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.