Monthly Archives: May 2011

South Bend Tribune: Pscholka recall wording OK’d

Petition circulators get green light to proceed

-By Lou Mumford

May 23, 2011- Petitions seeking the recall of freshman state Rep. Al Pscholka, R-Stevensville, can now be circulated, following Monday's approval of petition language.

The wording, as expected, takes issue with Pscholka, a former aide to U. S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, for introducing legislation granting additional authority to emergency financial managers such as the one in place in Benton Harbor. Unsuccessful earlier this month with its recall language, the group seeking Pscholka's ouster covered its bases this time by submitting four separate wordings, said Berrien County Clerk Louise Stine, one of three county officials charged with reviewing recall language.

"We approved three of the four, and they picked the one they wanted to appear on the petitions,'' she said.

AP: Recall effort against Michigan lawmaker advances

May 23, 2011- A recall effort targeting a southwestern Michigan lawmaker who sponsored legislation in the state House to grant more powers to state-appointed emergency managers has cleared a preliminary procedural hurdle.

Michigan Radio and WSJM report Monday that Berrien County election officials have approved a version of recall petition language filed against Republican state Rep. Al Pscholka (pa-SHOL'-ka) of Stevensville.

Organizers would have to collect more than 6,700 valid voter signatures to get the recall on the ballot.

Benton Harbor has an emergency manager and has become a focal point in the debate over the recently expanded powers. Benton Harbor city commissioner Dennis Knowles filed to recall Pscholka.

Pscholka has said he'll continue to stand up against "fiscal mismanagement and unchecked spending."


OpEd News: How the Koch Brothers Mess With the Texas Environment

-By Mary Bell Lockhart

May 22, 2011- Remember the old saying "What's good for business is good for Texas?" Well, maybe that old saw just won't cut it anymore. The "Billionaire Brothers Koch" apparently think not only what's good for business in general is good for Texas, they also think what's good specifically for THEIR business is good for YOU, Mr and Ms Texan. Do you buy that?

Koch Industries is the second largest privately held US corporation, with subsidiaries in all but a few states. They rake in $100 billion each year by selling us a wide array of products. They're all over Texas with subsidiaries including Flint Hills Resources, Koch Pipeline Company, INVISTA, Georgia-Pacific, Koch Supply & Trading, Koch Carbon, Koch Pulp & Paper Trading, Koch Agriculture Company (including the Matador Ranch), Koch Chemical Technology Group, and Koch Nitrogen Company.

Mother Jones: Waxman Targets the Koch Brothers

-By Kate Sheppard

May 23, 2011- What do the infamous Koch brothers have to do with the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, which, if approved, would run 1,661 miles from Alberta, Canada to Texas, carrying 900,000 barrels of oil from Canada's tar sands to US refineries? TransCanada has requested permission to build the pipeline, but Reps. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) want more information about how project might also benefit the right-wing financiers and their energy conglomerate, Koch Industries. The pair sent a letter ot Republican leadership on the House Energy and Commerce Committee asking them to formally request more information. This comes in response to an article from SolveClimate that indicated that the Kochs could profit big time if the pipeline is approved.

The lawmakers wrote:

Koch Is Not It

-Originally blogged by Knute Rife on The Business Law Spot

May 18, 2011– I'm brewing up a series of entries over the next few days, but I'll start with this:

Late last year, a group of merry pranksters issued a fake press release satirizing Koch Industries' environmental policies, using Koch's trademarks and name to make the release look like it was actually from Koch. FYI, Koch Industries is the Koch Bros., the billionaires who are funding the Tea Party and about every anti-Middle-Class piece of legislation in the country. Nobody was actually fooled into thinking the press release came from Koch, but Koch did have to spend some staff time responding to inquiries. Well, things like this aren't supposed to happen to People Who Matter, like the Koch Bros., so they decided to get to the bottom of it. They sued Bluehost and Fast Domain, the internet service providers (ISPs) the pranksters used for disseminating the release, here in Utah to get the names of the pranksters (Bluehost is based here.), alleging the pranksters had committed IP fraud and infringement.

Brave New Foundation: Tell Secretary Clinton to Say No to the Kochs

 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has the ability to stop Koch Industries, Inc. from profiting off a pipeline that would carry the dirtiest oil on Earth through six states, one of America's most important aquifers and almost 2,000 miles of American homes and farmland. Help us reach our goal of 50,000 individuals telling Secretary Clinton to say No to the Kochs and Yes to protecting Americans at

Wisconsin State Journal: GOP legislative aide under investigation for voter fraud

May 20, 2011- A Republican legislative aide is under investigation for possible vote fraud after she cast her ballot in the November election in Onalaska although she lives in Madison.

La Crosse County District Attorney Tim Gruenke said he has forwarded the report from the Onalaska Police Department to Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne to see if criminal charges are warranted against Marcie Malszycki, 30, an aide to state Rep. Warren Petryk, R-Eleva.

Records from the Government Accountability Board show Malszycki voted in Onalaska on Nov. 2, 2010, and Nov. 4, 2008, at the same time she had a home in Madison and worked at the state Capitol. Messages left with Malszycki by email, phone and Facebook weren't returned.

Before the November election, Malszycki worked on the campaign of 92nd Assembly District candidate Dennis Clinard. The district lies just northeast of Onalaska.

Gruenke said he believes state law requires the case be handled in Dane County. Ozanne said he is researching which office has jurisdiction.

Politicus USA: Twisted Irony: Wisconsin GOP Aide Under Investigation for Voter Fraud

May 20, 2011- Ah the ironies of the Wisconsin Republicans…. they are busy passing restrictive voter ID laws, as billboards rumored to be associated with the Tea Party crop up warning “VOTER FRAUD is a FELONY!”, but today it is a Republican legislative aide who is under investigation for voter fraud for voting in Onalaska although she lives in Madison.

Yes, it’s true. Marcie Malszycki, a Republican legislative aide who works for the guy who co-sponsored the voter ID bill, allegedly voted improperly for Scott Walker – well, actually she allegedly violated the election law in 2008 and 2010, sort of an allegedly running scam if you will. I know, you’re shocked.

The Wisconsin State Journal reported:

Progressive States Network: Spotlight Shines on ALEC’s Anti-Middle Class Agenda – and its Cost to States

May 20, 2011- As the middle class remains under sustained attack in state legislatures, media attention is increasingly turning to the corporate interests orchestrating a national spread of industry-written bills seeking to weaken state economies, strip workers of their rights, suppress voter turnout, and capitalize on the politics of division and fear – all in pursuit of private profit. In a spate of recent reports, specific scrutiny is being focused on the role of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in allowing corporations access to influence state laws that benefit their bottom lines at the expense of the economic security of families.

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