Wisconsin politics from the last two years may be like childbirth for you: necessary for life but please – spare the details.
If you’re not too squeamish to reflect on the highlights and lowlights, then welcome to a very non-comprehensive retrospective on the dirt kicked up by GOP, Koch, and Walker Incorporated and kicked back by the hearty citizens of Wisconsin.
There’s no shortage of political drama in the dairy state, and thankfully, there’s now an overabundance of bloggers ready to document it. So I’ll be spending more time on another cool Wisconsin project in the year to come. Watch this space for more details.
Well wishes to you and yours in the new year. May your ice always clink, may your beer stay fresh and local, and may your fellow Badgers remain ever fierce.
- blue cheddar
There was a 70 ft. octopus at the end of the parade made of recycled plastic bags and carried aloft by at least 40 occupy activists. I was pretty stoked about it.
A three judge panel ordered attorneys hired by the GOP-dominated Wisconsin legislature to cooperate IMMEDIATELY with their orders instead of filing frivolous lawsuits and continuing to employ “sandbagging” and “hide-the-ball trial tactics”.
There would be some alterations, and some fines levied, and some shaming, but essentially, their redistricting handed the state legislature to their party and shut out the Democrats.
“Friday the GAB said the recalls would run about 9 million dollars.*
As I recollect, that’s a little over 2 times the average corporate welfare hand-out to Spectrum Brands. “
Hurley Mining Bill Hearing Today 1/11/2011 at 10 am – Appleton Wonk
“The legislation, AB 426, was introduced at the request of a Florida-based mining company that wants to open up a large taconite mining and processing operation in southern Ashland County on the Iron County border. …
Our governor has made a really big deal about “outside agitators” in regards to the protests that happened in and around the capital last year. Wouldn’t a Florida-based company be considered at least an “outsider”?
ONE MILLION! by Worley Dervish
In this one bright, shiny moment, the state of Fitzwalkerstan has been turned into the state of Euphoria.
We know you have said repeatedly that you would not run for public office in 2012, and we have tried repeatedly to respect and honor that. But over and over again the idea comes sailing back, that the one person who would be best for Wisconsin in this exceptional historical moment, for so many reasons, is you….
The right Wing “think tank” MacIver Institute vows to submit an open records request to the GAB this morning 01/31/12 to “ensure that Wisconsin recall petitions are available to the public”.
“Early this week Walker will indulge the Milwaukee County D.A. John Chisholm in a “voluntary” chat…
On Wednesday, after shedding his two attorneys, Walker will be fawned over at a conservative fundraiser in Naples, Florida where he can add to the approximately $12 million he’s raised to defend his seat from a recall.”
“GOP legislators were shown two district maps to get them to comply with the Walker-Vos agenda. One was a map of the district they’d get to keep if they complied with Vos’ wishes and went along with the secret pact and the GOP redistricting plan. The other map pretty much ensured that the legislator in question would be out of a job come next election.”
His legislation forces the board to promote and distribute literature that emphasizes that “nonmarital parenthood” is a “contributing factor to child abuse and neglect”.
Solidarity Sing Along visited by right winger with 2 left feet. A tale by Giles Goat Boy.
Little did the Solidarity Singers know they would be featured in a ‘documentary’ featured on a Glenn Beck show in May. I haven’t yet located the full and final film but you can see a bit of it in this Ami Horowitz reel [he's the dancer Giles Boat Boy writes about]:
Image above by Michael Martin.
“A government that undermines the very foundation of its existence — the people’s inherent, pre-constitutional right to vote — imperils its legitimacy as a government by the people, for the people, and especially of the people.”
- Wisconsin Circuit Judge Richard Niess
Women are mad as hell in Wisconsin. The war on women is here.
“…AB 337/SB 237 opens the door to abstinence-only sex education in public schools, AB 154/SB 92 makes private insurance coverage of abortion illegal, and AB 371/SB 306 restricts abortion by telemedicine, and so doing, makes it fundamentally more difficult for rural women to seek an abortion.”
