What did Wisconsin Republicans do this week?
They continued to attack voting rights:
"On the last night of the legislative session, Republicans, at the very last minute, sprung a new bill to cut down early voting even further. The bill they sprung on everybody last night would force every county clerk in the state to shut down early voting at 5 p.m. on every weekday and offer no voting on weekends at all. So no early voting after work and no voting on weekends."
"The Republicans in Wisconsin came up with a new twist on their voting restrictions. Republicans want you to declare, when you vote, if you are a poor person. And if you say that you are a poor person, that you do not have the right documentation to show to be allowed to vote because you cannot afford to get that documentation, you have to sign a form swearing that you are poor. Once you’ve done that your ballot will be put in a separate pile from everybody else’s and your ballot will be marked as a ‘challenged ballot.’"
And then it all gets even weirder and even worse. Watch the video.
Watch the Wisconsin State Supreme Court Hearing on Act 10 (MTI v. Scott Walker)
Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson: “Do you agree that there is a constitutional right to associate? Do you agree with that?”
Lawyer defending Walker: “Absolutely not.”
Talgo seeks nearly $66 million from state for canceled high-speed rail deal
Train maker Talgo Inc. filed a nearly $66 million claim against Wisconsin on Thursday, saying the money is owed after Gov. Scott Walker acted in bad faith in deciding to abandon a high-speed rail line connecting Milwaukee and Madison.
It Says So Right Here | This American Life
Everyone knows you can’t always believe what you read, but sometimes even official documents aren’t a path to the truth. This week we have stories of people whose lives are altered when seemingly boring documents like birth certificates and petitions are used against them.
Act Three of the most recent episode of This American Life is about Scott Walker’s administration (and other random tea partiers) using the Wisconsin recall petition against people. I highly recommend listening to it.
Talking Points Memo Asks: What Is Going On In Wisconsin -- And Why Is It So Secret?
It’s a topic so hot in Wisconsin, no one involved with it can talk about it. A wide-ranging investigation, a special prosecutor, and the cloak of secrecy. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported this week that a former federal prosecutor had been appointed to lead a “John Doe investigation” into state-level issues in Wisconsin, including the 2011 and 2012 recall elections. And this John Doe investigation reportedly grew out of an earlier John Doe probe, which closed in March after snaring six former aides and associates of Gov. Scott Walker (R). But hang on a second. What exactly is a John Doe investigation? For those outside Wisconsin, the term may be unfamiliar, and with good reason. Wisconsin may be the only state that uses them.
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.
And then they have the GALL to spin it and say “See, Obamacare is screwing you over, we’re the poorest state and they’re charging us the highest premiums.” It’s because YOU TURNED DOWN THE MONEY.
I had the opportunity to meet Mary Burke and hear her talk about her campaign at a fundraiser-y event tonight and I am excited to say that the video she released yesterday does not do her justice. She spoke passionately about education, commerce, protecting the state’s natural resources, and the need for new leadership in Wisconsin. If you have the opportunity to attend any of her upcoming campaign events, I highly highly recommend it. You can sign up for campaign updates on her (currently very sparse) website, burkeforwisconsin.com, and follow her on twitter @burke4wi to stay in the loop.
While this hasn’t been the most skillfully launched campaign, she is a strong candidate. I think there is a path to victory here, but she’ll need all the support she can get if she’s going to beat Walker.
I have been warning you for a while not to sleep on Scott Walker, the goggle-eyed homunculus hired by Koch Industries to manage their midwest subsidiary formerly known as the state of Wisconsin. The man is running for president… and he’s already starting to fudge his resume.
The past was inconvenient so he started fibbing about the present, and then the present became inconvenient, so it’s time to start fibbing about the future. The man is good, and if any of those other people think he’s running for vice-president, they’re fooling themselves.
Charles Pierce, Esquire
NO ONE has been aggressively arrested at the capital except Damon and CJ Terrell.
I wonder what these two brothers dont have in common with the people surrounding them.
They also somehow charged Damon with a felony for this, which is absolutely ridiculous.
Have the names of the officers been made public yet?
It’s also noteworthy that Governor Walker gave Capitol Police Chief Dave Erwin an 11.7% raise earlier this year; Erwin has since cracked down on people protesting the Governor.