Federal judge extends hold on Scott Walker's abortion law
U.S. District Judge William Conley blocked a law that requires doctors who perform abortions to have hospital admitting privileges.
Scott Walker’s concealed carry law is officially as stupid an idea as we warned him it would be.
It turns out that stripping workers’ rights, cutting the safety net, funneling money away from public schools, firing thousands of public workers, and doing the bidding of corporate donors doesn’t create a strong economy.
http://Court Order Delays Enforcement of Governor Walker's Forced Ultrasound Law
A federal judge on Monday granted a temporary restraining order blocking enforcement of a new Wisconsin law that bans doctors who lack admitting privileges at nearby hospitals from performing abortions. The order, by Judge William Conley of Federal District Court, will remain in place pending a fuller hearing on July 17.
Watching Scotty Grow, Continued...
One of the most intriguing things about Scott Walker is the way that he has turned the state’s vast natural resources into the biggest fish in the smallest barrel with which various industries ever have been gifted.
For example, there are the plans for Gogebic Taconite to blow off the tops of mountains along a 22-mile stretch not far from Lake Superior in order to build a massive iron mine.
The Split Between the States
On health care, education and other issues, many states are abandoning their responsibilities:
Wisconsin and Minnesota are neighboring states with long traditions of caring for the least fortunate, but, at the moment, only one of them is concerned about the health of the poor and uninsured.
In February, more than 130,000 Minnesota residents who lack health insurance became eligible for coverage when the state expanded its Medicaid program under the health care reform law. That will save the state $129 million in the first two years alone.
Wisconsin, however, has chosen to take the path of indifference. On Tuesday, the Republicans who control the State Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee voted to reject the expansion of Medicaid, even though it would have covered 85,000 people at less cost to the state. The committee was marching in lock step behind the governor, Scott Walker, who claims to be worried that federal financing will run out. What’s really going on, of course, is that state Republicans have made poor people the victims of their ideological resistance to President Obama and his health care law.
A blistering audit released Wednesday said Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s premier job creation agency repeatedly broke state law in its first year of operation, failed to adequately track money it awarded for economic development projects and sometimes gave money to ineligible recipients.
--The Associated Press.
The Continuing Adventures of Wisconsin
The latest brainstorm from the mind of Scott Walker, the twice-elected goggle-eyed homunculus hired by Koch Industries to manage their midwest subsidiary formerly known as the state of Wisconsin, is a "middle-class tax cut," which, according to Walker, is what he’s all about these days.
"Our focus is simple - more prosperity, better performance and true independence," Walker said in his 40-minute speech. "Our middle class tax cut is a down payment on my goal of reducing the tax burden in our state every year I’m in office. I want to cut taxes over and over and over again until we are leading the country in economic recovery."
The top 20% of Wisconsin households - those making more than $90,000 a year - would take home more than half of all of Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed income tax cut, an analysis has found. The top 5% of tax filers - those with incomes above $162,000 - would pull in 20% of Walker’s more than $300 million tax cut.
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#WIunion ALERT: Another GOP Bomb: 3PM facebook update from Wisconsin Senator Lassa: GOP bill targeting private sector unions is being fast tracked in the legislature.
screenshot is of an update made roughly 3PM February 19, 2013
Scott Walker transferred another $40,000 into his criminal defense fund
Republican Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker transferred another $40,000 into his criminal defense fund on the final day of the 2012 calendar year.
This latest transfer of money has raised more eyebrows about the ongoing “John Doe” investigation in Wisconsin, in which Darlene Wink, Kevin Kavanaugh, Kelly Rindfleisch, and Tim Russell, all former political confidants of Walker, have either been convicted or have plead guilty as part of the John Doe probe.
Scott Walker himself has yet to be charged with any wrongdoing, however, he has a criminal defense fund, he has NOT been cleared of any wrongdoing, and he has NOT been granted immunity in the John Doe probe. Wisconsin state law only allows the incumbent governor to establish a criminal defense fund if the governor, one or more agent(s) of the governor, or someone who is dependent upon the governor and/or one or more agent(s) of the governor, is a target of a criminal investigation, has been indicted, or has been convicted.
Special Interests Seek to Influence Wisconsin Mining Bill
A proposed iron ore mine would be located near wetlands in Northern Wisconsin.
The push to streamline Wisconsin mining laws started two years ago, when an interested Florida-based company complained the state’s permitting rules were too strict. Gov. Walker and Republican legislators tried to pass a bill to ease the process, but could not round up enough votes in the Senate last year. Now, with a larger majority, Republicans are making a second attempt. They held a single public hearing on their proposal last week at the Capitol.
“The members of those committees that were sitting there taking that public testimony had themselves received over $800,000 in campaign contributions since 2010 from these mining interests.”
That’s Mike McCabe, executive director of the government watchdog group, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. It looked at a few dozen groups that registered to lobby in favor of mining changes, and tracked their campaign contributions, as well as those from their member companies and the companies’ employees. From 2010 to last summer, the donors gave $15.6 million to Gov. Walker and lawmakers. Republicans received the bulk of the money.