“The gears of government tend to grind slowly. But in Wisconsin lately they are racing at turbocharged speed. In just the last few weeks, Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, has signed legislation to require voters to show photo identification cards at the polls and to deregulate elements of the telecommunications industry. And the Republican-dominated Legislature is now in the midst of advancing provisions to expand school vouchers, to allow people to carry concealed weapons, to cut financing for Planned Parenthood and to bar illegal immigrants from paying in-state tuition at Wisconsin’s universities.”—The New York Times.
Wisconsin Republican Party Attempts to Place Fake Democrats on Recall Ballots
Letters among GOP officials reveal plan to collect enough signatures to run fake Democratic candidates against Republican Senators Randy Hopper and Luther Olsen in upcoming recall elections. Read all about it here.
“To be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it.”— Ted Kennedy, eulogizing his brother Bobby. Bobby died on this date in 1968, after being shot by Sirhan Sirhan the night before.
“We will not stand down — and next year, we will recall Scott Walker from office. We will begin to repair the damage done to this state and we will begin a new with a Democratic Governor who will fight for our children, who will fight for our families, our teachers and our firefighters. We will fight for the people — not the powerful.”—Wisconsin Democratic Party chairman Mike Tate, making it official. (via quickhits)
Milwaukee Police Chief Implores Scott Walker to Halt Concealed-Carry Bill
Wisconsin’s top police official issued his most scathing criticism of the state’s proposed concealed-carry bill during a news conference Thursday.
Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn urged Gov. Scott Walker to “provide some adult supervision” and ensure that a final law contains requirements to obtain a permit to carry concealed weapons and some stipulations for that, including basic training and not being a “criminal, drug abuser or insane.”
The news conference came after a gunfight overnight between Milwaukee police officer Jose Viera and an armed suspect in the Sherman Park neighborhood.
"I also want to take this as an opportunity to call on Gov. Walker to exhibit statesmanship and provide adult supervision over the chaotic legislative process that seems bent on inflicting a reckless and foolish concealed-carry law on the citizens of Wisconsin," Flynn said. "This is not a political talking points issue. This is an officer safety issue. This is the second time in less than a week my officers have been in a gunbattle with armed, reckless assailants. We cannot afford a reckless bill."
Under a bill approved in a Senate committee last week, Wisconsin residents would be allowed to carry concealed weapons without getting permits or any training, as long as they’re not felons or otherwise barred from possessing firearms. Flynn said police need a bill that ensures criminals arrested for concealed-carry would get jail time - three years - rather than be arrested for a misdemeanor.
“We’ve got tons of government workers in my district - tons. We gotta hope that they, kind of, are sleeping on July 12th - or whenever the (election) date is.”—Republican Senator Dan Kapanke, in a secretly recorded conversation, hoping that government workers in his district “are sleeping” during the recall election. It would seem hard to continue claiming you’re not pushing an agenda to discourage voting after making a statement like this.
“In this family, what the state is doing is saying ‘Sorry kids, you can’t eat or go to school for the next few years, but we’re going to pave our front driveway.’”— Rep. Sandy Pasch (D-Whitefish Bay), summarizing the priorities of Republican lawmakers. Pasch is preparing to run against Alberta Darling, one of the six Republican Senators to face a recall election.