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  • Massive Fire Rages After Another Buffett-Owned Oiltrain Derails In North Dakota, Town Evacuated

    05/06/2015 3:11:22 PM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    Exactly two months after the latest Warren Buffett-owned BNSF train derailed near the spot where the Galena river meets the Mississippi, resulting in a huge fire and the evacuation of all homes in a one mile radius, moments ago another of Buffett's BNSF oil trains derailed, this time near the town of Heimdal, North Dakota, resulting in the same outcome. According to the Bismark Tribune, the town in Wells County was evacuated Tuesday morning after a train full of oil tanker cars derailed and burned about a mile and half east of here. ... For those concerned that these countless...
  • NJ Republicans prefer Walker, poll says

    05/06/2015 1:44:01 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    Philadelphia Media Network ^ | May 6, 2015 | Maddie Hanna
    In the 2016 presidential race, a new poll shows New Jersey Republicans prefer a governor who isn’t theirs. Their choice would be Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. According to a Monmouth University poll released today, in a matchup between Walker and Gov. Christie, 44 percent of New Jersey Republicans would pick Walker, while 30 percent would go with their own governor. Three months ago, the state’s Republicans had favored Christie over Walker, 51 percent to 30 percent.
  • Scott Walker Wants to Make His Signature Wisconsin Issue a National Policy Fight

    05/06/2015 1:31:25 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    IJReview ^ | May 6, 2015 | Frank Camp
    Gov. Scott Walker wants to make the most public fight of his administration a national issue should he run for president. In an interview with Radio Iowa, the Wisconsin Republican made the case for a national “right to work” law: “As much as I think the federal government should get out of most of what it’s in right now, I think establishing fundamental freedoms for the American people is a legitimate thing and that would be something that would provide that opportunity in the other half of America to people who don’t have those opportunities today.”Currently, twenty-five states have right-to-work...
  • Senate set to take up raising Wisconsin speed limit to 70 mph

    05/06/2015 10:13:54 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 19 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 5-6-15 | Jason Stein
    The speed limit on some Wisconsin highways would rise to 70 mph, under a proposal coming before the state Senate on Wednesday. The bill would end Wisconsin's status as a lone island of 65 mph limits in the Midwest by increasing the maximum speed on stretches of interstates and some other four-lane highways that have overpasses, underpasses and ramps instead other roads that directly cross traffic on the highway. If passed by the Senate, the proposal would return to the Assembly, which passed a different version of the bill on a bipartisan vote in March. The proposal would mean that...
  • Patience Roggensack said there's no doubt she is chief justice

    05/05/2015 12:21:49 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 5-5-15 | Patrick Marley
    Patience Roggensack said Tuesday there is no doubt she is the Wisconsin Supreme Court's chief justice and that she didn't want to fight with any of her colleagues — in the process, taking jabs at how the court has been run. The justice told conservative WTMJ-AM (620) radio host Charlie Sykes she had been meeting with top court staff in recent days and planned to allow them and other justices to have more input than they have in the past. ~snip~ Roggensack did not respond to interview requests from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel last week and did not immediately respond...
  • What Black History Misses

    05/04/2015 10:27:55 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 9 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 5, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    We have a plethora of black history courses in primary, secondary and post-secondary institutions of learning throughout the United States. Yet and still, there are indications that quantity does not necessarily equal quality. “As the NRA and other groups started to want to use me as a symbol of the Second Amendment — a black voice — I started reading up,” Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke told National Review’s Charles C. W. Cooke. “I became fascinated.” “What really struck me was the black tradition of arms. . . . I thought, Wow. This isn’t the black history I grew up reading...
  • Scott Walker Strikes Again

    05/04/2015 8:26:09 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 30 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 1, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    For a quarter of a century, Republican presidential candidates have uttered variations of George H. W. Bush’s high pitched pledge: “I want to be the education president.” It has gotten them exactly nowhere. So far, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is trying a different approach, one that dovetails interestingly with some surprising changes in how colleges run themselves. Simply put, Governor Walker urged universities in the badger state to teach more and spend less. Now, universities far from badgerland are actually trying, in their academic way, to do just that. For example, just about every issue of the GW Hatchet at...
  • Give the public access to concealed carry data (barf alert)

