Walker can't stop Barrett TV spots

Hard to believe this is the lead item this morning in the report from WisPolitics.com ..

Scott Walker’s guv campaign is demanding Wisconsin TV stations take down an ad from Dem rival Tom Barrett, saying it falsely attributed a negative spot to the county exec

Of course Walker wants Barrett to take down his commercial. And Barrett would like Walker to take down his misleading commercials. And Russ Feingold would like Ron Johnson to take down his. Ditto Johnson re: Feingold's spots. Et cetera ad infinitum.

Not gonna happen.

As the Walker campaign well knows -- and as WisPolitics should know, if it doesn't -- is that political commercials, paid for by campaigns, cannot be censored by the stations. The stations are required to run them, as is.

When Walker's spots lie about his record as Milwaukee County executive, the commercials runs the way his campaign produces them. If his opponents don't like it, they can complain to the news media, which they often do, or run their own commercials to counter it.

That's the way it works.

RoJo: No press access, but room for Paddy Mac

Patrick McIlheran, the Journal Sentinel right-wing columnist in residence, tags along with Senate candidate Ron Johnson, and -- wow! -- he turns out just to be a regular guy, not a politician!

He's just learning the ropes, Paddy says, so you'll just to excuse him if he doesn't know shit from Shinola when it comes to issues.

The real news of the column, however, is this: While RoJo's handlers hide him from the news media as much as possible, except when he needs to walk back the latest of his daily gaffes, Paddy Mac is invited to tag along.

When is the last time an actual reporter from the Journal Sentinel, or anywhere else for that matter, was invited to spend time observing RoJo on the campaign trail?

This is just a guess, but if you say never you won't be far off. And the media just let it happpen. In the case of the JS, it not only lets in happen but prints McIlheran's drivel to boot. Embarrassing.

Will Walker, Neumann turn down high-speed Internet money?

This sounds suspiciously like the federal stimulus money for high speed rail, which Scott Walker and Mark Neumann have both pledged to stop:

The University of Wisconsin System will receive more than $32 million in federal stimulus money to expand high-speed Internet access, U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl said Wednesday.

Will Walker and Neumann insist it be spent on highways instead? Or maybe on fax machines?

Hide and watch. This could be fun.

Ron Johnson is Mr. Science among GOP

It's high time someone (besides lapdog Rick Esenberg) speaks up for poor Ron Johnson, who's been getting a bad rap the last few days. Johnson has been getting a lot of flak since the Journal Sentinel reported on an interview with him about global warming:

A global warming skeptic, Johnson said extreme weather phenomena were better explained by sunspots than an overload of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, as many scientists believe.

“I absolutely do not believe in the science of man-caused climate change,” Johnson said. “It’s not proven by any stretch of the imagination.”

Johnson, in an interview last month, described believers in manmade causes of climate change as “crazy” and the theory as “lunacy.”

“It’s far more likely that it’s just sunspot activity or just something in the geologic eons of time,” he said.

Excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere “gets sucked down by trees and helps the trees grow,” said Johnson.

Presidential reading list

In case you're wondering how President Obama spent his time on Ait Force One after leaving Wisconsin, WisPolitics reports:

GOP guv hopeful Mark Neumann delivered a signed copy of his campaign book to Barrett's campaign office and asked him to give it to the president.

"Hopefully, some of those conservative ideas he can pick up and use because they're applicable across the country," Neumann said.

Talk about your futile gesture. Maybe if he'd bought a ticket he could have handed it over in person.  Or had his photo taken.  That  apparently would have been the closest Neumann is going to to get power in a long time, the way things are going.

 

 

No surprise: Sierra Club backs Larson

No surprise in this announcement:

The Sierra Club announced the endorsement of Chris Larson for election to Senate District 7. Larson has earned the Sierra Club’s endorsement by virtue of his responses to a candidate questionnaire, his environmental platforms, public service, and public statements. Sierra Club-endorsed candidates are those judged to be the best advocates for Wisconsin’s clean air, clean water, and special places.

“Chris Larson’s commitments to fight climate change, enact real renewable energy policies and standards and his support for intercity high speed rail and Regional Transit Authorities make him the Sierra Club’s choice,” said Dave Blouin, Political Committee Chair. “Voters in District 7 can count on Chris Larson’s commitment to protect Wisconsin’s environment.

Larson is challenging incumbent State Sen. Jeff Plale in the Democratic primary.  Plale almost single-handedly killed the Clean Energy Jobs Act, a top priority for environmental groups,  last session.  Now he may finally have to pay the piper for his years of working on behalf of the special interests instead of his constituents. 

Feingold and Obama: BFF?

There's a small buzz among folks who attended the Obama fundraiser for Tom Barrett on Monday -- why did Obama mention Herb Kohl and Gwen Moore in his remarks at the event, and not Russ Feingold?

Did Feingold ask not to be mentioned because Obama is poison?  Is Obama angry with Feingold for voting against the recent financial reform package?

Fox News, whose parent company just gave $1-million to the Republican Governors Assn., speculated that Feingold might not show.  Wishful thinking, trying to turn everything into a negative.  If Obama were poison, why would Barrett welcome him?

But before the Obama visit, The Hill actually asked Feingold (who would have thought of that?) whether he had any hesitation about being with the President:

"Absolutely none," Feingold said when asked if he has any qualms about appearing with Obama, according to a pool report.

Ron Johnson making unauthorized calls

Robocall on our machine:

This is Ron Johnson, calling to invite you to take part in the Summer Showdown on Saturday, Aug. 21.  Momentum is behind us and we need your help to deliver our message statewide.  On August 21 we will attempt to make 100,000 voter contracts across Wisconsin.  But we need your help to connect with these voters.  Can I depend on your support?  We will be working from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at dozens of victory centers across Wisconsin.  To RSVP for a shift, please visit www.wisgop.org or call 608-257-4765.  There is a lot at stake in the elections this fall, and we hope to see you on August 21.

So far, so good.  Then the disclaimer:

On Online Brainstorming, Or, "Hey, Unions...Wanna Grow?"

Sometimes stories happen because of planning; other times serendipity intervenes, which is how we got to the conversation we’ll be having today.

In an exchange of comments on the Blue Hampshire site, I proposed an idea that could be of real value to unions, workers...and surprisingly, employers.

If things worked out correctly, not only would lots of people feel a real desire to have unions represent them, but employers would potentially be coming to unions looking to forge relationships, and, just to make it better, this plan bypasses virtually all of the tools and techniques employers use to shut out union organizers.

Since I just thought this up myself, I’m really not sure exactly how practical the whole thing is, and the last part of the discussion today will be provided by you, as I ask you to sound off on whether this plan could work, and if so, how it could be made better.

It’s a new week...so let’s all put our heads together and rebuild the labor movement, shall we?

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