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  • Agency: $443,000 on Gruber analysis of Obamacare in Wisconsin long spent

    11/28/2014 12:56:40 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 11-25-14 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. — The “architect” of Obamacare who suggested the “stupidity of the American voter” helped pass President Obama’s signature health-care reform law hauled in $200,000 from Wisconsin taxpayers for his analysis of the potential costs and impacts of the Affordable Care Act on the Badger State, according to the state Department of Health Services. In total, taxpayers spent $443,718 for MIT economist Jonathan Gruber and a firm to analyze the actuarial and economic impacts of the Affordable Care Act on Wisconsin health insurance markets, according to records obtained by Wisconsin Reporter. The remaining $243,718 went to Gorman Actuarial LLC,...
  • USDA Buys Cranberries For Food Pantries And School Lunches: ‘It’s A Win-Win’

    11/28/2014 11:04:37 AM PST · by Incorrigible · 24 replies
    Food World News ^ | 11/27/2014 | N/A
    USDA Buys Cranberries For Food Pantries And School Lunches: ‘It’s A Win-Win’ Nov 27, 2014 06:24 PM EST USDA Cranberries - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) agreed to purchase up to $55 million in cranberry products to the Congressional Cranberry Caucus.The USDA doubled with this buy the previous one, which was in January. The agreement ended up with the Agriculture Dept. getting 68 million pounds of surplus cranberries, Green Bay Press Gazette reported.The U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin said on a press release on Monday that Wisconsin is the main producer of cranberries and the decision of the USDA is to...
  • Drunk uncles make Wisconsin Thanksgivings insufferable

    11/27/2014 5:06:40 PM PST · by SJackson · 35 replies
    Badger Herald ^ | 11-25-14
    Wisconsinites will inevitably suffer from a miserable Thanksgiving weekend, thanks to intoxicated relatives. Turns out Wisconsinites’ hopes for a happy Thanksgiving are no more than a pleasant post-Turkey dream, dreams which will soon be shattered by the horrible reality of “drunk uncles.” Estately, which brought us rankings like “Which U.S. States Most Love the 1980s?” (note: Wisconsin ranks ninth) and “What if the Most Scottish States in America Formed an Independent Country?” came out with a new, festive ranking, outlining the states most and least likely to have a miserable Thanksgiving. The site listed Wisconsin as fifth most likely for...
  • WTF ATF:The ATF's Fake Retail Stores,Bad Behavior.And Why It Only Came Out Because They Failed To...

    11/27/2014 4:02:04 PM PST · by RightGeek · 17 replies
    Techdirt ^ | 11/26/2014 | Mike Masnick
    This past week, on This American Life, the first 20 minutes or so are the incredible story of just how screwed up the ATF continues to be (the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms). Much of this has been reported on over the past year and a half by reporters in Milwaukee (and investigated by Congress), but it's absolutely worth listening to the details -- which you can do over on the This American Life page (I'd post the embed here, but unfortunately This American Life does not yet appear to support HTTPS, so we can't). The story is all...
  • Pope Francia appoints Bishop Hying to Diocese of Gary IN

    11/24/2014 11:40:54 AM PST · by ADSUM · 17 replies
    Milwaukee JS on line ^ | 11/24/2015 | JSONLINE
    Aux Bishop Hying of Milwaukee appointed Bishop of Gary IN
  • What Makes Wisconsin's Republican Governor Scott Walker a Good Choice for 2016

    11/22/2014 8:48:52 PM PST · by SatinDoll · 47 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/20/2014 | Grover Norquist & Patrick Gleason
    After the GOP’s midterm-elections sweep, the Republican Party holds more U.S. House seats and controls more state houses than at any time since 1928. Having reached this goal, the GOP now needs to look for a 2016 presidential nominee to match this success. President Calvin Coolidge, who sat in the Oval Office from 1923 to 1929, would be a smart model for the party. He reined in spending and reduced tax rates at a time when it was as needed as it is today. President Ronald Reagan admired Coolidge so much that he hung a portrait of the 30th president...
  • Obama just kneecapped Jeb Bush and Chris Christie's 2016 prospects

