Thursday, October 23, 2014

Burke leads Walker 49% to 48%

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The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Wisconsin Voters finds Democratic challenger Mary Burke with 49% support to incumbent Republican Scott Walker’s 48%. One percent (1%) like another candidate in the race, and two percent (2%) are undecided.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Rob Zerban schools Paul Ryan on ObamaCare, Medicare for all!!! Ryan knows nothing about the Affordable Care Act.

Paul Ryan doesn't know anything about the Affordable Care Act. If he did, he wouldn't have made the following claims during his debate with Democratic challenger Rob Zerban in Janesville.
1. The government didn't take health care over. It created exchanges to shop for private insurance that now has to compete like never before.

2. "Patient centered" health care is a lie, but sounds better than insurer centered health care doesn't it.

3. "All the insurers competing with each other" for our business as consumers. First of all, the exchanges do just that, make insurers compete side by side with other providers. I don't know what he's talking about here. Secondly, health care is not a consumable, something we can choose to buy if we want. Many times were not even conscious.

4. ObamaCare doesn't take money from Medicare, it supports it, by closing the drug doughnut hole completely. You can even get your supplemental insurance on the exchange if you already have a policy, although your portion of the tax credit would no longer apply.  
When it was Democrat Rob Zerban's turn, he took complete control of the issue, from both a humanitarian and business perspective. It's really as easy as Zerban says it is:

Extra! Extra! Paul Ryan blames Supply Side economics for lost jobs and lower paying.

What follows might have an impact on everything Paul Ryan does from here on in, especially if he runs for president. No one believes more in trickle-down economics than Paul Ryan. Often called supply side or voodoo economics, it's the belief that tax cuts and corporate handouts will have a trickle down effect, spurring on job creation. Did that create demand too? Nope.

In the final 1st District debate with Democratic challenger Rob Zerban, Paul Ryan came right out and admitted trickle down is at fault for low wages, joblessness and millions of people on assistance.

But oddly he blamed Obama for the whole 30 year Republican mess.

In a word salad mix of supply side blame, then praise and then it failure based on Democratic regulation and taxation, Ryan couldn't have been more intentionally confusing. But we know better now, don't we:
Debate Question: "Who is actually experiencing the  benefits of our economy? The sad reality is that millions of Americans have not had a pay increase in years. Many who lost jobs went back to work at substantially lower paying jobs, and many have given up entering the workforce altogether. Meanwhile, while you're in the stock market, until last week anyway, your bank account bulged as a result of corporate profits averaging 20%. What will it take, and what will you do to ensure a continued recovery is better shared by all Americans, instead of just those at the top?" 

Paul Ryan: "Hundred percent, 100% agree with that...why is that? Guess what, we're practicing trickle down economics right now. 
Beautiful, I'm liking it Paul. But here's where Ryan paints a Salvador Dali version of supply side, that impossibly includes liberal regulation and taxation. After 30 years of Reagan's supply side disaster, Ryan has the cojones to blame Obama? Ryan again agrees, trickle down failured:
Paul Ryan: The economics of this administration, more regulation that cost jobs and strangle small businesses, higher tax rates that put small business manufacturers at a disadvantage from out foreign competitors. And our Federal Reserve pumping trillions of dollars into the stock market create the wealth effect, is giving people with lots of money-more money, but that growth is not translating down to the middle class. It's not lifting people out of poverty, when we have among the highest poverty rates in a generation. This is what we're practicing right now.

These are the policies that the president and administration has put in place. More regulations, higher taxes, loose money from the Federal Reserve to pump up the stock market. We should go in the opposite direction. Regulations that make sense, that are predictable...let's have a tax code that's fair and simple and stops picking winners and losers, and lowers tax rates on all of our producers and all of our job creators so that they can be competitive in the global economy...lets streamline our regulations so that businesses can hire people, so people can get more take home pay..."
Transforming greedy CEO's into admirable "job creators" was never a sustainable lie:

Gov. Christie: "Would you rather have Scott Walker in Wisconsin overseeing the Voting Mechanism, or would you have Mary Burke?"

