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  • Hulsey: Jobs plan plagiarism more ‘Mary Burke Amateur Hour Campaign’

    09/19/2014 10:58:00 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 9-19-14 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. — In this week’s Marquette Law School poll, 48 percent of respondents said Madison millionaire Mary Burke, the Democrat’s candidate for governor, has not been clear enough about what she would do if elected. Now it turns out Burke’s signature jobs plan, the one area in which she seemed clear about her intentions, was lifted from others. Buzzfeed, which has had its own PR black eyes with plagiarism, reported late Thursday that Burke’s plan, “Invest for Success” pilfers entire passages from the jobs plans laid out by Delaware Democratic Gov. Jack Markell in 2008, and Democratic gubernatorial candidates...
  • Union head files OSHA complaint over Scott Walker ad

    09/19/2014 4:34:53 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    MSNBC ^ | Meredith Clark
    Scott Walker can’t stop digging himself into a hole with union workers. After stripping public-sector union members of collective bargaining rights in 2011, one might think that there wasn’t more the Republican governor could do to anger workers. But Walker, who is locked in a tight race Wisconsin against Democratic challenger Mary Burke, ran afoul of the president of a local steelworkers’ union over a recent campaign ad. In the ad, Walker speaks to the camera from a deep hole. Jeff Kaminsiki, head of the United Steelworkers Local 2006, filed a complaint with the Occupational Health and Safety Administration over...
  • How gender mattered in the rise and fall of Debbie Wasserman Schultz

    09/19/2014 3:52:49 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 18 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 9-19-14 | Nia-Malika Henderson
    <p>That's really the only way to describe Politico's piece on DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.</p> <p>Based on interviews with DNC staffers -- both former and current -- the piece described Wasserman Schultz as something of a modern-day Tracy Flick: over-eager, disloyal and not shy about promoting her ambitions.</p>
  • How did the Transportation Fund Amendment get on the November Ballot in Wisconsin?

    09/18/2014 6:35:14 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    Wisconsin Election Watch ^ | 9-16-14 | Kyle Maichle
    MADISON – Voters in the State of Wisconsin will see a referendum on whether the transportation fund should be protected in the State Constitution. However, most voter are not aware on how the referendum qualified for the November ballot. Under Wisconsin State law, a binding statewide referendum can be qualified if it’s approved by the Wisconsin Legislature by both houses for two consecutive Legislative sessions. According to Ballotpedia, Wisconsin is one of 12 states that uses the two Legislative session method to qualify statewide ballot measures. Extra: Learn More About the Transportation Fund Referendum The Transportation Fund referendum will ask...
  • Wisconsin GOP files lawsuit against Government Accountability Board over ballot redesign

    09/18/2014 6:14:06 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    Wisconsin Election Watch ^ | 9-17-14 | Kyle Maichle
    WAUKESHA – The Republican Party of Wisconsin filed a lawsuit against the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board on Wednesday in Waukesha County Circuit Court relating to the design of the ballot being used for the November 4, 2014, general election. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald filed the lawsuit on behalf of the party. The lawsuit was filed in Waukesha County because portions of Senator Fitzgerald’s district are located in the county. Both Vos and Fitzgerald are being represented by the Michael Best and Frederich law firm based in Milwaukee. In the complaint, the party mentions that...
  • Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz Closes Clinic in Wisconsin

    09/17/2014 9:30:02 PM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Sarah Zagorski
    If everyone is so happy about abortion, then why doesn’t Planned Parenthood promote and brag about it the same way they do their breast cancer “screenings” or cervical exams? The answer is simple: because while the pro-abortion lobby pushes their radical agenda, most people don’t want to hear an abortion giant brag about killing children. I thought about this as I read an announcement in the FDL Reporter about the closing of a Planned Parenthood in Wisconsin. Here is what Planned Parenthood representatives said about the upcoming closing: We feel privileged so many of you have trusted us to care...
  • Police: Milwaukee Teen Sought to Rack up Crimes Before Turning 18

