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Sending jobs away from the Badger State (MSNBC vid)

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker ran his entire campaign on the promise of bringing jobs back to his state, yet it turns out he’s been outsourcing jobs all along. Ed Schultz and St. Rep. Peter Barca discuss.

http://www.msnbc.com/the-ed-show/watch/sending-jobs-away-from-the-badger-state-305417284000

Sending jobs away from the Badger State (MSNBC vid)

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker ran his entire campaign on the promise of bringing jobs back to his state, yet it turns out he’s been outsourcing jobs all along. Ed Schultz and St. Rep. Peter Barca discuss.

http://www.msnbc.com/the-ed-show/watch/sending-jobs-away-from-the-badger-state-305417284000

Pakistan mob kills woman, girls, over 'blasphemous' Facebook post

Source: Reuters

(Reuters) - A Pakistani mob killed a woman member of a religious sect and two of her granddaughters after a sect member was accused of posting blasphemous material on Facebook, police said Monday, the latest instance of growing violence against minorities.

The dead, including a seven-year-old girl and her baby sister, were Ahmadis, who consider themselves Muslim but believe in a prophet after Mohammed. A 1984 Pakistani law declared them non-Muslims and many Pakistanis consider them heretics.

Police said the late Sunday violence in the town of Gujranwala, 220 km (140 miles) southeast of the capital, Islamabad, started with an altercation between young men, one of whom was an Ahmadi accused of posting "objectionable material".

"Later, a crowd of 150 people came to the police station demanding the registration of a blasphemy case against the accused," said one police officer who declined to be identified.

"As police were negotiating with the crowd, another mob attacked and started burning the houses of Ahmadis."

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/28/us-pakistan-islam-murder-idUSKBN0FX0GF20140728

Outside Money Drives a Deluge of Political Ads

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/28/us/politics/deluge-of-political-ads-is-driven-by-outside-money.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=HpSum&module=first-column-region®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0

WASHINGTON — An explosion of spending on political advertising on television — set to break $2 billion in congressional races, with overall spots up nearly 70 percent since the 2010 midterm election — is accelerating the rise of moneyed interests and wresting control from the candidates’ own efforts to reach voters.

In the first full midterm cycle where outside groups have developed a sophisticated infrastructure, the consequences are already becoming apparent: a harshly negative tone dictated by the groups and a nearly nonstop campaign season that could cause voters to tune out before Election Day.

“They have become a shadow party that’s effectively impossible to dislodge, and they will shape, if not control, the dialogue in key races and therefore nationally,” said Sheila Krumholz, the executive director for the Center for Responsive Politics. “All of this sets the stage for 2016.”

The phenomenon, which is playing out in races across the country, is particularly pronounced in several competitive Senate contests — in places like Alaska, Colorado and North Carolina, among others. In the Senate races alone, the number of political television spots from outside groups is nearly six times as much as it was at the same point in the 2010 cycle. In fact, more political ads from outside groups have already aired during the relatively slow summer period of the 2014 Senate contests — roughly 150,000 spots through mid-July — than ran throughout the entire 2010 Senate elections.

Walker Shuts Down Public's Right To Know About WEDC Subsidies. Cites Fear

http://rocknetroots.blogspot.com/2014/07/walker-shuts-down-public-right-to-know.html

When the public's right to know is threatened, and when the rights of free speech and free press are at risk, all of the other liberties we hold dear are endangered.
-- Christopher Dodd


One Wisconsin Now published a stunning report that showed the bulk of incentive dollars delivered by Gov. Scott Walker's quasi-private WEDC agency have gone to campaign donors of his, with supporters receiving nearly 60% of this funding despite making up 30% of the recipients.

Now, almost two months later, comes a news report in the Wisconsin State Journal that Walker's office is redacting names of companies seeking taxpayer funds from the WEDC.

John Nichols: Scott Walker: desperate and hypocritical

http://host.madison.com/ct/news/opinion/column/john_nichols/john-nichols-scott-walker-desperate-and-hypocritical/article_e9ca9e71-1980-52ab-8028-a70714274baa.html

Let’s be clear about one thing: Republican governors of Wisconsin have historically been big fans of Wisconsin-based businesses.

So, it should be noted, have Democratic governors.

Whatever the partisan or ideological divisions might have been, Wisconsin governors have rarely attacked Wisconsin companies, especially iconic companies that have brought the state international attention and acclaim.

Until now.

That Scott Walker is desperate to continue as governor is beyond debate. He needs to be re-elected to mount his 2016 bid for the Republican presidential nomination. Yet he can’t break out of a tie in the polls, which is a very bad circumstance for an embattled incumbent. That’s got the governor scared.

