Johnson: Who me?!? I Didn't Start Company!

In a hilarious turn of events, Ron "from the ground-up" Johnson is now defending himself against charges that he was once the kind of welfare queen he claims to hate, with the ultimate alibi: he wasn't even in the state when the company (he claims he started) got the welfare!

He tells WKOW's Bob Schaper:

"This grant was secured in March of 1979 by Wisconsin Industrial Shipping Supplies in exchange for a substantial business investment for the City of Oshkosh.  Ron Johnson moved to Wisconsin in June of 1979 and started Pacur, which has become a true Wisconsin success story." 

Ah, the wicked web we weave.

The problem with this alibi is that it is yet another contradiction of Johnson's riduculous claims that he started PACUR from the "ground-up."  

Apparently to Johnson, "ground-up" means arriving in Wisconsin married to the Shrink-Wrap Princess and being dropped into a multi-million dollar facility that is already built, has a multi-million dollar transportation infrastrure in p

All I know is what I read in the papers

Some big news in Sunday's Journal Sentinel:

Democratic candidates in Wisconsin have quit campaigning for office, apparently because August is too humid or something.

Scott Walker and Mark Neumann are campaigning and so is Ron Johnson.   Apparently their opponents are too lazy or have just given up.

Johnson, by  the way, is still telling the story about his daughter's health problem, and the newspaper is still reprinting it, even though it has nothing at all to do with the health care reform bill passed this year.

POSTSCRIPT:  Almost forgot.  Look for some political commercials and issue papers from candidates promising to stop the 'brain drain" from Wisconsin, now that a right-wing group has done a poll showing people think that's a problem.  What would be more useful would be a study to find out whether it really is a problem, like the study awhile back that showed the story about retirees leaving Wisconsin because of high taxes wasn't true.  But it's campaign season, so perceptions outweigh fact

Wascally Walker waffles, weaves, wiggles and weasels

" Say that quickly five times.

What Scott Walker's doing is not even mildly amusing, however.  It could mean taking away health coverage for as many as 350,000 Wisconsin residents.

For a year now, Walker's been bashing BadgerCare, one of Wisconsin's proudest accomplishments, which gives access to health care coverage for children, expectant mothers, and people whose employers don't provide health insurance coverage.

It's one of the state's real success stories.  But Walker has repeatedly attacked it, calling the program "an example of government waste," and callilng for time limits on how long people can be on the program.

He hasn't just said it once, and it was no slip of the tongue, as he tried to say after his debate with Msrk Neumann this week.  Here's what he said in the debate:

It was supposed to be a temporary safety net for people as they went from welfare into the workforce and it was [sic] be a temporary step up as they moved into permanent employment. Instead, under this governor, we’ve had the time limits go away and we see a permanent entitlement created, and that has brought about all sorts of fraud and abuse, and problems not only there, but with the childcare component as well.

Dan Kapanke Made Two Payments From His Foundation

In an inteview today in the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Dan Kapanke admits to having made two payments from his charitable foundation totaling about $32,000 to pay off  a personal debt.  (note that this article is only fully available to Leader-Telegram subscribers).  Previously only one of these payments had been reported. The Democratic Party of Wisconsin has filed an ethics complaint with the Government Accountability Board regarding these payments.  In the article Kapanke admits that making the payments was a mistake.  Or perhaps more accurately, two mistakes.

Ron Johnson prefers slow rail system -- to his business

Ron Johnson, the Senate candidate who says government should butt out and quit trying to help businesses create jobs, because "Government doesn't create jobs -- the private sector creates jobs" -- hasn't minded a little government help for his own business now and then.

WKOW-TV in Madison, which seems to own the exclusive rights to any investigative stories about Johnson, has another one. While the GOP gov candidates rail against high speed rail, Johnson found one rail line he liked:

A railroad line to Senate candidate Ron Johnson's plastics factory was built with the assistance of a federal grant.

According to documents from the Oshkosh city clerk's office, an Urban Development Action Grant in the amount of $75,000 was used to build a rail spur to Pacur, a plastics manufacturing company owned by Johnson.

The city resolution approving the grant was passed on March 15, 1979, the year the Oshkosh factory was built.
The money for the line went to Wisconsin Industrial Shipping Supplies, owned by Johnson's brother-in-law, Pat Curler.

Kapanke Admits Ethics Breach

[img_assist|nid=14831|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=75|height=100]Dan Kapanke has admitted that his use of funds from his foundation to pay personal bills was "inappropriate".  An article in today's La Cross Tribune states

State Sen. Dan Kapanke admitted to unintentionally violating state ethics codes by paying off personal debt with money from a charity funded through organizations that employ lobbyists.

The Republican lawmaker said Wednesday the payment to the city of La Crosse for new lighting at the Loggers’ baseball park was “inappropriate.”


State Party Chair Mike Tate has demanded that Kapanke resign and suspend his campaign for Ron Kind's seat. It doesn't seem very likely that Mr. Kapanke will do so.

Barrett's Web Site - Update

Update --- the domain has been renewed, and the site will be coming back as the DNS records wander across the Intertubes.

This is going to be an "I don't know why it's a news story, but it apparently is" post.  It appears that the domain name for Tom Barrett's web site expired this morning, and therefore his site is being displayed as a GoDaddy parked domain page.

I'm not going to go into the excitement of what happens when you let your domain expire, or the intricacies of DNS management.  Let's just say that the site either will or will not be visible to you depending on a lot of arcane timing possibilities.

The Barrett campaign is  working on getting the domain renewed.  They certainly know about it.  Charlie Sykes and his lot are somehow treating this like it's as big of a news story as VJ day.  Why it is the 2nd lead on the WTMJ web site at the moment is a mystery to me. The simple fact is that someone apparently made a mistake and let the domain name registry expire. And later today it'll come back.  Nothing to see here -- move along.


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