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John Doe Corruption Probe, Ryan Budget and More From the Democratic Party of Wisconsin

The first of many posts from the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.

Hello and welcome to the first Patch blog post from the Democratic Party of Wisconsin (DPW). I’m Mike Tate, Chair of the DPW. 


With this blog, my colleagues and I will bring you the latest news and opinions from the Democratic Party on issues facing Wisconsinites.

Our goal with this blog will be to inform all Wisconsin residents about the topics of the day, how they can make an impact and what our elected officials and the Party are doing to return Wisconsin to our strong values and traditions.

That said, let’s get into a couple of timely topics.

The John Doe criminal corruption probe surrounding Scott Walker continues. Never in our state’s long history has a sitting governor created a criminal defense fund. That is, before Scott Walker did so recently. Under the letter of the law, an elected official may only create such a fund if they are being investigated, have been charged or believe they will soon be convicted of a crime. Still, Walker has somehow denied he is being targeted in the probe, regardless of his actions in creating the defense fund.

But this is the just the latest development in the ongoing investigation. Over the past several months, the John Doe investigation has led to convictions and charges of six of Walker’s close aides and employees. The more than a dozen felonies include embezzlement, illegal campaign donations, sex crimes against children and campaigning on taxpayer time.

Catch up on the John Doe criminal corruption probe here.

Paul Ryan budget offers tax breaks to the wealthy. Released yesterday, Rep Paul Ryan’s budget is just more of the same. This “new” budget is a re-hash of his failed attempt last year -- it's the same bad ideas, re-packaged and re-worded. Two of the key points of the budget include an average tax break of $150,000 for millionaires and billionaires (paid for by cutting programs for veterans, seniors and children) and the destruction of Medicare as we know it, putting insurance companies in charge of people’s health care choices.

Read more about this destructive budget here.

State senator resigns, eliminating Republican majority. Sen. Pam Galloway last week announced her resignation from the 29th Senate District, citing family medical issues. First, we wish the senator and her family our best and a speedy recovery. Her move eliminates the majority previously held by Scott Walker Republicans that has brought nothing but harm to the working families of our state. Off-setting the majority offers us some short-term hope that Walker’s agenda has been stalled.

Sen. Galloway was facing a recall election, triggered after more than 20,000 constituents in her district signed a recall petition this winter. Despite her resignation, the recall election will move forward and voters in her district will have an opportunity to select new leadership.

Read more of our statement about the meaning of the Galloway resignation here and a statement from the State Senate on Galloway's proposed Republican replacement here.

Wisconsin leads nation in jobs loss. Also late last week we learned the unfortunate — but not surprising — news that our state led the nation in jobs loss under Scott Walker’s failed leadership and disastrous, anti-family agenda.

Even as the United States as a whole added jobs for the past 17 months, Wisconsin was left out of this upward trend and instead, we lost 12,500 jobs over the past year due to Walker’s divisive, damaging actions.

Read Assembly Minority Leader Rep. Peter Barca’s take on the bad news here.

Thank you for taking the time to read our first Patch blog; expect to see many more as the recall and other elections get closer. In between our posts, please visit our website (www.wisdems.org) for the latest statements and other information from the Party.

This post is contributed by a community member. The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Patch Media Corporation. Everyone is welcome to submit a post to Patch. If you'd like to post a blog, go here to get started.

