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The Key To Wisconsin: The Supreme Court Election

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 10, 2011

David Dayen speaks. You listen:

I hope the attention isn’t removed from that state Supreme Court election on April 5, which would tip the balance of power on the bench to the Democrats. Because these Republicans have shown that their response to the rules is to break them. Already today, rumors are flying about a bill that would change the recall requirements in Wisconsin. Now, I would imagine that would have to come in the form of a constitutional amendment, a process which would take a number of years and votes by successive legislatures and the people in a referendum. So I don’t see how that could affect the current recalls going forward. Nevertheless, there will almost surely be efforts to change the rules mid-stream, and those will have to be adjudicated. And they’ll probably work their way up to the state Supreme Court. And so the race between David Prosser and JoAnn Kloppenburg takes on that much more significance.

You know what to do.

(Crossposted at Renaissance Post.)

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Just A Friendly Reminder RE: Wisconsin

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 5, 2011

Interested in helping the people of Wisconsin win back their state from the Koch brothers and Dick Armey? You can help by helping recall those eight Republicans who are eligible for recall elections.

Those from outside Wisconsin looking to help can do so here:

http://action.seiu.org/page/s/wisconsinrecall/

If you’re a Wisconsin resident, go here: http://www.wisconsinrecall.net/

Have fun, gang!

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Wisconsin GOP: Cribbing From Monty Python?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 3, 2011

The increasingly desperate behavior of Wisconsin governor Scott Walker and his fellow Koch Republicans in the state legislature took yet another turn towards Onionville today:

The Republicans in Wisconsin are floating a bunch of nonsense about chipped marble. The building is so much more spotless that anyone could ever hope to expect after two weeks of occupation. The protesters have recycling and cleanup teams. This is bullshit. But not as much as the ammo at the entrance rumor! Meanwhile their lockdown of the Capitol kept out firefighters during an emergency call.

The whole “oh oh look we’ve found bullets” bullshit is oddly familiar.

For a visual demonstration, see the video above.

(Crossposted to Renaissance Post.)

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GOPers Confuse Civil And Criminal Law, Make Asses Of Selves In Public

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 3, 2011

You can tell that Firedoglake is scaring the living daylights out of the conservatives tasked with defending Scott Walker and the other Koch Republicans in elective office in Wisconsin. A whole passel of them — or one determined fellow with a “persona management” account — has decided to invade this comments thread for this post at FDL concerning the highly unconstitutional (not to mention illegal) effort to pretend that the fourteen Democratic state senators in exile have broken a law and therefore are subject to arrest, even though the state constitution expressly exempts them from arrest for all civil complaints and in fact everything but “treason, felony and breach of peace”.

One of the trollies thinks he/she/it has a winning rebuttal with this citation:

Article IV, §15 – ANNOT.

The members of the Wisconsin Constitutional Convention did not intend to create a legislative privilege from criminal arrest and prosecution when they included article IV, section 15 in the Wisconsin Constitution. The phrase “treason, felony and breach of the peace” in that section was intended to mean all crimes. State v. Burke, 2002 WI App 291, 258 Wis. 2d 832, 653 N.W.2d 922, 02-2161.

http://legis.wisconsin.gov/statutes/wisconst.pdf

Of course, said trollie is either really dumb and just copying what he/she/it saw cited by fellow trolls, or is an enormous, mendacious, disembodied anus. Because guess what? The Burke case is about criminal, not civil complaints — and a full reading of the paragraph so carefully and deceptively edited by the trollie or the person from whom the troll lifted the trope shows this clearly:

We conclude that the members of the Wisconsin Constitutional
Convention did not intend to create a legislative privilege from criminal arrest and
prosecution when they included article IV, section 15 in the Wisconsin
Constitution. The phrase “treason, felony and breach of the peace” in that section
was intended to mean “all crimes.” We therefore agree with the trial court that
Burke is not privileged from criminal prosecution.

Of course, the reason the Koch Republicans are so determined to try and criminalize time-honored and accepted political procedure is because they are about to lose their Senate majority to recall elections: “The Republicans are engaging in b.s. strong-arming because they know it’s their only chance to finish off the assault on public employee rights before their asses get kicked to the curb.”

(Crossposted to Renaissance Post.)

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Annals Of Media Stupidity: Wisconsin Protests Edition

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 3, 2011

A by no means complete listing of media atrocities concerning the protests in Wisconsin:

Sally Jo Sorensen shares with a piece from Rusty Lear, a fellow who grew up on a Wisconsin farm with horses, explaining how his horse sense, coupled with his knowledge of the area plant life and climate, helped him determine that the footage of rioting people being dispersed from a palm-tree-decorated area by mounted cops could not have been taken in Madison during the ongoing protests as FOX claimed it was. (Seems that the Madison police force has four (4) horses, none of which look like the horse in the video.)

— Speaking of horse sense and the GOP/Media Complex’s near-complete lack thereof, Abe Sauer of The Awl addresses several instances of media malpractice: The Paunch Punking, CNN’s weird refusal to cover any groups of marchers that might undermine the corporate-advertiser-pleasing anti-union storyline, and the fact that A.G. “Paunch” Sulzberger was sent by the New York Times to Madison when their best labor reporter, Steven Greenhouse, was already there.

