Wednesday, June 28, 2017

A plurality of Wisconsin likely voters are dumb, really dumb

Reality check:
President Trump changes stance on 4 campaign positions in just 1 day.  (ABC News, 4/13/2017)

Reality check:
Vote Delayed as G.O.P. Struggles to Marshal Support for Health Care Bill.  (The New York Times, 6/27/2017)
Mr. McConnell, the chief author of the Senate repeal bill, can afford to lose only two of the 52 Republican senators, but more than a half-dozen have, for widely divergent reasons, expressed deep reservations about the bill.

Marquette poll UPDATE. Looks like Scott Walker got himself a fresh coat of Teflon

New Marquette poll: Scott Walker job approval back to even.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 6/28/2017)
Or not.  Poll director Charles Franklin cautioned that the results could be slightly skewed by a polling sample that had more Republican respondents than the historic average. Republicans and Democrats were split evenly 45 percent, whereas historically the poll has found a 48-43 split favoring Democrats.

3/23/2017 update, "Wisconsin likes Scott Walker more than Donald Trump, but not by much", starts here.

Walker remains underwater with independents.

As Scott Walker eyes a possible third term, his job approval hovers at 45 percent.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 3/22/2017)

Walker’s approval level has been up and down in the Marquette poll over the past few years, bottoming out at 37 percent in September 2015 shortly after he ended his presidential campaign.

9/21/2016 update, " Obama approval rating in Wisconsin is up 12 percentage points in 2 years; Walker down 8.5", starts here.

In the latest Marquette poll, Clinton's current favorability rating is 12 percentage points higher than Trump.

Original 8/10/2016 post, "In Wisconsin, Obama's approval rating is 15 percentage points higher than Scott Walker", starts here.

The same as Clinton's favorability rating over Trump.

Related reading:
Marquette poll: Hillary Clinton opens 15-point post-convention lead in Wisconsin.  (, 8/10/2016)
Gov. Scott Walker's approval rating remains below 40 percent. The poll found 38 percent approve of his job performance while 59 percent disapprove. That's consistent with what it has been since he began running for president while overseeing a difficult state budget early last year.

UPDATE: In Wisconsin, President Obama continues to get higher approval ratings than Scott Walker.  (7/14/2016)
UPDATE: Apparently, Scott Walker, the majority of us feel your focus should be to say 'bye-bye'.  (7/13/2016)

UPDATE. Foxconn is not your fathers' manufacturing jobs; they pay much less

Photo credit:  LinikedIn

Reported in If Foxconn builds a manufacturing plant in Wisconsin, it won't be what many expect.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6/27/2017)

6/16/2017 update, "Dear Foxconn, What happened to those other 45,000 jobs?", starts here.

Or is it 25,000?

Illustration from Pinterest

Reported in Is Michigan losing Foxconn to Wisconsin?   (Crain's Detroit Business, 6/14/2017)

Original 6/15 /2017 post, "The Foxconn timeline", starts here.

Related image

After a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump, Masayoshi Son, founder and CEO of Softbank, a mobile telecom and investment firm, suggested Foxconn could create 50,000 jobs in the U.S.

On January 23, 2017, Forbes reports:
Over the weekend, Foxconn's billionaire chairman, Terry Gou, filled in some of the gaps in the plan. 
He told reporters that the plan to build a plant for displays was still very tentative, but if it went ahead the investment would exceed $7 billion and could create 30,000 to 50,000 jobs, according to news reports.  
Gou singled out Pennsylvania as a possible location, adding that the investment would depend on Foxconn being able to negotiate good rates for land and power.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The usual case of states giving away the store for jobs.  [Michigan Governor Rick] Snyder, a Republican, has been increasing pressure on Michigan lawmakers to approve tax incentives for large-scale business expansions in the state as it tries to convince Foxconn to locate in his state.  

Michigan’s Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof said this week in advocating for the incentives to lure Foxconn that “we should put our best foot forward so that we don’t lose all of it or part of it to a neighboring state.” 

Wisconsin state Rep. Joel Kleefisch, R-Oconomowoc, said Wednesday he would “jump at the chance” to work with the Walker administration to pass any economic development incentives deemed necessary to land the Foxconn plant.

The governor of Pennsylvania is a Democrat.

Salary information from Indeed.

Working a 40-hour week, an assembler would earn $19,427.20 annually.  For a family of 3, that's $992.80 below the federal poverty guideline.  Not a living wage.

