Tierney Gill is a senior at Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee, studying American History and Business Management. A homeschool graduate who is politically active on both the local and state level, Tierney has had the privilege of interning in the Milwaukee County Executive and Governor's offices, presiding over Students for Life, local College Republicans, volunteering in several political campaigns, and receiving an appointment by Governor Walker to serve on the Governor's Juvenile Justice Commission, a state policy advisory board. When not politically involved, Tierney loves spending time with her large family, writing, and reading.
On Monday, Wisconsin State Representative Brett Hulsey announced his intention to run for Wisconsin Governor, effectively leading to yet another challenge of fellow Democrat Mary Burke in a primary, who already has two other opponents.
According to his official announcement, Hulsey claims that Governor Scott Walker's "Reign of Error" made Wisconsin "second in the nation in job loss and 35th in job creation" and as such, he is planning on running for governor. His plan is reportedly to include the "reinvestment of $2.1 billion to create clean energy jobs, increase job training, public school, UW system, and technical college investment, reverses the Walker tax increases on working families and senior citizens, saves babies, protects Wisconsinites from strip mining, and creates a Penokee Hills State Park instead of the world’s largest strip mine."
Top priority for the would-be governor?
"As a former union vice president, I will make restoring worker safety, rights and bargained a top priority," Hulsey said. "We should restore worker rights and unnecessary pay cuts immediately to help jump start our economy and create safer workplaces."
While Hulsey is looking toward a bright political future, his political past has not always been free of controversy. The Madison Democrat used campaign finances to pay for an old convertible and to register for a triathlon. In 2012, he pleaded no contest to a disorderly conduct charge, and an aide claim to be 'terrified around him because of his behavior'.
The tie between President Obama and Al Sharpton continues to grow stronger, as evidenced by Obama's decision to headline the MSNBC host's National Action Network (NAN) conference in New York.
Opposition is decrying the president's decision, claiming that it gives a sense of political legitimacy to the "controversial leader and his much-maligned organization". Sharpton's organization has been accused of engaging in "questionable financial practices" and yet owes the federal government $1.9 million in back taxes and penalties. Sharpton has been known to utilize boycott threats to force corporations to donate while providing himself the position of a consultant. According to the New York Post, some 50 companies, including industry giants like GM, Pepsi and Wal-Mart, had capitulated and donated to NAN.
The conference, which is reportedly meant to "not just commemorate the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr's assassination, but to honor his legacy by proactively engaging in dialogue that will spawn change", will feature a "who's who" of liberal leaders, including US Attorney General Eric Holder, Governor Andrew Cuomo, and Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Al Sharpton has been a regular guest in Obama's White House, meeting for everything from jobs and the state of the economy to Obama's young black and Hispanic men initiative, and most recently partaking in the First Lady's 50th birthday celebration. This is the second time the president has been a guest at the NAN convention, having spoken there in 2011.
What better way to start off a Monday morning than with a laugh. And what better way to laugh then to see someone fall completely for a genius April Fools Day trick!
Students at Aquinas College pull off a great stunt on their Macroeconomics professor, who has a policy that any student whose phone rings in class must answer it on speakerphone. One unlucky student was on the receiving end of a phone call during class time: but the result just may have the professor rethinking his policy in the future!
"Frozen" has quickly become a household name as of late, and with little wonder, earning the distinction of being the highest grossing animated film. Who hasn't found themselves singing the opening lines of "Let It Go" and "Do You Want To Build A Snowman" lately?
The cast of "Frozen" reunited to perform a live promotional concert, and attendees were treated to a live performance by Kristen Bell, who voices Princess Anna. Bell performed the adorable "Do You Want To Build A Snowman"...using all three of Anna's voices!
Adorable song, good performance, and a captivating story!
On Tuesday, the Oklahoma Senate voted to repeal the controversial Common Core standards from their educational curriculum, joining an increasing number of states seeking to rid themselves of the standards.
The bill, which is now on its way back to the Oklahoma House, would allow for the Board of Education to draft new standards specifically tailored for the state's students, instead of continuing to implement the national standards as have 45 other states. Republican State Senator Josh Brecheen sponsored the bill, which easily passed the Republican-controlled Senate on a 37-10 vote.
