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Ruh Roh: Kleefisch Claiming, Via Palin, that She's Being "Thrown Under The Bus" By WISGOP

Mama Grizzly has been told that one of her cubs is in danger and has sprung into action and decared war on the Wisconsin GOP establishment:

She’s being thrown beyond the wolf pack – she’s also under the GOP establishment’s bus because this Tea Party “Mama Grizzly” beat the establishment candidate when she got elected. (And dang, it’s uncomfortable under that chassis!) Rebecca must be thinking, “With friends like these, who needs enemies?” Worse than seeing radical Leftists attack and make things up about a Conservative female opponent is when supporters on the Right sit on their thumbs and act as if there’s nothing they can do to help. Come on! When all else fails you can at least tell the truth! Tell other voters why you supported Rebecca in the first place. Explain her campaign promises and how she has stuck to them and – surprising in today’s political world – is actually fulfilling them. She promised to help balance the budget, cut taxes, build a sound fiscal environment, and provide job opportunities for all Wisconsin residents – not only our union brothers and sisters. She’s setting an example for every other state in the union because responsible state and local governments will be the entities that defend our Republic at a time when there is less and less reason to believe our big centralized federal government will address its self-perpetuated economic problems.

State Journal's Editor & Publisher are Hypocrites: Both Have Done Politics Outside of Work Similar to Signing a Recall Petition

Today Wisconsin State Journal Editor John Smalley publicly shamed Steve Apps for exercising his right to sign the recall petition.  (And, yes, it is right:  According to the Wisconsin constitution no one -- including you Mr. Smalley -- can "hamper, restrict or impair the right of recall.")

According to Smalley, when Apps signed the recall he broke the State Journal's code of ethics:

Participation in public affairs or events that may leave the impression that news judgment is being influenced by activism is prohibited.

Marquette Poll: Walker Very Weak, Barrett Leads in Primary, Falk's Likeability Index Dropping

As the saying goes, all you need to win is 50% + 1... and the inverse of that is that all you need to lose is 50% - 1.  Right now, even though he has saturated the air waves for the last five months, Gov. Walker's poll results haven't moved at all:  He's still in the crapper. 

Right now, less than 50% of the state (49.5%) has a favorable opinion of Walker.  In a head-to-head with Barrett, its 46.7% to 45.3% -- well within the poll's 3.8% margin of error. Against Falk, La Follette and Vinehout, Walker is under 50% against all of them. 

In the primary race, Barrett leads with 36%, Falk is next with 29%, and Vinehout and La Follette each have 8%.

NJ Teachers Union Ad Featuring Testimonials From WI Teachers: Could It Happen Here?

This is great. 

Note to unions running that horrible Falk ad:  These are the kind of testimonials you should be using. And here's an idea: public school teachers are wildly popular in Wisconsin and Scott Walker unfairly demonized them. An ad talking about how Walker unfairly demonized teachers as part of his propaganda to get Act 10 passed is the ad that Walker camp is most afraid of seeing.  

Could it happen in New Jersey?

Kleefisch After Waging Year-Long War: "We Wanna Remember What its Like to be Neighbors"

Recently Lt. Governor Rebecca "For Real" Kleefisch spoke at the Jefferson County Lincoln Day Dinner and said that "After this all over, we want to remember what its like to be neighbors."

In other words, she and Potsie split the state in two and have brothers hating brothers and neighbors hating neighbors and she has the nerve to say that she just wants everybody to get along again?

Oh, oh that is rich!

Kleefisch After Waging Year-Long War: "We wanna remember what its like to be neighbors"

Walker Has State Troopers Fighting-Back Belly Laughs Over "Spread 'Em" Comments

An Uppity Wisconsin reader has told me that over the weekend they attended a graduation ceremony in Onalaska where Gov. Scott Walker gave the commencement address to the latest class of Wisconsin State Troopers. 

Apparently, everything was pretty mundane until Walker started going on and on about eagles and wing spreading.

According to this source, the speech was quickly been dubbed the "spread eagle" speech and "spread 'em, and spread 'em proud" has been quite the jocular catch-phrase since the graduation.




Walker: Spread'em, Spread 'em Proud

Recent John Doe Transcripts Add Many Pieces to the Puzzle, Including Federal Involvement

[img_assist|nid=141740|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=300|height=243]The transcripts of depositions and e-chats the prosecution recently used to prove that Kelly Rindfleish was indeed in Milwaukee County when she was working full-time for the Milwaukee County Executive added some very interesting, previously unknown pieces to this puzzle:

Walker "Uh uh" Nailed: Unemployment Rate Decline Due Mostly to 15,000 Leaving State

As we've discussed before, the unemployment rate is simply the number of unemployed people divided by the total work force (unemployed + employed people).  So, if your state goes from having 90 people employed and ten unemployed to having 19 people employed and one person unemployed, you could brag that your unemployment rate dropped from 10% to 5%-- but that would, of course, be moronic and grossly misleading people about the dismal jobs situation in your state.

Walker Nailed: Low Unemployment Rate Due Mostly to 41,500 Workers Leaving State

Chris Rickert's Lead Paint Lollipop Addiction Continues: Says Blogging Blue = MacIver Institute

When Chris Rickert isn't incoherently rambling twice a week in the state journal, he spends a great deal of his time trolling facebook.  Moments ago he equated Blogging Blue-- a liberal site that gets no funding from an outside group and whose writers are unpaid-- with the MacIver Institute, a rightwing group that get's millions from the Koch brothers and other right wing deep pockets and whose writers are paid handsomely to spin their rightwing agenda. 

Most importantly, MacIver is a Republican spin machine masked as a nonpartisan 501(c)3 charity, while Blogging Blue clearly holds themselves out as a leftwing outfit and has no non-profit charade going on. 

Feingold on Walker's "Smoking Gun" Video: Evidence of "Fraudulent Campaign, Justifies Recall"

This morning Russ Feingold was a guest on Sly in the Morning.  Sly played for him the Oshkosh Northwetern editorial board meeting "smoking gun" tape where Walker promises to negotiate with unions and then played the sound bite of Walker saying that "if anyone is suprised by this, they've been asleep for the last two years.  Here is how Feingold responded:

Sly:  Do those two things resemble eachother in the slightest in any way, shape or form?

Feingold on Walker's "Smoking Gun" Tape: Evidence of "Fraudulent Campaign, Justifies Recall"


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