POSTED: 2:05 pm CDT March 29, 2012
UPDATED: 2:40 pm CDT March 29, 2012
MADISON, Wis. — The Government Accountability Board released its final recall petition counts for Gov. Scott Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch.
Gov. Scott Walker:
Signatures submitted: 931,053
Signatures stuck by state: 26,114 Duplicates struck: 4,001
Valid signatures: 900,938
Under this schedule, candidates in the recall election will have from March 30 until April 10 at 5 p.m., to circulate and file nomination petitions and declaration of candidacy papers with the GAB.
State Senate candidates need a minimum of 400 signatures, and governor and lieutenant governor candidates need a minimum of 2,000 signatures.
We have two questions. One, where were the million signatures the democrats promised and said in the Walker recall? So if only 808,990 were valid, does that mean almost 200.000 were illegal or just plain fraud? Does seem like it. Two, will the GAB throw out the republicans nomination petitions for fraudulent signatures thus giving the elections to democrats by default? If there is not valid republican candidates to run against the democrats , there will be no need for the elections! Democrats win by default. Don’t put it past them.
We hope Gov.Scott Walker, Lt. Gov. Kleefisch, the senators being recalled and the republican party are ready for another game to be played by the democrats and the GAB. You cannot put it past them on what dirty trick they will play next in Wisconsin politics.
Saudi Arabia will act to lower soaring oil prices
By Ali Naimi
High international oil prices are bad news. Bad for Europe, bad for the US, bad for emerging economies and bad for the world’s poorest nations. A period of prolonged high prices is bad for all oil producing nations, including Saudi Arabia, and they are bad news for the energy industry more widely.
It is clear that sustained high prices are starting to take their toll on European economic growth targets. They are contributing to trade balance deficits and feeding inflationary pressures. It is an unsatisfactory situation and one Saudi Arabia is keen to help address. In an interconnected world, European economic growth is in our national interest. No one benefits from a stagnating European economy and we want to do what we can to help encourage growth.
Needless to say, Saudi Arabia does not control the price; it sells its crude oil according to international prices. But it remains the world’s largest producer, and the country with the greatest proven reserves, so it has a responsibility to do what it can to mitigate prices.
March 29, 2012 12:00am Obama budget fails 414-0 as Democrats bail byJoel Gehrke Commentary Staff Writer
In a rare show of unanimous bipartisanship, House Democrats and Republicans united in their opposition to President Obama’s 2013 budget, which failed tonight with 414 votes against and zero in favor of the budget.
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HANCOCK – About two years ago, Mike Gemignani thought it would be a good idea to have some kind of likeness of “Big Louie” Moilanen made, so he started making inquiries.
Gemignani said he found someone who said he could make a carving of the Copper Country giant out of a log, but the price was too high.
After discussions between Gemignani and Dana Richter, who lives near what was Moilanen’s farm in the Salo area north of Hancock, an idea was born to create a monument to memorialize Moilanen on the centennial of his death in 2013.
Gemignani was one of a small group of people gathered Wednesday in the community room of Lakeview Manor in Hancock for a discussion led by Richter about how to go about getting a monument to Moilanen erected.
Although exactly how tall Moilanen was is a matter of debate, with descriptions ranging from 8 feet, 1 inch to 8 feet, 4 inches, Richter said the death certificate he found in the Houghton County Court House indicates he was 8 feet, 1 inch at the time of his death on Sept. 16, 1913. The certificate lists his age as 27 years, 7 months and 12 days.
At the regular monthly meeting, the board reviewed current policies and directed its labor attorney Dean Dietrich (SP) to work with the administrative staff to develop guidelines for pre-employment drug screenings and, perhaps, random drug testing.
District Administrator Roxann Bornemann said that Dietrich reviewed the district’s present drug-free workplace policy, which allows testing of employees if there is a suspicion that they may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
She said that the attorney is recommending adoption of pre-employment screenings but is still researching the legality of random drug tests of public employees, citing privacy concerns and court ruling that have largely rejected the practice.
The research, Bornemann said, is “so you can make a thoughtful decision in the best interest of the district overall.”
WaPo: This Rush Limbaughboycott has pretty much fizzled, huh?
POSTED AT 9:07 PM ON MARCH 28, 2012 BY ALLAHPUNDIT
Team Boycott had an impressive run, though, no? Sure, they didn’t get Clear Channel to pull him off the air. And only two radio stations nationwide dumped his show. And he lost “fewer than five” national sponsors by Media Matters’s own admission. But hey: It’s not easy to sustain politically calculated fake outrage for weeks on end, especially after an apology for the initial offense has been issued. Perseverance.
Michelle Takes a Day Trip to Mt. Rushmore
by KEITH KOFFLER on MARCH 29, 2012, 10:09 AM Michelle Obama jetted in to South Dakota Wednesday for a day trip to Mount Rushmore, taking in the sights before departing the same day for Las Vegas.
Michelle is traveling with her daughters on a “private family trip” to the West, the White House said.
According to the Rapid City Journal, Michelle landed Wednesday at Ellsworth Air Force Base and hopped in a ten car motorcade for the trip to Mount Rushmore. Advance work had already been done by the Secret Service and White House staff, who had arrived in town earlier in the week.
After viewing the memorial, the Obamas “showed a bit of a sweet tooth,” according to the paper, and stopped at the Turtle Town fudge shop where they had fudge and ice cream.
MADISON — More than 1,000 tips on suspected fraud in the state’s largest public assistance programs were reported through a fraud hotline and website since December, when the new reporting effort began, state Inspector General Alan White said Wednesday.
“It gives us more visibility. It brings the culture of preventing fraud waste and abuse to a higher level,” he said.
About half of those tips have warranted further investigation, leading to “savings and recovery… (of) about a million dollars a month,” said White.
White’s office launched the fraud hotline late last year and the website March 9.
MADISON — The deer population estimates of Wisconsin’s wildlife officials are flawed, and they don’t know enough about how predators affect deer and have reduced deer in chronic wasting disease zones to pests, according to a report Gov. Scott Walker’s so-called “deer czar” released Wednesday.
James Kroll’s study concludes hunters and landowners feel an “intense dissatisfaction” with the Department of Natural Resources and the agency needs a more human touch to rebuild its credibility.
“The WDNR has placed an inordinate emphasis on estimating population goals and establishing population density goals (which commonly are not met), while giving much less emphasis to habitat and people,” the report said.
It took Scott Walker to hire an outside person to get an honest look at the WDNR on estimating the deer herd. We hope the WDNR will find a way to meet the problem and try to fix it and not hold it against hunters, Scott Walker and republicans who are trying to change Wisconsin. We know from past experience, the WDNR has held the fear of GOD over people of Wisconsin. Let’s hope hunters and DNR officials will work together for the betterment of everyone.
Hard to believe this kind of story would even be out there.
MILWAUKEE — Chicago MayorRahm Emanuel attended a fundraiser for Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett on Wednesday, a strong sign that Barrett will enter a likely recall race against Gov. Scott Walker.
They were greeted by union protesters at the Italian Community Center in the Third Ward. Union leaders have privately discouraged Barrett from running because he has clashed with unions over decisions he’s made as mayor.
“Well, I think you look specifically at what Mayor Barrett’s done here in Milwaukee, while he’s been mayor, he has utilized the so-called tools that Walker’s given him, and that’s a concern to working families as well, so will unions have a continued problem? I think we do, yeah,” AFSCME member Ed Sadlowski said.
The unions generally favor Democrat Kathleen Falk, who has been vocal in her opposition to Walker for more than a year.