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At Wisconsin's top newspaper, just a slight sense of political disproportion

A business-as-usual juxtaposition in today's political coverage at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Bernie Sanders fills up the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, capacity 10,000, and while the paper covers that Wednesday event, the story runs on page 3. Aside from a crowd photo there's only a sidelong mention of the turnout: "thousands." That's in keeping with the paper's previously announced policy of avoiding hard-number crowd estimates, coincidentally imposed just when mass progressive moments were becoming more frequent in Wisconsin.  

MS.-CALCULATING: Desperate, "creepy" Scott Walker pretends to help and maybe even like women (voters)

"I don't have any problem with ultrasound. I think most people think ultrasounds are just fine." -- Scott Walker, when asked about the Republican bill he signed into law, mandating medically unnecessary transvaginal ultrasounds for women seeking safe, legal abortions.

Joan Walsh at Salon.com just added weight to the growing furor over Gov. Scott Walker's sudden attempt to whitewash his anti-woman politics. On the campaign trail and in his TV ads, Walker is lately pretending to be a champion of women and women's rights, as we here at Uppity have documented previously. In her latest column on three GOP governors who are "goons" trying to hide their anti-woman record, Walsh leads off with Wisconsin's very own, suddenly not-so-fearless leader:

When we last checked in on Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, he was playing down his problems with women voters and boasting of his strong support among men. Somebody must have read his poll numbers a little more closely, because on Tuesday Walker came out with an ad that brazenly lies about his stance on abortion.

Scott Walker and the GOP: Time for some election problems in Wisconsin

In every single state, it's already easier to buy an assault weapon than to vote

When New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's office evidently decided to punish certain local government officials for not supporting him politically, the word went out from Christie's staff: "Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee," referring to the crippling and otherwise unnecessary closing of lanes on a critical bridge serving the communities led by those contrary local officials.

When Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and his hegemony-minded Republican colleagues decided to leave nothing to chance and began their push to suppress the votes of anyone who might support their political challengers through the ballot box, Team Walker sent out word of its own. The effective message: "Time for some election problems in Wisconsin."

Christie's gambit has not only caused him serious legal trouble, but also has damaged his plans to run for president. It remains to be seen whether Walker's similar ploy will wreck his own chances to win another term as governor or his ambition to run for president. In a just world, both politicians not only would be punished by voters; they'd also face the prospect of jail time for misconduct in public office.

Defending his Medicaid fiasco, Scott Walker employs self-serving, circular logic

So here is the sum total of Scott Walker's totally weak political argument against expanding Medicaid-based health care to a greater number of low-income Wisconsin residents: Unlike other federal dollars that the state receives, Walker insists with what he says is absolute certainty that the federal government will abruptly stop subsidizing almost all the state's cost -- even though that support is mandated by federal law.

"We believe confidently going forward this federal government is likely to renege from its promises on Medicaid to the states," Walker said over the weekend.

However, there's only one way that could possibly happen: In a relatively unprecedented move, Congress would have to formally vote to renege on the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion provision. And precisely who in Congress is in favor of that? Walker's fellow Republican lawmakers, that's who. In the House of Representatives, they've voted to do that (along with killing the entire law) dozens of times. And failed.

Walker projects outsourcing onto opponent Mary Burke; Journal Sentinel covers his attack, ignores governor's own outsourcing

Scott Walker's gubernatorial campaign is now trying to outsource its own crummy economic development policies to Democratic challenger Mary Burke. A new Walker attack ad paints Burke as a jobs outsourcer when recent news suggests the opposite. Unsurprisingly, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has now written two stories about the Walker campaign's assertions against Burke. Oddly, however, the conservative-leaning newspaper has written no stories about revelations that the Walker administration itself has far more recently sent millions of dollars in state tax credits to a pair of big companies that have been outsourcing Wisconsin jobs to other countries, big time.

More below about the Walker camp's somewhat dubious claims in the supposed Burke outsourcing affair. Right now, for those of you who get your news from the state's largest daily, let's catch you up by focusing on what the Journal Sentinel has left uncovered about Walker administration's programs that enabled far more outsourcing than what Burke did, if she even did it.

When it comes to voting rights, Wis Republicans seem to know no bottom -- and here's the latest buttinsky

Glenn Grothman

The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin is sending out a new warning to citizens who are concerned about the quality, openness and integrity of our elections. And it comes down to this (my words, not the League's):

If you have cringed at the finagling and meddling that Wisconsin Republicans already have achieved with respect to elections and voting rights, you're going to have to cringe some more.

Forewarned is forearmed. From a new League of Women's Voters email dispatch:

Scotty's Used State Office Buildings: Shop our going out of business sale! Our prices are c-r-a-z-y!

40% off the Capitol!

You didn't read about this today in Wisconsin's largest newspaper because, well, apparently it's not suprising enough to be news in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. But the Associated Press thought otherwise. The AP filed a story yesterday telling how real-estate developer Terrence Wall wrote Gov. Scott Walker expressing interest in buying several large state office buildings. His offer came as the GOP-dominated legislature was busy enacting a Walker-driven law that lets the governor sell off state buildings and other property without competitive bids.

Wall is one of the state's largest real estate developers and a major Republican campaign donor, including donations to Walker. His letter said he supported the new law and, according to the AP, he listed specific properties he'd like to buy, including the large state office building in Madison housing the Department of Transportation and the state crime lab.

VICTIMS OR PERPS? The rest of the tea party story in Wisconsin

Not political! No siree!

Are Texas-based tea party groups being unfairly singled out for persecution by crazed IRS agents? Or, rather, are they in fact actually violating federal election laws and thus deserving of careful scrutiny? If you read Milwaukee's daily newpaper, you might think the former; but if you read Houston's daily paper, you might think the latter.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel jumped into the continuing fray over the Internal Revenue Service's handling of tea party requests for tax-free status last week by localizing the story. The paper's prominently placed headline fairly shouted: "IRS asked about Wisconsin recall, Texas tea party group says". The story went on:

VOTE!

Tomorrow is the day. It's often said that if you don't vote you've not bought the right to complain.  More importantly, if you don't vote you have given up all opportunity of participation in the democratic process. There are many important elections up for grabs this time around.   School board and other local elections are of enormous importance, and can affect you most of all right where you live. Likewise city government elections.

It's also a vitally important election for the State Surpreme Court.  I won't tell people who to vote for, but personally I am voting for Ed Fallone because I think he stands the best chance of making the Surpreme Court system more functional, and less swayed by big money (Let's get the big money out, but that's an argument for another day).

Also state-wide we have a choice for Superintendent of Schools - pitting someone with a long-term record of working for better schools in the state against someone who frankly seems to have a plan to destroy the public school system. Your choice. Again, I won't tell you who to vote for, but I'm voting for Evers.

But most importantly - go out and vote. It's your right, and a lot of people in the state are trying to make it harder for you to exercise your right. Take it seriously, make it count.

Scott Fitzgerald: We have to destroy the GAB in order to save it

[img_assist|nid=51968|title=All GOP now|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=166|height=173]Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader-in-waiting Scott Fitzgerald has telegraphed his next bad idea: He thinks the Republican-dominated legislature ought to restructure the state's Government Accountability Board (GAB), getting rid of the relatively non-partisan and politically insulated group of Wisconsin judges that now run the state's election watchdog agency in favor of -- wait for it -- political appointees.

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