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Wisconsin Judge strikes down part Walker’s collective-bargaining law

by Rodan ( 6 Comments › )
Filed under Headlines, Progressives, Republican Party, Socialism at September 14th, 2012 - 9:44 pm

Judicial activism once again rears its head. Despite the majority of Wisconsin voters backing Scott Walker in the recall election and thus giving him a mandate, a Dane County Judge spits in the public’s eye.

Dane County Circuit Court Judge Juan Colás has struck down portions of Act 10, declaring them to be unconstitutional.

His decision came in a case brought by the Madison teachers union and a union representing employees of the city of Milwaukee.

He ruled that several sections violated employees’ rights of free speech, association and equal protection.

Gov. Scott Walker said he was confident the state would on appeal.

This is disgusting and hopefully Scott Walker wins the appeal.

Sikh and Ye Shall Find

by 1389AD ( 100 Comments › )
Filed under Crime, Religion at August 10th, 2012 - 6:00 pm

By CzechRebel

1389 Blog condemns anti-Sikh violence in no uncertain terms.

Balbar Singh Sodhi, 1949-2001
Thinking back to the originial 9-11 attack in 2001, you may remember a horrific and wildly misdirected backlash. Some moron in Texas wanted to get even with the Muslims for the hijacking and did so by killing a Sikh, Please listen to this podcast regarding the Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting.

I have had a number of encounters with Sikhs and cannot seem to remember a bad experience. Amongst all the non-Judaeo-Christian faiths, the Sikhs seem to be the opposite extreme of the radicalized Muslims. Sikhs respect all other faiths, while Muslims have shown little if any respect for Christians and Jews, their so-called “people of the book.” Of course, Muslim hatred for those of non-Abrahamic faiths, notably Hindus, Buddhists, and Sikhs, is legendary.

The Sikh faith is relatively new, having been in existence for less than 600 years, yet it has more adherents than Judaism. While Sikhs do hold doctrines that Christians do not accept, Sikhs also believe that we can be saved in our own faith. Compare that to our radical Muslim “friends” and it is clear that Sikhs pose no threat to us.

At the risk of overstating the obvious, violence against Sikhs does not further our counterjihad efforts.

If even one person who confuses Sikhs with Muslims and therefore supposes that harming Sikhs is somehow helpful to our cause, happens upon this blog post and changes his mind, it is worth sounding a little silly to those readers who already know better.

Please listen to this podcast regarding the Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting.

 



Rodan Note: Sikhs are wonderful human beings. I have had the pleasure of meeting many Sikhs. Their ancestors bravely fought Islamic invaders of India. Notice Neo-Nazis never target Muslims? That is because they are allies. I condemn this attack on a peaceful people who are proud Americans.

Battlefield Wisconsin! A Crushing Victory For The Good Guys!

by Flyovercountry ( 165 Comments › )
Filed under Democratic Party, Elections, Elections 2010, Elections 2012, Politics, Progressives, Unions at August 10th, 2011 - 2:00 pm

The union thugs simply refuse to allow themselves to take the hint in Wisconsin. This is the greatest sign of the desperation of the left that we have seen to date. Make no mistake about it, they saw, and quite correctly too, that Wisconsin was the place where their battle line must be drawn, and they lost it big, multiple times. In last night’s rebuke of Socialism, they attempted to recall enough State Senators to regain control of the State Senate. While they did manage to flip two seats, the overall vote is very telling. The GOP had a 53% to 47% advantage, which is a margin greater than that enjoyed by Scott Walker in his electoral victory last year. So to recap, the referendum election, in which the guy who supposedly the referendum was about, and who supposedly only holds a 37% approval rating, won a larger margin of victory than he did on his own election night. Wisconsinites have shown again, they are tired of being held hostage by the Socialists who used to run their state. But wait, that’s not even the best part.

The people of Wisconsin proved something else last night. They proved that overwhelming amounts of money from outside sources and interlopers can be defeated. The union thugs who have been attempting to subvert Wisconsin politics for the better part of a year now, out spent the good citizens of Wisconsin by a margin of 2 to 1. The usual suspects, AFSCME, SEIU, ACORN, AFLCIO, have had their boots and pocket books on the ground in full force in Wisconsin since the State Legislature and Governor’s mansion were both lost to them in November of 2010. They have been building up to this moment since that day, and have in fact promised more. Bear something else in mind as well, the union thugs face their own round of recall elections this upcoming Tuesday, as three Democrat, “flea baggers,” will face the music for their wayward trip during the legislative process earlier this year.

