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  • Wisconsin budget panel approves K-12 education package

    05/20/2015 6:02:17 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies
    Wisconsin Radio Network ^ | May 20, 2015 | Andrew Beckett
    Wisconsin’s K-12 public schools would see about $200 million more in state funding and the private school voucher program would be broadly expanded, under a sweeping package of changes approved by the legislature’s Joint Finance Committee. The 29-page proposal, released just hours before the committee voted on the changes late Tuesday night, would increase funding for public schools by about $70 million in the 2016-17 school year, while keeping about $127 million in funding for schools in place that Governor Scott Walker had proposed cutting. It would amount to a $250 per pupil funding increase over the course of the...
  • Eau Claire County Board Chair says alleged theft is "violation of public trust"

    05/19/2015 9:50:12 AM PDT · by Sopater · 7 replies
    WQOW News 18 ^ | May 18, 2015 9:43 AM CST | Emily Valerio
    Eau Claire County (WQOW) - A new week brings disheartening news to the taxpayers of Eau Claire County. The former Eau Claire County Treasurer and his assistant have been accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars. According to the criminal complaint, they took more than $625,000 from the county between 2011 and 2013. Larry Lokken and Kay Onarheim have both been charged with 11 counts of felony theft, as well as three counts each of misconduct in the office. They were arrested by the Eau Claire Police Department on Thursday and have been in jail since then. The two...
  • Madison officer won't be charged in black teen's death

    05/13/2015 6:11:24 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 14 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 5-12-15 | Todd Richmond
    MADISON, Wis. -- A white Wisconsin police officer won't be charged for fatally shooting an unarmed 19-year-old biracial man, a prosecutor announced Tuesday, prompting peaceful demonstrations but none of the immediate violence that has hit some other U.S. cities in similar cases. Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne said he wouldn't file charges against Madison Officer Matt Kenny in the March 6 death of Tony Robinson, saying the officer used lawful deadly force after he was staggered by a punch to the head and feared for his life. Ozanne, mopping his brow repeatedly but speaking forcefully for some 25 minutes,...
  • Wisconsin lawmakers advance new rules for food stamp users

    05/07/2015 6:03:28 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 23 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 5-6-15 | Dana Ferguson
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin lawmakers advanced a set of bills Wednesday that would require food stamp users to buy healthy food and mandate drug screening for state job training program applicants and some unemployment benefit claimants. An Assembly committee on public benefit reform approved the bills almost on party lines Wednesday, with Republicans voting in favor and Democrats against. Rep. Adam Neylon, a Pewaukee Republican, also voted against the measures. The approval clears the way for the full Assembly to vote on the measures next week. But prospects for the bill that would restrict food options for food stamp...
  • Wisconsin lawmakers advance new rules for food stamp users

    05/07/2015 6:03:12 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni
    Pioneer Press ^ | 5-6-15 | Dana Ferguson
    These incredible photos show the damage caused by a bird strike to a passenger plane. The Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul to Nevehir in Turkey was on approach to land when it was involved in a severe hit with a unlucky bird. There were 125 passengers on board the Boeing 737-800, and there were not believed to be any injuries suffered on the landing on Tuesday.
  • WI: Reform of Knife law Possible in Wisconsin

    05/06/2015 9:06:43 AM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 5 May, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Wisconsin knife law dates back to the 1950's and before, and  like a lot of weapons law, has been very selectively enforced.   If you were a minority, and spent time in Milwaukee, you were treated one way;  if you were not and lived North of the Madison- Milwaukee line, you had little to fear.   Most people had no idea that belting on their hunting knife, and putting on a jacket, made them subject to arrest for carrying a concealed weapon; and they were mostly justified because the police did not enforce the law.  Except when they wanted to, against...
  • Who’s in Charge? Gov. Walker Talks About Wisconsin Witch Hunt; Witch Hunters Not Pleased

