Posts Tagged ‘Scott Walker’
Rally with Mitt in the Quad Cities Monday as he explains how he will solve the nation’s problems.
When: Monday, June 18, 2012 – 3:00pm
Where: Davenport, IA
Doors Open: 3:00 PM |
Event Begins 4:00 PM
Or if you prefer….
Gov. Branstad said he was ‘inspired’ by the politics in Wisconsin, where Gov. Walker wanted to ‘divide and conquer’ rather than bring people together. And Mitt Romney, while visiting Council Bluffs, claimed that the lesson of Wisconsin was that we don’t need more teachers, firefighters, or police officers. We don’t need to take inspiration from a state with divide and conquer politics. . What we need is for our leaders to stand with Iowa’s middle class.
Tell Terry Branstad and Mitt Romney: Stand with our neighbors, our teachers, firefighters and police officers.
The politics of divide and conquer are not what we need to move our economy and our state forward!
And although Walker survived the recall efforts this week, the silver lining is that Democrats won the Senate there and we can be hopeful no additional anti-worker legislation will make it to Walker’s desk. Still, the damage has been done.
Last year, when Walker had Republican Majorities in both chambers of the legislature, his anti-worker agenda sailed through the Wisconsin House and, after a bitter fight, through the Wisconsin Senate too, right to his desk where he was waiting eagerly to sign it into law.
And we know Governor Branstad would be waiting with his pen ready too. But there’s a difference. And it’s a critical one:
Although Republicans control the Iowa Governor’s mansion and the Iowa House, Democrats still control the Iowa State Senate. But only by 1 seat.
Please help Democrats keep the majority in the Iowa Senate.
For the past two years, Democrats in the Iowa Senate have fought tooth and nail to prevent an extreme Republican agenda from becoming the law of the land in Iowa.
We’ve held the line on Worker’s Rights and Women’s Rights. We’ve prevented discrimination from being written into the Iowa Constitution. And we’ve stopped dozens of other right-wing initiatives. Including Republican attempts to:
- Eliminate the Iowa Department of Education
- Slash eligibility for HAWK-I–the children’s healthcare system
- Turn the Iowa judicial selection system into a political circus where judges raise money and campaign for public office!
We’ve stopped all of this and more with the narrowest of Majorities. But truth be told, we weren’t alone. We had your help. Your support has meant the difference. It has allowed us to continue to fight another day.
You were there for us in 2010, when the Republican tidal wave that swept over the country broke against the Iowa State Senate, and we kept the Majority.
You were there for us in 2011 when Republicans, in an underhanded political move, appointed one of our members to an administrative board–triggering a Special Election that nearly cost us the Senate.
You stood by us then with an outpouring of support, and your financial help made the difference. We stayed to fight another day.
Please stand with us again in 2012. Contribute today to the Iowa Senate Majority Fund to keep Democrats in control of the Iowa Senate.
Any contribution is appreciated. You may also mail a check to:
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5661 Fleur Drive
Des Moines, IA 50321
Thank you for your support.
Mike Gronstal, Iowa Senate Majority Leader
John Nichols on Democracy Now! Wednesday, the morning after the Wisconsin recall. John Nichols is the premiere authority on all things Wisconsin. A native Wisconsinite, he has amazing knowledge of its traditions and history. He has been on the ground covering this story from the beginning. His analysis is always informative and academic, it is never pundit-like BS. He is a journalist of the highest quality. He has a point of view, but reports factually and analytically, always informing, never glossing over or using platitudes or he-said/she said. I never miss an opportunity to hear what John Nichols has to say. Enjoy.
Right-wing Gov. Scott Walker and Republican Super PACs are plastering the airwaves with vicious attack ads paid for by big money backers.
There are no undecided voters left in this race, so whoever best turns out their base will win on Tuesday.
The most important thing we can do is make sure Democrats get to the polls.
Can you make calls to Democratic voters and help Get Out The Vote in Wisconsin?
DFA members have been working on this campaign for over a year — now it’s time to finish the job.
Thank you for all that you do.
Jay Henderson, Campaign Manager
Democracy for America
Republicans are going all-in for right-wing Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Walker’s campaign has already spent $21 million trying to whitewash his record of attacking middle class families.
The RNC says they’ll spend whatever it takes to win.
And Super PACs are spending millions trying to tear Democrats down.
