Archive for the ‘WISCONSIN’ Category

Oct
2014
15

One Of Their Own: Conservative Judge Admits Voter ID Is “Aimed at Limiting Voting by Minorities”

One Of Their Own: Conservative Judge Admits Voter ID Is
  In his 30-page opinion conservative Judge Richard A. Posner last week dismantled the Republican argument for Voter ID laws after hearing the Wisconsin Voter ID law case as part of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. The law was eventually shot down by the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2007 Posner, a Reagan appointee, wrote [&hellip...
Oct
2014
14

Few Surprises in WI’s First of Two Gov Debates as Burke Dings Walker on Voter ID, Jobs, Medicare

Few Surprises in WI's First of Two Gov Debates as Burke Dings Walker on Voter ID, Jobs, Medicare
  On Friday, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and his Democratic challenger Mary Burke participated in the first of two planned debates. They touched on subjects as disparate as the minimum wage and abortion just one month before the general election.  For Walker, much of the debate was spent defending his first controversial term in office....
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Sep
2014
26

“Why Do You Work if You Don’t Have Money?” Worker Groups Make Creative Claim that Wisconsin Should Raise the Minimum Wage

  On Wednesday, Wisconsin Jobs Now, Wisconsin Working Families, and 100 low wage workers submitted over 100 formal complaints to Governor Scott Walker hoping to use a little-known clause in state law to force him to raise the minimum wage.  The clause states that the state’s minimum wage “shall not be less than a living [&hellip...
Sep
2014
22

WI State Rep. Candidate Called Out by Union Opponent for “History of Hiding from Communities”

WI State Rep. Candidate Called Out by Union Opponent for
  After skipping out on a long-scheduled forum last week, Wisconsin state senate hopeful Van Wanggaard is being labeled “the cowardly candidate” by left-leaning political bloggers.  Wanggaard is the Republican candidate in the 21st Senate district race facing Democrat Randy Bryce, a union iron worker.   If Wanggaard’s name sounds...
Aug
2014
5

Walker, Burke Spar on Outsourcing as List of Co’s Who Took Incentives and Shipped Jobs Grows

  As the Wisconsin gubernatorial race heats up, outsourcing is becoming an increasingly hot topic. Now, revelations about companies receiving tax incentives only to outsource jobs at a later date are turning up the heat further: In the last decade, at least 25 companies with Wisconsin operations have both been awarded state funding and...
Aug
2014
1

Act 10 Was Upheld in Wisconsin. May We All Bask in the Glow of the Dissenting Opinion.

  You’ve seen the (bad) news. Scott Walker’s trademark anti-union law, Act 10, was upheld by the state Supreme Court yesterday. No surprise there considering the court’s party affiliation, though the finality of the matter packs a bit more gut-punch this time around. So let’s all gather ’round the middle class...
Jul
2014
29

Long Trek: Mary Burke Surging in WI Gov Polls, but Dems Shouldn’t Be too Excited (Yet)

Long Trek: Mary Burke Surging in WI Gov Polls, but Dems Shouldn't Be too Excited (Yet)
  The latest polling from Marquette University Law School shows Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker virtually tied with his democratic challenger, Mary Burke, in the leadup to the November election.  Analysis shows that among registered voters Walker holds a 46-45 lead, but ‘voters most likely to participate in the election’ give Burke a...
Jun
2014
23

John D’oh! Scott Walker’s Election Law Violations are Plain as Day, Documents Reveal

John D'oh! Scott Walker's Election Law Violations are Plain as Day, Documents Reveal
  Documents made public concerning the second John Doe Investigation of Scott Walker show that prosecutors believe the Wisconsin Governor was “at the center of an effort to illegally coordinate fundraising among conservative groups to help his campaign and those of Republican state senators facing recall elections during 2011 and 2012.”...
Jun
2014
17

Scott Walker Challenger Mary Burke Makes Clearest Anti-Act 10 Remarks to Date

Scott Walker Challenger Mary Burke Makes Clearest Anti-Act 10 Remarks to Date
  With the Wisconsin gubernatorial race inching ever closer, Democratic challenger Mary Burke has ramped up her rhetoric regarding Act 10 last weekend, incumbent Governor Walker’s signature legislation which stripped collective bargaining rights from a majority of the state’s public sector union workforce.  With the issue still very much...
Jun
2014
9

Madison Teachers, School Board Snub Act 10, Ratify Contract Before Court Decision on Bargaining

Madison Teachers, School Board Snub Act 10, Ratify Contract Before Court Decision on Bargaining
  In their continuing fight for post-Act 10 rights, Madison Teachers Inc. has ratified a contract with the Madison Metropolitan School board for 2015-2016.  Both the board and the teachers wanted to get the deal in place before the State Supreme Court rules on the union’s complaint over local bargaining rights.  The contract will give...
May
2014
22

Madison Teachers, with WI Gov Candidate Mary Burke in Tow, Vote to Extend Controversial Contracts Through 2016

  Last week in Wisconsin the Madison School Board voted to move forward with contract extensions, through the 2015-2016 school year, for Madison Teachers, Inc..  The vote is important because Madison is one of the few school districts in Wisconsin which still has collective bargaining rights, thus the extension also extends the lifetime of...
May
2014
21

80% of New Businesses Established Under WI Gov Walker are LLCs, 1000s Have No Employees at All

80% of New Businesses Established Under WI Gov Walker are LLCs, 1000s Have No Employees at All
  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is not known for his factual take on the jobs picture. His infamous claim that he’d create 250,000 new jobs has been ridiculed since day one and remains roughly 150,000 jobs short. Generally speaking, the man is virtually incapable of telling the truth, with a full 74% of his statements [&hellip...