    04/28/2015 2:13:11 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 27, 2015 | John Hayward
    While visiting Iowa this weekend, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker commented on the wildly out-of-control “John Doe” prosecution waged by partisan Democrats in his state. One of the many objectionable features of this crusade was that the targets were legally gagged from talking about it. Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm responded to Walker’s comments by threatening him. Whatever Chisholm’s virtues as a D.A. might be, a keen sense of irony is evidently not among them.The Wisconsin Witch Hunt has been an abiding interest of mine for years–rarely have so many been terrorized by so few for so little gain, until...
  • The Rebel Sheriff

    04/23/2015 9:18:41 AM PDT · by rktman · 8 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | 4/23/2015 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    In January 2013, a 32-second radio advertisement was broadcast in Milwaukee, and — quite by accident — a political star was born. Hoping to encourage local residents to play a part in their own protection, the commercial’s progenitor went firmly on the record in favor of the private ownership of firearms: “With officers laid off and furloughed, simply calling 911 and waiting is no longer your best option.” Rather, listeners were invited to “consider taking a certified safety course in handling a firearm.” “You have a duty to protect yourself and your family,” the commercial intoned. “Can I count on...
  • WILL SCOTUS AGREE TO HEAR WISCONSIN “JOHN DOE” CASE?

    04/23/2015 7:26:37 AM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Instapundit ^ | 4/23/15 | Elizabeth Price Foley
    The Supreme Court will decide Friday whether to grant review on a case relating to the infamous Wisconsin “John Doe” investigation of conservative groups that supported Governor Scott Walker and his reform of public sector union collective bargaining.The case, O’Keefe v. Chisholm, was filed by Eric O’Keefe and the Wisconsin Club for Growth after they each received John Doe subpoenas in October 2013, demanding that they turn over all Club records and communications–including all emails, financial materials and donor lists–to prosecutors. Consistent with Wisconsin’s John Doe law, the subpoenas gagged O’Keefe and the Club, prohibiting them from speaking to anyone...
  • Milwaukee County DA John Chisholm’s Actions Against Conservatives Are Unlawful & UnAmerican

    04/23/2015 1:20:31 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | April 22, 2015 | Aaron Goldstein
    If you haven't read David French's piece in NRO concerning the John Doe investigations and the tactics deployed in them under the direction of liberal Democrat Milwaukee County DA John Chisholm, please do so.A number of conservative activists in Wisconsin who had the temerity to support Governor Scott Walker and his efforts to curb public sector unions found their homes raided by police,their property confiscated and were told by the authorities they could tell no one about what happened not even their attorneys. This was done under the order of Chisholm who has also directly targeted Walker in a John...
  • Wisconsin Tyranny – Leftists Use Force to Silence Political Opponents Like Scott Walker

    04/21/2015 1:11:36 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 121 replies
    Independent Sentinel ^ | April 21, 2015 | Sara Nobel
    John Doe laws dating back to the 19th century in Wisconsin allow DAs to hold secret panels, compel people to give testimony and turn over documents. To take advantage of the loopholes was Prosecutor John Chisholm, a partisan hack who had a vendetta against Scott Walker. The corruption extends to judges, police officers, lawyers and to at least one newspaper, the Journal Sentinel. In a September 9, 2014 article, former Milwaukee police officer Michael Lutz, who for several months served as an unpaid special prosecutor in Chisholm’s office, said that Milwaukee County DA John Chisholm, a Democrat, told him in...
  • WI: Armed Husband stops Crime Spree

    04/20/2015 8:00:34 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 13 April, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Criminals normally commit many crimes before they are caught.  If these crimes occur in a short amount of time, we call it a crime spree.  One of the ways these crime sprees are cut short is that the criminals encounter an armed citizen.  It happened in Madison, Wisconsin, on Friday, the 10th  of April, 2015.  From channel3000.com: MADISON, Wis. - Police said two men were arrested after a string of violent home invasions Friday on Madison's west side. A number of people were victimized, starting with a 90 year old woman, then a 22 year old noticed a burglary...
  • New poll finds Clinton leads Walker in Wisconsin

