One Year of Free Wisconsin

The first post under the heading “Free Wisconsin” was headlined “Sleeping Giant Awakes in Wisconsin”. It really reflects my personal waking, as from a cold sweat, trembling nightmare, except that no shaking of the head or pinching of myself could make it go away. It was real.

Thus began a daily posting of the barrage of assaults on the rules, procedures, and dignity of the government of Wisconsin in the long year of GOP control under Scott Walker. My posts are often accompanied with a photo-shop picture or two, so I picked a picture with a caption to trace the evolution of events in Wisconsin over the first six months of the past year.

The tentacles of the Koch Brothers

The Koch lobbying office on the capital square The REAL Koch Bros

February 23rd, 2011 | Author: Dennis Kern

The Call was a prank….the lobbying office is REAL
Judging from the cozy conversation Scott Walker had with the prankster David Koch, one might suspect that similar calls could be made from this quaint little office.

Rally in Richland Center

A little piece of American SOLIDARITY

March 10th, 2011 | Author: Dennis Kern

There was a demonstration in front of the Court House in Richland County, Wisconsin, America at 9:00 a.m. CST on March 10, 2010.
It will never go in Wisconsin in the long run; not with these Wisconsin born and bred people of strong and tested will in opposition.

I left confident of success and damn proud of Wisconsin!

A mother with her children stood bundled against the cold holding hand-made, cardboard with magic marker signs.

The First GOP Senator triggered for recall

CALL DAN KAPANKE – Update 3-30″

FROM the LaCrosse Tribune

La Crosse area Democrats say they will file petitions today with enough signatures to trigger a recall election of Sen. Dan Kapanke, one of eight Senate Republicans targeted…

March 15th, 2011 | Author: Dennis Kern

Recall organizer Pat Scheller said volunteers have gathered more than the 15,588 signatures needed and that they plan to take them to Madison after a noon rally today at La Crosse City Hall.

It is expected to be the first completed of 19 active recall efforts registered between Feb. 24 and March 2 against 16 senators.

Most consistanly read post

April 5th, 2011 | Author: Dennis Kern

Why is it important to know who the Koch Bros are? Ask Bernie Sanders the Senator from Vermont who stood on the floor of the Senate for most of a whole day to deliver a good, old fashioned filibuster, which has become known as “The Amazing Speech”, to stop the action that would extend tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans.

Who are the Koch Bros? Why should I care?

Summer of recall campaigns and elections

What a season of awakening and action with the result: a record breaking, recall of six (to date) Wisconsin GOP Senators facing a recall election in July! Summer of UNREST
May 1st, 2011 | Author: Dennis Kern

This is monumental! This is what Democracy looks like!

Count them Darling, Kapanke, Olson, Hopper, Cowles, Harsdorf! All stood with Walker and when Spring came they found the ice melting beneath their feet. Final hour recall drives are still going on for the remaining two of the now infamous GOP 8!

The “found” votes

Holy!- STEALING WISCONSIN- Sexy!
May 5th, 2011 | Author: Dennis Kern

We all suspect that the real problem in the Wisconsin recount is not likely to turn up in the recount of votes because it is quite possible that the votes being counted are already flipped! Why are we not getting to the real suspect issues: Kathy Nickolaus’ criminal history, “special software” given to her alone by the GAB (the board responsible for administrating the state-wide recount), the storage vote counting software on her private computer, the proven vulnerability of the Sequoia (Waukesha) voting system to hacking and manipulation?

Sexy Gap Opening in Ballot Bags!

Vote bags in Waukesha ripped, torn, and even duct taped

The Brad Blog calls the Waukesha recount a “Dog and Pony Show” Fraud 9 – Duct Tape (Really!)
May 21st, 2011 | Author: Dennis Kern
They make it sound the Kloppenburg found a rip in a single ballot bag and are claiming fruad. It wasn’t one bag. It was many bags. Not only did they appear slit, torn, and lapping open the numbering would be an embarrassment to a third grader! To top it off the slit bags were repaired with duct tape!

The curtailment of collective bargaining becomes law

Prosser and Activist Judges
June 15th, 2011 | Author: Dennis Kern

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.

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Waukesha Fraud – Deep Throat Speaks
June 17th, 2011 | Author: Dennis Kern

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!

The covert workings of the American Legislative Exchange Council is exposed

ALEC – Anti Labor Elderly Children
July 15th, 2011 | Author: Dennis Kern

How does this activity differ from legislators meeting in party caucus, or designing a party platform for legislative action?

– The workings of ALEC are secret. In fact, the existence of the “council” was all but unknown until the past few months even though its influence on Wisconsin legislation can be traced back to the Thompson Administration.

– The workings of ALEC have nothing to do with “we the people” or promoting the general welfare, but focus firmly on the “pursuit of happiness” for the already most privileged and wealthy top 1% of the population.

The Walker Policies never seemed a match for the historical character of Wisconsin.

What if the wealthiest Americans formed a secret organization


The Government Accountability Board and Kathy Nickolaus

Round and Round we go expecting different results? Election Merry-Go-Round
August 10th, 2011 | Author: Dennis Kern

Um, Dems better look into what is going on in district 8! MSNBC “With 62% of the vote in the dem had a 52/48 advantage, then, with 63% in the dem had a 51/49 advantage, THEN with a 64% of the votes in the republican had a 51/49 advantage. THAT CANNOT BE! A 1% swing cannot suddenly give the republican 3% points IF previously a 1% swing took away only ONE % point from the democratic challenger. THIS is the “smoking gun” – that should be investigated by the Dems TODAY. It’s PROOF Nicholas sat on democratic votes. Someone needs to get a copy of the MSNBC tape and look at what i was looking at. Again, if a 1% swing at 10pm means 1,000 votes, then, 1% swing at 11pm CANNOT mean 4,000 votes!!!”

