I am so sick of these motherfucking politicians playing these games. Understand, despite all the press conferences, THE DEMS ARE ABOUT TO CAVE. First they gave them $70 billion in tax cuts for the rich, and now they’re going to cut $38 billion that should go to people who need it.
Idaho refuses to allow abortion exception for rape victims, because Jesus will heal them if they have the baby.
Either Barack Obama is the world’s worst negotiator, or he’s really a Republican. Or both.
There’s simply no question that Wisconsin voters deserve to know exactly what happened here, and that needs to come from the Department of Justice. I’m sick of these people stealing elections.
As many online geeks have pointed out, her story is complete bullshit. YOU DON’T HAVE TO HIT ‘SAVE’ WHEN YOU’RE WORKING IN ACCESS. It saves to the database automatically:
Wisconsinites should respond with equal skepticism to the news that Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus, a former Republican legislative staffer who worked for Prosser when he served as Assembly speaker and with Gov. Scott Walker when he was a GOP rising star, has found all the votes that justice needs to secure his re-election and that the governor needs to claim a “win” for his agenda.
If you live in Wisconsin, you can file a complaint against Nickolaus here.
There is no need for a conspiracy theory. The facts raise the questions that election observers are now asking.
The clerk, who has a history of secretive and erratic handling of election results, says she forgot to count the votes of Brookfield, the county’s second-largest city, in the total for Tuesday’s Supreme Court election.
Nickolaus claims that it was “human error” that caused her to “lose” the Brookfield results on her personal computer where she had secreted away the data. Yet, she apparently knew of the “mistake” for 29 hours before reporting it and then handed the information off to conservative bloggers and talk-radio personalities.
But what is most important to note are the numbers. With Walker’s candidate, Justice David Prosser, essentially tied with his independence-and-integrity challenger, Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg, it was all but certain that a recount would be required. And the final unofficial count, as tabulated Wednesday afternoon, put Kloppenburg ahead by several hundred votes, giving the challenger an advantage going into the count.
Then, two days after the election, Nickolaus found the 7,582 votes needed to put Prosser outside the zone of a state-funded official recount.
Former Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager says the developments require inquiry and explanation. She’s right.
The Kloppenburg campaign has demanded “a full explanation of how and why these 14,315 votes from an entire city were missed.” As part of the search for that explanation, the campaign plans to file open records requests for relevant documents.
The open records requests highlight concerns about the credibility of Nickolaus — whose secretive and suspicious activities led the Waukesha County Board’s executive committee to order an audit of the clerk’s use of election equipment and her controversial approaches to counting and tabulating votes.
That’s appropriate. But these requests do not go far enough.
Weeks ago, state Rep. Mark Pocan, the former co-chair of the legislative Joint Finance Committee, suggested that the lawless actions of Walker and his legislative consigliere, state Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, had remade Wisconsin as a rogue state he dubbed “Fitzwalkerstan.”
After the snap 17-second tally that denied most Assembly Democrats a chance to vote on Walker’s anti-labor agenda, after the threats to deny Democratic state senators legislative voting rights, after the attempts to close the Capitol to the people of Wisconsin, after the violations of open meetings laws, after the flagrant violations of a judge’s temporary restraining order, the “Fitzwalkerstan” label seems increasingly apt. And the idea of leaving an inquiry into the Waukesha County scandal to authorities who bow to the governor is simply untenable.
The circumstance lends legitimacy to the call by the advocacy group Citizen Action of Wisconsin for “an immediate federal investigation and immediate impoundment of all computer equipment, ballots, and other relevant evidence needed to verify a fair vote count in Waukesha County.” Citizen Action says this investigation should include an accounting of all communications by “Kathy Nickolaus and anyone in the Waukesha clerk’s office with all outside actors, and all interested parties to the election dispute.”
It also demands a full recount, no matter what the ultimate margin of victory or defeat. Whether David Prosser or JoAnne Kloppenburg is elected, the only way that the high court will retain even a shred of credibility is if every ballot is recounted, every tabulation is reviewed and every citizen is certain that this election was legitimate.
I stayed at a friend’s house last night and this morning involved having to deal with just about the worst-case scenario you can imagine involving a clogged toilet. You don’t get much more retro than that!
My teammates at Crooks and Liars have come up with even more interesting information about Wisconsin vote fraud:
And why, just by coincidence, this very scenario was something Gov. Scott Walker warned against the day before — but he was only worried about it coming from the other side!
Kloppenburg declared victory on the basis of a final statewide tally which showed her separated from Justice David Prosser by just 204 votes. “The numbers show that we won, and we are gratified to have that victory in hand,” she said. The victory is not quite in Kloppenburg’s grasp, however.
A recount could begin as soon as next week. “As long as the rules are clear, as long as there aren’t ballots somehow found out of the blue that weren’t counted before, things of that nature, as long as everything’s above board, I think that’s fair,” said Walker.
