What does this mean to you?: David Prosser won’t be charged in choking of fellow Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Bradley

"Need a choke? - See the judge" Written near Capitol building, Madison Wisconsin

Did you expect Prosser would be charged with attempting to choke his colleague? Since Prosser is loyal to Scott Walker, it would’ve blown my mind if he’d been charged with a crime. But every once in a while, the world surprises us, and so I held out a slim bit of hope.

But there is another power play on display, here: Prosser is male and Bradley is female. My twitter and tumblr pal Cabell had a disturbing interaction with a fellow protester she saw Thursday:

“When I saw you with your sign as I headed across the Capitol Square, I thought we had something in common. I spent almost every day at the Capitol for a month and a half, after all.

When as you passed me, you turned to me and gleefully pronounced, with no effort to provide even a shred of context, “Did you know it’s legal to CHOKE A WOMAN in Wisconsin?” I knew without a shadow of a doubt that there was a hell of a lot that we didn’t.” Read more HERE.

Is that just a lone rude man and only that? Or do you think that people are getting the message that a man can get away with attempting to choke a woman in Wisconsin because Prosser is not being charged?

The Deputy Report – Interview with Justice Ann Walsh Bradley

On cracking jokes, demanding democracy, and Prossercuting the Strangler

Almost every day I’ve seen a new photo by local photographer Peter Patau, known as @MadisonGuy on twitter and on flickr. When I saw the photo below, I realized that in my fixation on recall primaries, I’d overlooked the “Prosser Must Go” rally.

Last night my fella asked, “What’s going on now with Prossergate? Is he going to get Prossercuted?” and we chuckled.

Forward Against Prosser

This started me to pondering the jokes and icons we use to cope with our new world. We call Wisconsin “Fitzwalkerstan”. Friends mockingly choke each other, take pictures, and caption them with something like, “I’m being Prossered”. This blend of the gallows and play is nothing new. Continue reading

WPRI Mouthpiece Milwaukee Journal Sentinel only paper to locate sources saying Bradley attacked Prosser

I want to remind you that “sources say” isn’t the best citation for any report. The only two people going on the record for the choking right now are Prosser the choker and Bradley the chokee. The other named entities are the reporters for Wisconsin Public Radio, the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

And the anonymous sources that say Prosser was a victim and not the attacker supposedly spoke to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and to nobody else.

This information came from MJS: “Sources told the Journal Sentinel two very different stories Saturday about what occurred. Some confirmed Bradley’s version. According to others, Bradley charged Prosser, who raised his hands to defend himself and made contact with her neck.”

I’m not seeing any other news outlet getting information from whomever it is that claims Bradley attacked Prosser. Be aware that the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel works very closely with a conservative think tank in Wisconsin. As reported by blogger illusory tenant:
“WPRI is another outfit wrapped up with Journal Communications, Inc. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel not infrequently features WPRI “policy research” as front page news (the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit is considerably less impressed), Christian Schneider is an oft-featured columnist, and Mike Nichols, another WPRI “senior fellow,” is a regular columnist.And Charlie Sykes, another of Journal Communications, Inc.’s marquee performer/clowns, edits WPRI’s own magazine and so on and so forth.”

From WPRI’s own page “The Institute is guided by a belief that competitive free markets, limited government, private initiative, and personal responsibility are essential to our democratic way of life.”-WPRI

Bradley Says Prosser Choked Her
‘Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley issued a statement late Saturday saying that fellow Justice David Prosser choked her and disputing claims that she attacked him first.

“The facts are that I was demanding that he get out of my office and he put his hands around my neck in anger in a chokehold,” she said. “Those are the facts and you can try to spin those facts and try to make it sound like I ran up to him and threw my neck into his hands, but that’s only spin.

“Matters of abusive behavior in the workplace aren’t resolved by competing press releases,” she said.

“I’m confident the appropriate authorities will conduct a thorough investigation of this incident involving abusive behavior in the workplace.”‘

FYI-I can’t find a link to an original press release from Bradley. The only “statement” are sentences printed in MJS and there is no original press release available online.

Chief Tubbs to Talk on Monday Continue reading

Video: Justice David Prosser’s “abusive” conduct is “troubling”

Here’s the 41 second video posted by the organization One Wisconsin Now on March 27, 2011. It needs to be updated with the recent strangling. This would be comical if it wasn’t real. I’m imagining this video being freshened up every few months as the list of bizarre behaviors piles up – first the “bitch” yelling at Justice Abrahamson last year, then this strangling of Justice Ann Walsh Bradley, then…what…a fist fight or running somebody over with a car? Just how many bizarre behaviors and offenses will Prosser commit before he’s pushed out of his post?

Do judges have impunity from the same laws they force us to abide by?

