Jason “Red” Arnold is back with an epic rant…and it’s a doozy!

In a recent “press release” (and I use that term very loosely), Republican State Senate candidate Jason “Red” Arnold shows a very poor grasp of the fact surrounding the implementation of Act 10, legislation enacted by Republican Gov. Scott Walker and his rubber-stamp Republican-controlled legislature. Here’s Arnold’s assertion:

It was a law which stated that educators and public employees now had to pay 50% toward their pension and 12.6% towards their health insurance from the previous contribution of 0

While it’s convenient for Republicans who support Gov. Walker and Act 10 to trot out that little nugget, repeating a lie simply doesn’t make it true. The fact is, many thousands of public employees had to pay into their pensions and health care premiums before Act 10, and Jason Arnold’s inability to get such a basic fact right makes me think he’s got a “FOX NEWS IQ” rather than a “MENSA IQ.”

Not content to get a basic fact about public employee benefits wrong, Arnold’s press release then proceeded to call African-Americans who support Democrats “pawns.”

The black pawns of the ruling class whose lives these people like to toy with have been living under the blanket of injustice that the Civil War supposedly fought to abolish.

Given how far out of the mainstream Jason Arnold’s views are, I’m gonna go out on a limb and say he loses to Chris Larson by twenty points.

I’ve got a question about voter ID for supporters of voter ID

So here’s what I’m wondering. How does it makes sense to require voters to present an ID card to vote while individuals wanting to buy a gun at a gun show are not required to provide an ID?

Voter ID vs. guns

Republican State Rep. Bill Kramer gets plea deal with reduced sexual assault charges from DA Brad Schimel’s office

(Pic by DINESH RAMDE — Associated Press)

(Pic by DINESH RAMDE — Associated Press)

After initially being charged with two felony counts of second-degree sexual assault, Republican State Rep. Bill Kramer (pictured, right) has agreed to plead no contest to reduced charges of two misdemeanor counts of fourth-degree sexual assault. In exchange for his plea, Rep. Kramer will get a receive leniency in the form of a recommendation from the District Attorney’s office of three years of probation and the accompanying conditions of probation, including just nine months in jail with work-release privileges. It’s worth noting that with good behavior, that nine months is jail will likely be more like 6 months in jail. What’s more, as a part of the sweet plea deal Rep. Kramer worked out with District Attorney Brad Schimel’s office, Kramer will not have to register as a sex offender, which to me is the really galling thing about the plea deal.

In avoiding a felony conviction, the plea deal Rep. Kramer worked out with DA Schimel’s office will allow Kramer to remain in office through the end of his term in the State Assembly, which ends in January 2015.

You may remember Rep. Kramer was charged earlier this year with two felony counts of second-degree sexual assault after it was alleged that in 2011 he shoved a woman into a car, tried to kiss her, touched her indecently and made inappropriate comments to her outside a Republican Party event at a Muskego tavern. At the time he was charged, Rep. Kramer vehemently asserted his innocence, with his attorney stating Kramer was “confident that he will be exonerated.” While Kramer was not exonerated, it certainly seems like he got a pretty good plea deal from DA Brad Schimel’s office, especially considering the fact that Kramer will not be required to register as a sex offender despite having committed sex offenses.

Freakin’ Halloweekend: Spotlight on The Have Nots (as X)

Freakin' Halloweekend

In anticipation of “Freakin’ Halloweekend” – coming Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 at the High Noon Saloon in Madison – we’re taking a moment to profile and interview some of the bands who will be donning musical costumes for the occasion.    Please see the schedule below. 

What band are you performing as for Freakin’ Halloweekend?

X

 

Who are your members in your band and are they in other local Madison bands? If so, what are they?

T.B. Bonebrake (Goat Radio, Knuckel Drager), Nikxene Cervenka (The Lurkhards), Kurty “Zoom” Johnson (Knuckel Drager, Rodeo Bums), Jack Doe (Goat Radio and a bunch of Milwaukee bands)

 

When you were younger (or heck, even now), what band/musician did you want to be (or dress up as for Halloween) when you grew up?

