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Good News: Scott Walker's former deputy chief of staff will report to prison later today


MILWAUKEE -- Governor Walker's former deputy chief of staff will report to prison later today.

Kelly Rindfleisch worked for the governor while he was Milwaukee County Executive.

She was sentenced to six months for fundraising for a Lieutenant Governor candidate while on the clock for the county.

I love when true criminals get to pay their penance.

Bo Ryan, Mike Krzyzewski, Tom Izzo and John Calipari on Indiana's RFRA

The four head coaches of the schools competing in the NCAA Basketball Championship in Indianapolis this weekend speak out.


Social commentary: UW's Bo Ryan, Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, Michigan State's Tom Izzo and Kentucky's John Calipari combined Wednesday to formulate a statement regarding Indiana's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

The statement, released by the National Association of Basketball Coaches, reads:

"We are aware of the recent actions in Indiana and have made a point to talk about this sensitive and important issue among ourselves and with our teams. Each of us strongly supports the positions of the NCAA and our respective institutions on this matter — that discrimination of any kind should not be tolerated.

"As a part of America's higher education system, college basketball plays an important role in diversity, equality, fairness and inclusion, and will continue to do so in the future."

Critics of the bill argue it will allow business to discriminate against individuals based on their sexual orientation. NCAA officials, who do not support the bill, expect protests this week during the Final Four.


Dick, from the Internet. He's here, he's there, he's everywhere.

Election complaints filed against Scott Walker, Jeb Bush


Washington — Two nonpartisan groups filed election complaints Tuesday against Gov. Scott Walker, Jeb Bush and two others, accusing them of ignoring the strict caps on contributions to politicians who are running for president or testing the waters for a White House bid.

Walker, for instance, has been raising unlimited donations for his political committee, Our American Revival, while traveling widely, hiring dozens of staff and laying the groundwork for a campaign. The complaints charge that this amounts to "testing the waters," which must be done within the strict contribution limits — $2,700 per donor per election — that apply to presidential candidates.

"These 2016 presidential contenders must take the American people for fools — flying repeatedly to Iowa and New Hampshire to meet with party leaders and voters, hiring campaign staff, and raising millions of dollars from deep-pocketed mega-donors, all the while denying that they are even 'testing the waters' of a presidential campaign," said Paul S. Ryan, senior counsel to the Campaign Legal Center, one of the groups that filed the complaint with the Federal Election Commission.


In their complaint against Walker, the groups say all the Wisconsin governor's political activities suggest he not only meets the legal definition of testing the waters but has for practical purposes become a candidate. The complaint says that Walker has in fact referred to himself as a candidate, citing his March 1 interview with Chris Wallace of Fox News. In declaring he had shifted his position on immigration, Walker told Wallace, "my view (on the issue) has changed. I'm flat out saying it.... Candidates can say that."

Economic Inequality: It’s Far Worse Than You Think


Economic Inequality: It’s Far Worse Than You Think
The great divide between our beliefs, our ideals, and reality
March 31, 2015 |By Nicholas Fitz

In their 2011 paper, Michael Norton and Dan Ariely analyzed beliefs about wealth inequality. They asked more than 5,000 Americans to guess the percentage of wealth (i.e., savings, property, stocks, etc., minus debts) owned by each fifth of the population. Next, they asked people to construct their ideal distributions. Imagine a pizza of all the wealth in the United States. What percentage of that pizza belongs to the top 20% of Americans? How big of a slice does the bottom 40% have? In an ideal world, how much should they have?

The average American believes that the richest fifth own 59% of the wealth and that the bottom 40% own 9%. The reality is strikingly different. The top 20% of US households own more than 84% of the wealth, and the bottom 40% combine for a paltry 0.3%. The Walton family, for example, has more wealth than 42% of American families combined.