    11/21/2014 1:43:24 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 34 replies
    The Week ^ | 11/21/2014 | Jon Terbush
    On immigration, the GOP primary will have little room for nuance Obama's announcement could affect 2016's probable candidates President Obama on thursday announced his much-anticipated executive action on immigration, and in doing so he lobbed a grenade squarely into the 2016 Republican primary race. ... Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush upset the rank and file earlier this year by calling for a compassionate aspproach to immigration. In April, he said undocumented workers who enter the country illegally do so as "an act of love" because they "are actually coming to this country to provide for their families." Then there's New...
  • Video: Milwaukee police chief unloads on black community leaders over violence

    11/21/2014 10:31:17 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 21, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    The roiling turbulence in Ferguson has boiled over and spread to other cities around the nation. That showed up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin this week, when community activists grew angry with their police force over an incident that happened last April. Officer Christopher Manney shot an African American man who took the policeman’s baton and attacked him with it. The man was mentally ill and died as a result of the encounter, and while Officer Manney was dismissed from the PD, he was never charged with a crime. Reporters were grilling the current police chief this week as he was in...
  • CLOUT? 35 Anti-Keystone Pipeline Senators Mary Landrieu Helped Elect

    11/20/2014 12:49:21 PM PST · by abb · 9 replies
    The Hayride ^ | November 20, 2014 | Scott McKay
    When it came time for the US Senate to vote on the Keystone XL Pipeline, Sen. Mary Landrieu’s (D-LA) “clout” did not have much of an impact on fellow Democrat senators. In fact, 35 of the senators who voted against the project were given campaign cash by Landrieu since the 2008 election cycle. Take a look here at the list of senators who don’t seem to acknowledge Landrieu’s “clout.” Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) $10,000 Sen. Richard Blumenthal (R-CT) $5,000 Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) $10,000 Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) $7,000 Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) $10,000 Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) $3,500 Sen....
  • Walker waiting for calling as he mulls 2016 run

    11/18/2014 2:42:33 PM PST · by mdittmar · 42 replies
    yahoo ^ | 11/18/2014 | SCOTT BAUER ap
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Tuesday he is seriously considering whether to get into the race for president in 2016, but he hasn't decided yet whether he feels the call to run. "My personal process is I have to feel like it's a calling, particularly for the time and the effort and the impact it has on family and friends," Walker told AP in a telephone interview from Boca Raton, Florida, where he is attending the Republican Governors Association meeting this week. "It's not something you should yearn for..."Walker, who won re-election to a second term...
  • What Should Republicans Do to Stop This Aggressively Unconstitutional President?

    11/18/2014 10:14:39 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 47 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 11-18-14 | Peter Wehner
    It’s hard to overstate how irresponsible President Obama would be to go forward, as he almost surely will, with his sweeping executive order on amnesty. Ross Douthat of the New York Times has written a fine column on why doing so would be, in his words, a “disgrace.” What the president is on the verge of doing would do tremendous, long-term damage to our political culture and our constitutional order. It would set a dangerous precedent. And it would be an act of extraordinary selfishness. By now none of this should surprise us. Yet on some level it’s hard to...
  • Walker: I could run in 20 years and be Clinton's age

    11/17/2014 5:24:57 PM PST · by SMCC1 · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/17/2014 | Peter Sullivan
    "Whether it’s two years, six years, 20 years from now, because at 47, I mean I think about Hillary Clinton, I could run 20 years from now for president and still be about the same age as the former secretary of State is right now," Walker said in an interview with the local Fox affiliate published Sunday night.
  • Tiny Homes for the Homeless: An Occupy Madison Project (WI)

    11/17/2014 4:08:23 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 108 replies
    Revolution News! ^ | November 13, 2014 | Occupy Madison
    Madison Wisconsin: In a city with a homeless population that has risen by 7 percent over the last four years to about 3,370, Occupy Madison organizers decided to tell their local leaders to “put up or shut up” and developed a non profit organization Occupy Madison Inc. In June 2013 OM Build was born and Tiny Homes was decided on as a solution. To achieve their goals of a Tiny Village complete with 9 tiny homes, permanent comprehensive day resource center, safer places to sleep at night, as well as access to restrooms, showers, laundry, community gardening space, and other...
  • Sheriff David Clarke on fighting crime: Get rid of ‘data-driven crap’

