AG candidate Richards releases statement on lapses in child predator tip investigations

Yesterday Gina Barton of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that contrary to what Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has indicated, at least 43 tips related to child predators were not investigated in a timely manner. In response to those revelations, Democratic Attorney General candidate Jon Richards released a statement calling for a full and independent investigation of the delays.

“When this matter first became public several weeks ago, Attorney General Van Hollen insisted that problems related to un-investigated tips about child predators were an isolated problem of two or three cases. Rather than address the issue, he levied personal attacks. Today’s report makes clear that the problem is far from isolated, and we still don’t know the full extent of the problem.

“As I said then, protecting our children from online predators must be a top priority of the Attorney General. And being truthful and transparent should be a core tenet of taxpayer-funded agencies.

“As I said when these problems first came to light, it’s simply not enough to blame ‘rogue’ employees and say an ‘internal review’ indicates no systemic problem exists.

“I reiterate my call for a full, independent investigation. We need a full public accounting of the problem to ensure the Van Hollen-led Department of Justice can manage the task of going after child predators.

“The Attorney General’s mismanagement has led to known cases in which children were victimized. This is simply unacceptable, and it’s past time for a full, independent investigation.”

Campaigns 101: don’t forget the disclaimer!

This is a small thing, but Aaron Camp of The Prairie Badger first reported Republican State Assembly candidate Justin Moralez didn’t have the standard “Authorized/paid for by……” disclaimer on an “ad” he posted to his campaign’s YouTube channel.

Republican state assembly candidate Justin Moralez, who is running against progressive patriot Christine Sinicki in the 20th Assembly District of Wisconsin, forgot to include a very important thing on his latest YouTube web ad: a “paid for by (name of campaign committee), (name of campaign treasurer), treasurer” legal disclaimer, which is legally required by Wisconsin state campaign laws.

As I noted, the failure to include a disclaimer on a campaign communication is a small thing in the grand scheme of things, but it’s funny to me because it’s still a very bush-league mistake. Putting the “Authorized/paid for by…..” disclaimer on all campaign communications is Campaigns 101 – it’s just something that anyone who’s at least a little knowledgeable about campaigns should know.

Randy Bryce Announces Candidacy for 21st State Senate District

From the cloud comes news about a friend of ours:

MADISON – Today, active community member, veteran, and father Randy Bryce announced his candidacy for the 21st State Senate District in Wisconsin. A local ironworker, Randy is running to stop the partisan games, attacks on veterans and job creation failures in Madison.

“I have always put my community first,” said Bryce, “After the partisan games of the last sessions allowed partisan redistricting, attacks on veterans and a job creation failures, I knew I had to stand up for the community that I love.

“It is time to stop the single-party rule in Madison that jammed through countless pieces of harmful legislation without regard for the impacts on our communities. From making it harder for veterans to obtain compensation when dying from service-caused mesothelioma to the failure to keep up with our neighboring states in job creation, our community deserves better. I am running to give the 21st State Senate District the representation it deserves.”

Randy is a born and raised Wisconsinite with deep roots across southeastern Wisconsin. From serving in the US Army to helping homeless veterans find work to building southeastern Wisconsin monuments like Miller Park, Randy has spent his life giving back to his community. Randy is a Caledonia resident, and, has a 7-year-old son, Ben.

This will be a tough election for Mr. Bryce since the district has been heavily gerrymandered in favor of the GOP…certainly one of the reasons that Senator John Lehman is running for Lieutenant Governor!

seriously Hulsey? a chicken suit?

Well less then a day has gone by since State Rep Brett Hulsey has announced hes running for governor…and we now have this news

In a stop Tuesday in the Capitol press room, Hulsey told reporters he would challenge Democrat Mary Burke to debate him in each of Wisconsin’s 72 counties between now and the Aug. 12 primary. He said he expected she would not agree to the plan, at which point he will would launch Operation Chicken.

He said he would send somone to Burke campaign events around the state decked out in the chicken costume. The person would also wear a T-shirt that says, “Too chicken to be governor.”

“As always, my goal is to provide the media with as much juicy red meat as possible,” Hulsey said. “This is going to be a fun campaign.”

Thanks Brett..I’m sure all of the people who want Walker out are just THRILLED that you take running for governor so seriously…


UWM College Dems announce 19th Assembly district candidate forum

From my email inbox comes news of a 19th Assembly district candidate forum on May 1, 2014 at Bolton Hall on the campus of UWM. Scheduled to appear at the forum are Jonathan Brostoff, Dan Adams, and Marina Dimitrijevic

19th Assembly District Candidacy Forum

Milwaukee – Three democrat candidates for the 19th Assembly District will be participating in a candidacy forum at UW – Milwaukee on Thursday, May 1 at 6:30 p.m. in Bolton Hall room B40. The open seat was formally held by John Richards, who is now running for Attorney General this November. The three candidates that will be in attendance are Jonathon Brostoff, Marina Dimitrijevic and Dan Adams. Sara Geenen will not be in attendance due to a fundraising event.

The event will be hosted by the College Democrats of Wisconsin at UW – Milwaukee and is open to the public. There will be a chance for the audience to ask some questions. There is no attendance fee. It shouldn’t run for more than two hours.

About the College Democrats of Wisconsin:
The College Democrats of Wisconsin (CDW) and our 22 chapters in Wisconsin are the youth outreach arm of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.

