DAILY WISCONSIN

5.5.18

Plan to spend Saturday, May 5th in Madison for the Wisconsin Bike Summit where you will gather inspiration and ideas from people doing great work across the state.

This year’s program will focus on what’s happening around our state at the grassroots level.  The Summit brings together bicycling and equity advocates, transportation planners, elected officials, and others, all working in diverse ways to make Wisconsin a great place to bicycle.

Via Register for the Bike Summit! | Wisconsin Bike Fed

Badger finds his den

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Friday night that according to a source, Hayes will sign with the Sacramento Kings for the remainder of the 2017-18 season as well as the 2018-19 season.

Earlier this month, Hayes signed a 10-day contract with the Toronto Raptors, as well as another contract of that duration with the NBA Eastern Conference’s current No. 1 seed before being released by the organization on March 26.

Via Wisconsin basketball: Nigel Hayes to sign with Sacramento Kings – Bucky’s 5th Quarter.

One’s Mainstream, the Other’s Michael Screnock

While justices have been known to change while serving on a high court, most tend to conform to the record of their past legal career. Dallet’s career has been that of a mainstream prosecutor and judge who has been endorsed by more than 175 judges in Wisconsin. She seems most like the late moderate conservative justice Patrick Crooks, who was tough on crime, but parted with the Wisconsin Supreme Court on key issues like recusal rules and campaign coordination.

As for Screnock, he has already let us know he will emulate Gableman, an aggressively right-wing justice who operated as a rubber stamp for the conservatives who now rule this state. That’s how Screnock operated as a lawyer, and nothing in his campaign has suggested he sees any reason to change.

Via Murphy’s Law: The Strange Race for Supreme Court » Urban Milwaukee.

Unquenchable 

But serious objections to the diversion’s wisdom and legality under the Great Lakes Compact were raised by citizens at a public hearing earlier this month.

Additional objections across the Great Lakes region were mentioned in this non-partisan media report; I also wrote that some objections are amplified by Walker’s damage to Wisconsin’s environment and his debasement of the Department of Natural Resources – – the state agency which will review and can approve the Foxconn diversion application, all discussed here:

the heavily-resisted push for a Lake Michigan diversion for Foxconn adds to Wisconsin’s status as a Great Lakes environmental outlier.

Via The Political Environment: NY, Illinois raise questions about Foxconn bid for Lake Michigan water.

Money Pit 

Which leads to an obvious question – why do numerous levels of Wisconsin government continue to bend over backward to shovel billions of tax dollars to help this one company, when we could pay to meet many other needs in the state that would benefit far more people for a much lower cost? The insanity of the Fox-con continues to grow with each story you read.

Via Jake’s Wisconsin Funhouse: Foxconn keeps racking up the taxpayer-funded help.

Making it up as they go along

The Foxconn plant isn’t even built yet, but the Walker Admin and its allies (including a few local apologists for corporate welfare in Whitewater) now resort to fantastic, magical claims about how much economic development will come from nearly four billion in taxpayer subsidies.

So magical, so fantastic, that they now claim an 18-1 multiplier (yes, really):

A fully built Foxconn Technology Group plant would add $51.5 billion to Wisconsin’s gross domestic product over the 15 years the state pays incentives to the company, a new analysis by the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce concludes.

That would equate to $18 of economic impact for every $1 spent by the state, the business group, which worked to help attract Foxconn, said.

Averaged over the 15 years, the MMAC’s estimate amounts to an additional $3.4 billion annually in state gross domestic product from Foxconn. That would tack another 1% onto Wisconsin’s current GDP of about $313 billion.

Via Foxconn as Alchemy: Magic Multipliers @ FREE WHITEWATER.

Not exactly breaking down the doors right now

LA CROSSE, WI – After Gov. Walker and Legislative Republicans approved a $7 million taxpayer-funded ad campaign aimed at luring millennials back to Wisconsin from places like Chicago and Minneapolis, Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) noticed something was missing.

jennifer-shilling“The current ads are fine and all, but something about the glossy posters and drink coasters hasn’t seemed to resonate with the target audience,” said Sen. Shilling. “Young people are simply looking for something else and I think we need to reconsider whether this $7 million in taxpayer spending is really hitting the mark.”

Via New Plan Needed to Lure Millennials Back to Wisconsin @ Green Bay Progressive.

Where the bread’s buttered 

MADISON – At Monday’s Milwaukee Bar Association debate, Judge Michael Screnock was presented with multiple opportunities to commit to behaving ethically on the state Supreme Court. He declined to commit to recusing himself from cases involving his major donors at every turn.

michael-screnock-moneyWisconsin’s largest corporate lobbyist, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, has spent more than $1.35 million in its attempts to elect Michael Screnock. This is particularly important because WMC and its member corporations frequently are party to cases before the Supreme Court. This spending would present Screnock with a massive conflict of interest should he be elected to the Supreme Court.

