Friday, January 26, 2018

Is The GOP Trying To Rig The Elections In Wisconsin Again?


What kind of mentally deranged parents think a philandering, lying bigoted pig like Trump would make a good role model for their children? Republicans. In a new Quinnipiac poll released yesterday, we saw that the vast majority of Americans agree that Trump is not a good role model for children. Republicans disagree. Just before the Washington Post broke the story about how the White House asked to borrow Van Gogh's Landscape With Snow from the Guggenheim but were offered an 18-karat gold toilet by Maurizio Cattelan instead, the poll came out affirming that because 90% of Americans say it's important that a president be a good role model for children and that Trumpanzee isn't. 67% gave Trump a thumbs down and only a pathetic 29% said he would be a good role model. 72% of Republicans say he is a good role model. Sick!
Trump does not provide the U.S. with moral leadership, American voters say 63 - 33 percent. Again, there is virtually no gender gap as all listed groups, except Republicans and white voters with no college degree, say by wide margins the president does not provide moral leadership. Republicans say 80 - 16 percent he does provide moral leadership and white voters with no college degree are divided 47 - 47 percent.

"For President Donald Trump, it's a troubling trifecta: Stagnant approval numbers, low grades on most character traits and the reality that if parents are looking for someone their kids should emulate, that person is not residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

"Only 27 percent of American voters say they are proud to have Donald Trump as president, while 53 percent say they are embarrassed - a 2-1 negative."

American voters disapprove 58 - 36 percent of the job Trump is doing, marking 12 months of negative scores and seven months since his approval rating hit 40 percent.

The only groups approving of Trump are Republicans, 86 - 9 percent, and white voters with no college degree, 50 - 42 percent. White men are divided as 47 percent approve and 49 percent disapprove.

Trump's grades on most character traits remain negative as voters say:
60 - 35 percent that he is not honest;
59 - 38 percent that he does not have good leadership skills;
57 - 40 percent that he does not care about average Americans;
65 - 30 percent that he is not level-headed;
61 - 36 percent that he is a strong person;
54 - 40 percent that he is intelligent;
61 - 34 percent that he does not share their values.
Apparently he is a role model for the Wisconsin Republican Party, which has been trying to get away with the same crap he pulls. Yesterday our old friend, state Senator Chris Larsen reported on Governor Scott Walker's 7th and last "State of the State" speech. He pointed out that "Walker and his legislative cronies have been in charge of Wisconsin for the last seven years. During that time, they have chosen to ignore the needs and wishes of hardworking Wisconsinites."
Scott Walker has chosen to divide our state, vilify the poor, attack teachers, slash funding for our schools, and drag Wisconsin behind the rest of the nation in job growth. He's raised spending levels to the highest in our state's history while delivering the largest corporate giveaway in the history of our nation, virtually eliminated taxes for giant corporations and the rich, and he is still claiming that there isn't enough money to restore the funds to our children's education or give workers a raise.  ...Last night, Governor Walker:
Spoke about the Foxconn corporate giveaway without mentioning the ever growing $4.5 billion price tag our Wisconsin neighbors will be left to pay for decades
Touted the record number of Wisconsinites that now have health insurance (thank you, Obama!) but failed to mention that he has cost Wisconsinites nearly $700 million by not fully expanding Medicaid
Neglected to mention the atrocities committed against youth at Lincoln Hills and his administrations failure to act under his leadership
Neglected to mention our natural resources once, despite dismantling long cherished environmental and conservation protections
Failed to mention his over $1 billion in cuts to our neighborhood schools that has jeopardized our children' future.
What Chris didn't mention is how the state Republicans continue working feverishly to rig the state's elections in their favor. The state Senate made a big move on Tuesday, voting along party lines to remove the state’s top election and ethics officials in the sunup to the midterms. The two ousted officials are Ethics Administrator Brian Bell and Elections Administrator Michael Haas.
Haas’ removal comes just weeks before a Feb. 20 primary in the state and a little under three months before the first day when candidates can begin circulating petitions for the 2018 fall election. As Wisconsin’s chief election official, Haas is responsible for administering those elections, ensuring compliance with federal law and overseeing investigation and enforcement of the state’s election code. He is also charged with overseeing the state’s election equipment, a role with increased importance this year because Wisconsin was one of 21 states targeted by Russian hackers ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

Mark Thomsen, a Democrat and the election commission’s chairman, noted during a meeting Wednesday that Haas was the only person in the agency with the required clearance to work with the Department of Homeland Security to secure the state’s election system.

...Meanwhile, the members of the state’s ethics commission unanimously picked Bell to serve as their administrator in 2016. The six-member panel is charged with overseeing the state’s campaign finance, lobbying and ethics laws. An investigation by the ethics commission into Bell found there was “not a scintilla of evidence” he was partisan in his duties at the Government Accountability Board. Earlier this month, Bell said he left the board because it was too partisan.

...Chris Ott, the executive director of the Wisconsin ACLU, said the timing of Haas’ dismissal was suspicious and said the sudden push to oust the officials was out of the blue.

“The Wisconsin Senate’s vote yesterday along party lines to try ousting the head of our Elections Commission looks like political interference in a nonpartisan agency that helps and protects Wisconsin voters, just a few weeks before important statewide elections start,” he said in a statement.

Jay Heck, the executive director of Common Cause in Wisconsin, called the vote not to confirm Haas and Bell “one of the most grotesque abuses of power that has occurred in Wisconsin in its history.”

