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  • Federal appeals court gives Walker win on Act 10 (Wisconsin)

    04/18/2014 9:27:04 AM PDT · by UB355 · 13 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 4/18/2014 | Jason Stein
    Madison — Dealing unions their latest loss in court, a federal appeals court Friday upheld Gov. Scott Walker's tight limits on collective bargaining for most public employees. The ruling by the three-judge panel upheld a September decision by U.S. District Judge William Conley in Madison that the law known as Act 10 does not infringe on the rights of government workers. "Act 10 does not violate the First or Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution. We therefore affirm the district court's judgment in favor of the state," the ruling reads. .
  • Walker’s in, the left fires first, and the War for Wisconsin is on

    04/16/2014 8:00:32 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 72 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 4-16-14 | M. D. Kittle
    Literally minutes after Gov. Scott Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch officially announced their re-election campaign Tuesday, a Hillary Clinton front group rolled out its attack machine against the Republican governor and potential 2016 presidential hopeful. American Bridge, backed by big-money liberal donor George Soros, “welcomed” Walker and his “failed job creation promise to the Wisconsin governor’s race.” The liberal “research and communications organization committed to holding Republicans accountable for their words” by employing liberal spin, made its first sortie an all-out assault on Walker’s jobs record, criticizing the governor’s failure to date to hit his ambitious pledge that the...
  • Duey Stroebel announces run for Tom Petri congressional seat

    04/12/2014 2:13:58 PM PDT · by Monitor · 4 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | April 12, 2014 | Georgia Pabst
    State Rep. Duey Stroebel (R-Town of Cedarburg) announced Saturday he will run for the congressional seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Tom Petri (R-Neenah), who announced Friday he is stepping down. Stroebel becomes the second declared candidate for the seat of Petri, who has been in Congress since 1979.
  • Poll: Scott Walker approval hits 59 percent, leads Democratic opponent by 16 points

    04/12/2014 10:57:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/12/2014 | Guy Benson
    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has had a good run lately. He signed a major tax relief package into law, his controversial budget reforms have put the state back in the black, and his opponent has been torched for telling some high-profile fibs. A new poll from Wisconsin Public Radio suggests that voters are appreciative of the governor’s accomplishments. Walker leads Democrat Mary Burke by 16 points in the survey (56/40), with Walker’s approval rating soaring to just shy of 60 percent — an all-time high in the series. (President Obama’s job approval is underwater at 48/50 in the poll). Walker’s...
  • Wisconsin Civil-Rights March:Prosecutors targeting conservatives lose in federal court

    04/12/2014 7:30:11 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 22 replies
    WSJ ^ | 4-11-14 | WSJ
    Score another one for free political speech. On Tuesday, Federal District Judge Rudolph Randa soundly rejected a motion to dismiss a federal civil-rights lawsuit against Wisconsin prosecutors who are investigating the political activities of conservative groups (but not liberals). In a 19-page ruling, Judge Randa wrote that Wisconsin Club for Growth Director Eric O'Keefe's claim that the unlawful investigation violates his First and Fourteenth Amendment rights may proceed. Mr. O'Keefe has standing to bring the lawsuit because "chilled speech is, unquestionably, an injury supporting standing" and that claim doesn't depend on whether he is charged with a crime; "the threat...
  • Petri will not seek re-election in Congress

    04/11/2014 5:24:10 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 13 replies
    Wisconsin Radio Network ^ | April 11, 2014
    U.S. Representative Tom Petri (R-WI) not seeking re-election. The congressman, who has held Wisconsin’s 6th congressional district seat since 1979, will make an official statement on Monday at his town hall meeting in Neenah.
  • U.S. moderate Republican to retire after primary challenge emerges

    04/11/2014 5:09:50 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/11/2014 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON, April 11 (Reuters) - Longtime Republican congressman Thomas Petri of Wisconsin will not seek re-election in November, announcing his decision just a week after a conservative state legislator revealed plans to mount a primary challenge for his seat.Petri, 73, viewed as a moderate member of the party, will formally announce his retirement plans at a town hall meeting on Monday in Neenah, Wisconsin, his office said in a statement on Friday. It gave no details about the reason for the decision.Glenn Grothman, a Wisconsin state senator who is considered one of the state's most conservative Republicans, said last week...
  • Madison’s pedal pubs may allow beer on board