And not nearly enough of an hourly wage to afford the fair-market rate for a two-bedroom apartment.

Source:  Washington Post, 6/8/2017

Dear Scott Fitzgerald, I'm sure there are lots of people who would love to tell you where to go

Quoted in State budget impasse escalates after tense negotiation ends abruptly.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 6/27/2017)
Putting the cart before the horse.   Fitzgerald said the Senate Republican caucus plans to meet Wednesday to discuss the possibility of passing the budget bill before JFC wraps up its work, something that has never happened.

To be polite about it.

Ray Charles reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the second time with "Hit the Road, Jack", which debuted at #55 for the week ending September 17, 1961.  It spent 13 weeks on the chart, 8 of them in the top ten, 2 at #1

Related post:
Dear Scott Fitzgerald, You wear it well.  (6/28/2017)

Dear Scott Fitzgerald, You wear it well

Quoted in State budget impasse escalates after tense negotiation ends abruptly.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 6/27/2017)
GOP legislators in a pissy mood.  Senate and Assembly Republican leaders were supposed to meet all day Tuesday to iron out their differences on the new, two-year state budget ahead of a July 1 deadline. Instead, they met for less than 45 minutes before ending abruptly, then aired their frustrations about an escalating budget impasse.

Related reading:
Egg on the Face: Egg on your face Origin.  (Say....WHY DO I?, 6/1/2011)

Meet Mitch McConnell's biggest donors: #4

Photo credit:  Stephens Private Equity

Source:  Updated list of McConnell's biggest donors.  (Louisville Courier-Journal, 11/11/2016)
The following are the biggest donors since Jan. 1, 2009, to four McConnell committees: McConnell’s own Senate campaign committee, his own PAC called Bluegrass Committee, a super PAC for his inside Kentucky political priorities called Kentuckians for Strong Leadership, and his super PAC for holding the Republican majority in the U.S. Senate called Senate Leadership Fund.

Related links:
Warren Stephens real-time net worth as of 6/28/2017:  $2.5B.  (Forbes)
Arkansas Billionaire Warren Stephens A Leading Stop-Trump Donor.  (Times-Record, 3/21/2016)
Warren Stephens talks about golf, business, Obamacare.  (Arkansas Times, 7/9/2013)

Related links:
Activist investor Paul Singer takes stake in Athenahealth, and shares surge.  (CNBC, 5/18/2017)
Athenahealth shares surged more than 18 percent Thursday after activist hedge-fund manager Paul Singer of Elliott Associates disclosed a 9.2 percent stake in the company.

Paul Singer's Elliott Management raises $5 billion in 24 hours: letter.  (Reuters, 5/5/2017)
Singer, a conservative billionaire known for his pessimistic views on the financial markets, said in his pitch to investors, "We are at an extraordinary juncture in markets and in the prospects for trading and investing."

Source:  Updated list of McConnell's biggest donors.  (Louisville Courier-Journal, 11/11/2016)
The following are the biggest donors since Jan. 1, 2009, to four McConnell committees: McConnell’s own Senate campaign committee, his own PAC called Bluegrass Committee, a super PAC for his inside Kentucky political priorities called Kentuckians for Strong Leadership, and his super PAC for holding the Republican majority in the U.S. Senate called Senate Leadership Fund.

Related links:
One Nation.  (website)
One Nation.  (The Center for Media and Democracy SourceWatch.)
Rove’s ‘new’ group isn’t new, and that could be the point.  (Open Secrets, Center for Responsive Politics, 5/26 /2015)

Sheldon is also one of Scott Walker's biggest donors.  ($260,000)

Thin-skinned and deep-pocketed Sheldon will go to any lengths to get his way.....and get his message across.

Suspicions about his motives for paying a lavish $140 million for the newspaper last month are based on his reputation in Las Vegas as a figure comfortable with using his money in support of his numerous business and political concerns, said more than a dozen of the current and former Review-Journal staffers and local civic figures who have worked closely with him.

Democratic districts in U.S. House targeted by GOP: Wisconsin 3rd

The NRCC is plotting to take a seat for which they couldn't field a candidate in 2016.  Democrat Ron Kind has represented the Wisconsin 3rd since 1998.

Clinton won 44.8% of the presidential vote compared to 49.3% for Trump.  It won't translate to a GOP in 2018.

