VIDEO: Republican Rep. Glenn Grothman admits voter ID law meant to disenfranchise Democratic voters

Watch as Republican Congressman Glenn Grothman admits that the voter ID scheme passed into law by Wisconsin’s Republican-controlled Legislature will help Republicans win Wisconsin in November’s presidential election.

While anyone with half a brain knew Republican efforts to implement voter ID laws were intended with one purpose – to disenfranchise voters who typically voted for Democrats – I will admit it’s refreshing to hear a Republican like Glenn Grothman to admit what we already knew.

Could Glenn Grothman give Democrats a chance in the 6th CD?

While the race to be the Republican nominee in the 6th Congressional district is far from over, Craig Gilbert of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel thinks that Grothman as the Republican nominee could increase chances Democrats could gain control of the seat.

If his tiny victory margin in Tuesday’s GOP primary holds up, state Sen. Glenn Grothman will be the instant favorite this fall to replace 35-year congressman Tom Petri of Fond du Lac.

But he’ll be a favorite with an asterisk.

Grothman’s blunt persona and outspoken conservatism on hot-button social issues are wild cards in what otherwise should be an easy seat for Republicans to hold.

In style and substance, Grothman is a huge departure from the mild-mannered Republican that voters in Wisconsin’s 6th District have been sending to Congress since Jimmy Carter was in the White House. Petri largely avoided confrontation and controversy. For Grothman, being “politically incorrect” is a badge of honor.

“Democrats have very few opportunities across the country to take Republican seats,” says David Wasserman, who analyzes U.S. House races for the nonpartisan Cook Political Report. “But in this case the best thing they have going for them is an easily demonize-able Republican opponent. Why they don’t take advantage of that is a mystery to me.”

Is Grothman “demonize-able” enough to put a House seat in play that Republicans have held for the past 46 years?

While Glenn Grothman may increase the chances Democrats could gain control of the seat in the 6th Congressional district, I’m not holding my breath for a Dmeocratic win in the 6th Congressional district. Mark Harris is a great Democratic candidate, but in a district that favors Republicans by 24%, it would take a miracle for Democrats to wrest control of the seat from Republicans.

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.

Tea party conservative Glenn Grothman to carpetbag & run for Congress

Wow….just wow.

Glenn Grothman, one of the Wisconsin state Senate’s most conservative members, announced Thursday morning that he intends to run for Congress. He will challenge moderate Rep. Tom Petri (R-Wis.) in the 6th congressional district.

In a statement, Grothman cited his frustration with “a federal government that seems to be out of control,” saying he was “troubled about our country’s future.”

“I am even more concerned about the massive trend towards government dependency,” he said. “The number of people on FoodShare has gone from seventeen million as recently as 2001 to forty-seven million today. The number of people on disability has risen from five million people to almost nine million people in the last thirteen years, all while job safety has improved greatly.”

It’s worth noting Grothman does not actually live in the 6th Congressional district, meaning that he’ll likely have to move out of his mom’s basement and find a place to stay in the 6th Congressional district.

Personally, I look forward to Grothman’s challenge to Tom Petri, because if there’s one thing Glenn Grothman’s good for, it’s laughs. After all, he’s said and done plenty of really dumb things over the years.

Republicans try to sneak changes to overtime in 2013 Assembly Bill 611

Ed. Note: At second glance, it appears I’m mistaken, as the compensatory time this bill would create as an option for employees would actually be earned at a rate of 1.5 hours of compensatory time per hour of overtime, so the employee would not be losing money. Apologies for the oversight on my part.

I’d like to take a few moments to discuss 2013 Assembly Bill 611, a piece of legislation written by anti-worker Republicans like State Sen. Glenn Grothman and State Rep. Joel “donors write my bills” Kleefisch. On January 9, Assembly Bill 611 was referred to the State Assembly’s Committee on Labor, and as I write this it has not advanced any further.

The stated goal of Assembly Bill 611 is to permit “an employer other than the state or a local governmental unit (private employer) to provide compensatory time off in lieu of overtime compensation.” In other words, Assembly Bill 611 would allow private employers to provide paid time off instead of paying employees overtime for hours worked above and beyond the standard 40 hour workweek. At face value, that may seem fairly benign, but a deeper look at Assembly Bill 611 revealed this little nugget (emphasis added):

5. An employer shall pay any monetary compensation provided under subd. 1., 202., 3., or 4. at the regular rate of pay of the employee at the time the compensatory time was earned.

What that means (unless I’m totally reading it wrong) is that if employees are given compensatory time under this new legislation and they end up not using that compensatory time, they’d be able to get a payout at their regular rate of pay as opposed to getting a payout at the overtime rate of time and a half.

No doubt Republicans supporting Assembly Bill 611 will tout it as yet another example of how they’re giving employees more “freedom” and “flexibility,” but there’s a very real (and very negative) cost associated with Assembly Bill 611, which clearly benefits employers more than it benefits employees.

Given Rep. Kleefisch’s involvement in Assembly Bill 611, one can only wonder how much of the drafting of the legislation he outsourced to an interested third party – right-wing Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce comes to mind as one group that would be interested in changing Wisconsin’s overtime laws to benefit employers.

Glenn Grothman Wants to Poison You!

A Wisconsin State Senate committee is scheduled to take up Senate Bill 236–a bill that would open the doors to the legal sale of unpasteurized milk from dairy farmers.  The bill, championed by Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend), would set up guidelines for allowing the dumber among us to consume a product that was made safe by Louis Pasteur in 1864.

Consider these facts from the FDA…

Between 1993 and 2006, more than 1500 people from drinking raw milk, or eating cheese made from raw milk.

The CDC reports that unpasteurized milk is 150 times more likely to cause foodborne illness and results in 13 times more hospitalizations than illnesses involving pasteurized dairy products.

Raw, unpasteurized milk can carry dangerous bacteria such as Salmonella, E. coli, and Listeria, which are responsible for causing numerous foodborne illnesses.  Listeria, in pregnant women, can cause fetal miscarriage, or illness/death in newborns.

However, raw milk advocates will tell you it “tastes better,” and point to anecdotal evidence of safety by claiming they have never been made sick by raw milk.  You know what I think tastes better?  Not vomiting all over the place and making a mess inside your pants from food poisoning.  Let me be as graphic as possible and tell you that you can do both of these things (at the same time) for hours on end from food poisoning.  It will leave you so weak, you will wish you had the physical strength to end your existence.   I’ve had food poisoning before–and I certainly wouldn’t invite it into my house again because raw milk “tastes better.”

They’ll caulk the cracks!

Watch and listen as Republican State Sen. Glenn Grothman explains that individuals who live near the proposed Gogebic Taconite strip mine in the northwoods of Wisconsin have absolutely nothing to worry about in regards to their drinking water, because the mining company will solve mine leakage problems with “industrial caulk.”