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The Republican War on Wisconsin Workers

New ad that has started running today. We need to keep reminding people that the GOP's plans in Wisconsin and across the nation are having real effects on families. The poor and middle class are parts of our country too.





Breaking: Sen. Schultz Repeatedly Scolds Walker, Calls Union-Busting "Classic Overreach," Says GOP Sen Colleagues Unsure

I just uploaded excerpts of a half hour interview Republican State Senator Dale Schultz gave this morning on WEKZ, which I recorded. Below are some of the highlights:

"It's about dignity" (on his empathy with workers about the potential loss of collective bargaining rights.)

"All I know is that we're not talking, we're wasting valuable time about collective bargaining, which I don't ever remember being a part of last election's discussion what so ever."

"You know, to me, this just looks like the classic overreach."

"That's correct. And you know what? I can tell my colleagues are very good and listening to ... I can't tell you how they're going to vote." (Answering a question related to the Democrats needing three Republicans to join their cause.)

"We have, you know, the governor taking a phone call on a prank... and umm... you know, you wonder why people don't have any faith in the political process."





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

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). 

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 on twitter, or for fuller coverage, follow or .

More video will be cropping up from time to time on the





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, : 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.





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