Younger: Kiss. Now: Not Kiss.

 

What do you think the band you’re being would think if they saw you? Would they be flattered? Outraged? Impressed?

Billy Zoom would probably beat the sh!t out of us while smiling in a creepy manner. He seems angry that way.

 

Are you dressing up as the band?

Only if we can find a black see-through mesh sleeveless shirt for Jack

 

What other band playing at FHW are you most excited about seeing?

All of them!

 

What experience do you want the audience to take away from your show?

To feel like they’re at the Whiskey in 1982 all hopped up on goofballs.

 

Tickets ► http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/679063?utm_medium=bks

FRIDAY 10/31
12:30am The Have Nots as X
11:30pm Junkhead as ALICE IN CHAINS
11pm – 11:30pm Costume Contest Train/Winners
10pm Velcro Fly as ZZ TOP
9pm Red Rose playing 90’s HIP HOP CLASSICS
8pm The Shirley Manson Family as GARBAGE
8PM | $8 | 21+

Saturday 11/1
12:30am No Class as MOTORHEAD
11:30pm The Old Pornographers as THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS
11pm – 11:30pm Costume Contest Train/Winners
10pm The Bobby McGees as JANIS JOPLIN
9pm The Little Bitches as THE SPECIALS
8pm Blink One Eighty Boo as BLINK 182
8PM | $8 | 21+

Presented by WORT FM & MadCity Music Exchange

Costume contest with prizes at 11PM each night!

Click here for the Facebook Event

Gov. Scott Walker: using “divide and conquer” to the bitter end

At a campaign appearance today in Pewaukee, Gov. Scott Walker continued the “divide and conquer” rhetoric he’s made a hallmark of his political career.

In the tightest race of his political career, Republican Gov. Scott Walker turned up the rhetoric Thursday by saying many voters in the liberal bastion of Madison are driven by anger and that his supporters need to counter that tide by showing up at the polls.

During an appearance in Pewaukee, Walker quoted former Gov. Tommy Thompson as saying, “Unfortunately, anger is a greater motivation than love.”

Walker’s use of rhetoric intended to “divide and conquer” to attempt to pit Wisconsin’s voters against each other should come as absolutely no surprise to anyone who’s been paying attention to Walker over the past three years.

Scott Walker’s “divide and conquer” campaign is the basest, most cynical, most negative approach I’ve ever seen a campaign take towards voters, and that’s saying something considering how negative and cynical politics can be.

Ron Johnson holds event, only ten people show up

What happens if an elected official (a sitting U.S. Senator no less) held an event and ten people showed up?

I don’t know, but I suppose you could ask Republican U.S. Senator Ron Johnson.

U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson’s first visit to the Viterbo University campus provided students with an introductory course on conservative politics.

The Wisconsin Republican spoke to a gathering of about 10 Viterbo students Thursday afternoon.

That’s just plain awkward.

New Burke ad: “Tara”

This is an excellent ad.

Unfortunately Tara’s story is a story that hits close to home for many Wisconsin families.

Thursday Music: Counting Crows: Elvis Went to Hollywood

Is Pat Bomhack being outworked in the 17th Senate district?

Earlier this month, Jessie Opoien of the Capital Times had an interesting writeup of the race in the 17th State Senate district, a race that pits Republican State Rep. Howard Marklein against Democrat Pat Bomhack.

You may remember Bomhack as the candidate supported by State Senate Minority Leader Chris Larson, who endorsed Bomhack over longtime district resident and Democratic activist Ernie Wittwer. Bomhack won the race under curious circumstances, after ballots went missing during a recount of the initial election results. Until the results of the recount were finalized (and even after) Bomhack’s campaign seemed strangely quiet, and that hasn’t gone unnoticed.

Buros said he’s been surprised that the race isn’t being discussed locally as much as he anticipated, given its weight on the Senate’s partisan makeup. He hasn’t seen much advertising or heard much talk about either candidate, he said.

Former state Rep. Stephen Freese, a Dodgeville Republican, has seen otherwise.

“Howard Marklein is working what I would view as substantially harder at winning the election than Pat Bomhack is,” said Freese, chief administrative officer of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation.

