Fighting Bob

An online magazine about progressive politics in Wisconsin.
Updated: 1 year 23 weeks ago

Democracy in action!

Tue, 2012-03-06 00:00
In a last minute sneak attack, GOP legislators introduced a bill that will profoundly alter MATC in Milwaukee starting with a new board that will not reflect the make-up of the City or the student body. The diverse board will be replaced with people who look like James Sensenbrener even though the student body, mostly from Milwaukee. The result will be control of MATC by the communities surrounding Milwaukee rather than the City Of Milwaukee.

One would think that such a drastic change would require lots of discussion. Students, faculty as well as administrators who would feel the impact of the changes oppose the plan introduced by the guy who called the demonstrators "slobs" just a year ago. They started planning a trip to Madison to engage the legislators in debate. They are coming to Madison today to testify. Ah, but the anti-democrats are a clever lot. They will hold the hearing in a secret session. Can you believe it? 324 Northeast in the Capital------------------------

The Mining bill is still on the stove. Rep Vos, and Alberta Darling are trying ever so hard to persuade Dale Schultz to join them in risking Wisconsin's ground and surface water with the 21 mile long four miles wide Lake to contain pollution! Let's call it "Lake Walker".

So far Schultz has been steadfast in opposing the bill that would, among other things, eliminate contested case proceedings, set absurd deadlines for approval, while giving a paltry sum of a million dollars a year to be split between state and local bodies. C'mon Alberta, think about future generations just once.

The mining company pulled a rabbit out of a hard hat by reaching a deal with building trade unions. The union members will demonstrate at the capitol today! The deal? The company will use union labor to build the mine! Whoa Nelly! Save us from our friends.

Big Ohio primary today. No, not the presidential race, but the choice between Marcy Kaptur and Dennis Kucinich. The redistricting plan adopted in Ohio created this tough choice. Both are worthy of support.

Technically speaking, this is nuts

Tue, 2012-03-06 00:00
Republicans race against the clock to take control of Milwaukee Area Technical College away from the community it serves.

What? No tip?

Mon, 2012-03-05 00:00
I think I have now seen almost every fundraising scheme ever used--"Our candidate will be 50 next week--please join the celebration by sending $500 or $50, even $5 dollars but for God's sake send something." Or, "My FEC report is due on Friday--we must be able to show strength in fund raising or the media will not take us seriously--send all you can by COB Thursday" Or, "The Mayor of Chicago is coming to Serb Hall"...finish the thought!

Here is the most recent effort to get into your pocket. This came, not to me, but to a friend: "Attached is the first Democratic Party video spot in opposition to Walker. Please view it and pass it along to friends." Here it comes, sit down, head between knees: Leave a tip of 10 percent or 20 percent to pay to air this (awful) spot. A tip? A tip? Whoa Nelly.

I have a tip to offer. Join the Tin Cup Brigade and stop playing the game handed to us by the Supremes in Citizens United.


JS gets worse and worse with the so-called truth-o-meter. They simply cannot find the jugular so they go for the capillaries almost every time. Today they provide a perfect example of why they should either drop it or save it for some big fish. The PolitiFact folks ask this morning if Walker has solved our fiscal woes or if his deep cuts have harmed Wisconsin.

Wow! Do they still write editorials? They throw numbers around like a three year old in the sand box heaving toys, but reach no conclusion. What is missing is qualitative analysis but JS goes for anecdotes. Real journalism would take too much time.

So, it is "quality be damned" Walker is on track--who cares about public education?


Then it is on to another capillary hunt. Walker says we are the "Badger" state because miners in the 1800s lived in caves and abandoned mine shafts like badgers. As we all learned in grade school, it was the living conditions not the number of badgers scurrying around. But Walker, decidedly not the Education Governor, posits we should return to the badger days of lead mining by approving the environmental disaster the proposed open pit iron ore mining is likely to cause! I am not kidding. Read it.

JS doesn't ask what the living conditions were nor do they touch upon the wages of the miners or the premature deaths caused by lead. Nope! just a BS question if people lived like animals or if animals lived like people.

Today the lead mines are closed. Lead is not good for humans or badgers!


Sun, 2012-03-04 00:00
Representative government is an endangered species.

