Wisconsin “Red State” Election April 7


GOP Plans “RED STATE” day celebration

If your common sense suggests that Scott Walker had full knowledge of the secret email network; the network that lead to the indictment of his closest aids and just 30 feet away from his Milwaukee County Executive office – then Tuesday April 7 – IS a Presidential Election. It is a Fighting “Bob” call to action.

If you believe that corporations are not people, and money is not speech – mark the Supreme Court election on April 7 on your calendar. Yes, all of what has come to be called the “John Doe Investigation” and the last breath of hope to bring Scott Walker to justice, may be at stake on April 7. The outcome of the April 7 election could well mark Wisconsin as a “red state” giving the GOP full sway over Executive, Legislative, and after the April 7 election – Judicial branches of Wisconsin government – thus fulfilling the whispered request of billionaire Diane Hendricks to Scott Walker, “Any chance we’ll ever get to be a completely a red state… and a right to work. What can we to do to help you?”

The request could be fulfilled. Republicans will celebrate depending on the outcome of the April 7 election if they gain “red state” sway over all three branches of government.

Rock County Judge James Daley, the challenger for the Republicans.

The business lobby group Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce has announced it will back Daley. Previously, WMC and Wisconsin Club for Growth together provided an estimated $8.3 million for “issue ads” helping elect conservative justices Annette Ziegler (below), Michael Gableman (below), David Prosser (below) and Patience Roggensack (below) — well more than the $3.2 million spent by these candidates’ own campaigns.Lueders column

These are the faces of the four Wisconsin Supreme Court Judges that denied collective bargaining rights injunction June 14, 2011. Wait. Isn’t it interesting how the same four justices who voted against the collective bargaining injunction are the very justices that were supported by WMC and Club for Growth? (Hold on to that thought).
ActJustices

They are from left to right David Prosser appointed 1998 current term expires 2021
Pateince Roggensack Her current term expires July 31, 2023.
Justice Michael J. Gableman His current term expires July 31, 2018.
Annette Kingsland Ziegler Her current term expires July 31, 2017.

As you may recall the law to curtail collective bargaining was under an injunction with the argument that the law was passed without legal public notice. The four majority Judges above said that Judge Sumi’s (who had issued the injunction) order meddled in legislative procedure and was not relevant to the constitution.

“As the court has explained when legislation was challenged based on allegations that the legislature did not follow the relevant procedural statutes, “this court will not determine whether internal operating rules or procedural statutes have been complied with by the legislature in the course of its enactments.”

Dissenting Opinion

Two dissenters in favor of the collective bargaining injunction are on the ballot April 7. One directly as a candidate and the other by a referendum that would alter the manner in which a Chief Justice is appointed.

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The Chief Justice (above right) was joined by Justice Ann Walsh Bradley (above left) and Justice N. Patrick Crooks in dissent in part from the order. It is exactly because the issues in the present case are of such constitutional and public policy importance that I do not join the order.

Justice Shirley Abrahamson accuses the majority of 4 of giving case ‘short shrift’

In hastily reaching judgment, Justice Patience D. Roggensack, Justice Annette K. Ziegler, and Justice Michael J. Gableman author an order, joined by Justice David T. Prosser, lacking a reasoned, transparent analysis and incorporating numerous errors of law and fact. This kind of order seems to open the court unnecessarily to the charge that the majority has reached a pre-determined conclusion not based on the facts and the law, which undermines the majority’s ultimate decision.See Prosser and Activist Judges

Read the full court decision

Some weeks later on June 5, 2011 we learned the deliberation over the written opinions did not come without incident… like a physical attack.

Justice Bradley Speaks out

Madison Wisconsin — Justice Ann Walsh Bradley came forth with a statement late Saturday saying that fellow Justice David Prosser choked her and refuting claims that she attacked him first.

“The facts are that I was demanding that he get out of my office and he put his hands around my neck in anger in a choke-hold,” she said. “Those are the facts and you can try to spin those facts and try to make it sound like I ran up to him and threw my neck into his hands, but that’s only spin.

“Matters of abusive behavior in the workplace aren’t resolved by competing press releases,” she said.

