Milwaukee Sheriff’s staffer suspended pending probe into misuse of funds

One source close to the investigation said the amount of money involved in the probe is in the six figures.Maj.

Nancy Evans – who oversees the County Jail and the County Correctional Facility-South in Franklin – is on paid administrative leave, Clarke spokeswoman Fran McLaughlin said. The sheriff placed her on paid leave beginning May 25.”There is an investigation taking place,” said McLaughlin, who declined to provide details.

She said Clarke’s office is working with District Attorney John Chisholm on the probe.

Via Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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Marquette faculty attack blogger’s campus free-speech reporting

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.

Did the Commissioner Ellen Nowak tip off Big Energy?

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

So, how rich is your Congressman, anyway?

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 @

WisDems unavailable to talk state budget

Via Wisconsin Democrats Checked Out @ Boots & Sabers

Sen. Ron Johnson ditches the Tea Party girl who brought him


Via Buh-Bye, RoJo! @ Dad29

Public assets sold for cheap

Via Is O’Donnell Purchase a Sweetheart Deal? @ Urban Milwaukee Murphy’s Law.

Limits of the Bully Pulpit


Via Obama Ferguson Split Screen @ FREEDOM EDEN.

Republican Kasich v. Republican Walker on Common Core

Via Gov. John Kasich trashes Scott Walker’s lie about Common Core @ Democurmudgeon

Film – Chef’s Cut: The Art of Kaiseki with Niki Nakayama

Chef’s Cut: The Art of Kaiseki with Niki Nakayama from The Art of Plating on Vimeo.


Sizzle then fizzle

Via Final score: Wizards 111, Bucks 100 @ JS Bucks Blog

Three’s enough


Via Packers hold off Minnesota, 24-21 @ JS Packers Blog

Kohl Center win

Via Final score: Wisconsin 78, Boise State 54 @ JS Badgers Blog

Squeaking By

Via Final: Wisconsin 26, Iowa 24 @ JS Badgers Blog.

Monday Music: Eric Lewis, Thanksgiving

Jazz Pianist Eric Lewis from NPR on Vimeo.

Via Daily Adams.

Sunday Animation: A Tax on Bunny Rabbits

A Tax on Bunny Rabbits from Nathaniel Akin on Vimeo.

Via Daily Adams

WEDC’s Revolving Door to Take Current Leader Back to the Curb

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

Tony Evers Looks for ‘Fair Funding’ for Schools

Disciplined, frugal state leaders looking for $2,200,000,000 Wisconsin doesn’t have

Via State Agency Budget Requests Exceed Revenue Estimates By $2.2 Billion @ MacIver Institute

Gov. Walker keeps tweeting about ham


Via Only a little cheesy: How Scott Walker hams it up on Twitter @ JS All Politics Blog.

Friday Catblogging: Cat Gets Lifesaving Transfusion…from a Dog

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Pay cuts for poor performance come to teaching

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

About the presidential speech tonight…

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.

The next “Fighting Bob” La Follette…

Via Scott Walker thinks he’s a Wisconsin progressive @ Blogging Blue.

Here, There, Everywhere

Via Meet your part-time Governor, Bucky @ The Political Environment.

‘Governor confuses Chinese proverb and Christ’s message of compassion’

Via Pastor Kid Scott Walker misquotes the Bible to justify denying health care @ Political Heat.

No time to lose

Via Walker hopes early trial balloon avoids these snags @ The Political Environment.

Walker 3.0

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.

Walker v. Obama

Via Gov. Scott Walker suggests lawsuit to stop Obama immigration plan @ JS All Politics Blog

Bucks WIN


Via Three takes from triple OT thriller in Brooklyn @ JS Bucks Blog.

Is Gov. Walker called to run for president?

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.

Anti-procrastination software maker claims procrastination a big problem

Via Three-fourths of college students in survey attribute procrastination to Internet distractions @ JS School Zone

What really happens on a factory farm

Via Sick Abuse of Cows Reveals Nature of Wisconsin Factory Dairy Farms @ MAL Contends . . .