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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"

The Power of Paxil: Van Susterin aks, "How's The Recall Going?" Walker: "It's Going Well!"

Governor Scott Walker, who is often mistaken for the always-chipper Potsy from Happy Days, was asked, "how's the recall going?" by Greta Van Susterin.  Walker's instant and strangely energetic reply: "It's going well!"

One get's the feelling that if Walker was asked how his chronic irritable bowel syndrome was going, he would say "It's going well!"  Or, better, how's that criminal investigation going?  It's going well!

The Power of Paxil: Walkler Tells Van Susterin that the Recall is "Going Well"

Explosive Revelation: Walker Secretly Hired & Promoted Rindfleish Without Knowledge of Chief of Staff

[img_assist|nid=141740|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=300|height=243]Legal and political writer Ernest A. Canning has noticed something we in Wisconsin overlooked and Wisconsin Public Radio buried:  Scott Walker and only Scott Walker signed-off on hiring Kelly Rindfleish and promoting her to deputy chief of staff a couple of months later.

In yet another case of someone in the Wisconsin media coming accross a piece of important information and burying the lede, WPR offhandedly dropped this bombshell at the end of their report:

Breaking: Prosser Charged With Judicial Misconduct

The Wisconsin Judicial Commission, the body that overseas judges and lawyers in Wisconsin, has charged Justice David Prosser with three charges, the most serious being judicial misconduct.

Here is the applicable statute where Prosser is being charged under:

757.81(4)

(4) "Misconduct" includes any of the following:

(a) Willful violation of a rule of the code of judicial ethics.

(b) Willful or persistent failure to perform official duties.

(c) Habitual intemperance, due to consumption of intoxicating beverages or use of dangerous drugs, which interferes with the proper performance of judicial duties.

Galloway Resignation is Effective Immediately, Three Days Ago Was "Excited" About Recall

Pam Galloway has released a statement saying her family has "experienced multiple, sudden and serious health issues" and that "this situation is not compatible with fulfilling my obligations as State Senator."

However, just three days ago Galloway told WAOW-TV that she was "excited" about the recall and "definitely prepared for this election."

Galloway is expected to elaborate on Sunday, but WTMJ is reporting that Galloway's brother is ill and Galloway is her brother's primary caretaker:

State Sen. Pam Galloway to resign

Breaking: Sen. Pam Galloway Resigns to Avoid Recall Election, Senate Now Evenly Split

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting that Pam Galloway is resigning, leaving the Senate evenly divided at 16-16!

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting that Pam Galloway is resigning, leaving the Senate evenly divided at 16-16!

Queen - Another One Bites the Dust (Official Video)

Reading Out of Ron Johnson Play Book: Hovde Claiming to be a Self-Made Man

[img_assist|nid=164487|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=226|height=300]In 2010, we had Ron Johnson spinning the absurd lie that he "started" his wife's gazillionaire father's plastic company "from the ground-up."  And he got away with it:  He never received any meaningful press on that point and the Feingold campaign stuck to the high road and never ran an ad against him on it.

Eric Hovde, the son of gazillionaire Don Hovde,  apparently was playing close attention.

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