Wednesday, January 28, 2015

He who is not qualified to talk about 'one more class per semester'

I had believed up until the last 24 hours that the only political issue raised by Scott Walker's departure from Marquette University 36 credits short of graduation was his inability to fully explain why he couldn't stick with a significant task.

But after he announced his proposed historic cut to the UW system and  I saw this headline
Gov. Scott Walker to UW faculty: Consider teaching one more class per semester
...I decided he's the wrong person to judge university teachers and the work they put in. 

Maybe if he had considered taking one more class per semester, he'd have the depth that comes with the degree and the satisfaction of filling out a commitment that would better guide executive decision-making.

Just another candidate bashing Washington, desperate to get there

Scott Walker attacking Washington while running like crazy to get there is like a temperance crusader with a Johnny Walker trust fund.

Further hypocrisy noted earlier:

. says the 2:10 video put out by is not about him, but about ideas.

Note to Walker: experts say across-the-board cuts 'stupid...coward's way...lazy...'

Here's one frame for the $300 million type of cut Scott Walker is lobbing the UW system's way: 
Federal budget officials are turning against across-the-board spending cuts in favor of a more refined approach, a new survey finds...
a majority of budget officials indicated they would opt for a more targeted strategy...
Participants used “words like ‘stupid,’ ‘coward’s way out’ and ‘lazy analyst’ to describe across-the-board cuts,” the report on the survey results stated. “

When Walker speaks; check your dictionaries, The Google

Attention, wordsmiths, historians and observers of our Governor and his language as Walker says school aids in his budget will remain "largely intact."

Set aside the billion dollars he cut from schools in his first budget, or the $300 million cut he's announced for the UW system - -  and remember he also said that Act 10 was a "modest, modest proposal." Love the repetition, a sure tell if there ever was one that a spin was underway.

Also, when it comes to facts vs. language, remember that his first, purportedly 'no-tax-increas"; budget allowed for a "modest" UW tuition increase...of 11%...and also raised three taxes - - despite his denials.

Wisconsin, national politics under false modesty alert

. says the 2:10 video put out by is not about him, but about ideas.

Oil pipeline bigger than Keystone headed North-South in WI

Let's hope Dane County can rally around a David-and-Goliath stance on behalf of the environment and public health against a pipeline company with a history of oil pipeline spills and the business compliant Wisconsin DNR.

A Dane County zoning committee may require the Canadian firm Enbridge  - - a company which has had major oil pipeline spills in Wisconsin and Michigan and elsewhere - - to provide spill and clean-up insurance before being allowed to increase to 1.2 million barrels a day - - 50% greater than what is projected in the higher-profile Keystone XL line - - the amount of thick, toxic tar sand oil it wants to pump the full length of Wisconsin.

Here's a map of the route - - Superior to Delavan.

The project would double the existing capacity of Enbridge's Pipeline 61 across Wisconsin farms, forests and waterways - - the Soviet-style numerical designation further sanitizes the project's visibility and consequences - - and, as you might expect, is getting your typical Scott Walker administration easy pass and reflexive green-light from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial board.

The New York Times recently elevated the issue's significance.

Props to grassroots organizers statewide and in Dane County for working against great odds to keep from happening here what took place in an Arkansas neighborhood when an Enbridge pipeline broke there in 2010.

Funding cut plan is Act 10 for UW, Walker tells Sykes

The analogy was Sykes' as his first segment wound up today with Walker on the line, but Walker agreed whole-heartedly, touting Act 10's "tools," if you get his drift.

Sykes then segued to claiming UW system faculty do not teach enough classes - - which disregards research, writing and other essentials for a fully-formed, great university - - so say "Hello" to Act 10/2.0

Lazy teachers are ripping off the people who pay their salaries.

Walker keeps fueling a politics of divide-and-conquer resentment - - yet managed without any internal filter on contradictions or hubris in the same talk radio segment to praise himself extensively for "leadership" on the arena.


Gov. Molotov wades into foreign policy, wins "Pants on Fire" rating

Gov. Molotov strikes again, but this time, when conjuring documents that do not exist, he can't claim his error was due to a typo or an intern's proof reading.

