Uppity Wisconsin

Uppity Wisconsin is now part of Wis.Community.

News

City Garages

Let me know if you like. In other words, share this, link to it ect. I need to know if the effort is worth it. 





Walker Busted for Illegal Campaign Coordination with Koch (And Doing It On The Taxpayer's Dime)

One aspect that is being under-appreciated in prankgate is that Walker is in serious legal trouble because he asked the person he believed to be billionaire David Koch to run phony "issue advocacy" ads that would benefit Walker and the Republican Party. And he did this solicitation on the taxpayer's dime in the Governor's office.

David Koch, of course is the kingpin of "Americans For Prosperity," which dumps millions of dollars from Koch's corporation, Koch Industries, into Wisconsin and other states in the form of phony "issue advocacy ads." These ads are supposedly done independently and without coordination from GOP officials such as Walker, because it is tantamount to soliciting corporate cash, which is, of course, very illegal... even after Citizens United.





Walker Prank Tape Clearly Shows Walker Illegally Coordinating Campaign Ads with "David Koch"

One aspect that is being overlooked in prankgate is that Walker clearly asked the person he believed to be billionaire David Koch to run phony "issue advocacy" ads that would benefit Walker and the Republican Party.

David Koch, of course is the kingpin of "Americans For Prosperity," which dumps millions of dollars from Koch's corporation, Koch Industries, into Wisconsin and other states in the form of phony "issue advocacy ads." These ads are supposedly done independently and without coordination from GOP officials such as Walker, because it is tantamount to soliciting corporate cash, which is, of course, very illegal.

If you listen to exerpt of the tape (below) you can clearly hear this exchange:

"Koch": So, what else can we do for you guys down there?

Walker: Well, two things

And then after a long Walker bloviatation, he says:





Richard Trumka press conference at Madison Protests

Richard Trumka (president of the AFL-CIO)  was at the protests about the Scott Walker Budget Repair Bill this week.  While he was here he took an hour to sit down with bloggers covering the protests in Madison. This is an unedited video of this interview.  My apologies for the sound - this was done under very sub-optimal conditions in a hotel conference room.





Last post from Madison today

There've been a few happenings recently. The Joint Finance Committe has started actually voting.  They passed an amendment on party lines 12-4 that made some minor changes including restoring benefits to LTE's.

A Democratic amendment to restore collective bargaining rights failed on party lines as well.

I finally got this video uploaded - it's John Nichols speaking at the rally tonight, just before the protesters all went into the rotunda.

More tomorrow - need to get some sleep.





Morning Update

A few quick updates this morning before I leave my hotel room. 

There will be no school in Madison today - the schools have been closed due to the expected sick-out from MTI members.

Late last night the last of the people (reportedly about 100) were ejected from the hearing last night when the committee stopped listening to testimony (video below - thanks to channel 3 in Madison).  Follow David's YouTube channel for more video updates

There will be another rally at 11 at the capitol. Expect at least some live streaming from the rally, and pictures throughout the day.

For updates on Twitter either follow @cruiskeen on twitter, or for fuller coverage, follow #solidarityWI or #unionwi.

More video will be cropping up from time to time on the Uppity Youtube channel.





Video from Madison protests 2/15/2011

I arrived in Madison about 11:20 today.  The first thing I saw while coming in on East Washington was a very large group of students (about 3 blocks worth) from East High walking down the sidewalk and the side of the road, in a fired-up but well-behaved group.  They were being escorted by the police (the group was way too large to walk down the sidewalk, and was using the outside lane of the street as well).  The students arrived on the square at about the same time that we did.  There were thousands of people on the State St. Side of the capitol, and they kept coming in.  I've heard estimates of over 10,000 people,(I just heard another report of over 15,000) and it wouldn't surprise me if there were that many.  The crowd kept growing, and was filling the corner of the square and spilling down State St.





Madison Student Protest 2/14/2011

Thanks to WYOU in Madison and Brenda Konkel for this video:





AFL-CIO responds to Walker's Plans

The AFL-CIO will be running this ad in heavy rotation around the state starting Monday - here's a preview.  Do what you can.  Attend rallies, call your legislators, Talk to your friends.