If it passes,the bill requires the adoption of new standards as soon as August 2015.
The constituents have spoken-and for Wisconsin Republican lawmakers, it has not been pretty. Legislators who express their support for the national Common Core academic standards have returned to their respective districts to face stiff, mounting opposition.
According to the Wisconsin Reporter, members of the GOP’s 2nd, 4th and 6th Congressional District caucuses passed resolutions declaring “no confidence” and “no support” of Sen. Luther Olsen of Ripon and Rep. Steve Kestell of Elkhart Lake, chairmen of the Senate and Assembly committees on education, respectively. Olsen and Kestell represent portions of the 6th Congressional District.
Olsen and Kestell both blocked the proposed GOP reform of the controversial Common Core, voting against an issue that has all but become a litmus test for Republican legislators as both the state and national party platforms reject the educational standards. The proposed reform would adopt new standards over time while periodically reviewing them, as well as removing sole power and authority to adopt state standards from the state superintendent of public instruction.
Representative Steve Kestell, the chairman of the Assembly Education Committee, has since indicated he will not run for re-election.
The Republican Party's state resolution committee is to meet Saturday to determine which resolutions will be on the table in the coming state convention in early May.
Basketball seems to be on everyone's minds these days, what with the Final Four shaping up to be a series of exciting match-ups! But for basketball star Kobe Bryant, the attention and social media frenzy is over an entirely different matter: his recent comments in regards to the controversial Trayvon Martin case.
In a recent interview with the New Yorker, Kobe shared his thoughts on the reaction of the Miami Heat to Martin's case, wearing hoodies in a sign of solidarity.
"I won’t react to something just because I’m supposed to, because I’m an African-American,” the NBA player said. “That argument doesn’t make any sense to me. So we want to advance as a society and a culture, but, say, if something happens to an African-American we immediately come to his defense?"
Kobe's comments have ignited a firestorm across social media, with supporters coming to his defense and those opposed equally vocal. But for Bryant, he does not appear fazed with his stance nor the response it has garnered.
"Yet you want to talk about how far we’ve progressed as a society?” he asked. “Well, we’ve progressed as a society, then don’t jump to somebody’s defense just because they’re African-American. You sit and you listen to the facts just like you would in any other situation, right? So I won’t assert myself.”
Strikingly simple response, it would seem.
Contestants have been good at solving seemingly impossible puzzles on Wheel of Fortune before. But this contestant just might take the cake.
Emil had ten seconds to solve the final Bonus puzzle without any help from his four letter choices and only two letters filled in from a three word puzzle. And he nailed in on the first guess, to take home another $45,000.
Even Pat Sajak was speechless...a rarity for him!
Tonight's "Wheel of Fortune" features most amazing solve in my 30+ years on the show. No kidding.— Pat Sajak (@patsajak) March 19, 2014
It was a lively group of concerned citizen activists that gathered Saturday at the Country Springs Hotel in Pewaukee for an informational event on Common Core.
Hosted by the Republican Women of Waukesha County, the standing-room only event featured an array of presenters covering everything from the history and origins of Common Core to the standards’ current standing in the legislative cycle to the effects poorly educated youth have on society to how parents, educators and activists alike could get involved in the nation’s ongoing educational debate.
Dr. Duke Pesta, Professor of English at UW-Oshkosh and Academic Director of FreedomProject Education, opened the event. Tracing the history of the Common Core standards from No Child Left Behind to Race To The Top, Pesta outlined the standard’s origins by liberal lobbyist groups and incredibly, its financing by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
“Bill Gates bought the education curriculum for the United States,” Pesta charged, referencing the initial $150 million grant that financed the curriculum, a sum that is now closer to $250 million. “What gives him that right? This isn't a Banana Republic!”
Contrary then to present opinion, the states had no input in the outcome-based educational standards.
“Naming these the ‘common core standards’ presupposes that all the states had a say,” Dr. Pesta declared. “That is categorically, emphatically false. They cannot prove that it was so.”
