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Feingold the "Complete Phony"? Days Before Election, Ron Johnson Becomes a Gun Owner

U.S. Senator Ron Johnson has been frothing at the mouth lately, calling Russ Feingold "a complete phony" because, in Johnson's view, Feingold is an "arrogant elite" and not the regular guy persona that Wisconsinites think they know.

Meanwhile, Johnson insists he's not the arrogant elite that Wisconsinites have come to know.  You see, everyone has got it all wrong:  Before he went to the Senate in 2010, he spent the previous 35 years as a simple "working man."   Just a good 'ol boy, never meanin' no harm.

RoJo Ad Hits Feingold PAC for "Spending Nearly Half" on Fundraising? Umm... Paul Ryan Spends 67%

In U.S. Senator Ron Johnson's latest ad, they're apoplectic at the notion of a Political Action Committee (PAC) spending "nearly half" of their contributions on fundraising for more contributions.

Although this may seem like a lot, it depends on how you look at it.  If you spend six dollars to bring in ten (a four dollar net gain), it's better than spending one dollar to bring in three (a two dollar net gain).

Latest "Leading Index" for Midwest: One of These Kids is Doing His Own Thing

The Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank's latest "Leading Index" forecasts that in the next six months, Wisconsin will have the worst economic growth in the Midwest and the eighth worst overall-- actually predicting that Wisconsin with have negative growth in the near future. 

Want to Win? Vote Wineke

I was Russ Feingold's communications director for his tough 1998 re-election campaign.  While all supporters offer well-intentioned advice, few offer quality advice.  It's kind of like when your car is making a funny sound-- ask 10 people what the problem is and you'll get 15 different answers. 

Joe Wineke was the guy that could quickly diagnose the funny sound the car was making, and more importantly, knew the smartest way to fix it.  

Later, I often got a first-hand look at how Joe kept the car running as DPW Chair from 2005 to 2009.  Obviously those were good years for Democrats, but a skilled party chief knows how to help maximize gains in good years and minimize losses in bad years.  And Joe did just that:  Making unprecedented gains in the Wisconsin Senate, Assembly and Governor's office.

Under Walker, WI Trade Deficit with Germany has Increased by 153%

As Governor Walker continues on yet another taxpayer-financed "trade mission" to Germany, here's a little German-Wisconsin trade trivia:  When Scott Walker took office in 2011, the trade deficit with Germany was 274 million.  In 2014, that number grew to 694 million-- a 153% increase. 

In fact, overall Wisconsin has gone from an overall trade surplus of 146 million in 2011 to a trade deficit of 82 million in 2014.  That's a pretty damning indictment for a state that used to be a leading manufacturer of American goods and be called "the tool shop of the world."  

Hmmm... maybe instead of taxpayer-financed campaign trips to bolster his presidential resume, maybe Walker should focus on actual trade and the very real trade deficit. 

WISGOP Attacks Feingold For Teaching at Reagan's Favorite University

It is well known that Ronald Reagan's favorite place to stock his adminstration came from Stanford University's Hoover Institute.  In fact, Reagan's guru, Milton Friedman, was a long time teacher at the school.

So, I was a bit amused when the "shoot anything" Republican Party of Wisconsin attacked former Senator Feingold for teaching at "elite" Stanford.

Yes, so "elite" that it was Reagan's favorite university.   

The same Reagan that also elevated Wisconsin native William Rehnquist to Chief Justice of the Supreme Court as well as two other Supreme Court justices that were all Stanford grads.  The same Reagan that would leave such an impression on U.S. Senator Ron Johnson that he would name his new puppy after him. (see picture)

And you know who else went to Stanford?  Wisconsin's favorite GOP Congressman, Jim Sensenbrenner. 

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