The Farm Bureau’s political action committee — Volunteers for Agriculture — endorsed Marklein in the Senate race and GOP Reps. Ed Brooks and Travis Tranel in their races, but endorsed Democrat Dick Cates, a farmer, in his race against Republican Todd Novak for Marklein’s former seat in the 51st Assembly District.

Freese thinks Marklein has a natural advantage, though, based on his history in the area. The district’s political landscape is reflective of the state’s, he said, as it’s fairly evenly divided. That its voters have supported both Walker and Obama is indicative that the person on the ballot matters more than the letter after the candidate’s name.

As noted in Opoien’s article, President Obama won every county in the 17th district in 2012, so if there was a State Senate district ripe for Democrats to flip this year, it certainly seemed the 17th was that district. However, Bomhack’s relative lack of roots in the district – he’s lived there for only a few years – combined with his relative lack of any meaningful work experience hasn’t endeared Bomhack to voters in the district, who clearly vote more for the person than the letter after that person’s name.

The perception that Howard Marklein is outworking Pat Bomhack doesn’t bode well for Bomhack’s chances in November, and if Bomhack does lose, I expect folks will start to question the wisdom of Chris Larson hand-picking Bomhack over a Democrat who had a great resume and strong roots in the district.

H/T to Caffeinated Politics.

Freakin’ Halloweekend: Spotlight on No Class (As Motorhead!)

Freakin' Halloweekend

In anticipation of “Freakin’ Halloweekend” – coming Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 at the High Noon Saloon in Madison – we’re taking a moment to profile and interview some of the bands who will be donning musical costumes for the occasion. Please see the schedule below.

Q: What band are you performing as for Freakin’ Halloweekend?

A: The greatest band in the history of rock and roll… MOTORHEAD!!!!!

 

Q: Who are your members in your band and are they in other local Madison bands? If so, what are they?

A: Mike from the Rotten Tommys as Philthy Animal; Mike formerly of Tangy as Fast Eddie; Joe of The Gran Fury as Lemmy.

 

Q: When you were younger (or heck, even now), what band/musician did you want to be (or dress up as for Halloween) when you grew up?

A: Mike wanted to be Hendrix but Jimi was black and skinny and Mike is neither of those. He’s got Voodoo on guitar though. The other Mike probably wanted to be Mitch Mitchell so he could watch Jimi Hendrix every night. Joe won’t admit this, but he secretly wanted to be Lemmy so he could carry Hendrix’s gear every night.

 

Q: What do you think the band you’re being would think if they saw you? Would they be flattered? Outraged? Impressed?

A: They wouldn’t give two fucks. Lemmy would be on the video poker machine with a Jack and Coke and Philthy would be on the toilet I’m sure. As for Eddie, he’d probably leave and form another tribute band with Pete Way.

 

Q: Are you dressing up as the band?

A: Facial warts and all

 

Q: What other band playing at FHW are you most excited about seeing?

A: ZZ Top and Janis Joplin. We like those guys with the beards a lot, and hippie chicks are easy.

 

Q: What experience do you want the audience to take away from your show?

A: Stone deaf forever.

 

Tickets ► http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/679063?utm_medium=bks

FRIDAY 10/31
12:30am The Have Nots as X
11:30pm Junkhead as ALICE IN CHAINS
11pm – 11:30pm Costume Contest Train/Winners
10pm Velcro Fly as ZZ TOP
9pm Red Rose playing 90’s HIP HOP CLASSICS
8pm The Shirley Manson Family as GARBAGE
8PM | $8 | 21+

Saturday 11/1
12:30am No Class as MOTORHEAD
11:30pm The Old Pornographers as THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS
11pm – 11:30pm Costume Contest Train/Winners
10pm The Bobby McGees as JANIS JOPLIN
9pm The Little Bitches as THE SPECIALS
8pm Blink One Eighty Boo as BLINK 182
8PM | $8 | 21+

Presented by WORT FM & MadCity Music Exchange

Costume contest with prizes at 11PM each night!

Click here for the Facebook Event

 

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