Students cook in a kitchen at the School of Home Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1910-1920.
This image of female students measuring, mixing and baking in an early classroom kitchen at UW-Madison made it to #4 in our list of most popular posts of 2012. Guest curator Erika Janik selected the photo as part of her series on home economics instruction in Wisconsin.
via: UW-Madison Archives by way of University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
A former associate of Gov. Scott Walker convicted of embezzling money from a veterans’ group has been sentenced to two years in prison.
A jury found Kevin Kavanaugh guilty of theft in October. Prosecutors say Kavanaugh stole more than $51,000 intended to help veterans and their families.
The 62-year-old Kavanaugh apologized in Milwaukee County Circuit Court Friday. Judge Michael Guolee called the apology “worthless.”
Kavanaugh will also serve two years of supervision after his prison sentence and must pay more than $51,000 in restitution.
As Milwaukee County executive, Walker appointed Kavanaugh to head the county Veterans Service Commission. Prosecutors say he skimmed money from phony withdrawals from a veterans-service organization.
Kavanaugh is the fifth Walker aide or associate to be convicted in a secret probe. A sixth is awaiting trial.
"Barack Obama’s re-election win poses a political conundrum that Gov. Scott Walker and GOP lawmakers have eight days to solve: how to handle the president’s signature health care law.
The victory for the president and the return of the Democratic majority in the U.S. Senate means Obamacare will remain the law of the country, forcing the Republican governor and his top aides on health care and insurance to meet hastily Wednesday to start working out their response.
Walker decided late last year to stop planning to implement the health care law in the state, preferring instead to hold out for an Obama defeat and a repeal of the law.
Now the state is scrambling to decide by a Nov. 16 federal deadline whether Wisconsin wants to take charge of a virtual marketplace, or exchange, required by the law to allow consumers and small businesses to purchase health coverage. In just over a week, the state will have to say whether it can get that exchange running by January 2014 or will leave that task to the federal government."
~ The same will probably be true in other states that have lagged behind as well. (via dendroica) (via dendroica)
The same will probably be true in other states that have lagged behind as well.
Paul Ryan teamed up with Todd Akin to co-sponsor a personhood bill that would, in effect, criminalize many forms of birth control, as well as IVF. He co-sponsored a bill to redefine rape and refers to rape as a “method of conception.” He co-sponsored the Protect Life/Let Women Die Act that would allow hospitals to refuse to perform a life-saving abortion on a dying woman.
He also wrote this gem, in which he likens Roe v. Wade to Dred Scott. And yes, that is a 1500+ word essay on reproductive rights that never once mentions women.
Kyle Wood, a campaign worker for the Republican congressional candidate Chad Lee, today recanted his statements about being assaulted and choked at his home on Oct. 24, according to Madison police.
The department updated its incident report late Monday afternoon after Wood met with detectives.
Captain Joe Balles, commander of the South District, confirms that Wood recanted his allegations of the beating.
Although he would not go into detail about the case, Balles said, “I updated that press release because I felt it was imperative we get something out there because of the politically charged background this was happening in.”
He said that the department will do its “due diligence” and discuss with the district attorney’s office whether any charges will be filed against Wood.
“We’re in the victims business,” he says. “We really need victims to come forward. We don’t take matters like this lightly.”
Earlier Monday afternoon, a spokesman for Rep. Mark Pocan and an attorney representing his partner, Philip Frank, said they were considering suing for libel over claims that Frank threatened Wood.
Pocan is running against Lee for the 2nd Congressional District seat being vacated by Tammy Baldwin, who is running for U.S. Senate.
Wood, who is gay, originally claimed he was attacked because of his politics and sexual orientation.
You probably remember this, as it got some minor attention from the media and the typical “GAAAH! LIBERAL THUGS!!! RUN!!” attention from the rightwing blogosphere. No word on whether he carved a backwards B into his cheek.
Another CEO tries to bully employees into voting for Romney.
Mike White, the chairman and owner of Rite-Hite, a major Milwaukee manufacturer of industrial equipment, told employees in an email this week that all employees “should understand the personal consequences to them of having our tax rates increase dramatically if President Obama is re-elected, forcing taxpayers to fund President Obama’s future deficits and social programs (including Obamacare), which require bigger government.”
The email stunned some employees. One employee said he felt threatened by the email. “It’s a good company, but for this to come out, it’s absurd,” the employee said.
The employee said even supervisors were surprised by the tone of the email.
White, a Summerfest board member and village trustee in the Village of River Hills, did not return several calls requesting comment. The firm employs an estimated 1,400 people worldwide.
In his email, White said neither he nor the company wanted to “prejudice any employee for their political views and totally respect your right to vote as you choose. I am simply trying to present the facts as I know them and to protect the business you have helped build! Please think carefully about your vote on Nov. 6.”