July 21, 2006

Wisconsin Democracy Campaign Asks Questions about Green PAC money.


An excerpt.

Among the funds Green transferred for use in his bid for governor was over $511,000 in donations from political action committees (PACs) run by special interest groups. Green has since raised more than $156,000 in additional PAC money, bringing his total haul from special interest PACs to more than $667,000. This is more than $182,000 more than candidates for governor are allowed to take under state campaign finance laws.

Let us not get this post into a campaign he said, she said. Lefties will scream see Green is dirty, righties will point to Doyle's "funding issues".

I call on the Green campaign to address this issue and follow the letter of the law in regards to campaign finance laws.

I would also like to praise the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. Many people think them to be an overtly right-wing organization. They call it as they see it and hold all accountable. Kudos to them for pointing this out.

We are Unified, expectations are futile

Well after a prompt announcement and good news last month, RUSD is postponing its new start time and dismissal schedule for one year. Parents who had ample time to make arrangements and figure out schedules will have to go back and do them over again. Fortunately, six weeks still remain to figure this out.

What is troubling is the lack of foresight on the school district's part. If costs and logistics were a concern, figure them out before making a press release. I will note this it is hard to type this without expletives to describe the decision making process and RUSD decision makers.

This district, board, administration, etc., are just one embarrassment after another.

A promise to the readers.


Aaron is sitting in for Jenna while she takes a little time off to recharge her AA's.

It occurred to me that Aaron seems to be the fill-in host for everyone when they go on vacation.

In an effort to be original, I promise the RDW readers that I will never have Aaron fill in for me. (unless nobody else wants to). Somehow giving that guy keys to the house just seems... Well, dangerous.

Then like a flash it suddenly dawned on me who Aaron reminds me of! (See picture)

July 20, 2006

Latest Strategic Vision poll numbers.

Do you approve or disapprove of Governor Jim Doyle's job performance?
Approve 38%
Disapprove 52%
Undecided 10%

If the election for Governor was held today, and the choice was between Jim Doyle, the Democrat and Mark Green, the Republican, whom would you vote for?
Jim Doyle 43%
Mark Green 42%
Undecided 15%

Would you like to see former Governor Tommy Thompson run for President in 2008?
Yes 52%
No 28%
Undecided 20%

Would you like to see Senator Russ Feingold run for President in 2008?
Yes 54%
No 33%
Undecided 13%

Who is your choice for the Democratic Presidential nomination in 2008? (Democrats only) Hillary Clinton 34%
Russ Feingold 32%
Al Gore 8%
(bunches of also-rans)

Who is your choice for the Republican Presidential nomination in 2008? (Tommy Thompson included; Republicans only)
Rudy Giuliani 26%
John McCain 23%
Tommy Thompson 22%

Do you think Wisconsin headed in the right direction or wrong direction?
Right 28%
Wrong 60%
Undecided 12%

Ok folks, now the fun part, what does this all mean?

The Religion of Peace

What are your thoughts...

on RUSD's program to offer 4-year kindergarten to the entire district?

I offered my thoughts here.

The Journal Times recently published two articles on their website regarding this topic.

Solutions to the 4-year old kindergarten debate

City drops preschool program


This is an open topic to get other's opinions out there. Some questions to consider are...

How will this be beneficial to the children?

What is the parent's responsibility in this program?

Can Unified afford to expand?

July 19, 2006

Green's release on Xoff's new Ad.

These are some pretty serious allegations, where does truth fit into this, should the ethics board look into this group, their money and the honesty in their ads. (or lack of same)

Doyle's Special Interest Backers Continue Smear Campaign
7/18/2006

Today, the Greater Wisconsin Committee, a shadowy special interest group with close ties to Governor Jim Doyle, launched another false and misleading television advertisement attacking gubernatorial candidate Mark Green. To back-up their smears, the GWC cites a vote on 1997 AB 76 as proof Green voted to “make the gas tax go up,” when in reality, AB 76 is a health care bill and has nothing to do with gas taxes.

GWC also says that H.R. 5253 is proof that Green voted “against tougher laws on price gouging,” when in fact that bill is the toughest price gouging legislation ever considered by the Congress, and was supported Green and almost every single Democrat in the House. In response to the ad, Green for Wisconsin campaign manager issued the following statement: “This ad is just a plain lie – not a misinterpretation of facts, but a lie. Mark Green has been leading the fight to find a comprehensive plan to lower gas prices. He has supported plans that will increase our domestic oil production, eliminate boutique fuels, promote greater conservation, and utilize alternatives to oil for gasoline.

