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Eagle Scout and son of a preacher-man Scott Walker, Emperor of FitzWalkerStan, had nothing but praise for his Republican cohorts as they rammed through the bill requiring a medically unnecessary ultrasound before any woman in Wisconsin has an abortion.  However, not a peep since it's been sitting on his desk waiting his signature.

Today, he announce he's signing the newly minted, odious 2 year budget he wanted on Sunday (huh? - working on the Sabbath???).   I'm wondering if he'll throw his John Hancock on the abortion bill at the same time to avoid the publicity he'll receive as Governor Vaginal Probe II (his fellow Republican Governor, Bob McDonnel of Virginia has the distinction of being the original).

The Governor of Wisconsin has extraordinary veto powers where numbers or words can be "adjusted" and there's been more than a bit of speculation on how much he'll change the horrible budget already on his desk which also includes quite a number of non-budgetary policy items.  And could those changes make his signature on the mandatory ultrasound bill non-newsworthy and easy to ignore if it was done at the same time.  

Dumb as a pile of rocks on most everything, Walker does use every brain cell he has to calculate politics and political advantage for himself.    While looking for praise among his so-called pro-life base, he's seen the fallout Bob McDonnel and Virginia Republicans have faced with their identical bill, now state law.  Knowing Walker (I used to work for that clown), he'd prefer to avoid the negative publicity.

So, will he use his mighty veto pen to make the tax cut that mostly benefits the wealthy even more generous, remove any oversight in his plans to sell off state property without bid, stick more money into the budget of the scandalous money losing WEDC, screw public schools and public employees even more, approve the borrowing of even more money so he can pretend he's balanced the budget, or (insert your scariest "GOP would love this" item here)???  And will he use the newsworthiness of that to hide his signing of Wisconsins new anti-abortion law?

I think so.  Otherwise why is it still sitting on his desk.  And why hasn't he talked about it, put out a press release about it, or signed it already.

And why is he signing the budget on a Sunday....


Your thoughts?


This space for rent unless some newsworthy stuff happens.

Update:  Stuff Happened Edition:  I had just posted the diary when DK went awfully wonky.  It half loaded and I barely got this diary republished to Badger State Progressive and then I thought I had computer problems.  Support - down and nothing showing up on DK Twitter.  I booted my modem without success.  Really thought it was my internet connection (I got the Diagnose Connection Problems thing and it said so), but it was strange that I could get in everywhere else.

Anyway, back in the saddle again.  And there's more:

OMG, my Republican Congresscritter, Jim Sensenbrenner is on the correct side for once in his disapproval of the SC decision on the Voting Rights Act:

“The Voting Rights Act is vital to America’s commitment to never again permit racial prejudice in the electoral process. Section 5 of the Act was a bipartisan effort to rectify past injustices and ensure minorities’ ability to participate in elections, but the threat of discrimination still exists.  I am disappointed by the Court’s ruling, but my colleagues and I will work in a bipartisan fashion to update Section 4 to ensure Section 5 can be properly implemented to protect voting rights, especially for minorities. This is going to take time and will require members from both sides of the aisle to put partisan politics aside and ensure Americans’ most sacred right is protected.”
Yup.  He supports the voting rights act.  If you're in his district, you might want to sent him an email at his website.


Originally posted to Puddytat on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 01:30 PM PDT.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive, Abortion, and Pro Choice.

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  •  Son of a preacher man working on (32+ / 0-)

    the Sabbath?  Not that he does much during the week outside of leaving the state to speak to wealthy donors, RW groups, or anyone else who will have him in his endless quest for his next political office.

    Something smells bad.

    There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

    by Puddytat on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 01:30:35 PM PDT

    •  There is a State Patrol squad in his driveway (2+ / 0-)
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      this evening.

      Maybe because there is a Brewers Game?

    •  Perhaps he won"t use his Twitter account this (1+ / 0-)
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      Sunday to tell his "fans" that he got "hot ham and rolls" after church again!  Instead he can tell WIsconsinites that he has authorized the "rape" of women who seek an abortion early in their pregnacies.

      The Federal definition of "rape" used by th FBI: "The penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.”

      Robber Baron "ReTHUGisms": John D. Rockefeller -"The way to make money is to buy when blood is running in the streets"; Jay Gould -"I can hire one half of the working class to kill the other half."

      by ranton on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 08:07:01 PM PDT

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      •  Those ultrasounds aren't fun (1+ / 0-)
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        My GYN sugery was more fun in 2008 than the ultrasound I had to get.  And these are medically unnecessary and costly.

        There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

        by Puddytat on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 09:24:55 PM PDT

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  •  He just saw what happened in Texas and is (8+ / 0-)

    wondering how to do it in the sneakiest quietest way possible and then how to completely lock everything down so that no one knows what's going on--even the Democrats in the Assembly would be shut out.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 02:12:07 PM PDT

    •  But, he has Pat Robertson on his side. (2+ / 0-)
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       photo 0eb61d35-cb08-4fd8-9062-05621d7a4211_zps6d00bc6d.jpg

      See, the womens are the root cause of everything that isn't gay and sometimes they are over there as well, so . . they are still at fault.

      How dim are the women in the republican't camp? How low would your self esteem have to be to go along with this crap coming from your 'leaders'?

      What, sir, would the people of the earth be without woman? They would be scarce, sir, almighty scarce. Mark Twain

      by Gordon20024 on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 02:37:58 PM PDT

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  •  Wait. What?? (8+ / 0-)

    The Governor can "adjust" the budget bill to his liking and then sign it into law? What the frackin hell has happened to WI.

    Fuck me! He made it. Will Scarlet

    by dagolfnut on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 02:16:06 PM PDT

    •  Yup (4+ / 0-)

      One of the most powerful line item vetoes in the country.  He can strike out a letter in a work or remove a word like "no" to reverse the intent of a sentence.  And it's in the hands of a RWNJ Governor who is a lifelong ALEC member and servant of the Koch Brothers.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 03:36:55 PM PDT

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    •  Since 1930 WI gov has had line item veto power (4+ / 0-)
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      According to Wikipedia, that was when the WI constitution was amended to allow it. So it is not a part of the current  GOP thuggery. In 1990, it was changed to prevent the striking if individual letters to form new words since Gov. Tommy Thompson was very creative with the line item veto on his first budget. I was also concerned, until I looked it up, that Walker could strike letters, having forgotten about the change in the law.

      BTW Love your diaries, Puddy. Your efforts are greatly appreciated (and sorely missed when the computer imps cause you grief!).

      •  Nobody works harder to abuse (3+ / 0-)

        that veto power than Republicans.  Tommy Thompson made it an art form and there are lots of concerns that Walker will try it too.

        PS - New replacement computer is wonderful - internet connnection not so much (cable company says there's a part in the hub that keeps on failing).  Appreciate the concern and support.

        There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

        by Puddytat on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 05:12:56 PM PDT

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        •  If their hub is failing, keep calling and asking (1+ / 0-)
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          for credits for your lost days of service. It's probably not just you who is affected. Check with neighbors. Have them call too. After 3 or 4 days of that, it'll probably be fixed and tested end to end, with technicians checking to see if you're all happy now. Squeak the wheels until well-oiled Puddy!

          Don't forget to complain about rising costs of your cable bill too...they are likely to drop your monthly rate (for a while at least).

          When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

          by antirove on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 05:23:12 PM PDT

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          •  This wheel squeeks! (1+ / 0-)
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            I'm without internet perhaps a couple of hours, but I spend time on the phone with TWC and have to explain to their foreign techs that it's NOT my computer, that I rebooted the modem, etc.

            The repair guys keep replacing that part at the hub, but it just keeps blowing.

            I'll keep your suggestions about credit and the cable bill, too.  It's way way too high.

            There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

            by Puddytat on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 09:27:24 PM PDT

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  •  Speaking of the original Governor Ultrasound... (3+ / 0-)
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    ...term-limited Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, he's being probed by investigators over this:

    A prominent political donor purchased a Rolex watch for Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell, according to two people with knowledge of the gift, and the governor did not disclose it in his annual financial filings.

    The $6,500 luxury watch was provided by wealthy businessman Jonnie R. Williams Sr., the people said. He is the chief executive of dietary supplement manufacturer Star Scientific and the person who paid for catering at the wedding of the governor’s daughter. The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because of an ongoing federal investigation into the relationship between Williams and the McDonnell family.

    Williams’s gift came in August 2011 — about two weeks after he met with a top state health official to pitch the benefits of his company’s health products at a meeting arranged by first lady Maureen McDonnell, according to people who know of the meeting.

    Bob McDonnell is under a criminal probe for taking a Rolex watch from a campaign donor, and not disclosing it in violation of Virginia law, and that's only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to alleged corruption in the McDonnell administration in Virginia, all of it stemming from McDonnell's ties to Jonnie Williams, the CEO of dietary supplement company Star Scienfitic. Earlier this year, this became public knowledge:
    The company benefited when McDonnell used the governor’s mansion to host a party for Star Scientific’s main product — an anti-inflammatory diet supplement called Anatabloc. That’s the one Maureen McDonnell touted at the Florida seminar.

    "It's not enough to be in the majority, you have to stand for something." -Russ Feingold

    by DownstateDemocrat on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 05:44:49 PM PDT

  •  Sign it scooter...your version of Wendy Davis (1+ / 0-)
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    awaits.   You are calculating your options...please the tea party in Wi and become unelectable at the national level.

  •  You used to work for the evil emporer of (0+ / 0-)

    Fitzwalkerstan??? Poor you...

    The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy;the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness

    by CTMET on Thu Jun 27, 2013 at 06:01:11 PM PDT

  •  Time to break the GOP stronghold on state politics (0+ / 0-)

    State politics aren't anywhere near as fun as national politics, and the interest levels are way lower, but one reason conservatives are able to pass all these abortion bans is because they have taken over a majority of US state houses.

    You would think WI would have some resistance due to the state capitol being in the same city as the major flagship university, but about a third of U of W students are from out of state (and who presumably don't or can't vote in WI.)  

    We as progressives also need to organize at the state level.  It's hard and unrewarding compared to national politics, but the more stranglehold the GOP gets on state politics, the more you will see fundamental rights violations such as what just passed in WI.

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