A shameful first place for Wisconsin. More fine reporting from Urban Milwaukee’s Bruce Murphy:
No state comes close to Wisconsin in imprisoning black males. The study found that 12.8 percent, or 1 in 8 of African American working age men, were incarcerated. That rate is 32 percent higher than the second worst state, Oklahoma, and nearly double the national average of 6.7 percent (or 1 in 15).
Here’s the full report from the UW-Milwaukee Employment and Training Institute.
The Daily Yonder notes the rural nature of those counties that flipped from (D) to (R) in the 2012 Presidential:
A large group of counties flipped from Democrat to Republican in the Upper Midwest. Twenty-six Michigan counties that voted Democratic in 2008 turned Republican in this election. Twenty-four counties in Wisconsin flipped Republican, as did 23 in Illinois and 16 in Iowa.
The map above shows all the flippers. Click on the map to see a larger version.
Yes, a preponderance of the flipped counties are in the Upper Midwest. But check out their concentration in the “North Woods” of Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan. What’s that about?
Is it too late to add this handcrafted bathymetric chart of Lake Michigan to my Christmas wish list?
Wisconsin lost another 6,000 private sector jobs last month. Cumulatively, Wisconsin lost 12,900 private sector jobs since Scott Walker took office.
Without you I’d be lost. Without me you’d be Iowa.
— Milwaukee to Wisconsin (as imagined
by Alex Runner)
So, Wisconsin has a “Deer Czar.”
He makes wolf charts.
This year’s hot summer temps are reflected in a warmer Lake Michigan. Last year (left), the lake was mostly in the low to mid-60s. This year (right), its already in the 70s.
(via The Political Environment)
Newly certified election data show that the focused GOTV operation in Milwaukee by some progressive groups (Wisconsin Jobs Now, DNC, Citizen Action, etc.) produced substantial results in the Wisconsin Recall election.
Turnout in the city of Milwaukee, a key source of Democratic votes, was a little over 51% of voting-age adults on June 5. That was lower than the statewide turnout rate. But it was also a big increase from the 2010 governor’s race, when turnout was only 43%.
In fact, the city of Milwaukee cast 20% more votes in 2012 than it did in the 2010 race for governor, a bigger increase than the state as a whole experienced (16%). Milwaukee cast almost 30% more votes on June 5 than it did in the 2006 race for governor. That suggests that Democrats had success turning out their base in Milwaukee, while losing badly in much of outstate Wisconsin. (Journal Sentinel)
Judging from Kickstarter activity, it seems like Milwaukee and Madison are nearly equal as creative engines for Wisconsin. I wonder how many of these fully funded projects create jobs.
I suppose I should update my chart soon …
In all, about 3,830,000 votes were cast for governor in the primary and general elections. If $80 million was spent, that’s more than $20 per vote.
— WisconsinWatch examines
how the campaigns spent their money in the Wisconsin recall election.
Off the Rails: Wisconsin is Just 2.4% of the Way to Walker’s 4-Year Job Creation Goal
Graphing what Politifact calls Gov. Walker’s “biggest promise of all.”
(thanks for the encouragement, tumblroos)
Good News, Bad News
The much anticipated Wisconsin jobs data came out this afternoon, showing a dramatic estimated increase of 15,700 private sector jobs in January. However, all the 2011 data was “re-benchmarked” and it seems that the state lost 9,700 private sector jobs last year, instead of a slight annual increase of 13,500 as previously reported.
It will be interesting to see how all sides respond to this news. Seems like Gov. Walker’s 250,000 new jobs promise just got re-benchmarked into never-never land.
(For close followers of this stuff: doesn’t that June 2011 figure still seem odd? Before the revision, it was somewhat of an outlier. And now, isn’t it a little strange that the revised benchmark EXACTLY zeroed the prior fiugure out?)