So ldI will send you all the slot machines you can handle just give me the N.Y address and a copy of the gaming liscense that N.Y has issued you. Because as it stands at this moment in time the only way N.Y is issuing them is to the groups that are federaly recognised as native americans. So I'll be waiting.
You must have in order to post that we already have casino's . Or were you just guessing that because there are casino's in N.Y that they are privately owned ? I mean anyone who's been to the Turning Stone knows without a doubt as to the ownership of that casino .
Wisconsin has tribal casinos, thank you very much. Staying on topic would be appreciated.
It's almost 4am. I just finished cutting up some turf for daytime senior canvassing tomorrow. Printing up the "Sorry We Missed You" leave-behind. I've gone through nearly two pairs of ink cartridges these past couple weeks. Phase One was "Let them come to us" just setting up in public. We are in the final stages of Phase Two, "Go to them."
The weather has been surprisingly nice. It's mid-January, it was 51 degrees today and I saw a guy bicycling in shorts along a county road on my way to a factory shift change signature collection this afternoon.
My team has an office now, if only for the final week of our efforts. A local lawyer had real estate on Main Street of this town. UPS had been renting it for the holidays until Thursday. We got the keys Friday. We leave Saturday. It is a game-changer for our local efforts. I love having all our signs and such in a centralized location where people can visit. We even had a notable visitor. I got to meet Ian "David Koch" Murphy from the Buffalo Beast, who made the infamous prank phone call to Walker back in February. That was a good conversation, but one to recount another time.
Democratic Party chair Mike Tate has said the efforts to recall Walker & Kleefisch are on track to meet their goal in the neighborhood of 725,000 signatures. The three official Democratic Party/United Wisconsin recall efforts against state senators have reached their trigger number with comfortable buffers. The independently filed recall effort against Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald - my state senator - is at 95% of its goal. We have been getting a lot of help coming from people outside the district who hate Fitzgerald. The Democratic Party in Madison is redirecting their export volunteers to the Fitzgerald district. In fact, I have to meet somewhere between 10-18 of them in six hours. Hence the preparations I mentioned earlier; this change in strategy was just brought to my attention today. I hope it goes through. Wednesday was my girlfriend Tanya's birthday. She got from me a case of Red Bull, a carton of cigarettes, a ticket to the Stephanie Miller Sexy Liberal comedy show in Madison, and she's getting a WI fist tattoo on Sunday - after signature collection ends, but before the GAB submission on Tuesday. There's one thing Tanya wanted I can't buy. She wants a Recall Fitz. Whichever way it falls, it's going to be close. I hope she gets it.
In the morning, the sign in our office window that doesn't have "Recall" on it will be changed to read "2 Days Left to Sign."
I gave up fifteen hours of my work week on Friday & Saturday. I work thirty-five hours a week. Finances run lean and mean these days, but it's well worth it. Our signature collection efforts end at 5pm on Saturday, at which point we're turning in everything we have... then we shut the office down completely, and I go to work from 9pm-2:30ish in the morning. I can sleep and work on Sunday, and I'm pledged to petition submission preparation in some way/shape/form on Monday.
There is a big Petition Turn-In Celebration at a Madison convention center on Tuesday night. Rumor has it "Big Ed" Schultz will be paying a visit.
On top of all this, my mother is having a major surgery in the morning. I'll be making at least two round trips between the office and the hospital 20 miles away tomorrow, on top of a round of canvassing and (maybe) signature collection if I can do it. I also had a preliminary interview with Obama 2012 this morning (with a woman who helped out with our summer recall efforts, which helps) for an unpaid position with the possibility of employment down the line. I have some paperwork to deal with before noon Friday along with all the rest. Needless to say, I've been a bit busy.
Tanya found the first grey hair of my life yesterday. That sucks so very very hard. In my beard, no less.
Anyway, it will have been worth it. This is happening.
