Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell and Madison City Clerk Maribeth Witzel-Behl are working with the UW-Madison Political Science Department (Kenneth Mayer) to quantify the effect on voters of the Republican voter obstruction project, specifically the mandated and narrow range of photo voter IDs as a new precondition to vote, (Neumann, WKOW-TV) (Novak, Wisconsin State Journal).

Today, Madison, Wisconsin poll workers (election inspectors) will time how long the voter ID requirement takes voters to satisfy, for the purpose of plugging the numbers into existing models at MIT using Queuing Theory to predict and quantify how congested polling places obstruct and delay voters.

Via MAL Contends . . .: Republican Voter Obstruction Clocked on Election Day in Wisconsin.


Data shows that nothing nefarious was happening at the polling places in Wisconsin.  NOTHING.  There were no streams of voters pretending to be someone else, or voting twice. There were no throngs of folks using fake aliases to cast a ballot, and there were no elections that had been decided by all the wild claims.  The only drama that takes place regarding elections are when Republicans breathlessly try to gin up their base with false-hoods about voter fraud.

Via Cutting To The Core With Wisconsin Voter ID @ CAFFEINATED POLITICS.

Victory Over City Hall

Score one for the “little guy”, as this week a Winnebago County Judge rules against the City of Oshkosh in its lawsuit against the founder of the Downtown Pub Crawl.  The judge found that Joe Kubiak–the man that drama queen Mayor Steve Cummings once claimed was “holding the city hostage”–is not responsible for securing a special event permit or paying the fee for that permit.  It ends a nearly two-year legal battle between the two sides–that only added more to the taxpayers’ expense.

My Two Cents: Who Says You Can’t Fight City Hall?

Small businesses pan Wisconsin

“Small business owners on Thumbtack have consistently told us that they welcome support from their governments but are frequently frustrated by unnecessary bureaucratic obstacles,” said Jon Lieber, Chief Economist of Thumbtack. “Wisconsin’s small businesses report that the state can be a very challenging place to hire new workers and that they aren’t aware of many opportunities for training offered by their communities.”

“The state sets regulations that sometimes conflict with how cities interpret them,” commented a handyman in Milwaukee. “It makes following the rules very difficult.”

Via Wisconsin graded B- by small business @ Uppity Wisconsin.