Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker beat back a recall challenge Tuesday, winning both the right to finish his term and a voter endorsement of his strategy to curb state spending, which included the explosive measure that eliminated union rights for most public workers.
The rising Republican star becomes the first governor in U.S. history to survive a recall attempt by defeating Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and the union leaders who rallied for months against his agenda.
Democrats and organized labor spent millions to oust Walker, but found themselves hopelessly outspent by Republicans from across the country who donated record-setting sums to Walker.
Nice way to frame it, AP. It wasn’t that the people of Wisconsin are tired of fiscal irresponsibility or union thugs intimidating store owners, it’s that the sheeple were simply bought and paid for.
I’m sure the AP would have given credit to all the leftist money funneled into Wisconsin if he had lost.
Wisconsin has handed Walker a mandate. Keep doing what you are doing.
The Education Action Group has a video out today that shows the president of the Milwaukee (pronounced mil-e-wah-KAY) Teachers Education Association President Bob Peterson bragging to a group of fellow union supporters that the union, under his direction, was able to get pro-Recall Walker flyers put in the backpacks of all students in K-8.
Specifically, Peterson bragged about a district-wide program to put flyers of union propaganda in the backpacks of students. He also claimed credit for the union’s effort to physically drive parents and students to the polls to vote.
“We are, as a union, making some changes. We’re talking about reinventing ourselves and one of the things we’ve done this year is put full effort into changing the political process. … We got the district to pass out flyers to every K-8 student – the backpack flyer – to go home that says ‘go vote.’ We have teachers that organized buses at schools to bring parents out, high school students out. And finally, for the next 48 hours, that’s what we’re going to be doing – just get out to vote.”
While the message “go vote” may seem innocent enough, everyone knows what Peterson and his union are talking about. They have blatantly campaigned for Walker’s removal for months, and are perfectly aware that Milwaukee has millions of registered voters who identify with the Democratic Party. A big turnout in Milwaukee could play a major role in the outcome of the recall election.
Ironically enough, in the Easter Egg video I linked above, Alice Cooper reminds us that Milwaukee is the only city to have elected three socialist mayors.
I wrote this over at Liberty News today, regarding this video:
Also worth noting is the mindset of those supporting the unions and the recall effort. Here’s a screen cap from the above video:
This useful idiot is wearing the clenched left fist, commonly used as symbols for communist and socialist groups.
These are the people with access to public school children. These are the people TEACHING public school children.
This is why Neal Boortz was right when he said:
Teacher’s unions don’t care about kids. They care about union members.
I find it interesting that when the people in the video discover the filmmaker is associated with Andrew Breitbart, they tuck tail and run away. What is it they are afraid of? If they are in the right, why would they have to be careful with who they speak to?
I think that action speaks volumes about the cause they are supporting. What do you think?
A pro-Scott Walker, ex-union all go, no quit Marine took his protest sign deep into the union crowd in Milwaukee recently and engaged the people in the crowd. He was respectful. He was polite. And he was under assault the whole time:
Another video shows the same Leatherneck walking through the area when a cop grabs him by the back of the neck and says, “You’re gonna get your ass kicked.” The cop then violently shoves the Marines neck, who take issue with the action. When he does, the same cop arrests him:
My name is Dave Willoughby. I am the one in the video.
Without being told what I had done, I was handcuffed and escorted off premise. Placed in a squad car and taken to a police station. I asked if I should have my rights read to me and was told “You’re not being arrested.” My personal property was taken from me, I was fingerprinted, mug shot taken and locked in a dark jail cell (lights off) still handcuffed.
I sat in that jail cell, looking out of a meshed wire window, at a large American flag flying in the background. Where am I? How can this be happening? What did I do wrong? I prayed for strength.
When I swore the oath to protect and defend the Constitution, I never realized until recently, how vulnerable our precious freedoms actually are.
I did nothing wrong. There were literally hundreds of cameras at this event. I challenge all media to find one shred of evidence, which would support the actions of the Milwaukee PD officers.
