How worried is Walker?

Worried enough about Mark Neumann to send this trash job to Republican mailboxes this weekend.  Neumann as Pelosi seems a little over the top.  Will Neumann finally fight back, or continue to play rope-a-dope?

Afterthought:  What Walker may be worried about is not winning the primary,but meeting expectations.  His people have been saying for awhile their goal is 60% in the primary, which means they probably expect to win 2 to 1.  A squeaker, or even something less than the 60-40 they're predicting,  would be a major setback.  He doesn't just want to beat Neumann, he needs to crush him.

UPDATE:  Walker will begin running a television spot on Tuesday with the same message, linking Neumann and Pelosi.  (By the way, Tom Barrett was in Congress then, too, and voted against the bill.)

Netroots Wisconsin Reaching Critical Mass

[img_assist|nid=14704|title=|desc=|link=url|url=|align=left|width=151|height=32]We're getting closer to Netroots Wisconsin 2010.  We've put together some good panels and speakers, who will be dishing out great information to help you make the best use of the Internet for activism and politics.  Speakers will include Wisconsin bloggers, folks from the Sunlight Foundation talking about government transparency and using their tools, and much more.  Come on over to the web site, take a look at the tentative schedule, and sign up while there are still spots available.  See you in Madison on Sept. 25.

Also - If you happen to be coming to Fighting Bob Fest or the Independent Media Kickoff party  come and say hello.  We'll be at both - we'll be in the booth area at Bob Fest.

Axis of evil backs Plale

When the ethically challenged duo of  Scott Jensen and Charlie Sykes team up to wage a smear campaign to try to help one Democrat beat another in a Dem primary, it should tell Democratic voters all they need to know.

Jensen's school choice group is bombarding people in Jeff Plale's State Senate district with mail, phone calls and push polling making personal attacks on Chris Larson, who's challenging Plale in the primary.  And Sykes has taken to the airwaves to spread some old, distorted stories about Larson.

Anyone wonder who the real Democrat is in this race?

Hint:  It's not the one the two right-wing character assassins are supporting.

Let's hope Dems in the district are smart enough to ask themselves why the Republicans want Plale in the Senate, and willing to spend money and spread dirt to do it.

Plale's their guy.  That's all I need to know.


Plale can't recall ever turning down money

Bay View blogger Jason Haas has a good summary of the debate Thursday between State Sen. Jeff Plale and Milwaukee County Sup. Chris Larson, who are in a heated Democratic primary campaign for Plale's seat. Here's my favorite question and answer. The parenthetical comments are Haas's.

Give an example of when you have turned down a campaign contribution because you didn’t agree with the contributor. This question went to Plale, who struggled to remember having refused or returned a donation. After a very long, awkward pause, he changed the subject to campaign finance in general, claiming that “donations don’t have an impact on me; people do.” (Fact check that!) He mentioned the special interest groups who’ve been “flooding” our mailboxes with anti-Larson and anti-Plale pieces. He claimed that “five dollar and ten dollar donations from people who I know can’t afford it have a big impact on me.” (I strongly disagree with that assertion.) Larson stated that in contrast to his opponent, he takes no corporate or lobbyist contributions.

Happy Labor Day Wisconsin!

With lots going on everywhere this weekend. Let's take a minute to remember (and remind others) who built this country, gave us the weekend, vacation time, sick leave, benefits, safe workplaces, and elevated our workforce to the best in the world. It was the American workforce and organized labor.

Happy Labor Day, Wisconsin! Keep working!

Labor Day 2010 TV Spot

Johnson Says Working Families Didn't Need FMLA, Forgets He Needed Family Medical Leave

Yesterday, in an interview with the Oshkosh Northwestern editorial board, Johnson debunked the popular conception that the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which protects workers from getting fired from large employers when they miss work because they or a family member have a serious health condition or giving birth to a child,  was desperately needed by working families.  Johnson, when asked, "how do you feel about FMLA in general" says:

My experience at PACUR, well before they ever had Family and Medical Leave Act, we had never needed it... for example, one fellow, his father had cancer... we said 'take whatever time you need"... so, as an employer, I didn't need Family Medical Leave Act, to have...

A deer czar, that's the ticket

Scott Walker's spent way too much time sitting in a tree stand with nothing to think about:

Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker on Thursday called for an independent auditor to monitor the health population of Wisconsin deer, saying a third party is needed because many hunters had lost faith in how the Department of Natural Resources manages the herd.

That's the ticket. Privatize the DNR.

While we're pondering independent audits, how about adding the O'Donnell Park disaster and the county's mental health center to the list?


Ron Johnson, Red Republican

Go, Big Red takes on a whole new meaning in the US Senate race.

David Sirota post on Open Left blog:

I never thought we'd see a Republican Communist - and certainly not one who is the nominee for U.S. Senate in a major swing-state...

We can thank Wisconsin Republican Senate nominee Ron Johnson for at least being honest about his party's extremist vision. While most Americans probably don't see Chinese communism as the way forward, Republicans clearly do - and we can thank them, at minimum, for letting us know how they see the world.

He's not actually the nominee yet, but that little technicality will be taken care of on Sept. 14, when those socialist-hating Republicans give him their seal of approval.

A use for the brown bag

The LaCrosse Tribune:



We have a suggestion for how Scott Walker can best use his ubiquitous brown bag.


Whenever the Milwaukee County executive is ready to unveil yet another insensitive campaign message, he should follow these simple steps:

 1) Open bag.

2) Place around mouth.

 3) Blow vigorously.

4) Take a deep breath.

5) Repeat, if necessary.

 6) If all else fails, inflate the bag once more and pop it.

Maybe then, Mr. Walker will wake up and smell the baloney.

Read the whole thing.

Johnson Job Plan: Pay Workers Under a Dollar a Day Like They Do in China

There are two approaches that politicians usually take in dealing with foreign trade. 

The first is Feingold's fair trade approach:  trading freely with only countries that have the same worker and other protections as we do in our country.  The second is the free trade approach where you trade with foreign companies and hope that through the forces of the free market that foreign countries will somehow be lifted to the high standards of the United States.

Ron Johnson, following the lead of Newt Gingrich, is proposing a third approach:  Instead of pushing morally bankrupt countries like China toward emulating the high standards of the U.S., we should emulate them.

When Ron Johnson says he wants to turn Wisconsin into a red state, he wasn't kidding!

Recently he told the Wisconsin Radio Network that we need to me more like China and that businesses were locating there because there was less regulation and less "uncertainty" than in the U.S.  Specifically, when asked, how do we bring jobs back to Wisconsin, Johnson responded:



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