Get used to it, America. We've seen it here for years - - both the results of briefings by talk radio: and Walker's penchant for false speaking. PolitiFact finds "False" is Walker's most frequent rating.
Pants on Fire!
"Documents released from the Soviet Union" show "the Soviet Union started treating" President Ronald Reagan more seriously after Reagan fired the air traffic controllers.
— Scott Walker on Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 in an interview

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Milwaukee historian John Gurda had Walker pegged

[Updated] Scott Walker finally has the gerrymandered right-wing Republican Wisconsin Legislative majority he needs to inflict a long-term, ideological punishment to the University of Wisconsin.

For the right, it's a daily double, as Walker's proposed $300 million historically-deep budget cut, combined with frozen tuition, will trigger layoffs and cutbacks that will also hammer the urban Democratic strongholds where UW system schools attract students and faculty, expand the culture, and create jobs.

Look at this prediction Tuesday from the UW-Milwaukee:

If the budget proposal put forth by Gov. Scott Walker to cut $300 million from the UW System passes, three months from now, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee could face layoffs, building closures, a hiring freeze, or a slowdown on the admission of the new freshman class, according to the powerful UWM University Committee.
Ah, but Walker and his Tea Party allies do not like the routines of academia - - liberal debate and scientific inquiry - - so they are fine with using the state budget to lower the quality and appeal of higher education in Wisconsin by basically privatizing the system and ending The Wisconsin Idea - - the UW's guiding principle that sprang from The Progressive Movement against special interest control of public policy and institutions.

Get ready for an onslaught of applications and transfers, Minnesota.

We've seen this sweeping, creepy Walker certitude before - - from his blockade of Amtrak service denial, to a rejection of Medicaid and food stamp funding, to his pro-fossil fuel dismissal of green energy projects, and imposition of harsh restrictions on women's health care access, to name but a few - - and no one did a better than Milwaukee historian John Gurda who pegged Walker in a March, 2011 newspaper column that prepared us for a manipulative Governor and his expanding Walkeropathy.

Gurda's words stand the test of time as Walker's legal and budgetary axe looms:
As this icy ideology takes legislative form, Walker has positioned himself as Wisconsin's ideologue-in-chief. Here, you sense, is a man who has not been wrong one day in his life, a true believer so sure of what's right for him that he just knows it's right for all the rest of us as well. He governs with a reptilian calm, unmoved by protest and unblinking in the bright light of national scrutiny. For a guy who won his job with barely 52% of the vote, Walker exhibits a chutzpah bordering on hubris, but no matter. In his monochromatic view of the world, no action is reckless if it's right.

Groups petitioning Congress for stronger wolf protections

Feel free to read what a Wisconsin group and the Humane Society, and others, have to say:

January 27, 2015

Groups Petition to Reclassify Gray Wolves to Threatened Status under Endangered Species Act

Proposal presents a reasonable alternative to congressional delisting and a path to national recovery
Animal protection and conservation organizations petitioned  the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reclassify gray wolves under the Endangered Species Act as threatened throughout the contiguous United States, with the exception of the Mexican gray wolf which remains listed as endangered. If adopted, the proposal would continue federal oversight and funding of wolf recovery efforts and encourage development of a national recovery plan for the species, but would also give the Fish and Wildlife Service regulatory flexibility to permit state and local wildlife managers to address specific wolf conflicts.

Betting that Walker avoids big deficit, broken jobs promise on Fox

Don't look for much more than big manipulation in this TalkingPointFest, but do expect to see Walker on Fox - - big surprise, there - - forget about a big, growing state deficit and failed and broken jobs-creation promises. (Though we wonder when national media will do a better job looking deeper at Walker?)

  1. Looking forward to joining tonight to talk about how America must go big & bold!

Walker had national campaign web address before State of State Speech

This little detail from the Cap Times coverage of the unsurprising announcement of a Walker-for-President 'fund-raising committee confirms the point I have been making for weeks - - even for months - - that Walker's national ambition supersedes his continuing interest in Wisconsin:
The domain records for the committee's website,, indicates it was purchased on Jan. 12, the day before Walker delivered his State of the State address.
The manipulation continues.