“I’m confident the appropriate authorities will conduct a thorough investigation of this incident involving abusive behavior in the workplace.”
Read the full article in Poliscoop

The call was out to demand the resignation of Prosser, but no. The matter was investigated secretly and internally and nary a mention was made in the ensuing weeks, but in case you thought the April 7 election was without drama or consequence, if nothing else it is an opportunity to support a victim of judicial assault – Literally. But we are not done yet. Let’s look at what is at stake with Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson. She is the subject of the referendum.

GOP “recalling” Abrahamson as Chief Justice

The GOP controls the legislature, and that legislature has passed laws to shore up control over the State Supreme Court by amending the State Constitution to remove Abrahamson as Chief. Of course, it makes no sense that the GOP legistlators would suddenly be so concerned over the administrative structure of the court, unless to exact political revenge on author of the dissenting opinion on the collective bargaining issue – thus snuffing out the last wisp of “liberal control” in the whole of state government. NO no NO.

Referendum on Election of Chief Justice.
Question 1: “Election of chief justice. Shall section 4 (2) of article VII of the constitution be amended to direct that a chief justice of the supreme court shall be elected for a two-year term by a majority of the justices then serving on the court?”

Explanation

The Wisconsin constitution currently provides that the chief justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court is its longest-serving member. The proposed constitutional amendment would instead select the chief justice through an election by a majority of the justices then serving on the Court.Government Accountability Board

Groups decry chief justice referendum

John Doe, Union rights, choking, election coming to your town

In case the supporting of choked Justice Bradely, preserving the authority of a defender of union rights, and holding on to the last scrap of administrative power in state government is not enough motive to take the time to vote on Tuesday, April 7. How about the last chance to see presidential hopeful Scott Walker indicted. Motivated now?

The first briefs to begin the latest episode of John Doe are delivered to the Wisconsin Supreme Court. We will see how the case of Oligarchs vs. Wisconsin proceeds. What ever happened to JOHN DOE? Oligarchs vs. Wisconsin

Yes. The initial briefs regarding the illegal campaign activity of Club for Growth during the Senate and Walker recall elections are already delivered to the Supreme Court. Were you able to “hold the thought” from above?

Isn’t it interesting how the same four justices who voted against the collective bargaining injunction are the very justices that were supported by WMC and Club for Growth?

Yes. Four of the sitting justices (pictured above) are “sitting” where they are as a result of millions of campaign dollars from … guess who? “Club for Growth” The only reason Bradley’s opponent, Rock County Judge Daley, does not list Club for Growth as a contributor is – they are named in a current case now before the court! Daley’s money came from WMC which I am sure has NO connection with Club for Growth – like Scott Walker has NO connection with the Koch Bros. or ALEC or (fill in the name of any conservative billionaire here)_____________________ .

As it now stands, four of the justices reviewing the “Club for Growth” case were elected with funds from the Club for Growth, do you want to make it five? Do you want to see Abrahamson stripped of power? Want to see Bradley choked by WMC money? Want to see the last chance of connection of John Doe to Scott Walker disappear? Then do not vote on April 7..

Oh, and we do not know if you will need a voter ID or not. Welcome to Fitzwalkerstan!

Update

NO PHOTO ID REQUIRED FOR APRIL 7 ELECTION

From the Government Accountability Web Site

Following Monday’s decision from the U.S. Supreme Court not to hear an appeal of Wisconsin’s voter ID cases, the Government Accountability Board has consulted with the Wisconsin Department of Justice and determined that photo ID will not be required for the April 7 Spring Election. Photo ID will be required for subsequent elections, including any special elections in 2015.

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Walker's Wisconsin – Ghost of a Gov.

Story of a “walker”

‘Tis the season of Zombies and the “living dead”. The most scary phenomenon of zombies and the living dead have captured the imagination of America, which is a frightening comment on the psyche of young America in itself – a reflection of being threatened and caught in the mindless greed of the wealthy few? In case you aren’t a zombie advocate, the living dead who come back to life are referred to as “walkers”. Metaphorical coincidence?

Wisconsin’s “walker” has big political aspirations. Some will suggest that political ambition is all he ever had. In today’s political environment the perquisite for a candidate to enter on to the national political scene is to write a book. These tomes of political fiction are little more than multi-chapter campaign brochures to define a candidate’s unique human context for leadership on the national stage. Wisconsin’s “walker” is about to release such a compendium of political show-and-tell.

