Friday, October 17, 2014

Burke takes command, Walker feigns "folksy" anecdotes.

The one thing I've noticed about Mary Burke is her no nonsense delivery. They's nothing political about it. The Journal Sentinel editorial board treated Burke like a politician, but got back a straight shooting business executive, and it baffled them. Especially Dan Bice.

She answers questions. No phony anecdotal stories from strangers passing along their own skewed misinformed Fox News influence political point of view. Facts, business.

Here's a link to a story on Walker's cuts to the Shot Spotter program, which he backs wholeheartedly now. Here's a list of my favorite tweets...

Road Building Lobbyists closer to Constitutionally guaranteeing Taxpayer Funding.

Boy, this is really a bad idea, and Scott Walker is handing over another gift to GOP donors in the road building industry. Constitutionally guaranteeing money for transportation but not making that same guarantee for education is lunacy and perhaps the last straw for voters.

Yes, I know, Mary Burke supports this statewide referendum, but vote against it anyway. Recently on WPR, State Sen. Fred Risser argued against this blatant payoff to Walker special interests. Great stuff:

WISC's Jessica Arp presented a similar argument, but this time within the Democratic Party. But aren't we all getting tired of the "broke the peoples trust" excuse? Future legislatures need to have budgeting flexibility. Democratic Rep. Terese Berceau makes a pretty convincing argument:

Burke on message with Minimum Wage Hike, taking people off Assistance.

Scott Walker's campaign is self destructing, turning to odd old messages about plagiarism, jobs, and even bragging that he didn't create nearly as many jobs as he promised. Yikes.

Walker is also picking up on past comments made by folks who didn't agree with Burkes hard nosed business tactic running the Department of Commerce. Because you know, women aren't supposed to be so aggressive and disagree with the opinion of men who are angry about not be getting what they want.

I thought Republicans were all about "leadership." Not when it's Mary Burke, and not when it's a business woman with executive experience.

Summing it up perfectly is WISGOP's Brian Schimming,
"We've grown in personal income here in Wisconsin while he's been governor. Ah, the jobs are growing. All those good indicators are happening. That's what we have to focus our time on. Instead of getting "political" about minimum wage or any other issue."
But Wisconsin voters are more concerned about their wages and job security. In fact, raising the minimum wage is proving to be an upward trending issue completely dismissed by Walker:
Another poll has confirmed that the issue of the minimum wage has put Scott Walker’s reelection chances in serious danger. The poll, conducted by Public Policy Polling, found that 44% of Wisconsin voters, including 38% of independent voters, say Walker’s opposition to increasing the minimum wage makes them less likely to vote for him. 

“Scott Walker is losing ground because of his refusal to raise Wisconsin’s minimum wage,” said Jon Green, deputy director of Working Families. “It’s no coincidence that his lead disappeared at the same time he was saying $7.25 is a living wage.” The new poll results follow yesterday’s Marquette University Law School poll, which found increasing support for the minimum wage while Mary Burke eliminated Scott Walker’s previous 5-point lead. 
Burke responded:
"By raising the minimum wage, we put more money into our economy because that money is going to be spent. We reduce the budgets, whether it's federal or state in terms of public assistance, and people are better able to support themselves." 
WKOW's Greg Neumann reported this on the other day, including Schimming's and Burke's comments:

Ryan lies to his own mom and aunt in new ad about Social Security and Medicare.

In Paul Ryan's latest ad, he tells his mom and aunt how great Social Security and Medicare is, but skips how he intends to change the programs. Does he tell his mom on camera that he'll privatize the programs for those willing to gamble on the changes? Not directly in the ad. You'll notice the details are only included in a voiced over section edited into the middle.

I really don't think she knows:

Republican Frivolous Lawsuit mill churns out another lawsuit threat, this time aimed at stopping a minimum wage hike.

If the next governor raises the minimum wage, they’re gonna get sued.

Anti-government conservatives have found a way to gum up government by suing government for everything they don’t like. And by using our now conservative activist courts to their advantage, they can get almost anything stopped dead in its tracks.

