Thursday, April 28, 2016

Meet 2 of the 5 Wisconsin Supreme Court contenders on Scott Walker's shortlist


Not sure who's who, but then does it really matter?


A shortlist of likely contenders for Justice David Prosser's Wisconsin Supreme Court seat.  (Madison.com, 4/28/2016)

Wherein we learn the following:




5 white guys:  The best and the brightest from Walkerville.

He ran all the way, creating a most arresting visual



As reported in Armed robber asks for money, flees empty-handed, Madison police say.  (Madison.com, 4/28/2016)
The suspect displayed a black handgun and demanded money from the clerk, but when the clerk told him there wasn't any, he ran from the store.

Speaking of which.....

Here's a trailer, of sorts, from He Ran All the Way, a taut little (67-minute running time) film noir from 1951, starring John Garfield and Shelley Winters.



They just don't make them like they used to.

Here's a 3-minute clip.



Scott Walker has a job opening


Here's the press release.


The link to the Judicial Application takes you here.  (Note yellow arrow pointing to "Governor's Office".)


Which gets you to "Apply to Serve".


And then to "Judicial Application".


Which takes you here, where the top half of the page gives you an opportunity to read the press release again.


But don't click on www.walker.wi.gov!  

If you do, you end up back here.


Back up....

...and scroll down to read the Instructions.


I suspect Walker is simply going through the motions on this one.

John Boehner tells us what he really thinks about Ted Cruz



As quoted in Boehner: Ted Cruz is ‘Lucifer in the Flesh,’ ‘Miserable Son of a Bitch’.  (Mediaite, 4/28/2016)

Related reading:
The most hated man in Congress: Ted Cruz’s laughable difficulty in landing endorsements from Senate colleagues.  (Salon, 3/17/2016)

Dear Donald Trump, We know that you'll lose in November -- as a man or a woman



Donald Trump Keeps Playing ‘Woman’s Card’ Against Hillary Clinton.  (The New York Times, 4/27/2016)
“If Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she would get 5 percent of the vote,” Mr. Trump said.
If you think about it (too much), it's a comment that opens up an interesting world of possibilities.  Bill and Hill takes on new meaning.

This just in from Cruz campaign: Two negatives make a positive



Ted Cruz Names Carly Fiorina as His Running Mate, Seeking a Jolt.  (The New York Times, 4/27/2016)
Desperate times call for desperate measures  Mr. Cruz’s decision to rush out a vice-presidential pick before next week’s primary in Indiana, which is becoming make-or-break for his candidacy, was the political equivalent of a student pulling a fire alarm to avoid an exam: It was certain to draw attention and carried the possibility of meeting its immediate goal, but seemed unlikely to forestall the eventual reckoning.

The fact is, Scott Walker, Wisconsin spent a lot of time and money on a solution in search of a problem


Scott Walker and his masters' voices.


As quoted in GAB Director Calls Walker's Comments On Voter ID Law 'Disingenuous'.  (Wisconsin Public Radio, 4/27/2016)

Related posts:
Ted Perry, GOP hypocrisy, voter ID, and anger.  (4/8/2016)
Voter ID controversy: Glenn Grothman just makes it worse.  (4/6/2016)
The hyper-hypocritical Scott Walker: Hunters are ethical, voters are not.   (3/10/2016)
It's not an oversight; just part of the Republican plan to disenfranchise voters.  (2/1/2016)
Republican candidates for President want voting to be a privilege, not a right.  (8/6/2015)
Apparently, it's OK to plagiarize a Voter ID law.  (10/17/2014)
The Republicans' voter ID, "common sense" echo chamber.  (10/13/2014)
GOP reaches out to Blacks and Hispanics while making it harder for them to vote.  (10/3/2014)
What are the odds? Joint Finance provides funding for Voter ID campaign.  (10/1/2014)
In the news: Wisconsin Voter ID law and absentee ballots.  (9/18/2014)
Wisconsin Republican legislative leaders cry like a baby.  (9/17/2014)
Reality sandwiched between two slices of Leah Vukmir white bread.  (9/15/2014)
Scott Walker on Voter ID: It's going just according to plan.  (8/2/2014)
Meet Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Patience Roggensack, who authored majority opinions in voter ID cases.  (8/1/2014)
So as a result, you want your government to make it harder for you to vote?
(5/22/2014)
The cat's got Fitzgerald's tongue.  (5/14/2014)
I can see how these pie graphs from a 2005 report might have informed the discussion for voter ID proponents.  (5/11/2014)
When it comes to diversity, all they want to do is talk.  (5/4/2014)
We're still awaiting a statement from Governor Walker.  (4/29/2014)
Voter suppression: Rep. Tom Larson uses the City of Milwaukee as the bogeyman.  (3/31/2014)
Sen. Mary Lazich shows her true colors.  (3/18/2014)
And the hypocrisy just keeps on coming: Republicans can't even give lip service to their "principles".  (2/14/2014)