Warner Todd Huston said it best when he referred to this as a “liberal police state.” Willoughby was not using Newspeak. He refused to accept that we’ve always been at war with East Asia.
He learned the word, “I.”
It’s possible, and I suggest probable, that the officer that arrested Willoughby was acting as a union member first, police officer second. There’s no reason for his arrest.
What do you think? Did you see something I didn’t?
Can Justice Survive Media Lynch Mob? - As more facts have come out about the tragic death of young Trayvon Martin, the news media have been confronted with the consequences of their rush to judgment when news of this story first broke nationally. The first week or 10 days of national coverage turned out to be more of a lynch mob than a sober take on an unfolding story. It had all the makings of “First the hanging, then the trial.” And then more facts began to emerge.
News Corp’s Fox ponders sports network – Rumors that Fox would take Fuel well beyond its traditional fare of skateboarding, surfing and other so-called extreme sports and create its own mainstream channel persist among TV executives, with Fox routinely dismissing them.
Rubio endorses Romney, says GOP primary should end – Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida endorsed Mitt Romney as the party’s presidential nominee Wednesday night, saying it’s increasingly clear that Romney will win the nomination and that continuing the primary fight will only damage the effort to defeat President Barack Obama.
Signing anti-Walker petition affirms journalists’ bias – An investigation reveals 29 sitting circuit court judges in Wisconsin sign a union-driven recall drive targeting Republican Governor Scott Walker. Newspapers and radio-TV news are outraged — OUTRAGED! — that jurists put their names to such an overtly political document, showing their utter lack of impartiality — bias, if you like. Media painstakingly name all 29 judges, city-by-city, and spank them for their partisanship.
IRS May Draft Cops to Catch Tax Cheats – While the Obama Administration curtailed its involvement with local police agencies to enforce immigration law and capture criminal aliens, that same administration wishes local cops to help the Internal Revenue Service enforcement tax laws, according to testimony given before a panel of U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday.
CNN Beats MSNBC in Key Demo, Finishes Third Overall – CNN received a split decision in the ratings for the first quarter of 2012 by beating rival MSNBC in the key demo during primetime, but losing to the more liberal network in overall viewership during the same time period.
Calif. Democratic treasurer perpetrated $7M fraud – Democratic campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee defrauded at least 50 candidates, officeholders and political organizations out of $7 million in a scheme that dates back more than a decade, according to a court filing made Tuesday by federal prosecutors.
The Strange Case of Sergeant Bales: Enemy Agent in the Ranks? – What we know, at this point, is that Iranian Press TV and Moscow-funded Russia Today (RT) are blaming the killings not on one man but a high-level U.S. conspiracy. They insist that Bales did not act alone but was assisted by other U.S. military personnel in what was a planned and systematic massacre of civilians.
Supreme Court health care arguments under way [Video] – With demonstrators chanting outside, the Supreme Court began hearing arguments Monday on the fate of President Barack Obama’s historic health care overhaul, no less controversial two years after Democrats pushed it to passage in Congress.
Hizballah, Iran Have Hundreds in the U.S. – Iran and its Lebanese proxy Hizballah have seeded the United States with hundreds of operatives, some of whom are capable “of flipping a U.S.-based fundraising cell into a lethal terror force, should Iran decide that is in its interests,” a preliminary report from the House Homeland Security Committee finds.
When the teachers in Wisconsin were participating in the siege of the state capitol, some among the throngs were there after calling in sick. The schools told them they would have to provide notes from doctors showing they were actually ill.
Last month, the Department of Regulation and Licensing said it had identified 11 people who may have provided the medical excuses, and it asked them to submit information about their activities at the Capitol.
Three members of the Medical Examining Board reviewed the information and decided to open investigations on eight of the 11, according to a department news release.
The eight being investigated are all licensed physicians, department spokesman David Carlson said.
Investigations were not opened against three people because the panel concluded no violations had occurred, the news release says.
