Posts Tagged ‘Scott Walker’

Oct
2016
12

They Don’t Want You to Vote: Array of GOP Tactics Still In Use to Quash Minority Voting Participation

They Don't Want You to Vote: Array of GOP Tactics Still In Use to Quash Minority Voting Participation
  Voter suppression is alive and well in GOP country. In Wisconsin, a federal district court judge has ordered the state to investigate the DMV and its voter ID process. The court order follows recent revelations regarding minority voters who were denied voter IDs despite providing the necessary documentation to the DMV. Wisconsin law...
Sep
2016
28

Latest “Right-to-Work” Challenge Fails in WI, One Case Remains Before Court of Appeals

Latest
  A Wisconsin district court judge dismissed a challenge to the state’s “Right-to-work” law this week. The suit, filed by the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Locals 139 and 420, will now move to a federal appeals court. The two unions contend that the law amounts to an illegal taking of property: The...
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Sep
2016
19

Leaked John Doe Docs Prove to Everyone but Corrupt WI Courts that Gov. Walker Broke the Law

Leaked John Doe Docs Prove to Everyone but Corrupt WI Courts that Gov. Walker Broke the Law
  New documents have emerged that demonstrate the far-reaching influence of corporate cash on American politics, and on Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s administration in particular. The John Doe papers, leaked to The Guardian, expose a network of corporations and mega-rich individuals who donate to third-party groups in an effort to...
Aug
2016
31

Walking on Walker: 11,000 WI Jobs Outsourced Since Formation of Gov’s “Oversight” Agency

Walking on Walker: 11,000 WI Jobs Outsourced Since Formation of Gov's
  No one has ever accused Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) of caring too much about Wisconsin workers. Turns out he doesn’t care all that much about safeguards against corporate outsourcing, either. Under his administration, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporations (WEDC) has dealt with some troublesome outsourcing scandals....
Apr
2016
13

WI “Right-to-Work” Law Thrown Out by Lower Court Just as Higher Court Gets More Conservative

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  A state court judge threw out Wisconsin’s “Right-to-Work” law in a case brought forward by the Wisconsin AFL-CIO, Machinists Local Lodge 1061, and United Steelworkers District 2. The ruling sets up a state Supreme Court showdown which will put the entrenched dark money interests that run the state’s political scene on public...
Jan
2016
26

Crony Crusade: WI Gov. Walker Set to Take Unprecedented Control of Government Hiring

Crony Crusade: WI Gov. Walker Set to Take Unprecedented Control of Government Hiring
  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is set to sign a bill that would revamp the state’s 110-year-old civil service system, in what is being labeled yet another setback for labor. Opponents of the bill believe it will lead to cronyism in government hiring.  The bill passed the Senate on a 19-14 vote.  Following its passage, [&hellip...
Oct
2015
27

Six Walker Associates Guilty in John Doe Cases, So GOP Guts Power of John Doe With New Bill

Six Walker Associates Guilty in John Doe Cases, So GOP Guts Power of John Doe With New Bill
  On Friday, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed a Republican-backed bill which eliminates many of the tools prosecutors use to investigate political corruption under the state’s John Doe law.  The vote fell on party lines, passing 61-to-36 in the Assembly and 18-to-14 in the Senate.  Prosecutors will no longer be allowed to use the...
Sep
2015
30

Bloomberg: Union-Bashing No Longer a Viable Campaign Strategy

Bloomberg: Union-Bashing No Longer a Viable Campaign Strategy
  A recent article in Bloomberg Politics suggests that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s exit from the presidential election is a sign that the political appeal of bashing unions has peaked.  As a last ditch effort to save his campaign, which just months earlier saw him polling as the favorite in Iowa, Walker announced he would...
Sep
2015
22

WI GOP Wants to Dismantle Nonpartisan Gov’t Accountability Board Because It’s…Nonpartisan

WI GOP Wants to Dismantle Nonpartisan Gov't Accountability Board Because It's...Nonpartisan
  In an enlightening article for the Huffington Post, Mary Bottari of The Center for Media and Democracy and ALEC Exposed uncovers the efforts of the Wisconsin GOP to dismantle the state’s nonpartisan Government Accountability Board (GAB) and replace it with a more partisan version that would be rendered ineffective.  The uniquely...
Jul
2015
10

Imposing Partial Law: WI GOP Finally Settles on Severity of Prevailing Wage Cuts in New Budget

Imposing Partial Law: WI GOP Finally Settles on Severity of Prevailing Wage Cuts in New Budget
  In a late-night vote this week, the Wisconsin state assembly sent a two-year, $72.7 billion budget to Gov. Scott Walker which partially repeals the prevailing wage but fails to fully repeal it as hardline conservatives desired.  Walker is expected to sign it swiftly so that he can announce his presidential candidacy on Monday with [&hellip...
Jul
2015
6

Prevailing Wage Repeal, Reform Stripped from WI Budget; Extraordinary Session Called to Address

Prevailing Wage Repeal, Reform Stripped from WI Budget; Extraordinary Session Called to Address
  Wisconsin Republicans have reached an agreement which will allow them to pass a budget for 2015-2017 after a week of contentious infighting over prevailing wage reforms and funding for a new Milwaukee Bucks arena.   As part of the deal, Republicans agreed to eliminate these issues from the budget itself and instead take up [&hellip...
Mar
2015
11

Major Newspapers, Obama Slam Walker’s “Right-to-Work” Signing as Political; GOP Sets Sights on Further Dismantling Construction Worker Protections

Major Newspapers, Obama Slam Walker's
  As anyone following the labor movement or the race for the GOP presidential nomination knows, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed “Right-to-Work” legislation on Monday.  Wisconsin became the 25th state in the country to enact such a measure. Calling the legislation “Freedom to Work,”  Walker justified the middle class bashing...