[Madison, Wisc…] Six Madison protesters were on trial Tuesday for Obstructing/Resisting an officer after a rally at the State Capitol on August 25th. They argued they had a right to be there and that the police never directly ordered them to leave. After a year of protesters getting arrested and receiving citations, this could have been the first time they faced a jury.
Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess gave the agreement an official OK Wednesday. The tentative deal was reached a day earlier by lawyers for the state elections board, recall committees and recall targets.
Gov. Rick Snyder‘s Detroit plan puts board in charge
March 14, 2012
Detroit MayorDave Bing was shocked when he first saw what Gov. Rick Snyder was proposing: a rescue plan that would strip Bing and the City Council of much of their power and put a financial advisory board in charge of the city’s future.
To Bing, the governor’s proposed consent agreement, unveiled Tuesday, looked more like a takeover than a joint effort to solve the city’s financial perils.
To Snyder, it was the only option he had after months of watching the city slip closer to financial meltdown.
But the agreement doesn’t come empty-handed. It includes an infusion of $137 million in cash to help with Detroit’s immediate budget shortfall that puts the city at risk of payless paydays and service cuts, according to state Treasurer Andy Dillon. The amount is not included in the state document released Tuesday
After a short stand off between a group of veterans and the head of the Lake County, FL Democrat Party, an American flag that had been altered to depict an image of Barack Obama in the space where the stars are normally located was taken down.
The Lake County Democratic Headquarters in Tavares has been flying two American flags outside their office. The first an American Flag and the second the altered flag.
Democrats employed many accounting tricks when they were pushing through the national health care legislation, the most egregious of which was to delay full implementation of the law until 2014, so it would appear cheaper under the CBO’s standard ten-year budget window and, at least on paper, meet Obama’s pledge that the legislation would cost “around $900 billion over 10 years.” When the final CBO score came out before passage, critics noted that the true 10 year cost would be far higher than advertised once projections accounted for full implementation.
From a speech by Barack Obama on September 9, 2009
Now, add it all up, and the plan I’m proposing will cost around $900 billion over 10 years — less than we have spent on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and less than the tax cuts for the wealthiest few Americans that Congress passed at the beginning of the previous administration. (Applause.) Now, most of these costs will be paid for with money already being spent — but spent badly — in the existing health care system. The plan will not add to our deficit. The middle class will realize greater security, not higher taxes. And if we are able to slow the growth of health care costs by just one-tenth of 1 percent each year — one-tenth of 1 percent — it will actually reduce the deficit by $4 trillion over the long term.
WUPN: Why will democrats and the president kill our economy over Obamacare? We need to change direction in Washington. All democrats and President Obama has to be replaced in November.
CNSNews.com) – The U.S. Forest Service plans to outfit six bald eagles with GPS devices to track their “interactions with wind farms.” The problem: Eagles and many other birds are smacking into wind turbines and dying.
“Despite the many benefits which come from clean wind energy, one of the most majestic birds of prey, the eagle, is itself falling prey to the blades of wind-energy facilities,” a Forest Service employee wrote Monday on the Agriculture Department blog.
“For reasons still not clear to scientists, eagles are vulnerable to collisions with wind turbines, and in some areas such collisions can be a major source of the bird’s mortality.”
The 1972 amendments increased civil penalties for violating provisions of the Act to a maximum fine of $5,000 or one year imprisonment with $10,000 or not more than two years in prison for a second conviction. Felony convictions carry a maximum fine of $250,000 or two years of imprisonment. The fine doubles for an organization. Rewards are provided for information leading to arrest and conviction for violation of the Act.
Last-minute push is on to get mining bill back on track
Posted: Monday, March 12, 2012 9:20 pm | Updated: 9:21 pm, Mon Mar 12, 2012.
By Mike Simonson Wisconsin Public Radio | 1 comment
With the State Legislature set to adjourn after Thursday, time is running short for a bill that would streamline the iron ore mine permitting process.
Republicans still hope to resurrect their bill by converting a Democratic senator to their side, and they are getting support from some members of the public who support mining.
“My hope is that leaders from those areas step up and encourage these state senators. There’s still hope. The clock is not done.
“But it can’t be a whole new process with a whole new bill because the mining company is not going to come back for that,” Walker cautioned.
