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  • Wisconsin man suspected of slaughtering 100 deer in 'thrill kill'

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

    03/29/2012 8:52:21 PM PDT · by publius321 · 9 replies
    This video is a remarkable demonstration of why I will NOT vote for this unmitigated Fraud. He is just as fabricated as Barack Obama. But even Obama doesn’t have to pay his drones. That is perhaps the key difference between Obama and Romney. I wouldn't be surprised if Romney's campaign is employing illegal aliens to hold his signs. If he is, I guess we will find out in the general election as another means of exposing his hypocrisy. Obama will have fun pointing out in the debates that he took Romney’s advice on the federal mandate and the media will...
  • Watch Wisconsin (A Bellwether for how strong the left is in America)

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

    03/28/2012 11:18:02 AM PDT · by Sun · 27 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | March 27, 2012 | Staff
    Santorum made a strong case yesterday at the steps of the Supreme Court that Romney cannot make the case against Obamacare in the general election since Romneycare was the blueprint for Obamacare. What a great move by Santorum on the first day that Obamacare is in the Supreme Court. I think for the first time his message that Romney is uniquely disqualified on this issue is getting heard by a much larger audience. Even with the bulls–t comment a couple of days ago, that was the argument he was making. This one issue has now become his central issue, and...
  • Stronger booms heard in Clintonville (Wisconsin)

    03/28/2012 9:46:37 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 70 replies
    FoxNews11 ^ | 03/28/11 | staff
    CLINTONVILLE - The booming and shaking continues in Clintonville. Clintonville police say they received about 65 calls Tuesday night, from people reporting three or four loud booms. Officials say the calls came in from 10:35 until 11:40 p.m. Authorities say the reports came from the same part of the city that has been experiencing the booms for more than a week, but there were also some reports farther west, including Clinton Avenue. Several callers told police that these booms were stronger than those from last week, but no damage has been reported. City officials have been in contact with the...
  • The War on Wisconsin

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

    03/27/2012 2:52:08 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 14 replies
    Menominee Falls Patch, (Wisconsin) ^ | 26 March 2012 | Rory Linnane
    As Rick Santorum prepared to address supporters in Milwaukee last weekend, his Wisconsin campaign team was setting up camp at their new state headquarters in Brookfield.“This area of the state is an important area for volunteers in the Republican nomination,” said Benjamin Hack, deputy director for Santorum’s Wisconsin campaign. In the back of an office building at 405 N. Calhoun Dr. adorned with several Santorum yard signs, the campaign’s headquarters is spacious and so far sparse, with boxes, telephones and chairs waiting on the floor. The back area is “off limits,” Hack said, but the front area has three...
  • Gannett journalists under fire for signing Scott Walker recall petition

    03/26/2012 6:30:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies · 16+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 03/26/2012 | Roy Greenslade
    While Lord Justice Leveson ponders where to draw the ethical line for British journalists, consider the latest ethical row in the United States.Some 25 editorial staff working for Gannett newspapers in Wisconsin have come under fire from their bosses - and some journalists - for taking part in a political ballot.They signed a petition demanding that the state's governor, Scott Walker, be recalled (reasons here).Kevin Corrado, publisher of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, called the journalists' action "disheartening" and said they would face "disciplinary measures." He told his readers: "It has caused us to examine how this could have happened, how...
  • WI unions not terribly keen on high school’s “Stand With Walker” chant (Watch Video)

    03/21/2012 3:34:11 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/21/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    This just seems so unsporting. After all, these high-school students didn't make threatening calls to the unions that were singing their silly "Solidarity Song" in the capitol rotunda in Madison, to the tune of the Battle Hymn of the Republic: CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO When about 300 Sheboygan Lutheran High School students and supporters piled into the rotunda of the State Capitol in Madison last Thursday after the boys basketball team clinched a trip to the finals for the Division 5 WIAA state championship, they had some time to spare.Sharing the rotunda with a small group of pro-union...
  • Top election official did not want immediate appeals of photo ID (Wisconsin)

    03/20/2012 3:33:06 PM PDT · by Jean S · 7 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 3/20/12 | Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel
    Madison - The state’s top election official said Tuesday he told the state Department of Justice he did not want to immediately appeal two decisions blocking the state’s new law requiring photo IDs at the polls because voters should have plenty of advance knowledge of what rules will be in place for the April 3 election. Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen did not heed that request and on Thursday appealed both decisions. “We advised the attorney general’s office that it would be better if nothing changed before April 3,” said Kevin Kennedy, director of the state Government Accountability Board....
  • Wis. High School Students Drown Out Pro-Union Protesters With Chants of ‘Stand With Walker’

