Another aide to Scott Walker sends racist tweets
For the second time in less than four months, Gov. Scott Walker has fired an aide for making demeaning comments about Hispanics on social media.
Read more here.
Also note that these tweets were made before Taylor Palmisano was hired for Walker’s campaign, meaning Walker and his campaign staff either knew about these tweets at the time of hiring or were too lazy to even bother checking.
Watchdog Toolkit | WisconsinWatch.org
The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism has launched this project to help residents track the actions of people in power.
Follow the link above for concise tips on how to gather information on:
- Campaign finance
- State legislation
- Corporations and nonprofits
Suspended Milwaukee Police Detective Rodolfo Gomez, Jr. Files Duty Disability Claim
Detective Rodolfo Gomez Jr. is currently suspended from the Milwaukee Police Department for beating a handcuffed suspect. He also has a lengthy history of disturbing behavior. And he, like 4 other officers currently suspended for disciplinary problems, has filed a duty disability claim that would allow him to continue receiving 75% of his salary, tax-free, despite being suspended.
Asshole of the Day, November 25, 2013: Scott Walker
Gov. Scott Walker is exploring a run for president in 2016, so he’s out there saying things and trying to sound presidential.
On Friday Gov. Walker was talking about ENDA, the bill to ban workplace discrimination for sexual orientation. And while he was at it, he discussed Wisconsin’s ban on gay marriage:
Walker insisted that he had not looked at the Senate measure barring workplace discrimination, but said that Wisconsin had similar laws in place for years.
“They’ve worked quite effectively,” he explained. “We’re also a state that has a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as one man, one woman.”
“We’ve had no problem… limited problems with that,” Walker added. “At the same time, we have a constitutional amendment that defines marriage.”
“There’s a healthy balance there.”
A healthy balance? What exactly do you think is being balanced here, asshole?
Are you balancing the demand by citizens to get the same rights that everyone else gets against the desire of bigots to discriminate against gays and deny them rights?
And then you’re calling that a healthy balance?
I would also like to remind everyone that Wisconsin’s Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch once said that if gay people can get married, soon clocks, tables and dogs would be able to get married, too.
Minnesota and Wisconsin share much more than bone-chilling winters: German and Northern European roots; farming; and, until recently, a populist progressive tradition stretching back a century to Wisconsin’s Fighting Bob La Follette and the birth of Minnesota’s Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party.
But in 2010 these cousin states diverged. By doing so they began a natural experiment that compares the agendas of modern progressivism and the new right. Wisconsin elected Republicans to majorities in the Legislature and selected a bold and vigorous Republican governor, Scott Walker. Minnesotans elected one of the most progressive candidates for governor in the country, Mark Dayton of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party.
Read more here.
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.
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.
Nearly 900,000 people in Wisconsin will have a harder time putting food on the table starting in November, when a temporary boost to FoodShare, Wisconsin’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), ends. Notwithstanding the looming reductions, the House of Representatives has proposed another substantial cut as part of the Farm Bill. The across-the-board cuts in November will reduce the food assistance by $89 million for struggling Wisconsin families in fiscal year 2014 alone. Cuts of that magnitude will cause significant pain for low-income families and hurt Wisconsin’s economy.
--Wisconsin Budget Project
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.
The family of a missing Milwaukee woman asks for help from the public
Kelly Dwyer, 27, has been missing since the morning of October 11th. Her boyfriend, who police say may have been the last person to see her before she disappeared, has been arrested twice since then on unrelated charges. Anyone with information is asked to call Milwaukee Police Sensitive Crimes: (414) 935-7405.