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Tuesday, April 5, 2011


Today is the day. I am walking on eggs waiting for the polls to close and hoping and praying that JoAnne Kloppenburg can wrench the Wisconsin state judgeship away from Daddy Big Bucks chosen one, David Prosser.

If Prosser wins this election, the state is in deep shit with four more years of the kind of unmitigated arrogance Walker recently showed with this:

The comedy of errors, Part Umteen.

In his latest attempt to turn Wisconsin into Wississippi, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting that Gov. Scott Walker is once again relying on his "its not what you know, its who you know" rule and has hired the ridiculously unqualified son of a GOP lobbyist, Jerry Deschane:

Just in his mid-20s, Brian Deschane has no college degree, very little management experience and two drunken-driving convictions.

Yet he has landed an $81,500-per-year job in Gov. Scott Walker's administration overseeing environmental and regulatory matters and dozens of employees at the Department of Commerce. Even though Walker says the state is broke and public employees are overpaid, Deschane already has earned a promotion and a 26% pay raise in just two months with the state.
How did Deschane score his plum assignment with the Walker team?

It's all in the family.

His father is Jerry Deschane, executive vice president and longtime lobbyist for the Madison-based Wisconsin Builders Association, which bet big on Walker during last year's governor's race.

The group's political action committee gave $29,000 to Walker and his running mate, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, last year, making it one of the top five PAC donors to the governor's successful campaign. Even more impressive, members of the trade group funneled more than $92,000 through its conduit to Walker's campaign over the past two years.

Total donations: $121,652.

This is, of course, the same governor that wants to remove qualification requirements for our teachers and, overall, wants to kill public unions, who fought for qualification requirements in the first place.

This just in: Gov. Walker has hired dim-witted Spaulding from Caddyshack fame and put him in charge of selling the state's power plants. Stay tuned!


Just a little aside true story here. some years ago I was hired by the Madison-based Wisconsin Builders Association to provide after dinner entertainment for them at a hotel in LaCrosse.

Arriving early, as I usually do, to find the top brass milling about the stage discussing the after dinner line up, I thought I would have a little fun with them by pulling a line that every one of us has heard from a home-builder that we hired:

"Hi, I'm Larry Heagle, the after dinner entertainment. I'm going to set up my sound system here and then i will be gone for a little while as I have another gig acrosss town. But don't worry. I'll be back."

OOOH! That raised some hackles! "THAT'S NOT FUNNY!"

Well, not to you, maybe.


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