Saturday, April 18, 2015
Posted by James Rowen at 8:21 PM
These things happen: not long ago a restaurant server gave me the wrong check. "Excuse me," I said, "but we didn't order a strawberry Margarita."
This clerical error could easily have happened to organizations providing services other than the family planning programs hated by Walker's 'pro-life' core constituents - - and had nothing to do with politics or ideology or a back-door method of shutting down even more clinics than those which Walker bragged about having closed when he recently fired up Iowa Tea Party activists.
Posted by James Rowen at 10:33 AM
Friday, April 17, 2015
Walker basically shrugged it off to routine voter unhappiness with a budget proposed by some state official.
I think he's right. I don't think there's been any blowback that would show up in voter surveys after months of saturation media coverage of Walker's ambition-driven out-of-state trips, taxpayer-paid overseas 'trade missions' - -
- - at spring break, plus meetings with billionaire presidential campaign donors since his re-election to a second term as Wisconsin's governor which he said he planned to serve to its conclusion.Governor Walker@GovWalkerMet with officials from our sister state of Hessen.
Besides, Walker is the master manipulator of resentment voters, and there's no way, as an experienced career dog-whistling politician, that he would let that worm turn. After all, he's got an American Revival to complete, and restive Wisconsinites could really mess that up.
Posted by James Rowen at 11:35 PM
The two elected GOP Dodo birds making up a majority on the Wisconsin Commission on Public Lands won't retract their agency-wide ban on uttering "climate change," and Scott Walker's corporatized DNR, busy trying to block new US EPA clean air rules, won't add back all the climate change data and information they deleted from that agency's official climate change web page.
See this summary post.
But give credit to Mike Huebsch, Walker's latest appointee to the Wisconsin Public Commission, for his apology for saying that a volcanic explosion would release more greenhouse gases than all the cars on the road, Politifact notes today.
When we asked about his comments, Huebsch issued an email saying his answer to the climate change question was wrong, and apologized.
We rate his claim False.This may be the first-ever apology by a Walker official, though Huebsch, formerly Walker's Department of Administration, should have repeatedly apologized - - along with Walker - - for all the time, money and reputations they cost state taxpayers and citizens when they misused state power to close the State Capitol and direct police under their jurisdiction to illegally arrest and ticket protesters in the wake of Act 10.
We'll see if this is a trend.
Posted by James Rowen at 3:09 PM
I'd posted repeatedly about it, Politico.com noted it and a Washington, DC-based reporter for The Guardian called Walker out about it, too - - a summary post, here - - but when Scott Bauer of the AP asked a political question of Walker on a media call as he closed out the trip - - start at the ten-minute mark on the audio - - Walker declined to answer because "I'm here on official business on behalf of the taxpayers of the State of Wisconsin."
Regrettably, none of the five reporters next in the call queue asked a follow-up, though Walker's political tweeting - - even linking to his presidential campaign exploratory committee and ripping both the sitting President and potential partisan rival Hillary Clinton - - are there for all to see, including these samples:
Scott Walker @ScottWalker · Apr 12
As Secretary of State
@HillaryClinton was the architect of the failed foreign policy we’re seeing executed by President Obama today. -SKW
Scott Walker @ScottWalker · 8h
It's time to provide lethal military help to Ukraine so they can defend themselves against Russian aggression. -SKW http://hubs.ly/y0HSx50
He said her activities were routine for Governors' spouses, and those of the trip's hosts.
So if her role was official, why was she tweeting things like this during the taxpayer-paid trip?
Scott Walker @ScottWalker · 7h.@HillaryClinton launches another "reset" while the Russian Defense Minister blames US for violence in Ukraine. - TW http://hubs.ly/y0JsMl0
Scott Walker @ScottWalker · 6h
Show that you're a defender of the
#SecondAmendment. Stand up and sign: http://hubs.ly/y0HRhx0 #2nd - TW
Posted by James Rowen at 2:14 PM
The link goes to The Guardian story, filed from Washington, DC:
Scott Walker says he doesn’t talk foreign policy abroad – then tweets about itGlad to see that - - as The Guardian had given Walker a tough time for dodging foreign policy questions on the earlier 'trade mission' to London - - though I sure would have preferred Wisconsin media highlight the issue and particularly Walker's politicking from Europe on state, taxpayer-paid time.