Link to the video

Note on the definition of “strangling” – Strangling is compression of the neck that may lead to unconsciousness or death by causing an increasingly hypoxic state in the brain. It is not by definition fatal.-source Wikipedia

Justice David Prosser allegedly grabbed fellow Justice Ann Walsh Bradley around the neck in an argument last week

ABUSER OF JUSTICE Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser is alleged to have put his hands around the neck of a fellow justice: Ann Walsh Bradley. If he applied any force at all during the act, he was choking her.

This information comes out of WPR and Bill Lueders of Continue reading

The Kloppenburg Team Needs Donations and Volunteers for the Statewide Election Recount To Begin Wednesday

The top 2 notes are from this evening, 4/25/11 from the Kloppenburg team:

If you have evening hours available, we will have some volunteer opportunities available then too. 

We do need volunteers in St Croix county, so please let us know if you can volunteer some of your time.

Have you signed up yet for volunteer shifts? The recount starts this Wednesday at 9am. Please sign up today! Email:

General Volunteers:


Volunteer Lawyers:


In your email, please include:
Cell Phone (or preferred phone):
City / County:
Dates Available (4/27 to 5/9):
Willing to Travel?:
Willing to Help Recruit Others?:

To donate funds to the recount effort, please visit the Joanne Kloppenburg web site.

As to why funds are needed, here’s an explanation from Giles Goat Boy of Daily Kos :

“I admit, I have focused a lot on that half percent number in my own diaries, but the fact is, this will cost Kloppenburg a lot of money in legal fees. Apparently, Prosser’s lawyers have decided to fight the recount in every imaginable way in order to “run out the financial clock” on Kloppenburg, as described this morning by “The Nation” magazine’s John Nichols on local Madison radio.

There is no question that Kloppenburg is entitled to a recount, even without the half percent margin. Prosser’s lawyers have no valid legal argument to stop it, and they know it. Their strategy is simply to drain the Kloppenburg campaign of resources. You can help us fight back by donating to the Kloppenburg campaign. Corporate donations are not allowed, but individuals can donate any amount they feel comfortable giving for the recount effort.”

Volunteer Information is from The Joanne Kloppenburg for Wisconsin Supreme Court facebook page

No data will be destroyed in statewide election recount. Hand recount in 31 counties in Wisconsin where voting machines are too old to back up data.

Despite combative talk from Prosser and his attorneys, yesterday both sides sat down with Judge Neiss to find a plan pleasing to all that enables a statewide recount of the Wisconsin Supreme Court race.

I’m relieved that all election data from April 5 will be preserved. Where technology allows for a backup of original data, an automated machine recount will occur. In all other locations – areas in 31 counties –  a hand recount will occur.

And of nearly equal importance:  the nation learns that voting machines in 31 counties of this “presidential election battleground state”are so antiquated that backup memory for the machines is neither owned in Wisconsin nor is available in needed numbers from a manufacturer.  *Do you think we should do something about that?*

The areas that will have a hand recount encompass zones that Kloppenburg cited for questionable election results or practices, with the exclusion of Winnebago County.

The voting machines that we can’t get backup memory for are called “Optech Eagle” in G.A.B.’s summons. (Also commonly called “ES&S” and “Sequoia” machines since those vendors distribute and service them.)

Side note:  the Optech Eagle equipment and the people who support it are considered suspect.Information like this is everywhere:  vendor ES&S has faced  “investigations, lawsuits, or just plain pissed-off elections officials in West Virginia, Arkansas, Missouri, Indiana, Texas, Pennsylvania, California, and other jurisdictions”. VotersUnite.org.

The reason that G.A.B. was obligated to assume a machine recount: a state statute 5.90(1)  [which also references  9.01 and 9.01(1)(b)6 ] which calls for an automated recount of machine votes. (If I go by the word of Prosser’s attorney, this statute originated with a Democratic legislature.) More info at the G.A.B. summons

A separate safeguard statute exists, 7.23(2),  that says if a recount is pending, no material or data may be destroyed until that recount is completed.


Where are these places where hand recounts will occur?:

Here are more  fuzzy maps from G.A.B.

What kind of elections machines are used throughout Wisconsin? Here’s a PDF list matching manufacturer with town/village from G.A.B.  This will also give you a closer look at those optical scanner locations.

How long will the recount take? 13 days maximum, by state law.

When will it start? G.A.B. is expected to initiate it next Wednesday.

Who will work on the recount?   Prosser’s attorney said his team would fly in “100’s and 100’s” of people as of Sunday to work on the recount. Kloppenburg’s attorney Susan Crawford said that volunteers from communities in Wisconsin affiliated with Kloppenburg will assist the Kloppenburg team.