    03/20/2012 6:46:15 AM PDT · by Sopater · 35 replies
    the Blaze ^ | March 20, 2012 | Jonathon M. Seidl
    Usually when the media talks about high school kids at the Wisconsin Capitol it’s been about teachers bringing students to protest Wis. Gov. Scott Walker and his budget cuts. But we have some different news to bring you today: during a visit to the Capitol last Thursday, some Wisconsin high school students decided to fight back against the anti-Walker sentiment they were witnessing during an impromptu visit. In short, students from Sheboygan Lutheran High School decided to stop by the rotunda in Madison while in town for the state high school basketball playoffs. While there, they witnessed protesters signing about...
  • For Tommy Thompson, old politics hurt in new race

    03/18/2012 11:15:10 AM PDT · by bkopto · 12 replies
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | March 18, 2012 | CLAY BARBOUR and MARY SPICUZZA
    Thompson, 70, is the biggest Republican name in the race to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Herb Kohl. If this election were taking place a decade ago, he would likely win the primary going away. But the new GOP is a party of strong partisans, where dealmakers like Thompson are no longer in vogue. So, if he is going to win over a new generation of Republican voters, Thompson will have to shake his image as a big-government Republican and Washington insider. "Is Tommy nimble enough to pivot to the right and position himself as a staunch conservative?" said Charles Franklin,...
  • NCAA 2012 Brackets

    03/16/2012 11:07:16 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 64 replies · 3+ views
    various | Friday, March 16, 2012 | participants
    This is based on a genealogy table I made. Had a bit more trouble than I should have tracking down the first round results, wth.
  • GOP Sen. Pam Galloway issues statement on her resignation [WI state senator]

    03/16/2012 9:18:02 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 14 replies · 1+ views
    MacIver Institute/Facebook ^ | 3/16/2012 | Wisconsin State Senator Pam Galloway
    STATEMENT BY SENATOR PAM GALLOWAY State Senator Pam Galloway (R-Wausau) released the following statement regarding her retirement from the State Senate: “Today I am announcing my retirement from the Wisconsin State Senate. After a great deal of thought and consideration, I’ve decided to put the needs of my family first. My family has experienced multiple, sudden and serious health issues, which require my full attention. Unfortunately this situation is not compatible with fulfilling my obligations as State Senator or running for re-election at this time. It has been a tremendous honor to serve the residents of the 29th Senate District,...
  • Doug Schoen: Wisconsin Union Protests Prove the Midwest Is Now America's Middle East

    03/15/2012 11:16:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 4, 2011 | Douglas E. Schoen, Democratic Strategist
    With a strong democratic tradition and an equally strong history of confidence in our institutions, the American people – on both the right and the left – have long believed with absolute confidence that the United States is immune to the kind of threat to stability that has rocked and is currently rocking the Middle East – in countries like Egypt Bahrain and Yemen. This is no longer true. The United States today is a country that lacks fiscal stability, political stability, and economic stability. It is clear, with the tens of thousands of public employees that have descended on...
  • Wisconsin: Van Hollen files appeals in 2 voter ID cases

    03/15/2012 5:38:58 PM PDT · by Jean S · 7 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 3/15/12 | Bruce Vielmetti
    Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced Thursday that his office had filed appeals in two challenges to Wisconsin's voter photo ID law."Both of these cases involve novel constitutional challenges to the voter ID law," Van Hollen said in a news release. " Due to the important statewide legal and policy issues at stake, defendants are suggesting in their filings today that certification of both cases to the Supreme Court would be appropriate."Judges in Dane County had ruled against the law in both cases one brought by the NAACP's MIlwaukee branch and Voces de la Frontera, and the other by the...
  • Collective Bargaining Curbs Save Wisconsin Schools Millions

    03/15/2012 1:13:01 PM PDT · by djf · 2 replies
    Heartlander ^ | 3/14/2012 | Joy Pullman
    The very legislation that nearly provoked riots inside Wisconsin’s capital also saved many school districts from financial ruin or having to fire significant numbers of teachers, concludes a report released this morning from the Education Action Group.
  • Walker says unions trying to sabotage government reforms