In his desperation, Walker has adopted a win-at-any-cost strategy that is radically at odds with his own party's traditions and the state’s political history.

The governor’s decision to launch an expensive, unrelenting media campaign attacking the business practices of Trek Bicycle — the company founded and run by the family of his Democratic challenger, Mary Burke — has little precedent in the modern era of Wisconsin politics.


Governor's office clamps down on certain travel, business records

http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/on-politics/governor-s-office-clamps-down-on-certain-travel-business-records/article_0fa75a61-50aa-558f-a2f4-8b2264ffd621.html

Citing security concerns, Gov. Scott Walker’s office is no longer releasing information about where he stays on out-of-state trips in regularly released calendars of his past activities.

Also on the same calendars, Walker’s office is no longer disclosing the names and phone numbers of companies that the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. is working with on economic incentive packages.

The decision to withhold those two types of information was disclosed Friday with the release of Walker’s daily calendars from June.

According to a statement from the governor’s legal counsel, the decision to withhold that information was made after applying the balancing test under the state’s open records law. The test weighs the public’s right to government information against any potential harm to the public’s interest.

The statement noted the governor has had threats to his safety and stalking incidents in the past, and information about where he has stayed “could be used to establish patterns and predict the governor’s overnight location on future trips.”

The information about businesses meeting with WEDC was removed because legal counsel determined releasing the information could “wreak havoc” with WEDC’s mission of retaining and creating quality jobs in the state.

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Evil shirks the light even further. Paranoia sets in deeper!



SPLC lawsuit: Tennessee deprives residents of Medicaid coverage (Southern Poverty Law Center)

http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/news/splc-lawsuit-tennessee-deprives-residents-of-medicaid-coverage#.U9ETI9nZn68.facebook

Earlier this year, a high blood pressure episode put April Reynolds in the hospital. In fact, doctors told the mother of three that she could have died if she had waited any longer to seek medical treatment.

Reynolds put off going to the hospital because she didn’t have a way to pay for medical treatment. She had been trying to get coverage through Tennessee’s Medicaid program, but the state’s policies have deprived thousands of people like her the coverage they need even though they are eligible.

Now, Reynolds owes $20,000 in medical bills and needs monthly checkups. But she has been to the doctor only once since the episode because she’s afraid of accruing more debt.

Today, the SPLC filed a federal class action lawsuit against Tennessee for adopting policies that break its decades-old promise of health care to Reynolds and other vulnerable residents.

Walker, The Facilitator of Unfair Trade Deals, is Responsible for WI's Huge Outsourcing Problem

http://www.uppitywis.org/blogarticle/walker-facilitator-unfair-trade-deals-responsible-wis-huge-outso

Submitted by Jud Lounsbury on Thu, 07/24/2014 - 10:07am


As any regular reader can attest, I've criticized Governor Scott Walker and gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke on the issue of outsourcing jobs on numerous occasions. Since China is the major player in Wisconsin's outsourcing woes, I've foscused on our dysfunctional relationship with them.

In a nutshell, Walker has repeatedly facilitated Wisconsin's exploding trade deficit with China, not only by actively lobbying for unfair trade deals, but even going on Chinese state television, wearing a Chinese flag and saying that Wisconsin's trade with with China was "good and fair." And I've criticized Burke's Trek for outsourcing most of their manufacturing jobs to China.

The key difference, however, between Burke and Walker is that Walker facilitates the policy (unfair trade deals) that lead companies (like Trek) tp outsourcing jobs to China, while Burke opposes such policies and has pledged to do everything she can as governor to oppose them. Indeed, if the trade deals that Walker facilitates weren't in place, Trek would have never had the opportunity to outsource jobs.


Veteran Says He Was Forgotten Inside VA Clinic

Source: HUFF POST

DELTONA, Fla. (AP) — A veteran of the U.S. Marines says he was locked inside a central Florida community clinic operated by the Veteran's Administration.

Jeffrey Duck told WKMG (http://bit.ly/WCJOHU ) he arrived as a "walk in" patient at the clinic around 1 p.m. Monday and sat in a consultation room for more than three hours before realizing he was alone in the building.

Duck says he was worried he'd be accused of trying to steal something so he took cellphone video of himself walking around the lobby. That set off the alarm. So, he called 911.

The Veteran's Administration issued an apology to Duck on Tuesday and said they are reviewing their closing procedures.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/23/veterans-affairs-forgotten-patient_n_5613168.html
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