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?

Huckabee doing “ObamaCare” robocalls?

From a reader living in Minnesota comes this bit of information about robocalls from Mike Huckabee encouraging folks to ask their doctors about the impact of “ObamaCare” on their practice:

Though resident in Winona, MN myself, Your Correspondent received but minutes ago a rather curious “robocall” from Mike Huckabee on the ameche, urging seniors and disabled people on Medicare to ask their doctors about the impact of ObamaCare (as in health-care reform) on
their practice–and expecting them to say such is “hurting” them.

The Greater Call here to urge a repeal of ObamaCare if Our Dear Nation is to be saved.

Making matters worse:

*There was no live operator prompt before the call asking permission to play the message beforehand;
*Mr. Huckabee’s voice appears to have been sped up, and deliberately (the better to distract and confuse); and
*There’s no disclosure “up front” as to who’s behind the robocalls in question, as the laws require.

No doubt we can expect conservatives to try to muddy the debate over Rep. Paul Ryan’s plan to end Medicare as we know it (a plan that’s proven to be extremely unpopular nationally) in an attempt confuse voters and distract from the fact that Congressional Republicans voted nearly unanimously to turn Medicare into a coupon system.

Zuma Bound’s Morning Links – 05/27/11

I have a hard time keeping up with all the email I get from Zuma Bound, but I suppose that’s not a bad thing.

Here’s Zuma Bound’s morning links….have a great morning!

Concealed carry without training or permits moves closer to becoming law

If Republicans in the legislature get their way, citizens of Wisconsin could soon see their fellow Wisconsinite packing concealed weapons without the need for pesky permits, registration, background checks, or any kind of training whatsoever.

The bill approved on a 3-2 vote by the State Senate Senate Judiciary Committee would allow state residents 21 and older to carry concealed weapons as long as they weren’t felons or otherwise barred from possessing firearms, with the only prohibition being that residents would not be able to carry concealed weapons in schools, law enforcement offices, jails, prisons, and courthouses. Not among the list of locations residents would be prohibited from carrying concealed weapons? The State Capitol in Madison, along with town halls/municipal buildings and county offices.

So if you wanna pack heat to pick your three year old up from daycare? Better pack your handgun!
Don’t feel safe at church? Strap on your pistol!

Judge Maryann Sumi strikes down Republican supported anti-public employee bill

In a 33-page decision issued yesterday, Dane County Circuit Court Judge Maryann Sumi overturned the budget “repair” bill passed into law by Republican legislators on March 9, 2011. In their haste to ram through the legislation, which removed virtually all collective bargaining rights for public employees, Republicans were alleged to have failed to provide proper notice to the public that they were convening a conference committee of lawmakers from both houses to approve Walker’s budget-repair bill.

Democratic State Rep. Peter Barca filed a complaint alleging the violation of the state’s open meetings laws after Republicans attending the conference committee held a vote on the budget “repair” bill despite Rep. Barca’s objections during the conference committee.

It’s an absolute certainty that Judge Sumi’s decision isn’t the last time we’ll hear from a judge – or a group of judges – regarding the Republican anti-public employee bill, as on June 6 the state Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments on whether to take the case. It’s also entirely likely Republicans in the legislature will simply include the language of their anti-public employee bill in the biennial state budget, so while Judge Sumi’s decision yesterday was certainly a victory for opponents of the Republican anti-public employee bill, the victory may be short-lived.