Aug 18, 2018

Voting Rights Are Still Wrong for Republicans

Madison, Wisconsin — The performance of metro and University officials helping eligible voters cast ballots places voting rights workers at odds with the Republican Party from Wisconsin to Georgia to the White House and across the country.

Republicans are desperate to hang onto power so they're continuing their long war against voters, in accordance with Party political beliefs that ruling is preferential to representing.

Gov. Scott Walker's (R) fascist leanings did not propel him to the Republican Party's nomination for the presidency in 2015, but only because Walker became an embarrassment after attempting to think on his feet, (Glueck, The Politico, ABC News).

Wisconsin Republicans and only Republicans have been targeting and obstructing voters for seven years, but after a federal voting rights case ruling in 2016, municipalities are free to help voters.

Madison has led the way, garnering a record 42.8 percent turnout in the Fall primary election.

The federal voting rights case, One Wisconsin Institute v. Thomsen, is now consolidated with Frank v. Walker, and both cases are being heard before a three-judge panel at the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, (Marley, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel).

In the current iteration of a Republican Party holding to anti-liberty views, voters must be stopped to the extent possible.

As Wisconsin election officials tabulate and certify the Fall Primary results in the coming days, looming is the Republican Wisconsin Dept of Justice for whom voting rights are a societal defect to be overcome.

Voters must be stopped from casting votes or Republicans face the prospect of defeat such as the special election of State Sen. Dist One that Walker and Republicans went to absurd lengths to block this year.

Two federal voting rights cases  — One Wisconsin Institute v. Thomsen and Frank v. Walker — are before a three-judge panel at the U.S.  Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, (Marley, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel).

This week I emailed a voting rights question to two state DoJ officials, Mss. Ballwegra and Mikalofsky, reading: "Can we expect a new filing to Seventh Circuit from DoJ in the next several weeks Re One Wisconsin Now and Walker v. Frank?"

No response received.

The three judges who would consider new filings in the voting rights litigation are: Frank Easterbrook, Michael Kanne and Diane Sykes.

Easterbrook and Sykes are corrupt and craft their election-law opinions to most benefit the Republican Party.

Both judges would be willing to issue an order in the next eight weeks eviscerating the effect of pro-voting rights decisions that have resulted in high voter turnouts during the last two years.
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In just five weeks, absentee voting begins in the Wisconsin Fall General Election, per the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act (MOVE), a federal law that mandates states and territories transmit ballots for federal elections "to absent uniformed services and overseas voters no later than 45 days before federal elections."

Election Day is Nov. 6.

Aug 17, 2018

Tony Evers Is Silent on Opposing Foxconn in Wisconsin

In Wisconsin, Gov. Scott
Walker's discredited claim
that 13,000 new jobs will
materialize with a $4 billion
public investment is meeting
with incredulity. Walker's 2018
campaign, Friends of Scott
Walker, is pitching the
scheme dubbed the
Fox Con. Dem Party
nominee for gov,
Tony Evers, refuses
to take a clear position.

Foxconn Is Not a Bad Actor; Can't Un-ring Bell Remains Position of Dem Nominee for Gov


Madison, Wisconsin — Talk to folks in the northern two-thirds of the state and ask how the Foxconn boondoggle plays. Not well.

Foxconn is a political winner for Democrats but the Democratic Party nominee for gov, Tony Evers, retains his posture there is nothing that can be done to stop the foreign company from polluting and depleting our water, saying in effect we can only wish Foxconn to become good corporate citizens.

Meanwhile, Gov. Scott Walker (R) maintains his position that ballyhoos the $ billions in subsidies to Foxconn.

Reports Arthur Thomasin the BizTimes: "Evers’ campaign declined to comment on the election results in the context of Foxconn."

Yes, because why would Tony Evers craft precise policy positions on the worst deal Wisconsin has ever negotiated, a massive giveaway on which the sitting Repulbican governor is running for reelection, and a lie that is hyped by Donald Trump.