Source:  Ballotpedia

NRCC Announces Initial Offensive Targets For The 2018 Cycle.  (NRCC, 2/8/2017)

Since February 8th, the gap between Trump's approval and disapproval ratings has increased 10.2 percentage points.  To the bad.

Source:  govtrack
(Note the gerrymandered central portion of the state.)

The demographics of Trump's America
Sources: Census Reporter (WI 3CD);  U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts (WI, US)

Related posts:
Minnesota 1st.  (6/13/2017)
Ohio 13th.  (6/13/2017)
Pennsylvania 17th.  (6/13/2017)
Minnesota 8th.  (6/14/2017)
Minnesota 7th.  (6/14/2017)
Arizona 1st.  (6/15/2017)
Arizona 9th.  (6/15/2017)
California 7th.  (6/16/2017)
California 24th.  (6/16/2017)
California 36th.  (6/16/2017)
California 52nd.  (6/16/2017)
Colorado 7th.  (6/17/2017)
Connecticut 2nd.  (6/17/2017)
Connecticut 5th.  (6/17/2017)
Florida 7th.  (6/18/2017)
Florida 13th.  (6/18/2017)
Iowa 2nd.  (6/19/2017)
Illinois 17th.  (6/19/2017)
Maryland 6th.  (6/20/2017)
Michigan 5th.  (6/21/2017)
Michigan 9th.  (6/21/2017)
New Hampshire 1st.  (6/22/2017)
New Hampshire 2nd.  (6/22/2017
New Jersey 5th.  (6/22/2017)
New Mexico 1st.  (6/23/2017)
New Mexico 3rd.  (6/23/2017)
Nevada 3rd.  (6/24/2017)
Nevada 4th.  (6/24/2017)
New York 3rd.  (6/25/2017)
New York 18th.  (6/25/2017)
Oregon 4th.  (6/26/2017)
Oregon 5th.  (6/26/2017)
Washington 6th.  (6/27/2017)
Washington 10th.  (6/27/2017)

Take Back the House 2018 posts:
Pennsylvania 8th.  (6/2/2017)
New Jersey 11th.  (6/2/2017)
Minnesota 2nd.  (6/2/2017)
Nebraska 2nd.  (6/3/2017)

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

UPDATE. Lisa Boothe neglected to keep her ophthamologist appointment

And, of course, no one is surprised.

Trump blinds the media, who keep repeating the same mistakes.   (Washington Examiner, 6/27/2017)

Actually, Lisa, as we've known all along, it's you that needs the corrective lenses.  Big time!

Peter Gabriel's "Big Time" debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending November, 29, 1986.  It spent 23 weeks on the chart, peaking at #8.

1/11/2017 update, ": Dear Lisa, Time to schedule an appointment with your ophthamologist", starts here.

Reported at Outnumbered Pre-Attacks Obama’s Farewell Address Because He Might Criticize Trump.  (NewsHounds, 1/10/2016)

Well, Lisa-Bisa, Quinnipiac has a much different tale to tell.  Obama's approval rating is 18 percentage points higher than Господин Trump's.

Other Quinnipiac poll results:

And according to Real Clear Politic's daily tracking poll, Lisa, Barack Obama is leaving office with an impressively strong approval rating.

You'll get used to 'em.

12/17/2016 update, "The dubious track record and tender sensibilities of Lisa Boothe", starts here.

As opined in The Democrats'  Newest Scapegoat:  The Russians.  (Washington Times, 12/16/2016)

[1] Lisa pulls the trigger too soon.

[2] Lisa repeats one of the GOP's big lies.  (She uses the phrase "mainstream media" 3 times.  It's what they do.)

8/31/2016 update, "Lisa Boothe and the Myopia Chronicles, chapter 2", starts here.

Quoted in On Fox, Lisa Boothe Lashes Out At “People Like Beyoncé” Who Push The “False Narrative” Of Racial Bias In Police Shootings.  (Media Matters, 8/30/2016)

Related reading:
An Empirical Analysis of Racial Differences in Police Use of Force, by Roland G. Fryer, Jr. 
How a controversial study found that police are more likely to shoot whites, not blacks.  (Washington Post, 7/13/2016)
Surprising New Evidence Shows Bias in Police Use of Force but Not in Shootings.  (The New York Times, 71/1/2016)

The best advice:
Be Wary of Studies That Deny Racial Bias in Police Shootings.  (Huffington Post, 7/27/2016)
Clearly, nothing here has been 'dispelled as fiction'.  Unfortunately, there is little hard data to indicate whether racial bias plays a role in shootings like these. There's still no federal database about how widespread police violence is, nor any  breakdown of which demographic groups bear the brunt of that force.  In the absence of statistics, each new study on police violence is treated like breakthrough research, when it's actually a single data point in a field of study in its infancy.

