What’s an unpopular Strongman to do, when confronted with the prospect of losing his grip on power? Well, for Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott “Baseball Bat” Walker, rigging the rules seems to be the strategy!

Republicans try to rewrite recall rules
The goal: Give Gov. Walker a better chance at keeping his job
Ruth Conniff on Thursday 10/13/2011

Now that state Republicans have weakened Wisconsin’s campaign finance and disclosure rules and made it harder for students, poor people and minorities to vote, they are turning their attention to another urgent matter: getting control over the recall process for Gov. Scott Walker.
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As Sun Prairie Democrat Gary Hebl pointed out during the Thursday hearing, the Republicans are trying to turn the GAB from a watchdog into a lapdog. First, they proposed an “emergency rule change” to address the GAB’s decision. That’s handy for them, because while they can’t reverse GAB decisions, they can kill a rule.

Also handy: They just rejiggered the rule-making process so every administrative rule change has to go through the governor’s office, and the governor has full veto power.

In other words, the governor himself would have final say over the process for recalling him.
(more, here)

Can’t you just see ol’ Milhous Nixon smiling over THAT one??!?

So, why would ol’ “Baseball Bat” Walker need to rig the recall rules?

The Walker Recall: By The Numbers
Monday, October 24, 2011

Just weeks before the official kickoff to the Recall Walker movement, things aren’t looking too good for the puppet governor of Corporate America. The Democrats have just released the numbers related to a survey of Wisconsinites regarding Walker and his job performance.

Walker must be reaching for the industrial-sized bottle of antacid whenever he sees these numbers.

(more, at CognitiveDissidence)

And there’s little doubt ol’ “Baseball Bat” Walker will – WILL – be recalled; Milwaulkee’s AM620 WTMJ reports Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk and former US Rep. David Obey were there and both names are being floated as possible candidates to depose GOPer Strongman Scott Walker – and end their report with this line: “Organizers plan to start heading door to door with recall petitions on November 15th.”

As well they should; GOPer Walker is but one example of why I always say “Republicans run on the platform ‘Government doesn’t work!’ – and once elected, they prove it.”

Oh – and be sure to link here For A Campaign Message From The Governor’s Office.

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Here are the previous Strongman Reports:

(Strongman Report – 11 August 2011)

(Strongman Report – 14 April 2011)

(Strongman Report – 14 April 2011)

(Strongman Report – 30 March 2011)

(Strongman Report – 20 March 2011)

(Strongman Report – 08 March 2011)

(Strongman Report – 05 March 2011)

(Strongman Report – 01 March 2011)

Faux News asked Scott “Baseball Bat” Walker:

Steve Doocy asked the governor if he thought the recall vote was a referendum on him and his policies.

Walker responded saying,

“Well, there is no doubt voters last November wanted us to focus on jobs, and fixing our budget, and we’ve done that.”

He went on to say,

“I think they [voters] affirmed that on Tuesday, and they said along the way, they want us to figure out ways to work together to do even more for jobs because it’s not happening Washington.”

Here’s just one example of Walker’s idea of “focusing on jobs”…

“Senator’s girlfriend had help getting job”
Daniel Bice, Milwaulkee Jorunal-Sentinel, 20 March 2011

Even though the state is supposedly broke, top officials in Gov. Scott Walker’s team were able to scrape together enough money to give a state job to the woman identified as Sen. Randy Hopper’s girlfriend.

Anything for a political ally.

Valerie Cass, a former Republican legislative staffer, was hired Feb. 7 as a communications specialist with the state Department of Regulation and Licensing. She is being paid $20.35 per hour. The job is considered a temporary post.

Cass previously had worked in the state Senate and for the GOP campaign consulting firm Persuasion Partners in Madison. She also was paid for campaign work for the state Republican Party and U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner before that.

(more, here)

The amazing thing, about that girl’s boytoy, GOPer State Senator, Randy Hopper?

GOPers voted for him in droves during last Tuesday’s recall election, and he dam near won.

Which just goes to show, once again: GOPers believe in the sanctity of marriage – by OTHERS.

Here are the previous Strongman Reports…

(Strongman Report – 14 April 2011)

(Strongman Report – 14 April 2011)

(Strongman Report – 30 March 2011)

(Strongman Report – 20 March 2011)

(Strongman Report – 08 March 2011)

(Strongman Report – 05 March 2011)

(Strongman Report – 01 March 2011)

( cross posted at MnProgressiveProject.com; comments welcome there)

Over at MnPublius, Jeff wonders “how many (constitutional) amendments they’ll (the GOP) ultimately put on the (Minnesota) ballot” and that by doing so, the GOP is over extending themselves.

