Walworth County judge moves herpes lawsuit to Rock County

Plaintiff seeks $350K.

Via Janesville Gazette.

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Blank specifically identified information technology, agriculture and the arts among the academic areas facing closures and mergers. But she said all parts of campus will feel the effects of staff reductions and budget cuts.

Via UW-Madison to cut 400 jobs, close and merge programs @ JSOnline.

Wisconsin Loses Jobs

Change in Wisconsin jobs
March 2015, all jobs -4,300
March 2015, private sector jobs -5,000

February 2015 revision, all jobs -1,900
February 2015 revision, private sector jobs -1,800

Total change in all jobs vs. last report -6,200
Total change in private sector jobs vs last report -6,800

Via Fitzwalkerstan tanks – in jobs as well as polls @ Jake’s Economic TA Funhouse.


…. if Walker wants this, he’s going to have to come back to Wisconsin and sell it. Less than 10% of the people from outside of Milwaukee support this and, in case you didn’t notice, most of the members of the legislature are not from Milwaukee. It’s a tough sell for them to their constituents….

Via Nobody Supports Taxpayer Debt for Arena @ Boots & Sabers.

Overheard on Twitter

Did Ovary’s campaign REALLY set a $2.5 BILLION goal just for her own #POTUS run? Yet SHE claims there’s too much $ in politics? Sheesh #tcot

— Deanna Alexander (@DAinWIS) April 15, 2015

Via Conservative County Supervisor Deanna Alexander keeps it classy! @ Blogging Blue.

Elderly rival complains about elderly chief justice

Via “The swing member of the state Supreme Court lashed out at a lawsuit brought by Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson over how the court’s leader is selected…” @ Althouse.

Franklin talks latest poll numbers

The Road to Quackery

Dr. Mehmet Oz is a cardiothoracic surgeon and vice chairman of the surgery department at Columbia University’s medical school. 

Most people know him, sadly, as a huckster and promoter of quack remedies. 

Other prominent physicians across America, at leading institutions, have had enough of the embarrassment that Oz’s sales pitches are to medicine….

Via The Tragedy of Dr. Oz @ FREE WHITEWATER.

Friday Catblogging: The Acro-Cats


‘Professional, Cordial, and Respectful’


Via Chief Koval: Take Another Look @ Forward Lookout.

Freddie Mac officials walk

Via Federal Fraud?  No Problem!! @ Dad29.

Most Oppose Right to Work

Clear Majority Oppose Walker’s UW System Cuts

Overwhelming Opposition to Walker’s K-12 Cuts

Plurality Think WI Budget Outlook Worse

Feeling of Lagging

Wrong Direction

Feingold Clobbers Johnson

Hillary Crushes Scott in Wisconsin

Majority Disapprove Walker’s Performance

Walker: Minority Approve

Unintimidated: The Super PAC


Via Super PAC formed to help Scott Walker in 2016 campaign @ JSOnline

National Press Notices MacIver

Via Inside Scott Walker’s Secret Brain Trust @ Daily Beast.

Food: The Cronut

Loved by many, reviled by some, but a genuine, privately-created, culinary innovation: the cronut.

Via Daily Adams.

JS Dumps Shirley Abrahamson

Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson of the Wisconsin Supreme Court has served for a very long time, and for the most part, thoughtfully and well. But the federal lawsuit she has filed aimed at saving her job as chief justice is an overwrought response that runs contrary to the will of the voters. She should drop it.

Via Wisconsin Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson should drop her lawsuit @ JS Editorial Board.

Conservative Energy

Via The Dark Money Of The Bradley Foundation @ Cognitive Dissidence.

The Walker Court

As PRwatch reported, WMC spent $600,000 in its effort to unseat the Chief Justice. It spent $7 million to elect the court’s right-wing majority. By the time the Walker investigation is taken up by the Wisconsin Supreme Court later this month, the subjects of the investigation may have one of their own sitting in the Chief’s chair.

Via Scott Walker’s Supreme Court Coup @ PR Watch.

The State Takes

Via Tax Day @ Boots & Sabers.

Lincoln Honored by a Grateful Nation

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim April 15, 2015, as a Day of Remembrance for President Abraham Lincoln. I call upon all Americans to honor his life and legacy with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities. I also call upon the Governors of the United States and its Territories, and appropriate officials of all units of government, to direct that the flag be flown at half-staff on the Day of Remembrance for President Abraham Lincoln. I further encourage all Americans to display the flag at half-staff from their homes and businesses on that day.

Via Fly United States Flag Half Staff Wednesday April 15, 2015 @ CAFFEINATED POLITICS.


Police said four people were arrested and another 11 were cited and released. Derrick McCann, 29, was arrested and received a citation for “causing or obstructing the street, sidewalk, alley or crosswalk.” “I feel like it’s really a civil rights movement,” McCann said. “I didn’t do anything wrong … we were peaceful.”

Via “Dozens of high school students protesting the fatal police shooting of Tony Robinson closed down one of Madison’s main thoroughfares for eight hours Tuesday…” @ Althouse

Life without parole

Via “Former Patriots star Aaron Hernandez has been convicted on all counts in the June 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, including first-degree murder” @ Althouse.

Local boy makes good

Via Packers sign former Whitewater QB Matt Blanchard @ JS Packers Blog.

Dog Flu Infects Midwest