Rick March 24, 2012 at 03:33 PM
I got past the first two sentences before i wanted to retch.... Never in the states history did one party leave a sitting session... to do what? make sure that the issue was vetted? Oh, wait.... no it was to protect the works... no, was it to prevent a miscarriage of legislation... or wait.. i lost track of the excuses. Just be honest for once. YOU AND YOUR DEMS ARE OWNED BY GOV UNIONS.
TJ Monday March 24, 2012 at 03:43 PM
McBride - You are one of those that rails against profanity in these blogs, then you ask if someone is a "hax0r" ?. It means you are one of those hacker type multimedia gamers, as it is a very derogatory code word. Does that then make you a suxxor?.
Randy1949 March 24, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Well, never in the state's history have we seen such a legislative overreach the likes of Scott Walker and the Fitzgerald's have foisted on us. If a tactic was good enough for Abraham Lincoln, it's good enough for our state legislators. If you're being completely honest, who owns the GOP?
Randy1949 March 24, 2012 at 05:22 PM
What a useful comment -- characterize your opponents as crying infants. My 'way' is a more even-handed sacrifice to deal with our state budget problems than just sticking it to the poor and the others who have been hardest hit in the recession. Many of these short-sighted cost saving measures will just rebound onto the working and middle classes in the long run. I'll ask you, upset father, how much did Scott Walker reduce your taxes?
Randy1949 March 24, 2012 at 05:26 PM
@Lyle -- Good questions. Something has to be done about property taxes, which are extremely regressive for seniors and other people whose income doesn't match the assessed value of their property. We're not a cash-cow, as the school districts seems to view us. However, reducing state revenue to localities, which returns our income and sales-taxes in part, simply makes the local problem worse.
Bob McBride March 24, 2012 at 05:32 PM
TJ, I know what hax0r means. I apologize if I offended your gamer sensibilities. You may now return to checking out Skyrim cheats or whatever.
treeman March 24, 2012 at 07:27 PM
WOW... I don't know where to start. The John Doe probe: First of all, this probe (run by a Democrat DA) is leaking more than a screen door on a submarine. Second, some of the charges were brought because Walker asked for the investigation. Finally I realize that the Dems of this state are all excited about this probe but I think they are just upset because former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (a Democrat) was sentenced to 14 years in prison. Oh and considering how much the Dems are attacking Walker over this probe (even though there is no evidence of wrongdoing) I don't blame him for starting a defense fund. After all, the Dems are clearly targeting him. This blog proves it... The compaints over Ryans proposed budget is just simply funny since it has been over a 1,000 days since the Dems have given us a budget. Also, when Tim Geithner said to Paul Ryan: “We don’t have a definitive solution …(to the debt) We just don’t like yours” I have a hard time taking with the idea that Dems want to fix anything. The idea of having a recall election against someone who is no longer in office is about as crazy as they get. She is out of office but we are going to have an election against her. Huh??? I am curious how you think the Dem solution would have created a better job situation in this state. In Jan of 2011 WI had 2,833,068 jobs. In Jan of 2012 WI had 2,844,774 jobs. That means this state added 11,706 jobs (not lost 12,500) in one year.
Steve ® March 24, 2012 at 10:00 PM
I look pretty cool in your head Ron. Thanks for pumping up my ego I really appreciate it :)
Steve ® March 24, 2012 at 10:04 PM
1- Pay the unions with tax money 2- Yes, entirely 3- Funding for the unions and some will trickle down to the employees, education is just our selling point. Tax the rich, spread the wealth. They're pretty tapped out but we can get more. We are against giving any credit to walker for jobs so no mine. Since the budget will be once again in a deficit after Act 10 is gone we can keep going after the middle class with property tax increases, fees and taxing the rich raises prices on everything. 4- Unions in state and out of state also Wisconsin tax payers.
Mike March 25, 2012 at 03:41 AM
If Scott Walker had another son I hope he wouldn't be Mike Tate! What a disgrace to his party.
Bren March 25, 2012 at 04:22 AM
There are a number of ALEC bills that need to be repealed/revisited. I'd leave the badge employees alone because they put their lives on the line every shift.
Barb March 25, 2012 at 01:35 PM
"@upset father -- Bill Ayers. And do you know when and how he was supposedly a terrorist? Or even how he and President Obama are connected? Or do you just 'hear things' on Fox or over the internet and repeat them?" Talk about only having a vague idea of the facts. What?, are you 12? You couldn't have lived through the 60's and not heard of him. Bill Ayres was one of the founders of the Weather Underground. They used bombs to make their points. If that isn't terroristic activity, I don't know what is. His wife Bernadine Dohrn is also a fellow communist. I'm sure if you did a little reading, especially on the internet (which makes is so easy nowadays) you couldn't make such moronic statements. Oh and I am not getting my information from Fox News. I lived in Madison at the time.
mau March 25, 2012 at 02:30 PM