Lawsuit mill Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty is cranking out lawsuits and threats almost every day, winning some of them through court order or by intimidation.  

Hand it to Rick Esenberg for successfully using of one branch to take down the other.

Here's Esenberg's proposal:
First, were Governor Walker or any other governor to use sec. 104.02 to unilaterally raise the minimum wage, there would be one serious lawsuit … sec. 104.02 doesn't say that the requisite wage should be enough to support a family.
Esenberg than forgot all that legal stuff to spout hard right wing justifications to keep poverty right where it is. You know, suggesting the poor are doing better than most, because of their microwave ovens, cell phones and “flat” screen TV’s.  Slow recovery? I wonder why?

Here’s hoping conservative ideologues like Esenberg continue to proudly spout their Dickensian drivel and make every frivolous lawsuit a media event. People will start feeling a little uncomfortable:
"We are right to note that a minimum wage increase might well hurt more people than it helps. We are right to say that distorting labor markets is not way to help poor people. But we ought to acknowledge that, once we recognize that the marginal value to an employer of certain workers will not exceed a relatively low level…"
Please, enough already. 

Daily Show's honest look at Gov. Brownback's Disastrous Supply Side Kansas Comeback!!!

U.S. News wrote a pathetic defense of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback just days before The Daily Show offered up a much different but honest look at Brownback’s record. 

Here’s a short sample of that article praising Brownback's supply side, tax cut failure:
Then there’s Kansas, where Republican Gov. Sam Brownback has put the state on the path to abolishing its income tax. 

The modern Democratic coalition is based on the idea that the revenue the government collects will be spread around … a kind of “share the wealth” program on steroids ... which justifies the amount of money that the unions, the environmental groups, the trial lawyers and the civil rights groups take from their members to get Democrats elected in the first place.

If Brownback triumphs, the pie shrinks – which means there just won’t be as much taxpayer money to divide up in the future. So the Democratic coalition groups have to win and make sure no one ever tries to abolish a tax again.
A weird defense that doesn't have anything to do with supply side’s collapse: 
…left-liberal writers who are carrying water for his political opponents are burning the midnight oil finding ways to show the state’s historic 2012 and 2013 tax cuts are responsible for a so-called revenue shortfall that will eventually bankrupt the state. Brownback’s tax strategy …  leads to economic growth, creates new jobs, produces an environment in which new businesses start up and existing businesses expand and everyone. 
Those are all the things that have not happened. You've got to wonder how bad things have to get before Republicans get a clue:
If the Democrats can beat Brownback, and tie his defeat to tax cuts, they believe they can make Brownback the “poster child” for what not to do and force the GOP to come up with a whole new game plan going into 2016. 
State Rep. Duey Stroebel is right on board with Brownback’s failure:  
We can take an important step in that direction by repealing the antiquated, unequal and job-killing personal property tax. Every grocer, restaurant owner, contractor and many other business owners must face a tax on upgraded or expanded equipment to grow or update their business. The (personal property) tax is also expensive to administrate for both the taxpayer and the tax-collecting entity. Repealing the tax would help spur our state's economy, particularly among the types of small, Main Street businesses that are the engine of job growth. 
Brownback beat himself. Leave it to the Daily Show's Jessica Williams for an honest look at the Kansas Comeback:

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Americans for Prosperity up to Lies and misinformation in Get-out-the-Vote Mailers.

From the group that can't tell the truth about anything, Americans for Prosperity is coming on strong this election season. Like the following PolitiFact rating:
Americans for Prosperity, a conservative group, reminded voters of Walker’s support for the mine in a flier mailed to voters in early October with the headline: "Wisconsin is back to work." Next to a image of a mining helmet, the flier states:  "Under the administration of Gov. Scott Walker, northern Wisconsin’s mining economy is moving forward and more people are getting good, high-paying jobs."
 This is what they thought:
But that's not all either. Check out what happened in AFP's the get out the vote mailer in N. Carolina: Lots of misinformation-wrong deadlines and wrong state agency,  and it was sent to the wrong people. Hey, no ones perfect. AFP officials said they will correct any mistakes...:

At least Scott Walker's got an extra $322 to spend...