And wouldn’t you know? Back in 2002, this very same Republican clerk played a dubious role — obtaining immunity from prosecution in exchange for her cooperation — in an investigation into illegal political activity:
WAUKESHA — A candidate for Waukesha County clerk is one of several caucus workers who was granted immunity from prosecution in the criminal investigation into illegal campaigning on state time.
Kathy Nickolaus, 42, a Republican, said she hopes voters will accept her role in the ongoing scandal — but she can’t talk about it.
“I can’t really say anything about the probe,” she said. “I was offered immunity and I took it.”
Nickolaus, who lives near Oconomowoc, worked for 13 years as a data analyst and computer specialist for the Assembly Republican caucus, one of four GOP and Democratic legislative groups now under scrutiny.
District attorneys are investigating whether caucus employees did illegal political work on state time.
Nickolaus resigned from her state job May 10 and launched a campaign for county clerk. She said she is under orders not to say anything about the investigation.
“I expected this to come out, and I expected to get questions,” she said. “I believe in open and accountable government.”
But some people said they are concerned about Nickolaus’ history, because the county clerk oversees elections.
Republican opponent Kathy Milbrath-Karalewitz, 41, the Menomonee Falls village clerk, said her decision to enter the race was solidified when she heard a former state caucus worker with no clerk experience wanted the job.
“I don’t think voters want that today,” she said. “They want someone who’s honest and up front.”
Nickolaus has not been accused of any wrongdoing, and her campaign is drawing support from some high-profile Republicans in Waukesha County.
Something stinks to high heaven in Wisconsin. This may take the Justice Department to clean this up.
There’s more. In 2006, she had some difficulty with absentee ballots. In 2006 again, we have her using the exact same excuse for why she accidentally reported one candidate ahead when the other one really was. Seems she moved data into the wrong column. We’ve heard that one before, haven’t we? In 2007 she blamed touch screen voting machines for flipping a school board election result. The margin? One vote.
In 2004, she had another “oopsie moment” and sent out sample ballots instructing voters to vote for her favorite candidate. Also in 2004, incorrect ballots went to voters in two different districts, so that 83 votes were cast for the wrong candidates. And it seems that close races are something common in Waukesha County.
But fear not. Our brave Waukesha County Clerk is a passionate proponent of Voter ID laws and appears to be an ardent pro-lifer. I imagine from the description in that post that she would be heartbroken to see Wisconsin’s Supreme Court tilt any way but hard right.
Oh, also? Kathy Nickolaus was a staffer for…wait for it…David Prosser.
Anything that gives Scott Walker agita is fine with me, and I’m happy to have played some small part in spreading the word when it results in at least one privileged Republican trustafarian losing his job. How does it feel, Brian? Via Wonkette:
The short, meteoric rise of some drunken loser flunk-out has come to an end, despite his dad being a wealthy GOP construction-industry lobbyist who demanded Scott Walker’s new administration hire up all the rich white Republican drunken loser flunk-out kids at $81,500 annual salaries.
Brian Deschane, 27, was given the sweet job because his daddy gave Scott Walker $121,000 to run for governor. But then the mean old liberal newspaper wrote about young Deschane and his two DUI convictions that not even his daddy could make go away with a check to the judge, and then the socialists all started blogging it, and then Deschane got a demotion back to his previous sweet job, making $64,728 a year, also for nothing more than being the unemployable result of one of Scott Walker’s corporate donor’s ejaculating into a woman’s vagina some 28 years ago.
And now, the adult-child has “resigned” from this job, probably because the Wisconsin Builders Association has had just about all the terrible publicity they’re willing to take from the slacker son of a guy hired to advance their interests, not see their dumb corporate newsletter used as a punchline on Wonkette.
The Journal Sentinel reports on this controversy that is all the fault of dirty Milwaukee newspaper for people who don’t share the values of the minority of Wisconsin voters who don’t live in the state’s population centers.
Why on earth would any of us want to do anything that might prevent one of the nation’s largest and powerful media monopolies from maintaining that position? I hope the FCC sees reason on this and cooperates. We don’t want to do anything that might put roadblocks in Comcast’s way (*cough* Anonymous *cough*):
NEW YORK – Cable giant Comcast Corp. has asked the FCC to keep a document it will soon file about its deal with online video site Hulu from public view.
Politico reported that a letter from Comcast, whose NBCUniversal owns a stake in Hulu, argued the information is too sensitive for public eyes.
“The information in the Hulu LLC agreement would give third parties a detailed understanding of Hulu’s decision making process which could, in turn, allow them to make informed judgments about how Hulu might react in future negotiations or to predict Hulu’s future strategic decision making,” Comcast’s letter argued.
The FCC and other agencies in many cases keep proprietary information confidential.
“This document is entitled to enhanced confidential treatment because of its commercial sensitivity and the competitive harm that would result from its public disclosure,” Comcast said.