06 August 2012

Tanya Lohr's campaign makes the Huffington Post.

Read all about it!  Tanya stayed to fight for her family, and everyone else's.  Here's the link to the Huffington Post.
So it was with shock and fear that Lohr watched the Walker agenda. His budget decimated support for public education and directly attacked government workers, including teachers. Her family considered leaving, but decided to stay and fight. Tanya organized locally to recall Scott Walker and his extremist colleagues, including her State Senator Glenn Grothman. She became a coordinator of the Recall campaign and then Chair of the Washington County Democratic Party. And this November, Tanya Lohr will challenge Glenn Grothman for Wisconsin's 20th District Senate Seat.

26 July 2012

Glenn Grothman Wants Elections Close Enough to Steal?

Apparently.  This does track with the fact that, underlying everything Glenn says, is a belief that the responsibilities of citizenship come in second place to economics.  So, if they have to steal elections "For the good of the economy" it's okay.

Just musing.  Here's the link from the cousins over at Voices Newspaper.

Voices Newspaper Blog: Glenn Grothman Wants Elections Close Enough to Steal

Grothman is doing his part to help ensure the election will be close enough to steal by denying legal citizens the right to vote, despite the fact that two judges have independently determined that the state's American Legislative Exchange Council-inspired voter ID restriction imposes an unconstitutional burden on the right to vote 

24 July 2012

Wisconsin Republican Senator Believes Voter ID Will Help Romney 'In A Close Race'

Of course he did.

Wisconsin Republican Senator Believes Voter ID Will Help Romney 'In A Close Race' | ThinkProgress

In an interview with ThinkProgress on Sunday, the number-two Republican senator argued that voter ID could be a boon for Republicans’ electoral prospects if the controversial law, which was recently blocked in state court, is reinstated in time for the November election. “Insofar as there are inappropriate things, people who vote inappropriately are more likely to vote Democrat,” argued Grothman.

21 July 2012

Glenn Grothman's digital popularity rolls on: now a question at Ask.com.

When someone asks whether the politician (who wants warn school kids that single parents are potential abusers) has kids himself, that's a kind of new, digital, threshold of popularity.

does glenn grothman have children - Ask Community

18 June 2012

Retirees fear more changes to public pension system

Retirees fear more changes to public pension system

State Sen. Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend, a member of the Senate labor committee, said he didn't anticipate changes.
"The state of Wisconsin retirement system is the envy of the country, and why would we change something that is the envy of the country?" Grothman said.

 Read more: http://host.madison.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/article_31438204-b71f-11e1-b120-001a4bcf887a.html#ixzz1yCaZ4nkI

Because raiding public coffers via privatization so that the Big Money campaign contributers can make a profit at public expense is pretty much what we've come to expect from the GOP, that's why.


24 May 2012

Glenn Grothman: wrong on the military.

Go Glenn Go!

Sly In The Morning: Republican State Senator Glenn Grothman: "ya can't trust people"

Does Glenn Grothman consider military service to be a job? Apparently not - the Fair Employment Law which came to fruition under Doyle allowed employees to sue for back pay and other punitive damages suffered over the course of their time on the job, and Glenn says it's unfair to Wisconsin. He also remarks about his distrust for a jury, and his distrust for people in general, and hears his favorite protest song...

Marines, sailors, airmen, and soldiers have historically been untrustworthy to the United States of America compared to politicians, right Senator Grothman? Hey - politicians are people, too. But you gotta hand it to Glenn for entering the ring-of-Sly when called upon. Try getting that out of Scott Walker or Mitt Romney.

Glenn Grothman: wrong for continuing to shift tax burden on to the middle class.

Well, there he goes again.  Being toasted by his wealthy owners for shafting the middle class.

Drink up Glenn.  Enjoy the champagne while it lasts.

Windfall! Rich will get richer from new tax credit

On a chilly late February evening, the state's deepest-pocketed business lobby held its annual awards event at Milwaukee's Pfister Hotel to celebrate its most successful legislative session in memory.
Members of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce toasted state Sen. Glenn Grothman there for spearheading the "most exemplary public policy initiative in support of manufacturing in more than 35 years," a news release says.
There's good reason WMC was so excited: The new policy effectively eliminates state income taxes for many of Wisconsin's corporations, factory owners and agricultural producers by the time it's fully phased in.
"We had to do something to change the business climate in the state … and this does it big-time," says Grothman, R-West Bend.
Slipped into Gov. Scott Walker's 2011-2013 budget at the last moment, the domestic production tax credit will cost the state $360 million in revenue over the next four years and some $130 million each year thereafter, according to the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau. Critics warn the impact could be even greater, a key point in a state still struggling with budget shortfalls.

