Writing in talk shocker Charlie Sykes' "right Wisconsin" blog, GOP operative Brian Fraley says Feb. 10th was a day to celebrate because it marked the two-year anniversary of Scott Walker's introduction of Act 10, the law that "liberated" public workers from their unions. Spread it around to annoy a liberal, Fraley chuckles. That anniversary isn't all it's cracked up to be, implies Ryan Rainey in the Badger Herald. The state has changed deeply since then and you can bet the national media will be trying to explain how, at which they will probably be wrong.
Scott Walker's all over the blogosphere today. On the WisconsinGazette blog, fellow Eagle Scout pens open letter to Walker over the ban on gays in the Boy Scouts. He would like the governor to help get that ban lifted. Speaking of the governor, conservative Christian Schneider's Journal Sentinel op-ed applauds the governor for being an ambitious political climber. That should be admired in any profession, not scorned, Schneider maintains.
On the national level, Blogger Jeff Simpson finds it hard to believe that former Vice President Dick Cheney, who was on watch when 9/11 occurred, would call President Obama's picks for national security "second rate people." He really said that, Simpson says.
Speaking of someone who really said that, State Sen. Glenn Grothman tells neighbors of the proposed new northern Wisconsin mine that they needn't worry about unpleasant liquids getting into their home's water supply. The mining company will caulk any cracks should they occur, reports an incredulous James Rowen on his blog.
On a much different topic, the Wausau Daily Herald notes that many in northern Wisconsin are struggling because of a lack of snow to bring the influx of tourists that businesses need. A meeting was held in Tomahawk recently to discuss the predicament and to explore ways to make up for lost business. Perhaps, notes the paper, climate change ought to be part of the discussion because these weather changes are becoming routine and it's time to quit ignoring the obvious.
On FightingBob, Ed Garvey's blown away by Dan Bice's report in the Journal Sentinel on a new fund-raising scheme by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, shaking down lobbyists for personal donations to an election fund. "They have no shame," Garvey laments.