Gov. Chris Christie made it very clear in the following stunning admission:

This proves we're seeing a take-no-prisoners governmental coup, orchestrated by right wing authoritarian Republicans through our elections systems, to take control and stay in power.

How would you answer Christie's questions below?
Christie: “Would you rather have Rick Scott in Florida overseeing the voting mechanism, or Charlie Crist? Would you rather have Scott Walker in Wisconsin overseeing the voting mechanism, or would you rather have Mary Burke? Who would you rather have in Ohio, John Kasich or Ed FitzGerald?”
 If that wasn't clear enough, Christie continued by stating emphatically, that Republicans should use their "political apparatus" to control voting in the 2016 presidential election:
“The fact is it doesn’t matter if you don’t really care what happens in these states, you’re going to care about who is running the state in November of 2016, what kind of political apparatus they’ve set up and what kind of governmental apparatus they’ve set up to ensure a full and fair election in 2016,” he said. “All of those things are incredibly important.”
Case closed folks.

Another of Walker's Biggest Campaign Lies: we have a $535 million budget surplus!!!

Who didn't see this one coming? "Stand with Walker" drones, that's who:

Here's how slick Scotty did it again; it's the old career politicians double standard trick:
Walker’s own budgets report the "structural deficit" number using the method the Fiscal Bureau used to come up with $1.8 billion. Indeed, Walker has used the "structural deficit" estimates to his advantage in the past and even has made it the centerpiece of his re-election campaign.  the governor is seeking to have it both ways, trumpeting the bureau’s method when it suits him and rejecting it when it does not. Walker told debate viewers: "The next state budget will begin with a surplus of over half a billion dollars -- $535 million to be exact."

That rosy number flies in the face of the official estimate that uses a long-established method used by members of both parties, and the governor’s budget office.

We rate the claim False.

Walker tried to grease skids for campaign treasurer's bid to provide office space for County.

Scott Walker wasn't charged, so never mind? He still doesn't get how he can be judged by his actions and the choice of people he has around him. Again, why is this always happening to poor Scotty, and why is he declining to answer these questions too:  
jsonline: Gov. Scott Walker on Wednesday declined to answer specific questions about why he helped his campaign treasurer in an ultimately unsuccessful bid in 2010 to provide office space for Milwaukee County, where Walker was the county executive. But Walker noted that no one was charged.

“…in that particular case, I opted to go with county property. None of the bidders that ultimately bid on it got the bid because we felt the best deal for the taxpayers of the county at that time was to go with county property.”
Real estate broker John Hiller lobbied for the county to sell its City Campus building and then got detailed information from a top Walker aide around the time bids were being evaluated to provide office space for workers to be displaced by the sale. The emails show that Hiller, Walker’s campaign treasurer, was given information by Cindy Archer, director of the Department of Administration. 
Of course Walker is the victim of partisan politics. He’s a victim alright, but of his own past actions:
Walker said, “Clearly, the highly partisan Milwaukee County executive, who has given $63,000 to my opponent, released four-year-old emails two weeks before the election to distract voters from my opponent’s failed record.”  
Bring out the Walker Recall Blacklist Please: WISGOP’s reaction is laughable and so predictable; they cleverly tried to use Walker’s own problem of illegal coordination as a hammer against Abele. Oh, and someone signed Walker’s recall petition, so they can’t be trusted either. Two birds with one stone:
The Republican Party of Wisconsin said it filed an open-records request with Abele’s office Tuesday, calling the release a “slimy political stunt” involving “directly coordinating messaging” between Abele’s office and the campaign of Democrat Mary Burke. It also accused Milwaukee County Corporation Counsel Paul Bargren of having partisan motives, noting that he signed a petition to recall Walker as governor.

But Abele spokesman Brendan Conway said “From the time the judge ordered these emails to be released, County Executive Abele put himself at arm’s length and had the county’s attorneys, not politicians, fully handle the vetting and release of these public records.” 
More Fallour Update: From the Wisconsin State Journal's Dee Hall:
A national procurement expert said Wednesday that inside information on a county real estate deal provided by top Milwaukee County officials to the treasurer of Gov. Scott Walker’s gubernatorial campaign was “highly unethical” and made a “fraud of the entire process.”