    In a recent meeting with the Journal Sentinel Editorial Board and reporters and editors, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett noted that shooting incidents in Milwaukee have been rising every year since the concealed carry law was passed in 2011. Fellow columnist Christian Schneider wrote in the Journal Sentinel's April 5 Crossroads section: "Yet nearly four years later, nearly 250,000 concealed carry licenses have been issued, and one would be hard-pressed to notice any difference in the state," at least in terms of crime statistics for violent crimes and murders. I have no reason to doubt either statement, but the fact is...
  • Madison bans discrimination against atheists, non-religious (WI)

    05/03/2015 10:30:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 3, 2015 11:04 AM EDT | Dana Ferguson
    While conservatives in Indiana and Arkansas were explaining last month why their new religious objections laws weren’t invitations to discriminate against gays, the leaders of Wisconsin’s capital city were busy protecting the rights of another group: atheists. In what is believed to be the first statute of its kind in the United States, Madison banned discrimination against the non-religious on April 1, giving them the same protections afforded to people based on their race, sexual orientation and religion, among other reasons. It’s hardly surprising that such a statute would originate in Madison, an island of liberalism in a conservative-leaning state...
  • Clarke: Freddie Gray Charges ‘Duke Lacrosse Case All Over Again’

    05/02/2015 5:52:24 AM PDT · by FR_addict · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 1, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke (D) declared the charges brought against six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray “George Zimmerman and the Duke Lacrosse case all over again” and said “these cops are political prisoners,” offered up as human sacrifices, thrown like red meat to an angry mob” on Friday’s “Your World with Neil Cavuto” on the Fox News Channel. Clarke said of the charges, “it’s a miscarriage of justice. This neophyte prosecutor stood up there and made a political statement, Neil, and I say that because she’s chanting or voicing some of the chants from this angry...
  • With membership now voluntary, Wisconsin AFSCME forced into big cutbacks

    05/02/2015 2:54:52 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 18 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 5-2-15 | Thomas Lifson
    Governor Scott Walker and the GOP-controlled state legislature freed government employees from involuntary forced union membership, enabling them to choose or not choose to pay dues. The results have shown that roughly two-thirds have not chosen union membership when given the opportunity. And that has meant big cutbacks for the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), one of the most left wing and biggest political contributors to Dempcrats among American unions. Steven Verburg of the left wing Wisconsin State Journal of Madison, attempts to soft sell the bad news for lefties: Wisconsin’s three AFSCME councils are merging...
  • Sheriff Clarke: Charge against cops a 'miscarriage of justice'

    05/01/2015 3:19:56 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 64 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 5-1-15 | Alex Griswold
    In an interview with Fox News’ “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke dismissed the charges against six Baltimore police officers in the death of African-American man Freddie Grey as “political justice” and “a miscarriage of justice.” CLARKE: It’s a miscarriage of justice. This neophyte prosecutor stood up there and made a political statement, Neil, and I say that because she chanting or voicing some of the chants from this angry mob. Her job is to tune that out. She said, ‘I hear the voices.’ She is not supposed to hear anything as she reviews this case...
  • Scott Walker is Right About Reducing Legal Immigration

    04/25/2015 5:07:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 25, 2015 | John Walker
    “In terms of legal immigration, how we need to approach that going forward is saying — the next president and the next congress need to make decisions about a legal immigration system that's based on, first and foremost, protecting American workers and American wages, because the more I've talked to folks, I've talked to Senator Sessions and others out there — but it is a fundamentally lost issue by many in elected positions today — is what is this doing for American workers looking for jobs, what is this doing to wages, and we need to have that be at...
  • Pat Roggensack is – or soon will be – chief justice; Shirley Abrahamson is not