    04/10/2014 9:59:42 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 11 replies
    badger herald ^ | 4-10-14 | Alex Ariaga
    The big red Pedal pubs transporting riders between bars in Madison’s downtown could soon be allowed to carry beer on board under a proposed policy change that the mayor has previously blocked. A Wisconsin state statute that went into effect in February allows pedal pubs in the state to permit riders to have up to three cans of beer per person on board the quadricycle. However, the statute allows municipalities to opt out of the statute if they so choose, a move Mayor Paul Soglin has pushed for the city. “I find something incompatible to using your feet to drive...
  • WI Appeals Court Finds in Favor of the MacIver Institute (Erpenbach, D, WI Smackdown!)

    04/09/2014 7:04:29 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 15 replies
    MacIver Institute ^ | April 9, 2014 | Nick Novak
    "Today is a win for transparency in government and the taxpayers of Wisconsin. The Court of Appeals has agreed with the MacIver Institute that Sen. Erpenbach cannot carve out a special exemption to the open records law for whomever he chooses or try to hide public information when he works for Wisconsin taxpayers," Brett Healy, President of the MacIver Institute said. "Government employees and their unions should not be given a cloak of anonymity to hide their attempts to influence the legislative process. Today's decision requires them to play by the same rules as everyone else." The Court of Appeals...
  • U.S. judge refuses to dismiss lawsuit over John Doe probe (Lerner-like Dem abuse of power)

    04/09/2014 7:06:25 AM PDT · by Be Careful · 6 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 4/8/14 | Patrick Marley
    Madison — A federal judge kept alive a lawsuit Tuesday attempting to throw out a long-running secret investigation of fundraising and spending by conservative groups during Wisconsin's recent recall elections. Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm and others have been looking into whether the Wisconsin Club for Growth or others illegally coordinated with any candidates during the recalls. In the most prominent race, Gov. Scott Walker in June 2012 became the first governor in the country's history to survive a recall election. The Club for Growth and one of its directors, Eric O'Keefe, in February sued prosecutors, investigators and the...
  • Rep. Petri (R-WI) Voted Twice in Favor of “Obama’s War on Coal”

    04/09/2014 9:16:30 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    media trackers ^ | April 07, 2014 | Brian Sikma
    The Wisconsin congressional district represented by Rep. Tom Petri (R) stands to lose nearly 2,000 jobs because of the Obama Administration’s “War on Coal,” but Petri has twice voted to let some of those more controversial – and burdensome – regulations stand. A nationwide analysis by the Heritage Foundation concludes that Wisconsin will lose an estimated 11,702 jobs thanks to Obama environmental regulations. The sixth district alone will lose more jobs than any other congressional district in the country the study concludes. ... Petri was the only Republican from Wisconsin to vote against suspending the rule. Voting with Petri was...
  • Gov. Scott Walker looks to finish his college degree

    04/08/2014 4:07:40 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 65 replies
    CBS News ^ | April 8, 2014 | By LINDSEY BOERMA
    Gov. Scott Walker is going back to school. A spokeswoman for the Wisconsin Republican says Walker is looking to sew up a degree he abandoned 24 years ago when he was a senior at Milwaukee's Marquette University and left to accept a position with the American Red Cross. Walker explained his struggle in finishing up his college education: "I kept thinking I'd go back, got married, had one kid, had another kid, next thing you know," he said, "you're worrying more about paying for your kids' college education than you are for your own."
  • Rep. Duey Stroebel signals he won't challenge Tom Petri

