I have a background in science and writing. I consider myself liberal, progressive, environmentally aware on many issues, but also believe that conservatism has a place and is valid.
Prohibited bases of discrimination. Subject to ss. 111.33 to 111.365, no employer, labor organization, employment agency, licensing agency, or other person may engage in any act of employment discrimination as specified in s. 111.322 against any individual on the basis of age, race, creed, color, disability, marital status, sex, national origin, ancestry, arrest record, conviction record, military service, use or nonuse of lawful products off the employer's premises during nonworking hours, or declining to attend a meeting or to participate in any communication about religious matters or political matters.
In this case "political discrimination" on who's going to get layed off first.
Scott Walkers DWD civil rights division does not know the state law and we were ignored.
His employee's must be protected and only we can do it.
Vote for Romney, if you don't I will be forced to take your benefits so I can keep the majority of the profits!
Makes CEO's and owners of million dollar corps seem greedy and petty.
What type of person in a postion of power over their employee's, uses their power to intimidate others to vote in a certain way? A person of little character.
Rightwingers feel the need to push their opinions on others, it must be some sort of short coming in their personal lives they have to fill.
I hope that Right-Hite is charged and sued by the Milwaukee via State Law, which states:
"No employer or agent of an employer may distribute to any employee printed matter containing any threat, notice or information that if a particular ticket of a political party or organization or candidate is elected or any referendum question is adopted or rejected, work in the employer's place or establishment will cease, in whole or in part, or the place or establishment will be closed, or the salaries or wages of the employees will be reduced, or other threats intended to influence the political opinions or actions of the employees."
"Yes. Right. I think we believe that insofar as there are inappropriate things, people who vote inappropriately are more likely to vote Democrat." Glenn Grothman
KEYES: If it were upheld and in place in time for the November election, do you think — polls have shown a pretty razor-thin margin — do you think it might ultimately help Romney’s campaign here in the state?
GROTHMAN: Yes. Right. I think we believe that insofar as there are inappropriate things, people who vote inappropriately are more likely to vote Democrat.
KEYES: So if these protections are in place of voter ID, that might ultimately help him in a close race?
GROTHMAN: Right. I think if people cheat, we believe the people who cheat are more likely to vote against us.
At least Grothman is being honest on what the majority of right-wingers have been told to beleive in without evidence to support that voter fraud is only commited by those on the left.
I wonder if he would be for Voter ID if the people who cheated voted for Republicans? I think he would be against voter ID.
I think the heat has been going to my brain. I really haven't had any real blogs I've been wanting to write in the past few weeks. The recall took a lot out of me as I am sure a lot out of you guys. I'm not even ready to deal with the POTUS election yet.
All I can say that it is pretty funny at the moment. Maybe if Obama/Romeny and said super-pacs spent that add money on helping farmers to water their crops in the midwest they both could get boy scout points and help the nations food supply at the same time
Have at it and try to be nice.
You prize yourself as being self-sufficient, you pay your bills, buy your food, but those darn taxes are getting in the way from allowing you from being independent and those regulations and permits you have just get in your way.
You use yourself as an example and say that you take nothing from the government and stand 100% on your own and in fact you, like a champion, rise above everyone else; as Atlas, shrugged off the influence of government power.
You say we should all be like you the less you have to depend on other’s, your neighbors, friends, and family, you do them a favor and they will do you the favor and leave you alone and fend for themselves.
The less money will be stolen from your hard work to those moochers in Milwaukee. To be free from helping others via government taxes, shall set them all free. Free from the re-distribution of wealth at least to those lower than you. To be like you, free from your fellow American.
From the roads you drive on to the digital cable you pay for, to the apple and pork you buy at the supermarket is all made possible by Federal and State and local governments and the taxpayers before you and most at a higher rate than you now.
Blaming taxes and government as the reason you can not be more self-sufficient is an excuse.
The Tax payers before you provided the infrastructure; that you let crumble, to subsidize the food you eat and the trinkets from China that you buy. It does not make you less dependent if you can buy one more extra new York strip steak that came from a private enterprise commercial feed lot in Colorado, in which food eaten by said cows is subsidized by the government, to the energy you get through the socket, to the gas you put in the car to the foundations of the economy. Our market is not free and it never was, it is regulated and winner’s and losers are picked by the influence of the most powerful lobbies of private enterprise and their monetary influence over politicians; A common theme throughout history; the rich and powerful in control of government, the rest of us just riff-raff to serve their interests.
Being able to buy more, to consume more, to spend more does not make a person more independent or self-sufficient but in fact it makes you more dependent. The taxes you pay to the government subsidize the lifestyle you enjoy now, not just the so called moocher’s you blame. Your hard earned money that you pay for a product from a giant corporation, feeds the government systems you dislike.
The answer to being independent of government and the corporate/wealthy monopoly is to provide for yourself and your family outside the system, and not being able to amass more in it.
Hunting & fishing is a good example. I am no outdoorsman but I am a good car camper, but I respect the hunter for doing the work, in the end they provide good healthy protein source for their families outside the system of forced grain fed beef in feed lots. Cattle have to be fed antibiotics because grain makes them get ulcers that get infected and are likely to die before they are big enough to butcher.