Many states--most of which are in the western and mountain time zones and are relative newcomers to what is now the United States--have long ago expressed their distrust in the idea of fully empowering the representatives they elect by incorporating the populist idea of initiative and referendum in their constitutions.

Other signs that states have misgivings about the idea are the enactment of term limits for representatives and/or by keeping the pay for them so low that only the super rich or super abstemious could keep body and soul together on their legislative stipends. These measures militate against lifelong and fulltime representation.

Wisconsin has joined the list of doubters by using its loose recall process to threaten its representatives with as little as one-year terms of office if they should happen to vote in ways that ignite a movement large enough to make them run for the office they had already won again, and again, and again.

The vision of representatives threatened or cowed by a mideast kind of street protest expressed by lots of people, with blessedly fewer firearms so far anyway, has been widespread recently.

The Tea Party and Occupy movements come from different places, but have in common a clearly expressed disdain for the people who claim to represent them.

Whatever else they want, and it is not entirely clear what that may be, it is obvious that they want the people they elected to pay attention to them.

If anyone has asked the participants in these leaderless movements who they think their so-called representatives are really representing I am not aware of any cohesive or even coherent response.

It is going to be difficult for representative government to function in a world with all this static and with an electorate whose mood can best be characterized as “throw all the rascals out.”

Governing was never simple. Governing with representatives who are widely viewed as no longer responsive or even legitimate or cannot be trusted with something as basic as funding the public sector through taxes is somewhere between unwieldy and impossible. Proposition 13 in California is the poster child for the “starving the beast” school of fiscal responsibility. TABOR, wherever it shows up, is another. The Wisconsin Legislature is being asked to enact a kind of “We trust you, but not really” constitutional amendment. These come in several flavors. Vanilla says that it takes more than a majority to rule on taxes. Chocolate says that neither a majority or a super majority can rule; that tax increases must be approved by the people in a referendum.

As for me, I’m in favor of representative government. I’m in favor of the people participating by recruiting and electing the best among them to deal fully with all the matters that have devolved to the public sector, including defining what those matters are and paying for them.

If the people they elected don’t do this or do this badly, the people can resort to the classic remedy embodied in the system of representative government. They can elect someone else at the next election.

Awaken Wisconsin

Sun, 2012-03-04 00:00
While the Wisconsin State Journal (WSJ) prattles on about its so-called independent agenda, neither the WSJ nor the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has said much about the incredible fundraising opportunity given to Scott Walker because the recall process is now in slow-motion. (Recall targets are permitted to raise as much money as they want until the recall process morphs into an election.) Walker has received 50 donations (legal bribes) over $10,000 and one for $500,000. Democrats are in the same boat, but they have little money available for politics. Big, bad WEAC is hurting and so are AFSCME and SEIU. Add up all the money "big bad labor" could donate to a Democrat and it would not amount to pocket change for the Kochs.

So what's the delay, GAB? Walker says he will not contest a single signature, so what's left before the process is complete? A cynic might conclude that the powers that be are stalling to dissipate the momentum of the million who signed petitions calling for a new governor, and to give more time for Koch-inspired fundraising.

More than 30,000 canvassers stood in the cold on street corners and bus stops, urging people to sign the recall petitions. And they did! Incredible! More than one million people signed! Never before had that happened, and it might never again, particularly if nothing results from that explosion last February. Get the horse out of the barn and saddled up.

The WSJ seems to take in stride the incredible threat that the Koch boys will take over our state while warning that union support for Falk might doom her candidacy.

Be careful of pollsters.

Who is Charles Franklin? He is now described as "a longtime pollster and Marquette University Law School political scientist." Really? He once, not long ago, was engaged with the Bradley Foundation's Wisconsin Policy Research Institute. Then he became a Marquette law school University pollster. Is he paid to be at Marquette?

Recall that the Bradley Foundation's front WPRI entered into a Faustian deal with the University of Wisconsin Political Science Department. UW was to do the polling but WPRI had total control--when to poll, questions to ask, spinning results. And agreeing that Wisconsin's Open Records would not apply. I am not kidding. After Fighting made an open records request that was granted by the UW, the profs at UW Poli Sci changed the deal. Polling would no longer be done on UW time or equipment and a new group would be formed with at least one major player, Poli Sci prof Charles Franklin. Franklin then supposedly became a professor at Marquette Law School and his new poll is now the Marquette Law School poll.

