Madison Cop-Haters Take Major Loss In City Council

This blog is four-square with the Madison Police Department and Chief Mike Koval.  So I am very pleased with last night’s work by the mature members of the Madison City Council who beat back a cop-bashing attempt by the likes of Alderwoman Marsha Rummel and her usual crowd.  Rummel had wished to zero out any money for more police.  That crap did not fly.

Rummel and her cop-hating allies lost last night at the budget meeting when the council voted 14-6 in favor of adding $400,000 to the $350,000 allocated in the mayor’s proposed budget in order to fund, at the very least, seven additional police officers and two squad cars even if the city is not awarded a federal grant.  David Blaska has a first-rate write-up that correctly hits the nail from every direction.  

I want to thank Alders Eskrich, Harrington, King, Martin, Palm, Phair, Skidmore, Verveer, Wood, Zellers, Ahrens, Bidar-Sielaff, Cheeks, Clear for their votes and leadership. Madison proved who the mature members of the council are, and what spine is all about.

Job well done!

Alabama Republican Party To Make Decision On Roy Moore Later This Week

Tick tock–tick tock.

But do not hold your breath.  I am not all all convinced that the state GOP will do the correct thing as they too are in the hands of the three-thumb Alabama crowd at election time.  In other words this scandal will likely continue to be a weight around the national GOP neck.  Democrats can score without even taking to the field in this game.

The 21 members of Alabama’s Republican Party central steering committee are the only ones who can pull Roy Moore’s nomination and potentially block his path to the Senate. After days of mounting allegations that their Senate nominee had sexual contact with teenage girls while he was in his 30s, two Alabama GOP sources tell TPM they’ve finally decided to hold a meeting later this week to hash out whether they can stand by his side.

“We are still weighing the evidence, but realize some decision or statement must come from the state party soon,” said one Alabama Republican.

Most members of the committee have so far stayed silent, worried about fury from Moore backers if they reject him and damage to their own political careers no matter what they do.

But as the allegations pile up against their nominee, they’re creeping towards making a decision on whether to stand by Moore or pull the party nomination and back a possible write-in campaign, a move which further dims their hopes of holding the seat.

Many on the committee have their own political careers to worry about. Roughly a quarter of the committee’s members are running for public office next year and face competitive primaries where they need backing from Moore’s supporters. Others depend on GOP contracts for their livelihood, or on relationships built through the state party for company business.


Another School Shooting–Three Dead

America, here we go again.

The Tehama County Sheriff’s Office says the shooting happened near an elementary school in Rancho Tehama around 8:00 am. local time. Rancho Tehama is about 115 miles north of the state capital of Sacramento.

“Multiple students” have been airlifted from the scene where three people were killed.  There is no confirmation that the dead included students.  A 6-year-old and another child are among the injured.

Jose Garcia, who owns the La Fortuna Market, about a half-mile from the school, said he heard “a lot of shooting” near the school shortly after 8 a.m.

Cook Report: Alabama Senate Race A Toss-Up

Given the demographics in Alabama it is almost impossible to truly believe that the U.S. Senate race will be won by a Democratic candidate.   But should Republican Roy Moore not exit the race, following the news of his sexual interest in teenage girls, and if a write-in candidate does not come forth quickly, then perhaps there is a glimmer of hope for a massive upset down in Dixie.

I have been following the polling and while there is naturally a tightening of the race given the fact a pedophile is running for office, I am also reminded that evangelicals which make up a large part of the GOP base in Alabama have proven in 2016 votes that their stated moral positions on Sunday does not mean much on Tuesday.  With that in mind I was most interested in what The Cook Report had to write about this election.

What if Moore doesn’t win on December 12? In truth, the biggest winner in all of this has been Jones, the Democratic nominee. Apart from condemning Moore and seeing his fundraising spike, Jones hasn’t changed much about his campaign, nor does he have to. Moore’s problems are likely to make it easier for Jones to get his supporters to the polls and to expand his base to include Republicans who can’t vote for Moore or accept the possibility that he could serve in the Senate. It is still a tough road, but it gets a bit smoother every day.

So, yes, this race is a hot mess that is likely to get messier between now and December 12. And, the circumstances of a special election and the allegations against Moore combine to create as much uncertainty as we’ve seen in a Senate race since 2000 when Democratic Gov. Mel Carnahan was on the ballot despite his death in a plane crash three weeks before the election. The contest moves to Toss Up, as it is the only appropriate way of describing this uncertainty. Stay tuned.

Jeff Sessions And His Weaselly Trouble With The Truth

Saturday Night Live--which again this season is soaring in the ratings–has pegged Attorney General Jeff Sessions perfectly as a weaselly. slimy. rat-like figure who will appear from under desks or hidden away in a drawer only to appear and know things at the strangest of times.

Today Sessions appearred before Congress and made good on the SNL depiction.

Testifying before the House Judiciary Committee Sessions said he now oddly recalls a March 2016 meeting with President Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos. Papadopoulos, in pleading guilty to lying to FBI agents, has admitted he told Trump and a group of other campaign officials, including Sessions, that he had contacts who could help arrange a meeting between Trump and Russian President Putin.

Earlier this year Sessions lied before Congress when he was asked whether he believed surrogates from the Trump campaign had communications with the Russians.  He then testified “I did not, and I’m not aware of anyone else that did, and I don’t believe it happened.”

Sessions now is spinning a new layer of remarks that one has to suspect, given the movement of the Russian investigation, will also have to be updated.  Today Session told lawmakers that while he now mysteriously can recall the meeting with Papadopoulos, he has “no clear recollection of the details of what he said at that meeting.”

That will be his line until there is another person who works with the Robert Mueller team and allows for Sessions to again find clarity in his thinking.

Sessions is simply weaselly and rat-like as SNL portrays him to be.