Taxpayers throw all their voucher money into Christian Religion Schools! These aren't "Choice" schools, they're Sunday Schools.

This Northwestern Oshkosh news story failed to mention the most important issue:
A total of 78 students are getting state-funded vouchers this year to attend private schools in the Oshkosh area.
All 78 students are going to Christian schools, and most of that voucher cash is ending up in the pockets of those who already have kids in those schools.

Scott Walker's promise to expand the program statewide will by default, which would create a separate parallel publically funded religious based school system. The government would then be establishing a religion, in this case Christianity. We've always assumed the Constitution prevented the establishment of "a" religion. But nothing in the 1st Amendment prevents the establishment of a number of religions.  
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion...
No one seems to have a problem with that?  

Small government Republicans? Only when it comes to Big Business, as Walker, Vos and Fitzgerald prepare massive new conservative regulatory maze for public.

With the initial stages of our new and convoluted electoral, food stamp and unemployment system in place, the Walker authority is about to enter the next phase of Rube Goldberg regulation including drug testing for public assistance, advantage GOP election law by getting rid of the nonpartisan GAB, expand charter and vouchers despite their devastating impact on rural schools, and delay an inmate’s release until they get temporary employment first (is that even legal?).

According to Republic Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, his goal is to hit the ground running in January, with no lengthy delays. Maybe “stand with Walker” supporters are okay with ramming more big government down our throats without any debate, but it wasn't so long ago Republicans wanted to slow bills down by deciding if they were first, constitutional, and then get citizen feedback. Not so much anymore.
I liked only one idea: to “create electronic benefit cards for public assistance recipients” with a photo. The card can then be used for voting as well? Vos and company never mentioned that for some reason. Would you be surprised if they didn’t want to make voting that easy for their targeted suppression efforts.  

And for those people buying food in the wrong places? Vos would attack food stamp abuse this way...
Cards should be programmed to automatically decline at places like casinos, liquorstores or strip clubs.
Their unashamed racist stereotype did not go unnoticed on page 11.   

Walker will end and privatize public schools, especially those in conservative rural areas.

There's no free lunch. Funny thing, Scott Walker and his followers have thrown that concept out the door now that they're in complete control of the state. 

Public education will only get more expensive as the state shifts the cost of education to local districts, via referendums, instead of spreading the cost to all taxpayers for the greater good.

And after a successful referendum, taxes go, while Walker brags about cutting them. It's the old "career politician" trick. And despite not having an alternative option, Walker will end Common Core.

And it'll be going from bad to worse:
WPR: For many of Wisconsin's rural school districts, the issue of school funding is a pressing one. There are 340 students enrolled in the school district of Potosi. Schools in small, rural towns across Wisconsin are struggling. Enrollment is declining, poverty is rising, and transportation costs are considerable. Jerry Fiene, the executive director of the Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance, says that limited school funding has exacerbated the situation. “Over the past 10 years, there have been nearly 1,000 referenda to exceed the revenue limit. And of those, 80 percent are rural school districts.”
If Walker gets another 4 years, he's going to push a wasteful internet "distant learning" plan as a way around busing and the dwindling supply of teachers hired away by wealthier districts. Distant learning has been a disaster so far, but still...
Walker said his next budget would include more focused aid for rural schools, “We're going to build off of that and incorporate it in our budget to try to give more attention not only for transportation costs, but for distance learning costs and other things that offset some of the challenges that rural schools have across the state,” Walker said.
That's horrible news. Mary Burke on the other hand passionately cares about schools:
Mary Burke said she wants to remake Wisconsin's school funding formula to help rural schools if the budget allows.
The problem with all schools, especially in the rural areas, is upkeep, fluctuating enrollment and the important and sadly understated roll they play in bring communities together:
Ron Saari, the Postosi School District’s superintendent, said that the community’s 1950s-era school building is aging and needs attention. He said some people are worried. “When a school shuts down in a town like Potosi, they say that the town kind of goes dead,” Saari said. “The school is seen as the heart of the community.”
One teacher Facebook'ed this frustration:
I am a teacher in a public school in Wisconsin. In 2011 our governor enacted the biggest cuts to education in our state's history- $1.2 billion. In the following years, more money was drained from Wisconsin’s public schools into voucher schools and charter schools. Yet, to the casual observer, Wisconsin’s public schools may look largely unchanged. Why is this? One answer is that Wisconsin’s teachers are doing their best to make up the difference.

