Comedian Lee Camp asks a good question: “Who is this economic recover really benefiting?”
Fox News has hired former Tea Party congressman Allen West to serve as a network contributor, according to a report in The Washington Post.
West served for just two years in Congress after a career in the military. Since losing his seat in Flordia’s 22nd (after being redistricted into Florida’s 18th), he has been hosting a show for “Next Generation TV,” which is owned by conservative website PJ Media.*
“Representative West’s congressional and military experience along with his fearless approach to voicing key issues will provide a valuable point of view to the Fox News lineup,” Fox News Vice President Bill Shine said in a statement.
From my email inbox:
After three-and-a-half years before the mast at the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, I’m moving on. It was one hell of a ride and I’m proud of the work I’ve done, both before- and behind-the scenes.
It was an honor to fight passionately, honestly and with integrity for the values I love that have sustained the state and Party I love, all during some pretty momentous days.
As my Church teaches me, the rich and powerful can fend for themselves. It is up to progressive institutions to stand up for the rest of us, and that’s what I intend to do as I move forward, buoyed and strengthened by the great experience of my time with the Party.
Zielinski noted that he will be working on an “exciting writing project” in the future, but he didn’t elaborate on what that project would be.
From my email inbox…
**MEDIA ADVISORY: TUESDAY, MAY 21:
JEFF DEMS TO HOST WAR ON WOMEN PANEL
FEATURING: REP. DIANNE HESSELBEIN, DPW EXECUTIVE DIR. MAGGIE BRICKERMAN, NARAL WI ED JENNI DYE, AND EMERGE WI ED WENDY STROUT** “The War on Women and how we fight back”
JEFFERSON- With an eye on 2014 and beyond, the Democratic Party of Jefferson County is hosting an event they hope will not only draw attention to legislation and policies that are anti-women and family, but look for solutions and ways to counter these attacks.
“We’re fighting battles that should have been settled decades ago, from unprecedented attacks on a woman’s right to make private health care decisions with her doctor, and restricted access to health care, to attacks on public employees who are disportionately women, under representation in government, and scapegoating working and single mothers. We have a lot of work to do” said Democratic Party of Jefferson County Chair, Erin Sievert. “It’s my hope that by bringing these issues to the surface and showing how they all fit together, that we can come up with solutions that will help get us back on the path to equality and justice for women everywhere.”
Donations for PADA, Jefferson County (People Against Domestic and Sexual Abuse), will be gratefully accepted, but not required.
WHO: Democratic Party of Jefferson County members, and interested members of the public
WHAT: War on Women Panel Discussion
WHERE: Jefferson Area Business Center, 222 Wisconsin Dr. Jefferson
WHEN: Tuesday, May 21 at 7 p.m.
I sometimes find myself at odds with my church, but Pope Francis is exactly right when it comes to poverty and the “cult of money.”
Pope Francis said life had become worse for people in both rich and poor countries, the BBC’s David Willey in Rome reports.
In a biblical reference, the pontiff said the “worship of the golden calf” of old had found a new and heartless image in the current cult of money.
He added that reforms were urgently needed as poverty was becoming more and more evident.
People struggled to live, and frequently in an undignified way, under the dictatorship of an economy which lacked any real human goal, Pope Francis said.
This certainly can’t hurt Mike Tate’s chances of being reelected as Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.
Yep, Gov. Scott Walker’s “laser focus” on creating jobs in Wisconsin is sure paying dividends…
And another set of employment data – this one preliminary and subject to revision – showed Wisconsin losing an estimated 22,600 private-sector jobs during April of this year.
In related news, according to the state Department of Workforce Development 62,072 private-sector jobs were created in Wisconsin between December 2010 and December 2012, meaning that with half his term in office completed, Gov. Walker has created just a little over one fourth of the 250,000 jobs he promised he’d create before the end of his first term in office.
Smells like failure to me…
Where am I gonna be tonight? Shank Hall in Milwaukee, for Cold Satellite:
Wisconsin native Jeffrey Foucault has teamed up (for a second time) with poet Lisa Olstein for a set of Americana-inflected tunes that are also damned smart.
Openers tonight are fellow midwesterners The Pines, led by the son of the legendary Bo Ramsey.
Not a bad way to spend an evening, folks. Hope to see you there.