Racine County Sheriff Schmaling Not Collecting Required Data

“Those that are sworn to uphold the law for everyone should not have the right to cherry-pick the laws they want to enforce,” [local NAACP President Gloria] Rogers said in a press release Friday.

Via NAACP upset Sheriff Schmaling not collecting race data.

EarlierPolice in Wisconsin Must Record Race Data.

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Utter loser in Waukesha calls Pres. Obama a n—-r

Waukesha — A Milwaukee businessman uttered a racial slur to describe President Barack Obama during a news conference Wednesday in Waukesha City Hall that was organized by Wisconsin business leaders as part of a national call for immigration reform.”Im not seeing anybody doing anything,” said Dagoberto Ibarra, who ran for alderman in Milwaukees 8th District in 2004. “This is the most useless Congress in the last eight years, because a N-word is in charge.”

Via Milwaukee-area developer utters racial slur against Barack Obama @ JSOnline.

Only Alabama’s cut more per pupil

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities looked at state dollars spent per student. Wisconsin students receive $1,038 less per pupil in the 2013-14 school year than when the recession hit in 2008. North Dakota, which topped the list in new dollars per child, posted a $1,116 increase since 2008. Changes in spending were adjusted for inflation.

Via Wisconsin Leading the Way in State Cuts to Schools? @ Uppity Wisconsin.

‘The Mother of All Garage Sales’

Via WI DNR To Sell 10,000 Acres – - Nice Round Number – - Of Our Land @ The Political Environment.

Cleveland was a bad GOP pick

Via PR Blunder: GOP Guarantees 2016 Attention To Ohio Vote Suppression Schemes @ The Political Environment

2-1 raised, 3-1 cash on hand

Via Scott Walker far outraises Mary Burke in governor’s race @ SJ On Politics Blog

Accused killer stalked women while he was a West Allis police officer


The former West Allis police officer who police say killed two women and hid their bodies in suitcases was accused of stalking and harassment by at least half a dozen women while he was on the force from 1993 to 2001, according to personnel records released Wednesday.

Via Ex-officer in suitcases bodies case stalked women for years @ JSOnline.

Almost normal again

Court records show foreclosure filings in Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha counties totaled 2,857 in the first six months of 2014, the lowest level for a half-year span since 2,820 were recorded in 2006. Filings peaked in the seven-county region at 6,292 during 2009.

Via Foreclosures recede to pre-crisis level for first time @ JS Watchdog Report

Government hides from its own constituents at corporate request

Milton’s Plan Commission and the DOT – government entities – approved a plan about businesses the identities of which are a secret from the very public that these government bodies are by law required to serve


Via Shhh….Milton’s City Planning is a Big Secret @ FREE WHITEWATER

No benefit

The deal, touted in 2006 as sure to attract at least 2,400 new jobs with the pharmaceutical giant, has yielded no jobs with the company, which has not developed a site the grant helped assemble.

Via HUD: State must repay $12.3 million Burke helped award @ JSOnline.

Walker Admin refuses to disclose value of property state wants to sell, as law requires

Huebsch has never answered why he believes he can get around the state law requiring him to provide the property values. Department of Administration spokeswoman Stephanie Marquis had no immediate comment on Wednesday.

Via Dems seek values of property state is considering selling @ JS All Politics Blog.


Via Walker’s now seeing Veterans Trust Fund Deficit looming ahead! @ Democurmudgeon

Walking to the edge

When it comes to the governor, however, what’s disturbing is Walker’s history of walking on the edge of campaign laws and ethics throughout his career. This history goes way back to his run for student body president at Marquette University — he and his campaign workers were accused of shady campaigning even then.

Going back to his days as Milwaukee County executive, another John Doe probe found that his office illegally campaigned for him on taxpayer time. Not only that, a secret email system had been set up to avoid open records scrutiny. Six of Walker’s staff members or associates were charged and convicted of breaking laws.

Via If Scott Walker’s innocent, why the razzle dazzle? @ CT Plain Talk Blog.

John Doe takes a toll

The fact that the John Doe investigation is being kept in the news – along with Walker’s dismal record on job creation and high level of corruption and cronyism – must be playing hell with his poll numbers, judging by the fact that he is launching attack ads this early into the campaign. That is not the behavior of an incumbent that is expecting to win reelection.

Via Walkergate: More Documents To Be Released @ Cognitive Dissidence.

Apparently a divide in the Walker family between mother and son

….Phil Robertson who compared homosexuality to bestiality when he said, “Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men. Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers — they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.” Pretty awful stuff, and despite the furor his comments created Phil Robertson has stood by his remarks.