Franklin is a go-to source. First he was on sabbatical; then he was on leave, and today's WSJ describes his role: "Charles Franklin, a long-time pollster and Marquette University Law School political scientist."

Art from the ashes

Sun, 2012-03-04 00:00
Despite the efforts of Republican legislators, Art In Protest lives on.


Sat, 2012-03-03 00:00
Our hopes for peace were rising--no more fighting in Iraq, and Afghanistan is almost done--but before we can uncork the bottle of good stuff Obama races to AIPEC to assure the extreme right-wing Israelis that they can count on him if they decide to bomb Iran! Are you kidding me? This nation would risk blood and treasure because right-wing nuts like Benjamin Netanyahu want us to? How about calling on Israel to give up its nuclear stockpile as a way to get negotiations started? Think about it. Romney, Gingrich and Santorum have promised to bomb Iran if elected. Not to be outdone, Obama says, "I will bomb them before you can." Only Ron Paul says no to another war.

In what can best be described as bar talk, President Obama said, "I don't bluff." Really, Mr. President. "I don't bluff"? How about something like, "I don't participate in pre-emptive strikes against any country." How about saying that Israel damned well better not bomb Iran, and, if they do they are on their own.

I think we have all had just about enough of the GOP war on women. What is going on? Listen to the presidential candidates "explaining" why it violates the First Amendment to provide health care for women. Rush, the intellectual leader of the GOP, calls a strong young woman a "slut" and a "whore" because she wants contraceptives covered in health care. Who speakes up? None of the Republican candidates. Romney: "I would not have used that language"! Whoa Nelly!

Meanwhile, the federal judge who de-humanized women and African Americans with his awful email, has asked for a review of his conduct. Review my eye! This is crazy. Impeach him now! There is no time to waste.

Wisconsin Dems air first anti-Walker TV spot in the effort to defeat Walker and it is, to say the least, disappointing. At a time when Democrats could explain why they offer a much better alternative or go beyond the public union issue at the heart of the uprising, they had a Chicago firm produce a confusing comparison of Walker with Watergate.

Feingold was on Jon Stewart, Bill Maher, and other national programs, but did not have enough time to let the country know that in Wisconsin we plan to defeat the Koch brothers' money with a grassroots campaign. Russ did make it clear last night that he has no interest in running for governor.

The Tin Cup Brigade will lead the way.

Is there an end to racism?

Fri, 2012-03-02 00:00
Many of us shed tears the night President-elect Obama walked out onto the stage in Grant Park. Finally! Finally, we, as a nation, will put racial hatred in a box and seal it. No more segregation, no more Jim Crow, no more poll taxes or lynching or racial preferences. No more segregated schools. No more all-white juries deciding cases against a black person in the South. The dream of King would become reality. Jesse cried, and one could feel the boulder being lifted from his shoulders and ours.

But then there was Judge Cebull!

Federal Judge Richard Cebull, Montana, sent this through the Internet: "The message describes Obama asking his mother why he is black and she is white and her response, 'Don't ever go there Barack!' From what I can remember about that party, you're lucky you don't bark." And then there was a photo ID required in order to hold down black voting. We became fully aware of the danger of "driving while black" thanks to Gwen Moore. And then there came a George W. Bush-appointed judge with that shameful "joke."

The judge must have known he crossed the line, but instead of resigning he asked the 9th Circuit to review his conduct. Q. Is this guy trying to become a national hero on the right or is he simply a bigoted oaf? Good lord, have we no shame?

Move from Montana and Judge Cebull back to Milwaukee, one of the most segregated cities in America. Unemployment among black adult males is roughly 50 percent. The city cries out for help from the white suburbs forming a sort of Maginot line around the city. Instead of helping to reduce racial tension, Glenn Grothman, in secret meetings, developed his plan: a gut-kick for Milwaukee. The JS reported that there may be a shake-up of the Milwaukee Area Technical College board. How about calling it what it is: a coup to replace nearly all African-American board members with whites.

