Archive for April 20, 2011

MADISON, Wis (Reuters) – Wisconsin’s election oversight agency said on Wednesday that the challenger in the close race for a seat on the state Supreme Court has asked for a recount.

The April 5 high court contest was widely seen as a referendum on the state’s new Republican leadership and the curbs they have imposed on public sector collective bargaining, which drew national attention as other states weighed similar moves.

In a statement, the Government Accountability Board said it was “prepared to move forward with a statewide recount of votes for Supreme Court Justice, as requested by the Kloppenburg campaign today.”

The announcement came just minutes before JoAnne Kloppenburg, who trails incumbent David Prosser by just 7,316 of the nearly 1.5 million votes in the closely watched race, was scheduled to hold a press conference in Madison outlining her plans.

Wednesday was the deadline for her to request a recount.

Early unofficial returns in the statewide race gave Kloppenburg, an assistant state attorney specializing in environmental affairs, a bare 204 vote statewide lead over Prosser, a former Republican legislator.

But two days after the polls closed, the top vote counter in Waukesha County said she had neglected to include more than 14,000 votes in some of her tallies — an oversight that resulted in a net gain of more than 7,000 votes for Prosser in the county. Kloppenburg backers cried foul.

Races for the high court are normally low-profile affairs. But this year, the contest took on added significance because it was the first statewide race since the Republican-controlled legislature approved a proposal by Governor Scott Walker to restrict public workers union rights.

Several legal challenges to the law are making their way toward the state’s top court — adding to the election’s stakes.

The high court currently has a 4-3 conservative majority. If Kloppenburg had upset Prosser, an event that seemed possible a week ago but now seems improbable, it would have flipped the court and given opponents of the anti-union measure hope the law would be overturned.

Walker has defended the union restrictions, which eliminate most bargaining rights for public sector workers and require them to pay more for benefits, as a needed fiscal reform to help the state close a budget gap.

Critics saw the bill, which also eliminates automatic deduction of union dues, as a Republican attack on the single biggest source of funding for the Democratic Party.

Earlier this year the struggle over the issue made Wisconsin a focal point of a national debate over labor relations, with massive protests at the state capital and protracted maneuvering in the state legislature.

Several states are considering proposals similar to Wisconsin, and union supporters fear the laws curbing collective bargaining could spread across the country.

Jon Huntsman’s love letters to President Obama and former President Bill Clinton highlight just how “disloyal” Huntsman is to turn on his boss and run for president as a Republican, real estate mogul Donald Trump told The Daily Caller in an interview.

“It’s a tough situation he’s put himself in,” Trump said. “He worked for somebody and it seems awfully disloyal when you work for somebody and then run against them, especially in light of letters. It’s not as if he went out angry. He went out happy.”

As reported by TheDC, Huntsman told Obama in a handwritten letter from August 2009 he is a “remarkable leader,” underlying the word “remarkable,” adding that  ”it has been a great honor getting to know you.”

And in an earlier note to former Democratic President Bill Clinton, Huntsman admired Clinton’s “brilliant analysis of world events” and implausibly claimed Hillary Clinton has “even more charisma” than Bill, punctuating the thought with an exclamation point.

The issue has highlighted Huntsman’s political vulnerabilities heading into a GOP primary — namely, that he could be too moderate to appeal to GOP voters. Some political experts say the letters imperil Huntsman’s very candidacy.

Trump, who has rocketed to the top tier of potential Republican nominees by questioning Obama’s birthplace, offered another reason the letters will hurt Huntsman — by putting the spotlight on his record as the American ambassador in Beijing.

“China has been pillaging the United States for years and if you’re the ambassador to China well they’ve been pillaging the United States, that’s pretty tough,” said Trump.

The television star and maybe-candidate staked a hard line on foreign affairs when he headlined a Boca Raton, Fla., Tea Party rally this past weekend.

“If I run and win, our country will be respected again,” said Trump at the Rally.. “And China and OPEC and all of the many nation that are ripping off this great country of ours will be dealt with very, very differently.”

