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  • Foiled Again: Liberals Lose to Scott Walker in Wisconsin Again, Again

    07/17/2015 1:33:12 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | July 17, 2015 | Betsy Woodruff
    Conservative justices in Wisconsin handed the governor’s allies a win Thursday in the ‘John Doe’ election scandal. But liberals say the deck was stacked against them from the beginning. The gods are smiling on Scott Walker. And by the gods, I mean four of the six Badger State’s supreme court justices, who just put the kibosh on a lengthy and secret “John Doe” investigation that targeted some of the governor’s top allies and like-minded groups. The investigation was sparked over allegations that outside independent groups who supported Walker secretly coordinated with Wisconsin Republicans during the run up to the 2012...
  • Wisconsin’s Shame: State Supreme Court Vindicates Victims of ‘John Doe’ Witch Hunt

    07/16/2015 12:20:45 PM PDT · by mojito · 39 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 7/16/2015 | David French
    Finds prosecutors raided conservatives’ homes to investigate constitutionally protected free speech. In a ruling this morning, the Wisconsin Supreme Court rendered official what observers have long known: Wisconsin Democrats did, in fact, launch a massive, multi-county “John Doe” investigation of the state’s conservatives, featuring extraordinarily broad subpoenas and coordinated “paramilitary” raids of private homes; the “crimes” that provided the investigation’s pretext were not crimes at all, but First Amendment-protected speech; and the legal theory underpinning the investigation was bunk, “unsupported in either reason or law,” as the court put it. ...On October 3, 2013, multiple Wisconsin conservatives were awakened by...
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court: the partisan John Doe investigation was unsupported in reason or law

    07/16/2015 8:45:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    Hot ^ | July 16, 2015 | GABRIEL MALOR
    The long unraveling of the so-called “John Doe II investigation” convened by partisan district attorneys in Wisconsin is now complete. This case was about using vague campaign-finance rules to intimidate conservative groups and smear Republican officials, including Gov. Scott Walker. No charges were filed in the John Doe II investigation and it was halted by both the state and federal courts.Today, the Wisconsin Supreme Court releases its final disposition in the case: To be clear, this conclusion ends the John Doe investigation because the special prosecutor’s legal theory is unsupported in either reason or law. Consequently, the investigation is closed....
  • Unions: This time, we’ll defeat Walker

    07/15/2015 5:56:45 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 58 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 15, 2015 | Tim Devaney
    Labor groups are gearing up for another fight with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) now that he has entered the presidential race. After a failed recall bid in Wisconsin, unions are determined to make sure Walker never sets foot in the Oval Office. But organized labor’s opposition could play well for Walker in the GOP primary because it appeals to his conservative base. Some of the biggest unions are still formulating their plan of attack against Walker, even as they signal they will dip into their coffers to go after him. The strongest signal came from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka....
  • Chris Cillizza: Oops! Scott Walker Recall Attempt Was Bad Idea

    07/14/2015 12:15:43 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 22 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | July 14, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    Oops! Maybe the  Scott Walker recall election in 2012 was not such a good idea in retrospect. Such is the conclusion of liberal Chris Cillizza writing in the Washington Post. According to Cillizza, although the attempt to recall Walker was appealing to liberals at the time, it backfired in a big way by making the Wisconsin governor well known nationally to the extent that he now has a good shot at winning the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. Cillizza tells his tale of political woe due to unexpected consequences:
  • Why Labor Hates Walker, in Three Charts

    07/14/2015 4:55:16 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 13, 2015 | Philip Bump
    ....[SNIP].... Labor unions rely on density for two reasons. First, unions need monthly dues in order to be able to pay organizers and staff. The more members, the more dues, the more organizing. Second, the more unions that exist in a region, the easier it is to organize. That's because more union employers usually means smaller disparities between the wages paid by different businesses -- meaning less incentive to oppose organizing drives. That's why New York state has the highest union membership rate in the country: New York City's high union density makes it easier to organize. Again, half of...
  • Democrats Threw Everything They Had At Scott Walker—And Still Lost