Posted by Darcy Gustavsson of the Election Integrity group on face book.

More and more nasty weather in Waukesha

Hurricane Kathy Rips Wisconsin
August 25th, 2011 | Author: Dennis Kern
A “KAT 4? Hurricane made landfall in the City of Brookfield in Waukesha County in April, 2011 leaving 14,000 residents stripped of their votes.
The massive storm caught the residents of Wisconsin completely unaware. Few warnings were posted by the Government Accountability Bureau regarding the severity of the storm that left thousands of Wisconsin Residents stripped of their freedoms and at the mercy of the devastating power of special interest groups such as Americans for Prosperity and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) – the shadowy Koch Brothers, big tobacco, insurance companies, and a drug industry consortium.
Kathy Leaves Path of Destruction Across State

Wisconsin Senator Shilling – RESILIENCE! ∝

Sometimes a defining moment arrives that holds us in awe, when our eyes get teary, spines pulse, and we exhale as one.

I attended the victory celebration in La Crosse as Candidate Shilling became Senator Shilling when just such a defining moment arrived and circled the room and lifted the hours of work by hundreds of signature petitioners, campaign workers, and voters into a dimension of ….well there is no word. The moment is not to be described in a word just as the mathematical concept of eternity is not described by a number but by bow tie symbol. – ∝

Once candidate, now Senator Shilling, was speaking of the gratitude she held for all the volunteers, staff, and ordinary people who demonstrated deep conviction through weather, political maneuvering, and even fire to free Wisconsin from an over reach which sent democracy “of the people” into divisive chapter in the book of fair mindedness and transparency in State Government. The word she used was “resilience”. As she spoke, a little boy ran up before the podium clapping and cheering. Most didn’t know who the boy was until Senator Shilling, not missing a beat, took her son Zack in her arms and carried him to the podium and spoke, “Zach, you are resilient!”.

The air shifted and the slightest pause was followed by applause and cheers. Senator Shilling, in a magic moment, struck a cord that tuned politics out of the harmonics of recall elections, politics, and vilification of one side and the other. She became, Mom. Just a mom holding her son as she might have in the family room at home.

The photo appeared in the Crawford County, Independent Scout with the caption; “Victory is Sweeter, with a little love”. It got me to thinking, about Wisconsin politics, recall elections, and stark divisiveness tearing at the very seams of our lives. At the same time and not so far away, Dan Kapanke was delivering his concession speech. In conceding his loss he told his followers that they should support Senator Shilling; a suggestion that was met with boos and hisses. He followed the reaction with another suggestion, that if they couldn’t support her now, to wait until they could. He had no regrets about voting with Walker curtailing collective bargaining rights, and said the majority of voters in the district demonstrated that they disagreed.

I strongly disagree with Kapanke, but in the end, he demonstrated civility. For me, it is all that was ever asked of him. The picture of Mom, Senator, and Son is the icon for hope for the sweetness of love, respect, and civility in the future of our beautiful, Packer loving, Wisconsin.

– ∝

Day of Reckoning Aug 9 TODAY!

FREE Senate District 8 From Darling

Alberta Darling Recall petitions filed Friday April 22

GOOD BYE DARLING – RECALL APPROVED MAY 31


21,000 signatures were canvassed against Darling’s performance as a Representative for the people of Milwaukee.

Organizer Christopher Rowe said that they had close to 30,000 signatures.

For weeks, recall organizers in Milwaukee’s northern suburbs stood on busy street corners — and went everywhere else they could think of — to collect recall signatures against Republican Sen. Alberta Darling.

Darling Refuses to Debate – WHY?

Darling Ducks Debates
July 14, 2011 – 10:57am
Following Pasch Challenge, Darling Turns Down Debate Invitations from Community Groups

WHITEFISH BAY — After weeks of ignored phone calls, letters and media inquiries, the Darling campaign has finally admitted to avoiding debates with Representative Sandy Pasch. Alberta Darling’s campaign to retain her state Senate seat of nearly 20 years has finally replied to a debate request from Disability Rights Wisconsin and another from Advocates for Education with a firm, ‘thanks, but no thanks.’

Hello Sandy Pasch!


Visit Sandy’s Web site


July 15, 2011 |(125) Comments

Madison — Sen. Alberta Darling is in a dead heat with her Democratic challenger in next month’s recall election, according to a new poll released by the Democratic party.

Darling (R-River Hills) slightly trailed her challenger Rep. Sandy Pasch (D-Whitefish Bay), who had 47% of likely voters to Darling 46%, a difference that was within the poll’s margin of error.

The poll done for Democrats by the Mellman Group showed that Pasch has closed the gap between her and Darling from another survey done in May that showed Darling with a 9 percentage point lead.
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FREE Senate District 14 from Olsen

Luther Olsen Recall petition filed April 17

Good Bye Luther – RECALL APPROVED MAY 31

The woman who initially filed the recall against the Ripon Republican Sen. Luther Olsen returned over 23,000 signatures to the Government Accountability Board on April 17.

Luther Olsen’s Record on Women’s Health:

During his career in the Wisconsin Legislature, Luther Olsen consistently voted against women’s health and for some of the most extreme anti-women’s health policies, including:

Voted FOR Eliminating Funding for Planned Parenthood
Voted FOR Eliminating BadgerCare Family Planning Coverage for Men
Voted FOR $500 Million Cut to Medicaid
Voted FOR Conceal Carry, including in Health Care Facilities
Voted AGAINST Healthy Youth Act
Voted AGAINST Expedited Partner Therapy
Voted AGAINST Birth Control Protection Act
Voted AGAINST Pay Equity Act
Voted FOR Patient Abandonment
Voted FOR Discrimination Amendment
Voted FOR Junk Science
Voted FOR Denial of Health Care
Voted FOR State Gag Rule
Voted AGAINST Contraceptive Equity
Voted FOR Health Care for “Unborn” instead of Women
Voted FOR Denial of Birth Control
Voted FOR Denial of Prenatal Care
Voted FOR Mandatory 24 Hour Waiting Period and Lecture

Hello Fred Clark!