As awesome as it is that there are (supposedly) 1 million sigs, it's pretty annoying that that's the same amount of people that voted for Barrett. There's no way every single person that voted for Barrett signed a recall petition, meaning there's a large amount of eligible voters who didn't vote in '10 yet signed the petition. I know that I personally know a handful of people who dislike Walker but didn't vote even though they were eligible. Those are the worst.
One million signatures plus for Scott Walker alone. 845,000 signatures for Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch. Their trigger number to force these recalls? 540,208.
These petitions weighed three thousand pounds. They were delivered by 72 Wisconsinites - one from every county. It took at least half an hour.
My local senate recall, the one against Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald of which I am the secretary of the committee, was the warm-up act. Recall Fitzgerald filed shortly after 11am. In the beginning, a lot of people - even a lot of local team leaders from the district in my position in their respective hometowns - said it couldn't be done. I had Democratic Party staffers tell me today they thought we were crazy to even file it. We needed 16,742 signatures. We delivered 20,600. Scott Fitzgerald didn't show up for session today, I'm told...
The big delivery was at 3pm, followed by a celebration at a Madison convention center which was packed. I saw old friends, friends I've made in the past year, friends I've made since the recall began, and a few new ones. I think Scott Walker's biggest legacy is going to be the network of dedicated progressive activists which is going to far outlast his term in office.
Forward Cheesehead definitely had its mojo going on today. Being with Recall Fitzgerald really scored points today, since we were the one recall of the six that wasn't launched through the United Wisconsin/Democratic Party effort. Kitchen table activism, as grassroots as it gets. I did three interviews. The first with an Associated Press reporter, the second with an internet radio show and finally got recruited for an impromptu interview on an FM talk show which was airing live from the convention center. Got plenty of pictures with Tanya & some elected officials today. A number of the Wisconsin Fourteen were in attendance. Ed Schultz was in town, but I didn't encounter him. Had plenty of pictures taken of me myself. Starting to discuss my/our next steps, because this isn't over. Not by a long shot.
Easily the day to beat for best day of 2012. Too bad Scott Walker missed it... he was off in New York City at a $2500/person fundraiser held by the former CEO of bailed-out AIG.
For those of you friends with me on Facebook, I finally had time to upload 100+ pictures to a new photo album. I'll try to get some up here soon. I suddenly have a lot more free time on my hands after the roller coaster ride that my past few months have been.
There's no way every single person that voted for Barrett signed a recall petition, meaning there's a large amount of eligible voters who didn't vote in '10 yet signed the petition.
I think you're underestimating the significance of Republicans who wish to take back their vote for Walker. The filing day poll showed 24% of self-identified Republicans supported his recall. Trust me, these people exist.
Post by ☮ superbek ☮ on Jan 18, 2012 13:21:13 GMT -5
Congrats, buddy.... I know how much this means to you. I stand in admiration of your dedication and commitment to standing up for your beliefs. I am happy for you and the entire state of WI for showing that we haven't lost our power of the people.... yet.
The Government Accountability Board has streaming video of petitions being processed from their undisclosed location. It has drawn tens of thousands of viewers and is starting to draw national attention.
Funniest thing about this is that a Twitter account (@recallcam) has popped up to chronicle and/or mock what's going on. The workers have been given nicknames like Bald Stockton, Pearls, Flirty, Sideburns, Neckbeard and Sheedy amongst others.
Just a bit busy still... that to-do list you put off over two months can really pile up.
At the moment I am working on another chunk of Recall Fitzgerald data entry. We got 20,600 signatures on over three thousand sheets of paper. We have to enter all the circulator info from the bottom section of each of these petitions into a database. Then comes the super-fun next step of entering all 20,600 names on those three thousand sheets. Some of the more establishment types told us we were crazy to file this recall, that we couldn't get the necessary signatures, that it couldn't be done... I guess this is a good problem to have.
Reminder to self: take another look and see if/when they get this podcast up. That and the other recorded interview.
Check out the "Union Man" song also at that link, if you think you can handle it...
Time for a few pictures from the end of the process. Our team had an office during that whirlwind final week, but only for nine days. It was still much needed and somewhat of a game changer here.