Gardening and growing your own food, or buying your veggies from the farmer’s market were the food is locally sourced and usually grown in a 100 mile radius; Buying humanely raised meats and poultry from local producers free of most chemicals, if you do not have the ability or the want to raise your own. Buying hand crafted and artisanal products from soaps to candles put you outside the system.
Canning, freezing, drying, and root cellaring your own vegetables. Not wasting food, do you know that American’s waste on average 40% of the food on their plates a year?
Conserving the energy you use and water. Harvest rain water to water your veggies and flowers. Use CFL bulbs, motion detectors, insulate and caulk your windows. You can even by heat regulators for your shower head that shuts the water off at a certain temperature so you do not waste hot water before you shower. Reduce a faucet flow rate from 2.2 gpm to 1.5 gpm and save water. Put in a double flush toilet or get an anti-siphon. If you can afford solar or wind, sell your excess to the energy monopoly.
Brew your own beer and wine. Buy a bread maker; make no rise bread from scratch. Make your own cheese. Re-purpose things you already have. Have some old wood or a fence; make a raised garden bed with them or a cold frame. Make shelving units for storage.
Trade your homebrew for some venison (any takers)?
Most of these things take you outside the corporate consumer culture, energy monopolies, and government control and in the end make YOU more self-sufficient. Buying foods and consumables from local growers and artists, or doing it yourself, creates a counter system to the established government/corporate status quo.
I have to admit, I have never seen such discipline before and what laser focus, I guess that is what makes conservatives and Republicans strong; the ability to conform and stay on focus.
I also hope you enjoyed the slap that women gave Tom Barret (even though I agree with her in the sense that Barret shouldn’t have conceded until 100% of the votes were in), it must have provided a good laugh. It makes Barret look even more sad and pathetic. No bother to show sympathy for the man, I know how much little empathy it must take to be a right-winger.
I also would like to thank you for making the city I live in the major scapegoat and the people who live in it to attack Barret, rarely does Milwaukee get so much concentrated scorne in such a short period of time. You thank you, for at least caring a little, even if it was bile and spite.
So now that you continue your love for Strong Autocratic Leader by Gov. Scott Walker dictating with the help of his rubberstamp cronies in the Assembly and the Senate (let’s assume the millions you get from non-taxpaying billionaires that you serve will buy the senate again in November). Let’s also not forget that you own through the WMC the WI Supreme Court. Let’s also not forget political appointee henchman like DNR Cathy Stepp and all the other technocrat positions turned into political crony positions by Walker to exercise and move the ideology forward, your WAR against liberals and the left. Oh! late add, thanks the hated liberal Milwaukee JS, 620 WTMJ and the entire JS communications media empire for helping your cause as well. Just face it the JS is conservative, you can't use the JS as crutch all you have is the Shepard Express.
Yet after all this I still want your opinion. I want to know what you want from Walker and the Republicans in the future. You guys almost have 100% of the power in state government, and nearly have 100% power in most non-Urban areas. Except for Madison, Milwaukee, Northwest WI, and a few other areas, you own the state. Republicans and conservatives almost have a free ride on what you want to do and shape this State into whatever you feel fit.
I’ll start with a few:
- Do you think that residency requirements for Milwaukee Fire Fighters and Police (not the rest of public employees mind you) be rescinded by State Republicans? If so should these same requirements in other municipalities for the rest of the state, like Waukesha?
- Do you think the Michigan Emergency Manager Law powers should be given to Scott Walker?
- How will the infrastructure (virtual, structural, & etc…) in WI be created to create job growth to the level of 250,000 by the end of Walker’s term? Not only the number but quality of family supporting jobs? And if Walker can not do this, will you blame him, or pass the buck to others? You do own 100% of the state.
- Would you support a Florida style voter purge?
- Would you support Milwaukee and Dane counties being dissolved by the state to separate the cities from the more conservative towns in the county?
I want to know since taxpayers and your ideology dominate and are in 100% control of the State and its future what you want and what you have planned for the rest of us?
To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women. Conan the Barbarian
I’m more interested in what happens after the election and how we liberals, conservatives, progressives, and the rest whom have been against Scott Walker are going to be treated.
If you believe the polls, Tom Barret and the rest of us who will vote against Scott Walker will lose tomorrow.
- Will Walker, the Walker backing WI supreme court, and the Pro-Walker legislature, with the support of JS communications and it’s mouthpieces (620 WTMJ, Journal Sentinel and LLC), crush us while we are routed, to plunge a dagger into us to kill us off?
“To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women.” Conan the Barbarian
- Or will Walker and Walker supporters be graceful and offer an olive branch to the loser in a bid to work together?
“Hey, I’ll buy you a beer!”, “Let’s talk the rest of this out.”
But this is what is going to happen, because what we have witnessed before this recall election by the legislation enacted into law:
If Walker wins and the Republicans can keep the state senate I would expect that Milwaukee and other non-Walker strongholds and anti-Walker voting demographics in this state have not seen anything yet as far as the legislation attacking them; The executive branch with the backup of the WI supreme court is going to do all it can to use state government to punish and crush the opposition.
Let’s face it I, a liberal; I am a scapegoat and my city is a scapegoat, women, immigrants, teachers, public workers, unions both public and private, and minorities. We are all scapegoats, lynched as the reason for the cause of all the problems within our state.
“"In Germany they came first for the Communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up." Martin Niemöller
Which group will be the next scapegoat in Wisconsin and whored as an excuse to justify new legislation to suppress those that oppose and those that may in the future?