Related reading:
New G.O.P. Bid to Limit Voting in Swing States. (The New York Times, 3/29/2014)
ALEC Exposed:  Democracy, Voter Rights, and Federal Power.  (Center for Media and Democracy, 9/28/2012)
Right-Wing Operatives Take Up ALEC's Voter Suppression Agenda.  (Center for Media and Democracy's PR Watch, 4/19/2012)
Voter Suppression 101.  (Center for American Progress. 4/4/2012)

Freedom Caucus chair Jim Jordan ready to go crazy on the House dance floor





As quoted in House Freedom Caucus Chairman Vows to Push Conservative Amendments to Spending Bills.  (The Daily Signal, 4/27/2016)

Other Jim Jordan posts:
It's probably good news that the Freedom Caucus wants to go big, go bold; look where it got Scott Walker.  (1/19/2016)
The Freedom Caucus 'crazies': Have Jim Jordan and Justin Amash been talking much lately?  (10/16/2015)
Meet 'the crazies' in the U.S. House of Representatives.  (10/8/2015)
No friend to the environment.  (3/20/2015)

Snapshot of 2014/2015 comparable book sales by general format



Sources/background reading:
AAP StatShot: Trade Sales Up Slightly at Year End 2015.   Format preferences, category performance, vary greatly from 2014.  (BusinessWire, 4/26/2016)
Ebook Sales Declined in 2015; Digital Audio Continued Growth.  (Digital Book World, 4/26/2016 )

Related posts:
Overall, sales of print books are up for 2nd year in a row.  (2/22/2016)
The fact of the matter is that net sales of hardback and paperback books have held relatively steady for the past 5 years.  (1/28/2016)
Print continues to hold its own.  (1/21/2015)
Is this the future of e-books?  (8/27/2014)
Who's reading ebooks (by household income). (7/20/2014)
Ebook digital subscription services: Is it a bjargain? (7/20/2014)
Which is what you would have predicted after reading "In So Many Words" in March 1997.  (5/28/2014)
Amazon delivers the "Lesley Gore" ultimatum.  (4/25/2014)
The boom is over for ebooks.  (4/2/2014)
Ebooks and the hype of emerging technology: Have we finally reached the slope of enlightenment?  (3/11/2014) 
Pew Research report on e-reading.  (1/16/2014)
Book sales update as of October 2013.  (1/10/2014)
The 24-hour news recycle: Mein Kampf edition.  (1/7/2014) 

Morning Consult: Most and least popular U.S. Senators


Apparently, it's the Land of Nice in Vermont, Maine, Delaware, and Minnesota.



Source:  Morning Consult

A closer look at Wisconsin's population loss: Racine County



Since its founding, Racine County experienced steady, incremental population growth until 1940, at which point it entered a 30-year boom period when its population nearly doubled.  Marginal growth occurred during the 1970s and 1980, followed by 2 decades of slight acceleration.  Since the 2010 census, the county has lost an estimated 328 residents.

Source:  Wikipedia + U.S. Census Bureau (2015)

Racine County percentages include the City of Racine.  (94% of Racine County's Black residents live in the City of Racine, whereas 66% of Racine County's Hispanic residents live in the City of Racine..)


As of July 1, 2014, 14.7% of Racine County's population is 65 and over, compared to the state average of 15.2%.   Its 0-to-4 demographic is 6.2% vs. the state average 5.9%.  



