DAILY WISCONSIN

History

Unalike 

Nixon fully understood that word usage mattered and his insightful knowledge of foreign affairs along with his deep reading of books about world leaders underscored his appreciation for how things sounded when coming from elected officials.    It is worth mentioning that when Nixon wrote his books he would sit and read aloud his text and listen as the recording played back so he could differentiate the tone between the written and verbal.   From there he would work to craft a more precise final product.

Via Donald Trump Is Not Like Richard Nixon–Or Vice Versa @ CAFFEINATED POLITICS.

1968

The incumbent is a lame duck. The world is aflame; America’s inner cities are burning. Hillary Clinton is Hubert Humphrey, that uninspiring establishment candidate, challenged by a Gene McCarthy figure: idealistic but ungrounded, with no chance of success.

On the Right, demagoguery competes with competence. Like George Corley Wallace, one candidate appeals to nativist instincts. He courts violence with violent rhetoric. The rabble is easily roused.

Via ‘It’s time we stop, children; what’s that sound?’ – Blaska’s Bring It! – March 2016.

Widespread 

The photo showed six First Ladies walking together at the dedication of Ronald Reagan’s Presidential Library in 1991.  I posted it here on my blog and also on my Caffeinated Politics Facebook page.    There is no way I could know within hours that post would start to generate interest, shares, and conversation.   As of this posting there have been 13,583,894 people reached by the post and 1,625,445 engaged by the post.    With my humble attempt to honor the life of a former first lady my little blog went viral.  And in a major way.

The largest part of my FB audience for this post (24%) are women between the ages of 55-64.   87% of those who saw my post did so on a mobile device.

Via Caffeinated Politics Facebook Post Goes Viral—Over 13 Millions Views (Thus Far)! @ CAFFEINATED POLITICS.

Then, Now

At the turn of the 20th century, Wisconsin government was rife with corruption. Big business and wealthy plutocrats controlled the politicians and thus controlled the government. They had their puppet politicians pass laws that benefited them regardless of who might be hurt by them.

This high level of corruption gave way to a progressive movement led by Fighting Bob LaFollette. LaFollette, who was a Republican, led the way to clean up the government, enacting laws that returned the government to the control of the people. He led the way to busting trusts, enacting election reforms and creating the Wisconsin Idea. The changes brought on by LaFollette and other progressives have well served the people of Wisconsin for over a 100 years.

Via Wisconsin, I hardly recognize you! @ Cognitive Dissidence.

Three WISGOP Bills

One bill will gut the state’s campaign finance laws and retroactively decriminalize the secretive campaign finance schemes that Walker engaged in during the recall elections, opening the doors to new levels of dark money in state elections.

Another bill will cripple the the state’s nonpartisan Government Accountability Board–considered a model for other states–and turn it into a toothless, partisan agency. The board of nonpartisan retired judges will be replaced with partisan appointees that are guaranteed to gridlock (like the ineffective Federal Elections Commission), and gives the legislature power to cut funding for an investigation that it doesn’t like.

A third bill will prohibit Wisconsin’s John Doe statute, which was used to investigate Walker and is similar to a grand jury yet in front of a judge, from being used to investigate political corruption.

Via The Kochs Want to End WI’s Era of Clean Government @ PRWatch.

Recommended

I have now finished How Lincoln Learned To Read by Daniel Wolff and much enjoyed it from start to finish. As with a book of this type there is much to debate and ponder—agree with and disagree with—but one thing is for sure. Via “How Lincoln Learned To Read” @ CAFFEINATED POLITICS.

Unready

As I watched the Jeb Bush train wreck take four days to play out this week I thought back to November 1979. At about the same time the Iranian hostage crisis was starting to happen CBS newsman Roger Mudd sat down with Senator Ted Kennedy who was planning a race for the White House.  Mudd…

505, 408, 321

It’s hard to believe that it has been 505 years since the first settlers arrived at Jamestown. It's hard to believe that it has been 505 years since the first settlers arrived at Jamestown. – TW pic.twitter.com/HTmnzEkuKI — Scott Walker (@ScottWalker) May 13, 2015

Lincoln Honored by a Grateful Nation

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim April 15, 2015, as a Day of Remembrance for President Abraham Lincoln. I call upon all Americans to honor his life and…

Stanley Kutler, 80

Rest in peace. UW-#Madison professor Stanley Kutler, 80, Watergate-Nixon historian, dies http://t.co/QBna8Iz3py pic.twitter.com/XobezeOVTz — Wis. State Journal (@WiStateJournal) April 8, 2015

Trending left

Of course, judges know this. It’s in their self interest, if they want to look good in history, to skew left, like the legal academics. You know, I’ve been here in legal academia since 1984, 9 years before Ruth Bader Ginsburg took her seat on the Supreme Court. She was a federal Court of Appeals…

Walker Admin planned elimination of Wisconsin Idea for weeks

In a rapid revision Thursday afternoon to statements made by Walker on Wednesday, the Republican governor acknowledged in a statement that UW System officials had privately raised objections about the controversial changes to his administration and been told the changes were not up for debate. Via Documents show officials seeking removal of Wisconsin Idea @…