    07/13/2015 10:12:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | July 13, 2015 | Kevin Glass
    Right to work. The elimination of wage control laws. Voter ID laws. Defunding Planned Parenthood. Expanding school choice. These are some of the No. 1 priorities for Republican legislators around the country. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has hit every item on this list, and he did so in a deep blue state; Wisconsin hasn’t gone red in a presidential election in more than 30 years, and its labor union culture may be second only to that of the automotive capital in neighboring Michigan. Walker’s uncompromising conservative governance made him Democrats' No. 1 target at both the state and national level,...
  • Wisconsin’s Shame: A Victim Fights Back [John Doe persecution]

    07/01/2015 8:13:53 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | July 1, 2015 | David French
    In April, three victims of Wisconsin’s long-running “John Doe” investigations broke their silence. Former Scott Walker adviser Cindy Archer spoke to National Review on the record while two other women asked for their identities to be concealed. All three, however, told remarkably similar stories — of police raids at dawn, pounding on the door, threats of battering rams, and ransacked homes. They weren’t suspected of drug crimes, violent crimes, or other crimes recognizable to the American public. Rather, they were either close associates of Scott Walker or involved in the broader conservative movement in Wisconsin — and were caught up...
  • Walker And Unions Battle Over Teachers Tenure

    06/30/2015 2:24:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    TDC - The Daily Caller ^ | June 30, 2015 | Connor D. Wolf
    Wisconsin unions Monday are once again attacking Republican Gov. Scott Walker, this time over a proposed budget that may result in cuts to tenure for state college professors. With the upcoming budget session, the Wisconsin Joint Finance Committee is expected to propose a plan to reform the University of Wisconsin System. While it is not yet finalized, unions warn the plan will cut $250 million in funding and will remove academic protections for professors such as teacher tenure. This latest union battles comes at the heels of a likely announcement Walker will run for president. With his previous labor reforms,...
  • ‘Did they get me?’: Docs reveal long-time John Doe spying operation (WI)

    06/29/2015 9:52:20 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 19 replies
    Wisconsin Watchdog ^ | 6-29-15 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. – Democrat Milwaukee County prosecutors tapped the email and text communications of conservative activists as part of a five-year probe aimed at bringing down Republican Gov. Scott Walker, affidavits reviewed by Wisconsin Watchdog reveal. One target of the spying operation told Wisconsin Watchdog the methods used to keep tabs on Wisconsin residents were like those of the National Security Agency’s domestic spying program. “It was actually worse because (Milwaukee County prosecutors) were taking the body of emails and looking at actual data,” said the source, who asked not to be identified for fear of retribution from the prosecutors....
  • Anti-Scott Walker prosecutorial skullduggery in Wisconsin exposed

    12/20/2014 5:18:22 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/20/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    A huge political scandal is slowly coming to light in Wisconsin, as information comes to light about the conduct of that state’s Government Accountability Board (GAB) as it persecuted supporters of Governor Scott Walker, who bravely took on the public employee unions of that state.  The outrageous tactics used included midnight SWAT team raids on Walker’s political supporters.  Ten days ago, I wrote about some of the potential law-breaking and document-alteration engaged in by the prosecutors.  But new evidence has just come to light. Yesterday, Judge Lee S. Dreyfus of the Waukesha County Court unsealed a trove of documents...
  • Walker meeting with Sheldon Adelson in Vegas

    12/09/2014 10:40:50 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 26 replies
    WISC / AP ^ | 12-9-2014
    <p>MADISON, Wis. - Gov. Scott Walker is in Las Vegas to meet with billionaire casino mogul and Republican super donor Sheldon Adelson, as Walker continues to consider running for president in 2016.</p> <p>Walker's campaign spokeswoman Alleigh Marre said Tuesday that Walker was in Las Vegas for "public and private events."</p>
  • Wisconsin, a Microcosm of the United States: How Conservatism Could Succeed on a National Scale

