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Supreme Court Overturns Sumi, Rules CBA Law Valid

Just Breaking…

The state Supreme Court today threw out a Dane County judge’s ruling invalidating the collective bargaining law, according to online court records.

The decision had not yet been posted at the court’s site by late this afternoon. But a posting at the court’s site for the appeal described an order in which Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi’s orders in the case are vacated and declared void.

The brief description on the court site said the court concluded the Legislature did not violate a provision in the Wisconsin Constitution that the doors of each house shall be open except when public welfare requires secrecy. During oral arguments last week, there were a series of questions about public access to a conference committee meeting in which lawmakers took up the legislation. That meeting was the basis of the open meetings violation Sumi found in invalidating the law.

You can read the ruling here.

In it, you find the justices ruled 7-0 that Sumi over-stepped her bounds when it came to the separation of powers on agreeing to take the case, and 4-3 on the violation of the open meetings law; i.e. Sumi’s ruling.

UPDATE: From the ruling:

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that we have concluded that in enacting the Act, the legislature did not employ a process that violated Article IV, Section 10 of the Wisconsin Constitution, which provides in relevant part:  “The doors of each house shall be kept open except when the public welfare shall require secrecy.”  The doors of the senate and assembly were kept open to the press and members of the public during the enactment of the Act.  The doors of the senate parlor, where the joint committee on conference met, were open to the press and members of the public.  WisconsinEye broadcast the proceedings live.  Access was not denied.[1] There is no constitutional requirement that the legislature provide access to as many members of the public as wish to attend meetings of the legislature or meetings of legislative committees.

I had a couple of questions myself about what is “an open meeting” in the Internet age.  Glad to see the Justices shared them.

UPDATE II:  On the Open Meetings Law Violation Claim:

It also is argued that the Act is invalid because the legislature did not follow certain notice provisions of the Open Meetings Law for the March 9, 2011 meeting of the joint committee on conference.  It is argued that Wis. Stat. § 19.84(3) required 24 hours notice of that meeting and such notice was not given.  It is undisputed that the legislature posted notices of the March 9, 2011 meeting of the joint committee on conference on three bulletin boards, approximately 1 hour and 50 minutes before the start of the meeting.  In the posting of notice that was done, the legislature relied on its interpretation of its own rules of proceeding.  The court declines to review the validity of the procedure used to give notice of the joint committee on conference.  See Stitt, 114 Wis. 2d at 361.  As the court has explained when legislation was challenged based on allegations that the legislature did not follow the relevant procedural statutes, “this court will not determine whether internal operating rules or procedural statutes have been complied with by the legislature in the course of its enactments.”  Id. at 364.  “[W]e will not intermeddle in what we view, in the absence of constitutional directives to the contrary, to be purely legislative concerns.”

I haven’t had a chance to read the Abrahamson / Bradley / Crooks decent, but I’ve seen on Twitter that the Chief Justice doesn’t hesitate to take a swipe at Justice Prosser.

If true, grow up ma’am.

Also, expect to see calls of this as a partisan court, and for Wisconsin to stop electing its Supreme Court justices.

UPDATE III: On Doug LaFollette publishing:

¶10  Article IV, Section 17 of the Wisconsin Constitution vests the legislature with the constitutional power to “provide by law” for publication.  The legislature has set the requirements for publication.  However, the Secretary of State has not yet fulfilled his statutory duty to publish a notice of publication of the Act in the official state newspaper, pursuant to Wis. Stat. § 14.38(10)(c).  Due to the vacation of the circuit court’s orders, there remain no impediments to the Secretary of State fulfilling his obligations under § 14.38(10)(c).

Get at it Doug.

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Fred Clark – Great Communicator with the People

There is a reason Fred Clark barely survived winning his own re-election to the Assembly last November. 

Things like this help explain why.

[Madison] – Rep. Fred Clark (D-Baraboo), running in a recall election against Senator Luther Olsen, was caught on tape last week saying he would like to “smack around” a woman in his district.