Related posts:
A closer look at Price County.  (4/26/2016)

A closer look at Polk County . (4/25/2016)
A closer look at Pierce County.  (4/24/2016)
A closer look at Oneida County.  (4/23/2016)
A closer look at Oconto County, (4/22/2016)
A closer look at Marinette County.  (4/21/2016)
A closer look at Manitowoc County.  (4/20/2016)
A closer look at Lincoln County.  (4/19/2016)
A closer look at Langlade County.  (4/18/2016)
A closer look at Lafayette County.  (4/17/2016)
A closer look at Juneau County.  (4/16/2016)
A closer look at Iron County.  (4/15/2016)
A closer look at Green Lake County.  (4/14/2016)
A closer look at Forest County.  (4/13/2016)
A closer look at Douglas County.  (4/12/2016)
A closer look at Door County.  (4/11/2016)
A closer look at Dodge County.  (4/10/2016)
A closer look at Crawford County.  (4/8/2016)
A closer look at Columbia County.  (4/7/2016)
A closer look at Clark County.  (4/6/2016)
A closer look at Buffalo County.  (4/5/2016)
A closer look at Bayfield County.  (4/4/2016)
A closer look at Barron County.   (4/4/2016)
A closer look at Ashland County.  (4/3/2016)
A closer look at Adams County.  (4/3/2015)
The majority of Wisconsin counties have lost population since 2010.  (3/28/2016)
Where Wisconsin's population growth is taking place (2010-2015).  (3/27/2016)
Dane County: Wisconsin's population growth engine. (3/27/2016)
 U.S. Census Bureau population estimates: Nearly half of Wisconsin counties lose population.  (3/27/2016)
Wisconsin population projections, 2010-2040: Top 10 counties by % decline and growth.  (5/14/2015)
Top 10 Wisconsin Counties by Percentage of Population Growth, Loss (2010-2014).  (3/27/2015)
Wisconsin counties:  Population 65 and older.  (10/24/2014)
Wisconsin trivia: What was Wisconsin's 2nd-largest city in 1910?  (/9/1/2014)
Dane County tallies 39% of state's population growth since 2010.  (3/27/2014)
2012 U.S. Census population estimates: More gains than losses among Wisconsin's largest communities.  (5/28/2013)


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Dear Mark Meadows, Last April 71.3% of Americans disapproved of Congress; that number has risen to 77.6%


See for yourself, Mark.



Related posts:
Freedom Caucus member Mark Meadows, one of Peter King's 'crazies', is in a hearts-and-minds mood with Mitch McConnell.  (2/24/2016)
Mark Meadows joins his Republican colleagues in a chorus of "I Pledge Allegiance to the NRA".  (1/7/2016)
Meet 'the crazies' in the U.S. House of Representatives.  (10/6/2015)
No friend to the environment.  (3/13/2015)

NC-17 (at least): Inside the bizarre, twisted mind of Jesse Kremer


Rep. Kremer was elected to the Wisconsin Assembly with 38.6% of the vote in an August 2014 primary election.  He was unopposed in the November 2014 general election.


Selected blatherings from The Progressives’ Blatant War on Women Exposed.  (Press release, 4/26/2016)

Other Jesse Kremer posts:
UPDATE: GOP Assembly leaders bail on "guns in school" bill, to disappointment of cluster of usual suspects.  (2/21/2016)
In so many words, Rep. Jesse Kremer sez he'll sleep better with more guns in Wisconsin schools.  (1/14/2016) 
Cartoon conservative principles, the Christmas edition: Rep. Kremer accuses fire officials of 'relieving themselves'.  (12/23/2015)
Bathroom bill update: Julaine Appling must have inadvertently loosened her grip on Jesse Kremer's leash.  (12/16/2015)
Out of (local) control: When it comes to anything resembling a train, Republicans just can't help themselves.  (12/1/2015)  
The 'bathroom bill' marriage of Jesse Kremer and Julaine Appling.  (11/21/2015)
ALEC/NRA waterboy Jesse Kremer blames the media.  (10/23/2015)
Waterboys for the NRA and ALEC: Rep. Jesse Kremer (R-Kewaskum) and Sen. Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg)  (10/13/2015)
Wisconsin Republicans continue their laser-like focus on jobs and the economy.  (10/7/2015)
Wisconsin Assembly candidate denounces tax breaks for wind energy but conveniently overlooks what big oil receives.  (8/7/2014)
Just what the Wisconsin legislature needs: Another ALEC disciple.  (8/7/2014)

Scott Walker gives a shoutout to high performers



As quoted in Walker defends cuts, changes to UW system.  (WKOW, 4/26/2016)

Here's a list of Walker's top 10 high performers, courtesy of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.