The College Democrats of Wisconsin (CDW) is the youth outreach arm of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, an active and respected state federation of the College Democrats of America, and the Democratic Party’s student outreach arm. We work to create an awareness of progressive causes, build student civic participation, and elect Democratic officials to local, state, and national offices.



Sierra Club endorses Kelly Westlund for Congress

From the email inbox…

The Sierra Club officially announced their endorsement of Democratic Congressional candidate Kelly Westlund. Westlund is challenging Rep. Sean Duffy in the Wisconsin 7th Congressional District.

“The Sierra Club is proud and excited to endorse Kelly Westlund for Congress. Kelly Westlund is a true environmental champion who is committed to protecting Lake Superior and irreplaceable natural resources in northern Wisconsin for generations to come. We are impressed with her commitment to expanding sustainable economic opportunities throughout the 7th District. The Sierra Club is mobilizing our members to support Kelly Westlund for Congress” said Shahla Werner, Director, Sierra Club – John Muir Chapter.

“I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Sierra Club, one of the oldest and most influential environmental organizations in the country,” said Westlund.

Westlund’s campaign has spearheaded environmental issues as a part of her campaign platform. Westlund believes that environmental protections are essential for economic growth and job creation in Northern Wisconsin. “There are many economic drivers in Wisconsin, such as tourism, outdoor recreation, and agriculture, that are dependent on a clean and healthy environment,” Westlund stated. “We need to make sure we protect our environment to ensure economic growth and security.”

“Representative Duffy’s consistent anti-environmental votes in the House are an insult and disservice to the voters of the 7th District,” said Dave Blouin, Political Chair, Sierra Club – John Muir Chapter. “Duffy’s extremist votes are in lockstep with the GOP mantra of unlimited drilling, mining, and fracking anywhere, anytime. In 2014 alone, he’s voted to make it harder to create National Parks, for more smog-producing air pollution from drilling for oil and gas, for unlimited hard rock mining on public lands, and to prohibit federal standards for oil and gas fracking. Simply put, Rep. Duffy’s extremist voting record proves he is a menace to the environment.”

Be Careful What You Wish For…

The saying essentially says, Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it!

And this may seem like piling on since Zach already published a piece about State Representative Brett Hulsey’s announcement that he will oppose Mary Burke for the Democratic ticket for Wisconsin Governor.

So now what does the party purist, anti-Burke contingent going to do? I can’t imagine a less viable Democratic candidate for governor than Rep. Hulsey in the whole state…really. MJS tagged his career as controversial…and I think that is being kind.

We’ll see if he even makes the primary ballot. sheesh!!

Worst State in America for black children has been declared, and it’s Wisconsin

This is absolutely shameful, and blame falls to Republicans and Democrats in Wisconsin.

Black families pondering a move to the Midwest might want to read this, especially if they have young children. According to a national report, Wisconsin has been ranked the worst state in the country when it comes to racial disparities for children.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation, a 66-year-old charitable organization concentrating on family issues and well-being, spearheaded the study. “Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children” scored states according to 12 different factors, from educational access to socioeconomic status and home life. 

Wisconsin scored a 238 on its ability to prepare black children for educational and financial success, the lowest of all states (the average score was 345). Interestingly, Wisconsin was ranked 10th overall in its preparation for white children.

Economically, the Casey report notes an immense difference in the the levels of economic security of children of different races in the state. While 70% of white children live in households above 200% of the poverty level ($47,700 for a family of four), only 20% of black children live in similar households. 

What’s even more disturbing about these findings by the Casey Foundation is that they’re not dissimilar from similar findings in the 1980s by the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, which found that at that time 60% of black children in Wisconsin younger than 5 years old lived below the poverty line.

These findings are something I’d expect to see from a state like Mississippi or Alabama – not Wisconsin, and the fact that we appear to have made negligible (if any) progress towards addressing these problems shows just how badly we’ve failed.

Brett Hulsey announces candidacy for governor

No doubt hilarity will ensue…

Democratic Assemblyman Brett Hulsey is running for governor, according to a news release issued Monday.

Hulsey said he has a plan to invest $1.2 billion to create clean energy jobs, increase job training, invest in public education and reverse tax increases and protect communities against strip mining. He said he would also create a state park out of an area in northern Wisconsin under consideration for an iron ore mine.

Hulsey said he would reverse pay cuts to government workers and strengthen workers’ rights.

While announcing his candidacy, Hulsey wasted no time taking a shot at the personal wealth of fellow Democrat Mary Burke, saying, “I’m a regular working person. I make about what the typical Wisconsinite makes. I’m running against a rich millionaire, who’s clearly sort of out of touch with Wisconsin.”

Of course Scott Walker won’t promise to serve out a full second term…

Considering the difficulty he’s had in fulfilling his promise to create 250,000 jobs in Wisconsin during his first term in office, it’s not surprising Republican Gov. Scott Walker is refusing to promise to serve out a full second term if he’s reelected.

A day after he formally announced his re-election bid, Gov. Scott Walker declined to say Wednesday whether he would serve a full four-year term if re-elected.

In comments to reporters in Madison and Milwaukee, Walker also tested the idea that he may have until the end of 2015 — rather than the beginning of that year — to meet his 2010 pledge to have the state add 250,000 jobs.

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