“Wisconsin police would be forbidden from enforcing any new federal gun and ammunition restrictions, bans or registration requirements under a bill a Republican lawmaker is circulating.
Rep. Michael Schraa of Oshkosh, a first-term legislator and a member of the National Rifle Association, sent out an email Tuesday to his fellow lawmakers seeking co-sponsors for the proposal. He also issued a statement to the media saying the bill is meant to send a message that Wisconsin won’t help the federal government restrict the public’s constitutional right to bear arms.
“I’m not this cowboy, gun-toting legislator,” Schraa said in a telephone interview. “I just think it’s ultimately important to protect our constitutional rights. When I raised my right hand on Jan. 7 and took the oath of office, I took an oath that I would defend the Wisconsin Constitution and the federal constitution. That’s the motivating factor.”
Rep. Chris Danou, D-Trempealeau, said he thought the Civil War determined that federal law pre-empts state law.
“States don’t get to pick and choose what federal laws apply to the states or not,” Danou said. “This is settled law. (The bill is) just not rational.”"
Via Fox News
Danou, yes states have the right and responsibility to ignore federal laws you fucking assclown. It is called nullification and it is your god damn job as a state rep to defend the people of your state from federal abuses not just kowtow to them……jackass
“In the latest economic indicator that casts Wisconsin in a negative light, the Badger State ranks 49th in the nation in the most recent index from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.
“Wisconsin clearly is not leading the recovery,” said William Delwiche, an economist in Milwaukee at Robert W. Baird & Co.
The Philadelphia Fed data is from its monthly state-by-state index of leading economic growth indicators, and is meant to predict how the state’s economy will grow in the next six months.
The 50-state Leading Index report for April showed only five states with contraction, assigning Wisconsin an index rank of -0.74%. Wyoming, with a rank of -1.29%, is the only state with a lower index.
Economists cautioned against reading too much into a single month’s data.
And the Philadelphia Fed’s report is imperfect. Among the multiple variables used to compile the leading index, a significant component is the monthly state employment report, which is prone to heavy revisions. That’s because the government bases its monthly findings on a survey of only about 3% of the state’s employers. That creates a wide margin of error when they are extrapolated statewide.”
“Hopefully, you already know what’s going down in Baraboo, Wisconsin. It’s one of the biggest, precedent-setting food freedom cases in history that’s got even conventional dairy industries watching. Raw milk is the smallest part of this trial – Vernon is fighting for you and he didn’t have to. A large, mostly eclectic group has been gathering since Monday and a verdict is expected Friday.
The judge, Guy Reynolds, is essentially directing the jury how to vote and what they are allowed to hear….The whole case hinges on these words that are banned.
Vernon Hershberger is facing over two years prison time and $10,000 in fines for four criminal misdemeanor charges aimed at him for providing fresh food to his community through members in agreement. Some background here. Prosecution from the State is having a hard time proving that Vernon is running a “retail establishment”. He’s not, unless you consider horse boarding, co-ops and Craigslist storefronts with retail transactions requiring business licenses to use. Government would love to eradicate “herd share” type agreements and so it’s no surprise that there is NO discussion of herd share memberships allowed in the courtroom – see how they are keeping the jury in the dark below.”
Via Activist Post
WI legislators approve RINO Walker’s proposal to collect DNA from people before they are found guilty
Legislators approve Scott Walker’s proposal to collect DNA in crimes
“After a marathon day of action, the Legislature’s budget committee Thursday approved in large part a proposal from Gov. Scott Walker to collect DNA from those arrested for felonies and significantly scaled back another Walker measure to allow GPS tracking for men under restraining orders for domestic abuse.
As part of a series of criminal justice measures, the Joint Finance Committee approved on a bipartisan vote of 13-3 requiring DNA collection from people arrested for felonies and convicted of misdemeanors. The committee also rejected two items of importance to Milwaukee: ensuring a crime lab stays in the city and providing financial support for the Milwaukee Police Department’s Shot Spotter program.
Of the DNA measure, Sen. Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls), said: “I’m convinced that this is going to be beneficial in catching career criminals, saving lives and saving taxpayer dollars. DNA, I would say, is the new identifier of the twenty-first century.”
