This was the most read post on the “Free Wisconsin” blog last year.
It was posted Saturday, June 18, 2011 and was read by 2,898 people. The issue of mis-dated poll tape was not addressed by Tim Verhoff, whose opinion was the sole basis for the determination that Waukesha County Clerk, Kathy Nicholaus was innocent of any wrong doing in the Spring Supreme Court Election. She remains in her position today.
A slip of paper is the “deep throat” of the Supreme Court Election Fraud
Barb With was volunteering as an observer at the Waukesha recount when she made a glaring discovery. The poll tape that was being counted and matched for votes cast in the April 5 election for Supreme Court Justice was dated March 30, 2011. When she brought the suspicious date to the attention of election officials, they could not come up with any reason for the mis-dated poll tape.
Weeks later Barb appeared before the Assembly Committee for Election and Campaign Reform. This is a portion of her testimony:
An observer of the Waukesha County recount noticed such a small, innocent piece of paper that was spit out of a voting machine in Pewaukee. It was a poll tape from a voting machine on which is recorded your vote. But what caught her eye was the date at the top of the tape: 03-30-2011 or March 30. That was six days before the Supreme Court election of April 5!
Probably a test?
Ok. You must admit this is well…..suspicious. Her first inquiries about what it was, what it was doing there, and how it came to be in the official recount material, was met with the response, “It was probably a test.” I guess this goes along with the “human error” defense of all that is Waukesha, but look the time stamp on the tape Mary spotted was: 01:40 a.m.!
I know there are dedicated election officials out there, but who would run a test of a voting machine in those wee hours of the morning? Can you imagine the scenario? A person leans over to his/her mate and says: “Honey, I can’t sleep. I’m going down to the Court house and do a quick test of the voting machines”.
No such machine in Pewaukee
The other explanation for the poll tape was something like, “There were no electronic votes cast in Pewaukee,” Response? “Oh. Ok. My mistake. I must not be seeing a poll tape from a voting machine that clearly says, “Pewaukee”. “I must change my medication.” Come on. If there are no such machines in Pewaukee, how did such a poll tape record materialize?
Trying to bury the photos
The people in the Election Integrity group have posted and shared the photos with friends, newspapers, and media and have found something fishy. The links and posts have been deleted from postings or reported to the face book admin as being “inappropriate”. Is someone pulling a “Scott Walker stealing all the papers from his College election” action? There seems to be an attempt to keep the photos out of view and the story hushed.
When this story was first shared on face book – 3:15 p.m. May 26 it was blocked.
The message below appeared on a Bloggers Link:
To date, no one has come up with a plausible explanation for the poll tape that appeared during the recount process in Waukesha, not even the Government Accounting Board GAB (That is BAG backwards!) See GAB Behind the Curtain post.
|So why hasn’t the GAB demonstrated some concern in the highly irregular March Poll tapes findings?
It turns out that any questions about the integrity of the Wisconsin electronic voting system strikes deep into the heart and history of GAB Director Kevin Kennedy.
“The fear is that these companies throw money around is such a way that we do not know that people who are in positions of trust have been compromised. Since the Accenture deal occurred, I haven’t felt good about Kennedy’s performance”
The Accenture Deal
The Wisconsin ACLU mission
As part of its mission to ensure the integrity of individual ballots as well as election results in Wisconsin, the Board continues its commitment to working with municipal and county election officials and local and statewide law enforcement agencies to prevent errors and opportunities for voter fraud and to detect and prosecute cases of illegal voting which may occur.
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Apparently the Press has been Duped
If you google the Governor of the Year award received by Scott Walker, you will find page after page of news organizations that have picked up the story.
The WSAU site identifies the source of the publication
The Governors Journal is a one-year-old online publication from Pagani Public Affairs of Washington. It said Walker was “the embodiment of the state-by-state battle to balance budgets, and the best symbol of the struggle between the two political parties about how best to meet those fiscal challenges.”WSAU
If you google Pagini Public Affairs of Washington, you will find little or nothing about the organization except a reference like this:
Pagini Aurii SA, a subsidiary of VNU N.V., is a telephone directory company in Romania.Pagini
HERE is the link to the site of the AWARD GIVER…just about as impressive as the governor himself.
Whoever awarded Walker is so well established and prestigious that it is difficult to trace who, where, or what they are.
