WISGOP misdirects hundreds of voter registration applications

Via Wisconsin State Journal.

Tommy Thompson ‘s newfound wealth

Thompson, now worth at least $13 million, no longer has a crash pad in Washington, D.C. Beginning in 2001, he served as U.S. health and human services secretary and then worked for the D.C. powerhouse firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld until he quit earlier this year to run for U.S. Senate.

Over the past decade, he bought and sold nine townhouses in and around Alexandria, Va. He auctioned off his last set of digs for $700,000 in June 2011, just nine months after he closed on it.

Via Bice @ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Steep, ten-year decline of Wisconsin manufacturing jobs

Between 2000 and 2010 and the two recessions book-ending that dismal decade, the manufacturing industry in Wisconsin lost more than 1 in 4 of its jobs, falling to 429,500 from its level of 594,400. That’s 164,900 vanished opportunities for workers to find steady, sustaining employment even if in many cases they don’t have a four-year college degree.

Via Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Colts 30, Packers 27

2-3 on season.

Via Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Would young people stay in rural area for mining jobs?

Aside from the whir from the ceiling fan, and the sound of a slow-passing car down Silver Street, the Liberty Bell Chalet is quiet. “Nothing ever happens here, nothing ever changes,” Youngs says.

Via WisconsinWatch.org.

Obama’s Wisconsin lead down to two, 49-47%

Two weeks ago, PPP showed Obama leading Romney by 52% to 45%.

“Mitt Romney’s received a significant bounce in Wisconsin after his big victory in the debate on Wednesday,” said Dean Debnam, president of Public Policy Polling. “The big question now is whether the renewed closeness of the race will be permanent or just temporary.”

Via Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

In 25 years, no charges ever recommended in Milwaukee officer-involved shootings or in-custody deaths

In more than 25 years, no Milwaukee County inquest jury has recommended criminal charges against a police officer involved in a fatal shooting or in-custody death.

From the time he took office in 2007 until last month, District Attorney John Chisholm had never ordered an inquest – largely because he didn’t want to give families false hope that officers would be charged.

Last fall, when Chisholm first reviewed the July 2011 death of Derek Williams in Milwaukee police custody, he employed the same philosophy: He met with Williams’ family members and their attorneys, showed them the squad video that captured Williams’ pleas for help and struggle to breathe, and explained why he believed the officers involved acted professionally and in accordance with the law. He would not give them a copy of the video.

And he refused to call for an inquest.

But now, after a revised finding from the medical examiner and a public outcry, he’s changed his mind.

“There are some cases where a public inquest is appropriate, and this is one of those cases,” Chisholm said last week. “There was a change in the medical finding and there needs to be public scrutiny of the entire process, and I do not have a problem with that.”

Via Barton @ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Wisconsin over Illinois, 31-14

With a 21-point fourth quarter that included some long-awaited open-field running by Montee Ball and James White and a long touchdown pass on play-action from Stave to Jared Abbrederis, UW buried Illinois and, for the first time all season, showed signs its offense might be able to pull its weight after all.

Via Oates @ Wisconsin State Journal.

Adams: The Local Press as a Bad Habit

…mediocre coverage creates mediocre leaders, and mediocre leaders produce mediocre work. It encourages them to do less and try less, to settle for shoddy arguments and flimsy claims. Worse, it plays to the vanities of weak-minded officials: they eagerly lap the syrupy concoctions that toadying reporters too gladly serve.

A newspaper story should have some better use than as a page in an official’s scrapbook….


Sunday Morning Cartoon: Rocky & Bullwinkle Election Parody

Walker praises lower unemployment, denies credit to Obama

Via Eau Claire Leader-Telegram.

Madison mayor, police concede protesters can march on State Street without paying

This week, two groups — the Madison Area Peace Coalition and 42nd Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival — challenged the payment requirement as an infringement of their First Amendment rights after being told they would have to pay for officers in order to get a permit for marches Saturday and Sunday for the first time after decades of not being charged to march from Library Mall to Capitol Square.

Via Wisconsin State Journal.

President Obama visits UW-Madison

Watch President Obama makes campaign stop in Madison on PBS. See more from Here and Now.

Tommy Thompson on top issues of U.S. Senate campaign

Watch Tommy Thompson on top issues of the U.S. Senate campaign on PBS. See more from Here and Now.

Chief Flynn to UW-Milwaukee students: You’re guests, not residents

Flynn falls apart:

University spokesman Tom Luljak said Friday that the school was surprised and disappointed in Flynn’s assessment because of the good working relationship between UWM and the Police Department.

He said that many off-campus students are from Milwaukee, and that those who come from elsewhere often stay for years, many establishing careers here.

“They study here, they work here, they vote here,” Luljak said.

“Any suggestion that they are just visiting is frankly unfair to the thousands of students who are part of the fabric of the community,” Luljak said.

Via Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Report blasts Milwaukee Police Department response in 13-year old’s fatal shooting

Actions by Milwaukee police after the fatal shooting of a 13-year-old boy created suspicions of racial insensitivity and damaged community trust in the Police Department, according to a report released Friday by the city’s Fire and Police Commission….

The report comes amid mounting criticism of both Flynn and the Police Department over faulty crime statistics, alleged illegal strip searches by officers and the death of Derek Williams last year while in police custody. A Journal Sentinel investigation led the Milwaukee County medical examiners office to change a ruling on Williams death from natural to homicide.

Via Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Thief gets nine months’ jail time for stealing meds from fire station

Via Racine Journal Times.

Odd Wisconsin Archives: ‘Fat People in Public’

That’s their title…and it is punchy.

Via Wisconsin Historical Society.

Indian foreign minister visits Wisconsin Sikh temple

Via Washington Post.

Should Milwaukee Chief Ed Flynn resign?

If WTMJ asks the question…


Developer wants $5.2 million in public money for Madison high-rise

That’s what there are banks.

Via Wisconsin State Journal.

National unemployment rate falls to 7.8%


Pro-Romney super PAC deploys new TV ad

Over a million-dollar buy.

Via WisPolitics Election Blog.

Portage County burglar using obits to target homes of recently deceased

Criminal and vulture, both.


WI DNR warns duck hunters not to kill swans, cranes

Oh, brother.


Flags at half-staff in Wisconsin to for firefighters killed in line of duty


Stinking drunk driver arrested for going wrong way on Madison’s Beltline

Spike trips stop the rumpot’s SUV.

Via Channel 3000.

Milwaukee Chief Flynn surprised by calls for his resignation

Also stunned to learn that water gets you wet.

Via 620 WTMJ.

Ryan’s congressional challenger outraises him in 3rd quarter

But Ryan’s still sitting on $4,000,000 campaign fund.

Via Channel 3000.

No dogs in wolf hunt until at least Dec. 20th

Shouldn’t be any, ever.

Via Wisconsin DNR news release.

Ryan’s got $4 million in bank for congressional race

Via Wisconsin State Journal.

Pres. Obama holds campaign rally at UW-Madison