Out over the weekend, a nasty attack on this blog by several Marquette Arts & Sciences Department chairs – and signed onto by a handful of Marquette faculty – posted on a blog that has been dedicated, for the last few days, to harassing us.
It resulted from our reporting of the misconduct of a Philosophy Department instructor who told a student who wanted to discuss gay marriage in class that his views were “homophobic,” and that any airing of opposition to gay marriage should not be allowed since it would “offend” any gay students in the class.
Via Politically Correct Marquette Faculty Attack Marquette Warrior @ Marquette Warrior.
Opponents of the controversial increase in solar power fees that the Wisconsin Public Service Commission just awarded We Energies are complaining that a Walker PSC appointee inappropriately communicated with and advised the company….
Via Allegation of inappropriate behavior in latest We Energies rate increase @ The Political Environment.
MapLight, a California-based nonpartisan research group, has spent the better part of a year painstakingly entering data from these filings to create a Personal Financial Disclosures Database for members of Congress. The numbers for 2012 and 2013, the last reporting, are now available.
Via New tool helps track congressional assets @ WisconsinWatch.org
Madison — The head of the state’s flagship jobs agency is expected to leave his post as the governor moves into a second term, a move that would generate additional turnover at an agency that has struggled with the problem.
Several Republican sources told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Reed Hall, chief executive officer of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., will be leaving the agency. The sources spoke on condition of anonymity because the governor has not yet announced any cabinet changes. They did not provide specific reasons for Hall’s departure or any names of potential replacements….
Since WEDC’s creation in July 2011 by Walker and lawmakers as a replacement to the state Department of Commerce, the quasi-public agency has struggled with turnover among its executives and rank-and-file employees. Over the past three years, WEDC has already had two CEOs, two COOs and four chief financial officers….
See, State jobs agency chief Reed Hall expected to leave post @ JSOnline.
The fact that it is news that three – THREE – teachers in the entire state are only now seeing a reduction in compensation due to poor performance is an indication of just how cushy their compensation plans were. This is something that happens on a regular basis in other parts of the economy….
Via Neenah Cuts Pay for Underperforming Teachers @ Boots & Sabers
And now tonight, Barack Obama is going to deliver what will likely be remembered as the “Middle Finger Speech”–as the President delivers a big “Eff You” to Republicans, some of the moderate members of his own party, the two-thirds of Americans who disapprove of his job as President, those who came to this country through legal means and members of the African-American community.
Via The Middle Finger Speech @ My Two Cents.
In interviews this week, Walker and his top political advisers provided the fullest account yet of his plans for the likely rollout of a national campaign. The 47-year-old Republican intends to use an upcoming legislative session in Wisconsin to push an ambitious agenda that could, in combination with his triumphs over Big Labor, bolster his standing with Republican primary voters: Repealing unpopular Common Core standards, requiring drug tests for welfare beneficiaries and cutting property taxes.
Via Scott Walker plots 2016 rollout @ POLITICO.
A Politico report Thursday laid out the contours of a potential White House bid, with a campaign headquartered in Madison and the governor asking his re-election team to stay on, including top advisers Keith Gilkes and R.J. Johnson and campaign manager Stephan Thompson.
“I think there’s going to be a hunger for a leader who can actually can get things done,” Walker told Politico Wednesday, even as he cautioned that he hasn’t firmly decided to run. “The closer I’ve gotten to this position, the more I’ve realized that anyone who really wants to be president has to be a little crazy…The only way you should run is if you feel called to.”
Via Two weeks after election, Walker preparing for presidential run @ JSOnline.