"I have no interest in pursuing right-to-work legislation in this state," he (Walker) told reporters at the state Republican Party's annual convention.
So there we have it. Scott Walker is telling the truth?
"Any chance we'll ever get to be a completely red state and work on these unions -" Hendricks
- At this point union can be either public or private sector, while red is a clear sign the Hendricks wants to socially engineer WI from a purple state to a Republican state.
"Oh, yeah," Walker
"…and become a right-to-work?" Hendricks.
"What can we do to help you?" Hendricks
- Hendricks asking what “WE?” can do to help Walker make WI a right-to-work state, which would help her business.
“Right-to-work laws forbid unions and employers to enter into agreements requiring employees to join a union and pay dues and fees to it in order to get or keep a job. Twenty-one states, mostly in the South and West, have right-to-work laws.”
- Either way it takes money away from the union that is supposed to represent the workers that are part of it. As we all know most unions give money to democrats, just so you know.
"Well, we're going to start in a couple weeks with our budget adjustment bill," Walker.
- this is in response to right-to-work which Walker says he opposes all of a sudden, even though we all know he co-sponsored a bill in 1993.
"The first step is we're going to deal with collective bargaining for all public employee unions, because you use divide and conquer."
- So why would there need to be a first step if Walker says he’s against a right-to-work law? Wouldn’t a straight shooter tell Hendricks that he is against “right-to-work” (Since he must have changed his mind since 1993)?
- If this is the case why would the tactic “divide and conquer” be needed if the only reason was for the state budget. I thought the Gov. was looking out for all of us? I didn’t think that Scott Walker would put us in camps of enemies and friends?
"So for us," Walker
- As far as us he must mean him and his Fitz henchman.
"The base we get for that is the fact that we've got – budgetarily we can't afford not to.” Walker
- So Walker is saying in order to justify the first step to get to the right-to-work law is to use the excuse of the budget.
“If we have collective bargaining agreements in place, there's no way not only the state but local governments can balance things out” , Walker.
- Okay he has made this argument before the so called “tools” he gave to localities. Yet it still goes after democratic funding. Walker's main poltical opponent.
But now, he again get’s away from Public sector unions:
“. . . That opens the door once we do that. That's your bigger problem right there."
- Opens the door to what? Walker makes clear that public unions are the larger problem. That Hendricks private sector union problem can only be solved by going after the public sector unions first to divide them from the private sector.
I don’t know how many right-wingers I have read who say they are all for Private sector union rights, but are against public sector because it is funded by tax dollars.
Are you right-wingers now going to defend Walker when he makes it clear that his intent is to go after private sector unions, who have a 100% constitutional right!
Honesty seems to be in short supply for Waukesha Conservatives. Willing to sell their souls to “stick” it to the liberals, unions, anyone with an ideology left of their own and glutton themselves on their hoarded gold.
“Divide and conquer” are tactics used by dictators and authoritarians, and not by people in a democratic republic. A real leader seeks inclusion and consensus, a bully perfers the iron fist.
Am I, and other non-Walkerites, an enemy that has to be conquered?
I the great El Pickardo, have been letting these two issues simmer for awhile to see what was going to happen, to see if they would go away.
They have not.
These issues are exposing how extreme the majority of WI conservative republicans have evolved into (or maybe I should have said created as?).
The Anti-Abortion/Sex Education Big Government legislation:
1) The bill bans insurance companies in the Affordable care act exchanges to cover abortion.
2) Tells doctors what they can say to their patients regarding Abortion and infringes on the doctor-patient relationship.
3) Bans hormonal contraception without a Doctors consent and can not prescribe it via a webcam.
4) Schools have to emphasize Abstinence but do not have to discuss contraception. (The Repub’s say schools get more choice? Right? How can you do that with this mandate???)
5) If a doctor does not follow this law makes it a Class I felony and a 10,000 fine.
So much for small government conservative Republicans!
They have screamed, “Keep yours hand off my healthcare President Obama, We WI Republicans reject your public mandate for everyone to buy health insurance (Car insurance is okay though), and then go and pass this legislation?
Scott Walker signs it which inserts government into the Doctor-Patient relationship and finally into a women’s uterus, while making it illegal to perform certain parts of a legal procedure and simultaneously says it gives School Districts more leeway in their sex education classes but then forces them to emphasize abstinence! Huh! How can a school district have more choice but then be mandated at the same time? Tell me conservatives how can you use this logic. Sybil, is that you Sybil?
I keep on getting told that “Big Government” is not a conservative principle.
Big Government is a conservative value when it comes to social and religious princples. They will use government in any way to push their agenda.
Employer Discrimination – A Wisconsin Republican Value:
1) “The legislation eliminates compensatory and punitive damages for acts of employment discrimination or unfair honesty, according to the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI). The bill repeals 2009’s Act 20, which for the first time imposed punitive and compensatory damages under Wisconsin’s employment discrimination law.”
2) “Under current state law, employees who prevail in discrimination lawsuits can collect between $50,000 and $300,000 in compensatory and punitive damages. The Republican bill blocks anyone from collecting such damages in employment discrimination suits.”