Join the Fun!

Clark for Wisconsin is a grassroots campaign, and we need your help to win this election.

We have unlimited need for volunteers – in all areas of the 14th Senate District.

If you are willing to

answer the phones,
bake a pie,
call your friends and neighbors,
distribute literature,
give a neighbor a ride to the polls,
help out at campaign events,
introduce Fred to your neighbors,
join a phone bank,
knock on doors,
march in parades,
put up a yard sign,
staff a campaign office,
sticker your bumper,
stuff envelopes,
wear a button,

Visit Fred’s Web Site


BARABOO — On July 20, the Clark for Wisconsin campaign released internal polling showing Rep. Fred Clark in the lead for the first time. According to a memo released by The Mellman Group, Clark leads 45% to 43% with 12% of the vote remaining undecided…

Visit Fred’s Supporters on Face Book

FREE Senate District 2 from Cowles

Cowles recall petition filed Thursday April 28

GOOD BY ROB – RECALL APPROVED MAY 31

26,524 signatures were filed to recall GOP Sen. Rob Cowles while only 15,960 were required. Cowles name is added to the list of Republican Senators who rubber stamped embattled Scott Walkers draconian budget/union busting proposal. Voters will soon be able to show their displeasure with the Senate Majority in approximately sixty days.

Cowles addition to the Historic recall list breaks all state and national records for any action of its kind in history! When the people asked you to vote against Walker’s over reaching, draconian budget repair bill back in February, you stood with him. You stand with him now. It is Summer and the ice on which you stood has melted.

Republicans in Wisconsin have lashed out against the recall process, calling it unfair, and rolling out what’s become the party’s motto in the state: “Elections have consequences.”

In an episode of his little-watched “Brown Bag Lunch” YouTube series (a continued gimmick of Walker’s campaign about him being a humble, fiscally-responsible guy who brings a brown bag lunch to work), the governor called the recalls “a distraction.” It’s noteworthy that Walker won his last position as Milwaukee County Executive in an election that was a technically a recall — until the scandalized incumbent resigned.

Hello Nancy Nusbaum!


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Statement from 2nd Senate District Candidate Nancy Nusbaum on Recall Election Against Senator Cowles Called on July 12th
May 31, 2011 – 1:48pm

DE PERE – 2nd Senate District candidate issued the following statement today after the Government Accountability Board certified a recall election against Senator Cowles for July 12th.

“We need to hold politicians like Senator Cowles accountable for balancing the budget on the backs of the middle class, and slashing priorities like schools, health care and help for seniors while giving away hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks to the privileged and large corporations.” said Nusbaum, “We need to bring change to Madison now, before Sen. Cowles and his party bosses do any more damage to our shared Wisconsin values, and we need a state senator who will always put the people first.”
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FREE Senate District 18 From Hopper

Randy Hopper recall petition was filed on Thursday April 7 -2011

GOOD BYE RANDY – RECALL APPROVED MAY 31

Randy Hopper, like Dan Kapanke before him, made his choice when he cast his lot with Scott Walker and his extreme power grab. Today, a coalition of Republicans, Democrats and independents took the historic step of calling him to account.

This time Dems filed 23,946 signatures to recall state senator Hopper, even though only 15,629 are required.

MADISON — This winter, Senator Randy Hopper’s personal life became public when his wife announced he was no longer residing at the home he still lists on his legislative website

— and to this day is where he is registered to vote. While voters and media clamored over the scandalous nature of this information, this more issue-based, legal question has come to light.

While Senator Hopper has been a proud proponent of the voter ID laws, it would appear he is breaking with his own principles when he went to cast a ballot in fall 2010 and spring 2011 while living in Madison.

Hello Jessica King!

Visit Jessica’s Web Site


Jessica King was born and raised in Fond du Lac County by disabled parents, and overcame many life challenges at a young age. Becoming a ward of the state at age 15, Jessica put herself through college with hard work and scholarships. Jessica earned several academic and leadership honors during her college career at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. After college King pursued a law degree and graduated from Thomas Jefferson Law School.

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FREE Senate District 10 From Harsdorf

Sheila Harsdorf (River Falls) petition filed on April 19

GOOD BYE SHEILA – RECALL APPROVED MAY 31

Over 110% of required signatures were gathered against her in the River Falls area. She voted with Walker and against working families of Wisconsin. She said “yes” to the vote suppression bill that will disenfranchise many poor, minority, and senior voters. It is now time for her to face the voters who she failed to listen too.

The Harsdorf campaign has sunk to a new low.

I received a call the other night from someone in Utah. The caller asked me a few straightforward questions. Are you Republican or Democrat? Will you vote in the recall election? Do you support Harsdorf or Moore? And then a string of questions designed to push me into changing my mind. Would you still vote for Moore if you knew that…followed by a half-truth or outright lie.

Hello Shelly Moore!

Visit Shelly’s Supporters on Face book

Shelly Moore
Director
National Education Association

Hailing from a family of educators, Shelly Moore, a high school English and drama teacher at Ellsworth Community High School, has 12 years of experience in the classroom. She was elected to the National Education Association (NEA) Board of Directors in 2005.

Moore’s calling is teaching self-confidence and creative expression to students by directing school musicals and plays, as well as coaching forensics and other academic competition teams. She is past president of the state theatre educators association, the Alliance for Wisconsin Theatre Education. She also volunteers with local community theatre and arts organizations and at the River Falls domestic and sexual violence shelter.

FREE Wisconsin Senate District 32 from Kapanke

The Kapanke recall drive broke records. His petition was the first to be filed.

