Quick Note on Voter ID

As you may have heard, the US Supreme Court today decided not to hear the appeal of the Wisconsin Voter ID cases, which left a question as to whether Voter ID will apply in the April 7 elections:. 

From the GAB a few minutes ago:

Following Monday's decision from the U.S. Supreme Court not to hear an appeal of Wisconsin's voter ID cases, the Government Accountability Board has consulted with the Wisconsin Department of Justice and determined that photo ID will not be required for the April 7 Spring Election.  Photo ID will be required for subsequent elections, including any special elections in 2015.

Advocacy Gives Voice to the Voiceless - Families Support Family Care and IRIS

Kathleen Vinehout
March 25, 2015
Advocacy Gives Voice to the Voiceless - Families Support Family Care and IRIS
Senator Kathleen Vinehout
I remember when I first met a man I’ll call ‘Ron’. He came to my office with his caregiver. He couldn’t speak but used a speech synthesizer and an iPad to introduce himself. He was joined by several friends – all in wheelchairs – who told me their inspiring stories of independence.
Ron passionately detailed how his caregiver assisted him with everyday activities we take for granted. He wanted me to work for funding so he could pay his caregiver a living wage. Wages for care workers are very low and have been for years.
Fast-forward a few years. Ron and his friends joined hundreds of citizens in the Capitol to advocate for critical long-term care programs. Many of the visitors had never been the Capitol and never met with a legislator. These citizen lobbyists were advocating for programs that provide them or their family member with health and independence.

Watching Wisconsin's heart break

Broken Heart

I am in my office today trying to work and at the same time listen to the testimony at the budget hearing in  Milwaukee on Wiseye.org. It's difficult to do CMS upgrades and listen to the heart of Wisconsin breaking  at the same time. Person after person is testifying against the draconian provisions of the budget, telling very personal stories of how they and their organizations will be impacted by the proposed budget. Individuals with health problems, education professionals, people of faith, and others of every persuasion in life are testifying about how the massive budget cuts will affect the elderly, the poor, the ill, students, teachers, and others. 

THE FACELESS FEW: In campaigning gov's absence, inner circle runs Wisconsin...badly

John Torinus used to be the business editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and is a respected voice in Wisconsin's business community. For some years he's been CEO of Wisconsin-based Serigraph Corp., an innovative business that was way ahead of the curve in health care reform for its employees.

Torinus is a reasonably conservative fellow and one smart cookie. So political insiders and business leaders across the state should sit up and take notice, because, increasingly, Torinus is calling out the Walker administration and its leader, for gaps in leadership. Widening gaps.

Farmers say Budget Damages Farm Research, Schools and Conservation Input

Kathleen Vinehout
March 18, 2015
Farmers say Budget Damages Farm Research, Schools and Conservation Input
Senator Kathleen Vinehout
“It’s very important that we are here today,” the farmer from Independence told me. “In fact, it’s more important that we be here than anywhere else.” Here was in my Capitol office. Local farmers were visiting as part of Ag Day at the Capitol.
The weather that day was dry and warm. It was perfect for getting early spring chores done. Instead, these farmers drove hundreds of miles to meet with their legislators.
They were on a mission to change parts of the state budget that hurt rural communities. The first thing on their mind – in every group that visited – was rural schools.

Monarch Scott Walker's use of the Royal We

Walker and the Royal “We” 

Although Scott Walker’s quotes are usually ‘word soup” of the same sophistication as Sarah Palin, his content is more distressing because it reveals an arrogance when referring to himself in the plural.  The royal “we" is often referred to as the majestic plural.  (It is pluralis majestatis in Latin and literally means "the plural of majesty").  The royal “we” is the use of a plural pronoun to refer to a single person holding a high office, such as a sovereign (e.g., a monarch or sultan) or religious leader (e.g., the Pope or a bishop).

The Royal We

 Notice how often Walker uses the royal “we” in the following statements.  An initial assessment of the speech pattern would be that he is delusional and does, in fact, view himself as a Monarch, Sultan, or Pope. This could very well be true.

More stealth law-making at work - update and good news!

Top Secret

The executive session for tomorrow to vote on AB1 in committee has been cancelled.  This may be because Thiesfeldt has not been able to raise enough support within the GOP for the revised bill. It may also be in part due to the response he has received from citizens.  In any case at least for the time being this version of the bill is dead in the water.

The state GOP continues its parade of "bad ideas in legislation" as they work to pass yet another stealth bill. Changes to AB1 regarding punishment of school districts for not receiving good letter grades now removes all power from local school boards and hands it  over to the superintendent.  Foolish you, you probably thought that electing local officials actually meant something. This bill is being shoved through, and will possibly be voted on tomorrow in committee. I'm including the text from an email I received this morning.  It's from Sondy Pope, and I hope you will consider taking action as outlined below:

Walker's "Say Anything" Campaign Tanking at Home: Job Approval at Only 43%

PPP polling just released a poll for Wisconsin and... well, you better sit down, Scott:

  • Walker's approval rating down to 43%, while a whopping 52% disapprove. 
  • In a presidential match-up, Walker would lose to Hillary Clinton by a 52% to 43% margin in his home state.  (Hmmm... those numbers are familiar.) 
  • Rand Paul would actually do better in Wisconsin if he was the GOP nominee, only losing to Clinton by a 48% to 42% margin.

A RTW clue-train for Scott Walker

Bloomberg News reported today that at his signing ceremony for the Republican Party's new right-to-twerk-us law, Scott Walker praised the measure while insisting it wasn't his idea:

At a bill-signing Monday, Walker said the push for the right-to-work bill, passed last week by the legislature, came from lawmakers themselves.

“Our leaders here led,” Walker, 47, said during a ceremony in Brown Deer, Wis. “It was the leadership you see here who drove the train on this.”


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