    12/04/2014 6:56:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 12/04/2014 | Avner Zarmi
    One of the more compelling reasons to consider Scott Walker’s candidacy for president is that he has been elected, repeatedly, governor of a mid-size state with a strong executive. Wisconsin’s state constitution establishes a powerful governor’s seat, as opposed to, say, Texas’ constitution, or even to the limited powers granted to the U.S. president. There are numerous ways in which the state of Wisconsin is a microcosm of the country, and perhaps advisory of things to come. The state is deeply polarized, divided almost equally between left and right, as the U.S. has been now for forty years or more,...
  • Scott Walker Superstar

    11/05/2014 12:09:44 PM PST · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Rush ^ | November 5, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Ladies and gentlemen, the Republican Party has a genuine star. The Republican Party has a demonstrated, genuine hero and potential star in its ranks, and he is the governor the Wisconsin. His name is Scott Walker. Scott Walker has won three out of four elections in the last five or six years, regular gubernatorial races and a couple of recalls. Every American labor union, every American labor union thug, a rigged judiciary, a rigged media. The Democrat Party has thrown everything they've got at Scott Walker, and he has beat them back without one syllable of complaint,...
  • McCumber column: Walker delivers on campaign promises.

    07/19/2014 11:46:30 AM PDT · by gorush · 8 replies
    2014 ^ | July 19, 2014 | Tim McCumber
    The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and have been tracking Gov. Scott Walker’s election campaign promises through an online feature they call the “Walk-O-Meter” and can be found online at There you will find that Walker has kept an overwhelming amount of his campaign promises out of the 65 they are tracking.
  • The Latest Allegations in Wisconsin Are Much Ado About Nothing

    06/20/2014 5:35:46 PM PDT · by iowamark · 11 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 6/19/2014 | Hans von Spakovsky
    Today’s revelations about local prosecutors’ claims that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker “was at the center of an effort to illegally coordinate fundraising among conservative groups” in a “criminal scheme” are much ado about nothing. Why? Because federal district court Judge Rudolph Randa already enjoined the prosecutors’ investigation, saying they were trying to criminalize the political speech of the governor and conservative organizations in violation of the First Amendment. In fact, Judge Randa called the prosecutors’ appeal of his injunction order “frivolous.” Despite the excitement by some over the fact that amongst the documents unsealed today by a federal judge is...
  • Scott Walker: Accusation a Result of Big Government Interests

    06/20/2014 11:52:53 AM PDT · by rktman · 4 replies ^ | 6/20/2014 | Wanda Carruthers
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker criticized the accusation he illegally coordinated fundraising with conservative groups during an appearance on Fox News. "We tried to take the government away from the big government special interest and put it firmly in the hands of the hard working taxpayers, both at the state level and the local governments," Walker, a Republican and potential 2016 presidential candidate, told "Fox & Friends" on Friday.
  • A Basic Primer On The Scott Walker Case For Ignorant Reporters

    06/20/2014 8:28:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 06/20/2014 | By Gabriel Malor
    IÂ’m going to tell you a true story, and then tell you how the news media is covering it. This is a true story: in 2012, Democratic district attorneys in Wisconsin launched a secret probe known as a John Doe investigation with the goal of proving that conservative groups illegally coordinated activities during Gov. Scott WalkerÂ’s recall election. They issued more than 100 subpoenas, demanded the private information of conservatives and conservative groups, and actually conducted secret raids. And under state law, individuals who were targeted or witness to the investigation were forbidden from making knowledge of it public. Fortunately,...
  • The Latest Scott Walker Smear, Debunked

    06/20/2014 3:23:45 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 33 replies
    Powerline ^ | 6-19-14 | John Hinderaker
    Democrats are giddy over the unsealing of “secret” documents that charge Scott Walker’s recall campaign with illegal coordination with outside conservative groups. To name just a few: USA Today: “Prosecutors: Wis. Gov. Scott Walker in criminal scheme.” Associated Press: “Prosecutors: Gov. Walker part of criminal scheme.” Washington Post: “How the State of Wisconsin alleges Scott Walker aides violated the law, in 1 chart.” If you didn’t know better, you might think this is a big story, highly damaging to one of America’s most successful governors. In fact, the current frenzy merely demonstrates the laziness and bias of reporters who don’t...
  • Walker’s in, the left fires first, and the War for Wisconsin is on

