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  • The castle doctrine changes the rules for teen pranks

    04/14/2012 4:34:45 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 60 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 14 apr 2012 | Kathleen Stilling
    Recently, we saw Wisconsin's castle doctrine law applied for the first time in a case in Slinger. A young man, apparently running from police during the breakup of an underage drinking party, hid in the porch of the next-door neighbor. The neighbor, reportedly frightened by the noises and presence of a stranger, confronted the young man and shot him. Emergency help arrived in response to the homeowner's call, but the young man died of the single wound. The use of deadly force always has been a complete defense to a homicide charge where the person using it reasonably believed that...
  • The Wisconsin Fight

    04/13/2012 5:38:43 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 8 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 13 apr 2012 | Ned Ryun
    Even those who barely follow politics couldn't avoid seeing Wisconsin constantly in the news last year. It started with Governor Scott Walker's much-needed Budget Repair Bill, which curbed bargaining rights for many public-sector employees. A state Supreme Court race (considered a referendum on Walker's bill) and state Senate recall elections followed. But despite tens of millions of dollars and hours of drum beating (literally-by protesters), the public sector unions failed on all three counts to gain the upper hand in Wisconsin.
  • Barrett & Falk Won't Say How They Would Have Balanced WI Budget [Dem gov candidates]

    04/12/2012 11:04:58 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 18 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 9:38 AM, Apr 12, 2012 | JOHN MCCORMACK
    Democrats have hammered Wisconsin governor Scott Walker over the past year for cutting nearly one billion dollars in state aid to school districts as part of his plan to close the state's $3.6 billion deficit. Democratic anger with Walker's budget cuts is a huge reason why Walker is facing a recall election on June 5. But the two leading Democrats vying to replace Walker, Dane county executive Kathleen Falk and Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett, were unwilling to say Wednesday night how they would have balanced the budget or even how much they would have cut from the state's education budget....
  • Why Obama Hates Paul Ryan

    04/12/2012 8:56:35 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 4-12-12 | eter Ferrara
    A left-wing extremist can't compete intellectually with a voice of reason. Barack Obama's address on April 3 at the Associated Press luncheon in Washington D.C. demonstrated why our politics and our country today are seriously dysfunctional, and only the American people can fix it at the ballot box. Find the transcript online and print it out as I did. I will show below why it reveals that the President, in fact, does not understand the major issues facing the country, indeed, he actually can't even discuss them intelligently. Moreover, he is hopelessly, abusively dishonest about what he does understand. Thirdly,...
  • Live Wisconsin US Senate Debate Thread

    04/11/2012 4:46:11 PM PDT · by Thunder90 · 3 replies
    Tonight's Wisconsin US Senate Republican debate features State House speaker Jeff Fitzgerald, Eric Hovde, Former Representative Mark Newmann, and Kip Smith. Gov. Thompson was invited, but will not attend.
  • Scott Walker Can Relax

    04/11/2012 4:11:20 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | April 11, 2012 | Neal Boortz
    Well, I think he can relax. Pretty sure, actually. Governor Scott Walker is facing a recall election in Wisconsin as a result of a pretty impressive union petition drive. Unions arenít happy about losing some of their collective bargaining rights and actually having to pony up almost as much as private sector workers for their health insurance. Oh! The humanity! But Iím going on record here (oh yeah, Boortz on the record; now THATíS news) saying that Scott Walker will win, as will the people of Wisconsin. Youíre right in wanting a little analysis here to go along with...
  • 5,200 Milwaukee Teachers Took 92,691 Days Off Last Year

    04/11/2012 4:40:47 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies ^ | April 11, 2012 | Kyle Olson is releasing a series of stunning reports to show taxpayers exactly how our dollars are being spent in government schools.  We repeatedly hear from the education establishment that school coffers are being raided, requiring teachers to be laid off and programs to be cut.  We hear schools are on the brink of bankruptcy and are operating on shoe-string budgets. But local media outlets have long been derelict in telling citizens how the billions of K-12 dollars are really being spent.  How can taxpayers determine if schools actually do need more money if no one is tracking where the dollars...
  • Challenge to fakes in recall planned (WI)