It seems Politiscoop got it right. If this on line, untraceable, “Governor’s Journal” awarded Walker with “Best Governor” than it only follows that Politiscoop’s award to Walker of the “Joe McCarthy Renaissance Award” is even more news worthy.
Madison — Scott Walker has earned the prestigious “Joe McCarthy Renaissance Award”, an award given out by Politiscoop.com. Walker can now place this award next to his “Governor of the Year” award he recently received from the “Governors Journal”.
While “Governor of the Year” sounds impressive and is certainly an outstanding achievement, if you are a fan of the “Governors Journal”. The mainstream media certainly took up the proclamation, hook, line and sinker. The JSonline, TMJ4, Fox6now,and Gannett Newspapers tripped over one another to be the first to announce it.
But wait, Governors Journal? Is that as well respected as Time Magazine (incidentally, Time named the protestor as person of the year) or Forbes? The Liberal Blog “Root River Siren” looked into the Governors Journal (the website) and found this:
Given the enormous amount of exposure by the media given to this award, I think it’s fair to question their motives for giving it so much weight, especially when the Governors Journal publication has only been in business for such a small amount of time. Therefore, I demand that the MSM proclaim Walker has earned the award, “Joe McCarthy Renaissance 2011 ” for the following reasons.
1. Corporate Give-a-ways while cutting Badgercare for kids.
2. Destroying Collective Bargaining so he can access public employee pensions.
3. Walker’s quest in social engineering, in order to create Stepford citizens.
After winning the Joe McCarthy award, what would Joe have to say to Scott via Dickens?
Want to steal an election? Mount a frivolous law suite? Do you want to BE somebody? Drink the Waukesha KOOL AID!
Where did Prosser go to find 7,000 votes when he was in danger of losing the Spring Supreme Court Election? Where will you find a County Clerk who stole an election and remained in office? Where would you go to find Judge J. Mac Davis to challenge Walker’s recall? Welcome to the Branch (as in Davidian) Club System in Waukesha County!
The birth of the Branch Club system over 40 years ago was an innovation and a departure from established political procedures. It came about because Republican leaders recognized the need to expand the base of the party and to bring the Party closer to the precinct level.
His background would suggest that he might just have it “in” for any and all Democrats. Davis was a Republican state Senator over 20 years ago, and during the final years of the Bush administration, he was nominated for a federal circuit judgeship, but the nomination was never taken up by the Democratic-controlled Senate. Perhaps, his loss of a federal judgeship that ended his rise in the judiciary might be a reason to preside over a frivolous lawsuit presented by Walker stating, of all things, that Walker’s 14th Amendment Rights have been stomped on. After all, the governor is just a poor, powerless, citizen without voice or resource to protect his right to foist the wishes of the Koch Bothers, ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) down the the throats of the families of Wisconsin.
Once you drink of the Waukesha Kool Aid, this kind of justice will make perfect sense!
When asked for comment, the state GOP sent TPM this comment from communications director Ben Sparks: “The Republican Party of Wisconsin is committed to ensuring that Wisconsin electors are not disenfranchised during this recall process. The Democrats have shown they are committed to preserving the status quo, where a man is able to sign a recall petition 80 times, and their frivolous attempt to intervene in this lawsuit only reinforces their willingness to force this baseless recall on Wisconsin voters at any cost. TMP Article
The word “Disenfranchised” induced a Waukesha KOOL AID Overdose Flashback
During the recount in Waukesha the “disenfrnachised” word was repeated by the attorney’s representing Prosser, who went to Delafield to find out “what the hell was going on”. It was argued that the votes in ripped, torn, and mis-labeled bags should be counted so as not to “disenfranchise” Republican voters.
Evidence and documented proof of election fraud was ignored or dismissed by Tim Verhoff, who was given full and final say over the fate of Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nicholaus. The following account is just one of many of the blatant anomalies that were dismissed by Verhoff.
The reoccurring pattern of open, winged, and improperly marked bags became a disturbing merry-go-round, time after time, in the Waukesha recount. Each time the an objection came around retired Judge Mawdsley (the replacement County Clerk for recused Nickolaus) gave the brass ring to Prosser and ordered the votes to be counted.
Town of Delafield Wards 3 & 4
2 Ballot bags were placed on the ballot counting table.
Bag 1 of 2 was closed, tagged and labeled on the inspector’s Statement with seal #3167633.
