Showing posts with label Wisconsin Republican corruption. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Wisconsin Republican corruption. Show all posts

Apr 14, 2014

Media Minimizes Bill Kramer's Sexual Attacks

After one victim of State Rep. Bill Kramer (R-Waukesha) promised in 2011 to file criminal charges if Kramer ever assaulted another woman, Kramer sexually assaulted more women.

The GOP stripped Kramer of his majority leader position he held for eight months, and GOP and Democratic party official called for his resignation, but stopped short of calling for his expulsion.

Today, Rep. Bill Kramer (R-Waukesha) in his initial Court appearance got off with a signature bond and pled not guilty to two counts of felony sexual assault.

Kramer reappeared from an undisclosed location for "treatment" after a February "fundraiser in Washington, D.C., (where) observers say they saw Kramer make crude remarks to a Wisconsin lobbyist and touch the breast of a legislative aide. That led to Kramer's removal from his leadership job and a personnel investigation. (Luthern, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault exist as an advocate for victims of sexual assault.

If Scott Walker, the GOP and the go-along, too-often complicit Democrats in the Wisconsin capitol refuse expulsion of Kramer, advocacy and other citizen groups like the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault will be needed more than ever in this high-profile case.

Meanwhile the Wisconsin media is minimizing the graphic police report and District Attorney criminal complaint as against today's AP report that the victim's allegations are "groping" as opposed to terror, trauma and fear of rape and battery.

Kramer is due in Court again on May 15 for a preliminary hearing.

If you have not read this piece on Rep. Bill Kramer's (R-Waukesha) misogyny by Kristin Hansen (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, March 30, 2014), check it out.

Ms. Hansen's voice describing the misogyny of Bill Kramer is also needed, critically.

In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, here is Rachel Maddow's brilliant work on Bill Kramer, Ron Johnson and the look-the-other-way GOP that enabled Bill Kramer's rise to political power in Wisconsin Republican politics.

Whitewashing Bill Kramer's Sexual Assualts Is Underway; Signature Bond, Not Guilty Plea

Update II: Kramer to plead "not guilty," and is ordered released on signature bond. Guess that "treatment" center at an undisclosed location must have really helped Kramer; now, he's innocent.

Kramer's attorney said he trusts the judge will not allow the case to "become a circus- or carnival-like atmosphere." (Luthern. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)

Yes, we would not want the experience to be unpleasant for Kramer.

Update: Recall Scott Walker hedging days ago advising caution on expulsion proceedings. "I think the concern that some have had, and that they’re trying to look at, is if they took action to expel him, that might actually require the victim to have to testify and could have an impact on the court case," Walker said. (WRN) Walker's statement is of course ludicrous.

A preface today noting the Prosecutor's Sexual Assault Reference Book, "dedicated to all the courageous survivors of sexual assault and to the tireless advocates and prosecutors that join them in seeking healing and justice." (From the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault (WCASA)).

This bears mention as the AP report prior to Rep. Bill Kramer's (R-Waukesha) initial court appearance in 10 minutes is a whitewash of the graphic police report and criminal complaint.

Apr 13, 2014

Bail Hearing Monday for Wisconsin Rep. Bill Kramer; Republican, All-around Human Garbage

"I oppose placing sex offenders in our
communities and helped lead the fight
against the placement of one of
Wisconsin's most violent offenders
in our community," Rep. Bill Kramer
(R-Waukesha) in his 2012 reelection page
.
Updated: If any Republican (or enabling Democrat) tells you they want to refrain from expulsion proceedings out of their concern for the victim(s), know they are bought-and-paid-for, dishonor among politicians. Any Democrat protecting Bill Kramer should be held as accountable as the GOP leadership for shielding Kramer. Stay tuned.

State Rep. Bill Kramer (R-Waukesha) will make his first court appearance Monday morning in which the presiding judge will set bail and formally deliver the criminal complaint of two felony sexual assaults to Kramer's attorney.

Scott Walker and the GOP Assembly Republicans still refuse to hold expulsion proceedings, effectively shielding the Waukesha Republican who continues to draw his tax-payer salary, health care and pension benefits, a public expenditure Walker apparently does not mind if the recipient is Republican.

Sitting state representative.

This bears repeating, and as Kramer and his Republican clique protecting him have become national news, it will be repeated.