Foxconn as fiscal and economic plutonium works as a metaphor. This scheme is deadly to economic development, fiscal health of the state, and the ability of local governments to protect their communities from corporate bad actors.

The economic and environmental scale and impact of Foxconn is immense.

But Walker in his Evangelical certainty knows Foxconn is what Jesus wants for Wisconsin, until he is called away to the private sector.

A problem for Wisconsin is Tony Evers' current position on Foxconn is a model of vacuity.

Keep up the great work, Tony.

Aug 16, 2018

Wisconsin GOP Picks Rightwing Extremist Again in State Sen. Primary Election

State Sen. Caleb Frostman
(D-Sturgeon Bay) connects to
Wisconsin culture and
tradition.
Updated - Madison, Wisconsin — Voters chose State Rep. Andre Jacque (R-De Pere) as the Republican Party's candidate for state senate dist one, nominating the radical fundamentalist who wants to outlaw abortion and birth control.

Jacque trounced Bill Nauta in the Republican Party Primary this week.

Typical of the radical misogynistic politics that now define the Republican Party, Evangelicals and racists dominate this assembly of whites led by the Evangelical Gov. Scott Walker (R).

Jacque is shameless in his desire that government control women.

Jacque will face State Sen. Caleb Frostman (D-Sturgeon Bay) in a rematch of the June Special Election in northeastern Wisconsin that was illegally blocked by Gov. Scott Walker (R) as part the continuing Republican war against voters.
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Frostman has been meeting constituents since assuming office in early Summer, holding listening sessions in this polarized district where openly opposing Walker is to risk one's health.
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This spring a local resident, Patrick Forest Markham, intentionally poisoned protestors, including children, at an April protest against Walker.

Markham is scheduled for a pre-trial conference, Friday, August 17, for his citation for disorderly conduct for his coal rolling, ejecting and directing toxic smoke to poison and intentionally cause distress, often used as a rightwing tactic to disrupt protests with which rightwingers disagree.

Markham bragged about his conduct in Facebook comments left in response to a video produced by the Door County Advocate and reporter, Liz Welter, from the Green Bay Press Gazette.

Welter was present at, and witnessed the event during her coverage of the protest held April 6, 2018.

Markham wrote:
"Suck my exhaust"

"I am glad they got the coal treatment"

"... I rolled coal threw (sic) them when I left work"
Fundamentalist Wisconsin State Rep. Andre Jacque
(R-De Pere), may be bad fit for northeastern Wisconsin.
Jacque remains certain he and not women ought be
the deciders of whether women bare children.
Residents speaking on background say a municipal citation is too lenient, and one mother of a child is reportedly contemplating a civil action.
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For now, residents in this region go about their lives, and speak with their elected representatives in the hope they can change public policy.

"Now, I can pick up the phone and call my state senator, Caleb Frostman, and talk about the issues that affect my community," said a Door County resident in June. "Contacting my legislator is what our republic is supposed to be about. Not for Scott Walker."

Residents of this district often contact State Sen. Frostman, and as before they have a lot to say.

A writer living in Door County notes on background the continuing menace of factory farms in the region, the Wisconsin Door Peninsula:

Sewage equivalent to that generated from Milwaukee, Madison, and Green Bay, is regularly strewn over Kewaunee County’s karst topography. ... The solution is de-centralization. Return to small family dairy farms spaced over all of Wisconsin (thus spreading the wealth ... in more ways than one). The current eight-thousand dairy farms needs to be converted back to 80-thousand, as it used to be.

Pictured below are the manure-laden steams that vector pathogens into the surface waters and aquifers of Door and Kewaunee counties.

It's beautiful in the Wisconsin Peninsula. What are we doing?


Aug 15, 2018

Madison Wisconsin Delivers Record Turnout in Fall Primary Election

Madison, Wisconsin — The best news out of Wisconsin last night comes from Madison.

