The Wisconsin legislature is finalizing a bill to close ten Department of Motor Vehicle centers located in Democratic districts within the state. The money saved will be used to extend operating hours at DMV centers in Republican districts. These cuts come on the heels of new voter ID laws that require voters to present a state-issued photo identification card at the poll booths.
Wisconsonites, this is serious business. Please make sure that you and your friends still find a way to register to vote.
God what a fucking slimeball.
Get fucked, Walker.
God, how are we ever going to bounce back from this?
(Source: sarahlee310, via logarhythmic)
And nearly half of those who will lose coverage are children.
This gets more beautiful the more I learn about it.
Not only is there a march to sign Walker’s recall papers on Tuesday in Wauwatosa near Walker’s home, Walker’s own neighbors are volunteering their yards for the purpose. Enough people are coming that buses will be running for about 4 hours!
Copied directly from the facebook event:
“We Are Milwaukee, an alliance of community-based organizations, unions, faith communities, and local leaders, will kick off our work on the Walker recall on November 15th with a rally and march.
We are gathering at the practice field by Juneau High School for a brief program before marching over 4 blocks to Walker’s neighborhood. There, we will line up to sign recall petitions and sign up to play a role on the campaign. Actually, we’ll be signing petitions in the front yard of Walker’s own neighbors who have volunteered their space to help us start off the recall right. Also, we will provide training to activists and opportunities to activate right away.
Park on the streets around Juneau High School or at State Fair Park, from which buses will run from 3:45 PM to 7:00 PM”
Juneau High School Practice Field
6415 W. Mount Vernon
Map to parking site
We Are Milwaukee - Walker Recall Kickoff Rally + March
Conservatives Plot to Burn, Shred, and Sabotage Scott Walker Recall Effort
A group of self-identified conservatives say they plan to sabotage the effort to recall Wisconsin GOP Gov. Scott Walker, which begins on Tuesday, by burning and shredding recall petitions they’ve collected and misleading Wisconsinites about the recall process.
These plans, discussed in Facebook posts that were first reported by the blog PolitiScoop, entail posing as recall supporters and gathering signatures, only to later destroy the petitions. They also include telling Wisconsinites that they can only sign one recall petition (which is false—they can sign different petitions as long as they each correspond to a different organization) and directing signature collectors to the homes of registered sex offenders. (Requests for comment were sent to each of the Facebook posters who allowed messages from other users.)
In one post, Will R. Jenkins says, “I’ll be able to destroy 15-20K signatures.” If things go well, he adds, he might even “be able to destroy upwards of 15-20% of the entire collected ballots in the state of Wisconsin”:
Click here to view the Facebook posts and even more here.
Michael Maistelman, a Wisconsin attorney and election law expert who reviewed screenshots of the comments, says the postings could raise serious legal issues if the plan is to tamper with official recall petitions. “If a person fraudulently solicits recall petitions and then destroys those petitions, they will probably go to jail,” Maistelman says. “The law is very clear on this.”
[UDPATE]: Reid Magney, a spokesman from Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board, says destroying or defacing an official recall petition would violate state law. (Here’s the relevant statute.) Such a violation, he adds, would be a class I felony in Wisconsin, which carries a maximum fine of $10,000 and up to three-and-a-half years in jail.
Wisconsinites, be on the lookout for this sort of behavior come Tuesday. What’s been described above are premeditated felonies and these individuals were simply dumb enough to get caught. Familiarize yourself with how this recall is going to work and protect yourself against the inevitable GOP dirty tricks. Scott Walker is going down.
“Corporations, and individuals allied with corporations, were invited to come in and take what they would. I determined that the power of this corrupt influence, which was undermining and destroying every semblance of representative government in Wisconsin, should be broken.” - Fighting Bob LaFollette.
Wisconsin slashes aid to sexual assault victims by nearly half.
Wisconsin State Journal:
The Wisconsin Justice Department has warned organizations that help sexual assault victims to expect drastic reductions in state aid next year, a surprise move for an agency that has prided itself on capturing sexual predators.
Justice Department officials informed service providers around the state this month it plans to cut grants from its Sexual Assault Victim Services program by 42.5 percent this year. The announcement blindsided service providers who rely on the grants to pay for therapy, crisis intervention and education. They expected cuts, they said, but never thought they would be so dramatic.
“These are disastrous cuts,” Pennie Meyers, interim executive director of the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault, said in a statement. “(The cuts) will serious imperil our members’ ability to meet the needs of sexual assault survivors.”
“The cuts pose a potential public relations black eye for the Justice Department as well. Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has made cracking down on sexual predators who prey on children via the Internet his signature issue. Now his agency plans to cut back on dollars that could help those predators’ victims…” WSJ reports. “Van Hollen implored Republicans who control the Legislature’s powerful finance committee to exempt Justice Department programs form the cuts to no avail.”
This follows the news earlier this year that Gov. Scott Walker and the GOP legislature actually raised taxes on the poor.
Wausau Paper will be closing its historic mill in Brokaw, laying off about 450 people. The mill first opened more than 100 years ago.
Meanwhile, Gov. Walker signed bills into law yesterday that:
- Allow homeowners to use deadly force against trespassers
- Cap attorney fees
- Allow school officials to use standardized tests to discipline or fire teachers
- Allow liquor sales to start at 6 a.m.
These new laws are the product of what Walker calls his “laser-focus” on jobs.
Your Poorly Placed Billboard of the Day. A billboard touting the job-creating credentials of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was placed near a General Motors factory in Janesville, Wisconsin on Wednesday. It was taken down less than 24 hours later. The problem?
The GM factory closed its doors in 2008.
(image courtesy of the Defend Wisconsin/Huffington Post)
According to data released Thursday by the state Department of Workforce Development, the state lost an estimated 3,900 jobs in the private sector in December from November. In the same month, the United States gained an estimated 212,000 jobs, outstripping expectations of most economists and raising hopes that employers are gaining confidence at the national level.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The December figure is preliminary and the revised figure for November is a loss of 10,600 jobs instead of the preliminary estimate of -11,700. Nevertheless, this is not good news for Wisconsin, as we fall further away from reaching Gov. Walker’s 250,000 new jobs promise.
Here’s a link to the graph based on last month’s figures. Now, to work on a related homework assignment …
lol that’s so stupid
“I’m angry my friends are supporting a political cause for apolitical reasons, so I’m going to support a political cause for apolitical reasons! Bonus: my version hurts people!”