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Losing Sheila’s Smile – Systems Change Consulting

Christmas Eve 2019 ~ yet another senseless gun-related death that argubly might have been prevented. A brother with a known psychosis — and a conceal carry permit — shoots his sister to death.

The Senate Majority Leader and the Assembly Leader both should think long and hard about their actions in October because, if this keeps up, someone close to them is going to be affected by gun violence. It’s not “if” but “when.”

Sheila’s friends and family are all grieving now for such a needless loss. It is especially needless because there are extreme risk protection laws in 17 states also known as red flag laws which are specifically designed to prevent murders by people who are known to be dangerous. These laws authorize courts to issue a protection order, allowing the police to temporarily confiscate firearms from people who are deemed by a judge to be a danger to themselves or to others. Usually, the request for the order will come from relatives or friends concerned about a loved one who owns one or more guns and has expressed suicidal thoughts or discussed shooting people.

Wisconsin, however, is not one of those states. However, it could easily have had this law in place in time to protect Sheila from her brother, who was a known danger who legally possessed a gun. This past October, Gov. Evers called a special legislative session to consider to common sense gun control measures: universal background checks and red flag legislation. Despite the fact that 80% of Wisconsin residents support passage of these lawsRepublican legislative leaders refused to vote on or even debate these popular measures. In an utter act of contempt for voters, Senate Majority leader Scott Fitzgerald dismissed the Senate in 30 seconds and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos dismissed the Assembly in 15 seconds. Gov. Evers has considered calling another special session on these measures, but thus far, has not done so.

Source: Losing Sheila’s Smile – Systems Change Consulting

Wisconsin Republican lawmakers vote to hire own attorneys, bypassing state’s Democratic attorney general, in major voter purge lawsuit 

This is the state of politics in not just Wisco but all over the country. It’s sad .. and it’s dangerous. Voter Suppresssion is a fascist move. Fascism begets mistrust. So .. here we are.

Republican legislators have decided to hire their own attorneys in a federal lawsuit seeking to keep more than 200,000 voter registrations in place.The move again underscores the rift between the GOP and Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul. Republicans don’t trust him to defend their position in the suit.

Source: Wisconsin Republican lawmakers vote to hire own attorneys, bypassing state’s Democratic attorney general, in major voter purge lawsuit – Chicago Tribune

Trump adviser: “the party has “traditionally” relied on voter suppression to compete in battleground states …”

These bastards will deny it to your face but what they say in private is another matter. Voter suppression is real, folks. Just ask ’em .. but do it behind closed doors.

One of President Donald Trump’s top reelection advisers told influential Republicans in swing state Wisconsin that the party has “traditionally” relied on voter suppression to compete in battleground states, according to an audio recording of a private event obtained by The Associated Press.

 

Source: Trump adviser: Expect more aggressive poll watching in 2020

Robin Vos says accommodations likely for paralyzed lawmaker 

 

He just can’t do what’s right without stomping his feet like a little child.

“Assembly Republicans are going to figure a way to address it and we’re going to bring changes to the Legislature and I’m sure at the end of the day we’re going to make accommodations, and there will be no news coverage of it because it’s all about making Republicans look bad,”

Source: Robin Vos says accommodations likely for paralyzed lawmaker | Politics and Elections | madison.com

John Nichols: Gerrymandering empowers obstructionists like Robin Vos and Scott Fitzgerald | John Nichols 

Gerrymandering is a vile scourge on democracy all over the country. But one could argue it’s at its worse right here in Wisconsin. We had the perfect putrid petre dish for it with the Three HorsesAsses of the Apocolypse — Robin Vos, Scott Fitzgerald and Scott Walker. We got rid of one. And we have to finish the job before the Great State of Wisconsin is nothing more than Wisissippi.

The gerrymandering of Wisconsin’s Legislature is now so severe that legislators are less interested in respecting the will of the people than at any time in Wisconsin history.

Source: John Nichols: Gerrymandering empowers obstructionists like Robin Vos and Scott Fitzgerald | John Nichols | madison.com

Republicans’ refusal to expand Medicaid is a show of ‘gratuitous political cruelty’ | Dave Zweifel | madison.com

Vos and Fitzgerald really are … bad men.

the simple fact is that the (Medicaid) non-expansion states have chosen to inflict misery on many of their constituents — rural residents in particular.”So, if rural America is suffering, a large part of the explanation is gratuitous political cruelty,”

Source: Plain Talk: Republicans’ refusal to expand Medicaid is a show of ‘gratuitous political cruelty’ | Dave Zweifel | madison.com

Robin Vos: man of principle – Isthmus 

… what Vos really doesn’t want is Obama or Democrats to get credit for a popular program and he’s willing to punish taxpayers, people who can’t afford insurance and overall public health in order to advance his party’s political interests.

Well done, Mayor Dave. Spot on.

Source: Robin Vos: man of principle – Isthmus | Madison, Wisconsin

Robin Vos doesn’t want to testify in redistricting case 

What usually happens with those who play fast and loose with the law is that — eventually — you make a mistake. It’s Robin’s turn.

attorney Ruth Greenwood argues that Vos waived any claim to legislative immunity by intervening in the case as a defendant and actively participating in the lawsuit.

Source: Robin Vos doesn’t want to testify in redistricting case | Politics and Elections | madison.com