"If I get to be president, white men who are in male-only clubs are going to do great in my presidency," Graham said.
Friday, October 31, 2014
Thursday, October 30, 2014
The ruling cites a massive regulatory failure that led to toxic water pollution.
Check out this account by veteran environmental reporter Ron Seely.
And I repeat my belief that the intentional Walker/Cathy Stepp/WMC mismanagement of water, land and clean air resources by a DNR that works for sand mines, big dairies and Chris Cline's well-heeled, out-of-state iron-mining behemoth will produce a surprising anti-Walker, pro-Burke conservationist vote.
Failing to protect constituents' clean water needs could cost one GOP state legislator his seat.
And it should cost Walker his governorship, given the environmental harm on his watch.
Hat tip also to the lawyers, the brilliant, dedicated, no-quit-ever Midwest Environmental Advocates.
Posted by James Rowen at 10:45 PM
No voter should base his or her decision on 20-year-old twaddle from a fired Trek employee who now is a Republican county chairman — all dredged up a week before the election.Analogy: Ref to boxer's corner after low blow towards the end of the 15th round in a long, close battle marked by one-sided dirty tactics:
'Your fighter's got plenty of time to recover from that twaddle. No one shot is fatal.'
Posted by James Rowen at 4:16 PM
Speaking to reporters early Wednesday morning, Walker himself said he was not aware of the article.
Posted by James Rowen at 2:18 PM
The same top cop who took two weeks to stop talking about implementing Wisconsin voter ID's which the US Supreme Court had already said were not legal.
So it goes in Fitzwalkerstan, where the game is rigged.
Posted by James Rowen at 1:09 PM
Last-minute smears by Walker allies and other events are dominating the news as October winds up, but in the state's rural areas, trappers and other 'sportsmen' continue to snag wolves with metal leg traps and finish them off with a bullet to the head, the DNR's obviously very loose 'quotas' shows:
Posted by James Rowen at 12:22 PM
A former Trek Bicycle executive alleging Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke was fired from the firm has a Facebook page filled with postings that refer to President Barack Obama in crude terms, call the first lady a man and liken Obama's "hope and change" campaign slogan to a Nazi swastika.So why was this source allowed to trip off a last-minute smear that is across all Wisconsin mainstream media?
Posted by James Rowen at 12:06 PM
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
And the DNR which is letting them get away with selfish, grubby, destructive and violent scofflaw behavior in the woods and on the waters - - our waters.
That's what you get when an ideologue like Scott Walker installs politically-inspired and intentional deregulation atop a once proud, science-minded agency where selfishness by polluters-to-poachers and replaces public resource protection.
Look at the stunning DNR data unearthed by the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation and published by Journal Sentinel showing a significant reduction in many enforcement actions:
■ Citations for hunting deer outside of closed season have dropped 85%.
■ Citations for shining deer have declined 44%.
■ Citations for hunting deer from a public roadway fell 20%.
■ Citations for fishing without a license dropped 35%.
■ Citations for operating a watercraft while intoxicated declined 33%.
■ Citations for making physical alterations of fish and wildlife habitat in and near public waters declined by 62%.
It's open season all year-round: go shoot or land whatever you want, and the DNR will look the other way.
The agency is letting the outdoors' equivalent of the two-fisted slopper who arrogated through Milwaukee County Stadium roam the north woods and zoom around on the state's waterways with impunity.
The law-and-order phonies at the DNR are also letting major polluters run wild more often - - though the Journal Sentinel editorial board said just the other day that wasn't necessarily a bad thing in Walker's open for business state.
Trends noted on this blog more than two years ago as reason enough for Walker's recall.
A few minutes after this posting went up Wednesday, righty AM 620 WTMJ talker Jeff Wagner weighed in on the side of lax enforcement, some making a case for what he called warden, or officer discretion.
Discretion is an 85% drop in citations for shooting deer out-of-season, for example?
Hope we don't see that kind of decline in police officer discretion, in, say, OWI enforcement.
What a bumch of rule-breaking enabling fraudsters are these Walkerite officials and their talk radio enablers.
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His analogy is to police officers who use discretion when deciding to write a "nickle-and-dime" speeding ticket.
I'd say, in response:
Is that deer on the ground out of season dead, or not?
Posted by James Rowen at 12:22 PM
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
What does it say about politics here, and specifically about Scott Walker's standing, and his willingness to manipulate voters that he teamed up in ad ad with his Lt. Governor to be praised for supporting equal pay for women.
In 1954, that might have been something to praise.
But this is 2014.
Might as well praise yourself for supporting equal voting rights for minorities - - oh, right, I forgot. Voter ID.
As I said, we really hitting bottom here.
Voters know that Walker stands with groups that want to roll back the clock on women's rights - - to health care, to workplace equality, to family-supporting wages and family-supporting clean air and water.
Which is why I'm hopeful that the crowds we saw this afternoon turning out for the allegedly-unpopular President Barack Obama as he campaigned for gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke is the beginning of the wave.
In a campaign led by Democratic women candidates - - Mary Burke and Attorney General hopeful Susan Happ.
Posted by James Rowen at 11:08 PM
Today, it's GOP governor and Scott Walker rainmaker Chris Christie substituting his politically-motivated misinformation about Ebola for good science.
And speaking of Wrong-Way Walker, he's brought his own brand of fact-deficient and medically-unsound interference to political matters in Wisconsin.
Dr. Walker decided that women should not complain his mandating medically-unnecessary and invasive transvaginal ultrasound examinations because he didn't have a problem with it:
"I don't have any problem with ultrasound," he told reporters, according to the AP. "I think most people think ultrasounds are just fine."And Walker is trying to force food stamp recipients to pass a drug test, though there is no evidence other than Walker's sop to far-right stereotyping that, like the forced ultrasounds, there is any medical necessity to such testing.
Posted by James Rowen at 9:08 PM
...and a Milwaukee neighborhood filled with carloads of people being dropped off to cue up with others who've been there for hours awaiting President Barack Obama and Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mary Burke this afternoon. To get these shots, we had to park six blocks away, and the North Division High School doors were not scheduled to open for about another hour.
Residents came out on their porches to wave and urge on the crowd. "We're going to vote Walker out," one woman shouted.
Posted by James Rowen at 3:26 PM
No doubt they'll exchange fun stories both having deputy chiefs of staff that somehow went rogue and did all sorts of unauthorized politicking on public time.
Or as the Milwaukee Journal editorial board put it when endorsing Walker for the second time in 2012:
Overzealous political associates sometimes get in trouble.Oh, those kids! Having their own fun, setting up secret internet communications systems and closing bridges and what-not.
Posted by James Rowen at 1:58 PM
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Posted by James Rowen at 11:49 AM
Good for the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters for taking the fight to the airwaves with data and passion, below:
Contact: Anne Sayers, Program Director, 608-208-1129 (direct) or 608-658-0186 (cell), firstname.lastname@example.org
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Posted by James Rowen at 11:20 AM