27 November 2009

Glenn Grothman: wrong for opposing improved education.

If there's a wy to improve education, Glenn's agin' it.

From : The Badger Herald: Obama to focus on math, science education

Sen. Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend, said Obama’s education reforms show he has not considered the U.S. Constitution while making policy.

“Under our U.S. Constitution, it is not the business of the federal government to get involved in K-12 education,” Grothman said. “And it is appalling that for the second administration in a row, we have a president who has no respect for our Constitution.”

Grothman also said he plans to reintroduce a bill that will eliminate calculators from elementary math education, saying they have become a “crutch” which prevent American students from competing with international students.

Those international students are, of course, using calculators and, had he read his history more closely, Glenn would have noticed that the whole States Rights question was settled in 1865.

But it has been sublimely satisfying to watch Glenn turn on the Bush Presidency.


18 November 2009

Glenn Grothman: yes on medical marijuana?

Hi everyone,

Medical marijuana coming up for a vote and..... and this?

From: MMJ Act hearing

The measure might face some opposition from law enforcement and some Republican state lawmakers. However, even some conservatives like state Sen. Glenn Grothman of West Bend are mulling over a "yes" vote.

Grothman said he hasn't made up his mind yet, but is inclined to vote for it unless someone gives him "a good reason not to".

"It wouldn't shock me if I vote for it," Grothman said.

Shocking -- and hopeful.


06 November 2009

Glenn Grothman: opposes a less political DNR secretary?

Or something. I can't figure this one out. Republicans typically oppose letting Jim Doyle have any more power and here's a bill to take some away, and they're opposed to it. The DNR secretary became increasingly politicized when Tommy Thompson took control of it, and yet now Republicans want it to stay in the hands of the Governor?

Call me Ishmael, there they go again.

Legislature approves bill to shift DNR secretary appointment - JSOnline

Republican lawmakers cite examples of what they call heavy-handed regulation by the DNR in their districts. And with an ailing economy, they worried that the DNR will become less attuned to the economic effects of their decisions.

"This bill will make our regulatory climate worse," said Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend). "This is a huge step backwards."

Supporters of the independent secretary say the DNR has become more political over time. The board lost its authority to appoint the DNR secretary in 1995 under then-Gov. Tommy G. Thompson.


05 November 2009

Glenn Grothman: wrong for trying to block sensible sex education

Hi everyone,

Glenn still seems to believe that teaching young people about responsible sex makes them have irresponsible sex -- this explains why US teenage pregnancy rates are as far behind European rates as they are. More interesting is that sexual activity rates among European teeens who've had good sex education is lower than among American teens who were given the abstinence based only nonsense.

From: Community Blogs - Blogs - BrookfieldNOW

Wisconsin's State Assembly will vote on bill AB 458 today, Thursday, Nov. 5th. This bill would seriously alter Wisconsin's current human growth and development (sex education) statutes. If passed, AB458 would remove local school board's control over how sex ed is taught in each district.

Assembly Republicans were able to temporarily block the vote on Tuesday, but it will come to the floor today, the last day the Assembly meets for the year.


What is so bad about the bill? Senator Glenn Grothman explained on Jay Weber's radio program Wed. morning how AB 458 would change HG&D instruction in Wisconsin (should it pass) Here are my notes:
  • We would have to do [teach] it in a way that doesn't create any bias against those sexually active.
  • It would ban abstinence centered and abstinence only teaching like Thiensville['s program.]
  • This would force districts to allow Planned Parenthood into the classroom for condom demonstrations, starting at age 12.
  • It would normalize teen sex, which is illegal according to state law for children under age 16.
Sen. Grothman mentioned that the Assembly Republicans tried to get an amendment to "provide instruction in marriage and parental responsibility," included in the bill, but that provision was rejected by the Democrats. (That language is currently in the state statutes.)


For the mountain of reasons why every last bit of this is not only wrong, but a threat to children everywhere, start here.


03 November 2009

Glenn Grothman: wrong for encouraging teenage pregnancy.

Oh good grief.

On economic matters, Glenn seems able to work through a spreadsheet, eventually. On human matters, nope.

Grothman Calls on Public To Speak Out Against Unhealthy Youth Sex Ed Bill