    11/17/2014 8:28:10 AM PST · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 17, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Milwaukee’s tough-talking Sheriff David Clarke — who once famously told city residents to arm themselves so they could take out any “clown” who entered their homes — now says that communities shouldn’t rely on “data-driven crap” to fight crime. Rather, policing ought to be all about getting law enforcement agents on the ground, so they can lock up criminals, he said during a lengthy interview with Fox News. Sheriff Clarke said academics and political elites do more harm than good by latching on to criminal justice theories and studies to promote their vision of fighting crime, Politico reported. ~snip~ His...
  • Ice Visible on Lake Superior Weeks Ahead of Schedule

    11/16/2014 2:46:42 PM PST · by Ray76 · 43 replies
    ABC News ^ | Nov 15, 2014 | Dan Peck
    The first sightings of ice on Lake Superior and the Great Lakes overall usually occur during the beginning to middle of December. However, a perfect combination of last season's record ice coverage, cooler summer temperatures, and an early blast of arctic air this fall has allowed for areas of ice to form earlier than normal for the second year in a row.
  • Ice Visible on Lake Superior Weeks Ahead of Schedule

    11/16/2014 10:17:11 AM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 20 replies
    ABC ^ | 11/15/2014 | Dan Peck
    Cold temperatures and snow across the Great Lakes in November is certainly nothing out of the ordinary, but this morning, a layer of ice was visible on parts of Lake Superior in Ashland, Wis. While this may not seem unusual given the current stretch of unseasonably cold temperatures, it is actually several weeks earlier than normal. The first sightings of ice on Lake Superior and the Great Lakes overall usually occur during the beginning to middle of December. However, a perfect combination of last season's record ice coverage, cooler summer temperatures, and an early blast of arctic air this fall...
  • Drug cartels invade the northwoods of Wisconsin (2012)(massive pot farms)

    11/16/2014 6:06:52 AM PST · by dennisw · 25 replies
    ox6 ^ | May 17, 2012 | Stephen Davis and Bryan Polcyn
    CLAM LAKE — The war on drugs has a new battleground and it’s deep in the heart of Wisconsin’s great northwoods. Drug traffickers with ties to Mexican cartels are setting up shop in our state and national forests. FOX6 Investigators got an exclusive invitation to see what’s left of one massive pot farm near Clam Lake. In just the past four years, state agents have wiped out more than $70 million worth of marijuana grown on the same public lands where people go to hunt, hike and camp – and that’s just what they’ve found. Drug traffickers are setting up...
  • Top-Cop Applies for Disability, Blames Tea Party

    11/14/2014 5:59:36 PM PST · by ThE_RiPpEr. · 24 replies
    La Crosse Tribune ^ | 11/13/2014 | Anne Jungen
    TOWN OF CAMPBELL — The town of Campbell police chief who tarnished his department’s reputation in a case of cyber-warfare will resign from his position today and seek duty-related mental health disability benefits. The town will pay Tim Kelemen, 37, for 335 accrued hours under an agreement negotiated by the chief’s lawyer and the town’s attorney and approved unanimously Thursday by the Campbell Town Board. “It’s not a good day for the town. It’s not a good day for Tim Kelemen,” town attorney Brent Smith said. “It’s not the way you want to end an employment relationship.” An attorney who...
  • Jonathan Gruber Made Over $4 Million Pimping Obamacare & Lying to “Stupid” Americans

    11/14/2014 3:33:00 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 43 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 11-14-14 | Jim Hoft
    Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber made $4 million pimping Obamacare. ** $400,000 from Health and Human Services ** $1.6 MM from other states, and that’s just four of them. ** Another $2 milion from HHS for other work. It was a nice gig. The dude made millions because of his central role in lying to get health care passed. Video surfaced this week of Jonathan Gruber admitting the Obama administration lied to “stupid” Americans in order to get Obamacare passed. Jonathan Gruber made $400,000 from HHS. He also made an additional $3.6 million for consulting with states. Glenn Kessler at The...
  • Incoming Senate Panel Chairman Wants to Cut Your Pay, Pension