Read more: http://host.madison.com/business/biz_beat/article_bfe745dc-a44a-11e1-a1b6-001a4bcf887a.html#ixzz1vo892YOP

21 May 2012

Glenn Grothman: still wrong on single parent families and abuse.

Our Glenn continues to get press, this time in the National Law Journal.  Of course, they were able to figure out that it's poverty, not having a single parent, that accounts for the increase in child abuse -- the very poverty Senator Grothman's political views help to create.

Blame poverty, not parents

A Wisconsin state senator is only the latest public official to attack single mothers. (Remember former Vice President Dan Quayle's attack on the fictional television character Murphy Brown for being a single mother, thus contributing to a "poverty of values"?) Glenn Grothman sought to pass legislation emphasizing "nonmarital parenthood" as a cause of abuse and neglect. His proposed bill would have required public education about this point and highlight the role of fathers in preventing abuse. (The bill failed to pass this legislative session, but the state senator remains committed to getting his message out.) Grothman, himself unmarried and childless, sees this measure as necessary because people "make fun of old-fashioned families." 

He couldn't be more wrong. The idealized "Leave it to Beaver" family is hardly the object of scorn. Even more, it never reflected the reality of many households in America. Now it does so even less — there are 13.7 million single parent homes nationwide, including 26 percent of all children. Five times as many mothers as fathers are single parents. And at least 4 percent of children live with two unmarried parents. 

14 May 2012

Glenn Grothman: his views on Abstinence-based sex ed are a threat to young people.

Senator Grothman's beliefs about abstinence based sex education put high schoolers at risk across the state... it's like requiring them to conceal carry and then refusing to provide proper instruction.  Here's more proof.

On the other hand, Grothman's beliefs will be be the cause of a lot more abortions -- needless deaths caused so he can make a splash with his religious base -- so that should keep him in business.

Because Of Abstinence Education, 60 Percent Of Young Adults Are Misinformed About Birth Control's Effectiveness | ThinkProgress

A new study from the Guttmacher Institute unsurprisingly finds that greater knowledge about contraceptive services is directly correlated to a decrease in young adults’ risky sexual behavior. However, after quizzing a nationally representative sample of 1,800 sexually active Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 on their basic knowledge of contraception methods, Guttmacher reports that “more than half of young men and a quarter of young women received low scores on contraceptive knowledge, and six in 10 underestimated the effectiveness of oral contraceptives.” 

27 April 2012

Glenn Grothman's war on women has consequences and now he's up against the wall.

Glenn's inherent distrust of women has finally caught up with him.

Want to help remove him from office?

Of course you do.

You can start by checking in here: Democratic Party of Washington County

In the meantime, our friends at blue cheddar wrote it up.

Teacher Tanya Lohr announces challenge against Wisconsin State Senator Glenn Grothman |

The list of Grothman’s political offenses is long and his appearances on Fox TV have been many – all the better to fan the flames of anger in thousands of Wisconsin women, many of whom just so happen to be assembling at the steps of Wisconsin’s Capitol building tomorrow, Saturday Apirl 28th. I’m certain we will have an opportunity to hear a few words from Tanya Lohr then. I can’t wait.

24 April 2012

Glenn Grothman: doesn't want his views on women to be 'misrepresented'.

Jezebel usually puts things a bit bluntly but, here we are.  Glenn is afraid his views on women will be misrepresented?  Hard to see how anyone could make him look worse than he has himself but, okay.

Anti-Woman Politician Refuses to Debate Congresswoman Because She'll Make Him Say Dumb Things

Fed up with the nonstop anti-woman crap emanating from Wisconsin State Senator Glenn Grothman's mouth, State Rep. Kelda Helen Roys offered to debate him one on one, mano a womano, in public. Unsurprisingly, he turned her down, saying that she wanted to "to gain further platform to misrepresent the Republican position on a variety of issues," which is coward code for "my views are so terrible that not even I am capable of representing them in a way that doesn't make me sound like an asshole."
If the War on Women were an actual war, Wisconsin State Senator Glenn Grothman wouldn't be Rambo, but he'd be close — he'd be one of Rambo's supporting gunman who isn't important enough to have a character name but who is in the background of a lot of shots where Rambo is roaring and firing a gun at something. Grothman's achievements so far this year include recommending that abused women remember the good times rather than leave their husbands, blaming single mothers for child abuse, and sponsoring a bill in Wisconsin that repealed the state's equal pay law, because money is just "more important to men."
He's an entire casserole of WTF with a sprinkling of crispy fried onions on top.

16 April 2012

Glenn Grothman: called out for failing to understand that women have equal rights.

I imagine we could sell this on PPV....  surely commodifying it would make the GOP true believers happy, right?

You know, surely his mother would have explained all of this to him, right?

Rep. Roys challenges Sen. Grothman to debate about women's rights | Dane101

A state assemblywoman is calling out a state senator over a series of recent remarks made by the latter regarding women's rights and their roles in society.