Karma bites Palin, unprompted, serving Walker

[Updated] Right-wingers like Sarah Palin have long mocked President Obama's rather unremarkable use of a TelePrompter - - so it was perfect karma the other day that Palin's rant at the Iowa Tea Party Fest was made even more incoherent because her Teleprompter malfunctioned and she had to wing it
The Republican Party’s most treasured rabble-rouser was forced to improvise part of her speech at a Tea Party conference in Iowa Saturday after her teleprompter apparently broke in the middle of her delivery.  
Palin, who was speaking at the Iowa Freedom Summit, launched into a multitude of brief nonsensical tirades in the moments to follow, causing attendees of the conservative grassroots convention in the early voting state to stop clapping their hands and start scratching their heads.  
“'The man can only ride you when your back is bent,” Palin said — one in a series of unusual one-liners she ad libbed after her teleprompter froze. “So strengthen it! Then the man can't ride you, America won't get taken for a ride, because so much is at stake.”
[Wednesday update] Republicans can't get away from this Obama/TelePrompter meme: Walker told AM 620 WTMJ righty talker Charlie Sykes this morning that Americans were tired of Obama using a TelePromoter for the last six years. But will Walker use one at his budget address?

On a more serious note, running Palin and fellow joker Donald Trump on stage only makes people like Scott Walker look better, shields his true nature and distracts from his record.

Shame on anyone who fell for Walker's 'full-term' pledge

The national exploratory campaign committee website Walker rolled out today - - serving as a fund-raising vehicle, among other things - - didn't get brainstormed and built yesterday.

Some media and voters were hoodwinked about the real intention underlying that plan of his he parsed during a debate with Mary Burke to serve out a second full term.

Though media can reclaim some of its credibility by getting to the bottom of a 2007 summit where influential right-wingers anointed Walker as their candidate-in-waiting.

And here's a list of items to pursue.

No charge.

More bad news for Caterpillar, a shrinking WI employer

The company's shares took a hit today. We'd noted Caterpillar's continuing layoffs at its South Milwaukee plant and Dom Noth's solid reporting about what has been happening there.

A related issue: there is less demand for iron ore mining rigs and excavation equipment, so with a glut of iron ore on the market, there is less demand for what might be dug out of the Penokee Hills.

Hence, that project is less attractive or feasible, too, though the company wants you to believe the problem is government regulation.

Scott Walker fulfills right-wing's WI dream w/savage UW cut

!3% f.u. to the UW.

Take that, liberal elite Madison-based Democratic institution.

Essentially, Walker will do to the UW system what he and the right have done to public schools: cut the funding, diminish the teaching profession, lower the overall standard and advance a preference for charters and privatized influence.

Why would an ambitious high schooler,  top-shelf grad student, or young professor come to the UW if the system will have little money to invest?

The system campuses get more 'freedom' - - that multi-purposed right-wing mantra, from Freedom Fries to the Freedom to choose your taxpayer-subsidized private school - - the freedom to fight each other for pieces of a block grant not tied to need or dreams, but to the rate of inflation.

It took a long time to create and nurture the great UW system, but will take just a blink in time to trash it.

It gave the state and world the outreach and service motto, creed and practice "Wisconsin Idea."

Just replaced by Scott Walker's "Dim Bulb." Flip the switch to the right.

Think small, Bucky,

Walker '16.

Monday, January 26, 2015

A billion reasons for Walker's Koch calling

That's the kind of money that keeps a candidate on the road and Wisconsin in the rear view mirror.
Koch-backed network aims to spend nearly $1 billion on 2016 elections
Also expect a Walker attack on income inequality if fellow Tea Partiers Ted Cruz, Rand Paul or Marco Rubio get any of the money.

GTac mine in NW WI on hold, spin not withstanding

The GTac mine people can blame Pres. Obama and conjure all sorts insurmountable barriers to their environmentally-devastating open-pit, mountain-top-removal, Lake Superior-watershed-polluting, toxin-spewing plan, but we know that they know this mine at that spot in this decade or more is not an economically-feasible venture.

And one after which they will not throw more good money after the bad $700,000 they already wasted on Scott Walker - - and which will resurface the more that Walker exposes his record to national media looking to find out what he and his friend John Doe have really been up to these last few years.

