Walker Gave No-Bid Legal Contract to Major Donor,... →
Scott Walker authorized payment to Michael Best & Friedrich of up to $500,000; to date, the firm has billed Wisconsin nearly $100,000. Scott Walker has provided no explanation for why this contract is appropriate and has yet to respond to open record requests seeking information. Not surprisingly, the state’s largest paper (and Walker endorser), the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, still...
This afternoon I ask those who have said they will never compromise on any terms...– Senator Harry Reid (D - Nevada).
WTF has Scott Walker done so far? →
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Democracy doesn’t end in November.– Sandy Pasch, Wisconsin State Representative, in response to Republican statements such as “what the voters asked for in November…” Sandy Pasch is challenging Republican State Senator Alberta Darling in the upcoming recall election.
Remembering the Kohler Strike
On this day in 1934, two people were killed, 40 others were injured, and the National Guard occupied Kohler, Wisconsin. Kohler Company workers were on strike to demand better hours, higher wages, and recognition of the American Federation of Labor as their collective bargaining agent. The National Guard turned to tear gas, rifles, and shotguns to break up the strike, resulting in the deaths and...
Bank Account "Activity" Now A Requirement for... →
So you want to obtain an ID in order to vote in Wisconsin? You’ll evidently need to demonstrate bank account activity, at least according to the clerks at one DMV. You’ll also have to pay $28 unless you explicitly specify the ID is for voting. A must-see example of voter disenfranchisement, linked above.
As Democrats seize advantage in Wisconsin recalls,... →
Democrats need to pick up three Republican seats to take control of the state Senate, and they lead in three seats. What’s more, Democrats are way ahead in one of the six campaigns. This means they only need to win two of the five campaigns that are actually competitive, while Republicans have to win four of those five. That is a significant Democratic edge. Republicans may publicly scoff at...
I’m sure that was an edified discussion for their big [Gang of Six] senate plan,...– Rachel Maddow, with a winning description of House Republicans. (via pantslessprogressive) Best description of the House yet. (via kileyrae)
House Republicans have lost sight of the country’s welfare. It’s hard to...– The New York Times.
Like Obama said, “If you want a balanced approach to reducing the deficit, let your member of Congress know.” Phone numbers for all Wisconsin Senators and Representatives are listed after the jump. Senate: Herb Kohl (D) DC Phone: 202.224.5653 Web Contact Form: here Ron Johnson (R) DC Phone: 202.224.5323 Web Contact: His site has been crashing for the past hour, but the...
The American people may have voted for a divided government, but they...– President Obama. Like his advice? Here’s the directory for the Senate. And for the House.
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wiscostorm: This is a wonderful idea.
On RNC Chair Reince Priebus
Interesting editorial about Reince Priebus (what is a Reince Priebus?): Wisconsin voters had a chance to elect Reince Priebus to the state Legislature a few years back. They passed. That was a smart move on Wisconsin’s part. But America has suffered as a result. Read the complete editorial here.
Walker Moves to Close 10 DMVs Now That Voter ID...
Having disenfranchised tens of thousands of Wisconsin voters, Walker is now making it harder for many of these voters to obtain the ID they need to regain their right to participate in the next election. Gov. Scott Walker’s administration is working on finalizing a plan to close as many as 10 offices where people can obtain driver’s licenses in order to expand hours elsewhere and come into...
Absentee Voting In Wisconsin: Useful Links
Since possible low voter turnout is one concern about having summer elections, I tried to pull together some helpful links for those who will be out of town for the upcoming recall elections (August 9th or August 16th depending on the district in which you reside) and needing to vote absentee. Voting In-Person Before Election Day? You can vote in-person at your municipal clerk’s office...
You know that high-speed rail Gov. Walker 'saved'... →
quickhits: Trains cost Wisconsin taxpayers millions (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
Hi tumblr friends, I’m back from a long, unannounced hiatus. I’ve been clerking for a judge all summer, and while I feel insanely lucky to have had this experience and wouldn’t trade it for the world, it also meant 60+ hour work weeks and I neglected my poor little tumblr. Clerking is winding down (I’m working 30 hours/week through the rest of summer) and I’m back...