Mary Burke, Walker's Democratic opponent for governor, issued another of her eloquent soliloquies of silence on the issue.

One can only hope clients of this owner and president of Kramer Financial Management take their business elsewhere as a protest against this dangerous misogynist.

How high will bail be for the serial sexual assaulter and sexual harasser the Assembly Republicans made majority leader in 2013 replacing former Republican majority leader Scott Suder before his scandal broke?

We'll find out Monday.

Personally, no bail seems just to me.

This bastard has hurt a lot of people, and has a demonstrated hatred of women.

A couple of items worth noting in the meantime:

Apr 11, 2014

Republicans Tried to Expel Independent in 2009, GOP Protects Sexual Predator Today

Update III: April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Maybe if someone points this out to the Republican Party of Wisconsin, it will stop coddling Rep. Bill Kramer (R-Waukesha).

Update II: "Protects" in title is more descriptive and accurate than 'won't touch.'

Update: Perhaps the most eloquent piece on Rep. Bill Kramer's (R-Waukesha) misogyny is by Kristin Hansen (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, March 30, 2014).

Writes Hansen, "As I left the meeting, Kramer followed me into the parking lot and yelled to me as I got to my car. He got within inches of my face and started yelling about the smoking ban again, and telling me that I needed to listen to him so he could 'educate' me about it. I was shocked. I was the president of the organization he had been invited to speak to and he was screaming at me in the parking lot. I thought he was going to hit me.  It got so bad that one of the male members of the club came over and pulled him away from me. When I got in my car I was trembling."

Bill Kramer is a misogynist. I am convinced that is what is at the root of his sexual assault and harassment problems. He cannot handle a woman being his equal, much less his superior. It is why he touched Kelda Roys inappropriately, so she was put in her place, and why he attempted to turn professional staffers into sexual playthings. Does he have even one respectful, healthy relationship with a woman?"
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Bill Kramer is whom the Republicans are protecting because Bill Kramer is a Republican.

Wisconsin GOP Expulsion Hypocrisy Outrageous Even for Them

In 2009, State Rep. Jeff Wood (R-2002-08; Independent-2008-2010) was convicted of his third-offense OWI in 20 years and possession of drug paraphernalia.

State Rep. Stephen Nass (R-Whitewater) authored a resolution to expel Wood in 2009 that ultimately failed, and Nass demanded Wood be expelled in a hurry before any convictions of Wood's third charge were obtained. Wood was censured in April 2010.

Assembly Speaker Mike Sheridan (D-Janesville) (2008-2011) pushed Nass' resolution forward in October 2009, appointing an ethics committee to consider Nass' expulsion resolution.

Nass' resolution reads in part:
Whereas, the Wisconsin Constitution, under article IV, section 8, envisions the need of each house of the legislature to address 'contempt and disorderly behavior. ...

Whereas, continued service by Representative Wood is no longer compatible with his oath of office and the reasonable social norms of expected behavior for a member of the assembly, as he continues to deal with his personal conduct issues that frequently lead to dangerous behaviors that jeopardize his life and the life of innocent citizens; now, therefore, be it


Resolved by the assembly, That Representative Jeffrey Wood is hereby expelled from membership in the Wisconsin state assembly.
What motivated Nass' expulsion resolution: Wood left the Republican Party in 2008 to become an independent.

That Wood had two OWIs in 2001-2002 did not bother Nass when Wood was a member of the Republican Party.

Now, we have sexual predator, Bill Kramer (R-Waukesha) facing two felony charges of 2nd Degree Sexual Assault/Use of Force this-coming Monday, and Nass, Scott Walker and the Republican State Assembly leadership won't do anything.

Nass, the fake moralist, does not mind sexual felonies, as long as they are perpetrated by Republicans.

Not one word from Nass, and certainly not an expulsion resolution.

Expulsion proceedings for serial sexual predator? Kramer is a Republican you see, so normal rules don't apply.

Or, perhaps sexually assaulting women is not, in Nass' mind, incompatible with his oath of office and the reasonable social norms of expected behavior for a member of the assembly, nor does sexual assault jeopardize the life of innocent citizens

Bill Kramer Retains Top Defense Lawyer, Eduardo M. Borda

"I oppose placing sex offenders in our
communities and helped lead the fight
against the placement of one of
Wisconsin's most violent offenders
in our community," Rep. Bill Kramer
(R-Waukesha) in his 2012 reelection page
.
Sexual predator, Bill Kramer (R-Waukesha) continues to draw his tax payer-financed salary, health care and pension; Scott Walker and the Republican State Assembly leadership have his back.