What all of this means for Wisconsin, and the rest of the nation, is that the midterm elections of 2010 were a bellwether, and not merely a temper tantrum of the electorate. The rightward shift of the American people is very real, and they are correctly identifying the source of their pain. That source is the Socialists and Marxists who have take control of today’s Democrat Party. The Republicans who surprisingly won electoral victory in November of 2010 in Wisconsin did so by campaigning on the very things that they have been doing. It is not as if, like the Democrats, they campaigned on one set of values and principles, and then did the opposite. They put it all out in the open, and campaigned on a platform of fiscal austerity and reigning in the public sector union stranglehold on the State. It was the last part of their message which caused the battle lines to be drawn. The union thugs around the country realized pretty quickly that the money laundering operation known as public sector union finance would be soon coming to an end. The public sector unions represent less than 3% of our population, and yet have held an extraordinary grip on power in almost every state house around the country. Bob Trumka has been the most oft visitor to the White House during the Obama Presidency, their expectation is that the money train will continue to pull into their station. Union dues are taken automatically from the paychecks of their members, and funneled directly back into the campaigns and lobbying efforts of Democrat politicians. Zero is the sum total of contribution to any person or initiative on the other side of the aisle. The favor is repaid by no serious contract negotiation taking place, but simple agreement to any and all union demands during contract time. And, why not. Any increase in costs to America will simply become a donation directly into the coffers of the Democrat Party anyhow. It’s not as if the politicians need to worry about where all that green is coming from.

The unions pumped a boatload of resources into Wisconsin in November of 2010, and they lost. They staged riots in Wisconsin, Indiana, and Ohio during the early part of 2011, and they lost. They dumped a ton of money and resources into the State Supreme Court race in Wisconsin earlier this year, and lost. They pulled of the largest State Senate Recall Election in U.S. history last night, and lost. They lost all of these races despite outspending the good people of Wisconsin by a staggering margin of 2 to 1. With access to the public teat being cut off, their resources are no longer unlimited, and even George Soros will soon be getting tired of pumping money into losing efforts. So last night of course, the decision was made to go ahead and try for the big prize, they’re going to go for a recall of Governor Walker at the earliest allowable date under Wisconsin’s electoral statutes. These union thugs are like little terminators. No matter how many times you beat them back, they just keep on coming. I am not talking about normal elections here, but about the crap they pull even after the citizens have made their wishes well known. I guess when you take the income source away from criminals, they get a little upset.

Cross Posted at Musings of a Mad Conservative.

David Prosser now ahead by a significant margin

by Rodan ( 69 Comments › )
Filed under Democratic Party, Elections, Progressives, Republican Party at April 7th, 2011 - 8:29 pm

If the current vote count holds, the Sage of Culver City will have egg on his face again. Not all votes were counted Waukesha County on Tuesday. Today the country released new numbers that gave Wisconsin Supreme Justice David Prosser now has a 7500 vote lead over his Leftist challenger.

A significant change Thursday in the vote count in a Wisconsin Supreme Court election raised the incumbent into the lead, in a race that some see as a referendum on the state’s Republican governor.

Conservative Justice David Prosser had faced a surprisingly strong challenge from JoAnne Kloppenburg, a little-known assistant state attorney general who drew last-minute support from opponents of Gov. Scott Walker’s push to limit union power as part of a budget-balancing plan.

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Prosser, 68, was down by a mere 204 votes in the initial statewide vote count from Tuesday’s election, and a recount was expected. But on Thursday, Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus said not all of her county’s votes had been reported on Tuesday due to “human error.” The revised numbers gave Prosser a boost of more than 7,000 votes.

Prosser’s new 7,500 vote-lead, though unofficial, would be enough to keep him in his office if other vote totals hold up at the end of canvassing in all of Wisconsin’s 72 counties.

This is a huge defeat for the Left!