    04/16/2015 12:46:01 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 53 replies
    WISN ABC ^ | April 16, 2015
    MILWAUKEE —A new Marquette University Law School poll finds Hillary Clinton leading a possible presidential matchup against Gov. Scott Walker. However, Walker leads Republicans in the presidential race. Forty percent support a Walker run while 10 percent favor Rand Paul, 8 percent for Jeb Bush, and 6 percent each for Chris Christie and Ted Cruz. The poll finds that among Wisconsin voters, Clinton leads Walker 52 percent to 40 percent. The poll also showed that Walker's approval rating in the state has slipped. The most recent poll showed a 41 percent approval rating, compared to 49 percent in October. Looking...
  • LA: 40 Shots Required to stop Determined Attacker

    04/16/2015 5:20:07 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 13 April, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Sometimes, 7 shots are not enough.  10 Shots are not enough.  20 shots are not enough, 30 shots are not enough.  In the case related below, 40 shots were required to defeat a determined attacker. Most predators retreat in the face of resistance.  If a predator faces armed resistance very many times, they will be killed or wounded.  In nature, that makes for a short life.  But there are motives for aggression other than predation.  Defending territory and competing for mates are two of them, often intertwined.  Those conflicts are engaged in with fierce dedication.  Without territory or mates, ...
  • Salon: Scott Walker’s Wisconsin: How a once-liberal state became a political battlefield

    04/10/2015 12:49:30 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 44 replies
    Salon ^ | David A. Schultz
    Full Title: The twisted metamorphosis of Scott Walker’s Wisconsin: How a once-liberal state became a political battlefield How do you explain Wisconsin? Once the home to progressive liberal politics and politicians, such as governors Gaylord Nelson, Patrick Lucey and Anthony Earl, Wisconsin now produces the likes of union-busting Gov. Scott Walker, and a GOP-controlled legislature enacting voter ID, onerous abortion regulations, and anti-union right-to-work rules. The state now even has a polarized and partisan Supreme Court with a constitutional crisis on its hands: Voters have just adopted a ballot initiative that would dislodge Shirley Abrahamson, the court’s liberal chief justice,...
  • Scott Walker's 2015-17 Budget Proposal: What You Need to Know

    04/08/2015 1:25:11 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    Maclver Institute ^ | April 8, 2015 | Matt Crumb and Nick Novak
    [internal links at source] [Madison, Wisc...] As the nicer weather approaches in Wisconsin, so does debate on the 2015-17 state budget. Gov. Scott Walker introduced his plan to lawmakers in February, and the Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) held four public hearings around the state last month. Members of JFC will begin debating and voting on portions of the budget in the coming weeks. The full proposal is expected pass out of the budget-writing committee before Memorial Day, and the full legislature is expected to take up the budget bill in June. Every inch of Walker's proposal will get scrutinized...
  • Scott Walker's partner in power [Tonette]

    03/29/2015 10:14:38 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 29, 2015 | Jonathan Easley
    A Scott Walker presidential campaign may end up being one of the easier things Tonette Walker has had to endure. The Wisconsin first lady has experienced poverty, becoming a young widow and losing other close family members, the lonely period of cynicism and despair that followed, a whirlwind romance to the much younger future governor, and death threats from a nasty labor fight. Those that know the Walker family describe Tonette as “tournament-tested” and “unflappable,” and say the political and personal travails she has faced will leave her well-equipped to deal with the rigors of national campaign and the next-level...
  • Board overseeing Wisc's for-profit schools fights for its life [EAB looks like a shakedown outfit]

    03/29/2015 2:43:34 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    Wisconsin Watch ^ | March 29, 2015 | Madeleine Behr and Kate Golden
    David Dies fears that if Gov. Scott Walker succeeds in eliminating the Wisconsin Educational Approval Board, the for-profit schools it oversees will ramp up practices that could harm students. “If you basically throw the rule book out, I can guarantee you that they will take advantage of their ability to market and recruit as aggressively as possible,” said Dies, the board’s executive secretary. The proposal to eliminate the EAB is part of Walker’s proposed 2015-17 budget. Since its unveiling in February, Dies has been trying to persuade state lawmakers to reject the idea. Dies said his small agency is already...
  • Secret $1.5 million donation from Wisconsin billionaire uncovered in Scott Walker dark-money probe