The comment was recorded on the home answering machine of Sue and John Stapelman of Baraboo.  Clark phoned the family while making campaign calls, and had a short, curt conversation with Sue Stapelman.  Stapelman then hung up the phone, but her answering machine was still rolling, and caught Clark saying, “I feel like calling her back and smacking her around.”

John Hogan, director of the Committee to Elect a Republican Senate, said “This disturbing and inappropriate comment gives us an unfortunate glimpse of what Representative Clark is like when he thinks no one is listening.  Domestic violence is a devastating problem in our state , and abuse is on the rise. To be able to so freely threaten violence against a woman, even in jest, shows a tremendous lack of character.”

“Coupled with his record of killing jobs and increasing spending, the mounting evidence of Fred Clark’s recklessness and lack of common sense will be flatly rejected by voters at the polls this summer.”

Transcription of call from Fred Clark:

[Answering machine picks up the call, then Sue Stapelman picks up phone]
SS: “Yes”
FC: “Hi, this, uh, Ms. Stapelton?”
SS: “Yes it is.”
FC: “Hi, this is Representative Fred Clark.”
SS: “Ok.”
FC: “Yes, I just want to give you and John a call again tonight.  You may know I’m running against Luther Olsen here in the recall election in the 14th Senate District.”
SS: “Yeah, isn’t that a crime.” [hangs up]
[Answering machine still recording]
FC: “Ok.  I feel like calling her back and smacking her around.”

Democrats get stuck with Clark tomorrow as their recall candidate versus Olsen as the filing deadline for recalls scheduled for July 12th is tomorrow.

I eagerly await to see how resident of Ripon, Steve Prestegard, will comment on this.

Addendum – Since I’m getting blowback on Twitter from a rather, interesting source on this topic, I ask all the liberals who said Prosser calling Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson infamous names was a “HUGE SCANDAL” who are no doubt going to blow this off as nothing what the difference is between the two exactly?

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Best Job in America Yesterday: NY Post Headline Writer

I kid you not, the title of their editorial on Anthony Weiner’s self-inflicted fall from grace – “Erections Have Consequences.”

Let us declare with certitude the obvious: Rep. Anthony Weiner has disgraced his office, and himself, and he needs to quit.

Never mind that he went before the TV cameras yesterday, cried on cue and assumed “responsibility” for a litany of offenses to common decency — including sending lewd messages and revealing photos to young women on Twitter, and then lying about it.

Repeatedly and egregiously.

Because there is a difference between taking rhetorical responsibility for what one has done, and accepting the full consequences of those actions — which in Weiner’s case would require his resignation.

He obliterated his bond of trust with New York’s 9th Congressional District, rendered himself and his office a national laughingstock, used that office to satisfy perverse sexual urges — in the process, laying himself open to blackmail.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi appears to get it: Yesterday she called for an Ethics Committee probe of the mess (and maybe she can get Rep. Charlie Rangel, who has some experience with such things, to show Weiner the ropes).

Yes, the congressman insisted that there’s no need to resign, because “I don’t believe I did anything that violates any law or my oath to my constituents” to uphold the Constitution.

“Nothing about this should reflect on my official duties [or] my record.”


Let’s put it this way: Any offenses that result in a press conference in which a member of Congress can relevantly be asked “Were you fully erect?” are offenses that disqualify that congressman from public service.

It’s that simple.

“My constituents have to make the determination,” he said.

Which is technically true.

But if Tony Weiner had a shred of personal honor, he’d relieve them of that responsibility.

He won’t, because he is devoid of honor. That was made clear by his weeklong campaign of lies and character assassination meant to deceive his wife of less than a year, his staff, his constituents and the general public — and to vilify Andrew Breitbart, the online journalist who first disclosed the salacious photos and messages.

Breitbart has made mistakes. But he’s scored important scoops, too.

Including this one.

Bottom line: Anthony Weiner betrayed his office and his constituents along with his wife. He has lost whatever respect — and effectiveness — he ever enjoyed as a member of Congress.

