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On Voting Republicans Out Of Office

 
 
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Reply Tue 24 May, 2011 08:46 am
AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka gives powerful speech on worker's rights & the tough questions America faces today. A must-watch.

Like & share this post if you agree: "The moral character of America is worth fighting for."
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Reply Tue 24 May, 2011 08:47 am
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Reply Tue 24 May, 2011 09:27 am
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/#43145267
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Reply Wed 25 May, 2011 12:15 am
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43161820/ns/politics-capitol_hill/
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Reply Fri 27 May, 2011 11:02 am
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/#43189486

Another case of republican contradiction; short on jobs and short on human rights. Protect the unborn and to hell with the already living. (cynical)
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Reply Tue 31 May, 2011 06:56 pm
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Reply Fri 10 Jun, 2011 10:00 pm
Minn. state workers get layoff notices warning of July 1 shutdown as budget dispute drags on
PATRICK CONDON , Star Tribune
ST. PAUL, Minn. - With a government shutdown looming, one Minnesota state worker who expected his layoff notice Friday said he thinks he can last about a month without a paycheck but that he will be worried if the budget stalemate at the Capitol stretches longer than that.
Ahmad Lewis is a tax specialist at the Department of Revenue in St. Paul, auditing individual income taxes to make sure they comply with federal law. The 28-year-old from Roseville expects to be one of about 42,000 state workers due to get the bad word.
"I've got bills to pay, man," Lewis said. "There's never much left in any paycheck after I take care of expenses."
The notices went out Friday to about 36,000 executive branch employees and another 6,000 workers at Minnesota State College and University campuses. While a court is likely to declare some essential to health and safety during a shutdown, most would stop working July 1 if a new two-year budget is not in place.
The layoff notice to executive branch employees, sent by the Minnesota Management and Budget office, says those workers would get their last paycheck on July 15 for the June 22-30 work period. It says these workers would be eligible to file for unemployment insurance.
Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders have made little recent progress in a dispute over taxes and spending, with Republicans demanding the state not spend above $34 billion in the next two-year budget while Dayton hopes to add another $1.8 billion mostly through a tax increase on the state's highest earners.
Dayton's budget commissioner and chief of staff were meeting Friday afternoon to discuss budget negotiations and planning for the possibility of a shutdown. The administration is still preparing lists of employees it will at some point ask a court to declare essential, but it appears likely that delivery of most state services — from licensing to road construction projects to state park operations — will be interrupted.
Dayton's budget commissioner, Jim Schowalter, said it's unfortunate that state workers are caught in the middle of the budget dispute.
"The message is pretty simple," Schowalter said. "We value their service, this is not about what they're doing, this is about a constitutional issue. Without appropriations, we can't spend."
The layoff notices say that some workers may still be entitled to receive an employer contribution towards their insurance coverage if there's a shutdown. Those not eligible for the contribution would be able to continue insurance coverage at their own expense, or could choose to discontinue it.
Schowalter said it's too early to say how much a shutdown might cost the state. Eliot Seide, director of the Minnesota chapter of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees — which represents 18,000 state workers — said the union's contract states that all laid-off workers are entitled to severance, accrued vacation and comp time.
"We assert that a shutdown will cost the state more than it saves," Seide said.
Lewis, the tax specialist, said a big part of his own job is making sure the state collects all the taxes it's due. "If we're not working, the state's not getting that money," he said.
But Lewis is more worried about his own bottom line. He supports Dayton in the dispute with Republicans, saying he'd be much more affected by lack of a paycheck than would the wealthiest taxpayers by an income tax increase.
"If this goes on too long, I might have to make a sign and stand on the side of the road: `I'm a state employee, give me a dollar please,'" Lewis said. "I know I shouldn't joke about it — I'm laughing so I don't cry. This is not a joke by any means."
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Associated Press reporters Martiga Lohn and Chris Williams contributed to this report
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Reply Sat 11 Jun, 2011 11:08 am
Steve Lund: Judge gives meetings law vital support

No matter how people feel about the changes to Wisconsin’s collective bargaining laws passed by the Legislature in March — and then voided May 26 by Judge Maryann Sumi — Wisconsin residents should take heart in Sumi’s decision.

She declared the state’s open meetings law means something.