GOOD BYE DAN – RECALL APPROVED MAY 31

Dems and labor activists in the state collected nearly 23,000 signatures in Kapanke’s districts in 29 days — less than half the 60 allotted —which has tied the record for the fastest collection of signatures for a recall election in recent Wisconsin state history.

Kapanke is another of the “Stand with Walker” legislators who went as far a breaking the law to pass the end to collective bargaining bill in the secretive meeting voted unconstituional by Judge Sumi last week. Now, it is time for the people of La Crosse to tell you what happens to Senators who fail to listen to their voices with their votes.

June 30, 2011 – 9:05pm
La Crosse Tribune

By Chris Hubbuch | chubbuch@lacrossetribune.com

LA CROSSE – A new poll shows Sen. Dan Kapanke far behind his Democratic challenger in a summer recall election in which few likely voters remain undecided.

State Rep. Jennifer Shilling holds a 14-point lead over Kapanke among likely voters, according to the poll commissioned by the liberal blog Daily Kos and conducted last week by Public Policy Polling.

HELLO JENNIFER SHILLING!

Visit Jennifer’s Web Site
Representative Shilling has served on the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance, as well as committees dealing with colleges and universities, financial institutions, health services, insurance, and workforce development. She continues to be heavily involved in these issues and is also a member of the Wisconsin Technology Council Board of Directors.

In addition to her work in the Assembly and as a mother of two, Jennifer is very involved in the La Crosse community. She serves on the UW-La Crosse Alumni Association Board of Directors the UW- La Crosse Chancellor’s Community Council, the Viterbo University Board of Advisors, the Family and Children’s Center Community Board, the La Crosse County League of Women Voters, and volunteers for the United Way. She is also a founding member and co-chair of the La Crosse Area Dental Care Advocacy Coalition, which is dedicated to increasing access to dental care for all Wisconsin residents.
Visit Jennifer’s Supporters on Face book

Democratic Recall Candidates

Senator Dave Hansen – 30th District – Democrat

Democratic Sen. Dave Hansen defeated Republican recall organizer David VanderLeestduring the first of those elections with 66 percent of the vote.

But unlike VanderLeest, who raised only $2,000 compared to Hansen’s $318,000, candidates challenging the other two Democrats and six Republicans facing recalls have far more money and party support.

Visit Dave’s web page

Dave Hansen was first elected to serve the 30th Senate District in November 2000. In November 2002, he was elected Senate Assistant Minority Leader by his colleagues. In November 2006, Dave was elected Senate Assistant Majority Leader.

He is a former teacher, truck driver, and lifelong Green Bay Packer fan. He co-authored the 2009 Labor History in the Schools Act, saying “at a time when people are hurting, primarily as a result of a Wall Street dominated culture that promoted greed and get-rich-quick schemes over the value of hard work, it is important for our young people to learn about the important role that organized labor and working men and women have played in helping create the middle class.

Senator Hansen currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Joint Finance Committee.

Keep Wisconsin Senate District 12 FREE on August 16

Jim Holperin, Democrat – Conover,

Visit Jim’s Web Site
Born Eagle River, December 18, 1950; married; 2 children. Graduate Eagle River H.S. 1969; B.S. UW-Whitewater 1973. Full-time legislator. Former executive director, Trees for Tomorrow Natural Resources Specialty School; director of aging programs, Vilas Co.; legislative analyst, Wis. Assembly; business services coordinator, North Central Wis. Workforce Development Bd. Member: Rotary International (past pres. of Eagle River club); Northwoods Land Trust (bd. mbr.); 1000 Friends of Wisconsin (founding bd. mbr.); WXPR Public Radio (founding bd. mbr.). Former member: Nicolet College Bd. of Trustees; Wisconsin Rural Leadership Program (bd. mbr.); Governor’s Forestry Council. Asst. Chief Clerk, Wis. Senate 1977-79. Secretary, Wis. Dept. of Tourism 2003-07.

Elected to Assembly 1982-1992; elected to Senate 2008. Majority Caucus Sergeant at Arms 2009.

Does Kim Simac Think the United States is on the Path to Becoming Nazi Germany?

Outrageous Tweet Raises Serious Questions

MADISON-The Kim Simac story gets weirder and weirder with news of a Tweet that appears to say she thinks the United States is on the path to Nazi Germany.
The Tea Party “patriot” who has trouble paying her taxes and makes light of her bizarre spouse-swapping past Tweeted as “ButchTheBuck” in November, 2009, that, “I think of the German people such intelligent wonderful people were led so astray and to slaughter I am beginning to see it clearly now.” (See attached image.)

“Suggesting that America is on the road to becoming the Third Reich raises serious questions about the character of Kim Simac, who has a history of outrageous behavior already,” Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate said Thursday. “Just what does Simac see “clearly” that leads her to believe our great nation could replicate the horror of Nazi Germany? This demands an answer.”
Kim also writes children’s books. Her most recent title? With My Rifle By My Side. Read more about her priority for children’s reading.

Keep Wisconsin Senate District 22 FREE on August 16

Bob Wirch, Democrat – Kenosha

RECENT NEWS Compare the ethics of Bob vs. his opponent

Wirch Will Join Other Legislators Taking Furloughs to Assist in Helping Resolve the State Budget

Deficit Faced with a $6.6 billion budget deficit the State Legislature was faced with difficult choices in the 2009-2011 State of Wisconsin Budget. Every state agency, including the Legislature are forced to make cuts.

The state constitution does not allow legislators to be furloughed, but I will write a check to give back what other employees are being asked to give up.

Kenosha attorney Jonathan Steitz

Attorney Jonathan Steitz has won a Republican primary in a Wisconsin recall election, and now advances to challenge Democratic state Sen. Robert Wirch

Steitz, an international capital markets attorney who practices in Chicago, joins Kenosha County Board Vice Chairman Fred Ekornaas in what will be at least a two-way Republican primary, provided the state certifies a recall election against Sen. Robert Wirch, D-Pleasant Prairie.

