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.
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.