Media Matters focuses on the worst media offender, FOX, with a comprehensive run-down of its offenses against journalism on this story.

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WisconsinRecall.Net: Because Walker And The GOP Koch Heads Need Stopping

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 1, 2011

Wisconsin voters! Listen up!

I’ve been hearing people asking “so where can I volunteer to recall the eight eligible Republicans in the Wisconsin Senate — and eventually, Scott Walker?”

Here you go: http://www.wisconsinrecall.net/

It’s about our future — in Wisconsin and elsewhere.

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Walker Orders Capitol Police To Clear Building At 4PM – But Will They?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 27, 2011

As David Dayen, who is reporting from the Rotunda of the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, mentions, the Capitol Police have been ordered by Scott Walker to clear the building by 4:00 pm today.

But will they? A recent Dayen Tweet calls this into question:

My sense is that the Capitol police don’t quite know yet how they will clear this building

Sit tight, everyone. Things could get interesting. Smoke ’em if ya got ’em.

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Wisconsin Police Join Protesters In Capitol: Eat THIS, Walker!

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 26, 2011

The Capitol Police were ordered by the Republican-controlled legislature to kick out the protesters. Instead, they’ve joined them:

Police have just announced to the crowds inside the occupied State Capitol of Wisconsin: ‘We have been ordered by the legislature to kick you all out at 4:00 today. But we know what’s right from wrong. We will not be kicking anyone out, in fact, we will be sleeping here with you!’ Unreal.”

Face it, Walker: You’re done.

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Walker Reveals In Phone Call: It’s About Power, Not Budget

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 23, 2011

Ian Murphy of The Buffalo Beast tricked Wisconsin’s Bircher/Koched-up governor Scott Walker into thinking he was talking to Walker’s big patron, David Koch (link via MyFDL). In it, Walker admits — or rather, boasts — that this isn’t about the budget, but about a pure naked exercise of brute-force power:

Walker: I talk to Kasich every day—John’s gotta stand firm in Ohio. I think we could do the same thing with Vic Scott in Florida. I think, uh, Snyder—if he got a little more support—probably could do that in Michigan. You start going down the list there’s a lot of us new governors that got elected to do something big.

“Koch”: You’re the first domino.

Walker: Yep. This is our moment.

Your moment, indeed. You just got served, dipwad.

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WI GOP Tries The Pawlenty Gambit: “Fees” Not Taxes

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 23, 2011

Since the boycotting Senate Democrats won’t let Scott Walker disembowel the workers in Wisconsin, he and his fellow Koch Republicans have settled for mimicking California’s disastrous Proposition 13, which single-handedly sent the state from first to near-worst in the nation in terms of education, infrastructure, and other quality-of-life measures, by making it harder to raise taxes:

Madison – Today, Governor Scott Walker signed Special Session Assembly Bill 5 which requires a 2/3s vote to pass tax rate increases on the income, sales or franchise taxes.

But really, it’s not so much California that they’re mimicking, but Minnesota — at least, Minnesota as it was under Tim Pawlenty:

Fees are Regressive

Minnesota’s revenue system has become regressive, meaning lower-income households pay a larger percentage of their income in taxes than do higher income households.  Regressivity in Minnesota’s tax system increased from 2002 to 2004 and is projected to increase again by 2009.

According to the Internal Revenue Service, fees are “considered regressive because they take a larger percentage of income from low-income groups than from high-income groups.”  There can be no doubt that Minnesota’s increased dependence on fees has shifted more costs to those with the least ability to pay.
 

Fees Can’t Replace Tax Revenue

Total FY 2008 state fee revenue-including post secondary tuition-was $2.44 billion.  The state is projected to collect $17.5 billion in taxes, seven times greater than fee revenue.

Since fees are a smaller revenue source, fee increases cannot replace massive drops in tax revenue.  This is one of the reasons why total real per capita state revenue declined by 5.9 percent from FY 2003 to FY 2008, with another large reduction anticipated for FY 2009.  Over-reliance on fees is a recipe for large scale decline in public investment, which is precisely what we have seen over the last six years.

It should tell you something that the Republicans voted down a Democratic amendment that would have kept the Republicans from pulling the Pawlenty Gambit — that is, refusing to raise income taxes (especially on the rich), but being all for using “fees” (i.e., a form of regressive taxation as static fees are more easily paid the richer you are) to try and fund state government:

Assembly Republicans also passed Special Session Assembly Bill 5, a bill that will place prohibitions on revenue modifications by the Legislature at the cost of placing additional burdens on average Wisconsin families. Seeking to address this concern, Rep. Grigsby introduced an amendment to the bill that would prevent an increase in fees on middle class and working families. Grigsby’s amendment failed on a 57 to 37 vote.

So what will likely happen in Wisconsin is what pretty much happened in Minnesota: Once-free services will have fees, existing fees will be jacked up, and revenues will still tank. But rich people will be spared the crushing burden of having to pay a small fraction of a percentage point more in taxes.

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