Gableman hopes to reel Rindfleisch (and Scott Walker’s secrets) back to Wisconsin

I think this is an interesting analysis by Blue Cheddar on why there's this sudden interest in re-visiting the Kelly Rindfleisch verdict --

We have some John Doe II news to talk about.

I’m not absolutely positive what’s up – but I have some strong suspicions, which I will go into. Whatever’s going down, the timing of this could not be more threatening to Scott Walker’s impending presidential campaign.

First you need to know that the Wisconsin Supreme Court refused to appeal the conviction of former Walker aide Kelly Rindfleisch.

She and her attorney then applied to get the appeal through the U.S. Supreme Court a couple of weeks ago with the argument that the warrants used to seize her email messages were unconstitutionally broad (importantly: the “broad” seizure led John Doe prosecutors to suspect that Eric O’Keefe, Scott Walker and at least 12 conservative groups engaged in a criminal scheme to circumvent Wisconsin campaign finance laws).

And now Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce‘s own Justice Gableman is asking his fellow WI State Supreme Ct. justices to reconsider the matter andhear Ms. Rindfleisch out.

If you are driving a 2000 Kia Rio with an "I Stand with Walker" bumper sticker, this MJS article is for you.

WEDC Maserati

I have been amazed by the number of ten year old Kia’s, Hyundai’s, and Plymouth Voyagers in parking lots and on the road in Milwaukee’s suburbs with “I Stand with Walker” bumper stickers.  It may be time for these Walkerites to contact WEDC and get an upgrade for their loyalty. 

The first two paragraphs of this article from today’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel sums up the depth of the corruption of Walker’s administration.  Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse.


WEDC backed firm after learning state money was for luxury car debts

By Jason Stein and Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel


Madison — Officials at Wisconsin's top jobs agency sought federal tax incentives for a failing Milwaukee business for a year after being told that the owner was seeking the money to pay off business debts such as the leases on luxury cars.

Representative Lisa Subeck’s Statement on Signing of SB 35


DATE: June 24, 2015

CONTACT: Zach Madden, 608-266-7521(office) 920-627-5773 (cell)


Representative Lisa Subeck’s Statement on Signing of SB 35

Governor Walker signs Republican repeal of lifesaving “cooling off” period for handgun purchases

MADISON – Representative Lisa Subeck (D-Madison) released the following statement in response to today’s signing of SB 35 by Governor Scott Walker. This legislation repeals Wisconsin’s 48 hour waiting period for handgun purchases.

NY Times on the internal struggle of the WI GOP

As the Wisconsin fiscal year draws to a close, the JFC continues to not meet, and the budget gets no closer to being built. This is largely due to a lot of dissension in the Republican ranks over the economic future of the state. It amounts to the Republicans choosing between "pretty damn bad" and "complete debacle". There are some interesting revelations in yesterday's New York Times article about this, including that the abortion bill wending its way through our state was in fact suggested by our Governor, including the complete lack of exception for rape and incest.   I thought one of the most interesting quotes was this:

“The university doesn’t deserve this cut,” said Senator Luther Olsen, a Republican, as lawmakers voted last month to restore $50 million of the governor’s cuts. “We are fools if we go around bashing one of the best things in the state of Wisconsin.”

I thought "bashing the best things in the state of Wisconsin" was the current legislative agenda.

State Health Marketplace Needed to Protect Wisconsinites

Kathleen Vinehout
State Health Marketplace Needed to Protect Wisconsinites
Senator Kathleen Vinehout
“Wisconsin has relied heavily on the exchange to expand health insurance coverage,” wrote President Eric Borgerding of the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA). In a recent letter to Legislators, he warned a looming Supreme Court decision “could strike down premium assistance.”
Many Wisconsinites are waiting to hear if they will still be able to afford their health insurance bill.
The U.S. Supreme Court will soon rule on the legality of health insurance subsidies for those living in states that did not create a state-based health insurance marketplace.
The WHA estimates over 180,000 Wisconsinites receive tax credit assistance from the federal government for health insurance purchased through, the federal marketplace. That is roughly like the population of Green Bay and Racine losing an average of almost $3,800 a year.

State Journal lays off veteran reporters

Wisconsin State JournalAs has become a disturbing trend in journalism, the Wisconsin State Journal yesterday laid off a number of veteran reporters, including long-time Madison reporter Doug Moe.  Why lay off the most experienced journalists? It's simple.  They have seniority. They make more.  It's that draconian. And with the trend our sources for reliable and thoughtful news coverage are drying up all around the country. Thanks to the Isthmus for letting us all know.

New bills circulating to re-fund schools - they could use your support

A note from our friends at Blue Cheddar - there are new bills circulating to restore funding cuts for our schools. The Wisconsin Public Education Network would like you to support them by calling your legislators. The bills are LRB-2356 and LRB-2357 and you'll need to call  your legislators before Friday.

Two education bills are circulating for co-sponsorship that deserve support from every legislator, taxpayer & parent in Wisconsin!
At this stage the bills are given “LRB Numbers” before formal introduction. These bills respond to the needs and concerns shared by parents and school districts all over the state, and provide an opportunity for legislators to come together in bipartisan support of the public schools that are the hearts of our communities.

Contact your legislators TODAY and ask them to co-sponsor these bills. Then call on your local school board and administrators to show their support for this legislation. And be sure to thank them for their support of our public schools when they do!

Transportation Spending: It’s time for a comprehensive audit

Kathleen Vinehout
Transportation Spending: It’s time for a comprehensive audit
Senator Kathleen Vinehout
“Senate leader on budget deal: ‘I don’t know where we are at’” was the headline of a recent Associated Press story on the budget deal. The story went on to report there’s “no agreement yet on how to pay for transportation projects…”
While the Senate leader gathered up votes, I gathered up a few studies to understand if all this borrowing was necessary.
Here’s what I found:
Transportation spending is about $6 billion - 8.5% of our total state budget. About 40% of that comes from the federal government.
Last April, the budget committee received good news that low fuel costs meant residents were driving more and gas tax money is up – by about $13 million over 3 years.

NY Times Magazine explores Scott Walker's union-busting ways

This thoughtful piece by Dan Kaufman explores the relationship between Scott Walker's "divide and conquer" strategy and labor in Wisconsin. The article particularly follows local iron worker Randy Bryce, and provides a historical context for so-called "right-to-work" legislation in the US.

“My name is Randy Bryce,” he began in a loud voice. “I’ve been a member of Ironworkers Local 8 since 1997. I’ve had the privilege in that time to work on many of Wisconsin’s landmarks, private businesses and numerous other parts of our infrastructure.” As he spoke, the protesters began to quiet. Bryce described how he had wandered from job to job after he left the Army, how Local 8’s apprenticeship program had given him direction, a real career. Finally, he presented the case against what he called “a blatant political attack” on his union. “All of our representatives are elected,” he said. “All of the decisions that we make are voted on. The general membership is given monthly reports on how every dime is spent. Every dime spent is voted on. Unlike what is taking place this week, Ironworkers Local 8 is pure democracy. I am disappointed beyond words at not just what this bill contains, but how it is being passed.”


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