If the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe in northern Minnesota can afford to raise the minimum wage at all of their businesses and enterprises, you would think everyone can. Read all about it here.
C’mon McDonald’s, Wal-Mart, Menards, etc. You’re gonna tell us you can’t afford it? Puhleeeeeze.
This is great news for anyone who believes decisions on mental health should be made by medical professionals, not politicians.
A bill to put a board of medical professionals — instead of politicians — in charge of Milwaukee County’s embattled mental health system won unanimous approval Tuesday in the state Senate.
The measure now moves to the Assembly where it is expected to pass easily next week. It then would go to Gov. Scott Walker for his signature. Walker has likened Milwaukee’s system to “a natural disaster” and declared “it’s time for dramatic action.”
On a 33-0 vote, the Senate approved the measure to strip the County Board of oversight and establish a board of medical and other professionals to set policy and oversee funding. It also requires the state to conduct an audit of the Mental Health Complex, paving the way for a possible take-over of the facility by the state.
It’s so great to see former Sen. Russ Feingold is continuing to serve our nation years after leaving office.
Feingold found his new diplomatic role immensely satisfying, in part because the obscurity of eastern Congo prevented the issue from turning partisan and in part because the stakes seemed so high. “I was involved in some exciting negotiations in the Senate, but this felt more real,” he said. “If you’re negotiating something in the Senate, maybe you get it through committee after you’ve negotiated it. Maybe it gets through the Senate. Maybe it gets through the House. Maybe the president signs it. It doesn’t have that feeling of immediacy of when you walk in a room and you talk to the M23, and you say, ‘Are you gonna agree to this or not?’”
The answer, it turned out, was no. The two sides couldn’t agree on which top rebel commanders would receive amnesty—and many believed the rebels were just using the negotiations to buy time for a final military offensive. The talks collapsed, and early on the morning of Oct. 25, the fighting resumed in North Kivu, with Congolese artillery, backstopped by U.N. helicopters, squeezing the rebels from the north, west and south.That same day, Kerry phoned Kagame and told him that Rwanda needed to sit this round of fighting out. By this point, Kagame was no longer getting mixed messages from the United States, and the Congolese army and the Intervention Brigade were performing surprisingly well, so Kagame at last decided to pull the plug on the M23. According to the Congo expert Jason Stearns, Rwandan officers simply stopped returning M23 leaders’ calls.
Before sunrise on Nov. 5, on hilltops near the Ugandan border, the Congolese army delivered the coup de grâce to the M23.Feingold was in Pretoria, South Africa, for a regional summit. Brennan Gilmore got word that the M23 had just formally renounced its rebellion, and he whispered the news to Feingold, who broke it to the assembled reporters.
The substance of a final deal was soon worked out. The M23 would demobilize and transform itself into a political party, and the government would free rebel prisoners and undertake certain reforms. At one point, the M23 negotiators sought to revisit provisions requiring members to sign pledges against rebellion, but Feingold, in his words, “blew the whistle,” convincing the M23 representatives not to backtrack. “That to me was a critical moment,” he said. On Nov. 11—the anniversary of the day World War I ended, he remembered noting with pleasure—he and the other envoys arrived at Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s official residence in Kampala for the 4 p.m. signing ceremony. “The M23s at one table, observers from all over the world, ambassadors—it was like a beautiful party,” Feingold recalls. Then, ding-ding-ding: “The president awaits your attendance for the signing of the agreement.”
I’d encourage you all to read the rest of POLITICO Magazine’s article. It’s long, but well worth the read.
On Tuesday President Barack Obama appeared on Funny or Die’s Between Two Ferns with host Zach Galifianakis, and hilarity ensued.
For those of you who aren’t familiar, Between Two Ferns is a sort of mock-public access channel show hosted by Zach Galifianakis. It has the look of a public access show too, with very little decoration outside of a plain black backdrop, two stools and, of course, two ferns.
Watch for yourselves:
H/T to Think Progress.
On Tuesday Gov. Scott Walker said he would call a special legislative session if courts this spring do not uphold the state’s voter ID law, a law Republicans love because it will depress Democratic votes in Wisconsin. No doubt Gov. Walker wants to see voter ID enacted into law before this November’s election because it will smooth his path to re-election.
