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Marquette:Walker and Burke still deadlocked;Happ leads Schimel for AG (Burke leads in likely voters)


Marquette poll: Walker and Burke still deadlocked; Happ leads Schimel for AG

With the fall election about to kick into high gear after Labor Day, the race for governor remains deadlocked, while the Democratic nominee for attorney general has a large lead but remains widely unknown, according to a new Marquette Law School poll released Wednesday.

The latest poll shows Democratic gubernatorial nominee Mary Burke with a 2-point lead over Gov. Scott Walker, 49 percent to 47 percent, among likely voters. Among registered voters, Walker leads Burke 48 percent to 44 percent.

Poll director Charles Franklin called the results, which are within the poll's margin of error, "remarkably flat" over several polls.

In the attorney general's race, 40 percent of registered voters said they would vote for Jefferson County District Attorney Susan Happ, the Democratic nominee, and 33 percent said they would vote for Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel, the Republican nominee. Among likely voters it was 42 percent to 32 percent in favor of Happ.

However, 82 percent of respondents said they haven't heard enough about Happ to form an opinion about her, and 87 percent said they haven't heard enough about Schimel to form an opinion about him.

Michael Brown's Mom Laid Flowers Where He Was Shot—and Police Crushed Them


New details emerge about callous tactics that fueled anger in Ferguson.

As darkness fell on Canfield Drive on August 9, a makeshift memorial sprang up in the middle of the street where Michael Brown's body had been sprawled in plain view for more than four hours. Flowers and candles were scattered over the bloodstains on the pavement. Someone had affixed a stuffed animal to a streetlight pole a few yards away. Neighborhood residents and others were gathering, many of them upset and angry.

Soon, police vehicles reappeared, including from the St. Louis County Police Department, which had taken control of the investigation. Several officers emerged with dogs. What happened next, according to several sources, was emblematic of what has inflamed the city of Ferguson, Missouri, ever since the unarmed 18-year-old was gunned down: An officer on the street let the dog he was controlling urinate on the memorial site.

The incident was related to me separately by three state and local officials who worked with the community in the immediate aftermath of the shooting. One confirmed that he interviewed an eyewitness, a young woman, and pressed her on what exactly she saw. "She said that the officer just let the dog pee on it," that official told me. "She was very distraught about it." The identity of the officer who handled the dog and the agency he was with remain unclear.
Candles and flowers marking the spot where Brown died were soon run over by police vehicles.

The day brought other indignities for Brown's family, and the community. Missouri state Rep. Sharon Pace, whose district includes the neighborhood where the shooting occurred, told me she went to the scene that afternoon to comfort the parents, who were blocked by police from approaching their son's body. Pace purchased some tea lights for the family, and around 7 p.m. she joined Brown's mother, Lesley McSpadden, and others as they placed the candles and sprinkled flowers on the ground where Brown had died. "They spelled out his initials with rose petals over the bloodstains," Pace recalled.

By then, police had prohibited all vehicles from entering Canfield Drive except for their own. Soon the candles and flowers had been smashed, after police drove over them.

Bumping into WI DOJ investigator during 2013 Capitol Crackdown led to disorderly ticket (VIDEO)

Bumping into WI DOJ investigator during 2013 Capitol Crackdown led to disorderly ticket for photographer. Today: CASE DISMISSED

This is what it looks like to use a police force to harass politically engaged people like a photographer who took the best photographs of the arrests suffered during last summer’s crackdown on the Wisconsin Solidarity Sing Along.

Watch the court video but be aware that the stupid is strong within and you may be at great risk of applying head to desk.

Ultimately this case was dismissed.
Quoting from SSWIDTMS:
Judge Juan Colás quickly ruled the charge of disorderly conduct baseless and without foundation stating “This doesn’t even rise to the level of probable cause let alone the greater weight of credible evidence that is required as it is the states burden in this case.”

Are there no actual criminals in all of Wisconsin to pursue?

Must the state spend its time PURSUING PEOPLE WHO ACCIDENTALLY BUMP?


After 90 Percent Decline, Federal Protection Sought for Monarch Butterfly

Source: The Xerces Society

Genetically Engineered Crops Are Major Driver in Population Crash

WASHINGTON— The Center for Biological Diversity and Center for Food Safety as co-lead petitioners joined by the Xerces Society and renowned monarch scientist Dr. Lincoln Brower filed a legal petition today to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeking Endangered Species Act protection for monarch butterflies, which have declined by more than 90 percent in under 20 years. During the same period it is estimated that these once-common iconic orange and black butterflies may have lost more than 165 million acres of habitat — an area about the size of Texas — including nearly a third of their summer breeding grounds.

“Monarchs are in a deadly free fall and the threats they face are now so large in scale that Endangered Species Act protection is needed sooner rather than later, while there is still time to reverse the severe decline in the heart of their range,” said Lincoln Brower, preeminent monarch researcher and conservationist, who has been studying the species since 1954.

“We’re at risk of losing a symbolic backyard beauty that has been part of the childhood of every generation of Americans,” said Tierra Curry, a senior scientist at the Center for Biological Diversity. “The 90 percent drop in the monarch’s population is a loss so staggering that in human-population terms it would be like losing every living person in the United States except those in Florida and Ohio.”