Myself & Buffalo Beast editor Ian Murphy, the man who prank called Scott Walker pretending to be billionaire campaign donor David Koch. He was doing a county tour as the recall came to a close. He paid a visit to our office between my county office to the south and the county office to the north. I got to tell him that phone call helped the protests transcend the impression that this was about more than collective bargaining, which certainly wasn't my primary reason for being out there. I got to thank him for that. I told him tales of hundreds of people outside the Koch's lobbying office in February. He said it was the first he'd heard about chants that went "Who heard the phone call? / We all heard the phone call!" That Koch lobbying office packed up in the night and were gone the next day.
It wasn't much, but this was the front window of our office.
These pictures are all from January 17th, the day we submitted our million signatures to recall Scott Walker.
Ready to go for recall submission day.
My friend Jenna, who you may recognize from my earlier pictures as Batman or her visit to Occupy Wall Street, outside the Government Accountability Board for the Recall Scott Fitzgerald filing. That was at 11am and was the first filing of the day. She spent a lot of time out in our senate district (despite living in Madison) gathering signatures to recall Fitzgerald.
Recall Fitz leader Lori (black coat, black hat) outside the GAB with Recall Fitz volunteers and supporters.
Recall Walker recall walker.
We headed over to the Solidarity SingAlong in the capitol at noon.
Banners inside the rotunda.
Solidarity SingAlong leader Chris under another banner. The warm-up song that day went "Na Na Na-Na, Hey Hey Hey, Goodbye."
Lori addressing the Solidarity SingAlong with the final status of Recall Fitzgerald.
Pizza Box Mike, whose signs are always in the form of Ian's Pizza boxes, with a special delivery for Sen. Fitzgerald. It's signed by supporters. The "20,600" represents the number of signatures we turned in against him.
Sen. Lena Taylor of Milwaukee briefly joined in the SingAlong that day.
Some volunteers from the Oshkosh area. Bob on the left was personally responsible for upwards of 1500 signatures. Altogether, we had over 30K petition circulators statewide.
Fists in the air as "Solidarity Forever" is sung at the Solidarity SingAlong.
We then had a lunch for Recall Fitz volunteers. During lunch, we first received confirmation that we had one million signatures against Scott Walker alone. After that, we were off to the Monona Terrace convention center to join the petition submission parade.
The beginning of the Recall Walker petition submission parade.
The parade heads to the capitol. Note that the Walker puppet was detailed enough to include his bald spot
The parade heads around capitol square, and it's obvious word has gotten out about our million.
Behind me in the parade were two of our local volunteers, Julia & Peter. Note Peter's tag - he got to carry the box of petitions coming in from Dodge County.
Petition filer Julie Wells speaks from the back of the U-Haul before the petitions were officially delivered.
A word about petition delivery: One million signatures. Three thousand pounds of paper. Seventy-two counties in Wisconsin, each of which had a delegate to represent them in the petition delivery, plus Julie Wells. Seventy-three people (or more) carried a box through a human chain heading from the U-Haul to the GAB.
The first box of petitions makes its way through.
A woman carries her county's box to the GAB.
This man said "We're coming for you, Scotty! We're coming for you!" as he delivered his box.
I noticed this bumper sticker affixed to this news van. As I was about to take this picture, I saw a teacher coming around the corner of the van. I asked him, "Hey, did you see this?" His reply was priceless. "See it? I did it!" He then put a finger to his lips, went "Shhh!" and ran off giggling.
Myself, m'lady Tanya, and our county coordinators Julie, Sarah & Erin outside the petition submission mobile.
Petitions were still being delivered. Here, Jackson County represents.
This is the final box of petitions included in the submission.
I was taking this picture when that Associated Press photographer took a picture of me.
Once all the boxes had been delivered, the Forward Marching Band began to play.
Spotted at the Monona Terrace Petition Turn-In Celebration. I thought proximity to the mirror was quite apropos.
