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Smart people need to step up. Right wing nutters are dominating the Common Core critique in Wisconsin.

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Paul Adair attended a recent Germantown workshop which aimed to kick-off planning for non-Common Core school standards for the local school district. Here’s an excerpt from Students as Political Pawns: Germantown is the only public school system in Wisconsin to abandon the standards. We are the sole district, out of 426 in the state, with more »

Tasers at dawn: The Bundy Ranch standoff is over

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Image credit: Bugeater The Bundy Ranch standoff is over. First I’ll share what the heck it was with some dramatic video. Second I’ll share a proposal Edward Abbey put forth back in the day to solve the overgrazing issue. Third I’ll share with you a note supposedly written by Cliven Bundy’s son. It’s an interesting more »

Secretly-taped WI Senator Mike Ellis tells Post-Crescent he won’t run for re-election in November

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No primary required. Ellis isn’t running for reelection. From the Post Crescent: Ellis said he had no one handpicked to replace him on the Republican ticket. “It’s wide open,” he said. “They can get whoever they want.” – source In case you missed it, here’s what happened to Ellis recently: Somebody used a hidden camera to more »

Walker: College degree not required for presidential office. Plus: Still not committed to full 4 years if reelected.

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Hi there, reader. I’m just passing on another message from Our Dear Leader which reinforces the notion that education ain’t no big whoop. Not even when it comes to leading the country that – last I knew – contained the world’s most influential economy.: Walker, who’s a possible 2016 Republican presidential contender, was asked at more »

Scam alert: Fake Badgercare reps. are calling Wisconsinites asking for bank account info.

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You know what would have been SUPER helpful for Badgercare and Badgercare Plus recipients in Wisconsin?  If the Walker administration hadn’t changed the fricking program every other time we turned around. Because now the public is conditioned to believe that some official-sounding person calling them about a change just might be legit. Anyway. Here’s the more »

Wisconsin Representative Sandy Pasch won’t seek re-election in 2014

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Sad news. —– REP. PASCH STATEMENT REGARDING DECISION TO NOT SEEK RE-ELECTION IN 2014 MADISON – Today, Assistant Assembly Democratic Leader Sandy Pasch (D-Shorewood) announced she will not be running for re-election in the 10th Assembly District in 2014. She released the following statement regarding her announcement: “After extensive discussions with close confidants and my more »

Wisconsin’s April 1st Election Results

The internet at cheddar place is intermittently working, so this is what I can muster using a phone. I’ll keep updating this as time permits today. FYI – Channel 3000 seems to be compiling a great deal of election data. MADISON: Firefighter Michael Flores won his bid for school board against Strong with a tad more »

April 1 is voting day in WI. SCFL says “Dark Money” could April Fool Verona and Oregon voters.

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Sounds like there’s shenanigans afoot in Verona. Here’s a press release from South Central Federated Labor. Verona residents probably should also check out this discussion of the local politics on reddit. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Date: March 31, 2014 Contact: Kevin Gundlach – President, South Central Federation of Labor 608-256-5111 Workers Respond to Dark Money in more »