John Doe

I can’t wait:

Madison – A secret probe into those around Gov. Scott Walker has continued after the June 5 recall election and expanded beyond Milwaukee County and into state government, new records show.

The documents show that Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm’s office continues its John Doe investigation into Walker’s administration even as the inquiry has gone publicly quiet over the summer.

The records obtained by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel through an open records request show that a Milwaukee County prosecutor sought personnel records from Walker’s office and another state agency in June and then met with a top state lawyer the next day.

It was unclear why Chisholm’s office was seeking the documents, and there’s no indication at all from the records turned over by the Walker administra tion that any crime or impropriety was committed at the state level. Jocelyn Webster, a spokeswoman for Walker’s office, said she didn’t know why prosecutors wanted them.

‘Radical social engineering’

This was a night when Tweety was really in the zone, going into great detail about the ripple effects of the positions Paul Ryan takes on the rights of fetuses over women and calling it “radical social engineering.”

He points out that no matter what your moral or ethical position on abortion, you have to look at the legal results of these fetal personhood crusades. Kate Michelman talks about how Paul Ryan has been a major mover in trying to take away reproductive rights from woman.

Huffington Post also is turning the spotlight on Ryan’s anti-woman record:

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Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) cosponsored a bill that would give fetuses full personhood rights from the moment of fertilization, which was even rejected by voters in the socially conservative state of Mississippi. He voted to defund federal family planning programs, authored a budget that dismantles Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare, all of which disproportionately aid and employ women, and voted multiple times to prevent women in the military from using their own money to pay for abortions at military hospitals.

Ryan also supported a highly controversial bill that Democrats nicknamed the “Let Women Die Act,” which would have allowed hospitals to refuse to provide a woman emergency abortion care, even if her life is on the line.

Planned Parenthood Action Fund said in a statement on Saturday morning that Ryan has earned zero percent on its women’s health voting scorecard, and other women’s rights group expressed similar alarm.

We already know what Republicans believe. Now we have to stop them from imposing those beliefs on the rest of us.

Virtually Speaking Thursday

Virtually Speaking with Jay Ackroyd 6p pacific 9p eastern

Jay and Eric Laursen discuss his book The People’s Pension: The Struggle to Defend Social Security Since Reagan.

An independent financial and political journalist, activist, and commentator, Eric Laursen began his journalistic career as a reporter for Wall Street Letter, a weekly newsletter for the financial services industry. While co-founder and managing editor of Plan Sponsor, the leading monthly magazine for North American pension executives, he became interested in the debate over Social Security.

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