Examples were plentifully provided on what sort of information was included in the curriculum. As an English teacher, Pesta bemoaned the removal of the age-old study of the classics from English classes. In their place, schoolchildren are reading what he called “government propaganda”: manuals from the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Public Instruction, and more. Students are allowed to arrive at incorrect answers in their math problems so long as they can explain how they arrived at that answer. As for those who answer correctly using the “stacked math” system of adding numbers, they are marked wrong for failing to answer the question using the new method of drawing confusing cubes, squares, squiggly lines and dots to represent groups of numbers.
How this information and more played out in the classroom became increasingly disturbing. Career tracking programs have begun in kindergarten. 3rd grade children were asked to compose flags for “a new Communist country”, an assignment that required them to remove the stars from the American flag and replace it with the sickle. 4th grade girls were required to dress like Muslim girls for an entire week for a diversity appreciation exercise. Masturbation, as well as sexually explicit information bordering on the pornographic, was taught to kids as young as 10 years old.
The outcome of all of this?
“America’s schoolchildren, your children, are guinea pigs,” Pesta declared, pointing out that it will take up to 10 years for data collected on the curriculum to deem the standards as viable or not.
Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke added his perspective on the disastrous outcomes of the Common Core’s continued implementation, charging that “we are mass producing ignorance and illiteracy in our K12 educational program.” He further argued that those who would be hit the hardest and suffer the most from the failing educational standards would be inner city minority youth. A tragedy, as those who grow up uneducated or undereducated “have a higher propensity to commit crime”.
“We are facing a crisis of education. Poor black, Hispanic, and minority kids are growing up with a distinct lack of education,” Clarke stated. “Well, it is time for someone else to have a chance at what I had. My family had little money, but I had two loving parents who poured everything into me, and helped me realize that education was the way up. Milwaukee kids do not have that same platform.”
In his trademark no-nonsense style, the sheriff also called out Mayor Barrett for his failure to address the growing educational problem plaguing the city, urging him to “stop worrying about filling potholes” and get more involved.
“Under Barrett’s leadership, as these schools are failing, unemployment continues to rise, infant mortality continues to rise, crime continues to rise, the mayor continues to express concern, express his platitudes, look to roll up his sleeves,” Clarke charged. “And that’s all this is: platitudes. And it is high time for City Hall to realize that we have to do more. This is unacceptable.”
“And this is not about me,” Clarke concluded. “The media would like to make it about me. But it’s not. I already know how to read and write. It starts with leadership. And that’s what I hope to continue to bring to the table.”
The closing speakers echoed Clarke’s call to action. State Senator Leah Vukmir, one of the most vocal opponents of the Common Core educational standards, addressed the attendees on behalf of the legislators, as a bill currently up for debate in the senate would create a state academic standards board responsible for the recommendation of educational standards. Vicki Mckenna and Brian Schimming of WISN Radio partnered to close out the program with an activist training session.
In this ongoing debate over educational standards, Wisconsin has found itself yet again on the forefront of national issues. While the future of the Common Core remains unclear, it is nevertheless clear that voices of opposition to the federalized standards are growing increasingly more vocal.
Time alone will tell if those voices will ultimately succeed in their quest.
Graeme Zielinski's propensity to air his political ideology and grievances on Twitter have gotten him into trouble before. The former spokesperson for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin lost his job after taking to the social media platform to compare Governor Scott Walker to serial killer and cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer.
And he is at it again. Only this time, the object of his personal attacks is Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke.
Responses to the irrational outburst were not long in coming, with followers expressing everything from humourous disbelief to shocked increduality.
@gjzielinski geez you're a conductor on the crazy train!— albo60s (@albo60s) February 23, 2014
The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office responded via their official Facebook page, charging that "County Executive Chris Abele hired Zielinski and paid him $10,000 for garbage like this against Sheriff Clarke".
"It is time for Abele to denounce this and publicly announce that he is disassociating himself from this three-time convicted drunk driver," the status continued. "Abele's continued association with Zielinski is tacit approval of his behavior. Zielinski is an embarrassment to an elected official; even the state Democratic Party dumped him after they could no longer justify being associated with his unstable behavior."