    04/16/2014 8:00:32 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 72 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 4-16-14 | M. D. Kittle
    Literally minutes after Gov. Scott Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch officially announced their re-election campaign Tuesday, a Hillary Clinton front group rolled out its attack machine against the Republican governor and potential 2016 presidential hopeful. American Bridge, backed by big-money liberal donor George Soros, “welcomed” Walker and his “failed job creation promise to the Wisconsin governor’s race.” The liberal “research and communications organization committed to holding Republicans accountable for their words” by employing liberal spin, made its first sortie an all-out assault on Walker’s jobs record, criticizing the governor’s failure to date to hit his ambitious pledge that the...
  • Poll: Scott Walker approval hits 59 percent, leads Democratic opponent by 16 points

    04/12/2014 10:57:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/12/2014 | Guy Benson
    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has had a good run lately. He signed a major tax relief package into law, his controversial budget reforms have put the state back in the black, and his opponent has been torched for telling some high-profile fibs. A new poll from Wisconsin Public Radio suggests that voters are appreciative of the governor’s accomplishments. Walker leads Democrat Mary Burke by 16 points in the survey (56/40), with Walker’s approval rating soaring to just shy of 60 percent — an all-time high in the series. (President Obama’s job approval is underwater at 48/50 in the poll). Walker’s...
  • WI Appeals Court Finds in Favor of the MacIver Institute (Erpenbach, D, WI Smackdown!)

    04/09/2014 7:04:29 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 15 replies
    MacIver Institute ^ | April 9, 2014 | Nick Novak
    "Today is a win for transparency in government and the taxpayers of Wisconsin. The Court of Appeals has agreed with the MacIver Institute that Sen. Erpenbach cannot carve out a special exemption to the open records law for whomever he chooses or try to hide public information when he works for Wisconsin taxpayers," Brett Healy, President of the MacIver Institute said. "Government employees and their unions should not be given a cloak of anonymity to hide their attempts to influence the legislative process. Today's decision requires them to play by the same rules as everyone else." The Court of Appeals...
  • Limbaugh Says ‘Democrats Are Living in Mortal Fear’ of the Day This ‘Huge’ Story Is Widely Reported

    03/22/2014 10:59:43 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 26 replies
    The Blaze ^ | March 20, 2014 | Jason Howerton
    Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh on Wednesday took a shot at the mainstream media and even some conservative outlets for underreporting on the success of Gov. Scott Walker (R) in Wisconsin. Limbaugh cited an Associated Press report run Wednesday on page A14 of the New York Times about the Wisconsin Assembly passing Walker’s $504 million tax-cut plan. As previously reported by TheBlaze, Walker intends to use part of Wisconsin’s projected $977 million surplus to pay for property and income tax cuts.
  • The Democrats Are Apparently Terrified of Scott Walker

    02/26/2014 7:51:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 02/26/2014 | Stephen Kruiser
    Good to know. Last week, over 27,000 pages of private e-mails from one of Wisconsin governor Scott Walker’s convicted ex-staffers were released. As soon as the document dump hit the Web, Democrats began climbing over themselves to prove that the e-mails showed that during his time as Milwaukee county executive in 2010, Walker was part of a grand criminal conspiracy — despite the fact that prosecutors had the e-mails for nearly three years and found Walker had engaged in no criminal wrongdoing. This is a lot like what happened with Sarah Palin a while back. Democrats think that a...
  • Left ready to take down Scott Walker over an old investigation that’s already been closed