And 'performers' of all red-stripe levels have recently been rewarded with appointments to the UW System Board of Regents.

Sources:

Walker appears to confuse 'reforms' with 'favoritism' and 'corruption'.

NOAA Global Temperature Analysis March 2016: 11th consecutive month of record heat


Other NOAA posts: 
Global and sea surface temperatures continue to set all-time records.  (3/18/2016)\
UPDATE: Climate change, Scott Walker, and short-term thinking. (2/16/2016)  On land and sea, November 2015 was warmest November globally since recordkeeping began.  (12/24/2015)
Monthly global temperature record broken for 6th month in a row.  (11/18/2015)
The world continues to set a record pace in its warm ways.  (10/28/2015)

Rhode Island presidential primary results: Democrats 121,253; Republicans 61,179





Related posts:
Pennsylvania presidential primary results.  (4/27/2016)
Maryland presidential primary results.   (4/27/2016)
Delaware presidential primary results.  (4/27/2016)
Connecticut presidential primary results.  (4/27/2016)
If there's a next time, Cruz might want to STFU about New York values.  (4/20/2016)
Cruz, Sanders exceed poll expectations to win GOP, Dem Wisconsin primary.  (4/6/2016)
When it comes to Idaho, Democrats have little sway.  (3/23/2016)
Trump, Clinton win Arizona primaries.  (3/23/2016)
Trump, Clinton win in Illinois.  (3/16/2016)
No Michigan replay: Clinton wins Ohio Democratic primary by comfortable margin.  (3/16/2016)
Kasich surges to 11-point victory over Trump in GOP Ohio primary.  (3/16/2016)
Seth Abramson and the outlier polls (The North Carolina edition).  (3/16/2016)
Dear Seth, Wishing doesn't make it so. The Florida WTSP poll was an outlier.  (3/15/2016)
While you were sleeping, GOP Presidential candidates pick up a few delegates.  (3/13/2016)
Lone Idaho poll misses Cruz express.  (3/9/3016)
Trump, Clinton win in Mississippi; Rubio in free fall.  (3/9/2016)
Trump wins as expected in Michigan, Sanders scores upset.  (3/9/2016)
Trump, Rubio underperform, Cruz well exceeds expectations in GOP Louisiana primary.  (3/6/2016)
Trump squeaks past Cruz in Kentucky GOP caucuses.  (3/6/2016)
It's a Ted Cruz caucus kinda day: First Kansas, now Maine.  (3/5/2016)
Pollsters didn't have a clue that Cruz would win big in Kansas caucus.  (3/5/2016)
In a Super Tuesday smackdown on Sarah Palin, Alaska voters give Ted Cruz a win in GOP caucus.  (3/2/2016)
Cruz does what he needs to do in Texas, exceeding Super Tuesday expectations.  (3/2/2016)
Super Tuesday in Minnesota: Apparently, there was little to no interest in polling voters.  (3/2/2016)
Cruz gives Trump a Super Tuesday scare in Arkansas.  (3/2/2016)
Super Tuesday brings expected Trump, Clinton wins in Alabama.  (3/2/2016)
No Super Tuesday surprises in Georgia as Trump, Clinton win easily.  (3/2/2016)
It's definitely a Super Tuesday for Bernie Sanders in Vermont.  (3/2/2016)
As expected, Trump and Clinton win in Tennessee on Super Tuesday.  (3/1/2016)
Trump wins big in Massachusetts GOP primary, but overall he gets smoked by Clinton and Sanders.  (3/1/2016)
Cruz surprises in Oklahoma GOP primary; Sanders wins Democratic race.  (3/1/2016)
Clinton, Trump win in Virginia; Rubio finishes a strong 2nd in GOP race.  (3/1/2016)

Pennsylvania presidential primary results: Democrats 1,652,863; Republicans 1,573,338