    05/01/2015 7:13:27 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 6 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 5-1-15 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. – Shirley Abrahamson may be trying all she can to hold on to the reins of power, but the former state Supreme Court Justice doesn’t have the votes. On Wednesday, the four conservative members of the seven-person court took up a motion by Justice Michael Gableman to elect Justice Patience Roggensack as the court’s new chief justice. The legal reading is that Abrahamson’s nearly 20-year term as chief justice is over. “As of yesterday (there are) four votes in favor of the motion, all by email,” a source close to the court told Wisconsin Watchdog. The vote was...
  • Clarke: I'd "Defy" Any Stand Down Order

    05/01/2015 4:03:08 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 39 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 1, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke (D) reacted to a report that police in Baltimore were told to stand down by stating he would “defy” any such order on Thursday’s “O’Reilly Factor” on the Fox News Channel.
  • Termites at Work (WI)

    04/29/2015 5:35:13 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    Years overdue, photo identification will be required the next time Wisconsin voters go to the polls, for the spring elections in 2016. The U.S. Supreme Court finally settling that issue was good news, but the fight over ballot security will never be over. Congressman Mark Pocan (D-Pluto) greeted the Court’s action with a renewed call for his constitutional amendment guaranteeing a right to vote ostensibly meaningless, the proposal’s sinister nature lies in its open-ended guarantee, setting the stage to argue that there is no such thing as a reasonable condition to be imposed on exercising the franchise. His co-author Rep....
  • Scott Walker’s Strength in Donors

    04/29/2015 5:35:40 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    New York Times ^ | April 29, 2015 | Derek Willis
    Scott Walker enters the Republican presidential race with far stronger ties to the party’s biggest fund-raisers than any other candidate besides Jeb Bush.Roughly half of the nation’s top 250 Republican donors have given money to Mr. Walker in his campaigns for Wisconsin governor, according to an Upshot analysis of Federal Election Commission records and state records. By comparison, 30 percent have given to Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, 20 percent to Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and 10 percent to Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey.A presidential campaign is a chance for candidates to introduce themselves to top fund-raisers, and...
  • Milwaukee-based Assurant Health to be sold off or shut down

    04/29/2015 9:15:58 AM PDT · by JRios1968 · 39 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 4/28/2015 | Guy Boulton
    The parent company of Assurant Health said Tuesday that it will sell or shut down the Milwaukee health insurer — which employs 1,200 people in the area — by the end of next year. Assurant Health has struggled to adjust to changes in the health insurance market imposed by the Affordable Care Act and is expected to report an operating loss of $80 million to $90 million in its first quarter. That comes after it lost $64 million last year. The company, whose headquarters is in downtown Milwaukee, specializes in health insurance for small employers and individuals, the two market...
  • Do Chisholm’s public comments on John Doe cross ethical line? (WI)

    04/29/2015 8:00:03 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 13 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 4-29-15 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. — Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm has broken his usual “no-comment” silence on all things John Doe by firing off a very public and very confrontational response to Gov. Scott Walker. First Amendment and other legal experts have blasted the partisan prosecutor’s rhetoric as somewhere between childish and downright scary. Could the man who brought Wisconsin its notorious John Doe investigations face professional sanctions for suggesting Walker could face criminal defamatory charges for criticizing Chisholm’s investigation? Maybe, but actual charges probably aren’t likely, legal ethics experts tell Wisconsin Watchdog, although many agree Chisholm’s threatening language is troubling....
  • New Hampshire poll: Ayotte opens up 6-point lead; Walker, others lead Clinton

    04/27/2015 1:06:45 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 11 replies
    Gravis Marketing ^ | April 27, 2015 | Gravis Insights
    The incumbent Republican senator from New Hampshire opened up a six-point over Gov. Margaret “Maggie” Hassan, her presumptive Democratic challenger in the April 21-22 Townhall/Gravis poll of 1,117 voters. Sen. Kelly A. Ayotte (R.-N.H.), who was endorsed in 2010 by former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, is building a solid lead over Hassan, said Doug Kaplan, the managing partner of Gravis Insights, the Florida-based firm that conducted the poll. Hassan has not announced. Ayotte leads with voters under 50, 52 percent to Hassan’s 40 percent and support of 88 percent of Republicans, he said. Hassan holds the support of 82 percent...
  • I SMELL A WISCONSIN RAT (someone with knkowledge of the John Doe investigation committed a felony)

