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February 2010 Archives
If theres one thing new Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce board chair Tom Howatt and his corporate cronies at WMC enjoy more than anything, its a big ole handout from the government.
Tommy!, whose greatest achievement as Health and Human Services Secretary was helping the Bush Administration lie about the cost of the $8 trillion boondoggle called Medicare Part D, appears to have had his best financial year ever in 2008, according to tax records collected by One Wisconsin Now.
State Rep. Kevin Petersen, a Waupaca Republican who clearly believes in individual responsibility, has an idea to solve the problem that has stumped the nuclear industry, scientists and the government for 50 years: What to do with the deadly nuclear waste produced by reactors?
It's such a small quantity, Petersen seems to say, that maybe we could all just carry our own around.More here: http://uppitywis.org/spoonful-nuclear-waste-helps-medicine-go-down
You know who hasn’t been against the Recovery Act?
The Wisconsin Road Builders.
Once again, Scott Walker has delighted us all with more exaggerated nonsense. According to a blog entry on Cognitive Dissidence, Scott Walker’s campaign claimed responsibility for crashing the Government Accountability Office’s system due to an exorbitant amount of money in the campaign. The GAB’s office refuted Walker’s outlandish reasoning by saying “The Campaign Finance Information System did not crash. It was up and running throughout the weekend. No filers were prevented from downloading information, and the system has remained available throughout the filing period” (Cognitive Dissidence, 2/2/2010).
To Walker’s dismay, the truth did not take long to surface.
Check out the county data here.
During some downtime between creating super awesome and totally relevant Ayn Rand fanboy videos and posting them on Facebook, Paul Ryan managed to find time to offer up the latest GOP lead-balloon plan for propping up the rich and corporations while selling out the middle class. Ryans Roadmap for America was brought to the forefront of the debate during the question and answer session between the President and House Republicans. The President even praised Ryan for offering a substantive idea, and though President Obama didnt say so, Im sure he was thankful to hear something from the Republicans that didnt question his citizenship, attempt to incite racially-charged violence or contain a reference to teabagging. A breath of fresh air, if you will.
"This is not a case where there was a fatality or serious injury," Marks said. Her department is taking seriously the concerns raised by the investigation, she said.
No apology to the victims at the mental health facility who were sexually abused, just, well gee, there's been no murders so what's the big deal? Sexual abuse doesn't register as "serious injury" to the director of Human Services?
And not a single comment from Walker in the whole article -- per usual, must be the state's fault, or the Board's responsibility, certainly not his or his administration.
WISTAX Watch is asking the conservative Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance to explain why its latest report focusing on fee increases in cities and villages ignores county governments. The state is in the midst of a gubernatorial campaign between Milwaukee's conservative county executive, Scott Walker and Milwaukee's mayor, Tom Barrett.
It defies logic that WISTAX focuses on cities but not counties, given its history of lumping taxes together in its annual total tax reports. WISTAX goes so far as to single out the city of Milwaukee for special coverage to get headlines advancing its conservative agenda.
One Wisconsin Now has been wondering from which broom closet in the GOP bathhouse of stupidity ample GOPer seat-filler Joel Kleefisch yanked his "sex offender" license plate idea.
Turns out it's from the bowels of Soviet-era Russia and Fidel Castro's communist Cuba. (Cue shocking music)
Rep. Marlin Schneider got called out by the Associated Press for a claim he made on the number of constituents who contacted him about his laughably-unconstitutional bill limiting the public’s right to the online Circuit Court Access Program.
It reminded us of a similar constituent claim made by right-wing seat-filler Sen. Mary Lazich. Back in 2009, in the midst of the debate on the state’s biennial budget, Lazich offered from the floor of the senate on June 17, “...I'm getting a few hundred communications a day on this budget, and they are not positive. They are negative...” (Go to 1:11:40)
Its president and leading voice is a former Republican administration official and local Republican party executive committee member.
Members of its board of directors since 1994 have donated nearly $1.3 million to Republicans and conservative political candidates.
Check here for critical information about the events and a complete list of the hearings, which are free and open to the public. So go with a friend. Or two.
That the state's leading private school voucher gang funded a study that supports the private school voucher agenda is hardly surprising.
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