukee 15 Ozaukee 397 Sheboygan 205 Waushara 10 Winnebago 268 Sources: County Clerks in Columbia, Dodge, Fond du...
  • Bloomberg’s White Whale

    08/14/2014 8:52:42 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | 8/13/2014 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    There is something of Captain Ahab about Michael Bloomberg these days — the former mayor of New York having adopted the profile of a neurotic and fevered old man whose long and checkered career has not yet managed to sate him, and whose ambition will be truly realized only when, finally, he captures his whale and avenges his bruised ego. Alas, yesterday evening, in Milwaukee, Wis., satisfaction eluded him once again, that Milwaukee County’s Sheriff David Clarke — an outspoken apostle of the right to keep and bear arms, and opponent of all that Bloomberg holds dear — winning his...
  • Shelter unable to be found in Appleton area for unaccompanied illegal kids

    08/13/2014 10:48:08 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    WTAQ-Local News ^ | August 12, 2014
    APPLETON, WI - Leaders in the Appleton area say they cannot find room for unaccompanied children who've been crossing into the U.S. at the Mexican border. The federal government was hoping to locate up to 400 children in the Fox Valley, as they escape violence in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. However, the Appleton Post-Crescent says Outagamie County officials are concerned about funding and education for the youngsters. The U.S. Health and Human Services Department said federal money would pay for the shelter itself. The agency has been looking around the country for large shelter facilities within 100 miles of...
  • Sheriff David Clarke Beats Bloomberg's Money, Defeats Anti-Gun Opponent

    08/13/2014 8:23:21 AM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies
    bretibart.com ^ | 8/12/2014 | AWR Hawkins
    With 100 percent of precincts reporting, the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Sentinel Journal has Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke (D) defeating challenger Milwaukee police lieutenant Chris Moews by nearly 5 percent. According to the Sentinel, Clarke garnered 56.8 percent of the vote to Moews' 52.1. This percentage is slightly less than that with which Clarke won in 2000 -- when he beat Moews by six points -- but the August 12 victory comes after Michael Bloomberg dumped $150,000 into the race against Clarke.
  • Sheriff David Clarke Defeats Bloomberg's Anti-Gun Money, Wins Milwaukee County Primary

    08/13/2014 8:18:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 13, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's dollars have been defeated again, this time in Wisconsin. Despite Bloomberg dumping $150,000 into the Democrat primary for Milwaukee County Sheriff on behalf of anti-gun Milwaukee Police Lt. Chris Moews with a goal of defeating pro-self defense incumbent Sheriff David Clarke, Clarke was victorious last night. Clarke defeated Moews 52 percent to 48 percent. The race was called Wednesday morning after results were too close to call Tuesday night. Here are Clarke's remarks from last night, before the race was called this morning.
  • Wisconsin's closest congressional race in decades

    08/13/2014 5:59:26 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Online ^ | 8-13-14 | Craig Gilbert
    A third of a percentage point is all that separates Glenn Grothman and Joe Leibham in their GOP congressional primary after the unofficial vote count Wednesday morning in Wisconsin’s Sixth District. Grothman leads Leibham by 215 votes in the Associated Press tally, though the margin is slightly smaller – 213 -- based on a Journal Sentinel review of the returns posted online by each of the 11 counties in the district. A recount, which can be requested by the losing candidate, would seem likely. In AP’s unofficial count, Grothman won 36.17% of the vote, Leibham won 35.84% and Duey Stroebel...
  • Glenn Grothman wins 6th District GOP congressional primary

    08/12/2014 9:11:11 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 63 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 8-12-14 | Don Behm
    State Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-Campbellsport) outpolled three fellow Republicans in the primary to advance to the general election for the Congressional District. He will face Democrat Mark Harris, the Winnebago County executive, in the Nov. 4 election.
  • Gun fight? National political donors spend hundreds of thousands on local Milwaukee sheriff's race

    08/12/2014 4:46:06 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 2 replies
    Fox ^ | 8-12-14 | Fox
    WASHINGTON – National political donors with deep pockets are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on a local Wisconsin sheriff’s race that pits gun control groups against the National Rifle Association. On Tuesday, voters in Milwaukee County, Wis. will decide whether they’ll give controversial Sheriff David Clarke Jr. - a staunch supporter of Second Amendment rights known for his outspoken ads -- another term in office or side with his opponent, police lieutenant Chris Moews.
  • Ignore the attack ads; focus on Sheriff David Clarke's record