I did post on this blog all week and also at Purple Wisconsin about Walker's political focus and tweets on the state taxpayer dime while he was on the foreign 'trade mission' trip.
Said he wouldn't as foreign visitor, but Walker hits Obama in EuropeOr...
...and raised the same questions as does The Guardian, but when I read Jacobs' piece I learned that in the Walker tweets, "TW" at the signature stands for Tonette Walker, and not Team Walker, as I presumed.
If indeed TW is Tonette Walker, then all the more reason for state taxpayers through the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation which is paying the bills not to cover Tonette Walker's expenses if her job there was to post some of the more overt political tweets for Walker followers to read, like thos one yesterday:
Posted by James Rowen at 12:30 PM
Thursday, April 16, 2015
South Carolina beckons. So does Benjamin Netanyahu. And Iowa: he better not forget his first love, lest Marco or Ted swoop in and win Michele Bachmann's all-important followers.
Because, look: there's only so many long days sunrise-to-sunset-you can put in on a non-political (wink-wink) shoulder-to-the-wheel-taxpayer-paid European 'trade mission' on spring break...
Notice I did not say he was hustling back to Wisconsin to save his budget or The Milwaukee Bucks or to lend his considerable moral weight towards solving urban gun violence in the state's biggest city.
I didn't say it because he didn't say it; correct me if I'm wrong.
On the contrary: he's looking forward to signing another Gun Freedom bill eliminating the 48-hour cooling off period for Wisconsin handgun purchasers, because if there's anything we learned during the awful week when Walker was boning up foreign policy 4,000 miles away, or was letting his mind roam free over the important issues of the day…
Posted by James Rowen at 9:49 PM
Posted by James Rowen at 6:10 PM
Ingeteam opened in 2010 its first US plant in Milwaukee with city, Doyle-era state and Obama stimulus funding assistance. Yes, that stimulus plan Walker had attacked.
The same plan that was paying for the Amtrak expansion - - with Spanish-built trains assembled in Milwaukee - - which Walker killed.
As I said the other day, I bet Walker won't bring that up or the train-maker Talgo's continuing lawsuit against the state - - when he's in Spain trying to win the trust of Spanish business people.
Walker's hypocrisy is limitless: He was killing wind energy installations within weeks of his inauguration on behalf of certain real estate and fossil fuel interests.
Note this report by Louis Weisberg at Wisconsin Gazette, following Walker sudden move after his election to stall rules which had been worked out for wind turbine siting:
When Wisconsin voters elected Scott Walker governor and handed Republicans control of the Legislature, about 1,000 new jobs in the emerging wind energy sector stood waiting on the state's horizon, according to industry proponents.
But Walker, who received at least $1.5 million in campaign cash directly from interests opposed to wind energy and much more indirectly, quickly quashed the rules that would have allowed those jobs - and the state's energy independence - to move forward…
Invenergy, a Chicago-based company, announced in March that it was canceling the Ledge Wind Energy center, a 100-turbine facility proposed for Brown County, due to the GOP's refusal to go forward with the compromise wind siting rules. Shortly afterward, Midwest Wind Energy, also based in Chicago, said it was suspending a 75-turbine wind farm that had been under development for four years.
Posted by James Rowen at 3:17 PM
It's not a complete victory, but it will be years before any development takes place while much of the contested area appears safe, The Capital Times reports.
I had recently updated this issue.
Posted by James Rowen at 2:01 PM
His tweet and proclamation referenced ring calculated, hollow and insincere, given his record.
Posted by James Rowen at 8:00 AM