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US: Wisconsin (News/Activism)

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  • Poll: Scott Walker Opens Up Lead on Opponents (PPP Poll)

    04/17/2012 7:02:55 AM PDT · by C19fan · 87 replies
    National Review Online - The Corner ^ | April 16, 2012 | Christian Schneider
    Ever wonder what it takes to sanitize a Daily Kos post of all the snark and pompous windbaggery? We found out today, when their very own poll showed Wisconsin governor Scott Walker opening up a lead on his two primary Democratic opponents in the pending June 5 recall election. (One imagines the Daily Kos author typing that post while looking like Sylvester the Cat having swallowed a bag of alum.)
  • Walker Talks Policy, Dems Talk Hooters

    04/16/2012 8:57:52 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    Powerline ^ | 4-16-12 | John Hinderaker
    The Wisconsin recall race is nearing a climax, as Democrats will hold a primary on May 8 to select a challenger for Governor Walker, and the general election will take place on June 5. The recall election is expected to be close, with pretty nearly everyone in Wisconsin already having made up his or her mind on the race. On the other hand, one of the Democratsí problems is that donít get to just run an anti-Walker campaign. They have to nominate a specific candidate to run against the governor. That puts them in more or less the same position...
  • Barrett blames Walker for Moody's downgrade [WI Dem gov candidate follows 0bama leadership style]

    04/16/2012 6:32:24 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 17 replies
    The Business Journal (Milwaukee) ^ | Monday, April 16, 2012, 12:11pm CDT | Rich Kirchen
    Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett, who is running for governor, blamed Gov. Scott Walker for the cityís debt getting downgraded by Moodyís Investors Service. Barrett, at a press conference in Milwaukee Monday morning, cited three actions by Walker that Barrett said caused the downgrade to Aa2 from Aa1, which keeps the rating in the high-quality, low-credit-risk category. The rating affects the cityís planned $445 million in bond and note offerings later this month and $963 million in existing general obligation bond debt, Reuters said. Barrett said Moodyís cited the cityís reduced ability to raise revenue because Walker and legislative Republicans reduced...
  • Wisconsin's place on the electoral map: GOP's top blue-state target?

    04/16/2012 10:44:53 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    JS Online ^ | 4-16-12 | Craig Gilbert
    Wisconsin is one of nine swing states that will determine the 2012 presidential race, according to this analysis of the electoral map by the Washington Postís political blog, ďThe Fix.Ē The others are Ohio and Iowa in the Midwest; New Hampshire in the Northeast; Virginia, North Carolina and Florida further down the Atlantic Coast, and Colorado and Nevada in the West. Wisconsin is the only state on this list that Democrats have won in each of the past three elections (in fact Democrats have won the state in six straight elections). Of the nine states on this list, itís also...
  • John Doe probe looms over Walker's recall election (WI)

    04/16/2012 10:31:39 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 6 replies
    JS Online ^ | 4-15-12 | Daniel Bice
    It's the biggest question hanging over Gov. Scott Walker's recall election: Will Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm file additional criminal charges as part of his John Doe probe before the June 5 election? For nearly two years, Chisholm's office has been looking into various activities in Milwaukee County during Walker's time as county executive. So far, prosecutors have brought charges against three ex-Walker aides, one appointee and a major campaign contributor. Chisholm has sent strong signals that additional charges are in the offing. Walker - who has set up a legal defense fund to pay his two lawyers -...
  • Barrett, Falk split on union issues

    04/16/2012 10:21:10 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    JS Online ^ | 4-14-12 | Jason Stein & Patrick Marley
    Madison - How much public workers should pay for benefits is emerging as a new flash point in the Democratic race to see who will take on Scott Walker in the recall election for governor. The two leading contenders part ways significantly, with Kathleen Falk wanting to open the issue back up in union negotiations and Tom Barrett wanting to keep employee contributions at current levels. And although both say they would attempt to re-establish the ability of public-sector unions to engage in negotiations - which was lost under Walker - they differ in how they would go about trying...
  • Supreme Court refuses to take up voter ID cases (WI)

    04/16/2012 10:11:46 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    JS Online ^ | 4-16-12 | Patrick Marley
    Madison - The state Supreme Court refused Monday to immediately take up a pair of cases that struck down the state's new voter ID law, a decision that will likely mean citizens won't have to show ID when they cast ballots in recall elections this spring. The court's terse orders send the cases back to two different courts of appeals. The appeals courts had said the Supreme Court should take the cases right away because of their significance. Now, the appeals courts will have to render their own decisions on the cases. The cases could then go to the Supreme...
  • Kathleen's Endorsements (where are the Fleebaggers?)