...Guess I'll pass a school funding referendum and spend my money on that? Scott Walker is building his phony tax cutting creds on the backs of communities forced to get that money another way.

As I've mentioned before, my taxes have only gone up. Yet we're being told we can get something for nothing, like great schools. This from a guy who raised a family on the public dole, Scott Walker.

Walker's Trick: "Average" is not the same as "median." The average includes millionaires and billionaires, while the median finds the middle number of the larger sized group (like the middle class) leaving out the millionaires and billionaires.

That's why you just spent your savings on a six pack of Polka King Porter. Drink up. Thank Scott Walker.

So what would 4 more years under Scott Walker look like in Wisconsin? Guns on school grounds?

How reasonable are gun rights advocates? The following brilliant idea should answer that:
Guns + Muscle = good ideas!
A pro-gun advocacy group Wisconsin Carry announced this week that it will push for legislation that would allow Wisconsin residents to carry weapons onto school grounds … it wants parents and guardians who pick up their kids at school to be able to carry a weapon.
Why play it safe? The idea provides the next shooter an excuse: “I’m just here to pick up my kid.” 

What’s with this fear of strangers with guns around our kids? Crazy right?

And after years of being told how we all have nothing to fear from responsible gun owners, Wisconsin Carry wants to protect those who aren't…responsible. WPR audio:

Hey, there unloaded, okay?
“Nearly a quarter million people in Wisconsin have applied for and received their concealed carry license,” said Nik Clark, the group’s president. “Should they forget to unload their gun and put it in a case before they so much as drive onto a school driveway in their own car to pick up their kids from the school — that's pretty offensive that they could potentially be charged with a felony."
I guess if your unloaded gun isn't in a case, and you've got a few magazines under your belt or in your pockets, why would anybody assume the worst?

Lazy Right Wing thoughts about Voucher Subsidies.

The guy who heads up a conservative lawsuit mill should leave the dumb right wing punditry up to the "professionals."

Rick Esenberg, President and General Counsel of the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (more below) and an adjunct professor of law at Marquette University Law School (a frightening thought), agreed with more recent lunacy written by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel columnist Christian Schneider:
One of the oddest arguments made about school choice is, as argued here, that it is a "subsidy for the wealthy ..." and somehow enriches ... Christian Schneider pointed out money sent to educate choice students in private schools do not necessarily "cost" the public schools anything. This is because, if the choice program were eliminated, not only tax dollars would return to the public schools. So would the students. Depending on what it would cost the public schools to educate these students, the end of choice would not benefit public schools at all."
Yea, he's a law professor, not an accountant, but still. Perhaps Esenberg and Schneider think school buildings, energy costs, maintenance, taxes etc. aren't included in those student subsidies, the ones stripped away by vouchers?
LaCrosseTribune: Rural districts with wide geographical boundaries shoulder heavier busing costs. Growing districts take on more debt to add classrooms and build new schools.
None of this ever occurred to them, even though they're part of the mythical geniuses known as "fiscal conservatives." Esenberg even went further down-the-rabbit-hole with this gem:
Asking schools to educate kids for amounts well below the average spent in public schools is not a recipe for building wealth. (To be sure, one may be able to find examples of school operators misusing funds but public funds get misused as well. Sadly, such is human nature.) One might make the argument that taxpayers have been "enriched" because children in choice schools receive an education for less than they do in public schools.
Wonderful. After all the whining about misused public school funding, Esenberg is okay with starting a new private school system with the same misused funds? Brilliant.

Perhaps Esenberg and Schneider were unaware of it, or are trying to hide the fact, that voucher advocates are trying to get the same student subsidy as the public schools. Let me see...(click, click, click...) that works out to no taxpayer savings in the "enriched" voucher school systems.

After reading this, I'm sure you've figured out that Esenberg is a highly partisan political opportunist. He's president of the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty, a lawsuit mill exploiting our sharply conservative activist courts to shape our laws and constitution into jumbled word salad of ever changing Humpty Dumptyisms. And he's teaching our kids. Right wingers would call that "indoctrination."