    09/17/2014 5:48:55 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    Milwauke Journal Sentinel ^ | 9-17-14 | Bruce Vielmetti
    A Milwaukee teen charged in a string of armed robberies last week told police he was trying to do as many crimes as he could before he turned 18 on Sept. 11. Rocarldo Chalmers is one of five suspects charged Wednesday in a dizzying spree of armed stick-ups and car jackings that only ended after a high speed chase. Chalmers faces 10 felonies, including armed robbery, car theft and fleeing. Isiah Deshawn Thomas, 18, is charged with five counts, Anthony Griffis, 17, with two. Two juveniles have been charged in Children's Court. As many as three other suspects remain at...
  • Top GOPer says it’s time to dissolve ATF

    09/17/2014 1:34:37 PM PDT · by Objective Scrutator · 59 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 9/17/14 | Stephen Dinan
    A top Republican House member on Wednesday proposed eliminating the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, writing a bill that would freeze all hiring at the troubled agency and require the Justice Department to come up with a plan for transferring its duties to other agencies. Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr., the Wisconsin Republican who wrote the bill, called it both a chance to streamline government and to clean up an agency that’s been criticized from the right and the left for botched gun-running operations.
  • ISIS Strategy splits Rubio, Paul, Cruz

    09/16/2014 1:28:28 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 26 replies
    TheHill ^ | 9/16/2014 | Alexander Bolton
    The threat posed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has created an opportunity for three White House hopefuls in the Senate to grab the spotlight from Republican governors. ... Rubio, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Intelligence panels has used the debate to distinguish himself as the inheritor of the muscular foreign policy worldview held by former President George W. Bush and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) While he says it would be good for president Obama to seek congressional support for military action against ISIS, he argues the president doesn't need it. Rubio supports arming...
  • William Schuth: Do Madison police really need assault rifles?

    09/16/2014 5:12:08 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 31 replies
    William Schuth
    Ten years ago I was in Iraq and carried an M16 rifle everywhere I went. I propped my M16 beside me while I drove our medical evacuation Humvee on monotonous yet foreboding convoys from Fallujah, Al Asad, Haditha and around western Al Anbar. When we searched vehicles at checkpoints, I covered my fellow Marines with my M16. I slung my M16 in front of me on visits to a truck stop between Jordan and Ramadi where — against orders — we would buy roasted mutton or chicken cooked with tomatoes and peppers and wrapped in flatbread to alleviate the tedium...
  • The Racial Violence Epidemic in Milwaukee That the Local Media Dismiss

    09/14/2014 7:01:11 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 43 replies
    Nothing is more obnoxious than calling someone a liar just because they disagree with you. Unless of course, it is true. And it is getting harder and harder to describe the recent black mob violence near Milwaukpee without using the word L-word aimed directly at reporters and public officials who ignore, deny and try to wish it away. The latest case happened Saturday night in the Milwaukee suburb of Wauwatosa. Every year, they have a Tosa Fest, complete with ring tosses, pretzel booths, and this year, a free outdoor movie, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs II. It is supposed...
  • Liberals press Pelosi, Obama for vote on Syrian air strikes

    09/14/2014 4:16:18 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 13 replies
    thehill.com ^ | September 14, 2014 | Mike Lillis
    A growing chorus of liberal Democrats is pushing President Obama to get Congress's explicit approval before launching missile strikes into Syria. The pressure from supporters on Capitol Hill is not only a headache for Obama, but also puts House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other top Democrats in the difficult position of bucking a broad segment of their own caucus in order to protect an ally in the White House. Scores of Democrats had signed letters a year ago advocating against military strikes targeting the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad without congressional backing. Thirteen months later the enemy...
  • Mark Pocan calls for a new 'real tea party' at Fighting Bob Fest

    09/13/2014 7:27:24 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 19 replies
    madison.com ^ | September 13, 2014 | JESSIE OPOIEN
    BARABOO -- It was an unlikely declaration, coming from a progressive congressman addressing a progressive crowd. "I want to be an advocate for the tea party," said U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, opening his speech at Fighting Bob Fest. "Wait, wait — not that one," Pocan said, speaking to the annual gathering of progressives at the Sauk County Fairgrounds. "Not the tea party of Scott Walker and Ron Johnson and Ted Cruz. I’m talking about the real Boston Tea Party, and maybe the need for another real tea party." The Madison Democrat went on to deliver a quick history lesson on...
  • Race for Governor: Walker Up 4 in New CBS News/New York Times Poll