    04/11/2012 12:52:40 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 23 replies
    JS Online ^ | 4-11-12 | Patrick Marley & Jason Stein
    Democrats oppose Republican strategy of protest candidates Madison - A host of candidates filed paperwork Tuesday to run in the upcoming round of recall elections - including a half dozen fake Democrats that a Milwaukee attorney will try to kick off the ballot. Along with legitimate opponents to Gov. Scott Walker and other GOP officials facing recall are Republicans who are running as Democrats. The state Republican Party launched the plan to ensure there are primaries in all races, which would make all general elections on June 5. That amounts to election fraud, said Jeremy Levinson, an attorney who has...
  • Walker opens campaign barnstorming across state (WI)

    04/11/2012 12:24:32 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 6 replies
    JS Online ^ | 4-11-12 | Bill Glauber
    From a farm in Dane County to a foundry in Milwaukee, Gov. Scott Walker barnstormed across Wisconsin on Tuesday, defending his record and opening an unprecedented battle to keep his job. Walker, the first Wisconsin governor to face a recall election, rallied supporters on what he called his "Moving Wisconsin Forward Tour." "Last year, we didn't wait because Wisconsin couldn't wait," Walker said during a 12-minute speech at Maynard Steel Casting, a nonunion foundry on Milwaukee's south side. Walker touted 17,000 private-sector jobs created in Wisconsin in the first two months of the year. He also contrasted his actions to...
  • U.S. Senate candidates unveil new proposals (WI)

    04/10/2012 2:33:53 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    JS Online ^ | 4-9-12 | Don Walker
    While the Scott Walker recall election has dominated much of the political news in Wisconsin, U.S. Senate candidates have begun firming up their positions on taxation and tax cuts, term limits and reducing the nation's deficit. On Monday, Republican candidates Tommy Thompson and Mark Neumann unveiled new proposals. And on the Democratic side, U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) released a letter calling for the House of Representatives to take an up-or-down vote on the so-called Buffett Rule. Baldwin's bill would ensure that middle-class taxpayers would not have to pay a higher tax rate than those earning more than $1 million...
  • Journal Sentinel launches interactive recall contribution page (WI)

    04/10/2012 2:20:28 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    JS Online ^ | 4-9-12 | Ben Poston
    Today the Journal Sentinel is launching an interactive page that will allow you to explore contributions to candidates and political action committees in the gubernatorial recall election on June 5. With it, you can compare campaign contributions to any of the candidates or PACs that have raised money in the recall election through January, which was the last filing deadline. We will update the data as committees submit additional filings. After you choose two committees you would like to compare, interactive maps will show how much money each candidate received from each state. For instance, if you choose the political...
  • Taking a shot at their own? Wisconsin union portrays Democratic mayor as Walker ally

    04/09/2012 3:51:25 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 9 replies ^ | April 09, 2012 | Mike Tobin
    Wisconsin Democrats, in selecting who will challenge Republican Gov. Scott Walker in the state's upcoming recall election, are engaging in a tough fight of their own -- pitting two top Democrats against each other, with unions' influence looming large. The stateís largest public employee union, AFSCME, directed members to a video blog about recall candidate Tom Barrett, the Milwaukee mayor. The video deceptively paints the picture that Barrett is in synch with Walker, the arch enemy of Wisconsinís left for his legislation limiting public unions' power. Barrett is shown shaking hands with Walker. The photo was taken when the two...
  • Romney win, now almost certain, won't decide future of GOP

    04/07/2012 3:10:04 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 58 replies
    Salem News ^ | April 7, 2012 | David M. Shribman
    SILVER SPRING, Md. ó Five different political contests are being conducted right now. Only two are evident to the naked eye. The first of the visible contests pits Mitt Romney against Rick Santorum for the Republican presidential nomination. The results here in Maryland and in Wisconsin this week tell us who has a commanding lead there. The second visible contest pits Romney against President Barack Obama. That one began this month with their twin addresses to the convention of editors in Washington. Obama has a 4-point lead, according to a Gallup poll conducted last week for USA Today. Now to...
  • War On Children: Liberals Attack Scott Walker's Kids

    04/06/2012 12:49:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    breitbart ^ | 4/6/12 | John Sexton
    The left seems to have a really hard time leaving the kids of Republican politicians out of their fits of rage. Yesterday, Governor Scott Walker gave an interview to David Brody of CBN News in which he talked about the anger directed at his teenage sons and also his elderly parents: I had thousands of people bussed in front of my home in Wauwatosa where I've got two high school sons living, and I've got parents in [their] 70s. At one point last year, my 16 year old and my mother in her 70s were at a grocery store and...
  • Walker on faith, his family, recall and unions (WI)