“Unintimidated” – the book “Unindicted” – the reality

Wisconsin’s “walker” had a problem. He has no college degree. He was ejected from Marquette University under suspicious circumstances, but you will not discover the reason for his dismissal in the pages of his book. Oh…but that is the point. Wisconsin’s “walker” does not hold the skill of a writer. Who needs a college degree to be President of the U.S.? This book is not really his book at all. He was forced to hire another person to do his writing for him. A ghost writer was employed to tell the story of Wisconsin’s “walker”.

Meet the ghost of a Wisconsin “walker”

If you have ever seen a “walking dead” movie, you will know how the undead hang out together. They seem to benefit from some sort of a communal, “walking dead”, synergistic, partnership. (Remember that last scene of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”?) Wisconsin’s “walker” has found just such a voice to chant his unintimidated_book2incantation of union busting and job busting. The ghost arrives out of a chorus of extreme neo-conservative reverberation of the racism of Jesse Helms (pictured “far right”), the fear mongering of George W.(lower left). The ghost himself, Mark Thiessen, is pictured upper left, while Wisconsin’s “walker” is centered in the ghoulish mess with his most recent addition to the litany of fear and failure.

Who else did Thiessen “Ghost” for?

Jesse Helms

Before joining the Bush Administration, Mr. Thiessen spent more than six years on Capitol Hill as spokesman and senior policy adviser to Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jesse Helms. He represented the Committee before U.S. and international news organizations, and built a reputation as an effective and highly-quotable spokesman. Mr. Thiessen wrote Senator Helms’ memorable address to the UN Security Council, which was the topic of an episode of ABC News Nightline. Thiessen

George W. Bush

When former Bush administration staffer Marc Thiessen appeared on EWTN (a Catholic television network) last week and cloaked torture under the euphemistic guise of “enhanced interrogation” and made a theological case for waterboarding, many people of faith took exception and refuted Thiessen’s preposterous claims.Faith in Public Life

Lawrence O’Donnell Blast Marc Thiessen For Obama War On Terrorism Smear

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Lawrence O’Donnell reports for MSNBC in the late night show, “The Last Word”. Just as Wisconsin’s “walker” was hatching his plan to curtail collective bargaining rights in the Wisconsin, Lawrence called out the ghost writer of “Unintimidated” on “Morning Joe” in a rare moment of delivering truth to power.

Lawrence O’Donnell outs Marc Thiessen on the lies and misinformation on both the Bush administrations fight against terrorism versus President Obamas. Liberals and Progressives tend to not forcefully push back on Republicans reinvention of history to serve their failed policies. Mr. ODonnell takes Mr Thiessen off his false message by asserting reality.

This same Marc Thiessen is the anointed ghost writer for Wisconsin’s “walker”.

Walker's Wisconsin – The MacIver exclusive 'Atta boy!

Back on February 3rd, 2012 Free Wisconsin asked Is the IRS sleeping?

The requirement for tax exemption according to law was posted in regard to the Bradley Foundation gift to MacIver Institute $310,000 in funding.

Exemption Requirements – Section 501(c)(3) Organizations

To be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, an organization must be organized and operated exclusively for exempt purposes set forth in section 501(c)(3), and none of its earnings may inure to any private shareholder or individual. In addition, it may not be an action organization, i.e., it may not attempt to influence legislation as a substantial part of its activities and it may not participate in any campaign activity for or against political candidates IRS

On Nov. 19, 2011 Daniel Bice, Bill Glauber and Ben Poston of the Journal Sentinel published a powerful story in the Sunday paper about the Bradley Foundation calling it:

one of the most powerful philanthropic forces behind America’s conservative movement

With that in mind, here is the story from MacIver News Service | September 6, 2013:

Gov. Scott Walker says Wisconsin is Heading in the Right Direction

[Madison, Wisc…] Governor Scott Walker sat down with the MacIver News Service recently to talk about where Wisconsin stands and his goals for the coming months. Walker said that a majority of the statistics and rankings show that Wisconsin’s economy is turning around. His goal is to continue working with employers to create more jobs and would like to build upon the reforms in his budget that will reduce bureaucratic red tape on businesses and consumers. MacIver New Service

Oh, and there is a video! It features Scott Walker reeling off word bites like an alter boy reciting his “Confiteor Deo” kneeling before Monseigneur Moriarty, “key industries’ (nose breath), chamber of commerce survey (eye shift), trend after trend (hand sweep), – the litany of licentiousness before the altar of illegal funding. (but we will get to that in a bit)

Applauding the Tea Party!