3) HP, “The 2009 Equal Pay Enforcement Act was meant to deter employers from discriminating against certain groups by giving workers more avenues via which to press charges. Among other provisions, it allows individuals to plead their cases in the less costly, more accessible state circuit court system, rather than just in federal court.”
4) PF “The law does not ensure pay equity, but rather gives discriminated workers the right to sue in state court for compensatory and punitive damages. So, if the GOP-backed bill is signed into law, that right to sue would be lost.”
5) Fact: This bill makes it more difficult for discriminated people (black, women, and homosexuals) to sue for punitive damages. State courts are easier than federal courts to do this. Scott Walker and WI Conservative Republicans have made it easier to discriminate based on race, sex, gender, and soon political ideology.
Oh! It makes me feel so warm to hear Glenn Grothman’s words of wisdom who lead the repeal of the equal pay act, you know the upstanding west bend state senator that said single parenthood is a cause of child abuse, “You could argue that money is more important for men,” he said. “I think a guy in their first job, maybe because they expect to be a breadwinner someday, may be a little more money-conscious. To attribute everything to a so-called bias in the workplace is just not true.”
Obviously, father knows best and this is the reason why women on average make .77 cents to the 1.00 dollar a man makes and the obvious reason that lovable slob Grothman uses, why Women should not be able to sue in state court for damages.
Yet, this is bigger than a war against women.
I’ve secretly changed the adjective “Women” Wisconsinite (might be your wife, girlfriend, daughter, aunt, or mother) with “African” Wisconsinite (Black) and found out that it’s not just about making it harder for women to fight discrimination, but that this bill is about making it more difficult by barring Wisconsinites to sue and punish businesses and corporations for denying fair pay to anyone.
I never thought that weakening anti-discrimination laws was a Republican value or is it a new conservative principle?
Take Away: Big government pushed by Conservative Republicans is okay for social and religious intrusion into education and the uterus, while big government that protects people from pay discrimination based on race, sex, or sexual orientation by business & Corporations is bad.
Hey! I think I just saw a double standard.
“We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November. Any questions?” TN
This type of language and rhetoric will lead to the death of innocent people in our country and assasination of poltical opponents.
Here's the truth that conservatives hear on a daily basis on the AM Radio:
Liberal Judges are all activists, Journalists are liberally Biased, School board members are liberally biased, teachers are liberally biased, DA’s are liberally biased, a worker with a liberal bias makes a person a parasite a so called non-producer, etc…
Which means of course that anyone who is liberal or anyone left of right is incapable of being objective and acting professionally; it’s just the mere “being” or “Act of...” which make this fact.
Or in my case since I am liberal: incpable of being a commited hard worker, since if you follow the logic the label makes it so.
The 180 degree opposite of course is true for professionals who are conservatively biased:
Conservative judges, well they always follow the law and precedent and if they don’t follow those the excuse is that their rulings fix mistakes of liberal judges, conservative journalists or those that may have not revealed they are are not biased, and the pundits who tell you their right-wing bias makes it okay to omit facts that contradict their opinion, conservative school board members well they would never push their power to alter a district, and the DA’s, Sheriff’s and Attorney General’s enforce the law 100% and don’t let their Ideology get in the way, that conservative teachers never every would push their ideology on their students, etc…..
How does being “conservative” make one un-biased professionally?
How does slapping the label “conservative” remove the human condition of putting bias into a profession, while at the same time having the label “ Liberal” or “Recall petition signer” automatically put bias into a professional?
How does the mere invocation of definition of “conservative” as a label automatically make one able to be un-biased?
Why then does the invocation of the label, “liberal” or “recall petition signer” on a professional automatically make a person incapable of not to being biased?
This is a bald faced double standard and must take conservatives massive quantities of energy to lie to themselves to make this a reality on a daily basis.
A label does not, automatically imbued professional ethics, nor does a label automatically prove absence of those ethics.
Or is it kill-em-all and let God sort 'em out?
Or is it Shoot First and Ask Questions later more accurate?
I wonder what was wrong with our laws that made law enforcement investigate a person who killed another person, and then hold the person who did the killing in custody until bail is set; no matter whom it is, or where it is, at home or concealed carry on the street.
What is wrong with the above system of law?
Schrödinger’s Cat Paradox is a good analogy for the circumstances and the motives of why someone get’s killed, let us remove the quantum mechanics in this case: Is the cat dead or Alive in the Box? http://www.lassp.cornell.edu/ardlouis/dissipative/Schrcat.html
Or in the case of a killing: Is it murder or is it self-defense? You don’t know until you open the box. The box is the investigation into the killing. The box which holds the uncertainty and asks for investigation is circumvented by the pre-assumption that the cat is alive and or that the killing was based on self defense.
Why has the burden of proof being put on the dead with these ALEC template laws?
“Stand your ground”, “The Castle Doctrine”, and the word of the shooter taken as truth. When did the word of the shooter become proof of innocence in America?
The NRA and pro-gun extremists have gone too far with these laws that create a roadblock to law enforcement and take away due process and automatically give via Law the benefit of the doubt to the person who killed the “supposed” perpetrator.
Why is the roadblock needed?
These “self-defense” laws that circumvent due process are needed and wanted by pro-gun extremists in order to compliment the use of these weapons. It is not enough just to “carry” the weapons as a threat to a potential perpetrator. What good is a threat if not followed up with action?
Examples need to be created to justify the laws.
