Breaking - US Supreme Court rejects John Doe Lawsuit

As expected the US Supreme Court has rejected the lawsuit brought forth to halt the John Doe II investigation permanently. The state Supreme Court will now hand down rulings on the multiple suits before it on the John Doe probe.  Rulings on these cases are expected this summer.

Regarding Russ Feingold, RoJo and Milwaukee newspaper both hooked on drug metaphors

Separated at birth: The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial writers and Sen. Ron Johnson. At least it looked that way reading Sunday's newspaper. Note the oddly similar constructions in the news pages and the editorial pages regarding former Sen. Russ Feingold's decision to run against Johnson next fall (boldfacing added):

1. News story: "Russ Feingold is a career politician," Johnson said in his speech. "He's addicted to it... ."

Russ is in!

Russ Feingold

This morning Russ Feingold announced that he is running against Ron Johnson for US Senator.  This isn't a big surprise since there have been indications over the last few month that he is running.  Good luck to Russ in the upcoming election - you have the support of progressives throughout the state.

The Uppity Fund 2016 donation pool will be set up and running within the next few weeks, so you'll be able to donate to Russ and other progressive candidates right here.

Watch the Announcement Video

Officer Matt Kenny will not be charged in Tony Robinson case

A few minutes ago Judge Ismael Ozanne ruled that officer Matt Kenny will not be charged in the fatal shooting of Tony Robinson.  Looking distinctly nervous during the press conference, Ozanne first spoke to the issue that racial discrimination is still a serious issue in law enforcement in this country, and discussed the events leading up to the shooting and the evidence that he used in coming to his decision.

This perhaps softened the blow of the decision in a community that has been very concerned about this shooting since it happened. There will certainly be marches and protests over the next several days, including a scheduled march tonight. Here at Uppity Wisconsin we ask you to please help to make these marches peaceful and respectful to all - there's no point in any escalation of violence in this truly sad case.

Tony Robinson decision: WISC LIVE coverage

Time to Return to a State Department of Commerce

Kathleen Vinehout
May 13, 2015
Time to Return to a State Department of Commerce
Senator Kathleen Vinehout
“When do we return the economic development initiative and the checkbook to the control of a state agency” John Dunn of Mauston asked in a letter to Legislators. “The WEDC has again failed to follow state law and its own policies in awarding taxpayer-funded incentives to state companies. We need accountability to taxpayers.”
Not following the law, and not acting in a transparent and accountable way is a frequent criticism of the state’s economic development operations.
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), created in 2011 as an independent authority, fell under criticism again with the recent release of another audit showing that WEDC failed to follow state laws and its own policies when awarding grants, loans and tax credits to businesses and failed to independently verify whether or not promised jobs were actually created.

Ed Garvey Endorses Jeff Smith for DPW Chaire

For Immediate Release                                                                Contact Jeff Smith
May 8th, 2015                                                                             

Delusional former Marquette undergrad takes five day non-credit study abroad Course.

Scott Walker, a former Marquette University undergraduate student has announced that he has enrolled in a five day non-credit study abroad course offered by “Our American Revival”. He will be attending on a “full ride” scholarship provided by “Our American Revival”.

The delusional undergraduate imagines himself as a member of some unknown royal family as he continues to use the “royal we” as he describes his non-credit study abroad experience.

Sao Lue Vang's attacker gets 10 days jail time

Vang Protest

A contentious court case in Northwestern Wisconsin ended today with the sentencing of Kevin Elberg. Elberg beat Sao Lue Vang last year after he accidentally trespassed on Elberg's land while squirrel hunting. Many in this part of the state saw this as a test of whether a Hmong immigrant who served in support of the US military could receive justice after being beaten by a much younger and stronger man who appeared to have been drinking at the time.  A 10 day sentence with 2 years of probation and some community service hardly seems just.

The previous sentencing hearing for Elberg was cancelled due to an inability to reach a successful plea bargain. Muliple protests in Durand over the last several months were held in concern that the case would be plea-bargained down to a misdemeanor, which it was. Sao Lue Vang received multiple injuries in the beating, including a lacerated liver and many internal injuries.

RIP UW Independent Authority


John Nygren says the UW independent authority proposal supported by the governor and the regents of the University is dead in the water. This proposal was part of a package that included a huge cut in money to the University system, but with the independent authority as a way for the University to get back some of the money.

Now what remains to be seen is if the legislature still makes draconian cuts to the budget while taking the authority away.  This is another of those recent rebellions against Walker's plans and I'm certain we will be seeing more of it. Normally I would congratulate changes against Walker's budget proposals, but it sounds likely that this will set up a lose-lose situation for the University system.

I used to believe that the big print giveth and the small print taketh away.  In the Walker administration it's beginning to look like the small and big print are both taking.


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