Kim Simac’s “family values” hypocrisy

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According to her campaign website, Tea Party Republican Kim Simac (pictured, right) says, “I believe in the preservation of the family and traditional family values, and will fight for legislation to protect them. To be strong, Wisconsin needs to support the traditional family structure…”

Simac, who has announced she’ll challenge Democratic State Senator Jim Holperin in a recall election that will likely be called against Holperin, really wants voters to believe she’s a “family values” candidate, but I’m wondering how Simac will reconcile her “family values” statements with her own personal history.

According to the Wisconsin Circuit Court Access Program (CCAP), Simac (then known as Kim Maillette) filed for divorce from her first husband on the exact same day that her current husband, Arthur Simac, filed for divorce from his now ex-wife. I suppose it could be purely coincidental that Simac filed for divorce from her first husband on the same day that her current husband filed for divorce from his now ex-wife, but to add further intrigue to the story, the two divorce petitions were given consecutive case numbers, meaning they had to have been filed within a short period of time of each other. While there’s no telling whether Simac and her current husband walked into the courthouse hand-in-hand to file for divorce from their respective spouses, I can just see that being the case.

I’ve attempted to contact Kim Simac and her campaign press secretary, but it’s been four days and I’ve gotten no response from either regarding Simac’s apparent hypocrisy when it comes to “family values.”

Kudos to PolitiScoop for first breaking this story.

Republicans work to create jobs by allowing earlier alcohol sales

In a move that’s sure to create thousands of jobs here in Wisconsin, Republican State Rep. Evan Wynn has introduced Assembly Bill 63, which would allow retailers with liquor licenses to start selling alcohol at 6 a.m. instead of 8 a.m.

No doubt earlier alcohol sales will stimulate Wisconsin’s economy and result in job creation; after all, Republicans are focused like laser beams on job creation.

Topic of the Week: The impact of Medicare in 2012

In a rather stunning turn of events, Democrat Kathy Hochul won a special election in New York’s 26th Congressional district, a heavily Republican district that voted 74% for the Republican candidate in 2010. The main issue in the special election in the NY 26th district was the plan proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan to eliminate Medicare as we know it and replace it with a coupon system, forcing seniors to haggle with insurance companies to try and find insurance coverage on their own.

While conservatives have been quick to blame the presence of a third party candidate in that race as the reason the Republican candidate lost, the most recent polling completed prior to election day in the 26th showed that the issue voters cared most about was Medicare, and those voters were more than a little bothered by Republican Jane Corwin’s enthusiastic support for Rep. Ryan’s Medicare-killing plan.

So let’s talk about how Republican support for eliminating Medicare as we know it will impact their chances in 2012. Will Republican support for Paul Ryan’s Medicare “reforms” be the albatross the economy and “ObamaCare” were for Democrats in 2010?