    03/14/2012 7:41:25 PM PDT · by ThE_RiPpEr. · 6 replies
    La Crosse Tribune ^ | 3/14/2012 | STEVEN VERBURG
    MADISON — Gov. Scott Walker said today that unions were trying to sabotage his efforts at government reform because leaders of four unions urged the Milwaukee teachers union not to support possible legislation to allow financial concessions just before the June recall. Leaders of the Madison Teachers Inc. union were among those who wrote a letter dated Tuesday saying that the legislation would harm union members and the effort to recall Walker. "Allowing Governor Walker to make such a claim just before the recall election will prove detrimental to recalling him and, therefore, will only enhance his ability to further...
  • Wis. Assembly passes abortion insurance ban

    03/14/2012 6:08:02 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 8 replies
    necn.com ^ | March 14 2012 | AP
    The Wisconsin state Assembly has passed a bill to ban abortion coverage from policies obtained through a health insurance exchange that is to begin in 2014. States are allowed to prohibit abortions under the exchange, which is to be a marketplace for small businesses and individuals to shop for health insurance coverage. Under the bill, abortions would not be covered under policies sold through the exchange except in cases of rape, incest or when the health of the mother is at risk.
  • Wisconsin's Reforms are Working

    03/14/2012 12:34:58 PM PDT · by BO Stinkss · 10 replies · 1+ views
    http://www.commentarymagazine.com/ ^ | 3/13/2012 | John Steele Gordon
    The bruising battle in Wisconsin a year ago to curb the powers of public service unions was finally won by Governor Scott Walker and the Republicans in the state legislature. But, as a result, a judge of the Wisconsin Supreme Court faced a determined attempt to oust him from his seat (he survived), six state senators faced recall elections (four survived and the two losers had issues that would probably have cost them their seats regardless) and, this year, the governor himself faces a recall election. I wouldn’t bet against him. The reforms have kicked in and the results are...
  • Wisconsin voter fraud proves need for ID laws

    03/13/2012 5:06:23 AM PDT · by cap10mike · 15 replies
    BizPacReview.com ^ | March 13, 2012 | Michael Dorstewitz
    You’ve just tripped and fallen down a rabbit hole. You now find that up is down, left is right, nothing is as it should be. Are you looking through the looking glass in Alice’s Wonderland? Nope! You’re in Wisconsin, my friend. Wisconsin’s Republican Gov. Scott Walker was elevated to his position upon his promise to clean up the state, reduce the stranglehold of the public workers’ unions and balance the budget. He has kept his promise. Proving once again that no good deed goes unpunished, he’s now the subject of a recall petition. One of the bills he signed into...
  • Wisconsin approves recall votes for more Republican senators

    03/12/2012 3:59:34 PM PDT · by OddLane · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 12, 2012 | Brendan O'Brien
    Four more Wisconsin Republican state senators, including the Senate leader, will face recall elections this year, bringing the number of state lawmakers forced to campaign in special elections to 40 percent of the entire Senate, officials said.
  • [WI] Judge rules voter ID law unconstitutional [makes temp injunction permanent]

    03/12/2012 12:39:19 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 133 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 3/12/2012 | The Associated Press and Patrick Marley
    Madison - A Dane County judge permanently enjoined the state's new voter ID law on Monday - the second judge in a week to block the requirement that voters show photo identification at the polls. "A government that undermines the very foundation of its existence - the people's inherent, pre-constitutional right to vote - imperils its legitimacy as a government by the people, for the people, and especially of the people," said the eight-page opinion by Dane County Judge Richard Niess. "It sows the seeds for its own demise as a democratic institution. This is precisely what 2011 Wisconsin Act...
  • New Details Released About Night Of Slinger Shooting(WI)

    03/10/2012 10:16:57 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies · 1+ views
    wisn.com ^ | 8 March, 2012 | NA
    SLINGER, Wis. -- WISN 12 News has uncovered new information about the Slinger homeowner who shot a man on his porch. As of Thursday, there was still no decision on whether the shooter will face criminal charges. But 12 News got a better handle on the timeline of events of the shooting that occurred early Saturday. Police said they responded to a noise complaint from a party at the Slinger home at about 12:20 a.m. Saturday. At 2 a.m., a man next door called to report that he had shot an intruder in his home. Police said they found 20-year-old...
  • Wisconsin recall elections something of a mess

