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  • Racine DA finds no voter fraud evidence [Wisconsin]

    07/14/2012 7:26:46 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 8 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 7/14/2012 | Don Behm
    Racine County District Attorney W. Richard Chiapete said Saturday there is no evidence that crimes were committed at city of Racine polling places in the June 5 recall election. The Racine County Sheriff's Department investigated four separate complaints of voting fraud at city polling places on June 5, but information received in the complaints did not support a criminal prosecution, Chiapete said in a statement. "Some of the information that was provided was anecdotal, as opposed to firsthand eyewitness accounts," the statement says. "Much of what was reported as fraud was more appropriately categorized as rule violations that are under...
  • Republicans call Racine recall election 'utter mockery' in letter to GAB [Wisconsin]

    07/12/2012 11:45:28 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 6 replies
    Racine Journal Times ^ | 7/11/2012 | BRIDGET THORESON
    RACINE — Calling the local recall election “an utter mockery,” several prominent Assembly Republicans Wednesday called on the Government Accountability Board to resolve election issues before November. A letter signed by State Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald and Joint Finance Committee Co-Chair Robin Vos, among others, points to several reported problems in the recall for the 21st state Senate District. The issues include tampered-with ballot bags, unsigned poll books and a disregard for same-day registration requirements, they wrote. “It is an utter mockery of our system and clerks are simply not complying with the law,” the letter states. Vos, R-Rochester, said...
  • Thousands of Racine Voters May Have Been Able to Cast a Recall Ballot by Mistake [WI recall]

    06/25/2012 2:17:14 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 25 replies
    MacIver Institute ^ | June 25, 2012 3:24pm | MacIver News Service
    [Racine, Wisc...] Thousands of voters who registered at the polls on recall election day in the City of Racine may not have signed the supplemental poll list as required by law, the MacIver News Service has learned. Individuals who register as new voters or change their voter registration on election day do not appear on the pre-printed voter rolls maintained by election workers. Those same-day registrants are added to a supplemental poll list, maintained at each polling location across Wisconsin. A space is provided on the Supplemental Poll List for new registrants to sign by their hand-written entry, and by...
  • Wisconsin Recall Anarchists Suffer Hilarious Withdrawal Pains When Media Split

    06/19/2012 6:01:59 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 44 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | June 19, 2012 | P.J. Gladnick
    It is well known that leftwing political demonstrators love to play to the cameras as happened in Wisconsin during the months leading up the the recent failed attempt to recall Governor Scott Walker. So what happens when the media departs once the election is over? As you can see in this video (and below the fold) their media withdrawal pains might not be pretty sight but it is definitely quite hilarious. The two featured anarchists go berserk when they spot the CNN bus begin to leave town on the day after the recall election. Anarchist Miles Kristan even attempts to...
  • Wisconsin GOP lawmaker asks for recount in recall race

    06/15/2012 10:09:40 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 15, 2012 | unattributed
    Wisconsin state GOP. Sen. Van Wanggaard asked elections officials Friday for a recount in his recall race, the outcome of which will decide the majority party in the state Senate. An official canvass this week showed the Racine Republican trailing his Democratic challenger by 834 votes, or 1.2 percent. Democrats had called on Wanggaard to concede, saying a recount would only delay their inevitable and waste taxpayer money. But Wanggaard's campaign said it was concerned about possible reports of voting irregularities, and said it wanted to ensure the outcome was accurate. Given how many votes were cast in the election...
  • Curious Election Documents Found in Dumpster in Racine, Sheriff's Department Investigating [WI]

    06/14/2012 10:01:28 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 39 replies
    MacIver Institute ^ | June 14, 2012 10:24 AM | unattributed
    [Racine, Wisc...] A Racine County Sheriff's Department official confirmed to the MacIver News Service that it is investigating the discovery of discarded election-related documents in the city of Racine. At issue are election registration forms and partisan political literature found in a dumpster behind the Cesar Chavez Community Center in the City of Racine. Upon hearing the allegations, the MacIver News Service contacted the Racine County Sheriff's department to confirm that they were looking into the matter. Captain Thomas Lamke from the Racine County Sheriff's Office responded to our inquiry and confirmed an investigation was ongoing. The department provided no...
  • Wisconsin shadow hangs over Netroots