Updates! Scott Walker gave his State of the State speech this past Wednesday. This past Wednesday was January 25th by most people's count...
...unless you were streaming it from walker.wi.gov, that is. He spewed some more of the "It's Working" BS he's been doing to save his hide. He omitted the traditional nod to the UW System and higher education, which most always occurs during this speech. He didn't mention much about compromise, either. Only four of the twelve civilians who got tickets from his office were removed from the gallery for causing disturbances, most notably a fierce yell of "LIAR!"
A brief note about his "It's Working" slogan/campaign. Thing is, it's not working... some visual aids are in order here.
Blue line represents jobs created under the budget of Walker's Democratic predecessor, Jim Doyle. Red line represents employment numbers under Scott Walker. Act 10, Walker's budget repair bill, went into effect on June 29th. Wisconsin has lost jobs for six consecutive months, from July to December. I doubt this is coincidence. Also note that Wisconsin has less jobs now than when Walker took office...
This is how Walker's Wisconsin looks in comparison to the rest of the nation:
Yes, that map is a bit dated. Wisconsin led the nation in job losses in October. However, we also led the nation in job losses in November. We are also the only state in the nation which has seen six consecutive months of job losses. I'm not sure things have changed much since this map was made...
Scott Walker canceled a planned appearance in Wausau in the central part of the state Thursday. He claimed that "weather conditions" kept him from making the appearance. Temperatures were in the upper 30s there, and partly sunny with possible patches of fog... which leads plenty here to believe it had more to do with Walkergate (more on that later) than actual weather conditions.
The Government Accountability Board has completed scanning every page of the Walker recall petition. The review process, where Walker's representatives can challenge signatures, begins on Saturday.
Due to a loophole in state campaign finance law, Scott Walker is able to raise unlimited amounts of money between the initiation of his recall and certification of an election. He has taken advantage of this. On the day petitions were filed, he was in New York City. He was attending a $2500/person fundraiser, held at CitiBank headquarters, held by the former CEO of bailed-out AIG. His top four donors, at $250K/person, all hail from out of state. One of them is the Texan who bankrolled Swift Boat Veterans for Truth in 2004. Over 60% of Walker's recall defense donations come from out of state. Despite having already spent millions touting what he feels is a job well done, Walker's poll numbers have failed to make any upward movement.
Walker leads four potential gubernatorial candidates between 7-10 points at the moment, according to polling done by (the school he dropped out of) Marquette University. Neither Russ Feingold nor Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca (my favorite in the absence of Feingold) were included. I'm not entirely discouraged. For one, name recognition among these candidates is presently low because no active campaigning is done on their behalf. For two, Walker seems to have hit a ceiling while the potential challengers still have some upside.
The northern mining bill was rammed through on Thursday. The one which "streamlines" the process - in other words, lets an out-of-state mineral company (and more importantly, campaign contributor) fast-track their plans without regard to environmental impact or public opinion. Over four hundred people testified at public hearings about the bill, with a whopping three in support - and then, they were Walker appointees or mining company representatives. The various tribes of Wisconsin came down to protest the bill, as it threatens their entire watershed and rice crops. One man was arrested for playing his drum in the capitol rotunda. The tribes intend to fight this bill, in federal court if necessary. The bill is being conferenced between houses of the legislature presently, if I'm up on things.
Last, but certainly not least, more arrests in the growing Walkergate scandal:
Two women who had worked in Walker's county executive office were charged on Thursday. (Told you he didn't cancel that appearance on account of "weather conditions.") One of them is additional charges against Darlene Wink, the woman whose resignation and admission of campaigning on county time originally initiated the investigation. The other woman was Kelly Rindfleisch, Walker's county executive deputy chief of staff.
