September 17, 2009 Mad as Hell?
A group of doctors who call themselves Mad as Hell Doctors is in town for a rally and discussion today. The rally is at 5:00 at State Street entrance to the Capitol. The mission? Single-payer universal health care. The visit, on the heels of Fighting Bob Fest, is right on time as Max Baucus, chair of the Senate Finance Committee, issued his nonsensical proposal on health care yesterday. (A misnomer--should be called Christmas Comes Early for the Insurance Industry. Santa, played by Baucus, will live a comfortable life from now on.)
Baucus looked silly as he tried to sell his insurance package from the podium. The excuse given by the darling of CIGNA, Baucus, is that he wanted a bi-partisan bill. How many GOP votes did he get? None? C'mon. Not even Snow? Where is the "Gang of Six" headed?
If you need information on the Mad as Hell doings, call Charles Uphoff at (608)835-7283.
Meanwhile, watch and listen to Kathleen Vinehout's Fighting Bob Fest speech. She hit a home run at the Fest. (Granny D's message will be posted tomorrow--not today.)
MJSon Gableman hearing: Justice Gableman, through his attorney, James Bopp--a professional and indefatigable litigator for the far-right, did the talking as Gableman declined to attend to defend himself. (I would suppose the panel will be told not to draw any conclusions based on his decision, but we at least would have enjoyed it had he appeared.)
Bopp is the part of the story the JS missed. Bopp represents, get this, the "Committee for Truth in Politics." A committee that does not believe in any restrictions on candidates including false claims. James Alexander, Executive director of the Judicial Commission, argued that the Willy-Horton-like TV spot aired to defeat Louis Butler, was more than misleading. "I don't think misleading did it--"Let's say what it is--it's a lie." (And Justice Gableman didn't show up? Called a liar and he let's Bopp respond? Whoa Nelly. He had a different childhood than I had.
Bopp didn't say if he would defend yelling "fire" in a crowded theater. Stay tuned. And, by the way, when will the majority party enact public financing of court elections?
I believe that the Assembly majority Democrats announced earlier this week the outlines of their agenda for the September legislative session, which included public financing of Supreme Court elections.
-Peter Rickman | Madison, WI | September 17, 2009
"Is this a private fight, or can anyone join?" -Old Irish saying