    04/06/2012 10:41:44 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    JS Online ^ | 4-6-12 | Don Walker
    In a lengthy television interview with the political correspondent for Christian Broadcasting News, a calm but determined Gov. Scott Walker talked openly about his faith, his determination not to lose the recall election set for June, his views on unions, and what he would have done differently in the winter of 2011 regarding changes to collective bargaining. Asked about his faith and the effect of months of turmoil in Madison on his family, Walker said they relied on prayer. "We realize that all this is just a temporary thing and God's got a plan for us that, who knows where...
  • Feds tell Wis. unemployment benefits end next week (Feds WARN WI)

    04/05/2012 2:14:06 PM PDT · by Jean S · 39 replies
    AP ^ | 4/5/12
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) ó The federal government has warned Wisconsin officials the state's unemployment rate has improved enough to end extended jobless benefits.Wisconsin's unemployment rate had been high enough to qualify jobless people in the state for 13 extra weeks of federal unemployment benefits. But the state's three-month average improved to 7 percent in February, making the state ineligible for the extra money.
  • Thompson a no-show at Senate debates in Wisconsin

    04/05/2012 1:07:27 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 22 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 4-4-12 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON ó Thereís no arguing the point. Tommy Thompson is not going to debate. At least not anytime soon. And itís unclear whether the former governor and, according to polls and pundits, the front-runner in Wisconsinís nationally watched U.S. Senate race, is going to debate his fellow Republican opponents at all leading up to Augustís primary. Thompsonís campaign Wednesday said the candidate would not be able to make it to next weekís U.S. Senate debate, hosted by Wisconsin Reporter and the Republican Party of Waukesha County. ďUnfortunately, due to a prior engagement, Governor Thompson will not be able to attend...
  • Records detail discipline for doctors who gave protesters sick notes (Madison, WI)

    04/05/2012 1:02:50 PM PDT · by Jean S · 15 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 4/5/12 | Jason Stein
    Madison - The state medical school disciplined 20 doctors and fined 11 of them up to $4,000 for handing out sick notes to demonstrators at last year's labor protests, newly released records show. The records, requested by the Journal Sentinel last year under the state's open records law, show for the first time the extent of the discipline given to those doctors by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. In several cases, doctors in more senior positions within the school also had to step away from those roles for a period of four months over one...
  • Act 10, One Year Later

    04/04/2012 12:13:03 PM PDT · by Sopater · 2 replies
    MacIver Institute ^ | April 3, 2012 | MacIver News Service
    Even After New Contribution Levels, State Benefit Packages More Lucrative Than Private Sector Offerings MacIver News Service | April 3, 2012[Madison, Wisc¬Ö] Even after the labor reforms ushered in by Act 10, Wisconsin taxpayers pay more than surrounding states to provide insurance to state employees, according to a new study released today.Charts Courtesy HCTrends The analysis by HCTrends found that even after increasing the state employee premium contribution and making plan changes to reduce costs, Wisconsin taxpayers also continue to pay significantly more to provide these benefits than most private‚Äźsector employers in the greater Milwaukee area.The study did find that...
  • Democrats Accuse Romney Campaign Of Trading Sandwiches For Votes (VIDEO)

    04/04/2012 4:11:11 AM PDT · by Brown Deer · 14 replies
    WISN ^ | April 3, 2012 | WISN
    The Democratic Party claims that candidate Mitt Romney broke the law at a Waukesha sub shop.
  • Romney Wins Wisconsin Primary (narrowly)

    04/03/2012 9:24:59 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 47 replies
    National Journal ^ | April 3, 2012
    Mitt Romney won the Republican primary in Wisconsin Tuesday night, after earlier sweeping primaries in Maryland and the District of Columbia, Fox News projects. The big night for Romney does serious damage to chief rival Rick Santorumís underdog campaign while adding significantly to the front-runner's already imposing lead.
  • Live Thread: GOP Primary election results (WI, MD, DC)

    04/03/2012 5:24:56 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 317 replies
    April 3, 2012
    Fox News & CNN are projecting Romney wins MD in their banners. Santorum wasn't on the DC ballot. Wisconsin polls close at 8pm CDT/9pm EDT.
  • Today, Santorum's next last chance, Wisconsin; But then what?