    03/10/2012 7:31:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | March 10, 2012 | JAZZ SHAW
    Lest we lose sight of it amid all of the presidential primary news, Wisconsin is going to hold some recall elections. The people have spoken! Petitions have been gathered and now the democratic process will play out in true blue American fashion. So… just when will we be seeing these elections take place? Even the people in charge don’t seem to be exactly sure. The head of the Wisconsin state elections board recommended Friday that any recall elections against Gov. Scott Walker and five other Republicans be held on May 15 and June 12…The full board was to discuss the...
  • Pro-Obama PAC Won't Give Back Maher's Money (Obama supports women being called vulgar names)

    03/08/2012 8:14:23 PM PST · by tobyhill · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/8/2012 | by Ed Henry
    Current and former White House aides on Thursday rejected demands by a conservative group that a Super PAC supporting President Obama refund a $1 million check from comedian and talk show host Bill Maher because of coarse comments he's made about Sarah Palin and other Republican women. While Obama earlier this week denounced similar comments that radio talk show host made about a college student, Sandra Fluke, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters the president is not going to get involved in the Maher battle. Carney said "language that denigrates women is inappropriate," but it is not the President's...
  • ‘We’re Coming for You’: Wis. Labor Leader Calls Female GOP Senator ‘Pig,‘ Tells Her to ’Stay Home’

    03/08/2012 8:12:31 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 23 replies
    The Blaze ^ | March 8, 2012 | Mytheos Holt
    Sen. Pam Galloway of the Wisconsin State Senate has a not-so-secret admirer. “Admirer” in this case however, might mean “obsessed hater.” His name is John Spiegelhoff, and he’s a union boss with a real penchant for attacking anyone and everyone who he thinks might be an enemy of his union. In fact, his past exploits include suing an 86-year-old volunteer crossing guard for taking a job that he thought should have belonged only to union members. Now he might be on the receiving end of a lawsuit, as some of the emails he’s sent to Sen. Galloway are barely capable...
  • Wisconsin: State gains 15,700 jobs in January; jobless rate falls to 6.9%

    03/08/2012 2:47:18 PM PST · by Jean S · 2 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 3/8/12 | John Schmid
    Wisconsin gained an estimated 15,700 private-sector jobs in January while the state's unemployment rate declined to 6.9% from 7.0% in December, according to the most recent monthly unemployment data from the state Department of Workforce Development. "Wisconsin's preliminary January unemployment rate of 6.9% is now the lowest it has been since December of 2008, and it remains well below the national rate," department Secretary Reggie Newson said in a statement. The January numbers were the best in at least a year, according to data in the latest state jobs report. The January data is preliminary and subject to later revision.
  • Judge In Voter ID Case Signed Recall Petition

    03/06/2012 5:00:04 PM PST · by gorush · 22 replies
    Channel 3000 ^ | March 6, 2012 | AP
    A judge who filed a temporary injunction against the state's new voter identification law also signed a petition seeking the recall of Gov. Scott Walker, who was a staunch supporter of the law.
  • Wisconsin: Senate narrowly rejects mining bill

    03/06/2012 4:02:19 PM PST · by Jean S · 9 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 3/6/12 | Patrick Marley and Lee Bergquist
    Madison - The state Senate rejected mining legislation Tuesday designed to ease the regulatory path for a large open pit mine in northern Wisconsin. The vote was another setback for the effort to streamline mining regulations, but legislative leaders still cling to hope they can approve a bill before the legislative session ends next week. The measure senators rejected 17-16 was a version that the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee had approved Monday. Majority Republicans hope to send the matter to a legislative committee later Tuesday so they can bring it up another day. Sen. Dale Schultz (R-Richland Center) voted with...
  • Rasmussen Poll: Wisconsin Voters Now Oppose Walker Recall By 11-Point Margin

    03/06/2012 10:07:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Townhall ^ | 03/05/2012 | Guy Benson
    Ever since they announced their intention to do so, I've been publicly begging Leftists to waste spend tens of millions on a recall campaign against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.  I was convinced that the Democrat-Union coalition would squander precious campaign resources in an quixotic bid to exact revenge on one of their most despised conservative bogeymen.  A new poll from Rasmussen suggests that my instincts were correct.  Wisconsinites -- who have voted to re-elect a conservative state Supreme Court justice and to protect a Republican State Senate majority since Walker's budget fix passed -- now oppose replacing the governor by...
  • Dahmer victim's sister calls walking tour 'evil' (Groupon out - Bam Media stays on)

