bobbycaputo:

Also, F you Citizens United. Money really can buy anything.

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joshsternberg:

WI Governor Scott Walker wins in recall election. But so does money.

(Source: joshsternberg)

quickhits:


	Heavy turnout has Milwaukee calling in extra poll workers.

	
		Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
	
		Heavy turnout in Milwaukee led the city Election Commission to call out the reserves Tuesday.
	
		Extra poll workers were sent to polling places at Becher Terrace, Bradley Tech High School, Keenan Health Center, Morse Middle School, Rufus King International School Middle Years Campus and Cass Street, 53rd Street, Grantosa and Parkview schools, said Sue Edman, the election commission’s executive director.
	
		The backup workers were needed to handle long lines, partly because a significant number of new voters were registering at the polls, Edman said.
	
		“We knew things would be busy, but we didn’t know how busy,” Edman said.


	That sound you hear is Team Walker shaking in their shoes.

quickhits:

Heavy turnout has Milwaukee calling in extra poll workers.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

Heavy turnout in Milwaukee led the city Election Commission to call out the reserves Tuesday.

Extra poll workers were sent to polling places at Becher Terrace, Bradley Tech High School, Keenan Health Center, Morse Middle School, Rufus King International School Middle Years Campus and Cass Street, 53rd Street, Grantosa and Parkview schools, said Sue Edman, the election commission’s executive director.

The backup workers were needed to handle long lines, partly because a significant number of new voters were registering at the polls, Edman said.

“We knew things would be busy, but we didn’t know how busy,” Edman said.

That sound you hear is Team Walker shaking in their shoes.

apsies:

Supporters of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett attend a Get Out The Vote Rally for Barrett who is trying to unseat Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in a recall election on June 1, 2012 in Milwaukee.

apsies:

Supporters of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett attend a Get Out The Vote Rally for Barrett who is trying to unseat Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in a recall election on June 1, 2012 in Milwaukee.

greaterthanlapsed:

In the face of an expected recall election targeting Gov. Scott Walker and four Republican state senators, Wisconsin lawmakers were to consider a proposal Tuesday that would amend the state constitution to make it more difficult to toss an official from office.

The measure would only allow officeholders to be recalled if they have been charged with a serious crime or if there is a finding of probable cause that they violated the state code of ethics.

Under current law, no grounds are needed to seek a recall.

Republican supporters, including the amendment’s sponsor Rep. Robin Vos, R-Caledonia, say changes are needed to limit recalls given the flurry of such efforts over the past year. Republicans say Walker and the others are being unfairly targeted simply for doing their job.

The recalls are largely motivated over anger related to Walker’s proposal that effectively ended collective bargaining rights for most public workers. It was passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature last year.

Last summer, six Republican and three Democratic state senators stood for recall. Two Republicans were tossed from office, leaving the GOP with a slim 17-16 majority in the Senate.

This year, four more Republican state senators, Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch could face recall elections as soon as May. Election regulators are in the process of verifying recall petition signatures and calling the elections.

So, apparently the Republicans are trying to make it harder to recall politicians in Wisconsin since they are getting recalled all over the place now because everyone hates them.

(Source: existentialcrisisfactory, via )

quickhits:

reuters:

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker will not challenge any of the more than one million signatures gathered by opponents to force a vote to recall the controversial Republican, saying his campaign did not have enough time to review them.

Walker faced a deadline Monday to file challenges after a Dane County judge granted him a 20-day extension beyond the 10 days allotted under state law. Walker also sought an additional two weeks but was turned down.

Read more: Wisconsin governor won’t challenge one million recall signatures

Thinking about it, this really does back up what I’d been saying all along; that Walker wasn’t looking for more time to challenge signatures, he was looking for more time to fundraise. It was a scam.