    04/03/2012 4:49:33 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | April 3, 2012 | Andrew Malcom
    Today's politics schedule looks like a snoozer. But wait! There's more! The primaries in Maryland (37) and the District of Columbia (19) look largely safely in Mitt Romney's delegate column, adding to his existing 568. Wisconsin too (42), although Rick Santorum has campaigned hard there. Since Iowa, where Santorum campaigned for a year to win the caucuses by two dozen votes, Romney has ruled the Midwest. He plans an election night event in Wisconsin, usually a strong sign that internal polls indicate a likely win. But even if the Pennsylvanian pulled off a Badger upset, he'd still have less than...
  • 52% in Wisconsin Support Recall of Governor Walker (Rasmussen)

    04/03/2012 10:21:50 AM PDT · by C19fan · 37 replies
    Rasmussen ^ | April 2, 2012 | Staff
    A majority of Wisconsin voters now support the effort to recall Republican Governor Scott Walker. A new Rasmussen Reports statewide survey shows that, if the recall election was held today, 52% of Likely Voters would vote to recall Governor Walker and remove him from office. Forty-seven percent (47%) would vote against the recall and let him continue to serve as governor. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
  • GOTV Primaries in Wisconsin and Maryland Poll Hours:7:00 AM-8:00 PM Vote for Rick Santorum

    04/03/2012 5:49:15 AM PDT · by Steelers6 · 35 replies
    My Time To Vote. Com ^ | April 3, 2012 | steelers6
    Poll hours are the same in each place for their time zones. In 2008 Wisconsin had turnout of 402,000 (McCain 54 Huckabee 36 and Paul 5, Romney 2, others 3 (McCain won 34 of 40 Delegates and Maryland 320,000 (McCain 55, Huckabee 29, Paul 6, Romney 7) McCain won all 37 delegates
  • Passenger lands plane with Wis. pilot unconscious

    04/02/2012 11:39:52 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 2, 2012
    STURGEON BAY, Wis. (AP) ó An 80-year-old woman was able to successfully land a twin-engine airplane in northeastern Wisconsin after her husband became unconscious at the controls and died. Door County Sheriff Terry Vogel says the dispatch center was told just after 5 p.m. Monday that a Cessna about 6 miles south of Sturgeon Bay had declared an emergency.
  • Dane County ballots will ask voters to voice support for collective bargaining (WI)

    04/02/2012 3:14:54 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | 3-31-12 | George Hesselberg
    Voters in Dane County will be asked to endorse collective bargaining rights of workers in the general election Tuesday. The Dane County Board passed Sup. Dianne Hesselbein's referendum proposal last November. The advisory referendum question reads: "Should all Wisconsin workers have the right to seek safe working conditions and fair pay through collective bargaining?" The referendum comes after the state in 2011 severely limited the collective bargaining rights of public employees. Dane County Executive Joe Parisi, in signing and endorsing the measure last November, said "Collective bargaining has been essential to the prosperity of Wisconsin families for decades. Our workers...
  • Labor debate ups intensity even for low-profile local elections (WI)

    04/02/2012 2:58:28 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | 4-2-12 | Steven Verburg
    Across Wisconsin, typically sleepy elections for local governments and school boards are being enlivened by a debate about how public workers should be treated now that most of their legal union rights have been repealed by Gov. Scott Walker's 2011 budget repair bill. Elected officials in hundreds of municipalities and school districts are rewriting pay scales, benefit plans, work rules and disciplinary procedures as contracts expire, and many public sector workers are upset about what they've lost and worried about the future. "Just because their rights as employees have been trampled on, they aren't going to sit there silently," said...
  • Voter ID lawsuits sent directly to state Supreme Court (WI)

    04/02/2012 2:36:03 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | 3-28-12 | SCOTT BAUER
    Appeals courts sent two lawsuits challenging Wisconsin's blocked new voter ID law directly to the state Supreme Court on Wednesday, determining it was imperative to resolve the cases quickly given the slate of important upcoming elections, including the state's presidential primaries next week. If the Supreme Court agrees to take the cases, it could reinstate the state's new requirement that voters show photo identification at the polls just days before Tuesday's election. However, attorneys challenging the law said it is unlikely a decision would come that quickly. Four of the Supreme Court's seven justices must agree to accept the cases....
  • US Justice Department to monitor Tuesday's election in Wisconsin