And while Gov. Walker is fixated on “fixing” his re-election changes, yet another company has announced it’s moving jobs out of Wisconsin.
Manitowoc Co. will cut about 150 jobs in Manitowoc as the company moves a production line that builds ice machines to a plant in Monterrey, Mexico, and possibly China.
The job reductions will take place over the next 21 months, the company said Tuesday, and could include about 40% of the production employees who make Indigo ice machines.
And here’s GOP Chairman Reince Priebus admitting the state Republican Party coordinated political efforts with outside groups like Americans for Prosperity, tea party groups, and the Grandsons of Liberty, among others.
[National GOP chair Reince] Priebus made his comments on a Saturday morning CPAC panel addressing how conservatives could fight and defeat organized labor state by state,..
“How did we do it in Wisconsin?” RNC Chair Reince Priebus asked Saturday morning. “The simplest way I can tell you is we had total and complete unity between the state party, quite frankly, Americans for Prosperity, the Tea Party groups, the Grandsons of Liberty. The [Glenn Beck-instigated] 9/12ers were involved…
Panelist Luke Hilgemann, the current Americans for Prosperity COO who formerly led the Koch-backed group’s Wisconsin efforts, told the crowd that the 2011 victory “started back in 2007 on the shores of Lake Michigan,” at a meeting of fifteen intrepid activists who’d “had enough of government overreach,” including then-Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker. Priebus, a former Wisconsin GOP head, credited the ability to pass Walker’s reforms in part to the party and Tea Party activists unifying well before the 2010 primary…
In light of revelations by Reince Priebus of coordination between the Wisconsin GOP and outside groups, James Rowen of The Political Environment has a great question: Who was there at the pivotal meeting disclosed by Reince Priebus at CPAC?
This is absolutely disgraceful.
Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. recently promoted Nancy Evans to the captain overseeing airport security, even though Clarke’s own internal investigation found she had committed a “clear act” of misconduct in office just 18 months ago.
Prosecutors decided last year not to press charges against Evans because they couldn’t prove she personally benefited when awarding thousands of taxpayer dollars to an account she created for her longtime boyfriend via no-bid contracts.
But a fellow captain who investigated Evans for the agency concluded that she broke county rules in providing contracts to Jevon Terry, a former corrections officer with whom she had an extramarital affair, according to an internal report obtained by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The probe showed Evans created the PayPal account for her boyfriend’s company and produced the invoices for the work, which was considered slipshod and incomplete. Most of the money from the contracts was spent by Terry while he was with Evans at her work-related jail conference in Reno, Nev.
“The investigation revealed that Evans used her position to circumvent the Milwaukee County Procurement and Purchasing process and steer contracts to Terry,” said the internal report written by sheriff’s Capt. Brian Barkow. “The actions by Evans created a dishonest advantage for Terry.”
Before the investigation — and subsequent suspension and demotion — Evans had quickly climbed the ranks during Clarke’s tenure. Her pay is about $80,000 a year, county records show.
Evans is now the focus of a lawsuit by the Milwaukee County deputies union that argues Clarke illegally promoted her to the rank of captain. The lawsuit says that Evans lacked law enforcement certification and that Clarke didn’t follow the proper procedures for filling a vacancy in his agency.
The promotion of Captain Nancy Evans despite her past misconduct is proof of just how dysfunctional the Sheriff’s Office has become under Sheriff David Clarke, and it just underscores why change is so desperately needed.
Last Panel: little kid is a Republican…the janitor a Democrat.
From Go Comics!
What happened when the folks at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference held a panel on minority outreach?
No one attended.
From today’s email swarm:
I am happy to announce that I will be running for reelection this fall. After many busy years it is time to hit the campaign trail once again. Over the past year it has been an honor to serve as Democratic Leader in the state Senate, and I am excited to continue to fight for progressive values in the years ahead.
To kick off the campaign, I’ll be hosting 3 events, in 3 different cities across the district – South Milwaukee, Cudahy and Milwaukee. Below is the information for the South Milwaukee event on March 12th. If you can’t make it, be on the look out for invitations for the next 2 kick off events.
South Milwaukee Campaign Kick Off
Wednesday, March 12th, 5:30-7:30 PM
The Hickory Inn, 2703 S Chicago Ave
Hope to see you soon!
Senate Democratic Leader