    04/27/2015 1:04:54 PM PDT · by irish guard · 17 replies
    Instapundit ^ | April 27, 2015 | M.D. Kittle
    What did the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel know, and when did it know it? The question relates to the Journal-Sentinel reporters’ knowledge of a pre-dawn paramilitary-style raid of the home of Cindy Archer, a fomer aide to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and one of the architects of Wisconsin’s Act 10, which reformed that State’s public sector unions. The raid of Archer’s home occurred in the early morning hours of Wednesday, September 14, 2011. At the time of the raid, Archer saw an individual that she believed to be a reporter, standing in her lawn. But the question became: How would a...
  • The IRS vs. The Church

    04/27/2015 9:33:46 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 27, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    The IRS targeting of Tea Party and other conservative groups prior to the 2012 election was an unconscionable abuse of power for which accountability and punishment have been noticeably absent. But this was and is not the only use by the Obama administration of the power to tax to attempt to destroy its political opponents. The IRS is also involved in targeting what President Obama has called “less than loving” Christians through the mandates of ObamaCare and its attack on the free exercise of religion through the attempted coercion of mandated health insurance coverage This administration’s war on religion is...
  • Wisconsin’s Shame: Rogue DA Breaks His Silence; Threatens Critics with Prosecution

    04/26/2015 4:36:19 PM PDT · by markomalley · 95 replies
    National Review ^ | 4/26/15 | David French
    If a prosecutor wants to assure the public he’s not out of control, perhaps he shouldn’t suggest that critics could be prosecuted. On Saturday, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker commented on Milwaukee District Attorney John Chisholm’s use of armed, pre-dawned raids against conservative targets of his extraordinarily expansive “John Doe” investigations: “I said even if you’re a liberal Democrat, you should look at (the raids) and be frightened to think that if the government can do that against people of one political persuasion, they can do it against anybody, and more often than not we need protection against the government itself,”...
  • Job Killing GOP Governors Have Resumes That Should Disqualify Them From Being President

    04/26/2015 10:55:16 AM PDT · by lbryce · 38 replies
    Political USA ^ | April 24, 2015 | Keith Brekhus
    Three sitting Republican Governors interested in seeking a promotion to become U.S. President, represent states that have posted well-below average job growth over the past four years. From 2011 to 2015, the United States experienced 8.21 percent job growth. The states governed by Republican presidential hopefuls Scott Walker (WI), Bobby Jindal (LA), and Chris Christie (NJ), saw much lower rates of job growth over the same time period. Using figures provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics from January 2011 to January 2015, Paul Rosenburg at Salon, noted that Wisconsin, Louisiana, and New Jersey, all experienced very sluggish job...
  • Gov. Scott Walker, Mayor Tom Barrett: Call a summit on crime

    04/26/2015 10:06:05 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 21 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 26 apr 2015
    In a series of meetings in recent days, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Police Chief Edward Flynn have challenged state and community leaders to launch a conversation to address the gun violence that has hammered some of the city's most troubled neighborhoods this spring. With 46 homicides as of Friday (a 170% increase over last year), violence has reached a level that no one in the city — or the state — should tolerate. Barrett and Flynn make a good point. We think Flynn has a sound targeted, data-driven strategy that can and has worked, at least until this spring,...
  • Scott Walker in Iowa: States should be allowed to ban same-sex marriages

    04/26/2015 6:04:32 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 57 replies
    The Cap Times, Madison ^ | April 26, 2015 | Jessie Opoien
    WAUKEE, Iowa — When Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker took the stage at 9:30 p.m. Saturday night, the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition's spring summit was an hour behind schedule. He promised the crowd of more than 1,000 at the evangelical Point of Grace Church he would keep his remarks brief so everyone could get home, get to bed and get up for church in the morning. He'd be doing just that, he added, back home in Wauwatosa. Wearing a suit — with no mention of whether it was from Kohl's — and pacing the stage, Walker was at ease, peppering...
  • Bill de Blasio tells Dems Walker won in Wisconsin by peddling falsehoods