    11/14/2014 5:09:18 PM PST · by mdittmar · 107 replies
    The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) ^ | November 14, 2014 | The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)
    The incoming chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has been outspoken about his plans to cut federal employees’ pay and pensions. Besides his previous proposal, Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin spoke with the Washington Post this week and discussed what he wants to do when he takes over the committee in January. On his chopping block are federal employees’ pay, health insurance, pensions, and the right to join a union.“I think it’s unrealistic for public-service employees to believe they are immune from modifications to their pay and benefit packages,” said Sen. Johnson, who was elected to...
  • Wisconsin chief accused of harassing tea party activist leaves job

    11/14/2014 3:22:56 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    TwinCities.com-Pioneer Press ^ | November 14, 2014
    The police chief of a small town near La Crosse accused of harassing a local tea party activist is leaving his job. The Town of Campbell and Tim Kelemen have reached an agreement which pays the chief for about 330 hours. Kelemen admitted to using the activist's personal e-mail address to sign him up for online dating services, and even pornographic websites. Kelemen's lawyer says the chief will apply for disability benefits for a mental health condition he says stems from harassment by the local tea party activists.
  • Postal worker who dumped GOP political mailers could face criminal charges

    11/14/2014 3:04:51 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 40 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 11-14-14 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. — The postal carrier who investigators say dumped hundreds of GOP political mailers in a Neenah apartment complex recycling bin days before the general election could face criminal charges, a federal agent tells Wisconsin Reporter. “What we have found is that the carrier’s actions, in our opinion at least, has merited some sort of (charging) decision on the part of” prosecutors, said Scott Pierce, spokesman for the Great Lakes Field Office of the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Postal Service. “We feel like there is enough information here at least to present the case for prosecution.”...
  • Letter Threatens Boycott for Displaying GOP Signs (Wisconsin)

    11/13/2014 9:46:04 AM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 15 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | November 10, 2014 | Adam Tobias
    WAUWATOSA, Wis. — A business owner who helped promote a Republican state senator says a nursing instructor with union ties wrote a letter threatening her company with financial harm. In the letter, the signatory, Allison Nicol, says she has stopped advising prospective students to receive training through Quality Healthcare Options Inc. Nichol, who works at the Mequon campus of Milwaukee Area Technical College, doesn’t agree with company owner Sally Sprenger backing state Sen. Leah Vukmir [2], R-Wauwatosa, the letter says. Nicol signed the petition to recall [3] Republican Gov. Scott Walker [4] in 2011, and that signature appears to match...
  • Walker for President? WI Gov’s Rise Has Similarities to Reagan

    11/12/2014 11:59:58 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 51 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11-12-14 | Avner Zarmi
    The “elephant in the room,” now that Scott Walker has won a remarkable third election as governor of Wisconsin in only four years, is the presidential election in 2016. Well before the 2014 midterms, speculation was rife about Walker’s possible presidential ambitions, and his several trips to neighboring Iowa did nothing to quell it. It is widely assumed that Walker’s possible presidential ambitions are a major reason the national Democratic Party and its various third-party interest groups expended enormous resources in the unsuccessful attempts to defeat him. There are many reasons for the Democrats to be terrified of a possible...
  • Marine vet stands watch at site of proposed Greendale (WI)memorial (School Board votes no)

    11/12/2014 1:39:40 PM PST · by UB355 · 4 replies
    WTMJ ^ | 11/19/2014 | Charles Benson
    GREENDALE -- A battle over where to build a veterans memorial in Greendale is growing. On Monday a Marine veteran took matters into his own hands to honor our veterans. Hundreds of flags mark the vacant land where veterans want to build a permanent memorial. It started with a few flags two weeks ago and now there are many. The land is owned by the Greendale School District across the street and it doesn't want a permanent memorial on the site. That has one loyal Marine veteran very concerned. "I've had people honking at me, waiving at me, shaking my...
  • I'm not dead, Wisconsin veteran tells VA