What kind of memory does the Optech Eagle  machine use? Here’s a $350 Memory Pack for an Optech Eagle Voting Machine  – here’s a photo of a pack   what Robert in a comment to this post calls “a memory pack with its seal broken (or maybe not yet sealed).” See Robert’s comment for details on how these packs are handled by poll workers in Madison, Wisconsin – and perhaps in other locales in Wisconsin . 

Resources on the Recount and/or on Voting Integrity in the United States:

G.A.B. Recount Info

The Brad Blog

Problems with Optech Eagle machines in Indiana   http://vote2004.eriposte.com/redstates/indiana.htm

Voters Unite http://www.votersunite.org/

Video of Jim Troupis on Wisconsin Recount, Supreme Court Race: Why didn’t you block her?

Here’s an interview of Jim Troupis, an attorney for David Prosser.  You’ll notice that at the 30 second mark, the reporters really badger Troupis about why he did not work harder to block Joanne Kloppenburg from the recount.

Of course it is fair to ask given his repeated threats to block.

The first reporter to confront Troupis is from TMJ4. The 2nd male voice which is just next to me comes from a NewsMax reporter who is practically whining – or scolding – “What happened today had nothing to do with your statement on Monday.”  he adds that Troupis “hasn’t done anything” and he makes it ALL CAPS CLEAR that he has not objected to it.

In part 2, Troupis gives a little information about who will come to Wisconsin from all over the nation to help in the recount. At the 56 second mark, the NewMax reporter asks for clarification on the recount.

Joanne Kloppenburg files for a statewide Wisconsin Supreme Court election recount calling it “appropriate” and “necessary”. I agree.

“I’ve asked for a recount to determine what the right count is, and also to preserve confidence in the electoral process”

About 10 minutes ago a press conference concluded. Joanne Kloppenburg has filed for a statewide recount of the April 5 Wisconsin Supreme Court election.

from The Brad Blog:

“I’ve asked for a recount to determine what the right count is, and also to preserve confidence in the electoral process,” she said in response to a question from reporters.

Kloppenburg stated that her campaign would be asking for a hand count of ballots in a number of districts, and will work with the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board (G.A.B.), the state’s top election agency, to determine which areas should be hand counted. State recount procedures allow for a machine recount of paper ballots unless ordered by a court for hand examination.

Referring to critics of such a post-election examination of results, Kloppenburg was unflinching in her response. “They’ve called it a drama and a circus, but actually it’s called American Democracy.”

During her remarks, she also called for a special investigator for controversial Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus, the focus of a number of anomalies that have appeared in election results since Election Night.

“The recount will reveal if there were discrepancies in the Waukesha vote count, but going forward, an independent investigation needs to determine what the clerk did there and why,” she explained, while pointing to a number of still-unanswered questions about post-election vote tallies in Waukesha, including why it is that “conservative bloggers” were told about those adjustments before they were announced publicly.

“I don’t know what will happen in the recount, but we’re asking for a recount to determine what the proper count should be, and to help, from this point forward, to assure that elections are fair,” Kloppenburg said, stressing her belief that the count should move forward for the benefit of all voters in Wisconsin…”

Her opponent David Prosser has vowed to fight her recount action: Prosser’s attorney James Troupis said they would take any steps to, “prevent this frivolous matter from going forward.”

Pundits both high and low on the right claim the recount will be fruitless and Prosser will remain the winner.

But extensive doubt about the practices of the Waukesha County Clerk, Kathy Nicklous have cast a long shadow over the election.

Prosser currently stands at a 7,316 vote win after all certified votes from 72 counties were tabulated at Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Office. However, a highly irregular canvass of votes in Waukesha County revealed approximately 14,000 votes almost 2 days after the evening of April 5th and kicked off a flurry of scrutiny of the election’s integrity and transparency.

The recount will be at state and county expense given that the margin of difference between Prosser and Kloppenburg falls within a 0.5% difference.

7,582 Prosser Votes Discovered in Waukesha County. Clerk Kathy Nickolaus blames human error. My notes from the press conference.

I just watched TMJ4 on the internet to hear/watch a press conference delivered by the Waukesha County clerk. County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus delivered a press conference at approx. 5:30PM today 4/6/11.

David Prosser gained 7,582 votes in Waukesha County, according to a summary statement from the board of canvassers.

Canvassers around the state were updating their totals today, with Prosser and JoAnne Kloppenburg each making gains.

Those changes pale in comparison to the change in Waukesha County, where Prosser’s total increased by 11,008 and Kloppenburg’s rose 3,426.

My notes from that prses conference:

What are the reasons for the discrepancy?

1) City of New Berlin: total for 1 ward was recorded at 37, but total showed 237

2) In the Town of Lisbon, a typing error resulted in a change of vote totals. Both sides lost votes there.

