Who knows Ryan better? This from United Wisconsin:
“Wisconsin is once again at the epicenter of the battle between big-money special interests and hard-working families. Today’s announcement that Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan has been tapped for Mitt Romney’s running mate will bring more big money and heated rhetoric to our already deeply divided state.
“As Governor Scott Walker has spent the last year and a half working to destroy our progressive Wisconsin tradition, Rep. Paul Ryan has stood by his side and defended his actions. After Scott Walker introduced his anti-working family budget repair bill, Paul Ryan told the media that he supports Walker’s union-busting laws and claimed that the peaceful protests that broke out in response to the bill were ‘riots,’ a claim later debunked by Politifact.
“In Congress, Ryan has proposed a budget that would end Medicare as we know it while handing out millions in tax giveaways to wealthy special interests at the expense of working families. Ryan has consistently opposed policies to improve health care, public education, and economic opportunity for working people. These are not Wisconsin values, but they are Paul Ryan’s values.
With Paul Ryan taking a more visible place on the national stage, all eyes will once again be on Wisconsin, but the eyes of Wisconsinites – and the progressive movement we have built – will be focused directly on Paul Ryan. We will hold Ryan accountable for his statements and actions on the campaign trail, ensuring he does not take Scott Walker’s failed policies to the White House.”
We’ll keep our eyes on Wisconsin. Of course, many of us wish we could have rid ourselves of Scott Walker when we had a chance.
- Rep. Paul Ryan: Will also run in November for his Wisconsin House seat (blogs.suntimes.com)
- Ryan will excite the GOP base, Walker says (jsonline.com)
- Wisconsin: Capital of the Obama resistance (politico.com)
Thanks, Mr. Walker. You have made Romney’s need to answer these quite clear.
- 35 questions Mitt Romney will have to answer to concerning Bain Capital. (ireport.cnn.com)
- 35 Questions Mitt Romney Must Answer About Bain Capital Before The Issue Can Go Away (forbes.com)
- 35 Questions Mitt Romney Must Answer About Bain Capital Before The Issue Can Go Away (tjwalker.com)
- Abbreviated Pundit Roundup: Brilliant Bain ad keeps Romney on defense (dailykos.com)
We wake up to disappointing news from Wisconsin:
|Walker , Scott (i)||GOP||1,331,076||53%|
|Barrett , Tom||Dem||1,158,337||46%|
While Barrett took the cities (where there has been the strongest action by the Walker Administration to
eliminate Union influence), Scott Walker took everything else.
There is some other news, however. One of the State Senate seats previously held by Republicans was filled by a Democrat,thus bringing a new majority to that body. This may help prevent more of Walker.s cutting actions in the next couple of years.
Dismal morning… I’m going back to bed.
- Republican Scott Walker Wins Wisconsin Recall Election (mediaite.com)
- Barrett vs. Walker – Wisconsin’s Recall Fiasco (socyberty.com)
- Voter suppression by “Walker allies” or last-minute, uncheckable smear by Barrett people? (althouse.blogspot.com)
It looks like the numbers are favoring Scott Walker as Wisconsinites go to the polls this morning for the recall election. This is going to be an example of how effective millions of dollars of out-of-state money from the likes of the Koch brothers can be against locally raised funds.
Perhaps we are losing what has historically been a liberal state to unbelievable right wing lies. I hope not.
It would be a revival of pure democracy if Walker lost. Keep your fingers crossed.
Wouldn’t you consider the $144,423 that Scott Walker makes as Governor of Wisconsin is a good salary? Gee… it would make MY life a lot easier. Walker, however, told right-wing radio host Charlie Sykes, that he was about to “make some real money” if he were to leave politics and enter the private sector:
And if we fail to win, it will take us down the path we see, failing, people like the people in Illinois, down in Springfield, and I for one don’t want that. Not because this job is that important to me, ‘cuz frankly my wife in some ways would love it if I’d go back to the private sector and make some real money.
And as long as we’re talking about Wisconsin I’d like to say “Hi” to my son in Milwaukee. Chin up, Bud!