    06/10/2012 6:32:37 AM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | 6/10/12 | CHARLES MAHTESIAN
    Wisconsin shadow hangs over NetrootsBy CHARLES MAHTESIAN | 6/10/12 7:08 AM EDT PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Last year, the liberal Netroots unleashed their ire on President Barack Obama for short-shrifting the progressive causes they thought he’d champion in the White House. This year, they had a more pressing matter on their minds: a fear that Republicans, backed by the boatloads of cash that helped Scott Walker win in Wisconsin, could make even more gains up and down the ticket — and perhaps even beat Obama in November. There wasn’t any time or appetite for airing the left’s frustrations with the president....
  • What really went down in Wisconsin

    06/06/2012 3:24:57 PM PDT · by Ron C. · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/6/12 | Jennifer Stefano
    What happened in Wisconsin Tuesday night was not about an election or a politician. It wasn’t about collective bargaining or budget deficits. It was about something far more important and far more intangible. It was about who and what we are as Americans. The people of Wisconsin had a choice. Would they, and in turn the rest of America, whose eyes were riveted on this small northern state, be a people with their hand constantly extended to the public trough shouting “give me, give me, give me”? Or, as the Tea Party has tried to exemplify, would we become the...
  • Little Pavel Goes A’Counting

    06/08/2012 10:31:32 AM PDT · by jfd1776 · 3 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | June 8, 2012 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Our young political volunteer learns the difference between declared and undeclared numbers… Pavel Syerov, Jr was glum. After a delightful night and day celebrating the good news from Wisconsin, his parents had asked him to stop by headquarters and see if anything was going on. They thought it might be interesting today, so he was on his way, after stopping at the grocery store to pick up some snacks. When young Pavel, as a high school student, was unable to find a summer job, his parents recommended that he volunteer at the 51st Ward Party HQ, because he’d find it...
  • Spending Gap? Media Ignores $21 Million Unions Spent in WI

    06/07/2012 7:51:23 AM PDT · by iowamark · 18 replies
    Big Journalism ^ | 6/06/2012 | Ben Shapiro
    The spin from the left on the morning after their disastrous Wisconsin recall election failure is that Governor Scott Walker (R-WI), who walked away with the election, did so because he spent oodles of money. Politico’s takeaway: “Money shouts.” “Walker wins one for the plutocrats,” trumpeted Joan Walsh of “Outspent 7-1, Democrats couldn’t beat Scott Walker with a strong ground game.” Media Matters’ favorite Washington Post columnist, Greg Sargent, cited the Citizens United decision allowing corporate political spending no less than five times in his recap of the election – despite the fact that not one dollar spent in...
  • Barney Frank: Dems, unions made 'big mistake' in pushing for Wisconsin recall

    Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) slammed unions and liberal activists for pushing to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R). "I think the people on the Democratic side made a big mistake and the funding thing was a big deal," Frank told The Hill Wednesday afternoon, alluding to Republicans' big cash advantage in the race. "My side picked a fight they shouldn't have picked. The recall was upsetting to people, the rerun of the election with [Democratic Milwaukee Mayor] Tom Barrett — it's not a fight I would have picked." Walker survived the recall by a comfortable 7-point margin over Barrett on...
  • Please pray for the people in Wisconsin

    06/06/2012 11:30:49 AM PDT · by topher · 44 replies
    June 6, 2012
    It has been posted on Freerepublic about how neighbor no longer talks to neighbor because of the political atmosphere in Wisconsin. Please pray that people will forgive one another and work together. There is a story [today] that the Democratic candidate in the Governor's recall election was slapped by a supporter. That is how poisonous an atmosphere it seems to be. It is a condition that is not good for Republican or Democrat, nor is it good for Conservative or Liberal.
  • After Wisconsin Exit Polls, White House Must Wonder If All the Polling is Wrong

    06/06/2012 11:33:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Rush ^ | June 6, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: You know what they're asking themselves in the White House today? They're probably asking themselves a lot of things, and they're probably lying to themselves about a lot of things. I think the question that they're asking themselves today, something along the lines of, "What if all of the polling we have is wrong?" Greetings, my friends, great to have you back. Here we are, Rush Limbaugh, the EIB Network, Limbaugh Institute for Advanced Conservative Studies. Great to be with you. Here's the telephone number. 800-282-2882. E-mail address, Like many powerful, influential members of the media,...
  • Wanggaard not conceding, not yet asking for recount... unofficial Lehman win(To Deny Dem Cheats-WI)

