Falk endorsed by EMILY’s List, AFSCME to follow

This does not surprise me one bit…

Emily’s List announced Thursday that they will back former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk for the Democratic nod to oppose Walker in the recall election later this year. One of two women running for governor, Falk is currently considered the frontrunner in the Democratic contest, though one possible heavyweight Democratic contender remains undecided about a bid.

I’ve also been told that AFSCME District Councils 48 and 40 have decided to formally endorse Kathleen Falk for governor, with a public announcement of that endorsement forthcoming.

With each passing day it appears more and more likely that Kathleen Falk will end up being the odds-on favorite to be the Democratic gubernatorial nominee.

Take a peek at the 84 pages of redistricting documents Republicans didn’t want you to see

From a follower on Twitter comes the 84 pages of emails pertaining to the hyper-partisan and ultra-secretive legislative redistricting process that Republicans in the state legislature didn’t want you or I to see:

The fact that Republicans in our state’s legislature want to hide how they do business from the very citizens who elected them should outrage every single Wisconsinite who values clean, transparent government.

Republicans Offer Contraceptive Care to Horses. Human Women? Not so Much

Yes, Republicans, led by Dan Burton of Indiana, are willing to pay for contraception for horses, but are unwilling to even let a woman testify in a hearing about contraception for women.  That is the state of the Republican Party today, that they respect horses more than they do women. 

Here in Wisconsin we are used to Republican outrages perpetrated by Scott Walker, but this is insane.  Which begs the question of whether “Republican” = “insane.”

Why Do We Have Super PAC’s?

Because the Billionaires that fund them are too bat shit crazy to ever get elected. Scott Walker(and others) sugar daddy, David Koch once ran for president in 1980 and received a whopping 1% of the vote.

Koch was the Libertarian Party’s vice-presidential candidate in the 1980 presidential election, sharing the party ticket with presidential candidate Ed Clark. The Clark–Koch ticket promising to abolish Social Security, the Federal Reserve Board, welfare, minimum-wage laws, corporate taxes, all price supports and subsidies for agriculture and business, and U.S. Federal agencies including the SEC, EPA, ICC, FTC, OSHA, FBI, CIA, and DOE.[2][12] The ticket proposed legalization of prostitution, recreational drugs, and suicide.[2] The ticket received 921,128 votes, 1.06% of the total nationwide vote.

They are too looney and extreme to run on their own so instead they buy politicians to run for them. They can purchase an experienced politician, get them elected then get their way much better than attempting to run themselves. While there are many versions of this, here is a shining example.

Wisconsin born billionaire Foster Friess, has taken a look at the field and decided to purchase a rick santorum. While one would think that Rick Santorum is crazy enough, you would be wrong, he can be trumped with even crazier.

H/T Think Progress

FRIESS: On this contraceptive thing, my gosh, it’s so inexpensive. You know, back in my days, they used Baer Aspirin for contraceptives. The gals put it between their knees and it wasn’t that costly.

and they say unions are the problem?

Erpenbach Strikes Back (again)

First, State Senator Jon Erpenbach tried to clarify the secrecy arrangement between Michael Best & Friedrich and the Senate Republicans. Then Michael Best & Friedrich passed the buck. Now Senator Erpenbach is not willing to take “don’t bother us” for an answer:

Eric M. McLeod
Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
One South Pinckney St
Suite 700
Madison, WI 53703

Dear Mr. McLeod,

I am in receipt of your letter of February 13. I am disappointed to learn that, rather than respond promptly to my request for the entire file on redistricting; you have referred my request to Senator Fitzgerald.

Upon what legal authority do you rely for the proposition that you need not respond to requests for information and work product from other State Senators? If that’s part of the retainer agreement your firm has with the Wisconsin State Senate, then I’d like to see that retainer agreement, as well.

I understand that in certain instances a legislative body may seek legal advice and counsel through its majority political leadership. But each State Senator possesses equivalent authority under Wisconsin law to represent his or her constituents and conduct the state’s business. In other words, Senator Fitzgerald is first among equals by virtue of his membership in the majority party. That is all.

In this particular situation, as stated in your letter dated February 13, you freely admit that “our client is the Wisconsin State Senate.” The qualifying phrase you added (“acting by its Majority Leader, Scott L. Fitzgerald”) is not relevant to my request for the redistricting file. Senator Fitzgerald is the Majority Leader, but he is not the leader of the Senate Democrats, who happen to be 16 members of the 33-member body you represent.

You and your firm represent the entire Wisconsin State Senate, of which I am an equal member. We (the entire Wisconsin State Senate) are being sued. Your firm is seeking to suppress, I believe the number to be 84, email correspondences between the majority party and your firm. In that motion, you are claiming attorney client privilege. Really? I’m a client and have yet to see one single thing from you or your firm, let alone any of the documents you are seeking to suppress.

As a client I want to know why you are claiming attorney-client privilege when 16 of your clients have no idea what’s in those emails.

I believe you are obligated to answer these and any other questions I might ask you as your client. Therefore, I am writing for the last time to request that you immediately provide me with the entire redistricting file, including all files, memos, talking points and any and all communications regarding your work on redistricting as an attorney retained by the Wisconsin State Senate to represent, by definition, ALL members of the Wisconsin State Senate.

Sincerely,

Jon Erpenbach
State Senator
27th Senate District

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