Feingold does NOT flip-flop on GBP stock!

Yesterday the campaign of incumbent U.S. Senator Russ Feingold issued a statement making it clear Sen. Feingold will not be divesting himself of his shares of Green Bay Packers stock, in an obvious swipe at one of his Republican opponents, Ron “Empty Suit” Johnson. Here’s the press release:

MILWAUKEE – The Feingold Campaign released the following statement from U.S. Senator Russ Feingold today:

“Unfortunately, I will be unable to attend today’s Green Bay Packers annual shareholder meeting. However, I want to make it clear that I will not be divesting my one share in the Packers. Not because it’s the only stock I own, or because market conditions predict a Super Bowl, but because I am a committed Packer fan whether they are up or down.”

– U.S. Senator Russ Feingold

According to Market Place Magazine, yesterday Feingold pressed the FCC to “make it easier for residents living in northern and western Wisconsin to receive Wisconsin-related television programming, including in-state news, weather, sports and entertainment” – including Green Bay Packer games.

Also yesterday, MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews highlighted Ron Johnson’s flip-flopping positions on his hundreds of thousands of dollars of BP stock with its host noting: “The only thing this guy [Johnson] possesses more than BP, is B.S.”

It’s good to see Sen. Feingoldhas been consistent in his support of the Green Bay Packers, and it’s good to see he won’t be flip-flopping and selling his stock in the team.

Is there trouble in conservative paradise?

Right-wing talk radio squawker Mark Belling apparently isn’t a big fan of at least one of Wisconsin’s “Tea Party” groups, as I came to realize during my travels through the intertubes. During his show on July 14, 2010, Belling asserted that the Rock River Patriots – one of Wisconsin’s myriad of Tea Party groups – was endorsing candidates for elected office, and in making his assertion, Belling attacked the idea of one Tea Party group endorsing candidates, while in the process attacking that same group for trying to “speak” for the Tea Party movement as a whole.

In response to Belling’s attacks, Dan Horvatin of the Rock River Patriots sent Belling an email addressing the attacks: Continue reading “Is there trouble in conservative paradise?”

Jeff Plale and Chris Larson: behind the numbers

Just a few interesting numbers I came across regarding the campaign contributions received by incumbent Democratic State Senator Jeff Plale and his primary opponent, Milwaukee County Supervisor Chris Larson:

Plale & Larson: Behind the Numbers
Jeff Plale Chris Larson
# of donations received from registered lobbyists 29 1
Amount of $ received from lobbyists $7,740 $100
% of donations received from inside the 7th District 19% Over 50%

I can’t wait to read how the Plale defenders out there in the intertubes will try to spin these numbers to defend Sen. Plale.


On November 8, 1954 President Dwight Eisenhower (Ike) wrote a letter to his brother Edgar. The two, while very close, had been battling since they were kids. Things did not change while Ike was president, as they continued their debate in a series of letters (a bit before e-mail). Edgar had always complained that his brother was “too liberal” and let him know it. Ike’s answer to Edgar was not only spot on, it was a good lesson to be learned in present day America.
“This is what I mean by my constant insistence upon “moderation” in government. Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things. Among them are H. L. Hunt (you possibly know his background), a few other Texas oil millionaires, and an occasional politician or business man from other areas. Their number is negligible and they are stupid.”

Fast forward to 2010, and Paul Ryan(R-Wall Street) promoting his “Roadmap” where he advocates dismantling of social security and Medicare. While there are five people out of work for every job available (11% unemployment in Janesville), Ryan has led the charge to deny the unemployed an extension of their benefits (which are still being held up). This is the person being touted as the GOP’s rising star. Ike would disagree! I like Ike!

I wonder what flag Hannity will wrap himself up in now….

If he is being honest he will us this one:

a Saudi billionaire caused the Fox News Channel (FNC) to dramatically alter its coverage of the Muslim riots in France after he called the network to complain. The Saudi billionaire, Al-waleed bin Talal, is a friend of News Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch and controls an influential number of voting shares in the company.

Hmmm and this is the “news” channel that the righties swear by!


New DNC Ad – Republican Tea Party

Since I know how much you like DNC ads, I thought you’d like this new one that ties the Republican Party to their loony constituents in the Tea Party. Notice which prominent Wisconsin Republican shows up in the ad.

For the Geeks – Android App “Congress” Released from Beta

For the geeks following Blogging Blue, there’s a new Android App called Congress from Sunlight Labs, part of the Sunlight Foundation, that according to Bilerico Project is:

“‘Congress’ is an exhaustive open-source resource for all things legislative. The app can use your location to identify who your local representatives are, as well as pull up voting records, sponsored bills, and contact information for any member of Congress.

Interested in seeing what new bills were introduced, voted on, or recently made into law? ‘Congress’ brings everything to your fingertips. If you’re a fan of calling your lawmakers to give them a piece of your constituental mind, you can ditch the rolodex and place a call directly from your Android device. In addition to calling your lawmakers, the app puts you in touch with their latest tweets, videos, and news coverage, helping you become a better informed citizen.”

I’m the proud owner of a Samsung Moment and I’ve downloaded Congress from the App Market and was excited to see that it is a really robust pocket application including voting records, sponsored bills, YouTube videos, Twitter feeds, committees and contact information for those representing us in Congress.   For  political voyeurs it is a quick and easy way to see what’s happening, and for the more activist among us, it gives you quick and easy access to voice your pleasure or disdain with a given vote or position.

For the geekier folks, you can scan the QR code below to download the app.

Congress QR Code

If you aren’t sure what a QR code is, you can learn more about it here.

It was interesting to see that the screen shot that Sunlight Labs used in their announcement was one for Madison’s own Representative Tammy Baldwin.

Ron Johnson dislikes “career politicans,” except when they’re helping him raise money

During his time on the campaign trail here in Wisconsin, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ron Johnson has spent a lot of time lambasting “career politicians:”

“I think the problem we have in this country right now and in Washington is we have to many career and professional politicians.” – [Ron Johnson at Brookfield Chamber of Commerce Debate, 6/21/10]

“We can bring America back, but first we need to boot professional politicians out of Washington.” – [Ron Johnson “Real World” TV Ad, 6/9/10]

While Ron Johnson will tell any voter within earshot that the problem in this country is “career politicians,” he sings a very different tune to the very same “career politicians” when he needs them to help him raise money. Later today Johnson will enlist the help of incumbent Republican U.S. Senator/”career politican” Mitch McConnell in raising funds for Johnson’s U.S. Senate campaign at the headquarters of the NRSC in Washington, D.C. Curiously, while Johnson hasn’t been able to find the time to visit all of Wisconsin’s 72 counties during his campaign, he has managed to find the time to take two trips to Washington, D.C. to meet with “career politicians” and Beltway insiders, leaving me to wonder just how much Ron Johnson really cares about the grassroots voters who he’ll likely need to rally to his cause if he were to have a chance of beating Sen. Russ Feingold in the fall.