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Just not right

Email sent to everyone:

“If you let my lunch bag go now that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you, but if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you and I will kill yell at you. To the low life who literally stole my lunch and dinner, please have the decency to at least return my WLC lunch bag to the kitchen. I just want Ruthey to get home safely.”

Via Somebody at Cornell Law School stole a law student’s Ruth Bader Ginsburg lunch bag @ Althouse.

GAB to be gutted

The changes will put the independent board firmly under the control of partisans. These changes include: getting rid of Kevin Kennedy, the director and general counsel, and Jonathan Becker, who runs the ethics and lobbying division; splitting the GAB into two agencies; getting rid of the all the retired judges on the board and replacing them with an even number of partisan appointees, a recipe for partisan gridlock; changing the rules so that the GAB cannot investigate on its own and must come back for approval from the legislature; and creating bright lines for referrals to District Attorneys. Plus the GAB would no longer have a sum-sufficient budget for investigations. GAB would have to go hat in hand to the very people it might be investigating in the legislature.

Via Walker’s Partisans Poised to Raze Nonpartisan Government Accountability Board @ PR Watch

Kim Davis & ‘Eye of the Tiger?

It’s putting it mildly to say this was kind of a strange event. 

If I just got out of jail and had to speak to a crowd of supporters, I would not have allowed “Eye of the Tiger” to be played as I took the stage. I wouldn’t have been comfortable with that. 

Turns out, Survivor wasn’t comfortable with the use of the song….

Via @ Kim Davis & ‘Eye of the Tiger’ @  FREEDOM EDEN.

Wisconsin will still have weekends

“In the actual world – you know, the one we really live in – all sorts of good things exist that the government does not make mandatory. We know that the GOP did not end the weekend. We know that days off will not be limited to the “privileged few.”  We know these things because…

MKE attorney behaving badly

The court said accepted a referee’s finding that D’Arruda, 47, had engaged in more than 40 instances of professional misconduct, primarily accepting advance fees in cases in which he later did little or no work, including several cases he took when he knew his license was about to be temporarily suspended in 2014.

According to the court’s decision, D’Arruda never responded to the Officer of Lawyer Regulation complaints against him, and was therefore found in default. In addition to the three-year suspension, D’Arrude [sic] was ordered to pay $6,500 restitution to some clients, and more than $2,300 in costs.

Via Milwaukee defense attorney suspended for 3 years @ JS Proof and Hearsay Blog.

6.26.15

I headed to the entry way of our home upon hearing the news this morning about the ruling from the Supreme Court about my right to marry the person I love. Days ago my partner James, who is the neighborhood vexillologist, pulled from his collection the colorful gay pride flag and had it neatly folded on a trunk, ready for the day the ruling would come down. I picked it up and walked briskly outside knowing that this ruling, will without a doubt, be the most profound action the court will ever have on my life….

Via Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Personal, Profound, Magnificent @  CAFFEINATED POLITICS.

Walker Upset with High Court

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Gov. Scott Walker on Friday called the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing gay marriage across the country “a grave mistake.”

Walker issued a lengthy statement on Facebook backing an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would allow states to define marriage and calling the ruling “judicial activisim.”

Via Scott Walker: Supreme Court gay marriage ruling ‘a grave mistake’ @ Madison com.

Unions

“The fact that Wisconsin has historically been strongly pro-union — indeed, the largest public services employee union, AFSCME, was founded in Madison in 1932 — only makes Walker’s triumphs that much more impressive to his fellow Republicans. This is something Walker will undoubtedly highlight if he runs for president. As he put it in his…

Rindfleisch: Scapegoat or Scoundrel?

“MADISON, Wis. (AP) – One of Gov. Scott Walker’s former aides has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to toss out her conviction for campaigning on government time. Kelly Rindfleisch served as Walker’s deputy chief of staff when Walker was the Milwaukee County executive. Prosecutors accused her of working on Walker’s gubernatorial campaign and Republican Brett…

The Price of Unlawful Conduct

“The lawyer representing six protesters who won a combined $44,830 in damages from the State of Wisconsin earlier this week says the total cost for unconstitutional arrests and fines handed out by Capitol Police since 2011 could ultimately run over $1 million. Attorney Jeff Scott Olson said that all of the protesters arrested under a…

Burdened, but still free

“Six more citizens won another free speech case against the Scott Walker administration who decided to close off the state Capitol to speech critical of Republicans after Walker infamously began publicly pursuing policies on which Walker refused to campaign. This case in Dane County Court follows other civil rights victories against Walker’s Dept of Administration…

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During the 2004 elections, George W. Bush’s campaign, managed by a closeted gay man, pushed a series of anti-gay ballot initiatives across the country. The House of Representatives, led by a male speaker who allegedly sexually assaulted a male minor, moved a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage after beating back attempts to strengthen hate…