Rep. Kelda Roys (D-Madison) sent a letter to Sen. Grothman (R-West Bend) challenging him to a 60-minute debate on those topics.

"A debate would provide you the perfect opportunity to expound on some of your more surprising comments about women," wrote Roys, "including your apparent belief that money may be more important for men than women. I believe your views are woefully out of touch with the needs and concerns of women and our families, and I am confident that a public and open airing of these views is the most effective way to educate the public."

09 April 2012

Glenn Grothman knows what women want: less money than a man.

And so on.

And really, the more people who read everything Glenn says, the better.

Wisconsin Equal Pay Law Repealed Because "Money Is More Important For Men" | Care2 Causes

Over at the Daily Beast, Michelle Goldberg  writes a detailed account of the repeal and the effect it will have in the state.  Goldberg also interviews Republican state senator Glenn Grothman, who was an enthusiastic fan of repealing the law.  According to Grothman, not only is there no actual pay gap between the sexes, if there was one it wouldn’t matter anyway.  After all, men need money more than women do, since they have families to support.  “You could argue that money is more important for men,” he told Goldberg.  “I think a guy in their first job, maybe because they expect to be a breadwinner someday, may be a little more money-conscious. To attribute everything to a so-called bias in the workplace is just not true.”
Grothman’s views on women in the workplace is very 1960s sitcom to start with, but his understanding of breadwinning is even more so.  Many families have two breadwinners, as both partners either chose to or have to both be in the workplace.  And the majority of families lead by just one parent have mothers at the helm.
Then again, when asked about his source for his figures that prove there is no wage gap between the sexes, Grothman stated it was Ann Coulter.  That’s sound research to base legislation on.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/wisconsin-equal-pay-law-repealed-because-money-is-more-important-for-men.html#ixzz1rahHftuz

08 April 2012

Glenn Grothman: Liberals want unwanted pregnancies.

His fame goes before him now.

Bad Idea Legislation - US News and World Report

 It should come as no surprise that many of the weirdest, most outrageous bills that have popped up around the country in recent months focus on women. Take a recent Wisconsin Senate bill that would have required the state's Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board to "emphasize" single parenthood "as a contributing factor to child abuse and neglect." The bill, which happily died this month, had two sponsors. One, state Sen. Glenn Grothman, thinks liberals want children to be born out of wedlock "because they are more likely to be dependent on the government." The bill's other sponsor, a state representative named Don Pridemore, has said that spouses in abusive relationships should try to stay in them rather than divorce.

Glenn Grothman: In defense of not defending women's rights.

Jezebel is really picking on Glenn these days for saying things any 1950's vintage Conservative would say.  Plus they do have a picture of Glenn picking his nose.

Truthfully, he had this coming, and I assume he's enjoying all the attention.

Yet More Dickery Oozes Out of the Talking Holes of Wisconsin’s Cheesy Republicans

 For people like Republican state senator Glenn Grothman (pictured here probably picking his nose in front of constituents and a major proponent of the repeal effort), not only was the Equal Pay Enforcement Act burdensome to those poor, beleaguered businesses who no doubt found it impossible to both turn a profit and pay women the same — if not, gasp, more! — than their male colleagues, it went against the natural, nurturing impulses of women. Amid the piles verbal feces that spluttered out of Grothman's mouth when he was given an opportunity to defend his support of the act's repeal, Grothman offered up what we might think of as an amateur's attempt to explain sociological phenomena, that is, we might think that if anybody in the GOP believed in the sciences, social or otherwise.

07 April 2012

Glenn Grothman: wage discrimination against women doesn't really happen?

So we really do have to assume that Glenn believes what he says.  More's the pity.

Walker signs bevy of bills into law - JSOnline

Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend), who sponsored the measure, said it puts Wisconsin in line with neighboring states.
"The old law made Wisconsin not competitive from a business perspective," he said. "To give $300,000 in punitive damages when the actual damages might be four or five thousand dollars causes Wisconsin business to pay out additional money to deal with frivolous claims."

Have you noticed that no one has said anything about non-frivolous claims? Conveniently, this gets rid of those too... but, don't worry, those non-frivolous claims are only brought by women so, like, who cares, eh?

Glenn Grothman: increasing corporate profits by rolling back women's rights.

It's rough being made to look like a backwards rednecked caveman because I live in Glenn's district, but here we are.

Wisconsin’s Repeal of Equal Pay Rights Adds to Battles for Women - The Daily Beast

22 March 2012

Glenn Grothman: Get married, or else.

Even Jim Hightower's noticed little ol' us.