    02/20/2014 5:25:42 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    H ^ | 02/20/2014 | AllahPundit
    With Christie pretty well neutralized, it’s time to turn to the GOP’s other successful blue-state governor and try to cripple him before 2016 too. Might as well have it on your radar now as you’ll be hearing about it sporadically, even though nothing will come of it. The scandal this time is the fact that, back when Walker was Milwaukee County Executive and running for governor, some of his county staff communicated with his campaign staff during county office hours, while on the taxpayer’s dime. It got to the point where a separate wireless router was installed in the county...
  • How Scott Walker and the conservatives saved Wisconsin. America, take note

    01/28/2014 9:16:03 AM PST · by Dqban22 · 28 replies
    The Telegraph U.K. ^ | 1/28/2014 | Cortney O' Brien
    How Scott Walker and the conservatives saved Wisconsin. America, take note The Telegraph Has High Praise for Scott Walker Cortney O'Brien 1/28/2014 A certain Republican governor is getting some high praise across the pond. Dr. Tim Stanley, a historian for the United States and contributor to Britain’s The Daily Telegraph published a piece Monday entitled, “How Scott Walker and the conservatives saved Wisconsin. America, take note,” commending the governor of Wisconsin for employing a conservative agenda “that actually works”: The fact is that Wisconsin's recovery is real but fragile, and Walker has balanced the books without trying to impose on...
  • Give the surplus back to Wisconsin taxpayers (Scott Walker)

    01/27/2014 2:53:15 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 13 replies ^ | Scott Walker
    The state of our state is strong and improving every day. The economy is dramatically better, and our finances are in great shape. Still, there is more work to be done. Thankfully, the days of double-digit tax increases, billion-dollar deficits and major job loss are gone. We replaced them with massive tax cuts, growing budget surpluses and significant job growth. Wisconsin is going back to work. We have some really great news about the economy and our fiscal situation. The nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau recently verified that the state will have $911 million more than previously projected. These new revenues...
  • Scott Walker touts improvements in state's finances in annual address

    01/25/2014 7:32:54 PM PST · by gooblah · 9 replies ^ | January 23, 2014 | Mary Spicuzza and Matthew Defour
    Gov. Scott Walker used his election-year State of the State address Wednesday to rally support for his plans to use the majority of Wisconsin’s $912 million in unexpected revenue for tax cuts. Read more:
  • Governor Walker's Wisconsin Earthquake of Conservatism Goes Ignored by Media, GOP

    01/25/2014 5:40:36 AM PST · by T Ruth · 16 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | January 24, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: I need to illustrate a point. Yesterday there was really profound, great news out of the state of Wisconsin. In my mind, earth-shattering news. In my mind, it's the kind of news that should have caused a political earthquake, and probably did. It's just that nobody reacted to it. Here you have one of the bluest of blue states. You have a Republican governor, a conservative Reaganesque governor who was targeted twice for removal. They did everything they could to gin up hate, anger, tried to destroy his reputation, his career, and his life. He hung in there. The...
  • Governor Walker's Wisconsin Earthquake of Conservatism Goes Ignored by Media, GOP

    01/24/2014 12:11:21 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Rush ^ | January 24, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I need to illustrate a point. Yesterday there was really profound, great news out of the state of Wisconsin. In my mind, earth-shattering news. In my mind, it's the kind of news that should have caused a political earthquake, and probably did. It's just that nobody reacted to it. Here you have one of the bluest of blue states. You have a Republican governor, a conservative Reaganesque governor who was targeted twice for removal. They did everything they could to gin up hate, anger, tried to destroy his reputation, his career, and his life. He hung in...
  • Scott Walker Stood Firm and Proved Conservatism Works -- in a Liberal State

    01/23/2014 6:46:24 PM PST · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Rush ^ | January 23, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Does the name Scott Walker mean anything to you? You know him well. Scott Walker is the Republican, conservative governor of the state of Wisconsin. He has survived numerous efforts by the left, by the Regime, and by union buddies to destroy him, to take him out of office, to recall him from office (twice) to ruin his reputation. He has survived it all, and he has survived it not afraid. He has not been compromised in surviving this. He did not become one of them in order to survive. He remained who he was. He remained...
  • [Wisconsin Gov Scott] Walker 2, Unions 0

