Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Wisconsin Governor "Grinch" Walker and Whoville

Some of you may not be aware of the newest Fitzwalkerstan saga....

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is beginning to roll out his new policy to require protestors to pay big money if they want a permit to demonstrate against him in the state Capitol — and the state’s civil libertarians are in turn beginning to push back.

As the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on Friday, under the new policy groups of four or more people must request permits at least 72 hours in advance, for events at the state Capitol or other state buildings.

In addition, organizers would have to pay for the extra Capitol police officers, at a rate of $50 per hour per officer — plus costs for police officers brought in from outside agencies, according to the costs billed to the state. The police payment would have to be tendered in advance, as a requirement for getting a permit. Afterwards, organizers would then be charged for any clean-up costs
And then you have this piece that adds a litle more intrgue to this situation.

As Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's new policies restricting protest in the Wisconsin capitol take effect in advance of the anniversary of 2011's historic labor uprisings, the controversial governor has enlisted a new spokesperson to sell the rules, a 28-year old protégé of Karl Rove and new political appointee of the governor.

Madison blogger Joe Vittie broke the story on about Jocelyn Webster, the person Walker hired as the public face defending the rules. Webster cut her teeth with Rove's notorious Office of Political Affairs in the George W. Bush Administration. A congressional investigation of the activities of that office yielded allegations -- including specific allegations against Webster -- that Rove's team was involved in partisan campaigning on the public dime, a claim also leveled at aides of her newest boss during his tenure as Milwaukee County Executive.
A wonderful pictorial diary about yesterday is located at this Daily Kos Diary.

People of Wisconsin - you are my heroes! 
Happy  Christmahanakwanzika!

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