    03/25/2015 5:57:13 AM PDT · by sickoflibs · 69 replies
    yahoo news ^ | March 23, 2015 | Michael Isikoff
    John Menard Jr. is widely known as the richest man in Wisconsin. A tough-minded, staunchly conservative 75-year-old billionaire, he owns a highly profitable chain of hardware stores throughout the Midwest. He’s also famously publicity-shy — rarely speaking in public or giving interviews. So a little more than three years ago, when Menard wanted to back Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker — and help advance his pro-business agenda — he found the perfect way to do so without attracting any attention: He wrote more than $1.5 million in checks to a pro-Walker political advocacy group that pledged to keep its donors secret,...
  • Amish family facing court-ordered eviction from Wisconsin home (UN Agenda 21 zoning laws)

    03/24/2015 7:40:22 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 77 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 03/24/2015 | Valerie Richardson
    An Amish family faces eviction from their home after being found in contempt of court for refusing to comply with building codes on the grounds that doing so would violate the religious community’s ban on modern technology. At a Monday hearing, a Circuit Court judge ordered the Eau Claire County sheriff’s office to evict Amos and Vera Borntreger, a farming couple with four children under the age of six, from their home in the Old Order Amish community of Fairchild, Wisconsin.
  • Supreme Court turns away challenge to Wisconsin’s voter ID law

    03/23/2015 8:30:15 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 23, 2015 | Robert Barnes
    The Supreme Court on Monday turned down a challenge to Wisconsin’s voter ID law, which it had previously kept from going into effect before November’s elections. The court’s decision not to review a federal appeals court ruling that upheld the law was a victory for Gov. Scott Walker (R) and perhaps other states that have tightened voting procedures to require additional identification.
  • Interesting Scott Walker OP at Wiki got "speedy deletion" treatment w/ link to work prod discussion

    03/22/2015 2:33:09 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 43 replies
    March 21, 2015 | vanity
    An good example of opposition foot soldiers getting out the propaganda. Someone on the Walker team seems to be monitoring this opposition work:Scott Walker presidential campaign, 2016 "Note to administrators: this article has content on its talk page which should be checked before deletion. [A defense of the offending, deleted Wiki page.] An interesting dynamic going on. If I've characterized this incorrectly or inadequately, please help flesh this out.
  • Dismembering the Sabbath in Wisconsin

    03/21/2015 2:27:34 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies
    Washington Monthly ^ | March 20, 2015 2:50 PM | Ed Kilgore
    You’d think Wisconsin Republicans would reward themselves with some rest after pulling off—via a great deal of misdirection from Scott Walker—the enactment of a southern-style “right to work” law banning union shop agreements reached via voluntary free-market contract negotiations. But no: as The Nation’s Moshe Marvit explains, Badger State GOPers are back with a bill to revoke the right to a day off after seven days of labor. The new bill, which is being sponsored by Republican Van Wanggaard in the State Senate alongside [Rep. Mark] Born in the Assembly, would add a provision to the “day of rest” law...
  • Scott Walker’s Humblebrag - In his new book, the Wisconsin governor lays out his vision for America

    03/17/2015 10:38:33 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 60 replies
    National Review ^ | November 1, 2013 | Christian Schneider
    On the evening of June 5, 2012, after he had been declared the winner of a historic recall election, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker hugged his friend Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus and took a call from presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Amid sobbing supporters, Walker’s wife, Tonette, pulled him aside and suggested he begin his victory speech by saying, “This is what democracy looks like!” That phrase had been the rallying cry of Walker’s political opponents for months, as they marched around the state capitol in Madison and stalked the governor at his home. Following Walker’s announcement of his bold...
  • Could Scott Walker Be the Next Calvin Coolidge?