    09/13/2014 6:31:28 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 24 replies
    Wisconsin Election Watch ^ | 9-12-14 | Kyle Maichle
    NEW YORK – Governor Scott Walker (R-Wauwatosa) holds a four point lead in a CBS News/New York Times/YouGov poll. The poll of 1,473 likely voters shows Governor Walker up 49 to 45 percent over Mary Burke with five percent undecided. The poll was conducted from August 18th to September 2nd with the margin of error being at plus or minus four percent. The last two polls issued by Marquette Law School and We Ask America have found Mary Burke up by two to four percentage points among likely voters. The newest edition of the Marquette Law School Poll will be...
  • Federal Appeals Court Permits Wisconsin Voter ID Law

    09/13/2014 5:12:44 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 12, 2014 | Monica Davey
    CHICAGO — A federal appeals court on Friday permitted Wisconsin to restore a requirement that voters provide photo identification before casting their ballots, allowing the long-debated state law to take effect in time for a hard-fought election on Nov. 4. The order, which came surprisingly swiftly, on the same day that lawyers made their arguments before a panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, was seen as a significant victory for advocates of such voting requirements. Opponents of the laws had viewed the Wisconsin case as opening a novel legal basis for their efforts in...
  • Appeals panel reinstates Wisconsin's voter ID law

    09/12/2014 2:29:16 PM PDT · by UB355 · 19 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 9/12/2014 | Patrick Marley
    A federal appeals court in Chicago Friday reinstated for now Wisconsin's voter ID law hours after the three-judge panel heard arguments on the subject. The move by the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals clears the way for the state to implement the law for the Nov. 4 election, though it does not stop the ongoing appeal over whether the measure is unconstitutional. "The state of Wisconsin may, if it wishes (and if it is appropriate under rules of state law), enforce the photo ID requirement in this November's elections," the unsigned two-page order reads. The appellate court said Friday...
  • The Racial Violence Epidemic in Milwaukee that the Local Media Dismiss

    09/12/2014 7:54:21 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 25 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 9-12-14 | Colin Flaherty
    Nothing is more obnoxious than calling someone a liar just because they disagree with you. Unless of course, it is true. And it is getting harder and harder to describe the recent black mob violence near Milwaukee without using the word L-word aimed directly at reporters and public officials who ignore, deny and try to wish it away. The latest case happened Saturday night in the Milwaukee suburb of Wauwatosa. Every year, they have a Tosa Fest, complete with ring tosses, pretzel booths, and this year, a free outdoor movie, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs II. It is supposed...
  • GOP prepares 100 day agenda for takeover of Senate

    09/12/2014 6:46:44 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 27 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 9-12-14 | Miller
    Senate Republicans are preparing an agenda for their first 100 days in power next year in case they win majority control of the upper chamber, The Hill reported. The agenda includes authorizing the long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline, approving “fast-track” trade authority, rolling back new Environmental Protection Agency regulations and repealing Obamacare’s unpopular tax on medical devices. Republican senators insisted they were not “measuring the drapes” in anticipation of a wave election sweeping them into power after years in the minority. “We will have to be prepared if we are in a position to govern,” Sen. Bob Corker said. “You...
  • Local veteran out thousands from Boston-area tour group

    09/11/2014 6:07:52 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 2 replies
    Channel 3000 ^ | 9-11-14 | Adam Schrager
    MADISON, Wis. - Fred Doebler and his wife paid $6,000 to go on a 15-day historical tour through WWII battlefields in Europe, set to leave on Thursday, Sept. 11. Now, the Air Force veteran from Mt. Horeb said he's be "taken to the cleaners." Doebler placed the down payment with a Boston-area tour group, Band of Brothers Tours, in March. All the company, owned by Jake Powers, has sent to him since is an itinerary from 2013 for a group that visited the battlefields of Normandy and other spots in England, France and Holland. Powers advertises the tours he provides...
  • Scott Walker says Madison school district (Mary Burke's) is only one to ignore Act 10

