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Kim Simac’s websitewww.kimsimacforsenate.com
 
Time to Fight: Stop Goodwin Liu - Liu’s judicial philosophy cannot be more dangerous, since it could mean something different at any given point in time. Any senator who doesn’t stand firmly against such a rogue nomination violates his oath to “support and defend the Constitution.”  Read more:  http://townhall.com/columnists/mariodiaz/2011/05/18/time_to_fight_stop_goodwin_liu
A controversial judicial appointee, Goodwin Liu, was defeated today by a GOP Senate filibuster. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0511/55320.htmlA Wall Street Journal article explains why many opposed his nomination…”The Senate votes on perhaps the most left-wing judge ever.” http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703730804576317564293961614.html
Thank Senator Ron Johnson - Contact information for legislators available at http://oneida.wisgop.info
 
Senate passes photo ID; some Democrats refuse to vote - Madison - Senate Republicans approved requiring people to show photo ID at the polls amid a cacophonous vote Thursday, with eight Democrats not even voting on the measure in protest and because of confusion over how the proceedings were conducted.

Immediately after the 19-5 vote was tallied, the crowd in the viewing gallery thundered with chants of “Shame!” as senators exited the chamber. Later, they chanted, “Recall!” and sang, “We Shall Overcome.”  Read more:  http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/122231394.html

From the We’re Watching Wisconsin Elections Campaign - VOTER ID BILL WILL NOW GO TO GOVERNOR’S DESK, NEXT WEDNESDAY FOR HIS SIGNATURE.  WISCONSIN CITIZENS HAVE BEEN WAITING A LONG TIME FOR THIS TO BECOME LAW!  

A BIG THANK YOU TO OUR LEGISLATORS FOR GETTING THIS DONE!!! (Go to http://oneida.wisgop.info for contact information)
 
We’re Watching Wisconsin Elections Campaign is an unaffiliated group of concerned citizens who follow issues affecting Wisconsin elections.
 
Governor Walker Fights Republicans, Unions in Mission to Expand School Choice - As far as I can tell, the only reason for enforcing geographic school boundaries is to provide a guaranteed clientele, and guaranteed jobs, for unionized teachers. That’s not a very good reason to keep any kid trapped in any school that’s not meeting his or her needs.  Read more:  http://townhall.com/columnists/kyleolson/2011/05/19/gov_scott_walker_fights_republicans,_unions_in_mission_to_expand_school_choice/page/2
 
Million Dollars in Bonuses Headed to AWOL Madison Teachers? - Just when you think things can’t get any more ridiculous in Madison, Wisconsin…
 
Now comes more insanity. Earlier, Madison School officials had said the teachers would not be paid for their absences.  But now one school board member wants to take $1 million of the money ’saved’ by not paying those teachers to give them all gift cards (and cash for the taxes) as a bonus, offsetting most of their docked pay.  Read more:  http://biggovernment.com/bhealy/2011/05/19/million-dollars-in-bonuses-headed-to-awol-madison-teachers/
 
An Open Letter to the Wisconsin Secretary of State -May 17, 2011
Wisconsin Secretary of State Doug LaFollette
VIA EMAIL: statesec@sos.state.wi.us
30 W. Mifflin, 10th Floor
Madison, WI 53703

Dear Secretary LaFollette:

Two months ago, we wrote to you with a request under the state’s Open Records Law (19.31-39, Wisconsin Statutes).

Specifically, we asked for the following from January 1st to March 18th:
Copies of all correspondence you have received, including, but not limited to, letters, emails, voice mails, records of phone calls, and logs of in-person meetings regarding the subject of changes to Wisconsin’s collective bargaining laws for public employees.

Included in this request are communications specifically pertaining to SSSB11, SSAB11, and 2011 Wis. Act 10 as well as the issue generally.

We are puzzled by your response.

Your office turned over a grand total of seven documents: Copies of three emails you received in support of your actions; copies of three letters you received in support of your actions; and, one mass email your office apparently forwarded to an unknown list of recipients.

If, indeed, your office only has received six emails/letters on this topic (and none prior to your announcement that you would delay publication of Act 10), you owe the taxpayers of Wisconsin an explanation.

On March 3rd, Fox6 television news investigators in Milwaukee reported that emails they obtained showed that the then-mayor of Madison enlisted the help of State Senator Mark Miller in an attempt to convince you to hold up the bill by taking the maximum 10 days allowed by law before publishing the bill.

