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(The Nation)   What turned Gov Scott Walker from an advocate of strict regulations on mining as a state legislator to trying to almost completely de-regulate the industry as gov? Could it have been the $700K secret donation made to his campaign by a mining company?   (thenation.com) divider line 92
    More: Obvious, Governor Scott Walker, Gogebic Taconite LLC, Nature Conservancy, state Government Accountability Board, Governor of Wisconsin, David Koch, Native American tribes, donations  
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2014-08-28 08:50:29 AM  
he's a criminal;
 
2014-08-28 08:59:34 AM  
That's just crazy talk.
 
2014-08-28 09:10:11 AM  

vudukungfu: he's a criminal;


done in one.
 
2014-08-28 09:18:56 AM  
If Scott Walker doesn't understand how corruption works in his state, how on earth is he supposed to combat it? Stop being naive.
 
2014-08-28 09:47:13 AM  
If you stare at his lips, you can actually hear the word "douche" come out.
www.thenation.com
 
2014-08-28 09:56:43 AM  
"campaign contribution"

it's a bribe and everyone knows it.

/that shiat has to stop or nothing will get better
 
2014-08-28 09:58:20 AM  
Well duh.
 
2014-08-28 09:59:47 AM  
Lack of integrity? In politicians?

It's more likely than you think.
 
2014-08-28 10:01:17 AM  
He's still going to sweep the re-election. He's got the small town mand octogenarian demographics locked down and he's already vetted himself as fully capable of dismissing any suggestion of corruption.
 
2014-08-28 10:04:16 AM  
thank god, the playing field has been leveled for coporations
 
2014-08-28 10:09:43 AM  
i.imgur.com
 
2014-08-28 10:09:44 AM  

indigni: He's still going to sweep the re-election. He's got the small town mand octogenarian demographics locked down and he's already vetted himself as fully capable of dismissing any suggestion of corruption.


If he does, Wisconsin Democrats have only themselves to blame. But at this point he and Burke are in a dead heat. He does have a very solid base, but I think the only thing saving him from a loss in November is the fact that Burke is so meh.
 
2014-08-28 10:11:31 AM  

unexplained bacon: "campaign contribution"

it's a bribe and everyone knows it.

/that shiat has to stop or nothing will get better


Oh, it'll get better and better - for the big donors. Once ALL the rules and regs are gone, we will reach satyagraha.
 
2014-08-28 10:15:10 AM  
I really enjoyed the fight a few years back when it was mostly the left decrying the ever increasing money flowing into politics against those who have been conned by the whole "free speech" thing.

The US has decided that Capitalism > Democracy.
 
2014-08-28 10:18:42 AM  
He dropped a piano on Bob Hoskins' brother's head.  It's unforgivable.
 
2014-08-28 10:20:05 AM  
...hundreds of pages of documents that... showed Walker's team sought to solicit funds for the Wisconsin Club for Growth from an array of nationally known donors to fend off his 2012 recall. Real estate developer Donald Trump, industrialist billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, and  Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson were all targets."

So he's in bed with ALEC, CFG, Shelly Adelson, both Kochs, Donald Trump *and* this quid pro quo mining operation?

And despite all this he's running neck and neck with his competition in the polls?

*head desk*

Dammit, Wisconsin you used to be cool.
 
2014-08-28 10:20:18 AM  
Oh sh*t, i thought this was the Rick Scott defrauding America thread.
 
2014-08-28 10:32:46 AM  

quatchi: ..

Dammit, Wisconsin you used to be cool.


Joe McCarthy. Wisconsinite.
 
2014-08-28 10:34:12 AM  

unexplained bacon: "campaign contribution"

it's a bribe and everyone knows it.

/that shiat has to stop or nothing will get better


This. Back in the day, "Job Creators" were rightfully called Banksters.

When Leona Helmsley said "We don't pay taxes, only the little people pay taxes.", she was immediately taken down. Today, she'd be a keynote speaker at CPAC, where she'd get a standing ovation saying that.
 
2014-08-28 10:35:48 AM  

someonelse: indigni: He's still going to sweep the re-election. He's got the small town mand octogenarian demographics locked down and he's already vetted himself as fully capable of dismissing any suggestion of corruption.

If he does, Wisconsin Democrats have only themselves to blame. But at this point he and Burke are in a dead heat. He does have a very solid base, but I think the only thing saving him from a loss in November is the fact that Burke is so meh.