Grothman, Fitzgerald don't give a rats-ass about voters!

The flat-out arrogance we're seeing from Senators Glenn Grothman and Scott Fitzgerald should see some kind of voter blowback, if just to send a message the electorate still counts in this representative democracy. 

But the breathlessly angry Borg-like "stand with Walker" base, who have been herded into the fantasy bubble world of know-it-all "leaders" and mounting Ebola threats, don't seem to care.

In today's get-to-know your candidates profile in the 6th District, Sen. Scott Fitzgerald refuse to participate:
Michelle Zahn, the owner of a mail-order specialty soap company, is challenging five-term incumbent Scott L. Fitzgerald for his state Senate seat … Fitzgerald’s campaign declined to supply information for this article.
And why should he, he's a leader?

Even more egregious is the sudden complete disappearance of media darling Sen. Glenn Grothman, running for a congressional seat against Democrat Mark Harris.
Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris has participated in two debates that Grothman declined to attend. Staying out of the spotlight is an unusual approach for Grothman, who's known for making bold, often polarizing statements. But in addition to declining debates, he's also been unusually unavailable to media. "Grothman has largely gone quiet, taking a low-key approach to campaigning and avoiding making any eyebrow-raising statements,wrote Amanda Terkel for the Huffington Post.
The less you know, the better? Grothman's strategy says more about the partisan and irresponsible nature of conservative voters. Republican constituents don't need anything but and (R) next to the candidates name.

The wonkish fiscal brilliance of Mark Harris doesn't hold a candle to Grothman's vision on the real issues:
Glenn Grothman on Equal Pay Rights: "You could argue that money is more important for men. I think a guy in their first job, maybe because they expect to be a breadwinner someday, may be a little more money-conscious. To attribute everything to a so-called bias in the workplace is just not true." Source: The Daily Beast

Glenn Grothman on Single-Parenthood: "A controversial bill targeting single parents came to the table at the Senate Committee on Public Health, Human Services and Revenue public hearing in Wisconsin this week. State senator Glenn Grothman, an admitted opponent of the social welfare establishment that he believes encourages women to have children out of wedlock, introduced Senate Bill 507, which would formally consider single parenthood a contributing factor to child abuse, if passed into law. SB507 would require the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board to emphasize that non-marital parenthood is a contributing factor to child abuse and neglect." Source: The Huffington Post

Glenn Grothman on women in the workforce: "Also, and any big company will tell you this, they're doing what they can to promote the women ahead of the men. Now in addition to the fact that that leads to a little bit of chicanery as people pretend the woman's owning the company when the guy's owning the company. In the long run a lot of women like to stay at home and have their husbands be the primary bread winner. You have to ask yourself in this country can we continue to exist if we have a government that is actively discouraging the government or the businesses from hiring men? And that's a very sensitive iss ue but that's what's going on in America today. It's another issue that nobody is tackling." Source: Washington County Tea Party Rally, August 2010

Glenn Grothman on sex education: "Why sit down with 7th graders and say to some you will be heterosexual, some homosexual? Part of that agenda which is left unsaid is that some of those who throw it out as an option would like it if more kids became homosexuals," he said. Source: Madison Capital Times 
The above examples were put together by Harris for the web site  "The Real Glenn Grothman." 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Burke Destroys Walker's Big Medicaid Expansion Lie, as Journal Sentinel reporters get schooled.

Scott Walker is protecting us from a broken federal government that keeps reneging on their Medicaid funding. Walker says it's worth giving up hundreds of millions of dollar now and billions long term so we're not left holding the bag. Walker based the rejection on a wildly ridiculous story that went unquestioned by the press here. He says they've done it before and pointed to a few completely untrue examples.

Walker lied boldly, convincingly. The ultimate con man. First the debunking facts from way back in February:
There’s a major problem in Walker’s contention. The federal share -- known as the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage, or FMAP, fluctuates annually and varies from state to state based on a formula dating to Medicaid’s inception in 1965 … "designed so that the federal government pays a larger portion of Medicaid costs in states with lower per-capita incomes relative to the national average.”