The budget bill must still be approved by both houses of the Legislature next month and then signed by Walker. “
Scott Walker and his version of stimulus
“Scott Walker is proposing we take $25- $30 million dollars of taxpayer money go into a fund that invest in early-stage, information technology businesses, such as those dealing with computer software, social networking, cyberspace security or even games. The whole program is going to be run by the Walker administration.
As someone with experience with VC managers right down the street in Chicago, there is the money out there. If the product isn’t good, the money won’t be.
Seems to me Scott Walker is doing something Republicans wouldn’t put up with if it were Obama. This brings up an interesting question if you’re for Walker’s idea but not Obama’s. Do you care about the policy, or the person implementing it? Why would he support this? What business of it is his? Where is the money coming from again? These are all very important questions that must be answered”
“A top Wisconsin Democratic aide was forced to apologize after comparing Republican Gov. Scott Walker to notorious serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer.
Democratic Party spokesman Graeme Zielinski posted three tweets making the comparison Friday after prosecutors closed a long-running probe into several Walker aides, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported. Dahmer, Wisconsin’s most infamous murderer, was known for saving and eating his victim’s body parts.”
Via The Blaze
“While there is plenty of disagreement over the legal merits of Wisconsin’s Act 10, there’s no denying the cost savings many local governments have realized through the curtailing of collective bargaining for public employees.
A Dane County judge’s ruling declaring many of the law’s provisions “null and void” — at least at the local government level — has sparked confusion and questions about how the return of key elements of collective bargaining would impact municipal, county and school district budgets. The decision, subject to appeal and stay, comes just as local governments around the state are putting together their budgets.”
“Here’s your bill, taxpayers.
Wisconsin’s unprecedented recall elections this past spring cost local governments — ultimately the taxpayers who fund them — $13.5 million, according to a report from the Government Accountability Board, the agency that oversees elections.
GAB broke down the bill in a release issued Friday afternoon. Kevin Kennedy, GAB’s director and legal counsel, pointed to the burden the “unplanned” recall elections targeting Republican Gov. Scott Walker, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, and several GOP senators have placed on local elections officials. And state Rep. Robin Vos, a Rochester Republican, reiterated his pledge to “recall the recalls.”
“Instead of conducting two primaries and two elections this year, Wisconsin election officials will be conducting six elections, which added approximately $13.5 million in unbudgeted costs,” Kennedy said in a statement. “These unplanned elections also put significant stress on Wisconsin’s clerks, who have many other duties beyond elections.”
The Democratic Party of Wisconsin, organized labor others who pushed the recall initiative have argued the campaigns targeted a governor and Republican legislative leaders who were not acting in the best interest of the state.”
“Taxpayers in Wisconsin are on the hook for up to $165,000 for modifying a Waukesha County roundabout less than a year after it was initially constructed. State officials say the changes were necessary because some trucks on the designated truck route were unable to navigate the turns in the roundabout without getting stuck on the curb.
The roundabout at the intersection of state Highways 59 and 83 in Genesee, southwest of Waukesha, was first completed last fall. When the roundabout was designed years earlier, neither of the roads was designated high traffic. But while the work was wrapping up, Highway 59 became designated for overweight, oversize trucks, said Michael Pyritz, a spokesman for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
He said engineers assumed at the time, based on two-dimensional models, that trucks would be able to swing and navigate the roundabout just fine. However, he said, engineers did not have three-dimensional modeling, which would have allowed them to check for potential problems with the height of the 6-inch curb.
“The way the roundabout was built, they did not foresee, because the modeling did not exist at the time, that there’d be a problem,” Pyritz said.
Soon after the roundabout opened on Oct. 7, 2011, law enforcement started getting calls about lowboy trailers getting stuck on the curb of the roundabout, which blocked the road. Lowboys are semi trucks with extremely low decks that are used to haul tall and heavy equipment, such as bulldozers and other industrial items.”
“Wisconsin taxpayers have shelled out $1.5 million since 1985 to pay for damage inflicted by wolves on domestic animals in the state.
The payments came under a little-known program administered by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources that paid thousands for cattle, horses and pets that were eviscerated by the state’s growing
What may come as a surprise is that taxpayers also paid $428,000 in
reimbursements for hunting hounds devoured by wolves while tracking game like black bear and rabbits. The state paid $37,000 for 15 dogs killed last year, for instance.”