The Hightower Report: Let's Get Married - News - The Austin Chronicle

Attention, ladies: Big news on the state legislative front. Republican lawmakers in Arizona and Wisconsin want to help you improve your lives. Or else.
Wisconsin Sen. Glenn Grothman wants to give single moms an incentive to get married. Actually, it's a rather negative incentive; his bill declares that being an unmarried mother constitutes "child abuse and neglect." Interestingly, Glenn has never been married nor raised any children. But he says his bill is necessary to counter those diabolical liberals who "want children born out of wedlock because they are far more likely to be dependent on the government." Thanks for that insight, Glenn.

14 March 2012

Glenn Grothman: turning America into an Idiocracy one new law at a time.

It's been a noisy week of Grothman-powered news this week, largely because as soon as things start to swing back to simple accounting procedures, Senator Grothman decides to say something crazy.  Again.

People always wonder whether Glenn actually means any of this wicked nonsense.  I think this is the wrong question.  I'm coming around to the working hypothesis that it doesn't matter -- that he doesn't say any of it because he believes or doesn't believe it.  I'm starting to suspect the sole intent is to be inflammatory, without any particular end except confusion and disbelief, and to eat up news cycles.

So, a round up from the past week or so.

Hello mother? It's me Norman I mean Glenn. I've just come home from the State Capitol mother. I did just what you told me to do...

Remember when satire was funny because it merely exaggerated people and events?  Nowadays it's funny because it doesn't.

State Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-WI), is receiving a well-deserved chanclaso for sponsoring legislation that paints single moms as child abusers. Grothman argues that single women are intentionally getting pregnant so they can receive welfare to support their poor choices, despite research that shows most of these pregnancies are unplanned. And far from keeping his ridiculous views to himself, he wants to legislatively stigmatize these women by citing their predicament as a contributing factor to child abuse. There's actually a reasonable solution to decreasing the number of unwanted pregnancies in Wisconsin.  Instead of trying to slander single mothers as child abusers, the state legislature can make birth control more readily available. Or better yet, the Wisconsin state legislature can require public schools to offer a comprehensive sex education class based on facts and science focusing on the importance of using protection and the effectiveness of birth control. So Sen. Grothman, fuera with your antiquated views on single mothers. They have no place in the state legislature.  

  • Here's a comment from Divided We Stand which noted that an environmentally responsible mining bill might have been just the thing for the economy Up Nort'.  Instead of hammering out something useful, however, our single, Family Oriented, Senator decided that inflaming the civic discourse was more important.
So instead of burning the midnight oil on something exceedingly powerful like salvaging the mining bill Grothman spends his time on nonessential legislation that amounts to nothing more than red meat for the far right. My sense is that for this Senator provocation over accomplishment should be the order of business.

Odd sense of priorities don’t you think?

I spent a good part of my life raising a daughter by myself without the benefit of marriage so I submit to you that I know more about this subject than the officious senator. I guess that my former circumstances make me guilty of child neglect as well.

But I doubt Grothman has the courage to say that to my face.
Believe me Tom, if he did he'd still never make eye contact.

  • And finally this nice little compendium from Foolocracy: where they elected Glenn "Fool of the Week" for somewhat oversimplifying (i.e. ignoring) the difference between correlation and causation in the relation between single parent families and child abuse.

Wisconsin State Senator Glenn Grothman is concerned about child abuse and neglect. He sits on a state committee that makes recommendations on how to handle the problem. The problem for Grothman is that he sees the problem in simplistic terms. Grothman sees marriage as some sort of automatic cure to child abuse. His solution was to introduce SB 570 which would require “The Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board to emphasize nonmarital parenthood as a contributing factor to child abuse and neglect.”
While it is a good idea to help unmarried couples or single or widowed parents, this is not what Grothman is trying to do. His effort is not to provide education, training or other guidance to parents and children in high risk categories. It is his idea to simply get these parents to wed because the problem will then lessen magically.
Grothman is right that 40% of the births in the U.S. are outside of marriage. He is also right that most of those births come in unstable situations. In the past, when almost all births were from married couples, there was still plenty of child abuse and neglect. That was because failed marriages stayed intact. Violence and abuse was endemic in those situations. Today, those bad marriages either never happened or ended quickly.
It is not accurate to say that just because a couple in a bad family situation is married then the children are safer. The problem of a poor family environment still exists whether a couple is married or not.
Nevertheless, Grothman sees this as simply a matter of choice. In Grothman’s eyes, the “unwanted or mistimed pregnancies” are the “choice of the women.” Yes, these are Grothman’s thoughts: Single women are getting pregnant by the millions deliberately. Grothman has done everything but throw pity at the poor men entrapped by these mischievous and lustful women.
Grothman put it another way. He said “I think a lot of women are adopting the single motherhood lifestyle because the government creates a situation in which it is almost preferred.”

And thus, Senator Grothman's march into history continues.

12 March 2012

Glenn Grothman: Women 'Trained' To Lie About Pregnancies

Oh my.  Is there not, somewhere, a moderate Republican in Washington County willing to run against Senator Grothman?