Via First lady Tonette Walker to attend fundraiser with anti-gay bigot Phil Richardson @ Blogging Blue.

Mary Burke’s Working for You

Powerline claims a victim

Via Young Eagle From This Year’s Nest Electrocuted In Decorah, Iowa @  CAFFEINATED POLITICS.

All this way

“Why can’t a legislator press for legislation that benefits a person who has contributed to their campaign?” Schimel’s email continued. “Isn’t that the essence of representative government?”

One Wisconsin Now called Schimel’s response, which it received in January and made public in June (after the race for AG was in full swing), “shocking and disappointing.” Schimel’s remarks were also blasted by the three Democrats vying in the Aug. 12 primary for the right to be his opponent this fall….

But beyond the spin, it isn’t clear that Schimel and his Democratic rivals are all that far apart.

Via More heat than light in AG race flap @ WisconsinWatch.org.

Camden, NJ, with a murder rate 16x above the national average

Via Little League Baseball in America’s most dangerous city @ JS A Word with You Blog.


Via Parker signs four-year, $22.3 million rookie contract @ JS Bucks Blog.

High-scoring, bad-outcome game

Via Game blog: Brewers lose to Phillies, 9-7 @ JS Brewers Blog

Time to End the ATF

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives would be eliminated under a bill in the works from U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.).

Citing ATF’s recent operational failures and its overlap with other federal law enforcement, Sensenbrenner is preparing a bill to dissolve the agency and have existing agencies in the U.S. Justice Department take on its duties.

“By absorbing the ATF into existing law enforcement entities, we can preserve the areas where the ATF adds value for substantially less taxpayer money,” Sensenbrenner said. “While searching for its mission, the ATF has been plagued by decades of high-profile blunders….We cannot afford to ignore clear changes that will greatly enhance the government’s efficiency.”

A new General Accountability Office report on the ATF released Wednesday found an agency trying to redefine itself while struggling with high personnel turnover and problems tracking its own criminal investigations.

Via Bill by Jim Sensenbrenner would dissolve federal ATF agency @ JS Watchdog Update.

Some combination…


Via Daily Adams.

A Summer of Super Moons


Militarized policing sweeps across Wisconsin

According to records from the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs, thousands of items ranging from armored vehicles and fast boats to sophisticated imaging systems and fully automatic weapons have been transferred from the military to local police and sheriff’s departments.

Because of Wisconsin’s open records law, Media Trackers reviewed a DMA spreadsheet that listed all so-called 1033 transfers from the U.S. Department of Defense to state and local law enforcement. Over 160 individual agencies and departments obtained free equipment or weapons through the program between July 2004 and May 2014.

Via War Machines, Weapons Flood WI Law Enforcement @ MediaTrackers.

WIsconsin’s politicized AG race

In the current four-person race for Attorney General of Wisconsin there have been some disturbing suggestions that candidates for that office may opt in or out of cases based on what they consider the virtue of the laws on which the cases are based.

Via The third estate @  Fighting Bob.

Looking back, decades later

It is hard to believe that three civil rights workers — Andrew Goodman, James Chaney and Michael Schwerner — were killed five decades ago. In Mississippi to help register black voters as part of Freedom Summer, they were stopped outside Philadelphia and killed by the Ku Klux Klan. Their bodies were later found covered with Mississippi mud.

Via Freedom slumber @ GarveyBlog

Four percent of all public schools

Via Congressional report highlights year-round schools @ JS School Zone

More than co-mingling of funds

Via Milwaukee lawyer reprimanded for relationship with client he later married @ JS Proof and Hearsay Blog

WIsconsin Institute for Law and Liberty sends a bill

Via Tally for Sen. Ron Johnson’s Obamacare lawsuit at $40,000 so far @ JS All Politics Blog.

The secret meetings on the civil service system

The fact that Walker administration officials felt the need to have secret meetings to discuss changes to Wisconsin’s civil service laws – and then felt compelled to lie about those secret meetings – doesn’t bode well for the kinds of changes they want to make. After all, given how virulently anti-worker (not to mention prone to patronage) the Walker administration has proven to be, there can’t be any positives to come from changing Wisconsin’s civil service laws.

Via Walker administration moves to change civil service laws @ Blogging Blue.

Blaming the victims

Via Just like a good neighbor … crime is your fault for not mingling @ Blaska’s Bring It!

Learning the foul truth about Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations

‘Thanks to James Wysocki’s dishonest half-truths, I have been afforded the opportunity to learn about the horrors of CAFOs, and the damage they do to the environment.’

Via Retired Wisconsin Resident Blasts Nightmare CAFO Factory Farm @ MAL Contends . . .