Thursday, October 23, 2014

Walker + Numbers = Falsehoods


Scott Walker

Wrong-Way Walker hasn't met a statistic he can't twist into a fib.

Take a look at all of PolitiFact's Walker findings and note how many involve numbers he gets wrong or uses inaccurately.

A flub here or there, OK.

But this Is a pattern. Statistical incompetence, ignorance, or voter manipulation?

We ask these questions because, well, there goes again:

PolitiFact on Wednesday did a superb job explaining Walker's false use of data in the last debate with challenger Mary Burke: 
False
SCOTT WALKER "The next state budget will begin with a surplus of over half a billion dollars -- $535 million to be exact." As of now, a "structural deficit" is projected.


















Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Schimel whips up GOP crowd that boos the Supreme Court

And this guy wants to the Wisconsin Attorney General? What would be his reception from Justices if he had to argue at the US Supreme Court? I know...boo!
Republican Dan Sebring, who is running for the fourth time against Gwen Moore (D-WI) for her seat in the House of Representatives, said that the [voter ID suspension] ruling “stinks,” while the Republican candidate for Attorney General, Brad Schimel, called it “bad news”—prompting the whole crowd to boo the high court. 

When seeing "Walker," "campaign," and "highly unethical" in a headline...

There's not much surprise in the rest of the story:
A national procurement expert said Wednesday that inside information on a county real-estate deal provided by top Milwaukee County officials to the treasurer of Gov. Scott Walker's gubernatorial campaign was "highly unethical" and made a "fraud of the entire process."

Happy to spot my dad in a Ben Bradlee retirement picture

Indulge me one more time. That's my dad Hobart Rowen, second to end, far right, applauding at Ben Bradlee's retirement. Call it throwback Wednesday. Thank you, cousin Carol, for pointing it out.

Joel Kleefisch looking for national exposure

I had three reactions to this most-recent Joel Kleefisch pro-hunting news release when I got to the end.
This January I hope to form Wisconsin's first ever Sportsmen's Caucus. It is my hope that my fellow legislators on both sides of the aisle will heed the call and join the movement so that Wisconsin can benefit from the leadership of the National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses. 
Wisconsin has a long-established tradition of hunting and fishing. It is time we honor that tradition by joining the national conversation. 
My reactions:

*  Somebody's itching to go to some meetings in picture-postcard locales and get on the national stage, too.

*  "Sportsmens" and "Sportsman" mask a lot of violence, and are archaically sexist - - especially since the DNR and some groups are pushing female participation to combat a decline in hunting.

*  If Kleefisch really wants to Wisconsin to be part of some national conversation, he's going to get an earful from people who are tired of Wisconsin's noisy, bloody, politically-connected wolf and bear hunting, and are tired also of Kleefisch's mono-manical fascination with killing animals.

Proof that WI is not cleaner than before Walker took power

You may remember that I called Walker out when he ridiculously said that Wisconsin was somehow cleaner now under his reduced-inspection regime than when he'd taken office.

To refute Walker's claim, I listed specifics with links - - from toxic oil and gasoline pipeline breaks to frac sand mining spills to illegal human fecal matter spreading violations to airborne and ground water pollution from big dairies, and more.

So props to aggrieved and concerned citizens and environmental groups which are now asking the feds to intervene - - following dismissive health and safety enforcement and intentional regulatory withdrawal by Walker's "chamber-of-commerce" DNR  - - and force Wisconsin to clean up where the mess is pressing and dangerous - - big-dairy manure pollution of drinking water.

But it is outrageous that when state government puts special interest and corporate benefits above the taxpayers' health and the common environment's well-being, taxpayers have to spend their own money to force the state to do the job it is supposed to be doing everyday on taxpayers' behalf.

Major, must-read frac sand mining study

A primer on the issue intended to help local communities in wisconsin and Minnesota avoid problems.

Read, save and circulate.

More later.

Hat tip, LL.

'Coordinating' is Walker's Achilles' Heel, yet now says others are doing it to him

Wrong-Way Walker has earned that sobriquet, especially when he proves he is not the smartest guy in the room.

