Wisconsin progressives attack charter school.
Yup, ‘attacked.’ Those locks didn’t vandalize themselves, and they weren’t vandalized by the Scott Walker administration. That leaves a pretty small list of suspects from which to choose. Anyway, I’m just putting this video about the protests at Messmer Preparatory Catholic School (via Hot Air) up, without any of the (scathing) editorial comments that I had originally written. But see if you can guess what | Read More »
Dismantling the Union Monopoly: Wis. teachers union to lay off 40% of staff
For years, the Wisconsin Education Association Council maintained a virtual monopoly on Wisconsin’s education system, raking in $25 million in union dues from teachers in 2009. Moreover, it also controls an insurance trust called the WEA Trust, which gave the union the ability to “sell” (though negotiations) school districts health insurance for teachers–often at a premium price. Of course, most Americans never heard about this | Read More »
WI Democrats make (illiterate) threats to news organization.
Said threats being made by one Graeme Zielinski, communications director (his title will be funny in a moment; trust me) for the Wisconsin Democratic party – and my, but did he ever communicate! And more than Zielinski really intended to, methinks. Background information: there’s a site called WisconsinReporter.com. They apparently cover Wisconsin local politics – of which there’s been quite a bit lately that’s been | Read More »
Wisconsin labor union reform: saving jobs, money, schools.
There is a striking (if you’ll pardon the pun) dichotomy taking shape in the Wisconsin public school system right now, and it’s one that should hardly be surprising to anybody who was paying attention to this spring’s labor union reform struggles. Said dichotomy is as follows: School districts that were able to institute Scott Walker’s & the GOP’s reforms to collective bargaining procedures have generally | Read More »
AFSCME: The Big Green Dog Behind Big Government & Higher Taxes
Across the nation, states, counties, and municipalities are facing a fiscal calamity. Even before the 2008 economic meltdown, many states were facing a sea of red ink due to over-promising, poor fiscal planning, and too much political influence from government union bosses. Now, as politicians of both parties grapple with the mess created by years of passing the buck, they are faced with taxpayers revolting | Read More »
Gov. Scott Walker (R, WI) balances budget over Democratic protests.
Via Ann Althouse comes this video of a mini-stampede by Wisconsin Democrats, upon hearing that Governor Scott Walker was supposedly leaving the Capitol after signing legislation balancing the budget without raising taxes: …Oops. Well. Natural mistake. Try this:
Joe Conason lies about PPP WI recall poll.
This is very entertaining, because it takes real skill to muck up reporting this PPP poll about Scott Walker’s chances in a hypothetical recall election; fortunately, Joe Conason is up to the challenge. Let’s look at what Conason wrote (bolding mine): Asked whether they would support or oppose [Scott Walker's] removal from office in a recall election, 50 percent said yes and only 47 percent | Read More »
Recount Gives Prosser a Lead in Wisconsin…For Now (With Updates)
From the diaries by Erick UPDATE 7: Barring Democratic shenanigans (and they are still possible) I think it’s safe to say Prosser has won. This means that, as others have said, conservatives have been able to match a supposedly hyper-motivated Left blow-for-blow in a typically blue-leaning state with a strong history of progressivism and support for labor. It’s almost certain that there will be a | Read More »
RedState Interview: Gov. Scott Walker.
As you are undoubtedly aware, Wisconsin has become one of the primary battlefields for labor union reform: having lost at the ballot box last November, Democrats and Big Labor both have been fighting a vicious rear guard action against any attempts to reform collective bargaining and organizing ever since. Currently, the focus is on several hypothetical recall elections – and an actual judiciary election (David | Read More »
Wisconsin Assemblywoman Michelle Litjens Discusses Union Protests
Download Podcast | iTunes | Podcast Feed On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Francis Cianfrocca and Wisconsin Assemblywoman Michelle Litjens to discuss the union protests in Wisconsin and the passage of Governor Walker’s legislation. We’re brought to you as always by BigGovernment and Stephen Clouse and Associates. If you’d like to email us, you can do | Read More »
Protesters Storm Capitol in Wisconsin (Video)
The MacIver Institute’s Bill Osmulski was in the thick of it in Wisconsin tonight as protesters rushed into the state capitol building, protesting that the state is now one of 25 others to limit collective bargaining rights for public employees — placing them far ahead of the bargaining rights of federal workers and workers in other states. For actual analysis on what went down, read | Read More »
Wisconsin: Democratic Senators losing unit cohesion?
There’s some confusion going on with regard to the intentions and plans of the fourteen AWOL Democratic state senators from Wisconsin who have been hiding from their job responsibilities for the last two weeks. They are or are not or are or are not or are or are not* about to give up and just come back in; what is actually going to happen is | Read More »
Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) Meets Hitler
Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) is not a Nazi. But he has a history of voting for policies the Nazis championed. But he is not a Nazi. Nor is he Nazi like. He just likes a lot of policies the Nazis championed. That’s not hyperbole. That is actual fact. I wouldn’t bring this up except Sherrod Brown is calling Jim DeMint and Scott Walker “nazis” except | Read More »
GOP Governors stand with Scott Walker
The Republican Governors Association has a new television ad defending Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in his Kerfuffle with the Obama campaign machine, and Obama’s suddenly stealthy union support, over certain Bargaining rights for Wisconsin public workers’ unions: “It’s a sea of red ink in Madison and while senate Democrats are fleeing their responsibility, governor Walker is leading. . . . In Wisconsin, leaders don’t run | Read More »
Scott Walker is fighting for municipal budgets too
One of the things that has been missed in the debate over public employee unions in Wisconsin is the impact on city and county budgets. Governor Scott Walker’s proposal doesn’t just impact the state’s fiscal situation, but it attempts to help the cities and counties. And, as the former Counter Executive of 2-1 Democratic Milwaukee County, Walker has a real familiarity with how the fiscal | Read More »