    06/06/2012 11:17:12 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 29 replies
    wtmj ^ | June 6, 2012 CREATED 11:45 AM - UPDATED: 12:42 PM | Jay Sorgi
    RACINE - The campaign for Racine Republican State Senator Van Wanggaard has not conceded victory to Democrat John Lehman in a recall election, but has said they are not yet asking for a recount.“We know that there are a number of outstanding absentee ballots, voting irregularities, and that there were problems across the county in the unofficial tally of ballots,” said Wanggaard in a statement. “People across the state and country have asked that I immediately ask for a recount. However, we all know that the best decisions are made when well-rested and after consideration of all options.”Lehman unofficially won the...
  • Random thoughts on the American victory in Wisconsin

    06/06/2012 11:23:46 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 6 replies ^ | June 6, 2012 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Over the last several cycles union captives have voted at least 1/3 Republican. The exit polls show that has not changed one bit for all the millions they spent. Fear and intimidation did nothing to change that. Massive American turnout can smother Democrat/Union/Eric Holder voter fraud so THAT threat has been neutralized. I watched CNN and MSNBC for the first time since Election night 2010, and got lucky enough to see a sad Wolf Blitzer call it for Walker. Political scientists will study this race and the honest ones will point to the endorsements of Bubba Clinton and Barack Obama...
  • If The Wisconsin Recall's Message Wasn't Clear To Liberals...

    06/06/2012 10:58:06 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 4 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 6-6-12 | The Looking Spoon
  • Obama campaign: 'Strong message' sent to Walker (barf alert!!)

    06/06/2012 7:59:36 AM PDT · by Justaham · 65 replies ^ | 6/6/12 | Byron Tau
    The Obama campaign — which has largely kept President Obama himself out of the Wisconsin recall election — puts out a statement saying that a message had been sent to Gov. Scott Walker, despite his win. "While tonight’s outcome was not what we had hoped for – no one can dispute the strong message sent to Governor Walker. Hundreds of thousands of Wisconsinites from all walks of life took a stand against the politics of division and against the flood of secret and corporate money spent on behalf of Scott Walker, which amounted to a massive spending gap of more...
  • Morning After Walker Victory, Morning Joe Excludes Republicans For First 69 Minutes

    06/06/2012 5:22:21 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 20 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Scott Walker scored an historic victory last night. The first governor ever to fend off a recall election. Winning in the face of a furious big labor effort against him. And so, to comment on this resounding Republican victory, Morning Joe . . . assembled a lefty panel and excluded any Republicans until the second hour, when Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell was finally allowed to put in an appearance. With Joe Scarborough off for the day, the panel consisted of Mika Brzezinski, former Dem congressman Harold Ford, Jr., former Newsweek editor Jon Meacham, Mike Allen of Politico, and just to...
  • DUmmie FUnnies 06-06-12 (Skinner Loses It Over Wisconsin Recall)

    06/06/2012 4:15:52 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 114 replies
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | June 6, 2012 | Head DUmmie Skinner, DUmmies, and PJComix-
    Normally the one DUmmie who tries to maintain a sense of equilibrium in the midst of bad news is Head DUmmie Skinner. But not this time. The CRUSHING defeat last night in the Wisconsin recall election was too much even for him as you can tell by the profane primal scream title of his THREAD, "F*CK." Yes, as you can see Head DUmmie Skinner DUmmie loses it and, most entertainingly, so do the rest of the DUmmmies. So let us now watch0 the DUmmies go Primal Scream over the Wisconsin recall election results in Bolshevik Red while the commentary...
  • The View from Ward 177 [Milwaukee]

    06/06/2012 1:26:21 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    The National Review Online ^ | June 5, 2012 | Robert Costa
    Milwaukee, Wis. — As the polls closed, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Central, I was an observer at an elementary school in Ward 177, a blue-collar area, just a few steps from Democrat Tom Barrett’s campaign office on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The lines were strong for the first hour, but during the last hour, things began to fizzle. Outside, there were a couple of college-age men making $25 an hour to canvass, but even that pair — two fraternity types — were unethusiastic. “I’m not going to Barrett’s party,” one told me. He was going to spend...
  • Governor Walker's Victory Spells Doom For Public Sector Unions