As with the poor-people's mandatory drug-testing proposal Walker is now abandoning, he got personally and politically what he needed from the mine: campaign money and PR as an alleged job-creator while his signature, 250,000 new jobs plan and promise was cratering.

The sooner the plug is pulled on this environmental-and-cultural disaster-in-waiting, the better. 

Ald. Puente throws Ald. Dudzik under the streetcar

Ex-cop and Northwest side Milwaukee Common Council member Robert Puente has left lead streetcar opponent and Mayoral candidate Bob Donovan alone among his colleagues not condemning South side Ald. Joe Dudzik's inflammatory anti-city rhetoric.
Banned in Milwaukee
Do these look like rape or killing chambers to you?

WI tech leader hopes Walker's UW overhaul not punitive

I was struck by a few lines in Wisconsin Technology Council President Tom Still's weekend column about budget and structural changes which Scott Walker apparently intends to send the UW system's way.

The Council is a non-partisan, non-profit amalgamation of private and public sector sector groups and networks that advise government and promote science and technology advancement in Wisconsin.

I suggest you read the piece in full, but I'll excerpt just a few lines that caught my attention.

The second paragraph: 
Here’s hoping the debate is an honest effort to improve the performance, accessibility and accountability of the state’s largest higher education system, not a political exercise driven by perception rather than fact.
The close:
The coming debate will test whether the Capitol wants to reform higher education in Wisconsin or punish it. The former is an ambitious goal; the latter could harm efforts to build Wisconsin’s knowledge-based economy.
And, finally, these two remarkable paragraphs in the middle of the piece which shed light on Wisconsin's brain drain and could frame the "honest" debate which Still is hoping for:
A recent report by the Milken Institute noted that Wisconsin is already 37th in state support for higher education among the 50 states and 31st in state spending on student aid. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities ranked Wisconsin 47th in the percentage decline in higher education spending from 2008 through 2013. It’s hard to build a stay-at-home, knowledge economy workforce without investing in young people. While most research dollars come from external sources – federal government, private foundations and private industry – state dollars help pay for the basics that attract outside dollars.
Reports show that college graduates in Wisconsin can expect to earn less than their counterparts elsewhere, which makes it harder to keep the best and brightest home. For example, average engineer salaries for job postings in Wisconsin are 11 percent lower than average engineer salaries nationwide, according to January data from Wisconsin companies might want to consider paying what it takes to attract and retain talent versus blaming the UW System for not launching duplicative engineering programs.

KFC doing its part to raise your health care costs

And you wonder why the US health care system is burdened with disease and costs and distractions not seen anywhere else?

On drug testing, Walker's big bold wimp out

Walkeropathy outbreak. The emperor just lost another of his empty suits:
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Backing Down From Food Stamp Fight
Asking the Obama administration for permission to drug-test aid recipients before they get their food stamps or unemployment assistance is certainly different from Walker's initial tough-guy promise to establish and enforce it.

Walker got out of the manufactured issue what he needed at the time - - a 2014 campaign signal to deeply conservative voters motivated by resentment and ignorance.

Bottom line, as I've said often: He will unleash his peculiar Walkeropathy, a thoughtless and self-centered disrespecting manipulation of anyone or anything at anytime for his own career advancement.

His personal, partisan appropriation of state power could be aimed at central city voters one day, low-income women the next, then at Native Americans trying to shed a school district's insulting logos when his timing called for it.

His target might be a pristine watershed or a state office building or public, DNR-managed acreage eyed by his donors.

Or public school teachers, then your snow plow operators or prison guards or recycling program or local bus system. 

Whatever he needs, whenever he wants it - - so if keeping his foot on the neck of low-income and out-of work Wisconsinites met his campaign's needs on a given day, so be it.

Heads up, American.

Headline captures why GOP wants GAB neutered

Which Vos and Walker know full well:
GAB chairman tells Vos board closely oversaw John Doe investigation

Rapid vapid vaping venting

One WI legislator supports restricts on public vaping, another sets aside his wolf marinade to rapidly vapidly ventilate for "people of the legal age."
Vapor devices contain nicotine without the tar, old mattresses and rat poison contained in tobacco cigarettes and cigars. In the body, nicotine has virtually the same effects as when caffeine is consumed...
It's not governments [sic] job [sic] tell people of the legal age that they are not allowed to partake in a legal activity. 

