Morning News Stuff

Mar 31, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Governor John Kasich’s budget reportedly exempts all construction projects at state colleges and universities funded through grants from the Ohio Department of Development, which will apparently not save taxpayers any money, according to Dennis Duffey of the Ohio State Building Trades Council. “Studies show that the public ends up paying as much or more because the project takes longer when its workers have less skill,” Duffey said. “This is a political attack. Most building-trades unions support Democrats because, by and large, Democrats support working people."—-

Reports say that the GOP is trying to jump the gun by saying the anti-union law has already been published by the Legislative Reference Bureau despite there still needing to be a ruling on the act. Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi issued a restraining order earlier this month to halt proceeding on the bill but the Department of Justice claims that the “law is not in effect.” A second restraining, ordered by Sumi Tuesday, bars Democratic Secretary of State Doug La Follette from designating a publication date for the law. The Dane County GOP published a press release yesterday that says that Sumi “goes to cocktail parties held by leftists in Dane County,” and that “she shops at organic gourmet food shops run by leftists living in Dane county,” and anything else short of calling her a “doodoohead.” You can read the press release here.

Today, the GOP is also trying to get a video gone viral of Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) making embarrassing remarks about his salary. When was asked whether or not he’d vote to cut his $174,000 annual salary last week at a Polk County town hall meeting, the former MTV’s Real World star said no. Duffy said that he supports the idea of “public employees across the board” taking a compensation cut, but his salary, which his “nearly three times the median income in Wisc.” is not enough. Duffy was one of only six republicans who voted against defunding NPR a week ago. “If we're gonna cut [public radio] back, let's do it over time, let's not just pull the rug out from under them immediately.” Thanks for the stay of execution, Duffy.

Rep. Anthony Weiner, who had racked up more than $2,000 in parking violations from 2007 to this year, “is pleased to have helped decrease the D.C. budget deficit,” according to Weiner spokesperson Dave Arnold. Arnold on Tuesday said all of the fines have been paid off since the Capitol Hill newspaper, Roll Call, first inquired about the $2,180 in violations near the Capitol and at Reagan Washington National Airport.

Arizona is the first state to outlaw abortions performed on the basis of the race or gender of the fetus after Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed a the controversial bill on Tuesday. “Under the new Arizona statute, doctors and other medical professionals would face felony charges if they could be shown to have performed abortions for the purposes of helping parents select their offspring on the basis of gender or race.” Quality control?

After joining the GOP-bandwagon that is making quips about President Obama’s birth certificate during an interview with the ladies of The View last week, Donald Trump failed to produce his own birth certificate on Monday. Trump instead provided a “certificate of birth” — or the piece of paper the hospital gives a family saying that a child was born. Trump’s failure to provide a valid birth certificate on the first attempt, the fact that his mother was born in Scotland and his plane is registered in the Bahamas has called Trump’s own eligibility to serve as President into question. Excuse me, but I’m going to get on my ROFLcopter and fly away now.

The Barry Bonds trial is going swimmingly. Yesterday ballplayer Randy Velarde and Marvin Bernard testified about their steroid use and how the steroids were allegedly provided and injected by Greg Anderson. Velarde testified that Anderson gave his injections in a parking lot while Bernard used the term “undetectable steroid” instead of “stuff,” which he used in his 2003 grand jury testimony. Today is predicted to be the last day in the prosecution’s case.