When schools don’t have enough money for needed supplies, teachers dip into their own pockets … spent $513 in personal funds on materials for the classroom. Our school parking lot is almost never empty; teachers are there early in the morning, long after school lets out, and on the weekends. When teachers do leave school, they carry a bag of work with them. Over the past three years, I have watched talented and devoted teachers leave the profession. I bet you have, too.
In this letter to the editor in the Beaver Damn Daily Citizen:
Tom Schmidt Sr., Juneau: Hustisford's electorate voted by more than 75 percent for the politicians who cut funding to public schools by $800 million, namely Gov. Scott Walker and Sen. Scott Fitzgerald (a Hustisford alumnus). The voters' decision to elect the 'Two Scotts' is going to result in higher property taxes or the likely loss of the high school.
Walker has a plan too, and not so original. Here’s a short look at where privatized public education is headed, and you’ll just love the cast of characters:
Moyers: Douglass Academy founder, a politically active North Carolina businessman named Baker Mitchell, shares the Kochs’ free-market ideals. Every year, millions of public education dollars flow through Mitchell’s chain of four nonprofit charter schools to for-profit companies he controls. The schools buy or lease nearly everything from companies owned by Mitchell. Their desks. Their computers. The training they provide to teachers. Most of the land and buildings. Unlike with traditional school districts, at Mitchell’s charter schools there’s no competitive bidding. No evidence of haggling over rent or contracts. 

The schools have all hired the same for-profit management company to run their day-to-day operations. The company, Roger Bacon Academy, is owned by Mitchell. The treasurer of the nonprofit that controls the four schools is also the chief financial officer of Mitchell’s management company. The two organizations even share a bank account. Mitchell’s management company was chosen by the schools’ nonprofit board, which Mitchell was on at the time — an arrangement that is illegal in many other states. 

Many of these companies are becoming political players … Mitchell’s company, have aligned themselves with influential conservative groups, such as Americans for Prosperity and the Koch-supported American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC. This new reality — in which businesses can run chains of public schools — has spurred questions about the role of profit in public education and whether more safeguards are needed to prevent corruption.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Monday, October 20, 2014

College Republicans low information talking point dummies!! Doesn't bode well for the future of the GOP.

Republicans have always ripped college students for their idealism, liberalism and naivety. For many of them, students are too young and too misinformed to even vote. Age brings on the onset of senility…I mean conservatism.

Well, talk about projection and being misinformed, the College Republicans are simply embarrassing. In the most unlikely criticism of Mary Burke, former CEO at Trek Bike, and the most unlikely portrayal of career politician Scott Walker, the College Republicans posed this madness:
Wisconsin will be acting as the employer Nov. 4, and we, as Wisconsinites, are going to hire a candidate for governor based on his or her previous job experience. By making the decision to vote for a candidate, we are essentially hiring someone to manage a business in which we all are stakeholders. 

Hiring Burke would be like hiring a recent business school graduate to be the new CEO of Walmart. While the graduate might be a great person, they have no relevant experience as a manager or as a corporate executive. While working for Trek, she made plans to send jobs oversees even though she could have kept the jobs right here in Wisconsin.
First clue: Mary Burke didn't have anything to do with the decision to outsource, that was just another phony talking point by WISGOP. Sure that discredits everything these dunderheads would write before and after, but this is way too much fun.