Breaking News: Wisconsin Judge stops Collective Bargaining Law

by Rodan ( 13 Comments › )
Filed under Breaking News, Headlines, Special Report at March 31st, 2011 - 11:19 am

Judicial activism strikes again. Since the Left can’t when legislative battles, they win in the courts. A Dane County judge issued an amended ruling to stop the law from coming in effect. If this ruling is ignored, the violators will face sanctions.

MADISON, Wis.The contentious collective bargaining law, Wisconsin Act 10, which would strip most public workers of nearly all collective bargaining rights and force them to contribute more to their pension and health plans, is not in effect, according to an amended restraining order released on Thursday morning.

Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi made the amended ruling at 8:15 a.m. She has already issued an emergency order blocking Wisconsin’s secretary of state from publishing the law. Sumi called a hearing Tuesday to weigh District Attorney Ismael Ozanne’s lawsuit alleging Republican legislative leaders violated Wisconsin’s open meetings law during debate on the proposal.

 Sumi re-issued her order on Tuesday — and this time she has warned that anyone who violates it will face sanctions. She amended the ruling on Thursday to read, “Further, based on the briefs of counsel, the uncontroverted testimony, and the evidence received at the March 29 evidentiary hearing, it is hereby declared that 2011 Wisconsin Act 10 has not been published …”

Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi made the amended ruling at 8:15 a.m. She has already issued an emergency order blocking Wisconsin’s secretary of state from publishing the law. Sumi called a hearing Tuesday to weigh District Attorney Ismael Ozanne’s lawsuit alleging Republican legislative leaders violated Wisconsin’s open meetings law during debate on the proposal.

This is disgusting. This Judge is rewarding the Democrats for fleeing the state Senate. Judicial activism is a threat to our Republic. Anytime the Left doesn’t like a law, they get courts to throw it out.

To Protect and Serve… whom?

by Kafir ( 106 Comments › )
Filed under Crime, Democratic Party, Elections 2010, Elections 2012, Liberal Fascism, Politics, Progressives, Unions at March 17th, 2011 - 2:00 pm

I missed this little tidbit the other day, so maybe some of you guys did as well. Apparently the police and fire departments have decided to threaten the taxpayers of Wisconsin until they give in to the union thuggery.

Can you believe the nerve?!

This is exactly why they SHOULD NOT have collective bargaining for government employees- it holds our safety hostage to union demands! Crazy!

The Leiter Side of Union Thuggery

Last week, as the Wisconsin stalemate was coming to an end, we worried about the potential threat that unionized policemen, in “solidarity” with other unionized government employees, might tolerate or even participate in lawless behavior in order to undermine the workings of republican governance and preserve union privileges. Milwaukee radio host Charlie Sykes reports that Wisconsin businessmen are now receiving letters (pdf) importuning them to oppose Gov. Scott Walker’s efforts on behalf of Wisconsin’s taxpayers:

The undersigned groups would like your company to publicly oppose Governor Walker’s efforts to virtually eliminate collective bargaining for public employees in Wisconsin. While we appreciate that you may need some time to consider this request, we ask for your response by March 17. In the event that you do not respond to this request by that date, we will assume that you stand with Governor Walker and against the teachers, nurses, police officers, fire fighters, and other dedicated public employees who serve our communities.

Update:

I called the number on the letter and asked to speak with Jim Palmer. The lady said that he was in a meeting but she would be glad to take a message. I told her that maybe she could help, I was wondering if she could confirm that the letter sent to Wisconsin businesses about Governor Walker that was linked on Drudge had indeed been signed by Mr. Palmer…

Her response to me was: Yes, and he wasn’t the only one that signed it. There were many signatures.

(hattip to weaselzippers)



For those in the Los Angeles area
(or within distance to get there):

The LA Community invites you to a Community Memorial Service for the victims of the massacre in Itamar.
Join in a community-wide memorial service for the five members of the Fogel family z”l who were brutally murdered this past Shabbat while asleep in their home.
WE MUST NOT BE SILENT!



Always Use A Secure Proxy If You Must Visit MoveOn.org

by 1389AD ( 49 Comments › )
Filed under Barack Obama, Open thread, Polls, Unions at March 11th, 2011 - 6:30 pm

The hard-left MoveOn.org site, funded by the infamous George Soros, will stealthily collect and misuse your IP address. In this instance, the site is falsely using your IP address to inflate a signature count on behalf of their efforts to shill for the public employee unions. What else MoveOn.org may be doing, or planning to do, with your IP address and your computer, is anybody’s guess.