    08/11/2014 5:06:52 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 9 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 11 aug 2014
    It's the way of politics these days, but pardon us if we yearn for simpler times...like when hundreds of thousands of dollars wasn't spent by outside groups on a sheriff's race in Milwaukee County. A sheriff's race. We've had our differences with Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr., who is up for re-election on Tuesday. As we noted in an editorial back in June, "Whether it's irresponsibly calling on citizens to arm themselves, bombastic talk-radio appearances or his intensely personal feud with County Executive Chris Abele (all the while never acknowledging his own flaws), the sheriff has repeatedly diminished himself before...
  • Lower Benefits, Higher Jobs -- Paul Ryan Has It Right

    08/10/2014 8:22:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 10, 2014 | Larry Kudlow
    Co-written by Robert Sinche Neel Kashkari, the Republican candidate for governor of California, just recounted in The Wall Street Journal his week on the streets of Fresno posing as a homeless man looking for work. At the end of his op-ed, Kashkari lamented that he didn't need a higher minimum wage, paid sick leave or a health care plan. What he needed was a job. And Kashkari made the important point that all those government benefits, especially extended unemployment benefits, are work disincentives that may actually block job creation. To be sure, there are signs that employment in the country...
  • Bloomberg's PAC makes $150,000 ad buy against Clarke

    08/09/2014 12:41:06 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 20 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 8-9-14 | Georgia Pabst
    Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's political action committee, Independence USA, has purchased $150,833 in television ads in an effort to defeat Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. and support his opponent, Milwaukee police Lt. Chris Moews. In response to the news of Bloomberg's ads, Clarke said in a statement: "I trust the voters. The voters can't be bought." The ad buys by Bloomberg's PAC come on top of $400,000 in media ads purchased by the Greater Wisconsin Committee to try to beat Clarke, who is seeking his fourth term in Tuesday's Democratic primary election. Also on Friday, Citizens...
  • [Wisconsin] In John Doe Land, the left doesn’t illegally coordinate

    08/07/2014 3:38:49 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 8/6/2014 | M.D. Kittle
    As more light shines on the spiders in the leftÂ’s web of political coordination, one question increasingly begs to be asked: Where are the long, secret investigations into liberal organizations in Wisconsin?Prosecutors in the politically charged John Doe investigation have spent years hunting conservatives in their secret probe, devoting more than a year and a half to investigating most of the right-leaning organizations in the Badger State.The probe, launched in early September 2012 by Democrat Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm, has labored under the theory that dozens of conservative groups may have illegally coordinated with Republican Gov. Scott WalkerÂ’s...
  • Anti-carp speakers up and running in Genoa

    08/04/2014 6:25:25 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 17 replies
    Lacrosse Tribune ^ | 8-2-14 | Allison Geyer
    An experimental underwater speaker system designed to repel invasive Asian carp is up and running in Genoa, University of Minnesota officials confirmed this week. The announcement is a win for researcher Peter Sorensen and his team from the Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Center, who have been raising funds for the project since April, but at least one local stakeholder is voicing concerns about the project’s impact on the Mississippi River. Mark Clements owns and operates Clements Fishing Barge below Lock and Dam No. 8, where the speakers are installed. He fears the sounds emitted — which researchers say have been...
  • Germantown kindergarten teacher accused of political vandalism identified

    08/04/2014 12:25:56 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 23 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 8-4-14 | M.D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis – Wisconsin Reporter has learned the identity of the suspect accused of politically motivated disorderly conduct at last month’s Jefferson County Fair. April Kay Smith, 38, a kindergarten teacher in the Germantown School District, was issued a disorderly conduct citation for tearing up and stomping on several signs on July 9 at the Jefferson County Republican Party booth after the fair had shut down for the night, according to a Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department report obtained by Wisconsin Reporter. The incident report, filed by Jefferson County Deputy Heather Larson, states that Smith and her husband, Andrew Smith, 31,...
  • 6th District Congress: Stroebel loans himself $350,000, Grothman leads on cash raised (WI)

    08/03/2014 9:12:19 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 10 replies
    Wisconsin Election Watch ^ | 8-1-14 | Kyle Maichle
    SHEBOYGAN – Late Thursday evening, the pre-primary campaign finance reports for Republican candidates in the 6th Congressional District were released. It ended up with Duey Stroebel loaning himself $350,000, and Glenn Grothman holding the lead on total cash raised from July 1st to the 23rd. During the reporting period, Grothman raised $94,931.36 compared to the $76,595.35 raised by Joe Leibham. Duey Stroebel only raised $12,800 during the reporting period but loaned himself $350,000. The Stroebel Campaign currently has $691,939.99 of outstanding loans and debts reported during the campaign cycle so far. When looking at cash on hand, Stroebel has $262,720.05...
  • Glenn Grothman slams Leibham over accepting money from a trade union (WI6)