    09/11/2014 6:25:17 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinal ^ | 9-11-14 | PolitiFact
    Mary Burke’s position as a member of the Madison Metropolitan School District board has played a minimal role in the governor’s race so far. Gov. Scott Walker tried to change that Sept. 3, 2014, calling on Burke and the board to find savings by using his signature Act 10, which dramatically curtailed collective bargaining for most public employees, including those of the district. In a campaign news release, Walker said Madison "will be the only school district left in the state out of 424 to ignore the law and not take advantage of Governor Walker’s reforms into the 2015-16 school...
  • Mayors, top cops to meet in Milwaukee on gun violence

    09/11/2014 5:01:39 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 15 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 11 sept 2014 | Don Behm
    Around 50 mayors and law enforcement officials from Wisconsin, Minnesota and Chicago will meet in Milwaukee on Thursday to discuss ways to reduce gun violence. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges are hosting the 2014 Milwaukee-Minneapolis Summit to Combat Gun Violence at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center on Wisconsin Ave. The event is funded with a $38,000 grant from the Joyce Foundation. It is not open to the public. This year's summit will focus on law enforcement perspectives on gun violence and include a review of new models for crime gun investigations, as well as information on...
  • Former prosecutor says WI investigation fueled by “hyper-partisan” DA and union activist wife

    09/10/2014 7:45:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | Guy Benson
    Last we checked on Gov. Scott Walker, he was (a) knotted in the polls with his Democratic challenger, and (b) fending off mind-bendingly dishonest media coverage of the scurrilous investigation into Wisconsin conservative groups — which has been summarily thrown out of court by two different judges. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals took up the ‘Joe Doe’ circus yesterday, as twice-thwarted prosecutors sought to have their secret probe reinstated; lawyers for the Wisconsin Club for Growth, one of the targeted organizations, argued that a scathing lower court ruling shutting down the investigation and exposing the prosecutors to misconduct lawsuits...
  • This time, gang members choose wrong victim

    09/09/2014 8:35:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | September 9, 2014 | Andrew Branca
    Yesterday I wrote of yet another vicious deadly-force gang attack: “Caught on video: Another black-on-white racially motivated gang attack.” In that post, I cautioned that gang attacks of this kind were likely to end very badly for the attackers once they stumbled upon a victim who was lawfully armed and prepared to defend himself. It wasn’t long before I received an example of this type of attack happening in Milwaukee, four days prior to the September 7 attack described in yesterday’s post. As reported by the Daily Caller (video embedded below), on September 3 a gang of teens attempted to...
  • District attorney’s wife drove case against Wis. Gov. Walker, insider says

    09/09/2014 1:28:01 PM PDT · by Mygirlsmom · 67 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | September 9, 2014 | Staff Writer
    a longtime Chisholm subordinate reveals for the first time in this article that the district attorney may have had personal motivations for his investigation. Chisholm told him and others that Chisholm’s wife, Colleen, a teacher’s union shop steward at St. Francis high school, a public school near Milwaukee, had been repeatedly moved to tears by Walker’s anti-union policies in 2011, according to the former staff prosecutor in Chisholm’s office. Chisholm said in the presence of the former prosecutor that his wife “frequently cried when discussing the topic of the union disbanding and the effect it would have on the people...
  • Inside the campaign finance report of Fair Wisconsin

    09/09/2014 8:10:49 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    Wisconsin Election Watch ^ | 9-8-14 | Kyle Maichle
    MADISON – Last Thursday, the Chicago-based Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Wisconsin’s 2006 voter-approved ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. When looking back at the 2006 campaign, organized labor and other notable liberals donated their money to Fair Wisconsin which opposed the measure. Wisconsin Election Watch obtained campaign finance records from the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board for this story. However, the only version of Fair Wisconsin’s campaign finance reports were available was in paper format. Organized labor donated significant amounts of money to Fair Wisconsin in 2006 in their effort to oppose the referendum. The Wisconsin Educational Association...
  • Dem Doubted She Wanted to Be Part of ‘Full-Time Work Force’