You’ll love this next point posed by “some pundits,” which I would assume to be an elite class of conservative idiots:
Circus act? 
There is another red flag on her résumé that voters should check out. After her brief time at Trek, Burke embarked on what some pundits have described as a year-long snowboarding sabbatical. While Burke should be able to spend her money in any way that she wants too, this should still be a red flag for any employer. If anyone were to take a spontaneous year off work, any serious employer would have questions about the gap in my résumé. Everyone regardless of their political affiliation should want to question Burke about this sabbatical. 
This was a huge issue with my conservative friend in Milwaukee. Funny thing, while Republicans complain about people being on unemployment too long, they're also saying those same people shouldn't be given a job…so, they should stay on the public dole? Confusing? That's how they think.

They also had this funny bit of projection, a point I recently blogged about dealing with Walker’s lack of answering all questions. It’s really Mary Burke’s problem?
The employers should refer to her interview. During the second debate that Burke had with Gov. Scott Walker, she never really seemed to offer any real solutions. She did a great job saying that there are some problems with our state, but she rarely, if ever, gave real, tangible, actionable solutions. 
Funny, those tangible, actionable tax cuts for our job creators haven’t done anything at all. She actually gave a number of different ways to get industry going again in the state, and it isn’t another tax cut.
While we don’t know about the other employers, we do not intend on hiring the recent college graduate to be the new CEO of Walmart.
Weird and stupid, but that's why I'm posting this. "Stand with Walker" drones think it’s best to hire a college dropout with no corporate executive experience at all. In another press release, the College Republicans said this:
“No matter what Mary Burke says on campus today she can’t hide the fact that she still refuses to commit to another 2 year tuition freeze. UW-Madison students deserve to know if she is planning to raise tuition if elected like her predecessor Jim Doyle chose to do.
She answered this already, saying she would freeze tuition if the state starts funding our state colleges again. After all, they're a huge money maker and job creator. 

Schimel campaign Dirty, Political and Unprofessional beyond words.

For what is portrayed as a nonpartisan office, Brad Schimel isn't pretending to steer clear of instituting hard core politics into the state's law enforcement system as the attorney general.

You can't tell me Schimel's web site headline isn't absolute classless trash? What a wreck:

Scott Walker lied about supporting Milwaukee's Shot Spotter program, and Burke had to correct him.

Just watch Scott Walker's smooth delivery of BS on his support of the Shot Spotter program, the one he wanted to defund. It should give even "stand with Walker" Borg-ites a moments pause.

Mary Burke reminded the debate viewing audience that slick Scotty isn't telling the truth very often:

Jimmy John's no compete contracts lock employees into their low wage jobs. Moving only other option...maybe.

In the most bizarre punitive action against low wage part time workers, Jimmy John's is locking in their local labor force with no compete contracts. Small town or large, that might take you out of the labor force completely for awhile.

Workers are barred from working for similar sandwich shops or restaurants withing a 3 mile radius of either an employee's current location, or any other Jimmy John's location, for two years. The fact that there's a Jimmy John's every mile or so, that doesn't leave a lot of options for workers, does it? Move? What, on their wages? Jaw-dropping.

Ed Schultz talked to Wisconsin Jobs Now's Jennifer Epps-Addison about the impact on labor:

(Employees will) "not have any direct or indirect interest in or perform services for ... any business which derives more than ten percent (10%) of its revenue from selling submarine, hero-type, deli-style, pita and/or wrapped or rolled sandwiches and which is located within three (3) miles of either [their current place of employment] or any such other Jimmy John's Sandwich Shop."
The thing is, no one ever thought an employer would go after labor like this:
Kathleen Chavez, the lawyer representing employees in the case, told HuffPo that the terms of the noncompete would prevent a former Jimmy John's employee from working in 6,000 square miles in 44 states and Washington, D.C.

Republican AG candidate Schimel pronounces Waukesha County clean, not "Ground Zero" for Voter Fraud?

Wow, Brad Schimel's partisan aw shucks cluelessness is getting even more unsettling by the day.

