Wisconsin update
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Author:  Catherine [ Mon Jul 25, 2011 9:57 pm ]
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After Signing Law Disenfranchising ID-less Voters, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Closes 10 DMV Offices

Earlier this year, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker became one of the many GOP governors to sign a law disenfranchising voters who do not have a photo ID — a law that disproportionately affects elderly voters, young voters, students, minorities and low-income voters. Having disenfranchised tens of thousands of Wisconsin voters, Walker is now making it harder for many of these voters to obtain the ID they need to regain their right to participate in the next election:

Gov. Scott Walker’s administration is working on finalizing a plan to close as many as 10 offices where people can obtain driver’s licenses in order to expand hours elsewhere and come into compliance with new requirements that voters show photo IDs at the polls.

One Democratic lawmaker said Friday it appeared the decisions were based on politics, with the department targeting offices for closure in Democratic areas and expanding hours for those in Republican districts. [...] Rep. Andy Jorgensen, D-Fort Atkinson, called on the state Department of Transportation to reconsider its plants to close the Fort Atkinson DMV center. The department plans to expand by four hours a week the hours of a center about 30 minutes away in Watertown. [...]

“What the heck is going on here?” Jorgensen said. “Is politics at play here?”

Of course, no one has been more aggressive in waging the GOP’s war on voting that Scott Walker. Walker stripped state workers of their right to organize to strengthen the GOP’s position in the next election, and he gutted the state’s public financing system, which allows candidates to run effective campaigns without pleading for money from big dollar donors, and used this money to pay for his voter ID scheme.

Lest there be any doubt, there is absolutely no legitimate purpose behind Walker’s voter ID law. Although Republicans justify these voter disenfranchising laws by claiming that they are necessary to combat voter fraud, a recent study by the Brennan Center for Justice found that only 44 one-millionths of one percent of votes are cast by people who commit voter fraud.

Author:  Catherine [ Sun Aug 07, 2011 6:27 pm ]
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Wisconsin Recalls Center Of Fight Over Republican Agenda

RIPON, Wis. — In the very building where the modern Republican Party was founded more than 150 years ago, the worker collecting the entry fee from tourists said that he, for one, has had enough of what the party is up to these days. And he says he plans to show it when he goes to the polls Tuesday in a legislative recall election that will help determine the fate of the conservative revolution in Wisconsin.

More at the link

Author:  Catherine [ Sun Aug 07, 2011 10:45 pm ]
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Scott Walker Cuts State Health Services, Then Rejects Health Reform’s Public Health Grants

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) has rejected more than $9 million in grants from the Affordable Care Act that would have “focused on fighting drug and alcohol abuse; assessing health impacts of public policies; and signing up state residents who qualify for state health programs.” State health commissioners are outraged by the move, pointing out that the state is turning away money “at a time when there is a proliferation of illicit drugs and documentation of binge drinking and drunken driving in the state.” “Wisconsin would put its head in the virtual sand and not go after this funding,” Bevan Baker, commissioner of health for the City of Milwaukee said.

I can't wait to see if Wisconsin voters recall Scott Walker just as soon as his one year in office is up.

Author:  King Fisher [ Mon Aug 08, 2011 9:39 am ]
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There are some nut cases in the world...than there is one al' mightly one that tops the list. This one some how got by the rendering plant to be made into glue. He is such a "ass licker" aka brown nosier to the Koch trash, he cuts anything he can find. I say, release O.J Simpson from prison, give him the same "German stiletto" object/knife he used, and pay him a few hundred buck to make a few cuts which he knows how.

Author:  Catherine [ Wed Aug 17, 2011 7:59 am ]
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Author:  Catherine [ Fri Sep 16, 2011 2:40 pm ]
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Scott Walker, Wisconsin Governor, Eyed In Corruption Probe After FBI Raid On Cynthia Archer's Home


MILWAUKEE — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Friday he doesn't know anything more about an FBI raid on the home of one of his top aides beyond what he's seen reported in the press.

Walker said "it's hard to tell" whether he should be concerned about Wednesday's raid on the home of Cynthia Archer, who was his aide while Milwaukee County executive and followed him to work in state government when he was elected governor.

The raid came amid a secret Milwaukee County investigation that the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, citing unnamed people familiar with the case, has reported focuses on whether county staffers in Walker's office did political work on the taxpayer dime.

"We don't know what exactly is involved," Walker said Friday when asked about the raid after a public event at Milwaukee's General Mitchell Airport. "As far as what I know is what I've been reading in the press. I don't have any more information beyond that."

Walker said he has not been in touch with Archer and his
office has not been told anything about the raid.

Author:  Catherine [ Sat Oct 15, 2011 6:03 am ]
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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who forced public workers to pay more for their pensions as part of a push to curb union rights, broke his campaign promise to pay the full cost of his state pension immediately after taking office in January.