Remember when Joseph Welsh asked Joe Mcarthy, "Have you no shame, sir?" I would ask Judge Cebull the same question. And you should ask Grothman to justify his outrageous move.

Milwaukee Area Technical College has more students of color than the rest of the state's colleges and universities combined! Yikes! What the hell is going on, Mr. Grothman? (I am just scratching the surface. More next week.)

Perhaps someone could ask Justice Michael Gableman how he sees it.

Yes, The People's Legislature will be Sunday, March 25. We expct a big crowd and several candiates as we develop the "Tin Cup" Brigade! Stay tuned but get ready for the meeting. It will change gow we deal with campaigns.

A mine is a wonderful thing to waste

Thu, 2012-03-01 00:00
Possibly some great news. The Journal Sentinel reports that Dale Schultz is refusing to be bamboozled into voting for a potential environmental disaster. He explained that when we are dealing with the environment we don't get "do-overs." Imagine that! A thoughtful legislator who looks like a profile in courage this morning.

The JS reporting reminds me of the time the JS turned the paper into a PR machine for state support of Miller Park. The JS hired lobbyists to push for the new stadium and used the "news" pages to act as cheerleaders. The JS doesn't hide their belief that the mine would be good for Wisconsin. Proceed with caution when reading the JS on the proposed mine. Here are the opening lines: "The marquee job-creation bill of the Republican-controlled Legislature appeared all but dead Wednesday..." JS, so quick to use PolitiFact on minutiae, accepts without question that thousands of jobs will be created if the mining regs are all but eliminated.

JS cares more about the promise of jobs to the certainty of the result of a 21-mile long, 4-mile wide, 1,000-feet deep hole that will create a lake of pollution the size of Lake Winnebago!

JS doesn't even look at the damage already done to relations with the Tribes. No serious look at the impact on tourism. Not so much as a glance at the impact on our ground water, air and surface water.

The mining company "estimates" 2,834 total jobs. Not 2,833 or 2,832 jobs! Nope. Exactly 2,834! If you believe that hogwash you probably look under your pillow for a half dollar from the tooth fairy.

The WMC folks and the equipment manufacturers are pushing Schultz hard. Give him a hand. Stop the mine!

Shame in their game

Thu, 2012-03-01 00:00
One year ago the question we kept asking was, 'How low can they go?'

Talk about ambivalence!

Wed, 2012-02-29 00:00
Apparently many Dems and the UAW in Michigan urged members to vote for Santorum in the belief that he is more beatable than Romney. If these were normal times, I would probably agree with that tactic but these are not normal times! So what is abnormal? The amount of money the bad guys can "invest" in people like Santorum and Walker thanks to Citizens United and Buckley v. Valeo renders this year anything but normal.

Our response to unlimited money is the Tin Cup pledge. We are asking all who run in November to refuse Super PAC, union and corporate money. Only in-state individual contributions should be accepted. There is no question that this is a gamble, but the idea of the Democratic nominee raising millions of dollars in three months is not a gamble it leads to almost certain defeat.

The Koch boys can put a billion dollars into the Walker kitty and that scares all of us. After a tough primary several years ago, one of the defeated contestants moaned that if they put in another million dollars they could have elected a brick!

If both candidates are raising money the traditional way--GOP knocking on Wall Street doors, Dems knocking on Wall Street doors--Walker wins. Why? The million people who signed petitions want a clean break from money-dominated elections. The Tin Cup plan has a good chance of motivating the million to give $25 and get out the vote. This gives them a clear choice.

Our next meeting of the People's Legislature will be March 25 (not March 24 as reported here yesterday). And 11:00 to 4:00 is the time. Same site, Alliant Center. We need you to make this work.

If we don't get money out of the system, there is no chance of closing the gap between rich and the rest of us; no chance to stop fracking; no chance to make our schools better; no chance to stop the taconite mine.

No challenge?

Tue, 2012-02-28 00:00
How boring, how anti-climactic, how pedestrian. The governor won't challenge a single signature out of a million calling for his recall. He will be only the third governor in U.S. history to be recalled.