    11/12/2014 1:16:02 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 24 replies
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | 12 Nov 2014 | By Steven Verburg
    Kenneth C. Brunner wants the government to know it is dead wrong, because he is alive and well in Madison, Wisconsin. The 81-year-old Army veteran said he was surprised to read a letter from the U.S. Veterans Benefits Administration stating that he was dead. The letter, dated Nov. 4, arrived at his East Side home Monday afternoon, Brunner said. "It said I was dead and not to cash any more checks," Brunner said, his voice strong, clear and a little indignant. "I read that and I said holy ..." By Tuesday, Brunner had built up a head of steam and...
  • Planned D.C. Everest boycott of Obama school lunch act is being watched nationally (Nov 13)

    11/12/2014 9:59:03 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 28 replies
    WTAQ ^ | Thursday, November 06, 2014
    WESTON, Wis. (WSAU) -- Monday morning, we told you about how a D.C. Everest High School student is organizing a school lunch boycott November 13th, as a protest to Michelle Obama’s Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act’s menu and calorie restrictions. Since WSAU brought you that story, it has been reported by several national and world media outlets. Organizer Meghan Hellrood says the reaction to the story surprised her, but says it has helped make her fellow students pay more attention to the school food issue. “I think so. I think that more students are now aware of the whole issue, and...
  • School choice pioneer Annette Polly Williams dies at 77

    11/12/2014 6:37:51 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 11-11-14 | Paul Brennan
    MILWAUKEE — James Carl was able to sum up the importance of former Assemblywoman Annette Polly Williams in bringing school choice to Milwaukee in two words: “absolutely essential.” Williams died Sunday at the age of 77, having helped to transform the education landscape in Milwaukee and the nation. Starting in the late 1980s, Williams threw her support behind the legislation that created the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program. The legislation eventually passed in 1989. “If it were not for her willingness to support this program, it never would have gotten through the state Legislature,” Carl told Watchdog. Carl, dean of the...
  • John Doe lawsuit could be headed to U.S. Supreme Court (WI)

    11/12/2014 6:22:27 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    The Wisconsin Rporter ^ | 11-12-14 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. – Frustrated by one federal court, conservative activists in the crosshairs of a partisan Wisconsin prosecutor say they’ll take their First Amendment case to the Supreme Court. Andrew Grossman, an attorney for veteran political activist Eric O’Keefe and the Wisconsin Club for Growth, said he hopes the high court will settle questions tied to political speech and Wisconsin’s politically charged John Doe investigation. The petition of certiorari, as it’s called, is due by Jan. 21. It’s been a long and winding road to the high court. U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Randa had argued the conservatives showed that...
  • Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker wants to drug test welfare recipients

    11/11/2014 1:18:57 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 46 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 11, 2014 | By Hunter Schwarz
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has said he wants recipients of food stamps and unemployment benefits to undergo drug tests, a move that could face possible legal trouble. The state is already one of five that require public assistance applicants who are convicted of drug felony charges to be tested for drugs, along with Maine, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Virginia, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Should Walker propose a broader measure that involves testing benefits applicants either randomly or without suspicion that they have used drugs, it could be found unconstitutional because of a 2003 Michigan Court of Appeals...
  • Anti-American Progressives Cancel Veterans Day Ceremony at School for First Time in 80 Years

    11/11/2014 1:01:52 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 9 replies
    TPNN ^ | 11/11/14 | Matthew Burke
    The poisonous progressive agenda has oozed into a school district in Wisconsin which has caused the cancellation of a traditional Veterans Day ceremony that has been held since the 1930′s. Part of the time-honored tradition, which is the main reason the anti-Second Amendment rights leftists have banned the annual event, is because a 21-gun salute is conducted as part of the ceremony, and the controlist educators are worried that some people may feel an “uneasiness,” even though blanks, not real bullets are used in the rifles. “There are just some conditions that we have to adhere to and the shooting...
  • Anti-American Progressives Cancel Veterans Day Ceremony at School for First Time in 80 Years