They are facing off in the 22nd Senate District, which includes all of Kenosha County except the town of Wheatland, plus the city and town of Burlington.

Steitz said he brings a new generation of leadership to the prospective race. The 38-year-old Pleasant Prairie resident is making his first dive into politics.

“I decided to run because I strongly believe Madison needs leaders who have real-world, private-sector experience, not career politicians,” Steitz said.

Experience Like how to get around paying sales tax?
He was convicted of tax evasion in 2004

Kenosha County Case Number 2003TW000544
Delinquent tax warrant (sales tax)
Plaintiff The Department of Revenue

Amount $ 2,728.32 – Full satisfaction – 01-12-2004

Koch (Darling) Tentacles – Crawford County

Absentee Vote Mailing FRAUD

Koch Brothers – Americans For Prosperity – Out to Fool You

Darling Accused of Criminal Felonie

Darling has colluded with right wing front groups Right to Life, Wisconsin Family Action, Americans for Prosperity, and American Federation for Children.

In a conference call just moments ago, Democratic Party Chair Mike Tate issued a statement in regards to Alberta Darling’s campaign breaking the law. The complaint alleges the Darling campaign has committed 3 felonies.

Read complaint against Darling

When Charles Shultz received an absentee ballot application form with a request to mail it in two days

votekockafter the Senate District 10 recall election, he thought something was fishy.

When Charles Shultz received an absentee ballot application form in the mail on Thursday, July 28, it didn’t take long before he found something fishy with it.

The mailer, sent by conservative advocacy group Americans For Prosperity (AFP) to his North Hudson home, included directions to mail the application to Madison instead of his village clerk.
http://hudson-wi.patch.com/articles/north-hudson-man-files-voter-suppression-complaint-against-americans-for-prosperity

Crawford County is NOT Free of the Koch Bros. Tentacles

From the Crawford County Independent – Thursday, August 4, 2011
by Erin Martin

Robocall, repeat surveys,and confusing absentee ballot applications are all part of the new politics as Wisconsin heads toward an unprecedented eight recall elections in the next two weeks. What to do? You might try to ignore them all and follow your commons sense.

Rolling Ground Resident Displays Fraudulent Mailing
Lamar Janes holds the norticerollinggroundsuspicious absentee ballot application received by his wife on Saturday. Neither Janes nor his wife Lynda Shaller are members of American For Prosperity as the accompanying letter states. The application he’s holding states clearly absentee ballots must be submitted to “city clerks” by August 11. However, absentee ballots cannot be submitted after the election, which is scheduled for this Tuesday, August 9.

This Fraudulent mailing is showing up in county after county throughout the state of Wisconsin in a attempt to suppress the vote for the recall elections.

The tentacles of the super wealthy Koch Brothers can even reach into the smallest townships and communities to advance their endless greed for profit. They have their followers in the Wisconsin legislature in the form of Kapanke, Cowles, Darling, Olsen, Hopper, and Harsdorf, and they want to keep there YES men and women Senators right where they are at all costs.

The same tactics of rule bending and deceit are being employed in the recall elections that prompted the people to circulate the recall petitions in the first place!

Vote against the Koch Bros., Americans For Prosperity, Dan Kapanke tactics on TUESDAY, AUGUST 9.

Moving Right Along – SP for SC

The Arc of the Moral Universe is on the Move

From Jsonline
Madison – Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne said Monday he will request a special prosecutor to make charging decisions regarding a physical altercation between two state Supreme Court justices.

Ozanne – who was involved in the litigation the justices were arguing over during the incident – announced the plan just days after receiving the investigative file from the Dane County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday. Investigators made no recommendation on whether to charge anyone, Ozanne said.

“I will be requesting Dane County’s chief judge (William Foust) to appoint a special prosecutor to review and make any determinations necessary in this matter due to this office’s prominent role in the litigation connected to this incident,” said a statement Ozanne issued. “Process matters. How we do our jobs is just as important as what we do in our jobs. The people of this state deserve to feel confident in the rule of law and the exercise of discretion by their constitutional officers. I take this action not because I feel this office wouldn’t be fair, but so that any decision can be free from accusations to ensure the public’s trust in the system and to allow the incident to be reviewed on the merits with no appearance of political motivation for any decisions or outcome.”

Justice Ann Walsh Bradley has alleged Justice David Prosser put her in a “chokehold” during a June 13 argument, while others have said Bradley came at Prosser with her fists up and he raised his hands to block her or push her back. Four of the other five justices were nearby when the incident occurred in Bradley’s suite of offices in the Capitol.

The incident occurred a day before the deeply divided court issued a 4-3 ruling upholding Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s legislation curtailing collective bargaining for public employees.

The case started when Ozanne, a Democrat, brought a lawsuit claiming a legislative committee violated the state’s open meetings law in March in forwarding the legislation to the state Senate. Ozanne sought to invalidate the law, and implementing it was delayed for months while the case was pending.

The high court ultimately ruled key aspects of the meetings law do not apply to lawmakers.

Good News at a Very Good Time.

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” Theodore Parker

The quote is often attributed to Martin Luther King when it reflects the words of Theodore Parker as explained in detail Here

The altercation in the Supreme Court Chambers can be seen as the lance in the wound of the GOP tactical obliteration of political ethic and the kind of decency of human interaction we teach our children.

It is a fitting time for the dominoes to begin falling along the bend toward justice and right into the tensions of the Recall Elections. Just as the Supreme Court Chambers became the pressure point of release for the months of struggle for preserving the right of people to bargain collectively, so the recall elections will be the point of release for the months disgrace of the Rules of the Legislature, Wisconsin Statutes, and the Wisconsin Constitution by Walker and the march-in-step GOP legislature.

