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Meet Glenn Grothman And The *New* GOP

After an embarrassing cycle for the GOP in 2012 — from a clown show of a presidential primary season that saw the likes of Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain as temporary frontrunners, to Todd Akin, Richard Mourdock and friends mansplaining the intricacies of rape-induced pregnancy — Republicans knew something needed to change. So they commissioned an autopsy report that identified their shortcomings and charted a new course to broaden their appeal.

Then, the GOP promptly took that report and used it as kindling at a giant Tea Party bonfire, and continued on their merry way rightward, to the ever-shrinking base they know and love.

Tonight, the “New GOP” added its latest star: Glenn Grothman, winner of the WI-6 GOP primary.

Here’s an overview of some of Glenn’s greatest hits:

Argued that John Kerry upset God by trying to stop Uganda’s anti-gay bill
Attacked Kwanzaa as a “false holiday” that “almost no [...]

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Paul Ryan’s Poverty Plan: Stop Being Poor

Five years to the day after our last national minimum wage increase, Paul Ryan is set to lay out a “new” six-pillared poverty plan. Ryan has long preached about how to tackle poverty and fashions himself as a serious politician and policy wonk. But if you believe that, I’ve got a 2 hour marathon time to sell you!

Here are the six tenets of Paul Ryan’s poverty plan, as told by his career rather than his rhetoric:
1. Never Raise The Minimum Wage. Time and time again, Ryan has voted against raising the wage for hardworking Americans, and even argued that doing so would actually harm low income Americans.
2. Oppose Unemployment Insurance. Since 2010, in the depths of the Great Recession, Ryan has voted at least six times against extending unemployment benefits for American job-seekers.
3. Gut Medicaid, Leaving Low-Income Americans Uninsured. Ryan’s most recent budget would take an ax to Medicaid, taking health care away from between 14.3 and 20.5 million low income Americans.
4. Slash Nutrition Assistance Programs. The FY15 Ryan Budget would slash an astonishing $137 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps, which lifted 4 million Americans out of poverty in 2012. Almost half of SNAP recipients are children.
5. Fight Against Protections For Low-Income Consumers. Ryan has consistently taken the side of big banks and credit card companies over Americans fighting to stay afloat, even after the 2008 financial crisis.
6. Divisively Demonize The Poor For Their Situation. As if his policy attacks on low-income Americans weren’t offensive enough, Ryan infamously blamed poverty in part on the “real culture problem” of “inner city” men who don’t want to work.
Paul Ryan can say whatever he wants about poverty today. But it’s akin to a lesson on fire safety from the cow who kicked over the lantern.

It Gets Worse: The Math on Scott Walker’s Job Creation Pledge

With just a few short months left to go in Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s first term, his signature campaign promise — the creation of 250,000 new Wisconsin jobs in four years — is destined for failure. Months ago, PolitiFact noted that “most everyone agrees his promise of 250,000 new jobs in four years won’t be met,” due to the slow rate of job growth in the state.

Fast forward to this week and Walker’s job creation prospects have gotten even worse. According to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as reviewed by PolitiFact, Wisconsin actually had negative job growth in May and June, for a total of about -1,700 jobs. Not only has Scott Walker failed to add even half of the jobs he promised during his first term, job growth is backsliding in Wisconsin and significantly lags behind neighboring Midwestern states.

We’re not math experts, but we do know that you can’t add jobs by subtracting them — yet Walker and his appointees have rewarded companies that outsource jobs out of Wisconsin, just one example of the misguided economic policies that make impossible the fulfillment Walker’s job creation promise.

Politifact breaks down the latest BLS data on Wisconsin jobs — check out key highlights from their analysis after the jump.


Walker-Appointed WEDC Chief DEFENDS Giving Tax Breaks To Outsourcers

Wow. When it was first uncovered that Scott Walker’s WEDC was giving massive tax credits to companies that ship jobs overseas, one would’ve expected quick recourse to right this wrong. Instead, Walker’s hand-picked CEO of the economic development agency is actually defending the practice, claiming that “some companies, to be successful financially, need to outsource.” Is this really Scott Walker’s re-election argument to Wisconsin voters?

As a governor who ran on the promise of robust job creation only to see Wisconsin lag behind every other state in the Midwest, Walker shouldn’t be surprised if his constituents don’t share his administration’s enthusiasm for using their tax dollars to ship Wisconsin jobs overseas.

Check out the key paragraphs in the newest story from WKOW’s Greg Neumann below:

Outsourcing war blows up in race for Governor

On the same day Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign released an ad painting Mary Burke as [...]

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Scott Walker’s WEDC Nightmare Continues

Scott Walker hasn’t seen a good headline in a loooong time. Last week was no exception.

Walker has been getting hammered by the media after a WKOW investigation revealed that Walker’s economic development agency, WEDC, has given tax credits to companies that ship jobs overseas. Moreover, the companies at the heart of the controversy, and their board members, have donated significant money to the Walker campaign.

The outsourcing debacle has been covered by ABC, NBC and CBS affiliates across Wisconsin, from Madison and Green Bay to LaCrosse and Wausau, and an AP story has been picked up across the country.

Scott Walker is having all sorts of trouble bringing new jobs to Wisconsin. But he’s pretty good at shipping them away.

Check out full coverage below:


WKOW: UPDATE: WEDC award recipients outsourced Wisconsin jobs to foreign countries

Milwaukee Business Journal: WEDC award recipients outsourced Wisconsin jobs to foreign countries

WKOW: UPDATE: Companies that outsourced [...]

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