For all you beating up on "upset father" and in a round about way calling him ignorant, with your comments, here is a neutral web site (not Fox) detailing his statement about Ayer's relationship with Obama. Here in "Clintonesk" type answer is FactChecks response to McCain's accusation: We find McCain’s accusation that Obama "lied" to be groundless. It is true that recently released records show half a dozen or so more meetings between the two men than were previously known, but Obama never denied working with Ayers. Another "Clintonesk" type answer from FactCheck, as to what is a good terrorist vs bad terrorist, is: Even the description of Ayers as a "terrorist" is a matter of interpretation. Setting off bombs can fairly be described as terrorism even when they are intended to cause only property damage, which is what Ayers has admitted doing in his youth. But for nearly three decades since, Ayers has lived the relatively quiet life of an educator. It would be correct to call him a "former terrorist," and an "unapologetic" one at that. But if McCain means the word "terrorist" to invoke images of 9/11, he’s being misleading; Ayers is no Osama bin Laden now, and never was. http://factcheck.org/2008/10/he-lied-about-bill-ayers/ Now the Clinton's, that's a whole different story. http://sixties-l.blogspot.com/2008/05/clinton-quiet-about-own-radical-ties.html
Amano Miller March 25, 2012 at 02:46 PM
WOW, what are you LEFTIES smoking that would make you think you have any chance in the recall elections?
Lyle Ruble March 25, 2012 at 03:00 PM
@mau...Guilt by association is not a sound argument. Bill Ayers and the Weather Underground never gained widespread support and were thoroughly condemned at the time. To concentrate on the past associations to reflect on the present and the future is a major error. Times are different now and we shouldn't evoke a past that has no relevancies.
mau March 25, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Oh My, Governor Walker, GW Bush, Ron Paul...... All the campaign adds and comments on this blog are guilt by association. If Ayers act was so innocent, why all the hoopla about the shoe bomber. Just imagine any one of the Republican candidates being tied to an individual or organization that had been involved in bombings, especially on US Soil. These people would be labeled home grown terrorist today and be on the FBI, CIA and any other watch group. They were no innocents then. Seeing as Obama is so super intelligent, I would think he would have steered clear of anyone with a background that could come to light in his political career.
Rolando Peabody March 25, 2012 at 10:40 PM
We are smoking justice and righteousness.
Dennis Allen March 26, 2012 at 07:46 PM
I find it funny that all you Walker trolls are on this blog. I could have sworn it said Democratic Party of Wisconsin. Yet the first 5 of 7 post are ranting about the Democratic Party. If you don't like this blog you're free to go to any Republican or Tea Party Blog. That's what's so great about this country, Freedom of Choice.
Dennis Allen March 26, 2012 at 07:50 PM
You really want truth ? Try reading the book , " Uprising " by homeboy John Nichols. He tells you the truth, if you really want it and feel you can handle it.
Dennis Allen March 26, 2012 at 08:00 PM
You remind me of my best friend of 45 years. One day he told me that Obama was going to make a law that a woman could have an abortion right up to time of delivery. I laughed my butt off. He didn't know better either. He listens to Moody Bible Institute on the radio and watches Fox News on t.v. so he's well informed. lol
Bucky March 27, 2012 at 01:23 AM
I can't wait for the Feds to drop the hammer on Walker ... this weasel is toast. What is the price of freedom. Those that are puking their guts out are more then willing to co operate to save their own skin. Are there any that are loyal to the Mad Hater ? ... Time will tell. I'm sure that THOSE THAT ARE HOLDING OUT HAVE BEEN PROMISED A VERY LARGE SUM OF MONEY to keep their mouths shut. Do the time and when you get out ... you will be very well rewarded. So who gets the Weasel 1st the Recall or the Feds. Is any time in prison worth whatever amount of money to save the Weasels ass ? I believe Walker was the RING LEADER and knew exactly what was going on down to the very last detail. Face it ... one way or the other Walkers history, and he knows it.
Mike March 27, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Bucky, you are such a dreamer. Believe me, it they had anything on Walker it would have been leaked by now.
Randy1949 March 27, 2012 at 02:23 AM
@Barb -- I knew very well who Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dorhn are. I was around at the time. In fact, I condemned the bombing of the Army Math Center in Madison (not done by the Weatherman). Blowing up buildings for 'peace' is pretty stupid. I could just tell that upset father had only a vague idea of what he was talking about and was trying to point that out. Ayers and Obama are not friends, although they had some contact on Chicago political circles. President Obama certainly did not appoint Bill Ayers to any political positions.
Keith Schmitz March 27, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Fine white whine.
Keith Schmitz March 27, 2012 at 02:57 AM
We will be smoking your ass. Couldn't resist.
Vicki Bennett March 28, 2012 at 01:05 PM
I had a thought about the Walker policies. First let me say that I don't object to the police and firefighters unions. But, I'm having a hard time understanding why Walker exempted them from the abolishment of collective bargaining. It seems to me that he's just created "selective bargaining." Is it because the police and firefighters tend to be conservative and support the Republicans? That was a rhetorical question.
Vicki Bennett March 28, 2012 at 01:07 PM
@CowDung, revenge is sweet.
CowDung March 28, 2012 at 01:31 PM
You tag that as a rhetorical question because you don't really want to hear the true answer... The vast majority of police and firefighters unions supported Barrett over Walker in the election for governor.
CowDung March 28, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Revenge? You really are a nasty person...
Steve ® March 05, 2013 at 03:56 AM
FAIL big time little man Tate.

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