In other words, the standard federal share of Medicaid costs is not promised or guaranteed to hold steady; it must only stay between the statutory minimum of 50 percent and maximum of 83 percent. In fact, Wisconsin saw its federal rate rise from 2009 to 2010, and also got a big additional bump to more than 70 percent for almost three years under the federal stimulus law and a subsequent legislative action, both of which applied nationally.
So instead of the state spending just 10% after three three years at 0%, we're paying around 40%. Sounds career politician-ish, doesn't it? Even after PoltiFact's debunking, Walker still went on the following short irrational rant yesterday that even he seems to believe. I don't:

Today, Mary Burke was asked about Medicaid expansion too. She smartly brought up PoltiFact in a very convincing, bold way, making the reporter look deservedly stupid:

Revealed: Incidental Governor Walker serves up Word Salad Non-Answers.

This is a test: Try to pull a clear "sound bite" position from any one of Scott Walker's non-answers.

We're going to look at the reason why Scott Walker won reelection in Milwaukee as their County Executive, and why he could win reelection as governor.

Walker earned the name "incidental governor" way back as county executive when he forced the board to raise taxes for him. He's still playing it safe, this time letting the legislature send him radically right wing bills he claims were never on his radar.

It was the Journal Sentinel's gift to Wisconsinites when their editorial board peppered Walker with a string of tough questions he typically steers clear of.

In a surreal, almost comedic Q and A, Walker ducks away every time with his word salad non-answers. Seriously, its as slick a con as you'll ever see.

Walker said donors ought to be public: That's what he said, all the while concealing contributions by directing money into 3rd party groups. Pretty cut and dried, except for his non-answer :

Does Walker...think a fetus is a citizen; still oppose abortion in cases of rape and incest; still want abortions banned after 20 weeks; opposes some forms of contraception? Non-answers to all, despite the JS questioning. Just as shocking, our incidental governor went further: He criticized the questions because they weren't important. He backed that up by saying no one is asking similar questions at public appearances. Weird:

Drug Testing for Veterans, and Cut Funding for Drug rehab centers while demanding drug testing for public benefits: Another big non-answer:

Minimum Wage: Walker says raising the minimum wage doesn't serve a purpose, ignores the massive low wage economy we have right NOW by offering dreams of abundant high wage jobs in the future, and tried to reshape poll responses to the simple question about raising the minimum wage. Amazingly, non-answers to all questions.
The biggest problem with the job market seems to be newly created jobs that pay less, on the whole, than the jobs that have disappeared.
Walker undercuts, and even contradicts his election year pursuit of creating high wage jobs, in a story he told about a woman who had her pay cut before losing her job. That's an honest look at today's jobs market:

Earned Income Tax Credit: Walker increased taxes on the working poor by reducing their EITC. His reason? Walker blames the poor for supposedly seeking low wage jobs so they can keep their public benefits. Hold on there. That's what big businesses like WalMart is doing right now. It's one big upside down non-answer:

Again, he's got no clearly stated position. Walker dispenses word salads that say nothing, leaving him free to avoid being identified with the right wing agenda he's forced to sign into law. Poor guy, he could use four more years.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Walker takes Insurance Industry campaign money for Medicaid Rejection? If it looks like a bribe...

WKOW's Greg Neumann looked into Citizen Actions allegation that Scott Walker rejected Medicaid expansion as a gift to the insurance industry in exchange for campaign cash totaling $1.27 million!!!