“What’s next is that 3 of the current Milwaukee Area Technical College board members will have to step aside and 3 business leaders will be installed in their place..”
Show Me What Solidarity Looks Like
By Worley Dervish
Many of us are disappointed that neither Russ Feingold nor Peter Barca are running for governor. Jessica Vanegeren wrote in the Cap Times last week of a “palpable lack of enthusiasm among many voters for any of [Walker's] potential opponents.”
“AP’s Scott Bauer and Todd Richmond – the very same author of that “agitator” article – had a hand in expelling Arthur from the ranks of the Capitol press corps, effectively ensuring he would have no ability to videotape the Wisconsin Assembly.”
…the Wisconsin Dem. party “has asked the DNC for $500,000 to help with its massive field operation. While the DNC has made generally supportive noises, the money has not been forthcoming..”
Scott Walker’s summit: Brats, beer, and bullshit
“I want people to see that we’re not gone. I want punks like Suder over here to see so he knows that we’re here for when he runs in the fall for reelection…” – Marty Beil
Tommy doing his darndest to look like a Tea Bagger who wants to beat up the lefties:
Cullen sulked when he didn’t get the committee appointments he wanted from Mark Miller. They kissed and made up by the next Friday. I wonder if getting featured in the documentary “As Goes Janesville” went to Cullen’s head.
Twenty-five staff spoke-up about conditions at the King Veterans Home at a listening session for the public on July 26th at their union hall.
Driving Out Darkness
By Worley Dervish
The shootings Sunday in a Sikh gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, have affected me very much as they have affected others. I am sad, shocked, stricken. Coming so soon on the heels of the shootings in Aurora, Colorado, it’s hard not to feel that hate and violence have gained the upper hand…
Ms. Mortice was with a group that confronted Paul Ryan when he spoke at the Iowa State fair on Monday..
It is time to dust off all your jokes and posts and signs that reference the forbidden Florida uterus, the banned “vagina” of Michigan, and preposterous transvaginal probes because campaigns are going to be talking social issues whether they like it or not.
Paying the Price for Free Speech
By Worley Dervish
So today Friday September 7th at noon we’re singing, again, for free speech, for our friends who have been arrested and fined, for our rights and yours, for the rights of our children.
Chicago Wisconsin-style: the CTU Strike
Madison Teachers Inc. Executive Director John Matthews announced on WTDY today that the Judge Colas’ ruling on Act 10 and Act 32 takes Wisconsin right back to January of 2011 – before Walker “dropped the bomb” on public unions in Wisconsin.
I recently found myself standing in a little township called Franklin in Jackson County in a valley surrounded by high hills.
That day allegedly a threat was reported against all 3 of the township’s board members. It was the 2nd threat in a few weeks….
Dearest reader, you can lose an hour of your life the way I did and watch this debate. Or you can save yourself the trouble and simply imagine an educated and compassionate woman trying to reason with a belligerent old man who has staggered onto her front lawn.
Let’s Talk About FEMA
By Worley Dervish
What they don’t understand—refuse to understand—is that living in a civilized society has to mean that we have have a vested interest in what happens to each other. It means acknowledging that your well-being, or lack of it, affects me, and that I’m willing to invest in our collective well-being.
Rep. Chris Kapenga of Delafield
Sen. Mary Lazich of New Berlin
Reps. Don Pridemore of Hartford
Rep. Erik Severson of Star Prairie
Rep. Tom Larson of Colfax
Rep. Scott Krug of Wisconsin Rapids
Not sworn in yet:
Rob Hutton of Brookfield
Mark Born of Beaver Dam
Dave Murphy of Greenville
Wondering about Walkergate, Brett Davis, and a couple billion dollars
Pictured: Brett Davis
Remembering Otis Redding
Stop Special Needs Vouchers in Wisconsin!