His excuse for not challenging the signatures? Not enough time! He has raised about 12 million dollars since the recall got underway and the Koch brothers have made it clear that they will support their brave governor financially, so are we to believe that Walker could not afford to hire temps to check ballots? C'mon! This work hardly qualifies as difficult so why no challenge? You know why. The signatures are valid and a challenge would demonstrate just how hollow the GOP verbal assaults have been. Walker figured it out. If only a handful of signatures turned out to be worthy of a challenge he would look silly. So, instead, he comes up with a public relations spin: "not enough time." And he still looks silly.

So now what? Well, the four Republican senators are subject to recall, or so the Dems say. Should a couple of them lose, politics in Wisconsin would possibly return to normalcy. The Democrats would have a majority in the Senate, the Republicans would control the Assembly, and it is better than 50-50 that a Democrat will be elected governor.

Think about it. We could focus on the corruption of the Supreme Court, push public financing of elections, demand an independent DNR, monitor the elections in Waukesha, stop the madness of a proposed 21-mile-long and 4-mile-wide scar on the state to permit aconite mining. (Creation of a lake" with the volume of water equal to Lake Winnebago.) Oh boy! Can you see the sun rising? I can.

NOTE: Joe Gruber gets out of hospital today in Mississippi. Joe will be back in Wisconsin in mid-March. Hooray!

Despite the actions of some lawyers recently, there was a reminder of how some lawyers make us proud to be in the Bar. Jack DeWitt was one of those lawyers. He was a lawyer's lawyer and a good man to boot. Jack passed last week and he will be missed. He called me about once a month to comment on something I had written in the Cap Times. Even if he disagreed with my position, he encouraged me to keep on writing.

I think of Wade Boardman, Henry Field, Bob Curry, Nat Heffernan, John Skilton, Dick Cates, Mark Frankel and many more. Add Jack Dewitt to the lawyer's hall of fame. Attorneys who were committed to the law. Lawyers who made us better citizens. Thanks, Jack, well done.

People's Legislature March 24. Same place, but promise to move it to a more central site next session. Candidates will be asked to refuse PAC, union and corporate money.

In other words, put down the Tin Cup! In fact, the Tin Cup Brigade will be vigilant in keeping the candidates to their promise to run on principle and individual, small in-state donations. We can break the back of big money. You did it with the impossible task of recalling a sitting governor. Next up, the miracle of getting those million + recallers to get-out-the-vote. Are you ready?

Money for nothing

Tue, 2012-02-28 00:00
A new report emphasizes that farm subsidies should be a two-way street.

College could be dangerous

Mon, 2012-02-27 00:00
Rick Santorum has given us a peek into his soul. Who is he? Read on. He has concluded that colleges and universities are destroying religious commitment among students. He pulled some stats out of the air, or a body part, that say 62 percent of college students lose their faith commitment while in college. Therefore, if we want to fool the devil we had better keep our kids out of universities. It worked for Scott Walker. Why not the rest of us?

Good Lord, where are the boundary lines? Imagine a presidential candidate warning us to keep our kids and grandkids out of higher education! He is looney-toons.

Catch these good words from our would-be leader. He was sickened by JFK's speech to Protestant bishops in 1960 because Kennedy said the Vatican would not control his policies. Kennedy believed, as did our founding fathers and mothers, that there must be a clear separation of church and state. I suspect Rick is making this up as he appeals to religious nuts in Michigan, but it should hit the alarm bell.

Hey, folks, listen up. This nut could be elected. While I doubt it, you never know what a billion from the Koch boys might do. This is scary.

Military response to Afghanistan riots. One of our military and civilian leaders, Ryan Crocker, said, "We can't leave now." Why not? Well, apparently because the people hate us so much we must remain and fight them. Ah, yes, war. Easy to get in, almost impossible to get out.

'A World Undone'

Sun, 2012-02-26 00:00
This title of a wonderful book on WWI has come home to roost.

I listened to a UW political scientist tell a Milwaukee audience in the early fall of 2010 that there would be a Republican tsunami in November of 2010 that would turn out even unbeatable Democrats in Washington and Wisconsin.

The reasons he gave were widespread fear, uneasiness, disappointment with the way the world was going, and an unusually strong urge for major changes, new ideas, straight talk.