    12/20/2013 12:17:24 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 20, 2013 | J.R. Dunn
    It seems that the unions had good reason to fear Scott Walker. In news that is unlikely to receive wide play in the legacy media, it appears that a number of Wisconsin unions failed to achieve recertification as a result of year-end member votes. The recertification votes were a consequence of Act 10, the epoch-making collective-bargain reforms pushed through by Walker in the face of mass demonstrations, vandalism, death threats, and all but open rebellion by unions in 2011. One of act's provisions was that public-sector unions must be annually recertified by a positive vote of at least half their...
  • What Wisconsin Democrats Are Really Like

    10/29/2013 9:27:56 AM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 10/29/2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Liberals think they hold the moral high ground.Here’s their moral high ground: Death threats against the Wisconsin Governor, wife and children from Democrats.Liberals would have us believe that only pro-lifers and tea-partyers engage in this kind of thuggery.I want everyone to know what Wisconsin Democrats are really like.  This an act of civic duty.  This is a public service announcement.They don’t get a pass on this.  This is too disgusting.  In their blind self-righteousness they threatened his children.The Democrat Party in Wisconsin and big labor leadership need to denounce these tactics formally, openly, publicly.From The Blaze: READ THE CHILLING NOTE...
  • Not so fast: Federal workers in Wisconsin must repay unemployment benefits

    10/24/2013 7:03:48 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 10-24-13 | Adam Tobias
    MADISON — Federal employees in Wisconsin apparently cannot have their cake and eat it, too. What could be more than 2,000 furloughed workers who received back pay related to the 16-day partial government shutdown will have to reimburse any unemployment benefits that were applied for or collected during that time, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development spokesman John Dipko said. That total could be in excess of $245,000. According to Dipko, nearly 2,070 federal employees in the Badger State filed claims for unemployment between Sept. 30 and Oct. 12. The number of claims made last week were not available at the...
  • Troubled Public Schools: What Wisconsin's Labor Reform Can Tell Us

    10/20/2013 11:15:19 AM PDT · by VPARP · 10 replies ^ | 10-20-13 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    The Kenosha, Wis.School District teachers' union was decertified September 12. Depending which people you believe, it was either decertified by a vote of the teachers or it was decertified because the union did not follow procedures and request a recertification vote as required by Wisconsin's labor reform law, popularly known as Act 10.
  • Tax return: WI Senate passes $100 million property tax cut

    10/16/2013 7:12:01 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 18 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 10-16-13 | Ryan Ekvall
    MADISON – After more than an hour of political ping pong Tuesday, with the taxpayer playing the familiar role of ball, most Senate Democrats agreed with Republicans that a $100 million property tax cut was too good a deal to pass up. Or, perhaps, political suicide to turn it down. Last week, Democrats gave Gov. Scott Walker and legislative Republicans an earful after Walker called a special session to pass a $100 million property tax cut last week. Mike Tate, chairman of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, called the tax cut a “gimmick.” Sen. President Mike Ellis, R-Neenah, excoriated senate...
  • Now that’s better: WI ends fiscal year with $760 million surplus

    10/15/2013 9:53:31 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 21 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 10-15-13 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON – Better than expected. That’s been the story of state revenue and surplus in Wisconsin over the past year and a half. An improving economy has pushed the state’s surplus up to $759.2 million, according to the Wisconsin Department of Administration State Controller’s Office’s Annual Fiscal Report released Monday. That’s up nearly $90 million from the last budget estimate earlier this year, and an increase of $274.5 million higher than the $484.7 million projected in the Legislative Fiscal Bureau’s 2013 re-estimates in January. Word of the better-than expected balance, which doesn’t take into account the hundreds of millions of...
  • When Mettle Meets the Toads

