Rep. Taylor on Planned Parenthood

When I went to work for Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin (PPWI) in 2003 as their
legislative director, I was unprepared for the attacks this organization experiences
on a routine basis. There are organizations solely dedicated to shutting Planned
Parenthood down, and more pop up every day. Even before the 2010 tea party
takeover in state Capitols around the country, including ours, the relentless legal
and political attacks on Planned Parenthood were unending.


I thought I knew something about courage, but what I learned at PPWI was that I
knew nothing about it. The staff and physicians who walk into a health center every
day, who are targeted and harassed while their workplace is sometimes vandalized
and threatened, are the heroes. And they do it every day because there are
thousands of women in our state who simply wouldn’t have access to birth control,
cervical and breast cancer screens or testing and treatment for Sexually Transmitted
Diseases without PPWI. Even though abortion is only a tiny piece of the services
PPWI provides, it is a critical service. And there are people in our state who risk
their lives every day to provide it.

Dana Milbank - Why Scott Walker is so dangerous

— “First off,” Scott Walker proclaimed, “we took on the unions, and we won. We won!”

Taking on the unions is usually first off for Walker, the Wisconsin governor and Republican presidential candidate. It is the very rationale for his candidacy. And on Thursday, he took a detour from the campaign trail to appear here before the annual meeting of the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council, a group of state legislators dedicated in large part to defeating unions.

The Race to the Bottom Accelerates!

Race to the Bottom

Boom in Academic Poaching Is Fueled by Visions of Economic Development - Chronicle of Higher Education, July 23, 2015

 This is the headline in the current issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education.  It describes the current activities around the country to enhance economic development by investing in research and higher education.

The lead story in the Chronicle of Higher Education today describes how other states are using investment in research universities as an integral part of their economic development strategies. The leading sentence tells it all,

Art Mirrors our Environment

Kathleen Vinehout
Art Mirrors our Environment
by
Senator Kathleen Vinehout
 
“If you came to Stockholm today, you came up or over a river,” musician Julie Patchouli told the folks gathered at the 42nd Annual Art Fair. The musical group, known by Julie’s last name, began a rousing river song as part of the celebration of art in the village of Stockholm, Wisconsin.
 
Stockholm is a picturesque Mississippi River town of 66 individuals (not counting the dogs and cats) that swells by many hundreds on art fair day. Most of the art fair is in the scenic village park on the riverbank of Lake Pepin – the widest spot in the Mississippi.

Latest "Leading Index" for Midwest: One of These Kids is Doing His Own Thing

The Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank's latest "Leading Index" forecasts that in the next six months, Wisconsin will have the worst economic growth in the Midwest and the eighth worst overall-- actually predicting that Wisconsin with have negative growth in the near future. 

The Inside Story of the Crony Court that Deep-Sixed the Scott Walker Probe

The Disappearance of John Doe

Shadowy FigureFrom our friends at Center for Media and Democracy ---

By Mary Bottari and Brendan Fischer

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has been under investigation since his first day in office. But before a national audience even becomes aware of the fact, it will all be over. This week, the Wisconsin Supreme Court is likely to quash an investigation--run by a veteran Republican prosecutor--into allegations that Walker's team broke campaign finance laws during the 2012 recall elections by working in concert with dark money groups.

The prosecutor has asked two justices with ties to these same groups to recuse themselves from the case, but they have refused. And the court will rule behind closed doors, having eschewed oral arguments or even a full accounting of the case.

Press release: Walker Campaign Finance Report Riddled with Errors

From the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign today -- Scott Walker's' "amended' finance report is as inaccurate as the original - but different

July 14, 2015

Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign filed a campaign finance report last month riddled with erroneous information about hundreds of contributions he received in the homestretch of his 2014 reelection contest, a Wisconsin Democracy Campaign review found. (Click here to download a copy of the report as a zip file.)

The Democracy Campaign filed a complaint with the Government Accountability Board (GAB) that cited erroneous employer and occupational information involving contributions by a sampling of 25 contributors listed in Walker’s newly amended 2014 preelection report, which covers fundraising and spending by the governor’s campaign between July 29, 2014, and Oct. 20, 2014. 

Employer and occupational information is a critical element of campaign finance disclosure because it allows citizens to see the special interests behind the contributions seeking to influence their elected officials. State campaign finance laws require a candidate to identify the occupation and employer’s name for contributors who give a candidate more than $100 in a calendar year.

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