We don’t want to live like this. In our ideal distribution, the top quintile owns 32% and the bottom two quintiles own 25%. As the journalist Chrystia Freeland put it, “Americans actually live in Russia, although they think they live in Sweden. And they would like to live on a kibbutz.” Norton and Ariely found a surprising level of consensus: everyone — even Republicans and the wealthy—wants a more equal distribution of wealth than the status quo.


n a study published last year, Norton and Sorapop Kiatpongsan used a similar approach to assess perceptions of income inequality. They asked about 55,000 people from 40 countries to estimate how much corporate CEOs and unskilled workers earned. Then they asked people how much CEOs and workers should earn. The median American estimated that the CEO-to-worker pay-ratio was 30-to-1, and that ideally, it’d be 7-to-1. The reality? 354-to-1. Fifty years ago, it was 20-to-1. Again, the patterns were the same for all subgroups, regardless of age, education, political affiliation, or opinion on inequality and pay. “In sum,” the researchers concluded, “respondents underestimate actual pay gaps, and their ideal pay gaps are even further from reality than those underestimates.”

The less you vote the worse it gets

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Just got an update. The man who I performed CPR on Saturday is in stable condition.

You can't imagine how pleased I was to learn about this stranger's survival.

Details here: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10026430658

Wisconsin Republicans abandoning Scott Walker


On March 25, 2015, former editor of the Waukesha Freeman and conservative Pete Kennedy published an opinion piece in the paper urging Wisconsin conservatives to not only reject Scott Walker, but to hold him accountable for the damage he has done to the state.

cantstandusKennedy is not the only Wisconsin Republican abandoning Scott Walker. Recently extremists in the party, including Rep. Robin Vos (R-63) and Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-12), began questioning Walker’s latest budget, which drastically cuts money for public education, eliminates essential programs for the disabled and elderly that allow them to stay in their homes, increases bonding for transportation and roads, and slashes $300 million from the UW System.

Even Walker’s staunch defender Wisconsin Reporter is remaining silent about recent information that has emerged about Walker’s alleged $1.5 million pay-to-play scheme involving Menards’ president John Menard Jr.

Kennedy’s piece vividly describes how Walker has indeed betrayed even his loyal extremists. Kennedy appears to understand that Walker has been lying to them (and the rest of the state) all along. “Given recent events, I’m not convinced he ever really loved you,” he opines, “but if believing so makes you feel better, then by all means do so.”

More at the link.

Wisconsin: Advocates Call For Replacing Education Cuts With Federal Medicaid Dollars


A progressive advocacy group told state lawmakers Thursday that they could avoid deep budget cuts to the University of Wisconsin System and public schools if they accept federal money to expand Medicaid.

During a public hearing at Reedsburg High School, Citizen Action's Anna Dvorak told the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee that referendum after referendum showed the public supported the move. “When you go back to Madison, I imagine that you have many difficult choices to make,” Dvorak said. “Taking the money is not one of them.”

The nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau says Wisconsin could save as much as $345 million in state tax dollars by expanding Medicaid.

While Republicans in other states have warmed to the idea, it's been a political non-starter in Wisconsin, where GOP leaders say there's no guarantee the money will be there in future budgets.

I missed the tip-off to the Wisconsin/Arizona game

I was on my hands and knees in the back of a restaraunt giving CPR to a man who collapsed. Paramedics arrived about 10 minutes later and carted him off to the local hospital - blue, unresponsive but alive. We heard later his preliminary diagnosis was heart attack and he was taken by air ambulance to the better-equipped facility in Appleton. Hope he makes it.

I had only arrived a couple minutes earlier when there was a commotion behind us. At first I though a drunk fell (statistically most probable for the venue), then that a man was having a seizure. When someone asked "does anyone know CPR?" I jumped in, checked that his throat was clear and started chest compressions. A heads-up waitress callled 911.

I had very recently read that mouth-to-mouth is no longer a required element for lay persons giving CPR, but that Continuous Chest Compression (called Hands Only by the American Heart Association) is a recommended method for "bystanders who witness an adult suddenly collapse." I started counting to 100 when another fellow joined and began mouth-to-mouth. Fortunately we were able to give the man full CPR. (When I spoke to him later I found it amusing that we were both long-time healthcare guys with virtually no hands-on clinical experience. Just a couple engineers with specialties in healthcare who had CPR training in our pasts.)

For those "unwilling, unable, untrained or are no longer able to perform full CPR" Continuous Chest Compression without mouth-to-mouth is now a "preferred method for bystanders who witness an adult suddenly collapse."


Anyway, I hope the guy makes it. Oh, and the Badgers won.

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