August 9 is a week away. Let the dominoes fall

Kapanke, Darling, Harsdorf, Olsen, Hopper, Cowles were one-and-all deaf to the people of Wisconsin who spoke at public hearings, who showed up at the Capital in the thousands, week after week, and who finally braved the March wind to gather signatures as the only way to make themselves heard.

Front to back Prosser, Walker, Kathy Nickolaus, Fitzgerald, Kevin Kennedy, Van Hollen, Darling



Call it Kharma, Divine Intervention, or Yin Yang, but there is a balance of truth over deceit.

It is the driving force in the plots of countless stories, books, films and in our own experience of life. We in Wisconsin have been waiting for some point of transition or shift in this balance to manifest itself. I don’t know how many times I have heard or read words like, “You can’t make this up.” or “Is there no shame?”, in desperate reaction to the unethical and manipulative maneuverings of the supporters and followers of Governor Scott Walker. Since February we hoped and prayed for a break in the political storm so we could dig out of the pallor that has covered the Wisconsin we know and love. Then finally, it came.

As is the case with most “straw that broke the camel’s back” moments, it came from a place you might least expect and in a manner few would predict. If the author of a court suspense novel where to introduce a character who is a justice in the highest court and who would attack and choke a fellow justice in her chambers, an editor would suggest a rewrite. It would seem a manipulative plot twist that the reader would never swallow and the editor would suggest, “Take it out”.

But it happened.

The story of JusticeProsser’s physical, and angry attack on a Justice Bradley broke yesterday. Prosser responded with statements that carried the rhythm of broken bat on a full count fly ball. First he said, “No comment.” then late last night he suggested the incident was a defensive one and he would be exonerated.

Then came the high fly ball catch, with 2 out, and in bottom of the ninth.

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

Walker GOP Out of Control

Many writers suggest that the GOP is coming apart at the seams; not surprising considering the cloth they chose to cut their banner for a “Balanced Budget” and “Open for Business” is stitched together with the stuff that is breaking the backs of Wisconsin families. The strangle image of Prosser’s attack on Justice Bradley is somewhat ironic. It echos the very pressure Walker has applied to working families, teachers, and all of Wisconsin. The image of strangulation fits the fear and frustration the people of Wisconsin have been experiencing since February. Only some higher force or power could have created the coincidence of it’s manifestation in the hands of Prosser.

The Truth Will Out

No doubt his hand in Waukesha “found votes” episode has taken a toll. The truth will out. We can only hope this opening of the true character of the man will spill into a full explanation of why he went of Delafield in Waukesha County when he was losing the election. What was the subject of his meeting with Walker about? What was the true nature his relationship with his former employee Kathy Nickolaus?

“THE TRUTH WILL COME TO LIGHT” and “THE TRUTH WILL OUT”

-both from Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, Act 2, scene 2-are based on proverbs dating from at least the eleventh century.

Wisconsin a Division of KOCH INDUSTRIES

Here Comes The Koch Money

Why are the Koch Brothers interested in Wisconsin’s Recall Elections?


Koch Brothers’ Americans for Prosperity Begins Six-Figure Ad Buy for GOP Recall Candidates

Wisconsinites See Why ‘David Koch’ Was Told ‘Thanks a Million!’ By Walker During Prank Call As Pro-Republican AFP Spending Tops $500,000 in Wisconsin This Year

Madison — Americans for Prosperity, the organization funded by big oil billionaires David and Charles Koch, has just purchased over $150,000 in television ad time for Green Bay, Madison and Milwaukee in what could be a new wave of spending to try and save the six Republican state Senators who are being recalled for their support of Gov. Scott Walker’s reckless attacks on public education, health care, workers’ rights and the middle class. This is in addition to $380,000 Americans for Prosperity previously spent this year to support Walker’s agenda.

Read One Wisconsin article

They don’t care about the seniors, families and or children of Wisconsin, why would they?

They have funded ALEC Read – ALEC Anti Labor Elderly and Children which, until recently, was a covert and secret organization that entertained legislators from state governments at lavish resorts for the purpose of training them to write legislation. Legislators left with notebooks of model legislation to enact in their various states. Did the model legislation deal with the people’s life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness? No. It was written to change laws on the State level for their pursuit of higher profits and even greater wealth.

The Supreme Court “Citizens United” ruling allowed the wealthiest to buy elections. Before the ruling Supreme Court Justice Claire Thomas attended one of the Koch Bros. lavish gatherings to serve their agenda.Read “Who are the Koch Bros. Why Should I Care? What Country are we living in? Justice is blind to the power of money? Why are the wealthiest people of this country, who already possess clear advantage on an already lop sided playing field, being granted the even greater power of buying elections?

Recall the Koch Bros. Influence on Wisconsin

Regardless of party or political philosophy, the real choice voters are making on August 9 is whether they agree that the wealthiest 1% of Americans, many of whom do not even live in Wisconsin, should hold unfair influence on the lives of Wisconsinites. A vote for Darling, Kapanke, Olsen, Hooper, Harsdorf, Simac is an agreement to the means by which Wisconsin has been divided as they have followed the lead of the Kock Bros., Americans for Prosperity, Walker, and ALEC. It affirms a belief that the wealthiest 1% regardless of their agenda, should be allowed to buy our elections, dictate legislation for our State, and that the power of wealth trumps the power of the people.

Say NO to the Koch Bros., ALEC, and the Tea party Fringe on AUGUST 9

ALEC – Anti Labor Elderly Children

What if the wealthiest Americans formed a secret organization designed to write legislation that would serve to increase profits?

They already have.

It is called the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

Even though the wealthy already have a distinct advantage on the political playing field with the ability to contribute to candidates, form PAC’s, hire lobbyists to sell policies to legislators – all that is not enough. They have moved into a new and dangerous territory of covertly training elected officials to write legislation that furthers their goals and raises the bottom line of the businesses they own.