Not even the Koch Brothers, with all their billions, can control the tentacles of the dark octopi they pitch into the political waters like black ink. The tea party failed to undermine Obama with “birther” propaganda, operation freedom or Benghasi, but now they had him. It was the Tea Party that brought the abuse of the non-profit 501 (c)(4) by the IRS, when they accused the agency of singling out conservative groups for delay and rejection of the status based on their far-right political leanings – and the dark ink was spread and released – but it backfired! The octopus spewed from the political pond to land on the face of Michael Grebe, president of the Bradley Foundation (pictured below but we will get to that in a bit).

Path to limitation of corporate campaign funding laid bare

Just like I was saying back in February of 2012, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) announced on Wednesday a lawsuit challenging the Internal Revenue Service’s rules for certain tax-exempt nonprofit groups that have become major vehicles for political spending in the last few years.

IRS Sued Over Rule That Lets Dark Money Flood Elections Posted: 08/21/2013 2:23 pm EDT

The lawsuit challenges one specific IRS regulation covering tax-exempt nonprofits organized under section 501(c)(4) of the U.S. Tax Code. The tax code requires that these nonprofits be “exclusively” engaged in social welfare activity. But the IRS’ 1959 interpretation states that 501(c)(4) nonprofits need only be “primarily” engaged in their stated social welfare activity — a looser rule that has opened the door to significant political activity by some of these groups. The lawsuit gives as examples in the last election Crossroads GPS, founded by GOP operative Karl Rove, and Priorities USA, a 501(c)(4) affiliated with the pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action.
Huffington Post

The shift of one word spells Walker defeat

The wording of the actual law regarding non-profits and campaign financing reads,”exclusively for exempt purposes set ” but the IRS has been using the word, “primarily for exempt purposes”.

With the shift of one word in the IRS’s description of non-profit eligibility for tax exemption for political purposes, could wipe out some of the ability for Walker to make a $300,000 media buy in 2014.

What What about the Bradley Foundation

Why does the money pour into the Walker coffers and enable him to shell out a $300,000 media buy?

It is simple, really. It can be boiled down to one word “control”. Most people have never experienced the addictive emotional lift that comes with holding a lot of money. Many can identify with this lift by recalling the moment they signed the mortgage papers for a house or farm. It is a rush of sorts. It’s not unlike the rush of an addicted gambler who loses the family farm on a bet just to get the rush of the risk, except that the wealthy 1% can afford the gamble with little risk of personal debt or injury. They sit around the poker table of tax exempt foundations, and legislative alliances and lay down their bets in a game to alter public policy to their liking. The rush of the moment is filled with the adrenaline of the gamble for control. What a rush for them. What a “fun” game!

One of the main bullet points, high on the agenda of control, is privatization. Why are these self defined conservatives investing big money in dismantling government in favor of privatization of education, social security, health care, and nearly every other public program? They gain corporate control. The administration of government programs will no longer be influenced by the people of a representative government, but will be run by private, corporate, boards of directors, and the foundation leaders and organizations like the Bradley Foundation, Koch Bros, and Americans for Prosperity will be first in line to gain the power of control of the brave, new corporate America.

Wealth buys power and control of the message

Just such a man is Michael W. Grebe president and chief executive of the Bradley Foundation, which during the period of 2001 to 2009, doled out nearly as much money as the seven Koch and Scaife foundations combined. Less than a week after being elected governor, Scott Walker and his wife met privately with Michael Grebe, one of the most powerful philanthropic forces behind America’s conservative movement. The list of major recipients reads like an all-star roster of conservative think tanks: millions of dollars directed to well-known groups such as the Hudson Institute, the Heritage Foundation, the American Enterprise Institute, the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, and the Federalist Society – all trying to put their stamp on three branches of government.

Grebe likened the Bradley Foundation to the 1960s Green Bay Packers, who ruled the football world with a fearsome ground game and a deceptively simple running play, the sweep.