After his predicted results came true and the radicalization that followed the tsunami was carried out by the winners, another UW political scientist told this same audience that the independents and uncommitted voters who gave the Republicans their stunning victories a few short months before were now appalled at what they had wrought. The next election, he predicted, would swing the pendulum fully back the other way.

Both of these predictions are based on the assumption that the voters who really decide elections reside in what used to be regarded as the moderate middle. They are people who are looking for a government that works, for candidates who sound like problem solvers.

The natural, rational conclusion that I drew was that the 2012 election (and the recalls that preceded that election in Wisconsin) would be characterized by strong appeals to those swing voters who are persuadable and numerous enough to determine the outcome of the 2012 elections.

It hasn’t happened.

The Republicans are particularly focused on their base constituents and are going beyond being indifferent to the moderate middle to going out of their way to alienate them. They are stuck in old ideologies and prejudices.

The President, since he is in office has to work a wider agenda and is the potential beneficiary of the Republicans’ parochial appeals appeals and tactics, is not going out of his way to address issues and ideas that interest or worry that moderate middle either.

It is true that primary campaigns are usually more partisan than the general election, because the fewer voters who turn out for them are more partisan. But at this stage of the game it is considered prudent to keep one foot on the moderate dock instead of jumping into the true believers’ boats.

All of my experience and history would suggest that the advisers and the candidates would be acknowledging that governing is more about close questions and original responses to new situations than about old, tired subjects that are more crowd pleasers than problem solvers. I would think that there is more to leadership than finding words and images to accompany the petty, personal digs that seem to be a standard part of the current crop of campaign geniuses’ repertoire.

The fact that the delivery system and the people who make the media decisions are tilted toward one liners and 30-second commercials which work best with simple didactic appeals has been a factor in undoing the world I knew.

Even so, I am surprised that all these supposedly smart professionals with all that money are not listening to the predictions and advice of the political scientists. Instead, they are telling their clients to play the same old songs, at a higher decibel level.

Someone is wrong. I don’t think it’s the political scientists.

Way way out there

Sun, 2012-02-26 00:00
Maureen Dowd writes that Republicans are finally figuring it out. It is not good to watch them eat themselves alive. The Big 4 candidates for president are in a crouch waiting to pounce on any traces of sanity in the other candidates--be it humanity toward women, to compassion toward immigrants....All four are nuts.

From Ayn Rand's lead fan, Paul Ryan, to the latest crazy talk from Newt at Oral Roberts University (sit down before reading Newt's warning that defeating Obama--the most dangerous president in American history, was a duty of national security because he is incapable of defending the United States.)

I believe that Gingrich is, in essence, calling for either a coup or the assassination of Barack Obama. If Obama is the most dangerous president in history and he is incapable of defending our country, he must be removed. Whoa Nelly! Talk about scary!

Remember "truth in sentencing?" and "life means life"? Many Americans thought that truth in sentencing would provide an end to parole but also reduce costs by informing the public every time a prisoner is sentenced. The court would explain the cost to the state. An informed electorate could make some rational decisions. Take, for example, a person convicted of possession of drugs. Do we want him in prison at $41,000 per year? I don't think so. But the result is that we are going broke trying to fund our bloated prison population. If we don't permit inmates to get out of prison before the entire term is completed our prisons will be so overcrowded that courts will have to intervene to eliminate the awful conditions that result from truth in sentencing. Think California for proof.

Today's NY Times raises another problem: prisoners with cognitive disabilities. Think about a high number of Alzheimer "patients" in prison. In New York, the state is paying $91,000 per year per inmate with cognitive disabilities. Other prisoners cost $42,000. We have 1.6 million in our prisons. Do the math and ask if we have lost our marbles.

The Wisconsin State Journal keeps touting its role as "Wisconsin's Independent Voice." Yah, sure Ole. Read the editorial today calling on the Legislature to rush the mining bill through. C'mon, this is an awful bill, or, more appropriately, two awful bills. The fact that WMC and the mining companiy drafted the bills should end all discussion until we get a "do over."

There has been precious little investigative journalism on the impact of proposed mines. Ah, but the State Journal can think only of JOBS.