    03/04/2012 5:48:16 PM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 3/04/12 | DINESH RAMDE
    Dahmer victim's sister calls walking tour 'evil'By DINESH RAMDE updated 3/4/2012 2:42:01 PM ET MILWAUKEE — The sister of one of Jeffrey Dahmer's 17 victims joined others in protesting a Milwaukee walking tour of the serial killer's haunts Saturday, calling out to tour organizers that they were "just as evil" as Dahmer himself. **SNIP** The new walking tour of places where Dahmer trolled for victims drew attention this week after criticism prompted online deal-maker Groupon to take down a promotion for discounted tickets. But Bam Media said it would not cancel what it calls a legitimate exploration of criminal history....
  • Bought and paid for by the DNC-JSOnline: Wisconsin missing out on U.S. jobs gains

    03/04/2012 12:51:33 PM PST · by Jean S · 12 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 3/3/12 | John Schmid and Craig Gilbert
    Wisconsin desperately needs new jobs. Alone among the 50 states, it has lost private-sector jobs for six straight months, raising the political and economic stakes of the next jobs report, due Thursday for the month of January. Even feeble job creation would bring a sense of relief to a recession-weary state and a pro-business governor who campaigned on a promise to add 250,000 new private-sector jobs in his current term. "The rest of the nation is moving upwards. We're one of the few states moving downward. There's something wrong," said economist Steven Deller of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The United...
  • 54% in Wisconsin Oppose Recall of GOP Governor Walker

    02/29/2012 12:01:37 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies · 7+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 02/29/2012
    Most Wisconsin voters approve of the job embattled Governor Scott Walker is doing and oppose the effort to recall him from office before the next election. A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds that 52% of Likely Wisconsin Voters at least somewhat approve of Walker’s job performance to date, while 46% at least somewhat disapprove. These findings include 40% who Strongly Approve of how the Republican governor is doing and just as many (40%) who Strongly Disapprove. (To see survey question wording, click here.) (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it's in the news, it's in our polls). Rasmussen...
  • Scott Walker Needs Our Help Now in Wisconsin Recall

    02/25/2012 9:15:55 AM PST · by old school · 32 replies · 1+ views
    American Thinker ^ | February 25, 2012 | James Simpson
    "Recognizing the importance of this recall and the potential threat to reform everywhere, True the Vote stepped in to do the job the State will not. TTV has created a simple system to check the validity of these petitions but they need to enter them into the system first. They only have until February 27th to get this done!" "Anyone, anywhere with access to a computer can help. This is a real opportunity to have a visible impact on the outcome of one of the most important issues we face today. If Scott Walker loses they will start doing this...
  • WISCONSIN

    02/20/2012 8:31:35 AM PST · by RichSr · 5 replies
    02/20/2012 | KING ST PATRIOTS
    February 20th - March 5th Sunday, February 19th, 2012 261 Days until the 2012 General Election First They Came For Wisconsin United Wisconsin's clenched fist tactics threaten to implode the election processes in Wisconsin - and Ohio will be next. Now is the time to take a stand, help conduct the audit of petition signatures for the recall of Gov Scott Walker (a task Wisconsin's government Accountability Board has refused to do) and make sure the Unions don't win by default. We are 77% of the way done with the entry of an estimated 1,000,000+ signature lines, but WE NEED...
  • Pro-Walker signature verification effort needs your help this weekend

    02/19/2012 9:31:55 AM PST · by Qbert · 14 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | February 17, 2012 | William A. Jacobson
    As I reported the other day, petition signature checkers supporting Gov. Scott Walker are on track to identify between 100,000-200,000 invalid signatures on recall petitions. That number does not even include duplicate signatures, and we know that duplicates are a big problem. Supporters of Gov. Walker, however, need more time to go through the approximately 1 million signatures, and quite unbelievably, a judge in Wisconsin just denied a request for two extra weeks, even though that still would have kept the recall process within the statutory time period: A judge has denied Gov. Scott Walker’s request for a two-week extension to review...
  • Assembly mining bill gets sudden GOP support in Senate (Wisconsin)