    11/11/2014 1:01:52 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 22 replies
    TPNN ^ | 11/11/14 | Matthew Burke
    The poisonous progressive agenda has oozed into a school district in Wisconsin which has caused the cancellation of a traditional Veterans Day ceremony that has been held since the 1930′s. Part of the time-honored tradition, which is the main reason the anti-Second Amendment rights leftists have banned the annual event, is because a 21-gun salute is conducted as part of the ceremony, and the controlist educators are worried that some people may feel an “uneasiness,” even though blanks, not real bullets are used in the rifles. “There are just some conditions that we have to adhere to and the shooting...
  • WI School Cancels Vet’s Day Ceremony. Worried About 21 Gun Salute.

    11/10/2014 8:46:42 PM PST · by Thunder90 · 33 replies
    School officials in one Wisconsin town have taken irrational fears of firearms to a new low. According to WEAU, the Eau Claire School District has cancelled their annual Veteran’s Day Program because they’re worried about “uneasiness” over the traditional 21 gun salute. Keep in mind a Veteran’s Day 21 gun salute uses blanks. And those blanks are fired from show piece guns that are mechanically altered so that they can not fire real bullets. And keep in mind, that 21 gun salute, and those blanks, and those show piece guns are used by military veterans – men and women who...
  • Exclusive -- Jeff Sessions: The GOP Must Back Reince's Promise To Block Obama's Executive Amnesty

    11/10/2014 2:01:48 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 36 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11-9-14 | Matthew Boyle
    Incoming Senate Budget Committee chairman Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) is calling on Republicans to follow through on Republican National Committee (RNC) chairman Reince Priebus's commitment to do everything possible to block President Barack Obama’s planned executive amnesty. “Before the election, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said: ‘We can’t allow it to happen and we won’t let it happen… I’m telling you, everything we can do to stop it we will,’” Sessions said in a statement provided exclusively to Breitbart News. “We must now follow through on that commitment.” Currently, conservatives say congressional Republican leadership is considering breaking the promise Priebus made...
  • Stroebel announces for Grothman's state Senate seat (WI)

    11/10/2014 1:27:51 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 11-10-14 | Jason Stein
    Madison — A conservative businessman who lost a GOP primary bid for Congress in July will run for the state Senate seat of the man who beat him. Duey Stroebel Jr., a real estate owner and state Assemblyman from Saukville, lent his campaign $792,000 but still came in third in the July Republican primary to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Tom Petri. Stroebel finished behind state Sens. Glenn Grothman of Campellsport and Joe Leibham of Sheboygan. Grothman went on to win the general election race against Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris. Stroebel, who lives in Grothman's 20th Senate district, announced Monday...
  • Heart of 5-year-old shooting victim donated by family, police vow justice

    11/10/2014 5:25:14 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 14 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | Nov 10, 2014 | Ashley Luthern
    Heart of 5-year-old shooting victim donated by family, police vow justice Video: Family, officers vow to keep memory of Laylah Petersen alive Milwaukee officers, including Chief Ed Flynn, fought back tears Saturday afternoon as they talked about the senseless shooting of five-year-old Laylah Petersen. By Karen Brooks, Reuters CrimeShootings The family of a 5-year-old Wisconsin girl killed in a shooting last week donated her heart to another child, police said. Laylah Petersen was shot in the head Thursday evening as she sat on her grandfather's lap in the living room of their Milwaukee home. About a dozen bullets ripped through...
  • Scott Walker: 'Big Loser' Hillary is 'Everything That's Wrong with Washington'

    11/10/2014 4:17:51 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 39 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11-9-14 | Tony Lee
    After winning re-election last Tuesday, Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Hillary Clinton was a "big loser" in the midterms and embodies "everything that's wrong with Washington." Walker, whose re-election has made him a top presidential contender, is not the first potential GOP 2016 candidate to attack potential opponent Clinton. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), another top presidential contender, immediately started a "Hillary's Losers" campaign on social media on Tuesday, highlighting all of the Democrats who lost after Clinton campaigned for them. Walker also said on Meet The Press that voters are fed up with the Washington that Clinton embodies. He...
  • 10 freshmen who could trouble leadership

