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Via ThinkProgress:

Wisconsin Judge Juan Colas ruled that Governor Scott Walker’s (R-WI) law eliminating collective bargaining rights for public-sector unions was unconstitutional under both the Wisconsin and United States constitutions. The law, which does not save the state any money but crushes the political and economic influence of unions, has been in effect for roughly one year. It is unclear, per ABC’s reporting, whether union restrictions will be suspended immediately pending a likely Walker appeal.


Filed under Union There is power in a union Scott Walker politics union busting Wisconsin ON WISCONSIN! Organized labor

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Remember that one time Scott “Imperial” Walker tried to strip your rights, tens of thousands gathered in Madison, he did it anyway, and y’all vowed to boot his ass?


Here’s your chance. GO VOTE!

Find your polling place here.

From We Are Wisconsin:

You do not need photo ID, but — just in case — you should bring bring a document with your name and voting address. This must be either a university photo ID along with a university fee receipt or list of dorm residents; a driver’s license; a state ID; a recent utility bill (electric, cell, phone, cable, etc.); a lease; a bank statement; a pay check; an employer ID card; or a government document or check.

NOT REGISTERED TO VOTE? If you wish to register to vote at your polling place, you must bring proof that you reside at your present location and have lived in Wisconsin for 28 days. For purposes of voter registration, acceptable forms of proof of residence must include:

  • A current and complete name, including both the given and family name; and
  • A current and complete residential address, including a numbered street address, if any, and the name of a municipality.

If you have voting questions, or encounter and/or witness problems at the polls, please call 1-866-OUR-VOTE

Visit We Are Wisconsin to volunteer today!

Scotty thinks you won’t show up. Show him he’s wrong.

And just to get you a little more fired up, it’s “There is Power in a Union” by Street Dogs


In solidarity,


(Source: cognitivedissonance)

Filed under Wisconsin Scott Walker recall politics GOTV GO VOTE ON WISCONSIN! GOP Republican Democrat union organized labor There Is Power In a Union

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From The Ed Schultz Show:

Our staff graphic artist used several techniques to examine this photo and came to the conclusion it does not exhibit the characteristics of a photo altered in Photoshop. This is an actual sign from Wisconsin. GOVERNOR is misspelled.

Right here ^^
This is why you proofread anything distributed publicly. Twice.
Outagamie County Republican Party of Wisconsin, you’ve made my day. Thank you for the lulz.

From The Ed Schultz Show:

Our staff graphic artist used several techniques to examine this photo and came to the conclusion it does not exhibit the characteristics of a photo altered in Photoshop. This is an actual sign from Wisconsin. GOVERNOR is misspelled.

Right here ^^

This is why you proofread anything distributed publicly. Twice.

Outagamie County Republican Party of Wisconsin, you’ve made my day. Thank you for the lulz.

Filed under lulz politics Wisconsin spelling Outagamie County Scott Walker Republican Recall Ed Schultz oops i can haz spels gud governor

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Take a hypothetical husband and wife who are both lawyers. But the husband is working 50 or 60 hours a week, going all out, making 200 grand a year. The woman takes time off, raises kids, is not go go go. Now they’re 50 years old. The husband is making 200 grand a year, the woman is making 40 grand a year. It wasn’t discrimination. There was a different sense of urgency in each person.

You could argue that money is more important for men. I think a guy in their first job, maybe because they expect to be a breadwinner someday, may be a little more money-conscious. To attribute everything to a so-called bias in the workplace is just not true.

Wisconsin State Senator Sen. Glenn Grothman (R), who led the effort to repeal Wisconsin’s Equal Pay Enforcement Act because of his belief that pay discrimination is a myth driven by liberal women’s groups.


No war on women caterpillars anything at all, folks, nothing to see here, right? Well, there’s this little factoid: “Women make up half of the American workforce, and in two-thirds of American families, the mother is the primary breadwinner or a co-breadwinner. But they make less than their male counterparts in all 50 states, though the size of each state’s wage gap varies. While the gap continues to close in places like Washington, D.C., where women make 91.8 percent of men’s earnings, it is growing in others, like Wyoming, where women’s earnings dropped from 65.5 percent of men’s in 2009 to just 63.8 percent in 2010.”