Now he’s fit only for cable-TV comedy punch lines, and it’s going to get worse.

He needs to resign.


And since I may be the only right-wing blogger on Wisconsin politics with the stones to say it, the same very much applies to State Senator Randy Hopper; if only just to spare us the expectant nuclear bombs set to explode on our television sets.

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Oh My God, We’re Fielding “Straw Candidates”

Sorry, the reaction coming from nationals like Greg Sargent and locals like James Rowen to this Dan Bice column is hilarious, since NONE OF THEM gave a peep when crap like this was going on in 2010 when Democrats were fielding fake “Tea Party” candidates in a number of House seats to try to keep their own incumbents alive.

Hell, in Michigan, they got so desperate, they filed fake paperwork and now people are going to jail for it.

Two Michigan Democrats were arraigned Wednesday on election corruption charges for allegedly propping up of fake tea party candidates in 2010, the Detroit News reports.

Former county Democratic Party Chairman Michael McGuinness (right) and ex-operations director Jason Bauer have been charged with forgery, putting people up for office without their knowledge and other charges. The two party leaders allegedly conspired to field phony tea party candidates in an apparent bid to siphon off GOP votes and boost Democrats in two Michigan County Commission races and a state Senate race last year, according to the newspaper. Several of the charges are felonies, some of which carry penalties of up to 14 years in prison.

McGuinnes and Bauer resigned their positions in August. News reports indicate they have not commented on this week’s charges.

Last year, as tea party power grew across the country, tea partiers began accusing Democrats and others of using their party label to run fake candidates and skew elections. A lawsuit was filed in Florida last year where Democrats, including then-Rep. Alan Grayson, were accused of creating a Florida Tea Party.

I believe the phrase one should be looking for is “Payback is a bitch.”  If these so-called “Straw Candidates” are created, chances are they’ll be very legal — you know, like that fake Republican who ran against Bob Ziegelbauer (Disclaimer: My Cousin) in the 25th Assembly District last year.

Hell, Politico ran a story on this very tactic last October.  Can’t seem to find a post at “The Plum Line” condemning this tactic anywhere in Sargent’s archives.

UPDATE: How quickly the State Democratic Party, AFSCME, and even Dan Bice apparently, have forgotten the name “Andrew Wisniewski.”

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Thursday Quick Hits

Blogging from the auto repair shop today.  (Do I owe Ann Althouse royalties now?)

I See Jay Leno in This Headline’s Future

WLUK Fox 11 out of Green Bay: Lamb named Fond du Lac Police Chief.”

In all seriousness, congratulations to William Lamb, the current police chief of North Fond du Lac.  May your force never face another repeat of the madness it confronted in March.

Van Susteren Calls Out Chief Justice Abrahamson

This might just be the biggest Wisconsin ex-pat lawyer with a big enough rock to make a chip in Shirley’s glass house.

Greta Van Susteren, of Fox News and an Appleton native, just unloads on the house the Chief Justice is keeping in the Capitol’s east wing. (Quick John Nichols and the Cap Times, try to tell us she’s wrong because of her dad’s work as Joe McCarthy’s campaign manager 60 years ago!)

You know I love Wisconsin….but what is with their state Supreme Court? It must be the most dysfunctional Supreme Court in the union.  Per media reports, the Justices say horrible things to each other behind closed doors and then other Justices sneak around, send emails and leak stuff to the press about their petty fights to make others look bad.  Yes, not only do they get in fights, but they have snitches!  Imagine a Supreme Court having name calling and snitches, weird, huh?

Are the Justices of the Wisconsin Supreme Court really doing the job well for the people of  Wisconsin?  Would you feel confidant? When you read about the Supreme Court of Wisconsin, don’t you think “I am glad that is not my state Supreme Court!” These are extremely important times and the state Supreme Court has an important job.  This is not junior high so they should stop acting like it.