    11/09/2014 12:26:00 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 8, 2014 | Cristina Marcos
    House Republicans will have their largest majority since the 1930s next year, but that doesn't mean Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) job will be easy.The House GOP leadership's struggles in keeping members in line over the past four years have been well documented. Some of the incoming freshmen will likely join the ranks of conservatives who frequently oppose leadership initiatives.Among the new freshmen, for instance, is one congressman-elect who has called Hillary Clinton the "anti-Christ," another who has suggested Muslims don't deserve First Amendment rights, and yet another who has declared himself open to the idea of the United States invading...
  • Healing community and new policies can curb gun violence

    11/09/2014 6:12:06 AM PST · by rellimpank · 12 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 09 nov 2014
    Experts on gun violence met at a symposium Friday afternoon in Milwaukee as another Milwaukee family mourned the death of a child hit by a stray bullet Thursday night. Laylah C. Petersen — remember her name — was sitting on her grandfather's lap when she was hit. She was 5. Sierra Guyton — remember her name, too — was killed while playing on her school playground last May. She was 10. In Racine, a 4-year-old girl was shot the day before Petersen was shot. Our hearts reach out to Petersen's family and echo the words of Laylah's aunt, Jocelyn Petersen:...
  • Vos: There will be reforms to John Doe, GAB (WI)

    11/08/2014 10:34:08 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 14 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 11-7-14 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. — Changes are coming to Wisconsin’s “John Doe” law and what many conservatives see as the partisan regulatory agency that spurred secret investigations into dozens of conservative groups, according to Speaker of the Assembly Robin Vos. “Yes, we are going to make those changes period,” the Rochester Republican said Wednesday during a celebratory press conference with reporters a day after huge GOP wins in Wisconsin, and nationally. Vos, addressing the press with state Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette, who co-chairs the Legislature’s powerful budget-writing committee, touched on some of the majority party’s priorities in the next session, including programs...
  • Experts offer concrete steps for lowering gun violence (barf alert)

    11/08/2014 5:52:27 AM PST · by rellimpank · 35 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 08 nov 2014 | Gina Barton
    On Thursday night, 5-year-old Laylah C. Petersen became one of about 300 Americans per year killed by stray bullets. Laylah, who was sitting on her grandfather's lap when a bullet pierced the wall of her home and struck her in the head, joins Sierra Guyton, 10, fatally shot on a playground in May, and at least nine other Milwaukee children killed by errant gunfire since 1995. On Friday, city residents were once again left with this question: "What can we do?" While the answer is multifaceted, one thing is clear, according to Joshua Horwitz, executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based...
  • Scott Walker Embarrasses Labor Unions…Again

    11/07/2014 2:57:51 PM PST · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 7, 2014 | Matt Vespa
    Politically, are labor unions finished? It appears that might be the case. Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker once again humiliated organized labor with his comfortable re-election last Tuesday. While polls showed a close race, Walker beat his Democratic opponent, Mary Burke, by a 6-point margin 52/46. Labor unions had put Walker in the cross hairs ever since his 2010 gubernatorial victory, failed to oust him in the 2012 recall (Walker received more votes in this election than in the 2010 race), and came up short again in this contest. Walker is now a definite 2016 contender, with a reputation...
  • Laylah Petersen, 5, Shot While Sitting On Grandpa's Lap

    11/07/2014 2:21:44 PM PST · by Brown Deer · 21 replies
    Huff Post ^ | 11/7/2014 | AP
    MILWAUKEE (AP) — A 5-year-old girl was fatally shot while sitting on her grandfather's lap when two people approached her Milwaukee home and opened fire, according to police, who sought help Friday in finding the suspects. Laylah Petersen was shot in the head when one of a dozen bullets that hit the home came through a wall about 6 p.m. Thursday. Laylah, who was sitting on a couch with her grandfather, died at a hospital.
  • Exit Strategy

