Via La Crosse Tribune.
HAND-CURATED POSTS FROM THE WISCONSIN BLOGOSPHERE (AND SOMETIMES POINTS BEYOND)
States that tried the same thing found two very interesting results:
1. Poor people didn’t take drugs. In fact, the number of people who turned up positive was less than the general public that included the sector that wanted the stupid law.
2. They got sued in Federal Court and lost.
A “slow-rolling stop” is, you know, not a stop. I’m sure there are cases of red light cameras snagging people who shouldn’t be snagged but by your own damn admission this isn’t one of them.
With tens of thousands of absentee ballot voters potentially deprived of their vote;
With handfuls of elections officials scrambling to determine a course of action on how to implement the new ID law;
And with an uncountable number of citizens lacking the proper paperwork, adequate time, or documents in their hands needed to enter the voting booth
Even my conservative friend in Milwaukee was stunned by Walker’s decision to run something so inviting to his opponents. He by the way thinks Burke’s “Reagan” ad was a powerful statement. Take it away Mary Burke.
If Walker is re-elected, the payoffs to his campaign funders will come as part of another ‘budget-repair’ bill – – this time fixing the hole he’s dug by refusing federal Medicaid funding and also trimming revenues with tax cuts.
Expect to see the beginning of the state property fire sale for which he already has legislative approval.
Competitive, public bidding is not required – – only rubber stamping by office-holders and processes he controls, including hand-picked water-carriers at the state Department of Administration and Legislative budget lackeys like Alberta Darling installed to grease the skids at the Joint Committee on Finance who are there to implement his extremist agenda.
All the talk about how sophisticated these administrators at the university are, how successful and trend-setting they are, but the truth comes as critical news and a downmarket image.
These few seem to want a positive image even over actual achievement, but they just can’t see what that truly requires. People beyond the city just won’t accept at face value declarations of stupendous successes and gargantuan greatness.
Via Wisconsin Public Radio’s Central Time.
In affirming dismissal of Kienitz’s suit, the court found the t-shirt made fair use of Kienitz’s photo of the mayor.
Judge Frank Easterbrook starts his seven-page opinion with this gem:
While a student at the University of Wisconsin in 1969, Paul Soglin attended the first Mifflin Street Block Party, whose theme (according to Soglin) was “taking a sharp stick and poking it in the eye of authority.” Now in his seventh term as Mayor of Madison, Wisconsin, Soglin does not appreciate being on the pointy end.
Boy, Republican Racine County Sheriff, Christopher Schmaling sure is taking his time investigating the voter fraud complaint against GOP sweetheart and fake recall candidate for Van Wanggaard, Tamra Varebrook.
In the meantime, Varebrook got herself a new job: as a Racine County dispatch operator.
Congrats! All the Sheriff’s investigators have to do is walk down the hall to ask her a few pertinent questions. How hard could that be? It’s in the same goddamn building!
Yesterday was Chuck Todd’s second time as host. Last week, his first time, the show was heavily larded with an interview with Barack Obama. That means yesterday’s show was the first example of a normal show. Are they ashamed of it? They’ve put video up, including neatly captioned segments, like “James Baker: We Need People on Ground in Mideast.” (“People,” is that what we’re calling “boots” now?) The preference for lots of little videos, with writing only in the form of captions that very briefly paraphrase what some guest supposedly said, makes me suspicious. I want to see the specific quotes, and I want to pick them apart.
The white lab coats at the Blaska Policy Research Werkes jump-started Old Sparky, the Eisenhower-era mainframe computer, to assign Blaska-Bold-ometer points on an exclamation-point scale of ! to !!!!! (listed in parentheses) to each of Walker’s 11 pledges:
1. Cut property taxes so the levy on a typical home in 2018 is lower than it was in 2010. (!!!)
2. Reduce income taxes so they are lower in 2018 than they are today. (!!)
3. Provide tax relief for manufacturing and agriculture. (!)
4. Fight Obamacare, which is raising health insurance premiums for many in Wisconsin. (!)
5. Expand worker-training investments. (!)
6. Freeze technical college tuition and continue the UW System tuition freeze. (!!)
7. Establish accountability measures for all schools receiving public funding. (!!!)
8. Establish high standards for students at the local and state level as an alternative to measures set by people outside of Wisconsin. (!!)
9. Put common-sense limits on the time able-bodied, working-age childless adults can be on public assistance. (!!!!!)
10. Require drug testing for those requesting unemployment and able-bodied, working-age adults requesting food stamps from the state. (!!!!!)
11. Require working-age childless adults receiving food stamps or unemployment benefits to participate in employment training or part-time work. (!!!!!)
* The latest example. An order from the Wisconsin Public Service Commission – – with a 2-1 right wing majority appointed by Wrong-Way Walker – – micro-managing how many miles of new pipe the City of Milwaukee must replace annually.