Recall organizer Lori Compas announces candidacy

Via Spicuzza @ Wisconsin State Journal.

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Left gives violin serenade for departing WisDems chair


Technically Mike Tate is not "stepping down" he is not running for re-election.  He is going to keep his cushy, well paying job until the very last day he can.  Besides he has one more spring election to lose.

Mike Tate relinquishing his role as head of the ole boys club, will now set  in motion a bunch of people trying to take over his seat at head of the Ole Boys table.  Hopefully whoever ends up taking his place has a firmer grip on reality.

Via Time For A Closer @ Cognitive Dissidence.

Highly-compensated, poorly-performing WisDems chairman Tate won’t run again

I will have more to say as my time as Chair draws to a close, but know that every day serving as Chair has been an honor and a privilege. It is an experience I will never forget and will always treasure.

Via Tate email @

Big Ag pushes vast swine farm public rejects

And if the attendees are any indication, a proposed swine concentrated agricultural feeding operation (CAFO) is about as popular an idea in this picturesque Lake Superior county as the millions of gallons of liquid pig manure the CAFO would produce annually by the projected 14,625 hogs. (Mullen, Ashland Daily Press)

Out of the some twenty speakers at the hearing, only one supports the proposed CAFO, the rest of the speakers are vehemently opposed, a hearing attendee reports.

Via Public Bashes Proposed Factory Swine Farm at Bayfield County Hearing @ MAL Contends . . ..

Good luck with that

In place of jails, Daly suggests work-sentencing programs focused on growing food. According to Daly, the city would need to build several partially submerged greenhouses that could grow food year-round. In addition to being an alternative to jails, the greenhouses could help Madison become more self-sufficient.

I wonder what is the recidivism rate for tomato growers who once sold heroin?

Via Madison Mayoral Candidate, Christopher Daly, Wants To Close The Jails @ CAFFEINATED POLITICS.

Liberal response to Young, Gifted, and Black Coalition

….the point I wish to make when it comes to the Young, Gifted and Black Coalition in Madison which have made headlines along with unjustified attacks on the Madison Police Department.    If I were to offer advice to this group it would start out by first and foremost helping them discover what the real enemy happens to be before they pick a fight….

If the coalition wanted to make a sincere change in the lives of those who need help the most they would ante up by mentoring a young person struggling for higher math, reading, and science skills in one of our low-income neighborhood schools.    Pick among the many that cry out for help and in so doing make this a better city.  Allis, Falk, Hawthorne Middle School, and even East High are all schools that could be aided by mentors….

Via Open Letter To Young, Gifted and Black Coalition In Madison @ CAFFEINATED POLITICS.


Via In 2012, Mitt Romney was nominated on August 27th. In 2016, Mitt Romney is going to be nominated on July 20th @ Althouse.

Young, Gifted, and Black Seeks Discussion

The Young Gifted and Black Coalition is glad to participate in an open conversation with other members of the community to address ways to end racial disparities within the criminal justice system. The Coalition believes important first steps include a moratorium on all spending toward and building of jail facilities, the immediate release of 350 Black people housed in Dane County Jail due to crimes of poverty, an end to solitary confinement and significantly reducing police presence in poor and Black neighborhoods. For more information, please visit

Via .

Right responds to Young, Gifted and Black

Someone had to stand against Young, Gifted and Black at their rally Tuesday evening.So it was good to see Tom Brew, Todd Osborne, and Steve Hufton join the Squire on the freezing cold steps of the City-County Building Tuesday afternoon to counter the noisy group agitating for an apartheid justice system in Dane County.

We held signs reading, “All Lives Matter” (to counter their “Black Lives Matter” banner), “Black Cops Are Not Racist,” and “Justice Is Colorblind.”

Via In progressive Madison, perpetrators are victims, police are enemies @ Blaska's Bring It!.


Frank Kaminsky, who did not play in Wisconsin’s loss to Rutgers because he was still recovering from a concussion, has been cleared to practice Tuesday.

The senior center is expected to play Thursday when UW (15-2, 3-1 Big Ten) hosts Nebraska (10-6, 2-2).

Kaminsky leads UW in scoring (16.9 ppg), rebounds (8.2), blocks (1.9) and steals (1.2) and his presence was missed on both ends of the court Sunday as Rutgers overcame a 12-point second-half deficit to stun UW, 67-62.

Via Frank Kaminsky (concussion) cleared to practice Tuesday @ JS Badgers Blog.

Protesters Rally Against Madison Police Chief

Cats and dogs, living together

Via Poll shows support for unions, right to work @ JS All Politics Blog.


One hundred thirty-five low-performing schools in Wisconsin — including one independent charter school — could be subject to being converted to charter schools if an Assembly education bill becomes law.

That’s according to a list generated by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and posted to the School Administrators Alliance website.

Via Wisconsin schools that could face penalties under accountability bill @ JS School Zone Blog.

Fraudster still gets 5

Cassandra Williams,49, worked for the county when she defrauded FoodShare Wisconsin of about $150,000 between 2008 and 2011. She was charged in 2011 along with four other people, later entered an Alford  plea and was sentenced in 2012 to the maximum for food stamp fraud — five years in prison, plus five years of extended supervision….

In its ruling, the Court of Appeals panel in Milwaukee found that nothing was improper about Hansher’s sentence and that Williams failed to show that he based it on any improper or unreasonable factor.

Via 5-year prison sentence upheld for food stamp fraud @ JS Proof and Hearsay Blog.

Movin’ on up


Records show she is selling her three-bedroom bungalow after she recently moved into an upscale apartment in downtown Madison.

Via Mary Burke selling Madison house she highlighted in campaign @ JS No Quarter Blog.

Convict-son wants on

Julietta Henry, the county elections director, said Allah — whose name will appear on the ballot as Supreme Moore Omokunde — turned in enough signatures to vie for the seat previously held by Supervisor David Bowen. More than 200 signatures were certified, Henry said.

Via Gwen Moore's son – Supreme Solar Allah – running for County Board seat @ JS No Quarter Blog.

Best seats in the House

Of the 435 House members who took office last week, no Republican got more votes from their constituents (231,160) than Jim Sensenbrenner of Menomonee Falls.

And no Democrat got more votes (224,920) than Mark Pocan of Madison.

These two lawmakers, in neighboring congressional districts, were easily the top two “vote-getters” in races for the U.S. House last fall.

Via Top vote-getters in US House hail from neighboring Wisconsin districts @ JS Wisconsin Voter Blog.

WisDem Sen. Shilling Responds

Walker’s State of Union State Address


Getting used to



Cruz stands firm


Via “There are some who believe that a path to Republican victory is to run to the mushy middle, is to blur distinctions” @ Althouse

Places to go, people to see

Via State speech obligation distracts Walker from presidential run tasks @ The Political Environment.

Conservatives say Right-to-work popular


Was he ever running?

Via With Ryan Not Running for President, Do Walker’s Chances Improve? @ Racine County Eye.

Film: Around the World in Four Minutes

Via FREE WHITEWATER from The Atlantic.



“I am where I am. I like where I am,” Ryan said in an interview Monday. “I feel like I can have a huge impact on the course of the debate in this country.”

Via Republican Paul Ryan won’t run for president in 2016 @ JS All Politics Blog

Bigger than Keystone XL

Concerns about pollution of rivers, lakes and groundwater have prompted five Wisconsin counties and two cities to pass resolutions calling on the state to conduct more thorough environmental impact studies and engineering reviews.

Via Enbridge Energy inept as the Keystone Kops @ POLITICAL CAPITAL.

So, I guess people didn’t like it


Via “This is not only a front-runner for worst red carpet look of 2015…” @ Althouse. 

Liberal paper talks conservative Walker as alternative to Bush


Via The Best-Positioned Rival to Jeb Bush May Not Be the Best Known @ NYTimes



Via Obama Snubs Paris Rally @ FREEDOM EDEN.

Hand & glove

Walker has gone from saying that he has done nothing wrong to saying that the illegal collaboration isn’t really illegal because they said so.

There is good reason for Walker and his allies to change their tune….

Via Walkergate: Collaboration? What Collaboration? Oh, THAT Collaboration! @ Cognitive Dissidents.


Via Boko Haram Still Slaughtering People in the Name of Allah @ Boots & Sabers.

Fitz says no

Via Kenosha Casino Too Big a Gamble for Wisconsin @ Right Wisconsin.