28 May 2011

Glenn Grothman: wrong for voting against school kids.

Could it really be the case that Glenn doesn't understand the state funding formula that will choke out the West Bend School District in the next few years?


GOP lawmakers reduce cuts to schools by $116 million - JSOnline

Glenn Grothman: wrong for voting against local farmers

Because government help for local businesses isn't as good as tax breaks for big out of state corporations?

From Biz Beat: Buy Local grants restored

In a surprise move last week, the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee voted overwhelmingly to fund the Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin program and keep the door open on the state's Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easements program (PACE).

"Democrats and Republicans on the committee came together to support two programs that really support the vitality of the state's agricultural sector," Wisconsin Farmers Union President Darin Von Ruden said in a statement.

On a 15-1 vote, the Joint Finance Committee restored the Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin program and funded it at 90 percent of the 2009-2010 level: up to $200,000 annually.

Sen. Luther Olsen, R-Ripon, made the motion to restore the program, and Rep. Robin Vos, R-Burlington, seconded. The only "no" vote came from Sen. Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend.


27 May 2011

Glenn Grothman: Not intended to be a "factual Senator"Take on Defunding Planned Parenthood Wisconsin | SBA-List

The Anti-Choice interpretation of Glenn's work to defund Planned Parenthood.

Pro-Life State Sen. Glenn Grothman's Take on Defunding Planned Parenthood Wisconsin | SBA-List

an example:

Finally, the Wisconsin Legislature is taking action to roll back Planned Parenthood’s funding—just as Sen. Grothman suggested. To be certain, Planned Parenthood and its allies aren’t taking the news lying down. They still purport the distorted tale that Planned Parenthood Wisconsin (PPWI) is a healthcare provider. This is despite the fact that PPWI is the largest abortion provider in the state, doesn’t provide mammograms, and often covers up “purported statutory rape.

Again, ironically, limiting access to good advice on planning pregnancies has the effect of producing more unplanned pregnancies. Maybe this is a kind of weird surrogacy for the Senator?

Or maybe Glenn's rationale for defunding Planned Parenthood isn't intended to be a factual statement.

Glenn Grothman: The Law isn't important if you think you're right.

The Badger Herald: Judge rules collective bargaining legislation violated state law

Sumi’s decision remains a final order, said Rep. Kelda Roys, D-Madison. She said while the case is likely to end up in the Supreme Court, she considers the facts of the case to be clear and said Sumi’s reasoning is sound.

Roys said she thinks Republican’s will have to start over but are likely to put the legislation in the Biennial budget bill to avoid voting directly on an issue which continues to draw heated response from citizens around the state.

“The bigger question is why didn’t Republicans just pass the legislation again following the rules more closely?” said Schweber. “The suspicion is that mounting pressures on Republican legislators meant they no longer had the votes to pass it.”

Sen. Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend, said Republicans had the votes to pass the legislation.

“When you’ve done the right thing, it’s frustrating to be told by an ideologue judge that you have to do it again,” he said.

What's interesting here is that Republicans did NOT do the right thing. Had they, no judge, regardless of ideological bent, would have been able to rule that they'd violated the Open Meetings Law (and remember, this judge was a Tommy Thompson appointment -- something the right rushed to, rather hilariously, try to work around). Actually, anyone who's read the law would have been able to tell you this -- which is why Glenn here is so intent on changing the subject.

While it may be true they HAD the votes to pass this before they woke up an angry electorate, they may not have the votes now. This bill could have always simply been reintroduced at any time... but Republican leadership didn't.

So, now we'll see.

But we can already see where Glenn is on this: the law doesn't apply to Republicans because ... well, they're just right, that's all. Better Right than right.


Glenn Grothman: promoting failed policies: in LaCrosse

Apparently enough of our neighbors believe in these failed policies at home.

Steve Janecek: GOP still promoting failed policies


Grothman, along with Gov. Scott Walker and other Republicans, panders to big business donors. When I asked Grothman where the jobs were, he said Walker has lowered the tax rates for businesses to attract more businesses and create jobs.