    04/07/2014 10:53:48 AM PDT · by Monitor · 1 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | April 7, 2014 | Jason Stein
    Rep. Duey Stroebel signaled Monday that he wouldn't join a Republican primary challenge against U.S. Rep. Tom Petri, but might jump into the race if Petri chooses not to run for re-election. Stroebel (R-Town of Cedarburg) strongly hinted that, if Petri runs, he won't add his candidacy to that of Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend), who has already said that he is running to challenge the longtime incumbent. Stroebel said Petri isn't conservative enough to represent his district. "Someone who had indicated that he wasn't going to run decided he was going to run," Stroebel said of Grothman, explaining his...
  • For Dems, a problem with seniors

    04/06/2014 3:44:29 PM PDT · by Libloather · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/06/14 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Democrats are facing a senior problem that could get even worse this year. The party has traditionally had trouble with older voters, losing the group aged 65 and over by 21 points in 2010 — when Republicans picked up 63 seats — and by 12 points in the 2012 presidential race. Seniors are the GOP’s most reliable voting bloc in midterm years, turning out in higher numbers than Democratic base voters. A recent Gallup poll showed seniors have become even more Republican over the last two decades; in 2013, 48 percent considered themselves Republican. That spells trouble for Democrats, who...
  • White Privilege Conference: Being white is like being an alcoholic

    04/05/2014 3:43:19 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 78 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April n1, 2014 | Robby Soave
    The 15th annual National White Privilege Conference took place in Madison, Wisconsin, last week — subjecting attendees to informational sessions that explained why everything they did was inherently racist and oppressive. The conference was funded in part by hotel tax revenues, the University of Wisconsin and the City of Madison — in other words, by taxpayer dollars. It was a colorful week, according to an account by the MacIver Institute Kim Radersma, a former high school English teacher and current activist, hosted a session titled, “Stories from the front lines of education: Confessions of a white, high school English teacher.”...
  • Obama's Stand-up Routine is Laughable Indeed

    04/04/2014 4:59:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 4, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    resident Obama was doing his favorite thing this week: talking to crowds of adoring young people who already agree with him while acting like he persuaded them about something. They also seemed to give Obama the impression that he's a really funny guy. On Wednesday, he told a crowd of 1,400 at the University of Michigan that he visited a local deli, Zingerman's. He proceeded to tell a long story about ordering the small Reuben sandwich, which he said was "killer." That description got a good laugh. Then he explained how he thought the sandwich was too big, so he...
  • Former MSOE dean sentenced to year in jail for drunk driving

    04/03/2014 3:19:39 PM PDT · by Brown Deer · 7 replies
    Today's TMJ4 ^ | March 3, 2014 | Jonah Kaplan
    MILWAUKEE - Patrick Coffey vowed to teach by example, and the judge agreed. The former Dean of Students at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, Coffey will spend the next year in jail and four years on probation. Deputies arrested Coffey in August for drunk driving; DOT video captured Coffey driving on the wrong side of I-43 for more than 14 miles. Coffey, 70, was arrested for his 3rd OWI, and plead guilty to 2nd-Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety.
  • Gutsy Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Delivers Unforgettable Speech at USCCA Event

    04/03/2014 11:08:27 AM PDT · by rktman · 7 replies
    usconcealedcarry.com ^ | 4/2/2014 | Tim Schmidt
    In this week’s Tactical Tim video, Tim shares never-before-seen footage from the USCCA Open House Event held in West Bend, Wisconsin in February, including a speech from Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke. Sheriff Clarke is often referred to as “The People’s Sheriff” and is most known for his series of Public Service Announcements encouraging law-abiding citizens to protect themselves with firearms. Watch the video below to hear his inspiring take on personal responsibility.
  • Journal Times editorial: Obama shouldn't give away control of the Internet

    04/03/2014 6:08:14 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 7 replies
    President Barack Obama has a penchant for being a “big picture” guy who is sometimes short on details. No, we’re not talking about the Affordable Health Care Act today — although we could. The administration’s latest initiative is to cede American control over the administration of the Internet. Under the still-murky plan, the Commerce Department would relinquish U.S. authority over the system of Web addresses and domain names that organize the Internet and give it over to some vague international group of as-yet-undefined “stakeholders.” It would end the long-running contract between the Commerce Department and the Internet Corporation for Assigned...
  • Prosecutors won't charge janitor, say he killed teens in self defense

