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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. 

Iowa is Proof Repealing Prevailing Wage Does NOT Reduce Costs

A lot has been made about the "nonpartisan" Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance's recent and very timely "study" saying that taking away mandatory minimum wages for the workers who build our roadways and other public projects will result in savings of $200-300 million. 

Why?   Because the owners of the companies that build these projects will pass along all their savings in lower  wages right to the  taxpayer in the form of lower bids!  It's trickle-down government!

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