I’ll bet this leaves the chumps who’ve been led to believe the petitions have tons and tons of fake signatures bewildered.

theatlantic:

Wisconsin, One Year Later

A year ago this month, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker proposed a slate of changes to public-employee benefits, including sharply limiting government workers’ right to bargain collectively. The action quickly provoked a firestorm. A hundred thousand protesters camped out at the capitol building in Madison; the minority Democrats in the state Senate fled the state to prevent the bill from passing.
Walker got his changes through the state legislature anyway, but the fight wasn’t over — in fact, it was just beginning.
In Madison today, the reverberations of a year ago are still being felt. And for Walker, the determined, grandiose politician at the center of it all, the biggest battle still lies ahead: He is all but certain to face a tough recall election this summer.
The after-effects of the protests have been “not so much a hangover as a bender,” said Tom Holbrook, a political scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Walker’s response has been to frame his recall as a referendum, not on his own leadership or the issue of public workers’ rights and privileges, but on the very idea that any political leader can enact large-scale change. It is an odd, self-aggrandizing, and slightly bullying posture: He is daring voters to put up or shut up.
Read more. [Image: Darren Hauck/Reuters]

theatlantic:

Wisconsin, One Year Later

A year ago this month, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker proposed a slate of changes to public-employee benefits, including sharply limiting government workers’ right to bargain collectively. The action quickly provoked a firestorm. A hundred thousand protesters camped out at the capitol building in Madison; the minority Democrats in the state Senate fled the state to prevent the bill from passing.

Walker got his changes through the state legislature anyway, but the fight wasn’t over — in fact, it was just beginning.

In Madison today, the reverberations of a year ago are still being felt. And for Walker, the determined, grandiose politician at the center of it all, the biggest battle still lies ahead: He is all but certain to face a tough recall election this summer.

The after-effects of the protests have been “not so much a hangover as a bender,” said Tom Holbrook, a political scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Walker’s response has been to frame his recall as a referendum, not on his own leadership or the issue of public workers’ rights and privileges, but on the very idea that any political leader can enact large-scale change. It is an odd, self-aggrandizing, and slightly bullying posture: He is daring voters to put up or shut up.

Read more. [Image: Darren Hauck/Reuters]

(via quickhits)

Walker has stomach flu and won’t be going on the factory tour with Obama.

Walker has stomach flu and won’t be going on the factory tour with Obama.

motherjones:

It’s official, folks: The drive to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is on. Andy Kroll explains what happens from here.

motherjones:

It’s official, folks: The drive to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is on. Andy Kroll explains what happens from here.

(via wisconsinforward)

Wisconsin Protests and Budget Update (long overdue) -

l3fan-o-rama:

The People vs. Scott Walker
 
Protest against Republican budget (and other) proposals, 11 am, 6/14, Capitol Square, with rally at State Street corner 5:30 pm. Groups to walk to Capitol and stand at open entrances and observe. www.wiafscme.org (836-6666); www.weac.org (276-7711); www.wisaflcio.org (414-771-0700)


(Source: l3fan-0-rama)

quickhits:

Got this email a little while ago from the SEIU:

Dear _____,

Hundreds of Wisconsin workers have set up a tent city near the Capitol in Madison to protest Scott Walker’s proposed $824 million of cuts to education and $500 million to health care for low-income families. The new…

bluecheddar:

 wiscairo:

Thank you to whoever printed this huge sign up. Well done!

bluecheddar:

 wiscairo:

Thank you to whoever printed this huge sign up. Well done!

cognitivedissonance:

At today’s House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing, a rather telling exchange took place:

Congressman Dennis Kucinich: Let me ask you about some of the specific provisions in your proposals to strip collective bargaining rights. First, your proposal would require unions to hold annual votes to continue representing their own members. Can you please explain to me and members of this committee how much money this provision saves for your state budget?

Gov. Scott Walker: That particular part doesn’t save any.

He doesn’t even care - he just parrots the lie about it saving money when convenient, but look how the story changes under oath… this sickens me.

VIDEO The gentleman from Ohio would like to use his time…

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