How leap year often meant role reversal in marriage proposals

Via Odd Wisconsin @ Wisconsin State Journal.

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Via Poll finds strong public support for repealing state’s marriage amendment @ State Journal.

Now maybe you’ll be able to get a cab in Milwaukee

Via Milwaukee council approves new taxi, ride share rules @ JS Hubbub Blog.

Most opinionated politician in state offers no opinion

Via Walker won’t say whether Trek is good for Wisconsin @ JS All Politics Blog.

Crew win series against Reds

Via In-game blog: Brewers sweep Reds by 5-1 score @ JS Brewers Blog.

11 AM

Via Live coverage: Packers shareholders meeting at 11 a.m. @ JS Packers Blog.

TIED (Still!)

Among registered voters, Walker led Burke, 46% to 45%. Among likely voters, Burke led Walker, 47% to 46%.

“The bottom line is that nothing has statistically changed from May to July,” said Charles Franklin, the poll director. “We’re seeing a dead heat in the race, well within the margin of error.”

….Walker, a potential GOP presidential candidate, now finds himself in a tossup against a challenger in her first statewide race.

Via Marquette poll: Walker in dead heat with Burke @ JSOnline.

WisDems for Governor

Via Wisconsin Eye.

Who ordered school books’ removal?

Thousands of books were removed from the public school libraries of Racine, Wisconsin by non-library staff to the alarm of the local community and school staff. The staff who were told to remove the books and either box or shred them were grounds crew staff in at least one location.

Via Why were thousands of books purged from Racine, Wisconsin school libraries? @ blue cheddar.

Everything the WISGOP has hasn’t been enough

Given that we’re within 6 months of the end Gov. Walker’s first term in office, I couldn’t help but wonder how a Republican governor whose party controls the State Assembly, the State Senate, and the State Supreme Court failed to deliver on a promise to create 250,000 jobs – and by a wide margin.

Via How did Scott Walker fail to meet his job creation promise with Republican control of all facets of WI government? @ Blogging Blue.

Curiosities in A.G. race

For instance, according to the Continuing Report filed by Ozanne’s campaign in January 2014, his campaign had an ending cash balance for that reporting period of $50,930 – but his campaign curiously started the next reporting period with a cash balance of $61,564. Those numbers should match up, leaving me to wonder why there’s a discrepancy of $10,634 between those two numbers.

Via What’s going on with Ismael Ozanne’s campaign finances? @ Blogging Blue

Charter school company downshifts

Via Rocketship CEO: ‘Growth is not our mantra’ @ JS School Zone Blog.

Who’s behind felon-candidate Gary George?

In an abrupt phone interview Monday with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, George declined to explain himself, telling a reporter he had no time to talk and would only take questions by email.

“I’ve got to go,” George said.

Via Gary George hasn’t filed federal campaign report @ JS All Politics Blog


Via Game Blog: Jonathan Lucroy’s walk-off homer beats Reds, 4-3 @ JS Brewers Blog

Grammar First


Via Daily Adams.

Film: It’s a Plastic World

It’s a plastic world – English from It's a plastic world on Vimeo.


WISGOP Assemblyman pays sex-assault defense with campaign funds

The campaign of embattled state Rep. Bill Kramer has paid $10,000 to defend him against sexual assault charges, raising questions about whether the payments violate state campaign law.


State law allows politicians to use campaign funds for their legal defense, but only against allegations that they had broken election or campaign finance laws.

Via Cognitive Dissidence: Wild Bill’s Wild Bills.

Even more


In addition to the hundreds of millions flowing into politics by way of the Kochs’ network of foundations and funding vehicles like Freedom Partners, David Koch writes millions of dollars in personal checks to political organizations every year, and funds from the Koch Industries corporate treasury are used to bankroll the right-wing infrastructure the Kochs have developed. Koch Industries, the company David runs with his brother Charles, is the second-largest privately-held company in the country.

Via Koch Political Universe Vaster than Previously Known @ PR Watch.

Gov. Walker’s WEDC chief defends outsourcing

“We are in a global marketplace and some companies, to be successful financially, need to outsource,” said Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation CEO Reed Hall.

Hall was responding to questions about a 27 News story from last week, which showed at least two companies that received tax credits from WEDC later outsourced Wisconsin jobs to foreign countries.

Via Scott Walker’s job creation chief defends outsourcing of WI jobs @ Blogging Blue.

Solitary scrutinized

Ed Wall, secretary of Wisconsin’s Department of Corrections, is also concerned. In an April memo to DOC staff, Wall asked whether segregation is being used for punitive reasons, when “what we really need from segregation is for inmates to have a corrective and rehabilitative experience.” The department is now consulting professionals throughout the country, with the goal of releasing a revised policy by January.

Wall cited national developments in this area, including the “sobering” observations of former Wisconsin DOC secretary Rick Raemisch, now executive director of Colorado’s state prison system. Raemisch testified before the Senate committee, calling solitary confinement “overused, misused and abused.”

“Segregation either multiplies or manufactures mental illness,” Raemisch said in an interview. “It may help (control behavior) while the person is behind that steel door, but what you’re doing is magnifying the problem.”

Via Wisconsin rethinks use of solitary confinement @


“[T]he almond-milk industry is selling you a jug of filtered water clouded by a handful of ground almonds” @ Althouse.

Lower than popularly supposed

Via A big new NIH survey finds only 1.6% of American adults say they are gay or lesbian @ Althouse.

$320,000 this year alone

Via Scott Walker’s campaign-funded legal fees top $1 million since 2012 @ State Journal


Via Morning briefing: Federal judge throws out Ron Johnson’s Obamacare lawsuit


Via Wisconsin elections board upholds ban on use of cameras @ JSOnline.


“The numbers are clear: a far greater percentage of Braun’s hits are going to opposite field than in previous seasons, and the balls he does pull are being pulled with noticeably less authority,” Olney said. “What has caused this clear departure is for others to speculate on, but it is clear Braun is not the hitter he was in previous seasons.”

Via ESPN’s Buster Olney: Ryan Braun ‘is not the hitter he was in previous seasons’ @ JS SportsDay Blog

Governor’s race, Chris Abele, etc.

Via Daniel Bice politics chat @ JS Online

Baldwin v. Burke

Via Scott Walker allies use Tammy Baldwin tweets to bolster criticism of Trek outsourcing @ JS No Quarter Blog.  

Walker: Burke’s Not So Much

Walker doubles down against Trek

Via Next Gov. Scott Walker ad hits Burke again on outsourcing @ JS All Politics Blog.


Via Game Blog: Brewers beat Reds, 5-2 @ JS Brewers Blog.

UW-Superior Needs Money

Priest Urges Housing for Undocumented Children