    04/26/2015 2:27:26 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 33 replies
    Wisconsin Politics ^ | April 26, 2015 | Kay Nolan
    MILWAUKEE -- New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said Saturday night Gov. Scott Walker has won elections in Wisconsin by "peddling a series of falsehoods," but has to be taken seriously in his bid for the presidency because he presents himself in a likable way. De Blasio spent a good portion of a nearly 40-minute speech at the Democratic Party of Wisconsin’s Founders Day Gala talking about Walker. “He told you teachers were the enemy. He told you that unions were the problem. He told you that up was down and down was up in so many ways, and in...
  • Wisconsin’s Shame: ‘I Thought It Was a Home Invasion’

    04/25/2015 5:36:41 AM PDT · by kindred · 18 replies
    http://www.nationalreview.com ^ | April 20, 2015 | David French
    (‘They came with a battering ram.”) Cindy Archer, one of the lead architects of Wisconsin’s Act 10 — also called the “Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill,” it limited public-employee benefits and altered collective-bargaining rules for public-employee unions — was jolted awake by yelling, loud pounding at the door, and her dogs’ frantic barking. The entire house — the windows and walls — was shaking. She looked outside to see up to a dozen police officers, yelling to open the door. They were carrying a battering ram. VIDEO: David French Discusses ‘Wisconsin’s Shame’ She wasn’t dressed, but she started to run toward...
  • Draft Condi?: In Poll, Only Rice beats Hillary Clinton (43-40%)

    04/23/2015 3:08:04 PM PDT · by drewh · 29 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | APRIL 23 2015 AST | Paul Bedard -Washington Secrets
    In what would be a first-ever race pitting former secretaries of state, only Condoleezza Rice would beat Hillary Rodham Clinton in Iowa, according to a new poll that could put fire under a languishing "Draft Condi" movement. A new Townhall/Gravis Marketing poll found that Rice would beat Clinton in the state as every other Republican loses to the first Democrat to officially announce her candidacy. Condoleezza Rice and her successor at State, Hillary Clinton. In the poll, Rice would beat Clinton 43 percent to 40 percent, taking evangelical Protestants, Catholics and voters under 50 years old. "What this tells me...
  • Media largely silent as Wisconsin police raids target conservatives

    04/24/2015 6:47:42 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 27 replies
    examiner.com ^ | April 24, 2015
    According to a report at the National Review, conservatives in Wisconsin have been the target of police raids in a secret "John Doe" witch hunt against supporters of Governor Scott Walker. But, Newsbusters reported Thursday, only Fox News reported on the raids. The rest of the so-called "mainstream media" has so far said nothing, Scott Whitlock said. Fox's Trace Gallagher explained how prosecutors were allowed to go after conservative groups like the Wisconsin Club for Growth. Then, he said, it expanded to supporters. Cindy Archer was one of those supporters. Recounting the NRO story, Gallagher said that "late one night...
  • Fire Chief [Victor Voss] Deleted a Comment on a Scott Walker Pic But Forgot One Key Thing..

    04/24/2015 12:24:28 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    IJReview ^ | April 23, 2015 | Shawn Bevans
    Fire Chief Deleted a Comment on a Scott Walker Pic But Forgot One Key Thing: The Internet is Forever This week, Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin attended a ground-breaking ceremony for Werner Electric, a company that will bring nearly 100 jobs to the Badger state’s Grand Chute area. Walker commemorated the event with a Facebook post: Groundbreaking for 250,000 sq. ft. building at Werner Electric in Grand Chute. Expansion will create 97 new jobs. Image: Facebook Many comments in response to the post were positive:.... .....But not everyone was pleased: .....Perhaps the most intense criticism, however, came from another of...
  • Politicized Prosecution Run Amok in Wisconsin

