Wisconsin State Senators Raising Big-Bucks For Recall Elections, State Law Limits Use Of Funds

The money is rolling in for some of the Republican and Democratic state senators who are facing a recall election this summer.  The amounts that are making headlines in some cases are amazing.  All this money comes on top of a  reminder of how recall funds are supposed to be spent.

Political watchdogs around Wisconsin might want to take note not only of the amounts that are pouring into these races, but also how the money is being used.  While there is no limit on the amounts that can be raised, there are still restrictions that need to be observed.  I think we need to keep a careful eye on how the monies are spent, as the process of government and politics is even more important than the outcomes.

State law limits use of the recall funds to legal fees and all other expenses related to the circulation of a recall petition or the challenge or defense of an order for a recall election. They cannot be used to advocate for or against a candidate.

In State Senator Alberta Darling’s case she is in need of a shovel it seems to load it all into her bank account.

State Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) has raised $422,000 so far this year, according to a campaign spending report that shows she’s well-armed for the recall challenge being prepared against her.

Her campaign report, filed with the state Government Accountability Board this week, also lists $206,000 in campaign spending so far – much of it for design and mailing of campaign literature, and radio ads.

Other Republican senators targeted for recall also reported campaign collections well into the six figures, but none approached her totals. They include Dan Kapanke of La Crosse, who’s raised $180,000 this year and spent $90,000; Randy Hopper of Fond du Lac, who’s raised $131,000 and spent $39,000; and Sheila Harsdorf of River Falls, $110,000 and $61,000. The one other GOP senator against whom signatures have been filed so far is Luther Olsen of Ripon, who reports $35,000 in collections and only $637 in expenditures in his mostly rural district.

On the Democratic side, Sen. Dave Hansen of Green Bay reported $127,000 in contributions and $54,000 in expenditures; Sen. Jim Holperin of Conover reported $151,000 in collections and $92,000 in spending; and Sen. Robert Wirch of Pleasant Prairie reported $51,000 raised and just $2,800 spent. All three Democrats had recall signatures filed against them last week.

David Prosser Unable To Recall If He Was At The Governor’s Office After Election

One can be forgiven if unable to recall what was consumed for breakfast last Thursday.  But I suspect one might recall a visit that took place at the Governor’s office.


Well, actually no.

No, that is if you are Supreme Court Justice David Prosser.

In an interview with WKOW27 News,  state supreme court justice David Prosser denied meeting with Governor Walker the day after voters decided between Prosser and challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg in a hotly-contested race,  but said it was possible he was at the governor’s office.

How does one handle the reams of paperwork on the high bench, and recall odd bits of law and nuances of legal strategy but then claim not to know if  a visit to the Governor’s office took place!

And might I add a visit at a very critical moment following a massive voter turnout that resulted in a razor-thin difference in the outcome at the time the Prosser visit occurred.  A meeting that took place a day  before thousands of votes turned up in his favor.

I am not suggesting anything….just making a point of  fact.

Are we the idiots for wondering this question, or is Prosser trying to be too cute by half.

I think it only proper that we now ask, and demand answers to the following questions.

Who on the governor’s staff did  Prosser meet with?” 

What contact did Prosser or anyone on his staff have with Walker, or anyone on Walker’s staff?

If I were more snarky I might ask if anyone had a black marker and unmarked ballots.

“It is conceivable that during that week,  I stopped down to the governor’s office,”   Prosser told WKOW27 News

Prosser told WKOW27 News any visit would have been to request gubernatorial mementoes for visiting international students.

In a sworn complaint to the government accountability board seeking a special investigation into Nickolaus’ handling of the vote,  Kloppenburg campaign manager Melissa Mulliken alleged “…Justice Prosser was observed entering the Governor’s Office late in the evening and attending a private,  on (sic) -on-one meeting with Governor Scott Walker”  on the night after the April 5 election.   Mulliken also quotes Walker from that day suggesting votes may turn up “out of the blue.”

“I certainly never went beyond the reception person,”   Prosser told WKOW27 News about his possible presence in the governor’s office.

“I never met with the governor personally in his office.”

One might note by the time the interview concludes Prosser seems more certain that he was indeeed at the Governor’s office.