It is a circle within a circle, a wheel within a wheel; a snake eating its tale.
Examples cannot be made under the current law’s of due process when someone is killed in the name of “self-defense”, they just might be tried for murder, and we can’t have a law abiding gun owner go to jail for exercising their right to shoot if they feel threatened (even if they are not threatened and they might not be law abiding?).
Blood must be spilled, bullet’s must be set loose, as a warning to all potential hooded thugs (even if they are not, or may look like one) as justification for carrying a gun or killing someone with their hands up on your porch with cops 300ft away.
I 100% stand by the right of Americans second amendment to own guns, but there have always been constraints on when to use them because the gun’s main purpose is to kill other human beings. Self-defense is the threat of Death.
There’s this myth perpetrated by the NRA and other pro-gun extremists that somehow that “legal” gun owners are more responsible, more disciplined, and more law abiding then the rest of us, as if “legal” gun owners can crack walnuts with the butt of their loaded Desert Eagle with the safety off and not go off in their face! There are handgun owners that have been trained when and when not to use their weapons in a possible self-defense situation, but the vast majority of gun owners are just like everyone else and are not trained well. They do not have the discipline and are not more responsible as a soldier or a police officer in the same situation.
American’s with guns, even if they say they have used them in self-defense should not be given a free pass when they have killed another human being. This is exactly what these two laws do; they enable those who are willing take advantage of these laws to take another life.
They should have to go through the same process as anybody else who kills another human being.
Let’s see Prosser said he would Compliment Walker’s Agenda.
Gableman & Zeigler were paid for by WMC, a well known fact.
Rogensack she always agrees with Prosser, Gableman, and Zeigler.
The judgment will be 4 to 3 like usual.
It kind of makes a joke out of the right-wingers attacking judges who signed the recall of Walker by using “Iverifytherecall”, to target them.
Pot please call kettle black! Lines are open.
We all know that the court that really matter’s is already dominated by partisan conservatives who legislate from the bench at every opportunity. That ideology trumps state and federal law.
We all know how they will rule and what it means.
It’s a right to vote for conservative republicans, but a privilege to vote for anyone else.
ALEC legislatures: www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=ALEC_Politicians
Wisconsin ALEC’s Representative Lobbyists:
Rep. Tyler August (R-32), ALEC International Relations Task Force/Federal Relations Working Group Task Force Member
Rep. Joan Ballweg (R-41), ALEC Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force Alternate, Public Safety and Elections Task Force Alternate
Rep. Kathy Bernier (R-68), ALEC Public Safety and Elections Task Force Member
Rep. Mike Endsley (R-26), ALEC Civil Justice Task Force Member
Rep. Paul Farrow (R-98), ALEC Telecommunications and Information Technology Task Force Member
Rep. Jeff Fitzgerald (R-39), ALEC Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force Member,
Rep. Mark Honadel (R-21)
Former Rep. Michael Huebsch (R), ALEC Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force Member and former State Chairman
Rep. Andre Jacque (R-2), ALEC Civil Justice Task Force Member
Former Speaker Scott Jensen (R), ALEC Member
Rep. Chris Kapenga (R-33), ALEC Civil Justice Task Force Alternate
Rep. John Klenke (R-88), ALEC Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force Alternate
Rep. Joseph Knilans (R-44), ALEC Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force Alternate
Rep. Dan Knodl (R-24), ALEC Health and Human Services Task Force Alternate, Public Safety and Elections Task Force Alternate
Rep. Dean Knudson (R-30), ALEC Education Task Force Alternate
Rep. Bill Kramer (R-97), ALEC Telecommunications and Information Technology Task Force Member
Rep. Scott Krug (R-72), ALEC Public Safety and Elections Task Force Alternate
Rep. Mike Kuglitsch, ALEC International Relations Task Force/Federal Relations Working Group Task Force Member
Rep. Tom Larson (R-67), ALEC Telecommunications and Information Technology Task Force Member
Rep. Daniel LeMahieu (R-59), ALEC Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force Alternate
Rep. Michelle Litjens (R-56), ALEC Health and Human Services Task Force Alternate
Rep. Amy Loudenbeck (R-45), ALEC Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force Alternate
Rep. Howard Marklein (R-51), ALEC Education Task Force Member
Former Rep. Phil Montgomery (R) (head of the Wisconsin Public Services Commission as of 2011),Telecommunications and Information Technology Task Force Member
Rep. Stephen Nass (R-31), Education Task Force Member
Rep. John Nygren (R-88), ALEC Health and Human Services Task Force Member
Rep. Warren Petryk (R-93), ALEC Health and Human Services Task Force Member
Rep. Roger Rivard (R-750, ALEC Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force Member
Rep. Erik Severson (R-28), ALEC Health and Human Services Task Force Member
Rep. Jim Steineke (R-5), ALEC Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force Member
Rep. Patricia Strachota (R-58), ALEC Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force Member
Rep. Scott Suder (R-69), ALEC Public Safety and Elections Task Force Member and Co-chair of the Homeland Security Committee in 2007
Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-52), ALEC Education Task Force Alternate
Rep. Travis Tranel (R-49), ALEC Public Safety and Elections Task Force Alternate
Rep. Karl Van Roy (R-90), ALEC Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force Member
Rep. Robin Vos (R-63), ALEC State Chairman, Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force Member, and attended 2011 ALEC annual meeting
Rep. Chad Weininger (R-4), ALEC Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force Alternate
Rep. Evan Wynn (R-43), ALEC Education Task Force Alternate
Edit: 3/25/12 9:45am added content
In case you were wondering were the Castle Doctrine came from:
"It’s been widely reported today that the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the shadowy corporate front group that unites state lawmakers with corporations to pass state laws favorable to corporate interests, helped pass the law that might allow Trayvon Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman, to escape prosecution. Florida’s “Stand Your Ground,” the law that might help Zimmerman to claim self-defense (despite evidence to the contrary) is just one of many state laws that is nearly identical to ALEC’s model Castle Doctrine Act. The Florida senator who introduced the law, Durell Peadon, was also a member of ALEC. The law passed in 2005"
"According to the Center for Media and Democracy, 98 percent of ALEC’s revenues come from corporations, corporate trade groups, and corporate foundations. Each member pays annual fees of between $7,000 and $25,000. ALEC is also supplemented by direct grants."