If you want to visit MoveOn.org in order to keep tabs on what our enemies are up to, be sure to go through a secure proxy service, as Velvethammer did here:

MoveOn.org Systematically & Fraudulently Skewing Anti-Walker ‘Call to Action’ Support Results [Screenshot]

(h/t: AvidEditor)

Thanks to AMORC11 of ‘Another Day at the Foundry’ there is solid proof that MoveOn.org is capturing IP’s, an underhanded dirty trick to fraudulently gather signatures of support for their “50-State Mobilization to Save the American Dream”.

MoveOn.org viewed without a secure proxy

Here is a screenshot I took after having accessed the same page going in through http://anonymouse.org. As you can see, since my IP address was hidden I was not forced into signing their letter without my consent.

http://anonymouse.org/cgi-bin/anon-www.cgi/http://pol.moveon.org/callforaction/

MoveOn.org viewed using a secure proxy

The text of the letter “50-State Mobilization to Save the American Dream” MoveOn.org is tricking people into signing.

In Wisconsin and around our country, the American Dream is under fierce attack. Instead of creating jobs, Republicans are giving tax breaks to corporations and the very rich and then cutting funding for education, police, emergency response and vital human services. The right to organize is on the chopping block. The American Dream is slipping out of reach for more and more Americans, and we have to fight back.

Can you add your endorsement to the call for emergency rallies in front of every statehouse this Saturday at 12 Noon to stand in solidarity with the people of Wisconsin? We must demand an end to the attacks on workers’ rights and public services across the country. Demand investment, to create decent jobs for the millions of people who desperately want to work. And demand that the rich and powerful pay their fair share.
You can add your name and endorse the call for emergency rallies by following this link:

http://pol.moveon.org/callforaction/?r_by=26218-17675033-_X8NO3x&rc=mailto

Thanks!

As we have learned in light of the union protest in Wisconsin, public employee and their unions have the power to bring government to its knees. And their comrades at MoveOn.org are perfectly willing to stoop to any level to come to their aid. Whatever it takes, the ends [will] always justify their means.

MoveOn.org is as anti-American as it gets. So it should come as no shock that they and Obama are thick as thieves

Read the rest.


An email to Governor Scott Walker and the Wisconsin Republicans

by savage ( 69 Comments › )
Filed under Crime, Hate Speech, Politics, Progressives, Unions at March 10th, 2011 - 2:00 pm

This has to be shared and read by everyone. Newsradio 620WTMJ in Milwaukee has obtained an email from someone and the FBI is investigating.

MADISON – The State Department of Justice confirms that it is investigating several death threats against a number of lawmakers in response to the legislature’s move to strip employees of many collective bargaining rights.

Among the threats the Justice Department is investigationg is one that was emailed to Republican Senators Wednesday night. Newsradio 620 WTMJ has obtained that email.

The following is the unedited email:

Please put your things in order because you will be killed and your familes will also be killed due to your actions in the last 8 weeks. Please explain to them that this is because if we get rid of you and your families then it will save the rights of 300,000 people and also be able to close the deficit that you have created. I hope you have a good time in hell. Read below for more information on possible scenarios in which you will die.

WE want to make this perfectly clear. Because of your actions today and in the past couple of weeks I and the group of people that are working with me have decided that we’ve had enough. We feel that you and the people that support the dictator have to die. We have tried many other ways of dealing with your corruption but you have taken things too far and we will not stand for it any longer. So, this is how it’s going to happen: I as well as many others know where you and your family live, it’s a matter of public records.

We have all planned to assult you by arriving at your house and putting a nice little bullet in your head. However, we decided that we wouldn’t leave it there. We also have decided that this may not be enough to send the message to you since you are so “high” on Koch and have decided that you are now going to single handedly make this a dictatorship instead of a demorcratic process. So we have also built several bombs that we have placed in various locations around the areas in which we know that you frequent. This includes, your house, your car, the state capitol, and well I won’t tell you all of them because that’s just no fun. Since we know that you are not smart enough to figure out why this is happening to you we have decided to make it perfectly clear to you. If you and your goonies feel that it’s necessary to strip the rights of 300,000 people and ruin their lives, making them unable to feed, clothe, and provide the necessities to their families and themselves then We Will “get rid of” (in which I mean kill) you. Please understand that this does not include the heroic Rep. Senator that risked everything to go aganist what you and your goonies wanted him to do. We feel that it’s worth our lives to do this, because we would be saving the lives of 300,000 people. Please make your peace with God as soon as possible and say goodbye to your loved ones we will not wait any longer. YOU WILL DIE!!!!
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Gov. Walker speaks