Aren't you people tired of being held hostage by this guy?  Aren't you tired of his existence being the cause for most of the Democratic organizing that may well bring down Walker, and Fitzgerald, etc?

Don't you long to be able to stand up as a Republican and lay claim to a sane economic program and a Goldwater era "conservatives stay out of people's personal lives" world view?

Boy, I am.

Put on your big boy and big girl underwear and stand up for yourselves.

Or the Democrats will do it for you.

Wisconsin Senator Who Introduced Anti-Single Parent Bill Says Women 'Trained' To Lie About Planned Pregnancies | rightwingwatch.org

Wisconsin state senator Glenn Grothman went on the Alan Colmes show on Friday to discuss a controversial new bill he authored  that would require the state’s Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board to officially label single parenthood as “a contributing factor to child abuse and neglect.”
The bill was seen as a slap in the face to single parents in Wisconsin, who are raising 31 percent of children  in the state.
Grothman told Colmes  that the country’s out-of-wedlock birth rate is the “choice of the women,” who should be “educated that this is a mistake.” When Colmes countered with statistics about the high number of pregnancies that are unintended, Grothman said that many women are “trained” to lie and say that their planned pregnancies are actually unintended:

You can read the rest at the site. Gack.


09 March 2012

Glenn Grothman: Unplanned Pregnancies Are A ‘Woman’s Choice’

Yes, he did.

WI Republican Senator Says That Unplanned Pregnancies Are A ‘Woman’s Choice’ (VIDEO) | Addicting Info

Today is International Women’s Day, or as Republican’s know it better as “unnecessary homage to attention-seeking sluts” Day. Radio host, Rush Limbaugh, seems to be monopolizing the ire of females these days now that less popular misogynists are operating under the radar. Wisconsin Republican state Senator, Glenn Grothman, for example.
Senator Glenn Grothman (R-WI) already made headlines regarding a controversial bill that purports single parents to be potential child abusers, appears to be continuing his role of not knowing remotely anything about women after spouting some pretty nonsensical things that would make Mel Gibson blush.

08 March 2012

‘Single Parents Are Kid Abusers’ WI Senator Not Done Saying Insane Stuff

Glenn continues to make us famous... time was, only *I* noticed him.  Now he belongs to the world.

‘Single Parents Are Kid Abusers’ WI Senator Not Done Saying Insane Stuff

Glenn Grothman: Unplanned Pregnancies Are The 'Choice Of The Women'

Yeah... I got nothin' to top this.

Glenn Grothman, Wisconsin Senator, Says Unplanned Pregnancies Are The 'Choice Of The Women'

Wisconsin state senator Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) said "unwanted or mistimed" pregnancies are the “choice of the women” who should learn "that this is a mistake.”
Grothman recently introduced Senate Bill 507, which would formally consider single parenthood acontributing factor  to child abuse if passed into law. During an appearance on the Alan Colmes show Friday to discuss  the bill, Grothman hit at women who have children out of wedlock and chastised American culture for encouraging "a single motherhood lifestyle."

03 March 2012

Glenn Grothman: once again making Wisconsin look backwards in the national spotlight.

He's been here before. Maybe he missed the spot light.

Wisconsin GOP Leader Proposes Legislation To Blame Single Parents For Child Abuse And Neglect - Forbes
Wisconsin State Senator Glenn Grothman, the Assistant Majority Leader and a close ally of GOP Governor Scott Walker in the effort to destroy collective bargaining in the Badger State, is taking crazy to new levels.

Grothman has introduced a bill that would require the State of Wisconsin to officially deem single parenthood to be a “contributor” to child abuse and neglect and to put the same into statutory laws of the state.

Seriously…no kidding…really.


To be fair, data reveals that there are more incidents of child abuse in households with only one parent than in households with two parents. But the data does not indicate that this factor is somehow more responsible for child abuse than the other factors listed above so, again, why single this factor out to include in the state’s statutes and not the others?

Welcome to what's become of Wisconsin.

29 February 2012

Glenn Grothman: unmarried people cause child abuse?

One of the primary indicators of intelligence, at the neurological level, is the ability to distinguish between correlation and causation.

A lot of things happen at the same time that either aren't related or may both be caused by other factors -- think about an increased number of storks nesting on rooftops in Northern Europe and the increased number of births during August.  That's correlation.  Some things that happen together are, in fact, cause and effect -- think about smoking cigarettes and getting lung cancer.  That's causation.

Not everyone can tell correlation and causation apart.  That's Glenn Grothman.

To wit:  Senate Bill 507

An Act to amend 48.982 (2) (g) 2., 48.982 (2) (g) 4. and 48.982 (2) (gm) of the statutes; relating to: requiring the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board to emphasize nonmarital parenthood as a contributing factor to child abuse and neglect.