    11/07/2014 12:47:37 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    National Journal ^ | 11-7-14 | Tim Alberta
    In a cramped banquet room on the top floor of Janesville's historic Armory building, a contender for Wisconsin's state Senate tells an old joke—the one about politicians and diapers needing to be changed often, and for the same reason. "These politicians start to stagnate after awhile," the candidate, a businessman named Brian Fitzgerald, tells the crowd of local Republicans. Just then, a voice booms from the back. "Brian! I'm right here!" The room erupts in laughter. It's Paul Ryan. To the dozens gathered, Ryan is a hometown hero. He's the boy wonder who emerged from Janesville, population 63,820, to become...
  • MSNBC's Welker to GOP: Pass Immigration Bill So Obama Doesn't 'Have' To Issue Exec Order

    11/07/2014 7:08:45 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 43 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    On MSNBC's Daily Rundown today, Kristen Welker repeatedly blocked GOP Senator Ron Johnson's attempts to talk about President Obama's threat to issue an executive order granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. When she finally deigned to discuss the issue, Welker suggested that Republicans pass immigration legislation so that Obama doesn't "have" to issue an executive order. The Republican devil made him do it! View the video here.
  • Concha: Wasserman Schultz’s Time As DNC Chairwoman About to Expire

    11/07/2014 1:05:33 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 35 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 11-6-14 | Joe Concha
    When mentioning the most polarizing figure in the Democratic party outside of the president himself, that one person who creates a visceral reaction every time he or she speaks, one of the following contestants is invariably in the running for top prize: A) Eric Holder B) Susan Rice C) Charlie Rangel D) Debbie Wasserman Schultz But with Holder on the way out, Rice (thankfully) muted lately after a series of unintentionally comical Sunday talk show appearances, and Rangel stuck somewhere between stupid and 1866, first prize falls to the DNC Chairwoman — who may be forced to update her LinkedIn...
  • Paul Ryan Predicts Enough GOP Support For 'Constructive Immigration Reform'

    11/06/2014 3:31:00 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 236 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/6/14 | Tony Lee
    Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) predicts that there will be enough support for immigration reform in a GOP-led Congress. According to the Associated Press, "Ryan said that as long as Obama doesn't try an executive order in November or December and works with Congress," immigration legislation can be enacted.
  • ‘I’ll hold your hair’: An open letter to the Journal Sentinel’s Dan Bice (WI GOV RACE)

    11/06/2014 12:16:19 PM PST · by bigbob · 3 replies
    Wisconsin reporter ^ | 11-5-14 | Matt Swaim
    Dear Dan: Go ahead, man. Lean over the toilet and let it out. It must have been hard to include Wisconsin Reporter – even backhanded – among the winners in your post-election “Winners and Losers” column. Don’t fight it, Dan. I’ll hold your hair. In crediting Michael Grebe with Gov. Scott Walker’s Election Day win over Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke, you note that Grebe – Walker’s campaign chairman and head of (what you call) “the conservative Bradley Foundation” – “has poured money into online outlets that dig up dirt on Democrats and liberals.” One of those groups, you say,...
  • Wisconsin Three-Peat: Why no one can beat Scott Walker.

    11/06/2014 8:54:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Slate ^ | 11/6/2014 | Betsy Woodruff
    “First off, I want to thank God.” Gov. Scott Walker had just come on stage at the State Fair Exposition Center to give his third victory speech in four years, and the supporters mashed up in front of the stage were totally losing it. “I want to thank God for his abundant grace and mercy,” Walker continued. “Win or lose, it is more than sufficient for each and every one of us.” The crowd exploded. It’s nice of Walker to throw in that “win or lose” line, but he didn’t really need it. Walker doesn’t lose. The governor first got...
  • Deliverance II, etc.

    11/06/2014 8:34:16 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Wisconsin Club for Growth ^ | 11-6-14 | Editiorial
    Deliverance, II Monday on talk radio we heard a woman pronounce herself devoted to education and say she would vote for Mary Burke because Governor Walker had been bad for teachers and it was “time for a change.” Astoundingly, she went on to agree that teachers should contribute some payment toward their health insurance and pensions, and that they should not be forced to pay union dues against their will. The woman was dumbstruck to learn she was agreeing with Walker on the most salient aspects of his Act 10 reforms, but unmoved on the question of whether he had...