“This case is the exemplar of values protected by the open meetings law: transparency in government, the right of citizens to participate in their government and respect for the rule of law,” Sumi wrote in her decision. “It is not this court’s business to determine whether 2011 Act 10 is good public policy or bad public policy; that is the business of the Legislature. It is this court’s responsibility, however, to apply the rule of law to the facts before it.”

Sumi described the evidence supporting her finding that the law was violated as “clear and convincing. This was not a case in which proper notice was missed by a few minutes or an hour. Not even the two-hour notice justified by ‘good cause’ was provided. The legislators were understandably frustrated by the stalemate existing on March 9, but that does not justify jettisoning compliance with the open meetings law.”

According to Sumi, the Joint Committee of Conference, the committee of legislative leaders from both chambers of the Legislature that met to separate fiscal from non-fiscal portions of the budget repair bill, was aware it was violating the law.

She noted remedies were readily available. In her conclusions, Sumi said the conference committee violated the open meetings law by failing to provide at least 24 hours public notice of the meeting. She doesn’t mention it in her documents, but the remedy for that problem is pretty obvious: Give 24 hours notice.

Sumi said the meeting also violated the law by failing to provide reasonable public access to the meeting. The meeting was held in the Senate Gallery, which, after being set up to accommodate legislative staff members and the media, had seating for only 20 people. Larger rooms in the Capitol were available, the judge wrote, and they had been used for conference committee meetings in the past.

The Legislature still could post a timely notice of a new committee meeting and take the same action, voiding the effect of her decision. The judge pointed out it has been possible all along for the Legislature to hold the vote again, making the case unnecessary.

In fact, the legislators could have held a new vote without admitting they violated the law. They didn’t do so, so the case proceeded. But now that the judge has ruled, a new vote may be forthcoming.

For that reason, Sumi’s ruling ultimately may not have any effect on the public policy concerning collective bargaining. But it will have an important effect on the way legislators and the public look at the open meetings law: It still matters.

Many of our elected politicians speak glowingly of Wisconsin’s tradition of open government. But it took a circuit court judge to hold the Legislature to that tradition.

Steve Lund is the editorial page editor of the Kenosha News. His column was distributed by the Freedom of Information Council (www.wisfoic.org), a nonprofit dedicated to open government.

http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/opinion/column/guest/article_c8db94f4-92c6-11e0-941d-001cc4c03286.html
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Reply Sat 11 Jun, 2011 04:48 pm
One more BIG reason to vote democrat.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/#43362324
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Reply Tue 14 Jun, 2011 12:01 am
Republicans attempting to squelch free speech again.

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/06/wisconsin-public-internet-fights-telecoms-attempts-to-kill-it-off.ars
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Reply Tue 14 Jun, 2011 04:24 pm
http://www.channel3000.com/politics/28237503/detail.html

This means that the open meeting law that requires advance notice has no judicial weight. Does this mean that when the republicans are recalled and the democrats are back in power in the state that they can hold meetings without giving advanced notice? This legal precedent cuts both ways.
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Reply Tue 14 Jun, 2011 04:28 pm
Today the republicans are trying to push a bill through congress to partially defund WIC (woman infant care) and food stamps by millions of dollars.

First they attack healthcare then they attack social security for the old and poor and now they are attaching food supplements, i.e. baby formula and pregnant woman's counseling and healthcare. And they dare to call themselves "pro life"?
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Reply Thu 16 Jun, 2011 02:59 pm
http://www.kochblocked.com/
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Reply Thu 16 Jun, 2011 05:42 pm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeDXsk8PS0Y&feature=player_embedded#at=59

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xUD1WfXauw&feature=player_embedded#at=12
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Reply Thu 16 Jun, 2011 09:27 pm
http://inspirationgreen.com/koch-brothers-products.html
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Reply Thu 16 Jun, 2011 10:43 pm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71SWF3FvEQM&feature=player_embedded#at=12
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Reply Thu 16 Jun, 2011 11:29 pm
Another reason to vote Republicans out of office.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/#43419292
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Reply Sat 18 Jun, 2011 11:33 pm
http://myplayfulself.com/wordpress/archives/6098
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Reply Wed 22 Jun, 2011 07:06 pm
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Reply Thu 23 Jun, 2011 12:43 am
@RexRed,
Most of our citizens are like my wife. They dont want to hear about the Koches of this world and their propaganda machine and the lies they tell. They would rather watch a bunch of dancers and singers on tv than search for the truth.
 

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