by Rodan ( 146 Comments › )
Filed under Barack Obama, Communism, Democratic Party, Economy, Elections 2010, Elections 2012, Fascism, Liberal Fascism, Progressives, Republican Party, Socialism, Tranzis at March 10th, 2011 - 11:30 am

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has done what no Republican since Reagan has done. He took off the gloves and politically slit the throat of the Progressive Democrats. He decided last night to remove the collective bargaining reform from the budget bill. This allowed the Wisconsin Senate to pass it without the twenty needed for a quorum. This is payback for the method the Democrats used to pass Obamacare. Politics is war and finally a Republican gets it.

In 2010, Megan Sampson was named an Outstanding First Year Teacher in Wisconsin. A week later, she got a layoff notice from the Milwaukee Public Schools. Why would one of the best new teachers in the state be one of the first let go? Because her collective-bargaining contract requires staffing decisions to be made based on seniority.

Ms. Sampson got a layoff notice because the union leadership would not accept reasonable changes to their contract. Instead, they hid behind a collective-bargaining agreement that costs the taxpayers $101,091 per year for each teacher, protects a 0% contribution for health-insurance premiums, and forces schools to hire and fire based on seniority and union rules.

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While it might be a bold political move, the changes are modest. We ask government workers to make a 5.8% contribution to their pensions and a 12.6% contribution to their health-insurance premium, both of which are well below what other workers pay for benefits. Our plan calls for Wisconsin state workers to contribute half of what federal employees pay for their health-insurance premiums. (It’s also worth noting that most federal workers don’t have collective bargaining for wages and benefits.)

For example, my brother works as a banquet manager at a hotel and occasionally works as a bartender. My sister-in-law works at a department store. They have two beautiful kids. They are a typical middle-class Wisconsin family. At the start of this debate, David reminded me that he pays nearly $800 per month for his family’s health-insurance premium and a modest 401(k) contribution. He said most workers in Wisconsin would love a deal like the one we are proposing.

Read the rest: Why I’m Fighting in Wisconsin

I wish the Republicans had more people like Gov. Scott Walker. Ever since Reagan left, the GOP has acted like political eunuchs who would rather appease than fight the Progressives. The result is that over the last decade, America has become economically uncompetitive, workers wages have been stagnant and living standards have declined. This economic stagnation is now starting to have consequences. Our debt has exploded and now now one of the world’s biggest bond fund at Pacific Investment Management Co. has dumped US debt from its holdings. Our trade deficit continues to grow at unsustainable levels because we no longer produce goods as we used to here. This is due to our antiquated tax and regulatory structure that can’t compete in a 21st century globalized economy.

Gov. Walker and other reform minded governors like Chris Christie and John Kasich, have decided to turn this economic stagnation around at state level. For long public sector unions have leached off the taxpayers. They use their political clout to force state governments to raise taxes so that they can get generous raises and benefits. That at a time when the average American worker isn’t get pay raises and their benefits are cut. It is time for the public sector workers in these union dominated states to live in economic reality like the rest of us.

Hopefully the Republicans at the national level will emulate what Gov. Walker and others are doing. It is time to politically destroy the Progressive movement. This vile movement has been a curse upon our nation ever since the vile racist and pathetic human being, Woodrow Wilson, was elected. Our future as a nation depends on destroying the power structures that prop up Progressivism.

update from savage….

There is a very pertinent post regarding this coming up at 14:00 Eastern time. Stay tuned. It’s illuminating to say the least…

Update II:

The Police are finally doing their jobs and removing the protesters from the Wisconsin State Capitol.

Madison – Demonstrators were carried out of the Assembly by police Thursday as Gov. Scott Walker’s administration again closed and then reopened the building to the public.

About 11:30 a.m., the statehouse was opened after police cleared the Assembly so the body could vote on Walker’s bill on union bargaining.

