Vote on Secession Planned for Wisconsin Republican Convention
To secede or not to secede.
That will be the question for Wisconsin Republicans at next month’s convention.
In the past few months, debate surrounding the use of racial caricatures as pro sports mascots has reached a fever pitch. Just ask the Washington Redskins, who’ve endured significant backlash for both their refusal to change their name and their half-assed attempts to placate their critics.
But a few miles west, fans of the MLB’s Cleveland Indians are taking a stand. In a motion of solidarity, a small but growing number have been “de-Chiefing” their paraphernalia by removing the offensive “Chief Wahoo” mascot from caps and jerseys that bear its likeness.
Milwaukee is a baseball town, by far the best in the major leagues. Baseball there is part of the civic personality, just as theaters are in New York, and motion pictures are in Los Angeles and culture used to be in Boston. It’s as personal a part of the town as beer. Under it and over it and beyond it is the impressive fact that everywhere you go people talk baseball. Baseball, like the weather, is part of the atmosphere. It serves to make going to a baseball game a real pleasure.
Sports Illustrated, 1955
Happy opening day!
In narrow vote, Senate backs ending early voting on weekends
This sentence sums up the state Republican agenda well:
Republican state senators narrowly approved bills Wednesday to end weekend voting before elections, allow lobbyists to make political donations earlier in the political season and curb lawsuits by those exposed to asbestos.
According to the Huffington Post, Milwaukee (seen here in this faded picture circa 1986, thanks HuffPo) was the tenth most dangerous city in the country in 2013.
Rape was up by more than 100 percent, though that stat is tough to compare to 2012’s numbers because of the FBI’s broader definition of the crime implemented last year. Robbery was also up by 16 percent. Overall, violent crime jumped by 5 percent.
The John Doe Files
Among the things disclosed in the John Doe documents released today:
■ In April 2010, Michael Best & Friedrich paralegal Kelly Teelin sent Rindfleisch a photo of four dogs and a joke about someone whose dogs qualified for welfare because they are “mixed in color, unemployed, lazy, can’t speak English and have no frigging clue who their Daddys are.”
[Walker’s aide Kelly ]Rindfleisch wrote back: “That is hilarious. And so true.”
Wonder how Michael Best & Friedrich feels about this?
Oh, wait. There’s more. As hoitycoity pointed out:
hoitycoity answered: Also, his aide forwarding that incredibly racist, anti-semitic, homophobic, et al email
■ In another email, sent in July 2010, [Walker’s then-chief-of-staff Tom] Nardelli forwarded Rindfleisch and others a joke about someone who has a nightmare about turning into a black, Jewish, disabled gay man. “Oh God, please don’t tell me I’m a Democrat,” the email concludes.
Unsealed email ties Scott Walker to secret email system
Included among the more than 27,000 emails unsealed Wednesday is one that for the first time directly ties Gov. Scott Walker to a secret email system used in his office for illegal campaign work.