With Packers out of Super Bowl, media switched gears

Wisconsin media covered Walker and the Tea PartyFest in Iowa as if it were the run-up to the Superbowl they now have little interest in promoting.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Walker's gig at KochFest not online

Jeez. Where's Tim Russell - - Walker's secret email system installer back in the Walker County Executive days - - when you need him?

There was about as much chance of seeing Walker perform for the master funders as there was for Walker to come 100% clean about John Doe.

Walker's penchant for secrecy, paradoxically, is out in the open.

A checklist for Walker's return to Iowa. Or anytime.

Scott Walker told Iowans Saturday at the big Tea Party rally that he'd return often before the 2016 first-in-the-nation caucuses.

Here's a little list of issues which Iowans and political reporters should raise with him:


Food assistance.

Budget deficits.

And an earlier, all-purpose list.

And an even-earlier, even-more comprehensive list.

Do Iowa farmers know Walker has not embraced ethanol?

Corn is Iowa's biggest crop, and corn-based ethanol that Big Government wants added to gasoline blends is another huge money-maker for Iowans.

But do Iowans know that Scott Walker barely talks about ethanol?

What's an ideologue who says he's against government mandates to do when he's seeking votes and campaign donations from people who rely on government's support for ethanol production?

Duck the issue:
Walker says he's keeping a campaign pledge to not take a position in the debate that has pitted ethanol producers against Wisconsin's small-engine industry, which opposes increased use of the fuel additive.
Then a few months later he put the word "ethanol" on a list of energy programs to be "explored, like wind and solar power, though he has blocked some wind farm development and let his Public Service Commissioners - - more Big Government market-place intrusion - - approve new fees that make solar installations less economically attractive.

I'm betting Iowa corn growers who sell to ethanol producers would not like that kind of support.

So we can expect that Iowans will want to know where Walker stands on ethanol production; an Iowan no less important Gov. Terry Branstad has said that backing corn-to-ethanol must be on 2016 presidential candidates' agendas.

Iowans should also want to examine Walker's fresh restrictions on food state availability, because food stamps and other big government programs attached to the US Department of Agriculture also help farmers and their states' economies, too.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Do Iowa farmers know about Walker's food stamp cuts?

Farm states usually love the food stamp program because it pays for a lot of what farmers produce. The same is true for the program under which the United States Agriculture Department buys surplus food from farmers and distributes it to schools to manage supplies and keep prices high enough that farmers can weather - - literally - - the markets' ups and downs.

Do Iowa farmers know Walker made Wisconsin only one of four states recently to reduce food stamp availability - - or that Walker wants to cut recipients' eligibility in Wisconsin by a full year, and also wants recipients to pass a mandatory drug screening urine test to obtain their aid?

If entitlement recipients are to be drug-tested, how about extending that to farmers who are  receiving price support payments, or other USDA subsidies that stabilize communities and the broader economy in a farm state like Iowa

Walker omits 'big, bold' deficit in front of Iowa conservatives

A projected $928 million budget shortfall isn't the sort of number you brag about in front of Iowa's most  conservative voters, so let's make sure the Google and Twitter track it:

In Iowa, Walker channels JFK hand gesture

That clenched right hand gesture sure reminds me of the JFK whom Walker is not.  

The Road to Sprawlville detours to Waukesha's appealing downtown

Waukesha has a pleasant downtown along the Fox River, as I've noted more than once on this blog:
I had a pleasant dinner there the other night at the Rochester Deli downtown, where urbanity and charm is everywhere., including:
So in this, the 61st chapter of our series "The Road to Sprawlville," I'm pleased to see more folks out that way are rediscovering the urban form's advantages over subdivisions dropped onto farm fields at the end of 100% subsidized Interstate Highway ramps.
I-94 Ribbon Cutting Waukesha 1958

Iowa Governor makes unreasonable demand on Walker's time

Iowa's GOP Gov. Terry Branstad expects 2016 presidential hopefuls like budding Hawkeye Scott Walker to visit all 99 Iowa counties.

That's putting a pretty heavy demand to lay on Walker. Doesn't Branstad know Walker's in Iowa today after already making two recent trips in a week to California and has major responsibilities to a New Hampshire constituency not to be snubbed?

