Weekly World News Claims Senate Democrats Hiding in Illinois Brothel

It’s lamentable that the print edition of WWN went under; publication is now online only.

WWN’s crack investigative team located the fourteen Wisconsin democratic Senators – all male.  They are hiding out at the Wild Horse Brothel in Springfield – which was just created by the Illinois Democratic Party to help the Wisconsin politicians deal with their time away from their families.

It’s not a big story until Bat Boy shows up. 
Via Weekly World News.
Hat tip Wigderson Library & Pub.

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Walker Admin Unresponsive on WEDC Question

The State Journal asked the Walker and Burke campaigns to explain in detail what kind of policy WEDC should adopt to ensure taxpayers aren’t subsidizing outsourcing.

Burke spokesman Joe Zepecki referred to Burke’s statement earlier this month: “As governor, I will insist that every WEDC award protects against the outsourcing of Wisconsin jobs and companies that don’t live up to their end of the deal give back every tax dollar they received.”

Walker spokeswoman Alleigh Marre responded with a statement that did not address the question, but instead criticized Burke.

“Burke’s own jobs plan calls for bringing outsourced jobs back to Wisconsin, but when asked how she could do this with her family’s company, Burke can’t articulate how it would be done,” Marre said.

Via At least 25 companies have outsourced and received state funding award since 2005  @ State Journal.

Owned from Cincinnati

“We are the biggest stick in the state, which seems kind of dad-like,” he said.

Via Sykes calls Journal employees ‘children of divorce’; broadcast ‘going with dad’ @ JS The Dudek Abides.

Not enough (or too much)

Via Game blog: Brewers lose slugfest to Cards, 9-7 @  JS Brewers Blog.

Commitment after ACL injury

“These things happen,” Abbrederis said to reporters late Saturday night. “You just have to look to the positives, try to find positives. I’m just ready to get to work, get surgery, get it fixed it up and get ready for next year.”

Via Jared Abbrederis: ‘I will come back stronger’ @ JS Packers Blog.

Sunday Animation: The Terrible Thing of Alpha-9!

The Terrible Thing of Alpha-9! from jake armstrong on Vimeo.



A source told the Journal Sentinel that the diagnosis of the team’s medical staff early Friday morning was that Abbrederis had suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

The team was awaiting results of more tests to confirm their original finding.

The Packers made no announcement regarding the injury to Abbrederis, their fifth-round draft choice from Wisconsin.

Via Packers receiver Jared Abbrederis may have torn ACL @ JSOnline.

Milwaukee over St. Louis


Via Game blog: Brewers roll past Cardinals, 7-4 @ JS Brewers Blog.


Grothman, a state senator from Campbellsport, said he was “shocked” that Leibham, a state senator from Sheboygan, reported a $5,000 campaign contribution from the Laborers’ International Union of North America Political Action Committee. On its website the union describes itself as the “most progressive, aggressive and fastest-growing union of construction workers, and one of the most diverse and effective unions representing public service employees.”

Via Grothman blasts Leibham for labor donation @ JS All Politics Blog.

Slips away

The West Allis-West Milwaukee School Board met in closed session Wednesday night to consider the superintendent’s retirement request and related issues. It’s unclear if Wachholz had been planning the retirement, or if was hastened for other reasons.

Via West Allis-West Milwaukee superintendent suddenly retires @ JS School Zone Blog.

AG J.B. Van Hollen Exults

Via WisconsinEye.

Committed for treatment

Via Slender Man stabbing suspect ruled mentally incompetent to stand trial @  620 WTMJ.

Better off without any of it

Let me see if I have this straight. Back in 2010, economic forecasters expected Wisconsin to create on average, 240,000 jobs over the next four years, while CEO’s from that same period said Wisconsin was on the wrong track?

We now know Walker’s wrong-headed reforms had a tremendous adverse effect on the state’s jobs picture – in real time, failure is imminent. It’s really not a projection anymore.

Via If Only Scott Walker Had Done Nothing @ Rock Netroots.

Consequences for MKE County Exec Abele

One might think that Abele, being as anti-worker and anti-union as he is, would be elated at the ruling.  But the fact is that actually puts him in a hole due to 1,200 Milwaukee County employees suddenly becoming eligible for the Rule of 75, where they can retire once their age and years of service add up to 75.  That could cost as much as $60 million, money which he had earmarked for his rich friends for no bid contracts and sweetheart deals on county assets.

Via Chris Abele’s Very Bad, Rotten, No Good Day @ Cognitive Dissidence.

Not so small

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), a big business-funded group that claims to be the “nation’s leading small business association,” has joined the corporate board of the American Legislative Exchange Council, or “ALEC.” It marks perhaps the final step towards the NFIB abandoning any pretense of being a nonpartisan representative of small business owners


Via Koch-Backed Small Business Front Group Added to ALEC Board @ PR Watch.

Speculation, but little information

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said WR Jared Abbrederis missed practice Friday because of a knee injury, but he was not able to provide any specifics on the extent of the injury.

McCarthy became testy when pressed on Abbrederis’ injury and repeated that he had not met with the medical staff and didn’t know whether the injury was serious.

