You don’t want this headline. You really don’t. You don’t want this headline, you don’t want the story, you don’t want the hassle that’s about to happen.
--Democratic State Senator Jon Erpenbach, promising to give Wisconsin Republicans “all out hell” if they proceed with their plan to approve two new anti-abortion bills next Tuesday.
Secret probe spreads to five Wisconsin counties
A former top-level assistant U.S. attorney has been appointed a special prosecutor in a burgeoning, secret investigation into a wide variety of state issues, including possible campaign violations during the recent recall elections.
Minneapolis Mayor R. T. Rybak came to Milwaukee and Madison on Monday to invite same sex couples in Wisconsin to marry in Minneapolis.
"Wisconsin has so many things but it does not have equal rights for every member of this community. We say to the people who built this town, who built so much of this state, who are raising families here, come on up to Minneapolis, we’d like to give you some rights.”
Wisconsin GOP latest to push extreme anti-abortion laws
"Remember that ‘Wisconsin nice’ thing? Yeah that’s over with these guys in charge. Yet this guy thinks he should make sensitive decisions about ultrasounds, not you." — Rachel Maddow
Wisconsin Republican Senator Mike Ellis absolutely freaked out as he tries to pass a new forced-ultrasound bill as quickly as possible. The bill, which will force invasive ultrasounds upon women, passed the Senate.
Tumblr still won’t let me embed videos, but the video of Ellis’ extreme outburst is linked above and it really is a must-watch.
Senator Ellis can be reached at (608) 266-0718 or Sen.Ellis@legis.wisconsin.gov.
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.”
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- 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.