After protesters said they were willing to risk arrest to block a vote, police began escorting or dragging some of them out.

Good, these leaches need to go.

Howard Dean Bribes Wisconsin Fleebaggers to Stay Away and Not Vote

by 1389AD ( 90 Comments › )
Filed under Breaking News, Crime, Democratic Party, Economy, Education at February 26th, 2011 - 11:30 am

Yes, you read this correctly. Failed presidential candidate Howard Dean has collected a slush fund for the express purpose of bribing the “fleebagging” Wisconsin Democrat State Senators to remain in hiding and not report to the legislature to vote.

Without Howard Dean’s slush fund, at least some of those Democrat legislators would find it necessary to return to the legislature to pick up their paychecks in person, thus providing enough State Senators to form a quorum. A quorum is required for voting on the Budget Repair Bill proposed by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker that will require public employee union members to contribute more toward their benefits and restrict their collective bargaining privileges. The Republicans have enough votes in the State Senate to enact that legislation without delay.

A recent article in American Spectator follows the money to expose the flagrant corruption associated with this slush fund. However, like many articles in the media and the blogosphere, it stops short of drawing the necessary conclusion from the facts that it has established. The article talks about this slush fund as though it were nothing more than a campaign contribution that is well over the legal limit in amount. The article even admits that there is no election coming up in the near future for which the “fleebaggers” would need to collect campaign funds. It also shows that the funds are instead being used for lavish travel expenditures, thus rewarding the “fleebaggers” for their gross dereliction of duty.

It is time to stop pussyfooting around and start calling things what they are.

This slush fund is no campaign contribution. It’s naked bribery. Howard Dean is paying the Wisconsin “fleebaggers” to stay away from the legislature so as to block the enactment of legislation that Howard Dean wants blocked.

Free Online Law Dictionary: Legal definition of bribery

The offering, giving, receiving, or soliciting of something of value for the purpose of influencing the action of an official in the discharge of his or her public or legal duties.

The expectation of a particular voluntary action in return is what makes the difference between a bribe and a private demonstration of goodwill. To offer or provide payment in order to persuade someone with a responsibility to betray that responsibility is known as seeking Undue Influence over that person’s actions. When someone with power seeks payment in exchange for certain actions, that person is said to be peddling influence. Regardless of who initiates the deal, either party to an act of bribery can be found guilty of the crime independently of the other.

A bribe can consist of immediate cash or of personal favors, a promise of later payment, or anything else the recipient views as valuable. When the U.S. military threatened to cancel a Texas relocation company’s contracts to move families to and from military bases, the company allegedly gave four representatives in Congress an all-expenses-paid weekend in Las Vegas in January 1989, and $2,500 in speaking fees. The former president of the company was indicted by a federal Grand Jury in 1994 on bribery charges for both gifts.

Read the rest.

Note that it is equally blameworthy to give or offer a bribe as it is to accept or solicit it.

The American Spectator: Howard Dean and the $100,000 Wisconsin Slush Fund

By Jeffrey Lord on 2.22.11 @ 6:09AM

Illinois US Senator Howard Dean

You can call them “Dean Dollars.”

Former Vermont Governor and Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean, a one-time presidential candidate, is the founder of a group that by mid-day of President’s Day had raised over $100,000 in a slush fund to “back” the on-the-lam Wisconsin Democratic State Senators.

The Dean Dollars are being specifically funneled to the Wisconsin State Senate Democratic Committee (SSDC) — an apparent violation of Wisconsin election law that pointedly says, according to the Wisconsin Election Board’s Legal Counsel in a 2005 decision, that the “SSDC may not accept a contribution of more than $6,000 from a single committee in a calendar year.” (Note: the Election Board is now called the “Wisconsin Government Accountability Board.”)

The money, requested in an e-mail obtained over the weekend by The American Spectator, is being solicited in $14 dollar contributions through the Dean-founded million-member “Democracy for America” grassroots organizing group chaired by Dean’s brother Jim. There are no prohibitions on more generous donations of any amount. The funds are being collected through the left-wing “Act Blue” fundraising website, which identifies itself as “the online clearinghouse for Democratic action.”

