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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One standard for them, one standard for everyone else

Via Emails show Scott Walker campaign treasurer got inside information on real-estate deal @ State Journal.

Dealers

As someone who observes the justice system on a regular basis, I can tell you that if the “standard” is to fully charge, convict and sentence every criminal to the maximum allowable punishment to be considered “tough on crime”–then there is not a single prosecutor, District Attorney or Judge that is “tough on crime” in Wisconsin.  Reduced charges, plea bargains, lenient sentences and “second chances” are common–and pretty much necessary–in today’s legal system.

Via Not So Tough On Crime @ My Two Cents.

Touch football

Via In Ryan v Zerban, Whose Idea Was a Debate Without Rebuttals? @ Rock Netroots

Big government in a small town

A small rural town of fifteen-thousand, and it’s 289 pages just to list the town’s annual budget.

Via The Proposed 2015 City of Whitewater Budget @ FREE WHITEWATER.

Pat Bomhack parachutes into 17th District

Via Tall tales from a top-down Democrat(ic) campaign @ Blaska’s Bring It!

Left lukewarm?

Burke wins both

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Unquestionably in the second of only two statewide televised debates that Gov. Scott Walker would agree to, he again underestimated how many vital issues and how much authoritative competence Mary Burke had in her corner as she outmatched him Oct. 17 after roundly beating him, according to news reports on both sides, in the Oct. 9 debate.

Via NO DEBATE – BURKE SUBDUES WALKER AND MEDIA @ DOM’S DOMAIN POLITICS.

Walker won again

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I still think Walker won. Debates are often won by the aggressor, and that was clearly Walker. He offered more specifics and was more responsive to his opponent, while Burke mostly stuck to her talking points.

Via Walker Won Second Debate – Urban Milwaukee @ Murphy’s Law.

Walker hit as Invasive

Via Emily’s List goes up with new TV ad targeting Walker on abortion @ WisPolitics Election Blog.

Rove defends Walker

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Getting Karl Rove to come in and attack your opponents for dirty tricks annnnnnd vouching for the character of Scott Walker… all in one email?!? 

I guess Jack Abramoff wasn’t available.

Via WisGOP Email from Karl Rove Complains About “Dirty Tricks” & Vouches for Walker’s Character @ Uppity Wisconsin.

17th District Senate candidates wary on weed

                            

Burke hits Walker over last Four Years

Via Mary Burke ad takes aim at Gov. Scott Walker’s integrity @ JS All Politics Blog.

WISGOP sees political motivation in doc dump

Via WISGOP Files Open Records Request With Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele @ WISGOP

Did Dodgeville’s Drinkin’ Mayor Get Preferential Police Treatment?

Now he wants to be in the Assembly.

Via Channel 3000

Pro Walker

I will go to the polls to cast my vote for Scott Walker for the third time in four years. Frankly, given the progress that Wisconsin has made during Walker’s first term, I see no reason to replace him — especially with a Madison one-percenter who hasn’t been employed for the better part of a decade.

Via Walker has earned another four years @ Boots & Sabers

16,000

Via Abele to Release Doe Docs @ Boots & Sabers.

Tool of Big Ag stays in shed

Via Scott Krug Is No-show at League of Women Voters Debate Monday @ MAL Contends . . .

Notorious

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Via “Ruth Bader Ginsburg owns a surprisingly large number of ‘Notorious RBG’ t-shirts” @ Althouse.

Carried Wisconsin twice

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Via President Clinton to campaign for Burke in Milwaukee @ JS All Politics Blog

Top Republican calls Wisconsin voters stupid

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Via RNC co-chair: Some Wisconsin voters ‘might not be as sharp as a knife’ @ JS All Politics Blog

Four-hundred-pound liar now in custody

Via Federal agents arrest foreclosure king Brunner @ JS Watchdog Report.

Film: The Spielberg Oner – One Scene, One Shot

The Spielberg Oner – One Scene, One Shot from Tony Zhou on Vimeo.

Via Daily Adams.

Lagging Doyle

In fact, the entirety of Walker’s tenure — the supposed “Wisconsin Comeback” — is a slower pace than the Doyle year of recovery. In Gov. Jim Doyle’s last year in office, Wisconsin grew jobs at a rate of about 2,805 jobs per month. In the 45 months since he’s taken office, Wisconsin under Scott Walker’s watch has grown jobs at about 2,595 jobs per month. It might not seem like much, but job growth under Walker is nearly a tenth slower than it was under the first year of recovery under Doyle.

Via Under Walker’s tenure, recovery is STILL at a slower pace than it was under Doyle’s last year @ Political Heat

State Journal rejects Scott Fitzgerald, who doesn’t need their endorsement, anyway

Via @ POLITICAL CAPITAL

Conservatives forget about jobs, insist it’s GDP growth that matters now

Sunday’s Janesville Gazette headlined an article about how Rock County’s GDP growth is among the best in the nation. Sounds great, doesn’t it?

Unfortunately, there was alot that wasn’t highlighted in the article. The most glaring item is the fact that Rock County’s gross domestic product in general was starting at a lower baseline than most U.S. communities since GM closed in late 2008….

Via Divide and Conquer Club Polish Their Badges Over Glowing GDP Report @ Rock County Netroots.

Wisconsinites flee the state

Climate may explain the first 4 on that list, but it does not explain why Minnesota and Washington should be gaining thousands of Wisconsinites, which leads back to Lounsbury’s theory about higher quality of life and a stronger economy being reasons for certain states to attract talent from Wisconsin. And it’s also worth mentioning that both states have higher minimum wages than Wisconsin, and were ahead of us in instituting progressive policies such as strong public transit and marriage equality.

Via Wisconsinites moving West, and not always to warmth @ Jake’s Economic TA Funhouse.

Russophilia

Via Republicans were for “czars,” before they were against them, before they were for them again @ Democurmudgeon

Habitat of mostly small, dark spaces

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Via Why Is This Man In Your Mailbox? @ Cognitive Dissidence

Waning

Via Democrats Walk Out on Obama @ Boots & Sabers

State Journal entertains discussion of Gov. Walker’s incipient baldness

Via Scott Walker’s bald spot is newsworthy?!? Really?!? @ Blogging Blue.

Cautious on crime

Scott Walker gave a specific answer about how to combat inner city crime, which is roiling Milwaukee. (By some accounts, its homicide rate is worse than Chicago’s.) Unfortunately, it was a liberal answer. He spoke about “shot spotters,” which sounds like the solution du jour. Electronic sensors track the location of shots fired because the citizenry isn’t reporting gunfire anymore. Too commonplace, apparently. Damning, isn’t it?

Via Scott Walker gives a liberal answer on Milwaukee crime @ Blaska’s Bring It! 

Out-debating a debater

Time after time Burke pounded Walker on the sluggish economy and the lapse in response time that he has taken on matters needed to impact the job creation rate in the state. Responding at one time how Walker came late to an issue, or another response that after four years the governor was only now using a study to find a remedy to a particular need Burke was relentless in showing how Walker failed at solving the number one issue facing voters.

Via Mary Burke Shows Command Of Issues In Second Debate–Wins With Points On Jobs @ CAFFEINATED POLITICS.