    03/13/2015 1:42:40 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 51 replies
    National Review ^ | March 13, 2015 | Garland S. Tucker III
    Much is being written today about the Republican party’s urgent need to find “the next Ronald Reagan.” With Governor Scott Walker’s recent rise in the polls, many pundits have rushed to dismiss his chances because “Walker is no Reagan.” But, hold on a minute. Are the pundits missing something here? The two most successful Republican presidents in the last century were Calvin Coolidge and Ronald Reagan. A serious look at the two of them sheds light on the current question of Walker’s viability as a presidential candidate. Different as Coolidge and Reagan were in looks and personality, there were striking...
  • More on Incredible Wisconsin Shenanigans Against Scott Walker

    03/13/2015 1:26:25 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | March 12, 2015 | Ed Whelan
    Several months ago, I called attention to the Kafka-esque “John Doe” proceeding that Milwaukee district attorney John Chisholm has been using against Wisconsin governor (and potential 2016 presidential candidate) Scott Walker and his allies. I’d like to highlight the latest bizarre development in this secret and byzantine legal proceeding, but first let me provide some background (drawn from this article by Stuart Taylor): 1. Back in 2009, when Walker was Milwaukee County executive, his staff discovered that some $11,000 had apparently been embezzled from a county charity and asked the district attorney’s office to conduct a criminal investigation of the...
  • Scott Walker to sign right-to-work bill Monday at Badger Meter

    03/08/2015 8:04:38 PM PDT · by Monitor · 51 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | March 8, 2015 | Lee Bergquist
    Gov. Scott Walker will sign so-called right-to-work legislation on Monday morning at Badger Meter in Brown Deer after the Assembly passed the measure Friday morning following almost 24 hours of debate. The measure bans labor contracts that would make it mandatory for workers to pay union fees. The legislation zoomed into play this year, pushed by GOP legislators, after Walker brushed aside the issue as a distraction during his re-election campaign last year.
  • Scott Walker bid to end integration program [busing] has schools seeking answers

    03/06/2015 11:41:48 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 38 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | March 7, 2015 | Erin Richards
    "....[Scott Walker] has proposed eliminating the long-standing racial integration program, a move that could redirect $60 million in school funding and have a cultural and financial impact on Milwaukee, nearby suburban school systems and districts like Racine, Madison and Wausau. The proposal has districts analyzing the complicated structure of school funding to try to get their arms around the potential impact of ending Chapter 220. "It's hard to speculate," said Bob Lang, director of the Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau, which has yet to complete its own analysis of the legislation. The governor's proposal calls for phasing out the Chapter 220...
  • Warren dings Walker over comments on unions and ISIS

    03/01/2015 7:27:45 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/28/2015 | Kevin Cirilli
    Warren, who is closely aligned with progressive union groups, ripped Walker in a tweet Saturday for what some saw as a comparison between union members and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria: "If Scott Walker sees 100,000 teachers & firefighters as his enemies, maybe it's time we take a closer look at his friends.” In a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, Walker said, “If I can take on 100,000 protestors, I can do the same across the world.” Walker, a possible 2016 presidential candidate for the GOP, tried to walk back his comments after his...
  • Exclusive — Scott Walker’s Son Matt Walker: ‘Those On The Left Are Afraid’ Of My Dad

    02/25/2015 5:29:54 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    Breitbart - Big Government ^ | February 25, 2015 | Matthew Boyle
    Matt Walker, son of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker tells Breitbart News in an exclusive interview that he thinks the institutional left is afraid of his father. In addition to attending Marquette University, Matt Walker is also currently the regional vice chairman of the midwest division of the College Republican National Committee (CRNC). [snip] A recent report from The Daily Caller detailed an extraordinary level of hateful rhetoric after University of Wisconsin-Madison College Republicans sent out a campus-wide email supporting Gov. Walker’s recent budget proposal. But liberals on the campus responded with such vitriol and hatred—rather than having a civil discourse...
  • Thank The Left For Presidential Candidate Scott Walker