    08/02/2014 9:25:24 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    Wisconsin Electon Watchdog ^ | 8-1-14 | Kyle Maichle
    CAMPBELLSPORT – On Friday, 6th District Congressional candidate Glenn Grothman (R-Campbellsport) slammed Joe Leibham (R-Sheboygan) for accepting a maximum limit contribution from a progressive trade union. More: Stroebel, Leibham Trade Barbs Over Voter ID According to records from the Federal Elections Commission, Leibham accepted $5,000 from the Laborers Union International North America (LIUNA) PAC on July 15, 2014. The LIUNA was very evident during the 2011 protests against Governor Scott Walker over Act 10 which was upheld by the Wisconsin State Supreme Court and the federal Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. The LIUNA has 500,000 members that are represented in...
  • Wisconsin voter ID ruling creates confusion

    08/02/2014 7:38:37 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 31 replies
    Pioneer Press/AP ^ | 8-2-14 | Scott Bauer
    MADISON, Wis. -- A court-ordered change to Wisconsin's photo identification law that's designed to cut down on voter fraud is creating confusion and may even open the door to the very type of behavior Republican lawmakers were trying to prevent. Policy makers, attorneys and voter ID experts were struggling Friday with how to interpret a Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling from a day earlier, which mandated a change to the law in order to make it constitutional. The court said the state can't require applicants for state-issued IDs to present government documents that cost money to obtain, such as a copy...
  • Three Cheers for Ryan’s Plan

    08/02/2014 4:55:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 2, 2014 | John C. Goodman
    Representative Paul Ryan has a bold, ambitious proposal “Expanding Opportunity in America,” to completely remake the American welfare state. Along the way he would also change the federal government’s approach to education, revamp what we are doing in our prison system and much more. Here is a surprise. Although Ryan’s approach is based on well-known conservative ideas, some on the left are actually praising parts of the proposal – including the editorial page of the Washington Post. Ryan’s plan shows something I have believed for a long time. All the innovative thinking on how to solve public policy problems for...
  • Why Republicans Lose (calls Ryan's budget proposal for 2015 “the height of political stupidity")

    08/02/2014 4:14:38 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 25 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8-1-2014 | David Horowitz
    Earlier this year, congressman and former vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan released a proposed budget for 2015. It contains an impressive list of cuts projecting a $5.1 trillion savings over ten years. It is also the height of political stupidity and an example of everything that cripples Republicans in their battles with the left.If you are going to make budget cuts, you do it. You don’t telegraph it. Paul Ryan can’t even make budget cuts unless Republicans win the White House and he has just made it harder for them to do it.For starters, Ryan’s list of cuts includes the...
  • Doctors: Stabbing Suspect Sees Fictional Beings

    08/01/2014 11:32:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    CBS8 ^ | Aug 01, 2014 | M.L. JOHNSON
    One of two preteens accused of stabbing a classmate 19 times to please a fictional horror character was ordered Friday to receive treatment rather than stand trial, based on doctors' testimony that she claims to see and have conversations with things others cannot - including unicorns and a Harry Potter villain. Judge Michael Bohren ordered the 12-year-old girl evaluated and treated either in a hospital or in a juvenile detention center, where she currently is being held. Doctors have a year to get the girl to a point where she can help with her defense and go to trial. If...
  • Shorewood man charged with voter fraud

    08/01/2014 7:53:58 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 36 replies
    Shorewood NOW ^ | 6-25-14 | Jeff Rumage
    Shorewood — A Shorewood man has been charged with 13 counts of voter fraud, allegedly using other peoples' names and addresses — even driving to Indiana — to cast multiple ballots in multiple elections. According to a criminal complaint, 50-year-old health insurance executive Robert Monroe cast two ballots in the April 2011 Supreme Court election between David Prosser and Joann Kloppenburg, two ballots in the August 2011 recall election between Alberta Darling and Sandy Pasch, five ballots in the Gov. Scott Walker recall election in June 2012, one illegal ballot in the August 2012 partisan primary election and two ballots...
  • Supreme Court upholds Scott Walker Act 10 union law

    07/31/2014 5:57:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | July 31, 2014 | Jason Stein, Jason Silverstein and Patrick Marley
    Madison — The Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld Gov. Scott Walker's signature labor legislation Thursday,delivering an election-year affirmation to the governor in one of the three major rulings issued by the justices on union bargaining, election law and same-sex couples. In addition to ruling Walker's labor law constitutional, the state's highest court also upheld the state's voter ID law and a 2009 law providing limited benefits to gay and lesbian couples, leaving liberals with one consolation to soften the sting of the two larger conservative victories. "Our courts have continued to give deference to our Legislature and in all three of...