wiscohisto:

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

wiscohisto:

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

(via dendroica)

16 January 2013 ·

Another Walker crony is headed to prison…

arenaoftheunwell:

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.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/07/kevin-kavanaugh-sentenced_n_2258495.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003&utm_hp_ref=fb&src=sp&comm_ref=false

(via sarahlee310)

8 December 2012 ·

Scott Walker, key aides implicated during John Doe sentencing

Gov. Scott Walker and his top campaign and Milwaukee County aides were implicated Monday in a scheme in which they routinely commingled political and official county business.

The disclosures came during the sentencing of a former aide to Walker during his last year as Milwaukee County executive.

Kelly M. Rindfleisch, 44, was sentenced by Judge David Hansher to six months in jail and three years probation for a single felony count of misconduct in office. But the judge stayed the sentence pending Rindfleisch’s appeal to the state Appeals Court or the state Supreme Court.

In a lengthy presentation during Rindfleisch’s sentencing, Assistant District Attorney Bruce Landgraf displayed numerous emails between Rindfleisch and key members of Walker’s campaign staff in which they discussed how to handle county issues in 2010, while Walker was a candidate for governor.

Landgraf said “The Campaign Group” included Walker, his campaign manager Keith Gilkes, campaign spokeswoman Jill Bader, campaign adviser R.J. Johnson. It also included several top county aides to Walker: Cindy Archer, who was county administration director; county chief of staff Tom Nardelli; county housing director Timothy Russell; spokeswoman Fran McLaughlin; and Rindfleisch.

Rindfleisch served as Walker’s policy adviser and later his deputy chief of staff at the county.

The charges against Rindfleisch stem from a secret John Doe investigation that included seizure of computers she used at her home and her courthouse office, some 25 feet from Walker’s. That happened on Nov. 1, 2010, a day before Walker’s election as governor, according to prosecutors.

Rindfleisch was supported by Walker’s campaign committee and the state Republican Party since then, Landgraf wrote in a sentencing memo.

A private email system had been installed in her office that she used to make contacts about fundraisers for Brett Davis, then a Republican Assembly member and candidate for lieutenant governor, and other political contacts, according to a criminal complaint.

Walker has said he’s not a target of the investigation, which has not been closed. He voluntarily met with prosecutors in April.

(Source: hambonetoblerone, via sarahlee310)

21 November 2012 ·

The funny part? The idea that Trump would spend money on a fact-checker.

The funny part? The idea that Trump would spend money on a fact-checker.

(Source: brooklynmutt, via truth-has-a-liberal-bias)

20 November 2012 ·

Daily Kos: More Republican governors opt for federal control of health care exchanges

sarahlee310:

Add Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Maine Gov. Paul LePage, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to the list of Republican governors who are continuing to protest Obamacare by refusing to establish health insurance exchanges, in the process forcing the federal government to step in and create the exchanges itself. Starting in Oct. 2013, the exchanges will be the marketplace for individuals to obtain insurance if they do not have coverage through their employer, Medicare, or Medicaid. Beginning Jan. 2014, the new insurance plans will take effect, giving nearly every American citizen health care coverage.

I may be wrong, but it seems to me that these Governors are essentially helping create the “public option” the Republicans in Congress fought so hard against.

18 November 2012 ·

"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."

~

Our Common Good: Election 2012 - Walker, other officials have to scramble on Obamacare compliance

The same will probably be true in other states that have lagged behind as well. 

(via dendroica)

(via dendroica)

8 November 2012 ·

wisconsinforward:

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.

wisconsinforward:

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.

4 November 2012 ·

Walker’s Administrative Power Grab Ruled Unconstitutional | The Progressive

In a small but significant victory for the balance of formal power in Wisconsin, Dane County Circuit Court Judge Amy Smith ruled Governor Scott Walker’s Act 21 unconstitutional as applied to the Department of Public Instruction.

Act 21 neutered the legislature and set the groundwork for behind the scenes domination of all state agencies by the Governor and the politically appointed Department of Administration secretary.

This control is wielded through rules that state agencies have to make in order to implement laws. Under Act 21, the Governor approves the scope of proposed rules and also has the power to void or approve of the final rules. In a hearing of the Joint Committee for the Review of Administrative Rules last year, Walker’s own Attorney General, J.B. Van Hollen, had this to say about the new process: “We can pass as many laws as we want, but if we can’t enforce them then they’re meaningless.”

The case against Act 21 was brought by leaders of state and local teachers’ unions against Walker, Secretary of the Department of Administration Mike Huebsch, and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers last year. They argued that since the superintendent is an elected constitutional officer of the state, neither the Governor nor the DOA Secretary has the power to determine or influence rules in the Department of Public Instruction.

Superintendent Evers, technically a defendant in the case, filed a brief in support of the plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment earlier this year.

Judge Smith agreed with the plaintiffs, finding the law “unconstitutional beyond a reasonable doubt.”

(Source: sarahlee310)

31 October 2012 ·

Republican staffer who claimed to be attacked by liberals recants

quickhits:

The Isthmus:

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.

30 October 2012 ·

quickhits:

Another CEO tries to bully employees into voting for Romney.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
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.”

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quickhits:

Another CEO tries to bully employees into voting for Romney.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

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.”

»READ MORE»

25 October 2012 ·

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