It's no secret business is getting what it wants from their political dupe Scott Walker, and that's why the appearance of pay to play in the following case is so important.
According to the campaign finance watchdog group the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, members of the health insurance industry donated over $1.27 million to Gov. Walker from 2009 through 2013.  Wisconsin Democracy Campaign President Mike McCabe tells 27 News that is close to seven times more than the $183,196 Gov. Jim Doyle got from the same industry from 2005 to 2010 ... Citizen Action of Wisconsin claims there is a direct correlation between those donations and the Governor's rejection of the federal Medicaid expansion.
Think about it; dumping 72,000 people into the private sector paying higher private sector fees is a big money maker for insurers. Why wouldn't Walker take the money, he's done it before with mining?  
Citizen Action ... believes there's no doubt Gov. Walker's made his decision to benefit the insurance companies who donated to his campaign.  When asked about that specific allegation Monday afternoon, Gov. Walker seemed to be at a rare loss for words.
Here's a clip showing Walker fumbling around for an answer that, as you're trying to follow it, makes not sense at all. That's because he got caught, with no prepared memorized comeback:

Walker: "Actually if you think about it, its just the opposite," said Gov. Walker.  "It means fewer people would be on insurance actually, the end...if there were...more people there they'd be under Medicaid.  It's not a, for us, it has no decision one way or the other."
Neumann gave our unrehearsed governor another chance:
To clear up that answer, 27 News specifically asked the Governor if he was saying insurance companies did not benefit at all from his Medicaid decision, even though it meant more customers for them.

"In the end, I'm saying you had people before that were on a wait list.  Those weren't folks that were affected one way or another by insurance out there. The fact is they weren't, to my knowledge, they haven't lobbied me personally or anybody in my administration on this," said Gov. Walker.
Yikes, absolute nonsense. With more people in the marketplace, and fewer people on Medicaid (with its lower fee structure), yea, the insurance industry made out like bandits. Our incidental governor isn't so disengaged after all, and much richer for it.

Walker thugs use Walker Recall Blacklist in attempt to discredit Ethical Ruling favoring Happ!!!

Here comes the Walker Recall Blacklist, and another blatant Brad Schimel desperation pass. He’s hot into what appears to be a smear campaign unbefitting anyone seeking the office of the state’s attorney general. Dare we say he's not the impartial Republican candidate he says he is? 

This juvenile angry cheap shot headlined his campaign site yesterday and today:

Wrong way Schimel misjudged another one. 

As expected, Schimel’s bumbling came just before Happ was exonerated of any wrong doing in that past case. Schimel apparently has more of an issue with the Supreme Courts directives, than with Happ, who used their screening process exactly.
jsonline: The state agency that regulates the conduct of lawyers has thrown out a complaint against Jefferson County District Attorney Susan Happ, the Democrat running for attorney general. Happ said that she followed state Supreme Court rules by screening herself from the case as soon as she saw that the defendant was a man she and her husband were involved with in a real estate transaction.

"Our ethical rules require this," she said.
Here’s where the Walker Recall Blacklist reared its ugly head, attempting to smear a Walker Authority opponent for their personal political position:
But Republicans immediately questioned the agency's finding because they said the investigator who looked into it had signed a petition to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker in 2012.
Isn't it time we end this long running gag that portrays Republicans as poor defenseless victims?

Walker’s Shocking Disrespect for Women!!! Says “People around (Burke) have to set her up to be angry at me,” and debate was “largely to ignore my opponent.”

A double Romney moment for Walker? You won't believe...

Scott Walker made it very clear where he thinks Mary Burke belongs, and it wasn't standing next to him as a respected candidate for the governorship.

In a stunning moment of rightwing authoritarian arrogance, Walker couldn't hide his glee over the resulting GOP spin regarding Burke’s hesitation to compliment him, as if he deserved it. jsonline:
Republicans noted after the debate that Burke appeared ungracious when the candidates were asked to name something that they admired in the other.

Walker said, "You think usually when you go second you get a moment to catch your thoughts. I think that's probably a reflection of the people around her (who) have so set her up to be angry at me."
Yea, we need to fill Burke's empty head with anger. Reflecting his attitude and ruling style that relegates the opposition to second class status:
Walker said his goal during the debate was "largely to ignore my opponent and really just spend my time talking to the people of this state."
Seriously, did he just say this?

PumpkinStein invasion?