    02/24/2015 2:08:08 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies
    The Federalist ^ | February 23, 2015 | Brandon Finnigan
    Behold the beast the Democrats never intended to create: a thrice-elected Republican governor in a swing state with a cult following, appreciated by both the establishment of his party and the conservative base. He’s a governor with an enviable base approval rating who received an even larger share of his own party’s vote in 2014 than 2010. This despite another year of John Doe drama, an unemployment picture that improved but fell short of his promises, a presidential appearance for his opposing Democrat (which had been missing in 2012), and the apparent flare-up between him and the Republican Governors Association...
  • Sen. Tammy Baldwin Lawyers Up After Three Deaths Are Linked To A VA Report She Sat On For Months

    02/23/2015 4:03:32 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 43 replies
    TownHall ^ | February 22, 2015 | By Matt Vespa
    Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), the first openly gay member of the U.S. Senate, may have landed herself in some trouble after it was reported her office did little to address the rather high rate of opiate prescriptions coming out of the Veterans Affairs center in Tomah, Wisconsin. As a result, Baldwin's office fired a top aide, offered her a severance package, and a confidentiality agreement. The aide, Marquette Baylor, rejected the deal and is filing a sexual discrimination lawsuit against Baldwin. At the same time, Baldwin's office had the Tomah VA report since last summer. To make matters worse, three...
  • Cop Saves a Woman’s Life After Choosing to Understand a Dog Instead of Shooting It

    02/22/2015 6:30:24 AM PST · by marktwain · 52 replies
    Free Thought Project ^ | 16 February, 2015 | Matt Agorist
    Germantown, WI — An incredible story from Friday morning starts out with a black lab named John Boy, approaching a police officer.Germantown police officer, Jeff Gonzalez deserves credit for not only refusing to do what so many other cops do when dogs approach them, but actually getting out in the freezing weather to see why this dog was loose.“He stood there and barked a little bit, then I rolled down my window and called to him. Then he wagged his tail and got more friendly until I got out of my car. And then he ran a little bit,” said...
  • Wisconsin CCW permit Homicide rate lower than Japan's

    02/21/2015 4:25:31 PM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 21 February, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Wisconsin was the next to the last state to enact a concealed carry law.   It passed in 2011.  The law had been thwarted for years by the actions of former Democrat Governor Jim Doyle.  Lawmakers in Wisconsin learned many lessons from the efforts of previous states, and it showed.  Over 59,000 Wisconsin residents had applied by December 30, 2011, and 100,000 permits were issued half way through April of 2012. 144,000 had been issued by the end of the year. Link to video of Attorney General Van Hollen celebrating the issuance of the 100,000 permits The average number for...
  • WI: Woman School Worker, with Permit, Placed on Leave for Stun Gun in Glove Box

    02/21/2015 12:07:36 PM PST · by marktwain · 20 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 20 February, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    A Wisconsin woman who works for the Oconomowoc School District is being harassed over the possession of an electrical stun gun in her vehicle's glove box.  She may be criminally charged.  In most of the country, this would not be an issue.  But Wisconsin is a swing state.   In the 90's, Democrats dominated, and passed a law that seemed designed to snare legal gun owners, modeled after the Federal gun free school zone act.   The act has been an abysmal failure nationally.   School shooting shot up after the act passed.    The federal law was ruled unconstitutional in 1995, and...
  • Is Scott Walker qualified to be president?

    02/13/2015 1:40:28 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 80 replies
    CNN ^ | February 12, 2015 | Ruben Navarrette
    <p>So why would Walker be a bad choice? Three reasons........</p> <p>The world is a dangerous place. We can't afford another commander-in-chief with no foreign policy experience who doesn't understand America's role in the world. As the governor of Wisconsin--as opposed to U.S. senator (Rand Paul, Marco Rubio or Ted Cruz) or a former U.N. ambassador(John Bolton)--Walker's diplomatic experience is limited to settling disputes with Minnesota during football season. He would be learning on the job while rogue actors like ISIS, Iran, Russia and North Korea threaten Americans, create unrest and perpetuate acts of terror. There are times to look to the states and elect leaders who can focus the nation's attention on domestic priorities like the economy, and there are times to look for leaders with a firm handle on foreign policy because the stakes are too high to gamble on that front. Guess which era we're living in.</p>
  • WI: Concealed Carry Permits top 240,000 in 2014