But it’s all lie, you guys! Made up by those money-grubbing Uteri-Americans who don’t really care about money, just babies! Their fragile ladybrains can’t handle being all go go go go!</sarcasm>

Filed under Glenn Grothman Wisconsin GOP Republican War on women War on caterpillars War on Brains Equal Pay Conservative Scott Walker recall sexism misogynist

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Wisconsin’s Repeal of Equal Pay Rights Adds to Battles for Women

On Thursday, with little fanfare, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker signed a bill repealing the state’s 2009 Equal Pay Enforcement Act, which allowed victims of workplace discrimination to seek damages in state courts. In doing so, he demonstrated that our political battles over women’s rights aren’t just about sex and reproduction— they extend to every aspect of women’s lives.

What war on women, amirite?!

This is an important point – reproductive rights are only one battle in a massive war.

Filed under Wisconsin politics war on women equal pay Scott Walker recall Republican conservative sexism misogyny

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Milwaukee County District Attorney initiates John Doe meeting with Walker


Gov. Scott Walker acknowledged Monday that prosecutors initiated the meeting they will have with him as part of the John Doe investigation about activities that occurred during Walker’s tenure as Milwaukee County executive.

"Up until now, we’ve provided written documentation (from the campaign)," Walker said during a briefing with reporters in Waukesha. "They’d like to talk to us about what they’ve found and what additional help we can provide."

Walker announced last week that he had hired two criminal defense attorneys and would be voluntarily meeting with Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm regarding the John Doe investigation.

Prosecutors have charged four former Walker aides and appointees with various crimes, including theft and misconduct in office.

Let’s see how this plays out. Currently, Walker associates are under investigation and several have been arrested for illegal campaign dealings and fraud. View the timeline here. And more on why Scott “Imperial” Walker’s tangled web might be unraveling

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Scott Walker Kills Women's Cancer Screening Program For Political Gain

In other news, Gov. Scott Walker was taken to task by Forbes magazine for his defunding of cancer prevention programs. Wanna guess why?

Here’s his defense:

There’s other providers throughout the state who have [services]. Planned Parenthood is not the sole provider of that. There are many clinics that are not as controversial as Planned Parenthood, and our goal was to make sure low-income women had access to those sorts of screenings from other providers around the state that don’t carry the controversy you get with Planned Parenthood.

That damned Planned Parenthood, what with their low cost/free health care for low-income people, and educational services regarding reproductive care and pregnancy. Yep, it’s more conservative posturing about Planned Parenthood at the expense of women’s lives. Forbes writer Rick Ungar delivers a spectacular rebuttal:

Well, that makes sense, right? After all, when a woman discovers a lump, her first concern is clearly going to be about the level of controversy that attaches to the one facility in her county that she can depend upon to provide her with a diagnosis in time to save her life. No doubt, the women who will be denied access in the four counties where no such screening will be available, can comfort themselves in the knowledge that, while they may die of breast or cervical cancer, at least they won’t have to expose themselves to some perceived controversy over the local Planned Parenthood treatment facility. As for the children who will lose a mother, they’ll just have to understand that it was far more important that Scott Walker burnish his anti-Planned Parenthood credentials than allow these kids to grow up with their mom.

That’s my first thought when considering issues regarding my health. Thank you, Scott Walker, for concern-trolling the people of Wisconsin who depend on Planned Parenthood for basic preventative health care and help not getting pregnant. </sarcasm>. Understand that your actions have consequences. 

Enjoy your recall, Scotty.

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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker gets mic checked by nearly 70 people during a speech at Chicago’s Union League Club on Nov 3rd. 

From Stand Up! Chicago:

Our protestors attending the breakfast comprised almost half the total number of attendees. After settling into breakfast, and listening to the Governor’s opening remarks, they delivered a prepared statement via “human mic.”

"It is an outrage and a shame," the statement began, "that we sit at this fancy breakfast to listen to someone who has wreaked havoc on the lives of working families. Governor Walker has vilified unions and insulted the 99% who depend on living wages and adequate benefits to support their families, while on the payroll of the right wing billionaire Koch brothers."

Walker called upon the rest of the crowd to drown out the voices of the protestors with loud clapping, but they managed to complete their statement and project their voices above the noise.

Long live the people’s voice!