What we know because of new charges: Walker's county office employees established a secret, separate internet & email network which was unknown even to his office's head of IT. Campaigning on county time was done through this network, avoiding detection and open records requests. Emails from Scott Walker regarding the matter were included in the new indictments. They suggest that Walker knew what was going on even in May 2010. This begs the Watergate question: What did he know, and when did he know it? At least one of the two women charged Thursday is supposedly assisting investigators with information regarding the destruction of digital records. Walker's staff improperly used county time to campaign for a Lt. Gov. candidate, Rep. Brett Davis, who ultimately lost the primary to current Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch. I'm sure she was thrilled to hear about that. The involvement of real estate agent Andrew Jensen has had more light shed on it. He was apparently involved in a rushed bidding process on relocating some county offices. Rather than renew an existing lease as was planned, a new round of bidding was instigated by Walker's office - to the benefit of one of his campaign contributors, to the added cost of about $500K to Milwaukee County taxpayers. Word has it that investigators are looking into "pay for play" aspects of wrongdoing out of Walker's county offices as the investigation expands. Two more big names were implicated in the new allegations: Rep. Robin Vos, state chair of the American Legislative Exchange Council and Assembly Republican power player. Reince Preibus, who was at the time head of the Wisconsin Republican Party & is currently chair of the Republican National Committee.
This story isn't going away anytime soon. Scotty, on the other hand... who knows?
Challengers to Sens. Galloway, Moulton and Wangaard will make announcements regarding their candidacies tomorrow. The fourth senate recall, that against Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald in my hometown district here, has no announced candidate yet. It is going to be close, and may not even make the ballot after the signature challenge phase. If it makes it through, Lori who filed it is considering running herself.
I've been talking about Walkergate. Not sure I've been entirely clear about what's being investigated. Basically, what sparked the investigation was the fact Walker's county employees were performing campaign duties on county time. Their parallel/secret internet network was literally two doors down from Walker's office, about 25 feet away. This email, sent the day that the first article in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel prompted an aide's resignation, just might be the smoking gun:
1. It was sent to Tim Russell, who is believed to have been in charge of these illegal activities. Russell was in no position to supervise any of the employees in question, and worked in another county department a mile away. 2. It shows that Scott Walker was well aware of the illegal activities taking place in his office. The Watergate question comes into play: "What did he know, and when did he know it?" I suspect he'll get a chance to explain himself, most likely in court.
The Government Accountability Board has decided not to make scans of the 152K pages of Walker recall petitions publicly available, "until security issues are resolved." Petitions for the four senate recalls have been made publicly available; scanning of the final petition, against Lt. Gov. Kleefisch, have yet to be completed.
One more example of Walker supporters keepin' it classy:
Should help explain why those petitions aren't being made publicly available...
On the subject of corn... not so much these days. Up until the middle of November, I would nomnomnom a handful of times a day. I didn't entirely give it up when the petitions were filed, nor resume my old habits once the petitions were submitted. When the petitions were filed, my adult life "no nomming" record was one hundred hours. I went from a Monday Recall Eve through after the recall rally that Saturday completely without, breaking that record. I went a solid week without at a different point after that. Even then, those were niblets when I'd been enjoying whole kernels. Not so much anymore. A day without nomming used to be a big deal for an older incarnation of me. I nom less per week now than I used to nom daily. And I don't really mind. Idunno... I found it makes me more jittery, more scatterbrained... neither as focused nor as effective.
My Bonnaroo attendance is up in the air, primarily because of questions about recall election scheduling. We will not know until March 19th at the earliest when these elections will be scheduled. A recall election against Scott Walker will take place (assuming there is a primary, which should happen with multiple candidates declaring intentions to run) ten weeks after that. The X-factor here is the time for legal challenges and/or extensions to the process. The longer this drags out, the less likely it is that I will attend my beloved Bonnaroo. The earliest possible date for a Scott Walker recall election would be May 22nd. If the election takes place on May 22nd, May 29th, or June 5th, I'm going... if not, I have to keep a promise to myself of no music festivals until we get a shot at throwing him out of office. I hate to say it, but that's the reality of things
While you would be missed, you must stand strong! You said it yourself, it's a commitment to yourself to see it through, and that's an admirable level of dedication! The Farm will still be there if you can't make it this year.