That's not enough for Kramer.

Kramer is due in court Monday, and has retained the services of one of a top defense attorneys in Wisconsin, Eduardo M. Borda of Milwaukee.

Walker and Assembly Republicans still refuse to begin expulsion proceedings against the former GOP majority leader, and sitting Wisconsin state representative from Waukesha.

Attorney Borda replaces attorney James Gatzke, who had accused Waukesha officials of improperly releasing city of Muskego police reports on Kramer's alleged sexual assaults.

Apr 10, 2014

Bill Kramer Should Not Get Tax Payer-financed Salary, Health Care and Pension

"I oppose placing sex offenders in our
communities and helped lead the fight
against the placement of one of
Wisconsin's most violent offenders
in our community," Rep. Bill Kramer
(R-Waukesha) in his 2012 reelection page
.
No, and sexual predator, Bill Kramer (R-Waukesha) continues to draw tax payer-financed salary, health care and pension.

Will the Republican Assembly leadership convene a special session to expel sexual predator, Bill Kramer (R-Waukesha)?

No.

Will Scott Walker call a special session to expel sexual predator, Bill Kramer (R-Waukesha)?

No.

What is wrong with Wisconsin Republicans?

The money they obtain by selling out Wisconsin, with their racism and misogyny unleashed, makes the more pathological of the GOP believe they are entitled to do whatever they want, when they want it, entitling them to commit sexual assault against women of their choosing, whom they constantly dehumanize.

This is why anti-choice measures aimed at Wisconsin women brings a Scott Walker statement, 'I don't have a problem with it.'

Well, has Scott Walker consulted women about what they wish to have inflicted upon their own bodies?

No, they don't know and they don't care, just ask Bill Kramer, if you can find him.

Apr 9, 2014

Expulsion of Bill Kramer Is Simple Affair, Faces Only Republican Opposition

Republicans for reasons only they can fathom maintain their stance against expelling sexual predator, Rep. Bill Kramer (R-Waukesha).

Why would Republicans want to protect this low life? They still like the guy, and don't care about his many victims.

So, Kramer remains on the payroll, with healthcare and pension benefits courtesy of the Wisconsin taxpayer.

A simple call to the Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau reveals the process to expel the sexual predator, despoiling a capitol already polluted with Republican corruption.

I realize that Republican legislators take orders from rightwing think tanks and GOP big-money contributors, so for the edification of the Republican leadership:

Joint Rule 12(2)(b) – Required Vote Total
(b) Two-thirds of all the members elected to that house in which the member serves are necessary to approve the expulsion of a member under section 8 of Article IV of the Wisconsin Constitution

Assembly Rule 21 – Special Ethics Committee
Assembly Rule 21. Ethics and standards of conduct, special committee on.
(1) Any resolution to reprimand, censure, or expel an officer or member of the assembly shall be referred to a special committee on ethics and standards of conduct, convened for the purpose of holding one or more public hearings on the resolution and submitting the committee's recommendation to the assembly. The special committee shall consist of 3 members of the majority party and 3 members of the minority party, appointed as are the members of standing committees.
(2) The hearing shall be scheduled as soon as possible, allowing reasonable time to ascertain the facts of the controversy, to furnish a copy of the detailed written charges to the officer or member cited, and to permit that person to prepare a proper defense.
(3) At the hearing, the officer or member cited may have the advice of counsel, may offer testimony to mitigate or refute the charges, and may cross-examine any witness testifying in support of the charges.
(4) With the consent of the officer or member cited, the committee may vote to close parts of the hearing to the public.
(5) Promptly after the conclusion of the hearing, the committee shall return the resolution to the assembly together with a written report containing the committee's recommendation for action on the resolution.
(6) Following assembly action on the committee's report, by adoption or rejection of the resolution, referral of the resolution to a standing committee, or return of the resolution to its primary author, the special committee on ethics and standards of conduct is discharged.