    06/05/2012 8:38:19 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 64 replies
    Forbes ^ | 6/05/2012 @ 9:36PM | Bill Frezza
    Public sector unions have reached their high water mark. Let the cleanup begin as the red ink recedes. Despite a last-minute smear campaign accusing Scott Walker of fathering an illegitimate love child, the governor’s recall election victory sends a clear message that should resonate around the nation: The fiscal cancer devouring state budgets has a cure, and he has found it. The costly defeat for the entrenched union interests that tried to oust Walker in retribution for challenging their power was marked by President Obama’s refusal to lend his weight to the campaign for fear of being stained by defeat....
  • Republican Petrowski captures Wausau-area Senate seat [WI -- former Pam Galloway seat]

    06/05/2012 8:21:21 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 11 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | June 5, 2012 9:48 p.m. | Lee Bergquist
    Rep. Jerry Petrowski (R-Stettin) defeated Rep. Donna Seidel (R-Wausau) for an open Senate seat, according to The Associated Press.
  • Voter Fraud Explodes in Wisconsin; Eye Witnesses Speak Out

    06/05/2012 4:23:03 PM PDT · by Mechanicos · 61 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | Today | Aurelius
    From students using class schedules to "prove" that they live in Wisconsin (but not who they actually are), to multiple accounts of people being "bused" in, dozens of accounts of Democrat and Union attempts to commit voter fraud in Wisconsin have hit the news. One town even has turnout that was reportedly six times the votes normally cast in a "heavy" participation election- and that was at 10:30 am in the morning. ..... Milwaukee's Election Commission director Sue Edmond stated that, even should they find out that the students lied about their DOB or who they were, their votes would...
  • Voter Fraud Explodes in Wisconsin; Eye Witnesses Speak Out

    06/05/2012 2:22:58 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 62 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 6/5/12 | Aurelius
    From students using class schedules to "prove" that they live in Wisconsin (but not who they actually are), to multiple accounts of people being "bused" in, dozens of accounts of Democrat and Union attempts to commit voter fraud in Wisconsin have hit the news. One town even has turnout that was reportedly six times the votes normally cast in a "heavy" participation election- and that was at 10:30 am in the morning. First is a story from Milwaukee, in which students printed out a piece of paper in order to "prove" their identities. Last Friday, on a High School field...
  • Wisconsin gives progressives something to build on (utterly clueless)

    06/05/2012 10:53:23 AM PDT · by pabianice · 28 replies
    WaPo ^ | 6/5/12 | vanden Heuvel
    On Tuesday, all eyes will be watching to see whether Wisconsin voters will keep labor-bashing right-winger Scott Walker (R) in the governor’s mansion. But win or lose, the real story is the 15 months of people power leading up to this day. The real lesson lies in more than a year of progressive organizing, petitioning, canvassing and campaigning for the cause. The real result is a progressive movement that is deeper and broader than before. When Walker’s opponents needed 540,208 signatures to trigger the recall election, Wisconsin’s progressives responded by collecting more than a million. They filled 152,000 pages —...
  • Unions Busing in Voters to Wisconsin?

    06/05/2012 9:23:05 AM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 24 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 6/5/2012 | Mr. K
    Rumors are circulating on the internet that unions are busing in voters from Detroit in order to sway the election against Governor Scott Walker, whom they are trying to recall and replace with Democrat Mayor Tom Barrett of Milwaukee. Apparently, someone called into the Chris Plante Show (which, admittedly, I didn't know existed until one hour ago) with the aforementioned allegations. However, according to various accounts of folks who had listened to that segment, the caller didn't answer Mr. Plante's questions, nor did he leave his contact information as he was requested to do. And considering not one blog post...
  • WI Recall Election Thread (LIVE THREAD)

    06/05/2012 6:38:19 AM PDT · by MNlurker · 1,276 replies
    6/5/2012 | MN Lurker
    Didn't see an actual thread we could use for a central point for election information today. Lets do this Wisconsin!!!
  • Tina Brown Bops Obama: 'Aloof', Not 'Lovable'

    06/05/2012 5:46:18 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 21 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    [snip] Dowd portrayed Obama as lazy, nihilistic, removed and self-absorbed. Now comes Brown on today's Morning Joe, calling Obama "aloof" and not "lovable." Daily Beast editor Brown made her comments in the context of criticizing Obama's decision to stay out of Wisconsin, not deigning to come to the aid of Tom Barrett, the Dem candidate looking to unseat Republican Governor Scott Walker in today's recall election. View the video here.
  • Wisconsin labor fight started ugly, ended ugly

