The deck is stacked. Judge Mark Gundrum, a former state lawmaker appointed to the Court of Appeals by Walker in 2011, stressed in the main opinion the importance of allowing the public to see who is contacting legislators. Making public their email addresses is also essential because it can reveal clues about the employers of the senders, he wrote. "Clues about the employers"?! Well, yes, this is a game Wisconsin Republicans are playing. And since they control the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government -- and that's not likely to change until folks start paying attention on a regular basis -- they make the rules.
The MacIver Institute for Public Policy, a conservative "think tank" and self-proclaimed "Free Market Voice for Wisconsin", appealed the decision. Probably knowing that all the ducks were lined up in a neat little row.
Funny how Republicans get themselves in a lather over the identity of constituents who contact their legislators via email but resolutely defend the anonymity of "dark money" big donors.
There is definitely more to this story. Questions also remain about why James O'Keefe and Project Veritas targeted Ellis using fake identities and a hidden camera in recent weeks. The group also appears to have secretly audio recorded Ellis several months ago.
And the challengers are. Mueller, a civil rights Attorney in Eau Claire, announced her candidacy recently at the district Republican Caucus in La Crosse. She considers herself a constitutional conservative, supporting both Second and Fourth Amendment rights. (Tea party alert!! And again.) Mueller has not yet filed with the Federal Elections Commission. Republicans who have filed for the Third District seat as of Thursday include Christopher J. Anderson of La Crosse and Tony Kurtz of Prairie du Chien.
Less beef in our diet is likely to be part of the new normal.Extreme weather has thinned the nation's beef cattle herds to levels last seen in 1951, when there were about half as many mouths to feed in America.
For a longer historical view, I had to use the retail price of beef, as "all-fresh" was first reported by the USDA in July 1987.
In abuse cases, Ozanne offers a break to minority parents who spank. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4/10/2014)
Will we hear anything of substance?
The other AG candidates were given copies of Ozanne's program, called "Deferred Prosecution Unit Child Abuse Initiative: Addressing Racial Disparities & Corporal Punishment."
All were highly skeptical of this kinder, gentler approach to child abuse cases.
On the other hand, Mr. Colbert has defied expectations before. When “The Colbert Report” debuted in 2005, a nightly show satirizing Bill O’Reilly seemed like it would eventually be a dead end. Mr. Colbert proved otherwise — and could do it again. He has evolved inside his character, finding room not just to express complex points, but also moments of delirious silliness and even earnest emotion. His interviews in particular are marvels of wit and curiosity.
Ladies and Gentlemen, meet the new host of "The Late Show"!
Getting his inspiration from piano boogie woogie. “Guitar Boogie,” an instrumental with a deft solo released in the late 1940s, was his first major hit, recorded when he was 24 and serving in the Navy. The song, a precursor to the rock ’n’ roll of the coming decades, has been covered by musicians like Les Paul, Chuck Berry and Alvino Rey.
Time for an upgrade.The integrity of the structure, which opened in 1932, has grown increasingly worrisome in recent years, officials said; its roadbed and concrete railings are so frayed that the state installed netting to catch the falling debris. “We can’t put any more Band-Aids on the bridge,” James S. Simpson, the New Jersey transportation commissioner, said on Monday as he examined the underside of the bridge from a construction lift in Jersey City. “The patient is 82 years old.”
Pulaski Skyway rehabilitation
They'll keep sayin' it til we all believe it. At the start of this session, Republicans in the legislature made gave lip service to a commitment to make job
creation a top priority. (That's an x'ed out editorial insertion, of course.)
Big money for a small county. Operation Prosperity supported its slate with a website, Facebook page, yard signs, automated phone calls and mailings. In a pre-election filing, it reported independent expenditures of more than $15,000. That’s actually big money for an election in Polk County, population 44,000. County Clerk Carole Wondra says none of the 28 candidates vying for 15 redrawn board seats filed campaign reports, required when their spending tops $1,000. So Operation Prosperity invested more in the candidates it backed than the candidates themselves.
The finalists.Three downtown locations — the current Appleton Public Library, an area off Lawrence Street overlooking the Fox River and the block that contains Post-Crescent Media — are being considered as the site for a new or renovated library.
Lawyers' fees. Change some more search criteria, and you can quickly see the Legislature paid the law firm Michael Best and Friedrich at least $325,000 during the first half in 2011, when top leaders were re-drawing voting district maps to their advantage. (Although this is not explicitly stated in Open Book Wisconsin.)
Then there is this nebulous category.
Which is used to classify $773,410 in Department of Transpiration payments to Michael Best & Friedrich in 2013.
If I want to know the specifics, I need to fill out this online form. (Which I did. One form per transaction number.)
It was a man's world.Mr. Matthiessen was one of the last survivors of a generation of American writers who came of age after World War II and who all seemed to know one another, socializing in New York and on Long Island’s East End as a kind of movable literary salon peopled by the likes of William Styron, James Jones, Kurt Vonnegut and E. L. Doctorow.
Which will go nowhere. Not only are Republicans in Congress against new taxes in general, as are many Democrats, but opposition from deep-pocketed campaign donors on Wall Street is enough to persuade even politicians who might favor the idea to back off.
And now that the Supreme Court has eliminated the cap on the total amount an individual can contribute to federal candidates in a two-year election cycle, the biggest donors will increasingly hold sway.
What it's all about. One could have found an answer — actually, many answers — here over the weekend at the third annual National Preppers and Survivalists Expo. A trade show catering to those with an apocalyptic bent, the two-day exposition was an opportunity for vendors of calamity swag to meet their clientele.