A record (unofficial) turnout of 42.76 percent in this vibrant oasis took to the polls as the City continued its mission to serve eligible voters who wish to cast ballots.

This performance in democracy is not an accident.

The Madison City Clerk's motto — we exist to assist — is a mission every voting rights worker, every poll worker, every assisting staffer at Madison libraries, appears to take very seriously.

Who can argue with the results?

Gov. Scott Walker (R) and Wisconsin Republicans do.

Even as Madison election officials tabulate and certify the Fall Primary results in the coming days, looming is the Republican Wisconsin Dept of Justice for whom voting rights are a societal defect to be overcome.

Voters must be stopped from casting votes or Republicans face the prospect of defeat such as the special election of State Sen. Dist One that Walker and Republicans went to absurd lengths to block this year.

Two federal voting rights cases  — One Wisconsin Institute v. Thomsen and Frank v. Walker — are before a three-judge panel at the U.S.  Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, (Marley, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel).

This week I emailed a voting rights question to two state DoJ officials, Mss. Ballwegra and Mikalofsky, reading: "Can we expect a new filing to Seventh Circuit from DoJ in the next several weeks Re One Wisconsin Now and Walker v. Frank?"

No response received.

The three judges who would consider new filings in the voting rights litigation are: Frank Easterbrook, Michael Kanne and Diane Sykes.

Easterbrook and Sykes are corrupt and craft their election-law opinions to most benefit the Republican Party.

Both judges would be willing to issue an order in the next eight weeks eviscerating the effect of pro-voting rights decisions that have resulted in high voter turnouts during the last two years.
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In just five weeks, absentee voting begins in the Wisconsin Fall General Election, per the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act (MOVE), a federal law that mandates states and territories transmit ballots for federal elections "to absent uniformed services and overseas voters no later than 45 days before federal elections."

Election Day is Nov. 6.

Wonder what Republicans at the Dept of Justice are thinking about today.

Aug 13, 2018

Under Pressure in Wisconsin

Madison, Wisconsin —Will we have a state tomorrow?

This is the question facing Wisconsin voters as they select a Democratic Party nominee for governor.

Even with strong anti-Trump and anti-Gov. Scott Walker (R) winds blowing through the Badger state, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin has a way of screwing up a Summer day.

The strongest candidate and only military veteran in the race is the progressive, Matt Flynn.

Naturally, Party insiders decided the most prudent course of action was to follow Scott Walker and launch a media campaign against Flynn. Lunacy, but not a surprise.

Other candidates for the Democratic nomination, especially Mahlon Mitchell and Paul Soglin, would likely do well against Walker, with the exception of Tony Evers from east-central Wisconsin, who would blow a general election race.

Evers is white-white, Republican-lite, and is vanishingly insignificant as a force for progressive change.

Evers of course has been pushed by the same bunch of Democratic Party geniuses who gave this state away to Scott Walker, Donald Trump, big ag and the Koch brothers.

Foxconn

Scott Walker is advertising heavily for Foxconn as a basis for his reelection.

Matt Flynn is vowing to launch the most massive industrial-policy litigation in state history to void the illegal Foxconn-Wisconsin contract.

Tony Evers vows Foxconn is here to stay.
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Voting Rights

After the election tomorrow, within weeks it is a good bet the Republican Wisconsin Dept of Justice will push the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit to reverse recent legal voting rights victories, under the guise of electoral stability, clarity and integrity.

Enough of the Madison City Clerk's policy of assisting voters casting a ballot, Republicans say.

Just two years ago, early-voting lines ran blocks-long in the sole early-voting site in the city.

From 2016:
Now, after the One Wisconsin Now v. Thomsen federal voting rights victory in 2016, Madison today has some 14 satellite, early-voting sites, and voters are turning out in record numbers.

Scott Walker and Republicans are not amused.