So why my headline about the Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson ? Well..the buck has to stop some place and she is the top person.   Chief Justice Abrahamson has been on the Supreme court since 1979 and Chief Justice since 1996. That should have given her 15  years to develop the necessary skills to lead even a politically fractured Bench to decisions that give confidence to the public.  That’s part of the job and if she is not making the grade, she should have someone else do it.  The Chief Justice job is to guide the court – most importantly in difficult times – so that the people of Wisconsin have confidence the cases are decided on the facts and the law.   Confidence that decisions are made not on petty squabbles but the law matters.   Now it looks like she is head of a college sorority feuding with a fraternity.   Is she really a good example of a Chief Justice? Is she leading? is she guiding?  You tell me…

I have no idea who is causing the problems and who is provoking what  – and it may be more than one Associate Justice stirring the pot –  but let me repeat Chief Justice Abrahamson is the leader (or at least is supposed to be with her title) and either should lead (yes, even in difficult circumstances) or step down from Chief to Associate Justice.

The time is now for this Supreme Court to set an example – grow up or change jobs.

While I applaud Van Susteren for ‘telling it like it is’ when it comes to the personal behind the scenes back-stabbing and sniping of Wisconsin’s Supreme Court, I remained convinced Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson will only leave the state’s high court in one fashion — feet first, in a pine box.

Whatever Happened to Apprenticeships?

This is based off of a conversation I’m having with the clerk at the auto shop, but whatever happened to have a 16 to 18 year old kid learn skills working on a farm, an auto shop, or wherever?  Yeah, the pay would suck, but that wasn’t the point if you were 16 or 18 years old.  The point was you learned job skills you might use down the, work ethic, and kept yourself occupied, off the couch, and out of trouble.

When did the education establishment decide that “the trades” weren’t worthwhile work and all kids must go to college to prove themselves?  No wonder we now have the category of “Work Americans Won’t Do” when it comes to immigration reform.

Chinese Kid Sells Kidney to Purchase iPad2, Other Gadgets

Words fail me.

A teenager in Huaishan, Anhui Province has sold one of his kidneys to buy an iPad2 tablet computer, as reported by SZTV on June 1.

The 17-year-old man surnamed Zheng, a freshman in high school, got connected with a kidney-selling agent through the internet, who pledged to pay him 20,000 yuan ($3,084.45 ) for one of his kidneys.

On April 28 of this year, Zheng went to Chenzhou, Hunan Province to have his kidney removed under the supervision of three so-called middlemen, and received 22,000 yuan ($3,392.97). Then he returned home with a laptop and an iPhone.

Zheng’s mother discovered her son’s new electronic products and forced him to reveal how he came to afford them. Then she took Zheng to Chenzhou and reported the matter to local police. The three agents’ telephones have not been answered since that time.

Today’s Sign the End is Nigh

NBC is bringing back “Fear Factor.”

No word if Joe Rogan, who has made a name for himself hosting MMA events or so I’ve been told, will return as host.

Words Which Could Comeback to Bite Them in the @$$ – Part 1

Dan Kapanke, R – La Crosse, caught on what seems to have been a secret recording“We’ve got tons of government workers in my district – tons. From La Crosse to Prairie du Chien and to Viroqua and to Ontario and to Hillsboro, you can go on and on and on. We have to overcome that. We gotta hope that they, kind of, are sleeping on July 12th – or whenever the (election) date is.”

Yeah, that one’s going to comeback and haunt him.

Words Which Could Comeback to Bite Them in the @$$ – Part 2

DPW Communications Chief Graeme Zielinski when asked by WISN 12 about having New York Congressman Anthony Weiner at the annual convention on Friday – “We’re glad to have him here.”

One does often say that before the circus hits town; until they have to clean up after the animals.  And it sure does appear as if Weiner is going to be bringing the circus to town with him.

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At 11:00, We Find Out Just How Crazy JoAnne Kloppenburg Is

This will be fun.