How does this activity differ from legislators meeting in party caucus, or designing a party platform for legislative action?

– The workings of ALEC are secret. In fact, the existence of the “council” was all but unknown until the past few months even though its influence on Wisconsin legislation can be traced back to the Thompson Administration.

– The workings of ALEC have nothing to do with “we the people” or promoting the general welfare, but focus firmly on the “pursuit of happiness” for the already most privileged and wealthy top 1% of the population.

The Walker Policies never seemed a match for the historical character of Wisconsin.

They had nothing to do with Wisconsin. They were hatched as part of an national agenda for the wealthy.

At the time Governor Walker first took office as Governor, little or nothing was widely known about ALEC. It turns out that most of the controversial legislation passed ending collective bargain, requiring a picture ID to vote, and concealed carry were scripts from ALEC that had been tucked in the locked drawer of their desk on the day they took office.

Wisconsin politics has never seen such a one-sided, highly controversial barrage of legislation that has been passed with historic disregard of the State Constitution, Rules of the Legislature, and State Statues. It is the ALEC way or the highway. It isn’t about “the people” it is about giving more power to the powerful. It isn’t about following the rules or regarding ethics or statesmanship, it is about being swept into the current of a greed which remains incomprehensible to most of us.

Legislators have gone so far with this enchantment with sheer power that they have charged fees for membership back to the tax payers!

The People of Wisconsin Pay for the Membership Fees of Kapanke, Darling, Fitzgerald.

Senate Republicans Make Taxpayers Finance Corporate ALEC Group
Despite Claims ‘We’re Broke,’ Nine Senate Republicans Forced Taxpayers to Pay For Their ALEC Membership This Year, 12 Total Have Current Membership Paid for by Taxpayers

Madison — Twelve current Wisconsin Republican state Senators have forced taxpayers to finance their private membership in the corporate special interest group, the American Legislative Exchange Council, according to documents obtained through an open records request by One Wisconsin Now. The list includes nine Senate Republicans who had taxpayers finance their ALEC memberships this year at the same time they were voting to strip collective bargaining rights from Wisconsin workers and planning drastic cuts to education, health care and public services, claiming the state is in fiscal crisis.

“Senators like Dan Kapanke and Alberta Darling claim the state is broke, but they use our tax dollars to pay for their private membership in a corporate special interest group,” said Scot Ross, One Wisconsin Now Executive Director. “The American Legislative Exchange Council is nothing more than a corporate propaganda machine and Kapanke, Darling and the other 10 Senate Republicans should immediate return the taxpayers’ money and apologize for this improper use of our tax dollars.”

ALEC was founded nearly 40 years ago to create pro-corporate legislation at the expense of the middle class. Among the many corporate and conservative interests to finance the group is the Koch Foundation and Milwaukee’s Bradley Foundation. All 23 members of its public board are identified Republicans and 71 of its 73 state legislative chairs are Republicans. [ALEC website; Media Matters Conservative Transparency]

According to records obtained by One Wisconsin Now through an open records request with the Senate Chief Clerk’s office, the following current Republican Senators have used taxpayer dollars to pay for the memberships in ALEC:
Senator Amount Date Membership
Expires
Dan Kapanke (R-La Crosse) $100 2/1/2011 2013
Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) $100 2/1/2011 2013
Terry Moulton (R-Chippewa Falls) $100 2/1/2011 2013
Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) $100 2/1/2011 2013
Rich Zipperer (R-Pewaukee) $100 2/1/2011 2013
Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) $100 1/1/2011 2013
Pam Galloway (R-Wausau) $100 1/1/2011 2013
Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) $100 1/1/2011 2013
Frank Lasee (R-No Address Listed) $200 1/1/2011 2015
Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) $200 1/1/2009 2013
Mike Ellis (R-Neenah) $100 1/1/2009 2011
Neal Kedzie (R-Elkhorn) $200 3/1/2008 2012
Mike Ellis (R-Neenah) $100 1/1/2007 N/A
Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) $200 1/1/2007 N/A

[Wisconsin Senate Chief Clerk]

Read more at PRWatch

Reclaim Democracy! FREE Wisconsin!

A graphic of our path to freedom and Democracy in Wisconsin created by- Kelley D Albrecht – from the Wisconsin Citizens for Election Protection on face book.

Scott Walker and the GOP employed tactics to twist and confuse the recall election process by running “fake” candidates in a primary election.

Our vote is the single most important right we have a citizens which, in turn, make our elections the pathway to freedom and Democracy as expressed in the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution; a pathway so often guarded and fiercely protected with blood and treasure, in war and peaceful protest, for over 200 years.

Manipulating the clarity of the our pathway to freedom for political purposes speaks to the larger question of who we have become as a people.

Wisconsin remains deeply divided along nebulous lines characterized by “class war”, conservative vs. liberal, and rich vs. poor. Yet, democracy has long been the crucible for the mixture of of explosive debate and ideas and history has demonstrated how the most volatile political mixtures of men and women will come back to simmer, and eventually coalesce into a unity for pursuit of the American Dream of a better world for our children. Unless, our vote, the heart of the mixture, the ultimate Dream, the path to freedom is torn out in the process.

We are undermining the very heart of freedom so many have fought and died for.

Once we abandon democratic debate in favor of manipulation of the Constitution, State statutes, campaign law, Rules of the Legislature, or become apathetic to a fierce accountability for the rules of our institutions and our vote, we are undermining the very heart of freedom so many have fought and died for.