    04/16/2012 9:46:57 AM PDT · by bigbob · 2 replies
    Kathleen Falk dot com ^ | 3-20-12 | Kathleen Falk
    Kathleen is proud to be the only Democrat to have earned organizational endorsements in the race for governor.
  • A gathering of eagles

    04/16/2012 9:40:52 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | 4-16-12 | Mike Wagner
    B-25 bombers fly in to Ohio to honor the daring American fliers who 70 years ago took part in the Doolittle Raid on Japan The B-25 bomber barely missed clipping the top of the mountain as its engines started to sputter. Its crew knew it was time to jump into the dark somewhere in eastern China. With only faint moonlight to guide him down, Lt. Tom Griffinís parachute snagged a mountainside treetop. There the Army Air Force navigator hung for several hours until dawn with only the sound of occasional pistol fire breaking the nightís silence. Griffin could only hope...
  • Aldi Customer Who Shot Armed Robber Sues for Return of His Gun(WI)

    04/16/2012 8:05:30 AM PDT · by marktwain · 30 replies
    abajournal.com ^ | 16 April, 2012 | Debra Cassens Weiss
    An Aldi customer in Milwaukee who shot and wounded an armed robber is suing police for the return of his gun. Nazir Al-Mujaahid had a concealed weapons permit to carry the gun, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel blog Proof & Hearsay. In February, prosecutors said Al-Mujaahid was within his legal rights when he shot the man who pointed a shotgun at a cashier and then at Al-Mujaahid, according to a prior Journal Sentinel story. But police are keeping Al-Mujaahidís gun as evidence in the case against two men accused in the robbery. Wisconsin Carry Inc., a gun rights group,...
  • 74 Democrats Join J Street in Urging Concessions

    04/15/2012 12:38:04 AM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    inn ^ | 4/15/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Democrats in House of Reps. joined J Street in supporting Obama administration's attempt to force Israel into making painful concessions Seventy-four Democrats in the House of Representatives have joined the dovish J Street organization in supporting the Obama administration's attempt to force Israel into making painful concessions to the Palestinian Authority. ďIn our view, support for a two-state resolution is inseparable from such support for Israel, its special relationship with the United States, and its very survival as a democratic homeland for the Jewish people,Ē the letter said. Seven Jewish members signed the letter, including Reps. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), John...
  • Wisconsin recall is high-stakes bet for unions

    04/14/2012 7:59:26 AM PDT · by no dems · 43 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 11, 2012 | Sam Hananel
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Unions are facing a make-or-break moment in their campaign to drive Wisconsin's Republican governor from office. "After devoting so much effort, energy and funds to the recall, unions have to show positive results or it will be judged to be a sign of a weakened labor movement," said Gary Chaison, professor at Clark University. The recall primary in Wisconsin is May 8, and the general election is June 5. Such massive, costly campaigns have taken a toll on unions, diverting resources they could have spent helping political allies or organizing new members. "Unions are not bottomless...
  • No hands-on training to carry

    04/15/2012 5:29:04 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 37 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 15 apr 2012 | James Causey
    Imagine sitting through a two-hour driving course without spending any time behind the wheel. Your course instructor strongly encourages you to take some driving lessons, including merging into traffic and parallel parking. But it's not required. You send in your $50 and, in about a week, your driver's license arrives in the mail. Does this make you feel safer on the roadways? It shouldn't. Now imagine taking a two-hour gun safety course in which you never actually handle a gun or even a facsimile of a gun. Last week, I successfully completed a firearm safety course that's required by Wisconsin...
  • Experts say rigorous training needed to prepare gun owners (mild barf alert)

    04/15/2012 5:10:28 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 39 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 15 apr 2012
    Make no mistake - Dodge County Sheriff Todd Nehls is an advocate of concealed carry. But Nehls wants people seeking permits to take the most rigorous training available, not just what gets a permit. He encourages firearm owners to shoot at a range during the day and at night, and in a variety of weather conditions. "Strapping on a weapon puts you in a position to make a decision in a split second," Nehls says. "When you pull that handgun in a store to defend yourself or someone else, you don't see a paper target, you see a live human...
  • Cain Campaign Paid Groups Reportedly Under Federal Investigation (WI)

    04/15/2012 4:08:28 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | 4-15-12 | Kenneth P. Vogel
    Nearly two months after dropping his bid for the GOP nomination, Herman Cainís presidential campaign paid about $19,000 to a pair of nonprofit groups that are reportedly under federal investigation for boosting his White House bid. The Wisconsin-based groups, Prosperity USA and Wisconsin Prosperity Network, were run by Cainís top aides and footed the bill for about $40,000 of goods and services ó including iPads and chartered flights ó that helped Cainís campaign get going early last year, according to documents obtained by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The Wisconsin-based groups, Prosperity USA and Wisconsin Prosperity Network, were run by Cainís...
  • Not one 'union label' anymore as public, private sector unions diverge