Bag 2 of 2 was closed, tagged and labeled with seal #3164850. Seal #3165447 was originally listed on the inspectors’ Statement. See picture.
We objected to the ballots in bag #2 being counted; the BoC determined that the Chief Inspector had given sufficient enough explanation for the overwrite and proceeded to open and unpack the ballots. Our objections were noted and the report was entered into the record as an exhibit.
Saving the best Delafield example for last. The Bag Within A Bag story.
Town of Delafield Wards 7 & 8
When this bag was placed on the ballot counting table, it was immediately apparent that the original seal number – #3166588 – had been crossed out on the label. The new tag seal #3165444 closing the bag matched the new number on the label, initialed by Town of Delafield municipal clerk Mary Elsner.
However, the Inspectors’ Statement originally showed Seal tag #3167090 (not # 3166588) crossed off and replaced with #3165444.
The Municipal Clerk offered the following written explanation:
“When the Chief Inspector delivered the ballot bags to the Town Hall on the evening of
She submitted a written statement to that effect, for the record. But that statement, made no sense for two reasons:
1)it did not explain why the original seal #’s were 3166588 on the bag, but 3167090 on the Inspectors’ Statement, and
2) it did not explain how or why the actual ballots were found in a clean ‘extra’ ballot bag inside the original ballot bag.
So the JK recount team asked the Town Clerk to explain how that could happen. Upon further questioning, she settled on the following story:
A ballot bag was prepared, filled and sealed at the polling place on election night. When it was delivered to the Town Hall, the Municipal Clerk decided that it had been improperly sealed (the edges had not been folded under.) So she cut off the tag, folded the bag properly, and attached a new seal.
So, Prosser’s “what the hell is going on in Delafield” begins to take the shape of a tampered ballot bag
Through all tragi/comedy of bag errors – ballots appear to be stuffed. What does all this Delafield stuffing have to do with the 14,000 votes “found” in the City of Brookfield? You know the old adage about a skunk does not scent it’s own hole? It would be too obvious to ransack the bags in the ward where the votes were “found”, but it might serve as a diversion for all the the activity in Genesse and Delafeild. New Spring Election Fraud Details
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Make No Mistake About It- Scott Walker and Health Secretary, former Heritage Foundation Official, Dennis Smith did all they could to protect the profits of Insurance Companies over the health of Wisconsin’s families and children.
On January 3, 2011 Just hours after Scott Walker became Governor, Dennis Smith was appointed to serve as Secretary of the Department of Health Services . Dennis G. Smith, a consultant with (ultra conservative) Leavitt Partners, is a former (Koch supported) Heritage Foundation Senior Fellow and former Director of the Center for Medicaid and State Operations at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Under Bush/Cheney). Read More – Let Him Die – Ayn Rand
The Walker/Smith Plan to Protect Insurance Company Profits
Smith (pictured right holding viagra “waiver” capsule) wanted Wisconsin to be exempt from a federal requirement on how much health insurers have to spend on patient care. Officials are seeking a waiver to what’s known as the “medical loss ratio.”
The “medical loss ratio” required under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is 80 percent of premiums. The act required that 80% of consumers money went to health care as opposed to administration, buildings, and comercials on PBS. Walker/Smith asked to keep the state’s ratio at 71 percent this year and gradually increase it to 77 percent over the next three years so the money would be kept in the coffers of insurance companies. Read Take Action Against Dennis Smith
If the waiver were not approved with 90 days – insurance companies would get to keep the profits. Smith/Walker played a political hour glass game with the health of Wisconsin families. This is the kind of ploy that is taught to legislators through the covert conservative organization ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council). Smith was confident that any review by the Feds would take longer than 90 days, and he would get his way to preserve insurance company profits. Read Wisconsin Death Panel
The Walker Lie
Now Walker and Smith make it sound like they deserve the credit for Badger Care (Family Care) expansion!
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Governor Walker Announces Plan to Lift Family Care Enrollment Cap, Expand to New Counties
Legislative action needed to lift cap and expand long-term care program
Madison–Earlier this year an enrollment cap was placed on Family Care in response to a Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB) evaluation which found a number of areas the program could be improved and made more efficient. After a briefing on the hard work done by DHS over the past couple of months, today Governor Walker announced a plan to lift the Family Care cap. Governor Walker’s plan also calls for Family Care to be expanded to additional counties.
