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Under Scott Walker, Our State Led the Nation in Job Loss

State, Elections

On  April 21, I  posted a blog titled Wisconsin Only State in Nation With a Statistically Significant Decrease in Number of Jobs Over Last 12 Months.   This is a follow-up.

The Journal Sentinel newspaper ‘s April 25 edition tackled the job loss issue in its  front page article headlined  State job losses worst in U.S.   The first paragraph states,  “Wisconsin is the only state in the nation that had ‘statistically significant’ job losses over the past 12 months, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “  It noted: “The 23,000 jobs lost in Wisconsin was tops among the 50 states; no other state lost more than 3,500.”    ( Click here to view the JS online version posted under "Business") 

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Walker's Wad

Elections, State

“Walker has been keen on painting the recall campaign against him, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and four Republican state senators as driven by out-of-state money and special interests, particularly organized labor. But in the race for governor it's been Republican Walker who has been raking in boatloads of out-of-state cash, not his Democratic rivals.”—observes Bill Lueders of the non-profit, non-partisan Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism.  (See Lueders' post on  The Daily Page)

In the recent filing period, Gov. Scott Walker reportedly raised a staggering $13 million for the recall fight,  bringing his fundraising total up to $25 million since January 2011.   Walker's record-breaking $13 million haul for the last three months does not include money being spent by rightwing super PACs to support him and bash his opponents.

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GOP Bloopers

Elections, State

On Tuesday night (5-8-12),   the Republican Party of Wisconsin emailed a statement saying Democrats were still divided after the primary by choosing Tom Barrett.

But as the Associated Press points out, that message was emailed 30 minutes before the polls closed—and no election results are known until at least 8 p.m.—yet the release came at 7:30 p.m. !!!!

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NB School Board to Vote May 14 on School Hours

New Berlin Schools, School Board, NBPS Administrators

From the District of New Berlin website:

Proposed school hours for School Year  2012-2013

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Annual Support the Troops Ride-- May 19

Veterans, community, Events

Per timeanddate.com:

Many Americans celebrate Armed Forces Day annually on the third Saturday of May. It is a day to pay tribute to men and women who serve the United States’ armed forces. Armed Forces Day is also part of Armed Forces Week, which begins on the second Saturday of May.

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Walker's Conservation Failures

DNR, environment, Health, State, Water

In her recent editorial Walker's DNR ignores what's best for the state (May 12 Journal Sentinel) Shahla M. Werner, PhD, a director of the statewide Sierra Club- John Muir Chapter wrote:

"Clean, sparkling lakes and streams. Productive family farms and grazing cattle. Lush northern forests teeming with life, open to hunting, fishing and camping. These are the images that should come to mind when we think of Wisconsin's natural resources.

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Lousy Job Numbers and Walker's Manipulations

Elections, State

Wisconsin lost an estimated 6,200 private-sector jobs in April, according to the report released Thursday by the state Department of Workforce Development.

Gov. Walker not only is trying to downplay the monthly estimates put out through his own administration now,   he’s referred to the monthly estimate put out by the state as numbers his “opponents” were using to criticize him. (See Wisconsin State Journal report)  

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Walkergate: A Timeline and Commentary

State, Elections, political campaign scandal, , Public records &, information access

Cognitive Dissidence recently posted  a  “voters guide” detailed  timeline to Walkergate, the commonly used moniker for the John Doe investigation.

Here’s a shortened version/summary of it:

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Divide and Conquer

State, Blogging

Divide and Conquer has been the favorite Walker/GOP partisan power playbook tactic from the first day of his administration says James Rowen's The Political Environment.

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If the Budget is Really Balanced, Why is State Not Paying Bills Coming Due?

State

The state budget, under the Wisconsin constitution, must be balanced.

In 2010, Scott Walker made an explicit promise on his campaign website to require the use of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) to balance every state budget .  Last year, PolitiFact Wisconsin announced that Walker broke that promise:   “There's a chart every two years in the state budget demonstrating the bottom line under GAAP. The chart in the Walker administration's Budget in Brief shows that the 2011-13 budget was not close to balanced by that standard. In fact, the document shows that based on GAAP accounting, the state would have been left with a deficit of $3 billion by 2012-13 under Walker's budget. That compares to the $2.9 billion GAAP deficit he inherited at the end of Doyle's term, the state's financial statements show.”

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2012 Ride For The National Veterans Wheelchair Games----Saturday, June 2

Events, Veterans

The National Veterans Wheelchair Games is the largest annual wheelchair sports competition in the world.   Milwaukee hosted it in 2007.

The event offers 17 different sports to Veterans who use wheelchairs due to spinal cord injuries, amputations, and neurological diseases.  The Games promote rehabilitation through rigorous competition in sports, such as basketball, rugby, softball, handcycling and others.  The Games also provide opportunities for newly disabled veterans to gain sports skills and be exposed to other wheelchair athletes.   See U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website for additional information.  

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Barrett or Walker? Character Does Matter

State, Elections, political campaign scandal

“The question of character has become a central issue in the Walker recall election on June 5,” asserts Barbara Miner in her May 27 Journal Sentinel blog post.

Well, we know that Tom Barrett is a caring man, a genuine hero.  Barrett, who came to the aid of strangers, was attacked with a metal pipe and sustained serious injuries.   A 2009 Journal Sentinel Editorial states:    “Good citizens get involved and don’t look the other way when someone is in need of help”.   “Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett intervened in a dispute at much risk to himself and helped make the community stronger …. Simply, in protecting a woman and child from harm, the mayor acted heroically.”    

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