The decision, by a 5-to-4 vote along ideological lines, was sort of a sequel to Citizens United, the 2010 decision that struck down limits on independent campaign spending by corporations and unions. But that ruling did nothing to disturb the other main form of campaign finance regulation: caps on direct contributions to candidates and political parties.
Via “The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a major campaign finance decision, striking down limits on federal campaign contributions for the first time.” @ Althouse.
Link: McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission.
A Happy Dog
Duncan Lou Who is a boxer puppy born with severely deformed hind legs that had to be surgically removed.
Although he has a wheeled device to help him walk, in the video below he simply runs happily on his two forelegs, recorded doing so with a GoPro Camera.
Via FREE WHITEWATER.
The Wisconsin AFL-CIO, the statewide teachers union Wisconsin Education Association Council and the Madison Teachers Inc. all announced Wednesday they were backing Burke.
Via Democrat Burke scores major union endorsements @ Madison.com.
When working residents can attend to see their representatives in action.
Via Another good idea for County Board: night meetings @ JS Editorial Board.
[Left, Right - citizens united against free speech holding in Citizens United - ed. ]
Via GOP Strongholds in WI Vote to Get Money Out of Politics @ PR Watch.
And as hard it is to believe – - a plan to add a Tundra swan hunting season in Wisconsin is working its way towards likely approval unless hunting lobbies can be restrained at upcoming statewide conservation congress meetings on April 14th.
Via The Magnificent Cranes That Could Be Killed In Wisconsin Skies @ The Political Environment.
Governor Scott Walker made a surprise announcement today, April 1st, that he will not seek re-election. Walker told the stunned members of the capital press corps, all three of them, that he will instead pursue a career as an Indian Casino gaming manager.
[Easily best local post of its kind today - ed.]
Via Walker decides against re-election run @ Wigderson Library & Pub
ATF director B. Todd Jones will testify this week before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on the agency’s botched storefront operations, in Milwaukee and across the country, committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) announced Monday.
Via ATF boss, Todd Jones, to testify before Congress on storefront stings @ JS Dogged Blog
This may be the among the most competitive job searches of the early twenty-first century.
We understand not every student is destined to be a Shakespeare, a T.S. Elliot or a Joseph Pulitzer. But putting a noun, verb and object in the proper order is not rocket science. And asking that the SATs test such knowledge and that it be taught in our classrooms is to demand only the basics in education.
Via Removing Essay Requirement From SAT Misguided @ CAFFEINATED POLITICS.
A top ATF official who oversaw the disastrous “Operation Fast and Furious” took a high-paying private sector job while still collecting his government check.
The move by William McMahon in 2012 “would have clearly constituted fraud,” according to the Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General.
But the OIG throws in this caveat: It was not fraud because McMahon had permission for the arrangement, according to the inspector general report obtained by the Journal Sentinel last week. CNN and Townhall.com first reported on the OIG memo.
Via Top ATF official commits fraud, but with ‘permission’ @ JS Dogged Blog.