"Deemed the “political player you’ve never heard of” by Fortune magazine earlier this year, ALEC was launched in 1973 by Heritage Foundation founder Paul Weyrich and is funded by conservative organizations including the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, and the John M. Olin Foundation. ALEC’s “Private Enterprise Board,” includes representatives from companies including Peabody Energy, Coca-Cola, AT&T, Johnson & Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, and Wal-Mart, as well as Koch Industries."
"And in Wisconsin, that member is Rep. Scott Suder (R-District 69), the state’s Majority Leader, who ushered the legislation through the Wisconsin State Assembly. That legislation includes provisions similar to the ALEC model legislation, which Campus Progress obtained from a source outside of ALEC. This copy shows that the model law was approved by the ALEC board of directors on Aug. 27, 2009."
Recently a poster in the last blog topic, in re-tort to me, used the name of my wife in the reply.
Unless we are discussing my wife, she has no place in the conversation. I view it as intimidation.
Not only did they use my wife’s name but had specific information on what recall petition we both signed and pointed out where I live.
"geno53151 - Mar 15, 2012 9:02 AM Jacob's hate of Governor Walker is so bad, he does not want him and Republicans to get credit for creating jobs that would result in bettering the lives of those who would find work at the mines.. Anything else is just words. Jacob, was it you and your wife …… who signed the Recall Walker Petition 4145. It was long before any vote on the mining bill. I also did not know you lived in Milwaukee."
In this heated political climate with threats from both sides those against the right are well documented and specific threats made against those who have signed a recall have also been documented.
With this being the case and being specifically targeted for signing the petition, doing the work to find out were in the petition we signed, then using my wife's name and involving and targeting where I live. I am taking this as a threat to intimidate me from writing my opinions on this blog.
I will view any and all specific information about my family and specific details in posts as intimidation and a possible threat.
There will be no second chances to posters who use these tactics.
I will not be intimidated and will continue to publish my opinion. If you wish to try to silence my opinion you will be sorely mistaken.
I will push back twice as hard and immediately involve law enforcement with the cooperation of LLC and JS communications.
EDIT: 3/19/12 Added Content
This is what my wife has to say regarding this:
geno 3151- I do NOT appreciate having my name dragged into this forum. What was your point of bringing my name into this? Pointless. Or was it to show loyal posters that you have more than enough time to waste looking for names of people you do not agree with? Hooray for you! I choose to be productive with my time.
You talk and talk and talk about public information, public records. Yes, it’s public information. But you are an example of someone who abuses that information. You chose to abuse the information by bringing my name into this. Was your point to try to bully my husband? By the way, did you actually read the legal disclaimer on the iverifytherecall website? Explicitly stated: You agree that you will not use the information contained herein for any commercial, improper or unlawful purpose. I’d say it was most certainly improper of you to abuse the information but throwing my name out there.
Just because you have some issues with my husband's political point of view, that gives you no right to drag my name into this. I don't know you from a hole in the wall and I care to keep it that way. Should anything happen to me, my house, my family, thank you for giving me a good starting point on which to base my suspicions.
I am not against the mine per say, in fact I could have supported the bill if I was not against how the bill was written and how Gogebic Taconite basically blackmailed the state and how (R- WI WMC) showed that they represented WMC and GT, and failed their constituent tax payers do to their inability to compromise
With the inability for the majority of republicans to compromise with the minority democrats just to get ONE to vote with them and Dale Schultz (R-Wisconsin) prove’s just how far right Wisconsin republicans have gone and how they preferred to bend to the wishes of Gogebic Taconite . Think about it Gogebic Taconite went directly to (R -WI WMC) of our state and basically said “You change your laws to how we want them or we won’t give you jobs.” Typically (R -WI WMC) was more than happy to bend over to their corporate masters and let them re-write the law to favor them.
"Senate rejection of the mining reforms . . . sends a clear message that Wisconsin will not welcome iron mining. We get the message," said a statement from Bill Williams, president of Gogebic Taconite LLC. "(We are) ending plans to invest in a Wisconsin mine." http://www.twincities.com/wisconsin/ci_20117364/contentious-iron-mining-bill-falters-wisconsin-senate?source=rss
Seriously, the original assembly bill that passed was written by Gogebic Taconite and WMC in private: “The bill was largely written by five Republicans and their staffs who huddled for months with different parties, including the business lobby Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce and representatives of iron ore mining company Gogebic Taconite, which wants to construct a mine in northern Wisconsin.” http://www.jsonline.com/news/wisconsin/legislators-worked-with-gogebic-taconite-on-mining-bill-593fk2n-135902053.html Conservation groups, the Bad River, the Red Cliff and other tribes, were not even included or briefed in the original bill writing process!