Right? That's like the worst farking part for voters. There's no strong leadership, and democratic voters aren't really a united group, so it's not easy to find a message that they will all rally around beyond the ineffective "we gots to beats the republican Other!" the very core of which (vote against them because they are different) clashes with one of the democrats core principles.
 
2014-08-28 10:37:10 AM  

yakmans_dad: quatchi: ..

Dammit, Wisconsin you used to be cool.

Joe McCarthy. Wisconsinite.


The water slides were supposed to even it out!
 
2014-08-28 10:43:00 AM  
Money is the only thing this lopsided dropout understands. Of course he's ruining this state for a few thousand, what else would someone that dumb do?
 
2014-08-28 10:45:38 AM  
The ROI on buying off politicians is insane.  Politicians should demand bigger bribes.
 
2014-08-28 10:45:53 AM  
Christ, this guy sucks soooo much.

Mary Burke, make it happen.
 
2014-08-28 10:48:12 AM  

someonelse: indigni: He's still going to sweep the re-election. He's got the small town mand octogenarian demographics locked down and he's already vetted himself as fully capable of dismissing any suggestion of corruption.

If he does, Wisconsin Democrats have only themselves to blame. But at this point he and Burke are in a dead heat. He does have a very solid base, but I think the only thing saving him from a loss in November is the fact that Burke is so meh.


WI dems haven't put up a non meh governor candidate 30 years.
 
2014-08-28 10:52:18 AM  
"We demand that big business give the people a square deal; in return we must insist that when any one engaged in big business honestly endeavors to do right he shall himself be given a square deal."

Teddy R

Of course he also said this:

"The American people are slow to wrath, but when their wrath is once kindled it burns like a consuming flame."

So there's that.
 
2014-08-28 10:53:10 AM  

WhiskeySticks: Christ, this guy sucks soooo much.

Mary Burke, make it happen.


Just keep dreaming. She's going to lose by 15 points. It's a shame, but Wisconsin's going to get a lot, lot worse before it gets better.

And besides, the Supreme Court told me that campaign donations do not lead to quid pro quo corruption, so that has to be true.
 
2014-08-28 10:53:50 AM  
The SCOTUS ruled that giving huge piles of money to politicians does not cause corruption, so obviously there's nothing to see here. Scott Walker just happened to get a huge pile of money from a mining company. Then he just happened to push for and sign a bill that takes a gigantic shiat all over the environment and hands a financial windfall to the mining company. These two things are not related.
 
2014-08-28 10:58:47 AM  
quatchi:
Dammit, Wisconsin you used to be cool.

When?

//fib
 
2014-08-28 11:02:35 AM  
quatchi: 

Dammit, Wisconsin you used to be cool.



A couple years ago, this Ayn Rand statue was erected in Oshkosh, WI by construction company and a Wisconsin Senator as a protest against Obamacare.


Wisconsin's derp lacks the bite of Michele Bachmann, but it is still there.
 
2014-08-28 11:05:02 AM  

stpauler: quatchi: 

Dammit, Wisconsin you used to be cool.


A couple years ago, this Ayn Rand statue was erected in Oshkosh, WI by construction company and a Wisconsin Senator as a protest against Obamacare.


Wisconsin's derp lacks the bite of Michele Bachmann, but it is still there.

(Previewing to see if the pic sticks helps)

img.fark.net
 
2014-08-28 11:05:10 AM  

patrick767: The SCOTUS ruled that giving huge piles of money to politicians does not cause corruption, so obviously there's nothing to see here. Scott Walker just happened to get a huge pile of money from a mining company. Then he just happened to push for and sign a bill that takes a gigantic shiat all over the environment and hands a financial windfall to the mining company. These two things are not related.


It doesn't cause corruption because it's why corporations give money to politicians. Why would a company give money to a politician if they weren't expecting to get a return on their investment? That's bad business. Bad business is for communists. This is 'merika. Land of the home, free of the brave.
 
2014-08-28 11:10:53 AM  

stpauler: stpauler: quatchi:

Dammit, Wisconsin you used to be cool.


A couple years ago, this Ayn Rand statue was erected in Oshkosh, WI by construction company and a Wisconsin Senator as a protest against Obamacare.