And apparently I may be the only one who might hold Tom Foley — the Wisconsin Liberal Blogosphere’s “Best Legal Mind” with a suspended law license (Just finish you CLE work already and pay your dues pal)to task for his pledge he’d join the Wisconsin GOP if Kloppenburg files a suit.  For the record Tom, most Wisconsin or National Republican Operatives I know couldn’t care less that you’re gay.  In fact, if this outing by a left-wing group was correct, the old Oppo Chief at the RNC (before he was sacked in May 2010 for being a complete and utter jerk, or so I’m told) may be gay.

Heck, I don’t care that you’re gay Tom.

Just tend to think you’re a jerk; I’m sure the feeling is mutual

The campaign for state supreme court challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg said she would make an announcement at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday on a possible legal challenge against the results of the state-wide recount in the race for Supreme Court Justice.

She had until the end of Tuesday to decide whether to take legal action after losing the recount to incumbent Justice David Prosser.

Kloppenburg asked for a statewide recount after preliminary figures had her losing to Prosser.

Brian Nemoir, campaign manager for Prosser, says the recount has been an exhaustive process and it’s time to move on.

“If they do file a suit we will fight that suit with all vigor.  It’s unnecessary.”

The recount results were certified last week showing Justice Prosser beating challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg by about 7,000 votes.

Sources to 620 WTMJ radio talk show host say Kloppenburg will indeed concede the race.  We’ll know at the top of the hour if they are correct.

No doubt Foley’s sighing in relief and hoping that Sykes got it right; no doubt the first time in Foley’s mind.

UPDATE II: Politico is reporting their own sources are confirming the Sykes report.

UPDATE III: Open blog, insert foot.

As Tom has pointed out, I appear to have libeled him. Most likely on the gay comment, and for that I sincerely apologize for.  Maybe over the past couple of years of skimming over Tom’s posts on gay marriage and his criticisms of conservative Christians on homosexual issues, I mistook his passion on them as a piss-poor assumption that he was gay himself.

I honestly meant no harm or malice from it.

My mistake, and I apologize for it, as this quote from one of Foley’s own posts, which was passed on to me shows — I am really frickin’ wrong.

I don’t get the obsession with homosexuals, which seems to be a feature of both fundamentalist style Christianity and political conservatism. Personally I don’t think about gay people too often. Christian conservatives will often tell you they aren’t so much concerned with gay people per se, but rather their focus is on “homosexual acts.”

Maybe that’s why I’m not a conservative Christian because, trust me, homosexual acts are about the last things I care to focus on.* It makes little sense to me why self-proclaimed anti-homosexuals would want to focus on homosexual acts because the only people who should be focusing on homosexual acts are, well, homosexuals.

So again, Tom, my sincerest apologizes.  I AM AN ASS.

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Scray Drops Out

This is a smart move politically. It now leaves a pretty much clear path for Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) to take on Dave Hansen (D – Green Bay).

Mary Scray, vice chairwoman of the Brown County Board, said Thursday that she won’t run for the 30th State Senate District seat currently held by Dave Hansen.

Scray announced earlier this year that she would run for the seat as a Republican in a recall election or in 2012 but said today that her responsibilities to her family, profession and the County Board forced her to reluctantly withdraw.

She also said that in the interest of Republican Party unity, she supports John Nygren, who has also announced plans to oppose Hansen, D-Green Bay.

Scray, who represents District 23 in Howard, is also chairwoman of the county’s Executive Committee.

Then this does raise the question as to why David Vander Leest, the organizer of the Hansen Recalls in the greater Green Bay area, is now also running in the Hansen RecallHe has even just launched a campaign website.

In other related news to this recall, Hansen has begun his air war and his running tons of TV in the Green Bay market.  Take that for what you will.

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Wednesday Quick Hits


I think I said it best last night when I told my friend and former eCampaign Communications Director at the RNC during the 2008 cycle, Liz Mair, that I’d rather slit my own throat than work a New York State Special election.

She agreed.

The New York State GOP is run by idiots, there’s no primary, and they never pick (Yes, they literally pick the candidates) a consensus candidate which creates more 3rd party candidates who can jump on the ballot if they have the means to do so, plus the lack of the traditional “Come to Jesus” moment after the primary isn’t around to build party cohesion.