- “I saw a bald eagle flying over the [Wisconsin] Capitol.” (althouse.blogspot.com)
- Governor Walker’s Wisconsin Lost 3,900 Private-Sector Jobs In December, Nation Added Jobs That Month (dekerivers.wordpress.com)
- Governor Walker’s Wisconsin Lost 11,700 Private-Sector Jobs In November From October (dekerivers.wordpress.com)
- Union-Busting Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker ‘Far Off Pace’ From Delivering On Job Creation Promises (thinkprogress.org)
- Why Can’t Gov. Scott Walker Stop the Job Losses in Wisconsin? (crooksandliars.com)
- Scott Walker Rallies Against Recall Efforts At CPAC 2012 (huffingtonpost.com)
- On and To Scott “the American Assad” Walker, the Godless, Soulless, Spineless, Bloodless, Heartless Governor of Wisconsin (spwg22.wordpress.com)
Wisconsin (unfortunately the state my son and his fiancee live in) will turn down $37 million from the federal government that had been awarded to help implement health care exchanges under President Barack Obama’s health care reform law, Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday.
This is regarded as a purely political decision by a Governor who is currently facing a major recall petition (over one million signatures) to remove him from office.
The American Cancer Society is among many organizations commenting on the situation:
“A robust, consumer-friendly health exchange designed specifically for Wisconsin would greatly expand access to care to those who need it most, while preserving what already works. It’s unfortunate the (Walker) administration is deciding to ignore this reality.”
One would hope that Wisconsin could get this turkey out of office as soon as possible and elect someone who has the concerns of the citizens ahead of party.
“Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear.” ~William E. Gladstone, 1866
Received this in the e-mail this afternoon:
WI Republicans are in a panic. There will be a recount, but the damage is already done. In fact, district by district results show major problems for the WI Republican Senators across the state — especially for Republican Senator Dan Kapanke where JoAnne Kloppenburg won his district handily.
As you know, Kapanke is the first of the Republican Senators to have a recall petition filed on him. Let’s see if they can add more to the list…and hold out until January so they can recall Gov. Walker.
- Wisconsin Democrats File First Petition To Recall Dan Kapanke (huffingtonpost.com)
- Wisconsin Dems file 30,000 signatures to recall Kapanke, twice what’s needed (dailykos.com)
- It’s On Like Donkey Kong!: Wisconsin Has The Signatures For Recall Of Republican State Sen. Kapanke (crooksandliars.com)
- BREAKING: First Republican Recalled …boldprogressives.org (ynative77.wordpress.com)
- Dems to force recall of Wisconsin GOP senator (thehill.com)
- Childish Wisconsin GOP Taunts “Leftist” Judge (theawl.com)
- Are Young Interns Writing Dane County Republican Press Releases? (dekerivers.wordpress.com)
- Wisconsin Republican officials: We’ll continue to implement the collective bargaining law, despite the judge’s TRO (hotair.com)
- Meanwhile in Wisconsin, Another TRO (volokh.com)
- Maryann Sumi Blocks Law – Again (freedomeden.blogspot.com)
- Wisconsin judge declares union law not in effect (thestar.com)
- Wisconsin Judge Blocks Gov. Walker – Again (blogs.forbes.com)
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- Right now in Wisconsin (ynative77.wordpress.com)
- Campaign to recall Wisconsin Republicans gaining steam (shortformblog.tumblr.com)
- Recall elections in Wisconsin … (ynative77.wordpress.com)
First, here is the story from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Collective bargaining law published despite restraining order
In a stunning twist, Gov. Scott Walker‘s legislation limiting collective bargaining for public workers was published Friday despite a judge’s hold on the measure, prompting a dispute over whether it takes effect Saturday.
The measure was published to the Legislature’s website with a footnote that acknowledges the restraining order by a Dane County judge. But the posting says state law “requires the Legislative Reference Bureau to publish every act within 10 working days after its date of enactment.”
The measure sparked protests at the Capitol and lawsuits by opponents because it would eliminate the ability of most public workers to bargain over anything but wages.
Laws normally take effect a day after they are published, and a top GOP lawmaker said that meant it will become law Saturday. But nonpartisan legislative officials from two agencies, including the one who published the bill, disagreed.
“I think this is a ministerial act that forwards it to the secretary of state,” said Stephen Miller, director of the Legislative Reference Bureau. “I don’t think this act makes it become effective. My understanding is that the secretary of state has to publish it in the (official state) newspaper for it to become effective.”