Wisconsin's derp lacks the bite of Michele Bachmann, but it is still there.
(Previewing to see if the pic sticks helps)

[img.fark.net image 210x280]


img.fark.net
 
2014-08-28 11:11:29 AM  

stpauler: stpauler: quatchi: 

Dammit, Wisconsin you used to be cool.


A couple years ago, this Ayn Rand statue was erected in Oshkosh, WI by construction company and a Wisconsin Senator as a protest against Obamacare.


Wisconsin's derp lacks the bite of Michele Bachmann, but it is still there.
(Previewing to see if the pic sticks helps)

[img.fark.net image 210x280]


One thing about Ayn Rand I've never understood - apart from why anyone would read her stuff - is why all the books were published with cover art so reminiscent of Soviet propaganda. That's always seemed curious.
 
2014-08-28 11:13:05 AM  

Petey4335: WI dems haven't put up a non meh governor candidate 30 years.


So it's okay that the Republicans run corrupt assholes and half the state votes for them? You might want to check your math on that one.
 
2014-08-28 11:13:12 AM  
F*cking put that asshole in jail, he's a menace to society and is the walking, talking, embodiment of Corporatocracy.
 
2014-08-28 11:13:34 AM  
Do the right thing come election time, Wisconsin.
 
2014-08-28 11:17:42 AM  

Petey4335: someonelse: indigni: He's still going to sweep the re-election. He's got the small town mand octogenarian demographics locked down and he's already vetted himself as fully capable of dismissing any suggestion of corruption.

If he does, Wisconsin Democrats have only themselves to blame. But at this point he and Burke are in a dead heat. He does have a very solid base, but I think the only thing saving him from a loss in November is the fact that Burke is so meh.

WI dems haven't put up a non meh governor candidate 30 years.


WHy the fark won't Russ Feingold take one for the team and Run?
 
2014-08-28 11:19:52 AM  

BMulligan: stpauler: stpauler: quatchi:

Dammit, Wisconsin you used to be cool.


A couple years ago, this Ayn Rand statue was erected in Oshkosh, WI by construction company and a Wisconsin Senator as a protest against Obamacare.


Wisconsin's derp lacks the bite of Michele Bachmann, but it is still there.
(Previewing to see if the pic sticks helps)

[img.fark.net image 210x280]

One thing about Ayn Rand I've never understood - apart from why anyone would read her stuff - is why all the books were published with cover art so reminiscent of Soviet propaganda. That's always seemed curious.


My guess is that it is the revenge of the Art Director at the publishing house, who was making his own statement about the content of the books
 
2014-08-28 11:21:22 AM  

Magorn: Petey4335: someonelse: indigni: He's still going to sweep the re-election. He's got the small town mand octogenarian demographics locked down and he's already vetted himself as fully capable of dismissing any suggestion of corruption.

If he does, Wisconsin Democrats have only themselves to blame. But at this point he and Burke are in a dead heat. He does have a very solid base, but I think the only thing saving him from a loss in November is the fact that Burke is so meh.

WI dems haven't put up a non meh governor candidate 30 years.

WHy the fark won't Russ Feingold take one for the team and Run?


Because Feingold got stuck with a do-nothing senior Senator and a state party that couldn't find its ass with both hands and a mirror. He doesn't owe that state of backwards cow farkers anything. A people gets the government it deserves, and Wisconsin is getting theirs.
 
2014-08-28 11:24:04 AM  

Magorn: Petey4335: someonelse: indigni: He's still going to sweep the re-election. He's got the small town mand octogenarian demographics locked down and he's already vetted himself as fully capable of dismissing any suggestion of corruption.

If he does, Wisconsin Democrats have only themselves to blame. But at this point he and Burke are in a dead heat. He does have a very solid base, but I think the only thing saving him from a loss in November is the fact that Burke is so meh.

WI dems haven't put up a non meh governor candidate 30 years.

WHy the fark won't Russ Feingold take one for the team and Run?


Wisconsin Democrats didn't turn out to support his Senate re-election campaign. I don't see any reason why Feingold should expect them to turn out to support a gubernatorial campaign, especially after their absurd indifference towards Walker.
 
2014-08-28 11:25:08 AM  
Why is this news? Why is this even FARK?
This Walker asshole has been a corrupt asshole from day one, yet the people of Wisconsin don't seen to be able to get rid of him.
To Wisconsin democrats: sometimes the candidate doesn't have to be exciting enough to get your dick hard. VOTE.
 
