Scott Walker – Intimidated

Once again The Worley Dervish nails it.

I’d love to hear someone from Gov. Walker’s reelection campaign explain why he can’t be bothered to hold any public events to announce his reelection campaign, instead choosing carefully choreographed private events.

What exactly does Gov. Walker think he has to fear from interacting with the “unwashed masses?”

Caption This – Bill Kramer Edition

Caption this photo of Republican State Rep. Bill Kramer making his first court appearance on allegations of sexual assault.

(Pic by DINESH RAMDE — Associated Press)

(Pic by DINESH RAMDE — Associated Press)

Wisconsin hunting group to vote on proposal to allow swan hunting in Wisconsin

WTF?!?!?!?

A proposal to allow the hunting of tundra swans, along with a rule to allow hunters to retrieve hound dogs on private property without landowner permission, are shaping up as two of the most controversial questions before state outdoors users Monday.

The annual meetings of the Wisconsin Conservation Congress (WCC) — held simultaneously in all 72 counties — will also ask attendees about creating a hunting season for the white deer and eliminating all trapping hours restrictions.

In total, 58 questions are on the WCC spring questionnaire and results will be used to advise the Department of Natural Resources and the Natural Resources Board on policy changes. State law mandates that WCC resolutions must be considered when new legislation is written.

There are so many reasons why this is just plain wrong, and the fact that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is obligated to consider the swan hunting resolution is just plain disturbing.

Scott Walker’s administration outsources highway sign maintenance to company in Georgia

Why does it not surprise me that Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s administration would outsource highway sign maintenance to a company based in Georgia?

The state has entered into a new contract to maintain the blue signs on highways that direct drivers to restaurants and gas stations near Wisconsin’s highways, and businesses that rely on that service won’t see a price cut.

The new contract gives the work to Interstate Logos, a Georgia-based subsidiary of billboard giant Lamar Advertising Co., and keeps prices at the same amounts they have been for years.

WI Republicans to consider measure to secede from U.S. at their yearly convention (UPDATED)

Boy, Republicans in Wisconsin sure aren’t afraid to bring the crazy…

To secede or not to secede.

That will be the question for Wisconsin Republicans at next month’s convention.

Earlier this month, the party’s Resolutions Committee voted in favor of a proposal that says the state party “supports legislation that upholds Wisconsin’s right, under extreme circumstances, to secede.”

A version of the so-called “state sovereignty” resolution was first OK’d last month by one of the state GOP’s eight regional caucuses as an assertion of the state’s 10th Amendment rights. The measure also calls for ending all mandates that go “beyond the scope of the constitutionally delegated powers of the federal government.”

Top Republican officials hoped to kill the fringe proposal during a meeting of the resolutions panel at the Hyatt Hotel in Milwaukee on April 5. Instead, the committee made a few edits to the resolution and adopted it on a split vote.

Now, the matter will go for final approval to the delegates attending the state Republican Party’s convention in Milwaukee on May 2-4.

And once again, Graeme Zielinski sums up my thoughts on this move by Wisconsin’s Republican Party best.

And as Charles Pierce wrote for Esquire, it’s constitutional heresy to suggest our state’s secession from our nation, and the fact that Scott Walker didn’t roundly condemn this measure says a lot about how deathly afraid he is of standing up to extremists within his own party.

Why Don’t We Vote?

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These two photos are Afghans waiting to vote despite the threats of death from the Taliban.
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Yet we had an election here in Wisconsin on April 1st when only 9.3% of the electorate bothered to show up. And no body was threatening their lives if they did so. So they got to decide a few things for the other 90%. Now I realize that here in the city of Milwaukee we really only had a few seats to fill…all of them Circuit Court seats and only one of them was contested. Not as inspiring as a presidential election granted…but think about that next time you are a defendant in Circuit Court.

The other item in the city was the referendum on cutting the pay and benefits for county supervisors. So again less than 10% of the people decided on the future of county government for the remaining 90%. Keep that in mind if you ever try to contact your supervisor and can’t reach them in their part time role.

For those of us continuing to fight for voter rights…we need to fight for voter responsibility…citizens need to exercise their right to vote at each and every election.

Side note: it is time that small spring elections like these get rolled into the fall elections to save money but increase voter participation in each and every race on the ballot.

Governor Walker Wants To Continue The Tuition Freeze at UW

Gov. Scott Walker on Friday proposed freezing the University of Wisconsin System tuition for another two years, adding on to a similar hard cap enacted last year.

That should give him just about enough time to finish his degree…we wouldn’t want him saddled with thousands in student debt going into the 2016 Presidential election cycle!

Gov. Walker gives Rep. Tom Petri a “heartfelt” goodbye

This is as good as it gets from Gov. Scott Walker.

H/T to The Political Environment.

Cudahy Ald. Justin Moralez garners endorsement from Randy Hollenbeck

Earlier this week, Cudahy Ald. Justin Moralez announced he’s running as a Republican for the 20th Assembly District seat currently held by Democratic State Rep. Chris Sinicki.

On the heels of Moralez’s announcement comes his first key endorsement, as fellow Cudahy Ald. Randy Hollenbeck has announced his full-throated support of Moralez’s candidacy.

I am honored and glad to call Justin Moralez a friend, a colleague and soon to call him my Wisconsin Assembly District 20 Representative.

I know of at least one of Ald. Moralez’s aldermanic peers who absolutely won’t be endorsing his candidacy, but it’ll be interesting to see whether any others follow Ald. Hollenbeck’s suit and endorse Moralez.

Rep. Tom Petri announces he won’t see reelection

Well this is something…

GOP U.S. Rep. Tom Petri, R-Fond du Lac, will announce Monday that he will not seek re-election.

Petri’s congressional office put out a statement this afternoon that the longtime congressman, facing a primary challenge this fall, will make the announcement at a town hall meeting in Neenah.

Republican State Sen. Glenn Grothman had previously announced his candidacy for the seat currently held by Rep. Petri, but Petri’s decision not to run will likely result in a very crowded Republican field, and it will be interesting to see if Democrats even bother to run a candidate.

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