    06/04/2012 8:59:05 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 16 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6/4/2012 | Byron York
    For some so-called progressives in Wisconsin, the threat posed by Gov. Scott Walker's policy limiting the collective-bargaining powers of some public employees has justified almost any response. Democratic lawmakers fled the state rather than allow a vote on Walker's proposal. Some teachers and other public employees abandoned their jobs to protest in the streets. Some doctors violated ethics standards by issuing medical excuses for protesting teachers who walked out on students. Unions threatened boycotts against businesses that declined to publicly side with organized labor. AFL-CIO officials equated the cause of comfortable and well-paid unionized employees with the work of Martin...
  • (Eric Holder's) DOJ to Monitor Wisconsin Recall Election

    06/04/2012 1:45:21 PM PDT · by Nachum · 142 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/4/12 | Dana Loesch
    Eric Holder's Department of Justice will monitor a number of Wisconsin polling places on Tuesday. The state Department of Justice will dispatch a team of assistant attorneys general and special agents from the Division of Criminal Investigation to Appleton as part of its efforts to prevent voter fraud. Appleton is one of 12 cities that will be monitored Tuesday during the recall election. Seven teams will monitor Milwaukee in conjunction with the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office, two teams will monitor Madison, and single teams will be sent to Beloit/Janesville, Eau Claire, Green Bay, Kenosha/Racine, La Crosse, Waukesha, and Wausau....
  • Move Along, Nothing To Cheese Here: Associated Press Spins Wisconsin Recall

    06/04/2012 6:09:45 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 12 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Even the New York Times, in an article by Jeff Zeleny today headlined "Recall Battle in Wisconsin May Snarl Obama Camp", acknowledges that a victory by Republican Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin's recall election on Tuesday could spell trouble for President Obama's re-election effort. But while the Times might be bending to reality, the Associated Press soldiers on in support of Obama. With even a Dem poll pointing to a Walker victory, the Associated Press, apparently fearing the worst, proclaims in an article today that "Few November clues to be found in Wisconsin recall." Authored by correspondent Thomas Beaumont, the...
  • Voter Intimidation in Madison, Wisconsin

    06/04/2012 12:57:35 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 27 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | June 3, 2012 | John McCormack
    To be precise, the union-backed Greater Wisconsin Political Fund is actually trying to pressure non-voters in liberal Dane County into voting in Tuesday's recall election. "We're sending this mailing to you and your neighbors to publicize who does and does not vote," reads the "incredibly creepy" mailer that UW-Madison law professor Ann Althouse received from the Greater Wisconsin Political Fund. Althouse writes: This is an effort to shame and pressure people about voting, and it is truly despicable. Your vote is private, you have a right not to vote, and anyone who tries to shame and an harass you about...
  • Barrett, Mitchell, and the Future of Wisconsin

    06/03/2012 12:15:18 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 1 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | June 3, 2012 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    There’s an old saying: A conservative is a liberal who got mugged. Well, the state of Wisconsin is now filled with such newly minted conservatives. After decades of the corrupt partnership between the Democratic Party, the public and private unions (especially WEAC), and the state’s bureaucracy, the residents of Wisconsin have watched their economic opportunities plummet and their government costs rise. Manufacturers have fled the state in droves, ever fewer new startups have arrived to take their place, and their taxes have continued to climb, taking ever-larger bites of an ever-shrinking taxpayer base. Taxpayers feel like they’ve been mugged, again...
  • Bill Clinton headed to Wisconsin to campaign against Scott Walker

    05/31/2012 4:12:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/01/2012 | AllahPundit
    On the one hand, is there a single vote left across the entire state that's still in play here? Wisconsinites have been gorging on recall politicking for literally years now. Barring a catastrophic gaffe by Walker or Barrett in the last few days before the vote, who's still making up his/her mind on this election?On the other hand, dude, I'm nervous: Former President Bill Clinton has decided to go to Wisconsin to campaign against Scott Walker in the final days of the battle over whether to recall the Wisconsin Governor, a move that could give a boost to the anti-Walker...
  • Governor Scott Walker and the Fight to Save Wisconsin

    05/31/2012 7:59:02 AM PDT · by jfd1776 · 15 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | May 31, 2012 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Scott Walker was elected governor of Wisconsin in the nationwide Republican tsunami of November, 2010. And by that very evening, an array of domain names such as had already been reserved by his opponents. They didn’t care to wait, to see if there just might be any legitimate reasons to recall him. They wasted no time at all. Rather than accepting defeat at the polls and gearing up for the next regularly scheduled election, the Wisconsin Democrats – aided and guided by their national party leaders and union bosses – instead reached for every possible tactic to stymie the...
  • Barrett Can't Name Any Schools Hurt by Walker's Collective Bargaining Reforms [Wisconsin]