    02/16/2012 5:47:00 AM PST · by rellimpank · 3 replies
    jsonline ^ | Milwaukee J-S | Lee Bergquist, Patrick Marley and Jason Stein
    Madison - In hope of pushing through controversial mining legislation, the Senate's top leader on Wednesday disbanded a special committee on the issue, but the move could instead prevent a bill from passing before the legislative session ends March 15. The decision by Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) to support the Assembly version of the measure comes amid a second round of recall elections that could result in Republicans losing their majority in the Senate. The Assembly bill weakens existing mining regulations, but supporters believe it provides adequate environmental protections and would spur development of a massive open pit...
  • Wisconsin budget committee approves $123 million in cuts (University hardest hit)

    02/15/2012 6:18:00 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Twin Cities ^ | 2/15/12 | Scott Bauer
    Wisconsin budget committee approves $123 million in cutsBy Scott Bauer - Associated Press Updated: 02/15/2012 06:08:31 PM CST MADISON, Wis. - The Legislature's budget-writing committee approved slashing about $123 million across state government on Wednesday, with more than a third of those cuts falling to the University of Wisconsin System. The $64 million cut to the university is on top of $250 million in budget cuts the system took in the two-year budget passed last year. All of the new cuts, including those for the university, must be absorbed by July. The total amount of the cuts had been approved...
  • Politico Thinks the Wisconsin State Flag is a Union Flag

    02/15/2012 11:12:40 AM PST · by TexasNative2000 · 23 replies
    Politico | 2/15/2012 | Vanity
    The active page has been pulled, but here is a screenshot of an earlier Politico report. The reporter claims that President Obama is showing his support of unions by flying a flag representing Wisconsin Local #1848.Sorry, lady. That is Wisconsin's State Flag.Donovan Slack is listed as Politico's "lead writer for '44', a living diary of the Obama presidency."
  • Walker Recall - News regarding writing in Walker for the Democrat primary

    02/09/2012 2:32:41 PM PST · by Jean S · 20 replies
    Friends of Scott Walker, Republican Party of Wisconsin | 2/9/11 | Mike Grebe, Brad Courtney
    The following statement is on behalf of Mike Grebe, Chairman of the Friends of Scott Walker and Brad Courtney, Chairman of the Republican Party of Wisconsin: “The Republican Party of Wisconsin along with the Friends of Scott Walker want to address a grassroots effort to write in Governor Walker’s name on the ballot during a Democratic primary election. Under state statutes, when a recall election is certified against Governor Walker he is automatically placed on the ballot as a Republican. According to Wisconsin Statute 8.03, a candidate cannot represent both parties, therefore making his name invalid in the Democratic primary,...
  • Unions ask Democrats in Walker recall to make budget veto pledge (Teacher's Union buys a candidate)

    02/09/2012 6:47:57 AM PST · by OldCountryBoy · 5 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | February 8th, 2012 | Jason Stien & Daniel Bice
    Union leaders are asking Democratic candidates for governor to veto the next state budget if it doesn't restore collective bargaining for public workers, and one leading candidate - Kathleen Falk - has agreed. Such a veto could lead to gridlock with the Legislature, particularly if Republicans continue to control one or both houses, and to possible layoffs of state workers, officials warned. Nonetheless, the move is a key strategy that union leaders are considering for undoing Gov. Scott Walker's repeal last year of most collective bargaining for public employees. Falk, the former Dane County executive, has committed to restoring collective...
  • Study: Wisconsin Has the Worst Science Education Standards in the Country

    02/07/2012 9:41:54 AM PST · by Sopater · 21 replies
    MacIver Institute ^ | February 1, 2012 | Christian D’Andrea
    The grades are out – Wisconsin is the worst in the United States when it comes to science curricula in the classroom. In the words of a recent study, our state’s science standards are “simply worthless.” A 2012 report from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute gauged the strength of science programs across the nation. With several different approaches to teaching science in the classroom, every state presented a different challenge to students and analysts. This study, authored by a cabal of notable researchers, broke down the difference in science standards throughout the country. Without a “Common Core” of data standards...
  • President Obama to visit Milwaukee (Feb. 15)