Walker signed the bill March 11. Under state law, it must be published within 10 working days, which was Friday.
It hasn’t been printed in the Wisconsin State Journal, the official state newspaper, as other laws are. Late Friday, State Journal publisher Bill Johnston said in an e-mail that the notice for the law had been scheduled to run but had been canceled. He did not elaborate.
La Follette urged caution Friday, saying the measure has not been published yet by his office. He said he believes the law cannot go into effect until he directs the State Journal to publish it, which he has not done.
Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) said it didn’t matter that it hasn’t appeared in the paper.
“It’s published,” Fitzgerald said. “It’s law. That’s what I contend.”
OK, Got it? Walker and Fitzgerald have decided that state law is meaningless when it applies to what they want to do and they are moving ahead, despite the court order and the lack of official publication by La Follette in the official state newspaper.
It would seem that Walker and Fitzgerald… and the state Republican legislators that back them… do not require the law or the judicial branch or even the wishes of the citizens of their state to carry out whatever they want to. If anything laid the basis for revolution, this is it.
- WI Republicans Publish Collective Bargaining Bill Despite Restraining Order (crooksandliars.com)
- Union law published despite restraining order – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (news.google.com)
- Wisconsin GOP to ignore judicial restraining order and act as though budget repair bill is law (dailykos.com)
- Wis. union law published despite court order (msnbc.msn.com)
- Court Restraining Order Ignored: Wisconsin Anti-Collective Bargaining Bill Published Anyway (themoderatevoice.com)
- Now It Is Time For The Judiciary In Wisconsin To Make A Point (angrydd.wordpress.com)
- Oh my: Wisconsin collective bargaining law officially published – despite judge’s TRO (hotair.com)
Just received this in an e-mail from the Daily Kos (to be honest, it was a fundraising letter):
Wisconsin Republicans say the state is too broke to pay for teachers, but they just gave the 26-year-old mistress of a union-busting Republican Senator a state job with a fat raise. It’s a classic Republican scandal filled with hypocrisy, cronyism, and their special version of “family values.”
Here’s the story. Last year, Wisconsin Republican state Senator Randy Hopper left his wife to live with a young Republican political operative. Last month, as Governor Scott Walker unveiled legislation calling for deep cuts in state workers’ salaries and collective bargaining rights, Hopper’s mistress was hired by the state on the advice of Scott Walker’s cabinet as a “communications liaison.” Further, her salary is 35% higher than her predecessor’s.
Randy Hopper is now facing recall.
What is it about Republicans that, no matter what kind of principled stance they claim to be making, they always undermine it with something like this? And they all work together doing it, so you can’t say it isn’t planned. That also means they lie during campaigns and, once they have the majorities they engineer, they go ahead and do what they intended to do… in this case bust unions, get rid of teachers and reward their own.
- Governor Walker’s Admin Gave Married Senator Hopper’s Girlfriend Job With Big Raise, Former Job: Persuasion Partners (unaskedadvice.wordpress.com)
- Wisconsin Republican hypocrisy deepens on 35% raise for Randy Hopper’s mistress (dailykos.com)
- Girlfriend of Wisconsin Republican state Senator gets state job, 36% raise (dailykos.com)
- Song About Wisconsin State Senator Randy Hopper (dekerivers.wordpress.com)
- Young Lobbyists in Love: The Randy Hopper Story (theawl.com)
- WI State Sen. ‘Randy Hopper Knows How To Create Jobs.’ Yep, For His Young Lobbyist Mistress! (crooksandliars.com)
- Girlfriend of Wisconsin Republican state Senator gets state job, 36% raise (alternet.org)
John Case in his morning mailing passed on this information from John Wojcik in Peoplesword:
A Dane County judge, at 10:30 AM on the 18th, issued a temporary restraining order blocking implementation of Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s bill that would destroy collective bargaining rights for public workers.
In her ruling, Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi wrote she was issuing her order because a legislative committee likely violated the state’s open meetings law when it rammed through the bill suddenly on March 9.
The restraining order was in response to a lawsuit brought by Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne.