    02/07/2015 6:18:28 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 5 February, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Wisconsin concealed carry permits topped 240,000 in 2014, according to the Wisconsin Department of Justice.  From the jsonline.com: Nearly 34,000 were issued permits, raising the total number in Wisconsin to 242,488, according to an annual report from the Department of Justice. The permits have been a success by most observers standards, following the pattern in other states.  The first permits were issued late in 2011.  Only one person with a permit has been convicted of a homicide since that time.   Wisconsin has an adult population (21 or over) of about 4.3 million.   Thus, people with permits are about...
  • Walker budget to bar drug users from getting food stamps

    01/22/2015 8:52:19 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 47 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 1-22-15 | Jason Stein
    Madison — Setting up a likely legal fight in the federal courts, Gov. Scott Walker is proceeding with his plan to ensure that drug users aren't getting food stamp or jobless benefits. Fulfilling a campaign promise, the Republican governor committed Thursday to putting the proposal in his next budget but provided few new details on how he would pursue a plan that could run afoul of federal rules in programs such as food stamps and unemployment insurance. For the first time, he did commit to offering free treatment and job training for those testing positive for drugs, but he offered...
  • Mother of Bo Morrison sues Slinger homeowner who killed her son

    01/14/2015 1:13:05 PM PST · by Monitor · 28 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | Jan. 14, 2015 | Bruce Vielmetti
    The mother of Bo Morrison, who was killed by a Slinger man when Morrison hid in the man's house while fleeing from an underage drinking party, has filed a lawsuit against the man and his insurance company. Washington County District Attorney Mark Bensen declined to charge the homeowner, Adam Kind, with a crime in the March 2012 incident, finding Kind acted in self-defense. The incident prompted numerous protests about "the castle doctrine," adopted by legislators the previous year, but Bensen said Kind would have been cleared even without the law's extra presumptions in favor of residents using deadly force in...
  • WI: Armed Robber Killed by Armed man who did not wait to be searched

    01/14/2015 6:30:36 AM PST · by marktwain · 20 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 11 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    The barber shop seems to be behind the red neon sign in the upper story. Armed robbery requires a large number of disarmed victims.  If a significant number of potential victims are armed, armed robbery becomes a suicide mission.  Large numbers of violent criminals die young already.   It is one of the reasons that the life expectancy for black men is four years lower than for white men.   As more law abiding black people learn that they can trust the process, can obtain a concealed carry permit, and can go about legally armed without being abused by the police,...
  • Joe's Ice Shack

    01/11/2015 3:21:56 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 17 replies
    youtube ^ | 11-20-14
    a driveable ice shack
  • Scott Walker: "Our Next President Should Be a Governor" (Yes to Scott Walker for President)

    01/07/2015 1:49:03 PM PST · by Kaslin · 95 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 7, 2015 | Daniel Doherty
    Oh, you don’t say! In all seriousness, many conservatives will be taking a serious look at Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) in 2016. He’s effective, he’s conservative, and he knows how to put together winning coalitions. His most recent electoral romp, however, is an absolute game-changer -- and why wouldn’t it be? He’s now won an impressive number of state-wide elections since 2010. Arguably, he’s the most despised Republican governor in America (on the Left). So what’s not to like? But, dear reader, will he make the leap? Asked recently if he had once and for all quelled those rumors, he...
  • WI: Police Attitudes are Changing

    01/06/2015 8:29:39 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 5 January, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    It was not very many years ago that the common refrain echoed by the media for any self defense shooting was that the police advised against "taking the law into your own hands" and the obligatory "leave it to the professionals".  It is hard to know how much of this was from real police attitudes, and how much was from what the media wished to portray as police attitudes, but it was what was commonly seen.  Over the last two decades, that has changed.   Now, we commonly hear: "Homeowners have a right to defend themselves; you will have to...
  • WI: Armed Citizen from Tennessee Shows Restraint when faced with fake gun in Wisconsin