Like when became the guy who ran for Governor in 2010 on a stupid, unforced failed-and-broken 250,000 new-jobs-promise, and still isn't halfway to that total while neighboring states are leaving Wisconsin behind.

The same guy who got caught benefiting from a secret $700,000 donation routed from a well-connected mining company to his 2012 recall campaign by a third party group with which his campaign was not supposed to be coordinating such things.

And speaking of coordinating…

Walker has been dogged for months by a potentially career-ending scandal over possibly illegal coordinating with third party groups that state law says are supposed to remain independent of direct work with campaigns.

You'd think Walker and his allies would be the last politicos who'd throw the coordinating term around.

So yesterday - - when previously-sealed Milwaukee County documents surfaced that proved Walker campaign people had been coordinating official Milwaukee County staff communications after The Milwaukee Journal asked if such coordinating had taken place - - Walker and his allied GOP operatives rushed out to complain, with no facts to back it up, that the release of the damning documents had been...wait for it…coordinated between Mary Burke's campaign and the office of Milwaukee County Chris Abele:
The Republican Party of Wisconsin said it filed an open-records request with Abele's office Tuesday, calling the release a "slimy political stunt" involving "directly coordinating messaging" between Abele's office and the campaign of Democrat Mary Burke. 
So take that, coordination accusanistas: the Walkerites' just showed that without any proof they will throw around the charge that only reminds voters why we've been hearing about coordination of late.

Suggesting a lack of internal coordination up and down the line at Team Walker.

La Crosse students turn out by the ten for Ron Johnson

Though I may be overstating it, according to this newspaper story:
The Wisconsin Republican spoke to a gathering of about 10 Viterbo students Thursday afternoon. 
File under #goner2016. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

R.I.P., Ben Bradlee

R.I.P., Ben Bradlee, every reporter's dream editor and boss. Our family knew him for decades. We were lucky, and then some. He and my dad Hobart worked together at Newsweek's DC bureau where Ben was the bureau chief and Dad was a business writer. When Ben moved to the Washington Post in the mid's 1960's, he was told he could bring with him one staffer and he took Dad.

The ride lasted for Dad almost 30 years as reporter, columnist, business editor and eventually Ass't. Managing Editor, Finance. 

Best little personal memory: I visited Dad at his newsroom in the mid-80's after I'd joined the Milwaukee Journal staff. Ben waved me into his office, threw his arm around me and said "Congratulations, Jimmy. You finally found honest work."

Square the lede in Walker endorsement with today's JS jaw-dropper

I never thought I'd see our state's leading politician's leading, false and broken promise so glibly dismissed by the state's leading editorial board, but now I've seen everything:
OUR VIEW | JOBS
Gov. Scott Walker's false promise of job growth isn't that big of a deal
We sure didn't see the newspaper telegraph this kind of whatever shoulder-shrugging in 2010, when it led its crucial Walker endorsement editorial this way:
Scott Walker has said repeatedly during his campaign for governor that he will develop strategies to create 250,000 new jobs during his first term.
It's a big promise - one that has been derided by his critics. But for the sake of Wisconsin, Walker had better be right.
"Not that big of a deal."

When Walker is this wrong?

Really?


Weak jobs numbers again challenge Walker, spin team

The latest federal jobs numbers came out today, and for Bucky, Becky and Wrong-Way Walker, it's the same sad old story:

Despite creating two, two-year budgets laden with pro-business entitlements, stage-managing the Legislature, setting up and chairing his floundering and dysfunctional WEDC jobs agency, mocking Illinois and sending Rebecca Kleefisch there to try and convince corporations that "open for business" borders signs are a development plan, Wrong-Way Walker's new jobs numbers over the last year trail Illinois' - - ouch, #BeckyFail - - and most other Midwestern states.

From the Federal data, Table D, jobs added in the previous 12 months:

Illinois - - 69,000
Indiana - - 59,600
Minnesota - - 50,700
Wisconsin - - 41,800
Michigan - - 32,700
Iowa - - 22,100

So the challenge for Walker and his PR people is spin away from "We're 4th of 6," "We Cleaned Iowa's Clock," "At This Rate, 250,000 Is A Pipe Dream," and "Ha, Ha, Illinois Only Beat Us By 60%!"