At the rally, Trump said he wanted business leaders negotiating with foreign countries because they were “vicious, ruthless, horrible human beings in person.”

“A diplomat is a person that studies hard,” said Trump before the crowd of thousands. “You know what they learn? How to be nice to be people. I don’t want nice people.”

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They claim the 1st Lady was never in no danger? More BS..If she was never in the slightest danger then why are they demoting people and making a big issue out of it? SHE WAS in DANGER that’s why!

Air traffic controllers directed a plane carrying first lady Michelle Obama to abort a landing at Andrews Air Force Base because it was too close to a military cargo jet.

LAKELAND | A 20-year-old man is accused of nearly hitting a Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission officer with his truck Tuesday while leading officers on a chase in North Lakeland. Darrell Hamann Jr., of 2534 Burns St., in Lakeland, faces numerous charges including battery, burglary, felony fleeing, dealing in stolen property and attempted second-degree murder.

At about 2 p.m. Fish and Wildlife officers tried to serve a search and arrest warrant at Hamann’s home, according to the state. Officers had investigated him for two weeks and suspected him of dealing stolen boats and motors.

When officers arrived, Hamann drove away in his pick-up truck and almost struck a Fish and Wildlife officer, according to the state. That’s what resulted in the attempted second-degree murder charge.

Fish and Wildlife and Lakeland Police officers chased Hamann less than 5 miles away, where he hit a tree in the 3600 block of Lynn Drive, according to Lakeland Police. Hamann ran into nearby a home at 710 Hull St.

Hamann pushed two residents inside the home, Brian and Faline Gilliland, and tried to hide in their bathroom, police said. Officers arrested him inside.

The White House on Congressional Democrats are supporting the Republican move for corporate tax cuts. Why? In a bit of perverse and idiotic logic: so corporations won’t hire creative accountants.

Republicans are looking to cut the corporate income tax from 35% to 25%, while Democrats are looking for a smaller rate cut, according to the Los Angeles Times. This despite the fact that corporations already pay a criminally low share of the federal taxes.

The move, apparently, is designed so that smaller corporations can remain competitive internationally. Whether this is true or not is rather irrelevant, because what will undoubtedly happen is that competitive corporations (those currently making great profits in the recession), will now have more money to sprinkle as bonuses to their employees.

And this will not stop them from lowering their effective tax rate even further through creative accountants, who make their business finding and exploiting loopholes. Not to worry, though, for Republicans and Democrats aim to close the loopholes. Nonsense. Poppycock.

If there is one truism in legislation, it’s that you can never entirely close loopholes. This is empty talk to appease American taxpayers, especially the middle class, who will be stuck forking over even more of the lion’s share of the taxes.

Should Americans be incensed at this move? Absolutely.

The oligarchical swindle continues.

Bachmann: Well, what I have said about that is, I was asked a question about that and Republicans are constantly asked to vouch for the authenticity of the birth certificate. The only one who can is the clerk of court in the county where someone is born.

I am watching Hannity talk to Gov. Palin and she says that Donald Trump is being treated unfairly. She is absolutely right about this issue. It is true all you have to do is sit back and watch how a Democrat will be interviewed compared to a Republican. Just watch how they will go after the republican full claws out and the Democrat asked BS questions.

The establishment is railing against Donald Trump that in its self should speak volumes. The Democrats are hoping to divide the Republican Party that is their strategy that is the only way they can get Obama re-elected. But guess what!  The Republicans are a little different when it comes to politics than the Democrats are. Democrats will damn near tear their party apart and down to the ground while the Republicans will unite. Obama is going to be a 1 term President and go down in history as the worst President of ALL time. I agree with Trump on that one, you are not going to agree with everything every single little issue the candidates believe.

Obama just does not get it, in 2008 social reform was high on the list, well this is not 2008 it is 2012, economical reform is what is high on the list so please let Obama keep talking about social reform programs all he wants. While the Republican’s hammer away on ways to fix this economical disaster our country is in.