In order that any bill become law in Wisconsin, it has to be published by the Secretary of State. The restraining order from Judge Sumi prevents Secretary of State Doug LaFollette from publishing the law, as he had planned, on March 25 which would make it take effect on March 26. LaFollette, a Democrat, was in no hurray to publish the law anyway.
The judge noted that Conference Committee meetings to move forward legislation can be called only after 24 hours of notice unless there is an emergency. Wisconsin Republicans gave only two hours notice and no emergency could be proven, the judge said.
The court victory is seen as a maj0r loss for Walker and puts the future of the law into question. The labor movement and its allies drew hundreds of thousands to the state Capitol
protesting the legislation and, as you recall, 14 Democratic state senators flee to Illinois to block the vote on the measure.
Stephanie Bloomingfale, the state AFL-CIO secretary-treasurer stated:
“Today justice prevailed. In Wisconsin and America we have a democratic process for passing legislation.”
- Breaking: Judge issues restraining order blocking WI budget-repair bill (hotair.com)
- Federal Judge Blocks Publication of Wisconsin’s Anti-Union Law (crooksandliars.com)
- Just In: Judge in Wisconsin blocks Walker’s Union Busting Bill (skydancingblog.com)
- Wis. law to limit collective bargaining is on hold – Arizona Daily Star (news.google.com)
- Judge Issues Temporary Restraining Order Halting Wisconsin Collective Bargaining Law (outsidethebeltway.com)
- Judge Temporarily Blocks Wisconsin Collective Bargaining Law (mediaite.com)
- Judge Halts Implementation of Anti-Union Law in Wisconsin (news.firedoglake.com)
This really blows a hole in what the Tea Partyers claim is the real desire of the American People.
This from Alternet:
- Madison Rally Bigger Than Biggest Tea Party Rally (kaystreet.wordpress.com)
- Rep. Kucinich Fires Up Madison Workers’ Rights Rally (redantliberationarmy.wordpress.com)
- Largest Wisconsin protests ever: 85,000+ people in Madison’s streets (boingboing.net)
- Chomsky: Why the Fate of Democracy Is at Stake in Madison | | AlterNet (chomskywatch.wordpress.com)
It’s as simple as not buying Bounty paper towels to keep money from going to the Koch brothers.
- Wisconsin: Hurting Walker by Boycotting One of His Biggest Donors, M&I Bank (dailykos.com)
- Wisconsin Unions Call For Boycott Of Local Bank Over Walker Support, Withdraw Funds (crooksandliars.com)
- Wisconsin Could Lose $46 Million in Federal Funds Thanks to Walker’s Anti-Union Bill – Source: AlterNet (curmilus.wordpress.com)
I picked up a very good comparison of the amount of money Scott Walker and his allies in Wisconsin are ready to cut from the budget that effects middle class and union workers to the amount of money given away as tax breaks for the wealthy (reprinted from a Daily Kos post by greywolfe359):
On the left you have the “shared sacrifices” and “painful cuts” that the Republicans claim we must make to get our fiscal house in order. On the right, you can plainly see WHY these cuts are “necessary.” The reason? Because we already gave away all that money to America‘s wealthiest individuals and corporations.
This just mirrors what we’re seeing in Wisconsin, where Governor Walker (R-Koch) claims that ordinary public sector workers need to fork over at least $137 million to save the budget. Problem is, he just gave away $117 million in tax breaks for his corporate pals. This is out and out class warfare. The big corporations in America have decided that they can get even richer by raiding the public treasury. It’s time for the middle class to stand up and defend itself!
Greywolfe359 also gives us this music video for Unions standing up to the Wisconsin Class War:
- Labor Lambasts Walker, GOP Senators (thepage.time.com)
- Scott Walker’s real agenda in Wisconsin | Michael Hudson and Jeffrey Sommers (guardian.co.uk)
- Michael Moore On Wisconsin: ‘This Is War’ (huffingtonpost.com)
- Union-Busting: ‘An Attack on All Working People’ (beavercountyblue.org)
- Wisconsin Protests Spark Ad War (huffingtonpost.com)
- Wisconsin Protesters Removed From State Capitol By Police (huffingtonpost.com)
Thursday 10 March 2011
On this day, it behooves us to remember the words of Martin Niemoller.
“First they came for the communists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.”
