Inside Foxconn’s empty buildings, empty factories, and empty promises in Wisconsin

We got screwed. The state got screwed.”

Is this a surprise to anyone? I mean even Robin Vos, Scott Fitzgerald and Scott Walker have be surprised only in that it happened so quick. They’re dirty but not stupid — they had to think the ruse would hold together at least until 2021.

Source: Inside Foxconn’s empty buildings, empty factories, and empty promises in Wisconsin

 

Families of coronavirus victims are organizing online to push politicians for more strict health measures 

Her dad was dead, and she knew whom to blame. America’s leaders bungled their response to the coronavirus pandemic, she wrote, and they let covid-19 kill her father.

Source: Families of coronavirus victims are organizing online to push politicians for more strict health measures – The Washington Post

Coronavirus cases rise fast in Wisconsin as the Legislature dithers.

Here’s what needs to happen now: Vos and Fitzgerald should work with Evers to impose a statewide mask mandate, close bars or limit their capacity to safe social-distancing numbers, and take other responsible actions to reduce infections.  Citizens who support mask-wearing should let them know who’s boss — their contact information is below.
~ JournalSentinel Editorial Board

The JournalSentinel is even pointing out the disaster that is Scott Fitzgerald and Robin Vos.

Source: Coronavirus cases rise fast in Wisconsin as the Legislature dithers.

After Jacob Blake, Republicans Refuse To Discuss Democrats’ Police Reform : Live Updates: Protests For Racial Justice 

The special session, called by Gov. Tony Evers, who Sunday asked President Trump not to visit the state, puts on display the policy stalemate between the Democratic governor and the state’s Republican-controlled Legislature after a police officer shot Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis., a little more than a week ago.

But, of course. There’ll be no debates, no votes, nothing as long as the GOP has its hold on the Assembly and State Senate in Wisco. They’ll not govern with a Democrat in the Governor’s Office because it’s all politics with this cabal. What a disgusting couple of lousy politicians.

Source: After Jacob Blake, Republicans Refuse To Discuss Democrats’ Police Reform : Live Updates: Protests For Racial Justice : NPR

 

Vos (left) and Fitzgerald (right.) Vos has been running for governor since his first wife and Fitzgerald is so far up Trump’s ass you can only see the soles of his lily white feet.

Statements and a GOP Cutoff: What Happened at Scot Ross’ First Election Commission Meeting

“I want to offer that the same people who were criticizing the fact that I was appointed to this commission are the same people who changed the laws so they could avoid accountability.”

Scott Ross is a veteran of Progressive politics and is used to calling out politicians for abusing their positions. He’s in a good place because Wisconsin politicians — particularly the GOP — have gone above and beyond in suppressing votes and trying to stay in power by any means necessary.

Well, the voters in Wisconsin are on to them and at the first opportunity, they threw Scott Walker out of office and put a Democrat in the Governor’s office. The GOP leadership did what they could to strip him of his powers, but Governor Evers was able to appoint Ross to the Wisconsin Elections Commission.

It’s a beautiful thing.

Source: Statements and a GOP Cutoff: What Happened at Scot Ross’ First Election Commission Meeting

It’s now become clear exactly how Republicans might try to overturn a Biden victory in November

The larger threat … is a scenario where a state like Wisconsin is pivotal in the election results and the electoral college, and Biden has won Wisconsin, but the Republican legislature decides to override the results from the election and award the electors to Donald Trump,” he said adding that the Supreme Court’s majority opinion in Bush v. Gore noted that state legislatures have plenary power to decide how electors are appointed.“If you’re looking for a scenario where the results are somehow reversed from a Biden victory by allegations of irregularities in the election, that’s probably the scenario you’re looking at …

Source: It’s now become clear exactly how Republicans might try to overturn a Biden victory in November

Wisconsin Supreme Court rules to strike down Evers’ stay-at-home order

The conservative-controlled court sided with Republican lawmakers who sued over the Democratic governor’s order.

Did anyone seriously think the court that voted by video (while social distancing) to send the commoners to vote in person during a pandemic would not “give it to ’em” one more time? Please.

The Republican leadership is playing politics with human lives. I honestly thought they’d never reach this literal crisis point. I never thought they would send citizens to the polls in the middle of a pandemic simply because they were scared they might lose an election. And, I never thought they’d sue the governor — a governor who is trying best as he and his team can to walk the tightrope between keeping people safe and keeping business … in business.

But I was wrong. Republican leadership lost their souls a long, long time ago. To be fair, politicizing issues has gone on forever — both sides doing it. But — and I’m fairly certain the tipping point was the 2008 presidential election — one side saw the writing on the wall. Their base was shrinking and along with it, they became severely threatened that their “way of life” and their “values” were shrinking along with it. They became determined to fight. They gerrymandered the state and then stacked the Supreme Court. It’s a brilliant strategy. But they made a deal with the devil in 2016. And the devil wants his due. It will come soon enough. I just hope the assholes are held responsible and don’t take the good people of Wisconsin down with them.

Source: Wisconsin Supreme Court rules to strike down Evers’ stay-at-home order

In Wisconsin, Virus Creates New Front in Long-Simmering Partisan Wars 

Protests planned for Friday continue a decade-long partisan cleaving in the state and serve as a stand-in for the general election battle to come.

Source: In Wisconsin, Virus Creates New Front in Long-Simmering Partisan Wars – The New York Times

I refuse to admit it but maybe it’s so:  we as a democracy and maybe even as a species … are fucked.

No where is that more apparent than my own god-damned state.