kileyrae
The truth of the matter is as president of the United States I’ve got a lot of responsibilities. I was supportive of Tom and I’ve been supportive of Tom. Obviously I would have loved to see a different result, but the broader principle, that what we want is an economy that is not just focused on the few at the top, but is a broad based economy that invests in our future… I think that’s something that in everything that I do shows that those are the values I care deeply about.
President Obama on the outcome of the Wisconsin recall and the criticism against him for not taking a more active role in the campaign. (source)
pantslessprogressive
pantslessprogressive:

“At the moment, [Governor Scott] Walker is benefiting from a loophole in Wisconsin election law that allows candidates to raise unlimited funds between the beginning of petition gathering and the deadline for the election board to authorize a recall election. Petition gathering began in November and the election board might not be ready to authorize a recall until March.
Under normal rules, donors are limited to $10,000 contributions and nonaffiliated groups are limited to $43,128.
About 45 percent of the $4.5 million Walker collected during the last two reporting periods originated from outside groups giving $250,000 or more.
WisPolitics.com, an online media outlet in Madison, reported that two contributions totaling $500,000 came from Texas billionaire Bob Terry, who was a major financier of Swift Boat Veterans For Truth, the group known for the attack campaign against Democratic Sen. John Kerry’s presidential bid in 2004.” - Mark Guarino
Wisconsin’s Scott Walker poised to bury recall foes in money chase

pantslessprogressive:

At the moment, [Governor Scott] Walker is benefiting from a loophole in Wisconsin election law that allows candidates to raise unlimited funds between the beginning of petition gathering and the deadline for the election board to authorize a recall election. Petition gathering began in November and the election board might not be ready to authorize a recall until March.

Under normal rules, donors are limited to $10,000 contributions and nonaffiliated groups are limited to $43,128.

About 45 percent of the $4.5 million Walker collected during the last two reporting periods originated from outside groups giving $250,000 or more.

WisPolitics.com, an online media outlet in Madison, reported that two contributions totaling $500,000 came from Texas billionaire Bob Terry, who was a major financier of Swift Boat Veterans For Truth, the group known for the attack campaign against Democratic Sen. John Kerry’s presidential bid in 2004.” - Mark Guarino

Wisconsin’s Scott Walker poised to bury recall foes in money chase

pantslessprogressive
mohandasgandhi:

Conservatives Plot to Burn, Shred, and Sabotage Scott Walker Recall Effort

A group of self-identified conservatives say they plan to sabotage the effort to recall Wisconsin GOP Gov. Scott Walker,  which begins on Tuesday, by burning and shredding recall petitions  they’ve collected and misleading Wisconsinites about the recall process.
These plans, discussed in Facebook posts that were first reported by the blog PolitiScoop, entail posing as recall supporters and  gathering signatures, only to later destroy the petitions. They also  include telling Wisconsinites that they can only sign one recall  petition (which is false—they can sign different petitions as long as  they each correspond to a different organization) and directing  signature collectors to the homes of registered sex offenders. (Requests  for comment were sent to each of the Facebook posters who allowed  messages from other users.)
In one post, Will R. Jenkins says, “I’ll be able to destroy 15-20K  signatures.” If things go well, he adds, he might even “be able to  destroy upwards of 15-20% of the entire collected ballots in the state  of Wisconsin”:

Click here to view the Facebook posts and even more here.

Michael Maistelman, a Wisconsin attorney and election law expert who   reviewed screenshots of the comments, says the postings could raise  serious legal issues if the plan is to tamper with official recall  petitions. “If a person fraudulently solicits recall petitions and then  destroys those petitions, they will probably go to jail,” Maistelman  says. “The law is very clear on this.”
[UDPATE]: Reid Magney, a spokesman from  Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board, says destroying or  defacing an official recall petition would violate state law. (Here’s the relevant statute.) Such a violation, he adds, would be a class I felony in Wisconsin, which carries a maximum fine of $10,000 and up to three-and-a-half years in jail.

Wisconsinites, be on the lookout for this sort of behavior come Tuesday. What’s been described above are premeditated felonies and these individuals were simply dumb enough to get caught. Familiarize yourself with how this recall is going to work and protect yourself against the inevitable GOP dirty tricks. Scott Walker is going down.

mohandasgandhi:

Conservatives Plot to Burn, Shred, and Sabotage Scott Walker Recall Effort

A group of self-identified conservatives say they plan to sabotage the effort to recall Wisconsin GOP Gov. Scott Walker, which begins on Tuesday, by burning and shredding recall petitions they’ve collected and misleading Wisconsinites about the recall process.

These plans, discussed in Facebook posts that were first reported by the blog PolitiScoop, entail posing as recall supporters and gathering signatures, only to later destroy the petitions. They also include telling Wisconsinites that they can only sign one recall petition (which is false—they can sign different petitions as long as they each correspond to a different organization) and directing signature collectors to the homes of registered sex offenders. (Requests for comment were sent to each of the Facebook posters who allowed messages from other users.)

