Civility: Pro-Scott Walker Signs on Private Property Burned in Wisconsin
By Katie Pavlich
What happened to civility? Don't like Scott Walker? Why not torch pro-Walker signs....in people's front yards... on private property.
Jamie Schumaker came out of his Fox Point home to get the paper Sunday morning to find his small Governor Walker campaign sign reduced to ashes, a sign he put up just the day before.
"You'd like to disagree agreeably and not have to resort to something like this," said Schumaker to TODAY'S TMJ4.
Schumaker said he's an avid Walker supporter, even a donor, and said this is upsetting. His neighbor's sign ruined the same way. "I'd hate to see this kind of intimidation and threats creep into certainly this election," said Schumaker.
The Fox Point Police Department said they've had several complaints of burned Walker signs and in response, they plan to put out extra patrols.
The torching came just after the DNC decided to pull out of the recall Scott Walker efforts.
Report: Wisconsin Adds 33,000 Jobs Under Walker, Democrats Livid
By Guy Benson
In a move that has infuriated the state's recall-hungry Democrats, Wisconsin officials have released a new jobs report that bears significant and encouraging news. Via the Walker campaign:
A quarterly report released today by the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) shows Wisconsin created 23,321 jobs in 2011. Wisconsin employers have now put more than 33,521 people back to work so far under Governor Walker’s leadership. “With more than 33,000 jobs created since Governor Walker took office and the unemployment rate plummeting to its lowest since 2008, it is certain the governor’s bold reforms and leadership are moving Wisconsin forward,” said Walker campaign spokeswoman Ciara Matthews. “Governor Walker’s policies have helped employers put more people back to work and our economy is moving toward greater prosperity for all. In contrast, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is presiding over a 28 percent spike in unemployment during his reign as mayor of the nation’s ninth poorest city. Wisconsinites cannot afford to undo the forward progress made under Governor Walker and go backward with Mayor Barrett and his failed record.” The quarterly data issued today by the DWD is comprised of reports issued to 96 percent of Wisconsin employers (over 150,000 Wisconsin employers).
The Journal-Sentinel calls the release of this data "unusual," but admits that many economists believe the measure supporting Walker's just-released figures is substantially more accurate than other methods:
In an unusual effort to rebut bad news on the jobs front, the Walker administration is speeding up release of new numbers showing job gains rather than job losses in Wisconsin last year. The numbers come from a source familiar to many economists but one that hasn't figured until now in the state's highly politicized jobs debate heading into the June 5 recall election: the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages...Job numbers are reported in different ways, based on different sources, and it's been common throughout the current recovery for different data to tell different stories. The [new] numbers, from the Quarterly Census, tell a more positive story, one the Walker administration is in a hurry to get out. They are based on a jobs count, not a survey. Each state gathers the quarterly census data from virtually all employers in both the public and private sectors, which are mandated to share staff and wage data as part of their tax and unemployment insurance reports. That makes it a more reliable source of employment data, state officials and many economists say.
If you want to go the full wonk on this subject, watch this detailed explanation of the state's jobs picture from the non-partisan chief economist at Wisconsin's revenue division (Spoiler: Walker's numbers are sound):
Click here to watch.
Incidentally, endeavoring to do (or approximate) an actual jobs count, rather than relying on models and multipliers, is what led two economists to conclude that President Obama's stimulus "saved or created" far fewer jobs than the 'official' numbers claim -- even though those stats have a paltry low-end estimate, too. But back to Wisconsin. With the recall election three weeks away, even the DailyKos-aligned Democratic pollster PPP shows Gov. Walker with a five point lead, unchanged over last month's survey. This means that despite emerging from a contested primary and getting a burst of positive publicity, Democrat Tom Barrett has enjoyed a whopping zero point bounce against Walker. PPP also says Republican enthusiasm and intensity is outpacing Democrats' in the state. And we wonder why national Democrats don't want to touch this race with a ten foot pole. My biggest concern at this point, frankly, is that the steady drumbeat of positive news might lull some Wisconsin Republicans into a false sense of security. Organized labor and Democrats will unleash the most Hurculean GOTV effort they can possibly muster on June 5, and it will be up to ordinary citizens and taxpayers to beat back their Statist, unsustainable, outmoded designs.