PACing with the devil

Sun, 2012-02-26 00:00
Feingold tries to set Obama right on super PACs.

And there was a car salesman

Sat, 2012-02-25 00:00
Ryan Braun, MVP Braun, that is, won his arbitration. But good old "Mr. Baseball," commissioner, car dealer, wealthy man Selig is furious. Nothing wrong with baseball, hollered Selig and his office. Just a technicality, they said, as if technicalities in baseball don't count!

Good lord, Bud Selig, who conned Tommy Thompson into building a new stadium for his team at taxpayer expense; Bud Selig, who got his college degree in political science and history, would have you believe he knows the law! Just a technicality, says Bud. But some have suggested that the guy hired to collect urine for Bud and rush it to Fed Ex might me the problem. The guy's name is Dino. Dino Laurenzi. Dino's dad says he is a "good boy." His dad called him a "straight shooter." Perhaps this time he didn't shoot straight, if you get my drift.

Dino has never been in trouble. Any accusations against him "would be unfounded." Yah, sure.

His web site his bio says Dino is trained in sports medicine and specializes in athletic performance training and rehab. Our guy Dino did not follow the rules, but Selig's assistant said: Dino, "the extremely experienced [urine] collector acted (get this) in a professional and appropriate manner." No he didn't, Bud. No he didn't.

Wonder why we did not allow drug tests in the NFL?

Three judges have it now!

Sat, 2012-02-25 00:00
A federal three-judge panel now has the scandalous Wisconsin redistricting case. MJS reports that testimony and arguments went until 9:00 last night. Twain once said a lie gets half-way around the world before Truth gets her boots on. In the redistricting case, nicely reported by MJS, Truth probably never took her boots off!

Secret meetings, emails, memos and meetings; the Walker folks made us the laughing stock of the nation and exposed our judicial process for the farce it has become. Imagine having all or nearly all GOP legislators sign secrecy agreements. Agreements signed at a law firm, paid nearly half a million dollars to draw the lines for the partisans, in order to claim attorney-client privilege? Are they kidding? This is spy novel material. Attorney Peter Earle, an attorney for Voces de la frontera, summed it up with these comments:

They chose to initiate a process in secrecy, hide it from the public, draft intentionally vague agreements with consultants, hired three expensive law firms to be paid over a million dollars, mostly by taxpayers. One of the outside lawyers stated that he drafted consultant agreements to be vague so that the public would not understand the agreements! And swore that politics was not a factor. Whoa Nelly! They deprived the public of the ability to scrutinize what was done, said Earle.

As I look at it, the lawyers for the state and the GOP operated with a determined effort to control the legislative maps and they believed that the only thing that could stop them would be sunlight. Thus they decided to keep the public in the dark. Just the opposite of Open Records. This is a disgrace!

More on money

Fri, 2012-02-24 00:00
More and more people are joining our Tin Cup Brigade. For those just tuning in, the idea is easily understood but will require one heck of an effort to be successful.

Scott Walker will have all the money he thinks he needs. He will purchase most, if not all, available time on TV in Wisconsin. Word has it he has $12 million in the bank as I write. That is a "downpayment" worthy of note. Frankly, no Democrat can raise that amount of money for the gubernatorial race so we at Fighting have decided to ask Democratic candudates to refuse major contributions from corporations, labor unions, and Super PACs.

"Can't win that way" holler the old line campaign consultants who see their payday going down. The fact is no candidate can beat Walker by trying to out-raise him or even to keep pace with his fundraising. Cannot be done. So, if candidate X says, "OK Walker! You are on--I can raise enough money to challenge the Koch Brothers." I respond, "nonsense."

Naturally, all candidates require some money for rent, gas, supplies. Our way of dealing with those minimal expenses? A Fighting Bob fund to make a modest amount available to all candidates who have raised, say, $250,000 for the fund. All money will be spent explaining the new approach. Example: a TV spot that says you will hear a lot of nonsense about the race for governor but not from Democrats. Why? We have decided to call a halt to the scandal of fundraising so that quality people can run for office.

So, focus on Walker's Koch money and explain that the Dems will not spend every waking moment dialing for dollars.

People's Legislature meets soon. Announcement tomorrow.

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