I am a trade unionist, and yesterday in Wisconsin, they came for me. They came for you. They came for every working person in America, and their intent could not be more clear. Governor Scott Walker, along with the Koch Brothers and the right-wing radicals of the Republican Party, moved in darkness and with shameless deceit to gut the ability of dedicated laborers to bargain on an equal footing for the right to earn a living wage and to have access to decent health care.
by: William Rivers Pitt, t r u t h o u t | Op-Ed (there is more)
- Pastor Martin Niemoller recalls a troubled time (atung.net)
- Deja Vu all over again? (kaystreet.wordpress.com)
- The Lessons of History (lezgetreal.com)
Today people are returning to the Wisconsin capitol building to protest the act of the Republican Senators and the approval they have received by Scott Walker. The organization of trade unions is becoming intense and recalls of some legislators and a build up to recalling Walker (which cannot happen until next January by Wisconsin law) are in process.
Frank Emspak of the Workers Independent News in Madison stated:
“We’ve had democracy by deception here. You’re talking about disenfranchising millions of people, not only in Wisconsin, but also throughout the Midwest, and basically saying that working people, in an organized fashion, have no right to participate in the electoral process. That is what the Republicans are doing.”
And there was this statement by Gerald McEntee, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME):
At a time when we should be pulling together to create jobs, Governor Walker and the legislators who back him are more interested in stripping nurses, teachers, correction officers, bus drivers and EMTs of their rights. This is a question of right and wrong. The governor is tearing Wisconsin apart when voters want real solutions to the problems they face.
This is about more than Scott Walker’s arrogance. He is tossing aside basic American values. Public workers fought long and hard for the right to collective bargaining. Martin Luther King, Jr. died defending that right for AFSCME sanitation workers in Memphis. We are not going to allow a small group of radical politicians in Wisconsin destroy what Americans have fought generations to win.
Only one Republican, Dale Schultz, voted against the bill last night. Schultz is a moderate Republican who previously proposed a compromise. His vote is likely to protect him from a recall effort by unions and Democrats.
As someone who as spent the better part of the last four weeks working toward and hoping for a compromise, this is a difficult night.
I’ve had the honor and privilege of representing folks in Southwest and South Central Wisconsin for 28 years, and where I come from ‘compromise’ isn’t a dirty word.
I’ve received tens of thousands of emails, thousands of phone calls and letters, and spent hours meeting with thousands of citizens in my district. I’ve heard personal and heartfelt stories of friends and neighbors, and they ask for just two things.
First, be inclusive by listening and working with your colleagues on both sides of the aisle to reach a compromise which addresses our fiscal crisis. Second, public employees are willing to make sacrifices on things like wages and benefits, but we need to preserve collective bargaining as a tool which has helped keep labor peace in this state for decades.
Ultimately, I voted my conscience which I feel reflects the core beliefs of the majority of voters who sent me here to represent them.
Because of the Wisconsin law that prohibits a recall until an elected official has served one year in office, only eight of the Republican Senators, who violated the open meeting rule and the 24 hour public announcement policy by eliminating collective bargaining last night, may currently be recalled. These are:
The protestors will have until January of next year to get the 500,000 signatures needed to recall Scott Walker. Meanwhile, Walker has been a Uniter, not a Divider: he has united the Unions, the Democrats, the people of Wisconsin and voters all across the unites States. Perhaps we could get the Republicans to run him for President.
- Labor Vows To Step Up Recall Effort Against Wisconsin GOP (huffingtonpost.com)
- Wisconsin Passes Anti-Collective Bargaining Bill (outsidethebeltway.com)
- You: Wisconsin Senate Advances Bill Opposed by Unions (nytimes.com)
- Wisconsin Senate GOP bypass Democrats to cut union rights – Seattle Times (news.google.com)
- Union supporters to rally after Wisconsin Senate passes restrictions (cnn.com)
- ‘General Strike!’ Thousands Storm, Reoccupy Wisconsin Capitol in Response to Legislative Votes (redantliberationarmy.wordpress.com)
- Wisconsin Senate Limits Bargaining by Public Workers – New York Times (news.google.com)
- Wisconsin Republicans Sneak Through Union-Busting Bill without Democrats (blogs.forbes.com)
- Labor Lambasts Walker, GOP Senators (thepage.time.com)
- What Happens Next in Wisconsin? (politicalwire.com)
- Wis. GOP Bypasses Democrats On Collective Bargaining (promoteliberty.wordpress.com)
- The name for what Scott Walker, The Wisconsin Republican Senators and David Koch are trying to pull is called “structural adjustment” (iflizwerequeen.com)
- Art Levine: After GOP’s Union-Stripping, Labor Launches 9 A.M. Friday Protests Across Wisconsin. Strikes Next? (huffingtonpost.com)
…screws the Union workers, too. Screws Wisconsin actually.