    04/02/2014 4:25:38 PM PDT · by RicocheT · 52 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | April 2, 2014 | Ashley Luthern of the Journal Sentinel
    Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm announced Wednesday that Jeremy Rossetto will not be charged in connection with the March 12 shooting death of two teens who were hitting him with a souvenir baseball bat. The district attorney's office reviewed the police investigation, interviewed witnesses and viewed witness cellphone video before concluding that Rossetto shot the teens in self defense.
  • Democrats bash SCOTUS ruling on campaign contributions (Harry Reid bashes Koch Brothers again)

    04/02/2014 12:22:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Politico ^ | 04/02/2014 | By SEUNG MIN KIM
    Democratic lawmakers and campaign finance reform advocates quickly bashed Wednesday’s Supreme Court decision to strike down total limits on individual campaign contributions, warning of future corruption in elections. Meanwhile, Republicans largely cheered the ruling from the narrowly divided court, which found it unconstitutional to impose caps on the aggregate amounts that one person can donate to campaigns, parties and political action committees. Calling himself “all for freedom,” Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday commended the ruling, saying “donors ought to have the freedom to give what they want to give.” And Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who had filed...
  • SARAH PALIN: PAUL RYAN BUDGET 'A JOKE'

    04/01/2014 6:39:43 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 103 replies
    Breibart Big Government ^ | April 1 | Tony. Lee
    Are you kidding? You’d think one who is representing the mighty Badgers, who made it to the Final Four based on sacrificial work ethic and discipline that obviously pays off in the end, he who represents the great state of Wisconsin that hosts this underdog celebrated college basketball team, would understand that future success depends on hard work and sacrifices. The latest Ryan (R, Wisconsin) Budget is not an April Fool’s joke. Palin said that the budget that was presented, though,"really IS a joke because it is STILL not seeing the problem." "It STILL is not proposing reining in wasteful...
  • The People vs. Paul Ryan: Moderate Your Expectations, Ryan's Budget Proposal is Doomed.

    04/02/2014 9:22:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/02/2014 | Kevin D. Williamson
    Paul Ryan has laid down another marker. Pity he doesn’t have the power to lay down the law. Representative Ryan has a budget, and the Democrats do not have one, nor do they plan to produce one. The proverb holds that you can’t beat something with nothing, but that is precisely what congressional Democrats are going to do with this Republican budget, just as they have with earlier iterations of the same concept. Representative Ryan finds himself in much the same position as Senator Rand Paul: ready to lead, a bit short on followers. My recent pessimistic assessment of Senator...
  • Why Hillary Clinton Will Win in 2016

    04/02/2014 9:29:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 79 replies
    Townhall ^ | 04/02/2014 | Ben Shapiro
    On Tuesday, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., presented his 2015 budget proposal. The Senate Democrats did not provide any such proposal; President Barack Obama's proposal posited an unending federal deficit and massive tax increases. Ryan's proposal, by contrast, lowered the rate of increase of spending moderately (by $5.1 trillion over the next decade), struck Obamacare from the rolls, and suggested revamps to Social Security and Medicare. This was possibly the dumbest thing Ryan could have done. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., immediately jumped on the budget proposal, suggesting that Ryan's budget came from "Kochtopia," and that it...
  • Paul Ryan's Budget Exposes Democrats' Bankruptcy Of Ideas

    04/02/2014 7:15:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    IBD ^ | 04/02/2014 | Editorial
    Whatever objections anyone might have to various details in Rep. Paul Ryan's bold new plan to cut $5 trillion of government waste, one fact trumps all else: Unlike Democrats, he offers solutions, not denial. The one thing that stands out in the long-term budget plan unveiled Tuesday by House Budget Committee Chairman Ryan, R-Wis., is his acceptance of a fact Democrats want to hide: You can't squeeze enough extra money out of the rich to pay for our endlessly expanding entitlement programs of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Tax revenue over many decades has been relatively unchanging . And it...
  • The Chatter: Governor bets bourbon on Final Four game; Ky. health exchange in national spotlight