The Associated Press requested copies of the governor's pay stubs to see if he had fulfilled the campaign promise he made in June 2010. Walker said then he would begin paying the cost immediately in order to lead by example since he was proposing all state employees do the same.

"As governor, I'll pay my share toward my retirement because everyone should pay their own way, including me," Walker said during the campaign.

Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch made the same pledge and also didn't pay as promised.

Walker's pay stubs provided Friday in response to the AP's open records request made in September had details about his pension payments redacted. But Walker's spokesman Cullen Werwie said the governor did not start paying the full cost until August, when the state law he pushed required elected officials and other state employees to contribute more.

MORE AT THE LINK... :evil:

Author:  Catherine [ Tue Jan 17, 2012 12:33 pm ]
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Scott Walker Recall Effort: Supporters Turning In Signatures

MADISON, Wis. — Supporters of an unprecedented effort to oust Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker from office said they will turn in more than enough signatures Tuesday to force the Republican into a recall election barely a year into his first term.

Walker, however, has no plans to be anywhere near the Capitol when recall organizers turn in the signatures by Tuesday's deadline. The governor is scheduled to be in New York when organizers say they will be unloading the stacks of petitions, weighing a ton, from a truck and hauling them into the state election board's offices.

MORE AT THE LINK :twisted:

Author:  dori [ Wed Jan 18, 2012 7:11 am ]
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Over a million signatures! Those were happy looking people delivering the petitions, weren't they!

Author:  Catherine [ Wed Jan 18, 2012 5:22 pm ]
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One of the reasons Scott Walker and his Republican henchmen and women got into office in Wisconsin and Repubs like him in other states, including my own, is that the Dems did not get out and VOTE in 2010. If they do the same thing this election go-around, only more of the Repubs will take over...including the White House. Those million people who signed the recall petition must vote...and work hard getting others to vote, too. That's the key to stopping the Repubs from having another victory lap. Can you imagine a President Romney or President Gingrich or VP Santorum? Can you imagine what it will be like in Wisconsin if Walker is allowed to stay in office? GET OUT AND VOTE, DEMS and anyone else who despises the filthy GOP and their billionaire supporters! :bounce:

Author:  dori [ Thu Jan 19, 2012 5:12 am ]
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We can only work to have Dems go to the polls. Not much I can do here--all R all the time.

Rs in the state senate are trying to place another seat, an R seat, in the Senate. They hare a million tricks.

Author:  Catherine [ Wed Feb 22, 2012 7:05 am ]
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March release of employment situation highly anticipated

The state Department of Workforce Development will release job numbers next month that could be the most anticipated statistics of Gov. Scott Walker's short tenure.

If the January and February numbers show Wisconsin lost another 4,500 positions, the state will — on paper — have fewer jobs now than before Walker took office.

That could be a big blow for a governor who once joked that he'd tattoo "250,000 jobs" on the foreheads of his cabinet secretaries to remind them of the administration's reason to exist.

If this comes to pass, Republicans likely will downplay the numbers, and contend their reforms are working and only require more time before the benefits are clear.

Democrats, on the other hand, will seize the numbers as proof the governor's efforts have failed.

More at the link. Read the comments, especially the one about how the photo is interpreted as a CEO making sure his employee says nothing to make the governor upset! :wink:

Author:  Catherine [ Fri Mar 30, 2012 5:01 pm ]
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Scott Walker Recall Election Ordered By Government Accountability Board


MADISON, Wis. -- A recall election was officially ordered Friday against embattled first-term Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker after more than 900,000 signatures were collected on petitions to force a vote.

The Government Accountability Board voted 5-0 to order the recall, a move that has been expected for weeks given the high number of signatures gathered between November and January. It took 540,208 signatures to trigger a recall.

Assuming a Democratic primary is necessary, it will be May 8. The actual recall vote then will be June 5. Three Democrats already have announced they are running and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, whom Walker defeated in 2010, has said he would announce his intentions before Tuesday.

Author:  rooster [ Mon Apr 02, 2012 6:06 am ]
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the best weapon repugs use is voter suppression. in most cases they know well they're outnumbered registrationwise in states like here in pa.

mutherfucker tom corbett just rammed through a fuckin id law here in my state.

good news is in texas and in 1 of the carolina states the doj overturned those laws on the basis of constitutionality.

hopin for the same here in pa.

2010 elections were a severe eyeopener for those who had no fucking clue how far the repug nazis were willing to go. in some states the repugs took over completely like here in pa as well as wisconsin and ohio where voters saw an immediate attack on the middleclass and the poor.

i've said it before that dems sit on their fuckin ass and relax way to much in off yr elections.

the other side never stops.

we can't either.

i preachin to the choir.

Author:  dori [ Fri Apr 13, 2012 12:42 am ]
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What a great history this thread is. Step by step...

Wisconsin has been an amazing lesson, I hope people will respond to it. The thought of the entire U.S. gov. turning R is a nightmare.

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