Wisconsin Democrats’ Divided House
The Wisconsin Democratic Party had scheduled a unity rally the day after tomorrow. Tomorrow, Democrat voters will go to the polls to pick a candidate to put up against Scott Walker in the Wisconsin gubernatorial recall. Well, it seems the preferred candidate isn’t going to win and the Democrats have said to heck with unity. The Unity Rally is cancelled. It won’t happen. There will | Read More »
Will The Tea Party Fight or Retreat?
Last night in Wisconsin the state Republican Party tried a few parliamentary maneuvers to drive tea party members from the ranks of the GOP. For reasons I cannot begin to fathom, the Wisconsin GOP seems willing to sacrifice tea party energy in the Scott Walker recall in order to save Tommy Thompson’s Senate bid. In Indiana, Eric Cantor has weighed in on behalf of Barack | Read More »
Will the Wisconsin GOP Kick Out Its Tea Party Supporters Tonight?
The Wisconsin Tea Party movement is not gelling to Tommy Thompson who presumed he would have an easy nomination to be Wisconsin’s next Republican Senator. Tea Party activists have rallied against him in Wisconsin and now the state party seems poised to shut out a group that has been so helpful in battling the recall efforts there. According to several people I’ve spoken to on | Read More »
WI-GOV Recall Democrats running on… property tax hikes?
If states are really the laboratories of democracy, then apparently Wisconsin is the place where all the mad scientists go to cook up the latest abomination of science with which to terrify the populace. And one case in point is the way that the Democratic party in Wisconsin has decided to run with the novel platform of explicitly offering to raise other people’s taxes in | Read More »
Watch Live! Wisconsin Senate Debate
Please join us in watching this critical primary debate, brought to you by The Franklin Center and Wisconsin Reporter. Debate will begin streaming live at 8pm, ET. Citizens can submit questions for the candidates in the following ways: E-mail questions to WIDebate@WisconsinReporter.com Tweet questions on Twitter using the hash tag #WIDebate Post questions on the Facebook pages of Wisconsin Reporter or Franklin Center Submit a YouTube video (via e-mail or Facebook) for a chance to have your question | Read More »
The Maryland (and other States) Primary Results Open Thread.
Maryland’s getting pride of place because it’s a) where I live and b) has actual, non-Presidential primaries tonight. Presidential primary results here: Maryland’s state results are going to be… here, I guess. Looks like (as of 8:30 PM) Romney won DC & MD; Dan Bongino is ahead in the MD-SEN nomination; and the may-not-recognize-her-luck Nancy Jacobs is ahead in the absolutely vital* MD-02 race. Polls | Read More »
Tom Barrett (D), biting the hand that saved his city.
Mayor Tom Barrett of Milwaukee would like to have it both ways, it seems. The background is this: Barrett is contemplating running against Scott Walker in the upcoming recall election, despite the fact that Walker beat him like a drum in 2010 and the governor of Wisconsin is in a pretty good position to do the same again. Still, there’s always 2014 to consider, and | Read More »
Judicial Bias and Political Activism Running Rampant in Wisconsin Courts
From the diaries . . . Once again, Wisconsin is the nation’s poster child for controversial decisions that damage our electoral process. This time, it’s Wisconsin’s judiciary that’s implicated as liberal judges are revealing their partiality and engaging in political activism. Perhaps this problem would be best understood with a baseball analogy. Suppose Milwaukee Brewer Ryan Braun was facing a panel of three judges (instead | Read More »
Judge David Flanagan linked to Scott Walker recall. Twice.
Quick background, as to why you should care: Judge Flanagan has placed a temporary (although you can count on the Democrats wanting to put that adjective in scare quotes, and right quickly) restraining order on last year’s Wisconsin voter reform law mandating that voters show picture ID. There are a few “this just happens” involved, here: This just happens to prevent Voter ID from being | Read More »
Quinn’s Copycat Play Still Leaves Taxpayers on the Hook
Promoted from the diaries By Sarah Gough and Matt Batzel Don’t look now but it looks like Gov. Quinn is stealing a page from the Wisconsin budget playbook. Facing an ongoing fiscal crisis, Quinn is looking to move the teacher’s pension expense off of the state’s budget by having suburban and Downstate school districts start contributing to their teacher pensions. This move is similar to | Read More »
Update on the Scott Walker recall shenanigans.
So, let me tell you of the wickedness of the world… or, more accurately, of the abject stupidity of the anti-Scott Walker forces in Wisconsin. Which is really not the same thing, but it at least sounds good. Or at least jovial. Anyway, here’s the background: the Wisconsin Left, having managed to allegedly get enough signatures to force a recall election against a governor enjoying | Read More »
RS at CPAC: Sen. Ron Johnson (R, WI).
I have a lot of these, and probably more getting generated tomorrow – but I didn’t want to not get at least one of these done this evening. This clip is of Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, who of course came out of nowhere in 2010 to neatly excise Russ Feingold from his Senate seat. Which was personally one of the more satisfying results of | Read More »
First reports of Wisconsin recall petition fraud?
Could be, could be: The Racine County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate possible fraudulent recall signatures collected by Mark Demet, a Racine man whose brother’s signature was found four times on petitions to recall Sen. Van Wanggaard, R-Racine. His mother’s signature was also found twice. But both say they didn’t sign, said Capt. Thomas Lamke of the Racine County Sheriff’s Office. This is, by | Read More »
Everything you need to know about today’s WI recall filing.
In general: Democratic Big Labor cronies are submitting recall petitions today to force a recall election of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch. They claim to have enough to weather the inevitable challenges. This latest exercise in partisan petulance is scheduled to cost the state of Wisconsin 9 million dollars’ worth of taxpayer money, once you factor in all the state- and | Read More »
Search Warrant Issued For SEIU Organizer In Out-of-State Voter Case
Last April, after months of laying siege to the Wisconsin capitol building, unions poured $4.5 million into the state to unseat Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser in an election. Though their efforts ultimately failed, unions did all they could legally and now, it seems, illegally to win at all costs. In October, Media Trackers uncovered documents exposing three SEIU-affiliated individuals who took advantage of | Read More »