Suspicions confirmed: Walker has no deficit plan

Finally, a reporter has asked Scott Walker how he intends to pay for the $2-billion in tax breaks he's proposed for corporations and wealthy individuals, as One Wisconsin Now has been asking for months.

Scott Bauer of The Associated Press asked the question, and -- surprise! -- Walker didn't have much of an answer.

He back-pedaled pretty quickly. It turns out he doesn't have a tax plan, the AP learned:

One Bad Day Away

“I never thought I’d be disabled,” the man at the parade told me. “I was a diesel truck driver. But a split second accident and 37 surgeries later here I am.”

An axle crushed his leg.

Last week I met a fellow whose foot had been run over by a cement truck. Like me, he was hobbling around the dairy breakfast on crutches. “You never know when accidents are going to happen.” he said.

At an event in Eau Claire a woman stopped me to ask about budget cuts for the disabled. She had many stories to tell me about the effects of budget cuts on her disabled clients.

Unless you have a disabled friend or family member it is easy to think of the challenges they face as “someone else’s problem.” But, in truth, we are all one bad day away from facing the world with a disability.  We are all one bad accident away from needing the services provided by the state’s Medicaid program.

At Black Tie Ceremony, Feith Passes Torch To Barton

Honestly, I am absolutely sick of commercial air travel these days. Just dealing with security is bad enough, but then there’s the airlines, and...hey, all you really need to know here is that there has to be a pretty good reason for me to fly cross-country.

Well, I had one Saturday night, which is how I came to be in the Colonnade Room of the Fairmount Hotel, Washington DC with about 250 of my closest friends, in a classic shawl-collar tuxedo, attending one of the most exclusive “passing of the torch” ceremonies in recent Washington memory.

And when it was all over, Douglas Feith was a happy man.

Respect to your great place!

On Slicing Pies, Or, Mystery Fees Cause Retirement "Money Spill"

It’s part two of our “Netroots Nation Goes To Vegas Piano Bar Extravaganza”, and in keeping with tradition that means we are again taking a story request.

This time we won’t be talking about energy security or “climate security”; instead, we’ll discuss retirement security, keeping your money for yourself instead of paying it out in “mystery fees”, and how one of the “usual suspects” is at it again.

And if all that wasn’t enough...we also have pie.

Sensenbrenner hobby vs. Moore's net worth

Jim Sensenbrenner's stock portfolio has gotten a little ink lately, what with all of his shares in BP not presenting a conflict, in his mind, to him sitting on a panel investigating BP's mess in the Gulf.

There's also the annual Journal Sentinel story about the finances of the Wisconsin Congressional delegation, which says Sensenbrenner, who's worth $9.9-million but has disposed of all of his inherited stock in Kimberly Clark, his grandaddy's company.

Missing was the annual measure that's always been the most intriguing one: Is Sensenbrenner's stamp collection worth more than Rep. Gwen Moore's total net worth? Two years ago they were equal at about $110,000 each.

The stamp collection's value keeps going up 10 grand a year, to $130,000 now. Moore's net worth may surpass $130,000 now, but it's not clear. She reported assets worth somewhere between $19,000 and $110,000, plus a house valued at $95,000.

All I know is what I read in the papers

OK, you followed the news today. What's Wisconsin's unemployment rate?

Unemployment rate continues downward trend, reaches lowest point in over a year

MADISON – Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Roberta Gassman announced today that Wisconsin’s May unemployment rate dropped significantly to 7.7 percent, its lowest level since early 2009, and that Wisconsin added over 40,000 jobs in May, demonstrating its continued economic recovery. -- Dept. of Workforce Development.

Wisconsin’s unemployment rate continues to drop

Wisconsin’s unemployment rate dropped to 7.7 percent in May, its lowest level since early 2009, as more than 40,000 new jobs were added during the month, the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced today. --

State jobless rate fell to 8.2% in May

Wisconsin's economy lost 7,900 private-sector jobs in May but federal, state and local governments hired enough workers to offset the private-sector declines, according to the state's latest employment report, released Thursday. Adjusting for seasonal factors, the state unemployment rate fell

WI: Group says high-speed rail will add 9,000 jobs in Wisconsin

WI: Group says high-speed rail will add 9,000 jobs in Wisconsin - ASHWAUBENON, Wisc. — An advocacy group said Wednesday that the high-speed rail system that will connect several Midwest cities will benefit the environment and provide more than 9,000 jobs in Wisconsin. [ Wisconsin News]

Alert: Noxious fumes in Milwaukee courthouse

Maybe it's the fumes from the toilets that don't get cleaned since Scott Walker downsized and outsourced cleanup.

But the Milwaukee County courthouse, a gloomy, depressing place under the best of circumstances, seems more off kilter than usual this week, with the County Board trying to silence one of its members and the DA overreacting to a frivolous complaint. What the two incidents have in common is that they are both trying to silence critics of county government as run by Scott Walker.

First there's the attempt to censure Supervisor Lynne DeBruin for blowing the whistle on the shameful operation of the county's mental health complex.  Some board members want DeBruin spanked for revealing what was discussed at a closed (that means secret) meeting.

Quote, unquote

The Tea Baggers have been looking for candidates with no experience in government and no knowlege of how it works. Now they get one and still complain.

 -- "AprilComma", an anonymous commenter in the Journal Sentinel, on the news that Ron Johnson isn't even ready to be vetted by the Tea Party, let alone the news media.

On Prioritizing, Or, Senate Democrats: Regulating Climate Change, Or Not So Much?

Netroots Nation will be in Las Vegas in just a few weeks; with that in mind we are going to play “piano bar” and fulfill a couple of requests, one today and one tomorrow, from folks who would like to bring a couple of things to your attention.

Today’s topic: climate change.

As you know, there is a lot of legislation floating around Capitol Hill that would begin to use some sort of market-based mechanism to reduce the amount of carbon we emit. None of it will move unless it moves through the Senate, and today, that’s what we’ll be talking about.

Matter of fact, they will be too.


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