    09/09/2014 4:30:46 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 30 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 9-8-14 | Brent Scher
    Mary Burke twice debated whether having a job was the thing for her Democratic candidate for Wisconsin governor Mary Burke took a two-year break from her career for a “snowboarding sabbatical” and a decade later expressed doubts that she ever wanted to have a full-time job again. Burke’s career has come under scrutiny after it was revealed that her résumé includes a two-year gap between positions at Trek Bicycle Corporation, which was founded by her father. After working in Europe for Trek overseeing operations in multiple countries, Burke decided she “needed some time off,” according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal....
  • Teen With a Lengthy Criminal Past Possibly Linked to Dozens of Robberies (Killed by Intended Victim)

    09/08/2014 11:24:22 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 48 replies
    Fox 6 ^ | September 5, 2014 | Myra Sanchick
    <p>MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Digging deeper into the background of the suspects in the fatal shooting of Camron Powell; the teen had a lengthy juvenile record. Milwaukee Police Department say this crew might be responsible for dozens of robberies.</p> <p>It turns out Camron Powell was not the gunman holding up the man who shot him on Monday morning, September 1st.</p>
  • On the Capitol: U.S. Rep. Tom Petri offers tepid praise for Glenn Grothman

    09/06/2014 4:20:58 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 3 replies
    Outgoing Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Petri doesn’t strike us as a big fan of conservative state Sen. Glenn Grothman, who narrowly won the GOP primary last month in the race to replace Petri. When asked about Grothman by WisPolitics.com on Tuesday, Petri offered tepid praise for his possible successor, calling him “able.” Of course, Grothman jumped in the race before Petri announced his retirement, accusing the 35-year veteran congressman of not being sufficiently conservative.
  • Indiana's gay marriage ban ruled unconstitutional

    09/04/2014 12:54:37 PM PDT · by John W · 39 replies
    Fort Wayne Journal Gazette ^ | September 4, 2014 | Niki Kelly
    INDIANAPOLIS - The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday issued a lightning-fast ruling finding Indiana's gay marriage ban unconstitutional. It came just nine days after the Indiana and Wisconsin cases were argued before the three-judge panel. "The challenged laws discriminate against a minority defined by an immutable characteristic, and the only rationale that the states put forth with any conviction - that same-sex couples and their children don't need marriage because same-sex couples can't produce children, intended or unintended - is so full of holes that it cannot be taken seriously," the ruling said. Attorney General Greg Zoeller is...
  • Kindergarten teacher who went on rampage against GOP signs placed on paid leave (WI)

    09/03/2014 5:36:35 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 44 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 9-3-14 | M. D. Kittle
    The Germantown kindergarten teacher who was cited for disorderly conduct after police said she tore up and stomped on several Republican signs at the Jefferson County Fair because she was “so angry with Gov. Scott Walker” is on paid leave, Wisconsin Reporter has learned. April Kay Smith, 38, who teaches at Amy Belle Elementary School, first denied, then admitted to Jefferson County authorities she damaged several signs at the Jefferson County Republican Party booth after the fair had shut down for the night on July 9. Germantown Superintendent Jeff Holmes confirmed that Smith is on administrative leave and an investigation...
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s Surprising Comments About Gov. Scott Walker and Women

    Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) on Wednesday accused Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) of pursuing an anti-woman agenda that is akin to a slap in the face and a violent hair-pulling. “Scott Walker has given women the back of his hand,” she said, using slang for a backhanded slap. “I know that is stark. I know that is direct. I know that is reality.”From the "It's OK when WE do it" department
  • Obama: 'Revving' up economy calls for higher wages

    09/01/2014 4:33:41 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    AOL News ^ | 1/9/14 | Jim Kuhnhen
    MILWAUKEE (AP) - President Barack Obama renewed his push for Congress to raise the minimum wage Monday in a buoyant accounting of the economy's "revving" performance, delivered on behalf of Democrats opening their fall campaigns for the midterm congressional elections. "America deserves a raise," he told a union crowd in Milwaukee, vowing to keep a hard sell on Congress in much the way he once courted his wife. "I just wore her down," he cracked. Timing his push to Labor Day, the traditional start of the autumn campaign, Obama aggressively drew attention to recent economic gains, setting aside past caution...
  • Obama visit to Wisconsin comes amid dropping approval rating

