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Avery documentary finally getting some pushback

 By now we are all thoroughly familiar with the Steven Avery case, the Mischicot man and worker at a family-owned salvage yard who was convicted in the 2005 murder of Teresa Halbach just two years after his release from prison on a rape charge for which he was wrongfully convicted.

Let's break the gerrymander. Here's how.

  Wisconsin is under one-party rule and it will remain that way under the current gerrymandered legislative districts.

  There are many districts now where it is pointless for the dems to put up a candidate. It is like leading a lamb to slaughter. 

  Instead the Democratic Party should perhaps think about taking the fight to the Republicans on their own turf and run primary candidates, listing themselves as Republicans and abandoning the inter-party contest altogether. The ersatz candidate would not need to hide his or her party background.  They would need however to have a populist message (minimum wage, voting rights, the environment,school funding) that would appeal to the independent voters. The dems could organize their base and with some luck, and a low-turnout election, the crossover dems and low-information Republican voters could deliver the goods.

Why do we allow cells phones in school?

By now we have all seen the vicious takedown of a teen in a South Carolina classroom by a resource officer, an incident apparently prompted by the student’s insistence on texting from her cell phone.

 Setting aside the officer’s reaction, which was totally unjustified, I think it may be an opportune moment to discuss why we allow students to carry cell phones in school.

Eliminate CESA? Seriously?

It was a John McEnroe moment watching Capitol City Sunday interview with State Rep. Joe Sanfilippo of West Allis.

Sanfilippo was there to promote his idea to turn the elected State Superintendent of Schools into an appointed position.

This is the just the latest proposal as the majority Republicans continue their march to assume absolute power in Wisconsin--turning civil service positions in to appointed positions, destroying labor unions, gerrymandering voting districts, voter ID, changing the method for selecting a chief justice, turning the GAB into a partisan agency, make changes to the John Doe law and gutting the open records law to name a few.

What do we want? Open government reform. When do we want it? Not now.

I am looking at the current agenda for the upcoming meeting of the Lodi School Board (in whose district I reside). I see that it has a closed session scheduled for the first hour of the meeting under a grab bag listing of items that include “review minutes of regular meeting”, “review resignations and retirements,” and “review staff-2015-16.”

I went back a year and found the board has been doing this at every regular meeting with a catch-all closed session agenda with slight variations from month to month.

Walker's "divide-and-conquer" strategy doomed to fail in a presidential race

Preachers, especially those of a fundamentalist stripe, like to use the technique of “us and them” to convey a point. It fits so well with the black-and-white, good-and-evil world they inhabit while making their constituents feel superior or special.

Mike Huckabee, in his latest book, calls them residents of “bubbleville” or “bubbaville” to separate the wine drinkers from the beer drinkers or everyday folk from the eastern elites, as if such a division actually exists.

WisDems should adopt family values mantle

 Recently Scott Walker, in a radio interview, was asked if he would set up a state health care exchange in the event the Supreme Court buys into the arguments of King v. Burwell and kills the subsidies on the federal exchange.

 Walker didn’t hesitate to say no. He wouldn’t have any compunction about throwing 165,000 people to the wolves. For those of us on the left this comes as no surprise since we have long known of his heart of cold. It works for him.

Walker's latest fundraising appeal gives chutzpah a bad name.

It is standard operating procedure for politicians seeking an office to point out the current administration’s failures and make it campaign fodder.

But it takes some real brass to point out a successful policy and promise its repeal as a fundraising gimmick.

Scott Walker used the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the signing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to send out an appeal to his supporters by calling the act a failure and to send him money to help him “spread the message.”

I want to be Scott Walker's speechwriter.

I am seeking support and recommendations to become Scott Walker’s speechwriter as he embarks on his quest for the presidency.

Admittedly, writing applause lines for a man with his record will be easy but nonetheless, with my background in writing and Scott’s credentials, we would make an excellent team.

If it helps I would like to submit a writing sample. What follows are the highlights of the speech I would craft for a large Republican audience, perhaps at the 2016 Republican convention.

“Fellow Americans, I stand before you as a candidate for the presidency, and, with your support I can bring to the country the same accomplishments I brought to the people of the great state of Wisconsin.

We pared the size of state government by laying off people in the regulatory agencies and cutting the pay of those still working. We found that it was easier to let the industries write their own regulations. The iron mine project is a good example. At the same time it will save us tons of money on the enforcement end since there won’t be any laws left to break.

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