It was also a 180-degree reversal by Walker and state Senate Republicans, who have insisted for the past three weeks that the collective bargaining provision was designed to help alleviate the state’s budget problems. State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R) had previously said he would not attempt to pass any portions of the bill without Democrats present.
Republicans in the Wisconsin Senate voted 18-1 to strip Union rights and no Democrats were present.
These are outrageous bullying tactics, done without saying anything to the press or public (even though there is a Wisconsin law saying such a maneuver would require a 24 hour public announcement.
University of Madison-Wisconsin student journalist Talya Minsberg, who is at the Capitol, told The Huffington Post that there are vastly more people stuck outside than inside due to “airport-style” security measures. Those outside crowded around a window near where the vote was taking place, to shout and protest Republican lawmakers: “You lied! You lied! You lied to Wisconsin!” went one chant. “Shame!” went another.
A mockery has been made of the rule of law and Scott Walker will pay a huge political price for this.
- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Rejects Dems’ Meeting Proposal (kaystreet.wordpress.com)
- The name for what Scott Walker, The Wisconsin Republican Senators and David Koch are trying to pull is called “structural adjustment” (iflizwerequeen.com)
- Scott Walker, Wisconsin GOP, wavering under recall pressure (dailykos.com)
- Quote of the Day – Russ Feingold, former Wisconsin Senator, to Scott Walker, Wisconsin Governor (underthelobsterscope.wordpress.com)
- Wisconsin Republican: attacks on unions aim to defeat Obama (dailykos.com)
- Wisconsin: Sen. Jauch Says 6 or 7 Republican Senators Don’t Want to Strip Collective Bargaining (news.firedoglake.com)
- E-mails: Wisconsin gov offers concessions on budget (cnn.com)
- E-mails: Wisconsin governor offers concessions on budget bill – CNN (news.google.com)
By setting up a State-Controlled Bank with their investment funds, which is what North Dakota did, cutting out the Wall Street investment firms’ profits and making their funds in house (created some new jobs, too.) When you read the whole article you will see why someone should give this idea to Scott Walker and the Wisconsin Republicans.
… and, in violation of “Wisconsin Open Records Law and Wis. Stat. § 19.37(1) by withholding the requested email messages and delaying granting access to the email messages,” the Governor has, so far, refused.
This from The Isthmus’ Daily Page:
So now we wait to see what comes next. Can this criminal Governor do anything to justify his refusal to preserve the negotiating rights of his working citizens? Will the people in Wisconsin further stimulate the workers of the whole country to take a stand against the rich bankers and Wall Street robbers who have made billions while the average Joe has lost job, home and future?
Have a nice Monday.
- Scott Walker and Transparency? Like Oil And Water. (crooksandliars.com)
- Wisconsin Update: Thousands Rally Again as Talks Between Parties Stall (news.firedoglake.com)
- Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker Issues Layoff Warning Notices (huffingtonpost.com)
- Keeping an eye on Scott Walker (queerlandia.com)
- Tackled Wisc. lawmaker: ‘I put all the blame on Scott Walker’ (crooksandliars.com)
- Scott Walker Seen Through the Prism of Abba’s Way – Associated Content from Yahoo! – associatedcontent.com (stephencrose.wordpress.com)
This, of course, is being sent out with a fundraising request from DFA:
Keep up the good work folks… Act Blue is collecting
their donations, I guess.