Related posts:
Maryland presidential primary results.   (4/27/2016)
Delaware presidential primary results.  (4/27/2016)
Connecticut presidential primary results.  (4/27/2016)
If there's a next time, Cruz might want to STFU about New York values.  (4/20/2016)
Cruz, Sanders exceed poll expectations to win GOP, Dem Wisconsin primary.  (4/6/2016)
When it comes to Idaho, Democrats have little sway.  (3/23/2016)
Trump, Clinton win Arizona primaries.  (3/23/2016)
Trump, Clinton win in Illinois.  (3/16/2016)
No Michigan replay: Clinton wins Ohio Democratic primary by comfortable margin.  (3/16/2016)
Kasich surges to 11-point victory over Trump in GOP Ohio primary.  (3/16/2016)
Seth Abramson and the outlier polls (The North Carolina edition).  (3/16/2016)
Dear Seth, Wishing doesn't make it so. The Florida WTSP poll was an outlier.  (3/15/2016)
While you were sleeping, GOP Presidential candidates pick up a few delegates.  (3/13/2016)
Lone Idaho poll misses Cruz express.  (3/9/3016)
Trump, Clinton win in Mississippi; Rubio in free fall.  (3/9/2016)
Trump wins as expected in Michigan, Sanders scores upset.  (3/9/2016)
Trump, Rubio underperform, Cruz well exceeds expectations in GOP Louisiana primary.  (3/6/2016)
Trump squeaks past Cruz in Kentucky GOP caucuses.  (3/6/2016)
It's a Ted Cruz caucus kinda day: First Kansas, now Maine.  (3/5/2016)
Pollsters didn't have a clue that Cruz would win big in Kansas caucus.  (3/5/2016)
In a Super Tuesday smackdown on Sarah Palin, Alaska voters give Ted Cruz a win in GOP caucus.  (3/2/2016)
Cruz does what he needs to do in Texas, exceeding Super Tuesday expectations.  (3/2/2016)
Super Tuesday in Minnesota: Apparently, there was little to no interest in polling voters.  (3/2/2016)
Cruz gives Trump a Super Tuesday scare in Arkansas.  (3/2/2016)
Super Tuesday brings expected Trump, Clinton wins in Alabama.  (3/2/2016)
No Super Tuesday surprises in Georgia as Trump, Clinton win easily.  (3/2/2016)
It's definitely a Super Tuesday for Bernie Sanders in Vermont.  (3/2/2016)
As expected, Trump and Clinton win in Tennessee on Super Tuesday.  (3/1/2016)
Trump wins big in Massachusetts GOP primary, but overall he gets smoked by Clinton and Sanders.  (3/1/2016)
Cruz surprises in Oklahoma GOP primary; Sanders wins Democratic race.  (3/1/2016)
Clinton, Trump win in Virginia; Rubio finishes a strong 2nd in GOP race.  (3/1/2016)

Maryland presidential primary results: Democrats 846,899; Republicans 435,600





Related posts:
Delaware presidential primary results.  (4/27/2016)
Connecticut presidential primary results.  (4/27/2016)
If there's a next time, Cruz might want to STFU about New York values.  (4/20/2016)
Cruz, Sanders exceed poll expectations to win GOP, Dem Wisconsin primary.  (4/6/2016)
When it comes to Idaho, Democrats have little sway.  (3/23/2016)
Trump, Clinton win Arizona primaries.  (3/23/2016)
Trump, Clinton win in Illinois.  (3/16/2016)
No Michigan replay: Clinton wins Ohio Democratic primary by comfortable margin.  (3/16/2016)
Kasich surges to 11-point victory over Trump in GOP Ohio primary.  (3/16/2016)
Seth Abramson and the outlier polls (The North Carolina edition).  (3/16/2016)
Dear Seth, Wishing doesn't make it so. The Florida WTSP poll was an outlier.  (3/15/2016)
While you were sleeping, GOP Presidential candidates pick up a few delegates.  (3/13/2016)
Lone Idaho poll misses Cruz express.  (3/9/3016)
Trump, Clinton win in Mississippi; Rubio in free fall.  (3/9/2016)
Trump wins as expected in Michigan, Sanders scores upset.  (3/9/2016)
Trump, Rubio underperform, Cruz well exceeds expectations in GOP Louisiana primary.  (3/6/2016)
Trump squeaks past Cruz in Kentucky GOP caucuses.  (3/6/2016)
It's a Ted Cruz caucus kinda day: First Kansas, now Maine.  (3/5/2016)
Pollsters didn't have a clue that Cruz would win big in Kansas caucus.  (3/5/2016)
In a Super Tuesday smackdown on Sarah Palin, Alaska voters give Ted Cruz a win in GOP caucus.  (3/2/2016)
Cruz does what he needs to do in Texas, exceeding Super Tuesday expectations.  (3/2/2016)
Super Tuesday in Minnesota: Apparently, there was little to no interest in polling voters.  (3/2/2016)
Cruz gives Trump a Super Tuesday scare in Arkansas.  (3/2/2016)
Super Tuesday brings expected Trump, Clinton wins in Alabama.  (3/2/2016)
No Super Tuesday surprises in Georgia as Trump, Clinton win easily.  (3/2/2016)
It's definitely a Super Tuesday for Bernie Sanders in Vermont.  (3/2/2016)
As expected, Trump and Clinton win in Tennessee on Super Tuesday.  (3/1/2016)
Trump wins big in Massachusetts GOP primary, but overall he gets smoked by Clinton and Sanders.  (3/1/2016)
Cruz surprises in Oklahoma GOP primary; Sanders wins Democratic race.  (3/1/2016)
Clinton, Trump win in Virginia; Rubio finishes a strong 2nd in GOP race.  (3/1/2016)