As for takes, I think both Dave Weigel and Jim Geraghty have solid takes.

There’s no doubt Medicare — or rather MediScare — had an effect on the race as well, but I don’t blame Paul Ryan for this loss.  Paul and his staff on the Budget Committee are doing the yeoman’s work on explaining their plan and videos like this are a godsend.

How much of a godsend?  Well, both my parents are on Medicare, both are near or over 70, one of which is set to celebrate his 5th Anniversary of a heart transplant which was paid for by Medicare.  If there are any people who would have reason to worry about the Ryan Plan, it’d be them.  More or less, they’re not, in large part of Ryan’s videos which I’ve played for, or sent to them via email.

Finally, I realize there’s a sudden push by liberals for Ryan to jump in the 2012 race after last night; especially in the Kos Crowd to use the issue fully and help the Obama re-elect.

How soon they forget…



“Fehr” WEAC

Not sure I’ve ever seen a move like this in the realm of public education unions.  Members of union agrees to go one way only to see its local turn down what’s been agreed upon to benefit the “Mother Union” and one of its sacred cows — in this case, WEA Trust.

In fact, the only example I can find that’s even close to it is the failed 2003 trade by the Texas Rangers of Alex Rodriguez to the Boston Red Sex.  A-Rod had agreed on paper to the trade to Boston, and in order to avoid further hits to Boston’s  team salary, had agreed to renegotiate his mammoth salary to a lower amount.

Instead, the Major League Baseball Players Association, then under the leadership of Don Fehr, vetoed the trade between the two teams if A-Rod took a penny less than his originally negotiated contract.  As a result, the trade between Texas and Boston imploded.  The only team able to pay it, and willing to take Rodriguez and his salary away from the Texas Rangers — The New York Yankees.

Faced with the possibility that the Alex Rodriguez trade will not take place because the Major League Players Association rejected the restructuring of Rodriguez’s landmark contract by the Red Sox, Major League Baseball’s top labor lawyer said last night that commissioner Bud Selig may legally challenge the union’s right to do so.

If Selig approves the reworking of the contract of sports’ highest-paid player over the objections expressed by union lawyer Gene Orza, the matter could wind up before an independent arbitrator, a legal process that could take weeks and cause chaos for the teams and players involved.

“The basic agreement contains a rule that requires any special covenant to be an actual or potential benefit to the player,” Rob Manfred, executive vice president of labor relations & human resources for MLB told the Associated Press. “In a situation like the current situation, where there was a restructuring, where the player was getting something and the club was getting something, Gene Orza is not the final arbitrator on whether the restructuring provides an actual or potential benefit to the player. The commissioner currently is considering his legal options in consultation with the two teams.”

As a result, A-Rod’s now a Yankee until , still with his bloated salary, and theories a plenty have sprung up that this was the needed catalyst to break the “Curse of the Bambino” since the Red Sox finally won their first World Series since 1918 a season or two later.

(And yes, I am very much aware the owner who agreed to the initial contract demands of A-Rod’s agent Scott Boras — who’s also Prince Fielder’s so kiss him goodbye fellow Brewers fans — was George W. Bush.)

This Didn’t Need to Happen

Two teens in Kimberly are charged with leaving their newborn infant behind a dumpster after the father reportedly panic instead of leaving the infant at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Appleton.  The child was found two hours later, and is now living with child protective services and said to be in good health.

Wisconsin has a law, which allows for those like this young couple to drop off the child they didn’t feel they could raise on their own at a hospital, a church, or other public place and avoid any legal repercussions.  If the pair hadn’t panicked, whoever received the child would have understood and not said anything about it.

Instead, these teens now face a possible sentence six to ten years for an abandonment charge.

The “Oprah” is No More

Sorry, I got nothing here.  Was never a fan.


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Holperin Signs On as Sponsor of “Constitutional Carry”


State Senator Jim Holperin (D-Eagle River) said today he will support the least restrictive or “constitutional carry” version of legislation which would allow Wisconsin citizens to carry a concealed handgun without training or a permit.