Via Screnock Sides With Donors over Ethics on Wisconsin’s Supreme Court @ Green Bay Progressive.

4.3.18

The entire state has only two contests to be concerned about.

Justice candidate Rebecca Dallet

One is electing Rebecca Dallet to the state supreme court.  She is the only acceptable  candidate, demonstrated by the desperation of the ads against her (arguing not that she let anyone go but followed the family and  prosecution’s advice in sentencing).

She is also the first step in restoring balance to the court.

In 2019, Shirley Abrahamson’s seat is up, and though she has not announced if she is running again, her legendary distinction will carry liberal weight.  In 2020, before the next presidential election, it is the unknown justice under the gun – Daniel Kelly, appointed by Walker to fill out David Prosser’s term.  He has never faced the voters at any level, serving mainly as litigator and conservative hired gun on gerrymandering. Dallet will be the start on turning the high court back to normalcy.

The other important vote is No on eliminating the office of state treasurer. This is simply a power grab by the executive against the state’s banker, who should be examining in a watchdog role billions of dollars in common aid to schools and libraries while also serving a key role on the commission for public lands.

Via DOM’S DOMAIN POLITICS: TRUMP NOT ON BALLOT BUT VOTERS CAN SEND MESSAGE APRIL 3.

‘Carcass on Roadside’

After 7 years of Scott Walker, the collapse of our state colleges has now begun:

Chancellor Bernie Patterson said UWSP is facing a “perfect storm” caused by declining enrollment, 15 years of state budget cuts, and the state imposed tuition freeze.

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point students held a sit-in in front of the chancellor’s office on to protest the planned elimination of academic majors in the humanities (like) American studies, art, English, French, German, Spanish, philosophy, political science, history, geography, geoscience, music literature and sociology. The cuts come as the school faces a $4.5 million structural deficit.

Via DemoCurmudgeon: Republicans leave Wisconsin’s Hollowed Out Education Carcass on Roadside.

Rudimentary

State appellate judge Paul Reilly, (a Waukesha Republican), humiliated Scott Walker in denying Walker’s desperate motion by pointing out, “Representative government and the election of our representatives are never ‘unnecessary,’ never a ‘waste of taxpayer resources.'”

If Reilly were trying to edify Scott Walker, he would have better luck shouting at the wind.

Via MAL Contends . . .: Scott Walker Does Not Understand Democracy and Voting Rights even After Three Judges Attempt to Explain.

Time to Go

There is no room for this behavior.  None. Connecticut Democratic Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty must resign at once for actions that can, in no way, be condoned.  The Washington Post reports in detailed account how Esty did not act when she found out her chief of staff threatened to murder a woman who worked in the office.  To make matters even more bizarre Esty also wrote the man a letter of recommendation!

Via Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty Must Resign—Now | CAFFEINATED POLITICS.

All Roads Lead Back to Maple Bluff

If these allegations from CREW [Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington] are true, and if it you put it together with Walker campaigners that have ties to Cambridge Analytica, it sure seems possible that WisGOP was illegally working with organizations like Cambridge that are supposed to be operating independently from candidates and parties in both 2014 and 2016. And if Walker and WisGOP were not reporting those expenses, that’s a major campaign law violation.The Cambridge connections make the $1.1 million that Ukrainian oligarch and Putin buddy Len Blavatnik gave to Walker’s epic fail of a presidential campaign interesting, doesn’t it? It also makes me wonder what favors may have been returned to these outside groups from the Governor, Legislature, and other WisGOPs in return for all of this “research”?

Via Jake’s Wisconsin Funhouse: Some Trump/Russia links, snooping is leading back to Wisconsin.

The Real Start of Spring 

Ticket Availability: A very limited number of tickets were released today from tickets that were previously on hold. They are available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis through Brewers.com.

Parking Lots Opening Time: Gates to the parking lots will also open at 10:10 a.m. CT.

Gate Opening Time: The Miller Park gates will open at 11:10 a.m. CT.

First Pitch: Members of the Wisconsin Badgers football team, including head coach Paul Chryst, will participate in the ceremonial first pitch. The Badgers football program set a school record with 13 wins this past season, capped by an Orange Bowl victory.

Via Going to Brewers’ home opener Monday? Here’s what you need to know – OnMilwaukee.

Left out a few details…

Eliminating the treasurer’s office means oversight of public lands in Wisconsin would also be altered and give more power to the governor’s office.

The State Journal misleadingly propagandizes: About the only thing the treasurer does these days is sit on a board that doles out money to school libraries from trust funds. The constitutional amendment would replace the treasurer with the lieutenant governor as one of three members on the board. So one politician will be swapped for another, which is no big deal, trickster-in-chief Scott Milfred opined.

Via POLITICAL CAPITAL