Paul Ryan and The Packers

I don't have a lot to say about this, but the folks at Down With Tyranny do: including the fact that most of the radio stations are refusing to run this ad.





Groundhog Day, Lobbying Reform

A reminder from the Sunlight Foundation that where lobbying is concerned, Groundhog Day is Everyday.





Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam and eggs

Some of you have noticed that as of about 2 days ago the site has been rejecting most attempts to post comments, etc.  Also blocking any attempt to TELL US that we're blocking the comments. With some of the site hosting imrprovements we've made, our spam blocking software has gotten quite a lot over-zealous.  We're working on that and should have the immediate issue fixed, so you should be able to post comments, etc. again if you're not logged in to the site.  Sorry for the issue.





Condoleeza Rice reminisces

I've tagged this: "Obama" somewhat tongue-in-cheek but because to the best of my knowledge, the Obama administration is not, in my opinion different in principle from the George W. Bush adminstration, the views of which are ably embodied by Ms. Rice in this vid. This vid throws in the additional disturbing thought that Ms. Rice has not to my knowledge ever been formally investigated for her role in an unknown amount of wrong-doing on the part of the U.S. in Iraq and Afghanistan.





Eau Claire High Speed Rail Route Meeting 12/1/2010

This is a short video of the press conference that preceded the High Speed Rail Routing informational meeting in Eau Claire last night.  Members of various organizations spoke in support of extending the high speed rail network through Wisconsin, as it has been being planned for the past 15 years. The meeting was very informational and explained what the process will be for determining the route the rail system will take through the state.  Approximately 220 people attended the meeting, showing a large support for high speed rail through the Chippewa Valley.





Schoolhouse Rock for our Republican Friends

Eugene Kane recently suggested that the GOP apparent confusion about how laws are actually made (and how they're not made) may be caused by their not having watched the right cartoons when they were young. In our never-ending attempt at education, we present this as a public service to governor-elect Walker, Ron Johnson, and the new incoming class of Republican legislators.





Subscribe to News
Public

DIscussions

There are no topics to list.
There is no content in this space.

Recent Activity

Filter 

Today, December 18

  • Your profile picture
    3:22pm

    “You all lie, steal and cheat,” the Sparta woman told me. I did not know her, and when I disagreed, she said “Well, you will.”

    Then she smiled and handed me a piece of the chocolate bar she was eating.

    The year was 2006. I was a rookie candidate passing out literature at the Butterfest parade. I don’t think I will ever forget that woman.

    Just the act of having a brief conversation caused something to soften in her. Listening to constituents is a powerful act. By itself, listening can heal.

    As my twelve years in the Senate comes to a close, I reviewed conversations with constituents over the years. My Senate records show that we logged 70,662 contacts with constituents.

    These people came forward with their problems, opinions, knowledge and good wishes. They taught me much about people’s lives and what people care enough about to contact my office. Many more people shared stories, concerns and feelings with me as I traveled.

    People care about their family and their neighborhood. They want a great place to live, work and raise a family. They want healthcare for their family, a great education for their kids and grandkids, and safe communities.

    People want to cross the railroad tracks to go ice fishing. They want the roads and bridges fixed. They want to know they can rely on SeniorCare for help with prescription drug costs. People are concerned about the rising cost of health insurance. They want to know why Minnesota residents get the same health insurance coverage for less money. People don’t like legislation that took away local powers.

    Over the years, I saw patterns in the types of contact we received. Agriculture, healthcare, better funded schools, money for universities and technical colleges, programs for children and families were all reoccurring themes in my conversations with constituents.

    As I examined the contacts I received over 12 years, I was a bit surprised to learn the number one issue was natural resources. Almost 15,000 people contacted me about our environment. There were many sides of the issue including, hunting and fishing, water and air quality, sand, sulfide and iron ore mining, and high capacity wells.

    We live in a place of breath-taking beauty. People want to protect our part of the world. They are willing to take time from their busy schedule, move outside their comfort zone,...

    Read more
randomness