    05/30/2012 8:36:47 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 14 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 1:40 PM, May 30, 2012 | JOHN MCCORMACK
    Wisconsin governor Scott Walker is facing a recall election on June 5 because of the law he signed last spring to limit the collective bargaining power of public employee unions--a reform his opponents said would be a "disaster" and destroy public education in the state. Walker's Democratic challenger, Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett, acknowledged this morning that the collective bargaining issue was the "flame that started this" recall election, but Barrett couldn't point to a single public school that has been harmed by Walker's reforms. Here's a transcript from a press conference at Barrett's campaign headquarters in Milwaukee Wednesday morning: TWS:...
  • DUmmie FUnnies 05-30-12 (Begging Blue Fairy Bill For Wisconsin Salvation)

    05/30/2012 6:28:22 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 30 replies
    Help us, Blue Fairy! Please help us! Only you can help us in the Wisconsin recall election, Blue Fairy! Please come to Wisconsin! Please come and save us, Blue Fairy!Such is the attitude of the DUmmies acting like that kid robot in the movie AI begging for help from the Blue Fairy. Only in this case, their Blue Fairy is one Bill Clinton and the DUmmies are perplexed why he doesn't show up in Wisconsin and save the day for them. If you thought David in AI was pathetic begging for help from the Blue Fairy thousands of feet...
  • Little Pavel and the Knights of the Round Table

    05/27/2012 6:26:20 AM PDT · by jfd1776 · 2 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | May 26, 2012 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    It was an ordinary Saturday morning at 51st Ward Party Headquarters. The Boss was in his office with the door open; his tweed blazer hung on the coat rack, his collar and tie loosened in the heat. It was just he and Pockets, after all; no Machine pols to impress, no volunteers to order around. With no mailing, no lit drop, and no fundraisers scheduled for this holiday weekend, he and Pockets were just polishing off a few things, and planning to wrap up by lunch. But then he heard a voice from the doorway: “Mornin’, Paulie! Always good to...
  • Democrats are dreading a Wisconsin wipeout

    05/21/2012 1:02:56 PM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 171 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 05/21/12 | Jennifer Rubin
    Given current polling, it is not surprising that Democrats in Wisconsin are freaking out. The Wall Street Journal reports: “With little more than two weeks until Wisconsin’s gubernatorial recall election, some Democratic and union officials quietly are expressing fears that they have picked a fight they won’t win and that could leave lingering injuries.” No one is bothering to claim a Scott Walker victory would be insignificant:The election has taken on significance beyond Wisconsin state politics: Organized labor sees the battle as a major stand against GOP efforts to scale back collective-bargaining rights for public-sector workers, as Mr. Walker did...
  • Why the Coalition Trying to Recall Scott Walker Is Splintering

    05/21/2012 10:13:04 AM PDT · by BO Stinkss · 7 replies ^ | May 21, 2012 | Alex Altman
    Every weekday at noon, several dozen Wisconsinites gather at the state capitol in Madison to translate their anger into song. Sometimes the venue is inside the gleaming capitol rotunda, where thousands bedded down on the marble floors last winter to protest Governor Scott Walker’s fiscal reforms. Sometimes they meet outside in the square, by a weather-worn memorial dedicated in 1893. The hour-long protest is dubbed the Solidarity Sing Along, and it began on March 11 of last year as a way to sustain the spirit of protest kindled by Walker’s “budget repair” bill. On a beautiful day last week, about...
  • Economists say new jobs numbers more accurate [Wisconsin's success is lib media's agony]

    05/16/2012 3:04:16 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 9:56 a.m. | unattributed
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Economists say new jobs numbers being reported by Gov. Scott Walker's administration are a more accurate reflection of how the state is doing. But even if the figures released Wednesday are accurate, the 23,300 jobs created in 2011 are far from the 62,500 needed per year for Walker to meet his 2010 campaign pledge to create 250,000 by 2015. And the new...
  • Walker speeds release of positive jobs data [WI jobs way up]