What an amazing idea for Halloween, even though it's a bit expensive. NY Times:

Like Victor Frankenstein, Tony Dighera was determined to bring a new creature to life. Though he was fairly new to farming, Mr. Dighera saw profit to be made in strangely shaped pumpkins.

So he created a “pumpkinstein.”

Grown in a plastic mold, the pumpkins bear the distinctive face of the Frankenstein monster, and Mr. Dighera has harvested roughly 5,500 of them this year.

Dighera sold out his crop to suppliers months ago, offering the pumpkins wholesale for $75 each. Retailers expect each to fetch $100 or more in the weeks leading up to Halloween. He learned that he could shape only the first two fruits of a vine — subsequent pumpkins were too big. He worked with a local plastics company to develop a mold. in the coming year, he plans to turn over almost his entire farm to the endeavor, aiming to harvest between 30,000 and 40,000 pumpkinsteins.

Sen. Fitzgerald cites fellow Republican accused of 13 counts of Voter Fraud as reason why we need ID.

Remember 50-year-old health insurance executive and Republican Robert Monroe, who was caught and charged with 13 counts of voter fraud? Voter photo ID at the polls would not have stopped this guy, and more importantly, current safe guards led to his arrest. He did register to vote in Milwaukee using his mothers address and a false Social Security number to vote there, leaving open the question as to whether a photo ID might have stopped him. But nobody is saying fraud doesn't exist, it's just rare.

Yet to hear Sen. Scott Fitzgerald version of the story, you'd think voter photo ID would have solved the problem. Fitzgerald was even eager to throw this fellow Republican under the bus to make his phony argument. I put together this Upfront with Mike Gousha audio only slide show:

WisPolitics: The Senate majority leader told "UpFront with Mike Gousha" he believes the upcoming election will yield examples of voter fraud. Fitzgerald pointed to news accounts that revealed a Republican advocate voted multiple times in a previous election as evidence of the need for the changes enacted by the blocked law.
But this kind of fraud is already as rare as Sasquatch sightings.

Just as interesting, in August, Monroe admitted what we already knew about conservative voters in general:
A Shorewood man charged with illegally casting multiple votes in various elections, including five in the 2012 Wisconsin gubernatorial recall, has entered an insanity plea.
Great punchline, right? But I thought the following down-the-rabbit-hole example proving Monroe's insanity was also worth a mention:
Monroe's girlfriend, Nicole Mueller, had recalled several "brief amnesic episodes," including one occasion in which Monroe ordered a large pajama suit for her and had no memory of it later.
How insane is that?

Schimel to blindly defend all state laws no matter what! What about law banning coordination with third party groups? "I'm not sure."

Waukesha DA Brad Schimel's scatterbrained answers in Friday's Attorney General debate was an unnerving revelation for this viewer. Lazy and simplistic, Schimel hopes to hide his inability to make sound legal judgments by making the ridiculous pledge to defend all laws passed by the legislature. Who doesn't see through that one, really, we're grownups here aren't we?

Saying Schimel is unprepared for the job as the state's top cop would be understatement. Even at this late date, he's still waffling on the issues. The shocking clip below, completely missed by the media, shows Schimel already contradicting his promise to defend all state laws. Asked if he would simply defend the state law banning coordination between third party groups and political candidates, like Scott Walker did, Schimel is suddenly "NOT SURE." Am I the only one who noticed this mind-bending flip flop (at 2:48 in the video)?

Cudos to Mike Gousha for pursuing Schimel on this question. Schimel even forgot what law Gousha was talking about. Truly frightening:

It's likely Schimel will never be prepared for the job. Even unenlightened self absorbed radio talk hosts like Vicki McKenna nailed it early on. I put together a number a audio clips that proves McKenna right for once:

Thanks to the Mic's Devil's Advocates for coming up with the McKenna clips.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Republican AG Candidate Brad Schimel forgets to uphold the Constitution. Promises to fight EPA, then blames Democratic candidate DA Susan Happ of activism. Doh!

It was both sad and funny the way AG candidate Brad Schimel tried to paint his Democratic opponent DA Susan Happ as an activist.