Overextending themselves with, for instance, today’s State House Hearing on the GOP’s proposed Constitutional Amendment to use the Constitution to limit freedom and cement RightWingNutBigotry into stone. And that’s just one “for instance.” As bad as the GreedOverPrinciples party is here in Minnesota, we have a Gov. Dayton preventing this state going down the Wisconsin GOPer wHoleBunchOfCraziness.

The image to the right is “Today’s Most Popular Articles” from Madison’s The Daily Page. What started in February, in Wisconsin, is still going strong. Six Wisconsin GOPers face recall action. To be sure, GOPers are targeting Wisconsin Democrats, even going so far as allegedly offering Shots For Signatures. What hasn’t been seen on the GOPer side is people – as in people in the streets. Like at Hudson, on March 15th, and there were hundreds protesting GOPer Governor Scott “Baseball Bat” Walker – and eight – EIGHT – there to support him. People are still out and about and making their voices heard; the following YouTube was made from scenes from the Wisconsin Capitol from April 25th to the 29th. (I got the link from First Draft via email notification Crooks&Liars).

“The future belongs to those who are passionate and work hard.” And what the GOPers have started – in Minnesota, in Wisconsin, in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and elsewhere – is far from over.

(cross posted at MnProgressiveProject; comments welcome there)

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While even a heart attack and hospitalization can’t keep Egyptian Investigators from looking into Mubarek’s alleged embezzlement of government funds and Nelly Furtado, Beyonce and even the London School of Economics are dumping tainted Gaddafi loot, PR Watch notes that ol’ “Baseball Bat” Walker is still hanging on to $7k in tainted money from convicted felonBill Gardner – CEO of the Wisconsin & Southern Railroad (WSOR).

Just a little more than 100 days into office, ol’ “Baseball Bat” Walker’s scandals are proving Walker as corrupt a Strongman as, well, let’s just say even Milhous “I am not a crook” Nixon might approve.

Ol’ Baseball Bat’s only “problem” is Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board doesn’t approve of criminal behavior.

And just the other day: Scandal in Fitzwalkerstan: Top Donor Pleads Guilty in Money-Laundering Scheme to Aid Governor Walker.

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, and ol” Baseball Bat – GOPer Governor Scott Walker demonstrates it: “Republicans run on the platform “Gov’t doesn’t work!” – once elected, they prove it.”

Previous Strongman Reports follow!

(Strongman Report – 14 April 2011)

(Strongman Report – 30 March 2011)

(Strongman Report – 20 March 2011)

(Strongman Report – 08 March 2011)

(Strongman Report – 05 March 2011)

(Strongman Report – 01 March 2011)

(cross posted at MnProgressiveProject.com; comments welcome there)

…”Brownie, You’re Doin’ A Heckuva Job!!!”

Republicans run on the platform “Gov’t doesn’t work!!!” – and once elected, they prove it.

One of the ways they prove it, is by appointing political hacks to jobs eminently unqualified for, such as a former Judges and Stewards Commissioner for the International Arabian Horse Association becoming Director of FEMA: Michael “Heckuva job!” Brown (who today, incidentally, is a radio talk show host in Denver).

Reasonable people understand parental patronage by Strongmen like Gaddafi – i.e., cushy jobs for the Dictator’s kids – but were outraged by Boy Blunder’s Plunderers political patronage pick of Brownie (and others like him) and Brownie’s subsequent (lack of) performance after Hurricane Katrina. Reasonable people understand the difference between a dictatorship and a democracy.

So it’s understandable reasonable people are outraged by Ol’ “Baseball Bat” Walker’s most recent political patronage pick, givin’ a “job” to the kid of a campaign donor. From the Milwaulkee Journal-Sentinel:

No degree, little experience pay off big
April 3, 2011

Just in his mid-20s, Brian Deschane has no college degree, very little management experience and two drunken-driving convictions.

Yet he has landed an $81,500-per-year job in Gov. Scott Walker’s administration overseeing environmental and regulatory matters and dozens of employees at the Department of Commerce. Even though Walker says the state is broke and public employees are overpaid, Deschane already has earned a promotion and a 26% pay raise in just two months with the state.

How did Deschane score his plum assignment with the Walker team?

It’s all in the family.

His father is Jerry Deschane, executive vice president and longtime lobbyist for the Madison-based Wisconsin Builders Association, which bet big on Walker during last year’s governor’s race.

The group’s political action committee gave $29,000 to Walker and his running mate, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, last year, making it one of the top five PAC donors to the governor’s successful campaign. Even more impressive, members of the trade group funneled more than $92,000 through its conduit to Walker’s campaign over the past two years.

Total donations: $121,652.
(more at JSOnline.com)

This story comes out just a few weeks after the Journal Sentinel reported Ol’ “Baseball Bat” Walker’s misAdministration gave a cushy state job to GOPer State Senator Randy Hopper’s mistress, Hopper’s wife, presumably, is not amused; she reportedly signed Hopper’s Recall Petition.