“The ‘proof’ the GWC tries to use is demonstrably false. There was never a vote on indexing the gas tax while Mark Green was in the state Assembly. In fact, Mark Green called for an end to Wisconsin’s automatic gas tax indexing back in November. And the vote they cite as Mark Green voting against price gouging? T

hat was actually a vote on the toughest price gouging legislation ever considered by the Congress, and was supported by almost every Democrat in the House. “The ad is the exact type of false and misleading advertising that Mark Green’s clean campaign pledge is trying to prevent. Jim Doyle should agree to limit spending in this campaign, and put the special interests on the sidelines where they belong.”

Document.

What do they want?

The Department of Administration in Madison (that is Doyle's office) has two people snooping around RDW today.

Their interest? Tim Daley's discrimination.


Domain Name

state.wi.us ? (United States) IP Address

165.189.142.# (State of WI Dept. of Administration)


Domain Name

state.wi.us ? (United States)
IP Address

165.189.145.# (State of WI Dept. of Administration)

Pottymouth

If you have not heard, President Bush was caught in a moment he thought was off microphone in what he thought was a private conversation with Tony Blair using the S word in context to the Israel Hizbollah conflict.

Lefties everywhere are trying to make this out to be more than they should. Righties everywhere are defending the man saying give 'em heck George.

Frankly he has shown a history of this, remember in the last election cycle he looked at a reporter in the crowd and said to Cheney on stage what is that A****le doing here? His microphone was on then as well and he did not know it.

Listen up George (like he reads RDW), the office you hold has with it a certain amount of decorum. I expect the person holding that office to stay above the fray no matter what party they are from. There is not a doubt in my mind the previous office holder could lay out a stream of expletives that would make a soldier blush (his wife too), but they are smart enough to keep it away from the microphone.

You could learn something from their example on watching their language.

Frankly Mr. President, I would much prefer it if you keep your potty mouth to yourself.

If you feel the need to swear, do it in private please.

July 18, 2006

Daley Denied Offer From Gay Man.


I take no pleasure in writing this story, frankly it sickens me.

I have confirmed from multiple sourses Assembly candidate Tim Daley (D) had an offer from a local Racine County Democrat, one thrown out of office in Kurt Vlach's takeover, to become his campaign's Treasurer.

Daley denied his offer, not because of his qulifications but because the man was gay. Daley indicated he feared what it would look like to have an openly gay man on his campaign team. Frankly I have no idea what sexuality has to do with the ability to keep campaign books.

This is the same Tim Daley who cared so little about appearances that he welcomed with open arms Kurt Vlach into his campaign inner sanctum.

What a stunning and disgusting double standard.

I am not releasing the mans name out of respect for him, but when I asked him for comment he said he would rather stay out of this, he did give me the following statement, "Tim Daley has my full support in his election bid." From what I have learned he was fuming in the aftermath but is being a party loyalist.

He has every right to do so.

Daley could learn something from this man in how to treat people. This gentleman would of classed up Daley's campaign. He would have been better off with him rather than Kurt Vlach.

I think maybe it is time for Tim Daley to take down the ethics section of his website.

Hizbollah or Israel?

I keep hearing from pudits and other countries Israel should back down, their response is too large.

Why?

This is simple folks. Israel has been capitulating for years. They give and they give and they give. The terrorists keep attacking, they get what they want they want, keep quiet for a short-time, then they keep at it.

So why are not these leaders calling for Hizbollah to lay down arms and give up their terrorist ways? Because they know that Hizbollah will never do that. The goal of Hizbollah is the destruction of Israel. Israel just wants to be left alone. Tell me, who is on the higher moral ground?

The World leaders know that if Israel gives their word they will keep it. At least until the next time Hizbollah kidnaps some soldiers or plans another terrorist bombing.

Israel has had enough, and frankly I don't blame them.

Welcome to World War III folks. May God help us all.

IRS Warns Churches to Avoid Campaigning

LOS ANGELES (AP) --

The Internal Revenue Service has been warning churches and nonprofit organizations that improper campaigning in the upcoming political season could endanger their tax-exempt status.