    09/01/2014 6:11:39 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    Fox 11 ^ | 8/31/14
    ...Obama arrives in Milwaukee Monday for a rally at Laborfest. Five-thousand people are expected at the Summerfest grounds for the ticketed event. On Saturday the Milwaukee Labor Council handed out tickets to union members and their family..... Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke will meet privately with Obama on Monday. Campaign spokesperson Joe Zepecki said in a statement, “Because the President’s Monday visit to Milwaukee is for an official White House event and not a campaign event, her participation in the public portion of events would not be appropriate.”
  • Paul Ryan and Patty Murray announce budget deal: Here are the basics

    12/10/2013 7:41:06 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/10/2013 | Mary Katherine Ham
    The basics:—Brokered by Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray, it’s an attempt to get back to some kind of normal order budget process—Two-year deal, would avert government shut-down Jan. 15 but not deal with debt limit—Spares $63 billion in sequestration cuts scheduled for January —Allows overall projected spending to go up from $967 billion to a little over $1 trillion—$85 billion of total savings—$23 billion in net deficit reductionThe “sequestration relief,” which America is not clamoring for is brought to you by raising “fees,” which is pretty much just another word for taxes: But higher fees would generate as...
  • Paul Ryan: Immigration a question of 'when'

    03/26/2014 2:13:40 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 71 replies
    Pollutico ^ | March 26, 2014 10:44 AM EDT | Seung Min Kim
    Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) pressed the economic case for overhauling the nation’s immigration system on Wednesday, saying that reform is inevitable and necessary to boost growth in the United States.Ryan’s fellow House Republicans have largely put the kibosh on moving forward with immigration reform this year, but some key GOP lawmakers are still lobbying their colleagues publicly and privately to tackle immigration. The 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee is among figures who have urged the GOP to embrace an overhaul.“To me, it’s not a question of ‘if’ we fix our broken immigration laws,” Ryan said Wednesday at a breakfast hosted...
  • Paul Ryan Exposes Stephanopoulos's Strange Failure to Note Interview with Obama

    07/02/2012 7:11:39 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    NewsBuster.org ^ | July 2, 2012 | Matthew Balan
    After ignoring its own 2009 clip of Obama denying his health-care law was a tax increase, ABC finally played the snippet of the President on Sunday's This Week -- but bizarrely, they failed to mention that it was theirs. Host George Stephanopoulos highlighted an ad from Americans for Prosperity that included the clip, but omitted that he conducted the interview where the President made this denial. Later in the program, Rep. Paul Ryan exposed what the ABC News host omitted, that "the President, on your show, said this is not a tax." [audio available here; video below the jump] Paul...
  • Plane crashes into Atlantic Ocean off Virginia coast

    08/30/2014 4:28:28 PM PDT · by Brown Deer · 45 replies
    nbc12 ^ | Aug 30, 2014 | Mike Valerio
    RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A Cirrus SR22 recreational plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean Saturday, 51 miles southeast of Chincoteague Island, Va. The Coast Guard reported one person was on board. Sources with knowledge of the initial investigation say it is highly likely the pilot is dead. According to the NTSB, the plane took off from Waukesha, Wisc. and was scheduled to land in Manassas, Va. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 5th District in Portsmouth, Va. received notification at approximately 2:40 p.m. that the aircraft with only the pilot aboard failed to land at Manassas Regional Airport as scheduled. Instead...
  • Politico: Obama to Limit Campaigning to 'States Where He's Still Popular'...

    08/30/2014 1:11:11 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 61 replies
    Politico ^ | 8-30-14 | Tom Blumer
    A Friday afternoon dispatch at the Politico from Carrie Budoff Brown and Jennifer Epstein tells us that "The White House is putting the finishing touches on a post-Labor Day schedule that will send the president to states where he’s still popular." The list of states where the Politico pair alleges that's the case is quite short: "Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Illinois and California." That's it. Obama, in a situation resembling that of Richard Nixon in the final months of his presidency, when "Tricky Dick" was mocked for being able to find friendly audiences in just a few Southern states, is apparently...
  • 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 · 24 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....