“We’re going to run off tackle, right over there, and we’re telling you we’re going to run there and we’re going to knock you on your butt and carry the ball down the field,” Grebe said during an interview inside the foundation’s headquarters near downtown. “There are no surprises.”

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The Bradley Foundation is a “Philanthropic” Organization

As a tax exempt foundation the Bradley Foundation is not allowed to involve itself in political activities. So, how is it that the foundation’s money supports ideas, as well as political leaders like Scott Walker, who have turned those ideas into action, and have helped drive America’s conservative revolution over the past quarter-century?

Good question.

Taking Michael Grebe’s football analogy and running with it, the video below cries foul to the political activities of this tax exempt foundation and its president “Greedy Grebe”

Demand that the IRS review the activities of the Bradley Foundation and its violation of 501(c)(4) statutes.

2014 – WARNING No one has declared

The 2014 Wisconsin gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014

WARNING

No One
Has Declared

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One of the most important elections in the history of Wisconsin will take place in just 15 months. Incumbent Republican Governor Scott Walker announced he will seek a second term, yet democrats and progressives remain focused on variations on the theme: This is what is wrong.

The lesson from the June 5, 2012 recall election, other than the total disarray of the voting system in Wisconsin, is that people do not vote against something – people vote for something. A sea change in the conversation of democrats and progressives must evolve or the morning November 5, 2014 will feel much like the morning of June 6, 2012.

Democrats and progressives are already far behind

One of the most important assets for a candidate in a statewide race is name recognition. Even if an opposition candidate were to declare with strong backing today, the strong asset of name recognition would lie firmly on the side of Walker. The strategy that “is working” for Walker in Wisconsin is “Divide and Conquer” especially as it relates to another adage: “all news is good news”.

The recall election and every protest of his policies, past and present has, not only served to lift the name of Scott Walker as an icon in the State consciousness, but also in the national arena. The movement of “no” has served to provide a conduit for money to flow into his campaign chest from all over the country – currently over 30 million dollars.

If you “google” Scott Walker “images”, like it or not, you will find over a dozen pages of photos depicting the name and presence of the man who is doing most everything wrong: the man who curtailed collective bargaining rights, the man who allowed mining companies to write legislation, the man who set new policies for permits in the State Capitol, the man who abolished the Department of Commerce in favor of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation to produce jobs that never materialized, the man who refused the federal funding offered by the Affordable Care Act, and….and… the list goes on. All the laws, policies, and “reforms” that are wrong, wrong, wrong.

People do not vote against something, they vote for something

At this late date, democrats and progressives have not offered a front running candidate. No one has declared. Voters are well acquainted with what the opposition is against, but who and what are democrats and progressives for? What is the choice?

While the opposition rails against the strategy of “Divide and Conquer” as wrong, they have yet to announce a candidate, strategy, or platform for “Unify and Win”. Every hour that passes without a clear message of what to vote for, is time wasted. Hand sitting and political shuffling at this late date is little more than the division part of “Divide and Conquer” at work. While Scott Walker is criticized for doing the wrong thing again by traveling out of state for fund raisers, he is filling a war chest that will win him the governorship in 2014. Meanwhile, the opposition has not made a choice, even though most would agree that a cardboard cut out of Bugs Bunny would be a better choice for Governor than Scott Walker, who is doing everything wrong, wrong, wrong.

Yet, not one person has stepped up. No one has declared. The strategy seems to be that old traditional one; the old way that promises defeat – to troll through the primary process to finally come up with an alternative candidate to run against Scott Walker, who is out raising millions of dollars and further enhancing his name recognition on the national stage.
2014

