Sunday, June 25, 2017

Meet Mitch McConnell's biggest donors: #1



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.

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.

UPDATE: Man with a tan, and a firing squad plan, invited to White House for bill signing



Reported in Trump Invites GOP Lawmaker Who Called for Clinton to Be 'Shot for Treason' to White House Bill Signing.  (The New Civil Rights Movement, 6/23/2017)

This guy's getting a ton of mileage out of 8/69% of the vote.

Source:  Ballotpedia

Looks like it's way past time to update his official photo.


Original 8/16/2016 post, "As for killing Hillary, nutburger Al Baldasaro prefers firing squad to assassination", starts here.

'Sunny excess' photo credit:  LinkedIn

Quoted in Trump adviser Al Baldasaro: Hillary Clinton should be shot for treason, not assassinated.  (MassLive, 8/16/2016)
But New Hampshire state Rep. Al Baldasaro, a Republican who co-chairs Trump's national veterans' coalition, stressed that he was not saying someone should assassinate Clinton.

Democratic districts in U.S. House targeted by GOP: New York 18th


So the NRCC thinks it's going to take a seat that has been solidly Democratic since at least 2000, and one in which 3-term incumbent Nita Lowey ran unopposed last year.

Clinton won 58.6% of the presidential vote compared to 38.4% for Trump.  


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 10.0 percentage points.  To the bad.

Source:  govtrack

Sources: Census Reporter (NY 17CD;  U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts (NY, 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)

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)

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


Republican Peter King represented the New York 3rd from January 1994 to January 2013.  New York State lost 2 house seats in redistricting after the 2010 census.  King now represents the New York 2nd.

Since redistriting, Democrats have won all 3 elections, although my narrowing margins.  The current rep is Thomas Suozzi.

Clinton won 51.6% of the presidential vote compared to 45.5% for Trump.  


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 10.0 percentage points.  To the bad.

Source:  govtrack

Sources: Census Reporter (NY 3CD;  U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts (NY, 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)

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)

Saturday, June 24, 2017

OK, folks, here's what we call an honest poll, true through and through


The initial email blast.  It's "official", of course. (Highlights added.)


I clicked on "no".  Then I returned to the email and clicked on 'yes'.  Led me to the same screen.  Oh, my surprise.


Submitted as Herkimer Jerkimer.



"Gimme Your Money Please" appears on Bachman Turner Overdrive's self-titled debut album.  It debuted on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart for the week ending August 18, 1973, and spent 70 weeks on the chart, speaking at #68.


The sounds of flatulence



Quoted in Trump admin. still struggling to staff up.  (Axios, 6/18/2017)

Wherein we also learn.....


Related reading:
Donald Trump is the worst boss in Washington.  (The New York Times, 6/9/2017)

Netflix has a new idea



Reported in Netflix Lets Viewers Pick the Plots.  (The New York Times, 6/20/2017)

Related reading:
A tribute to … Choose Your Own Adventure books.  (SFGate, 4/27/2009)

Open House at Middleton Center


Office building front and center, apartment in background at right.

All photos by Retiring Guy

Hallway of 4th-floor T. Wall offices


Reception area of T. Wall offices


The view from the 4th floor looking east, Middleton Public Library at center


Underground, space-saving parking for residents



Ramp from street level to underground parking.


2nd-floor hallway in apartment building.


Living area of 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartment


Master bedroom of above unit


Second bedroom of above unit.


Looking into utility room of above unit.


Inside the utility room.


Bedroom of studio apartment, open to living area


View from kitchen to living area and rooftop patio beyond.  (As you can see, there's still work to do.)


Panoramic view of 2nd-floor community room.  (The community of Middleton Center.)


Related series of posts:
Middleton Center updates from 4/30/2016 to 6/23/2017.

Someday Middleton's Belle Fontaine Boulevard will extent from Parmenter Street to CTH Q


At least that's the plan.
Source:  City of Middleton

Just south of MOC (Middleton Operations Center) on Parmenter, the extended Belle Fontaine will connect with Schneider Road, where the truck (at center left) is traveling west.

All photos by Retiring Guy

Where Belle Fontaine currently dead-ends in the Misty Valley/Middleton Ridge development.


Turning around to look in the opposite direction, i.e. east.


At the intersection of Belle Fontaine and Misty Valley Drive.  Note the design, traffic which will accommodate a 4-lane, divided street.


Where Belle Fontaine Blvd. currently ends at High Road.



The intersection of Belle Fontaine and High Road, looking in the direction of the northeast extension of the former.


Speaking of public art, the salt shed next to new Middleton Operations Center is a candidate


At the north end of Parmenter

Photo by Retiring Guy
Source:  City of Middleton

Related links:
Middleton Wins Project of the Year Award for MOC.  (City of Middleton  press release, 5/13/2016)
Construction of the approximately $11.5 million MOC began in the spring of 2014 and was completed May, 2015. The project enables development by Meriter/Unity Point at the former Public Works garage site. It also allowed the City to address current and future needs of a growing community. The scope of the project included relocation of the 51 stall park-and-ride site, building of an 85,000 square foot Operations Center and a 22,000 square foot cold storage building and relocation of a salt storage facility with expanded capacity. The City enhanced the project further by adding a new Recycling Center to the mix.
Request for Qualifications, City of Middleton Public Arts Committee

From Arts Committee minutes, January 26, 2017
2. Concept Presentation for Salt Storage Shed.   (Dean Allen) Pat Adler introduced Dean Allen, who is a professional area artist. Allen presented examples of his previous work in other cities, and presented a concept for the salt storage shed wall, which includes fiddlehead ferns constructed out of rusted steel. The project would require no maintenance for 25 years.

From Arts Committee minutes, March 16, 2017
2. Salt Storage Shed Project No update.

Not on agenda of May 18, 2017, meeting.

Related post:
Coming soon to this location: "Out of the Shell" public art.  (6/23/2017)

The Donald Trump dis and dismantle UPDATE


There is evidence from the past few months to suggest that Hogshead-Makar’s warning is not merely hyperbole. Trump’s budget proposal recommends a seven percent budget reduction for the Office for Civil Rights, which would force the department to slash approximately 27 jobs at a time when Title IX complaints are on the rise. The ratio of Title IX cases per investigative staff members in the OCR was 41 to 1 in fiscal year 2016, and that ratio will only become more lopsided if these cuts go into effect. 
Additionally, DeVos has named Candice Jackson — a woman who once insisted she faced discrimination because she is white — as the deputy assistant secretary of the Office for Civil Rights. And DeVos has shown no signs that she will fight for members of any marginalized community. 
If a law is only as good as its enforcement, then Title IX is in trouble.


6/23/2017 update starts here.

ars technica, 6/22/2017
Allowing for some type of "startup visa" has long been a request of Silicon Valley advocates and lobbyists. More than 50 percent of startups worth $1 billion or more were founded by immigrants, according to a study published last year by the National Foundation for American Policy. Major US tech companies like Google, Yahoo, Intel, and Marvell Technology were all founded by immigrants. 

Original 6/21/2017 post, "Donald Trump really knows how to dis and dismantle. And it's personal, very personal.", start here.