“I favor the ‘constitutional carry’ or ‘shall issue’ version of concealed carry, but I’ve co-sponsored all three of the handgun bills that have been offered this session because this issue needs to advance and finally get signed into law,” he said.

Holperin said the ‘constitutional carry’ legislation, Senate Bill 93, was making good progress after receiving strong support in public hearings. “SB 93 will be modified to include an optional permit for use in other states, but will still allow handgun owners to carry concealed without a permit or other regulation if they choose,” he said.

Another bill, Senate Bill 90, creates a licensing system for those who want to carry concealed and is similar to measures introduced in past sessions. “SB 90 has become a fallback position this session, and will likely not be advanced,” Holperin said.

A third measure, still in drafting, would allow concealed carry after gun owners complete a short two hour training session.

“I’ve always believed that responsible and qualified citizens deserve the right to carry and use firearms as guaranteed by both our state and federal constitutions with the fewest possible restrictions, and my voting record reflects that,” Holperin added.

“I’m looking forward to voting for the constitutional carry legislation with an optional permit for those who might want one, and I’m hopeful the bill can be on the Governor’s desk before the end of June,” he concluded.

Yes, liberals of Wisconsin and their blogging brethren, a Democrat –ARGUABLY THE MOST VULNERABLE IN HIS RECALL ELECTION — is to the right of Charlie Sykes, the state’s top “Gun-Blogger” Owen Robinson, and most of the conservative bloggers [For the record, I just want the old Zien bill re-introduced.  Mission Accomplished according to my contacts at the NRA.] in the state when it comes to this version of concealed carry.

(Pardon me while I wait for everyone’s head to stop exploding.)

What does this mean?  Well, for starters, I think this largely confirms the theory I’ve been throwing around in my head and with a few friends that the concealed carry debate this legislative session has been hijacked by factions “Up North” who frankly know they both have the numbers to get it through, and don’t care what the more urban, populace parts of the state think about it.  The lead authors; one is from outside Wausau, the other is from Crivitz, are both from northern Wisconsin.

Which leads us to Holperin.  It’s no secret that part of the Democratic playbook is to try to make Holperin’s Republican challenger, Kim Simec, into some sort of right-wing kook.  Central to this, is apparently some of her children’s books — one of which is on guns and the constitutional right to keep and bear arms.

If Holperin’s all of a sudden joined “the land of the crazy people” (I’m paraphrasing any number of Bill Christofferson posts on the concealed carry legislation for the past six or seven years) it does make one begin to wonder why, and if his polling numbers are showing something we haven’t been noticing.  Maybe even liberals are missing something here with their focus on the GOP recalls and believing the ones on Kapanke and Hopper are already ‘in the bank and earning interest.’

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And the Supreme Court Recount is Done

7,004 votes.

That’s the final tally of the victory of David Prosser to his re-election to the Wisconsin State Supreme Court.

Now…the expectant wait until next Tuesday morning to see if JoAnne Kloppenburg is crazy enough to file a legal challenge which will go no where.  Is it any wonder the statewide left has been ignoring this recount for the better part of the last month?

She’s lost.


(Where’s my “Sore Loserman” jpeg when I need it?)

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser’s victory over challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg has been certified by the state board that oversees elections.

The Government Accountability Board on Monday certified results of a statewide recount that showed the incumbent Prosser defeated Kloppenburg by 7,004 votes. The election was widely seen as a referendum on Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal taking away nearly all collective bargaining rights from most state workers.

Conservative Walker backers largely backed Prosser while opponents of the collective bargaining bill lined up behind Kloppenburg in the officially nonpartisan race.

Kloppenburg now has until May 31 to challenge the results in court. Her campaign has not said whether it will file a challenge or not.

Prosser’s campaign says there is no basis for a challenge and it’s time to move on.

Normally, Kloppenburg has 5 business days to decide on a legal challenge after the final certification.  They have a bit of a longer window because of the upcoming Memorial Day weekend; hence the May 31st deadline.

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