Gov. Walker’s Robotic Message at Business Day in Madison

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February 25, 2016

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Gov. Walker’s Robotic Message at Business Day in Madison

"The American People Need to Have a Voice In the Process

Okay, it's not Wisconsin news but --- 

If I hear One More Republican say that the current president should not be allowed to nominate a Supreme Court Justice I'm going to bust a blood vessel. 

LIke this gem

When asked if they would start the process after the new president took office or if they would consider doing it in the lame duck session, Cornyn replied "No, after the next president is selected. That way the American people have a voice in the process."

I need to point out that the American People had a voice in the process.  It was called the 2012 presidential election. What Cornyn is trying to say here is one of the below:

  • It's only the voice of the people if it's funneled through a Republican president
  • It's only the voice of the people if it's funneled through a white president
  • Presidents have three year terms.  After that they might as well just pack up and leave

I'm not sure which he's saying.  Whichever it is, he's wrong.

When the going gets tough - Kathy Bernier walks out

Kathy Bernier

While at Monday's Breakfast with our Legislators meeting, Rep. Kathy Bernier was angered by board members who are frustrated with the current funding formula and budget for state schools. She walked out of the meeting after the suggestion was made that Minnesota is doing a better job of this than Wisconsin.

“We’re here to sit around and talk about challenges and suggestions, and I’ve yet to come away with a viable suggestion from those meetings (with Altoona, Chippewa Falls and Eau Claire),” Bernier said.

People Make a Difference Despite Haste at Capitol (Citizens stop action on water privatization bill)

Kathleen Vinehout
February 24, 2016
 
People Make a Difference Despite Haste at Capitol
By
Senator Kathleen Vinehout
 
“What can we, as ordinary citizens, do to keep the legislature and the governor from passing/signing house bill 554? It scares the heck out of me,” wrote Claudia from Eau Claire.
 
“I know that Kathleen will vote against this terrible bill, but no doubt against the odds,” Sarah wrote from Eau Claire.
 
The “terrible” bill was AB 554, a bill that would allow out-of-state private corporations to buy public water and sewer utilities. The bill would eliminate a required public referendum to approve the sale.
 
There is good news for all the folks who wrote asking me to oppose the bill.

Primary Challenge to Ron Kind - Myron Buchholz

Buchholze

Retired Eau Claire teacher and activist Myron Buchholz will announce Monday morning that he is opposing Ron Kind as a Democrat in the August primary. Buchholz is currently on the board of the Chippewa Valley ACLU, and local low-power radio station WHYS. He is also active in  many local progressive organizations. 

From his press release:

Gordon Hintz - The 2015-16 Legislative Session: Part 1

Gordon Hintz

The 2015-16 Legislative Session: Part 1

1)      The Action is Inaction: According to the Wisconsin Blue Book, February 18 is the earliest end date to a legislative session since 1970.

 

2)      State Finances are Unstable

·         Budget Gimmicks: Last Spring, Republicans balanced a $132 million shortfall in the 2013-2015 budget by delaying a $108 million debt payment and raiding $98 million from compensation reserves.

 

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Lisa Subeck - Wisconsin Republicans’ Obsession with Defunding Planned Parenthood Comes Full Circle at Deceptive So-Called “Crisis Pregnancy Center”

Lisa Subeck

Remember the good old days when the Governor signed bills at the Capitol and other neutral territories rather than parading the bill signings around the state to show the businesses and special-interest groups what they've bought?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: February 18, 2016
CONTACT: Zach Madden, 608-266-7521(office) 920-627-5773 (cell)
 
Wisconsin Republicans’ Obsession with Defunding Planned Parenthood Comes Full Circle at Deceptive So-Called “Crisis Pregnancy Center”
Claims by Assembly Republicans that AB 310 and SB 238 were anything but politically motivated attempts to defund Planned Parenthood fall short as Governor Walker signs bills at anti-abortion facility

A Day Without Latinos or Empathy

Day Without Latinos - Rebecca Kemble

For other people like me, who are not in Madison, the Day Without Latinos protest in Madison is going on full force.  I've not seen a crowd like this at the capitol since the Act 10 protests. More power to them. Sadly, the anti-immigrant laws are but a small portion of the "Big Pot o' Bad Ideas"  racing through the legislature. With over 100 bills roaring through it's pretty hard for anyone to keep track, including the legislators.

As to the reaction of our governor and the rest of the GOP - pretty much the same as always.  People of the state don't count -- we and our contributors know what's best for you. Protests are just a distraction from what's important.

East High Students - courtesy Emily Mills

Thanks to Rebecca Kemble for the photo lifted from her Facebook stream and to Emily Mills for the second photo. Video courtesy of the Journal Sentinel and Youtube.

Scott Walker reacts to 'Day Without Latinos' protest

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