June 9, 2011
Fighting Bob must be spinning in his grave. And Lee Dreyfus, Warren Knowles, Proxmire and Gaylord as well. There was a time when Wisconsin was the model for reformers throughout the country. Public control of utilities, civil service, public financing of campaigns, open primaries, corporations held in check and told in no uncertain terms to stay out of politics. No longer.
The fall from grace has been rapid. You can't make it up. The latest example? Six Republicans are facing recall elections despite frantic efforts by Michael Best to kill the recalls in court. But the GOP, with unlimited resources, is covering all bets. The Republicans admit they will cheat on the recall elections by persuading Republicans to run as Democrats in the recalls. Why? Take a look at one of the races. Because Rep. Schilling seems like a sure bet to unseat Senator Dan Kapanke. Aha, says GOP, run a right-wing Republican in the Democratic primary and that will force a delay of the recall election and will force the Democrats to spend money on defeating a "Democrat" who is not really a Democrat, so Schilling can face the object of the recall, Kapanke!
This stinks to high heaven, but it does show us how far the Republicans of Walkertown are willing to go to win.
Former Republican Legislator Junkerman, an 82-year-old conservative Republican, will run against Democrat Nancy Nussbaum in the "Democratic primary" although admitting he is not a Democrat! Whoa Nelly!
Junkerman a Democrat? "Johnny, we hardly knew ye!"
It is against the law to intentionally mislead the voters. What is this idea? Civics 101 or cynicism 301?
Walkerites kill early release. Walker is a "lock-'em up and throw away the key" law and order governor who wants the prisons turned over to the private sector. His simplistic notion is to keep prisons crowded, keep costs increasing, and voila! He can then justify private prisons! This is nuts!
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You guys on the left have set the new rules of how politics should be played. The GOP is simply following your rules. You started the game and now you don't like your oponent playing by the rules you have set?Boohoo for Ed.
-SW | waukesha wi | June 9, 2011
It's fraudulent to circulate nomination papers for someone you don't actually support for office.
Here's part of the certification the circulators need to sign on each sheet
"I know that each person signed the paper with full knowledge of its content on the date indicated opposite his or her name. I know their
respective residences given. I INTEND TO SUPPORT THIS CANDIDATE. I am aware that falsifying this certification is punishable under §12.13(3)
Obviously, the only reason the emphasized statement was included in the certification language was to prohibit exactly the sort of perversion of the electoral process currently being embraced by the Wisconsin Republican
Falsifying the certification is a Class I felony.
Here's the form at the GAB website:
-BadgerBob | Poynette WI | June 9, 2011
Badger Bob, Do you really think that the act of committing a felony scares the party of Lies,Fraud and Torture. They aren't the least bit interested in Democracy, Fairness or the American Ideal.
-Dole O'Mite | Oconomowoc, WI | June 9, 2011
Fraud is fraud is fraud, and the Republican'ts know this. Every bit of legislation these past few months has been to their advantage and supports their self-serving agenda. Hopefully voters will awaken this time to start replacing what they can. Let the frauds masquerade as Democrats! Maybe this will get more people to the polls this time.
-Franz Fripplfrappl | Madison | June 9, 2011
The sad thing is that there are many politicians who have been elected as Democrats who in fact are not when their actions upon election are examined.
-Richard Kanak | Cherry Valley, Illinois | June 10, 2011
So, why don't we intervene in people's lives before they get into trouble and end up in prison? Once people are incarcerated, why don't we work harder to help them get out? Walker's solution to throw away the key does nothing to help others turn around their lives. It does everything to make prisons and society worse.
Walker... and he's the son of a preacher? Surely he missed Sunday school and failed to grasp the message to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, care for the sick and be compassionate to the imprisoned. He has failed as governor. He's a failure as a Christian.
-Maria C. | Middleton | June 10, 2011
I am wondering what Senators Proxmire and Nelson and Bob LaFollette would have to say about Dave Obey's passage through the revolving door.
-Eric Schubring | Drummond, WI | June 13, 2011