Wisconsin GOP State Senator Glenn Grothman Asks: "Why Must We Still Hear About Kwanzaa?"
In a bizarre press release, Republican Glenn Grothman wrote:
Of course, almost no black people today care about Kwanzaa - just white left-wingers who try to shove this down black people’s throats in an effort to divide Americans. Irresponsible public school districts such as Green Bay and Madison (and who knows how many others…) try to tell a new generation that blacks have a separate holiday than Christians. […]
But why do they do it? They don’t like America and seek to destroy it by pretending that its values as expressed in the Declaration of Independence and our Constitution, don’t apply to everyone.
He then warns people to “be on the lookout” for teachers who will try to “tell your children and grandchildren it’s a real holiday.”
Do you need help getting to the polls on election day, Wisconsin?
- Free cab rides to and from polling places in and around Madison, thanks to Union Cab. Call 608-242-2000
- Free bus rides in La Crosse.
- In Milwaukee, call 414-507-9591 and a volunteer from Citizen Action of Wisconsin can help you out.
- In Racine, volunteers from Turn Up the Vote will give you a ride if you call 262-635-9532.
- The Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition has been gathering information on election day transportation resources for people with disabilities. Check out their list here.
I remember President Obama’s election night was an evening you could feel the locked doors of the past finally being blown open to new possibilities. But then comes a hard, daily struggle to make those possibilities real in a world that is brutally resistant to change. We’ve seen that over the past four years.
I’ve lived long enough to know that the future is rarely a tide rushing in. It’s often a slow march, inch by inch, day after long day, and I believe we are in the midst of those days right now. And I believe that President Obama feels those days in his bones. For all 100% of us.
That Story of a Hate Crime Against a Republican in Wisconsin was a Lie.
Last week, a few tea party blogs picked up on story about Kyle Wood, the Republican campaign volunteer in Wisconsin who claimed he was attacked by a Democrat for being gay and a “traitor,” and the story was reblogged endlessly on tumblr. The man who claimed to be a victim now admits he made up the story:
Captain Joe Balles, commander of the South District, confirms that Wood recanted his allegations of the beating.
Although he would not go into detail about the case, Balles said, “I updated that press release because I felt it was imperative we get something out there because of the politically charged background this was happening in.”
He said that the department will do its “due diligence” and discuss with the district attorney’s office whether any charges will be filed against Wood.
“We’re in the victims business,” he says. “We really need victims to come forward. We don’t take matters like this lightly.”
Kyle Wood also claimed to receive hateful text messages from a Wisconsin Democratic politician; those were made up as well. I never posted the original story but I’m sharing this link since the original story did make the rounds on tumblr and it made pretty horrendous accusations.
The 2012 version of carving a backwards B in your own face.
The New York Times featured a short, interesting article about a nude beach in Wisconsin:
Claudette Richards, 58, who has been coming to Mazo Beach for nearly all her life, said it was a place where she had found body acceptance, including after she had a mastectomy. “It’s a place to be who I am,” she said, sitting in the sand, the scars from her surgery exposed to the open air.
Read the whole thing here. Photo: Andy Manis for The New York Times.
One last reminder, Wisconsin: you can still register to vote, right at your polling place. Any questions or problems: call 1-866-OUR-VOTE.
If you’re already registered, you do not need to bring any of the items pictured above with you when you go to vote.
Polls close at 8:00 p.m., and if you’re in line at that time, you have the right to cast your ballot.
Next Monday, Ed Schultz will be broadcasting live from the Great Dane. Following his show, he’ll be filming a new “lean forward” commercial at Coopers Tavern. There’s limited access to the filming of his show, so check out his facebook page for more info if you’re interested.
Second Judge Rules Wisconsin Voter ID Law Unconstitutional
Last week, Circuit Judge David Flanagan issued a temporary injunction, barring enforcement of Wisconsin’s new voter ID law. Today Circuit Judge Richard Niess permanently barred implementation of the law.
“Without question, where it exists, voter fraud corrupts elections and undermines our form of government,” Niess wrote, adding that leaders may take action to prevent it. “But voter fraud is no more poisonous to our democracy than voter suppression. Indeed, they are two heads on the same monster.”
A government that undermines the right to vote imperils its own legitimacy as a government “by the people, for the people and especially of the people,” Niess wrote. “It sows the seeds for its own demise as a democratic institution.”