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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 Democrats’ problems is that don’t 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 city’s debt getting downgraded by Moody’s 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 city’s planned $445 million in bond and note offerings later this month and $963 million in existing general obligation bond debt, Reuters said. Barrett said Moody’s cited the city’s 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 Post’s political blog, “The Fix.” 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, it’s 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 Griffin’s 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 night’s 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 ^ | 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-Mujaahid’s 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. “In 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,” 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 Cain’s 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 Cain’s top aides and footed the bill for about $40,000 of goods and services — including iPads and chartered flights — that helped Cain’s 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 Cain’s...
  • 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 workers—voters 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 ^ | 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 Republicans’ budget reforms and said the race represents a clear choice for which direction voters want to take the state. “America’s eyes are focused right here today,” Kleefisch said. “We have a choice right now of moving backward or forward.” 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 O’Neil
    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.