28 February 2012

Glenn Grothman: sending women's rights back to the 1850's.

I'm trying to decide how much more Wisconsinites are willing to take -- or rather, have taken from them -- before they say something.

Could it be they believe they don't deserve responsible government? Or that government is only responsible when it works against their interests?

I guess we'll find out.

Wis. Republicans Belittle Women | The Progressive

On Tuesday night, the Assembly passed SB 202, a law that repeals the Equal Pay Act signed into law in 2009 that allowed people to sue employers who illegally discriminate against them based on protected class status. This ALEC-style "tort reform" bill was authored by ALEC members Senator Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) and Rep. Michelle Litjens (R-Oshkosh).

In a 2010 report, “Wisconsin Women, Wages and the Recession,”the Center on Wisconsin Strategy reported that “Wisconsin women earned, on average, only 81 cents for every dollar earned by men. Moreover, women continue to be concentrated in occupations that are low-wage and low-quality.”

25 February 2012


I'm imagining the childhood that produced this, aren't you?

Sly In The Morning: Glenn Grothman: STOP THE ATTACK ON MEN IN WISCONSIN

Glenn Grothman: no more equal pay protection for women. Stupid women.

I'm not sure I editorialized that much in the headline.

WASHINGTON -- In 2009, the Wisconsin legislature made it easier for victims of wage discrimination to have their day in court. That law is now on the verge of repeal.
The Equal Pay Enforcement Act was meant to deter employers from discriminating by giving workers more avenues to press charges. Among other provisions, it allows individuals to plead their cases in the less costly, more accessible state circuit court system, rather than just in federal court.
   In November, the state Senate approved (SB 202) rolling back this provision. On Wednesday, the Assembly did the same. Both were party-line votes. The legislation is now in the hands of Gov. Scott Walker (R). His office did not return a request for comment on whether the governor would sign it.
   "It really takes away the teeth and the enforcement aspect of equal pay in Wisconsin," said Sara Finger, director of the Wisconsin Alliance for Women's Health (WAWH).
   Women earn 77 cents for every dollar that men make. In Wisconsin, it's 75 cents, according to WAWH, which also estimates that families in the state "lose more than $4,000 per year due to unequal pay."
   State Sen. Dave Hansen (D) was one of the authors of the 2009 law, and said he had no doubt that Walker would sign the repeal of his legislation.
   "The whole [Republican] agenda in this state is about attacks on workers," he said. "It's an ongoing assault on workers' rights. But now it's also taking the assault to workers in the private sector. It's not just an assault on women. Older workers can be taken advantage of, and they're hurting in this bad economy. It didn't hurt business at all."
   State Sen. Glenn Grothman (R), who sponsored SB 202, also did not return a request for an interview.

22 February 2012

Glenn Grothman: rolling back women's rights.

Wow, they're busy these days trying to turn Wisconsin into Pleasantville -- before the Recall can happen.

So far, so good too! First, make sure women discriminated against in the work place cannot seek legal redress. Check. Second, throw up more roadblocks to make sure rape victims have to carry the pregnancy to term. I suppose this is a kind of Father's Rights movement, although Glenn is nobody's daddy.

Capitol Report: Bill to prevent webcam abortions up for vote in Senate
During a public hearing on the bill in December, Lisa Subeck, executive director NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin, testified that prescription abortions authorized via video conferencing have been found to have comparable outcomes to conventional procedures. Subeck added webcam abortions could be a way to extend needed medical services in a state like Wisconsin, where 94 percent of the counties have no abortion providers. To read more testimony from the hearing, click here.

A lesser discussed provision of the bill would repeal two currently unenforced sections of state law that penalize women -- not more than $200 or six months in prison or both -- for having an abortion. The law long predates the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion but has never been removed from the books.

This change in state law would obviously have no real-world impact unless Roe v. Wade was overturned, but pro-life advocates nonetheless want the law changed now. A similarly unenforced section of state law that penalizes those performing an abortion would remain in place, however.

"The woman could not be penalized," Lyons says. "The woman would be considered the victim."

Safar says Planned Parenthood also is in favor of repealing the sections of law that criminalize abortion patients.

The bill is sponsored by Sens. Mary Lazich, R-New Berlin, Pam Galloway, R-Wausau, and Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend. If approved Tuesday by the Senate, the bill would still need to be approved by the Assembly before heading to the governor's desk.

Read more: http://host.madison.com/ct/news/local/govt-and-politics/capitol-report/capitol-report-bill-to-prevent-webcam-abortions-up-for-vote/article_cdca6bda-5c19-11e1-a9e3-001871e3ce6c.html#ixzz1n9ww3wmT

Wisconsin Assembly Officially Ends Employment Discrimination Remedies

We'll need to check the quotation, but the damage was in the bill itself.