    04/01/2014 5:46:10 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 4 replies
    cn|2 Pure Politics ^ | 4/1/2014 | Jacqueline Pitts
    Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear is betting bottles of big name bourbon on the Final Four game when the University of Kentucky takes on the Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday in Dallas. Beshear and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker made a friendly wager Tuesday on the game, betting items from the signature industries of each state. The Kentucky bourbon basket wagered by Beshear will include some of the state’s most well-known Bourbon brands such as Woodford Reserve, Maker’s Mark, Four Roses, Elijah Craig and others as well as glasses and apparel. If Kentucky wins, Beshear will receive a gift of some of Wisconsin’s...
  • Paul Ryan Unveils 2015 budget plan: Includes major spending cuts

    04/01/2014 10:34:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    CBS News ^ | 04/01/2014 | ALICIA BUDICH
    "Tighten the belts" is one tired takeaway from House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's budget proposal, released today. The budget proposes to cut $5.1 trillion from projected spending over the next 10 years, getting a lot of its savings from repealing the president's health care law and changing Medicaid. The document, titled again, "Path to Prosperity," is largely for show, as the bipartisan budget agreement authored by Ryan, R-Wisc., and his Senate counterpart, Senate Budget Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash., already set discretionary spending levels for the 2015 fiscal year. The budget agreement passed in both the Senate and the House...
  • Ryan unveils House GOP budget claiming balance (another Budget Resolution)

    04/01/2014 10:11:52 AM PDT · by sickoflibs · 16 replies
    yahoo news ^ | 4/1/2014 | ANDREW TAYLOR
    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan unveiled an updated Republican budget plan Tuesday that would slash $5.1 trillion in federal spending over coming decade and promises to balance the government's books with wide-ranging cuts in programs like food stamps and government-paid health care for the poor and working class. Ryan's plan would also cut Pell Grants for low-income students and pensions for federal workers, while steering away from cuts to benefits for senior citizens, at least in the short term. The proposal would reprise a voucher-like Medicare program for future retirees that would be the basis for...
  • Harry Reid: Paul Ryan budget creates 'Koch-topia'

    04/01/2014 10:39:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Politico ^ | 04/01/2014 | By BURGESS EVERETT
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid preemptively slammed the budget proposal Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) will release Tuesday, calling it a document written to pander to the Koch brothers and other billionaires. “It’s a blueprint for a modern… how would we say this? Koch-topia. Yes, that’s it,” Reid said. “Call it whatever you want. We might as well call it the Koch budget because that’s what they’re doing, protecting the Koch brothers.” Reid’s remarks mark the latest volley in Democrats’ mid-term election year strategy of attacking the Kochs repeatedly, hoping to fire up their liberal base and associate Republicans with the...
  • Duey Stroebel to Make Announcement by April 7th on Challenging Petri

    03/30/2014 1:30:32 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 10 replies
    Wisconsin Election Watch ^ | 3-30-14 | Kyle Maichle
    SAUKVILLE – Representative Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville, 60th District), told WisPolitics on Thursday that he will be making a decision by April 7th on whether to challenge Congressman Tom Petri (R-Wisconsin, 6th District) for the Republican nomination in the 6th Congressional District. In an e-mail sent to WisPolitics, Stroebel said: “ The 6th Congressional District needs strong, dynamic, common sense conservative leadership that is firmly rooted in the community. I believe I can provide that leadership, and know regardless of my final decision that we need more Wisconsin ideas in Washington. It is my intent to arrive at a decision no...
  • Concealed carry group takes message door-to-door on south side

    03/30/2014 4:51:17 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 7 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 30 mar 2014
    Sonia, a mother of two on Milwaukee's south side, doesn't want guns in her house. But with a pair of convicted sex offenders nearby who have just been granted allowance to leave their home unsupervised, Sonia has begun to think about some form of protection, perhaps pepper spray or a Taser. When gun rights activists fanned out in her neighborhood Saturday afternoon, handing out fliers promoting free classes for training on carrying firearms, Sonia was one of the first to sign up — since Wisconsin residents need similar training to legally carry a Taser. Milwaukee's south side became the latest...
  • ‘Racist’ Michelle Obama quote fools panel; Bill Maher pretends Paul Ryan said it