The investigations will include a more extensive fact-finding process to determine if any violations of law occurred, according to the news release.
At the conclusion of each investigation, recommendations will be made about whether disciplinary action should be pursued.
The state Department of Regulation and Licensing previously has said disciplinary action could include a reprimand, license limitations, suspension or revocation.
My money’s on reprimands. I don’t see any revocations in their future.
After Tuesday night’s Wisconsin Supreme Court election, a computer error in heavily Republican Waukesha County failed to send election results for the entire City of Brookfield to the Associated Press. The error, revealed today, would give incumbent Supreme Court Justice David Prosser a net 7,381 votes against his challenger, attorney Joanne Kloppenburg. On Wednesday, Kloppenburg declared victory after the AP reported she finished the election with a 204-vote lead, out of nearly 1.5 million votes cast.
On election night, AP results showed a turnout of 110,000 voters in Waukesha County — well short of the 180,000 voters that turned out last November, and 42 percent of the county’s total turnout. By comparison, nearly 90 percent of Dane County voters who cast a ballot in November turned out to vote for Kloppenburg.
Prior to the election, Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus was heavily criticized for her decision to keep the county results on an antiquated personal computer, rather than upgrade to a new data system being utilized statewide. Nickolaus cited security concerns for keeping the data herself — yet when she reported the data, it did not include the City of Brookfield, whose residents cast nearly 14,000 votes.
Judge Maryann Sumi should have recused herself entirely from the Wisconsin battle due to her inability to be neutral in this case. You see, Maryann Sumi has a clear conflict of interest. Her son is a political operative who also happens to be a former lead field manager with the AFL-CIO and data manager for the SEIU State Council. Both theSEIU and the AFL-CIO have members who are public-sector employees in Wisconsin. In fact, as a federation, the AFL-CIO can boast of several member-unions that represent public-sector employees. Maryann Sumi is hardly an unbiased judge in the matter.
Jacob “Jake” Sinderbrand, Sumi’s son [see page nine here], runs a company called Left Field Strategies, a firm that works on political campaigns.
Doug Ross has screen caps of Jake’s Facebook page.
Long story short: Judge Sumi has a dog in the hunt.
How she could not see the conflict of interest is hard to understand? I suppose she could have seen herself as being above it all, and able to be impartial despite her son’s professional investments in working against it.
But regardless, she should have seen how, regardless of her ability to be blind, her connection to the opponents of the legislation would tarnish her verdict.
She should have recused herself. The fact she didn’t puts her overall judgement in question.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker succeeded Friday in taking away nearly all collective bargaining rights from the vast majority of the state’s public employees, quietly capping weeks of contentious debate and delivering an epic defeat to the labor movement with a private bill signing.
Walker planned to hold a ceremonial signing later in the day.
The measure passed the state’s Assembly on Thursday following more than three weeks of protests that drew tens of thousands of people to the Capitol in opposition. The Senate cleared the way for passage with a surprise move Wednesday that allowed them to move the measure forward without 14 Democratic senators present.
The bill forces state workers to pay more for their pensions and health care benefits, which is estimated to save Wisconsin $30 million to help pay down a $137 million budget shortfall projected by July 1. The higher payments for state workers will take effect over the coming weeks.
You mean they will have to pay more for a benefit? No wonder they were in high dudgeon!
I am very impressed with the testicular fortitude of the Wisconsin Republicans. When faced with the onslaught of smelly hippies, they threw the Vicks under their nose and sallied forth, taking care of what needed to be taken care of.
We need to impress upon those in Washington that this is the example that they need to follow. There is ugliness ahead, and things will have to be done that some won’t like.
But it has to be done.
No one likes chemotherapy. I have seen the impact it has on a person. But it’s a life saving procedure. While it is unpleasant, it has to be done in order to survive.
The same applies to our budget deficits and national debt. Some aren’t going to like what has to be done, but on the other side of the procedure, we will thrive.