Walker Press Release
Just for a Laugh – Read This Sentence from the Release
A very critical issue raised in the report was that the cost effectiveness of Family Care was difficult to assess. Because the Department was able to take the time to strengthen the program, Wisconsin now has the detailed data needed to develop solutions to ensure Family Care is on sound financial footing for those in the program now and for future enrollees.
The Critical issue – “Cost effectiveness was difficult to access” – yet they strengthened the program? No! They desperately used every deceitful trick like seeking a waiver to protect Insurance Company Profits!
Will Walker/Smith take full credit for Obama’s 23.1 Million Bonus?
Note the Bonus was a reward for children enrolled BEFORE Walker/Smith worked to CUT 35,000 families from the program:
“number of children enrolled monthly in Children’s Health Insurance Programs (CHIP) increased by 121,000 between 2007 and 2010. Wisconsin received the second largest bonus in the country.”
INCREASED ACCESS TO HEALTH INSURANCE FOR CHILDREN QUALIFIES STATE FOR FEDERAL BONUS
Wisconsin Receives $23.1 Million Performance Bonus for 2010.
Great News for the Children of Wisconsin – NO THANKS TO WALKER/SMITH
MADISON—Increased access to health care services for children through the BadgerCare Plus program qualified Wisconsin for a federal bonus of $23.1 million for this year, federal officials announced today. The Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA) provides performance bonus payments to encourage states to enroll more uninsured Medicaid-eligible children and help offset increased enrollment costs.
Wisconsin received the bonus from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) because the average number of children enrolled monthly in Children’s Health Insurance Programs (CHIP) increased by 121,000 between 2007 and 2010. Wisconsin received the second largest bonus in the country.
Wisconsin DOJ Privatized
The Michael Best Law Firm is deeply entwined with Walker and the GOP agenda, to a point where it appears the Wisconsin Department of Justice has been privatized. The influence of this one Law Firm, working outside the checks and balances of state statutes, is an affront on Democracy and a real threat to the welfare of the people of Wisconsin. The Michael Best Law Firm is paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to litigate, research, and defend the GOP agenda across all three branches of state government. The lawyers of Micheal Best are not elected by the people, yet they exert more influence on the Governor’s Office, the Supreme Court, and the Legislature than any interpretation democratic governance should allow.
The tentacles of Michael Best are entwined around all of the numerous and major political and legislative issues that have arisen since Scott Walker took office including all the familiar and most controversial issues – the Judge Gableman’s ethics charges, the Spring Supreme Court Election, Voter ID laws, the John Doe investigation, and the gerrymandering of voter district lines. In other words, this private law firm is being paid huge sums of money to affect public policy and legislation, and as a result, has exacted more power and influence than any single department or agency in the legitimate state government – all with no public transparency or oversight. If you have begun to feel like Wisconsin politics is beginning to feel dictatorial and unresponsive, you can look to the offices and follow the money to the Law Firm of Michael Best.
Michael Best Law firm and has been privately engaged by Walker and the GOP in a host of controversies.
Michael Best’s Hand In Collective Bargaining Decision
Do you RECALL (and I use the word assertively) The controversial, preconceived, and even physically choking decision of the Wisconsin Supreme Court on June 14?
One of those was a high-stakes case this June that allowed Gov. Scott Walker to implement a law that all but eliminates collective bargaining for most public workers. Gableman was in the 4-3 majority that allowed Walker to prevail. Michael Best & Friedrich – the firm that defended Gableman for free in an ethics case – worked for the state and Walker’s administration in the collective bargaining case.
In addition to the collective bargaining case, Gableman supplied the deciding vote in an opinion he wrote this March that sided with a Michael Best client against the City of Milwaukee over tax assessments.
WSJ Gableman Ethics
These are the faces of the four Wisconsin Supreme Court Judges that denied collective bargaining rights to workers and families in Wisconsin in an order issued June 14, 2011.
They are from left to right
Pateince Roggensack Her current term expires July 31, 2013.
Justice Michael J. Gableman His current term expires July 31, 2018.
Annette Kingsland Ziegler Her current term expires July 31, 2017.
