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Judge voids Wisconsin collective bargaining law

Joe, here's one link for you. Sumi's most recent ruling has crowded out info about the other lawsuits. ticle/2011/04/14/u s-wisconsin-lawsui t-idUSTRE7307HP201 10414?feedType=  (May 27, 2011 | post #89)

Gov. Dayton vetoes voters photo ID bill

My mom's story is quite similar. She doesn't have a photo ID since she gave up driving and knows several in the same situation. It is a hardship for her and some of her contemporaries to get to the county seat to get a photo ID. Some of these people don't have family able to take them where they need to go. Again, registration requires ID or vouching and perhaps the vouching rules could or should be amended, but a photo ID doesn't stop the most prevalent type of fraud anyway--felon voting.  (May 27, 2011 | post #185)

Gov. Dayton vetoes voters photo ID bill

There are severe penalties for voter fraud--fines and jail time--and individual with any sense realizes that breaking the law offers no reward, that is the illegal act would not change the result of an election. Hence, the chance that illegal voters would risk a lot to vote doesn't make sense.  (May 27, 2011 | post #184)

Gov. Dayton vetoes voters photo ID bill

The "evidence " of voter fraud is underwhelming. The Brainerd case was investigated and, to my knowledge no charges were filed. The Washington County case illustrates why the vetoed bill is ineffective--a photo ID won't solve that problem. The 47 charged in Hennepin County were again allegations of felons voting--not solved by the vetoed bill.  (May 27, 2011 | post #128)

Gov. Dayton vetoes voters photo ID bill

Dayton took the right action for the right reasons on the Voter ID bill. The goal is to suppress the vote of Democratic-leaning constituencies while putting the action forward in the name of "voter integrity". A few would be disenfranchised, many will be inconvenienced and a larger number of votes would be suppressed.  (May 27, 2011 | post #122)

Judge voids Wisconsin collective bargaining law

Did the state Senate violate the Open Meetings Law? The judge is ruling that she thinks they did. If the Senate did, in fact, violate the law, the action that came forth from that violation can't be legal and binding, similar to the "fruit of the poisonous tree". The ruling makes sense to me. Still unanswered are questions about whether the law was financial and thus required a quorum. Walker and the state legislature said this action was required immediately, yet they are going to wait for a court case when all they have to do is repass the bill? It has been something like three months since that session of the legislature. There has been plenty of disingenuity here, starting in the statehouse.  (May 27, 2011 | post #79)

Judge voids Wisconsin collective bargaining law

Joe, CD 26 is a US House seat, not a state assembly seat. If the district voted for McCain over Obama (it did) and two years later gave a Republican 74% of the vote, it is significant to lose in a special election 6 months later. It would have taken 75% of Davis' vote going to Corwin for her to beat Hochul. Corwin outspent Hochul and independent expenditures on her behalf far exceeded those for Hochul. President Obama is certainly more popular than Congressional Republicans. The Republican House has overreached and catered to the extremes in their party. While his job ratings are artificially high right now, Obama is a solid favorite to be re-elected. I don't forsee a wave for the Democrats, but I think the House and Senate are both up for grabs and it will be close.  (May 26, 2011 | post #62)

Minnesota Twins' Kevin Slowey moving to DL; pitcher comin...

Everything has gone bad. I consider the problems with the offense to be fluky. Guys with good track records are not performing for no apparent reason and that is where the bulk of the injuries has occurred. However, the pitching staff is really a mess, especially the bullpen. Looking at the guys past records and accounting for Nathan coming back from TJ surgery, it would figure that the pitching staff would have problems.  (May 26, 2011 | post #11)

Democrat wins N.Y. House special election seen as referen...

Spin, spin spin. Hochul would have won a two-person race, probably about 52-48. Corwin outspent Hochul and independent expenditures for Corwin dwarfed those for Hochul. The 26th is as solidly red as any in NY.  (May 25, 2011 | post #55)

Democrat wins N.Y. House special election seen as referen...

The polls, which proved quite accurate, say that Davis probably took more votes from Corwin than Hochul. However, even if votes for Davis were apportioned 2-1 for Corwin, Hochul wins. I'll grant that special elections are very quirky and that this upset was predicated by misdeeds of the previous representative, but this election was a lay-up for Republicans and they blew it.  (May 25, 2011 | post #19)

Democrat wins N.Y. House special election seen as referen...

This election shows that everything is up for grabs next year. Hochul got almost 48% (incomplete results) and it appears that she would have won a two-way race with Corwin, who received a ton of help from "independent expenditures" and from her own personal wealth. This is a conservative district, won by Republicans in the Democratic years of '06 and '08 and it now will be held by a Democrat for at least a year and a half.  (May 24, 2011 | post #5)

Former Minnesota Twin Killebrew entering hospice care

Kind of makes the team's struggles pale in comparison. The man upstairs didn't make many like Harmon. I wish him the best for the rest of his time.  (May 13, 2011 | post #32)

Boston Red Sox pound Pavano and Minnesota Twins for 9-5 win

It does figure that Pavano will not be as good as he was last year (same with Thome). In response to the #1 starter comment above, an ace gets way more than Pavano's $8M.  (May 8, 2011 | post #4)

Feeling overtaxed? Well, the thing is ...

You aren't wrong. This report was about federal revenues. However, state income tax rates are lower than they were thirty to fifty years ago. Minnesota started a sales tax in the late sixties IIRC and the rate is more than double, so that would account for lower income tax rates.  (May 8, 2011 | post #32)

Conservatives rally for tax cuts at state Capitol

It is laughable to hear the whining that taxes are too high on the well-to-do and wealthy. Those making good money have done fine in the last decade and those making really good money have done more than just fine. I can understand frustration with the spending side of the equation--some legislation and some government programs are wasteful--but tax cuts have been a prescription for more money in wealthy people's pockets, with far too little helping the economy, especially since NAFTA. One thing the last decade of "economic uncertainty" has shown is that the wealthy survive it and often thrive while those further down the economic ladder struggle.  (May 8, 2011 | post #97)

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