Assembly Rule 43(3) – Privileged Resolutions
Assembly Rule 43. Privileged resolutions.
(1) Any resolution or joint resolution relating to the officers, members, former members, procedures, or organization of the assembly or legislature is privileged in that it may be offered under any order of business by a member who has the floor and may be taken up immediately before all other proposals, unless referred by the presiding officer to a standing committee or to the calendar.
(2) Any resolution subject to rule 89 that is referred to the calendar shall be taken up on the 8th order of business on the 2nd legislative day after it is offered notwithstanding the existence of any unfinished calendars.
(3) Any resolution to reprimand, censure, or expel an officer or member of the assembly shall identify the charges against the officer or member cited and shall be referred to the committee on ethics and standards of conduct for review under rule 21.

Rachel Maddow Blasts Wisconsin Republicans, Bill Kramer in Lede Segment

Sex crime scandal exacerbated by GOP insider silence
Rachel Maddow reports on the burgeoning sexual crime scandal made more outrageous by the mishandling of a police report and the silence of high level politicians such as U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) who allowed a man with serious criminal allegations against him, Bill Kramer (R-Waukesha), to ascend in the political ranks of the Wisconsin Republican Party.

Kramer makes a court appearance Monday morning, April 14, to face two counts of 2nd Degree Sexual Assault/Use of Force, but this lurid scandal of sexual criminality and complicit silence by the Wisconsin Republican leadership is now a national political story out of control, and a shame to the Republican Party of Wisconsin.

We thank Rachel Maddow for last night's segment on Wisconsin Republicans and their protection of serial sexual predator, Rep. Bill Kramer (R-Waukesha) whom Republicans are shielding, still refusing to commence expulsion proceedings against Kramer.

This is today's Republican Party; and it's ugly, shameful and complicit before and after the fact in the sexual assaults against women, after which the Republicans made the perpetrator, Bill Kramer, their State Assembly majority leader.

"Bill has fought for the citizens ... and worked to ensure safe communities," reads Kramer's 2012 reelection site. Right. "I oppose placing sex offenders in our communities and helped lead the fight against the placement of one of Wisconsin's most violent offenders in our community," also said  Rep. Bill Kramer (R-Waukesha) in his 2012 reelection webpage.

"Kramer, a Certified Financial Planner © and Duke University School of Law graduate, was first elected to the State Assembly in 2006. He is Owner and President of Kramer Financial Management, a financial services firm specializing in helping families and seniors with their long-term financial planning needs," Kramer's site reads.

Kramer's own long-term financial planning needs are to become paramount after he makes restitution to his many sexual assault and sexual harassment victims.

Like so many other Republicans, you give Kramer some money from special interests, a Party title, and he thinks he can do anything he likes, no matter how repulsive and no matter who gets hurt.

Apr 8, 2014

Wisconsin's Bill Kramer: 'I oppose placing sex offenders in our communities'

"I oppose placing sex offenders in our communities and helped lead the fight against the placement of one of Wisconsin's most violent offenders in our community," says Rep. Bill Kramer (R-Waukesha) is 2012 reelection webpage.

So, where is this sexual predator going to live?

Scott Walker threatens to call a special session of the state legislature to enact a new photo voter ID law to obstruct Wisconsin voters.

But Walker won't call a special session and urge the expulsion of sexual predator, Rep. Bill Kramer (R-Waukesha), Walker's political ally.

Republicans leaders could announce their intention to begin expulsion proceedings tomorrow.

Republicans lack only the will and decency.

Here's what the Wisconsin Constitution has to say on expelling legislators like Kramer.

ARTICLE IV
Rules; contempts; expulsion.
Section 8. Each house may determine the rules of its own proceedings, punish for contempt and disorderly behavior, and with the concurrence of two-thirds of all the members elected, expel a member; but no member shall be expelled a second time for the same cause.
Courts have no jurisdiction to review legislative rules of proceeding, which are those rules having "to do with the process the legislature uses to propose or pass legislation or how it determines the qualifications of its members." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel v. DOA, 2009 WI 79, 319 Wis. 2d 439, 768 N.W.2d 700, 07-1160.
Bill Kramer and Scott Walker, Republicans allies and friends forever.
Assembly majority leader (stripped of leader title and nothing else) and governor
have covered for each other since 2011, continuing today.

Graphic Police Report Fails to Move Wisconsin GOP on Sexual Predator; Remains Sitting Legislator

Another repulsive GOP mess
Wisconsin Republican State Rep. and sexual predator's lawyer says Democrats demanding Bill Kramer's resignation should be "ashamed." Seriously.