I cannot confirm that the Walker spin team operative who thought Wisconsin could be bumped into the top half by including Mississippi, (14,300 new jobs) as a Midwestern state because it shares the Mississippi River with Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota was re-assigned to Kleefisch's staff.

And trust me, that staff needs help. On her official Lt. Gov. web site, the Wisconsin face of business development is featured in a "Blueprint for Prosperity" video that has been up since January and has garnered all of 164 views on You Tube - - where some genius thought to promote it.

And though the data show otherwise, she's touted on her campaign web site as a key figure in Wisconsin job creation:
Widely credited for coining the phrase, “Wisconsin is Open for Business”, Rebecca immediately played a key role in business growth and retention for Wisconsin – cold-calling Illinois businesses that, in turn, relocated to Wisconsin, and nimbly responding to businesses looking for support.
Rebecca serves as Wisconsin’s “Jobs Ambassador’ and spearheads the Governor’s Small Business Summits, listening and input sessions held all over the state. She chaired the Governor’s Sub Cabinet on Workforce Investment that developed the “Wisconsin Working” plan, designed to connect the unemployed to jobs, encourage the hiring of veterans and address Wisconsin’s graying manufacturing workforce.

WI DNR allowing wolf killing above published quotas

[updated 12:20 a.m., Tuesday] The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board set a final 2014 season kill quota of 150 trapped and shot wolves  - - I will not use the officlal jargon "harvest," as that conjures up picture-postcard images of hay baling and apple picking - - but note in the Department of Natural Resources chart currently online that a significant excess of wolves has already been killed in two of the six geographical zones now closed.

In Zone 2, the kill is nearly double the published quota of 15. Maybe the 24 hours  the DNR gives hunters and trappers to report their handwork is excessive, as it can delay a zone closing while the quota is broken.

Why 24 hours? How about 12? Everyone has a cellphone these days and can get within range in less than 24 hours.

Unless the DNR firmly closes the two remaining open zones early, and lowers those zones' quotas, the final tally would be 163, or nearly ten percent higher than the agreed-upon 150.
ZoneQuotaHarvestZone Status
13237Closed
21529Closed
3402Open
485Closed
52017Closed
6351Open
Total15091
The WI wolf kill totals in the two previous seasons also exceeded the established quotas by seven.

Is this a DNR back-door method of raising the kill to satisfy some hunters who might resort to poaching for their satisfaction?

Or is the agency just catering to a constituency?

Monday, October 20, 2014

WI Attorney General's one-man secession is over

Rebel yell goes from whimper to silence: Van Hollen concedes he's bound by the US Supreme Court, Constitution.

National media again fail to report Walker's Tea Party identity

A major piece in The New York Times today about Scott Walker's re-election campaign and possible Presidential run fails to note Walker's published claim to be "the original Tea Party in Wisconsin."

Very disappointing - - and continuing a failure by leading media to report on Walker's political origins:
Number of days since it was reported by Salon.com that Scott Walker and fourteen others met "along the shores of Lake Michigan" in 2007 to plot the takeover of Wisconsin. 211. 220. 226. 
Number of the other fourteen people at the meeting who have also been identified. 0. 
Number of organizations represented at the meeting which have also been identified. 0. 
Number of mainstream Wisconsin media who appear to be covering the story. 0. 
Number of references to the meeting in The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's 2014 just-published and definitive profile of Walker's career and ascension to power. 0.
All adding to a reader's perception that the game is indeed rigged.

Schimel joins Walker, talkers who disparage fast-food workers

Right-wingers really misunderstand the fast food workers they despise.

Elitist 620 WTMJ-AM talk show hosts love to mock them.

Gov. Walker and former teen worker at a McDonald's has prevented them from earning them more than $7.25 an hour.

Now Republican Wisconsin Attorney General candidate Brad Schimel thinks fast food workers should get a real job - - apparently thinking they are still like Walker-era high schoolers - - but Schimel fails to understand that a majority are adults - - noted here - - trying to make ends meet, feed their kids or hang on in state where politicians like Walker and private sector 'job-creators' [Sic] like his donors at the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce and Club for Growth and Americans for Prosperity have failed to do their jobs.