In one post, Will R. Jenkins says, “I’ll be able to destroy 15-20K signatures.” If things go well, he adds, he might even “be able to destroy upwards of 15-20% of the entire collected ballots in the state of Wisconsin”:

Click here to view the Facebook posts and even more here.

Michael Maistelman, a Wisconsin attorney and election law expert who reviewed screenshots of the comments, says the postings could raise serious legal issues if the plan is to tamper with official recall petitions. “If a person fraudulently solicits recall petitions and then destroys those petitions, they will probably go to jail,” Maistelman says. “The law is very clear on this.”

[UDPATE]: Reid Magney, a spokesman from Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board, says destroying or defacing an official recall petition would violate state law. (Here’s the relevant statute.) Such a violation, he adds, would be a class I felony in Wisconsin, which carries a maximum fine of $10,000 and up to three-and-a-half years in jail.

Wisconsinites, be on the lookout for this sort of behavior come Tuesday. What’s been described above are premeditated felonies and these individuals were simply dumb enough to get caught. Familiarize yourself with how this recall is going to work and protect yourself against the inevitable GOP dirty tricks. Scott Walker is going down.

pantslessprogressive
pantslessprogressive:

”’Saw about two or three more, four or five, then I saw agents getting out of the car and putting on their jackets, that’s what identified it, FBI on the back of the jackets,’ said Madison resident Dale Reichers.
Reichers says he saw the law enforcement teams show up at his neighbor’s house before 7 a.m. His neighbor is Cynthia Archer, one of Governor Walker’s most trusted allies—until last month, when she abruptly resigned her $124,000-a-year job as deputy secretary of the agency that oversees state contracts.
Archer had followed Walker to the governor’s office last November after she was his top county staffer in Milwaukee. Walker’s Milwaukee chief of staff Tom Nardelli also followed to the capitol and like Archer also quit his $90,000 new state job this summer.
As FBI agents searched Archer’s home, she wasn’t seen. Witnesses saw at least one large box being removed and put into an agent’s car.”
Probe surrounding Wisconsin governor apparently growing

pantslessprogressive:

”’Saw about two or three more, four or five, then I saw agents getting out of the car and putting on their jackets, that’s what identified it, FBI on the back of the jackets,’ said Madison resident Dale Reichers.

Reichers says he saw the law enforcement teams show up at his neighbor’s house before 7 a.m. His neighbor is Cynthia Archer, one of Governor Walker’s most trusted allies—until last month, when she abruptly resigned her $124,000-a-year job as deputy secretary of the agency that oversees state contracts.

Archer had followed Walker to the governor’s office last November after she was his top county staffer in Milwaukee. Walker’s Milwaukee chief of staff Tom Nardelli also followed to the capitol and like Archer also quit his $90,000 new state job this summer.

As FBI agents searched Archer’s home, she wasn’t seen. Witnesses saw at least one large box being removed and put into an agent’s car.”

Probe surrounding Wisconsin governor apparently growing

brooklynmutt

New poll brings bad news for Republicans

shortformblog:

  • -6 Obama’s net favorability, as of this month
  • -7 The Democratic Party’s favorability
  • -25 The Republican Party’s favorability source

» Why no love for the GOP? Over the last six months, everybody—Obama, Democrats, and Republicans—has seen a net drop in their approval ratings, but Republicans are clearly the most hated of the bunch. This is probably due to a combination of factors: Paul Ryan’s budget proposal, Scott Walker’s anti-union antics in Wisconsin, and the GOP’s handling of the debt ceiling debate were all high-profile issues that attracted (mostly) negative attention to the GOP. Whatever the cause, there’s one thing we can glean from these results: Democrats seem to be out-messaging Republicans in 2011. Whether or not this can carry Obama to reelection amidst a horrible economy remains to be seen.

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brooklynmutt

wisconsinforward:

“Will the Democrats take this as a chance to go on offense?  Will national Democrats take a lesson from Wisconsin Democrats?” —Rachel Maddow.

Outstanding coverage of the FAA shutdown and union rights, plus a look back at Reagan’s firing of air traffic controllers.

pantslessprogressive
pantslessprogressive:

Wisconsin proposal would send $250 million to certified capital companies

Legislation that Gov. Scott Walker says will create jobs would provide hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks to insurance companies, while giving control of a $250 million fund to out-of-state financial management companies that would not have to pay back the fund’s principal and would keep up to 80% of its profits. [read more]

pantslessprogressive:

Wisconsin proposal would send $250 million to certified capital companies

Legislation that Gov. Scott Walker says will create jobs would provide hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks to insurance companies, while giving control of a $250 million fund to out-of-state financial management companies that would not have to pay back the fund’s principal and would keep up to 80% of its profits. [read more]