Undercurrent of Covert Divisiveness

So, this arrogant divisiveness of the past months, this consistent effort to silence the opposition and manipulate the rules for the sake of a political idea, is what is at stake in the July and August Elections. This “my way or the highway” breach of Democracy began with Walker’s -“my way” – plan to limit collective bargaining with the -“or the highway” – threat of the force of the National Guard. This undercurrent of violent, covert, manipulation of rules and disregard for elections, the constitution, and our vote; has played itself to a point where members of the highest court have physically attacked one another. Be it a shove, choke, or cat slap – it is wrong. It is wrong for our families and our children. It is wrong for Wisconsin.

It all arrived one day last January wrapped in a GOP majority in both Legislative Houses and tied up with the ribbon of Scott Walker. It has been a long Winter and Spring of recall canvasing, protest, discontent, recount, and a stolen election. Now is is the Summer of the vote.

Will Your Vote be Counted Fairly?

Slapped with the reality that Kathy Nickolaus remains the County Clerk of Waukesha County and that the Government Accountability Board has never published its promised investigation report of her activities, how can we be confident that our recall vote will be counted fairy? What can we do in our own community, district, and ward to enforce integrity of the election?

Wisconsin Citizens for Election Protection

The Wisconsin Citizens for Election Protection has begun an effort to insure a hand count of all ballots cast in the State. Thus far, letters have been sent out to every County Clerk Statewide.

You can join the effort by volunteering as an election observer in your community or ward. Just go to the site and join the conversation to protect our vote and walk the path of a return to freedom and Democracy in Wisconsin.

We need your help. We welcome you to join the movement to protect our elections.

Wisconsin Citizens for Election Protection – face book

Prosser Domino 1 – Who is next?

Front to back Prosser, Walker, Kathy Nickolaus, Fitzgerald, Kevin Kennedy, Van Hollen, Darling



Call it Kharma, Divine Intervention, or Yin Yang, but there is a balance of truth over deceit.

It is the driving force in the plots of countless stories, books, films and in our own experience of life. We in Wisconsin have been waiting for some point of transition or shift in this balance to manifest itself. I don’t know how many times I have heard or read words like, “You can’t make this up.” or “Is there no shame?”, in desperate reaction to the unethical and manipulative maneuverings of the supporters and followers of Governor Scott Walker. Since February we hoped and prayed for a break in the political storm so we could dig out of the pallor that has covered the Wisconsin we know and love. Then finally, it came.

As is the case with most “straw that broke the camel’s back” moments, it came from a place you might least expect and in a manner few would predict. If the author of a court suspense novel where to introduce a character who is a justice in the highest court and who would attack and choke a fellow justice in her chambers, an editor would suggest a rewrite. It would seem a manipulative plot twist that the reader would never swallow and the editor would suggest, “Take it out”.

But it happened.

The story of JusticeProsser’s physical, and angry attack on a Justice Bradley broke yesterday. Prosser responded with statements that carried the rhythm of broken bat on a full count fly ball. First he said, “No comment.” then late last night he suggested the incident was a defensive one and he would be exonerated.

Then came the high fly ball catch, with 2 out, and in bottom of the ninth.

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

Walker GOP Out of Control

Many writers suggest that the GOP is coming apart at the seams; not surprising considering the cloth they chose to cut their banner for a “Balanced Budget” and “Open for Business” is stitched together with the stuff that is breaking the backs of Wisconsin families. The strangle image of Prosser’s attack on Justice Bradley is somewhat ironic. It echos the very pressure Walker has applied to working families, teachers, and all of Wisconsin. The image of strangulation fits the fear and frustration the people of Wisconsin have been experiencing since February. Only some higher force or power could have created the coincidence of it’s manifestation in the hands of Prosser.

The Truth Will Out

No doubt his hand in Waukesha “found votes” episode has taken a toll. The truth will out. We can only hope this opening of the true character of the man will spill into a full explanation of why he went of Delafield in Waukesha County when he was losing the election. What was the subject of his meeting with Walker about? What was the true nature his relationship with his former employee Kathy Nickolaus?

“THE TRUTH WILL COME TO LIGHT” and “THE TRUTH WILL OUT”

-both from Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice, Act 2, scene 2-are based on proverbs dating from at least the eleventh century.

What would "Fighting Bob" Say?

He already did!

I found this rare film clip in the archives of the Wisconsin Historical Society of Bob Lafollette delivering a “fighting”, signature speech on the steps of the Capitol in Washington D.C. on August 11, 1927. The words and the call to action are as inspiring and relevant today as they were over 70 years ago.

From Wikipeidia

Robert Marion “Fighting Bob” La Follette, Sr. (June 14, 1855 – June 18, 1925), was an American Republican (and later a Progressive) politician. He served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, was the Governor of Wisconsin, and was also a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin (1906 to 1925). He ran for President of the United States as the nominee of his own Progressive Party in 1924, carrying Wisconsin and 17% of the national popular vote.

His wife Belle Case La Follette and sons Robert M. La Follette, Jr. and Philip La Follette led his political faction in Wisconsin into the 1940s. La Follette has been called “arguably the most important and recognized leader of the opposition to the growing dominance of corporations over the Government”[1] and is one of the key figures pointed to in Wisconsin’s long history of political liberalism.

He is best remembered as a proponent of progressivism and a vocal opponent of railroad trusts, bossism, World War I, and the League of Nations. In 1957, a Senate Committee selected La Follette as one of the five greatest U.S. Senators, along with Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, John C. Calhoun, and Robert Taft. A 1982 survey asking historians to rank the “ten greatest Senators in the nation’s history” based on “accomplishments in office” and “long range impact on American history,” placed La Follette first, tied with Henry Clay.

Thanks to leadership of labor, the Socialist Party in Milwaukee and the La Follette Progressives elsewhere in Wisconsin, Wisconsin in 1911 becomes the first state to pass workers compensation protections.

So the struggle continues on a new front, with new players, as the words of “Fighting Bob” ring true and to the heart.

If you would like to view the video without my editorial intervention
go to “GOP Bernie Madoff tactics” post