    04/21/2015 12:07:42 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 49 replies
    Natonal Review Online ^ | April 21, 2015 | Rich Lowry
    The knock on the door in the dead of night is the stuff of Darkness at Noon, and of the state of Wisconsin. To the question of whether armed police can storm your house and take away your personal effects and tell you to shut up about it, based simply on your political advocacy, Wisconsin answered for years, “Why, yes, they can — now please, shut up about it.” The so-called John Doe investigations into Governor Scott Walker and conservative groups in Wisconsin have been an ongoing travesty that — now that Walker is entering the presidential stage — should...
  • Wisconsin’s Shame: No, the Left is Not Going to Stop Trying to Criminalize Free Speech

    04/22/2015 8:20:06 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    National Review ^ | April 22, 2015 | David French
    I’ve been overwhelmed by the response to my article about Wisconsin prosecutors’ efforts to criminalize conservative activism,complete with terrifying dawn and pre-dawn raids. Without the courage of the raids’ targets who were willing to speak with me–on and off the record–there would have been no story. Ironically enough,on the very weekend that my story hit National Review,the Huffington Post published yet another screed against so-called “dark money” relying on the very existence of the unlawful John Doe investigations to cast a cloud of suspicion on conservative activists. The language is instructive: The Wisconsin Supreme Court is slated to take up...
  • Wisconsin's Shame: 'I Thought It Was a Home Invasion'

    04/22/2015 9:02:28 AM PDT · by Rummyfan · 41 replies
    NRO ^ | 20 Apr 2015 | David French
    Cindy Archer, one of the lead architects of Wisconsin’s Act 10 — also called the “Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill,” it limited public-employee benefits and altered collective-bargaining rules for public-employee unions — was jolted awake by yelling, loud pounding at the door, and her dogs’ frantic barking. The entire house — the windows and walls — was shaking. She looked outside to see up to a dozen police officers, yelling to open the door. They were carrying a battering ram. She wasn’t dressed, but she started to run toward the door, her body in full view of the police. Some yelled...
  • The Rebel Sheriff

    04/23/2015 9:18:41 AM PDT · by rktman · 8 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | 4/23/2015 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    In January 2013, a 32-second radio advertisement was broadcast in Milwaukee, and — quite by accident — a political star was born. Hoping to encourage local residents to play a part in their own protection, the commercial’s progenitor went firmly on the record in favor of the private ownership of firearms: “With officers laid off and furloughed, simply calling 911 and waiting is no longer your best option.” Rather, listeners were invited to “consider taking a certified safety course in handling a firearm.” “You have a duty to protect yourself and your family,” the commercial intoned. “Can I count on...
  • Scott Walker Doing His Part on Earth Day to Reduce Wisconsin’s Carbon Footprint… [Here's How]

    04/23/2015 7:55:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/23/2015 | Ed Driscoll
    …By continuing to reduce the noxious emissions of state government: Ok, Scott. You have my attention. –> Scott Walker celebrates Earth Day by firing 57 environmental agency employees http://t.co/uopOpPZooI No seriously — if you’re going to make the environmentalist catch-22 argument as Democrats John Kerry and Claire McCaskill have, that a shrinking economy is good for the environment because of less carbon emissions, then you have to agree that the same holds true for shrinking the government as well. Radical environmentalism isn’t my religion, but the Book of Saul demands that its practitioners stay faithful to their own tenets....
  • Bobby Jindal slams Indiana, Arkansas leaders for ‘retreat’ on religious liberty bills

    04/23/2015 7:30:35 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 4/23/15 | David Sherfinski
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is slamming politicians in Indiana and Arkansas for a “retreat” on so-called religious freedom legislation and says he isn’t going to be pressured by corporate America into backing off of his support for similar legislation in his home state on the issue of marriage. “In Indiana and Arkansas, large corporations recently joined left-wing activists to bully elected officials into backing away from strong protections for religious liberty,” Mr. Jindal wrote in an opinion piece published Thursday by The New York Times. “It was disappointing to see conservative leaders so hastily retreat on legislation that would simply...
  • WILL SCOTUS AGREE TO HEAR WISCONSIN “JOHN DOE” CASE?

