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Scott Walker's presidential ambitions make the New York Times' front page


Wisconsin's gubernatorial election is once again in the national spotlight, with a front-page story in Monday's New York Times.

The Times' article frames the race in the context of the 2016 presidential election. The headline states the stakes plainly: "Before Bigger Stage, Walker Must Win Wisconsin."

"Mr. Walker’s day job is not all that is at stake," reporter Monica Davey wrote of the tight race. "His currency as a presidential contender will surely vanish if he cannot win a second term as the governor of Wisconsin."

No longer buoyed by the GOP wave of 2010 or the attention that immediately followed his 2012 recall survival, victory is not a certainty for the governor. He enjoyed a brief five-point lead after months of polls showing a tied race against Democratic challenger Mary Burke, but last week's Marquette University Law School poll put the candidates back in a dead heat.

"So intense is the fight that the governor, who defined himself by clashing with labor unions, is pressing to get his political base to the polls. In a state that twice has picked Barack Obama, Mr. Walker might have pursued a more centrist strategy. Instead, he is talking tough, as he did the other day here in Green Bay, pacing around a truck garage, laying out his plan to drug test people seeking food stamps or unemployment benefits," the article said

Walker questions timing of latest email release (approx 16,000 e-mails released today)


State Republican Party calls release of Walker emails 'slimy political stunt'


Thousands of emails prosecutors collected during the first secret investigation into Gov. Scott Walker's former aides and associates when he was county executive have been released.

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele's office on Tuesday made public the nearly 16,000 emails and attachments that prosecutors seized from county and personal computers.

The investigation ended in 2013 with six of Walker's aides and associates convicted on charges ranging from theft to misconduct in office.

Walker wasn't charged, although prosecutors launched a second secret investigation in 2012 focusing on whether his campaign illegally coordinated with conservative groups.



Warriors burn bridge, demand mining company behind Mount Polley toxic spill leave territory(15. Oct)

Published on Oct 9, 2012

Secwepemc are fighting the imperial metals ruddock creek project from operating in their Sacred Headwaters to the Adams River, World's largest sockeye salmon spawning grounds. unsurrendered Secwepemc Territory.

APTN National News
An Indigenous resistance group under the name of Secwepemc Ts’ka7 Warriors burned a bridge connected to a proposed British Columbia zinc and lead mine owned by the mining company now trying to clean up the Mount Polley environmental disaster, APTN National News has independently confirmed.

Ts’ka7 Warriors issued a statement Wednesday taking responsibility for torching a bridge at the Ruddock Creek Mine operation, of which Imperial Metals is the majority owner.

EPA: Those Bee-Killing Pesticides? They're Actually Pretty Useless


So, there's this widely used class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids, marketed by chemical giants Bayer and Syngenta, that have emerged as a prime suspect in honeybee collapse, and may also be harming birds and water-borne critters. But at least they provide benefits to farmers, right?

Well, not soybean farmers, according to a blunt economic assessment released Thursday by the Environmental Protection Agency (PDF). Conclusion: "There are no clear or consistent economic benefits of neonicotinoid seed treatments in soybeans."

Wait, what?

The report goes on: "This analysis provides evidence that US soybean growers derive limited to no benefit from neonicotinoid seed treatments in most instances."

Hmmm. But at least they're better for farmers than no pesticide at all?

Nope: "Published data indicate that most usage of neonicotinoid seed treatments does not protect soybean yield any better than doing no pest control."


The EPA notes that in recent years, US farmers have been planting on average 76 million acres of soybeans each season. Of those acres, an average 31 percent are planted in seeds treated with neonics—that is, farmers buy treated seeds, which suffuse the soybean plants with the chemical as they grow. So that's about 24 million acres of neonic-treated seeds—an area equal in size to the state of Indiana. Why would farmers pay up for a seed treatment that doesn't do them any good, yet may be doing considerable harm to pollinators and birds? The EPA report has insights: "data from researchers and extension experts ... indicate that some growers currently have some difficulty obtaining untreated seed." The report points to one small poll that found 45 percent of respondents reported finding non-treated seeds "difficult to obtain" or "not available."

Red Dawn: The GOP’s Growing Monopoly on State Government


There’s never been a worse time to be a Democrat in a red state. Republicans now hold all the reins of power — the governorship and both houses of the state legislature — in 23 states. That’s up from just nine before the 2010 elections. There are now more states under single-party control than at any time since 1944. And without even token Democratic opposition, Republicans have busted unions in Michigan and Wisconsin, passed draconian tax cuts in Kansas and enacted sweeping new abortion restrictions across the nation.

This November, more Americans could find themselves living under single-party GOP rule. There won’t be nearly as many states flipping to single-party rule as in 2010′s GOP romp, but Republicans are hoping to add Arkansas and Iowa to the list of states where they can implement their agenda free of Democratic resistance. In Arkansas, Republicans won the state House and Senate in 2012 and hope to add the governorship this year. And in Iowa, a razor-thin two-seat Democratic Senate majority is all that has held back a wave of conservative legislation.

“We are on offense this year,” says Jill Bader, communications director for the Republican State Leadership Conference (RSLC), which works to elect Republican state legislators. “We’re building these new majorities in some states that have been traditionally Democratic.”