Schimel's "I'll defend anything passed by the legislature" attitude isn't just scary, but completely ignores his pledge to also uphold the constitution. A pledge Democrat Susan Happ brought up a couple of times. It was a major mistake for Schimel, who's trying to appeal to a party that lives and dies by their mistaken interpretation of it.

Host Mike Gousha must have been just as surprised when Schimel, just after branding Happ as an activist, started to bash the EPA, opposed new standards, and rambled on about coal and jobs.

Happ couldn't help but mention Schimel's plan to put in place a solicitor general, a political appointee to take on the federal government, from the EPA to ObamaCare:
Happ: "I don't think that our attorney general should be engaging in those types of activist approaches."
Here's an edited clip to prove my point:

One of the funnier moments was when Schimel put his hand up with his fingers crossed saying, when you take an oath to uphold the constitution, you don't say "except for these ones I don't like or I don't agree with." So Schimel won't even think about a laws constitutionality? Yes.
WKOW: Schimel said, "We've got to enforce the laws the way they are written and we've got to defend Wisconsin law.  Happ sees the position a little differently. If elected AG she wouldn't defend laws that she feels are unconstitutional. During the debate she cited laws such as Wisconsin's same-sex marriage ban and the Voter ID law. 

"The attorney general is not a robot. The attorney general has to be able to look at the law, compare it to the constitution and determine if it passes constitutional muster," Happ explains.
Schimel is playing for keeps, with this "classy" campaign strategy. This is what we can expect from the next attorney general?

Walker and J.B. Van Hollen try keeping voters confused and wary of ID's impossible return before election.

Scott Walker could not explain away his continued attempts to suppress voter turnout, except to say in the most contradictory way:
Walker: "The law in the state of Wisconsin is simple, it's easy to vote, and hard to cheat." 
As casual observers know, elections are getting overly complicated and regulated by the party of
ACLU voter regulation chart.
deregulation. Voter photo ID is just one of many restrictions.

Even the press was quick to notice how Walker and J.B. Van Hollen were oddly trying to keep the idea of complication and intimidation alive in the voters minds, by suggesting some magical way to "reinstate the law" sometime with the remaining 3 weeks. That would contradict the Supreme Courts reason to block the law, which is crazy, and the media sensed it.

From WPR, guest John Nichols found the ploy curiously obvious as well. In reaction to a reading of Van Hollen's statement, former Republican state senator Dan Kapanke said "I didn't see that quote...!" Ah, like the show host would have made it up?

Walker thinks voting, the backbone of our democratic republic, is a distraction that takes time away from more important issues? Mary Burke counters, by pointing out how Walker is willing to block 300,000 people from voting to save us all from one fictitious instance of fraud. Pretty simple stuff:

If we're worried about one instance of voter fraud, creating a complicated system along the way, then why aren't we just as cautious with another constitutional guarantee; gun ownership. Walker's tired old line "if just one vote is stolen," could just as easily be "if just one life is taken." And yet, gun regulation is bad, voting regulation is good.

Walker loses debate on Environment, deliberately ignores Sand Mining in Wisconsin, says, "Thanks to God and the glaciers we have some of the best frac sand in the world."

I'm hoping many in the state not familiar with Scott Walker's mishandling of mining in Wisconsin were shocked at what they heard during the first debate.

The one big thing we have going for our state is tourism...our environment. And Walker is giving that away to out-of-state interests with no mining oversight. And this is another instance where "stand with Walker" voters complained the debate panel of reporters were showing their liberal stripes. Really?

Walker has allowed the frac sand mining industry to takeoff in the state without putting in place up and running regulatory oversight to match that growth. First, who the hell would do that, and second, who would think catching up eventually is a good idea? No one but Walker.

Trempealeau County closed down a sand mine operating without a permit? That's right, no permit, they just came in and started digging. Jaw dropping? But Walker calmly promised the DNR would catch up if he's reelected. Walker even blamed staff shortages on tight budgeting, after making major cuts in tax revenue. Huh?

Catching up eventually is not an answer. This was an easy topic for Democrat Mary Burke to win on: