DNR proposes wolf hunt quota of 233 from about 1,000

At even 100, the population would be literally decimated.

Via Wisconsin Radio Network.

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Oddly, the most negative view of Walker’s chances was offered by Brian Sikma, of the Wisconsin-based conservative group Media Trackers, who told the U.S. News that the issue has “a lot of potential to be an unnecessary but powerful distraction… Lack of a college degree will on its own not turn people off, but if used as part of a narrative, then it could be a devastating fact.”

Via Back in the News: National Media Jumps on “College Dropout” Walker @ Urban Milwaukee.

GOP presidential matchup

From my perspective I find it hard to fathom how two establishment types like Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney both can both run, raise money, and hope to successfully tap into the same pool of primary voters.    I have long felt there is only room for one of them, and the other would not seek the nomination.

Via Jeb And Mitt Make My Week @ CAFFEINATED POLITICS.

Everything must go

I suspect some of that suffering was simply based on the product being sold to the public, but some likely was simply the result of poor judgment by the Democratic Party leadership. That can’t all be blamed on Tate but he was sitting at the top of that structure and he was no doubt a big part of the decision-making that occurred on his watch.

Via Democrats Look For New State Leader @ Curmudgeon’s Corner


Via Wisconsin is among nine GOP presidential debate sites set by RNC @ JS All Politics Blog.

Then, now

Via John Kerry, James Taylor in Paris @ FREEDOM EDEN

Thousands more factory-farm pigs for Wisconsin

Prior to January 14, 2015, the proposed Concentrated Agricultural Feeding Operation (CAFO) had been operating illegally in Wisconsin.

Don’t look for an apology from Dale Reicks, chief at Reicks View Farms of which Badgerwood LLC is just but one tentacle.

Virus and bacteria contamination, including the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus, are predictable results from swine CAFOs.

Via Iowa Swine CAFO Registers at Dept of Financial Institutions @ MAL Contends . . .

State of the State: if all you can spare is one minute

‘He’s like a temperance crusader who can’t wait to get to the bar.’

Via Walker wants DC residence, attacks Hillary Clinton for being there @ The Political Environment.


A 15-year-old boy was wounded and a teacher grazed in a shooting Thursday night during a fight in the parking lot of Wisconsin Lutheran High School, according to Milwaukee police.

Via Boy wounded, teacher grazed in shooting at Wisconsin Lutheran High School @ JSOnline.

Friday Catblogging: Still Landing on Her Feet


Staking his claim

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 @ WisPolitics.com.

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 https://www.facebook.com/fergusontomadison.

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.