Tuesday, April 28, 2015

In the News: Scott Walker Speaks to the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance


Scott Walker addresses fiscal conservatives in Massachusetts. (Capital Times, 4/27/2015)

After a busy weekend in Iowa, Wisconsin's increasingly peripatetic Governor finds time for a Boston-based conservative Republican front group that bills itself as 'non-partisan'.

Oh, please!

Check out the Alliance's top 5 Massachusetts state senate legislators and bottom 5 house legislators on its 'Fiscal Scorecard'.  (Red and blue shading added.)



In addition,  Chairman of the Board Rick Green (is that his high school graduation photo?) is a regular donor to Republican candidates and conservative lobbying groups.

Scott Walker.  Know him by the company he keeps.

The Scott Walker Travel Itinerary: From Iowa to Massachusetts


As State Sen. Jon Erpenbach so aptly put it, "
'I think he lands, does his laundry, gets back on the plane and leaves'.


Scott Walker addresses fiscal conservatives in Massachusetts.  (Capital Times, 4/27/2015)
Walker was scheduled to speak at an afternoon fundraiser for the Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance, a nonprofit organization that bills itself as an advocate for "fiscal responsibility through right of center economic, fiscal and good government solutions." While the group describes itself as nonpartisan, Democrats say it's a "Tea Party organized" front group for Republicans that engages in "overtly partisan electioneering."

Related posts:
Scott Walker runs to the arms of Iowa Republicans for approval.  (4/17/2015) 
Where in the world is determined presidential candidate/distracted Wisconsin governor Scott Walker?  (3/16/2015)
Furiously campaigning for the Presidency, Scott Walker travels on the Wisconsin taxpayers' 'dime'.  (3/4/2015)

No Friend to the Environment: Republican Representative Scott DesJarlais, Tennessee's 4th Congressional District



Photo sourceU.S. Congress
Quote source:   Organizing for Action - TN

Ethically challenged DesJarlasi was re-elected to a 3rd term in 2014 with 58% of the vote.

Required reading for Rep. DesJarlais and his southeastern Tennessee constituents.

Tennessee:   Assessing the Costs of Climate Change.  (National Conference of State Legislatures)
Tennessee’s greatest challenge is likely to be adapting to the effects climate change could have on water resources and infrastructure. Understanding how climate change will af - fect water quality and availability will be crucial to balancing development and population growth in areas where water supplies may be compromised.

Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/news/local/article13852676.html#storylink=cpy
3% lifetime rating (0% in 2014) from the League of Conservation Voters.


No Friend to the Environment dishonor roll.

Alabama Congressional delegation:  U.S. House of Representatives.   (Their anti-environmentalism can be summed up in one world:  coal.  Which is odd, since Alabama contributes a mere 1.9% of U.S. production, good enough for an overall ranking of 13.  The state's peak year of production:  1990)  
Alaska Congressional delegation:  U.S. House of Representatives
  • At-large District.  Don Young (R).   Ridiculed environmentalists as a “self-centered bunch of waffle-stomping, Harvard-graduating, intellectual idiots.....not Americans, never have been Americans, never will be Americans.” 
 Arizona Congressional delegation:  U.S. House of Representatives
Arkansas Congressional delegation:  U.S. House of Representatives
California Congressional delegation:  U.S. House of Representatives
Colorado Congressional delegation:  U.S. House of Representatives
No House Republicans hail from Connecticut and Delaware. 
Florida Congressional delegation:  U.S. House of Representatives
Georgia Congressional delegation:  U.S. House of Representatives
 Idaho Congressional delegation:  U.S. House of Representatives
 Illinois Congressional delegation:  U.S. House of Representatives
 Indiana Congressional delegation:  U.S. House of Representatives
 Iowa Congressional delegation:  U.S. House of Representatives
Kansas Congressional delegation:  U.S. House of Representatives
Kentucky Congressional delegation:  U.S. House of Representatives
Louisiana Congressional delegation:  U.S. House of Representatives
Maine Congressional delegation:  U.S. House of Representatives
Maryland Congressional delegation:   U.S. House of Representatives
No House Republicans in Massachusetts delegation.
Michigan Congressional delegation:   U.S. House of Representatives
Minnesota Congressional delegation:   U.S. House of Representatives
Mississippi Congressional delegation:   U.S. House of Representatives
Missouri Congressional delegation:   U.S. House of Representatives 
Montana Congressional delegation:   U.S. House of Representatives
Nebraska Congressional delegation:   U.S. House of Representatives
Nevada Congressional delegation:   U.S. House of Representatives
New Hampshire Congressional delegation:   U.S. House of Representatives
 New Jersey Congressional delegation:   U.S. House of Representatives
New Mexico Congressional delegation:   U.S. House of Representatives
New York Congressional delegation:   U.S. House of Representatives
 North Carolina Congressional delegation:   U.S. House of Representatives
North Dakota Congressional delegation:   U.S. House of Representatives
 Ohio Congressional delegation:   U.S. House of Representatives
 Oklahoma Congressional delegation:   U.S. House of Representatives
 Oregon Congressional delegation:   U.S. House of Representatives
  Pennsylvania Congressional delegation:   U.S. House of Representatives
South Carolina Congressional delegation:   U.S. House of Representatives
South Dakota Congressional delegation:   U.S. House of Representatives
Tennessee Congressional delegation:   U.S. House of Representatives

Monday, April 27, 2015

Two Sides of the California Drought: The Cowan Heights Guzzlers vs. the Compton Sippers


Drought Frames Economic Divide in California.  (The New York Times, 4/26/2015)
The fierce drought that is gripping the West — and the imminent prospect of rationing and steep water price increases in California — is sharpening the deep economic divide in this state, illustrating parallel worlds in which wealthy communities guzzle water as poorer neighbors conserve by necessity. The daily water consumption rate was 572.4 gallons per person in Cowan Heights from July through September 2014, the hot and dry summer months California used to calculate community-by-community water rationing order; it was 63.6 gallons per person in Compton during that same period.  [Emphasis added.]
Above (and below) it all in Cowan Heights.


Sources:  Wikipedia, U.S. Census State and County Quickfacts


Related posts:
The Rev. Pat Robertson might be moved to say that this weather map is God's continuing punishment of Californicators.  (4/24/2015)
Traffic noise competes with almond grower's interview.  (4/8/2015)
Californians' majority view of drought: Some serious stuff but no water rationing, please.  (3/19/2015) 
California intensity: From abnormally dry to exceptional drought.  (3/19/2015)

The New York Times reports that "G.O.P. Struggling With Shifts on Gay Marriage" and Scott Walker is Exhibit A


Read the article here.

Some recent remarks from the guy who can no longer find his way to 115 East Capitol.


And then there's this gem, as reported by CNN  on 4/19/2015.


"I'd like to dedicate this song to Scott Walker!"