The Republican tax hell

The Journal Sentinel's cursed Politifact is at it again, this time with an "analysis" of Scott Walker's claim that Wisconsin is one of the highest taxed states in the country. They rate it half true.

> The teaser for the piece actually says:

"If Walker was running a decade ago, he'd be right on target"

Walker wouldn't have made that claim 10 years ago, of course, because Tommy Thompson was the governor and Walker was a Republican legislator loyally voting for Tommy's big spending spree, which put the state into a deep deficit.  The point of Walker's charge, of course, is that Gov. Jim Doyle and the Democrats are responsible for Wisconsin's high tax ranking, when the opposite is true.

The newspaper's "analysis" even refers to its own April article, which said:

Wisconsin's tax burden ranking under Gov. Jim Doyle fell from No. 5 among the states to the current No. 14 since his tenure began in 2003. It hovered between No. 3 and No. 8 under Gov.

Fighting Bob Fest

I'm trying to interject a little balance here.  We see the Tea Partiers everywhere in the news these days.  Our local news has been showing little Tea Party rallies where 20 or 30 people show up to demand - well, whatever it is that they're demanding.

Yet - there is a yearly rally in Baraboo that brings together thousands of people decidedly not of the Tea Party point of view, and we hear very little about it.  We'll occasionally be bringing you some of the highlights of this year's Fighting Bob Fest, thanks to the great On The Earth Productions.  Here, Russ Feingold speaks to a standing-room-only audience at the Bob Fest Kickoff event at the Barrymore Theatre in Madison.

By the way, Senator Feingold is in Eau Claire today having yet another non-debate agains the non-showing Ron Johnson.  6:30 PM, Tamarack room at Davies Center.  If you can. go show some support.

U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold speaks to thousands at the Barrymore Theater

About that straw poll for LtGov ...

This is not to rub salt in Henry Sanders's wounds. He's a good guy who worked very hard in his campaign for lieutenant governor. But he came in dead last in a four-way race, with 9% of the vote, despite trying to run a statewide grassroots campaign.

A straw poll at the state Democratic convention, which Sanders won, contributed to the delusion that he was winning, despite my best efforts to remind folks it meant nothing.

WTAQ Radio reported:

Poll: Sanders Way Ahead in Dems Lt. Gov. Race

WisPolitics.Com polled the 1,300 delegates and guests at the state Democratic Convention this past weekend. Almost half responded. And 326 chose Sanders, a businessman from Madison. Assembly Majority Leader Tom Nelson was a distant second with 167 votes. Senate Democrat Spencer Coggs got 43. And former Lodi alderman James Schneider had 11 votes.

Walker MIA on Milwaukee job creation

Scott Walker, the guy who promises if he's elected governor he'll create 250,000 jobs in four years, has created approximately zero in eight years as Milwaukee County executive.

Steve Jagler,executive editor of BizTimes Milwaukee, an online business news service, describes Scott Walker's job creation record as Milwaukee County executive, compared to Tom Barrett's as Milwaukee mayor:

[Milwaukee] County government has played virtually no role in the attraction of economic development and jobs in recent years.

The county also has been the slowest among the local government players at the table to embrace the aerotropolis concept of development around General Mitchell International Airport.

Sykes and the fat lady

For a guy who's married to a former opera singer, right-wing radio's Charlie Sykes sure had some nasty things to say about the money in the state budget to help preserve the Oshkosh Opera House:

No money to catch child molesters, but cash for an opera house in Oshkosh.  How’s that going to look on a bumper sticker next year?

Can't wait to see how Sykes squares that with the revelation that anti-stimulus Senate candidate Ron Johnson wanted to get stimulus money for that same opera house.

Will Sykes try to help him weasel out of it, as usual, or ignore it completely?

Ron Johnson sought stimulus money

This story from Ron Johnson's hometown paper, the Oshkosh Northwestern, tells itself. Can't wait for RoJo's "explanation" and "clarification" on this one, since the Feingold stimulus vote is a key component of his campaign:

Ron Johnson, the Republican Senate candidate who has been harshly critical of the Democrat-backed stimulus bill, sought stimulus funds for renovations to the Grand Opera House when he was president of the Grand’s board in March 2009.

In an e-mail obtained by the Northwestern, Johnson called Oshkosh Area Community Foundation CEO Eileen Connolly-Keesler to ask about the availability of stimulus dollars to help fund the $1.8 million repair project. Connolly-Keesler sent an e-mail to state Rep. Gordon Hintz, D-Oshkosh, to see what funds might be available for the project.

“I just got a call from Ron Johnson about the Grand and stimulus money,” Connolly-Keesler wrote in a March 25, 2009, e-mail. “I can’t imagine it will pay for non-profit buildings but I am willing to make some calls if you think it would work.”

Governor Doyle can remove sexual harasser DA

With Calumet County District Attorney Keneth Kratz refusing to resign following revelation of his sexually harrassing emails to a domestic violence victim whose case was in his office, it's time for Governor Doyle to step up and use his power under  of the State Constitution to remove Kratz from office.

Article 6 Section 4

 "The governor may remove any elected county officer
mentioned in this section except a county clerk,
treasurer, or surveyor,giving to the officer a copy of the charges
and an opportunity of being heard."

Call the Governor's Office at (608) 266-1212


If this doesn't work, there's Impeachment by the Assembly, and Removal after trial in the State Senate, a more cumbersome process as it would involve calling a special session of the Legislature.


Article 7, Section 1

The court for the trial of impeachments shall be composed of the senate. The assembly shall have the power of impeaching all civil officers of this state for corrupt conduct in office, or for crimes and misdemeanors; but a majority of all the members elected shall concur in an impeachment. On the trial of an impeachment against the governor, the lieutenant governor shall not act as a member of the court. No judicial officer shall exercise his office, after he shall have been impeached, until his acquittal. Before the trial of an impeachment the members of the court shall take an oath or affirmation truly and impartially to try the impeachment according to evidence; and no person shall be convicted without the concurrence of two−thirds of the members present. Judgment in cases of impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from office, or removal from office and disqualification to hold any office of honor, profit or trust under the state; but the party impeached shall be liable to indictment, trial and punishment according to law.


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