Stole over a million.
HAND-CURATED POSTS FROM THE WISCONSIN BLOGOSPHERE (AND SOMETIMES POINTS BEYOND)
Stole over a million.
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.
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.
On Monday, September 15th, Livability.com announced that Madison has been named the number one most livable city in America! I was joined by Matt Carmichael of Livability.com, 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.
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* Voters still beholden to the outdated Two-Party system – – Wisconsin 1.0 – – are free to write in the name of a Democrat.
[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.
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.”
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.
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.
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. …”
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.