    10/06/2013 6:34:00 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 14 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 10-5-13 | Clarice Feldman
    Two battles were joined this week, one on Capital Hill and another at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (the symbolic core of which is known as Bascom Hill). In both cases, free men who refused to be cowed struck back at overreaching tyrants. (a) The Battle of Capitol Hill As the Republicans and Democrats squared off on spending, World War II and Korean War vets were making their way to Washington, D.C. on Honor Flights, a charitable program to bring these folks to see the memorials to service members who fought... ~snip~ On hearing that the Obama administration intended to block...
  • Madison elementary art teacher posts students’ anti-Walker cartoons

    09/21/2013 2:10:19 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 9-20-13 | Ryan Ekvall
    MADISON — Some kindergartners, first-graders and second-graders in Madison public schools are apparently preparing for futures in either political cartooning or time on a psychiatrist’s couch. Kati Walsh, an elementary art teacher at the Madison Metropolitan School District in July posted some of her students’ drawings of Gov. Scott Walker in jail. Walsh suggests her young Rembrandts’ ideas for their sketches popped up out of thin air. “One student said something to the effect of ‘Scott Walker wants to close all the public schools’… So the rest of the class started drawing their own cartoons and they turned very political....
  • Madison elementary art teacher posts students’ anti-Walker cartoons

    09/20/2013 11:33:15 AM PDT · by Sopater · 27 replies
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | September 20, 2013 | M.D. Kittle
    MADISON — Some kindergartners, first-graders and second-graders in Madison public schools are apparently preparing for futures in either political cartooning or time on a psychiatrist’s couch. Kati Walsh, an elementary art teacher at the Madison Metropolitan School District in July posted some of her students’ drawings of Gov. Scott Walker in jail. Walsh suggests her young Rembrandts’ ideas for their sketches popped up out of thin air. “One student said something to the effect of ‘Scott Walker wants to close all the public schools’… So the rest of the class started drawing their own cartoons and they turned very political....
  • Wisconsin teachers union decertified in latest blow to labor under Walker law

    09/15/2013 1:29:34 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 21 replies
    FOX News ^ | September 15, 2013 | By Barnini Chakraborty
    Teachers from one of Wisconsin’s largest unions have jumped ship -- voting overwhelmingly to abandon the group in the latest in a string of setbacks for the struggling labor movement following Gov. Scott Walker’s union overhaul two years ago. The decision this week to disband by members of the Kenosha Education Association came after the organization was stripped of its certification and told it had lost its power to bargain for base wages with the district. The group was decertified after missing a key deadline in the annual reapplication process. When the group might actually disband was not clear and...
  • Well THAT didn’t take long; a Federal Judge puts Wisconsin Democrat hack judge in his place

    09/15/2013 9:09:57 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 12 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/15/13 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    The party is over, all their bluster ultimately meant nothing; and that’s as it should be. It took almost exactly a year to the day, but the party is over for our greedy union thug enemies in Wisconsin. Just last September 14, the gang at the Dailykos oh so gleefully reported that a Democrat hack judge in Madison had ruled the state’s law effectively ending, “.. collective bargaining rights for most public workers” was not constitutional and could not be enforced. Unions, Dane County Circuit Court Judge Juan Colas ruled, could go on eating their way to the bottom of...
  • Wisconsin’s Third-Largest Teachers’ Union Decertified

    09/13/2013 9:55:54 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 37 replies
    September 13, 2013 11:57 AM Wisconsin's Third-Largest Teachers' Union Decertified By Andrew Johnson Pro-union teachers in the Kenosha Unified School District in Wisconsin failed to reach the 50 percent threshold necessary to reauthorize its union. Only 37 percent of educators voted to reauthorize what was the state’s third-largest union with 2,400 members last month. The vote is a result of public-employee union reforms signed by Governor Scott Walker in 2011, which triggered a recall election, in which he eventually prevailed in 2012. The Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill required public unions to hold an annual recertification vote. The union no longer...
  • UPDATE: Wisconsin's Third Largest Teachers Union Decertified on August 31st