And does the Wisconsin Restaurant Association - - after having endorsed Schimel - - know that he doesn't think fast-food restaurant staff are engaging in "real" work?

Talk about who should get a real job.

My political/sports analogies are more accurate than Walker's

[Updated 2:37 p.m.] In June, I wrote that Scott Walker's job creation record was the equivalent of 6-10 NFL season showings:
Again, and now again, Wisconsin under Scott Walker has been shown substantially lagging the pace of national job-creating, and now we are ranked a dismal 37th among the 50 states, authoritative data prove. 
And it has been shown that Walker has created only about 40% of the 250,000 new private-sector jobs he said, unprompted while campaigning in 2010 and elsewhere, he'd create in one term. 
Imagine if the Green Bay Packers, after nearly four years under a new head coach and a staff entirely of his choosing, had spent three mediocre straight seasons in the bottom quarter of the league standings. 
And imagine if that head coach had been hired after a public campaign promising repeatedly to produce winning teams hitting specific but unmet goals - - but was consistently stuck at career 6-10 performances. 
You'd want him fired.
This concept seems to have gotten into his head.

A couple of months ago I again noted that while Wrong-Way Walker had met only 40% of his 250,000 new jobs promise, he was lapsing into sports talk to justify the failure.


So I offered a couple of sports' analogies of my own to explain why he shouldn't get the equivalent of a contract extension:


Place kicker to coach: I've fine-tuned my technique. Aiming big.
  Coach: So what. You're only making 40% of your field goals...

* MLB manager to GM: Let's talk contract renewal. 
  GM: Seriously? Your won-loss record is 65-97.

In The New York Times today, Walker brings that self-serving exaggeration to a national audience, but I see nothing in his jobs' record to justify a "contract renewal."

 “When I took over for Wisconsin it was like inheriting a team that was 0 and 16 and I promised that we’d go to the Super Bowl,” Mr. Walker says. “We’re not at the Super Bowl yet. I’m asking for a four-year contract renewal to get there. But we’re winning again.”
No.

Since when is 6-10 "winning?"

As I said four months ago, you'd want him fired.

Heck, Packer's head coach Mike Sherman had a career winning percentage of nearly 60% with the team, and he was fired after the 2005 season. 

Will the WI DNR gear up to stop wolf poaching?

You may remember that some pro-hunting groups were unhappy when the Natural Resources Board reduced this wolf season's kill quota to 150 from last year's 257. 

And as the 2014 quota is being quickly reached by savvy hunters outsmarting, sniping, and delivering fatal head shots to trapped, disabled wolves, here's the question?
gray wolf
Courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Knowing that some illegal killing does take place - - and also knowing that some wolf hunters may end up this year extra frustrated that they'd been unable to get a legal trophy - - will the DNR announce when the quota has been filled that it will not tolerate 'shoot, shovel and shut up' wolf killings, and that it will aggressively enforce the law?

My Magic 8-Ball says "no," since DNR data posted on its wolf hunting website shows that the DNR allowed excessive killing already in three of the four zones it has closed.

In one zone, the quota was 15, but the DNR let 29 kills happen.


Wisconsin proves Sen. Warren's "game is rigged" message

[updated, 10:45 p.m.] Massachusetts progressive Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren's "the game is rigged and the Republicans rigged it" message certainly resonates nationally, and describes the reality we confront here moment-by-moment.

You can see and feel Warren's description of right-wing, corporate control across Wisconsin, from the domination of big money and influence atop all three branches of government...

...to big business being allowed by the State Supreme Court's far-right majority to write the Court's code of conduct that protects big money's judicial clout...

...to a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources turned into a corporate tool of deregulation by Wrong-Way Walker, Wisconsin's pollution enabler-in-chief...

...to the oh-so-illustrative formerly-secret $700,000 donation routed to Walker's campaign committee from a mining company through a far-right corporatist third-party group that is currently fighting tooth-and-nail further investigation into its once-clandestine activity on behalf of the Walker campaign and those of some GOP legislators.