In notices to more than 15,000 tax-exempt organizations, numerous church denominations and tax preparers, the agency has detailed its new enforcement program, called the Political Activity Compliance Initiative, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.

Under the initiative, the IRS plans to expedite investigations into claims of improper campaigning, no longer waiting for an annual tax return to be filed or the tax year to end before launching a probe. A three-member committee will make an initial review of complaints and then vote on whether to pursue the investigation in detail.

"While the vast majority of charities and churches do not engage in politicking, an increasing number did take part in prohibited activities in the 2004 election cycle," IRS Commissioner Mark W. Everson said in a statement. "The rule against political campaign intervention by charities and churches is long established. We are stepping up our efforts to enforce it."

Since 2004, the IRS has investigated more than 200 organizations, including All Saints Church in Pasadena.

Two days before the 2004 presidential election, the Rev. George F. Regas, the church's former rector, delivered a guest sermon that pictured Jesus in a debate with George W. Bush and John Kerry. Although Regas didn't endorse a candidate, he said Jesus would have told Bush that his pre-emptive war policy "has led to disaster."

The church drew national attention when the Rev. Ed Bacon, rector of All Saints, disclosed the IRS investigation and later said the agency believed the church had violated federal tax code barring tax-exempt organizations from intervening in political campaigns and elections.
Church leaders have not heard from the IRS since October, when the agency said the investigation was being taken to a higher level, according to Regas. The IRS has not confirmed whether the investigation is still ongoing.


Of the 62 organizations determined by the IRS to be in violation, three lost their nonprofit status and 59 received warning letters. The three who lost their status were not churches, and some of those warned were ordered to pay an excise tax.

Federal law prohibits the IRS from releasing the names of those under investigation, but the agency said it has more than 100 cases pending and 40 of them are churches.

This month, OMB Watch, a Washington-based nonprofit government watchdog group, issued a report criticizing the IRS enforcement program and said the program could prompt retaliatory and harassment complaints unless the agency develops clear guidelines.

"I don't think this is a case of bad faith," said Kay Guinane, author of the report. "I just think it's a poorly structured program."

Questions:
  • Why does the AP headline mention Churches and not other non-profits?
  • Can you go after a black church for practicing politics without practicing racism?
  • Will they?
  • Why do I believe the Voces de la Fronteras of the world can do this all day every day and get away with this no matter what?

July 17, 2006

Things you should probably know but don't.

315 entries in Webster's 1996 Dictionary were misspelled.

Thought of the week.


It is said that if you line up all the cars in the world end to end, someone would be stupid enough to try to pass them.

Texas Hold 'Em Blogger calls it Quits,

I got an email from Peter the Texas Hold 'Em Blogger on Friday he was kind of cryptic but he said, "Thanks for everything. But I am finished. It's been a fun ride. Good luck with everything."
I sent a note back asking exactly what that meant. I have not heard back from him.

I'm not sure what is going with Peter but I hope he is OK. If you know him, fire him off a note of encouragement please.

Howard Dean knows all.

This is the Fark headline... Howard Dean: "America, if you had elected a Democrat in 2004, we would have already solved the 5000-year-old Middle East strife and there would be peace right now"

Here is his direct quote.

“If you think what’s going on in the Middle East today would be going on if the Democrats were in control, it wouldn’t, because we would have worked day after day after day to make sure we didn’t get where we are today. We would have had the moral authority that Bill Clinton had when he brought together the Northern Irish and the IRA, when he brought together the Israelis and the Palestinians.”

Criticism is easy with hindsight. What Dean is saying is John Kerry would have made every decision correct and solved problems that have been going on for thousands of years by the sheer power of his brilliance.

What a crock of spit.

Daley's letter writing campaign.


At the bottom of this post you will find a copy of the distribution list from Tim Daley to his supporters asking them to write letters on behalf of him to the local papers.

This is a common practice and Democrats excel at organized letter writing campaigns geared to appear spontaneous. This is something the right should do a better job of.

What I want you to see is the distribution list. Notice Kurt Vlach? Kurt resigned, that much we know, but he is still in the fray. Why would the local party continue to embrace him? As I reported earlier pending upon who you talk to Daley is introducing Vlach as either Campaign adviser or manager.