The $14 dollar solicitation is symbolic — as in one dollar for every one of the fourteen Democrats in the Wisconsin State Senate. All of whom have now fled the state in a political battle royal over budget cuts and collective bargaining rights for public employees with the newly elected Republican Governor. On Monday, the Huffington Post quoted Senator Tim Carpenter, one of the fourteen, as saying of the decision to remain out of state: “We’ll be here until Gov. Walker decides that he wants to talk.”

Carpenter made no mention of who was paying his expenses.

The slush fund revelation comes on the heels of the discovery by both Fox News reporter Mike Tobin and the Wisconsin-based John K. MacIver Public Policy Institute of an organized effort by some Wisconsin doctors — who were deliberately handing out “doctor’s notes” to teachers feigning illness in order to protest the governor’s legislative plans. Which would be fraud, if proven in court. The Fox report uncovered at least one doctor connection to the presumably taxpayer-funded University of Wisconsin Family Medical Program. The MacIver video, posted over the weekend by my American Spectator colleague Philip Klein, is a particularly stunning depiction of both teachers and doctors quite publicly engaged in what appears to be outright fraud, a question raised by one reporter to an angrily defensive doctor on the MacIver video.

The fraud suggested? Doctors — some of whom may be paid by Wisconsin taxpayers — are willingly lying about the health of protesting teachers (also paid by Wisconsin taxpayers) who in turn are lying about their health status in order to skip school so they can spend their time protesting.

As of Monday, following the Fox News and MacIver revelations, the teachers union leadership apparently had a change of mind, urging teachers to return to work. Whatever happens now, what has effectively been a teachers strike — also illegal in Wisconsin — shut down some Wisconsin schools, leaving school kids without teachers, hungry school kids without government-financed school lunches while stiffing taxpayers for the bill. Ironically, only a little over a month ago the Wisconsin Education Association Council — the teachers union — was trumpeting the importance of having children in school because of the critical nature of “child nutrition” and to fight “obesity.” Apparently hungry kids and unhealthy fat kids are not as important as lying to get days off to protest on the taxpayers’ dime.

Or is it the taxpayers’ dime? Is some of this instead being paid for by Dean Dollars?

The Dean brothers goal was originally $75,000 but changed upward to $100,000 over the President’s Day holiday weekend. By 12:23 pm on President’s Day itself the group had met its revised goal, with over $100,027 having cascaded into the coffers of the Wisconsin State Senate Democratic Committee.

Says Jim Dean in his e-mail of why the Dean Dollars slush fund for state senators is needed:

If even one of these Democrats had remained in Wisconsin, the state police would have forcibly brought them to the state Capitol and the bill would have passed. So now they are holed up in another state playing a high stakes game of chicken over which side will cave first. That’s why we absolutely must back these Senators up today.

The e-mail, re-written slightly after being sent to individual members of Democracy for America by name — one of which was obtained by The American Spectator — is now used as the solicitation language on the Act Blue site, found here.

The funds are being funneled from the Dean group to the Wisconsin State Senate Democratic Committee, specifically to be provided as “back up” for the 14 state senators described as “heroes” for fleeing the state.

Ironically, it is one of those hiding senators, Jon Erpenbach — reported by Chicago’s ABC affiliate to be hiding in a Chicago hotel — whose over-limit contribution of $21,000 to the SSDC drew a 2005 rebuke from the Government Accountability Board’s predecessor, the Wisconsin Elections Board. Said the Board’s Legal Counsel in an April 22, 2005 memo to the Board:

(2) A legislative campaign committee may accept no contributions and make no contributions or disbursements exceeding the amounts authorized for a political party under this chapter. (Emphasis supplied)”

(Note: the bold print for this sentence from the memo was deliberately included in the original document by the author of the memo to draw specific attention to the problem. The term “Emphasis Supplied” was also written by the Board’s Legal Counsel to emphasize the point of law.)

The amount of money legally authorized to be contributed to the SSDC, according to Wisconsin law, is $6,000 in “a calendar year.” Erpenbach was cited for a $27,000 contribution from his own campaign committee to the SSDC — $21,000 over the limit. Under the law he was mandated to give the balance as punishment to Wisconsin’s “Common School Fund” or a charity.
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Read it all.

Question for you:

Would it be appropriate to call the FBI and ask them to investigate this matter further?


Originally published on 1389 Blog.