Two more points proving the Warren thesis here - - and we'd have even more evidence to cite if not for the 11th-hour blocking of the manipulative voter ID law to disenfranchise minorities and students which Walker and his allies nearly put in place:

The mining company which gave the $700,000 donation - - and let that figure sink in, because it's really big and very unusual - - had also been allowed to help write and steer a controversial bill pushed to approval by Walker so the company can dig the continent's largest open-pit mine in pristine Northern Wisconsin woods and wetlands.

And should a stalled, bi-partisan prosecutors' investigation into these formerly-secret machinations by and for the benefit of Walker and allied legislators campaigns' be allowed to proceed - - despite the efforts by a Federal judge whose favoritism towards Walker and allied right-wing groups has reached clumsily outrageous levels - - and should that investigation result in criminal charges, the final arbiters of those charges would be...wait for it...a State Supreme Court majority freed from conflict-of-interest territory and recusals by a code of conduct written by some of the same groups which donated millions of dollars to Walker and the court's majority.

As Sen. Warren says, "the game is rigged."

Mary Burke's defeat of Scott Walker on November, and the election of Susan Happ as Attorney General as the unabashed Walker tool J. B Van Hollen departs that office, can slow down the right's rigged winning in Wisconsin.

If not, the slogan becomes "the game is rigged, and in Wisconsin, they have won."

Sunday, October 19, 2014

WI wolf 'hunters' are on their game this year. What sport!

Having sniped, trapped and killed with head shots more than half the WI 150 kill quota - - in less than five days. Down goes Wisconsin.
Wisconsin is killing its wolves

Walker drives, flies, pulls wool over our eyes

Our phony fiscal conservative leader bills taxpayers for 20-minute hops on state plane, and has commandeered public vehicles for campaign trips on more than one-in-four days since January, 2011, records show. 

Sure puts into perspective that reference in Debate I about driving his used Saturn. 

Sign WI frac sand study petition now; deadline looming

The Walker administration is preventing people from petitioning the DNR for studies. So let's turn that around. 

And by the way, efforts like these wouldn't be needed if more media did their investigative jobs and our Governor wasn't allowed to argue - - without challenge - - that the WI environment is now cleaner than it was when he was elected.

Sign and circulate the petition!
and can be heard.

Deadline Extended: There’s Still Time to Sign the Frac Sand Petition

True Cost of Sand Petition signature pages are still coming into our office and more Wisconsinites are learning about why it’s important for the Department of Natural Resources to study the impacts of frac sand mining in our state.

That’s why we are extending the deadline for people to sign the citizen petition asking the state Natural Resources Board to direct the DNR to do a strategic analysis of frac sand mining.

You can sign the petition online until 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 22. Petition signature pages can be mailed to 612 W. Main St. Ste. 302, Madison WI 53703 or scanned and emailed tosharbaugh@midwestadvocates.org

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, "Since 1951..."

...says its website, and after last night's debate, apparently frozen there.

Schimel smears Happ with over-the-top deceitful release

If you read this fresh Schimel GOP attack news release you'd think Jefferson County DA Susan Happ let a dangerous felon walk - - and you'd be duped into that conclusion because the release intentionally leaves out a key fact:

Happ worked with the feds to make sure the dangerous felon went to federal prison for seven years.

The Journal Sentinel has the story.

You don't put out materials like this steaming pant load unless your internal polls tell you you're losing and you think you need to create fear through dishonesty to stampede voters against a superior candidate.