    04/15/2012 3:31:03 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 35 replies
    Human Events ^ | 4-15-12 | Editorial
    Growing tension between President Obama and unions, and rifts within unions, create opportunity for Republicans to attract disaffected workers interested in economy, jobs, and growth. Could the disharmony and dissatisfaction create a Reagan moment for the GOP? All is not placid in Camp Obama. For more than a century, Democratic Party power has been based on private-sector unions and their workersóvoters who actually produce such things as cars and steel. But in recent years that political power also has been strengthened by the rise of government-worker unions and environmental groups, which are less about productivity and more about spending and...
  • WisPolitics: Kleefisch, conservative commentators fire up tax day rally at Capitol

    04/14/2012 9:25:45 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    WisPolitics.com ^ | 4-14-12 | Adam Wollner
    Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch warned a tax day rally Saturday that America's attention is focused on Wisconsin and residents here have a stark choice to make in the upcoming recall elections. Kleefisch defended the Republicansí budget reforms and said the race represents a clear choice for which direction voters want to take the state. ďAmericaís eyes are focused right here today,Ē Kleefisch said. ďWe have a choice right now of moving backward or forward.Ē Kleefisch was joined by several conservative commentators at the annual tax day rally put on by the state chapter of Americans for Prosperity. The speakers praised...
  • Dana Loesch speaks at AFP rally in Madison today

    04/14/2012 8:29:21 PM PDT · by GILTN1stborn · 11 replies
    Youtube ^ | 04/14/2012 | wlichter1
    Dana Loesch is the Editor-in-Chief of Big Journalism and hosts her own daily radio show. "Conservative women hit back!"
  • Walker tells NRA members he's 'a target'

    04/14/2012 3:56:43 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    JS Online ^ | 4-14-12 | By Tim OíNeil
    St. Louis - Gov. Scott Walker touted his support for hunting and gun rights Friday and asked people from across the country for help in a June recall election, saying "I have become a target." Walker was among a group of top-tier Republicans who spoke during the first full day of the National Rifle Association's annual convention in downtown St. Louis. The appearance underscored Walker's stature among ardent conservative organizations and the national stage on which Wisconsin's recall election is being played. Although he never explicitly asked for money, Walker repeatedly asked convention-goers for "help" and "support." "The advocates of...
  • Citizens call for lower taxes, reduced government at Capitol Square Rally

    04/14/2012 1:53:34 PM PDT · by gorush · 6 replies
    Channel3000 ^ | 4-14-12 | Channel3000
    MADISON, Wis. - More than 1,000 people attended a Tax Day Rally event on the Capitol Square on Saturday. Organizers said the rally was designed to be a call for responsible budgeting from politicians, but many spoke openly about the upcoming recall elections.
  • (GOP beat 'Rats at their game) WI Democrats want ouster of 6 in recall for faking party affiliation

    04/14/2012 9:34:50 AM PDT · by no dems · 35 replies
    TwinCities.com ^ | April 12, 2012 | Todd Richmond
    Democrats demanded Thursday, April 12, that state elections officials disqualify a half-dozen Republicans running as fake Democrats in this spring's recall primary elections, saying the candidates lied about their party affiliation. The Democrats' attorney, Jeremy Levinson, filed a complaint with the Government Accountability Board alleging that the state GOP has openly acknowledged the candidates aren't Democrats, but the candidates falsely claimed they were in papers filed with the board and on their nomination papers. Levinson accused the candidates of committing election fraud. He called for the board to keep them off the ballot and open an investigation. "The fraudulent candidates...
  • Madison Tea Party Rally Today Ė #Occupiers & Union Goons Threaten Chaos

    04/14/2012 7:22:01 AM PDT · by blueyon · 11 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 4/14/2012 | Jim Hoft
    Last February THOUSANDS of Tea Party Patriots turned out in Madison, Wisconsin, in support of Republican Governor Scott Walker. It was an amazing turnout considering the Saturday rally was only announced on Friday morning. The tea party patriots filled the state capital grounds from the steps to the street over 100 yards back. There were so many Walker supporters there that you couldnít hear the speakers from the stage in the back of the crowd. Today weíre doing it againÖ Show Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker that he has support by coming out to the Wisconsin Tax Day Rally at the...
  • 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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
    Townhall.com ^ | April 11, 2012 | Kyle Olson
    EAGnews.org 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
    FoxNews.com ^ | 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...