Not that Minnesota GOPers are immune from putting political hacks on the public payroll; I suggest (IMNSHO) that the biggest waste of taxpayer dough here on the semi-frozen tundra is GOPer Michael Brodkorb’s salary.

There’s a pattern here, Gentle Readers.

That pattern is Republicans run on the platform “Gov’t doesn’t work!!!” – and once elected, they prove it.

Here’s the list of previous Strongman Reports:

(Strongman Reort – 30 March 2011)

(Strongman Report – 20 March 2011)

(Strongman Report – 08 March 2011)

(Strongman Report – 05 March 2011)

(Strongman Report – 01 March 2011)

(cross posted at MnProgressiveProject; comments welcome there)

From yesterday’s Milwaulkee Journal-Sentinel:

Capitol damage cost claim based on 1 page of notebook paper
Handwritten page was all state had behind $7 million figure

By Jason Stein of the Journal Sentinel March 30, 2011

Madison — State officials’ controversial courtroom testimony that protesters did more than $7 million in damage to the Capitol was based on a single handwritten page.

An open records request by the Journal Sentinel on the damage estimate turned up only one page of notebook paper listing costs written before the courtroom testimony. Other e-mails from state officials listing areas to check for potential damage also were released, but there were no others with any dollar figures written before the court testimony.
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Department of Administration spokeswoman Carla Vigue said Wednesday that the single page written by state architect Dan Stephans and dated March 3 – the same day as the court statement – was the basis for the testimony. Stephans did not respond to a phone message left Wednesday.

“The only real document we had to give was the handwritten one,” Vigue said.

The day after the testimony, Walker administration officials sharply backpedaled from the damages figures amid widespread questions about their validity.

Incredible.

“An open records request by the Journal Sentinel on the damage estimate turned up only one page of notebook paper…”

Ladies and Gentlemen, I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again and Again and AGAIN:

Reasonable People Cannot Reasonably Believe What GOPers Say.

Even the least dishonest of GOPers admitted that; remember what GOPer National Chair Michael Steele once said?

“You have absolutely no reason – none – to trust our words or our actions at this point.”

True then, true today, and it’ll be true tomorrow too.

Reasonable People Cannot Reasonably Believe What GOPers Say.

(cross posted at MnProgressiveProject.com; comments welcome there)

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… Republicans Believe In The Rule Of Law (except when they don’t)

Ol’ “Baseball Bat” Walker got spanked in court yesterday, AGAIN.

From the Milwaulkee Journal-Sentinel: Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi – “Apparently that language was either misunderstood or ignored, but what I said was the further implementation of Act 10 was enjoined. That is what I now want to make crystal clear.”

Pretty clear, eh? Well, not to GOPers:

But outside the courtroom, Assistant Attorney General Steven Means said the legislation “absolutely” is still in effect.

Just where do GOPers get that kind of nonsense/legal reasoning?

By channelling the ghost of Milhous Nixon – let’s look!!!

(direct link to YouTube)

Nixon: “When the president does it, that means it’s not illegal.”

Well, to be fair, GOPers think that when a GOPer president/governor/etc etc etc does it… that means it’s not illegal.

GOPers believed that then; they believe it now, and tomorrow won’t be any different, because Republicans Believe In The Rule Of Law (except when they don’t).

The first installment of this Strongman Report series was subtitled …Today’s Example of “Republicans run on the platform ‘Government doesn’t work!’ – and once elected, they prove it.”. Graphics and links for previous installments in this series follow.

(Strongman Report – 20 March 2011)

(Strongman Report – 08 March 2011)

(Strongman Report – 05 March 2011)

(Strongman Report – 01 March 2011)

(cross posted at MnProgressiveProject.com; comments welcome there)

I read the story in the Business Section of Sunday’s Strib – “Best Buy may prove naysayers wrong”. The story, in a nutshell, is that Best Buy, as a corporation, isn’t doing as well financially as the Banksters on Wall Street would like:

Best Buy shareholders may need to be patient. Dunn and his crew bet wrong on consumer appetite for 3-D and Internet-ready televisions, which led to a weak holiday season. That, combined with a hasty retreat from some foreign markets and a gloomy outlook for next year, have helped send Best Buy’s stock price to a two-year low on Friday.

In Wall Street’s estimation, Best Buy is neither learning from the challenges it faces nor changing fast enough. (Strib.com)

Here’s the question Best Buy CEO Brain Dunn asks, in the story:

“The question we’re asking is, ‘What can we do for our customers that nobody else can?’”

Say, Mr. “My Compensation Has Gone Up The Last Three Years”? Here’s the question you SHOULD be asking:

“The question we’re asking is, ‘What are we doing to our customers that nobody else is?’”