They’re drowning us in attack ads, but the polls haven’t moved an inch. We were neck and neck six months ago, and we’re neck and neck today.
There are virtually no undecided voters left, so it all comes down to Getting Out The Vote. Whoever best turns out their base will in.
Unfortunately, Iowans won’t be able to hear this amazing radio program over the publicly owned airwaves because Iowa commercial radio stations only allow one kind of talk – conservative – but thanks to the free and open internet, we can still get it online. Check out this incredible line-up of guests and topics on Ring of Fire this weekend. Listen online Saturdays at 2 pm our time and rebroadcasts Sunday nights at 7 pm Central or subscribe to the podcast.
This week on Ring of Fire hosted by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Mike Papantonio and Sam Seder:
- Best-selling author and consultant Cliff Schecter will be here to tell us about the upcoming onslaught of negative ads that conservative Super PACs are planning against President Obama.
- Attorney James Kauffman will tell us how the Republicans are trying to convince us that if we aren’t nice to the rich people, they’ll leave America.
- Journalist Josh Eidelson will be here to tell us why Republican politicians are now trying to distance themselves from Scott Walker.
- And attorney Jim Magazine will tell us about the predatory lending practices of the student loan industry, and why the federal government has finally decided to take legal action against them.
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And check out Sam Seder, Monday through Friday, on The Majority Report.
Last week one of Scott Walker’s close aides from his days as Milwaukee County Commissioner plea bargained a deal in the John Doe investigation into Walker’s affairs in Milwaukee. Walker and a couple lawyers had an interview with investigators on Feb. 13th. It may be a while before we know what transpired, but Walker’s future is looking less and less bright.
Americanizing Britain’s Health Care
Amazingly there is a bill working its way through Paliament in Britain right now that is set to reform their NHS. The reforms will put more of a ‘profit motive’ into the system. This is for England only right now. But no doubt this is just to get the ball rolling to dimantle the NHS and privatize their health system. David Cameron’s government is working with American companies to advise him on this.
Another Republican Government Shutdown?
Looking more and more like the disorganized, leaderless, dysfunctional Republicans will soon be threatening to shut down government once more over the tax cut for the middle class and working poor. Tea Party crazies will once more be holding social security recipients, medicare patients and various other groups hostage as they once more defy the principle of ‘compromise’ and opt for their ‘my way only’ policy.
I, for one, can’t wait to return these clowns to private life next fall where they can resume stiffing creditors and ex-wives.
And a couple of days later – crisis avoided. Have to wonder what is going on? Have the polls finally gotten to Boehner?
Couple of lines on Santorum
As Rick Santorum inches his way toward the Greedy Old Privileged party nomination, I am reminded of a couple of one liners on him: “Santorum? Is that Latin for asshole?” Former Nebraska Senator Bob Kerrey upon meeting Santorum for the first time. “Santorum is one of the finest minds of the 13th century.” Review of Santorum’s book “It Takes a Family” in the Philadelphia Inquirer, 2005.
This race thing may just solve itself.
The BBC reports that 15% of marriages in the US are now interracial. Brings back some memories of my youth in the late 60s when racists would make vile comments about interracial couples and I would stand up to them. In the end it makes no difference does it really?
This should scare you – Scientists leaving US.
Let’s talk about the real job creators. Not the rich bastards, but those who create new products and methods of doing things. The scientists who create products and processes are no longer coming to or staying in the US. Research tends to go to where products are made and today that is Asia.
But beyond that, the backward move in the US has some young scientists wondering if the US is the best place to be these days. I was told this by a young physics student from Turkey about 6 years ago. One of his biggest concerns was a lack of a real health care system and the rise of fundamental religions.
People are paying attention to America’s turn to the right.
House Republicans lose focus on jobs, return to divisive social issues
WHOOPSIE! It appears that promising to work on jobs is only for running for election. Once your elected it’s time to change the state to follow your own personal beliefs. So once again Kraig Paulson and his cronies say screw the jobs, we’re going after women’s health by stopping abortions.
I do not know why anyone should be surprised. Putting government into your bedroom is the Republican plan. Doing so by marrying church and state is just one of the vehicles.
Next SOS Schultz will want you to pee in a cup to vote.
If things seem to be going too good, they probably are. I am the kind of person who sees a cloud behind every silver lining. Right now the silver lining of Republican discord couples with some good news from the Obama side.
But I can’t help but remember that the oil companies hate Obama. Thanks to Citizen’s United, they will be able to weigh in heavily against Obama this summer and fall.
But more than that, they have the ability to manipulate prices. And if one thing could cripple an economy almost overnight it would be $5 or more for a gallon of gas. Pay attention.
Walker aide singing like a canary in John Doe investigation
While officials in Wisconsin are checking the over 1 million signatures to bring Scott Walker to a recall election, the John Doe investigation into corruption during his time as county commissioner and governor continues to come closer to his desk. Thursday, a former aide worked out a plea bargain deal with investigators. That usually means, I get a light sentence for turning in evidence on higher ups.
Can Walker govern from behind bars?
Still endorse Gingrich?
A thought crossed my mind last night while watching Gingrich continuing to send out dog whistle messages on racial politics. The question is, do those who endorsed Gingrich in Iowa still endorse this type of thinly veiled racial politics? If you see one of his Iowa team, ask them.
Drug testing for welfare recipients? How about……
I see the latest hot legislation among ALEC legislators is to have anyone who receives welfare to be drug tested at some frequency at their own expense. I guess this is yet another way to shame the very poorest into realizing that they also must get off the “government tit” (I love these Grassey-isms).
I don’t think such a bill goes nearly far enough. Testing should include anyone who gets any type of a check from any level of government. I know this is a radical idea but I would like to know if my legislators are sober. So I would include them and extend testing not only to illegal drugs, but alcohol as well. Alcohol has been shown to be without a doubt the most destructive of all drugs.
The governor should also be included, maybe twice as often since he is also dipping out a pension. And it should include everyone in his office, all county boards, sheriffs and any and all city employees. Much like welfare recipients, they also are getting tax money. So we should have some means to make sure we are getting our money’s worth.
Something the Legislature could do.
With the LIHEAP cuts this year, I fear many Iowans will be without heat next year. Instead of chasing non-existent fraudulent voters or demonizing the poor yet again, how about putting some of that money toward keeping some of our fellow citizens from freezing, starving or dying of lack of medical care?
Vilsack closing on King in 4th
Almost forgot to include this bit of good news. Eight months out and it looks like Christie Vilsack has a real shot at Steve King. From Dailykos Wednesday, the Public Policy Polling has the race close already. Show Christie some love if you can!
Christie Vilsack (D): 43
Steve King (R-inc): 49
In order to understand the debate over collective bargaining in Wisconsin last year, it is helpful to consider the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization, or PATCO, a labor union that represented U.S. air traffic controllers from 1968 until 1981.
With the rise of aviation as a profession after World War II, highly specialized work of managing air traffic evolved using radar and communications technology originating in the military. In developing a process to manage U.S. aerospace, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) hired mostly white, ex-military men to manage aircraft traffic in U.S. skies. Because of federal law, air traffic controllers were restricted from collective bargaining on compensation, and specifically prohibited, as government employees, from using strikes as a labor negotiating tactic. They partnered with attorney F. Lee Bailey to organize PATCO and used sick outs and work slowdowns, to negotiate those terms they could with the government.
On the verge of a breakthrough in 1981, PATCO was in negotiations with the administration over compensation. Ronald Reagan had secured PATCO’s endorsement during the 1980 election campaign, and was willing to consider collective bargaining on compensation, even though it was legally restricted. PATCO members and leadership misunderstood how far the administration was willing to go in the negotiations, called a strike and President Reagan fired all of the striking air traffic controllers without hesitation for an illegal strike. The union was decertified in 1981.
So what’s the connection to Wisconsin and Governor Scott Walker?
In his book Collision Course: Ronald Reagan, the Air Traffic Controllers and the Strike that Changed America, author Joseph A. McCartin quoted Governor Walker on Monday, Feb. 7, 2011, the night before he introduced a bill to decimate public sector bargaining rights in the Wisconsin legislature.
“You know this may seem melodramatic,” Walker said. “But thirty years ago, Ronald Reagan…had one of the most defining moments of his political career, not just of his presidency, when he fired the air traffic controllers.” According to McCartin, Walker held up a photo of Reagan, said it was time to follow Reagan’s example, saying “I’m not negotiating. This is our moment. This is our time to change history.”
Here is where Governor Walker has it wrong.
Walker seeks to strip collective bargaining rights to balance his budget. When Reagan fired the striking PATCO members, he did so at great cost. Attorney fees for the government were more than a third of a million dollars, but the real cost was more than a billion dollars to retrain workers, a billion dollars per month in lost revenues for the airlines in the aftermath of the firing and the untold cost of compromising public safety, in the crash of Air Florida Flight 90 on Jan. 13, 1982, killing 78 people. When Walker claims his action was to balance the budget, he is repeating a Republican talking point that rose from Reagan’s action and not dealing with the reality of the value of public sector employees, and the true cost of replacing them. (See note 1).
We live in a time when if we hear an idea we like, we rush to believe in its efficacy. More simply, if the corporate media is reporting something, there must be something to it. If one thing came out of the PATCO strike, it was the idea that any employee, even one with highly specialized knowledge, can be replaced. What is not mentioned, or considered often enough by politicians, is that there is a high cost to hire replacement workers, one not measured in budget line items for salary and benefits. Failure to look at the big picture is a primary grievance many of us who live in the real world have with our government.
Note 1: For a detailed explanation of the investigation of the contributing factors to the crash of Air Florida Flight 90, See McCartin, Collision Course, page 326. McCartin explains that the air traffic controller level of experience was a contributing cause of the accident.
~ Paul Deaton is a regular contributor to Blog for Iowa.
The Year 2011: Populist Revolts, Troop Withdrawal, Economic Woes, and Human Rights
by Ralph Scharnau
The year 2011 will be remembered as one of popular uprisings. Time magazine, in fact, made the protester its person of the year.
Millions of people took to the streets, protesting against dictatorial leaders, widespread corruption, and economic elitism. The mass demonstrations began in Tunisia in January and spread through North Africa and the Middle East, Europe, and other parts of the world.
In Egypt, an 18-day revolt of youthful protestors drove Hosni Mubarak from power, prevailing despite heavily armed riot police, a ruling party militia, and the state’s powerful propaganda machine. Mubarak resigned in February after 30 years of iron fisted rule, and Egyptians now face the task of building a new political order.
President Obama signed a secret order authorizing the U.S. to join a coalition of NATO members and some Arab states in conducting air strikes in support of rebel forces seeking to oust Libyan strongman, Muammar Gaddafi. After nine months of warfare, the rebels gained more and more territory and on October 20 captured and killed Gaddafi, ending his repressive 42-year-old regime.
On May 1 news arrived that a U.S. Navy Seal Team penetrated Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan and killed him. After ten years of detective work, Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind 9/11 and the international face of terrorism, was finally tracked down.
Less than a month ago, the U.S. formally ended its misguided military mission in Iraq. The war costs totaled about $825 billion, lasted nearly nine years, and resulted in nearly 4,500 American deaths and tens of thousands Iraqi deaths.
Protest burst upon the American scene in the September uprising that began in New York City and took the name Occupy Wall Street. The movement spread across the country, focusing attention on economic inequality, corporate greed, and political corruption.
The OWS movement plays out against the background of a nation in the throes of economic doldrums. While there has been a little uptick in economic activity and the official unemployment rate fell from 9.1% to 8.6%, millions of Americans remain battered by joblessness, housing foreclosures, and benefit reductions.
The political division in Washington complicates recovery efforts. Republican politicians demand cuts in domestic programs, regulations, and taxes for the rich. Democrats try to increase employment, protect entitlement programs, and eliminate tax subsidies for oil companies. The partisan divide more than once reached the point where fiscal issue differences nearly shut down the federal government.
In the spring, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and a Republican-controlled legislature pushed through a law stripping public unions of their bargaining rights. Two of the state senators who backed the law lost their seats to Democrats in early August recall elections. Now a petition drive is underway that seems certain to secure enough signatures to force a recall election of Governor Walker.
In March, Ohio Governor John R. Kasich and his fellow Republican state legislators passed a Wisconsin-like bill to curb collective bargaining rights of public employees. In November, however, Ohio voters struck down the law by a nearly 2 to 1 margin.
Finally, two historic events advanced the nation’s commitment to human rights. Repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” became official in September. This allows military service members to publicly reveal their sexual orientation without fear of reprisal. And in early December President Obama issued a memorandum directing all federal agencies engaged abroad to ensure that diplomacy and foreign assistance promote and protect human rights of LGBT persons.
Fueled by gloomy economic times in many parts of the world, popular activism reached global dimensions in 2011. The protesters may well have garnered enough public support to begin the process of creating real freedom and true democracy.
December 20, 2011