On March 14th the Associated Press reported: “La Follette said he heard from many schools, cities and counties urging him to delay enactment of the law as long as possible.”

Was the documentation of these contacts from ‘many schools, cities and counties’ destroyed?

Was it merely misplaced?

Did these contacts really happen?

We’re releasing a copy of this letter to the public. If you feel no responsibility to give us an answer to these questions, perhaps you will, as a Constitutional Officer of the State of Wisconsin, feel a moral obligation to tell the truth to the citizens of the state.

Sincerely,
Brett Healy, President
The John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy

Wisconsin Supreme Court Recount – Day 21 (all but done) - http://hotair.com/archives/2011/05/19/wisconsin-supreme-court-recount-day-21-all-but-done/
 
Allen West: Obama’s Recognition of Pre-1967 Borders ‘Beginning of the End’ for Jewish State - “It’s time for the American people to stand by our strongest ally, the Jewish State of Israel, and reject this foreign policy blunder of epic proportions.

“While the winds of democracy may blow strong in the Middle East, history has demonstrated that gaps in leadership can lead to despotic regimes. I have questions for President Obama: ‘Who will now lead in Egypt?’ and ‘Why should American taxpayers provide foreign aid to a nation where the next chapter in their history may be the emergence of another radical Islamic state?’

“President Obama has not stood for Israel or the Jewish people and has made it clear where the United States will stand when Palestine attempts to gain recognition of statehood by the United Nations. The President should focus on the real obstacle to security- the Palestinian leadership and its ultimate goal to eliminate Israel and the Jewish people.”   Read more:  http://www.newsmax.com/Headline/allen-west-obama-pre/2011/05/19/id/397020

Ben Shapiro: The Republican Lifetime Achievement Award - (a must read!) Democrats, unlike Republicans, treat their presidential races like good general managers treat their baseball teams: the most talented kid, no matter how little he’s labored in the minors, gets the call to the Big Show.  Read more:  http://www.cnsnews.com/commentary/article/republican-lifetime-achievement-award
 
Brent Bozell: ‘It’s Time the GOP Step Up or Move Aside’ - “There is no luxury of time to debate and discuss and, as usual, postpone the tough decisions,” said Bozell.  “They are upon us. Will we continue on the path to European socialism, or will we once more be a nation based on individual freedom, a virtuous and principled society and limited government? It’s time the GOP step up or move aside.”  Read more:  http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/brent-bozell-it-s-time-gop-step-or-move
 
$3 million in food stamp fraud alleged against former owner of St. Paul corner market - “After the search warrant was executed, agents contacted a number of benefit holders,” Nelson wrote in her affidavit. “The benefit holders that agents spoke with told them that it was well known that Stryker was a place where you could trade your food stamp benefits for cash.”

But Schermer said some types of EBT cards did allow users to get cash, much like an automated teller.

“If you’ve got cash coming, then you get cash and the government reimburses the storekeeper,” he said. “Some people have only food stamps, but some people also have welfare benefits and they are loaded onto the card. There’s no physical food stamps anymore. The benefit is loaded onto the cards and you go into a store and go buy groceries.”   Read more:  http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_18091936?source=email

National Labor Relations Board Comes to Big Labor’s Defense - Borrowing a page from the union intimidation playbook, the NLRB’s general counsel released a statement earlier this month warning Boeing not to “litigate this case in the media and public arena.” It is clear to the NLRB that its actions against Boeing would be unpopular nationally—and especially in South Carolina—so they do not desire attention or transparency. But as in most cases, when an agency like the NLRB wants the media to ignore a story, more media scrutiny is likely required.  Read more:  http://blog.heritage.org/2011/05/19/morning-bell-nlrb-comes-to-big-labors-defense/
 
The Center for Security Policy’s report, Shariah Law and American State Courts: An Assessment of State Appellate Court Cases evaluates 50 Appellate Court cases from 23 states that involve conflicts between Shariah (Islamic law) and American state law. These cases are the stories of Muslim American families, mostly Muslim women and children, who were asking American courts to preserve their rights to equal protection and due process. These families came to America for freedom from the discriminatory and cruel laws of Shariah. When our courts then apply Shariah law in the lives of these families, and deny them equal protection,…Read more:  http://shariahinamericancourts.com/

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