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Wisconsin: Leah Vukmir’s inability to follow open records laws costs state taxpayers $15,000

http://bloggingblue.com/2014/04/leah-vukmirs-inability-to-follow-open-records-laws-costs-state-taxpayers-15000/

Taxpayers are paying $15,000 in attorneys fees and damages and state Sen. Leah Vukmir is turning over documents to a liberal group as part of a settlement over a lawsuit under the state’s open records law.
The case deals in part with official records on Vukmir’s personal email account. The settlement avoids a showdown over when legislators are immune from open records lawsuits.

The documents stem from Vukmir’s involvement with the American Legislative Exchange Council, which works with corporations and conservatives to write model legislation that can be introduced in state legislatures throughout the country. Vukmir serves as ALEC’s second vice chairwoman, the third-highest position on the board.

The Madison-based Center for Media and Democracy sued the Wauwatosa Republican in June, contending she had violated the law by not turning over ALEC records. Brendan Fischer, legal counsel for the center that sued Vukmir, said the state will pay $12,500 in legal fees and $2,500 in damages.

“It’s an acknowledgment that she withheld records that she shouldn’t have withheld,” Fischer said.



Republicans break the law, then stick the taxpayers with the fine.

Wisconsin: Just in case you forgot, IT'S ELECTION DAY

Now get out there and vote!!!!!

Five times as big. Five fucking times.

The House Science Committee has made some changes since Republicans gained the majority.

Americans are demanding background checks

Congressional Hypocrisy

David Lauterstein tweets about Republicans making shit up.

Tell me again which one is the "rampant" problem.

Can You Spot Three Subtle Differences In These Two Photos?



Hopes Frustrated, Many Latinos Reject the Ballot Box Altogether

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/31/us/hopes-frustrated-many-latinos-reject-the-ballot-box-altogether.html

Across the country, immigrant-rights advocates report mounting disillusionment with both parties among Latinos, enough to threaten recent gains in voting participation that have reshaped politics to Democrats’ advantage nationally, and in states like Colorado with significant Latino populations. High hopes — kindled by President Obama’s elections and stoked in June by Senate passage of the most significant overhaul of immigration law in a generation, with a path to citizenship for about 11 million people here unlawfully — have been all but dashed.

Latinos mainly blame Republicans, who control the House and have buried the Senate bill, but they also have soured on Mr. Obama. The federal government has so aggressively enforced existing immigration laws that one national Hispanic leader recently nicknamed the president “deporter in chief” for allowing nearly two million people to be deported. A day after that widely reported gibe in Washington, at Denver’s Spanish-language radio station KBNO (“Que Bueno” to its audience), the host Fernando Sergio devoted his three-hour talk show to asking listeners whether they agreed with the criticism, or “has President Obama done the best he can against Republican opposition?”

“The majority were very angry at the president,” Mr. Sergio said in an interview at the station, where pictures of John and Robert Kennedy, Bill Clinton and Mr. Obama hang on the walls. “People feel like he’s made some promises that he hasn’t fulfilled, that he can do more” — like expand his 2012 order that deferred deportations of young people brought to the country as children, a group known as Dreamers. “If I were a Democratic consultant,” Mr. Sergio added, “I would have been concerned.”

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The president told them that his secretary of homeland security, Jeh Johnson, would review the deportation system. But Mr. Obama lowered expectations by reiterating that administration lawyers say he cannot take action beyond his 2012 order benefiting the so-called Dreamers. The advocates expressed skepticism.



This is what happens when we don't fight hard enough for our ideals. It's not that immigration reform hasn't been passed, it's that our side has neither made our fight public enough, nor stood up for immigrants facing deportation. And then we wonder why the voters don't show up.



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