    03/29/2014 10:57:44 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 28 replies
    “Real Time” host Bill Maher caused some real confusion with his knee-jerk liberal guests Friday night when he offered them a “racist” quote from Paul Ryan that turned out to really be from Michelle Obama. And he did it to make a point. Maher was piling on the latest liberal meme of Paul Ryan as piñata for comments he made in mid-March about inner-city “men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work.” Two of Maher’s guests, Center for American President Neera Tanden and comedian W. Kamau...
  • Limbaugh Says ‘Democrats Are Living in Mortal Fear’ of the Day This ‘Huge’ Story Is Widely Reported

    03/22/2014 10:59:43 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 26 replies
    The Blaze ^ | March 20, 2014 | Jason Howerton
    Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh on Wednesday took a shot at the mainstream media and even some conservative outlets for underreporting on the success of Gov. Scott Walker (R) in Wisconsin. Limbaugh cited an Associated Press report run Wednesday on page A14 of the New York Times about the Wisconsin Assembly passing Walker’s $504 million tax-cut plan. As previously reported by TheBlaze, Walker intends to use part of Wisconsin’s projected $977 million surplus to pay for property and income tax cuts.
  • The Disturbing Truth Behind Your Next Income Tax Return

    03/29/2014 9:06:12 AM PDT · by RicocheT · 34 replies
    Bonner & Partners newsletter ^ | March 29, 2014 | Bill Bonner
    The Disturbing Truth Behind Your Next Income Tax Return By Jeffrey Tucker, Executive Editor, Laissez Faire Books The least of the problems with income tax is that it takes your money. The really big problem is that the income tax takes your life. It gives the government direct access to the things you own and sets up the political-bureaucratic sector to be the final arbiter of what you can and cannot consider to be yours. Illustrating this point is the bitter news that the IRS has considered it completely legal to demand access to your email archive whenever it wants....
  • Study: ‘War on Coal’ will hit Wisconsin manufacturing hardest

    03/29/2014 7:10:55 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 3-27-14 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. — Of all the national casualties expected from the Obama administration’s “War on Coal,” manufacturers in Wisconsin’s 6th Congressional District could be hit the hardest. That’s the finding of a new analysis, published by the conservative Heritage Foundation, that tracks the long-term economic impact of the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed limits on carbon dioxide emissions — strict standards that, industry officials assert, would all but kill construction of new coal-fired power plants and force existing facilities into early retirement. Energy expert Nicolas Loris analyzed the effects of a 20-year phase-out of coal. His study projects significant job loss...
  • Wisconsin governor signs bill ending early weekend voting

    03/28/2014 4:47:15 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3-27-14 | Brendan O'Brian
    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker on Thursday signed a measure into law that eliminates absentee voting on weekends ahead of elections but vetoed a provision that restricted weekday voting hours across the state. Wisconsin law allows voters to cast absentee ballots by mail or hand them in to their polling places before election day. Supporters have said the new law creates uniform and fair rules, while critics have said it disenfranchises voters. Walker, a Republican who is seeking re-election, vetoed a part of the bill the majority Republican legislature approved that capped voting at 45 hours per week. Voting will be...
  • How Conservatives Win

    03/27/2014 12:41:46 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 7 replies
    heritage.org ^ | 3/27/14 | Mike Needham
    It should come as no surprise The New York Times would bury news of a conservative victory over President Obama on page eight. The lead paragraph said it all: Senate Democrats, bowing to united House Republican opposition, dropped reforms of International Monetary Fund governance from a Ukraine aid package on Tuesday. The real question is whether this was merely a moment in time or a seminal shift in how congressional Republicans will approach future showdowns. And to be clear, future showdowns are inevitable if we are to achieve any conservative policy victories. Before going further, it is important to explain...
  • Major G.O.P. Donor Tests His Influence in Push to Ban Online Gambling[Sheldon Adelson]