Serial sexual predator State Rep. Bill Kramer's (R-Waukesha) attorney lashed back at Wisconsin Democrats demanding Kramer's resignation in the wake of a flurry of reports of criminal sexual assaults, serial sexual harassment and the release of a graphic police report and criminal complaint obtained by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Republican Assembly leaders who control the legislative body refuse to begin expulsion proceedings, but have made calls for Kramer to resign.

Reports Mary Spicuzza in the Wisconsin State Journal:

Jim Gatzke, Kramer's attorney, on Monday accused [Democrats] of being in "campaign mode," and said they should be ashamed of themselves.

"The level of ignorance coming from individuals were are supposed to be the legislative voice of this state is staggering. Each and every one of the signatories of these documents took an oath to uphold, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States and the State of Wisconsin, yet they are each prepared to deny a basic Constitutional protection, the right to due process, to Bill Kramer," Gatzke said in an email. "The political discourse in this state has declined to the point that politicians on both sides of the aisle are prepared to cast aside an individual’s basic rights in order to exact political revenge or score political points. They should be ashamed of themselves."
No word from Attorney Gatzke if he feels his client, the former Republican majority leader of the Wisconsin State Assembly ought to be feeling "ashamed" and remorseful.

Apparently Gatzke does not realize the Wisconsin State Assembly is not a Court of Law, but rather a legislative body, a distinction that perhaps eludes attorney Gatzke in his zeal to defend his client, sexual predator Bill Kramer.

Nor does Gatzke appear to realize leaders of both parties have called for Kramer's immediate resignation.

Wonder how much Gatzke is charging Kramer per hour, in any event Wisconsin tax payers are footing Gatzke's legal fees, as Kramer remains the state representative from the 97th Assembly District of Wisconsin.

From the Waukesha County criminal complaint dated March 28, 2014 containing elements of the City of Muskego police criminal report of one incident by Kramer in 2011:
... The defendant (Kramer) immediately locked the car doors and aggressively leaned into her, crossing the center console with his body and grabbed her left shoulder in a hard manner with his right hand. The defendant stated "I want to fuck you, I wanted to for a long time. I know you want it too. I want to get into your pants. I want to touch your pussy." D.R. [name of victims is shielded] indicates that the defendant again forcibly kissed her in the mouth and pulled her top away from her chest trying to look at her exposed breasts. He then grabbed and touched her groin over her clothes. ...
Maybe the Republican political party that asserts it knows what's best for women's health and reproductive choice, that wants to control women's bodies against their will, also knows what women want during criminal sexual assaults, as Kramer asserted during his attack.

Below is one excerpt from, page 2 of the criminal complaint:

Dec 6, 2012

Wisconsin's ALEC State Chair Seeks to Amend Constitution to Require ID at Polls

Republicans just admitted their voter ID obstruction law is unconstitutional.

So, naturally the remedy to keep unwanted voters [uppity blacks, Latinos and others passing themselves off as good Americans] from voting is to change our Wisconsin Constitution, the foundation that well protects our right to vote.

Brendan Fischer has the story at PR Watch.

Republicans continue their march, going Soviet.

Oct 26, 2011

Assembly Votes Down Resolution on Gallery Dressware with Information

Ejected for holding camera
- Party-line vote on resolution in state Assembly says no message on your clothes, no expression on your dressware -

Think silently wearing a shirt with the First Amendment text while sitting in the Assembly Gallery is your right? Silently holding a copy of the U.S. or Wisconsin constitutions is your right?

No, say Assembly Republicans. This is not hyperbole. The GOP claims it has the power to eject you, and they have done just that with 10-15 armed police acting under orders of the Sergeant of Arms and the GOP leadership.

Crazy time with these Republicans.

Emily Mills reports:

Toward the end of the Assembly's floor session Tuesday night, a resolution introduced by Reps. Mark Pocan and Chris Taylor to suspend a rule forbidding anyone sitting in the gallery from having or holding signs was voted down on a party-line vote of 35-57. ... many Democratic representatives wore buttons during the session displaying the text of the First Amendment.
The Republicans believe whatever assembly rules or interpretation of rules they make outweigh the Wisconsin and U.S. Constitutions, and all statutes. The police, reportedly often reluctantly, follow along with Republican orders.