The butterfly’s dramatic decline is being driven by the widespread planting of genetically engineered crops in the Midwest, where most monarchs are born. The vast majority of genetically engineered crops are made to be resistant to Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, a uniquely potent killer of milkweed, the monarch caterpillar’s only food. The dramatic surge in Roundup use with Roundup Ready crops has virtually wiped out milkweed plants in midwestern corn and soybean fields.

Read more: http://www.xerces.org/after-90-percent-decline-federal-protection-sought-for-monarch-butterfly-2/

More than 100 ballots missing in 17th Senate District primary recount


More than 100 ballots are missing in the 17th Senate District Democratic primary recount, a city clerk in Green County said Tuesday.

Official results showed Ernie Wittwer leading Pat Bomhack by just seven votes out of more than 7,600 cast, prompting Bomhack to request a recount, which began Monday.

But Green County officials discovered Monday night that the number of ballots counted by voting machines in the city of Monroe on Aug. 12 and certified by the board of canvassers was about 110 votes higher than the number of ballots counted Monday during the recount, Monroe City Clerk Carol Stamm said.

“We’re still trying to work this through,” Stamm said. “I can assure you that the city followed all the protocols that we were supposed to do.”

Federal appeals judges appear skeptical of Wisconsin, Indiana gay marriage bans


CHICAGO — Federal appeals judges bristled on Tuesday at arguments defending gay marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin, with one Republican appointee comparing them to now-defunct laws that once outlawed weddings between blacks and whites.

As the legal skirmish in the United States over same-sex marriage shifted to the three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, more than 200 people lined up hours before to ensure they got a seat at the much-anticipated hearing.

While judges often play devil's advocate during oral arguments, the panel's often-blistering questions for the defenders of the same-sex marriage bans could be a signal the laws may be in trouble — at least at this step in the legal process.

Richard Posner, who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1981, hit the backers of the ban the hardest. He balked when Wisconsin Assistant Attorney General Timothy Samuelson repeatedly pointed to "tradition" as the underlying justification for barring gay marriage.

"It was tradition to not allow blacks and whites to marry — a tradition that got swept away," the 75-year-old judge said. Prohibition of same-sex marriage, Posner said, derives from "a tradition of hate ... and savage discrimination" of homosexuals...

..."What horrible stuff," Posner said. What benefit to society in barring gay marriage, he asked, outweighs that kind of harm to children?


The 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear oral arguments regarding the continuation of John Doe II on Sept. 12th.

Paul Ryan Refuses to Answer Question on his $5T Tax Break for Millionaires

Published on Aug 22, 2014

August 22nd, 2014
From Paul Ryan's Book Signing in Pensacola, FL

WEDC board OK'd Ashley Furniture getting $6 million tax credit, cutting 1,900 jobs


The board overseeing the state’s flagship job-creation agency has quietly approved a $6 million tax credit for Ashley Furniture Industries with a condition allowing the company to eliminate half of its state workforce.

As approved by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. board, the award would allow the Arcadia-based global furniture maker to move ahead with a $35 million expansion of its headquarters and keep 1,924 jobs in the state.

But it wouldn’t require Ashley to create any new jobs, instead granting the company license to lay off half of its current 3,848 Wisconsin-based workers in exchange for an enterprise zone tax credit, one of the most valuable and coveted state subsidies.

The board’s decision has not been made public because a contract with the company has not been finalized. But in a statement Friday, in response to questions from the State Journal, Ashley Furniture confirmed it is seeking state subsidies that include terms allowing for job reductions.

Powell Shooting (Cell Phone Camera)




Targets of John Doe investigation ask court not to release sealed documents (update)


MADISON, Wis. —Three targets of a secret investigation into possible illegal coordination between Gov. Scott Walker's campaign and conservative interest groups have asked a federal appeals court not to release sealed documents pertaining to the case.

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals planned to make 34 documents public Tuesday. Wisconsin Club for Growth filed a motion on Monday asking the court to keep nine documents sealed. The motion followed a request late Friday by two unnamed parties asking the court not to release any of the 34 documents.

A coalition of media and open government advocates is pushing for the release of the documents. The coalition's attorney, Theodore Boutrous Jr., said in an email Monday morning that he planned to oppose the motions and the documents should be in the public domain. He hadn't filed any briefs and the 7th Circuit hadn't responded to the motions by midafternoon.

A group of prosecutors has been conducting a so-called John Doe investigation, in which information is kept secret, into whether Walker's 2012 recall campaign illegally coordinated advertising and fundraising efforts with conservative groups that backed him.

One of the groups, Wisconsin Club for Growth, has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to halt the probe, saying it infringes on its free speech rights. The group argues that it is legal for outside groups to coordinate with candidates on issue-based political ads and that the prosecutors are liberals bent on trashing conservatives.

U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa sided with the group in May, issuing an order that put the investigation on hold. The prosecutors have asked the 7th Circuit court in Chicago to reverse that decision.

Wisconsin Club for Growth argued in its motion Monday that the documents contain four affidavits packed with personal information, including names, addresses, private emails and bank accounts, that prosecutors used to justify searches and issuing subpoenas. The group argued that releasing them would reveal its political affiliations, internal strategies and tactics, subject its associates to threats and harassment and chill the flow of internal ideas.

same ol' back & forth-->never ending process
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