30 June 2009

Glenn Grothman test scores: Business interests, 100. Municiple interests: Zero.

And the latest update on Glenn's standing with different statewide groups.

Based on a point system, with points assigned for actions in support of or in opposition to Wisconsin National Federation of Independent Business 's position, Sen. Glenn Grothman received a rating of 100.

Sen. Glenn Grothman supported the interests of the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce 92 percent in 2007-2008.

Based on a point system, with points assigned for actions in support of or in opposition to League of Wisconsin Municipalities 's position, Sen. Glenn Grothman received a rating of 0.
Businesses and WMC love him... those who have to run the state at the local level, not so much.

That seems like it'd be contradictory, no?

Unless maybe WMC has a different set of priorities than our local municipalities do.


Glenn Grothman: playing the victim card to cover incompetence?

Hi everyone,

CFACT, a campus group at UW Madison that claims global warming isn't an issue and urges free market solutions to... well, apparently everything... lost it's funding because they failed to file the proper paperwork.

Stuff like that happens on college campuses, especially when you have politically active groups with a fairly regular changeover in membership -- as college groups do. The Badger Herald reports that UW Mad had been funding them for over $1o0k a year (which seems insanely high for student group funding, frankly), but if that's the norm at Madison, so be it.

For the record, student groups like this have an absolute right to the same funding as any other group on campus -- the Regents believe this and so, surely, must Biddy Martin.

The group's funding was pulled because they failed to follow proper funding protocols but notice how they immediately play the victim card to cover their mistake.

Glenn, as always, felt compelled to play the political/ideological victim card, too.

The Badger Herald: News: UPDATED: CFACT may sue UW if its funding isn’t restored

State Sen. Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend, was one of nine state legislators to ask the chancellor to reconsider.

“Without CFACT on campus, discussions about environmental and social issues will be completely one-sided,” they wrote in May. “The diversity that CFACT adds to these issues is invaluable to the UW campus and should be maintained.”

In response, Martin reiterated that she had no authority to intercede if the funding was denied because of a procedural issue.

Grothman wasn’t convinced. On Monday, he said he believed the issue revolved around CFACT’s unpopular message.

“We have a huge problem in society,” he said. “Too many of our universities hate any diversity of viewpoint other than that of the hard left. It’s appalling.”

The big miss here, of course, is that it isn't hatred that makes being a crazy rightwinger difficult on college campuses: it's reason wot makes it difficult.


10 June 2009

Glenn Grothman: fighting against equal pay for women.

Hi everyone,

On and on. Thanks to Cory for finding this:

Eye on Wisconsin: Equal Pay Brings Out Inferior Spin

[an excerpt]

Who could possibly be against the idea of more aggressively fighting pay discrimination? Well apparently Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) is and he can't wait to tell us how "outraged" he is about it. Why am I not surprised that the same guy that fought the Martin Luther King holiday years after the right wing gave up on the issue, is also leading the charge against stronger pay discrimination laws?

Amidst his wailing over the issue, he does a lot of complaining about the punitive damages that are possible under the law. In his press release he says, "Senate Bill 20 can give up to $300,000 in punitive damages to people who claim they were discriminated against." (emphasis mine) That is not correct, he is being deceptive and he knows it. It can give up to $300,000 to people that have already gone through several layers of fact finding and legal proceedings and have already PROVEN that they were discriminated against. Grothman deceptively tries to make it sound like just anyone that files a claim can get in line for 300k, which simply has no basis in reality. So apparently Glenn Grothman is mad because we are exposing employers that have already been proven to have discriminated to a possible $300,000 in punitive damages. Cry me a river Glenn. He then goes on to undercut his own argument by admitting that the vast majority of claims don't ever go nearly far enough to even think about punitive damages.

Besides, women don't really want to earn more than about 70 cents on the dollar.

Yeah, I'm kidding -- but Glenn sure isn't.


05 June 2009

Glenn Grothman: jailing drunk drivers too expensive.

Hi everyone,

So apparently it's cheaper for the counties to let people die than to jail drunk drivers?

Fighting at the Capitol Over DUI Laws | Newsradio 620

Supporters of tougher drunk driving laws are losing hope, especially after Thursday's Senate hearing.

The stories are filled with tears and pictures. Victims of drunk drivers want tougher laws.


Then the Wisconsin Counties' Association argued that tougher laws could be too expensive.

"The cost to county jails under this bill would be a minimum $2-million," says the group's Sarah Diedrick-Kasdorf.

The hearing is on a proposal to make some repeat drunk drivers felons and make special breath test car locks an option for some drunk drivers.

But victims' families want more. For one, they want a first drunk driving offense to be a crime.

Senators aren't on board.

"I'm not sure the legislature wants to put people in jail immediately," says Republican Glenn Grothman of West Bend.

Maybe only after their first kill? That would save us money.


04 June 2009

Glenn Grothman: hopes the economy will get worse to improve GOP reelection chances?

Hi everyone,

From the Leader-Telegram Online:

"If this budget is passed out of the Senate and Assembly like it left (the Joint Finance Committee), it's going to do permanent damage to the state," said Sen. Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend.

The thing is, Mr. Grothman's party -- and its now well tested economic ideology -- is largely responsible for the current economic mess.

The damage is already done. The question is: how do the rest of us now recover from it?

Short answer: not by doing the things that brought us here.


02 June 2009

Free drinks item in budget will come at a cost, critics say

Hi everyone,

I'm always surprised nowadays when I agree with Glenn, but there it is.

Free drinks item in budget will come at a cost, critics say - JSOnline

Republican state Sen. Glenn Grothman of West Bend said the change showed how individual legislators push to "get silly little bills into the budget" that have nothing to do with state spending.

What really surprised me was that NOBODY knew who had introduced the amendment in question? Is Joint Finance the Family Circus [check under GREMLINS]?


01 June 2009

Medicaid Program Provides Free Condoms - WGBA -

Hi everyone,

Could it be true that Mr. Grothman expects teenagers won't want sex unless provoked by the presence of condoms?


History has demonstrated rather clearly that biology alone is a sufficient to make teenagers want sex, even without condoms... -- which is what the skyrocketing rates of STDs prove.

Medicaid Program Provides Free Condoms - WGBA -:

"Teenage boys from low-income families could soon get free condoms. It's all part of an extension of the current Family Planning Waiver Program supported by Medicaid. The program currently provides healthcare services and birth control to low income women. Now the state is hoping to add males 15 to 44 . But not all legislators support it. Senator Glenn Grothman says, 'It really sends the message that not that sexual activity is wrong, that sexual activity is to be expected. That's the message you are sending with this program.'
But Planned Parenthood says they're not handing out condoms they're providing good healthcare for those who otherwise go without.
'Infection rates in this state are skyrocketing. These are the facts, that Senator Grothman ignores. This is a health care crisis,' says Rachel Safar with Planned Parenthood.
The Department of Health Services says by expanding this program to males it is expected to avert 373 Medicaid-funded births and save the State $2.05 million. That figure is based upon Medicaid paying about $5, 501 per birth."