And Now There Are 4

Wisconsin State Senator Randy Hopper recently became the fourth Republican to face recall after voting for Governor Scott Walker’s anti-union “money saving bill” that saves no money. Wisconsinites gathered 23,000 petition signatures to force a recall election later this year. On its face this would be a story in and of itself but with Hopper it doesn’t even come close to being the whole story.

In March protesters showed up at his house only to be told by Hopper’s wife that he was now living elsewhere with his 26 year old girl toy whom had “coincidently” just landed a primo job with the state government.

Hopper suffered quite the embarassment in March when protesters arrived at his home in Fond du Lac in eastern Wisconsin. Demanding that Hopper come outside, the protesters instead encountered Hopper’s estranged wife, who explained that Hopper actually lived in Madison with a 26-year-old mistress. Next, it emerged that Walker’s chief of staff helped land Hopper’s mistress a prime job in the Wisconsin state government.

Now it is being reported that Hopper’s contact number given to his constituents in a letter from his office is actually an Adult chat line…oops!

In the latest juicy news on Sen. Hopper, Raw Story reports that a letter from Hopper’s office lists for constituents a contact number that is in fact an adult chat line. Callers to the number are greeted with a voice saying, “Hey there, sexy guy…” It’s unclear how Hopper managed to send constituents to a service that bills itself as “the country’s favorite live talk,” but the gaffe is yet another headache for the embattled Republican.

Wisconsin’s Conservatives must be very proud.

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Wisconsin Dems No Longer Allowed to Vote In Committees

Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald apparently has decided that a democracy no longer works in Wisconsin stating that the committee votes cast by Democrats will not be counted.

Please note that all 14 Democrat senators are still in contempt of the Senate. Therefore, when taking roll call votes on amendments and bills during executive sessions, Senate Democrats’ votes will not be reflected in the Records of Committee Proceedings or the Senate Journal. They are free to attend hearings, listen to testimony, debate legislation, introduce amendments, and cast votes to signal their support/opposition, but those votes will not count, and will not be recorded.

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Non-Budgetary Bill Amazingly Saves Jobs

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker announced that because of the GOP end around that stripped budgetary provisions from the “budget repair” bill, all of the 1500 layoff notices that went out to state employees were being rescinded. The stripping out of these provisions allowed the passing of the bill  taking away the collective bargaining rights of state workers without needing the votes from the Democrat’s boycotting the debate.

Gov. Scott Walker announced on Friday that he was rescinding layoff notices for 1,500 state workers after Wisconsin lawmakers approved his plan to cut collective bargaining rights and benefits for public employees. The approval, after nearly a month of angry demonstrations and procedural maneuvering, will create enough budget savings, Mr. Walker said, that layoffs will not be needed now

So how exactly did a bill that had no budgetary provisions save enough money to stave off layoffs? Oh that right, despite all the Koch fueled BS to the contrary, it never was about the budget but was instead about union busting…silly me.

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