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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.