Jul
16
2015
12

Wisconsin Supreme Court throws out ‘John Doe’ investigation, gives good copy for civil suit.

Well, I assume. I’m not a lawyer. But I imagine an attorney for the folks (hypothetically) suing won’t be unhappy to see the Wisconsin Supreme Court write this:

In other words, the special prosecutor was the instigator of a “perfect storm” of wrongs that was visited upon the innocent Unnamed Movants and those who dared to associate with them. It is fortunate, indeed, for every other citizen of this great State who is interested in the protection of fundamental liberties that the special prosecutor chose as his targets innocent citizens who had both the will and the means to fight the unlimited resources of an unjust prosecution. Further, these brave individuals played a crucial role in presenting this court with an opportunity to re-endorse its commitment to upholding the fundamental right of each and every citizen to engage in lawful political activity and to do so free from the fear of the tyrannical retribution of arbitrary or capricious governmental prosecution. Let one point be clear: our conclusion today ends this unconstitutional John Doe investigation.

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Jul
10
2015
2

Possible PERSONAL link between Wisconsin GAB / IRS witch hunts targeting conservatives discovered.

Well, look at this

Former IRS tax-exempt director Lois Lerner ran the agency’s policy on conservative groups. Kevin Kennedy runs the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board (GAB) that helped prosecutors with their secret John Doe investigation of conservative groups after the 2011 and 2012 recall elections of Governor Scott Walker and state senators.

Emails we’ve seen show that between 2011 and 2013 the two were in contact on multiple occasions, sharing articles on topics including greater donor disclosure and Wisconsin’s recall elections. The emails indicate the two were also personal friends who met for dinner and kept in professional touch. “Are you available for the 25th?” Ms. Lerner wrote in January 2012. “If so, perhaps we could work two nights in a row.”

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Jun
15
2015
1

Russ Feingold used his outside candidate Super-PAC to …pay his once-and-future campaign staff?

You know, it’s sad when you see somebody whose basic motivation in life is so self-evidently Where am I gonna get my next fix from, man? Sad, and a little embarrassing. You want ’em to get help, but it’s not your place to tell ’em to shape up:

Former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold — long a champion of campaign finance reform — founded a political action committee that has given a mere 5% of its income to federal candidates and political parties.

Instead, nearly half of the $7.1 million that Progressives United PAChas spent since 2011 has gone to raising more money for itself, according to data compiled by OpenSecrets.org. The data also show the group has paid another sizable chunk of money on salaries or consulting fees for Feingold, his top aide and eight former staffers.

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Jun
11
2015
--

Russ Feingold, campaign finance ‘reform’ hypocrite.

Of course he is.  Being in Washington is a drug, for some people: “Democrats expect that, unlike in 2010, [Russ Feingold will] green-light independent expenditures from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee to aid his effort. (Super PACs, which were conceived in the middle of Feingold’s last election but not yet popular among Democrats, might also help.)” As the NRSC is more than happy to note, this is potentially a remarkable change for the former Senator, who rather famously told the DSCC to ‘get the hell out‘ of his 1998 Senate race. (more…)

May
15
2015
3

We *will* have Russ Feingold to kick around again!

This should be entertaining.

Former Sen. Russ Feingold (D) on Thursday announced he will challenge Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) in 2016, setting up a rematch in the critical swing state of Wisconsin.

In a Web video announcing his candidacy Thursday morning, Feingold portrayed himself as an independent voice that will reach across the aisle to get things done.

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May
01
2015
4

The Wisconsin State Journal manages to bury the lede in the …lede. Somehow.

:pause:

That takes some doing.

There are times when you should really reread the first sentence of whatever you wrote: “Wisconsin’s three AFSCME councils are merging four years after the state rolled back public-sector union rights, prompting two out of three dues-paying members to drop out.”  See that bolded part? That’s your story. Not the fact that AFSCME is highly upset about this turn of events.  I think that none of us are surprised to hear that, yes? (more…)

Apr
29
2015
5

Barricade your office, Shirley Abrahamson! YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO.

FIGHT THE POWER! FIGHT THE POWER!

Wisconsin Supreme Court justices moved quickly Wednesday to elect a new chief following certification of a constitutional amendment that ended seniority as the sole determinant, even as a federal lawsuit was pending seeking to delay replacing longtime Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson.

Abrahamson objected to the email vote making Justice Patience Roggensack the chief justice, and Abrahamson continues to believe she still holds the position, her attorney Robert Peck said in a letter filed with U.S. District Court late Wednesday.

OCCUPY CORNER OFFICE! THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE! THIS IS WHAT DEMOC… oh. Yeah. Right.

Via @EsotericCD.

Apr
26
2015
7

Wisconsin DA John Chisholm’s mouth writes checks that his ego can’t cash.

Now, I’m no lawyer

In a swing through the crucial presidential state of Iowa this weekend, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker took the rare step of lashing out at prosecutors who had probed his campaign by questioning whether their tactics were constitutional.

In an equally unusual turn, prosecutors fired back by calling Walker’s comments inaccurate, offensive and defamatory — with Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm suggesting Walker could be criminally charged for lying.

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Apr
22
2015
8

Tweet of the Day, They Celebrate Earth Day In Style In Wisconsin edition.

Full points on this one.

Contra Mother Jones, though: I don’t think that Scott Walker deliberately set out to lay off those folks on Earth Day itself. Instead, I simply think that Scott Walker doesn’t give a flying leap about Earth Day one way, or the other. Which is, frankly, more entertaining.

Apr
20
2015
9

Just in case you haven’t read the National Review ‘Home Invasion’ article yet…

Go read it. It will make you angry*, but go read it.  It’s about the vicious, underhanded, and frankly undemocratic police-raid crap that Wisconsin Democrats got up to to harass conservatives; and thank God that said Democrats didn’t get anyone killed with their quasi-official Swatting tactics. As I said, it’s very angry-making: but you still need to read it, because you need to know how the Other Side plays this game.

God help us.

Moe Lane

*Although I am reminded of the folk wisdom of my people: Don’t get mad. Get even.

Apr
08
2015
3

In classic Wisconsin Democratic fashion, Shirley Abrahamson petulantly fights being demoted.

I am finding it really difficult not to laugh at this.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday to try and hold on to her leadership spot after voters approved a constitutional amendment that was likely to result in her demotion.

For the past 126 years the chief justice position has gone to the most senior member of the Supreme Court. Since 1996, that has been Abrahamson. But the amendment approved by voters on Tuesday would instead allow the seven justices to decide who should be chief.

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Mar
23
2015
6

US Supreme Court upholds Wisconsin voter ID reform.

Basically, the court declined to hear a further challenge to Wisconsin’s Voter ID law, thus allowing it to be finally implemented.  More here: and, let us be perfectly honest about something.  People who strenuously oppose Voter ID laws are, frankly, fringe.  A clear majority of the population – except hardcore liberals and progressives – thinks that it’s perfectly sensible to present a photo ID as proof of identity in order to vote. Whites, minorities, Republicans, Democrats, independents: time after time we keep seeing widespread support for this policy.

This is not to say that people who oppose Voter ID should shut up.  What it does say is that people who oppose Voter ID should stop pretending that they speak for the American people.  The American people can, in fact, speak for themselves: and they’ve clearly decided to mandate that voters show a photo ID*.  Deal with it. (more…)

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