Here is the list from Wiki in alphabetical order

Peter W. Barca, Minority Leader Wisconsin State Assembly
Mary Burke, Member of the Madison school district board
Dave Cieslewicz, former Mayor of Madison
Lori Compas, nominee for Wisconsin Senate in 2012
Kevin Conroy, biotechnology executive
John Dickert, Mayor of Racine
Jon Erpenbach, State Senator
Dave Hansen, State Senator
Mark L. Harris, Winnebago County Executive
Dianne Hesselbein, State Assemblywoman
Brett Hulsey, State Assemblyman
Sara Johann, political activist
Steve Kagen, former U.S. Representative
Jessica King, former State Senator
Herb Kohl, former U.S. Senator
Chris Larson, Minority Leader of the Wisconsin Senate
Julie Lassa, State Senator
Mahlon Mitchell, Nominee for Lieutenant Governor in 2012
Gwen Moore, U.S. Representative
Tom Nelson, Outagamie County Executive and nominee for Lieutenant Governor in 2010
Francis Klein, Wisconsin Pirate Party Candidate for Governor
Dave Obey, former U.S. Representative
Joe Parisi, Dane County Executive
Jennifer Shilling, State Senator
Chris Taylor, State Assemblywoman
Kathleen Vinehout, State Senator and candidate for Governor in 2012






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Vote Wisconsin: WAVE the Progressive WEDC

WAVE and/or Liberty Tree Secrecy and Incompetence

Walker dismantled the Department of Commerce and replaced it with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) that was to be the blueprint for Neoconservative efficiency – the flagship of the new Walker reform of reforms promised to accomplish the lofty goal of creating jobs, jobs, jobs. It has failed. The promised jobs have not been created, and new department has been reorganized, reshuffled, and even questioned as an authentic government agency that can be authorized to accept federal funding from HUD.

WAVE the progressive WEDC

Fourteen months ago the Wisconsin Wave announced an audit of the June 5 Recall Election

An organization called The Wave conducted an audit of the vote count in the June 5 Recall Election.

Money was collected for support, volunteers were recruited, more money was collected, and more audits of the recall vote were scheduled throughout the state. Volunteers who inquired about helping with the audit learned that they were required to sign a confidentiality agreement before being allowed to participate. since the process was not an audit but an investigation. Framing the vote recount as an “investigation” became a rationalization to hold results of the audit in secret until the “said investigation” was complete. So, the results were held in secret within the circle of operatives of Wisconsin Wave.
Read The WAVE’s John Doe Investigation of Your Vote

Somehow “The Wave” morphed into “The Liberty Tree Foundation”


The new morphed organization sent out an email on September 19, 2012
Four months after the recall election.

Liberty Tree’s Wisconsin Wave project began an historic hand-count of ballots from the June 5th gubernatorial recall election.

What we have found so far includes:
Inconsistent and tamper-prone methods of securing ballot bags
Widespread use of unverifiable touch screen machines in a state where these devices are officially designated as handicap accessible equipment only
And most disturbingly, a number of counties where our hand-counts of paper optiscan ballots often differed from election night totals.

To complete this vital campaign we need your support right now!

Sincerely,

Adam Porton
National Director
[The “Donate” button above has been disabled for good reason]

The email goes on to say:

“Finishing up counts in other high priority counties where discrepancies have been found. The bigger our data set, the more complete our picture of these problems will be.
Compiling what percentage of Wisconsin voters used unverifiable touch-screen voting machines. Unbelievably, this information is not compiled by the state election authority, and so normally is not available to the public (or anyone for that matter).

After 14 months NOTHING NEW

Thanks, but we knew all of this.

People working on auditing the June 5 election vote, outside the Liberty Wave Tree organization, discovered these anomalies, conducted recounts, and painstakingly examined spread sheets, while Liberty Wave Tree would not share a shred of information pertinent to the audit or even the logistics; in which county or on what day they were scheduled to count ballots. As a result of the WAVE veil of secrecy, people were working at cross purposes against the goal of producing a verifiable audit.

You will notice that the email is worded with all the finesse of a professional fund raiser and punctuated by the ever present “Donate” button. Yet, the Liberty Wave Tree has never publicly reported how much money was raised or how it was spent. Not a word. Meanwhile other organizations were conducting audits paying for their own gas, and giving of their time with no “Donate” button.

The Wave’s self imposed secrecy works to the detriment of the stated goal: the discovery of of anomalies to demonstrate how our current system offers voters no transparency. Yet, the Wave chose to operate in a veil of secrecy every bit as suspect, closed, and proprietary as the process they hope to defeat!

The stated mission of Wisconsin Wave

This Wisconsin Wave is awave force independent of political parties and partisan elected officials. It is an awakening of Wisconsinites independent of –but not exclusive of– whatever other political, or organizational affiliations we each might have.

Time to Deliver

Fourteen months have passed since June 5, 2012.