2014-08-28 11:27:04 AM  

yakmans_dad: quatchi: ..

Dammit, Wisconsin you used to be cool.

Joe McCarthy. Wisconsinite.


I was actually thinking more Russ Feingold there.
 
2014-08-28 11:29:44 AM  

rewind2846: Why is this news? Why is this even FARK?
This Walker asshole has been a corrupt asshole from day one, yet the people of Wisconsin don't seen to be able to get rid of him.
To Wisconsin democrats: sometimes the candidate doesn't have to be exciting enough to get your dick hard. VOTE.


It has nothing to do with not being able to get rid of Walker. They've simply refused to do so, because Walker's policy agenda is preferable to a Democratic one, apparently.
 
2014-08-28 11:30:41 AM  
Biting my tounge in hatred of Walker. I humbly ask all my Wisconsin farkers to help out Burke and any State Senator and Assembly Person that isn't pants on head backwards stupid. I've donated money to Burke and even though it was a small amount I got a phone call thanking me the next day. I dont know if so few people are donating that this was scary to get money and they wanted to chat or what the deal was.  Please straighten up a bit Wisconsin.

/missing Culvers
//and Kwik Trip
///and cheese curds
 
2014-08-28 11:31:18 AM  

Magorn: BMulligan: stpauler: stpauler: quatchi:

Dammit, Wisconsin you used to be cool.


A couple years ago, this Ayn Rand statue was erected in Oshkosh, WI by construction company and a Wisconsin Senator as a protest against Obamacare.


Wisconsin's derp lacks the bite of Michele Bachmann, but it is still there.
(Previewing to see if the pic sticks helps)

[img.fark.net image 210x280]

One thing about Ayn Rand I've never understood - apart from why anyone would read her stuff - is why all the books were published with cover art so reminiscent of Soviet propaganda. That's always seemed curious.

My guess is that it is the revenge of the Art Director at the publishing house, who was making his own statement about the content of the books


You can't trust artists; they're free-thinkers and anarchists, with their bold vibrant colors and their visual rhetoric. Of course they tried to undermine Ayn with their subtle eyeball tricks. That's why the Bible isn't illustrated (except for illustrated Bibles, which are really only suited for Protestants).
 
Bf+
2014-08-28 11:33:30 AM  
bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com
No shiat.
 
2014-08-28 11:40:24 AM  

qorkfiend: rewind2846: Why is this news? Why is this even FARK?
This Walker asshole has been a corrupt asshole from day one, yet the people of Wisconsin don't seen to be able to get rid of him.
To Wisconsin democrats: sometimes the candidate doesn't have to be exciting enough to get your dick hard. VOTE.

It has nothing to do with not being able to get rid of Walker. They've simply refused to do so, because Walker's policy agenda is preferable to a Democratic one, apparently.


Old people are stupid in this state. My own grandma is blatantly racist against the president. She and others like her (you know, the FWD: FWD: crowd) don't realize they're choosing sides to fark our future. Not their future, because they'll be dead soon, but my future.

I'm not a Democrat, although the trolls would gladly lump me in with their LIBS LIBS LIBS ideology. I've been getting the word out every time more corrupt information comes out against Walker. What else can I do without bribing people? Continue to inform. The fact that Burke is so close in an off-presidential-year vote says a lot about what the populous feels right now. Let's hope the momentum continues, especially as we draw closer to Shutdown 2014.
 
2014-08-28 11:43:48 AM  

tricycleracer: The ROI on buying off politicians is insane.  Politicians should demand bigger bribes.


Supply and demand says that once a politician is bought, he's now in a group as a commodity, Hold out for what you got last year and you may not get anything. He'll have to re-invent himself as Bluetooth ready, 4XHDMI, fifteen shades of WiFI with built in iPhone/Android app remotes -- if he's even going to be marketable for the holidays.
 
Bf+
2014-08-28 11:43:57 AM  
Also keep in mind that this evidence (as well as other evidence) indicating campaign finance violations was ordered by hyper-partisan Judge Rudolf Randa to be permanently destroyed, supposedly because it didn't contain any evidence of illegality.  And (And!) the only reason we know about this at all is because it was mistakenly released.  This was supposed to be kept hidden for the Wisconsin Club for Growth.  Can you imagine what else he's hiding?
 
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