Midterm elections present problems for Democrats. The party’s most loyal voting blocs — young voters and minorities, in particular — tend to vote at lower rates than in presidential years. This year, President Barack Obama’s falling approval rating could drag down Democratic candidates for state legislative seats. And thanks to the GOP’s widespread success in 2010, Republicans were able to redraw many states’ legislative maps after that year’s census, gerrymandering themselves into solid and consistent majorities.

Rick Perry Ordered To Appear In Court October 31


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry must appear for a court hearing on Oct. 31.

A judge set the date Monday for a pretrial hearing to discuss procedural issues, including whether the special prosecutor leading the case against Perry was properly sworn in.

The governor was in Europe and skipped Monday's proceedings in Austin. But he will have to be there when the case goes back to court.

Special prosecutor Michael McCrum has until Nov. 7 to respond to two motions to quash the case. Perry's lawyers call the case unconstitutional, but also want it dismissed on technicalities.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/13/rick-perry-court_n_5977326.html?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592

Hold yer head up high Perry!

Christian Right-Wingers Love Porn: New Studies Suggest the Bible Belt Has A Kinky Side


Dair Massey/The Daily Beast

Christian Right-Wingers Love Porn: New Studies Suggest the Bible Belt Has A Kinky Side
They preach abstinence and shame the adult industry, but findings conclude that the more Christian and conservative you are, the more you’re into porn.

Do conservatives watch more porn than their liberal counterparts? Perhaps.

A quick Google search for political sex scandals will lead you to pages of naughtiness, Republican and Democratic alike. Human sexuality exists outside of party lines. Whether you’re conservative or liberal, chances are you have sex.

A new study published in the journal Archives of Sexual Behavior, produced by researchers from Canadian Universities, found American states that identify as more religious and conservative are also more apt to search for sex online. Of course, the study makes a point of separating the religiously conservative from the politically conservative. The latter is more likely to look for sex specific terms, such as “gay sex, free porn and xxx,” whereas those that consider themselves religious were looking for generalized sex terms that could’ve theoretically fallen under the “health and wellness” category.

In heavily religious states, abstinence is often pushed as the only safe sex, with very little to offer in the way of sexual education. Unfortunately, that leaves a growing number of people with questions about sex but no answers. Enter Google: the best way to find an answer to personal, possibly embarrassing questions without calling attention to yourself. So of course the study finds that religious communities have a higher percentage of sex-related searches. That’s what happens when you can’t find it elsewhere.

GOP goons suddenly run scared: What three anti-women warriors want to hide


Scott Walker, Cory Gardner and Thom Tillis have a problem with women they need to cover up -- and they know it

When we last checked in on Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, he was playing down his problems with women voters and boasting of his strong support among men. Somebody must have read his poll numbers a little more closely, because on Tuesday Walker came out with an ad that brazenly lies about his stance on abortion.

The guy who signed anti-choice legislation mandating an ultrasound and sharply regulating clinics looked straight into a camera and said he did it “to increase safety and to provide more information for a woman considering her options.” That’s not all. Walker had the audacity to claim, “The bill leaves the final decision to a woman and her doctor.”

But Walker wasn’t alone in trying to cut and run on his women’s rights stands this week. In Tuesday night debates, GOP Senate hopefuls Cory Gardner of Colorado and Thom Tillis of North Carolina, like Walker, shamelessly misrepresented their positions as well.

Gardner, Walker and Tillis tried to model three different approaches to hiding their awful records on women’s rights: the cool, the creepy and the clueless.

Gardner’s been the cool one. You’ll recall he decided he backs over the counter birth control pills, so they’re available for all you swingin’ ladies “round the clock” (though as I’ve observed before, birth control isn’t like Viagra or condoms, and picking up a last minute pack at the 24 hour Walgreens won’t prevent pregnancy.) Gardner did even better at his debate with Sen. Mark Udall, bragging that when television ads claimed he wanted to limit birth control, his wife said, “Didn’t you used to pick up my prescription?” Cool guy, always helping the ladies get it on.

Walker is just plain creepy. In his new ad, the dull-eyed governor looks into the camera and tries to feign concern for women who are seeking abortion. It’s a contrast with the way he glibly dismissed imposing the ultrasound requirement last year, telling reporters, “I don’t have any problem with ultrasound. I think most people think ultrasounds are just fine.”

Congressional Budget Office: Budget deficit falls to $486 billion, lowest of Obama's tenure.

Source: abc NEWS

Congressional Budget Office: Budget deficit falls to $486 billion, lowest of Obama's tenure.

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/congressional-budget-office-budget-deficit-falls-486-billion-26043639

Justice Kennedy blocks gay marriage ruling for Idaho, Nevada


WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Wednesday temporarily blocked an appeals court ruling that declared gay marriage legal in Idaho and Nevada.

Kennedy's order came a little more than an hour after Idaho filed an emergency request for an immediate stay and about 10 minutes before the state said that state and county officials would otherwise have been required to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/10/08/gay-marriage-supreme-court-kennedy-idaho-nevada/16907035/
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