Kansas state government to auction sex toys to make up budget shortfall

Apparently this is really happening – it is not a joke. Kansas state government is on the verge of a financial windfall with the auctioning of thousands of sex toys seized by the revenue department for nonpayment of income, withholding and sales taxes, an official said Wednesday.

Online shoppers for adult DVDs, novelty items, clothing [...]

Kyle Maichle should really figure out who’s on his email lists

From my email inbox comes a hit piece Kyle Maichle of the right-wing Wisconsin Election Watch doesn’t want you to see until tomorrow. Tomorrow morning, Wisconsin Election Watch will break a story regarding a Super PAC (Independent Disbursement Committee) in support of Susan Happ has had a history of campaign finance issues in Arizona dating [...]

Is Wisconsin “Open for Business?” Not according to “Ten Worst States for Business” list

As noted by James Rowen of The Political Environment, the American Economic Development Institute (http://aedi.us/about-us/) and Pollina Corporate Real Estate, Inc. (http://pollina.com/), have expanded the release of their research findings to include the Ten Worst States for Business. Among the Ten Worst States for Business is Scott Walker’s Wisconsin, which Gov. Walker infamously said in [...]

Top aides to Gov. Walker listed as attendees at high-dollar donor retreat

Absolutely no one should be surprised by this. Senior members of Gov. Scott Walker’s administration and his top campaign and political advisers are listed as attendees at a Republican Governors conference along with corporate titans and lobbyists who donated tens of thousands of dollars to the Republican Governors Association, according to documents published Wednesday by [...]

Illinois Republican state rep candidate alternated voting in WI & IL in recent years

According to this report by Natasha Korecki of the Chicago Sun Times, Republican Kathy Myalls, who’s running this year for a seat in the Illinois State Legislature, has voted in both Illinois and Wisconsin in recent years. In one case, she cast a vote in a primary election in Illinois. Then just three months later, [...]

Recordings and Open Meeting Laws

There was a little article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that went pretty much unnoticed and as far as I know, uncommented on. But apparently a gentleman from a more rural area of Southeastern Wisconsin had a fixation on how we all vote here in the big city of Milwaukee.

He likes to observe [...]

Remember that time Gov. Scott Walker’s administration engaged in a little political plagiarism?

While conservatives (and especially Gov. Walker’s reelection campaign) have been making a big deal of the supposed “plagiarism” (though it wasn’t really plagiarism) in Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke’s jobs plan, it’s important to remember that Gov. Walker isn’t unfamiliar with plagiarism, according to this 2011 report indicating Gov. Walker’s administration engaged in a little [...]

Gov. Walker appoints his lawyer’s brother to a judgeship

On Friday Gov. Scott Walker appointed former Outagamie County District Attorney Vince Biskupic to a seat on the Outagamie County Circuit Court. For those of you playing at home, Vince Biskupic just happens to be the brother of Steve Biskupic, the former U.S. Attorney who coincidentally has been working as Gov. Scott Walker’s attorney for [...]

The Republican-created mess at the Republican-created Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare

This is what you get when Republicans are allowed to run the government. When Mary Wolf left the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare this year, she wrote a pained letter to the agency’s leadership in both Milwaukee and Madison:

“The decision to leave the BMCW broke my heart,” she wrote. “It came down to the [...]

Gov. Walker: drug testing the poor is “about compassion”

Speaking at a campaign event on Monday, Gov. Scott Walker defended his proposal to require recipients of public benefits to submit to drug testing as being “about compassion.” Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Monday defended his proposal to require drug tests of people seeking unemployment assistance and food stamps by saying it was an act [...]

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