Archive for the ‘WISCONSIN’ Category

Mar
2012
7

Union Supported Mining Bill That Would Have Expedited a 3,000-Job Mine Project Dies in Wisconsin Senate

Recently, five Labor Unions announced their support for proposed changes in Wisconsin which would streamline the process for getting a permit to start iron ore mining. The announcement came on the heels of a memorandum of understanding signed by Gogebic Taconite LLC that would ensure union labor during construction of an iron ore mine expected …
Mar
2012
1

FALK: “It’s real easy to say you’re for collective bargaining, but how you gonna get it done?”

FALK: “It’s real easy to say you’re for collective bargaining, but how you gonna get it done?”
The inevitable Wisconsin Recall election is not yet “official,” but former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk is officially in the race for the Democratic candidacy and has racked up some impressive endorsements. The 60-year old isn’t the Dem of choice for all observers, but Falk’s early run has positioned her as the early…
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Feb
2012
15

WI Republican Introduces Legislation to Thwart Transparency, Silence Opponents of Corruption

WI Republican Introduces Legislation to Thwart Transparency, Silence Opponents of Corruption
In what has been described as “a dagger to the heart of Wisconsin’s campaign finance disclosure laws”, Senator Glenn Grothman has introduced a bill that would make it more difficult to track donations from businesses and industry in state elections. At a time when many in Wisconsin are calling for increased transparency, Grothman…
Feb
2012
13

Wisconsin Dem Introduces the “ALEC Accountability Act”

Wisconsin Dem Introduces the “ALEC Accountability Act”
The overt and immeasurable influence of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) over U.S. policy has been well-documented on this site and others. For the most part, little has been done legislatively to change this unfortunate fact. But a Madison, Wisconsin Democrat, Mark Pocan, has been circulating a bill that aims to rein ALEC in: …
Feb
2012
9

Kathleen Falk Receives WEAC Endorsement, But the WI Democratic Primary Has Barely Begun

Kathleen Falk Receives WEAC Endorsement, But the WI Democratic Primary Has Barely Begun
Wisconsin Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Kathleen Falk has been touring the state on her “Your Voice, Your Wisconsin” campaign. Falk entered the race shortly after 1,000,000 signatures were turned in to the state’s Government Accountability Board to demand the recall of Governor Scott Walker last month. Yesterday, Falk picked…
Feb
2012
8

Wisconsin “Outhousing” Bill Aims to Give Consultants an Advantage Over State Staff

Wisconsin “Outhousing” Bill Aims to Give Consultants an Advantage Over State Staff
A new Wisconsin-bred “outsourcing” bill favors consultants over savings, according to Mark Klipstein, President of the State Engineering Association. The bill, introduced to the state house by Representative Mark Honadel (R-21), is favored by Governor Scott Walker. It would loosen the standards of practice regarding the use of…
Jan
2012
31

Scott Walker “John Doe” Investigation Now Involves RNC Chairman Reince Preibus, Herman Cain Campaign Manager Mark Block

Scott Walker “John Doe” Investigation Now Involves RNC Chairman Reince Preibus, Herman Cain Campaign Manager Mark Block
“Walkergate” is unfolding into a masterwork in American conspiracy as the complaint explaining the charges against two of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s former staff members includes an email that may prove Walker had knowledge of the illegal activities happening around him. The charges have also implicated current chairman of…
Jan
2012
18

DEM, DEM, DEM…GOOSE: Walker Will Face a Recall, But Who Will He Face?

DEM, DEM, DEM…GOOSE: Walker Will Face a Recall, But Who Will He Face?
There is an elephant in the room in Wisconsin: there is not yet an announced Democratic challenger to Scott Walker in the upcoming recall election. Scott Walker has been fundraising heavily, receiving $250,000 from Texas Conservative Bob Perry alone, and Democrats have no intention of matching Walker dollar for dollar. Instead, they are hoping…
Jan
2012
18

HOUSE OF CARDS: In Addition to Walker, Five More Top GOP Legislators in Wisconsin Will Be Facing Recall Elections This Year

While the media’s attention has mostly been on whether or not Wisconsin voters can be the third state to repeal a governor (California repealed Gray Davis in 2003 and North Dakota recalled Lynn Frazier in 1921) there are five other Wisconsin Republicans who will have to fight for their jobs this year as well. Many …
Jan
2012
18

Over 1,000,000 Wisconsinites Sign Scott Walker Recall Petitions

Over 1,000,000 Wisconsinites Sign Scott Walker Recall Petitions
Yesterday, January 17th, was the day volunteers in Wisconsin had been anticipating for months. They braved the cold and withstood smear ads to collect Scott Walker recall petition signatures. Finally, their collective hard work paid off as United Wisconsin turned in over 1,000,000 signatures to the Government Accountability Board of Wisconsin at…
Jan
2012
11

FEEL GOOD STORY OF THE DAY: Youth Counselor Is Forced to Remove His AFSCME Shirt, Threatens to Strip Down to His “AFSCME Underwear”

FEEL GOOD STORY OF THE DAY: Youth Counselor Is Forced to Remove His AFSCME Shirt, Threatens to Strip Down to His “AFSCME Underwear”
On Monday, about 75 people marched outside of Lincoln Hills School in Irma, Wisconsin in support of a youth counselor who was sent home without pay last week for refusing to take off his American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) T-shirt. Although the issue was later resolved, public employee union members are …
Jan
2012
10

Scott Walker Has Violated Wisconsin’s Campaign Finance Laws 1,115 Times since 2009

Scott Walker Has Violated Wisconsin’s Campaign Finance Laws 1,115 Times since 2009
One thing that can be said about Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is that when he makes up his mind to do something, he stays the proverbial course. When he decided to use his new found power to disenfranchise a large group of his constituents, the outcry of 100,000 protestors did not change his plans. As …