Michael Best attorney Eric McLeod defended Gableman against the ethics charges and also assisted in the defense of Governor Walker’s collective bargaining law, which the state Supreme Court upheld with a single vote in a controversial June decision. Gableman voted with the majority in the 4-3 decision.
Gableman is being investigated for ethics violations since State law bars public officials from receiving anything of value for free because of their position. Separately, the state’s judicial ethics code prevents judges from accepting gifts from those who are likely to appear before them. Michael Best defended him.
The firm has not stated the value of its work for Gableman, but charged charged taxpayers between $275 and $300 per hour for its work defending the Walker bill. Other attorneys have said Gableman’s representation was likely worth tens of thousands of dollars.
Michael Best’s Hand in Redistricting Controversy
Lawmakers billed taxpayers $400,000 for the use of two law firms for their work on redistricting, Michael Best & Friedrich and the Troupis Law Office. Legislators have not said how that money was used.
Republican lawmakers have been secretive about the process they used to draw the maps. Fitzgerald and his brother, Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald (R-Horicon), so far have not told the Journal Sentinel what Handrick’s duties were or how much he was paid. Judicial Panel Redistricting Setback
Michael Best’s Hand In John Doe Investigation
Attorney Steven Biskupic was retained by Walker in matters concerning the John Doe investigaton. You already know the ethical void of the Walker administration, but wait until you get a peek at the attorney who is set to defend him. Biskupic has been described as “one who has lived in the amoral arms of the GOP for years”.
U.S. Attorney Steven Biskupic Joined Michael Best & Friedrich LLP December 15, 2008 (pictured right – joined at the hip with Walker)
Biskupic comes to the Governor from Michael Best, a law firm that has already been the beneficiary of legal battles arising from miscalculations of policy decisions from collective bargaining to redistricting.
The Troupis Law Office and the firm of Michael Best & Friedrich, with partners who include Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, have received special counsel contracts from Walker paying up to $300 an hour along with legislative contracts worth up to $395 an hour.
So, Walker has bought a lot of candy from Best, maybe the lawyers can figure out how to work a deal for his litigation sweet tooth. Read Sexually Active Conjugal Machines post for more about the play between the Walker administion and Micheal Best Law Firm.
Read this description of his 2007 prosecution as a U.S. Attorney
2007 Biskupic prosecution
Notice how often Walker is out of state?
Many of Walker’s out-of-state trips across the country are kept secret from the voters. The people of the state know nothing of his travels. No one finds out he has left the state until his presence in D.C., California, New Jersey, or some other distant state, is reported on twitter or face book as in the example below.
The tweet went out from Washington, D.C., earlier this month, a fairly innocuous note from a blogger at the Christmas party of conservative power broker Grover Norquist.
“Gov. Scott Walker just left ATR/Norquist Xmas party.”
The governor has refused to keep the public informed as to his comings and goings. His presence in New York, or Texas or Washington has been learned after the fact and almost always tipped off by a blogger or a website listing.Where has Walker Gone?
“Not only does this supposed governor of Wisconsin refuse to let people know when he is leaving the state, he also does not reveal what he is doing in his secret travels. Well, it isn’t too hard to guess. Walker just completed the single most lucrative period of fundraising for a candidate in state history; almost half of the $5.1 million he raised since July came from beyond our borders.”
Why are all these deep pockets so interested in Wisconsin? They’re not!
The donors to Walker are not looking to benefit the seniors, children or families of Wisconsin. They are not interested in your child’s school, or Grandmother’s nursing home, or your family’s home mortgage. They are donating to Walker in order to further a fringe right-wing agenda. They have been working covertly for years to exert their control on government, and they are donating to Walker and other governors of other states to institute this control through the state legislatures. This is not about Wisconsin, New Jersey, Michigan, Ohio or any other state. This is about using these states a guinea pigs to orchestrate a conservative agenda that is way to the right of the values of most people in any given state.
In other words, Walker is using the people of Wisconsin in an experiment. Wisconsin has become a sort of storefront to do the bidding of conservative wealthy elites like the Koch Brothers, and Grover Norquist (Walker secretly attended Norquist’s Christmas party as found out in the quote above).
“Norquist officially replaces the Koch brothers as the great malevolent manipulator that controls the republic by pulling unseen strings on behalf of the plutocracy.”
The Recall of Walker is a fist step against this covert, fringe right wing manipulation that could alter the voice of the people in our democracy, to a mere whisper.