Apr
08
2016
9

My RedState post on Sanders voters getting a Wisconsin conservative Supreme Court Justice elected.

Found here. Short version: Enough Sanders voters apparently didn’t bother to vote downticket on Tuesday. And the liberal running for the Wisconsin Supreme Court position paid the price.

Apr
05
2016
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Yeah, folks: busy night tonight.

Real nail-biter on the Wisconsin Supreme Court race, too. In fact, and to be honest about it – I wasn’t sure if Rebecca Bradley was going to pull that one off. The exits looked very problematic. But it all worked out! And thank God.

I’ve already loaded up tonight’s song, so it’s bed-time for me soon.

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Apr
05
2016
6

This is everything I expected in a Wisconsin concession statement.

…seriously, I got nothing. Except to note that Ted Cruz had a nice win, today – and this is what we got from the second-place finisher, in lieu of a press conference:

Apr
05
2016
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Today is Wisconsin Primary Day!

And, from what I’m hearing, the really interesting race is going to be their Supreme Court showdown. Rebecca Bradley vs. JoAnne Kloppenburg, and people may be up late for that one.  Seriously, this one is apparently promising to be close.

Apr
05
2016
1

Donald Trump allegedly caught breaking Wisconsin election law… by his own supporter.

[UPDATE]: Looks like state officials have cleared Trump. Which is apparently a bit of a relief for him; breaking this law seems to have been a bigger deal than I originally thought. Interesting…

This is the dark side of ‘Always Have A Camera.’ You have to count on the candidates on your side knowing what the law actually is.

A supporter of Donald Trump posted a video of the candidate greeting voters outside Waukesha Fire Station #5. Wisconsin law prohibits election activities within 100 feet of a polling place.

Don’t expect this to result in anything except a quick yell at Donald Trump for being a doofus, but: you really should know what the local laws are.  Whether you’re a candidate, or the candidate’s supporter. If for no other reason than it opens you up for sarcastic snark from people opposed to you…

Mar
29
2016
5

My RedState piece on Ted Cruz and Wisconsin.

Found here. Short version: Cruz is focusing in areas where Scott Walker was and is strong, and making a strong play for blue-collar voters.  This is the smart way to do it.

Mar
29
2016
7

Tweet of the Day, Add The Skull Of Thrones To The BadThought Pile edition.

Guess who didn’t react well to Gov. Scott Walker (sky-high approval ratings among Republicans in Wisconsin) endorsing Ted Cruz?

I suppose it must be wearying, waking up every morning and wondering, What accomplishment or inspirational figure must I learn to hate today?  Then again, nobody told these people to walk down that road. In fact, there was a lot of yelling and waving-off going on at the time…

Mar
28
2016
1

This is an entertaining Charlie Sykes/Donald Trump interview…

…and bear in mind that I’m calling it ‘entertaining:’

Apparently nobody told Trump that Charlie Sykes was going to wait all of thirty seconds before the knife came out. Particularly entertaining is that Trump probably thinks that he won that interview, because Sykes let him ramble on. But if that was supposed to make people like Trump in Wisconsin, well, it didn’t work. Particularly since Charlie Sykes gave the dude a couple shots to apologize…

Mar
24
2016
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Do you live in Wisconsin? Then @DecisionDeskHQ needs YOUR help!

AoSHQDD is looking for volunteers to help them with their Wisconsin Election Night coverage. These locales in particular, but they’ll take any help that they can get:

  • Brown County
  • Winnebago County
  • Dane County
  • Milwaukee City and County
  • Waukesha County
  • La Crosse

If  you can help, their email is contact[at]decisiondeskhq[dot]com.

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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