Really…too cute by half.

Ted Kennedy’s DC Mansion Could Be Yours For $7 Million

This could be fun.

See inside the house here.

The Washington, DC home belonging to the late Senator Ted Kennedy is stillseeking a buyer after 16 months on the market. The six-bedroom mansion, in the Kalorama section of the capital, was initially expected to sell for $8 million, but Sotheby’s has since reduced the price tag to $6.995 million.

Sen. Kennedy and his wife Victoria bought the home, which bears a striking resemblance to the White House, in 1998 for $2.75 million.

The house has five fireplaces, an indoor pool, an exercise room, an elevator, and a wine cellar — and is located squarely between DC’s Islamic center and the Syrian embassy.

CBS’s Bob Schieffer “Ugly Strain Of Racism” With Birthers

Yesterday morning I called the ‘birthers’ racist.  There is no doubt that Donald Trump is using racism to play to the teabagger movement which is steeped in  blatant racism.  Hours after my post was up another voice was added to the choir.

On the CBS Evening News Bob Schieffer weighed in and offered the same conclusion regarding this matter, and how the grades that Obama had which allowed him to get into Harvard are now being called into question.

Bob Schieffer appeared Wednesday night on “The CBS Evening News and reacted to Trump’s latest salvo against President Barack Obama, in which Trump suggested the Prez might not have had the grades to get into Harvard Law School.

Schieffer said, “That’s just code for saying he got into law school because he’s black.  This is an ugly strain of racism that’s running through this whole thing.”

“Obey” Not In Royal Wedding Vows

I should hope that word “obey” would not appear in any wedding vow anywhere anymore!

Following the lead of Princess Diana, who took the similarly eschewed the word when she married Prince Charles in 1981, Kate Middleton will not promise to “obey” Prince William in her wedding vows, according to a report in the Daily Mail. It is a word that is very old-school, and often excluded from modern weddings, but for the Royals, Princess Diana’s decision broke with protocol and caused controversy.

Given that this is not the first time a royal wedding will remove the word “obey” from the vows, Kate Middleton is likely to face less flak than Princess Di did. However, others that followed Di kept the “obey” vow in their weddings. Sarah Ferguson and Sophie Rhys-Jones both promised to obey, in 1986 and 1999 respectively.

That said, the report indicated that the soon-to-be royal couple has agreed together what they will say in their vows. Middleton will promise that she will “love, comfort, honor and keep” her new husband.

How Does Donald Trump Comb His Hair?

Is that Donald Trump’s hair that is wrapped around his head, or a hair piece.? Or is it a pet?

Question is could Donald run fast enough to catch it if it were to escape?

I think we need to consider the number one question about this odd man since there seems to be, at least in the mind of Trump himself, a chance he might throw his hat into the arena and run for President of the United States.  I do not think, at the end of the day, that Trump runs for the White House. (UPDATED—-In 2015 his ego entered the race!)

That obvious question, regardless of whether this goof-ball actually runs for office, is how does Donald Trump comb his hair?

First, sweep thinning front sections to the side to provide a band of cover above the forehead.   Second, and this seems to be the most important part, take the section and propel it forward so that the combover lies at a 90 degree angle with the illusion of thickness.  Third, take a section of hair from the top, roughly in line with the ear and sweep backwards and at an angle to deal with the peripheral thinning area on top.  Fourth, comb directly above ear backwards, otherwise it will trail by the face and detract from the rest of the hairdo. 

Fifth, and this is most important…have lots….and I mean LOTS of sight-impaired friends around.  Better yet a room of dolts might be best.  Which brings us to why Donald Trump has selected to hang out with teabaggers.

When Will Donald Trump Release His Tax Returns?

Donald Trump said he’d release his tax returns as soon as President Obama released his birth certificate.

The president released his long-form birth certificate, even though I think Obama should not have done so.

So now it is Trump’s turn to follow through on his promise.

We are waiting…….

Remember the promise to release his tax returns that Donald Trump made as reported in The Wall Street Journal?  Or on Good Morning America?  

We are waiting….

Newspaper Sends Message To ‘Birthers’ And Teabaggers