    09/12/2013 6:17:01 PM PDT · by bigbob · 21 replies
    MacIver Institute | 9-12-13 | MacIver News Service
    The Kenosha Education Association (KEA), the state's third largest teachers union, was officially decertified on August 31, 2013 according to the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission. Mark Belling, who broke this story on Thursday, said that the decertification came after a recent vote by members in which only 37 percent voted to reauthorize the union. KEA is the largest teachers union to disband since Act 10 was signed into law in 2011. The union had 2,400 members according to their website. Act 10 limited collective bargaining rights for public employees and required public unions to have an annual vote to recertify....
  • Federal judge: Wisconsin union changes constitutional

    09/11/2013 1:22:35 PM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    A federal judge has ruled Republican Gov. Scott Walker's controversial law stripping most public workers of nearly all their union rights is constitutional. U.S. District Judge William Conley's decision Wednesday comes in a lawsuit Madison and Dane County workers filed in July 2011 alleging the law violated their constitutional right to freely assemble and equal protection because it imposes wage limits on union employees but none on non-union workers.
  • Fun reading; Wisconsin teachers’ unions in full collapse since tangling with Scott Walker

    07/24/2013 6:46:09 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 26 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 7/24/13 | Derrick Hollenbeck
    Remember all those dire predictions about the damage Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s public employee union contract reforms would do? Remember the angst of Wisconsin’ teachers and other “vital workers” over what they saw as the end of the line for their cushy jobs and control over their state? Well they were right to be worried. They are getting crushed and put out of existence. Now that two years have passed and the dust has settled, it’s safe to say the union protestors who filled the legislative offices and camped out in Wisconsin’s state capital were actually optimistic. The results of...
  • Good news from Wisconsin: AFSCME is melting like the Wicked Witch of the West

    04/12/2013 8:48:38 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 4 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/12/13 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    There is some very good news from Wisconsin. Republican Governor Scott Walker is winning his war with the state’s public employee unions. When Walker stepped into the political ring to battle his state’s powerful government workers’ unions no one gave him much chance of surviving, let alone winning. Walker’s efforts have been startling. He has succeeded beyond what anyone could have foreseen. Wisconsin’s American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 40 has seen its members steadily jump over its plantation walls since Walker...
  • Wisconsin union membership plunging as workers exercise new rights

    04/11/2013 6:16:20 AM PDT · by grundle · 24 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 9, 2013 | Sean Higgins
    Two years after the protracted, bitter battle that pitted Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker against the state's public-sector unions and their allies, one thing is clear: Those unions are now shrinking rapidly. The Badger State battle was over a law called Act 10 that reined in most state and local government employee unions, primarily by the ending the automatic deduction of union dues from workers' paychecks. Before Walker's reforms, it didn't matter if, say, a city hall clerk or a public school teacher wanted to support a union or not. They had to pay if they wanted to keep their...
  • Wisconsin public sector unions report drastic membership declines

    04/08/2013 9:16:26 AM PDT · by Gorilla44 · 34 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 5, 2013 | Sean Higgins
    More than two years after Scott Walker’s showdown with organized labor in Wisconsin, the official numbers for the state’s public sector union membership are in — and they are down. Way down. According a Labor Department filing made last week, membership at Wisconsin’s American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 40 — one of AFSCME’s four branches in the state — has gone from the 31,730 it reported in 2011, to 29,777 in 2012, to just 20,488 now. That’s a drop of more than 11,000 — about a third — in just two years. The council represents city...
  • A Wisconsin Judicial Race With National Implications (conservatie win)

    04/04/2013 5:31:33 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 26 replies ^ | 4/3/13 | Walter Olson
    Unions and other opponents tried almost everything in their efforts to derail Act 10, Gov. Scott Walker’s package of public-sector labor-law reforms in Wisconsin. They fought vainly in the Wisconsin legislature, in the courts, and in public discussion. They staged tumultuous, disruptive Occupy-style demonstrations and sit-ins in Madison. Most formidable of all, they even changed their Facebook and Twitter avatars to little clenched fists in the shape of the state of Wisconsin. All to no avail. On Tuesday they lost what will probably turn out to be their last chance, in the form of a race for a seat on...