    03/27/2014 12:25:01 PM PDT · by Theoria · 4 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 27 Mar 2014 | NICHOLAS CONFESSORE and ERIC LIPTON
    A push by the casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson to outlaw online gambling has ignited a bitter civil war in the gambling industry, dividing one of Washington’s most powerful interest groups and posing a major test of the Republican megadonor’s political clout. Mr. Adelson’s effort officially kicked off on Wednesday, when lawmakers, including a senator, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who has accepted tens of thousands of dollars from the businessman and his family, introduced legislation originally drafted with Mr. Adelson’s lobbyist. The bill would close a three-year-old loophole in federal law, banning online gambling — a growing industry that Mr....
  • Billionaire mogul Sheldon Adelson looks for mainstream Republican who can win in 2016

    03/25/2014 6:45:28 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 38 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 03/25/2014 | Matea Gold and Philip Rucker
    Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who along with his wife plowed more than $92 million into efforts to help mostly losing candidates in the 2012 elections, is undertaking a new strategy for 2016 — to tap his fortune on behalf of a more mainstream Republican with a clear shot to win the White House, according to people familiar with his thinking. In 2012, Sheldon and Miriam Adelson spent so much of their money on long-shot candidate Newt Gingrich that they helped extend an ugly intraparty fight that left the eventual nominee, Mitt Romney, severely bruised by the time he faced President...
  • Fellow Students – Stand Up To Outrageous Bias and Left-Wing Hat

    03/25/2014 7:21:23 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 13 replies
    The College Fix ^ | March 12, 2014 | Kyle Brooks
    Two weeks ago, a video that I filmed of a radical guest lecture in a required sociology course at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater went viral. In it, intolerant SEIU member Eyon Biddle claimed that “politics is fueled by white rage” and that Republican success in 2010 was helped by racism. Appalled by what I was hearing, I took out my phone and began to record. Based off of how quickly the video spread, becoming national news in less than three days, as well as from the reaction I have gotten from people nationwide, it is clear to me that people...
  • Gov. Scott Walker refuses to take down religious tweet

    03/24/2014 11:20:20 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 74 replies
    Fox News ^ | 24 Mar 2014 | Todd Starnes
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker believes he can do all things through Christ, but an atheist group charges that he cannot do all things through Christ on his official social media platforms. The Freedom From Religion Foundation has demanded Walker remove posts from his official Facebook and Twitter feeds that read, “Philippians 4:13.” “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” the verse reads. “This braggadocio verse coming from a public official is rather disturbing,” FFRF co-presidents Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Baker wrote in a letter to the governor. “To say, ‘I can do all things through Christ,...
  • The WWII Hero America Abandoned

    03/21/2014 9:33:57 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 19 replies
    Daily Beast via Yahoo News ^ | 3/21/14 | Megan McCloskey
    U.S. Army Private First Class Lawrence S. Gordon—killed in Normandy in 1944, then mistakenly buried as a German soldier—will soon be going home to his family. But don’t thank the American military for this belated return. The Pentagon declined to act on his case, despite exhaustive research by civilian investigators that pointed to the location of his remains.
  • Intolerant atheists go after Gov. Walker’s religious tweet

    03/21/2014 7:33:47 AM PDT · by don-o · 34 replies
    allemwest.com ^ | March 20. 2014 | Allen West
    Well, here we go again, the oh so very tolerant secular humanist liberal progressives are showing their ignorance of America’s Judeo-Christian faith heritage. As reported in The Christian Post, “A Wisconsin-based atheist organization has demanded that Governor Scott Walker remove a posting on his Twitter feed that is religious in nature. The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) stated Tuesday that they took exception to Walker’s official account, including a tweet posted Sunday that simply read, “Philippians 4:13.” As rendered by the New King James Version, Philippians 4:13 states, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
  • Atheist Group Threatens to Sue Wisconsin’s Republican Governor Scott Walker

    03/20/2014 5:45:03 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 35 replies
    libertynews.com ^ | march 20, 2014 | Joe Calandra Jr.
    Atheists are so outraged that Governor Scott Walker, has the phrase, Philippians 4:13, underscoring his name on Facebook and Twitter that they’re threatening to sue him to make him take it down
  • What U.S. states have the highest and lowest taxes?