Feds lay down the law for Nov. 4th WI voting

I hope that Wisconsin Attorney General, Supreme Court denier and voter ID last-man-standing J. B. Van Hollen - - and anyone else still suggesting voters need an ID to cast a ballot, or are otherwise interfering with the franchise on November 4th - - has read and takes to heart this statement out of the US Attorney's Office in Madison last week:
Federal law protects against such crimes as intimidating or bribing voters, buying and selling votes, impersonating voters, altering vote tallies, stuffing ballot boxes, and marking ballots for voters against their wishes or without their input. It also contains special protections for the rights of voters and provides that they can vote free from acts that intimidate or harass them. For example, actions of persons designed to interrupt or intimidate voters at polling places by questioning or challenging them, or by photographing or videotaping them, under the pretext that these are actions to uncover illegal voting, may violate federal voting rights law...
Complaints about possible violations of the federal voting rights laws can be made directly to the Civil Rights Division’s Voting Section in Washington by phone at 1-800-253-3931 or (202) 307-2767, by fax at (202) 307-3961, by email to voting.section@usdoj.gov, or by complaint form athttp://www.justice.gov/crt/complaint/votintake/index.php.
This is why there is a need for polling place observers.

The ACLU of Wisconsin can provide more information.

In Milwaukee, here's where volunteers should go first thing Monday:

Dan Puhek, Election Worker Coordinator - 414-286-3957, dpuhek@milwaukee.gov


WI environmentalists should go from green to red hot

We learned to our collective chagrin in last night's debate that the leading male faces of Milwaukee's commercial TV outlets would prefer exchanging sports banter to forcing a discussion about the state's damaged air, water and landscape - - so Wisconsin's environmental organizations and outspoken individuals should dominate media Monday with facts and commentary.

The debate was sponsored by the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association - - founded in 1951 - - and apparently still stuck there, as it offered viewers an all-white, all-male panel on a set in Milwaukee, a city with majority-minority population.

An excellent exercise for activists and others interested in facts would be refuting Walker's preposterous claim last week that the environment is cleaner than it was when he took over.

Anyone living near an industrial-scale dairy, a 24-hour sand mine, a contaminated river or stream or a wetland damaged by an oil or gasoline pipeline break knows that the same Walker-installed the same chamber of commerce at the DNR is pulling the strings in the Legislature and with a Supreme Court majority, too.

And therefore knows that Walker's claim is fact-checkable, slam dunk whopper.

The debate panelists who thought they were on Sports Center, and others, might review one posting with ten links that can get the ball rolling by refuting Walker's claim.

Another good source of facts about such matters is the Walker Fail Files created by the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters.

If there was ever a moment for a strong statement by a coalition of groups to communicate the faces about the state of the state's land, air and water, it's now.

More about this later today.

Friday, October 17, 2014

WI gubernatorial debate II, final thoughts

Final thoughts.

Mary Burke is smarter than Scott Walker and has first-hand business experience which Walker does not. He has been out-performed twice by a political neophyte.

Best answer of the night: Burke's destruction of Walker's evasive answer on crime-fighting, as she provided facts and spelled out the big picture, which includes jobs.

A close second: Burke's shot at Walker that he wishes he were running against Jim Doyle, since Walker keeps mentioning Doyle.

Biggest loser? The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, which chose or agreed to four white males to make up the panel.

Milwaukee is a city which has a majority population of minority citizens - - and I assume is also a majority/female city, too - - and the debate planners had many qualified, veteran female and minority journalists to choose from.


Oh, Ted Perry, you wasted air time with your "fun question"

This panel is a wreck. 

Q. on central city violence; Best Burke answer so far

Walker answers as a suburbanite leaving nearby. How patronizing.

And he reduced"shot-spotting" financing requested that he is not touting.

Burke notes Walker cut state aid to police departments through shared revenue cuts. That is a good point.

Ah, Burke hit him on the shot-spotting financing. She is informed!

And links it all to jobs. Her best answer.

DUI question. 1st time offenders/criminalization

Burke wants first-offenses as misdemeanors. Walker does not. Good for her.

Walker talks about repeat offenders. The question was about 1st time offenders.

And Walker has taken no leadership on this issue for four years, as Burke points out.

She correctly says that one way to stop repeat offending is to treat the 1st offense more seriously.

Q. on taking responsibility

On jobs - - right out of Walker's mouth, blaming Doyle.

Does Walker not get that was another responsibility dodge?

Two more Doyle references. For goodness sake.


Q. on job growth, historically

What's the over-under on Walker's Doyle mentions?

If Walker has been running all these initiatives, where is the payoff?

Walker is stressing one good month jobs #.