    04/23/2015 7:26:37 AM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Instapundit ^ | 4/23/15 | Elizabeth Price Foley
    The Supreme Court will decide Friday whether to grant review on a case relating to the infamous Wisconsin “John Doe” investigation of conservative groups that supported Governor Scott Walker and his reform of public sector union collective bargaining.The case, O’Keefe v. Chisholm, was filed by Eric O’Keefe and the Wisconsin Club for Growth after they each received John Doe subpoenas in October 2013, demanding that they turn over all Club records and communications–including all emails, financial materials and donor lists–to prosecutors. Consistent with Wisconsin’s John Doe law, the subpoenas gagged O’Keefe and the Club, prohibiting them from speaking to anyone...
  • What did the Journal Sentinel know and when did it know it? (WI)

    04/23/2015 6:47:22 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 21 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 4-23-15 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. – The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Patrick Marley confirms he was the mysterious reporter Cindy Archer spotted as armed police swarmed her home during a dramatic September 2011 police raid, one of several in the Milwaukee district attorney’s secret war on conservatives. “I was the one who was there. I arrived an hour or two after the raid began,” Marley told Wisconsin Watchdog on Wednesday. Who tipped him off? “I don’t reveal sources, and I typically don’t help those trying to figure out my sources by telling them who my sources aren’t,” Marley said. Marley’s appearance at what was...
  • (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...
  • Scott Walker Celebrates Earth Day by Firing 57 Environmental Agency Employees

    04/22/2015 11:32:09 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 98 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | April 22, 2015 | Tim McDonnell
    Happy Earth Day! Today is a day we can all band together and share our love for this beautiful planet—or at least drown our sorrows about climate change with nerdy themed cocktails. Later today, President Barack Obama will mark the occasion with a climate-focused speech in the Florida Everglades. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a frontrunner for the GOP presidential nomination, had a different idea: Fire a big chunk of the state's environmental staff. From the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Fifty-seven employees of the state Department of Natural Resources began receiving formal notices this week that they might face layoff as part of...
  • Scott Walker Makes Clear Immigration Argument — Protect American Workers

    04/22/2015 11:18:47 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | April 22, 2015 | L. Todd Wood
    These are fighting words for the Left. The Left has been given a free pass by the mainstream press over the last decade with regard to their immigration agenda’s effect on the ordinary American worker. Huge legal immigration combined with gargantuan illegal immigration has put downward pressure on blue-collar wages and reduced the opportunities for Americans to find good jobs. This is an obvious consequence of millions of legal and illegal immigrants coming into America to compete with regular Americans looking for work. Yesterday, Scott Walker told the mainstream press and the Left that their emperor has no clothes. A...
  • Voces de la Frontera challenges Walker on immigration

    04/22/2015 10:29:07 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    Wisconsin Gazette ^ | April 22, 2015 | Wisconsin Gazette
    ..."The next president and the next Congress need to make decisions about a legal immigration system that's based on, first and foremost, on protecting American workers and American wages," Walker said. "Because the more I've talked to folks—I've talked to Sen. Sessions and others out there, but it is a fundamentally lost issue by many in elected positions today—is what is this doing for American workers looking for jobs, what is this doing to wages, and we need to have that be at the forefront of our discussion going forward."Christine Neumann-Ortiz, executive director of Voces de la Frontera, responded, “It...
  • No, Senator Rubio, Homosexuals Aren't Born that Way

    04/20/2015 5:01:58 PM PDT · by xzins · 190 replies
    AFA ^ | Monday, April 20, 2015 | Bryan Fischer
    “I don’t believe that your sexual preferences are a choice for a vast and enormous majority of the people. The bottom line is I believe that sexual preference is something people are born with.” ~ Sen. Marco Rubio, April 19, 2015 Marco Rubio has become the latest GOP presidential candidate to stumble badly over the issue of homosexuality. Sen. Rand Paul hurt himself by saying that gay “marriage” is okay, as long as it’s a matter of private contract, a view which will satisfy no one. Dr. Ben Carson hurt himself by asserting that people do change their sexual orientation...
  • Scott Walker Backed EB-5 Visas for Rich Chinese Immigrants

