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State appeals court rejects challenges to WI John Doe probe targeting conservatives

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Remember the WI John Doe probe into former Scott Walker aides and associates? Meet WI John Doe Probe II.

Via Watchdog.org:

MADISON, Wis. — A state appeals court on Thursday rejected an effort to shut down a Democrat-launched secret investigation into conservative groups, ruling that the court-administered dragnet did not overstep its authority as targets of the probe have claimed.

In effect, the decision keeps alive a two-year John Doe investigation into dozens of conservative organizations amid allegations of illegal campaign coordination during Wisconsin’s recent partisan recall elections.

Eric O’Keefe is the director of the Wisconsin Club for Growth, which is one of at least 29 conservative groups targeted. O'Keefe himself is a target who previously threatened to sue prosecutors if they don’t drop the investigation, claiming they are “violating the constitutional rights of private citizens and must be held accountable.”

Feeling the heat, are you Eric?

Meanwhile, in other news, Gov. Walker raised $5.1 million in the second half of 2013. Walker’s campaign says most of the donations came from supporters who contributed $50 or less.

To fake-quote Jerry Seinfeld, "Who are these people?"

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Poll-itics: CO State Sen. Pres. John Morse should not be recalled for supporting stricter gun control; CO also likes pot

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Back in July I was feeling a little queasy when I wrote this up: Colorado’s state Senate president faces unprecedented recall election over support, passage of gun safety laws:

Via the L.A. Times: Unless a judge steps in, John Morse, the Democratic president of the Colorado Senate, faces an unprecedented recall attempt arising from the sweeping gun laws passed after the school massacre in Newtown, Conn. Morse, a former police chief, calls the legislation an act of sublime leadership and said that being tossed from office, if it happens, is worth the price.

Tell me that you get 20 6-year-olds shot in the face with a semiautomatic assault rifle … and that your elected officials should say, ‘Hmm’” — he clucked his tongue — ‘”I’m really sorry that happened. I’m not going to do anything about it.’ I mean, if you’re not going to lead in those kinds of moments, why are you in this role?

At that time, I asked, how dare Sen. Morse?! How dare he want to protect lives and prevent firearms from falling into the wrong hands? The nerve! (obvious sarcasm)

Apparently, Colorado residents agree.

Via a new Quinnipiac poll:

Voters say 54 - 35 percent that State Senate President John Morse should not be removed from office because of his support for stricter gun control, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN- uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. Voters also say 52 - 36 percent that State Sen. Angela Giron should not be recalled because of her support for stricter gun control.

Colorado voters say 60 - 31 percent that when people don't agree with a legislator, they should wait for reelection, rather than attempt a recall.

So you know why Morse is getting so much support? You don't? It's so obvious! Because the poll participants are a bunch of dazed and confused pot heads, of course! And pot smokers are mellow types who aren't into people shooting and killing other people:

Colorado voters support 54 - 41 percent the state's new law legalizing marijuana for recreational use. Support is 73 - 24 percent among Democrats and 54 - 39 percent among independent voters, with Republicans opposed 63 - 35 percent.

Voters 18 to 29 years old support legalized marijuana 74 - 21 percent while voters over 65 years old are opposed 56 - 39 percent.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have a sudden craving for Doritos.

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San Diego Mayor Bob "Serial Groper" Filner isn't going anywhere any time soon

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San Diego Mayor "Hey, I Missed Don't-Grope Class, Whaddya Want?" Filner should be removed from office, prosecuted, and thrown in jail. Unfortunately, that's not going to happen any time soon.

We Dems don't need him anywhere near women, our party, or in our government buildings.

The good news: If activists can round up enough signatures, a Recall Filner election could be scheduled.  The bad news: That could be as late as February.

The badder news: There are even more obstacles than we thought.

Via the Los Angeles Times:

Though Filner could be forced out by recall or a criminal conviction, it is far from certain that either will occur, and each would take months to pursue.

The City Charter contains no provision for impeachment, although City Atty. Jan Goldsmith said that the council could consider invoking an obscure section of the charter calling for removal of anyone found misusing public money. Another option, he said, would be seeking a restraining order barring the mayor from City Hall, another legally untested strategy. [...]

The recall movement has 39 days to collect more than 101,000 signatures of registered voters. If it falls short, it gets another 30 days. [...]

... Filner is also facing questions about his use of a city credit card, a $100,000 donation to the city by a developer and a trip to Paris, where he was accompanied by two San Diego police officers. The city's cost for the officers' expenses totaled $21,244.

What a guy.

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Colorado's state Senate president faces unprecedented recall election over support, passage of gun safety laws

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When people shoot other people, it's sometimes out of revenge. Of course, there are a million other reasons, but revenge is one of them. When gun owners feel threatened by people who feel lives would be saved by common sense gun safety measures, some gun owners are also overwhelmed by feelings of revenge.

Of course, they know it's against the law to shoot those who they feel want to "take away their guns," and hence any inclination to exercise their "Second Amendment remedies" would be inappropriate. So how to retaliate? Simple. Find a scapegoat, and then try to recall that scapegoat.

Castrate the enemy without firing a shot.

And that is exactly what is happening in Colorado. Via the L.A. Times:

Unless a judge steps in, John Morse, the Democratic president of the Colorado Senate, faces an unprecedented recall attempt arising from the sweeping gun laws passed after the school massacre in Newtown, Conn. Morse, a former police chief, calls the legislation an act of sublime leadership and said that being tossed from office, if it happens, is worth the price.

"Tell me that you get 20 6-year-olds shot in the face with a semiautomatic assault rifle ... and that your elected officials should say, 'Hmm'" — he clucked his tongue — '"I'm really sorry that happened. I'm not going to do anything about it.' I mean, if you're not going to lead in those kinds of moments, why are you in this role?"

What his critics call arrogance, Morse calls leadership. The recall-worthy laws that seem to threaten gun owners so badly (who will still be allowed to own those guns) raised gun fees, banned the sale of high-capacity magazines and established universal background checks. How dare that senator?! How dare he want to protect lives and prevent firearms from falling into the wrong hands? The nerve!

"If you can take out the Senate president in Colorado," Morse said, seated in his small office just off the chamber, "then, arguably, you can take out any legislator anywhere in the country. And so I do think it would have a chilling effect."

As the Times reported, Morse called his opponents "idiots who lied, cheated and stole to force a recall." FYI, he's a centrist with a background in law enforcement who was supported by Democrats, Republicans and unaffiliated voters alike. What an extremist!

This would be the first recall effort since Colorado adopted the procedure more than a century ago. And by now it should go without saying, it will once again come down to funding:

National groups are closely watching developments — quietly, lest they provoke a backlash — and will probably invest considerable sums if the recall makes the ballot.

Money talks. Too bad shooting victims can't.

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