Milwaukee woman gets 4 years in prison for Medicaid fraud

Stole over a million.

Via Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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Most ever

Via Fox Sports Wisconsin will carry 80 Bucks telecasts in the regular season @ JS SportsDay Blog.

A medium-sized city’s worth

Around 300,000 Wisconsin voters don’t have the forms of identification required to vote under the law, a disproportionate number of whom are people of color. Opponents of the law have asked the full 7th Circuit to review the September 12 ruling, but if the order stands, all voters will now have to bring identification to the polls, which they have not needed in the past.

Via WI Election Officials and Advocates Scrambling After Voter ID Reinstated @  PR Watch.

Truly, madly…

Via “Deeply… it’s such a poser word” @ Althouse.

Torturer-killer to get off easy

The first-degree murder trial of Jeffrey Vogelsberg  ended abruptly Tuesday when Vogelsberg pleaded no contest to a lesser form of homicide.  Assistant District Attorney Robert Kaiser said that under the agreement, he would seek up to 12 years in prison for Vogelsberg, followed by seven years of extended supervision. Defense lawyer David Karpe agreed to ask for no less than eight years in prison for Vogelsberg.

Let us not forget what happened to Vogelsberg’s brother, Matthew Graville, who was autistic and idolized Jeffery.  Jeffery tortured his brother over and over, finally killing him and then buried him in the woods like one might do for a dog.  Jeffery Vogelsberg then stood by and did nothing while people were searching for Matthew, and even intimidated witnesses to prevent his torturing and killing from coming to light.

Via Dane County DA Ozanne Needs To Explain Why Justice Not Served In Jeffrey Vogelsberg Case @  CAFFEINATED POLITICS

Where you can even put the mayor’s picture on a t-shirt

On Monday, September 15th, announced that Madison has been named the number one most livable city in America! I was joined by Matt Carmichael of, Alder Skidmore, Alder Demarb, and Alder Subeck to accept the award. The folks at Livability, along with the research team at the Martin Prosperity Institute, looked at several factors including a city’s economics, housing, amenities, infrastructure, demographics, social and civic capital, education and health care.

Via Madison Named the Most Livable City in America @ Paul Soglin’s Waxing America.

For every problem, a solution

There are obvious fixes here:

*  Just get rid of the Democratic candidates’ names. The ballot will be shorter and simpler and help move the state in a Right direction.

* Voters still beholden to the outdated Two-Party system – – Wisconsin 1.0 – – are free to write in the name of a Democrat.

Via WI Republicans say ballot doesn’t make them pretty enough @ The Political Environment.

Fears of Flaws

[Madison, Wis.] – Today, the Republican Party of Wisconsin – through Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald – filed a complaint in Waukesha County Court against the Government Accountability Board (GAB) seeking to improve the deeply flawed and confusing standard ballot for the 2014 General Election in November.

Via WisGOP Files Lawsuit Against GAB for Flawed Ballot @ WISGOP.

Circling the Drain

To casual observers, the Sunday edition of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel looks like a gold mine: all those advertising inserts that tumble out from the paper. But they are actually a bad sign, because these are all advertisers no longer willing to buy display ads within the paper and only paying the much cheaper “insert” fee to be tucked into the paper. “From the advertiser’s point of view,” [NYU Professor Clay] Shirky writes, “the nation’s newspapers have become little more than a blue-bag delivery service, with a horoscope and enough local sports inside to get people to open the bag.”

Via The Inevitable Decline of the Journal Sentinel @ Urban Milwaukee’s Murphy’s Law.

Cups in hands

Via Wisconsin’s Largest Agencies Ask For Millions More in Taxpayer Dollars for the 2015-17 Budget @ MacIver Institute.

Scores up

Out of 424 school districts, 168 were ranked in the two highest ratings. That’s up from 143 that were so ranked in last year’s report card. On the bottom end of the scale, eight districts were poorly ranked, down from 11 last year. The average score statewide was 72.1 — up from 71.4 last year.

Via Act 10 is three years old and students are smarter than ever! @  Blaska’s Bring It! 

But they’d much rather stay

The bill, by U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), would impose an immediate hiring freeze at the ATF and require a plan be submitted within six months on how to move its activities to other agencies.

The bill calls for eliminating the agency a year after the bill’s final passage, moving its functions into the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration and Treasury Department.

Via Bill eliminating ATF introduced in wake of botched operations @ JS Watchdog Report.


Via UW-Madison to issue separate voter IDs starting next week @ State Journal On Campus Blog

Photo ID Wins

J.B. Van Hollen wins NO OPINION

GOP enthusiasm rises

AG: Schimel slight edge likely

AG: Happ slight edge registered

Burke unclear

Walker clear enough

Walker wins getting job done

Burke wins caring

Surge in Young GOP

Higher LV % GOP than Dems

Within Margin

Likely Walker

Registered Tied


Appeal to Full Seventh Circuit

The Emergency Petition notes last Friday panel’s order “involves a question of exceptional importance under Fed. R. App. P. 35(b)(1)(B) because it imposes a radical, last-minute change to procedures for conducting an election that is already underway. The risk of disenfranchisement from imposing such a last-minute disruption far outweighs the non-existent harm to the state of maintaining the status quo and not requiring photo ID for one more election. Supreme Court precedent and other Circuits uniformly caution against such eleventh-hour changes to the election laws, even where those courts have approved such changes for future elections. …”

Via ACLU Files Emergency Appeal to Vacate Stay of Appellate Panel, Protect the Vote @ MAL Contends . . .

Before the balloting, a lawsuit over the ballot

Republicans can’t seem to do anything these days without going to court first. For a party that hates litigation, jackpot justice and frivolous lawsuits, they’re now the biggest offenders, seeing nothing wrong with contradicting their own set of phony principles.

Republicans filed suit this morning in Waukesha County court challenging a redesigned ballot to be used for the November election, arguing it unfairly favors Dems.

Via GOP sues again, hates new elections ballot!!! They love the courts. @ Democurmudgeon

Calling in a Jersey Boy

Via Chris Christie to campaign with Scott Walker @ JS All Politics Blog.

Extra Innings

Via Game Blog: Brewers come back to beat Cards, 3-2, in 12 @ JS Brewers Blog.



Via Daily Adams.