Civil rights leader, famous for his “I Have a Dream” speech during the 1963
March on Washington, non-violent campaigner for social change, assassinated in
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Davis reportedly said, “This is inappropriate for the city of Washington. Coming from the city of Washington, it does not look good for us.”
During the meeting Staniszeweski reportedly said the comment referred to a college friend, but said it would be wrong to assume he was attaching an insulting connotation to the word. Saying, “we all know that the word means happy.”
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|Zielinski (left) has been demoted after linking Scott Walker and Jeffrey Dahmer (right) in a series of tweets.|
It’s a lesson former MNGOP Senate Bob Koss learned the hard way a few months ago — things you say on Twitter can cost you your job.
The latest example comes courtesy of the Land of Cheese, where Democratic Party spokesman Graeme Zielinski has been removed from his post following a Twitter rant where he compared Gov. Scott Walker to notorious Wisconsin serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer.
Zielinski’s rant came on the heels of an appeals court’s decision to close a criminal investigation into some of Walker’s top aides regarding misconduct dating back to his days as Milwaukee County executive. More background about that comes via the Wisconsin State Journal:
The investigation, which uncovered illegal campaign contributions to Walker’s campaign, illegal campaign activity by his taxpayer-funded staffers, embezzlement of veterans’ funds and other misdeeds, had dogged Walker since even before he was elected governor in November 2010. Walker consistently insisted that he was not a target of the probe, even though his top aides who sat just feet from his desk — including former Milwaukee County deputy chiefs of staff Kelly Rindfleisch and Tim Russell and constituent services director Darlene Wink — all were convicted of wrongdoing…
In a statement issued by his campaign, Walker said the investigation began when his office reported the suspected theft of money from Operation Freedom, a veterans’ event at the Milwaukee County Zoo from which Russell was convicted of looting more than $20,000 in donations.
“I am glad the process has been completed,” Walker said in a statement. “As many may remember, this entire matter began when we asked the district attorney to look into concerns we had with respect to Operation Freedom. We appreciate the effort that was undertaken and to bring appropriate matters to justice.”
The governor repeated those comments at the Capitol later Friday.
“The process was pretty clear,” Walker said. “We’re glad the process is done. We think the process speaks for itself.”
At one point in the investigation, Walker was subpoenaed to testify in the case against Rindfleisch, but she struck a deal with prosecutors, keeping Walker off the witness stand. Several top current and former Walker aides had received immunity from criminal prosecution in the probe.
Democrats remained critical.
“Scott Walker beat the rap with a six-figure defense fund and the best criminal defense lawyers money can buy,” said Mike Tate, chairman of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel provides information about Walker’s criminal defense team:
Records show that Walker paid the law firms for his two defense attorneys nearly $200,000 over the past year. In addition, Walker’s campaign was represented by former U.S. Attorney Steven Biskupic, formerly of Michael Best & Friedrich, since November 2010. As of the end of last year, Michael Best was paid nearly $200,000 to handle “compliance” issues.
Having said all that, here are the tweets that landed Zielinski in hot water (the first two give you some context — the next three contain the Dahmer references and have been deleted):
.@GovWalker‘s GREATEST accomplishment is dodging criminal charges. That’s it. Jobs suck He’s ruined our state. Period.
Zielinski never supplied an answer to the question he poses in that last tweet.
He has since apologized…
My heartfelt apologies to the victims of Jeffrey Dahmer. Their pain is not something with which I should have trifled.
And my apologies to @GovWalker for my inappropriate Tweeting.
… but that wasn’t enough to save his job as party spokesman. From a separate Journal Sentinel report:
Democratic Party staffer Graeme Zielinski was removed as the party spokesman following his Twitter outburst in which he compared Republican Gov. Scott Walker to serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, sources said Monday.