Delaware presidential primary results: Democrats 93,633; Republicans 69,892





Related posts:
Connecticut presidential primary results.  (4/27/2016)
If there's a next time, Cruz might want to STFU about New York values.  (4/20/2016)
Cruz, Sanders exceed poll expectations to win GOP, Dem Wisconsin primary.  (4/6/2016)
When it comes to Idaho, Democrats have little sway.  (3/23/2016)
Trump, Clinton win Arizona primaries.  (3/23/2016)
Trump, Clinton win in Illinois.  (3/16/2016)
No Michigan replay: Clinton wins Ohio Democratic primary by comfortable margin.  (3/16/2016)
Kasich surges to 11-point victory over Trump in GOP Ohio primary.  (3/16/2016)
Seth Abramson and the outlier polls (The North Carolina edition).  (3/16/2016)
Dear Seth, Wishing doesn't make it so. The Florida WTSP poll was an outlier.  (3/15/2016)
While you were sleeping, GOP Presidential candidates pick up a few delegates.  (3/13/2016)
Lone Idaho poll misses Cruz express.  (3/9/3016)
Trump, Clinton win in Mississippi; Rubio in free fall.  (3/9/2016)
Trump wins as expected in Michigan, Sanders scores upset.  (3/9/2016)
Trump, Rubio underperform, Cruz well exceeds expectations in GOP Louisiana primary.  (3/6/2016)
Trump squeaks past Cruz in Kentucky GOP caucuses.  (3/6/2016)
It's a Ted Cruz caucus kinda day: First Kansas, now Maine.  (3/5/2016)
Pollsters didn't have a clue that Cruz would win big in Kansas caucus.  (3/5/2016)
In a Super Tuesday smackdown on Sarah Palin, Alaska voters give Ted Cruz a win in GOP caucus.  (3/2/2016)
Cruz does what he needs to do in Texas, exceeding Super Tuesday expectations.  (3/2/2016)
Super Tuesday in Minnesota: Apparently, there was little to no interest in polling voters.  (3/2/2016)
Cruz gives Trump a Super Tuesday scare in Arkansas.  (3/2/2016)
Super Tuesday brings expected Trump, Clinton wins in Alabama.  (3/2/2016)
No Super Tuesday surprises in Georgia as Trump, Clinton win easily.  (3/2/2016)
It's definitely a Super Tuesday for Bernie Sanders in Vermont.  (3/2/2016)
As expected, Trump and Clinton win in Tennessee on Super Tuesday.  (3/1/2016)
Trump wins big in Massachusetts GOP primary, but overall he gets smoked by Clinton and Sanders.  (3/1/2016)
Cruz surprises in Oklahoma GOP primary; Sanders wins Democratic race.  (3/1/2016)
Clinton, Trump win in Virginia; Rubio finishes a strong 2nd in GOP race.  (3/1/2016)