It was a jaw dropping moment, and of course ignored by the media, even the Journal Sentinel who got the scoop. Schimel spouted what was clearly a race based, partisan centric comment about voter fraud.
Schimel: "As it turns out, we're not ground zero for voter fraud in Waukesha County."
After going on a rant about how hard it is to find fraud, and then prove it, this was said:
JS Reporter: "So you said Waukesha wasn't ground zero for voter ID and voter fraud, is there a ground zero for voter fraud?"

Schimel: "I don't know the answer to that, but I do know what happens in my county...we typically have a very large voter turnout in the big elections, and I think that helps."
But if you can't check and there's no real way to head is hurting.

Lilly white Republican Waukesha County is clean. Why even look for fraud, when according to Schimel, so many other unspecified places are so questionable. He couldn't name them, but...well, you know where they are, right?

It wasn't so long ago ballot bags were found open in Waukesha County, late reported votes were counted, a private record keeping system based on "trust" was put in place by the areas star of incompetence, County Clerk Kathy Nicholaus. Click here for an entire history of stories Nicholaus generated over her botched handling of votes and elections in "clean" Waukesha County.  She even came back when she was reappointed temporarily to her old job as clerk last spring, even while running for board supervisor. You can't make this stuff up.

The Journal Sentinel editorial board didn't appear stunned by Schimel's over the top statement. Breathtaking:

Republicans were for "czars," before they were against them, before they were for them again.

My conservative friend in Milwaukee called and asked me if I was concerned about what the government isn't telling us about the spread of Ebola. Never mind what the medical community is doing about the disease. Indefinite travel blockades and blaming Obama was tops on his list. He never thought about the successful Republican efforts to block the next Surgeon General, the very person who would be handling this right now. Obama's nominee got the GOP's thumbs down for talking about the health care crisis involving the use of firearms.

I also asked him if Gov. Rick Perry should also be blamed for the spread in Texas, along with the TB outbreak there. He never heard about the 5 newborn babies who tested positive for TB, infected by a nurses assistant who was allowed to work for weeks while sick. Health care is not a concern in Texas. My friend got angry, accusing me of changing the subject, and hung up. 

He called me a few days later to harass me over the new Ebola "czar," even though many Republicans called for one. I asked him if he saw Rachel Maddow's coverage of just that subject. He didn't. Maddow recalled how a number of Republicans wrote a bill banning the creation of "czars." Those same Republicans apparently forgot how much they hated czar's, because now their leading the charge to appoint one.

Media Matter's also posted this reminder:

When Conservative Media Didn't Care Bush's Bird Flu Czar Had No Medical Experience

Funny revealing stuff about the every changing platform of our "principled" GOP hypocrites:

Economic columnist David Cay Johnston also pointed out how the Texas problem started at a profit hospital. But wait, for profit health care is the GOP solution to ObamaCare:

Proof Walker turned down Medicaid Expansion to pad the pockets of insurer Anthem Blue Cross.

When you're talking about giving a private insurance company nearly $13 million in additional profits by simply denying the expansion of Medicaid in Wisconsin, and receiving nearly $43,000 in campaign funding, you're talking the most brutal form of pay play.

The numbers prove that point below. And this is just one company of many profiting from Walker's nonsensical excuse that Medicaid funding isn't reliable. It's been disproven by PolitiFact months ago. These are ideologically driven hardball tactics used against Wisconsinites who are in desperate need of health care, the very people Walker supposedly serves. Oh, I forgot, he's a leader, not a public servant.

Sociopathic behavior? You decide:
According to an analysis by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Wellpoint Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wisconsin, part of the nation’s largest for-profit health insurance company, will make an estimated $12,785,484 in additional revenue each year because Governor Walker rejected enhanced federal funds for BadgerCare.