Party leaders also docked Zielinski a week’s pay – which works out to about $1,000 – for his tweets after Milwaukee prosecutors announced that they were shutting down a secret criminal investigation of Walker’s aides…
One source close to the party said Zielinski, a former reporter for the Journal Sentinel and other newspapers, will stay on with the state Democratic Party as a “media adviser.” He will, however, no longer be permitted to post on Twitter, where he has been prolific in recent years.
“He agreed,” said one source. “He’s aware of the mistakes he’s made.”
The source declined to say why officials decided to keep Zielinski on the party payroll.
The whole thing gives you a new appreciation for the relative genialness of Minnesota politics, doesn’t it?
If you’re like most people, you do at least a little bit of drinking on the weekend. There’s nothing quite like being able to kick back on a Sunday afternoon, have a couple of drinks, and not worry about work for a few more hours.
But if you live in one of the 14 states that still has “blue laws” on the books, you might not be able to do this. That’s because these states have liquor store bans that prevent you from buying hard liquor, wine, and even beer (in some states) on Sundays.
Of course, it’s no coincidence that these states ban liquor sales on Sundays. Sunday is the day that most religious Americans go to church. Blue laws were put into place by the Puritans to make sure people were in church, praying and reading their Bibles. Some early blue laws prohibited work, travel, and ever certain recreational activities on Sundays.
But most of these laws have disappeared in the 19th century as the government didn’t want to infringe on citizen’ rights to religious freedoms. But if 14 states still have blue laws on the books restricting Sunday liquor sales, aren’t these states technically violating the separation of church and state?
Which States Block Sunday Sales of Liquor?
While the specific laws vary in each of these states, these are the 14 places still holding onto blue laws for liquor sales.
It’s worth noting that in many of these states, serious efforts are being made to lift these bans once and for all. For instance, mayors of Connecticut’s 3 largest cities are actively pressuring the state to get rid of the “antiquated” laws. Similar efforts are being made in Minnesota and a few other states.
In fact, just 8 years ago, there were nearly 30 states that still prohibited liquor sales on Sundays. Since 2002, 14 states have repealed their blue laws, so it certainly seems possible that many of the remaining states will follow suit in the coming years.
The Benefits of Allowing Liquor Sales on Sundays
Allowing the sale of liquor on Sundays isn’t just about not restricting drinkers from purchasing booze due to outdated religious laws. It’s also about helping the economy. Consider this:
Of course, Christians and those with religious interests would point to the fact that in states where blue laws have been repealed, there has been a 15 percent decline in attendance among weekly churchgoers, along with a nearly 25 percent drop in donations. With these statistics, it’s no wonder evangelical groups are so opposed to allowing Sunday liquor store sales. They don’t want to lose money (because we all know preachers don’t make enough).
When blue laws were being overturned in Colorado, some evangelicals even tried arguing it would increase the number of drunk driving accidents and other alcohol-related problems. But in studies of other states that repealed these laws, there was no evidence to support these claims.
Do you live in a state where liquor stores are forced close on Sundays? Do you think these laws violate your rights?
Cited from: Why Are Liquor Stores Still Closed on Sundays? – NakedLaw by Avvo.com http://nakedlaw.avvo.com/government/why-are-liquor-stores-still-closed-on-sundays.html#ixzz2Lw1SmLQH
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Updated: December 28, 2012 – 7:19 PM
Grover Norquist, author of the antitax pledge, in the offices of the Americans for Tax Reform in Washington.
Photo: Luke Sharrett, New York Times
I find an interesting commonality between the antitax guru Grover Norquist and Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association (“Gun lobby counts on our complacence,” Dec. 21).
Both men are unelected, middle-aged, white, far-right conservatives with extreme agendas. They both believe that the Republican congressional caucus must seek their approval to address the serious issues facing this country.
These men do not represent the American public, and certainly should not be controlling Congress by threatening electoral retaliation if our country doesn’t knuckle under to their will.
MICHAEL MUMMAH, BROOKLYN PARK