Good news, bad news in Plale district

The good news: State Sen. Jeff Plale is being challenged in the Democratic primary by County Supervisor Chris Larson, left, a much more progressive Democrat.

The bad news: Two liberal Democratic state reps from the district, Chris Sinicki and Jon Richards, back Plale.

Incumbency is thicker than ideology, apparently, and that's disappointing.

Larson's bid is an uphill one in the distict, which includes Milwaukee's East Side and Bay View and the suburbs of St, Francis, Cudahy, South Milwaukee and Oak Creek.

In previous liberal-conservative Dem primary matchups when the seat was open (Rosemary Potter v. Dick Grobschmitt and Joel Brennan v. Plale), the liberals won the city of Milwaukee portion of the district, but the conservatives (Grobschmidt and Plale) won by big enough margins in the suburbs, which also had a higher turnout, to win the elections.

The dynamic could change this year, with a hot Republican primary for governor that could mean only hard core Democrats vote in the Dem primary.

Selfish, self-centered Sensenbrenner still surprises


Rep. F. Jim Sensenbrenner, who always puts himself first, has outdone himself on the BP disaster in the Gulf.

AP reports:

WASHINGTON — A multimillionaire House Republican who owns thousands of shares of BP stock has no plans to recuse himself from a congressional investigation related to the Gulf oil spill or from votes on Capitol Hill that could affect his investments in the oil company.

Rep. James Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin has avoided directly criticizing BP for the spill itself. At the same time, he has watched his BP stock tank in value.

Worth more than $251,000 just a few years ago, Sensenbrenner’s 3,604 shares of BP PLC stock had plunged in value to just $118,000 by the end of trading Thursday. That’s roughly half their value the day before the April 20 oil spill. Sensenbrenner has said his net worth is about $10 million.

The No. 2 Republican on the House Judiciary Committee and a former chairman, Sensenbrenner has kept a low profile on the issue, but now he’s coming out swinging: He has written a letter to President Barack Obama questioning BP’s actions and the adequacy of the White House response — but refrains from directly criticizing BP for the spill.

Sensenbrenner, you may recall, is one of the few members of Congress who voted against relief for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Heartless is the word to describe him.

Sensenbrenner's complaints about Obama hurting his stock value provided some fodder for the Cheddarsphhere:

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We live in Wisconsin,  I'm glad there's global warming.  We'd be standing on top of a 200-foot thick glacier ...  Senate candidate Ron Johnson on WTAQ Radio.

Now if we could only get rid of those glaciers at the North and South Poles.  Well, we're working on it.  Johnson says it's "absolutely not proven" that humans have caused the problem.

Which Johnson ad is the parody?

Quick, which half of this Ron Johnson ad is the parody?  Is he making fun of himself?

His commercial, running at saturation-plus levels across the state ($350,000 worth the first week), begins by making fun of political spots that are for good jobs and apple pie.

Then Johnson comes on the screen, talking a mile a minute, and offers his own content-free pitch: "It's time we bring America back.  The politicians won't do it but you and I can."

How refreshing.

Apple Pie

Starting to sound familiar?

Neumann was unwilling to be pinned down on where he would like to cut.-- Baraboo news story headlined,"Gubernatorial candidate Neumann seeks reduced state budget"

There's already a $2-billion projected deficit. Neumann has proposed tax breaks for the rich and corporations that would add another $1 billion to the deficit.

And he is "unwilling to be pinned down" about how he'd balance the budget.

Do you think he and Scott Walker can get away with this all the way to the election?

On Balanced Budgets, Or, Hey, Rand, Why Not Show Your Cards Now?

Those who are regular visitors to this space know that I post stories across the country, and to do that I have to follow stories from a number of states.

Because I post at Kentucky’s Hillbilly Report, I’ve been paying particular attention to the Rand Paul campaign, and the news from the Bluegrass State (via “The Rush Limbaugh Show”) is that Paul’s planning to write his own balanced budget proposal for the Federal Government.

But there’s a catch.

He doesn’t plan on doing it until after the election.

Well, now, why in the world would a guy who’s running for office based on his really good ideas want to hold back the best one?

That’s not a bad question, and if we make the effort we can probably figure out the most likely answers.

Klauser declares primary campaign over

The filing deadline for candidates is still a month away, but Big Jim Klauser says the primary election campaign, at least on the Republican side, has gone on long enough.  Calling for Mark Neumann to drop out of the governor's race, Klauser, according to WISN-TV in Milwaukee, explained his reasoning: 

Klauser said voters have had time to decide on a candidate and it's time for Republicans to stop attacking each other.

Actually, even the Republicans haven't had time to decide on a candidate. That's why we have campaigns and elections, not just party conventions and back room deals.

Fighting Bob LaFollette would be outraged. (And he was a Republican, too.)

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss

"When you have a half-dozen people calling themselves tea party candidates, you need to get them in a room, and some of them need to be willing to drop out so the tea party candidate can win. That's one of the frustrating things about this movement: It's supposed to be something other than politics as usual, but some of these folks are only looking out for themselves, and not for the country." -- Judson Phillips, founder of the national group Tea Party Nation, in Washington Post.

Get everybody in a room and pick a candidate? Now that would be a real change from politics as usual.


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