And I can answer that question, pal – you used corporate dough to fund a political candidate that – quite frankly – pissed off a whole bunch of your customers – me included.

From ABCNews.com:

Target, Best Buy Angers Gay Customers By Making Contribution to GOP Candidate
Companies Say They Are Supporting Minnesota Candidate’s Stance on Jobs, Not His Anti-Gay Views

Say, Mr. Dunn? You want to give your OWN dough to political candidates (and you have – including Ol’ Smokescreen, Norm Coleman) – hey, knock yourself out.

But you give CORPORATE dough to groups supporting/opposing candidates, like Best Buy did supporting Tom “Get Over It” Emmer, and you’re risking your company’s reputation/bottom line.

I haven’t stepped foot inside of a Best Buy since last summer; same goes for Target. I did stop a few times at Holiday Gas Stations this winter but I bought as little as possible.

Here’s that question Mr. Dunn and the rest o’ Best Buy’s Brain Trust should be asking: ‘What are we doing to our customers that nobody else is?’”

Wall Street should be asking Best Buy that also.

For those upset with what’s happening in Wisconsin, it’s worth noting that Koch Industries, based in Wichita, Kansas, is a privately held, industrial conglomerate. It is involved in everything from fertilizers, raw materials and refineries to cattle, forests and consumer products. In Minnesota, it owns Flint Hills Resources, which operates the Pine Bend Refinery in Rosemount, Minn.

In 2005, Koch bought Georgia Pacific, the huge forestry and wood products company that produces everything from plywood to cleaning supplies, drywall to towel dispensers, office papers to toilet paper. Among Georgia Pacific’s brands:

• Angel Soft, Quilted Northern and Soft ‘n Gentle toilet paper

• Brawny, Mardi Gras and Sparkle paper towels

• Dixie plates, bowls, napkins and cups

• Mardi Gras napkins and towels

• Sparkle, Vanity Fair and Zee napkins

Koch also owns Invista, which manufactures more than a dozen widely known fibers and fabrics found in clothing and household goods. Among Invista’s brands:

• Coolmax, Cordura, SolarMax, Supplex, and Thermolite fabrics

• Polarguard synthetic insulation

• Antron and Stainmaster carpet fibers

• Comforel, Lycra and Tactel fibers

• Dacron fiberfill

(cross posted at MnProgressiveProject.com; comments welcome there)

I read the column in the Strib’s Dead-Tree Edition; it was in the Crime “business+money” section. And it was a good one. Shoulda been in the Op/Ed section, but hey – at least it was in print. So I went to StarTribune.com to get the link; couldn’t find it – even after a site search.

Fortunately, the Strib did have a link at the end o’ the dead-tree edition; I found Al Lewis’ column here.

Preparing To Sacrifice
By Al Lewis

Shared sacrifice follows every disaster. It’s only a matter of deciding who shares it.

“We’re asking shared sacrifice from a lot of people,” Michigan’s Republican Gov. Rick Snyder said last week. “These are difficult times.”
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Americans prize individualism. We worship the free-market ideal of every man for himself, at least until history’s most successful union — the chummy CEOs’ and board directors’ guild — needs a bailout. Otherwise, collectivism is for wonky, union-loving liberals. And cops.

Notice Wisconsin’s governor did not have the courage to strip police, fire and emergency workers of their collective bargaining rights. People still have the right to collectively bargain in the Dairy State unless they are those robber-baron teachers. (more, at wsj.com)

Let’s look again, at what Michigan’s GOPer Governor said:

“We’re asking shared sacrifice from a lot of people.”

Here’s what Michigan’s GOPer Governor didn’t say:

“And our Boardroom Base is included among those we’re asking to join in our shared sacrifice.”

That, Ladies and Gentlemen, is all you need to know about today’s GOP – today’s GOP is protecting the Boardoom at the expense of the middle class. Al Lewis’ column should have been in the Strib’s Op/Ed section; should be available on the Strib’s website. It’s not. At least it was in the dead-tree edition.

(cross posted at MnProgressiveProject; comments welcome there)

There’s a hashtag RightWingNuts and other odd and assorted defenders of Wisconsin Governor Scott “Baseball Bat” Walker are using on Twitter, #UnionThug.

Do these people not realize that the “Union Thugs” they’re figuratively bashing are their kid’s teachers??!? Yes, Ladies and Gentlemen, in a democratically elected union, (and that’s EXACTLY what Teacher’s Unions are), local Union Reps are indeed among the teachers that greet the kids at the schoolhouse door.

I saw the following, and thought it pretty much summed up today’s RightWingNuts:

Perhaps someone can tell me: who is the thug?

(cross posted at MnProgresiveProject.com; comments welcome there)

(cartoon by Mike Tompson; used without permission via “Fair Use” as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law.)