Wisconsin Assembly Officially Ends Employment Discrimination Remedies | Addicting Info

This bill was introduced by Senator Glenn Grothman. According to Representative Christine Sinicki, Grothman said a woman’s place is at home cooking, cleaning, and making babies. For this reason he authored a bill making it so that people who are discriminated against by employers cannot sue for punitive or compensatory damages. This bill passed the Senate on partisan lines. Today, February 21, 2012, the bill was in front of the Assembly.

19 February 2012

Glenn Grothman: wrong for siding against victims of job discrimination.

There he goes again, helping to keep Wisconsin Open For Conservative-Business-as-usual.

Government and Political News: Mining takes center stage at the State Capitol | Pierce County Herald | Ellsworth, Wisconsin

Victims of job discrimination could no longer try to make companies pay punitive damages under a bill that was given preliminary approval in the state Assembly yesterday. Minority Democrats blocked a final vote on the measure – but it will be up again at the Assembly’s next meeting on Tuesday. Democrats say the bill is a setback for women who don’t get paid as much as men for the same work. Milwaukee Democrat Christine Sinicki said the bill lets employers “off the hook” by eliminating penalties for discrimination. But the bill’s original author, Senate Republican Glenn Grothman of West Bend, says most discrimination claims are not justified – and he said other protections offer things like back pay to those who’ve been discriminated against. The bill would un-do changes made in 2009, when Democrats controlled both the Legislature and the governor’s office. The Senate passed Grothman’s bill 17-to-16 last November, with all Democrats voting no.

17 February 2012

Glenn Grothman: wrong for targeting single parents.

This just in via Sen Jon Erpenbach.

Apparently Senator Grothman has given up on his dream of adopting.


TO: All Legislators
FROM: Senator Glenn Grothman
DATE: February 16, 2012

RE: Co-sponsorship of LRB 3920/1 relating to: requiring the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board to emphasize parenthood as a contributing factor to child abuse and neglect.

DEADLINE: February 20, 2012

I have sat on the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board for many years. I have become frustrated that many problems that our society is facing and many proven reasons for child abuse and neglect are not being addressed by this board. Under current law the board must distribute information about the problems and methods of preventing child abuse and neglect to the public and other interested organizations. They are required to include information to emphasize the role of fathers as the primary prevention of child abuse and neglect. This bill would require the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board to emphasize nonmarital parenthood as a contributing factor to child abuse and neglect. This relationship has been shown by many studies, including the National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect (attached). This study is put together by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a report to Congress on the issue. In this report it is clearly shown that unmarried parents, a single parent with a partner, or a single parent greatly increases the chances for abuse and neglect to children. This is an important aspect that the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board needs to address to keep current and future children safe in their homes. To co-sponsor this legislation, please contact Rachel Mattke in my office at (608) 266-7513 by 5:00 PM Monday, February 20, 2012.

16 February 2012

Glenn Grothman, wrong: cutting grass around billboards more important than teachers?

Senator Grothman has been busy introducing new ways to spend your tax dollars on his friends in business. The latest will make sure the state cuts back grass and brush from around advertising signs... because, to Glenn, this is a better way to spend your money than fully funding your kids' education.

Sen. Grothman will introduce a Senate version of AB 216, relating to maintenance and removal of vegetation obstructing the view of outdoor advertising signs along highways. If you are already signed onto the Assembly version, you will also be signed onto the Senate version unless we are otherwise instructed.

Please note that the Senate version (attached) incorporates a substitute amendment and a simple amendment to the sub, which were adopted in the Assembly committee.

Deadline: Friday, February 17.

Better hurry!

15 February 2012

Glenn Grothman: creating dumber barbers. Yes, really.

Nice to see that Glenn is busy keeping Wisconsin open for business by busying himself with regulation.  Besides, the last thing Wisconsin needs are smarter barbers.

"Onerous".... He used the word "onerous."

From: Sen.Grothman
Sent: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 1:06 PM
To: *Legislative All Senate; *Legislative All Assembly
Subject: SHORT DEADLINE: Co-Sponsorship of LRB 2316/1 relating to: separation of the licensing requirements for barbering and cosmetology, creation of the barbering examining board, and providing penalty


TO: All Legislators

FROM: Senator Glenn Grothman

DATE: February 15, 2012

RE: Co-sponsorship of LRB 2316/1 relating to: separation of the licensing requirements for barbering and cosmetology, creation of the barbering examining board, and providing a penalty.

DEADLINE: February 16, 2012

Under current law, barbers and cosmetologists are under the same license and are held to the same regulations and licensure requirements. This comes at a great burden to barbers. Barbers do not perform the same function as cosmetologists. Local barbers are subject to onerous continuing education that does not even relate to their field.

I have heard many stories from barbers, especially in Milwaukee, that are unable to attract other people to the profession. Their reasons include, but are not limited to, excessive education requirements, unnecessary continuing education, and problems with an examining board that cannot relate to the professional.