Via McCarthy says he doesn’t know extent of Abbrederis injury @ JS Packers Blog

About those conservative court decisions

The surprise is that it was decided by a 5-2 majority. Justice Patrick Crooks, who usually votes with the liberals, joined the four conservatives. Crooks gratuitously included an ad hominem lecture to the effect that collective bargaining is like chicken soup. But at least he was able to separate his proper judicial function from that reserved to the Legislature.

Via Act 10 and the Supremes: 4-3 it’s partisan; 5-2 it’s bipartisan consensus @ Blaska’s Bring It!

Walker Admin & environment-wrecking CAFOs

Citizens groups in Wood County Wisconsin and the surrounding region oppose concentrated agricultural feeding operations (CAFOs) and aerial liquid manure spraying.

Wood County recently passed a resolution against such manure spraying, as the Scott Walker administration lobbied behind the scenes against this Wisconsin community controlling their own communities.

As the exploding number of CAFOs have received the go-ahead from the Walker administration, CAFOs are finding Wisconsin potato producers willing recipients of liquid cow manure.

Via Potato Growers-CAFOs Back Scott Walker as Mary Burke Remains Mute @ MAL Contends . . .

What’s next?

But I am betting that something does happen that leads the national media to report something akin to “it was hard to get congressional responses to this breaking news as so many of the members are in their home district.”

August has proven to be that type of month.

Via What Will Big Story Be In August? @  CAFFEINATED POLITICS

Killer Bishop gets 10

Burnside was driving to an afternoon church event on April 7, 2013, when he lost control of his vehicle on a highway exit ramp in Sun Prairie and hit Mengelt, who was out for a Sunday training run. Prosecutors allege Burnside fled the scene in his vehicle. Police first spoke with him at a nearby gas station.

A preliminary breath test determined he had a blood alcohol level of 0.128 percent, according to the criminal complaint. The legal limit for driving in Wisconsin is 0.08 percent.

Via Former Lutheran bishop sentenced to 10 years for killing woman while driving drunk @ Madison.com.

Plaintiffs claiming racial discrimination get another chance

“This is not to say that the plaintiffs’ claims are necessarily without merit—in fact, their general
allegations suggest a case with serious potential that should proceed to discovery.”

Stadtmueller cites a long list of flaws in the drafting of the complaint, which he deemed “virtually functionless,” but did so in a way that acts a road map for the plaintiffs to amend their complaint into a form that will survive summary judgment the next time.

Via Judge dismisses former Racine tavern owners’ claims of racism, conspiracy @ JS Proof and Hearsay Blog

Week in Review, July 28 – August 1

Via WisconsinEye.

Madison’s New Police Chief

Via WisconsinEye.

Who’s paying?

Via Liberal group set to spend $256,000 on ads critical of Sheriff David Clarke @  JS No Quarter Blog

Left-handed bat

Via Brewers acquire OF Gerardo Parra from Arizona @ JS Brewers Blog

Friday Catblogging: Mapping a Million Cats

I Know Where Your Cat Lives from Owen Mundy on Vimeo.

Miscreants in Bay View

Via Thieves target ‘little free library,’ Make-A-Wish wishing well in Bay View.

Richards for AG on TV

Via New Richards ad touts endorsements, progressive positions in AG race @ WisPolitics Election Blog.


Via Frac sand news roundup: ‘I don’t care if the trucks are hauling frac sand, frozen pizzas or water. The volume of trucks is just unacceptable’ @  WisconsinWatch.org

Why, yes, the print group is screwed

….it looks more like Scripps walked off with all the pretty-pretty precious stones while the spun-off Journal Sentinel and its attending outlets will be a lot more modest than today. After all, Journal Communications is signing over to Scripps its profitable flotilla of 14 TV and 35 radio stations, including WTMJ-TV, WTMJ-AM (home of right-wing Wisconsin talk radio) and WKTI-FM.

In return, the restructured Journal parent firm will keep the Journal Sentinel, the web services that are part of that news operation and a handful of in-state farm publications and suburban newspapers. The new Journal group will gain control over all remaining Scripps newspapers, the biggest of which is the Memphis Commercial Appeal….

Via Have to ask: Did the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s parent company just sell itself out of debt? @ Uppity Wisconsin.

The Feeling’s Gone, Gone, Gone

In Wisconsin: Trek from WisconsinEDC on Vimeo.

I noted in a blog post that only a few months ago the economic development corporation that Wrong-Way Walker created and chairs was singing Trek’s praises until Walker found a negative way to use the same company to advance his re-election campaign….

Via The Good Old Days Of 2013, When Walker Loved Trek @ The Political Environment.

Newspapers: even worse off than you thought

“They’re doing it to keep the good assets with one company and the secular declining assets with another,” said Craig Huber, independent media analyst at Huber Research Partners.

Via Investors praise Scripps, Journal Communications deal @ JSOnline.

He’ll find a way

Via So Does Cincinnati-Based Scripps Family Need Right Wisconsin, Charlie Sykes? @ The Political Environment.