    04/02/2012 2:20:26 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 20 replies
    The U.S. Justice Department says it is dispatching observers to watch over Wisconsin's presidential primary on Tuesday. The Justice Department said Monday its poll watchers will be in Milwaukee to ensure compliance with the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and other federal voting rights laws. The Voting Rights Act prohibits discrimination in the election process on the basis of race, color or membership in a minority language group. Milwaukee is required under the law to provide assistance to Spanish-speaking voters. The Justice Department sends hundreds federal observers to monitor elections around the country every year.
  • Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson Endorses Romney

    04/02/2012 10:52:19 AM PDT · by fifedom · 6 replies
    RTTNews ^ | 4/2/2012 | RTT Staff Writer
    Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, a freshman senator ... made his announcement on NBC's "Meet the Press"
  • Brewers, 'Dancing' cut in on Tuesday night election coverage (WI)

    04/02/2012 5:41:35 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    JS ONLINE ^ | 4-2-12 | Duane Dudek
    Tuesday will be tough sledding for anyone with difficulty keeping more than one thought in his or her head at the same time. Because three events - sports, entertainment and political - will be vying for our attention. Primary among them is a primary election with the still unsettled race for the Republican presidential nomination and various local races on the ballot. Add a recall vote later this spring and the state's likely status as a battleground in this fall's presidential election, and the national news media is drawn like mice to the cheese state. Ed Schultz, host of MSNBC's...
  • Barrett proposes recall primary free of attack ads (WI)

    04/02/2012 4:50:52 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    JS ONLINE ^ | 4-2-12 | Patrick Marley
    Madison - Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett offered a pledge Sunday not to attack his fellow Democrats in the recall race for governor, and he asked his opponents to do the same. His chief rival, former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, declined to sign the proposal, but her spokesman said she agreed Democrats should be focused on defeating Republican Gov. Scott Walker. The proposal Barrett sent to Falk and the other candidates would impose financial penalties on candidates if they mentioned their opponents in ads - or if outside groups attacked Democrats on their behalf. "As Democrats, we must be united...
  • Frontier Airlines (Midwest) says goodbye to the cookie

    04/02/2012 4:19:35 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 30 replies
    JS ONLINE ^ | 4-2-12 | Georgia Pabst
    The cookie has crumbled. That warm chocolate chip cookie that airline passengers relished - and that helped Milwaukee's Midwest Airlines claim "the best care in the air" - will fade into history at the end of the month, like the airline itself that's been swallowed up by competitors. In a memo to company employees, Frontier Airlines officials announced Friday that they're removing the complimentary warm cookies from in-flight service. In their place, bags of Pepperidge Farms Goldfish Crackers or Barnum's Animal Crackers will be offered, the company said. The snacks will be complimentary, however, only for the carrier's Ascent, Summit,...
  • Wis. GOP Sen. Johnson endorses Romney

    04/01/2012 10:30:25 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 1, 2012 | Rachel Leven
    Wisconsin GOP Sen. Ron Johnson endorsed presidential hopeful Mitt Romney on Sunday. Johnson announced the endorsement on MSNBCís Meet the Press (MTP), according to a Sunday morning tweet from MTP executive producer Betsy Fischer. The senatorís support is the latest endorsement for Romney, as Republican party heavyweights seek to coalesce around the GOP front-runner. Johnsonís endorsement follows fellow Wisconsin lawmaker Rep. Paul Ryan (R), who announcement his support for Romney last week. Johnson brings Tea Party support to Romney, who has battled perceptions by many GOP voters that he is insufficiently conservative.
  • In Wisconsin, Romney links Santorum to 'big labor'

    03/29/2012 5:50:33 AM PDT · by PSYCHO-FREEP · 23 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 3/29/12 | N/A
    Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney is attacking rival Rick Santorum as a friend of "big labor" as they campaign in Wisconsin, where a fight over labor unions is fueling a bitter recall effort aimed at Gov. Scott Walker. Santorum, in turn, is aligning himself with the embattled Republican governor, a play for a party base that he hopes will carry him to victory in the GOP presidential primary on Tuesday. "As you know the fight against big labor led by Gov. Walker isn't over, here in Wisconsin," a voice says in an automated Romney telephone call. "I was shocked to...
  • Why Rick Santorum's once-generous lead in Wisconsin is eroding