Look at the all primaries and dates piled one on top of another.

And how does Branstad expect Walker to speed date through Iowa
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when he has other routine obligations to fulfill, like his upcoming, and separate trips, to England and Israel?

Maybe Germany, too.

Does Branstad not understand that this candidacy of Walker's is more than a full-time job?

Remember when a "glacial" pace meant "very slowly?"

Leading climate change deniers Senators Jim Inhofe and Ron Johnson, correct your dictionaries
Ice is disappearing at a truly astonishing rate in Austfonna, an expanse of frozen rock far north of the Arctic Circle in Norway’s Svalbard island chain. Just since 2012, a portion of the ice cap covering the island has thinned by a whopping 160 feet, according to an analysis of satellite measurements by a team led by researchers at Britain’s University of Leeds.
Put another way, the ice cap’s vertical expanse dropped in two years by a distance equivalent to the height of a 16-story building. As another comparison, consider that scientists were recently alarmed to discover that one of Western Antarctica’s ice sheets was losing vertical height at a rate of 30 feet a year.
In this case, the ice cap lost one-sixth of its original thickness in two years, and the flow of ice from the summit to the sea accelerated by 25 fold, to a rate of several kilometers a year, a fast clip by glacier standards, the study found. 

Walker's next Iowa test comes Sat., Jan. 31

Scott Walker appeased Iowa anti-gambling Tea Partiers on the eve of their political beauty pageant this weekend with his Friday veto of an $800 million casino back 'home' in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

But Walker faces another dilemma there next weekend as he sells himself as Iowa's best, pre-presidential caucus booster: What T-shirt and cap does he sport at Carver arena at noon Saturday in Iowa City when the Wisconsin Badgers tip off against the Hawkeyes?

Friday, January 23, 2015

Most Milwaukee officials condemn streetcar violence prediction

It's good news that twelve of Milwaukee's fifteen-member Common Council signed a statement condemning Ald. Joe Dudzik's off-the-wall comments to a radio call-in program predicting a city streetcar line under consideration would be marred by shootings, assaults and rape.

Banned in Milwaukee
Do these look like rape or killing chambers to you?
Mayor Tom Barrett had earlier blasted Dudzig's remarks yesterday.

Unfortunately, two of Dudzig's Council colleagues - - Robert Puente, and leading streetcar opponent and mayoral candidate Bob Donovan did not sign after the 'debate' on the streetcar hit bottom yesterday.

It's a first! Conservative group unaware of Fox News

But has heard of MSNBC. And is pitching its media analyses, so I'm betting the group goes nowhere.

To slam Madison & appease Tea Party, Walker will degrade the UW

Walker didn't need a college degree, and apparently he doesn't care if you hope to get yours from the nationally-ranked UW system that also is at the heart of the economies and appeal of Madison and other campus towns statewide.

It fits right in with Walker right-hand man Assembly GOP Speaker Robin Vos' attack on UW science curricula, and send a message into the heart of blue, liberal Madison that nothing is beyond these reactionary ideologues' reach.

Like Walker's enforced austerity that is producing fewer jobs than the national rate, a plan pay for instantly-gratifying tax breaks to cut the UW's way to excellence makes no sense.

Every few years, Walker throws away jobs, $800 million

Wisconsin to get $810 million for high-speed rail
Wisconsin Gov. Rejects $810 Million, Thousands of Jobs, for High-Speed Rail Project
Wisconsin governor rejects $800 million casino in Kenosha
And that's not counting the wind turbines lost, the solar installations discouraged, the Medicaid health insurance money declined... 

Walker folds Kenosha's cards as his house of fiscal cards collapses

The morning distraction about Scott Walker killing casino jobs in Kenosha to please anti-gambling voters in Iowa does not undo the afternoon news that Walker's fiscal house of cards is collapsing, reports the Journal Sentinel:
The state's projected budget shortfall is growing by $151 million this year but remaining about the same size over the next 2 1/2 years, according to estimates released Friday by the Legislature's budget office.
Just to keep existing state operations like education and health care running through June 2015, Gov. Scott Walker and lawmakers have to find $280 million in cuts or tax increases this year plus another $648 million over the following two year budget.
Wonder if the national media who keep focusing on Chris Christie and Kansan Sam Brownback's budget failures and woes will pay attention to the situation here? 