Scott Fitzgerald (R - WI WMC) who threw away the original compromise bill that might have passed that would have moderated the assembly bill which would have had Dale Shultz and Bob Jaunt and probably Tim Carpenters support, but “Earlier last week, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald dissolved his own Select Committee on Mining Jobs, which had been working on a compromise version that differed by only a few points (notably adding a new tax that would mainly benefit adjacent communities), to push the harsher Assembly version to the heavily Republican JFC. Fitzgerald said the move was to ensure the bill passed before the March 15 conclusion of the legislative session.” http://dane101.com/government/2012/02/20/assembly_mining_bill_fasttracked_but_fitzgerald_schultz_say_changes_on_the_way
Scott Fitzgerald even admits that Gogebic Taconite wrote the bill: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-E55xNGhmQ&feature=player_embedded I thought that Scott Fitzgerald was supposed to represent the Taxpayers, not some lobbying organization and a corporation?
So the evidence proves that Wisconsin republicans in the legislature and Scott Walker represent WMC and Gogebic Taconite’s interests first.
Right now rightwing hate radio is saying that this all because of the evil liberals and democrats fault that the bill will not pass; yawn repeated talking points on these blogs. Yet If you think about it critically, it is Scott Fitzgerald’s fault and (R – WI ALEC) this bill has not passed yet, for his flip-flop on the Senate committee which would not give Gogebic Taconite its demands and then pushing the assembly bill he knew would not make it through the senate. As well, we should all remember about recent history when R-ALEC trampled in before the first recalls last year and could care less about consensus. Do conservatives have that short of a memory when you forget you were using daggers instead of hand shakes, and now you want us to accept your olive branch? When we all know behind your (R-ALEC) back is a dagger.
Scott Walker and (R – WI ALEC) except for Dale Schultz (R-Wisconsin), burned the bridges of compromise the second they got power. They only have themselves to blame for not being able to get one democrat to vote for their corporate written Assembly bill. Now the rest of us in this state have to live with the division they created. Divide and conquer only has short lived gains in politics and only appeals to a small minority of extremists in the base.
They should have thought twice about their early no compromise strategy last year, it is now coming back to haunt them and us.
The Gogebic Taconite & WMC written bill not passing is Scott Fitzgerald’s (R – WI ALEC) failure to make consensus and to compromise with the very few state senators that would vote for the compromise bill.
The Democratic Process is important. Not trying to get some consensus and some buy in by ignoring environmental interests and Native American tribes in the drafting of the original Assembly bill is WHY the custom mining bill for Gogebic Taconite has not passed.
Not trying, is not an excuse.
The failure is by those who hold the slim majority and thus had the power to present a bill that would garner more votes.
Edit 3/10/12 12:35 pm: Changed Title
I haven’t been that inspired to write lately, so I’ll leave it to you guys.
First a Rant against Time Warner Cable:
My wife and I canceled our digital cable and decided to do internet streaming and it has been a great relief to break the shackles (most of them except for internet service) of Time Warner Cable. Every moment dealing with them has been excruciating from setting up the service since we bought our house to getting rid of digital cable it has been a nightmare.
Get this, I canceled the service on the 16th of February and found out they were billing me until the day they decided to un-hook the service. Huh! It’s not my fault that they are slow to un-hook it. I should not have to pay for their slow response. Then to add insult to injury they un-hooked my internet service that same day which I had kept!!!
Anyway we are happy saving over $1,000 more a year from Time Warner’s terrible prices and horrible customer service.
So have at it, keep it nice.
What do you want to talk about first?
"Each time more entities are allowed to deny contraceptive coverage, the religious beliefs of some are imposed on others, and gender equality is undermined," said Monica Hopkins, the ACLU's Idaho director.
Some may not like gender equality, but I think the idea of having “religious beliefs imposed on you against your will” just might. Just think if you are catholic and your boss is an evangelical dominionist who favors a theological take over of the USA and views the catholic church as evil and doesn’t want you to put ash on your forehead because if offends him. He suddenly does not want you to be able to get Viagra and reproduce and make more catholics. So he decides not to pay for it and removes it from your insurance. Whom am I kidding Christians wouldn’t do that to each other. Republicans and conservatives would never ever push something like this there the real patriots, protectors of the constitution right?
We all know the religious dominations hire people that are not of their religion or are but do not agree with the religious hierarchy in their non-religious based institution’s such as a charity or the hospital. We know that birth control is against their doctrine and find is morally reprehensible to be forced to provide birth control to women, while of course they are fine with providing Viagra for men.
Why should these religious institutions such as the Catholic Church dominated by men, have the legal right to force their morality on those whom disagree with their view on birth control? Why should the constitution be null and void for their employee’s, but in full effect for me?
These same men seemed to be fine protecting pedophile priests from legal action when they raped little boys! The Church has done all in their power to not have to pay up for the crimes, but birth control for women who do not agree with them in our country which allows “Freedom from Religion” as well, suddenly they care about their morality. What a joke!