Meanwhile, Jauch, who along with Schultz is sponsoring an alternative iron ore mining bill, doesn’t think there will be any defectors among Democratic senators. As for taking heat, an aide says they’re not getting many phone calls from constituents.
Wisc Teachers’ Union Officials Lay Out Bare Knuckles Political Concerns in Letter to Colleagues
MacIver News Service | March 13, 2012 11:05 pm
[Milwaukee] The leaders of the largest local teachers’ union in Wisconsin are seeking legislation that would allow them to make mid-contract concessions without nullifying their current contract. The MacIver News Service has learned that it is a move that has outraged the leaders of the four next largest teachers’ unions.
“We write to express our grave concern that MTEA has asked their legislators to introduce and work to pass legislation which would enable MTEA and the Milwaukee Public Schools to enter into an agreement in which MTEA would make economic concessions such as those enacted by Governor Walker’s WI Act 10.
‘The undersigned believe that such legislation would be detrimental to our members’ best interests: i.e. our Districts would likely push for similar legislation, given the precedent established by MTEA. Further, we believe such legislation will have an adverse impact on all Wisconsin public employees. Such legislation will enable Governor Walker to claim victory of his policy to reign [sic] in public employee wages and benefits. Because he did not adequately fund education, we are all currently suffering. Allowing Governor Walker to make such a claim just before the recall election will prove detrimental to recalling him and, therefore, will only enhance his ability to further harm all Wisconsin public employees.
“We ask that you immediately withdraw your request for this legislation.”
The letter was signed by the following union representatives from Madison, Kenosha, Green Bay and Racine
Assembly approves MPS measures
By Jason Stein and Erin Richards of the Journal Sentinel
March 14, 2012 | (10) Comments
Madison – Milwaukee Public Schools and the Milwaukee teachers union could get an extra window of time to negotiate potential salary or fringe-benefit concessions from employees under a bill the Assembly approved early Wednesday.
The voice vote sent the bill to the Senate, which like the Assembly is controlled by Republicans. The measure has support in that house and is favored by GOP Gov. Scott Walker.
It was one of several pieces of legislation that would affect Wisconsin schools – from closing a voucher-program loophole to strengthening the requirements necessary to become a teacher – that lawmakers are in crunchtime to pass before the end of the regular legislative session Thursday.
Friday, leaders of the Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association, MPS and the Milwaukee School Board sent an unusual joint letter to state lawmakers, asking for a new window of time to consider negotiating changes to the teachers’ contract to save the district money. The plan has drawn support from some key Republicans.
But while MTEA is asking for the bill, their fellow unions are trying to block it. Those unions are active in the effort to recall Walker this summer.
“Such legislation will enable Governor Walker to claim victory of his policy to (rein) in public employee wages and benefits,” said a Tuesday letter from the leaders of four teachers unions. “Allowing Governor Walker to make such a claim just before the recall election will prove detrimental to recalling him and, therefore, will only enhance his ability to further harm all Wisconsin public employees.”
The letter was signed by the leaders of the unions representing teachers in Madison, Green Bay, Kenosha and Racine.
By Michael Finnegan and John Hoeffel, Los Angeles Times
March 13, 2012, 11:16 p.m.
Reporting from Biloxi, Miss., and Hoover, Ala.— Scoring major upsets in the Alabama and Mississippi primaries on Tuesday, Rick Santorum dealt a potentially crippling blow to Newt Gingrich and effectively emerged as Mitt Romney’s lead challenger for the Republican presidential nomination.
With most of the votes tallied, Gingrich was finishing a close second to Santorum in both states, followed by Mitt Romney.
Santorum’s victories in the heart of the GOP’s Deep South stronghold give him a burst of momentum heading into the next round of contests in Missouri, Illinois and Louisiana. He now has won 10 contests in states spanning the nation.
“We did it again,” the former Pennsylvania senator told cheering supporters at a celebration in Lafayette, La.
FOR CENTURIES, ORIGAMI was used to make traditional objects, like simple boats and birds, until one man finally brought the art form into the modern fold.
Akira Yoshizawa imbued his paper artworks with sublime elegance and sculptural innovation. And much how an origami artist transforms a simple sheet of paper into three-dimensional magic, Yoshizawa — model by model, diagram by diagram, year after year — transformed a child’s pastime into the very art of “living” origami.