Filed under Scott Walker Wisconsin Politics Stand Up! Chicago Economy people's mic Occupy Wall Street OWS Occupy Chicago Occupy Everywhere MIC CHECK! conservative conservatives Republican republicans Union League Club scotty doesn't know

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Wis. DOT says not to offer free IDs

Wisconsin Department of Transportation workers were instructed not to offer free state identification cards to people unless asked about them first, an internal memo released Wednesday revealed.

Critics of the state’s new law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls, including Democrats who fought its passage, said the emailed memo raised new concerns about voters being disenfranchised under the measure. The law passed the Republican-controlled Legislature and was signed by Gov. Scott Walker in May.

"Their line the entire time has been ‘This is not about preventing people access to the voting booth,’" said Scot Ross, leader of the liberal advocacy group One Wisconsin Now, which fought passage of the measure. “So why would they not be proclaiming from the mountaintops how to get an ID?”

The law requires voters to show certain photo identification at the polls, including a driver’s license or passport, in order to cast a ballot starting next year. Republicans said it was needed to combat voter fraud, while Democratic opponents said it would unfairly restrict access to the polls.

The free ID option was added to the bill as a way to address concerns that people without identification would be subject to an illegal poll tax by having to pay the $28 to obtain an ID.

The emphasis is mine. This is absolutely horrible. If it wasn’t obvious before that this was about voter disenfranchisement, it should be now.

Filed under Wisconsin Voter ID Voter disenfranchisement politics Scott Walker photo ID voting elections government

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The internet is abuzz with the news that Shery Lanford Smith, chairwoman of the Sumter Tea Party, posted this joke about the First Family:

Seems pretty awful, right? Well, using the Your Openbook website, you can find two things:

  1. This joke is spreading like wildfire, thanks to viral copy/paste nature of such statuses. Cancer, anti-child abuse, political jokes - all these message diffuse fairly quickly.
  2. The joke is much more heavily distributed towards the Obamas; however, the joke is also tweaked towards Rep. John Boehner, Rep. Paul Ryan, Sarah Palin, Rep. Michele Bachmann, etc.

Click on the photoset to flip through several examples I found in a cursory, two-minute search. As you can see, it’s not hard to find other examples of the joke, and in one instance, a “helpful” Facebook friend corrects it back to the version about the Obamas. 

So does Shery Lanford Smith deserve criticism? Yes - it’s a disgusting, unfunny joke. But perhaps let’s criticize her as a person in a position of responsibility who is representing her party in this manner, versus a single, isolated racist xenophobe (as I’ve seen) or something similar. She isn’t the only one who posted it, but that does not make it any less wrong or offensive. In fact, it’s more offensive when political party leaders post things like this joke, and when sentiments like this go viral.

Let’s also criticize sharing stupid jokes and email forwards like this lemming-style, not just because the statement itself is completely distasteful, but also because you never know who’s going to see it and judge you accordingly. 

Hint: Before you share something so publicly with your name attached, think about how your grandmother, your boss, your first grade teacher and your worst enemy would evaluate such information and possibly even use it against you. Take it one step further - if it were on the five and ten o’clock news, would you be okay with that?

Wanna post a picture of yourself in a bikini doing a kegstand in Cabo on Spring Break? Great, but imagine the parents of your future elementary school students looking at the same pic. Invariably, people will Google you, and like it or not, they will judge you. Google “David Vitter" for an example of the internet’s stubborn inability to forget past transgressions. I’m not going to go into how wrong it is PERIOD to post racist, sexist, xenophobic, misogynistic, etc. jokes… because it’s just plain wrong.

Let’s remember the internet is forever. I did these folks a favor by not using their names and photos in the post here because they are literally one of thousands of examples I found of this very same copy/pasted BS. When you see a status that says “If you agree, re-post” or something similar, imagine yourself saying it to each person on your list of friends, possibly their friends, and maybe the internet at large. So don’t be a lemming and risk being the example. You might get named and shamed. Be a decent human being on the internet and odds are you won’t wind up like Sherry Lanford Smith up there.

Now re-blog if you agree.

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Firefighters march through Wisconsin’s capital building in solidarity with protesters on February 18th, 2011.

Here’s what one YouTube genius had to say:

yeah, the Fire Dept must be real busy if these lazy fucks can take the day off to support union thugs. I hope a roof collapses on these idiots.

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