    02/06/2012 1:10:22 PM PST · by Jean S · 10 replies
    WTMJ4 ^ | 2/6/11 | AP
    MADISON- President Barack Obama plans to make a stop in the Milwaukee area next week, marking the first time he's come to Wisconsin in 13 months and his eighth visit since taking office. A White House official confirmed Monday that Obama was planning on making the trip to give remarks on Feb. 15, but no other details were released.
  • Wisconsin: State urging online buyers to pay tax

    02/05/2012 4:09:11 PM PST · by Jean S · 29 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 2/5/12 | Marissa Evans
    Letter, new form reminding taxpayers of their obligation Wisconsin taxpayers could find themselves digging through more receipts than usual this tax season as the state Department of Revenue makes another effort to collect taxes on out-of-state purchases. In a letter, the department is asking taxpayers to look through their records from 2007 to 2010 to find any taxes on out-of-state purchases that may have been overlooked and send in payments by Feb. 17. "The real mission is to help make sure (taxpayers) understand tax law and to remind taxpayers about their responsibility to pay the use tax," said Jennifer Western,...
  • Is This Socialist Supporter the Iowa H.S. Teacher Who Handed Out a Pro-Communism Cartoon?

    02/05/2012 9:29:28 AM PST · by Baynative · 18 replies
    the Blaze ^ | 2/4/12 | Mike Opelka
    The teacher posts: "Governor Scott Walker AKA Fascist Bastard. What an undemocratic assh*le. Wisconsin, will you please get this horrible excuse of a person out of the fold of office? This man (Walker) is outrageously out of control. He represents no one except himself.Shame on Wisconsin for allowing his election, and further shame if they allow his continuance."
  • Wisconsin recall unprecedented for Chicago political consultancy

    02/04/2012 2:50:14 PM PST · by Hunton Peck · 11 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | February 2, 2012 | Melissa Harris
    Ann Liston and Eric Adelstein are hardened Chicago Democratic consultants. Their behind-the-scenes role helping the Wisconsin Democratic Party collect more than 1 million signatures to recall Gov. Scott Walker has put them in a campaign unlike any they've ever seen. The two 40-somethings said Facebook's power to reach voters, combined with a recentU.S. Supreme Court ruling that unfettered limits on corporate and union political spending, has rewritten their industry's game plan. "It's horrible for democracy but great for business," Adelstein said Tuesday, referring to the Citizens United U.S. Supreme Court decision. Voters in Wisconsin, South Carolina and Florida have been...
  • Investigation launched after man's name found on 4 recall petitions (Wisconsin)

    02/04/2012 8:22:40 AM PST · by jiggyboy · 20 replies
    WTMJ TV ^ | February 2, 2012
    RACINE - An investigation Thursday night into recall petition fraud after a man's name is found four times on a petition against a state senator. TODAY'S TMJ4 talked to three people Thursday -- who say their names were forged on petitions to recall Van Wanggaard, including a woman who wonders if her son forged her name. At first glance, you might think Jeff Demet has quite the axe to grind with his state senator. Demet's signature appears four times on petitions to recall Van Wanggaard. There's just one problem. TODAY'S TMJ4's Steve Chamraz: "Did you sign that?" Jeff Demet: "No,...
  • Recall the Recall in Wisconsin

    02/03/2012 5:54:07 PM PST · by Wisconsinlady · 7 replies
    Tim Nerenz - Moment of Clarity ^ | 02/02/12 | Dr. Tim Nerenz, Libertarian
    It started with the pay cut, and when that didn’t fly they changed to losing collective bargaining rights, and when that fell on deaf ears they claimed the sky would most certainly fall, and when it didn’t they made one last tweak and claimed that it wasn’t necessarily what Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker did that justified a recall, it’s just that he went about it the wrong way.
  • RECALL FRAUD UPDATE: 15% of Wanggaard Recall Circulator’s Signatures Are Duplicates

    02/03/2012 1:24:00 PM PST · by MNlurker · 16 replies
    Media Trackers ^ | 2/3/2012 | Collin Roth
    On Thursday, Media Trackers reported the plight of Jeff Demet, a Racine native who found his name forged four times on petitions to recall Republican State Senator Van Wanggaard. The story was followed up by TMJ4 who interviewed two more individuals who’s names were on recall petitions when they never signed, including Jeff’s mother Mary who’s name appears twice. Ken Brown of CRG Racine first noticed that Jeff Demet’s brother Mark Demet was a circulator for one of the pages that features both Jeff and Mary Demet’s names.