Apr 9, 2013
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If only it were true…

If only it were true…

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Jun 1, 2012
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Clinton fires up Democratic faithful - JSOnline

The former president said that for 100 years, people in America had looked to Wisconsin as a place where people had vigorous debates on the issues, but worked out solutions.

"Now they look at Wisconsin and they see America’s battleground," Clinton said. "Between people who want to work together to solve problems and people who want to divide and conquer. People who know that creative cooperation is working in America and people who want constant conflict."

Speaking under a gazebo on the banks of the Milwaukee River, Clinton said “creative cooperation” was the best way to reach consensus on issues such as economic development and balancing budgets.

"Everywhere I go in America, everywhere I go in the world, the only thing that is working is when you get everybody who has a stake in the game in there, treat them with respect, and people go forward," Clinton said.

"This divide and conquer, no compromise crowd, if they had been in control, there never would have been a U.S. Constitution," Clinton said.

Clinton said that, ordinarily, he was opposed to recall elections.

"But sometimes it is the only way to avoid a disastrous course," Clinton said of Wisconsin’s historic election.

Jun 1, 2012
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Walker is being challenged not because he pursued conservative policies but because Wisconsin has become the most glaring example of a new and genuinely alarming approach to politics on the right. It seeks to use incumbency to alter the rules and tilt the legal and electoral playing field decisively toward the interests of those in power.
Wisconsin’s recall election on Scott Walker: A bid for regular order - The Washington Post
Mar 27, 2012
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We live in interesting times. A segment of the general public is quick to forgive the killing of two young men in Slinger, Wisconsin and Sanford, Florida as the unavoidable consequence of the exercise of a constitutional right. Yet at the same time, state court judges who have exercised their constitutional right of self-governance by signing a recall petition are being publicly called out by both special interest groups and the media, as if by signing the petition they have transgressed some moral boundary. These are interesting times, indeed.

Signing a Recall Petition Does Not Require Judicial Recusal : Marquette University Law School Faculty Blog

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Feb 17, 2012
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As governor, Doyle didn’t have anything to do with approving the CAPCO bill. But as an Assembly member, Scott Walker did. Pants on Fire.
PolitiFact Wisconsin | Gov. Scott Walker says $247,000-per-job CAPCO program was approved by former Gov. Jim Doyle
Feb 16, 2012
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Republicans attempted to keep a host of documents secret and tried to prevent their staff and a consultant from having to give depositions. The court rejected those arguments and last month ordered the Republicans to pay nearly $17,500 to the Democrats’ attorneys for filing frivolous motions to keep information secret. After that, the Republicans turned over a raft of records but tried to keep secret 84 documents, most of them emails between lawyers and legislative staff. The Republicans argued they were subject to attorney-client privilege.

Federal judges slam GOP lawmakers over redistricting secrecy - JSOnline

I’ve talked with a lawyer that I happen to be close with, and she notes it is utterly ridiculous for Michael Best & Friedrich to consider this work privileged.

And I’ve obtained a pledge from said lawyer that she never will work there.

Feb 10, 2012
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Wisconsin will use a chunk of its $140 million share of a national settlement over foreclosure and mortgage-servicing abuses to help the state budget rather than assist troubled homeowners, Gov. Scott Walker and state Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said Thursday.
Walker, Van Hollen: Chunk of mortgage settlement going to state budget - JSOnline
Feb 7, 2012
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As legislative leaders secretly developed new election maps last year to strengthen their majority, Republican lawmakers were told to ignore public comments and instead focus on what was said in private strategy sessions, according to a GOP memo that became public Monday. Other newly released documents also show almost all Republican lawmakers signed legal agreements promising not to discuss the new maps while they were being developed. GOP lawmakers fought releasing these new documents and testifying about the maps in a pending court case but relented after a panel of three federal judges based in Milwaukee last month found they had filed frivolous motions in trying to shield the information from the public.
Lawmakers were made to pledge secrecy over redistricting - JSOnline
Jul 3, 2011
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