WAVE/Liberty Tree continues to call for donations

No report or communication of the recall “investigation” has been made public since September 2012.

Many feel that the the audit of the June 5 recall election was hijacked and made secret by the Wave/Liberty Tree organization, but took a “wait and see” stance, since WAVE seemed to offer an organization with structure and a budget.

The “wait and see” stance is over. It is well past time for Wave/Liberty Tree to account for their activities regarding the “investigation” of the June 5 recall election.






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Walker's Wisconsin "6th Worst Governor"

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington names Walker the 6th worst governor in America

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) according to its website, is “dedicated to promoting ethics and accountability in government and public life by targeting government officials who sacrifice the common good to special interests.”
Cap Times

CREW offers a detailed report on the evaluation. The short list is itemized in the 7 points below and you can read the full report through the PDF link at the bottom.

Short list

Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) was elected in 2010 and won a recall election in 2012. He is running for re-election in 2014. His inclusion stems from:
(1) using his office to promote donors’interests;
(2) illegally using state troopers to track down his political opponents;
(3) an investigation into illegal activity by his aides;
(4) diverting money from a nationwide mortgage settlement;
(5) an investigation into the state economic development corporation he chairs;
(6) dismissing a political appointee for signing the recall petition against him; and
(7) advocating for new voter identification restrictions.

CREW Analysis PDF

The people of Wisconsin have suffered through all of the itemized actions of Scott Walker since 2010, but missing from the list is the most annoying and clawing of Walker’s behaviors. Some call it arrogance, some say it’s hypocrisy, still others just call him a sneak and a liar. Yet, what is baffling, and hand wringing frustrating, is that his most recent approval rating remains at 48%! The question is, how is this possible? And we run down the list of rationalizations for the rating that seems way too high. Is it because he has the money to control his message and most people do not look or research beyond the headlines? Has Wisconsin really turned that much more red, and if so, why did Obama carry the state in the last election?

I don’t have an answer, but can only continue to dramatize the hypocrisy of Scott Walker. This time with a slide show in which the images are contrasted to quotes that are lifted from CBN’s Brody File, a major conservative evangelical listening-post. Some time ago it published a series of excerpts from interviews with WI Gov. Scott Walker.

You can read the full interview at the bottom of the post.

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People ask all the time, to Tonette [his wife] and I, how do you get through this? It’s just really prayer. It’s the prayers that we have as a family, that we have individually, and the prayers that people tell us about

People ask all the time, to Tonette [his wife] and I, how do you get through this? It’s just really prayer. It’s the prayers that we have as a family, that we have individually, and the prayers that people tell us about. And those that we don’t even hear about, but we feel people all around our state and really all around the country, that people go out of their way to lift us up, and it’s just, it has been so amazing to us, and really as a family, I think it has made us stronger. We realize that all this is just a temporary thing and God’s got a plan for us that, who knows where it might be, beyond just serving as Governor of this state, but if we stay true to that, there’s always comfort. And God’s grace is always abundant no matter what you do, and it’s just every step of the way. In fact our Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, she asked me about this the other day, she’s just been spectacular as well. She asked me, she said, Scott, do you feel like you’re living your faith strong enough? She was asking me about this on a trip we were on. And I said yeah, the interesting thing is for me, it’s not just about going out and quoting scripture, it’s in how you live. And what I’ve tried to do over this past year is even at the moments of the peak of the attacks and the incivility and everything else, to make sure what I did was calm, it was reasoned, and that I was responding in kind. .Washington Monthly

Is an Election Coming Up?

The Spring Election will be held Tuesday, April 2, 2013

State offices to be elected include Superintendent of Public Instruction, Supreme Court Justice, Court of Appeals and Circuit Court.

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The Supreme Court Election is Non-patisan – Ha ha!

Just like the sequester battle. Just like the mining bill. Just like the refusal to accept federal dollars for Badger Care. This is another non-partisan issue.

This is the first Supreme Court election since…

Kathy Nicholaus “found” the 14,000 votes and put choking Prosser back on the bench.

This is the first State election since

Walker refused federal health care funds.
The state John Doe probe announces it will not prosecute Walker.
The GOP legislature lines up to pass the mining bill.

Read more about candidate Roggensack at Roggensack cognidissidence