Did Alderman Tony Zielinski sign a petition to recall Gov. Walker?

I’ll admit that I’ve surfed over to the iVerifyTheRecall website to check to see if my signature was there (it was), and while I was there I figured I’d check to see which local elected officials have signed the petition to recall Gov. Scott Walker.

As I checked through a few names, I was surprised and disappointed to find that Milwaukee Alderman Tony Zielinski’s name wasn’t among those having signed a petition to recall Gov. Walker. However, understanding that the iVerifyTheRecall website isn’t perfect (a friend of my wife’s wasn’t listed as having signed a petition despite having signed a petition my wife circulated), I figured I’d contact Ald. Zielinski to get the truth of the matter. Confident I’d get a response one way or the other from him, I posted a message on Ald. Zielinski’s Facebook page asking him if he had signed a petition to recall Gov. Walker, and imagine my surprise when I found that my message to Ald. Zielinski had not only been deleted, but he had “unfriended” me as well.

So my original question remains….did Ald. Tony Zielinski sign a petition to recall Gov. Scott Walker? I think it’s a question that deserves an answer.

Eric Hovde is no Hillary Clinton – and he’s still a carpetbagger

Shorter Eric Hovde: “No seriously, I’m just like Hillary Clinton!”

“I spent most, or significant number of holidays [there]. I’m back and forth between Wisconsin and D.C. nonstop. I’m a 20-year Badger season ticket holder. I go to every major Packer game,” he continued.

Got that Wisconsinites? Eric Hovde spends holidays, Badger games, and Packer games in Wisconsin, so despite the fact that he has actually resided for twenty years in Washington, D.C. (where he’s also registered to vote) Eric Hovde thinks he’d be a great choice to carpetbag into Wisconsin to run for the U.S. Senate.

Once again, here’s a few campaign slogan suggestions for Eric Hovde:

“Hovde for Senate: I may not want to live in Wisconsin, but I’d sure like to be your U.S. Senator!”
“Hovde for Senate: I may not live in Wisconsin, but I’ll use my private jet to come visit when I’ve got time!”

Another R Money Pop Culture (NCAA Tourney) FAIL

Mitt admits that he’s just not plugged in.  Hey, everyone knows you have to plug in your robot once in a while.  But Mitt is not plugged in on this one.  From the New York Daily News:

President Obama is notoriously mad about March, obsessively filling out his NCAA tournament bracket every year. Mitt Romney? Not so much.

The Republican presidential candidate said Tuesday he won’t fill out a bracket — an annual tradition for tens of millions of Americans — because he hasn’t been playing close enough attention.

“I’m not plugged in well enough this year to do that,” Romney told reporters in Missouri.

The real story is that for-profit diploma mills don’t have teams in the NCAA, and thus Mitt can’t say he knows some of the team owners, like he says with NASCAR and the NFL.  Yeah, this is a R Money FAIL.


Transparency? Not in the Republican version of Wisconsin!

Here are the doors to the Wisconsin State Assembly gallery, blacked out on March 13, 2012 to prevent the citizenry from observing/filming/photographing the police arresting other citizens.

Photo courtesy Leslie Amsterdam

Not surprisingly, Wisconsin’s spending transparency earned a D-minus Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group, which found that the state’s online checkbook is difficult to use, lacks information and lags behind other states.

Wisconsin’s transparency website – sunshine.wi.gov – has not been upgraded since the Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group last studied Wisconsin’s spending transparency last year.

Welcome to the Republican version of Wisconsin, where government transparency makes for great campaign rhetoric but really gets in the way when they’re trying to stick it to the the poor and middle class while giving handouts to corporations and the wealthy.