Walker, Vos play that weak Doyle/foil blame game

About that casino, t'was time to decide,
but Walker and Vos were predictably snide.

We knew they'd avoid their GOP blame.
We've watched them before and we all know that game.

First Walker, then Vos dragged up their old foil,
to point to the past and at ex-Gov. Jim Doyle.

Who's been gone from power since 2010.
Yet there's the evasion - - again and again.

Racine and Kenosha were Walker's in November,
But long weeks ago... so no need to remember.

And term number two, that pledge to remain?
As we said at the time, a sincerity feign.

And so goes Wisconsin as Walker campaigns,
in Iowa, and elsewhere for his personal gains.

Menominee Nation, Kenosha get Walker's Iowa-First lesson

It isn't about you, Walker tells them with his casino veto. It's about him, his Iowa chances and bowing to the message sent to him just last weekend that Iowans don't like politicians who like gambling.
Influential social conservatives in Iowa are warning Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker that approving a proposed Kenosha casino next month could hurt his presidential bid.
In one of the first tests of his second term, Walker must decide by Feb. 19 whether to approve the $800 million project proposed by the Menominee tribe and backed by Hard Rock International, owned by the Seminole tribe of Florida.
So Walker jumped the gun and sent Iowa conservatives the news they wanted to hear before he shows up at Tea Party events there courting far-right vote.

Good thing Iowa's milk producers didn't tell Walker they didn't want to see any more dairy expansion here.

As for the Menominee and some Kenosha business leaders back home? Well - - Kenosha County and neighboring Racine County both went for Walker in 2014, so he got what he needed at the time- - and anyone unhappy about the casino veto today can join the list of the pawns in his game.

And, of course, Walker the finger-pointer resorted to form and blamed Jim Doyle for the decision, as Walker has done on everything he's botched - - from Amtrak funding to job creating.

What a wimp.

Walker '16.

Walker hogging Tea Party cred in Iowa. Wisconsin, too.

Scott Walker is underscoring his earlier claim as "the original Tea Party in Wisconsin" by hiring a pre-caucus Iowa coordinator who worked that state for card-carrying Tea Partiers Michele Bachmann, Mike Huckabee and recently-elected US Senator and proud hog castrater Joni Ernst.

In a possible 2016 Iowa caucus field where he has to outflank a clutch of far-right Tea Party candidates and slightly more moderate establishment GOP opponents, little wonder then that Walker is positioning himself as the baddest of the bunch by proposing mandatory drug testing for all recipients of public assistance, including food stamps and unemployment compensation.

What's a little criminalization-by-implication of hundreds of thousands of poor people to worry about when there's a presidential nomination up for grabs by a careerist candidate with pipelines to billionaire donors and promises to keep?

Joni Ernst got elected to the US Senate on the strength of promising to 'make-em-squeal' in Washington, DC.

Walker is using his own methods here, always with an eye towards selling them to Iowans right next door.

Little wonder that just days after being warned by conservative leaders in Iowa that anti-gambling voters would look dimly on Walker if he were to approve gambling expansion in Kenosha, Walker today turned that down. Iowa is always on Walker's mind.

And add the Menominees to people use and abused by Walker when his agenda trumps theres.

But first, a visit to the Koch brothers, where he can tout his Iowa organizing.

And about minding the store at home?

Not to worry. Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch has been managing things as Walker spends more and more time on the road.

And in this scenario, you've got to feel a bit sorry for the overshadowed hubby, State Rep. Joel Kleefisch who's forced to push his name out there about things like e-cigarettes on behalf of a local vendor:
Lauding a local e-cigarette vendor and its products' merits, GOP State Rep. and cardiovascular expert Joel Kleefisch fired off a news release this week demanding that government leave vapers "of the legal age" alone:
In the body, nicotine has virtually the same effects as when caffeine is consumed. While coffee shop openings are celebrated, the use of vapor devices often elicits the negative connotation of cigarette smoking...
It's not governments [Sic] job [Sic] tell people of the legal age that they are not allowed to partake in a legal activity... 
The nanny state needs to stop interfering in our daily lives.