    12/28/2014 4:45:26 PM PST · by marktwain · 22 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 28 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    In the notoriously anti-second amendment town of Madison, Wisconsin, a concealed carry permit holder from Tennessee refrained from shooting a man who menaced him with a fake, but gun shaped and realistic looking laser/lighter.  The man drew his real gun but did not shoot.  The case contrasts with similar, recent cases where the police have shot people who pointed toy guns at them, and/or refused to obey commands while being armed with what turned out to be fake, but real looking guns.  From cityofmadison.com: Shortly after 10:55pm, on 12/24/2014, a 22-year-old female walked out of Walgreens and was planning...
  • WI: Disparity of Force, Fleeing the Scene, in Mitrel Anderson case

    12/20/2014 4:08:38 PM PST · by marktwain · 18 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 20 December, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    After seven hours of deliberation, the jury found Mitrel Anderson not guilty of all charges in the stabbing death of DeMario Lee.  The incident occurred in Lacrosse, Wisconsin last year.  Anderson did not deny killing Lee, but had always contended that his actions were in self defense. Anderson was confronted by three men in the bathroom of a convenience store.   Anderson and Lee had known each other since childhood, but the relationship had soured.  Lee had publicly threatened Anderson and told him that he would kill him.   From kwwl.com, the prosecutor stated in closing arguments: "When you're getting roughed...
  • Anti-Walker forces in Wisconsin may have broken the law and altered documents in cover-up

    12/10/2014 1:49:35 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | December 10, 2014 | Thomas Lifson
    A major scandal involving a Democrat witch-hunt aimed at crippling the campaign of Governor Scott Walker may be breaking in Wisconsin. Laws may have been broken by prosecutors seeking to discredit Walker, and it appears that documents may have been altered to hide evidence of misconduct. It is too early to know with certainty, but this drama is playing out with zero mainstream media attention, but has the potential to generate headlines. Some background: Readers may recall the outrageous political prosecution attempted by Democrats in Wisconsin, using that state’s so-called “John Doe prosecution” system under the Badger State’s Government Accountability...
  • Wisconsin native Cardinal Raymond Burke calls for 'new evangelization'

    12/05/2014 3:00:31 PM PST · by ADSUM · 13 replies
    JS ONLINE ^ | 12/4 | a johnson
    Pewaukee — Catholic education, in the family and in schools, is essential to the transformation of culture and a bulwark against today's increasingly secular society, Wisconsin native Cardinal Raymond Burke told hundreds of Catholics who gathered Thursday for a fundraising dinner in Waukesha County. And he called on Catholics to embark on a "new evangelization" that stressed the common good. "Without the recognition of the common good ... society breaks down and is soon beset by the violence and destruction," said Burke, who drew repeated standing ovations from the crowd of nearly 300. | Dec. 4, 2014 »Read
  • New deception questions: Obamacare adviser warned of premium increases as Obama vowed savings

    11/25/2014 5:57:44 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November 24, 2014 | Kelly Riddell
    While President Obama campaigned on a promise that his universal health care plan would lower premiums, his controversial adviser and plan architect was privately warning the state of Wisconsin that Obamacare was poised to massively increase insurance costs for average residents, internal documents show...... [MIT economist Jonathan] Gruber’s study predicted about 90 percent of individuals without employer-sponsored or public insurance would see their premiums spike by an average of 41 percent. Once tax subsidies were factored in, about 60 percent of those in the individual market were projected to see their premiums go up 31 percent, according to his analysis.......
  • Walker waiting for calling as he mulls 2016 run

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

    11/12/2014 7:56:10 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 12 November, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    It has long been obvious that the banning of guns from schools has nothing to do with safety, and everything to do with the indoctrination of children.   The purpose is to delegitimize the ownership and use of guns.   From weau.com: EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- For the first year, a local veterans group will not be holding a Veterans Day program at the Eau Claire area school district, the decision was because of a disagreement over firearms. While it is stated that there are more reasons involved, the primary one is that school officials do not want any firearms,...