“No evidence, no charges, no specific examples of misconduct, nothing. Just secret agreement among the members of the majority party in the State Senate to get rid of them both, right before important elections, and replace them, presumably, with sycophants and pawns that the Republicans will dictate what they decide and what the result of their work on elections and ethics will be,” Heck said in a statement.

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At 5:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rigging elections? I'd be shocked if they didn't... because they certainly can. I'd also be shocked if anyone gave a flying fuck. This is America where belief in spite of copious proof is what we do.

We also have no way nor inclination to enforce laws or even fairness.

More polling that proves that americans are just dumber than shit.

What a way to start another day.

Sure would be easier if I could get my head up my ass and start believing that electing more democraps would fix stuff.

At 6:30 AM, Anonymous Hone said...

The polls mean ABSOLUTELY NOTHING as the Republican party and Trump continue to dismantle democracy in the USA. The looming Feb 8 date will be another example of horror.

If the Dems stand up to them again instead of bow to their despicable wall ($25 billion!) and other immigration nightmares, we will not have a government and the shutdown will last as long as the Dems keep it up. The Republicans will NEVER fold and will blame the Dems for it all. The Republicans have no motivation to deal. NONE. The country will get tired of no government really fast and the Dems will look terrible if they cave. It is a complete NO WIN for the Dems and our country.

Honestly, what should the Dems do? Schumer was right - the Dems are not in power and do not hold the cards. The Dems will be unable to win in this situation.

Maybe videos of deporting DACA people on the national news after the March deadline will have some impact and show how inhumane the Republicans and Trump are. But so what. They are in power until the end of 2018. There is also the question of ICE using the information the Dreamers supplied for DACA (in a protected mode) to locate them and deport them - that would surely go to the courts????

We need HUGE mass demonstrations all over the country protesting the Republicans and Trump. That made Nixon shudder and Trump hates to be viewed negatively for the whole world to see. The whole world actually views him as a disaster anyway.

We also need to fervently hope that none of the older judges on the Supreme Court drops dead any time soon.

At 6:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


When do Republicans NOT rig elections? Anyone paying attention can count off many ways this has been happening for decades without resorting to notes! Onerous registration requirements, slanted eligibility, Cross Check knocking millions off the rolls, gerrymandering, hackable voting machines owned by Republican backers, unequal access to polling places, naming corrupt judges to important posts, corrupt election officials (looking at you, Katherine Harriss and Ken Blackwell) will do just for starters.

Republicans can't win unless they cheat and steal. Democrats did NOTHING about this for almost 40 years now. The Dems abandoned us for Republican bribes paid only when they throw elections and don't contest egregious violations of the law.

So to address the ridiculous desire to reform the Dems from within, remember what Upton Sinclair once observed (slightly modernized):

"“It is IMPOSSIBLE to get a DEMOCRAT to STAND FOR something, when his BANK ACCOUNT GROWS ONLY on his not understanding it.

At 8:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How does this story which should be amplified by a cognizant press compete with "The Wall", Daca, Stormy Daniels, Muellar firing memo, etc.etc. etc.etc. When democracy is the sideshow, distracted by a political PT Barnum where the motto is "The Show Must go On!"

At 10:43 AM, Blogger Chris Roberts said...

proof walker is scared after dems won special election in wisconsin.

how i hope finally walker is taken outin november with the wave hits gop.

At 4:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

lots of good comments. Proof that delusion runs deep and wide.
In what terrestrial universe would millions of americans march for our own interests? women maybe. But only once per year. It would have to be every day until change occurs.
walker has already survived/thrived long enough to make WI a shithole. It didn't used to be. But their voters kept re-affirming it.
yes, polling continues to prove just how useless American voters are.
yes, 6:40 is quite correct. rigging elections is nothing new and isn't about to end. Even democraps did it in their '16 primaries.
8:50 has a good point. with americans so useless and under constant distraction, how will anything ever change?
and 6:40 is also correct. The Upton Sinclair quote is quite apt. The democraps are now and have been for decades quite useless.
And, sadly, Hone continues to miss the point. The supreme court is already a 5-4 Nazi majority. If even all of the 4 die, the supreme court would not make any decisions any differently. And even had obamanation's nom been confirmed, it would likely still have been the same 5-4. And if $hillbillary had won, her nom would either not ever be confirmed or it would have made it the same 5-4. You see, Hone, nobody in the democrap hierarchy wants a progressive-leaning court. They also demand fealty to the corporations and billionaires whom they serve and they also don't give one flying fuck about the 99.99%.
Also, Hone, scummer allowed himself to be rolled by the money to keep the gummint running for another few weeks. He got nothing in return. R "primises" on DACA/dreamers is the same as believing in fairies and unicorns; lies. all lies. trump already lied them into one repudiated agreement. Now another. So scummer is either the dumbest motherfucker on the planet or he gambled and lost on some political gambit. which makes him the dumbest CORRUPT motherfucker on the planet.

But he'll be the senate D leader until he dies. So deal with that.

So... no good news today. Again. Still.

Hone, go back to your happy place where democraps will actually fix everything when they get a majority.

At 5:38 PM, Blogger scott martin said...

keep beating that dead democrap horse. fly that freak flag!!! waiting for the banning... Thank God you are so smart and know all the big words Mr Smarty Pants. Kids table is over there

At 6:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

scott martin - you are so right! The annoying "democrap" yakker never shuts up about the democraps and $hillary or obummer. Wish they would find another blog to ruin with their remarks.

At 6:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry scott and 6:30. I've walked away from the dead democrap corpse. It is you who keep beating it hoping for a resurrection to the days of FDR.

I got news for you'se. The second law of thermodynamics forbids travelling backward in time. No resurrection possible.


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