3) Finally, and most significantly, the data from the City of Brookfield was not transferred to the media on Tuesday night.

The spreadsheet was imported into a database that was provided by G.A.B. (the Government Accountability Office) but that was inadvertantly not saved. When I ran the report I assumed the City of Brookfield was included

Brookfield delivered 14315 votes on April 5th.

10,859 votes went for Prosser

3,456 went for Kloppenburg

These #’s will be reflected in official results to GAB

“This is not a case of extra votes or ballots being found. This is human error, which I apologize for. Which is common in this process. Which is why the state requires us to conduct a canvass. Every person in Waukesha County that voted, on April 5th –  their votes were counted.”

Verified all of the results. We are confident that they have been properly recorded to the accountability board.

This was an access database file that was on our regular system. It was just human error.

Chris Schmidt (of Brookfield?) said that she was asked for the results a 2nd time. On election night, all the people that were asked to …when the city of Brookfield’s results came in, extra columns were put into the spreadsheet. I called them and stressed that they needed to keep the same # of columns that were in the template.

I saved them but when I imported them into the access database, I thought they were saved at that time, I had no reason to believe that they weren’t. Continue reading

Recount inevitable BUT Unofficial tally and now Rep. Mason announces: Kloppenburg wins by 233. Results Mapped.

Much of Wisconsin has been on the edge of its seat waiting and watching and refreshing the screen at MJS or AP hoping to see Joanne Kloppenburg win.

Based on tweets, a precinct in Milwaukee and the Lake Mills numbers are what we have been waiting for.

And at 12:49PM, a tweet:

“Cory Mason, state assemblyman on FB: Jefferson County in, Kloppenburg wins by 233! #wiunion#wivote #WEareWINNING “- from 2NewEarthRising New Earth Rising  and @PhilipStl:

I am pleased. But I’m not dancing, only because –

1) I’m terribly fatigued and

2) We know there is going to be a recount.

3) I wanted Joanne Kloppenburg to not just win, but *soundly* win.

BUT I know full well that what’s been pulled off by Joanne Kloppenburg and the people of Wisconsin is stunning.

Joanne was not supposed to make it this far.

I hope Joanne Kloppenburg and ther campaign team are feeling some pride in the midst of all of the other emotions they must be experiencing today.

By the way, I don’t blame either candidate for calling an inevitable recount. You’d have to be insane not to demand a recount when your opponent wins by around 0.01 percent of the total vote.

Here is a link to the laws and procedures governing recounts (I will be writing a summary in a bit): Election Recount Procedures from G.A.B.

And below is a map from the It’s Academic blog.

You know I want that whole state to be cobalt blue.

Numbers used were compiled by AP and current as of 11:11AM CST.

Nail biting numbers in Wisconsin–Joanne Kloppenburg vs. Prosser

Sorry-formatting must be screwy because I copied information off a widget program. I’m too tired to fix anything, too. It is 1:11AM. 

Very, very close race.  

Very likely that a recount will be ordered.
At about 1AM there “were a number of wards still outstanding, including a dozen in Milwaukee County and half of Middleton, which is Kloppenburg’s home community”


Brian Schimming, Prosser’s former chief of staff and 1st vice-chair of the state GOP, told the justices supporters should before 1 a.m. that the campaign was ready for a recount if needed. Source http://elections.wispolitics.com/

At 1:20AM; “AP reports 585 vote Prosser lead; it’s narrowing” Continue reading

Who are you voting for on April 5?: Where to find info. on Wisconsin candidates + endorsements


Joanne Kloppenburg for Wisconsin Supreme Court

Joe Parisi for Dane County Executive

Paul Soglin for Mayor of Madison

Sam Stevenson for Madison Alder, District 2

And I vote “YES” on the referendum regarding corporations not being people, and money not being free speech.

Read on to find out why. Go HERE for my voting FAQ.

Wisconsin : for Supreme Court Justice-Kloppenburg vs. Prosser

I endorse Joanne Kloppenburg for Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice.

Others  who  do:

Green Bay Gazette,

Appleton Post-Crescent,

Wausau Daily Herald,

Sierra Club

For neutral reads on Prosser & Kloppenburg:

Wisconsin’s League of Women HERE, Bill Lueders’ article HERE

Dane County, Madison, and Other:

Interviews with Dane County mayoral, executive, council, and other candidates are HERE from the Dane County League of Women Voters.

Madison Mayor:

I endorse Paul Soglin.

Here’s his blog. He’s also endorsed by Barbara Lawton, Brenda Konkel and Peg Continue reading

Tomorrow’s April 5 vote in Wisconsin. Voting basics and endorsements!

Some basics on voting and my endorsements.

Details on _why_ I endorse these folks are below, but if you want a brief list, I endorse: Continue reading