- “Wisconsin Republicans Preparing to Break With Union Busting Gov. Walker?” and related posts (guerillawomentn.blogspot.com)
- Rasmussen (yes, Rasmussen) finds Walker disapproval at 57% (dailykos.com)
- Conservative group warns about losing union fight in Wisconsin (thehill.com)
- Negotiations stall in Wisconsin over union bill (salon.com)
- Walker Losing Support from Senate Republicans in Wisconsin? (news.firedoglake.com)
- Scott Walker’s Union Busting Crushed In New Rasmussen Poll (oliverwillis.com)
- Scott Walker’s Approval Rating Now 43%: Winning the Battle and Losing the War? (themoderatevoice.com)
- “Another Conservative Pollster Finds Wisconsin Rejects Scott Walker” and related posts (faithfulprogressive.blogspot.com)
Up in Wisconsin, Scott Walker is sticking to his guns of not compromising on dealing with the unions, he’s putting up obstacles to getting into the capitol building, he’s threatening layoffs of teachers and more.
Perhaps he ought to take a closer look at the situation he’s creating. Wisconsin Policy Research Institute (WPRI), a conservative think tank, came out with a new poll and it seems that about two-thirds of Wisconsinites are turning away from him… and 80% think they’ll be voting in the next election. It should be noted that WPRI has also been very supportive of Walker publicly and has been against the protesters in their policy releases.
Some standout poll views:
Q10. Scott Walker
Strongly favorable ……………………………………….. 28
Somewhat favorable …………………………………….. 15
Somewhat unfavorable …………………………………. 12
Strongly unfavorable ……………………………………. 41
Don’t know / Refused …………………………………….. 4
Q11a. Public Employees [SPLIT A]
Strongly favorable ……………………………………….. 39
Somewhat favorable …………………………………….. 28
Somewhat unfavorable …………………………………. 15
Strongly unfavorable ……………………………………. 10
Don’t know / Refused …………………………………….. 7
Q11b. Public Employee Unions [SPLIT B]
Strongly favorable………………………………………… 35
Somewhat favorable……………………………………… 24
Somewhat unfavorable………………………………….. 13
Strongly unfavorable…………………………………….. 21
Don’t know / Refused……………………………………… 7
Q12a. Teachers [SPLIT A]
Strongly favorable………………………………………… 45
Somewhat favorable……………………………………… 25
Somewhat unfavorable………………………………….. 16
Strongly unfavorable………………………………………. 9
Don’t know / Refused……………………………………… 5
Q12b. Teachers’ Unions [SPLIT B]
Strongly favorable………………………………………… 37
Somewhat favorable……………………………………… 22
Somewhat unfavorable………………………………….. 12
Strongly unfavorable…………………………………….. 24
Don’t know / Refused……………………………………… 4
Q9. Overall, do you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the way Scott Walker is handling his job as Governor of Wisconsin?
Strongly approve………………………………………….. 29
Somewhat approve……………………………………….. 14
Somewhat disapprove ……………………………………. 8
Strongly disapprove ……………………………………… 45
Don’t know / Refused……………………………………… 4
This week coming up Walker says people will be getting actual pink slips… it has been hard to tell bluffs from actualities here, but the protests are getting stronger and we’re entering the third week of growing complaints against Walker and support for teachers and unions.
I’ll tell you what I find reassuring… when I was driving home from my day-long EEG test yesterday I was listening to “What do you know?” on public radio and the host was talking to a 15-year-old girl in an interview. When asking her what she wanted to be, she said “A teacher”… he asked “Even after all that has happened?” And her response was “Oh, yes.”
John Case is down with the cold I had for close to a week and now he’s asked me to do the 7:30 – 9:00 AM Winners and Losers show alone tomorrow.
I think John has someone from a film festival coming in…don’t know much about it but we’ll see. Meanwhile, I’ll be taking calls, complaining about how Scott Walker in Wisconsin and Kasich in Ohio are helping the rich and screwing the workers… stuff like that. You’re most welcome to participate.
- WI-Gov: Buyer’s remorse for Scott Walker (dailykos.com)
- Sorry to keep you on Edge – tomorrow, for sure! (writefullymine.wordpress.com)
- What we can do to preserve Liberal/Progressive standards and information in the growing Right-Wing Oligarchy… (underthelobsterscope.wordpress.com)
- If I start an Under The Lobsterscope podcast, would any of you like to participate? (underthelobsterscope.wordpress.com)