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On the Capitol: Many state emails flagged as spam, Charles Darwin gets a shout-out
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On the Capitol: Many state emails flagged as spam, Charles Darwin gets a shout-out

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Dear Wisconsin: You’ve got spam.

Many state workers — and people who exchange emails with them — may have noticed some odd black holes in Cyberspace in recent weeks. Some emails have arrived in recipients’ inboxes hours — if not days — after they were sent. News releases have shown up well after the related event was over. And other official state emails have been flagged as suspected malware.

Let’s just say, it’s been enough to make some of us wistfully eye our fax machines and reminisce about the good old days.

But Cullen Werwie, spokesman for the Department of Administration, tells OTC that the state’s recent email woes are improving.

“There have been a number of different issues over the course of the last few weeks that have resulted in delayed emails going in and out of the state’s email system,” Werwie said. “Ultimately, at this point in time we are aware of the issues, have largely addressed the problems, and are continuing to monitor any potential follow-up issues moving forward.”

Werwie added that, while a few of the state’s internal systems have contributed to the slowdowns, there have been “a number of other factors that have come into play” and have affected other email users across the country.

We’ll hope for the best, but we are dusting off our fax machines and starting to hunt for vintage telegraph machines just in case.Blinded by science

Gov. Scott Walker drew plenty of headlines this week when, during his trade mission to London, he decided to “punt” on questions about whether he believes in evolution.

And Democrats in the state Legislature weren’t about to let it go without notice. On Thursday, the birthday of famous scientist Charles Darwin, the state Assembly was wrapping up its session when Rep. Cory Mason, D-Racine, gave a shout-out to the natural selection pioneer by adjourning in his honor.

“I adjourn Assembly in honor of Charles Darwin’s birthday, Feb. 12. Born 216 years ago, his theory of evolution still makes the news today,” Mason also tweeted.

College knowledge

Walker has been riding a wave of positive attention in recent weeks after his breakout performance at the Iowa Freedom Summit in January. But this week — in part thanks to his refusal to discuss evolution and foreign policy in London — he’s been subject to closer national media scrutiny and a sharper attack line from Democrats.

On Thursday, former Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean accused Walker of being “unknowledegable” on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” for not finishing his college degree. He pointed out that the country hasn’t elected a president without a college degree since Harry Truman.

Host Joe Scarborough brought up other famous people without college degrees, such as Microsoft founder Bill Gates, to which Dean replied: “Nobody is accusing Scott Walker of having the intellect of Bill Gates.”

“Well no one is accusing Scott Walker of being dumb for not graduating college except for you,” Scarborough said.

“I didn’t say dumb,” Dean said. “I said unknowledgeable.”

The exchange came after Walker’s refusal to discuss evolution and a Washington Post story about Walker’s time at Marquette University.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel had previously reported that Walker left the school on good terms during his senior year to take a job with the American Red Cross.

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