Well, once again he is fracturing the party. I am hearing of people pulling their support from Daley's campaign attempt to unseat Robin Vos because of Vlach's involvement.

Why is Tim Daley bringing in the unethical recently disgraced Vlach? Daley actually has a page on his website touting ethics reform. How can Tim Daley give a damn about ethics if he is embracing Kurt Vlach? A direct quote from his ethics section, "Enough is enough. Stop the disgrace. I have a reputation of being an honest person and lawyer."

I'm going to resist the urge to tell a lawyer joke but just say if you really cared about ethics Mr. Daley, why would you bring in the most unethical leader in Racine Democratic Party politics has ever known?

From: timdaley

Date: 07/05/06 00:02:46To: Rosa Salinas Hultman
Cc: Jeff VanKoningsveld; ron thomas; katie simenson; Mike Shields; scott sharp; John Polodna; Pape, Chris; Earl O.Christianson; Jeff Neubauer; marilyn \"mike\" nemeth; Barney Lavin; Carl Lassiter; Diane Lange; Vlach Kurt; Joseph Kiemen; Patti Kasprowicz; Rich Hinderholtz; Robert R Henzl; John Heckenlively; Lenny Hand; Susan Greenfield; Robert Goepel; 'betsy georg'; Flynn, Mary; chris flynn; Dick Ehlert; Dan Drumel; Raymond DeHahn

Subject: Letters to the Editor

Dear supporters;

I would like to have a coordinated letter writing campaign to all three newspapers, the Racine Journal Times, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and the Westine Report. The general election is four months away.If you would be willing to write letters supporting my candidacy in the coming months please let me know. Due to the papers' policies, you would only have to write a letter every 30 days at the most.

Tim

July 16, 2006

Would you hire Kurt Vlach?


For those of you who do not know who Tim Daley is, he is a long-time Racine Democrat and attorney. And he is running against Robin Vos for Vos' Assembly seat.

Vos is in a very safe district, and the man is working like a dog taking nothing for granted.

Daley has been a confidant of the disgraced former head of the Racine Democratic Party, Kurt Vlach. If you do not remember who he is, type his name into the search box on the upper right hand corner of your screen, there are considerable archives.

Well, depending on who you talk to, Vlach has been introduced as Daley's Campaign Manager & his Campaign Advisor. I am not 100% positive which of the roles he is filling, but I am sure he is filling one of them.

I realize Vlach resigned the world's shortest tenure as a County Party Head to "Spend more time with his family", but the readers of RDW know the real reason. The man has ethical issues, nobody knows that more than Tim Daley.

So what did Daley do, he hired Vlach and welcomed him into his campaign inner circle.

Why?

If you recall, Vlach did not run for election, he stole power in an unethical manner to gain the seat he held. Then, he was forced to resign in disgrace. That was only 3&1/2 months ago folks, and Daley has brought someone with his ethical record into his campaign.

What exactly does that say about Tim Daley that he would bring in someone like Vlach to offer advice?

I think it says that Tim Daley doesn't really care about ethics.

In fact, in the meeting after I broke the Vlach story Daley was all concerned about how many bloggers were in the crowd and they had better be careful what they say. Was he concerned about Vlach's behavior or ethics? Nope. All he was worried about was is the RDW guy in the crowd. In fact he made a big deal out of the fact that he knew who I was as I had sat in front row of some school board election forum, and what was I doing there? The fact that it was a public forum or the fact that I attended no such forums made no never mind to Tim Daley. He was so sure it was me...

So if you run into Mr. Daley out there you might want to ask him about this.

UPDATE: I am working on two follow-ups to this story...

Dear God.

Sounds familiar in concept.

Money doesn't buy success

Sausalito Marin City School District spends more than $22,000 per student -- three times the California average -- and pays teachers an average of $71,000 a year. Classes are small. Yet students -- three-quarters come from low-income black and Hispanic families -- post mediocre results. Bill Evers and Paul Clopton, writing in the Marin Independent Journal, blame progressive fads and long-term incompetence.

Out of 1,025 districts in California, Sausalito is ranked 724th, which is at the 29.4th percentile.

. . . Decades of a different curriculum in every classroom, ineffective and unevaluated teaching practices and teacher training, overemphasis on student self-esteem and low academic expectations created an academic deficit that has been hard to repair.
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