OK - - one reference back to the Doyle years.

Walker ducks the Bucks/financing question; Burke does not

OK, his kids love the games. And they were born here. Great. And then??

Burke says the public option is on the table, as the last option. That is a direct answer.

In rebuttal. Burke praises Herb Kohl and the investors. 

Four white males! A total Broadcasters' Association fail. Boo!

Shame on the group.

Walker evading Kenosha casino question

First by talking about jobs in Kenosha, then blaming Doyle. Good grief.

Burke hits Walker for being a weak negotiator.

Three white male panelists in a row?

Where is the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association? 1961?

Q. on Milwaukee, central-city economic problems

I don't remember Walker doing squat about this when he was Milwaukee County Exec.

Walker points to some initiatives, but undercuts it by noting that Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch is a task force co-chair.

Burke links project development to existing institutions, like hospitals. 

Is this an all, white-male panel?

Just asking.

Budget question. Surplus vs. projected shortfall.

Burke as a businesswoman is explaining the difference. She points to Walker's borrowings.

Walker focuses on surplus. But is getting way too wonky in his answer. Not a direct answer.

Opening statements. Good for Burke going after Walker's 'no jobs problem.'

This a strong point. And melded into public education and ending Walker's divisiveness. Good opening theme.

WI gubernatorial debate II

Did I hear in the opening that questions cannot be directed to one candidate?

Walker slow to coordinate WI Ebola response

Sure did take him a long time to begin today coordinating state health care resources in response to Ebola developments.

Oh...forgot it's debate night. Gotta look gubernatorial on debate nights.

Then - - off to higher priority matters - - fundraising and scripted events at businesses only.

Opponents of lakefront golf course holding fundraiser Saturday

FALL ART AUCTION, ANTIQUE AND GARDEN SALE
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18 2-6 p.m.
Auction 5 p.m.

Live auction of works by BLACK RIVER ARTISTS John Clemmer, James Michael, Jean Tobin, & James Tobin
,
On sale throughout the day: Noteworthy local and Midwest collage artists, watercolorists and photographers, Dale Lorens, Cynthia Lee and Gary Zimmerman

Antiques, florals, garden whimsies

Food and beverages available

5631 Driftwood Lane, Sheboygan, Wisconsin

All proceeds will benefit the environmental efforts of Friends of the Black River Forest.
Mission Statement: 
"To oppose the construction of a golf course within the Black River Forest and to promote the preservation of the integrity of that river, its wetlands, the forest and the adjoining Lake Michigan shore as an ecological whole."
For information and updates on the artwork, check:
friendsblackriverforest.org

Facts - - a frequent Walker enemy - - disprove his cleaning the environment claim

[Updated] Even for Wrong-Way, Pants-on-Fire, Science-Denying Scott Walker, this was a jaw-dropping-fact-checking category-busting new low - - 
Walker Contends He's Left Wisconsin's Environment Cleaner Than When He Found It
- - because it is:

* Refuted by a "catastrophic" gasoline pipeline break in a Jackson, WI marsh and farm community.

* Refuted by facts, such as multiple frac sand contamination events, including two in the St. Croix River.

* Refuted by a federal list of 75 deficiencies in water pollution plans and policies.

* Refuted by increased airborne manure spreading on farm fields supplied by ever-larger dairies. 

* Refuted by human fecal waste spreading that was illegal, but didn't even merit drinking water inspections by the same Walker DNR which has cut back pollution inspections and enforcement - - and only slapped the fecal spreader polluter's wrist.

*  Refuted by a 50,000 gallon Enbridge oil pipeline spill.

* Refuted by the DNR's levying a mere $464 fine against a one-million gallon manure spill polluter.

* Refuted by a known dairy farm's pollution being no barrier to a pitch for bigger permits.

* Refuted by the DNR's environmental award to a known polluter.

* Refuted by delaying phosphorous pollution in state waterways for another 25 years.

Even for Walker, that was a whopper.

Like Rush Limbaugh claiming the airwaves are a more civil format now than before he sat in front of a microphone.

Do you think Walker's now so over-confident he can start just messing with us?