Connecticut presidential primary results: Democrats 328,465; Republicans 212,190





Related posts:
If there's a next time, Cruz might want to STFU about New York values.  (4/20/2016)
Cruz, Sanders exceed poll expectations to win GOP, Dem Wisconsin primary.  (4/6/2016)
When it comes to Idaho, Democrats have little sway.  (3/23/2016)
Trump, Clinton win Arizona primaries.  (3/23/2016)
Trump, Clinton win in Illinois.  (3/16/2016)
No Michigan replay: Clinton wins Ohio Democratic primary by comfortable margin.  (3/16/2016)
Kasich surges to 11-point victory over Trump in GOP Ohio primary.  (3/16/2016)
Seth Abramson and the outlier polls (The North Carolina edition).  (3/16/2016)
Dear Seth, Wishing doesn't make it so. The Florida WTSP poll was an outlier.  (3/15/2016)
While you were sleeping, GOP Presidential candidates pick up a few delegates.  (3/13/2016)
Lone Idaho poll misses Cruz express.  (3/9/3016)
Trump, Clinton win in Mississippi; Rubio in free fall.  (3/9/2016)
Trump wins as expected in Michigan, Sanders scores upset.  (3/9/2016)
Trump, Rubio underperform, Cruz well exceeds expectations in GOP Louisiana primary.  (3/6/2016)
Trump squeaks past Cruz in Kentucky GOP caucuses.  (3/6/2016)
It's a Ted Cruz caucus kinda day: First Kansas, now Maine.  (3/5/2016)
Pollsters didn't have a clue that Cruz would win big in Kansas caucus.  (3/5/2016)
In a Super Tuesday smackdown on Sarah Palin, Alaska voters give Ted Cruz a win in GOP caucus.  (3/2/2016)
Cruz does what he needs to do in Texas, exceeding Super Tuesday expectations.  (3/2/2016)
Super Tuesday in Minnesota: Apparently, there was little to no interest in polling voters.  (3/2/2016)
Cruz gives Trump a Super Tuesday scare in Arkansas.  (3/2/2016)
Super Tuesday brings expected Trump, Clinton wins in Alabama.  (3/2/2016)
No Super Tuesday surprises in Georgia as Trump, Clinton win easily.  (3/2/2016)
It's definitely a Super Tuesday for Bernie Sanders in Vermont.  (3/2/2016)
As expected, Trump and Clinton win in Tennessee on Super Tuesday.  (3/1/2016)
Trump wins big in Massachusetts GOP primary, but overall he gets smoked by Clinton and Sanders.  (3/1/2016)
Cruz surprises in Oklahoma GOP primary; Sanders wins Democratic race.  (3/1/2016)
Clinton, Trump win in Virginia; Rubio finishes a strong 2nd in GOP race.  (3/1/2016)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The first 10 words of this NPR lede tell us all we need to know about this sad tale


Photo credit: Wikipedia

The text box displays the first 10 words from Former Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel Is Indicted On Assault Charge.  (NPR, 4/26/2016)

Related reading:
In Johnny Manziel, Failure as Entertainment.  (The New York Times, 4/24/2016)
Prescient. “Yeah, it could come unraveled,” Manziel’s father, Paul, told ESPN the Magazine in 2013. “And when it does, it’s gonna be bad. Real bad.”
A different reading in the print headline:  In Manziel, a Draft  Machine's Human Cost.

4 more years: Rumor has it that Scott Walker has found his comfort zone



As quoted in Scott Walker closing this week on sale of Tosa home; no new house yet.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4/25/2016)

Apparently, UW-Madison Chancellor Becky Blank has a big problem with free speech



As quoted in UW-Madison faculty plan vote of no confidence in Ray Cross, Board of Regents.  (Madison.com, 4/26/2016)

And, of course, the campaign contributions of the majority of members of the UW System Board of Regents have nothing at all to do with it.

Meet the members of what is essentially a Scott Walker/GOP donors' club 

Sources:
Related posts:
Meet the deleter, Alex Hummel: Communication is his game.  (4/16/2016)
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A month's worth of national presidential primary polls, graphed



Source:  Real Clear Politics

The latest GOP nonsense:
Ted Cruz, John Kasich join forces to stop Donald Trump.  (CNN, 4/25/2016)

And how is this relationship working out?
Ted Cruz-John Kasich Alliance Against Donald Trump Quickly Weakens.  (The New York times, 4/25/2016)



Bernie, unbowed.
Bernie Sanders is in it until the end, aide says.  (Boston Globe, 4/25/2016)
 
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