    03/31/2012 12:43:50 PM PDT · by PSYCHO-FREEP · 179 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | March 30, 2012 | Mark Guarino
    By the time Mitt Romney arrives in Wisconsin Friday Ė his first campaign stop in the state before its GOP primary on Tuesday Ė his challenger Rick Santorum will have already become a familiar face. Mr. Santorum has been in Wisconsin since last weekend and has dined, bowled, and played shuffleboard with residents in every pocket of the state. Heís even tossed a football at Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers. Santorumís once-generous lead in Wisconsin is eroding. In February, the former US senator polled at 34 percent among the stateís likely Republican voters, while Mr. Romney, the...
  • Federal judge strikes down parts of Wisconsin union law

    03/30/2012 8:14:59 PM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 3/29/12 | SCOTT BAUER
    Federal judge strikes down parts of Wis. union lawBy SCOTT BAUER | Associated Press Ė 2 hrs 14 mins ago MADISON, Wis. (AP) ó A federal judge upheld most of Wisconsin's contentious law curbing collective bargaining rights on Friday, but he sided with unions by overturning two portions of the law that were costly and impeded on a major funding source for the groups. One banned public workers from allowing union dues to be automatically withdrawn from their paychecks, while the other required expensive annual elections where all members, not just those voting, would have to support staying organized. Still,...
  • Santorum: ĎIím Not Going to Run as a Conservative Ė Iím a Conservative Periodí

    03/30/2012 7:41:34 PM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 60 replies
    CNS News ^ | March 30, 2012 | Melanie Hunter
    GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Thursday took GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney to task for his past as a self-described ďindependentĒ who claimed he did not want to ďreturn to the days of Reagan-Bush. Santorum, speaking to supporters at the Jelly Belly factory Ė which had honored President Ronald Reagan in the past for promoting the jelly bean Ė asked which candidate would be pull together the ďReagan coalitionĒ and win swings states, which are ďvitally importantĒ for winning the presidential election.(Snip) ďGovernor Romney said that after the Etch-a-Sketch flap that he was going to run as a conservative in...
  • Wisconsin man suspected of slaughtering 100 deer in 'thrill kill'

    03/30/2012 3:40:41 PM PDT · by South Hawthorne · 153 replies
    FOX News ^ | March 30, 2012 | Cristina Corbin
    A Wisconsin man, who along with his three friends is suspected of illegally slaughtering as many as 100 deer in what prosecutors call an unprecedented "thrill-kill" spree, faces up to six months in jail. Nathan Blaha, 20, of Hillsboro, Wis., and his accomplices allegedly wandered the backroads of Richland County in a pickup truck, stunning deer with a light before shooting them and leaving their carcasses to rot in what he called a contest to ďget the most deer,Ē according to court documents.
  • [WI] Federal court strikes down parts of collective bargaining law

    03/30/2012 1:41:06 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 30 replies
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | Friday, March 30, 2012 2:50 pm | State Journal staff
    A federal court on Friday struck down key parts of Gov. Scott Walker's controversial collective bargaining legislation, ruling that the state cannot prevent public employee unions from collecting dues and cannot require they recertify annually. The collective bargaining bill, also known as Act 10, established a system in which most of the public unions were required to have a majority of their members vote every year to recertify. The law also took away some unions' rights to collect mandatory dues. The court ruled that the state did not have the right to pick and choose which public unions could charge...
  • Recall election ordered for Wis. Gov. Scott Walker

    03/30/2012 1:36:16 PM PDT · by IbJensen · 29 replies
    CNS News ^ | 3/30/12 | Staff AP
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) ó Embattled first-term Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will face a recall this spring after an election was ordered Friday following the collection of more than 900,000 signatures in the wake of his push against union bargaining rights. The Government Accountability Board voted 5-0 to order the recall, a move that has been expected for weeks given the large number of signatures gathered between November and January. It took 540,208 signatures to trigger a recall. Assuming a Democratic primary is necessary, it will be in just 39 days on May 8. The actual recall vote then will be...
  • Recalls just start of long election year in WI

    03/30/2012 7:10:19 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 3-29-12 | Kirsten Adshead
    Roger Breske understands state Senate District 12 better than most ó he did, after all, represent it for 18 years. The longtime Democrat knows what it will take to win the seat now that his successor, Democratic Sen. Jim Holperin of Conover, has opted not to seek re-election in the north-central Wisconsin district; state Rep. Tim Tiffany, R-Hazelhurst, has announced his intention to run for the seat. ďWell, for one thing, itís going to take a lot of work because itís a big district. Itís huge, and you only have three major cities Ö And the rest (including parts of...
  • As Goes Wisconsin, so Goes America; Support Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch

    03/30/2012 6:43:33 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    Face Book ^ | 3-29-12 | Sarah Palin
    I look at the far Leftís assault on Wisconsin and I say, ďAre you kidding?Ē As an outsider (albeit an admitted Green Bay fan with family roots in Chippewa Falls), I join millions of Americans watching the political shenanigans in Wisconsin. I am torn between just chuckling at these radical liberal yahoos trying to oust an intelligent administration that is fulfilling its promises, or raising a fist in disgust at people sitting on their thumbs while Governor Walker and Lt. Governor Kleefisch get thrown to the wolves. Wisconsin, you deserve better than this! Youíre the ďForwardĒ state Ė part of...
  • Rick Santorum stops young man from bowling with pink ball

    03/29/2012 9:34:28 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 125 replies
    FM 104.7 NewsTalk Radio ^ | 3-29-2012 | staff report
    Thursday, March 29, 2012 Rick Santorum stops young man from bowling with pink ball"Friends don't let friends use pink balls." (NEWSER) -- Rick Santorum bowls a good game, but gay rights groups say he talks an offensive one. "You’re not gonna' use the pink ball. We’re not gonna' let you do that, not on camera," he told a young man while bowling with college Republicans in Wisconsin yesterday, the Raw Story reports. "Friends don't let friends use pink balls," he added. Critics say Santorum's remarks are just the latest in a long line of insensitive statements. "He’s proven that he thinks LGBT...
  • Paul Ryan's 'Groundhog Day'

    03/29/2012 7:34:35 AM PDT · by rhema · 2 replies
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 3/28/12 | John E. Sununu
    Like Bill Murray's character in "Groundhog Day," Rep. Paul Ryan appears condemned to repeat the same experiences over and over again. When Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, unveiled his House budget proposal this month, you could almost hear strains of "I Got You Babe" - the song that awakens Murray day after day after day. And like the good people of Punxsutawney, Pa., the masses on Capitol Hill seem oblivious to his plight as he patiently treads the same ground one more time. Budget resolutions are required by law, though the Senate hasn't passed one in years. Big and unwieldy, they...
  • Watch Wisconsin (A Bellwether for how strong the left is in America)

    03/29/2012 6:41:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/28/2012 | Bruce Walker
    Republican Governor Scott Walker, Lieutenant Governor Kleefisch and two Republican state senators will face a recall vote in Wisconsin and the date of that election, with the likely date of the recall vote being June 5.† A fifth Republican, Senator Pam Galloway, who was also going to face a recall election, has resigned from the state senate.† This leaves the Senate tied 16-16, so† the recall vote in June will determine which party controls the Wisconsin Senate.†So is the left winning there? †Wisconsin is a left-leaning state, the sort whose general support Democrats need if they are going to...
  • Permanent rules proposal (WI CCW)

    03/29/2012 6:14:09 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies ^ | 26 March, 2012 |
    So... the DOJ has proposed the permanent rules. The biggest issue I see so far is that they want to limit class size to 50. We have until April 9th to give feedback.
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    03/28/2012 4:07:04 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 14 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | March 28, 2012
    Election 2012: Wisconsin Senate Tommy Thompson (R) 48% Tammy Baldwin (D) 44% Some Other Candidate 4% Not sure 4% Election 2012: Wisconsin Senate Mark Neumann (R) 40% Tammy Baldwin (D) 48% Some Other Candidate 4% Not sure 8% Election 2012: Wisconsin Senate Jeff Fitzgerald (R) 40% Tammy Baldwin (D) 48% Some Other Candidate 4% Not sure 7%
  • The War on Wisconsin

    03/28/2012 12:14:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | March 28, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    Now is the time for all good tea partiers to come to the aid of Wisconsin. Fiscally conservative leaders in the Badger State are under coordinated siege from Big Labor, the White House, the liberal media and the judiciary. The yearlong campaign of union thuggery, family harassment and intimidation of Republican donors and businesses is about to escalate even further. This is the price the Right pays for doing the right thing. The most visible target is Gov. Scott Walker, who faces recall on June 5 over his tough package of state budget and public employee union reforms. Three state...