8/16/2016 update, "Clearly, myopic Lisa Boothe needs to take in the big picture", starts here.

Glasses courtesy of

Related reading:
Correctional Populations in the United States, 2010.  (U.S. Department of Justice) 

7/27/2016 update, "Sorry, folks, but with this column, Lisa seriously enhances her bimbo cred", starts here.

Her latest blatherings are found at Fearful Americans want law and order.  (Washington Examiner, 7/27/2016)

About that refrigerator remark.

No, Sec. of State John Kerry did not say refrigerators are as bad as ISIS.  (New York Daily News, 7/25/2016.)
He was talking about the critical importance of responding to climate change.  "(On Thursday), I met in Washington with 45 nations - defense ministers and foreign ministers - as we were working together on the challenge of [ISIS], and terrorism," Kerry said. "It's hard for some people to grasp it, but what we - you - are doing here right now is of equal importance because it has the ability to literally save life on the planet itself."

Gotta take a big-picture view, Lisa.

A catastrophe caused by climate change is seen as the biggest potential threat to the global economy in 2016, according to a survey of 750 experts conducted by the World Economic Forum. The annual assessment of risks conducted by the WEF before its annual meeting in Davos on 20-23 January showed that global warming had catapulted its way to the top of the list of concerns. 

And about those bathtub remarks.  (Note that she accuses Obama of condescending comments.)

But he doesn't know for sure.  “Americans are more likely to die in a car crash, drown in a bathtub or be struck by lightning than be killed by a terrorist,” wrote the Times’ Peter Baker on Monday. “The Islamic State does not pose an existential threat to the United States.” 
The Times put this opinion forward at a time when a majority of Americans admit to worries that they or a member of their family will be the victim of a terrorist attack. 
Baker believes President Barack Obama shares his opinion but is not politically able to say so during his final State of the Union address on Tuesday.  [emphasis added]

6/15/2016 update, "The fetching brilliance of Lisa Boothe", starts here.

As opined in 'Never Trump' movement should shift focus to Senate.  (Washington Examiner, 6/15/2016)

It's not 2010 anymore, Lisa.

Compared to Feingold 47% / Johnson 44% in March 2016.

6/2/2016 update, "Woman who treats a job like a one-night stand attempts to smear distinguished resume of Elizabeth Warren", starts here.

Source LinkedIn

Lisa in Michelle "Mau-Mau" Malkin mode.

The biggest hypocrite:  Elizabeth "Pocahontas" Warren.  (Washington Examiner, 6/1/2016)

The Washington Examiner is owned by the conservative, reclusive, and very rich Philip Anschutz.  According to Forbes, he ranks #108 on the world's list of billionaires.

4/5/ update starts here.
Be among the small group that already has! (Only 55, so far.)

And if  you follow her on Twitter, you'll be alerted to her TV appearances.  They like her a lot at FOX News, it seems.

3/23/2016 revised post "Lisa Boothe, the cat's meow, has a new job! (The 3rd rev. ed.)" starts here.

Well, at least we know that High Noon Strategies is taking up all of her time. 

Latest job spotted at Washington Examiner Taps Lisa Boothe. (CISION, 3/23/2016)


I really don't understand why this post continues to be so popular. In its original form, it was nothing but a toss-off, one I figured was destined for instant oblivion.

Little did I know.

Since it continues to attract attention, I feel obligated to keep it current.

So I must announce that Lisa is no longer Senior Director at Black Rock Group.   In fact, she's in her second position since that gig.

Source:  LinkedIn

[The original update begins with] Another resurgent post.

The "cat's meow" was used with a heavy, clanging sense of irony.

Merriam-Webster's citation files show that its first known use occurred in 1926.

And as for Lisa Boothe.

Well, as far as I can tell, she doesn't seem to be able to hold onto a job for very long.  (The 1st rev. ed.)

Source:  LinkedIn

So in my own catty way, I'd like to dedicate this song to her.  (Oops, the video I shared in the 1st rev. ed.  "does not exist".  And, to tell the truth, I can't remember what the hell it was.  So let's refresh.)

Original (toss-off) post starts here.

Postscript:  And how did that go, Lisa?

Source:  Ballotpedia