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“Here's what that means: "A probe is inserted into the vagina, and then moved around until an ultrasound image is produced," for no medical reason. It's hard to see how that doesn't "constitute rape under state law."
Or how about Virginia, their rightwing extremists want to use legal force and against the will to make women have a penetrative vaginal sonogram before they get an abortion! If it’s against the women’s free will, which this is since she does not “get” to have a choice of not having the probe forced into her, then this action constitutes rape. It also forces doctors as well against their will to do a procedure that is not medically needed.
Let me simplify this, anytime someone take’s away your choice by putting something in an orifice of yours against your consent. It is rape.
I understand people are against abortion, but what Virginia is trying to do is going way way too far.
The first crusade with birth control is a failure: the majority of Americans approve of its use and that religious organizations should not be able to force their theology on their employee’s.
The second crusade against abortion is state sanctioned rape.
"We cannot afford another story like this one." ???"No one can give them any reason to do another story. That means no laptops, no websites, no time away during the work day, etc."
"We cannot afford another story like this one." …"No one can give them any reason to do another story. That means no laptops, no websites, no time away during the work day, etc." Scott Walker in an e-mail to Tim Russel.
So what does Scott Walker’s e-mail refer too?
Obviously, “them” refers to the media.
We know that he is not referring to his aids doing county work on county time; there would be no need for an e-mail such as this, because that is the expectation of the position. So we can put that down as fact.
We know that the 1st story he is referring too is the Diane Wink story where his close aid was caught posting pro-walker posts on the JS on county time which is a crime.
So we then have to ask ourselves what the second story is that can not be afforded?
He obviously knew there was another story out there that would be worth something to the media, why bring it up if there was nothing there in the first place?
Diane Wink we all know went to JS to post, did Walker know that she was using a laptop or was she doing this illegal activity at her work station? Why is Walker being so specific? Why would he care on what type of technology she would be using? He should have only cared about that she broke the law.
“No time away during the work day,” Walker is not referring too taking scheduled time off or sick days. So then what type of “time” he is referring too?
Let’s break it down more in regards to his e-mail and motives or non-motives:
1) Scott Walker trusted his close aids so much he had no idea that they were breaking the law and he is actually the victim.
2) Scott Walker is so incompetent that he had no idea what his aids were doing illegal campaign activities so close to him.
* 3) Scott Walker found out what was going on but instead of telling the DA, like they did with Kevin Kavanugh, he hoped it would go away. Which means that it is a cover up and Walker, by not doing his duty, is part of a conspiracy.
4) Scott Walker was intimately involved with his loyal aids using county tax payer dime to do campaign work.
* I'm betting on number 3. Could he really be that ambitious to do be directing said illegal activity? The optomist in me wants not to beleive #4.
I guess we’ll find out if Walker supporters who now only support Recall’s if there is malfeasance in office will use this new found principle to help recall him in the summer if he is charged with committing crimes as the Milwaukee County Executive.
At a time when manufacturing is starved for skilled labor how did Scott Walker help private enterprise to create jobs in our state?
You know Tech schools like WCTC.
Simple, he cut Technical School budgets by 71$ million over two years.
Dan Clancy, President of the Wisconsin Technical College System made the following statement about the Governor’s 2011-13 Budget Bill:
“The Governor’s proposed $71.6 million in technical college aid cuts, combined with new property tax restrictions in the 2011-13 Budget Bill, are likely to curtail technical college services to employers and students across Wisconsin. This comes at a time when the need for these services has never been greater. The majority of new jobs created in Wisconsin in the next decade will require the skills earned through technical college degree and certificate programs. The ability of state employers to sustain new growth is dependent on their access to a skilled workforce. Thousands of displaced Wisconsin workers need retraining to succeed in the jobs being created in emerging and rapidly changing industries.”
Here’s a more localized point of view:
"We had to turn away a lot of students last year because we had filled Crosse. classes," said Lee Rasch, president of Western Technical College in La "We easily turned away a couple thousand students. The jobs are here, but we don't have the funding to increase capacity. If the goal (stated by Walker) is to create 250,000 jobs, these are the kinds of jobs we need." http://www.jsonline.com/news/education/117500538.html
We all know that private enterprise will not spend a dime on education in this state, because one of the way’s state’s compete in the regulated marketplace is by being able to supply skilled workers through the tech school system. This duty, this need which is quick to react to market place changes is supplied by the tech school system, which in turn is fed by the public education system which supplies the tech school system with students who should be prepared to learn without remedial education.
In a time when Master lock has returned to Milwaukee because at this time it could find the skilled labor to run the automated manufacturing lines, Scott Walker and his Republicans make deeps cut’s to the system that is supposed to supply the workers who are paid with living wages and benefits, to these companies?
I’m sure corporations loved the corporate welfare they got in the first emergency budget session, but that only goes so far. A tax write off only goes so far, people make the profits.
What good is a promise to balance the budget (Walker still couldn’t do that right by 143 million) in the short term, if it is going to hurt our state in the long term by having an unskilled labor force that will be a deterrent to companies wanting to manufacture in our state?
Edit: 2-15-12 " We all know that private enterprise will not spend a dime on education in this state..."
This statement was wrong. In fact private enterprise does build partnerships with local techincal college's to train the workers they need. I would like to thank Mucho for setting the record straight.
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