“You can lower taxes as much as you want for businesses, if there is no demand for their products, they will not hire new employees,” I said.

“I’m talking about international manufacturing,” Grothman said.

Well said. Republican policies continue to create jobs in China and India.

How does Glenn keep wining with this kind of slogan?

There is, of course, the obvious answer....

21 May 2011

Glenn Grothman: wrong on family planning.

Sometimes, in the haze of incredulity, I forget that Glenn is actually a right-wing extremist.

Chris Taylor is right: GOP assault on family planning outrageous

“For years, extremists like Glenn Grothman have been attempting to eliminate access to family planning services for Wisconsin women and men, including cervical and prostate cancer screenings, testing and treatment for STDs, and access to birth control. As the public policy director for Planned Parenthood, I have been proud to fight for each individual’s right to access these services and exercise their fundamental right to make personal, private health care decisions,” Taylor explained.

Ironically, when you eliminate access to family planning, you increase the number of unplanned and unwanted pregnancies and, therefore, you increase the number of abortions... but then, figuring this out would require the same neural pathways you'd use to distinguish between "gross" and "net" -- something none of today's "conservatives" are able to do either.

-- unless Glenn is smart enough to figure this out and is intentionally working to cause MORE abortions.... wait, of course that's what he's doing! Without the abortion issue, he'd never get reelected. Oh, the genius of it... he needs to increase the number of abortions to give his anti-abortion-in-every-single-case stance merit.

Now it makes sense.

16 May 2011

Glenn Grothman: wrong for sending tax dollars to religious schools.

I don't want my tax dollars going to schools that discriminate against and encourage bullying LGBTQ students and I don't want my tax dollars spent teaching kids that Bible stories (important moral and spiritual lessons) are really science.

Glenn Grothman

Today, Senator Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) and Representative Andre Jacque (R-Bellevue) announced they will be introducing legislation providing a non-refundable tax credit for religious and independent schools beginning in school year 2012-2013. The credit will start at $1,500 per year for every first grade student and $2,500 for every ninth grade student. The following year, second and tenth graders will be added to the program with additional years added each year until all students will be covered by the 2021 school year.

Glenn Grothman: wrong for eliminating evaluation procedures for teachers.

Do I really understand that Glenn wants to get rid of evaluation procedures beyond looking at student test scores?

That's like judging a doctor by whether or not her patients take their medicine.

Oh, wait... I see: it's exactly the same as deciding whether a state Senator is any good based on whether enough people vote for him -- like doctors who are popular because they give their patients all the prescriptions they want, rather than the ones that are good for them.

Now it makes sense.

I guess it's still better to be Right than right.


02 May 2011

Recall Glenn Grothman: Glenn dodges recall.

Recall Glenn Grothman, State Senator, Wisconsin District 20 (5)

The press release.

The Grothman recall effort collected over 15,000 signatures from people unhappy with his representation, building a strong foundation for future campaigns.

According to campaign staff, many signers were upset with Grothman's support of the proposal to strip public workers of their collective bargaining rights. Others were angry about his proposal to drastically reduce support for public education. Still others opposed his derogatory views about women. All thought Grothman should not support balancing the state budget on the backs of the elderly, the poor and the middle class in favor of tax breaks for the rich.

"While we did not get the magic number we needed, we know that many of the Senator's constituents believe he does not represent their interests," said Waring Fincke, a West Bend lawyer who helped organize the campaign.

"We are really proud of the thousand plus volunteers who contributed to the effort," said Richard Schwalb who led the effort in Ozaukee County.

"There are thousands of people in our communities on record for a change and eager to work towards finding solutions for problems based on facts, not ideologies," said Tanya Lohr, a West Bend teacher who led the effort in Washington County.

All the organizers are happy with the effort and the foundation they built for future work. "Hopefully, more moderate leadership will come to Madison as a result of the statewide recall efforts," Fincke concluded.

So, while Glenn's seat is safe for now, whoever runs against him now has 15,000 volunteers coming out of the box.