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Scott Walker's slogan is "It's Working". He's been inundating the airwaves with this message.

Well - it's not working for Scott. Despite Walker's air blitz, republican-leaning Rasmussen has just released a poll today showing that 52% of Wisconsinites favor recalling him (as opposed to 47% who want to keep him.)

The question:

A special election will be held to see if voters want to recall Governor Scott Walker and remove him from office.  If the special election were held today, would you vote to recall Governor Walker and remove him from office or would you vote against the recall and let him continue to serve as governor?
I can't get at the crosstabs (don't have a subscription to Ras). It's an up-or-down question, which is not what we vote for - we vote for Walker vs. a yet-to-be-determined candidate. And I'd love to know what the breakdown is for likely voters... but good news is good news.
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LaFeminista wrote a great diary last week about Senator Glenn Grothman's and Rep. Don Pridemore's bill in Wisconsin to define single parenthood as a contributing factor towards child abuse.

In the face of media attention, Grothman and Pridemore are doubling down. Pridemore has even expressed his opinion that "he thinks even in abusive relationships, there are other options than divorce."

"If they can refind those reasons and get back to why they got married in the first place it might help"
Why should they stay together?
Pridemore says he thinks a single woman can take care of a family in some situations -- but he thinks fathers are usually the disciplinarians and without that, "kids tend to go astray."
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A short diary. If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video may be worth far more.

Yesterday, the votes were coming fast and furious as our legislature rammed through a lot of repugnant legislation, from removing development restriction on wetlands to removing the rights of women to sue for punitive damages in employment discrimination cases. They also voted to stop allowing high school seniors to register at their high school, and of course there was a whole lot of "get-tough-on-crime" legislation.

Of course, it's pretty tough to be there all the time when these votes are coming so fast...

Followers of the Badger Insurrection on Daily Kos may know, through the work of the legendary Giles Goat Boy, that it is illegal to have a camera in the Assembly gallery. Now we know why.

The guy in the white shirt is Rep. Joel Kleefisch, aka Mr. Rebecca Kleefisch (he's the husband of our loony Lt. Governor).

Notice how they think it's funny.

H/T to Shit Scott Walker is Doing to My State (SSWIDTMS).


I know, I know. Rick Santorum is nuts. Not just nuts, but NUTS. Full-blown, 13th century, pre-Renaissance, women-as-serfs NUTS. And this will probably get lost in all off the other how-incredibly-dangerous-is-Rick-Santorum diaries, but it's gotta be said.

Just when you think he's reached the depths of women-as-serfs, he comes up with another gem:

Santorum attacks Obama on prenatal screening


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Last week, we took a look at the debacle of Wisconsin's republican redistricting efforts. The not-so-GOP performed this redistricting in secret, in a law office across the street from the Capitol. They were forced to sign "confidentiality agreements" (secrecy oaths) vowing not to discuss this legislation with anyone.

Why, some have asked, did republicans - all of them - go along with this? Surely someone would have had the spine, the gonads, to stand up to Fitzgeralds Scott and Jeff?

Now thanks to Wisconsin Public Television we have the answer, which was rumored through all last year, they were blackmailed.  They were shown two sets of maps and told that if they did not go along with Walker and the Fitzgeralds, they'd get the "less favorable" one.

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When we last left our can't shoot straight Wisconsin republicans, they had passed redistricting legislation without public comment, or, it was rumored, without even their own comment. They paid the illustrious (not) law firm of Michael Best to do the redistricting for them, with the idea that they could claim that all of the deliberations were protected by "attorney-client privilege". They claimed, with a straight face, that the maps were not drawn with the intent putting an electoral stranglehold on the state.

Well, a federal court has had none of this. The soon-to-be-legendary Giles Goat Boy published a diary outlining how the republicans and their attorneys got slapped down hard. The question was - what were the republicans hiding? What was so bad that they and their attorneys risked sanctions from the federal judiciary?

Now we know. They required their own legislators to sign secrecy oaths, promising not to discuss what they knew about the process with others or with the public.

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In Wisconsin, any political candidate needs to file the form GAB-1 with the Government Accountability Board (GAB) prior to their announcement and fundraising.

On January 27, Friday, Senator Vinehout amended her senate GAB-1 (source - Wisconsin State Campaign Finance Information System,

Kathleen Vinehout's GAB filing, 1/27/12

A picture is all the intro you need. Don't be put off by the election date - since the recall election has not yet been scheduled, any candidate must put in the date for the next scheduled election. (Trust us, we know what we're doing in Wisconsin on recalls - we've got this down.)

More on Senator Vinehout below the squiggle.

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...and don't realize that they can be overheard. Or recorded on a cell phone as they complain about Walker, the Fitzgeralds... and call a Green Bay high school a sewer because it's got "a poverty problem".

Credit goes to Politiscoop and the Wisconsin citizen who was quick with the cell phone. I'm only a guy who picked it up on the web (it's spreading around on Facebook).

Senators Grothman, Ellis, Harsdorf and Representative Vos are seen/heard in this video, after the cheese doodle.

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The Twitter chatter is building

@legaleagle Legal Eagle aka Jen
@jacremes @annaironside @meimichan @superbranch We have sigs to recall 3 senators already & @recallfitz has a special announcement tomorrow.

@MaryErpenbach Mary Erpenbach
Working on a #wirecall sonnet, can't think of what rhymes with "more than 800,000." Hahahahahahahahahahaha!

(Update - Mary is Sen. Jon Erpenbach's sister & Russ Feingold's ex and a pretty reliable source.)

and Scott Fitzgerald has filed a complaint to try to stop the recall against him.

And so, once more...

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With borrowing and acknowledgements to Cartoon Peril for Scottenfreude, the emotion of taking glee at the travails of Scott Walker.

Walker's been trying to say he doesn't really have much to do with Tim Russell and Brian Pierick, two of the three who've been charged in the ongoing John Doe investigation against Walker.

Other excellent diaries have outlined the basic case. I've read through Russell & Pierick's indictments, and I feel another wave of Scöttenfreude building below the cheese squiggle. Along with a wave of nausea at the abuse of trust by these individuals.

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State of Wisconsin

Statement on Recall Petition Falsification

Date: December 21, 2011

MADISON, WI  The Government Accountability Board issued the following statement by Director and General Counsel Kevin Kennedy regarding reports that a group called Mines for Wisconsin is advising recall opponents to sign the name "Adolf Hitler" on petitions as a protest:

It is against the law to intentionally falsify a name on a recall petition.  If the fliers encouraging people to falsify signatures are genuine, this group may be breaking the law, as would anyone who acts on this blatant attempt to undermine the integrity of the electoral process.

The Government Accountability Board has referred this matter to the Milwaukee County District Attorney's office for investigation.

It is a violation of Wisconsin Statutes 12.13(3)(a) to "Falsify any information in respect to or fraudulently deface or destroy a recall petition".  Violation is a Class I felony, punishable by up to 3½ years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. (my bold)

Who is "Mines for Wisconsin", and how did they get the attention of the GAB? More below the cheese squiggle.

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Thanks to badscience for that commentary ("Ohferchrissakes") on what's happening here in Wisconsin.

You know, I'm getting really tired of seeing Wisconsin in the rec list all the time. I'd like to go back to the days when life was boring, when all I had to worry about was whether I had enough quarters on hand for a good game of sheepshead with my brothers.

But things have gone crazy, even in my fair city, and we have to put away those thoughts of schneider, liester and mauer for now, 'cuz we've got a rogue governor to recall. We need to do what we need to do.

There has been another recall assault in my fair city. Details below the cheese squiggle.

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