    03/20/2014 1:51:31 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 20 replies
    CBS News Moneywatch ^ | 3-19-14 | Kathy Kristof
    If you hate paying taxes, pay attention to where you live. Residents of the nation's lowest-tax states pay less than one-quarter of the levies contributed by those in the highest-tax states. And that's even when they earn the same amount and spend the same amount on everything from housing to beer, according to an analysis by personal finance site WalletHub. The site looked at 10 different taxes, from property and state and local income taxes to those on vehicles, food, alcohol, fuel, telecommunications and sales. The total tax hit was based on a hypothetical individual earning $65,596, with a $174,600...
  • Governor Scott Walker's Substantial Tax Cut in Wisconsin

    03/19/2014 1:21:58 PM PDT · by DLfromthedesert · 22 replies
    Rush Limbaugh Website ^ | 3/19/2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: The New York Times. What is this, a tiny little paragraph? One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10 lines. National Briefing, Midwest. It's page A14 of the New York Times today. Here's the headline: "Wisconsin: Assembly Passes Governor’s Tax-Cut Plan -- The Wisconsin Assembly has passed Gov. Scott Walker’s $504 million tax-cut plan. The chamber approved the bill on Tuesday by a vote of 61 to 35." It wasn't even close
  • Reince Priebus Predicts 2014 ‘Tsunami Election’ for GOP

    03/18/2014 10:35:06 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 61 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 3-18-14 | Matt Wilstein
    I think we’re in for a tsunami-type election in 2014,” Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus told the audience at Tuesday morning’s Christian Science Monitor breakfast in Washington, D.C. Looking ahead to this fall’s midterm elections, Priebus boldly predicted big gains for the GOP, especially in the Senate. ”My belief is, it’s going to be a very big win, especially at the U.S. Senate level, and we may add some seats in congressional races,” Priebus predicted. “But I need to and we need to at the RNC make sure that we can capture the positives and the benefits we’ve been...
  • Two open-carry backers lead to Germantown police response

    03/18/2014 4:54:34 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 33 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 18 mar 2014 | Ashley Luthern
    A Sheboygan Falls man caused a stir last weekend in Germantown when he openly carried two firearms, prompting residents to call police and the police chief to post an update on the department's Facebook page — which led to another open-carry advocate traveling to Germantown. William Polster of Sheboygan Falls has spent the last year openly carrying his firearms throughout Wisconsin and recording his interactions with the public and police. "So many people just call the cops on it," he said Monday. "If you feel threatened, that's one thing. If it's properly carried in a non-threatening manner, it should not...
  • WI:Maintenance worker who shot teens has concealed carry permit

    03/17/2014 8:58:29 PM PDT · by marktwain · 37 replies
    fox6now.com ^ | 13 March, 2014 | Jenna Sachs, Bret Lemoine
    MILWAUKEE (WITI) — FOX6 News is learning more after two teens were shot to death on Milwaukee’s north side on Wednesday afternoon, March 12th. Milwaukee police say a 39-year-old maintenance worker is in custody at the Milwaukee County Jail in connection with the shooting. But could this be a case of self-defense? A 19-year-old man and a 17-year-old girl were shot and killed in an apartment building near 27th and Vliet on Wednesday afternoon. The shooting reportedly occurred after some sort of argument. Milwaukee police on Thursday identified the 19-year-old and 17-year-old. The 19-year-old is identified as James Bell, Jr....
  • College offers to pay students to take year off

    03/17/2014 7:33:28 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 50 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 16, 2014
    MEDFORD, Mass. — Colleges are paying students to take a year off after high school to travel, volunteer or do internships so that students of all income brackets can benefit from “gap years.” A new program at Tufts University and existing ones at a handful of other schools aim to remove the financial barriers that can keep cash-strapped students from exploring different communities and challenge their comfort zones before jumping right into college. The gap year program starting this fall at Tufts will pay for housing, airfare and even visa fees, which can often add up to $30,000 or more....