Saturday, March 26, 2011

Infamous, Governor Scott Walker R-WI
Jon Stewart * The Daily Show: 
Gov Hurts: relationship between Republican governors and their states - Video Link
  1. On January 3, Governor Scott Walker took the oath of office, called a special legislative session, and issued an executive order calling for lawsuit reform. 
  2. On January 11, a joint committee held a 10-hour hearing to take testimony. 
  3. On January 18, the Wisconsin Omnibus Tort Reform Act was on Walker's desk. 
  4. He signed it into law on January 27  - Link

    After only 10 hours of hearings, the Republican Wisconsin legislature passed the "Kill Granny and Get Away With It" act, otherwise known as the Wisconsin Omnibus Tort Reform Act.  Walker signed it into law on January 27.

    The new law makes it far more difficult to sue nursing home operators, manufacturers of defective products, and other corporate malefactors.
    What other states limit the liability of nursing homes who injure and kill residents and destroy lives? There is no other state that has created a law that hides these incident reports.   ~ Attorney Jeffrey Pitman, January 11, 2011, Legislative Hearing
    Stripping individuals of their right to take corporate malefactors to court played out with such speed that most Wisconsinites still aren't aware of what happened.
  5. " It was greased.  It was wired.  It was going to happen, Madison trial lawyer John Walsh said in a phone interview.  This was set up so the public wouldn't get the message."


    No degree, little experience pay off big  - Link
    Just in his mid-20s, Brian Deschane has no college degree, very little management experience and two drunken-driving convictions. Yet he has landed an $81,500 - per-year job in Gov. Scott Walker's administration overseeing environmental and regulatory matters and dozens of employees at the Department of Commerce. Even though Walker says the state is broke and public employees are overpaid, Deschane already has earned a promotion and a 26% pay raise in just two months with the state.

    How did Deschane score his plum assignment with the Walker team? It's all in the family. His father is Jerry Deschane, executive vice president and longtime lobbyist for the Madison-based Wisconsin Builders Association, which bet big on Walker during last year's governor's race.

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