On a media call earlier this week CAW and Wisconsin Democracy Campaign released evidence of a relationship between large insurance industry campaign donations to Scott Walker and the rejection of federal funds for BadgerCare. The data shows that the insurance industry was the biggest beneficiary of the decision to reject the funds for BadgerCare and has made major large campaign contributions to Governor Walker and leading Legislators.
Executives from the Anthem Blue Cross and its subsidiaries donated at least $42,850 to Governor Walker ... lobbying records from GAB show that three powerful insurance industry trade associations and Wellpoint Anthem Blue Cross spend 363 hours lobbying on the part of the state budget related to BadgerCare funding. Wellpoint Anthem Blue Cross spent an additional 238 hours lobbying on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.  
Here's WKOW's scoop showing a very unprepared Walker, whose phony know-it-all responses are the result of memorized talking points, not a knowledge of the subject. He's not curious, he's a politician:

Television journalist Greg Neumann of WKOW TV 27 in Madison captured Scott Walker on video stumbling to respond to Citizen Action of Wisconsin’s revelation that insurance industry donations may have swayed his decisions to reject hundreds of millions of federal dollars for BadgerCare.  In the news story, Walker says on camera that “to my knowledge they [the insurance industry] haven’t lobbied me personally or anyone in my administration on this.”

Friday, October 17, 2014

Burke takes command, Walker feigns "folksy" anecdotes.

The one thing I've noticed about Mary Burke is her no nonsense delivery. They's nothing political about it. The Journal Sentinel editorial board treated Burke like a politician, but got back a straight shooting business executive, and it baffled them. Especially Dan Bice.

She answers questions. No phony anecdotal stories from strangers passing along their own skewed misinformed Fox News influence political point of view. Facts, business.

Here's a link to a story on Walker's cuts to the Shot Spotter program, which he backs wholeheartedly now. Here's a list of my favorite tweets...

Road Building Lobbyists closer to Constitutionally guaranteeing Taxpayer Funding.

Boy, this is really a bad idea, and Scott Walker is handing over another gift to GOP donors in the road building industry. Constitutionally guaranteeing money for transportation but not making that same guarantee for education is lunacy and perhaps the last straw for voters.

Yes, I know, Mary Burke supports this statewide referendum, but vote against it anyway. Recently on WPR, State Sen. Fred Risser argued against this blatant payoff to Walker special interests. Great stuff:

WISC's Jessica Arp presented a similar argument, but this time within the Democratic Party. But aren't we all getting tired of the "broke the peoples trust" excuse? Future legislatures need to have budgeting flexibility. Democratic Rep. Terese Berceau makes a pretty convincing argument:

Burke on message with Minimum Wage Hike, taking people off Assistance.

Scott Walker's campaign is self destructing, turning to odd old messages about plagiarism, jobs, and even bragging that he didn't create nearly as many jobs as he promised. Yikes.

Walker is also picking up on past comments made by folks who didn't agree with Burkes hard nosed business tactic running the Department of Commerce. Because you know, women aren't supposed to be so aggressive and disagree with the opinion of men who are angry about not be getting what they want.

I thought Republicans were all about "leadership." Not when it's Mary Burke, and not when it's a business woman with executive experience.

Summing it up perfectly is WISGOP's Brian Schimming,
"We've grown in personal income here in Wisconsin while he's been governor. Ah, the jobs are growing. All those good indicators are happening. That's what we have to focus our time on. Instead of getting "political" about minimum wage or any other issue."
But Wisconsin voters are more concerned about their wages and job security. In fact, raising the minimum wage is proving to be an upward trending issue completely dismissed by Walker:
Another poll has confirmed that the issue of the minimum wage has put Scott Walker’s reelection chances in serious danger. The poll, conducted by Public Policy Polling, found that 44% of Wisconsin voters, including 38% of independent voters, say Walker’s opposition to increasing the minimum wage makes them less likely to vote for him. 

“Scott Walker is losing ground because of his refusal to raise Wisconsin’s minimum wage,” said Jon Green, deputy director of Working Families. “It’s no coincidence that his lead disappeared at the same time he was saying $7.25 is a living wage.” The new poll results follow yesterday’s Marquette University Law School poll, which found increasing support for the minimum wage while Mary Burke eliminated Scott Walker’s previous 5-point lead. 
Burke responded:
"By raising the minimum wage, we put more money into our economy because that money is going to be spent. We reduce the budgets, whether it's federal or state in terms of public assistance, and people are better able to support themselves." 
WKOW's Greg Neumann reported this on the other day, including Schimming's and Burke's comments: