Walker raises $13 million in three months to fight recall

posted at 10:41 am on May 1, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Democrats hoping to unseat Governor Scott Walker in Wisconsin got some bad news yesterday.  While their two potential candidates raised about $1.7 million between them in the latest reporting period, Walker lapped them six times over:

Gov. Scott Walker raised an unprecedented $13 million since mid-January — an unheard of figure in races for governor.

The money he has raised in the last three months is more than the $12 million he raised in 2011, which was itself a record at the time. …

His fundraising dwarfs what his chief Democratic rivals have raised this year. So far this year, Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk raised $1 million and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett raised $750,000.

How did Walker raise so much money?  Thanks to the state laws governing fundraising and recall elections, Walker was not subject to donation limits until the recall election got certified by the state. That happened in late April, and now Walker has to work within campaign finance limits.  Interestingly, Walker needed to spend most of the money — about $10 million — before certification, as the Huffington Post reports:

A big part of the reason that Walker raised such a huge sum is that he was able toraise unlimited contributions while Democrats were gathering and processing signatures to trigger the recall. That whole phase ended March 30. Money raised in excess of normal limits during that period also had to be spent, which is why Walker went through $10 million in that window.

Traditionally, contributors can give a maximum of just $10,000 to a gubernatorial candidate. Democrats were forced to follow those rules during the whole reporting period.

Even so, Walker has nearly $5 million in his recall/general election warchest heading into the recall, almost three times as much as the two Democrats combined.  Falk and Barrett will have to spend a considerable amount of those funds against each other in the upcoming recall primary.  Meanwhile, Walker will continue to raise funds and increase his advantage.

The numbers pose an embarrassing question for Democrats and unions attempting to dislodge Walker from office.  How can a governor as unpopular as his opponents claim Walker is raise so much money so quickly to defend himself, while the two Democrats and their union allies raised so little?  Polls show Walker consistently leading his two potential challengers in the recall, but the fundraising disparities suggest that the polls may be underestimating Walker’s strength.

Meanwhile, EAG News has a fascinating look at the core issues of the recall, and how the Left in Wisconsin embraces chaos as a political strategy:

EAGnews.org has produced an exclusive video report disclosing who and what were behind the massive demonstrations, the occupation of the Capitol in Madison, and extreme tactics employed to stop Walker’s reforms from being enacted.

Titled “Anarchy 101: How Wisconsin’s Left Embraces Chaos,” the report takes us through the protests, legal challenges and subsequent recall efforts of 2011 and 2012. It features Brett Healy and Brian Fraley of the MacIver Institute, Collin Roth of Media Trackers, an unidentified citizen journalist on the ground for many of the protests, and State Sen. Alberta Darling, a target of death threats, intimidation tactics, and a failed recall attempt last year.

It also features two teachers, including Kenosha’s Kristi Lacroix, and a school board member who would not be silenced by the radicals’ intimidation tactics and spoke to EAGnews about the benefits of Scott Walker’s reforms.

What’s the real core issue?  As the video states in the end, it’s the removal of forced union membership.  Choice has the unions running scared.  Be sure to watch it all.

Update: The fact that unemployment has fallen from 7.6% to 6.8% in Wisconsin over the past year probably hasn’t hurt Walker’s fundraising, either (via Newsbusters).


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If Walker is recalled, then the terrorists will have won. No joke.

de rigueur on May 1, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Serious question: How long would they have to wait to attempt a second recall? Is it limited to one per term, or can they start building signatures immediately after a loss?

Paradol Ex on May 1, 2012 at 10:43 AM

All we will be hearing from these loons are about the eeeeeeevill Koch Brothers.Madison will be a smouldering cauldron today.

jeffinsjvca on May 1, 2012 at 10:46 AM

WOW, great news! Come on union thugs, you need to spend gobs more in your fruitless effort to put you toads in!

Vote for Walker and all the others WI voters, please
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letget on May 1, 2012 at 10:46 AM

VP?

msupertas on May 1, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Serious question: How long would they have to wait to attempt a second recall? Is it limited to one per term, or can they start building signatures immediately after a loss?

Paradol Ex on May 1, 2012 at 10:43 AM

I’ve been wondering that too. I think attacks on Walker will continue until either he is out of office or until Obama is gone. The administration is driving a lot of this stuff.

Doomberg on May 1, 2012 at 10:46 AM

It just shows how the time for unions has LONG since passed.

search4truth on May 1, 2012 at 10:49 AM

The fact that unemployment has fallen from 7.6% to 6.8% in Wisconsin over the past year probably hasn’t hurt Walker’s fundraising, either

Ironically that could help Obama in November. Same with a state like Virginia where McDonnell is doing a good job.

Doughboy on May 1, 2012 at 10:49 AM

The more union funds pour into idiotic efforts like this, the less union funds available for the general election.

BacaDog on May 1, 2012 at 10:50 AM

The pigs don’t want their snouts removed from the government gravy train. To hell with the state and the rest of the taxpayers, the rule is Me First. Odd, considering how compassionate “progressives” are.

arand on May 1, 2012 at 10:51 AM

Serious question: How long would they have to wait to attempt a second recall? Is it limited to one per term, or can they start building signatures immediately after a loss?

Paradol Ex on May 1, 2012 at 10:43 AM

I don’t know, but the rules need to be changed. Can’t have recalls every time some greedy union has a tantrum.

forest on May 1, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Serious question: How long would they have to wait to attempt a second recall? Is it limited to one per term, or can they start building signatures immediately after a loss?

Paradol Ex on May 1, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Even if they’re allowed by law to seek another recall before Walker’s term is up, I doubt they would. The cost would be too much given they still need to save at least some of those funds for other elections, and frankly the public would tire quickly of the endless attempts to overturn election results. In fact, they may already have reached that point.

Doughboy on May 1, 2012 at 10:53 AM

I’m proud to have my $100 join Scott Walker’s windfall.

Archivarix on May 1, 2012 at 10:53 AM

As encouraging as this news is, don’t let those numbers fool you. The unions will pour millions into this. They must be stopped . . . for the whole nation’s sake.

WannabeAnglican on May 1, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Ironically that could help Obama in November. Same with a state like Virginia where McDonnell is doing a good job.

Doughboy on May 1, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Except that the average Virginian is smart enough to know OBambi has had nothing to do with Va’s economic performance.

Notice I said “average” Virginian which excludes NoVa and the entirety of Jim Moran’s district.

BacaDog on May 1, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Wisconsin law only allows one recall per term. That may be why Walker didn’t contest the “one million” signatures. Once he wins in June, they cannot touch him until his term is up in 2.5 years.

Yesterday, he announced $100 million to be spent on revitalizing the Menomonee Valley (west of downtown Milwaukee, a wasteland of former factories). The goal is to bring in private industry to bring this former industrial hub back to life. Currently just Miller Coors and a few other small companies are still there. It’s an area rich in history.

It’s fun to watch the libs squirm over this – it’s a blighted, Dem, minority stronghold.

Daisy_WI on May 1, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Dear Romney: Take this man as your VP (when he wins the recall of course).

nobar on May 1, 2012 at 10:56 AM

To further answer Paradol & Doomberg, recalls cannot start until 1 year after a person is elected (thus Walker recall couldn’t start until Nov 15, 2011) and if defeated, a second recall cannot be initiated in that term.

Elected: Nov 2010
Recall start: Nov 2011
Next election: Nov 2014
Next recall can’t start before Nov 2015

Daisy_WI on May 1, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Table D. States with statistically significant employment changes from
March 2011 to March 2012, seasonally adjusted
————————————————————————–
| March | March | Over-the-year
State | 2011 | 2012(p) | change(p)
————————————————————————–
Arizona…………………..| 2,399,000 | 2,448,800 | 49,800
California………………..| 14,056,300 | 14,237,300 | 181,000
Colorado………………….| 2,244,700 | 2,290,500 | 45,800
District of Columbia……….| 725,500 | 738,600 | 13,100
Florida…………………..| 7,238,900 | 7,328,700 | 89,800
Georgia…………………..| 3,877,000 | 3,908,800 | 31,800
Idaho…………………….| 606,700 | 615,700 | 9,000
Indiana…………………..| 2,830,800 | 2,867,000 | 36,200
Kansas……………………| 1,331,000 | 1,352,500 | 21,500
Kentucky………………….| 1,787,700 | 1,821,900 | 34,200
| | |
Louisiana…………………| 1,908,100 | 1,952,100 | 44,000
Maryland………………….| 2,538,600 | 2,588,200 | 49,600
Massachusetts……………..| 3,211,300 | 3,241,600 | 30,300
Michigan………………….| 3,925,500 | 3,982,000 | 56,500
Minnesota…………………| 2,673,200 | 2,704,700 | 31,500
New Jersey………………..| 3,843,500 | 3,881,800 | 38,300
New York………………….| 8,649,400 | 8,804,700 | 155,300
North Carolina…………….| 3,920,100 | 3,958,900 | 38,800
North Dakota………………| 387,900 | 413,300 | 25,400
Ohio……………………..| 5,077,400 | 5,137,000 | 59,600
| | |
Oklahoma………………….| 1,542,500 | 1,580,100 | 37,600
Pennsylvania………………| 5,682,700 | 5,728,400 | 45,700
Tennessee…………………| 2,647,300 | 2,691,300 | 44,000
Texas…………………….| 10,496,000 | 10,741,700 | 245,700
Utah……………………..| 1,197,200 | 1,226,200 | 29,000
Virginia………………….| 3,674,900 | 3,712,900 | 38,000
Washington………………..| 2,806,100 | 2,850,100 | 44,000
West Virginia……………..| 751,500 | 761,300 | 9,800
Wisconsin…………………| 2,754,500 | 2,730,600 | -23,900————————————————————————–

Uppereastside on May 1, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Update: The fact that unemployment has fallen from 7.6% to 6.8% in Wisconsin over the past year probably hasn’t hurt Walker’s fundraising, either (via Newsbusters).

Madison is often an odd microcosm in Wisconsin, in that its various economic indicators are independent of the rest of the country, from unemployment rates to housing prices.

That said, I’ve been really amazed in recent months at how many businesses I’ve walked into that had signs asking for applicants.

MadisonConservative on May 1, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Special Interest groups – UNIONS
Special Interest groups – UNIONS
Special Interest groups – UNIONS
Special Interest groups – UNIONS
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Its worth Repeating- over and over and over

FlaMurph on May 1, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Go Governor Walker!

gophergirl on May 1, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Proud to be one of those donors.

John Boehner has been going around the country raising money for congressional candidates. While doing so, he’s also saying the Walker recall is a huge deal that could have a big effect on the November election. If the union commies win in WI, that momentum they would get could slop over into the crucial swing states nearby.

juliesa on May 1, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Notice I said “average” Virginian which excludes NoVa and the entirety of Jim Moran’s district.

BacaDog on May 1, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Go Fluke yourself! Not everyone in Moron’s district is a fan and I resent being lumped into the group with words like “entirety.”

Happy Nomad on May 1, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Choice has the unions running scared.

Well of course it does. An ‘unemployed’ union boss is a terrible thing to see.

GarandFan on May 1, 2012 at 11:06 AM

If the union commies win in WI, that momentum they would get could slop over into the crucial swing states nearby.

juliesa on May 1, 2012 at 11:03 AM

And if they don’t, Wisconsin will become one of those crucial swing states.

Archivarix on May 1, 2012 at 11:06 AM

…I want to sing the ‘Wisconsin Fight Song’…for Govenor Walker!

KOOLAID2 on May 1, 2012 at 11:06 AM

I don’t know, but the rules need to be changed. Can’t have recalls every time some greedy union has a tantrum.

forest on May 1, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Letting them bleed out is a pretty good tactic.

DanMan on May 1, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Walker is the only Cheesehead I’ve supported since Brett Favre’s first season with the Vikings (second season, not so much)…

Bruno Strozek on May 1, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Uppereastside on May 1, 2012 at 11:00 AM

And? Funny how you people will spin, spin, spin for Obama’s lack of job creation and economic recovery, but Walker’s in office for just over a year and you’re declaring his pledge to create jobs dead.

MadisonConservative on May 1, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Happy Nomad on May 1, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Sorry about that, Nomad. I coulda’ worded that better. :)

BacaDog on May 1, 2012 at 11:09 AM

I won’t spend my California dollars on California Republicans, but I have sent some to Walker and other Wisconsin Republicans. They actually are doing something good for their state and for our country.

GaltBlvnAtty on May 1, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Will this help Romney in Wisconsin?

yes…

mjbrooks3 on May 1, 2012 at 11:12 AM

MadisonConservative on May 1, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Mad, Upper can’t read stats.

upinak on May 1, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Mad, Upper can’t read stats.

upinak on May 1, 2012 at 11:14 AM

It’s not a matter of illiteracy. It’s solely a matter of intellectual dishonesty. *sigh* Can’t we get a single Camille Paglia-ish liberal on this site?

MadisonConservative on May 1, 2012 at 11:16 AM

I’ll bet he raised it all from Big Taxpayers! They should be investigated!

/

Ward Cleaver on May 1, 2012 at 11:16 AM

GaltBlvnAtty on May 1, 2012 at 11:12 AM

When we decided to escape Illinois last year, we narrowed it down to Lubbock, Texas… and Janesville, Wisconsin.
Keep kickin’ azz and takin’ names Gov. Walker.
Chutzpah-he has it!

annoyinglittletwerp on May 1, 2012 at 11:17 AM

MadisonConservative on May 1, 2012 at 11:16 AM

LOL… no.

upinak on May 1, 2012 at 11:17 AM

How can a governor as unpopular as his opponents claim Walker is raise so much money so quickly to defend himself

The Dems will do what they always do, they’ll say it was The Other. Ya know, the rich, Outsiders, corporations, etc. It’s what they do, blame everything on people who are different.

29Victor on May 1, 2012 at 11:18 AM

A new poll on this race should be coming out tomorrow.

gumbyandpokey on May 1, 2012 at 11:22 AM

I hope he survives this latest union assault. If he does, when it is all done and said, he is going to have quite a story. He has made real positive changes for taxpayers and teachers and he has had to fight the unions at every turn.

Walker is awesome. Must be something in the water in Wisconsin that creates men like Scott Walker and Paul Ryan.

magicbeans on May 1, 2012 at 11:22 AM

And? Funny how you people will spin, spin, spin for Obama’s lack of job creation and economic recovery, but Walker’s in office for just over a year and you’re declaring his pledge to create jobs dead.

MadisonConservative on May 1, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Funny how you embrace the fact that this Koch puppet is bleeding more jobs than a female on MP.

Uppereastside on May 1, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Anti-Walker activists face an Everest-sized hill to defeat Scott Walker. I explain in my post it isn’t just the fundraising totals.

LFRGary on May 1, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Choice has the unions running scared.

Choice strikes fear into the heart of any leftist.

The choice of whether or not to join a union scares them.
The choice of where and how to educate your children scares them.
The choice of what to drive and where to drive it scares them.
The choice of what to eat scares them.
The choice of how to obtain health care scares them.

Even the “choice” they talk about when they really mean “abortion” is a false choice. They only want abortion. If someone chooses to keep the baby, there’s clearly something wrong with them in the left’s eyes.

CurtZHP on May 1, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Walker raised $13 million, eh?

Well damnit, $12.9 million came from the evil “Kochtopus” because Wisconsonites don’t like Walker and would never give him money!!!

/commierage

ManWithNoName on May 1, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Polls show Walker consistently leading his two potential challengers in the recall, but the fundraising disparities suggest that the polls may be underestimating Walker’s strength.

If the election is even close (or, unthinkable, if he should lose), you can thank the liberal judges who blocked the voter id law.

IrishEyes on May 1, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Funny how you embrace the fact that this Koch puppet is bleeding more jobs than a female on MP.

Uppereastside on May 1, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Funny how you failed to analyze the data to determine that over 82% of the jobs lost were government jobs. He is doing what he promised to do, to get rid of the governement waste.

RedinPDRM on May 1, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Funny how you embrace the fact that this Koch puppet is bleeding more jobs than a female on MP.

Uppereastside on May 1, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Funny how you ignore the fact that he’s been in office just over a year. How many jobs had your golden boy bled by this time? Let’s see here…

March 2009 national unemployment rate: 8.7%
March 2010 national unemployment rate: 9.8%

Okay, so far, Walker has trounced Obama in reducing unemployment. Let’s check out that job loss.

March 2009 total employed(in thousands): 132038
March 2010 total employed(in thousands): 129433

That’s 2,605,000 jobs lost by Obama in the same timeframe you’re using to judge Walker. That’s 2% of the workforce lost. Walker’s loss? Less than 1%.

Try again, champ.

MadisonConservative on May 1, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Happy Nomad on May 1, 2012 at 11:05 AM

I’m in Moran’s district too. Plenty of conservatives here.

22044 on May 1, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Funny how you failed to analyze the data to determine that over 82% of the jobs lost were government jobs. He is doing what he promised to do, to get rid of the governement waste.

RedinPDRM on May 1, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Well said, that was my thought too.

22044 on May 1, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Koch puppet

Uppereastside on May 1, 2012 at 11:23 AM

That’ll help people take you seriously.

BadgerHawk on May 1, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Uppereastside on May 1, 2012 at 11:00 AM

funny how net job loss results in decrease in unemployment rate huh? if you think THATS bad, wait til you see what they’ve done with the national figures. good catch. obama and his admin lie, that was the point. and presented well.

t8stlikchkn on May 1, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Koch puppet

Uppereastside on May 1, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Libtard ass-muppet.

MelonCollie on May 1, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Lower unemployment.
Government living within its means.
Taxes going down.

All of those are against the National Socialist Democrat Party platform.

jukin3 on May 1, 2012 at 11:59 AM

I’m in Moran’s district too. Plenty of conservatives here.

22044 on May 1, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Yeah, just not enough to dilute the aging hippies in Reston and the smug “progressives” of Arlington.

Happy Nomad on May 1, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Except that the average Virginian is smart enough to know OBambi has had nothing to do with Va’s economic performance.

Notice I said “average” Virginian which excludes NoVa and the entirety of Jim Moran’s district.

BacaDog on May 1, 2012 at 10:54 AM

That’s because Arlington, Fairfax, probably half of Loudon and Richmond counties are full of teat suckling rubes and Gov’t types. I moved here to get away from the socialist republic of Maryland only to find they’re started moving here for the lower tax rates and less expensive property. They’re gonna ruin this great state eventually too.

StompUDead on May 1, 2012 at 12:08 PM

It’s not a matter of illiteracy. It’s solely a matter of intellectual dishonesty. *sigh* Can’t we get a single Camille Paglia-ish liberal on this site?

MadisonConservative on May 1, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Libs make me crazy. Intellectual honesty is a foreign concept to them. If you provide ten facts—-not talking points, they want twelve. And then they change the subject.

arnold ziffel on May 1, 2012 at 12:15 PM

May 5th. Occupy Milwaukee, Madison and Fond du Lac start up. Might be a good day to “slaphippy” if any actually show up.

JimboHoffa on May 1, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Koch puppet

Uppereastside on May 1, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Isn’t that your specialty?

arnold ziffel on May 1, 2012 at 12:17 PM

May 5th. Occupy Milwaukee, Madison and Fond du Lac start up. Might be a good day to “slaphippy” if any actually show up.

JimboHoffa on May 1, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Ain’t gonna happen in Madison. Mayor Soglin, an old-time liberal hippy dips**t…told Occupy to clear off of their location on East Washington, which has become a repulsive shantytown for vagrants and smack addicts.

MadisonConservative on May 1, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Heartache

spinach.chin on May 1, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Uppereastside on May 1, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Your tears are sweet.

Public sector unions are receiving their well-deserved comeuppance.

spinach.chin on May 1, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Happy Nomad on May 1, 2012 at 11:05 AM
I’m in Moran’s district too. Plenty of conservatives here.

22044 on May 1, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Too many libs in Gerry Connelly country too, but I see some hope. I also heard Connelly won’t run. He’s “one and done”.

freedomfirst on May 1, 2012 at 12:48 PM

When Walker wins, and if the Illinois Housing market ever comes back, I’m selling my house and moving to Wisconsin. I will shed my FIB label, but still hate the Packers and root for the Sox and Bears, all while paying less taxes for better services. I’m so there.

moc23 on May 1, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Too many libs in Gerry Connelly country too, but I see some hope. I also heard Connelly won’t run. He’s “one and done”.

freedomfirst on May 1, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Who’s running in CD-11? Gerald Geddes? I used to get his emails, although I’m not in his district.

22044 on May 1, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Yeah, just not enough to dilute the aging hippies in Reston and the smug “progressives” of Arlington.

Happy Nomad on May 1, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Yeah, my original statement could be analogized to saying “Plenty of conservatives in Maryland”. While technically true, definitely not enough to lead to any changing of the guard.

22044 on May 1, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Walker, Walker, Walker…..

crosshugger on May 1, 2012 at 1:02 PM

wait one minute, i thought democrats were all pro-choice? i guess when it comes to your money funding their political machine, that choice isn’t an option

burserker on May 1, 2012 at 1:37 PM

May 5th. Occupy Milwaukee, Madison and Fond du Lac start up. Might be a good day to “slaphippy” if any actually show up.

JimboHoffa on May 1, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Occupy Fond du Lac? Seriously? What are they gonna do, have coffee at Schreiner’s?

Mr. D on May 1, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Funny how you embrace the fact that this Koch puppet is bleeding more jobs than a female on MP.

Uppereastside on May 1, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Why do you hate women?

Strike Hornet on May 1, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Uppereastside on May 1, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Typical liberal. Typical post of half truths and ignoring important facts.

Most of those jobs lost are well…. public workers. Most probably came from areas that rammed new contract before the law to effect which more or less… hampered local governments…. just ask the teachers in those areas ( like MPS who unions put themselves first over the workers now a lot of them got pink slips… so much for union protections hey )

You know, if Walker wins, I hope he personally looks you up and comes and shake your hand.

watertown on May 1, 2012 at 2:08 PM

moc23 on May 1, 2012 at 12:53 PM

I can live with the sox…but the bears? Really??!

watertown on May 1, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Typical liberal. Typical post of half truths and ignoring important facts.

watertown on May 1, 2012 at 2:08 PM

speaking which, have you seen the Falk ad saying “Walker gave $2.3bil to corporations and wealthy individuals”?…best as I can find, that is a 10 year projection of tax breaks given to employers to do business here (i.e. average $230mil/per year if it works…state bi-annual budget is $65bil or $32.5 bil/yr…$230 mil is pocket change).

So in reality he hasn’t “given” anywhere near that number one year into his budget. Worse yet is the hipocrisy…Obama can P*** away a trillion in one year (at the federal level where it didn’t seem to do much) and my ears hurt from the applause from the left.

teejk on May 1, 2012 at 2:27 PM

It’s not a matter of illiteracy. It’s solely a matter of intellectual dishonesty. *sigh* Can’t we get a single Camille Paglia-ish liberal on this site?

MadisonConservative on May 1, 2012 at 11:16 AM

If you’ve never read Camille, start here.
I haven’t seen any Salon articles by her since this one in June 2009 (I think she has been off writing a book).

While there was a mini-list of Muslim ideas and inventions (including the questionable assertion that we owe our “mastery of pens and printing” to the Arabs), no comparable credit was given to the enormous Western contributions to science, medicine and technology. But the gravest omission was that Obama failed to fully articulate the most basic Western concepts of legal process and civil liberties, which have inspired reformers around the world. The president of the U.S. should be an eloquent ambassador of those ideals wherever he goes.

It was also puzzling how a major statement about religion could seem so detached from religion.

Or maybe Salon just didn’t want anyone rocking Obama’s boat.

AesopFan on May 1, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Of course, the millions spent by the unions and the Democrat Party of Wisconsin aren’t exactly mentioned.

Steve Eggleston on May 1, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Serious question: How long would they have to wait to attempt a second recall? Is it limited to one per term, or can they start building signatures immediately after a loss?

Paradol Ex on May 1, 2012 at 10:43 AM

One recall election per term.

Steve Eggleston on May 1, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Meanwhile, Rebecca Kleefisch raised almost $575,000 this year (almost none earmarked for recall expenses, and $517K from individuals), and had just short of $425,000 cash on hand. Meanwhile, her unionista opponent raised just under $136,000 (nearly $94K from PACs) and had just under $99,000 cash on hand.

May I suggest tossing some cash Kleefisch’s way?

Steve Eggleston on May 1, 2012 at 2:58 PM

http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LASST55000005?data_tool=XGtable

2011 Mar 2838145(B) 7.6(B)

2012 Mar 2856643(P) 6.8(P)

So here’s the number of employed per the BLS in Wisconsin in Mar 2011 and March 2012

By my math that’s 18,498 more jobs in Wisconsin in the last year…

Uppereastside – you’re innumerate

(illiterate = can’t read, innumerate = incapable of doing math)

Green_Bay_Packers on May 1, 2012 at 3:03 PM

When Walker wins, and if the Illinois Housing market ever comes back, I’m selling my house and moving to Wisconsin. I will shed my FIB label, but still hate the Packers and root for the Sox and Bears, all while paying less taxes for better services. I’m so there.

moc23 on May 1, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Come to Platteville, WI – former home of Bear’s training camp. There are plenty of bear fans here. (I’m not one of them)

Green_Bay_Packers on May 1, 2012 at 3:05 PM

moc23 on May 1, 2012 at 12:53 PM

You could do Kenosha/Lake Geneva. It’s practically part of the land of toll booths.

Steve Eggleston on May 1, 2012 at 3:07 PM

A new projection shows that property taxes statewide would increase slightly over the next two years under Gov. Scott Walker’s budget.

The Legislative Fiscal Bureau analysis released Friday projected a 0.8 percent tax bill increase on the bills that arrive in December and a 0.4 percent increase in 2012. Those estimates are based on a median valued home of around $158,000.

The tax bill increase would be $23 this year and $13 next year.

The nonpartisan bureau cautions those are statewide estimates that would vary widely based on local circumstances.

Scott Walker-AKA- The middle class tax increaser.

Uppereastside on May 1, 2012 at 3:08 PM

One recall election per term.

Steve Eggleston on May 1, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Ironic…if he wins the recall and is then found to have drowned puppies or pushed a wheelchair into traffic (I think the intended reasons for a recall), he skates!

So together with the money the left has spent on the “non-partisan” Sup CT thing (whatever you want to call that), the fall recall elections and now this one, they have also spent their one and only chance to evict him if he did something really bad. Conjures up some NFL games where the challenge flags were thrown stupidly and the coach had none left when it mattered.

teejk on May 1, 2012 at 3:10 PM

I want to sing the ‘Wisconsin Fight Song’…for Govenor Walker!

KOOLAID2 on May 1, 2012 at 11:06 AM

The fight song for UW Madison is — “On Wisconsin”

On, Wisconsin! On, Wisconsin!
March right through that line!
Take the ball right down the field, boys
A touchdown sure this time. (U rah rah)
On, Wisconsin! On, Wisconsin!
Fight on for her fame
Fight! Fellows! – fight, fight, fight!
We’ll win this game.

On, Wisconsin! On, Wisconsin!
Stand up, Badgers, sing!
“Forward” is our driving spirit,
Loyal voices ring.
On, Wisconsin! On, Wisconsin!
Raise her glowing flame
Stand, Fellows, let us now
Salute her name!

Green_Bay_Packers on May 1, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Choice has the unions running scared.
Well of course it does. An ‘unemployed’ union boss is a terrible thing to see.

GarandFan on May 1, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Never happens… once one becomes a Union Boss, the money never stops coming at the Boss…

Khun Joe on May 1, 2012 at 3:13 PM

A new projection shows that property taxes statewide would increase slightly over the next two years under Gov. Scott Walker’s budget.

The Legislative Fiscal Bureau analysis released Friday projected a 0.8 percent tax bill increase on the bills that arrive in December and a 0.4 percent increase in 2012. Those estimates are based on a median valued home of around $158,000.

The tax bill increase would be $23 this year and $13 next year.

The nonpartisan bureau cautions those are statewide estimates that would vary widely based on local circumstances.

Scott Walker-AKA- The middle class tax increaser.

Uppereastside on May 1, 2012 at 3:08 PM

“those are statewide estimates that would vary widely based on local circumstances”

http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/education/proposed-madison-school-budget-would-hike-taxes/article_2e132378-858d-11e1-be9a-0019bb2963f4.html

So if you throw out Dane county’s (one of the largest counties by pop. in WI) 4.1% increase (because MPS negotiated a contract prior to ACT 10′s implementation) that means the rest of the state is getting a tax decrease or a steady rate.

Thanks for pointing out how once again you know nothing about WI. Perhaps you should stick to NY? Oh, I’d be happy to get you a copy of Math for dummies too.

Green_Bay_Packers on May 1, 2012 at 3:20 PM

2+2 = 5 for large enough values of 2… /uppereastside

Green_Bay_Packers on May 1, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Uppereastside on May 1, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Hey there, gutless f**kbag! I see you haven’t had the stones to address the data I pointed out. Too bad, coward!

MadisonConservative on May 1, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Uppereastside on May 1, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Oh, and the property tax rate has been rising for years, at far higher rates. Your spin is contemptible, as usual. Goes with your pathetic f**king moniker.

MadisonConservative on May 1, 2012 at 3:55 PM

The tax bill increase would be $23 this year and $13 next year.

The nonpartisan bureau cautions those are statewide estimates that would vary widely based on local circumstances.

Scott Walker-AKA- The middle class tax increaser.

Uppereastside on May 1, 2012 at 3:08 PM

I’ll start to go to church again if taxes only went up $23!!!

and as long as I’m typing anyway, let’s talk about all these “bureaus” of propaganda that are now saying they are “nonpartisan”. Is it possible they have lost the 70 IQ people and think by adding that tag they can grab the next tier?

Read anything they have to say and try to believe the “nonpartisan” thing (Dorothy in the Wiz of OZ).

teejk on May 1, 2012 at 5:06 PM

My husband and I have decided that if Scott Walker gets recalled, we WILL be moving….neither of us want to live in a state where we are surrounded by morons.

AppletonMom on May 1, 2012 at 5:38 PM

My husband and I have decided that if Scott Walker gets recalled, we WILL be moving….neither of us want to live in a state where we are surrounded by morons.

AppletonMom on May 1, 2012 at 5:38 PM

 
 
 

Hate to tell you…You have Illinois to the south (they voted in Rham) Minnesota to the west (they voted in Stuart Smalley)…sweetheart…baby…you are all ready surrounded by morons.

jpmotu on May 1, 2012 at 7:17 PM

I’m a proud contributor to Walker’s campaign. And they say the Tea Party’s dead! Ha!

Christian Conservative on May 1, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Cool. All the money I budgeted to Palin running went to Walker’s recall campaign instead.

Not wasted.

KirknBurker on May 1, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Uppereastside on May 1, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Hey dumb*ss, that’s a tax CUT in real terms.

Libs can’t handle math and then they wonder why they are stuck unemployed or making me my latte at Starbucks.

KirknBurker on May 1, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Uppereastside on May 1, 2012 at 3:08 PM

You crack me up. Did the Union Pravda give you your talking points?

So do you support Falk who did a Play for Pay with the unions and announced it in a press conference? Or Tom Barrett supporter who had taxes go down for Milwaukee becuase he used Scott Walker fixes so well?

Liberalism = a mental disorder

Gracelynn on May 1, 2012 at 11:29 PM

May 5th. Occupy Milwaukee, Madison and Fond du Lac start up. Might be a good day to “slaphippy” if any actually show up.

JimboHoffa on May 1, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Occupy Fond du Lac? Seriously? What are they gonna do, have coffee at Schreiner’s?

Mr. D on May 1, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Now that’s funny.

wi farmgirl on May 2, 2012 at 10:35 PM

Hate to tell you…You have Illinois to the south (they voted in Rham) Minnesota to the west (they voted in Stuart Smalley)…sweetheart…baby…you are all ready surrounded by morons.

jpmotu on May 1, 2012 at 7:17 PM

No kidding, where do we go? A right to work state.

wi farmgirl on May 2, 2012 at 10:44 PM