Every true conservative, or at least every Republican conservative, knows that our freedoms are under continuing threat from the Obama administration, which has already seized control of the health care and energy sectors, and is circling the education sector with the threat of a core curriculum. Worry not. Our Republican guardians are on the alert. At least in Wisconsin.
To avoid having voters strong-armed by presidential executive actions into taking all sorts of steps to prevent the climate change he argues is about to unleash droughts (or is it floods, or is it both), Republican members of an obscure state commission charged with managing hundreds of thousands of acres of forest land have ordered workers not to discuss the issue of climate change while at work. The state treasurer says chat “by the water cooler,” in the manner in which Wisconsin teams’ victories and losses (in the case of the NCAA finals it is a loss) are fine, but anything beyond that is simply inappropriate. To protect your freedom to burn coal and drive big SUVs, Republicans in Wisconsin feel they must impinge on your freedom of speech lest you come to an agreement that the climate is indeed changing. So far, not a word of indignation from libertarian Rand Paul, defender of all sorts of freedoms nowhere mentioned in the Constitution, which sports as its very First Amendment a guarantee that surely covers a workers’ right to have his say, even if at greater length than his views on some basketball game. And not necessarily only when a water cooler is handy.
Scott Walker and Hillary Clinton may very well face off against other in the general election for president next year, but the Republican from Wisconsin has claimed to have had Clinton's number for more than a decade. Long before he had become a national figure, Walker said on a Wisconsin radio show that the first lady and future senator and secretary of state polls best when "people feel a bit sympathetic for her having to be married to Bill."
Scott Walker may not be a candidate for president yet, but the Wisconsin governor’s growing political action committee staff is already going after a potential rival in the Republican primary. GOP strategist Liz Mair, CNN reports, has just signed on to consult for Walker’s Our American Revival PAC, doing outreach to bloggers and other digital media outlets.
Scott Walker has won every round of his long fight with Big Labor in Wisconsin, but it wasn’t until November 4 that he delivered the knockout punch. In his third gubernatorial election in four years, Walker defeated Democratic challenger Mary Burke by 6 points. It was the same margin of victory he had in the 2010 Republican wave and just a point shy of his 2012 performance in a union-funded recall.
Madison school board member Mary Burke is the Democratic challenger to Wisconsin governor Scott Walker. But Democrats should hope interested voters don't head to MaryBurke.com. Wisconsin Republicans snagged the web address before Burke could and have created a near-mirror image of Burke's real campaign site, burkeforwisconsin.com.
Here's a screenshot of the real site, which features an outline of Wisconsin and the words "Mary Burke, governor" in the logo:
Rebecca Kleefisch, the Republican lieutenant governor of Wisconsin, likes to talk about butter. By the time we’re done talking, I know exactly how to buy a month’s worth from a Wisconsin Kwik Trip—and what Kleefisch thinks that has to do with Republican politics.
A local report from Green Bay, Wisconsin says that health care premiuns could increase up to 125 percent because of Obamacare:
"Half a million Wisconsinites will soon have to open up their pocket books for health care coverage," says a local anchor. "And new estimates show, it may be costly. ... The state's office of the commissioner of insurance released estimates of how premium rates for individuals will be changing under the Affordable Care Act."