    04/22/2015 12:02:01 PM PDT · by VinL · 65 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4/22/2015 | Matt Lewis
    As governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker was a supporter of a company that helps wealthy Chinese citizens immigrate to the the United States. This revelation stands in contrast to his recent statement that legal immigration policy should be based on “protecting American workers and American wages.” Not only did Walker previously support so-called “amnesty” (which some argue would be a magnet drawing more illegals) — but as governor, he “has been a long time friend” of a company based in Beijing and Milwaukee that “helps foreign investors become United States Citizens through the Department of Homeland Security Immigrant Investor (EB-5)...
  • Ex-Aide: Walker Does 'Olympics-Quality' Backflip on Immigration

    04/22/2015 12:51:10 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 78 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 4/21/2015 | Sean Piccoli
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker executed an "Olympics-quality flip-flop" on immigration on Monday in an interview with conservative radio host Glenn Beck, according to a former aide to the 2016 Republican presidential prospect. The ex-staffer, Liz Mair, commented on Twitter: Sad to see the full, Olympics-quality flip-flop by a former boss today. I guess some people think they can do what Romney did in 08 + win. ... Walker has said he previously supports opening a pathway to residency for immigrants who came here illegally - a position that resonates with the country's growing Hispanic electorate but has less support among...
  • Paul Ryan, Ted Cruz: Congress Gets Final Say on Trade Pacts

    04/22/2015 9:53:54 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 28 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 10:05 AM | Jennifer G. Hickey
    President Barack Obama may have battled with Rep. Paul Ryan during the last presidential election, but today the Wisconsin lawmaker is a critical ally and a leading voice in the effort to secure passage of historic trade deals with Europe and Asia. "There is a lot at stake," said Ryan in a Wall Street Journal op-ed co-authored with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. "One in five American jobs depends on trade, and that share is only going to grow. Ninety-six percent of the world's customers are outside the U.S. To create more jobs here, America needs to sell more goods and...
  • Keep Wisconsin's 48-hour waiting period for handgun buys (barf alert)

    04/22/2015 5:22:45 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 14 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 22 apr 2o15
    The National Rifle Association will not rest until every American is fully armed — all supposedly in the name of Second Amendment rights. And now Wisconsin Republicans stand ready to help the NRA in its mission by repealing a reasonable law that requires a two-day wait before a handgun can be purchased. Repealing the law is a terrible idea. But the state Senate passed a bill that would do that on Tuesday, and the bill appears likely to pass the Assembly and be signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker, who campaigned at the NRA's national convention earlier this month....
  • Which Republican presidential candidates support amnesty?

    04/21/2015 2:36:11 PM PDT · by kingattax · 59 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 1, 2015 | By Pedro Gonzales
    Which Republican presidential candidates support amnesty? I have analyzed all the major Republican presidential candidates (except Ben Carson and Rick Sanctorum, who are long shots, and Donald Trump, who has undocumented hair). I have found that all the major presidential candidates support amnesty for illegal aliens, except for one. Can you guess which one?
  • Scott Walker camp denies ‘Olympics-quality flip-flop’ on immigration

    04/21/2015 12:58:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Politico ^ | April 21, 2015 | Kendall Breitman
    Scott Walker is under fire for what a former aide calls an “Olympics-quality flip-flop” on immigration. Walker has already moved away from his past positions on allowing undocumented immigrants a clear pathway to legal status — what many conservatives deride as “amnesty” for immigrants who arrived in the U.S. illegally. On Monday, the Wisconsin governor appeared to go a step further, telling radio host Glenn Beck that he supports limits on legal immigration. “The next president and the next Congress need to make decisions about a legal immigration system that’s based on, first and foremost, on protecting American workers and...