    05/15/2012 10:06:05 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 11 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | May 15, 2012 11:10 p.m. | Craig Gilbert and John Schmid
    In an unusual effort to rebut bad news on the jobs front, the Walker administration is speeding up release of new numbers showing job gains rather than job losses in Wisconsin last year. The numbers come from a source familiar to many economists but one that hasn't figured until now in the state's highly politicized jobs debate heading into the June 5 recall election: the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages. The new figures, provided to the Journal Sentinel on Tuesday, cover the final three months of 2011. State officials said they show a gain of 23,321 jobs (public and...
  • Wisconsin Recall Amnesia

    05/06/2012 6:26:40 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 15 replies
    WSJ ^ | May 3, 2012 | Staff
    Remember the Greek-style protests in Madison, the union sit-ins, the lawmakers who fled to Illinois to avoid voting on Scott Walker's collective-bargaining law last year? Now that the recall election of Mr. Walker is in full swing, Big Labor must be wondering where the outrage went.
  • Milwaukee, Kenosha, and Janesville Make up over 42 Percent of State’s Educational Staff Reductions

    04/18/2012 11:17:37 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 2 replies
    MacIver Institute ^ | April 18, 2012 | Christian D’Andrea
    On Wednesday, the Department of Public Instruction unveiled data that showed that jobs in Wisconsin’s public schools had decreased by over 2,300 positions. A closer look into this data shows that three districts – Milwaukee, Kenosha, and Janesville – were responsible for the bulk of these reductions. These three districts are some of the largest in the state, with Kenosha and Milwaukee ranking third and first, respectively, in terms of student enrollment. However, they are also notable for being the only three of the state’s 15 largest districts to choose not to utilize the provision of Act10. By refusing to...
  • [Scott] Walker aide under fire for 'unnatural sexiness'

    04/17/2012 1:30:05 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 44 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 16, 2012 | Joel Gehrke
    Even as the Democratic National Committee profits from the "Republican war on women" meme, liberals opposing Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis., have decided to attack the governor by targeting a woman in his campaign on the basis of her history of "unnatural sexiness." Ciara Matthews, Walker's communications director, is under fire for being both pro-life and a former Hooters restaurant waitress. "Profitting (sic) from selling a plasticized form of unnatural sexiness designed to arouse men while simultaneously believing that women should be forced to face the 'consequences' of actually giving into to their sexual desires is a pretty backward way of...
  • 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....
  • Taking a shot at their own? Wisconsin union portrays Democratic mayor as Walker ally

    04/09/2012 3:51:25 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 9 replies ^ | April 09, 2012 | Mike Tobin
    Wisconsin Democrats, in selecting who will challenge Republican Gov. Scott Walker in the state's upcoming recall election, are engaging in a tough fight of their own -- pitting two top Democrats against each other, with unions' influence looming large. The state’s 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 Wisconsin’s left for his legislation limiting public unions' power. Barrett is shown shaking hands with Walker. The photo was taken when the two...
  • Wisc. Senate GOP Cmte Statement on Galloway Resignation, Recall Timing

    03/16/2012 11:11:46 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 4 replies
    MacIver Institute/Facebook ^ | 3/16/2012 | The Committee to Elect a Republican Senate (CERS)
    Statement on 29th Senate District Recall Election [Madison, WI...] The Committee to Elect a Republican Senate (CERS) released the following statement today regarding the recall election in the 29th Senate District: “We are very sorry to see Senator Galloway go,” said Dan Romportl, Executive Director of CERS. “Pam’s dedication to her constituents, her leadership in the areas of health policy and economic development, and her unwavering commitment to laying the groundwork for northern Wisconsin job creation was admired by her peers in Madison and back home. We wish Senator Galloway the best of luck in her future endeavors, and would...
  • 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,...
  • On Eve of Recalls, WEAC Turns to Alinsky Disciples For Community Organizing Help [WI]

    03/15/2012 1:32:57 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 8 replies
    MacIver Institute ^ | March 15, 2012 | unattributed
    [Madison, Wisconsin] Gearing up for increased political activism on the cusp of a campaign to recall Governor Scott Walker, the State’s teachers’ union is being guided by the philosophy of radical leftist Saul Alinsky, the MacIver News Service has learned. On Friday and Saturday WEAC is sponsoring community organizing training seminars put on by the Industrial Areas Foundation. The IAF is a leftist community organizing network established in 1940 by Saul Alinsky. Alinsky, author of the book Rules for Radicals, remains a controversial political figure many years after his death. Opposed to many of the bloody revolutionary strategies supported by...