In case you missed it, the MJS’s PolitiFact Wisconsin service gave Burke a “false” rating for claiming that Wisconsin is one of only five states without an equal pay law on the books. Guess where Burke got the information about Wisconsin being one of only five states without an equal pay law on the books? The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel!
Burke cited this article, published by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, which stated that “Wisconsin is one of five states that have no equal-pay laws on the books” and that “the other states (without equal-pay laws) are Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina and Utah”.
I’ll make three important points here:
1) The truth of the matter is that Scott Walker, who the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel endorsed for both of his gubernatorial elections, signed into law legislation repealing Wisconsin’s equal pay enforcement law, leaving Wisconsin women without any way of seeking legal recourse if they’ve been paid less than men because of being discriminated against by their employer.
2) Mary Burke supports reinstating Wisconsin’s equal pay enforcement law for the same reason I do: it’s highly unfair and unjust to allow employers to pay female workers less than male workers for the same exact work.
3) The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel giving Burke a “false” rating for quoting one of their own articles really set me off. They would have not done anything like that had Scott Walker or some other Republican had quoted an MJS article to promote their far-right agenda, and that’s because the MJS, like most other mainstream media outlets in Wisconsin, exist primarily to serve one purpose: get far-right Republicans elected. One of the big reasons why Republicans like Scott Walker are able to get elected in Wisconsin is because the mainstream media effectively campaigns for them.
Yesterday, Scott Walker kicked off his re-election campaign for Governor of Wisconsin in typical Scott Walker style: at a campaign donor’s private-sector business, with a hand-picked audience of his supporters, and with only those who write favorably about him in the mainstream media given access to report about his campaign launch.
Four years after being elected governor in 2010, Scott Walker is still wrong for Wisconsin.
One only needs to look at jobs numbers to see how much of a negative impact Walker’s agenda of stripping collective bargaining rights from public employees, repealing equal pay laws, cutting public employee pay, and handing out tax cuts and credits to wealthy people and businesses has had on Wisconsin’s economy: Walker isn’t even going to come close to reaching his “250,000 Wisconsin Jobs by January 2015″ promise, additionally, from April 2012 to April 2013, Wisconsin suffered the largest job loss (by raw number of jobs) of any state, with only two other states (Wyoming, which had the largest loss of jobs by percentage, and Maine) suffering a net loss of jobs.
I’ll ask the same question to the people of the State of Wisconsin that Scott Walker’s political idol Ronald Reagan asked the American people in 1980: Are you better off than you were four years ago? For most Wisconsinites, especially women, the poor, the working class, the middle class, and minorities, the answer to that question is…HELL NO!!!
Why I’m pulling my endorsement of Mary Jo Walters and endorsing John Lehman for Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin
After multiple individuals pointed out to me that Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin Mary Jo Walters is, in their view, unfit for public office, I have decided to pull my endorsement of Walters’s campaign.
This is a decision that I do not take lightly. Remember that, in 2010, Democrats here in Illinois nominated Scott Lee Cohen to be Governor Pat Quinn’s running mate for Lieutenant Governor of Illinois, however, not long after the primary, Cohen was pressured out of the race after it was revealed that, among other things, he used anabolic steroids and had been arrested for domestic abuse in 2005, which was quickly picked up by the local media here in Illinois. In Wisconsin, political parties cannot replace candidates on the ballot after the primary, so, if someone like Walters were to win the primary, that would easily become a fiasco in which Wisconsin Democrats would have no recourse whatsoever.
As a result of this, I am endorsing John Lehman for the office of Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin. While Lehman is one of the most boring people to hold public office in this country, Lehman has a progressive track record as a state legislator in Wisconsin. More importantly, Lehman is certainly capable of carrying out what few duties the office of lieutenant governor has in Wisconsin.