These barbers are upstanding citizens of their communities. They believe that this simple change to the licensure system would have a very positive effect on not only the Milwaukee community, but also the entire state. This bill will open the potential for barbering jobs in this state and will bring us in line with our surrounding states. Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota require no continuing education for barbers and Illinois also has two separate licenses for barbering and cosmetology.

LRB 2316/1 does the following:

· Creates two separate licenses for barbering and cosmetology.

· Creates two separate boards to regulate the practice of barbering and cosmetology.

· Barbers have no continuing education requirements.

· Licensees may apply for a license classified as inactive, under which they cannot practice, unless active status is restored.

o Inactive licensees are not required to take continuing education and pay one-half the usual renewal fee for the license.

· A licensed barbering school may only offer instruction in barbering.

· A licensed cosmetology school may offer instruction in barbering, cosmetology, aesthetics, manicuring and electrology.

· Licensed barbering instructors may only provide instruction in barbering.

· Licensed cosmetology instructors may provide instruction in barbering, cosmetology, aesthetics and manicuring.

To co-sponsor this pro-community and pro-jobs legislation, please contact Rachel Mattke in my office at (608) 266-7513 by 5:00 PM Thursday, February 16, 2012.

13 February 2012

Glenn Grothman: GOP trend setter.

It looks like the rest of the GOP is finally catching up with Glenn.

... tinfoil hats have become a common, if not mandatory, G.O.P. fashion accessory.

27 January 2012

Glenn Grothman: Wrong about what country he lives in.

Oh Glenn, the country you and your fellow travelers are worried about losing existed for only 20 minutes, in 1952, on television.

Grothman: "If we let Scott Walker go down our country is going down" - JSOnline

24 January 2012

Glenn Grothman: throws children victims of lead poisoning under the bus. Part Deux.

A bill fast tracked through the Republican controlled legislature when things started to look bad in the courts. Hm. With anonymous memos from somewhere containing material the origins of which our Glenn couldn't identify -- even though he introduced the bill? Uh huh.

And then he inserts his own scientific expertise into the mix by wondering whether lead in paint has any effect on the children exposed to it.


Crime and Courts: Further fast-tracked 'tort reform' would work retroactively

Grothman didn't restrict his comments to the bill. He questioned the notion, which has been well-documented over decades, that paint in the home can cause lead poisoning.

"Quite frankly, it's scandalous that lawyers are leading people to believe that the lead paint in these houses is responsible for the increases in the (lead) levels in their blood," he said.

16 January 2012

Glenn Grothman: throws children victims of lead poisoning under the bus.

So, Glenn's working for WMC? Anyway, he's clearly not working for the 173 kids he's about the throw under the bus.

From Xoff over at Uppity Wisconsin.

Lead poisoning victims are targets of latest Republican outrage | Uppity Wisconsin

Just when you think the Fitzwalkerstan Gang has done about all of the damage it can to the people of Wisconsin, you discover there is still new ground to be broken.
The latest targets: Children who are victims of lead poisoning, and their families.
A new bill introduced last week by State Sens. Glenn Grothman and Scott Fitzgerald, SB-373,would change state law retroactively to eliminate the claims of 173 children who are lead poisoning viictims. No matter than some of those cases have been pending since 2006. They'll all be thrown out if this bill becomes law.
The bill will be fast-tracked to try for quick passage, before the recalls, when the Senate and governorship may change hands.

09 January 2012

Glenn Grothman: making liberals look good, nationally.


CNN and MSNBC weren't enough. More plugs from the Huff Post.

Love Him Or Hate Him: Scott Walker Inspires Deep Disagreement, Even In How People Assess His Character

Glenn Grothman is a true believer in conservative causes, but never more ardently than when it comes to the state's most controversial political figure: Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

"Scott Walker is a rare politician who doesn't try to make everybody happy with other people's money," says Grothman, a Republican state senator from West Bend. "He's the best governor of my lifetime. He's the least 'politician-y.' He's able to say no to people."

Sen. Grothman is right. Walker's been able to say 'no' to nearly everyone left in Wisconsin's middle class.


05 January 2012

Report: Questions raised about 3 new State Investment Board appointees - WTAQ News Talk 97.5FM and 1360AM

It's all just business. How could that be a problem?

Report: Questions raised about 3 new State Investment Board appointees [WTAQ News Talk 97.5FM and 1360AM]

The chairman of the panel, West Bend Republican Glenn Grothman, said he was not aware of any present issues involving Petersen – and he planned to look into the matter before Wednesday’s hearing.

Petersen told the Journal Sentinel in 2001 he didn’t believe there was a problem with him owning the same stocks as those of the Investment Board, which manages $83 billion in retirement funds for state workers and most local government and school employees.