Daily Archives: February 21, 2011

The Less Discussed Part of Walker’s Wisconsin Plan: No-Bid Energy Assets Firesales.

-By Mike Konczal

February 21, 2011- Have you heard about 16.896?

The fight in Wisconsin is over Governor Walker’s 144-page Budget Repair Bill. The parts everyone is focusing on have to do with the right to collectively bargain being stripped from public sector unions (except for the unions that supported Walker running for Governor). Focusing on this misses a large part of what the bill would do. Check out this language, from the same bill (my bold):

Huffington Post: Scott Walker Rejects Compromise Proposal As Protests Continue

February 21, 2011- To end a high-stakes stalemate over union rights that has captured the nation's attention, a handful of Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin might have to stand up to their new governor.

Gov. Scott Walker made clear Monday he won't back off his proposal to effectively eliminate collective bargaining rights for most public employees. Senate Democrats who fled the state last week to delay the plan vowed not to come back to allow it to pass – even if they have to miss votes on other bills Tuesday. And union leaders said they would not let up on protests that have consumed Wisconsin's capital city for a week and made the state the center of a national debate over the role of public employees' unions.

Walker said on "Good Morning America" that there is "no room to negotiate" and rejected a compromise proposal from a Republican state senator.

AlterNet: 10 Developments in the Huge Story of Wisconsin’s Uprising (Multiple Updates)

The fight over Republican Governor Scott Walker's Union-busting bill may have just begun. Here's a run-down on the unfolding events.

February 21, 2011- The drama unfolding in Wisconsin enters its second week, and as tens of thousands of workers and their supporters ring the state's capitol expressing outrage over Union-busting Republican Governor Scott Walker's bill, the impasse doesn't appear to be headed towards a resolution anytime soon. AlterNet has stayed on top of this momentous story, and here are the latest developments.

Update:

All of the focus this week has been on Scott Walker's antipathy towards labor. But at Mother Jones, Andy Kroll reports, "Walker has a history of striking hard-line positions, and nowhere is that more true than on the most controversial social issue of them all: abortion."

Walker's nearly nine-year record in the Wisconsin Assembly, the legislature's lower house, reads like a pro-life handbook, an all-out assault on abortion rights. What's more, the many anti-abortion initiatives he backed are perfectly in sync with the assault on reproductive rights now unfolding on the national level, where House Republicans recently gutted fundingfor Planned Parenthood and controversially tried to redefine "rape" to limit the long-standing exceptions to the Hyde Amendment, which bans federal funding for abortions except in cases of rape, incest, or to save a mother's life.

Crooks & Liars: Wisconsin Protests: America Speaks Out Against Destructive Republican Policies

February 20, 2011- How can you not be inspired and hopeful viewing this video of the Wisconsin protests?

One of the dangers of solely getting your information from television news is that in the insular, rarefied air inside the Beltway from where these pundits opine, these are merely abstract concepts: deficits, collective bargaining, unions, state employees, protests, budgets, fiscal austerity, and on and on.

Buzzflash: Scott Walker’s Pants Are on Fire for Lying About Union Busting and Collective Bargaining

February 20, 2011- Next time you see some news footage of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, check out the flames coming from his pants on fire.

That's because the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel (MJS) examined Walker's recent mind-boggling claim that "collective bargaining is fully intact" in his legislation that has drawn as many as 70,000 pro-union protesters to Madison. And what the MJS found was that Walker flunked the truth-o-meter test.

In fact, he not only flunked, he excelled in lying. According to the MJS, "To now say now say collective bargaining would remain 'fully intact' is not just false, it's ridiculously false."

Palm Beach Post News: Billionaire to open private high school at former JCC site

Bill KochJanuary 8, 2011- Billionaire energy magnate Bill Koch isn't satisfied with the quality of high schools in Palm Beach County.

"Some are good, but they're not excellent," said Koch, founder of Oxbow Carbon, a private energy company in West Palm Beach. "And they all have deficiencies."

So, Koch, who has six children, did what most parents and teachers can only dream of — he started his own school.

The Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches is scheduled to open in the fall on the former site of the Jewish Community Center in West Palm Beach. Koch said he's putting in about $50 million of his own money for the college preparatory private school whose mission will be to teach kids how to think critically and prepare them for the global workforce.

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