Posts Tagged ‘Wisconsin’

April 3rd, 2023 - 5:00 pm § in Law and Courts, Politics

High stakes in Wisconsin court election

Wisconsin’s supreme court is technically non-partisan, but in fact is a highly partisan court that makes very partisan rulings. And it could flip from conservative to liberal on Tuesday, April 4, 2023, which “could have wide-ranging consequences for the whole country,” Newsweek sai[...]

March 17th, 2023 - 1:32 am § in Law and Courts, Politics, Republicans

There are times you don’t negotiate and this is one of them

Wisconsin is a mini-Hungary, where a rightwing minority imposes its will on a more liberal majority. The state is heavily gerrymandered; in 2018, Republicans “won” two-thirds of the Assembly seats with 45% of the popular vote. The state supreme court is brazenly partisan, but conservativ[...]

August 28th, 2022 - 6:54 pm § in Politics

If this GOPer loses, he’ll blame the Democrats

When Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI, photo at left) wants to be interviewed, he wisely chooses a hack like Maria Bartiromo for the job, because she’ll ask him the questions he wants to be asked and agree with what he says. That beats a journalist interview by a country mile. Johnson needs all the help[...]

August 12th, 2022 - 4:15 pm § in Donald Trump, Politics

Wisconsin GOP legislative leader ends partisan “audit” of 2020 election by election denier

“Wisconsin’s Assembly Speaker Robin Vos on Friday fired the conservative former state supreme court justice he hired last year to investigate fraud in the 2020 election, ending a controversial probe that drew bipartisan criticism,” CNN reported on Friday, August 12, 2022 (read stor[...]

July 13th, 2022 - 7:01 pm § in Politics

GOP senator says a woman’s place is pumping out babies

Sen. Ron Johnson (photo, right), the Wisconsin Republican who called Capitol rioters “tourists,” is against women controlling their bodies. But he does think they’re useful. “Women get pregnant,” he said. “We need to populate our Earth.” (Mother Earth might [...]

July 13th, 2022 - 4:22 pm § in Law and Courts, Politics

Should lack of education excuse civic ignorance?

Tim Ramthun (photo, left; bio here), 65, of Hartford, Wisconsin, probably doesn’t know better. He’s only a high school graduate who went to vocational school, so he doesn’t have the understanding of government that, for example, a political science major with a graduate school educ[...]

April 14th, 2021 - 11:15 am § in Health, Law and Courts, Politics

Wisconsin court again rules against saving lives

Wisconsin’s governor, a Democrat, “did not have the authority to impose capacity limits on restaurants, bars or other businesses without the approval of the Legislature,” the state’s GOP-controlled supreme court ruled on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Read story here. The Hill ad[...]

March 17th, 2021 - 10:43 pm § in Law and Courts, Misc.

Wisconsin’s crazy liquor laws

Beer, wine, and liquor are readily available in Wisconsin (except in a couple of small towns). But state law prohibits carryout sales after 9 p.m., while bars can remain open until 2 a.m. This means that from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m., you can’t buy beer to take home. You have to sit on a […][...]

April 10th, 2011 - 2:24 pm § in Politics

Sit-In Protesters Removed From State Capitol

When I asked Washington State Patrol officer Arras if we would be arrested he replied, "You will be leaving the building tonight." We all took this to mean that we would be physically forced from the Capitol and taken to jail. None of the demonstrators left ... In effect, there was a showdown betwee[...]

April 10th, 2011 - 1:50 pm § in Politics

Friday Labor Rally in Oly Tops 10,000

Kevin Hatch on the big labor rally: If last November’s election sent the message “Quit taxing workers”, this week's message was clearly “Don’t cut our services” and “tax the wealth already”. The response I heard from Democrats was weakly “but we can’t”. My reply would be “You[...]